Fashion: Guilty Pleasures – Tote bags

I have quite a few purses. I like having them, and like sunglasses, they can be colorful and extremely expressive. However, I noticed something when looking through them the other day. I have a ridiculous amount of tote bags

I think every woman should have a tote bag for those summer beach days, but I may have too many. How I got them? I am not sure. Will I stop getting them? Absolutely not. I like the idea of just tossing my wallet and a couple of essentials into a tote bag and heading out on an adventure, plus I like to have different ones to choose from. Having a tote bag for every. Considering how fickle my mood can sometimes be, I really actually need multiple ones.

I will say that I don’t use tote bags for any “fancy” times, but using one during spring and summer can make a rather dull outfit fun! What do you think about tote bags?

Beauty: Yadah – Pomegranate Vitalizing Mask Pack

So I took last week off, mostly because I was busy with the house. I have been moving stuff around and just doing a deep spring clean. My allergies have also been off the charts, and my sinuses have just been completely unpleasant. Plus, I also think that bloggers have to realize that it is okay to take some time off we don’t always need to be there. However, just because I wasn’t blogging, does not mean that I wasn’t pampering myself with face masks.

I’ve had the Yadah pomegranate vitalizing face mask for a while, and I finally decided to use it. It is meant to minimize the look of fine lines as well as moisturize the face. The mask was thin, which I liked and was covered with essence. There was a faint perfume smell, nothing pomegranate which I thought was a little weird, but it did not bother me. The Sheet covered my face fairly well (except for the nose, they never cover my nose).

The essence feed my skin and soaked up very well leaving my fave soft and feeling great. I do recommend this on those days that your face needs just a slight fix.

Fashion: Guilty Pleasures – Sunglasses

 

As you can see I absolutely love sunglasses! While yes they are made to protect your eyes from the sun, they are also the perfect ways to accessorize. Sunglasses have so much character and color and it can be one of the first things people notice when they see you. I love having a variety of Sunglasses at my disposal, so I can wear what ever matches my outfit or mood. I have silly fruit sunglasses, cheap sunglasses, designer, different colors and designs. I absolutely love em all! It doesn’t even matter what price (although I do stop myself if they are too expensive, like jeez I’m not that crazy) or style they are. I want to them all!

 

Beauty: BH Cosmetics – Solar Flare Palette

So, I’ve been rediscovering my love for makeup recently and I can’t believe how much I have missed it. Just applying the primer before doing anything brings happiness to my inner soul. I am not even kidding either. I am now remembering why I go gaga and try to spend my entire paycheck at Sephora. If this is a good thing or a bad thing I honestly don’t care because it makes me happy, and my happiness is of the utmost importance.  In shopping through my own makeup I noticed I have quite a few products from Bh Cosmetics, and there is a reason. Their products are affordable, Vegan and Cruelty-free, and gorgeous. That is why when I saw this Solar Flare palette I fell in love.

This palette is gorgeous with 18 brightly pigmented colors. The colors are very warm, which I thin compliment my brown eyes, but also would go well with any color eyes.  The eyeshadows also had very minimal fall out with applied, which I think is due to them being baked. I’ve used other baked eyeshadows from different brands and they do not go on as smooth as the Solar Flare palette does.

Now, I can’t really say how long these last as I always use primer when applying shadows due to having more-than-normal oily lids, but I can say with the primer I used they lasted all day. You can use the shadows wet or dry which is a plus. There is also a little mirror attached to the palette which is cool, but I never use those mirrors.

My favorite colors are Galactic, Fireball and Gamma Ray but all the colors are great. For the price of $18, this palette is a huge steal and a must-have for any shadow lover.

 

Beauty: PureLips – Vegan Tinted Moisturizer

So I wanted to try some new indie brands, while I do love the high name brands out there, I like discovering new things. I stumbled across PureLips on Etsy, an all natural vegan brand. They have loads of different beauty products including sea salt spray for your hair, moisturizers, eye shadows and face oils. I, however, went with the tinted moisturizer in light/medium. I wanted some light coverage for upcoming summer months and I knew that a tinted moisturizer would be right up my alley.

While the lotion was slightly thinner than I would have liked, but the coverage was pretty great. It blended really well too, considering that I just used my hands. The coloring is lighter than I thought light/medium should be but it’s not bad and you can’t really tell it’s too light when applied. I can’t feel it on my face after applied so it is perfect for summer.

Beauty: Batiste Dry Shampoo – Beautiful Brunette

I’ve heard great things about Batiste Dry Shampoo that when I needed to buy more after I ran out, I immediately knew I wanted to try this. When I saw they had a special shampoo just for brunettes like me I almost jumped for joy. Yay, to my hair no longer looking like I accidentally dumped baby powder in it. Well, that happiness did not last after the first use. The spray is brown and it does blend into my hair, but the finger I used to spray the shampoo with turned brown as well. The formula for this is also hard to brush into my hair, it made my hair look dull and feel nasty.

