Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My thoughts on Living Proof...

Hair lovers, rejoice!  

After including the Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner in my favorites post, I had several readers ask for a more in depth review of the products.  You may ask, are these products worth the splurge?  Is there a drugstore option that works just as great?  Now, I am not one to buy expensive shampoo & conditioner.  In fact, these were given to me as a gift from my mom after she found she was allergic to an ingredient in these products.  I was pumped to try them--especially since I have blonde (which can sometimes be over processed and dry) hair.  So, the restore line was great for me to try.  I found that after 4 weeks of using ONLY this shampoo and conditioner my hair has changed for the better!  Now, I just got it highlighted last week, so it's a bit drier now, but I have no doubt that with continued use of these products it will bounce right back.  I have never been so pleased with a shampoo and conditioner!

Next up is the Living Proof Prime Style Extender.  This stuff smells amazing and gives you a super smooth blow-out.  BUT, I bought it to extend my styling.  And, I don't think it does much for that.  Sad day.  I will use it until it's gone because it provides heat protection... but for the hefty price tag it's just not worth it... in my opinion!!!  

Ah, the famous Living Proof Perfect Hair Day--described as a "5-in-1 styling treatment."  I like this stuff a lot.  It actually reminds me of the style extender but with more benefits.  This will condition, volumize, strengthen, provide smoothness, and polish your hair in one easy step.  I feel like this product has helped the health of my hair and I've enjoyed using it.  But, my Moroccan Oil Light also does all of those steps... and I don't like to weigh my hair down with a zillion products, so I would not re-purchase. 

Those are just some of my personal opinions of the Living Proof hair range.  I want to try more products within the "restore" line, since I loved the shampoo & conditioner so much!

Find the line here on Sephora.com. I'm dying to try the new Instant Texture Mist! 

What are your MUST HAVE hair products?  I'd love to know!
Have a great week, everyone. :-)

xoxo, Molly

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

If you buy one thing this month...

So, normally I'm not one to boast about primers.  I actually thought they didn't do anything until I started using the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15  and was amazed at how much longer my makeup stayed on.  So, I did some research on other primers, and I found this one to be brand new from TwoFaced: the HangoveRx Replenishing Face Primer.  Let me tell you... it does not disappoint.  I am currently obsessed with it!

Here is the description from sephora.com: A replenishing face primer that hydrates, smoothes, and brightens skin for a dewy, healthy looking finish. Cure your next beauty hangover with Hangover, a revolutionary makeup primer that's infused with coconut water, a probiotic-based ingredient, and skin revivers which work together to boost skin’s radiance, promote elasticity, and help hydrate while locking down makeup for fresher, longer, and more flawless wear. Too Faced harnessed the science of hydration to create a creamy, penetrating primer that acts like an energy drink for the skin by replenishing moisture levels. It can be worn alone for a dewy, healthy looking finish, or under bronzers, foundations, and powders to create the perfect canvas. 

Sign me up!

This primer does exactly what the description says.  I apply it right after my moisturizer, and it sinks into the skin quickly.  The smell is amazing...just like coconut milk.  It makes my skin feel comfortable and hydrated all day long, AND makes my makeup last all day.  I even think it's helped my skin become brighter!  I also love wearing it alone without makeup.  It makes my skin look and feel healthy.  I love it!

xoxo, Molly :-)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

First Impression Review | Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  Today I have a first impression review on the (semi) new glosses by YSL.  When these came out I couldn't wait to get my hands on one.  With a whopping price tag of 32$ I picked up only one.  I actually went into Nordstrom with the mindset that if this gloss wasn't amazing, I would return it.  Well days later, I couldn't justify the price, and it went back to Nordy's.  BUT, in the glosses defense I think I grabbed a not-so-great color.  I picked up color 203 Coral Gondoura, anddddd it looked just like my lips but more shiny.  I did love the scent.  It smelled like fresh watermelon.  But, for 32$ I couldn't keep a gloss because of the scent, ha.  

Within the next couple months I started hearing more hype about these glosses.  I never got a chance to go back to Nordstrom and check them out (Nordstrom was in Atlanta, not where I lived), so I didn't pick any back up.  Pretty soon I was able to swatch them in Sephora!

Last week, at the VIB Rouge event, I was able to grab this sample pack of three of the colors.  I thought I could do a first impression/review of my thoughts! Enjoy! :-)

So the package include three shades: a muted pink-nude shade with gold "shimmer", a bright fuchsia color with gold "shimmer", and a bright coral color.  

It came with a sample brush which imitates the brush the glosses come with.  It was specifically designed to hug your lips for proper and precise application.  My opinion? This isn't needed.  I usually blend my glosses out with my fingers anyways... but, it's YSL.  What do you expect? 

