December 16, 2014

Lush Christmas// Butter Bear

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One of my all time favorite bath bombs, and my go to for when I don't know what to purchase, and this year I was pleasantly surprised to find my favorite product in the shape of a bear.

The Butter Bear, $4.95, has an ultra moisturizing formula is packed with shea butter and smells of sweet vanilla. It is perfect for cold winter nights when you are in need of a warm scent and deep moisturization.

December 14, 2014

Top 5 Holiday Reds

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Although I do not wear red lips on a daily basis, there is something comforting and safe about a red around the holidays. Most are bright reds, but one brick red did make it into this elite list.

Bordering on a brick red, and basically there, the Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet is literally the color of red velvet cake. It is a deeper red, but is still appropriate for the holiday season. The moisturizing formula ensures that the dark color doesn't make your lips look dry or flaky, as some darker shades can do. Plus, the hydration just feels nice on the lips.

Moving on to lipsticks, Nars Lipstick in Jungle Red is the perfect, classic red to make your teeth appear very white. The formula is not too soft or dry, so it applies with ease and doesn't transfer too much. As far as lasting power goes, it doesn't last as long as the previously mentioned lip creams, but much longer than most other lipsticks.

On the more inexpensive side is the Covergirl Smoochers in #tweetme. This cherry tinted red is more reminiscent of a chapstick, but works wonderfully for casual holiday occasions. It is a gel-like moisturizer and you can practically apply it blindly, convenient for on the go holiday occasions.

To start with lip creams, I, like most everyone else, trust the OCC Lip Tar in NSFW. The tube I own is a miniature from a value set. A tiny dab is quite pigmented and covers the lips. It is a pinky blood red truly stays put, staying far away from outside of lip lines and teeth.

The other lip cream, also a mini from a set, is the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso, which is a fire engine red with a vanilla scent. Even though the application can be tedious and a bit messy, once perfected this cream stays put for hours.

December 12, 2014

Lush Christmas// The Christmas Hedgehog

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The Christmas Hedgehog from Lush costs $7.25 and is the perfect treat this holiday season. It is possibly the cutest Christmas item/potential gift Lush offers this year.

This cute little animal is a silver/ blue color and has hints of sparkle. The soft texture has cocoa butter, lavender, rose, and ylang ylang oils. This combination, in addition to other ingredients, makes for a very soothing and slightly floral scent.

If you haven't been to Lush, and have even slightly considered it, now, Christmas, is time to check it out. This is just one of the many adorable things Lush offers for the season.

November 18, 2014

November 2014 Birchbox

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Keeping with the theme of Thanksgiving, this month's Birchbox is all about sharing/giving, particularly (Red), which donates to benefit those with AIDS.

Camille Beckman Platinume Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy ($20)
This being the first product I pulled out, I was not too enthusiastic because the smell is not something I particularly enjoy. However, if you enjoy the smell, the quality and effectiveness of the hand cream is nice, but I can't get past the undesirable fragrance.

Toni and Guy Classic Shine Gloss Serum ($15)
I have only ever tried the Toni and Guy Sea Salt spray, which I am quite impressed with; therefore, I am glad to give this serum a try, especially with dry winter months approaching.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Sensitive Peel ($39)
I haven't ever tried anything from Juice Beauty. The tube itself holds very little product, but I am still excited to give this mask a try. Plus, my skin always looks forward to products that are exfoliating.

MAKE Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover ($22)
I haven't tried anything from MAKE, but the brand seems quite trendy. This eye makeup remover combines oil and water, claiming to remove makeup and soothe skin.

Laura Mercier Longwear Creme Eye Pencil in Violet ($24)
This is by far the most exciting thing in my box this month. Even though, lately, Birchbox has been sending out an abundance of eyeliners, this one stands out because of the brand's reputation, eyeliner formula, and lovely purple shade.

Maple Bacon ChocoPod ($6.49)
Lastly, as a true bonus I received this little treat, chocolate with a little bit of sweet crunch (I did not find any evidence of bacon, just maple, but still very good).

November 14, 2014

Top 10 Products Under $10; Collab with Nichellexoxo


I love reading De'Asia's blog, Nichellexoxo; therefore, when she emailed me about doing a collab I was very excited.

Then comes this tag, which is very interesting to me as it is exciting to see what others love. Also, since some drugstore products have crept past $10 this tag is more about inexpensive gems, not what you can find at your local Target.

Garnier Oil Nourishing Cleansing Oil
To rid of any makeup I love using cleansing oils and working as well as many other higher end oil makeup removers, this cheaper version from Garnier is one of my favorites. I have been through a whole bottle and still think it works marvelously.

Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Primer
I love high end eye primers and believe they're the highest of quality, but the Rimmel Exaggerate primer is the closest thing I have found to more expensive one. It has a long lasting time and prevents eyeshadows from creasing and generally fading away.

Maybelline The Falsies (Flared)
Similar to their liquid liner, this mascara is high quality for a lesser price. In addition to loving the formula, I enjoy the curved brush and find it makes my lashes flare quite nicely.

Maybelline Color Tattoo
Though I love most all of the shades in the Maybelline Color Tattoo range, Bad to Bronze has to be my favorite. It has a metallic finish and the perfect mix between a cool taupe and warm bronze. Plus, the formula is long wearing, making it so the shadow can stand alone or be used as a base.

L'Oreal Infalliable Eyeshadows
Though these shadows can creep up above $10 when purchased at Target or Walmart, they meet the criteria for this tag. They're basically a packed pigment that is metallic, long lasting, and pigmented. The shades are absolutely beautiful and feel like they should make a dent in my wallet, when really they just chip away it.

