Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Beauty Items

Hello Beauties welcome back to the blog, long time no chat! I know it has been a long time since I’ve posted on here. The long and short answer has been we have been remodeling our house, entertaining our family, and enjoy this summer before our little girl starts school and our handsome little man turns one! Time sure flies, but anyways today’s post isn’t on the kids, but a beauty post, well a haul! Haul posts are some of my favorite types of posts to read and watch, I also enjoy a good empties post as well. This may seem creepy but I like to know what products people are finishing up and whether or not they are going to repurchase the product. 

Anyways for those of you who don’t know or who aren’t familiar with Nordstrom, let me tell you you are missing out. Nordstrom is one of my favorite stores to not only purchase shoes, clothes, and accessories for me and my family but makeup as well, and right now Nordstrom is having its Anniversary Sale. From now till July 22 is the pre-sale, nordstrom card members can shop right now. And July 23 to August 7 or 8 the sale is open to the public. Today I am going to be sharing with you what beauty products I picked up in store and the products I ordered online. And ladies let me tell you, this sale does not disappoint!

The first two items I have to share with you are Bobbi Brown kits, Bobbi On Trend: Cheek and Bobbi Brown: Bobbi on Trend Lip Trio. The cheek palette comes with three products, Bronzing Powder in Golden Light, Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Exclusive Belize, Blush in Pretty Pink, and a Mini Face Blender Brush. The bronzer in this trio is beautiful, its a red/brown balance that looks soft and natural on the face. The blush is the perfect pink shade to create a healthy flush on the skin and for me personally I find the illuminating bronzing powder in exclusive belize to be more of highlight or blush topper. This kit retails for $50 but is a $92 value.

The nude lip palette also retails for $50, but its a $81 value, inside this kit you receive THREE full size products, Art Stick in Brown Berry, Sheer Lip Color in Pink Buff, and a lipgloss in Pretty Pink Sunset. I’m someone with fair skin and this lip trio makes a perfect darker lip set for me but if you are someone with a tan or darker skin this would be a true nude. 

Continuing with the nude lip sets, I also purchased the YSL ‘Rebel Nudes’ Set, retailing for $72 ($108 Value), this was one lip trio I knew I couldn’t pass on. YSL makes some of my favorite lipsticks, but to be honest their pricey and something I considered to be more of a splurge item than an everyday purchase. In this trio you receive all full size products, the Rouge Volute Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipstick #47 Beige Blouse, Rouge Glossy Stain #07 Corail Aquatique, Plump Glossy Stain in #200 Pump Up, and a cosmetics bag. I haven’t had a chance to wear these lipsticks yet, but from the swatches on my hand I can tell you I’m especially in love with the Beige Blouse lipstick and the Glossy Stain. Sooo Pretty!

My next two items I have to share with you are beauty tools, the beauty blender ‘Beauty’s Best Friend Set and Sigma ‘The Power Pair’ Set. For years new I have been completely obsessed with the beautybelnder, I mean I use it almost every day I wear makeup to apply bb cream, foundation, cream highlight, blush, bronzer, concealer, you name it I’m obsessed with this little sponge. So when I saw online they had a beauty blender set with TWO beauty blenders and the solid makeup cleanser, I knew immediately this set was a must have for me. I mean one beauty blender retails for $20 on its own and the soap is $16, so basically you are getting a second beauty blender for free. Thats an awesome deal in my mind. But just as a quick heads up, I did try to purchase this set in my local Nordstrom and the lady there told me they sold out of them on the first day, so if you are truly interested in snagging this deal I would recommend ordering it online, like I did plus I got to use ebates so I get a tiny percent back which is always nice. 

Sigma ‘The Power Pair’ set was one item I picked up in Nordstrom as sort of an impulse buy. For a number of years I have been considering purchasing a brush cleansing mitt or mat, but for whatever reason I always seem to forget so when I saw this mat in the store and the lady at the counter explained to me how she uses it every week,how well  it deep cleanses her makeup brushes without all the mess of having to use your hands or getting product all over your bathroom counter I knew I was sucked in. I also told myself the full size F80 Flat Kabuki brush is going to make an excellent addition to my brush collection since I don’t already own one. 

I know that I have shared a massive amount of purchase with you this morning, but I feel like all the products I bought are products I have been either wanting to try or something that I know I’m going to be needing or find useful. 

I also wanted to take a quick moment to recommend a few other items to you: 
  • MAC has several lip and eye kits available. if you are someone who enjoys MAC or looking to explore the brand, this would be a fantastic way to try the line. 
  • Nars ‘Nordstrom’s Best’ Cheek Palette. I had really considered purchasing this palette for myself but I already own a full size Laguna bronzing powder, orgasm and deep throat blush so I couldn’t really justify picking up the palette. 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Studio’ Set, if you love or looking to try the pomade. This is another set I really thought long and hard about buying. 
  • My favorite deodorant that I use everyday, the Donna Karan ‘Cashmere Mist’ set. You get three deodorants and a sample size of the mist for $60, an amazing value!
  • Any of the CLARISONICs, I use my Clarisonic Mia 2 every night before bed, it is a skincare must in my routine. 
And there you have it beauties, my purchases and recommendations for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you plan on shopping this sale or already have let me know your recommendations in the comments. I love to try new product! Have a wonderful week beauties! 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Kate Spade Table Setting

Hello Beauties, Happy Sunday! How is your holiday weekend shaping up? I know this time tomorrow me and my little family will be sitting on big blanket down by the river and waiting for the fireworks. My five year old can’t wait! But today I am here to share with you a table setting, now I know that may sound crazy but for the past few months I have been dying to update my dinnerware to something a bit more unique. Well ladies and gentlemen I think I have finally found the perfect mix and match set of stripes, dots, and kelly green that you are sure to want in your own home. 

