Hair & Nails

Monthly Favorites – August
Fall is in the air, and I'm almost peeing myself with excitement. To say that my husband and I aren't a fan of summer would be an understatement. I know I probably upset a lot of people with that statement, but it's true. Joseph is from Montana, and I get a sunburn faster than a girl can take her bra off at the end of a long day. I'm sick this weekend and I've fallen off the map a bit, but I'm really excited to share my August monthly favorites with you! My skin and hair were under major attack last month, so most of my August monthly favorites are from those areas since I was trying to find anything that would soothe my pissed off scalp and skin. But I would say this is definitely the most wallet-friendly favorites post I've done so far. (Stay tuned for my full skincare regimen post -- it's coming soon!)  

My favorite products from the month of August:

  Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: As I said before, my skin went through hell and back this past month. Nothing was working. Finally I decided to go back to a product that my dermatologist recommended when I was in high school, which is this cleanser. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is the kind of basic you want in your life. It's so gentle and when my skin is inflamed or sensitive, this doesn't feel like it's stripping my skin. And it's from the drugstore! Check it out here.           CeraVe August monthly favorites CeraVe Moisturizing Cream: This moisturizer is the perfect complement to the Cetaphil cleanser. It also comes in a massive container, which is amazing since so many skincare products are freaking expensive. I use this moisturizer as the base of my routine, which means that I use it and add my other oils and enhancers before or mixed in with this. I love this moisturizer. Check it out here.           TreSemme Deep Cleanse Shampoo August monthly favoritesTRESemme Deep Cleanse Shampoo: I've been testing out so many different types of hair care products lately, but I'll be honest with you, none of it was working. I used completely clean hair care for about 3 months, and my hair started getting horrible build-up and looked dead/limp. Full disclosure, this shampoo does have a few of the "ingredients to avoid in shampoos." I use it only 1-2 times per week to get all of the build-up out of my hair, but my hair is SO much happier. Check it out here.           August monthly favorites The Ordinary rose hip seed oilThe Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil: I cannot recommend The Ordinary enough. I was really close to including all of my products from this brand in my August Monthly Favorites, but decided not to since I'm writing a full post on my skincare routine. Seriously though, half of my skincare comes from The Ordinary. I know it's super confusing to purchase items with the ingredient name instead of just "oily/dry/acne prone skin moisturizer" etc, but trust me it's worth it. I'm going to scare some of my oily/sensitive girls, but I use this before bed every night. "Jenn won't that make my oil worse?" No, it won't. You actually need to give your skin enough oil so it's not overproducing on its own. This keeps my oil in check and I wake up with soft and hydrated skin. I recently picked up my second bottle because I love this so much. Check it out here.         August monthly favorites MAC lipstickMAC Matte Lipstick in Persistence: All of my fall fantasies are literally pressed into this lipstick. It's described as a peachy cinnamon on the website, though I would say on my lips it pulls more of purple/reddish cinnamon. Keep in mind that although this says "matte," it really just means no shine, because it's not kiss or transfer proof. But it's creamy and it gives the lips a matte, but hydrated appearance. Check it out here.            

Other August Monthly Favorites:

    So that’s it for my favorites for the month of August! Be sure to let my know what your favorites were for this month! 🙂   J.   Check out my favorites from the month of July here.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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July Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription Box
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OX8JtJffWo[/embed] If you're out on the road, feeling lonely and so cold. All you have to do is call my name and I'll be there on the next train. Where you lead, I will follow, anywhere that you tell me to. If you need, you need me to be with you, I will follow... where you lead.   Hello everybody! Today we're going to be unboxing my Stars Hollow Monthly subscription box! Each box is $34, and the value of the box comes to double the cost. So for anyone new to my blog, I have only a handful of TV shows that I watch. The Big 5. And most of them are re-runs. FRIENDS, Gilmore Girls, That 70s Show, House of Cards, and So You Think You Can Dance. That's basically it. My dog is named after Sookie St. James from Gilmore Girls, so needless to say when I found out there was a Stars Hollow monthly subscription box for Gilmore Girls I was like, YAS GIRL.   Stars Hollow Monthly subscription boxes   So this is what I received from my first Stars Hollow Monthly subscription box:  

July Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription Box

Dragonfly Inn pajama shirt ($29.99 Value)

This shirt is so soft! I definitely feel a strong kinship to Lorelai Gilmore... maybe it's the coffee or the fact that I talk really fast about incoherent things. Oi with the poodles already. This is definitely a great shirt for the summer time because the fabric is very breathable and it has a loose fit to it. I will say the only thing I wasn't a huge fan of was that mine fit a bit strange at the bottom, but I think it has to do with the fabric.  

