Make-Up & Skincare

Best of Beauty 2017
Hello everybody! I hope you had a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. As we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018, I thought I would put together a list of all of my favorite products from the year into a Best of Beauty 2017. So without further ado, these are the products I was obsessed with during 2017:  

Best of Beauty 2017

 

Best of Hair

B. The Product Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner

#Obsessed. I received this shampoo and conditioner as a sample to test out months ago, and I've never gotten so hooked on a shampoo and conditioner. If I'm being honest, it's a pretty penny, but it's not too far off from other salon quality shampoos and conditioners. My hair hasn't felt this healthy in a long time. This shampoo and conditioner duo is packed with vitamins and biotin to strengthen and thicken hair, and it doesn't have sulfates or parabens. If you struggle to maintain healthy hair, or you're suffering from hair loss, I would highly recommend this. Check it out here.         Briogeo Rosarco Milk

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioner

If you've been a reader of mine since the beginning, you know that I'm obsessed with this stuff. (You can check out my love sonnet to it here)  This stuff is so lightweight, so there isn’t any leftover or greasy residue. It uses a blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils, and it does not have sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, DEA, or synthetic dyes. It’s also cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free. I use it from the middle of my hair to the ends after every shower, and since I just purchased another bottle last week, I can definitely say it's a stand out 2017 product for me. Check it out here.        

best of beauty 2017Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

Y'all. This stuff is the best to remove any buildup from dry shampoo/glitter/regrets from nights past/whatever. The best way I've found to use this is to take a small dollop on your finger, put it into your palm and run a little water into your palm to thicken the consistency, then focus on only rubbing it into the roots of your hair. I use it about once a week, so the tub lasts forever. Check it out here.        

Marc Anthony OilMarc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter

I feel like I got this in a Sephora Play! box or maybe an Ipsy bag, but it was a LONG time ago... and somehow I have over 75% of the sample bottle left! This is so incredible. Trust me, you only need like 2 drops if you have medium length hair (otherwise you might look a bit greasy). This oil has done wonders for my hair to keep it looking healthy and preventing split ends. Check it out here.              

Fall beauty favoritesMoroccanOil Intense Hydrating Mask

Argan oil does wonders for the skin and hair. I try to do a hair mask once every week or two. I have quite a few favorites, but this one is definitely the one that gave me the most consistent results. Check it out here.                

root touch upEverPro Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer

As much as I hate to admit it, I'm beginning to notice some gray hairs peaking through. I'm not a huge fan of the idea of dying my roots every time I turn around, so this little miracle is amazing! If you're starting to get some gray hair, and you need something to extend the life of your colorings (or if you don't want to color your hair at all), this is perfect for you. I've noticed my roots can sometimes look slightly duller in color than the rest of my hair, so a quick spritz of this root touchup concealer and I'm off! They also have a magnetic powder that I like to keep in my purse just in case as well. Check it out here.        

Best of Skincare

The Ordinary BuffetThe Ordinary Buffet

I used to order my products from The Ordinary on Beautylish, but now that Sephora carries them, I've been switching on and off. The Ordinary has some of the best skincare products because they break down their skincare by ingredient rather than bunching everything together and naming it "Moisturizer for Oily Skin" even though it may or may not help everyone in that category. They're also super affordable. My husband and I use this to prevent and combat any lines/wrinkles from setting into our faces. It's amazing. Check it out here.          

August monthly favorites The Ordinary rose hip seed oilThe Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

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, The Ordinary is worth it. Joseph and I both use this now. He has freakishly dry skin, and I have combination/sensitive. For those of you with dry skin, you don't need to be told to hydrate, but a lot of oily and combination girls don't realize that you need to add good oils to your skincare routine so your skin isn't overproducing them. This stuff keeps my skin soft and my skin has been less oily all year. Check it out here.        

artnaturals essential oil tea tree beauty june favoritesArtnaturals Essential Oils - Tea Tree, Lavender and Frankincense

2017 was definitely the year of essential oils for me. I use them for almost everything at this point... I kinda feel like the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding who thinks Windex is the solution to everything. Tea Tree, Lavender and Frankincense I use in my skincare routine, and I've seen a massive difference. (If you have breakouts, tea tree and lavender. Redness - lavender. Anti-aging and scarring - frankincense) Check out all of artnaturals essential oils here.

