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.
As if all that’s not enough, it’s a bit cheaper than my Origins moisturizer! A 2oz bottle of Josie Maran Protect costs $32, whereas a 1.7oz bottle of Origins A Perfect World costs $39.50.
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’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.

As if all that’s not enough, it’s a bit cheaper than my Origins moisturizer! A 2oz bottle of Josie Maran Protect costs $32, whereas a 1.7oz bottle of Origins A Perfect World costs $39.50.

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’ve been feeling a bit down on my nail polish collection lately. I’d grown tired of nearly all of my colors, and then to add insult to injury, I found that many of my old favorites were getting a bit dry. Well I was not going to have that, especially on my birthday! So yesterday, I purchased a new color, which I am absolutely in love with. 
It’s from Essie, and is called Barefoot in Blue. First of all, the color is slammin’. It’s perfect for spring, without being too loud or obnoxious. Not to mention I love me some blue.
And as if all that weren’t enough, Essie has teamed up with TOMS on this shade in order to spread awareness for children in need!
I’m quite happy with the way it looks on, and have zero regrets about this color. I even have a hunch that it’d be acceptable for job interviews. 
Rating: GRAND.
p.s.- As for where to purchase this color, I got mine at Walgreens. I couldn’t find it on Amazon, but I’m sure it’ll be up before long. And then there’s always Essie’s website! Good luck :).

I’ve been feeling a bit down on my nail polish collection lately. I’d grown tired of nearly all of my colors, and then to add insult to injury, I found that many of my old favorites were getting a bit dry. Well I was not going to have that, especially on my birthday! So yesterday, I purchased a new color, which I am absolutely in love with. 

It’s from Essie, and is called Barefoot in Blue. First of all, the color is slammin’. It’s perfect for spring, without being too loud or obnoxious. Not to mention I love me some blue.

And as if all that weren’t enough, Essie has teamed up with TOMS on this shade in order to spread awareness for children in need!

I’m quite happy with the way it looks on, and have zero regrets about this color. I even have a hunch that it’d be acceptable for job interviews. 

Rating: GRAND.

p.s.- As for where to purchase this color, I got mine at Walgreens. I couldn’t find it on Amazon, but I’m sure it’ll be up before long. And then there’s always Essie’s website! Good luck :).



EEP! Julep Maven is now selling Spring Mystery Boxes! I may or may not have just ordered one. (Discount code: SPRING)



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.

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.



I ordered something real exciting tonight. So I was buying some stuff on Amazon, and I needed to make super saver shipping, which meant I had to spend a whole $25. Rough, I know.
I already had the Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens that I wrote about yesterday, and a Belkin aux cable in my cart, and I needed $2 more to reach my goal. Apparently no nail polish in the world is eligible for super saver savings, but I found a rad eyeliner that is! And I bought it immediately.
What is this eyeliner, you ask? Hold tight and I’ll tell you. It’s called L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mistake-Proof Marker Eyeliner. I’m not sure what “mistake-proof” could possibly mean, because that doesn’t seem possible, but it’s ok. One word caught my eye. That’s right, marker. Call me easily excitable, but I think that’s pretty darn cool. Oh, and it was only $3.99, which I deemed acceptable overflow.
I bought it in a hue called "Black Brown," which was convenient, as I was trying to decide between black and brown. Usually I buy black eyeliner, but lately I’ve been wondering is a dark brown would better suit my features. I’ve got ridiculously dark hair, but light eyes, so this seemed like a good, match-y choice. 
I’ll let you guys know how I like it once it arrives, but I absolutely had to share the fact that it exists with you.

I ordered something real exciting tonight. So I was buying some stuff on Amazon, and I needed to make super saver shipping, which meant I had to spend a whole $25. Rough, I know.

I already had the Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens that I wrote about yesterday, and a Belkin aux cable in my cart, and I needed $2 more to reach my goal. Apparently no nail polish in the world is eligible for super saver savings, but I found a rad eyeliner that is! And I bought it immediately.

What is this eyeliner, you ask? Hold tight and I’ll tell you. It’s called L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mistake-Proof Marker Eyeliner. I’m not sure what “mistake-proof” could possibly mean, because that doesn’t seem possible, but it’s ok. One word caught my eye. That’s right, marker. Call me easily excitable, but I think that’s pretty darn cool. Oh, and it was only $3.99, which I deemed acceptable overflow.

