Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Southern Girl's Guide to Books #1

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Hello, beauties! One of my favorite parts of summer is grabbing some new reads perfect for days sitting poolside or relaxing at the beach. I tend to reach for quick, easy reads that keep me turning the pages long into the hot, humid nights. With a refreshing beverage of choice at my side (bloody marys, anyone?), I love going on action-packed thrill rides and heating up with steamy romances. Today's recommendations are of the former category, and will set your heart racing!

Divergent by Veronica Roth
In a dystopian future Chicago, society has separated itself into five factions based on distinct virtues: Erudite, Amity, Candor, Abnegation, and Dauntless. Upon turning 16, teenagers are tested to see which faction they are best suited for and where they will live out the rest of their days. But for Beatrice Prior things aren't so simple. Her test results reveal that she is suited for more than one faction, something called a "divergent". A person capable of defying the system. And in this society, being a divergent is a death sentence unless she can keep her newfound status a secret, even from those she loves.

For fans of: Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
16-year-old Thomas wakes up in the Glade with no recollection of how he got there, and no memories of his former life. However, he has an eerie feeling that he's been here before, and a strange pull to the mysterious, unsolvable maze that lies beyond the Glade's walls. His new home is filled with other boys, but before Thomas has a chance to settle in, the Gladers are suddenly joined by a girl who claims that everything is going to change. When the boys start dying one by one, Thomas realizes that they have to escape now, and that he holds the answer to the maze, if only he could remember.

For fans of: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Growing up, Jacob's grandfather told him fantastical tales about his childhood at Miss Peregrine's Home for Children. Jacob's grandfather insisted that his stories of monsters and adventures were true, but Jacob's family wrote them off as the ramblings of a mad man. However, when Jacob finds his grandfather mauled to death by an unknown creature, he begins to be haunted by the monsters of his grandfather's tales. Determined to find out the truth once and for all, Jacob travels to the infamous home where his grandfather grew up, only to find that some fairy tales are very, very real.

For fans of: Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

From dystopian societies to strange tales and fantastical creatures, these stories are sure to be your new favorite page turners! I've loved each and every one, and I know that you will, too.

Have you read these books? What are your favorite summer reads?

Stay gorgeous, peaches!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

CoverGirl CG Smoothers Aquasmooth Foundation - Review

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CoverGirl CG Smoothers Aquasmooth Foundation, $8.99
Hello, beauties! Usually when it comes to makeup, we can't wait to try new products. With a vast array of brands, new releases, and coveted limited edition items, it's only natural to want things we've never had before over products we've already given a test. However, sometimes we come across a product so fantastic that it becomes a mainstay in our beauty arsenal. Today, we're talking about a fabulous foundation that I've been using for near 12 years that I can't imagine being without!

The CoverGirl CG Smoothers Aquasmooth foundation is a hybrid base that starts as a cream, goes on like a liquid, and sets to a satin powder finish. With medium to high coverage, this is a great foundation for those looking to cover redness, dark circles, and blemishes. It pulls a bit warm on the skin, so I recommend it more for warmer to neutral skin tones. There is also no fine line settling which is fantastic, but it does highlight dry patches so exfoliation is a must.

Typically when applying foundation, it is generally advised to avoid using sponges as they soak up too much product. However, with this foundation I'd suggest applying it with a sponge as I've found that application with a brush is a bit cakey, while fingers apply the base too streaky. Regardless of how you choose to apply it, once it's on you're totally set for the day while only needing to touch up with a bit of powder here and there.

This is the foundation I've gone to for years. Through high school, prom, graduation, into college, and even now. I always keep a compact or two of it in my makeup bag to fall back on, and it's the first one I recommend when asked for a drugstore foundation. So here, I recommend it to you. If you are looking for a bargain foundation, especially one that provides great coverage and doesn't melt at the first signs of our signature southern heat and humidity, you'd do well giving this lovely base a go. It's definitely Southern Charmed approved!

Have you tried the CoverGirl CG Smoothers Aquasmooth foundation? Do you have a favorite product you've reached for over the years?

Stay gorgeous, peaches!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Southern Girl's Guide

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Hello, beauties! When I started this blog last year, I fully intended for it to be about more than just beauty (see the fashion and lifestyle parts of my tagline). Don't get me wrong, I love makeup and skincare and all things girly. I like it a lot! But I also wanted this blog to be about the books I'm loving, the TV shows I'm binge watching, the movies I keep on replay, the music I jam to, and even the video games I've been beasting. I'm a pop culture-aholic, and I love sharing recommendations with people. Thus, the idea for The Southern Girl's Guide was born!

This new series will be all about the things I'm loving at the mo that I think y'all will love, too! From your new fave TV shows to the books you should get stuck into and everything in between, The Southern Girl's Guide will be a one stop shop for all the recommendations you can handle with handy, quick guides to see what fits your interests. No matter what your tastes, there will be a little something for everyone.

I'm super excited to start this series, and I feel like it will bring some much needed variety to the blog. Plus, it gives me a fun outlet to explore all the other obsessions in my life and share them with all y'all. Stay tuned for the first installment next week featuring three books that will have you turning pages well into these hot summer nights!

Stay gorgeous, peaches!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Origins Super Spot Remover - Review

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Origins Super Spot Remover, $15.00
Hello, beauties! It's always lovely to reminisce about our teen years. First kisses, school dances, nights out with friends, all dearly held memories. However, there are some parts of our youth that are better left squarely in the past. The dreaded acne, for example! Once we hit our twenties, we expect to be rid of those nasty spots for good. Unfortunately for some of us, that bit of the past has a way of haunting us well into our adult years. Recently, I've been having stubborn breakouts, and after pulling out all of my typical tricks (and some of my hair to boot), I realized it was time to get out a heavy hitter. Today we're taking a look at a little wonder product that has me banishing those pimples back to high school!

The Origins Super Spot Remover is a larger than life acne treatment in the tiniest of blue bottles. Boasting 1.5% salicylic acid, an ingredient known for it's zit zapping properties, a little dab of this gel before bed is all you need to send your spots packing. Overnight those lousy suckers shrink away and you wake up to visibly clearer skin. A little dryness may occur, but it's a small price to pay to get your skin looking its very best.

I'm always skeptical of products that claim to treat acne so quickly. Time after time, I've picked up treatments only to be left with the spots I started with days later. But after a recommendation from a friend and the allure of a 15 dollar price tag, I pushed my skepticism away and decided to give this one a go. I'm glad I did because after seeing the difference in my own skin, I am singing another tune completely.

If you've got mild to moderate acne and are at your wits end trying to treat it, before you go the route of expensive kits and doctors, try a bottle of Origins Super Spot Remover. A couple of swipes of this on a Q-tip in the morning and again before bed should have those nasty buggers cleared up in record time. This is a definite must have in any woman's skincare arsenal!

Have you tried the Origins Super Spot Remover? What are your tried and true products to battle acne?

Stay gorgeous (and spot-free), peaches!

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