Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick Swatches and Review

Hoola is definitely one of those cult favorite products that I always am reaching for... so much that I am fresh out of them!! (*CRIES*)

So when the new Hoola Quickie Contour Stick came out, I jumped at the chance to get it! I LOVE cream contour products (especially stick form), but my face hasn't approved of many. SO, I was super duper excited to try this out in hopes that it would be amazing!

First off - This only comes in one shade. Hopefully, this will change in the future but just wanted to get that out there for those you of that may not fit in this shade range. Second thing to note is that this is a bit warmer than the actual Hoola Bronzer. I wish I had it to do a side by side comparison (but again, I just finished mine!! That literally never happens lol!) They do recommend layering the hoola bronzer on top of the cream, so that might help if you aren't a person that likes warmer tones!

Now that those two things are out of the way - this is a super lightweight. Even though I used this on top of foundation and then set it with a contour powder, it didn't feel any heavier than my usual routine. It was also super duper easy to blend product! I was actually extremely impressed with how easily this blended out!!!!! It was very soft and silky... and when I blended it out it didn't disappear (like a lot of other products do when I "blend" it out lol). I did layer my bronzer on top of the contour stick, and it allowed my contour to last all day (I was legit cut!)

Below are swatches, one blended, one not!

Will you be picking this up? I purchased mine from for $28.

Jouer Anniversary Collection Lip Creme Swatches!

OH MAN OH MAN. my collection of Jouer Lip Cremes have increased by SO much because I just love them so so much! If you don't know about them you can read my initial review of what I think of the product here.

I think I have at least 16 of these lippies and the collection just keeps growing!! Here is a rundown of their newest additions to celebrate their one year anniversary!

Rayanne - cool grey nude
Blush - warm blush pink
Mûre - cool muted violet
Rosé - metallic champagne mauve
Guava - metallic muted tangerine
Cayenne - metallic sangria







Hopefully these swatches will help you pick out the ones that will suit you! You can purchase these gorgeous jouer lippies here


It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Swatches

I've been testing out the newest craze - the ItCosmetics confidence in a compact foundation. The first foundation to turn into a serum when you touch it. I love (!!!) makeup that has skincare benefits so was super stoked to try this out.

Still have some trying to go, although I've got already incredibly strong (good) feelings about this product already. However, I wanted to post up some swatches for you!!! 

Review will be in the near future!



Pop Sugar Must Have January

Feb 8, 2017 | | 0 comments
You guys know I LOVE my pop sugar must have boxes...!!!! 

If you don't know, PopSugar Must Have is a subscription box of beauty, lifestyle, food, etc. for 39.95/month... and this month didn't disappoint- just as fun as every month! If you've never purchased a box before, feel free to use SHOP5 for $5 off your purchase!

This month came out with 7 products. This month for me was more like things for me to use at home and stationery items which I totally loved! 

First up was this acid resurfacing peel. I am currently using a specific regimen for my skin (testing out products), so I havent gotten to try this product... but its $85!!! worh more than the whole box! 

Next is this yoga mat.. I've been trying to get more into yoga and floor mat exercises so I was excited to receive this. $38

Then were some other items that I would use on my office! A cute calendar ($25), happy notes (8.99), mint tea ($10.75), glad candle (smells so delicious like summer! $4.99)

Lastly, not pictured because I've been using it everyday was a hair towel that you can tie your hair up with after you shower. I've been LOVING it!!! ($18.99) 

Another great box in my opinion. Not necessarily all products I would purchase myself, but wouldnt mind to have for fun! And that face peel is worth so much!!!

What do you guys think? :)


PopSugar Must Have December!

Jan 6, 2017 | | 0 comments

What a fun, versatile box! Perfect for my holiday needs! 

If you dont know already, popsugar must have is a monthly subscription box for 39.95 which is filled with beauty, lifestyle, fashion and home items! For a sale - use code SHOP5 for $5 off your first box! 

My favorite thing hands down was the Odeme Catchall and Ring Dish Set. It's valued at $67 and is perfect to hold my jewelry. I love the bigger dish for a classy little thing by the door to hold our car keys!

It also came with a gorg necklace from baublebar that retails for $28, Winky Lux Lip Pill in Bunny | $14, Dessange Professional Color Protecting Serum for $11.99, Sisters' Gourmet Chocolate chip cookie mix | $6.99 and some Mane Message Bobby Pins for $10

Overall, another GREAT box thats valued at about $138!!!! What a steal, especially when I would for sure use more than half the items!

What do you think of the box?? 

ftc. popsugar sent me this must have box to try! 


My New Haircut + Color by Aveda in FourteenJay!

My hair love - Aveda <3 <3 <3

When they offered to send me over to the fancy FourteenJay in Tribeca to get my hair cut and colored (especially when its with Aveda products..) ... how could I say no!?!?

