• Makeup,  Skin Care

    The Not So Best of January

    To start, Ben  Wishaw could be the next doctor – shut up. Officially, there are 15 other contenders but who cares about them.  Well, I would take Rupert Grint but won’t he always be Ron? Idris Elba would be kick ass too but I’d rather see him in a Bond movie. And can I throw Ryan Cartwright out there? He was perfect as Nigel in Bones, I was bummed with how and when he left ๐Ÿ™ Anyway, so many not so best things from January but I am sticking to the beauty related stuff here ๐Ÿ˜› Truly, it was a pretty great month for discovering new products that are really working for…

  • Makeup

    NYX Sale – Soft Matte Lip Cream

    Just over here testing lipstick, watching the 9th Doctor (I feel like everyone skips, Eccleston and it is a travesty) and staying the hell away from Facebook, my feed has seemingly become a contest of petulance. Sometimes I feel guilty for getting on here and posting as a blog about makeup seems trivial in comparison to so many other things. But for one hour it provides me the opportunity to escape, partake in camaraderie and discover new ideas and experiences. And I love that and I won’t feel guilty about it (well, not too guilty). I have quite a few products to talk about from the NYX sale and I…

  • Skin Care

    Sample Saturday – Sunday Riley

    I find myself in need of a laugh more often these days – if you are in need of a harmless chuckle, troll the reviews on Amazon. Sounds totally lame but often times since I am shopping for women’s products, I run into reviews that men have posted after purchasing something for their wives/girlfriends/significant others/etc and they are hilarious. ‘I think she liked it, she uses it…’ or ‘My wife really loves online shopping, Christmas is her SuperBowl and I knew this desk shelf would be perfect for her computer.’ ๐Ÿ˜€ Something almost always cracks me up, it is just so sweet. I wonder now if the BF has ever…

  • Best Of's

    Best of January

    PSA – Mario Badescu droppedย  a new facial spray, don’t worry – I ordered 5 bottles (2, I ordered 2) and cannot wait to share my thoughts! I don’t know if the rose one can be beat but we shall see! Yikes – 4 days until the end of January and I guessย that it’sย now acceptable to post a Best Of blog! This might be a long one but that means it was good month, right?! I am starting with skincare; this year (and every year) I convince myself that I will be dedicated to beautiful skin –ย I take care of my skin, I amย no stranger at the dermatologist and know…

  • Skin Care

    A Lush Valentine

    I am not huge into Valentine’s Day – it’s cute and the decorations are always adorable with the teenie hearts and the pink and blah, blah, blah but it just doesn’t do it for me. I’ll put together treat bags and I almost always decorated my classroom but not much outside of that. When I cracked open my LUSH box and realized how many Valentine’s Day items I ordered – I didn’t even know myself. In my defense, rose is my absolute most favourite scent and it has been hi-jacked by Valentine’s Day. All of the good rose stuff is released around V-day and I am a little bitter about…

  • Subscription Boxes

    Wednesday Reveal – January Sephora Play!

    I love fresh snow – it snowed today and everything looks all crisp and pure again, it was getting real ugly around here. I also love it when I order stuff online and then forget that I bought it and am not obsessively tracking it and when it arrives it is a surprise! Like a little gift from my past self to my current self ๐Ÿ˜› I was on the wait list for Sephora Play! for a hot minute and received my first bag today. I wasn’t totally sold on subscribing for this one, reviews are all over the place but it is only $10 bucks a month and you…

  • Subscription Boxes

    January Wantable

    Fair warning – this isn’t beauty related! I received a wantable Fitness subscription for my birthday. This is a monthly subscription box filled with articles of clothing, accessories or beauty items that have been curated by your personal stylist. You pay a $20 styling fee that is applied to your total cost of the items kept. You get 5 days to return anything you aren’t crazy about. They include a return label and envelope in your box, you just drop it off or arrange a USPS pick-up. You fill out your profile, tell them what you like and dislike, your sizes and any specific notes that you would like to…

  • Makeup

    NYX Sale – Lip Liner

    I had a little too much fun at ULTA today, NYX is on BOGO and I have been waiting for the sale to purchase a few lip liners. I don’t wear lip liner and in fact did not own a single one until today! Unfortunately, they were super picked over and I only manage to find 4 that I thought would work under a few shades of lippies. UlTA was a mad-house, I felt like I was constantly in someone’s way and couldn’t really get in the display to dig and find everything that I wanted. I will share my other pick-ups later in the week ๐Ÿ™‚ I picked up…

  • Skin Care

    Sample Saturday – pixi

    2017 will be my year of serious skincare, I’ve always taken extra precautions with my skin and have a solid routine but I’m 30 now and I think it is time to add some things that I’ve not done routinely. This year I want to focus on clearing some areas of texture on my chin and nose that I feel that I have struggled with since ever. I’ve been researching lots of peels and resurfacing products but I have super sensitive skin and have to tread carefully. I’ve already stumbled on a fantastic face wash from my first Birchbox and now I have found another product that I am really…

  • Life&Style

    Coffee Confessions

    Rain in January – now, I am not a terribly religious person but I am extremely superstitious and there was something so ominous about today. The fog and the rain, the sky is blanketed with pitch black clouds – I can’t even see the lights of Minneapolis from my suburb. It reminds of when the dementors are mating in Half-Blood Prince and it blankets London in mist and fog, gives me the creeps. Just a very strange day – I should have just stayed home. I had one of those encounters today where your past is suddenly standing right in front of you and if there was a right or…