Monday, September 29, 2014

September Beauty Favorites

   Again, I must apologize for my complete lack of posting.  Since I started teaching at the beginning of September I just have become completely overwhelmed.  I knew it wouldn't be easy, but I work in a severely special ed classroom and it has really hit me hard physically, emotionally and time-wise.  This weekend I plan on printing the entire internet and planning for the next few weeks or so, so I can attempt to stay ahead of the game.

   Anyway, on to the beauty favorites!

*Victoria's Secret Breathless Body Lotion*
I received this lotion as an end of the year gift from a student last year and I just began using it.  It smells SO good and is a perfect daily lotion as it absorbs very quickly and works with a variety of perfumes or scents.

*Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencil in Pink Evermore*
I used to love to do a decent, basic eye look for work, but with my own class that idea flew out the window.  I apply this shimmery pink shadow and a brown liner and I'm set for the day.  This is the only color of this pencil I have, but I really want to try more!

*Younique Moodstruck Minerals Matte Pigment in Twitterated*
I recently became a Younique presenter and my presenter's kit included every Younique pigment!  Can we talk about a good time??  This pigment in Twitterated is the perfect Penn State blue for my team themed eye looks.

*Younique Moodstruck Minerals Matte Pigment in Crushed*
I have been playing around with the idea of an emerald eye to make the green in my eyes pop.  This is a beautiful emerald that I like to wear on the lid with a soft brown in the crease.  This applies super smoothly as well, especially for a matte color!

*Younique Moodstruck Minerals Shimmer Pigment in Sexy*
I didn't reach for this color right away, but my best friend did and loved it.  This is a super shimmery champagne color and I love to apply it right dab in the middle of my lids for an extra pop of shimmer.  It also looks really pretty placed on the inner tear duct for a pop.

*The Honest Co Organic Lip Balm in Lavender Mint*
I've had this lip balm in my collection for quite a while, but only reached for it as I wasn't having luck with my other lip balm.  This stuff is great.  It feels smooth and buttery without slick and I love the subtle hint of mint.  Once my Target starts carrying The Honest Co products I will definitely be repurchasing.

Jordana Pencil in Pink Evermore
Younique Pigment in Sexy
Younique Pigment in Twitterated
Younique Pigment in Crushed

If you are interested in purchasing any of these pigments, or other Younique products, click here!

What beauty products were you reaching for this month?  

Any Jordana shadow pencil recommendations?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Beauty Lust List

    This week the air has felt a bit crisper and you can just smell that fall is in the air!  Fall is my absolute favorite season.  It's not gross and sweaty like the summer or freezing and snowing like the winter.  It's home to hoodies and riding boots and of course, football.

   As the weather begins to get chillier, I like to change up my makeup as well as my fashion!

Here are some beauty items that are on my fall makeup wish list:

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Eyeshadow in Shimmering Deep Bronze

During the fall season, my skin tends to get a bit drier.  I've read up that this eyeshadow is super moisturizing and also super pigmented.  It's a win-win!

Pacifica Lip Gloss in Opal

I have been lusting after this lip gloss since I've seen a swatch of it on a Youtube video.  It's a beautiful subdued nude.  For only $12 for a natural gloss, I have to get my hand on it!

Silk Naturals Bare Necessities Set

This set is a dupe for the Urban Decay 3 palette.  The more I play with my Younique pigments, the more comfortable I become with using pigments.  I love the rose gold tones of the UD 3 palette, and this natural and cruelty free alternative seems like a must try!

WnW Fergie Ferguson Crest Cabernet Lippie

Yes, I want to try the dark, super dark lip trend this fall.  What better way to try it out then with an awesome and affordable makeup line?  Any other recommendations for some cheap dark lip colors to try would be greatly appreciated!

Healing Waters Facial Hydration by Rainwater Botanicals on Etsy

I've tried a few samples of face products from Rainwater Botanicals and was very impressed.  I really want to try a more nourishing daytime moisturizer but something that's good for my sensitive skin.  I will definitely be trying this baby.

