DIY Lush Lip Scrub

You know that little shop called Lush? When you walk in and all of the sudden you realize your credit card limit isn’t quite large enough. Yes that one. The one full of all the homemade beauty goodness a princess would want. ¬†Well, I decided that my budget couldn’t handle all of my Lush-y whims – so I did some investigating and it turns out that a lot of their products are simple to make. I guess that means my husband and I can stop eating Ramen for awhile ūüėČ

IMG_6843Like I said, making your own fabulous lip scrub is super easy and only requires minimal ingredients – some of which I’m sure you have in your kitchen right now.

1 Tbsp. White Sugar

A Few Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil 

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1/2 Tsp. Honey

2 Tbsp. Jojoba Oil

A Small Glass Jar

IMG_6846Mix all of the ingredients until you have a wet sugar consistency. Jojoba oil can be replaced by olive oil, but I decided to use Jojoba oil since that is what Lush uses. ¬†Even though it is considered an oil, don’t be fooled, it will not clog your pores. Jojoba is a great moisturizer, reduces pores and wrinkles, keeps skin firm, and protects down to the deepest layer of skin. I have bought mine off of a vitamin website, but there are plenty of places you can find your own.

In order to use the lip scrub, scrub your lips with a little bit of the sugar (which I like to stick in the blender before I mix so it is ultra fine) and then wipe off. Put on your favorite lip balm and bam! Your lips will be thanking you ūüôā

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FDS Portable Cleaning Cloths

IMG_6735While speaking about our periods is usually something saved for Girl’s Nights or complaining, we have to face the facts of how important it is to make sure our body is healthy. And as women, we have been blessed with the monthly notification that indeed our body is healthy…and fertile. P.S. I wish you could see my face write now as I type this, because it’s aca-aca-awkward. ¬†However, I did want to spread the news about these FDS cleaning wipes.

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In a day and age, and country where our water closets are not equipped with bidets its important to place a little extra something in our bags for those special days.  I mean come on, your body is preparing for another cycle which means out with the old and in with the new hahaha! These cloths have a fresh, soft smell that help regulate our pH and stop bacteria.

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The packaging is discreet and feminine. Which is a must if I am going to be bringing feminine products along in my purse. As proud as I am to be a woman, I definitely don’t need to advertise it! Basically the goal of these wipes is to provide with a little extra something more that typical toilet paper won’t provide. ¬†So as silly as it seems, your body will really thank you. There is only¬†ONE¬†of you and it’s important we take care of ourselves. Every inch.

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10 Best Beauty Stocking Stuffers

IMG_6793Let’s get down to it. Santa will soon be on his way to fill our stockings, leave gifts, and enjoy our homemade cookies. For those of us who are waiting (im)patiently the big man’s arrival – here are some stocking stuffers you can purchase for your loved ones…and erhm…yourself ūüėČ

1. CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolor in Tempt ($8.00)

2. The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash ($4.00)

3. Ulta Nail Polish in Sweetheart Pink ($6.00)

4.  CoverGirl WetSlicks in Lychee Splash ($4.00)

5.  Milani HD Advanced Lip Color in Candy Apple ($7.50)

6. ¬†Physician’s Formula Happy Booster in I ‚̧ Nude ($9.00)

7.  Donut Lip Gloss from Target ($1.00)

8. ¬†L’Oreal Gloss Burst in Vamplifer ($6.00)

9. ¬†Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in Grapefruit ($3.30)

10.  Ulta Nail Polish in Starry Eye ($6.00)

I went ahead and listed them, juuuust in case you didn’t have time to read my thoughts on each item. ¬†But of course, if you feel so compelled they are below.

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CoverGirl has outdone themselves again with these luscious LipPerfection lipsticks. ¬†As I was scanning the CoverGirl aisle in Utla today, my eyes stopped on the color “Tempt.” It was the last one left and I adored the color swatch. I quickly talked myself into swiping it up and putting into my shopping bag. The pigmentation is an absolutely stunning shade of magenta meets glamourous red and I can already imagine all the outfits that would just shine with it.

