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)


Origins VitaZing

So many great things can be said about this product! Before I get to them, let me start off by explaining exactly what this product is because you have never seen anything like it before. Seriously! This is a moisturizing lotion that is oil-free with SPF 15.

Initially, when squeezed out of the tube, the lotion appears white. However, when it is rubbed and blended into the skin, it adds an incredible glow, and offers an effect similar to the results you might get from using a tinted moisturizer.

I love the results that I get from using VitaZing and in my opinion, my skin looks more radiant when I use this instead of my other face products. So, you might be wondering, what is so special about VitaZing?

1. It is an awesome substitute for foundation. The lotion goes on smoothly, blends in  completely and provides a great base for additional makeup.

2. One lotion fits all skin types. Anyone can use this lotion! VitaZing eliminates the necessity to match your skin to a foundation. This is especially important to me during the summer months when I tend to need foundations and face products that are a bit darker to suit sun-kissed skin.

3. A little goes a long way. You do not need a palm full of VitaZing to achieve a pretty glow! Dot the product on cheeks, chin and forehead, blend in with you fingertips and you are good to go. 

4. You skin will look like it is literally glowing. In my opinion this is perfect for anyone who cannot get outside! It will make you look like you just returned from a sunny vacation.

5. SPF 15 is a plus.

6. Oil-free formula makes it suitable for all skin types.

7. It is moisturizing without being too heavy.

8. Light, fresh scent that is invigorating and pleasant.

You can purchase this at Origins (I bought mine on 5th Ave in NYC,) Macy’s, or online at






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Zoya Nail Polish

Nail polish is one of my favorite things. I love wearing it, putting it on, and looking at it (both on me and on others!). I love it on my fingers but also on my toes and I think it looks so pretty in the bottle. It is easy to travel with, can make an outfit pop, and is a reflection of personality.

I was really disappointed when I discovered how harmful conventional nail polish brands are (on the cosmetic database – Some of my favorite brands that I have been wearing for years (like Essie) suddenly seemed off-limits and dangerous. Nail polish lost its appeal to me because I felt so guilty wearing it.

A little bit of research led me to Zoya. This brand really enables me to enjoy nail polish again! Zoya nail polish is free of formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl pthalate and camphor. The polish is also vegan-friendly. I like the fact that my nails can look pretty without compromising my health. :)

Zoya has an incredible range of colors to select from – each shade has an intensity rating (of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most opaque). In addition, each color has a color description, and information on the color family it belongs to, the finish (cream, frost or metallic), and tone (warm or cool). Zoya makes it really easy to find colors that work well with your skin (check out this youtube video on how to find the right color for your skin tone:

Right now, I am loving Zoya Elodie and Zoya Erin. I recently purchased Zoya Audrina, Zoya Sabrina and Zoya Kali (I am waiting for them to come in the mail!).

I get my Zoya nail polish at, where each bottle is $7 (+shipping and handling). This is an awesome brand and I highly recommend purchasing their nail polish! :)

x0 Katie

Philosophy Makeup Optional

I have decided to start 2011 off with a new skincare routine/regimen. This was a pretty big decision for me! I am trying to finish up all the products I currently own in the next 2.5 weeks. It will feel good to start fresh & I would encourage others to try my strategy out too if it sounds like something you might be interested in.

As a side note, I just wanted to say that I have been most faithful to Burt’s Bees and Neutrogena over the years but have tried so many (including: Cetaphil, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Clearasil, Noxzema, Biore, Korres, Murad, Kiss My Face, Burt’s,  Alba, The Body Shop, Etc.) The brand that I am turning to for my 2011 skincare is Philosophy. There is so much buzz about this brand — I want to experience what it is all about! Oprah named Hope in a Jar one of her 25 favorite things of 2010. I purchased the kit pictured below at Sephora, it is called the Philosophy Makeup Optional Skin kit.

My expectations for the products within are really high! The kit comes with Purity face cleanser, Hope in a Jar moisturizer, 3 face peels, a serum and a cream for the eyes/lips. I am so excited to try out these products! The skin regimen will commence with the new year & I will review the products shortly thereafter.

My hopes for the new skincare regimen: less breakouts, diminish acne scars, some overall firming, and pretty skin that is makeup optional. I will let you know how it goes – join me if you like! :)

x0 Katie

Review: Philosophy Under the Mistletoe Lip Shine Set

Philosophy Under the Mistletoe Lip Shine Set


This set is a pretty great deal in terms of price, 4 lip glosses for $20. At $5/lip gloss, the  price is comparable to Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush lip glosses. If you purchased a single Philosophy lip gloss it would cost $10 so you are pretty much paying half price! Okay, enough about the cost!

I think the packaging is adorable & perfect for Christmas! I love the red sparkle, gold ribbon, and the theme of kissing!

This would make a great gift because of the varied shades of gloss. Each shade would look great on any skin color. These can also be mixed together to create a unique color or you can layer them on top of lipstick or lipliner. The lip glosses each have a fabulous holiday themed name: Peppermint Bark, Candy Cane, Pink Frosted Cookie and Have a Cherry Christmas.

