5 Favorite Fall Nail Colors

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing with you my favorite nail colors for this fall. I know I have done this type of post the last couple of years, but I figured things change, trends change, and I really like buying nail polish.  A couple of the colors you’ve seen in past seasonal favorite nail posts, and the others are brand new. So to prevent this post from getting too long, let’s jump in.

First up is a repeat offender. It is OPI’s Brisbane Bronze. I know I’ve told you all about this shade before. I love it, I use it every fall and in fact it is currently on my toes. It is the perfect sparkly brown, coppery, bronze shade.

Then we have the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear polish in 622 Retro Grade. It is a grey that is more on the mid-dark side. It is a creme formula, and if you’re in a hurry you can get away with just doing one coat. This shade is perfect for all year round or if you’re tide to dark shades in the fall and winter and bright/light shades in the spring and summer, it works as a great transition color between summer and fall.

Then we have the Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail gloss(polish) in Sapphire Flare. I believe this shade is also a repeat offender. It is a beautiful dark blue in a creme formula. Its a great neutral option and can still come off as a professional color and not an inappropriate color for the office.

The last two shades are definitely on the darker side. The first one is Carry On by Essie. It is a deep purple almost an eggplant shade. This again is a creme formula. I think there is a theme here with the exception of the first polish. I love creme formula nail polishes. Again because the shade is on the darker side, it is work appropriate, or can be used for a more formal occasion. The last shade is a cult favorite, and really what got me into darker nail colors. It is OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. This is my absolute favorite fall/winter shade. I know I’ve shared this shade with you before, and the reason why it keeps popping up is because I really do love the color and the formula. It is a deep, deep dark purple that looks almost black. Once again another creme formula.

That’s everything! Those are my 5 favorite nail colors for fall. What are your favorites? Do you favor creme or glittery formulas? Any colors or brands or formulas I should try out? What would you like to see next? Clothing haul? Random fall favorites? A daily routine? Leave your suggestions in the comments. Have a great day and see you in my next post!

3 Podcasts You Should Listen To

Hello lovelies! Welcome back! Today I’m sharing three of my favorite podcasts that I think you should listen to. Each podcast has a different theme and cover completely different topics. One is very entertaining, informative, spiritual, and covers some taboo topics. The second one is great for someone looking for some fashion inspiration and tips. The last one is probably my favorite, and I believe it feeds into my ocd and the need to clean out and organize everything constantly.

The first podcast is That’s So Retrograde. It is hosted by Elizabeth Kott and Stephanie Simbari. I would say that this podcast is focused more on wellness and lifestyle. They cover topics from spiritual to food to health and wellness, all while providing a bit of comic relief. This is the perfect type of podcast to listen to while driving, in the shower, or cleaning. Whenever I listen to an episode, I feel like I’m hanging out with friends.

My next podcast of choice would be The Style Success Podcast by Mallory Sills. With so many things online, in magazines and on tv, us as women find the pressure to wear the right thing, or constantly be on trend. What I love about Mallory is that she provides tips and tricks that make it so easy for the every day woman to dress and feel put together. She takes a lot of the guess work out for everyone. What I appreciate about the way she connects with her listeners, is that she asks what information they want to know. She will encourage them to send in their questions so she can answer them and use it as a topic in future podcasts. I feel like this makes her more real in the sense she breaks what everyone thinks the way a personal stylist is.

The last podcast feeds my need to continually go through things in my home and have everything organized. It is the podcast Organize 365 the Podcast, and is hosted by Lisa Woodruff. She is extremely relatable, she makes it seem like she has it all put together, and she has extremely great ides when it comes to cleaning and organizing your home. I have found a pattern that she tends to record her podcasts on her phone waiting for her children to get out of school. I think she is definitely a super-mom. I love listening to her episodes in the car. I’ll be honest, not all the topics relate to me or my life, but I still find many of them motivating and inspirational; almost to the point of me wanting to get home as soon as possible so I can start on my next project.

Well that’s everything for today! What podcasts have you been listening to? Are there any podcasts that I should check out? I am open to suggestions and they can cover any topic, not just health, wellness, or fashion. Thank you all for stopping by and I’ll see you in my next post.

September: The loved and unloved

Hello lovelies! I’m starting something kind of new. The loved and unloved is going to be my favorites series. I haven’t decided on how often I will do this type of post, but will do this at least on a monthly basis. My intention with this type of post is to share with you the things that I am loving the most. When it comes to the things that are considered to be unloved, they are going to be comprised of things that are good products but didn’t work for me, and products that just didn’t work for me and I think wouldn’t work for anyone else. If you love any of the items that I’m not a fan of, let me know how you use it! I may be using it completely different and that could be why it won’t work for me. Now that I’ve given you all of that info, let’s see what I’ve been loving and not loving for the month of September.

