InTruBeauty: April 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Mahya Mineral Makeup

Mahya Minerals recently asked us to review some of their mineral pigments for our beautiful readers, and of course we said yes!  We love bringing you the latest in beauty and had not heard of these products yet, so we wanted to share them.  I found these to be very comparable in quality to Bare Minerals, which is a mineral makeup company that is popular enough to have become a household name.  I really enjoyed using these, and I think they are much more affordable than Bare Minerals but still very high in quality.  

After playing around with these products for days I came up with my favorite eye look to share with you!  My favorite part is that you can wear these wet, or dry, or wet with a primer and get a different look each way.  Please excuse my scraggly brows in the following pictures- I am growing them out after having had too much waxed off last time someone did them and they're getting a little long in a few places!  



I have applied "You and Me" to the whole lid, and used a big fluffy brush to apply "Show Off" to the crease.  I applied both shadows wet.




These colors are even more beautiful in person.  As you can see, the color is really hard to build when dry, but it goes on beautifully when wet.  For this eye look, I didn't even use an eye primer.  Just applied them wet straight to the lid!  



My swatches really don't do them justice.  It's hard to capture how beautiful and shimmery these are in real life!  All of Mahya Cosmetics' eye shadows are $11.99 on their website, which is a hard price to beat considering how much comes in one of the pots.  

I will be featuring their blushes and face powder as well as some more eye looks in my up and coming FOTD posts.  I can't wait to share more of these great products with you all!  

Yours in Beauty, 
Justina






Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Favorite High End Illuminators

Hello lovely ladies!

It's spring time and we all want that beautiful glow of sunkissed cheeks and a perfect complexion. Today I bring you my favorite 8 illuminators.  They all happen to be high end.  I have some low end ones too but they didn't swatch particularly well so I just put the beauties that really showed up in my swatches on the blog.  Interested in one that you didn't see swatched?  Leave a comment and maybe Jessica or I have it somewhere in our stash.

Although I have 8 illuminators, they are all very different and have different textures, and work best for different occasions.  Let me explain and I'll let the swatches do the talking!

$25 each

I have the whole line of these illuminators that Clinique carries because I love them so much.  The pricetag is amazing for how huge these are.  If you are fair skinned, I recommend blending the Natural shade in with your foundation for a beautiful dewy glow.  If you have medium or dark skin tones, Bronze would look perfect blended with foundation, however if you are lighter skinned, Bronze looks AMAZING when it's just applied sparingly as a blush/bronzer.  Blush is too pink to go over your entire face, but it really wakes up your face if you use it on its own as a blush, or layer it over the shade you already have on for a little extra pick me up.  The other thing I love about these is all 3 shades have a control top pump bottle so you never get too much out.  Usually 1 pump does the trick.  You can also take a few pumps mixed with body lotion for a an amazing full body glow!

All the __Beams $26, Watt's Up $30

These formulas are much more concentrated and thus you need a lot less than the Clinique product. They're best used when applied to specific places on the face, although I have heard of people mixing a couple dots with their foundation.  If you wear them this way, be careful to only add a drop or two to your foundation to avoid a disco shimmer ball effect.  The first three swatched products come in a nail polish-like applicator bottle.  My favorite way to apply this is by putting a dot on the inner corners of my eyes, on my cupid's bow, and three little dots on the highest part of my cheekbones, and then of course blend.  High beam is like a super model in a bottle- I love that it gives a pinky sheen and I love wearing it any season, but especially when I'm rocking a pink blush or lipstick.  Moon beam is a bit different in that it has a peachy/pink under tone.  I love wearing this to make myself look more awake and glowing and I especially love it with a tan.  Sun beam is a new one in my collection that has a golden/olive undertone and gives you a glow like you got a little sun!  Watt's Up comes in a stick form with a smudge stick on the other end.  I haven't mastered the best way to use this product yet!  The sheen is a sheer pearly shade.



