July 28, 2014

Fun Summer Daytime Makeup Look with the Naked Palette

For a fun daytime look I decided to bring out my Naked palette, which I made inspiration for my makeup.

For a base I started out with the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, a favorite natural look base, and used my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Honeyand Custard since I am in between shades. I didn't use any powder. For my eyebrows I used the shades Naked and Buck from the Naked Palette.

For my cheeks I used the Jouer Mineral Powder Bronzer in Suntan, a neutral brown with slight shimmer. For blush I applied the beloved Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy. It is a bright orange-coral that is perfect for Summer. As a highlighter I used the Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle, which I have a review of here.

July 27, 2014

Product Empties 7- Hair, Body, Skin, and Makeup

Starting out by finishing a known favorite, since this is my second bottle of the Paul Mitchell Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo. I still love the way it works with my curly hair. Overall, I love the shampoo, but it is not my all time favorite. I will most likely repurchase it in the future, but probably only when I can get it on sale (Ulta sometimes offers deals on Paul Mitchell, usually buy 2 get 1 free).

The Garnier Pure Clean is one of my favorite clarifying shampoos, especially from the drugstore. I don't think I need to reiterate my love for this product, but for now I think I will be taking a break and try some other new things.

I finished another one of my clarifying shampoos, Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three, which deeply cleanses hair and allows for conditioner to be fully absorbed. I am currently using another one and have owned many.

The Tone Cocoa Butter Mango Splash Body Wash smells amazing and really gets the job done. The brand offers a bunch of different scents, but this one is my favorite. I have previously owned this product and have already repurchased.

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream is now an empty container. The thick cream that smelled of lime and sweet vanilla was amazing. I love Soap and Glory body products and have purchased the shower gel in the same scent.

I also finished the Clean and Clear Morning Burst fruit infusions smoothing facial scrub, which has strawberry and yumberry seeds. I feel it acts more as a face wash than an actual scrub and is appropriate for everyday use. I love the fruity scent and will definitely be repurchasing again, but only after I use up some of my other face washes.

The Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water has amazing packaging, with the pump-style lid. I loved the fresh scent and effectiveness of the product. It took off all my makeup easily, even waterproof eye makeup.

The only makeup I have used up recently is the Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner in Black. I love the skinny felt tip and the super black, waterproof formula. It is easy to make a wing and a variety of lines. I also love how accessible and inexpensive it is. I have already repurchased.

I also finished another felt tip pen eyeliner, the Jordana Fabuliner in Brown. This liner is inexpensive and good quality, but for now I prefer the Maybelline Eyeliner mentioned above.

What products have you used up recently?__________________________________________________________________________________
Read my previous Product Empties: 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

July 25, 2014

Current Skincare Routine

After a long day of wearing makeup I like to use the Clinque Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, a luxurious, hydrating, and heavy duty makeup remover.

Then to cleanse my skin I have been using the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash, which is a little bit cooling making it perfectly refreshing for Summer. It doesn't dry out my skin or hydrate it , but simply cleanses it. I also use my Clarisonic Mia 2 to deeply cleanse my skin and exfoliate it.

July 23, 2014

Summer Lovin' Tag

In the middle of Summer and after being tagged by the lovely Deasia from Nichellxoxo, I decided it is a good time to do the Summer Lovin' Tag. Even though I just posted a tag yesterday, you can never have too many tags, right?
I prefer bright and sheer lips and my favorite summer lipstick is not a traditional lipstick, but the Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate. It is a see through, warm-toned, bright pink. It truly adds a pop to a look, while still kreping it natural and simple.

In Summer I like to go for bright pink and blue nail polishes. My favorites have been Essie Bikini So Teeny, a bright periwinkle blue, and a classic favorite, China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, an electric coral. Both these shades work well on the fingers on the toes.

This Summer I don't have a favorite swim suit, but I can tell you my favorite place to purchase them is Target. They have a wide selection of trendy and classics styles.

I am very boring when it comes to Starbucks and almost always order an iced mocha. It is simple, light, refreshing, awakening, and sweet for Summer.

I don't have a favorite fake tan since I always go all natural and if I get a slight tan, so be it, but if not I let my medium skin tone shine through.

I love any music that is fun and feel good for Summer. My favorite song for this Summer is between anything from the 1975, On Top if the World by Imagine Dragons, and Riptide by Vance Joy.

My favorite Summer accesory has been my Alex and Ani bracelets. I own 5 silver ones (I need to branch out and buy a gold one): the Compass Rose, Buddha, A initial, Emerald stone, and Sunflower. I find they look good together, seperately, and mixed up with other bracelets.

My favorite Summer perfume/fragrance is something light, not overpowering, which for me is the Benefit Ring my Bella perfume. The packaging is adorable and you can read about the notes that I am unable to describe here.

