Beauty Talk #4 – December Favorites

My last beauty post covering my September Favorites was surprisingly popular, so I’m picking back up with my favorites from last month.

 

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Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Stem Cell & Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner ~$10 each

I’ve been a big fan of the Acure skincare line recently so when I needed new Shampoo I decided to give them a chance and I’m incredibly impressed. They have a subtle almond scent which is delicious, and I find that my hair is less oily when using this shampoo. The Conditioner is effective but light which is great for my fine/thin hair. Definitely recommend.

Caudalie Hand & Nail Cream  $15 (full size)

I’m constantly using hand cream and I’m impatient when it comes to allowing lotion to soak in. The Caudalie hand cream has become my go to cream for when I’m working at my computer (which is always). I can apply, and immediately get back to work because it soaks in within seconds. The smell is classic Caudalie and a bit earthy but it fades rather quickly in case that bothers you.

Clairol Beautiful Brown – Amethyst (purchased from Sally Beauty Supply)  ~$6.00

When I was in college I used to box dye my hair Burgundy, I loved it and miss it…but growing it out was awful. The brassiness, the orange, I don’t want to go through that again. But I still like to dye my hair on occasion, to boost my already dark brown hair with a pop of color. My favorite hair dye, hands down, is Clairol Beautiful Browns. You can buy a bottle at most beauty supply stores for about $6 and it’s Semi-Permanent which means it fades gently over the course of about 28 washings. No grow out, no odd roots…it just naturally fades over time. Plus, I can usually get quite a few uses out of that little bottle.I switch between Wine Brown (burgundy tones) and Amethyst (more purple tones). Indoors my hair looks dark brown, but outside it has a beautiful glint of red/purple. Great for anyone that wants to avoid Permanent hair dye.

 

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Bare Minerals 5 in 1 Cream Shadow – Soft Linen $18

I actually use this cream shadow as an eye shadow base. It prevents my eye shadow from creasing and evens my skin tone to make eye shadow colors pop. It also dries to matte finish so it’s great for more mature lids that want to avoid shimmer (i.e. my mom uses this too!)

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow – Playa del Pink $18

Josie Maran has the Argan skincare market on target, I’m a fan. I really like her cleansing oil, but last month I was reaching for her Watercolor Eye shadows all the time. They pack a punch in terms of color, dry quickly, and blend fairly easily with just your fingers. They work well all alone for a simple wash of color but really shine when paired with darker shadows. I’ve only own this one color, but I swatched the others at Sephora and they are all beautiful.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner – Midnight Cowboy $19

December was the perfect month to break out the glitter eyeliner. I’m in my 30’s so glitter liners can be a little tricky, as sometimes it can come across as too young. That is actually why I like the Urban Decay liner, it’s buildable (as in the picture), but light in application. I wing out my eyeliner using black liquid liner, then gently add a thin line of glitter above the black. it adds the most beautiful sparkle when the light hits it, and in my opinion comes across very classy/elegant. I get lots compliments when I wear this one out. I also own the silver and copper colors which are also gorgeous, but the beige of Midnight Cowboy tends to blend into my lid color better to give the subtle sparkle.

NUDE Skincare Advanced Renewal Serum $78 (full size)

I haven’t yet splurged on the full size of this produce but it’s on my wishlist. This small size was part of a gift set that I purchased in early in December and I’m impressed.  It’s light, soaks in immediately, and doesn’t compete with other skincare products. I use this at night and it leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and moisturized. I haven’t been using it long enough to confirm any claims that it prevents the signs of aging or firms the skin, but I will say that I seem to have a good skin day after using this product. Whatever it’s doing, I like it. 

 

Thanks it! What Beauty products are you loving this month?

 

 

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Beauty Talk #3 – September Favorites

As cliché as it sounds, I can’t believe this year is flying by so quickly. Wasn’t it just January? I’ve been counting down the days until Fall, the heat this summer has been unbearable. Combine that with the drought we’re experiencing and it’s been pretty miserable. It’s going to be in the 100’s this weekend (in October?!?), and I am dreaming of a cool, damp fall/winter. With the heat, makeup hasn’t made the ‘To Do List’ very often. I’ve been keeping it very simple with a foundation for even skin, and then I used blush and nail polish for pops of beauty color. Here are a few of my beauty favorites from this past month.

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Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint – Juice [~$24]

I love the Bite brand overall due to it’s focus on using Food Grade Ingredients. I feel safer using the Bite Brand products since we eat so much of the lip products we wear. I’m not very comfortable using bright lipsticks, so I have a special love for the Lush Lip Tints. They are moisturizing and give wash of color that feels comfortably colorful. 

 

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation – No. 1.0 [~$39]

Earlier this year I splurged on the Urban Decay Foundation when ULTA had a 20% off coupon available. First off, it’s a great color match for my light skin, which is often a challenge to find. The formula is great, light and comfortable even in the hot summer months. It also leaves a very natural finish, not cakey or heavy at all. 

 

Butter London Nail Polish – SNOG [~$15]

I love bright coral-pink-red nail polishes. SNOG is a bright, but dark pink that is an absolute stunner! Easily a one coat polish as well, the formula is fantastic. If you want to try a similar color for less $$, check out an Essie polish in the color Watermelon.That polish is also a favorite of mine. 

 

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush – Coral [~$10]

This blush has been a favorite since the day I bought it. It’s better than many of the high end blushes that I have in my collection (yes, I said collection…it’s a problem). It’s the perfect Coral/Peach blush with just enough glow to also double as a highlighter. Excellent color, coverage and price (around $10 and often on sale).

 

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Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil [~$5]

I still love my regular Coconut oil for so many reasons, but the Vatika Enriched Hair Oil has replaced regular coconut oil for my hair. The first ingredient of The Vatika brand is Coconut Oil, but it also has Neem, Henna, and other herbs/extracts. It has a lemon scent and it does an AMAZING job at moisturizing my hair. My hair is typically very dry and frizzy, but with this stuff, my hair has never been healthier. I use it about once a week, overnight. I haven’t had any problems with it staining my pillows either.

