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Josie Maran Watercolor Eyeshadow Review

josie maran reviewJosie Maran is a higher end brand I always saw in Sephora but never tried. Recently I got the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow. I was drawn to this product by the uniqueness of it. I also love how the product works.

From the website:
This refreshing, pigment-packed liquid shadow makes eyes look and feel more hydrated. It has two layers: the first delivers fresh coconut water, and the second provides a layer of argan-infused pigments to give eyes a more youthful appearance and minimize the appearance of fine lines.

Pros: 

*Feels lightweight on the eyes.

*Beautiful color.

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*Lasts all day.

*Can be used as a base for other eyeshadows or on its own.

*Love the packaging. The glass bottle is so unique and the applicator is light to the touch when applying it.

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Cons: 

*The pigment and coconut water separate frequently and  I have to shake it up before every use.

Overall the product is simply lovely. I love how lightweight the product feels on my eyes and combined with the long lasting wear of the product it makes it my new go to eyeshadow. Here is how great the color looks on the skin.

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Have you ever tried this eyeshadow or any other products from Josie Maran?

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Spring Handbags I am Loving

Spring Handbags
The light is at the end of the tunnel…Spring is almost here!! Three cheers for warm weather!!
What I love about Spring is the reintroduction of pretty, pastel colors! Here are a few new purses that have caught my eye.
I love this blush pink handbag from H&M. it is so pretty to pair with spring dresses or even a layer back look of capris and a flow shirt.

Longchamp Leather Purse
These Longchamp bags are so cute and are big enough to match any outfit. This deep pink is a great pop of color for the warmer weather of Spring.

Herschel Supply Co. Foldover Clutch
I have had my eye on one of their book bags for a while and while visiting their site I saw this beauty. I love the two tone color blocking effect of this clutch.

Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag 
Absolutely love this Rebecca Minkoff bag. The teal bag would be a great addition to any outfit. I also like how big the bag is to fit everything I need during the day.

Women’s Reversible Tote Handbag
Tote bags are a great addition to everyone’s wardrobe. Not only are they reversible but the bags are affordable as well.

Kate Spade Lily Avenue Carrigan
There is nothing I love more than a new Kate Spade bag! This one is gorgeous!! I absolutely love the scallops on this one and the bright blue inside of the bag.
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What purses have caught your eye this Spring?

New Workout Clothes for Motivation

New Workout Clothes

More than anything else one of my biggest motivations in working out is to wear cute, fun clothes while doing it! Lately, I have been collecting some new workout clothes that are fun and different to wear. It has definately helped push me to get to the gym and feel good about myself. It is always fun to get a new outfit but there is something even better about getting a new workout outfit.

Here is one of my favorite new outfits!

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Whenever I really wanna push myself at a workout or just wear something nice as a pick me up I am always wearing these ‘space inspired’ pants! They are so much fun!!

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Recently, when going to Dick’s Sporting goods they were having a huge sale and I was so excited to get some new undershirts to workout with. I love these because they are stretchy, tight (aka hold all the fluff in) and collect all my sweat.

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Anything Lululemon = amazing…am I right!? Having some new items from there has definitely motivated me to wear them to go workout and look cute too!

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I am loving these headbands lately! They are the best at keeping the flyways away from my face when working out.

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Last, but not least, I recently got this neck warmer on super clearance at Gap for only $6 dollars! It is great for wearing around my neck and even up to my nose in the chilly, winter weather when going on a run and etc.

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What do you like to wear while working out? Do new clothes motivate you to workout?

Lush: Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask

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For those of you who are not familiar with Lush it is a handmade cosmetics and skincare store. They have anything you could want and then some! Many of their products are packaged in black pots, like above. When you have five empty pots they can be turned in for a free fresh face mask. As of now I only have three empty posts; so once this mask is empty and I have one more I will be able to turn them all in for a FREE one!

On the Lush website it is said to have these features.

  • Gentle enough for everyone: Catastrophe is one of our best-selling masks because it’s gentle on all skin types.
  • Ingredients: Deep-cleansing, nutrient-rich blueberries are packed with vitamins, and blended into calamine, rose absolute and chamomile blue oil to soothe redness, irritation and cleanse the skin without stripping it of its natural oils.
  • Calm catastrophes: We use calamine powder for its calming and soothing effect. Use often for a smart skincare routine.

I have oily skin but with the winter in full swing I find that my cheeks have been drier and chapped. I chose this mask because of the calming effects it has to smooth my winter skin.

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Pro’s 

  1. I love the smell of this mask. It smells lightly of blueberries and chamomile. The fragrance is not overly ‘in your face’ which is good since the mask is on your face!
  2. I really liked how thick the mask was and hour I could actually see pieces of real blueberries in it.
  3. While the mask was on my face I felt a light soothing sensation. Specifically around my nose where I have dry skin.
  4. The mask left my skin extremely soft after taking it off.

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Con’s 

  1. The mask was slightly watery in the bottom which made it looked separated.
  2. Mask became flaky after drying and due to this the mask was messy to remove.

Recommendations for Use 

Before using the product you should mix the ingredients together to combine all the ingredients from the pot sitting in your fridge.

When using the product I would apply it to a damp face and let it sit for about 5 minutes. As the mask gets drier and drier remove before the flakes disperse everywhere.

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When taking the mask off do so in a circular motion with warm water. Start at the bottom of your face and move your way up. Make sure your face is leaning over the sink to not get pieces on the floor.