This is probably the most unique luminizer I have because it comes in a little pot with a lid, and it's organic!  The most similar luminizer I have to this one is the Watt's Up by Benefit.  This luminizer is applied with your finger and is very sheer with a slight irridescence.  It does have tiny little flecks of glimmer (not big hunks, just the same type of shimmer other luminizers have) that seem to glint in different colors. It goes on sheer but is easy to build up.  The swatch I have is one swipe of the luminizer, but you could build many more to get it to be as striking as Watt's Up.  I love that this is organic and it goes on beautifully!  This would be best used in specific areas on the face rather than mixing with foundation. 

Yours in Illumination,
Justina

Saturday, April 28, 2012

How to (fake) the no makeup look!


How to (fake) the No Makeup Look!

Sometimes you want to rock the natural look and I'm all about that, but you still may not want to leave the house completely makeup free. You can actually apply makeup to hide some imperfections and to maximize your natural beauty while still appearing to not be wearing any makeup. I wore this out today and I was actually complimented on how flawless my skin looked. Another woman asked me if I was even wearing foundation or not. People will really notice your natural beauty and you can keep the secret to yourself that its been enhanced a bit!

1. Instead of your normal foundation, apply a BB Cream, Tinted Moisturizer, or Tinted Sunscreen instead. Taking good care of your skin is an essential precursor to this.
Try: Garnier BB Cream, Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, or MAD Skincare Tinted Sunscreen

2. Apply a blush that is very close to your natural cheek color or just apply a very soft blush. One easy way to figure this out is to pinch your cheeks and pick a color that mirrors that normal blush color. I used the Body Shop Blush in 04 Golden Pink. Try this blush or a  Maybelline Bouncy Blush for a hint of color.
3. Apply a tinted lip balm, tinted chapstick or Revlon lip butter that best matches your natural lip color. I used Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie and I applied this very lightly. Try this or Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm or Maybelline Baby Balm.

4. Apply just 1 coat of mascara. Try Rimmel Lash Accelerator or Tarte Lights Camera Lashes.

5. Line just the very outer top and bottom lash lines, ie the "V area" where the lash lines come together with a dark but flattering color to compliment your eye color. I used Urban Decay's Crash which is a deep plum. Try this or Stila Blue Ribbon (navy blue) or Urban Decay Rockstar (dark eggplant) or Underground (metallic taupe).

6. Optional: Using a fluffy powder brush, lightly sweep a light matte bronzer all over your face and neck area. Try: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil or NYC Sunny or Tarte Park Avenue Princess. 

7. Wear a bright color that compliments your skin tone! 

This can pretty much be done in 5 minutes and you can leave the house looking like you aren't wearing makeup, and we can keep this our little secret. :)

Yours in Beauty, 

Jessica


Many Shades of Pink

I was really feeling the color Pink tonight so I decided to come up with a variety of looks you can do with your pink based makeup products

First of all, here are the products that were used
1. The body shop Radiant Highlighter, 2. Elle lipstick in 07, 3. Benefit's Posie Tint

1. Urban Decay "Last Call", 2. Urban Decay "Woodstock", 3. Too faced "Magic Mushroom"
4. bareMinerals "Meteorite", 5. UD's "Woodstock" eyeliner, 6. Maybelline master precise eyeliner, 
7. Lancome eyeliner

I gathered some of my favorite pink eyeshadows: Last Call, Woodstock, Magic Mushroom

1. The Body Shop Blush in 04, 2. Dior Addict in 578 Diorkiss

PINK LOOK #1 
Apply Meteorite all over lid (foiled taupe), apply Woodstock with a fluffy crease brush into the crease and outer V area, with a fluffy blending brush apply Last Call in the outer area of the lid. Line the water line with the black Lancome liner. 

Line the lash line with Woodstock and bring this color into the outer V area where the upper and lower lashes would meet. Line the upper lash line with Maybelline master precise liner. Apply Dior lipstick. Apply Posie Tint on the cheeks. 

Hair: Take the front section of your hair, leaving the sides down. Use a volumizer like Michael O' Rourke's Big Hair and spray into roots. Comb through and leave rest of hair straight. 

PINK LOOK #2

Same as above, except apply the Body Shop blush over posie tint and apply it heavier than you normally would.  Apply Magic Mushroom as a highlighter and a color to blend the others together. Apply Elle 07 lipstick which is a more vibrant pink over the Dior which is a softer pink.Line the lower lash line with the black pencil a little darker. Apply the body shop highlighter into the inner corners of your eyes.


