Monday, August 25, 2014

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Blush Review

Hello Ladies! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I can't believe how fast this summer is going. I have only a week left until my internship starts. Today I wanted to review Physicians Formula Nude Blush. I saw this at Ulta and picked it up mainly because of the packaging. How cute is that bow?! Since the colors are a little bit on the lighter side, I figured it would be good for my fair skin.
 Packaging: I love the packaging of this product. It opens on this side, and closes with a magnet. It stays together well. It also opens on the back, where there is a brush and a nice sized mirror. The packaging makes it easy to throw into a makeup bag and take with you on the go, because you won't need to bring a separate brush.
Color: When I first tried this product I was a little bit disappointed that it had very little payoff. I used my fluffy blush brush and could not get any color to show up on my cheeks. I tried the brush that it came with, because it is a little bit more dense, and it did help the color show up better. I felt like I had to use quite a bit of product for it to show up though. When it does show up, it leaves a nice glow without glitter or shimmer.
Long lasting: This products lasted a good part of the day. I do find myself having to reapply mid-day.
Price: $12.99 at Ulta.
Final review: I would give this product a 3 out of 5 stars. I will probably continue to use it, but I won't repurchase. It just doesn't give the payoff I had hoped for. I understand that it is a nude product and is suppose to look natural, but it take a lot of product to show up at all.
Swatches of each color, first swatch is a mixture of all colors.
 Have you tried this blush? What do you think?
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Favorite Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes

Hello! I hope everyone is having a great week! If you have followed my blog, you know that I am a huge fan of neutral eyeshadow colors. I normally reach for the browns and golds. I put together a collection of my favorite eyeshadow palettes, both high-end and drugstore. I don't own all of these palettes, but I did look up reviews on all of the ones that I haven't tried. They are all ones I would like to try eventually.

Urban Decay Naked Basics- $29
Physicians Formula Baked Shadows- $7.99
Urban Decay Naked 3- $54
Tarte Rainforest After Dark- $38
Maybelline Nudes- $9.99
Lorac Unzipped- $40
NYX Dream Catcher- $14.99

What are your favorite eyeshadow palettes?
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Monday, August 11, 2014

My Writing Process

Hello! Today's post is going to be a little bit different. I was tagged by Chelsea from Tiger Love Beauty to do the writing process tag. My writing process is fairly simple, but I thought it might be helpful for newer bloggers. 

1) What am I working on?

Right now I am working on growing my blog. I first started blogging with the intent that it was going to be a beauty and lifestyle blog. Most of my posts are beauty, but I have been working on more lifestyle posts (coming soon :) ) It is tougher than I thought coming up with lifestyle post ideas, and making them interesting for people to read. 
  2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
This is a tough question. I write about the products that I am liking and what works for me. Those aren't going to be the exact same products that another blogger would pick. I also focus more on drugstore products, as opposed to high-end. 
3) Why do I write what I do?
Before getting married, I started watching Youtube to learn how to do wedding makeup. Prior to that, I wore makeup, but very basic. This is when I discovered how much I like makeup. From there I watched countless videos to learn tips and tricks that I could try while doing my own makeup. It took me a while to get the nerve to start a blog, but I absolutely love it. And why not write about something that I enjoy doing.
 4) How does your writing process work?
I would like to say that I am organized with my blogging schedule, but I'm not. I normally get an idea for a post and write it in my notebook. When I sit down to write a post I will normally refer to my list for an idea. I like having options of what I write about, instead of following a schedule I make at the beginning of the month. I will normally start and finish a post in one sitting, but there are some posts that I will work on and off for a couple of weeks until it is just right.

I am nominating:
Lauren from Will Sing for Makeup. She is a beauty blogger who writes tons of helpful reviews. She has a great giveaway going on right now.
Belle from NaturelBelleFemme. She also writes a lot of helpful reviews, and her nail art is amazing! 
Maurissa from Maurissa Sees Beauty. She is a beauty and lifestyle blogger who writes a variety of posts including how-tos, reviews, hair.
Check these girls out, because they are all amazing. 
Thanks for visiting!
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How to Style Curly Hair

Hello! Recently I have been wearing my hair natural more often. I have been trying to keep it as healthy as possible because I am trying to grow it out. My curly hair type is 2B-Wavy Curly. If you don't know your hair type you can find it here.

 I have tried quite a few hair products for curly hair over the years, and these are the best ones that have have found so far. Most are from Paul Michell's Curls Line. I plan on doing a full review on a few of these products soon.
At night, I start by washing my hair with Paul Michell's Spring Loaded Frizz-Fighting Shampoo. I just use a drugstore conditioner, nothing in particular. Once I get out of the shower, I use Paul Michell's Sculpting Foam and scrunch it in my hair. Washing my hair at night gives it time to air dry.

This is what my hair looks like in the morning somewhat. All I did was run my fingers through my hair to untangle it. In the morning, I start by straightening my hair around my face. I have a lot of baby hairs that tend to get a little out of control, so straightening helps smooth it out. If you don't have that issue, you probably won't need to use a straightener. I also curl my bangs because they are at an awkward length. I am trying to grow them out, but they go just past my chin and don't like to curl naturally very well. I add more product next. 
1) I wet my hair slightly with a waterbottle (everything but the roots.) I find that this helps the other products go on smoother. 
2)  Next, I use Paul Mitchell's Full Circle Leave-In Treatment. This is great for preventing frizz. If I use too much of this product it makes my hair look greasy, so I just use a small amount.
3) The third product I use is Loreal's EverStyle Strong Hold Styling Spray. I like to spray this product in my hands and scrunch it into my hair. This helps keep my hair in place without being as harsh as a hairspray. This will make your hair crunchy if too much is used. 
4) Lastly, I spray the top of my hair with a hairspray. I don't have a particular one I use. 
Sorry for the random change of shirts, I decided to take more pictures later that day.
I hope you find this post helpful. 
Thanks for visiting!
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