I’ve been very loyal to my Origins ‘A Perfect World’ Moisturizer for quite some time now. It’s swell, but I’ve recently been made aware of a new moisturizer, and I can’t wait to try it.
This new kid on the block is called Josie Maran Protect, and from what I’m told it’s grand. It’s infused with argan oil, which famously softens both hair an skin, and is all the rage in the natural beauty circuit. What’s more, it also 40 SPF, which is perfect for pale little me during brutally bright spring and summer.
I’ve gotten good reviews of this new moisturizer from friends, however, (as always) I can’t promise that it’ll work wonders on your skin or mine. I’ll definitely be giving it a try, though.
I saw the movie "Mirror, Mirror" yesterday, and to be perfectly honest, I have no idea how I felt about it. Entirely too many things made me cringe, yet I still felt like I had a good time.
It’s a conundrum; I’ve accepted it. I did love one detail of that movie, though. It may be minuscule, but I don’t care, JULIA ROBERTS’ NAIL POLISH WAS AMAZING.
If you saw the movie, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. If you didn’t, that’s ok, too. The nail polish in question was a dull gold. Almost matte, though I don’t think it actually was. It wasn’t particularly flashy, but it effused elegance every time it was on screen.
The color pictured is the closest I could find to the one in the movie. It’s OPI’s Swiss Shades Glitzerland, which I’ll admit is sort of a weird and creepy name. But the color is just LOVELY.
I’ve gone ahead and stuck it in my cart, which isn’t a good sign, but hey, it’s almost my birthday, and it’s $7.50 (which is pretty cheap for OPI), so BAM.
While I quite enjoy that it’s finally getting warm out, my skin doesn’t seem to share in my enthusiasm for spring.
To be honest, I’m not sure why my skin hates me right now, but it’s being really rude. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by infrequent breakouts, because I’m shocked and appalled by the way my skin has been treating me for the past couple of days.
Because I’m impatient (and proactive, I like to think), I’d rather search for a product to correct my skin’s current state than wait for it to do it itself. Of course, I will have to be a bit patient, because I can’t magically clear up my skin, but I definitely think that Boscia’s Fresh Blotting Linens (in green tea, of course) will help.
Blotting linens or papers are a not-so-secret trick of the trade. They’re cheap (these specific linens are $10 for a pack of 100), extremely portable, and will help to keep skin looking shine free. Also, because they remove gross oil from your skin, I believe that they can help to prevent future breakouts. Given the change of climate, I think they’ll help regulate my skin until being hot is once again the norm.
I chose Boscia because they’re 100% natural, and don’t contain sulfates, parabens, or any unnecessary chemicals that can inadvertently harm your skin or the environment. Plus, I would imagine the green tea infusion would have a calming effect on angry skin, not to mention a pleasant aroma.
I know I’ll be grabbing a package of these the next time I’m at Sephora!
As you may recall, I was not entirely sold on Birchbox when I received my first box. I wrote a less than peachy post about it, and decided not to purchase a Birchbox subscription. By some happy accident, however, I received a second box today. I’m not one to turn down free things, so naturally, I was elated.
I didn’t expect much, because I remembered how small the samples were in my first box, but I was actually very pleasantly surprised!
I’d say the samples in this box were a bit more main stream than the ones in the last box. Very practical, and very nice.
The box included Ahava Essential Day Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Skin, Color Club nail laquer in “Jackie Oh!,” a super fun purple shade, Harvey Prince Yogini perfume, Kerastase Elixir Ultime nourishing hair oil, Supergoop! Sunscreen Swipes, and Kusmi Tea.
I got a bit excited and tried the tea already, and it’s quite lovely. Apart from that, I’m most excited about the nail polish and Ahava lotion. I’d say that those two items alone make the box worth the $10 that had I not gotten so lucky I would have spent.
Actually, I’m sort of excited to try the Supergoop! Sunscreen Swipes, as well. I’m not into the smell of sunscreen, but I am into protecting my skin, so those green tea scented wipes may actually come in handy!