Hair: Apply volumizer to the hair that is down and tease to create  a very messy unkept look.

LOOK 3: PINK + RED LIPS


Switch this up with some bright red lipstick. I used Revlon Colorbust in Crimson. Apply the Body Shop highlighter right under the brow and onto the cheekbone.

LOOK 4: POLISHED UPDO
Line your eyebrows and extend their length. I used ybf's universal taupe eyebrow pencil.

Hair: Leave the top section of your hair pinned as it was before. Comb through the part that was ratted and messy before. Secure in a pony tail with a pony tail holder right at the spot where you would have applied the bobby pins. 


So using essentially the same products,  you can build numerous looks depending on where you're going or what you're doing. An easy way to change your look is to just top the liquid blush you had on earlier with a powder blush or to line your brows or change your hair do. 

Yours in Beauty, 

Jessica


Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Favorites

FRIDAY FAVORITES:
Here is a list of some highly recommended products that I've been reaching for lately along with a mini review of the products. 

1. The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter, $14
This is a very soft pale pink highlighter almost with some slight purple tones to it. It reminds me of Benefit's High Beam, except you get more of it and its cheaper! I've been mixing this with my foundation and applying it lightly on my cheeks for some much needed pick me up and this is perfect for brightening up the inner corners of my eyes.

2. Spray di Sole Liquid Bronzer for Face & Body, $49.99 for bronzer and kabuki
See my full review here. I pretty much reach for this product daily. I will apply this on my face, neck, chest, and forearms for a nice bronzed look. Especially when I haven't slept much the night before this is a life saver and actually gives my skin a very healthy glow to it. I love the way it feels to apply this and the subtle sun kissed glow you get.

3. Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo in 45 Bold Gold, $9
I was gifted this baby from Justina and I'm absolutely loving it. I have a few other Color Tattoo's that I almost never wear, but this color just hit it right for me. This is a gorgeous gold color that looks great with my green eyes. Although I notice some minimal creasing, overall, the staying power of this drugstore cream shadow is pretty amazing.

4. Rimmel London Lash Accelerator, $6
I find myself reaching for this mascara a lot lately. It seems to be the one in my arsenal that is best at lengthening my lashes without clumping. I think the volumizing effect is more minimal, but for length with no clumps, this is hands down the best for a drugstore priced mascara. It also has a lash grow complex infused into it and I do notice that my lashes really do appear longer when using this regularly.

5. Elle lipstick in 07, $16

This is part of the new Elle cosmetics line at Kohl's. I was thoroughly impressed with this color. This is such a pretty pink that is neither dull nor too bold. It goes on super creamy and is pretty long lasting. I notice when it wears off it leaves almost a stain on your lips, but in a good way, so your lips have still retained some color after this has worn off. I don't like the clunky plastic rectrangular packaging, but other than that, its one of my new fave lipsticks.

6. Benefit Erase paste, $26
This is a must have to cover up any dark circles you have underneath your eyes or any other red patches like around your nose, cheeks, or chin area. This has a thick consistency to it and a little goes a long way.

7. Peter Thomas Roth Laser Free Regenerator Moisturizing Gel Cream, $68
I have just been using this product for about a week so I really can't comment yet on whether this reduced my wrinkles or lines. What I can say is that I love the pink colored creamy gel texture to this. It feels so luxurious when applied to my skin and my skin is left super soft after and feeling great. I'm looking forward to seeing my fine lines disappear, please!

8. butter London Trout Pout, $14 
This is one of my 2 favorite colors for spring. The other color is Zoya Bevin which is a muted mossy green. Trout Pout is a fun vibrant peachy pink color that comes with a matching lippy. See this color swatched here.

9. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Last Call, $18 (metallic sugar plum, luminous sheen no glitter)

This is a shadow I've had for months and months, but it is one of those I reach for on the constant. This pairs well with almost any other color, especially taupes and browns. I paired this with the gold color tattoo today. I usually apply it with a fluffy crease brush and apply it lightly into the crease and outer V area. This seems to make my eyes pop out and is just such a beautiful color. I bought this to pair with Woodstock which is a super bright pink and use to be my favorite, but I've found I tend to reach for Last Call much more lately.



10. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Crash (deep plum with tiny silver glitter), $19

This is a perfect color for me and I've been using it a ton on my lower lash line and in the outer V area where the lash lines come together. This is a deep plum with subtle glitter to it. I notice it brightens up my green eyes immediately and is a go to eyeliner for me lately.

11. Laura Geller Balance -N- Brighten Foundation SPF 15 in Fair, $32
Although this is suppose to be able to be a wear alone foundation and not necessarily a finishing powder, I don't find it has a enough coverage for me as a foundation alone. I usually use Garnier's BB Cream or Jouer tinted moisturizer and then using a fluffy powder brush, I apply this over top. I seem to get the best results that way and notice my skin looks nearly flawless after.

So that about sums up my favorite products lately, all of the ones that I've been using several times a week. What are your Friday Favorites? Be sure to comment and let us know!

Yours in Beauty,

Jessica

Face Mask Series Part 3: MAD Delicate Gel Mask

This is part of an ongoing series where I review a bunch of face masks including gel, cream, and mud masks galore! The one I'm going to review today is M.A.D. Skincare Delicate Skin Calming Gel Mask. Check out the website here.

Retails $28



Product Description:
A gentle soothing mask designed to calm and minimize irritated skin. A cocktail of skin soothers and extracts formulated into a very light weight hydrating mask sets the tone for destressing and calming irritated skin. Enjoy this mask anytime day or night.

Does not contain parabens or chemical colorants.

ACTION INGREDIENTS

• Oat-Derived Soothing Extracts - Known for its skin soothing benefits, oat is also known for its natural moisturizing and skin conditioning properties.

• Water Lily Flower Extract - An aquatic flower, this extract is known for calming and helps to hydrate and soothe irritated skin.

• Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8 – Essential for healing, this peptide significantly reduces skin’s inflammatory responses and minimizes swelling and irritation of dry inflamed skin.

What I like about this product (besides that its my favorite gel  mask!)
  • Clear gel formula that goes on smoothly and evenly 
  • Invigorating fresh scent that is super soothing and stress relieving. Smells kind of like a strong mint.
  • Feels great on your skin, leave on for 3-5 minutes and then rinse off with tepid water
  • Leaves your skin super soft, smooth, and calm after. I can't quite explain how soft this makes my skin feel afterwards.
  • This is such a great stress reliever and I feel SO much better after using this
  • No parabens or chemical colorants.
Stay tuned for my later parts in this series and be sure to check out 

Yours in Beauty, 

Jessica




NOTD: butter London Disco Biscuit

Here is my Nail of the Day in butter London's Disco Biscuit. With one coat, this is a very sheer pink color. I did 3 coats because I like brighter nail polishes. If you look at the polish straight on, it appears to just be a bright pink, but once you turn your hand or the light hits a nail, you can see beautiful little purple glitter in kind of an unexpected way. I'm loving this bright pink glittery color for Spring. Retails $14.


A tropical hot pink lacquer with an undercurrent of tiny iridescent glitter particles.


Yours in Beauty, 

Jessica



Tips to Pin Straight Hair

How to Straighten Your Hair 101

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I have naturally very curly hair and although I embrace my curls now, there are definitely times where I want a pin straight look. Follow these simple steps to create the same look. I find if you follow these steps, this is going to last much longer and can even look great up to 3 days. It may take some more time initially, but the pay off will be worth it.

1. Use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner
Since curly hair is actually very fine, when you straighten it, it can actually end up looking too flat or thin, so you want to make sure you have some good volume to your hair.
Try: Oscar Blandi Instant Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner (this also makes my hair super soft)

2. Use a gloss or shine serum
One of the benefits of straightening your hair is the much more obvious shine your hair is going to give off than when it is in its natural state. To enhance the shine to my hair, I will apply a gloss or shine serum after I have washed my hair. I usually apply a small amount and work this through my hair, then combing through with a big flat square brush. 
Try: Fekkai Glossing Cream 


3. Apply oil to the ends
I apply some Argan oil to the ends of my hair to make sure they are smooth and to mend the appearance of any split ends. I then brush my hair again while wet with the brush and continue to do this as it is drying.  Don't add too much or it can weigh down your hair or look greasy (especially if you've applied some on the roots)
Try: Josie Maran Argan Oil

