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.

January 27, 2015

Deva Curl Light Defining Gel

I have been embracing my natural curls for a few years now and have volleyed back and forth between mouse, cream, and gel products. Recently, I found something I really like. DevaCurl has always seemed like a great brand for curly-haired girls and I love their Light Defining Gel.

The large twelve ounce bottle is just under $20, so a pretty good deal. The gel is lightweight, not leaving the hair feeling crunchy. It really enhances my curls, defining their structure, without weighing down my hair.

After using a touch of serum, leave in cream, and/or detangler to cut down on frizz and nourish my hair, I add a small squeeze of this gel to my hands and evenly disperse it throughout my hair. When using the gel, a little bit goes a long way and really working the product into your hair works best.

This is my favorite gel I have tried, considering the gel itself and the look it gives.

January 25, 2015

Inglot Freedom System

When in New York, needing to kill time, I stopped by the Inglot store. I have always wanted to try out their freedom system, but never found an opportunity to swatch shades. So, I decided to pick out a few shades.

The whole process was quite simple and intuitive. All of the shades are laid out on a table and you place your shades on a magnetic board and a worker picks them for you and then of course you have the optionality to buy a palette.

I chose to make a three pan palette because it is less commitment and quite frankly I have too many eyeshadows. The individual eyeshadows are $7 each and the 3 shadow palette is $9, totaling to $30.

January 23, 2015

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline mascaras are my absolute favorite. The Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, $6.94, came out recently, so I snatched it up.

I love the outer packaging, a light metallic pink with bold black font.

It claims to coat each layer of lashes for an overall better effect and appearance.

The plastic brush is spooned shaped with 10 layers of bristles. The bristles outside the arc are longer, while the ones inside the arc/spoon are shorter. The formula is wet, which I am indifferent to, and is jet black. It can be clumpy, but the more you comb through your lashes, the better it looks. It coats lashes and makes them look very defined, while assisting in the curling aspect.

Although this is not my all time favorite mascara, I really like it and will probably repurchase it at some point in time.

January 22, 2015

The Warmest Mittens-- The North Face

I can usually be found buying gloves for a few dollars at Target and/or Walmart. My freezing hands often suffer. Recently, as the temperatures continually drop and my hands continually freeze, I decided to invest in some warm mittens. My mom owned these exact mittens and I love them so much that I decided to acquire a pair of my own. 

For $40, I purchased The North Face Women's Cable Knit Mitt. They come in five colors and I decided to purchase the black as I figured it to be the most durable. Most knit mittens are drafty and more for looks than function, but these are fleece lined for extra warmth. 

So far, I find that my warm hands appreciate spending a little bit more money on mittens and though they're not good for doing things like looking at your phone, these mittens are perfect for walking around in cold temperatures. 

January 20, 2015

*"Winterizing" my Nails with Julep

After spending the weekend walking around New York City, my nails are in need of some assistance. So today when I got home, I spent some time taking care of them.

In my experience, nail health roots from cleansing. I use the wide variety of inexpensive soaps from Method. They cleanse my hands without being dehydrating my hands and nails. Sweet Water is a neutral scent that smells nice and generic, but still smells nice.

Products I Have Repurcahsed

Some products are very nice, but few are so beloved that I repurchase them, repeatedly. Additionally, many products are so great that I use them enough to finish.

Bobbi Brown Corrector
My under eye circles are not as bad as they used to be, but I still use this salmon toned concealer underneath my eyes. It is moisturizing and only takes a dab to cover a night of restless sleep. I especially like how it brightens my undereyes without making them look ashy.

Stila Convertible Color in Lillium
I never thought I would consider myself a cream blush gal, but this one has sold me. The soft pale pink and moisturizing yet long wearing formula is just what I need to complete an everyday dewy look and though I only do so once in a while, it does work well as a lip color. Check out my review here.

Anastasia Brow Wiz
Unlike most other brow products, this one is foolproof. This skinny, waxy pencil is blendable and perfect for making your eyebrows look full and natural. Also, the spoolie on the opposite end aids in application and really finishes off the look.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Clinique makes great, high-quality mascaras. This mascara, with an especially small wand, made especially for tiny bottom lashes. It is not advertised as being waterproof, and though I am not declaring that it is, this mascara stays put forever and doesn't rub off underneath your eyes. Plus, it makes my bottom lashes appear defined and really complete an eye look. This trusty bottom lash mascara continually lives in my makeup bag.

Nars Lip Gloss in Easy Lover
This gloss, which I have a review here, may not be everyone's cup of tea, as it looks quite electric in the tube, but subtle on the lips; however, I love it for that reason. It makes a perfect `is she wearing something colored on her lips or is that just a clear gloss and her lips are naturally that shade` look. Needless to say, wearing it quite often has led me to repurchase a second tube in the new and improved Nars lipgloss formula, which is completely unscented.

January 18, 2015

January 2015 Birchbox// Rest and Recharge

Birchbox seems to be slightly revamping itself for the coming year. What am I looking forward to the most? Each box this year will have a new design and after seeing the design for December, I am cannot even imagine what the future boxes will look like.

