August 30, 2014

August 2014 Favorites

Even though I always think it is a good product, I go through phases with the Bare Minerals Original Foundation. Recently I have been loving how much coverage it has for such a lightweight feel. Also, I cannot get over how perfect the shade Medium matches me and think the line offers enough tones and shades for everyone.

Like the ones they have at Sephora, Target offers Dispenser Pumps, which are user friendly and great for liquid products, like makeup remover and toner.

When Estee from Essie Button ironically suggested the Essie Nil Polish in Splash of Grenadine, a beautiful light, yet bright, purple with a creme finish, I knew I had to give it a try. Estee is always on point with her recommendations and this was no let down.

I usually purchase the Simple Makeup Remover Wipes, usually to remove swatches, but this month I have fallen back in love with the Up and Up brand. The cute polka dot packaging attracted me to repurchase them and then I remembered the high quality.

I have not been able to get enough of khaki shorts. Most places manufacture similar ones, but my favorite cut is from Old Navy.

I haven't ever been a fan of milk, but I love  Dark Chocolate Almond Milk and when I found them in single serve juice style boxes, I fell even deeper in love. The texture and consistency is a bit different, but since I never liked milk very much to begin with it doesn't bother me.

August 28, 2014

Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss in Nooner

Released awhile ago, the Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss, $20, haven't been too hyped up recently, but I am still in love.

These glosses not only have gorgeous and practical rose gold packaging and a durable doe foot applicator, they are packed with high quality, nourishing ingredients. I find the claims of having a creamy texture and lots of shine are very true. They are a tad sticky, but I don't mind, especially since the gloss stays around a bit longer. The slight minty tingle adds a refreshing vibe, but I don't find it to be plumping.

The shade I have, Nooner, is a neutral pink nude. The shade has no shimmer, yet looks luminous on the lips. It applies evenly with semi-opaque coverage. I find it pairs well with dramatic eye looks and simple, natural looks. You can use Nooner to layer on top of other lipsticks and by itself.

August 26, 2014

Nars Coconut Grove Eyeshadow

The Nars eyehsadow range offers a variety of shades in a wide range of finishes (matte, subtle shimmer, and glitter). They are a little more expensive, but have a little more product than Mac eyeshadows. The shades are hit and miss, however the Nars Single Eyeshadow in Coconut Grove is well worth the price.

Coming in the black rubberized packaging that Nars is known for, these shadows are rectangular, include a small mirror, and are compact, as there is minimal excess packaging.

The shade I have, Coconut Grove, is a dark matte taupe brown, appearing almost black. Unlike most dark shadows which are chalky and give uneven pigmentation, this shade is smooth and applies evenly. It feels like velvet in a pan.

August 24, 2014

What's in my Quart Size Bag for Traveling

For overpackers, 3 fl oz and a quart size bag can be quite challenging, but doable for a 4 day trip.

First I packed the Macedamia Rejuvinating Shampoo in a gootube. I love thses silicone tubes since they are very durable and have lasted through many of my trip. Also, they're muh easier to clean. I also brought the Davines Love Conditioner in a foil packet. The only other hair products I pavked were the Ojon Rare Blend Oil, which I recntly received in my August Birchbox, and the Paul Mitchell Round Trip Curl Defining Gel, which I found at Ulta.

August 22, 2014

Clinique Lid Smoothie in Sassy-fras

When I saw a tube that looked like an under eye dark circle treatment with a cooling tip, but was full of eyeshadow, my curiosity got the best of me and I couldn't resist picking one up for $19.50.

Clinuque claims their lid smoothies to be anti-aging, cooling (thanks to the tip), crease-proof, and creamy. I prefer applying a bit of product (a little goes a long way) to my finger and blending it all over my lids. This product is creamy to start, but sets to a powder finish relatively quickly.

The shade I have, Sassy-fras, is a medium satin taupe. It is very pigmented and doesn't loose opavity when blended out. I love how it is a neutral, but not a plain brown.

The gimmicky pavkaging drew me into this product and even though I sint fiknd the gimmick itself functional, the actual product, in my opinion, is a winner.

August 20, 2014

Revlon Nail Enamel in Jaded

The Revlon Top Speed Fast Drying Nail Enamel in Jaded, $5.49, is not the color of jade, but rather a pastel mint green.

In the bottle Jaded is a standard shade, but nonetheless beautiful. However during application, the shade sheers out, becoming streaky and patchy. The coverage is uneven and is difficult to work with, needing 3 coats of lacquer.

