Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May Favorites !

Hey there ! Can we all just take a min to appreciate that I'm actually on time with this months faves ?! *pats self on back* ;) I wasn't too sure what I was going to talk write about because I'm still obsessed with my Too Faced palette, mascara, and bronzer.. so I don't have too much makeup favorites for this month, but more skincare and a random haha.. well let's get started, shall we?!

  I've been using the Too Faced bronzer I talked about last month for contouring.. but when I want to look extra glowy all around I've been using these bad boys ! The first is highlighter from the brand Hard Candy in Tiki.  This is such a pretty golden highlighter.. gives the perfect amount of shimmer without being chunky and obnoxious.  It blends out beautifully and it's so so so smooth ! The guy on the right is the Milani baked bronzer in 04 Glow.  I put this over my contour and where you would typically put blush.  This is such a good color for when I'm my natural skin color and when I'm self tanned.  It gives your skin a beautiful luminous glow.  I love both of the products because while they do make your skin appear illuminated, it's not chunky glitter.  I will forever be repurchasing these two, esp how cheap they are ! Winning all across the board !

These next few products, I've been using since Feb but they're so small I always forget to grab them when doing monthly faves.  I use these everyday and would hate to do my daily routine without them<3  The first is the Benefit Gimme Brow in Med/Dark. Since I (tragically) dyed my eyebrows dark brown I can brush this guy through them and be done.. it adds depth and makes them appear fuller in the areas that need a lil help.  When I'm going to work a want a little more of a dramatic brow I fill them in per usual with my power and brush this through when I'm done and it brings dimension to my brows so they're not so powdery.

The second is the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.  This wand is tiiiiiny and gets every. single. lash.  It's amzzzin ! I have a problem with mascara on my bottom lashes touching my skin and leaving marks.. we like to call those "Satan sprinkles" This has its good and bad days which is okay by me because I've just come to the realization that it'll do it no matter what.  But it makes my lashes sooo long and full, more so than a regular mascara does.  And it's only $10... hellllo.. you need this lil guy !

I have been wearing this guy a lot more lately and every time I do, I get a ton of compliments on my skin.  It almost gives me the same results as my YSL Touche Eclat does, just not as dewy.  It makes your skin look flawless without looking like a cake face.  I don't have to set this foundation with any powder and it lasts all day on me.  You can build this foundation to a full coverage in a breeze.  In pictures it looks even better, looks like there's nothing on your face but still looks gorrrrgi.  It is a little pricey which is why I don't like to wear it too much.  It's deff in my top two tho ! If you ever want to splurge on a foundation, I would say this or the YSL would be the ones to do it on, if you're looking for something that's going to make you look illuminated.

I am slowly but surely becoming a Drybar advocate.  Everything I try from their line, I become obsessed.  Hot Toddy is another product that I am loving at the moment ! Hot Toddy is a cream heat protector and it fights frizz.  You put a bit in your hands and apply it to your damp hair.. this should be the first step before any other products.  You wanna go from roots to tips and make sure you get those tips good ! All of their products smell amazing, like a sandalwoodsy / musky with vanilla scent haha.  This not only makes my hair so soft but also helps tame my frizzy hair ! Two birds, one stone.

The Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Vitamin C Brightening serum has taken over my heart.  I never used a serum before this one, only oils.  But the PTR brand rep was so kind to give us this as a gift and I am so glad she did ! I've been using it for about a month now and can already tell a difference in my skin. As it states in it's name, it is a vitamin C serum, and vitamin C brightens, tightens, and lightens.  It's going to lighten dark spots and help improve any skin discoloration you might have, brighten to make you truly radiant from within (not just when you have highlighters and other makeup on), help tighten your skin and help with fine lines/wrinkles ! This guy is one of our most powerful Vitamin C serums we sell.  The Camu Camu berry is a superfruit from the Amazon that has 30x the amount of vitamin c of an orange.  You can use this morning and night.. it helps fight off free radicals as well ! The next skincare item I've been loving is the new Fresh Peony Brightening Night Treatment Mask.  It helps fade dark spots and any unevenness and helps improve hydration. When you use this at night (only a couple times a week) just wash your face and only put this on, go to bed, wash it off and go about your regular routine.  Lastly, I've really been enjoying this F.A.B. Beauty Ultra Repair Cream moisturizer.  This is a heavy duty moisturizer but it doesn't feel thick !  It has helped the dry patches on my nose.  I use it day and night.. it goes smoothly with my makeup during the day, it doesn't cause it to slide around or any of that nonsense !

I have been loving this candle from Bath & Body Works. It smells like a fair or theme park with lots of sweets ! And it's sooo strong ! It's deff one of the strongest candles I've gotten from them.  I really like all of their new(ish) scents that they came out with this spring/summer.  I'm not sure if it's taken the place of the sugar doughnut candle... but it's up there ! I can put it in my bathroom, which is in my room, and within five minutes you can smell the candle on the opposite side of my house.  A little goes such a long way and it has mega staying power because it's so strong.  This'll prob last me agggges haha.

