Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dior Mystic Metallics Bonne Etoile Eyeshadow: Review + Swatches

Cute packaging is my Achilles Heel of makeup hoarding collecting, so when I saw the new Dior eyeshadow palettes for Fall, I knew my willpower was in over its head.  I had to get Bonne Etoile, a five color palette featuring earthy brown, green, and blue shades imprinted with stars in the powder.  Stars?!  Shut up and take my money!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish: Review

The body scrub in my shower these days is The Body Shop's Strawberry Body Polish.  I spotted this while in their store recently, and thought it might make the perfect summer body scrub.

When you look closely in bottle, you can see this scrub isn't very dense.  It is more of a body wash with a light, sparse microscrub in it (as well as some strawberry seeds).  The fragrance is really wonderful, it smells like fresh made strawberry jam!

I've been enjoying using this exfoliant a couple times a week.  It is one of the "lightest" scrubs I have used, so it is fairly gentle on my skin and I can get away with using it more often.  This product lathers a little bit too, so you could use it as a body wash if you wanted (though I would avoid certain areas...)!

If you are looking for a light exfoliant, I recommend this one!

The Strawberry Body Polish retails for $20 and can be purchased at The Body Shop!

What is your favorite summer exfoliant?
xx, Allison

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Jouer Mineral Powder Blushes in Peach Bouquet + Bloom: Review + Swatches

As you all know, I have a bit of a thing for blush.  I don't know what it is, but a good blush excites me more than almost any other beauty product.  The way I see it, blush is one of those products that if you have it right, you instantly go up a notch on the "hotness" scale... am I right, or am I wrong right? *applies more blush* ;)

Today I wanted to share a couple of blushes from Jouer I've been wearing lately: Peach Bouquet and Bloom.

Peach Bouquet, Bloom

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: Review + Swatches

I've been seeing rave reviews about the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer everywhere these days, so a couple weeks ago I decided to snag a tube for myself to see what the hype is all about.  This concealer is fairly new to the NARS lineup, as it was released earlier this year.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Physician's Formula Super BB Beauty Balm Powder: Review + Swatches

Physician's Formula has great face powders, so I was excited to try their new Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Powder.  This product is part of their new Super BB line that also features a cream and concealer.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dr.Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm: Review + Swatches

I was in Sephora the other day when my eye caught a display of Dr.Jart+ BB Creams.  I had never tried any products from this brand, and quickly looked up reviews on my phone to read the general beauty community consensus on them.  I found that this line was highly raved about, so I decided to give the Premium Beauty Balm a try.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Jouer Mineral Powder Bronzer in Suntan: Review + Swatches

I love trying out new bronzers.  Next to blush and foundation-type products, bronzers are some of my favorite to play around with.  The bronzer I'm sharing today is the Jouer Mineral Powder Bronzer in Suntan.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Madewell "The Marfa" Bag: The Perfect Summer Handbag

I have a new favorite handbag of the moment: Madewell's "The Marfa" Bag.  I spotted this in store last month and fell head over heels in love with it.  Because I posted an updated "What's in my Purse" video on my YouTube channel today, I thought I would do an in-depth blog post on the bag itself.

The Marfa is a small-medium crossbody bag made of super soft leather.  I love the rich cognac color, and the size is just right for what I look for in a crossbody.  I can fit a small wallet/cardholder, sunglasses (and case!), keys, and a few other on-the-go necessities.

Bag Dimensions: 10.25" x 5.66" x 2.5"

The part of the bag that caught my eye is the triangle detailing around the edge of the flap.  It gives the bag a "summer festival" vibe, perfect to pair with cut-off jean shorts and a flowy tank.

The front has a faux-buckle detailing, while the flap actually closes with a metal pin and strap.  The strap has two different holes to choose from, which go over the metal pin and hold the bag securely shut.

The inside has blue striped lining, which I think compliments the bag really nicely.  It also features one large zip side pocket for smaller things.

The crossbody strap is leather as well, and features a buckle to adjust the length.

The triangle detailing continues around to the back of the bag.

Overall, I'm thrilled with this handbag and have received a number of compliments on it!

The Marfa Bag retails for $135 and is available through Madewell!

Do you have a favorite handbag for summer?
xx, Allison

P.S. The new video, if you haven't seen it already!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Avalon Organics Olive + Grape Seed Shampoo and Conditioner: Review

Do you ever have lucky streaks where you randomly try out a bunch of new products and all of them turn out to be fantastic?  I've been on one of those for a while with shampoos and conditioners... until recently.  These days I keep striking out when it comes to trying a new hair brand.  Today's case in point: Avalon Organics Olive + Grape Seed shampoo and conditioner.  I had really high hopes for this duo because I LOVE the Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Face Cream.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Nail of the Day: China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle

Who doesn't love a good aqua blue nail polish in the summertime?  Today's nail of the day is China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle, a bright aqua cream from the new Sunsational collection.  It makes my fingers look like they've been dipped in sparkling turquoise waters of an exotic island!

natural light, 3 coats

The formulation of this was good.  Unlike some of the other polishes from this collection, this one didn't streak much at all.  It was smooth, and just a little sheer (I ended up doing three coats).

I've had a lot of people ask how this compares to China Glaze For Audrey, a similar looking blue.  For Audrey is less green and less bright (more dusty).  The two may seem similar in the bottle but are noticeably different when painted.

The China Glaze Sunsational collection is available at Ulta!

What is your favorite bright blue nail polish?
xx, Allison

Monday, July 8, 2013

Jouer Creme Eyeshadow in Feather: Review + Swatches

I've always heard wonderful things about Jouer cosmetics but haven't explored their collection until recently.  Today's featured product is their Creme Eyeshadow in Feather: a light, frosty champagne pink.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner: Review + Photos

If you've seen any of my "Products I've Used Up" videos recently, you know I've been running out of shampoo and conditioner like crazy these days.  I finally finished up everything I had, and have been trying out some new products, including The Body Shop's Rainforest Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner.