Friday, November 29, 2013

UPDATE: Project Pan!

This was a good month for product using! I actually managed to finish some up. I considered adding new items to the project but decided I'm just going to wait until I finish all of these up before tackling a new batch. Let's get right into the visual comparisons. You can visit my original post here to get the full names of all these products. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Splurge or Save?

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Everyday we are faced with the decisions of whether to spend 99 cents on that eyeliner or 20 dollar. Having had the privilege to try out an array of products I would like to share with you today which products I think are worth it to splurge on, and those that you would be better off saving your money on. So without further rambling let's dive straight into this list.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak

I believe that a good hair mask is the secret to beautiful, healthy hair. I try and do a hair mask at least once every two weeks because my hair is not exposed to much heat (I never use a hair dryer and it only sees a curling wand maybe twice a year) and is naturally nonfussy, basically the epitome of normal hair. However, if you are someone who uses heat on their hair as a daily basis I suggest using a hair mask on a weekly basis. I have tried a number of different products from drugstore to homemade and everything in between and I have found that Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak is hands down my favorite one. This lovely jar of goo retails for $25 which is slightly on the pricey side however if you (or a family member) is a frequent shopper at Kiehl's, their reward program combined with coupons can score you this for free. Often they will have promotions that reward you with any item $25 or less completely free of charge, which is how I get my hands on this stuff.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What's in my Trash?! Empties #1

I don't know why I am so fascinated by these, but seriously empties are one of my favorite things to watch/read about. Here are some products, mostly skin and hair care items I have used up. While I don't put on makeup everyday I do treat my skin and hair religiously so there will be plenty of those! I'll try to do these regularly however I'm really slow when it comes to using up things so we will see how consistent I can be. So let's go ahead and take a look at my trash (basically) and learn whether or not I repurchased/plan on repurchasing! Pictures for everything will be at the end of the post.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

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While most people pick Christmas or their birthday, all I have to say is, you can't eat a sweater or shoes; hands down, Thanksgiving is all my all time favorite holiday. I also like to believe that calories don't count on that magical day so I feast all day long without any regret. While 364 days of the year I can't even scramble an egg properly, Thanksgiving is the one day where I can touch the oven and not result in a small fire. I'll admit my family celebrates a weird sort of Thanksgiving and basically it comes down to, if I want to eat traditional Thanksgiving dishes, it's up to me to make them myself. So I would like to share some favorite recipes and tips when it comes to cooking sides. Be warned now these are not diet friendly recipes by any means, Thanksgiving is the day where butter is my friend and I'm not afraid to use sour cream.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday

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In exactly one weeks time crazed shoppers will be hungrily lining up post turkey coma in order to be the first in line to score those Black Friday deals. However for those who do not exactly find fighting hundreds of rabid shoppers, there's always the alternative of Cyber Monday to snag those deals too. These two events that takes place after every Thanksgiving marks the start of the Christmas shopping season. Before you start preparing yourself to enter the onslaught, I'd like to take some time to share some tips and debunk some myths regarding this shopping weekend.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

HUGE Haul! Sephora + Ulta

So I went a little crazy online shopping recently and placed two large orders to Sephora and Ulta for a lot of goodies. Let's just dive into everything I've hauled.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Emergency Everything Kit

More than once I have been caught in a situation where I walked out of the house missing some kind of makeup, or ended up staying at a friend's house due to one too many unplanned cocktails from a girly night in turned into happy hour. Ever since these kind of issues have arised (okay I'll admit it was around the tenth time of figuratively being caught with my pants down that I actually did something), I have put together a mini emergency everything kit that can be stashed into even the smallest of my clutches, so now I can always be prepared! A lot of these items I have my subscription boxes to thank for as they provide very conveniently individually wrapped items, but use this more as an idea or suggestion box to create your own kit.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Review: They're Real! Mascara

