L’Oreal Lumi Cushion

The biggest makeup trend of the moment seems to be cushion foundations. What exactly does than mean though?  Essentially, it is a sponge soaked in liquid foundation, neatly packaged in a compact. The L’Oreal Lumi Cushion is my way of easing myself into the trend. It comes in a beautiful white compact with a metallic rose gold flip lid. There is an interior hinged plastic lid, which holds an applicator sponge, as well as sealing the cushion, keeping it from drying out. With its large mirror, the compact is actually great for travelling, because it has all you need in one simple, and clean packaging.

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I like to use a flat top foundation or a stippling brush to apply it. It comes with a sponge, which is a good solution for on-the-go touch-ups, but I do not like it for application. I simply dab a brush on the cushion and buff in, and repeat until I have the desired coverage, or I run out of time in the morning, or whichever comes first! L’Oreal claims that it is a sheer to medium coverage foundation, and I totally agree with that. The coverage is certainly buildable and customizable. The finish is beautifully luminous and natural. I typically have pretty oily skin, so I am sure you can sense my hesitation picking up a lumi foundation. It is glowy, but not at all shiny, the perfect combination. This foundation wears very well throughout the day, with no creases in sight.

I really love this foundation! I have been using this for a few weeks now, and there is no end in sight. When purchasing this foundation, I was skeptical as to how much product was actually in it, so only time will tell! I certainly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a glowing, effortless summer look!

 

 

 

This is it: my entire MAC lipstick collection… so far, that is!

 Tropic Tonic – This color is a true chameleon color; it looks so different on everyone.  On me, it is a vivid pinkish orange, which comes off extremely bright. It is the matte formula, that is highly pigmented, but it also really does cling to dry patches and does not have the smoothest application. I like to layer it with a bit of lip balm to make it a little more smooth.

Hangup – I was looking for a dark berry colored lip, for the fall and winter that would complement my pale skin. I love the color of this lipstick, but the formula is not the best for such a dark color. It is difficult to get this color to apply uniformly. It works better with a lip liner underneath, but I think it would be much better as a matte or satin formula.

Ruby Woo – This is definitely a favorite among red-wearers. It is a beautiful blue-based cool tone, true red. Ruby Woo is a retro matte formula, which is very dry, so you have to sure your lips are in tip-top shape before even touching this stuff. The dry formula, though is what gives it its lasting power. I like to layer it with my Follow Your Heart lipliner to make sure it stays in place all day. It really is my favorite color for the perfect red lip.

Syrup – This is my favorite lipstick. I do not want to say of all time, you know, just incase I have to eat my words, but this stuff is good. It is a luster formula, which is glossy and moisturizing. It is a cool tone pink nude color with mauve undertones. The only downside to this nearly perfect lipstick is the staying power. It does not last as long as I would like, but it is really easy to reapply, so I will let it slide. I recommend this to everyone, because I really do think that it looks good on anyone.

Lovelorn – This is the most recent addition to my collection. Since Syrup is one of my absolute favorites, I thought I would look for something that was similar to it, with a little bit more pink in it. Lovelorn is a luster lipstick, which I really like for the lighter shades, as it makes it so easy to wear. This is cool toned, bubblegum-ish pink, which is toned down and looks so pretty and girly.

MAC Lipstick Edit

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I have been hearing so much about Glossier lately, so naturally, I hopped right on the bandwagon. I decided to make a small order to start, and see what it was all about. When I started shopping on the site, a few of the makeup items I wanted to try were out of stock, so I decided to go for a few skin care bits instead.

