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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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Monthly Favorites – April
.... wait. It's May? Definitely had the plan to post this much earlier, but alas, I've been in bed all day with a skyrocketing fever. So hopefully everything in this monthly favorites post makes sense! Without further ado, here is my list of products that I have been loving in the month of April!

My favorite products from the month of April:

  • Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse (Solid Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Cream) - Oil is starting to become a big trend in the beauty industry for removing makeup. I purchased this at the end of March per another blogger's recommendation, and I'm so glad I did. This product has an oil side as a step one to remove makeup and then a cleansing cream to finish. I still use my trusty Bioderma for removing makeup and for pre-cleansing, but the oil side of this really does melt your makeup off. It also exfoliates and keeps the skin from being stripped of its nutrients. I have oily/combination skin, but I feel like this would work for any skin type.
  • Pixi Overnight Glow Serum - If I'm being totally honest, I never got into using a serum every night before this one. Toners are another thing I have issues with because they can dry out and irritate my skin. This serum is amazing. I use it directly after my double cleanse, and it has little particles that help exfoliate prior to moisturizing. The only drawback to this is the dropper. But I just smear what's on the outside of the dropper onto my face and everything is fine and dandy.
  • Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch - Where. Were. These. All. My. Life. ?!? These little patches are miracle workers. I'm not even exaggerating. High school me is offended these weren't around when I had a solar system orbiting my face (or maybe they were around, and that would be even more depressing). For anyone struggling with breakouts, you need these in your life. You can apparently wear these under makeup during the day, but I prefer to wear them overnight. You do need to make sure there's no moisture on your face before applying or the sides will peel up, but they stay on all night during my tossing and turning. They also will completely shrink a breakout to practically nothing, or get rid of it completely. YAS HON-NEY.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette - Can we just take a moment? I don't even know where to begin. The color selection is incredible and every single color in this palette is gorgeous. They're also freakishly pigmented. I'm not going to lie, the first time I played with this I went a little too ham. This is a palette that you need to lightly dust your brush in, and then give it a hard tap to prevent fall out. But the shadows blend like an absolute dream, and there are so many looks you can create. I wouldn't say this is my "in a rush" palette, but it's definitely my go-to.
  • Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder Dry Shampoo - One of my biggest complaints as a brunette is the ugly white caste that dry shampoos can leave on the hair. It also doesn't help that my hair is wavy/curly so I can't brush the product through. This is amazing. It's a powder so it's easier for me to work through my hair, and its other ingredients give your hair extra volume. At first I was nervous at the size of the bottle, but this little thing has lasted over 3 months and I'm not even out yet.
  • Renpure Biotin & Collagen Shampoo and Argan Oil Conditioner - So there are 12 toxic ingredients you should avoid in hair care products (I'll wait for you to Google). The top ingredient in most shampoos is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), which is found in cleaning products like detergent. Gross. My previous post on my Ride or Die Leave-In Conditioner (read here) goes more in-depth on my hair care, but I have been loving this shampoo and conditioner duo. They're also only $4-6 bucks at Target or Walmart depending on the size you get.
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer - It took me some time to get on the cult bandwagon, but I've passed the point of no return. No going back. Personally I don't have bad dark circles under my eyes, but this is a full-coverage kind of lady if that's what you're looking for. (If you have bad discoloration, I'd recommend the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid to go underneath your concealer.) I use this product to brighten and naturally highlight, which means using 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation. I don't use this on blemishes. Personally I prefer to use pump concealers for any imperfections, and wand concealers for under the eyes and in the T zone to highlight. For blending purposes, I'd recommend a damp Beauty Blender or whatever your favorite alternative is.
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer - I originally chose this as one of my 100 point rewards from Sephora, and after I used it for the first time, I went back to the store and got two more of the 100 point samples. Obsessed since day one. I wouldn't say this primer extends the longevity of my makeup, but I can absolutely say my makeup glides on and sits beautifully on top of this primer.
  • L'Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream - You guys... L'Occitane does not joke around. My husband has really dry skin, so their hand and foot creams are the only ones that quench the amount of moisture his skin needs. I also have a tendency to wear shoes that are not friendly to my heels, so this is literal perfection. You can also put a bunch of this on your feet and then put on socks or bags for a more serious foot soak.
 

