Monday, February 6, 2017

January (2017) Favorites

It's been a while since I've done this so I thought what better way to ease back in then with a favorites? January came and went really quickly, and I can't really say I'm that disappointed. I don't know about you guys, but this girl is ready for some warmer weather, sunshine, and greenery.

My favorites were a mix of old and new and products that I'm sure I'll be loving through spring.

You guys have heard all about this shave balm as a primer and I've been using it off and on for the past couple of years and I like it. It really works and when my skin tends to go crazy oily (like it always does in January for some reason) it is one of the only primers I can use. Also, it's super cheap and you can find it anywhere, 2 major bonuses in my book.

One of my friends gave me this Smashbox BB concealer as the SPF in it made her skin breakout and I was instantly in love. It's so easy with the brush applicator and it really sticks without creasing. It's high coverage, which I prefer and it blends out beautifully. I really have nothing bad to say about this and at $25.00 it's a higher end concealer that doesn't break the bank. You also get a lot of product, I've been using this for months and it's not slowing down. I will definitely purchase this once I'm done with mine.

I have always loved the Real Techniques beauty blender because of the flat end which I feel is just more practical when using to blend out foundation. I was sent this version which combines a unique shape with a flat surface and I, surprisingly, really love it. The shape of it makes it more comfortable to hold then the Real Techniques one with the flat edge that I prefer.

I bought this blush in a set, mainly because that packaging is just so beautiful. I know guys, the packaging, how ridiculous, but I don't expect to be any more practical anytime in the near future so just expect it, okay? It came with a highlight, bronzer, and another blush, all designed to emulate the Hourglass ambient lighting powders. It was super cheap from Ross and I honestly love all the products. They are super smooth and highly pigmented and this blush has been my go-to for the past few months. It's a pretty, glowy peach and just so beautiful on the skin. If you can find the JLB brand in your local Ross I say give it a try, I've been pleasantly surprised!

The last thing I've been loving in January is this book, the Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod. The hubs and I have been reading this together, as it's been highly recommended to us and we've been loving it. We're not quite finished with it, but it is super motivating and definitely a must-read for those of you who have always struggled with getting down a morning routine.

Those are the things I've been loving in January -- What have you guys been enjoying? Happy February friends! XO

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

City Color Matte Lipstick Set

One of the very first matte lipsticks I ever tried was the City Color Matte lipstick in the shade Cappuccino. I loved that lipstick so much that whilst boredly perusing Amazon I decided to check out some of their other shades. When I stumbled upon a set of 6 for $6.00 I couldn't resist and quickly stuck them in my shopping cart. The formula on these lipsticks are one of my favorites. They are super long-lasting and really comfortable to wear as far as mattes go. The set I chose was the bold hues set and all of the lipsticks have vitamin E, something my lips are definitely craving this time of year. I loved 5 of the 6 lipstick shades so definitely a great purchase.

Pink is a beautiful bright matte but as I get older, I don't find many occasions where a bright Barbie pink is really appropriate so I don't reach for the color as much as I used to. I will most likely be passing this color along, although the formula is as good as the others.

 Berry is a bold pink that's really pretty and is richer in color than Pink, so it's right up my alley. This one will be gorgeous in the Spring/Summer.

 Melon is a gorgeous watermelon pink that's just a tinge more peachy then Berry. It's a pretty pink neutral and definitely one that's perfect for everyday.

I've already worn this lipstick a few times. It's in the shade Mauve and it's the perfect dusty rose color which I love this time of year. It's understated but perfect for everyday.

 Red is the most perfect matte red I have come across. It's super pigmented so it comes off super opaque which I love in a matte red and it's that perfect blue-toned red which I personally love.

 Latte reminds me a lot of Cappuccino but it's a lot more brown then Cappuccino is. It's literally the perfect nude, and I love a matte nude lipstick. It's one I will definitely get a lot of use out of.

