Category Archives: Beauty Gems

April Beauty Favorites

April Beauty Favorites
{April Beauty Favorites}

1.Chloe Eau De Parfum Spray

2. Victoria’s Secret Pink – Fresh & Clean – All Over Body Mist 

3.Daisy  By Marc Jacobs Eau-de-toilette Spray 

This cold weather needs to move on outta here so the rest of the world and I can start complaining how hot it is outside.  Seriously though, this weather needs to clean it up.  I spoke too soon…..the weather is now amazing outside. Very funny mother nature, veryyyy funny.

Anyway, this month I am going to talk about my April beauty favorites- perfume style.  My first beauty favorite is the 1) Chloe Eau De Parfum Spray.  I love this spray- it is so fresh & so clean. Also, the scent lasts forever and the bottle is super cute. Winner all around.

My next favorite is the 2) Victoria’s Secret Pink Fresh & Clean body mist.  Last month I went into Victoria’s secret and left with way more than anticipated.  Am I the only one this happens to?!  Needless to say, I left with this Pink body mist and love it.  I spray a little on if I am about to run out of the house, head to the gym, or want a light scent.  Also, it is reasonably priced which makes the purchase much easier.

Lastly, 3) Daisy by Marc Jacobs is so so great.  The scent is sweet and light and lasts forever like the Chloe perfume.  Also, the classic notes in this perfume make it perfect for the spring/summer weather.  How cute is the bottle by the way?

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Amanda

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March Beauty Favorites

March Beauty Favorites{March Beauty Favorites}

1.Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm  “Shameless”

2. Essie smooth trick deep-conditioning cuticle oil

3.Essie “Big Spender

I cannot believe it is already March.  Seriously, where did the time go?

My first beauty favorite is the 1) Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in the color “shameless.”  I am totally in love with this new crayon lip craze because they are the perfect balance between a lipstick and a lip balm.  Let me start off by saying that this color can be a bit intimidating when looking at it on the shelf since it is a deep purple but I swear it is such a great color for a glam look.  I give it a big thumbs up as far as texture and color go.

My next favorite is the 2) Essie deep conditioning cuticle oil.   One of my best friend and I regularly go for manicures together- it’s our thing.  Can you blame us?  But, whenever we fall off the manicure bandwagon my cuticles get so dry that they look and feel terrible.  In between manicures I started using this Essie cuticle oil and it is seriously impressive.  After I used it, I saw immediate results and my cuticles were significantly better.  I even made my best friend try it for a second seal of approval- making it two thumbs up for this gem.

Lastly, 3) Essie in the color “Big Spender” is my final March favorite. It is the perfect dark fuchsia color for the transition of winter into spring.

Don’t forget to comment and follow below.  I would love to know, what are your March beauty favorites? 

Amanda

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February Beauty Favorites

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1. Shea Cashmere Hand Cream: Country Chic 

2. Dairy Association Bag-Balm  

3. Olay Night Recovery Cream 

I could easily move to Florida. The cold city weather goes right through my bones and not to mention leaves my skin so dry that half of my day is spent applying lotion (Ok I’m obviously exaggerating- but not really).  That is where my mid-winter, February, beauty favorites come into play.  Since I often fall victim to the winter skin dryness spell, I’ve pretty much become a moisturizer guru.

Let’s start with my first favorite which is 1) Shea Cashmere Hand Cream by True Blue Spa.  This stuff is like silk… or I guess you could say cashmere, and moisturizes so well without being greasy. Double win.  My next favorite is 2) Bag-Balm.  Originally this salve was used to soften cow udders- yep, I said cow udders.  I use this stuff on really dry skin, for example, chapped lips, elbows, knees, and even my hands.  This salve is not only good at moisturizing within minutes it helps heal very dry cracked skin too.  My last favorite is the 3) Olay Night Recovery Cream.  Every night in the winter I use the Olay Recovery Cream as a way to hydrate my face while I sleep.  Many face lotions just don’t cut it in the winter but this works wonders.

Three cheers for moisturized skin in the midst of winter.  Hydrate away little gems.

Don’t forget to comment and follow below.  What are your February beauty favorites? 

Amanda

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January Beauty Favorites

January Beauty Favorites

{January Beauty Favorites}

1. elf Studio High Definition Loose Face Powder

2. Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask

3. Maybelline New York Fit Me! Powder, 120 Classic Ivory

Happy New Year! 2013 had been an amazing year and I could not have been more blessed.  I feel very fortunate for all my beautiful family, friends, and followers who never cease to amaze me with their continuous support.

