Month: July 2014

Bésame Vintage Shade Lipsticks

There are two things every girl must have: red shoes and red lipstick. I had been eyeing Bésame lipsticks on Gloss48 when City Girl in Red Lipstick posted about how much she was loving her Bésame lipstick. City Girl in Red Lipstick loves red lipstick so much that she’s dedicated her whole blog to it, so I take her recommendations seriously.   Bésame is a very cool company, and worth knowing about. The founder of the company is a makeup historian who has dedicated her company’s mission to providing the highest quality, hand-made, vintage-inspired beauty products. Her lipstick line is based off of classic shades from the 1920’s through the 1950’s. These lipsticks are long-wearing, highly pigmented, semi-matte shades that are hand made in small batches. They’re shaped with a ‘blunt tip’ for ease of application.   I selected Carmine and Bésame Red. Carmine is an orange red that works well on olive skin tones. It’s inspired by a shade of lipstick from 1931. Bésame Red is a cooler-based red inspired by reds of the 1920’s. The Sweetheart Balm was a …

C’est Bon Marché: Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask + Chic Drugstore Tag

This is the second installment of C’est Bon Marché, a post dedicated to sharing gems that I find at the market. My first post was about Trader Joe’s Spiced Chai (yum!). This post is dedicated to Bioré’s Self Heating One Minute Mask. Additionally, scroll down below to find answers to Chic Drugstore questions I’ve been tagged to answer and to find out about my favorite drugstore beauty items. The Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask is a wonderful drugstore find. Have you tried it yet? If not, you should find a box stat! As you can see in the photo above, I buy my boxes in bulk. LOL. I love to use this mask in the shower for the ultimate heating effect. It feels great, and my skin feels like brand-new baby-bottom skin afterward. This product works like a dream! The box contains four individual packets and retails for $5.99 at Target or $6.99 at Ulta, and can be found at other stores as well. Now on to the Chic Drugstore tag. The beautiful gal at Chic …

Book Review: The Bridesmaids

I was lucky enough to have been selected by Birchbloggers to receive a complementary copy of The Bridesmaids, published by Picador and written by Eimear Lynch. It was a quick and fun read, and I’ll tell you why… The back cover of The Bridesmaids states, “What do a former fashion model, an ex-nun, and a frat boy have in common? Virtually nothing, except that each has experienced a universal rite of passage: being a bridesmaid.” Now if that doesn’t make you curious, perhaps it’s been too long since you were involved in a wedding. For me, it’s been about a decade since the last time I was a bridesmaid — I’ve had the honor twice. This book brought a flood of buried memories back to the surface. But those are best kept to myself. ;o) Here are a few of my favorite retellings from the book from past bridesmaids, and a bridesman. Now the experience that the bridesmaid had in The Burning Man Bridesmaid, isn’t the typical one. This bridesmaid was a longtime friend with …

Stars Without Makeup

Us Weekly recently posted 100 photos of stars without makeup. I have never reposted or linked to another story before, but I decided to make an exception with this post. While looking through these photos, I was struck by the beauty of women (period). Whether they’re wearing makeup or not — these are beautiful women of all ages. I think posts like this one are a good reminder of what’s reality. At the same time though, it’s fun to see what can be done to enhance nature. Obviously I don’t think makeup is evil. I’m completely bored by the perspective that makeup is shallow and those who use it are egotistical. I think that’s closed-minded. Makeup is another tool for creativity! How did you feel while you browsed the photos of natural versus made-up stars? It’s a thought provoking post for sure!  

Mani(cure) Monday: Zoya ‘Thandie’ and JulieG ‘Miami Beach’

Happy Mani(cure) Monday! I loved this manicure! Not because it was the most creative manicure, but because the colors made me happy, and the polish formulas were perfection. The orange polish I’m wearing is the Zoya ‘Thandie’ polish I received in my summer FabFitFun box (to see the unboxing post, click here). It was a fun creamy neon orange that paired perfectly with the pink polish — ‘Miami Beach’ (from the JulieG Nails Cruise Collection). The Zoya polish seemed to amplify the JulieG polish into a creamy neon coral pink. It was a softer version of this summer’s neon trend. Fun!   These two polishes were tough-wearing warriors all week. I wore them for a full seven days and had no chips and very little tip wearing. This is my first time wearing a Zoya polish, but I’m impressed. I’m a die-hard JulieG fan. If you’re not familiar with these polishes, treat yourself to some. I usually buy polishes from their website. At $3.99 a bottle, they’re worth their weight in gold! The formula is phenomenal! It goes on …

Popbasic Wanderlust Micro Collection Teaser

It’s no secret that I’m a Popbasic lover, so it should come as no surprise that I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the Wanderlust micro collection to be revealed. The wait is over! The collection will consist of three pieces — a black-and-white striped tee, a grey waterfall cardigan, and an assertive chain necklace. I love it! The newest Popbasic micro collection will be available for purchase beginning August 13 at 10 am PST. As of right now, the cost for the collection is unknown. I will update this post as I find out more. The Popbasic Jane collection, most likely, will only be available until the 12th of August. If you’ve been eyeing it, you should snap it up while you’ve still got the chance. If you’re interested in purchasing Jane or Wanderlust, use this link to receive $15 off your first Popbasic purchase. For those not familiar with Popbasic, the company is founded on the premise and with the mission of helping women build a wardrobe one micro collection at a time. The micro …

BOXYCHARM: July 2014 Unboxing

Guess what came in the mail today!? BOXYCHARM! For those unfamiliar with BOXYCHARM, it’s a $21-a-month beauty subscription service (cancel at any time). This month’s theme is ‘America the Beautiful.’ The following quote will help clarify where the BOXYCHARM team was going with the theme: “The melting pot of American culture means that we have all kinds of beauty in this amazing country.” I agree. Diversity is a beautiful thing! Let’s jump into the box, shall we? pur-lisse pur-protect SPF 30 moisturizer – Full Size I received this product in my summer FabFitFun box. I LOVE it! It’s my favorite sunscreen ever. It goes on smooth and absorbs quickly, and has a light sweet-lemon scent. I’m loaded up on sunscreen right now, but I’m not going to complain about having another tube of this around. ($55) Appeal Cosmetics Luxurious Lipstick – Full Size This shade — called V — is a bold one! Appeal Cosmetics website states “V is the most vibrant and hottest pink you will ever get your hands on.” I’m not really convinced I …