Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sexy Peel Soap from LUSH!!!


First of all, lets talk about the fact that I have never used a single Lush product up until this point. I am not much of a bath person so when my husband went to Vegas and stopped into a Lush store we had decided on just soaps since we are more of the shower types. I gave him a list of products that I felt "sounded" like something I would enjoy the scent of. When he brought home that crinkly little deli style bag full of soaps it was intoxicating! I immediately wrapped them in Saran wrap and stuck them in our pretty little basket of soaps in our restroom. If anything...these soaps make wonderful air fresheners. lol! The first soap I decided to try was Sexy Peel. I thought it would be a great choice since it's the end of summer. This soap smells so incredibly yummy that I even snuck a little lick to see if it actually tasted like fresh lemons. (Weirdo alert...lol) This is a golden yellow soap infused with natural lemon, lime, and citrus scents. It contains real rhines from different citrus fruits which really makes for an interesting shower.

EVERY Time I took a shower our entire second story smelled like lemon zest. It was great! The texture of the soap however was really odd. Citrus rhines actually fall out of the soap while you shower which is a little weird and slimy, but not to irritating. I didn't feel like this soap left my skin smelling like the lovely citrus scent at all. From the strong scent in the shower I was expecting this soap scent to linger on my skin all day. My Lust bubble was shattered when I stepped out of the shower and realized that this couldn't be farther from the truth. The soap seemed to be done and gone freakishly fast too. It lasted my husband and I probably a whopping two weeks. Drugstore soap can usually last us a full month per bar. The lather on this soap wasn't anything spectacular and I didn't feel like my skin had been amazingly moisturized either. BUT....Yes everyone...there is a HUGE BUT. lol! I suffer from mild eczema and have occasional breakouts of bumps on my elbows and triceps area. Recently I had a breakout and I had been slathering Cortisone cream on it along with exfoliating and had no luck. So, Even though this soap only survived for 2 weeks in our shower, after a week and a half I came to the huge realization that my arms were SMOOTH! I was washing my arms and didn't feel a single bump. Since citric acids are natural exfoliates and these soaps are handmade and fresh, the ingredients literally wiped away my eczema breakout. This was the only change I had made in my regimen. I hadn't even been using my creams anymore because I had just given up on it. Here are my stats:

Smell: A +
Appearance: B
Texture: B
Lather: B-
Clean feeling after shower:B
Moisturizing: C
Skin benefits: A+
Good for shaving: D-
Repurchase item: A+

I would definitely repurchase this soap in a heartbeat even if it does come with a bit of a pricey price tag because it took away those pesky little bumps on my arms that can ruin any woman's tank top wearing days. Now onto the next soap in our little basket which is Demon in the Dark! Perfect for the upcoming Halloween season! Don't you think!?!

<3
Hayley


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Date Night!

So, I haven't written on this blog in a while, but I am going to try my best to be good and stay on top of things because I love to write. :) Anyways...My hubby and I finally had a date night tonight which is kind of rare for us since we both work night jobs. He is a bartender/manager and I help run a karaoke business. Our schedules completely collide. So when we have the chance to have a date night we jump on it. First off we went to The Olive Garden. Now...Why would a girl on The Atkin's diet even attempt to step foot in a place full of pasta right? lol! I was actually really surprised at a dish the kitchen came up with. I got these little steak medallions that were supposed to go over fettuccine with alfredo sauce and the cook used sliced zucchini instead of the pasta. It was sooooo good! We went to the movies and saw "The Last Exorcism" which was a big let down. I LOVE scary movies and the ending to this one was just completely lame. If you've seen it, You know exactly what I'm talking about.

Speaking of The Atkin's diet, I have lost about 12-13lbs in a little over a month now. Being that I've felt a little tempted by food and kind of cheating here and there, I bought The Atkins book today. So, I have decided to start reading it and get back on the wagon by Monday. I haven't fallen completely off the diet, but I find myself picking at foods that I shouldn't be here and there. I just needed some inspiration. I am not pushing this diet in any way and I don't recommend it if you're under the age of 18. I have to lose weight for health reasons and to get back into my weight range. After trying several diets and suggestions from my doctor, I found that this is what has worked best for me. I was about 20lbs over my weight range which literally happened in a matter of 2-3 months. I am used to being very petite and my joints aren't used to the stress that the excess weight has put them through. Poor little bones...lol! I will keep you all posted on everything and I am hoping to get my workouts going this next week. Love you all!

