Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lush Haul!!

Or, more appropriately, a mini Lush haul. But, first and foremost, I want to thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart for getting me to 100 followers! It really means so much to me that you guys are following me and maybe looking at my posts, really. Thank you so much :)

Now onto what you're all here for- what I actually got!

Lush recently released their Halloween/ holiday collections in store, so I decided to pop in and check out some of the new arrivals! Quite a few of last year's favorites made a comeback this year, but there's also a bunch of new products as well. I decided to only pickup two things this trip (purely because I haven't gotten paid yet). 

The first product I picked up was the Lord of Misrule bath bomb ($6.95), which is a returning favorite this year. Ironically enough, I've never tried this bath bomb, but decided better late than never! It smells AMAZING. Like, actually so good. Pop in and smell it. The website says that the featured scents are patchoulli and black pepper, and I don't know much about either of those scents but I am definitely here for that combo! The lady working at Lush told me that this bath bomb is inspired by the pagan lord of the fools, and that it will turn your bath the color of red wine (or blood?) and what could be more Halloween appropriate than that? 

The only other product I picked up was the Northern Lights Bath Bomb ($5.95). There's nothing about this product that isn't gorgeous- the scent, the bath bomb itself, the name! This was actually the product I came in with the intention to buy. And I won't lie to you guys- I totally broke and used this today before writing this post! In my defense, however, the product was already starting to crumble while I was taking pictures, so really, it was BEGGING to be used. It turns your bath the most beautiful purple color, and of course while it's bath bomb-ing, the colors all mesh together (purples, pinks, blues and greens) in a replica of the northern lights. And it smells so calming and lovely! Definitely a treat. 

Well, those are the two products that I picked up! Have you checked out the new Lush products at all? I think next time I would like to pick up Wizard's Hat and Sparkler... What are some of your favorites? :) 


Saturday, October 25, 2014

October PopSugar Must Have Box!!

There were all kinds of problems getting this box this month, but when everything was said and done, I was thrilled to have it on my doorstep :) The PopSugar Must Have Box comes once a month, with a variety of beauty and lifestyle kinds of things for about $39.95 (though I think it's cheaper if you do a year subscription rather than a monthly one). I'll leave a link down below in case anyone is interested. On to what I actually got!

1) Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in the color Earl Grey ($18)- This eyeliner is a like a darker gunmetal kind of color. I think this was an awesome color to send out, because while it's different from your typical black, it's not so out there that it would be difficult to wear. I think this will look gorgeous smudged along the upper lash line in the colder months for a lazier, less dramatic smokey eye!! And the wear of it is incredible, I swatched it on my hand and attempted to wipe it off a second later, only to find it wouldn't budged. I'm already in love!

2) Dean & Deluca Pumpkin Spice Maltballs ($5.50)- I'm all about that pumpkin spice life. I had one of these, and it was a bit more on the spice side then the pumpkin side- but I think now that I know what to expect they'll be that kind of treat that I slowly become obsessed with. :) Let's see how long I can make these last!

3) K. Hall Studio Inc. Shoreline Triple Milled Shea Butter Soap ($10)- I'll be the first to admit it- I'm super apprehensive about bar soap. I just don't trust it, for some reason. I personally feel like my skin doesn't feel as nourished after using a bar soap as it does after using a body wash. But the website does stress that this soap is formulated with shea butter and olive oil; which are both natural ingredients known to soften and moisturize the skin. Fingers crossed this soap converts me!

4) Nailed Kit Halloween Decals ($8)- I'm so glad these got here before Halloween! There was a lot of concern about that this month. These are just cute and fun and that's all there is to it- looks like there's a mani in my very near future!!

5) Happy Socks Leopard Sock ($12, on sale for $8.40)- I love socks!!! I'm always happy to receive a pair of socks. These ones are cute and comfy and cozy- so no complaints here. These will definitely come in handy on the plane on my way to Philly in November!

6) Isaac Jacobs Acrylic Magnet Picture Frame ($36?)- I can't seem to find a link to this exact product, so I'm going off what other people have estimated the value to be. What a snazzy idea for a picture frame (the two halves snap apart and then snap back together), you can constantly be changing the picture without hassle. The design is also very chic and modern, I quite like it!!

