Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream Review

I'm always a fan of anti-aging products. I know, I'm only 23, but I feel that prevention easier than trying to get rid of wrinkles already present. I use an eye cream every morning and night - I do have some fine lines under my eyes but I've never found an amazing eye cream that works. I've tried many different brands: Clinique, DermaDoctor, Kiehl's, etc. All were good - but none that were life changing. I recently purchased Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Eye Cream and it has become my new HOLY GRAIL eye product!
I've only been using this product for a week and have already noticed improvement in my undereye area. I've noticed that my eyes have less fine lines, look firmer/plumper and all around appear more vibrant. All you need is the tiniest amount to cover the delicate undereye area :)
As for the price - I'd say it's pretty average. It's obviously not a drugstore price but it definitly doesn't go up into the hundreds scale! (I bought mine for around $50 at Nordstrom).
Overall I'd recommend this product to anyone looking for an amazing eye cream - you won't be disappointed!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup Review

Based on the product name, I was skeptical to buy it – I couldn’t decide if it was worth the money or would even live up to it's name, but I finally gave in and I am now obsessed with this foundation!

This liquid foundation turns into a beautiful powder finish once applied to the skin, which is great for my oily skin type. I found that it is easiest to apply with your fingers, which can be messy, but it really helps blend the product into the skin to give that natural finish. However, this product is extremely LIQUIDY! If you shake the bottle, it sounds like water is inside. Since the foundation is runnier than most, you really need to work the product onto your skin quickly (which is another reason why using your fingers is best). Once I applied this product, I also noticed that my pores were no longer visible (which I love!) I kept it on for 17 hours yesterday (it was a long day!) and it held up much better than I expected. Also, I only had to blot twice throughout the long day.

I’m not sure how well this would work for dry skin – but if you have dry skin and have tried this product, let me know in the comments below!



-Natural finish

-Easy to blend

-Light/Medium coverage (that is easily buildable without looking cakey)


-Have to work fast with it

-Can be messy

Worth the money? YES

Would I repurchase? Definitely!!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Favorite Fall Lip Combo

Deep burgundies and oxblood are the colors for the season but I've also been LOVING cabernet-colored lips. Just about every cosmetic brand is pushing the wine stained lip trend, but my favorite is a combination of two DRUGSTORE lipsticks.

-I first apply Revlon's ColorStay Lip Liner in Wine. This will help your lipstick stay put longer and will also help save the color from bleeding.

-Next I add CoverGirl's LipPerfection Lipcolor Lipstick in the color Smitten all over my lips. This color tones down the intensity of the lip look while giving it a purple undertone.

-Then to add a deeper red color to get the perfect wine lips, I dab on Wet 'n Wild's Fergie Creme Lipstick in the color Ferguson Crest Cabernet (which is also a dupe for Mac's Rebel - and about $12 cheaper!) This super inexpensive lipstick is a MUST HAVE for fall!

-The Final Combo:

This lip color is all over the runways  and magazines and is great to pair with a simple eye look. A bold lip is also a great way to step out of your comfort zone and jazz up your style :)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish Set

Usually my favorite Fall things consist of pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters and wine colored lips. However, for this Fall I have completely fallen in love with Anastasia's Lavish Set. This $38 palette (a $212 value) has everything you possibly need to achieve the perfect eye for the Fall.

This Set Includes: 

-10 Eyeshadows
-Covet Waterproof Eyeliner in Noir
-Mini Perfect Brow Pencil in Dark Brown
-Dual Lining/Blending Brush
-Look Book 


(from left to right: Cream, Antique, Rum Cake, Moss, Truffle)

(from left to right: Ballet, Orange Soda, Sienna, Pink Sapphire, Black Diamond)

These colors (and eyeliner) are so pigmented and perfect for fall and I can't wait to create some fun new eye looks with them! I haven't seen this palette is in stores yet, but when it is you'll want to get your hands on it ASAP before it sells out!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Review

Woo I'm finally back - it seems like I haven't been here for forever! I hope you all had an amazing summer and are still enjoying these warm and beautiful days!

Anyways, let's get on to the review...I'm sure if you've watched QVC you've heard of Mally Beauty and I'm excited to say that this brand is FINALLY being sold at Ulta! So I obviously had to pick up her most famous product... the Evercolor Poreless Face Defender.

