Sunday, December 28, 2014

My 2014 Favorite Beauty Bits

Man, 2014 flew by didn't it! There have been some great new additions to my rotation this year and some old favorites that continue to stand the test of time. Here is a round up of my favorite products from the year.

MAC pigment in melon- I am obsessed with this pigment and will be doing a separate post about it soon. It's a beautiful peachy-gold color and I have been incorporating it with everything from a holiday dinner to a simple, every day, running out the door for work look.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara + Subversion Primer-I picked this up in a pack containing the full size mascara and a small tube of the primer. The mascara is great on its own but adding the primer just gives it an extra boost. It gives me full, long lashes without clumps and coats every individual lash better than a lot of mascaras I have found. I'm about to pick up another tube of this baby today!

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme Intense- This is one of my favorite scents on the planet. I usually shy away from sweeter scents but this takes sweet to a deeper, intense, sexy level with notes of Neroli, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Tuberose, and Sandalwood.

Stila Convertible Color- I have this in the color Camellia and its a perfect choice for a natural pop of pinky, brozed color to the cheeks. I have even used it on friends who aren't fans of makeup but just needed a little something to bring some life to their face.

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer- all I can say is you need to get your butt to a sephora and try this for yourself. If you are like me you will NEVER look back.

Anastasia Brow Wiz- a tiny, twist up pencil for perfect control in shaping and filling in brows. Whether you are going for a bold look or something more natural this product does the job with a long lasting formula that wont smudge during the day. Comes complete with a grooming brush at the tip so its a perfect all in one.

Two powder blushes are going to make the list one for the warmer months and one for fall/winter- Benefit's Coralista and MAC blush in Fever.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment has become my number one styling product. Even with my damaged, over colored hair that I am desperately trying to repair it does the trick.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Pen-I did a full review on this earlier this year and it is still my favorite in the eyeliner department. I've tried a few others this year and I keep coming back to this one.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation- I'm someone who hates when foundation looks like foundation. Weird, I know. My skin is pretty well behaved so this does the trick and has been my go-to for most of the year.

BECCA lowlight sculpting perfector- I have a hard time finding contour products that aren't too dark on my fair skin and that actually look natural on my skin tone. This cream formula does the trick and blends wonderfully.

MAC lipstick in Diva- I've been wearing this loads on its own or lightly dabbed over the Whirl lip pencil. This ox-blood red is gorgeous and long lasting and I've been obsessed.

St Tropez Self Tan Express- I can get my gorgeous, natural looking St Tropez tan in 3 hours or less depending on how dark I want it. I've been using it religiously since its release.

What are your favorite products of the year? Anything you are interested in trying soon?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thoughts on: Killing Comparisons

Photo from Leen Jean you can buy this print there and hang it as a wonderful reminder

Theodore Roosevelt had this one right. In an age full of twitter, tumblr, and instagram in which we are constantly bombarded with images of bodies, face, and lives we deem "better" than our own, it couldn't ring more true. My trusty iPhone makes scrolling through my facebook timeline at any quick moment of down time a norm, staying up-to-date on the lives of friends and acquaintances through the years.  Its harmless and fun until the all too familiar thoughts come creeping in as I see someone else get their dream job, move to the city of their dreams, get a promotion, or just have their shit together in general- "why can't you get your shit together?" "what are you doing with your life?" "what is wrong with you?". Before I know it I am in a crummy mood, my day is ruined, and I can just forget about being happy for my sorority sister who just announced her engagement. As I find myself in a position where I am unsure what the next step in my life should be, questioning the path I have taken and the goals I previously set, and in general not happy but trying to make the best of where I am, I find these moods and thoughts popping up more and more. 

Too often, our comparisons turn to our looks. How often have you found yourself scrolling through tumblr or instagram and saying to yourself "I wish I had her legs" "I wish I had hair like that" "Why can't I be as thin and tall as her?" "Does she even have pores?" "I am so ugly compared to their girlfriend I am scum/trash/whatever insult you can think of"? If you're like most other girls (including myself at times) it's happened more than once. And don't you feel absolutely miserable afterward? 

