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Review: Physicians Formula Mineral Correcting Powder

17 Feb

physicians formula pressed powder     I picked up Physicians Formula Mineral Correcting Powder at Target for around $13.00 about a month ago. I gravitated towards this one because of its claims to “correct the most common skin imperfections, smooth skin texture and even out skin tone. Pink brightens, Green tones down redness and Yellow adds warmth.” Despite these lofty claims, this product totally delivers

This powder goes on smoothly over foundation and totally changes your complexion. I have found myself wearing less and less foundation thanks to Physicians Formula! I have strong red undertones in my skin and I have combated that with different foundations and powders for years, however this powder totally evens out my skin tone without making me look pasty or dull. In the place of my redness, I am left with an even complexion and a beautiful glow. If you are looking for shine control, you will also not be let down by this compact. Despite my skin’s tenancy to become oily midday, this powder totally prevents that while also keeping my foundation in place. Need another bonus? All Physicians Formula products are cruelty free! So you can buy without harming any critters in the process.

If I had to list a con to all the pros of this makeup, I would have to say its the brush. Though this is not an issue for me since I never use the brushes that come with compacts. But if you do, beware because the brush is very small and course. My advice: grab a regular powder brush and don’t let this tiny con prevent you from trying out this amazing product!

This is without a question my all time favorite powder and I will certainly be buying it again! If you decide to try it out please let me know what you think!



5 Easy Tips to Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer

10 Nov


Taking the time out of your busy day to paint your nails is not always easy. I love having freshly polished nails, however I sometimes have to force myself to sit down, take the time, and just paint them. Because it takes such an effort for me to actually give myself a manicure, when I do I really, REALLY want it to last. There is nothing more aggravating than spending thirty minutes on your nails just to have them dull and chipped the next day. So not cool.

The bottom line is: we all want our manicures to last longer. Preferably until we just get tired of the color. Here are some simple tips that will help you get closer to achieving that goal.

1) Start with a good basecoat. Yes, it is an extra step so it adds a little bit of time and work to your manicure, but it is so worth it in the end. It often will double or even triple the life of your manicure. Before applying the basecoat, it is essential that your nails are super clean and dry. This assures that your basecoat and polish will adhere properly; if there is any oil, dirt, or resudue polish will not adhere to your nail. The basecoat that I recommend is Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat. Read more about it here.

2) Steer clear of hot water and hand sanitizer. I’m totally not telling you to skip showers in order to preserve your nail polish. Everyone would rather you have chipped polish than stink! Instead when you are doing chores or something else that involve your hands being submerged in hot water for a long period of time (i.e. washing dishes, hot tubs, long baths, etc) try and keep your hands above water as much as possible. A quick fix for the dish washing problem is to simply wear gloves (or have your husband do them! Ha!).

3) Update your topcoat. I’m assuming here that you are using a topcoat in the first place – which you should be. A quality top coat is essential to preventing chips and keeping your manicure shiny. However, though you may be using a topcoat, you might not be updating it. What I mean is, after about two days of wear, your topcoat will typically begin to wear off and your nails will be more susceptible to chips and will lose shine. To prevent this, just slap another quick top coat over your nails every few days and, if you do have any chips, another thin coat of polish will quickly take care of that. You will be amazed at how great this keeps your manicure looking.

4) Speaking of topcoat, don’t forget to apply it under the tips of your nails. The very tips of my nail is where my worst chipping always occurs. But, after I began extending the application of my topcoat over the tip and under my nail, my polish has all but stopped chipping. My favorite topcoat is Revlon Quick Dry Topcoat and you can find out more about this product, including where to buy it, here.

5) Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. Wearing rubber gloves when doing housework can really prolong your manicure, however applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly to your nails and cuticles will not only moisturize but also provide protection for your polish. Applying a quick absorbing moisturizer frequently and liberally to your hands will keep your cuticles and nails healthy and, in turn, make for an altogether better manicure.