4. Apply a straightening product & heat protectant
Applying a straightening product can make the job that much easier. I tend to like to brush through my hair and let it air dry and then use a straightener on it. However, you can also blow dry your hair using your brush and blow dryer if you prefer that method. I like to do this at night so I have the extra time to let my hair air dry, thus cutting down on any excess heat on my strands. Be sure to apply a heat protectant as well if your straightening product does not already have it in it so you do not damage your hair.
Try: TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Extra Extra Straight and Living Proof Straight


5. Invest in a good straightener
I went through many cheap straighteners before ponying up the money for a more expensive one. This is going to save you a lot of time and money in the long run. The one I use right now is from Sally's Beauty and it is an Ion Perpetual Stroke which straightens your hair in just one stroke, cutting down on exposure to heat which can be damaging. Otherwise, invest in a good ceramic straightener. My favorite is Bed Head Professional, but these are quite pricey. This will actually cut down on the time it takes to straighten your hair and will result in less heat damage.

6. Take your time 
Using alligator hair clips you can find at beauty supply stores, clip your hair into sections and straighten one section at a time. I like to start with the underneath layers that may not get as much attention otherwise if you do not clip the sections out. I take small sections and run them through the straighter and comb through with my brush. You can use the flat side of the brush to help you maneuver the strands if they need another run through. I have found if I am patient and straighten smaller strands at a time, it saves me time in the long run because I won't have to go over any areas or fix anything.

7. Finishing product or style as you like
I would just apply some more of the Living Proof Straight or whatever hairspray of your choice is. If you want to style it further instead of having a pin straight look, I would suggest spraying some texturzier into your hair. You can also spray a volumizer at the roots to give your hair some added volume and create a mini bump if you like. You can also curl the ends or make some loose waves with your straightener or large barrel curling iron. I find once my hair is straight it refuses to curl, so I tend to go more with the pin straight look.
Try: Oscar Blandi Protein Mist or TIGI Catwalk Salt Spray or Michael O'Rourke Rock Your Hair Powder

You may need to touch this up in the morning or the next day, but following these steps you should get a long lasting straightened hair look. You can use a head wrap, a loose pony tail, or a silk pillow case. I would invest in a good dry shampoo such as Batiste or Tigi Rockaholic to extend this look to about the day 3 mark. This will also work as a restyling product and will give your hair some added life and volume. If you just want your hair to smell a little fresher, I will spray some body spray onto my brush and then brush it through my hair. This instantly reinvigorates it. When I follow these steps, I save myself a lot of time in the morning when I'm normally rushing around trying to get ready for work!

Yours in Beauty, 

Jessica

Thursday, April 26, 2012

2 Ingredient DIY Acne Face Mask

Face masks that you can make for yourself at home rather than buy in a store are becoming increasingly popular.  I recently read about a face mask that is supposed to dry up any acne on your face.  It takes just 2 ingredients- coconut oil and tea trea oil!

I've been reading so many of Jessica's posts on using coconut or other oils as a hair mask or face mask recently, but I haven't tried any myself before tonight.  I finally picked up a jar of coconut oil at the grocery store.  This is a product that I probably wouldn't use outside of my beauty regimen (won't be using in the kitchen) so I was glad to see that my jar of coconut oil is stable in a cool, dark environment.  I hate putting beauty products in the fridge because I feel like I forget about them there so I was thrilled that this jar can live in my bathroom closet with no problem.

All you need to do for this mask is to gather some coconut oil in your hands- it's kind of mushy and oily as you will see when you open the jar.  Rub it together in your hands and add a few drops of tea tree oil.  Apply to your face and DONE!  Leave on your skin for about 10-15 minutes and you can wash off.

The only thing I didn't like about this mask was that due to the oily nature of the ingredients, it was dripping down my face, down my neck and down my shirt.  This might best be done right after a shower when you're wearing a towel or bathrobe for this reason.  I also recommend clipping back the front of your hair so you don't get oils in your fresh and clean hair.  When your 10-15 minutes is done, take a warm wet washcloth and pat the oils off.  I for one love doing masks at night because afterwards I don't even feel the need to moisturize or apply any serums or skin products for bed time.  If your natural skin oils balance out really well after a mask, you may not feel the need to use additional skin care.  