Just like good old Ted said, I've been comparing myself to others and its not only making it impossible to see the good things but it is emotionally draining! The truth is, all of our lives are going to be different because we all have a different path, we all learn lessons and grow at different rates and in different ways, and sometimes things just plain don't work out- and there is NOTHING wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with me. There is nothing wrong with you. 

We pick apart our looks, accomplishments, and possessions/experiences and rip ourselves to shreds over small snippets of the lives of others that we see. We don't know what someone might be struggling with but not posting online, how much makeup someone is wearing, how much they spend on treatments to look like they do, the hard work that they put in, or even what their insecurities might be.

I might not be the prettiest girl on the block, my weight isn't where I would like it to be, my skin has been a pain to deal with lately, and my life is stuck in a rut that I can't seem to find my way out of-but that's okay. For everything that I am not- there are loads of things that I am. I am loved. I am smart. I am talented (even if I haven't found those talents yet). I have a family and friends that love me. I have struggles and I've survived and I'm learning from them every day. I have potential and a full life ahead of me just waiting for me to embrace to its full potential. I may not be where "everyone" else might be in their life and I may not look like them but when did our worth, importance, and success become something we measure based on someone else? We aren't them, and the sooner we realize that our lives and our bodies aren't supposed to look like anyone else's but our own, the better. 

It might be easier said than done but its a nasty habit we need to break. Stop comparing and stop letting this toxic, negative thinking suck the joy out of your life. You deserve it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

August Favorites

Another month has come and gone and here is the favorites for August!

Beauty I have a few favorites that are standing out this month. My hair has not been without one of these two products during all of August- One n Only Argan Oil Curl Cream from Sally's for when I just want to enhance my natural wave while reducing frizz for a quick, no fuss look as I run out the door and Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine to give my curled or straightened hair a bit of unkempt texture. I've been working long hours all month and Origins Ginzing eye cream has been helping me look more awake, fight off my dark circles, and giving my eyes the moisture they need. I've been sporting a couple quick coats of Essie's Bobbing for Baubles all month- its a beautiful navy blue color that I just adore.

Home I stocked up a bit at Bath and Body Works a few weeks ago and these were two of my favorite picks- Lemon and Mint Leaf candle is possibly one of my favorites. Two of my favorite, fresh scents rolled into one and it smells JUST like my mint leaf and lemon water that I drink like my life depends on it- no overly artificial mint or lemon scent here. Stress Relief Eucalyptus and Spearmint pillow mist is something I have used almost every day. It leave my room/bed smelling delicious while the perfectly combined scents do as claimed and help me unwind from the stress of the day while I relax and clear my head before bed. Lastly I have started a little herb garden in my windowsill which might have overshadowed everything this month. I LOVE fresh herbs about as much as I love knowing where my ingredients and food are coming from. In about a month I will have all of my favorite herbs just a reach away in the kitchen and I couldn't be more excited about it.

Entertainment After seeing the movie when it was first released I have downloaded Never Let Me Go and just finished reading it before sitting down to type this up. As much as I love carrying a book around the convenience of an e-reader can't be beat. I'm a little late on this but Mad Men has me hooked as I have been trying to watch at least one episode every night this month.

What were some of your favorite things over the last month?

Friday, August 15, 2014

5 things I learned going makeup free

Photo from the Free People blog

I've never been one who needed a full face of makeup to leave the house but I would always throw on the bare minimum to make sure I looked more alive and awake. I decided to give my face a break recently and went makeup free for a couple of weeks.

1. Makeup routines take time I don't think I realized the full extent of the time spent putting makeup on in the morning. Even a quick, 5 minute makeup routine adds up to over half an hour a week. Considering how often its not a quick 5 minute routine there are more than a few days I was able to hit snooze on my alarm a few more times before finally rolling out of bed. I loved being able to streamline my morning routine and get out the door in much less time.