       

kiehls midnight recovery creamKiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye

The skin under your eyes is so sensitive, which means you can't use a regular facial moisturizer and call it quits. I went back and forth on this one and the Lancome Vissionnaire Eye Cream for which was my favorite. If you only have some under eye dehydration and preliminary lines, then the Kiehl's one may work better as a preventative for you. I personally don't have dark circles, so I can't speak on that subject for these products, but this is so amazing for preventative measures. Check it out here.              

Leaders AC Clear Treatment MaskLeaders AC Clear and Aloe Soothing Sheet Masks

I wrote about these masks in my very first post on my blog when I reviewed Korean skincare (check out the post here), and I'm still in love with these sheet masks by Leaders. There are a ton of sheets masks I've liked, but these are on my love list. They have an entire range, but my personal favorites are the AC Clear and the Aloe Soothing. Check it out here.                

Cors X Acne pimple patch Best of Beauty 2017Corsx Acne Pimple Master Packs 

YAS HON-EY. Where were these when I was in middle school? These little miracle workers are the best. Personally, I recommend peeling one off right after you've washed your face before going to sleep, whack it on there, and then wake up with absolutely nothing on your face in time for work/school/coffee with the hottie down the street. Seriously, these rock. Check it out here.        

L'Occitane Hand CreamL'Occitane Hand Cream

L'Occitane is no joke. Joseph and I are obsessed with their hand and foot creams. What I absolutely love about their products is that not only does a little go a long way, but I can apply this before I go to bed and wake up the next morning with my skin still completely hydrated. This is a must-have product for those with chronically dry skin (like my husband), but it's a huge plus regardless of how often you need to moisturize. Pro tip: if you ever want to do a foot mask, use this and either some socks or plastic wrap and leave it for 20 minutes for baby's butt feet. Check it out here.          

best of beauty 2017Green Goo Lavender and Comfrey Healing Bar

The majority of my favorite skincare products this year are infused with essential oils. Green Goo is an indie brand I'm loving at the moment. This is their healing bar, which they infuse with various essential oils (my favorite is lavender). It leaves your skin super soft, and it doesn't include any harmful ingredients. (Seriously, it's like we can't trust any brands anymore!) Check it out here.            

Best of Makeup

 

summer beauty bioderma sensibio h20Bioderma Sensibio H2O

I'm ride or die for this product by Bioderma. I use it as a makeup remover and a pre-cleanser. The formula balances out the oils in your skin, and I love that you can remove your makeup in the afternoon and you don't have to immediately worry about washing your face. (Because most makeup wipes leave that weird slippery feeling residue) Trust me though, get the one with the pump on the top. Check it out here.

         

J.One Jelly PackJ. One Jelly Pack

What a beautiful little miracle. I decided to splurge on this for Sephora's semi-annual sale, and it's probably one of the best primers I've used. The price tag is a bit high, but if you have any events that you absolutely want your makeup to stick, this is the ship that will get you there. Don't use a foundation brush on top of this though, only a wet sponge. Check it out here.        

best of beauty 2017 foundationUrban Decay All Nighter Foundation

I kept going back and forth between this foundation and the Lock-It Foundation by Kat Von D, but I gotta be totally honest since we are doing a Best of Beauty 2017 list. They are both amazing foundations for full coverage, but I've been using my All Nighter one almost nonstop. As a combination/oily girl, it's hard to find a foundation that will last the entire day, but this one holds up if I don't use a setting spray! Craziness. The coverage is full, but the consistency is quite thin. Check it out here.        

tarte shape tapeTarte Shape Tape Concealer

I feel like this one is a no-brainer. The Tarte Shape Tape is perfect for highlighting and buffing out with a wet Beauty Blender under the eyes or on the nose/chin/forehead. I don't use it as a blemish concealer since it has the wand (ew, bacteria), so for that I would still recommend my trusty Mac Proconcealer with the pump. The Tarte Shape Tape is long wearing, it doesn't crease or look cakey throughout the day. Check it out here.          

Fenty Beauty blotting powderFenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder

Fenty Beauty's official launch happened in 2017, and they released SO many products. I was sad that the foundation oxidized on my skin a little too much for me to justify keeping it, but this blotting powder has gone from my vanity to my purse just about every day. It perfectly sets my makeup, and its formula somehow magically takes away my mid and later-in-the-day oil when I reapply in the bathroom, restoring my makeup to the way it looked first thing in the morning. Check it out here.        

colourpop yes pleaseColourpop Yes, Please! Palette

Hands down, one of the best palettes I've ever owned. This palette can create some of the most incredible sunset inspired looks. But I love that you can also tone it down for more wearable looks. (It's definitely a summer/fall palette) Check it out here.          

