Reviews & Favorites

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.  
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

 

Summer Solstice 

 

 

 

Awakening

     

Sweet Summertime 

     

Cool Down

       

Paradise Bliss

      So that's it! Do you have any blends for summer that you love? Leave a comment down below on what essential oil combinations you love for your diffuser!   J.     For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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KL Polish Review
Hello everybody! I've bought quite a few things from KL Polish (especially because I enjoy watching Kathleen Lights' Youtube videos), so I thought I would give you a review on the 7 nail polishes that I own in the line. What I really like about KL Polish so far is that the formula is pigmented enough to do only one coat. I typically do two no matter what, but it's nice to have options. I also like that the formula dries quickly, which means I'm a lot less likely to mess the nails up in the beginning.  

St. Clair

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

Brick Sidewalk

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

That's What She Said

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

Das Esspensive XXV

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

Zoey

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

     

Porter Miami

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

Caramello

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

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

Briogeo Leave-In Conditioner Sephora Play! Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray - When I opened my box, I was so excited this product was included. This is a ride-or-die product for me -- I even professed my love for it in this post. I love Briogeo, they're one of my favorite brands because their products are coated in silicone that weighs your hair down and give you a false sense of conditioning. After every shower, I use this condition spray to keep my hair healthy, soft, and free from tangles. I think I've purchased 3 of the full-size bottles at this point, so I think it's safe to say we're committed.             Boscia intensive charcoal mask Sephora Play!Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment - I was pleasantly surprised! I'll be honest, Origins' products have not been kind to my skin, so I was thinking this would be like their charcoal mask (which my skin is not a fan). But it wasn't drying, my sensitive skin wasn't red or angry at me later, and I felt like it was gentle but definitely did the job. I will definitely be trying this again!       IT Cosmetics volumizing mascara Sephora Play!IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara - So I'm a little mad at this product. My eyes were completely done, same with foundation and setting powder, and I went to put this on and a chunk of the mascara went through my lashes and then fell onto my face. Grr. Besides that mishap, I did have to work with the product quite a bit so it wasn't so clumpy, but I can't say it's a bad mascara. I've definitely seen much worse, but I don't think my current mascaras should be shaking in their tubes. I will try again before giving my final verdict.             MILK Cooling Water Sephora Play BoxMILK Makeup Cooling Water - The initial reviews of this product on Sephora made me wonder if I'd like it, because it seems boring. This may be my favorite new product in the box. I tested it yesterday for the first time, and I think I'm going to really love this. Since I have oily/combo skin, I decided to put this on after moisturizing but before my primer. It feels slightly tacky (which helps your makeup stay on), and honestly I think this made a huge difference in blurring my pores and keeping them hydrated. It may be a fluke, but my skin wasn't nearly as oily as usual at the end of the day.       bareMINERALS liquid lipstick Sephora Play BoxbareMINERALS GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lip in Swag - I love a good nude liquid lip. And I have a lot in this shade, so I was most interested to see if the formula would be better than my Tarte or Colourpop ones. For my lips, it's definitely not. It was majorly disappointing, but it gave me that obvious line in the inside of the lips. Just not a fan of the consistency. So alas, I will need to see if there's someone else who would like it.         Atelier Cologne Sephora Play!Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine - Upon first whiff, I wasn't so sure. But somehow after closing my eyes and breathing it in, I was reminded of France. Something about it feels familiar. This has blood orange, jasmine, and sandalwood for the main ingredients so there's definitely a zesty and energizing feel to it. For some reason, there's a sad reminiscence that lingers for me.
“It was the kind of moment you would want to revisit. Everyone was here, gathered on the terrace for breakfast, and the scent of fresh oranges was diffusing in the yellow heat. A symphony of their laughter and waves hitting the cliffs played in the air.”
      So that’s it for this box! Let me know in the comments section below if you have any of these products and what your thoughts are.   J.   Check out June's Sephora Play! Box here.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Monthly Favorites – June
It's been a crazy month. My mom's side of the family got together for a family reunion in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Joseph and I are still recovering. I'm a little exhausted, but I realized it's already the 4th, so I wanted to get this post up since I have some fun things coming up for future posts. So without further ado, let's jump into my June beauty favorites!  

My favorite products from the month of June:

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

Other monthly favorites:

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

7 Must-Haves for Summer Beauty

 

summer beauty batiste dry shampooBatiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo

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

summer beauty bioderma sensibio h20Bioderma Sensibio H2O

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

trestique highlight stick summer beautyTrestique Highlight & Perfect Stick

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

Rich Kid Coconut OilIGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel

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

EO Deodorant SprayEO Organic Deodorant

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

Naples Sea Salt ScrubNaples Sunkissed Sea Salt Scrub

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

KL Polish St ClairKL Polish in St. Clair

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

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

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

Morphe Brushes

E2 – Round Powder brush - YAS

She's the Man gif I'd tap that I really do like this brush. A lot. It's dense, soft, and has huge surface area which makes it perfect for setting your face. I haven't quite gotten to the level where it's fully replaced my current regimen. I typically use a beauty blender or puff thingy to press powder into my face to set it. But I am loving this purchase.  

