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.

First Aid Beauty Oatmeal Mask
As another rediscovery, this mask softens my skin and is very relaxing at the end of the week. Yes , you can make your own oatmeal mask a, but this one is much easier, less money, and just squeezing it out of the tube is much more relaxing.

Lush Massage Bar in Each Peach and Two's a Pair
My first purchase at Lush was this massage bar and I purchase it as a special treat now. Picking it up again a couple weeks ago, I was reminded of how much I love the scent, moisture, and convenience this massage bar offers.

Lollia At Last No 17 Body Wash
I got this body wash in my Popsugar box last month and was very skeptical, but I have fallen in love with the scent, which is relaxing, fresh, and not too strong, even though it is described a perfumed body wash. Additionally, the outer packaging is adorable, the squeeze tube is convenient, and a little bit goes a long way.

Justin's Peanut Butter Cups
After hearing Nikki Phillipi talking about Justin's Peanut Butter Cups, I have been keeping an eye out for them. This month I saw them at Starbucks and couldn't resist giving one a try. I don't know where else you can buy them, but they're amazing. The dark chocolate cups are especially delicious and I highly recommend them.

See what I was loving last month... August Favorites.

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.

September 25, 2014

Popsugar Must Have Box- September 2014

Last month I received my first Popsugar Musthave Box, and after such a great box, I have decided to purchase another box.

Tilo Modal Gradation Scarf in Raisin $125-
This lightweight and hand dyed scarf is functional and stylish. I would never spend that much money on a scarf, but it adds a lot if monetary value to my box. The colors, fading from gray to mauve to a darker reddish purple, are quite sophisticated and neutral enough to go with lots of outfits. Not having any similar scarves, I see myself wearing this one quite a bit.

Urban Remedy Almond Brownie $6-
Giving this to my dad, I am unsure of how it tastes, but he seemed to think it is okay. To me it seemed more like a chocolaty granola bar.
Ghiradelli Minis Milk Chocolate Sea Salt and Almond-
These are a very nice surprise. Who doesn't love chocolate, especially when it's from Ghiradelli. Plus, the miniature size makes them all the more fun, enjoyable, and perfect to share with friends.

September 21, 2014

Essie Splash of Grenadine

Though purple was my favorite color for the longest time, since I was wee big, I don't own much of it, but wish I owned more of it. On the other hand, everytime Estee (EssieButton) mentions a product, she sparks my interest.

Therefore, with both of these things in mind, I decided to purchase Essie Splash of Grenadine. It is, in my opinion, a definite purple, but it can shift to looking slightly pink. 

Overall, the creme finish is opaque, looks nice on the nails and for my preferences isn't too bright for Winter and Fall and just bright enough for Spring and Summer.

September 17, 2014

Anthropologie Jewelry Storage and a Taste of the World

I know many, including myself, who lust after Anthropologie and it's unique and chic finds. Once in a while I will purchase something from the brand, .which usually results in a very happy lady leaving the store and one time I bought a Landmark Jewelry Dish for $12. Anthropologie manufactures a dish featuring the Golden Gate, as I have, Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, and Empire State Building.

To fill a void, left after returning home from a week in San Francisco, I decided the Golden Gate is an appropriate choice. The dish is the perfect size to sit atop my dresser and hold a few bracelets, stud earrings, and a necklace. I really like the quirky, yet simple decorative qualities of this dish, as well as the durability and functionality of the dish.

If world locations aren't your preference, Anthropologie also sells numerous other creative and charming storage solutions.

September 15, 2014

September 2014- Fresh Paint Birchbox

This month, the exterior box's geometric, colorful pattern represents new beginnings, with summer ending and fall beginning and Birchbox's 4th anniversary. 

Also, this month, I finally took advantage of Birchbox's pick one of your samples via email. I like the option as I can choose to opt out and be completely surprised or use the opportunity to ensure at least one product (even though I almost always love my whole box).

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
Though I have already received this cleanser/exfoliator and accompanying muslin cloth, I love it so much I chose, in the monthly email, to receive it again. It is a white cream that when used with the cloth gently cleanses and exfoliates skin, hence the name. I also love using the cloth as it is very easy and convenient. Additionally, the small tube lasts a long time.

Birchbox loves sending hair samples and I love receiving them. These two adorable bottles house natural ingredients that claim to rejuvenate, or resurrect, your hair. I like the idea of supporting the United States by purchasing these, as they are freshly made in Texas, but the scent does seem a bit too herbal for me. However, I will give them a fair chance and though I wouldn't classify my hair as needing resurrection, I do think it could be healthier.

With grape derived ingredients, this serum claims to perfect skin tone, add moisture, and promote a glowing complexion, all of which my skin is in need of. This seems to feel like many other serums, but since I never purchase serums I am excited to use it. 

