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Monday, June 20, 2016

Product Empties: Makeup I've Used Up


I'm back! Please forgive my unpredictable posting "schedule" -- life's just getting in my way. And it's not even exciting life stuff. It's the mundane stuff that's not even interesting to post about on social media. Nobody wants to watch a Snap about me sitting behind a desk working all day. YAWN. (I nodded off typing that sentence)

So, let's just leave it at this: I've been adulting.

But one exciting thing did happen last week. We got a new couch, finally. Our old one had been through five moves (read beat up). Suffered countless spills. Had a hole that always swallowed the remote. And the cats got sick on it a few too many times (all thoroughly cleaned, but still, I knew the incidents happened). Plus, I was tired of looking at it and ready for a different aesthetic.

I finally got it. My living room is now brighter, cozier and more open and inviting. I'm currently typing from the cuddler corner of the couch (an extra large corner seating area) as giddy as a school kid meeting their favorite boy band member. It's which quickly become my cozy little pillow and throw blanket covered nook.

And that is what qualifies as exciting in my world lately. Yup. That's full fledged adulting. And just in case you think I've reached some adult life low, it's been worse. I've also gotten stupid excited about a new vacuum. Basically, couch excitement is a step up.

Ok. While I was adulting, I decided it was time to clean out some junk. Literally. It was high time I shared a video about all the products I've used up, so I can finally toss out the packaging.

So without further ado. Check out my video below to see all the products I've used up and whether I thought they're good enough to repurchase.

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Videos mentioned:
September Favorites (LORAC Front of the Line Pro, First Aid Beauty Triple Remedy, NYX Micro Brow and Skindinavia Primer Spray)
November Favorites (It Cosmetics CC Powder) 
December Favorites (It Cosmetics CC Veil)  

Products mentioned:
Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner Quick Dry Formula | Sephora Microsmooth Foundation | It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Powder | L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion foundation | It Cosmetics CC Veil Fluid FoundationSephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation | L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black mascara | Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara | Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye mascara | Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eyeliner Pen | Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner | Lorac Front of the Line Pro liquid eyeliner pen | Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz | NYX Micro Brow | Maybelline Define-a-Brow | Maybelline Age Rewind concealer | Make Up For Ever HD Concealer | First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy | Skindinavia Primer Mist | Model in a Bottle Sensitive Skin Setting Spray  


Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links” or "referral links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item or join a program, I will receive an affiliate commission or referral rewards. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Five Ways to Use Evian Mineral Facial Mist + Giveaway (closed)


*This post contains press samples*


I was so excited for the chance to work with Evian to share my favorite ways to use a mineral facial mist. You've probably seen these in the beauty aisles at the drugstore and even at your favorite beauty retailers. If you're anything like me, you probably thought they were only meant for those who suffer from dry skin. After all, you mist your face with water to hydrate, right? 

Well, you're partially right. 

But after actually trying a facial mist for myself, I discovered it's a multi-tasking powerhouse. I've been hooked ever since. 


Let me share a little history with you:

My first time using evian's mineral facial mist was way back in 2006, on my first trip to Las Vegas. That's when I discovered just how badly a five hour plane ride affected my skin! I rushed to the drugstore on my way to my hotel looking for some relief. That's when I picked up my first travel-sized bottle ($7.50) and experienced a little instant relief for my parched skin.

I never looked back.

I didn't just alleviate my acute case of airplane skin, it helped me adjust to the dry desert air. This Florida girl had never experienced dry air before! I was completely out of my element. 

After I got back home, I had to figure out how to integrate it into my regular routine. And over the years, I discovered all the awesome things that my little bottle of evian® spray could do for me.

Today, I'm sharing my five favorite ways to use evian® mineral facial spray ($18 for 10 oz).  Watch my video to see why this is one product you should definitely add to you beauty bag. 


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So now that you know my favorite uses, what are some of yours? Comment below and share your tips with the rest of us!

But wait! Enter to win an evian® summer prize package ($75 value)!

Five (5) winners will receive:

  • A $25 Sephora gift card 
  • 10 oz evian® Facial Spray
  • 5 oz evian® Facial Spray
  • Three 1.7 oz travel-size evian® Facial Sprays
*Giveaway closes 6/5/16. Winners chosen by evian®. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, May 2, 2016

Review + Swatches: OFRA x MannyMua Liquid Lipsticks




Hello hello guys! I have something a little fun to share with you today. If you've been paying attention to the internet beauty buzz, then you know OFRA Cosmetics did their most recent liquid lipstick collab with MannyMua. That little collab spawned three new lipstick shades -- all of the neutral, everyday, wearable variety.

