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Friday, July 19, 2019

Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Eyeliner and Mascara Review

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Not Sponsored: It's no secret that Urban Decay's Perversion has been my favorite mascara since 2015. I always sing its praises! So I was SUPER EXCITED to hear that they came out with a WATERPROOF version of the mascara and an eyeliner. Why did it take so long Urban Decay? I've had a chance to test both out. Let me share my thoughts with you.

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Urban Decay | Perversion Waterproof Eyeliner Fine Point Pen - Sweet
 (can be purchased at Macys, Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, QVC)
This is a black, felt tip liquid eyeliner. It says fine point, but you can draw an array of lines with this eyeliner. From thin to thick lines, it should fulfill everyone's needs. Will it smudge? Will it budge? NOPE! Do you see how hard I'm rubbing my hand in the gif below? You do get a small amount of playtime to remove mistakes while applying, but when this baby sets it is on for good! So that's great for humid, rainy and crying days ;) Make sure you have a strong cleansing balm etc. It took my Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup Melting Butter a couple of times to remove this eyeliner. My Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm broke it down with ease. Urban Decay makes great eyeliners. I prefer their 24/7 pencil eyeliners, just because its easier for me to apply (with a steady hand) and I can smudge the line out. As I get older, I don't like very dramatic looks. But if you like liquid liners, then you should be pleased with this one.

Urban Decay | Perversion Waterproof Mascara - Bittersweet
 (can be purchased at Nordstrom, Ulta, Macys, Sephora, QVC)
Let's quickly talk packaging! I love the drops of water on the packaging that houses this mascara. It's so cool. Ahem, it's also on Too Faced's Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara. Just Sayin! Urban Decay's Perversion Waterproof Mascara is a little different than the regular version. The formula is different. I love a dry mascara, but this one is REALLY dry. The packaging & wand is longer than the original. The brush is fuller than the original. This mascara made both my upper & lower lashes longer, but there wasn't as much volume as with the original. There was also some minuscule clumping. It's ok, but I was expecting the same great original formula only WATERPROOF. So I was a little disappointed. It's nice. It's wearable. It looks great on, but I don't think it looks AS GOOD as the regular formula.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

It's The Small Things A Guy Does That Let's You Know He Loves You

Listen, if you are wondering whether the guy you are with is truly the one for you, know this...

It's the small things he does that will let you know he loves you.
He doesn't have to do anything extravagant to prove his love for you, such as serenading you in the park, shouting his love from the rooftops, or taking out giant billboard ads with declarations of affection.

You don't have to make him prove his love by getting him to search here for the finest diamonds, or by asking him to open his wallet when you're at the shopping mall.

While he might still do those things to show that he loves you, as we said, it is the small things you need to look out for.

It's during the moments when you catch him looking at you
You might be sitting together watching television, and you notice his eyes are fixated on you rather than the screen. You might both be with a group of friends, but you might notice he spends more time looking at you than the people you are with. It's during those moments when no matter how full the room is, and no matter how many distractions there might be, he is entirely focused on you, and nothing else will sway him.

It's when he prefers to spend time with you over his friends
You shouldn't forbid your boyfriend from seeing his friends, but when he actively chooses you over them, no matter how attractive their social suggestions are, you know that he probably loves you. He is making you his priority, and when he's sacrificing his time to be with you, despite missing opportunities to hit the bar, play video games, or watch the big game with his mates, then you know that you are the focus in his life.

It's when he actively listens to you
When you're talking to him about your day, he doesn't just nod his head in an attempt to make you think he cares about what you're saying. When you offload your worries and cares to him, he doesn't have one eye on you and the other on his phone. When you speak to him, he actively listens, genuinely caring about what you are saying with interest and concern. He wants to know more about you. He wants to help where he can. He listens to what you say, and down the line he remembers what you have said; another sign that he is probably in love with you.

It's when he shows you he cares about your life
He encourages you to pursue your ambitions in life, even when you consider sacrificing them for him. He supports you in your decisions and helps you think about other options if he's worried you are going wrong. He cares about your health and helps you give up your worst habits. He wants the best for you, and actively takes steps to help you achieve your goals. It's as if you were an extension of him, as by making you feel complete, he feels complete also.

