Saturday, October 4, 2014

Belated Friday Favorites

The Short Version

1. Filmstar Bronze & Glow by Charlotte Tilbury - $65
2. Bad to the Bronze Color Tattoo by Maybelline - $7 $5.24 with Ulta's Buy 1 Get 1 50% sale
3. Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo by BedHead - $22
4. Gold Cuff Bracelet from Loft - $19.50  $11.70 with current 40% off sale
5. BB Cream (combo/oily) by Garnier - $13

The Long Version

I read SO many reviews before pulling the trigger and ordering Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze & Glow online. I stopped by a few Nordstrom's to swatch it on my skin, but none of the ones near me have CT counters yet. I've been looking for a good powder highlighter, and then it seemed like this product became popular very fast on YouTube, it was just begging to be in my collection. Nordstrom's has a good return policy so I figured if it didn't blow my socks off, then I'd just return it. It is SO luxurious! The bronzer is very subtle and so luxurious! It gives your skin that supermodel, I've-been-rolling-in-sands-of-the-Bahamas-for-a-photo-shoot warm glow. You need to have a soft hand with the highlighter but it blends beautifully and has a golden-y sheen.

When I want to look like I tried but don't like it, I reach for my Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, no brushes needed! I apply it with my ring finger, blend it out, then dip into the pot once more and apply another layer right on the outside 1/2 of my lids.

I reach for a dry shampoo for my 2nd day hair, there's no way I can go more than 1 day without it. While there are some decent drug store options, I always pick up a few bottles of Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo whenever Ulta has them on sale for $9.99! It's the best I've tried at ungreaseballing my hair and it has a yummy scent.

I picked up this Gold Cuff Bracelet at Loft when they started their 40% off everything sale and have been wearing it at least 3 times a week since.  (Honestly, I never buy ANY accessories from Loft if it's not steeply discounted, I just don't think they carry the quality to be worth the price.)  I like how this bracelet has a substantial weight without being over the top and it's opening is small enough that I don't have to worry that it will fall off.

Since my skin as been clearing up and looking surprisingly decent, I've rediscovered by love for the Garnier BB Cream - specifically the one for combination/oily skin (even though I have dry skin). I find the formula of this one to be better. It's light, moisturizing, covers up redness/discoloration without looking like you are wearing makeup. Tip: If you ever find a foundation to be too thick or goopy, add in a bit of BB cream to thin it out. 

XoXo, Stay Beautiful.

P.S. Wedding countdown = 7 days! 

Products mentioned in this post

Filmstar Bronze & Glow by Charlotte Tilbury - $65
Bad to the Bronze Color Tattoo by Maybelline - $7 $5.24 with Ulta's Buy 1 Get 1 50% sale
Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo by BedHead - $22
Gold Cuff Bracelet from Loft - $19.50  $11.70 with current 40% off sale
BB Cream (combo/oily) by Garnier - $13

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Home Hack: Duvet Burritos for Dummies

Do you ever put off putting your duvet cover back onto your comforter after you wash it just because you dread the process? I've tried hanging it over my banister or standing up on my bed, risking decapitation from the ceiling fan, and shaking the heck out of it while dancing to Taylor Swift's Shake it Off. I've tried staring at it really hard and wishing it into its covering with my Alex Mack special powers. I usually just end up drinking an second glass of wine and sleeping under a plain, uncovered comforter.

Follow these 5 easy steps so you can enjoy your glass of wine, in your freshly made bed, with your adorable little fur baby, and watch TV shows that I'm too embarrassed to admit on the inter-webs.

1.  Lay your freshly washed & dried duvet cover inside-out on TOP of your comforter with closed end nearest to you and open end furthest out of reach

2.  Begin to roll your comforter and duvet cover like you are making a burrito - this does not have to be tight or perfect. Roll to the end

3.  Turn the duvet right-side out.  Reach inside the corner of the duvet cover, grab the respective corner of the comforter and wrap the duvet around the burrito. 

4.  Do this to both ends. 

5. Unroll your burrito. Place cute puppy on top and VOILA!  Hassle free duvet-stuffing: complete!

Are there any home hacks that you have discovered that are life changing? 

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