Friday, July 31, 2015

July Beauty Favorites

     Why July??  Whyyyyyy?? Why did you go so fast?  My summer vacation is now half over and I am already beginning to get back to school anxiety.  Ok, rant over.

    July did bring me some new hot weather products that had me reaching for them almost daily.  Here they are:

*Hard Candy Fast and Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray*

This stuff is amazing!!  Apply this under and over your makeup and your makeup will not budge, no matter how high the humidity is.  My only problem with this product is the spray bottle itself.  I may try to transfer it into a bottle with a finer mist.

*Younique 3d+ Fiber Lash Mascara*

I had already been obsessed with my Younique mascara and they go and improve it and make me more obsessed with it.  This mascara gives me the equivalent of about 3 coats of the old formula without the spidery lashes.  This is a bit goopier than the old formula though so take your time with it to get optimal results!

*Younique Splurge Cream Shadow in Dreamy*

Every month Younique releases a new shade of their cream shadow and every month the new shade becomes my new favorite.  This to me is one of the more opaque shades and the silver is amazing!  I love it during the summer, but I can't wait to use it in shimmery looks around wintertime.

*Dollar Tree Spin Pin*

I was at a Dollar Tree a few weeks ago with my mom and we saw this bun making kit which came with hair ties, bobby pins and spin pins.  I haven't seen my spin pins in years so I decided to pick this up.  While these don't feel as hefty as the Goody spin pins, they still work!  If they can work for my super thick hair, they can definitely work for most hair types.  I just have to use a few extra bobby pins to keep my layers in check.


What beauty products were you reaching for this past month??

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Beauty Essentials

   While technically summer is half over, I feel as if it's just beginning.  I (stupidly) decided to teach a summer enrichment program and while the pay was great, as were the kids, I really feel like I didn't even start my summer vacation yet.  However, don't feel too bad.  I've already had a few road trips and a couple visits to the pool.

Here are the summer beauty essentials I have been reaching for lately in between lesson plans and workshops:

Why so many foundations????

*GloNaturals BB Cream in Light*

GloNaturals is the Vitacost house brand and I have to say, this is a decent BB cream.  I mix this with a facial sunscreen and this becomes my go to product for the beach or pool.  I'm not yet confident enough in my skin to go fresh faced at the beach.

*Younique BB Flawless in Bisque*

Another BB Cream? Yes!  This has been my day to day BB cream while at work.  This really evens out my skin and lets any tan I may have shine through.  This is perfect for not super sweaty days or my air conditioned summer school.

*Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray*

This stuff is awesome!  I spray this on my face before applying my makeup and after.  It really helps to keep everything stay put.  I don't love the spray bottle itself as it sucks at giving an even spray, but this stuff really helps makeup stay put and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.

*It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation SPF 50*

This is the first powder foundation I feel comfortable wearing on it's own.  This is perfect for those super hot, humid days or for any time I know I'm going to be out on the town and don't want my foundation pooling around my nose.  It's not full coverage like it claims, but it definitely is medium coverage.

*Tarte Park Avenue Princess Waterproof Bronzer*

I tend to get very sweaty in the summer and this waterproof bronzer really does stay put.  It's warm enough to look like a legit tan, but not muddy.  

*Younique Splurge Cream Shadow in Charming*

I love this mermaidy color.  It looks so beautiful on tanned skin and really does give a shimmering, mermaid like effect to eyes.  This, some liner and mascara and bam, I'm ready to go.

*Younique Lucrative Lipgloss in Lovesick*

I love a bright, cherry popsicle type lip color for summer.  This gloss fits that bill perfectly.  It doesn't get too goopy, which I can't stand, especially in the summer, and it reflects the sun so nicely with it's sparkles.

*Lovesick Gloss*
*Charming Shadow*

Those are my summer beauty essentials.  I am still on the hunt for a cruelty free, preferably more natural, facial sunscreen so if anyone has any recommendations please comment below!!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cruelty Free Drugstore Starter Kit

     When I first decided to go cruelty free with my cosmetics and personal care items, I had to determine whether I was going to just throw away all of my non-cruelty free items and start from scratch or just use up the non-cruelty free items I had and refuse to purchase them anymore.  Due to financial reasons, I decided upon the second option.

