October 22, 2014

Five Favorite Fall Flushes (Blushes)

Blush, for me, often changes depending on my season and my mood. For fall, I tend to like more neutral, rosy, and/or berry toned blushes.
Clockwise- Stila Poppy, Nars Sin, Nars MAaly, Benefit Rockateur, Tarte Exposed
Stila Convertible Color in Poppy
I also love wearing a reddish berry blush and this cream blends out to create a sheer, natural look. Almost like your cheeks were just grazed by cool, refreshing autumn air, making them slightly pink. Maybe that was a bit too deep to describe a blush, but you get that point that it is amazing and when applied correctly flatters most every skin tone.

October 20, 2014

October 2014 Birchbox

I opted out of the special edition Birchbox this month for the normal box, which this month is inspired by ladies in popular culture.

October 17, 2014

Target necklace

Target jewelry is often affordable, stylish, trendy, and relatively durable. For $16.99, this statement necklace is just that. I fell in love at first glance.

The old gold colored chain is light weight, but still feels durable. The jewels are neutral, but the shades of pewter, beige, pearl, and white add variety. Also, the different shapes and patterns of the jewels create an interesting necklace that definitely makes a statement.

I like how you can wear this necklace to spice up most color outfits, and it doesn't overpower an outfit or make you look like a walking rainbow (not always bad, but also not always desirable).

October 15, 2014

Curly Hair Routine and Products

Yes, I have curly hair. Yes, it is all natural. Yes, it does not like to cooperate. Most of all, contrary to some, I have not straightened it for almost 4 years. With all this in mind, it is also important to remember that everyone's curls are different and respond differently to products. These are my favorites, for now, and though I don't have a favorite for every category and a few for some, this list is honestly sufficient.
In the Shower-
Paul Mitchell Curls Spring Loaded Frizz-Fighting Shampoo (empties) (empties)
This shampoo cleanses curls, without leaving them tangled. It does not necessarily stop frizz, but there are less tangles; in return, there is less frizz. 

Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo
This gel formula moisturizes hair, without leaving it greasy. It doesn't necessarily prevent tangles, but makes hair appear and feel healthier. Additionally, it softens curls.

It's a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo (empties post) (review)
Without the help of a conditioner, this shampoo can make curls feel slightly dry and frizzy, but it is great for cleansing curls, without making them feel straw-like.  

Macadamia Deep Repair Mask (empties)
As a thick, extremely moisturizing conditioner, this product makes hair feel very soft and smooths fly-aways and frizz. It is thick and can weigh down fine hair, but when used in moderation revives even the driest of curly strands. 

After the Shower-
The Wet Brush
I am unable to express how much I love my wet brush. It is made to detangle wet hair without pulling and ripping out hairs. The plastic bristles are flexible and painless. I have found this brush to be beneficial in cutting down on frizz and making for an easier hairstyle when using this on my wet hair. 

Macadamia Natural Oil
Oil may seem intimidating, but when used in wet curly hair, they make all the frizz disappear. I especially like this one because it has a fresh, fruity scent and makes for easy styling and detangling.

It's a 10 Miracle Leave in Product (empties)
Also assisting in detangling, this spray does 10 other duties. If I am feeling that an oil is too heavy for that day or want to comb my hair out after a shower, I use this spray. Plus, in those rare occasions when I use heat on my hair, this spray protects it without forcing me to buy an additional, rarely used, product.

Paul Mitchell Curls Twirl Around (empties)
Appearing in a couple of empties posts, this swirled curl definer consists of a light weight gel and a moisturizing cream, allowing for a balance of hydration and definition which does not weigh curls down and allows curls to bounce.

What are your favorite products to use in your hair?

October 13, 2014

Lush Karma Bubble Bar

The Lush Karma Bubble Bar cleanses all bad omens, as the captivating scent fills your bathroom. By crumbling this eco-friendly bar underneath running bath water, you get dense, luxurious, bubbles, similar to those found in the movies. 

This lively bubble bar has lemongrass oil and a orange citrus scent, which is refreshing yet warm and inviting. The bar, itself, is a vibrant swirl of orange and yellow, looking slightly like a sunburst, and at $8.50 is more expensive than most other bubble bars, but ca be used for many baths to come. 

