Monday, April 27, 2015

029. | Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser

I have a relatively complex skincare routine, which includes separate cleansers for morning and night. In the morning, I like to use a lightweight cleanser that brightens my skin and makes me look more awake. For the past year, I've been using the Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser. I first picked up the product on a whim. I had used and loved other products from the GinZing line, and figured this was worth trying. Since then, I have repurchasd the GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser at least four or five times. Keep reading for details!

Friday, April 17, 2015

028. | Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

For my final post of #PaletteWeek, I'm talking about the much-hyped Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette. I had heard such good things about this palette from those who had received press samples, that I placed an order on Sephora's website virtually the minute this palette became available. Although I don't have many Kat Von D products, those I do have are absolutely fantastic. All in all, I had extremely high hopes for this product. Keep reading to see how the shadows performed.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

027. | Marc Jacobs The Lover 220

For the second post of #PaletteWeek, I'm showing a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette from one of my all-time favorite brands, Marc Jacobs Beauty. The Lover 220 is a limited release from the Style Eye-Con No. 7 - Plush Shadow range. This range carries seven permanent eyeshadow palettes, with seven shades in each. The most popular palette, and my absolute favorite palette on the market, is The Lolita 206. (I mentioned this in Current Beauty Obsessions, Vol. 1.) When I spotted The Lover on the Sephora website, I instantly knew I needed it. Keep reading for details and photos.

Monday, April 13, 2015

026. | MAC Nordstrom Naturals Palette

Welcome to Palette Week! On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I'll be reviewing an eyeshadow palette that has recently launched. I'm starting with the MAC Nordstrom Naturals Palette. This limited edition palette is a collection of fifteen eyeshadows from the permanent MAC line. This palette is perfect for someone who doesn't own many MAC shadows and is wanting to test out the shades, at a significant discount. Keep reading for swatches and details!

Friday, April 10, 2015

025. | Organix Argan Oil Elevated Finish Spray

A few posts ago, I raved about the Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray. (Click here to read that post.) Although I absolutely love that product, I've been searching for a more affordable alternative. So far, the Organix Argan Oil Elevated Finish Spray is the closest I've come. The product is a medium hold hairspray that leaves the hair smooth and soft, yet keeps it in place. The argan oil acts to give shine and nutrients to the hair. Plus, argan oil is extremely fragrant, and leaves hair with a sophisticated, deep scent.

While this isn't the best hairspray I've ever used, it is the best drugstore hairspray I've used. I recommend this to anyone that wants an affordable, flexible hairspray. The Organix Argan Oil Elevated Finish Spray is $9.99 for 8.5 fl. oz. and can be purchased here.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

024. | LOFT D'Orsay Flats

There's nothing I love more than a great pair of shoes. That's a lie. There's nothing I love more than a great deal on a great pair of shoes. So after I found the LOFT D'Orsay Flats marked down to $35, I quickly swiped my credit card, ran home, and jumped on my blog to share the news. Now, I'm sitting at my desk, flats on my feet, trying to quickly come up with a quality review. Keep reading for my first impression!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

023. | Milani Color Statement Lip Liner

As I've gotten older and began wearing lipstick on an almost daily basis, I've realized how important a good lip liner is. It provides a smooth base for applying lipstick, and keeps the lipstick from feathering or fading too unevenly. Even though lip liner is necessary in my beauty routine, I don't like shelling out a bunch of money on liner. That's because I use it with a lipstick, not as a stand alone lip product. But, until recently I haven't been able to find any quality drugstore lip liners. And then I came across the Milani Color Statement Lip Liner. Keep reading for details on this amazing product!

Monday, April 6, 2015

022. | Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum

Serums have never been a staple item in my skincare routine. Yes, I have used them and some I've liked a lot, but they've never been as crucial for me as cleanser, moisturizer, or eye cream. One of my biggest problems with serums is that most are anti-aging, and anti-aging ingredients tend to be very pricey. While I have used skincare products that are anti-aging, it is hard to feel justified in spending money on preventing fine lines and wrinkles when I'm only 22.

The Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum caught my eye with its slogan: "Is your skin having a quarter-life crisis?" The product is designed for the period after the teenage hormonal acne phase, but before the intensive anti-aging phase. This spoke to my skincare needs perfectly, so I couldn't resist picking up a bottle. Keep reading for details!