I bought it in a hue called "Black Brown," which was convenient, as I was trying to decide between black and brown. Usually I buy black eyeliner, but lately I’ve been wondering is a dark brown would better suit my features. I’ve got ridiculously dark hair, but light eyes, so this seemed like a good, match-y choice. 

I’ll let you guys know how I like it once it arrives, but I absolutely had to share the fact that it exists with you.



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. 

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!



The other day a friend of mine raved about the magical effect that Macadamia Oil has had on her hair. Naturally, I was interested.

It seems as though oils are the latest crazy for both hair and skin. Pretty contradictory to everything I was taught growing up, but I can vouch from personal experience that they really work. Obviously, you should be knowledgeable about any oil before using it on your skin or hair, because they’re not all good for the same thing, but if you’re properly informed, they can work wonders. 

Macadamia Oil seems to be known for its healing and restorative properties. So you girls that have straightened and dyed your hair to the point of seemingly irreparable damage, this is something you should consider buying. 

If you’re not in the habit of torturing your hair, this stuff can still be useful to you! It’s got natural UV protection, so it’ll help prevent damage and breakage from frequent outdoor activity. It also helps to keep hair tangle and frizz free, and to reduce dry time by 40%-50%.   

This product isn’t as straight from the source as others I’ve told you about. You’re going to want to buy products that are made specifically for your hair, which means you won’t be able to buy it from your nearest Trader Joes (shucks!).

Though advertised for all hair types, I would make sure to use lighter products on fine or thin hair. For example, since my hair is extremely fine, the product I would be most drawn to is the Macadamia Healing Oil Spray. Because it’s released as an ultra fine mist, there’s much less of a chance of using too much. Plus you get the perk of instant absorption. 

If your hair is extremely damaged, I’d suggest the Macadamia Oil Nourishing Leave-In Cream. Any leave in cream is going to be much more nourishing for your hair, which should be perfect for lifeless strands.

If you’ve got pretty normal-thick hair, you’ll probably be fine with some plain old Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment! This stuff says it’s for use on all hair types, but because it’s a bit thicker, I’d be a bit skeptical about using it on my baby fine locks. But that’s just me!

OH! And because I don’t think that I mentioned this before, Macadamia Oil is supposed to smell heavenly.



In case you couldn’t tell, I’m really excited about the arrival of spring.
I love all the colors, and the annual advent commonly known as my birthday isn’t half bad, either.
After browsing through various nail polish collections, one thing is clear: Chanel’s Spring 2012 nail polish collection simply can’t be unseen. I wish it could, because it’s insanely expensive, and something this cute just won’t flee my mind easily. It’s clear that I’m going to want it for a long time, but at $29 a pop, I just don’t see it happening.
At this point, I’m left wondering what these magical bottles could possibly contain. Certainly it can’t be normal nail polish. Not at that price. Oh no, it’s got to be made for goddesses or something.
Actually, if you’ve ever used Chanel nail polish, please let me know. I’m absolutely dying to know what special powers or properties they possess that could place them in such a high price bracket. 
Anyway, if you’re interested, the colors (from left to right) are called April, June, and May. I’ve also included links to Amazon for any of you blessed souls who have the money for such products. 
As grand as they are, this poor girl will just have to prowl the aisles of Rite Aid in search of similar hues. 

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m really excited about the arrival of spring.

I love all the colors, and the annual advent commonly known as my birthday isn’t half bad, either.

After browsing through various nail polish collections, one thing is clear: Chanel’s Spring 2012 nail polish collection simply can’t be unseen. I wish it could, because it’s insanely expensive, and something this cute just won’t flee my mind easily. It’s clear that I’m going to want it for a long time, but at $29 a pop, I just don’t see it happening.

At this point, I’m left wondering what these magical bottles could possibly contain. Certainly it can’t be normal nail polish. Not at that price. Oh no, it’s got to be made for goddesses or something.

Actually, if you’ve ever used Chanel nail polish, please let me know. I’m absolutely dying to know what special powers or properties they possess that could place them in such a high price bracket. 

Anyway, if you’re interested, the colors (from left to right) are called April, June, and May. I’ve also included links to Amazon for any of you blessed souls who have the money for such products. 

As grand as they are, this poor girl will just have to prowl the aisles of Rite Aid in search of similar hues. 



Hey, remember when I posted about that beyond awesome Julep mystery box that I bought for Valentine's Day? Well they're doing it again for St. Patrick's Day! It's taking everything in me to convince myself not to buy it. But you probably should!