"Where You Lead" white socks ($8.99 Value)

These are probably my least favorite item in the box. They're super cute and I love that the stripe matches the shirt. I'm just not a huge fan that the words are made with that tough/sticky paint that I used to use during craft time in Girl Scouts. It just makes it feel a tiny bit cheap. (Despite the high listed price tag)  

Trust Fund Beauty nail polish in "Vicious Trollop" ($14.99 Value)

I am ALL about that name... for those who need a refresh, "Vicious Trollop" was the name of the lipstick that Lorelai and Emily bonded over while they were away for a spa weekend. The color is a deep red-pink color and it has almost a duo-chrome finish. So far I haven't experienced any chipping on day two, which usually is a pretty good sign for me. Apparently the two other colors you could have received were "Ready to Wallow" (when Rory breaks up with Dean) and "Wookie One Night Stand" (which is self-expainatory if you've watched the Netflix reboot).  

Megpies strawberry poptart ($3.99 Value)

Megpies is an Brooklyn manufactured bakery that started doing bake sales, then moved to a cafe with deliveries available on bicycle, and now you can order from them online. Obviously Lorelai and Rory only really have coffee and strawberry poptarts for breakfast, so this is fitting. Ironically strawberry or cherry poptarts were the only thing I could eat in the morning before school without feeling sick, so I'm excited to try this out tomorrow!  

Al's Pancake World fridge magnet (price not listed)

If I'm being 100% real, this may be my favorite item in the box. It makes me laugh so much. Because now anyone who comes over who hasn't seen Gilmore Girls is going to be so weirded out that I have a magnet of a Chinese takeout box with "Al's Pancake World" on it.    

Other Purchases

So on the website for these monthly boxes, they also let you buy merchandise from previous boxes with leftover stock. You may have seen this on my Instagram already, but of course this is a planner I had to have. It's so awesome. It's Luke's Diner menu, and on the front page, it has Luke's classic sign of "NO cellphones."             So that's it! What do you think of this box? Are there any boxes you're obsessed with that I should check out? You can check out Lit-Cube and the Stars Hollow Monthly subscription boxes here.   J.   Check out my July Sephora Play! Box review here.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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KL Polish Review
Hello everybody! I've bought quite a few things from KL Polish (especially because I enjoy watching Kathleen Lights' Youtube videos), so I thought I would give you a review on the 7 nail polishes that I own in the line. What I really like about KL Polish so far is that the formula is pigmented enough to do only one coat. I typically do two no matter what, but it's nice to have options. I also like that the formula dries quickly, which means I'm a lot less likely to mess the nails up in the beginning.  

St. Clair

I have never owned a nail polish color like this one before. I've seen brands try to get in this color family, but the color that transfers onto the nails has always been a disappointment. This shade does not disappoint. It has a really pretty almost pearled look to it, especially if you add a clear top coat. The color definitely holds for a long time without chipping, which is amazing since I'm not really a delicate daisy when I'm working with my hands.    

Brick Sidewalk

she's the man nose bleeds gif The gif is dramatic, but the stain is real with it comes to this color. It's a red, which is to be understood since red pigments are the most intense, so I'd heavily recommend putting on a base coat before this. I was super bummed because I definitely chipped this on like day two, but then the rest of the polish lasted into a good second week. Where it was then nearly impossible to remove. But I'd say I still prefer KL Polish's over my other brands despite the small complications I had.    