Here is my ... horrendous 'before' pic LOL:
It needed saving - it needed to not look like straw on a hot day being sizzled. It needed to not look heavy as a cow.. lol

I've never had an experience quite like this -- and it was my first time getting my hair colored, so I was uber nervous! When I arrived, it was beautiful and bright. I was greeted by the sweet manager, Michelle, who directed me to my hair colorist.. MASTER colorist David and the beautiful hair cutter and stylist Heather.

Heather offered me a drink (they had tea, water, cappuccino, etc.) I opted for a water, but I took a pic of someone else's cappuccino LOL! And it even came with a cute little cookie! Thought it was such a cute touch.

Anyway.. then David sat down in the seat next to me and wanted to chat! lol. He asked me what I did, and wanted to kinda get to know me. Then he asked about my hair and what I wanted to do. I showed him a picture of basically... my hair. LOL. I told him I just wanted it to be fresher, a bit bouncier since it was feeling dry and heavy.. and since I've never dyed my hair before, that I just wanted a little bit of caramel-y brown colors, but only near the bottom (kinda balayage  -ish?!) because I can't handle if it were to grow out.

Then he and Heather conversed and decided together what we should do .. and off he went to go make my color! Now from that moment to when he was foiling my hair, I really had no clue what he was doing. He teased some bits, moved around some hair, painted it, foiled it. It was all so new to me - so I just let him do his thing.

After the process, I sat and took selfies for about 30 minutes. Then it was time to go wash my hair. David himself washed my hair as another gentleman massaged my hands. David even gave me a moisture masque (which I believe comes with your color service)

Then I was off to get my hair cut. It was so interesting, because Heather had me stand as she cut my hair. It was the first time anyone has ever done that before! However, she was right, she said its not accurate when I cut behind a chair, I want to make sure you get your hair to be the exact length you want! And then as we chatted away, she cut some layers - explaining her process as she went along. Then she introduced me to the thickening tonic which helped to make my hair look fuller and gave me tips on how to use my FAVORITEEEE air control hairspray to help give my crown some volume.

She then curled my hair.. and I literally felt like a new women! I love the way my hair ended up looking -- so healthy, fresh, voluminous and bouncy!!! So many people have complimented my hair and have had to do double takes to say, "wait, was your hair always that color!?" and then I went on a whole shpeal on my awesome experience at fourteenjay lol!

Thank you SO much FourteenJay and Aveda for this amazing experience! I am now obsessed with wanting to color my hair and I'm thankful I have the products to maintain it! Had SUCH a lovely time there chatting, getting to know you all and getting my hair to look alive again! Thanks especially to David, Heather and Michelle of FourteenJay and to Heather and Steph at Aveda! XO 


PopSugar Must Have November 2016 Unboxing!

GUYSSSSSSS You have no idea how happy I was opening this box!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you don't know, PopSugar Must Have is a subscription box of beauty, lifestyle, food, etc. for 39.95/month... and this month, was a dream box! If you've never purchased a box before, feel free to use SHOP5 for $5 off your purchase!

Because I'm a new homeowner - this box was like a little dream for me! It had the perfect mix of everything I love from decor, to home goods, to snacks, and makeup!
So first it had this gorgeous Pehr runner - which is perfectly paired with my west elm table. I love switching up my runners, so it was nice to have a new one! || $45

Then it came with this cute AJ Goods Nest wire bowl that I can put fruits in! Perfect to place in the center of the table for entertaining or just a nice bowl for yourself if you need something stylish to put kitchen goods in! || $35

It also had a delicious bag of Oogie's Toffee Butter Popcorn. It is gluten free and all natural. I shared it with some of my students and they were obsessed with it! || $3

Then was this cute little palette from Stowaway Cosmetics. I've never heard of this brand, but this is such a cute versatile palette that would be perfect for travel. Honestly, look how small and cute it is - it's about the size of a credit card (but a little bit thicker) || $25

And how about this gorgeous Kendra Scott bracelet. It is so elegant (so not me) - this is going to be a perfect gift for my friend who is so stylish! I love how it is rose gold and has such a cute white stone! || $50

Lastly, there was these little bonus meri meri star party picks! It was just what I needed to help entertain a party! I used them on top of my husbands cake!! || $8

Personally this was one of my FAVORITE boxes to date because of how versatile this box was! It not only had beauty, but jewelry, home, party, snacks... literally everything I need to live my life lol! The total for this month's box is $116!

What did you think of this box? If you're interested, you can purchase here! Don't forget to use SHOP5 for $5 off!

ftc. this product was sent to me to review. all opinions are my own!


Benefit It's Real Big Sexy Lip Kit

I'm just such a sucker for they're real products and dual colored lip products. I couldn't help myself!!! This set comes with four lipsticks with a lip liner AND lipstick to line, fill and boost the fullness of your lips! 

