Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Product That Will Save Your Life When You Wake Up Late

Alright, so I know dry shampoos have a lot of amazing uses. They can make your hair easier to style, they can refresh your look, they can add volume and body, they can do all these magical things.  But let's be real. Dry shampoo is so amazing because it can transform your hair from a greasy, disgusting, shouldn't be seen in public, disaster to this amazing, full bodied, did you just come from the salon? look!

When your alarm goes off and you push snooze (like I do daily), and then look at the phone again only to discover 30 mins have passed and you will undoubtedly be late for work.  To make matters worse that morning shower you were planning on is no longer an option.  Rather than roll up to the office rocking a hat you can calmly pull out your bottle of dry shampoo, spray a little over your hair  and walk out the door like you had all the time in the world!  (Please don't forget your deodorant and perfume).  

Now, if your mornings aren't quite as dramatic as this you might be thinking 'I don't need a product like that.  I'm an adult who can wake up when my alarm goes off'.  When they're just wrong.  EVERYONE need a product like this.  Dry shampoo can give your hair volume, and refresh it when you're going on day two or day three of a style.  It's great for if you want to tease your hair to start with that and it's good for giving strands a breather from washing.  Also, if you have super thin hair, the kind you're not supposed to wash every day, but can't go a day without needed a wash, this product will change your life.  

Now I've tried a host of different dry shampoos in the quest to find something that's affordable, but also that works.  

Classic:  Baby Powder

Don't know it 'til you've tried it.  Sprinkling baby powder on your head can refresh your hair and sop up any of the excess oils on your scalp.  It lasts all day as well.

Cons: It/you reek of baby power.  You have to be very careful to brush it all through or your hair turns white.  Probably not great for darker hair colors.  It gets all over your closes.

The Worst: TRESemme Dry Shampoo

I despise the smell of their products.  If this doesn't bother you you probably won't hate this as much.  As for how it works, I find my hair is still greasy, there is no volume and it doesn't look any better.  Fail

The Best Drugstore Brand: Pssssst

This stuff is great.  It's only around $7 a bottle. There is no scent and it works really well.  It doesn't last as long or give quite as nice of a shine as the other better brands but definitely a great buy if you're looking to not spend too much.

The Best High-End Product: Oribe Dry Texturing Spray

This stuff is amazing!  It cleans your hair, gives your hair killer body and texture and makes it look as though you've just stepped out of the salon.  Completely worth the splurge in my book, but at $39 it is pricey.  

SUPERSTAR: Klorane Dry Shampoo

This is the End-All-Be-All of dry shampoos.  It's lightweight, unscented, it doesn't make your hair turn white or leave a gross scent.  It adds volume to your hair and is great for spraying on even clean hair to give some body and lift.  It's only $18 and it's worth. Every.Last.Penny.

What are your favorites?  Have you tried any of the above?



Sunday, February 23, 2014

My New Obsession


I recently got turned onto the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders.  They're a bit of a splurge at $45, but totally worth it if you're a makeup junkie like I am!  There's 5 different colors that you can use for specific highlighting or for an all-over glow.  I'm obsessed with mine and always get the most compliments on my skin when I finish my look by swiping one of the powders over my face.

Now, Hourglass has come out with a line of Ambient Lighting Blushes and to say I'm obsessed is an understatement!  There's 6 different colors and they're all equally amazing.  They combine a beautiful blush color with one of the ambient lighting powders to create this amazing, beautiful finish.  I'm not even lying when I say I have never had a blush that makes my cheeks look quite as radiant and flushed.  

I think blush is one of those products that you can use an inexpensive shade or an expensive shade and get comparable quality.  This blush, however is just another level.  It's not only great shades, but incorporating the ambient lighting gives this amazing glow to your skin that you don't get with any blushes currently out there.

You can get all of the colors here at http://www.sephora.com/ambient-lighting-blush-P384963?icid2=Hourglass_TrendingNow_Carousel_P384963_image.  I am personally LOVING the Luminous Flush which is a pretty, cool, pink color combined with the luminous lighting and the Dim Infusion which is a gorgeous coral color.  I think whichever color you go with you won't be disappointed, they're all gorgeous!

Have you guys tried these?  Let me know what you think!


