Mar 6, 2014
I've been eyeing this nail polish for the past year. Every time I went to the drugstore I would pick it up and look at it intently but at the last minute I would hesitate and not buy it.In the past month I've been drawn to it so last week I finally bought it. Essie's Mint Candy Apple is described as "a creme de menthe mint". I would call it a mint with blue undertones. It's in between a pale mint green colour and blue. I guess it could be categorized as a pale aqua colour. It's a happy colour that reminds me of Spring and Summer. I think I finally bought it because I'm so tired of Winter and I wanted my nails to remind me of the upcoming seasons. Mint Candy Apple is such a cute name and the colour is gorgeous. I love this colour so much that I want to paint the walls of my room this colour. I think that this is probably one shade that doesn't have a dupe.
The formula is the typical Essie formula for pastel polishes. It's a little sheer and the first coat always ends up looking streaky. You need three coats for an opaque colour. You always need to apply at least three coats when using their lighter shades. Darker Essie polishes might require only two coats. You'll be luck if you can find a one coater Essie polish (If you do let me know). Essie polishes typically last 3-4 days with minimal chipping on my nails. The price of an Essie polish varies from $7.99-$9.99 depending on where you buy it and sometimes you can find it on sale.
Essie is one of my favorite nail polish brands. They have a wide variety of shades and you're bound to find a favorite... or five.
Mar 5, 2014
Ever since I started using coconut oil last year for its skincare benefits I've been looking into more natural products that have good skincare properties. Oregano oil has many benefits for your skin and your well-being. Originally I thought it was taken internally and used for fighting off colds and flu because that's why my mother takes it; but I soon found out that it can be used for so much more than that.
Oregano is part of the mint family. It grows wild all around the world specifically in Greece and Turkey where the highest medicinal quality oregano is found. Medicinal oregano contains many minerals such as: vitamin C, vitamin A, and niacin.I was glad to know that it can be used on problem skin. I read that it can help with eczema. I tried it on my eczema and it took the itchy feeling away and is actually helping it go away as well.
Oregano oil can also be used to get rid of breakouts/blemishes. I had a breakout on my forehead and instead of using my regular acne spot treatment I decided to try oregano oil to see if it would help. Within two-three days my zit was gone. Already from the first day the redness was going down and it was smaller the next morning. One the second day it was tiny and had no redness. By the third day you couldn't even tell that it had been there.
Besides acne and eczema you can use this for many other skin concerns such as psoriasis, dandruff and rosacea.
When taken internally it can be used for coughs, asthma, bronchitis, headaches, fever, allergies, sinuses, arthritis, toothaches, varicose veins, cramps and muscle pain. It can even help digestion. If you want to take it internally you should take one drop and either leaving it on your tongue for about 15 seconds or swallowing it as fast as you can. It has an extremely powerful scent that one drop is all you need. You can also dilute one or two drops in water, milk or juice which takes away the strong flavor of it. It's recommended to take it up to 5 times a day. I personally think once or twice a day is all you need if you're not sick or being exposed to anyone sick.
It's also used to soothe bug bites, poison ivy, and as an insect repellent.
I wouldn't recommend using it in food (I added some to my tomato sauce one day and it was not a good idea.) because it has such a strong scent that it will overpower everything else.
The cost of oregano oil varies depending on where you go. It can be expensive because 1000 pounds of oregano are needed to make one pound of oil. A 10ml bottle of it is $12.99 at the store that I buy it from but it lasts a good 3 months. A little goes a long way so I think the cost is fair.
Oregano oil is a miracle worker on for your skin and your health. It has endless uses, probably more than what I've mentioned. It would be a good idea to keep it on hand at all times.