E4 Morphe brush E4 – Angled Contour brush - YAS!

You had me at Hello Gif I featured this brush in my monthly favorites, and I 100% stand by that. I use this for blush instead of contour, but you do you boo. It has an even application and it's easy to work with. This one and the E2 feel softer than some of the other brushes since they're a part of the Elite collection. If you bought only one thing on this list, I'd say pick this.  

Morphe 510 brush M510 – Pro Round Blender brush - Pass

gilmore girls michel gif I'm confused as to why affiliates of Morphe choose this brush to promote. I see people use this brush all the time online, and yet when I try to apply my highlight, I'm like, where did it go?? I keep trying it to see if I'll change my mind about this brush, but I'm left even more confused than the last time. It's like being in a high school relationship.                                                                                                             Would I buy it again? Hard pass. (PS: I would not recommend getting anything but                                                                                                                      synthetic brushes from Morphe)  

B80 Morphe Brush B80 – Pointed Crease brush - Yes?

Mean Girls gif Regina This is a nice blending brush for shadow if you don't have one already. It has a great shape and it's tapered on the sides, which makes it great for blending eyeshadow into the crease. I have a couple blending brushes, but this one is great for when I want to switch colors and I don't feel like cleaning the same brush. The M and B series are the cheapest at Morphe, so that means that many times the hairs may be a bit scratchy.  

M321 Morphe brush M321 – Bullet Crease brush - Pass

devil wears prada gif I thought this brush would replace my Sigma E20 brush since I've had that for like 5 years and it's just now getting scratchy. (I highly recommend checking out Sigma) But nope. This brush isn't as precise as "bullet" would make you believe. It has a nice angle, so you could use this for shading in the crease or in the outer corners of the eye. Just make sure that's what you're buying it for and not to precisely add pigment to your lower lash line.  

M411 Morphe Brush M411 – Pointed Blender brush -  ??

princess diaries gif The jury is not out on this brush. It doesn't hold its shape as much as I want it to, so I've started using this when I need to wet a brush to apply a shimmery shadow to my lid, and it does the job for that. But I'm not really sure what else I could use this particular brush for...  

M143 Morphe brush M143 – Deluxe Soft Fan brush - Pass

draco malfoy gif Fan brushes are huge for contouring this year. I haven't found one I've loved to the point I'd ditch my current contouring brush. I'm not sure if it was my particular brush, but the one that arrived had a nasty smell. Keep in mind the white-haired brushes are natural hair, not synthetic. One (careful) wash and the hairs did not hold their shape at all! The brush is twice as fat and still smelly, which is not ideal for contour. Nope nope nope!  

Morphe Palettes

So my overall thoughts about these palettes. The shimmers suck in Morphe's palettes. Just telling it 100% how it is. Everything swatches beautifully on the arms or when you pick it up with your finger. But you will definitely need to wet your brush or something to get pigment from those shimmers on the lid. If you want affordable shimmers that are easy to apply, check out Colourpop. The matte shades aren't bad at all and I've seen a lot of people make some great looks from their palettes. I love that their palettes have a lot of colors and there are so many crease shades to really build out a look. These are affordable, so if you're looking for something simple and does the job, Morphe's palettes are great for you! If you're obsessed with formulas or ingredients, you may not be a huge fan.  

12NB Morphe palette Natural Beauty Palette (12NB) - YAS...

how you doing joey gif These colors are probably some of the exact ones I would want if I were to create my own palette. But... and there's a big butt on this. I would want a brand like Anastasia to create the formula. This palette isn't bad by any means, I've actually been reaching for this quite often. It just leaves something to be desired. If you're on a budget, this is a great purchase. If you have a few more quarters in your couch, I'd buy the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette because the pigment and the formula are goals. Morphe's 12NB is good in my book. It's a great staple to have for an everyday look.  

Mocha and copper morphe bundle Bronzed Mocha and Copper Bundle (25A & 25B) - YAS...

Fat Amy Pitch Perfect gif I mentioned this in my haul post, but you could definitely pick one of these palettes in the bundle and call it a day. They're both good palettes. I liked the golden shades a lot in the copper bundle (when I wet my brush to apply). The amount of transition shades is awesome, and definitely lets you build out a lot of different looks. The mocha palette is more of my shade range, but I reach for these two equally I would say.   So that’s it! Let me know if there are any Morphe products that you absolutely love and I may check them out! I will say I will most likely go more for the Elite line of brushes if I purchase any more. Like any brand, there are hits and misses. This was just my personal opinion on how I felt after using my products for a while.   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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May Monthly Beauty Favorites
Monthly Favorites – May
This month flew by... I want to say this was my busiest month in a while. I will update some more in an upcoming post, but for now let's just dive right into my monthly favorites!