 

Acure Seriously Hydrating Facial Toner for Normal to Dry Skin [~$15]

Since my skin tends to run on the dry side, I use a facial mist morning and night. I’m a fan of the Acure brand and the Seriously Hydrating Facial Toner is excellent as well. It’s a great formula that is incredibly moisturizing, without being sticky. It soaks in quickly, and feels nourishing over or under other beauty products.

 

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream [~$30 per 4oz]

Egyptian Magic is not cheap, but it’s so worth it! I picked up the 2oz bottle (shown) and a 4oz tub at Costco for about $40. The texture is more oil/balm than cream and you don’t need much at all. A few times a week, I will wash my face and apply the Acure Toner, then a facial oil, and lastly a very thin layer of Egyptian Magic. It soaks in and leaves the most incredible glow/softness to my skin overnight. 

 

What Beauty products are you loving this month?

 

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6 Random Things…

Spring Colors 

I’m starting to break out the spring inspired nail polishes again. Shade of aqua,  like breezy days relaxing at the beach. When it’s not aqua it’s coral. Speaking of, who’s seen the beautiful colors of the new OPI Brazil collection? I just got my order and am so smitten with the colors and formula.

…and on the Spring theme…

 

Spring Cleaning

I cleaned my entire house this weekend. Top to bottom, front door to attic (just kidding, I don’t go in the attic. Spiders live up there). You get the point. I made a list for each room on Friday night, and plowed through it starting on Saturday and finished the biggest problem areas, like the kitchen, on Sunday. Not the most exciting way to sped a weekend, but it feels amazing to have a clean house. I also took care of a few random house chores, like installing a Carbon Monoxide detector, swapping out a few door bumpers, and replacing a toilet seat (never thought I’d actually have to know how to do that…joys of being a homeowner).

The challenge now is to keep the place looking great all the time instead of having to do this type of cleaning again anytime soon. I put together a schedule to quick hit every room in the house twice a month to keep on top of things. I think I could do a quick 15-20 minute cleanup each day in the scheduled room, and keep on top of things. Quick cleanup would be dust, vacuum, pick up lose items, counters/toilets, fix any small issues.

How do you guys tackle cleaning, do you keep any type of schedule/plan? Or do you do Super Cleaning weekends every few months?

 

The Schedule:

(1st/16th) Foyer/Entry

(2nd/17th) Den/Workout Area

(3rd/18th) Downstairs Bathroom

(4th/19th) Yard/Porch

(5th/20th) Garage

(6th/21st) Dining Room

(7th/22nd) Powder Room

(8th/23rd) Living Room

(9th/24th) Kitchen

(10th/25th) Office

(11th/26th) Spare Bedroom

(12th/27th) Spare Bathroom

(13th/28th) Laundry

(14th/29th) Master Bedroom

(15th/30th) Master Bathroom/Closet

 

Anxiety/Stress

It’s only been in the past few years that I’ve experienced overwhelming anxiety, but much longer that I’ve been drowning in stress. Some days are worse than others, of course. I came across an article on Greatist.com this week and I really enjoyed it, 15 Ways to Beat Anxiety Now. If you deal with anxiety or high stress, you may enjoy this article as well.

 

Natural Beauty

In the past I’ve always been a fan of technologically advanced beauty, but more and more, I’ve transitioning to a more natural beauty regimen. I still use non-natural brands and products, but I strongly believe that when you know better you do better. So I’ve started to embrace brands like Shea Terra, and Stark Skincare.

 

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I’ve also started experimenting with making some at home beauty products. So far my favorite thing is washing my face with honey! Amazing results & easy to make, and customize, at home. I’ll probably do a separate post on this in the future.

 

Recent Reads

I finished the sometimes daughter by Sherri Wood Emmons last week. It’s the story of a girl born at Woodstock and her relationship with her mom and family as she grows into her teens. It’s a fairly simple story of watching a young girl grow up in the 60/70’s and experiencing her personal/family struggles. If you enjoy getting a glimpse into someone else’s family life (we’re all a little voyeuristic, right?), then you’ll probably like this.

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Puppy Love

I’ve been struggling a bit with my pup recently. He’s been having some mobility issues with his back leg. It always seems to be prompted by rough/wild playing, or a long day outdoors so I’m fairly certain it’s muscle strains. However, I think he is also developing some arthritis due to the extra weight he carries around. I’m having to adjust his food and add some supplements in hope of bringing him some natural relief without going to prescription pain killers. He’ll be seen by our vet in a few weeks for a checkup, fingers crossed, I’ve finally found the best nutrition plan for my little one. It’s so hard to see him struggle when I know he really wants to run through a dog park or splash at the dog beach. I hope we can get back to that soon.

If your pup has had similar issues, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Alright, I’m off to collapse onto the couch and relax after all that cleaning. I hope you all had a great weekend!

Beauty Talk #2

 

My favorite recent beauty tip involves a way to turn a steamy shower into a aromatherapy experience. It’s very simple, and completely customizable to your mood. 

For a spa like shower, mix a few drops of essential oil with water in a spray bottle. Spritz into a steamy shower before you step in, and enjoy the aromatherapy. You can mix a variety of oils to create a scent you love. Citrus & Mint is great for an uplifting morning shower, Eucalyptus if you’re feeling sick, Lavender & Chamomile are excellent for relaxing in the evening. Maybe try a little Neroli or Rose before date night 😉 Mix, Spritz, Enjoy!

I created a lovely mix of Peppermint and Vanilla recently. It’s an amazing pick me up in the morning.

 

 

In other beauty news lately…these are a few insta-posts from the last few weeks! You can read the specifics of each picture over at Instagram!