If you follow these tips, you might really be surprised at how well your manicure will wear. I have had my polish last for more than 10 days! Though many would disagree, I really do not think it matters much what actual brand of polish you use. I have oftentimes had just as much success with a $5 bottle as a $25 bottle. In the long run, it is more about proper application and maintenance, not labels.

I hope you enjoy!


Review: Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat

11 Sep


I rarely get the opportunity to get my nails done professionally however I love the look and the lasting results that a salon manicure delivers. No matter how good the top coat is, when I paint my nails at home, I inevitably have chips after just a day or two. No one wants to spend an hour on awesome nail art to have it chipping away the next day! In the hopes of ridding myself of those pesky chips, I picked up Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat at Sally Beauty Supply for $7.00. This is the most amazing nail product I have ever used.

I applied a thin coat to my dry nails then, without waiting for it to fully dry, painted on my nail color. Next, I waited for the color to dry then repeated the process with another coat of bonder and polish. Finally, I topped it off with my favorite Revlon top coat.

Currently I am on day four of my manicure and I don’t have a single chip, smear, smudge, or blemish. It literally looks like I just painted them. I have not been easy on my polish either. They have been through scrubbing the shower, washing dishes, and even bathing the dog. I have had just as good luck if not better with this Orly Bonder than I have had with past salon manicures. The only con to this basecoat is that it did seem to make drying time take a little longer, but I would sacrifice a little extra dry time any day to prolong the life of my manicure. All in all, this is an amazing product that is more than worth the money.



Review: Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat

24 Jul

revlontopcoatquickdryOne of the most frustrating things about painting your nails are the chips that inevitably occur a few days or (the horror!) even a few hours after painting them. In an effort to preserve that hard-worked-for manicure just a few days (hours, minutes..) longer, using a top coat is always advised. Although finding a good top coat that really makes the polish last longer is easier said than done. I, like many nail polish enthusiasts, have tried many brands and varieties of top coats in the effort to find one that works.Listen up! I have great news, the search is over.

Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat is the best topcoat I’ve ever used. This topcoat (purchased at Target for about $5.00) outperforms all the more expensive top coats that I have tried and, even better yet, it actually does prevent chips and prolong the life of your manicure. This top coat provides a beautiful shine and dries super fast. Plus, since it is super thin and easy to apply, it is great for using over nail art. Many top coats I’ve used in the past have dried up and become goopy before I was even half way finished with the bottle; I have never had that problem with this top coat. I will absolutely use this again and highly recommend it! Even if it was at a higher price point, it would be well worth the money!
What is your favorite top coat?

Backyard Barbecue Beauty Essentials

7 Jun

One of my favorite things during the summer are cookouts with family and friends. There is nothing better than hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, a good game of cornhole, and lots of quality time with awesome people on a hot summer afternoon. Although these events are usually super casual, you always want to look your best. Here are a few tips to help you look great and have a blast at your next summer barbecue.

I like to keep the beauty routine super simple with just a great BB cream and a few swipes of mascara. I love Rimmel London’s BB cream; its light but still provides coverage and it really will last all day. For mascara, I always reach for Maybelline One By One; it is my longtime favorite.

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A good humidity resisting hairspray is also essential on balmy summer days. Tressemme Climate Protection Hairspray is my go to.


After your hair and makeup are done, here are a few things that you should think about throwing in your bag before leaving the house. Probably the most important barbecue beauty product is sunscreen. Don’t leave home without it! My favorite sunscreens are sticks because they are super portable so you can take them along for reapplication and they generally have a beeswax base which makes them stay put longer. My favorite is Smart Girls Who Surf Face Stick SPF 30. It is all natural and feels great on skin.


I also like to grab a travel size bottle of dry shampoo to take along as well just because, after long hours out in the sun, hair can start looking a little greasy and flat.

