Summer Red

In my recent post about all my fave summer beauty products, I included a red lipstick by CoverGirl called Hot Passion.  Here’s how I’ve been wearing it lately.  This was from 4th of July, but any summer evening is really perfect … Continue reading

My Summer Essentials!

Summer…the season for cold drinks, fresh produce, having outside fun with friends and family and a low maintenance beauty routine.  I have a few body products and makeup items that I have sworn by this summer and when I use just these … Continue reading

Happy Things

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th!  We spent it with some close friends and got some much needed rain, so it was a great evening.  Here are some highlights of my week! {Jon and I picked out 4 decadent … Continue reading

My Hawaiian Vacation Beauty Essentials

We are off to Oahu today for a much needed vacation! I won’t be updating my blog much over the next two weeks but promise to return to it as soon as we get settled back in! I loved when … Continue reading

Happy Things

Happy Friday! Sorry I haven’t been updating as frequently as I normally do! I’m still getting caught up from being on vacation in Florida. Here are a few things that have perked up my week in pictures:

20120823-134943.jpg{This memory of the beach in Florida. I’m ready to go back!}

20120823-135000.jpg{This is one coat of Essie Ballet Slippers with one coat of Essie Mademoiselle. Essie Weingarten herself wears this combination so I had to try it!}

20120823-135031.jpg{This was the ONLY makeup I packed for my Florida trip besides lipgloss. I was so proud of myself. These essentials kept me feeling put together without being overdone. Products: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, MAC Powder Blush in Dame, NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, Stila Stay All Day 10-1 HD Beauty Balm (Laura Mercier is still my favorite but I left it at home for this trip), CoverGirl LashBlast mascara (this is my second favorite mascara. L’Oreal Voluminous is my fave.)

20120823-135107.jpg{I did a fun twist on the french manicure this week with Essie Mademoiselle and Martha Stewart Glitter in Sugar Cube as the tip.}

20120823-135118.jpg{Jon was out of town this week so I cooked for one! I made myself this salmon dinner and this Brussels sprouts dish…so good!}

20120823-135125.jpg{Steel-cut oatmeal with fresh strawberry slices and a touch of agave was the perfect breakfast this week.}

20120823-135135.jpg{My friend Paula and I had a fun night in this week. We baked a homemade, healthy pizza (recipe coming next week!), sipped red wine and watched the movie Bachelorette on OnDemand. Hilarious movie.}

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{**OBSESSED** with this Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. It came in my July Birchbox and I just love love love it.}

20120823-135150.jpg{Posted this picture of Jon and me on Instagram this week for Throwback Thursday. This was in Vegas 6 years ago. Love this picture…and him!}

20120823-135156.jpg{My current favorite lipcolor is MAC Creme Cup lipstick with a swipe of MAC Nymphette Lipglass. The pinky gold shimmer of the gloss makes the lipstick look so feminine and sexy. LOVE.}

What made you happy this week?

June Birchbox

I recently joined Birchbox and will be blogging about each monthly shipment I receive.  Birchbox lets you sample the latest beauty and skincare products by delivering a box full of samples to your doorstep for only $10 a month!  You fill out a questionnaire upon signing up so each month your box is personalized to your preferences, skin tone, etc.  Each month also has a different theme and the items inside are associated with that theme.

They work with all the top brands like NARS, Khiel’s, Stila, Fresh, Essie and many more.  You can check out their list of brands here.  They also have a rewards system so that when you buy full-sized products from their site you accumulate points you can put toward items.

Birchbox has a waiting list so once you request a membership you wait until it’s your turn.  I waited about two weeks for my invitation.  Here is my review on the June Birchbox!

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June’s Birchbox is a Jet Set theme, so it’s full of items that are travel-friendly and serve multiple purposes.

What’s Inside

Juliette Has A Gun Not a Perfume perfume sample

-What it is:

A single-element fragrance by Romano Ricci. It’s made with Ambroxan, which is a synthetic substitute for grey amber and often used as a back note in perfumes. Juliette Has A Gun is described as “minimalist, elegant, pure.” It’s also allergen-free.

-My thoughts:

This is a very unique, clean, feminine scent. I like that it’s made with just one element. I’d imagine this would help minimize perfume-induced headaches, which I definitely get with some brands. I don’t see myself buying a full bottle but I do enjoy the fragrance.

Full-size cost: $85-$110

Melvita Rose Floral Water

-What it is:

A facial toner made primarily of water and organic rose petals. It’s meant to hydrate, refresh and tone skin. It’s made specifically for sensitive or prematurely aging skin.

-My thoughts:

I absolutely love facial mists and really like this one. My skin feels instantly refreshed and hydrated after a spritz of this and it has a very strong rose scent. They also make lavender and orange blossom floral waters. I would definitely purchase a full bottle of this product. I’d prefer it in lavender since I don’t love rose-scented things.

Full-size cost: $22

Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm

-What it is:

A 4-in-1 product that serves as a primer, moisturizer, anti-aging serum and sheer foundation all in one. It’s full of peptides to minimize appearance of wrinkles and antioxidants to protect against free radical damage.

-My Thoughts:

I’ve been really curious about beauty balms and was excited to try this.  I really like Stila products and this did not disappoint.  It provides a bit more coverage than the tinted moisturizer I typically use. It has a really luxurious feel as it goes on and it absorbs flawlessly into skin.  It has a nice, fresh scent to it as well.  I’m totally obsessed with my Laura Mercier but I would buy a full bottle of this product.  The only downside is it doesn’t have any SPF in it.  My fabulous beauty-blogging cousin gives more details on beauty balms here.

-Full-size cost: $38

theBalm Cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen

-What it is:

A 2-in-1 lip and cheek stain in a bright pinkish red shade. It has a gel consistency and it’s very long-wearing.

-My thoughts:

I’m a fan of the Benefit Benetint Rose stain and this gives similar color pay-off. The consistency is completely different, though. I like the gel consistency of this better. The Benefit stain gives a runny application and the gel formula of the Balm’s product makes application a breeze. Beauty Queen is described as a magenta-toned pink but I think it looks more red, like Benefit’s product. It makes lips look naturally but noticeably rosy.  It also gives a gorgeous natural-looking flush to the cheeks.  It doesn’t have a scent, which I also like. I would definitely purchase a full-sized tube of this. They make it in 2 other shades; Prom Queen-a rose pink, and Homecoming Queen-peach.

Full-size: cost $17

ModCloth Headband

What it is:

A retro-inspired headband with flexible metal wire.

My Thoughts:

I can honestly say I would not be caught dead in this headband. It’s just not my style at all. The one I received has a deer print on it, which I really don’t like, but the overall retro-style just isn’t me. It could look really cute on someone else with the right clothing.

Full-size cost:$14