ISH Cosmetics Dynamic Duo – A FabFitFun Add-On

A few weeks ago I posted about my spring FabFitFun box and all of the goodies that came in my box. I briefly mentioned that I choose a few add-on products. One of those products was the ISH Cosmetics Party in Pink/Rustie Duo. This mini kit came with two products a Shadow Stick and Shimmy Shadow.

I’m also featuring the RealHer lip kit in Pink I received from the spring FabFitFun box because I thought pretty pale pink lips would look great with the ISH Cosmetics products that I added-on! Don’t you love the empowering phrases that come on the RealHer packaging?

Women Rule the World? Oh, yea!

While we are talking about RealHer products I might as well mention that they are 100% free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, gluten, and phthalates. Not only that but 20% of the profits go to the American Association of University Women (AAUW). I love finding products that give to a good cause. If you would like more information on how they give back click here.

Back to ISH Cosmetics (which by the way stands for I’m Smokin Hot!) here I am wearing only the Shadow Stick on my eyes.

ISH Shadow Stick in Party in Rustie

I am really loving the color and how easy the shadow is to apply. I just directly applied it on my lid without any primer. It makes for a quick but pretty eyeshadow look.

While I like the color and the easy application of the shadow stick by the end of the day it started to crease. Which I suppose is to be expected with most cream shadows. It’s not a huge problem because I was able to go most of the day with my makeup looking fresh but it’s something to be aware of if you have oily lids.

ISH Shimmy Shadow in Party in Pink

Onto the next! How gorgeous is that golden pinky shimmer? I absolutely love this product! ISH Shimmy Shadows will really make your eyes pop. When applying this product I suggest that you dab the shadow onto your lids so that you don’t get too much fallout. It can get messy if you’re not careful!

The good thing about this product is that you can build up the shimmer. So if you only want a little shimmer use a brush to dab sparingly. If you want intense shimmer for a night out keep laying on the product with a heavy hand!

This picture above was taken outside in the sun. I was attempting to capture just how shimmery it is but it really doesn’t do it justice! It looks so much shimmery in person!

I’m also wearing ISH Gold Bomb on my cheekbones and the inner corners of my eyes. This highlighter is very subtle and infused with coconut and sunflower seed oils. It gives you just enough shine so you can wear it all day or night!

While I enjoyed wearing the ISH Shadow Stick I can’t get past how amazing the Shimmy Shadow is! It gives you that glittery shimmery shine without looking overdone. Shimmy Shadows are available in four more colors including a silvery gray color that looks amazing. What do you think? Have you ever tried ISH cosmetics or RealHer cosmetics? Do you have any favorite glitter or shimmer products? If so let me know in the comments!

 

Trend Alert – Off the Shoulder Tops

Off the shoulder tops and dresses have made a big comeback this spring and I couldn’t be more excited about it. There is something just so subtly sexy about showing a little shoulder. I really love this style and I hope that it isn’t going anywhere.

You can find off the shoulder tops and dresses in all different patterns styles and lengths.

Here are 3 Off the Shoulder Tops I’m Loving

Look #1

For an effortless relaxed look go for a top that has a loose fit and is made with a lighter material. These styles look great with skinny jeans, fitted shorts or a cute slim fitting skirt. Check out this style I’m wearing below from Shein.com.

This top is light and flowy which makes it so comfortable. It is the perfect top to wear in the spring and the summer because it is so light.

Don’t you just love the detail of the crocheted sleeves?

The jeans I’m wearing are from William Rast and are so comfortable! I don’t normally purchase designer jeans but they were on sale over the holiday season and I decided to try them out. Such a great purchase!

Oh and check out these cute peep toe shoes! I got them on sale for 25%off at DSW and I had a grand opening coupon for $15 off! Now that’s a steal!

Look #2

If you want to dress it up a little bit, try an off the shoulder top with lots of big ruffles. This super girly look will definitely grab some attention and has the perfect balance of sexy and sweet.

This floral ruffle top is also from Shein.com. I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of me with it on so I decided to do this flat lay for you! I would pair this top with the same shoes, my William Rast jeans and this cute clutch from World Market. Yes, I said World Market! You can find some really cute and different accessories at a good price.

Oh and this choker that I’m wearing in from the first couple of pictures is also from World Market!

Look #3

The following look is two trend for one deal! It’s an off the shoulder velvet pink top from Marshalls! What do you guys think of the velvet trend? I have been seeing it everywhere this season and it is giving me serious 90s vibes!

I am pairing the top with the same choker that I am wearing in the first picture. I’m all about making the most of the piece that you already have in the closet.