  This is a random and it really doesn't even count as a favorite because I haven't had it all month.. to be honest I've had it for a little over 24 hours haha.. but it's so doggone cute ! It's the perfect size and it is sooo appropriate for spring and summer... I am obsessed ! It's so bright and the material is easy to clean off so fingers crossed it stays this bright and pretty ! I got this fun lil guy at forever 21 for $5.80 ! Steeeeeal.. I want this pattern in everything haha.. phone case.. brush.. makeup bag.. you name it, I need it in this print ! (so siiiick)

  For T.V. shows I've been loving (as usual) The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.  These two are the only shows I watch.. and now that the seasons are over.. I have nothing to look forward to on Tuesday and Thursday nights haha.. I usually hate shows because they're predictable and repetitive.. these are anything but ! The writers/creators are genius's !!! Just when you think you know what's going to happen, something unimaginable happens instead.. I really really love them ! I know when TVD first came out I was like ugh seriously another vampire show ?! But decided to give it a try once it came out on Netflix and have been hooked ever since ! The Originals is a spin off from TVD, and I have to say I love me some Klaus ! So I was beyond excited when I found out he was getting a show with him and his family (and it's based in New Orleans ! Hollllla) I was excited to see what it was going to have in store for me, and not shockingly, it hasn't let me down in the least ! I hope both of these shows keep airing for a looonnnng time ! <3

This month I've been listening to Justin Moore's new album like crazzzzy.. and when I'm not listening to him I'm listening to Chris Young's Neon album... Love jamming to all of the songs on his album even the slow ones haha.. and how could I forget Miranda ?! I am counting down the days until her new album comes out ! I'm sure it won't disappoint ! Can't listen to Automatic enough !

Well, that's a wrap for what I've been enjoying this month ! What's some things y'all can't live without or new finds that you can't get away from ?! Don't forget to subscribe and comment down below ! Thanks for all of the support ! I love y'all ! <3 XOXO

Thursday, May 1, 2014

April Favorites !

Hey y'all ! Happpy Happpy May first ! Can't believe summer is right. around. the. corner... Where has this year gone ?! Anyways, I'll stop being weird and old, talking about how I can't believe how fast this year is flyin by !  I am so excited for this month's faves because I got quite a few new products I've been tryin out and have really fell in love with.  Let's shoot....

First things first... If you don't own these three things, you truly have no idea what you're missin out on ! In the past couple of months I've really been venturing towards the brand Too Faced.  I was never really drawn to it for some reason (I have no idea why, everything is girly, pink, and perfect) until the Chocolate Bar came out and then I was like "Hey this looks like an awesome palette, lovely colors and it smells real good" (It smells like chocolate since the shadows are made up of cocoa powder.. yumels!) Then I went on to swatch them and I was immediately sold on it.  The shadows are sooo highly pigmented and when you blend it out, you don't lose 99% of your shadows, they're smooth and just all around I give it a 110% thunmbs up.  In my opinion they surpass the Naked palettes. (I've never been crazy about them.. I think they're good palettes to have but I prefer my Lorac Pro Palette and now this one way before I would tell someone to get a Naked Palette) You can truly create a whole look from start to finish with this palette, because it has the perfect amount/shades of mattes & shimmers! Next up on my obsessed w this month.. I mean monthly favorites.. is my mini matte Chocolate Soleil bronzer in med/deep.. this little mini baby came with my Better Than Sex mascara.. I didn't have high hopes for it but I will deff be buying the big guy once I run out of this one.  It also smells like chocolate because it's made from coco powder.. since it has the cocoa powder in it, it is infused with antioxidants which will help you fight against free radicals, even skin tone, and help ya stay hydrated. All around win with this little guy ! Another thing is.. it blends out beautifully ! No harsh anything with him ! I accidentally went in realllly heavy handed w him at first and was like "Oh good, bruises on my cheeks, just the look I was going for" but I just took a big fluffy powder brush and blended it all out.. I was veddddy impressed when I was done ! My last Too Faced favorite for this month is the Better Than Sex mascara. I was a little apprehensive at first because the wand looked huge and I just knew it would be clumpy.  Oh was I proven wrong !! The brush is a little big, yes, perhaps made for cyclops, yes, but even in all its hugeness it's still amazing in every single way if you want big lashes (uhh who doesn't is the real question?!) It's as easy as One.. Two.. Three and Oh.. Em.. Gee.. the lashes big volumized lashes you've always dreamed about will be right before your very eyes.  This has easily taken my number one mascara spot !

