Thursday, December 29, 2011

Beauty New Years Resolutions

It's almost new years, yay! And with new years, everyone knows, comes new years resolutions! I usually only make one specific personal resolution that I don't tell anyone, and also make resolutions throughout the year, but I thought this year it would be fun to have a couple beauty resolutions! Here is what I decided on:

1. I will not buy an eye shadow pallet unless I hit pan on two more shadows in my Kat Von D pallet (for a total of 4). I am thinking I will be able to at least accomplish this with the silver shade. The 2nd shade will be a tougher commitment. Perhaps I can find a way to make the matte brown work for me that doesn't take a huge amount of time.

2. Finish my Kill It! quest in its entirety. The BE Warmth and my Kat Von D pallet will take some commitment and will be the last ones I finish. I am seeing some progress with the bronzer, though it is slow. Kat Von D is showing a slight dip in the silver color so I'll just have to make sure to continue to use it!

3. Decrease my stash value to under $800 via using up things and cheaper and better replacements. Next semester I will essentially be living without parent help until after school so this may just happen out of necessity and I am ok with that. If anyone has any drugstore loves they would like to recommend please pass them along!

What are your new years resolutions? Any beauty related ones?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Vacation Sunblock Haul

So I had to buy new sunblock because I used up the one I was using before by Banana Boat. This conveniently happened the day before I decided to drive down to Cocoa Beach, FL and have a surf lesson so I decided to just buy a new one when I got there. I meant to buy something that the beloved Ron Jon but I actually am glad that I decided to wait until I checked out the Cocoa Beach Surf Company's store because I found this brand Sun Bum there that wasn't at Ron Jon! I will admit that what drew me to the products were the awesome monkeys. I didn't even plan to buy the chapstick but when I saw the chapstick by the register and saw that the monkey face was on the cap of the chapstick, I had to have it so I bought it to. What I came to realize later (while reading the product labels while sunbathing) was that the sunblock (but not the chapstick) is Paraben free AND is a local product made at Cocoa Beach, FL! I am a sucker for local brands, and I just find it hilarious that even without consciously doing it I was able to buy a local branded sunblock. Now that I know it is a local brand, I will be sure to buy more if it the next time I am in Cocoa Beach!

Mini Review: I like this Sun Bum block better than the Banana Boat Dry Oil block I was using before, both are SPF 15, which I use when I tan so I don't burn. Sun Bum feels lighter on the skin and doesn't have the obnoxious banana coconut smell that Banana Boat has (though I do enjoy that scent ever now at then). It has, perhaps, a subtle scent but I have never noticed it. Also, I like that this product looks less oily on your skin. The BB Dry Oil is a LOT less oily looking that their regular block that isn't the "Dry Oil" tanning type, but is still oily compared to Sun Bum. The chapstick is nice because it has spf 30 in it! I also enjoy its strange juicy fruit-like flavor, haha. It is almost a oily application though because it goes on lightly, almost like how pure coconut oil feels.

What about you guys? Have you ever heard of or used Sun Bum products? Have any cool local-to-you favorites that I should try if I ever pass through your town? Comment bellow and let me know!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Purge 8

1. L'Occitane Shea Butter Verbena Soap (Not Pictured)
I love this soap. I smell is divine and subtle without being too subtle. I did find that once winter came alone that it dried out my hands a little, but that could be a combination of things really. I originally got this as a Christmas gift last year and only a few months ago got around to finally using it! I have another soap like this but in another scent that I don't think I'll enjoy as much, oh well. I would buy these though because they last forever! I hope I get more for Christmas O:)

2. Lush Solid Shampoo Bar in Karma Komba (Not Pictured)
Eh, this was ok. I didn't particularly enjoy the smell, which was annoying because it definitely lingers after you style your hair. I do like the concept of these solid shampoo bars and I used up another one before back in college (I actually bought this one at the same time as that so this one has been sitting around my parent's house for FAR too long, hence why I decided to use it up.) I think I'd consider buying a solid shampoo bar again but then again, I'm not sure because I feel like I used this up pretty quickly. BUT there is a honeysuckle one... so perhaps I'll buy that one in the spring? O:)

3. Befine Lip Serum Deluxe Sample
I got this in my October birchbox and I LOOOVE it. It pretty much cured my terrible chapped lips, so I'm quite bummed that I am through with it. It has a create taste and a great smell, and I love the serum consistency to it. I think I might actually buy the full size of it if I truly miss it. Thank you birchbox :)

4. Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer in Bronze Deluxe Sample
Before I got this in my October birchbox I had never worn a primer before. Because I was semi forced to use one, I actually learned I like primers! I don't know the point of this being tinted because I didn't notice anything different about my foundation, but the primer aspect was good. I don't know if I would buy this exact primer in full size but I know I am not adverse to primers now and will no longer flee from Sephora primer samples, haha.

5. Klorane Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover with Cornflower Water
For a review of this product check here.

