Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder


Today I'm talking about one of my favorite and inexpensive setting powders, Coty's Airsupun Loose Face Powder. This face powder has been around since the 1930's, and is one of the best setting powders I've ever tried. This finely milled, transluscent powder sets my foundation without adding any weight or cakiness to my face, and I can apply this throughout the day to get rid of any shine without it ever looking heavy or obvious. The only downside is that is smells like your grandma's perfume, but it only lasts for a minute before disappearing. I found mine at Walgreens for around $4, and the giant container will last ages. I would definitely recommend this if you're looking for an inexpensive, high quality setting powder!


DIY Beauty: Shine-Enhancing Hair Treatment

I'm back with another DIY beauty post, this time for the hair. I find that my hair often lacks shine and can just look a little lackluster. For shiny hair combine:
2 eggs
4 tablespoons mayonnaise (make sure its real mayonnaise and not miracle whip)
Whip the eggs together, mix with the mayonnaise and add to dry hair from scalp to ends. Cover with a shower cap and let sit for 30 minutes (or 15 minutes if you cover hair with hot towel) before rinsing. I like to shampoo and condition after this treatment so my hair doesn't smell like mayonnaise.

This mask utilizes the protein, fat and cholesterol in the eggs and mayonnaise to deep-condition hair and add a lovely shine. While this mask is not the most glamorous, it is one of the most effective I've found and is incredibly affordable. Let me know how you like this mask if you try it!

John Freida Luxurious Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

Let's talk hair for a minute. My hair is quite long and thick, which makes it hard to get a boost at the roots, but I've found a shampoo/conditioner combo that works together to create great, natural-looking volume. I don't want sky-high hair, but I also don't want my hair to stick to my scalp. John Freida Luxurious Volume Shampoo and Conditioner provide a happy medium between volume and moisture. I find most volumizing products to be really drying, which isn't good as my ends are quite dry. This combo smells great and leaves my ends feeling hydrated while giving volume at the root. A killer combo definitely worth checking out if you're in the market for an affordable volumizing shampoo and conditioner.

The "Leave" Products


Today I'm talking about a few products that just didn't impress me. Let me start out by saying, I do not mean to offend anyone, and if you love these products please tell me how you use them as I could be doing something wrong in application. But these are four products I've been testing and just haven't loved.

The first is Neutrogena Skin Clearing Blemish Concealer. I'm a pretty big lover of concealers, so the idea of a concealer that also fights blemishes really intrigued me. Unfortunately, I just wasn't impressed by this one. I found it to be really drying, it didn't last long, and also didn't give great coverage.

Second were the Cucumber Lemon wipes from Love & Beauty, from Forever 21. I put these in my basket on a whim when I was shopping online to get free shipping, but when they arrived I just was not into these wipes. They didn't remove makeup at all, they just smeared it around my face. They smelled nice, but were also pretty dry and overall just not what I'm looking for in a makeup wipe. These were inexpensive, but if you're looking for an inexpensive makeup wipe I would recommend the ELF offering instead.

Next is a body wash from The Body Shop in Chocomania. Now, I usually love The Body Shop's products, but I've tried a few body washes and just haven't loved them. I find that they don't lather all that well, and don't clean very well either. I find that especially after a day in the sun, these don't make me smell very nice and for the price, I think I can find better.

Finally, the Rimmel GlamEyes Eyeshadow Trio in Ombrette. I hesitate to put this product in this post because it isn't a bad product, I just think that there are better out there. These shadows were chalky and hard to build up, leaving me with a less-than-satisfactory eye look. The colors are beautiful, and normally I love Rimmel products, but these just didn't do it for me.

Whew! There we go, four products I just didn't love. Do you love any of these products?

Philosophy Hope in a Jar A to Z Cream


Oh, BB creams. I think we're all getting a little sick of the trend, but this a to z cream really is worth mentioning. I got this as a gift from my mom, and to be honest I didn't expect much. I've tried several BB creams and have never really been impressed, but I have totally fallen in love with this product, so much that it is almost gone (something that rarely happens to me with foundations, I just have too many!).
This is basically a very hydrating, light-to-medium coverage tinted moisturizer. What I love about this product is that it can be built up to medium coverage, and stays put all day. The finish is semi-matte, but I find that even on the hottest days I never get too shiny. After using this product, I'm definitely going to be looking more into Philosophy's other foundations! Have you tried this product?

Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask

I think we all know by now that I'm a face mask addict. So when I spotted this Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask, it very quickly made its way into my basket. This was my first product by Elizabeth Arden and I was pleasantly surprised by this mask. I have many hydrating masks, and this one is one of my favorites. You apply the thick light pink cream to the skin, and it provides a cooling sensation which I really liked. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and then either wipe off with a tissue or rinse off. I tried removing the mask both ways and definitely prefer to rinse it off, as I find it can be a bit sticky to leave on the skin. My skin was left much more smooth and soft, and I loved that it worked in only 5-10 minutes, as it's great for mornings when my skin is feeling particularly dry. I wash my face and put this on first thing in the morning, wear it while I'm making my coffee and breakfast, and rinse it off before continuing on with my regular skincare routine. This mask is definitely one to try out if you're looking for a nice hydrating mask!

Video: Empties (Products I've Used Up)

I'm back with my very first empties video! I love watching these kinds of videos and am super excited to do my own!

DIY Beauty: Calm and Clear Mask

I'm back with another DIY beauty post! This time it is for a mask for calming and clearing the skin. You'll need:
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/4 Cup Whole Milk
Mix (quickly!) the sugar into the milk to form a thick paste (without letting the sugar dissolve), then apply to skin and let dry for about 15 minutes before rinsing off.

This mask is great because the sugar exfoliates the skin and the whole milk hydrates and soothes the skin. I love this mask when my skin is breaking out or is irritated, as I find this mask really helps to calm the skin down while gently exfoliating. Just be sure to act quickly with this mask or the sugar will dissolve and you'll have to start over. I like to add the milk to the bowl before measuring the sugar as this helps me work faster to get the mask on my face. Let me know what you think of this mask if you try it!

Liebster Award

Well the lovely Emily from Hello From Emily nominated be for the Liebster Award. Thank you so much Emily, I loved getting to check out your gorgeous blog!

THE RULES
  • I thank the blogger who tagged me.
  • I say 11 facts about me.
  • I answer the 11 questions written by the person who tagged me.
  • I write my own 11 questions.
  • I tag 11 up and coming bloggers.

Eleven Facts About Me
  1. I'm graduating in December with a degree in Early Childhood Education.
  2. I love dinosaurs, peacocks, hedgehogs and Star Wars.
  3. I love watching old movies and musicals and my favorites are Breakfast at Tiffany's, Charade and Singin' In The Rain.
  4. My four favorite bands/musicians right now are Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Tori Kelly, Wakey!Wakey! and The Neighbourhood.
  5. I love Christmas so much I wouldn't let my roommate take down our Christmas tree until late April...and even then I tried my hardest to convince her to let us keep it up year round ;)
  6. My favorite foods include Ramen, dinosaur chicken nuggets, pb&j sandwiches, and the chicken strips from Culvers.
  7. I'm a nanny for two girls ages 2 and 5...and I love my job because I'm pretty much a giant child that gets paid to play.
  8. My favorite place in the world is Hawaii, and I want to visit again soon!
  9. I am terrible at winged liner.
  10. I live with my best friend since age 11, Morgan.
  11. I am naturally a night owl, but I wake up at 5:30 during the week and 7 during the weekends because I want to be a morning person!
Answers to Emily's Questions
What is your dream career?
I would love to either be a full-time blogger, or (more likely) own my own in-home daycare, once I have my own kids. 
How often do you have no-makeup days?
I work Monday-Thursday, so my no-makeup days usually fall on Friday-Sunday...I love no-makeup days and wish I had more of them!
What's the weirdest food you've ever eaten?
I once ate a green-apple sucker with a cricket inside. Crickets taste disgusting, don't eat them!
How many languages can you speak?
1.5...I speak English (obviously), and I took Spanish all throughout high school and the first part of college, so while I used to be almost fluent in Spanish I am quickly losing my skills through lack of practice! I can still comprehend almost everything though, and have decent conversational skills.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Hawaii! Hands down, favorite place ever.
 What's on your to-do list for tomorrow?
I actually have lots of school stuff to do tomorrow...class registration, a paper to write, 2 quizzes and 3 chapters of a textbook to read! 
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I'd like to say Hawaii, but I'm afraid living there full-time would make me appreciate it less. I would actually love to live in London, there seems to always be something going on!
What's your favourite item of clothing at the moment?
I recently bought a gorgeous black romper that has lace detailing and is really flattering...I'm kind of obsessed!
 Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? (And did you get Noah & The Whale stuck in your head just then like I did? We could be walking in a zooooo)
I did just get that song stuck in my head, so thank you for that ;) In five years I will be 26, so hopefully by then I will still be loving blogging and nannying, and maybe also have a significant other? Who knows! I'm very happy with my life at the moment, and I will be satisfied with whatever my life is like as long as I'm still surrounded by loving and supportive people and doing what I love.
What do you do in your spare time, other than blog?
I absolutely love cooking and trying out/creating new recipes...I also love reading, watching movies, drinking coffee, nannying (which is my job, but also something I really really love doing), and of course playing with my 3-month-old niece, Sophie :)
Why did you start your blog?
I've been reading blogs for years, and kept feeling like I had things to say! I was scared for a long time to start because I was afraid no one would like it or read it, but I've come to realize that even if no one else reads my blog, I absolutely love doing it. There's a quote I love that goes "So don't be afraid to make mistakes, to stumble and fall, because most of the time the greatest rewards come from doing the things that scare you the most. Maybe you'll get everything you wish for. Maybe you'll get more than you ever could have imagined. Who knows where life will take you. The road is long and in the end, the journey is the destination." I realized that I was letting my fear of failure keep me from blogging, which was silly. So I started my blog in April and have been loving it ever since!

