Thursday, August 4, 2011


I bought these at Nordstrom a few months ago. They were way out of my budge, but I absolutely love them! They are the most comfortable, well made flats out there. I originally bought the black ones with the brown strap(?), but felt like they were too "old-lady-ish". These are updated with the freshness of rose gold. Every time I pull them out, I feel special. 

Love her hair....

And this dress..

Ah, yes...paradise! This is a picture of Lake George, NY, just a short drive away from where I grew up. It's at a small, not so famous beach that I used to go to all the time. 

Ha! I saw this and had to *click*

Carazay seats at the Rockies game!

And the Rocky Mountains! Yes, in the second photo that's a moose!

Hot shoes...blurry photo :(

Home sweet home

Soooo good!

Too much fun....

Fekkai Glossing Shampoo & Conditioner

Oh Fekkai. Yes, lots-o chemicals, but it yields fantastic results.

I've always been a skeptic when it comes to believing hair care companies that advertise shampoo & conditioners that drastically change your hair. Immediately after using this, I ran my fingers through my damp hair- so soft! manageable! workable! 

After blowdrying- a process that takes an hour +, I could see my hair shine under the lights in my bathroom. My hair is extremely course, naturally curly and dry/damaged, but after this it felt light, soft and kind of bouncy (in the good way). 

Nice smell too. I would cation that while using this product and the glossing cream too that this line is made with real olive oil. While that is natural and good and all- you want to make sure to use this up sooner rather than later. With the glossing cream in particular, after digging it out of my cabinet, it had turned and smelled like a forgotten old box of crayons. Ew

A few years ago, after eyeing the original Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment at the checkout at Sephora forever, I got past the $22.50 sticker shock and purchased the tube. There are certain little pleasures in life- a new tube or red lipstick that makes you want to check its presence on your lips in the mirror, a new handbag etc. Every time I took this out of my pocket, it made me feel special- but it made my lips feel better. Soft and cushioned- but not slippery.

After going some time without the original, I saw the Plum version in the store. After such a good experience with the original, I was excited at the possibility of a better experience than before. But, alas, I can be scared of color and it sits in my drawer never used (maybe this fall!). When this rolled out, I was excited- I love a good nude, and one that's a treatment too? Amazing.  It imparts some color on the lips (as shown above on my pore-ific face- wow), but does it while taking good care of your smackers.

Per Sephora:

A lip treatment with SPF 15 and a warm nude tint.

What it does:
Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 is formulated with an array of ingredients that nourish and protect the lips. Sugar, a natural humectant, ensures long-lasting moisture while hydrating meadowfoam and black currant seed oils condition the lips. It is further enriched with antioxidant-rich vitamins to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals and provides year-round protection from damaging UV rays. The versatile formula allows for buildable coverage to customize a sheer or rich hue and is the perfect partner to the bestselling Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan 

The price may be steep- but if you wear it and every time you do, you feel special, I think that's worth it. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

MAC Studio Fix Lash Mascara Review

 I picked this mascara up a few weeks ago in hopes of finding- what else? The perfect mascara. Did this do the trick? Well not quite.

The brush looks a lot like CG Lashblast or Chanel's Inimitable mascara. The results are somewhat similar, but nothing like Chanel's. As you can see in the last photo, after brushing over lashes a few times  to builds coats, clumps appear- badly. I do like the affect in a single swoop- but doing just this doesn't give enough volume. So, separation is good, but I wouldn't say lengthening (unless you like clumps) or volumizing.

Before using a nice scented mascara, I didn't realize that scent of the product was even that important. I think the last mascara I used that smelled wonderfully was YSL's Singulair. Every time I apply, I notice the chemical-like scent. So if smell is important to you, take heed. 

I swear I'm not surprised in the photo :)

Summer is almost over!

So.. a little about me is in order.

I just dropped out of a PhD mathematics program and now I'm trying to follow my true passions. I hope to be able to find a high school or middle school teaching job here in Chicago before fall, otherwise I may look into another retail position.

I work that sells makeup and skincare products and absolutely love sharing with everyone my thoughts and results obtained using new pieces.

Oh, and my name is Alice :)