Saturday, June 7, 2014

[Review] Physicians Formula Wrinkle Corrector & Firming Cleanser

Have you ever tried a product you didn't like for a really stupid reason? This is one of those products for me. Frankly, it may be an awesome product. But I can't get around the fact that this cleanser just doesn't lather.

I use a Clarisonic daily, and I just hate that I can't tell if this is properly reaching my entire face. So, if we're being honest here - I have no idea if this stuff actually works. I bought it on a recommendation - I can't remember whose recommendation - and was confused as to whether I was actually getting my face clean.

Buy
Has anyone else ever used this? Does it work?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

[Review] Vitabath Cupcake Couture Heavenly Coconut Creme Body Wash

I'm always on the search for my "holy grail" products - for skin, for hair, makeup, etc. I've been working my way through some body washes, and finished two recently. The one I'm going to write about here is the Vitabath Cupcake Couture Heavenly Coconut Creme Body Wash.

Creamy coconut clouds will set your heart a flutter with our Vitabath Cupcake Couture Heavenly Coconut Creme with coconut oil Body Wash.
Buy here.

This body wash is sulfate & paraben free, and contains coconut extract. And let me tell you - it lives up to its name in terms of scent. OH. MY. GOODNESS. It smells like heavenly coconut - rich and just sweet enough - I would love a candle that smells just like this!! It's not, however, a smell that lingers after you're out of the shower. For me personally, I like a slight lingering smell with my body wash - usually because I shower at night and head into bed, and I like having a very slight scent on me prior to jumping under the covers. This, however, doesn't linger. Which could be great, or not so great, depending on your preference.

The consistency of this body was was a creamy, opaque gel that is white in color and lathers beautifully. I always use a loofah/shower poof/whatever you wanna call it, and it lathers great. The bottle also lasts a really long time. 

Overall, my skin is normal, and I didn't find this to be super drying or super moisturizing. I don't know that I'll repurchase it because I love it, but perhaps only if I'm swayed again by the delicious smell....


Monday, February 17, 2014

[Poll] M&BB Monday Poll

Every Monday, Karen over at the Makeup and Beauty Blog does a poll asking visitors to comment. I thought it might be fun to occasionally post it and answer it on my blog. And if you're into makeup, Karen's blog is an awesome resource for all things makeup!!!

This week's poll:

1. Your favorite pair of pajamas?
I really don't wear pajamas in "pairs" persay. I have a bunch of pajama pants that I usually just pair with tees or tanks. But my favorite pair of pajama pants are navy Nautica ones with multicolor anchors on them. I got them at Macy's during an after-Christmas sale 2 Christmases ago and haven't been able to find them for such a steal since.

2. Do you still de-fuzz your legs in the winter?
I do, but less frequently. And I probably wouldn't at all except that I work out and wear capris or shorts, so I don't want to be the girl with the gross legs at the gym.

3. When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes?
Last Sunday. I spot clean them daily but on Sundays I actually give them a real wash.

4. Have you ever worn eyelash extensions?
Nope, and I don't have the desire to, simply because they're so expensive for how long they last!!

5. What are three of your eye makeup staples?
Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Too Faced 3-Way Liner, Urban Decay Big Fatty mascara

3*Way Lash Lining Tool
3*Way

6. What’s your stance on long, pointy nails?
I think they look dated. Kudos to gals who have the confidence to wear them, but they're definitely not something I'm personally into.

Not my thang!

7. What’s one weird thing your pet does?
She chews on her face. She's a boxer dog, and they have these jowls - and so often they get stuck in her mouth. It makes me laugh every time.


8. Are you more of a palette or a singles girl?
Definitely a palette girl. I have singles because when I started out with makeup I didn't know palettes existed, and I've purchased some singles because I really loved the color, but my preference is almost always for palettes. I like how easy it is to create a look with a palette because the colors are so complimentary. I also love how easy it is to grab one when I travel and get multiple unique eye looks out of it over the course of a trip!

9. Do you take cream and/or sugar in your tea?
Neither because I think tea is gross.

10. To do great things, you must _____.
Work hard!! Give it some effort! Nothing great happens solely on its own.

How would you answer these questions?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

[Beauty] The Lipstick Tag. Just Because.

I stumbled across this and thought it would be fun to do. I tag anyone else who wants to do it!

1. How many lipsticks do you own?

Too many. Next question.

