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!

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!

 

 

Top 10 Sephora VIB Spring Sale Recommendations

Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing a few items that I think are worth picking up during the VIB spring sale. First a little bit of info. VIB Rouge members can start shopping today the 18th until the 24th, VIB members can start shopping on the 19th until the 24th and Beauty Insiders can shop the 20th until the 24th. VIB Rouge and VIB members will be able to get 15% and Beauty Insiders will be able to get 10% off of their purchases.

Generally, I suggest picking up items that may fill the holes in your collection OR picking up a few of those splurge items you wouldn’t normally pick up. I think this is a great time to pick up foundations, concealers, and skin care. This may also be a time where you would pick up eye or face palettes.

In no particular order, my top 10 picks for the VIB Sale:

  1. Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette $42
  2. Beauty Blender $20
  3. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation $43
  4. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector $38
  5. Anastasia Glow Kit (any of them) $40
  6. NARS Orgasm Blush $30
  7. NARS Laguna Bronzer $40
  8. Bite Beauty Lipsticks (any of their lipsticks, they are fantastic!) $24-26
  9. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick $20
  10. Buxom Full-On Lip Cream $20

That’s everything! I own or have tried out everything on my list. Some of these things are on my wish list and I hope to pick this week, and some may just be re-purchasing. I know I mentioned skin care and concealers before, however I don’t have enough experience with any from Sephora that I can suggest. I have yet to find my perfect concealer shade and am hoping to find one that will work. Would you like to see what I pick up from the sale? In a post? On Instagram as a pic or an InstaStory? Let me know in the comments below. Anyone else shopping the sale? What are you going to pick up? Any recommendations?

17 Products to Use Up in 2017

Hello everyone! As you know by now I love to clean up and clear out my things. On top of my project pan that I am currently doing, I decided to do a products to use up for the entire rest of the year. I tried to choose  a few items in different categories in order to have almost a whole routine. There is obvious holes in the items needed to complete a full look, but that’s ok. The rules for the products to Use Up by the end of the year are…

  • Use up as many by the end of the year.
  • Replace with a similar item
  • Live life and have fun!

The last one is just a reminder to have fun and live your life. I have items from hair to nails, skin/body, and beauty. With that said let’s jump in to see what I am going to try and use up by the end of the year.

HAIR

Aussie Heat Protecting Shine Spray

Matrix Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil

SKIN/BODY

Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent Lotion

Bath and Body Works Exotic Coconut Body Lotion

NAILS

Sally Hansen Instant cuticle Remover

OPI Natural Nail Base Coat

Essie The Girls Are Out (I know this is my current project pan, spoiler alert!! it won’t be done in that time frame)

Orly Argan Oil Cuticle Drops

BEAUTY

Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter in230 Fair/Light

NARS Laguna & Orgasm Duo

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

Avon Candylicious Lip Gloss in Candied Peach

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Waterproof Mascara in 307 Very Black

E.L.F. HD Under Eye Setting Powder

NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder in Translucent

NYX Matte Finish

There you have it! My 17 products to use up in 2017. Would you rather you see me just do one big yearly project or a bunch of project pans? Let me know! Have a great rest of your week and I’ll see you in my next post.

Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil First Impressions

Hello everyone! Today I thought I’d share with you my first impressions of the Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil. I received this as part of a Sephora Play box, and I have had yet to use it. This is supposed to be your multi-use cure everything oil. You can use this on your body, face, and I think if you have extremely dry hair, I think this would work well on the ends too. The oil has has grapeseed and avocado oils, grapefruit peel, tangerine peel, mandarin, lemon peel, and other essential oils. It has a beautiful citrus scent, and the lemon is very prominent. The scent alone has me hooked.

I put a small drop in the palm of my hand and dipped my cuticles in it. I rubbed it in and it sinks in within a few seconds. There is no residue on my fingers and the oil doesn’t transfer on to anything that I touch. You can smell it a bit if your hands are near your face but it isn’t overpowering. When put into the bottom 2-3 inches of my hair, it adds moisture and smooths it out.  I think my hair isn’t as dry as I thought it was because the ends looked slightly oily, but not bad. I would suggest to just put this lightly on the ends of your hair.

