Lip products are likely the beauty item I change up the most. I separated all of these into colors as opposed to formulas because I wear similar shades throughout the year- but often in very different tones & levels of brightness! Keep reading to check out my favorites from all of 2014 & don’t forget to check out my other beauty favorites from 2014 at the bottom! [Read more…]
Winters for my beauty regimen are long & dry- & kind of sad. When thinking of the topic I wanted to talk about red lips, glittering eyes, rosy cheeks…but then I decided to be honest. Brutally. What product do I NEED to survive? & here they are! [Read more…]
It is truly the most wonderful time of year: Favorites from 2014. I break these up into categories so today my post is entirely dedicated to eye products…beautiful, stunning, must-have, necessary, eye products. From shadows to liners to mascara…2014 definitely had me quick to grab the products I reached for most often throughout the year. Check out my absolute must-haves from the entire year & a video to go with it! [Read more…]
November was a pretty exciting month for me I must admit. We found out we finally get to move onto our next base- & it was one we wanted! I’m prepping to travel to California in January for both IMATS & quality family time. It has been bitterly cold but lacking snow- less work for us! I’ve also come upon some awesome new products, some older favorites, & just lots of beauty finds all around.
I’m a big fan of changing up my look which can be seen all over the blog. I tend to bounce from rainbow eyes to neutral & back again. Everything is pretty so why not give it a shot right? With the recent 20% off beauty sales & such I’ve also picked up some new items. & there are way more I haven’t even shared on the blog yet- so that is something to look forward to! Besides the lip colors, I wouldn’t say these items scream fall which is fine with me. [Read more…]
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So you love honey? I love honey. My husband has collected over 15 jars of different types of honey. He is obsessed with honey. But seriously! Bees are just the coolest little dudes & they work it so we can steal their stash for ingredients & inspiration alike. Below are some of my absolute favorite honey products-EVER. You better BEE-lieve it!(I had no choice, I had it in the holster & had to use it.)
Perlier Imperial Honey Marvelous Nourishing Body Butter– This is a very luxe product & definitely costs more than many other body butters in my collection but the product itself is absolutely fantastic. This whipped body butter contains the most honey-rific scent on the entire list & the scent actually lasts at least 6 hours on me which is insanity. The butter itself is very rich, perfect for winter, & also has notes of oriental woods which make me think of fall & winter. Plus it is extremely moisturizing & not greasy, my skin feels like velvet after use. IFabbo5 to take $5.00 off your order of any Perlier products on HSN.
Beecology Shampoo & Conditioner– I used this shampoo & conditioner over the summer & although it didn’t quite have the moisture my dry hair needs I think it would be great for normal hair! The products are sulfate free, lather nicely, & left my hair with very nice volume. They also contain honey, aloe, & soy proteins. Lovely line (other products as well!) & smells of glorious honey! Plus this small business gives back in big ways & their love really shows in their products.
Marc Jacobs Honey Perfume– Where to start with this fragrance? I don’t own a full size yet but I really hope Santa brings me one! While it isn’t straight honey-scented it has that gorgeous honey scent mixed with mandarin, peach, & a warm base. This is energetic & more of a day time scent for me, & it smells absolutely luxe! Santa baby, won’t you bring me this kiss of honey elixir?
L’Occitane Cuticle & Nail Cream– The honey in this product helps to soften cuticles & nails then teams up with shea to get deep down for moisture. I use something more dense & thick at night but for daytime this little baby is full of win. Smells of shea & honey, precision tip, great not greasy on my skin… You can see my more detailed review along with some of my other L’Occitane hand products here.
Philosophy Honey Buns Body Wash 3 in 1– I’m a big time Philosophy 3 in 1 fan & have purchased an embarrassing amount. There’s just something about so many of their scents that either remind me of my childhood or make me smell like a baked good. Yum. This scent is so homey, warm, & comforting. I’m impressed that it taps into some childhood memories. Please note I only use this as soap, not shampoo
C. Booth Honey Almond Dry Oil Mist– I received this product in a Glossybox ages ago & I have gone through the mini & a whole one! You can use this on both face & body but I use a denser oil on my face so this is only body for me personally. The mix of almond & honey is absolutely heavenly. This oil is seriously the most lightweight I’ve ever put on my body & sinks right in. The scent lingers & is just such a spa experience for me…for less than $7.
