Hard Candy Spring Collection Haul

Hi there gerber daisies!

And who is ready for Spring?! Of course you know I am. Unfortunately I live in Portland, where we experience a seemingly endless gray drizzle most of the year. Of course right now it is the worst and so begins my annual let’s-move-to-Scottsdale Arizona rant. Do I know anyone in Scottsdale? NO. Have I ever been to Scottsdale? NO. Would I move there in the blink of an eye after 4 months of nonstop rain and the relentless use of a Happy Light? Why, YES. Yes I would.

One of the only things that keeps me sane during these endless rain-fests is the promise of beautiful Portland summers. And recently, I was sent a lovely box of brand spanking new Hard Candy goodies from the spring collection. What a way to lighten up a dark Portland day!

Here are the goods!

Baked Powder Highlighting Trio in Make the First Mauve

This highlighting trio comes with three shades that create a beautiful, sculpted, glowy cheek! This set also comes with a brush which is really reat quality.

Overall I really like this product. I used the farthest right shade as a blush, the middle shade as a cheek-topper on the apples of my cheeks and the far left shade as a traditional highlight. The effect is gorgeous.

Stroke of Gorgeous 12-Hour Smudge Proof Felt Tip Eyeliner

I have not tried this eyeliner yet but I promise to report back!

Sheer Envy Redness Relief Face Serum

I do not have much trouble with redness but I am sure this will come in handy during the summer months! Green Tea and Cucumber would be so soothing! I plan to actually put this stuff in the fridge and use it cold.

Just Glow All Over Body Luminizer

First of all, this product smells AMAZING. Beachy, coconutty and fresh. It comes with a pump and it absorbed into the skin nicely, comparable to a light body oil/gel hybrid. It does leave behind a subtle sparkle

Swatched:

Glitteratzi Glitter and Chrome Eyeshadow Duo in Mercury Rising

This product is really stunning! The “chrome” end is super opaque and a really gorgeous rose gold shade. The glitter is SUPER beautiful and comparable to the Stila Glitter and Glow maybe just a little bit less saturated. But at $7 a pop, I might have to pick up a couple more of these colors!

I am so excited to continue to use these products into the spring. Maybe if I start now, it will happen sooner!

Thanks again Hard Candy! Check out or purchase these products by clicking here. #hardcandylyfe

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Birthday + Christmas Makeup Haul!

Hello friends!

My birthday and Christmas this year was a DOOZY.

You see, I had my daughter on the 27th so you can guess how I was feeling 2 and 3 days prior to that. NOT AWESOME. I experienced mind-boggling heart burn towards the end of my pregnancy and on Christmas Eve (my birthday) and Christmas day, I was still reeling from a couple nights of no sleep filled with toe-curling pain. And if  you Google a heart burn friendly diet (also a gallbladder diet, which at the time I thought I was having issues with), you will understand how greatly this impacts holiday food options. And if you have been pregnant before, you will also understand JUST HOW MUCH food means to you. At times, it is all you look forward to. For me, Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner was comprised of THEE blandest food you can possibly think of. Also –

  • no carbonated beverages
  • no caffeine
  • nothing acidic or spicy
  • no peppermint (thus no candy canes)
  • nothing fried or high in fat

and worst of all….

nothing high in sugar

My Christmas dinner was comprised of white turkey meat and mashed potatoes with no butter. I couldn’t even have a sugar cookie because they had peppermint icing. Have I painted a sh*tty enough picture for you all here? My birthday and Christmas were abysmal.

Lucky for me, my sweet husband and dear sister Rachel were able to remedy this dire situation with the one thing on earth that ALWAYS makes me feel better…

MEEKUPS!

Check out the loot.

Bobbi Brown Highlight and Glow Duo

The highlight in this palette is just GORGEOUS but the blush for me is mehh. And for $65, these two shades best be poppin’.

Mac Patrick Starrr Patrick’s Powder

This powder was in high demand and for darn good reason! It is truly a lovely setting powder and gives the face a beautiful, flawless finish.

Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette

This palette. Ohhhhh this palette. Everyone and their mom either owns it or has seen it. For me, these shadows really live up to the hype. My sister Rachel hit the bullseye giving me this and I really have worn it everyday since I got it!

Too Faced Born This Way Concealer

The jury is still out on this product. So far, I think I love it but I only like it on it’s own and without a setting powder. The problem with not setting it, is that it is prone to moving on me. Into fine lines, and worse, leaving little spots on the sides of my nose from my glasses. It is gorgeous, but I do love the ability to set my undereye concealer.

Glam Glow Birthday Gift

I was very excited to receive these two products from Sephora this year for the birthday gift! Any of the Glam Glow masks are AWESOME and the moisturizer is very nice as well.

Mac Patrick Starr Floral Realness Me So Chic Collection Review

So, I know I am a little late on this.

David very thoughtfully gave me this set for Christmas and thennnnn I had a baby and these products sat lonesome on my vanity for a good few weeks. You see, during that time makeup was the last item on my list of priorities. Then one day, I busted out these products and BAM! My love for makeup was rekindled. These products stoked my makeup fire FO SHO.

This set includes four amazing products.

Let’s dive in!

Stay With Me Eyeshadow Quad

This eyeshadow quad features four colors in the purple family, which I do not have much experience with. Luckily, Mac eyeshadows are a dream to work with. Super pigmented, blendable and they work SO well together.

I’m Not Blushing Cheek Duo

This blush/bronzer combination is absolutely beautiful. Y’all know I’m a sucker for a nice peachy blush and this one delivers! The bronzer is a nice, warm shade which actually works well as an all over color to warm up the skin.

Sweet Mamastarr Lipstick

Oh lord this shade is PERFECT! I would describe it as a darker, peachy nude with a hint of dusty rose. it is SO PRETTY.

On me:

Mamastarr Kiss Lipglass

It has been awhile since I have owned a Mac lipglass. I used to be ride or die about Pink Lemonade and Oyster Boy – anyone remember those shades!? This color is nude with a subtle sparkle and I LOVE IT.

Here it is over the matching lipstick:

AND NOW! Here is my attempt at a full face with all of these products. I had a great time trying all of these out one afternoon!

Then the baby woke up and I snapped this photo. It’s like, who me? Oh, I’m just lounging in bed with full makeup and purple eyeshadow. #realmom

 

Influenster Reviewers Choice Beauty Box

Hellooo gingersnaps!

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email about a collective beauty box from Influenster available for $50.  *BTW if you are NOT a member of Influenster and have a decent presence on social media, you should sign up because YOU WILL get sent free things. Seriously. 100% free. The promotion was accompanied by an offer from Ebates, which unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard of by now. I begrudgingly signed up for Ebates as well, due to the $10 cash back they promised, making the beauty box only $40.

I also ended up doing a bit of Christmas shopping on Ebates and low and behold, already got my first reimbursement check for 16 big ones! So basically, I will be using Ebates from now on because why the hell wouldn’t I? If you are not signed up for Ebates btw, you probably should because it is free money.

But enough about all the money I saved. ON TO THE BOX!

Feast yer eyes on all the items I got for $40.

For starters, Influenster values this box at $300 and they ain’t lyin.  I mean, check out the following items:

A Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder ($23)

AND you get the pouf:

A FULL SIZED Everlasting Lipstick by Kat Von D in the shade Lolita ($20)

A mini Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Vanilla Quartz ($19)

Those three items alone total $60. WHAT A DEAL folks! What. A. Deal.

Here are some other faves that came in the box:

Colorpop Supershock Eyeshadow in Lightening Bug ($5)

SO freakin’ pretty!

Full sized Tresemme Tres Two hairspray and my beloved Batiste Dry Shampoo in Neon.

A FULL SIZED Origins Ginzing Eye Cream ($32) plus samples from Sunday Riley and Purity Face Wash!

FULL SIZED products here too! Body lotion from Love Beauty and Planet, Ponds Dry Skin Cream, Coola Sport Face SPF 50 White Tea Sunscreen ($32).

All full sized products here too – from NYX, Real Techniques, Younique, Wet’n’Wild and Covergirl!

