Sunday, December 28, 2014

Last Empties of 2014

Apologies for extremely sporadic posts over the last two months.  I've been busy working my day job and haven't been blogging much.  However, I have been busy using up products.

1. Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser. The best drugstore cleanser I have ever used.  Used as a morning cleanser this perks up your skin, takes off your nightly skincare, and provides hydration for the day ahead all without irrating, stripping or costing a fortune.

2. La Roche Posay Cicaplast Mains. I know I've talked about this before.  It is the best hand cream I have ever used.  I don't understand why it isn't available in the US.  With so many bad hand creams on the market, it would be a welcome change to see this in the store. 

3. Lush Hot Toddy. Another "best" product.  The scent of this shower gel makes it my absolute favorite: cinnamon and ginger combining to make a super cosy Christmas scent. I wish I had purchased a few backups because it was limited edition and there is no guarantee it will be back next year.  

4. Lush Sympathy For The Skin. I was hesitant about this at first but I got used to the banana smell and appreciated the hydration it  gave my skin.  However, I can't get over how much a full size container of this costs.  Too much.

5. Trilogy Hydrating Mist Spray.  At first the scent of this is quite strong and off putting but eventually all you smell is rose.  I liked this but I am not in love with this.  It didn't hydrate enough so it ended up just being a refreshing spray and another step in my skincare routine.  

6. Cavair CC Cream. I've raved about this before so no need to go on.  Just do yourself a favor and pick this up.  

7. Cavair Moisture Milk. Same as the CC cream.  Another wonderful addition to your haircare routine. 

7. Lush Santa's Lip Scrub.  Also mentioned on here before, this scrub is actually really disappointing.  Unlike other Lush scrubs, it isn't very effective at eliminating dry skin.  The red color also leaves an unattractive stain on the lips. 

8. Origins Super Spot Remover.  I used this for awhile to combat spots before going to the dermatologist for assistance.  Helpful when treating a few random spots but for the hormonal acne I suffer from it isn't the right type of treatment. 

9. No. 4 Reconstructing Mask.  Simple mask providing moisture, sleekness and shine.

10. Perlier Lavander Shea Butter Body Balm. A good product if you use it as intended.  However, I read "body cream" not body balm and couldn't figure out why it was so thick and why so much was needed.  The "balm" part explains a lot.

11. Vichy Purete Thermale Micellar Solution.   This took a long time to go through because I used it only when I got home super late (i.e. past midnight) and was too lazy to do a full skincare routine.  It removed makeup and while it didn't strip my skin it didn't provide any moisture either.  The real downside?  The fact that it barely removes eye makeup (and I don't wear a ton of it or waterproof).  

12. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black. Yes, it is long lasting and very black but I just do not have the skill to apply this and have it look good.  This isn't so much of an empty as it is a product I've had for a long time that never got any love and dried out.

13. Nars Light Optimizing Primer.  The good: great sun protection.  The bad: did not extend the life of my makeup.

14. The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink In Moisture Mask. Good but not great.  Moisture but not enough.  Helpful but not life changing.

15. Nip + Fab Moisture Fix. The best drugstore moisturizer that I have ever used.  Very basic with a strong herbal scent.  I haven't found anything else at the price point that delivers hydration, a smooth base for makeup and doesn't irritate my skin or cause breakouts.  Unfortunately, Ulta does not stock it anymore. 

16. Mac Cremesheen in Deelight. The best my lips but better shade! I love the consistency and color of this easy to apply lipgloss.  As a bonus it is not too sticky nor too drying.

17. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. I blame myself for not loving this product.  I really think you need consistent daily use of these pads to see a difference.  I want to purchase these again, and use them consistently, before I make a definite decision on them.

18. Nivea Pearl & Beaty Deodorant.  A spray deodorant. Why does this not exist in America?  This feels so much more refreshing than stick deodorant, and much colder!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Travel Resolutions

New Year, New Travel Plans! Here are the trips I hope to take in 2015:

1. New York City - In February I am going to New York with a friend and can't wait!  I'm already making a list of things I want to see and do, even though I know I won't have enough time to get to everything. I'm hoping for snow too!

2. Denver - I almost went to law school in Denver, but since I didn't it is still on my must visit list.  Luckily, I have a friend living there now so I hope to visit before the end of winter to experience some cold weather and gorgeous scenery. 