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara July Beauty FavoritesL'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

We're going to ignore the fact that the packaging is basically equivalent to the Better Than Sex mascara, but the formula and the wand on this are goals. It's a drugstore mascara, so the price is right, and it layers amazingly. I'm not into spidery eyelashes, so if you like the romantic volume and length, this would be perfect for you! Check it out here.              

NYX Matte Finish setting spray July Beauty FavoritesNYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

For a long time I've been an Urban Decay setting spray gal, until I found this gem at the drugstore. My makeup lasts just as long as before, possibly even longer, which is a huge plus in my book! Check it out here.                      

Other 2017 Favorites

 

Elizabeth and James Best of Beauty 2017Elizabeth and James Fragrances 

I honestly couldn't choose which fragrance is my favorite that Elizabeth and James have come out with. You can't go wrong with the Nirvana Black or White, but the ones I was obsessed with this year were Bourbon, and now Amethyst and French Gray. The only one that I cannot stand is Rose, which is rank on my skin. Head over to Sephora and see how these wear on your skin. You will definitely find a new favorite. Check it out here.          

KL Polish St ClairKL Polish

True story, I used to work at Claire's while I was in high school and college. So needless to say I'm a little obsessed with keeping my nails painted. There's definitely good polish and crappy polish, and Kathleen Lights' line of nail polish has reached the top. The formula is 5-free, cruelty free and there's minimal gloopy-ness as time goes on. My favorite shades are Das Esspensive (though Casino Night is also great and that one is a permanent shade), Chloe, Wishbone and St. Clair. Check it out here.      

Honey online shopping pluginHoney

And finally, I would be doing myself a disservice by not mentioning Honey. It's like a beautiful double tap to my cash-back option on my credit card. Every qualified online purchase I either get cash back on from the Honey plugin, or they will send me a coupon that will save me money immediately. Honey, you are the real MVP. To learn more, check out this post. Or install the plugin for your computer here.         So that's it for my Best of Beauty 2017! What are your favorite beauty products from the year? Any recommendations of what would be on your Best of Beauty 2017? Leave a comment down below and I'll be sure to give it a try!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Treating breakouts
10 Tips on Treating Breakouts
What do you do if you're suddenly breaking out? Sometimes it's one planet that surfaces, and other times it seems that there's a mutiny taking place on your face against you. While treating breakouts can be specific to each person, I've compiled a checklist of things to do when you start breaking out habitually. (Stay tuned for a sensitive skin girl's full skincare routine)  

Treating Breakouts 101

 

Change Your Pillowcase and Wash Your Sheets

This one's pretty obvious. Think about it. You sleep every single night in your bed, and regardless if you're a night showerer, there's going to be some stuff left on your pillow that could clog your pores and irritate your skin. The first thing you should do when treating breakouts is change your sheets, and possibly your pajamas!  

Grab a Clean Towel

Same reasoning as changing your sheets for this one. If you can't pin-point exactly how long it's been since you switched out your towel for a fresh one, maybe it's time.  

Try Using Tea Tree Oil

Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your moisturizer. Tea tree oil is an antibacterial and anti fungal essential oil, which is perfect for combatting and treating breakouts. For more info on essential oil secrets for the body, check out my post on 5 Essential Oils You Actually Need in Your Life. A budget-friendly tea tree oil option I would recommend is this one from artnaturals.  

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Don't neglect your makeup brushes. Make sure you're washing them often, and if you're breaking out, it's a good idea to give them a thorough clean. Here's a great cleaner for brushes. On that same subject, make sure you're never using the wand on your concealer directly on any breakouts. Always put it on the back of your hand and then use a brush to apply. Otherwise you're potentially putting bacteria back into your concealer tube until the next time you're using it.  

Check Any New Makeup/Skincare

Think about it for a second. Have you introduced something new into your skincare or makeup collection? Try omitting the new item for a bit to see if you're having a negative reaction to it. If so, keep in mind that you can return makeup and skincare if it's within the return policy for the store, even if it's been used. In general, check your face wash and moisturizer to ensure it's not possibly making your face react negatively. My favorite combination is this cleanser by Cetaphil and this moisturizer by CeraVe. It's SO gentle on the skin, and it has a very simple formula so you're less likely to have flare-ups from it.  