That's What She Said

If I'm being 100% honest, this is probably my least favorite of all of the KL Polishes that I own. The concept of it is absolutely amazing, but it doesn't matter how careful I am, it always ends up looking streaky. I think if you use fake nails and paint those, this may work well for you. But for me personally, this is a miss. I'm so obsessed with the color though. It's an amazing metallic, and it gives me leather jacket vibes.    

Das Esspensive XXV

Hands down, this is the best polish ever. Like ever ever. And unfortunately, it was limited edition because this particular KL Polish was to celebrate Kathleen's birthday. So not only do I have to control how often I use it so I can have it longer, but it also means that you won't be able to get your hands on any more of these. Which is such a bummer. I featured this in my March favorites post, and for very good reason. This is like a foiled polish, so the coverage is insanely amazing and it lasts a good 2 weeks or more before I experience any chipping.      

Zoey

The shade of this is so stinking pretty. For some reason I envision a modern high school girl who says her favorite movie is Pretty in Pink when I see this shade. Do you know what I mean? It's a gorgeous pink, but it's more muted with a purple-greyish undertone in it.

     

Porter Miami

I am obsessed with the shade of Porter Miami. It reminds me of that guy from Frankie Munez's movie Big Fat Liar who jumped into the pool and his skin turned freakishly blue. I found that the shelf life on this polish is a little shorter than some of the other formulas for me personally, but the color is so summer (though I bet I could rock this in the winter months).      

Caramello

I have a love-like relationship with Caramello. Definitely not love-hate though. I have really pale skin, and for some reason when I saw this I thought it would be this gorgeous mustard yellow on my skin. It's not bad by any means, but on my nails it seems to pull more of a brown-tone. Which is gorgeous for fall. There's just a twinge of sadness that it wasn't a pure mustard yellow. But the formula was amazing, I was very happy with the length of time it lasted on my nails and it was pretty easy to remove.         So that’s it! These are all of the polishes I own from KL Polish and my honest review on each. Let me know in the comments section below if you have any of these products (or other polishes in the line) and what your thoughts are.   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Sephora Play! Box for July
July Sephora Play! Box + First Impressions
I'm really pleased with the Sephora Play! Box this month. Which makes me sad, because I temporarily discontinued my subscription to the Sephora Play! Box because Joseph and I are being cautious of our purchases, but alas. We were able to go out with a bang. Until we meet again Sephora Play! Box. So here is what came in this month's Sephora Play! Box and my first impressions/review of each product:  

THIS MONTH’S THEME FOR THE SEPHORA PLAY! BOX WAS “Beauty Staycation” IT FEATURED summer savers and nurturing skincare.

