Mask Monday :: Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Masks

I may have a slight attachment to face masks if the completely full shelf in my bathroom is any indication. My obsession started off small a few years back with those two dollar packs from Walmart and quickly escalated into a full blown investment. I like to keep a mix of high end and more affordable masks in my collection. Continue reading

Fab Fit Fun :: Spring 2017

I don’t even know where to start because I adore this box so, so much. Every season’s box is fantastic and filled with tons of useful, fun goodies. I’m still using stuff I got in my first box. The items are that great!

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What's in the Box(1)

Y’all know how the Fab Fit Fun boxes work? They have two different plans – seasonal and annual. Annual is your best deal at $179.99, while seasonal is $49.99 per season. If you pick the annual membership, also referred to as select, you can customize your box or pick different add ons. What all do you get for your $50? Over $200 of product! Very cool, tight? Sign up here! After signing up, you’ll get four boxes a year, each tailored to a different season.

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The Spring 2017 is amazing and perfect for Spring and the transition into Summer. The bright blue box screams Spring with the fun tri-colored pattern. This season’s box was designed by Cat Coquillette, the founder of CatCoq. I love that the use different artist ech box.

What's in the Box

Roundie by Gypsy 05 ($50)

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This is the cutest thing! It’s like a picnic blanket and layout towel in one. It’s small enough to fit in a purse or backpack, light weight enough to carry around at concerts  or festivals, washable, and big enough you can share the space with your friends. I’ve already tossed mine in the trunk of my car for impromptu park visits or when Cody and I go hiking. So far we’ve used it for lunch in the backyard, a puppy play date, and to layout on while I read.

Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray by Briogeo ($20)

This light weight spray has coconut, argan, and rosehip oils and acts as a conditioner and heat barrier. I go natural most of the time and sprays like these are great for refreshing curls throughout the day and fighting frizz. I love this product because I am huge on using paraben, sulfate, and phthalates free hair products. I’m trying to improve my hair’s health and avoiding those icky items in hair products has helped immensely.

Zip Pouch by Milly ($45)

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You can never have too many ‘toss and go’ style bags. This cute Milly bag is no exception to the rule. The Slay All Day bag is water resistant, making it prefect for storing hair products, makeup products, and even bathing suits. I know this bag is going to be used so much this summer!

Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator by Dr. Brandt ($79)

I’ve been wanting to try this face wash for so long, so I was beyond excited when I found it in this season’s box. I’ve only tried a few products from Dr. Brandt, but all of them have been fantastic (Try the Pore No More primer!). This scrub uses lactic acid, aluminum oxide crystals, and botanicals to basically polish your skin, revealing brighter and smoother skin. I use this with my Clarisonic Mia Fit and I know I’m going to invest in another bottle after I finish this one. I only use a scrub twice a week, but the results from Dr. Brandt have lasted all week. A little goes a long way so it is well worth the price.

Hydrating + Face Mask by Karua ($28)

Oh how excited I was to find a face mask in this box! They included a months supply at one mask a week, perfect to try this brand and evaluate the quality. This mask targets dry, dull skin, improving hydration by 40% while promoting elasticity. Oh, I’ll have a full review coming soon after I’ve had a chance to use all four, but I can confidently say that these masks are so worth the price. My skin was glowing after one use. I use them before bed and 12+ hours later, my skin was still extra hydrated and bright.

Lip Kit by RealHer ($48)

I AM AWESOME. I love that these lips kits come with positive affirmation’s on the box and on each individual item. I got the shade deep nude. I’ve been wearing the lip liner and liquid lip combo for the last few days and it is great quality. I’ll probably be investing in another kit sometime, because they are basically smudge proof. What is amazing is the story behind the products. The founder created these products so that his daughter and girls like her would have positive impact from makeup. Also, 20% of all of RealHer’s profits are donated to a non profit organization – AAUW – that helps fund scholarships, advocacy, and education programs among others.

Nail Polish Set by Deborah Lippmann ($19)

I received the colors ‘Like A Virgin’ and ‘Shape of My Heart’. Like A Virgin is an almost sheer white, while Shape of My Heart is a sheer pink. Both of these colors are perfect for spring and can even easily transition into summer. Layer them over other colors or wear alone, wither way your nails are sure to look great.

Diamond Kite Crawler Earring Set buy Luv AJ ($85)

This set is simply perfect. Made from 14k rose gold with diamonds studded in the middle of each diamond, this set can transition from day to night with ease. I actually only own two pieces of rose gold jewelry, so I was hyped to see these in my box. I wore them to work and got tons of compliments. Also, how cute would these be if you had your ears double pierced.