I don't own many products from Smashbox, in fact I own barely any. The brand seems nice, but I haven't ever been motivated to dabbled in it. That being said, I am excited to see this product in my box. Similar to many other lip products that have recently been released, this product adds a glossy stain to lips with lots of pigmentation and some moisture. The line offers a large variety of shades and I have Coral. Birchbox did a great job picking a color as this pink shade is one I can see myself wearing loads and I love this style of lip product.

This month's box is a great value, motivates me to start fresh for fall, and excites me, seeing all the great and useful products. Additionally, I went online, filled out the surveys for the products featured in my box and recieved 50 points toward spending in the birchbox shop, what a great extra gift!

September 13, 2014

Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliner in Deep Blue

Navy Eyeliner is a trend I have been wanting to experiment with. Forgetting that I already had a navy liner, I stopped by the drugstore and picked up the Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliner in Deep Blue.

These liners are incredible. They last all day, are smooth, pigmented, and creamy. Basically all around amazing liners, especially for just under $5. 

The shade of navy is what I was looking for; something not too bright, being almost black. This shade is exactly that and still adds a bit of brightness to my eyes. 

If you're looking to pursue the navy liner trend at a low budget, I recommend trying this eyeliner. 

September 11, 2014 Twist Scarf- Black with Gold Studs

Shape-able headbands have been in for quite some time and I have just recently hopped onto the bandwagon. I purchased a black and gold headband, made by, at a local boutique. Offering these in many different colors and patterns, I feel recognizes how a simple accessory, like a headband, can spice up an outfit, adding lots of personality.      
These headbands have a soft wire, feeling similar to plastic, that is sturdy and strong. These are easy to mold and stay in position. I wear this headband with "bunny ears", sticking up on each end, as shown in the picture, and folded down/twisted to create a more sophisticated classic look.

At $20, these accessories can be quite costly, but I have gotten a lot of wear out of mine and am glad I purchased it. 

September 9, 2014

Product Empties #8

Dr Brandt Pores No More-
This mousse textured primer came as a deluxe sample in a Birchbox. It is similar to the Benefit Porefessional and I was pleasantly surprised with how much product was in the tube.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser-
Recently it seems like everyone is talking about FAB, but there is a qualifying reason behind the hype; the products are amazing. Their face cleanser is gentle, non-drying, gets the job done, and works well with my Clarisonic. I will be repurchasing this in the very near future.

Simple Makeup Remover Wipes-
Always having these in my empties posts, it is obvious I love them. I mostly use these wipes to clean off swatches, but once in awhile, when I'm feeling extra lazy, I use them to remove my makeup and find they work well without irritating my skin.

Clinique Extra Mild Clarifying Lotion-
This alcohol free toner is one of my long time favorites. It exfoliates dead skin and cleanses the skin without bring drying. I will definitely be repurchasing very soon, as I have done many times.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil-
I never understood the hype, but this product has recently captured my heart. This small bottle of moisturizing goodness lasted me quite a long time and it is highly likely I will purchase a full size soon.

It's a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo-
I am in love with the moisturizing formula that leaves hair feeling bouncy and hydrated. Loving this shampoo, I have a review here and will be repurchasing soon.

Paul Mitchell Twirl Around-
This product, at the start, comes with 2 products spiraled together, a cream texture and a gel texture. I love how it hydrates and adds bounce to my hair, without weighing it down or leaving it feeling crunchy. I have repurchased this many times and have no doubt I will again.

Soap and Glory Clean on Me-
After owning umpteen bottles of this body wash I am still loving it. The scent is amazing and it makes you squeaky clean without feeling dry. My love doesn't discriminate between scents from Soap and Glory but this one is my favorite.

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub-
I love The Body Shop Body Butters and their body scrub did not let me down. The bits inside slough off dry skin, but you do need to use a body wash afterward as the sugar leaves your skin with a film.

The Body Shop Body Butter in Strawberry-
Who doesn't want to smell nice and have smooth skin. This thick, hydrating cream that smells fresh, light, and fruity is perfect. I volley between a few scents and will purchase this one again, as well as new scents to try.

What products have you finished off lately?

Read about what products I have previously used up here.

September 7, 2014

It's a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo

I purchased this on a whim for $20, knowing that I like the Miracle Leave In Product, but never exposing myself to any other products from the brand. The list of great things this is supposed to do for your hair and pump attracted me.

It has a gel texture, rather than a cream consistency typical of most moisturizing hair products.This shampoo is unlike many others because it cleanses strands, while adding lightweight moisture. After washing your hair feels smooth and hydrated without feeling heavy and weighed down, perfect for almost every hair type.

I find it works especially well for curly hair as strands are left bouncy and frizz free, without any unwanted grease.

This will definitely find its way into my basket next time I am shopping for shampoo.