Birchbox Reviews: Here’s My September Beauty Box

Photo of my September Birchbox where I share a full review of all the productsAre you a member of Birchbox or looking for Birchbox reviews? For those of you who haven’t heard about Birchbox, it’s a subscription-based beauty box that arrives at your doorstep every single month for only $10. You can customize your Birchbox as far as your skin tone, coloring, sensitivity, hair color, eye color, and what you are looking to receive every month. I just received my September Birchbox and realized that I’ve been a member for over 3.5-years now. That’s a lot of samples that I’ve received and reviewed, y’all!

One thing that I’ve always really liked about Birchbox is that you have time after receiving your box to review each product inside. You answer a few questions about each product and then Birchbox awards your account 10 points. For every 100 points, you get [Read more…]

7 Beauty Habits You Don’t Want To Forget To Do

Getting a regular massage can really help your mood and skinThere are beauty habits that you can forget to do occasionally that won’t really make too much of a difference in the grand scheme of things. For example, it’s easy to get so tired at night that you just don’t have it in you to wash your face.

You go to bed with your makeup on and wash it off the next morning when you wake. While you don’t want to get in the habit of going to bed with your makeup on, a time here and there won’t hurt you in the long run. But there [Read more…]

My Review of Lush: Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. Yes. I’m In Love.

Image of the Lush Natural Products I boughtPlease tell me you’ve heard of Lush before! In case you haven’t, this blog post and Lush product reviews is for you. I first heard of Lush last November when I was talking to a friend about Christmas gift ideas for my husband. It’s hard to really be creative for Christmas and birthday gift ideas (as I’m sure you know), so I was asking around to see what my friends were planning to get their husbands. This is when Lush entered my life.

My friend made it sound amazing and I couldn’t wait to check it out. I went to Lush the next day and fell in love the second I walked in the door. There was a nice and natural smell right away. It wasn’t overpowering like when you walk in the fragrance department at a store. It was a lovely smell that made me wish I could buy everything in the store! [Read more…]

8 Things Your Mom Never Told You About Makeup

image of a little girl putting on makeupAren’t you thankful that we live in the age of the Internet so that we can watch videos on YouTube and learn how to properly apply makeup? Everything that we could possibly ever want to learn about makeup can be found online.

We can learn how to fill in our eyebrows, the best spots to apply blush for our face type, and other cool tricks that can help to enhance our look. [Read more…]

The Beauty Of A Self-Tanner: My #1 Choice That I Use And Recommend

image of woman on beach wearing self tannerLadies, you know how it is. Summer brings the warmer temperatures and we all want sun-kissed skin. We want to feel pretty and wear less makeup. If you’re like me, I even feel thinner when I’m tan. Clothes just seem to look better on bronzed skin.

But how do you achieve a beautiful tan when you don’t have hours every day to spend at the pool? Not to mention that being in the sun for so long isn’t the best option for you and your skin. [Read more…]

8 Surprising Benefits of Rose Water from Younique Products

Image of Rose Water Bottles by Younique ProductsWhen I first joined Younique, I couldn’t wait to try all of the products, with the exception of one. The Refreshed Pure & Natural Rose Water. I just didn’t get it and what it was supposed to do. The rose water was one of the last, if not the last, product I tried and you know what? I fell in love with it. To this day, it’s probably my most favorite product that Younique offers… well that and [Read more…]

Top 6 Fab Hair Styles for the Summer

headband hair style

It’s so easy to get stuck in a hair rut, don’t you think? If you’re anything like how I am (and have longer hair), you might notice that you do the same few things with your hair all of the time (hello side braid and pony). This past week I decided that while I do not want to cut my hair, I do want to start trying out new ways to wear my hair. I’m ready for a little change for sure! [Read more…]

Best Dry Shampoo Revealed

As far as I’m concerned, one of the best beauty products ever invented is dry shampoo. It’s one of those things that I wish I came up with. I mean, it’s brilliant and allows for us ladies to go a couple of days without shampooing our hair.

And going a few days without shampooing is awesome because, let’s face it, shampooing hair takes some time. You not only have to shampoo it, but most likely condition it after. Then spray in a leave-in conditioner and/or heat protectant so that you can blow-dry your hair safely without your hair getting damage from the heat. [Read more…]

Younique’s BB Flawless Complexion Enhancer Review (BB Cream)

Younique Products BB CreamWhat girl doesn’t want to shorten her beauty routine, especially in the morning, right? You wash your face, apply moisturizer, sunscreen, treat any blemishes, and all of that happens before you even put on your makeup!  What if you could shorten the steps?

Enter BB Creams.