Throw Out Old Makeup

Shocking, but did you know that makeup has expiration dates?? Are you using a year old mascara? Toss it. The same rule applies to all of your other makeup (including palettes!), so make sure you're never opening a new item before you've finished another. (Unless it's old and needs to be thrown out)  

Try a Spot Treatment

Back when I was a teenager, I did the whole white toothpaste trick. While it somewhat works, the residue left on my pillow and overall irritation makes me opt for other options nowadays. Try this one by Cosrx. Literally they are a miracle in a little tiny circle! Where were those when I was in high school?? You can also directly apply tea tree oil for the breakout, lavender for the inflammation, and frankincense for the scarring.  

Get Some Sleep

Are you stressed out? Your body needs to sleep to deal with that stress, so it goes without saying that your skin needs you to sleep as well. Missing out on sleep means dark circles and bags under the eyes, as well as... you guessed it, breakouts. Also, just in case no one ever told you, always remove your makeup before you go to bed!!! Even if you have dry skin and no breakouts, makeup will clog your pores and age your skin! Here's an article on what happens to your skin when you sleep in your makeup if you're into researching. My favorite makeup remover is also my pre-cleanser, you can check it out here.  

Drink More Water

Not trying to sound like your mom. But the more water you drink, the more your skin is hydrated and able to turn over new skin cells. I'm trying to get better at this one in particular, but this is huge for both your skin and weight. How did I encourage myself to drink more water? I got this adorable glass water container for work from kiki.K.  

Analyze Any Diet Changes

Do you typically avoid fried foods? Dairy? Candy? Maybe that's contributing to your breakouts. Just something to consider, as any greasy food is never going to help the situation on your face.     So that's it! Do you have any tips on treating breakouts we haven't covered? Leave a comment down below with your tips and tricks!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Fall Autumn Hall
Autumn Haul – Beauty, Clothing, and More
Attention Shoppers - fall is here and the pumpkin spice permeating off of the basic white girls in the city is real. This Thanksgiving, Joseph and I will be traveling to Montana to visit his parents, so I have been collecting some autumn/winter products that I thought I would share with you in an autumn haul. So let's get started!  

IT Cosmetics Love is the Foundation Brush

So unfortunately the IT Cosmetics foundation brush is completely out of stock, so I hate talking about it, as it was limited edition the first time it came out and I'm pretty sure it's limited edition this time. This brush has been talked to death for how amazing it is, so I had to get my hands on one! The packaging is amazing (the top of it makes a heart), and they've upgraded the packaging to a matte sparkly handle. If you come across one in ULTA, I'd definitely recommend buying it!               KL Polish Fall 20172017 KL Polish nail polishesWishbone KL Polish 2017 Fall releases

(From left to right: ChloePrince CorneliousWishbone)

I mentioned these polishes in my recent post on KL Polish's fall releases (check it out here), and these are the three I ended up purchasing. So far I've only tried Chloe, but I can say that I really like KL Polish's line. They're 5-free (read the post to learn what that means) and they're very long-wearing. I highly recommend these! Check out KL Polish here.    

Oversized Roll Neck Sweater

Zara is killing it when it comes to autumn/winter clothing right now. This sweater is absolutely gorgeous. It's oversized, cuddly, warm, and it has a high slouchy neck, which I love. When it gets a little colder, my plan is to live in this, my black skinny jeans and boots. Every day. Me and this sweater. Check it out here.        

Crossbody Mobile Phone Bag

I go to a LOT of events for my day job, so I've been on the hunt for this exact bag. It has the front pocket for a phone and the back has slots for an ID and credit cards. The concept of this bag is everything. Full disclosure, I did end up sending this back. There are only two things I would change about this bag -- one is that I wish the spot to hold the phone was like a millimeter bigger. (I have a Lifeproof case... it fits, but you have to push.) The other is I wish the straps were slightly more sturdy. Zara's bags are amazing though, and I would have kept this if I didn't have issues getting my phone to fit. Check it out here.          

Autumn haul jacket ASOSASOS Duffle Coat with Faux Fur Hood

Obsession doesn't cover it. Since Joseph and I are going to Montana for Thanksgiving, I realized that not only do I not have a nice coat, but I don't actually own anything that would be substantially warm enough for Montana. Coats are definitely an investment, and ASOS has some beautiful ones! The quality on this coat is incredible. Sizing is tricky since they're in European, so just make sure you use their size converter. Check it out here.            

