Monday, November 18, 2013

Brian Atwood Pumps

Like the essential Little Black Dress, I believe every girl needs the perfect pair of black pumps in her closet.  Now, these are not my only pair of black heels that I own (if you know me well you know I have a small obsession with shoes), however these are my favorite pair.

I don't always splurge on my shoes.  For me, it's more about comfort than cost and it just varies between brands.  However, for my go to black pumps I wanted them to be a nice pair made with real leather.

So when I saw these pair of black Brian Atwood pumps discounted a few months ago I just had to make them mine.  They are sky high, but with the built in platform they are still comfortable to walk in.  The leather is extremely nice and the finish is just beautiful.  It's a classic pair that I know will be wearing for a while.



Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sephora Birthday Gift

During my last visit to Sephora, I was given my little birthday treat for being their VIB member.  Leave it up to Sephora to remind me that my birthday was coming up this weekend!

This is one of the reasons why I love being a Sephora VIB member.  It's not even about how much money you spend, whether you are a just a Beauty Insider, or have worked your way up to a Rouge VIB member, everyone that is signed up with their points perks program gets a gift on their birthday month.  And their gifts are usually from some of the best brands!

For 2013, the birthday gift was provided from Benefit .  And it's two of their well known products in a travel size: They're Real Mascara and Watts Up Highlighter.

What's great is that I have heard such wonderful reviews on both of these products, but I have yet to try either of them.  So this is a nice opportunity to test out these products for free!

So if you haven't yet, sign up for the Sephora Points Perks program (it's 100% free to sign up), and you'll start getting emails on deals.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

OPI Chick Flick Cherry

In honor of Starbucks bringing out their Holiday red cups for the season, I decided to go red for my nails this week.  I know it's too early to be thinking about Christmas, but having my morning coffee in a red cup, surrounded by Holiday ornaments and other Christmas goodies had me in a festive mood today.

OPI makes some of the best red nail polish shades, one of them being Chick Flick Cherry.  It's the perfect blood red that isn't too deep or bright (a true red).  I have quite a few red polishes in my nail polish collection, but OPI's Chick Flick Cherry has to be one of my top favorites to wear around the Holiday season.

Like every other OPI polish, Chick Flick Cherry applies incredibly smoothly.  You can get away with one even coat, however I always like to apply two coats for longer wear.



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser

I am usually boring when it comes to my cleansers, because I stick to what I know works.  It took me almost a year to learn how to treat my skin in different conditions, so experimenting around with my cleansers was not something I wanted to do when I had my skin under control already.  However, on my last trip out of town, I didn't have time to pick up a travel sized bottle to transfer my cleanser into.  So what did I do? I found this deluxe sample size of the Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser (which I had received in one of my subscription boxes) and decided to give it a go.

I was a bit nervous because trying something new on a trip was a risk I was taking.  However, I had heard a few good reviews (from The Raeviewer) about the brand.

The Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser is a clarifying cleanser, formulated with lemon and aloe to really get a deep cleanse (removing all of the impurities and treating blemishes).  Most cleansers that claim to be blemish clearing always end up leaving my skin feeling dry and stripped.  The Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser however was far from that.  My skin still felt supple and soft, after using it with my clarisonic (to get that deeper cleanse in my pores), and left my face feeling refreshed and hydrated.

After a whole week of using the Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser, I can say that I've fallen in love with it! I love that it keeps my skin feel clear and refreshed while still being very gentle.  And what's even better? The full sized cleanser is about half of the price of most of the cleansers that I love.  I definitely have to get my hands on the full sized cleanser along with a few other products in the line to give a try.

I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a simple, gentle cleanser that gets the job done.



Sunday, November 3, 2013

NuMe Hydrating Conditioner

I use to be subscribed to a few monthly beauty subscription boxes.  However, I've canceled all of my subscriptions a few months ago because I was accumulating so many products that I wasn't using fast enough.  Most of the items I received in the beauty subscription boxes usually end up in my travel drawer because they were deluxe sample sizes (perfect to take on the plane).

On my last trip, I took a peek into my sample drawer and found this NuMe Hydrating Conditioner sample and decided to take it along with me to give a try.

I honestly didn't think much of it, but thought the size would be convenient to use for a few days away from home.  Little did I know I immediately fell in love with it after blow drying my hair!

The NuMe Hydrating Conditioner (from their Hydro Punch line) is infused with moroccan argon oil and Seratin K-protein complex, which provides nourishment and intense moisture to the hair.  It definitely gives that smooth and silky salon finish.

After using the Hydro Punch conditioner, I found my hair very soft and smooth for not only that entire day (even with using heat styling tools), but also the day after.  I was really shocked with how well the product worked on my hair and definitely want to order myself the entire Hydro Punch line to give a try.