Other monthly favorites:

  • Show - Gilmore Girls, Will & Grace
  • Drink - Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka with lemonade
  • My husband's blog - Yes, it counts! My husband is an amazing writer. He writes about our relationship with Jesus (more his than mine of course), and I love sitting down and reading the things God puts on his heart. Check his blog out here.
  So that's it for my favorites for the month of April! Thank you for all of the sweet birthday wishes. Don't forget to subscribe to my blog so you can get lovely notifications for when I post new and exciting things. See you next time! J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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Colourpop Makeup Reviews
Colourpop Makeup Review – Collab with @BlushToSweaters
Hello everybody! I'm super excited for this post because I've teamed up with my new friend, Lauren McPherson, from the blog Blush to Sweaters for a massive review of our Colourpop collections. Coloupop has been taking off thanks to a lot of mentions via social media and Youtube. Their products are super affordable, with their lippie sticks at $5 and their liquid lips at $6. But unfortunately, since Colourpop is only offered online right now and they don't allow returns, it's great to hear reviews from others to be confident in your purchase. (I can definitely say that I've had hits and misses) So buckle up and join me (FWJ) and Lauren (BTS) as we share our obsessions, our mehs, and cringes on 34 of Colourpop's products! And be sure to check out Lauren's blog, Blush to Sweaters by clicking here!

Lippie Sticks

Colourpop Lippie Sticks Review Only You - (FWJ) For anyone with light-medium skin tone, this is a Colourpop lippie you should definitely look into. It's a perfect everyday color, with brown and pink undertones. The arm swatch on the site is definitely a little dark in my opinion. This lippie is creamy, only needs one swipe, has been living in my purse ever since I bought it. Pillow Talk - (FWJ) I was a bit afraid to jump into the bold brown lip trend, but YAS HONEY. It's a matte formula, so it doesn't budge and it gives an extra oomph to your confidence. This is what dreams are made of, Hilary Duff. She Bad - (FWJ) Maybe it's my skin tone (I'm fair with pink undertones), or maybe it's Maybelline. I was not impressed with this one. For some reason, this matte lippie gives me that dreaded line in the middle of the mouth where it's super obvious. The color is lighter than my actual lips, and really it just washed me out. I've layered this, but really it's too much work. Personally, I'd pass on this one. Wet - (FWJ) It's on last call, and I can see why. It's streaky, and building it up is not an easy task. I got it because it was such a unique color, and hey maybe if I'm an alien for Halloween I'll pull this out and try to make it work.  

Liquid Lip

Colourpop Liquid Lip ReviewsColourpop Liquid Lips review   Aquarius - (BTS) The best way I can think to describe this color is to say it’s a warm toned nude. So it has more of a brown tone to it than most nude colors do. This is an excellent consistency and feels so smooth on the lips! I seriously love Colourpop's liquid lip formula! Aquarius 2 - (FWJ) This is such a flattering matte formula. It reminds me a bit of Only You, but in liquid lip form. It's a flattering, darker pinky nude lip. This is an extension of the Aquarius collection by Kathleen Lights, and I believe this is the darkest color. Beeper - (FWJ) This is beautiful, but the color it goes on will not be the color it dries as. The color goes on almost identical to Aquarius 2, but then it dries much darker. I would say the lips photo on their website is pretty accurate to what it looks like in reality. I love this... call me beep me if you wanna reach me. Love Muffin - (BTS) I cannot stand the matte feeling on my lips, but this gives you a matte look with a bit of shine that doesn’t dry out your lips!! This color is VERY light. It would go well with a very subtle makeup look, I would recommend using this product with a lip liner as well, to help keep the color inside your lips. Mama - (FWJ) Mama likes this one! It goes on a bit more of a burnt reddish orange, so slightly deeper in tone than what's shown on the website or through the tube. But I feel like it would be beautiful on any skintone, and I'm a huge fan that it's kiss-proof and pasta-proof. Mama Mia, how can I resist you?! Point Zero - (FWJ) Obsession does not even cover how I feel about this gorgeous deep grey-brown toned liquid lip. I included it in my March Favorites post for good reason. It's an ultra-satin lip, so it's not exactly kiss-proof. But the pigment is beautiful (I'd say it goes on darker than the tube color), and if I had to pick my favorite Colourpop liquid lip, it would be this one. Teeny Tiny - (FWJ) It surprised me how dark this was... I thought Point Zero would be my darkest liquid lip, but since that one has a grey undertone, Teeny Tiny takes the prize. The website describes it as a greyed out plum, though I'm not sure I agree. To me, it's more of a browned plum. The formulation is super sleek though, so be careful or your lips will not look teeny tiny. Times Square - (FWJ) This is almost identical to Aquarius 2 in pigment. (I will say the color on the lips is definitely darker than what is shown on the website) They're both matte, both have a rosy nude look. But Times Square's formula is NOT my favorite. It's tacky, thick, and the formulation felt off. Nope nope nope. Tulle - (FWJ) Teeny Tiny and Tulle are very similar, except that Tulle has more of a red/deep purple undertone. But it's still a deep brown, matte, and gives a vampy look. You would love this if you like dark smoky eye makeup.  

