Hiatus 

I think I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll mention it again: I recently started working part time at a new job.  I love my job but right now I have quite the commute.  All in all it takes me about two and a half hours to get to work and it gets pretty exhausting.  I relish in my days off and I know it’s nothing, but the thought of taking an hour out of my day to post because I feel like I have to isn’t helping my situation.  With that said, I am taking a step away from the bloggosphere for a while.  I don’t know when I’ll be back but I’ll provide an update if I feel inclined to do so.  Take care of yourselves and one another.  Rebecca. 

Bobbi Brown Lip, Cheek and Eye Kit Review

A few weeks ago I was so lucky to win this lovely Party Set from Bobbi Brown’s Instagram page.  I’ve been playing with the kit for a couple of weeks now and I feel like I can give the kit a solid review.  If you’re interested in the products you can find the full kit on Bobbi Brown’s website here.

Lipstick: I absolutely adore this lipstick.  I have another Bobbi Brown lipstick and I absolutely love it.  This is a perfect everyday nude pink shade, that’s not too light.  If livens up my lips and it’s one of my favorite things in the kit.

Highlighter: Of all the products in the kit this is the one I was the most excited for.  It’s a beautiful highlighter in the pan, but it’s a bit too glittery for my taste.  You can’t see the glitter from a distance which I like about the product.  As for the finish it’s very subtle and beautiful.  Overall I think it’s a nice highlighter but I don’t think I would spend $46 (the price for a single Bobbi Brown highlighter) on the product.

Lipgloss: As I’ve mentioned in the past I do not like sparkles or lipgloss.  I think this is a fun lipgloss for a night out but I really haven’t been reaching for it.

Mascara: I’ve used Bobbi Brown mascara in the past and I don’t like it.  I passed this mascara along to my mother, so I’ll give you her review.  She really likes it.  She’s been using the Benefit They’re Real mascara and she thinks this mascara is miles better.

Makeup Bag: I didn’t know this bag was coming in the kit and it’s probably my favorite part of the whole kit.  It feels incredibly luxurious and holds a lot of product.

 

I can’t say I’m disappointed with something that was kindly given to me for free but overall most of these products aren’t too life changing for me.  Will I use them?  Yes but I don’t see myself running out to repurchase anything besides the lipstick anytime soon.

2016 Favorites

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What a year!  I think for most of us 2016 was a wild, wild ride.  In terms of beauty products I discovered a lot of new products this year that defined my routine.  Looking back at the Best of the Best products this year I realized I have a lot.  If you’re interested in lifestyle favorites I have a podcast with Positively Gabriella where we discuss these things.  Instead of walking through everything I decided just to list everything below, as I have a lot of beauty favorites.  Here’s to an exciting and prosperous 2017!

 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Bobbi Brown Lipstick “Rose”

Superdrug Vitamin E Moisturizer, Eye Cream, and Face Oil

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

Zooeva Luxe Fan Brush

NYX Matte Setting Spray

Nivea Shave Balm

Vaseline Lotion

Eyelure Lashes in “Simply Flueur”

The Balm Mary LouManizer Highlighter

Charlotte Tilbury Lipcheat in “Pillow Talk”

MAC Lipstick in “Hot Gossip”

Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne

Tangle Teezer

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in “Rose”

Mid December Favorites

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a December Favorites post so I did the only logical thing I could think of: look back to what I did last year.  Last December I did a favorites post, but with the way the calendar looks this year, my December faves is going up a little bit early so I’m calling it a Mid December Favorites.  As it’s only the middle of the month I don’t have a whole lot of products but what I’ve been using I’ve been really enjoying.

It Cosmetics Crease Brush

My mom accidentally broke my Smashbox crease brush and I was pretty bummed about it.  Luckily I went to my local Ulta (because of all the 20% off coupons they’ve been sending for Christmas) and found an amazing replacement brush.  The brush holds so much product and does a beautiful job at applying shadow.  It’s hard to find a reasonably priced crease brush not in a set at Ulta, but I think the $14 price tag is an absolute bargain for how amazing this brush is.

