So my scheduling for the month of June got a little messed up. I’ve had some house issues last month (my security system went wonky, my washing machine hose broke and leaked into my basement, plus I’m cleaning out and getting ready for a yard sale). This month will hopefully be better.
I’m also thinking of going on a no buy July so I thought I would just start off with a Sephora Haul, since I purchased these items mid June.
I picked up two Nails Inc. nail polishes that were on sale, because they’re my favorite formula. The orangey-red color is in West End and the gray tone is in Hyde Park Place.
I picked up Nars Madly blush which I have been lusting over for about a year now but it is normally sold out, it’s a gorgeous color.
It’s a great bronze/nude shade. It may not look super special but once you put it on your cheeks it’s great.
I also picked up the Make Up Forever Artist Palette Volume 1 in Nudes because I have been wanting to try out the Make Up Forever Artist shadows but for some reason I never picked any up. So I thought a palette would be a great way to test the waters.
These have great pigmentation and are easy to apply. The only downside to this palette is there are not any matte shades so I can’t just use this one palette for an eye look. I could but I like balancing in mattes with my looks.
I used 100 points to get a sample of the Tarte Sunscreen because I am looking for one so we will see how I like it.
Have you bought anything lately?
Remember to always use Ebates to get money back on your purchases! I received $3.44 back on this purchase, it may not seem like a lot but it adds up!
This palette has been blowing up on Instagram, so I am sure you probably heard of it. There was a little controversy with the launch but I do not want to get into it. I want to just showcase this palette for you.
Packaging is just like the Etude palette I talked about in the last post. A cardboard packaging with a decent size mirror, eight pans.
Beautiful right? None of these are dupes from the Etude palette either, I know a few of them look similar.
Top Row: Vanilla, Winter Brown, Cinnamon, Lace Noir
Bottom Row: Enigma, Electro, Popper, Nova
This palette I feel swatches better than the Etude palette, but works just as well. The colors apply wonderfully to the eye and blends easily.
This palette retails for $60 on the Saucebox Website
I bought the SauceBox Etude Palette finally, this palette has 8 large pan eyeshadows and retails for $50. This palette is also all matte.
This palette is beautiful, and also kind of reminds me of the Viseart Matte Palette and the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Kit a bit with the color scheme.
These shadows may not swatch the best, however they apply lovely to the eyes.
This palette is one palette that if you do not have a lot of matte palettes in your collection is one I could see someone reaching for a lot, it has some wonderful transition shades and high light shades.
This palette can also be used for the face, contour, blush and eyeliner. So it is a multi-use product if that is something you value in buying a higher priced palette.
Since I started this week with my morning routine I thought I should end it with my night routine. This is just the basics of my face routine. I do use other items depending how my skin is doing.
To start off I use Boscia Make Up To Break Up cleansing oil. This gets all the make up and mascara off my face. I really love cleansing oils I’m finding out. I have totally stopped using make up wipes and eye make up remover since finding this item!
Then depending on my skin I will either use Philosophy Purity or Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser. If my skin is really behaving I will use the Purity if I feel like it’s looking a little rough I use the Kate Somerville cleanser.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, I really wanted to hate this when I bought it. It has a hefty price tag, but I have seen results using it. I tend to use this every other night.
Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Eye Cream is a thick cream that absorbs great underneath my eyes. I do not love or hate this product, I will most likely try something else when this is finished.
Lastly a moisturizer which is always important, lately I have been using the Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar because it came in a set I bought. I do like it a lot though.
So that is my night routine, I may use a mask or two during the week it all depends. If you would like to see a top 5 face masks let me know.
What does your night time skincare routine look like?
Remember to use Ebates to get cash back on your purchases online!
I love being comfortable. With the job I have currently I’m always off on Monday and Tuesday which makes a great start to my week because I can get all my errands for that week done at the beginning at the week. This is a simple outfit I would wear on a Monday when out and about.
I usually do not do my hair so putting it in a bun is usually always my go to when I run errands and adding a bandana always gives it a more effort, but effortless look if that makes sense.
My closet is a lot of black and neutral colors, so this outfit is a simple black and white. This striped shirt is from Forever 21 and I love stripes! I normally go for a pair of leggings/yoga pants/pixi pants. I really love the pixi pants from J.Crew, yoga pants in Xersion brand by JcPenney and the Mossimo leggings from Target. Birkenstocks are super simple and super comfy, I highly suggest getting a pair for Spring and Summer.
With such a simple outfit I like wearing a statement necklace, this necklace is from Forever 21. The only other jewelry I wear is a ring my boyfriend bought me from Leviticus Jewelry. My sunnies are Ray Bans and the ones in my photos are my babies they’re about three years old and I love them. Lastly my bag is just a simple hobo bag I picked up from TJ Maxx.
What do you wear on errand day?
My morning skincare routine is quite a simple and fast routine. I do my largest skincare routine at night, so I thought I would share with you the products I use in the morning first.
Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil I really like this because it’s a light cleanser but gets all the dirt off. I was using the Kate Sommerville Detox Cleanser day and night but found I didn’t need to ‘detox’ my skin twice a day.
Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment I have been suffering from some darker eye circles lately so I will use any help I can get. This is light and does not seem to affect any make up I put underneath my eyes.
Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer this is a great light weight moisturizer, it moisturizes and gives a great base to any make up look I plan to do that day.
That’s it, like I said very simple. I am looking for a decent SPF to use though so if you have any good suggestions I would love to know!
I wanted to share with you today a great morning smoothie recipe that I really love and it tastes like a chocolate covered cherry. You could also substitute strawberries for this recipe I’m sure it would take good, but I’m allergic so I’ve never tried it.
This recipe yields 1 – 8oz smoothie.
What you need:
- 1/2 banana frozen
- 1 cup frozen and pitted cherries
- 1 packet of Carnation Breakfast Essentials in chocolate
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
I find this recipe sweet enough for my taste, you could always add a bit of agave nectar or honey if you want it extra sweet.
Throw all these ingredients in your blender and blend!
If you use your blender a lot or you’re looking for a good blender, I highly recommend the Ninja brand. I personally own two and they are perfect. They will blend anything!
After everything is blended, drink and enjoy your day.
If you make this use the #aclotheslooksmoothie so I can see!
My schedule may change every month, I’m not sure yet but this month I will be posting three times a week on here Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I’m super excited with the content I have planned for this month and I’m already starting on the July schedule so if you want to see a review, look or anything let me know.
See you Friday!
So recently The Balm was on Hautelook, and if you do not know what Hautelook is it is a website that sells designer brands at a discount. If you want to sign up for it: Hautelook they have fashion, beauty and home decor they are linked with Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack.
So I decided to try some of The Balm items.
I knew I wanted the Mary-Lou Manizer because of all the hype around it, and the Cindy-Lou Manizer the Betty-Lou Manizer and Meet Matt(e) Nude were kind of just impulse purchases.
The compacts were all $12.00 each and the palette was $21.00. I’m thinking of doing maybe a smackdown of all my nude palettes?
Betty Lou is a bronze shade with a gold reflect.
Cindy Lou is a peachy pink with a gold reflect.
Mary Lou is a honey color with a gold reflect.
With the swatches I have done of these highlighters and using them they all apply easily and smoothly.
Meet Matt(e) is a palette composed of 9 shades all matte.
All these swatches are the colors watched twice for that pigmentation. This palette does not swatch well because if you look closely you can still see spotting in the swatches however these apply wonderfully to the eyes with your brush. Some mattes just can not be watched nicely. I am very happy with the performance on the lid.
Have you tried any of The Balm products? Which are your favorites?