Rainy Day Mini Pamper Session

  Today is such a dreary day it makes me want to sit inside in cozy clothes and watch Netflix all day. Both of those will definitely be happening, but my plan for the rest of the evening will be to give myself a little pamper session!

Pampering Tools:

Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask: this mask is my absolute favorite face mask that I’ve ever used! I can not say enough amazing things about it. I do plan to do a full review in a few weeks, but so far my face is loving this! This mask is clay based – perfect for my oily skin beauties – but at the same time it’s hydrating as well, so it’s great for all skin types! When I’ve finished with this mask my face is extremely soft and smooth and it just feels like it can breathe again!

L’oreal Nail Color: in the shade 114 Rainy, could there be a more perfect name for this occasion? I love the L’oreal polishes and to me they’re like little dupes for Essie! I know everyone is going bright for spring, but with this weather and my rebelliousness I’m gonna go dark. 

Tula Illuminating Face Serum: now I know what you’re thinking. “She has oily skin why would she use that illuminating serum!?” You guys. This stuff rocks! Full review will be coming soon, but this serum deeply hydrates my skin and sinks within minutes. It isn’t greasy at all, otherwise you know I wouldn’t be using it. It’s a magical bottle of goodness. It’s the perfect finish to the Tula Mask and leaves my hydrated all day + night.

 Have you tried any of the products mentioned? What are your favorite products to pamper yourself at home with?

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XOXO, Bee 

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Rocksbox • Oh, yeah!


Good morning everyone! I hope you’re all having a great Memorial Day weekend so far! Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous here in the Midwest. Today is starting out rainy, I’m laying here with coffee listening to the pitter patter on the deck. BUM CITY, but kind of relaxing. Anyway – to brighten up my dreary morning I checked the mail and discovered that my very first Rocksbox had arrived!

What is Rocksbox?

It’s a subscription box just like any other box, i.e. Ipsy, Birchbox, etc. but instead of makeup + skincare, you receive jewelry! A stylist will hand pick three jewelry pieces for you and send them to you on loan. You do get to make a wish list and choose some pieces that are must-haves for them to send. The subscription is $19/month but every month you do receive $10 in shine spend money!

What is shine spend money?

This is money that can be used towards the purchase of any items that Rocksbox has. With the subscription being $19 a month, it really drops down to $9, because RB gives you this perk.

What do I do when I’m done with my jewelry?

Well, Rocksbox really is like the Netflix of jewelry! You receive your three pieces, valued around $200, and you get to keep them for as long as you’d like. Whenever you’re done with the pieces you just send them back and RB sends you new pieces right away. One of the coolest things is that you never have to pay for shipping. You even receive a return shipping label inside of your box!


I think it’s so fun that each box is personalized with your name, too! If you’d like to give Rocksbox a try for one month FOR FREE then head to their website and at checkout enter the code: iambeautybeexoxo and you’ll be able to try it risk free. On the website you’ll be able to get more information and browse around at some of the pieces that they have available!
Have you ever tried Rocksbox? If so, what are your thoughts? What is your absolutely favorite subscription box? I love reading comments!*

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XOXO, Bee

Make Up Forever Step 1 • Mattifying Primer

  Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’re all having a great start to your Memorial Day weekend! I was trolling through my newsfeed and saw a review by Always,Bree for the CoverFX Matiffying primer which is a primer I was interested in, and at the end she asked if anyone tried the Make Up Forever Step 1 before. It reminded me that I had this review that I’ve been meaning to post for some time and what better time than now? So thank you for the reminder Bree!

Let’s get into the review shall we? 

 
Pictured here is the Make Up Forever Step 1 Mattifying Primer. This product has been extremely hyped up by beauty bloggers and bloggers everywhere. I have extremely oily skin, so I was looking forward to this becoming my new holy grail!

The product comes in a beautiful matte black squeeze tube with a precision point tip. The amount of product you receive is the standard 1 fl oz. I purchased mine from Sephora for $36.

Sephora’s website states that it “assists with balancing the skin’s texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear. Mattifying primer reduces shine.”

The smell of this primer was subtle and pleasant, it had a slight citrus scent in my opinion. The texture was thicker, but not as thick as the Rimmel Stay Matte or as fluid as the Hourglass Mineral Veil. It was a happy medium. I do feel this primer helped to fill in my larger pores. 

I have no other positives to say about this primer. It gave my face a strange texture and prevented my foundation from looking smooth over top. 