July 22, 2014

Lip Product Addict Tag

Lately I have been loving trying out new lip products and I don't think an explanation is needed as to why I am doing this tag (I own way too many lip products).
My favorite lip balm is a recent find obsession,  the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm. Being a UK brand it is a bit hard to find, but I ordered mine from the Birchbox Shop. This a thick waxy balm that absorbs quickly into the lips without leaving any residue to replenish and nourish your pucker (flakes, cracks, and all). I also love the light citrus, lemon scent and how it doesn't linger on the lips.

The best eye catching red is the Tarte Glamazon 12 Hour Lipstick in Wild, which I sadly cannot find being sold anywhere. But, nonetheless, it is a smooth and creamy bright blue red. It also has a long wear time and does not transfer, making it the perfect formula for a bold red.

My favorite drugstore lip brand is Revlon. Their lip butters, jumbo lip crayons, lipsticks, stains, and glosses are all great. I love their variety, affordability, and ratio of duds to studs (a.k.a lots of gems).

A high end favorite brand, it is a tougher choice since I own only a few lip products from a bunch of different brands, but my favorite luxury brand is YSL. I know very expected and not too original, but their quality, packaging, and ability to make you feel like a queen surpasses most other brands.

The best Mac lipstick I have tried, and. Haven't tried too many, is Creme Cup. It is the perfect mixture of pink and nude and no matter what other similar shades I have tried, this one remains supreme.

The Maybelline Color Elixir in Hibiscus Haven is quite a disappointment. I know many people love these, but between picking an unflattering shade, user error, patchy pigmentation, and a drying formula made this a turn off.

I am not a liner fiend, but do use it once in a while. If I reach for a liner, it is the Mac Lip Liner in Dervish, a pinky nude that is very natural, works with a variety of lipsticks, has a creamy yet waxy formula, and lays nicely on the lips. I have a review here.

The best gloss is unexpected, as I don't talk about it too much. I love the Buxom Lip Gloss in Katie, a sheer, clear, glimmering, pink. Buxom has a cooling minty feel/scent, are not sticky, moisturizing, and come in an endless selection of colors.

For the something extra category, I decided to feature Bite Beauty, a brand catering to lip lovers as they offer tons of lip products and lip products only. I own only a handful of products from them, but from this small sampling I can guarantee high quality products.

July 21, 2014

Elf Baked Blush in Pinktastic

The Elf Baked Blush in Pinktastic is part of their studio line and though it is advertised as a blush, I use it as a highlighter.

The packaging is a little cheap, but you get what you pay for and I only paid $3.

The product is swirled with 2 different shades, a champagne and a pink, which appears very bright in the packaing. However when swatched and applied the pink tones disappear and you are left with a beautiful classic champagne.

July 20, 2014

Online Summer Shopping// Birchbox and Sephora

Birchbox is a great place to purchase otherwise difficult to find brands. The Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm, $19, is one thing I have been wanting to try but haven't picked up until now. It seems high quality and very moisturizing.

I also picked up the Laqa and Co Lil' Lip Kit, $32, which comes with five smaller lip crayons. They come in a variety of shades and I will probably be doing a whole separate review on them.

July 18, 2014

Josie Maran Argan Creamy Oil in Endless Guava

The Josie Maran Argan Creamy Oil Tint for Cheeks and Lips, released earlier this year, is a unique product. Costing $18 each, they come in a clear tube with silver accents. The tube is more sanitary than most cream blush products that come in a compact.

This cream is argan oil infused, as most Josie Maran products are, and claims to be hydrating without looking greasy. The formula starts as a smooth cream but when blended transforms into an oil that looks naturally dewy, lasting forever. I feel the oil is light enough to work well for all skin types.

July 16, 2014

Four or More Tag

After seeing this tag repeatedly I finally decided to do it. It truly shows what you love when you are willing to purchase that many.

Cream blushes can be hit or miss for me but I love the Stila Convertible Colors since they look natural, the formula is amazing, and they last all day. Out of all the beautiful shades they offer I have Lillium, Peony, Petunia, and Poppy. I have actually repurchased Lillium once and have my eye on a few of their other shades, especially Gladiola.

July 14, 2014

Birchbox July 2014


This month Birchbox has collaborated with Women's Health to create a box made to inspire and energize you. In honor of the collaboration, Birchbox revamped the exterior of the box for July and made it look fun and motivational.

The first product I recieved is the Coola After Sun Lotion. I have tried quite a number of things from Coola via Birchbox and so far this one is my favorite. It smells natural, is a whipped cream texture, and claims to calm and moisturize your skin. The sample is a good size and seems to be full of product.