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I said I would never be one of those people who purchased high end mascara because of how disposable they are as the makeup with the shortest lifespan. However after trying a sample of Benefit's They're Real! Mascara I have completely changed my mind and started thinking up a whole mess of justifications for this purchase. This is seriously the best mascara I have tried in awhile and is so perfect because it combines a lot of benefits into one tube. Previously I have been combining the powers of two different drugstore mascaras to achieve the perfect length to volume ratio, but this one totally blows those two out of the water. This mascara retails for $23, if you purchase it online from the Benefit website there's actually a set that gives you a full sized mascara as well as a travel sized one for the price of the full sized so if you ever hunt down some free shipping codes I say that is a pretty nice deal.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Everday Makeup Favorites

While I love testing out new products, everyday I find myself reaching for some old favorites to use with my experimenting and if you pull everything together in the end you find the collection of products pictured above that I like using to create a very soft and non-fussy daily look. I'd like to share with you some of my everyday favorites that always seem to wiggle their way back into my daily makeup routine no matter how much I try to branch out and be adventurous with new things.

Friday, November 15, 2013

UnBoxing Match! November 2013 Ipsy vs. Birchbox

'Why is it that Ipsy always takes so much longer to ship?? I stare at the tracking information on a daily basis and for some reason it gets shipped as far as the next town over from me by DHL and then proceeds to sit in the post office there for a full five days before they decide to bring it to my house. Kind of wish I could drive over and just pick it up myself. Nevertheless here they are!!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with these services, Ipsy and Birchbox are two beauty subscription boxes that come monthly. Both of these cost $10 a month and each arrive with 4-5 different goodies ranging from sad little foil packets to full size products!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Orphan Drawer

I definitely have a habit of just going to the store and usually coming home with a bunch of products I snatch up on a whim just because I'm curious about them. However when I start organizing what I purchased into their new homes, I often find lots of similar items. With my need to finish things before starting something new and fresh, this is how the orphan drawer came to life. Basically it is what it sounds like, a drawer full of brand new products waiting to be used, whether they were casualties from an unexpected shopping spree, or ones I've received in my subscription boxes, either way this drawer is starting to get a little out of control, so naturally I thought it would be fun to share what is found in there. So here we go, like a huge game of Where's Waldo, try to spot all these products I'm listing (in no particular order) above. Go!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review: L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

When I find something I love I just have to spend some time raving about it, and this wonderful find puts all of my other skin products to shame. This is the L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream which retails for around $8 and comes in a squeezy tube filled with one fluid ounce of product. This is the same line as the Magic Nude Foundation that I had done a review on earlier, and this line really does deserve more attention and praise because it is amazing. This is a four in one product that claims to hydrate, correct, even, and perfect, so you'll notice right away that it does not contain SPF like most BB creams do. It comes in 4 different shades which I find is not a problem because the cream contains "beautifying beads" that basically adjusts to match your skin tone. Also this stuff is very sheer coverage, basically all it will be do is even out some redness and smooth out your skin, so a wide range of skin colors can find a match within their limited selection of shades. When you first squeeze it out of the tube it is a greyish with tiny darker beads so rubbing it onto your face you feel a slight grittiness, don't fret that is merely those beautifying beads I mentioned earlier that burst to adjust to your skin color. You can see in the swatches below the cream when it was first squeezed out as well as half rubbed in so you can see it adjusting to the color of my skin.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Evening Skin Routine

Earlier I had posted my Morning Skin Routine and now I will share my nightly routine. Since while I am sleeping I do not need to worry about maintaining that perfectly matte, photo ready (yes, I live my life anticipating paparazzi behind every bush) look, I tend to pile on heavier cream products that will work their moisturizing magic on my skin overnight.
First I remove my makeup with some coconut oil. I bought this jar from Trader Joe's and before anyone asks, I have no clue what that pink stuff is at the bottom, this is an empty jar and I have since gotten a new one. This works better than any other remover I have used and breaks down even the most waterproof makeup that I cement onto my face.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: Essie Holiday 2013 Collection