2. What was your first lipstick?

I don't remember the color name but it was a CoverGirl Lipslicks Lipgloss. It was a really frosty ballerina pink. I probably still have it at the bottom of my lipstick stash. I was maybe 12 when I bought it?

Lipslicks Lipgloss
Woot woot!


3. What is your favorite lipstick brand?

This one is tough. I have a hands down favorite lip product brand - Tarte - but more specifically I love their lipsurgence pencils. These are essentially lipsticks but they're not really called "lipsticks".

LipSurgence™ natural lip stain
Fave!

If we're talking about a for real lipstick, I have to go with BareMinerals or MAC.

Marvelous Moxie


MAC

I have to give honorable mention to Kat Von D lipsticks - they have amazing staying power, but I find that many of the colors don't work with my skin tone.

Kat Von D


4. What is your most worn lipstick?

I don't really have one! I switch it up frequently. If I had to pick right now, I'd say that lately I've been reaching for Private Party by MAC. Bummer, it's a limited edition!

From the 2013 Holiday collection


5. What is your favorite lipstick finish?

I'd have to say satin, but I love the look of a matte as well. Problem is, many matte formulas are so drying!!

6. What was your last lipstick purchase?
From the 2013 Holiday collection

That's an easy one. MAC Viva Glam V.

Viva Glam V

7. How many lip products are in your bag right now?

HA. This is great. 15. Seriously. Revlon lip butter in Pink Truffle (1), MAC Viva Glam V (2), MAC Private Party (3), Nyx Matte lipstick in Whipped Caviar (4), Nyx Butter lipstick in Pops (5), Rimmel Show Off lip lacquer in Celestial (6), Wet N Wild Mega lip color in That's Berry Beautiful (7), Tarte Lipsurgence lip lustre in Kind (limited edition - 8), Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in Untainted Spice (9), Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Clearly Pink (10), Revlon Colorburst gloss in Orchid (11), ELF lip gloss in Take Me Out (limited edition - 12), an Ulta lip liner in Flesh (13), Too Faced Lip Insurance lip primer (14), and a company-branded Ericsson lip balm (I'm guessing it's made by Nivea by the looks of it - 15).

8. What's your favorite red lipstick?

I really don't have one! I have a hard time finding the right toned red for my fair skin. I'm still looking for a red I love!

9. How do you store your lipsticks?

If it weren't so embarrassing I'd show you. Right now, I have a drawer full of them, plus a plastic shoebox that's also full. I have a small cosmetics bag that houses only glosses, and a second cosmetic bag where my overflow lipsticks are now headed. I'm planning to reorganize them at some point this month and would like to have them all in two of the shoebox size plastic boxes.

10. What lipsticks are you currently lusting after?

Oh, there are plenty. Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Turn On:


Revolution Lipstick by Urban Decay
UD Revolution Lipstick in Venom:

Venom Revolution Lipstick by Urban Decay

MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo:

Lipstick in Ruby Woo

Tarte Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint in Berry

Tarte - LipSurgence™ Matte Lip Tint


L'Oreal Color Riche in Purple Prelude

L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color, 403 Purple Prelude

Nars Matte lipstick in La Paz

La Paz Pure Matte Lipstick



Wet N Wild Fergie Vicious Varnish High Shine Lip Stain in Global Fierceness

Wet n Wild Fergie Vicious Varnish High Shine Lip Stain Global Fierceness



So that's it for the tag!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

[Random] A Body Type Guide - WOW.

Seriously. This might be the most interesting YouTube video I've seen in ages. Who knew?


Friday, January 3, 2014

[Beauty] Why Is No One Talking About This Product?

I've mentioned previously that I have really gotten into makeup and beauty products as of late. I've been watching all my favorite beauty gurus on YouTube and trying to teach myself how to be better at putting on my face.

With this new-found interest has come a bevy of new-to-me products. I generally stuck to the drugstore (knowing little about mid-range or high end products, period), but as I discovered the world of beauty bloggers and makeup vloggers, I started to expand my interests.

Now, I have a great mix of both drugstore and mid-to-high end stuff. I don't have much of the super high end lines (Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, YSL, Marc Jacobs, etc) - but I have tried a lot outside of those. There are products recommended by lots of ladies that I have tried and loved - Urban Decay shadows, Tarte lip products, BareMinerals Mineral Veil....but there is one product that recently I have been loving and no one in the blogging/vlogging world is talking about it!!!! And it's a drugstore find!