7) Mine Design's Chalkboard Candle ($24)- I think this is the cutest little candle! My only complaint is my chalk broke the second I touched it, but that's really not a big deal. Mine is in the scent pomegranate, which is the most amazing scent!!! It's fruity, but it's not overly fruity or sweet at all, making it a great fall scent, and very unique from the more typical fall scents (sorry pumpkin spice- I still love you!). Cleanup is also super easy with this candle, you can constantly be changing up the design. Too cute!

All in all, my box was worth (approximately) $109.90- which is amazing value given I paid less than $40!! And I know for a fact I'm going to use every single item in this box this month. Amazing!! Do you get the PopSugar Box? What did you guys think of it?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Patch/ Sweater Weather OOTD!!

Hello all, I hope you're having a lovely day! SoCal decided today it wanted to actually be somewhat fall like (and by that, I mean it was 64 degrees out). A few friends and I decided to celebrate this autumn-esque weather with a pumpkin patch visit, and the patch was just so adorable, I had to have an impromptu photoshoot. I hope the weather where you are has been beautiful, and keep your eyes peeled for a potential autumn lookbook in the near future (possibly. Fingers crossed!!).

kimono // thrifted
tank top // Zara
jeans // thrifted
boots // Topshop
glasses // Forever 21
necklace // Charlotte Russe

What are some of your favorite things to do in the fall? Let me know :) 

Friday, October 17, 2014

October Ipsy Bag Reveal!!

I've got my favorite candle of the moment burning (Gardenia Lily!) and I'm ready to do one of my favorite posts of the month... My Ipsy bag reveal!!

the bag: Ipsy
cost: $10/ month
contents: full size/ deluxe size makeup products
I'll have a referral link down below if you're interested in checking it out :)

First product- the Doll 10 H2Glo Highlighter in the color Champagne (Full Size $30, received just under a half size for a value of $13.50): I'm So excited to have a cream highlighter!!! Ever since I've fallen back in love with cream blush, I've felt it's about time to hop on that cream highlighter bandwagon, so imagine my joy at receiving this product in my bag this month! The packaging is so sleek and classy, and the product just looks gorgeous inside. Pray that I love this, because I was looking online and they have this product in a rose gold shade, and I'm not sure I can imagine something more gorgeous!!

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths (Full size for $15, received 1/3 size for a value of ~$5): Face wipes are a basic necessity in life. I can tell these are going to have a really crisp, clean kind of scent to them, and the travel size is going to be perfect for when I head to Philly in November. Definitely no complaints here!!!

City Color Be Matte Lipstick in the shade Cappuccino ($5): When they say matte, they aren't kidding! No shimmer or sparkle to be found here. Still, the lipstick is a very pretty, dusty rose kind of color :) My mom's eyes practically bugged out when she saw it, it's so pretty. She (very cutely, I might add) asked if she could have it, and so, of course, I handed it over. This woman gave me life! My mom is the kind of person that really loves a product to death, too, like the Nars lipstick I gave her back in June is VERY well loved, so I know this lipstick is going to find a nice home in her makeup collection!

Figs & Rouge Mango & Mandarin Shea Butter Hand Cream ($6.56): This stuff smells absolutely amazing!!!! It literally smells like a mango popsicle or like a mango smoothie from Jack in the Box. SO GOOD. The packaging is so cute and bright, and it's the perfect size to throw in a purse or backpack for after washing your hands. And around this time of year, my hands are always dry, so I can tell this product is going to be a godsend for me!!

Volumeyes Extreme Black Mascara ($20): This may potentially be a full size product, I just can't be sure. But let me just say this: I. AM. A. MASCARA. JUNKIE!!!! If I received a new mascara in every Ipsy bag, I'd be a happy camper. I've yet to receive a bad one, so we'll see how I like this one :) The brush shape looks very promising, and I'm definitely here for that jet black.