   However, while beginning my cruelty free research I realized I could create a pretty great basic cruelty free starter kit from the drugstore for a very reasonable price!

  Here we goooooo…..


*ELF Studio Blemish Control Primer*

I really love this Elf primer.  It has a bit of a silicone feel and glides on the skin very nicely.  It definitely helps to fill in my pores and provide a smooth surface.  I don't really notice it helping with staying power, but not a lot of primers do help with that for me.

*Wet and Wild Coverall Foundation*

This foundation is absolutely amaze balls.  It's very thick, so I would work with it quickly and in small sections, but it provides a beautiful coverage and finish.  To get a near full coverage finish from the drugstore is beyond amazing to me.

Under eye Concealer
*Physician's Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Concealer*

Now this is not a full coverage under eye concealer and it's not what I reach for for special events or going out type of looks, but for day to day wear this stuff is perfect!  It conceals while highlighting and blends nicely.

*Hard Candy Glamoflauge Light Duo*

This concealer has a yellow concealer (I use it under my eyes prior to applying the product above) and a regular concealer.  I love the convenience of this product and the precise application with the pencil like method.  It blends beautifully and provides amazing coverage without feeling as thick as cakey as the original.


Elf Contouring Blush and Bronzer

This is the only product you need to pack for bronzer and cheek color.  If you are very pale (as I am in the winter) this bronzer may be too dark for you, but for summer time this duo is perfection.  


Elf Studio Eyebrow Kit

I don't know how I went so long without using this kit again.  This makes sure my eyebrows are always on fleeeeeek.  It may take a bit longer than an eye pencil, but I think it gives a more defined look and really helps my sparse brows look fuller than they are.

*Eye Primer*
Wet and Wild Fergie Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer*

I really think you won't feel the need to purchase anymore expensive eye shadow primers after purchasing this one.  It performs just as well as my Urban Decay Primer potion and is literally a fraction of the price.

Milani Easy Eye Retractable Pencil Liner

I really like Milani's liners.  Although they don't always stay put on me (very little does) it actually looks beautiful a bit smudged and goes on so creamy.  If you are looking for a super precise lined look though, I am not sure if this is your best bet.

Wet and Wild Trios 

I LOVE Wet and Wild's eyeshadow trios.  I also like the quality of the shadows in their 8 pan shadows, but I don't find myself reaching for them as frequently as I do my trios.  This particular one, Sweet as Candy, is a great neutral favorite and creates such a soft and feminine look.

Unfortunately, I can't do a drugstore lip category as I'm just a gloss girl and I have yet to find a cruelty free, drugstore gloss I have gone bananas over.  

Any recommendations? 

As you can see, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to be cruelty free and look like your most gorgeous self! 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Summer 2015 Bucket List

    Every season I find it so fun to create a bucket list.  Summer bucket lists are always especially entertaining since there's so much more time to do things.  Here are the activities I'm hoping to cross off of my summer 2015 bucket list!

1. Make s'mores

I don't care if these are by fireside, one of those little s'more makers or in the damn microwave.  I will make these delicious goodies this summer!

2. Go to a summer concert

This is one I can already cross off my list as I attended Taylor Swift's 1989 Tour on Friday night.  It was a blast!  She put on some show and I haven't stopped singing her songs since.

3.  Have drinks waterside

New York is full of water front bars and bistros and I need to attend one ASAP.

4.  Beach day with friends

I'm not a big beach girl and I love sleeping in on the weekends so I usually skip out on beach days.  This summer I am setting an alarm and forcing myself to go out and spend a day at the beach.

5.  Make popsicles

I've seen so many awesome recipes for homemade popsicles and even some adult versions.  I can't wait to hit up a dollar store to find the molds and get creating.

6.  Have a picnic

I tend to dislike eating outside a lot as I can't stand bugs.  However, summer time is the perfect time to have a picnic so why not wrap up a sandwich, pack a blanket and make a go of it.

7.  Complete a DIY project

I have SO many DIY project videos saved on Youtube or pinned on Pinterest.  My apartment is still a bit bare so it's time I get to creating.

