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Lipstick Queen

Born to Be Queen

Why be a princess when you can be a Lipstick Queen! I was introduced to Lipstick Queen at my local Ulta store and was beyond excited to test out of a few of their new Cupid’s Bow collection ($22 each).

Lipstick Queen

Why be a princess when you can be a Lipstick Queen! I was introduced to Lipstick Queen at my local Ulta store and was beyond excited to test out of a few of their new Cupid’s Bow collection ($22 each).  <Insert pics of products here> Fun fact! Clara Bow was America’s original “It Girl”, who inspired perfectly outlined, seductive lips. To this day, creating heart shaped, cupid’s bow lips is called “putting on a Clara Bow”. Yes, this will be on the test! <Insert pic of Clara Bow with caption: Clara pining for her Prince> Cupid’s Bow is a collection of 8 Jumbo Pencils that double up as both liner and lipstick. I am certainly more of a gloss girl myself, but I gave them a whirl. Both colors were super pigmented and glided on with no hassle. They also had staying power, but I would recommend wearing a gloss over them, as they felt a little dry on my lips. <Insert lip pics here with caption of color names under each: Ovid and Golden Arrow> Cupid’s Bow Ovid complements my tan skin for the summer months, but will also be a nice raspberry color for fall. Golden Arrow had a pinkish tint to it, while giving off the nude lip vibe. Definitely one I would wear on a regular basis and the safer of the two colors. I really want to get my hands on Lipstick Queen’s Frog Prince next. It is an emerald green lipstick that adjusts to your skin’s natural coloring and pH levels, transforming into a rosebud shade. Sounds magical!  Now go out there and rule the world, Lipstick Queens!

Fun fact! Clara Bow was America’s original “It Girl”, who inspired perfectly outlined, seductive lips. To this day, creating heart shaped, cupid’s bow lips is called “putting on a Clara Bow”. Yes, this will be on the test!

LipstickQueen

Cupid’s Bow is a collection of 8 Jumbo Pencils that double up as both liner and lipstick. I am certainly more of a gloss girl myself, but I gave them a whirl. Both colors were super pigmented and glided on with no hassle. They also had staying power, but I would recommend wearing a gloss over them, as they felt a little dry on my lips.

Lipstick Queen
Golden Arrow
Lipstick Queen
Ovid

Cupid’s Bow Ovid complements my tan skin for the summer months, but will also be a nice raspberry color for fall. Golden Arrow had a pinkish tint to it, while giving off the nude lip vibe. Definitely one I would wear on a regular basis and the safer of the two colors.

I really want to get my hands on Lipstick Queen’s Frog Prince next. It is an emerald green lipstick that adjusts to your skin’s natural coloring and pH levels, transforming into a rosebud shade. Sounds magical!

Now go out there and rule the world, Lipstick Queens!

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Latest and Greatest from Burt’s Bees

Oh happy day! Burt’s Bees has introduced new collections that will have you buzzing.

Burt's Bees

You know that old standby Burt’s Bees Beeswax chapstick you have tucked away in your purse? Burt’s Bees Squeezable Beeswax Lip Balm, ($3.99) is exactly like the original- only softer, smoother, and squeezable! I love how it gives just a little shine that the chapstick doesn’t provide, and the peppermint flavor leaves that signature tingle behind.

Burt's Bees

Burt’s has also come out with a collection of Sheer Body Lotions ($10). They are formulated with Safflower Oil Oleosomes, which have been clinically shown to moisturize skin instantly and leave it feeling soft and smooth. For those of you who have read my previous posts, I am a sucker for anything in a spray bottle! I had lots of fun spraying this lotion on my arms and legs…it’s the little things in life, I suppose.

Burt's Bees

Next, I’m dying to try Burt’s Bees Renewal Collection. This face care line helps reduce the look of lines and wrinkles while firming skin to appear smoother and more hydrated. And with white hibiscus and apple rejuvenating complex, I am sure it smells divine.

Find Burt’s Bees newest collections and www.burtsbees.com, and let us know what you think of them in the comments below!

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Time to Become a Sun Bum

Warm weather has arrived, and if you’re anything like me, sun, sand, and beaches are in your future! Sun Bum has a whole beauty line geared toward the dog days of summer, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them.

First up- Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray ($14.99 at Ulta)

Sun Bum

What’s not to love about sea spray in a squirt bottle? While protecting hair from the elements, it gives hair extra body, waves, and texture for that “I just spent the day at the beach” look. When it comes to my hair, I am not always fond of a matte-finish, because it can tend to look a bit “witchy” due to the length. This Beach Formula Sea Spray definitely has a matte-finish hold, but I liked how it brought out my highlights and didn’t make my hair look too scraggly.