NYX Bronze Smokey Look Kit ($12): I received this extra in my Ipsy bag this month as I had accumulated 1000 points. You get points for reviewing products and the such :) I think this is going to be the perfect little palette for traveling, it's got 9 gorgeous neutrals in (a mixture of matte and shimmery shadows) and then two lip glosses. I'm really not too crazy about the bronze lip gloss, but the consistency is creamy enough it could work well for a base while traveling, so in that case I'll still get a lot of use out of it! And really, can't get enough of that NYX packaging. 

And lastly, the bag itself this month was a very cute teal, quilted pattern, which I will also be giving to my mother so she can carry her makeup around in it :) Went along well with this month's theme of beautycandy. 

So this month's approximate value comes out to be $50.06, without the NYX kit. Can you believe that? I paid 1/5 of that price!!! Do you get ipsy? How'd you like your bag this month? :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Nail Polish faves!

It's always nice when you have a minute to sit down and paint your nails. I think when you have your nails together, people are more inclined to think you have your life together, haha. :) Anyway, here are the colors I've been loving recently, I just repainted my nails these colors and I practically never do that. What are your go-to colors for fall?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Favorites!!

It's now officially October, and so I thought I would just share a couple of the makeup things that I've really loved this past month of September. More than likely, quite a few of these will move into my fall beauty regime with me, but I still thought I'd give them a shoutout :)

So first things first, a good concealer is actually a must for anyone in college. It's like, the rules of feminism. Just kidding. But really, it's a lifesaver when you just have a couple spots and you've already overslept for your 8 AM, or if you want to look awake after staying up all night to finish that paper. My savior this month has definitely been the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer ($4.47). It's such good coverage and it's the absolute perfect color for me. The only downside is I don't think there's a huge surplus of colors. Mine is in the shade 430, Medium.

My next product is the Topshop Cream Blush in the color Head Over Heels ($12). So, when I first started wearing makeup, when I knew even less about it than I do now, I use to take this very blush on a stippling brush, and I thought it looked great. One of my friends then proceeded to tell me you can't use a stippling brush to put on blush (which is, of course, absurd), so I stopped. Well, this month I got back into it, and let me tell you it is literally GORGEOUS. This blush is so absolutely beautiful and I'm so sorry I ever stopped using you. (Shoutout to Topshop, I can't wait to start there!!) I know the color looks a little intimidating, but good lord, is it beautiful on the skin. And the adorable Topshop packaging doesn't hurt one bit either!

If you're anything like me, you struggle with your eyebrows not for lack of trying, but because somehow, the harder you try the worse they look. That's where this next product comes into your life. And yes, I know that it's no secret that the Benefit Gimme Brow ($22) is a beauty blogger fave, but seriously, if you are interested in fast, easy, natural looking brows, give this gel a shot. It's like two minutes and you're out the door. Incredible!! So lovely and simple to use. :) Mine is in the color Medium/Deep.


The next product actually came in my September ipsy bag, and has quickly become one of my favorite parts of applying my eyeshadow. It's the NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow ($4.50), and mine is in the color Chandelier, which is described as a "cool frosty beige" on the website. I love using this color as an inner corner highlight, it just makes my eyes seem so much brighter and makes me look on the whole more awake. The thing that I love most about this eyeshadow, though, is it's staying power. If I happen to look in the mirror like, let's say 6 hours after applying it, I can still see it sparkling there in my inner corners, livening me up, which is always an incredible feeling. Ipsy is this really cool makeup delivery service which sends full and deluxe sizes of products out once a month for $10 :) I'll leave a link below if any of you are interested!

My last product I actually picked up a while ago and then forgot about, and recently rediscovered. It's the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (on sale for $5.69) in the color 001 Honey! It's just the loveliest transitional color for the fall. It's very much a your-lips-but-better kind of color, and even better, it's a stain! Moisture and color in one package, what more could you ask for? 

What products have you been loving this month? What are you maybe hoping to try out this month? Let me know :) I've been thinking about picking up one or two of the Simply Vamp Lip Creams by NYX, but we'll see! 

And lastly, if you're interested in checking out Ipsy, here's a link for that!