Desert Essence Coconut Hair Defrizzer & Heat Protector

I love the smell of my Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo  and I really want to try this!  Any product that can defrizz and protect my hair from the heat sounds good to me!

Uplift Eye Serum by Younique

Thirty is just a few months away, so I am ALL about the anti-aging skincare.  The results I've seen from this Uplift Eye Serum look amazing, so I have to get my hands on this!

What beauty products have you been lusting after for this fall?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Current Empties

   It's time to empty out the empties bin again!  I love these posts, because I always feel like I keep buying products and then not using them up, but these posts are proof that I do actually use the products.


*Chella Dazzling Dark Brown Eyebrow Color*
I received this in an Ipsy bag a while back and I haven't used it until recently, but it was really great.  It had a super fine point and blended into my brows beautifully.  However, I won't be repurchasing because I'm fine with my WnW 99 cent brow color.

*Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara*
I bought this on my hunt for a decent natural mascara.  I didn't actually like this mascara until it thickened up after a month or so of use.  I won't be repurchasing this.

*PF Youthful Wear Spotless Concealer*
I love this concealer for my under eyes!  It blends in beautifully and provides a nice brightening effect.  It's not enough for my super exhausted days, but for my daily use it's great.  I will be repurchasing this.

*Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Balm*
I think I received this as a Sephora perk like years ago.  I honestly don't see what the big hype is over an expensive tinted lip balm.  It was pretty, but nothing spectacular.  This will not be a repurchase.

*Pur Pressed Mineral Makeup in Blushed Medium*
I would use this lightly over my BB cream and I really enjoyed the coverage it gave.  However, I have been loving the Josie Maran Argan powder and I will be sticking with that for a while.

*Nivea Lip Butter in Rasberry Rose Kiss*
I have been using this for a while as a nightly lip balm.  It was just too milky on my lips to actually wear out of the house.  I liked how moisturizing it was, but I'll stick with good ol' cocoa butter.


*The Face Shop Post-Acne Nighttime Spot Eraser*
I bought this last year in Jersey at the Face Shop and I really liked it.  My skin randomly breaks out really badly and my skin scars so easily.  This really helped speed up the process of lightening my scars.  Next time I make a trip out to Jersey I will be picking this up.

*Yes to Cucumbers Makeup Remover Wipes*
I LOVE, LOVE these wipes and will be repurchasing them constantly.  Expect to see them in every empties post ever.

*Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser*
I really enjoyed this facial cleanser, but wasn't wowed by it.  It did help keep a lot of break outs at bay, but I found out that Burt's Bees is owned by a parent company that tests on animals, so it's gotta go!

 Body Care and Misc.
*CVS Brand Whitening Rinse*
I have had this forever and it just tasted so badly that it took me almost a year to use it up.  I definitely will not be repurchasing.

*Out Of Africa Pure Shea Butter Bar Soap*
I ran out of shaving cream and decided to give this a try. It worked beautifully!  This soap is so beautifully moisturizing.  It's been a while since I've used bar soap, but I will be picking up another one of these to have on hand.

*Dream Water*
I received this in my last Bulu Box and I don't know if it was a mental thing or if it actually worked, but this did help me fall asleep the night before school first started.  I think I will pick up a few of these to have on hand.

*Trader Joe's Moisturizing Cream Shave*
This shave cream is my holy grail shave cream.  It smells amazing and is so soothing and moisturizing on my legs.  I have already repurchased and will repurchase again.

*Giovanni Cucumber Song Body Wash*
This stuff smells like a fresh summer salad, but I didn't like the way it lathered up.  I won't be repurchasing.

 Hair and Nails
*Le Baby Hair Gel*
I have had this gel for years.  I forgot what sample box I actually received this in.  It's an all natural hair gel and it was way too runny to actually use.  Definitely won't be repurchasing.

*Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color*
I used these samples up over a week trip to the Cape.  It was a nice shampoo and conditioner, but nothing all that special.  