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The first thing I chose was the Milky Jelly Cleanser. This is a daily cleanser that claims to dissolve away both dirt and makeup to balance skin’s chemistry. The Milky Jelly Cleanser has a few key features that make it truly unique. The main cleansing agent in it is the same as the cleansing agent in contact solution, which makes it gentle, yet still powerful, plus it doesn’t sting your eyes! There is also rosewater, which accounts for the subtle, fresh scent. Aquaxyl and vitamin B5 are included to lock in moisture. I use it without water to remove makeup, as recommended. The only thing is that it does not work at removing waterproof mascara, but I take care of that with a micellar water. When I wash my face in the morning, and do not have makeup to remove, I use it normally, a pump of the cleanser, and some warm water. It leaves the skin feeling completely clean and moisturized, and not at all tight.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with lip balm. At any given moment I have a handful of them in my bag, my pockets, and my car. It is an addiction that I am always trying to kick, but never with much luck. It just seems like all of the balms I have been using are just addicting, and the more I use the more I need, and I mean NEED. Having soft smooth lips is important to me, to be comfortable, as well as to have a clean canvas for my many lipsticks. So naturally, the next thing I put in my cart was the Balm Dotcom. Balm Dotcom is a hydrating balm, which, I at first thought was just for lips. Boy was I wrong. It has about a million and one uses including treating any dry patches, from head to toe. I like to use it as a cuticle balm. It has a very thick waxy formula, which locks in moisture and acts as a protective barrier from the rest of the world. Castor seed oil, beeswax, lanolin, cupuacu fruit extract, rice bran, and rosemary leaf extracts are just some of the mighty ingredients that make Balm Dotcom work. I like to keep this on my bedside table and put on before bed, and there is miraculously still a layer of it on my lips when I wake up! It does not have a scent, but I am interested in trying the flavored versions!

The final piece to my Glossier skincare sampling is the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack face mask. This might be the thing that I am the most excited about. It is a cleansing mask, which claims to balance and condition pores, all the while calming inflammation using the all powerful kaolin clay. The mask is spread over moistened, cleansed skin and left to work its magic for twenty minutes. Get a load of what is in this powerful mask: it has leafy green phytonutrients to clean and protect, bitter orange peel to calm and gently exfoliate, creamy white clay for clearing out nasty oils and build-up, avocado oil and aloe moisturize, while a powerful blend of antioxidants protects skin. It applies as a buttery paste with small pieces of orange peel, which gently exfoliate. After the application, the grey mask dries almost clear! I rinse with warm water and with a little help from a muslin cloth, it comes right off leaving my skin feeling clean and moisturized. The more I use it the better results I am seeing.

I am really impressed with everything I have tried from Glossier and I can’t wait to get my hands on more. When I can justify it, I will be making another purchase!

Weekend Wears – The basics

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Now that spring is officially here, I thought I would feature some of my current style essentials. The first item is a pair of cropped, destroyed, boyfriend jeans from American Eagle. They are slouchy and make anything look laid back. I probably own way too many striped shirts for my own good, but there is something so classic about them. This one in particular, from The Gap is just the perfect fit. I feel almost Parisian (hey, a girl can dream, right?) when I pair stripes with a classic red lip, and that is just what I did here. I have featured my Mac Ruby Woo Lipstick in the past as one of the best red lipsticks, and I have yet to disprove my theory. My Ray Bans Wayfarers are quite an obvious staple. This pretty much goes without explanation. They’re black. They’re basic. They’re timeless. The last of my collection is my Kate Spade Watch. This watch is another core piece. The neutral band and yellow gold case look chic and streamlined. What are your style staples at the moment?

UK Drugstore Beauty Haul

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I, Heather, am addicted to YouTube. Ok, there. I said it. It feels good to have it off my chest. Some of my very favorite ‘beauty gurus’ to watch are from the UK, and thus, they use many products that are exclusively available there. On my recent trip to Northern Ireland, I picked up a few items at the drugstore that I have seen used more than a few times and wanted to give a go for myself. Now, I didn’t remember picking up so much stuff, until I started listing it… So here goes my haul!

