Thursday, November 19, 2015

Herbivore Botanicals - Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist

Hi All! Writing to you today about Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist (you got all that? Good) Let me start off by saying that I still can’t believe I purchased this. It’s so not something I would usually reach for. I always thought facial mists were kind of a waste of money and did nothing.

I was in Urban Outfitters during my lunch break one day, and saw that Herbivore Botanicals had a beautiful in-store display. I hadn’t heard of the brand before, and started to play with the testers (I can’t help myself). The products were so whimsy, chic and understated – simple, clean labels and beautifully colored product inside. This pretty pink facial mist caught my eye, so I sprayed it on my hand to smell it. I know what you’re thinking – why would I spray a rose-scented mist on my face? Won’t it be too strong? NO. It will not. It actually smells like the slightest hint of rose and is so pleasant. I was really digging it, and promptly took it home with me (yes, I paid first).

It now proudly sits on my desk at work, and I use it in the afternoon for an extra boost of happy. It’s strange – I actually look forward to using it each day. Just spraying it on my face is an instant mood booster. It helps to hydrate your face without messing up your makeup mid-day. You can buy it at Urban Outfitters (click here), or from Herbivore’s website (click here). It was $16, a little pricey for someone who doesn’t believe in facial mists but I REALLY liked it. They also have a blog with some interesting articles as well - Herbivore Blog.

After enjoying this mist so much, I’m definitely open to exploring more of Herbivore’s products. They offer everything – makeup, skincare, bath & body, fragrance, nail products, hair products and even wellness products. Their website is just as pretty as their products! Suffice to say that I totally get facial mists now. Anyone else use them? Thanks for reading, guys!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fragrance Lovers – This Store in NYC is a Must Visit!

Hi dolls! I finally made a trip to the Le Labo store in NYC. I’ve been reading a lot about the brand’s cult following and was curious to learn more. The brand’s look is very minimalist and chic – almost apothecary looking – with all fragrances having the same bottle with different labels (really love the uniform look). The fragrances themselves are so complex and beautiful – my favorites are Santal 33 and Neroli 36. The founders are very committed to the craftsmanship and art of creating a fragrance. It’s the complete opposite of a lame department store fragrance department.

The coolest part of the brand is that it’s made to order. You chose what fragrance you want, and they mix it right before your eyes in store using a small fragrance lab! They also have fragrance oils, solid perfumes, bath and body products, candles and travel sized items. The travel tube of fragrance comes in this beautiful, masculine looking metal case that you can get personalized with initials right in the store (it’s refillable).

 The lab!

The store itself is charming – the fragrances are housed on what look like old book shelves and an antique writing desk:

They have some of the raw materials on display as well to tie in the theme:

The candles are housed under delicate glass domes that do a great job of holding in the scent. Le Labo is definitely on the expensive side - $160 for a 1.7oz – so save up your money! They even charge $6 for a mini sample. You can however spray the fragrance on a blotter and take it with you. Make sure you love it – I hear returning is not easy due to the made to order nature of the brand.

Anyone who is a fragrance lover would appreciate the store itself and the beautiful products. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and welcoming. Stop by and play! Le Labo website.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

This Non-Glam Item Earned a Permanent Spot in My Bag

Hi guys! Writing to you today about Neutrogena's Shine Control powder. This isn't the most glamorous item in the world, but it is definitely a life saver for oily-skinned chicks such as myself.

See how beat up this thing is? I don't ever leave home without it.

I always thought powder was an older woman thing. I would apply my liquid makeup in the morning before work and that was that. No reapplying or touch-ups. Well, that obviously showed. After an hour commute to work each day, my face is already shiny upon arrival. My skin has always been on the oily side, which always makes makeup application LOTS of fun haha. I used to blot my face with oil blotters seemingly ALL day, until this powder came along. 

It's become essential to my routine! My mom handed it to me one day and said "your face is shiny, here." I used it, put it in my bag and thought nothing of it. When I realized I stole it (by accident!), I started using it  regularly with surprisingly good results. I was so impressed by the way it seemed to completely soak up the oil and eliminate any shine. Now I even use it as a preventative measure. When I get to work, I do a quick pit stop by the bathroom, hit my T-zone and I'm good to go. It's so translucent, so it won't mess with any makeup you already applied (just make sure you let your liquid makeup set before rubbing this on top). 

It comes with a mirror and a little cosmetic sponge that fits inside - perfect for on the go, after work, in between meetings, etc. As I've said, this has definitely earned it's spot in my (very competitive) makeup bag. Thanks, mom!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Decoupaged Real Pumpkin with Flower Crown

Hi guys! Hope everyone had a great Halloween. Wanted to share with you a fun (and easy!) craft that I did for fall. Check it out!

Here’s what you’ll need:
• A real pumpkin
• A hole puncher – any shape you want
• Mod Podge – I used the original for this project
• Hot glue
• A small paintbrush
• Some type of applique to crown the top

How to:
1. I bought a real pumpkin (see how easy?)
2. I used a hole puncher (heart shaped) and punched out pictures from an old Food Network magazine.
3. I decoupaged (the art or craft of decorating objects with paper cut-outs) the heart shaped pieces on top of each other using Mod Podge to get the layered effect.
4. I topped it all off with little floral appliques applied with hot glue.

Easy, fun and unique! It’s a fun project to do while you’re watching TV or just want to spend some time being crafty. I have mine sitting as the centerpiece of my dining room table and am really enjoying it!

I did a similar pumpkin project last year (click here) and the real pumpkin lasted a very long time, so no worries there. This decoupage technique can apply to many objects, and is really fun once you get the knack for it. I’ve done decoupaged shoes using comic books (click here), band bracelets (click here), Easter eggs, little jewelry boxes and so on.

Hope you guys enjoyed!