9.17.2014

5 Fall Beauty Trends



It's no secret around here that fall is my favorite season. Am I the only one who's a fan? And with it, comes plenty of fun beauty trends to try. I've got a few ideas for fall lips, nails, and eyes today on the blog. I encourage you to try one (or more!) of these. Let me know your faves in the comments. Now pass me some pumpkin spice coffee, light some fall candles (Marshmallow Fireside for me!) and enjoy.

1--When it comes to fall nails, darker hues are always popular. But instead of crimson, try a dark aubergine polish, like this one from Covergirl in Bodacious Berry. I love the finish on these and how long they last!

2--One of the most popular trends is the Kylie Jenner lip. This updated 90s lip look started in summer and is still going strong. While Kylie wears MAC liner in Whirl and MAC lipstick in Twig (I wore them in this tutorial), a much cheaper option is Prestige liner in Fleur and Nuance (Salma Hayek's line at CVS) lipstick in Dusty Rose. I also have been loving Milani lipstick in Plumrose.

3--Usually darker and matte lid colors are big in fall, but this year expect lots of metallic lids. I shared this look here with makeup from Pla Beauty, but try one of the new quads from L'Oreal or single shadows from Milani. 

4--Red lips, especially crimson matte shades, are just gorgeous, as seen here. I have been obsessed with the new Maybelline Bold Matte lipsticks and want them all. Have you tried these?

5--Dark colors not your thing? Then you'll love rocking some nude nails. Think less pinky nude and more beige or skin tone. I love this one from Nails Inc, but this one from Bonne Bell is much more wallet-friendly.

What trends are you excited to try this fall?
PS: I've got a fall hair trends post coming soon!

9.16.2014

This or That: Benefit Gimme Brow Vs. Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara

One of the very first pieces of beauty advice I ever heard was about my brows. "Don't pluck your brows. They're gorgeous like Brooke Shields' are." I remember thinking, "Who?" but the advice stuck with me, and there are some, shall we say, bold brow pics to prove it. Years later, the brows are maintained and I'm thankful for that advice, since I don't have to really fill mine in. But I do use brow mascara and I'm comparing 2 products in this week's This or That.

Benefit Gimme Brow
  • Brow-volumizing fiber gel
  • $22, 0.1oz.
  • 2 shades
  • Water-resistant 
  • Long-wearing 
  • Natural-looking 
  • Buildable
  • Award winner
  • Sephora, Ulta, online
    • Love the size of the wand, the fact that it is buildable without crunchiness, water resistant.
    • Don't love the price, it can clump if too many coats are applied, only comes in 2 shades.
Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara
  • Colored gel+ Sculpting Ball Brush
  • $5.99+ for .23 fl. oz, 7.0 ml
  • 4 shades
  • Clump-free
  • Smudge-proof
  • I have been waiting for this to hit the States after hearing of it in the UK.
  • I purchased mine at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Drug and Box stores, as well as online will follow soon.
    • Love the price, pigmention, staying power, it comes in 4 shades
    • Don't love the wand at all, it gets crunchy with more than 1 coat
Same/Different:
  • I have tested these together and individually, in temps from 65-92 degrees, and both products have lasted with no smudges or flakes.
  • Both products have been worn a maximum 16 hours and lasted.
  • I had no reactions to either product.
  • The Maybelline seemed to have almost a mousse consistency whereas the Benefit is more like a gel. I didn't detect the fibers really in Benefit, but that isn't a negative or positive.
  • Both are pigmented products and are removed easily.
  • The ingredients do feature some basic similarities, but are different. Please check packaging for specifics.
makeup after 16 hours: BB cream, currently testing a mascara, MAC shadows 
both pics feature the same order:
Benefit l, Maybelline r 


This or That?
  • I love the price of the Maybelline as well as the results, but cannot stand the wand, wish it didn't feel so crunchy and that it was water-resistant (just in case!)
  • Benefit has a tiny wand that I love, and those with sparse brows will love as well. It is water-resistant and was never crunchy, did clump in a couple of spots with excess product. The crunchiness and clumps were solved with a clean spooley, but I didn't want to have to add another step to my routine. I have about 10-15 minutes to get ready in the morning.
  • This really comes down to preference. As you've noticed, I can argue for both. I know some readers refuse to purchase anything that isn't high end, and there are some who wouldn't dream of spending $22 on something so small
  • While the Maybelline is no dupe, it really is good for the price (minus the wand--am I the only one not a fan of the ball?). I would repurchase this because my brows don't have a "routine" and a quick brush through is all I need. But I am keeping the wand from Benefit or using an interdental brush to use with it.
