Briogeo Leave-In Conditioner Sephora Play! Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray - When I opened my box, I was so excited this product was included. This is a ride-or-die product for me -- I even professed my love for it in this post. I love Briogeo, they're one of my favorite brands because their products are coated in silicone that weighs your hair down and give you a false sense of conditioning. After every shower, I use this condition spray to keep my hair healthy, soft, and free from tangles. I think I've purchased 3 of the full-size bottles at this point, so I think it's safe to say we're committed.             Boscia intensive charcoal mask Sephora Play!Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment - I was pleasantly surprised! I'll be honest, Origins' products have not been kind to my skin, so I was thinking this would be like their charcoal mask (which my skin is not a fan). But it wasn't drying, my sensitive skin wasn't red or angry at me later, and I felt like it was gentle but definitely did the job. I will definitely be trying this again!       IT Cosmetics volumizing mascara Sephora Play!IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara - So I'm a little mad at this product. My eyes were completely done, same with foundation and setting powder, and I went to put this on and a chunk of the mascara went through my lashes and then fell onto my face. Grr. Besides that mishap, I did have to work with the product quite a bit so it wasn't so clumpy, but I can't say it's a bad mascara. I've definitely seen much worse, but I don't think my current mascaras should be shaking in their tubes. I will try again before giving my final verdict.             MILK Cooling Water Sephora Play BoxMILK Makeup Cooling Water - The initial reviews of this product on Sephora made me wonder if I'd like it, because it seems boring. This may be my favorite new product in the box. I tested it yesterday for the first time, and I think I'm going to really love this. Since I have oily/combo skin, I decided to put this on after moisturizing but before my primer. It feels slightly tacky (which helps your makeup stay on), and honestly I think this made a huge difference in blurring my pores and keeping them hydrated. It may be a fluke, but my skin wasn't nearly as oily as usual at the end of the day.       bareMINERALS liquid lipstick Sephora Play BoxbareMINERALS GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lip in Swag - I love a good nude liquid lip. And I have a lot in this shade, so I was most interested to see if the formula would be better than my Tarte or Colourpop ones. For my lips, it's definitely not. It was majorly disappointing, but it gave me that obvious line in the inside of the lips. Just not a fan of the consistency. So alas, I will need to see if there's someone else who would like it.         Atelier Cologne Sephora Play!Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine - Upon first whiff, I wasn't so sure. But somehow after closing my eyes and breathing it in, I was reminded of France. Something about it feels familiar. This has blood orange, jasmine, and sandalwood for the main ingredients so there's definitely a zesty and energizing feel to it. For some reason, there's a sad reminiscence that lingers for me.
“It was the kind of moment you would want to revisit. Everyone was here, gathered on the terrace for breakfast, and the scent of fresh oranges was diffusing in the yellow heat. A symphony of their laughter and waves hitting the cliffs played in the air.”
      So that’s it for this box! Let me know in the comments section below if you have any of these products and what your thoughts are.   J.   Check out June's Sephora Play! Box here.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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artnaturals essential oils
5 Essential Oils You Actually Need In Your Life
I'll come out and say it, there is SO much information on essential oils out there. And it's really stinking overwhelming when you want to start using them. #InformationOverload. So I decided to come up with my top 5 essential oils list and what I use each one for to help those of you who may be wanting to get into essential oils for the first time. (Or hey, maybe you love them and are an expert yourself!)
Pro Tip: One thing to keep in mind when purchasing essential oils is that you want them to be 100% pure.
There are a lot of places that you can purchase essential oils from. I personally have a lot of oils from doterra, and recently I was sent some oils from artnaturals. Personally I love them both, but artnaturals is way friendlier on the wallet so that's where I will be heading to repurchase. I also love that on the artnaturals website, you can shop by ailment. So if you're looking for a solution for stress relief, the drop down menu brings you straight to the oils that will help with that. But anyways, here are my top 5 essential oils that you actually need in your life.  

My Top 5 Essential Oils

artnaturals lavender essential oilLavender - My favorite essential oil

Uses: Think of lavender as the "soother." You can use it to combat anxiety, sleep problems/insomnia, and skin irritations How I use it:
  • Diffuse 4-5 drops in a large diffuser around bedtime to relax and sleep like a rock
  • Add a couple drops to an evening bath after a stressful day
  • Mix in with daily moisturizer or coconut oil to calm sensitive skin (on face or body)
  • Mix with coconut oil and apply to the bottoms of the feet to moisturize and treat insomnia
   

artnaturals essential oil tea tree beauty june favoritesTea Tree- My skincare secret

Uses: Tea tree is a natural disinfectant (as is Lemon). You can use it around the house as well as on the body. (See my June Monthly Favorites post to learn more) How I use it:
  • Use a drop of tea tree oil to directly treat acne
  • Add a drop or two to an evening cleanser for an extra boost
  • Add 4 drops to a diffuser to help clear the mind (and the air)
  • Add a couple drops to a bath for a detox
    artnaturals peppermint essential oil

Peppermint- My migraine lifesaver

Uses: Peppermint is perfect if you get migraines or tension headaches. It's also great to keep bugs away, and open sinus passages if you get allergies. How I use it:
  • Apply to fingers and rub behind the ears and back of the neck for headaches/migraines
  • Diffuse (or inhale from the bottle) to take away nausea
  • Mix with water and spray the outside of windows/doors for a natural bug deterrent
   

eucalyptus essential oil artnaturalsEucalyptus - My treatment go-to

Uses: Eucalyptus is an amazing antiseptic. It's great for cuts and bruises, as well as for cleaning the air of toxins How I use it:
  • Mix with tea tree oil and spray on a dry shower curtain to disinfect and kill mold
  • Mix only a couple drops into a spray bottle filled with water for an itchy pet (more info)
  • Diffuse to clear nasal passages and alleviate chest congestion when allergies are acting up or when sick
   

