Thursday, December 26, 2013

Perils of Planning: The Path to the Preacher and Saying "I Do"

I got an early Christmas present this year. It is quite sparkly and suddenly my left hand feels a bit heavier! ;)

On December 19th, my boyfriend of nearly 6 years popped the question. That means I finally get to put into action the wedding planning I've been doing in my head since I was about 12 years old (you think I'm exaggerating...). 

It has only been a week, but I'm already having guest list and the inevitable budget woes that unfortunately come along with this process.

I am lucky enough that I have a wonderful event planner in my family who has agreed to help me steer this all in the right direction. I decided to kind of chronicle my journey on my blog and every so often I will take a break from my regularly scheduled programming to write about the planning process and how I am hopefully avoiding wanting to pull my hair out.

Another thing I'm going to be throwing in here is the progress of my fitness. Obviously I want to be in tip top shape for the big day, and we will be having a longer-than-normal engagement (around 15-16 months), so I'll have lots of time to prep. My first order of business is getting my arms toned up and rid them of the jiggle so when it comes time in a few months to dress shop, I'm not hunched in the corner of a dressing room crying over my fat arms, clutching onto a strapless dress that just doesn't quite look right wishing my bat wings away. This is where having a fiance who is an exercise physiologist helps. The man is a natural born trainer and has already bought me/us a TRX system so we can do things at home.

So far in just one week I have decided on a date, spoken to Taylor's church, picked out the reception venue, and drooled over the perfect photographer.  I can't wait for a few more months to pass by so I can REALLY start doing things!

Hope everyone had a very happy holiday! Come ooooon, 2014!
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holiday Red Lip and Correcting Dark Circles

It's almost that time, everyone! I'm such a huge Christmas fanatic that with under a week to go, I can barely concentrate on anything in my life.  

Tonight while dinner was in the oven, I threw on one of Mariah Carey's Christmas albums and sung my little heart out while playing with one of my favorite holiday/winter looks...the classic red lip and a neutral eye. 

When doing a wearable red lip, you'll want to keep your eyes soft and understated. This time I used almost entirely the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette with just a touch of Makeup Geek's "Creme Brulee" as a transition shade.  This really makes my blue eyes POP!

For my lips, I first lined and filled them in with Rimmel lip liner in Red Diva which has a slight pink tint to it. Then for the main event, I used my FAVORITE red lipstick, Milani's Best Red. This shade makes my teeth look really white as well, which I LOVE, especially considering all the coffee I've been drinking lately.

I also want to show you guys the progression of this look from naked face to finish. Basically I want to do this to show you how serious my dark circle are naturally and how much I rely on my BELOVED Pixi Brightening Peach corrector. I mention this in every "favorites" post/video I do because it literally changes my look so much!

So on the far left is my face sans any makeup. I assure you I DID get a full 8 hours of sleep last night, despite the bruise-like circles under my eyes. In the middle picture is me with JUST the peach corrector (no editting of the photo or anything). Look how much more awake I look INSTANTLY! Then, obviously on the right is me with my makeup completely done (and a little bit better lighting thanks to the other side of my iPhone).

If you have dark circles like I do, I HIGHLY suggest you invest in some sort of corrector. You want one with a peach tone (for lighter complexions, or orange for darker skin tones) that will combat the blue tones that cause those dreaded circles. Think OPPOSITE of the color wheel. Using just a flesh toned concealer to cover them up will only make them look muddy.

I like to then apply my foundation (I don't generally put foundation over the corrector) and top it off with a highlighting pen if I have time to brighten up the under eyes even more.

Bobbi Brown makes a great corrector, but if you're on a budget like I am, opt for the Pixi version found at Target.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fresh, Natural Bridal Makeup

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I had to honor of doing my friend Jamie's makeup for her wedding. I was so excited when she asked me a few months back, and I just wanted to take a moment to share with you a photo I snapped of her completed look!

Jamie generally doesn't wear much makeup at all, so it was important to her that she looked natural and fresh on her big day! She told me afterwards that she was getting compliments on her makeup all night long, one woman even asking who did her makeup because she was looking for someone to do her daughter's when she gets married. Maybe I should start freelancing?

