May 3, 2016

Curl Keeper Original-- Birchbox Find


Since middle school, I have tried too many curly hair products to name. Everything from gels to creams to oils have resided in my beauty cabinet. Recently, I've landed upon the Curl Keeper Total Control for Frizzy Hair in Original. After sampling it in a recent Birchbox, I have decided to purchase it off their website. The bottle pictured above is actually my second one. 

The original version is a liquid, which blends into my hair without leaving it crusty or oily. Somehow, it adds bounce and to my curls and smooths out frizz. The only thing about the liquid is that sometimes it can be hard to apply as the product is quick to run out of my hands. However this problem is manageable and doesn't affect my liking toward the product. 

Birchbox sells some real gems and this is one thing that I will most likely continue to repurchase off of their website.

April 25, 2016

A Few Favorites-- April

This month I haven't been wearing makeup that often. I've been lying low and wearing a lot of workout clothes. When I do wear nicer clothes and do my makeup, I have been reaching for the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide. It's the perfect coverage, weight, feel, and shade. 


I have also been wearing the Dior Lipgloss in 576 Bed of Roses. It's beautiful for warmer weather and brightens up the lower half of my face.


This month, whenever it has been anywhere near warm and when I want to be casual, I have been wearing these rubber flip flops from Gap in rose gold. 


I have been doing a decent amount of Spring Cleaning and have been using this multipurpose cleaner from Method. I mostly love it because it smells of fresh mint.



April 21, 2016

Target Candles: Sangria Sunset, Lush Amazon


Lately I have been burning a lot of fall scented candles and I was browsing the aisles at Target, per usual, and I came across the end cap with candles. Obviously, I am going to want to buy a few Spring scented ones. Lush Amazon smells fresh and clean, while Sangria Sunset smells fruity.

These candles are just as great and strong as ones from Bath and Body Works and from Yankee Candle for half the price.

April 18, 2016

April Birchbox 2016


I love that Birchbox collaborated with Rifle Paper Company because the boxes look absolutely gorgeous. 

I have received things from Parlor a couple of times in the past and have truly enjoyed their products. I'm excited to try their Volumizing Lifting Spray and even though I probably won't purchase a full size, I will definitely enjoy it. 


I also received the Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution. I'm excited to try this out as micellar waters work well with my skin. It's something I will use up relatively quickly. 

Birchbox also sent the Tocca Hand Cream in Pink Tulip Green Apple. I'm sure it's a great product, but I really don't like the floral scent. 

Additionally, I got the Dr. Jart Lifta Contour Cream. To be completely honest, I don't really know what this product is supposed to do and I'm not that excited about it.

Lastly, I got the Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Tropic Hues. I'm mostly excited about this product. I have seen them before and they seem to be good quality. It's definitely the highlight of my box. 






April 17, 2016

Uptown Cheapskate Thoughts and Purchases

Last time I went, I bought a dress from Old Navy, a black bralette, a color blocked pink and green shirt, and a comfy brown sweater. 
Some consignment shops are dim and smell like moth balls; however, recently, rather than donating my clothes to Goodwill, I have been going to a medium sized chain consignment store called Uptown Cheapskate. Its really a great deal because like most consignment stores, you can go there, let them look at your clothes and sell them in return of cash or a greater amount of store credit. The store carries a lot of brands like Gap, J Crew, Old Navy, and Target. It's really a great find and has been encouraging me to get rid of some of my clothes. Then whatever they don't want to buy, I donate to Goodwill. Then, everyone is happy, especially me (and my parents for cleaning out my closet). i know you can do this same deal at other places, but, I can't quite explain why, I really like Uptown Cheapskate. It has a good selection in stores as well.

April 13, 2016

College...

The ultimate transition to adulthood lies ahead of me in less than five months. No matter how much excitement fills my little heart, I remain slightly nervous for the transition. In an effort to ease my nerves, I have been over-preparing. Thinking out every situation and every item I could possibly need to pack and contemplating every scenario and how I could need to handle with it. Grasping trendy minimalism has not done much for me when it comes to college preparation. At this point, nothing can save me from atleast slightly overpacking

Although I am apprehensively leaving my family and friends at home, I know branching out about 4 hours away from where I have resided for the entirety of my life will yield opportunity that is not available from my current position. Whether this opportunity come in the form of relationships, careers, or experiences I know it will ultimately lead to a greater and more joyous life.

Anyway, point is, I am going to college. Where you may ask? In New Jersey (I'm not sure how I feel about the state, but thus far, it is a very nice place). When you ask? Fall of 2016. Am I excited you ask? Very much so. However, my excitement has expressed itself in the form of preparedness.

Ultimately, this is me being ecstatic for the next four years of my life and preparing you for a plethora of college based blog posts.

