Thursday, August 27, 2015

Haul | ULTA | August 2015

We should all know by now that I love to shop. There's just something about getting a new something (anything) that's rewarding and fires all the happy synapses in my brain.

I can't be alone here -- otherwise, why bother coining the term retail therapy?

Heck, I'm certain I'm not the only one. The popularity of haul videos alone suggests that even living vicariously through someone else's shopping has some kind of soothing/joyful effect on others.

By that logic, my shopping is a charitable act. I do it for the good of myself and society. Who knew doing good was this easy (and fun!)?

Being the do-gooder that I am, I engaged in some ULTA retail therapy recently because adulting is hard work and I needed to let off some steam by parting with my hard earned money. Also, ULTA tempted me with a 20% off (entire purchase) coupon.

You've heard me rattle on about my inability to resist this coupon and ULTA sends it out to its rewards members a few times per year. It's one of the many perks of their awesome rewards program. My other favorite perk -- your points convert to cash back that you can apply to future purchases. Points hoarders rejoice -- you can save up your points and get some nice money off future purchases. Once you hit platinum status, your points accrue even quicker and they don't expire, so you can hoard to your hearts content. All that awesomeness is also free, so go sign up now.

Back to the topic at hand.

I got my favorite ULTA coupon. I had some very busy and stressful weeks at work. I decided it was time to relieve some tension by buying myself gifts online.

Come see what I got.

What do you think? Anything you've been wanting to try out? Anything in my haul you already own and love? 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Unboxing: Ipsy Glam Bag August 2015

Alright guys, I'm keeping my promise from last month. I filmed my Ipsy unbagging for August on time! I'm so proud of myself. I actually filmed within days of it arriving in the mail.

Help me stick to it next month with a little bit of comment encouragement. Tell me what you think of the products I received. If you're an Ipsy member, tell me what you thought of the items you received this month. Heck, just leave a comment about anything related to this month's Ipsy glam bag.

If I know you like these types of posts, I'll keep them up!

OK, before we get into video watching -- a little info about Ipsy:
  • I pay for my Ipsy subscription out of pocket. That means this video is not sponsored and the items received were not press samples. 
  • You too can join Ipsy and get your own little monthly beauty surprise. For $10 (+ tax)/month you get five (5) personalized beauty samples. They typically include at least one full-size product and the samples received are deluxe size (typically travel size actually). What does that mean? You get more than $10 worth of product and the samples are big enough to get several uses out of each product (so you know whether or not it works for you). 

Enjoyed this video? Check out some of my previous Ipsy bags

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How to | Stop Sweaty Feet or Keep You Feet From Sliding Around in Shoes

If you live in a warm climate, you've probably experienced this phenomenon:

You buy a lovely pair for wedges or open-toe heels. You wear them on a hot summer day. Your feet get hot and sweat. Then they slide around in your shoe making it hard to walk and possibly causing your feet to slip out of the shoe.

Any of this sound familiar?

If so, I've got a super simple solution for you and it's something you already have in your medicine cabinet.

You can easily combine this tip with my other solution for keeping your shoes from slipping off your feet.

Oh! And if you prefer, spray on antiperspirant also works to keep your feet from getting too sweaty.

You're welcome friends.

Any other purpose you use for antiperspirant other than to keep your underarms dry?

Monday, August 3, 2015

How to | Keep Your Feet From Sliding Out of Your Shoes

Anyone else out there suffer from Cinderalla syndrome when you wear heels?

That's what I call it when my feet slide out of my shoes. I've tried the inserts you stick to the heel of your shoes, but they never seem to work. The friction from my walking causes them to just fall right out of the shoe (and my feet along with them).

When you're wearing heels, this is a walking hazard.

I got tired of wasting money on those useless inserts and had pretty much resigned myself to nearly dying when wearing certain shoes (not wearing them is not an option). Until I stumbled on this trick from a celebrity stylist. It's right up there in among the strangest things I've done with hairspray, but it works!

Check out my video to find out what the hairspray trick is:

So what do you think? Are you willing to try it? What other things have you used hairspray to solve? 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Review + Demo | It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil

I'm pretty sure you've heard this before, but I'm going to say it again: Brows are important. Please don't neglect them.

Don't believe me?

Take a photo and airbrush the brows right off your face. (This is less drastic than shaving them off)

Do you look like an alien from some far off galaxy? Be honest. Because you probably do.

You know why?

Because eyebrows frame your face and give your face expression. Without them you end up looking like a hairless cat. Except far less cuddly.

With that in mind. I'm making it my mission to test out brow products, review them, and show you how I apply them to my face. In essence, you get a product review and eyebrow tutorial all wrapped into one snug package. Perhaps this can become a semi-regular series. You guys tell me. Are you interested?

I've already shown you how I shape and fill my brows when using a pigmented tinted brow gel.

Today, we're switching gears and focusing on the easy stuff: brow pencils.

In my opinion, brow pencils are one of the best tools for beginners when it comes to brows. We all know how to hold a pencil, scribble with it, and use it for shading. Even if you don't consider yourself artistic, this is some pretty basic stuff. Press harder and you'll get a darker pencil stroke. Use less pressure and you can create a softer shadow effect. That's why I love a good brow pencil. It's just so easy to use, which is especially perfect if you're just getting started. And because they're so much easier to use, they're great when you're pressed for time. You can get those brow snatched (on fleek is so last year) and run out the door.

Now all you have to do is pick the right pencil for you. There are tons of options out there. So today we're going to talk about the It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil ($24).

This pencil is fantastic for beginners and pros alike. The universal shade takes the guess work out of picking the right color. All you have to do to adjust it to your hair color is apply more (for darker) or less (for lighter) pressure when you apply. Easy peasy. Add to that the fact that it's waterproof, long-lasting, easy to blend, and natural looking and you've got a sure fire winner. No wonder it's on of the brand's best selling items!

Check out my review and demo below to see why I love this pencil so much and how I use it to beat my brows down.

Money saving tip: The travel-sized Brow Powder Mini will save half the price. And it has plenty of product to get you through at least a month of daily use.

Well, what do you think? Would you consider using this product?