Mar 20, 2015

DIY Body Scrub for One (Sugar-Coconut-Lime)

Easy DIY Home Made Sugar Coconut Oil Lime Body Hand Foot Scrub
Easy DIY Sugar - Coconut Oil - Lime Body Scrub

While I love reading DIY posts, I rarely try making anything myself.  Most times, I don't feel too confident about applying the end-product on my skin (happens mostly with DIY face packs).  Body scrubs, though, are a whole different story.  I have extremely dry skin, and oil-based scrubs are my saviors.  I tend to stock up on huge tubs of scrubs every sale season, but once the initial enthusiasm of using a new product fades off, I forget all about it and discover half-empty expired products during one of my cleaning sprees.  With one too many tubs tossed out, I figured it's about time I tried my hand at cooking up a DIY body scrub.  And if like me, you like trying out new body scrubs every other week, then give this easy DIY single-serve body scrub a try.  It's made with sugar, coconut oil, and is bursting with citrusy goodness of lime zest and juice.  Makes enough for a single use.

Mar 19, 2015

Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler - Review

Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler Straightener Flat Iron Review
Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styling Iron ($149) at irresistibleme.com
Product provided for review by Irresistible Me

My hair has always been a bit of an issue for me.  I have wavy hair that looks quite dry and is very prone to getting all frizzy and voluminous (not in a good way).  For the most part, I let it do its thing - use moisturizing shampoos, never skip the conditioner, and indulge in hair spas and masks whenever I get the time - and I don't bother with heat treating or styling it in any way.  I have gone to work with barely combed through air-dried hair, so really, I am all for embracing natural hair, curls and waves and all.  When I have a bit of time, though, or if I want a change from the "natural" look, I like to give my hair a sleek, polished look, and nothing does it better than a flat iron.  I received the Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Hair Styler courtesy of the brand, and this is what I have been using of late.  Scroll on for a quick photo-heavy review.

A Warm Brown Eye Makeup Look for the Day


Warm Brown Eye Makeup Look for the Day - Easy Tutorial
Warm brown eye makeup look for the day.
Now that the weather is starting to get warmer here, I have been trying to tone down on the darker makeup looks, and while I cannot give up on my black eyeliner just yet, this warm brown eyeshadow is definitely helping me with the transition into spring makeup.  My skin is beginning feel better, and I think I just might have found my perfect foundation in Dior's new Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation (40 Honey Beige).  Oh, and I am trying out a new (to me) hyaluronic acid serum - hope it lives up to all the positive reviews.  Anyway, getting back to the makeup look for the day, here's an easy how-to for this warm brown makeup look.

Mar 16, 2015

5 Steps to the Perfect Pampering At-Home Manicure

5 Easy Steps to the Perfect DIY Pampering At-Home Manicure
Perfect At-Home Manicure In 5 Easy Steps

There are few things more relaxing than a mani-pedi session, but it's definitely a bit of a luxury to find the time for salon appointments.  Besides, getting a spa session as often as one wants can be a little too much for the wallet.  I find it much more practical to indulge in mini pampering sessions in the comfort of my home, and here's how you too can get a perfect DIY at-home manicure in 5 easy steps.

Spring-Summer Fragrance Picks: Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche

Spring-Summer Fragrance Picks: Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche Eau de Toilette Spray
Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche Eau de Toilette Spray ($77-$122) at Nordstrom
Fragrance notes include citrus, water hyacinth, jasmine, amber of patchouli, and fresh vetiver

It's getting warmer by the minute here, and my fragrance picks of late have been florals and light citrusy fragrances, which is what I tend to reach for through spring and summer.  My pick for today is Chance Eau Fraiche.

Mar 14, 2015

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Pointed Precision Complexion Brush #11

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Pointed Precision Complexion Concealer Brush #11
It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Pointed Precision Complexion Brush #11 ($38) at itcosmetics.com

I discovered It Cosmetics a while back thanks to some products I received from a PR firm.  Among all the amazing products that this company makes, their supersoft makeup brushes would be my top picks.  Made of cruelty-free, synthetic bristles, these brushes are a must-have, especially if you have sensitive skin.  If I had to pick one must-have from the range, It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Pointed Precision Complexion Brush #11 would be the one.

Mar 13, 2015

How to Store and Organize Jewelry the Easy Way

How to Store Organize Jewelry Earrings Acrylic Bead Box with Compartments
Darice 32-Compartment No-Spill Organizer ($7 each) - available on Amazon
I bought these from Walmart a while back, and I found them in the crafts/beads section.

Almost every time I see a jewelry organization post on a blog or on Pinterest (which according to my husband I have an unhealthy obsession with), it's about dainty jewelry perched on trees, earrings dangling off wires, or DIY involving things like radiator covers - I could go on and on.  That's great for displaying jewelry, especially if it's in one of those pastel-walled rooms with lovely white furniture.  Or for someone good at DIY-ing.  None of which applies to me.  All I need is a sensible organization option that fits into my limited storage space, doesn't cost too much, and does a good job of keeping jewelry dust-free.  If that seems like something you would like too, then these organizer boxes from Walmart (or Amazon) might be just what you need.