So, don't worry if he hasn't yet bought you a fancy diamond ring. Sometimes, it is the small things he does that truly proves his love, and if any of the above is true in your relationship, then you know you probably have the right guy for you in your life.

Let us know what you think.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Murad Hydration Review: AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, Prebiotic 4-in-1 MultiCleanser, Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence, Nutrient-Charged Water Gel, Prebiotic 3-in-1 MultiMist, Night Fix Enzyme Treatment

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Murad PR Samples/ Some Murad Purchased On My Own (Not Sponsored): Last month, Murad sent me some products from their Hydration collection. I was so impressed with those products, that I ran out and purchased more from their Hydration Collection. I wanted to see how well all the products worked together. I've been using these products for about a month now, and I'm ready to give you my honest thoughts on each.

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Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser - Supersweet
(can be purchased at ULTA, MURAD, Nordstrom, Macys, Dermstore, Harrods, Birchbox)
The first time I tried this cleanser, I knew it was a winner. It's NOT an everyday cleanser you guys. You only use this cleanser 2-3 times a week. Its an exfoliating cleanser with a combination of AHAs and BHAs (salicylic, lactic and glycolic acids). I have dry, sensitive and reactive skin. This cleanser DID NOT whatsoever irritate me, turn me red or dry me out. My skin felt soft, smooth and exfoliated. So I don't see this cleanser being a problem for ANY skin type. Besides the acids this cleanser also has jojoba beads to manually exfoliate dull skin as well. So its a combination of both chemical and manual exfoliation. There's also sodium PCA which helps skin to retain moisture and elasticity. This cleanser in combination with your regular cleanser should work really well together. I plan on incorporating this product into my skincare regime. Another really good exfoliate by Murad is their Skin Smoothing Polish (review here). 

Murad Prebiotic 4-in-1 MultiCleanser - Bittersweet
(can be purchased at ULTA, Murad, Nordstrom, Macys, Dermstore, Sephora)
This struggled. This is a makeup-removing cleanser with prebiotics. Its suppose to remove dirt, oil and water proof makeup. It removes basic things, such as your foundation, blush, lipstick and eye shadow. I just tried Urban Decay's NEW Waterproof Perversion Mascara & Eyeliner (review soon) and this cleanser struggled to remove it. It took like 3-4 times to get it completely off. Its suppose to nourish with prebiotics and deeply hydrate. It's ok, but I need something stronger when it comes to makeup removal. I much prefer Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and Drunk Elephant's Slaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser. But if you wear basic makeup, this will work for you.

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence - Sweet
(can be purchased at Ulta, Murad, Nordstrom, Macys, Sephora, Harrods)
I haven't tried many essences, but this is a good one. Every face essence I've seen has been in liquid form. This is more like a lightweight cream. I love the packaging. Its housed inside an enclosed pump. When you apply it to your face it gradually sinks in.  What I noticed after using this product was soft, supple and plumped skin. How does this compare to (the only other essence I've tried) Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Tea Facial Treatment Essence? Fresh has an edge on it in two ways (I like Fresh more). It doesn't take long for the Fresh essence to sink into the skin. The Fresh essence INSTANTLY plumps your skin. The Murad essence does a fantastic job ... my skin looked great and hydrated ... but if you want instant results (plumping & hydrating) or feel you need something extra then go with Fresh. My super dry skin needs a tad more hydration & plumping, so I'm sticking with Fresh. The Murad essence will be fine for normal and combination skin types. Dry skin types may need more. This essence has Mexican Blue Agave Leaf Extract (attract & retain water), Glycolic Acid (exfoliate and open pathways to retain water) and a botanical blend of watermelon, apple and lentil (prevention of dryness, flakiness and rough patches).

Murad Nutrient Charged Water Gel - Bittersweet
 (can be purchased at Ulta, Nordstrom, Selfridges, Dermstore, Murad, Macys, Sephora, Harrods)
This is a moisturizer. Murad states that this provides "lightweight hydration that last for days". They go on to say its an, "Intensely hydrating oil-free water gel [that] contains revolutionary Cumulative Hydration-Release Technology that instantly locks moisture to skin and increases retention for up to 5 days." Let me share my experience! It's a pink lavender gel-cream. It felt really good going into the skin. My dry skin drank it up! I felt it gave lightweight moisture to my skin. I just felt I needed more moisture and that this did not provide enough for me. For dry skin types, I don't feel this will be enough. Maybe for normal & combination types. This has a lot of good stuff in it such as Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B9 and E (dryness, wrinkles and soothe skin). It has silicon, iron, zinc, copper and magnesium (skin tone & texture). And it also helps restore the skin barrier. With all of this however, it just wasn't enough for my dry skin.

