May 19, 2015

Liz Earle Skincare Review

Have you been watching YouTube for the past three+ years, then you have probably heard of the Liz Earle Skincare brand. This brand took YouTube by storm, and everytime someone spoke of their Cleanser and how great it was, I wanted to take the plunge. For some reason or another, I was always using another face wash during that time (probably my gigantor bottle of Cetaphil), and I never got the opportunity to purchase.

A month ago, I was watching videos again, and came across another fellow beauty addict talking about the skincare which sparked my interest (my philosophy cleanser was running out, and I wasn't too impressed).

What I ended up purchasing were these two babies; Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, and the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I'll start my review with the Cleanse and Polish that everyone and their mother has talked about.  This is a creamy cleanser that comes in a pump bottle which dispenses enough product for the whole face through one pump. 
It feels very nice on the skin when applied. The way you are supposed to use this is to work it into your skin, and then rinse of with one of the two cleansing cloths. The best part about this cleanser is definitely the hot cloth. It reminds me of the hot towels you used to get on planes! It just makes my skin feel very plump afterwards. This cleanser does the job of cleansing, and didn't irritate my sensitive skin. There is nothing too special about it, and it doesn't have any magical skills, but if you are looking for a natural, non irritating cleanser, give this a go! 

The second product is one that you are supposed to follow the cleanser with; the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. This stuff has to be my favorite toner to date. It doesn't burn, irritate or strip my skin from its natural oils. It almost has a calming effect on the skin, and feels amazing when applied with a cotton pad. Again, no magical feels with this product, but for those who have great skin that are just looking to nourish it, I would definitely purchase this.

All and all, they are great products, I just wasn't blown away by them. I think the hype is too overrated but in no means is this a bad product. 

May 11, 2015

April Favorites

April has come and gone, and we are one step closer to summer! With the seasons changing, of course, like any other beauty nut, my face game has been changing as well… I am sticking to lighter wear coverage as well as minimal products. Now my minimalism has kicked in way before warm weather, as it is just very time consuming for me to go through a whole YouTube video routine in the morning before work. Let’s be honest, I barely put in my contacts without poking my eye out and losing some casualties into my sink.

So I hopped on the Bare Minerals bandwagon, and purchased the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream in Buttercream. I HATED it when I first used it. The coverage was sub-par, it made me look like a grease ball, and it said to re-apply every two hours, which I was not having. Then I started playing around with it in combination with other products. Well this product goes perfectly with my IT Cosmetics CC Full Coverage Cream in Light. The CC cream color corrects hyper pigmentation and almost mattifies the skin, where the Bare Minerals brings some light to my skin with the dewiness. Now this is my perfect combo, but I can tell you right now I won’t be repurchasing the Bare Minerals Gel Cream again. It is just not for me, but like I said I LOVE how it works with IT Cosmetics CC Cream. Let me know if you would like to see my Spring Face with these products.

In conjunction with being light, having no eye makeup really let me be brave with my lipstick. I finally bit the dust, and purchased one of the Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipsticks in Melted Strawberry. This is the PERFECT pinky-red for the summer. You can apply it almost sheer, where it looks like your lips but a little bit more cherry tinted, or you can build it up to make it a matte pinky-red. I love the versatility that this product offers. And since it is a matte lipstick, you can always make it high shine with a gloss over it! 

Apr 15, 2015

Bookworm Lara: Lean In Review

I am often told that I got lucky with my career, and that this was a blessing in disguise, which I agree with. I am at a very good place in life for my age, and years out of college. But I don’t think it has to do with luck (maybe a little bit about being at the right place at the right time), it has more to do with work ethic and your will to succeed. Being a woman in a male dominated industry can be walking with a cloud over your head. You don’t even think about it, until someone points it out to you, where that little light bulb goes off.
I recently had the pleasure of reading “Lean In”, recommended by my female boss. My first impression was that I was going to dislike this book. There is nothing more that rubs me the wrong way than privileged people complaining. I was brought up with the morals of if there is food on the table, and there is a roof over our head, we shouldn’t be complaining about anything.
The best part about this book was that the author wasn’t complaining, but merely stating facts that we don’t recognize in everyday life. She has many different roles, and goes through many different experiences, as she is “climbing” up the career ladder (if you read the book, you’ll see why I put “climbing” in quotes.
I suggest this book to any woman who is engulfing in a career, new or old, and any man who wants to understand where women who speak up are coming from. Many times, the issue isn’t that these things are happening on purpose, but our society has been this way for so long, no one realizes the thoughts they think are false.

Let me know if you have read this book, and what you thought about it! 

Apr 11, 2015


There’s something about a 20% off coupon coming in your mail, right after you go into an ULTA and had to leave because they’re card machines weren’t working… I like to call it fate. It was fate that their machines weren’t working and when I came home a 20% off was waiting for me! So, in recognition of fate, I had to go and bring back some goodies home with me! 

