Friday Favorites November 26

Hey Hey! Hope everyone had a great Holiday! Over the past few weeks during my silence from the blog I’ve collected some great things I need to share:

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1.) Pink Sugar Perfume This scent is very sweet and reminds me of vanilla. While wearing this perfume I’ve been told I smell like cotton candy, cake, cinnamon, and a lot of other sweet things. My major perfume annoyance is when a scent does not last long. I’d like to be able to smell it here and there throughout the day, but not too over powering. Pink Sugar is very light and does last quite a long time.

2.) While doing a little retail therapy I saw this Guess coat at Bonton. I was looking for a dressy warmer coat rather then wear my puffy down coat all winter long again. The coat’s quality is exceptional and the fit is very flattering. It is hard to notice in the photograph, but the shoulders have a patch of fake leather on each.

3.) Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation Still on my quest to achieve the perfect highlight and contour make up routine, I decided I was going to try to use a darker foundation for the contour color instead of powder. I already use one of the age rewind products as an under eye highlighter and am happy with the application, consistency, and price of the product. I’m not sure how long a full face of this foundation would last, but I can attest that it works well the way I use it. The no-mess application is super convenient!

4.) Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Vintage Plum I wrote about these cream shadows several times. Just when I think I have all of the colors I’d use I’ll see an different color at another store. Whenever I stop in at a drug store I just like to browse the beauty products because they all stock different products and shades. One of my favorite palettes is the Boudoir Shadows by Too Faced. As you can see the palette incorporates different shades of purple and cool dark grays. This cream shadow is the perfect base for this palette. While eyeshadow primers are okay, I have found that using a color cream base actually provides a deeper intense color and lasts longer.

5.) Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Mandarin I’m not sure why this shadow is described as a “gel powder” because it is no different then a typical eye shadow. Milani’s website describes it as a “light orange satin matte.” Again, this was another drug store purchase that I am very pleased with. I was looking for a shadow that was slightly orange but not over the top. My goal was to keep a natural look but add a tiny bit of color in there. I like to pair this with a deep brow in the corners of my eyes and place the orange just on my lids.

Not your typical Friday Favorites

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Rather then discussing some of my favorite products/items I’ve been into; I wanted to share that I got my first Fortune Cookie Soap Box yesterday! I signed up for this back in August and have been patiently waiting the past few months to receive it. For those of you who are not familiar with it, it ships quarterly. There is usually a spring, summer, fall, and holiday theme. The box is $20, but you definitely receive a substantial amount of product! This holiday theme is based off of the National Lampoons Christmas Vacation movie. It just so happens that this is one of my favorite holiday movies to watch!

I did sample a few products to give an overall opinion of the box.

The black container on the upper left is the “Moose Mug” cuticle butter. It is ultra creamy, not greasy, and absorbs well into your cuticles. On top of that it smells absolutely delicious like eggnog and nutmeg.

Next is the “Mele Kelekimaka” hand sanitizer. I’m really not a huge fan of hand sanitizers and when I applied this one it smelled like I was pouring alcohol straight into my hands. Once this sanitizer evaporated, it did leave a pleasant “tropical” scent.

The white container is filled with deep conditioner and is this boxes “mystery fragrance.” Fortune Cookie offers a $50 gift card for anyone who can guess the correct scent. I’m going with sugar cookie, but regardless I cannot wait to try this stuff out! Hopefully it leaves my hair smelling as good as it does in the jar.

The bar wrapped in foil is a shower steamer. This is the first time I’ve heard of something like this. Apparently you just drop it in the tub as you take a shower. I love taking baths and soaking in bath salts and bombs (side note why can’t we have a Lush in Allentown?) so I’m also excited to try it out. This particular shower steamer smells like fresh cut trees and mint.

“Jello Surprise” is a whipped cream moisturizer that’s smell is described as strawberries, vanilla sugar, and sticky syrup with a squeeze of orange. I sampled this last night and again it was not greasy, very thick, and absorbed quickly into my skin. I’d compare to the smell to “Juniper Breeze” that Bath & Body Works smells.

“Fried Pussycat” is a whipped soap that I have not tried yet. Like everything else in this soap box it smells delicious!

Of course last, but not least is the cute fortune cookie shaped soap. Although the scent is described as sweet almond with warm swirls of tobacco, I think it smells more like apple cinnamon.

As a subscriber of Ipsy and Birchbox, Fortune Cookie Soap box is by far the best box I’ve gotten yet! I definitely recommend signing up and getting at least one box to try out!

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Friday Favorites – Winter Skin Care Products

Happy Halloween! Life is pretty crazy right now with school and work. Everything has transitioned so fast from summer to fall and now winter. Stores already have Christmas decorations out. Christmas has become a holiday that we begin to celebrate a good two months before the actual day. It really is the most anticipated day of the year for those who celebrate it.

Anyway, Christmas makes me think of the bitter winters here in Pennsylvania. My skin gets very dry and itchy. These are my go to products to stay moisturized during the season.

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1.) Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream Hands down the best hand cream I have ever used. A tiny bit goes a long way! I prefer the fragrance free. The regular product smells like baby powder.

2.) Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub This stuff is wonderful to get the dry skin off chapped lips. I constantly have chapped lips this time of year, and after using some scrubs my lips get irritated. I use this as often as every other day some weeks and have not had irritation.

