I can never resist picking something up when I got to Sephora - which is also probably why my bank account hates me so much. If you haven’t noticed from my frequent mentions of Kate form Gh0stparties her word is the holy grail of opinions for me. I’ve read her mention many a times about the wonders of Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir.
While I’ve heard/read/seen Caudalie I’m not very familiar with the brand itself so this Caudalie Favorites Kit was the perfect introduction.
It comes with Lip Conditioner , Hand and Nail Cream, Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, Beauty Elixir & Make-up Remover Cleansing Water. Honestly this couldn’t be anymore perfect as it hits ever beauty concern I have at the moment: smooth lips, stronger healthier nails, hydrated skin….
I can say that I’m pretty obsessed with the Lip Conditioner and Hand & Nail Cream. Also Beauty Elixir is totally worth the hype. For $32 this set is a steal. If you’re looking for a great way to familiarize yourself with Caudalie make it this set!
If you’re in London and looking for an amazing visual experience go to The Wallace Collection. It’s absolutely gorgeous and free! Not to mention after you’re done you can pop into Selfridges & Co. for a little bit of shopping (or window shopping depending on your budget).
This is only a little taste of what’s to see there. It truly is a treat for the eyes! I’m dying for another opportunity to wander through it. xx
Finally I’ve gone through my photos from London! Working on them made me wish I was back and has got me already thinking about my next trip (not to mention has made me itching to take photos again).
These are from the gorgeous Kew Gardens. I highly recommend you go if ever in London - it’s massive and there is so much to see. It made me think of The Secret Garden. I’m sure during the late spring/early summer when everything is in bloom it’s even better!
Beautiful right?! I’ll post more photos from my trip soon! xx
The whole BB (and CC… and DD) craze has certainly gotten a bit out of control but my curious self couldn’t resist picking up these two products.
First up is BB Cream for hair. Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme promises 10 benefits within 1 product: Repair, Strength, Softness, Shine, Smoothing, Moisture, Frizz Control, Heat Protection, Manageability, & Taming Fly-Aways. A lot to live up to! I actually really enjoy using this product. I tend to not use conditioner because it weighs my hair down but since I have damaged ombre ends I need some extra moisture otherwise it looks incredibly dead. This has definitely made my hair softer and easier to tame. I’ll be sure to keep using this to see long term benefits.
The second is BB Cream for Body. I bought the travel sized version of Jergen’s BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream. Like BB Cream foundations, it claims to hydrate, illuminate, even, firm and correct. I’ve used this a couple times and honestly I personally didn’t notice anything different. I just felt like a slightly tinted lotion. I probably won’t repurchase so I was certainly glad I only bought the travel size.
What are your thoughts? Are you over the BB craze or will you buy into more products? xx
Man on man, I’ve slightly become obsessed with meals that have apples in them. This love of apple accented food came from my borderline scary frequent visits to Shoo-fly Diner in Baltimore (if you never been - seriously DO IT - favorite place in the world). They have a delicious concoction called the Scrappledelphia (apples, griddled onions, scrapple, melted cheddar, & mustard on an open faced sandwich), I’ve been feeling a little more adventurous with my food choices.
This Bacon Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon is making me absolutely drool. I think I’ll have to make this this weekend so I can feel like I’m at Shoo-fly without my bank account wanting to cry. The amount of money I’ve spent there is obscene! xx
Totally Inspired By…. Atelier Manassé, circa 1932. That hair, those eyelashes! Obsessed! xx
Found on Gems.
Anonymous asked: Did you lose weight?
Actually I’ve gained weight haha. Too much beer drinking and eating at Shoofly Diner in Baltimore - not enough working out.
A couple days ago I decided I really needed to go through all my beauty products and clean house. I tend to be a slight bit compulsive when it comes to buying beauty products - something I’m going to work on reigning in for the future. Naturally, because I tossed out a ton of beauty products I either hated, didn’t use, or simply found didn’t work for me, I use that as justification for looking at future beauty purchases.
I’ve been working on taking better care of my skin for the past couple months and have FINALLY found a fairly good routine that works for me. But I’m always looking for new skincare products to mix it up and see if I can improve even more. I’ve heard amazing things about the REN line and actually have been trying to find a good night cream. The REN Frankincense Revitalizing Night Cream is designed to protect, repair, and renew as your sleep.
Another thing I have been focusing on is my hands and nails. My nails have always been extremely brittle and break easily (doesn’t help that I’m a nail bitter >_<). I have been using Essie Millionails Treatment for my nails which has definitely improved their strength and growth. Now I’ve turned my sights on my skin and cuticles. Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream would be the perfect thing to help.
I’m always looking for beauty products that help to cut down my morning make up routine. I love that Stila’s One Step Correct - color corrects, brightens, and primes. Speaking of makeup, I have lately completely ditched blush and just been using bronzer. The Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil - with it being matte and smelling like chocolate - is something I definitely need. I was recently reminded of my love of M.A.C.’s Ruby Woo Lipstick and am itching to add another retro matte shade to my collection. All Fired Up seems like the perfect hot pink.
Lastly, I’ve been a loyal user of Lush’s Fairly Trade Honey and Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo for about two years now. I’ve been wanting a bit of a change and seeing Kate over at Gh0stParties going on and on about the reboot of Herbal Essence’s original formula has shot to the top of my potential replacement list.
Another one of these! London revitalized my passion for music as I went to a couple gigs while there. Here are eight bands/albums that are heavily in rotation.
one: The Hotelier I actually heard about when reading an interview done with Nai Harvest (another band on this list) and Ben mentioned this was one band to check out. Definitely listen to Among the Wildflowers and Life in Drag - though honestly the whole album Home, Like Noplace Is There is amazing.
two: I’ve talked about my serious love of JAWS here before. I was lucky enough to catch them while in London, meet the guys, and had a surreal moment where Connor knew who I was. Their newest single, Think Too Much Feel Too Little, is fantastic.
three: Mac DeMarco's Salad Days is the perfect summer album. I can’t wait for warmer weather when I can play this with the windows rolled down.
four: I also got to see Nai Harvest while in London. My friend Lee released their first album Whatever on his label Pinky Swears Records so he introduced me to Ben - who is extremely nice - who informed me they will be touring the US at some point this year. Which I am very excited about. The song Rush off Hold Open My Head EP is great.
five: Howler's World of Joy is super cool, I love the tracks Don’t Wanna and Yacht Boys. Another perfect driving with the windows down album.
six: I feel like I’ve been listening to a lot of UK punk bands lately. Palma Violets falls in that category. Best of Friends and All The Garden Birds are my two favorite tracks off of 180.
seven: I heard Jungle Doctors for the first time when they opened for JAWS. I thought they were awesome. I don’t have many of their tracks but Better is great and you should definitely listen to them!
eight: Not necessary a new band but while using shuffle the song Monster Waltz by The Invisible came up and I remembered that I loved this album and started listening to it pretty seriously.
Anything you all are listening to? Anything I should check out? Send them my way! xx
Two recent beauty buys. I’ve been lusting after the Too Faced palette for ages now and a 15% off coupon for Sephora was the encouragement I needed.
I love Lush masks and have tried Catastrophe Cosmetic and Cosmetic Warrior but I had been dying to use Cupcake. xx
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