Pressed Powder Shadows

Pressed Powder Shadows Colourpop Come and Get It - (BTS) I was so excited to try out some of the new pressed shadows so I ordered a couple. The shades I ordered all seem to be in the same color  range that I live  in: peachy/maroon/mauve.  This is by far my most favorite shade out of the five that I ordered. In the light it just captivates your eyes and you can’t help but smear it ALLLLL over your lids! I’m obsessed. On the Fence - (BTS) If you haven’t learned by now, I really like to add a bit of pop/sparkle to the middle of my eye lid when I’m done with my eye makeup. This is another shade that is perfect for just that. This one is veryyy subtle though and has hardly any sparkle to it. It’s also very light pink and screams spring to me! I love it! Pebbles - (BTS) If you like to do smokey eyes, I’d highly recomend purchasing this color. It’s that perfect tone to add a bit of depth and smokey-ness ( it’s a word, don’t fight it! ) to your outer corner/crease. Poodle - (BTS) This reminds me of Paradox, but it's much easier to get onto a brush! It’s a bit lighter than paradox and much more creamy. They both have pros, but the only thing I can think of that would be better about this one is if there were an easier way to pick it up with a brush. Secrets - (BTS) This is a beautiful peachy toned shadow. It’s a great first base color, as well as a blending shade! I highly recommend this for anyone that loves peachy tones, or spring-y looks!  

Super Shock Shadows

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows review Amaze - (BTS) This shadow definitely looks way darker than it actually is. It goes on subtle, golden, brown, with a little sparkle. It’s absolutely beautiful, but don’t expect to get a strong brown color! I would also recommend applying this with your finger rather than a brush. It’s very hard to get the product out with a brush. Blaze - (FWJ) When makeup artists talk about dimension, they're referring to adding different pigments that have a highlight/shadow to them and don't make your face look flat. The flecks of sparkle in this shadow add so much depth, especially in the outer corner of the eye, or in the crease. I typically like to swirl my brush in circular motions when applying to make it more seamless. Brady - (BTS) This is a great color to blend any neutral toned eye with. I usually use it as the first base of any of my maroon toned eye looks. Don’t be afraid to really get your brush in there! It’s a little difficult to pick up the product but blends out beautifully! Eye Candy - (BTS) I’ve hit pan on this one. If you’re a makeup lover like we are, then you’ll know that means serious business! It’s very rare that I hit pan on anything, I actually wore this on my wedding day too! I don’t think much more needs to be said other than: it’s beautiful, you must buy it, you need it, go get it! Mooning - (FWJ) Glitter is tough to add to shadow without looking tacky, but Colourpop really has it down when it comes to their shadows. Product kick up is almost nonexistent, and there is no fall out during application. This shadow has brown/purple flecks instead of silver or gold. I love to use this in my outer corner, and like Blaze, I will use a circular motion when applying. So if you're a toned down kind of lady, this is a great middle-of-the-road compromise. Paisley - (BTS) Paisley is one of my favorite Super Shock Shadows. This is what I normally put on to add a bit of sparkle and pop to the middle of my eyes when I’m done with a smokey eye look. I always apply it with my finger and just dab it where ever I desire a little sparkle! This goes beautifully over any brown shade. Paradox - (BTS) I am completely obsessed with this color. Not just in this shadow, but this color in general. I always tend to end up with a maroon smokey eye. I really think it compliments brown eyes. This product blends out seamlessly and is easy to work with. Highly, highly reccomend purchasing this shade!! Rainbow - (FWJ) Unfortunately, this shadow has retired. This one is almost translucent in pigment when applied, and instead leaves a trace of rainbow of glitter. My inner unicorn is so happy with this shadow. I put this under my brow bone or in my inner corner to highlight. The lack of pigment is slightly disappointing, and I do have to go a bit ham to apply this. Smash - (FWJ) I received Smash, Vega, To-A-T, and Mooning in their 4-shadow All Nighter pack. That pack is only missing an inner corner/brow bone highlight. I will add Blaze to it for more dimension, but you can make an entire look from those. This one is beautiful on its own, or on the lid. It has a slight golden sheen to it, but it looks so natural and not at all powdery. So Quiche - (BTS) This looks like it would be a very dark brown, but when it blends out it's more of a dark grey color with specks of purple sparkle throughout. It’s a good color to use when blending in a dark brown area if you want to add a bit of pop. Stereo - (BTS) To be honest, I forgot I even had this shadow! I think I used it once to add some depth to my outter corner. But WOW am I glad I found it again! It’s so smooth and when I swatch it the color pay off is great!! I can’t wait to play with this one a bit more! Sugar - (BTS) I bought this because I wanted to be daring and try something completely out of my comfort zone. I only use this on my inner corner when I want to add a pop of color to a look. Or it’s the only color I use all over my eyes and then add just a bit of mascara to finish it off. I have only ever applied this with my fingers so you get the best color pay off. Tang - (BTS) This is PERFECT for blending in your crease. It’s a very light mauve color, very easy to apply, beautiful and smooth. You could also wear just this all over your eyes and it would add a bit of depth to your eyes for a very easy, beautiful look! To-A-T - (FWJ) This is THE perfect matte blending color. It's a cocoa brown, and the swatch on their website is pretty accurate. It's so creamy, blends beautifully, and it's tough to go overboard when applying it. I will definitely be hitting pan soon on this one. It's just so versatile! Vega - (FWJ) I was a little concerned this would be too much like Blaze, which it is, but in a totally different way. This has a champagne foiled look to it, even though it has glitter spread throughout it. If you like Das Esspensive nail polish by KL Polish, you'll like this.

