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Makeup Monday: Recent Skin Care

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In case you've never noticed, skin care is kind of my thing.  I absolutely love trying new products to see if they fit in my routine.  Today, I'm going to talk about some recent skin care products I've tried.

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Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner

Spoiler alert: this toner is amazing!  This is really great for acne prone skin.  It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.  My skin has been looking pretty good (if I do say so myself) since I started using this.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Tone Perfect Eye Gel Creme

Well, that was a mouthful.  I love hydrated eye creams, and this one fits the bill!  It's pretty thick but absorbs quickly into my skin.  My under eye makeup has been looking better and staying on longer with this.

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SOBO Skin Care ULTRA Age Repairing Cream with Resveratrol

This is the latest moisturizer I've tried.  This was sent to me by the company, via Brandbacker.  I've been using it for a little over a week, and I'm already sold on it.  This cream has resveratrol in it, which is found in grapes.  It promotes cell renewal.  In the past, I've had amazing results with products that contain it, so I was quite eager to try it.  It's quite heavy, and my skin loves it.  My skin is combination/oily and dehydrated.  It needs all the moisture it can get!

If you're interested in trying any SOBO Skin Care Products, you can get 25% off your entire first order with the code TRYSOBO.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

This is a recent Birchbox sample.  Shiseido is a brand that I hear a lot about, but I haven't tried a lot of their products.  This is one of those products that you have to use for a while before you see results.  I can report that it smells good, feels good, and it hasn't broken out my skin.  It's supposed to protect your skin from stress (internal and external).  Two thumbs up so far!

Indeed Labs Hydraluron

I've mentioned this before and wanted to mention it again, since I recently started using this every day.  This is hyaluronic acid, which basically attracts all the moisture to your skin.  My skin absolutely loves it.  Like I said before, my skin is dehydrated so I moisturize it as much as I possible can without looking like a shiny oil slick.  This helps my skin to absorb my moisturizer even better.

What skin care products have you been enjoying lately?  I am such a skin care junkie, I'd love to hear about your faves!

Linking up with Molly and Carly.

Thank you so much to SOBO Skin Care and Brandbacker for supporting my skin care addiction and sending me the face cream sample!

Sunday Best

Sunday Best

Dress // Earrings // Clutch // Heels

Yesterday was a casual black and white outfit.  Here is one for when you need to wear your Sunday best.  I think this could also be a mini tribute to the UK, as most of these items are from across the pond.  What is it about English fashion?  I love it all!



Top // Jeans // Clutch // Necklace // Earrings // Sandals

I love wearing black and white.  Not only is it easy to put together an outfit (hello!), but it's also very pretty.  And if you don't want to keep it completely black and white, you can easy peasy throw in another color.  Bam!  Easy weekend outfit.  :)

Friday Faves: Boots

Friday Faves: Boots

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Boots are (sometimes) a significant purchase.  I've been contemplating what style to buy for this upcoming season.  To be honest, all the styles and colors are starting to blur together.  I already own a black pair and a cognac pair.  Should I replace my cognac boots, or maybe get a different brown?  I don't know!

What do you think?

My Current Stitch Fix Favorites

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Transitional Office Fashion

Top: Stitch Fix (similar) // Cardigan: Gap (via thredUP, similar) // Necklace: Stitch Fix (similar)
Skirt: Thrifted (similar) // Shoes: Old Navy

I'm featuring two items that I received in my last Stitch Fix.  This top and necklace have been besties ever since I opened the box.  In fact, that night I wore them with a pair of polka dot jeans.  And here I am, wearing them with a polka dot skirt.  I guess navy looks great with polka dots.  :)

I have realized that navy is kind of limiting.  I am LOVING it right now but I fall into a rut.  I put it with grey or cream or denim.  And ... that's about it.

I need ideas!  How do you like to wear navy?  Any color combinations I should try?