A few weeks back, I went to Target and stocked up on a ton of beauty items. Necessary? Probably not, but totally worth it.  The first item I found was the 1) E.l.f High Definition Loose Face Powder. I always set my makeup with a translucent powder (I normally use this) but I happened to run out.  While I was aimlessly wandering around Target, which seems to always happen when I walk into place, I found the E.l.f High Def powder. Since I am an E.l.f fan to begin with, I figured why not give it a try.  Seriously, this product is awesome. I used it for New Years Eve and my makeup did not budge! 

My next favorite is the 2) Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Mask.  I love hair masks, and this one is great. It is smooth and leaves your hair extremely silky.  On a side note, last week I put coconut oil in my hair (another Pinterest inspiration to say the least) and I literally had to wash my hair 3 times in 24 hours in order to get it out.  I probably went coco-crazy and over did it- I will  attempt the coconut oil mask another time with much less of it. But in the mean time, let me spare you the time and trouble coconut oil brought me- leave the coconut oil in the kitchen and buy the Organix hair mask.

Lastly 3) is the Maybelline, Fit Me! Powder. It blends very well, lasts forever, and they have every skin color imaginable. I normally use some foundation, then blend some Fit Me! powder over it for extra coverage.  What are your January beauty favorites?

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Again, Happy New Year!

Amanda

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December Beauty Favorites

December Beauty Favorites{December Beauty Favorites}

1. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Forever Eau de Parfum

2. EyeStudio Maybelline shadow Makeover Mocha

3. Jordana Easyliner For Lips: Cabernet & Plush Plum

4. Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Eyeliner: Black

I cannot believe how this month is flying by! I am really excited to share this month’s beauty favorites because they are awesome! So my first pick is 1) Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Forever Eau de Parfum. It is fresh with sweet undertones- totally love it. Next, 2) the Maybelline Shadow Eye Studio.  This one is limited edition so my store had very few left. I love how this quad set has a slight shimmer and is highly pigmented which is hard to find in drug store shadows.  Then comes 3) Jordana Easyliner for lips. These little pencils are amazing, they are retractable so you never have to sharpen them and not to mention they are ridiculously cheap ($1.99- I kid you not).  In the picture above I have showed the Cabernet & Plush Plum colors but another one of my favorites is Tawny.  Tawny matches my lip color exactly so I use it as an everyday look.  Lastly, 4) Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Eyeliner.  This liner is a felt tip that glides easily and doesn’t make a mess.  Also,  if you are not the best at applying liquid liner but want the look, this is definitely a great liner to buy in order to get the hang of it.  Like the Jordana lipliners, this one is also ridiculously cheap- double win.

What are your December beauty favorites?

Amanda

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November Beauty Favorites

November Beauty Favorites

{November Beauty Favorites}

1. e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set ELF Professional Setting Spray

2. Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter

3. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluid 

Hi my beautiful gems. Can you believe it is already November? I know I can’t, but anyway, its time for my November beauty favorites.  So the first choice I’d like to talk about this month is the 1) E.L.F Studio Makeup Mist & Set.  A while back I was looking for a makeup setter. I just felt like some nights I’d go through the whole makeup routine and the next thing I knew was my makeup was practically off my face.  I was so frustrated that I went searching for primers and setters.  On my search I found this E.L.F one.  It may not be the best one out there but for the value it became everything I needed.  It was light, not sticky, and super cheap, not like many of the others on the market.  Next, 2) Bliss Lemon + Sage Body butter.  I love the scent and it is so smooth. Not to mention, the sage undertones are perfect for the chilly weather season. Lastly comes 3) my amazing La Roche-Posay Toleraine Fluid, or in layman’s terms…  normal face lotion.  This is my most favorite face lotion! I use one pump after I wash my face and it is so light and non greasy that it’s amazing. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

What are your November beauty favorites?!

Amanda

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October Beauty Favorites

November Beauty Favorites

{November Beauty Favorites}

1. NYX Liquid Crystal Liner

2. Benefit Watt’s Up!

3. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara Black

Ah, the joys of trying new beauty products. I swear, its like Christmas morning for me, opening the beauty gems and watching them glisten in all their glory.    First up is the 1) NYX Crystal Liner.  I saw this look on Pinterest and was determined to find a glitter gold liner to make this look happen.  That’s where the NYX liner comes in and it is awesome.  I definitely think you should give it a try, and not to mention it’s reasonably priced too. Next comes 2) Benefit Watt’s up.  I haven’t ever used a highlighter mainly for the fact that I haven’t found one I really liked, well, until now because this highlighter is great and now I’m hooked.  My next beauty gem of the month is 3) Benefit “They’re real!” Mascara in black.  I love this mascara because the wand also has the bristles on the tip which makes it easy to reach the inside lashes.

What are your October beauty favorites?!