Lush Shower Gel in “Snow Fairy”

This is a Christmas classic for me.  I love Lush shower gels and it wouldn’t be December without the smell of sugar filling my shower.

Vaseline 

If you saw my quick little post last week on dry feet you know I’ve been using vaseline and fuzzy socks to make my feel feel almost normal.

Carmex Classic Lip Balm

I got this for $1 at the Dollar Store.  One dollar.  And I love it!  It’s a moistruzing lip balm with SPF that makes chapped lips a thing of the past.

Combating Dry Feet

My feet are grotesquely dry year round.  I know, that’s a really attractive way to start a post but it’s good to be honest.  My mother recently gave me a tip on how to combat dry feet so I thought I would share it here.  Before bed smother your feet in petroleum jelly and put on some cozy socks.  By the AM your feet will be significantly softer.  Boom- it’s that easy!

Empties- Autumn 2016

I’m back with another empties- and this time I have lots of makeup which never happens.  So I’ll cut the small chat and get straight to the products.

Beauty Blender: OVERHYPED, OVERHYPED, OVERHYPED.  I stored mine the way Beauty Blender recommended and it stated growing mold.  It also developed a horrible smell and every time I cleaned it, the sponge bled pink.  Save your $20 on this one and spring for the Real Techniques sponge. Recommend: NOT EVEN TO MY WORST ENEMY.

L’Occitane Vereine Shower Gel: I found this waiting for me in my shower when I came back from the UK and while I usually love L’Occitane shower gels I didn’t quite gel with this one as much.  The smell was alright and it didn’t do anything special.  Recommend: No.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: I love Benefit mascara and this one is definitely my favorite- hell it’s probably my favorite mascara of all time.  Recommend: Yes.

Freeman Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel Away Clay Mask: When I first saw this in Ulta I thought the idea of a peel and clay mask in one was great.  Well, this burned my skin like no other so I decided to read the back of the label.  One of the first ingredients in the mask is alochol.  I obviously didn’t finish the product, which is a shame because I hate wasting product, but I don’t want to put something on my face that’s uncomfortable.  Rrecommend: No.

Sleek Borw Kit: If you’re on a budget this is such a great brow kit.  I love Sleek as a brand and this product is no exception.  While I wish they came in a wider range of shades, I could make it work.  Recommend: Yes.

Sephora Rose Sleeping Mask: The sleeping masks from Sephora are a real game changer.  I can get about six uses out of them so it comes to less than a dollar a mask!  I’m just so in love with this mask.  Oh it also smells incredible so bonus points for that.  Recommend: Yes.

Superdrug Vitamin E Nourishing Eye Cream: Okay so I’m fairly confident this appeared in an empties a while ago but it’s such a lovely eye cream.  If you have access to this entire range at Superdrug get your hands on it- your skin will thank you.  Recommend: Yes.

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer: The internet does not lie on this one, the concealer is the best.  It’s light and does an amazing job covering up dark eyes.  It’s also nice to layer.  Just a great bargain.  Recommend: Yes.

Sleek Brow Definer: I know I just talked about another Sleek brow product but this one is also amazing. Recommend: Yes.

John Frieda Radiant Red Conditioner: My favorite conditioner which is probably why this is far from the first empties this conditioner has been in.  Recommend: Yes.

Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour and Highlight in “Light/Medium”:  A word to the wise: if you are very fair, anything that combines you with medium skin tones isn’t a good idea.  With that said I think if you’re not a super fair person this is a great powder.  The highlight I’m not so crazy about but this contour power is a great deal.  Recommend: Yes.

