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:Read more.
Best of Beauty 2017
Best of Hairhere. 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. here. here. here. here.
Best of Skincarehere. here. here. 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. 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. here. here. here.
Best of Makeuphere. here. 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. here. here. here. here. here.
Other 2017 Favoriteshere. here. 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!
CeraVe Moisturizers – One Brand Review
Are you in the market for a new moisturizer? Today we're going to be diving into 4 of CeraVe's moisturizers and I will be giving you my honest opinion of each one. CeraVe was founded in 2005 and developed alongside dermatologists, which explains why when I went to the dermatologist in high school, she recommended CeraVe as my moisturizer to keep my skin from becoming irritated and breaking out from harsh ingredients. These products are free of fragrance and oil. They're hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and non-irritating. Full disclosure - I was sent the below products to try out, however this post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. here. August Monthly Beauty Favorites to my 10 Tips on Treating Breakouts. This product is so flipping amazing. Now the package says it's for normal to dry skin, but I'm oily/sensitive. If I'm being honest, I prefer to pack in the moisture at night so my face isn't overproducing oils. I exclusively use this cream at night as a part of my multi-step routine. It makes for an amazing base. It's got a thick consistency (which is why I don't use it in the morning), and it leaves the skin soft/powdery instead of greasy or sticky. Check it out here. here. here. So that’s it! Do you use CeraVe? What do you think of your products? Hopefully if you're in the market for a new moisturizer, one of these will work for you! Leave a comment down below with your favorite moisturizers I should review. J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!Read more.
Honey – The Best Shopping Savings Plugin
Hello everybody! One of the major things I get asked is how I save money when online shopping. As a blogger, and a general lover of all pretty things, I tend to browse shopping websites pretty often, but I never want to pay full price for anything. I HATE signing up for random search engines or websites where you have to take a billion surveys to only get 20 cents. I tried a bunch of sites from other blogger recommendations, and I just couldn't justify spending hours to save pennies. It felt weird, gimmicky, and frustrating.Read more.
My online shopping tool is a plugin called Honey
What is Honey?To be honest, it's really like an app that finds you the best deal on Amazon, or gives you cash back from hundreds of retailers, from Sephora to Macy's. (Think of it as an online shopping plugin that acts like the Capital One card that gives you a percentage back from your purchases) Check it out here. Do you see the little cursive h? When you install Honey on your computer, it will add that little "h" to the top of your website browser. Any time you're shopping, the plugin will activate. When you reach the website's checkout, you click the little "h" and it will immediately scan to see if there are any coupons available on the web to save you money on the spot, or it will give you cash back if the website is included on their list of retailers.
Why do you like Honey?There are very simple reasons for why I love this plugin:
- It has a "best price detection" feature for Amazon!
- There is no extra effort on my part -- no wasted time filling out surveys or watching dumb videos, no "checklist" of items
- It doesn't make me feel sleazy or like I'm participating in something shady (anyone who has used money saving websites knows what I mean by that)
- It's a free plugin
- It's so stinking easy to use
How do I save and earn money on Honey?Below is a sample transaction from my account. I purposefully tried to find a month where I purchased from two very different retailers. One is Sephora, and the other is Paper Source. Next to where it says "Gold cleared," it shows you the percentage cash back I got from those retailers. From Sephora, I got 4% cash back, which was 278 gold ($2.78 cash back). Paper Source had a much smaller cash back option available, but it was still there. Also, during checkout, Honey will give you coupons to try from the web! You can also submit coupons to the site for others to save more as well. See below for some examples!
How is Honey free?Honey partners with these retailers so they receive a commission from every sale. So while you get to save money on your purchase, the retailer also pays Honey. (It's a lot like Groupon in that respect) So that's Honey! Check it out here. Pretty cool plugin huh? How do you save money while shopping? If you have any additions to something I should add to my routine, let me know in the comments below! Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you next time! J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
KL Polish – Fall 2017 Releases
Hello everyone! KL Polish has dropped their fall 2017 line, so I thought I would share the new releases with you, as well as give my impressions and list of the ones I have purchases as of now, and if I will consider purchasing more from the line in the future. A few months ago, I posted a full review of the 7 KL Polish nail polishes I own. You can check that out here. This line was apparently inspired by the 70s.Read more.
About KL PolishKL Polish is an indie nail polish brand by Kathleen Lights, who is a beauty Youtubber. KL Polish nail polishes are 5-free, which means they are free of 5 ingredients: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene. They are also 7 and 9-free. In addition to the 5 previous ingredients, 7-free polishes are also free of ethyl tosylamide and xylene, and 9-free polishes are free of parabens and acetone.
The Fall 2017 Linehere. here. here. here. To Grandmother's House We Go"? That movie was my jam growing up. So I bought "That's What She Said" from the other collection that has this metallic shift, and I was disappointed. The streaks were so obvious and the formula wasn't my favorite. I saw an insta photo that was nail goals though of this polish, so if that's the case, I will definitely be purchasing. Check it out here. here.
The Ones I Purchased
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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:Read more.
My Current Beauty Favorites
Leave-in Conditioner: Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning SprayI 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.
Dry Shampoo: Batiste Hint of Color Dry ShampooThis 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.
Hair Mask: Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating MaskI'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.
Scalp Detox/Scrub: Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying ScrubAll. 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.
Smoothing Cream: IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil GelIf 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.
Curling Wand: Lee Stafford Chopstick Ceramic Curling WandI 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!
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!