Nivea A Kiss of Milk & Honey Lip Balm– For some reason the mix of milk & honey sounded very unappetizing to me but this product is seriously awesome. This scent is so calming & soothing- perfect when I’m sick or having an allergy attack. This is kind of a medium balm- not too thin or thick. I wear something much heavier at night but this is perfect to throw in your bag for the gym, your car, or your purse. It goes on really smooth & the scent is definitely a honey favorite.
What are some of your favorite honey or bee items? I also have lots of food related honey loves- we are obsessed. Did you know Jack Daniels has a honey version too? Excellent for cooking up a great sauce or glaze! Man. We might to attend some sort of group… after writing this post I see we’re deep in the honey pits of love. Despite that, tell me about some of your favorite products below so I can add to the addiction!
When it comes to the holidays you should always have backups. Never run out of flour. Never run out of wrapping paper. & never be caught without a gift. Has anyone else had that happen? I did & I was mortified. Some nice person thought of me & bought me a gift & I had nothing. Obviously that stuff with me because now I have a bit of a gifting stash for just such occasions! Keep reading to see the 10 items on my list this year!
#1 A festive scarf (like this beautiful option from FRAAS) is the perfect gift for a woman in your life. Think of the pattern, shade, & make sure to wrap it in fun but protective paper. I like silver because it says “winter” & not necessarily specifically Christmas plus the print on this one is just really fun. I always make sure to have one ready in case an unexpected gift from a coworker, friend, or family member comes along. You can find FRAAS scarves available at online retailers such as Amazon & the FRAAS website as well as ASOS & Bloomingdales.
#2 Something for a child or the young at heart. I love these throwback Pac Man toys (they even make the classic sounds!) that I can gift to just about anyone. The best part about having a kid-friently toy is that children tend to show up in the office more this time of year & you’ll have something fun for them to play with. You can purchase these Pac Man toys for $12.99 each, available at Toys “R” Us and Walgreens for the holidays. Sawyer is obsessed with these, the littlest of our animal bunch just loves that they make noise & was constantly trying to steal them off my desk!
#3 I absolutely love when new moms/dads start venturing into the “real world” again but I don’t always know what to get them. They’ve already had their baby shower but they still have baby on the brain. I love giving them something pampering that is still kid friendly, like this heating/cooling pad disguised as an adorable bear & 100% natural. Even if a newborn spits up on it you can wash it, plus baby can use it too. You can purchase my favorite Thermal-Aid Heating/Cooling bear from Amazon.
#4 If you have a friend who loves to be pampered but has everything (maybe a beauty blogger or makeup artist?) consider these awesome Glove Treat options. These will be up in a full review soon but basically they are reusable paraffin wax treatments available for both hands & feet. They are super relaxing & effective at reliving dry hands. You can purchase these here.
#5 You’re going to think I’m crazy but you won’t believe how many people have loved this as a gift! This is a handheld milk frother that works off batteries. You’ll love this as a gift to teenagers (coffee is so in), college students (fancy coffee is so expensive!), & even newlyweds. You can buy my favorite model here, I picked it up at Kohls & it works great.
#6 Another item I’ll have a review on soon is this awesome set from Get Fresh! The grapefruit scent is intoxicating while still being rather neutral & the packaging is absolutely adorable. This trio includes the Get Fresh Spa Grapefruit Mineral Body Mask, Body Scrub, & Rich Body Creme. Also, close to me heart, they donate a portion of their proceeds to Military charities that help Wounded Warriors transition successfully back into civilian life. You can purchase this set & other Get Fresh products here.