IMG_6787As a wide-eyed teenager with dreams that went as far as prom dresses and biology assignments, I also remember the seemingly downhill battle with acne. ¬†That is until my mother did some research and found Tea Tree oil. ¬†My skin cleared up instantly and even though I have no¬†real¬†need of Tea Tree oil the way I did in high school – it is an excellent oil that cleans and clears. ¬†With its own unique smell, The Body Shop really nailed making Tea Tree Oil soft and powerful. ¬†I intend to use it during those especially stressful weeks, or let’s face it, when a certain womanly time of the month comes and all the sudden my body goes berserk.

IMG_6775I actually picked up four different Ulta nail polishes today. ¬†They were having a buy 2 get 2 free sale which means each polish came to be about $3.00 each. ¬†I chose these two as the perfect stocking stuffers for one reason. ¬†They are gorgeous! While I love the other polished I picked out, I felt these embodied how I was feeling this Christmas season – glitzy meets vintage. ¬†Maybe it’s all The Great Gatsby talk that has been happening this year. ¬†But these are just divine.

IMG_6747Lastly, what girl does not want a plethora of lip products? Lipsticks can bring your make up from simple to stunning and flirty. ¬†They are just plain fun. I picked out two lip balms, a grapefruit Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and a¬†very¬†cheap donut lip bam from Target. The Burt’s Bees is a much needed product in a dry weather season. And the donut…well, we all need a bit of nonsense and whimsy in our lives.

Next is L’Oreal’s limited edition gloss burst. ¬†It has a sweet smell that I can’t quite define. I’m very passionate about how fun the gloss looks! ¬†Not to mention “Vamplifier” gives you a soft peachy look.

I’ve heard a bit of CoverGirl Wetslicks from other blogs and decided to try out Lychee Splash. ¬†I will admit that the gloss was a bit stickier than I was hoping, but the pigmentation beat it out. ¬†Do you remember the marshmallow pink lipstick that was popular in the early 00’s? ¬†This is an exact duplicate with a bit more class. ¬†I would definitely pair this when I’m wearing a busier outfit (like animal print) to give it a fun, girly, but quirky look.

Next up if Physician Formula’s Happy/Glow/Mood Booster. ¬†In the middle of the lip balm in a heart – bah! It actually has three shades that blend together to form the best shade for you. Not to mention it is infused with Euphoryl ¬†which mimics endorphins. ¬†No winter time blues for you!

Of course, I’ve mentioned LipPerfection by CoverGirl…..yes!

And last but not least, Milani HD Advanced Lip Color in Candy Apple. ¬†The black and gold packaging of Milani has got to be one of my favorites! Not to mention, with HD makeup on the rise – its nice to see drugstore makeup companies coming out with their own. ¬†They’re are many colors to choose from my personal favorite being Raspberry Blush. ¬†Candy Apple is a bright, perky red that makes the cranberry and raspberry shades of this season cringe with jealousy. ¬†Seriously, it’s the perfect shade to wear on NYE. It even has a hint of watermelon flavoring. Yum!

So what are your favorite beauty stocking stuffers?

ELF Haul

There’s no explanation for the lull of blogging besides being super¬†busy. Our school semester has ended and I’ve said goodbye to eighteen six year olds, and hello to two week of ¬†celebration and¬†peace.¬†

I’ve also welcomed ELF cosmetics into my routine. ¬†They recently had a huge sale and offered gift cards if you purchased a certain amount. Of course, I finally succumbed.IMG_6560

While I won’t go into detail today about everything that I purchased. But I did want to share everything I was able to score.

IMG_6536ELF’s mission is to provide us affordable, high quality makeup. Of course something will be lost, whether it be the quality of ingredients or pigmentation. ¬†But so far, I have been very pleased with everything I’ve tried.

I purchased the Mineral Infused Face Primer is a duplicate for Smashbox’s Photofinish. I purchased this for $6.00 and I have found it softens my face and my makeup is much smoother. ¬†The Studio Color Corrector is a duplicate for Bobbi Brown’s Finishing Powder. It evens out my skintone which is amazing. ¬†I also bought the Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzer which is a duplicate for NARS Orgasm. ¬†It is very pigmented, but I am able to achieve a nice finished contour.

IMG_6530On my way to check out, I noticed this eye shadow palette was discounted so I swept it right up. ¬†I always wear neutral eyeshadow colors…when I do wear eyeshadow and this is absolutely perfect.