So this morning I took my time getting ready for work and did my own kind of bridal-y, fresh, soft look and I LOVE the results! (Although I accidentally put a smidge too much highlighter on my nose...oh well)

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Save v Splurge : Beauty for Broke Girls

I have a job, so I'm not really COMPLETELY broke. But after paying bills, getting groceries, and saving for the home I one day hope to own, there isn't much left in my budget for arguably my favorite thing in the whole world (if you don't count my family and lasagna), especially makeup of the luxury kind. 

Mac? YSL? Dior? Those names simultaneously make me drool and shutter. Drool because they are luxurious and beautiful; shutter because the prices of products made by such brands are sky high and my inner Chief Financial Officer (aka the lectures my father thinks went in one ear and out the other over the past 24 years) can't fathom spending that kind of money without serious prior saving and budgeting. 

So what is a product junkie to do? Find alternatives. I've done a lot of research on product dupes and how to find products that are essentially the same as more expensive variations. Today I am here to share my favorite frugal findings with you! I hope you enjoy :)

  • A favorite indulgence that smells like roses and acts as a setting spray and a mid-day pick-me-up

2. Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil ($15 for 6.4 oz) v MAC Cleanse Off Oil ($30 for 5.0 oz)

  • This is my go-to product for removing a heavy face of makeup and stubborn waterproof mascara. Run a pump of the oil all over my face and see the makeup start to melt off. Add a bit of water to turn it into a lotion consistency. Rinse with warm water and follow up with a gentle cleanser.

  • Soft and Gentle is one of MAC's most popular products and for good reason! It is a BEAUTIFUL highlighter, but why use that when you can save nearly 80% by buying the Wet n Wild version instead?

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4. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Nude Pink ($5) v MAC Paint Pot in Painterly ($20) and Maybelline Color Tattoo in Just Beige v MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
  • MAC paint pots are used by so many people as eye shadow primers and bases to even out skin tone on your eyelids and cover any veins that may show through to give your lids an even canvas to work on without causing your shadows to crease. Painterly and Soft Ochre are two of their most popular shades, but now Maybelline's limited edition matte collection of their popular color tattoos includes these two shades that are nearly identical to their more pricey counterpart. I use them on a daily basis and ADORE them! Cross your fingers and toesies that Maybelline adds them to their permanent line.
MAC’s Soft Ochre compared to Maybelline’s Just Beige
Mac Soft Ochre (Left) v Maybelline Just Beige (Right) : Photo Credit
MAC’s Painterly compared to Maybelline’s Nude Pink
MAC Painterly (Left) v Maybellien Nude Pink (right) : Photo credit

5. Pixi Corrector in Brightening Peach ($12 for 0.1 oz) v Bobbi Brown Corrector ($24 for 0.05oz)
  • Corrector is the one item I never ever leave the house without applying. Even if I leave having done NOTHING else...I'll at least put on some corrector under my eyes to cover my insanely dark circles. Bobbi Brown's version comes in more shades which is good for those with skin tones that the peach may not work with, but if the peach DOES work for you, I suggest going to Target and purchasing the Pixi brand and save yourself 50% AND get 50% more product in the pot.

  • Stila's shade in Kitten is its most popular and GORGEOUS, but you can save about 60% by running into the drugstore and picking up the wonderful L'Oreal Infallible in Iced Latte. Not only are the shades indentical, but the lasting power of the L'Oreal brand is top notch.
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So there you have it! Just a FEW of my favorite ways to get the nearly the same great makeup and a much more affordable price. Hope you've enjoyed! 

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Bridal Makeup Trial!

Oh hey, it's been awhile! A lot has been going on, and last weekend I did a trial run on my friend Jamie's wedding makeup. She is marrying her sweetheart at the end of November and we took our OTHER friend's wedding last weekend as an opportunity to test out some looks. I was so excited (and nervous) when she asked me to do her makeup for the big day.

Jamie doesn't normally wear much makeup, so she wanted it to look very natural. Since I'm not really a makeup artist, I asked her to just invest in a good foundation. the MAC counter we went! Originally, I wanted her to look into Makeup Forever HD foundation, but there is no retailer in sight in middle Georgia. After some good research, we went for MAC's Studio Fix Fluid foundation. The girl at the counter immediately matched Jamie's skin to the right shade, and I couldn't help but get myself a few things while we were there. 