So if you’re willing to pay for something without first knowing what it is, Birchbox may be for you. As I learned my first month, the contents may not always be amazing, but sometimes they are, so that’s a chance you’ll just have to take.
I don’t know about you girls, but I see Butter London nail lacquers on Pinterest all the time. They seem pretty wonderful, but I’ve never seen them in a store!
They’re for fancy Londoners, so I just assumed it was a UK thing, but alas, it turns out you can get them in department stores like Nordstrom (my personal fave of the department stores) and online from Amazon!
Right now I’m searching for the perfect pink polish. I’ve got a couple, but I don’t love them, and with job interviews in my near future, I want to make sure my nails look both cute and professional. I think a light pink or a peach is the perfect way to go for such a cause.
The first polish pictured, which is a light pink, seems like it would work well for what I’m going for. I included a couple other colors that I like because let’s face it, A. I’m gonna want to get all glammed up in some pink glitter polish from time to time, and B. fuchsia is just fun.
I’ve heard from numerous sources that these polishes rule. They’re a bit on the high end of the price spectrum at $14 a bottle, but it just may be worth it for rad polish. I've even heard someone go as far as to say that they're the best polishes on the market. This theory is something I’d definitely like to test out.
p.s.- Even though I’m focused on pink hues at the moment, you should really check out their other colors. They’re pretty awesome, and I’ll definitely be doing more posts on them in them in the future!
Ladies, meet Lush’s solid shampoos.
Now I know what you’re thinking, solid shampoo is for dirty hippies. But it’s not! Dirty hippies don’t wash their hair at all.
Seriously though, I know they’re a bit daunting, but if you give them a chance you’ll find that they’re actually pretty awesome. Since Lush has us covered, there are a bunch of different types, each with different scents and properties, because not all hair was created equally.
I used to be all about the Godiva one. In fact, the only reason I stopped using it is that I like to switch up my shampoos once in a while so as to avoid build-up. It leaves your hair super soft because it contains conditioning oils. Also, it smells nice.
Your best bet with these is to either read the descriptions of every single one online, or to ask a Lush associate in-store which would be best suited for your hair type. They’re knowledgeable folk and will surely be able to help you out.
After skimming through the different options, I’m dying to try Hard. This shampoo bar has a lot going for it.
1. It’s a pretty color. Always a winner in my book.
2. It’s made with coconut and hibiscus, so odds are it smells heavenly.
3. It works to fight evil tap water and restore moisture to your hair!! My hair is pretty fine. So fine in fact, that it often goes into static sling mode. I had no idea that this was a result of hard water (And can you believe I even have a shower filter?! CLEARLY, LA isn’t doing a great job of maintaining its water supply.), so I’m super stoked to give this stuff a whirl.
Solid shampoo from Lush will cost you $10 or $11. Don’t be fooled; it lasts a long while, so it’s totally worth it.
Also, if you’re like me and are constantly itching to travel, it’s completely airplane friendly. Even if you’re not flying somewhere, it’s much easier to pack a tiny tin of solid shampoo than it is to pack a jumbo-sized bottle! And I know they have at least one type of solid conditioner as well, which is just lovely.
Because I know you’ve all been anxiously awaiting my opinion on spring 2012 lipsticks, I’ll go ahead and spit it out.
This spring, the colors you’ll absolutely have to sport if you want to get noticed are hot pink and orange.
Not hard colors to come by, but getting them isn’t the real hurdle; the problem is going to lie in pulling them off.
Orange is a bit easier than hot pink. When going with orange-y lips, I tend to gravitate more towards a coral hue. It’s a little less harsh, and in my opinion, a little more cute. I have a color that has a twinge of orange in it that I absolutely love. It’s easy to pull off, and it’s not frightening. It’s perfect for daytime escapades, and matches most outfits. For fashion’s sake, though, I’ve found a color that’s a bit bolder to share with you. It’s called MAC So Chaud, and you can check it out by clicking on that link.
