August 30, 2016

Current Favorites | August

This month has been eventful, between a trip and a wedding and move in to college, I've certainly experienced a handful.

For skincare, I've been loving the Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom. It's the perfect strength in scent and the perfect amount of moisture without being greasy. I've also been getting a lot of use out of my Mac Fix +. It's the perfect addition to my makeup routine and really just perfects the look. I find it takes away any cakyness without messing up my just set in foundation. To help apply my makeup, I've been using this Face It mirror. I find it's the perfect size for on the go makeup application. 

Moving onto makeup, I've been loving my Mac Studio Fix Fluid. It's my perfect Summertime shade and has the perfect amount of coverage. Pairing with my foundation, I've been loving the Glossier Stretch Concealer. It blends in seamlessly while still providing coverage. I've also been getting a lot of use out of Benefit's Goof Proof Brow Pencil. It's kind of a confusing product and can be difficult to apply, but I have been winging it and loving the way it looks. It's very natural looking. 

As far as non-beauty products go, I've been wearing one pair of sunglasses almost everyday. These sunglasses, from Urban Outfitters, have a nice shape and gold detailing on the side for interest. I've also been getting a lot of use out of this long necklace from Maurices. I've been pairing it with skirts, dresses, and plain shirts with shorts. It's been pretty universal recently. 

August 26, 2016

Travel Makeup Bag

I've done and seen countless posts on whats in peoples' travel makeup bags, but overtime it's always a little bit different. So, here I go again.

I started out by stowing away two primers, Smashbox Photo Finish for my face and Too Faced Shadow Insurance for the eyes. On this trip, I was sure to bring a tinted moisturizer and a foundation as I was attending a wedding, but I was also helping to prep for the wedding. For tinted moisturizer, I packed the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint and for foundation, the Mac Studio Fix Fluid. I also packed the Bobbi Brown Corrector, my all time favorite concealer. To complete my face, I packed the Nars Laguna bronzer, Mac Peachykeen blush, and Benefit's Highbeam.

August 24, 2016

Current Hair Product Buys | Leave In Treatments

As you can see above, my hair is kind of curly, so finding products that condition my curls without weighing them down can be difficult. Lately my hair could use some revitalization and with a fresh trim comes a fresh selection of hair products. This was the purchase of leave in treatments for all  possible needs. 

I've used the Macadamia Natural Oil Treatment for years, so I decided to try out the Moroccan Oil Treatment ($15). It has a really nice sexy man scent and I imagine it to be very moisturizing, more heavy-duty moisture. You'll probably here more about my opinions on this as I begin to use it. 

I've been hearing about the Redken Extreme Anti Snap Leave-in ($18) on a few other blogs, so when I saw it I knew I wanted to give it a try. This leave in has a lot of product for the price and smells fresh and clean.

Wanting a really light, conditioning spray for before I brush or style my hair, I purchased the Matrix Total Results Moisture Cure Two Phase Treatment ($16). This also smells clean and fresh (in case you can't tell scent is important to me when it comes to hair products). I'm looking forward to using this on days when I need a lighter leave in product. Probably won't deliver a lot of moisture, but hopefully some.

August 21, 2016

Beauty Wish List-- Sephora

Everytime I step foot in Sephora, I find new things to put on my list of ongoing products to buy. My Sephora Loves List is always filling up with new things, but a few have been long standing.

Foreo Luna Play
I have a Clarisonic, so there is no reason for me to want this, but it just looks so fun and useful. The mini one is only $35, so eventually I think I will have to give it a try.

August 20, 2016

Making Working Out More Bearable

Over the past month I've been working out more again. Simple things like cardio, squats, some abs etc. I don't know about you, but I'm not the biggest work out junkie. I like doing it to be healthy and keep fit, but sometimes it's hard to gather motivation and stamina to keep doing it.

Telling myself I must work out or that I have to/have the ability to do a specific tasks really helps me to get my butt into the gym and actually work out. It helps to combat the negative thoughts of "I don't want to work out."

August 18, 2016

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

no foundation, foundation

For a daily foundation, I was opting for the Nars Sheer Glow, but on and off for the past couple of months I have been loving the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide.

I hadn't tried a Laura Mercier Foundation until I bought this gem and immediately fell in love. It has messy, but nice packaging. With its lightweight formula, it is a super liquidy foundation and applies smoothly. The formula is perfect; doesn't dry out my skin, but I also think it would work well for oily skin as it's not dewy. Plus, it lasts all day without fading.

The shade I have, Ecru, is a perfect match, which is part of the reason why I love this foundation. It has medium coverage and a semi matte finish. It covers the slight redness on my cheeks.

Basically, this is a great foundation for daily use and for special occasions. It's not too heavy for Summer, but not too drying for Winter. It has the right amount of coverage and is the perfect happy medium for a foundation.

Perfectionism and Goal Setting

With college approaching, I've been doing a lot of reflection lately and decided to try something different, by featuring some of my thoughts about it in a blog post.

I've always been told that I should set SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, something like that) and with college coming up in less than a month, I am feeling the pressure. The pressure to get things done. I'm feeling that I'm not being productive enough, that I don't have enough goals set. Even though the Summer before you start college is supposed to be the Summer of fun, adventures, and the last Summer of youth.

But, I think I'm putting too much pressure on this time, setting too many goals if you will. A better objective would be to set a few, smaller, more attainable, and simple goals. Goals like... do something spontaneous, go get coffee twice a week, text a someone new today.

So rather than concentrating on expectations to be perfect, to get enough done, and to feel accomplished through goal setting, I am better off trying to set small, meaningful goals. The school year and academics is where SMART goals can be applicable. But in my personal life, I shouldn't allow the ideals of perfectionism to force me to accomplish a long list of goals that aren't necessary. I should just be living with simple, genuine meaning.

August 16, 2016

Birchbox | August "Can't Stop, Won't Stop"

This month the August Birchbox featured two hair samples, which I didn't mind. I always love receiving hair samples and usually put them to good use. The way my box worked out I actually received two hair and three makeup samples, which was alright in theory, but I do always appreciate some variety. Also, the box this month is quite cute; a geometric pattern.

For makeup products, I first received the Manna Kadar Day-Dream Palette. I honestly have no clue about this product or what the sample even looks like, since it broke en route. I'm not sure if I'm going to email Birchbox and ask for a new, non broken one because I don't think I'm really missing much and I own lots of other makeup anyway. Would I have even used it? The jury's still out on this one.

August 13, 2016

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick-- Sheer Anarchy

Lipstick has been my most recent vice, so I guess this line suites me well. It comes at a time where I have been more willing to play around with lip color and have been loving the simplicity of concealer, mascara, and a bold lip to create a finished look.