Amanda

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September Beauty Favorites

September Beauty Favorites

{September Beauty Favorites}

1. Perscriptives Colorscope Refillable Palette for eyes and cheeks- Warm

2. Dazzling White Instant Teeth Whitening Pen

3. Essie nail color polish, chinchilly

4. TRESemme 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse

Happy September lovies! I’m excited to share my beauty favorites this month with you.  My first favorite is 1) Perscriptives Colorscope Refillable Palette.  This palette is so cute with its enclosed zipper case which makes it great to take when traveling. Also, the colors in this palette are “Warm” making it perfect for the beginning days of fall.  For my next beauty favorite, I picked up the 2) Dazzling White professional strength whitening pen at my local dollar store and it is definitely a great gem.  Don’t get me wrong, it is not as strong or fast acting as many other whitening items on the market, however for the price it absolutely does the trick for me.  Since my teeth are generally white to begin with this is a great pen for maintenance and small touch ups.  I stocked up on a few to last me through the season.

Last month I went to the nail salon with my best friend and she tried her hardest to pick a nail polish that was not a “fall” color. As she naturally gravitated to every grey and forest green nail polish on the wall she hesitantly settled for a summer blue instead.  In the spirit of my bestie, I put in a beautiful “fall” grey nail color for her in this month’s favorites, 3) Essie Nail Polish in “Chinchilly.”  This Essie color is just the right amount of grey with a small lavender undertone.  My last favorite of the month is 4) TRESemmé 24 hour body foaming mousse. Lately, I have been putting a bit in my hair (especially at the roots) before I blow it out with the blow dryer and I have noticed some extra volume.

What are your September favorites?

Amanda

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August Beauty Favorites

August Beauty Favorites

{August Beauty Favorites}

1. ME: Makeover Essentials- Essentials Face Color Kit

2. e.l.f. Eyelash Curler

3. L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara

I cannot believe it is already August! The summer is flying by, yet I refuse to let it slip out of my hands as September approaches.  On the plus side, my birthday is coming up and I can’t wait to spend the day with my family and friends.  My first beauty favorite this month is 1) ME: Essentials Face Color Kit.  I really enjoy the colors that come in this kit, they are great for summer and easy to take when traveling.  This was my first time using Makeover Essentials and so far I’m quite pleased.  I need to venture out and try  more of their products soon.  My second favorite this month is the 2) E.L.F Mechanical Eyelash Curler.   This is one of my favorite eyelash curlers because it is inexpensive, so when the rubber starts wearing away I toss it and buy a new one! Also, it curls my eyelashes super well.  My last favorite of the month is 3) Loreal Telescopic Mascara in blackest black.  This stuff is great, it makes my lashes super long but also doesn’t clump which is a big thumbs up! Also, I love the style of the wand, its thin and separates my lashes really well.

What are your August faves?

Amanda

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July Beauty Favorites

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{July Beauty Favorites}

1. Secret Scent Expressions Clear Gel Ooh-La-La Lavender Scent Antiperspirant & Deodorant

2. Ben Nye Luxury Powders – Banana

3. Victoria’s Secret Secret Moments Island Escape Body Lotion

4. Essie Canyon Coral Nail Polish

5. Mac Bronzing Powder Refined Golden

6. MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (Black Extreme)

I cannot wait to share my July beauty faves with you this month. My first beauty fave is 1) Secret Scent Expressions Deodorant in the scent Ooh-la-la Lavender. This has been my favorite deodorant for years and it’s such a fresh scent for the summer time. Next, 2) Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder. I happened to stumble upon this makeup a few months ago, and have been using it ever since.  Since the powder is “banana” tinted it is outstanding at covering up dark under eye circles. I like to use my concealer then dab on a little Ben Nye with a damp beauty sponge on top to set it.  It is very affordable for this type of product and the little 1.5 oz container lasts a very long time.

Next, I would love to introduce you to 3) Victora’s Secret Island Escape Body Lotion. When you apply this lotion it smells like you just came back from an island with its beachy coconut and sugar cane notes.  As always, I try to throw in one of my favorite nail colors of the month that inspire me. This month it is 4) Essie in “Canyon Coral.”  This Essie color is definitely one of my new favorites because it is an ideal summer coral and perfect coral colors are hard to fine.

Since the summer is the time to release our golden goddesses from within, it is nice to pamper your skin with a natural glow.  5) MAC Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden is perfect to enhance your skin with a little golden color. This month I saved my all time favorite beauty find for last, 6) MAC Mascara “In Extreme Dimension Lash.” This stuff is AMAZING. I am not lying when I say this is one of my favorite mascaras I have ever tried. It does not flake or smudge and it lengthens and thickens lashes. Who can ask for anything better?

What are your July Faves?

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