Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What I got in my Christmas 'Stocking'

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and Santa Clause was good to you.  

I don't usually get too many gifts.  My friends and I don't exchange gift and my family usually just gives one another gift cards or money.  My sister and I, however, do always exchange Christmas 'stockings'.  I use the term stocking loosely because it started out that way and then we sort of outgrew stockings and now just give one another very large gift bags full of small gifts.  

This is what I got in my 'stocking.'

Ouchless Hair Elastics, Goody - These are my favorite hair elastics.  They don't pull nor do they stretch out too quickly.

Boost It Hight Lift Creation Spray, L'Oreal Paris - I tried this last month and absolutely loved it.  I raved to my sister about how it just instantly added volume to my hair and she ran out to buy one.  She must have loved it so much that she then bought me a spare.

Small Claw Clips, Goody - I love these little clips for pulling my hair off my face.

Tidy Detangling Comb, Sephora Collection and Shower Detangling Comb, Wigo

Shampoo for Damaged Hair & Conditioner for Damaged Hair, Toni&Guy - I have wanted to try these for a while.  I always pick them up in Target and then put them down.  Knowing that my sis got me the travel size to try it.

Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo, Fekkai - I am always looking for a good dry shampoo and this is a great size to keep in my bag to refresh my style throughout the day.

Dallas, Benefit Cosmetics - I love Benefit's boxed blushes and have said recently that I wanted to try this one.

Tucson Blood Orange Body Butter, Pacifica - This is the product that started my love for all things blood orange

Pomegranate Anti-Fatigue and Energizing Mask & Ginseng Toning and Revitalizing Mask, Sephora Collection - I love a good face mask so these are right up my alley.

Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes, Pacifica - I don't use cleansing wipes often, but when I do its always these.

Perfect Lotus Universal Powder, Pacifica - I was just hitting pan on previous Pacifica Powder and dropped it a few days before Christmas crumbling it everywhere so I got this just in time!

Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil, It Cosmetics - I love It Cosmetics and haven't been leaving the house lately without lining my brows.

blendercleanser solid, beautyblender - I have been using Dr. Bonners Magic Soap to clean my beautyblenders so I am eager to try this.  I have wanted it for a while, but never wanted to buy it myself.

Setting Brush, Real Techniques

Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Fig, Too Faced - I totally asked my sister to buy me this.  She listened.

Konjac Cleansing Sponge, boscia - I have not used my Clarisonic since using a konjac sponge and my skin has never looked better.  I love these little things.

Bottom Lash Mascara, Clinique - The little brush this comes with really gets into tiny bottom lashes without making a huge mess.

Facial Spray with Allow, Herb and Rosewater, Mario Badescu - This is a great spray to use as a toner,  to set your make-up or to just refresh your skin throughout the day.  I prefer this to the Claudalie Beauty Elixir

Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover, Sephora Collection - I thought this was really neat.  In fact, coincidentally, I bought one for my sister's stocking as well without ever hearing of it before.   

'Maison Holiday - Visions of Sugar Plum' Decorative Candle, Voluspa - This smells amazing and the candle is so just beautiful (you can see it HERE)

Chevron Portable Power Bank, Charming Charlie - I had to give up my Mophie case when I upgraded my phone so this will be convenient to stash in my purse for when my battery gets low. 

Milk Chocolate Salted Toffee Caramels, GODIVA - These are my absolute favorite chocolates.  They are so yummy!

Seize the Day Happy Jotter, Anthropologie (similar) - I love notebooks.  Its actually kind of embarrassing how many notebooks I have.  I think she was just humoring my addiction here.

Stud Earring Sets, Charming Charlie - I am always on the lookout for cute studs.  I especially love the set with small little bars that hang down just bit.  They are super cute and different. 

Three Pens, Anthropologie - I love these because they have a very retro vibe to them.  

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

October/November Favorites

Disclaimer:  Products marked with an asterisk (*) were received as sample for the purpose of review. All other products were purchased by me with my own funds.  All opinions expressed are my own.  

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  Now that another month is over, it is time for a new round of monthly favorites.  I took a bit of a blogging break in November, so not only do I have November favorites to share, I have October favorite to share as well.

October Favorites

Small Contour Brush, Sigma - I have been using this brush for my highlighter.  I love the size; it is perfect to sweep on a bit of highlighter to the tops of my cheeks and down my nose.  

Rejuvenate Oil Intensive, Monat* - This was a product sample that I received to review, which I just recently posted.  I loved it so much that it was a favorite of mine during the month of October.  This is a great multi use oil for your skin, your hair, cuticles, elbows, just about anywhere.  I especially love to use it as a scalp treatment on my sensitive scalp and on a fine lines I have near my chin.