2. You still need to wash your face I found myself feeling more lazy about washing my face before bed since I wasn't wearing makeup. Turns out that was a bad idea. My skin was rather well behaved lately and I noticed spots popping up everywhere. Every day our faces get caked in dirt, toxins, and bacteria from the air around us so even if you aren't wearing makeup it is still important to wash your face before bed. Skin care is more important than makeup. Having a healthy base to start with before applying makeup is much more important than your ability to cover up trouble skin.

3. Nobody cares about your dark circles No matter what I do I have the worst dark circles and always went to town with concealer to try to cover them up. Turns out, I'm the only one who cares about them. People weren't staring at my dark circles, they weren't whispering about the girl with no concealer on her undereyes. The only person who cared that they were there was me. I wish I could say I grew to not be bothered by them in this time but the truth is I couldn't wait to pick up that concealer once my break was over.

4. It's hard to kick the habit For many of us, once you start wearing makeup it almost becomes a necessity. We reach for concealer to cover a spot, blush and bronzer for a flush of color, and run some mascara through our lashes. Even after a couple of weeks I found myself reaching for it almost out of instinct and couldn't wait for it to be over.

5. You're still the same, beautiful you without it  Wearing makeup as a form of self-expression is really what it should be about, but for many of us it comes from a place of insecurity. There were times where I just really missed my favorite blush or lipstick and there were other times when I felt like I needed to cover up my various imperfections on my face and that I felt a bit self conscious going out without it. These two weeks made me realize that insecurity was a bit more of a motivation for some makeup than I originally thought it was. It's important to evaluate what your reason for wearing makeup is rooted in and to remember that its not meant to hide behind. Try to turn it into a place of fun and expression and remember that it is not a NEED and you truly are the same person and beautiful without it. You aren't less without makeup. Throughout these two weeks nobody really noticed that I wasn't wearing makeup, I was the same Meg to them that they saw every day.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stila Convertible Color in Camellia

I have had my eye on this for a while and with my recent love of cream blush I finally broke down and bought it at Sephora during their 4x points week for $25.

This line of products from Stila is made to be a flush of creamy color for cheeks or lips. They are highly pigmented so a little goes a VERY long way. Camellia is a neutral brown that pulls a bit pink on my skin but I love the color. I dab a very little bit on my cheek bones with my finger and then blend it out using my real techniques stippling brush for subtle, no fuss pop of creamy, natural, dewy color on my cheeks. I don't like the color as much on my lips but I will sometimes dab on a little bit for a nice nude, natural lip. Conveniently, the packaging is the same color as the blush so once I buy a few more I can clearly see which color it is without having to look at all of them.

I highly recommend this range of blush and will be picking up more colors.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Violeta by Mango Autumn '14

The catalog for the Autumn 2014 collection from Violeta by Mango it is MUCH better than the summer collection. Featuring pieces to perfectly blend sporty and casual with feminine edgy. It's chic, elegant, and everything you could want in a "curve" collection (US sizes 10-18). 

I'm really excited about this collection and I can't wait to get my hands on a few pieces. I will be saving up to snag some once they are released. 

Well done, Mango. A great collection of flattering and fashionable items for a curve line. 

What are your thoughts on this line? Which one of my favorite looks are you loving?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Salt Detox Lavender Bath

I was sent some of this Lavender bath salt from Salt Detox to try! This bath is full of all natural ingredients meant to help detox the body while replenishing nutrients. The ginger in the mixture helps your body heat up to further sweat out and release the toxins and while the bath cools and your relax to the wonderful sent your skin absorbs the minerals in the salt and you are left with healthy, glowing skin.

I put two handfuls of this mix into running bath water that was a hot as I could find comfortable and filled it so that most of my body would be submerged. The soothing smell of lavender was relaxing while I popped in a movie to watch while in the bath. There are no artificial scents or dyes so I had no problem with irritation. I did get a bit light headed but that is part of the detox process so be sure to be careful as you get out of the bath and then relax in bed with some glasses of ice water.

