October 1, 2017

My September Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

This month has been extremely humid here in New York City. We haven't had much fall weather unfortunately but I'm still wearing fall lip and nail shades. There's some new launches I tried and some disappointments in my vegan deodorant journey. Here's what I loved and didn't love using this month:
September Beauty Favorites
FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter $34 - I reviewed some Fenty Beauty products earlier this month. Was super excited about the launch and thankfully the products I tried lived up to the hype especially this Killawatt highlighter in Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal. It's great for my fair skintone and I got so many compliments when I wore it.

KYPRIS Beauty Beauty Elixir I: 1000 Roses $90 - Go with me here... lol Rose oils are a big trend in beauty and KYPRIS's Beauty Elixir is one of the staples. "A 100% active, moisturizing Beauty oil formulated with holistic principles in mind. Scientifically established nutrients, a plethora of botanical extracts, and the essential oil of 1,000 organic Bulgarian roses combine to repair signs of environmental challenge to deliver dewy, glowing, rose-petal-soft skin." Now that I'm in my 30 years, I have to invest in my quality products and I've been impressed with this serum. It doesn't clog pores, keeps you moisturized overnight and feel my skin has been healthier looking.

R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo $29 - Received a 1 oz sample in my Birchbox this month. I've given this brand a tough time so was pleasantly impressed with this dry shampoo. I like to use it on my bangs (which are high maintenance!) to give a little volume and keep them in place all day.

Not so favorite September Beauty Products
Tarte Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant $14 - As you may or may not know, I've been on a quest to find a healthy alternative to deodorant. Tarte is a vegan beauty brand that I love as it's great quality and cruelty-free so was excited when they released a deodorant. As I've tried with previous ones, different "stress" situations to really ensure the endurance. Unfortunately this tarte deodorant did not hold up AND it in fact began to cause red bumps on my underarms. Eek! My skin did not appreciate this deodorant so I'd proceed with caution.

OPI Natural Nail Strengthener $10.50 - I have a nail growth issue so I'm always looking for a good nail strengthener/grower. I saw one of the nail bloggers I love recommend this so I picked it up. Unfortunately haven't been super impressed and it's not great as a base coat as every polish I layered over it peeled right off. My beloved Rejuvacote works as not only a strengthener and a base coat so I expect the same from a brand like OPI.

What products did you love this month?

Disclosure: This post features some products I received for free for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

September 16, 2017

First Impression: #FentyBeauty by Rihanna

Late last week, during New York Fashion Week, Rihanna launched her makeup line - Fenty Beauty. It was a secret passion project for Ri who spent 2 years carefully curating a collection. Fenty Beauty is available at Sephora unlike some other "exclusive" celeb makeup brands *side eye*. The collection includes 12 products from matte foundation, lip gloss to blinding highlighters. Most ground-breaking was the 40 shades of foundation that sent the beauty industry into a tizzy. Had to buy some products to support so here are my first impressions:

September 14, 2017

My September Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was all about customer appreciations since it is Birchbox's 7th anniversary. "It's all about you - and making your routine, easier, faster, and more fun." I received a lot of duplicate brands/products, which was kind of a bummer. Here's what I received:

September 5, 2017

My September Julep Maven Box

This month's Julep Maven box theme was Flawless Without the Fuss. "Get ready to face the fall. With our September collection’s effortless essentials, it’s easy-breezy to lean into the new season and all of the change it brings. Back to school, back from vacation, or just back at it, say hello to life after summer with your fresh face forward." Fall shades are here so I opted for some new polishes. Here's what I received:

September 3, 2017

My August Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

Didn't get around to trying a lot of new products this month so not much to report on but just as an FYI. Here are the few products that I've been enjoying using and not so much:

August 22, 2017

My August Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was Easy Does It. "As you savor every last minute of sunshine, effortless days call for an effortless routine. Ease into the end of summer feeling refreshed and recharged." Loved the sunset packaging. Here's what I received:

August 10, 2017

My August Julep Maven Box

This month's Julep Maven box was Lavish Strokes. "Dare to channel your artsy side with lush, saturated hues in a textural chrome finish that exudes end-of-summer decadence." They also debuted a new product that I was excited to try. Here's what I received:

August 8, 2017

Movie Review: Atomic Blonde

This weekend among my birthday celebrations I went with Laura to see Atomic Blonde. Was super excited to see some female ass kicking especially after seeing Wonder Woman. Was even more excited when I found out Charlize did a lot of her own stunts in the movie. So the basic premise is that Charlize is a stylishly dressed spy who appears set up by the CIA so she has to kick a lot of ass. I saw someone likened it to a 2 hour Dior ad. No complaints there. Plus it's set to an '80s soundtrack since it is set in 1989.

August 2, 2017

Travel Photo Diary: San Francisco

Last week in my Cali trip I squeezed in a day trip to San Francisco. My brother just moved up there and I haven't been there in many, many years. San Fran is one of my favorite cities (granted I haven't been to too many). Definitely has it's charms (minus the hills) and each neighborhood has a little personality of it's own. Here's what I squeezed in for just a few hours:

August 1, 2017

My July Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

July Beauty Product Favorites
This month I've been dealing with a cold and itchy skin which has led to some interesting beauty quests. Didn't have as much fun with beauty products as I usually do but do have some favorites that are worth pointing out.
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