Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Beauty Empties #4


Going off to the supermarket without removing the swatches up and down your arms and hanging onto bags, boxes or cartons overflowing with empty beauty products. These are all characteristics of an avid beauty blogger. You gotta love a quick Sephora run and throwing a new red lippie in with the deoderant you actually came for at the drugstore will happen. More gratifying then that is actually finishing those products off! Am I right? This just means more room for new items to play around with. Before you turn around it's time to get shopping again. 

My bin was getting so ridiculously full already, and you know what that means! It's time for me to rustle through my beauty trash and offer up some mini reviews on a platter. In this weeks youtube video installment, I go into great depth on each item. Go watch that here if you'd like, or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as usual. 


Here's the round up:

May Repurchase at some point.

Have Repurchased 

Will Repurchase

Will Repurchase at some point

May Repurchase at some point

Will Repurchase

Will Repurchase

Won't Repurchase

Won't Repurchase

Will Repurchase

Will Repurchase at some point

Have Repurchased 

Will Repurchase

Have Repurchased

Will Repurchase

   
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Smashbox Photo Finish More Then Primer Blemish Control, Review




If there is one thing Smashbox is well known for, it is surely the enormous assortment of primers they tender. They have thought of it all, from pore minimizing, to ultra hydrating and even color correcting. Their latest release was designed to target everyones least favorite beauty dillema, that being bothersome blemishes. Often, covering problem areas with makeup that sits on the face for hours at a time only further aggravates. Makeup products with built in acne treatments are therefore excellent in theory! 

Primers are crucial to my daily makeup routine and there is rarely a time I forget to incorporate one. With some ongoing skin troubles here, this sounded perfect. Should you shell out the dough? Here's what I think:


The consistency of this product is very different from most primers I've tried. It's quite like a lotion/thin moisturizer and doesn't have that typical sylicone feel you find with many primers on the market either. One thing I have to say on this topic is to be sure you are shaking the product up before squeezing some out because otherwise it does seem to seperate and go quite liquid - like making it hard to apply. 

The big question is going to be: does this product help fight acne? And as always with products related to skin, I will tell you about my personal experience but cannot say what it'll do for others with different skin types in that respect. Before I say anything I will put forward the fact that salysilic acid has never been a product that did much for my skin no matter what percentage. Also, my breakouts are completely hormonal and those seem to be the hardest to battle. With that said, I didn't notice this doing anything in the blemish aspect for my face. 

Where primers are concerned, this one worked really well at locking my makeup in for 8 plus hours throughout the day. Since that is my biggest expectation with my primers, I was certainly pleased. I also found it easy to apply and blend into the skin as it smooths out evenly and doesn't leave over any weird residue behind. I will add that I haven't noticed it to have any strange scents either and that's always a good thing. 


This product would most likely work well for most skin types because it's oil free. With the slightly moisturizing characteristics I would warn oily skinned individuals to proceed with caution. As with most products, I recommend trying it in store, if you are able before purchasing it. 

The price is a touchey subject for sure at a whopping 42 bucks. It is even more expensive then the rest of the Smashbox primers which go for around 36-38 dollars. With pricey items I like to measure how quickly I'll go through a product before judging the price and this one seems to be lasting really nicely so far. 

Overall: I like the formulation of this product even though it doesn't actually smooth over pores and lines. It is slightly moisturizing and doesn't smell funkey. I haven't found it to fight blemishes for me personally but it does seal my makeup in place nicely for hours. I feel like it would work well for most skin types and although it is quite the pricey number, it hasn't run out too quickly validating it a bit. 


Have you tried one of the Smashbox primers before? If you have, which is your favorite? If you haven't, would you?

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Fashion Haul


I haven't done a fashion related post in absolutely ages! The shopping trips I've recently been on have certainly warranted one and maybe this will bring about some new Friday Fashion posts as well. We'll have to wait and see on that one.

This haul consists mainly of trendy pieces+ accessories and basics. For that, I almost always turn to the less expensive shops unless I'm treating myself to a little something special. This post goes along with my weekly youtube video where I go into great depth on each of these pieces. Go watch that here if you'd like, or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as usual.


There were a whole lot of accessories included this time and I will admit to being most embarrassed by what appears to be me going sunglasses crazy. I assure you that each and every one was a must have!

Here is what I purchased on my latest fashion/style shopping trips. It consists mainly of pieces from Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and Target. Yeah, we are talking really inexpensive here! Also, look out for a lookbook video incorporating lots of these pieces too, I am currently trying to pull that together.


Target:

Assymetrical Coral Maxi Dress
Overall Style Short Floral Print Dress
Polka Dot Back Black Sunglasses
Animal Printed Oversized Navy Oval Sunglasses
Turtoise Shell Printed Brown Aviator Style Sunglasses

Forever 21:

Cobalt Blue Cap Sleeve Top

Charlotte Russe:

Je Taime' Iphone 4 Phone Case


What have you purchased recently within the summer theme? Let me know in the comments below, I love hearing from you!!

  

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky Book Review + My Strawberry Melon Smoothie Recipe


This cookbook could not have had better timing in it's arrival. Just as I made a choice to get on the treadmill 4 times a week and eat 1200 calories a day, I got an email asking me if I'd like to own this book. I obviously jumped on the opportunity. What can I say, I guess was getting a little bored of turning to pinterest for recipes all the time.  I knew you all would appreciate a review of a book promoting health and good routines too. 

  Don't worry, I am not going Vegan on you, I respect those who are but it's just not the kind of food lifestyle I ever expect to work for me on a long term basis. I did go to Whole Foods and pile a cart with ingredients to make these smoothies for one whole week though and I have to say it was a really great week. I felt more energized, not bloated and less hungry. I would have gone on for a few more weeks but truthfully I just don't have the time for the preparations required each morning. It also has alot to do with the machine I'm using at this time which is just utter garbage. Time to save up for a Nutri Ninja Pro Blender or Magic Bullet I guess. The ones with the mason jar cups are actually very much existent on my wishlist at the moment.  

On to my review, here's what I have to say about this cookbook:


How it Looks: Beautiful! I love the white cover with it's bright letters and was also thrilled that it comes in soft cover and isn't overly heavy. The whole front section is filled with information on why smoothies are good for you etc. which I felt should have possibly been split up with some at the front and some at the end, since the actual smoothie part comes along quite far into the book. Once it gets to the smoothies though, it does not disappoint. This author has thought of everything, from the different flavors, textures, fruits and vegetables. 

What's Inside: Just as it's title states, there are 365 smoothie recipes packed into one book. They are easy to follow and the ingredients are not too exotic, so they are able to be found at many local groceries and certainly at Whole Foods. At the same time, it isn't boring either and every day brings something fresh, new and exciting! I personally am quite visual when it comes to cookbooks and so something that irked me a bit was the amount of recipes that do not have photos. I guess I'd be asking too much if I insinuated there should have been a picture for every single one, but I think every few pages is a must. 

What I love: The photos that are included are absolutely gorgeous in quality and setting. I also really enjoyed reading about the author who is a blogger herself at kblog.lunchboxbunch.com

What I Don't Love: Just one thing: the lack of pictures. Everything else about this book is utter perfection to me!  

My Favorite Recipe: Fresh Blackberry Buzz


And now I am going to share one of my own recipes that I created inspired by the recipes in this book. It incorporates strawberries and melons and is in short perfectly summery!


Strawberry Melon Smoothie  

Yields- 1 Large Smoothie/About 3 Cups

Ingredients: 

1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1 Cup Vanilla Coconut Almond Milk
1 Cup Mixed Cubed Melons- Honey Dew & Cantaloupe
1 Nectarine- Peeled and chopped
1 Cup Ice Cubes
2 Teaspoons Fresh Grated Ginger

Method: 

Place the strawberries, almond milk, honey dew, cantaloupe and nectarine into the blender and give it a wizz on "blend" mode depending which blender you have. Add the grated ginger and blend again. Finally add the ice and use a higher setting to crush it. Serve immedietely topped with a slice of nectarine if you'd like. 


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Monday, July 28, 2014

My Makeup Brush Cleaning Routine


Brush cleaning is one of those jobs quite comparable to laundry in my mind. It's inevitable and eventually must get done but I dread it every time. To make the task a bit more bearable I often apply a face mask and put on a catchy song. I wrote an entirely too long blog post on brush cleaning a while back which covers why brush cleaning is important, how often to do it and how to choose a good cleanser. Go and read that here for all of those details if you'd like. Another must read is my most used makeup brushes post. In it, I share my top picks of my brush collection most of which aren't too pricey. On my wish list for months have been some Sigma brushes, I hope that happens some time soon! 


 Today's post goes along with this weeks video where I show the steps I take to deep clean and spot treat my brushes. For the best clean I love my Japonesque Proffessional Brush Cleaner and good old Johnsons Detangling Baby Shampoo. I have found both to really get into the bristles and give my tools a great scrub. Don't forget to lay your brushes down flat when they are drying to avoid allowing the water to go into the ferrule which will often unglue your handles from the bristles. Another great find was the pencil holder shown in the photo above which I'm pretty sure I got for a couple bucks from Wal Mart a year or so ago. It makes the perfect brush holder in size and shape.  

  

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