BB creams (short for beauty balms or blemish balms) are all the rage and have been for some time now! [Read more…]

BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium Ionic Straightening Iron

What girl can live without owning a flat iron? Just about no one, that’s who. Flat irons are a girl’s best friend! They take out the frizz, make wave or curly hair straight, can create perfect waves, and make a girl feel so much better about herself and her appearance.

If you are like me, you’ve probably tried a handful of various flat irons at least. I’ve tried some irons that worked perfectly at the beginning, but as weeks passed, something changed and the quality wasn’t as good. I’ve also had the unfortunate experience of spending a lot of money and the iron didn’t do the job from the get-go. Talk about frustrating!

I can’t imagine how irritating it must be to find an amazing flat iron for people who have extremely wavy or curly hair. My hair has a little wave to it, just enough to have slight beachy waves easily, but it’s also easy to flat iron my hair. And I don’t need to use a straightener, but I like to flat iron my hair to smooth it out. I just think it looks better after running a flat iron over it.

BaByliss PRO Nano Straightening IronOne of my really good friends is a hair stylist and every time she does my hair I’m impressed with her flat iron. About two years ago, I told her that I needed to buy the flat iron she uses because it was so amazing. Are you ready for it? Get ready because it’ll change your life and give you the straight hair you’ve always wanted!

It’s called the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Ionic Straighening Iron. It’s fabulous and has made my hair so much smoother by using it. My iron is 1 ¾” and I love it! It goes up to 450 degrees, but I’ve never used that temperature… 450 degrees just seems SO hot. I usually have mine set at 350 degrees and it’s been great for my hair. I’ve never had any breakage from my straightener (knock on wood!), which has happened in the past with other flat irons.

So how do I use my Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Ionic Straightening Iron , 1 3/4″ ?

After I blow dry my hair (just to get it dry), I use the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Ionic Straightening Iron set at 350 degrees, as I mentioned earlier. I use a comb to hold each strand of hair because, let’s face it, 350 degrees is pretty hot too! I did make the mistake of not using a comb one time and ouch! My fingers are much happier now that the comb takes the heat instead.

The titanium plates are awesome, too! My hair has never once gotten stuck or been pulled while in between the titanium plates. Instead my hair just slides through the plates and comes out looking super smooth. The Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Ionic Straighening Iron is amazing and I’m so glad my friend told me about it. I’ve had it for about two years now and it’s still going strong. I’ve never once had any issues with it and I’ve been more than impressed.

If you are in the market for a flat iron, try the Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Ionic Straightening Iron. You will love it and your only complaint will be that you didn’t find it sooner!

Got Hot Buns? I Found Some In My Christmas Stocking

One of the things I was most excited about finding in my Christmas stocking was the package of Hot Buns for my hair! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with buns. Perhaps it was due to being a ballerina and taking so many ballet classes when I was little…

hot buns for hairAnyways, I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to create the perfect bun atop your head, but it’s pretty hard to do. It seemed like I could never get the bun to look just right, or if the bun looked good, there was something else wrong somewhere else. My bun was either super skinny and went straight up, or it just looked messy with the layers of my hair sticking out.

One of my friends told me about how she cut her husband’s socks and that’s how she makes her bun. Since her bun always looks great, I decided to look up the sock method on YouTube. I tried it out, but could never get it to look right. It was so frustrating to try to get the perfect bun and I almost gave up.

Hot Buns For Christmas

So you can imagine how excited I was to see the Hot Buns in my stocking on Christmas. Even though I got a lot of great things, the Hot Buns is probably my most favorite gift. I like it that much. As soon as I saw it, I opened and took it out of the package. Without even having a mirror close by (I was in the living room), I skimmed the instructions and went to work creating my perfect bun.

I did pretty good for my first try and without having a mirror, but there was a tiny section of hair that wasn’t wrapped correctly around the helper and it showed. Once I sat down in front of a mirror and was able to play around with it, I got the hang of it.

One bit of advice: Don’t wrap your hair around the helper if your hair is not completely dry. I made this mistake and the bun needed to be redone. While undoing my hair that was wrapped around, my damp hair was stuck and I had to pull it a little. Ouch! Make sure your hair is dry! Perhaps that’s common sense, I don’t know.

Also, being that I have a lot of hair, I was worried about getting a headache after wearing a bun for a few hours. (Does this happen to anyone else?) Not the case with this! My head never felt heavy and I never felt the need to take the bun down right away.

Once you have your bun in place, it stays until you are ready to take it down. No bobby pins needed. Everything you need is in the package and it stays completely hidden when you do the bun the right way. I’ve only worn a bun twice since Christmas, but both time I’ve received compliments from strangers and friends. If you are thinking about getting Hot Buns, you most definitely should!