June 13, 2017

Favorite Lip Balms (tinted and non tinted) part 1

Currently indulging in a pb and j sandwich at 10pm on a Tuesday. I know, wild times. I just made a whole post about my favorite matte lip products so now it's time to go to the opposite end and discuss my favorite lip balms. It's a mixture of affordable and some more on the indulgence side. A lot of these are great on there own or just paired with a lip liner. You do you boo.

Also heads up the word "moist" might be used a lot. I mean...it's lip balm guys. Sorry in advance.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Honey:
All of these are amazing and this is very much a "treat yo lips" product but this shade in particular is the perfect terracotta nude shade. There's enough warmth too it that it doesn't look to pale of a nude on the lips. Of course the comfort of these is so nourishing and the sweet lemon scent is refreshing. Truly everyone should treat themselves to at least one of these. I find it best to buy them during the holiday season when they come in minis and sometimes you can get 2 of them for $22. I did give this product some love back in my March Favorites for 2016.


Sephora Rouge Balm SPF 20:
I'm not going to talk about these too much since I just discussed them in my May Favorites but these provide more pigmentation than the fresh ones and leaves more of a stain even after the balm has faded away. A fantastic balm for color payoff and comfort.

Sephora Lip Balm:
I would assume all of these are amazing but I do have this in almond and I'm obsessed with it. Light weight but creamy and moisturizing lip balm. Of course, as you all may know if you can't tell from previous posts, scent is very important to me these these don't fail. Apparently, all of the different scents provide different benefits. It's similar to the rest of the Sephora skincare line with the scents and how they provide different benefits (maybe a future post on that?) They also have an exfoliator for the lips in a honey scent which I'm definitely curious to try out. In the mean time I'm very content using my $3 e.l.f exfoliator which gets the job done.

Lypsyl Lip Balm:
Have you heard of this lip balm? Yea, me neither up until about a year ago. This is very similar to the Sephora lip balm except I think it's a little bit thicker in moisture. It's apparently the only lip balm made with Swedish beeswax along with coconut oil, chamomile, and honey. Sounds like all the wonderful things I do want to put on my lips. This smells like Andes mint (chocolate mint) candies if anyone is familiar with those. Finally, I love the packaging for the little bumble bee on the side of the lip balm. HOW ADORABLE.

sigh, always weak for cute packaging

Rosebud Perfume Co. Strawberry Lip Balm
This is another line of lip balms where all the different ones they make are excellent and nourishing but I have the strawberry just for, well you guessed it, the scent. It's like those sweet strawberry candies that used to sometimes be at the doctors office or grandma's house. I used to use this as my overnight balm which works just as well but lately I've been using it as my pre-balm in my morning skin care routine as I do the rest of my makeup. My lips are well nourished and hydrated by the time I'm ready to put a lip color on

BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask:
You didn't really think I was going to make a 'favorite lip balms' post and not add the holy grail of moisture and the ultimate 'treat yo self' for your lips. I've raved about this way too many times that it's obnoxious. The smell of a sweet brown sugar and the nourishment. I never felt something so great for my lips ever. This product is well worth every penny and will last you for at least a good year. Please try a sample of it and you won't be disappointed by it.

So  I hope this post today was at least somewhat informative and gives you an idea of what you would might like to try. This might be a good post to look back on during the Winter months. Hopefully by then I will have a part 2 up because I don't think this collection is ending anytime soon.

Do any of you have lip balms collections? Any of them I should try out? Help ya girl out

(also I'm trying to get better with photo lighting! just a lot of trail and error for now)

June 1, 2017

May Favorites 2017

Hope you all had lovely May! Not much as happened for me this month. Just still keeping a positive vibe for things to come. Here's my round up of my favorites for this month.


This has been my go to especially with the warmer weather slowly coming up. I tend to get a little bit lazy with my makeup routine when it gets hotter out, which makes sense considering you don't want to wear as much. For a bb cream, it actually provides great medium coverage and balances out skin tone without it being too heavy. It also an spf of 20 which is always ideal. It's a really great product to try if you want to coverage but not the heaviness for the summer months. If you just need a lighter application, I would suggest using a beauty blender or real techniques sponge. 

I wouldn't consider this as a full on makeup setting spray, but more of a spa like refresher for the face. This provides a cooling rose scent which is great to use as a toner or even after makeup. Gives the tiniest glow to the skin and helps keep the face hydrated throughout the day. Again, I don't find this as a necessity, but it is a little refreshing "treat yourself" spray and if you have dry skin you're going to love it. It does have a rose scent so if that's not up your ally, I would steer away from this or maybe even trying their cucumber scent  instead. I could imagine these also being really handy when going to the beach too!

Not going to lie, this is probably my favorite thing I've been enjoying this month. These are wonderful. I originally got the peachy/ coral shade (03 Enchanting Blush) from Sephora gratis and I felt those type of colors were too bright for me. But this spring and summer, I kinda have been leaving my comfort zone and I've been gravitating towards them this season. Lately I've been wearing Enchanting Blush with the Too Faced peach oil in Pure Peach and pair the lips with a plum/ berry blus (right now it's been the balm in pinstripe which I LOVE) I'm not sure what has intrigued me to do this combination but I love the flushed cheeks paired with a peachy lip. The other shade I got was a basic everyday shade 07 Bashful Beige.

To quickly sum it up, these are very comfortable on the lips, smell like a sweet candy and stains the lips and gracefully fades away throughout the day. These remind me a lot of the revlon lip butters which I love for the comfort but not as shiny.  These are a definite product this summer if you're looking for the comfort and color but nothing to fuss about throughout the day. I might do a full on post of some of my favorite lip balms and tinted lip balms in the future with this in mind.

the balm Instain Blush in Pinstripe
Once again, I'm having IMATS regrets and I wish I picked up more of these. These blushes are incredible. They are pigmented, blend beautifully and last all day. I love this shade Pinstripe though. I think it's a color that will look great on all skin tones despite it being a deep plum shade. For me, it looks like a "walked in from the cold" shade which I love. I'll definitely be getting more use out of this shade when the winter months come but for now I really have been loving this paired with a coral lip. I might invest in more of these when they come back on Hautelook for 50% off. Well worth it.

It's not the most pigmented white, but I still enjoy using it and I want to try the other colors in this collection including the mint green and burnt orange. I've been enjoying this white liner so much! Definitely amps up a classic black wing and gives it a little extra to the look. I'm learning other ways in how to experiment with the white liner including polka dots since I'm just big on those for the summer months. Seriously, it's obnoxious the amount of polka dot related things I own sometimes.

I sadly do not own the full size of this. I just  have a sample from Sephora but oh my, this is wonderful. I'm trying more to explore into the world of fragrance even though I would be absolutely terrible at describing it, but there's something about this scent that makes you feel classy and has a vintage scent to it. Some people may complain that it smells too old-fashion but I personally love how feminine and classy this smells for the evening.



Beautiful: The Carol King Musical 
It's been so long since I've seen a Broadway show and let alone, a great Broadway show. This show goes behind the story of Carol King and her success as a songwriter. I think the big take away here on why I enjoyed it show much, is because her story shows that you can overcome heartache and be successful. That you can get through any struggles that have happen despite missing what use to be. As long as you maintain the confidence in yourself, you can go far. As cliche and cheesy as that sounds, it helped me a lot to put things in perspective for me. I loved Carol King before but I've come to appreciate her, her music the songs she helped composed even more.

So here's to June hoping that all of you have a great month! Keep growing and blossoming!♥

p.s: Bare with me for some of these pictures. Still trying to get the lighting to be a bit better!