Monday, March 24, 2014

BH Cosmetics Mini Haul

Hello! Hope you're all well and had a wonderful weekend! I celebrated my birthday on Saturday by going up to New York City with my boyfriend and parents for a delicious dinner and the wonderful new hilarious musical that is Aladdin. If you have the opportunity to see it, SEE IT! It is different from the movie but the same and you will cry laughing. It's great!

I also got a promotion at work last week so I treated myself to some new makeup that I'd been eyeing up from BH Cosmetics. Let's check it out!



This was a little extra thing at checkout that since I spent a certain amount of money I could get a blush duo for I think $2.99? This one is in Daisy. The blush on the left seems more of a highlight shade as it is incredibly shimmery but really beautiful. The blush on the right is a matte rosey pink. This is my first experience with BH Cosmetics' blush but I'm only expecting good things!




I've been in such a minimalistic mood with my makeup as of late and this palette really called to me. Plus you get a lot of product for only $13! If you're into something more dramatic, they do have a Forever Glam palette as well. I'm excited to play with this one! I have a wedding that I'm doing makeup for and attending in a couple weeks and I'm definitely seeing this in my train case!

The packaging is a nice, heavy-duty plastic but is light and compact. The whole palette is about the size of my hand so it won't take up too much room if you're traveling or just need it for after work or school touch-ups. 

The eyeshadows are really pretty colors and are perfect for any occasion. The top left is a shimmery dusty lavender/pink; the color under that is a matte rose; under that is a shimmery warm brown with some bronze notes; the top right color is more cool-toned brown with golden shimmer; under that is a shimmery light champagne; and the last color is a matte plummy brown. 

The middle rectangle is said to be a highlight but it looks to be matte. Each shade of the blush duo has some shimmer to them. The one on the left is mauve with a warm brown undertone that could probably be used as a bronzer on us fair-skinned ladies, and the blush on the right is a light pink that looks like it will be beautifully glowy on the skin. Lastly there are two lip colors: the one on the left is a light nude shade that looks like it will have a glossy finish, while the shade on the right is a pretty berry shade that looks like it might have a shimmery finish. 




And lastly I got this adorable brush set. I've been eyeing up their deluxe fan brush for a while but it always seems to be sold out, so when I saw it in this set I couldn't resist! Plus it was under $15 when I bought it so can't complain about that either! All of the brushes are synthetic, cruelty free, and SO soft! I couldn't stop running my fingers through when I first got this in the mail. The tips of the brushes are actually light pink (hard to tell in the photos) and come with a cute matching canister to hold them all in. It also has a snap-on lid that is great for travel!

And that's everything! I definitely intend to do a review on the Forever Nude palette so keep an eye out for that!

Also, Macaroni wins today too since she loves to play and lay in all the packaging!


xokatie


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Birchbox March 2014

Happy Tuesday! I'm here with my March Birchbox! Let's take a look!



COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face
WHAT: Organic tinted moisturizer with lasting sun protection that evens tone and masks flaws. 
HOW: Smooth a thin layer onto clean skin. 


Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum
WHAT: All-natural radiance-booster full of leaving antioxidants to treat early signs of aging. 
HOW: Morning and night, apply a dime-sized amount to clean face and neck with fingertips. 


Gilchrist & Soames London Collection Body Lotion
WHAT: This fast-absorbing hydrator leaves skin silky-smooth with a light, earthy scent. 
HOW: Massage generously into skin, focusing on trouble zones like flaky elbows and knees. 


Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream
WHAT: You snooze, you win. This overnight hydrator restores and firms skin with antioxidants. 
HOW: Before bed, warm between fingertips and press onto face and neck, avoiding eye area. 


Obliphica Hair Serum
WHAT: Lightweight frizz-tamer that repairs and protects hair with omega-rich sea buckthorn berry. 
HOW: Work a dime-sized amount through damp hair and style as usual. 


A treat from Ghiradelli
Take a timeout to embrace Ghiradelli's Cherry Tango Square. After you try the unique blend of deep dark chocolate, tangy cherry and satisfying almond crunch, we dare you not to do a little happy dance. 

I feel like this is stress relief in a box for me and I am so happy. I will absolutely be chewing down on that chocolate in three... two... one...

xoKatie







Monday, March 17, 2014

March 2014 ipsy Bag

Hi there! Hope you're having a great day and a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!

I received my March ipsy bag over the weekend and I'm really excited about everything in it!! Let's take a look!


I am IN. LOVE. with this bag! It's by a San Fransisco native named Klari Reis and ipsy is going to be featuring different artists every month now. I'm excited to see what else they roll out with!



This is Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter. It smells quite yummy and summery and lord knows I'm ready for summer! It says this is a "warm blend of sultry fresh coconut and delicate creamy vanilla. Exotic and ambrosial."


This is a bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Get Ready. It says it "delivers fuller-looking lips that just won't quit. Luxiouriously rich, super saturated color - with moisture-loaded mineral complex - smooths on like butter for a lusciously full, pillowy pout, available in lipsticks, lipglosses, and lipliners." 


This is Nicole by O.P.I. Roughles in On What Grounds? This is a texturized polish that you don't use a topcoat with. I've never tried these so I'm intrigued, plus I love the color!


And lastly, this is a Be A Bombshell quad in Bora Bora. The colors are Starlet (brown), Bora Bora (teal), Rock Bottom (copper) and Risky Business (gold). I absolutely love the colors in this and this brand is my favorite discovery from ipsy. Every product I get I'm in love with so I can't wait to play with this. 

And that's everything! I have a busy week ahead of me but I hope to be back in a couple days!

xoKatie

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Girl About Town : Philadelphia Flower Show

Hello! This past Wednesday my mom and I went to the annual flower show in Philadelphia put on by the Philadelphia Horticulture Association. As always, it was beautiful! I snapped some pictures that I was able to send to my iPad (technology!) and I am now in love with the Afterlight app for my photo editing. :)
































That is truly the best cure for the winter blues! Hope you're all having a great Saturday! I'm sorry for my absense. Work has been on the crazy side and I've been working a lot of overtime so by the time I get home I'm just ready for bed! Luckily it's only for another month or so so things will be back on track soon! Plus now that I know about this fancy syncing my camera to my iPad I feel a lot more motivated!

xoKatie