Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Birchbox | April 2017

I have been discovering some great products in my Birchbox lately. This month's favourite is the this works! deep sleep pillow spray. I am pretty sure last night was my final spritz from this sample. Now, maybe it's placebo, or just the ritual of spraying my pillow before laying down-or the 6:30 am yoga classes-but lately I have been falling asleep much faster with less tossing and turning. And even if it isn't so, the scent is quite lovely. I definitely think I will be purchasing a full size, though I am also considering making a DIY with some essential oils. A couple of other sample shout-outs- I love the Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner and had almost forgotten about it, so I am excited for the reminder and the little sample size. I am also looking forward to using the amika Bombshell Blowout Spray and No. 4 Texturizing Spray. I have tried many products from both brands and have enjoyed everything, so I doubt these will be an exception.

Any must-have discoveries from BB lately? 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nail Art | Amethyst Geode

I didn't know how this nail art would turn out when the thought came into my head. I just love a gemstone mani. I've done turquoise nails and marble nails in the past (and need to again, I can't believe how old those posts are!) I've shown how to get an amethyst mani quickly with Zoya Carter, and here is the nail art way. I think this would be a great idea for so many of your glitter polishes.

I used two coats of Zoya Finley for my sparkly purple base. Then, I just took a brush to paint around my nail in a rough outline shape to look like the gray outside of a geode. I used Zoya August for the gray and the black creme shade from Wet n Wild. I used black on the outside, a mix of gray & black for the middle, and the gray shade for the closest concentric ring. I did all different shapes on the nail. Some purple completely outlined, while other nails were left open. I think my favourite design was the first one I did on the ring finger. It was quick to do-no straight lines needed-and you can be as messy as you want.

Over the weekend, I had an amethyst latte which went perfectly with my mani!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

DIY Bath Bombs

It's been awhile since I've done a DIY. I have been itching to get crafty again. I love spending a weekend afternoon working on something fun. I decided to try out a beauty do it yourself for bath bombs. I love a trip to Lush but thought it would be fun to try to recreate that bath time experience. Costing a fraction of the price and able to be customized however you fancy.

I followed this video from Rachel Talbott. I love watching her DIY beauty videos and have tried a couple of her tips for at home pampering. After watching the video, I made an Amazon order and picked up the rest of the ingredients at my local drugstore. It was super easy, and now I am stocked up to make batches & batches of bath bombs. I used a 6 half circle mold which works out well since I usually end up breaking Lush bombs in half anyway!

Recipe for 6 Half-Sphere Bath Bombs:
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/2 cup Epsom Salt

3 tsp Almond Oil
1 tsp Water

From there you combine your wet ingredients to the dry slowly to reduce premature bubbling. To half of the mixture, to make three of the molds, I added 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for the energizing bombs, and for the other three, I added 2 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 drops peppermint essential oil for the aromatherapy bombs. I am going to pick up some clay, dried lavender, and dried eucalyptus to add, but it worked very well with just the essential oil. I accidentally doubled the wet ingredients, so as my bombs were drying they started to expand. I was worried they would lose all of their fizz, but they still activated when placed under the faucet. It also made them look like delicious scoops of ice cream! I am going to have to whip up another batch or two. 


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

FItness Update 2017

It's been awhile since I've posted about fitness. Of course, every year-month-day, I tell myself that I want to make changes in my lifestyle, but it never seems to stick. I basically kept to my favourite yoga class once a week and having a few of staple healthy meals in rotation. Recently though, I started to post again on my fitness Instagram, @evladyfit. The resurgence started with posting daily pics from the #stretchrevolution challenge from Blogilates.

Around the same time, my yoga studio started a yoga challenge, #30daysoftangerine. Today is day 10, and I've gone every day (so far)! Before signing up, I really didn't think I could do it-I even set my goal at 20 classes. Now, I'm not sure if I can stop! It's really helped my sleep schedule. I have to make sure to wake up early for 6:30 am classes before work! Plus, daily exercise gets my body tired, so I don't have that tired but wired feeling at the end of the day. My posture has improved, and just a couple of days ago, I was able to do my first full wheel! It also forces me to dedicate a solid hour of just me time, which is so important for promoting mindfulness, setting intentions, and reducing anxiety.

I think the key is to find what works for you and that you genuinely enjoy. I am a planner, so I love setting up my classes for the week. And with it set, I think of it more like a meeting, so I can't miss it! That's the structure piece, and I just love the content of the classes-how they make me feel in my mind and body-before, during, and after hitting the mat. I feel like you have to try different methods, studios, even instructors can change how much you enjoy a class before finding your thang. Maybe you find you are someone that likes to mix up your exercise methods. Every once in awhile, I have been bouldering at Preston's climbing gym and sometimes he comes with me to yoga. Gotta keep it fun & interesting!

