August 29, 2011

August Favorites

Well August is almost over (It literally flew by, right?) and I had a few favorite products in this month that I thought I would share. I rarely ever do these kind of posts, I'm either always too late to post or just never get around to it so I'm excited to do a post. 



1.) Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes - I did full review of these already, so you can see that here if you missed it. I'm still loving these and I'm almost all out. One thing I have noticed since I use them everyday, is that they are a tad drying. Right after I use a wipe, I put on a face primer and I don't notice at all after.

2.) Senna Cosmetics Eye Color in Lavender Smoke - This is one of Senna's newest eyeshadows for Fall and I have been loving this color. It's a matte dark lavender, and I have been using this for my crease color. It gives me depth and color for a daytime look without looking overdone. Great color to add to a neutral eye! I will have swatches and a full review on this shadow in a future post.

3.) Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Long-Wear Blush in Exposed- I seriously cannot get enough of this blush. Since it is more of a brown colored blush I use this as a contour and it makes a huge difference in my usual makeup routine. I did a review post here.

4.) MAC Paint Pot in Painterly - My favorite eye base of all time. Such a great neutral color that I can wear alone, or with shadows over it and I know they will never crease.

5.) MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer in NW20 - I usually use the Select Moisturecover Concealer, but I needed something with more coverage. So I decided on trying out this concealer and it's been great. It has a medium coverage which is exactly what I wanted. 

6.) MAC Creamsheen Glass in Natural Flare - I had no intention on buying this lip gloss. Seriously, the lady at MAC gave me the wrong color, I had asked for a color shade. But by the time I got home I figured I would just keep it and see how I like it. So glad I did because I continuously have it in my purse. I love how it's nude, so it kind of goes with everything.

7.) MAC Lipstick in Bombshell - This is one lipstick that I had completely forgot that I owned and have fallen back in love with it this month. Bombshell is a frosty pink color that gives me a lovely color to my lips. 

8.) MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Tea Ceremony - I just recently bought this one and I adore this lipstick. I love how they are sheer lipsticks but with shine. The best of a lipstick and lipgloss in one without any fuss. Please let me know if should do a full review on this lipstick. I plan on buying more colors this week, so if you want to see swatches let me know!

9.) Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Face Primer - Okay, I know I have talked about this primer many times before, but I seriously can't start my face makeup in the morning without applying this first. It makes everything last all day and night. Love.

10.) Maybelline FIT Me Foundation in 120 - I have used this foundation all throughout Summer and it has been amazing. Holding up against humidity and super hot Summer days, it is a miracle foundation. I have done a full review on this before here, only the color that I reviewed was wrong, same results apply.

So there are my August Favorites! Hope you enjoyed! 

♥ Stephanie

August 26, 2011

NOTD - China Glaze Concrete Catwalk

 This is one of my favorite nail polishes that I have bought recently. China Glaze Concrete Catwalk is from the new Metro collection, as you can see from my previous post below. 

This color is described as a Steel grey creme. I have been loving creme polishes more than ever lately. This was very opaque and only needed 2 coats. I feel like I need to apologize for my nails being so short. I had decided last month to get arcylics (bad idea) and ended up taking them off. I couldn't get used them. What do you use to grow your nails healthy and long? Any recommendations would be great to hear! My nails are barely starting to look normal, so now I can wear polish and feel like my old self. Haha :)


Anyways, how much do you love this color?! I know, I will let you tell me. :)

♥ Stephanie

August 22, 2011

China Glaze Metro Collection Swatches



China Glaze Metro Collection is one of my favorite collections that have came out recently. There are 12 amazing shades that are beautiful colors for Fall. I have 5 of the 12 polishes swatched on a nail wheel. I only used a nail wheel because it made it easier to swatch them all. I will be featuring each one in a NOTD post as I wear them. All of them were super opaque and easy to apply, as usual with CG. Now, China Glaze did send me 3 of the polishes and I bought the other two. I just wanted to state that in my post. Now here are the swatches!

I hope these swatches help out. I love all of the different shades, it's so hard for me to pick a favorite. I even want to go back to Sally's and get the rest. If I do I will have a second post on the rest that I can find. 

Which polishes are you wanting from the Metro Collection?

♥ Stephanie

August 20, 2011

Pure Fiji Coconut Sugar Rub and Coconut Body Oil Review


  I had never heard of Pure Fiji until I was contacted recently to try out a few of their products. Most of the products focus on skin care that include lotions, creams, scrubs, nourishing oils and body butters. Pure Fiji’s mission is to provide high-end spa products, which utilize botanical benefits, herbal curatives, and remedies that have been employed by the Fijian people for years. So today I have 2 reviews: On the Coconut Sugar Scrub and the body oil. I will start with the Sugar scrub.

