Category Archives: beauty

September Beauty Buys

September 15, 2015



The beauty store is a dangerous place. If you’re anything like me, you go in for one product (in this case, I needed foundation) and you end up walking out with way more than you ever planned on buying. A few weeks ago, I gave in to temptation and bought a few things that I have since been loving…

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June Beauty Buys

June 11, 2015


This month, I raided the drugstore for almost all of my beauty buys. While I love a luxury beauty product, sometimes it’s nice to give the wallet a break. These products are just as effective and beautiful, and the best part is, they won’t break the bank.

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April Beauty Buys

April 30, 2015

beauty / style

April Beauty Buys

Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin Purifying Mask // It’s that time of year again, where the weather starts to warm up and the humidity begins to reappear. I’ve touched on my E.F.S. (extreme face shine) before, so in an effort to keep things clear before the sauna of a Florida August arrives, I’ve turned to this No. 7 Beautiful Skin Purifying Mask. To use it, I splash my face with water and then rub a generous amount of the mask, which feels warm when dispensed, on my skin. I wait about five minutes and rinse with warm water. I like that this formula is relatively inexpensive, doesn’t smell terrible, and it’s made for oily skin but doesn’t over-dry my face.

Living Proof Blowout // After trying a new hair routine for awhile, I was in desperate need of a heat protectant. I bought Living Proof Blowout in the trial size because I’ve had a love-hate relationship with styling products in the past and just cleaned out a graveyard of unused products under my sink. Because my hair is so fine, it’s easy for products to weigh my hair down or leave it feeling dirty or greasy, so I’m pretty thrilled that this spray (when applied sparingly) leaves my hair soft and shiny but voluminous. And it smells great, just like all of the Living Proof products!

Chi Pro Hair Dryer // Initially I was plagued with buyer’s remorse after buying this hair dryer. I didn’t really need a new dryer, mine worked fine. But it didn’t have a nozzle, which made my attempts at mimicking my hairdresser’s fantastic blowouts tricky. I  bought this Chi Pro Hair Dryer because it was on sale, had a nozzle, and was smaller and lighter than my previous model. The remorse dissipated after my first blowout, which was bouncier and shinier than ever before.

Living Proof Restore Conditioner // I’ve bought several Living Proof products over the past few months and some I would consider borderline life-changing. This conditioner is one of those products. Restore conditioner tamed my face frizzies (you know, the little wispy hairs around your hairline and part that frizz up the minute you walk outside no matter what kind of heat or spray you use), and softened my hair without feeling heavy. Again, I can’t commit so I tried the trial size first, but I’m going back for the biggen just as soon as this runs out.

Living Proof Thickening Mousse // I bought this mousse in a trial size combo pack with shampoo and conditioner, and immediately thought, “Hm, mousse. How 90’s.” BUT, one day I had ample time to mess around so I gave it a whirl. I’m so used to keeping any kind of product away from the roots of my fine hair, that it felt unnatural to plop a whole dollop of mousse on top of my head. Once I learned to apply a small amount and dry it with a round brush, the volume was impressive.

PS. January Beauty Buys, February Beauty Buys, and March Beauty Buys


March Beauty Buys

March 26, 2015


Olivia Garden Ceramic Round Brush // This boar bristle brush was tricky to use at first (my hand eye coordination is less than stellar), but now I can’t imagine going back to my previous method. It creates the perfect blowout and speeds drying time, which is everything to me on weekday mornings.

Lancome Nude Miracle // I tried a few foundations before committing to this one, and while I love the coverage, matte finish, and added SPF, it was the scent that sealed the deal for me. Some brands can smell almost chemical-ly or like costume makeup, but Lancome Nude Miracle smells fresh and light and adds an uplifting element to my morning routine.

Balenciaga B. // Speaking of amazing scents, Balenciaga B. is a subtle blend of fresh and feminine that’s perfect for everyday wear. It’s light and uplifting, and has become a favorite part of my morning beauty routine. I bought it as a Valentine’s Day gift to myself and plan to keep it as a signature scent for a long time.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage // This is a product that first caught my eye in this tutorial so I decided to give it a whirl. It is amazing in that it works like Photoshop for the face. I have a new sunspot pop up every other day (thanks to my younger, tanorexic self) so I use this to cover blemishes and discoloration. The brush is sold separately but my advice is buy both products together. I didn’t buy it at first, but quickly realized the makeup doesn’t achieve my desired result without the proper tool.


March 16, 2015



Now that the worst of the winter weather is behind us, it’s time to slough off the dry skin and get ready to shine for spring, starting with lips. With only two ingredients, this lip scrub is fast, easy, and sweet enough to eat. I like to use it to exfoliate my lips before getting ready, especially if I’m wearing a bold lip color.

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February Beauty Buys

February 12, 2015

beauty / style

There’s something about Valentine’s Day and the whole lovey-dovey feeling that surrounds it that makes me want to get a little more dolled up. While I have absolutely no plans this Valentine’s (is binge watching Friends reruns and eating frozen yogurt by the pint a plan?), I love taking the time to feel pretty. Here are a few products perfect for just that…

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat // Okay, full disclosure, I was looking for Clinique Airbrush concealer but I believe it’s been discontinued, so I opted for this. I love the light formula and the fact that it not only conceals my terrifyingly dark circles, it brightens the under-eyes too. Plus, there’s a clicky button on the bottom that you push to dispense more product. So it’s fun.

Benefit Benetint // This cheek and lip stain is one of those cult favorites that I’ve read about for years and couldn’t justify spending the dough on, until I tried it. The color is sheer and build-able so you can adjust the intensity of the stain depending on your needs. Plus, it’s not going anywhere. I wore it all day and it lasts through it all. And, because Benetint is a stain, there’s no powder or added texture sitting on your cheeks – it looks like a totally natural, glowy, flush. So basically, I’m in love. With Benetint.

Essie – Berry Naughty (similar here) // I bought this color on a whim around Christmas and have worn it almost every week since. It’s dark but not vampy, like an oxblood, and it flatters light and dark skin tones, which can be tricky to pull off. This week I’m wearing it on my toes with Barefoot and Topless on my fingers. It’s my rosy nod to Valentine’s Day.

Sephora eyelash curler // As I mentioned before, I just started curling my lashes again. I researched a bunch of different curlers and found this one to be moderately priced, well-constructed, and comparable to luxury brands. I liked the simple packaging and the fact that two refill rubber bumpers were included.

Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder // I’ve struggled with E.F.S. (extreme face shine) for a very long time and have always shied away from powders because they leave a flat matte face and cakey texture on my skin. Not the case with this one – I use it to set my foundation in the morning and find it keeps everything in place longer. I love this brand in general because each product feels luxurious. This powder has officially been added to my repertoire.

PS – January Beauty Buys and my beauty overhaul