3. Stockholm (or somewhere in Europe).  I love traveling abroad and ideally would like to travel somewhere new every year.  I think this year I might just be able to swing an international trip and plan on joining some sort of group tour with young professionals full people who are like me and want to see more of the world.  Ideally I want to go to Stockholm, as I've wanted to visit Sweden since I was kid, but in theory anywhere in Europe would be great.

4. Chicago - My mom and I like to take Mother/Daughter trips and I think Chicago is our next destination.  We love watching the Steve Harvey show, so going to a taping is a high on our list of things to do when we visit.  I also really want to take a river architecture cruise that I missed out on last time I was in Chicago.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Traditions

1. Christmas Decor

My family decorates the whole house - inside and out.  Our Christmas decor tends to change from year to year as we get rid of things and add new things in.  This year, I'm loving this Christmas Tree I saw on A Thoughtful Place blog, so I've purchased supplies to make the "Baby It's Cold Outside" garland... though it never is cold in California.

2. Christmas Eve Dinner

As kids we ate dinner at home and went to church.  However, the last few years we've eaten out, choosing a different area of Los Angeles each time.  This year we are going to Bottega Louie in downtown Los Angeles and I'm very excited.  The food is fabulous and the location and glittering lights should definitely get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

3. Christmas Stockings

While presents are great, stockings are my favorite.  We open stockings bright and early Christmas morning and put just as much thought into stocking stuffers as we do regular gifts.  Needless to say, they are generally bulging at the seams.  To make it extra special, we wrap each stocking stuffer so everything is hidden ahead of time and there is more to open on Christmas Day.

4. Christmas Day Movie

Christmas Day, after the presents have been opened and our non-traditional dinner eaten, my family heads to the movies.  This year we've decided on Night at the Museum 3.  Unbroken looks great but not cheery enough for Christmas Day.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Unite Haul

A few weeks back I got an amazing haircut at Brambila Salon in Santa Monica.  I searched on Yelp for days, reading review after review on salons and stylists.  I finally decided on Brambila because of excellent reviews, beautiful salon pictures and convenient location.  My stylist, Jam, used all Unite products on my hair and I could not get over the scent.  Unite products are the best smelling products, ever!  Although I had absolutely zero intention of buying products to take home at the end of my appointment, I ended purchasing quite a few.... setting my bank balance back quite a lot.

Here's the rundown on what I got: Unite Luxury Shampoo, Unite Luxury Conditioner, Unite Luxury Argan Oil, Unite 7Seconds Condition and Unite Lazer Straight.  So far all of the products produce great results and are super luxurious to use, but I love the oil and straightener best because they smell like candy! I'm not sure I can ever justify buying these products on a regular basis, because of the price, but I will enjoy the scent and the results for a little while.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday Gift Exchange

Last night I attended my first holiday party of the season.  In addition to great food and drink, the night concluded with a holiday gift exchange.  Seeing as I love all things beauty I had to bring a beauty related gift.  I saw the Rituals Ancient Beauty gift set on the Gilt website and decided it would be a great gift to bring.

Well, it just so happens that I managed to win my gift back in the holiday gift exchange and I couldn't be happier.  The set includes mini versions of Yogi Flow, Brilliant Bliss, Honey Touch and Ayurveda Scrub.  Though all of the products smell amazing, I'm looking forward to trying Yogi Flow first because the concept sounds so cool - foaming bath gel!  I love foaming hand wash so I imagine foaming shower gel will be just as great.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide for Him

Stocking Stuffer. For keeping beer cold - Chillsner ($17).

Under $50. A classic but casual wallet - Herschel Hank Wallet ($35).

Under $75. A grown up watch that doesn't scream businessman - Timex Easy Reader ($65).

Under $100. Perfect for tracking New Year's fitness resolutions - Fitbit Flex ($99).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Birchbox November 2014

Another month, another good Birchbox.   

I'm most excited about trying the Amika Nourishing Mask because it has been on my must-try list ever since reading about it on The Small Things Blog.  I think it will make it a great addition to the Sunday pamper.  I love travel sized mascaras and can't wait to use the Laura Mercier mascara.  I haven't read any reviews on this mascara before but generally Laura Mercier products are good.  I plan on using the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer samples to have a little at-home color matching session.  Hand cream is always a welcome addition because I seem to go through so many. Looking forward to adding the Tocca Hand Cream to my purse soon.