Each gloss has a flavor that perfectly suits its name! :) My favorite is Candy Cane – it is minty and perfect for winter!

Peppermint Bark and Have a Cherry Christmas have a red tint and shimmer, Candy Cane is a classic clear gloss and Pink Frosted Cookie is a gorgeous light pink with an awesome shimmer.

[From left to right: Peppermint Bark, Candy Cane, Pink Frosted Cookie, Have a Cherry Christmas]

I am already enjoying this set! It is a good pick for Christmas & the holiday season, very festive, functional & fun!

x0 Katie

Review: Sephora Deluxe Fragrance Sampler For Her ($96 Value)

Hands down, the Deluxe Fragrance Sampler is THE BEST fragrance option at Sephora! Although, the Collector’s Edition Fragrance Sampler for Her, $75 is pretty awesome too!) Anyway, I have been waiting for this set to come out since last year! The Sampler includes a voucher (a coupon) for a full sized perfume, 12 tiny fragrance samples (a mix of eau de parfum and eau de toilette – I am partial to the eau de parfums), and 1 refillable rollerball (that you can fill with any fragrance for on-the-go). The idea is to try out the 12 fragrances, select your favorite one, and use the voucher to purchase the full sized fragrance at no extra cost. Basically, it is like a free perfume trial, so awesome! This is a great gift option because it provides the recipient with an opportunity to purchase a fragrance of her choice, and also with an excuse to go to Sephora! :)

This set includes little samples of: Dior Addict 2, Versace Bright Crystal, Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy, Dolce & Gabbana Rose the One, DKNY Be Delicious, Philosophy Amazing Grace, Prada Infusion d’Iris, and Givenchy Very Irresistable Givenchy.

At $50, this is a great item to purchase online because you get free shipping, and 3 free samples with every online order. Honestly, don’t put too much emphasis on the samples though. The samples usually prove to be disappointingly tiny and worthless!  In most cases I can barely experience a product because I am simply not provided with enough of it.

Keep in mind, the Sephora Deluxe Fragrance Sampler is limited edition, so if you want it get it now!

x0 Katie

Review: Sephora PURE Natural Believer Palette – Stargazer Edition

I bought a Sephora PURE palette about two weeks ago. The palette comes with 1, blush and 6 eyeshadows – an awesome mix of shimmer and matte. The blush is ultra-pigmented (a little goes a longgg way!). I bought the stargazer edition because the colors looked fun to work with.

This palette will allow you the create the perfect smokey eye! : ) The makeup is long-lasting and easy to blend.

The best part about this palette is the price right now on$15! That is such a great deal!

Sephora PURE pros: No parabens. No sulfates. No synthetic fragrances. No Synthetic Dyes. No Petrochemicals. No Pthalates. No GMOs. No Triclosan. 95% natural. 10% organic. No animal testing.

This is an awesome palette for $15.00! It is small and lightweight so it is perfect for travel, your bag, work, school, etc.

*If you are into neutral colors, the stargazer edition might not contain the best colors for you! I would recommend that you purchase a different edition, such as wanderlust. :)

Gift Guide #5 & #6 – Tiffany’s…

Tiffany’s jewelry is my gift guide pick for entries #5 & #6. Go to to browse jewelry.

Tiffany’s is synonymous with quality and class in the realm of jewelry. Although some pieces seem expensive, you are paying for exquisite jewelry that you can feel confident and happy about.

If you are considering getting a piece from Tiffany’s engraved, take it elsewhere. A store like Things Remembered will engrave a piece for a lesser price than Tiffany’s, and it will often be much faster. Additionally, look for complimentary shipping on the Tiffany’s website, this will minimize costs in that area.

Tiffany’s has great gift ideas for girls & guys (rings, bracelets, necklaces, money clips, cuff links, watches, fragrances, etc.) and it is fun to both receive and give Tiffany’s as a gift!

-Katie :)

Gift Guide Entry #4 – Anthropologie Monogram Mugs

Anthropologie is easily my favorite store. Everything in this store has a unique, eccentric appeal and flavor. The Anthro monogram mugs are awesome because they are sturdy, trendy, classic and pretty.

The mugs are white with black lettering and/or design. There are two varieties, a coffee mug and a small mug, which could be used for tea or hot cocoa.

Instead of getting just one mug, buy a few. Spell out your favorite word, your name, etc. and display it as a decoration!

These mugs are my favorite! I have several myself and I always give them as gifts!

Gift Guide Entry #3 – Apple iPod Touch

The iPod touch is AWESOME. (The blog post could end here but I’ll keep going…)

You can listen to music, go online (w/ access to wifi), get sweet applications, you can hook it up to your tv (with special cables), you can store pictures & videos… the possibilities with the iPod are unlimited.

Check your email, weather or upcoming events.

Google something. Go on youtube, facebook, or update your blog! :)

The iPod touch comes in 8GB, 32GB, or 64GB. (p.s. All this information was just located using an iPod touch!)

You need an iPod touch, unless you have an iPhone. Peace!


p.s. The iPod touch is an awesome gift for anyone (from your girlfriend to your grandma~trust me!)

Click on  shop Katie’s picks (above) to buy your iPod through! :)