Wednesday, March 28, 2012

wishful wednesday

If you happen to be walking by a Laura Mercier counter, please stop and sniff their bath collection. The creme de pistache scent completely inspired this week's wishful Wednesday. Forty dollars just seems like a pinch too much to pay for bath milk — but a girl can dream. The other three products are also beautiful luxury items: a sphere of pink blush, soothing dry shampoo and a gardenia-scented candle. Still dreaming...

a. chanel joues contraste blush, $43
b. klorane dry shampoo, $18
c. laura mercier creme de pistache honey bath, $40
d. jo malone vintage gardenia candle, $65

images via: nordstrom, amazon, laura mercier, and neiman marcus

Monday, March 26, 2012

DIY: hair mask


By way of pinterest, I found this easy-enough honey and olive oil hair mask. I had both ingredients so I gave it a shot. I would definitely try this again!

4 tbsp. olive oil 
2 tbsp. honey 
(cut in half for shorter hair)

1. warm olive oil in a microwave safe dish for 20 seconds. 
2. add honey to the bowl (tip: use the same tablespoon without washing between additions — the honey slides right off the spoon). 
3. stir! oil doesn't like mixing with honey, so it may require a little muscle. 
4. wet your hair (don't shampoo yet!) and coat with the honey/oil mixture. 
5. let sit for 15 minutes, rinse twice and condition. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

what's in my shower?

Because it's always interesting to see what other people have in their showers: 

a. the body shop banana shampoo. Both the shampoo and conditioner are super banana-y, so beware! I don't mind the smell of bananas, so it's fine by me. I use the combo together every other time I wash my hair. They both provide a lot of shine and moisture, so it's best to use in moderation.
b. the body shop banana conditioner.
c. tresemme moisture rich conditioner. I used to buy the same conditioner over and over again, until I found out that it's best to switch up brands often. There's no particular reason behind this purchase — I just like having a second option on hand.
d. crabtree & evelyn avacado, olive & basil shower gel. I'm so used to floral and fruity body washes that I really didn't think I would like this. It's a totally luxurious wash that smells so good! Plus, it's packed with moisture.
e. biore pore unclogging scrub. Because this face wash is a scrub, I only use it once a week. On most days, I use this gentle wash.
f. homemade coffee sugar scrub. Mmmm... Coffee! Enough said.

What's in your shower this month? Leave a comment below!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

wishful wednesday

It kind of always feels like springtime in Los Angeles. I've come to terms with deciphering the season changes via facebook. When most of your facebook friends live in Wisconsin and Illinois, you hear a lot about snow, sun, sleet, and humidity. With 80-degree weather this past weekend, I think it's safe to say spring is officially here (but then again, snow is no stranger to March). Here are four products I wish I could have right this second:

a. bumble and bumble curl conscious masque, $26.
b. bobbi brown lipgloss, $23.
c. nars duo eyeshadow in persepolis, $34.
d. perricone md vitamin c ester eye serum, $55.

images via: sephora, nordstrom, nars, & amazon

Monday, March 19, 2012

the best of birchbox

I was a Birchbox subscriber for about six months before I canceled my membership. I was really impressed with the service, but after six boxes, I decided to call it quits and put $10 back in my pocket. If you're not familiar with the service, check it out here. In short, you pay $10 each month for five deluxe beauty samples. I still use a lot of the samples (I accumulated about 30 during my time as a member), so I wanted to share a few of my favorites. I would definitely re-subscribe to the service, so I encourage you to check it out — for yourself or a friend :)

a. ahava cleansing cream: If you've ever tried any products from this brand, you know why it's a favorite. This cleanser is super rich and has built-in moisture. 
b. zoya nail polish in shay: This is one of those barely-there shades. It's a pinky nude with just a touch of shimmer.
c. purity by philosophy: I use this with my clarisonic once or twice a week. It's powerful enough to remove my eye makeup, but leaves my skin with a natural glow.
d. twirl by kate spade: the perfect scent to wear to work or out to dinner. It's super feminine and soft.
e. orofluido elixir: I'm a huge fan of moroccan oil, but this golden oil is a contender.
f. redken shine brillance mist: this travel-friendly hairspray/shine mist has been perfect for short trips. It instantly refreshes my hair. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

have a beautiful birthday

Back in high school, my friend Frances would call and say, "Meet me at Target." She'd hang up just a second later, as soon as she knew I'd heard her. We'd haul ourselves over to Target and head straight for the beauty aisles. We were usually looking for a new hair color to try in her locks or hunting down that impossible-to-find new color from OPI.

