Beauty: My Recent Favorite Products

Today I went to Ulta for two things: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in ‘Foxy’ and bareMinerals Original Foundation in ‘Medium Beige.’ However, I left with only one item on my To-Buy List (unfortunately they were out of the eyeshadow I needed). Although, I did leave with three other items that were not on my list, because isn’t that what you’re supposed to do when you go shopping? Buy things you don’t need, or at least that you think you didn’t need.

I ended up buying Essie Quick-E Drying Drops Solution, bareMinerals Redness Remedy, and bareMinerals Multi-Wrinkle Repair (pictured below).

essie drops bare minerals

I am now in LOVE with these products!

Essie Quick-E Drying Drops Solution helps your nail polish dry fast, protects polish from smudges, dents, or scratches, and is easy to apply! Essie also makes several other quick-e solutions for stronger nails, shine, and more! You can get them all at your local drugstore. I used these drops after painting my nails and I went to bed 30 minutes later and when I woke up I didn’t have any “sheet smears”!! I usually never paint my fingernails because I always end up messing them up, but now I can save so much money on manicures and do it myself at home! Thanks to Essie Quick-E Drying Drops Solution!!

I have only been using these two bareMinerals products for a couple of days now so I don’t have any major result reviews for y’all yet, but I can tell you what I like so far!

The bareMinerals Redness Remedy helps reduce facial redness on contact and over time. It is powered by the bareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex, which instantly minimizes the appearance of broken capillaries and brightens skin for a healthy-looking, more even-toned complexion. The Redness Remedy also comes with a antibacterial-treated Soothing Compress Brush that is super soft! If you use other bareMinerals products, then I can tell you that it is very similar to the bareMinerals foundation. It is a powder that you tap into the lid and swirl around, similar to other bareMinerals products. When you dispense it in the lid it has a yellowy color to it, but it does not look yellow on your skin! It is a very light product, it does not feel greasy or anything negative. After using it a couple of times, so far, I have noticed that it instantly reduces the redness on my face. I wouldn’t say that I have rosacea by any means, but whenever I work out I get very red, like I would be humiliated to see someone I know after a workout. So I’m hoping that this remedy helps with that over time.

The bareMinerals Multi-Wrinkle Repair helps diminish the appearance of forehead wrinkles, brow furrows, crow’s feet, and frown lines. This treatment is created to work on multiple surface layers of the skin and is powered by the ActiveSoilTM Complex, anti-aging peptides and plant extracts, each key ingredient has been carefully chosen to target specific wrinkles while addressing new wrinkles before they become more evident. The results include fine lines instantly softened, the length and depth of wrinkles are noticeably reduced, and skin looks smoother and younger over time. I know I’m only 23 years old, but I am already insecure about my forehead wrinkles, brow furrows, and frown lines. Why not start getting rid of them as early as I can!

xoxo, Megan

What’s In My Purse?

What's in my purse

As we all know, a woman’s purse is a secret haven. It seems like women store everything that one could possibly need within the hidden walls of their purse. Whether it’s a Band-Aid, brush, the perfect lip gloss, or a snack, women have what they need at all times.

In my purse, I carry my basic necessities. I always have to have a good chapstick and lip gloss. Today I was carrying several types! It’s an absolute must for me to carry around my comb, if you know me — you know my hair is pretty much always perfectly in place. That wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t touch it up every now and then throughout the day! During these cold months (yes it’s still a little chilly sometimes here in Oxford, yes I know it’s almost May) it’s also essential to moisturize! I choose to moisturize my hands with Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion, it’s non-greasy and smells good too! And for whenever the sun does decide to come out, I’m prepared to block the sun with my Tory Burch Aviators, and protect my neck from sweat with this fun cheetah print hair tie.

What’s in my purse:

  • Goody comb
  • Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion
  • Cheetah hair tie
  • Brown hair clip
  • Keys with Smathers and Branson “Parsons Stripe Needlepoint Key Fob” key chain
  • Orbit Gum
  • EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in ‘Sweet Mint’
  • Clinique Long Last Gloss Longtemps in ‘Clearly Pink’
  • Blistex Five Star Lip Protection chapstick
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip color Balm in ‘Volumptuous Violet’
  • Marc Jacobs Daisy Roll-on perfume
  • Tory Burch Aviators from her Spring 2013 collection
  • Tory Burch Wallet in Brown from several seasons ago
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Classic Q Wingman’ wristlet in ‘Cinnamon stick’

xoxo, Megan

 

Beauty: My Favorite Products For My Lashes

These are my favorite products for my eyelashes! I think long, luscious eyelashes are the perfect look for any woman. Beautiful lashes can make your eyes pop and can create a romantic feel to any look!