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Birchbox September 2014

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This month is Birchbox's birthday!  Birchbox is now 4 years old.  I first subscribed a couple months before their first birthday.  It's hard to believe I've been getting my boxes for that long.  I used to pay monthly, but now I just renew my subscription every year for my birthday.  :)  It's no secret that I love monthly subscription boxes, but Birchbox was my first and holds a special place in my beauty-loving heart.

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Dear Clark Resurrecting Wash & Rinse

How cute are these little samples?  I love apothecary-esque packaging.  I've never heard of this brand before.  This brand is actually hand-made in Texas!  The shampoo is restoring.  It's safe for keratin- and color-treated hair (yay).  It has really awesome ingredients that hydrate, soften, and protect your hair.  The conditioner, which is called rinse, does the same thing as the shampoo.  You can use the shampoo, followed by the conditioner for five minutes, and then rinse; or, you can wash twice if your hair is severely damaged, followed by the conditioner for five minutes, and then rinse.  I plan on using it both ways to see how I like it.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

I think I've tried one Shiseido product before and, honestly, I can't remember what it was but I do remember loving it.  This is a pretty pricey brand, so it's not the kind of product I'd buy before sampling.  This skin treatment goes on before your serum and moisturizer.  This protects your skin from different things that age it -- dryness, air pollution, UV rays, and stress.  The active ingredients are a botanical blend of ginkgo biloba leaf extract, Japanese shiso leaf, and wild thyme.  It can be used day and night.  I'm very happy with the size of this sample. We'll see what it does for my skin!

Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy Gold Couture

No.  :(  This is so not my favorite scent.  It's not awful.  The notes are wild berries, honeysuckle, and jasmine.  The base is amber, caramel, sandalwood, and vanilla.  It's a little too complicated for me.  I prefer simple floral scents.  If you like warm scents, you would love this.

Temptu S/B Highlighter

Yessss!  This is so pretty.  The color is champagne shimmer, but I really think it looks more rose gold.  I don't have a highlighter like it.  A little goes a long way, so I think this sample is going to last quite a long time.

Tell me what you got from Birchbox this month!!

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Makeup Monday: Beauty Box 5 September 2014

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I feel like I say this every month, but this month's Beauty Box 5 is so great!  The theme for this month is taking care of yourself and embracing new fall trends.  The ladies at Beauty Box 5 have sent us their fall favorites.

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Natural Style by FUBU Deep Conditioner & Co-Wash

This hair treatment has 8 repairing oils.  It strengthens your hair to minimize frizz.  Bonus!  It's made without sulfates, which is something I like to avoid in hair products.  If you have super curly hair, you can use it as a co-wash (which is washing your hair without shampoo).  If you don't have curly hair, you can use it as a deep conditioner.

Sally Hansen Toe Spacers

So, not much to say about these.  I think it's good to switch out your toe separators every once in a while because ... well... toes.

Chrislie Formulations 3-in-1 Eye Bright

Yess!  I am quite the fan of trying eye treatments.  I've always had dark under eye circles, and of course life makes them worse (stress, not enough sleep, etc.).  So, anything that can brighten my eye area is awesome.  This is supposed to make your skin look smoother, brighter, and firmer.

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My Beauty Spot Nail Polish

This is such an eye-catching shade!  It's not a color I would've picked for myself, but I could see this being perfect for the holidays.  This polish goes on opaque in one coat, which is what I like in a nail polish.  And, it also dries quickly!

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Nicka K New York Eyelight Crayon

I've received a few Nicka K products via Beauty Box 5, and they've been pretty amazing.  This one isn't ... impressive.  I love the color, but it's not as pigmented on my eye lid.  It's creases pretty bad by itself and not too bad with a primer.  I think it works better as an eyeliner.  It's a pop of color without being too crazy.  It's okay but not amazing.

Do you get Beauty Box 5?  I would love to hear what you got this month!

p.s. I am sent Beauty Box 5 every month for review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Linking up with Molly and Carly.