I’m wearing another pair of William Rast skinny jeans and holding a denim jacket I found on clearance at The Gap last summer.

The only problem with this shirt is that the skinny straps do not want to stay up! Maybe I can use my DIY skills to sew them a little shorter so that they stay up. What do you think? Would you give that a try?

Have you tried the off the shoulder look? Which look is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Easter Sunday Outfit Idea

Easter Vibes

 

It’s almost Easter Sunday and I’ve been thinking about what to wear for our family get together. It’s supposed to be 80 degrees on Sunday wich is pretty warm for April! That is why I’m thinking a cute floral dress with flowy sleeves would be the perfect outfit to wear for Easter! Pair it with peep-toe sandals, a simple clutch, and some fun pastel colored sunglasses. If you want to dress it up, even more, throw on a sparkly pendant necklace. Oh and how awesome is that Easter egg iPhone case? Can’t get any more festive than that! Even if you don’t celebrate Easter this is a great spring look to wear for a brunch or maybe a bridal shower.

….Btw that Rabbit in the corner is not just a cute graphic to make the pic more festive it’s a canvas art piece that you can find on Etsy! Details below.

Shop this Easter look!

Flower Print Dress – $65 at Mango 

Chrissy Clutch – Currently on sale for $24.50 at Colette 

Apricot Peep Toe Sling Back High Heels – Currently on sale for $33.99 at Romew

Wildest Dreams Pink Sunglasses – $38 at Sports Girl

Kendra Scott Elisa Iridescent Druzy Necklace – $65 at Neiman Marcus

Easter Eggs Watercolor iPhone Case – $40 at Casetify 

Rabbit Giclee Print Cavanata 8″ X 10″ Rabbit Graphic Fine Art Print Original Illustration, Animal Art – $20 at Etsy  

Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday weekend! Be sure to let me know what you are wearing for Easter in the comments below!

Need recipe ideas for Easter desserts? Check this post out! 

** These are not affiliate links and I am not compensated in any way for this post. Just wanted to share some fashion items that I thought were fun and perfect for Easter!**

 

13 Paleo, Gluten or Dairy Free Easter Dessert Recipes

Paleo, Gluten and Dairy Free Easter Recipe Ideas

Easter is almost here and I have been searching Pinterest all week for some interesting and healthier desserts to make. I wanted to keep whatever I am going to be making gluten and dairy free as there are some people in my family who are avoiding them at the moment.

There are so many pretty and delicious looking ideas on Pinterest that I am having a hard time deciding what to make! I was thinking I would go the vegan cheesecake route but then I heard the Pale Lemon Cupcakes calling my name!

Maybe you could help me decide what to make!

Paleo, Gluten or Dairy Free Easter Dessert Recipes

Paleo Lemon Cupcakes from PB Fingers

Lemon is a classic this time of year and these cupcakes look amazing. I love how she topped them with a little slice of lemon for decoration.

Copycat Cadbury Creme Eggs from Hold the Grain

Normally I wouldn’t bother recreating candy that you could buy at the store but sadly Cadbury Creme Eggs are not gluten free. This recipe seems easy so I am considering making it. I mean what is easter without Cadbury Creme Eggs?

Vegan Cheesecake Recipe
Image courtesy Chocolate Covered Katie

Rainbow Unicorn Cheesecake Bars by Chocolate Covered Katie

I have been seeing unicorn everything lately. Unicorn lattes, toast, makeup brushes, you name it! So why would cheesecake be any different? This is another recipe that’s visually stunning and sure to impress.

No-Bake Cadbury Mini Egg Balls from North South Blond

These mini egg balls are in cookie dough form (eggless) and couldn’t be cuter! Anything that involves cookie dough is alright with me! They are simple to make, so even if I don’t make them for Easter I will be trying these out another time!

Chocolate Caramel Easter Eggs from The Pretty Bee

Chocolate and caramel one of my favorite combinations. Can’t go wrong with this Cadbury Caramel Egg inspired recipe

Carrot Cake Fudge from Purely Twins

Carrot cake fudge?? I would have never though to create a fudge recipe inspired by carrot cake! It seriously sounds so good and looks pretty too!

Superfood Berry Cashew Cream No-Bake Bars by Food Faith Fitness

These no-bake bars are so pretty! I love the layered look and the fact that it sneaks in some spinach. Perfect for spring time!

4 INGREDIENT PALEO CHOCOLATE COCONUT CUPS By Beaming Baker

These cups are so cute and seem very easy to make especially since they are no bake. I love almost anything that includes coconut and the addition of chocolate is even better!