Murad Prebiotic 3-in-1 MultiMist - Sweet
 (can be purchased at Ulta, Murad, Nordstrom, Macys, Dermstore, Sephora)
The 3-in-1 is that it HYDRATES your skin, REPLENISHES your skin with prebiotics and PRIMES & SETS your makeup. Let me take each individually! It provides superb hydration for your skin. I love the packaging and nozzle because it doesn't wet your skin up. When I sprayed this on my skin, it felt instantly hydrated. My skin soaked it up, because its not heavy. Its like droplets of water. The replenishing factor? It's infused with lots of good things to promote enrichment of good bacteria. My skin looked plump. It had a glow. All of these things are great for priming your skin before makeup application. The only issue I have with this is as a makeup setter. It conflicted a bit with my makeup. It kind of moved things. So I wouldn't use it that way! But anything BEFORE makeup application will be good. Another face mist that I just absolutely LOVE is the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water. It is so good!

Murad Night Fix Enzyme Treatment - Bittersweet
 (can be purchased at Nordstrom, Dermstore, Ulta, Sephora, Murad, Macys)
This treatment works like a sleeping mask (after applying a moisturizer) and is suppose to repair your skin overnight. You're suppose to wake up refreshed, awakened, well rested and more hydrated. This is a medium weight cream. It feels good to the skin and adheres to the skin well. It won't mess up your pillowcases. It doesn't interfere with your sleep. I woke up to smooth, soft and hydrated skin. But there were no bells or whistle for me. Its good, but I feel there's better out there. As far as night-time treatments I prefer Sunday Riley's Good Genes, Fresh Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice, REN Radiance Perfection Serum and Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream, Drunk Elephants TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum & Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (together) and Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate and even Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base depending on your skin's needs. Those are my thoughts! I hope this helps in your decision making.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Future-Proof Your Health And Beauty

While it’s important to embrace your natural beauty, we all know it takes a bit of work to maintain our looks as we age. They say that prevention is better than cure, and that is certainly true when it comes to taking care of your health and beauty.

The lifestyle changes you make now can make a big difference years from now, so take a look at these tips for future-proofing your health and beauty do that you can grow old gracefully.

Image Credit: Unsplash under Creative Commons

Be good to your skin
With so many products on the market these days. It’s difficult not to maintain a good skincare routine. But great skin isn’t just achieved through a three-step regime; there are other factors to think about. Do you drink enough water? Dehydrated skin can make those fine lines appear much more severely, as well as take the elasticity out of your skin. Nourish your skin inside and out, and don’t forget to use sun protection - sun damage can be your worst enemy.

Go for your health checks
Many people will only go to the doctor when there’s something seriously wrong. And while that’s great for freeing up waiting rooms, it is important that you keep up regular health checks to make sure everything is as it should be.

Eye tests to hearing check-ups are important for detecting problems early on, and even if there is a problem, there are better solutions available for early detection. A regular dental check-up can pick up unhealthy teeth and gums and help ensure you’re not left toothless by retirement!

You should also consider ways you can protect things like your hearing and sight. While glasses, contacts and Miracle-Ear hearing aids are available - you could avoid the need for them by keeping the volume down on your devices and making sure you’re not glued to a screen constantly. Learn to make more sensible choices; it could help you more than you know.

Stay fit for all the benefits
Exercise is one of the easiest things you can do to protect your health and beauty as you get older. Staying fit keeps you strong, helps you tone up and can keep you looking younger. If you’re looking for the fountain of youth - exercise is it!

The food you eat can also make a big difference to your health. A diet rich in protein is ideal for healthy skin, hair and nails, so make sure you get your fill. It’s also a good idea to cut back on the junk food, take outs and dinners out. Cooking for yourself more can help you embrace more of the good stuff and helps you avoid the additives and nasties that are found in so many ready-made food products.