Here


It's the ELF High Definition Powder. I got mine at Target. This stuff is "pricier" for ELF - I say pricier because most of the line is $1-$3. But oh wow is it amazing. It feels like silk on my skin. It makes my face look airbrushed. It's easily a dupe for the BareMinerals Mineral Veil that sells for $20.

I'm shocked as to why no one else is talking about this?? Is it hard to find? Is it hidden among other more attractive items in the rack? I have no idea. But its praises must be sung. What about you? Have you tried it?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

[Shopping] I'll Stop the World and Melt With You

I spent the first day of 2014 relaxing and doing minor things around the house. It's so nice to have the time to be able to do these kinds of things when I haven't had many days like that in a long time. It was also super nice to not wake up on New Year's Day and be hungover - it's probably been a few years since that was the case, as much as it makes me cringe to say that. I didn't get dressed until 4pm. And it's ok to have one of those kind of days every now and again!!

Along with some cleaning and some DVR-catching-up, I also ran out to pick up a few quick things (which is really why I even got dressed in the first place). As part of my new goal to start getting back in the gym, and as a precautionary measure for my runs, I wanted to buy an armband for my iPhone. I've been carrying my phone in my hand on runs, but after my little "incident" with my hubby's phone (I dropped it in a parking lot and shattered the screen), I'd like a little more security for it! I not only grabbed one on sale at Dick's Sporting Goods, I also picked up a few of the Under Armor hair bands I love.


New Armband!

So cute!

While I was out, I popped into Payless since it's right by Dick's and I have had my eye on these shoes for awhile. I saw they went on sale online and also saw they had my size at my local Payless.

BrashWomen's Karbon Cut-Out Zippered Pump
Here

Online, they were on sale for $20 (from $40), but in store they didn't appear to be marked down. I asked the girl who was working and she said 90% of the time they can honor the online price (some very specific online sales can't be honored). I brought the shoes up and they actually rang up for the sale price - plus Payless was offering 20% off sale/clearance items, so I ended up paying $16 for them!! They're actually super similar to a pair of Elizabeth & James heels that I have (see this post), but the E&J ones are super high (read: super difficult to walk/stand in for more than 10 minutes), and they're super expensive so I'm always hesitant to wear them for fear of them becoming all beaten up.

For $16, I can buy a dupe. And they're close to these, which were the shoes I was originally wanting when I bought the E&J shoes.

In the evening, I went to meet my dance friends at Wild Bill's for our normal Wednesday debauchery. There weren't many of us there but it was fun nonetheless.

Until next time...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

[Random] A New Year is Upon Us

Last night I rang in the New Year with some of my favorite people - my husband and I attended a party at my friend Cheryl's house. All my dance team ladies and gents were there, and it was such a fun, festive atmosphere that started the new year with love, laughter, and good spirits.

We spent the evening eating delicious food, drinking sparkly drinks, and enjoying fun and entertaining conversation with old friends and new acquaintances. We began the new year with a countdown, the ball drop, confetti poppers, a champagne toast, and fireworks in the street.

As 2014 starts, like many of you, I'm thinking about new beginnings and clean slates. I'm beginning this year by focusing on 1-4 things each week that I want to work on. Some of these things will be new habits I'm trying to introduce, some will be tasks to be accomplished, others will be things I want to be more focused on.

To start 2014, I am focusing on three things in the first week. Number one sounds kind of ridiculous - but I'm trying to break a stupid habit. I often, when lost in thought or not doing anything, chew on the inside of my cheek. I look ridiculous doing it, and it's so subconscious I don't realize I'm doing that. I'm trying to be more mindful of when I'm doing it and make myself stop when I notice.

The second thing is to start lifting weights again this week, 3 times a week. I got a new gym bag and some new gym clothes for Christmas this year, and it's given me sufficient motivation to make this one of my first goals.

Number three is also sort of health related, but I'm just dipping in my toe. For this first week, I'm going to focus on wearing my pedometer each day. I want to monitor the average number of steps I take over a week, so that in week two I can set an attainable goal for number of steps each day. Just getting into the habit of wearing my pedometer is goal enough for me this week!

One kind of bonus focus is to start taking daily outfit photos so I can participate in What I Wore Wednesday, even if the photos are snapped on my phone.

