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Regret the Moon by Smith & Cult

10:53:00 AM

Regret the Moon by Smith & Cult

I have a new nail polish obsession. It's not really easy to convince me to spend $18 on a nail polish. Especially when you can buy Essie, OPI, or a drugstore brand. I was first introduced to this brand by PixiWoo. I was watching their makeup tutorial on YouTube (see below) and Lovers Creep by Smith and Cult was featured. It's the most perfect shade of red! They said the lasting power was unbelievable so I knew I had to try it.

Since I get weekly manicures, I use regular nail polish instead of gels or acrylics because I like to be able to do them myself if need be. I also prefer a more natural look and short nails so manicures are the way to go. My Mom and I ventured out to Neiman Marcus to pick up a color and try some out.

I was going to get the Lovers Creep shade as it's super chic and classic but since I rarely wear reds, I decided to go for a color that I'll use every single day. I made that mistake with buying a bottle of Deborah Lippmann. I was going to buy my fave shade of pinky white and then a friend told me to get something different. I ended up using the blue/purple color 3x and then gave it away. What a waste of $18! So this time around, I went with my fave! No regrets!

Regret the Moon by Smith & Cult

No lie...this nail polish formula is AMAZING. I apply myself on a Sunday and won't touch again for an entire week. And I do everything from washing dishes to cleaning toilets! Obviously I am not using sand paper but you'll be fine with normal everyday activities.

I bought the shade "Regret the Moon" and it's fantastic. It's not sheer once you apply two coats and it's a rich pink/white shade. I plan on wearing it all year round. 

This brand is pretty unique. It was founded by the same creators of Hard Candy. Their nail polishes are 5-free. Don't know what that means? Neither did I. It means 5 less toxic ingredients aren't used in their nail polishes. Let's skip the camphor, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and toluene.

My salesgirl at Neiman Marcus also went above and beyond by showing me the best way to apply polish and providing me with sooo much info about getting the perfect manicure. I am totally sold and I will be going back to pick up some different shades. I am hooked! Amazing colors, super long landing, and better for my health? I'm IN!

Have you tried Smith and Cult?

PS- here's the video!


Josie Maran Luxurious Argan Skincare Essentials

10:57:00 AM

Josie Maran Luxurious Argan Skincare Essentials

Happy Hump Day darlings!! With Monday off, this week is almost over! Woooo hoooo!

I ordered Josie Maran's Luxurious Argan Skincare Essentials set from QVC last week and I am soooo happy that I did. I pretty much got it at a steal!

I am almost finished with my second jar of BareMinerals Detox facial mask and I need a change. I am not sure if I need to change my mask expectations but I have been feeling rather disappointed by many of them. Like I notice no change. With all of my acne problems, when I spend over $50 on a beauty product, I want to notice something!

I was going to order this Josie mask from her website but when I saw the amazing deal QVC was offering, I decided to spend a few bucks more and get the set. Here's what it includes....

  • 6-fl oz Argan Cleansing Oil - $32 
  • 1.7-oz Whipped Mud Mask Argan Hydrating and Detoxifying Treatment- $48 
  • 1-fl oz Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment- $56 0.24-oz 
  • Argan Lip Treatment in Kiss- $18 

So total for everything if I would have purchased at full price would have been $154!!!!! And I bought everything for $57.66 with 3 easy pays. So I'm paying $20 for the next 3 months. How amazing is that?!?! Love you QVC!

Josie Maran Luxurious Argan Skincare Essentials

I purchased the Whipped Mud Mask Argan Hydrating and Detoxifying Treatment Mask in Vanilla Apricot and so far it has not disappointed. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and soft instead of tight and dry! I apply the mask about 2x per week and leave it on for 30 mins. Sometimes I try for an hour but I just don't have the time or patience.

I used their cleansing oil, lip treatment, and pure argan milk years ago and I loved everything. But after going through a few bottles, I wanted to try new products. After taking a two year break, I have fallen in love again with the Milk! I use it twice per day and my skin feels soooo smooth and hydrated without that heavy "my pores are clogging right now" feeling.

I love Josie Maran Cosmetics because it's natural and organic with no harsh chemicals. As I get older (32 now) I am more concerned about skincare than I am makeup. Also, I am really paying attention to ingredients. (Get anything with Talc away from me please). It's really important to take care of yourself and your skin and I know Josie can help me with that.

Her Pure Argan Oil is one of my FAVE products. I use it on my hair, face, and body. It's moisturizing without feeling greasy or heavy. It's definitely worth trying.

