Saturday, January 21, 2012

Best of 2011! Beauty Products

This is the second post in my series, Best of 2011! I will have two more after this one, fashion and random. When I say beauty, I'm referring to skincare, haircare, and fragrances.


The best shampoo is hard to pick because I never stayed on one for too long and don't believe shampoo is that important to the overall health or your hair, but I have been using Aussi Moist shampoo lately and it smells ah-mazing! It smells of vanilla, coconut, and has a fruity undertone. It doesn't leave your hair greasy or dry, but very soft and just healthy looking.
My favorite conditioner would be, without a doubt, Aussie Three Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner. This stuff has been my holy grail! It smells just like the shampoo, but better and it makes your hair silky and shiny and just plain beautiful. If you could only use one hair product for the rest of your life, I'd use this.
The best hair serum would be the Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide. I use this whenever I am going to blow dry my hair. It makes hair so shiny and smooth. It doesn't make it necessarily soft, but gives the illusion of softness. After I am done blow drying my hair, I take half a pump and rub it on my hair to get rid of any leftover frizzies.
My favorite spray in hair product would be a tie between the Tresseme Heat Protectant or the John Frieda Go Lightening, lightening hair spray. The heat protectant is an essential of mine! It smells like heaven, sprays evenly, and it's cheap! The lightening spray has made my light brown hair have just the right amount of highlights in it without making them look orange. I plan on doing a review on the lightening spray soon.
The best face wash would have to be the Neutrogena Grapefruit Scrub. This has really helped clear up my acne, as well as exfoliate my skin. It's very refreshing and it's not super abbrasive, so I can use it twice a day wihtout a problem!
My favorite moisturizer/body lotion is the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Dry Skin. I use this not only on my face, but all over my body. It is soooo moisturizing and it doesn't cause my sensitive skin to breakout. You only need a tiny amount for your face, or else it will look shiny and I only use it at night so it has time to soak in. The tub I am using is only half empty and I've been using it for almost a year now.
The best perfume I have been using is the Wish Pink Perfume. I don't think they sell it anymore, which is why I don't use it anymore unless it is for super special occasions. It smells strongly of vanilla and kind of florally. It lasts all day long and I am in love with it.
My favorite body mist/splash is going to be Pretty & Pure by Pink. It's super girly and sweet smelling! I have the mini version because I am not a very big fan of body mists (they don't last very long). I do reccomend the mini one's for lockers are to carry arounf in your purse.

I hope you enjoyed! If you do a similiar post please leave a comment below! Link to past post in the Best of 2011 series Don't forget to follow!
~Grace <3

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Look!

So yesterday I was getting really fed up with the look of this blog because it was a template and anyone could have it! I wanted it to look a little bit more original so I changed the background to these really pretty flowers, but I still wanted to stick to the pink and blue theme. I kept the color of the fonts about the same, but I changed the titles into this really pretty cursive.
I like this look much better because it's more original, but tell me your opinion! Should I keep it, or go back to the old one, or just change it again! Thank you so much!
~Grace <3

Saturday, January 14, 2012

2012 Fashion Trends... The Sporty Chick

One of the trends that have been a big hit recently is fashionable sportswear. The use of metallic sweatshirts and mesh overlay will still be going strong this new year. This trend is the one that allows you to stay in the comfort of sweatshirts and sweatpants, while still looking like you came straight out of New York Fashion Week.
Alexander Wang, who has been known to use this trend constantly, expressed his runway show with a navy blue mesh jackets and bright colors. Rag and Bones used over-sized zip up hoodies and and sporty bikini tops to stay on top of this trend. I think any one can wear this because you can be on the edgier side by wearing dark mesh and messy tousled hair or you can be on the preppier side by mixing classic colors with orange peep-toe heels.

I personal own a collection of beaded, gray sweatshirts and comfy black leggings that make everything look super chic. Pair a bright Cami under a cropped mesh tank or carry thick and bulky messenger bags to school or work. No matter how you wear it, you still now your on top of the fashion game.
Do you like this trend? Leave your comments below and don't forget to follow!
~Grace <3

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Best of 2011!

I'm actually going to do four different 'best' categories. The first will be makeup, the second will be beauty, the third will be fashion, and the last will be random. Sorry, it took me awhile to post this!


My favorite foundation/concealer has been the Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Makeup in warm beige. I don't need a full coverage foundation, so I actually use this as a concealer for my blemishes and any acne scars. It looks really natural, but you need about two layer to really cover it up.
The best mascara would be any of the volume express mascaras from Maybelline. I have tried them all except for the turbo and the falsies flared. They all really lengthen and thicken the lashes without clumping them together and the black, is very black! The formula isn't too dry or wet, but I would say it was on the wetter side. Overall, any of them are foolproof!
My favorite eyeshadow/eyeshadow palette would have to be the Coastal Scents 88 Original palette. There is such a wide variety of colors that range from neutrals to hot pinks and icy blues. They are all very pigmented and have a soft, buttery consistency. It's also very cheap I believe, but I'm not positive on the number (it was a gift).
The best face powder (this includes foundations, bronzers, highlighters, or blushes) would definitely be the NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder. I adore this! I used throughout the summer and I still use it in the winter, but very sparingly. It has zero shimmer so it looks very natural and the shade will work on a lot of different skin tones. It has been one of my makeup staples this entire year.
My favorite eyeliner would no doubt be the Jordana Fabuliner in Black. You can find it at Kmart for around $3 and it should really be worth a whole lot more. It is a felt tip marker that is very easy to use. It creates a smooth line that dries quickly so you don't have to worry about it transferring onto your lid. It's also very black and you don't have to retrace the line to get that dramatic look.
The best lip product is surprisingly the Maybelline Baby Lips. More specifically the reddish toned one, Cherry Me. They leave a beautiful wash of color as well as being super moisturizing. It's everything you will ever need in a lip product. It takes the place of chapstick/lipstick/and gloss. I have a review if you want a more in depth description.

I actually don't have time to finish all four categories, so I am going to turn this into a really small miniseries. I also want to sat that I have not forgot about my 2012 Trends series or my winged eyeliner tutorial. I just have been really busy, but don't worry I will be getting around to doing both of them!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

2012 Fashion Trends... Already? Post 1: Bringing Back the Princess

I know the new year has just started (it hasn't even been twenty-four hours yet!) but we all want to walk into an even more fashionable year than the past. I want to get a head start this year becuase it seems that no matter how hard I try to be on top of all the trends, I'm always a bit late. I thought, why not due a mini series! I'll be doing a post on each of the upcoming trends, so stay tuned!

From what I have seen a big trend that is coming in is that very girly/princessy feel. So say goodbye to chains and worn combat boots and hello to ball gown skirts and lacy tops. This lookwas displayed throughout Jason Wu's line as well as Oscar de la Renta.

Jason Wu's line was more on the vivacious side while Oscar de la Renta's had the classy/sultry look. While they both had the same idea, the final product turned out completely different. This is one of the examples on how everyone can still wear this while still staying true to themselves. A person with a quirkier style can wear bright skirts and someone with an edgier style can wear a darker skirt with an old band tee.
So what do you think of this trend? Also, please give me feedback on this series as well. Don't forget to comment and follow!
~Grace <3