What are you working on in the New Year?

Friday, November 22, 2013

[Shopping] Shoes, Shoes, and More Shoes!

Ok, maybe the title is a bit of an exaggeration. However, this has been a shoe filled week.

I had a pair of plain, pointy toe black pumps. I had them up until this past Tuesday, when I threw them away. I had put on an outfit and was trying on 230498 different pairs of shoes and none looked right. What I really needed was a plain, closed toe pump. I put on the ones I own - and promptly cringed because they were embarrassingly worn and beat up. It then became my mission to replace them, because as a gal who wears them frequently for work, I shouldn't be without them in my shoe collection!

I started out at Macy's since my husband works there and the discount is always a plus. I didn't find anything that jumped out at me for a decent price, so as I was leaving the mall, I saw Payless and decided to pop in. Because I'm so hard on my black pumps, I thought a cheap pair might be able to tide me over.

Instead, I walked out with these:

WomensChristian Siriano for PaylessWomen's Icon Pointy Pump
Here   

aaaaaand I also left with these:

Womens FioniWomen's Kasbah Studded Platform Pump
Here

 Not quite black pumps, but definitely cute!!

I did find some pumps for a great price online at Macy's, so I ordered a pair (and maybe another pair? oops!). I will post when I get them!

Hope you all are having a wonderful day. Thanks for reading!



Monday, November 18, 2013

[Beauty] The Perfect Palette

I've not been blogging around here too much lately because my attention has kind of waned. Not to blogging necessarily, but I've found myself gravitating a bit away from fashion and towards makeup. I've lost a bit of motivation in terms of photographing outfits and all that jazz, and I haven't been putting nearly as much thought into outfits as I'd like.

What I have done is recently discovered the fantastic world of YouTube beauty videos. This has been great because like I have been insecure with putting myself together clothing-wise, I've always felt the same way about makeup. My mother never wore makeup, and I never really learned how to do it. The last few months have been a crash course in learning how to make my face pretty.

So, in an effort to revive this blog and really make it about what I'm currently passionate about, I'm going to be working in some more makeup/beauty related things. Especially because I've been picking up a lot of the seasonal packages available at Sephora and Ulta and trying out products I never would have thought to try otherwise.

This "Palette Tag" has been going around lately, so I thought I'd use it for my first beauty related post! If any of you would like to do this on your blog, I tag you!!

Perfect Palette Tag Questions:

1. Best Packaging 

This is a tough one! I don't know that I have a palette whose packaging I get overly excited about. I guess if I had to pick, I'd choose Urban Decay's Vice 2 palette. It's huge, which isn't great for traveling, but it has a gigantic mirror that opens to the perfect angle and the hard case protects the shadows. It's also really pretty!




2. Best Color Payoff

Anastasia Lavish palette. Hands down. This one just needs a teeny, tiny tap of product to deliver plenty of color!



3. Most Versatile

This was no contest - my Coastal Scents 120 palette. 120 shadows. You don't get more versatile than that.



4. Best for Traveling

I like any of the Too Faced palettes for travel - my faves are the Smoky and Romantic palettes. They have a good variety of shades, from light to dark, and it's easy to get a number of full eye looks out of each palette. Plus, they're small and relatively compact and well built to withstand a bit of travel!



5. Biggest Regret

This one is easy - the Kat Von D Ladybird palette. I don't know what it is about this one, but the shadows crease on me within 2 hours, no matter if I use a primer, a base, a primer with a base, or even nothing at all. There doesn't seem to be a single thing that keeps this stuff from creasing!!



6. Best Color Names

Meet Matt(e) from theBalm. Each shadow is named after a "Matt" as though they were people. I think it's adorable.



7. Least Used

This, in all reality, would also be the Ladybird palette because I don't reach for it knowing how badly it creases on me, but in the interest of making each answer unique, I'd have to say the Sonia Kashuk Jewel of an Eye palette. I think it's because there are no really light colors in here and rarely do I do an eye look without light colors. I find that I have a lot of these colors in other palettes or individual shadows, so I often forget to grab for this one!


 8. Most Used, Most Loved, Desert Island

This one is easy. The Urban Decay Naked palettes take this one away. I use them constantly and I can do a lot with them. I wouldn't say they're totally desert island because I couldn't live without color, but they are definitely my most used and most loved!!