What are your thoughts? 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paints

Hello Beauties, I hope all of you are having an amazing week. I know in my house we are counting down till the weekend. We have several renovations projects going on in our new house and I have a fun shopping trip planned this weekend. Perhaps I will share with you some new clothing items I am sure to purchase. Today we are going to be talking about Maybelline’s new Color Jolt Lip Paints. At a recent trip to Walmart I discovered these new additions to Maybelline’s line! And when I saw these lip paints I knew I had to purchase at least one of these beauties. I ended up picking up the shade “Never Bare”, a true pink lip shade. An everyday lip shade, but don’t worry if you are someone who enjoys a brown nude, a purple, a red shade they have something for you as well. All in all the collection has eight shades. 

Lets talk a little more about the packaging and product itself. The lip paints come in a tube with a sponge applicator. I can’t say all of the lip paints are like mine, but mine is highly pigmented and creamy. Be warned a small amount of product goes along way, if you use to much product it will become a mess on your lips. 

Iff you like this product or are looking for a wider color selection I would recommend the Too Faced “Melted Lipsticks”. They too have creamy, highly pigmented lipsticks, that come in a tube packaging with a sponge applicator on the end. Either product you purchase I am sure you are going to be pleased!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Yucca Houseplant Care

Hello Beauties, long time no post! But today I am back with a whole new blog series. A household plant series. I don’t know why but it seems I have become obsessed with indoor house plants this year, well that and white walls. Weird obsession, I know! Anyways today I am going to be sharing with you one of my favorite household plants, the yucca. 

Yuccas come in a wide range of colors, from green to blue tint in color with spiky leaves. Sometimes you’ll find white, cream, or even yellow on the leaves depending on the type of yucca you purchase. Long spiky leaves grow out of wood stem known as a cane. My yucca tree only has one cane, but I’ve seen `other plants at my doctors office, realtors, and the green house that has multiple stems growing side by side in the same pot. 

Yucca’s are extremely easy to grow! Once you have potted your yucca in your home, place it in a room with bright, indirect light. You’ll know if your yucca is receiving to much light by its leaf. If the leaves have brown or white spots on them, move them back from the light. 

Yucca’s make very good indoor and outdoor plants. The require little care, making them somewhat drought resistant. In addition to needing little water, they also can survive in poor quality soil with little fertilization. However I would recommend a three to one mixture of soil and peat to help the pot dry out and keep root rot from occurring. 

Overall yucca’s are easy to grow plants. They are a wonderful addition to any gardner, beginner to expert. They require little to no maintenance, but beware of frost! They don’t like cold weather. Be sure to pot them in roomy pots, be sure to mix peat in with there soil to help the pots drain better, to keep root rot from occurring. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

L'OREAL Lumi Cushion Foundation

Hello Beauties, I know that its been a long time since I had a great new drugstore item to share with you until today! Today we are going to be talking about the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation. I have been dying to try out a cushion foundation for some time now, but it has been extremely difficult to find one that comes in a light enough shade for me. Until I stumbled upon a display of this foundation at Target. The display was broken up into three categories, cool, warm, and neutral shades. I picked up the shade N2, the lightest neutral shade they make. But with a range of 12 different shades, I’m certain you can find a color to match you! 

The product comes in a very neat compact, much like you would find powder in. When you open the top lid you’ll see a nice size mirror and the a sponge to apply the product, you’ll then lift this little door to get to the foundation soaked cushion. I have to admit I’m one of those people that likes to touch everything, so I couldn’t resist touching this cushion. The foundation itself is incredibly light weight. Through trial and error (and a week or so of being completely annoyed with this product) I’ve found the best way to build this foundation up is with my beauty blender. Simply wet your beauty blender (or makeup sponge, you can even use disposable cosmetic wedges from the store) and lightly tap it into the product. Keywords LIGHTLY TAP, you want to work with this product in thin layers to build able up the coverage. If you put to much of this product on at once it will lay on top of your skin and remaining sticky. I would also recommend staying away from foundation brushes, the densely packed makeup brushes can cause the foundation to smear or even buff it off the skin. The beauty blender is truly the way to go! 

Once you have your foundation on your skin and you’ve completed your makeup, I like to set everything with a setting spray (particularly the Urban Decay “All Nighter”). Your skin is then left with a glowy, luminous look without looking oily. And this foundation wears well throughout the day with minimal touch ups. 

To sum everything up let’s review the pro’s and con’s.





