March 1, 2015

Milani Lipstick in Nude Creme

The Milani Color Statement Lipsticks were raved about when they first came out. At only $5.49, I decided to try one.

At first look, the packaging is not my favorite, but it is functional. 

The shade I purchased, Nude Creme, is, exactly how it sounds, a neutral, pink, creamy nude. It is opaque in one swipe and wears as long as the average lipstick. Against my skin tone, it looks natural and doesn't cake at all. It has a lightweight formula that is very moisturizing and smells sweet. 

February 27, 2015

February 2015 Favorites

I recently bought the Laura Mercier Foundation in Ecru and have fallen in love with how lightweight it is and the natural finish it leaves on my skin.

Sally Hansen's Gilty Party adds a subtle amount of flair. It wears a very long time.

I wear this necklace all the time and a lot of people think that it is an antique broach, but it is actually from J. Crew. I like wearing it with plain tee shirts, sweaters, dresses, you get the point.

Baggu makes function and durable items for an inexpensive price tag. Like their Duck Bag, a brown canvas cross body tote. I use it to carry everything from schoolwork, my laptop, and even a change of clothes for an overnight trip.

I also really like Baggu's 3D zip bags as they're made with a lightweight washable nylon. On my most recent trip, I am using them for toiletries and makeup.

I have been watching Royal Pains on Netflix. Check it out, you might just end up watching a few seasons in one month.

February 25, 2015

Brown Eyeliner

On a daily basis I usually choose brown eyeliner over ball because it is less harsh and produces an overall better appearance. It doesn't close off my already small eyes. Using brown eyeliner more than black, it is obvious that I have a few favorites. On a regular basis, I only use black for liquid eyeliner, hence the lack of a liquid liner favorite.

February 23, 2015

Elf Baked Eyehsadow Trio in Peach Please

I quite like the Elf Baked Eyeshadow in Toasted. It is higher quality than I expect out of an eyeshadow from Elf, so when I saw this trio I decided to purchase it. 

These trios cost $4 each, a good value for three quality shadows. All of the eyeshadows are pigmented and blend well. They last a pretty long time when paired with a primer. 

This trio is just as high of quality as Toasted, but I don't love the individual shades and tones. The lightest one comes across as very gold and is mildly unflattering on my cool skin tone. The peach shade is mediocre, quite light and pinky. It is not one of my favorite shades. I do however really like the deep brown. It is very pigmented, matte, and glides onto the skin. 

I personally don't like the two lighter shades enough to use them, but I do like the darkest shade enough that I can see myself reaching for this solely for the brown. 

February 19, 2015

February 2015 Brichbox

The outside of this month's box is not necessarily my favorite pattern, but I do like how bright and colorful it is. One thing I didn't like about my Birchbox this month is the new information card; it only tells you the brands in your box and to actually read about the product you now have to go online. It isn't really a big deal, but I liked the convenience of the old information card.

Marcelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes
This doesn't seem like anything special, but it is functional. I can always use makeup remover and since it is for sensitive eyes, it hopefully will not irritate my eyes.

Coola Face Matte Tint Sunscreen
I'm the least excited about this product, in fact I think I have received this before. Being completely honest, I do not think I will use this.

Amika Nourishing Mask
I like to try hair masks, and they can be a little pricey, so this is perfect for me. I like the tube packaging and the smell and will probably take this on my next trip.

Harvey Prince Sincerely Perfume
I'm pretty indifferent to receiving perfume samples. I like how this one has a pump and a cap, making it convenient for traveling and such. 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner
I was rather excited to see this in my box this month as it is almost full size and something that I use on an almost daily basis. This is, in my opinion, the most valuable thing in my box this month. 

February 10, 2015

Brow Products

My brows need assistance, I depend on nice products to control them and achieve a more put together look.

The convenience of the all encompassing Benefit Brow Zings in Medium surpasses all other brow powders. I really like how it comes with two brushes, a mirror, tweezers, the wax, and the powder. I surprisingly like using the brushes. I apply the wax first then the powder.

Different than the Brow Zings, the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette comes with two different shades of brow powder. It is a harder powder, which helps to prevent you from overdoing it. Despite the texture, it is relatively blendable.

When I'm in a hurry, I usually grab the Benefit Gimmee Brow in Light/Medium. It is a more opaque brow gel than other "tinted brow gels. It takes care of wild hairs while filling in the brow area. I just come the micro brush through my brows and they usually look much better than they had five seconds beforehand. 

Right now my favorite product to use is the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette. It is waxy pencil that is very skinny, which gives a realistic appearance. This is another product that is more difficult to overdo.

I also love the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel as it secures my eyebrows. Sometimes the gel can be a bit too heavy and stiff, but when used sparingly, it is a savior for unruly brows. I like to use it alone for pure control and with other products to complete a look. 

February 6, 2015

New York City// Weekend Highlights

Since I recently went to New York City for the weekend, I decided to write a post about the highlights of my trip. I mostly want to remember this trip, but I also want to tell you about some of the great things I did. I may just be a tourist in a big city, but I still want to document my memories, so here are the top things I accomplished this trip (in no particular order).

Although I did not take a picture of it (this is the view from inside), I stopped by the same Duane Reade three times in two days. It was so convenient and there seemed to be one most everywhere I went. Plus, when I went upstairs I was welcomed to beauty heaven. They had things I didn't even know existed as well as brands that I would never be able to find in the drugstores by where I live.

The Palm Court Atrium
Ever since watching Eloise, I have wanted to visit The Plaza. We walked through the lobby, downstairs, and drank hot chocolate. I am happy to say that I have finally visited such a beautiful hotel and it looks just as grand in person as it does in pictures.