Have you used Josie Maran's beauty products before?

Updated IT Cosmetics Wish List!!

9:22:00 PM

Updated IT Cosmetics Wish List via The Gossip Darling
Hi darlings! 

Happy Saturday!! Woooo hoooo! The weekend is here and it's a long one!! Doesn't get any better! 

Awhile back, I wrote this post about IT Cosmetics wish list. I'm still fairly new to the IT brand but they grew heavily in 2016. Like they legit blew up as a brand. I'm waiting for a delivery of their CC creams because I have been struggling with makeup lately. Since I'm still on acne meds, my skin is changing soooo much. One day it loves this foundation and the next it totally hates it. One day one powder works and my face is completely matte...the next day it's like you can fry French fries on my face because there's so much oil. Holy oil nation! With my current makeup routine, my face has been soooo oily and my face is creasing. It looks terrible and it's making me self-conscious. That's why I've been slowing down with the product reviews! It's hard when two months later the same product I was raving about is no longer working for me. 

I'm trying IT because of the SPF benefits and it's also considered skincare. Since I'm using retinol every night, I have to make sure to apply SPF before I leave my house. Why continue to do two steps when I can just do one?? At this point, I can't even apply eyeliner because my face is so greasy! Helppppp. Primers and powders aren't working. Sigh! 

Anyway...here's what I want to try out from IT Cosmetics....

Your Skin But Better CC Cream: Even though I'm still waiting on my order containing these products, I only ordered travel size. I have to mix medium and tan together in order to get my shade so I didn't want to spend $38 on each product unless I knew I liked it. (I went to Ulta to get swatched) Since I'm still on heavy acne meds, I need the SPF 50 and it's awesome that I can use one product to get everything that I need. I am beyond excited. 

Bye Bye Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder: I always always always have to set my makeup and my eyes after I apply primer. It's a must for me and I feel like it seals everything and prevents creasing. It's like tying a bow on the present...I need to set my makeup in order for it to last all day. I've heard amazing things about this finishing powder. 

Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Eyeshadow Palette: I have heard soooo many amazing things about this eyeshadow palette and it's perfect for everyday wear. I've been watching sooo many YouTube makeup tutorial about how to apply these colors. I'm obsessed. 

Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream: Ugh I'm getting older...your eyes are always the first to go so I need to take care of the delicate area. I apply eye cream both day and night. I'm on the hunt for a new one so I'm giving this one a go! 

Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer: This cult classic has taken over the world and I have heard that it's a must have. I'm ordering it in tan and thinking about ordering the super sized version from QVC. I heard a little bit goes a long way so it will last me a very long time. I need something with more coverage than I'm currently using so I want to try this. 

Have you tried anything from IT Cosmetics? If so, what do you think?

Enjoy the nice long weekend!!

xoxo

IT Cosmetics IT's Your Brush Basics Must-Haves from QVC

11:38:00 PM

IT Cosmetics IT's Your Brush Basics Must-Haves from QVC

I have seriously texted at least 10 of my friends telling them that they MUST purchase this brush set! It's an absolute must have and you will not have any regrets if you purchase this!!!!!! If you only listen to one piece of advice from me...it's to purchase this brush duo!

I have been eyeing the Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush for over 9 months now. I have seen every beauty blogger and YouTube vlogger under the sun use this brush. It was instant love for me. I was hesitant about  purchasing the brush because it had a $48 price tag. I know IT Cosmetics is known for having amazing brushes but that's a Chanel brush price. Once I saw that QVC was offering this deal on New Years' Eve, I knew I had to purchase. Pretty much it's two brushes for the price of one! Omg is that a win! Plus, after using for a week already, this brush is softer and better than my Chanel foundation brush. I actually returned by flat Chanel foundation brush! No regrets! 

This dual ended brush is truly a dream. I seriously haven't fallen this quickly in love with a beauty product in a very long time. It's making me believe in love again! Hahahaha. The kabuki side of this brush is perfect for applying liquid foundation. I'm currently use it with Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation and this brush applies my makeup flawlessly. The first time I used the brush...3 people randomly told me that I look refreshes, radiant, and amazing! Umm please get me another brush asap! It blends out everything perfectly and it doesn't buildup! I love my Sigma F80 brush but I do worry about buildup and bacteria forming. You won't have that problem with this brush. I haven't used it with powder yet but I'll let you know how it goes. I use the other end of the brush to smooth out my under eye concealer. My concealer had a wand applicator which I use directly on my face and then I blend it out with the smaller end of this brush. It's simply the definition of beauty heaven. I would totally pay $48 for this brush alone! You can use it for soooo many things!

