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

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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

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50

Christmas shopping can be fun, but it can also tug on your wallet. But it doesn’t have to be an expensive experience. Plan ahead this year! Keep track of all of your favorite store’s sales and beat the crowd! These are a few great gifts that I have found online that are under $50. I will be posting more gift guides throughout the holiday season, so stay tuned!

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50

  • Acrylic Cambridge Monogram Bracelet (top left) — $48.00 from Moon and Lola. These bracelets come in many different colors! This website is a fantastic place to get any and all monogrammed jewelry! Trust me, I would know, I’m a fanatic of monograms!
  • Deena & Ozzy Hammered Cross-body Bag (top right) — $42.00 from Urban Outfitters. This bag also comes in several other colors!
  • Glitter Box Set (bottom left) — $30.00 from Kate Spade New York. These socks are too cute and come in great Christmas colors!
  • Dainty Texas Necklace (middle bottom row) — $46.00 from The Impeccable Pig. I’m from Texas so, of course, I love this necklace!
  • Neiman Marcus Exclusive Four Monogrammed Coasters (bottom right) — $34.00
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50Crane & Co. For J.Crew ‘Merci’ Card Set (top left) — $24.50 from J.Crew. These thank you cards are so cute! And who doesn’t need to re-stock their thank you notes? I know I get plenty of use from them.
  • ‘To The Moon’ Pillow by Primitives by Kathy (top right) — $24.00 from Nordstrom. This pillow is too cute! It can also easily match with other pillows, therefore whoever you give this gift to (even if it’s for yourself, I won’t tell!) you won’t have to worry about it not going well with their decor.
  • ‘Color Me Glossy’ Lip Glaze Set by Stila (bottom left) — $28.00 from Nordstrom. I personally love Stila lip gloss. This gift makes for a great stocking stuffer too!
  •  Kate Spade New York Drop Earrings (middle bottom row) — $48.00 from Nordstrom. These Kate Spade earrings also come in several other colors! These earrings are so classic, a great purchase for a friend or relative, or even yourself!
  • ‘Be Dazzling’ Scented Candle by Kate Spade New York (bottom right) — $40.00 from Nordstrom. This candle also comes in black and white polka dots. Who doesn’t love a good candle? I know I sure do!
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50‘101 Recipes You Can’t Live Without’ Cookbook by Macmillan (top left) — $24.99 from Nordstrom. Ok someone needs to get me this! I need to get in the kitchen and learn how to make yummy new recipes, because only knowing how to make mac n’ cheese and scrambled eggs isn’t cutting it.
  • ‘Everyday Pretty’ Lip & Eye Palette by Bobbi Brown (top right) — $30.00 from Nordstrom. This is a great stocking stuffer!
  • Boxed Initial Pendant by Nadri (right) — $38.00 from Nordstrom. This is a classic gift and a great stocking stuffer!
  • Etched Enamel Bangle in ‘Natural’ (bottom left) — $39.50 from J.Crew. This bangle also comes in two other colors!
  • Acrylic Hartford Block Monogram Post Earrings (bottom right) — $44.00 from Moon and Lola. These come in many different colors!

I hope you enjoy these goodies as much as I do!

xoxo, Megan