I was so disappointed, running my hairs through my hair I would get what looks like dirt all over my hands and my hair felt so stiff and powdery. I think maybe I should not have gotten the brunette spray. I will give this another try, perhaps just the original one, as I don’t want to completely write this brand off.

Have you tried Batiste Dry Shampoo?

Fashion: Guilty Pleasures – Statement Tshirts

There are some days that dresses, slacks, or heels don’t fit into your fashion choice. Sometimes you gotta just put on a pair of tennis, jeans and rock a t-shirt. Of course no one said you cant dress it up a bit with some accessories! More often than not though when I got for this look I usually end up picking a t-shirt that has a witty saying, music lyrics or something a bit sarcastic. Looking through my closet I noticed I seem to have a abundance of these t-shirts, when this started I honestly have no idea. However, I really love buying them and I doubt I will stop anytime soon. I especially love the ones that have to do with music.

 

What is your Guilty Pleasure Fashion?

Let’s Make Friends Update #1

So I wanted to make sure I keep you up to date on what’s happening in my quest for making friends. I want to bring you all along for every step of the way.

First things first, I dumped FriendMatch. While they had a lot of people to choose from they didn’t have very many in my area. In fact there was only 3 and they weren’t really in the area of Idaho that I was in. So while that could have turned me off the the whole experience in general It actually spurred me to find another site and I did.

Hey! Vina

Hey! Vina is a mobile app that is pretty easy to use an reminds reminds me of tinder in the sense that you swipe if you want to skip. They also have quizzes you can take that determine your friendship personality. It’s been pretty fun so far. There are a couple of things I don’t like. First if someone sends you a “hey!” you can’t see who it is unless you send them “hey!” as well, so if someone likes your profile you don’t know unless you like them back. Another thing is that if you do match with someone they immediately encourage you to meet in person. I don’t know about you all but I want to get to know someone before meeting them.

GirlFriend Social

I’ve actually have had some success on this site. There’s two potential friends that I am talking to now. The first I will call DB. DB is having a bit of a tough time right now, and laid everything out in our first message to each other. It is somewhat refreshing so I don’t get any surprise drama, I decided to stick around in case she needs a sympathetic ear. The second one I will call HF, we have some stuff in common and although she is a bit older than me and a bit spiritual I hope it works out. HF actually gave me her phone number so I am going to try texting her today (not call, because who does that!).

Girlfriend Circles

Is still a little weird for me to use but the users are all very responsive. Hopefully I can find some people in my area. I find the site a bit tough to navigate through but I hope I will get used to it. Besides people responding to my posts I have not really gotten to know anyone personally. Hopefully this changes or it is cut from the list.

Beauty: Maybelline – The COLOSSAL Volum’ Express Mascara

You all know I am on a never-ending search for the worlds best mascara. Mascara is my product, when I need something quick to brighten my face up or to give myself a pick me up, I will just swipe on some mascara and go. I was kinda excited to get this as a sample on a order I recently purchased. Honestly, It has been a while since I have used a Maybelline product, not because they are a bad company or anything. It’s really just because there are so many brands out there now and I just want to try different ones. Plus, their products just don’t appeal to me like some others that do.

Now, this mascara promises to “achieve colossal lashes with just one coat“, While one coat did not achieve the volume I wanted it does not mean that this mascara is bad. The volume is pretty great, in fact it was better than I thought it would be. I am not sure if it was because I have been lowering my expectations and I am easily impressed now, or if this did give me great volume. Either way I like the mascara. Another thing I can mention is that It has very minimal fallout and the end of the day did not leave me looking like a raccoon. The price isn’t so bad either so that is another plus.

GreenHarmony Pear Mask Pack

So I’m trying to take care of my skin since I have neglected it for a couple of months. I found this little gem in one of my many beauty boxes so I took it out and decided to use it.

Green Harmony claims this helps improve skin tone, add moisture and balances your skin. You love the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse off in lukewarm water. The mask was creamier than I expected and the little pack had a ton of product in it that I wished I had a little tub to store what I didn’t use. It easily spread over my skin so it was easy to use. There was no smell really, like I thought there would be considering it contains pears. This also never really dried so I had to be super careful not to let anything touch my face while I was wearing it.

After washing the product off easily I did notice that my face felt refreshed and smooth. The effect lasted for about a day, so this seems like a quick fix product that should be done multiple times a week rather than something that lasts the whole week. Not a holy grail products but it still was nice to use.