Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NYC High End Makeup Haul!

My friend Kendall and I try and make it to the NYC IMATS every year. This year tickets sold out before we could purchase them so we decided to have our own makeup day in the city! This trip included a lot of firsts for me... my first trip to Saks on Fifth Avenue, my first trip to Macy's at Herald Square (at least that I can remember), and then my first time getting my makeup done at a high end makeup counter!

These department stores were so cool inside! It was a makeup lovers heaven. Saks even had an orchestra and opera singer live while you shopped, what!? We ended up getting our makeup done at the Burberry counter and it was awesome! I truly felt pampered. Below are some of the pictures from the day and my haul of products, including the street art I bought for my hubby!

Do you guys have a favorite high end brand?


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mac - The Matte Lip

I am super excited to share this release with you guys! Mac is releasing new (and repromoting some old) matte lipsticks! Colors include lipstick versions of their super popular lip liners in Stone and Whirl (OMG)! All shades will be permanent which is so nice to see considering Mac is huge on limited edition collections. It takes at least some of the stress off of buying the colors you want. 

The collection will be released online on May 28th and in stores June 11th for North America. They will be available to International customers in August. 

Colors included in this release are:

Ruby Woo - vivid blue red
All Fired Up - bright fuchsia
Flat Out Fabulous - bright plum
Dangerous - orangey red
Runway Hit - light nude
Steady Going - light pink
Matte Royal - deep blue
Instigator - deep blackened plum
Antique Velvet - intense brown
Stone - muted grayish taupe brown
Studded Kiss - dark oxblood red
Persistence - peachy cinnamon
Velvet Teddy - deep-tone beige
Whirl - dirty rose
Naturally Transformed - muted golden beige
Kinda Sexy - neutral pinky rose
Please Me - muted rose tinted pink
Tropic Tonic - full power coral
Heroine - bright purple
Men Love Mystery - lavender violet
D for Danger - brick red
Pink Pigeon - bright cleanest pink

*all photos and collection information from

Monday, May 18, 2015

Favorite Drugstore Sunscreen Finds!


Neutrogena Pure and Free Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50 - This is a golden find! I love this sunscreen. It doesn't feel heavy or tacky and it totally sinks in! I have been using it on my face, neck, and chest for the past two weeks and have not had any problems with breakouts or sensitivity. It is a concentrate formula so you only need a small amount to cover your whole face. Holy grail material here!


L'Oreal Advanced Suncare Sheer Protect Sunscreen Oil Spray SPF 30 - I hate the feeling of a heavy sunscreen. That greasy film it leaves is not comfortable nor is it pretty. I've been on the hunt for a light feeling formula but also something that protects my fair skin. So far I've been really liking this spray oil from L'Oreal. It absorbs but leaves a glow in its wake. I don't feel any residue and it doesn't stain my clothing. It is scented so I hope one day they will release an unscented version but it is a light pleasant scent so it hasn't bothered me so far.

Both of these products can be found at your local drugstore. Drugstores usually have great sales on sunscreen around this time of year so keep your eyes pealed! 


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Lust List

Here are some things I've been eyeing this week!
Sigh... this gorgeous and outrageously expensive Coach bag

This choker from

Mac's Chromagraphic pencils!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Beauty From Within with Fountain Molecules

We all know or at least should know the saying, "you are what you eat". Fountain Beauty takes it to another level with their beauty molecules. Beauty molecules are liquid supplements that are for targeted ailments such as lackluster locks, a dull complexion, and even to perk up a frown.

I saw these in a couple different places and the packaging alone makes them intriguing. I love the graphic design here and the colors! For those of you that don't know, I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. I take an extra microscope to art and design when looking at different products. It's definitely part of my passion. Cosmetics and makeup artistry are a form of art and I love the fact that art is such a broad topic just like the beauty industry.

But I digress....