frankincense artnaturals essential oilFrankincense - My anti-aging weapon

Uses: Just saying, if they brought it for Jesus, it's a pretty big deal. Frankincense has been used for centuries during prayer, but also for healing of the skin and inside the body. It's an anti-inflammatory oil and it also helps encourage cell regeneration. How I use it:
  • Mix 2 drops in with a moisturizer at night to fight age spots, acne scars, wrinkles etc.
  • Mix with coconut oil and put on the bottom of the feet to stabilize mood
  • Diffuse during prayer
      What are your favorite essential oils? Do you use any of the ones above for a different purpose that you think is worth mentioning?   J.     For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Monthly Favorites – June
It's been a crazy month. My mom's side of the family got together for a family reunion in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Joseph and I are still recovering. I'm a little exhausted, but I realized it's already the 4th, so I wanted to get this post up since I have some fun things coming up for future posts. So without further ado, let's jump into my June beauty favorites!  

My favorite products from the month of June:

summer beauty batiste dry shampooBatiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo: I mentioned this product in my 7 Summer Beauty Must-Haves post, but I'm obsessed. I had used this a few years back, but fell in love again when I was shopping at ULTA. My "Not Your Mother's" dry shampoo left a horrible white cast on my hair, which made me look like I was going grey. But this stuff is incredible. Not only does it come out brown, but it's easy to work into your hair and it doesn't weigh it down.           80s curling wand beauty june favoritesLee Stafford Chopstick Ceramic Curling Wand: ALL THE YES. Yup. This. I've only had it for about 2 weeks, but I'm obsessed. I bought this because I felt like rocking some 80s inspired corkscrew curls, and this is the perfect wand for it. It only takes me about 20-30 minutes to do my hair. It's much faster than you would think -- you only need like 10 seconds per curl. The barrel is square and really small. It also doesn't have a clip, which I prefer. You can definitely make your hair style as crazy or as toned down as you want. I also love that it looks even better on the second day.       Morphe X Jaclyn Hill paletteJaclyn Hill X Morphe Palette: I wrote about my first experience with Morphe here, and I'll be honest, they're definitely a hit or miss company for me. I've casually watched Jaclyn's Youtube tutorials since her early days in her kitchen, and I wanted to support her as a fellow beauty enthusiast. And WOW. These shadows are hands down the best ones compared to the other 3 palettes I own by Morphe. If you're on the fence about this palette because you've been unimpressed with Morphe before, I can 100% say that mine was worth every penny.       LUSH lip scrub beauty june favoritesLUSH Lip Scrub in Mint Julips: I'm probably going to offend a lot of people with this... but prior to last week, I had never been to LUSH. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about my first LUSH experience! I wanted to mention this product in my June beauty favorites because I've been using this so much! I've been desperately needing a good exfoliant for my lips, and this is SO good. It tastes like mint chocolate and it's edible, so when you scrub your mouth you can just lick it off!       artnaturals essential oil tea tree beauty june favoritesartnaturals Tea Tree Essential Oil: This month, my skin was NOT having it. No matter what I did, my skin was inflamed, broken out and sensitive to the point of tears. I was sent some of the artnaturals essential oils, and they have been a God send! The tea tree one in particular I have used morning and night on my skin and I have seen a huge improvement. If you have sensitivity and breakouts, try mixing tea tree and lavender essential oils. (Just make sure they are 100% pure and not mixed or diluted)        

Other monthly favorites:

  • World Market coffee - French and Italian blends
  • Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge
  • Baths!
    So that’s it for my June beauty favorites! Be sure to leave me some recommendations of what you were loving for the month of June! 🙂   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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summer beauty and makeup recommendations
7 Summer Beauty Must-Haves
Ice cream, pool parties, sweating like a pig... isn't summer fun? I may look like Larry the Lobster in the summer months, but I love summer beauty! All of the products listed below are ones that I personally love and have recommended on multiple occasions to my friends and family. So without any further delay, let's get into 7 of my must-have summer beauty products that you should definitely have in your life this summer.  

