Monday, September 30, 2013

LUSH Cosmetics Soap | Porridge - Review

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LUSH Cosmetics Soap | Porridge, $6.95
With autumn just around the bend, many of us are turning our thoughts towards caring for our skin during the cooler months. Eager to keep dry skin at bay, we start to revamp our skin and body care routines right down to the soaps we use when bathing.  Every step is calculated to help us retain the most moisture, keeping our skin soft and supple against the elements. Today, we'll be taking a look at one soap that is a must in your cold weather skincare arsenal!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Essie Nail Polish | Go Overboard - Review + Swatch

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Essie Nail Polish | Go Overboard, $8.00
We may be heading firmly into autumn, but that's no reason to put away our brighter hues. Berry shades might be the trend in cooler months, but today's deep sea blue polish is gorgeous enough to make any girl want to buck tradition. If you're still longing for days spent sitting on the beach, then this nail lacquer might be right up your alley!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel - Review

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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peels, $88.00
Hello, beauties! Happy hump day! It's time to relax a little and enjoy the first luxurious days of autumn. The days get cool, the nights get cooler, the leaves start to turn, the Halloween decorations come out, and the spooky movies start showing up all over television. It's time to pull out the hats, scarves and sweaters, and wear lovely plums, browns, and reds on our faces and fingers.

Also with the start of autumn comes changes to our skin. The cold and harsh winds can leave our faces looking dried out and lackluster. Not to mention the sudden redness! Unless I'm looking jolly-cheeked like Santa, I can do without redness, thank you very much. That's where today's product comes in!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Starting Off Project | Blush

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Hello, beauties! It's Tuesday, and that means it's time for the next installment in The Starting Off Project. We're at the halfway point of the series this week, and we're talking all about the ins and outs of blush. We'll be covering what it is, what it does, how to apply it, and which ones are worth buying!

I'm a big fan of blush, so I'm really excited about this week's topic! As a pale lady, blush helps to keep me from looking sickly, and gives my face that youthful, schoolgirl glow that makes me feel totally put together. I might not always wear eyeliner or something on the lips, but I always have a touch of blush on.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Bugfest 2013 | Raleigh, NC

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Hello, beauties! As you know, the tagline on my blog reads Beauty | Fashion | Lifestyle, and, to be honest, I don't do nearly enough lifestyle posts (or fashion posts, but I'll cover that later). So here's an attempt to rectify things on the lifestyle end.

As there are photos of bugs in the post, I'm going to use the Read More cut for the sake of unsuspecting readers. Also, I have to say that having a blog really empowered me to do things I wouldn't normally do. I set aside my huge fear of most bugs to bring you the best possible post, and it led me to have such a fantastic experience! Here we go!

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Murad Oil Control Mattifier - Review

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Murad Oil Control Mattifier, $39.50
I have combination skin, and I don't know about others of you with skin like mine, but I still get massively oily sometimes. One minute my skin will be doing just fine, and then WHAM! My skin will become a slick, shiny mess. In the past, I'd immediately go wash my face to try and balance it back out, but some days my skin just wasn't having it.

Then I went for a Murad facial, and my skincare  routine changed. After giving my skin a good once over, and my face a full, proper clean, the aesthetician suggested I try the Murad Oil Control Mattifier. From there out, this little baby has been a life saver on many a difficult skin day.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wantable | September 2013 - Review

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Wantable, $36.00/month

DISCLAIMER: This post contains products sent to me for free by a brand or PR company in exchange for a review. However, all words and opinions are firmly my own, as always.

These days there are so many subscription boxes out there. You have ones for makeup, jewelry, clothes, food, even baby supplies! How is a girl to choose? So when Wantable contacted me about trying out one of their boxes for free, I jumped at the chance to see if this one stood out from the crowd.

The big selling point for Wantable is that each month their makeup boxes contain four to five full-sized products with a box value totaling over $80. None of those mini and deluxe size samples! You get real, full sized versions of fantastic luxury items. Part of my peeve with subscription boxes has been the fact that you essentially pay for samples you could get for free at Sephora, so when I read about Wantable's boxes, I knew I was in for a treat!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Starting Off Project | Bronzer

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It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new post in The Starting Off Project! This week's topic is all about bronzer. Now, I'll be totally honest, as a frightfully pale lady, I am very basic when it comes to bronzer. If I'm not careful with it, I can turn out like an oompa-loompa instead of a sun-kissed goddess! So if you are a fellow alabaster babe, you'll get where I'm coming from with today's post. Let's get started!

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Bath and Body Works Haul

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Before fall begins, I wanted to show the last of my summer hauls. Bath and Body Works is one of my favorite stores to go in to. The products are always fantastic, and our local store is huge with wall to wall lotions, potions, and smelly goods. In fact, the mall has TWO Bath and Body Works stores inside! One on each floor! We're serious about our bath and body products.