Eye Liners

HoneyDude Colourpop liner HoneyDude - (FWJ) A friend of mine taught me to always put something in the water line when doing eye makeup. This liner is completely skin tone (if you're light-medium), and perfect to clean up the eyes a bit and pull the entire look together. Everything from Colourpop definitely has great pigment, so I'm really looking forward to purchasing more of their liners.  

THE END!

WHEW! Hopefully you enjoyed this insanely long post. What are your favorite Colourpop products? Leave us your recommendations on all things Colourpop below and we will be sure to check them out! And don't forget to follow @blushtosweaters on Instagram. J & L
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Monthly Favorites – March
Monthly favorites are definitely a guilty pleasure of mine. It doesn't matter if it's a blog post, a video, or if I'm chatting with the girls around the water cooler. I love hearing about products that my friends and family are enjoying, and I love sharing the amazing ones that I find. Below is a list of products that I have been loving in the month of March that I've compiled to share with you!

My favorite products from the month of March:

  • GlamGlow POUTMUD Wet Lip Balm Treatment - I purchased this upon recommendation from a random person I encountered in Sephora. I was pulling out my Blistex for the 3rd time, and she told me this product changed her life. And it's definitely a game-changer. A little goes a LONG way. It doesn't sting, but it heals chapped or even border-line bleeding lips. My lips feel hydrated for much longer than when I used Blistex or Chapstick. It also doesn't have a nasty smell that these types of products tend to have. Check it out here.
  • Elizabeth and James Nirvana perfume in Bourbon - I'm a huge fan of the Nirvana collection. I purchased both Nirvana White and Black about a year ago, and I will layer them or wear them separately. I smelled the new rose scent prior to the Bourbon one because I thought I would prefer it... NOPE. The rose one is definitely not for me. But this one is hands-down my favorite. It has a woody, vanilla scent. It's deep and perfect for the evening. This brand is by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and no lie, when I smell this I think of Winning London when they stroll into the gentleman's club clearly looking like girls. Check it out here.
  • Bioderma Sebium H2O Purifying Cleansing Solution - I use this as a makeup remover/pre-cleanse. This product is one of France's best kept beauty secrets. I purchased mine on Amazon so I could get the one with the pump. The Sebium line is for oily/combo skin, and I'm obsessed. (Don't use this on your eyes though) It balances your skin so it feels soft and smooth, and it doesn't feel greasy at all. I will actually remove my makeup when I get home from work and then wait to wash my face until going to bed. Bioderma is a definitely brand that I will be trying out more of their products. I honestly wouldn't be shocked if they showed up in another monthly favorites post. Check it out here.
  • Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray - I wrote an entire blog post about this miracle in a bottle. (Click here to read the post) It's amazing, I'm in love. I bought it for my mother-in-law to use and now she's in love too. Check it out here.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette - First of all, the palette smells like cocoa powder. But what I love most is how easy to blend the shadows are. They don't have much kick-up at all during application, and the color pay-off is top notch. I also love the fact that all of the colors are useable. Normally in palettes I have a couple shadows that I don't touch, but that isn't the case with this one. The longevity is also amazing and they're a creamy texture, but not to the point that you have to keep changing brushes to get them to work with you. I've found that I've reached for this more than my Kat Von D Shade + Light palette (which is also amazing). Check it out here.
  • Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Sculpting Kit - Don't get me wrong, my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is wonderful. But this is SO much friendlier on your wallet, and lately I've been obsessed with the look it gives me. It's less than 5 bucks, and I actually like the brush that's included. (I usually don't use them.) The look is so natural and perfect for the fuller brow look that's in style right now. Check it out here.
  • KL Polish Das Esspensive - Ok, this one was limited edition... so unfortunately you can't get this particular one. But I was so impressed with this nail polish, so I had to include it in my monthly favorites. It was created by Kathleen Lights for her birthday, and it's a gorgeous champagne color with a foiled look to it. It has some flecks of sparkle in it, but not over kill, which is perfect for me. What I loved about this is how long it lasted. I got a solid 2 weeks without chipping. I just recently ordered two others, so I'm not sure if that's true for all of her polishes, but that was beyond impressive to me. Check out her other shades here.
  • Colourpop Matte Liquid Lip in Point Zero - Speaking of Kathleen Lights, this liquid lip is from her collab with Colourpop. An important thing to know about this brand... the color in the tube is not the color that will be on the lips. It makes it a bit difficult for online shopping, but they have so many amazing products you will fall in love with. Point Zero is a brownish grey, definitely darker than the photo on the website. But it's gorgeous. I get at least 10 comments each day I wear this. It compliments any skin tone, and any hair color. Obsessed. Check it out here.
  • Leaders AC Clear Treatment Mask - I reviewed this product in my Korean skincare blog post, (read it here) but it still deserves a shout-out on my monthly favorites. This mask is amazing. My skin is clearer, hydrated, and much more even since using these. Check it out here.
 

