5 Back-To-School Beauty Basics for a Tight Budget!

With summer coming to a close, back-to school is near—maybe it’s even already started in your area. Back-to-school shopping is often done on a tight budget, but you don’t have to sacrifice your precious beauty products! These five beauty basics deliver on performance without sacrificing on quality (or too much cash). These are must-haves that you’ll love, even on the tightest of beauty budgets!

Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh Body Lotion

In a recent survey, 80% of consumers who have tried Vaseline in the past reported that the improved Vaseline Total Moisture is better than the old lotion. Count me in! I love this lightweight and freshly-scented body lotion for making my skin feel healthy and hydrated without any stickiness or residue. Total Moisture Aloe Fresh quickly absorbs into my skin for long-lasting skin hydration that lasts all day. $3.99

SIMPLE Replenishing Rich Moisturizer

As one of my newest (and most favorite) budget beauty basics, SIMPLE Replenishing Moisturizer hydrates my facial skin all day—without any fragrance, dyes, or harsh irritants. With Pro-Vitamin B5, this softens my skin and restores its moisture balance. $10.99  [Read more…]

Fab Find: Herban Essentials Essential Oil Cleansing Towelettes

The best way to avoid hand sanitizer bottle explosions in your purse is to not carry those pesky little bottles—but then what do you do to keep your hands fresh and clean? Enter Herban Essentials Essential Oil Towelettes.

Essential oils each have their own special properties; for example eucalyptus is supposed to invigorate, peppermint should energize, lavender is meant to calm and lemon aims to uplift.  Now, imagine these scents infused in a moist towelette that actually feels kinda sorta like a towel and you’ve got a winner. [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Too Faced ‘The Return of Sexy’ Eyeshadow Palette

With fall collections in full swing, we’re slowly saying sayonara to the bold brights we’ve been seeing since last spring. While I’ll sincerely miss all those fun pops of color (and I’m not quite ready to give them up until at least mid-September), I do welcome some sassy, sexy shades in my world! One fall offering I could not pass up is the new ‘The Return of Sexy’ eyeshadow palette from Too Faced. The fall collection from Too Faced has seriously ROCKED so far. (Oh, hi La Crème Lip Cream Lipsticks and new Perfect Eyes Eyeliner shades!) Let’s just say, it doesn’t end there.

Without further ado, meet your sultry new best friend—The Return of Sexy. This pretty palette holds 15 generous pans of color-coordinated neutrals, passionate purples, and sexy greys. Also included; a full size Perfect Eyes Eyeliner pencil in Perfect Black (it’s amaze and stays put for me), and a deluxe size tube of Too Faced’s cult-fave eyeshadow primer, Shadow Insurance. When I first read the price for this, I did a double-take, because it had to be incorrect. At $48, it is literally a steal. If it were only the eyeshadows for $48—that would break down to $3.20 a shade. But guess what? You’re also getting a full size eyeliner that retails for $18 on its own. So you don’t need to be a mathematician to see what an insanely KILLER deal this is. (And let’s not forget the three how-to cards and Shadow Insurance.)

If you’re as excited about this as I am now, let’s take a closer look!

Too Faced ‘The Return of Sexy’ Eyeshadow Palette

The eyeshadow shade breakdown…

The Ingénue

  • Naïve — iridescent cream
  • Ingénue — brown gold glitter
  • Casting Couch — dark chocolate
  • New in Town — golden shimmer
  • Innocent — dark copper

The Icon

  • Pink Diamond — matte shell pink
  • Icon — wine plum shimmer
  • Divorcée — cool grey pearl
  • Hopeless Romantic — plum satin shimmer
  • Primadonna — amethyst purple shimmer

The Bombshell

  • 7 Year Itch — off white pearl
  • Bombshell — grey silver pearl
  • Hollywood — pewter
  • Maneater — rose tea shimmer
  • Beautymark — onyx silver shimmer

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Review: Freya Scandinavian Skin Science Skin Care Collection

I am a sucker for packaging and when I saw these ice-blue rough glass baubles staring back at me, I had to do my best not to judge a book by its cover. After two weeks of using Freya Scandinavian Skin Science, I’ve decided that like any good book, there are ups and downs. Freya is an arctic marine-based skin care system that pays homage to traditional Scandinavian skin care, while infusing some modern science into the fold. Let’s take a closer look!