#7 Woodwick Candles are currently my favorite brand of easily accessible candles. Why? Because they actually contain a piece of wood as the wick & crackle as they burn, simulating a real fire. This is the perfect gift for a romantic, candle lover, or someone who hasn’t got access to an actual fire like us. Our favorite lately is the standard Fireside…which smells like a crackling fire. Yes, we’re simple folk. You can purchase Woodwick candles here from Kohls, JC Pennys, & even ULTA.
#8 Name A Star. Yeah it might sound a little hokey but it really is an awesome gift. This is what I got my husband for our first anniversary (paper!) but it makes a really unique gift for grandparents, young kids just getting into astrology, & even educators. You can pick your star then name it whatever you like. We have both the gorgeous certificate (which has a lovely galaxy print!) & the location map hung up in frames. You can name & purchase your own star here.
#9 One of my favorite gifts to give or receive- the Pinch Provisions Minimergency kit. I reviewed this not just for myself but also the adorable men’s version. Currently Sephora has a silver version with 17 essentials for any emergency ranging from double-sided tape to hairspray to clear nail polish. Seriously, this thing is the best gift ever & you can give it to pretty much anyone 13 & up. You can check out the newest version on the Sephora website here.
#10 Last but certainly not least is creating your own coupon book for someone you honestly can’t come up with a gift for. My husband is extremely hard to buy for so this is for him but it could be for anyone because they have a ton of options ranging from parents to children or spouses like mine. I chose to put our faces on ours because they’re HILARIOUS & I love them. My husband actually cracked up, it is just an overall awesome gift. I chose the cover, inside message, our photos (including the stylish hairstyles!), & all of the coupons myself…which was hard because the options are nearly endless with over 500 date ideas!
You can create your own coupon book on the Datevitation site here! Books normally start at just $25 so it makes for a thoughtful yet economical gift. But as a special treat for my followers, you can use the code ‘BEAUTIFUL10’ for $10 off your purchase plus free shipping (total value of $13.50) That means you can get your loved one a one-of-a-kind gift for Christmas starting at just $15! The order cut-off date for guaranteed delivery by Christmas is December 13 so make sure to get your order in before then!
Today I bring you a special post all about combating dry skin. For those unaware, I have combo/dry skin that I’ve been treating & abusing for years. Too much harshness & it gets worse. Not enough whip & then I’m so dry that I can barely wear foundation. I have done the dirty work so now you can reap the benefits! Here is a list of some of my very favorite exfoliators from level 1 (sensitive/light exfoliation) to level 3 (more harsh exfoliation). There’s something for everyone!
I picked 7. I wanted to pick 5, totally could have done 10, but these 7 are my absolute favorites of the moment. I’ll have links to my past reviews with swatches & links to purchase if available. I adore this textured trend so much so that I hope it isn’t a trend but a whole new start. The textured shades I own wear extremely well, don’t need top coat, & the ones below scream fall. Enjoy!
Zoya in Tomoko Pixie Dust Polish– Shimmering matte champagne.
Totally eye-catching while still being neutral. Work appropriate while still totally glam. (full review here)
Zoya in Carter Pixie Dust Polish– Shimmering matte regal purple with purple glitter.
Maybe my favorite shade of all because it is SO glitter-tastic, wears SO well, & is my favorite color. Must. Own. (full review here)
Zoya in Dhara Pixie Dust Polish- Shimmering matte orange with golden/copper gleams that looks like fire.
A fire-y orange? I don’t need to explain this pick further. (full review here)
Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in Pink Sprinkle- A cranberry jelly type base with irregular glitters that look gold & copper/light bronze.
My husband eats cranberries by the can so of course I needed one here! I love that it is jelly-ish & the flakies are just fab.(full review here)
Wet n Wild in Atten HUT!- Metallic silvered olive green with antique gold shimmer.
Olive-y. Military-ish. Totally in for this fall on the runway! (full review here)
OPI in Stay the Night Liquid Sand Polish– A black base with faded red/pink small glitters.