I just love ordering boxes like this around this time of year. They make great gifts in and of themselves but you can also put together smaller gift bags using some of the products depending on the person and keep a few things for yourself. SUCH a good idea!

This box is still for sale here! Go get you one!

Ulta Haul – The Essentials & Freebies

Bonjour babies!

I recently placed an order with Ulta and thought I would share this haul with my loyal readers, despite being filled with mostly boring essentials. Yess let’s go!

What I love most about ordering Ulta online, rather than shopping in-store is the amount of freebies! I have received their emails for years and unlike so many other emails that clutter up my inbox, the Ulta ones are actually worth a damn. Always a coupon, always a gift with purchase and always samples. If you do not currently get the emails from Ulta, do it.

Here’s what I got for $50 exactly: (apologies for the sh*t pics)

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Flick Liquid Eyeliner

I purchased this one based off a recommendation from the lovely Emily Noel. And MAN am I glad I did – this product is AMAZING.

Here is one tiny swipe, not even pressing down hard:

Black AF.

Covergirl Supersizer Mascara

This is my favorite mascara. YES it is tough to remove (just be patient!) but it literally keeps a curl, is separating AND lengthening AND voluminous. It is a freakin’ workhorse.

IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Powder Foundation

I decided to just bite the bullet and repurchase this absolutely stunning face powder. I also really like the Benefit Hello Flawless powder (seen here) for under my eyes, but this one just takes the cake in terms of face powder. I purchased the “light” shade if you are curious.

Ulta Cotton Rounds

Told you this was haul was going to be thrilling.

So Totally Clean Micellar Cleansing Water

I needed a new micellar water and since Bioderma is still not sold in the US anywhere, I went with this one.

And now for the freebies!

I received all of these items FREE for spending $50.

Here are a few of the highlights:

Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Iced Cappuccino

This blush is a TOTAL throwback. My girl Lacey and I used to pile this on in high school and I have to say – it is still such a good color! I am in love once again.

Winky Lux Highlighter in Charm

This bite-sized highlighter is almost too cute to use. The packaging? I MEAN. Be still my heart. The highlight itself is an iridescent pinky color, very creamy and very pigmented!

Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer in Charmer

I like the consistency and color payoff of this gloss but the color is horrible on me. I’ll be passing along!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination 

The sample size of this product is LEGIT. I have used it a handful of times so far and it really isn’t my fave. It is nowhere as good as the Celebration powders.

Annnd last but certainly not least….

Coach Floral Eau De Parfum

This was not a freebie. Haha I wish. David picked this up for me the other weekend while we were on a date and casually handed it to me at the movies. It smells amazing (you can tell I have already used it ALOT) and the bottle? COME ON. I die.

 

Nostalgic Beauty Haul

Lately I’ve been feeling quite nostalgic.

Maybe it’s because I am growing a female human and am therefore having elaborate fantasies about the person she will one day become. Will she prefer Berenstain Bears or Amelia Bedelia? Will she be a lipstick or lipstain girl? Blue-razz or cherry icees? Tube tops or Carhartt bibs?

And it’s also got me thinking about the kind of girl I was. As an example, I was the girl who kept a steady supply of Malibu Musk, Exclamation and Love’s Baby Soft body sprays in her gym locker. I was the girl who begged my mom for a green Covergirl compact, for Lip Smackers peach shampoo and sparkly shirts from Abercrombie to pair with my low-rise L.E.I jeans. I wanted clear skin, perfectly curled lashes and a cloud of Charlie White to follow me wherever I went.

And lately, I have picked up and been sent a few things that have swept me back. Transported me to a time when my biggest worry was the possibility of my Loveable Beginnings training bra showing through my ONLY white Roxy tee shirt. When my college-ruled, 5 Star binders and pee chees organized my life, a good day was getting picked up first after basketball practice and sipping a Wild Cherry Clearly Canadian was the perfect accompaniment to any meal.

Here’s the highlights:

Honestly Margo Roll-On Lipgloss in Alexis Watermelon

OK GUYS. How cah-ute is this packaging?

For real though.

