Tuesday, July 2, 2013

June Favorites

The month of June brought a few products I was quite impressed with. There were actually a few more than this, but the others were so good, they deserve their own individual posts. So, with that being said, I bring you my June Favorites:

Philosophy Pink Frosted Animal Cracker Body Wash
First, let's talk about this body wash from Philosophy. Pink Frosted Animal Cracker? I mean, come on. What's not to love about that? And it smells just like an effing frosted animal cracker. It was love at first sniff. Fer realz. I am not super jazzed about the lack of scent lingerability here (yeah that's totally a thing, I just made it up.) This body wash would be perfect if the scent lingered on the skin post shower, but we can't all be perfect, right? This also gets points for not giving me little bumps on the back of my arms the way many soap products do. At $16.50, it was a bit of a splurge as far as body wash goes, but I would say it was worth it just for the delightfully sweet smell. Purchase here

Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine 

I'm not entirely sure if I have talked about this before, but regardless, we're gonna have a little rap sesh about it now. I have hair issues, that's no secret. For years, I have had this obsession with wavy, bed head, sexy hair. Well, what I naturally have is coarse, tight curls... a mix of tight ringlets and looser waves. So, what I do is straighten it and then use my conical wand to make loose curls. Then, I take a little dab of Brilliantine and distribute it throughout my mane. I sort of mess it up to give it the bed head look, and I'm left with a sort of second day, messy, wavy, gritty, sexy look (was that enough adjectives?) It also adds a bit of shine to my dry ends. This gives my waves a bit of movement and hold. I dig this stuff. Buy here

Orly Fancy Fuchsia Nail Polish

I was looking for the perfect bright pink nail polish and yes, friends, this is it. It is sort of a Barbie pink. I have been loving all things fuchsia lately. Fuchsia errythang. This looks great on toes. Like really great. It goes on nice and smooth and opaque in about two coats. I used my Seche Vite top coat over this and it takes a few days to chip, which is actually better than many nail polishes I own. Love.

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Honeymoon

This blush is sort of reminiscent of a MAC MSF. It is a lovely cool toned pink color with a lilac veining running through it. It adds a nice lilac-pink shimmer to the cheeks and looks really great when I'm wearing a bit of bronzer. I like wearing this with purple toned pink lipsticks. I also remember this being quite inexpensive. I want to say they are about $7 and can be found at Walmart. 

 St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse 
I look like a corpse. Let's be real here. I need all the bronzing help I can get. This crap might be $32 for a 4 oz bottle at Sephora, but I could not care any less. It gives me a nice, even glow without the risk of wrinkles or skin cancer. It isn't orange, if I prep my skin properly, and take my time applying, it goes on without streaks. This also doesn't smell as bad as most other self tanners. Don't get me wrong, it does smell. Just not as bad. It also doesn't rub off on my sheets or stain my clothing, which is a plus. Can find this at Sephora and Ulta or purchase slightly cheaper here

Makeup Forever Smokey Extravagant Mascara

This is actually a sample I got by using some of my Sephora VIB points. I love mascara samples. I want to try every mascara on the market, but that is economically impossible, so free samples are sort of a step in the right direction. I have actually never tried the original MUFE Smokey Lash, so I can't say how the two compare, but I will say that I very much enjoy this version. It gives me nice, intense black lashes. They look longer, volumized, nicely separated, and very black. The brush is a bit awkward with the thick base, but once you figure out how to work it, it is worth it. Also, you have to wiggle the wand a bit as you brush it through or else your lashes will clump together a bit. It doesn't flake, and it isn't impossible to remove at the end of the day. At $24 for the full size, it is pretty expensive, but I would say that it's right on par with other high end mascaras. Purchase here

Thanks for reading! What products are you loving right now? Have you tried any of these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Hi you have a Very Nice Blog. . .
    what about we follow each other? let me know :)

  2. Ooh that Philosophy bodywash sounds so much fun, I want to smell it now!!

  3. I have the Bumble and Bumble product but still cannot achieve the bed-head, wavy sexy hair you describe. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? lol. And I'm ALWAYS on a hunt for a good mascara, so I'll give this one a try. I wish you posted a picture of you wearing the mascara so I had an example :)

    But anyways, you've got a great blog! Would you like to follow each other?


    1. I am actually already following you! Feel free to follow back :) And maybe I'll post a picture of me wearing this mascara in my next post so you can see how lovely it is. Also, I find the bed head look works best when my hair is kind of dirty already. Maybe you're just not as much of a dirt ball as I am and that's why it's not working for you ;)


    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  5. That pink is AMAZING! I really need to get my hands on it or something similar. Stopped by from the bright side blog hop x

  6. That nail polish looks amazing and I bet that Philosophy shower gel smells amazing. xx


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