I have so much perfume right now that I don't think I will be using the Harvey Prince Perfume anytime soon, but still something I enjoy receiving in my box.  The Dr. Brant Blackhead Extractor Mask initially seems like it will be too drying and intense for my skin but I will at some point try it.

(Yes, that is a Christmas blanket in the background, and yes I'm already using it.)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Products I've Used Up Fall 2014


1. Cavair Replenishing Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner. Too many good things to say about these. Check out my post here.

2. Amika Dry Shampoo. This dry shampoo is non-sticky, non-crispy, doesn't leave too much white residue and smells nice.  An overall good product but one that doesn't last very long and costs a bit too much. 

3. L'oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm. This took me ages to use up, mostly because I forgot about it.  For a drugstore hair mask, this is actually really good stuff.  Leaves hair feeling very soft and hydrated and isn't too intense to use as a conditioner if you have thick hair or just lots of hair.


1. REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Lotion.  The scent is fantastic and gives this product a luxury feel.  Unfortunately it is not super moisturizing and for that reason alone isn't worth the price.

2. The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Body Butter. This is one of the best Christmasy smelly products I've ever used.  As with all Body Shop products, it is super moisturizing and long lasting.

3. Lather Yuzu Sugar Cane Body Buff. This scrub exfoliates skin very gently while adding moisture at the same time.  This scrub has so much oil in it it almost feels like you are applying body oil instead of body scrub.

4. Lather Coconut Creme Body Wash. Come summer I will be stocking up on this scent.  I generally don't like coconut scented things but this is so fresh and clean smelling.  A great morning body wash to wake you up.

5. Supergoop Hand Cream.  What would otherwise be a basic hand cream is something special because of the added sunscreen.  I'm terrified of sun damage and skin cancer so I will definitely pick up a full size of this, even though it has quite a strong sunscreen scent.


1. Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Facial Oil.  Third empty bottle of this pre-cleanse oil.  Enough said.

2. Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment. At first this eye cream worked wonders.  Towards the end I think my eyes got used to it and it started to feel less hydrating and made my eyes water.  Probably won't repurchase.

3. Marcelle 8 in 1 Power Serum.  I used this only on my neck and chest to hopefully prevent signs of aging.  I wouldn't use this on my face because it feels quite silicone like.


1. Hourglass Arch Brow in Soft Brunette. A great product that is almost an identical match to my eyebrow color when applied.  The actual product lasts quite a long time but I wished the product had longer lasting power on the skin.  

2. Sigma F10. While not an "empty", it was time to throw this brush in the trash as it was shedding so much.  The size of the brush is great for applying just the right amount of blush to the apples of my cheeks.  Too bad it started shedding almost immediately after the first time I washed it.

3. Covergirl Liquiline Blast.  Also not an "empty", for some strange reason I cannot get this to sharpen anymore.  The color is the perfect brown, not too dark but not too light and not sparkly or shimmery.  It glides on easily and if applied holding the liner horizontally to the lash line, can be applied in a manner of seconds.

4. L'oreal Miss Manga Mascara. One of my all-time favorite mascaras.  Read about it here. 

5. Pur Minerals Eye Shadow Stick.  I used this about three times before the eyeshadow stick came completely out of the packaging and fell on the floor... disappointed and will not repurchase. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Holy Grail Hair Products

These four gems are the best hair products I have used in my entire life... and I've used lots.  I picked up this set as a 500 point perk in Sephora, which included the Alterna Cavair Replenishing Moisture Shampoo, Alterna Cavair Replenishing Moisture Conditioner, Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray and Alterna Cavair CC Cream.  

Intending to use these for travel, I didn't think much of them before use and I certaintly didn't think they would be life altering, but are they ever!  Even though my hair isn't damaged, and is actually quite healthy, I love the feel of moisture shampoo and conditioners.  While many moisture shampoo and conditioners do a decent job, these take it to another level.  The combination of these products produces the softest, healthiest looking hair with shape, body and shine.  They basically give you a salon blow dry look even if your blow dry skills are lacking and mine definitely are.  

