You guys...summer is right around the corner. Isn't that insane?!
This year, just like every other year, is going by super fast. We're a little over one month away from it officially being summer and that means it's time to get your summer glow ready.
Now, that means something different for everyone, and we generally see it categorized in two buckets: the people who tan to glow and the people who fake the glow.
I can't tan to save my life. My fair skin turns bright red like a lobster if I'm in the sun for more than 10 minutes (with or without sunscreen). You'd honestly never guess I'm Persian based on my complexion alone. Tan for me is turning "off-white" by the end of the summer. It's one of those things where I think I look super tan but no one else notices the difference.
Because of my fair skin I fall into the second bucket...aka "fake the glow" with makeup. I'm personally not a huge fan of bronzer (because it doesn't make sense with my skin tone), so I generally stick to a really good highlighter to do the trick.Read More
I love lipstick. Whether I've dolled myself out completely with a face full of makeup, or kept it natural with just some coverup and mascara, I never leave the house without sporting one of my favorite lipstick colors.
I'm pretty sure I own over 50 different lipsticks, glosses and liners – of which 75% of them are different shades of nude. While many of my friends and family think I keep buying the same color over and over again, little do they know every shade plays a different role on my lips. Some nudes are a little more natural, some creamy, glossy or matte. I carefully pick my nude lipstick, or any other lipstick for that matter, to match my outfit and mood for that day. For me, wearing lipstick is like wearing shoes. You can't walk out into society without it...or if you do you feel a little naked.Read More
I love face masks. It's part of my weekly ritual to put on a face mask every Wednesday and Sunday. The consistency of doing it a few times a week helps me keep my skin soft and glowing. It really makes a difference because you're getting all the dirt off your face and it's so much easier applying makeup the next day.
Because I use masks so much I'm always looking to try out new products and brands. But, it's always hard finding face masks that mesh well with my skin type. While one product might work well for my friend it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to work well for me. Even if we both have a mixture of dry and oily skin a lot of products don't work the same way.
However, I recently came across three products by Kiehl's that works so well for any skin type. I know so many people that have used all these products and the masks work and do exactly what it says they will.Read More
Keeping our teeth clean, healthy and sparkly takes a lot of commitment. Sure, we brush our teeth to have fresh breath, and we floss our teeth to ensure we're cavity free, but when it comes to keeping your teeth shining it can be a full-time job. There are so many stain-driving factors we come across during our day-to-day activities, keeping a bright, clean smile can be difficult. I've used many different whitening routines over the years trying to find a way to keep my smile shining.
That's why I partnered with Smile Brilliant to test out their products and do a giveaway for one of my lucky readers!! Read more to find out how their whitening kit works and be sure to enter for a chance to win your own kit (valued at $140)!Read More
Another month, another Birchbox review.
I've been a Birchbox member since 2013. I remember first hearing about the company from a girlfriend. She was raving about all these samples she received and how it's been helping her figure out what brands and beauty products work best for her. It really changed the way she shopped for beauty products because she could try out a sample before investing her money on brands and products.
It took less than 5 minutes for me to become convinced to sign up for Birchbox. The moment I received my first box I was hooked. Now, three years later, I still get just as excited to get my box in the mail to see what kinds of items are featured.Read More
There's only one month of summer left, and it's time to start transitioning my beauty routine to prepare for fall. A big part of my end of summer and early fall beauty routine is getting a fresh new haircut to start the season off right. My hair grew back super fast this summer and I'm really looking forward to cutting it short again to make it easier to maintain during windy and cold weather.
This months Birchbox was very aligned with my typical end of season transition because the box was all about hair and helping perfect your locks. My box included a few great hair products, as well as some makeup products I can easily incorporate into next seasons routine.Read More
I can't believe it's August!! This summer really flew by so fast. With only one month left I'm putting together some last minute travel plans to some warm destinations to make the most of it.
My trip to Southern California is coming up in a few weeks and I couldn't be more excited. I get to spend some time with my family, hit up my favorite restaurants, and soak up some much needed sun after a very cool and foggy summer in San Francisco.
