Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Forever21 Activewear

With 2013 coming to a close and the New Year just hours away, we come closer to facing our New Years resolutions.  What's usually the first thing one everyone's list? Probably to be more active, hit the gym and workout more.  January is the month where gym memberships sky rocket because everyone has their eye on the prize, to look great on the beach come summer time.

After crossfitting for the past 4 months, I can say that living healthy and fit is definitely my lifestyle.  But you know what also helps you feel great and stay motivated? Looking cute while doing it all!

Activewear can be quite pricey, but you don't have to spend that much to look good while working out.  One of my favorite places to pick up affordable activewear is Forever21.  I usually strike out in their stores, but their online selections are great!

I picked up these cute, medium impact sport bras in an array of colors for just $8.80/bra! They fit incredibly well and are incredibly soft and comfortable.  What's also great is that they have a very thin padding that helps keeps the girls in and comfortable.  And along with the bras, I also picked up these skinny workout shorts (with side pockets, love pockets!) made out of nylon and spandex for $12.80/short.  They fit true to size, and just because they say skinny they aren't tight at all.  They are so comfortable and soft to wear, and work really well during an entire workout.

So before you go spending tons of money on the higher brand items, check out Forever21.com for items that might catch your eye (and won't drain your bank account).



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Urban Decay Perversion

In the make up world, there are hundreds of black liners to choose from, all of which claim to be the blackest black.  I never understood that when I started getting into makeup.  I mean black is just black right? While in reality, not all black liners are created equal.

My holy grail black liner is the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof liner.  It's the blackest black and longest wearing liner that I own.  However, when I received the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion for my birthday I thought it was a great opportunity to compare the two.

Urban Decay's Perversion is formulated to be even more black than their Zero liner.  For me Zero is more of a grey black and Perversion is a true, inky black that is very comparable to the Armani liner.  Although I still prefer the waterproof formula of the Giorgio Armani liner, Perversion is a close second.  The Urban Decay Glide On Pencils wear well when set with a powder, so I don't see much transfer or smudging after 8+ hours of wear.

My thoughts? I'm enjoying the Perversion liner as an alternative for the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill, especially since Urban Decay's liner is much more affordable.



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

OPI Light My Sapphire

What's my go to tone for the winter season? Navy blue. I tend to be obsessed with the winter blues because it compliments my lighter skin tone.  Any type of navy blue will work, however if it's a deep, almost black navy blue then it's at the top of my list.

OPI's Light My Sapphire is definitely great black, navy blue that I have been wearing all of December so far.  It's definitely my go to Holiday nail polish color if I'm not feeling the typical red polish.  It's a professional looking shade that applies opaque in one to two coats, and has that beautiful finish to it making a great party polish.

When paired well with a short, clean manicure, you'll get lots of compliments on your nails!



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Benefit Watt's Up!

Winter is here, and it's definitely the season for highlighters.  I have an array of highlighters in my makeup collection, however Benefit's Watt's Up! is my first cream to powder highlighter.  I usually prefer powder products because I find them easier to work with (especially on my combination to oily skin), so I don't think I would have ever purchased this product on my own.  However, because Sephora is awesome, and offered this deluxe travel sized version of the Benefit's Watt's Up! as a birthday gift this year, I get to have to opportunity to test out the product.

As mentioned, Benefit's Watt's Up! is a cream to powder champagne highlighter.  It's suppose to add a luminous glow to your cheeks (and all of the other high points on your face) to really amp up your complexion.

My thoughts? The champagne tones work perfectly with my slightly warmer skin tone.  The texture and consistency of the cream highlighter is incredibly smooth and velvetly (which makes application feel like butter).

A little really goes a long way with this product.  There were a few reviews that I've read saying that the highlighter can give that oily look.  However, I find that it highlighters only look and feel oily when people tend to over apply or under blend.  Blending is key when it comes to any make up product, especially highlighters.  You want the product to look very natural and subtle.

For me, I wouldn't recommend applying the Watt's Up! highlighter straight from the tube (even though it seems like the most convenient way to apply it.  I prefer to pick some product up with my finger and tap it on the top of my cheeks and bridge of my nose.  This really warms the product up and ensures that you're not over applying.

This definitely has been one of my must have makeup products for my every day look for the colder season.  And this little deluxe sample is definitely going to go a long way.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Clarisonic Mia 2

I have been an owner of the Clarisonic Mia for well over a year now, and I can say that I absolutely cannot live without it.  The Clarisonic is a skin care tool that I use daily, and find it an important investment in my skin care routine.  And because of that, I think it makes a great Holiday gift for your close friend or family member.

Recently, Sephora had a 20% off VIB promotion, making it the perfect time to pick one of these Clarisonic Mia 2 devices for my mom.  She has been eyeing my Clarisonic Mia for a while, so I thought I'd gift her very own.

A lot of us are already well versed on the brand so I won't go too into it.  Like the original Mia, the Mia 2 is a travel friendly face brush cleanser.  The only difference between the original Mia and the Mia 2 is that the Mia 2 was designed to have two different speeds.  So, if you already own the original Mia, you don't need to run out to get the Mia 2.

What I also love was that the Mia 2 came packaged with a travel case for the device, making it extra convenient to pack into your luggage.

The Clarisonic is definitely one of the best cleansing tools on the market, and definitely makes a difference in my skin care routine.

Anyone would enjoy this luxury tool as a Holiday gift!



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Urban Decay Haul

It definitely felt like Christmas came early when I came home from work today.  When I found a large package at my doorstep I hadn't an idea of what it could be.  I admit, there are times where I make orders and just forget about them.  But thats what makes the surprise even better.  But when I saw the return address was from the one and only Urban Decay I let a little shriek out for joy.

My Urban Decay Naked 3 palette had finally arrived and I couldn't be more excited!  It's true that I do own the original Naked and Naked 2 palette (along with the Naked Basics palette), however I am a Naked addict and thought that I just had to have the pink toned shadows.  I did read the reviews and looked at the swatches over and over again to be sure, but there was absolutely no question about it.

Along with the Naked 3 palette, I received a free full sized Perversion24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil because I had made the order on my birthday month.  So it was an amazing time for my to place an order on their website.

I have not dipped my brushes into the shadows yet, but I will have a post up on my impressions and swatches of the Naked 3 palette once I get to play around with them.