Wednesday, May 21, 2014

More Baby Fun! The Honest Company

Seems like every day there are more and more products out there for your little one, and I find it just as fun to buy for my babies as I do for myself!  ...Maybe even a little more fun.

I'm currently obsessed with the Honest Company.  Their products are free of any harsh chemicals and are perfect for your precious little guys and gals.  They are made with the safety of your kids in mind and offer a wide range of baby, bath, and cleaning products.

Here are some of their products I have tried and loved. (I probably own one of everything on their website, and its fair to say you just cant go wrong with them):

Organic Healing Balm

Great for the diaper area and anywhere you see dryness, redness and ouchies!

Multi Surface Cleaner
 What my baby touches and breathes matters too, and this cleaner definitely makes me feel better about not using toxic chemicals and still getting great sparkle and shine!

Conditioning Detangler

My 3 year old has very long hair and after every shower this is a great way to get those tangles out without a fight! It also moisturizes her hair, smells great, and she thinks it's really cool to "spray" her hair!

 There are plenty of great organic sun care products out there. I find this one less greasy and strong enough to power through the day.

Baby Teether
It's super cute, and perfectly safe for your little babies teeth.  Easy to hold and munch on!!

Honest company comes out with new stuff all the time, and each item really takes into careful consideration what the needs of a natural and organic loving mommy are!  Cant wait to try more...

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Blush Sensation.... Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

For those obsessed with NARS blushes, yes they are some of the best out there, wait until you try Hourglass Ambient Lighting.  It will replace my NARS blush for good!


It comes in 6 gorgeous shades that I think will flatter a wide range of skin tones.  I use Mood Exposure, but am looking forward to trying the other colors as well.  This blush can take you from day to night.  There is no super-shimmery effect perfect for just that little color and definition you need all day, but layer on a little extra for a perfectly chiseled look at night.  Any time of will GLOW!  It's got an illuminating effect I have not seen with any other blush.  It blends well, and really makes your entire face look radiant, even though the product is just on your cheekbones.

Buy it, Love it!!

I'm Back!

Sorry for the VERY LONG hiatus but I had another baby!  Love her, but she and her sister definitely take up ALL my time!!  However, being busy definitely did not change my love of finding new products to try.  I think my posts will be a little shorter (with work and kiddos taking up so much time), but the info, I promise, will be worth it!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bed Head Must Have

Fighting frizz is a daily issue for many as well as myself!  Many products claim to do it, but few actually truly leave your hair with zero frizz AND no greasy product weighing it down. 

I recently discovered Bed Head by Tigi After Party

I apply about a nickel size amount all thru my hair after its washed and still damp.  After a very quick blow-dry, my hair is silky smooth but not greasy at all for up to 3 days!  No frizz, great definition in my layers, and really only need a touch of dry shampoo on the front scalp if I'm trying to go into day 3 without shampooing. 

I have tried many products that claim to diminish frizz by applying before blow-drying AND leave no sticky residue AND give you an at home finish you can normally only get at a salon.....mostly more pricey than this one.  But only Bed Head actually worked! Love it!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mascara Madness - My Top 10

May 26, 2013 is Nordstrom's Mascara Madness where you can buy any 2 mascaras and get 1 free (mix and match from any cosmetics line).  In honor of the event, I've creating a list of my Top 10 mascaras....

#10 Lancome Hypnose

An old fav that is still one of the best even years later when so many other mascaras have taken over the market including its own offshoots (one appears below).  Great volume, little clump, small bristles reach every lash.

#9 Buxom Lash

A thick teeny tiny bristled brush helps to create a fuller look.  And if you are looking for something natural, it's got no parabens, sulfates, phthalates!

#8 Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara

When the $24-$30 price range on these mascaras seems a little steep, head for this $15 mascara by Sephora.  Its creates lots of volume and length without hurting the wallet! ...And it performs right there at the top with the rest of these.

#7 Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara

Gotta try this one just because the brush is so fun and different.  "4 in 1" is promising volume, curl, length, and nourishment...meaning some long term improvement of your naked lashes themselves.  It should say "5 in 1"...because I think definition is the main thing you get from Givenchy.

#6 Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

I am NOT a fan of adding mascara to your bottom lashes unless you really feel like you need it...too much of a raccoon eyes hazard for me.  However this is a great mascara for top lashes when you want just that little bit for a quick trip out of the house. Just to add a little something special to your look without the drama that you get from all my other choices.

#5 Lancome Definicils

I had to include this grandmother of mascaras because I think it was my first love over 15 years ago! If you don't want too much drama but want basic definition, this is still a great staple! I like the I've moved on, but it deserves the credit!

#4 Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

This is the newest mascara in the Diorshow family.  And after much hesitance due to the other offshoots being less than expected, I tried it and loved it!  Length, length, length...that's all you need to know!

#3 Lancome Hypnose Star

I tried this on the recommendation of a friend and it really is a Lancome's newest success!  Great for fuller lashes because of the super black shade (lots of pigment) that helps to create major umph!

#2 Benefit They're Real! Mascara

Falsies without real falsies!  See my prior post ("I cheated on my mascara").  A true 2nd runner up!

#1 Diorshow
THE ORIGINAL, THE BEST, THERE IS NOTHING LIKE IT!  Again...just look at my previous post on why I love it so much.  DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA... 'Nuff said!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

BB Cream Update

In an earlier post I ranted about how I wasn't falling into the BB Cream (or CC cream for that matter) hype...because I didn't like the multiple uses in 1 idea. 


I got a sample recently and I got hooked!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

I tried it and loved it for the SUPER lightweight coverage.  I am NOT a foundation user and don't want to be one, but this goes on like any other face cream (so you don't have to worry about lines) and it basically fades right in without any cakey feeling.  So how the heck does it add a slight coverage?...who knows, but it sure does for this girl!  I use the light shade and it's just right for priming and evening out skin tone.  Also doesn't hurt to add SPF and oil control (I still also apply an oil control SPF moisturizer before applying this for added oil control).

I haven't used it long enough to see if it has any over time skin improvement effects, but it's become a staple now in my everyday routine! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

How do all these little treasures travel?! Makeup bag review

After many a random makeup case has been sitting in my bathroom (mostly from some sample give-a-away), I finally decided maybe I needed a more chic traveling makeup bag.  Normally my caboodle-like carrier does the trick...but lets face it...its not pretty.  :(  And how can all this beautiful, pricey goodness not travel a little more luxuriously.

I started by looking at bags by Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, etc...However, while these are all super cute, its really just a bag with no organization and little space.  And that's just not good enough for a makeup junkie!  So I settled on this...

Sephora Collections Large Hanging Travel Bag (Retail - $48)

The one on top is the closed view, the one to the left is the open view. 

Its a big bag...bigger than it looks here, but PERFECT to carry everything you need.  Especially brushes...which I like to keep as clean and upright as possible. Those suckers are pricey!!  It's also nice to use all the different pockets for clear, quick-use organization.  I haven't used the hanging feature yet, but I assume it may come in handy for a hotel with little counter space. 

And...Sephora has a "chicweek" coming up.  15% off between April 11-22!!