The cold halted plans of walking around Central Park, so to relax and see as much of it as possible, we took a carriage ride around. The man knew just about every movie ever filmed there, which we would have never been able to figure out. I definitely want to go back and walk around, but that will have to wait until temperatures are a little bit higher.

I didn't want to leave New York without seeing the Empire State Building. We went up at night and there were zero lines. It was amazing to see all the lights, even if I couldn't tell what most of the things were. It was definitely worth the trip and can honestly say, in a positive way, it was unlike anything I have ever seen.

In case you haven't already picked up on this, I went and saw a lot of basic tourist attractions. FAO Schwartz being one. It was a lot larger than I expected and the Big piano looked different than I expected. I thoroughly enjoyed the Lego section, where I picked up this Mountain Survival Kit. Yes, it is for ages.........., but I had a lot of fun putting it together.

Another thing most tourists see is Macy's. I felt like this was a must since we stayed so close to it and I am a huge fan of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. This picture was taken from inside Duane Reade, but I promise I did walk inside, if 5 steps count. I was mesmerized enough to see the beautiful building itself.

Although most have seen the ever so popular Broadway Show Wicked, up until this past weekend I had yet to lay my eyes on the beautiful production. I am not a Broadway connoisseur, but I can attest to the marvel that is Wicked. It truly makes sense of the Wizard of Oz. The first act was entertaining, but not merely as exciting as the second. I am glad to say that I finally comprehend why so many Tony's have been awarded and why so many are in love.

(Cafeteria's instagram) 
My favorite place we ate at was Cafeteria. If you don't already know what this is, they serve amazing food 24/7. I went at around ten, elevenths, so I settled on bacon, a croissant, and their Truffle Oil Macaroni and Cheese. This may not have been the healthiest choice, but it was amazing. I definitely saw things on the menu that I want to try another time, their pancakes being one. Also, it wasn't cheap, but for quality food and a great atmosphere, it was not overpriced.

I had lots of fun this past weekend and am excited to go back to New York.

February 4, 2015

Lush Classic Favorites

I haven't been to Lush since Christmas and have almost nothing left. Today I decided to purchase a few of my favorites.

Twilight Bath Bomb, $6.25-
This bath bomb is perfect for nightime. It smells of lavender, with a little added warmth, and makes the water a delightful pink.

Butterball Bath Bomb, $4.95-
I picked up 2 of these because it has been one of my favorites for a while. I love the warm, relaxing, vanilla scent and the fact that it rejuvenates dry skin.

Honey Bee Bath Bomb, $6.45-
I am in love. This bath bomb smells like Lush's well-known soap, Honey I Washed the Kids. It doesn't do anything miraculous to the skin and makes the water an unattractive yellow, but it fills the bathroom with a sweet, luxurious scent that I cannot resist.

Blackberry Bath Bomb, $6.35-
I also love this bath bomb purely for its scent. It is light and fruity, nothing spectacular, but somehow it wins me over. Plus, it turns the water to a beautiful blue, purple.

You've Been Mangoed Bath Melt, $6.25-
Being my favorite bath melt, this product has a wonderful citrus scent, makes the water feel amazing, and really transforms the condition of the skin.

February 2, 2015

Stila Powder Eye Shadow in Kitten

Stila's eyeshadows are extremely soft. In fact, funny story, I had planned to write this post months ago but shattered the shadow all over my floor before I got around to actually writing it. After not having it, I realized how much I missed using it. More recently, I repurchased this shadow in a haul.

Kitten is Stila's trademark shade and after putting it to the test, I remain impressed.

The actual shade is a classic cool-toned champagne, most likely part of the reason that it has continual popularity. It is very metallic when used dry and looks dramatically foiled when applied wet.

The texture, itself, is velvety. Being extremely soft, the shadow can break easily, but the smoothness is worth the risk. Plus, the texture aids in bendability and overall application. The shadow's ability to transform from being very sheer to an opaque and metallic finish. The rich pigmentation lasts all day and when paired with a reputable eye primer, it does not crease.

February 1, 2015

Product Empties #10

Dove Body Wash in Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena
I love how moisturizing Dove body washes are and this one has a fresh scent. I really liked it and will definitely repurchase.

Soap and Glory Heel Genius
Smelling of menthol, this foot lotion is very moisturizing, but I will probably not repurchase as I find using regular body lotion on my feet works just as well.

It's a 10 Shampoo
I finished this shampoo a month ago and liked it well enough. I will probably return to it one day.

Bio True Contact Solution
This is the perfect eye makeup remover for sensitive eyes. It takes off everything, including waterproof mascara and is gentle on your lashes and doesn't turn your eyes red. 

Sonia Kashuk Eye Makeup Remover
This oily makeup remover works well to remove waterproof makeup, but I found it did kind of irritate my eyes. 

January 31, 2015

January 2015 Favorites

After missing my December and 2014 annual favorites, I think it is imperative that I share my January favorites.

I have 2 hair favorites, the first being the Biolage Color Care Shampoo. After getting my hair colored this month, I have been using this. It cleanses my hair, without stripping it, and keeps my curls looking fresh. Plus, it smells amazing.

Secondly, I been using the DevaCurl Light Defining Gel. I have a review posted here, but the point is that my curls love this product and it keeps most of my frizz at bay. I am glad I switched over to using it this month.

January 29, 2015

Rimmel Provocalips in 110 Dare to Pink

I am always searching for long wearing lip shades, hence my more recent post about L'Oreal's new long lasting lip color. That product was more a liquid and it was not my favorite, so I decided to give the Rimmel Provocalips Kiss Proof Lip Color a try.