It’s easy to take your health for granted, but making those active choices will help you to maintain your mental and physical health, with your radiant beauty making for an excellent added bonus. Are you thinking about your future health and beauty? There’s no better time to start than now.

4 Things A Guy Can Get Wrong When Choosing An Engagement Ring

Some guys get it right when they propose; they go out of their way to make the event monumental. After all, it should become one of the most treasured memories of your entire life. The proposal should set the tempo for the entire marriage. It should be thoughtful, and fundamentally, it should reflect something about your combined personalities.

One of the biggest areas of the proposal to get right is the ring. But there are many ways that a guy can go completely wrong when it comes to selecting the perfect engagement ring.

Not Doing His Homework
If he’s done his homework, he will know your tastes in jewelry. If you are someone that goes for subtlety, you’ll feel uncomfortable with a large rock and lots of ornate design. He should be paying attention to the rings you own and wear. Thinking about your overall fashion style and trying to match the ring to your tastes.

Not Knowing The Size
It needs to be the right size. He can’t just guess your ring size. Yes, rings can be resized, but that’s not ideal as it means that it will be long before you can show it off.

Obviously, all of your fingers are different sizes, so borrowing a ring that you wear might not cut it, he’d need to know that it fits the right finger.

He could enlist the help of one of your friends. Much easier if they use some sneaky ways to find it out without giving the game away.

The other way would be to use a string around your finger while you sleep, and measure the string.

Not Hiding The Evidence
If he’s going to propose, and allow it to be a surprise, he needs to make sure he hides the ring, the receipts, and any credit card statements away.

If you're the kind of couple that share all of their finances already, he needs to come up with some really good excuses as to where the money has gone, assuming you knew it existed already.

Not Thinking About The Wedding Ring
Your wedding ring will need to sit beside the engagement ring, and the two of them will need to fit together well and look good with each other.

Having an idea of the type of wedding band that you’ll end up getting will be important for him when choosing a ring. He needs to have thought about this major point before buying. If he’s wise, he’ll have a chat with a ring specialist at the jewelers, and get some advice.

Not Paying For Insurance
Engagement rings can be costly, but there are quite a few things that could go wrong with them. They could easily get damaged if they are knocked or caught on something, and you don’t want to lose any stones. The other side to the problem is if you lose the ring ever or it gets stolen. By paying a small amount, he can provide you the peace of mind if something upsetting does happen to your ring.

Real Techniques 4 Mini Miracle Complexion Sponges Review

Not Sponsored: I'm a huge fan of makeup sponges. I use them more than I do my makeup brushes. I love the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponges. I use them to apply my foundation, bronzer concealer, and contour. Real Techniques also has Mini Miracle Complexion Sponges (Walgreens, ULTA, Kohl's, Target). I've been skeptical about mini sponges. Do you REALLY need them? I just thought of them as an extra way to make money. There was a sale on these, so I decided to give them a chance (plus I was curious). When I got these, I thought they were really small (to the eye). I thought my fingers would barely be able to hold one. LOL Well, they are the PERFECT fit! If you look at my gif below, these fit perfectly for your under-eye area. That's where I apply my Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector and Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. These mini sponges are gentler and work the product in better (for the under eye area) than the larger sponge. You have a lot more precision and it doesn't move the product like the larger sponge. I'm also using LESS product with these mini sponges. I use the angle tip to apply my concealer. There's also a pointy end to this sponge. This is really good when you're contouring your nose or applying highlighter to your nose, cheeks, cupids bow etc. Real Techniques states you can use these for foundation and powder, but I think they're a little small for those things. I much rather use the larger sponge. I can also see using these for blush application. As you can tell, I really love these. There are so many uses for them. Don't hesitate about purchasing them. Give them a try. Glad I did!