Going back and doing this post I noticed that only 3 of the colors were actually supposed to come in the set I purchased. Melon, Mauve, and Berry were not actually supposed to be in the set I purchased so I'm happy I ended up liking them. Another thing to note, these lipsticks have a floral perfume-y smell to them which doesn't bother me, but the original formula didn't have that same scent, so if that's something that would bother you then maybe pass on these! If you are interested in buying this (or some version of this) set, then you can find them here

Have you guys tried any of the City Color Matte Lipsticks? What did you think? Happy Wednesday friends! XO

Monday, January 9, 2017

January (2017) Goals

Clearly my blog has gotten off to a rocky start. Although I fully intended to blog all last week my year started off with a terrible cold, so c'est la vie and here I am in week two getting my bearings. Now I'm feeling much better and really ready to get my year off the ground so what better way then to start out with my monthly goals? Last month I managed to complete all 3 of my goals. I finished up school early in the month so I was able to stress less (Although my test is this month to get certified), I cooked way more at home then usual and I did a pretty good clean out of my wardrobe so I'm happy about my progress.

This month I want to focus more on goals that will start my year off positive.

1. First I want to write in my gratitude journal every day. I'm currently reading the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and he suggests writing in your journal in the morning. I like the idea of starting my day out grateful and so I've been trying to incorporate this into my morning routine. So far, so good. I want to continue this all month so it really becomes a part of my daily routine every morning.

2. Eat breakfast. I've never, ever been a breakfast person, aside from a cup of coffee. I know the studies, I know it's healthy, I know the importance for your mind and body to function better, I've just never had the time. Now that I do, I'm hoping to incorporate a healthy breakfast into my mornings.

3. Read every day. Even a few pages. Even 1 page. I want to get back into daily reading. There's just something about reading everyday that makes me feel sharper and my communication skills better. This might be all mental, but I definitely feel like I function on a higher plane when I'm reading often.

What do you guys have planned for the start of your year? How's January treating you so far? Let me know what your resolutions are, I'd love to hear them! XO

Friday, December 30, 2016

Green Root Wellness Organic Matcha Tea

It's common practice that after the indulgences of the holidays we tend to promise ourselves we'll get back to being healthier in the new year. For me, this includes really getting a handle on my diet and one thing I've been wanting to add for quite some time is matcha tea. If you know me, then you know I drink at least a pot of coffee everyday. I'm not talking one of those baby, one person pots. I'm talking those big, 12 cup pots. One thing that's always interested me about matcha tea is that it's supposed to have more caffiene per cup of tea then a cup of coffee. Okay, now we're speaking my language. It's also rich in antioxidants, increases focus, and stimulates metabolism. This one from Green Root Tea only contains organic stone ground Tencha Green Tea. That's literally the only ingredient. If there's one thing I'm definitely into it's organic products, the less ingredients, the better.

Honestly, I never thought I'd be one of those people who put any sort of milk or cream in their tea, but I've found lately that I love the bit of sweetness soy milk gives to it. Honestly, this tea is so good it tastes like a treat, so it's definitely been an easy healthy drink to add to my diet. I'm not going to say I'm ready to replace all of the coffee with this, but I definitely can see decreasing the amount I drink and adding this in place of a few cups.

Have you guys ever tried Matcha tea? What did you think?

If you're interested in this tea or a lot of other great ones you can find them here!

*This post contains products that were sent to me free of charge for my consideration. 
I am not obligated to like the product.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

#InstaNatural Retinol Moisturizer

A little while back I talked about a SkinMedica set I was using that had a retinol serum in it. It was the first time I'd really used retinol although now that I am worried more about fine lines and wrinkles it's definitely something that I plan I keeping in my routine. I really enjoyed using it so when InstaNatural sent me their retinol moisturizer I was really excited. You know I'm a huge fan of InstaNatural products as they contain lots of great vitamins and natural ingredients in their products. I love the fact that this is a moisturizer; for me I feel like this is my preferred way to use retinol. It's a super thick and creamy moisturizer that's really hydrating and super affordable. It's unscented and for me that's great as sometimes scents can really irritate my skin.

