January 2017 Favorites

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Rose Gold iPhone 7¬†– Unfortunately I dropped my phone right after the holidays and, while I thought the thing was indestructible, it ended up not working after it took it’s last hit. That meant I needed an upgrade. Shucks ūüôā . This is literally the best phone I’ve ever had! I love the size, color, and quality.¬†It’s perfect for me.

Clear Mandala Phone Case¬†– So of course I had to get something pretty to keep this one safe. I opted for a clear, mandala-patterned back case so that the pink could shine through. I paired it with a clear screen protector and now I’m all set!

Moleskine 2017 Weekly Planner РThis baby has been keeping me organized already. I love the layout of this planner because it includes daily, weekly, and monthly layouts. I set a lot of different types of goals this year and think the process of tracking everything in this planner will help me stick to them.

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss¬†– I’m not sure why, but this lippie in the shade “Birthday Babe” has been on repeat for me in January because I’m more comfortable with a color on my lips, but this has been an easy transition into neutrals for me. It’s a great winter shade and a comfortable wear.

Real Techniques Blush Brush¬†– You need this brush!!! The size, hands down, is my favorite part. I didn’t realize the pain I was putting myself through with smaller blush brushes until I got this baby and having been seriously loving it.

Clean and Clear Shower Mask¬†– I got this in a recent Walmart Beauty Box¬†as a sample and liked it so much that I purchased the full sized version. This works nicely for me in the shower after I do a deep face exfoliation. It’s a nice way to get moisture back into the skin and fully cleanse the surface of your face.

Ipsy Review – September 2016

Ipsy time!!!

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that allows you to try unique brands, use different products, and collect items items that you may not pick up on your own… AND it’s only $10 a month!!! Five customized beauty products are sent to you each much in an adorable new bag. Sign up by clicking here.

Here is what I got this month…

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Be A Bombshell Cosmetics – Nail Polish:¬†I received the shade “Holy Fuchsia” and think this will be oh-so perfect for fall! I love deep, vampy colors on my nails.

Eva NYC – Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner: Never have I ever even heard of a dry conditioner. I honestly just used it like I would a dry shampoo to cover up oil on day three hair. It did work nicely and smells amazing.

Trestique – Mini Highlight Stic: Because I use powder on the daily, I don’t tend to reach for cream highlights. The shade I got¬†is¬†“Maldives Luminescent” and it does not show up well on me even pre-powder, so I’ll be passing this along to a friend. (Love this brand, though!)

Too Faced – Lip Injection Extreme: I haven’t tried a lip plumper in years and am totally in love with¬†this one!¬†The effects visibly show within 15 minutes. It goes on clear with subtle shimmer and tingles just a tad at first. The only thing I don’t care for is the scent and taste, which both remind me of candied grapefruit.

NUXE – Moisturizing Mask Creme Fraiche de Beaute: This will be super helpful for me in the colder months to come. I am typically pretty oily but when winter rolls around my skin needs a little bit more moisture, XOXO.

Lipstick Challenge: Days 25-30

It’s (finally) time to wrap up my 30 days of ¬†lipstick!¬†If you are unfamiliar, I accepted this challenge as a way to use up lipsticks that have been hanging out in my collection. If you are like me, you know the first-world struggle of wearing the same products over and over again, even when you have a wide variety to choose from. So, each day for 30 days I wore a new lip product on its own for the entire day. I didn’t mix and match and I didn’t rewear throughout the month.

Here is my final round of lip products…

25. Be A Bombshell¬†‚ÄúLipstick Crayon‚ÄĚ in¬†Versailles
26. LOC “Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil” in Cupid’s Bow
27. Mirabella “Velvet Lip Pencil” in Red
28. Wet n Wild “Matte Lipstick” in Smokin’ Hot Pink
29. Rimmel “Stay Glossy Lip Gloss” in Treasure Hunt
30. Bare Minerals “Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick” in Love

I would totally recommend this challenge to anyone who loves lip products! It was the perfect way to decide for myself which were my favorites and which didn’t work well for me. At the end of this challenge I was able to declutter over 10 lip products that I didn’t reach for throughout the month.¬†Let me know if you take on this challenge for yourself because I would love to keep up with your journey, XOXO!