Recently, this past month, I had a makeup appointment (at Versi Salon in San Antonio, Texas) and my makeup artist showed me these amazing products. I immediately bought them after my appointment and my lashes have never looked so great!

favorite lash products

  • The top product is the Blinc Eyebrow Mousse in ‘Medium Blonde.’ At first I went into panic mode when I saw “eyebrow mousse” and not “eyelash primer” like my makeup artist had told me. However, I was told that this eyebrows mousse can double as an eyelash primer! He even recommended that I sleep in just the primer occasionally so that my eyelashes could grow longer and thicker! I also use this for what it’s meant to be (eyebrow mousse) and it makes my eyebrows look great!
  • The middle product is Clinique’s High Impact Mascara in Black. I have always used different brands, types, and colors of mascara. I never knew what kind I liked, whether it was a skinny brush, thick brush, curved brush, black, or brown! So many options, so many brands, and so many broken promises. I felt at loss when companies promised “clump-free lashes” or “no flake or fuss” and was constantly disappointed. However, after my friend recommended Clinique mascara, my lashes haven’t been the same! this mascara feels super light, doesn’t clump, and once I use my Blinc Eyebrow Mousse (aka my eyelash primer), my mascara doesn’t flake! I highly recommend this affordable and incredible mascara from Clinique.
  • This last product is my absolute favorite, the Blinc Heated Lash Curler. Before my makeup appointment, I had been having a lot of issues with my eyelashes and I was starting to become insecure. I used to curl my eyelashes with a regular eyelash curler, but I was starting to lose my eyelashes. There were noticeable spots where several eyelashes were missing, I had to spend extra time crossing my lashes to cover these embarrassing spots. I researched my issue on the Internet and decided that I should start taking Biotin pills (hair, skin, & nail growth pills). After a couple weeks and not much more improvement, I decided to talk to my makeup artist at Versi. He gave me this Blinc Heated Lash Curler. After he tested it on my lashes, I was convinced that this was exactly what I needed. What makes this eyelash curler so special is that it doesn’t crimp your lashes, eventually weakening your lashes. This heated lash curler only needs one battery and a flip of the “on” switch to prep your lashes into a beautiful wave.

I hope this post helps you! And I hope you buy these products, you truly won’t regret it!

xoxo, Megan

Beauty: My Recent Makeup Favorites

What I love about makeup is that there’s always something new happening. Whether it’s a new color, new trend, or new product there’s always something fun and pretty happening in the makeup world. These are my recent favorite makeup items that I have been using.

 

recent makeup favorites

 

  • Laura Mercier ‘Flawless Skin Repair Eye Serum.’ This eye serum is great because it improves the appearance of lines or wrinkles while at the same time brightening up your eyes! Also, the Arnica Extra and caffeine in this eye serum reduces the appearance of dark circles. All you need to use is the tiniest drop from the pump on each eye. I bought my first bottle of this eye serum last May and I use it all the time and there’s still plenty left! You can find this amazing eye serum at Sephora.com.
  • ‘Erase Paste’ by Benefit Cosmetics. This concealer is great for under the eyes or any blemishes on your face. It brightens areas of your face while at the same time covering your areas of concern. Erase Paste comes in three different shades: fair, medium, and deep. This concealer is truly incredible. You can find Erase Paste at Sephora.com.
  • ‘They’re Real!’ Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics. This mascara is amazing! this mascara lengthens, adds volumes, curls, lifts, and separates your lashes. My lashes instantly looked longer after using this mascara. Just trust me, you need this mascara. And you can find it at Sephora.com.
  • Chella Highlighter Pencil in ‘Ivory Lace.’ I received this highlighter pencil in my Birchbox and instantly fell in love. This highlighter brightens up your face and makes you glow. This pencil conceals, brightens, contours, shapes, lines, and defines your face. You can use it to brighten your brow bones, water lines, eye areas, nose, cheekbones, and Cupid’s bow. You can find this highlighter pencil at Birchbox.com.

I hope you test out these great beauty products!

xoxo, Megan

The Pros & Pros of Birchbox

the pros and pros of birchbox

Yes, yes I know, technically this should be titled “The Pros & Cons of Birchbox” but there aren’t any cons! Really! I signed up and received my first Birchbox in September. I have received several Birchboxes since then and I have loved every one of them!

I highly recommend getting a Birchbox because it is a fun and easy way to try new beauty products! Personally I don’t always have time to search through magazines and websites to find the latest and greatest beauty products. And frankly, not everyone has heard of some of the products — a lot of the products are new! Birchbox provides you with sample-sized products to try and eventually love! If you love what they send you, you can go to their website and buy the full-sized product!