When I first opened it, I was super impressed with the packaging. It comes in a sleek purple compact with the sponge you use to apply it. Now, most transparent powders are white in color, but this Face Defender is COMPLETELY transparent, which is something I've never seen before. I took some on my finger and rubbed it on the back of my hand and the consistency is almost too hard to describe but it made the back of my hand feel like pure silk.

This product is said to get rid of oil, fine lines and pores - all which will make you look younger (unlike normal powders which can make you look cakey, dry and old). Moreover, since it is actually transparent, it won't give you a whitecast in photos.

You don't need to use a lot of this product for it to set your makeup and get rid of shine. Also, it is super easy to apply. I still need to touch up every few hours (which is normal for me) but I didn't have to touch up as often as I would normally.

Would I buy this product again? YES!
Would I recommend this to a friend? ABSOLUTELY!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bows to Toes Boutique!!

Hey all! I know, it's been a while, but I am back and have a few product reviews and a few other posts in the works that I'm excited to put up for all of you! But anyways, on to the fun part :) ...

I'm super excited to tell you about an AMAZING online jewelry boutique that one of my girlfriends just launched in May. It's called Bows to Toes (adorable name, right?!) and I'm obsessed with the pieces on this site! The jewelry ranges from earrings and rings to scarves to necklaces and bracelets - and all for super low prices!! My favorite part? There's a designer inspired jewelry section which is absolutely fantastic (and who doesn't want expensive looking jewelry for low prices?!)

Link: Bows to Toes

A few other awesome aspects of this boutique is they charge one flat rate of $5 for shipping (no matter the size of the order) and they also ship all orders next day 1st class! Plus there's no sales tax (except if you live in NC, which is where they're based out of). Plus, I was looking around online at a few other online boutiques and Bows to Toes has some of the lowest prices you can find - which is great for us girls because don't we all love justifying ourselves into buying more? :)

Some of the most popular jewelry trends (such as bubble necklaces, David Yurman-style bracelets, chunky necklaces and teardrop earrings) are all sold at Bows to Toes, as well. Seriously, you're going to want to check out this boutique and I'm sure you'll fall in love with it just like I did!


I received my first piece from Bows to Toes and am completely obsessed! I wore it today and got so many compliments on it! The piece I have is the Mint Green & Light Pink Necklace. It also comes with a pair of rhinestone stud earrings :) And I want to give a big shout out to Whitney, the owner of Bows to Toes - thank you so so much for this gorgeous necklace! I am so in love with it!!!

Here’s the link to the necklace: Mint Green & Light Pink Necklace

Also, go follow Bows to Toes on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates on their new products!

FacebookBows to Toes

Instagram: bowstotoes1

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sigma Resort Palette Review, Use & Swatches

I've been searching for an eyeshadow palette that I could play around with some fun colors for summer. There were a few I couldn't decide between but I finally bought Sigma's Resort Palette and I couldn't be happier! The colors are absolutely beautiful, bright and pigmented. It also comes with a blush (Heavenly), a liquid highlighter (Luminesce) and a double-sided eye liner (Daydream/Earth Goddess) which go perfectly with any eye look from this palette! (Just an FYI: If you're looking to buy this palette, go get it quickly because it's Limited Edition!)

My favorite way to use this palette:

First, I take Luna and put it on my brow bone, inner corners and inner 1/3 of my eye lid for a bright and highlighted look. I then take Fawn and pack it onto the outer 2/3 of my lid. Then taking Topaz and Sigma's E35 brush, I blend it into my crease to add dimension and warmth. If I really want to smoke out my eye for more of a nighttime look, I'll add Muse to my outer V.

The fun part to use this palette is to choose one of the brighter colors (my favorites are Moonbeam or Neela) and put that on your lower lash line. To make this super pigmented, I take Sigma's E30 Pencil Brush, spray it with some setting spray (like Skindinavia's Makeup Finishing Spray or Mac's Fix+), put the brush into the bright color and apply to my lower lash line. By spraying the brush with a setting spray, the eyeshadows will go onto the lash line easier, more pigmented and stay on longer! The eyeshadow also acts more of a gel than a powder this way, too.

I apply the blush to the upper contours of my cheeks. Then I apply 3-4 dots of the liquid highlighter right above the blush and blend in with my ring finger. This highlight gives your skin an instant glow :)