Tea Tree Water, Lush Cosmetics - My skin just recently started to clear up but it was an absolute mess for a while.  I replaced my regular toner with this.  It feels like a mini spa treatment every time I spray my face and it helped reduce redness and combat my breakouts.

Matte Lipstick in Nouvelle Vogue, MAC Cosmetics - I love matte lipsticks.  They are just about all I have been wearing lately.  This is such a beautiful cool pink color that can be worn day or night.  I had been obsessed with it throughout the month of October.

100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil, Apothecary Extracts* - As I mentioned, my skin had been a wreck so when I had the opportunity to review a tea tree oil I jumped.  I love that this is 100% pure oil so it works more effectively and faster then other tea tree oils to dry out spots.  

Baume de Rose Crystalline Bottle, By Terry - I was on the fence about this product when I first bought it.  I had just finished a pot of Dior's Creme de Rose and didn't think it compared.  After giving it another chance, it's actually quite similar.  I think it was just the wand throwing me off.  I actually now prefer this because its easier to apply and I don't have to get my finger full of product.  Its a bit more expensive than Creme de Rose so if the pot doesn't bother you, I would recommend that.  

Buff Lip Scrub, Julep - I love the packaging of this scrub.  You apply it from the tube to your lips, rub with the applicator and tissue off.  It is easy to tote in my purse and use quickly on the go.  Living in New England it gets cold and my lips get chapped and scaly so I love using this during the day if I need it.    

Play Sticks, Benefit Cosmetics - This has become a staple in my makeup bag.  Its great for touchups throughout the day because it acts as a concealer, foundation and powder all in one.  I love to freshen up my face midday while at work, and this has been so easy to do that.

Perfect Lotus Universal Powder, Pacifica - I have been using this as a setting powder lately and I really love the finish it gives me.  It almost makes my foundation look airbrushed.  

Hair Food Strawberry Ginger Root Clarifying Shampoo, Clairol - I don't typically like using a shampoo with sulfates but once a week or once every other week I will use one to give my hair and roots a good deep cleaning.  This is great for that.  It has strawberry and ginger so it smells amazing and gets rid of any product buildup.

Audible.com - I have jumped on the audible band wagon.  I have been listening to books on audio on my way to and from work for the past few months and it makes the drive and traffic so much more bearable.  One of my favorite audio books in October was The Good Girl by Mary Kubica.  If you like Gone Girl, this would be a good read for you.  Its a mystery/missing person story told from multiple points of view that all come together at the end.

November Favorites

Baked Powder Blush in Bella Rosa, Milani - This is a very bright and pigmented color, but with a light hand blended out it makes my cheeks look just naturally flushed. 

Match Perfection Concealer, Rimmel - I have been loving this under my eyes.  It conceals dark circles adding a little bit of a brightener.  I also love the packaging, which is a squeeze tube with brush making it very easy to apply.

Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Proactiv+ - I have used Proactiv off and on for years.  Ever since I started to get acne in college, Proactiv has really been the only product that clears my skin and keeps it that way. The formula has changed over the years and it never worked as well as the original.  I am really loving Proactiv+. I find it more like the original formula from when it first came out.  I have only been using the cleanser and not the 3-step program but it works just as well with my other products.

Creamy Matte Lip Color in Razzbery, Bobbi Brown - Like I mentioned, I love matte lipsticks.  I have also been obsessed with Bobbi Brown lately.  This is a really nice raspberry that isn't too bright and can me muted/shared out during the day.  

Go Big Volumizing Mascara, Julep - I am really picky about mascara but I feel like I have been obsessed with then lately.  This came in my November Julep Maven box.  It makes my lashes very voluminous without being too over done so they look very natural.

Daily Microfoliant, Dermalogica* - This is another product that I received to sample that I really fell in love with.  (you can check out my review here) It is gentle enough for everyday and improves the tone of my skin and eliminates redness after each use.

Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, Mario Badescu - This is an old favorite.  I used the Tea Tree Water as a toner in October because my skin was a mess, but now that it has calmed down I have been using this as my toner.  It smells and feels amazing, and is very gentle and calming to the skin.  

Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation, Bobbi Brown - I love Bobbi Brown.  Bobbi Brown was the first foundation I wore when I first started wearing makeup  back in the day so I have always held a soft spot for the brand.  I really like the finish of this and it lasts almost all day.