The price of this mask is really cheap!  A bottle of tea tree oil ran me only a few bucks at Sally's Beauty Supply and I got organic coconut oil for about $7.99 for a huge jar at the grocery store.  If I utilized these 2 products only for this face mask until they were gone I would probably get 100 uses out of them- so up the value of that in your head...pretty cheap!

Yours in Beauty, 
Justina

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Face Sponges: Konjac Sponge Company

A new type of face sponge!
                                                        www.konjacspongecompany.com
                                                   https://www.facebook.com/Konjacsponges


One of the most interesting products I've tried lately is the Konjac Sponges. They make 100% Natural vegetable sponges for face and body. This is a UK company and ships to the UK, Europe, and all around the world.
What are just some of the benefits of using these sponges?
  • Made from 100% Pure Vegetable fibre. Simple effective and gentle. Ideal for all the family.
  • Made with natural konjac fibre (a pure vegetable fibre) from the root of the Amorphophallus konjac plant
  • The Konjac plant, has minimal impact on our planet’s resources as it is a highly sustainable plant
  • 100% Natural
  • 100% Pure
  • 100% Biodegradable
  • pH Balanced
  • Deep Cleansing
  • Naturally Moisturizing
  • Suitable for even the most sensitive skins.
  • Revitalizes face & body 
  • Gently exfoliates, leaving a healthy natural glow 
  • Deep cleans pores to help eliminate dirt, oil, bacteria, blackheads, and blocked bores
  • Does not damage delicate skin, non abrasive 
  • Retails 5.99 to 6.50 pounds. Ships anywhere.
 

These sponges come either pre-moistioned or dry. If they are dry, it make take a little more than a minute for them to become fully wet. Once these are wet, I simply apply the sponge in circular motions onto my skin. The flat side of the face sponge is more of an exfoliator and the rounded side is more gentle which I use for the eye area. You don't even need to use any facial cleanser or soap with these! If you choose to use facial cleanser, you only need a minimal amount and this sponge will lather it right up. That means these wills save you money!!

This leaves my face feeling baby soft and so clean. You also can't over do it with these. Both sides are very gentle. I look forward to using the body and face sponge and the benefits I see after. I've actually noticed less blackheads which for me is a huge accomplishment since every other blackhead product I've tried hasn't done anything. My dad is even trying out the sponge with added french pink clay for tired, damaged or devitalized skin and has seen the same results. He loves it and says it gets his face so clean.

After use, ring these out between your hands to ensure longevity. Also, make sure you store somewhere that is not damp and these will last you 1-3 months. Do not ring out like you would ring out a normal sponge.
You can hang these up for maximum drying

These come in many different types including:

  • 100% Pure natural konjac for all skin types
  • Added french red clay for dry or more mature skin
  • Added french green clay for combination skin
  • Added french pink clay for tired, damaged, or devitalized skin
  • Added bamboo charcoal for teen, oily or spot prone skin (a fave for the men too)
  • The pure baby sponge
  • The body sponge 
This is one of my favorite products I've tried lately. The body sponge is amazing as well. It has one side that has ridges and is more gentle and another side that has more of an exfoliating texture. Just like the face sponge it leaves my skin super soft and clean and I don't have to worry about putting any chemicals onto my skin. Be sure to check out their website and facebook!

Yours in Beauty, 

Jessica

Bayberry Naturals Hand Soap

I was recently sent a Tea Tree Mint Hand Soap from Bayberry Naturals.  It was a really nice hand soap that I enjoyed using.  Here's what the company has to say:
Tea Tree Mint Refreshing Hand Soap is a superbly invigorating, yet gentle product. While utilizing the distillates of lavender and chamomile, we have added peppermint and tea tree essential oils to provide a revitalizing aromatherapy. It is also super moisturizing with Glycerin, vitamin B & E, oat extract, wheat protein, jojoba oil and rosehip oil. 
78% Organic 
Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances and dyes
Not tested on animals
 At a $17.95 price tag, the price is a little steep for most of our budgets when it comes to something like handsoap.  This product had a very light scent of peppermint that faded right after washing hands.  It was easy to get a good lather and the product was very refreshing to use.  I would recommend this for people who like organic products and have a nice sized budget for handsoap.  I know some people in my family get very chapped skin in the winter and a hand soap like this would be perfect for cleansing without being too harsh.  It would be perfect for baby skin too.