 

 

 

 

   

 

Beauty Talk #1

 

Having been gone from this blog for so long, has not only been upsetting for me (I miss this space!), but also a bit daunting. I’ve sat down multiple times to write a ‘I’m back’ post and I couldn’t figure out what to say. I’m sure that’s not an uncommon feeling for bloggers that have to take a break away from the web. Sometimes the words just don’t flow so well…

 

I don’t have any extraordinary reason as to why I stopped blogging lately. Life and work have been overwhelming (we’re going through layoffs again), and I honestly didn’t feel like I had anything interesting to share. I hadn’t completed many projects around the house and I wasn’t trying any new recipes. Life felt more than a little boring. So, instead of boring you with the mundane catch up…let’s just move on, shall we? In the past few weeks I’ve been getting back into home projects and I have a few fun crafts planned. I’ve redone the backyard grass planters which I’ll post about soon. That post will answer the multitude of questions that have been emailed to me about the project. I never knew so many of you would benefit from a ‘growing grass on concrete’ project, so hopefully that future post will answer some of your questions. Click here if you have no idea what I’m talking about. I’ve also made some progress on the office and made a few other tweaks around the house. More on that soon…

 

One fun thing I’ve done lately (blogging wise) is start up a new Instagram account. I’ve mentioned my love of beauty, makeup, skincare on the blog in the past. I’ve even done a few monthly favorite posts, but I wasn’t thrilled with those. Instead I’ve started up a dedicated beauty Instagram account where I can chat all things beauty, share my likes (and dislikes), etc. For anyone that wants to follow me, you can find me @evolovelybeauty. For the blog, I thought I’d share a recap from time to time along with any of my favorite posts/tips.

 

So today, is a little weekly beauty recap and a recipe!

 

My favorite post of the week was sharing how I start my day, detox style. Each morning I get up and make the drink below while the pup is eating. I drink this along with a probiotic capsule, then wait 30-60 minutes before eating. I started doing this in September and have seen a dramatic difference in my skin since doing so. I used to get hormonal cystic acne regularly and that has completely cleared up. I have not had a single cystic spot since drinking this at the start of my day. My skin is brighter, clearer, and overall I just feel better. My mom also drinks this and has seen a big difference as well.

I created this recipe using other detox drinks as a guide. You have probably heard of people drinking hot water with lemon, or taking a Ginger Bomb. This is essentially a combination of those drinks. It’s something that works for me.

 

Morning Detox Drink:

If you’re not used to drinking Apple Cider Vinegar, this can take some getting used to. Thanks to the other ingredients, it’s not overwhelmingly strong in this drink. You can alter the amount of water you use while you get used to the taste. Add more in the beginning if you need to, just be sure to drink the whole thing.

 

The Basics

1-2 Cups Water (I prefer hot, like for tea…but you can also drink this iced/cold if you prefer the taste that way)

1 Tablespoon Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Raw Organic Honey

Juice of 1/2 a fresh Lime (you can also use a lemon, I just prefer the lime)

Add all ingredients, stir and drink. I prefer to drink with a straw, and while I don’t chug it, I do drink it all rather quickly. It’s not something I like to sip on…you get the point.

 

Give it the best ability to absorb by not eating for 30-60 minutes after you finish the drink.

 

The Optional Additions:

After I had been drinking the above for about 2 months, I started adding the below. You may choose to skip these, or maybe you prefer to add them from the start. I’ll leave that to your discretion. Please note that with all the ingredients, do your own research (or talk to your doctor) to find out if these ingredients would be beneficial to you.

 

1/8 teaspoon of Ground Turmeric (I’m slowing adding more over time, it’s a strong taste)

1/8 teaspoon Ground Ginger (I’ll probably slowly up this amount over time as well)

The other 1/2 of fresh lime (so that you are juicing the entire lime into you drink each morning)

Mix well and drink.

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Like a lot of super healthy things, I don’t always jump out of bed excited to drink this. But more often than not, I crave it. I’ve seen such a dramatic difference in my health (and particularly my skin), that I don’t really want to give it up.

 

In other beauty news lately…these are a few insta-posts from the last week! You can read the specifics of each picture over at Instagram!

  

 

 

 

Beauty Empties – Studs & Duds #1

 

I love reading these types of posts and I recently finished off a bunch of beauty products so I thought now would be a good time to put up my first Beauty Empties post. This is similar to the favorites posts, but in these I’ll share products I’ve completely used up and offer my brief review on them. For fun I’m calling this series, Studs & Duds, since I’ll share which products were worthy of a repurchase [Studs] and those that didn’t work for me [Duds].  There may also be some ‘Eh’ products listed that I found rather average. For ease, the Duds are all listed at the bottom in their own section. In the other sections, I’ve listed whether I would repurchase.

 

Also, I should point out that I don’t go through this many products each month. I recently made a point of trying to use up some of my nearly empty products, so I have more than usual in this first post.

 

Skincare

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 Alba Hawaiian 3 in 1 Towelettes: [Repurchase: YES] While I rarely use face wipes on my face, I do use them to get any makeup off of my neck. Like most people I blend my makeup/bronzer down my neck and then I find that I don’t wash my neck when I wash my face at night. So I use a wipe to remove makeup and any daily pollution from my neck and chest. I really like these ones, LOVE the smell – they smell like Pineapple. I still like my Pacifica Coconut Water wipes, but these will go into rotation.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: [Repurchase: YES] I use this EVERY SINGLE DAY as my second cleanse at night and often when I wash my face in the morning. I’ve been using it for 15+ years and still love it. I buy these in the massive packs at Costco to get the best deals.

Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner: [Repurchase: YES] Oddly enough, I don’t actually use this as a ‘toner’. After I use the cleansing wipe on my neck and chest, I go back over the are with this toner on a cotton round. It’s refreshing and gentle, I also find that it removes the last bits of dirt and makeup.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Double Detox Mask (Sample Size): [Repurchase: YES] I picked up this trial size as a 100 point perk from Sephora a while back. At the time it was only available in a 5 tiny tube pack, meant to be a 5 week system. I wouldn’t repurchase it for $38 for 5 little vials. It was difficult to get all the product out of the little tube. However, Tarte is now selling this mask in a larger size and I would buy that in a heartbeat. I really did love the effect it had on my skin.

Benefit Total Moisture Face Cream (Sample Size): [Repurchase: YES] I picked this up as part of a sampler set of benefit skincare products. It’s a simple moisture cream, nothing fancy and no SPF. I prefer my face cream and SPF separate so this works for me. I’m currently using something else, but I did like this sample enough to consider purchasing it in the future. I liked that it wasn’t too heavy to use in the summer and soaked into my skin quickly.

