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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sampling

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  I'm typically pretty set in my routine, but I have been trying a ton of products out lately.  I tell myself it's in the name of blog research, and I try it out so that y'all don't have to do so ;)  I change my makeup and skincare routine up seasonally, and I'm currently gravitating toward very light products and bright products that are a little out of my comfort zone!

For reference, I have combination oily skin that is extremely sensitive, which is what my preferences are based on.  Also, all of these products are from my PLAY! by Sephora subscription.  It's only $10 a month, is tailored toward your needs, and in my opinion, the sample sizes are worth the money.



Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser ($45)  This made my skin go crazy.  My face was red for the next 24 hours and was extra oily for the next couple of days.  I don't typically try new facial cleansers for this reason, but I had good experiences with clay based products, so I thought it was safe.  Surprisingly, it has the texture of a regular cleanser and not a clay based product like the name would imply.

Would I purchase?  No.  It didn't do well with my skin.


Maison Margiela 'REPLICA' Beach Walk fragrance ($126)  This scent wasn't really age appropriate for me,  it felt a little bit too mature.

Would I purchase?  No.


YSL Black Opium fragrance ($69)  I loved this scent!  I usually wear Coco Mademoiselle, which is a very feminine scent.   Black Opium is a little spicier and would be perfect for a summer night out.

Would I purchase?  Yes!  It's on my wishlist.




Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (in K-Dub) ($20)  Everlasting is the perfect way to describe this product.  It's highly pigmented with a matte finish, but doesn't feel dry on your lips.  The color that I received (K-Dub) isn't something that I would have ever picked out for myself, but it's fun for summer.

Would I purchase?  No.  If I didn't already have 12 lip products floating around in my handbag, I would potentially order this in a different color.


NUDESTIX Magnetic Matte Lip Color (in Greystone) ($24)  I was really excited to try this, and I was extremely surprised that it was brown.  Not a deep wine or mauve... brown.  (See swatch above.)  The formula was very long lasting and smudge proof, so I think that I would have enjoyed this in a color that wasn't described as "greige."

Would I purchase?  No.




Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional Face Primer ($31)  I never bought into the hype around Benefit's pore minimizing products, and that is something that I regret.  My pores are awful, and this could have really helped me out!  I tried this out under my makeup on two extremely hot days, and it held up under the heat.  I was a little nervous because the product is brown, but it blends right in with my fair skin.

Would I purchase?  Yes!  It's on my wishlist.  The smaller bottle is more affordable, so I may go that route since a little bit goes a long way.




First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer ($28)  Out of all of the products I've tried recently, this is my favorite!  I don't wear much face makeup, and I wear it even less in the summer.  This is a moisturizer that brightens, smoothes, and visibly blurs imperfections and leaves skin with a dewy glow.  My only complaint about this product is that it doesn't go very far.  It takes a decent amount of the product to cover my face.

Would I purchase?  Yes!  Planning to purchase this week!  (If you're unsure, it also comes in a smaller, more affordable tube.)





What do y'all think - anything you want to try?!  What have you been sampling lately?



PS - I am working on a summer hair product post, and I'm looking to try a few more products.  If there are any that you've been curious about, be sure to drop the name of the product in the comments!  I want to try things that y'all are actually interested in.




Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday, y'all!  It feels so good to have fresh content on the blog.  Life has been crazy busy in the best possible way, so instead of being sad about the lack of time to write, I'm just embracing this busy season of life and trying to enjoy it.  (And if you're ever curious about what I'm up to, I have been burning up Instagram stories lately!  Insta username is @seersuckersass.)

Today I am really excited to share with you five of the things that I have been loving lately!



Lazy gal makeup routine  •  Post hair cut, I actually take a little bit of time to get ready in the mornings.  I don't wear a full face every day, and my makeup routines vary by season.  I'm currently really into using four makeup products.  I do my brows with IT Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil, unless I am feeling extra lazy, and then I use this $3 brow gel.

Lashes are next, and I use IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara.