Autumn Haul ASOSASOS Denim Borg Jacket in Midwash Blue

I haven't received this in the mail quite yet, but I'm getting 90s vibes just by looking at it so I wanted to include it in my autumn haul. The puffy fleece look on outerwear definitely is coming back this season. While I'm not quite brave enough to go all out, this jacket has a perfect nod to the trend with the fleece collar. I love how long the jacket is too, and you know the fleece is going to make it super warm for winter! Check it out here.               amazon logo

Mary-Kate and Ashley Movies

Not even sorry about going on a Mary-Kate and Ashley movie spree. Where are my 90s friends at? (Or those who can appreciate a good throwback) At this point, my collection includes: Double Double Toil and TroubleTo Grandmother's House We GoIt Takes TwoPassport to Paris, Winning London, Holiday in the Sun, When in Rome, and Our Lips are Sealed.      

summer beauty bioderma sensibio h20Bioderma Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin

I think this is my third or fourth bottle of this stuff -- my love for Bioderma is past a ride-or-die/autumn haul obsession for me. #Soulmates. In my personal opinion, there is no better solution to remove makeup and pre-cleanse the skin without stripping it of its natural oils. Check it out here.                 So that’s it for this autumn haul! I’ll keep you updated on how I’m enjoying these in the future. Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you next time!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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Current Beauty Favorites – Hair
I decided to do something a bit different this month. Rather than dedicating a post to my favorite products for the month of September, I wanted to combine and do a current beauty favorites series for my favorite beauty products in hair care, skincare, and makeup. This way I can share all of the products that I have been loving for a long time, which I feel is way more helpful, as it's so easy to fall in and out of love with beauty products.   So without further ado, these are my current beauty favorites and obsessions for taking care of my hair:  

My Current Beauty Favorites

Briogeo Rosarco MilkLeave-in Conditioner: Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

I wrote an entire post about why this is my ride or die leave-in conditioner back in March (check it out here), and all of those reasons still ring true today. I have repurchased this about 4 times and I use it following every single shower. It uses a blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils, and it does not have sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, DEA, or synthetic dyes. It’s also cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free. Check it out here.        

summer beauty batiste dry shampooDry Shampoo: Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo

This is a holy grail product for anyone whose hair gets oily by day 2. One of the worst parts about dry shampoo is the white caste it gives your hair, and if you have curly hair, good luck getting that white product to disperse and not make you look 90. This dry shampoo is so affordable, it leaves you sans old lady hair, and it disperses better than some high-end dry shampoos. Check it out here.            

Fall beauty favoritesHair Mask: Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask

I'm also a fan of the Briogeo "Don't Despair, Repair" conditioning mask (check it out here), but this one by Moroccanoil is definitely the one I'm going through the fastest. My hair feels so soft and healthy after I step out of the shower when I've used this mask. Note: put this in, then shave or exfoliate your body while you wait before rinsing it out. Otherwise you may get a bit bored. Check it out here.                

Current beauty favorites fall 2017Scalp Detox/Scrub: Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub

All. Of. The. YES. This product is beyond worth the price tag. The best piece of advice I can give when using this is to use it on the days you have a ton of build-up from dry shampoo. Only take a dime size amount into your hand, hold it under the water and then rub between your fingers before massaging into the scalp. It will last months of if you use that trick, and you will love it. Check it out here.        

Rich Kid Coconut OilSmoothing Cream: IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel

If you let your hair air dry like I do, this is the best cream in the world to tame frizz without weighing your hair down or making it look greasy. If you do like to blow dry your hair, a great tip is to use this when you get out of the shower, start getting ready so your hair has the chance to partially air dry, then blow dry it for that sleek and healthy look without frying your hair. Check it out here.          

80s curling wand beauty june favoritesCurling Wand: Lee Stafford Chopstick Ceramic Curling Wand

I had to deal with a lot of frizz during Atlanta's humid summer, so I'm pretty sure I'm only going to become more obsessed with this in the fall and winter months. The barrel is square and really small, and it doesn’t have a clip, which keeps me sane. You can definitely make your hairstyle as crazy or as toned down as you want, and on the second/third day you're still rocking those 80s corkscrew curls. Check it out here.  

