July 15, 2014

It’s no secret: I’m a freak for new nail polishes. I really need to stop adding to my collection and start using up some of my bottles, but I just can’t help myself when I see a new hue that makes my heart go pitter patter. My newest obsession: Rue by Zoya. It is hardly ever packed away in my nail polish drawer because it is CONSTANTLY in use.

Rue by Zoya

Now, I have pledged my love for Zoya nail polishes in the past, but this one by far is my favorite nail polish color from them that I’ve added to my repertoire. Rue by Zoya is the absolute perfect neutral varnish (in my humble opinion). It is a blush cream with hints of mauve, and it complements so many different skin tones. Also – it is big 5 free: no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl, phthalate, or camphor, so you don’t have to worry about toxins!

The polish paints on smooth (the consistency is thin, which I love – makes for easy breezy application) and is opaque. I use a base coat, 2 light coats of Rue, and a top coat to finish it off. It has looked perfect EVERY time I’ve worn it lately. It doesn’t chip or peel easily either, which is an enormous plus! The pictures in this post were taken three days after application, if that is any indication! I am pretty hard on my nails when it comes to wear and tear – so much work in the kitchen and then at the keyboard tends to wear out nail polish in a speedy manner. However, Rue by Zoya totally holds up.

Rue by Zoya

I love that the neutral pink hue of Rue matches with pretty much any and all outfits in my closet. It works nicely in so many different settings as well; appropriate for work or for play! It has seriously become my go-to polish to wear everyday.

Do you have a favorite neutral nail polish in your collection? What is it?

March 7, 2014

I was recently introduced to a new line of hair products by Hask. I’m always eager to get my hands on new and fun beauty products: you never know what awesome things you’ll find!

Hask Hair Products

Hask is a line of Argan and Keratin hair products. Now, you know I am a fan of Argan oil already (a few of my regular beauty products at home contain it), so it comes as no surprise that I would be excited to try their repairing shampoo and conditioner with Argan oil. If you aren’t familiar with Argan oil, it is filled with vitamins and antioxidants, and it is great at repairing, smoothing, and adding shine to your locks. The repairing shampoo and conditioner are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, alcohol, and artificial colors. I have been using the pair regularly for the past two weeks and love how my hair appears. It looks shinier and feels softer, without being weighed down or oily. Also included in the Argan oil line is a Repairing Shine Oil and a Repairing Deep Conditioner (which is great for a once a week beautification treatment).

March 6, 2014

I’ve admitted this in the past: I am a bit of a collector when it comes to fragrances. My collection is ever increasing. I can’t help myself. New scents come along that I am drawn to, and a new bottle inevitably appears on my counter.

Historically, I haven’t stuck to one brand. I’ve constantly changed to new ones as I’ve built my collection. But things may be changing now. I just might have discovered my one and only fragrance brand. That brand happens to be Jo Malone…and I’m hooked.

Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay Cologne

My first fragrance bottle from Jo Malone is their Blackberry and Bay Cologne. It took me a long time to settle on it, as their entire perfume line is absolutely wonderful. Their fragrances are so natural and fresh…and what I truly love is that they are blendable! Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but until I was introduced to Jo Malone, I had never considered MIXING my fragrances.

There are so many combinations you can think up with their perfumes. The Blackberry and Bay smells amazing all on its own (the sweet blackberry scent mixed with the earthier/herby scent of bay leaves), but when you combine it with the English Pear and Freesia you get a completely new fragrance (that happens to be one of my favorite combinations I’ve sampled). Of course, it is necessary to purchase two whole fragrance bottles to make this combination, but if you are starting a collection, I can see how it would be amazing! Instead of two scents, you end up with three, since you can mix them when you apply. I know I’m going to slowly add to my collection, as a new bottle of perfume tends to be a common item on my gift list for holidays/special occasions. English Pear and Freesia happens to be next in line, by the way…hint hint…wink wink…

What is your favorite fragrance line? Have you experienced Jo Malone before?

February 11, 2014

Skincare: it’s no secret I believe in the importance of it. Whether it is cleansing my face, using sunscreen, or applying a daily moisturizer, I know it is essential to have a routine in place. It doesn’t have to be complicated; it doesn’t have to be expensive. It just has to work. The winter months are definitely hard on the skin, so this is exactly the time of the year when I strengthen my routine to keep my skin feeling soft and smooth. No flaky, cracked skin here – no thank you! Suave Moroccan Infusion

I’m sure you have probably heard of Moroccan argan oil at some point in the past few years. This beauty product has popped up everywhere it seems! I have tried it in treatments for my hair in the past, but now there are even more beauty products to pick from. And what is truly exciting is that these products can actually be affordable. It just so happens that I’ve been sampling some new ones from Suave lately, and they are oh so nice! Suave Moroccan Infusion