The Top Speed line clams to dry in less than 60 seconds leaving behind a color with a built in top coat. I find the dry time is quicker than average nail lacquers. However the amount of layers needed takes away from the convenience.

I like the color and to take attention away from the less than ideal formula I added a glitter topcoat, transforming the look.

This shade may not be the best on its own, but it is nice for those who are willing to work with it and/or using it as a base.

August 18, 2014

August 2014 Popsugar Must Have Monthly Box

Ordering my first Popsugar Must Have Box I was a bit skeptical as it was $40, a bit of a bigger investment than a $10 Birchbox, which is why I just ordered one month.

The first fashion item I noticed is the Kendra Scott Elle Earrings in Slate, $52. These are a nice mix of modern with character and are neutral in color, making them great for most outfits. I will get a lot of wear out of these and the bag accompanying them is also very functional.

I also received the Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel, $22, which caught my eye with the cute packaging. I love the smell of this body wash as it smells nice, but is subtle.

Another packaging that caught my eye was the Paddywax Ocean Tide and Sea Salt Candle, $10. I don't exactly love the scent, but will certainly put the packaging to good use.

Bite Beauty has become a favorite brand, so I was excited to see the Lush Fruit Lip Gloss in Popsugar, $22. This bright, sheer, hot, pink (siilar to the outside of the box) feels soft and luxurious on the lips. Additionally, it is made with real fruit.

The big bag in my box is from The Mason Jar Cookie Company, $12. I am excited to make these cookies as all you need to add is butter and an egg.

As a special extra, I got another food item; The ThinkThin Browbnie Crunch High Protein Bar. I have seen these before and haven't ever purchased them, so am excited to try them out.

Lastly, I got the Goodbyn Purple Meal and Dipper Set, $8, which is a purple, divided, reusable, plastic, food container. It is practical, high quality, and perfect for on the go.

Needless to say, I am very impressed with this month's box and am highly considering ordering one next month.

August 16, 2014

Favorite Products from Benefit Cosmetics

(all links are to previous blog posts where you can find more information)

Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation-
I am unsure of why it took me so long to purchase this product, but nonetheless I love it. I have the shade "I'm so Money Honey". The formula is lightweight, dewy, and though it doesn't have the longest staying power, it looks flawless.

Boi-ing Concealer-
No matter what needs covering, this concealer has you covered (no pun intended). The thick texture stays put all day, easily concealing the most pesky of blemishes.

Erase Paste-
Unlike the previous concealer mentioned, this one is thick, creamy, and has salmon tones. Perfect for concealing under eyes. You only need a smidge of this concealer to cover the darkest of undereye circles.

Hoola Bronzer-
As a matte taupe brown bronzer, this product gives a natural and flawless contour.

August 14, 2014

Everyday Summer Makeup Look

I like an easy makeup look for Summer, so I started out with the Benefit Hello Flawless Face Primer to make my look stay all day. I then applied the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in I'm So Money, Honey. It has medium coverage and looks very natural. To cover any under eye circles I used my favorite, the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Bisque. I skipped the powder and used the Jouer Mineral Power Bronzer in Suntan to warm up my complexion. I applied the Josie Maran Coconut Water Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape to my cheeks for a hydrating and long lasting flush. To add luminosity I used the Wet n' Wild Fergie Baked Powder in Rose Champagne Glow, the pink that is swirled in doesn't come through when applied.

August 12, 2014

August 2014 Birchbox

This month's theme is all about relaxing and "lightening up" (and wearing less makeup), enjoying the last weeks of Summer.

First, I received the Harvey Prince Ageless Body Creme with Pink Grapefruit, Vanilla, and Shea Butter. I usually don't love grapefuit scents, but this is light and refreshing. The packaging is also adorable.

Next I found the SeaRx Anti Wrinkle Face Cream, which is made with antioxidants from the sea to create a smooth and radiant complexion. Plus, the packaging is nice and it has an appealing light citrus scent.

I also got the Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy, which is the oil that comes with 3 separated sections that you have to shake. It basically claims to be a miracle worker for hair, which I am excited to put to the test.

Additionally, I received the Model Co Shimmer Bronzer, which is a bit shimmery, but I think it will look natural when blended out.

Lastly, as a lifestyle extra I received the Hello Breathspray in pink grapefruit mint. Even though the flavor seems a bit exotic, I am very excited to pull it out to rid of morning coffee breath.

I really like this month's box as it included a good variety of what I feel are quality products that I am excited to use