Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hope in a Jar Product #1 from Sephora Favorites

Is your skin thirsty? Mine was!
Hope in a Jar by Philosophy is the perfect skin cream, especially after scrubbing with the Clarisonic!
It doesn't feel thick and mask-like and you don't have to keep dipping in for more product. The tiniest bit actually smooths over your entire face. A little goes a long way which is great because the product is a little pricey! Lucky for me Kevin's mom got me one of the best gifts ever... the Sephora Favorites collection for 2011. Yay for finally getting to try out this cream that I have heard so much about! 

I have pretty sensitive skin so usually I can tell right away if a product is going to clog my pores or make me feel/ look oily. Hope in a Jar doesn't leave a shiny film at all and left my skin feeling and looking clean and even. It's like my skin just drinks up the cream! I noticed also that it acts as a great base for both Laura Mercier liquid foundation ( also a product in the Sephora Favorites box) and MAC Studio Fix liquid foundation. I love this stuff and I will definitely continue to buy it once my jar is gone. Please feel free to let me know how you're experience with Hope in a Jar has been!

Happy New Year!




Monday, December 26, 2011

HOLY CLARISONIC LOVEY LOVEY LOVEEE!

ITS ALL TRUE

All of the 5 star reviews you have read about the Clarisonic. 
They are right. 
All of them. 

For Christmas I was given an unexpected awesomely awesome schm-awesome gift, 
 The Clarisonic Mia 2 complete with blue leopard spots which is just
wickedly badass! 

You might remember a few months back when I bought the Dermanew facial scrubber recommended by Kandee Johnson... girlfriend must not have tried the Clarisonic because there is no freaking WAY I would suggest Dermanew if I knew how magical the Clarisonic was!! Plus the purchase/shipping was a freaking nightmare from the beauty site suggested.... but I digress.

There is NO comparison between these two products. The Clarisonic leaves your face literally feeling new. I thought my makeup went on smoother after the Dermanew, but DANG... this bad boy not only gets rid of dry skin and dirt, but it almost polishes your face. After using it my face is just glowing! Here is a picture of the product I received and am now attached to, and in love with, and will use every day, and will buy for people in the future because it is the bomb digitty ....
can you tell I'm excited?! 
Man I'm getting excited just looking at this picture!
I had never used Purity by Philosophy which turned out to be an amazing cleanser. As pictured you get a small bottle of Purity, an extra head, a travel case and you also receive a charger which magnetically attaches to the bottom of the handle and charges some really cool spacey new-age way, I squealed a little when the charger attached itself to the handle!! 

I have been using the Clarisonic for a few days in the shower in the morning and can already tell that this is going to be a staple in my morning routine!! It is a little expensive but if you are thinking about spending the money to get a Dermanew or any other product you think might work, save a little longer and splurge on this baby, you will NOT be sorry!

Quick Update!

Reviews & Fun Holiday looks coming soon!!

I've had a request for a look using yellow eyeshadow as well as New Years Eve sparkly looks - they will be coming this week! Also I have been asked what my favorite liners are, both eye and lip, those answers will come this evening!

SoOo excited to review Clarisonic Mia 2, Sephora Favorites Box Gift, Tarte SmolderEye liner, my nifty new storage drawers and much much more!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Coastal Scents + Beeswax Softlips Lip Conditioner Review

 REVIEW TIME!

First up: Coastal Scents Smokey Eye Palette! 

L'Image ( for your referencing pleasure) :
 This is the 36 color Smokey Eye Palette! When you think of "smokey" eye colors you don't really think of the bright green, yellow, pinks and orange bronze colors that are apparent in this palette, which is something that makes this quite unique. The look I chose to do today features greys, blacks, and then the bright turquoise color (the one right under the yellow) in the crease to give it a little pop. I used primer potion first in order to get all day hold and sure enough....5 hours later, my shadow looks just the same as it did when I put it on! Here is what the outcome was: 


So far the colors have held up very well. You can see the colors are pretty strongly pigmented and they don't have sparkles in them which I love. I got this palette on extreme sale and can't wait until their next sale, I will without a doubt be buying more!

Second Up: Beeswax Softlips Chapstick

Last week I realized that I was completely out of every lovely chapstick that I owned so I made a trip over to Harris Teeter where they had Burts Bees ( which I absolutely loveeee) and Beeswax Softlips Chapstick for the same price. I'm all for experimenting with new products, especially for blogging purposes so I figured I'd give the Softlips a try, after all I am a HUGE fan of their regular chapstick. 



People, I am not joking when I say that applying this chapstick was like rubbing an almost dry glue stick along my lips. The chapstick didn't glide on nicely like regular Softlips Chapstick, instead it was sticky and pulled my lips ( OUCH). My first thought was that it was dry on top, like a glue stick gets when you leave the cap off for a bit, so I tried rubbing it on the top of my hand to see if maybe the application got a little better. NOPE. Sure didn't. I have since thrown the chapstick out. I went to whole foods on my way home that day and picked up my trusty Burt's Bees as well as a Pineapple chapstick by Alba which is fantastic and might be my new favorite! Tastes yummy, lasts a long time and is Organic :)


ONE LAST NEATO THING!
My boyfriend got me this shirt at Forever 21, some of the proceeds go to finding doggies homes! As a Beagle rescue momma I immediately fell in love with the whole concept. It says " IN SEARCH OF A BFF " ( heartbreaks), if you know any animal lovers these shirts make a great present and they have several different breeds! Thats all for today folks! Happy Holidays, time for me to get back to present wrapping!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Green Green Green

Fun Fact: I absolutely L.O.V.E. getting packages in the mail

I received my Sugarpill package the other day that I ordered during their huge sale and I am in LOVE with everything, as expected! I ordered Paperdoll, Tipsy and another jar of Goldilux because I was running low! Paperdoll is a light purple color that I am really digging, but since I use a lot of purple on here I decided I'd switch it up and do a look with Tipsy, a really funky bright green! Below is the finished product along with what products I used! 

