Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March Beauty Favorites

   Happy April Fools' Days!  I'm actually relieved that March is over as it had a lot going on.  With the move and unpacking and all I have felt a bit overwhelmed.  On top of that I signed up for some classes and tutoring and have just begun to strike a balance with work and home life.  That was basically a lengthy explanation to say that my beauty regimen was nearly non-existent this month, but I did try and fall in love with a few new products!

Here are my March beauty faves:

*Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks 04*

My lovely friend Kay sent me this for my 30th all the way from Japan!  This is the most beautiful blush.  It not only looks gorgeous in the packaging, but all of the shades swirl together to create the most beautiful glowy flush look.

*Younique Beachfront Bronzer in Sunset*

Younique recently introduced a line of bronzers and Sunset is the lightest one.  The bronzer has a matte and shimmery side, but I usually just swirl my brush through the 2 sections to combine them.  This is a great bronzer for my super pale skin and it really provides an all over warmth and glow to my skin.  

*Elf Contouring Blush and Bronzer in St. Lucia*

I had this quite a few years ago and wasn't a big fan of it.  I purchased it again a few months ago and only recently began using it because it's simply easy.  I think I disliked it previously because I applied it too heavily.  I use the Elf Small Stippling Brush now to apply the blush and I love it!  I haven't attempted to use the bronzer yet, because I think it's too dark for my winter skin at the moment.

*Younique Splurge Cream Shadow in Elegant*

Along with the bronzers, Younique is also rolling out cream shadows.  They are introducing one shade a month and March's shade was Elegant.  This shadow is absolutely gorgeous.  It's a bit of a mousse like texture and the shade is a beautiful yet subtle gold.  I use this as an all over color and slap on some liner and my March everyday eye look is complete!


*Canmake Blush
*Younique Bronzer
*Elf St. Lucia blush
*Elf St. Lucia bronzer

*Splurge Cream Shadow in Elegant

What beauty products were you reaching for this past month?

To purchase the Younique bronzer or cream shadow (or any other Younique goodies) click here.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Co-op Update: Bathroom

    Ok, so I totally suck at this moving, working, blogging thing.  Now that I am finally slooooowly getting settled into my place, I'm hoping my schedule will somewhat even out and allow me to do more blogging, which I love and miss dearly.

   This co-op has been keeping me much busier than I thought.  The only room I have done to my liking  is my bathroom.  I still have a couple more pictures I want to hang up, but it's the only room that's photograph ready.

I am just SO in love with this bathroom.  I like how bright and crisp and clean it is.  I didn't mean to make it so nautical, but I do love the way it came out.  I was going for a Penn State/blue white theme.

I'm not in love with the medicine chest.  I may end up changing this somewhere along the way.

My FAVORITE buy for this bathroom were these awesome shower curtains.  Since my shower rod went almost all the way around, I needed to get 2.  I feel very dramatic getting out of the shower and pulling open 2 curtains haha. 

The shower curtains are from Tommy Hilfiger via Home Goods and were only $16.99 each. Score!

This shower caddy I got is so high that I can only reach the bottom shelf. The top shelf will remain vacant.

My bath only had one of these little shelves, so I purchased this suction shelf from TJ Maxx for only $6.99.  I definitely want to get another one as the boyfriend already took over this shelf.  I've seen these at Bed, Bath and Beyond for over $20!

This piece is another one that I fell instantly in love with! I got it at Home Goods for $89.99 and I thought it was too tiny, but it actually houses a lot of my beauty goodies. It has paneled glass doors and a white marble top.  It's so pretty.

I want to do a little tour of my beauty cabinet in an upcoming post when I get it organized the way I want!

The next room I am close to finishing up is my kitchen, so expect a photo tour of that soon!

Friday, March 20, 2015

The All Natural Face Beauty Box- February

     This week I received my February beauty box from The All Natural Face.  Yes, I received my February Box during the second week of March.  However, it is St. Patrick's themed so the timing of it, technically, is perfect.

From L to R:

*Eye shadows in Forest Nymph and Green Ice Storm- 5 gram jar- $3.50 each*

I love receiving full sized products, and I must admit these 2 colors are SO gorgeous and SO spring.  They are super shimmery though so I may have to play around with these.  While these jars had the little stopper stickers on it, they both spilled a bit around the box.