8.  Have an impromptu photo shoot 

I loved the episode of Gossip Girl where Blair and Serena took dresses from Blair's mom and had a fun impromptu photo shoot in Central Park.  I need to grab my friends and do the same thing.

9.  Take a boat ride

To me nothing says summer more than a boat ride.  Whether it be a cruise around the city, a row boat in Central Park or a paddle boat on the lake, I need to get on a boat this summer.

10.  Take a stroll around Central Park

I love Central Park.  It's just so quintessential New York City.  Central Park has so many beautiful areas to explore and I'm ready to do some more exploring this summer.

11.  Bake on a rainy day

While I live for outdoor walks and pool days with my best friend there's something so romantic about a summer rainy day.  I have so many recipes pinned that it's time I use some of my new kitchen gadgets to bake something delicious on a rainy day.

12.  Go heat free with my hair for a week

I've grown so accustomed to flat ironing my hair every day that even when I know I am going to have it up all day.  I've been dealing with more frizz than I am used to having so I plan on getting a keratin treatment done next week so I can begin to rock my natural wave regularly.

13.  Wear bright eye liner

Summer is the time to wear bright, bold colors so why not take that trend and apply it to eyeliner?  I think I want to go with teal or lavender. 

14.  Keep a summer scrapbook

I'm already going to use one of my old SmashBooks to keep a summer scrapbook, but I would love to have all of my summer 2015 memories in one place to look back at over the colder months.

What's on your summer 2015 bucket list? I'm always looking to add more things!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

My Favorite Essential Oils and Their Uses

    A few months back I purchased a premium starter kit from Young Living Essential Oils.  My friend Jeanne, who is uber healthy and natural and organic, kept talking about oils in passing and I finally picked her brain about it.  She uses essential oils in almost every area of her life, personal care, health and wellness, in her home, everything.  She became a Young Living distributor so I decided to order a big kit from her, since I really didn't know where to start with oils.

   The kit I purchased came with a nice variety of oils ( 11 in total) of the highest quality in a variety of scents.  It came with some information on these oils, but I found this blog post most helpful in using the oils that came with my kit.  I was blown away with how many uses there were for each of the oils in this kit.  I was also surprised at how little of each oil was needed to be effective.  This was awesome information for me as these oils were not cheap!!

   Now I have had the kit for a few months, but I haven't played around with them as much as I would like.  I purchased a few rollerballs to create some blends for ailments such as cramps, headaches, anxiety,etc.

   However, I have played around with some of the oils and especially my diffusers and here are my favorites so far!

My full Young Living Essential Oils Collection (stored in my spice cabinet)


My favorite uses are:
…diffusing it while going to bed…deepest sleep ever!
..rubbing it on my feet prior to wearing flats- really helps cut down on flat funk

*Combination of lemon, lavender and peppermint*

This trio is called the allergy bomb and it's amazing! I diffuse 3 drops of each of these and it really helps to eliminate the symptoms of seasonal allergies.


My favorite uses are…
..inhaling this when I have a headache or migraine
…rubbing it on my stomach when I am suffering from indigestion or a stomachache


My favorite uses are…
..diffusing this in my kitchen whenever it gets a bit stinky
..applying to a mosquito bite to cut down on the itching 


My favorite use is…

..this thieves antibacterial spray..this thing cleans/deodorizes anything

*Stress Away*

My favorite use is…

…inhaling from the bottle 
..diffusing for stress relief purposes

I feel as if I'm still using these oils in the most basic ways, and I plan on utilizing these more in my daily life and also playing around with the rest of the oils in the kit.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

June Random Favorites

    For the month of June I was actually a bit more excited about my random favorites, than my beauty favorites.  They have proved to be some great discoveries for me!


Prosecco has become my favorite adult beverage of the summer.  This sparkling white wine is amazing with a few fresh strawberries thrown in the glass and the carbonation helps to keep it from going down too quickly.  I haven't found a particular brand I'm more fond of than others, but I love this LaMarca one simply because it tastes good and matches my kitchen!

Young Living Oil Diffuser

A few months back I ordered a starter kit from Young Living Essential Oils.  My friend at work swore by essential oils and used them for basically everything.  I'm really trying to use more natural products instead of relying on chemicals or traditional medications so I ordered this some what expensive starter kit and have been using this diffuser almost daily whether it's for allergy purposes, migraine purposes or getting the funky smell out of my kitchen.  Stay tuned for a blog post all about my oils collection!

