Monday, February 24, 2014

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Finds

Its been almost four months since my last Friday Finds so I thought it was about time I get back into posting them. 

Friday Finds is a list of blog, instagrams, you-tube channels, shopping sites, apps, etc that I have been enjoying and want to share with you.   Since this series has been on hiatus for awhile, I have a lot to share, so lets get right into it . . . 



If you are anything like me and absolutely obsessed with daily planners and organizers you will LOVE Emily Ley's Simple Planner.  While I already bought a Whitney English Day Designer (an equally gorgeous agenda) when I discovered The Simple Planner, I didn't hesitate to order The Simplified Life Binder and numerous insert sheets.

FREUTCAKE
Freutcake is the blog for recipes and DYIs.  Every time I read it, I want to cook, drink or create.  I especially want to make this and this.

I first discovered Teresa through her instagram, then shortly started following her blog.  She does amazing product reviews and I love how she mixes high end products with drug store finds.  Teresa also recently launched an Etsy store with some incredibly gorgeous prints.  I just got this print from her shop and can not wait to frame and hang.  I'm already planning my next purchase!

THE KINCH LIFE BLOG
Not only does Aubrey have a great sense of style, but everything on her blog is absolutely beautiful.  As a graphic designer, she also has a collection of freebies up on her blog.  I first found Aubrey on instagram and immediately started following her.

I love all things that glitter and Lauren's blog is just that! I don't think there is one image that doesn't have gold or sequins and I absolutely love it.  To further fulfill my love of sparkles, Pearls & Pastries is also an Etsy shop that sells sequined hangers!!!

PRETTY SHINY SPARKLY
I have been following Kristina's blog and YouTube for a while now, but have found myself watching and reading allot more lately.  She has become my go to guru and I am constantly checking to see if she has reviewed a certain product to get her option on it.  

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Origins Masks

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  The items mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own funds.  All opinions expressed are my own. 


I love face masks.  I probably have more than I will ever get to finish but there are a few that I use regularly and will probably repurchase over and over again.  Two of these masks are from Origins.


I have not used too many products from Origins in the past.  I started using Drink Up a couple years ago when I had a horrible breakout and ended up drying out my skin treating it.  I used this ten minute moisture mask based on a recommendation and it instantly hydrated my skin. When I went to repurchase a couple months ago, I accidentally grabbed Out of Trouble and decided to keep it and give it a try.


Drink Up is a mask that intensively hydrates the skin. This mask contains algae extract to add an extra does of hydration and apricot kernel, which is easily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy residue

Aside from smelling AMAZING!  This really does "quench skin's thirst."  While I don't typically have dry skin, anytime I am experiencing any dryness, one use of this eliminates any dry spots.  I also like to use it once a week to keep moisture in my skin.


Out of Trouble is described as a multi-action mask that rescues troubled skin.  It contains sulfur which helps the body create collagen (which makes your skin young looking) and calms red irritated skin.  It also contains zinc oxide which heals and repairs damaged cell tissues and heal wounds.  Out of Trouble works in three ways, it absorbs oily shine, removes rough dead skin cells and sweeps away debris.

I fell in love with this product the first time I used it.  My skin instantly looked better; any redness I had banished, my skin was smoother and firmer, and just cleaner overall.  While I use it as a ten minute (sometimes 20 minute) mask, I have also read of others using it as a overnight spot treatment.

Both masks retail for $24 at Origins, Sephora or anywhere Origins is sold.  

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bar Carts

I have found myself a little obsessed with bar carts lately.  It all started with THIS cart from Target that I have been eyeing since before Christmas.   Every time I see it online or in the store, I imagine every way I would decorate it.  Now that it is on sale I am very close to breaking down and making the purchase.  While I contemplate my decision, here is some of my inspiration.


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

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 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder has become a cult favorite among beauty gurus and enthusiasts a like.    The powder has become so popular that Hourglass is now introducing a line of blushes slated to hit Sephora shelves on February 21, 2014.  As a Sephora VIB, I was luckily enough to get my hands on one of these blushes a few weeks ago.  

These blushes come in 6 shades: Dim Fusion, a subdued coral; Ethereal Glow, a cool pink; Luminous Flush, a champagne rose; Radiant Magenta, a golden fuchsia; Diffused Heat, a vibrant poppy; and Mood Exposure, a soft plum.  I was really tempted to buy every color that was available at the time, but since I already have so many blushes I settled with the one that was less like most of the blushes I own (hot pink) and went with Diffused Heat.


All the Ambient Light Blushes are marbled with Ambient Lighting Powder.  When mixed together they create a multidimensional color that reflects light and gives you a nice glow.  Because it mixes with the powder, it does swatch differently than what appears in the pan.  Diffused Heat comes out less poppy and more pink, which was a bit of  let down for me as I already have so many pinks, but it is still a gorgeous color none the less.  