I love this product and will be ordering myself their full range including a bath with coconut milk and a dead sea salt bath. Their ingredients are all natural but boast of a range of benefits including detoxifying, moisturizing, reducing inflammation, and aiding in problems like acne, cellulite, and eczema. Definitely check out their range and order some for yourself! They are based in australia and you can check them out at their website or on instagram (@saltdetox).

Will you be trying out one of their amazing baths for yourself? I'll be hopping in the bath right after I hit post.

The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil

I'm a fan of oils when it comes to everything from skin care, hair, and even makeup removing. While picking up the coconut body wash from The Body Shop I decided to grab this as well. It claims to be an versatile oil for hair, body, and face.

I love the coconut scent that The Body Shop has, it smells like a REAL coconut, not the synthetic-almost-sunscreen-coconut smell that a lot of products have. I love using it after I get out of the shower when my skin is still damp (not wet). It gives my skin that gorgeous summer, dewy glow while keeping it soft all day long. The coconut scent isn't overwhelming and compliments much of my summer perfumes nicely. 

I tried it in my hair by just running it through my dry ends. It is great in a pinch and does leave my hair looking and feeling softer and more healthy. I have gone back to my usual hair products but if you are looking for a multi use product for hair and body this is a great one to try!

You can pick this up for yourself at The Body Shop for $14 but they often have great buy 2 get 1 or similar deals going on and I think it is on sale for around $9 right now.

Have you made the switch to beautifying oils?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Life Lately

Just popping in for a quick update before I get back to your regularly scheduled blogging. I've been a total slack and a half lately as I have started a new job and needed a bit of time to adjust to the hours and schedule. I've realized that I'm not going to simply find the time to blog but I am going to MAKE the time. I will turning my sit in the bath and do nothing but binge on Netflix time into a place where I can also blog to get two things done at once- pampering and productivity. This hopefully explains the quality of the picture. I only use my iphone for pictures but once you combine that with the poor light in my bedroom at 5 in the morning it doesn't lead to the greatest pictures.

I haven't made any notable discoveries in the music department lately which is pretty strange but I am at work for most of the day and I just spend time with my family and catch up on shows when I am home. Manchester Orchestra released their first 3 albums repressed on vinyl so I ordered those with my first pay to finish off my collection- now to just wait for Andy to get Right Away, Great Captain! albums repressed and I will be set (rumor is this has a chance of happening). Last weekend I saw Black Flag which was sick. There is only one remaining original member so it was almost like seeing a cover band but I will give credit where it's due- I loved every Henry Rollins-less minute of it.

Movies and Television
My summer shows have returned so I have been enjoying Covert Affairs on a weekly basis. My latest Netflix binge has been The Tudors which I am really enjoying and I just started season 3 this morning. I haven't watched many movies lately since I simply haven't had the time outside of throwing one on and then falling asleep but I did watch My Girl with my mom the other night when I saw that it was on Netflix instant. My mom hasn't seen the whole movie through so I put it on and we were both crying on the couch by the end. I have seen it enough times you would think I know what to expect but I don't think you ever get over it.

Sadly, I have been so busy that I have not been able to try any new recipes but I cannot get enough of an easy, quinoa salad. I just cook a big batch of quinoa and cut up cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and olives. Sometimes I will cook some spinach in coconut oil and a bit of lemon juice until it just starts to wilt. Once the quinoa is cooked and cooled I add the chopped up veggies and the spinach. I make a dressing of lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, basil, and a touch of honey that I pour over and mix through. I then let it sit in the fridge until it is cold before serving. I don't have dairy often but if you are add some feta or mozzarella cheese. You can also use a dressing of oil, balsamic vinegar, and a bit of honey.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Favorite Polish to Compliment a Summer Tan

We work hard on our tans so it is only natural to want to enhance the look of our bronzed glow the most we can. While your showing off your perfectly pedicured toes at the beach or waving your margarita around while laughing with your friends poolside you can be sure these polish picks will help you look your best.