Hourglass - Ambient Lighting BlushHourglass - Ambient Lighting BlushHourglass - Ambient Lighting Blush

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Purple Smokey Eye


Purple is probably one of my favorite colors to play around with.  I think it's both versatile and complimentary to all eye colors.  I recently got one of the Mac Pigments in purple and I'm loving it!  I played around with a couple of different looks and decided to do a purple smokey eye because it's a little different and fun.  I hope you guys enjoy the video!!



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Favorite Products!

Hey guys!

I've tried A LOT of products throughout the years and some were majorly disappointing while others I still use to this day.  And while I think there are a lot of different factors that go into what makes a product your "favorite", quality is something that you can't argue with.  Check out my video below to see my favorite products!



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Makeup For Blue Eyes

Hey guys!

So obviously I have brown eyes, but I'm always getting asked what shadows look the best on blue eyes.  I decided to make a video showing a great go-to look for people with gorgeous blue eyes.  While brown is considered the most versatile, I think there are so many different things you can do with blue eyes, and there is a way to use every color if you just know how!  So check out my video below to see my look! 

What are your favorite blue eyed looks?  



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

My Skin Care Routine

Hey guys!

Skin care is something that has always been very important to me.  As a teenager I had HORRIBLE skin and tried everything under the sun to get it better.  Now, as an adult, I try and take good care of my skin to heed off wrinkles as long as possible!  

I think the best products for clear skin (and mind you this is after having tried ProActive, prescription skin care, etc.) is honestly Clean and Clear.  I don't know why but their products seemed to clear up my skin in a way that no other product before had been able to.  I still use their face wash and blemish cream to this day!

For moisturizing I love Garnier's products.  They have a great moisturizer that reverses the effects of sun damage, and it's light weight so your skin doesn't get that greasy, heavy feeling a lot of moisturizers leave.  

For anti-wrinkle creams I'm a big fan of Estee Lauder products.  They have an amazing line, and it's reasonably priced especially compared to a lot of the products out there.  I'm loving their Advanced Night Repair Serums and their new Revitalizing Supreme Moisturizer!  

Check out my video below to hear all my thoughts on these products and more!  :)

Advanced Night RepairRevitalizing Supreme



Monday, February 10, 2014

Liebster Award


So, I'm super excited, I was nominated for the Liebster award, an award for up and coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.  The awesome Katherine Nicole found my blog and nominated me :)  What a great way to find new bloggers and get new blogs out there! 

The Rules:

1. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you

2. Create 11 questions for people you've nominated
3. Choose eleven people (with fewer than 200 followers) to give this award to and link them in your post
4. Go to their page and tell them or email them
5. Remember, no tag backs.

My Nominees:
Lipstick & Ponytails
Skin Stuff by Katy
Lifestyle and Beauty Honestly
Devastatingly Beautiful Life
Freshly Pressed Beauty
Beauty Blogger Connecticut
Nancy Mulhouse
Slashed Beauty
Urban Anthropology
DC Girl in Pearls

Katherine Nicole's Questions:

1. Are you an early bird or night owl?
    Def a night owl! I hate morning!

2. What are you currently reading?
     Ghost Wars- it's this awesome book about the CIA and Afghanistan in the 80's

3. What would be your dream job?

4. Chocolate or vanilla?
     Vanilla all day er'yday day

5. What is your most prized possession?
     Ooo this is hard...umm probably pictures that I have from when I was younger

6. What's the first thing you do in the morning?
     Think of how much trouble I'd get in if I called out :)

7. What is your favorite food?
      Chicken Svoulaki yummm

8. Biggest pet peeve?
      People who don't answer text messages for hours!

9. What was the last movie you watched? What did you think about it?
      American Hustle.  It was really good and def worth the hype!

10. Pasta, wine and a good book OR pizza, beer and a movie? Why?
      Pizza, wine and movie.  Because wine is amazing but pizza trumps pasta.

11. What's something your readers might not know about you?
       Hmm...I went to high school in London

My Questions:

1.  Would you rather travel to Europe or the Caribbean?

2.  What made you decide to start blogging?

3.  Dogs or cats?

4.  What is the one beauty product you can't live without?

5.  What 3 items would you want on a deserted island with you?

6.  What's your favorite TV show?

7.  What's your biggest vice?

8.  Skiing or beach?

9.  What would you eat as your last meal?

10.  What's the one thing you'll only do when you're alone?

11.  What would your dream life be like in 5 years?

Hope all my nominees enjoy this and keep it going!  Thank you so much Katherine Nicole for this awesome nomination!  



