Sunday, July 24, 2011

Top 10 Beauty Products Tag

I was tagged by the beautiful Nora Schu from Botoxey to do my top ten beauty products! Thank you lovely!

It was difficult to narrow down to just 10...so my Top 10 may or may not have been bumped to Top 11. Hope you will find it in your heart to forgive me. 

So without further ado, here are my Top 10 (eleven) beauty products:

--Covergirl Lashblast mascara--
--Shiseido eyelash curler--

--MAC Eyeshadow in Patina--
--Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette--
--Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer-- 
(all have been depotted)

--Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm--
--Bonne Bell Glimmer Bronze in Gold n' Glitz--
--NARS Blush in Lovejoy--

--MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack--
--Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat--
--Armani Master Corrector in #1 Pink-- 

--Mineral Foundation. I use these three interchangeably: 
Pur Minerals, Laura Mercier, and Sephora Brand--

 I know I'm really late on the bandwagon doing this, so I would like to tag anyone else who hasn't done their top 10! I really enjoy reading other's top 10 posts...it's a great way to find some of the best products!
What are your top ten? Have you done this tag? If so, I'd love to read yours!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

NOTD: Sally Hansen Barracuda

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great holiday weekend (if you're in the U.S. or Canada, that is)!

Last night, I decided to apply Sally Hansen Barracuda. It is a lovely robin's egg blue creme.

Left, no flash, right, flash:


I was hoping it would apply true to how it looks in the bottle, but it seemed to turn a little aqua (more China Glaze For Audrey, if you will) on me.

Regardless, I am pleased with how it turned out. I'm always game for an "ice cream cone color" polish, and Barracuda definitely fits the bill.

Have any of you tried this color? What do you think?

p.s. I've heard this color has been hard for some to get a hold of, but I've spotted it at Ulta, Target, and Walgreens. So if you're interested, those are some good places to start!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fedora day.

 Hello again...Today, I thought I'd do a quick post on the accessories I wore. I was gonna do a full OOTD, but truthfully, none of the pics turned out and I'm only wearing a tee shirt and jeans anyway.

Today marked my first time wearing a fedora. I enjoyed it. I like this straw version as it has a more casual vibe. 

Just a few bracelets:

And all together, complete with camera. Gotta love the heap of shoes on the floor behind me. Only the most professional-grade photos will do for this blog ;)
 Top: Zara
Jeans: Jbrand
Bag: Kimchi Blue from Urban Outfitters
Hat: Mossimo Supply Co. from Target
Shoes: Seychelles (purchased last year but you might still find them on 6pm.com)
Bracelets: Charm bracelet is iluck, sparkly bracelet...no clue

I'm curious: do you rock the fedora with pride? What summer hats do you like to wear, if any?

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Greatest Hits: Skincare

Today I thought I'd showcase some of my favorite skincare products. I've used all of these for 6 months at least. Only the absolute best make it in the Greatest Hits collection! 

About my skin: I have oily, somewhat acne-prone skin. I get hormonal breakouts typically around my jawline, but in the last year or so, I've had breakouts on my cheeks. In the process of trying to heal my skin, I wound up using more and more products, thus exacerbating the problem. Anyway, I have come to find less is more. Just in the last month, I have cut down on products and am back to basics. I have also (mostly) stopped picking/scrubbing my skin.

I am sure most of you know this..but obviously, not everything that works for me will work for you. I think it is best to take skincare reviews with a grain of salt. Now, on to the all-stars:

 
Dickinson's Witch Hazel Toner (been using for 2+ years)
Some of the greatest things are also the simplest, and this toner is evidence of that. The ingredients are 14% alcohol and witch hazel..and that's it! Witch hazel is known for its skin healing properties and is a natural acne fighter. It helps to calm irritated skin and takes the redness out. I love this toner because it doesn't have an astringent feel, yet it cleans amazingly well. It works wonderfully to make my skin feel 100% clean but not parched.  Another plus is this toner comes in a large 16 oz. bottle..and is under $5 at Walgreens (I usually get it on sale for $3). I cannot recommend it enough! I have gone through many bottles. There is a definite herbal (witch hazel) scent to this toner...I hated it at first, but have grown quite accustomed now.

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM (been using 6+ months)
This is a fabulous moisturizer. It is very emollient, but not creamy or greasy. My skin just soaks it right up. I think it is best to use it at night, but I have oily skin and I've used it during the day with no problems. I have never broken out from using this. I believe it has truly calmed and improved my skin. It is so mild that I use it around my eye area as well. This lotion would suit most skintypes, imo. There is absolutely no scent.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (been using for 5+ years)
These are far and away my favorite makeup wipes. I love how they get rid of makeup but also leave my skin feeling comfortable and moisturized. I do not get a squeaky clean, astringent feeling from these..it is as if I washed my face and applied a very light moisturizer. I typically use these in the morning to refresh my skin and prep it for makeup (and often don't even need a moisturizer afterwards). These don't irritate my eyes at all, and have a light, pleasing scent.

Make Up For Ever Sens'Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser (been using for 1+ years)
This is the best eye makeup remover I've tried. It is a gel/lotion consistency which melts off my eye makeup effortlessly (and I wear waterproof mascara most days). It doesn't feel greasy at all. I can put makeup right back on after and not have to worry about oily residue. It leaves the delicate skin around my eyes feeling clean and comfortable. It is expensive but sooo worth it. Plus, I'm still on my first bottle (just purchased a backup) and probably have a good 2 months use left. There is no scent.

Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash & Mask (been using for 6 months) 
I remember Sardun on youtube raved about this forever ago and I ended up finally buying it. I have not looked back. This face wash is absolutely amazing at exfoliating dead skin cells. It feels kind of trippy using it because there are no exfoliating beads/granules, but it really lifts all of the dead skin away, truly making my skin feel squeaky clean. I've never used anything like it. If I have a zit, it takes the redness and pain out of it, making it heal faster. It's not like I've never had a blemish since using this cleanser, but there has definitely been a reduction in the severity and longevity of my breakouts. I also like how this product is truly all natural. It has a very light, unoffensive scent. I imagine it would suit most skintypes.

So, there you have my Greatest Hits. I hope you enjoyed them. May I also give some parting words:

My skincare philosophy (although I'm no expert)
Minimize what you use, especially if you're prone to breakouts. 
The very thing which you think clears your skin might in fact be breaking you out long term. 
If you are having skin troubles, try to get back to basics...and then go from there.
Don't over-scrub your skin..try not to use washcloths because they may cause more irritation. 

Not the most groundbreaking advice, but anyway...

What are your skincare all-stars?

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

NOTD (nail of the week, rather): Illamasqua Jo'Mina

Hello everyone! Hope you've been having a good weekend. I'm a little sad it's coming to an end..but the next one will be here before we know it.  Summer has officially begun here! It is heaven.

I've been wearing Illamasqua nail varnish in Jo'Mina all week..and I'm in love. 

**Warning: I took the pics today, after wearing this polish for 5+ days..so it's a bit worse for wear. And the dryness on my middle finger is driving me crazy too. Apologies.**


Left pic is natural light, and the one one on the right is flash. This color definitely has a fluorescent quality (which is notoriously difficult to pick up in photos)! In real life it is a bright pastel violet creme.

Edit: I found a pic from my phone which captures the fluorescence and a little better:


The formula is really nice and opaque. I applied two coats and it was smooth sailing.

What nails are you sportin' these days? What's your favorite summer polish color?

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Big Sephora Haul (complete with feather hair extension)

I anxiously awaited the arrival of my Sephora package today (now 1.5 weeks ago..lazy blogger alert! But you already knew that). I squealed with delight as soon as I heard the doorbell ring. Squeeee!

Does anyone else get absolutely giddy when they receive mail?


I tore into the box with delight..and here is what I beheld:


 -Sultra Feather Hair Accents in Sunkissed-
-Sephora Mattifying Foundation-
-Donna Karen Cashmere Mist Deodorant-
-Dior Addict Lip Glow-
-Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Jo'Mina-
-Sephora by OPI polish in I Don't Bite-
-Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Honey-
-Eye Love Too Faced Kit (only available through the Sephora Beauty Insider program. It is a 500pt bonus)-
-MUFE Sens'eyes Eye Makeup Remover-
-Shiseido Eyelash Curler-
-Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes in Tipsy and Exposed-

Here are some closer pics:

Illamasqua Jo'Mina and Sephora by OPI I Don't Bite:

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes in Tipsy and Exposed (I've worn Exposed for a week straight now. Perfect nude):

Eye Love Too Faced palette. I wish we could just buy this but as of right now it's only available as a Sephora Beauty Insider perk:

And here are some pics of the Sultra Feather hair extension in my hair:


It clips in with a little button-like closure pictured below. You just snap it at the root of a very small section of hair. It stays very secure. I've worn it about three times now and never felt like it was going to fall out. I like the freedom that this clip in extension offers. I can take it out or put in in anytime.


...So there you have a very belated haul. Better late than never, eh?

Have any of you tried a feather hair extension? Do you own any of these products?

I hope you all have a wonderful week..tomorrow is hump day! So we're halfway through :)

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Something every gal should have.


Hello everyone! How are you?! It's been so long!

 I'm happy that I got a bit o' blogging mojo back. There are many things I want to share with you, but for fear of overwhelming myself, I'm keeping this post to one item of business.

Today I felt the need to proclaim my love for this Minimergency Kit!


This tiny pouch houses 16 items that any lady might need in case of emergency. Here are the contents:


 Lip Balm, dental floss, breath freshener, emery board, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, hair spray, clear elastics, earring backs, stain remover, double-sided tape, mending kit, deodorant towelette, band-aid, tampon, and pain reliever. 

Here are some pics to try and demonstrate how small this thing is (it's 3.5" X 2" if you want exact measurements):

Fits in the palm of my hand.

 pictured next to a MAC blush (well dressed if you're curious). 

See? Pretty small, right? Knowing the size of handbag most of us lug around, I'm sure we could all add this in (along with the kitchen sink in my case) with no problem. 

If you're a weirdo like me and really enjoy perusing the "travel size items" section of your grocery store, you will absolutely love the Minimergency Kit. The geek in me gets a real thrill! I think this would be fabulous for travel or to keep in your car. It would also make a great little gift for your girlfriends!

I purchased this at Sephora for $13. Here is the link if you're interested. 

Finally, here is a gratuitous pic of me blogging just now:

This is in case you forgot who I am because I've been absent for so long ;)

I hope you have all been well!! I'm excited to make the attempt of catching up on your blogs!

What are your emergency beauty essentials?

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