Essie Nail Varnish in Bikini So Teeny - A bit brighter and more fun than a baby blue this periwinkle color from Essie is one of my favorites. It's great even with one quick coat which I am always a fan of. The bottle makes it seem glittery but don't worry you don't even notice any glitter once it is applied to your nails. You can't get a cuter name for a nail polish than this!

Essie Nail Varnish in Tart Deco - I usually stray away from anything too orange but this is the only exception in my collection. This is a beautiful coral color and seems to be a favorite among bloggers everywhere for good reason. If it can flatter even my skin tone I am sure it will flatter yours.

Essie Nail Varnish in Mint Candy Apple - This was the first Essie polish I purchased and might be what got me hooked. It is a beautiful mint color without getting too green. If you don't want anything too bright but still want to maximize your tan this is a great color for you.

Essie Nail Varnish in Off the Shoulder - I call this the perfect pink. Its not too orange, or red, or Barbie. It's another color that I am able to throw on one quick coat when I am in a rush. This color has made its rounds around my house and friends and looks great on everyone who has tried it!

OPI Nail Lacquer in Alpine Snow - This is my go-to white after trying loads of them out there. Many of them are too sheer, are streaky no matter how many coats you apply, chip too quickly, or they dry too fast and are almost chalky and dull. Not this one. It is opaque and results in smooth, even application.

One last tip, if you want to make a color brighter and more vibrant add a layer of white to start then apply your color once it is dried. It will help give it that extra pop and further enhance your tan.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Coconut Oil-Believe the Hype?

I was a little skeptical of all the hype surrounding coconut oil for a while so I did a little digging into what I could use it for and picked some up at Trader Joe's to try. Coconut oil is a semi solid, white substance that turns to liquid once it is in your hand and leave you smelling deliciously like coconut. Claims range from miracle hair treatment, skin moisturizer, makeup remover, even shaving cream. I tested out a few of these claims to see how it measured up.

Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment This is possibly one of the most popular uses for coconut oil outside of cooking and I can see why. Before showering I took a small scoop with my hand and applied to my hair, mid shaft to tip. I then pinned it up and threw on a shower cap for a couple of hours. Sometimes it takes two shampoos to wash it all out so my hair is no excessively oily but even then it does the trick. Even my severely damaged, dry hair is left soft and smooth. Sometimes I will even throw a towel or old pillow case on my pillows and sleep in the oil

Dry Scalp/Dandruff I had a sunburn on my scalp and combined with the dry desert heat my scalp can be a little unruly at times. When this is the case I found massaging coconut oil into my scalp a perfect way to combat a dry scalp. I did this as an overnight treatment and woke up to a much happier scalp. Did I mention that it is believed massaging your scalp can help stimulate hair growth?

Makeup Remover Coconut oil has become my makeup remover of choice. With the exception of removing false lashes (the oil breaks down band on the lashes) I use it to take everything off. Even the most stubborn mascara and eyeliner is no match while I quickly remover all traces of the stuff. Just apply and rub gently with a cotton pad and you will see how easily your makeup comes off without sacrificing a lash or two! No harsh chemicals, no weird film, no drying, and you know exactly what you are putting around your eyes. Your eyes can also benefit from the moisturizing properties of the oil.

What really sold me on coconut oil is not just its effectiveness but how affordable and versatile it is. If I can buy one product and use it for multiple things to save money I'm going to take that opportunity. If you haven't tried it out yet I suggest you do because all the hype has been worth it.

Have you added coconut oil to your beauty regimen? What are your favorite ways to use it?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wearable Blue Liner

You may have noticed colored eyeliner and mascara all over the runway and magazines lately but if you are like me you find it unwearable for the every day unless you are the bravest of the brave. The mission: find a wearable blue liner for an easy, every day look and I think I did it.