I am definitely intrigued by the rest of the line they have.  There are body scrubs, body washes, bar soap, and baby products for sale on their website also.

Have any of our readers tried Bayberry Naturals?  If so, what did you think?

Yours in Beauty,
Justina

Recent Favorites

Hey Pretty Ladies!

If you follow us you know that Jessica and I recently took a little vacation to Seattle and we had a blast picking up some new beauty products!  I wanted to keep you in the loop on some of the things I had picked up and loved!  Also, while she was here I received my Birchbox and my MyGlam bag and there were some fun favorites in those bags as well.  Enjoy!



Hot pink lip
When we went to Sephora, I tried on a lip color by Smashbox that was to die for, a beautiful hot pink.  I think it was called Primrose Pink, but now that I'm looking on their website, the only "Primrose" shade that I'm seeing is a much more melony, muted pink.  So, who knows!  Anyways the pink was a bright, creamy shade that I instantly fell for.  I forced myself to wait on it.  Yesterday, I was going through my hot pink stash, and I stumbled upon a shade I received in my MyGlam bag months ago.  Layered with April's lip balm I think this shade is a near dupe of the much more expensive Smashbox shade. Win!

NYX Soft Matte Cream Lipstick in "Addis Ababa"
Layered on top- Dermstore's Dermaquench lip balm

Silver liner on bottom lash line
Trend alert!  I love this eye look.  I picked up this eye look from a Youtuber who has been really into wearing silver just on her lower lash line lately.  I love this look and have been rocking it with all of my eye looks lately.  I have a Stila pencil in a silver shade also but I prefer this cheaper version by Maybelline.  

(I'm growing out my brows after an overzealous brow waxer got ahold of them, forgive the bushiness)
Mahya Mineral Cosmetics Fairy Tail on lid
Mahya Mineral Cosmetics Show Off on crease
Lancome Liner in Black Ebony 
Maybelline Made of Steel on bottom lash line

Skin Revitalizer
This is a product I've been eyeing for a little while!  I keep it in my purse and as you can see in the picture it has a handy little squirt bottle stopping mechanism so I can be assured I won't lose the product as it seeps into my purse.  This is a charged water spray that refreshes and hydrates your skin throughout the day.  You can use it before you apply makeup, after, and any time throughout the day.  Any time my skin feels tight and dry or looks dull I whip this out and spray it on.  I love what it has been doing for my skin to keep it dewy and glowing.  And at a $22 pricetag, you can't go wrong, especially for how big it is.
MAC Mineralize Charged Water Revitalizing Energy

SPF
This Spring season I can truly say I am proud of myself for taking such great care of my skin.  A couple weeks ago, I went to Costco and stocked up on sunscreen- I bought 2 full size bottles of this stuff, plus a mini squeezy bottle for my purse, AND an SPF lipbalm all for the grand total of....$10. What a steal!  I'll admit I originally purchased it because of the pricetag and not because I necessarily planned on using it a ton.  But let me tell you, I love this product.  It's a pleasure to protect my skin when it is as easy as pushing down an aerosol top, and when the product feels this good on my skin. It truly does have a cooling sensation and since I keep it in the car, I can wear it whenever I drive and conveniently reapply it throughout the day.  It's been in the 80s and 90s the last few days here and I haven't gotten burnt yet!
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock, SPF 45

Earthy Bling
I just went to my local Macy's and picked up this gorgeous jade and rhinestone bracelet that I'm totally digging. Pretty sure it'll look fantastic with a tan!  I wish I could tell you the brand name but the tag was damaged.  I love it and it was marked from $28 down to $10.  

Jade and Rhinestone Bracelet

This was my recent favorites from the last month or so, not really specific to February or April.  I will have to post what I'm lusting after soon too!