7 Must-Haves for Summer Beauty

 

summer beauty batiste dry shampooBatiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo

Ain't nobody got time to constantly shower in the summer when it's so hot. If there's one thing that drives me absolutely nuts, it's having a white cast from my dry shampoo. I discovered this one while I was studying abroad in London, and it's still my favorite drugstore priced dry shampoo. It's tinted with a bit of blonde, brown, or dark brown so you don't look like you're aging prematurely.            

summer beauty bioderma sensibio h20Bioderma Sensibio H2O

As of now, hands down, there is no other makeup remover on the market that is better than Bioderma in my eyes. This solution is so gentle on your skin, and it balances your sebum levels as it easily wipes your makeup off. The best part about this? You can remove your makeup in the middle of the day and there is no greasy residue. It also pre-cleanses so you don't need to wash your face until you're going to sleep.              

trestique highlight stick summer beautyTrestique Highlight & Perfect Stick

If you're a natural glow goddess, this is for you. This is perfect for a no make-up day or if you plan to wear this on top of foundation (don't put it on top of powder, it will lift your base). It's a "wet" highlight, which is perfect over a powdery one for summer. It's also awesome that you can get both a natural or glam look with this product.          

Rich Kid Coconut OilIGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel

The ocean/lake/pool can definitely take a toll on your hair. After receiving this in a monthly subscription box, I have been OBSESSED with using this after showering. It brings an amazing amount of hydration, but it doesn't make your hair look oily when it dries. You can use this if you plan to let your hair air dry, or if you're going to style it.            

EO Deodorant SprayEO Organic Deodorant

YES. I don't have enough great things to say about EO. Their deodorant is organic and is infused with essential oils, so no aluminum salts, propylene glycol, zinc salts, or triclosan that clog your pores and basically poison you. My hair stylist and I realized that the lavender one smells like Aveda. (If you're into that kind of thing) They also have deodorant wipes, which are perfect for stashing in your purse!        

Naples Sea Salt ScrubNaples Sunkissed Sea Salt Scrub

I love this scrub. This product appeared in my May favorites, and it's so necessary for summer. It's perfect for exfoliating your feet after a long day in sandals or heels. The scrub is infused with shea butter and natural oils so your feet are nourished. The scent is a mixture of coconut and vanilla, so your bathroom will smell like summer goals after you use this. Check it out here.        

KL Polish St ClairKL Polish in St. Clair

So technically this was released in the spring collection (the summer one just launched), but I'm in LOVE with this shade for summer. It's the most gorgeous shade of sky blue in my opinion, and KL Polish's formula is one of my favorites for nail polish. I would say I have a solid week and a half with their formula without chipping, whereas most brands it's like 2-3 days. Kathleen Lights is an amazingly kind and incredible Youtubber, so if you haven't checked her out, do it! Check out KL Polish here.         Hopefully you found some interesting summer beauty products to try out! Be sure to leave some of your favorite summer products in the comments below 🙂   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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June Sephora Play! Box
June Sephora Play! Box
Another month, another Sephora Play! Box. I really do like the Sephora subscription box. For $10, you get 6 deluxe samples, plus a card that gives you 50 beauty insider points if you go in-store that month. Which to me is a pretty great deal.  

This month's theme for the Sephora Play! Box was “Your Summer Starters.” It featured the Sephora team's summer must-haves.