Asquith & Somerset Pink Grapefruit & Orange Sugar Scrub: This was the best shower scrub I’ve ever used.  My skin felt so soft and my bathroom smelled divine for hours afterwards.  My mom found this at Marshall’s so if you ever see any of the Asquith & Somerset scrubs there, check them out.  Recommend: Yes.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Curella”: This is my perfect deep, winter red.  This lasted me almost 2 years so if you like reds it’s worth the investment.  It’s long wearing and super easy to apply.  The only thing I’m not crazy about is the fact that you have to find a special sharpener for it. Recommend: Yes.

John Frieda Luminious Glaze: Another product that’s seen it’s fair share of empties posts.  So yeah, I love it.  Recommend: Yes.

 

 

November Favorites

I hope all my American followers had a lovely Thanksgiving!  Now that Thanksgiving has come to an end it’s officially the Christmas season!  Oh yeah- it also means it’s the end of the month which means Monthly Favorites!  As I’ve spend a lot of time this month looking for jobs I haven’t really been spending money on products but there are a few things I’ve really been enjoying all month long.  Fun side note: all my faovrites this month are under $10!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

This sponge kick’s the Beauty Blender’s ass in every way possible.  When I first got my Beauty Blender I loved it, and then things went bad. (I’ll hold out the suspense in a post coming in a few weeks!)  Basically what I love about the Real Techniques Sponge is how well it holds up- I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it has yet to sprout mold, smell, or lose it’s color.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I’m pretty sure I included this brush way back at the beginning of the year but now I’m using it for foundation and not contouring.  It applies any foundation beautifully and I’ve been really enjoying this brush all month.

Sleek Face Contour Kit in “Light”

Part of the reason why I stopped using the Expert Face Brush for contour has to do with this contour kit.  This contour powder from one of my favorite makeup brands, Sleek is extremely pigmented.  With the proper brush and a light hand this contour is beautiful for super fair ladies (and gentlemen) like myself.  Since I don’t contour everyday I couldn’t bring myself to spend $45 on the Kevin Acquin powder I went for a much cheaper alternative and I’m so happy I did! (I think it was somewhere around $8 on Amazon with free shipping!)  But what I love most about this duo is the highlighter.  As I’ve said before I’m over the extreme highlight trend.  I didn’t really want another highlighter but I tried the highlighter in this kit and it’s incredible.  It’s so light and natural; reminiscent of the Hourglass Powders and the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick.

Barry M. Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paint in “Vengeance is Wine”

Truth be told, I meant to put this in my October 2015 favorites.  I freaking love this polish this time of year.  The color is stunning and it lasts a whole week with minimal chipping.

Vaseline Intensive Care Essential Healing Lotion

An oldie but a goodie.  I love this lotion so much, especially this time of year.  It has a lovely clean, oaty (?) smell.  A savior for my dry skin.

 

 

Interview Prep: Beauty Edition

As a recent grad I know a thing or two about getting ready for an interview.  While I’m currently unemployed I’ve been on a handful of interviews since I got back to the USA a couple of months ago.  I’ve received an offer from nearly all the interviews but I turned them down for various reasons.  I’ve come to have a pretty good system of preping for an interview: researching and taking notes for the actual position and how I’m going to physically present myself.  If anyone is interested I can do a post on the first part of my interview prep (let me know in the comments!) but today I want to focus on the “beauty” part.  I know if I look my best I feel my best so that’s what this post is all about.

The Night Before

  • When I take a shower I always wash my hair before an interview.  I know a lot of people like to work with second day hair but I prefer going into an interview with clean hair.  I hate going to bed with wet hair so I make sure to shower a little earlier.
  • I like to lay everything out in an assembly line.  By doing so I know exactly what makeup I’m using, what jewlery I’m wearing, and other little things that I can be pretty indecisive about.
  • It’s important to pack my bag to make sure I have everything I need.  I usually commute into NYC which is an hour and a half on a bus that’s 40 mins from my house.  I like to have a book and any product makeup touchup products.  I find packing at night helps me avoid overpacking.

