May 2017 Beauty Favorites -LORAC, MAC, Skincare

*purchased by me except Giovanni product (which is from my job)

We have made it to the beautiful summer months and have emerged from another dull, dreary winter! I have been spending a lot of time soaking up the sunshine and just enjoying being outside, and I think my favorites this month reflect that in a few ways. 🙂 Shall we jump into it?

First up is a hair favorite: Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner, which is Leaping Bunny certified and made with organic ingredients. I got this from where I work and am completely obsessed with it. WHY did I not try this sooner? This IS lightweight and doesn’t weigh my hair down, but makes it VERY soft. Combined with my beloved Herbivore waves spray, it’s a dream.

Pacifica Coconut & Cherry Makeup Dissolving Milk: I’m so glad that I purchased this! I don’t use makeup wipes anymore at night, and only use cleansing products to truly get everything off of my skin if needed. This is gentle, but still removes heavy eye makeup. It also smells amazing.

Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee Cologne Absolue: I am a die hard obsessed person over this brand, and this vanilla scent I love to combine with other perfumes, and wear alone. This mini bottle is almost gone, but I have some mini sprayers backed up.

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette: This is a stunning palette. The highlighters are of gorgeous quality and the blushes can be worn with just about anything. Plus, the packaging is gorgeous. This isn’t one of those typical LE products that is of poor quality.

Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash: Discussed here. 🙂

Wet n’ Wild Photofocus Foundation in Buff Bisque: This foundation is worth the hype. I am planning a full review on this, so more information on that later!

MAC Quiktrik Stick in Miss Cupcake/Tomato: If you want easy blush, this is your product. I have been reaching for this almost daily because it is so easy to use and blend.

BareMinerals Invisible Bronze in Fair to Light: My new HG bronzer! Full review forthcoming. 🙂

The BrowGal Convertible Brow Wet/Dry Powder Duo: I received this in my May Boxycharm box, and I am completely in love with this. I have used this daily since receiving the box, that is how much I love it.

What have you been loving lately?

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Ursa Major Clear, Healthy Skin Trial Kit Review

*purchased by me

This spring, I have been cleaning up my skincare, and by “cleaning” I mean trying out brands with higher quality, less toxic ingredients. I decided to pick up the Ursa Major Clear, Healthy Skin Trial Kit. All products in this kit are cruelty free, vegan, and gluten free, and the kit comes with four products to try: face balm, face wash, face tonic, and face wipes. In addition, each product is formulated without “petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones or PEGs or other suspect chemicals. ”

On the Go Essential Face Wipes: I wasn’t sure I would have a use for the face wipes, but I actually really enjoyed these. Essentially, this is the face tonic in wipes format. I liked being able to freshen up on a long day out, and getting a boost of clean skin.

4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic: This multipurpose spray is one of my favorite items in this kit. I used it over makeup and as a toner; I also liked spritzing it on my face just before going to bed. This has a beautiful herbal scent and I love how it made my skin feel!

Fortifying Face Balm: This is a daily moisturizer; however, instead of using it as a day cream, I used it as a night cream. It has a thin consistency and isn’t too heavy, but still provides moisture. It has a matte finish, so if you do use it during the day, it won’t interfere with makeup. The scent is minty and very fresh, giving the product a cooling feel.

Fantastic Face Wash: My favorite product in this kit was definitely the face wash! I used this day and night, so I had a chance to test it on makeup removal. It did remove my makeup, didn’t try out my skin, and has a natural, refreshing scent. It didn’t irritate my skin at all, and I can’t believe how CLEAN my face felt after using it.

Overall, my first impression of Ursa Major is very good. There is enough in this kit to last for two weeks, so you can develop an opinion with each trial size item. Of the products in the kit, the two I want to repurchase are the face wash and the face tonic. 🙂

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Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream in Adorable

*purchased by me

Yes, I am a total hater of liquid lipsticks and purchased this Milani Matte Lip Cream. Adorable is a lovely nude pink that is right up my alley, but I did have to make a commitment to a long-wearing lip product to test it out. 😉

I can only vouch for Adorable, but this formula did surprise me. It has been the most bearable liquid lip product to date for me. It smells like cupcakes and has a thin consistency, so it’s easy to apply and doesn’t feel heavy. More importantly, it isn’t totally drying and I can actually stand to wear it the 5+ hours it stays on.

The Milani lip creams have your standard doe foot applicator. I actually like the size of this one and it is easy to be precise with it. Sometimes I find these applicators too big, and this one is just right.

Any liquid lipstick is going to accentuate lines on my lips, but thanks to this nice nude shade, I felt a little less self-conscious about it. Also, since this color is so close to my actual lip color, when it wears away it doesn’t end up looking ridiculous and disgusting.

Wearing Adorable

I see myself taking this lip product on vacation for when I just want to put something on and not have to maintain it all day long. If you aren’t a fan of liquid lipsticks like me, you might want to consider the Milani ones! Milani and Ofra have been the only brands I have been able to tolerate so far. 🙂

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LulaRoe Clothing Overview & Thoughts Part 1

Before starting this post, let me get this out of the way:

  1. I am not a LulaRoe consultant, I just love clothes.
  2. There are no links to consultants or parties in this post.

Okay! Now that that is out of the way, this post is obviously about LulaRoe clothing that is sweeping social media by storm. In a nutshell, LulaRoe is a MLM company similar to the likes of Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, and so on, only with clothing. You can purchase their clothing through a consultant on Facebook through live parties and album sales, or by having your own LulaRoe party.