It's Frances' birthday this weekend (tomorrow!) and I'm so sad I won't be able to spend it with her. On a recent trip to Target, I couldn't help but think of her. As a gift, I picked out some practical (makeup removing Q-Tips) and totally impractical (eyeshadow shaped like the British flag) beauty products for her to try. Happy birthday, Franny! xo

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

what is bb cream?

What you need to know: B.B. stands for beauty balm. It's like a tinted moisturizer packed with vitamins and minerals. The sheer coverage is lighter than a foundation and offers SPF (this one has 15). It's meant to be worn as a base under your concealer and/or powder. The Vitamin C and mineral pigments brighten skin tone and even out complexion, giving you an airbrushed look.

Garnier's cream: After testing out a few high-end B.B. creams at Sephora, I decided to try this drugstore brand first. It's about half the price of designer brands and boasts the same skin-perfecting qualities. I was impressed with the lightweight feel right away. My only complaint would have to be the color. This bottle is for light/medium skin tones, but leans closer to medium/tan in my opinion (disclaimer: I'm abnormally fair). The color did offer a light glow, which replaced my need for bronzer, but I do worry about it turning orange throughout the day. I'm going to continue using it (update soon!) and decide whether or not I should upgrade to a high-end brand.

Have you tried B.B. cream yet? Which brand? What did you think? Comment below :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

in search of the perfect flick

I love testing out new eyeliners — pencils, liquids, gels, kohls... You name it, I've tried it. This felt-tip eyeliner (Milani, $7.99) came into my life last week, and I couldn't wait to test it out. The rich black color is stunning, but it's the easy-to-apply packaging that makes it a winner. Maneuvering a flawless eye flick is tough, but this little guy did the job.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

wishful wednesday

Have you ever cruised your favorite beauty site and let yourself add everything you wanted to your cart? Try it. It's a fun feeling — until you get to the check out, of course. But the process gives me an idea of the things I'm craving. I clip images for inspiration and find less expensive versions at drugstores and beauty marts. And sometimes, if I'm feeling indulgent, I'll let myself splurge on something special (read: I'll buy one thing on my list). Here's a little sliver of my spring wish list:

a. tocca perfume in bianca, $68
b. yves saint laurent palette in midnight garden, $58
c. estee lauder compact, $75
d. dr. jart water fuse bb cream, $32
(all images c/o and

Monday, March 5, 2012

DIY: coffee scrub

I've been sickly addicted to Pinterest for the last week or so. I stumbled across a pin for a coffee sugar scrub and decided to make it myself. All you need is ground coffee, sugar, olive oil and a small mason jar (for storage). I cut the recipe in half for a smaller batch, which ended up working perfectly. After bottling it up, I stuck the jar in my shower and tried it out. It's super nice (especially if you like the smell of coffee!) but definitely needs to be followed up with soap. I also keep one of these in my drain to catch the grounds.

Friday, March 2, 2012

from this... to that: makeup drawer edition

I like to think all my toiletries and products are neatly tucked away in my bathroom drawers and under the sink. But that's not always a reality. I yanked on a drawer only to find it was stuck on a lipstick tube that somehow climbed behind it. Upon further inspection, I realized that was the least of my problems. I decided to pull everything out and unleash my OCD. ^ before and after

First stop: Target. I found these little red bins (5-inch by 5-inch) in the dollar section and grabbed four. I also picked up a can of gold spray paint for a quick DIY project:

After the bins were completely dry, I organized my products into five sections. Voila!

Thursday, March 1, 2012


1. Gather your supplies. You'll need bobby pins, super glue, and an embellishment (beads, pearls, sequins, buttons, etc.). I found these turquoise beads at Michael's. 
2. Coat one side of the bobby pin with super glue. 
3. Press your embellishment onto the bobby pin and hold for at least a minute. After that, coat the sides with more glue to ensure a full stick.