BB Cream SPF 35, Bobbi Brown - I redeemed 100 points at Sephora for this deluxe sample.  I love BB and CC creams for weekend days when I don't want to put on a lot of makeup.  It is a little light for me (they only had the sample in the color fair at my Sephora) but gives pretty good coverage for a BB cream.  The Long-Wear Foundation is a smidge dark for me so sometimes I mix in a little of this and I really love the finish it gives me. 

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Product Review: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Disclaimer: Product provided through iFaboo for the purpose of review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

I have been obsessed with exfoliating lately. As important as exfoliation is to revitalize tired and dull-looking skin, remove pore-clogging oil and debris, and softening the look of wrinkles and fine lines and promoting collagen production, its super  important not to over exfoliate.  Over exfoliation can lead to redness, irritation, tightness, dry patches, uncomfortable stinging and burning.   I recently received Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant to review and was super excited to try it because it is super gentle made from a rice base powder making it almost impossible to over exfoliate.

Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant is a gentle, daily use exfoliating powder for all skin conditions. Unique Rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. Their unique Skin Brightening Complex helps to balance uneven skin pigmentation while a super-soothing blend of Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal helps to calm the skin, leaving it extraordinarily clear and refreshed. Gentle enough to use on a daily basis.

Powder exfoliants were pretty new to me before trying this, so I was a little hesitant at first.  This product is super easy to use.  I wet my hands, apply about a teaspoon of product and rub my hands together creating a paste.  Then I massage onto my face and rinse off.  Easy Peasy!

This product is not the least bit harsh and it leaves my skin feeling so smooth and my skin tone looking so much more even.  My skin is instantly brighter after each use.  

Daily Microfoliant from Dermalogica retails for $52 and can be purchased through their website.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Product Review: Rejuveniqe by Monat

Disclaimer: Product provided through iFaboo for the purpose of review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive contains a revolutionary blend of 11+ unique molecular ingredients that mimic the body's natural oils to condition and hydrate hair and skin.  I love products that I can use multiple ways, so the fact that this can be used on both the hair and skin was a huge plus for me.

Rejuvenate Oil Intensive contains 11+ unique molecular ingrieidents that include:

Abyssinian: The Key ingredient in Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive. From the crambe abyssinica plant native to central Africa, it’s a rare and unique combination of fatty acids prized for their ability to do everything from mimic the effects of silicon for unbeatable shine; lubricate the hair deep into the follicle; and protect and coat each strand.

Baobab: The renowned baobab trees have grown for centuries in the arid climates of India and Africa, and its exotic oil from the tree’s seeds are rich in antioxidant-rich palmitic acid and Vitamin F.

Buriti: The fruit of Africa’s Moriche palm – known as the Tree of Life – is one of the world’s richest sources of beta-carotene, which moisturizes and nourishes.

Camelia: Also known as tea-seed oil, it’s ultra-hydrating oil responsibly harvested from China that cleans the scalp and pampered dry stands thanks to its abundance of Vitamin E and polyphenols.

Carrot Seed: Specially sourced from the mountains of Switzerland, it’s rich in Vitamin A to condition the scalp, plus Alpha Linolenic Acid for anti-inflammatory protection.

Monoi: Selectively sourced from the warm tropics of Tahiti, it’s a restorative oil rich in Omega 3 and fatty acids to heal damage and promote growth from the root.

Meadowfoam: This oil is sourced right from the Pacific Northwest of the USA. Named for its flowers’ resemblance to white foam on the ocean, meadowfoam oil is another outstanding source of Omega 9 fatty acids for shine and sheen.

Moringa: Ancient Egyptians prized Moringa Oil for its nourishing properties, thanks to antioxidants and Vitamin E, which help combat skin fatigue, plus clean and purify the scalp.

I love products that are multi-functional.  This oil works just as fantastic on your skin as it is on your hair.  On my hair, I love using it as a scalp treatment, applying a few drops to my scalp 10 minutes before washing.  It helps treat and hydrate my sensitive scalp.  I have also mixed it into my conditioner for a deep conditioning treatment and to my ends before styling. On my skin, its fantastic for dry patches on my face, as a cuticle oil and to moisturize my dry elbows.  

Rejuveniqe Intensive Oil retails for $99 and can be purchased through Monat's website.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Center Part

I can't wear a center part.  My forehead is just too small of it.  My sister and I always tease each other about our foreheads; she has a five-head and I have a three-head.  Its no Teresa Giudice hairline, but it makes a center part look very awkward on me.  I've had a really bad case of center part envy lately,  so I put together a compilation of some my faves. 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Because you know I'm all about that bag, 'bout that bag


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

September Favorites

Disclaimer: Murad Intensive-C Radiance Pell sent to me as part of their brand ambassador program.  All other products mentioned were purchased by me using my own funds.  All opinions expressed are my own.