I sprayed it on towel-dried hair and gave it a good scrunch or two before letting it air dry. The spray itself was lightweight and created the strand separation and definition it claimed it would. I absolutely loved how purposely messy my beach waves looked, and I think they looked even better after sleeping on them.Sun Bum Sun Bum

In addition to the Sea Spray, I scored a few of Sun Bum’s Sunscreen Lip Balms ($3.99) in Mango, Coconut, and my personal fave Key Lime. Not only are they SPF 30, but they also contain aloe and vitamin E- a perfect combination to keep lips protected during sunny days. I have one stashed in each purse!

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Check out more Sun Bum products at trustthebum.com or head to Ulta.com to experience them for yourself!

Have you tried out Sun Bum products before?

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april 2015 favorites

April Favorites: 2015

April has come and gone. It was a fabulous month; maybe the best so far in 2015. Seeing as it was my birthday month, that might be a slightly biased statement. Oh well.

Can you believe it took me 27 years to finally test out Make Up Forever HD Foundation? And I call myself a beauty blogger ….. *disappointed head shake.* While I normally reach for light coverage foundations and BB creams, I’ve been L-O-V-I-N-G this more heavy-duty number. I can’t put it down. And with that, let’s move onto the rest of my April favorites.

april 2015 favorites

Foundation | Rollerball Trio | Agave Lip Mask |  Foundation Brush | Floral Pants

And while we’re at it, let’s talk a walk down memory lane and look at my January, February and March favorites as well.

What were your favorites this month?

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march favorites

March Favorites 2015

Since today is the last day of March (get the picture already, Mother Nature) I figured it would be a good time to pay homage to my month’s favorites. Aside from the brow wiz, these are all new goodies.

I’ve had this look on repeat all month. Apply tinted moisturizer, sweep on shadow, define my brows and a few other odds and ends (read: mascara, blush, etc.) then wash off at the end of the night. I’m not bored yet and I don’t see a huge shake up in my daily routine just yet. Who knows, maybe my March favorites will roll over into April.

march favorites

Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water | Neutrogena Long Wear Eye Shadow

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue | Anastasia Brow Wiz

What beauty products are on your March favorites list?

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February Favorites: 2015

Hi there, beauties. March is here, which means a couple of things. For one, Spring is just a couple short weeks away. Second, it’s time for February favorites. Like last month, I don’t have a huge amount of favorites, but I’m going with a zen less-is-more approach to life lately. Ok, that’s a complete lie … I just got back from Sephora with more than I intended to purchase … but I have just been dabbling in a bit of this and a bit of that rather than obsessing over specific products. And with that, let’s gander my monthly favorites and check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post.

february favorites 2015

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo – This is not a new favorite. In fact, the first time that I wrote about this amazing product was August 2013.  I use it more-or-less on a daily basis. On first-day, second-day and third-day hair. It adds volume and texture to my style in addition to having three other uses. And the fact that it’s only $6 at my local CVS is just the icing on the cake. Just assume that this dry shampoo is a monthly favorite moving forward unless I say otherwise.

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara – This is a new find rather than a recently re-discovered product. I had heard so many great things about this mascara online, but never got around to purchasing a tube of my own until last month. The first couple of tries were a huge flop and I thought that the hype was all smoke and mirrors. Then, as if by magic, the mascara did wonders for my lashes. They are lengthened, defined and almost look like falsies. Whenever I wear this, I get loads of compliments on my lashes, which is always the true test.

Lumene CC Cream – This isn’t a new product. Like the dry shampoo, I’m bringing it back from the back of my drawers. This Lumene CC cream makes my skin look naturally flawless and dewy. It’s the perfect everyday base for whatever look I am going after. I’m reaching the bottom of my bottle and it’s about time I replenish my stock.

Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss – I discovered this glass last month. You might remember it from my 5-minute Valentine’s Day Makeup video.  It has a great color payoff and is relatively long lasting, all without being tacky or expensive. It’s one of my new favorite gloss brands.

Kate Spade New York ‘Gramercy Grand’ Bracelet Watch –  This was a Christmas present from my parents. I had it on my personal Pinterest “wish list” board and they generously nabbed it for me.  I squealed when I unwrapped it and put it on my wrist and I haven’t taken it off since. You will have seen it all of my fashion posts here, here and here.

