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!)Read more.
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 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: 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. The 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. MAC 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:
- Movie - Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (no shame -- this movie is the business)
- Scent - Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon (oaky, vanilla musky sexy goodness in a roller ball)
- Store - World Market
- Baths - LUSH (Twilight is one of my favorites)
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!Read more.
My Favorite Products from the Month of July:Colourpop 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: 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: 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: 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: 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!
Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes for Summer
Summer may be coming to a close soon, but that doesn't mean you can't fully enjoy these last few weeks diffusing summer essential oil blends! Air fresheners have so many harmful ingredients and personally I hate how "heavy" a room feels after using an air freshener... is it just me or does anyone else feel like that? I've been diffusing these mixtures that I received in a pamphlet by artnaturals and I wanted to share their recipes with you because so far I've really been enjoying them. Essential oils have so many amazing benefits. I've been using them regularly in my diffuser, in my skincare routine, and for my hair! You can also check out my Top 5 Essential Oils here.Read more.
Note: If you don't have a diffuser, no worries. Bring a medium to large pot of water to a boil and then add a few drops of essential oil for a similar result.
5 Summer Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes
3 drops of Sweet Orange
3 drops of Grapefruit
2 drops of Lemongrass (+ 1 drop of Bergamot - optional)
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.Read more.
St. ClairI 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 SidewalkThe 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 SaidIf 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.
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.
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).
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!
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:Read more.
THIS MONTH’S THEME FOR THE SEPHORA PLAY! BOX WAS “Beauty Staycation” IT FEATURED summer savers and nurturing skincare.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 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 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 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 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 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!
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!Read more.
My favorite products from the month of June:Batiste 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. Lee 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. Jaclyn 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 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 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
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.Read more.
7 Must-Haves for Summer Beauty
Batiste Hint of Color Dry ShampooAin'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.
Bioderma Sensibio H2OAs 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 & Perfect StickIf 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.
IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil GelThe 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 Organic DeodorantYES. 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 Sunkissed Sea Salt ScrubI 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 in St. ClairSo 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!
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.Read more.
This month's theme for the Sephora Play! Box was “Your Summer Starters.” It featured the Sephora team's summer must-haves.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. 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 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 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) 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... Rose 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!
Morphe Review – YAS or Pass?
Disclaimer: I am not an affiliate of Morphe. They don't know my name and I doubt they will ever see this, but I'm here to give my 100% honest opinion about the Morphe products I own. To be honest I didn't actually need to give that disclaimer, but I feel like there is a lot of murkiness in regards to bloggers and Youtubbers reviewing this brand in particular because Morphe has such a large number of affiliates who receive a cut of every sale that is brought about from their affiliate/discount code. I don't mind at all if someone has a discount code, I only care that the person is being honest and not telling me to purchase something that is actually awful. I'm going to keep it completely real and use my new YAS/??/Pass system. Some of these products I love, some I'm not a fan of and others I'm not really sure what I feel. Everyone's experiences and skin is different, so what didn't work for me may work for you.Read more.