One unpleasant guest that always seems to frequent barbecues are bugs. Consequently, you always want to bring along a bug repellent to keep those pesky visitors at bay. My friend and I just tried Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard Insect Repellent Wipes last night and they are awesome! They come as pres-moistened wipes that are so convenient to take anywhere. They also smell really good and don’t leave skin feeling sticky like normal bug sprays.

avonSince you have the dry shampoo to remove grease from your hair, its also good to have blotting papers to get rid of that greasy skin cause from sweating in the summer heat. I like Hard Candy’s blotting paper. They are portable, cheap, and get the job done.


With these few products, you will be ready to beat the heat (and beat your best friend at cornhole) all summer long! Hope you have fun at your next barbecue! I know I will!



Review: NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm

14 May



I had the BEST surprise when I went to the mailbox today! I received my very first Influenster VoxBox! I couldn’t believe it! If you don’t know, Influenster is a website where you review products, complete surveys, and give your opinion about products on social media. You earn badges by completing these task and, as a result, qualify for FREE items via VoxBoxes! How cool is that!


The spring VoxBox includes a bunch of awesome stuff that I will be reviewing in the near future so stay tuned!



One of the products in the spring VoxBox was NYC’s Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm in Big Apple Red #356. The packaging is similar to your average lipstick, but the texture of this balm is anything but average lipstick material. Unlike lipstick, this is a creamy, moisturizing, chapstick like balm. This product glides on smoothly without even ruining the adorable apple emblem on the top! The color is very sheer and natural; it just provides a nice shimmery tint perfect for summer! To make things better, it smells absolutely amazing! Retailing for a meager $2.00 at CVS, everyone needs one of these fruity little guys in your makeup bag.


Curl Confidence

10 Apr

As cheesy as it sounds, when I made peace with my curly hair it changed my life. Due largely impart to my crazy hair and my obsession with horses and horseback riding, my “awkward stage” began super early and didn’t depart until I was in my late teens. My hair troubles began very early on; my hair was not like any of my friends. Their hair was straight, shiny, manageable and I envied them like crazy. They could crimp their hair, wear it in pigtails, do whatever with it, while all I could achieve out of my own mane was that dreadful “poof”. I was painfully self conscious about my hair and my braces and tall stature did not help my self esteem. My mom was equally frustrated with my hair and brushed, conditioned, used hot oil treatments and everything she could to make my wild mop into something that resembled “normal” hair. The problem was, neither one of us knew that my hair was naturally curly. Instead, we simply believed that I had course, crazy hair, for which there was no hope. As a result, I only wore my hair in a ponytail for much of my adolescence. Then it all changed one glorious day when I went to have my hair cut.

I had never been to this particular hairstylist before and, as I set in the chair waiting to have yet another person fight with my hair and lose miserably, my mom explained to her how uncontrollable my hair was and the ensuing problems it constantly caused. Concerned, the stylist then turned to me, undid my ponytail, and washed my hair. Her silence worried me greatly. After she finished washing my hair, she combed it through and said (in a wonderfully southern old lady accent) “You have curly hair!” I was like “what?” I had no clue what that even meant. Was someone actually telling me that my hair was ok? Or, better yet, manageably normal? She proceeded to show me how to apply styling products and diffuse my hair ensuring me all the while that I was “a lucky girl” for possessing these natural curls.

I left the salon with a completely different attitude towards my hair. I now could not only style my hair into an actual style but I could wear it down! Move over pony tail! Immediately, I began racking up innumerable compliments on my curly hair. I could hardly believe it when everyone would say “is your hair naturally curly? Wow! I sure wish mine was!” Was it actually possible that someone would want to have hair like me? This was an incredible epiphany and, finally, I actually felt good and confident about my hair.

From then on, I have embraced my curly hair and, not only that, but I am thankful that I do have curls! Because of my hair texture, I’m able to wear it straight, wavy, or curly with ease and this is such a blessing. I have learned that it is not about hating something that you have, but all about working with and embracing what God has given you. Everyone is beautiful and unique in their own way! Work it girl!

Is there something about your hair or appearance that you have learned to love that you used to detest? If you have curly hair, when did you gain your curl confidence?