Serum Staples

Hey guys,

A few weeks ago I mentioned I was trying a new face product, the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. I was originally using the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum and decided I wanted to try something new. It’s always more fun to try a new product than to keep buying the same old thing. I also picked up the Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment because i’m started to get some a few wrinkles around my eyes…womp womp.

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – I really like this product because it’s so light but extremely moisturizing. I have a dry face usually, and I can put this on and don’t even have to follow up with a moisturizer. It also made my skin very soft. One of the claims of the product is that it brightens and evens skin tone. I can’t say I have seen that result, though I have seen reviews where people say they have. The price tag on this product is really too much for me to purchase it again. I was willing to do so the first time because I was trading in another product for it and also had a coupon, so I will probably try out a new product when I run out.

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Ole Henriksen Truth Serum – I wanted to bring up this product again because it’s the best serum I have tried so far. Even when I’m trying out new ones, I tend to rotate it in with the other product after I finish the initial testing of the new product. While it’s not quite as moisturizing as the Caudalie serum, it does an incredible job brightening. This is a product that I will always keep on hand, and the price is better than the Caudalie as well.

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Origins Plantscription Anti-aging eye cream – I wanted to be blown away by this product, but in truth it is just mediocre. I am starting to see wrinkles around by eyes, and I haven’t seen a big difference in them since using this product. At best they are smoothed out slightly, and I will say the skin around by eyes has been softer and more hydrated since using it. Even though this is just a little pot, it lasts forever. I’m going to continue to use it but will be trying a new brand once it runs out. I also received a deluxe sample of the Dr. Brandt Needs No More cream, so I will be trying that out and reviewing it soon!

xo

On Second Thought…

Hey guys,

Clearly i’ve been having a hard time finding time to post, but i’m making it a goal to post at least once a week starting… right now. Hold me to this please! It will most likely be a post later in the week because the beginning of the week is cray for me. I’m also making it a goal to learn how to edit videos. I’ve filmed a lot of tutorials with my new camera, but I’m so bad with computers and have been avoiding the editing process.

Anywho, my last post showed all the goodies I scooped up for my birthday, and I specifically mentioned how excited I was about the Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil. I really thought this product was going to be my holy grail, but after a few uses I broke out like crazy. I can’t lie, I’m crushed!

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I decided to keep on using it even though I was breaking out just to see if my skin would get used to it, but no luck. It did an amazing job hydrating, felt awesome on my face, and had a nice subtle scent to it, so it really killed me to return it. If you don’t have sensitive skin and want an anti-aging/hydrating product, I would definitely recommend giving this oil a try.

If you have sensitive skin like me, I would recommend trying the Josie Maran Argan Milk. It’s a pretty similar product, but I had no problem with break outs or sensitivity. My mom actually bought this while I was home for Christmas break, and it’s what made me want to try different oils/serums.

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Even though I love the Argan Milk, I thought it would be more fun to try a completely new product. I picked up the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and will be reviewing it soon!

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xo

Sephora Birthday Haul

Hey guys!

My Birthday was a few days ago, so last weekend T and I went to Jacksonville for my favorite thing ever, SHOPPING! We had a great day and went to a delicious dinner at Cantina Laredo, and of course I went cray in Sephora. These are the goodies I picked up, and I’ll review them in another post once I try them out for a bit.

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Make Up Forever Artist Shadows – I picked up a trio of these a few days before going to Jax as a Bday present to myself. I loved them so much and was so excited to get more when we went over the weekend. They are the most pigmented shadows I have ever used and the matte shades are just amazing. There is a discount when you buy them in doubles or in the trio, but I will eventually stick them in a z palette. I”ll review these and do swatches in a later post, but let me know if you guys have questions before then!

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal – I originally went in wanting the Rose Gold one, but the Jax Sephora didn’t have it in stock. I have to say though that this is an amazing highlighter and is probably the better color choice for winter. I will be picking up Rose Gold eventually though!

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Bite Lush Fruit Lip Gloss in Rambutan – This is a peachy nude and it’s actually a bit lighter than it looks in the picture. I always end up getting the same nude color over and over again in different formulas, so I was excited to try a different nude shade.

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Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base – I’ve wanted to get this product for so long, but I wanted to wait until I finished out my Too Faced one.

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Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil – I bought this on a whim after reading some reviews. I originally was going to get the Josie Maran Argan Milk, but it’s always more fun to get something you haven’t tried before. *spoiler* – I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS

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Nars Blush in Taos  – I actually picked this up from Nordstrom because it wasn’t available in Sephora. Again, the picture makes the color a little off and it’s more of a terracotta/pink mix. The true description is “desert rose with shimmer”.

