Friday, January 30, 2015

PopSugar Must Have | January 2015

I have been loving the PopSugar boxes lately. I think it's because I have been waiting for spoilers, so there isn't a way to be disappointed-I didn't order this one until I saw the whole reveal. I love everything and think it's a good mix of products.

Box Breakdown
Jack & Lucy Pom Pom Hat
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
KeepCup Brew 12-Ounce Reusable Coffee Cup
Manduka eQua Hand Towel
ToGoSpa Eyes
Skin Jewel Tattoos
General Mills Nature Valley Protein Granola

The flash tats will have to wait 'til summer, but everything else is perfect for winter. I have already been wearing the Jack & Lucy hat. I fold it up to not be so slouchy. I have tried samples of the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream and really liked it, so I am excited to have this giant jar. The Manduka eQua Hand Towel will come in handy during workouts. It feels very soft and water-repellant. I can always use another coffee cup, and I love the short stature of the KeepCup. The ToGoSpa Eye thingy-mabobs look neat too. Can't go wrong with granola either. Overall, this box is a win-win-win-win....

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What did you think of this month's PopSugar box?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

before & after | Brows

Filling in my brows is a recent addition to my make-up routine, but I am digging it. I already have pretty dark brows to begin with, especially for my red hair, and with the full fringe, they are concealed most of the time, so it took me awhile to feel like I needed to. However, it is true what they say, they frame your face.

Some days I definitely over do it, and I am still getting the trick of it. But I do like the big, bold look for the colder weather. My bangs can get jammed up in a hat, so it's good to have some extra definition. I use the Anastasia Brow Whiz in Soft Brown to come through and fill in, followed by the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel to keep them in place.

How do you define your brows?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lush Valentine's Day 2015

I can't resist a Lush holiday collection (Christmas, Easter, etc.) I feel like most of the time I miss out, so this year I went super early. There were quite a few things I wanted, but I decided to limit myself to just a few bathtime treats.

The Kiss Lip Scrub
This is the only thing I have tried so far. I needed a new lip scrub, especially with this dry winter season. I have never tried a Lush lip scrub before and decided to go with the V-day version. The Kiss smells like cotton candy. It's very soft and gentle, while being an effective exfoliator. Instructions say to lick it off, but that kinda weirds me out, and I hate the taste. It tastes more like bubblegum which I am not a fan of. There is a ton in here as a little goes a long way, but it does expire quickly so I hope I can do the jar justice.

Heart Throb Bubbleroon
This was at the top of my list. I love the heart shape and the gold glitter, perfect for v-day. The scent is a good balance of vanilla and florals.

Rose Queen Bath Bomb
This one isn't a Valentine's Day specific product, but it is definitely appropriate. It's a true roses scent and is supposed to leave petals in the bath. I heard it's messy, but it sounds like a fun V-day themed bath.

I was also wanting Unicorn Horn- it's so pretty & pastel-but my Lush store was out of it the last few times I went in. I got Love Locket last year as a Valentine's gift from Preston. I loved the scent of that one and you can break it up into so many pieces for a ton of uses-especially if you have a tiny NYC tub like me.

Have you been to Lush lately?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day | Juno

Our first official snow day of the season. Juno (see Hercules here) wasn't as terrifying in NYC as it was expected it to be, which worked out for me as I had a SNOW DAY. It was fun to sleep in a bit with a cup of coffee (I even did the cliche knee-high & mug in bed shot...) and have an afternoon in the park. It seems every parent & child in Park Slope also came to that conclusion as the hills were covered in tiny sledders & happy pups.

Prospect Park is my favourite place to be no matter the season. 
Fall is the best, but the snow makes for quite the winter wonderland.

I am quite proud of my squirrel photo...

I am surprised (but happy) they kept the water turned on. Yes, they can turn off the waterfalls. 

Our snowy evenings have been filled with Friends. This is our best Chandler impression (The One with the Engagement Picture)-we needed more teeth.  And of course, we took the drone out though the cold weather wasn't conducive to long flights.

macro shots...

Just barely frozen ponds.

Litchfield Villa

Rows & rows of houses.

Though the weather wasn't too crazy, I am glad NYC was prepared for the possibility.
Hope everyone on the Northeast coast is safe & warm!

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Wet n Wild | Lashes, Lippies, & Liners

Wet n Wild is a brand that I have been obsessed with for the past couple of years, but before hadn't tried anything. It's very unassuming. It's cheap (& honestly- looks a bit cheap...), but I am so impressed with the quality and glad that the beauty blogging world exposed me to it or I probably would have continued to ignore the end-cap. It seems that new products for WnW are mainly limited edition shades or when they did the Fergie line, so I was pretty excited to hear about a lot of new products for 2015. I decided to pick up a few things and have been testing them out.

I have been looked for a nude liner to line the waterline within the cruelty-free, drugstore market and the Kohl Crayon Calling your Buff is perfect. It doesn't tug to apply, but it also doesn't leave gobs of product like super soft pencils can. The colour is perfect for canceling redness without being obvious. I have tried quite a few WnW mascaras and all have been okay- but not great. This one, Max Volume Mascara Plus, however, is pretty good. It reminds me a lot of the Physician Formula mascaras, but it's only $5. I definitely disagree with the 'max volume' claim, but it gets an 'A' in lengthening and separating. I am not even much of a fan of rubber bristles, so if you are, you might want to give it a try. We are all aware of my WnW lipstick obsession, basically a whole drawer in my Muji storage is dedicated to them, so I had to try a new one. The packaging is slightly different, still a clear top and black plastic bottom-but now it has to click to shut, which I find annoying, but I guess it keeps the top on. I picked up 537A Blind Date. I love these shades of lipsticks and probably have many similar ones. It's kind of like the colour of Urban Nights (another WnW lipstick), but instead of the matte finish it's more glossy while still opaque.

Have you picked up any of the new WnW releases? I have seen a lot of cool things online that I am hoping to find-like the Fergie eyeshadow palettes and the velvet matte lip pencils.