Cheesy? Kinda. But funny? Yeah. And then there’s this one…
Cheesy? Kinda. But funny? Yeah. And then there’s this one…
My girl Leandra over at Nail Polish Therapy did the honors of reviewing these samples of Zoya’s Awaken line. I am soooo here for her gorgeous nails and she has really done this collection quite the honor.
Sweet, dainty and girly, this collection just yells whimsical. You’ve got your perfect subtle shades that are ideal for Spring, but they also make for great summer pedicures, as well.
Dot is a pink petal cream and it really reminds me of cotton candy. It’s one of those shades that you maaaay be able to deal with even if you aren’t a fan of the color pink.
Cole is a peach whisper cream and by far my absolute favorite of the bunch. It’s so hard to find a true and authentic orange sherbet shade that applies like buttah. Cole is IT!
Hudson is described as a purple orchid metallic with a silver shimmer and it’s really one of those unexpected colors in a collection. I loooove a purple cream, but this purple metallic goodness here is just glorious.
Dillion is a green mint metallic and is, of course, a sibling of Hudson. She’s just as fabulous and shimmery.
Rebel is a blue sky metallic that is quite reminiscent of shimmery ocean water.
Brooklyn is a white-gold shimmer metallic and how refreshing is it to have a yellow that isn’t a hot and streaky mess?
Applied like dreams, the kids of the Awaken collection are such a great fit in Zoya’s lineup. Also included is Monet. This multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper is an additional $10 which is nice but I’m thinking you could probably go without it. Each bottle in the Awaken collection retails for $9 a pop and you can get the entire collection for $54 from Zoya.com.
Which shade is your fave?
6:00am: Rise and shine! I am so loving this “getting 7 hours of sleep” thing. Elle sleeping through the night has been the best thing to happen to my life. I am no longer a walking zombie. Life is good. I’ve got a good 30 minutes to do some Bible reading and listen to Dave Ramsey’s Podcast. Dang. When did I become such an adult? It’s weird.
6:30am: Since my very awesome job laid me off, I’ve gotten super lazy in the makeup department. And it’s not a terrible thing either. Sometimes less is more. My morning routine is super simply mainly because after dropping Elle off at her, I’m going to run 5 miles or so. You know…gotta build up that endurance for the half marathon that I’m training for. Eeek!
Ohmigosh, Diary…that Josie Maran SPF is still #1 in my book. I use it almost everyday.
9:17am: I’m dead. Or at least I feel like it. I’m so exhausted. But the day has just begun and..okay yeah, I need a shower. I’m starting to smell myself.
I am loving this GREEN CLEAN invigorating body wash from Tuél Skincare. Best stuff ever. Can’t buy it again because it’s not in the budget. Boom. Did I tell you that I got my first Brazilian wax? It was…personal. Very personal. Then again, when you spread ‘em to push a baby out, you’re a lot more free with your junk. Just sayin’. Also can’t get anymore Brazilians because DANG…those are expensive to maintain.
Ah yes, my post-workout skincare items. Excessive? Maybe.
I’ve got a few errands to run, so no intense make up look here. A powder, an illuminator from COVER FX, mascara, brows and a lip color.
3:30pm: I’ve been home for about an hour and I think I may actually polish my nails before I go and pick Elle up.
10:32pm: Woot! Time to go out with my girls. Just kidding. It’s time to go to bed because I am beyond beat. Hey. Chasing Elle down is should definitely qualify for a second workout of the day. For real. The nighttime routine is super easy.
By the way, does anyone know of good nightly eye cream? I should really get in the habit of using one. Oh, and for body care? I go straight into the kitchen.
Yeah, I know some of y’all are acting like coconut oil and shea butter are all new and revolutionary but yeah no. I’ve been using this stuff for decades, boo.
I know. Why don’t I have more products? Because I like to keep it simple. Less is more and motherhood has taken away time for me to spend 30 minutes in the bathroom. Naw bro. Can’t do that anymore. And I don’t want to because I’m lazy. Yeah.
Off to bed, I go. Check out the beauty diaries of my fellow Makeup Wars sisters!
Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!
Prime Beauty – keeps her peepers clean and hydrated with Tarte’s fabulous new Fresh Eyes Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes. Trust me, you’re gonna LOVE them, pinky swear!
Phyrra – shares her April Beauty Favorites!
we heart this – checks out (and swatches) the electric cotton candy hued shades of MAC Playland.
Clumps of Mascara – is absolutely in love with her nails. She will never remove this look and wear it forever. And ever.
EauMG – celebrates its 6th year blogiversary! (And Victoria celebrates a birthday too!)
Gouldylox Reviews – I’m so in love with this shadow palette…and it’s under $15!
My Beauty Bunny – Blueberry season is almost here! Get in on the action early with Airelle Skin Care, a natural line that uses the sweet berries to improve the tone, texture and overall appearance of skin!
Nouveau Cheap – The weather’s warming up and that means it’s time for bright, pretty nail colors. Check out my swatches of the brand new Wet n Wild Summer 2014 Limited Edition Megalast Nail Color Collection. Fun and (way) affordable!
Pink Sith – Short on time in the morning? Well I have a Busy Mom’s 15 Minute Makeup Routine that might just get you glammed up with time to spare!
Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty – Glamorable covers the gamut of beauty, accessories, subscription boxes and nail polish with flair. Anastasia is originally from Moscow, Russia and only moved to the US in September 2011. Her photography skills are amazing; I want everything she photographs, whether it’s a drugstore lipstick or high-end skincare.
B says, “A few lip balms, a gloss and hand cream. And that’s it. My purse is also my diaper bag. Sexy, huh?”
What about you? What’s in your bag?
See you next week!