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Nars Lip Pencils in Cruella/Rikugien and Nars Larger Than Life Eye Pencil – This is the VIB Rouge Birthday gift for this year. It’s absolutely amazing and the best one yet in my opinion.

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Diorshow New Look Mascara – I desperately needed mascara, and I had a really hard time deciding what to get. I picked up this one which i’ve used before and really liked.

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Origins Plantsciption Anti-aging Eye Cream – This product got amazing reviews, and i’m so excited to see if it works for me! I haven’t used a lot of eye creams before, but it’s a good time to start.

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Mac Fix+ – This was another product I had to get from Nordstrom. I got the smaller size to make sure I liked it and have been using it combined with my primer and after to set my makeup.

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Beauty Blender – Yay! Finally bought this little gem.

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Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown – I’ve been using dark brown for a while now,  but I wanted to try out the soft brown for days when I want a less drastic brow.

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Smashbox Lipstick in Pout – Again, I wanted a nude that was different from the million others I have. This is also lighter than it appears in the picture and will pair nicely with the Bite gloss.

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Sephora Pro Contour Brush #74 – You guys know how much I love these Sephora Pro’s. This one is for the Becca highlighter and it’s the perfect size.

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post, and I’ll have reviews up in the next few weeks!

xo

New Years Glam

Hey guys,

Hope you all had a fabulous New Years Eve! I went out with a few friends to Simon’s in Gainesville and we had a nice dinner/makeup sesh at T’s house before. I’ve spent most of today recovering which was really just me laying in bed watching SVU, so I figured it was time to get out of slug mode and post some pics/deets from last night.

Makeup:

For my eyes I used the Naked palette which is perfect for a smokey look. I used Virgin on the inner corners of my eyes and to highlight under my brow. Sidecar went all over the lid, then Hustle on the outer half/crease and Creep in the very outer corner and into the crease. I went back in with Half Baked at the end and added some to my inner corner (still leaving some Virgin to brighten the eye) and also lined my bottom lash line with it. I went back over my outer bottom lash line with Creep.

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I used Stila liquid eyeliner in Black for my top lashes and Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Black for my bottom outer lash line, and I used Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof Mascara. I decided to get a little crazy and try false lashes for the first time. I absolutely loved them! I used the Ardell brand and found them at CVS. They were super easy to put on and stayed all night. I forgot to write down which ones they were unfortunately, but i’m pretty sure they were the fashion lashes. On my friends Jess and Melissa, I used the individual Ardell lashes. They were a lot trickier to put on, so I wouldn’t recommend going that route. The individuals are posted below. Sorry for the blurry pic!

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And here is the lovely Jess while I’m putting on the individual lashes.

For my face makeup I used all of my regulars including Dior Star Foundation, Too Faced Primer, Nars Blush in Orgasm, Nars Bronzer in Laguna, and Anastasia Brow Wiz and Gel.

The lips were my favorite part of my whole look. I used Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy, and OMG I loveeeee it. The color payoff is amazing, and it’s a gorgeous bright fuchsia.

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For my nails I went with Gemini by Formula X. If you read my blog a lot then you know i’m Formula X obssesed, and this is actually my favorite color of the line.

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Outfit:

Dress – Forever 21 Classic Fit & Flare Dress in Black

Shoes – Antonio Melani Erika Peep-Toe Pumps

Necklace – Charming Charlie

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xo

Stop the Splurge

Hey guys,

I took a bit of a blog break for the holiday,  but now I’m back in action. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about which products are actually worth splurging on, and I think there are often options at drugstores that can do the same job for a lot less. I am certainly guilty of buying a lot of high end makeup, and there are items that I think are worth the splurge, but I also have cheaper items that I really love.

Lipgloss/Lipstick

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There are so many good drugstore lip products out there, and these are just three examples that I grabbed. The Revlon Colorburst Gloss in Peony is one of my go-to products. It’s not sticky at all and is a really pretty sheer light pink. The Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color (top) is a more recent purchase, and I want to get it in a few more colors. The staying power is unmatched by anything else i’ve tried. It actually dries on your lips all the way and then you use the gloss side. The Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Coquette goes on similar to the Nars Lip Pencils. I don’t love the color, but i’ve been able to use it with other lipsticks/glosses.

Drugstore lip products are always a good idea, but I would especially suggest them if you are new to lipstick and just want to see what looks good with your skin tone or if you want to try something bold.

Makeup Remover

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I’ve seen a lot of blogs talking about how good the Clarins makeup remover ($28) is and other really expensive brands. Makeup remover is just one of those things that I don’t think I’ll ever splurge on. I’ve had good luck with store brand removers, and for really tough makeup I use the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter ($16). It’s an oily consistency, so it takes off everything. Obviously $16 is still crazy for makeup remover, so I only get it when the Body Shop is having a sale (which they always are) and generally just use it for nights I go out and have a lot of makeup on.