I'm definitely happy I've discovered retinol and really, really excited to use it in moisturizer form. Do you guys incorporate retinol in your skincare routine?

Retinol Moisturizer

Monday, December 26, 2016

Colourpop x Hello Kitty

If you know me then you know my love of Hello Kitty and makeup, so when Colourpop joined the two in the Colourpop x Hello Kitty collection I was dying to get my hands on it. Lucky for me, one of my sweet friends gifted me some things from the line for Christmas and I just had to share because it is beautiful. I mean, the packaging alone makes this collection so swoon-worthy. I was spoiled and was given the makeup bag (so cute!) and 3 lip products.

The colors of the bag are so classic and cute. It's a good size and the vinyl material makes it super easy to clean. I love the little kitty heads with red bows.

I love this lippie stix shade in Konichiwa. I am a huge fan of the lippie stix formula, it's one of my absolute favorites. They are super long lasting and super comfortable to wear. This shade is a pretty neutral pink and perfect for everyday.

I wish the camera could pick up how beautiful this shade is in person. It's a lippie stix in the shade Let's Play. It's a satin luxe so it has a sheen to it that is so gorgeous. I wore this Christmas day and it was the perfect pop of playful red. Again, it's super long lasting and I will definitely be wearing this one a lot.

Now I've never been a fan of the Colourpop liquid lipsticks but my friend swears this Satin Lip formula is much more comfortable to wear. This is in the shade Tiny Chum (so cute!) and it's a grey-pink and it is gorgeous. I'm excited to wear this and see how it goes so you may see it in a future favorites.

I love the collection and am impressed by what I've tried so far. Have you guys tried anything from the Colourpop x Hello Kitty range? I hope you guys has a wonderful holiday weekend and a happy start to the new week. XO

Find the collection here

Friday, December 23, 2016

The New Year and Some Changes

Hi friends! It's that time of year again where we sit and reflect on the year that's just passed. I think most of us can admit that 2016 was a whirlwind and a roller coaster, to say the least. So much happened in my year and I can honestly say I'm ready for it to come to a close.

A lot of changes are happening for me as the year comes to an end. The most exciting, but also super scary, is that I'm changing careers! I'm joining my husband in the Real Estate world at the beginning of the year and I am beyond ecstatic. One thing I've definintely learned this year is that time is our greatest commodity, and between my long days and my commute, I've been wasting a lot of my time. It's become impossible for me to live as healthily and happily as I want in my current position so I knew it was time for me to make a change.

While I knew I needed a drastic change to happen it definitely hasn't been an easy decision and is still incredibly bittersweet, even as I'm ready to start a new chapter in life. We are lucky in life to come into contact with so many amazing people, some just in passing and some who become friends. Whether it was my acquaintances who I commuted with or my co-workers who've become family, everyone was incredibly supportive of my decision and the kindness and support I've received restored my belief that the world is full of kind people who truly care about others. As this year comes to a close with so many terrible things going on in the world, I really needed that little boost of faith in humanity and am so very lucky I've gotten the chance to befriend so many wonderful people who have taught me so much.

What does this all mean for the blog? Well my hope is that with my new career comes a lot more time to spend doing the things I love again, including giving my blog some much needed time and attention. As I look back at my blogging year I definitely wish I could have or would have spent a lot more time and effort on it, as I've truly enjoyed blogging and the community that comes with it. To all my friends who have put up with my inconsistency and still came to my blog and showed me so much love, thank you, thank you, thank you. I definitely want 2017 to be a year full of blogging!

I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you who have read a post, commented, or interacted with me on my other social media. You guys are amazing, I'm so happy to be a part of this community, and I wish you all the love and happiness in 2017! XO