Wednesday, March 27, 2013

march favorites

 As March is coming to a close, I thought I would share with you guys some of my favorites from this month. I've organized them into two parts: beauty must-haves & random staples (food and such) that I've been loving this month*.   

1. Milani Baked Blush in "Luminoso" 
This blush is the perfect shade for me. It's a nice peachy tone and would probably look great on anyone! It really brightens up my complexion and the color reminds me of spring which I am so looking forward to.
2. Flower Beauty Nail'd It Polish in "Thistle or That?"
This new line of polish from Drew Barrymore's makeup line honestly my new favorite. I've been and Essie girl for quite some time now, and now I have a new line to count on as well. The polish goes on great, and takes forever to start to chip (a good thing if you're clumsy like me). They have a limited collection of colors, but they are all gorgeous and unique. This minty color is perfect the spring and Easter season. I've already gotten so many compliments from wearing this.
3. Lush Bath Bombs
I'm sure many of you have heard of Lush Cosmetics and their bath bombs before, but I just had to include this into my favorites. We recently got a Lush shop come into town near me, so I've been exploring their products. Among the many things from them that have become favorites of mine, the bath bombs are on the top. Here in the midwest, we've been having an extremely long winter so taking a bath after a long day is perfect. These will make your bath foamy, colorful, moisturizing, and smell amazing. 
4.  Merona Ostrich Tote Bag
I got this bag from Target a couple of weeks ago. I needed a new bag to replace my bookbag that I use on campus. This has been perfect for me. It holds everything I need and has great organization. When it's cold outside like it is now, I don't want to be digging through my bag to get stuff out with mittens on. 
5. Lush "9 to 5" Cleansing Lotion
Another Lush product I've fallen in love with. I was skeptical about their cleansers, but I decided to try this one. I was surprised the first time I used this, as there was a ton of makeup and dirt on the cotton pad when I wiped it off. This was after I had already used a makeup removing wipe. It's also really cleansing and moisturizing - and it smells amazing. Orchid oil is listed in the ingredients, if that gives you any hints as to why it's worth it. 
6. Lush "Mint Julips" Lip Scrub
  Okay, last Lush product, I promise. These lip scrubs are awesome for winter months. They get rid of all the dead skin, leaving your lips smooth and ready for any lip products you might use. Be sure to use a lip balm after this though - as your lips will be a bit raw. Mint Julips is my favorite "flavor" they have, because it leaves your breath minty fresh afterwards. (That's right - you lip the scrub off your lips when you're done. It's made of sugar!)
7. Nivea Lip Butters
  Last but not least is my new discovery of the month. I was on the search for these after I saw Ingrid from Missglamorazzi recommend them. I finally found a display at a CVS. I got the Raspberry and Macadamia flavors. The tins are a perfect size to throw in my bag, and they leave my lips super silky. Not to mention, the smell amazing. Seriously, you'll want to taste them - that good.

1.  Starbucks Stainless Steel Tumbler
I had been eyeballing this travel mug from Starbucks for a while now, and finally decided to get it. It's the perfect size for my car and bag, and it has such a sleek, simple design. The handle and bottom are also lined with cork.
2. Larabar ΓΌber
Larabar's new Gluten free variety also comes with an awesome new flavor - Banana's Foster. I love everything banana, and these have actual slices in along with walnuts and other goodness. These are my new favorite "energy" bars. 
3. Coco Cafe 
Coconut Water Espresso drinks. Need I say more? 
4. Fentiman's Rose Lemonade
I wish I had found this stuff a long time ago. It is so delicious and makes me feel like it's summer everytime I treat myself to a bottle. 
5. Babybel Cheese
This product has obviously been around for a while now, but I kind of forgot about it. I recently bought some at the grocery store and am now on my second bag. They are so good for a cheese & crackers kind of snack.      

Hope you guys enjoyed looking at some of the things I've been loving this month. Let me know if you end up trying any of these, or if you share your own favorites from March!

- S

* I purchased all of these products with my own money and am not being paid to write about them. I genuinely love and use all of these items.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

spring please?

Hi everyone! I was trying to decide what to do my first blog post about when I looked outside I saw that it was snowing. On March 26th.

Anyone else itching for spring? Don't get me wrong, I love the winter season. Freshly fallen snow, cozy blankets, Christmas music, and pumpkin flavored everything.

But it's almost April. Come on mother nature, enough is enough.

To hold me over until the sun decides to peek through, I've been going a little Pinterest crazy with my spring board. Looking it over, it's apparent that I basically just want everything ever from ModCloth. Nonetheless, I thought I would share some of it with you all, as I'm sure I am not the only one longing for warmer weather - especially if you're like me and live in the midwest.

I'm hoping to blog once or twice a week on here, so be on the lookout for more soon!
I'm putting together my favorite what-nots from the past month to share for next time.  In the meantime, stay warm out there!

- S

first blog post coming soon!