November 3, 2014

Why Do I love Shopping at Gap?


They have amazing sales, sell high quality clothes, manufacture classic and trendy styles, fit well.

Far left- Originally $26.95, I paid $10.79
This grey three quarter length sleeve shirt is made of a very soft smooth material. The dye is original, varying in opacity throughout the shirt, adding a distressed look. The neckline is not low and rather meets the center of my chest.

Middle Left- Originally $24.95, I paid $7.79
The color, a mix between grey, mint green, and light blue, attracts me to this shirt and even though I don't normally wear henleys, I decided to pick it up anyways.

Middle Right- Originally $26.95, I paid $10.79
I love Navy and stripes; together, I love them even more, and then, when you add in a floral print on the front of the shirt, I fall in love. The fabric is not as soft as the other shirts, but the patterns and overall look outweigh the material.

Far Right- Originally $24.95, I paid $7.79
Being more a dark blue/grey, this shirt is the exact same style as the other henley; however, I couldn't decide which color to purchase and since they were such an inexpensive price, I decided to purchase both (yes, I am one of those people who purchase multiples of the same clothing item in different colors),

November 1, 2014

Dior Addict Lip Glow

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The Dior Addict Lip Glow in Pink is a balm, resembling a gel texture, and is consistently talked about among beauty enthusiasts. It is a revolutionary product. 

As far as packaging goes, this balm/lipstick is beautiful. The pink translucent outer packaging and the silver accents add flair to the already wonderful lip balm. Plus, it has SPF 10 to protect from the painful sunburn lips can endure and has mango butter to hydrate the lips.

This balm claims to adjust with your natural ph to create a personalized shade. However, I don't really feel the shade is special, but rather a sheer hot pink that looks different on people depending on their preexisting lip shade. I feel that the shade looks  different on lips because it is a tint, adding sheer color.

I love wearing this on casual makeup days when I feel like wearing a little something on my lips to brighten up my complexion, but don't want anything too obvious or opaque.

October 30, 2014

October 2014 Favorites


The Balm Stainiac in Beauty Queen
As evidence by the review I previously posted this month, I have been loving this stain. As mentioned in my review, it is a gel with a reddish berry shade. Check out my review, here, to read more about my thoughts and see swatches.

Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo
I also featured this shampoo in a favorite products for curly hair post. With a refreshing scent and packed full of high quality ingredients, like Macadamia Oil, this shampoo truly is rejuvenating. This shampoo cleanses my hair of all impurities without drying out your hair and with the assistance of conditioner and some leave in product it leaves your hair feeling silky smooth. Plus, I find it really helps keeping frizz at bay.

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck
The small size of this rollerball only adds to the convenience and appeal of this perfume. It is young, fruity, and slightly floral with notes of apple blossom, sweet vanilla, hibiscus, raspberry, dewberry, and green tea. The scent is, in my opinion, addicting and lasts all day.

Gilmore Girls
This is a true monthly favorite. Ever since Netflix decided to put Gilmore Girls on Netflix at the beginning of October, I have been in love with watching the series. Though I have already seen most of the episode, I have been loving watching them again, in order. It is such a great show, filled with comedy, pseudo-drama, and a loving relationship between a quirky mother and an equally as quirky daughter.

October 27, 2014

Five Autumn Lip Colors


Though I do love the look of a dark lip, I don't find it at all suitable for my everyday look. I like to stick to more subtle berry inspired lip colors.

Revlon Berry Smoothie Lip Butter ($7.49)
This moisturizing and smoothing lipstick delivers semi-opaque coverage. It is a medium/magenta pink with purple tones. The warm tone makes it very appropriate for Autumn.

As a fuchsia, this stain pulls both purple and magenta tones. It looks deeper at first swatch but the slight shine makes it very wearable. Then, after the shine wears away, it stains more on the pink side. The pigment stains for a long time, without drying out your lips.

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre ($28)
This beautiful pinky red is a thick, rich cream that delivers intense pigment. A little dot makes for a beautiful sheer lip, but add more and you get opaque coverage. The little dot also lasts hours, making it a maintenance free look.
Buxom Lip Cream in Berry Blast ($19)
Buxom makes virtually every shade of lip products possible, but this shade is a sheer cream with a traditional fuchsia shade. Additionally, the refreshing minty feel adds a kick to fall.

Nars Lip Gloss in Easy Lover ($26)
A bit different than most of the other shades featured in this post, Easy Lover is a pink shade with purple duo-chrome. This lip gloss is a transparent gel that it looks simply unique and catches the eye, rather than making you look like an alien.

If you prefer less vampy lips for an everyday fall makeup look, I suggest giving some of these a try. What are your favorite fall lip products?

October 24, 2014

Lush Twilight Bath Bomb

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In conjunction with the moon and the stars molded on top of the Twilight Bath Bomb ($6.25), the lavender inside represent nigh time. The soothing scent is made to relax and aid in restful sleep. The scent is quite soothing and it is warm, not being too overpowering or heavy.

In addition to a lovely scent, this bath bomb turns the water a luxurious pink shade and makes it feel soft. The water just feels soft and makes your skin feel soft; there is no better way to describe it. 

Even if you may not think you will like lavender scents, give this one a sniff. Possibly take it home for a relaxing before bed bath.

October 22, 2014

Five Favorite Fall Flushes (Blushes)

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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

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

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