The Morning

  • I go through my assembly line.  I can always count on wearing my Dior Airflash foundation and my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick.  I always spring for a look that’s fresh, subtle, yet bold.  Most of the time I wear a nude/pink lipstick but occasionally I’ll spring for a red- my power color.
  • To finish off my makeup I always set my face with a finishing spray.  If I’m getting ready before 7AM and my interview is at 1PM I want my makeup to look just as good at 1PM as it did when I left the house.
  • I skip the coffee at breakfast and spring for a glass of ice water.  This way I know I’m hydrated and the cold water perks me up for my drive to the bus.
  • I also like to leave relatively early.  I do this because 1) I have time anxiety and if I’m not super early I might as well be late. 2) I want to beat rush hour traffic on the parkway. 3) I like to stop at Wawa for a coffee on my drive up.

Commute

  • I put my phone on Do Not Disturb because I listen to a podcast while I drive.  I love starting my day off with something like the Rachel Maddow Show because it’s the perfect amount of time from my house, to Wawa, and to the bus.  Podcasts are also great because I’m not distracted if I want to sing along or change the song.
  • Once I’m on the bus I usually listen to more podcasts and read.  Chill time is essential.
  • I like to get into the city early so I can walk around.  I feel my best when I get the blood flowing and I can focus on something other than the interview.  It’s also nice knowing I have ample time.

 

I hope these little tips and tricks are helpful to anyone out there on the job hunt.  As of today I well over 200 applications so I know it’s tough out there.

Kate Moss Rimmel Lipstick in “107”

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Nothing like a throwback lipstick review post, combined with the internet made me buy it.  For years the beauty community has been raving about Kate Moss for Rimmel’s lipstick in the shade “107.”  It’s so many people’s go to deep red shade for the autumn and winter.  My former deep red lipstick shade went funky so I thought I would replace it with a new lipstick.  This was my chance to try “107.”

If you’ve been a long time reader you know this is one of my favoirte lipstick formulas; I have more Kate Moss Rimmel lipsticks in my collection than any other brand.  If I’m being completely honest “107” is probably my least favorite shade I own.  It’s more of a berry shade than a deep red.  It’s pretty but it’s too similar to another shade I own.

If you’re looking for a berry red lip, “107” might be a great choice for you.  If you’re looking for a deep red shade, “107” isn’t the one.

The Scrub Report

I’m not going to lie: it gets pretty monotonous writing the same posts over and over again.  I thought I would begin November by shaking it up a little by sharing what I keep in my shower, and the order I use these products.

Way back when I went to college I learned I’m pretty fast in the shower.  I thought three or four minutes was the standard- and that’s when I take the time to wash my hair and shave my legs.  If we’re talking a day where I’m not washing my hair I’d say I’m in the shower for no more than a minute.

As for what’s in my shower let’s start at the very beginning of my routine.  I start by washing my hair with my favorite shampoo John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Shampoo.  I don’t dye my hair but I feel like this shampoo gives my hair an extra boost.

Next I move onto conditioning where I use the matching conditioner.  I usually apply conditioner by flipping my head over and running the product through my hair.  I leave the conditioner in while I scrub down and shave.

For the sake of this post let’s pretend I’m going the whole nine yards with this routine.  Next I move onto body wash on one of those shower poof things.  Right now I’m using Endless Weekend by Bath & Body Works.  It has a lovely fruity and vanilla scent that leaves my shower smelling amazing.

Next I move onto shaving with my Venus Razor.  I’ve been using these for years and I really enjoy them.

If I’ve been to yoga or I feel like my skin needs a little extra boost I’ll use my Tree Hut Lychee and Plum Sugar Scrub.  It leaves my skin feeling nice and polished after a long, sweaty day.

After I’m done all my body treatments I’ll wash out the conditioner and that’s about it.  I also have a little Aromatherapy & Associates Lavender and Peppermint Oil hanging around my shower that I’m saving for a special occasion.