My Questions
  1. What's one makeup/beauty thing you wish you were better at?
  1. What's one thing you would tell your 13-year old self?
  1. Favorite drugstore product?
  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  2. If you could have one wish granted, what would your wish be?
  1. What is your biggest goal in life?
  2. What’s your biggest beauty pet-peeve?
  3. Favorite type of candy/desert?
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  5. Where is your favorite place on earth?
  1. Favorite perfume?
I Nominate...

These are the blogs I've been loving lately...Sorry if you've already been nominated before, it was so hard to find bloggers that I was loving that hadn't already received this award. 

Thanks again for nominating me, Emily! 

Freeman's Facial Enzyme Mask


I was recently in Ulta (are we surprised?) doing a bit of shopping and came across the Facial Enzyme Mask from Freeman's. I personally am a huge fan of Freeman's products and use several of their masks on a weekly basis. I'm also in love with the REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, and I thought this mask might be a drugstore alternative.

I was pleasantly surprised when I used this mask. First, it smells like fresh pineapple which I absolutely loved. You smooth the mask on clean dry skin, leave for 10 minutes and rinse off. When I rinsed this mask off, I found my skin to be much more smooth and bright. While this mask isn't anywhere near as strong and the REN mask, it did a great job exfoliating my skin and leaving it smooth. I would recommend this to anyone who is hesistant to buy the $50 REN mask and wants to try something similar. At $3.99, the price of this mask really can't be beaten!

E.L.F Lip Exfoliator

Today I'm talking about a product that I use daily, but have neglected to talk about here. I'm talking about the E.L.F Lip Exfoliator, which is essentially a lip scrub in a handy tube form. This sugar scrub exfoliates beautifully and comes in the best packaging ever. I get really annoyed using tubs of lip scrub because I find it messy and I honestly just can't be bothered. But this product has me exfoliating every day! It leaves my lips soft and smooth, and I will definitely be repurchasing!

Video: Bought It and Forgot It

Here's my newest video, a bought it and forgot it video where I challenge myself to use up some products that have been neglected in my collection!


Favorite Concealers

 

 Concealers are one of the products I just couldn't live without. So when one of my friends sent me a text asking me for a concealer recommendation, I figured I should write a post on my very favorites. I have four concealers, each with their own purpose.