IMG_6545I was also able to land a plethora of different lipsticks. The brownish looking on is a duplicate for Lush’s lip scrub. In this cold weather it gives my lips a nice start to everyday. Not to mention they are awfully smooth and kissable. Or so my husband tells me ūüėČ

I’m looking forward to, hopefully, getting some makeup DIY’s on here over break. But until then, enjoy this special time with those you love ūüôā

Crown Brush HD Set Review

IMG_6187I’ve been overjoyed at the continual opportunities this blog has given me. One of these delightful opportunities has been the chance to sample Crown Brush’s HD Brush Set. Not knowing too much about HD makeup and all of the implications it may carry, I did a little research before putting these fantastic things to good use.

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HD makeup in new in the media game. ¬†Since our television sets, photographs, and other what-nots are giving us more vivid details the need to apply sheer but effective makeup became prominent. ¬†Hence, HD makeup was born. I remember in high school there was always that one girl who was called “cake face”, well HD makeup avoids heavy labels. Providing the coverage needed to be on-screen, but nixing the buildup.

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This set of Crown Brushes is vegan friendly and made with high quality synthetic fiber. ¬†Each brush I used had great fullness to it and no shedding. I don’t have much HD makeup, but the brushes do a great job of applying our regular old makeup. My favorite brush was the tapered blush brush, as I was able to get amazing coloration on the apples of my cheeks and blend well.

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I don’t wear much eye makeup, maybe some simple eye line and mascara, but in order to get use out of the eye makeup brushes – I tried a smokey eye with my new Studio Gear Cosmetic palette. I used two brushes: chisel builder and crease blender. I will admit to being a bit of a klutz when applying eye makeup, but the brushes swept across my eyelid nicely. I was able to get even pigmentation and when I got¬†overzealous with the eyeshadow I found the crease blender to be my lifesaver.¬†

Overall, the quality was amazing.  The brushes are deliciously fine and soft and make apply makeup a breeze. I can tell they would be great with HD makeup, as the application is light but thorough. If you would like to purchase your own set of Crown HD Brushes you can go here.

http://www.crownbrushes.com

Use the code: iFabboHD for 20% your purchase until 12/31/2013

Happy shopping ūüôā

Studio Gear: Holiday Smokey Eye Palette


IMG_6211Decadent is the word that comes to mind when I think about the Holiday Palette by Studio Gear that I recently received in the mail. ¬†It’s a four eyeshadow and blush compact that can create a sultry smokey eye. ¬†The four eyeshadows compliment each other, providing shades of gray and a pop of gold. ¬†The blush is sweet, fresh, and subtle. A perfect set for the holiday season.

IMG_6207The compact is contained in a festive, bokeh sleeve providing an extra notch of security. ¬†When you open it up, you are greeted by four glimmery eyeshadows, a pigment-rich blush, and easy to follow directions on how to get the most our of your palette. ¬†I gasped a little and then did a happy dance the moment I lifted the makeup’s plastic protector. I’m not an eyeshadow gal, but I instantly adored this palette! It puts everything I love about Christmas into an eyeshadow…well four!

IMG_6195Let me explain why I’m not an “eyeshadow gal.” Most of the time my eyes end up resembling a sexy black eye. Like I got punched in the face with beauty products. So most of the time I steer clear of eyeshadow and hope my eyeliner and mascara will do the trick. All that being said, I’m sure you can guess how thrilled I was to find directions on¬†how¬†to put the eyeshadow on.

IMG_6204The directions were precise and the diagram gave a lot of insight – especially for us visual learners. ¬†I do wish I had the specific brushes they were talking about, but found that my brush collection was sufficient to apply the eyeshadow properly. ¬†Seven easy steps for a dramatic eye? I’ll take it. ¬†I’m not going to lie, I definitely felt very feminine and beautiful when I was finished. It was a look I would mainly wear during the evening, but could easily change it to make it day appropriate.