The blush itself is super pigmented, so a light tap of the brush is really all you need.  On top of that, the color lasts throughout the day.  For these reasons, I don't really mind the $35 price tag for a blush.  

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush is set to hit Sephora shelves on February 21st and will retail for $35.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Lusts

Sunday Lusts 2.16.14

The No 1 Clarity Pouch, Truffle - I am in love pouches.  My entire purse is full of multiple pouches holding all my contents.  I love these pouches from Truffle because they are big and flat and see through.

BRIGHTMUD Eye Treatment, GLAMGLOW - I have fallen in love with GLAMGLOW.  I swear, they are the only masks I have been using lately which I why I am eager to try the eye treatment.

Tumnal Bright Leather Tablet Case, Ted Baker - I am on the hunt for a iPad sleeve and I love how this is a simple pouch that also includes a few card pockets.

Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in Fuchsia C16, Make-up Forever - I just bought Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel in Gossip and now I need a lip pencil to go with it.  I've heard great things about these lipliners from Make-up Forever

It's Potent! Eye Cream, Benefit Cosmetics - I have mentioned Benefit's Total Moisture Facial Cream in my January favorites which now has been hooked on Benefit skin care.  The packaging in so cute and one of my all time favorite eye creams was from Benefit (Eyecon).  Now that it has been discontinued, It's Potent! is said to be a good replacement,

Rosa Mundi Scented Candle, Diptyque - I can't decide what I love more about Diptyque candles; the scent or the jar.  This limited edition candle takes the classic black printed label and adds pretty flowers . . . I just need to have it!

The NARSissist Cheek Kit, NARS Cosmetics - I love cheek palettes and I love NARS so this is perfect.  It would also be the ultimate travel palette for me because it is all I would need for contouring, highlighting and coloring my cheeks!


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February Birchbox

Disclaimer:  This service was purchase by me with my own funds.  All opinions expressed are my own.

I haven't done a subscription box post in a very long time.  These are one of my favorite posts to read from other bloggers, so I thought I would start them up again.

If you have been a reader for a while, you know how much I love Birchbox.  It is probably my favorite subscription box to receive.  It was the first box I ever subscribed to, it is inexpensive, the customer service and rewards program is incredible, and I've found some great products through the service.  So for $10 a month, it is a no brainer for me.

This month Birchbox partnered up with US Weekly and their beauty editor Gwen Flamberg on their "Step and Repeat" themed box in honor of awards season.  As in previous months, I received 4 products and one additional product that they coin a "Beauty Extra."


(pouch not included in Birchbox)

Bain de Terre Passion Flower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner - A paraben-free blend of argan and mono oils that protect and repair color-treated had.  Full Size Shampoo $12.00/13.5 oz; Conditioner $13.50/13.5 oz

I haven't used these yet but they smell really good and are for color treated hair so I will definitely give them a try.  I'll be traveling next month and most likely take these with me.  Both samples are 1.7 oz.  Based on the full size price, the total value of these samples is $3.21.


Caudalie S.O.S Morning Eye Rescue - Antioxidant-rich organic grape water moisturizes and soothes while hyaluronic acid keeps skin plump and supple and a dooese of white tea boosts circulation and helps reduce puffiness.  Free of skin-irriating fragrances, parabens and sulfates.  Full Size $34.00/0.5 oz

I love Caudalie products and have yet to use one that I did not like.  I received a sample of this before from Sephora and enjoyed it.  I received a 0.23 oz sample making it $15.64 value


OPI Sheer Tints in I Can Teal You Like Me - Those color-tinted top coats help transform the appearance of your polish, whether the sheer tints are worn alone, applied over other colors, or layered for an ombre effect. Full Size $9.00/0.5 oz

When I saw that Birchbox was sampling these this month, I was a little excited and hoping to receive it in my box.  I hate to say that this was huge let down for me and I think it is because of the color I received, which is a blue/teal.  Alone, it looked like I had an awkward nail fungus when I swatched it.  I then swatched it over a few difference colors (beige, pink and white) and while I liked it over the white, it was just too much work when I could just use an opaque color to begin with.  The sample I received was 1/8 of an oz, making it a $2.25 value.



Harney & Sons Fine Teas Wrapped Sachets - Rich and flavorful tea blends from the family owned craft blend.  Full Size $9.60/20 sachets

I received two sachets, one in White Vanilla Grapefruit/White Tea and one in Paris/Black Tea. I am typically not into flavored teas, but I am intrigued by the combination of vanilla and grapefruit so I will definitely brew these.  Two sachets are valued at $0.96.


Given the value of each item and the sample sizes received, this box is about a $22 value.  