Benefit POREfessional primer The POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit: I actually bought the smaller version of this about a month ago and I've been really enjoying it. I have combination/oily skin, so I use this mainly in my T-zone. I would say that the Baby Skin Pore Eraser by Maybelline is a good drugstore dupe for this. (Not completely, but if blurring pores is your goal, that one does an amazing job) I love the matte finish this gives me, and I would say it does prolong the longevity of my makeup. I'm not obsessed, but I'm definitely impressed.           Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Everlasting Liquid Lip in K-Dub by Kat Von D: In case I haven't mentioned it before, Kat Von D is QUEEN of liquid liner. The tattoo eyeliner is a ride or die product in my book. I've never tried the Everlasting collection before, but I was really impressed at how comfortable the wear of this product was. It's not thick or clumpy and it dries down completely matte in like 20 seconds. Granted, it's not an everyday color for me, but it made me put one of the Everlasting nude liquid lips on my wish list.             Rich Kid Coconut OilRich Kid Coconut Oil Gel by IGK: I really like this! I've used it after towel drying my hair after every shower since I got this product in my box. I purposefully don't use it in my roots because my hair can get oily pretty quickly. My hair is pretty thick and it gets knots relatively easily, so this product was a great dose of hydration and does a good job at keeping my hair soft and manageable as the day goes on. I definitely will be repurchasing!           Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie moisturizer Hello FAB Smoothie Priming Moisturizer by First Aid Beauty: I'm not sure why, but I haven't been super impressed with First Aid Beauty... maybe I haven't found the right product for me. I haven't tried this on my face, but I did apply some of this in-store a while back and wasn't a fan of the texture. I personally would rather have my moisturizer and primer be separate products instead of a 2-for-1. So rather than waste a perfectly good product, Hayley do you want this? (For those of you who are new, Hayley works with me at my day job and sometimes if there's a product I'm not a fan of, she loves it... like that perfume from the last Sephora unboxing I had! That one was a perfect example of makeup being versatile and a completely different experience for each person)       Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent: Speaking of the perfume from the last unboxing post... this one almost gave me PTSD upon first whiff. But a lovely sigh of relief came when I smelled it again and realized it definitely was not like Replica by Maison Margiela. Fun story... I just linked the title for this perfume to the Sephora website, and I just said aloud, "DANG that's a pretty penny!" It has a gorgeous wear on it, and there's a slight note of coffee in it, so you know I was hooked. But still.... that's expensive...               Ouai Body and Hair oilRose Gold Hair & Body Oil by Ouai: I love oils. Despite what you may think, if you have oily hair or skin, using oil in your everyday routine is actually instrumental in balancing your natural oils. This one I'm not so sure of yet. I've used it once since unboxing, and I felt it didn't distribute the way that I wanted. What I do love is that the only ingredient in here that is "bad" is fragrance (and they say fragrance is bad because companies use that term loosely). But it doesn't have parabens, silicones, or alcohol. My hair did feel smooth and soft, but the ends looked "wet" even hours after application. I only used one pump, but I'm going to try to use even less next time to see if that helps.               That’s it for this box! Let me know in the comments section below if you have any of these products and what your thoughts are.   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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May Monthly Beauty Favorites
Monthly Favorites – May
This month flew by... I want to say this was my busiest month in a while. I will update some more in an upcoming post, but for now let's just dive right into my monthly favorites!

My favorite products from the month of May:

  • Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer - Being as pale as Casper, I must say I'm so pleased Benefit released a bronzer that is light enough for my skin tone. I love using this product to warm up my face prior to using Kat Von D's Shade & Light contour palette to more precisely carve out my cheeks. If you're pale and/or a novice to makeup, I'd highly recommend this. It's subtle, easy to build as well as blend.
  • Naples Sunkissed Sea Salt Scrub - My experience with this brand is literally brand spanking new. I was sent their sea salt scrub in the mail, and I was so surprised how much I loved it, I had to include it in May's monthly favorites. What I love about this product is that it's got that salty-sandy texture that exfoliates beautifully, but it also has shea butter and oils infused in the formula to keep your skin hydrated. The scent is strong, which usually would bother me, but this one is amazing and I love that it lingers on the skin. I use this especially on my feet since I wear heels so often and it's been working wonders. I also love that this brand is cruelty-free, vegan, and handmade in the US.
  • Cleansing Purifying Scrub by Christophe Robin - I mentioned this in my monthly Sephora subscription box post, (check it out here) and I'm not going to lie, I was mad at how much I loved this product. But it really gets the job done. It's a bit expensive, but if you need to scrub your scalp of hairspray, dry shampoo, whatever, this is your best friend. It's a small tub, but if you only use it once a week, it'll last a lot longer. Pro-tip: I like to put my hand under the water to break up the texture a bit before using so I don't use as much product.
  • Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent by Trestique – This is the 2nd item from my Sephora Play! post to make it into my favorites, and for good reason. For the girl who loves a glow from within without something chalky or powdery, this is perfect. The only complaint I have is that it doesn't play nice when going over a setting powder, so you would need to put this on over foundation and then lightly set the face.
  • Morphe E4 Brush - There's been some drama in the beauty community regarding Morphe, but I'm only here to keep it real. There are some Morphe products I'm not a huge fan of, but this brush in particular I definitely am. It's incredibly soft, and it applies my blush amazingly. Some people use it for contour, but you do you.
  • Zoella Scooper Dooper - I have a growing list of Youtubbers I enjoy watching, and Zoe Sugg (Zoella) has become one of them. To support her, I decided to try out one of her lovely products and I definitely chose an awesome one. This makes such an amazing bubble bath. I take a scoop out of the tub with my hand and run it under the water and soon I have a bath full of bubbles that smells great and makes my skin feel smooth.