 

So that's it! These are all of the products I love to use on my hair and that I would highly recommend if you're in the market for some new products. Stay tuned for my next posts in this series, including my current beauty favorites for my skin as well as for my makeup routine. Until next time!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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LUSH – Halloween 2017 Releases
Hello everyone! I received a packet in the mail with information on the LUSH Halloween 2017 releases, so I wanted to share all of them with you -- as well as which ones have caught my eye! These are limited edition, so they will only be available for the season. So if you're interested, stop by LUSH, or if there isn't one near you, feel free to click the links below to check out any of these for an amazing autumn bath!  

Bath Bombs

A huge guilty pleasure of mine are bath bombs. Especially if they're infused with skin benefits, I'm a huge fan. Many times LUSH's bath bombs are a bit strong in scent, so just something to keep in mind.  

LUSH Halloween Releases 2017Pumpkin - Featured ingredient: Pimento berry oil

This "bath-o-lantern" is fall vibes. This bomb is a fizzer, and it'll fizz out a "spicy-sweet pumpkin pie perfume full of exotic pimento, sweet vanilla and cozy, warming cinnamon." Berry can be a bit more exhilarating than relaxing, but this sounds like soaking in fall, which I'm all about.        

LUSH bath bombsLord of Misrule - Featured ingredient: Patchouli oil

This one starts out with a gorgeous green and then the center releases a reddish wine-colored center. It's a spicy herbal blend, so it's a more invigorating with a stronger scent. Patchouli is great for the skin, so this is going to be a more nourishing bath bomb.        

LUSH bath bomb Halloween 2017Monsters' Ball - Featured ingredient: Himalayan Rock Salt

I'm not going to lie, I'm the most excited for this one. First of all, duh, it reminds me of Monsters Inc. Secondly, the inside of the bomb is blue, so it creates a gorgeous swirl of pink, blue and purple around the bath. It also has a fruity lime and neroli perfume, which I imagine leaves a gorgeous lingering scent when you step out of the bath.        

Bubble Bars

I typically get 3-4 uses out of the bubble bars at LUSH, so I will break off portions of the bar and crumble it under the tap for a beautiful bubbly bath. Sometimes I will even combine a small amount of a bar with a bath bomb to mix my own bath.  

LUSH Halloween 2017Bewitched - Featured ingredient: Frankincense oil

From the look of this one, it'll turn your bath into an almost black bath, which is very appropriate for Halloween. According to the website, this bubble bar will "conjure up a shroud of berry-scented bubbles and dark, mysterious waters with mountains of fluffy, fragrant bubbles." Frankincense essential oil has a lot of skin benefits, as well as for overall health. Some include: stress and anxiety relief, reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity and even helping to fight cancer.      

Pink pumpkin bath bar LUSHPink Pumpkin - Featured ingredient: Bergamot oil

* Warning - This bubble bar does have glitter * Marketed for those who would rather dress up as a unicorn than a zombie, this bright pink bubble bar uses a blend of bergamot, geranium and jasmine to create a bath full of pink shimmer and bubbles.        

Halloween bath bombsSparkly Pumpkin - Featured ingredient: Cinnamon stick

* Is it necessary to give a warning for glitter when it's called "sparkly"? * After reading the description, this is basically everything I love about fall in a bath. It has the warmth of cinnamon, the energizing refresh of lime and grapefruit oils, and the color of autumn. YAS.          

Other Products

 

LUSH 2017 halloweenLord of Misrule - Shower Cream

Just like the bath bomb, this shower cream has an herbal blend of black pepper, patchouli and vanilla. The shower creams are notorious for being really nourishing, so that plus patchouli and vanilla -- YUM. The only thing you would need to figure out is if this particular scent is for you.                

Black Rose lip tint LUSHBlack Rose - Lip Tint

I'm not sure how I feel about this... it starts out black in the tube, but when applied to the lips, it gives a pinkish red tint to the lips. It has kalahari melon and jojoba oils, as well as a fruity spearmint-mandarin flavor. But hey, maybe that sounds amazing to you!                  

LUSH halloween 2017Goth Fairy - Body Shimmer

* Warning - This body bar does have glitter * If you're looking for a body highlight, this is your shimmer fairy. During the winter, they have Snow Fairy, but this "goth fairy" applies iridescent sparkles on your skin, while adding hydration with illipe and cupuaçu butters.            