I think just about everyone would love using this in some capacity whether you use it on your body, face or hair. I chose not to test this out on my face because the skin on my face tends to be sensitive to certain things. Those are my thoughts. If you are interested, I suggest that you grab a sample first. If you have sensitive skin, I highly recommend that you test it out first before you purchase it. I do think that this is a good all around product and you should definitely check it out. That is all for today. Have a great weekend!

Project Pan Winter Edition~Update!

Hello everyone! Today is all about the progress that I’ve made with my project pan products. The guidelines were to finish or hit pan on 8 products by May 6th and give you at least one update. Let’s jump right in!

So far I have finished one product. I finished the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. I know in the glass it looks like there is still a bunch of product on the bottom. There really isn’t there is some that is on the side of the glass, but it’s a paint in the butt to get out. I liked this but I probably won’t be repurchasing any time soon.

The next group of products I feel will be used up by the time the last update comes around.

Nivea A Kiss of Mint & Minerals Lip Balm

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian

Benefit the Porefessional Primer

MAC eye shadow in All That Glitters

These last few products, I may finish if I try really hard to consistently use them daily.

Victoria’s Secret Noir Tease

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

Benefit Watts Up Highlighter

That’s everything that I have an update on. I will hopefully reach my goal of finishing 8 products by May 6th. Would you like me to do these project pans quarterly or seasonally? What do you think? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you! Have a great week!

 

March Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello everyone! I’m going to go off on a short tangent real quick. This weather sucks. Will it ever stop raining?! Ok now that I got that out of the way, on to Sephora’s March Play box. The theme of March’s box is The Gleam Team. My first thoughts before I even opened the box were I hope there’s an awesome highlighter in the box and a shimmery shadow. Let’s pop open the box and see what is inside.  There’s the little booklet that has your Play pass and all of the information about the products. Then there’s the bag that says Glow Your Own Way. Of course I started singing “You can go your own way…go your own way!”

PRODUCTS

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast– This product is supposed to give your hair volume and body. It smells slightly flowery and a hint of berries but you can also tell there is alcohol in it. I sprayed this on my hand and it doesn’t feel sticky. It feels like there is nothing on my hand. I’m looking forward to trying this out. The size that came in the box is a travel size so you can pick up this same bottle in stores or online for $15.

Glamglow GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer– This can be used before your primer to provide that glow from within look. This smells like an orange dreamsicle popsicle, one of my faves as a kid. I think that this could be used as a very sheer highlighter base and use a subtle powder highlight on top. One thing that I noticed is that the tube is actually full of product. If you want to know my thoughts more in depth on this please let me know in the comments. The full size retails for $49.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink– When I first saw this I thought that this was a repeat item. It was not. There was a Laura Mercier caviar shadow stick in a previous box. My first impression just swatched on my hand was it is nice and creamy, and not too dry. It’s a really pretty pinky champagne shade, which I think will suit just about everyone. I smudged it out right after as you can see, just to see how it could perform blended out a bit. I think this shade can easily be used alone on the eyes for a quick wash of shimmery color on the lids for the spring and summer. This retails for $30.

Next up we have the Benefit Watts Up cream to powder highlight. I already own this and currently trying to use it up as part of my project pan. I think the color is pretty, and it sometimes works with my skin tone. This isn’t my favorite formula. I may actually give this to a friend or family member. This retails for $30.

The last product is the Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm. This is a multi-use product. You can use this as a primer or on top of makeup up to create that soft focus blur on the skin. It also is supposed to give the skin a luminous effect. This product is also is supposed to work with all skin types and help with dullness, uneveness, dryness and pores. This retails for $36.

The perfume sample this month is the Chloé Fleur de Parfum. Like the name suggests, it is extremely floral. There are notes of rose, lemon, verbena, freesia, cherry blossom, white cedar, amber, and bitter almond. I feel like the amber warms up the scent slightly. Personally, I am not a fan of scents like these. I find them to be strong and occasionally get a headache. The largest bottle retails for $132 and the rollerball retails for $28.

That’s everything that came in my March Sephora Play box. I think for someone who has never tried any of these products, this box is awesome. For me, the perfume I don’t like at all and I’ve already used the Benefit Watts Up before, this box is ok. I’m excited to try out the finishing balm, the eye shadow stick and the illuminating moisturizer.