Growing up, there was this sort of stigma that B&BW was just for kids and teens, and no adult would be caught dead wearing a little Cucumber Melon or Sweet Pea. But over the years, the vibe and the packaging has "grown up" making it so that us adults have no shame when popping in to buy things. Plus, they have enough candles, reed diffusers, plug-ins and other sundry home items to give Yankee Candle a run for their money!

Over the summer, Bath and Body Works was having an extensive sale, so I thought then would be the time to stock up on a couple of items. I'd picked up a few lotions, so I was on the prowl for fragrances and home goods. And I'd say I pulled a pretty good haul. Take a look!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Fast and Easy Tips for Overcoming Writer's Block

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So, today I was desperately searching for what to write about. Nothing sounded good. I thought of all the products I've used recently, and nothing came to mind as being ready for review. I started getting nervous. It's Friday! I post every Friday! What am I going to do? What am I going to write about? I had the dreaded Writer's Block.

Have you been there? That point where, even though you might have loads to write about, you're just absolutely blocked? Nothing sounds right. No topic stands out. You're getting worried about not having a post prepared. Maybe even multiple posts! Your heart starts to beat fast, your leg starts to jiggle under your desk, you're looking around wildly at every last thing you own! I know that's how I get.

Then it hit me! Why not write about Writer's Block? Why not give you some of my tried and true tips to help you ride the wave and come out on the other side buzzing full of creative energy. Ready to break through the block? Let's go!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The First Time Tag

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Hello, beauties! Recently I'd been tagged by Daphne from Subgenre of a Dream, and Kate from Kate Bobbi to do The First Time tag, For those of you out of the loop, it's essentially a tag about some of our "firsts" (and not in that way, so get your head out of the gutter). It's a great way to get to know the person behind the blog, and I was really excited to get tagged. So, here are some of my firsts!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Starting Off Project | Foundation

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It's Tuesday and, as you know, that means the next installment in The Starting Off Project. If you missed last week's post, it was all about concealer. Today, we're talking about the wonderful miracle base, foundation! Powder, liquid, cream, sticks, you name it. We'll be covering what it is, how to apply it, which ones might work best for you, and which brands I'm currently loving. Are you ready? Let's get cracking!

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Monday, September 9, 2013

MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush | Dollymix - Review + Swatch

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MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush | Dollymix, $22.00
Now, I know that summer is winding down for some of you, but here summer is still in full force. Nothing screams the dog days of summer like a beautiful pink blush, and today I thought I'd bring you one of my all-time favorites from MAC Cosmetics. If you're not yet ready to let go of this gorgeous, warm weather or your bright hued makeup, then I've got a lovely rouge you won't want to miss!

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Dos, Don'ts, and Duhs! | Tips for New Bloggers

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If you've been on the blog this week, you'll remember that Wednesday I posted up my 10 tips for growing your blog. I'd had loads of emails and tweets asking for my tricks, and I felt like it would be a great idea to post them all up for everyone to use. Today I'm bringing you a companion piece of sorts all about blogging tips for new bloggers. Newbies, this one is for you!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Top 10 Tips for Growing Your Blog

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Hello, beauties! Happy hump day! So, lately I've been getting a lot of emails and tweets asking me how I've grown my blog. I'll immediately preface this post by saying obviously I'm a newbie when it comes to serious blogging, so I don't have everything figured out by far. But since I've been getting a lot of questions, I thought it might be a good idea to put up a post giving those who are wondering some of my tips. So, let's get to it!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Starting Off Project | Concealer

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Hello, beauties! It's week two of The Starting Off Project, a blogging series full of tips and tricks to help beauty newbies learn the ropes of makeup. Last week, we opened the series with a post dedicated to skincare techniques and must have products. Today, we'll be delving into the world of concealer!

So, for the uninitiated, what, exactly, is concealer? Concealer is this handy dandy little product that has a plethora of uses. It corrects, it brightens, it perfects, and it highlights, creating a flawless base. It's really, in my opinion, one of the most important products that a person can have in their beauty arsenal. The rule of thumb is to get a concealer a shade or two lighter than your skin tone, and in my experience this rule has always worked a treat.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Bodycology Deodorant Body Spray | After Dark - Review

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Bodycology Deodorant Body Spray | After Dark, $3.47

DISCLAIMER: This post contains products sent to me for free by a brand or PR company in exchange for a review. However, all words and opinions are firmly my own, as always.

As the summer days begin to give way to the cool breezes of autumn, we start to trade in our bright, summer scents for warmer, more mysterious fragrances. Musks and woody perfumes rule those long nights, and are perfect to be paired with your favorite chunky sweaters. Today, I'm bringing you a gorgeously scented body spray from Bodycology that I was lucky enough to receive a sample of, and is sure to be a staple through the upcoming cooler months.

As always, regardless of whether I was sent a product or bought it myself, you will get my totally honest opinion. I take reviewing very seriously, especially if I've been sent something, as credibility and honesty with all of you is so important to me. So with that being said, let's get started!

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