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Monday, July 15, 2019

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access Purchases

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Not Sponsored: I wanted to share with you guys, what I purchased during this years Nordstrom's Early Access Anniversary Sale. 1. I use to detest v-necks, but now they look great on me. So I picked up this Halogen V-Neck Cashmere Sweater. I like that its not too heavy. It has cute side slits. I think it will be a great staple for my wardrobe. 2. Aquatalia! Aquatalia! I've been lusting after their boots and booties for awhile. They always look so chic :) So my splurge for the sale were these Aquatalia Faria Weatherproof Bootie(s) in black. I love the sleekness of them and what a great buckle on the side. 3. Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base. ONE JAR is $60 you guys! During this sale, you can get TWO for $60! I use this stuff day & night. I sing its praises (my review). There's no way I would pass this deal up. My dry skin LOVES it! 4. I also purchased Bobbi Brown's The Essential Deluxe Eyeshadow and Face Palette. I love neutral makeup. I love everyday makeup. I thought this palette was so pretty, so I scooped it up. 5. I'm trying to build up my lounge-wear and night wear, so I purchased these BP Cozy Top, Cozy Shorts and Joggers. You have to purchase them separately and there are a couple of patterns to choose from, but I loved the blue vintage heart design. I thought they were so cute. I love FUN things to relax and lounge around in. So those are the things I purchased you guys! I hope you find some treasures of your own in Nordstrom's Early Access Anniversary Sale (July 12-18, 2019).


What Are The Best Months To Get Married?

Since weddings are typically planned up to a year in advance, it’s often important to pick and choose the right season to get married based on your personal tastes and situation. So in this article, we’re going to break down the benefits of getting married during different seasons.

  • Not a demanding season which means you can find some excellent bargains
  • Great balance of sunlight and evening which makes for a great setting
  • Plenty of opportunities in terms of venues

  • Sadly, it can get quite wet depending on your location
  • Guests may get cold at night
  • Autumn weddings tend to be focused indoors

  • Amazing for festive weddings when tied with Christmas or New Year’s
  • You get the chance to take photos with a sunset backdrop
  • Often much cheaper services 

  • Much higher chance of rain
  • Can get very chilly at times
  • Weddings are usually indoors

  • Warm weather with some minor breezes
  • Excellent indoor and outdoor options
  • Not as demanding on suppliers and other services

  • Fairly high chance of rain
  • Temperatures can drop at night
  • Cloudy days can be a problem

  • Very long days with a lot of sunshine
  • Lowest chance of rain
  • Excellent choice of flowers and decorations (we’ve added an infographic below to showcase this!)

  • Can be a little too hot and sweaty for some people especially if you’re in a suit or wedding gown all day
  • Arguably the most expensive season
  • Most popular season meaning it’s difficult to book on short notice

Infographic from Claddagh Rings

Aveda Cherry Almond Hand And Body Wash & Body Lotion Review

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Not Sponsored: The Aveda Cherry Almond Hand and Body Wash & Body Lotion on Nordstrom's website caught my eye. I love cherry and almond products. These are free from silicones, parabens, gluten, synthetic fragrance, petrolatum, talc and mineral oil. Aveda is also a cruelty-free brand. I'm doing a better job paying attention to those things ;) I initially thought the cherry was like cherries you eat, but this is Aveda. Aveda is plant based, so this cherry is based on cherry blossoms. I love looking at and smelling flowers, but I rarely purchase floral body wash or perfumes. I'm a gourmand girl! Whether you love floral body products or not, I think everyone will love these. These are scented with cherry blossom extract and sweet almond oil (derived from the ripe seed kernels of the almond tree). Both products are 97% naturally derived. The scent is fresh and has a natural sweetness. It's soft and not overbearing or powerful. It's also not F-L-O-R-A-L. To me its definitely more almond with a touch of cherry blossom. A very nice mix. Let me start with the body wash. These bottles are pretty slim, so i was worried that you wouldn't get much. But you only need 2-4 pumps of the body wash in your wash cloth. Add a little water and it lathers really well (for your entire body). The body wash cleans and moisturizes your skin well. It's perfect for Summer! It's lightweight and the scent will definitely lift your mood. I believe in scents and aromatherapy. The lotion (of course) has the same scent. It's a creamy lotion. It provides lightweight moisture. Again, perfect for the Summer season. When you apply the lotion, expect a little stick but it quickly dries down. If you're looking for a lot of moisture or have super dry skin, this will not work for you. This only provides light moisture. I have dry skin, so I just apply a little more. This wouldn't work for me during the winter months, but it's a nice skin treat for the Summer months. If you love this scent, Aveda also makes a Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo (Nordstrom, Harrods) and Cherry Almond Softening Conditioner (Nordstrom, Harrods).

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Aveda Cherry Almond Hand And Body Wash

Aveda Cherry Almond Body Lotion
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