Introducing my very first MAC products:

Brown Script

Naked Lunch

All That Glitters

Okay, so enough of me...let's get back to Jamie. On our first trial, we did some purples and lighter shades in the inner corners, but she felt it was still a little much for her. So for the next day, we went with all neutrals and the result was a very fresh face, exactly what she was looking for!

I'll make sure to update the first of December after her big day with the real pictures!! Look down  below for what I used on her. :)

Primer: Benefit Pore-fessional
Corrector: Pixi Brightening Peach
Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid
Concealer/Brightener: Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser in Brightener
Setting Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte in Translucent 
Bronzer: ELF bronzer from the St. Lucia blush/bronzer duo
Blush: Benefit Hervana (we think we might go with Luminoso for the day of though)
Highlight: The Balm Mary Lou-manizer

Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Transition shade: Makeup Geek's Peach Smoothie
All Over Lid shade: MAC's All That Glitters
Crease shade: Mahogany from the Sephora Primal Instincts Palette
Deepened up the bottom of the outer V with: Deep Burgandy from the Sephora Primal Instincts Palette
Brow bone and inner corner highlight: Venus from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette
Eyeliner: Sephora retractable waterproof liner in Brown
Mascara: Benefit They're Real

Chella brow pencil in Dazzling Dark Brown

Lipstick: Revlon Colorstay in Socialite
Lipgloss: Khroma Honeystick in Wildflower Honey

Finishing spray: Urban Decay Deslick

PHEW! That's a lot of products for such a natural look!!
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

August Favorites - Beauty and Miscellaneous!

Hey everyone! I've got a quick video for you today ab out my August favorites! These include hair, makeup, and some random favorites! I chose just a few for the image above, so there are more goodies for you do discover in the video. Enjoy! (Make sure you got to my YouTube channel and subscribe! It get updated more than my poor blog does)

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

June Beauty Favorites 2013

I have been living for the past 2 weeks on a (very comfy) couch at my friend Kaitlyn's apartment while my brother was closing on his townhouse that I am going to be moving into next weekend for an undisclosed amount of time. I brought nearly every beauty item I own with me because I a) am a girl and that's just what we do, and b) was afraid I would need something and then find out I didn't have it here. Of course, I haven't touched the majority of what I brought, and poor Kaitlyn has been left starring at a giant, Mt. Everest-sized pile of my crap in the corner of her 1 bedroom apartment (did I mention I also brought practically every piece of clothing). On top of that, I've picked up a few new things being that Ulta is literally a short (obnoxiously uphill) walk away. Exercise for my glutes and a beauty mecca at the same time? Can't beat that, unless, of course, you added a fro-yo place along the way.

My June beauty favorites are a mash of things I already owned and products I picked up since my move.

First is a product I've been wanting for a few months now, but without having lived close to a Sephora, I decided to wait until I moved. Literally the day I arrived in Atlanta, I bought the Sephora brand Supreme Cleansing Oil.  I use this in the evenings to remove all of my makeup, and it does such an amazing job!! I've especially been impressed with how it removes my waterproof mascara. It does have mineral oil in it, so I always follow up with a good cleanser (currently, my Philosophy Purity mini bottle). 

Keeping with the Sephora theme, I also repurchased my favorite eyeliner, the Sephora brand waterproof, retractable eyeliner. I bought it in matte brown/black, brown, and black (not very adventurous, I know). This is my favorite because I can put it in my tight line and it doesn't run into my eyes and make my contacts all blurry like most of the popular waterproof eyeliners (eh hem, Urban Decay). 

I also picked up the Sephora brand Targeted Eye Remover Swabs. These little things are genius. I spend 90% of my days now in the car, so I pop these in my bag and they are PERFECT for quick touch-ups of rogue mascara or eyeliner in the middle of the day. The middle of the swab is filled with makeup remover, and you snap one end and it all goes down into the other end of the cotton swab, so you can then touch up your makeup. SERIOUSLY my new favorite thing ever.