 Comes in four beautiful shades. L-R: Flame Game (orange red), Pink Thrills (bright pink), Revved-Up Red (bright red) and Lusty Rose (soft pink)

Swatches from top down:
Lusty Rose, Flame Game, Revved-Up Red and Pink Thrills 

 Lusty Rose 

 Flame Game
 Pink Thrills
Revved-Up Red

What I will say is I LOVED how these felt on the lips! They were all nice and silky although I felt as though the orange and red ones had a bit more of a balm-like texture than the others where as the other ones felt a bit more silky/matte. The colors, although beautiful, were definitely a bit more sheer than I imagined (which I still love), so don't expect this to be a crazy pigmented lippie! 

I love the idea of the lip liner in it - because I do feel like these lasted on my lips for quite a while. Even when the color wore off, I felt as though it was still nice and hydrated on my lips. The teardrop shape made it easy to apply on the top lip, but not as easy to apply on the bottom lip since you had to flip it upside down. 

The colors aren't incredibly unique, but they are solid colors that will flatter any skintone :) I personally loved this set and have the lusty rose in my bag at all times because its my perfect hint of color! 

I purchased mine from sephora here! The set is $29 for 4 lippies! :) 
Will you be picking them up?! 

Dear Mr. Trump...

Dear Future President Trump,

As I woke up last night at 3am to see the election results, a shiver went down my spine. "This is not what I thought it would be..." I couldn't believe that after all of this, you became president.

You weren't my first choice... and let me tell you why. I work in a school and teach a class of "high functioning" (I hate classifying it) children with Autism. I spent the past three years not only trying to get their academics up to par, but I spent the past three years trying to build confidence in who they are. We run a social skills program where we teach them that they may be different in some ways, but that doesn't make them any less special. We run a peer mentoring program with exemplary kids in their grade to build bridges of understanding and empathy. Kids realize that my students are freaking awesome... and even though they have Autism and even though they might be a little bit different, they still have a ton in common and could still be great friends.

When you were running for president. Kids began to question who they were...and if I lied to them about their worth. Kids worried if their parents would get sent back to their countries. Others worried because of their religion. And the fact was, I had no answer for them.

I worried for the day a student would ask me, "Do you think Mr. Trump thinks I'm not as good as other people because I have autism?" I wouldn't know how to answer because just the day before, I watched your speech where you made mocked someone by making flapping hand gestures and by stuttering. My students sometimes stutter. And my students sometimes flap their arms too.

You see, when you were running for president, your actions caused walls to be built, people to judge others harshly and angrily... and most importantly, your actions caused minds to become narrow.

Today when you were elected our next president... this is not what I thought it would be... but maybe my mind has become narrow too. You aren't even in the office yet and I am envisioning all the negative outcomes. And I realized by doing that... that won't change the fact that you will still become our president.

What makes America great is our diversity... in thoughts, races, religions, sexual preferences and abilities. As we embrace and celebrate our differences, may you lead our country with an open mind of who we all are. I will put my hope and trust in the Lord that He has great plans for you to continue to make America the great country it was, is, and will always be.

A fellow American


Humboldt Soap Company Body Butter + GIVEAWAY! :)

Arice, the owner of Humboldt Soap Company reached out to me to send me one of their Body Butters! I was super excited to see her line of awesome natural skin care!

A little bit about Humboldt Soap Company: Arice Miranda is the owner and founder and was a certified massage therapist in many high end spa resorts and noticed that there were many different types of skin issues with clients. Because of this, she decided to create her own affordable spa quality natural skin care products!!! You can read all about her story here!

So I was super excited to try out her body butter! It comes in 9 delicious scents and only has like 6 ingredients -- all in which I KNOW! (best part!)

When the first one shipped over to me, not sure what happened. I think it was left outside too long (it was over 90 degrees that day), the consistency wasn't correct. I sent her an email and she shipped me a new one asap (great customer service!).

When I got my second one - I was overtaken by the delicious smell of vanilla sugar. This scent always reminds me of the holidays, so I was SO excited to rip into it and use it! The first thing I noticed when I touched it was the consistency. It was such a unique feel since usually whipped body butters are relatively soft. This one was almost the consistency of raw cookie dough. Kinda thick, but kinda fluffy.

When you put it on your skin, it just melts with your body temperature. It's is quite thick and almost felt greasy when you first put it on. It took more work than other body butters to spread it across my skin. However, the cool part about it was that after I rubbed it all in, it became almost silky and powdery and didn't feel greasy anymore.

First putting it on! 

Starting to rub it in! 

Fully absorbed! 
I especially LOVED putting this on my elbows, eczema spots, knees and heels. It seemed to really love and nourish those spots because they were so dry.

The best part about it all? The scent lingers. Usually scents disappear off my skin the moment I rub it in, but this one lingered around for a while. I loved getting a sweet kick once in a while!

Now, I like this product so much - I want to give one away to YOU guys! I want to personally buy a whipped body butter of your choice to send over to you! All you have to do is follow my blog and comment below: your name, where you're from and what scent you'd be interested in!

Thanks Arice for introducing me to your awesome soap company! I'm looking forward to trying out some of your other goodies, because I definitely loved this one! If you're interested in purchasing anything from Humboldt Soap Company click here!
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