<3
Hayley

Friday, April 23, 2010

Update on Project 10 Pan

So, I just wanted to update you all on project 10 pan. As we know, I decided to include ALL beauty products in my project since I have an excess amount of things that are half finished. I have to admit that I cheated a little bit. :/ My best friend and I bought a couple of nail polishes the other day that were gorgeous and only 99cents each. I couldn't pass them up! Not only that, but I ran into an entire rack of NYX lip and eye pencils that were only a $1.00! What's a girl to do right? lol! No one said this was going to be easy, but I am not going to let myself slip again. I think I'm doing pretty well considering this is my first time approaching project 10 pan.

Anyways, I've completely finished 4 products so far and I am almost done with 2 more. This is taking a lot more time than I actually thought it would. Haha! My April Favorites video might not be so fun since i haven't really allowed myself to buy anything, but the items I talked about above. Since I'm re-shopping my own belongings it will have stuff that I forgot about and bought because I liked it in the first place. :)

So, for those of you who have joined me on P10P....Good Luck and keep on doing what you're doing to keep yourself away from the make-up counters!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Helpful tips for P10P

Hey Everyone! So, I thought I'd share some helpful tips for Project 10 Pan. I know that for all of us beauty junkies it's super hard to stick to finishing ten beauty products in its entirety. So, I thought of some helpful ways to get us all past this project a little faster and easier. Today I went through ALL of my make-up and beauty products. I don't know about you guys, but I can have certain eyeshadows, face moisturizers, face washes etc and will be half way done or 3/4 of the way done when I go out and buy a new one. From that point on the "almost" finished item remains in a make-up case or on the shelf adding clutter to our collections. With that in mind, I went through my items and pulled out all the products that were either almost finished, I had already hit pan on, or were about to expire. I'm putting these in a separate cosmetics bag and when I do my make-up I will try my best to pull these items out first and see if I can use any of these items to incorporate into the look I'm going for. This way...I can get rid of the clutter and finish Round 1 of P10P pretty quickly. Now...In my project I am not only including cosmetics, but I am also including face washes, eye make-up removers, toners, hair products, body creams, or anything else I have excess amounts of. I have also made a rule for myself as well. I have seen and heard of a lot of make-up gurus finishing P10P successfully and then going out that very evening to purchase a whole load of cosmetics! I am going to wait at least a week AFTER I have completed the project to allow myself to purchase any beauty items. This will curb that impulse buying rage. lol! Anyways...Wish me luck and I wish all of you who are joining me luck as well!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hello...My name is Hayley and I'm a make-up addict

Ugh! Ok guys...I think I seriously have a problem. I have going nuts buying cosmetics, make-up, new stuff that I see like crazy!!! What's a girl to do right? I am drawn in by the lovely bright colors, smooth textures, and glittery items that sit on cosmetics shelves. I can't help myself. But, this is getting out of hand. I can not walk into my local grocery store without walking out with some sort of beauty item. I am starting to make excuses for my bad behaivor. EX: Oh...it's only 99 cents. I think I lost the other one. (Then stumble across 4 of that same item I JUST bought!) But, it's brand new...I have to try it. The truth is...I don't have to try it! When I have drawers, caboodles, and training cases stuffed with make-up, I really don't NEED it. So, A couple of blogs ago I had said I was going to "think" about starting Project 10 Pan. ( Read other blog to know what this is.) I started a little project with my body moisturizers and so far so good. I'm more than half way done with 2 of them! Yay! Go me! Anyways...I am going to follow some of the other Youtube beauty gurus and jump on the band wagon of P10P. This means I can not buy any make-up until I have completely finished 10 cosmetic items! This is going to be insanly hard for me. The only thing I'll allow myself to buy are my staple items such as: Facial moisturizer ( If there isn't samples and such lying around), foundation, mascara, and face wash. I will try my best not to crack. I am going to dig out all the trial size stuff I have so I will use that up as well. I will count these items as well as part of my P10P.
I mean...I go out and get these free gifts with products in there to try and what have I done? I've left them lonely and sad with nary a brush to them or a finger in their little pots. :( Sad little products. So...If you want to join me on this little project along with several other youtubers I will welcome you with open arms! I will post pics and blogs to update you guys on my progress! Wish me luck and pray that I don't crack. :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Survey