Sadly, I've finished the shampoo and conditioner and shortly will be out of both styling products as well.  I will 100% buy these again... just maybe not all at once due to the hefty price tag. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sephora VIB Rouge Haul

Why the Sephora VIB Rouge sale is held right before Christmas I will never know.  (I do really, but I resent that fact that it encourages me to spend more money when I'm meant to be Christmas shopping.) Anyway, I picked up a few things for me and a few Christmas presents.  

The only thing that I had my eye on pre-sale was the Nude Omega Cleansing Jelly which quickly went into my shopping bag.  After picking up some Christmas presents, I headed to the most dangerous place in the store... the line to pay going straight through the travel minis section.  I've heard rave reviews about the Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil so natural the cute small size finally convinced me to try it.  I also went for two VIB 100 point perks: a Clinique Chubby Stick and a Kate Somerville Exfolikate.  

Not Pictured: Caudalie Overnight Recovery Oil and Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer.... because I didn't last 24 hours without going back to buy more. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Weekly Wants #18

1. Merry & Bright Print - SS Print Shop.  Too early to decorate for Christmas?  Maybe, maybe not.  Either way I am in love with prints right now and this is probably one of the best Christmas ones I've seen (and believe me I've browsed Etsy for hours).

2. Double-Cloth Patch-Pocket Cocoon Coat - J.Crew. I have absolutely no use for this coat in LA because it simply doesn't get cold enough.  But I dream of taking a vacation to a winter wonderland and this would be the perfect travel accessory.

3. Shift Dress Bright Animal Print - ASOS.  This dress is stunning but would seriously get in the way of my all neutral and black wardrobe.  

4. Parker Lipstick - Troi Ollivierre/J.Crew. Read the WhoWhatWear post, added this to my must buy list.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Favorite Restaurants Around L.A.

What: Bottega Louie
Where: Downtown L.A. 
Why: Modena Salad, Tagliatelle Bolognese, Chocolate Souffle

What: Houston's, Hillstone, R+D Kitchen
Where: Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica
Why: Caesar Salad and Barbecue Pork Ribs (Houston's, Hillstone), The Newporter Salad (R+D Kitchen)

What: Nikki's Venice
Where: Venice 
Why: Sriracha Garlic and Spicy Honey Wings (25 cents on Wed); Half Baked Cookie

What: Palmilla 
Where: Hermosa Beach 
Why: Margaritas, Short Rib Crispy Tacos, Churros

Sunday, November 2, 2014

101 Dalmatians Halloween Costume

Christmas will always be my favorite holiday, but Halloween is a close second and although I may be in my twenties, I still love dressing up.  I'm also a fan of homemade Halloween costumes, nothing store bought, and ideally a costume that most people won't be wearing. 

I used this costume twice this year, once to go to Disneyland for Mickey's Halloween Party (with two friends as a group costume) and to people watch at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval.  I think my costume turned out really well and was super cheap, about $25.  

To make the costume, I bought elastic, white tulle, black and yellow felt, red ribbon, black puffy paint and a white t-shirt.  I found an image of dalmatian spots online, printed it out and used it as a pattern to cut a bunch of spots from the black felt which went on both the skirt and the t-shirt.  I cut strips of the tulle, double the length needed, folded them in half and tied them around the elastic  - no sewing needed.  I also cut out a dog bone from an image I found online, used puffy paint to add a name and attached with some jewelry rings to the red ribbon.  My friend made us spotted bows and I attached mine to a black headband I found in my closet.  The only thing I forgot, both nights, was a black dot on my nose!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Weekly Wants #17

Here are all the bath products I'm lusting over.  When I say lusting, I mean really lusting, as I've pretty much given up my weekly bath in an attempt to conserve water in oh-so hot and dry Southern California. 

1. Zoella Fizz Bar.  Sold on the packaging alone, it looks like a candy bar! Plus the idea is great as you can get multiple uses out of just one product. 

2. Lush Comforter.  I rarely buy Lush bubble bars but Vivianna Does Makeup says she loves it so I've got to try it.

3. The Bathory Custom Bath Soak.  I would love to have a jar of these to display in bathroom, the packaging is super sleek and very instagramable.  Plus, completely customizable products are always fun.

4. Neal's Yard Lavander Bath Salts. Bath salts are fairly foreign to me, I just don't usually gravitate towards them.  However, I do gravitate towards relaxing, help you go to sleep products, so I may need to check these out.   