Apr 3, 2015

2015 March Favorites

This month I kept it pretty simple makeup wise. I was travelling for most of March and didn't want to pack too much with me. The two things that I loved were things that made my life easy.

Still stay all day waterproof liquid liner in dark brown is a one-step felt-tip eyeliner that stays on all day even without primer. Now listen, I have very oily eyelids... I mean eye primer is my best friend. Now, I dared to wear this without primer, for testing purposes, and this stuff sticks and doesn’t flake or budge for at least a full work day (8-9.5 hours for me). Now I choose brown, because I would never wear black eyeliner (my eyes are too small), but I know the black version has the same staying power, because I’ve seen it in action on a girlfriend of mine.

Now, this next item got me super excited. The Bioderma sensible h2o make up removing Micelle solution just launched in Beautylish earlier in March. This is a makeup remover that most British bloggers, and vloggers rave about. I just didn’t want to pay for the shipping costs, as this would have come from France. As soon as I got the email that this hit the U.S., I shelled out the cash without hesitation. The hype stands up! It removes EVERYTHING, and doesn’t irritate my skin whatsoever. I would definitely recommend this to people who don’t want to keep buying makeup wipes.

My last favorite is a fashion favorite that was on my Spring Lust List. The New Balance classics wl515 in stormy night violet….I really shouldn’t have to say much about these, and let the pictures speak for themselves. I was originally going to get the black and white pair, so that I could wear them with everything. As soon as I saw the combo of the sky blue and violet, I just fell in love, and couldn’t not get these! They brighten up my day, and make me feel like I am 12 again.

Apr 1, 2015

Becoming a Runner

Do you love running? Do you run outside everyday, no matter what the weather is like, or how awkward you run? Well then, good for you! And, I also secretly -and now publicly- envy you. I have always wanted to be good at running... but there was one problem; I despised running. It made me feel weak, and not happy. I have taken a secret vow to myself that this year, I will become a runner. My fiance, and our dog, Fred go on runs together every evening after work, and I feel like I am missing out. Not missing out, in the definition of missing out the time they are having together, but more like missing out on the experience of running.
Now, this kick hasn't just come about because I want to be a runner like my family. But, more so, had to with the fact that a month ago, I couldn't run a 5K. A measly 3.1 miles, and I couldn't do it. I was out of breath, and dying. So, ever since that humiliation, I have set a goal to train myself for a 5K... I know this sounds ridiculous, because people train for half marathons, and marathons not 5Ks. But this is my ridiculous goal that I WILL achieve. After that, if I'm still feeling ambitious, I will maybe train for a half promises...
So, today I wanted to share with you a new plan that I am following:
I will make weekly updates, and tips and tricks that I have learned along the way! So join me on this journey, and hopefully we'll both make it out alive! 

Mar 19, 2015

Ulta Took My Money Away...Again

You know that urge, when you go into Ulta for one thing in mind and start scanning all the aisles, and all the shelves...Well, this happens to me every time! Even though every time, I say I am going in for one thing... Lucky for me, I pick up a ton of stuff, but then drop them back in their shelf homes, because I like to justify my purchases to be budget friendly.
Last week, I came home with some new babies, and I wanted to share my purchases with the internet.
Most of my purchases were things I was swooning over on the Internet (all of the bare minerals stuff), and the other two were things I saw in play and fell in love with! 
NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana $10 I bought this to set my under eye concealer. Yellow-ish banana colored powders are all the rage to set under eye concealer, but I didn't want to pay crazy prices, or purchase a whole jug of Ben Nye powder (just in case I didn't like it). I thought this was a safe bet, as if I turned out to like it, the cost isn't too crazy! 
Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner $20 I used to own one of these in the shade blue, and it would always break apart and flake all over my eyes. It had amazing color pay off, but would NEVER STAY. Then, when I was travelling for work last week, my roommate during our trip was using this in black. She had oily lids, and put no primer on, and I swear to you, the liner she put on at 7 in the morning was still there by 6 at night! As I don't like black liners (too harsh for my little eyes), I bought the brown one! I will come back with an update on this little guy.
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Gel Cream $29 This item took a lot of research and debate, and at the end of perusing a ton of blogs and reviews, I decided to go for it. I got it in a lighter shade to see if this is something I like enough to continue in the summer. I have only used it once so far, and am not sure how I feel about it just yet. 
Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm in Pink Passion $16 This was in my Spring Lust List post. The color I had on there was a darker shade, and when I got to Ulta, this little dude was just too cute. I have been wearing this every single day since then, and might have to go back and repurchase all the rest of the colors to do an all inclusive review. LOVE THIS STUFF.

Well I hope my wallet taking a hit benefited your reading pleasures. Until next time, stay classy blogland!