The first item is a Rimmel Lasting finish Soft Color Blush in the shade 010 Santa Rose. The shade is a sheer natural coral/pink color that I hope will complement my pale complexion.  To date, the only Bourjois product in my repertoire is the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. It has a delicious fruity scent, and light even coverage. I was excited to try more from the brand, and see what they had to offer. I purchased the Bourjois Colorband 2-in-1 Color and Liner in the shade mauve, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, in the shade 52 Vanilla, the Bronzing Powder and Hilighter duo, and the Healthy Balance Matte Powder, in the shade 52 Vanilla. Having oily skin, I always take the opportunity to try any and every mattifying product I can get my hands on!  The next range I explored was Collection. The Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer is a cult favorite, so I picked it up in the lightest shade, Fair 1. There have been rumors that it is a dupe for the infamous Nars Radiant Creamy Concealear, but we’ll see about that. Additionally, I purchased the Collection Fast Stroke liquid eyeliner in black, and the Eyes Uncovered Nude Palette, consisting of six beautiful neutral shades, reminiscent of the Naked Basics palette.  Now, we all know Tanya Burr rules Youtube (and most of the world), so I picked up two of her recent products. In the spirit of trying new things, I picked up a set of the Tanya Burr Individual False Lashes to give a try, as well as a lipgloss in the shade Chic, a peachy pinky nude color.  As if I don’t have enough nail polish, I got three more springy Gelly Polishes from Barry M in the colors Huckleburry, Rose Hip, and Lychee.  Soap and Glory has a limited range available in the states, but I have not been able to find these next two things here. Soap and Glory Solar Powder in the shade Bronzo and the One Heck of a Blot powder in translucent.  Now, onto the non-makeup portion of this lengthy haul. I purchased the Colab Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo in the London scent, and a travel size in the New York scent, to keep in my purse.  As a proclaimed dupe for Bioderma, the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water was next on my list.  The final item in my haul is definitely going to come in handy, the Zoella Beauty Eyes Beauty Bag will be used to store all my recent purchases.

Is there anything I missed?  What are your favorite drugstore products at the moment?

Glossier Revisit

A year ago, I made my first order from Glossier. I am one year older, and one year wiser, so I though I would give a nod to the good old times and place another order.

Last year I purchased the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Balm Dotcom, Stretch Concealer, Boy Brow, Generation G, and Mega Greens Galaxy Pack mask.  

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Of them all, the Boy Brow (bown) and the Stretch Concealer (light) are my absolute favorites. With the concealer, a little bit goes a long way. It is a sheer to medium coverage, and it is for this reason that I like to use it more in the summer months. It works best under my eyes, and not as well for blemishes. The Boy Brow works great on its own, or to set brow pencil. The brush is very small and easy to control the application of product. It is definitely an everyday staple in my makeup bag. In my most recent purchase, I restocked my boy brow because I am almost out, and I can’t imagine being without it!

I completely used up my original Milky Jelly Cleanser, and really enjoyed doing so. I even recommended both of my sisters, who also love it. It is a really gentle formula that removes most makeup without irritating my skin or eyes . This is one I decided not to repurchase. I really liked it, but wanted to give some different things a try.

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I still have my original Balm Dotcom in the original fragrance-free and untinted formula. I have been using this pretty steadily throughout the year, and there is still a generous amount of product left. The Balm Dotcom is marketed as a “do-everything skin salve” and this is fitting, but I think only for the original formula. I use it for dry patches on my face and lips, and personally would not want a scented or tinted balm on my face. However, I did decide to purchase the cherry flavor in my latest order. It smells so good, like something from my childhood! And I love the sheer red tint; it looks and smells so juicy.

The Mega Greens Galaxy Pack mask is still in my collection from the first order, although it is beginning to run low. This mask is gentle, but does give real results. It goes on as a thick milky cream with texture, but dries clear. When I use it, my skin feels refreshed and nourished, and never stripped. I can even tell the difference in my makeup application after using it.

fullsizeoutput_637cThe priming moisturizer is a brand new one to me, and it is one of my favorite additions. It is the best of both worlds. It gives skin moisture without looking greasy, and provides a fresh canvas for makeup. As it is worked into the skin, it gets a bit of a tacky texture, which prepares it for makeup. Even worn alone, my skin looks more plump and even. This has become a fast favorite.