SKINCARE -
How many times do you wash your face daily?

Twice a day. I can NOT sleep with make-up on. Yucky!

What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
I guess normal/combo.

What is your current facial wash?

Skin Simple. It's discontinued, but I still have a couple of bottles stashed away. :)

Do you exfoliate?
Yes. Although some of the products I have bought say gentle enough to use everyday...I only do it twice a week. I don't want to rub my skin raw.

What brand do you use?

I have a couple. I just bought one that is made by the brand Big Sexy Hair. It's a basil citrus body scrub. It smells so good and works great. I also have a L.A.M.B. all over body scrub that is really moisturizing and smells beautiful and a Lavender Sugar Scrub that I got at the dollar tree. It works really well on your legs!!!

What moisturizer do you use?

I'm currently trying to get through some of my moisturizer collection so I'm using Victoria's Secret Dream Angels body moisturizer in Heavenly. It makes your skin so soft and it's not greasy at all. I'm also using Bath & Body Works cream in White Citrus. It's a great scent for spring!

Do you have freckles?
A few here and there. I have like 4 on my face.

Do you use eye cream?
Yes. I always use eye cream before applying my make-up. I'm currently using the eye cream from the Skin Simple line, but I'm not to crazy about it. I want to find a new one.

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?

I'm very lucky that I never had acne prone skin. I did suffer from the occasional breakout and blackheads.

Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
No. I've heard that it's so strong that it can bleach a rag! I wouldn't want to put that on my face.


MAKE-UP

What foundation do you use?
Loreal's True Match foundation. I love it!

How about concealer?
Estee Lauder's double wear.

Do you know your undertone color?

I have a lot of pink undertones.

What do you think of fake eyelashes?

I love them and use them occasionally. I find it hard to find really unique looking lashes, but when I do I snatch those babies up! It really amplifies your look.

Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes. We use the wand on our eye area and if you keep it more than 3 months it can harbor bacteria and cause eye infections.

What brand of mascara do you use?

I have a couple that I like but I have currently using Estee Lauder's Magnascopic Maximum volume mascara. It's actually my new favorite. It makes my lashes so thick!

Sephora or MAC?
That’s really hard to choose. I love them both! There's so many things at Sephora that I could never find at MAC, but MAC is original and I love it! I can't choose...lol!

Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
No...I should look into that.

What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Brushes, eyelash curler, tweezers, tissue, and sponges.

Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
Yes...I either make my own (which I want to make a video on), or use a mac primer.

For the face?
No...I want to try a face primer, but I've heard a lot of them cause breakouts.

What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?

I love MAC's Carbon, Mulch, Electric Eel, Aquadisiac, and the Hello Kitty Palettes.

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
I use both. I mostly use liquid on the top and always use pencil at the bottom.

How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Not often unless the pencil needs sharpening and the wood pokes my eye. That really hurts.

What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I like them for creating a highlighted look on the center of the eye. I have a whole drawer full of pigments that used to be sold at the mall where I live. I have a little box of MAC pigments. A friend and I are actually going to swap some pigments soon.

Do you use mineral makeup?
No. It didn't work for me. I've tried a sample of Bare Mineral's foundation and it didn't have enough coverage. I've also used MAC's mineralize powder foundation and it seemed to powdery.

What is your favorite lipstick?

I like MAC's Angel, Pretty Please, and the new Lady Gaga lipstick.