Whether you're a Lush newbie or loyal customer, I recommend treating yourself to the Karma Bubble Bar a try. You can purchase it online here, or find your nearest Lush store here.

October 10, 2014

Tarte Lights Camera Splashes Mascara

I have loved the Tarte Lights Splashes Mascara for quite some time and after purchasing a new tube, before they revamped the packaging, I decided it was an appropriate time to review it. The traditional style brush has equal length bristles that apply the product in a thick even layer. The lashes don't look spidery as the brush keeps clumps at bay. Plus, the formula is very black and ultra waterproof.

Looking to splurge on a mascara, check out Tarte, they may just have your new favorite.

October 8, 2014

Tone Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Body Wash

Pricier body washes may be luxurious, aromatic, and silky, but there are some gems at the drugstore. The Tone Moisturizing Body Wash in Cocoa Butter Mango Splash, $5.49, is one of them. 

The sweet, and not sugary, fruity scent of this body wash is delightful and fills the whole shower. 

The gel texture is cleansing, and despite the name, not moisturizing yet not drying. It creates a luxurious lather and with the help of a loofah makes you feel ultra clean.

As everyone can afford these body washes, I recommend trying them. My favorite scent is the Cocoa Butter Mango Splash, but there are many other scents to try out.

October 4, 2014

The Balm Stainiac in Beauty Queen

I have owned 3 of The Balm's Stainiac in Beauty Queen; a current full size one and two samples. Finishing the two deluxe samples, and missing using it, I knew it was time to pick  up a full size one.

October 2, 2014

I love Fall Tag!

Deasia from NichelleXOXO (see her tag here) recently tagged me to do the I Love Fall Tag and I couldn't be more thrilled! I absolutely love fall and the fact that is practically here overjoys me.

1. Favorite Fall Lippies
I always seem to refall in love with the Revlon Lip Butters around autumn. My favorite shade, currently, is Berry Smoothie, a sheer yet still pigmented medium pink.
2. Favorite Fall Nail Polish
As with most other beauty obsessed people I love a nice berry nail polish for fall, but I also love Essie Merino Cool and Chinchilly. Merino Cool being a bit darker and more purple than Chinchilly, which is a neutral medium gray.

3.Favorite Fall Drink
Though this may not be as autumnal as a Pumpkin Spice Latte (which I have never tried), I much prefer a good chai tea during the fall time. I don't have a specific brand I like and will drink practically any of them; nonetheless a chai tea always puts me in a fall mood.

4. Favorite Fall Candle
Lacking originality, but mine is definitely Leaves from Bath and Body Works. There is a reason this is so popular. It smells incredible, indescribable, but if I had to describe it, I would call it a warm blend of golden nectar, red apple, and spiced berries (this description may or may not be taken off the back of the candle).

September 30, 2014

September 2014 Favorites

This past crazy month has kept me quite busy, but my enthusiasm for the beginnings of fall has surpassed most of the chaos, making me very excited for September.
Buxom Lipgloss in Katie
Though I don't own lots of Buxom lip glosses, they are some of the best glosses I have tried. Within the past few months, since Buxom released 100 new shades of their lipglosses, I have been using the shade Katie, a clear pink with lots of shine. It feels so nice and cooling on the lips, isn't sticky, and looks wonderful on.

September 27, 2014

On the Go Makeup Look

When on the go I don't like to fuss around with my makeup too much and I like it to last with little to no touch ups. So I started out by applying the Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer, a basic gets the job done primer. I applied the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream, a light coverage base, and the Benefit Erase Paste Concealer to cover darkness under my eyes. On my cheeks I used the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Cheeks and Lips in Fresh Melon, a peachy pink. To keep my eyebrows tame I used the Benefit Gimme Brow, a simple and effective product.

On my eyes I began by applying the Rimmel Exaggerate Shadow Primer and then applied the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige all over my lid and in my crease and in Bad to the Bronze on the center of my lids. I finished off the look with the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Lionfish and the Tarte Lights Camera Splashes Mascara.

I kept things simple on my lips by applying the Benefit Posie Balm, a sheer glossy pink.

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