There is one product that did not quite measure up to the others. The Generation G lip color in the shade crush was one of my original purchases. It gave a very sheer wash of matte color on my lips, which I really liked, but it made my lips feel dry and I found that it dragged a lot upon application. But the thing that really turned me off of this was the smell. To me, it smelled almost like cigarettes! It was so unappealing, that I had to stop using it, and eventually lost i! I really liked the concept of this product, and would be willing to try it again in the future.

fullsizeoutput_637aSo, that’s it! I hope this little review / revisit was helpful to you. Overall, I would certainly recommend Glossier as a brand, and have been more than happy with everything I have tried.

Which have you tried?

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UD x Gwen Stefani

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Through a collab between Gwen Stefani and Urban Decay, was born this beautiful palette. Now, this is not really what I would expect from the daring Gwen Stefani. It is a surprisingly, and beautifully neutral palette, with some signature pops of color.

The shadows are all of the quality we have grown to expect from Urban decay. There is a mix of mattes, shimmers, and glitters colors, which can be combined for any look you want to go for.

The palette contains 15 shadows total, most with names chosen by Gwen herself:

– Blonde (pale beige/pink iridescent shift)
– Bathwater (pale beige with gold pearl)
– Skimp (pale nude satin)
– Steady (medium rose/metallic gold shift)
– Punk (reddish brown matte)
– Baby (cool metallic rose)
– Anaheim (light taupe-brown matte)
– Stark (nude-pink matte)
– Zone (medium brown matte)
– Serious (smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl)
– Pop (pale coral with iridescent sparkle)
– Harajuku (metallic blue-pink/iridescent micro-shimmer)
– Danger (deep metallic royal blue/blue micro-sparkle)
– 1987 (bright metallic yellow-gold)
– Blackout (blackest black matte)

Colourpop Trial Run

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As far as first impressions go, Colourpop has made a lasting one with me.  After much hype and peer pressure, I decided to make a small online order.  The shadow set that I purchased is new for fall 2015.  The Forever Freshman shadow set includes an assortment of their shadow finishes, which is great for a sampling of their products.  Let me start off by saying that these eyeshadows are great!  They have a consistency that is unlike any others that I have tried.  They are smooth and creamy, and are easily built up, and blended out.  I will be sure to purchase more in the future, (as if I don’t have enough makeup already).

The first of the shades, Crimper, is a metallic finish shadow, which is a soft gold with multi-dimensional gold glitter.  It adds a pop of metallic shimmer, beautiful alone or layered.  It is safe to say that Koosh is my favorite of this collection.  It is the perfect mix of silver and taupe, with a beautiful metallic finish.  90210 is a satin finish grayish chocolate brown shade with pink and gold glitter.  Now, I know glitter sounds a bit intense, but it is so fine, not at all overwhelming. The last three shadows are all in the matte formula.  Melrose is a rust shade, which works well to warm up any eye look.  As If is a neutral brown taupe shade that is perfect for my skin tone. It works well on the lash line, crease, or all over the lid.  It is the most neutral and versatile shade in the set.  Last, but not least, Baby T is a deep navy blue that looks great on the lower lash line and blends oh so easily.

To round out my sampling, I also chose two Lippie Stix.  Lumière is a pinky nude color that really is universal.  I really do think that this shade could look good on anyone.  On the opposite end of the spectrum lies Ellarie.  It is a deep cranberry wine color, also in the matte formula. I love this shade for the fall and winter, especially in contrast with my pale skin.  The matte Lippie Stix are easy to apply, wear comfortably, and although not as long-wearing as some others I have tried, have a pretty good staying power.

Overall, I would definitely recommend trying these products. They are certainly comparable to other much more expensive products that I have tried.

Have you tried any of these products?

OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Shampoo & Conditioner

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I picked up this duo on a whim one day in ULTA, and I sure am glad I did. This stuff smells like summer; so refreshing!  The shampoo lathers nicely, and rinses completely clean without stripping my hair.  The conditioner detangles and adds moisture, keeping my fine strands weightless.  I will definitely be repurchasing both of these, and trying out more products from OGX in the future.

Nordstrom Naturals MAC Eyeshadow Palette

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For a while, I was thinking about starting my own MAC palette, but then I saw these three new pre-made palettes in Nordstrom. They really did make one to fit everyone, including a warm toned palette, a cool toned palette, and a specially created palette by Nordstrom with a mix of neutral colors.  I went for the Nordstrom Naturals Exclusive Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette.

The warm toned palette is called Warm Neutral Times 15 and it features the colors Hey, Warm Breeze, Gingersnap, Dark Brew, Dance in the Dark, Brulé, Vanilla Extract, Honey Lust, Amber Lights, Saddle, Lemon Tart, Butterfudge, Creative Copper, Unwind, and Divine Decadence.

The cool toned palette, Cool Neutral Times 15, features the colors Flounce, Sweet Allure, Sun Tweaked, Blackberry, After Dusk, Pick Me Up, Crushed Clove, Cozy Grey, Deception, Brun, Silver Fog, French Clay, Cumulus, Pearled Earth, and Black Tied.

Last, but certainly not least, the palette I chose: the Nordstrom Naturals Exclusive Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette.  This one is exclusive to Nordstrom and is a mix of MAC’s best-selling neutral shades. In this palette I got the colors Vapour, All That Glitters, Wedge, Satin Taupe, Honey Lust, Ricepaper, Amber Lights, Saddle, Mulch, Woodwinked, Omega, Brun, Embark, Beauty Marked, and Carbon. I love every last one of them. They are the same great MAC quality, as we have all grown to expect. They are long-wearing, highly-pigmented, apply evenly, and blend easily. The palette comes with a clear lid marked with the MAC emblem and magnetic closure with all 15 shadows in shade order.

Each of these palettes retail for $85.00 ($160.00 value)

June 2015 Birchbox – Next Stop, Adventure

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Coola SPF 50 Sport – Mango // This is my sample choice this month. I have tried and loved this sunscreen before, along with many other products from Coola. This is not your typical sunscreen. It smells great and does not have the texture of a typical sunscreen. It soaks in to the skin completely, mixes well with makeup, and does not leave a white film on your face. This stuff stays on through both sweat and swim, and the SPF is great for a fair-skinned girl like me.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant // In a previous box, I sampled a different product from Paula’s Choice that I liked. This is a chemical exfoliant that works without having to scrub, which is super convenient. It is a gel consistency that goes on smoothly and evenly, without getting sticky on the skin. It burns a bit, which is to be expected, but overall it did not irritate my skin too bad. Sometimes products like these flush out all the nasty stuff from the pores, causing breakouts, but I did not experience it with this one. This exfoliant left my skin feeling softer and rejuvenated, but did not yield amazing results.

Erickson Grab & Go Pony Tube // The L. Erickson Ponytail holder I received is a nice addition to my box. I threw it in my makeup bag to use when I am doing my hair or makeup. It is light and does not leave a crease in my hair. It is a step up from your typical ponytail holder. I received the silver one, though I would have preferred the black one.

Temple Spa Good Hair Day Shampoo // I was expecting not to like this because of the patchouli scent, but I love it! It lathers so easily and rinses completely clean without any residue. My hair is left feeling so clean with a little extra body and texture to it. The fresh scent also lasts through the second day, remaining subtle and not overpowering. Great shampoo!

Temple Spa In Good Condition Conditioner // The perfect pair to the Temple Spa Good Hair Day Shampoo. It is quite simple; it conditions without weighing down my hair. I have very fine strands that do not take well to heavy conditioning products. It feels nice and detangles as well as conditions. Plus I love the fresh minty scent!

 Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner Travel Kit // This is so unlike anything that I would typically try, but for the sake of the review I gave it a go. I received this mini eyeliner in the shade Electric Blue. To my surprise, it actually worked for me! The formula of this pencil is great, it glides on beautifully and stays put once it is on. I will definitely be using this throughout the summer for a pop of color.

June 2015 Ipsy

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Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain // I received the color Blow Your Mind, which is a bright pinky peach shade. This product is supposed to act as a hydrating stain, but I would definitely not consider this a stain, as it never really set, and wiped right off. It also does not dry to a matte finish; it stays really glossy and slippery on the lips. I also found it difficult to apply just using the doe foot applicator. It had to be blended in with my finger to get an even coating. Though I liked the color, this product was not my favorite.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer // This was my first time trying a Smashbox Cosmetics primer, and it was well worth the wait. This primer feels so good on the skin. It goes on smooth, and really evens out skin by filling in lines and pores. My makeup went on so nicely over top of it. It also looks good on its own, on a no makeup day. It also seemed to prolong the life of my makeup. The only downside is that is really did not help keep the oil from shining through very well, but overall it is a great primer!

BioRepublic SkinCare Sheet Mask Trio // These masks are great! It was my first time trying sheet masks, and I am a convert, to say the least. After the mask, the product stays on your skin and keeps doing its job, which I love. They are so refreshing and cooling and left my skin so refreshed and supple. I received three different masks: Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Fiber Mask, Cucumber Breeze Soothing Fiber Mask, and Green Tea Detox Purifying Fiber Mask. The Cucumber Soothing mask was definitely my favorite.

Glamierre Flat Top Concealer Brush // At this point, I pretty much have more brushes than I know what to do with. Surprisingly, I did not have one like this in my collection. This duo-fiber synthetic hair brush works for many different purposes, but I like to use it to blend concealer. It easily pushes the product into hard to reach places, like around the nose and undereye area.

tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon // This is a nice little shadow crayon. It goes on smooth, has a buildable color, and blends easily.   I received the shade Venetian Gold, which is a metallic gold brown color. It acts well as a base for other shadows as well. The thing that really made this product for me, was the packaging; it is adorable! The lid looks like the shadow stick is exposed, but it is really a roll up stick underneath.

In Love With the Coco (Chanel, that is)

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Which of the colors is tour favorite?

April Ipsy – Beautifully Bohemian

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Spring is my favorite time of the year, there is so much to look forward to, and it puts me in such a good mood to see all the flowers blooming and the weather changing. This month’s Ipsy theme is Beautifully Bohemian, which fits the season perfectly! Let’s take a look into my bag…

The first thing I pulled out of the bag is a Julie G Nail Polish in the shade Damsel. It is a pretty mid-tone pink shade. It goes on smoothly, has a beautiful color, and dries quickly. What more can you really ask for in a polish? Not to mention it came with a coupon for the purchase of another.

I was totally expecting to hate this next sample, but the Hikari Cosmetics Blush is now one of my favorites. The color I received is Tango, and it seemed way too bright for me at first. When I tried it, I just used a tiny amount and it is gorgeous! It has a bit of a sheen to it, with a coral undertone that is universally flattering. The only downside is that it produces quite a bit of fallout in the pan.

Next up we have theBalm Cosmetics Nude Dude Eyeshadow Single. This is my new favorite shadow! And I know, I have WAY too many palettes, but now I am thinking I need this one too! Oh well. I received the shade flirty, a purple with a golden shimmer, which I really like against my brown eyes. The shadow blends out so easily, but is oh so buildable. I definitely will be trying the shadow wet as well, as recommended. Great sample.

I had never really heard about this brand before Ipsy, but this sample from MicaBeauty was great! This eye primer both color corrected, and kept my shadow crease free all day (and night.) It even looks good alone to even out the color of my eyelids. It is a generous sample size, as well. It has been added to my every day routine eve since I got it.