The lipsticks dropped April 22 and you guys went HAM! All the lippies sold out the same day. In response to demand, OFRA produced a second run of the shades and made them available again last week. And like clockwork, those sold out as well.

Can I blame you guys? Nope. Manny did an excellent job working on three colors that would appeal to the masses. You can wear these to the office, grocery store, and even on a fun night out. It only makes sense everyone was clamoring for them. I'm hopeful that like previous successful OFRA collabs, these will get restocked soon, and become available permanently. Don't forget, the Kathleen Light's shades all sold out multiple times and to this day you can still order Miami Fever and Havana Nights. So if you haven't grabbed any of Manny's shades, and you want them, don't give up hope yet.


Your girl was part of the internet hubub -- snagging all three shades (Aries, Charmed, and Hypno) on their first release date. And I'm here today to share them with you.

You can expect the same awesome formula we've come to love from OFRA's liquid lipsticks, which is to say: a velvety smooth (almost mousey) consistency that's highly pigmented, moisturizing and comfortable to wear. Check out my original reviews and mentions here and here for a more detailed review.

Manny's three shades retail for $19.90 each (same as the permanent line) or you can purchase all three in a bundle for $49.70. Plus, there are quite a few coupon codes out there that will nab you anywhere from 20-40% off.  A quick Google search will save you some cash, so don't forget to do that.

Aries is a soft peachy nude that's great for any occassion (I like to mix mine wth OFRA Mocha to make it a little deeper)
Charmed is a dusty brownish rose/mauve shade -- and my favorite of the three
Hypno is the vampiest of the bunch, a raspberry wine like shade -- great if you want to be a little bold, but not too crazy.

Check out my video below to see hand and lip swatches or just scroll down for photo swatches (your choice).


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OFRA x MannyMua Aries liquid lipstick, @girlythingsby_e

Ofra x MannyMua Charmed liquid lipstick, @girlythingsby_e

Ofra x MannyMua Hypno liquid lipstick, @girlythingsby_e

So, are these shades you want to add to your collection? Were you able to get any of the lipsticks during the first two releases? Which one is your favorite? 


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products (OFRA lip gloss stick and Miami Fever liquid lipstick) or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Additionally, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Haul: Sephora VIB Sale, Henri Bendel + Nordstrom Rack


I went shopping! Wow! It's been a while since I shared a haul with you guys.

Although, it has not been that long since I shopped. I've just been slacking on the haul videos. I know you guys like them, so I'm sorry I've been withholding.

I'll do better.

Anyway, if you're an active member of the beauty community and not living under a rock, then you knew that Sephora recently had their Beauty Insider (BI) sale. If you don't know what that is, let's break it down. If you join the Sephora BI program (it's free!) you get invited to their semiannual sale. Depending on your level (e.g. BI, VIB, or VIB Rouge) you'll get 10-15% off your entire purchase and can use the discount over multiple transactions. VIBs and VIB Rouge members will get the larger discount and a few extra days of shopping.

It turns into kind of a big deal. VIB and VIB Rouge members shop so hard Sephora will sometimes sell out of items before the sale even begins for BIs. It gets a little cray guys. People take their makeup seriously.

I usually use this time to pick up items I know I'll repurchase throughout the year (e.g., Clarisonic replacement brushes) and snag some new items along the way. While that approach is pretty logical, things add up. Fast.

But this year, I did something amazing. I was not a crazed discount seeker. I exercised self control. True story. It was strangely liberating.

Come see the few items that made the cut this time around -- and a few extra items I picked up at other stores that same day.

Sephora Microsmooth Foundation (Light & Medium) | Benefit Cheekathon Palette | Kat Von D Tattoo Liner | Kat von D Ink Liner |  Henri Bendel West 57th smartphone case

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**Items purchased at Nordstrom Rack were not available online so I could not link to them

VIDEO CORRECTION: I purchased the Kat von D Ink liner, but meant to buy the Tattoo liner. The difference? The applicator brush. The Ink liner has a felt tip applicator (not my fave) and the Tattoo liner has the brush tip applicator (BAE). I went back to Sephora and exchanged the liner after I filmed the video, which is when I realized I had gotten the wrong one.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Skincare Favorites | April 2016

*This post features press samples and products I purchased myself*


Hi everyone! It's been a while since I posted a favorites video and I decided to mix it up this time around by focusing solely on some of my favorite skincare items. Today I'm bringing you a mix of new favorites and tried-and-true products that are staples in my routine.

Check out my video below to find out what they are! And let me know if you like this topic and want to see more skincare related videos.



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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Additionally, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links”  or "referral links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item or sign up for the service, I will receive an affiliate commission or referral rewards. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”