Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NYX Matte Bronzer

Summer is nearly halfway over (for all of us in the Midwest), but I am definitely still stocking up and testing out different bronzers.  If I had to an option of only three makeup products to wear every day, it would be concealer, eyeliner, and yes, bronzer.  I honestly can never have enough of it laying around because I am constantly reaching for one.

During a NYX promotional sale at Ulta a while back, I decided to take that opportunity to try out the NYX Matte Bronzer.  It caught my eye because it is a matte bronzer.  Most bronzers released in the summer time are formulated to so much shimmer that it just becomes too much for me to handle.  I mainly use bronzers to contour, so a matte finish is perfect for me.

To be honest, I did have some reservation about the color selection after purchasing the bronzer, it did seem a bit orange when I swatched it on the back of my hand.  However, I decided to give it a chance, and after working the product in with a fluffy brush and really blending with a light hand, it has proven to work as a great contour for my skin tone.

The texture of the powder bronzer is very smooth and buttery, and a little bit goes a long way.  I like to lightly layer the product to contour the shaded areas of my face and blend with a fluffy brush for a more natural look.  Definitely applies well and feels smooth.  And it's very affordable!

Would recommend this to anyone with medium to darker skin tones.



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Laneige Multi Cleanser

More Laneige! Yes I have slowly become a little bit obsessed with their skin care line.  I mainly was excited to see them available in the Target Premium Beauty section, making purchasing their U.S. products so easy.

During the summer time, I like to have a variety of simple cleansers available.  With spending so much more time outside and being more active (sweating a whole lot more), my skin tends to need a little bit more attention and needs that extra cleansing step.

So before any type of treatment cleanser, I like to do an initial topical cleanser.  This removes excess makeup and residue from the surface of your face, allowing my treatment cleansers to really work into the skin.  And the Laneige Multi Cleanser does the job, and does it so well!

If you're looking for a simple cleanser that removes makeup and dirt, for any skin type, this is the perfect one for you.  It literally leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean without feeling dry and over worked.  And you literally need no more than a pea sized amount to get the job done.  What I usually do it apply it all over my dry face and massage the product in.  Then, I wet my fingers and continue to massage the product in for about a minute to lather it up.  Rinse, and then continue on with my other products.

I love the easy squeeze tube packaging, and that you get so much product!  Easy one step cleanser if you have no skin issues, and easy makeup remover if you need that extra cleanse.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lorac Pocket Pro

There has been a lot of hype and excitement for both of the Lorac Pro Palettes.  I have yet to get my hands on the palettes, or any other Lorac product. On my latest trip to Ulta, I found this cute little Lorac Pocket Pro palette, featuring three full sized neutral shadows and thought it would be a great opportunity to try out the Lorac shadows before deciding on their Pro Palettes.

The Lorac Pocket Pro is honestly the cutest little palette that I find very convenient for travel.  It can literally fit in my pocket!

The shades in the mini palette include Nude, Pewter, and Expresso, which are the perfect neutral shades for you to go from daytime office look to night time chic.

So what are my thoughts on the Lorac shadows?? They are so soft and buttery, smooth to apply and blends like a dream.  The pigmentation on the shadows are amazing, and the finish just beautiful.  Let's just say I am really impressed on the quality of the shadows, and now my decision on purchasing their other palettes are pretty much a yes.

Couldn't have asked for a better travel palette to keep in my handbag.



Tangle Teezer and Blow Pro Daily Primer

The summer season can be rough on my hair.  With all of the heat and play time in the sand and water, my hair can be left a bit frizzed up, dried out, and tangled up.  Definitely not attractive.

So my solution for this was having these two products on hand.

Having a daily primer and heat protectant is very important, especially in the summer time.  Even when I am not using heating tools (which I try to avoid unless I am going out to an event), long exposure to the sun can cause heat damage to your hair.  So a few spray of this before heading out, or keeping this in your beach bag can do wonders for keeping your locks looking healthy.

Combining the Blow Pro protectant with my trusty Tangle Teezer is like the perfect match.  Talk about loosening up those irritating tangles without tearing at your ends.  I don't know how I went so long without having one of these babies.  Now I have a few to keep in all of my travel and hand bags.

Trust me, with these two, you can't go wrong.



The Body Shop Seaweed Iconic Clay Mask

More Masks Please.  I always have a rotation of masks available in my bathroom because they are such a treat during the week.  But I especially love having these on the go, individual masks from The Body Shop on hand for when I travel.

Traveling can really take a toll on your skin.  Whether it's stress rom flying or change of weather conditions, my skin usually tends to act up while I am away.  And bringing along a whole container is definitely not convenient.  So I found these cute little packets in the Ulta Travel Section and find them so handy for those weekend getaways.

They have a whole assortment of masks available, but I tend to go for clay masks that are clarifying or purifying because of my combination skin.  You can use the entire packet, or just give yourself spot treatment on areas that are acting up.  Either way, these are always great on the go!



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just Fab Cosettes

While preparing for my Summer trip to Las Vegas wit my girl friends, I knew I had to pick up a new pair of heels that were sexy, but could also keep me on my feet all night long.  Night life in Vegas can be a bit wild, and finding the perfect pair of comfortable heels is a must if you're planning on keeping up with the crowd.

I didn't want to put so much money into these shoes knowing that I might wear them out quickly during my 4 day trip.  So I decided to go to and pick up these caged heels for an incredible deal.

These are the Just Fab Cosette heels, which are gladiator, caged heels with a mini platform for added comfort.  I found these on for a great deal, purchasing both pairs for only $35!

I couldn't pass it up when I saw the price.  And what was more amazing was that they are pretty darn comfortable too!  When I know I'm going to have a longer night, a caged heel is the perfect choice because it keeps my feet locked in.  They look so great on and I got so many compliments on them while walking around.

A great pick from Just Fab!



Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter

I love to switch out my higher end shampoo and conditioners with drugstore brands every few months.  This keeps my hair staying healthy and soft, while extending the use of my more expensive products.

One of my go to drugstore hair brands has to be the Suave Professionals line.  They really know their stuff when it comes to hair care products.  I picked up this Moisture duo because the summer heat can be a bit harsh on my fine, thin hair.  Also, because it's Salon and AVEDA proven, I knew this had to be a good deal.

With these combined, my hair does stay soft and smooth, while smelling so nice and nutty.  Definitely a great drugstore option for someone looking for a great salon product without breaking the bank.



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Fashion Pick Ups

I haven't been shopping as much but every season I find one (or two) essentials that I just have to add to my closet.  A girl can never have too many accessories, and during my last trip to the Outlets in Austin I decided to add two more lovely essentials to my collection.

Summer is here and I definitely need a pair of new, dressed up flat sandals for those more special occasions.  I feel in love with these Aldo sandals when I saw them on their instagram post, so when I saw them in stores I just had to grab them! They fit so well and the quality is just amazing! I love the thong detailing and they just look great with any outfit.

Now for a pop of color I just had to have this Michael Kors Phone Wristlet.  I have been eyeing this baby for a while, in the black leather, but when I saw it in this bright coral, for a cheaper price, I thought even better! So I caved and I have no regrets about it.  It's perfect to just take out on a night out and have everything you need without having to carry a bag with you.

Don't know if I need anything else for the rest of summer because with these two I am set!