Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Volcanic Viixen



ADVICE FROM A VOLCANO:

  • Stay active. 
  • Keep your inner fires burning. 
  • It's okay to let off steam. 
  • Go with the flow. 
  • Be uplifting. 
  • It's all a matter of time. 
  • Have a blast!


PRODUCTS:
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadows in Lumi, Mochi, Hug Life, Hi-Viz, Supercharged, Asylum, Butter Cupcake, Love+, Subterranean, Soots and Stars, and Bulletproof.
  • BH Cosmetics Glitter in Deep Red and Gold 
  • Sugarpill Lashes in Sinnocent and Whisper Individual Lashes in Red 
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Blonde
I created this look on a whim after I came across this gorgeous photograph on tumblr of a volcano. I don't know the original source, so if you do, please let me know so I can leave proper credit. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this makeup look and take care!

XO, 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jord Wood Watch Review

"Time is precious, waste it wisely." 
It has been said that time is eternal, that time can heal all wounds and that it has no beginning and no end. Time gives us a meaning to the past, present and future. Time moves; yesterday was not the same as today and today will not be tomorrow. Every creation is built with time, from a flower blooming, to growing up, to the creation of the universe itself. Time is always there. It can be quite difficult to wrap our minds around the concept of time but it is all around us and flies by in an instant. Depending on our mindset, time can drag on and on, and at other times, it's gone in a flash. It's all how you perceive it.

I have always found the concept of time to be incredibly interesting and powerful. Along with that comes the fascination of clocks and watches. They are timeless (pun unintended), classic, beautiful and intricate pieces of art that help us function day in and day out.

When I was contacted by Jord Watches (pronounced "yord" and translates to earth, soil and land in Swedish) I was so intrigued. Not only are their watches gorgeous but the fact that they are hand-crafted in the US out of WOOD was amazing to me and totally unique. They are definitely a statement piece that are bound to attract loads of compliments. I love the fact that they are hand-made with love and care from sustainable natural wood. Nature is beauty in my eyes and each watch is completely different from each other in the sense that not one piece of wood are the same. They have varying textures, colors and grain which makes each Jord watch unique. They combine modern design and natural elements to create something that is truly one of a kind.

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Jord offers a variety of women's and men's watches made from bamboo, maple, sandalwood, blackwood, cherry, zebrawood, koa, purple heart, ebony and rosewood.

After much debate, I picked the Cora Series Women's Watch in Koa and Rose Gold. I loved the warm tones of the Koa wood and I am a sucker for rose gold. I also felt that the colors of this watch worked well as a neutral so it can go well with most outfits.

ABOUT THE WATCH
Cora is Jord's first automatic women's time piece. It is adorned with swarovski crystal markers that lie on a lovely rose gold face. The round aperture allows you to peek in and marvel at the intricate beauty and complication of the automatic movement. Cora's sophistication and elegance is balanced with the natural beauty and complexity of koa wood. They create a juxtaposition that work so well together and is one of the things I love the most about this watch. Also, please keep in mind that Jord watches are considered to be splash proof but due to the nature of natural wood, it is not recommended to completely submerge your time piece in water since it can damage and morph the wood.

The watch came neatly packaged in a matching wooden box which is great because you can use the box to store the watch itself, or to store other knick knacks and trinkets. The watch is presented wrapped around a cute little pillow and it comes with instructions, a cloth to wipe your watch and a limited warranty card. Upon ordering your watch, you measure your wrist using the provided ruler template on their website so you get the perfect fit. You are also provided with extra link(s) just in case your watch doesn't fit exactly how you want it.
Wearing this watch is extremely comfortable and light weight compared to traditional watches like metal/leather. The wood isn't treated with anything which is great and the back of the watch is made of stainless steel. One of my favorite features about the Cora watch is the fact that you can see what's going on inside which I find SO fascinating. Seeing all the mechanisms work in their complex ways is so cool in my opinion. Also, this watch is an automatic watch which means that it runs on no batteries, just your natural movement and energy! It also features a deployment buckle with a push button which makes it easy to put on your wrist with a single hand and easy to remove.
I am so in love with this watch and I wear it as often as I can. I have gotten so many compliments already. It's definitely becoming one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe.

If you are in the market for a new watch, then definitely check out Jord watches. As you can see, they are absolutely gorgeous and uniquely beautiful. There's a style for everyone and their watches start at $120 USD and they ship worldwide. Take care!

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XO,

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review - Soap & Glory

When I was first contacted by the fine people over at Soap & Glory, I did a little happy dance because I have always wanted to try out their products. I remember seeing their stuff years ago at my local Target and before I had the chance to try out anything, they were taken off the shelves and were being sold at Sephora. Their products became a little too expensive for my budget, so when I was informed recently that they will be moving away from Sephora and start selling over at beauty.com, skinstore.com and drugstore.com and lowering their prices, I did another happy dance and so did my wallet! This is great news because now more people will be able to try Soap & Glory with their more accessible and affordable products. 



I was sent a few of goodies to try out for you all, and here are my thoughts after using them all for over a month.