Sorry for all these consecutive nail polish posts lately, some serious bad planning on my part, I promise this is the last one for awhile though! 
This purchase was an accident I swear I didn't mean to buy it! But may as well follow up Friday's review of Essie's Winter Collection with this other collection they have recently released featuring all glitters for the holiday! I must say the name kind of grosses me out, they have decided to call it Encrusted Treasures...encrusted, really now? But I must admit there are some beautiful and unique polishes here, as well as their stab at the OPI liquid sand trend! Without further ado let's get right into swatches and thoughts on these six polishes! And yes a couple of these are meant to be layered top coats, but for the intent on showcasing the glitter alone I will be swatching all of them onto bare nails so some of these may end up a little wonky.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Battle of the Nail Polishes

Having quite an extensive collection of nail polish (100 bottles and counting), I thought it was high time to share with the rest of the world what I thought of all the different brands out there. I have picked six brands that I frequently reach for and which I have tried a range of colors and collections where I can confidently give an unbiased review on them. I have featured brands that are drugstore to high end and everything in between, and I'll be getting down to the bottom of whether it is worth it to splurge or whether you can get away with just dropping a couple of bucks. It should be noted that I always wear a base coat with all nail polishes (helps keeps those nails clean and healthy!), so I will not be able to comment on the staining factor.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Review: Essie Winter 2013 Collection

My nails are actually crying right now from these swatches, but I think it was worth it. Sorry some of the swatches are a little messy, I did have a slight struggle with the darker shades. Today I am sharing with you my thoughts on the Essie Winter 2013 collection, Shearling Darling including swatches! I must say I originally only intended to buy two of the colors due to the fact that the last few collections haven't been so great in quality, but after I found a deal which got me the whole set for $20, basically how much three of these polishes normally retail for, I decided to go for it and I must say Essie has finally stepped up their game because these are six truly phenomenal polishes.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cuddle Weather

As the temperature drops, there is nothing I love to do more than cuddle up with someone for a nice movie marathon. However I do not have the most agreeable fluffy dog when it comes to cuddling, nor does my boyfriend have unlimited time (and tolerance) for such shenanigans, I often find myself settling for plan B. That would be to put on some fuzzy socks, wrap myself into a warm blanket and grab steaming mug of hot chocolate for some quality time with a book. That was a mouthful, trying to paint a picture here in your mind. Besides my classic favorites of Harry Potter and Narnia, here are some other books I have been reaching for. You can see that I have a tendency to grab dystopian novels that apparently all come in trilogies. I do tend to gravitate towards fiction rather than nonfiction because I love losing myself in the story, just a habit from childhood that I've been happy to hold onto.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Is My Makeup Killing Me? Nail Polish

As people are becoming more health conscious, it still amazes me how makeup seems to be so low on the list of things that people are concerned about. While cult workout routines and crazy health foods are sky rocketing in sales, people are still blindly buying makeup with little concern which scares me because makeup is something you are piling directly onto your face and leaving there for hours, allowing a whole host of chemicals to sink in and directly enter your bloodstream. Now I'm not saying that everything I use is 100% natural and harmful chemical free, but I've decided it's high time to educate myself and the masses about what it is exactly we are doing to ourselves in our quest for beauty. First up is a look in my favorite product, nail polishes.

Monday, November 4, 2013

October 2013 UNfavorites

I found less unfavorites this month (yippee!) basically I learned my lesson of not forcing dupes and also to quit with my impulse buying. So let's just get right into the five items I had some issues with this month.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween & Group Therapy

Here's an unusual weekend post, I just really wanted to share some images I've captured these past few days. Mostly an onslaught of pictures from when I went to see Above & Beyond of their typing. Enjoy! <3

Friday, November 1, 2013

October 2013 Favorites

October went by so fast for me, I can't believe it's already November and almost time for the best holiday ever! Thanksgiving for those wondering. There was definitely a lot of experimenting this month with some new products from the drugstore and I'm pleased to add them into my favorites. I was definitely looking for quality and budget friendly and I'm pleased to have found some winners.