Check out my previous posts from this challenge here… ¬†Days 1-6, 7-12, 13-18, and¬†19-24.

Lipstick Challenge: Days 19-24

Here is my next round of lippies for my Lipstick challenge!¬†Be sure to check out my past posts… Days 1-6, 7-12, and 13-18¬†to find out more about the challenge as well as to see all my past products I have been using, XOXO.

19. Lord & Berry¬†‚ÄúMatte¬†Crayon Lipstick‚ÄĚ in¬†Prelude
20. Hikari “Lip Gloss” in Merlot
21. Beauty For Real “Light Up Lip Gloss” in Kiss Me
22. Ofra “Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick” in Laguna Beach
23. Mirabella “Velvet Lip Pencil” in Pop Velvet
24. Milani “Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss” in Sweet Grapefruit

Lipstick Challenge: Days 7-12

I’m back with my second round of lipsticks from my 30-day challenge! Click here to see my first six lip products and to learn more about the challenge. This has seriously been so much fun and ¬†I think you should join the challenge too, XOXO.

Here are days 7-12…

7. Rimmel “Lasting Finish by Kate” in 31
8. Me Me Me “Lip Cream” in Persian Pink
9. LOC Tati “Vibrant Matte Lipstick” in Glam Life
10. Tarte “Wonder Lipsurgence” in Poppy
11. Almay “Smart Shade Butter” in Berry Light Medium
12. Bare Minerals “Marvelous Moxie” in Birthday Babe

Lipstick Challenge: Days 1-6

There is simply no better way to get myself to wear different lip products in my own collection than by joining this challenge. Each day, for 30 days, I challenge myself to wear a lip product without any repeats. I won’t layer products and I will wear the product for the entire day.

Interested in keeping up with my month long journey? Follow my blog and I will post an update in 6 day chunks. Or join the challenge and have a little fun for yourself!

Here is the first set of lip products I have used so far…
1. Trestique “Mini Matte Lip Crayon” in Chile Red
2. Jing Ai “Velvet Shine Lip Jewel” in Pink Star
3. Rimmel London “Stay Glossy” in Eternal Flirt
4. Rimmel “Lasting Finish By Kate” in 104
5. ModelCo “Lip Lacquer” in Morocco
6. Neutrogena “Moisture Smooth Color Stick” in Pink Grapefruit

Birchbox May 2016 – Preview

I think this is going to be a good Birchbox month!!!

The item I am¬†most excited for is¬†the setting mist because I’ve been looking for a spray to use to lock my makeup into place and hope this one works well for my skin. It’s a total plus that it has SPF right in it! I am least excited for the hair protector because I have so many of these types of products and don’t tend to love them for my hair.

I also love Real Chemistry, Vera Bradley, and ModelCo so really look forward to trying all of those products out as well this month!

Stay tuned for an upcoming review on everything, XOXO.

Springy Pink Lips

Lately I have found myself reaching for really hydrating, pinky lip shades and think it has something do to with the spring season. Something about a soft and shiny pink lip screams warm weather and sunshine! Here are a few favorites I have been loving, XOXO.

 

Milani – Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss, “Sweet Grapefruit”

Used alone, this is a lightly pigmented and sheer gloss. I also use it on top of other matte lipsticks to get a larger lip effect. The scent is very sweet, like cupcakes.

Beauty For Real – See The Light Illuminating Lip Gloss, “Kiss Me”

This gloss includes a light on the wand and a mirror on the tube for easy application. It has a minty scent and subtle shimmer that is really flattering.

Almay – Smart Shade Lipbutter, “Berry Light/Medium”

Probably my favorite of all! I actually used this on my wedding day because of the lightweight formula and buildable qualities. It’s really comfortable on the lips and has a yummy vanilla scent.