June Hits and Misses

Let’s get right into it!

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I really do have a love hate relationship with this CC cream. Loves – it glides on ever so smoothly and covers just as great as a full coverage foundation plus SPF. My blemishes and red discoloration do not show through. I use “medium light” (I believe) and it’s perfect for my skin tone. The overall finish is BEAUTIFUL and also feels very light weight. Hates – it MOVES! I notice that not even half way through my day the product shifts and transfers L. Even when I set it pretty well with pressed powder and primer. By the end of my day, the 50% that is still on still looks pretty nice, the other half that’s gone is usually around my T zone. I would probably repurchase if I don’t find a better cc cream, but probably never in the full size version.

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Talking about pressed powder, I finally gave this bad girl a try…and I’m not sure how I feel?? It’s not horrible by any means, but it also didn’t wow me. I probably feel more disappointed just because there’s quite a hype in the youtube community about this product and it just didn’t quite deliver that amount of satisfaction. Any time I try out a new product, I always buy it in the travel or mini size if it’s at all possible, why invest completely in something when you don’t know how you’re going to like it right? Overall, meh – I could go without, I probably won’t repurchase and will continue looking for something else.

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Currently loving this flirty new hue in my mini lippie collection. (sorry could not find a pix of Milan) Milan by Nyx. I’m trying hard to stray about from all the pale pinks in the world 😀 so A for effort! It’s okay, I only brush it on lightly for work and it’s pretty subtle but gives enough of a pop of color.

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So I was in the market for a TRUE red polish, again trying to stay away from neutrals, and picked up OPI’s Big Apple Red. I recently put it to the test as we were going away for the holiday weekend to bathe in the sun so it was the perfect opportunity to show off nice polished toes! I think it’s bit too orange for me, either that or it’s my skin tone. It just doesn’t go well with this color, I think its best for pale skin and of course for anyone who likes orangy undertones. I did do 2 coats but still wasn’t diggin it – will be continuing my search for a better red.

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This month I’ve been wearing eye make up again so thought I should give a little credit to my all time favorite eye makeup remover, neutrogena! I’ve tried a couple other ones, both in the same price range and high end and I always seem to come back to Neutrogena. It’s the best bang for the buck and does a great job. No complaints here!

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This month I opted for a new scent to my lotion collection as I ran out of my usual Lancome body lotion (love3) but didn’t want to spend quite as much. I stopped at our local Bath and Body and the clerk introduced me to their new body butter..shea butter creams. For the last couple of years I’ve stopped purchasing from them because their scents are so….I don’t know, school girl-ish? It’s too scentsy, too fruity..almost cheapish (don’t hate me), kind of over the top for me. But…..I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg so I gave it a try and it’s not too bad. It’s pretty floral-ry? Not too strong. And it’s not that expensive so….why not? J As far as repurchasing, I’m not sure, maybe I’ll keep venturing to see if there’s another scent, or perhaps go back to lancome.

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I’ve been trying to finish up this facial cleanser by Tony Moly (korean). I’ve heard pretty good things about goats milk and wanted to give it a try. It’s okay, I mean my face feels squeeky clean afterwards but nothing spectacular. For what I spent and the amount of product I got, it was worth the money, however, I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing.

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So – where do I begin with this product? After years and years of reviews and hypes and contemplation, I finally picked this bad boy up a month or 2 ago. Some people said that they saw dramatic results in 1 week, well I didn’t start to see mine until I hit ¼ of the bottle. My face has been pretty clear, I notice it specifically when applying makeup, how smooth my skin has become and how much less I need to cover up. Right before I started using this product my skin was beginning to change due to the season, but I noticed that the oiliness all of a sudden went away. So I think it’s definitely helped in that department –  keeping the oil production and ph of my skin at bay. It was $99 for a travel size (I think) bottle, a pretty high investment. I think that if you have the funds, go for it, it’s worth the money. However, if you don’t, I think it compares fairly well with Missha’s time revolution essence. The Missha one will probably take longer to notice improvements but that’s just from my experience and opinion. I have a little less than half way to go on this bottle and am at the crossroads with my feelings on repurchasing. I love it and I don’t………for the price

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If you know me, you’ll know that I’m allergice to everything, even the sun apparently. I’ve been shopping for a long time for a 1 stop shop sun block. After doing some research and following my skin care gurus I ordered this sweet thing online. It took forever to arrive – warning! But it was cheap, I think I got to bottles for under $14.00. BTW did you know that Biore is a Japanese brand?! It’s news to me! Anyway, I’ve been using it since April but got to really put it to the test this past weekend since we were outside 90% of the time. It worked MIRACLES! My face did not itch, burn, swell, break out, NOTHING. It has a milky consistency and is almost yellowish in color but it’s not heavy by any means and feels very nice on the skin, oh and it also doesn’t leave that nasty white cast! Now I will say that I followed the instructions to the T and reapplied the product once every 2 hours or so throughout the day. Overall, I’m very happy with this product and will probably repurchase, hopefully I can find a different vendor though!

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I added this new regimine into my health and fitness routine. I’ve only heard great things about ACV and have used it before but not in this way/form. If you’re interested, I can definitely do a more thorough blog, but you can also look up all the benefits as well. I drink my concoction at night about 2 hrs before bed after I’ve had dinner. I use about 2-3 teaspoons with 8-10oz of water along with a squeeze of lemon and drizzle of honey to cut the tang. As all user’s of this product will admit, it’s pretty pungent to say the least. I sip mine with a straw while I go up and down my house doing my nightly chores to keep my mind off of the taste. And what do you know – it does work. I can’t say I’ve lost “weight” from drinking this as some people claim, but it has helped me in the following ways – I notice that I don’t feel bloated/swollen in the morning (no fluid retention), and most importantly, I think it’s suppressing my appetite. And I think that’s true because before this I would typically feel the need to eat aby 7:30 or 8 in the morning. Now, by the time I realize and feel hungry it’s well past 9am. We’ll see what happens in a couple of months, I’ll definitely report back!

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This month with summer in full swing and peony season coming to an end, I wanted to continue capturing that ambience and what better way than a timeless Jo malone scent! You’d have to like the smell of peonies of course, but it’s pretty subtle in a very elegant way. Just beautiful!

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Why not add something random?! LOL. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’m a crazy planner planning person. I was previously using the felt tip pens by Papermate but I didn’t like the way it glided on paper – if that makes any sense. So I handed them down to my Dad who by the way LOVES them. I’ve been eyeing these Staedtler pens for a long time but just didn’t want to “invest” in such expensive writing utensils, I mean…right?! Well – I bought them anyway just to try it out, and I LIKE IT! Don’t love it yet because I haven’t done much planner planning, but I think it writes better and feels better than the papermate pens, plus they’re ergonomically made for writing!

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Lastly, if you didn’t know (of course you didn’t J) my little crossbody coach bag retired. The strap finally ripped on me so I needed a small on-the-go bag. After tearing my closet apart and multiple trips to my local TJ Maxx, I found my little LV pouchette, still in the box, that I’ve forgotten all about. She’s so cute – and I’ve been putting her to good use on my daily runs and errands. The only draw back is that there’s not a lot of room and I have a honking Samsung Note. I’ve just been through my check card, ID and money clip in there along with my phone. It even has a spot for me to hook my keys to! I am forever a monogram girl, love3 that design. Next on my list, the Zippy and the 6 Key holder, Monogram canvas of course J

That’s it friends! Thanks for reading, see you on the next one!