Friday Favorites August 22


1.) John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush I purchased this as a replaced to my Conair Infiniti Pro Hot Air Spin Brush that was on the verge of dying. Drying my hair was not something that I did very often. If I wear my hair down I straighten it because it is very frizzy and wavy making me look like I should be in an 80’s hair band. I usually would just let it air dry and then use a straightener (I hate the word flat iron) to smooth it out. Then the whole blow out thing became popular and I saw this on Pinterest from Lauren Conrad’s website. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the actual tutorial on her site or Pinterest. Using a round brush and hair dryer at the same time was too difficult for me so, I figured I’d try out the Conair. This thing is definitely worth the investment! Not only is it a blow dryer, but with a push of a button it rotates itself. By sectioning my hair off and taking my time I am able to get a very smooth blow out looking. If it is done correctly, you will not need to use a straightener afterwards. I had the Conair for 3 years or so and used it on a regular basis. I could tell that it was going to die soon as it wasn’t as powerful with the spinning. The John Frieda brush does not rotate, but it is just as great as the Conair. With this one you have a little bit more control and because it is smaller its possible to get closer to the scalp.

2.) Beyond the Zone Turn Up the Heat Protection Spray This stuff is about $7 or $8 at Sally Beauty. It is the only heat protection spray that I’ve used for the past several years. Other sprays always left my hair feeling dry or too greasy. I tried several different high end brands and had no luck. I randomly picked this up one day to try and loved it. Out of everything I’ve tried I feel this one seems to offer the most protection, isn’t greasy, and leaves my hair feeling smooth.

3.) Apple Magic Trackpad I’ve had my eye on this thing for awhile. Since I have spent the last 15+ years on a computer most of the day, I developed wrist problems. Even with taking frequent breaks and doing some stretches I have wrist pain. This mouse only works with apple products, but unfortunately we use Dell computers at work. For school work I need to use a Mac so I purchased it anyway. It definitely is easier on my wrists, but a bit tricky to use as I have not gotten the hang of it yet.

4.) Urban Decay Perversion Mascara This month I had a really disappointing Ipsy box. This was the only product sample that I’ve used consistently since I received the box. I have a big issue with both mascara and eyeliner. My eyes are super sensitive, so I never really wear eyeliner. Otherwise my eyes get all watery and itchy. Certain mascaras have the same effect. My other issue that lies with mascara is the fact that I buy waterproof and it’s not waterproof. After a few hours I see little flakes or residue of mascara underneath my eyes and it appears I have a black eye. Anyway, this mascara is not irritating or clumpy. Once it is applied you can definitely notice a difference.

5.) Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Naked While on the search for the perfect bronzer for contouring I picked up this product. I have fair skin and many of the shades were too dark and made me look like I was dirty. This particular shade of bronzer is noticeable on my skin, but not dramatic. I don’t use the blush often because I prefer blushes that are coral colored. The compact would be convenient to travel with since it combines 3 products into one.

Friday Favorites August 15


1.) Benefit’s Go TropiCORAL Lip & Cheek Kit I bought this set because I wanted to try High Beam, but did not want to spend $30 on a product that I might not like. I love Benefit’s mini kits because they allow you to try out several products for the price of one. This kit is one that I use regularly especially the combination of the tint and blush. When I use the blush alone I do not think it holds up as well as it does when I use the combination of both. The lip-gloss is very sheer with a tint of coral and not sticky!

2.) Urban Decay’s Virgin Eye Shadow This shadow is one that is included in the original Naked palette. I’ve used it so much that I hit the pan! It is similar to MAC’s Shroom shadow. I prefer this Urban Decay shadow over MAC because the product is a little more powdery and soft. $18 is pricey for one shadow, but I have not been able to find a drug store color that is similar and the same consistency.

3.) Modcloth I Love Your Dress in Black I mentioned this dress I purchased before in an earlier post, but it was in the plum color. Modcloth finally re-stocked my size in black! The wonderful thing about Modcloth is that if you decide to return something and get a store credit rather then money refunded, they give you an additional $5 credit.

4.) Glamglow ‘Youthmud’ Tinglexfoliate Treatment A sample of this product came in a Birchbox I received. I do not often use treatments like this on my face in fear that I may break out because my skin is overly sensitive. Although the consistency is strange as I literally felt like I was putting mud on my face, I noticed a huge difference in my skin. My face felt a lot softer and it did minimize my pores. The only downside is that it is very pricey.

5.) The History of Love by Nicole Krauss I read this book years ago and still remember it today as being one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read. The book touches on the emotions of love and loneliness, yet at times is funny. When I read non-fiction I often have difficulty connecting with characters. Some authors push their characters personalities to the extreme making them very unrealistic. Krauss’s characters are simple yet complex and face similar situations that we do in everyday life. The story revolves around two separate characters who are unaware of each others existence, yet their lives are intertwined together. I believe the most appealing part about this book is Krauss’s style of writing. Here is one of the many beautiful quotes taken from the book:

“Even now, all possible feelings do not yet exist, there are still those that lie beyond our capacity and our imagination. From time to time, when a piece of music no one has ever written or a painting no one has ever painted, or something else impossible to predict, fathom or yet describe takes place, a new feeling enters the world. And then, for the millionth time in the history of feeling, the heart surges and absorbs the impact.”
― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

Also, I just read that MAC is releasing a Simpsons line August 28th! The packaging is adorable!