N*19 Rose Orfevre : I usually love a nude pink shade.  And if you throw in some shimmer, I'm sold! But, this isn't just shimmer, this is gold chunks.  I felt as if my lips were chapped while I was wearing this.  It wore off pretty quickly as well... probably because I kept messing with it, because it was pretty uncomfortable to wear.  


N*49 Terriblement Fuchsia : This color... gorgeousness.  This shade also had some shimmer, BUT it was nothing like N*19.  This was a good amount of shimmer, shimmer I can handle, haha.  I actually think I may pick this shade up.  It is a unique color--not just something you can find a dupe for at the drugstore.  It wore for a long time, was non-sticky, and it smelled of the famous YSL watermelon scent. :-) 


N*204 Corail Trapeze : This color was also a winner.  I don't think it was as unique a shade as N*49, but I still liked it.  This shade had so shimmer and was just very shiny and glossy.  It smelled wonderful and wore for a long time.  It is a perfect color for summer!


When I first swatched these I thought, wow all of these colors are so much better than the first shade I bought, haha.  The verdict: each gloss has different pigmentation and formula, they smell amazing, they are pretty long wearing, the original packaging is stunning, but watch out for chunks of glitter.  I would suggest trying them at Sephora before purchasing. :-)

Check out the glosses here.

Hope you enjoyed this post.  What do you think?  Will you be picking these up?

xoxo, Molly 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

July Favorites!

Happy Thursday!  It has been SUCH a crazy two weeks for me and Ryan!  We are moving to Greenville TOMORROW, and we have had so much to do!  We went to Isle of Palms Sunday-Tuesday for a quick get-a-way before more moving madness.  We thought, well, when is the next time we will both be unemployed? (God willing, hopefully not for a while!)  Ryan starts his job this coming Monday, and I am still looking for an opportunity.  Long story short, we wanted a quick vacation before real world started again.  

Anywho, today I have for you my July Favorites! I'll keep my thoughts brief as we still have some crazy packing to do before tomorrow, AND Ryan is taking me out to dinner for my birthday tonight so I've got to get ready! :)

1. Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner: Okay, so I'm not one to purchase shampoo and conditioner if it's NOT at the drugstore (what's the point it just goes down the shower drain?) BUT, these two products have changed my hair for the better.  When I recently cut it shorter after the wedding, over styling made it super dry.  These have helped tremendously just in the short few weeks I've used them.  Big fan! 

2. Moroccan Oil Light: A holy grail product for me... oh wait, I was without it for 6 months.  So i've probably gone through 2 whole bottles of this stuff.  But, for the last couple months I haven't had the opportunity to buy it because I don't think anywhere in Macon sells it (and every time I go to ATL I forget... sad.)  Anywho, I finally got my hands on it and once again, my hair is happy.  Blonde girls, get the light version... my hair drinks it up and isn't heavy.  It's worth the splurge. :-)

3. St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion in Coconut Milk and Orchid Extract: I picked this up from the drugstore after seeing some hype.  Best 5 dollars ever spent.  Okay, thats a bit dramatic, but I really really love this stuff. Sinks right in, moisturizes, and smells fantastic. Quick tip, using this while your self tanning keeps your tan from getting splotchy.  Love it!

4. Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask: My clarifying mask of choice this month!  Since using up my Supermud Skin Clearing Treatment by Glamglow, I've been going back to all the masks I own that I haven't used up.  Absolutely love this one!  I forgot how well it works.  

5. Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment Mask: EEEK. I love this stuff. Dry skin girls, this will change your life!... actually just your face. It smells like honey and yummy stuff. 

6. Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: For some reason, the skin around my eyes have been crazy dry lately.  Instead of piling on what normal cream I put around that delicate skin, I pulled this little guy out.  I use it in the winter when I have really dry skin.  3 days later, my eyes are back to normal! :-)

7. Pur-lisse SPF 30 Sunscreen Daily Moisturizer: I got this in my July Ipsy Bag! I really like it.  It provides lasting protection and is a great moisturizer. 

8. L'oreal Magic Lumi Primer: This is one of my favorite products from the drugstore (Holla if you'd like to see my other favorite drugstore products!!!) It's comparable to the Strobe Cream/Lotion from MAC, but it's lighter in consistency.  It easily makes your complexion look radiant and holds your makeup on longer than without using a primer.  

9. Lorac Pro 2 Palette: Oh how I love this palette.  Gorgeous cool-toned colors, creamy formula, great mattes.  Buy this. :-)

10. Two Faced Lipstick in Taffy: I've kept this in my purse for a few weeks, and I just love the natural color it gives and how moisturizing it is.  

11. MAC Lipstick in Sweet & Sour: This color is so fun!  You can really build it up or sheer it out.  The picture below is the color built up.  MAC never disappoints with their lipsticks. 

Well, I'm off to dinner for my birthday! 
Please comment below, and let me know what products you loved this month! :-)