Saturday, December 29, 2012

Get Beautiful, Shiny Hair!

Hi girlies!  Today's post is going to be super quick yet very informative.  Sometimes in the winter months, hair can become dull and lose it's shine.  A quick and simple way to restore the shine is before getting out of the shower while the conditioner is still in your hair, turn the faucet to cold and then rinse out the conditioner in the cold.  Although it may be uncomfortable (cold showers in the winter?!), it's worth it, I swear!  By blasting your hair with cold water while the conditioner is still in, it seals your hair follicles and locks in the moisture from the conditioner.  Once your hair dries, you will notice a difference in shine as well as texture; your hair will be much silkier.

That's all for today!  I hope all of your holidays were relaxing, healthy, and fun.  Also, New Years is coming up!  Comment down below if you've already made your resolutions!

xoxo Francesca

Saturday, December 15, 2012

November Favorites!

Hey girlies! I cannot believe that November is almost over! Honestly, to me it seems like August was just last week. Today it's sunny out and freezing, so I figured it would be the perfect day to post my November Favorites... let's get started!
Beauty Favorites

To start of my favorites, I would have to start off with my Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi Concealer. I realize i was late on the bandwagon with this product, but long story short, I ran out of my Laura Mercier concealer, Sephora is at the far mall (and I did not want to buy the concealer with out getting bonus points), and I was at Target! I heard many great reviews on this concealer so I figured I would try it out. Does it give amazing coverage? No, but I think it does great for only being $7.

Secondly, I have been absolutely in love with my 'Covergirl Eye Enhancers' Eyeshadow in Tapestry Taupe. I think it is a stunning color, and it would look great against any skin tone/eye color. I got this shadow a while back (which explains the outdated packaging) but for only being a few dollars at the drugstore it is totally worth it! It is a soft, shimmery tan with darker hints of taupe as opposed to a dark shadow with light hints. It is super wearable and pigmented! This is a product I definitely recommend.

The last makeup product I have been loving is my L'Oreal HIP Jelly Balm. As some of you know, these have been discontinued but you can find them occasionally at Target, and you can purchase them online! I purchased mine a while ago, but I have honestly fell in love with this lipgloss! I have mine in 'Succulent-520' which is a gorgeous rosey/berry color. They smell like vanilla and go on sheer so you can build up the pigmentation. If you are able to pick up one, definitely grab it! They are so worth it!

Scarves have been my life savers on days when I am running late and need a cute outfit! They are so universal and you can wear them with literally anything. They completely transform your plain t-shirt and pair of jeans into a fashionable outfit! Now that the weather is colder, I am able to wear my faux Burberry one that I am in love with. I really like how this one is white with tan, black, and red lines because it is different from what you usually see! I purchased this one in NYC. :)

Non-Beauty Favorites

Ok, I may have a tiny obsession with The Hills. I am being completely honest when I tell you that currently the only show on my DVR is The Hills. I absolutely love LC and everyone else on the show! I got Audrey and another friend hooked on it and we have been re-watching the series starting from season one!

One of my favorite songs of the month of course tie in with The Hills ;). "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield is an amazing song and I think it is super catchy... let's face it Audrey and I may have a jam sesh here and there rocking out to this song! But honestly, who doesn't love this song?! It is absolutely amazing and the fact that it was the theme song for The Hills makes it 10000000x better! The second song that I have been absolutely in love with would have to be the deconstructed version of "Die Young" by Ke$ha. Audrey showed me this song a few weeks ago and I fell in love! You can really hear her actual voice and none of the fake auto-tune. Lastly, the "RED" album by Taylor Swift has been my favorite for all of November. I honestly cannot pick out one song that I dislike! Some of my favorites have been "22", "Starlight", and "Everything has Changed"! I also love Ed Sheeran, so that song was definitely a win-win for me!

Candles. I just love candles. My favorite winter candles are from Bath & Body Works in the scents 'Vanilla Snowflake' and 'Twisted Peppermint'. I am actually obsessed with both of these scents and one of them are always burning in my room at all times!

The next favorite I have is gum. I know random, right?? Well every time I am in target I always pick up a pack of the Shaun White Mintacular gum.... it is easily my favorite gum and I always have a pack with me at all times :)

The last non-beauty favorite I have it my winter mug! Every year at Target I try to get myself a new wintery/Christmasy mug to drink my tea, coffee, and hot chocolate! This one might be one of my favorite mugs ever! I love how its a wider cup and shorter... it's just something different! Also the horizontal stripes are perfection. You guys know I love anything with stripes!

Well that concludes my November favorites! I am seriously so sorry for slacking, but with all of the homework and tests my teachers are trying to get us to finish before the break is insane! I pinky promise I will be so much better with posting! Thanks for staying with us lovies <3 Don't forget, stay classy! xoxo


Friday, December 14, 2012

My deepest condolences to everyone affected by the Newtown tragedy.  No family should ever have to go through something as terrible as this.  The innocent children and adults who lost their lives today are in all of America’s hearts.  To all those affected by this unspeakable tragedy on this solemn day, our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

To spend or not to spend; that is the question.

Hi girls!  Remember me?  So sorry for not posting for so long.  I have been extremely stressed out lately with school, dance, and babysitting and I haven't had any free time.  Thank you for understanding and I appreciate every single one of you for sticking with us!  Now, on to this post...

Many products in the beauty community gain so much hype that it's impossible not to want to go out and try them for yourself, no matter what the price tag!  However, some of these products, while amazing, have almost identical drugstore dupes that can save you so much money.

The first product that gets extremely hyped up is the Urban Decay Primer Potion.  While this is one of my makeup staples, if you're eyelids aren't CRAZY oily like mine, you shouldn't need to shell out $20 for something you can get for $1!  If you have normal eyelids that aren't as oily as mine, I suggest you skip the UDPP and head over to Target to get yourself the $1 Elf Eyelid Primer.  Even with my eyelids, this doesn't crease on me for a few hours, but if you have normal eyelids, this should last you the whole day.

The next product is the MAC Paint Pots.  All of the beauty gurus online have been raving about them and decided I had to have one myself!  Well, I wish I hadn't given in so quickly.  Maybelline released a line of Color Tattoos a while back which are honestly 10x better than MAC Paint Pots.  It's much more creamy and actually lasts without a primer, unlike my Paint Pot.  And for almost $10 less, why wouldn't you go with the drugstore version?

The next product you can skip is the Balm's Sexy Mama Face Powder.  Don't get me wrong, this is one of my favorite face powders and I finished up my entire product!  However, I decided to try out Rimmel Stay Matte's powder when I ran out of the Balm's Sexy Mama to save myself $19.  It was shocking to see how amazing the Rimmel powder is.  It was just as oil-absorbing as my Balm powder.  The only negative with this is that the packaging is quite cheap, but for price and quality, it's packaging can easily be overlooked.

The last dupe is benefit's They're Real! Mascara.  This mascara is fantastic and I find myself reaching for it very often, I have no regrets buying it.  However, is it really worth $23?  Instead, you can save around $15 by buying Maybelline's Falsies mascara.  It does an even better job of holding a curl and lengthening and separating my lashes than benefit.  Falsies is one of my favorite mascaras and I recommend it over benefit's They're Real.

Well, that's it for my money-saving post.  I hope you try out some of these products and save a few dollars!  Have a great day!

xoxo Francesca