I feel like I have been obsessed with skincare and lipstick lately and September has been no different. 

ColorStay Concealer, Revlon - I bought this because I finished up a tube of Nars creamy concealer and was looking for a less expensive alternative.  After using this, I think I may like it better.  However, I do need to let it sit on my skin for a minute or two before blending.

Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara, Maybelline – I still use a brow pencil, but have been using this to set my brows and apply a touch more color. 

Acne Spot Treatment, Murad – My skin has been a mess lately and I have been really loving this to spot treat blemishes.  I rub it on at night and in the morning I can see a noticeable difference.

Intensive-C Radiance Peel, Murad – This is a great brightening peel.  Its great for my hyperpigmentation but it also just makes my skin feel better and smoother.

Lippy Moisture Matte Lipsticks in Macbeth and Loved Up, Butter London – I have been using nothing but matte lipstick lately.  I have been obsessed with them.  When I first heard that Butter London was coming out with matte lipstick I hunted them down until I found them in these two colors.  They are gorgeous. 

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater, Mario Badescu – I actually bought this a while back and didn’t start using it until recently.  It feels amazing and is a great little treat for my skin.  I actually prefer this to Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir and it is a fraction of the price. 

Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask, The Body Shop – This mask has become a must have for me.  It really helps draw out any impurities in my skin and dries out any gross stuff. 

Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF50+, It Cosmetics – I like to use a BB or CC Cream on the weekends when I don’t want to put on a full face of make-up.  It’s easy; I can apply it with my fingers and just kind of minimizes my imperfections.  This makes my skin look so good and glowy that I have been using it daily in place of a foundation.

The POREfessional, Benefit Cosmetics – This is an old favorite that I have recently rediscovered.  There really is no comparison for a pore minimizing primer.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Wish List

Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, Jo Malone - I smelled this at Nordstrom last week and it smells like the beach.  I think it may be a newer scent and I am bummed I missed it over the summer.  I imagine the candle of this scent burning in a summer house on the cape with all the curtain blowing from the ocean breeze.  

Classic Slip-Ons in Perforated Leather, Vans - I am loving the slip-on sneaker trend right now.  Its the lazy girl in me that wants to be able to just slip on my shoes and go.  Who needs laces anyway?!?  And Vans remind me of being a teenager in the late 90s with that thick rubber sole.  I need these in my life. 

Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes, Benefit Cosmetics - Benefit does the best holiday gift sets and this will definitely be on the top of my holiday wish list.  I love their boxed blushes so this is right up my alley.  

Split End Sealer, Oribe - I love everything I have tried from Oribe.  Its a little pricy but it works amazingly and always smells great.  I am curious to try this sealer to repair split ends and reduce breakage.

Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Algenist - I am in the market for a new retinol and this one seems to have the best reviews on Sephora.com.  I also checked it out at the Space.nk boutique inside Bloomingdales the other day and it felt really good on my skin.

Moto Knit Jacket, Gap - I really want a navy jacket and love the the moto style.  I also like that this is a knit making it soft and casual.  

Crema da Mano Hand Cream in Cleopatra, Tocca Beauty - I think I mentioned last week that I am obsessed with this scent.  I know want everything this fragrance comes in.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil

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I have used tea tree oil for years.  Its a great spot treatment for blemishes as well an antimicrobial on scrapes and small cuts.  It is a staple in my medicine cabinet.

I was recently set a (HUGE) bottle of 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil from Apothecary Extracts.  I was so excited because first of all the bottle is gigantic and apparently there are so many other uses for Tea Tree Oil that I had never knew.

Some say tea tree oil is a miracle ingredient.  The Australian Aborigines' were said to use 'healing lakes' that were in fact lagoons filled with tea tree leaves.  The leave would naturally fall into the lakes from the nearby trees, decaying and fortified the water with their healing properties over time.  Today, this 'healing' oil is used in skin care, first aid, household cleaning, hair care, aromatherapy, feminine care, chronic illnesses and dental care. Tea Tree Oil has the "big three" antimicrobial properties.  It acts as an anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial.

I love to use tea tree oil as a regular spot treatment, applying it to my blemishes morning and night.  I have used many brands in the past, but I am finding Apothocary Extracts to be of the most effective because it is 100% pure, unlike some of the other brands out there.  And not only is it 100% pure, but the bottle is so much bigger than other brands I have used.  

Apothecary Extracts can be purchased exclusively through Amazon for $24.99.  Included with each purchase is a free e-book on 50+ ways to use tea tree oil.  Apothecary Extracts is generously offered a free bottle to one of my readers.  Enter using the Rafflecopter below*.

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