Other monthly favorites:

  • COFFEE (I'm a huge fan of Italian roasts)
  • KL Polish
  • The New Yorker
  • Fried pickles
  So that’s it for my favorites for the month of May! Be sure to leave me some recommendations of what you'd like for me to try out next! Also feel free to give me suggestions on any new topics I should explore 🙂   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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May Sephora Play! Box
May Sephora Play! Box
Came home last night to a surprise in my mailbox! Monthly subscription boxes have become kind of a thing, from BoxyCharm to Ipsy to BarkBox, it seems like there's a box for every hobby. Since I have a slight obsession with makeup, I decided to try out the Sephora Play! box.

This month's theme for the Sephora Play! Box was "The Rising Stars." It featured cult favorites, unique formulas, and one of a kind brands making waves in the industry.

  • Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone by Nudestix - Greystone? YAS. That swatch had me swooning. The color is a gorgeous cool toned brown, and I definitely plan to put its claim of 9 hour wear to the test. It's really creamy in texture. If it doesn't slide around and isn't drying on the lips I may have found a new favorite for my upcoming monthly favorites post. (Check out April's here) Update: if you want a matte grey-toned brown lipstick, get Colourpop's Pillow Talk. Personally I like it better.
  • Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser by Sunday Riley - The jury isn't out on this one yet since I've only used it once. I have quite a few skincare products I'm obsessed with, so since I wasn't blown away, this one may go to Joseph.
  • Clear Lip Plumper by Grande Lips - Lip plumpers aren't usually my thing since they typically sting and are uncomfortable with little results. I was slightly uncomfortable at first, but as it stayed on the lips, I started really liking it. My lips felt hydrated and it definitely did the job. Me likey!
  • Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent by Trestique - I'm so stinkin excited for this product. The swatch is gorgeous, not sparkly at all (thank goodness) but it has a beautiful luminosity to it. As someone will combo/oily skin, I struggle to find anything luminous that compliments my skin and acts as an easy highlight that doesn't bring out texture on my cheeks. #GlowFromWithin
  • Replica perfume by Maison Margiela - Not my favorite... to the point that it's not pictured above because I gave it to my friend Hayley when I saw her at work today. Keep in mind that she loved it. I'm not a beach person, so the fact this smells straight up like the ocean mixed with salt and lemon wasn't terribly appealing to me. If you're a beach girl, check it out. If you're a winter-mountain chick like me, maybe pass.
  • Cleansing Purifying Scrub by Christophe Robin - Not gonna lie, $53 bucks is a STEEP price for anything. Probably the worst luck ever because I LOVE this product. My hair was squeaky clean after washing it with this, but it didn't strip it. Maybe if you used this only when your hair was in desperate need of a thorough clean and then a mask, it would last a lot longer...
  That's it for this box! PS: It's pretty cool that if you show your Play! card in-store, you get 50 bonus Beauty Insider points. I love my samples! What are your favorite monthly subscription boxes? Leave me a comment down below and I'll be sure to check them out. Have a great weekend!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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