NARS Bengali - Matte Single Eyeshadow - Review

NARS Bengali Matte Single Eyeshadow Swatch Makeup Look Review
NARS Bengali Eyeshadow ($25) available at narscosmetics.com
Other eyeshadows in the pic:  NARS Coconut Grove (deep brown) and NARS Persia (rust-orange)

A good neutral eyeshadow might seem boring to some, but I can have a million different browns and taupes and still want more.  If I had to pick favorites, though, warm-toned browns would take up all the space on the list.  NARS Bengali is one such eyeshadow.  It's described as a rich chocolate brown, and is one of the NARS single matte eyeshadows.  I have had disappointing experiences with some NARS eyeshadows in the past, but this one is a definite winner.  Scroll on for more on this fabulous eyeshadow.

Mar 9, 2015

Bobbi Brown Hot Collection (Kate Upton) - Spring 2015 Makeup - Photos, Swatches

Bobbi Brown Kate Upton Hot Spring 2015 Makeup Collection Photos Swatches
Bobbi Brown Hot Collection - Spring 2015 Makeup - at Nordstrom.

Bobbi Brown's new makeup collection for spring 2015 features a collaboration with the uberhot Kate Upton and is quite aptly titled the Hot Collection.  Taking inspiration from Kate's home state, Florida, this collection features a mix of bright pops of color for the lips along with classic Bobbi Brown eyes (with black liner and neutral eyeshadows).  The collection includes the Bobbi Brown Hot Nudes eyeshadow palette, Blackest Black Ink Eyeliner, and Smokey Eye mascara for eyes.  For the lips there are 3 shades each of Bobbi Brown Art Sticks and Bobbi Brown Sheer Lipsticks and for the cheek there are 3 lovely blush palettes.  Here's a look at some photos and swatches.

Lancome Shine Lover Lipsticks - Swatches

Lancome Shine Lover Lipsticks - Swatches
Lancome Shine Lover Lipsticks ($25 each) at Nordstrom

Lancome Shine Lover lipsticks are the newest lipsticks from the brand.  These are somewhat of a lipstick-lipbalm hybrid, with fresh glossy color that's easy to apply and infused with hyaluronic acid to help smooth and condition lips.  The packaging is white - a bit different from the usual Lancome lipsticks - and feel quite light (at least the testers did).  I spotted the Lancome Shine Lover lipsticks at Nordstrom, and here's a look at some swatches.

Mar 7, 2015

Today's Makeup - Easy Daytime Look (neutral bronze-brown eyes and pink lips)

Easy makeup tutorial - bronze brown neutral eyes - soft pink lips - spring daytime look
Easy Daytime Makeup Look using neutral bronze-brown for the eyes and soft pink on the lips

My makeup doesn't really change drastically with the seasons.  I stick to neutral/brown eyeshadows and softer lip colors, and the only change I would make for spring is perhaps go easy on the black liner :P  What's new in my makeup routine is my search for a new foundation.  I have been trying out the new NARS All Day Luminous Foundation, and so far it's been a struggle.  Syracuse seems dark and Barcelona a bit light.  What's consistent is both the shades make my skin look superdry.  I should probably just give it up as a lost cause, but my skin is going through a really bad time right now, and I amn't sure if it's the foundation making my skin look bad or if it's my skin making everything I put on look awful :(  Anywho, enough of my rant and on to my makeup look for the day, which incidentally involves NARS eyeshadows - bronze and peach duo Key Largo and matte deep brown Coconut Grove.  Scroll on for more photos and an easy how-to.

Mar 6, 2015

Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palettes - Swatches

Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes Swatches
Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palettes ($36 each) at Sephora

Clinique is one of my favorite skincare brands, but I rarely pay much attention to Clinique makeup.  For the most part, though, Clinique makeup is just like the skincare range - soft, easy to use, and works for most skin tones.  The Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palettes would be a good example, with easy to wear neutral shades for makeup that can go from soft daytime looks to smokey evening eyes, all in a sleek mirrored compact.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Mar 1, 2015

Chanel Rouge Coco UltraHydrating Lipsticks - Swatches

Chanel's New Rouge Coco Ultrahydrating Lipsticks ($36) at Nordstrom

The new Chanel Rouge Coco Ultrahydrating Lip Colours are the revamped versions of Rouge Coco lipsticks.  The new formula boasts a vibrant color spectrum with shade names inspired by Coco Chanel's closest friends.  These lipsticks are also creamy and moisturizing with jojoba and mimosa butters, sunflower wax and silicone for lasting hydration and luminous results.  I spotted these at my local Nordstrom and got some quick swatches to share.