$15.99 is a lot of money for a drugstore foundation, but with coupons and loyalty programs, I’m sure you can probably find this product for closer to $10. 

What are your thoughts on L’Oreal Lumi Cushion foundation? Is it a must try or a pass for you? 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Dressing Room Design Ideas

 Hello Beauties, Happy Monday! Today I have a new kind of post to share with you. I have been waiting for sometime now to announce the purchase of my new home. This time last year I attempted to purchase another house. A lovely colonial home, with a charming yard and governor circle in the front… sadly after two attempts to purchase the home the house did not appraise and we had to walk away. Heart broken to say the least. But I can happily say now I’m actually pleased the house didn’t go through now. In this past year I’ve been able to really think about the house and the style of home I want  and with a little luck I have finally found the perfect home for me and my little family. A retro mid century modern brick home. In today’s post I’m going to be sharing with you some design ideas I have complied for the dressing room in the master bedroom. 

The first item of business in this adorable little room is the wallpaper, I can’t wait to remove this blue wallpaper with flowers. I plan to repaint all of the walls white, replace the sliding glass doors, and place a watercolor cactus wallpaper on the opposite wall of the glass doors. I think this wallpaper is going to add a little bit color and life in this room. In addition to adding the cacti wallpaper in the room for color I also plan on placing one of my favorite house plants in this room. My yucca tree is going to love all the natural light this room receives! 

Removing the pink carpet and placing a light colored floor is also going to do a world of good of brightening and lightening this place and remove the dated formica and placing a quartz top is going to add a nice touch to counter top and I won’t have to worry about staining the counters with makeup or nail polish. 
This is a quick pictures I took during one of the many visits I have made to this house,but I wanted to share with you a vague idea of what this room currently looks like.
What changes would you make to this adorable little dressing room? 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sephora Play Box May 2016

Hello Beauties, I hope all of you are having an amazing week, today we are going to be talking about my newest subscription love the Sephora Play Box. About six months ago I canceled all of my beauty subscriptions to Ipsy and Allure. I found each month that I received boxes from them I was never really wowed and if I did like a product it was difficult to find to purchase a full size. So after many months of disappointed I finally canceled both subscriptions and vowed to lay off the beauty boxes. Well let me tell you that vowel lasted all of three of four months before I stumbled upon the Sephora ‘Play Box’ on Youtube and knew I needed to try this beauty box out. And I must say that this May box is my third box and I’m really very impressed with the products in all three of my boxes! Let me show what’s inside my May box, so you can judge for yourself. 

Atelier Cologne ‘Orange Sanguine’ I have to admit that I’m not usually impressed with perfume samples, and this particular sample is no different. If you like the scent of bitter orange this is the smell for you and believe on some people this smell could be lovely, but thats not the case for me. But I wanted to share this product first because its the only product in the box that makes me go ….meh this isn’t for me. 

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in  ‘Kimchi’ I have been obsessed with all Bite Beauty products since I discovered them in Sephora two or three years ago! And this lipstick does not disappointed! The creamy high pigmented lipstick delivers hydration and beautiful color in swipe. I also learned in the booklet insert that this particular line of Bite Lipsticks contain coconut oil and pomegranate oil. Coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and hydrating, while pomegranate oil moisturizes and protects from environmental damage with antioxidants. How neat is that? 

Tarte Tartesit Lip Crayon in ‘Latergram’ This long lasting, creamy lip liner applies to the skin like a dream. Providing beautiful color to the lips, that doesn’t exaggerate dry lips. I’m especially in love with the color of this lip liner. One of the tips included in booklet for this lip liner suggest using the liver liner to line and fill in the corner of your lips. Then dab a bit of clear gloss in the center of the lips to blend the colors. This will leave your lips with a lovely soft nude shade. I think I know what lip color I’ll be wearing tomorrow and the next day and the next day…lol

Origins Maskimizer + Drink Up & Clear Improvement Masks I’ve read about this innovate primer mist that is designed to be sprayed onto the skin before applying your face mask. I’m extremely leery and fascinated at at the same time. I can’t wait to try this product out with both of the little sample size masks! 

Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial When shopping for a face mask, I always lean towards products that are designed for dry skin, unfournately this makes me prone to over looking some more interesting masks like this one from Korres. This wild rose sleeping facial mask is designed to brighten the skin and moisturize the skin with wild rose oil. From what I read online this product designed to not only brighten but to moisturize and provided anti-aging benefits as well. Your never to young to start concerning yourself about anti-aging products in my mind! 

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask Being someone that loves to explore new beauty products, I was intrigued by this new mask to Sephora. To be honest I’ve never even heard of this brand and might have even passed on this product if I would have saw it in store, due to the fact I’m unfamiliar but since I received a deluxe sample of this product in my beauty box I find myself eagerly awaiting to try this mask out! This product claims to be a hydrating treatment made with naturally derived ingredients to restore and replenish hair. As someone with dry hair I have high hopes for this mask.

And that completes the list of the items I received in my May Sephora Play Box. If you don’t have a beauty subscription or maybe you have one already, you need to try this one ASAP I promise you wont be disappointed!