Feb 27, 2014
This month, my La Roche-Posay moisturizer ran out and I decided to try the Avene Skin Recovery Cream because it was on sale and I've heard that it's really good. I like it because it moisturizes and soothes my skin. It even moisturizes my dry patches so I don't need to use multiple face creams. For mascara, I've been loving Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof mascara. It lenghtens and adds volume to my lashes without clumping. It's truly waterproof. It doesn't budge at all, even when it's snowing and cold and my eyes get watery. It stays on so well that it's really hard to take off. For nails, I've been using the ELF Nourishing Cuticle Pen. It takes away the dryness around my nails. It works and it's only $1. I've rediscovered my love of Essie nail polish by reaching for one of my favorite shades, Sand Tropez. It's a beautiful nude, the formula is good and it doesn't chip fast. I've been obsessed with the Elf Studio Angled Blush Brush because it blends out my blush perfectly and it feels really soft.
Last but not least my favorite lip product this month has been the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm in the shade Keep Mauving. It looks glossy when your first apply it and as the day goes on it wears off into a stain. Keep Mauving is a brownish pink. It's a good MLBB colour. It looks beautiful on the lips. It enhances your natural lip colour and makes any look complete. I'd say it's a cross between MAC Plumful and MAC Syrup. If Plumful and Syrup had a baby it would be this.
This month I've been listening to Anthem Lights' new album You Have My Heart non stop.
You Have My Heart - Anthem Lights
The Unknown - Anthem Lights
Turn Around - Anthem Lights
That What I'm Looking For - Anthem Lights
Light For You - Anthem Lights
Closer Than The Angels - Anthem Lights
Compass - Lady Antebellum
Player 2 - Meghan & Lucas
I Surrender - Hillsong
Let It Go/Vivaldi's Winter - ThePianoGuys
Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer
The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson
missglamorazzi's TMI Tag
The Blimey Cow Podcast (you can find it on iTunes)
19 Signs You're Olaf From Frozen
Feb 21, 2014
I'm very picky when it comes to earrings. I like things that are simple yet elegant. I don't like earrings that have too much going on. I typically wear plain gold hoops everyday. Sometimes I'll switch things up and wear studs. I don't typically wear dangling/statement earrings because they usually seem too big, have too much going on and tend to feel heavy.
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These dangling earrings by Majectical Jewelry*are quite long measuring around 4.5". I wouldn't typically wear these earrings but they are really nice. I really like all the textured details on them because they add uniqueness to the earrings but they don't over-embellish them. I love the leafdangling pieces because they make me think of changing seasons. Just looking at these earrings shows that they're good quality. They feel like they're made with good quality materials as well.
I think these earring are perfect for wearing when you want to make a statement but want to be wearing minimal jewelry. I picture paring these with a plain black dress and black pumps, hair in a sock bun, and bold lipstick for an event or night out. I think they would also look good with skinny jeans, heels and a loose/airy top.
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*These earrings were kindly sent to me by Majestical Jewelry for review.
Feb 16, 2014
I've had my eye on this Revlon nail polish for about a year now. I first heard about it from essiebutton. Her recommendations are always amazing, so I decided to finally try it. Vintage Rose is a colour that I would describe as a dusty rose. It's a classic shade that works well for anything. When you want your nails to have a little bit of colour but you still want them to be neutral this is the shade to go for.
The formula of this is great. 2 thin coats will give you maximum opacity. You might even be able to get away with one thick coat if you're pressed for time. This polish impressed me because I wore it for 3 days and only noticed that one nail had chipped. I wore it in conjunction with the Gel-Smooth Base Coat and the Gel-Shine Top Coat of the same line. I like that it gave my nails a glossy finish and didn't really chip. It claims to wear for 11 days with no chipping. I don't know about that but it is mostly right about no chipping. I've tried Bold Sangria from this line and wasn't really impressed by it but I didn't use the base coat and top coat from this range. I think I will try it again with the base coat and top coat.
This shade is very similar to Essie's In Stitches. I was debating between this polish and the essie one, but I chose this one because it was cheaper. I found Revlon Vintage Rose for $4.49 at Target. I believe that's regular price. They vary in price depending on where you go. I've seen it at Shopper's for $8.59-$9.99. I'd recommend getting it at Target if you can.