In June's Ipsy bag, I received my first NYX blush. I had been wanting to try them for awhile because I've heard great things about them in both price and quality. The color I received was Angel, and I have been using this most days to add a bit of color to my cheeks. It really is such a great quality blush that won't break the bank. Angel is a soft peach color with a little bit of gold shimmer. Great for summer!

Let's visit the drugstore now. I have been playing a lot lately with foundations and my current go-to is the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation. It has SPF 20 which is great for this nasty hot weather (not so great for flash photography, though). I am in shade 825, buff beige, which I think matches my skin really well. It gives great coverage (I'd say medium, but buildable), and I don't have a problem with it coming off in the middle of the day as I'm in and out of the car. It also doesn't look or feel like I'm wearing a ton of makeup.

Oh the new love of my life is certainly none other than the Pixi Corrector in Brightening Peach. I got this bad boy from Target in hopes I would love it and not have to mega-splurge on the Bobbi Brown corrector. Thank goodness I love it. I have mentioned before that the biggest insecurity I have in terms of my skin is my dark under eye circles. They are DARK, y'all...always. I could hibernate for days, and I'd still look like I hadn't slept in a month. People always tell me I look sick when I'm not wearing any makeup and they ask me if I'm feeling okay. Yep, I just have vampire under-eyes, no big. This is a thick peach-toned corrector (think concealer) that masks the deep blue/purple tones of under-eye circles. I put it on after primer and before foundation to even everything out and WOW! I look so much more alive!! I also don't have to use nearly as much under eye concealer (after foundation) anymore. Be careful not to put too much on and to blend it really well to avoid a cakey look. I like to put my primer on first to smooth it all out to help avoid it settling into those fine lines.

Speaking of primers, I also bit the bullet and purchased a high-end primer, the Benefit Pore-fessional primer. I had tried the drugstore kind, but didn't notice any results, and I just truly love how evened out this makes my skin feel and how much longer my makeup lasts. It helps diminish the look of large pores and feel silky to the touch. I use it mostly on my forehead, nose and part of my cheeks.

This month I've been reaching a lot for my Flower brand (the Drew Barrymore line at WalMart) Lip Service lip butter (think Maybelline color whisper). I only have one and I honestly couldn't tell you what shade it is in, because it doesn't say it anywhere on the packaging (fix that, please!). I really enjoy the way it applies, and it is another nice option as a sheer, moisturizing wash of color. Plus, for all you animal lovers out there, they don't test on animals!

And lastly, the nails. My color OBSESSION of the past month is China Glaze's Pink Voltage. WOW!!! A friend of mine had gotten her nails done and I couldn't stop staring at the color, but she didn't know what shade it was in, although we narrowed down that it was by China Glaze. I went on a hunt for it and although the color I bought ended up not being the right one, I was still in love with it. The best way I can describe this color is that it is BARBIE pink. Think the classic Barbie pink is that color and FREAKING GORGEOUS!!!  On top, I am head-over-heels for the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. It really does dry uber fast, which is great for impatient girls like me who can't sit still long enough to allow the polish to dry completely.

PHEW! That was a lot, but I felt like these were all worth mentioning. I hope you've enjoyed my ramblings!! Let me know below what YOUR favorite must-have products for the month of June have been!! 

Love, love!
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Moving On Up

Well kids...this is my last week living in SOUTH Georgia. I will be moving at the end of the week to our state's fine, sprawling metropolitan area known at Atlanta. Ever heard of it?

I start next Monday at my new job, and although I won't go into much detail just for privacy issues, I will say that I will be doing a lot of traveling around Atlanta every day and I should probably learn to golf, ha! I have been spending the past week and a half doing major packing, and with Taylor being away this summer I am having to pack up two years of our lives by myself. Really, I haven't minded because I am a freak and like to pack things, and it has given me something to occupy my time after work.

With the exception of a couple cabinets in the kitchen and the items I use every day, I am ready to rock and roll. I am going to be kind of squatting for a few weeks at my friend Kaitlyn's place on her supposedly comfortable couch, and then I will either be staying with my older brother or my aunt until Taylor can land a job and we can get our own place. It is going to be an interesting set of transitions, but I'm so ready for it!