This particular Birchbox didn't wow me, but you can't win them all.  I still enjoy the service and discovering new products each month.  For more information on Birchbox, or to subscribe visit their website HERE.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

January Favorites


I have not done a monthly favorites post since September.  It's not because I haven't had many favorites because I definitely have.  I have been using a lot of different products lately and have found so many new things I love.  That is probably why I have so many favorites this month.  Some of them may not be new to me for January, but all products I have really been enjoying.

January Favorites


The Chaser Shine Pomade, DryBar - This pomade is more of a cream and less of a wax so it is super easy to distribute.  It smooths my hair without any residue or build-up.

Peony and Blush Suede Cologne, Jo Malone - I am in love with this scent.  It is perfect for Spring and  I find the scent lingering long after I spray it.

Agave Lip Mask, Bite - I got this for Christmas and while it is a little difficult to get out of the tube, it is a great overnight treatment for your lips.  The next morning I can still feel it on my lips and it leaves them very soft.

Kiss Mix, Eve Lom - I posted a review on this last month.  I like that that this is minty and very cooling, and I only need to use this once and my lips stay hydrated all day long.

Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Violet Ink, Bobbi Brown - I had always used drug store eye liner but had heard so many great things about this that I decided to splurge.  It is definitely worth the money.  It goes on smooth, doesn't dry out and lasts throughout the day.

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Nettle - I am going to say it . . . I like this even better than Batiste.  I didn't think it was possible to find a dry shampoo that I liked better but this stuff is amazing.  It doesn't make my hair stiff that Batiste sometimes does when I use too much, and it doesn't irritate my scalp like just about every dry shampoo does.  With Klorane my hair stays fresher and I can usually go an extra day before washing.

Bare Face Cleansing Oil, Julep - This is actually my first cleansing oil so I don't have too much to compare it to but it has definitely turned me onto cleansing oils. I don't like to use cleansing wipes to remove my makeup as they are not ideal.  This makes removing my makeup so easy.   I apply it to a dry face, work it into the skin then rinse off.

Cucumber Melon Calming Mist, Skin By Ann Webb - I picked this up at Whole Foods on a whim.  Not only does is smell amazing (I love anything that smells like cucumber) but it calms the skin after a treatment or mask.  And it just feels nice!

Dr. Bronners Magic Soap - I use this bar to clean my makeup brushes and sponges.  It cuts the cleaning time in half and literally removes all traces of make-up.

Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation, Marc Jacobs Beauty - This is more of an honorable mention because I hate to say that it broke me out.  However I do feel like it is still worth mentioning as I seem to be the only person in the world to have a problem with this foundation.  Aside from the breakout, it lasted all day, gave me really great coverage and had such a beautiful finish.  I am actually really bummed that I had to stop wearing it every day but I think I may hang onto it for special occasions.

Miracle Complexion Sponge, Real Techniques - I reviewed this sponge last month.  It is a great inexpensive alternative to the beauty blender.

Better Than Sex Mascara, Too Faced - I am usually very picky about mascaras but feel like I have been loving just about every mascara I have tried lately and this is no exception.  It provides great length and volume.  One thing that I do want to mention is that it is a bit dry, but I tend to prefer dryer mascaras anyway as they don't smear.

Bombshell Volume Mascara, Covergirl - Another mascara . . . this is a two step drugstore mascara that lengthens and volumizees pretty well.  Unlike the Too Faced mascara it is a lot less dry (I don't dare say the m word) so I sometimes get it on my lid when applying but it is relatively inexpensive and works better than most drugstore mascaras I have used.

Total Moisture Facial Cream, Benefit Cosmetics - I have always been indifferent about most moisturizers.  I know I should use one but usually just use whatever I can find.  I must say that I bought this because of the packaging but ended up really loving it.  It is on the thick side, but doesn't clog my pores and it sinks into my skin well.  It also smells really good.

Eye-o-Sonic Eye Serum Infuser, Michael Todd - I hate blending in eye cream; it always takes so long.  This kind of does the work for you and gets the cream deep into the skin.

Rose Gold Blush, Sleek Make-up - This is just such a beautiful color.

Eight Hour Cream, Elizabeth Arden - This has become a cult classic and for good reason.  It is so multi-purpose that you really don't need to carry too many other products.  You can use it as a hand cream, burn cream, lip balm, cuticle cream, eyebrow tamer, the list goes on.  I use it a lot on my lips, especially after exfoliating.

Revlon Eye Illuminance Cream Shadow in Not Just Nudes, Revlon - I can't remember the last time I used a shadow that wasn't a cream.  I think this may have been the only palette I have used since buying it in December.  I use two of the four colors more frequently, and recently started using a third (a matte nude) as a base.

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Monday, February 3, 2014