Beauty, Makeup

Tom Ford Lip Color

I love when Sephora sends me samples of products that intrigue me even though I know I’d never buy them. Such was the case with today’s product: the Tom Ford Lip Color. This lipstick is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $55.

To be fair, this is a fabulous lipstick. It’s opaque, comfortable to wear, long-lasting, and satiny in texture. All of these are definitely qualities that I love in lipstick! So, if you have a big budget, by all means, go for this one! I mean, just look at the beautiful packaging. It exudes elegance. However, I just can’t justify spending $55 on a lipstick. This may seem kind of hypocritical since I own several of Dior’s $35 lipsticks, but there’s just something in my mind about spending $55 on one single lipstick that makes me think I’d be crossing some sort of line with my makeup addiction.

Maybe someday I’ll be fabulously wealthy enough to not blink twice as I buy this in every color … but today is not that day!

Where is your maximum price line for lipstick? I’m genuinely curious, so please let me know in the comment section!

Also … Happy Halloween!

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Beauty, Skincare

Caudalie Vine Body Butter

Confession time: I’ve just been using body butter/lotion after shaving. I know that I really should be moisturizing my whole body more often. I should treat it as respectfully as my face. But I’ve just been feeling kind of lazy. Anyway, in an attempt to do a better job at warding off dry skin this upcoming winter, I decided to invest in the Caudalie Vine Body Butter. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $34.

I can’t even imagine how long this is going to last! Just a teeny amount seems to cover so much. It’s a thick cream, but you need so little that it really does dry quickly. Also, it has a faint hint of grapeseed oil and grapefruit scent. I love it!

This product contains shea butter, so it’s extremely moisturizing. It’s also Certified Clean by Sephora, so it’s more natural than a lot of other skincare products. This is one reason why I love Caudalie as a brand!

I’m really pleased with this lotion! It’s definitely going to last me all winter – if not longer. I know my skin is going to really thank me (especially the rough bits around my elbows!)

Do you have a favorite body butter? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Skincare

Boscia Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask

I love when I get samples of new masks to try. I adore a good face mask! Recently, I got a great sample from Boscia – the Boscia Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $38.

First off, I love that this mask is BRIGHT GREEN. It’s perfect for Halloween! The color, of course, is caused by the ingredient of matcha green tea, which boasts a lot of skincare benefits. This mask claims to reduce redness and inflammation while minimizing pores and reducing excess oil.

Now, after I let this one dry, I was distressed by how difficult it was to scrub off. Of course, afterwards my skin looked more red from the scrubbing. However, overall, this seemed great for my skin. My pores definitely looked better and the next day, my skin seemed clearer and smoother. This product is also Certified Clean by Sephora, so it’s created without a lot of harmful ingredients found in other skincare products.

Overall, I think this is another great Boscia mask (although it isn’t going to replace my favorite – the black luminizing mask!)

Have you tried any masks by Boscia? If so, which is your favorite? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Fashion

Fashion Friday: Steve Madden Brinkley Over the Knee Stretch Boot

Welcome to another installment of Fashion Friday! I’ve been thinking about the boots that I still have from last year. I have so many ankle boots and mid-calf boots, but I want something high and dramatic this year. I was looking at Nordstrom and now I’m in love with the Steve Madden Brinkley Over the Knee Stretch Boot which retails for $130.

Photo Credit: Nordstrom

I love that this boot is stretchy because my calves are not the slimmest. I also love the teeny heel and the overall elegant shape of the boot. I could definitely see myself wear these with jeans or even a shorter dress. They are suede, so they wouldn’t be appropriate for snow unless I got them treated. Still, I think these need to make their way into my winter wardrobe!

What boots are you considering for the upcoming winter? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, hair

Pacifica Berry Dreamy Sleep Over Hydration Mask 

I HATE when I fall in love with a product only to find that it’s already been discontinued! But that’s exactly what just happened with the Pacifica Berry Dreamy Sleep Over Hydration Mask. It looks like I can stock up on the remaining ones sold at a steeper price on Amazon, but I think I’ll just start looking for a dupe.

I love this product because it smells fantastic, keeps my dry ends looking more fabulous than usual, and is super natural. It’s my go-to post-shower hair product. When I use this one, I can just sleep with wet hair and wake up with smooth, frizz-free, gently-styled tresses.