IT Cosmetics IT's Your Brush Basics Must-Haves from QVC

The second brush to come in this set is the Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Brush! I actually already have this brush so I'm going to gift this one but even after 10 months, I'm still in love with it. It's super soft and applies powder perfectly. The bristles are very loose and soft. It'll provide a very light and natural application. It's sooo much softer than my Chanel powder brush. Again, it's a brush must have and you won't regret it! 

I clean my brushes every Sunday. Due to my acne, I'm sooooo obsessed with killing bacteria and germs on my brushes. This brush cleaner is perfect and I actually used it this past Wednesday. I admit, I still do a deep clean with my Sigma express cleaner but this brush spray is great for mid-week cleanings. Also, if you're in a rush, this is a great way to clean your brushes. 

I truly can't gush enough over these brushes. Please please please buy them! (I'm totally not getting paid! I wish!) I purchased my set on QVC and used 3 easy pays. I have three months to pay these babies off! 

Have you tried IT Cosmetics brushes? If so, what are your thoughts?

** All photos via QVC

Josie Maran Restock List!

12:49:00 PM

Josie Maran Restock List

Hiiiii loves!!!

Happy Saturday! The snow is coming down hard and fast here! So it's pretty much a day I'll be staying home and cleaning up! I need to clean out my drawers and closets. Fun fun fun!

I LOVE Josie Maran beauty products. I love that they are more on the natural side and so good for my skin. Over the years I have tried a few products and my skin just loves them. I also got my Mom hooked! Never have they caused breakouts or clogged pores. Here are some things I have tried and I need to restock!

1. Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment: I ordered a bottle of this gem on QVC ages ago! I was so in love with the argan oil that I forgot about this hydrating treatment. I just love the combo of this with the argan oil. I think I'm recently rediscovering this because of the dryness my skin is experiencing after all of my acne treatments. My skin is soooo dry (my entire body due to the oral pills) that I am flaking all over the place. I need this stuff!! I am going to apply this to my face first and then my argan oil. 

2. Argan Color Stick in Rosey: I love this on my lips!! I received it years ago as a free gift for ordering a bottle of argan oil. You can use it on my lips or cheeks. It provides the perfect hint of color and it's hydrating to my lips. I love it because it's just so easy to use and apply. Sometimes when I'm on the subway and standing up because I don't have a seat, I can apply this to my lips without a mirror and with just one hand. 

3. 100% Pure Argan Oil: OMG do I love this stuff. It's 100% must have in my beauty bag!! I not only use this oil on my face but I also use on my body and hair. It does amazing things for my hair which tends to be dry and frizzy. Just a few drops of this baby on my wet hair and it dries beautifully! This argan oil is 100% organic, natural, and chemical free. The skincare benefits are just outrageous. This is hands down my fave compared to jojoba oil, coconut, or almond oil. I usually order a super sized bottle from QVC.

4. Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon: I tried this at Sephora and I loved it! Oh goodness is it creamy! It applies to your skin super smoothly and easily and you want have to drag anything under your eyes. Your eye area is so delicate and always shows signs of aging first. Be careful when applying anything to that area! This is perfect as a concealer. It hides the darkness under my eyes and I just lightly set with a powder.

5. Bear Naked Wipes: You should know by now how much I love my makeup removing wipes. I use them as my first step of makeup removal and I also use them to clean my brushes after every use. (I do a deep cleaning every Sunday) There's nothing harsh about this wipes and they are super gentle. When dealing with your face, gentleness is key.

6. Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter: I am obsessed with this stuff and my Mom is equally obsessed. We order jars of the super sized version from QVC. This is the BEST winter moisturizer for your body. It will re-hydrate your instantly! I would say this along with the argan oil are the two absolute must haves!

Have you tried Josie Maran beauty products? I am going to create a wish list soon because Josie has expanded sooo much and I want to try everything! What are your faves?

Beauty Goodies Used Up in December!

4:28:00 PM

Beauty Goodies Used Up in December!

It's that time again! Empty goodies I've used up in December!! Wooooooo!

Here we go!! 

1. Yes to Tomatoes Charcoal Wipes: These charcoal wipes were super cool and I'm actually surprised that I liked them so much! I usually only use my Avon wipes but I wanted to try something different. Just one wipe is all I needed to remove my makeup! I was definitely buy them again if they are on sale but since my Avon wipes are so much cheaper...I'll just stick to those...great alternative tho! 