This look is quick and easy, combining the colored liner trend and my favorite pink lip. I did my usual foundation and spot and under eye concealing. Then after priming the eyes I used MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow. This shadow is almost exactly my skin color but makes my eyes look a little more put together. I lined the top with Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Mainline ($20) and then lined the outer corner of the bottom lash line and smudged it out a bit. I used Benefit's They're Real Mascara on top and bottom lashes. I applied Benefit's Coralista Blush on my cheeks. I finished the look with the lipstick Macaroon from Topshop ($16).

I swatched the Urban Decay pencil next to the lipstick in the last picture to show how well they go together. I love this color combo and find that it makes my eyes look more blue, my skin looks more tan, and it is a nice change from my usual black or brown eyeliner. If you are looking for a simple, easy way to bring this trend into a daily makeup routine this is the way to go.

Will you be trying the blue eyeliner trend? 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Self Tan Tips -ft St Tropez

Even if I wanted to risk laying out in the sun for hours or the dangers of a tanning bed the truth is it is impossible for me to tan. Thankfully self tanners exist so I can give myself some color year round. After regularly applying the stuff I have it down to an art. Here are some of my tips to help you get that perfect, streak free glow!

After trying a lot of the self tanners out there I have settled on St. Tropez. They have a variety of products that help you get an even, streak-free, and natural looking tan. I use the Bronzing Mousse ($32-$42 for 4oz or 8 oz bottle). I help maintain my tan while also making it darker day-to-day with the Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturizer in the medium dark shade ($30) and I apply the product the the St. Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt ($6.50). Ulta exclusively has a kit containing all 3 products for an amazing bargain of $49 (contains the 4oz size of mousse) so if you can get to Ulta I would check that out.


  • Exfoliate! The main cause for an uneven tan is dry, dead skin. Take the time to give your skin a good scrub in the shower. My scrub of choice is Frank.
  • Apply lotion to your dry areas because these will appear darker when tanner is applied. This includes ankles, feet, knees, elbows, wrists, and hands. DO NOT apply to your entire body.
  • If your skin is really dry you might want to have a couple of weeks of regular exfoliating and applying lotion twice a day to get your skin in tip top shape. Trust me, it's worth it.
  • Make sure you shaved right before which is pretty standard. If I wax I usually wait until the next day to apply tanner otherwise I find tanner settles in where the hair was ripped out and gives you dark spots.
  • If you have light hair and you will be tanning your face make sure you apply moisturizer on the hair line to keep it from staining your hair.

  • If you are wondering if you should get the little mitt on the St. Tropez shelf the answer is YES! Put a few pumps of tanner onto the mitt and apply to skin. Take it one body part at a time and work in large circular motions. St. Tropez has a bronze color so its easy to see if you missed any spots. 
  • Skip over feet and ankles until the end of that leg, you don't need to pump more onto the mitt you can just use residual for those areas. Same goes for hands and elbows.
  • When applying to your face I use a small St. Tropez face mitt or I use a makeup sponge. make sure you blend it out into the hairline so you don't have a harsh line.
  • Let dry before putting on clothes. Make sure they are not tight otherwise you will get patches.
  • Leave tanner on for the specified amount of time. Avoid getting wet or it wont work. I like to leave mine on overnight but I make sure that I have a fan on so I don't sweat at all if its the summer otherwise my tan will be streaky.
  • Notice a dark patch? a big slice of a fresh lemon and rub it into the area!
  • Make sure you exfoliate regularly. I usually apply the mousse once or twice a week and exfoliate before doing so.
  • Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. I use the St. Tropez moisturizer or a body butter day and night. The St. Tropez moisturizer further darkens my color while also providing the moisture I need to keep it looking great.
  • If you notice it is looking splotchy after a couple of weeks take a couple of days off and give yourself a really good exfoliation (or two) to start with a clean slate.
  • Because of frequent washing your face and the top of your hands will fade much faster. Just apply tanner as needed to keep it up (for me its usually 3-4 times a week). I have no problems with self tanner causing me to break out but if you do they do have a formula designed for the face that you can purchase.
Hope this helps! Happy tanning!
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

the lipstick tag

So I wasn't actually tagged in this by a fellow blogger but a few people saw it floating around and asked me to do it so I decided to give it a shot. I LOVE lipstick so this should be fun.