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mac Haul

Hey guys!

So I recently did a little Mac shopping!  To be fair, this was actually 2 trips combined into 1 video, so I didn't purchase this all at the same time.  Check out my video to see my favorite, there were definitely a few things I got that I'm kind of obsessed with now!  I put the pictures below so you can see the different products I got as well.  Hope you guys enjoy!!

 Platinum Love Eye Shadow
 Sweet Heat Eye Shadow
 Silver Dawn Eye Shadow
 At Dusk Eye Shadow
 Superb Eye Shadow
 Era Eye Shadow
 Arena Eye Shadow
 Hip and Happy Lip Liner (It does not look this purple in person!)
 Pink Plaid Lipstick 

 PigmentNaked Pigment
Fix + Fix
130 Short Duo Fibre Brush130 Duo Fibre Brush



Monday, February 3, 2014

EASY Highlighting and Contouring

Hey guys!

So highlighting and contouring is all the rage right now and for good reason.  It can help emphasize or de-emphasize features that you love or hate.  A lot of the videos I've seen on youtube have been really intense with all sorts of crazy dark colors and lines, and numbered and all this crazy stuff.  I myself use contouring every day because I hate the roundness of my face and like to give the illusion of cheekbones.  However, my contouring is not nearly as complicated as a lot of the videos out there.  Check out my video below to see how I do this, and some tricks for changing face shapes, noses, eyes etc.  Hope you guys like it!



The Brush That Changed My Life


So I have relatively manageable hair.  However, if I tease my hair or don't comb it for a few days it can get cray.  There is nothing worse than getting out of the shower and having just one huge knot.  It's like WTF.  I've tried using detangling leave-in conditioners and they work relatively well, but still pulling the comb through my tangles always hurts.  I'd heard about this brush that was supposed to be great for detangling hair but hadn't really given it too much thought.

I somehow got roped into doing a free Amazon Prime trial and during the month I had it I felt the need to buy as much as possible to get my (free) money's worth for the month.  So, one day it occurred to me that maybe this brush was worth trying.  I looked it up and it was the weirdest shape, but it cost me like $3 I was like why the heck not?!  BEST $3 I EVER SPENT.  This little thing is a miracle worker.  Comb your hair with it before you shower, after you shower, when you wake up, whenever the heck you feel like it.  I can't even imagine the wonders it works on people with actually tangley hair.  It's seriously so amazing, I threw away all my other brushes just because I hate them so much now :)

But for real.  If you have an extra $3 lying around, buy this brush. (Just get it on Amazon because it costs like $15 retail).



Sunday, February 2, 2014

Makeup For Brown Eyes


So my mom has these gorgeoussss green eyes, my bro has these awesome blue eyes and of course I get my dad's brown eyes :)  I've learned some tips and tricks along the way to emphasize them, and if you use the right colors they can actually look very stunning.  Brown is nice too because there's very few colors that don't work with it.  My favorites are golds, browns and purples, but you can use pretty much any color with it.  Check out my video below to see my look and how I play up my eyes.

Eye Products Used:

Soft Ochre Paint Pot    Retrospeck   Brown Down 

Shroom   Mylar   Blackheart by Naked 3 (Not pictured)



Sephora Haul


So I got a bunch of Sephora gift cards for Christmas/my birthday so I went on a bit of a Sephora shopping spree.  I am actually really happy with pretty much everything I got!  I have a video here where you can see all the products but I also listed them all out below.  So this post seems way longer than it actually is.  My most favorite purchases though have to be my Nars Illuminator and the Nars Matt Pencils I got.  Everything else was pretty great, check out the video to hear my thoughts, and please subscribe!

Copacabana Illuminator

Naked Flushed Palette


Chocolate Soleil Bronzer 


Pro Visionary Precision Contour #132

SEPHORA COLLECTION - Pro Visionary Precision Contour #132


Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS - Velvet Matte Lip PencilNARS - Velvet Matte Lip Pencil



Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

Too Faced - Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush



Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush


Tarte - Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Lights, Camera, Flashes™ Statement Mascara

Tarte - Lights, Camera, Flashes™ Statement Mascara

Brow Wiz/Brow Powder Duo

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow WizAnastasia Beverly Hills - Brow Powder Duo

Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57

SEPHORA COLLECTION - Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57