Friday, February 6, 2015

BioKleen Review

I've learned many life lessons while in medical schools. One of those is if you were a clean person before entering school and are slightly obsessive about organization, this desire/fixation will be heightened (by times a million) during testing weeks or stressful test blocks. Having products in a home with a small animal (or child for that matter) which you know won't cause severe harm to said organism really puts you at an ease of mind.

Recently, I received a kit of BioKleen products in a giveaway hosted by Carmen. I was oddly overjoyed to find out I was being sent cleaning products! I love have a clean and fresh smelling place to call home, it keeps the stress levels low.

The products from BioKleen were exceptionally packed for liquid products, each product was individually bagged and bubble wrapped. I have been testing each since the shipment and I am looking forward to trying more products from the company.The four products I received are:

Natural dish liquid
Liquid laundry
All purpose cleaner
Bac-out fresh lemon-thyme natural fabric refresher

I really have enjoyed using all of these product and I have even spotted them at my local grocery store so I will definitely be repurchasing them now! Thank you BioKleen and Carmen!

XOXO,
Carolyn

Sunday, January 25, 2015

{Best of Beauty 2014} Makeup Favorites


I cannot believe we are almost a month in to the new year! This month has gone by so fast. Staying up late and studying into early morning will certainty warp your sense of time. I had a family dinner this evening and I couldn't even recall what day of the  week it was... oh whats that? It's Sunday - you mean the start of a new week - i.e. being thrown into another hell week!?


Makeup wise, 2014 was a great year I became reacquainted with a few beloved products and discovered some new favorites as well. Brow routine is pretty good unless I try Anastasia. Foundation and concealer is on point, no changing for me and I don't know why it took me so long to try them.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish I've used this in the past and I have no idea why I discontinued using it. Its a great finishing powder and helps to extend the life of my makeup. Next up, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua this requires the tiniest amount and I only need my fingers to apply and achieve a flawless base. This creates a fresh and natural complexion. Its light weight and dries to smooth finish. It last all day - which for the price it better. Why I didn't try this sooner ITS AMAZING. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer again, why I didn't try this sooner is beyond me. This is a great concealer. I love my MAC studio finish and my Bobbie Brown, but this takes it all for me. Long lasting, great coverage and good application.   

As opposed to my light weight option, I use Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation on days when I'm not feeling my skin is looking its best I switch to this as a base for a flawless long lasting foundation. I have normal to dry skin and this doesn't exacerbate the dryness which is something to be concerned with a clay or mineral type of foundation. This offered great coverage and only a small amount it needed. I have purchased this at Sephora as well as on QVC to get the bundle offer with the Tarte buffing brush. However, I find myself using the real techniques expert face brush more often. 

Milani makes some outstanding drugstore options using their Easy Brow Mechanical Pencil is a quick and easy way to fix my brows in the morning. I never leave the house without at least doing my brows. It always makes me feel more put together. A quick twist and a little blending has me finished in about a minute with this pencil! Continuing with Milani, their Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liquid Eye Liner is my go-to eyeliner. Its easy to apply and smudge proof. Lastly, Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Shadow Palette has been such a great palette. I've been using this throughout the year since I got it last Christmas. I'm a fan of the original naked palette and of the basics, but I constantly find myself reaching for this in the morning while preparing for the day!

Whew. That was quite a bit longer than I had expected it to be.

How has 2015 been treating you so far? What were you makeup favorites of 2014 and what have you been using this year?

XOXO,
Carolyn

Sunday, December 14, 2014

{Favorite} Fall Booties



When I first laid eyes on these Ambrose Quilted Booties by Sperry's at Nordstrom I knew I had to add them to my growing shoes collection. To my husbands relief I opted to purchase these beauties instead of another gorgeous pair I had been lusting over, the Ash Jalouse boot. Additionally, I'd like to state contrary to what my he might believes: I don't often purchase a pair of shoes, but when I do I have a solid reason. The only other pair of booties I own are by Toms and the style is quite different from these by Sperry's.

I adore the construction of this bootie. The soft quilted suede paired with the creamy leather of the upper bootie is so dreamy. I often day dreaming of outfits to wear these with - no joke, I should be studying biochemistry instead. Regardless of that minor detail, I am very pleased to have these to incorporate into my fall and winter wardrobe.


What is your staple item(s) for your fall/winter attire?

XOXO,
Carolyn

Monday, December 1, 2014

{DIY}: Stud Earring Holder


Creating this updated version of my stud earring holder was very simple. I had been wanting to update the look of my previous holder to increase the visual esthetic of my bedroom. Functionality, for studs and hooks, the holder is still very appropriate and the addition of the metal increases the overall integrity of the holder. I purchased my frame from IKEA and the perforated sheet metal from Home Depot. Home Depot offers a range if different sizes and style of perforated sheet metal, including varying sizes of holes. They do sell a  style that is more suited for studs, but I loved the design of the style that I purchased.


 Materials:
  • Perforated sheet metal
  • IKEA TOLSBY Picture frame
  • Tin snips
Directions:
  1. Measure the insert of the frame to the sheet of metal.
  2. Carefully cut the perforated sheet metal (Caution the metal sharp and little pieces of metal and float around or end up on the surface you are cutting them on.) 
  3. Cut to size 
  4. Fit into frame
  5. Assemble frame to base
Optional: Paint frame

If you are into DIY or more personal gifts for the holiday, this would be a simple and creative gift to give someone!

Enjoy!

XOXO,
Carolyn

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Influenster | ModaVoxBox


I've been blown away Influenster! I've been a member of the Influenster community for over a year now and this is by far my favorite box to have received. It could not have come at more perfect of a time. The weather is turning cold and I'm always on the prowl for more hand lotions and hair treatments. Also it is the perfect time to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, guilt free, and you might know someone who needs a little extra TLC on their nose *cough* husband *cough*.

Contained in this little box, JK, it was pretty heavy - I rang my mom while I was at school and she told me I had a heavy box at home from influenster and she was ever so curious to know what was in it - are many essential health and beauty items, with a treat of course:

Natural Spring Water with Electrolytes | resource® 
You know, with electrolytes so it's even better than just plain water, cause science.

Clairol Hair Food Mask
So delicious smelling, I'm happy to have this little treat in my shower. Plus, the smell doesn't linger in my hair and I can apply to the roots without added weight.

Jergens Ultra Healing lotion
Good ole Jergens with their good smells of almonds and cherries.

Puffs Softpack
A great concept and easy to store just about anywhere!

Rimmel London had a few goodies:

Mositure Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight 
Gorgeous nude colored lipstick, that is actually a good shade for my skin tone.

Moisture Renew Universal Transparent Lipliner
I yelped to my mom about how I've been meaning to pick up a transparent lipliner when I spotted this in my box. Happy.
 
Scandaleye Rockin' Curves Mascara
I love the length and volume this mascara gives my lashes! Definitely a new favorite.

Always saving the best for last:

Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa 
It's nice to indulge every once in a while and especially when its with a loved one, I shared a nice cup of cocoa with my nephew!

Enjoying Rimmel's Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves Mascara, Moisture Renew Universal Transparent Lipliner and Lipstick in Nude Delight.
Have you spotted any of these products in the store? I haven't seen any yet, but then again I was a hermit until last week.

XOXO,
Carolyn

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.