Lotions/Oils

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I must admit i’m always super tempted to buy the fancy lotions and oils at Sephora. The L’Occitane Almond Oil looks amazing, but it’s $25 which is just insane! To make up for not getting that, I picked up this Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Body Gel Oil. It takes a a little bit of time to soak in, but once it does it’s non greasy and does a great job moisturizing. The Jergens Ultra Healing has been by go-to forever. Both my mom and my grandmother have always used it too.

Shampoo/Conditioners/Deep Conditioners

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OK, so right now the Living Proof set I have is pretty pricey. I do really love it, but i’ve decided to use a new method for my hair. My fancy shampoo is now only used on special occasions, so generally on weekends when I go out. I now use a cheaper but amazing option – Loreal Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s prefect for color treated hair and smells like rosemary/juniper. I also still use Head and Shoulders on Sunday…okay so maybe i’m a shampoo hoarder.

Deep Conditioners – I’ve never found a deep conditioner or mask that i’ve really loved. I think going homemade is the best way to do it. I’ve tried a lot of different homemade hair masks from Pinterest which mainly involve ingredients that you already have in your house such as eggs, avocados, coconut oil, or yogurt.

Lip Exfoliater/ Polish

There are so many different options for this at Sephora, and in my opinion they are all a waste of money. Coconut Oil + Sugar + rub on your lips = a happy mouth!

xo

Night Out

Hey guys,

Tonight i’m heading to Terry’s brother’s house for Friendsgiving, a pre-Thanksgiving din din with a bunch of friends. I don’t get to be fancy that often, so I decided I would post what I decided to wear and what makeup I chose.

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Express Pocket and Zip Crepe Front Tank in Black -I’ve come to the realization that almost all of my tops are black, but honestly I think black clothes make the most sense because they are slimming and go with everything. This tank is perfect year round, and I love that it has the gold zipper and pocket details.

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I’ll be paring the top with my Loft Smokey Black Leggings. They are ridiculously comfy!

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I’m not sure the exact name of these heels, but they are from DSW and should still be available there. I love the lace detailing, and they are so easy to walk in because they come up to the ankle.

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I’m keeping the jewels on the minimum. The bracelet is from Forever 21 and the ring is from Old Navy.

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I’m still rocking this off-white Aldo bag that I talked about in one of my recent posts. I’m throwing in my Bite lipstick, Nars Concealer in Vanilla, Nars Lipgloss in Penny Arcade in case I get bored with reapplying lipstick, a Bare Minerals Concealer Brush, and a clip in case my hair is annoying.

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I’m sure you’ve seen most of these items at some point on my blog, so I won’t ramble on about them. I did a smokey eye tonight with a red lip. I decided to use the Givenchy Mascara because even though it’a hard to get off at night, it does give you amazing lashes. I also decided to use my Nars Black Eyeliner sample for my waterline, and I used the Bite VIB Bright Red lipstick.

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I chose Half Baked, Smog, and Creep from the Naked Palette.

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Here is the finished makeup look. The picture quality isn’t great, but hopefully this gives you an idea.

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This is me trying to get my volume/shine on. Also, if you don’t have the BB Hairdresser’s Oil you should really get it.

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Gotta have smell goods…pairing the Nirvana perfumes together makes me one happy clam. For my nails, I just decided to touch up the A+ Formula X polish I already had on.

Sorry to deny you guys a finished product picture, but taking a full length picture by yourself is tricky business. I’ll post some party pics later though!

xo

Five Things

Hey guys,

This week there were a few things I found myself constantly reaching for. I’ll still do a post about November favorites later on, but here are the five products i’ve been loving this week.

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Ole Henriksen Cleansing Cloths – These wipes are perfect for taking off your makeup before working out and getting all the sweat and grime off after. I’ve been keeping them in my big bag for unexpected gym visits, and they smell really yummy like oranges.

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Evolution Fresh Green Juice – Green juice is sooo yummy and good for you. I always pick up this brand or the Suja green juice when they’re on sale at Publix.

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Formula x Nail Polish in A+ – I got this lil guy as a point perk, and both of these pictures don’t really do it justice. I really love hot pink nail polish, and this one is a mix between hot pink and cranberry. It sounds like a strange mix, but it’s the perfect fall color in my opinion.

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Black Motorcycle Boots – I’ve had these boots since undergrad, and I can’t for the life of me remember where I bought them. I want to say it was Macy’s though. Every year I bust them out at about this time, and they really go with everything and give your outfit a badass vibe. Lerve it.

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Aldo Marlengo Bag in Ice – I’ve been wearing a lot of black lately, so I love having an off-white bag that stands out against my outfits. It also perfectly fits my iPad mini and has really cute details.