*Seche Vite Top Coat*
This bottle is still half full, but I just can't stand it.  It's just way too thick and goopy and I can't see what the hype is about.  Definitely will not be repurchasing.

What products did you use up this month? 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

August Random Favorites

   I love doing random favorites.  Living the good life on a budget isn't only about looking great, but about being great also!  Here are some products that have put a smile on my face during the month of August.

*Ola Chocolate Banana Chip Granola*

I swear, sometimes I get the best food or snacks in places like TJ Maxx or Marshalls.  This bag of granola was $4 and it is absolutely delicious.  I'm not in love with the banana chips in it, but luckily there aren't a lot of pieces of banana in it.  A tablespoon of this sprinkled in my vanilla greek yogurt makes the perfect breakfast.

*Faux Tangle Teezer*

Another great TJ Maxx/Marshalls find.  I've seen the real Tangle Teezers at Sally's for like $15 and since I've heard such mixed reviews on it, I didn't want to spend that.  I find this imitation one at Marshalls and it's amazing!  I use this on damp hair to evenly distribute product and use it on dry hair when I have a knot or some kinks.  If you see one of these at Marshalls- pick it up!

*Flat Tummy Tea*

I started this tea detox fully last week and while I haven't noticed a weight loss effect (could be my lack of exercise and eating everything in sight), I have noticed one great result from it.  WARNING: TMI!  This tea has made me regular for the first time in my life.  This has led to much less bloating and an overall better feeling.  Expect a full review soon!

*Return of Penn State Football*

Get used to reading this every August.  When Penn State football returns I just have an extra pep in my step and much more blue and white in my wardrobe!

*Courtneysvlog on Youtube*

I have found some great cruelty free/natural Youtube channels lately, and Courtney's has quickly become one of my favorites.  I love the information and products she features, and love her personality!   Definitely check her out if you are interested in learning more about natural makeup and skincare brands.

What were your random favorites for the month of August?

Who was your favorite Youtuber of the month? 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August Beauty Favorites

    August is usually a month that is not my favorite.  It's grossly hot and sticky and it means summer is almost over.  However, this August was different.  This August brought upon beautiful temperature and low humidity (until this week) AND the news that I got a new job.  After years of being a teaching assistant, after years of debating whether education was for me, I got a full time teaching position!  So August wasn't too shabby of a month for me.

   So on to the beauty products that I was reaching for in August, that great month!

*Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes*

I have been seeing Instagram pictures for months on the 3d lashes, and didn't really believe it.  Well in July my blogger biffer Tammy became a Younique Presenter and had a lash party.  I of course had to order some mascara and to support her and well-it was love at first application!  I loved it so much, that I decided to become a presenter myself!  
Click here to check out my site! So exciting!

*Cargo Blush in Mendocino*

I've had this Cargo blush for quite a while, and it seems like I reach for it every summer.  It's a bit on the shimmery side, but the deeper color just looks great on a tan, and almost replicates that little bit of sunburn on the cheeks that looks so youthful.

*Milani Baked Bronzer in Sunset*

Tammy sent me this when it didn't' work for her.  I'm glad she did, as it works beautifully for me!  This isn't a color I would contour with, as it has a bit of shimmer, but it's great to apply for a bit of a glow.  I will be using this as my summer tan begins to fade.

*Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner Trio in Warm Nude Eyes*

I bought this when Rite Aid was having their BOGO free deal on all Physician's Formula makeup.  It comes in a trio and this is my favorite color by far.  It looks beautiful smudged under the lash line and the slight shimmer helps brighten up the whites of my eyes.

*Physicans Formula Super BB All in 1 Beauty Balm Concealer in Light/Medium*

I also bought this during the BOGO event, and at first it wasn't love, but it has grown on me very quickly.  This is not an under eye concealer for those super exhausted days, but for a regular day this stuff works and really brightens.  Wait to buy this on sale, as Physicians Formula is ALWAYS on sale somewhere, some week!

Cargo Blush
Milani Bronzer
PF Eyeliner

What beauty products were you reaching for during the last official month of summer?  

Have you tried any of my August favorites?

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