Vegan Cheesecake
Photo Courtesy of the Minimalist Baker

7 Ingredient Vegan Cheesecake by Minimalist baker

I have been dying to make vegan cheesecakes but so many recipes seem too complicated. This 7 ingredient recipe looks easy enough to master by easter!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars by Le Petit Eats

I saw these on Pinterest and I had to include them on this list. They are so cute and as I already mentioned I love anything with cookie dough!

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake by Lazy Cat Kitchen

Oh my gosh! This is just about the prettiest cheesecake I have ever seen! The pretty pink color and how she decorated the cake with flowers and strawberries. It is just perfection! I’m sure this recipe will be quite impressive to your guests.

Which ones would you like to try? I’m still undecided so help me out and let me know in the comments!

My Favorite Things: Jenna Hipp Nail Polish

Jenna Hipp Nail Polish

One of my favorite year-round beauty staples in is a bright nail polish. Most people stick to darker colors in the fall and winter, but I love to rock bright nail polish all year long!

I was super excited when I came across this adorable mini nail polish set at Costco by Jenna Hipp! I couldn’t resist buying them because they were on sale for only $7! So much for sticking to my grocery list!

I just adore the bright juicy colors that they come in.

It even comes with a minty green color that I have been looking for everywhere!!

 

Besides the awesome color selection, I love the fact that they are eco-friendly and do not contain any strange chemicals!!
I absolutely love these Jenna Hipp nail polishes! They dry quick and last about a week, with minimal chipping, which is great for me because my hands are constantly in water when I am at work. They also had another set of darker and more neutral colored polishes, which I may have to go back to purchase!
What are your favorite eco-friendly nail polish brands? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!

 

 

 

 

 

Green Tea Lover’s Oatmeal Recipe

 

Green tea and oatmeal two of my biggest breakfast obsessions. I decided that I needed to combine these two ingredients to make the ultimate breakfast oatmeal made with green tea! Beware! This oatmeal has a very strong green tea flavor so if you aren’t a green tea lover like I am then it might not be for you.

For this recipe, I used matcha green tea powder. Matcha green tea powder is just ground green tea leaves, which means it has a very strong green tea flavor and is packed with antioxidants! In Japan, this is the powder that is used for the tea in their traditional tea ceremonies. You can find matcha powder at your local Asian market, online or at Teavana.

Green Tea Matcha Powder from the Asian Market

Image by Akuppa John Wigham from Flickr

Blueberry Power!!

 

Green Tea Lovers Oatmeal

1/2 Cup quick oats

1 Cup freshly brewed green tea

1 Tsp. Matcha green tea powder

Handful of blueberries (optional)

1/2 Packet of Stevia or sweetener of choice (optional)

Splash of milk, almond milk or coconut milk

Brew a cup of your favorite green tea. While the tea is brewing pour oats into a microwavable bowl. Once the tea is ready, pour 1 tsp. matcha powder into the brewed green tea and stir until it is dissolved. Pour over the oats, and microwave for about a minute and a half. Top with blueberries, sweetener and a splash of milk for added creaminess. 

If you’re curious as to why I love green tea so much check out this link!

There you have it! A simple and healthy oatmeal recipe. What are your favorite oatmeal recipes? Do you love matcha green tea as much as I do? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

 

Bed Head Textrovert Texturizing Iron Review

DSC_0434At a recent trip to Ulta, I came across this strange looking hot tool. The Bed Head Textrovert Texturizing Iron.

I had never seen an iron that was rectangular in shape and flat on the sides so naturally, I was intrigued.

On the Ulta website, the description states that this iron will give you a frizz-free lived in texture. It has a tourmaline and ceramic barrel and is clamp free. The barrel is supposed to heat up evenly so that it won’t leave kinks in your hair. You can control the heat up to 400 degrees. It also comes with a full coverage heat protective glove.

I like the design of the iron and it was very easy to work with. I always turn the heat up all the way on my hot tools otherwise, my hair won’t curl. The full coverage glove was also a plus. Many clamp free irons come with a glove that only covers your thumb, index and middle finger doesn’t make sense to me! It just leaves the rest of your hand exposed to the possibility of getting burned!

So what are the results?

The iron did leave my hair looking shiny and frizz free but I’m not really loving the results.

The rectangular texture of the iron left my curls or waves (actually I’m not even sure what they are) looking boxy and rigid.

Here is the result before I pulled apart the waves. Definitely not a look I would like to wear out! The curls have a zigzag shape and just aren’t very pretty.