Rocking a hot pink shade may seem a little more difficult, but it doesn’t have to be super intimidating. It’s a great way to spice up a look without looking like a vampire queen, and it’s wonderfully feminine. It’s definitely a look that you have to have confidence to pull off, but it’s also one that you have to dress appropriately for. Nobody is going to think that a girl walking around in jeans and a t-shirt while sporting hot pink lips is cool, they’re going to think that she’s crazy. I love hot pink lips with a cute light colored sundress. Or with a pair of skinny light colored pants and an even lighter shirt. But the possibilities are endless with this color.
Play around with different outfits and you’ll start to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t. And for chrissake, if you’re going to give this trend a whirl, don’t half-ass it with some timid excuse for a shade. Be bold and be proud. But also be conscious of your skin tone and your eye makeup (be careful not to overdo it when wearing this loud of a shade). I’m seriously loving MAC Girl About Town, but that’s just me.
Whatever color is your preference, please make sure to try on a few options in a proper beauty store (no drug stores!). These are colors that can easily make a girl look silly, so you want to make sure that you buy one that looks and feels awesome.
I love me some Burt’s Bees. I may grow tired of it from time to time and stray to other brands of lip balm, but it’s always there for me when I come crawling back, woefully crying my apologies. And then, to make a beautiful thing even more beautiful, it mends my bruised and battered lips without thinking twice.
I realize that I’m going a little bit overboard because I’m not actually talking about a human being, or even something that’s alive, but I’m sure you get it. The stuff is great.
Actually, it’s better than great; it’s grand.
Anyway, lately I’ve had my eye on their tinted lip balms. Hibiscus, if you want me to get specific. Because if I’m gonna get a tinted lip balm, it had might as well be from a kick ass brand. And it had better be no more than $7. So it had might as well be from Burt’s Bees.
Also, I like calling my chapstick Burt. So there.
After showing you guys some of the most awesome blushes on Earth (in my opinion), I settled on a cheap, verging on boring blush. Well, the color isn’t boring at all; it’s actually quite lovely, but it lives in a compact, not a tube. I know, I know, you’re wondering why the hell I would ever do that. Well quite frankly, it was money.
Yesterday, I wandered the aisles of Sephora in search of my new blush, and left with a simple Sephora brand blush. It was only $13, offered a sizable amount of blush, and is a very pretty color.
After testing it out all day yesterday, I’m happy to report that it did the trick! It stayed on all day, and if you don’t mind me saying so, I looked ravishing (I was all dressed up for a last minute Oscar party, you see).
So yes, I may still continue to post about the various and interesting blushes I want. They’re awesome! That doesn’t mean I’ll get them. I really don’t see a point in splurging for an insanely expensive albiet awesome blush when I can use an equally well made Sephora one that does exactly the same thing for my face.
Boo hoo, I’ll have to use a brush. I think I can handle that.
This morning I arose to a pleasant surprise; I had a bunch of new followers! So welcome, and I hope you enjoy learning about all the stuff I want.
I quite enjoy perusing the LUSH website. For those of you who aren’t familiar with LUSH, it’s worth checking out. All of their products are hand-made and eco-friendly, and many of them are vegan friendly as well! Not to mention the fact that they leave your skin/hair feeling amazing.
Some of their items can be a bit pricey, while others are pretty reasonable. I’ve found that with the pricier items, though, a little goes a long way.
Anyway, the item that I just discovered is called Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. I was immediately intrigued. Argan oil is so hot right now in hair products. It creates a silky smooth lustre that’s oh so nice to the touch, so why wouldn’t it be great for your skin as well?
You don’t use this stuff like regular lotion. Instead, you slather it all over your body after washing in the shower, and then rinse it off. The rose scented ointment is supposed to leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed. It costs $29.95, which is pretty standard for a moisturizing cream from LUSH. It might seem like a lot, but I had a pot of lotion the exact same size that lasted me 6 months, so I’m here to tell you that it ain’t half bad!