1. How many lipsticks do you own?

I actually just spent a solid amount of time finding every one of my lipsticks and counting them up, not including the chubby stick pencils and I have 42. This is only after I cleaned out a lot of my makeup last week and gave away or threw out anything that was too old or that I never wore and cut my lipstick stash almost in half.

2. What was the first lipstick you owned?

I actually never wore lipstick until I went to university so when I finally bit the bullet and started my mild addiction it was Angel by MAC. I was looking for the perfect pink to throw on for chapter meetings and work so I drove to the nearest MAC counter an hour away to find it. To this day it is still one of my favorites.

3. What is your favourite lipstick brand?

This is hard and a real toss up between Urban Decay and MAC but I will have to go with MAC because of the large selection of colors and the different formulas makes it very easy to find something that you like.

4. What is your most worn lipstick?

Can I cheat and list a few? MAC Ruby Woo, Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Natural in N9, and YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 5 Fushia in Excess. I also love Shame by Urban Decay but I haven't worn that much as it is summer and I'm bringing out the lights and brights.

5. What is your favourite finish?

I love a matte lip as they are always so highly pigmented and have great staying power but I do love more moisturizing finishes that aren't too heavy on the lips like YSL one mentioned above. Not a big fan of ones that are too creamy.

6. What was the last lipstick you bought?

Airy Fairy from Rimmel

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?

 right now as my makeup has been boring lately. Burt's Bees mango lip balm and NARS lip gloss in Gold Digger.

8. What is your favourite red lip colour?

MAC's Ruby Woo. It is a blue-toned red that looks great on everyone with a highly pigmented matte finish. It is my favorite red and the first one I will grab. If you have yet to find a red you like try this one and you will feel like you can kick ass and take on the world (or your local bar) by storm. Trust me.

9. How do you store your lipsticks?

I have an acrylic lipstick organizer for the top 12 in my current rotation and then I have little drawers for the rest.

10. Which lipsticks are you currently lusting after?

I'm almost ready for a Back 2 MAC and I'm thinking either Diva or Pink Plaid. I also really want to try one from Burberry but I forget the name of it and I can't find the post it I wrote it down on.

Instead of tagging someone since I don't have any blog friends yet I want to hear what some of your favorite lipsticks are!
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Long, Feathery Lashes with Calvin Klein CK One Mascara

My favorite, go-to lash look for every day, light makeup is long, feathery lashes without sacrificing volume. Too much volume through the lengths of the lashes can sometimes be too much when you're going for a fresh, light face. This look gives you the perfect balance.

I've been using Calvin Klein CK One mascara in black. The key is to focus on the base of the lashes. Start with a quick pass of an eyelash curler before applying mascara. Apply a few coats of mascara at the base with the wand on the volumizing setting by pressing the brush at the lash line and moving it back and forth a bit. Give the mascara wand a quick twist while you let these coats dry and then apply a coat from the base to the tip of the lashes with the lengthening setting. By concentrating the mascara on the base you get the look of a fuller lash line without the clumping or thickness through to the tip, leaving your lashes long and light. This mascara lasts all day, doesn't clump, and the design of the brush is perfect for this look.

If you want to go for the colored look this mascara comes in Trip which is a violet color and Electrify which is blue. You can pick up this mascara from Ulta for $18 or it is free with their rewards program as your birthday gift!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Bumble and Bumble Surf Shampoo & Conditioner

My hair dresser gave me a few of these sample sizes of Bumble & Bumble Surf Shampoo and Conditioner so I decided to give it a go since I have heard great things about it! It claims to give you "buoyant body and soft, seabreezy texture" through the use of sea botanicals. I've use the salt spray from this line and wasn't a big fan, especially for the price, but I hoped this would work well with my hair.

