It’s that time again..Sephora Play Box: May 2018.

This month’s theme: #BEAUTYGOALS: Then VS Now

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Hey dolls! So my Sephora Play Box came in the mail and this is what I received. So the theme vibe this month has to do with beauty goals: Then VS Now. Implying that before one might not have been quite the makeup/skincare extraordinaire, however, with time now you are! The way they propose this idea with their comics on the pamphlet they send is rather fun. It gives examples of various growth of ones makeup/skincare skills.

Whats in the bag.. 

First of all the bag is a cute faux denim material with a shoe lace like draw string. The products I received are:

  • MARC JACOBS: mascara in Noir
  • BENEFIT Cosmetics: the POREfessional Face Primer
  • DRYBAR: Detox dry shampoo
  • KAT VON D: Tattoo liner in Trooper
  • SEPHORA Collection: Mud mask purifying & mattifying
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT: Black Opium perfume (BONUS)

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This MARC JACOBS mascara is in the color noir. According to the pamphlet it’s said to be a velvet  noir major volume mascara. It’s advertised as no-clump, highly pigmented,  having a curvy brush to give your lashes a voluminous appearance. If applied after three coats, it’s supposed to help increase length and give a dramatic eyelash look. My eyelashes are super stubborn so I hope this product will give me the volume and length I need!

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This pore primer by Benefit POREfessional is supposed to be good for minimizing the appearance of pores. It’s a translucent, oil-free priming balm. Helps control the shine and contains vitamin E which helps protect against skin damaging free radicals. I have been wanting to give this product a try but had been hesitant on getting it. So needless to say I am excited to try it and see if its worth getting a regular size.

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This detox dry shampoo by Drybar is said to be a fan favorite. It’s supposed to add volume while absorbing the dirt and oil in between your hair washes. It contains a micro-fine rice powder, this is for oil and order absorption. The powder blends in your hair so you don’t have to worry about any powder being visible. It’s also supposed to add moisture as well as prevent breakage. So, I currently use a dry shampoo and its not bad but I will give this one a dry and compare to what I currently use. I don’t like to wash my hair everyday as I noticed it falls out more and over all not healthy for your hair to wash it daily. So having a good dry shampoo is a must for me.

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The tattoo liner by Kat Von D, is the bomb! This is a waterproof, smudgeproof  liquid eyeliner. Highly pigmented, buildable and fast drying formula.I just finished my regular size of this product and this was such a nice to surprise to get. I will be repurchasing this product as I do like it. It gives a great wing tip because the superfine brush tip is so precise and easy to work with. The tip is inspired by a tattoo needle which is very much appreciated for a nice wing line look.

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Here we have a Sephora collection mud mask. This mask is supposed to be great for purifying, detoxifying and magnifying the skin. It has zinc and copper which will help in clarifying the skin. It’s also supposed to be good for reducing the appearance of blemishes and leaving the skin feeling soft. I am a big fan of masks so I am super excited to try this product out.

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This is the bonus item, as always a perfume! This time we have the Black OPIUM by Yves Saint Laurent. It has hints of coffee, vanilla and sweet white flower. It smells a bit to sweet for me, so I am not too keen on this one. As I have said before I don’t mind them only because they give me a chance to try the different scents. However, a different product besides perfumes would be nice every now and then. 

So this is it! This was a pretty good play box and can’t wait to try out some of these products. 

Thank you for reading, I appreciate the follows, likes and comments!

Happy Blogging!

Disclaimer: This play box is purchased with my own money. Information was obtained using the Sephora Play Box pamphlet. 

It’s May!!Current Candle Obsessions.

Hey dolls! Have you ever sat back and just contemplated on the little/simplest things that life has to offer? Counted your blessings on the small things in life? Well, one of those “small things in life” for me are Candles. I absolutely love candles. I love to gift and receive candles. Most of the scents I enjoy are fruity and fresh. I almost always purchase my candles from Bath and Body Works, Yankee Candle or Target Glade brand. Those are my go-to’s and know I won’t be disappointed. So far this month, I am loving these two amazing scents from Bath and Body Works, White Barn collection.

thumbnailThis is a new scent for me it’s a citrus Lemon scent, made with essential oils. It smells just like fresh lemons. Just opening it up you get that strong but not overpowering scent which I appreciate.The good thing about these candles is that they are not annoying scents that will bring on a headaches.

