Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Does it Come in Pink? (Spring beauty worth spending money on)

We are finally (finalllyyyy) moving toward Spring which means evaluating my wardrobe, our home decor and the general palate surrounding me.  Of course, instantly seas of pink in shades of blush and ballet slipper come to mind, but also happier smells and bright cheery colors and flavors and joy abounding! Spring is a promise of renewal and refreshment, and I am so glad it is here.    
 (I really hate winter) 
SO in honor of these sentiments, and because sharing is caring, here are some products worth buying to brighten up your world and help you get into the step of Spring and out of the glum of winter. 
I brought the Mia 2 on sale from Macy's due to outdated packaging (thanks, Christmas!). People had been recommending it for years and the deal was too good to pass up. I'm not sure if it does everything it promised to do- and really am not certain if it's worth spending that much money vs. something cheaper from Target (such as the Olay version), but it's awesome. I've seen a noticeable decrease in my brow wrinkle and it feels like an amazing little massage at the end of the day. If nothing else- that minute of spa greatness in the comfort of my own bathroom is a gift in and of itself. But I really do think it works. My skin feels clean and it allows me to get away from using makeup removing pads which are bad for the environment and the pocketbook. And it's pink.
I was warned by several people that my skin would breakout for the first few weeks of usage, but that wasn't the case at all. Not a single blemish the entire time, so clearly that isn't true for everyone and shouldn't deter you. There are many comprehensive reviews out there about the Clarisonic, and if you're interested in the product, you should google them (specific to your skin) and give it a real look. I don't regret mine at all.
These three shades are my go-to for lips ranging from subtle to serious. The Burt's Bees tinted lip balms will go down in history as my favorite beauty item of all time. They require no mirror and really do feel as light (and not as waxy) as lip balm. I have Red Dahlia, Rose, Sweet Violet and Petunia. At once. Always. And I've gone through SEVERAL tubes of each. Their lip shimmer is also incredible but not as low maintenance. It still feels light, but goes on heavier and more noticeably than the balm. It's much more lipstick like, but doesn't require a mirror. Lastly, these Tarte lipsticks (literally) have major staying power and very vibrant colors. I have Fiery and Lively- and they most definitely live up to their names! Lively is such a powerful hot pink punch- and perfect for Spring! They claim to be moisturizing which has never been the case for me, but they do last and last. Worth the buy- especially if you do any performing (Fiery was purchased for ballet purposes) or have a special event coming up. Lively photographed beautifully in our outdoor wedding session.

Ok, so it isn't super Spring- but this Face N' Earth moisturizer is AMAZINNGGG. I haven't been able to successfully use a moisturizer without breaking out in like 15 years.  Or maybe ever. My skin is extremely sensitive and most of the organic and natural choices contain a slew of ingredients that leave my skin supple but not NOT smooth. However, this glides on like velvet and while it FEELS luxurious- it doesn't make me breakout at all. Not even a little bit. And it makes my skin so happy during drying Michigan winters. If you have dry or combination skin that's picky- this is worth giving a shot. There are no words for how fantastic the texture of this product is. Every time I use it, it's impossible to imagine this could be oil free. But it is- and even if you don't have finicky skin, I'd still recommend it as a wonderfully effective moisturizer and natural product.
While the company is called Avalon Organics, the product isn't completely organic (or even natural, IMO)- but it is much better than most items you'll find on a typical store shelf. And the smell of this face wash is SO orange and citrus-y, it will make waking up a refreshing experience. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be a good idea (clearly), but it smells good enough to eat. This is the wash I use with my Clarisonic and it works well to lather and remove all of my makeup without staining the brush. And again, it smells like an orange grove.
ALEXplusMAE is a new line of jewelry from designer and creator Jessica, named after her adorable twins, that is quickly sweeping Pinterest, Etsy and style bloggers nationwide. People- she is talented. I received two pieces from her in the mail this week (full disclosure- I won one bracelet in a contest and purchased the other) and they are gorgeous, well constructed and made from high quality materials. She recommended the three stone bracelet for me after winning the contest and I LOVE it. Her entire collection is delicate, simple and classic. I have a pair of rose gold druzy earrings on backorder from her and already have another post lined up based on a collaboration she's doing with a wonderful charity. If beautiful, minimalistic jewelry is your thing- Jessica is your designer. Another plus? If you're a woman with an unusual wrist size, Jessica is happy to size based on your measurements. My wrists are small and finding appropriately sized (read: won't slide off) jewelry is basically impossible in store. But Jessica made these perfectly to fit! She also carries an array of earrings and necklaces.
I like food.
While these silicone pancake molds have NOTHING to do with beauty, they totally deserve an honorable mention for practicality and all around quality of life improvement. That praise is too strong, but hear me out. I grew up with a dad who made pancakes every Sunday morning.  Mouth watering, fluffy, perfectly shaped pancakes.
In every way I am his child.
But definitely not that way.
I cannot... can NOT make pancakes. They are thin. They are flavorless. They are boring.
Enter the pancake mold. These were hanging by the cereal in an aisle at Meijer for $1.99 (the linked version is more expensive, but Meijer isn't a nationwide chain) and we snapped them up. I don't even know how it's possible but they changed everything about my standard pancakes and made them not only LOOK uniform and tall, but taste a million times better. We use these every week. Butter the pan, set the mold(s) in, fill 3/4th's full with batter and let them cook for 3 minutes. Remove the mold and flip for another 2.  Done. Delectable. Delicious. You are now a pancake hero.
Ok so now we're ready for Spring! I hope your winter starts to take a turn soon. There are rumors of snow returning in Michigan, but I refuse to believe them. We lived in a sub-zero state for weeks and I will enjoy this forecast of 40's blissfully until said snow returns. Or doesn't.
And I'm hoping for doesn't.

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