Happy Thanksgiving! I hope all of you are enjoying this day and it’s a day of rest and enjoyment. I was thinking about some beauty MVP’s in my makeup collection and boiled all my favorites down to a list of 5 beauty products I’m thankful for in 2015.
These products have pulled through again and again and proved that they are truly awesome and worthy of holy grail status.
I have recommended this $2 top coat to so many people and am constantly stocking up on fresh bottles because it’s literally the best top coat of all time ever. All time ever! Ever! Not only does it dry in a minute or so, the glossy effect remains for days.
What beauty products are you thankful for this year? I’d love to know!
I’m currently working on a Holiday shopping gift guide, and in the meanwhile I’m taking the time to highlight the products on said guide individually. I have to say this Smashbox set is not only a great value, it’s one of my favorites.
At $29, the Smashbox Art.Love.Color Studio Set is an excellent value and you must snap it up! Why? Full sizes! Awesome products!
Compactly and cleverly contained in an artfully designed plastic tube that you can use to store your makeup brushes, this set contains 5 Smashbox full and luxury sample-sized products that are valued at $79. The mascara and lipstick are full sizes, which is enough to make me entirely impressed with the set. The contents of this set are:
Full Exposure Mascara – a favorite that will keep your lashes looking lush.
Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose (mauve pink)
Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Disco Rose (rich rose)
Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Spectral
Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Callback
The eyeshadows are highly pigmented and easy to blend. The Be Legendary Lipsticks are some of my favorite luxury lip colors, so the inclusion of the lipstick and lip gloss in such pretty colors makes them a must grab, in my opinion. Combined, the colors in this set make for lovely makeup looks!
My Final Thoughts: The Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set is one of several similarly priced sets from Smashbox that are perfectly giftable for any makeup love on your list … yourself included!
Famous Footwear is helping me get my Holiday wardrobe going, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the shoes I’ve recently added to my collection.
Now, I need to tell you about these boots. Yes, these boots are fabulous! But first, a little bit of back story.
Over the last 3 years I’ve lost an amount of weight that is more than my 8 year old son’s current weight. I’m about 2/3 of the way towards my goal and not quite ready to reveal the exact amount, but needless to say, it’s a significant amount!
Because of the weight loss, I’ve found myself having to upgrade my entire wardrobe, which really isn’t a bad thing at all! I’m tossing clothes that don’t fit and letting go of pieces I really should have said “sayonara” to a long while ago. It’s not just my waistline that’s changed, my feet have gone down in size making it a really good reason to go shoe shopping!
And it’s the perfect season – I was looking for THE perfect boot I could wear in a variety of situations – not only while out and about, but also something I could wear at some upcoming Holiday parties that are on my agenda. That was fulfilled with the Life Stride X-Marvelous Boot in Tan.
With the Holiday season happening, I really wanted a pair of tan boots because they are incredibly versatile and can be used with a wide variety of outfits and circumstances. My standard Holiday season outfit is a black wrap dress and a pair of boots just makes it all come together. Accessorize it up with the perfect statement necklace, and I’m done! The Life Stride X-Marvelous boots are comfortable, stylish, and I’ve already received a ton of compliments on them. Plus, I love the attention to detail in this boot!
Famous Footwear has been one of my go-to shoe shops for quite some time. I love the quality and selection of name brands, and the prices are just right. Plus, I can always find size 10 shoes in the styles I love! While I was searching for boots, I was also looking for a great new pair of shoes for the gym.
I was looking for something cute that would help my jogging game. You’re supposed to change your running shoes every six months, and mine current pair are way past that date!
I ended up purchasing the shoes online and have to say the experience was great. I made a small mistake and had to call customer service on a Saturday afternoon, which was fantastic and my problem was resolved quickly.
It’s been a great couple of months for beauty products, including the ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners, which are a brand new addition to one of my favorite online beauty brands.
Priced at $5 for the Liners and $6 for the Colours, I ordered a few of each to test the waters and see if they’re worth stocking up on. I can’t ever resist a gel liner!
Here’s ColorPop Creme Gel Colours in Exit (matte white) and Get Paid (shimmery copper).