Hyaluronic acid is found in almost every single one of these elixirs. After spotting that I decided to look up the ingredient, here is what WebMD had to say, "There is also a lot of interest in using hyaluronic acid to prevent the effects of aging. In fact, hyaluronic acid has been promoted as a "fountain of youth." However, there is no evidence to support the claim that taking it by mouth or applying it to the skin can prevent changes associated with aging. Some people apply hyaluronic acid to the skin for healing wounds, burns, skin ulcers, and as a moisturizer."

I have not tried or tested any of these yet. But I just couldn't help sharing with you guys because they are an interesting idea for supplements and "the fountain of youth" theory of beauty. Has anyone tried these yet?

Fountain - The Beauty Molecule is a concentrated beauty supplement with
Resveratrol and Hyaluronic Acid to promote health, youth and longevity. 
Fountain - The Hyaluronic Molecule is a concentrated beauty supplement with
Hyaluronic Acid to keep your skin looking plump and happy from within. 
Fountain - The Super Green Molecule is a concentrated beauty and lifestyle
supplement of alfalfa chlorophyll, kelp and our Hyaluronic Acid matrix. 
Fountain - The Phyto-Collagen Molecule is a concentrated beauty supplement
with Hydrolysed Collagen, Wild Phytoplankton, L-Glutathione and our
Hyaluronic Acid matrix to supplement your own collagen and support new collagen
formation to keep you looking youthful from within.
Fountain - The Hair Molecule is a concentrated beauty supplement with our liquid
complex of Silicon, Biotin and our Hyaluronic Acid matrix to support your hair from
within to grow strong, healthy and full of shine and brilliance.
Fountain - The Geek Molecule is a concentrated beauty and lifestyle supplement
with Zinc and Gotu Kola to support cognitive function and mental stamina.
Fountain - The Happy Molecule is a concentrated beauty and lifestyle supplement
with a very happy GABA carrot complex and our Hyaluronic Acid matrix to
keep you happy and counteract the effects of chronic and short-term stress. 
Fountain - The Energy Molecule is a beauty and lifestyle supplement with 
a concentrated energy complex of Creatine, Vitamin B12 
and our Hyaluronic Acid matrix to provide sustainable lasting energy.

Fountain - The Glow Molecule is a concentrated form of a reactive type of
Glutathione that is completely stable with extraordinary bioavailability
and no sulphur after-taste. The high concentration of our reactive Glutathione
in pre-oxidized form brings out a bright, youthful-looking glow within a
week of use with continued improvements.
Fountain - The Beauty Extra Strength Molecule is a concentrated beauty supplement
with Resveratrol and Hyaluronic Acid to promote health, youth and longevity. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Beauty Bucket List

Allure's "50 Beauty Products to Buy Before You Die" is an inspiring list comprised of high end (some very high end) and basic beauty products you need to try before you "kick the bucket". Find the article here. I found this list to be pretty good but I have some of my own to add,

Younique's 3D Fiber Lash - The best mascara for the false lash look, period.

Eve Lom Cleanser - An at home spa treatment plus gentle cleanser.

Josie Maran Argan Oil - A Perfect Winter and Summer skin savior.

AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion - Hands down the best lotion for all skin ailments, including those pesky bumps on the back of your arms!

Coconut Oil - Unrefined, cold-pressed, organic coconut oil = world's best multitasker!

Bite Agave Lip Mask - Silky smooth lips in minutes with the delicious scent of vanilla. The first lip product I have tried that actually heals my lips.

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub - The perfect lipstick prep product made from natural sea salt and other good stuff that you can eat!

Essie Nail Polish in Marshmallow - Looking for the perfect natural white polish mani color? Look no further than Marshmallow.

Keratin Complex Repair Therapy Ionic Intense RX - A perfect way to extend your keratin treatment and keep your locks smooth as silk, even in the humid weather!

Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow - Love these in the Summer for a quick eye look that lasts!

Mac Lip Pencils in Stone and Whirl - Best pencils for bodacious lips!

Mac Lipsticks - They listed Russian Red but I think any shade in their lipstick range is amazing. I especially love the matte formulas. The Vanilla scent is iconic on its own.

Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. I know I could list probably 50 more on my own since this doesn't even include things I have on my own bucket list to try. What is on your beauty bucket list?