I love the 70’s vibe and the fact that this brand is women-run. All of their products are super unique (hello unicorn fizzy bath dust!)and contain wholesome, natural ingredients. I love that they came out with roll-on lipglosses because the last time I owned one of these was in 7th grade.

As a matter of fact, my pencil pouch from 6th-12th grade was STOCKED with Bonne Bell. I pretty much kept them in business. And I used to put on SO much of this specific gloss, it would literally drip off my lips:

Needless to say, as SOON as I applied the Roller Girls Roll-On Lipgloss it brought me right back!

Check out that shininess!

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

Due to the current state I am in (pregnant), my face has decided to rebel against me and break out. Annnnd again, I am right back in 9th grade! Shopping for acne products and realizing they still make Oxy Pads has been quite fun, actually. I decided to switch my face wash to this work horse of a face wash and so far I am happy to report that my skin has been A LOT better!

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Spot Gel

In addition to the Cetaphil face cleanser joining the battalion, I have also enlisted the help of a salicylic acid spot treatment. Prior to being pregnant (or B.P.), my skin had always reacted best with benzoyl peroxide but now I am alll about that salicylic baby. I basically dab dab dab a good amount of this all over my forehead (my most problematic area) and am usally substantially more clear in the morning. And if putting on a spot treatment every night doesn’t remind you of 9th grade, I don’t know what will.

Abercrombie & Fitch 8 Fragrance

I know everyone is shaking their heads at me for this one, but frankly I could care less. This was MY signature fragrance freshman year of college and sometimes you just need to go with what works. I caught a whiff of this stuff last time I was actually in an Abercrombie store and knew I had to have her again. If you have never smelled this before I would encourage you to do so. It is a very unique, feminine scent.

I also picked up a couple of samples at Abercrombie of their other women’s fragrances and so far I really like the Wakley scent.

Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Boost Mascara

I bought this one based off a recommendation from Casey Holmes but I should have stuck to the Lash Princess because this mascara is TERRIBLE. The amount of product that actually gets onto the lashes is dismal. It is a decent second mascara at best but I will never buy this one again.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

I nabbed two of these polishes for less than $3 each at Freddies which is a STEAL considering that they are $10 a pop at regular price. You do need to have the gel topcoat for these polishes and often times the stores will carry a duo-pack containing the top coat and a color for a special price. I find that while the formula takes FOREVER to dry, the polish actually lasts on my nails for up to 10 days and can withstand dish-washing, warm laundry folding and bathtub scrubbing. HIGHLY recommend these polishes.

 

Treets Traditions Nourishing Spirits Hand Lotion + Revitalizing Hair & Body Wash

I was sent these two products complimentary for testing and have very much enjoyed them both so far. As a side note, I have noticed the brand popping up in T.J Maxx so that is a WIN in my book!

Makeup Table Additions

Hello little plushies!

To me, there is nothing more pleasing than a neat, well organized vanity. Clean brushes resting patiently in cups, like flowers in a vase. Lipglosses in shades of purple, red, pink and nude shining bright, providing inspiration for so many looks. My vanity does not look like this. Usually it is in a varying state of disarray, ranging from a few items carelessly left out to a full on I-tried-to-do-falsies-and-a-red-lip-in-5-min kind of scene.

For our wedding, sister Meg brought me a few goodies from Daiso to help spruce things up a bit. And spruce, they did. Oh, and if you have never been to a Daiso you better skedaddle! It is basically a Japanese dollar store and everything is about 9283 times cuter than you could ever imagine. Here is proof:

This would be a standing mirror, brush holder and false eyelash case. ALL from Daiso!

I mean…

The eyelash case is TO DIE and is actually something I have been meaning to buy for awhile!

The other item I have been meaning to get for a while now is the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner.

This brush cleaner is not a shampoo. You simply pour the liquid into a small cup (they even sell one!), quickly dip the tip of your brush into the liquid and wipe onto a towel. This stuff takes EVERYTHING out of the brush and dries very fast. It is SO much easier than cleaning brushes at the sink and waiting all day for them to dry. I AM HOOKED.

I paid $23 for an 8 ounce bottle + tin combo.

And that’s it! What else do I need atop my vanity?