Most days you’ll find my makeup fully done, but there are always those days (call it lazy, call it my alarm could not wake me up, etc.), whatever the case my be; there are days when mascara and lip balm is about all I walk out the door with. On those days Burt’s Bees Lip Balm is the sweet little treasure of my existence.
My experience using Burt’s Bees products have nothing short of glorious and I would highly recommend them to anyone, and have! Which is how this post idea even came about.
Back track to a few days ago when I was having a conversation with one of my friends after seeing her pull out a tube of Chapstick.
When I asked her why she was using Chapstick, her reply was because her lips were dry. I then asked her if she had ever read the ingredients on her Chapstick tube. It was here I found out that she hadn’t read the label, and did not know that Chapstick contains alcohol (which drys out your skin thereby requiring her to use even more Chapstick).
I thought this was common knowledge, she then said she had no idea and that I should write a blog entry on the topic.
I quickly ran over to Target and picked her up a Burt’s Bees Lip Balm to replace her Chapstick because friends don’t let friends have dry, cracked lips! 🙂
A few weeks ago I finally got around to trying Sexy Hair‘s Blonde Bombshell shampoo and conditioner… And WOW!
As I mentioned in a previous post, my usual hair care routine involves washing with a cleansing conditioner, and following up with a deep conditioner – which I still do. But sometimes I really miss the sensation of a good frothy lather that cleansing conditioners simply do not provide… Here steps in Sexy Hair!
The Blonde Bombshell line is sulfate-free (which is HUGE in keeping your hair moisturized and looking healthy). The fragrance of both the shampoo and conditioner is lovely! It reminds me of a sophisticated powdery smell, not like baby powder, but like the kind of powder you’d want to use as an adult… I don’t know if that’s what chamomile, honey and quinoa smells like when combined together, but it’s a unique and clean pretty smell.
Not too long ago I reviewed the Baked Blushes from NYX, and based on how much I loved them due to their versatility and color payoff I have been wanting to try the line of baked shadows. Well that day is here! 🙂
As with the baked blushes, the baked shadows can be applied wet or dry. The dry application has a lighter, watercolor effect, whereas the wet application has a more dramatic, pigmented and shimmery effect.
The baked blushes come in 33 colors and at $6 a piece one could build quite an eyeshadow arsenal. I used all four of the above photographed shades on the look created below, and they blended beautifully together. I will definitely be returning to Ulta to stock up on some other shades.
Photo Information: NYX Baked Shadows in shades (clockwise) – Blue Dream, Lavish, Moonbeam, and Ghetto Gold.
Whether you are into celebrating St. Valentine’s Day or not, here is a frilly and feminine look that you can choose to emulate without going blatantly overboard with hearts galore. Perfect for either a romantic date with your significant other or on a girls only outing with your besties. Whichever your preference… Happy Hearts Day❣
Photo Information: Blouse and Skirt – Forever 21, Heels – Anne Michelle, Sunglasses – Wavves UK.
I recently added a few shades of NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream to my ever-growing makeup collection and am happy to say that they will remain there.
I had already been using several of the Butter Glosses by NYX, and loved them. They are super versatile. They can be worn by themselves, with lipliner, or as a gloss over your lipstick to add some sheen and moisture. The application is smooth and the color ranges from semi-sheer to medium coverage. There is absolutely no sticky feeling with these, which is hit or miss with many lip glosses.
The Soft Matte Lip Cream’s are of equal caliber! The main differences between the two of these is that the matte lip cream has a greater color payoff and obviously they set to a matte finish, rather than a glossy one. The application is soft and the durability is strong. These no undoubtedly would be a welcomed addition to any lip connoisseurs collection.
Photo Information: (left to right) NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in shades Istanbul, San Paulo, and Addis Ababa.
14th and Union is a company I just recently discovered at Nordstrom Rack. These were the first two pieces that I have bought from them and I can safely say that I know I will be a repeat customer. I love vintage jewelry and when I saw these bracelets, I knew I had to have them. They have a very vintage-esque look and I was able to mix and match them easily with a lot of the vintage pieces I already own…Which is a bonus! 🙂
Upon doing a little bit of research, I have come to find out the 14th and Union is not only a jewelry company. They design menswear, women’s wear, scarves, hats, shoes and yes..jewelry. I can not attest to the greatness of any of the other merchandise, but the quality of the jewelry is fantastic.
The new Melt – Radioactive stack launched on January 25th. I had been waiting patiently for this stack of bright pigmented colors to be released, and finally it was here! These colors are very different from the previous stacks released by Melt (which are also amazing). They are bright, build-able, and long-lasting.
I realize these neon-esque colors may not be for everyone, but even if you were only thinking of using them as accent colors, they would totally be worth the money.
At $48, the shadows come in a magnetized stack of four large pans. It may seem a bit pricey, but really it’s not. You are buying four, very pigmented eyeshadows where a little goes a long way.
For those of you who don’t see yourself sporting neon eyelids, I would emphatically recommend one of the other stacks from Melt. I own all three, and wear them most days. The other two stacks are Dark Matter, which includes four matte, warm neutral colors; and Love Sick, which includes matte and shimmer shadows in beautiful warm and cool shades.
What can I say about Essie? Seriously I can only say great things! I first became intrigued by Essie because of the gorgeous range of colors that they had available. It is safe to say, it was love at first sight. Since first trying out this nail polish, I have not looked back. The colors are vivid and long lasting, and the polish itself is very resistant to chipping. Yes, it happens here and there, but by far the best polish I have yet to try in terms of value and upkeep.
Essie products are available most everywhere now, from Target to Rite-Aid. You can also purchase them online and see their full range of color options on the Essie website.
Some may say that $8-$9 is too much to pay for DIY nail polish, however you really do get what you pay for in this case.
Photo Information: Essie Colors (top to bottom) – Lady Like, Naughty Nautical, She’s Pampered, Stylenomics, and Mod Square.