This other candle is a repurchase and I must say one of my favorites scents. Its the Pink Pineapple scent. It has hints of fresh pineapple, sugared berries and lemon zest according to the ingredients. This one smells AMAZINGG!! 

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I know May just started but so far these two are my favorite candle scents. At the moment the Lemon scented candle I just have as decoration in my bathroom. However, the Pink Pineapple I am very much enjoying. Personally candles relax me and bring about positive vibes, which at times serve as a form of de-stress. So aside of their wonderful scent and decoration purposes they are good for mood changing :).

Recently Bath and Body Works had them for $10.00 and I took advantage and bought me a few. They normally retail for $24.00. So always look out for the sale the store normally has.

Let me know if you have purchased any of these two scented candles and what you thought of them. Or is there a scent I should be checking out as May rolls on?

Thank you for reading!

Happy Blogging! 🙂

 

Disclaimer: All products were purchased by me and with my own money. As always, the opinions stated are that of my own personal views and thoughts. All pictures were also taken by me. This post is not sponsored by any company.

Do you sheet mask??

Hey dolls! So do you sheet mask? If so which ones are your favorite? I am a sucker for facial sheet masks and well masks in general. I do have some gel, clay and peel off masks but those I will share in another post. Today is all about SHEET MASKSIf you have read any of my other posts you will know that I am big on skin care and trying out products that will hydrate, moisturize, nourish and revive my skin. Facial sheet masks do just that, while being gentle enough to use on a weekly basis. I usually use them 2 times a week for 10-20 minutes or depending on how dry or dehydrated my skin texture feels. Here are some of the ones I currently have at hand.

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The Sephora/Pink masks I repurchase regularly, they have several masks to choose from depending on what you are in need of. The cucumber mask by Forever21 is amazing as well, super refreshing and smells just like cucumber! The Creme, Freeman and Global Beauty care I have not yet tried but will soon! Let me just say, if you haven’t used facial sheet mask before I highly recommend them, they are like having your own little spa treatment at home!

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These are solely eye masks. The Yesto and Sephora are amazing. I haven’t tried the TonyMoly as of yet. After a night out these are great to use to help with puffiness and exhaustion. 

Over all Pros:

  • Easy to use.
  • Instant: hydration, nourishment,moisturizing, brightening, refreshing and smoothing
  • Anti-aging benefits.
  • 10-20minutes and Poof! healthy looking skin!
  • Personal spa treatment.
  • Easy to take when traveling.
  • Easy clean up!
  • Some are fun and creative (such as the Unicorn mask).
  • De-stress after a busy and tiring day.

Cons:

  • Pricy (Personally, I usually spend between $1-10.00/mask) So take advantage when they are on sale!!
  • They can become ADDICTING!! (haha, the things we do for healthy skin!)
  • Sheet mask are only a one time use.

So there you have it. Sheet masks/eye masks seriously give me life, especially on days when I feel like my face has been through a lot! I tend to purchase a few on most of my Ulta or Target runs. I also like to gift them to friends and families as little pick me ups when I know that are going through busy/hard times. They are also great for girls nights. Personally, they are a staple for me and have saved me from looking horrendous on days when I know I didn’t get enough sleep. If you don’t already use them, I do recommend you check them out. Let me know if you already use them and which are your favorites. 

Thank you for reading!

Happy Blogging! 🙂

 

Disclaimer: All products were purchased by me and with my own money. As always, the opinions stated are that of my own personal views and thoughts. All pictures were also taken by me.

The hard part is getting started.

Hey dolls, happy Sunday! Is it just me or does the weekend seem to pass us by ? It’s like you work all week and look forward to Saturday morning where you can simply  sleep in and enjoy some relaxation. Then, BOOM its Sunday and its back to prepping for the work week. Well I guess we have no other choice but to roll with it. So, today was a beautiful morning in the mid 50’s with clear skies and sun making it the perfect recipe for a run.  Just look at this beautiful trail..Trail

Fitness does it come easy?