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Obviously this was a great deal! I got eight amazing products delivered straight to my door (well, PO Box), got introduced to a few new brands, and I love every single one.

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Do you get the Fab Fit Fun boxes? If so, what was your favorite product this season?




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Closet & Make Up Wish List :: Birthday Edition

Today’s my birthday, ya’ll. And in typical me fashion, I’ve been scouring the interweb to figure out what I’m going to gift myself. I usually pick one or two things to get myself over.

What? Gifting to myself? Oh yes….I am a firm believer in the ‘treat yo’self’ philosophy and holidays are no exception. After all, why not? I believe we get this one life so we might as well eat what we want, watch what we want, wear what we want, and all that jazz.

 

 

Oatmeal Booties, Black Oxfords, Black Boots, Olive Cutout Booties

 

Cupcakes and Cashmere, Love x Style x Life, The Wedding Book, Tim Walker Pictures

 

PTR Mask Set, Give Me Some Lip, Very Berry Nail Set, Extravagant Eyes

What sort of things do you guys treat yourselves to?

Don’t forget to check out some other goodies I’m in love with:

Spring ’16 Wish List

Planner Wish List

Fall ’16 Wish List

 

 

Swim into Beauty :: June IPSY Glam Bag

Swim into Beauty.

That is the perfect title for Ipsy’s June bag . . . or so I first thought.

Then I opened the electric pink envelope.

IPSY June Glam Bag Swim into Beauty

This month’s bag is black and red and made of the scuba/neoprene type material. The material makes sense . . . it’s a summer staple, but the bag’s color scheme just felt off to me.

And so did the products. Don’t get me wrong, I like most of them, but my samples don’t really seem to fit the ‘Swim into Beauty’ idea. I thought the bag would have more waterproof or waterproofing type things or maybe even sun enhancers or sun protectants. Maybe highlighters, bronzers . . .

IPSY June Glam Bag Swim into Beauty

Anyway, on to what actually filled my bag.

The first product I pulled out was the product that most excited and disappointed me: Lipitude’s 24/7 hydrating lip stain. I can’t tell if the shade is LLS115, 15BEAD, or not listed on my container. It’s kind of a berry mauve shade. I love lip stains. They are hands down my favorite lip product. I excitedly applied this in my car right after finding my June bag in the mail.

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Que rapid disappointment.

It has the constancy or a liquid lipstick or really thick lip gloss. By the time I made it inside from my car, it had bled around my mouth and migrated to both my top and bottom teeth. I thought maybe I had not applied it correctly or was careless. This morning, on clean lips, I applied a trusted lip liner and then carefully applied the stain. Same results, minus the bleeding. It didn’t dry to a stain and when I wiped it off (easily, with a napkin) a few hours later, my lips weren’t even tinted. I’m going to offer it to my friend who does plays to put in her stage makeup with a full discloser of my experience. I’m hoping it works better for her!

As soon as I opened the pink package, I could smell a lovely cucumber smell. I went searching for that product next. Oh, my lanta. I found Befine’s cucumber facial mask. At first I thought it must have spilt in my bag, but it is just that richly scented. This stuff is like crack. I opened my June bag yesterday and I have already ordered a full size version of this. I’m actually wearing it while I type this. All the good things one can say about face masks can be said about this. My skin was softer, brighter, firmer, and my pores were clearer.

IPSY June Glam Bag Swim into Beauty Befine Cucumber Mask

I got two face products in this bag. My second one is by Nuxe and is an exfoliating gel with rose petal. This one smells divine but didn’t work as well as my regular peel. My skin felt very tight and dehydrated after removing this, but looked clearer and firmer so I bet it works wonders on oily skin!

IPSY June Glam Bag Swim into Beauty Nuxe Rose Petal Face Peel

The next product I’m pretty happy with. I got an eyeshadow stick by trèStique in the shade Marimoto Pink Pearl. It’s a shimmery nude sand color that blends out beautifully. I think I will use this numerous times – I might even find a big one after I finish with the smaller size! It hasn’t creased after six hours of wear and it stayed in place without a powder over it. Win!

IPSY June Glam Bag Swim into Beauty treStique Eyeshadow Stick

The last product I love! It is the photo finish primer by Smashbox. I used this as my main primer until November of last year when I switched to a Urban Decay primer. This is amazing! It goes on velvety and dries very matte. If you visit Ulta or Sephora, they have ones with different base colors for different problems so here is one for everybody.

IPSY June Glam Bag Swim into Beauty Smashbox Photofinsh Primer

Have you ever used any of these products? Have any suggestions on how to get better results with the lip stain? Please leave a comment 🙂