April 11, 2016

Shopping at Lush



I took a much needed trip to Lush the other day and picked up some old favorites and new things. I ended up buying:

Frozen- A new grapefruit bath bomb with a "silver luster."
Yoga Bomb- A nice warm, orange fragrance, with colors inside to be found.
Sakura- A floral scented bath bomb with brilliant colors.
Karma- An orange scented bubble bar that is also a little reminiscent of the outdoors.
Yuzu and Cocoa- A very moisturizing, orange and chocolate scented bubbleroon with lots of warmth.
Pink- A sweet, candy-like bath bomb with a touch of vanilla.
Intergalactic- A refreshingly minty bath bomb, that will probably look mesmerizing in the bath.

I highly suggest stopping at Lush sometimes, and use me as an example to try new things.

April 8, 2016

Sephora Shopping Trip



I had some money left on a Sephora gift card and when I went in there to spend it, I bought a little more than expected. 

I purchased 2 sheet masks, the Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask and the Boscia Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Hydrogel Mask. I haven't really heard much about either of these masks, but I have been loving sheet masks for the last 6 months so I thought I would give them a try. 

After loosing my previous Nars Audacious Lipstick, I have missed it and decided to pick up this nude, medium coral shade, Catherine, instead.

Lastly, I picked up one of Benefit's new releases, Shy Beam. It is a matte liquid highlighter, something the beauty world is lacking.

Definitely excited to try out these products, especially because they come in perfect timing for Spring. 

April 6, 2016

5 Products I Want to Try



1. Mac Rebel Lipstick- I have always wanted to branch out and try a bolder, vampy lipstick, but never have. Also, I have heard so much about this shade that I think it is the perfect one to experiment with.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade- My friend has this product and, in addition to many others, raves about it. It seems like the perfect product to create a bold brow. Plus, I have no other products like it.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit- My friend also raves about this palette. It seems to be high quality and worth the price. Being the perfect product to create the perfect contour.

4. Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation- I have wanted to try this foundation forever and someday I actually will. However, I have no clue when that day will come.

5. Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil- I love cleansing oils and have heard a lot of good reviews about this one. It's definitely a product that I want to give a try someday.



April 4, 2016

Gathering Empty Products


I enjoyed the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish. It is definitely exfoliating, but I don't know if it is really worth repurchasing. However, it was a nice Sephora 100 point perk. 

I absolutely love the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream. I actually just recently received a travel sized version in my Birchbox and I couldn't be more content. It is a great light moisturizer; especially suitable or Summer. Basically this is a great, trusty product and I will probably repurchase it at some point in my life. 

Only getting two or three uses out of the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, I'm not sure how effective this mask was. The fact that it is black looks cool, but I don't really know what it does or whether it works. It was okay, I guess. 

I like the smell of the Dove Go Fresh Body Wash (Mandarin and Tiare Flower). It is a moisturizing, cleansing body wash. I will probably repurchase this scent or any of the other ones. It is nice for the price and overall not luxurious or anything, but decent. 

Having purchased the Davines Solu Shampoo for half price, it was worth the cost, but had I paid full price, it would have been a bust. It was okay and lasted a while, but it was nothing spectacular. 

I finished off another bottle of the DevaCurl No-Poo Conditioning Cleanser. It is my favorite, go-to in shower hair product and really revives my curls. I will definitely be repurchasing this product time after time. 

Lastly, I emptied the Macadamia Natural Oil Moisturizing Rinse. I have had this sitting in my shower for a while and even though I love it am glad to try another conditioner. I have repurchased this in the past and will most likely continue to do so. It's a great conditioner. 

March 28, 2016

Sephora Birthday Gift 2016


I love how rather than the standard fifteen or twenty percent discount, Sephora gives birthday gifts. This year Sephora took an unprecedented route and made two different options for their annual birthday gift, one for makeup lovers and one for skin care lovers.


I strayed from the expected, a lipstick and an eyeliner, I chose the Fresh birthday gift, which comes with a cleanser and a face mask. This one was more intriguing since I have recently been into face masks. Also, I thought I would get more use out of a cleanser than adding another lipstick and eyeliner to my already substantial collection.

The package comes with Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser, which I have tried in samples before, it is a pretty standard, basic cleanser. It also has the Fresh Rose Face Mask. I am much more excited to try this hydrating, gel mask.

In conclusion, nice job Sephora. The two options are a winning idea and this year both are quality choices. If you haven't already signed up for the Sephora Beauty Insider program, I suggest doing so, even if it is just so you can receive the free birthday gift.

March 23, 2016

Purchasing Jewelry... Francesca's Shopping

Recently, I made my way into Francesca's--I'm not quite sure how this happened exactly but it did and I have a credit card and thus we have this post. I found myself, per usual, looking at the jewelry, and stumbled upon two necklaces and a bracelet.