Do you find yourself searching through instagram and getting motivated on meal prepping and working out and doing all things fitness related? BUT, then find it difficult and challenging to get stated? Well that is the story of my life. I find that getting started and sticking to a fitness routine is simply the hardest. This honestly is like the hundredth time I have began a workout regimen. I start off motivated and eager to live a healthier lifestyle and then fall off the wagon. Why is it so hard?! It’s a constant battle of choosing healthy over fast/convenient, the gym over Netflix/lounging, pop over water, sweets over fruits/veggies, fried over grilled, need over want, I mean the list can go on and on. The sad part is that many times we are fully aware that the bad choices we are making are not the healthiest. Personally, I know that going for seconds on a bowl of pasta is not healthy, that if I also had a salad or veggies I wouldn’t need the extra carbs from the pasta. Yet, I make pasta and have no veggies insight. This is an example, of the fact that it’s not that I don’t know how to eat healthy, I just choose not to eat healthy.

Need vs Want

Do I need that bag of chips at lunch? I’m pretty sure I don’t but I definitely want it. Need vs Want is asking yourself what food and fuel do you need to give your body so it can perform at its best. Do we simply eat certain foods because we need them? Or is it because we want them? This is yet another struggle for me, because I tend to consume many foods that I want but don’t need as they have absolutely no good fuel for my body. Do you find yourself eating several “want” foods vs “need” foods? Its a work a progress and constant battle.

Its all mental

Somethings I have to always ask myself are, “Am I willing to do what is healthy and right for myself?” “Do I have the will power to stick with it?” “Am I eating because I am hungry or bored?” It’s all mental I tell you!! We eat when we are happy, sad, stressed, mourning, depressed, anxious and emotional. All these factors among others play a role in the way we eat and when we eat. It’s working through the underlaying issues that we are facing. Personally, I at times find myself eating when I am bored. If I am not keeping myself busy I am munching on something and 9 out of 10 its not carrot nor apple. Its simply mind over matter. Choosing what is right/healthy from what we know is wrong or unhealthy.

So what am I going to do?

This morning’s run on that beautiful trail was freeing, relaxing, distressing and simply made me find that self worth within me. Lighting up that fire within that knows better then to allow myself to continue on a road of my body’s destruction. I once again am starting to fuel my body and not just feed my body. I know what I need to do and I have to do. I am a work in progress and thats ok. Today was like a wake-up call that I need to care for myself because no one else is responsible for my health and body but ME! Today’s run is (again) the beginning of a journey to health and self love. A journey that I have traveled in the past but for whatever reason have given up. Its never to late no matter how many times you have started and failed, we just have to keep on moving. I am going to do a little meal prepping and soul searching and move forward. Continue to motivate myself and establish a routine for working out. A routine that is logical and that will allow me to be successful!

This I know is not easy but it’s also not impossible. It’s a lifestyle and not a diet. It’s a learning process that will only get easier as time goes by. I know what to do and I am going to put that in action. Don’t get me wrong I love healthy foods but, I also love junk foods so I know that it will be a challenge but its not something that will beat my want to a healthier lifestyle. Todays run was reviving and I welcome it!

How do you live a healthy lifestyle? What do you do to keep yourself motivated and determined to workout and eat healthy? Feel free to share your thoughts and tips! As always these are my personal thoughts and experiences.

Happy Blogging!

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Skincare: Daily night routine

Hey dolls! Sharing my daily night routine. These are the products I use everyday and have been loving so far. My skin is very sensitive so I am always on the search for products that are gentle on the skin but effective in cleansing and moisturizing.
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So on that note lets get to it! The products are the OLAY Micropolishing Cleaning Infusion, Fresh Soy face cleaner, Fresh Rose face mask, Clinique Revitalizing moisturizer, it Confidence in cream and the Fresh Sugar lip polish. Now before I even begin to wash my face I put on one of those cute and fluffy headbands that help keep all the hair back.  Then, I wash my face with either the Olay cleanser or the Fresh cleanser. I have been enjoying using both of these products and use them interchangeably. I then move on to the Fresh mask and leave that on my face for 10-15 minutes. After, I wash my face, I pat it dry and use either the Clinique moisturizer or the it Confidence in a cream. These two moisturizers leave my skin feeling amazing so I rotate their use as well. Lastly, I give my lips some love and attention as well so I use the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish followed by some good old school Carmax in original. I have been following this skin routine for a bit over 2 months and have noticed my skin feeling softer, more hydrated and not as tired looking. I can totally see a difference as far as having a natural glow and healthy look. So I will continue with this routine until I come across another product that is just as good as what I am currently using. As I have said, I am always on the search for good facial skin products. So I am never content for too long of a time and honestly I think it’s important to try different products as time and seasons pass because your skin changes and the need for hydration and moisture also changes.

