November 18, 2014

November 2014 Birchbox

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

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

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)

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

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

October 17, 2014

Target necklace

Target jewelry is often affordable, stylish, trendy, and relatively durable. For $16.99, this statement necklace is just that. I fell in love at first glance.

The old gold colored chain is light weight, but still feels durable. The jewels are neutral, but the shades of pewter, beige, pearl, and white add variety. Also, the different shapes and patterns of the jewels create an interesting necklace that definitely makes a statement.

I like how you can wear this necklace to spice up most color outfits, and it doesn't overpower an outfit or make you look like a walking rainbow (not always bad, but also not always desirable).

October 15, 2014

Curly Hair Routine and Products

Yes, I have curly hair. Yes, it is all natural. Yes, it does not like to cooperate. Most of all, contrary to some, I have not straightened it for almost 4 years. With all this in mind, it is also important to remember that everyone's curls are different and respond differently to products. These are my favorites, for now, and though I don't have a favorite for every category and a few for some, this list is honestly sufficient.
In the Shower-
Paul Mitchell Curls Spring Loaded Frizz-Fighting Shampoo (empties) (empties)
This shampoo cleanses curls, without leaving them tangled. It does not necessarily stop frizz, but there are less tangles; in return, there is less frizz. 

Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo
This gel formula moisturizes hair, without leaving it greasy. It doesn't necessarily prevent tangles, but makes hair appear and feel healthier. Additionally, it softens curls.

It's a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo (empties post) (review)
Without the help of a conditioner, this shampoo can make curls feel slightly dry and frizzy, but it is great for cleansing curls, without making them feel straw-like.  

Macadamia Deep Repair Mask (empties)
As a thick, extremely moisturizing conditioner, this product makes hair feel very soft and smooths fly-aways and frizz. It is thick and can weigh down fine hair, but when used in moderation revives even the driest of curly strands. 

After the Shower-
The Wet Brush
I am unable to express how much I love my wet brush. It is made to detangle wet hair without pulling and ripping out hairs. The plastic bristles are flexible and painless. I have found this brush to be beneficial in cutting down on frizz and making for an easier hairstyle when using this on my wet hair. 

Macadamia Natural Oil
Oil may seem intimidating, but when used in wet curly hair, they make all the frizz disappear. I especially like this one because it has a fresh, fruity scent and makes for easy styling and detangling.

It's a 10 Miracle Leave in Product (empties)
Also assisting in detangling, this spray does 10 other duties. If I am feeling that an oil is too heavy for that day or want to comb my hair out after a shower, I use this spray. Plus, in those rare occasions when I use heat on my hair, this spray protects it without forcing me to buy an additional, rarely used, product.

Paul Mitchell Curls Twirl Around (empties)
Appearing in a couple of empties posts, this swirled curl definer consists of a light weight gel and a moisturizing cream, allowing for a balance of hydration and definition which does not weigh curls down and allows curls to bounce.

What are your favorite products to use in your hair?

October 13, 2014

Lush Karma Bubble Bar

The Lush Karma Bubble Bar cleanses all bad omens, as the captivating scent fills your bathroom. By crumbling this eco-friendly bar underneath running bath water, you get dense, luxurious, bubbles, similar to those found in the movies. 

This lively bubble bar has lemongrass oil and a orange citrus scent, which is refreshing yet warm and inviting. The bar, itself, is a vibrant swirl of orange and yellow, looking slightly like a sunburst, and at $8.50 is more expensive than most other bubble bars, but ca be used for many baths to come. 

Whether you're a Lush newbie or loyal customer, I recommend treating yourself to the Karma Bubble Bar a try. You can purchase it online here, or find your nearest Lush store here.

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