6. 3D Crest White Whitestrips in Advanced Vivid Sample
I got this when I bought my tooth paste. I have tried these strips before (from other free samples from toothpaste haha), and generally I like how they whiten. However, they taste funky while you wear them and they do cause some tooth sensitivity for me. Also, if the strip sits on my gums, it kind of burns :( But, it does have the redeeming quality that there is a noticeable difference in the whiteness of my teeth even with one strip. I'm not sure if I would buy these at full price because they are quite pricey, but I do enjoy getting a free strip with my toothpaste and the time frame that goes along with getting them that way works for me.

7. Victoria's Secret Girls' Night Sheer Fragrance Mist
LOVE, TRUE LOVE. Be an this fragrance may get married one day. Haha. Seriously though, this is the only fragrance I have ever loved this much. I loved it so much that I bought the accompanying scrub, body wash, as well as a backup of the mist! And I have NEVER repurchased a fragrance in my life! Sadly this was discontinued at VS :(  We'll see how true this fragrance and I's relationship truly is when I use up the full backup I have of it and see if I resort to ebay to get another one, haha.

8. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk
Woo hoo another hair product down! Still plenty more to go though -_-. However, deciding to use this up made me realize how much I actually love this product! I love the smell, and I swear there is no way to over use this product because I have never had that too-much-product gross feeling ever with this product and I have been quite generous in application before haha. I love how makes my hair feel after a blow dry, as well as the fresh smell and light feel to my hair when I air dry my hair. I have another formula in this line to get through, so we'll see which I like better. I really think I will repurchase this after my hair quest though because it is great and  inexpensive! Win win! :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Blue Birchbox Nails

I don't think I ever owned blue nail polish in my life until this year when Birchbox sent me two different blue polishes! And, as life would have it, I wore them both at the same time! Haha. A girl from no blue polish to blue polish mania! I waited to try these both out until after my internship was complete because I didn't feel they were work appropriate colors. Now that I am on vacation and in Florida I knew the colors would be appropriate and feel right at home! Haha

On my fingers is Incoco Nail Polish Appliques in an unnamed super sparkley light blue color (it reminds me of the litter mermaid, haha). I received these in my September Birchbox. For more info see here. I found these appliques semi-easy to apply once I got the hang of it. Because my nails are short I was able to cut each applique in half! Now I have 2 manicures worth of this polish! Yay :) Maybe I'll save the last one for Spring Break?

On my toes is Zoya Nail Polish in Noel. I received this in my November Birchbox. For more info see here. I really like the application of this polish as it is nice with one coat but gets even better with a second coat. I also love the little sample size bottle because I know I would probably never use up a full sized bottle in this color! Haha. The only polishes I have every used up were strengtheners, and one Walmart (Ice brand?) nail polish in a thin iridescent white color (these supplemented by the couple polishes over the years that killed themselves via spilling and drying out, O:) )

I apologize if the picture isn't the best because it was with my phone because I forgot to bring my camera on vacation, oops!

What are you guys wearing on your nails? Do you have an colors that you feel are better suited for vacation or certain events/locations? Comment below! :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

No pierced ears? No problem!

I witnessed something amazing today. So, I didn't have pierced ears until I was 18 and could sign for them myself, so I spent many years lamenting over all the cute earrings I couldn't wear and just hated all of the clip on ones I ever saw for sale. I wish I had known about the idea I saw today then! If you don't have pierced ears and know the feeling I am talking about then read on because do I have an earth shattering idea for YOU!

Voila! Hook your earrings to your head scarf and its like you have pierced ears! I saw this amazing concept on a Muslim woman walking down the street. I don't know if she did it because she didn't have pierced ears (because it is more likely that she hooked them on the scarf because she is required to wear the scarf over her whole head including here ears) but I thought it was an amazing idea for both those girls and women who wear headscarves and those that don't have pieced ears.

What do you think? A good idea? Would you rock it? Let me know below!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

42 Questions Tag

I'm pretty sure this is a suuuper old tag because I stumbled upon it by accident on a blog written in 2010. The writer tagged everyone who was reading it so I decided that that counts as me! The person who tagged me/where I found out about this tag was here.

And now... on to the questions!

1)How many times do you wash your face daily?
Once. I wash my face at night either before bed or in the shower.

2)What skin type do you have?
I'd say combination. I have an oily t-zone and cheeks but also have dry patches around my nose.

3)What is your current facial wash?
Garnier the Expert Exfoliator Daily Exfoliating Gel.

4)Do you exfoliate?
Currently I use an exfoliating cleanser. I plan on using a cream based cleanser next so I'm not sure if I will continue to exfoliate after this product is done.

5)What brand do you use?
Garnier. <3

6)What moisturiser do you use?
I am currently using a mixture of Garnier Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV-Lotion SPF 15 and the Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector.

7)Do you have freckles?
Yep! :)

8)Do you use eye cream?
Nope. But I am thinking of starting to use one because my eyes have been feeling kind of dry lately. Does anyone have any suggestions?

9)Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Yes I do and I have struggled with it for quite some time until recently. My skin is significantly less acne prone now that a dermatologist prescribed a retinol which has been doing wonders for me. :)

10)Did you ever have to use Pro-Activ?
Nope, but considered it a few times.

11)What foundation do you use?
Covergirl Natureluxe Silk Foundation and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.