Sexy, vampy, & just so fall to me. I still think it looks a bit like volcanic rock & the shimmer looks like embers.(full review here)
OPI in Alcatraz…Rocks Liquid Sand Polish- A cool toned navy base packed with multi-colored shimmer mainly green, purple, & gold.
I love the heck out of this & it is totally original. Check out those different shades of shimmer, glorious! (full review here)(purchase here)
Here is a Pinterest friendly version for your convenience!
If you love textures then I think you’ll definitely find something for fall here! As a reminder, these dry textured & matte. You can also add top coat so it is kind of like two polishes in one! I love each & every shade & plan to wear the heck out of them this season! Gee…can you tell I like textures with shimmer? What are your favorite textured shades for Fall 2013?
So what is this post about? My most WORN polishes! These probably are all favorites but the thing to note is I either obsessed about each shade or it is a favorite base color shade. I’ll link each to their respective posts as well so you can see full swatches & review! I hope you guys enjoy this, I get asked about all of these shades a lot! These are in absolutely NO specific order!
Wet n Wild- Black Creme & French White Creme are my basic black & white!
Milani- Hot Pink I feel like I don’t even have to explain the awesome going on right here with the hot pink & such.
Spoiled- Ants in my Pants Or here with the black & red…I was a woman possessed.
Zoya- Reagan I honestly had no idea I’d fall so hard for this shade of pink but it just looks phenomenal on my nails & against my skintone. & I’m not much of a pink girl honestly.
Zoya- Kimber I wore this on my nails then straight on my toes. I love it so much, it scream gorgeousness.
Spoiled- Shrimp on the Barbie So when I look back at 2012, this definitely was a favorite. Low price point, gorgeous shift, & I didn’t have anything like it. When I finally had to take it off my nails…I put it right on my toes.
Zoya- Arizona Confession: Not a big orange fan…but Arizona had me rocking orange like a wild woman. It just looked so great on my skin & so fabulous for summer & well into fall for me.
Spoiled- I Only Eat Salads I honestly don’t know why this struck such a chord with me, don’t have a shortage of lime greens. But it did, it does, & it forever will.
China Glaze- Riveting This was THE fall shade for me. did not want to take it off. It is absolutely gorgeous.
Revlon- Mint Gelato Believe me, I didn’t expect to fall for a scented polish at all. But omigarsh this shade, the formula, & the creamy mint scent are simply intoxicating.
Nails by Laura (Joyful Noise Cosmetics)- Black Tie Affair If you love Black & White Glitters, ah, love, Here it is over another favorite Zoya’s Wednesday.
Sally Hansen Comeplete Salon Manicure- Thinking of Blue My go to dark blue. Love this.
Zoya- Aurora Yes, this is a newer shade but consider me obsessed. I am constantly removing polish to put this back on!
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure- Runway Red-y My go to red although butterLONDON Pillar Box Red is a very close 2nd.
Zoya- Wednesday OBSESSED. I seriously wore this on my nails forever to the point where I stopped doing nail posts for a bit. I am still in love & it is amazing & beautiful & & & LOVE.
Revlon- Facets of Fuchsia When this first came out, I had a fit & wore it allll the time. Purple & black, heaven.
Essie- Navigate Her I wear this as kind of a palette cleanser & I think it looks so simply pretty.
FLAKIES! From Finger Paints to Essie to Zoya to China Glaze & beyond…if I’m ever in doubt, you’ll find
flakies on my nails! I never get sick of them!
NOTE: Julie G for Jesse’s Girl in Peep Toe Pumps is also a favorite! I’ve had it on my toes for over 2 months. Obsessed. I need to swatch it, I’m not sure how this slipped by me!
I really hope you guys enjoyed this post & that you had a wonderful celebration for the New Year! I have more Best of posts/videos coming up (video camera fixed…woohoo!) so do stay tuned! What are some of your most used shades of 2012?
**Some items have been provided in hopes of review. This in no way altered my choices. All opinions & photos are 100% my own.