Well, if being a competitive figure skater for over 15 years has taught me anything, it’s how to choose makeup. I’ll admit I’m one of those girls who tries out every new makeup product on the market (with many facial-faux pas stories to boot). The result of my obsession? My gigantic orange makeup bag chock full of things I  never wear (apparently full-on dark smoky eyes are not exactly the style for Catholic high school who knew?). I am happy to say, however, that I have come up with a system to handle my stuffed-to-the-brim orange bag.

If you read my last post, then you know I have been into trying out and reviewing new face masks—or masques if we’re being fancy. I love face masks because they are an inexpensive way to pamper yourself. I really wanted to try a peel off mask—which I still hope to do in the future—but I could not find one at my drugstore. Instead I opted for trying the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque.

I was standing in the aisle at the drugstore for forever because I couldn’t decide between another mask and the Queen Helene  (so fun to say!) one. I ended up choosing the Queen Helene mask because of what it said on the packaging. It reads: “Helps dry up acne pimples, rinse away black heads, and shrink enlarged pores.”  That was it, I was sold. I struggle with acne, so anything that claims to fight breakouts is worth trying in my opinion.

 

Of the many things I love about summer a shiny, oil streaked face is certainly not one of them. My battle with shine has led me to three products that I can actually trust to control the reflecting mirror that is my forehead in the summer. Believe me I’ve tried it all, but with combination, sensitive skin it’s rather hard to find products I can trust. That is, of course, until I tried these. 

The hair gods have answered my prayers. I’ve found a live-in conditioner that actually works. Unlike other products I’ve used, I can see a difference in my hair when I don’t use this product. It’s the TRESemmé Leave-in Conditioning Spray from their Split Remedy line and it’s amazing.

 

Ever wished that some day they would discover a way to tan that would actually be good for you? No free radicals, no harmful UV lights, just the sun-kissed glow that we all strive for in these short summer months. Perhaps there is a solution: bronzer.  But not just any bronzer, this VMV Hypoallergenics “Tarte-à-Tan” powder works miracles for your skin. 

Okay let’s count up how many completely useless “exfoliating” soaps, bars, gels etc. that you can find in your bathroom. Something like “way too many” right? They may work right when you get out of the shower or for a couple hours if you’re lucky but in reality, they never really make your skin baby-bottom soft. Well, all that’s about to change. I tried LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics “Buffy” body butter and I love it!

 

When it comes to makeup, skepticism is usually my go to attitude. When every cosmetic label screams “NO. 1 AGE DEFYING, ANTI-WRINKLE, PORE-ERASING, SUN-PROTECTING, FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH!” it’s hard to take them seriously. But, I put my skepticism aside to try a new product by one of my favorite (and most trusted) makeup companies: Benefit Cosmetics. It’s called “the POREfessional” and I am officially hooked

 

Known as the “Porcelain Princess” in my house, I never really got the chance to work on my tan – that is until this summer. 

 

Ever get frustrated when the summer humidity turns your hair into a fluffy mess and you just can’t seem to find a good clip to hold it all in place? I may have found a solution. 


The 2013 Billboard Music Awards featured an all grown-up Taylor Swift in a gorgeous vibrant blue dress from designer Zuhair Murad’s Pre-Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection. 

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