I am most excited about being around my friends again. The majority of them graduated with me 2 years ago and moved on right away, so it has been a few years of me and a bunch of boys, a.k.a. Taylor's friends. Don't get me wrong, I love those boys like family, but there's nothing like having your girlfriends around. Since graduating I have become so much closer to my sorority sisters (kind of backwards, right?) and they all seem so excited for me to join them up in the ATL. That much love is a great feeling, y'all.

On top of that, I will now be in the same city as big bro, my aunt and uncle and some of my cousins. The only thing that could make this better would be if my parents lived there as well, but that's a fact of life that I'm still trying to get used to. Montana is just TOO far away and twice a year is not okay.

I'll send updates along the way.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Mother's Day Gift Guide - 2013

May 12th is a very important day for families all around the U.S.!'s not tax refund day. It is the one day a year that is nationally dedicated to celebrating the women who gave us life...OUR  MOMS!!! Personally, my mom is incredibly easy to buy for. Basically if I see something I would like myself, I know she would like it as well. But some of you may not have it that easy. 

If you are struggling with finding the perfect gift idea for you mamacita this year, watch my video below for not only what I  have purchased for my mom, but some other great ideas as well.  These ideas range in price, so you should be able to find something within your budget.

THERE IS ALSO AN AWESOME DISCOUNT CODE FOR PRODUCTS FROM ATLANTA DERMATOLOGY AND LASER SURGERY, including their Physician Endorsed Sun Hats, which are very popular among celebrities these days.

Without further ado (and please subscribe to my YouTube channel!!)

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

April Beauty Favorites

So who can believe it's already the end of another month in 2013?! Not this girl! But I do love evaluating my favorite monthly beauty products at the end of each month, so let's jump into this bad boy, shall we friends?

Here is my April beauty favorites video, which also includes 4 UN-favorite products that have disappointed me this month. I hope you check it out!

First I've got my Milani baked blush in Luminoso! This is a dupe for the cult-favorite, Nars Orgasm. However, where the Nars blush will run you a steep $29 from Sephora, this dupe from Milani is only $6.97 at WalMart (at least my store, it's that much).

My beloved Batiste dry shampoo (specifically the kind with a hint of color for dark brown hair) is already half empty because I just am obsessed with it. Because it has a hint of color, it does not leave a white or gray veil over my hair like other dry shampoos can do to brunettes like myself. Also, I have very oily hair and this actually allows my hair to look somewhat presentable on days when I don't wash it! I have already purchased a second bottle for when I run out.

While we are riding the hair train, I'd like to give a shout out to my Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment. I got this in a Birchbox a few months back and I love love love how smooth it makes my hair without weighing it down. Plus it smells amaze, so hollaaaa!

Let's talk nails, shall we?  I am head-over-heels for this polish from the L'Oreal Versailles collections in the shade Royally Yours (120). It is the most beautiful powder blue and reminds me of Cinderella. In my opinion, anything that reminds me of a Disney Princess get two (well-polished) thumbs up! The formula is also great and goes on then ail smoothly. I used 2 coats.

For the eyes, I have been 100% in LUST with my Stila In The Know palette. It is all matte eyeshadows, gorgeous colors, super easy to blend, great pigmentation, etc... I just can't say enough good things about this. I want to wear it every single day. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY, Y'ALL!! I love my matte eyeshadows, after all!

I have finally found a night cream that does exactly what I want it to do...moisturize! Through the recommendation of another YouTube beauty blogger, I purchased the L'Oreal Collagen Moisture Filler. It is so thick and creamy that it truly makes my skin feel so much softer in the mornings. It took me along time to find one I enjoy, but I'll be sticking to this for awhile!

Lastly, my favorite way to apply foundation lately is with my Sigma F-80 Flat Kabuki brush. It is soft as a dream, and I really enjoy how it blends out my foundation. Never again will I use a sponge, and I prefer this to my E.L.F. stipple brush for foundation purposes.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Drop It Like A SQUAAAT!

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Okay friends, it's high time I get my butt into gear! LITERALLY! Being that my heritage is mostly Scottish, this girl was born to breed...and by that, I mean I'm short, stocky, and have large and in charge hips.While this might help with the whole childbirth process later in life, right now it is simply a pain in my behind.  I have to put in a lot of extra effort to avoid my thighs and butt from expanding too much, and honestly most of the time I forget about making that extra effort.