This month's Ipsy is filled colorful items to help me prep my skin, nails and makeup routine before, during and after my trip.Read More
You guys...I cannot believe July is already almost over!! It's crazy to think we're already more than halfway done with this year. Where does the time go?! I remember in the beginning of summer I told myself I wanted to test out a lot of new products and step up my beauty regimen. I'm happy to say that so far I've succeeded with this goal! With the help of my subscription boxes, I've been able to test out new products every single month. My focus was on my skin, using sunblock and face creams to look hydrated and fresh. I've definitely noticed a big difference in my skin!Read More
They say one of the coldest winters ever spent is a summer in San Francisco. While the rest of the country is soaking up some hot summer nights, we're taking in Karl, the San Francisco Fog, and a consistent breeze. While we don't ever really experieince summer weather in San Francisco, the city is always filled with summer vibes. Everyone is requesting time off, getting out of the city, and taking in some much needed R&R. This month's Ipsy is celebrating the summer heat with products filled to "crank up the cool" on your beauty routine.Read More
Everyone has a particular beauty look they like to embrace during the summer. For some it's mastering the art of dewy skin, while for others, it's going natural and putting on nothing more than a tinted moisturizer and tanning oil. For me it's doing everything I can to ensure I don't get a sunburn and look fresh at all times. As we're closely approaching the middle of summer it was time for me to stock up on new beauty supplies to last me through the next few months. The three essential beauty products every girl needs in the summer (no matter what look you're going for) is some killer sunscreen, light scented perfume, and long lasting mascara. Use all three and you'll always leave the house feeling fresh!Read More
Curly hair don't care? Well, you should! Coming from one curly hair girl to another, keeping your locks looking perfect is no easy task. With things like humidity and frizz getting in our way it's tough keeping your hair in shape. I was born with a head full of curls like Shirley Temple. My ringlets were long, bouncy and fit my bubbly little personality as a child. However, as I've gotten older my curls have matured (they say your hair changes every 7 years....what?!). Instead of ringlets I have a mixture of big waves and curls. I've really come to love my hair...but only when I'm having a good hair day....which can be few and far in between my frizzy ones.Read More
With June coming to a close that means there's only 2 more months of summer left! Even though it's sad to see summer come and go so quickly, I sure am excited about the rest of the trips I have planned. Traveling is definitely the best part of summer. It's also a big reason why I love being subscribed to Birchbox. I have a drawer filled with sample sized products and it makes it so easy packing for my vacations. I have everything from brush cleaner to makeup remover to shampoo and conditioner. This month's box had the exact essentials everyone needs for both a short weekend trip and long vacations.Read More
You guys...exactly one week until it's officially summer!!! I've been talking about embracing a natural beauty routine this summer and I'm really looking forward to the challenge. It seems like Ipsy knew I was taking on this challenge because my entire bag was filled with the exact products I need to get started. From a curling sea salt hair spray to a natural pink blush and eyeshadow, I was very impressed with these items. Not to mention the makeup bag itself...I mean, how cute is the graffiti bag?!Read More
It's almost summertime! With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer I'm getting really excited for summer. My favorite part of this season is planning my travel schedule...and I already have some really big plans for this summer. However, just because I mentally need a vacation, doesn't mean my beauty routine will be taking some time off! It seems like @ipsy was way ahead of its members by creating the cutest travel bag filled with summer necessities.Read More
Summer is almost here!! If you're anything like me you’re already counting down the days to your vacations and weekend getaways. It’s the time of year where we’re meant to put our hair down and live a carefree life. This summer I'm going for minimal makeup to embrace a natural and sun-kissed beauty look. Lucky for me, my May Birchbox was filled with the products I needed to get started.
Is your skin singing the Spring blues? I know mine is! With the inconsistent weather my body is left feeling super dry, my face feeling super oily, and my hair completely frizzy (thank you Karl). I received my Birchbox just in time this month and it was filled with the right products I need for every part of my beauty routine. Be sure to read my in-depth review about all the products featured this month!Read More
The transition from winter to spring is beautiful. The days get longer, flowers start blooming, and the weather gets warmer. But with all these fantastic things, have you thought about how to transition your skin and hair routine to keep up?! This month's Birchbox was filled with items to help keep your skin and hair healthy. Click here to read my review on the box!Read More
Hello Spring! It's that time of year where everyone puts away their darker winter colors and start embracing both pastels and neons! The March Ipsy Glam Bag was filled with colorful pigments to help brighten up your makeup bag. Get a detailed look inside my bag, and see what I thought of all the colors.Read More