I’m wearing Get Paid right smack dab in the middle of my eyelid, and Exit on the lower lash line.
The Colours are not the easiest to work with and dry extremely fast giving you a limited amount of time to successfully apply them. However, I’ve been playing around with both Get Paid and and have found three saving graces:
1. The ColourPop Gel Colours apply best with a brush and can be blended out.
2. They work really well as a waterline liner, and last until they are removed.
3. These gels work really well as stand alone colors, but you can also add eyeshadow on top.
With that in mind, I have to say I find the ColourPop Creme Gel Liners a lot more agreeable and easier to work with.
The four liners I ordered include 2 matte and 2 shimmery colors: Get Paid (shimmery copper), Show Off (shimmery bronze), Timber (matte grey), and DTLA (matte navy).
I’m wearing Get Paid on my lower lashline in this photo:
The shimmery colors are softer than the mattes, but I’ve found both apply evenly and smoothly. They are a bit fragile and I’ve experienced tip breakage with all of the colors, but I’ve found that to be par for the course with twist up liners in general.
All of the colors have a nice amount of pigmentation and I’m impressed with the fact that they last a long time when I wear them out and about. While I don’t think I’ll pick up more of the Colours, I’ll definitely order some more Liners.
My Final Thoughts: ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners aren’t the be all, end all when it comes to gel products, but they are a pretty good value for their low price point. The ColourPop Creme Gel Colours are a bit difficult to work with, and I’ve found they are best applied with an eyeshadow brush.
By the end of the Summer months, my hair is in need of some serious soothing and gentle care. I was glad to have the opportunity to review Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, two products that promised to give my hair the soothing and care it deserves.
Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner sounds like a funny choice for someone who has a head full of curls, but I have noticed areas of my hair that need help in the volume department, especially around my hairline. Is it hormones? I’m not sure, but I’m up for trying anything that promises to put some oomph back into my tresses. Also, after a Summer filled with outdoor activities, anything to refresh my hair’s vibrancy is a must.
Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner are formulated to clean your hair, stimulate your hair folicles, and overall revitalize your hair. The key ingredients of Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner include Ginseng Root Extract, Menthol, Peppermint Oil and Hydrolized Soy Protein to promote thicker, voluminous hair.
More than anything, my often itchy scalp really appreciates the soothing qualities of the peppermint and menthol. To get the maximum benefits from the shampoo, Keranique recommends letting the shampoo remain on your hair for a minute or two before rinsing.
Now, for the results! So, have I noticed a tremendous amount of volume? I’ve been using Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner as my main shampoo and conditioner for a month and I honestly cannot say that I notice any kind of dramatic change or improvement in the volume of my hair.
My Final Thoughts: Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner is a nice set of products that make my scalp feel incredibly soothed, gives shine, and does not weigh down my hair at all. However, I can’t say these products are my new go-to’s for adding volume by any means.
Before I spent over $20 on a lipstick, I did not understand the purpose or function of spending over $20 on a lipstick. A lipstick is a lipstick, right? Well, kind of. It was love at first swipe when I tried my first luxury lipstick, and through the years I’ve found several that have become favorites. In fact, I have 7 best luxury lipstick picks to share with you.
What separates a luxury lipstick from your typical, ordinary, non-luxe lip color? From the ingredients to chic packaging, there’s a bit of boost that give luxury lipsticks their name and reputation.
There’s a lot of special attention paid to these tubes filled with color. The cases are sleek and sophisticated.
Most often, luxury lipsticks include Shea Butter, Mango Seed Oil, and other nourishing ingredients that lend a difference in texture, pigmentation, and the general wear time of the lipstick.
The quality of lipsticks in general has vastly improved in the last few years. In my experience, the main quality luxury lipsticks offer is a smooth texture along with longer wear time as opposed to non-luxury lipsticks. You kind of just have to feel them for yourselves to understand how they vary. They might look innocent enough, but you know the difference upon first swipe.
It was hard narrowing down my favorites, but I took a second to pick out the 7 luxury lipsticks that have won my heart. Let’s take a closer look at my picks!
Read more to see my favorite luxury lipsticks up close!