Bath & Body

A budget bath pick: Dr. Teals Milk Bath with Milk & Honey

By on October 6, 2013
Dr. Teal's Milk Bath with Milk & Honey (around $4 for 28 oz.)
Dr. Teal’s Milk Bath with Milk & Honey (around $4 for 28 oz.)

I take a lot of hot baths to soothe chronic achy muscles, despite how much they dry my skin out. I love to find bath products that can help keep my skin feeling hydrated, but good ones can be so expensive. And frankly, companies usually focus on sweet smelling lathers over creamier and genuinely moisturizing options. I found this bag of Dr. Teal’s Milk Bath at Bed Bath and Beyond and it was only around $4, so I figured it was worth a try. The ingredients are simple, the cost is low, and it’s actually pretty effective!

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DreamWorld Hermetica’s glowing Hocus Pocus eye shadows for Halloween 2013

By on October 5, 2013
Wearing a couple of eye shadows from DreamWorld Hermetica's new Hocus Pocus collection
Wearing eye shadows from DreamWorld Hermetica’s new Hocus Pocus collection

You know, Hocus Pocus is a movie that I’d kind of forgotten about, which is a shame because I actually really loved it as a kid. Reading through DreamWorld Hermetica’s list of shades inspired by the movie brings a few memories, but it mostly makes me want to watch it again. Maybe it’s on Netflix. Anyways, DreamWorld has created a large 16-piece collection of eye shadows, 2 blushes, and 2 lip colors inspired by the movie in the spirit of the Halloween season, and I’ve been trying out 3 of the eye shadow shades: Evil Witch, Young Virgin, and Girl with the Yabbos. They’re all very pretty shades with an otherworldly sheen that make me feel like I’ve gotten wrapped up in a little black magic.

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3 looks using the new BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic palette

By on October 4, 2013
BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic 18-shade eye shadow palette ($14 at BH Cosmetics)
BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic 18-shade baked eye shadow palette ($14 at BH Cosmetics)

Space is a beautiful inspiration for makeup, and the new Galaxy Chic palette by BH Cosmetics features 18 stunning baked eye shadow shades mimicking the vibrant and swirling colors found throughout the cosmos. Space-themed things are always fun, and when I saw that this palette only cost $14, I ordered it immediately. Galaxy Chic contains a full range of delightful colors, from brilliant hues to smoky neutrals. And the quality is nice, too! The shadows have a luminous sheen, and a few of them include a delicate dose of glitter. I’ve been playing around with these shadows for a few days now and I have 3 looks to share with you.

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New ELF Disney Villains Maleficent look book

By on October 3, 2013
ELF Disney Villains Maleficent look book ($9.99 at Walgreens)
ELF Disney Villains Maleficent look book ($9.99 at Walgreens)

Growing up, Sleeping Beauty was always my favorite Disney movie. The backgrounds are hand painted gorgeousness, it has a magical medieval flavor, and the music is is, well, Tchaikovsky. That tune that’s playing as Aurora walks up the tower staircase to her needly doom? Killer. And then there’s Maleficent, one of my favorite villains, period. I love her power and elegance, her minions and raven, devil horns and green flames. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on ELF’s new Maleficent look book this weekend when I saw it pop up at a nearby Walgreens (they also have versions for Ursula, Cruella De Vil, and Snow White’s Evil Queen – all good options!). I’ve been trying out some of the products and have photos to share with you.

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Hands & Nails

New ELF Disney Villains 12-piece nail polish collection

By on October 2, 2013
ELF Disney Villains 12-piece nail polish collection ($9.99 at Walgreens)
ELF Disney Villains 12-piece nail polish collection ($9.99 at Walgreens)

There’s a Walgreens very close to my office building, so despite its less-than-stellar cosmetics selection, I take a walk through it often in case any new releases make an appearance on the shelves. Just a few days ago I stopped by and was startled to see a full display of the new ELF Disney Villains nail polish sets and storybook collections. These lovely boxes of joy are exclusive to Walgreens and are themed around some of the best parts of old Disney movies: the iconic villains. Although I’ve been trying to dial down my spending recently, I couldn’t resist taking the Maleficent storybook collection and the 12-piece nail polish set home with me.

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An everyday favorite: Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in 10 – light blonde

By on October 1, 2013
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in shade 10 - light blonde ($20 for 0.23 oz.)
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in shade 10 – light blonde ($20 for 0.23 oz.)

I have very light eyebrows and eyelashes. In my mental image of myself, both are actually invisible. This is because for most of my life they’ve come in extremely blonde. I have a specific memory of walking through a store at the mall when I was in middle school and catching a glimpse of myself in a mirror, and I was startled that under the store lighting it appeared that I had no eyebrows at all. As mundane as it is, it’s a moment that has always stuck around in my mind. These days my brows come in as more of an ash blonde so they’re more visible than they used to be, but a product that can subtly enhance my pale brows while still looking natural is very valuable to me.

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Skincare

Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract

By on September 30, 2013
Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract ($35 for 4.2 fl. oz.)
Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract ($35 for 4.2 fl. oz.)

I received a deluxe sample of the One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with a recent Clarins purchase, and have been using it twice a day for about 2 weeks now (and I still have about 1/3 of the bottle left!). I’m definitely at a point in my life where I’m sniffing around for a new facial cleanser to love since while I do have 2 different options at the moment, I just don’t love either one of them. I was definitely curious about trying this one out, as it’s labeled as appropriate for all skin types and includes orange extract which sounds fresh and energizing.

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L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows in Amber Rush and Iced Latte

By on September 28, 2013
L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows in Amber Rush and Iced Latte
L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows in Amber Rush (left) and Iced Latte (right)

This is a bit of a continuation of the post from a few days ago where I talked about three Infallible eye shadow shades, Liquid Diamond, Glistening Garnet, and Bronzed Taupe. Amber Rush and Iced Latte are two more lovely Infallible shades I have in my collection, and they’re both just so easy to wear. Amber Rush is a medium rose gold shimmer, and Iced Latte is an icy champagne shimmer. Besides looking lovely on their own, they look pretty nice together, too.

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Guerlain Tenue de Perfection Foundation SPF 20

By on September 24, 2013
Wearin Guerlain Tenue de Perfection in shade 02 Beige Clair
Wearing Guerlain Tenue de Perfection in shade 02 Beige Clair

A few weeks ago I was taking a stroll through my nearby Nordstrom, and a Guerlain makeup artist pulled me over by tempting me with the new Maxi Lash mascara. She dolled me up a little, but what I ended up leaving with was a very generous sample of a sweet foundation. The new Tenue de Perfection Foundation SPF 20 is advertised to be a 16-hour long wearing liquid foundation with perfectly blendable color and a velvety-smooth texture.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Mauve Mania

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Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 450 Mauve Mania
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 450 Mauve Mania

It’s starting to get a little cooler out, and I recently spent an extra moment taking a look at the “purples” of the Maybelline lipsticks in my nearby drugstore. I noticed Mauve Mania, which was labeled as a new shade on the bar code sticker. It looked like a really pretty not-too-dark color for the season. I’ve had such good luck with the Color Sensational line of lipsticks, so it wasn’t a hard decision to walk away with this one in hand.

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