 Stickin with the makeup theme, my fave foundation is still my YSL Touche Eclat in B40.  I've tried a few other 'dewy' foundation throughout the month but none of them would live up to my YSL.  This really makes you look glowy from the inside out, and you don't even have to set it with anything !  That's my biggest thing with this guy, all other foundations that would be 'radiant, glowy, dewy' I would have to set it with powder, which takes away from the glowy-ness of it.  With my YSL I can literally just prime my face with my Porefessional and Dior Glow Maximizer and be good to go for a 9 hour shift at work and it won't break up on my face throughout the day ! It is a little pricey but I can get over it when I think about all of the wonderful things it does to my skin.  It also makes me look flawless, but still very skin-like.  I talked about this in my last favorites if you want to read more about him.. I'll link it below ! :)  Next up is this new lip gloss from Lancome.  It is really pigmented and lasts a long time in my opinion for a gloss especially ! I can wear it by itself or pair it with a lipstick and it looks beautifully either way.  I want to get a few more colors in this line.

I feel naked if I don't have a polish on my nails.. This month I've really been showing O.P.I. some love ! Every time I go into the store I see more colors I'm like "OMG Need !"  I'm a sucker for pretty pinks, red, and oranges.. especially in spring/summer I think it looks so fresh and bright yet still polished looking.  The little guy all of the way to the left is called "Shorts Story" It's a really pretty pinky/purpley.  The one in the middle is called "Live. Love. Carnival" from their Brazil Collection. It's a gorgeous red/orange.. I can't get enough of it.  The one on the right is also from the Brazilian Collection, it's called "Kiss Me, I'm Brazilian."  It's a pretty pink.. but it's a brighter, light pink.. if that made any sense at all haha. I love O.P.I. polishes because they're pigmented, go on smoothly and really stay on for ages without chipping.

I'm a fan of big hair, I mean I'm from Louisiana, what do you expect ?! "The taller the hair, the closer to God", right ?  We got the brand Drybar at the Sephora I work in a couple of months ago.  I wanted to try everything from the line, so instead of buying normal sizes, I got the VIP pack which lets you try out the hairspray, mousse, and dry shampoo. I will be buying the big size in them all ! I am in love with how big it makes my hair, how it smells, and how it really hold my hair all day.  My favorite out of the three has to be the Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse.  It gives your roots Va-Va-Voooom !  The Money Maker Hairspray really hold your style in place all day without making your hair feel crunchy.  The Detox dry shampoo gets away of any gunk but still leaves a pretty shine ! I can't wait to try their Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner line that is coming to our Sephora in the summer ! Holllla ! Big hair for everyoneeee !

For skincare I've really been loving my Purity face wash.  It has helped tame the redness in my face and hydrate it ! It is a three in one, it'll take off your makeup, cleanse, and moisturize ya face ! Although it doesn't take the place of your moisturizer !  I will be using this little guy for a long time, for the price and actual quality of the product, you can't beat it ! This is good for mostly any skin type !  The next is my Thirsty Mud mask.  This makes my face so soft and bright when I wake up in the morning.  It has Vitamin C in it to help brighten, tighten and lighten ! I use it as an overnight mask when I sleep 3-4 times a week and I've noticed a huge improvement in the way my skin looks ! So hydrated but not greasy !

 For smell goods this month I've been burning my Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut candle from B&BW.  It smells like heaven, like a lil bakery.  I love sweet smelling candles, but not overly sweet and this is the perfect amount of sweet goodness ! I need a lifetime supply like yesterday.  For perfume I sadly used the last bit of my holy grail perfume.. my Christian Dior, Miss Dior Eau De Parfum.  It smells so sexy to me ! A little floraly but it's so addictive ! When I spray that I feel like I can conquer the world, in class haha.  Will be re-buying this little guy !

In the spring and summer I feel the need to carry everything in my room with me, why is this? I couldn't tell you.. but I've switched back purses into my trusty dusty Marshalls find from last summer.  This purse is so perf for a big summer bag.  And the color is to die forrrr ! As you can see I can literally fit so much crap in it and it's still not even close to being full haha.

For songs this month I've really been enjoying Scotty's newish tune.. See You Tonight, it puts me in such a good lil mood when it comes on ! Also Lee Brice's Album plus his new single I Don't Dance.. If that song doesn't make you wanna fall in love then I don't know what will ! Lastly my favorite has been Conway Twitty's greatest hits, particularly Slow Hand, Lay You Down, and Tight Fittin Jeans... I can't get enough of him<3

While I was outside taking pics for my this post, my dogs were being precious (duh) so I snapped a few pics of them haha.. they're my favorites every day<3 Kal's fave for this month is his new Alligator toy he got for Easter ! I hope y'all have a wonderful day, week, month ! What's some favorites y'all have been enjoyin ?!
Thanks for the support and love ! Y'all are the bessssst :D