Monday, July 28, 2014

Wedding Day Beauty Prep

Wedding Day Beauty Prep



My wedding day is fast approaching.  I haven't been working out or limiting my pizza consumption, but I have been thinking about my skin, hair, and nails.  So, here's my wedding day wishlist and the tools I am using to meet my goals.

  • Glowing Complexion.  I wash daily with {1} Benefit Foamingly Clean Face Wash  and then I scrape off all those dead skin cells twice a week with {2} Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish.  I use both products with my {3} Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System (because I am too cheap to buy the Clairsonic Mia).  My skin has never felt softer and my pores have never looked smaller...and I have never had less zits. 
  • Bright Eyes.  I often don't get as much sleep as I need would like, resulting in tired, wrinkly, dark circled eyes.  However, {4} Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream is helping me curb my old lady wrinkles.
  • Long Island Medium Nails.  Ok, maybe I don't want them that long, but I would like my nails not to look like chewed up pieces of plastic.  I've been applying {5} Julep's Oxygen Nail Treatment every few days to help with growth and strength. (Get your first month of Julep free by signing up here.)
  • Barbie Hair.  I normally keep my hair pretty short, but I would like to have long(er) voluminous locks for my wedding day.  I've been using {6}Living Proof Perfect Hair Day to protect my hair from the intense heat of my daily hair ironing and also prevent split ends.
  • Luscious Lips.  I've been using {7} Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in combination with a weekly lip scrub using {8} Fresh Sugar Lip Polish in order to maintain soft and luxurious lips.

 It sounds like a lot of work, but it really isn't.  It's really just washing my face, slapping on nail polish every few days, putting in a little hair product, and putting on chap stick.  

Is there any element of your beauty regimen that you recommend?

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Friday, July 25, 2014

I have a really good excuse...

As you can see, Favorite Fashion Friday is missing today.  I have a good excuse, I promise.  I am in the middle of a dental journey and chipped one of my temporary veneers on an English muffin.  So, I am in some pain and sad about my mostly liquid diet.  I'm heading to the emergency dentist this afternoon, so I should be ship shape in time for happy hour tonight.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Look What I Got: Rompin' Around

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Romper: Anthropologie via Instagram | Wedges: Toms via Instagram (similar, worn) |
Necklaces: Kate Spade Saturday via TJ Maxx (worn, similar) and Gorjana via Rocks Box (exact, worn) | 
Bracelets: Kate Spade (worn, similar) and JewelMint (similar)
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After months of searching (and a whole lot of skepticism), I finally stumbled upon a romper, a romper that I could actually tolerate on my body.  And (bonus) only $30.  Of course it was a result of my Instagram shopping journey, where I shop from the comfort of my bed.  Now, I just have to figure out how to go to the bathroom in this thing. (Well, actually, I would like to go to the bathroom outside of the romper, but I guess that's just semantics).


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Just a Small Town Girl

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Shirt: Groopdealz (similar) | Skirt: Forever 21 (worn) | Necklace: J. Crew Factory (worn, similar)  | 
Sneakers: Coach via Marshall's (wornexact) | 
Bracelets: Bauble Bar (worn, similar) and Urban Gem via Rocks Box (worn

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I'm just doing a little 90's throwback with the tied up shirt....quoting a song from the 80's.  I am a time travelin' vixen today.  When I saw this shirt pop up on Groopdealz, I knew I had to have it.  It's got gold, sassy script, and a reference to a song that was played at every college party I went to.  It's pretty much the best thing ever.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In the Caboodle: July Ipsy Bag

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Pixi Beauty Tinted Brilliance Balm (1.8g, ~$7): I'm on the fence about this one.  It's super moisturizing and smells good.  However, it did not have enough tint to make me use this instead of regular chapstick.

Clear Clinic Clear Spot Treatment (2 mL, ~$9): This is marketed as "an on-the-go clear spot treatment specially formulated with menthol, glycolic and salicylic acids."  It's definitely sized for easy travel; however, I am pretty sure this is just rubbing alcohol.  I tried it on some blemishes and didn't really see any results. 

Bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB Cream Shadow (0.01g, ~$6): This shadow is supposed to be long-wearing and is supposed to smooth fine lines.  I was unable to try this out for a day because essentially this shade (Barely Nude) is the same color as my skin.  However, when swiped on my hand it was so silky smooth and didn't rest into any creases.  I might try it out in another shade, but at $18 for the full-size, it's a little pricey.

Models Own Nail Polish ($5): This crap was the color and consistency of cheap strawberry jelly.  This may be the absolute worst nail polish ever.  I am not even providing you a link to purchase it because I don't want you to even be tempted.

PurLisse SPF 30 Moisturizer (0.5 oz, ~$16): I am a huge PurLisse fan.  Their products claim to mesh natural wholeistic ingredients with more modern technology.  I am not too sure what this means.  Maybe I am putting less horrible genetically engineered monster blood on my face?  Whatever they do, it works.  Their moisturizers are the best.  However, they are a hefty $55.  So, I am super happy to get this deluxe sized sample.  And even happier that it has SPF 30.  It's pretty much sunblock that feels like lightweight expensive moisturizer.

The Glam Bag Deets
  • $10 per month
  • 5 beauty products, some full sized (2-3) in each bag
  • 1 cosmetic bag
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