Clinique All About Eyes: [Repurchase: YES] Another product I’ve been using for 10-15 years. A definite favorite that I keep going back to when I need an eye cream I can rely on.

Fresh Rose Face Mask: [Repurchase: YES] I love this refreshing face mask, mostly for the smell. I find it hydrating and a bit decadent since it has bits of rose petal in it. The full size is really expensive (~$55) but it lasts a while so I would buy it again when I run out of the one that I already have in my medicine cabinet.

Aquaphor: [Repurchase: YES] Great all purpose healing cream. I use it as a lip balm, on my elbows, dry skin, etc. I always have a tube nearby.

Carmex Lip Balms: [Repurchase: YES] I’m a lip balm fan, since I don’t wear a lot of lip color. Carmex is thick, but not greasy and it lasts a long time so I don’t have to keep reapplying. I like the Cherry stick version best, although I’ve picked up a few other fun flavors lately like Vanilla and Lime.

 

 

Haircare/Nailcare

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TIGI S Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum: [Repurchase: YES] My hair stylist/colorist work for TIGI so they (obviously) recommended their own line to me when I started going to them about 6 years ago. I LOVE the S-Factor line, the smell is AMAZING. This serum is more of a lotion texture instead of an oil, which I really like, and it keeps the frizz at bay.

Ojon Full Detox Rub-OutDry Shampoo: [Repurchase: No] I don’t know where I got this, and I’ve had it tucked in cabinet for years. It’s not my favorite because it leaves a noticeable white cast in my dark hair. So while it does work well, it’s really pricy and I’ve found drugstore options that I like better.  I wouldn’t repurchase.

Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil: [Repurchase: MAYBE (I think I’ve found something better)] I featured this in a favorites post a few months back and have finished the bottle (in record time too). I have two other brands that I’m using now (and really liking), but Essie’s was great and the smell wasn’t too ‘chemical-ly’. I also liked that it soaked in quickly so I could go back to my computer work immediately.

 

Bodycare

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Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel (Aloe): [Repurchase: YES in a different scent] I use this product primarily in winter, when my skin is super dry. After I shower, but before I dry off, I slather this stuff all over my body. Then I towel off, removing the excess. It traps in the moisture, leaves my skin super soft, and toweling off after application means that I’m not left with the oily residue. I wouldn’t repurchase the ‘Aloe’ scent again, I just didn’t like it. They have a Cocoa Butter scent that I like much better.

Boots Mango Body Butter: [Repurchase: YES] LOVE this product! Definite favorite, I’m buying the full size soon.

Jergens Hydrating Coconut Milk Crema: [Repurchase: No] Not a bad product, a good cream that has a texture between lotion and body butter. Because I like the Boots Body Butter better, I wouldn’t repurchase this in the future.

Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture (Fragrance Free): [Repurchase: MAYBE, PROBABLY NOT] I would classify this an an ‘Eh’ product. It was my favorite for a while, but I’ve been finding it too watery lately. I’m not sure if they’ve changed the formula, or maybe mine are old. I do like that it’s fragrance free so in the event that I’m looking for a fragrance free lotion, I would repurchase, but it’s not something that I could use in the winter – it’s just too watery.

 

 

The Duds

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Let’s be clear up front, I’m not saying these are BAD products, I just found that they did not work well for me. I would not repurchase any of these products and I’ll explain why below, but you may love them and if so, that’s GREAT!

 

Herbal Essence Heat Protection Spray: My problem with this product isn’t that it didn’t work, it seemed to do the job. However, the only thing I smell is alcohol and my hair felt very dry when using this. I can’t be sure my hair was dry due to this product, but I recently started using something else that is working much better.

L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray (Trial Size): Oh the smell…I can’t stand the smell. I know a lot of people love this hairspray, but the smell triggers terrible allergy like symptoms for me and I just can’t handle it.

Smashbox Eye Primer: Didn’t work, simple as that. My eye shadow creased within 2 hours every time that I used this.

Almay Smart Shade Smart Balance Powder: Has anyone out there used this product? I couldn’t get any of the powder to apply, I even tried scraping off a layer and still I couldn’t pick up any powder on my brush (or any type of applicator).

Elf Eyelash Curler: The top metal plate on mine was too sharp and it started slicing into the rubber pad. As you can imagine if it cut into the rubber pad, it also started cutting through my lashes. I’ve never had this happen before but I wouldn’t take the chance again with their eyelash curler since it caused so much damage to my lashes after only a few uses.

Elf Studio Eye Primer and Liner Sealer: I tried this when my Smashbox version failed on me, but this was a total bomb. Perhaps mine was just dried out, but the texture of the primer was terrible. I couldn’t barely get the product to swipe onto my lid and I had to push so hard that it actually hurt my eyelid. I can’t say whether the liner sealer worked. I use a liner that lasts all day on me, so the sealer didn’t seem to do anything extra.

Simple Radiance Face Cloths: My fault, I shouldn’t have bought these. I should have realized that a ‘radiance’ product would contain some sort of exfoliating texture. These were just far too scratchy for me, and irritated my skin.

 

 

*this post contains affiliate links. However, none of these products were provided to me, nor am I being compensated for this post. The products were purchased by me for my own personal use. All opinions are my own.

June [Beauty] Favorites

Time for another round of monthly beauty/skincare favorites!

I’m curious…I’ve been thinking about setting up a separate blog just for beauty/skincare/fashion. I have a lot of ideas for beauty/skincare posts, but I think it might be a good idea to keep the content separate from this blog. This blog would stay as a lifestyle blog along with home/DIY projects &  other inspirations. Then the other blog would have everything else. I understand that many who read this blog may not be interested in the beauty/skincare/fashion posts. Let me know if you’d like them separate of if you prefer I just integrate them into this blog.

 

Makeup

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1. Illamasque Cream Pigment in Hollow: This is the perfect contour color for my fair skin, and the cream pigment is incredibly easy to blend.

