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.

PRO’S:

NICE COLOR RANGE, EASY APPLICATION, BUILD-ABLE COVERAGE,  LONG LASTING

CON’S:

PRICE

$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! 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wrapping a Flower Bouquet


I think all of us at one point or another has had one of those moments where we forgot an important event like a birthday, dinner with friends or a loved one and we needed to pick up a quick gift. So you run into the grocery store, grab a bottle of wine, and bouquet flowers. But who wants to deliver flowers in cellophane that has a price tag? Instead I have a quick five minute or less wrap job that will leave your bouquet looking ready to impress! 

What you need: 
wrapping paper (cellophane or brown paper will work as well)
ribbon
clear tape
bouquet 
  1. Start out by folding your paper in half at a slight angle. Place your flowers in the middle of the paper. 
  2. Fold one half of the paper over the flowers at an angle and then the other side! Use a small piece of clear tape to hold the paper in place. This is a good point to adjust the paper around the flowers to create the cone shape or you can bend your paper down to better see the flowers. Either way I’m sure your flowers will look beautiful! 
  3. If you have a few extra minutes and want to add a little something extra to bouquet, take a piece of ribbon and wrap it twice around the base of the paper cone before tying it into a ribbon. I have to admit tying a ribbon isn’t exactly my specialty but I’m rather impressed with how my ribbon turned out in the picture above! 


And there you have it, a beautiful bouquet that is sure to impress any host or hostess!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sephora Skin/Body Haul

Hello Beauties, I hope all of you had a wonderful, but I don’t know about you I”m ready to kick back on the beach and enjoy a relaxing weekend. Not to mention trying out some new products that I picked up at Sephora this week. Which brings me to todays post, a Sephora Skin/Body Haul.

First up is the Sol De Janeiro ‘Brazillian Bum Bum Cream’. That name is a mouthful, but what this product is a fast -asborbing body cream that helps to tighten and smoothen the look of skin. Now that is a pretty big claim considering the fact I’ve tried tightening creams in the past and have been less than impressed by them but we will see how if this particular claim works…. the real reason I picked this product up is for the smell. It simply smells diving and completely reminds me of summer and the beach, the Sephoras website says it smells like pistachio caramel. Yum! 

Keeping with the Sol De janeiro brand I also picked up the ‘Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care’. I don’t know what it is about the summer, maybe its all the sandals I wear but for some reason my feet have a tendency to become dry and unattractive! Hopefully this 2 step system will prevent any issues from occurring! 

I love face mask, so when I saw the Sephora Collection ‘Lip Mask’ for $3 I knew I need to pick at least one of these masks to try out. I picked up the ‘Shea Lip Mask’ to protect and soothe dry lips. 

The last Item have to share with you is probably the one I’m most excited to try out, the Foreo “Luna Play”. I like to start off by saying I am a huge clarisonic fan and I have been for almost three years, but what can I’m a curious. So when I saw the Foreo Luna popping up in Sephora’s a few years ago I was immediately intrigued! But since I already owned the Clarisonic Mia 2, I wasn’t going to purchase another face brush. Until here recently I stumbled across the Foreo ‘Luna Play’. A sample size of the full size brush, that gives you 100 uses. I can’t wait to try this brush out tonight! 


Now that I have shared with you my recent Sephora goodies, what new products have you purchased recently? 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Chanel Bronze Universal

Hello Beauties, today I am going to be sharing with you my number one product for creating a beautiful, natural looking bronze look. With a product that is new to me, but something I have been curious about for years now. Chanel ‘Bonze Universal’. I’m on of those ladies, that wears bronzer year around, there is something about adding that little bit of warmth to your face that gives your skin some dimension or life. Let’s jump right into this little how to/review. 

Before applying my bronzer, I like to go ahead and apply my Erborian BB Creme in Clair (the lightest of the two shades). To apply my cream bronzer the Sephora Classic Multitasker Brush #45. I like to lightly swirl my brush into the product and start applying products to the hairline along my forehead, down the sides of my face, under my jawline, and depending how deep or noticeable I want the bronzer to be. I’ll also apply it very lightly across my chin and the tip of my nose. This helps to create a realistic sun kissed look. Throughout all of this I like to take my time and apply product a little bit at a time. Making sure I BLEND as I go, but if you go a little to heavy don’t worry you can take your beauty blender to help blend out any areas! 
But to be honest this product applies and blends like a dream and I don’t think it would give anyone any issues.  I like to finish of my bronze makeup look with a coral blush, highlighter, mascara, and clear gloss. To ensure everything stays in place I like to give my face a spritz or two of my Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray
I know this bronzer may look a little orange in the swatch above, but I promise you that when you blend it out it looks perfectly naturally. Which is saying a lot for me since I'm so fair, most products have a tendency to look either orange or red. However if you have a darker skin tone I think this product can be built up. 


What do you think? Is this bronzer for you or do you have another product you love?