The 411 on the products!!

Olay Micropolishing Cleaning Infusion:

  • When I say this product is amazing I mean it!! This product has crushed ginger and citrus extract the help with hydrating and moisturizing the skin. It has a refreshing scent and conditions the skin as it washes all the impurities on your face. It is soft enough to use on a daily basis yet, strong and effective enough to give you a glowing and radiant healthy looking skin. This retails at about $10.

 Fresh Soy face cleaner:

  • This product is good for all skin types. Its a gel consistency and rich in amino acids and soy protein which help with your skins elasticity. It tones, soothes and softens your skin, leaving a  radiant and healthy end result. It’s literally so fresh you can smell the cucumber and feel the hydration entering your skin. I absolutely love this product. This retails at about $15.

Fresh Rose Face Mask:

  • This face mask guys is life! It is infused with actual rose petals which help with hydrating and toning the skin. Upon putting it on your face it gives a cooling and lightweight feel. Its so easy to apply, you just spread it all over your face and give it 10-15 minutes to work its magic! The end result of this product is a healthy glow with lots of hydration. The size I have is the mini size and it retails for about $25.

Clinique Turnaround overnight/Revitalizing Moisturizer:

  • If you have very dry to combination skin this product is the one for you! This cream  is said to work overnight delivering a energy infused skin the next morning. Its a total nighttime renewal as it nourishes and moisturizes your skin while you sleep. Its great for dullness and uneven textured skin. I still use this because with the cold days that are still amidst I need to make sure my skin is being taken care of. I have noticed a more firm and not so dry feel which is great! This product retails for about $40 for a 1.7 fl.oz. size.

It Confidence in a cream:

  • Anti-aging!!! have I said enough?! No, seriously as time passes well ladies so does the youthfulness of the skin. SO anti-aging is your best friend after your 20’s. Made with collagen, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to name a few are all effective in aiding the look of a healthy and youthful skin. This is great for all skin types, it rejuvenates, quick absorbing, non-irritating and reduces the look of large pores and fine lines. Its just AMAZING!! A full size retails at $48 or travel size for $16 if you want to try it out before investing.

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish:

  • This is a gentle brown sugar exfoliant the helps scrub away dead flaky skin from your lips. It conditions and hydrates and smoothes the texture of your lips while exfoliating. This product I use 2-3 times a week and have noticed much softer and smoother lips. I also use Carmax for added moisture after exfoliation. This retails at about $24.

Comments and follows are welcome!

Happy Blogging!

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Sunday’s are for impulse purchases.

Hey dolls! Happy Sunday. So in light of it being another beautiful day, I went for a walk and cup of coffee at our local coffee house. Which then turned into visiting one of the small retail shops close to my home and finding these beautiful jewelry cases. They are shaped into macarons, how adorable is that?! I love little dainty things like this so when I saw them I knew I had to purchase them. These will be perfect for storing small earrings or using as decoration on my counter.
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Let me tell you it’s sometimes the small things in life that put a smile on my face. These macaron jewelry cases did just that. On that note, enjoy the rest of your Sunday and as always Happy Blogging!

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Coffee with Liz…

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Happy Saturday bloggers! I figure why not have some coffee and blogging on this beautiful morning.  I hope your day is off to a great start. Here where I live we finally have a beautiful clear day. It’s still a bit cold but the sun is making its appearance. I was thinking that I should do a blog thats lets you know a little bit more about who I am. I am going to do a 10 Facts About Me. Please share some facts about you and if we have anything in common! Its nice to get to know people from the many different walks of life, lifestyle, cultures, likes and dislikes, and just everything thats makes you the unique individual that you are. This I am seeing is what makes blogging fun! You get to know others through the variety of things they like to do, life experiences, daily use of products and just general inspiration overall. Well without further ado here are my …..

!!10 FACTS ABOUT ME!!

  1. My name is Liz.
  2. I love candles.
  3. I love coffee.
  4. My favorite food is buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese. I can seriously eat chicken wings every day. 🙂
  5. I love the Fall season.
  6. I like makeup.
  7. I like trying out skincare products.
  8. I almost drowned when I was 15 years old on a family vacation.
  9. I have a fear of drowning.
  10. I binge over 2 things: reading books and Netflix.

Enjoy your Saturday

Happy blogging!

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