2. Kiss Trio Lashes: Unless I’m attending a party or event, I usually stick to individual lashes. Kiss is brilliant and have created little sets of 3 individual lash bunches. This makes application super fast since you only need one or two and your good to go. If you’re new to wearing lashes, these are a great start. Every time I wear these lashes I get lots of compliments and I find random strangers just staring at my eyes (which can be a bit creepy, but I try to take it as a compliment). I believe they’re only available at CVS and Walgreens.

3. ELF Clear Mascara and Brow Gel: I always use clear mascara to tame my brows, but I hate to pay a lot for it. ELF make a great little one for only $1! I also like that it has two sides (same gel in both sides) so when one side gets really dirty, just switch to the other. You can buys these on their website, but I usually grab them from Target.

4. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: I used the color Vanilla and find that this is my favorite concealer right now. It’s creamy, but doesn’t crease on me. In a pinch, I can use this instead of foundation on a hot summer day when I want to wear minimal makeup.

 

Skincare

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1. Boots Botanics Super Balm: I often get little dry patches on my eyelids which I always thought was strange. How could my whole face be fine, but that little tiny bit of eyelid is dry. Turns out it’s stress eczema! Makes total sense since it tends to turn up when I’m stressed to the max. I picked up this balm at Target and spread a very little bit on my eyelids during a flair up. Amazingly it heals up overnight. I can also use this on any other dry patches that turn up, something I suspect will be really helpful during the dry winter months.

2. Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm: You may be noticing a trend here, I’m really enjoying the Boots Botanic line lately. In fact, this product ranks as a top favorite this month. At night I take very gentle care to remove my eye makeup, then use this balm to remove the rest of my makeup (I’ve never had a problem with it stinging my eyes). It does come with a cloth, but I just use a simple white washcloth in warm water to remove the balm after massaging it into dry skin. For anyone that has trouble finding Emma Hardie (US gals I’m looking at you!) this is a good alternative for under $10!

3. Kate Somerville Clarifying Treatment Toner: After I use the above balm, I do a second wash with my standard Cetaphil, then follow with this product morning and night. It seems to be going really fast (probably since I use it twice a day), but I’m really enjoying the effect. I’m not acne prone, but I do get bouts of cystic acne and this has worked well at keeping all acne at bay. I may try a different brand next (because I like trying new things), but I would definitely repurchase this product. Bonus – I love the KS packaging and this pump is genius. 

 

Hair/Body

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1. Boots Extracts Mango Body Butter: Truth be told, I don’t like The Body Shop Body Butters (GASP!!). They’re just too thick for me, and I find them very hard to spread on the skin. I do still love the Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter, but it only comes in the one scent. Boots has a range of body butters that is similar to the Trader Joe’s formula. I have been really loving the Mango, but I also have the coconut scent…because when it comes to Coconut, I just can’t help myself.

2. Drybar Shower Cap: I LOVE shower caps since I don’t like to wash my hair everyday. My hair can get very dry and washing it everyday tends to bring on more frizz. Caps have such a vintage and beauty bombshell vibe to them which feels fun. The Drybar shower cap is my newest and such a great quality. I love this one because it’s not just the standard plastic, the inside is lined in terry towel. Any water that seeps in is immediately soaked into the towel and I find that my hair stays nearly completely dry when I use this as opposed to the flimsy plastic ones.

3. Pantene Overnight Miracle: Since my hair is so dry, especially at the ends, I’m always on the lookout for treatments. This treatment feels like a light leave in conditioner that you put on the ends of you hair, then you go to bed. It’s not greasy so I haven’t had any trouble with it transferring to my pillow. You’re not suppose to rinse it out in the morning, just style and go. I’ve really like it this past month as it does seem to keep the ends of my hair in check, and it’s not greasy or heavy.

 

Nails

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1. Mavala Nailactin: This is a cuticle night treatment that has been working great for me. I do like the Mavala Cuticle Cream (I think I’ve shared that in a past favorites), but it’s a bit sticky. This Nailactin is not sticky at all, and it’s meant to be rubbing into the nail bed to heal brittle and damaged nails. I will warn you, I find the fragrance quite strong. It seems very ‘perfume-y’ to me,  so you might want to try and give it a sniff before picking this up to make sure you like it. I find that as long as I don’t sleep with my hands right next to my face, it’s no problem.

2. Sephora by OPI Exfoliating Cuticle Cream: I use this product 2-3x per week and it does a great job of gently exfoliating the cuticles. In fact, I like this product so much that I just picked up a few more to tuck away since they are on clearance at Sephora. So if you want to check it out, now’s the time since it’s nearly 50% off.

3. Out The Door Topcoat: This has been my recent replacement for Seche Vite. It doesn’t have that terrible smell that Seche has, nor does it have some of the same unhealthy ingredients. It also doesn’t seem to peel off my nails like Seche can sometimes do, not does it get as gloopy as you use up the bottle.  However, it still dries incredibly fast so I can do my nails and walk away within minutes.

4. Orly SmartGels Polish in Rage: I picked up both of this months colors on HauteLook when they were on super sale. I love this polish in the non-gel formula and the gel formula is just as great.

5. Orly SmartGels Polish in Passion Fruit: I was a little caught off guard by this color initially since it looks more red in the swatch, but it’s really a bright Coral Pink. It’s quickly become one of my favorite colors this past month. I have both of these on my Instagram account if you want to see swatches.

 

 

What were you beauty favorites last month? Have you tried any of these items, if so, what did you think?

 

 

*I was not provided or compensated for any of these products. All favorites were purchased with my own money, and as always, the opinion reflected in the post is completely my own. Some links contained may be affiliate.

April Favorites [Beauty/Fashion]

I have a lot of beauty favorites this month since I’ve been rebuilding my ‘beauty collection’, but these are at the top right now. What are some of your favorites right now? Feel free to share recommendations in the comments, I’d love to hear your suggestions.

 

Makeup Favorites

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MAC Fix+

I’ve been using this everyday (both before and after applying my makeup) to keep it lasting all day. It also does an amazing job at removing the ‘cakey’ look that can appear when using powders.

 

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer

I used to use the Smashbox Primer, but I like this one SO MUCH better. I use it in the T-Zone, not all over, to prep areas where my pores are more visible.  After applying makeup, the pores are nearly invisible, it’s AMAZING!