I saw the bracelet first. I love the idea of stacking bracelets, but never seem to know exactly what looks right or am never able to stack more than three bracelets at a time. Therefore, when I saw this bracelet, which is wrapped around four or five times, I thought it was the perfect thing for me to wear. I've worn it a couple times and the one time I got the compliment, "I like your bracelets." So, it obviously serves the purpose I want it to.

I also bought two necklaces. The first one was only $14 and is quite simple. This square style chain is made to be layered but can also make a neat single layer necklace with a long tail in the back.

The second necklace is a simply classic rhinestone (ew, I don't really enjoy that word) chain. I REALLY like this one. It adds a little pizzaz to an outfit. I can't really put more words to this necklace, other than I just really like it.

So, if you find yourself near a Francesca's, wander in there and check out the jewelry. My friend also told me that they have really cool capes, so you should check those out too!!

March 20, 2016

Non-minimalist Guide to College Packing


Being that next year I will be a freshman in college-- and am extremely excited-- I have thoroughly thought through what I will need to pack. I thought it would be wise to share what I came up with and save you time to think of everything you need to pack. This list may seem overwhelming, but some things are small and not everything is an absolute necessity. Plus, I am definitely not a minimalist.

Bedding 
duvet cover and duvet
sheets
pillows
mattress topper
blanket

Bathroom
towels
washcloths
shower caddy
flip flops

Toiletries
shampoo
conditioner
body wash
face wash and routine
cotton rounds
lip scrub

March 17, 2016

"Ready for Anything"~March Birchbox



Parlor Smoothing Blowout Spray
I have received things from Parlor in the past and really liked them, so I'm sure this product will be good. Maybe it will remind me that I should blowout my hair more often. Overall, definitely a hit.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
I actually just emptied a full sized container of this moisturizer. I really like the lightweight gel texture and find it cooling and mildly moisturizing. I was thinking about repurchasing, so this will hold me over until I decide. Whether I use it daily or for travel, I'm excited to have it.

Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads
I am still loving sheet masks and these are right along the same line... basically sheet masks for your eyes. Whether or not I see a visible difference, I am exited to use them and feel the comfort and cooling. Also, I would never buy these myself, but I like them, so they're perfect for my box. Definitely a win in my book.

MILK Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M
Although this product appears small, it is rather pigmented and is a nice shade. I like it, it's nice and I will use it, but its definitely not my favorite thing in the box and just kind of takes up space.

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Filter
Having looked at this eyeshadow trio previously, it is a good addition to my box. It's very "on the go" friendly because the matte, neutral shadows go with anything else and stand well on their own. Being the most useable product in my box, this made this month great.



January 4, 2016

Current Curly Hair Care



I switch up certain aspects of my hair care routine often, while I repurchase other products time after time. I switch up my shampoo and conditioner all the time and currently I am using the Davines Solu refreshing shampoo and the DevaCurl One Condition. However, on most days I wash with the DevaCurl No-Poo Cleansing Conditioner. My hair and curls respond better to this product than most traditional shampoos and conditioners. When my hair needs more attention, I use the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque, which really makes my hair feel soft and healthy. 


As far as products when I get out of the shower, I always start with a detangler and currently it has been the Weightless Moisture Leave in Conditioner from Macadamia. Then, when my hair is extra dry, I like the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment. I tend to switch up my curling creams/gels often, but recently I ordered the original Curl Keeper from Birchbox and I absolutely love how lightweight yet moisturizing it is. When I need a hair spray, I have been using the Macadamia Natural Oil Control spray-- I just like any flexible hold hairspray. If I have second or third day hair that needs a like refreshing, I use the Bumble and Bumble Pret a Powder dry shampoo. It works better than any aerosol dry shampoo I have tried and doesn't weigh down my curls. 

December 26, 2015

My Simplified Travel Makeup Bag

Considering I tend to overpack on makeup, this selection, for a week long trip, is a modest amount.


Starting with face products, I like to bring an all purpose primer, like the Smashbox Photo Finish, and a lightweight, but buildable coverage foundation, like the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide. I'm also bringing a reliable concealer, which for me is the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Bisque. I bring a standard bronzer and blush, Nars Laguna and Tarte Dollface. For highlighter, I can use the shimmering eyeshadow that I'm bringing.


As for my eyes, I like to bring an easy to use eyebrow product, like the Anastasia Brow Wiz, and a dependable eye primer, the Rimmel Exaggerate eye primer. For eyeshadows I'm packing a cream shadow, the Mac Paint Pot in Vintage Selection, a standard palette, the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, and a less neutral shadow for versatility, the Nars Shadow Duo in Charade. For eyes, I'm also bringing a solid black liquid liner, a miniature of the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, and a basic mascara, Maybelline's the Rocket.