You also can't be too hard on yourself. Things change. We will be out of town this weekend, so I won't get my "gold star" for the days (literally), but hey, I'll be back Monday to start again. Same goes for month(s) long and year(s) long breaks too. I feel like you pick up little habits, tips, and tricks with you every time you start something new. Like, maybe you didn't stick with that meal prepping, but you found an easy healthy snack or a dinner recipe you love. Or what I am predicting will happen after this challenge-I won't be doing everyday yoga, but I now know my body can wake up early, and I enjoy it, so maybe I'll start doing a morning class before work in addition to the weekend.

In some ways, the start of spring seems more like the time for resolutions than the new year. Are you trying to up your fitness game before summer?


Monday, March 27, 2017

Birchbox | March 2017

Happy Monday! Just a quick Birchbox unboxing. My March box took awhile to arrive due to a snow storm, but I was so excited to receive this little box of spring! Looking forward to testing out everything.

This month I received a couple of hair care products. I love Beauty Protector products and have yet to try the volume spray. It will be great for using with heat tools as its a thermal protector and with braids. Thanks to beauty boxes I have so many little bottles of dry shampoo. The name of this one from evo is pretty funny too-Water Killer. I have been doing hot yoga daily so dry shampoo is a must! I also got a couple of eye make-up products. During sample selection I picked the Arrow Eye Brightener. I think this will look great as eyeliner and a brow highlight. I also received a little shimmery eyeshadow sampler from Coastal Scents. Finally, there was the Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream. I have been loving a good face cream lately to rehydrate and firm my face in the morning.

What did you get in your Birchbox this month?


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Best Whole Foods Beauty Bag Yet

Happy Spring!! In name only here... At least that means the Whole Foods Beauty Bag is back! It is a great way to try a bunch of different natural beauty products. I love the 2015 and 2016 version, but 2017 has to be the best. I mean just look at how many products they included. I even convinced the sales associate checking me out to get one!

Piece & Co Organic Cotton Bag
Acure Pore Clarifying Red Clay Facial Mask
evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm
Weleda Soothing Facial Lotion
derma e Hydrating Night Cream 
Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner 
Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk  
Trilogy CoQ10 Booster Oil
Juice Beauty Green Apply Peel Sensitive
Whole Foods Market Dry Skin Hand Cream Peony, Mint, & Blackberry
Pacifica Devocean Lipstick in Tenderness
Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara

So while you are picking up some groceries or a green juice, make sure to grab one-or two!

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Internet Made Me Do It

I used to post wishlists all the time, but since trying to be more responsible, I have learned to avoid shopping. If you don't know exists, you can't know you need it, right? Well, recently there have been some cool new brands that have been getting my attention-thanks Facebook. I thought I'd share a few things I have dying to try and which ones I have.

Glossier-I can't resist their cool girl, no make-up make-up looks, and simple packaging. So many of their products have a cult following. I ordered Boy Brow and Milky Jelly Cleanser. I will be posting a review soon. Plus, when you order they send you stickers. Awesome.

Bellabeat- I have always wanted a fitness tracker, but spending the money for an ugly band just didn't seem worth it-would I even wear it? The Leaf design by Bellabeat is tempting me. They are gorgeous-I am digging the Urban Rose Gold & Grey. I am this close to pressing the order button-if anyone has one let me know your thoughts!

Thinx- The NYC subways are covered with ads for Thinx. With how uncomfortable, inconvenient, and expensive having a period is I thought, "What do I have to lose by trying these out?" And now I recommend them to everyone. Their ad campaign might not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you have a period, the product is, whether you use these solo or want a back up for another method.

Betabrand-At first, you see the Yoga Dress Pant Facebook ads and laugh a little. Then, you slowly start imagining yourself sitting at the office completely comfy while still looking presentable. At least that's the impression I had. I have to admit this winter, I have only been wearing jeans to the office, but when it gets a bit warmer and I feel a little more up to dressing up-but still being comfy-I am going to have to order a couple pairs.

What other start-up/internet brand has you intrigued? Have you tried any of these brands-leave your thoughts in the comments!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A new old favourite-Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

I haven't posted an official favourites video or post in awhile-bad beauty blogger! I wanted to share the eyeshadow palette I have been reaching for on just about a daily basis, and one I think everyone should own if you don't already. Comfort Zone by Wet n Wild. It's an 8 pan eyeshadow palette that costs less than $5. The four shades on the right are perfect neutrals, and the left features a few classics with a twist-lush mossy shades, a silvery white gold, and an amazing teal burgundy duochrome (dupe for Mac Club). The pigmentation and formula is comparable to more expensive brands like Urban Decay. Pick up a few of their singles too while you're in the aisle or some of the gel polishes.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Day Heart Mani-Again!