I was hoping that they would a little softer once I pulled them apart but they just ended up looking like this.

bed head textrovert

Overall this is not a look that I prefer for my hair. I get that it is supposed to look undone and textured but I think it looks unnatural and kinda weird. I do think that the overall quality of the iron is good, I like the glove and that you can adjust the settings. However, the high quality can not make up for the fact that the waves are not very appealing. Unless you like the rigid look that the iron will give your hair, I say skip it and try out another type of hot tool.

bed head textrovert
Eeeh! Not a fan of this hair!

What hot tools do you use? Do you have any favorites? Let me know in the comments below or on social media!

Review: Makeup Revolution Highlighters and Strobing Powders

Hey, there lovely dazzlers! If you haven’t noticed recently I have been on a Makeup Revolution kick! I can’t stop trying out the different products that they offer! I’ve was impressed with the quality and pigmentation of their shadow palettes and the strobing balm palette.
Today we are taking a look at some of the baked and strobe highlighters. They cost about $6 each and occasionally go on sale at Ulta. I purchased these when they were on sale for buy two get one free.

Vivid Baked Highlighters

Peach Lights

Peach Lights is a natural looking highlight that you can wear every day without looking like you’re going to hit up the club. This is the least pigmented of the four that I purchased but it still gives you a nice glow. It’s my least favorite of the four because I feel like it doesn’t really show up very well on my skin tone. I’m thinking it would look great on someone with a fairer skin tone. Personally, I like a little bit more drama in my highlighter! I think I will end up using this during the work week and for days I am going for a more natural look.

Here is a picture from my St. Patty’s Day post and I am actually wearing Peach Lights on my cheek bone and inner corners of my eyes.

Don’t mind the band-aid I was super clumsy and sliced my finger while cooking!! Eeek!

Rosegold Lights

Rosegold Lights is very pigmented and shimmery shade of pink. I had to purchase this one because I found it quite unusual for a highlighter to come in such a pigmented rosy color. This highlighter does have much more impact when applied and looks really pretty on the inner corners of your eyes. I don’t know if I’m completely sold on rosy pink highlighter. I feel like it’s more of a shimmery blush than anything else. Regardless, it is still a very beautiful shade and I may just end up wearing it as a blush than an actual highlighter.

Strobe Highlighter

Gold Addict

Gold Addict has to be my favorite of all the highlighters I purchased.The pigment is amazing and it is quite shimmery. I am in love with the way that it shows up on my skin and it photographs quite lovely. It is going to look amazing in the summertime with a tan and some bronzy eyeshadow to top it off. This one makes me feel like a glowy goddess! I am predicting that this is going to be my go-to highlighter in the summertime and for special occasions.

The look below is from my Makeup Revolution Palette Review post!

Holographic Lights

Holographic Lights is not nearly as intense as Gold Addict but it still will give you a lovely glow. It is actually a bit similar to the Ultra Strobe Palette in that it has a pretty iridescent/holographic appearance to it. It will give you more of a glowy unicorn look rather than glowy golden summertime goddess. I would wear this on a night out as the camera does pick up the shimmer quite nicely but I also wouldn’t be afraid to wear it during the day.
 
In the picture below I have the rosegold highlighter on the left side of my face and the gold strobing powder on the right side. I also put a bit on the inner corners of my eyes.
Have you ever tried Makeup Revolution’s highlighters? If so which ones and what did you think? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter and Instagram!

5 Beauty Products I’m Loving in March

Lately, I have been experimenting with skincare products. I have been especially into products that contain more natural ingredients. Today, I have 5 beauty products that are all cruelty-free and contain mostly natural ingredients. It has been so much fun experimenting with different products and these are the 5 that I have been enjoying the most!

5 Beauty Products I’m Loving in March!

Skinfood Egg White Peel Off Pack $7

 
I normally don’t use pore strips but I came across SkinFood a Korean beauty brand at Ulta a few weeks ago and couldn’t resist trying it out. I have been wanting to try out some K-beauty brands and I figured that this would be a good start. This pack not only came with strips for your nose but also with triangular shaped strips for the forehead and chin area. You leave them on for about 10 minutes and pull them off gently just as you would with Bore pore strips. How do they compare you ask? I think they are even better! Here is the proof! Get ready it’s pretty gross.
Sorry! I know it’s not a pretty sight. Look at all that gunk! I definitely don’t want that sitting in my pores. I don’t really know how natural the SkinFood line is although on their website they claim that they “believe in natural and wholesome, even if it takes a little longer.”  This is something that I am going to be researching as I would like to purchase some more of their products but only if they are as natural as they claim to be.