9.15.2014

DIY Snickerdoodles Sugar Scrub

Hey you! How was your weekend? Mine was spent cleaning, shopping, and...baking! Yes--I am the world's worst cook, but managed to bake some yummy Snickerdoodles cookies to remind me of fall, even though it's 90 outside. I love that cinnamon-sugar scent and remembered that I haven't made my Snickerdoodles Sugar Scrub in forever--okay, since last year. It smells amazing and is an excellent exfoliating treat. The best parts about this diy? No calories and it takes just minutes to make. I hope you try it!

9.11.2014

How To: Makeup for Fall Ft. Pla Beauty

Hey you! It's almost time for my favorite season: fall! Bring on the darker shadows and lips because I'm ready. Today I am sharing a tutorial doing just that! I had the opportunity to try Opulent: Fall 2014 collection from (Plā) Beauty. I met the founder, Stephanie Green-Bass, at the Southern Bloggers Society Conference, and just fell in love with her products as well as her story. Before I share my tutorial, let me tell you a little more about (Plā) Beauty (via site):



Capturing the essence of every woman, (Plā) Beauty features
  • a specially formulated, high-quality customizable, refillable cosmetic line, which contains paraben-free, hypoallergenic products, infused with antioxidants and hydrating properties
  • luscious lipsticks, glosses, and liners; stunning eye shadows, blushers and bronzers; and (Plā) all day foundations, mascaras, primers, and concealers
  • environmentally-friendly makeup that creates more than just a physical impression
  • an opportunity to support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, as portions of every purchase support this wonderful establishment. This cause is a way to give back to the amazing and giving staff that offered words of encouragement and hope at a time when the founder, Stephanie, felt like she couldn’t go on after her infant daughter passed away. I have visited CHOA many times and love that this place is being supported in such a way.
Now that you know why I love this makeup brand, let's see the Opulent Fall Collection:

9.10.2014

This or That: Makeup Forever HD Blush Vs. Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush

It's baaack! This or That, one of my most-liked series is back by popular demand. Every week or so I'll compare 2 similar beauty products, with one usually being high end and one being drugstore. Up first are two cream blushes, Makeup Forever HD Blush in Coral and Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush in Rosey. Let's check out the info on each:



Makeup Forever HD Blush in Coral
  • $26
  • 15 shades
  • $9.79
  • 3 shades
  • I originally shared it here in my latest haul.

9.09.2014

Twisted Together: Easy, 3 Minute, No Heat Hairstyle

I've got a really easy hairstyle today that you can do it 3 minutes. This is perfect for back to school or those days when you don't want to use heat on your hair.

9.08.2014

Lift Up! Where Does Your Bra Go? $100 Visa Card Giveaway


Take a moment and think about all of the places you take your bra during the day. Seriously, take just a moment:

For example, just the other day I washed my car, walked my dog, blogged, ran errands, chased after a 4 year old, climbed up a to tree house (and down about 50 times), cuddled a 5 month old, and threw on a dress to dash off to be a guest at an event. And that was just a little of my morning.

I admit--a bra for me was an after thought. It was just a necessary accessory I never thought about. I accepted the poor quality, cheap material, slipping straps, and back bulges. But it doesn't have to be that way!

I have a solution--enter Vanity Fair®. For 100 years, Vanity Fair® lingerie has been the brand that women look to for undeniable support, lift and a little bit of luxury. We take our bras everywhere--so why not invest in a bra that will be able to take you on your day?

Vanity Fair® offers feminine and beautiful lingerie available in styles that are trend-right and feature sleek fabrics with clean lines for a smooth look under clothes. With sophisticated color palettes and minimalistic prints, Vanity Fair® bras and panties are great for everyday wear. I love the quality and the details AND that they're affordable.

So back to my point earlier about where you take your bra--I wanted to announce the “Women Who Do” campaign. This initiative is dedicated to praising and celebrating everyday triumphs of women everywhere. Vanity Fair® hopes to spark a movement that inspires women to support each other and live their lives according to what makes them happy.

Dress for Success Partnership: Dress for Success® – an organization dedicated to promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, career development tools and a network of support– noticed a need for more intimate apparel to provide its clients. Vanity Fair® saw a welcome opportunity to lend its expertise, resources and extensive product offering to help replenish the lingerie of the non-profit organization. Through this partnership, Vanity Fair® hopes to provide women with the support they need to be successful.

And to do just that, they have The Vanity Fair LiftTOUR! On July 17, 2014, Vanity Fair and Dress for Success kicked off the national LiftTOUR – a nationwide bus tour with a focus on fit and philanthropy. The LiftTOUR will travel across the country conducting bra fittings at major retail locations, and for every woman fit, Vanity Fair® will donate a brand-new bra to the local Dress for Success Affiliate. Between July and the end of October, the LiftTOUR will plan to stop at 70 different locations in 12 major U.S. markets. Be sure to check it out!

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