A few months back, a friend told me she has recently joined the site Hautelook, where she could get designer looks for less. I visited the website that day – and joined immediately! I am a big fan of online shopping – especially in our winter where it’s tough for me to even leave the house – and to get designer clothes and shoes for much, much cheaper…well, I was a happy camper! I have since ordered multiple items from the website, had timely shipping, and didn’t have any surprises when it came to my merchandise. I have not yet had to return anything (which is good!) or else I would give feedback on that aspect. If you enjoy the finer things in life but don’t like to part with your cash, I recommend checking out this website! Be sure to look ahead and see which designers are coming up – because the hottest items can get sold out fast!
I’m a big fan of tinted moisturizer, and recently I tried the one from Stila, a newer brand for me. There is SPF 15 in it which is great, and it provided a sheer coverage that gave me that extra tint so I don’t have to use so much bronzer. Overall I really like the product, but I’ve found in the winter it can severely dry out my skin. Some people think I’m crazy to use a tinted moisturizer in the winter, but I think why not? Lately I’ve been going with BB Creams such as the one from Maybelline, and found a lot of success in them. I might visit Stila again in the summer though!
I have been buying my makeup lately from Ulta. It’s a giant store, they have good prices, and they have a reward program, which I love. I also get a coupon from them every month in the mail, so why not? On one of my last trips there they were having a buy one get one half off sale for Ulta beauty products. I grabbed a mascara and eyeliner, and decided to check them out.
The verdict? I like the eyeliner more, but it’s not up to par with the usual Maybelline that I try on. It wears off too quickly, and if I’m going out I have to put it in my clutch so I can reapply it after a few hours. The mascara I really wasn’t a fan of. I have since stopped using it, because I don’t notice anything. No length, no volume, nada. So I don’t think I’ll be picking up the Ulta brand anymore, even if they are having a great sale!
I have always had pretty good luck with Garnier Fructis products, and I recently purchased their Color Shield Conditioner. I usually dye my hair darker in the winter time, but with my upcoming wedding and dress fittings I wanted my hair color to be the same as what it will be on the big day, so I’ve kept my locks pretty light throughout the last few months. I have actually never used a shampoo or conditioner made to help keep your color, and I thought now would be a good time to try one out. And I LOVE this stuff! It smells great, my blonde is still blonde after multiply washes, and it helps put a shine in there too. I would definitely recommend this for those of you who color your hair, and I will also be picking up their leave-in conditioning treatment as well!
I recently finished up my Bare Minerals face powder, and set off to the makeup store (my trusty Ulta) on the hunt. I started a chat with a salesgirl and explained my needs for a new powder. She led me to Pur Minerals, a brand I had not yet heard of. I took a look at the 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation, and decided to give it a chance. I really have the salesgirl to thank- as she was pretty convincing- and I’m glad. I love this stuff! The foundation is lightweight, makes my skin look instantly better, and even has a SPF-15, which I really try to look for in my face makeup. I also did a shade darker so it gives me a little color when I’m pale in the winter – no tanning beds here! The coverage stays on all day, and I never have to worry about sticking it in my bag when I go out at night. I found a winner!
It was the lovely Sara Palacios that first turned my eye on BB Cream, something I actually had not heard of yet at the time. While on a makeup run, I saw Maybelline was having a buy one/get one half off sale, so I grabbed my trusty eyeliner pencil and then saw this nice looking BB Cream next to it. I thought why not – and have not looked back since! This has become a new staple in my makeup bag. Maybelline is one of my favorite cosmetic carries, from their lip gloss to mascara, so I was more than willing to give a new product a try on their line. The BB cream is an “8-in-1 skin perfector” including evening your skin tone, brightening your skin, and hiding imperfections. It did all that for me and I instantly noticed a difference once I applied it. I also like that it is super light weight. I have another moisturizer/cream that feels heavy and I have all but thrown that one away after buying this. I also bought a shade darker so I use it as a bit of a self-tanner as well and I love the results. A new favorite!
Rating: 5 stars
After having my first baby in May, my hair has definitely gone through quite a transformation. The days of lush and full locks are long gone and now I have frail and thin hair. I know I know, all of these things are typical after pregnancy, but I still wasn’t prepared and I had the HARDEST time when my hair started to fall out. And boy, did it ever. When I couldn’t take it any longer, I went online and looked up products and read countless reviews. I tried a few products here and there but nothing really seemed to help. That is, until I had a friend recommend Moroccan Oil and I gave it a whirl. This stuff literally changed my life. I feel like it restored the shine and softness and helped strengthen every strand. A miracle worker to the fullest, I highly recommend this product. Now, be careful though because you only need a tiny drop or else you will look like you haven’t showered in days. Other than that, it will heal your hair and restore life back into your roots. I will continue to use this product every day.
Since I’m one to always need a burst in the morning, when I was on the hunt recently for new face products I had to try Clean and Clear Morning Burst. A special that was going on prompted me to buy the cleanser and get the facial scrub for half off – excellent! I’m happy to report that I enjoy both products. They both have caffeine, lemon and papaya , smell great, and seem to work for me. The cleanser is obviously softer on my skin than the scrub, but both make my skin feel soft and clean after use. I also bought the skin brightening line, and I have to say that I truly believe they do that. I’m very impressed with both these products, and know I will definitely purchase the cleanser again, if not the facial scrub as well. I will buy more from the Clean and Clear line!
As someone who stopped using tanning beds years ago, I often see quite a pale face staring back at me in the mirror. I have no problem getting spray tans, but those can pricey and let’s be serious – cold! A girlfriend started using Jergens Natural Glow lotion, and I could really see a difference. I bought a bottle for myself, and was able to cut down on the amount of spray tans I was getting. I had one issue though – my body looked nice and bronzed, my face was still ghost white. I purchased the lotion that is specifically for the face as well, and I love it! I don’t use it every day, but when I think I need a little boost or know I have weekend plans, I’ll use it in the morning during that week and have a nice glow! I have great results with both the body lotion and the face lotion, though I will recommend to wash your hands good after use, or else you’ll start to see coloration on your palms! Also, the face lotion can come out a little thick, so small amounts work best or else it almost feels like a mask.
Yes, yes, frizzy hair, blah, blah, blah. I feel like when I start each beauty review that has to do with hair I state that I am a frizz-ball. A new product I have tried recently is from the Bed Head line. A girlfriend uses many of these products and swears by them, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I picked up the Control Freak serum. My first thought – this is a fairly inexpensive bottle when you realize how much product you are getting. I have been using this a few times a week for about two months now, and it looks like I’ve barely put a dent in it. My second thought – I really like this serum. It works best for me straight out of the shower and before I blow dry. The frizz is decreased and my hair is shiny, which is clearly fab. I’ve tried this before on dry hair (as instructions say can use on wet or dry hair) and the result is not as fab. It mostly just feels like glop in my hair and does not look good at all. This is one I would recommend for wet hair – and I like the smell too!