Products used in the order that I applied them

1. Urban Decay Primer Potion
2. NYX white base 
3. Kryolan white aquacolor
4. Tipsy by Sugarpill
5. Junebug by Sugarpill
6. Midori by Sugarpill
7. Lumi by Sugarpill
8. Revlon liquid liner pen
9. Maybeline Falsies mascara
10. NYX brow shadow 
11. No. 7 translucent powder
12. Too faced oil free liquid foundation
13. Covergirl loose powder
14. Bodyshop Shimmer Waves
15. MAC lipstick in Myth

Steff

Favorite Product Ever #2

Urban Decay 
Primer Potion


This stuff is truly amazing, I don't skip a day of wearing it EVER! Urban Decay has a ton of super great products that are made for makeup longevity. For special occasions I pair Primer Potion with my favorite eyeshadow combo and then spritz All Nighter, Urban's16 hour makeup hold spray on top! Primer Potion sets a smooth layer for a look that will last all day with no creases. It works well with all shadows both wet and dry and  is easily removed. It cost anywhere between $15- $22 depending on where you can find it but it is worth every penny and lasts a very long time. I recommend this to anyone who works 8+ hour days and is in front of people as it keeps your makeup looking fresh all day. I also recommend this to anyone who is a fan of using bright colors, such as myself. This primer really keeps pigment in place perfectly!
 Steff

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Favorite #1

My next few posts will be about my all time favorite products 
along with why I think they rock!

Those of you who are frequent readers know that I absolutely love Sugarpill Cosmetics! If you aren't familiar MAKE YOURSELF! Here is the URL where you can buy all of the wonderful products : 

http://www.sugarpillshop.com/

 Sugarpills Gold Chromalust color Goldilux is one worth buying. I have done several tutorials and looks featuring Golidlux and am waiting for my second jar to come next week. Sugarpill is known for their vibrant long-lasting unique colors and Goldilux is one that I find can be used several ways. When applied on top of a base and primer Goldilux holds for hours, especially if applied with a wet brush. It also works perfectly as a liner and goes wonderfully with most of the other Chromalust colors! I'm a fan of doing a blue eye using Sugarpills Starling and then running Goldilux under my bottom lash line. To liven any lip color a dab of Goldilux will do wonders, it even looks great in your mascara!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

HOORAY FOR GREAT HAIR DAYS!

Olive Oil & Honey Hair Treatment




Recently I have discovered Pinterest and all of it's splendor! I follow a lot of DIY beauty pinners and kept seeing the olive oil & honey hair treatment post so decided I had to see what all the fuss was about. I had all of the ingredients in my house already so this expirement was free!



The Grand Ingredients Plus Steps to Having Magnificant Beautiful Glowing Strands of Love:

1. Grab 1 tsp of Honey!
2. Grab 3 tsps of Olive Oil!
3. Grab a sauce pan!
4. Mix olive oil and honey together in the saucepan, heat until mixture boils.
5. Remove from heat, stir and wait until mixture cools.
6. Once your mixture isn't scolding hot, put it in your hair for 15-30 mins!
7. Rinse and wash with Shampoo and Conditioner as normal. I used L'Oreal Kids 2 -in-1 Burst of Watermellon Shampoo... I couldn't resist buying it, I missed the smell.



TIP: Applying this to your hair is tricky... I simply spooned it into my hair infront of a mirror. I concentrated on the ends and the crown of my head since I have curly frizzy hair! Once the mixture was in my hair I tied my hair up in a messy bun with a hair tie and continued to surf on Pinterest while I waited.

END PRODUCT SUMMARY:

My hair is freaking AMAZING  today!! I am having the best hair day in years! You know how when you get your hair done professionally it looks great and you can NEVER get it to look or feel that way on your own? This treatment makes all of your fantastical hair dreams come true. I have 0 flyaways, my hair is smooth, silky, shiny and knot free. It dried faster than normal and styles without flaw. I will be using this as often as necessary...cheap, quick, lovely AND does a better job than most high end smoothing products that I have tried!  






Saturday, December 3, 2011

Urban Decay Cream Shadow


URBAN DECAY


A few weeks ago Urban Decay had a huge Sale on these bad boys! $3 a pop and tons of colors to pick from. I purchased several different colors ranging from neutrals to neon's (ok maybe not neon but close) and found that they work best as a base. They are a little difficult to use, the wand will get the product on your lids but you need to use your finger to blend a bit. I used this first on top of Primer Potion and while using as a base I can say that it really provides great hold and lovely undertones for any eyeshadow. I would recommend this for a long night out since it extends the hold that just Primer Potion provides.

Naked Palette 2 was put on shelves earlier this week and I can't wait to get my hands on it! Urban Decay has always provided great products for both night and day, I'm pleased that even the products on sale for $3 still have the same value as their more expensive items!

Happy Beautifying