 

L’Oreal Magic Anti-Redness Primer (I think they’ve renamed the product to Studio Secrets Anti-Redness Skin Primer Liquid)

Drugstore find of the month! Don’t let the color scare you off, if you have any redness or ruddiness, I would recommend this product. I have redness particularly in my cheeks and chin, but this green liquid balances the color perfectly. I use a VERY tiny amount and pat it on the red areas, just blending enough to blur the edges. It will leave a slight green cast, so you definitely want to use some sort of foundation over this primer.

 

Z-Palette

I just started using Z-palettes this past month, but I’m really impressed with their versatility. I have a bunch of small eye shadow quads & single blushes, that take up a lot of space. With the Z-Palettes, I’m able to de-pot the shadow quads and put them all in the palette. I have one palette for blushes, a second for eye shadows, and a third for bronzers (not shown). 

 

Skincare Favorites

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Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter

I may start an uproar with this statement, but…this beats The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter, HANDS DOWN! The smell is amazing, the texture is perfect. As long as I can get my hands on this stuff, it will be a favorite. Bonus: while it’s cheaper if you buy it at Trader Joe’s, you can also get it off Amazon! Great for those that don’t have a Trader Joe’s locally.

 

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum

An excellent, hydrating serum if you struggle with dry skin. It is pricey, but I think it’s worth it. It’s not heavy or greasy, and it soaks in quickly making it easy to top with my night moisturizer right away. I’ve used it morning an night and haven’t had any problem with breakouts due to this serum.

 

Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion for Hands, Face & Body

Speaking of night moisturizers, I’ve been using Skin MD for the past month since my skin has been SO dry. I usually use really thick night creams, thinking that it was necessary for dry skin. This lotion is not thick or heavy at all. In fact, it seems a little more on the watery side, but it does it’s job. I have found the 4oz size for about $10 it at only one Walgreens (not all locations), or I buy the 8oz size at Amazon for about $15.

 

Sephora Precision Pore Cleansing Pad

I can’t even pretend to hide my love for these. I’ve actually been using these more than my Clarisonic [GASP!], and I no longer use a wash cloth which can often feel very abrasive. I use two of the ‘scrubbies’, one on each hand, when I wash my face. They are made of soft silicone so it has a ‘massage like’ feel and are not scratchy at all.  I actually love these so much, and am afraid Sephora will stop carrying them, so I’ve bought 2 for my sink, 2 for my shower…and I may have a few tucked away for travelling as well. Just in case.

 

Nail Favorites – Colors

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Harmony Gelish Sizzling Summer Nights Collection

By far, these are my favorite Gel nail colors. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen these on #manicuremonday. The Sizzling Summer Nights Collection has four colors: Sunrise in the City, Big City Siren, Showstopping, and Shake Your Money Maker. They are amazing color shifting glitters. Big City Siren & Shake Your Money Maker are solid is 2 coats. The others are a bit more sheer, but can be built up.

 

Essie – Beyond Cozy

The best White Gold micro glitter polish. Great as an all over color or as just an accent nail. 

 

Butter London – All Hail The Queen

When I get tired of the bright spring colors, I reach for a neutral. This shade is a great neutral polish with a subtle shimmer.

 

Nail Favorites – Treatments

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Mavala Cuticle Cream

I used this Cuticle Cream in college when a very pushy sales person talked me into buying it. I’ll admit, she was right. When my local beauty supply shop stopped carrying it I was bummed. But I recently found this at both Ulta and online via Amazon so I’m back in love. It’s a thicker cream, and can be a bit sticky, but it’s amazing stuff. I use this every night before I go to sleep.

 

Gelish Basix Kit

I overpaid for this kit by buying it at Sally Beauty, you can find it cheaper online. In fact, I’m a bit bummed that I didn’t just buy the Full Size kit on Amazon since it was the same price as I paid fo the mini. While I’ve used other brand gel colors, I’ve only used the Gelish brand kit so far and it’s been great. I’ve done 4 full manicures so far and haven’t had a single problem with peeling, chipping, or tip wear. I’m SOLD.

 

Haircare Favorites

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Tangle Teezer

Regardless of what shampoo and condition I use, my hair is incredibly tangled out of the shower.  At first I thought this was simply an over priced comb, but it’s no joke. It works really well at getting tangles out of wet hair with minimal effort meaning less damage to my hair while it’s wet.

 

TIGI Bed Head Manipulator

I used to use this product when my hair was super short. When I grew it out, I stopped using the ‘manipulator’ because I thought it wasn’t useful on long hair. I’ve held onto it because, truth be told, I really like the scent. Long story short, I started using this recently on dry hair, just at the ends. I only use a very little bit, but it completely removes any static or frizz.

 

Organix Coconut Oil Weightless Hydrating Oil Mist

I don’t like using oil serums on my hair because of the mess it leaves on my hands. The Organix spray is a fine mist that I add to the ends and comb through with my fingers. It has the GREATEST coconut scent and is completely mess free.

 

L’Oreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner

I’m no expert, but my guess is that this cleansing conditioner is L’Oreal’s version of Wen. I’ve never used Wen so I can’t compare the two, but I love the L’Oreal version (and it’s so much cheaper). It really conditions my dry hair without feeling heavy or greasy. I use it about 2 times a week as opposed to every time I wash my hair.

 

Fashion Favorites

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Sequin Clutch (Rose Gold/Smoke)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these clutches. I picked them up at DailyLook in both Rose Gold and Smoke because I love them that much. They are padded so they work great as a Tablet case which is what I use them for, but I’d happily swap out my tablet to use the clutch as an evening bag.

 

MIA Floral Wedges

I love these wedges for spring! I couldn’t find them online anymore, I think I bought them at DSW a few years back. Now that the temperature has warmed up (at little too much at 105 yesterday), I’m breaking in the spring/summer shoes. These are great because with the colors, they go with so many outfits and the wedge style is so versatile.