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I am almost 30 years old. I have tried lots and lots of body lotions, creams, oils and butters. Some have been terrible and some have been pretty darned good. I have heard great things of this popular body butter, but my expectations weren't high. "What makes this so great?" I would ask myself. The moment I twisted the lid and got a whiff of the glorious scent, I was taken aback. It smells heavenly. It has a clean, slightly rose-y scent, and I usually cannot stand rose scented products, but this one is different in the sense that it's probably made with magic. I suffer from really dry hands as I wash my hands and sanitze a lot more than I should and this is the only product that I have tried lately that really nourishes and moisturizes my desert hands. It's formulated with shea butter and aloe vera which are so soothing. I feel like silk sheets after using this. Best of all, a little goes a long a way so you really get the most of this! I am so in love with this product and I will buy it in the future over and over again! I highly recommend it!



The Flake Away body scrub has the same wondrous smell as the Righteous Butter and it exfoliates my skin effectively and gently. It contains shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar which is the perfect combo to combat dry flaky skin. After using this scrub, I apply the Righteous Butter and my skin as smooth as velvet. I use this every other day and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.




Upon reading the product description for the Pillow Plump gloss, I was a bit nervous. I am quite happy with the state of my natural lips so the thought of plumping them up gave me visions of the Kylie Jenner lip challenge (please don't do it, by the way. People have gotten hurt). After I stopped being dramatic, I applied a thin layer of the product and after about a minute or so, my lips were buzzing and tingling pretty intensely! It felt like static. No, it felt like a million ants crawling all over my lips. It isn't painful, but it's not exactly pleasant either. After about five minutes, I looked in the mirror and didn't see too much of a difference but after comparing the before and after shots, I can see a noticeable difference, especially on my bottom lip! It appears fuller, plumper and super glossy. The product itself feels buttery, non-sticky and although the gloss is a nude pink, it applies pretty sheer on the lips.

Here's how it works: 
"Ultrashiny, smoothing, and hydrating, Sexy Mother Pucker™ Pillow Plump™ XXL lip plumping gloss features LIPSWELL™ natural flower oil infusion and glassy-shine technology. The extreme volume moisture gloss formula has also been injected with 3XL-PEPTIDE PLUMP™ complex, the components of which have been shown in in-vitro tests to help increase levels of hyaluronic acid, support fat cells, and give an ‘autoplump’ built-in cushioning effect. Lips are left lustrous, moisturized, and looking perfectly plumped!
WARNING: As your lips boost, it's likely you'll feel a bit of a buzz (and create one). TINGLE level = HIGH! Not for the meek of mouth."


This isn't something I see myself using very often, but it is an interesting product and something to look into if you want bigger and plumper looking lips. 





This gloss stick is like the beginner version of the Pillow Plump! It contains collagen-boosting pre-peptides which visually plumps the lips without the tingle. The Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick also claims that it stays put due to their exclusive Ultimelt Shine and Shaping Technology and their Gloss-Fix Finish keeps color exactly where you want it. What I really like about the gloss stick is that fact that it's, well, in stick form. It feels creamy rather than glossy and it is not sticky which is always a good thing in my book when it comes to glosses. I'm a matte lippie kind of gal, but on those days where I want to wear something more natural and easy, then I reach for this. It's super moisturizing and whilst I don't feel like it's totally budge-proof. it's still a lovely product that provides a nice wash of color and moisture.


The Gloss Stick applies a little more opaque than the Pillow Plump and is more of a warm toned deep nude color with the tiniest amount of sparkle whilst Pillow Plump is more on the pink side has more shimmer. It also applies sheerer and is glossier. 




This firming and smoothing serum claims to firm the lower body in as little as 14 days (based on an independent user trial of 54 people). It contains a unique mix of ingredients like Soap and Glory's new PINKPEPPERSLIM-LIPO-FB, PRESSOCAPSULAR FIRM-PLUS, D.TOXYBOOST, PUFFDRAIN 82 and FIRMIGEN CAFFEINE COMPLEX. It also features their CIRCU-360™ triball massage applicator which reminds me of those cute, three eyed aliens from Toy Story!

This product is supposed to be applied twice a day and massaged onto the skin and it's recommended to let the product absorb for about 2-3 minutes before getting dressed. Upon application, you soon start to feel a warm, tingling sensation and as you sit, the slow release caffeine spheres start to fully optimize. The serum has a pink hue and applies clear. It has a slight perfume-y/medicated smell that is a bit strong but subsides after it's been absorbed. 

Unfortunately, I did not notice a difference in my skin after using this for a month. I used it on my hips and thighs and while the roller balls felt nice and gave a little massage, it just didn't do much for me. What it did do though was make my skin feel smooth after applying, but don't expect lipo-like results from this product.

Overall, I am highly impressed with most of the Soap & Glory products that I got to try out and I can definitely see myself purchasing more in the future! Have you tried Soap & Glory before? If so, let me know in the comments what your favorite products are! 