Saturday Farmers Market

I am lucky enough to be within walking distance of a farmers market every Saturday.  My Saturday ritual consists of waking up, walking down to the farmers market for my produce for the week, picking up an applesauce muffin and Starbucks for breakfast and just enjoying my weekend.  I've been picking up mainly cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, white potatoes, and zucchini for my zucchini pasta.

The Chalene Show Podcast

Tammy told me about The Chalene Show podcast a few months ago and I didn't think anything of it.  One day I got so sick of hearing the same damn music on the radio every time I drove to work that I decided to listen to a podcast.  I instantly became hooked.  Chalene's shows are so interesting and vary in topic from things like organization, social media, personal branding, fitness, weight loss, etc.  Her topics and guests are always very interesting and I have learned quite a few things from her.  

Netflix and Gossip Girl

When I bought my place I also bought a massive tv for my living room.  I have never used a Smart Tv before and I became quickly addicted to it when I realized I could watch Netflix and Youtube so easily.  My dad shared his Netflix log in with me and I quickly added Gossip Girl to my queue.  I remember watching the first season of Gossip Girl and being obsessed and I don't know why I stopped.  I've been watching an episode almost daily for the whole month of June.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

June Beauty Favorites

    I know people say this every month, but I honestly can not believe that the month of June is over.  June was a very up and down month for me.  I found out I was getting moved from the school that I felt so comfortable and happy in, only later to find out the principal I grew to adore was getting moved to another school.  I'm still slowly getting my apartment together and it's honestly taking a bit longer than I thought.

     On top of that my skin has been going bananas.  I went to the dermatologist a few weeks ago and was told I had seb dermatitis.  It's gross, but it's basically dandruff of the face.  I have been applying a prescription cream and it seems to be at bay, but I have to be very careful with products now which is really no fun!

  Other than that I actually made a great discovery.  My super sweaty summer skin loves powder foundations!  When my classroom was reaching temperatures upwards of 107 degrees, I no longer experienced foundation pooling around my eyeglasses line.  I am very, very happy with this!

*Captain Blankenship Mermaid Mane Sea Salt Spray*

I think I received this in my Vegan Cuts Beauty Box and it's really amazing.  It doesn't give my hair any sort of oily or greasy feeling and really helps to bring out any natural texture I have.  I've used it on damp and dry hair and it doesn't feel like it builds up.  However, I always experience a lot of frizz when I use any beach spray so I am trying to find a good product to combat that.

*It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Light*

I got this in a QVC It Cosmetics kit and I am so glad I did!  I never really thought of myself as a powder foundation girl, but this stuff is awesome.  It's described as full coverage, but I find it to be medium coverage which is what I want anyway.  It doesn't settle into my pores and doesn't run off of my sweaty face.  It's really a summer stand out for me.

*Younique Mineral Touch Cream Foundation in Organza*

Since I've been experiencing so many skin problems as of late, I wasn't comfortable with just the coverage of the powder foundation.  I used this around my dermatitis breakouts prior to applying my foundation and it works amazingly.  I also use this to cover up any bruises on my legs (I bruise like a peach) and while it doesn't cover them up completely it definitely makes them WAY less noticeable.

*Younique Moodstruck Minerals Pigment in Sassy*

I am not a fan of the color pink at all.  However, a Younique presenter posted a picture of her wearing just a pink pigment and I thought it looked so beautiful.  I've been pairing this with the product below and it gives the prettiest, most feminine look.  Pair this with some black liner and 3D Lashes and it's a perfect girly look.

*Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencil in Pink Evermore*

I rarely wear a single shadow color without a cream base and this pink color provides the perfect base for the Sassy pigment.  If you aren't a fan of sparkle though, this product and this combination is not for you.

*Ofra Professional Makeup Brush #20*

I have been using this to apply the Mineral Touch Cream Foundation around my breakouts and it works beautifully.  I don't typically like a paddle type foundation/concealer brush, but for applying a product that is just going to be covered up by foundation anyway, this works beautifully.

Pink Evermore with Sassy Pigment

What products were you reaching for this past month?

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