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Autumn Makeup Products

Autumn (or fall depending on what you call it) is my favorite time of year.  I love cooler weather, layering outfits, spicy candles, delicious foods and of course berry hued makeup.  Although I have many favorite makeup items for this time of the year, I tend to use these select products most.

1. MAC Frankly Scarlett - more red toned than berry and highly pigmented.  The smallest bit goes a long way.  It works great with other berry toned products and doesn't look over the top. 

2. MAC Cranberry - the best berry/red toned eyeshadow ever.  I tend to sweep this all over the lid, add the tiniest bit of a light, light brown to a blending brush and blend the edges until there is no visibly eyeshadow line.  A great way to change up the brown/bronze eye look I usually go for. 

3. MAC Capricious - when I don't want a full on berry lip, but still want the dark fall look, I reach for this lipstick as it is more muted than most autumn shades.  As with all MAC lipsticks, the formula is really good and can either be dapped on for a subtle look or swept over the lips for something more dramatic. 

4. MAC Plumful - a purchase influenced by Essiebutton and Lily Pebbles.  This is my favorite MAC shade - tied with syrup - and I wear it a ton.  The pinkness in the lipstick makes this berry shade extremely wearable especially during the day. 

5. NARS Sin - i can't believe I haven't hit pan on this blush, in fact it barely looks used.  But I swear it is my favorite blush of all time.  At first the berry/shimmery color looks off putting, but it is a great sheer, but build-able color, that gets rid of the dreaded dull look.

6. Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain - the only berry stain I have, which I reserve days when I have a few extra minutes to apply my makeup.  The product itself is high quality, pigmented and lasts for quite a few hours.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Birchbox X Benefit Santa Monica

This past week instead of being a granny and watching TV in my pajamas, I put on some makeup and heels and went to the Birchbox and Benefit event in Santa Monica.  The ambience was great: tons of pink, champagne, mini cupcakes and lots of talk of skincare and makeup. Everyone was treated to a demonstration of the They're Real Push Up Liner plus tips and tricks for applying, which I loved as liquid liner is something I've always struggled with, an eyebrow wax and a custom makeup application.

Of course there was plenty of shopping involved; everyone was given a $35 credit for purchasing a ticket but I spent more than that, clearly.  I'm due to run out of my Maybelline Brow Drama fairly soon so I purchased the Benefit Gimme Brow to replace it.  I hope it has longer lasting power than the brow drama.  Because I love blush, and you can never have too many, I picked up two blush products.  First, I had to get the Majorette blush because it is a gorgeous pinky peach color, unlike anything I own, it has a cream to powder formula and it smells amazing.  But before I even knew any of that, I had my mind set on picking it up purely based on the name... I spent many of my childhood years baton twirling.  The second blush item I picked up was from Benefit's Christmas Collection.  The Cheeky Sweet Spot has 5 blush shades, a bronzer, a mini highlighter and a mini brush.  Although I own two of the colors in the collection already, I love miniature sizes and it was an affordable way to try out the rest of the blushes.

Since it was a Birchbox event, we were also sent home with a Birchbox made especially for the event with all Benefit products.  It included mini sample sizes of It's Potent Eye Cream, Porefessional, Highbeam and Posiebalm.  I'm most excited about trying the eye cream in the adorable little glass pot.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekly Wants #16

1. Madewell et Sezane Nola Satchel. Just browsing the Madewell site and this beauty popped up.   Slightly more relaxed than I usually go for but a classic shape none the less.

2. But First Tea Print.  The best way to start the day is with a cup of tea.  Too often I'm in a hurry and forget to make tea but if I had this print I would always remember.

3. SS Print Shop Wonder Print.  My to be completed gallery wall colors are gold and pink and I've been searching for a print with a photo and not just words.  This fits the bill exactly and is so beautiful.

4. Paris Is Always A Good Idea Pencils. Random and unnecessary, yet super cute. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How To Make Boring Beauty Tasks Fun

Cleaning Makeup Brushes. Everyone knows that cleaning makeup brushes is a seriously boring, time consuming task.  To get through it, I set up my iPad near my bathroom sink and watch an episode of whatever I am binge watching on Netflix at the time.   Hour long shows work well for me since it usually takes me an hour to clean all my brushes when I don't clean them on a regular basis (which is usually how it goes).  Recommendations: Scandal, Call the Midwife, Sons of Anarchy.