*Age Defying Daily Moisturizer- 1/2 oz jar, approx. $6.50*
"This stuff is magic in a bottle.  There are 2 age defying oils and 5 age defying plant extracts in this lotion, the extracts and oils will help with fine lines and wrinkles, baggie lids, dark circles and under eye circles."

So this stuff basically sounds like a miracle product in a bottle.  I will be trying this out to see if it meets the hype!

*Diva Stix in Black Kohl- $4.88*

I have heard A LOT about their Diva Stix which are eyeliners and bases.  This was an added product as the box states that they have had some less than perfect batches so added a random color to every box.  My batch must have been very imperfect though as there was no product in it at all!  See picture below.  I emailed them and asked if I would be getting sent another one, but haven't heard back yet.  Will update when I hear!

*Aloe and Cucumber Face Food- 1 oz. for $7.50*

"The aloe soothes, softens and heals while the cucumber calms and heals.  Your face has never felt softer or more hydrated.  Simple add a teeny bit of water to the powder, less is more, and apple as a mask.  Leave on for a few minutes to let the goodness seep in.  You can use yogurt, milk, honey, oil, whatever you would like in place of water if you want an extra boost."

I have the Strawberries and Cream Face Food and I love it so I am really excited to try out this version! Especially because my skin frequently needs to be calmed.

Top- Forest Nymph
Green Ice Storm

I didn't want to open these as I'll be moving in a day or 2 and the less mess I can make the better!

My empty Diva Stix :(

The approximate value of this box was $25.88, which is pretty good considering I only paid $15.  As I mentioned in my last post though, I was just trying this subscription box out and I wasn't blown away by it.  I wonder which box I will be trying next….

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cruelty Free Favorites: Face Brush Edition

    Over the past year or so I have created quite a collection of cruelty free brushes.  I find that cruelty free brushes are one of the easiest cruelty free beauty products to locate.  I don't have a massive collection of brushes like a lot of people, but most of my brushes I use on a daily basis.

Here are my favorite face brushes:

Foundation Brushes

*ELF Powder Brush*

I used this regularly a few years ago and I don't know why I stopped.  I purchased a new one and I love it!  It works so beautifully, especially with my ELF Acne Foundation.  I apply my foundation with my fingers first and use this to first stipple and then swirl the foundation into my skin.

*Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge*

This has been my go to foundation application tool for some time now.  I love this thing and I have repurchased it quite a few times.  It applies foundations beautifully and so seamlessly.  This will be an item I repurchase many times over for many years to come.

*ELF Kabuki Face Brush*

FIrst off let me say, this is the SOFTEST brush ever!  It is so beautiful and applies powder foundation beautifully.  This won't give a full coverage look with powder foundation, but will give a nice light to medium coverage and really helps to blend the powder into the skin.

 Concealer Brushes

*Real Techniques Essential Foundation Brush*

I know this says foundation brush, but this has to be the tiniest foundation brush ever invented.  I use this to apply and blend in my under eye foundation.  This doesn't work as well with thicker under eye concealers, but works amazingly with more watery concealers.  

*Kirkland Foundation/Concealer Brush*

This brush came in the Kirkland holiday brush set a few years ago and I love it!  It comes to a bit of a tip so I use it to apply cream concealer to blemishes and around the nose.  Unfortunately I feel like this brush may be on it's way out soon so I will have to find a replacement.


*ELF Mineral Powder Brush*

This is another recent purchase and while it's not the typical shape of a blush brush, I find that I really like it to apply and blend out blush.  I like to apply blush to a small area and then blend it out and this works perfectly with it.  I love using this with pigment blushes.

*Kirkland Powder Brush*

This is another brush from the Kirkland holiday collection from a few years ago.  Unfortunately, it also appears to be on its way out, but I still love it.  On a daily basis I apply bronzer all over just to warm up the face and this big brush does that beautifully.  It blends out powder bronzers so well and I will miss this guy when he finally "goes".

*ELF Stipple Brush*

I love this stipple brush to apply my highlight.  I wanted to get the small version of this, but found this one works just as well.  I mainly use this with powder highlighters and it puts on just the right amount.

 Powder Brush

*Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush*

I love using this brush to apply my finishing powder.  I want to get another one to use it as a bronzer brush, but right now it's the perfect powder brush.  It's large enough to cover large surfaces of the face, but not too big to work into around the nose or eyes to finish any look.

Are there any cruelty free face brushes I should add to my collection?  I find the better the brushes, the better the makeup (even the cheap stuff) looks! 

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