Friday Favorites August 8th

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1.) Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo I received a sample of this shampoo and conditioner from Sephora. I had mentioned in a previous post that I have never actually tried a bumble and bumble product but was dying to try one. After using the combination of this invisible oil shampoo and conditioner once, my hair felt incredibly smooth and soft! I barely had to work the shampoo into my scalp before it started lathering! Since I have longer hair I find that I have difficulty with finding a shampoo that lathers easily.

2.) Black Chunky Platform Chelsea Boots As fall approaches I need to start finding warmer pieces to incorporate into my wardrobe. Last winter on the East Coast was brutal and I’d rather have a few pairs of nice boots to wear instead of heels.Since these boots are a chunky with a rubber platform I’d assume they’d be more comfortable and easier to get around in if it is slippery out. I plan to mostly wear dark leggings/tights this fall to work with dresses so these boots would be perfect. I’ve been scouring the internet trying to find something similar to these made in the US. If all else fails I will purchase them from this site.

3.) Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection I bought this palette specifically to take to Vegas with me when I got married. Before that I never used a Too Faced product and at that time there weren’t very many affordable neutral eye shadow palettes out there. The colors in this are absolutely perfect for different neutral eye looks. You can do something really basic or glam it up. I have two other palette sets by Too Faced, Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy and Romantic Eye Classic Beauty. They also just released Country Nashville Nudes, which I plan to purchase in the near future. Too Faced shadows are moderately pigmented and blend well with each other and other shadows. Even though Too Faced provides “how-to” cards with looks I always find myself mixing and matching colors from all of their palettes!

4.) More Super-Cute Chibis to Draw and Paint I got this book a year or so ago and then stumbled on the “more” book yesterday at Barnes and Noble. While my artwork isn’t really a chibi style, I still get great inspiration from these books. Both books include “how-to” instructions on turning any type of drawing into chibi style. The “more” book also provides some good techniques on water coloring. I’ve used watercolors in the past, but working with them is very tricky. This book just gives a few basic beginner tips that I plan to try out.

5.) Target Junior’s Maxi Dress Vintage Rose Despite looking incredibly comfy, I have never owned a maxi dress. In my own mind, I felt that since I had a curvy figure with larger hips, the shape would be really unflattering on my body type. When I saw this dress at Target I knew that I had to at least try it on. The fabric at the top is thin while the skirt and liner are a bit heavy. It may be too hot to wear yet, but I think it is a great transition piece into fall. Since the skirt fabric is heavy, I believe the dress could be worn on cooler days with a cardigan. Target has always had great clothing, but sometimes they are cheaply made and only last a few washings. Hopefully this dress will last! I love it!

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Products on my July Wishlist

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1.) Dior Addict Lip Glow  I’ve seen several positive reviews of this product online. The Sephora website describes it as,  “A sheer balm that enhances your natural lip color while moisturizing and protecting the skin.” It reminds me of that mood changing lipstick I had in junior high that always ended up turning my lips the same burgundy color whenever I applied it. Again, we get what we pay for and this high end product supposedly lives up to it’s expectations. I just cannot bring myself to spend $32 on lip loss that I will end up misplacing. Currently I have dozens of lip glosses floating around somewhere out there. I leave them in my old purses when I switch or in my make up drawer and forget about them.

2.) Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter™ Eye Treatment As my 32nd birthday approaches, I feel like it is time for me to develop a better under eye routine. Although I’ve always been very careful about that part of my face because of how delicate it is, I am beginning to notice fine lines forming. A few gray hairs are popping up as well, but it isn’t a big deal. We are all going to age and I personally do not feel that cosmetic surgery or injections are necessary. As long as you start taking care of yourself properly, you will age beautifully! Anyway, this Tarte eye cream is something I might purchase to add to my make up routine in the morning under my eyes. Some times my make up settles into the tiny lines under my eyes. It drives me crazy because it makes them look very dry and accentuates them more. The only reason I hesitate again is because of the $38 cost.

3.) Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer Is this nail polish really worth $24 a bottle? I’d like to find out! The ratings on Sephora.com are very high for this chip-resistant polish. As I mentioned before,  I have had a really difficult time finding a nail polish that is long lasting. Some reviewers mention that the look of this polish resembles a gel finish. I love gel manicures, but it causes too much damage to my nails.

4.) Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer I’ve always wanted to try Bumble & Bumble products because of all of the great reviews I’ve read about them. I do like to splurge on hair care products, especially conditioner. This particular product is a pre-styler that protects hair from heat and UV in addition to conditioning your hair. Currently I use It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin right after I get out of the shower before I comb my hair and begin drying it. I think I’ll be purchasing this product soon to test it out.