My favorite part of the process is lips.  I line my lips with this lip pencil in Nude Pink (it's only $3.50!), then follow with IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain.  It dries into a really pretty stain, and it's not super glossy, so it doesn't look strange with minimal makeup.  It probably seems strange that I wear lip liner on a minimal makeup day, but I learned a few years ago that I don't have pigmentation on the edges of my lips, and this simple step immediately makes my lips look fuller.

If I don't have time to do liner & stain, I use IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Color Awakening Hydrating Lip Treatment. (c/o)  I prefer the 'Rose' shade because it's more of a nude than a pink.


Frankincense essential oil  •  I love diffusing this stuff.  I have found it easy to get overwhelmed in this busy season of life, but I diffuse this in the office on days when I'm feeling very anxious, and it truly calms me down.

(Also, I had no idea how expensive this stuff was until I linked to it!  It came in my starter kit, which was $160.  If you want to purchase the oil or want the starter kit, you can do that through me by clicking here.)
 

Draper James 'Hydrangea Row Hillsboro Dress  •  I'm in love with this dress.  I typically buy black or navy clothing, but I need this little ray of sunshine in my life.  Draper James products are a little pricey, but from my experience, their pieces are extremely well made.


Ulta After Sun Recovery Gel  •  If I don't use this specific sunscreen, I get sunburned.  I keep a bottle of it in my every day bag, but when I got to the pool, I realized that it was no longer there.  So I used a different sunscreen, made sure to reapply, and still ended up with a burn.  Ulta's After Sun Recovery Gel was a lifesaver.  Unlike the aloe products I've used in the past, this isn't sticky or gooey.  And it's only $7!


Good customer serviceI've been having horrible luck with customer service lately.  In the past two weeks, I've had nightmares with Pizza Hut, Expedia, and World Market.  So I took to social media to ask who has the best customer service y'all have ever experienced.  Results:  Chick-Fil-A, Disney, Zappos, Journey, Macy's, Home Goods, Anthropologie, J.Crew, and Nordstrom!


I want to hear from you - What have you been loving lately?

I hope that you have an amazing weekend!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Nordstrom Sale Picks

Nordstrom is, hands down, one of my top five favorite retailers.  In fact, I feel like a lot of major retailers could take a few lessons from Nordstrom.  Shipping is always free, and returns are not only free, but surprisingly simple.  Knowing that I can easily return something if it doesn't fit properly makes it easier to shop with confidence.  So when Nordstrom has a sale, I am all about it!

Some of the pieces I've picked are great for spring and summer.  Others are pieces to buy dirt cheap right now and hang on to them until it's time to transition to fall.  Regardless, all pieces are under $100 & the majority are even under $50!  (If you want to see my full list of loves from the Nordstrom sale, including my favorite splurge pieces, they're linked on my shop page!)


Row One:

Row Two:

Row Three:

Row Four:


Happy Tuesday and happy shopping!  Have you picked up anything from the Nordstrom sale yet?





Thursday, May 25, 2017

Goals

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Happy Thursday, y'all!  I don't know about y'all, but this week has been crazy and I feel like I'm running on fumes today.  What better way to add a little motivation to my day than make a list of goals for the next few months?!

Summer_goals



Drink more water    I have been dealing with a lot of bloating and just feeling gross lately, and I definitely feel like it is related to carbonated beverages.  On Sunday I bought a bunch of fruit to slice and keep on hand for infused water.  I've found that if the fruit is pre-sliced, I'm a lot more likely to grab that instead of grabbing a soda out of the fridge.

Become a morning person  •  I love sleep.  But my schedule has gotten a little out of control, and I want to really take control of my mornings for "me time."  A hot yoga & barre studio is opening about a mile from me, and it's right on my way to work.  I'm hoping to start getting up a little earlier every day so that by the time the studio opens in late June, I'm ready to take 6 AM classes.  (There's a $30/30 day class pass deal... can't beat that!!)