LUSH soap 2017 halloweenHedgewitch - Soap

Staring at the rows of soap is probably one of my favorite things to do at LUSH. They're just these huge tube-like structures spread out all over the counter. The featured ingredient in this soap is extra virgin coconut oil, which has amazing softening benefits for the skin. Hedgewitch has blackberries and a fruity fragrance if that's your style.          

LUSH 2017 halloweenMagic Wand - Soap

Harry Potter anyone? Another sweet/fruity smell, this soap is infused with pomegranate for brightening and charcoal for detox, leaving the skin squeaky clean!              

The Ones I Definitely Will Be Trying :

  • Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar
  • Monsters' Ball bath bomb
  • Lord of Misrule bath bomb
  • Either the pink pumpkin bubble bar, or the pumpkin bath bomb (not both though, cause I ain't loaded)
    So that's it for this season's LUSH Halloween 2017 releases! Which ones are your favorites? Be sure to leave a comment down below if you've already tried any of these and what your thoughts are.   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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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 Monthly Beauty Favorites Foxface with Jennifer
Monthly Favorites – July
How has summer already practically over? Don't get me wrong, I'm a fall/winter girl all the way, so I'm like good riddance. But it feels like this month has whipped by and I was not prepared. I've been mixing up a lot of my skincare and beauty regimen, so I'm excited to share these new developments with you in upcoming posts! But without any more delay, let's get into my July beauty favorites!  

My Favorite Products from the Month of July:

July Beauty Favorites Colourpop Yes PleaseColourpop Yes, Please palette: If my July beauty favorites consisted of one product, it would be this one. This is definitely a much cheaper dupe for the Natasha Denona Sunset palette (You'll save $100+). Colourpop has majorly stepped up their game. I love their liquid lips and their Super Shock shadows (Check out my review of 34 of their products here!), but this is on another level. I'm pale, so the only thing that's missing in here is an inner corner highlight for me, but if you have a deeper skin tone, that first shade will be perfect for that. These blend like a dream and the pigment is crazy amazing. The $16 price doesn't hurt either!       L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara July Beauty Favorites L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara: L'Oreal isn't fooling anyone if they try to say it's not supposed to look just like it's a dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara with that packaging. I almost never recommend mascaras. To be honest, I've always felt that mascara is mascara. There are ones that definitely are horrible and clumpy, but the rest are fine. This surprised me, which is why it's in my July beauty favorites! The wand is great, the formula is really impressive, and it's drugstore! YES MA'AM.               NYX Matte Finish setting spray July Beauty Favorites NYX Matte Finish setting spray: So I'd been on the hunt to find a long-lasting setting spray from the drugstore, and a friend of mine recommended the Wet n Wild PhotoFocus setting spray. But I had the most horrific allergic reaction to it. I've never reacted that harshly to a setting spray. So I picked this one up after my skin calmed down and I'm loving it. I would say it's just as good as my Urban Decay All Nighter. The mist is really fine, there isn't a nasty residual smell, and my makeup stays in place. (Which is the goal since I tend to get oily as the day goes on)                 LUSH Eau Roma Water toner July Beauty Favorites   LUSH Eau Roma Water toner: I've never been a toner girl... like ever. I feel like it's one of those steps that you either think is the most important or you completely skip. I have combo skin, but no matter what I tried, toners would irritate and completely dry my skin out. This is the first one ever that I've loved. The Eau Roma Water is actually geared for dry, sensitive, or mature skin. (I would put myself into the sensitive category) It's amazing. It only has two active ingredients - rose water and lavender. And my skin has been LOVING this! A++ to LUSH for convincing me to add toner to my skincare routine.         TwinMedix Pro Essentials O2 cleanser July Beauty Favorites   TwinMedix Pro Essentials O2 cleanser: I'm not going to lie to you, the price point on this is really high. Does it work? Absolutely. It's the weirdest cleanser I've ever used, but my face feels softer than a baby's bottom after lotion. When this is applied, it starts to bubble up, giving your skin a surge of oxygen which helps clean out your pores. Then it completely disappears. I'm sorry, WHAT? Not kidding. It's a clear gel that turns white when it bubbles up, and then all of the bubbles completely disappear, leaving a thin film that you rinse off.             So that’s it for my favorites for the month of July! Be sure to leave me some recommendations of what you’d like for me to try out next! 🙂   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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