Which brings us to May.

My friend Jess from WAY BACK when I lived in South Dakota (a solid 8 years ago! Man time flies!) has challenged me to take part in her 30 Day Squat Challenge.

Looking at the list, I am a little terrified and find it slightly humorous at just the thought of doing 250 squats. But then I think about summer and bikini season and how I always hate how my flab-tastic tush looks in my swimsuit. THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME! After completing this challenge, I may just have the confidence to strut my stuff like the true Victoria's Secret Angel we all know I am deep inside.

So I am challenging ALL OF YOU! I am throwing down the gauntlet and challenging you to join myself and Jess in this quest! We will begin May 1, and if you're reading this after May 1, have no fear because it is never too late to join us! Jess will be our main woman, sending us reminders and encouraging us to get low, low, low, low (in my head, that was said to the tune of Apple Bottom Jeans...go with it)

If you are interested, and I hope you are, shoot Jess an e-mail at  And you can also follow her on Instagram for extra motivation! Her IG name is @nelsoj2_fitnessfactory.

And now, just to show you that sometimes I can turn on Beast Mode...

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Beauty Haul and yes, They're REAL!

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It is BEAUTY HAUL TIME! After one of the worst days at work I've had in awhile, there was a small beacon of hope when the lovely UPS man pulled up with both my Ulta order and my Sephora order. I'm pretty sure there was a halo around the boxes as he walked in the door...there might have been a choir of angels singing as well. I could have made that up.

Anyway, I had so much fun using some of the extra cash I had saved up to purchase new higher end items. I'm generally a drugstore kind of girl simply due to finances, but every now and then I like to pretend I'm rich and fancy. Don't we all?

SO here is a super quick review of the Benefit They're Real mascara from the 2 times I've worn it. Quite simply, I love it!! I need the full size in my It gives a ridiculous amount of length and volume to my lashes, but also does not clump. My favorite part about this mascara is the wand. It has a spikey ball type of thing (good description, Michelle) on the end, which allows you to easily coat the fine lashes on each corner of your lash line, as well as the lower lashes. I always have the worst time getting those bad boys, and this made it so easy-peasy.

Love love!!
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Lippies!

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Upon the start of 2013, I promised myself I would try to wear more color on my lips. For 23 years, I've been a simple lip balm kinda girl with the occasional application of lipstick if my mamacita stated her usual "I think you need a little color. Here, put some of this lipstick on" (you're a wise woman, mama!).

Since I had never worn much lipstick or colored lipgloss in the past, I first had to figure out what worked for me. Mauvey/lighter pinks were my first go-to. They're safe and look good on most anyone, but then I wanted to play a bit more. Let me just tell y' took a LOT of getting used to the first time I wore red or my now beloved Maybelline Shocking Coral. I believe the words that came out of Taylor's mouth were, and I quote..."what's on your lips? I can see them from a mile away." Thank hun. This is also the same man who pointed out not too long ago that one day my face and chest were two different that comment I very much appreciated and immediately went into blend mode. Lesson learned.

My current collection

At the beginning of December 2012, I owned one lipstick, two Baby Lips and two Nivea products (a sheer gloss and a lip balm...see my beauty essentials post on that). I now have more than is necessary, but somehow I keep finding new ones I love. I have a teeny tiny gloss collection and haven't tried any high end brands, but I'm having so much fun collecting new shades! I have found that orangey shades are not so flattering on me, so we'll steer clear of those.

Most recently, I picked up these three lippies. To date, Revlon's Super Lustrious line has been my favorite. It is super smooth and applies without any patchiness on the lips. The top color, Revlon's Coralberry, is from this line. I picked this up purposely because it is a dupe for MAC's Vegas Volt and I could tell this shade would be a winner for my skin tone. It is probably my favorite of the three new additions to my collection.

Next I picked up a YouTube favorite, Maybelline's Vivid Rose from their Vivids collections. Again, my Shocking Coral lipstick is from this same line and I wanted to try out another shade. With the praise this one has received across vlog and blog land, I wanted in. It is definitely vivid, but I'm definitely a fan. I'd still say Shocking Coral wins the battle, but this is a great shade that will get much use this summer. These Vivids shades don't apply QUITE as evenly as the Revlon Super Lustrious line, however. Once I rub my lips together, it is noticeably darker along the edges of my lips. I usually just gently press a piece of tissue along the edges to blot it out a tad.