Do you have a favorite leave-in conditioner that might work on hair with oily-ish roots but very dry ends? If so, I’m getting desperate, so please let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Skincare

Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar Waters are a great invention. They are one of the gentlest way to cleanse the skin and they don’t require any rinsing. I’ve tried so many on the market, and recently I decided to give the Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water a shot. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $14.

This is definitely my new favorite micellar water. It’s extremely gentle, but it is also very effective at cleansing (and even removing some makeup!) Some other micellar waters that I’ve tried have just felt like literally splashing my face with tap water, but this one actually works wonders. It leaves my skin feeling clean and nourished thanks to it’s powerful ingredients: organic grape water, chamomile extract, and plant glycerin. Overall, I just love this product and I’ll definitely be repurchasing. It’s not strong enough to use as my sole cleanser when wearing heavy eye makeup, but it’s become my go-to morning cleanser and part of my evening double cleanse (after a makeup-removing oil).

Have you tried a micellar water? If so, what was your experience? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Skincare

Murad Acne Body Wash

I’m always trying to cultivate clearer skin. I have so many face products, but it occurred to me that I didn’t have anything for the rest of my body. Recently, I decided to try the Murad Acne Body Wash. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $40.

My fear when using this product was that the salicylic acid would dry out my skin, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised that that hasn’t happened. However, after about a month of use, I can’t say that I really see any difference in my skin. Sure, this is an adequate body wash, but it’s definitely not worth $40 since I don’t see any difference between how my skin reacts to this one versus a much cheaper body wash from the drugstore. I’ll keep using this one until it’s all out, but I definitely won’t be repurchasing.

Have you had any experience with this product? If so, be sure to let me know how it went in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

As the weather turns cooler, I know it’s time to prevent chapped lips. Whether caused by cold weather or too much longwear lipstick, I know my lips tend to be dryer than I’d like them to be, so I am always on the lookout for the next best balm. Recently I was able to try the Antioxidant Lip Balm from The Organic Pharmacy. This product retails online for $21.50.

I am obsessed with this balm now! It’s exceptionally nourishing and moisturizing without ever feeling even a bit sticky. It has some amazing ingredients too: shea butter, vitamin e oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, honey, pomegranate, and rose hips. Since using this product regularly, my lips feel smoother, more supple, and never dry. I can’t wait to use this one all winter long. I highly recommend it!

Have you used this product or do you have a different favorite lip balm? Be sure to let  me know in the comment section!

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Fashion

Fashion Friday: Bardot Alice Lace Body-Con Dress

I feel like I’m a lot more comfortable with makeup than I am fashion. I’m still perfecting my person aesthetic when it comes to clothes, and I think that part of it is caused by my general discomfort with my current weight. Accessorizing is so much easier (and more forgiving) than actual clothes. Still, as I’m searching for pieces for my Fashion Friday installments, I am always drawn to lace and things that are vintage-inspired. That’s probably why I’m now obsessed with the Bardot Alice Lace Body-Con Dress which is available at Nordstrom for $149.

Photo Credit: Nordstrom

I love that this dress is sexy but mysterious. The geometric cutouts are fascinating and remind me of Art Deco art and architecture from the 1920s. Also, the nude fabric and black lace work so well together. If I had a different body, I would absolutely buy this one. The only thing that I don’t love is the high neckline. I would much prefer a scoop neck.

Would you wear this piece or do you have a favorite vintage-inspired brand to share? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick

I really love the Too Faced Melted lipsticks. Too Faced tends to discontinue all the products I end up loving, but thankfully they just keep coming out with more and more of these lipsticks. The latest version I had the opportunity to try is the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick, which can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for $21.

I was sent the shade “Queen B” which is supposed to be a soft mauve. While it definitely has mauve undertones, it seems too brown to really work with my complexion and has a tendency to make me look a bit sickly. So, I wouldn’t recommend this particular shade to those with cool skin tones or people who are very pale. Still, this was a pretty good lipstick.

It is indeed very matte, but it is not uncomfortable to wear. The texture is a bit velvety, but it sits lightly atop the skin of the lips. It’s pretty opaque, so you’ll only need one or two coats. Also, it’s not very messy and does apply pretty evenly (which can’t be said of the melted latex lipstick range). In terms of wear, it won’t last through a whole meal but it will stand up just fine when drinking. So, you’ll have to reapply at least once throughout the day, but it’s not too much of a hassle because it tends to fade pretty evenly. Overall, this is an improvement for the melted lipstick concept and another win for the Too Faced brand.

Have you tried any version of the melted lipsticks? Be sure to share your experience in the comment section!

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