Update Instagram regularly  •  I've said this so many times, but I just don't love Instagram.  The idea of having a "theme" stresses me out, scoping out the perfect hashtags is time consuming; Instagram just doesn't do anything for me.  But I know it's important to have as a blogger, and my biggest goal for my blog right now is to focus on high quality photography.  So here's to hoping I can update Instagram at least three times a week!

Create a better newsletter routine    I love sharing my newsletter with y'all, but I haven't written one in quite some time.  My goal was for the newsletter to be a value add, but by judging trends in open rates and click rate, I felt like maybe it wasn't.  So I'm brainstorming new things to write about that are a value add to my readers, and also considering switching up the schedule.

Get everyone I know reading theSkimm  •  I don't really love watching the news, but I think it is so important to be informed.  theSkimm makes that easy.  It's a free, non-partisan email newsletter that will arrive in your inbox each weekday morning.  What really hooked me is the conversational tone of the email.  I don't feel like I'm reading the news, I feel like I'm discussing it with a friend.  (You can sign up here!)

Organize my closet  •  Summer is almost here, and I need my closet to reflect that.  My style is a lot better when I can actually see what clothing I own, and there's something relaxing about stepping into an organized closet.  Maybe I'll get motivated and work on that this long weekend.  

Learn more about the business side of essential oils  •  I signed up as a distributor through Young Living because I like their products and I wanted the discount.  But I'm yet to make my first dollar.  This summer, I hope to learn more about essential oils and how to grow the business side so that I am making a (small) profit... that I will probably spend on more oils.

Continue seeking out partnership opportunities  •  I love partnering with brands.  But I'm not great at pitching myself or my blog.  I'm hoping to really work on that this summer, especially because Jenny and I are planning something really cool!

Find a casual black dress for family photos  My family is having family photos taken for the first time since I was in high school.  I bought a package from a local photographer through a silent auction, and I am really excited because I've grown up admiring his work.  When my mom went to the consultation, they explained to her that he really likes to shoot casual looks... which is awkward because that's just not us.  I can't think of a single time I've seen my brother wear jeans in the past four years.  So my mom and I will be wearing casual black dresses.  There are so many gorgeous options out there, so choosing one is going to be a difficult task.





One last thing - before I end this post, I want to give a shout out to my blogger bestie Jenny! Jenny is launching a new product today, and I'm so excited for her! I purchased it last night, and I can vouch that the social media bundle she's selling is not only amazing, but will really help you reach your social media goals.  (And I love the fact that she is going to continue to update it as she comes across more helpful information.)  It's $27, but if you are in her group, there is a discount code for $10 off.

This isn't an affiliate link or anything like that.  I am just over the moon thrilled for one of my best friends.  Congratulations, J!

I want to hear from y'all - What are your goals?  How do you stay accountable?


Monday, May 22, 2017

Sampling

Confession - I love beauty samples.  I have sensitive skin, so I love the opportunity to try something out for a couple of weeks before committing.  It's so frustrating to try something once in a store, love it, and then get it home and immediately have some kind of allergy to it.  

One of the things I love most about trying skin care samples is that I can see how it works in my beauty routine.  If I'm at Ulta playing around with moisturizers, I may find one I love.  But what if I get it home and it just feels too greasy when paired with the plethora of products that I use every night?

In today's post, I'm sharing reviews of nine of the products I've sampled lately!  Just to let y'all know, I have sensitive skin, and I would define my skin type as combination, with some parts being super oily and some parts being super dry.




MAC Prep + Prime Skin ($31)    I didn't love this.  I wanted to, and I kept trying to, but I didn't.  It gave my skin a weird sheen, similar to how I look when I'm sick.

Received this sample via Nordstrom
Would I purchase?  Nope.  I've had much better experiences with this primer.


It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder ($29)  I really liked this powder!  It didn't eliminate my large pores, but it did minimize their appearance.  However, I have a ton of unused translucent powder.

Received this sample via Ulta (gift with purchase)
Would I purchase?  I can't justify purchasing more loose translucent powder.  However, I have considered purchasing the compact version of this product to carry in my purse.


Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet ($39)  I love this stuff.  The "sorbet" formula is great for my skin type.  It's not too heavy and it's not too light.  It soaks in just enough, and it leaves my dry skin feeling softer than usual.  I'm weird about scented products on my face, but this one is lightly fragrant and smells wonderful.  A little goes a long way; this sample lasted about a month.

Received this sample via Sephora (birthday gift)
Would I purchase?  I almost did.  But I started trying a new moisturizer sample after this one, and now I'm a little torn between the two.


Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Body Cleanser ($20)  This stuff is amazing.  The scent is clean, refreshing, and really wakes you up... without smelling like a citrus scented home cleaning product.  It lathers nicely, and I give it bonus points for being a unisex scent.

Received this sample via my stay at the Hilton Downtown Nashville
Would I purchase?  Already have!  For reference, the bottle contains half as much product as most Philosophy shower gels.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream ($52)  I loved this gel moisturizer.  It was light and soaked immediately into my skin.  While using this, my skin was the clearest that it had been in quite some time.  My only frustration is that it didn't do much for the drier parts of my skin, so I had to layer on a sleeping cream in the evenings to be sure my entire face was properly moisturized.  A little goes a long way with this product; I used the sample for about a month.

Received this sample via my monthly subscription to PLAY! by Sephora
Would I purchase?  I almost did!  I went to order via Nordstrom (I'm a cardholder and I like buying everything possible there for points), but it was backordered until mid-June.  I've decided to sample one more moisturizer before trying to decide between this and the Caudalie sorbet.

Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($11)  I didn't find this product to be anything special.  It worked okay, but I don't use many waterproof products, so it's not necessary.  I typically use coconut oil to remove my eye makeup, and I had better results with the coconut oil.  I'll keep this product just in case I try out a waterproof product, but I doubt it will get much use.

Received this sample via my monthly subscription to PLAY! by Sephora
Would I purchase?  No.  If I needed a waterproof makeup remover, I could purchase one at the drugstore for much cheaper.  I just wasn't that impressed with the formula.


IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream ($48)  I already had an eye cream when I received this sample, but I gave it a try because I love IT Cosmetics so much.  Y'all, this eye cream is amazing.  A little bit of this goes a long way; I've been using this sample for about three weeks now, and there is still a good bit left.  The packaging advertises that you'll notice a change in your skin after one use, which I didn't believe, but... surprise!  There was actually a change!  (I wish I would have taken before and after photos now.  Haha.)  The product has a bluish hue, which makes your eyes look brighter and whiter.  On days that I know I'm skipping face makeup, I'll apply this in the mornings, as well.

Received this sample via QVC with my purchase of IT Cosmetics Brow Power & Anti-Aging concealer bundle
Would I purchase?  Yes!  Hoping to find it in a bundle on QVC, but if not, I will suck it up and pay full price, because it is worth it!


Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in Black ($21)  My blonder hair has left my face looking a little washed out, so I've been meaning to pick up a new eyeliner to help with that.  (I know that sounds crazy, but my eyes have looked very pink lately, and eyeliner helps for some reason!)  After trying this, I will stick to liquid liner.  It didn't go on very smoothly and was kind of chalky.

Received this sample via my monthly subscription to PLAY! by Sephora
Would I purchase?  No.  This product was a little too high maintenance for my liking.


Diorshow Maximizer 3D Lash Primer ($30)  Following the removal of my lash extensions, I was desperate to look like I actually had lashes again.  This stuff was a lifesaver.  It basically creates little white tubes around your lashes, and the tube extends beyond your natural lash.  You apply like a mascara primer, then immediately coat with your regular mascara, then move on to your other eye.  It's imperative to apply the product immediately to get the best results.

Received this sample via Nordstrom
Would I purchase?  Already have!  I absolutely love it.  It's a little pricy, but I imagine it would work well paired with just about any mascara, as it does the heavy lifting and the secondary mascara mostly just provides color.

What do you think - see anything you'd like to try?  What have you sampled lately?

Happy Monday!