Check out Soap & Glory at:


XO,



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer Outfit Ideas Featuring Anjolee - The Art of Jewelry

Summer is finally here! With warm weather comes lots of opportunities for fun and if you're like me, you want to have an outfit that looks just as awesome as you feel while you're out having a good time. I don't really have a distinct style and I don't follow any particular trends. I like to take inspiration from all sorts of fashion from bohemian, whimsical, rocker, feminine to classic and comfy. I'm a melting pot of fashion styles. I also get inspiration from nature, music, art and even what my mood is like. 

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I teamed up with Anjolee, a fine diamond jewelry business based in San Diego, CA to create three fun summer look ideas and how I would pair them with their jewelry. I tried to make each style different from each other to show that there are many ways to style their jewelry. 

Anjolee is unlike other jewelry retailers I have seen. It's unique and so innovative! They allow you to customize your jewelry, whether you're looking for eternity rings, necklaces, bracelets, whatever you're looking for, you can customize it. Customers are allowed to customize metals (white gold, yellow gold, platinum) gold grades (white and yellow gold, 10k, 14k, and 18k), diamond colors (FG and HI), diamond clarity (I1, SI1-2, and VS1), carat weight and length. They also have gemstone options if diamonds aren't you're thing. If you're interested in seeing their gorgeous jewelry in action, then check out their YouTube page! Depending on what you order and how to customize it, their jewelry items can range from affordable to lavish prices. In other words, they have something for everyone.

I chose three of my favorite pieces from their website and created some inspiration collages on how I would incorporate the jewelry with an outfit.

Outfit No. 1 - Mint to Be:
Dress: Free People // Nail Polish: Essie // Earrings: Anjolee // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Clutch: Stella & Dot

Outfit No. 2 - You Are My Sunshine:
Dress: Karen Millen // Nail Polish: Essie // Bracelet: Anjolee // Sunglasses: LuLu's // Belt: Paul Smith // Shoes: Romwe

Outfit No. 3 - Art Deco
Dress: Free People // Hat: Catarzi // Sunglasses: ZeroUV // Clutch: Whiting & Davis // Necklace: Anjolee // Nail Polish: Essie // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

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 Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post! Which look is your favorite and what's your favorite type of jewelry? I personally love the Art Deco look and necklaces are my go-to piece of jewelry. I hope you're all having a great summer (or winter for those of you in the southern hemisphere) so far! Take care!

XO,


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: Cover Girl The Super Sizer by Lash Blast Mascara & Cover Girl Intensify Me! Liquid Liner

The fine folks over at Cover Girl sent me two of their newest products to try out, The Super Sizer by Lash Blast Mascara and Intensify Me! Liquid Liner. Cover Girl is a drugstore brand that I have been using since I was a young teen and continue to use until this day because of their consistent, high quality and affordable products. I always get excited when they launch new products, and since I have had a few weeks to try these out, I thought I'd review them for you guys.


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The Super Sizer by Lashblast Mascara has a unique brush which is more of a lash styler, that is meant to be twirled when you apply it. This helps you build length, volume and also helps sculpt your lashes. The Lash Styler claims to transform even small lashes. The description makes some pretty bold claims so I definitely wanted to put it to the test to see if any of it is true. I was pleasantly surprised! My natural lashes are pretty normal in length and are naturally curled and this mascara helped bring out the curl while adding volume and length. When I apply this mascara, I like to use the shorter bristles of the brush and apply it directly to my roots to deposit a good amount of mascara. Then I wiggle my way up and I use the longer bristles to distribute the product, sculpt and also fan out my lashes. You can get away with a single coat, but I like to wear two coats for a more dramatic effect. Since the design of the Lash Styler is sort of comb-like, it helps to keep your lashes from clumping together. I've worn this many times and have worn it for many hours without it wearing off and it's totally flake-free. The formula isn't too wet or too dry. The hypoallergenic formula removes easily, even with makeup wipes.


I was instantly intrigued by this liner because of the applicator. It isn't a brush and it isn't a marker tip. It's shaped like a paddle which is unlike any other eyeliner I have yet to try. The shape allows you to easily create thin or thick lines. I had a little bit of trouble the first few times while using this because I'm used to the traditional brush-tip liquid liner, but after a few tries, I got it. The two main problems I have with this liner is that I wish the tip were a little bit more flexible so it can flow with the natural contours of my eyes better (it's a bit stiff) and I wish more product was deposited while applying. I had to bend the applicator a bit to force some of the product to come out. Other than that, I really like how easy and effortless this liner is to get really close to the lash line, especially if you want a more natural look. I feel like the design of this liner would be great for someone who is a beginner with liquid liner because it gives you a lot of control. The formula dries fast and matte and is smudge-proof. For me, it stays put for most of the day but starts to fade towards the end of the day, especially in the inner and outer corners of my eyes. It removes easily as well.

Wearing both The Super Sizer by Lash Blast Mascara and Intensify Me! Liquid Liner.

Overall, I think both of the products are great and worth a try! I especially love the mascara and I will definitely be purchasing it in the future. The liner is not really for me, but like I mentioned before, I feel like it would be great for someone who has trouble with liquid liner.
I hope you found this review helpful! Take care!

XO,