August 14, 2011

Brand Bests #15 - Senna Cosmetics

I feel like this Brand Best post for Senna Cosmetics is long over due. Senna has some of the best and most amazing quality products that I have ever used. This brand is more on the pricey side, but you definitely get what you pay for. Everyone should know how my Brand Bests posts work, but in case you don't, let me explain. These are products from one brand that I personally think are "Brand Bests." Does not mean I have tried every single thing from them, only that these are my favorites of what I own. This is my own personal opinion with each product, as it should be. So, here are my Brand Bests from Senna Cosmetics

Senna Cosmetics Eye Colors - $16.50

Senna has great eye shadows, I preferably like their metallic and matte ones. They are really easy to blend, are very pigmented, and always last all day long. I only have a couple, but I do have some new ones from Fall coming up that they sent me that I will definitely be swatching and reviewing in a separate post. My favorite color is Flare, which is a light cream color. I use it as my highlight or an all over color for simple nude eyelids.

Senna Cosmetics Mineral Mix Buff & Brighten - $35.00

I love how this has a finishing powder and a highlighter in one. I love the powder, it makes my makeup look complete without it ever looking cakey or overdone. It's a very sheer translucent powder so it's not like you can go overboard with this. I also really enjoy the highlighter. I use a blending eyeshadow brush for the highlighter, giving me a subtle shine.

Senna Cosmetics Cream Lipsticks - $18.00
Senna has many different types of lipsticks, but I love their Cream lipsticks the most. They are so pigmented and for me, they have been long lasting as well. Very smooth and the color range they offer is amazing. I have swatches of their lipsticks here and here.

Senna Cosmetics Lip Lacquers - $19.00

If you want to try anything from Senna, I say you try their lip lacquers. They are my most favorite thing that I own by them. I love these lip glosses! They are semi-sticky, but not like that crazy sticky where it gets stuck to your hair and it's annoying. These will stay on for hours and they have a great smell to them. Double win. You will definitely find one in a color that interests you.

That concludes my Brand Bests post on Senna Cosmetics. I hope you enjoyed!

♥ Stephanie

August 10, 2011

Beauty Budget - Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes Review

 Who else uses makeup wipes on a daily basis? I feel like they are so much more easier and faster to use. I always use the Target brand facial cleansing wipes. They are about $3 and always work really well. I was recently at Walgreens when I was reminded I needed more makeup wipes. I saw these Burt's Bees (Which I had no idea Burt's Bees even made cleansing towelettes) and decided to give them a try. Usually I love everything from Burt's Bees, so I knew with my sensitive skin that they couldn't be that harsh. 

August 6, 2011

Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips Review

Every time I walk into a Sephora, I completely get side tracked and forget what I went there for. This time I wrote down the one thing that I couldn't wait to try: Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips.
Right when I heard about these coming out, I knew I needed to get them ASAP and see if they really work. 

You might already know about this me (or not), but I have sensitive skin. So if these were extremely harsh in any way or bothered me, I would know right away. Also this is my first time using any kind of nose strips, I've never tried any from the drugstore so I can't really compare them either. Just going by how they Boscia ones worked out for me.

Here is more about these strips from the Boscia website:
These peel-off pore strips instantly absorb pore-clogging dirt and oil while helping to reduce the appearance of pores and blackheads. Effective yet gentle strips provide a soothing, cooling sensation upon adhesion. Skin is exceptionally clarified. 

My Review:  
So first off, these are $15 and you can buy them at Sephora or online. I personally think $15 is a great price for 6 strips. I've seen from online reviews that people think that is way too expensive for these, but trust me, they work! The strip was very easy to apply and I left it on for the exact 15 minutes the box says. When it was time to peel the srtipe off slowly, oh you don't even want to see how much stuff came off from my nose. WOW! It was so amazing and gross at the same time. Haha. I should of taken a picture of how it looked, but I honestly didn't want to gross you all out. My nose was so smooth and clean after, it seriously made a huge difference. I can definitely tell you that they work, I love them, and I plan on buying more. 


Have you tried these Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips? What do you think?


♥ Stephanie

August 2, 2011

Review- Royal & Langnickel SILK PRO GreenLine Brush Set


 Having professional brushes be everything you need AND be eco-friendly is a bonus when you are looking for a brush set. Royal & Langnickel has a new 12 piece set of durable, professional, and amazingly soft brushes. I was very excited to be trying and testing these out for myself.