 

Rose Gold Jewelry (DailyLook, Henri Bendel, Fossil)

Silver has always been my favorite type of jewelry, but lately I’m seriously warming up to gold…rose gold at least. I’ve already talked about the clutch, but I’ve also been collecting some beautiful rose gold jewelry. The necklaces are from the Fossil outlet, the bangles and ring are from Henri Bendel, and I found the chain link bracelet at DailyLook.

 

 

*Some links contained within this post are affiliate; however, none of the products were provided to me, nor was I asked to review them.

March Beauty/Fashion Favorites

I’ve done some ‘favorites’ posts in the past, but not quite like this. I’m going be doing two posts each month (usually earlier in the month), one that covers Beauty/Fashion and a separate post for Home/Food/Fitness/Books, etc. This is not a sponsored post, I purchased everything with my own money. I simply love reading and watching these types of posts/videos because I always learn about new things, and I wanted to share some of my favorite items with you guys.  If this type of post is not your cup of tea…no prob…the next post is not beauty related. I have some Decor/DIY posts that will be up soon. 

I want to hear about your favorites too. So if you have a favorites post, or any items you recommend, leave them in the comment section!

 

Makeup Favorites

Beauty Makeup March Favorites

Kiehl’s Scented Lip Balm – Mango

I’m a lip balm kind of girl. I don’t wear lipstick very often because it makes me feel very made up…it’s just not a comfortable feeling for me. But I ALWAYS have lip balm on and I love Kiehl’s #1 balm. It’s moisturizing, with  just enough shine to work for me as a gloss. Mango is my favorite so far, but I’ve also enjoyed the Cranberry scent. I hear they have Coconut and Pear…can’t wait to try those. They run $9 a tube, but lately I’ve been able to buy them on sale at Nordstrom’s Rack.

 

L’Oreal Infalliable Gel Lacquer Liner 24 Hour

Since I don’t wear lipstick, I always put the focus on my eye makeup. By far my favorite style is lightly winged eyeliner, and I can’t get the cleanest line using a pencil. I also prefer to use a brush, so I tend to avoid the pen style liquid liners. In the past I was using the Smashbox cream liner, but I have a new favorite (for so much cheaper!). I picked up the L’Oreal Gel Lacquer Liner at Target a few weeks back and have since picked up 2 other colors. It’s incredibly easy to apply and lasts all day on me. I don’t know about 24 hours, but 12 hours have been no problem. I also love that it’s easy to remove with regular eye makeup remover. I have Espresso, Dark Slate, and Navy…and each package comes with it’s own little brush! They run about $9, but they often go Buy One, Get one 50% off at Walgreen, CVS, and even ULTA.

 

Elf Studio Endless Mini Eye Shadow Palette

I’m such a chicken when it comes to wearing colored eye shadows. I usually stick with my basic browns with maybe a grey thrown in from time to time. But I’m trying to step outside my comfort zone a bit, so I picked up this ELF palette at Target last month. It only cost $6, and has 32 different colors. I haven’t been brave enough to try those bright purples, but I’ve played around with the greens, pinks, and blues. The colors are pretty sheer so they are easy for me to use without feeling too crazy. Surprisingly my favorite color is the brightest pink in the palette. I never thought I would wear pink on my eyes, but it’s such a sheer wash of color that I find it so easy to wear.

 

Skincare Favorites

Skincare Bodycare March Favorites

Fresh Rose Marigold Floral Water

Growing up I had Combination Oily skin, but over the past few years my skin has shifted to Normal/Dry/Very Dry. I use the Rose water morning and night, any time I need some added moisture to my skin. I always apply this before toners or lotions. It smells so good and it’s a big bottle which has lasted me a long time. It’s a very refreshing way to start and end the day.

 

Clinique All About Eyes Serum

I’ve been a loyal All About Eyes customer for years, the regular product is great. I use it at night, but this roller ball serum version is perfect for mornings. It has a metal roller ball applicator which does a great job at ‘de-puffing’ the eyes and the formula is very light. I go through it really quickly, so anytime it’s at the Cosmetic’s Company Outlet (CCO), I stock up.

 

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

I’ve tried a lot of facial wipes to remove makeup. I had the Pond’s brand recently, but the smell was so overpowering that I ended up throwing them out. On a whim, I picked up the Pacifica brand at Target because I’m sold on anything with coconut. I’m almost out of the package pictured and already have a new package on hand. The smell is a subtle coconut scent, not too sweet, and the wipes are very gentle. There is no exfoliating side, so if you like that texture, you’ll want to try something else. This is a gentle wipe that has worked great for me at taking off makeup before I wash my face.

 

Nail Favorites

Nail March Favorites

OPI Original Nail Envy

If I had to pick one overall favorite (of all time), it would be Nail Envy. I know there are a lot of reviews out there on this product, and it’s not anything new, but I only tried it recently. I’m a lifelong nail biter so my nails were naturally thin and very damaged. Without the nail envy they are nearly flat and break VERY easily. I wear this under everything except a gel manicure. It’s truly the only product that I’ve found that has actually transformed my nails.

 

Essie Apricot Oil

As a nail biter, my cuticles were also a mess, so I started keeping cuticle oil at my desk. I’ve used others, but I like Essie’s best right now.  It smells pretty good, not quite like Apricot, but I like that the scent is light and doesn’t linger for too long. I also really like this oil because it soaks in quickly. I find that a lot of oils feel greasy for a long time, and can be messy. Not so with this one. I keep it at my desk and put it on a few times a day. I go back to typing immediately and I haven’t found it messy at all.

 

FoodScience Biotin

So this isn’t really a ‘Nail’ item, but I feel like taking this supplement has made a massive difference to my nails. My regular multi-vitamin does has Biotin, so this is in addition for me. Of course you’d want to research any supplement that you choose to use, but this works great for me. I like that the FoodScience brand doesn’t have all those crappy additives that you find in other supplement brands. This one also has Calcium and Vitamin C so those are an added bonus. I’ve only found them at Vitamin Shoppe so far, and a 30 day bottle costs about $10.

