Saturday, May 20, 2017

Blasts From the Past: Rediscovering Old Favorites

I've been on what seems like a month long cleaning spree, and now it is time to tackle my makeup drawers. I have cleansed and gotten rid of quite a few products, which feels amazing. I was recently thinking about ideas for a new blog post, and I thought about an old Shop My Stash post I did on my old blog. The idea is to go through your collection, find old favorites, and give them a try again. I thought it was about time to reach into my makeup drawers and rediscover some old favorites. 

The first item I reached for when I decided to do this post is Covergirl's Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in the shade Ivory. I was legit OBSESSED with this foundation for ages! I have extremely oily skin, and this is probably the best drugstore foundation I have ever used. It helped minimize the amount of oil on my face throughout the day, and did not budge. I actually wore it one day when I went on an impromptu trip to the beach, and it was still in tact hours later, even though I went in the water and was sweating my but off. I will definitely be reaching for this a lot this summer. 
NYX Powder Blush in the shade Rose Garden. I was in love with this gorgeous warm-toned pink with golden shimmer. I saw quite a few people talking about it a few years back, and ran to the store to get it. I loved how flattering and natural a flush it gave my fair skin. I was hesitant to try this originally because of the glitter, I am always afraid of my face looking like a children's craft project, but it really is gorgeous in person if you apply it properly and don't overdo it.
I was all about the highlight a few years ago. I mean, REALLY into highlighting. I would buy all of the new ones that hit the market, and quite a few people at that time were raving about the Hard Candy So Baked Illuminating Baked Bronzer in the shade Tiki. It was advertised as a bronzer, but it was really a champagne highlight. Baked products feel so luxurious and expensive, so I loved that Hard Candy brought that to the drugstore. Tiki gives a gorgeous glow that makes you look like a shimmering glowy goddess when you have a tan. I put this on this morning when I did my makeup, and I cannot stop staring at it.
There is an eyeshadow combination that I swore by a few years back, and I decided that this would be the perfect time to bring it back. I start off with the Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in the shade Bad To The Bronze as a base, and layer the L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24 Hr Eyeshadow in the shade Iced Latte to add a nice shimmer and glow. I received so many compliments back in the day when I would wear this combo, so I think I might make this my summer go-to look. Excuse how gross both of these look in the photo. They are very well loved.

I am so glad that I did this. It can be easy to forget how many products I actually own since I typically throw products into drawers whenever I move onto something new. Also, why spend money on brand new products when I have perfectly good products already in my collection? It just doesn't make sense to me. I can't wait to play with these little beauties over the next couple of weeks, and hopefully rediscover my love for them. 

Until next time! Xo

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ipsy: May 2017

It's time for another Ipsy unboxing! I absolutely loved my first bag last month (you can read about it here), and I couldn't wait for my next one. Once again, I couldn't resist the spoilers and totally snooped online. The theme this time around is Summer Friday. I am so excited for summer, and the theme this month is perfect! Is there even a better time then a Friday in summer?
The bag this month is so damn cute! It is a plastic waterproof bag that is covered in an ice cream cone design. Ipsy is killing it this month with the bag. This is definitely going to be used this summer in my beach bag. I love that it is waterproof so that it can be used at the beach or at a pool, and you don't have to worry about your things getting wet or damaged. 
The first item in my bag isn't really a surprise to me. I emailed Ipsy's customer service in April to select one of the items in my box. I knew that I needed to try Briogeo's Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Spray. I emailed Ipsy at, and they were able to accommodate me immediately. Great customer service! I absolutely love spray leave-ins and this one has been on my radar for a bit now. Can't wait to try it!

The next item is a little disappointing to me. I can only use waterproof mascara because of how oily my skin is, so unfortunately I won't be able to try the IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara. It is said to be an ultra volumizing mascara that separates and lengthens each lash. I already have someone in mind to pass this along to.

Ipsy must think that I need to improve my highlighter game, haha! This is the second month that I have received one. I'm not complaining though, since it is the Urban Decay Afterglow Powder Highlighter in the shade Sin. This champagne colored highlight is stunning, and I almost wonder if it is the same thing as the shade Sin in the Urban Decay Naked Palette....I'll have to swatch these two to find out. Either way, both are gorgeous, and I can't wait to use this. I've always preferred powder highlights, so this is right up my alley.