3.) ChapStick Classic Skin Protection Forget all of the fancy ChapStick options stick with this good old one.

4.) Vaseline Spray and Go Body Moisturizer I love the convenience of lotion in a spray bottle! It is not super moisturizing but does it’s job and dries really quickly.

5.) Natural Loofah Luffa Loofa Body Scrub Pads Take a hot bath, get out your favorite body wash, later up one of these and scrub! These scrubs help remove dead skin cells and will ultimately help keep your skin smoother. After using one of these I recommend lathering up with the next product.

6.)  Bath and Body Works Super Rich Body Cream with Shea Butter This is indeed “super rich” and smells amazing. It is one of the only body creams that I feel locks the moisture into my skin. Again, Bath and Body Works always has great sales and coupons. I can’t remember the last time I paid full price for anything at their store.

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Friday Favorites October 24th

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1.) Simply Vera Vera Wang Print Shift Dress This past weekend I needed to do a little shopping for some fall/winter appropriate work attire. I find that Ross, Marshall’s, and Kohl’s always have something decent and reasonably priced. One of my favorites is this Vera Wang dress. The quality of the material is superb as it is silky but still heavier to keep you warm during the season. The sleeves have a strip of sheer fabric running from the wrist to the shoulder. In my opinion tie waists are very unflattering on my body type so, I paired it with a thin light brown belt that I placed just above my waist. (One day I’ll get around to taking outfit photos)

2.) Banana Nutmeg Bread Pudding Candle Do you like Bananas? Do you like Banana Bread? Do you just like things that smell like yummy food that are inedible, but they smell so amazing you want to eat them anyway? THEN BUY THIS. Bath & Body Works always has great deals going on and hand out coupons practically every time you buy something.

3.) BCBGeneration “Anders” High Wedge Booties I need these boots. At first I thought they’d be a bit too much with all the buckles and zippers but after wearing my other black boots to work day in and out I need something with a little more flare. I’m waiting for them to go on sale…tomorrow.

4.) Merona Women’s Knee High Socks (Target) My favorite look right now to go along with fall/winter dress is the legging/sock/boot combo:

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Target sells really supper cute knee socks for $3 a pair and then ones that are a bit more fancy (like the ones pictured in my post.) By fancy I mean they are ribbed and have adorable little buttons. Anyway they have an awesome variety of colors and patterns. I may purchase some leg warmers for later this winter, but for right now this is a good substitution.

5.) Lena Dunham’s Memoir-ish ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ You either have to love or hate Lena, there is no in-between. In my opinion she is so incredibly talented and real. I watched her movie “Tiny Apartments” a long time ago and thought that it was meh. It wasn’t bad, it held my attention, but was still very dry. Then I check out the HBO show “Girls.” After a few episodes I was hooked. There are times that I sit there and wonder “why am I watching this?”  Yet, I find the interaction between the characters and dialogue hysterical.

Like the show, the book is a bit raunchy at times, funny, serious, and even sad. The book is made up of short essay’s on Lena’s life experiences. Like Lena, I too have had some bizarre experiences throughout the past 32 years. Most of them I would not share with anyone let alone publish them in a book.  Yet, after reading about her experiences I feel a little less embarrassed about my own. Lena is brave and empowering. Her honesty and confidence make me re-evaluate my own insecurities.

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Friday Favorites September 26

Here we are at the very last Friday in September! I think I may be revamping my blog and changing up the colors a bit sometime… that is when I have time. I tried something a little different this week with my favorites as well. Believe it or not, finding 5 things you really love each week is really hard. Sometimes I lay awake at night digging deep into my subconscious to try to figure out great products to post. I wish I could go out every week and buy something new to test out, but like every other average person, I have to watch my spending. Besides that I’d take a Pumpkin Latte over a new lipstick any day!

 

ff1.) Hikari Lipstick in Cabernet This dark berry lipstick was included in my monthly Ipsy bag. The shade is a tad too dark but, goes well with the darker shades of the fall seasons. I applied the color on before work one morning and it lasted a few hours before fading out. To extend the life of lipstick I recommend getting a nude or similar shade lip pencil to the lipstick you are wear, line, and fill in your lips. This allows the lipstick to bond to your lips more and stay in place. Also, don’t forget to blot! Forgo the expensive liners and go pick up wet n wild, rimmel, or any other cheap drugstore brand. Here is a photo of me from this morning with the lipstick on:

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2.) Chinese Laundry Boots Yes, I finally decided on a pair! These came in the mail yesterday and I was so excited to wear them to work today. Unfortunately, the wacky Pennsylvania weather put a kibosh on that when the temperatures were supposed to go up into the 80’s today. I tried them on last night though with my black leggings and they are exactly what I was looking for. Eventually, I’ll be purchasing a different style as DSW conveniently sent me a coupon along with my order.

3.) Modcloth’s I love your dress in Olive I now own all three colors of this style dress. This olive one in particular is another great staple for a fall wardrobe. Once the cooler temperatures hit I plan to pair it with a black cardigan, black leggings, and boots. As I already said before, the fabric is very comfortable and flattering.

4.)  OPI Lost on Lombard Nail Polish This was a suggested purchase by the Husband. Although judging from the bottle I thought I had several similar colors, I was pleasantly surprised when I applied it. The shade is basically a muted burgundy and very classy. If you are looking for a darker burgundy, but want to avoid using a blood red color, this is perfect.

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