Finally, I picked up my second shade in the L'Oreal Aqua Lip Lacquer line. These have the most interesting formula ever! When you first apply it, it literally feels like water on your lips. But then it goes through a few transformations. Next it feels like a kind of tacky gloss, then what I describe as a vinyl feeling, then finally it turns into a stain. It lasts a LONG time, through eating and drinking and everything. Definitely a fan of this formula, although it takes a bit more work to get it to go on completely evenly.

I'm happy with all 3 picks! Leave me a comment below letting me know if you've ever tried any of these, and if not, do you have a favorite I should try?

Love love!
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Lush ROOTS Review

If you watch beauty "gurus" on YouTube, you probably have noticed they all seem to have a fascination with the handmade cosmetics company, Lush.  Lush is known for making all natural, handmade bath, body and hair products including their famous bath bombs (which yes, I indulged in this past weekend. It turned the water urine yellow, but smelled amazeballs).  But many of these products will come at a fairly high price, especially for a drugstore-prone girl like myself.
I went to the Lush store in Atlanta for the first time over Easter weekend. First of all, I was a bit lot turned off by the overly-pushy sales man in the cute red scarf and faux-hawk who kept grabbing my hand and lathering it down with this and that while dumping various lip scrubs in my hand. This all happened before I could comprehend what was going on and tell him he was invading my bubble and in serious trouble of losing feeling in a very particular man part. By the time I left I was overwhelmingly scented and my arms were very...dare I say it?...moist (cringe).

But back to the review...

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I have thin, fine hair. I am constantly searching for great products that will help a girl out in the hair care department. This is why I was so excited when I saw that Lush carried a hair treatment called "Roots" specifically for thin, fine hair. The 8.4 oz pot will run you $19.95, compare to my beloved and splurge-worthy Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque that is 8.5 oz for about $20 on Amazon.

From what I've read online and on their own website, and from what other bloggers have said, this product will make your scalp tingle as it gives a cooling sensation, resulting in silky soft, voluminous locks.

The first two times I used this, I thought I needed my head checked because I did not have those results. I will say that I did NOT sit there like a goon and massage my scalp for the full 15-20 minute time frame though the directions said to, but I did massage it a bit and leave it in there that long. After I combed the product completely through my hair from root to tip, I was anxiously awaiting the so-called "cooling, tingling sensation" when I put my head under the water...but it never came. 

After I rinsed, dried and styled my hair, I didn't feel like it was any softer than after my normal shampoo/condition routine. As the day progressed, I felt my hair was much more...I can't describe it well...piecey than usual? Do you know what I mean guys? I had to brush it MUCH more often than normal to make sure it didn't look like the hair of an 8 year old who has been on the playground all day (kid hair bugs me. I always want to take a brush to it). It wasn't soft and silky at all and I was muy sad. 

BUT ALAS! The 3rd time is the charm. I decided to give this hair treatment ONE more shot and actually follow the directions to a T. So Friday night I stood in my bathroom, yes like a goon, for 15-20 minutes massaging my scalp and likely giving myself some form of carpal tunnel. It wasn't until the last 5 minutes that I finally started to feel a slight tingling sensation happening up there. It wasn't very strong, but it was there! After I rinsed, shampoo'd, conditioned, dried and straightened my hair, it was like the hallelujah choir was singing around me. SO SILKY! SO SMOOTH! I didn't even use any other products in my hair other than my normal shampoo and conditioner. Suddenly something clicked and I am now hooked. I love this product!

I can feel it working! Almost time to rinse!

Excuse my no-makeup face!

My final thoughts are that although I really love Roots, it is not a product I will be using too often simply because it takes a lot of time. With my Macadamia Deep Repair Masque, I can put it in my hair and do other things for the 5-7 minutes it needs to do it's thang. When using Roots, I need to have 20 minutes available to just sit around while I massage myself. I can see myself using this once every other week, alternating with the Macadamia treatment. I'm perfectly okay with this too, since both products are expensive and this will help them last longer.

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