THE LOVES

First up I have the combination of Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in the Matte+Poreless and the Dewy+Smooth formula. More often than not when you hear someone mixing foundations they are two different brands and two different formulas. For me this combination is amazing. I put the a very small amount on my forehead, chin and a bit on either side of my nose. The rest of my face I’ll use the dewy+smooth formula. I’ll apply both formulas with a beauty blender and sometimes use a brush when I’m in a rush.

Next up is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion. I forgot how much I loved this liner. It is super black and lasts forever. Sticking with eyes, I am also loving the E.L.F. HD Under Eye Powder. This keeps my under eye concealer on all day, it doesn’t allow the concealer to crease, and dare I say it my holy grail?! For lips I have been loving the Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint in 05 Stripped Down. This color is the perfect, my lips, with a hint of pink, but better shade. It lasts a decent amount of time and fades nicely.

The last two items are a perfume and a hair product. The perfume I have been loving the last month is the Dolce and Gabbanna Light Blue. The scent is light, flowery yet has a deep, sexy scent within it, creating a nice day to night balance. Now for the hair product, I have absolutely been loving the Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow it (H)air Styler. I have never loved a hair product so much in my life. I’ll be honest with you guys. When it comes to hair, I just don’t know what to do, or I’m lazy, or a combination of both. So when I decided to pull the Don’t Blow It styler out of my stash, after the first time I used it, I knew I was going to repurchase it in the full size when I used this small tube up. This is the only thing that will keep my hair in its natural state all day and easily into the next day. I have been searching for years, and I mean well over 10 years for something like this.Thank you Sephora Play box for this little gem!

THE UNLOVED

Since I talked on and on about everything that I loved I will keep my unloved short and sweet. First up is the Lancome Visionnaire Yeux Eye on Correction eye balm. It’s a nice eye cream, however it’s too thick for my under eyes and there are small particles of glitter in it that you can see on your skin. So for that reason I would not repurchase this. The other eye area product that I am not a big fan of is the Maybelline the Falsies Pushup Drama Mascara. The formula itself is not clumpy, but when applying it clumps my lashes together. The other issue I have with this is that when I try to apply on my outer lashes or close to the root, almost always there is mascara on my cheek or my eyelid, or I poke myself in the eye. Ouch!

The last couple of products are for the face. There is the Farmacy Skin Dew and the Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. There are a couple of reasons why I am not a fan of the Farmacy Skin Dew. For one, the spray is fairly aggressive, and leaves quite a bit of the product in large droplets on my face that take awhile to sink in to the skin. If you use this to refresh your makeup, it will ruin your makeup by leaving droplets all over your face. Now for the Korres sleeping facial, this is heavily scented and it lingers on your skin all night. I use this only at night and when I go to sleep I can smell before I go to sleep and when I wake up in the morning, the scent is still there.

Well that’s everything that I have loved and unloved for the month of September. What have you been loving this last month? What should I try out? Are some of the products that I’m not a fan of your favorite? Tell me how you use it and why you like it. I would love to hear from you. Have a great day and see you in my next post.

 

Happy Fall!

 

 

Project Pan and Products to Use Up in 2017 Update

Hello lovelies! Today I’m back with a long overdue update on the products that are in my project pan and products that I want to use up in 2017. I have used up a few items and made some progress on others. There is one item that I am just getting rid of because it just got old and smells weird.

Let’s start with the one item that I’m just getting rid of. I’m getting rid of the Victoria’s Secret Noir Tease. I’m getting rid of it because the scent changed and just doesn’t smell right. So because of that I’m no longer going to hold on to it.

The next few items are products that I have used up. I have used up the Benefit Porefessional Primer, the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, the Nivea A Kiss of Mint and Minerals Lip Balm, Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash, and the Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent Lotion. I know I haven’t used up nearly as many items as I would like. The summer has been really hot, and I’ve been in the pool a lot. For me, it just didn’t make sense to put on make up and take it off an hour later.

The rest of the items I have made minimal progress. Like I said I haven’t worn much makeup over the summer and just recently started putting on a little bit of makeup in the last month. I mentioned in another post that in the Chicagoland area we are still in the 80s, which is basically give me the sunscreen and ditch the makeup.

The next group of items that I will probably finish up by the end of the year. I should be able to finish up the E.L.F. HD Under Eye Setting Powder, Maybelline The Falsies Push-Up Drama Waterproof Mascara, NYX butter gloss in Creme Brulee, Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian, and MAC All That Glitters eye shadow. I will let you know of Instagram if I finish up anything between now and my next update.  If there is anything that you want to see progress on that I’ve shown in the past, let me know.

I think that’s everything for today. If you would like for me to continue doing posts like these, let me know. I would love to hear from you! Have a great weekend! I will see you in my next post.

September Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! Today we are digging through my September Play box. I know it has been awhile since I’ve shared what has come in my box. If you want to know what I got the last few months let me know and I can do a short post or Instagram story about them. Anyways, lets find out what is inside my box. So, opening up the box there is a hot pink satin bag that everything is in. It says ‘a change of face’. I like the metaphor Sephora; a change of face like the changing of seasons and temperature.

First up, we have the bonus item that comes in the box. I’m surprised to find a hair product and not a perfume. There is a shampoo and conditioner foil packets from IGK. It is their Hot Girls Shampoo and Conditioner. I don’t mind receiving packets of hair products if it’s a bonus item. If this was actually part of the box I would be bummed that I got a product that I would get maybe two uses out of it.

Next up is the Algenist Power Recharging Night Pressed Serum. It is a solid serum that can be applied all over the face(avoiding the eye area), neck and chest. It smells clean and slightly like coconut or cocoa butter, which I love the scent. I have a couple other night creams that are enough for my skin without additional products, so I will use this when it starts to get a lot colder and my skin is in need of extra treatment and moisture.

Next up there is the Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb. I have been wanting to try out this brand for awhile. I’m definitely looking forward to trying this out. I feel like this would be a great day time moisturizer for me. I feel like this could provide my skin with enough moisture but not make me oily throughout the day.

The last three items are makeup items. There is the Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in Black Lace, Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Deep(5), and Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet.  The eyeliner is your typical black liner. The real test will be when I apply it to the water line, and see if it runs or smudges. The brow gel I’m curious about. I know that it is in the shade 5 and when I’ve looked at the other brow products by benefit in store, I feel like this shade may be to dark for me. I will test it out see how it will work for me. Last up is the liquid lipstick. I have one other liquid lipstick by Urban Decay, but it is a metallic finish. I’m curious as how the soft matte formula will work for me. I love the shade and is a great everyday type shade for fall.

That’s everything that came in my box. What did you get in your box? Did you get the same items? Or different items? What do you think about not having a perfume sample as your bonus item? If you want me to keep doing this kind of post let me know. Also, let me know if there is something specific you would like to see me do. That’s all for today. Have a great day! I’ll see you in my next post.

Fall 2017 Bucket List

Hello lovelies! I am so excited to be back after taking the summer off. Today is the first day of fall! I couldn’t be more excited that my favorite time of year is here. I do have to say that the weather as yet to catch up with the fact that it is time for leaves changing, crisper air, pumpkin spice lattes, bonfires, and hoodies. It is still hitting 90 degrees here in the Chicagoland area. So in honor of the first day of fall, I’m coming back with my fall bucket list. I had gotten this idea to come up with a “bucket list” from Pinterest, and pulled a bunch of ideas from different posts. I was looking for ideas for something nothing related to the fall time, but thought this would be a fun thing to do and share with all of you. Let’s jump in and see what I will be up to in the coming weeks.

make apple cider

visit a corn maze

go apple picking

roast marshmallows/s’mores

bake rice crispie treats

have a bonfire

make a “thankful for” list

have a popcorn movie day

eat corn on the cob

visit a farm

make granola/trail mix

make pumpkin bread

paint/carve pumpkins

go on a hayride

have a picnic in the park

rake leaves for a neighbor

make candy apples

learn the history of Thanksgiving

have a fall “photo shoot”

make a breakfast casserole

eat candy corn

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bake a pie

go on a bike ride

create a fall scrapbook

watch the sunset

make a caramel smoothie

make pumpkin dip

watch a fall movie

enjoy a foggy morning walk

burn some new candles

go thrift shopping

watch a new show

make a chili

try a new flavored coffee

go window shopping

put together a large puzzle

roast pumpkin seeds

make a new Thanksgiving dish

decorate for fall

That is everything on my list! I will be completing most of these with my boyfriend, family or by myself. If you want to keep up with what I’ll be up to in the coming weeks follow me on Instagram(beautylifeloves31) or Twitter(@jamers731). I’ll be posting updates on those two platforms, and maybe an update on here maybe halfway to Thanksgiving. What are you looking forward to this fall? Is there anything else I should try to do this season? Let me know! Share your ideas in the comments or come say hi on Instagram or Twitter. I’m looking forward to hearing for you!

Life Happens…

Hello lovelies! I have missed you! I just wanted to hop on here real quick and let you know I’m still here. I had to take a step back from here for a few weeks for a number of things. Work became crazy and I was working more days then I usually am and the hours were different. This usually cut into time when I would normally be photographing. I also have had a few events, as once again, wedding season has begun.

During this break, I have decided to take a close look in to what I really want this blog to turn into. I love doing product reviews and unboxings. I would like to turn this into more of a lifestyle type blog. I would still like to share my thoughts on all things beauty, but I would like to dive more into my cooking adventures, health, daily life, and tv chats.  I want to know what you want to see from me. What have been your favorite and least favorite posts? What would improvements would you like to see? Please let me know! I would love to hear from you!

That’s all for now! I will see you all again soon! Have a great week!