I did two tests to see if it was my mind playing tricks on me or if this raved about primer was really just a dud. Test 1: I layered this on top of my Rimmel Stay Matte to see if it worked better with another product. Result: NO NO NO, CAKE CITY. Just no. Test 2: I used Rimmel Stay Matte on one half of my face and the MUFE Mattifying Primer on the other. Result: I did not notice any difference in the longevity of my foundation. I still needed to blot around 3-4 hours. Honestly my Rimmel side held up better! The fact that my drugstore $6 primer held up better than this $36 high-end one, you better believe this was returned to Sephora. Sorry to those that love this product but it wasn’t for me and did not do anything phenomenal for my skin.

Have you tried the MUFE Step 1 primer line? If so, what were your thoughts? What are you holy grail foundation primers?

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XOXO, Bee

 

Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette

      
Ahhhh I have finally been able to get my hands on the absolutely breathtakingly beautiful Jaclyn Hill Favorites palette by Morphe Brushes! This has been long awaited, because I missed the first time they went up for sale on Morphe’s website and the site crashed yada-yada-yada and everyone was upset. I have been a big fan of Jaclyn Hill for quite some time and I love the looks creates on her channel! She loves to construct gorgeous warm neutral looks + warm smokey eyes. I personally, am a huge fan of warmer tones, I just think they look better on my skin tone. So when I found out JH was developing an eyeshadow palette, I knew it was one I needed in my collection.

My experience with Morphe Brushes before purchasing the JHF palette has been overall positive. I purchased their 35W – 35 color warm color palette last year for only $20! That was an amazing price for the quality of the shadows that I received and the variety of shades. I will say the 35W shadows seemed a little bit “chalky” but not terribly, but they are well pigmented. In comparing the JHF to that palette the quality of the shadows are higher and more along the lines as if you were to purchase Morphe’s single shadows.

Let’s get on with the swatches shall we?

 
Row 1 • 5 shimmer + 2 matte– pictured here are some very beautiful highlight shades, as well as gorgeous transition shades. My personal favorite for an everyday simple look is just using the second from the end, that resembles the Too Faced Semi-Sweet palette color called peanut butter

  
Row 2 • 3 shimmer + 4 matte – this row is filled with beautiful brownsorange, and a pop of coral. These colors scream fall to me, which is my favorite season!

  Row 3 • 3 shimmer + 4 matte – hello beautiful pinkschestnut browns, and deep burgundy shades. All so beautiful and highly pigmented. Actually the shade three from the top had some issues showing up. I don’t know if it’s that it resembles my skin too much, or if the formulation was off.  

  Row 4 • 5 shimmer + 2 matte – this is the wow factor row that has stunning cranberriesplums, and a pop of olive green!

 This palette retailed for $28 + I used JH’s coupon code to received 10% off. The shipping and handling was a little steep, but it came from Cali so it’s understandable! Overall, I have been absolutely obsessed with this palette and I’m extremely satisfied. Thank you Jaclyn Hill and Morphe Brushes for creating an amazing palette at a phenomenal price! All of the shades are buttery and highly pigmented, and I will be able to create an endless amount of looks!

Did you purchase the JHF palette, if so what are your thoughts? What are your must-have holy grail eyeshadow palettes? Please share below because palettes are my obsession!

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XOXOBee

Fun Spring Nails • Jamberry

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Im just a plant mom, so I think today will be pretty relaxing! 😉

Today’s post is about nails, which is something that I never do myself. We all love a good manicure, but it can really get pricey if you’re getting them often! I used to get just a standard manicure, but then when shellac was introduced I decided to go that route, because it has great lasting power. Shellac typically lasts 2 weeks and at my nail salon, depending on what you get, costs $30 + tax and tip. That can seriously add up! 

My friend contacted me about a new nail phenomenon that is taking over called Jamberry! I never heard of it before and was pretty intrigued to see what the hype has been about so she sent me some samples to try out! 

 
PS – I found it very awkward photographing my own hand. Anyway, here is the finished product of my Jamberry nails that I did. I only did my two pinkies to add a pop to my spring mani. The application was difficult at first, because I had no idea what to expect. I found a YouTube video on how to apply and followed those steps. 

Application Process:

1. Measure your nail and cut the nail strip so that it covers the length of your nail and a little extra.

2. Heat up the cut strip with a hairdryer so it gets flexible.

3. Apply the strip to your clean dry nail and make sure not to leave any air bubbles and press firmly.

4. Once you have the strip applied, simply file the end of the nail off in downward strokes and TADA! 

 
I am in love with the finished product! Here’s a close up of my jamicure – I never paint my nails so I that step was kind of harder than applying my second Jamberry nail lol. I used OPI nail polish in the shade Hopelessly In Love on all of my other fingers. These nails last two weeks or longer, just as long as shellac and they are much cheaper too. A lot of people actually apply them to all of their nails, it really is up to you.They’re waterproof, so showering, bathing, swimming, etc will all be okay! 