 

Hair Care Favorites

Haircare March Favorites

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

I purchase my coconut oil from Trader Joe’s and I use it for a ton of things, but my favorite use is on my hair. Several times a week, I coat my hair in coconut oil before I work out. It acts as a deep conditioner mask during my workout, and washes away clean when I shower. There is NO greasy/oily residue and it makes my hair incredibly soft. After using it for several months, my hair looks so much healthier, and doesn’t break nearly as easily as it used to. Granted, the biotin probably has something to do with that as well, but the feeling is amazing after using the coconut oil. 

 

Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color [Egyptian Plum & Medium Brown]

I used to get my hair colored in a salon, but my colorist is about 90 minutes away and super expensive. So about a year ago I stopped going and just let me natural color grow back in. Since it’s still growing out, the bottom was a bit brassy, and I was starting to see some grays that needs to go away. I didn’t want to commit to the upkeep of a permanent color, so I picked up Natural Instincts at Target. It’s a demi-permanent so it will wash out in about 28 shampoos. I mix two colors [Egyptian Plum and Medium Brown] and I’ve been thrilled with the results. It’s a little darker than my natural color, but it has the great plum/burgundy highlights that you can see when I’m out in the sun. Bonus…I don’t have to worry about the brassy grow out since it will just fade in a few weeks. Love this stuff!

 

Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo

I love this dry shampoo for a few reasons. One, I’m totally brand loyal to Dove, I’ve been using it for years. Two, the smell! It smells great, not too strong or perfumy. I also don’t have any problem blending it into my hair. Some dry shampoos have left a white cast on my dark hair, but this has worked great for me. Extra bonus…it’s CHEAP! I think I paid with a coupon and scored a few cans for about $2 each.

 

Fashion Favorites

Fashion March Favorites

Gapfit GFlex Pants

I workout 6 days a week since I’m trying to lose weight. Ok…let’s be honest…I wear these around the house even if I’m not working out.  They are thicker and hold you in all over, but are so comfortable…not ‘spanx like’. I also love that they come in the long length which is perfect for me. I’m 5’7, so not that tall, but I fall right between the regular and long length in GAP pants. Most workout pants are just too short for me, but these are perfect. I have a couple of pairs, and pretty much live in them.

 

Twin Buckle Handbag (Burnt Orange)

I feel like I should be using this in Autumn, a rust color bag feels a bit out of place right now. Oh well…I love it! It’s big, so it can hold all my stuff…and I have A LOT of stuff that I carry around. I never thought I would have an orange bag, but it works surprisingly well as a neutral color. I picked this bag up at Daily Look on sale, but it’s fairly inexpensive even when not on super sale.

 

Roxy Women’s Pier-Fur Slip-On

Slippers!! I buy new slippers every year and Roxy is always my first choice. They usually have a few styles that look more like shoes, and I love that style. This version has a thicker sole so I can actually wear them outside. In fact, I don’t think they sell these as slippers, they promote them as ‘fur’ lined shoes. I don’t wear them as ‘shoes’, but it’s nice that they hold up if I want to wear them to put out the trash or grab the mail on a cold (and lazy) day.

 

 

 

 

*Please note that several of the links contained within this post are Amazon affiliate links. The items were purchased by me and the opinions are 100% my own.

Back To Blog – #InstaCatchUp

Hey everyone, Happy Sunday!

It’s been a while, a long while, since I put up a new post. I don’t have an exciting excuse as to why I disappeared, it was just due to work. We’ve gone through layoffs AGAIN, and we lost someone on our team. So I’ve taken on more work, and I’ve gone from treading water to full out drowning each day. It’s been tough to steal a few hours away to blog and do house projects. But I miss it and you guys, so I’m going to try and make a stronger effort to blog a few times a week again.

I’ll keep it short today and just share a few instagram pics that I’ve taken lately. You can click the link below to follow me on Instagram.

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My little bug had a episode of tremors (a very mild seizure) a few weeks ago. There is nothing that makes me feel more panicked than realizing my pup is in trouble and I have to carry all 95 lbs of him down three flights of stairs and rush him to emergency because he’s can’t walk. It was terrifying. Of course by the time I got to the doctor, he was fine so I just looked like the crazy dog lady. They ran tests and he’s perfectly healthy, so hopefully it was a one time thing.

I’ve recently become ADDICTED to watching YouTube beauty videos when I can’t sleep at night. I love the shopping haul, monthly favorites, and empties videos so I can see what other people are buying and recommending. I love beauty products, but I haven’t invested much time into myself over the past few years. Apparently that’s over! I’ve been on a HUGE beauty binge lately. This was a recent Sephora, MAC, and Papyrus haul. That’s not even the half of it folks! Seriously, someone needs to stop me.

I also tried gel nails for the first time recently. I did these myself at home using a Gelish Mini Basix kit that I bought from Sally Beauty. I don’t know why I waited so long to try gel nails, I LOVE them! I took this picture after about 4 days, but they are still on my nails and it’s been nearly 2 weeks. I did do a little fill after a week to hide the grow out, but otherwise it looks amazing. The coolest part is that the silver polish you see in the French tips is not gel polish, it’s just regular Sally Hansen Xtreme Polish in Celeb City. Knowing that I can use my regular polish in a Gel Manicure has me totally hooked. I might do a tutorial on how I did the manicure in a future post, so let me know if you’d be interested in that.

Pretty flowers I found on Easter Sunday. They made me smile.

More beauty stuff…told you I was addicted. I scored a great deal at House of Lashes recently so I stocked up since they are my absolute favorite full lash strips, especially their Au Naturale collection.

Boredom ensued while I was waiting for my eye appointment last weekend. I don’t take pictures of myself very often, but here ya go.

Ok…I swear this is it for the beauty stuff…for now. I joined Julep Maven which is a monthly subscription box of nail polish…I mean, really…like it took much to pull out my credit card for that one. I do love that you get to preview the box each month before it ships. If you don’t like what’s in your box, you can swap boxes for a different one, or you can skip it completely and save your money that month. I used coupon code, JULEPVIP, to get my first box for just a PENNY! If the code no longer works, check out RetailMeNot for current promotion codes.

Alright, that’s it for today. I have a few furry houseguests right now, so I have to go hang out with my little doggie entourage. I hope you all have a great weekend, talk to you soon (I promise!).