Joik: Coral Pink Silky Lipgloss

Joik Mini Series: Coral Pink Silky Lipgloss

I have been using this lip balm for a couple of months now and am really enjoying it. The texture is so smooth and the formula is super moisturizing. I like using it during the daytime because it gives your lips a nice “your lips but better” #ylbb tint. My two favorite aspects of this product: it is 100% natural and it has an expiration date! Okay, so maybe the expiration date thing sounds a little bit crazy but I really appreciate this because makeup and beauty products have a shelf-life but they are not typically labeled on products (unless an SPF is present). Check out the lip balm and let me know if you like it as much as I do! Christmas is 41 days away, I’m thinking that this would make a great stocking stuffer!

Tip: Stick a Joik organic lip balm in every coat pocket and bag that you plan to use during the cold weather to keep chapped lips at bay! You can also rub some on your cheeks in a pinch to keep them from getting dry too!



(Pictured: Joik Coral Pink Silky Lipgloss, $4.95)


Josie Maran Argan Oil

This. Stuff. Rocks.

I’ve been using the Josie Maran Argan Oil for a year. It is amazing! This is how I use it: as a moisturizer (am & pm), on my cuticles, on my elbows & knees, on the tips of my hair. The most exciting thing about this product is how my pores and skin look after long-term usage. I’ve noticed less breakouts and blackheads, smaller pores, and less acne scarring (yay!).

I use the oil on the ends of my hair after showering, before blow drying and pre-surf spray when I want beach-y, tousled hair. I’ve also used the argan oil to tame fly-a-ways on humid, rainy and typically “bad” hair days.

My cuticles feel better and look better overall. I have less discomfort (especially in the winter months when cold weather wreaks havoc on my hands) and that my manicures last longer.

I prefer the Josie Maran Argan oil because it is formultaed without: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs or Triclosan.

I am on my 3rd bottle of the Josie Maran Argan Oil. It costs $48 for a 1.7 oz bottle and is worth every cent! Keep in mind, I have been saving money on moisturizers and hair products because the argan oil is an amazing multi-purpose product.




2013 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Skin

Happy New Year! Make 2013 the best year yet for your skin! It is your largest organ after all and it is always on display. Here are some suggestions for things you can do to make sure you are looking fab 24/7 365 days a year:

  • Wash your makeup brushes!
    You don’t need a brush cleaner – dish soap and olive oil work just fine! This is a bit annoying but needs to be done. :]
  • Use organic products as often as possible (You know I love the Cosmetic Database – check out the rating of products before you buy and use them!)
  • Touch your face less. Germs, bacteria, and oil on your hands transfer onto your face when you touch it! Gross…
  • Exfoliate and use lotion. Out with the old and in with the new… haha :)
  • Drink water! Admittedly, this is something that I literally forget to do in the Winter. Eating hydrating foods helps too!
  • Take your vitamins. I’ve been slacking a bit here too, especially on the fish oil, but will be more diligent in 2013.
  • Try to move a bit everyday (even if that means running up and down the stairs for 5 minutes). Exercise leads to better circulation and complexion.
  • Use sunscreen (as often as possible and especially in the Summer) and eat foods that naturally boost your SPF like tomatoes, watermelon, berries, spinach, fish, tea (green and black), and dark chocolate.

I’m not a doctor… but you might be so if you have more ideas for resolutions in 2013 please leave them in the comments below! :]

Happy 2013!



Essie Butler Please, Smashbox Illume, and Smith’s Rosebud Salve

It has been too long my loves! This is just a quick little post to tell you about 3 products that I’m absolutely l-o-v-i-n-g!

1. Essie Butler Please is such a gorgeous winter blue from Essie. The consistency of this product is awesome, it is opaque (with 2 coats) and dries semi-matte. I have been layering Essie’s Stroke of Brilliance on top for shine and glitter (’tis the season).

2. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect nude lip gloss, Smashbox Illume is an awesome pick. You can snag it at Sephora. Although lately it has been sold out – must be popular! :) If you can find it, get it!

3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve has been a lifesaver lately. Cold air + heat = chapped lips (at least for me! How about you?) This product smells great, is long-lasting,  and appears subtly shiny (almost mimicking a gloss). I bought my first tube at Lux Beauty Store in Red Bank and recently picked up two more at Blue Mercury in Shrewsbury. I always opt for the tube because the pot is just disgusting (honestly, in my opinion it is just a little nasty pot of germs that is probably doing you more harm than good. Get the tube!)

Hope this was helpful!




Essie Penny Talk: Rose Gold Nails

Mini Post: Rose Gold Nail Polish Pick

Rose gold accessories, jewelry and makeup is in. And I love it. :) Today I’m going to focus on my favorite rose gold nail polish which is currently Essie Penny Talk. This polish is part of Essie’s new line, Mirror Metallic Collection for Summer 2012. It looks pretty on both the nails and toes and even better when it is paired with a rose gold accessory. The polish is a coppery rose gold and I think this shade will be the perfect summer to fall transition color! Also, Essie is Big 3 Free (which means their polish does not contain Toluene, DBP or Formaldehyde) so that makes me happy as well!



Drugstore Summer Makeup Look

As I got ready this morning I realized over 50% of the products I used were from the drugstore. Even with higher-end, more expensive options on-hand, I didn’t reach for them. I’m doing a tutorial on the products I used because I love them and think they are worth investing in.


Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream

Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller

Revlon Photoready Foundation

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder

Physician’s Formula SPF 20 Bronzer


NYX Liquid Felt Tip Eyeliner

Maybelline Color Tattoo – Bad to the Bronze

Covergirl Shimmering Sands Eyeshadow Trio

Covergirl Lash Blast mascara


Smith’s Rosebud Salve Balm – Strawberry

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss – Pink Pop


Essie -Waltz

These products are easily accessible, inexpensive and high quality. Let me know if you give any of them a try!





Butter London Nail Polish

I’m immensely excited about this brand. Butter London Nail Polishes are Big 3 Free (no formaldehyde, no toluene, and no DBP) and non-toxic. That is not even the best part though, the formula is incredible: long-lasting, easy to apply, and a great, high-quality consistency. The color range is pretty nice too! My favorites are Trout Pout and Slapper. Although Butter London has been around for a bit, you can now purchase it at Sephora, which makes me quite happy.

It’s love. :)


Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow

This product was diligently slathered on my skin for 2 weeks straight. I tried applying it with a primer, a brush, a beauty blender, and a moisturizer. Here is the verdict: I regret buying it. At $34.00, this product is not the most expensive foundation I’ve ever purchased. I’m disappointed, however, because I know I should’ve just opted for my tried & true Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + or Makeup Forever HD.

Here are some of the major drawbacks of this product (and for the record, I’m a fan of Benefit and have a huge collection of their products that I find invaluable, the Hello Flawless Liquid Foundation is just not one of them):

  • Small color range (it comes in 9 shades – what?!)
  • Yellow-ish pigmented formula (I tried 4 different shades and found that all of them have yellow undertones)
  • No staying power (it slide off my face after about 4-5 hours – not my best look)
  • Although oil-free it seemed to make my face appear oily (and I don’t have oily skin, quite the opposite actually)

Although this drawbacks are unforgivable, there are some things Benefit got right with this product: packaging, product names, and consistency. The packaging is quite user-friendly – I love the pump and shape of the bottle. Each name is cute! It makes me want to wear this foundation (petty, I know…). And finally, the consistency of this product is likable. It feels like a tinted moisturizer which is nice for the warmer weather.

I will either pass this product on to someone who might enjoy it more than me (ahem, my sister…) or just continue to wear it since it was $34.oo. Either way, the harsh truth is that I will not be re-purchasing it!


Earth Day 2012: Go Green With Your Beauty Supply

It’s Earth Day! Let’s talk about going green…and your beauty, makeup, and skincare product routine! So, how many different products do you use per day? Toothpaste? Sunscreen? Deodorant? Moisturizer? Shaving Cream? Shampoo? Conditioner? Body Wash? Hand sanitizer? Foundation? Powder? Bronzer?

I challenge you to tally up the number today. Now, think about the ingredients label for each product. Can you read all of the ingredients? If not, are you comfortable with applying those chemicals to your body? Since there is very little legislation protecting consumer health, when it comes to cosmetics and beauty products, it’s up to you to choose healthier options. It’s easier than you think and even committing to make small changes to your routine will have a great impact.

Organic products are better for you and for the earth! Here is a guide for going green with your makeup:

1. Commit to buying healthier beauty products

2. Discard old makeup and beauty products (Seriously, the eyeshadow you wore to prom? Needs to go…)

3. Enjoy the products you have and once they run out, replace them with greener versions

4. Purchase new products. Some of my favorite brands are Zoya, Josie Maran, Eco Tools , Lavanilla, LUSH, SpaRitual, Tarte, and Renpure.

5. Enjoy your new products and spread the word. Consumers can shape the cosmetic industry and change the landscape of it with the demand for healthier, greener products.

Quick fixes to help you get started:

  • Pick up a healthy shampoo/conditioner, I recommend trying Renpure Organics
  • Use a greener deodorant, I recommend Lavanilla or Tom’s
  • Swap out your nailpolish for a Big 3 Free version (meaning free of Formaldehyde, Toluene or DBP), check out Zoya or SpaRitual
  • Read this article from the Cosmetic Databse, Top Tips for Safer Products.

If you still need some convincing:

  • Making small changes to your beauty routine will make a huge difference! Start out by using Big 3 Free nail polishes and avoiding products with fragrance.
  • Cosmetic products and ingredients are not subject to FDA premarket approval authority, with the exception of color additives. – Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Beauty products (makeup, fragrance, etc.) will make its way inside your body -whether it is by absorption through the skin (your largest organ) or inhalation.
  • Chemicals found in beauty products have been linked to cancer, reproductive and respiratory concerns, and have been linked to other diseases.
  • Visit the Cosmetic Database, type in the name of a product you use, and evaluate it. Your product will be given a rating on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being the safest.

Happy Earth Day!



Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette

If you are a Urban Decay NAKED palette lover, this palette is a perfect addition to your makeup collection. The Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette is a collection of 10 sparkly neutrals. Cream, light bronze, soft gold, peach, taupe (my personal favorite), silver, deep brown, honey brown, deep sienna, and plum comprise the palette. At $28.00, this is a great deal. Baked products are a great investment in general when it comes to makeup. They last longer and can be used wet or dry.

I have used this palette almost daily since I purchased it from Sephora. I’ve found that the shadows  are well pigmented, long-lasting, and very sparkly. Also, there is very little fallout with the use of a primer (I tend to reach for Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Painterly Paint Pot and/or Urban Decay Primer Potion daily). I have used them both wet and dry. I have been dipping my shadow brush in Makeup Forever Mist & Fix and then picking up some shadow (in lieu of water). The “wet techinique” pumps up the intensity of the shadow. Nevertheless, a dry brush (or finger) is always an option if you are in a rush or if you simply prefer that type of look. Finally, these shadows blend beautifully with each other and also with all of the colors in the Urban Decay NAKED palette.

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