If you’d like to check out all of the designs available, there are hundreds – or do a custom design, feel free to go online or you can contact msawyer83 on Instagram for more information.

  
Have you ever tried Jamberry before, if so, what are your thoughts? What are your favorite nail polishes + colors for spring? 

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XOXO, Bee

Skin Emergency 101

Happy weekend everyone! I am so happy that it’s May, because April was NOT good to me. Last month I decided to try out a few new skincare items from a line called Nip + Fab. I’ve never tried anything from their line and I was pretty excited to get my hands on them. I purchased the Glycolic Fix Cleanser and the Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads. Both items were rated over 4 stars on Ulta’s website.


I definitely understand that certain products work better for certain people and I’m not quite sure why these didn’t work for me. I was extremely disappointed and will be returning them to Ulta. The purpose of this post is not to bash the brand, because I honestly do not know too much about them, but I just wanted to share my experience.

I debated posting this photo (it’s fully unedited), seeing as it’s extremely embarrassing, but I really wanted you all to understand fully the reaction that these products gave me. The type of “acne” that I get is all hormonal. I ONLY breakout on my chin and jaw line during that certain time of the month. I don’t ever break out on my forehead, ever. These products broke me out like braille there as well as on my nose…and let’s be honest, everywhere on my entire face!


These products saved my skin from that terrible breakout! I decided to cut those Nip + Fab products fully out of my regimine and went back to my holy grail Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser. I incorporated these babies in to help as an emergency!

1. Acure Brightening Facial Scrub I used this in the shower to really clean deep down in my pores and get out any gunk. Acure Organics is an amazing brand that uses 100% all natural products with 100% biodegradable packaging! Yeah, go green!

2. Murad’s Acne Spot Treatment I incorporated this after my moisturizer at night before bed. The sulfur + salicylic acid in this really helped combat the nasty breakout while I slept.

3. Mario Badescu Drying Mask this mask I used a few times during the process and immediately I noticed results, because the size of the breakout would be reduced within just a few hours of use. This mask has calamine and sulfur in it, I think my skin loves sulfur during a breakout.

Now it’s May and my skin is 75% back on track! Have you tried any of the products listed above, if so, what were your experiences? Are there any products that make you breakout like those did to me?

Thanks for reading!

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XOXOBee

DIY: Cabinet Makeover

Hello everyone! I hope you all are doing fantastic and enjoying beautiful weather wherever you are. I didn’t post on the blog all weekend and I feel like I missed so much. Posting on here has become a regular weekly thing and I do thoroughly enjoy it and I do enjoy talking with each and everyone of you! 

Part of the reason that I missed my post this weekend was because the hubby and I were busy refinishing a cabinet that I’ve had for years. I’ve been wanting to change it up an revamp it for quite some time and I’m so glad that I decided to wait until we bought a house so that we could truly select a color that fit our scheme.

I’m the world’s most indecisive person so choosing a color was pretty hard since I am a lover of neutrals. When we moved into our house, all of the walls were white except one jet black wall in the livingroom with sliding barn doors. What was the previous owner thinking!? Now I love my black, don’t get me wrong, but black for a livingroom wall – no thanks. We immediately primed and painted over the black and painted settled on a beautiful medium grey. Since our livingroom is mostly grey, white, black, and blues, we figured let’s give this dingy old cabinet a beautiful pop of color!
   

Here are the colors we were able to narrow it down to. We decided on the last one all the way to the right, but as I primed and painted the entire cabinet that color I decided to exchange it for the color that is the second in on the right. The color we started with just screamed “baby boy nursery” a little too much and it threw off my vibe. My mom even asked me when I was due! Needless to say I am absolutely thrilled with the color change and I think it fits our livingroom perfectly! Once it was completed we still felt that it needed a little something extra, because it just felt flat and factory made. We decided to distress the cabinet to give it more dimension and to give it a vintage look. I am so happy that we decided to go that route! Once that was complete we kept the original brackets and top drawer handles, but we decided to purchase new knobs for the bottom three cabinet doors. My husband really gravitated towards some lion head ones and they matched the original hardware very nicely! So we decided to go with it.
 
Here is our finished product! This has added just enough of a pop of color to our livingroom to keep my husband happy – rather than painting a whole wall blue, ewww. Needless to say, I’m in love with this cabinet! I think I may have caught the DIY bug, because I just can’t wait to get my hands on more things to change up!

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XOXO, Bee