2. Avon Makeup Remover Wipes: You must know by now how I feel about these babies. They are my everything. I clean my brushes with them after every use and I clean my face with them before I start cleansing. They are so moist and amazing. My skin just loves these wipes. Plus I usually buy a pack for $3.99 and an additional 20% off. I just gotta wait for the sales. I order 20 packages at a time!! 

3. Mederma PM: This intensive night cream saves my face from acne scars. I bought another travel size tube as well as a large jar. I think after I finish up that order, I should be ok and won't need to purchase this anymore. If you have any scarring at all, I can't recommend this product enough. My face is almost completely acne scar free after using it every single night for two months. 

4. L'Oréal Double Extend Mascara: I only use the primer side of this mascara because it was highly recommended by a few fashion bloggers that I follow. It's a really amazing primer but it dries out after three weeks to a month. This is the second time I've purchased it and both mascaras dried out after a month. Even though it's only $7 a tube, I won't be purchasing again. It's amazing at making your eyelashes super long but I rather just buy this Chanel primer. It's $32 but will last for three months. It pretty much comes out to the same amount of money as L'Oréal except that I don't have to make as many trips to the store. 

5. BareMinerals Cleansing Oil: I loveeee this stuff! I have so many bottles of it. It has really helped clear up my acne along with the other products in my routine. After I'm completely healed, I'm going to look for a cheaper alternative. I usually wait to purchase this oil when BareMinerals is having a sale but it's still pricey. If you have any drugstore recommendations, please let me know!

6. Estée Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: I got this for free with one of my purchases. This was my second bottle! Really good at not irritating my eyes and really effective at removing allll the eye makeup I wear! I would definitely purchase again but again...I want some cheaper alternatives since I'm trying to save money! 

7. BB Curl Primer: This Bumble and Bumble spray is amazing and I've already repurchased. I use it every single day. Sometimes I just use this in my hair alone and it totally deangles my curly hair and keeps my hair manageable. It also smells amazing! It's sulfate and paraben free which is a must have for me. I'll be using this product for a long time to come. 

8. Matrix Volume Rose Mousse: I got this in one of the beauty subscriptions I used to belong to. I love the smell! It also worked wonders on my hair. My only issue is the lack of info. I tried finding out if it's sulfate and paraben free but it wasn't listed on the site or bottle. Maybe because it was a sample? For that reason alone I'm not repurchasing. I need some info! 

That's it darlings!! I've made a New Year's Resolution to not purchase anymore beauty products until I use up what I have! Hopefully you'll be seeing a lot more used up goodies!! 

xoxo

January Goals + Happy New Year!!

11:25:00 AM

January Goals + Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year darlings!!!! And Happy Birthday to my Mommy! Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday! I can't believe the holidays are over! It just flew by! Bummer!! 

2016 was an amazing year for me and my family. I have some high hopes for 2017! I've chatted enough about my long term New Year's Resolutions and goals but I thought I would share my short term goals for the next month! 

1. Blog 3x per week: I'm determined to grow this baby 

2. Workout 4x per week: Before the holidays, I was doing so well and I was working out 5 to 6x per week. I gotta get back on track

3. Drink 4 glasses of water: I hate water and much more prefer wine or coffee. Hahahaha. I know I'm supposed to drink a million gallons a day but I figured I would start small. Let's start with baby steps. 

4. Sleep 7 hours per night: My sleep cycle is all over the place and sometimes I only sleep 3 to 4 hours. Time to actually start developing a routine and sticking to it! 

5. Buy no more makeup: I need need need to start saving more money. I spend at least $800 a month on beauty products. Then I only use half the bottle, it gets old and expires, and I throw away. It's such a waste of money! No more. I have to finish up things before I buy new ones!! I'm prepping for friends and family that usually happens in April so I need to hurry and finish up my current stash. Also, I have brand new stuff that has never been opened but I got it on sale. Should I return? Or should I continue to store since I purchased at a good price? Advice!

6. Relax more: I'm always doing something! I go to the movies like once every 3 years. I need to sit back, enjoy more moments, and actually watch a damn movie in peace! 

7. Save $200 per month: Since I spend $800 on makeup a month, I think I can save $200 per month. That's reasonable right? I would love to save more but like I said...baby steps. 

Wishing you all a wonderful 2017!!! What are your goals for this year?

xoxo