The first thing you will notice is the smell- a light, fresh scent that matches the product. It was not overpowering but left my shower with the hint scent of salty surf. After towel drying I applied my salt spray of choice, Toni & Guy casual salt spray, along with a sun protectant for my hair since I would be outside for most of the day. I used it a couple more times including without a salt spray, and with a leave in moisturizer to see how they effected the way my hair looked and felt. I also used it with a diffuser on my blow dryer instead of letting it air dry.

I did not like this product for the cost of an actual full bottle. I found that, despite the claims, it left my hair flat and lifeless even with the use of my usual volumizing styling product. My hair has a natural wave but was left straight and rather frizzy. Unlike their salt spray it was not excessively drying on my hair. If you can pick up sample sizes somewhere I highly suggest trying this product out since it is $24 each for the shampoo and conditioner and I can get better, more voluminous beachy hair with my usual products even without needing to back comb at the root. I'll keep using up my samples but I wont be buying a full bottle once it is used up.

Have you use the Bumble and Bumble surf line? What were your thoughts?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Pimp Your Water

I'm sure you're sick of hearing everyone and their doctor tell you to drink more water. Water is boring and I can only have so many glasses of it before I am begging for something with taste. We all know pop isn't good for you and you would be surprised just how much sugar and chemicals are put into juice. So what is the health conscious but flavor loving person supposed to do to make sure they get the water they need? That's where infused waters come in, or as many people call it "detox water."

I LOVE adding different combinations of fruit, mint, and cucumber into my water. This not only helps give your bland water a refreshing taste, but it loads it full of vitamins and minerals! The health and beauty benefits of infused water include glowing skin, detoxing, aiding in digestion, and helping with digestive inflammation and nausea! Here are some of my favorite additions to my water and their benefits as well as some very tasty combinations.

I love this stuff and drink it every day with different combinations. This is just to get you started there are loads of fruits you can try until you find your favorites!I love making some green tea and then pouring it in a pitcher or glass container and then adding my favorite fruits or ice cubes for an added boost with the health benefits of the green tea! I also have hot water with lemon and mint every morning before breakfast and it's a great start to my day! You can even add it to coconut water!

You can order different types of infusion bottles but I just stick it in a Voss bottle or mason jars and bring them to work, class, or running errands for the day!

Have you been trying infused water? What are some of your favorites?

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Miracle Mask- Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

I am always one to say that every person's face is different so what works for one person will not work for everyone but this product just might be the exception. If you haven't tried this clay mask you are missing out and after reading this post you need to get to the store or on Amazon and get yourself some. $30 masks in a little container this product is affordable (about $8 for the small container), lasts forever, and works wonders on every skin type.

This stuff is so simple! Simply scoop some of the dried clay into a plastic container with a plastic spoon and mix with equal parts raw apple cider vinegar (or you can mix with water but the apple cider vinegar has amazing benefits for your skin that just further enhance how great this mask is). Then you simply apply it to your CLEAN face, neck, and wherever else you want and let it dry for 10-20 minutes before washing off with warm water. There will be some redness when you wash it off but it goes away pretty quickly and if you are doing the mask at night it wont be a problem.

You will feel a pulling/tightening sensation which I love and the mask will crack as it dries. I love this feeling but some people, my mom for example, didn't know what to expect and thought it was weird for the first time.

All over the web green clay is is pretty much talked about as THE facial mask for any skin type and any number of problems. Some of its benefits include drawing out toxins and bacteria, tissue healing (helps heal any zits or acne scars), normalize any dryness or excessive oiliness, shrink pores, and you can even use it for bug bites and various types of skin irritations and conditions! The best part? It is 100% natural clay-no nasty chemicals or additions. I have no problems with my face being left feeling dry after using this mask which is often a problem for me. I use this once every 1-2 weeks depending on what my skin needs.

You can find some great recipes for variations using this mask here if you are interested!