April 27, 2017

My April Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

Another month, another round up. Spring is finally sticking around here in New York so it's time to switch up the beauty routine. Swap out the heavy moisturizers for some lightweight sun protection. I also had patiently sat on my hands to not order anything from Sephora but decided to treat myself to a little haul that will help me achieve the unicorn trend. Here's what I loved and not so much loved this month:
Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter Prismatic Amethyst $38 - I just simply ordered this because it's so beautiful and it was worth it! Photos really can't capture it but it's the most highlighting glow I've used. It's limited edition so if you want a unicorn glow then I'd recommend it.

Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil $36 - "A reparative “wonder booster” that leaves all skin types radiant and hydrated. Rosehip Seed Oil hydrates and reduces the appearance of fine lines, scars, and hyper-pigmentation as it regulates oil production." I got this in my January Julep Maven box but finally worked it into my routine this month. It definitely helped my skin stay fresh looking. But one downside I'd warn of is that it would clog my pores from time to time if I used it too many days in a row. So if your skin is prone to getting clogged then I'd let it breathe.

Burt's Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads $5.99 - "Formulated with Kiwi Extract, the 99.5% natural formula is clinically shown to gently but effectively remove all eye makeup, including waterproof and smudge-proof formulas. The convenient, hexagon-shaped, pre-soaked pads are specifically designed to gently navigate corners of the eye area, without rinsing, residue or irritation." I've had some mixed experiences with Burt's Bees but really love these eye makeup remover pads as they're super gentle on my sensitive eyes while doing a good job of removing makeup.

Not so Favorite April Beauty Products
AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 $17 - I tried a sample and it was not bad so purchased a full-size bottle but then was highly disappointed. It smelled like cigarettes (or that awful smoke smell) and then when I applied makeup it would pill up. Not sure what happened there but it's on the pricey end for drugstore. Very disappointing. 

Nivea A Kiss of Cherry Flavor Tinted Lip Care $2.99 - I'm a fan of the mint flavor but the cherry one seems to dry out my lips. Hard pass.

What products did you enjoy this month?

Disclaimer: This product features products received for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

April 23, 2017

Spring Nail Colors I'm Wearing

Finally feeling like Spring around here! Before transitioning my closet, first I transition to my spring nail colors. Still loving many of the colors from my post 2 years ago - corals, bright pinks - but with some cloudy blues.

April 17, 2017

My April Birchbox

This month's Birchbox is Magic Inside with the design of the box being on the inside, cute idea. "Pretty beauty packaging might have us at hello, but in the long run it's what's on the inside that matters the most. With smart features and dynamic ingredients - from brightening Vitamin C to purifying charcoal - there's a ton of magic inside this box (so you feel your best on the outside)." Here's what I received:

April 9, 2017

Music Festival Outfit Inspiration

Music Festival Outfit Inspiration

Coachella is this weekend and next which means music festival season is here! Don't miss my guest post on survival tips if you are lucky enough to attend this year. Music festivals are the unofficial kick-off of warmer weather and also a chance to get some fashion inspiration. Here are some pieces I'm loving and would love to wear if I was attending.

April 2, 2017

My April Julep Maven Box

This month's Julep Maven box theme was Relax & Remix. "Spring is in full swing and this month’s collection is redefining R&R. Rejuvenate with NEW, luxuriously soft shades of Feels Like Velvet Full-Coverage Eye Shadow Duo. Pop on our paradise-inspired polishes for that getaway feeling, and this season’s staycation is officially on." Here's what I received:

March 31, 2017

My March Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

I often discuss whether in these monthly beauty round-ups because it is an important factor into how our skin will behave and thus shaping our beauty routine. The first day of Spring here in New York we had snow. Spring has not sprung yet so my heavy duty winter products are still in rotation. I did get a chance to try out some products that I've had my eye on that you might have seen me review earlier this month. Here are the products that I enjoyed and didn't fall in love with this month:

March 29, 2017

Late Night Shows I'm Watching & You Should To

Thanks to the current administration, most news programs have become unbearable to watch for me personally. Working in social media I am on the networks all day which itself can be exhausting but adding this current presidency = soul sucking. Every morning I sign in to Twitter just anxiously awaiting to see what hell fire was started that day. It's only been 70 days but feels like years. Personally, I am mentally exhausted and drained every day by it so I've been keeping my news program watching to a minimum. However, it is important to stay tuned in so as not to be completely in a bubble. By all means, binge watch Buffy for a mental health break but once you do decide to turn back on the news (which it seems like many of you are) may I recommend these shows.

March 27, 2017

Movie Reviews: #GetOut, #KongSkullIsland, #BeautyandtheBeast

Nothing like escaping to the movies. With this current political climate and day-to-day stress, I found myself in the movie theaters recently. I haven't been to the movies in a long time since it is so expensive here in the city. I save my coins until I want to support a movie like Moonlight or Get Out. There was a growing list of new releases I wanted to check out so I decided to treat myself and go see two of them this week. It was hard to share reviews on some of these without spoilers so warning ahead!


March 21, 2017

Brow Mini Haul + Reviews: MAC, Charlotte Tilbury & Benefit

Brow Mini Haul + Reviews: MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, & Benefit
For Valentine's Day my mom got me a bunch of brow products because what more could a girl want. Plus I also did some shopping of mine for some new brow product options as I had run out of mine. Finally got around to trying them all so thought I'd share my reviews.

March 15, 2017

Battle of the Pore Minimizing Primers: Smashbox vs Benefit

Battle of the Pore Minimizers: Smashbox vs Benefit
One of the top issues beauty products try to "fix" is minimizing pores (which is up for debate can actually happen).Why I think most of it is bs, I do think some primers can help create a flawless look that can help appear to minimize pores. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer ($31) is my usual go to and is a best seller. However, I received a sample of Smashbox's Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer ($39) and thought I'd compare.
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