12)How about concealer?
Nope. I like to leave my blemishes alone as much as possible.

13)Do you know your undertone colour?
Mmm not really.

14)What do you think of fake eyelashes?
Cute for special occasions, otherwise says way too much. I have never worn them however.

15)Did you know you were supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes, but I don't do it. I have never had anything bad happen to me as a result (knock on wood) and prefer to use up a product in its entirety.

16)What brand of mascara do you use?
Working threw some samples right now; a Sephora brand one and a Clinique one.

17)Sephora or Mac?

18)Do you have a Mac Pro card?

19)What makeup tools do you use in makeup application?
I use my fingers for my foundation usually and then brushes for everything else.

20)Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance as an eye primer and have been for quite some time.

21)For the face?
I have been using Laura Geller's Spackle in Bronze as a makeup base since I got it in a birchbox but I had never used a face primer before then. 

22)What is your favourite eyeshadow?colour or shade?
I love peachy pinks like Stila Kitten as well as lighter taupes like one I have from Inglot.

23)Do you use pencil or liquid liner?
Nope. I own a few but only use them on special occasions.

24)How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Haha, never. Now mascara... that's a different question... ;)

25)What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
Like the idea since you tend to get a lot of product but I am way to clumsy for the idea. Loose powder foundation and bronzer is as brave as I'll go and I am trying to get rid of that bronzer! haha

26)Do you use mineral makeup?
Yes, I have Bareminerals Matte

27)What is your favourite lipstick?
Clinique Glazed Berry.

28How about lipgloss?
None. I hate lipglosses and am currently only wearing them because I accumulated them in sets and am trying to use them up.

29)What is your favourite blush to use?
I'm not really much of a blush user. However I did get a cute little sample size of Benefit Coralista and I do enjoy that one!

30)Do you buy your makeup on Ebay?
Nope, but I would consider it in the event of a repurchase.

31)Do you like drugstore makeup?
Yeppers! While there is a difference between drugstore and high-end makeup, I think each has their place in everyone's collection.

32)Do you go to CCO's (Cosmetic Company Outlet)?
I have never been but I have been dying to go to one ever since I learned about it!

33)Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?
Nope. Not unless YouTube counts.

34)Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Not usually. When I am it usually involved mascara.

35)Name a makeup crime that you hate?
When your foundation obviously doesn't match your skin tone. Ewwy! If its a slight difference I don't really care but when it is super obvious...

36)Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick or eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
Neutral all the way! I'm only daring with nailpolish. Unless of course I am attending a costume/theme party, then I'll go for something bold.

37)Which celebrity always has great makeup?
Hmm I dunno... I never thought about it in relation to a particular celebrity.

38)If you could leave the house using just ONE makeup item, what would you use?
If chapstick doesn't count... then my Wet n' Wild Shadow in Brule. I don't like the way my eyes look naturally without a little bit of Brule all over the lid and brow bone.

39)Could you leave the house without any makeup on?
Sure! But I think putting on makeup is fun so I like to wear it on a daily basis.

40)Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
Sure :) Add just a touch of powder and I can even forget about wanting to have makeup on. But I'm not afraid to leave the house without makeup on.

41)In your opinion what is the BEST makeup line?
As a line as a whole? Probably Urban Decay, even thought I don't own much by that brand. Or Chanel :)

42)What do you think of makeup?
I think its fun! And I like to learn about it and try new things when I can. However I don't think its necessary, more of just a fun hobby and think that women should be comfortable not wearing makeup even if they choose to. Just as long as it remains a choice I think its fun and great! :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Purge 7

1. LaROCCA Skincare Champagne & Shimmer Body Polish
For a review of this product click here.

2. Coach Poppy Flower
I am really considering buying this perfume because I LOVE it. It has all of what I love about the original Coach Poppy and adds all of what I thought was missing: floral notes. Plus, it has amazing staying power: when I was sampling this at the counter I accidentally sprayed my sweater rather than my arm (oopsie!) and it STILL smells like it and its been at least a week! Bangin'! The only thing holding me back is the price right now so I am going to wait until I either use up all my body sprays or I find an amazing deal on it

3. ELF Tone Correcting Powder
I enjoyed this, though it isn't AMAZING or anything. I like that it is super cheap ($3!) and is a pressed white setting powder. Loose powders have been annoying me the past year so this was a nice break. I think I may buy this again after I use up the loose powders (especially the one on my hit list) and a different pressed powder I have.

4. Aussie Aussome Volume Shampoo
This was alright. I liked the smell, the consistency and everything but I didn't think it was stellar or life changing or anything. I think I'm going to try out a few more shampoos in the same price range next instead of this one again.

5. Aussie Aussome Volume Conditioner
I liked this a lot better than the Shampoo. This is a thin/lightweight conditioner which I love for my hair! I also love the smell. I do feel like I may use more of it than other conditioners because of its lightness but my hair never looks too weighed down. I may buy this again after sampling a few more conditioners but this is definitely on the short list! I am now trying out the 3 minute miracle deep conditioner by Aussie however, and that may be giving this Volume Conditioner a run for its money so we shall see!