For lips, I'm packing two long lasting lip colors, one nude, Rimmel's Provocalips in Dare to Pink, and one red or one bolder color, Rimmel's Provocalips in Play with Fire.

For brushes, I'm not bringing a foundation brush, since I don't really need one, but I am bringing a brush for bronzer, Bare Mineral's Handy Buki, and a brush for blush, a miniature brush from Nars. For eyes, I'm packing a shadow brush, Mac 239, a crease brush, Mac 217, a blending brush, Mac 224, and an angled brush for liner, Mac 265.

December 22, 2015

Celestial Seasoning Tea

I'm not obsessed with tea and I don't drink it everyday; however, I really like the Celestial Seasonings Teas. Fortunately, when I went to Target, Celestial Seasoning's Teas were on sale (3 for $7).


My trusty pick is Country Peach Passion. I went out and bought a new box when I finished the last one. It isn't too strong or sweet, but it just has a nice peachy flavor. I like that it is a basic peach tea, not combined with other flavors. Although it's not Spring or Summer, I still enjoy fruity teas.

When I was in Target, I wanted to give the Fruit Tea Sampler a try. Since, I like the peach flavor so much I figure this is a pretty safe choice. Thus far, I have tried and enjoyed the Wild Berry flavor.

Other than being out of the peach flavor, the real reason I went to look at tea was to buy their seasonal Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. I have heard people obsessing over this flavor and am glad I also gave it a try. It's sweeter without being too sweet. I prefer it with milk, which makes it remind me of a chai.

September 27, 2015

Visiting the Birchbox Store


Recently, when I was in New York, I made it a goal to visit the Birchbox store. I was way too in the moment to remember to take pictures of the store itself, so thank you Google and Birchbox.com for the picture above. The store is logically set up, with a large selection and variety of products.

I took the opportunity to build my own box, which happens in the section toward the back of the picture, for $15. Building your own box means mixing and matching samples from different categories (Birchbox also offers a build your own men's boxes).


The first thing I picked up is the Masqueology Brightening Sheet Mask. I love getting brightening masks in my monthly boxes, so why wouldn't I pick up one for my own box.

I doubled on products in the face category, because nothing in the makeup section really attracted my attention, but I was excited to see the Jouer Daily Repair Treatment Oil. I love everything I have tried from Jouer and I also like trying samples of face oils, so this was the perfect sample for me to pick.

I am always happy when Birchbox sends me hair products, so I chose the Miss Jessie's Super Sweetback Treatment. This deep conditioner comes in quite a generous size and is made for curly hair.

Even though I am not always the biggest fan of perfume samples, this Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanilla Extreme sample basically smells like expensive, strong, vanilla. A distinct vanilla, that doesn't smell like straight candy, is sometimes hard to find in a perfume.

Finishing off my box, I chose the Whish Exfoliating Body Wash in Coconut Milk. I love all of the Whish products that I have tried from Birchbox and this one smells super light and fresh, so this product seemed like a logical addition.

September 8, 2015

Deva Curl NoPoo Cleansing Conditioner


I have heard about the Deva Curl products from others with curly hair and decided to pick up the NoPoo Cleansing Conditioner. For some reason I assumed that this was a clarifying shampoo, but after getting home I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it is a cleansing conditioner.

The product comes out with the same texture as a conditioner. It doesn't lather and just absorbs into the hair and then completely washes out. Using this cleansing conditioner leaves my hair looking healthier, feeling softer, and styling better. When my hair is extra dry, I follow it up with the Deva Curl One Condition and it transforms my locks. 

At first, it smelled kind of like rose, but with more use it smells more more like a light, floral mint. it doesn't leave much scent in my hair and leaves it smelling simply clean.

Basically if you have curly hair, you should try this. It revamped my curls and I love it so much I've bought it twice, in a bigger size. 

September 1, 2015

Bath and Body Works Fall Candles-- Autumn and Leaves


Now that it is September, I feel like I can officially use the word "Fall." Fall is the only time of year when I don't mind stepping foot into Bath and Body Works. I went in the other day expecting to purchase my favorite fall candle, Leave. I came out, taking full advantage of their 2 for $24 deal, with my old favorite and a new scent to try, Autumn.

Leaves is the cult classic as far as fall candles go. It is basically the fall version of any summer fruity scent. Bath and Body Works describes it as being a blend of golden nectar, red apple, and spiced berries.

The lady at the store told me that if I like Leaves, I will probably also like Autumn. In simple terms, Autumn is the manlier, more butch if you will, version of Leaves. It still has a spiced fruit feel, but with less spice and more tree. It's described as a blend of red apple, cedarwood, and fir balsam.

I think I like Leaves better than most other scents, but Autumn is a nice change.