Other monthly favorites:

Song - Work This Body by Walk the Moon, but How Does a Moment Last Forever by Celine Dion has been on repeat lately Album - Divide by Ed Sheeran Film - Beauty and the Beast Internet Plug-In - Honey (check out my Resources page for more info)   So that's it for this monthly favorites post! I know I had pretty much all beauty products this month, but trust me that won't always be the case. Let me know in the comments section below what products you've been loving and I will be sure to give them a try! J.
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Briogeo Rosarco Milk
My Ride-Or-Die Leave-In Conditioner
Apparently winter is set on rearing its ugly head in March, rather than showing up to the party back in November. I have medium length, but thick hair. It's a strange mixture of waves and curls, so I typically only brush my hair before I shower so I'm not sporting a hot mess all day. This creates a bit of a dilemma in the winter since my scarves and coats end up giving me some nasty tangles in the back of my hair. Which really just means that half of my hair ends up on my brush or stuck in the drain. Leave-in conditioner is a must in my hair care routine.

Why should you use something more than just a shampoo and conditioner?

During the winter months there is a lack of moisture in the air. Your skin and hair need an extra dose of hydration to compensate for what it loses when you step outside. Leave-in conditioners add that much needed moisture back into the hair. It also strengthens hair against breakage and split ends, protects it from blow dryers or other styling tools, and detangles. (If there's one thing you take away from this, please let it be that you should never blow dry, curl, or straighten your hair without a protectant on your hair)

So what should I be using as a leave-in conditioner?

You don't have to purchase something that says "leave-in conditioner" on the bottle. It's completely up to you what type of leave-in conditioner to use, as long as it has a water base and includes plenty of natural oils and nutrients. 100% pure argan oil is amazing for the hair. I mix mine in with my conditioner. You could do a mask while you're in the shower. I really like this one by Moroccanoil, or this one by Aussie if you're on a tight budget. But my favorite ride-or-die leave-in conditioner is the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Spray.

Why the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Spray is My Ride-or-Die

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray I chose this product as one of my three free samples from online ordering at Sephora (which is the BOMB, and if you don't take advantage of that for every purchase, you're shopping wrong). At first I was sad that their 1.5 oz was so teeny. Honestly it looked like if I had tried it on Sookie, I would have run out before I finished. But that little bottle lasted about 2 months! I became so obsessed that I immediately went out to repurchase the larger bottle (pictured above). It has a mist spray, which is much more useful than a pump since you can control how much product you use. I prefer a mist to a stream on my hair products. It's a lazy girl's dream come true. My routine looks like this: I take a shower and towel dry my hair. I flip my hair down and spray once near my neck, and once in the middle and end of my hair. I then flip my hair to the side and spray a little above my ear, and then do the same on the other side. Then I just run my hands through my hair and the product distributes to the other areas. I love how my hair feels after I use this. It makes my hair look and feel so soft. It's lightweight, so there isn't 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'm in love, so I would highly recommend you check it out.  
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