How about lipgloss?
I love MAC's dazzleglass line and MAC lipglass in Oyster Girl. I really want to try NYX lipglosses. I've heard great things about them and they're under 5 dollars!

What is your favorite blush to use?
I usually use MAC's cream blush in Summer Lily I believe it's called. It's discontinued.

Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
No. I've heard bad things about it.

Do you like drugstore makeup?
Of course I do! I just bought some Hard Candy make-up the other day at Walmart, I think Sally Hansen makes great nail polishes, Loreal has awesome foundation, Loreal HIP line makes beautiful eyeshadows, and E.L.F. makes one of my favorite eye shadow brushes!

Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
I've actually never heard of that.

Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
Yes. I wish you could just take make-up courses instead of having to go through the entire cosmetology courses.

Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

Not really...but I do have days where it doesn't look the way I want it to.

Name a makeup crime that you hate?
I don't hate it...I just think this trend is misunderstood. Bronzer down the nose. Most people want to look bronzed and beautiful and on some people it does look great! I think it's misunderstood because if you want your nose to look slimmer you need to put highlighter down the center...bronzer down the center makes it look bigger. I also hate bleeding lips. Dark lipcolor that wasn't put on with care giving that clown mouth effect. It just looks sloppy and can happen to the best of us.

Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
Oh yes! I'm in love with bright colors. I only have a couple of years left to be able to pull them off so I'm enjoying them while I can!

Which celebrity always has great make up?

Kim Kardashian, Jeniffer Lopez, Jeffry Star, and Kristen Cavallari.

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?

I do it all the time. I'm not embarrassed of my natural face. I love makeup, but if I don't have to wear it I won't. Our skin needs a rest from products sometimes.

Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I used to. I'm getting a little more redness in my skin.

In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?

There are too many lines out there to pick just one.

What do you think of Makeup??

It's fun and you can create so many personalities on your face and get rid of it when the day is done!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Project 10 Pan and my little project!

So....being new to the whole Youtube beauty community I've been watching several videos and catching up with the lingo and current projects that are circulating. I found one of the projects "Project 10 Pan" to be really cool. Times are tough and with this economy we shouldn't be spending money frivolously on a bunch of items that we don't need. Project 10 Pan was I believe created by a youtuber (Lolipop26) however...I heard of a different project from Allthatglitters21. I love her and and her sister Blair. Too cute! Anyhow....she kind of did her own little spin on the project. Ok ok...what is Project 10 pan right??? lol! It's where you gather 10...YES just 10 of your make-up products besides the usual everyday stuff and use it ALL up (meaning you hit pan) before you spend anymore money on new items. Kind of a good idea huh? Well...I don't know if I'm that willing to use only 10 products for that long because I love to change my look so much. I figured I would put MY OWN little spin on this and start small. (I'm weak...I know! lol!)
I don't know about the rest of you guys and gals out there, but I have a vanity full of perfumes, body sprays, body washes, and creams. After my showers I moisturize when I can remember and I ran across this Bath and Body works cream that I had totally forgotten about. It looked like it been used once! I used it today and remembered why I bought this. It smells so delicious and crisp! The scent is white citrus. YUM! Anyways...this brings me to my next point. Sometimes we forget all the wonderful things that we have already purchased and get caught up in all the new stuff that is coming out which is the entire point of project 10 pan. We need to use what we've already bought so we don't have a collection of make-up that will either rot, never get used, was an impulse buy, or will end up looking like everything else in our drawers. (Similiar colors) So...since I decided to start small I decided that I would have to use at least 2 body moisturizers before I can purchase anymore. Then of course I will move on to body sprays, perfumes and all that other good stuff. Hey...A beauty junkie's gotta start somewhere right? Haha! So...when I move on I'll let you guys know so we can continue our journey together. This is a great way to save money, re shop what you already have, and of course get rid of some of that beauty clutter that all of us shop-a-holics/beauty junkies have lying around! Let me know what you guys choose to do!

I am going to use my Bath & Body Works White Citrus body moisturizer and my Victoria's Secret Dream Angels body cream in Heavenly!

PS...Don't forget to dig up those old Christmas/Birthday shower sets! lol!