My favorite products from the month of May:

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

Other monthly favorites:

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

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

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

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  • Bronzed Mocha and Copper Bundle (25A & 25B) - Morphe's packaging for their palettes remind me of middle/high school where there's a ton of shadows in one enormous palette. *Cue NSYNC* I love how affordable Morphe is, though many of the shades are similar between the two palettes in this bundle. My recommendation is to pick whether you're a copper queen or a mocha diva and call it a day if you're looking at these. But if you suffer from makeup hoarder syndrome, then by all means get both like I did. I've only tried one look, so still deciding my final thoughts.
  • E4 - Angled Contour brush - I'm beyond excited for this brush. It's got the best angle for blush. I guess you could use this to contour or bronze, but for me it's going to be a blush brush. I love the level of precision it gives me and my entire cheek doesn't end up pink. (My old blush brush was a bit of a flight risk when I wasn't careful)
  • E2 - Round Powder brush - YAS HONEY. These brushes are so flippin' soft. It's amazing. They distribute the product really evenly and it's about 2 1/2 times the size of my Real Techniques powder brush. You know what they say: it doesn't matter how great the products are, if the brushes suck, your look will too. That's harsh, but really. It's like painting your living room walls with a streaky brush and then complaining it doesn't look right. So I have high hopes for these.
  • So I went ahead and bulked up my collection by placing another order... These haven't arrived quite yet, but I ordered:

 

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  • Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer - I held off on buying the original Hoola bronzer since I'm paler than Casper. I gotta say it though... I hate the packaging. I'm glad you don't lose product when you dip your brush in... but really I hate the bulkiness of the packaging. The bronzer is good. It goes on light, so it's hard to mess it up. I have to take a little time building it up to what I want, but overall I like it. It also has a flowery scent, but I'm not mad about it.
  • Nars Blush in Orgasm - Another cult item. Though if I'm being honest, I'm not a huge fan of glittery looking blush. I will say that if you have a light hand and used this as a blush/highlighter duo on top of a minimal makeup look, then it would totally work for you. I think I personally will reach for my Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty over this one, but it's still pretty and I'm glad I got it.
  • BVLGARI Omnia Coral perfume - I got the deluxe size as a VIB reward (does that count for a beauty-makeup haul item?), so it's a tiny version of the two linked circles. Kind of adorable. I hate there's no actual spray, I definitely spilled some when I first opened it. But I'm obsessed with this scent. It's a pretty fruity/floral scent, but covered in a deeper scent I can't quite put my finger on. Get a sample the next time you're in Sephora to test out.
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer - This was featured in my April beauty favorites post (read here), where I basically went through 3 of the 100 point rewards at Sephora. I felt that was long enough to realize I love this primer. I can't say this makes my makeup last longer, but I can say the application is much smoother.
  • L'Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream - Another April beauty favorite. Joseph and I share this, and it's amazing. It's definitely not your typical moisturizer, but that's great for tired/dry/cracked feet.
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - So I know a lot of people are flipping out over the RCMA No Color Powder. But if I'm being 100% honest, Laura Mercier still wins for my skin. I use RCMA to set my under eye area since it's a thinner consistency, but for my oily/combination skin, Laura Mercier is still bomb.

 

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  • Muji Japan 4 Layers Facial Cotton Pad - These are awesome. They start out as a larger pad, but can split apart into 4 layers, which is perfect for when I'm removing my makeup with my Bioderma. What I like best is that they don't waste product like using cotton balls or other pads (or toilet paper if you're that girl, no judgment). To be honest, you can buy anything like this from the drugstore, but since they come in a huge package and are inexpensive, I continue to repurchase.
  • Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch - I almost don't like mentioning these, but technically they're a part of my beauty-makeup haul since I love them so much. I'm afraid of running out! Check out my April favorites post if you want to know why.

 

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  • Sensibio H20 Solution - Bioderma's solution is hands-down one of the best makeup removers/pre-cleanses ever in my book. Like we're ride or die level. My preference is the Sebium line for the H2O solution (and I always choose the one with the pump) since I have oily/combo skin. This one in particular is for sensitive skin, but it's still amazing. I'd say the 500ml lasts about 4 months, maybe slightly more for me.
  • Hydrabio Serum - If your skin is at all dehydrated, this stuff will do it for ya. I prefer to use this in the evening because the heavier consistency helps hydrate my skin overnight. I would highly recommend if you have dry/dehydrated/combination skin!
  • Sebium Pore Refiner - A new obsession for me, and I will definitely repurchase. I use it primarily in my T zone prior to my primer. None of Bioderma's products irritate my sensitive skin, and it wears beautifully under makeup.
  That's it! Some of these were repeat purchases for me in this beauty-slash-makeup haul (which I personally love hearing about those from people since it shows they love it enough to keep on buying it), and some of these are brand spanking new. 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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