For January, rather than a 'normal' box, I opted to receive the Relax and Recharge box, made to unwind and take a break after the chaotic holiday season.
The first item I received is the Perlier Intensive Nurturing Body Balm in Shea Lavender. I also received this lotion in my June 2014 box (I cannot blame Birchbox for doubling up on this product because this month's box is a special one). Anyways, this ultra moisturizing lotion is hydration and I am pretty indifferent to the lavender scent. I am not in love with this product, to the point where I will repurchase it, but definitely enjoy it.
To hydrate and nourish my hair, I got the Briogeo Don't Despair! Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. At first look, I really like the packaging. After reading the description, I am excited to put this to the test; it claims to rejuvenate hair from things like color processing and I just got my hair colored a week or two ago. I am also excited about the formula is a solid, oily, balm, something different than most deep conditioners.
I have never spent the money on a full size one and usually just use my moisturizer. That being said, I love receiving eye cream samples and in this box got the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream. It is a natural product that claims to aid in the appearance of your underlies. Nonetheless, I am happy to try out this product.
The product I am most excited about is the When Travelmate Sheetmask. I have never tried a sheet mask before, but have been longing to. This sheet is made of coconut and claims to completely rejuvenate your skin. I took it with me on a trip and it really did make my skin feel softer. 

As for beauty, I received the Manna Kadar Lip Locked in All of Me is a berry lip cream. I am not too enthusiastic about this product, but it is nice to try out. I like the color, but in my opinion is much more appropriate for fall. 
To round out the pampering experience, I got the Teapigs Tea Temples, one in Chamomile Flower and one in Licorice and Peppermint. In summary, the tea is high quality that makes you feel warm, fuzzy, and relaxed.

Even though I am not too excited about some of the products in this box, the other products, the hair mask, eye cream, and sheet mask make the box great. 

January 16, 2015

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Captivating

I have heard hype regarding the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Captivating, so when I had a gift card, I decided to pick it up. 

I have tried many of these Tarte blushes before and find that they're very long wearing and though they may not be the softest formula, they're extremely pigmented.

The packaging is similar to the older packaging, as the outer color is the same as the actual blush and the inside mirror and pan is the same. However, the outer packaging is sleeker and the name, Tarte, is written in gold, which looks very classy and sophisticated.

The shade I bought, Captivating, is a matte, warm, peachy, orange. It is softer, more subtle than Tipsy and bolder, more orange than Blissful. It blends well and I love the way it looks now, in the Winter, but I also think it will look great in the Spring and the Summer for a natural flush. 

If you like Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes or have never tried them before, I recommend checking out  every shade, particularly Captivating. 

January 14, 2015

Product Empties #9

Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo Three- I have purchase this and talked about it many times. Although it is an extremely cleansing shampoo that works very well, I am going to purchase the Deva Curl No Poo, just for a change.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable Weightless Hair Spray- Similar to other weightless hairsprays, this one works well. I will not repurchase it as I rarely use hairspray, but if I find it cheaper at Marshalls/TJ Maxx again I will pick it up.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo- I also love this shampoo, especially the clean refreshing scent. I am going to repurchase it eventually, as I always do.

Macadamia No Tangle Spray- I liked this detangling spray, but didn't find it made a big difference in my hair; therefore, I probably won't be repurchasing it.

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment- Unlike the No Tangle Spray, this oil makes all the difference in the feel, appearance, and ease of styling my hair. I am definitely repurchasing it and may even get a bigger size.

Tone Moisturizing Cocoa Butter- I wrote a review this body wash, which is where you can read all about how much I love this body wash. I will definitely repurchase this product again, per usual, but not until I finish my other body washes.

Soap and Glory Clean on Me- I love this traditional Soap and Glory scent and will eventually repurchase it.

Skintimate Raspberry Rain Shaving Gel- As a stand by, I always purchase this to shave my legs. It works a lot better than plain old soap. It leaves my legs soft and makes shaving easier. After using up this container, I have already repurchased a new bottle.

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash- This face wash has a menthol scent and feel, which is very refreshing, but also slightly irritating for people with sensitive skin, like myself. Though I thought it was very nice, especially how it's thick and foamy, I will most likely not repurchase this face wash because it is slightly irritating.

Soap and Glory Hand Food- Smelling similar to the Clean On Me shower gel, I love this hand cream and most importantly it makes your hands feel very soft and nourished.

Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer- I have tried many primers and recently I finished this one. I liked this primer, but found it left a little bit of film on my skin. I will probably not repurchase this exact one but want to try out one of her original primers.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil- I love deluxe samples of oils and I refuse to spend the money for a full size,  It was similar to the Josie Maran Argan Oil, but I felt that it soaked into my skin quicker. Although I will probably never splurge and purchase the full size, I really like it and would repurchase a deluxe size.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer- This came accompanied by the Stila metals eyeshadow, but now you can buy a full size of this primer, though, in my opinion, it is not worth it. I definitely prefer other eye primers and find it really only works with certain eyeshadows.

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette- As a favorite for my brows, this pencil gives my brows a natural look. The skinny, waxy pencil is user friendly and easy to blend. Needless to say, I have already repurchased a new one. 

L'Oreal Total Repair Five Damage Erasing Balm- As a cheaper alternative, I bought this deep conditioner to hydrate my hair, but I will not be repurchasing as the extra money that I spend on a better deep conditioner makes my hair look a lot healthier.

January 12, 2015

First Impressions-- Nars Audacious Lipstick in Raquel

When at Sephora, I decided to give the Nars Audacious Lipstick in Raquel a try, as many have spoken very highly of it. Although, I don't mind the rubberized Nars packaging, the sleek black plastic is refreshing. The most exciting thing regarding this lipstick is the magnetic cap, that makes me feel special and important when using it (yes, a lipstick can make you that emotionally affected within the first few seconds of opening it).

In regards to the formula, this lipstick is extraordinarily creamy and smooth. It applies evenly and doesn't fade away easily.

Raquel is a pink beige. It is extremely opaque and is quite a flattering shade and tone for my skin tone.

The price, at $32, is really steep, especially for a lipstick; however, at first look I truly believe it is worth the price, after all, quality over quantity.