LulaRoe was made famous through their soft “butter” leggings, which have also had some backlash due to the quality of their leggings, which you can research with a quick Google search.

LulaRoe sells a variety of clothing styles from dresses to skirts, to leggings, kimonos, and sweaters. They have clothing for kids, “tweens” (can’t stand that word), men, and plus-sized women.  Their big marketing push is that these are comfortable clothes made especially for moms. I’m not a mom, so that lifestyle isn’t something I can speak for. I’m just someone who LOVES clothes.

Here’s a list of what I have from the brand:

19 pairs of leggings (some of these were gifts and others were freebies)
1 Amelia dress
3 Monroe kimonos
1 Cassie skirt
1 Sarah sweater
1 Ana dress
1 Lindsay kimono
4 Nicole dresses
1 Irma (that I’m giving away to a friend)
1 Carly dress
1 Randy shirt

Here are some photos from my Instagram feed of how I have styled my LLR pieces:

Amelia dress with cardigan–work bathroom selfie, sad!

Monroe kimono with black a-line dress

Monroe kimono with another dress-my students liked this outfit (they’re in college).

Printed leggings with a dress and jacket–a guy stopped to compliment me while wearing this–so random!

I am someone who likes to “feel dressed,” and a lot of LLR’s clothing is designed for pure comfort. They have a lot of t-shirts that I see people pairing with leggings–this is personally not my style. It’s easy to slip into pajama mode, and that is NOT my style whatsoever.

If I’m wearing a LLR piece, I almost always have it paired with something structured, like in the photos above. It is very easy to feel and look frumpy if pairing too many LLR pieces together, at least on my body type and for what I prefer on me.

Since I love crazy prints, the leggings are really fun. I typically wear them under a dress in place of tights. I do not own jeans or pants, so tights and nylons are part of my daily wardrobe. I like that with the leggings, I have a little bit of extra warmth in the colder months. If I’m not leaving the house, I will wear them with a long tunic.

LulaRoe has size charts for their clothing, but if you can go to a party and try them on in person, I highly recommend it. Just because you wear an XL in one style doesn’t mean you will in the next style–you might wear a medium or even a small. For example, in the Amelia dress, I’m wearing a 2X. I wear an XL in the Nicole dress, a medium in the Sarah cardigan, a small in the Irma tunic, and a large in the Carly dress.

The leggings come in two sizes: One Size, and Tall and Curvy. I can fit into both sizes, another reason to definitely try things on!

I have given some thought to quality of LLR clothing, and one of the issues with this brand is that the quality can be hit or miss. I only have one pair of leggings with a hole in them that I sent back to the consultant. The Amelia dress is constructed well for the price point ($60), and the quality of the kimonos is also fair ($48). I have many kimonos from lower price points, and the LLR ones are better.

The leggings are $25 per pair. Some people find this outrageous and others have no problem with it. I think it is a decent price for what they are, and if you take care of them, they will last. If for some reason you do get a dud, the consultants are usually very helpful.

It does pay to have a party. Maybe you are sick of getting invited to parties (believe me, I understand), but if you love clothes, it is super fun to have a party in person as compared to online. Online parties are more convenient; however, the consultants are allowed to do deals in person that they for some reason cannot offer online. I did have a party in person and it was a blast to try on clothes all night. If you host a party, you get a pair of leggings for free just for hosting. For every 10 items that are purchased at your party, you get a free item of clothing (no matter the price point). This is how I got my Sarah sweater (typically $70).

I’m planning on doing more in-depth reviews on the styles I own and ideas on how to wear them, since this post is quite lengthy! 🙂 I have more thoughts on this brand, but this is just an overview on how it generally works and my experience with the brand.

As usual, I would love to hear your thoughts, good or bad, regarding the LulaRoe brand, especially your favorite styles! 🙂

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ModCloth Hour By Flower A-Line Dress

*purchased by me

A trip to my closet is never boring. I have often daydreamed about being one of those people who wears a chic, fashionable wardrobe constructed of gray, black, and white, but honestly that is SO not me (obviously, as evidenced in this post). I like bright colors, bold prints, pattern mixing, and chunky costume jewelry. I also don’t pay attention to trends and wear whatever I want to wear. 😀

The Hour by Flower A-Line Dress (not an affiliate link) is a vintage-inspired dress that I purchased from ModCloth earlier this spring. This is basically a PERFECT dress for me. I love the cut, the length, and the print. The pattern is not for the faint of heart; it is as bright in person as it looks online. You can tone it down with a black cardigan, but I wore it with another Modcloth buy, the Dream of the Crop cardigan in Honey.

This dress has a sash at the waist and it even has pockets, if that’s your think. It hasn’t faded yet (I don’t put it in the dryer), which is a perk, because I can’t stand when fabrics fade after one or two washes.

One thing to note about this dress is that it does run a little large in the bust, and I’m saying that from the perspective of someone who buys everything to fit that particular area. I probably could have sized down, but at the same time I don’t think that it’s super obvious that it is a little big thanks to the sash.

I absolutely LOVE this dress and it has become a fast favorite!

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