At Home Manicure/Pedicure. I love a good mani/pedi at the salon but in an attempt to save money I almost always paint my own nails.  Although you can incorporate nails into a pamper routine, I don't find it very relaxing.  Instead I like to have a mani/pedi party.  Nothing major, just a drink, dessert, and chatting with friends or my mom.  Just be sure that while chatting and gossiping away you don't get distracted and end up with a messy manicure.

Cleaning Makeup Containers. I don't know about you, but I find after repeated daily use the packaging of makeup I use tends to look a little grubby, with fingerprints and smudges all over. Every so often I have to take a paper towel or wipe to any products looking a little rough and make them shiny and pretty again.  Because this doesn't take too long, I first pop on a face mask geared toward whatever my skin needs on the day.  Mostly likely everything will be clean and back to new before it is time to take the face mask off.

Organizing Makeup/Skincare Collection. I recently reorganized my makeup, not changing up the storage too much but making sure everything fits right where it should.  Prior to organizing I watched several YouTube videos for inspiration.  When it came time to organize, I put those exact same videos on, which is helpful as background noise as well as reminding me of any ideas I want to incorporate into my storage.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Empties and More Empties


1. Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Wipes.  I'm not one for facial wipes; I tend to use them only for flights, emergencies and the occasional lazy late night.  Like other wipes, these really didn't remove much makeup and they irritated my eyes.

2. Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream.  This is a great, light, almost non-scented moisturizer.  I used this as night moisturizer, but would happily use it twice a day.  I'm tempted to repurchase but I am interested in trying her nourish daily moisturizer next. 

3. Elemental Herbology Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse.  Marketed toward oily, acne, combination skin, I hoped to use this to improve the small, ever present, spots/bumps on my jaw line.  While I didn't see an improvement in that area, this cleanser left my skin feeling very clean without stripping it.  The scent is absolutely wonderful and I just loved using this after taking off my makeup.  

4. Boots Botanics Super Serum Age Defense. In hopes of preventing lines and aging on my neck and d├ęcolletage, I used as the final step in my skincare routine (when I remembered to).  I can't tell if it has made any difference but hopefully down the road I will.  


1. Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne.  Rose scent, gorgeous packaging, luxurious but not long lasting on the skin.

2. Tory Burch Eau de Perfume.  Smells exactly like a Tory Burch store!  This isn't enough of a classic scent for me to purchase the full size version, but I did enjoy using this sample.  

3. Folle de Joie Eau de Perfume.  Somewhat spicy and somewhat floral, this is more my type of scent.  It is bold but still delicate and romantic and great for any time of the year. 

4. Lather Custom Oil. Although this blend was meant to help with headaches, I used this before bed in hopes of sleeping better.  Didn't really work but the scent was nice.

5. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation. This foundation lasted me a good two years before it ran dry.  This was my go to foundation for normal to good skin days.  It gives a healthy glow to the skin, feels weightless and blends seamlessly.  I did find it clings to dry patches on occasion though.

6. L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Heavenly Berry. I can't say enough good things about this lip balm.  Not only is it super easy to apply, it actually has color payoff and is incredibly moisturizing.  The perfect throw in your bag lip product.


1. Lather Therapeutic Bath Tonic.  I made this to smell like Christmas and did it ever!  It sadly didn't last too many baths but I loved it. 

2. Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant.  Natural but expensive.  Doesn't do anything special, so I am perfectly fine with using regular deodorant from Target.  However, if you are into natural products then it would be a good one to pick up.

3. Naobay Body Radiance Lotion.  Awkward scent, tacky in application, average moisture.  Although it is natural, it made my skin itch.

4. gla Himalayan Salt and Rose Water Replenishing Body Cleanser. Another fantastic smelling rose product.  I randomly saw this in HomeGoods one day and had to pick it up.  Probably my favorite shower gel for getting that super clean feeling.

5. Harvey Prince Ageless Liquid Loofah.  This sample was fairly tiny and I was disappointed that it only lasted a few washes.  It wasn't exfoliating, as it claims, but the scent is really nice and not something I would normally pick up.

6. Fresh Brown Sugar Body Cream.  My thoughts on this are exactly the same as my thoughts on the Naobay product.  Maybe the Naobay is a dupe for the Fresh version?