I have this thing about seaweed. You could really swap “thing” for obsession. I love the stuff. It is beyond tasty and I’ll never forget the roommate of mine that introduced me to the joys of eating seaweed. Roomie Joy and I both did a service term in AmeriCorps in Los Angeles. We lived in a convent. ‘Twas the best of times and the worse of times. But anyway…this soap reminds me of those times.
And anytime a product brings back memories from way back when, you kinda have to keep and it repurchase it. It’s the law. Reviva Labs provided me with a sample of this and while many of my Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida girls have raved about it, I have never actually tried it. Lame B, I am. I’m a bar soap lover but I can’t use them too often as they tend to dry my skin out. But with the extra time I’ve been doing in the sun these days due to the warmer weather, I figured I could switch over to bar soaps without my skin acting up. And I was right!
For $4, you can cop yourself a refreshing bar of soap with a base of palm and coconut oils. The built-in bits of seaweed help to gently exfoliate the skin. Sweet stuff, right?
My only drawback regarding this soap is the added dose of Fragrance. Totally unnecessary, in my book. Or I would have loved the use of sandalwood essential oil. That stuff is pretty expensive so even a touch of cedar (or some kind of essential oil with a woody note) would do the trick. The added Fragrance, I think takes away from the organic and natural feel of the bar. And said fragrance is either something you will love or hate. Can’t say I’m an enormous fan of it as it smells obviously synthetic and a bit pine-y in my book.
But whatever. It feels great on the skin and cleanses to perfection. Which is what a bar of soap is supposed to do, right? Go and scoop up a bar. It’s only $4. Definitely not wallet breakin’, ya know?
When Mother’s Day rolls around I always forget that I am a Mother, too. I am always so quick to start getting cards together for my Mother, Mother-in-Law and all of the motherly figures in Elle’s life. And of course I firmly believe that you don’t have to have given birth to be a Mother. I also think about those who have lost their Mothers (or children) or may not have strong relationships with with Mothers.
I am loving that for each view of #YoureDoingOKMom video thru Mother’s Day, Johnson’s Baby will give $1 to Save the Children up to $50,000. Pretty epic, huh?
And have you seen the video? Brace yourself…
I cried, of course. I get all weepy when it comes to babies but really somehow I hope Elle thinks like this. Many days I struggle being her mama and I hope that I’m doing the right things. She’s this amazing little being and I like to think that I have something to do with it. So maybe I am doing OK.
First of all, I am proud of myself for doing something more than just a basic color. I lost myself for a second there. I used to be all konad’y and design’y and dang…I got lazy. But baby…I am back! Okay, granted this isn’t anything mega fancy, but still, it’s a big deal to me and I’m lovin’ it.
The one accent nail is just boring to me. I’ve been doing it for years and *yawn* I’m over it. And at the same time, I don’t always feel desirous of doing designs on each nail. Okay, I NEVER feel desirous of doing that. But something like this…
It ain’t so bad. I am going to commit to doing a classy skittle nails look at least once a week. I am loving not only using different colors, but the pop from the white bubbles and then the subtle sea sparkle on the ring finger.
Deborah Lippman I Know What Boys Like (blupurple)
Sinful Colors Beautiful Girl (pink)
China Glaze White on White (white)
OPI Mermaid’s Tears (the base color on the ring finger)
Zoya Maisie (this looks like the water in Playa del Carmem, Mexico. Really.)
Look at me. Doing my nails like a big girl. I’m so proud of myself.
Another month means another peek at a GLOSSYBOX. I’ve been reviewing these for quite sometime and somehow, it appears that GLOSSYBOX seems to be one of the few beauty subscription boxes that is still a truckin’. The hype has died down for many, but lé gloss is still giving us gorgeous pickings for a smooth $21/month. I received this sample box a week or so ago and as always, the goal is to make sure that the samples provided are worth at least $20 or so. Aaaaand that they give a nice range of products.
At first glance, nothing stood out to me which was a bit sad as I always look forward to the Ohh La La factor that I get from a GLOSSYBOX.
As always, we’ve got 5 samples and that includes the following:
A bottle of Ciaté London Paint Pot. I’ve heard of this brand but haven’t ever used any of their nail polishes. I do know that they are on the higher end side of things so it’s nice to try a different brand. They regularly retail at $15 a bottle. And the shimmery gold of a shade isn’t too bad either.
I’ve never heard of the brand Aqua Spa but their Relax Body Crème is a nice and thick lotion that I found slathered nicely over my dry skin. The lavender scent is nice, but heavily fragranced for me. A 9oz bottle of this regularly retails for $8.
Helllooooo Bellápierre Cosmetics. Each subscriber got a tube of their Vanilla Pink SUPER Gloss (retails for $24.50) and the cinnamon-y shade, I guess, is a safe shade for everyone. A bit boring for my taste, but I do dig how long it lasts.
It also goes nicely with a brown lip liner.
LA Splash Cosmetics Eyeshadow Sealer/Base is also in the box and outside of getting it in a GLOSSYBOX, you can expect to pay $9 for it. I love a good eyeshadow base but I have never seen one as sheer as LA Splash’s. I can’t wait to see how this works.
…and lastly there is Caldrea Body Wash. An 11oz bottle of this will run you $18. I am loving the travel sized version of their body wash and the scent seems to be subtle enough to keep headaches at bay.
Once again GLOSSYBOX has given us products than more than go over $20. We’ve got a little somethin’ in the skin, makeup and nails department and I’m actually okay with not seeing anything for hair. Because helloooo…those hair products never worked for my hair type anyway. Another score for GLOSSYBOX. Click here to subscribe. That is an affiliate link so if you click it and purchase, I get a few monies. Not enough to retire, but hey…it’s a lil’ somethin’ somethin’.