Monday, September 1, 2014

August Favorites

It's that time of the month again... August Favorites time! Because I've been really interested in making YouTube videos, I decided that I would make a video of my favorites instead of writing it out. This month was a great one filled with all kinds of beauty products and other bits as well. I hope you'll check out the video and subscribe to my channel if you haven't already!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

5 Things

1. Always shopping

2. In love with this skirt

3. Scout

4. The best Japanese food

5. Sneak peek at August Favorites

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Blush That Lasts All Day

For the longest time I've stuck to strictly powder makeup products. I have extremely oily skin so a liquid bronzer or blush would have the tendency to slip and slide all over my face. However, the tides have changed recently and I've been using a *gasp* creamy cheek stain. The Tarte Cheek Stain in Natural Beauty has been my go to blusher as of late. The sheer berry rose shade imparts the perfect amount of color in one sweep but can be built up to a full coverage blush (as shown above). The product is housed in a plastic applicator, which makes application a breeze. I usually apply my foundation and concealer to my face and then sweep the blush on the apples of my cheeks before blending out with a Real Techniques Contour Brush. The blush adds a subtle glow to my face and looks like I've been out in the cold. The natural texture and finish makes this the perfect blush throughout the year.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Body Shop 'Back to School Essentials'

Hi, my name is Noelle and I'm addicted to The Body Shop... I've never enjoyed a brand as much as The Body Shop. The natural, fair trade brand is stocked up with beautiful skincare and bodycare and luscious makeup for girls on a budget. I've used multiple makeup removers and cleansers from TBS, eyeshadows, bronzers, lipsticks, body scrubs, etc and I've loved each and every product. I don't know how they do it, but The Body Shop creates fantastic, ethical products that don't break the bank.

I picked up this 'Back To School Essentials' kit a few weeks ago and I've been incorporating the products in my daily regime. The Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash is hands down my favorite item of the bunch. It has a cooling mint feeling on the skin that clears the pores and removes any gunk from under my skin. Because it's targeted at blemished skin, I use this around every 2-3 days in order to deep clean my pores without stripping the surface of any moisture. The Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover is another fantastic skin product. It's a cream based makeup remover that quickly and easily takes off my mascara and eyeshadow without leaving any makeup behind. The brand's Lip Gloss is a great dupe for the LancĂ´me Juicy Tubes without any stickiness. The color and flavor of the gloss is gorgeous and leaves my lips looking plump and pretty. Last but not least is the Kohl Kajal in Black. Although I'm not a huge mascara fan, I've really enjoyed using this one. It's creamy and blends really well especially when applied in between lash roots in order to give my lashes fullness and definition.

If you're heading back to school (or just want a cute pick me up), then stop by The Body Shop and grab a 'Back To School Essentials' kit with everything you need to look fabulous for the new school year!
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