• Monday Must Haves

    Monday Must Have – Australian Gold

    Shout out to Kim for posting about this amazing sunscreen in her Affordable Alternatives to Drunk Elephant Skincare post and convincing me to give it a whirl! I am not one to be on the look out for dupes, mostly because I am just bad at it and the few that I have found have been completely by accident. I appreciate all of you who put in the time finding dupes and then sharing them because it’s super helpful! Sunscreen and I do not get along, never have and it’s really frustrating since I have to wear sunscreen because I burn so easily. Most sunscreens will either break me out…

  • Makeup

    NARS Attack – Fort De France

    How much sparkly powder does one need on their face – clearly more since I keep purchasing it and putting it on my face. I love purchasing new highlighter and layering it on to see what it looks, usually it looks nuts because I am wearing several highlighters at once but I have no self-control and it’s not like I am leaving the house anyway. On my way out of ULTA a few weeks ago, I noticed these giants pans of NARS highlighting powders in a handful of new shades. I grabbed one thinking that it was a huge pan of my fave Albatross highlighter but this wasn’t the case…

  • Makeup,  Product Reviews

    (bare)Pro or No?

    bareminerals, the company that convinced women everywhere that liquid foundation was basically poison and shouldn’t be anywhere near our skin recently released a liquid foundation of their very own. When I started wearing their original mineral foundation, I was 17-18 years old and it was all that I needed in a foundation until my mid to late 20’s and I stopped liking how it set on my skin so I switched to liquid foundation. I would like to think that the brand knew that its original fans had drifted back to liquid foundation because it is more forgiving and thus released a good for your skin liquid foundation to accommodate…

  • Fragrance

    The Scent of Summer

    I just read that Minnesota picked the black licorice jelly bean as the best flavour and I am adding that to the list of reasons to move along with potholes, tater tot hotdish, the Twins and the housing market. Black licorice?! I mean, it makes total since, it seems like it could be enjoyable but is ultimately disappointing and leaves a bad taste in your mouth – much like Minnesota. Anyway, while I was completely mislead by the gals on Sex & the City about how life would be in my early 30’s, I completely trust SJP when it comes to fragrance. Well, when it comes to her STASH line…

  • Skin Care

    Misbehaving Skincare Routine

    Did I mention that I am over summer? The humidity, the needless sweating, frizzy hair and funky skin. I definitely wear less makeup in the hotter weather but I do still wear makeup and mixed with sweat, this can get gross quick. Luckily, I have found some effective products that keep my skin (mostly) clear. This is my simple, summer skincare routine 🙂 To start, we have the double cleanse which I find to be the best way to remove every speck of lotion, sunscreen and makeup. You can use a balm, Pond’s, oil based cleansing wipes – pretty much anything that is oil based that will dissolve makeup. I…

  • Best Of's

    Best of July

    I spend about 30% of my existence trying to figure out how to get more caffeine into my body – not soda or energy drinks which would probably actually get me more bang for my buck, mostly just coffee and teas. I stopped for coffee this morning, the gas station that I stop at didn’t have any coffee!? It is a 24 hour gas station, where the hell did all of the coffee go?! There are at least 6 coffee dispensers, not counting decaf, and not a drop of coffee. It was a nightmare. Coffee doesn’t actually do anything for me but I am still bummed about it. Yes, it is the…

  • Makeup

    Currently Coveting – Makeup Forever

    Who needs more blusher? Not this girl. Who is probably going to purchase more anyway? *le sigh* I have never looked twice at the Makeup Forever brand aside from their stick foundation that is totally legit. I also find myself in a bit of a Makeup Malaise – new releases have not been wow’ing me (TooFaced White Chocolate Bar Palette) but I am over the moon about the Artist Face Color Highlight, Sculpt and Blush Powder. Not only does this line of powders come in so many amazing shades (and 2 finishes), some that I definitely do not own – you can customize your own 2 or 3 pan palettes – what?! You can…

  • Birchbox,  Subscription Boxes

    Wednesday Reveal – July Birchbox

    I am deep in the weeds researching perms, I really think that this is the time that I am going to do it. There are a few salons in my area that offer a natural perm, which I think I may opt for. I hope this isn’t one of those things though where the natural option costs twice as much (it does) but doesn’t actually work. I have run into this before, I want to give these products a try because they are better for me but then they don’t work. Looking at you wart remover – I had a wart, on my hand and I used this holistic salve…

  • Ipsy,  Subscription Boxes

    Wednesday Reveal (On Friday) – July Glambag

    I decided to post a sub-box this week even though they arrived too late for a Wednesday Reveal but would like to stay somewhat current with these. I will post my Product of the Week on Sunday! I have to say that Ipsy Care was very helpful and promptly replaced the eye-shadow that arrived shattered in my last bag. Thanks to all of the ladies who recommended that I contact them! This month’s theme is Over Easy – lazy beauty essentials? I never know, I never get these. I do love Gudetama – he is this sluggish, over easy egg that was created by Sanrio. He’s a little yolk that glides around on albumen,…

  • Makeup

    Naked Heat Collection – First Impressions

    Leave it to British television to rip your guts out – between the finale of The Fall and how Broadchurch season two ended, I’m a little distraught. I am excited to see David Tennant in another season of Broadchurch but I am going to have to take a breather. I still haven’t gotten over Rose *sob* or Donna Noble for that matter – who the hell writes this stuff?! My co-worker asked me if I ever get tired of putting on eye makeup *gasp* I get that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea to do their makeup everyday and I like to sleep as much as the next person but I…