Pacifica Cactus and Kale Oil-Free Stress Recovery Lotion $14.00

I have been using this lotion as extra moisturization after applying rosehip oil to my face at night. Sometimes you just need a little more moisture in the winter and layering the two products has been such a big help. While the lotion itself is not very thick or heavy it works for dry skin if you are also wearing a face oil. If dry skin is not your problem then this product would work perfectly fine used alone. In the summertime, I’ll probably use this moisturizer alone because it is so light and I don’t need nearly as much hydration.

Pacifica Glow Baby Youth Salvation Walnut Scrub $14.00

 
This is another exfoliating product that I have been using on occasion. Pacifica products have been a favorite lately and this walnut scrub is no exception. It is formulated without parabens, petroleum, parabens and phthalates and it is also a vegan product. The scrub is effective without being harsh on your skin and it has a great nutty fresh smell.

O.R.G Skincare Mineral Peel Face $44.00

I received this mineral peel in my winter FabFitFun box and have been using about once a week ever since. What makes this product unique is that it is a spray on exfoliant. The natural enzymes soften dead skin and makeup leaving skin feeling smooth and clean. My favorite thing about this product is how easy it is to use. All you have to do is spray a thin layer on your face, wait 3 seconds and gently massage your skin. Any dry skin or impurities that you may have will start to ball up and flake off your face. Once you are don massaging your face all you have to do is rinse with warm water and apply your moisturizer as usual. I found this product to be especially useful because my skin tends to get very dry and flaky in the winter. It works to keep the dry flakes off of my skin making foundation application smoother.

Lypsyl Yummy Sticks Lip Balm $1.00 Each

I discovered these cute little lip balms while I was out grocery shopping. They were only $1.00 each and are made only with Shea Butter, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Petrolatum and Mineral Oil. The formula does not contain parabens and is also vegan. Since they were so inexpensive I purchased them in all three flavors, Sweet Mint & Basil, Passion Fruit & Chocolate and Sea Salt & Caramel. So far I am loving how they smell and how they keep my lips moisturized!

Review: Makeup Revolution Eye Shadow and Strobing Palette

Makeup revolution just became available at my local Ulta store and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I noticed the new section as I walked in and was certainly intrigued. If you have never heard of Makeup Revolution they are a company from London that launched in 2014. The prices are amazing (highlighter for $5.95? Yes Please!) and they are cruelty-free!

 

Makeup Revolution has a nice selection of lip colors, highlighters, and blushes but what really caught my eye were all of the eyeshadow palettes. The palettes are inexpensive running anywhere from $7-$15. To top it off Ulta was having a buy two get one free sale. I had just hit the beauty junkies jackpot!

Ultra eye Contour Light and Shade

This palette is perfect for everyday use yet is pigmented enough to create a “going out” look. All 12 of the colors are matte and will flatter every skin tone.
This is a great palette because it blends easily and if I decide to go out on the town I can use some of the darker colors to create a smokey look. It is also a nice palette to use for when you want to wear a bold lip but you want to balance it out with a neutral eye.

Ultra eyeshadows in Flawless 2

The Flawless 2 palette comes with 32 matte and shimmer shadows. This is a fun palette because you have the option of keeping it natural or experimenting with different blue or red based colors.
Here I am wearing a blend of these four rusty colors – Sound, Expert, Impeccable, and Official. I love that I didn’t have to spend very much money on unique eyeshadow colors.

 

The shadows in this set are very blendable and highly pigmented. What you see is what you get! My only complaint is that they do release a bit of powder when you stroke the brush on the palette, however, it’s not a huge problem just blow off the excess powder.

Ultra Strobe Balm Palette

The Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm Palette is the product that initially caught my eye when I noticed the Makeup Revolution section at Ulta. This palette comes with 8 iridescent highlighting balms. They look super intense in the palette but when you apply them they end up looking gorgeously glowy!
Here I am wearing the balm on my upper cheekbones, inner corner of my eyes, cupid’s bow and middle of my lips.
I love the variety of the balms and how they make you look dewy without feeling heavy or caked on! The wear is pretty good too I didn’t need to touch up at all.
Overall I am very impressed with the quality and pigment of Makeup Revolution products. I think that their shadows and highlighters rival the higher end products. If I would have come across their selection of highlighter and strobing products I may have not even purchased my Tarte Pro Highlight/Contour palette! (Although I still really love that palette).

 

Have you tried any products from Makeup Revolution? If so did you like them? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter or Instagram!