June 28, 2017

My June Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

This summer is flying by! June is ending so it's time to round-up my favorite and not so favorite products I tried this month. Summer is in full swing here in New York City with temperatures breaking 90 degrees so it's time to switch up your beauty routine. A lot of focus on skincare as the weather starts taking its toll. Let's start with my favorites:

                June Beauty Product Favorites
Pixi Beauty Peel & Polish $24 - When I was in Cali I picked up some new Pixi releases at Target including this Peel & Polish. "Natural fruit enzymes loosen dead skins cells, lactic acid gently exfoliates, cellulose peels & sugar extracts polishes, lifting away dullness revealing brighter skin." It smells delightful and is super gentle. It's a good at-home option when your skin needs a reboot.

Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic $12 - As you may have seen on my Instagram Story (trying to use more even though I still love Snapchat) that I received a lovely package from Pacifica with a bunch of coconut scented products including their micellar water. I was running low on my Garnier micellar water so good timing! "Powerful yet gentle, this innovative tonic water helps capture and lift away dirt, oil, impurities and makeup without harsh rubbing or even rinsing. Leave skin feeling clean, hydrated and refreshed without over-drying. Coconut water, full of skin-loving beneficials, has a history of toning and hydrating." It helps remove skins and smells like coconut - what more could you want?

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Eye Candy Priming Shadow Stick in Honey $24 - I received this in my Birchbox this month and I love it! It glides on gorgeously and I love the color. I'll definitely repurchase another once I run out.

Not so favorite June beauty products
AMOREPACIFIC Resort Collection Sun Cushion SPF30+ $40 - I received this in my Sephora Sun Safety Kit. I thought for some reason it was something else but when I realized it was just SPF cream I was curious as to why the cushion application. Never done that before and don't think I'll ever do it again.

You Are Amazing™ FINAL SPRITZ Mango Papaya Body Mist $3.99 - I've reviewed some of these products. I enjoyed the body scrub but finally had a chance to find this body oil and was sadly disappointed. I love mango, papaya, coconut, guava or any other summer scents but this sadly was overwhelmed by the alcohol smell. When I think of a body mist I think of hydrating, an extra step to lock in moisture with my lotion. However, alcohol dries your skin so sadly this did the opposite of what I wanted. If it smelled better maybe I'd use it as a freshen up in the city to not smell but couldn't even do that.

What products did you enjoy this month?

Disclosure: This post features products sent for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

June 15, 2017

My June Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was Face the Day. "Embrace warm weather by stripping layers off your routine so you can face whatever comes your way." I pleasantly received several vegan friendly and cruelty free products this month! Here's what I received:

June 14, 2017

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day Gift Guide

My father often forgets he has three children and gives a one item list for gifts. Gotta bug him until the very last minute for more gift ideas. So if you're looking for some last minute gift ideas, here are some suggestions PLUS there are some discount codes!

1. Fun cards. Sometimes I find the perfect card for a person and it excites more than the gift. LetMeDrawYourPicture is a usual go-to site.

2. Tech gadgets. Men love their gadgets. Sometimes you may need to help Dad set it up but some are not that complex like headphones. These Even H1 headphones are designed to create a unique hearing profile for a more unique experience. Even is offering a 20% discount on all products (H1's and E1's) for Father's Day, which ends June 19th.

3. Clothing subscription. I've done Trunk Club for my brother in the past. MeUndies might be a little awkward for Dad but a sock subscription is a great option. Sock Fancy is $11/month and sends you a pair of high-quality, unique designs each month. Sock Fancy is offering a special where your dad will receive an extra free pair of socks! Just use the code BIGDADDY at checkout.

4. Shaving products. This has been a popular request from both Dad & brother for gifts. My Dad oddly requested Mary Kay's shaving cream for men this Father's Day. It was a hard find so I researched some other brands. TENZING has some great selections as well. TENZING Skincare is currently offering 20% your entire purchase now through June 18th using code FATHERSDAY.

What are you getting Dad this year?

June 13, 2017

My June Julep Maven

This month's Julep Maven box was Bask in the Heat. "You know golden hour? That magical (and fleeting) time of day when everything just looks extraordinary—like nature’s Instagram filter if you will. This month, we’re channeling those glorious summer sunsets into our cohesive nail color collection filled with fiery reds, rich amber, and more." Here's what I ordered:

May 31, 2017

My May Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

This month we were finally blessed with some warm days allowing me to spruce up my beauty routine. The stress was starting to take it's toll and I needed some heavy duty products to refresh my skin. And my monthly boxes introduced me to some new favorites and not so favorite. Let's start with the good, shall we?

May 22, 2017

What I'm Currently Watching

A lot of great TV has premiered lately and I've been trying to check them all out. A few I only gave a few episode chance to before ditching. Some are old faves returning for another season. I thought I'd share some quick reviews with NO SPOILERS in case you were interested in tuning in:

May 17, 2017

Self-Tanner Reviews: St. Tropez, Dr. Dennis Gross & Tan Luxe

Self Tanner Reviews: St. Tropez, Dr. Dennis Gross & Tan luxe
Self tanning season is here! We're hitting the 90s here in the city so it's time to shave my legs lol and put a little color on them. I enjoy JERGENS® Natural Glow® lotion to slowly build up some color but thought I'd give some other self-tanner options a go to see if I could find a new fave. Here are some I tried along with my thoughts:

May 12, 2017

My May Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was Low Effort, High Impact. "Longer days are upon us, which means more time to enjoy those fun moments we look forward to all year - and less cause for primping. Streamline your routine with effortless products that deliver big results." Here's what was inside:

May 2, 2017

5 Mother's Day Gift Ideas Under $50

Mother's Day is quickly approaching so thought it was a good time to share some gift ideas. Whether it's for your aunt, sister, or mom here are some gift ideas that should be a hit. And they're all under $50!

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:
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