Dec 172014
 

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When it comes to makeup and skincare products, I will admit that the majority of my favorite products are department and high end even though I rarely afford them. However, when it comes to my favorite hair care products, the majority of them can be picked up Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart, and Target.

So, I chipped through all my favorite drugstore hair products and here are my favorite. This was not an easy task, my friends. I narrowed it down to products that my hair loves, whether I’m wearing it naturally curly, straight, or wavy. Versatility and getting my money’s worth….and great hair.

  • L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray – This is a holy grail hair spray celebrity hair stylists and the everyday woman. It holds all day and in various holds. Plus, I love the scent!
  • TRESemme Dry Shampoo -Aside from the obvious use of refreshing oily/dirty hair and extending an awesome blowout, another use for dry shampoo is to add volume. Therefore, I love  TRESemme dry shampoo. One of the main reason I love TRESemme’s dry shampoo is because they have various formulas, including one for dry and damaged hair that refreshes, volumizes, and adds an extra umph of moisture.
  • ORS Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion -A little goes a long way with this olive oil moisturizing lotion, whether my hair is curly of straight. This moisturizer is very rich and moisturizing, without feeling heavy or greasy.
  • Fantasia Frizz Buster Serum – Here is another product that only takes a small dollop rubbed through my hair to protect my hair from frizz. Also, it’s an amazing heat protectant to use when straighten my hair.
  • OGX Penetrating Oil Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco – In case you missed me introducing this oil here and praising it here, I pretty much a put a drop of this oil in my hair at the beginning of every step of styling my hair; after washing, before drying, after drying, and after heat styling. Ah-mazing!

Stay Stylish!

 Posted by at 4:20 am
Dec 162014
 

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I was doing an awesome job fighting off a horrible cold my sister was “trying” to give me. However,the bipolar weather and sick co-workers finally broke through my barrier and I was sick all last week. I’m almost back to myself. I’ll say that I’m at 95% pre-sick. So, yay for that!

Last week, I actually took a couple of days offs to rest and I used that time to catch up on some books that have been piled up on my nightstand for a while. Now, I need some more books, because I’m back into reading…obsessively.

So, I’ve finally narrowed down the next books I want to attack with a reading vengeance.  A couple are books I’ve been meaning to read based on the reviews, one is a book that I started reading, but stopped and now I can’t find it. Therefore, I need to buy it again. The others just peaked my interest, but all of them are self-help/motivational books.

I’ve been trying to map out my 2015 and I’m aiming to enter next year prepared and eager to seize the life I want. So, here are the books I want to buy and read next.

  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
  • The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
  • 52 Ways to Live a Kick Ass Life by Andrea Owen
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I’m open for other suggestions. So, if you have any, leave them around!

Stay Stylish!

 Posted by at 9:10 am
Dec 092014
 

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For the past couple of months, I’ve been playing around and using more of my make-up, which is what I usually tend to do in the colder months thanks to the decline in heat created sweat and oily skin. PLUS, Ive been trying to use up some items in my makeup collection, which has made me realize that I need some new makeup brushes and brushes that I don’t have at all. However, I’m more concerned with the latter.

Aside from the Shishiedo foundation brush I included in my December 2014 Lust-Have List, here are the other brushes that I feel deep in my heart and makeup boxes that I need to add into my life.

  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush – All the concealer brushes I have are a built for more coverage, but I need one that can help with small spot concealing and this one by Laura Mercier seems perfect.
  • tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush – I’m a sucker for an airbrush foundation brush, because they give you the most flawless foundation application.
  • Marc Jacobs The Bronze Bronzer Brush – Like I said, airbrush brushes are the ish. So, an airbrush bronzing brush seems like a necessity, especially since my bronze hasn’t really been blending the way I would like to and I blame my current boring bronzing brush.
  • MUFE Precision Powder Brush – I need a new powder brush and this one from Make Up For Ever is super soft and luxe.
  • tarte The Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush – I’m always into a good 2-fer and tarte’s Slenderizer brush is duo brush with a airbrush brush on one end, which is good for applying and buffing in foundation and a slanted brush on the other that will make contouring a breeze.
  • NARS Kabuki Ita Brush – This brush from NARS is a holy grail and must-have brush for all make-up enthusiasts. The handle and bristles makes it perfect for contouring and blending.

Is there a brush that you think I’m missing. Please let me know below!

Stay Stylish!

 Posted by at 4:00 am
Dec 062014
 

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It’s definitely flu season, because my sister and I have blowing our noses repeatedly all week. So, this weekend, we plan to lounge on the sofa and watch Christmas movies all day to rest ourselves.

Luckily, all my issues have been just ‘nasal’, but I felt my throat getting a little itchy and knew that was body’s way of telling me I need to put on my boxing gloves and fight off a cold. Well, I knew I needed to soothe my throat and the best way I know to do this is with a big warm cup of tea. However, my laziness made me wondered did Starbucks have a tea that was good for soothing an itchy throat other than my usual go-to Zen green tea.

After a quick Google search, I was introduced to Starbucks’ ‘The Coldbuster’ tea which combines peppermint, chamomile, and steamed lemonade. As soon as I sipped this tea, my body instantly felt calm, soothe, and oddly refreshed (Thanks, Peppermint). Also, my sister who was feeling worse than me, felt the same afterwards, too. Aside for the feels, the tea even tastes awesome!

If it wasn’t for the fact that the instructions for the barista a little tedious to give over the drive-thru intercom, I would order this almost everyday.

So, the next time you are dealing with a cold or feel one coming on, might a suggest you run this recipe to your nearest barista.

  • Venti Cup w/ a bag of Refresh Tea (mint) and a bag of Calm Tea (chamomile)
  • Add half hot water and half steamed lemonade
  • Add a little honey for its anti-microbial effects
  • Optional: Add a pump of peppermint

Stay Stylish!

 Posted by at 7:41 am
Dec 052014
 

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I’m so proud of myself, because I’ve been using up products left and right including, makeup, hair care, and skincare products. I will admit that I’m a little torn, because I hate that I had to use up some of these products. Actually, I truly loved all of these products.

I’ve been doing really good on not buying any more foundation and this Lift Blur from L’Oreal was the last foundation I bought a few months ago and I used it up, because this foundation is pretty awesome. However, I probably won’t buy this product again, because $14 is a little too pricey for a drugstore foundation for me. Still, this one is great.

L’Oreal Voluminous mascara is my favorite mascara, drugstore or high end. It does everything that I need it to do and I plan to buy it again. It’s my holy grail mascara.

It has been hard for me to find the “perfect bronzer” for me and my skintone, which has lead me to collect quite a few bronzers in my makeup stash. So, I’ve been trying to use them up and I finally used up my last MAC bronzing powder. This one is a little too shimmery for me, especially for my combo/oily skin. I’m glad I finally got rid of this one.

OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco penetrating oil is almost one my new holy grails, which explains why I used it up so fast, because I used it twice a day, everyday. No matter if my hair was straight or curly. Morning and night and I will be repurchase this one, too.

Stay Stylish!

 Posted by at 5:39 am
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