The first is E.L.F. Maximum Coverage Concealer. I use this almost as a foundation primer when I'm using a lighter coverage foundation. Creamy and blendable, I stipple this on the places I need extra coverage, and since it sets so quickly, I can apply my regular foundation after that for more coverage without looking heavy or cakey. I find that I need to use this concealer with a brush though, as it just doesn't sit right on my skin when I use my fingers.

The next is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, which I think we all know by now I love. This concealer does it all, and most times when I travel this is the only concealer I pack as I find it is great for blemishes and under the eyes. For best results I apply this to my skin and then let it set partially for a minute or two before I blend for maximum coverage.

Next I have the Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Spots Concealer, which was the first concealer I ever really loved. This isn't the best for full-coverage, but it looks incredibly natural on the skin so I like it for a lighter makeup look. This one comes in especially handy in the summer as it stays on even through the hottest and sweatiest days.

Finally comes the most high-coverage option, Hard Candy's Glamoflauge. This one is seriously high coverage, and covers pretty much everything without problem. The downside to this one is that it is a bit drying, so I don't use this everyday. This product comes out on the days when my skin just isn't looking great, or for special occasions when I want to look flawless.

What is your favorite concealer?



DIY Beauty: Hydrating + Blemish Fighting Mask

Today I thought I'd do something a bit different and share one of my favorite DIY face masks. Using two simple ingredients, this mask hydrates and helps fight blemishes. You only need two ingredients:
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon Raw Honey
Whisk egg and then stir in honey, then apply thin layer of mask to face (I use a cheap foundation brush since the mixture is quite runny) and let it set for 20 minutes before rinsing off.

This mask is great because the egg serves two purposes: the egg white helps to tighten the pores and the egg yolks are rich in fat and cholesterol, which helps to hydrate and reduce the appearance of acne scars and blemishes. The raw honey is antibacterial and hydrating, and the combination of the honey and egg really help to moisturize the skin and fight acne at the same time.

I've been doing this once or twice a week and I love the results! Let me know how you like it if you try it!

Sephora Color Reveal Lip Balm


When I was in Sephora recently, I came across their Color Reveal Lip Balm, a balm that adjusts to your body's personal PH level to give the perfect pink shade for your body. Intrigued, I picked it up and have been in love ever since. This balm is hydrating and leaves the most lovely natural pink tone on my lips. Slightly glossy but not sticky, this balm is the best for no-makeup makeup looks, or when you have a strong eye look going on. I'm about halfway through my tube and will definitely be repurchasing over and over. Have you ever tried this balm?


May Favorites

My May Favorites video is up! Here are the products I've been loving this month.



Chemical Exfoliants


Today's post is something I've been meaning to do for awhile now. As I've recently started using Retin-A, my skin has been quite dry and flaky, meaning I've needed to bump up the exfoliating products I use. While I used to be fiercely loyal to St. Ives Apricot Scrub (cringe), I've moved on to using chemical exfoliants as I feel they're more gentle on my skin and perform better.

First up is a product that is seriously pricey but worth every penny, Kate Somerville ExfoliKate. This is a combo of manual and chemical exfoliants, and you are instructed to apply the scrub to your face, massage and then leave for up to 2 minutes. I find that my skin tingles quite a bit when I use this, so if you're seriously sensitive skinned this is maybe not the product for you. However I find that the combination of chemical and manual exfoliants really leave my skin baby soft and smooth.

Next is a mask that I'm sure you're all sick of me talking about. It's the REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, and I did a full review of it here. The short version is that this mask is one of my holy grails, and uses a combination of fruit acids to exfoliate the skin and leaves it glowing and bright.

Third is the most gentle (and affordable) option, First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. I use these morning and night to aid in exfoliation. If I wasn't on a retinol, this would probably be the only product I use, as it is gentle but effective when used daily. If you're new to chemical exfoliants, this is definitely one to check out.

Finally comes the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel, which I've done a full review of here. This is the exfoliant I reach for most often, as it's a bit more affordable than the ExfoliKate. This is a gel you apply to clean dry skin and massage it in. As you massage, it literally peels your skin off which sounds a bit dodgy but is totally amazing. This leaves my skin so soft and it stays soft for the longest when I use this product.

That's it for me, four products that have been totally saving my skin lately. Any other products you think I should check out?