IMG_6210As mentioned, there are four eyeshadows. The lightest shade,¬†frost,¬† is a soft metallic shade used as a base, in the corner of your eyes, and along the bottom lash for a bright-eyed look. If snowflakes could be eyeshadow, this would be it. Next is¬†platinum,¬†which is a darker, shimmery silver. ¬†It can be applied on the lid on top of the¬†frost.¬†I didn’t use¬†platinum,¬†but opted for¬†coal¬†for a more dramatic look. ¬†Coal¬†is a deep gray and creates depth. ¬†I used¬†coal¬†along my lid, swiped it up to create a small cat eye, and continued it into my crease. ¬†Not wanting¬†platinum¬†to feel left out, I applied it on top of the coal in the middle of my lid. Applying it this way highlighted the transition of light to dark. Lastly for my eyes, I highlighted my brow bone, center of my nose, and cupid’s bow with¬†Glimmer.¬†Glimmer is ¬†the beautiful gold shade you see above. It’s subtle, but created a much needed highlight amongst dramatic colors.

After I finished my eyes, I picked up¬†Snowy Glow¬†on my blush brush and applied it to the apples of my cheeks. ¬†Don’t be fooled friends, this blush is not as sheer as it appears. I almost looked like I was going to an 80’s prom. ¬†Luckily it blends magnificently and I was left with a peachy-gold hue begging for some mistletoe and egg nog.¬†

PicMonkey Collagestudiogear¬†As a fool when it comes to eye shadow, I was really pleased with how easy the directions were to follow and the results that followed. I used a simple pink lip butter to keep the focus on my eyes. Since today is the first day we have off for Thanksgiving break, we haven’t done much but cook up a storm. So while I didn’t get to strut my stuff out with my husband, it was nice to feel pretty working around the house.

You can find this amazing palette here. It typically sells for $40.00, but is currently at a special price at $25.00. ¬†Get a 10% discount by using the code SGHOLIDAY and make sure you write me a thank you when you receive yours ūüėČ Just kidding, but seriously. I love mail.

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How to Score (amazing) Cheap Makeup

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My wallet is about as thin as the layer of snow the south receives every year and I don’t know about you, but I can’t help myself when I see a good deal. ¬†Whether it is something I “need” or not, my husband will tell you I am guaranteed to find the best. ¬†Makeup is one of those things, that as commonplace as it is, it can quickly add up the moment you decide to explore its realm. ¬†Below is a small handful of tips to score the best, cheapest makeup.

1. Dollar Tree – I know, I know this is the place I usually visit to pick up tacky little gifts for my students. ¬†However, my eyes have really been opened to the beauty of Dollar Tree ever since I bought some Milani eyeliner there. They also have other drugstore brands like Revlon, L’Oreal, and CoverGirl! ¬†I have noticed that selection is usually slim and unpredictable, but when you do find something it’s like finding a diamond in the rough. And what girl doesn’t love those?

2.¬†Blog!¬†– There are some great websites now-a-days that connect brands and blogs together for advertisement purposes. I’ve recently become a member of BrandBacker and iFabbo (you can see their banners in my sidebar) and am in awe at their willingness to work with a new-bee like me! You don’t always receive free samples, but companies will often send you discounts to future up-and-coming products! Bam!

3.¬†Monthly Box Subscriptions¬†– Ipsy, Julep, and other websites that provide a monthly box for a certain price have stolen the show as of late. ¬†I’m subscribed to Julep and have heard wonderful things about Ipsy. Sometimes these subscriptions even offer free gifts/free first boxes. The products shipped out range from Urban Decay to NYX to little known, but amazing companies. I love that they tailor their box to your needs and style personality!

4. Wait¬†– That’s right. Wait. ¬†Ulta, Sephora, and the makeup counters at any Macy’s usually have sales. While the sales don’t always offer a supreme discount on makeup – they usually have some pretty unique samples. ¬†Clinque is my favorite, by far. ¬†When they have sales, purchase what you want/need and receive a makeup bag full of samples. ¬†They usually combine their new creations with some timeless, can’t-live-without products. Some of which I’ll be blogging about in the near future!

Makeup is a fun way of expressing yourself and showcasing your personality – so don’t be shy when purchasing new makeup.¬†This small handful of tips is sure to get you started on your makeup adventure. ¬†Not only have I been able to purchase makeup of good quality, but I’ve reached out of my cosmetic comfort zone and found products I believe I can’t live without. I hope you can find the same. ūüôā