I love trying new brands. The next two items in my bag are from brands I am not too familiar with. The first item is the Cailyn Cosmetics Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in the shade Practicable. It is a cinnamon matte tint that is meant to by hydrating, long-lasting, and opaque. The shade is very pretty, and I think I might actually hold on to this one instead of giving it away. I have a thing for matte lip tints. The last item is the Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo in the shade Electric. The packaging is so cute, and I love the bright blue! Both shades in the duo (rose gold and gold) are highly pigmented and will completely flatter my blue eyes this summer. I might need to go try this once I'm finished writing this review.
This is a really great bag this month. I can see myself using almost all of the products included this summer. I already have a feeling that the Briogeo spray and Jelly Pong Pong eyeshadow duo will be well loved over the next couple of months. I'm already excited for my next bag!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Love With Food: May 2017

I don't know about you, but I am so thankful that it is finally spring. We had a few weeks of constant rain not too long ago, and I thought I was going to go crazy if I didn't get a bit of sun. I've finally gotten my wish, and the weather ha been absolutely gorgeous. I'm spending more time outside now, and my mood has definitely improved. Who knew that weather could effect your mood so much?

Anyway, I was on my way home from a walk when I spotted my Love With Food box on my doorstep. Needless to say, I was pretty pumped. This month's theme is Savor Every Moment. I'm going to switch things up this month and list everything in the box below. Enjoy!

-MadeGood Chocolate and Banana Granola Bar
-WOWButter Toasted Soy Butter
-La Panzanella Multigrain Croccantini Crackers
-Mandy's Rich Chocolate Cookie Thins
-Dolcetto Cookies and Cream Wafer Bites
-Sensible Foods Organic Apple Harvest Crunch Dried Snack
-Route 11 Dill Pickle Kettle Potato Chips
-Lance Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
-Bakery On Main Maple Multigrain Muffin Instant Oatmeal

That's everything! I really like everything that they included this month. I can't wait to try the dill pickle kettle chips and chocolate and banana granola bar. Actually, everything in this box looks freaking amazing! This is another great box!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Home: Room Sprays

I'm a scents person. I like for things to smell nice and fresh, and work hard to ensure that where I live is just that. Room sprays are my favorite way to keep things smelling good. I have quite a collection of sprays that I use, and thought I would share my favorites with you today.

My absolute favorite spray I have ever purchased is the Primark Home White Tea Room Spray. Tea is one of my top favorite scents, and this makes my room smell like a delicious cup of sweet tea. It also has some floral notes that balance everything out, and leave my bedroom smelling so freaking good. The spray is pretty cheap too, and I am still using the bottle that I bought last year since I only need about 3 sprays to really make my room smell nice. The spray comes in a glass bottle with a wooden lid, and it feels way more expensive than it actually is, which my high maintenance self appreciates. 

A recently favorite of mine is the Febreze ONE Fabric and Air Mist* in Mandarin. This is a brand new product from Febreze that doesn't have any aerosols, dyes, or heavy perfumes. I absolutely love the Mandarin scent. It smells like a tropical paradise, and allows me to pretend that I am actually on a tropical island. I spritz this on the couch and my comforter whenever I want to give it a bit of a pick me up. I may or may not have also sprayed this on a pair of funky smelling boots I own and it totally worked to make them not smell like death.

My final room spray is actually an aromatherapy spray that is meant to be used on the face or body, but I'm a rule breaker. It's the Happy Spritz Breathe Deeply. I tend to be an anxious person, and I have found that aromatherapy sprays and oils really do help me to calm down and relax at night. There was a time about two months ago where I couldn't sleep at all. I started spraying my pillow with this spray, and I would fall asleep almost instantly. The calming peppermint and eucalyptus scent helps my brain settle down, and allows me to sleep through the night. I am actually surprised that I like this as much as I do, because I typically don't like eucalyptus. 

Let me know in a comment below if you have a favorite spray for your house. I'm always on the lookout for new scents to try. Until next time! Xo

*Product provided for review purposes by BzzAgent. All opinions are my own.