Like I said before, I have received several Birchboxes so far. And so far, I have LOVED everything! Some of my favorite items that they have sent me are facial masks, leave-in conditioners, perfume, and lip gloss! I have bought one full-sized item from Birchbox and that was the Folle de Joie fragrance by Joie, which I adore. I spray it on my bed sometimes before I go to sleep because it seriously smells that good.

In my most recent Birchbox I received:

  • Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil
  • Color Club Nail Polish
  • Derma E Soothing Skincare Collection
  • Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir fragrance sample
  • Mox Botanicals Coconut & Vanilla Bean Bath Milks sample

I like to take my time trying out these products because you only get one Birchbox per month, gotta make it last! I can’t wait to try the Mox Botanicals Coconut & Vanilla Bean Milks sample because, like most women, I love a nice bath.

How To Receive a Birchbox:

  • Request an invite! Go to the Birchbox website.
  • Create an account with Birchbox
  • Sign up for your Birchbox subscription, fill out your beauty/grooming profile
  • Wait for your Birchbox!

What’s In a Birchbox?

The women’s subscription Birchbox includes 4-5 grooming products that include products from skin care to makeup, as well as exciting non-beauty items! These products vary in both brands and categories (skin care, lifestyle, makeup, fragrance, hair care, etc.).

How Much Is a Birchbox?

The women’s subscription for Birchbox is $10 per month, which is a great deal for such an awesome variety of sample products!

FYI:

  • There are men’s subscriptions for Birchbox — a great gift for your special someone, or even a family member!
  • Try to be specific while filling out your beauty/grooming profile and try to be open when choosing what you want Birchbox to send you! Remember, it is all about trying new things, so you want to have an open mind!

Now go out and buy yourself a Birchbox subscription!

xoxo, Megan

Nov. 15, 2013: Favorites Friday

Today’s the first weekly #FavoritesFriday. Every Friday I will share a few of my favorite things, why I like them, and where the items are from.

Nov. 15 #FavoritesFriday

Today’s #FavoritesFriday features the Moroccanoil Treatment Light. I like the Moroccanoil Light because I have blonde hair, if you have brunette or black hair I would use a different type of Moroccanoil treatment. This Moroccanoil is amazing! It restores and revives damaged hair. It also detangles your hair, makes your hair feel so soft, and even speeds up drying time! the Moroccanoil comes with a pump that distributes the perfect amount of oil into your palm, all you need is one pump! Apply the oil to wet hair and either blow dry or let your hair dry naturally. I highly recommend this incredible moroccan oil! You can buy a bottle here, and check out their other products!

http://www.moroccanoil.com/usa/h_us_en/moroccanoilr-treatment-light-151

Next on my #FavoritesFriday list is the Winter 2013 Collection by Essie. The Winter 2013 collection includes ‘Toggle to the top’, ‘Shearling Darling’, ‘Warm & Toasty Turtleneck’, ‘Sable Collar’, ‘Parka Perfect’, and ‘Mind Your Mittens.’ According to the Essie website, the collection includes colors such as Sparkling Garnet, Mahogany Red, Wisteria Pink Angora, Cocoa Plum, Alpine Gray, and Teal. The ‘Warm & Toasty Turtleneck’ polish is a winter pastel, which is a new trend this season according to the latest Glamour magazine. I think my favorite lacquer from this collection is ‘Shearling Darling.’ ‘Shearling Darling’ is the perfect Red for this winter season! Essie has always been my favorite nail polish brand. the small brush makes the lacquer easy to apply, and in my opinion they always have the best colors!

http://www.essie.com/Latest-Collections/fall-2013.aspx

Last but definitely not least, one of my favorite books — and soon t be my favorite movies — is a #1 New York Times Bestseller, Heaven Is For Real. I am a Christian and I consider my family to be a very religious family. I read this book a couple of years ago, I had to read it twice because it was so good! No matter what your religion is, whether you believe in god or not, this book will change you for the better. You can read all about the main character Colton’s story on the first link below. You can purchase the book from the Heaven Is For Real website, your local bookstore, or download it onto your tablet. Heaven Is For Real is coming to a theater near you Easter 2014. I highly recommend you read this book before you go see the movie, you will not regret it! the link for the Heaven Is For Real website and the movie trailer are below. Enjoy!

http://heavenisforreal.net

http://movies.yahoo.com/video/heaven-real-trailer-232136678.html

I hope that you enjoy this first #FavoritesFriday

xoxo, Megan