This giveaway is now closed — Oh and another February favorite? Giving back to my readers! This month, I’m running a giveaway for a $50 Sephora gift card so you can treat yourself to some new goodies. Who knows, maybe they’ll be your March favorites. You can enter in the widget below. Good luck to all who enter!

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I’d love to hear what you would purchase with the gift card if you were to win. 

What were some of your favorite goodies in February?

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natural lipstick colors

5 Your-Lips-But-Better Lipsticks

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a bold lip. Hot pink, deep red, velvet berry, I love them all. But there are some days where I don’t want to have to check to make sure my lipstick isn’t smudged or fading.

That’s when natural lipstick colors are clutch. These your-lips-but-better shades add a polish to your look while still being low maintenance. If these shades start to smudge or fade, it’s not as big of a deal since they match my natural lip color closely. If I don’t have time to freshen up for a couple of hours, I don’t even have to worry.

There are lots of great options out there and shades for all skin tones, but I wanted to share five of my favorites. These perfectly compliment my ghostly-pale complexion and blonde locks, and I’d love to hear if they work for other folks as well!

natural lipstick colors

Palladio in Lady Rose | Bobbi Brown in Blue Raspberry | Fresh in Petal

Sensai in Akanezome | Rimmel in Tower of Mauve

And of course, you could always go really natural and just rock a little lip balm, but where’s the fun in that? There is just something so nice about applying a lovely lipstick as you’re getting ready in the morning. I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel like I’m ready to take on the world!

What are your favorite natural lipstick colors?

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Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

I’ve been keeping something from you beauties for a while now, and I just couldn’t live with it anymore. Meet one of my main squeezes – the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation.  I’ve been using this foundation weekly, sometimes daily, for a few months now, and I just realized I was too busy applying it all the time to actually write up a review.

I’m typically not much of a foundation girl; I’m more of an alphabet cream kind of girl. BB Creams and CC Creams are my jam. But true to its name, the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation offers airy coverage that can be built up to a heavy cover with a light feel. The foundation never cakes, flakes or leaves my skin ravaged at the end of the day.

Charlotte Tilbury

And if I wasn’t convinced of my love already, I always get buttloads of compliments on my skin when I wear this, which is always the true test of a good foundation. Can others tell the difference (hopefully positive) in your skin?

Charlotte Tilbury

And while we’re on the Charlotte Tilbury train, let’s quickly discuss their KISSING Lipstick. I have the shade Coachella Coral, and I haven’t made up my mind about it yet. I love the formulation and the wear the lipstick wears, but it’s a bit of an odd shade for Winter. I think the shade will grow on me as the weather warms, but I would buy another shade in a heartbeat.

So, moral of the story? I’m loving my Charlotte Tilbury products and I can’t wait to try out more. And while you’re at it, treat yo self and pick up some goodies for yourself.

Have you tried any Charlotte Tilbury products lately?

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2014 beauty favorites

2014 Beauty Favorites

2014 was a good year for my personally, professionally and when it comes to beauty. I tried a lot of new products that I like, some that I hated and a few that I loved. It’s those items that I loved that I wanted to share with you here today. My 2014 beauty favorites. So peruse them below and give them a try is you’re so inclined. Happy New Year, beauties!

Hair:

2014 beauty favorites

Remington Wand | Simon & Tom hair serum | DermOrganic leave-in treatment | Not Your Mother’s Dry ShampooKérastase Mousse Bouffante

Skin:

2014 beauty favorites

GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud | Clinique face soap | Nuxe mask | Fresh face oil | Skin Authority Resurfacing Accelerator | Skin Authority cleansing brush

Makeup:

2014 beauty favorites

beautyblender | Smashbox primer | Wet ‘n Wild eyeshadow | TooFaced bronzer | TooFaced palette | NARS blush | MAC paint pot | Benefit mascara | NARS concealer | Lumene CC cream | MAC lipstick and lipliner | Stila eyeliner | NARS eyeliner | Anastasia brow wiz

What were your 2014 beauty favorites?

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glossybox

December GLOSSYBOX

Another month, another GlossyBox. I was mourning the ending of Christmas cheer and opening presents (let’s just be honest) when I opened my front door to find the most festive GLOSSYBOX on my front stoop. It was a lovely surprise and I couldn’t wait to see what was inside. So without further ado, here is what I unwrapped:

glossybox

glossybox

 

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glossybox

If you’re interested in receiving a monthly beauty surprise on your doorstep, you can sign up here.

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