Overall

Even though the mask flaked and was harder to removed once dry the lasting effects of the mask were worth it. Even days after wearing the mask I could feel that my face was soft and that my moisturizer absorbed well into my skin.

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Have you tried a Lush face mask? Which one is your favorite??

Happy First Blogiversary!!!!

Hi lovelies,

It is my 23rd Birthday and my first anniversary of my blog all TODAY!

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Today I started off the day doing something I have NEVER done before; going to a 6am spin class!! This year I am making it a goal to lose at least 30 more pounds in an effort to be healthy and fit.

As I am now, I am healthier that I was last year, but I still need to lose some of the weight on my frame to get into the right area for my body type. Unlike last year, I am excited about this journey and look forward to doing all I can to push myself and become fit, gain muscle, and confidence in my fitness abilities.

This afternoon I got all dressed up and went out to eat with coworkers! It was so much fun to laugh and see them. Below are pics of my ‘Outfit of the Day’.

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The Tory Burch flats were a new Birthday gift from my Grandparents 🙂

Blogiversary

I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by and how much my little blog has grown There have been so many ups and downs but I am so happy with the place I am at in my life and the opportunities and new adventures to come in 2015!!

Blogging was a first for me this past year and I really love pouring myself into it and making posts that reflect me and my interests. I love interacting with other bloggers and people from all over the US and even oversees who have the same interests as me!!

Here are a few of my very favorite posts from last year:

  1. How To: Depot MAC Eye Shadows
  2. Mouth Watering BBQ
  3. New Year, New Apartment
  4. The Importance of a Nightly Skincare Regime
  5. JRINK 3 Day Juice Cleanse

Thank you for sticking with me this year and please continue to do so in 2015! I will be making a concerted effort to blog weekly and I hope you are there along with my to read and learn more about my life.

Many blessings to everyone, Name

Friday Favorites for Fall

Hello lovelies,

It is finally FRIDAY!! Having Monday of this week off was wonderful, but by Tuesday I was sick and had to stay home from work for two days. I am feeling much better but being sick is no fun!!

This weekend Paul and I are going to Virginia to visit both of our families. On Sunday we are ending the weekend with a friend’s wedding! So ready for the weekend to begin!!

Here are some of my favorites this fall. Also, arn’t you loving the cooler weather!?

Fall Favorites

Plaid

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Plaid is a much loved fall favorite! Plaids are perfect to pair for any occasion. One of my favorite outfits is an over sized plaid shirt paired with leggings. It is cozy yet still in style!

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Leopard is almost a year round favorite for me! I love how versatile the pattern is to fit with many different outfits. A big thing on my wardrobe wishlist are leopard shoes. Ooohh, the outfits I could make with them! ahah 🙂

Gold

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Lately, I have been loving gold jewelry! Nothing is better than a timeless piece of gold jewelry from Kate Spade. …And they just so happen to be having a family and friends sale right now with 30% off a purchase with this code: F14FFUS

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Any outfit can be jazzed up with a little bling bling! Statement pieces are really in right now and can be found at many stores like Target, J Crew, Stella and Dot, and Baublebar. Specifically, Baublebar has been on point lately with their jewelry. Currently, I am eying this beautiful statement neclace with crystal flowers. This is elegant but blingin’.

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There is nothing more desirable in fall than to be cozy by the fire, in bed, or in a comfy chair reading a book. When doing those things I love a soft, plush blanket and cute thermos with a hot treat inside.

<—To the left is a Kate Spade thermous I have been eying lately!

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What are some of your favorites this fall?

How To: Depot MAC Eyeshadows

How to depotHi all,

In an effort to organize some of my makeup I decided to depot my MAC products and put them in a palette. Also, with the leftover containers I was able to turn them into Back to MAC for some free eye shadows.

Below are all of the materials you will need to do this project.

Materials NeededSTEP 1: Remove the Outer Plate

Step 1The first step in getting the eye shadow out of the plastic container is to remove the outer plate from the ‘body’ of the plastic. To do this take the sharp knife and wiggle it in the crease line of the plastic. As you do this you will apply pressure until you hear a pop sound of the plastic clicking up. Once this occurs it will look like the picture below.

step 1.5Remove the outer plate and place the rest of the plastic container to the side until the end when you put it back together.

STEP 2: Place Outer Plate on the Straightener

step 2For step 2 take the outer plate and place it on a hair straightener for 30 seconds. You do this so that the glue under the eyeshadow heats up and becomes gooey. Doing so allows for the eye shadow to be easily removed from the outer plate in step 3.

STEP 3: Remove the Eyeshadow from the Outer Case

step 3In step 3 place the outer casing of the eye shadow on a paper towel. Once doing so take the same sharp knife and shimmy it between the plastic and metal pan of the eye shadow. Slowly take the knife and push it down and up to remove the shadow from the plastic. The eye shadow might be hot from when it is on the straightener. If so, use the tweezers to extract it from the casing to not burn your fingers.

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Below is what the eye shadow will look like removed from the case.

 

 

noteOnce the shadow has cooled you can place the shadow in a MAC palette or z palette.

If you are planning on doing Back to MAC you will need to take the casings and put the eye shadow container back together to be able to return it for the free products.

STEP 4: Preparing Items for Back to MAC

step 4Take the outer tray and line it up with the inner try.

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Place the outer tray into the rest of the base and click it into place. Now it is ready to return to Back to MAC.

Below are all of the things I was able to return for Back to MAC. Note: to get a free eye shadow, lip glass, or lipstick through Back to MAC you must turn in 6 used MAC items.

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Have you ever depoted MAC eyeshadows? What did you do the same or differently??