Yours in Beauty, 
Justina



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

NOTD: Butter London

One of the big trends for spring is neutral polish and muted pastels. I'm loving the muted green colors lately. To spice it up a little, try pairing a neutral with a bright shimmery color like I did below.

butter London, $14

Lillibet's Jubliee
This lacquer is a silvery, lavender metallic foil heavily infused with holographic glitter. 

Bossy Boots
Light, opaque pistachio green. A beautiful take on neutral for this season. 




Yours in Beauty, 

Jessica



Monday, April 23, 2012

Rimmel Challenge 4

Hello ladies!

This month marks challenge #4 in my adventure trying out Rimmel products as one of the Rimmel 10. I thought I'd share with you on here what my challenge entailed for this month and what I did.  My challenge, in short, was to use a few products they sent me to embrace my natural beauty for a whole week.  I always seem to get their packages about 5-6 days before the challenge is due, so I'll be a little short of a week, but still pretty close!  They have asked that I choose one product to top off my simplified look- either mascara, eyeliner, or a basic lip gloss.  I'm supposed to embrace the texture of my natural hair, stick with a simple wardrobe or solid colors and no accessories, and ditch the bright lipstick and bold eyeshadow!

My initial thoughts on this challenge ranged from GREAT!!! to Oh maaaan.....  The reason for this is because I have really been rocking the natural look lately- minimal foundation, a nude eye, and very simple outfits, so this challenge doesn't sound all that challenging for someone who's been going this route anyways lately.  That part that stinks is my maternity wardrobe is very small at the moment, so finding all solids can be tough.  Also, I really lean on my accessories and a bold lipstick to brighten my mood lately, so it will be a bummer to ditch them.

So on to the goodies- here's what I was sent...


Pendant necklace, Top shop socks, Keep Calm and Carry On canvas bag (not pictured), Rimmel's Match perfection Foundation in 240 Soft Beige and 250 Classic Beige, Fix and Perfect Pro Primer, Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer and Highlighter, Lasting Finish Pro nail polish in 170 Crystal Clear, and Match Perfection Blush shades in 004 Medium Dark, 003 Medium, and 002 Light/Medium

Day 1
If you saw me on Day 1 of the challenge you would definitely think, this girl doesn't care what she looks like.  I embraced the natural texture of my hair, and it looked crummy so I put it in a high messy bun.  I bent the rules a little bit and wore a striped skirt, but hey it's one of my few clothing items that fits my pregnant 4 1/2 month old belly right now so it'll have to do- plus the colors in the skirt are pretty neutral so I figured it counted as being boring and solid.  I'm wearing a black fleece over top of a black t shirt.  My makeup routine- foundation, a light dusting of powder, some blush, nude lip gloss, and a bit of mascara.  My only accessory I have is my cute puppy, Ruckus.

Day 2
Can't see the outfit too well from far away so I will explain.  I had nobody to take my picture today!  I am wearing a pink tank top with a black over shirt and a black scarf to help conceal my belly.  Also, black capris.  My hair is pulled back into a low bun.

Day 3
Getting pretty desperate for an outfit to wear!  Today I'm wearing black capris, a green shirt that says Wisconsin on it, and a fleece.  Super simple!  
Day 4
Black dress, no accessories.  Hair is a little scraggly and I'm only wearing foundation and blush.  

Day 5

Solid blue sundress in this picture.  Minimal makeup and I tried to style my hair using just a blowdryer and a paddle brush- no styling products!

Here's what a typical day of makeup looked like for me this week:

Fix and Perfect Pro Primer, Match Perfection foundation, and the Rimmel Match Perfection Blush in Medium, followed by Rimmel's Lash Accelerator Mascara!  

Because I was limited in the makeup I could wear, I used concealer on my eyelids, which I thought did a great job evening out my skin tone in that area.  I also used an eyelash curler so I could make the most of my mascara. I wanted to get the most out of the minimal makeup I was allowed to wear!

I used the highlighting shade from t he blush palette to highlight my brow bone, my cheeks, my cupid's bow, and the inner corners of my eyes.  I also used extra tools to use the blush to contour my cheek bones.  Not quite Adele- worthy YET, but I'm getting better!

Thanks Rimmel for this fun challenge- can't wait to see what next month brings.  I created a YouTube video to answer some more questions they had for me- you can find that link below:






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