Arctic Cleansing Water: An amazing light cleanser that makes skin feel refreshed and clean. It’s kind of like soapy water with a tiny hint of fragrance. Directions suggest applying it to a cotton ball and massaging it on your face and neck; no rinsing necessary. However, after a few uses, I felt it was necessary to do a rinse with cool water and continued that practice. Otherwise, my face had residue on it that drove me crazy. [Read more…]

Review: Joico Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray

Joico created Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray to help protect hair from Enemy #1—humidity. I was extremely skeptical of this product working, I’ve tried anti-frizz cremes and serums and washed my hair with mayonnaise and you’re telling me all this time I could have bought a bottle of this stuff and saved myself years of hassle?

(Editor’s note—The second I laid eyes on this product, I KNEW Dilara would be the perfect candidate to test it, the midwest is indeed a very humid place! –Amber)

We had a week of pop-up showers and I gave this product a total workout. Morning walks to work were done under a cloud of humidity so heavy I had to re-apply my deodorant when I arrived at my desk. But my hair? Picture perfect. People were even casually saying “You have the best hair—it isn’t even frizzy.” [Read more…]

Review: Three Custom Color Specialists Transformer Duo in Champagne

I’m always been interested in learning tips and tricks from the stars, so how about this one: make-up artists often blend a “transformer” shade on top of lip color to get the perfect color for film sets and photo shoots. Wouldn’t it be awesome to get your hands on a transformer for your lip shades?  Now you can, thanks to 3 Custom Color Specialists.

Their Transformer Duo: A champagne duo compact has a split pan that contains a silver/white transformer and a golden/yellow transformer to allow you to cool down or warm up whatever shade you’re wearing. Play with different ratios of each color to make a custom blend all your own. You can even mix them both together to create a sheer-looking champagne color.  [Read more…]

Review: Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask

Remember in 5th grade when you’d go to a sleepover and put that green stuff on your face? Maybe you’ve moved on from that beauty regime and if you haven’t, now you will. Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask is the best reason to hide the tube of green goo and try something new.

This gel mask boasts that it will restore hydration to tired, dry skin. After a long day outside in the sun, I felt like my mug was perfectly parched to give it a try.

Start with clean, dry skin, peel off the backing and apply the mask to your face. It is extremely easy to apply—the mask comes in two pieces to ensure you get proper placement on your face. It was cool and refreshing. Although I did look like Jason from “Friday the 13th” I could have stayed in this mask all day. It felt so good. The mask recommends for best results to store it in the refrigerator before using, but I was too impatient to do that. However, next time I will definitely give it a shot because there will definitely be a next time! [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick


About six weeks ago, I got my hands on a sample of Tarte’s new Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick, and I didn’t want to let it go. I’ve since been dying to try them all—and the time is finally here! These new long-wearing lipsticks contain Tarte’s hallmark Amazonian clay, and they feel oh-so-comfortable on my lips due to all of the hydrating benefits of mango, avocado extract, and shea butter. But you know what’s even better than a lipstick that feels good on your lips? One that has incredible pigmentation too—and Glamazon lipstick is certainly not lacking in the pigment department!

Aside from the pretty wooden tube, Glamazon Pure Perfomance Lipstick has a lot going for it. Tarte says that Glamazon will wear up to 12 hours. So did it?

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Review: Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara

I have as many mascaras as I do shoes, and Too Faced’s Lash Injection Mascara is the newest member of my mascara wardrobe. You may already be familiar with Lash Injection, but this summer marks the introduction of an improved formula—promising length, volume, and DRAMA! Let’s check it out…

Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara

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