One of my favourite nail art looks I have ever done was this 2014 Valentine's Day heart mani. I figured it was about time to recreate it with a twist. This time I went bolder, instead of pastels, and went in a rainbow across the nails, rather than one colour per nail. I think the 2014 version is still my fav,-love the touch of glitter-but I am glad I repeated this look again. I promise these little hearts are easier than they look!

What are your V-Day plans?


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Snaps from San Fran

I went to California in early December for a work trip, and of course, I had to take advantage of the chance to explore San Fran with my partner-in-crime. After the work week was over, Preston met up with me, and we hit the pavement. It felt like a quick weekend, but we covered quite a bit of ground. And though these pics are now a couple of months old, I couldn't help but share them.

The Castro


Powell Street

The Mission


Inner Sunset

Golden Gate Bridge


Fishermans Warf

Birchbox | January 2017

 I have been loving my January Birchbox. Since my February box is out for delivery...I will just get right into it!

R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner
Juara Candlenut Body Creme
English Laundry Notting Hill Femme
Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant
Burt's Bees Lipstick Brimming Berry

I feel like I have been using more products to style my hair, so I am excited to try the R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner to reset my hair after all the build-up. The Juara Candlenut Body Creme is the perfect sized tube to throw in my bag for an easy and delicious smelling hand cream. The Burt's Bees Lipstick is in regular rotation. It's super simple to apply while giving a bold colour with the texture of a lip balm. The Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant is a dry powder that turns into a paste. It reminds me a lot of the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder. It makes your face feel super soft after using. I feel like I have so many perfume samples I need to use up, so I haven't gotten to the English Laundry scent yet.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Nail Art | Eye Mani

I've been seeing this mani all over Instagram, especially on Olive + June. Evil eyes, eye lashes-all variations, so I decided to give it a go. I just freehanded the shapes for the eyes using a brush, but you could use paper re-enforcer stickers like in a half moon mani to get much crisper lines. Follow-up with a dotting tool in blue and black to make the iris and pupil. Feel free to add some lashes.

This mani may be a bit creepy for some people-perhaps with a crazier colour scheme these could be fun Halloween nails.

Would you wear an evil eye mani?


Friday, January 13, 2017

Where Have I Been...

Hello! Long time, no post! It has been a crazy past few months. I don't really even know where to begin...just a lot of work and traveling. I think I was in my apartment for 5 days total in December! I am hoping now I can give my attention back to this little blog. I think I'll start with a few travel pictures to catch you up on my adventures and maybe a Birchbox unboxing to ease myself back in the beauty blogger routine. I hope you've had an amazing start to 2017!


Sunday, November 20, 2016

drybar Review Round Up

So, I am a bit obsessed with drybar. From my first trip to the repeat visits with my bestie, it's a blast to relax a bit and have amazing hair. Of course, I had to throw in a new product or two with each visit. Or trip to Sephora. It's my new go to brand for all things hair. The packaging, the scent, the texture is all perfect. I thought I'd share the products I've tried and link to any full-fledged reviews.

Sake Bomb Shampoo & Conditioner are repeat purchases for me. They are my favourite hydrating shampoo and conditioner combo. I might have to try the other drybar shampoos/conditioners to branch out a bit.

I used the Blonde Ale Brightening Cream during my time with a blonde ombre. Looking at the pictures, I kind of want to go back...

I think of The Chaser as a leave-in/styling cream hybrid. You can use it on dry hair, but I tend to use it on slightly damp hair. It keeps your hair smooth and sealed for any style.

For the full-on leave-in conditioner experience, Mr. Incredible is the product for you. It's a rich conditioner that sprays on quite finely and evenly for its thick texture.

When I don't feel like doing much to my hair, I reach for the Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray. I naturally have waves to my hair, so this just makes my messy bed hair look a bit more intentional. I love that it doesn't leave my hair crunchy or dry feeling like other sea salt sprays can.

Sparkling Soda Shine Mist is a spray-on shine serum that never leaves your hair looking greasy. The perfect finishing touch.

I have used both Triple Sec and Detox as dry shampoos. Triple Sec is more of a hybrid style refresher, dry shampoo and Detox is a heavy duty oil & shine destroyer. I would recommend either if you are looking for a new dry shampoo.

I want to try some more of their tools-I love my little Lemon Drop brush. I also want to pick up some more of their heat protecting products.

Let me know if you have any drybar recs in the comments!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fall Camping

In early October, we did another long weekend camping in the Catskills. I know I am a bit late sharing these pics, but I wanted to still post them to have all these memories in one place. Check out my summer camping trip here.  The changing leaves started much earlier in the hills of the Catskills than in the city. It was also so much colder-which I was not prepared for at all.

We had some lovely autumnal walks and kept the fire going constantly. We played board games, drank pumpkin ale, and cooked up a ton of food. We love taking our breaks from the city and exploring more of upstate NY.


Luckily, we still have a couple more weeks (hopefully!) of fall in the city before winter comes. Trying to soak it all in as it's my favourite season.