I have a few of these little samples of the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk from previous beauty subscriptions, which is nice because I am always using up bottles of the stuff. It smells nice and makes my hair look clean and fresh. The only downside, as with most dry shampoos, is that is leaves a white powder in my hair that has to be rubbed in. It is a lifesaver to stick this in my bag. You never know when you will need it!

Meet Daniel Wellington

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If you haven’t been living under a rock, you have probably seen Daniel Wellington watches on Instagram. They are beautifully designed watches with a unique back-story. The line is named after a man from the British Isles that inspired the design with his relaxed yet classic style. The watches feature a variety of strap and case combinations.  Known for their durability, the NATO strap was originally worn by divers in the British navy. Leather bands as well as a leather and cotton combination bands are also available with corresponding clasp colors. The cases come in rose, brushed rose, and silver colors in a variety of millimeter sizes.  With the option to interchange bands, the watches are truly customizable.

Recently, I have become more attracted to small, simple, and minimalistic jewelry. I have had my eye on a certain watch from this line for a little while now, and just received it for my birthday!   Let me introduce you to the Classy Sheffield. The one that I received is the 34mm case in silver. It features a white face with Swarovski stone dial markers.

I love the simple elegance and versatility of the watch and will definitely be getting a lot of wear out of it!

April Birchbox – Fresh for Spring

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There is nothing like ripping open that adorable pink box to uncover the surprises waiting inside a Birchbox. This month offered either an individual sample choice, or a Mad Men inspired guest editor box, and I went with the Mad Men California box. The theme is a fresh and easy. Here’s what I got:

In the past, I have received (and loved) the 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment. This little multitasker is a favorite of mine.  Spiritzed on damp hair before styling, it both protects and repairs. It moisturizes, without weighing down my hair or making it greasy, for an oily haired girl, it is the prefect balance. Plus, it smells amazing! Retails on birchbox.com for $21.

The next sample is the LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil.  I received the shade honeypot in my box. This is the third time I have sampled from this brand through Birchbox, and I have since become quite the fan. The Lip Lube formula is sheer, glossy, and hydrating. The color is a pinky purple that lasts for hours and has a slight mint scent, which makes it that much more refreshing. Retails on birchbox.com for $20.

I have mixed feelings about the fragrance I received. The Clean Original Eau de Parfum is said to be inspired by soap, and I absolutely love the concept. However, it reminds me a bit of cleaning products. It also does not last more than an hour or two on me. It might be something that would be handy to keep in a gym bag for quick touchups. Retails on birchbox.com for $69.

The Not Soap, Radio Body Wash in the ‘Bathing with Sharks’ scent reminds me of an outdoor shower at the beach. It has a fresh, yet salty smell. I used it on a loofah, and a little bit goes such a long way. It works into a thick silky lather and feels smooth and cleansing on the skin. The scent does not really linger after the shower, and it is a bit drying to my skin.  Overall, a great and refreshing wash. Retails on birchbox.com for $16.

For me, it can be easy to overdo it on hilighter. For the most part, I usually come out looking like a Cullen. This stuff makes it really hard to do that. The Cynthia Rowley Beauty Brightening Illuminator is a beautiful hilighter that adds a beautiful glow to my skin, that is not glittery. The sample comes in a tube, but the full-size product comes in a brush tipped applicator pen, which is all the more convenient. Not to mention, Cynthia Rowley Beauty is exclusive to Birchbox. Great sample! Retails on birchbox.com for $28.

 

Spring Pastel Nails

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Quick! Put down that grey polish… It is time for spring colors! These Gelly Polishes by Barry M were featured in my recent UK Haul and I have since given them a good ‘ole trial run.

The three colors that I picked up are Huckleburry, Rose Hip, and Lychee, all of which are beautiful fresh pastel shades. Huckleberry is a mint blue, Rose Hip is a very pale pink, and Lychee is a nude shade.

The formula is alright. It is not particularly gel-like, or long lasting, but it is good enough, pretty much your standard drugstore polish. I love the colors, though, which makes them worth it to me.

What are you wearing on your nails at the moment?