Alison’s Articles // Recently Purchased

Good Morning to all my wonderful readers out there! So, I was bad and ill prepared my blog post for this week (I had a pretty good idea in mind too, but it will have to wait). sometimes life and working full-time just gets the best of you. But I did not want to post nothing so here are a bunch of things I have recently purchased in the last week. I have only just tried one or two of these items but if I love them enough you see them pop up in my May favorites with a few review, otherwise, I am really excited to try the rest out!

Hair

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OGX Bodifying + Fiber Full Sugar High Tousle Spray & Bumble and Bumble Bb. Don’t Blow It Fine (H)air Styler

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AG Hair Dry Wax & AG Hair Volume Thikk Wash Volumizing Shampoo &AG Hair Volume Thikk Rinse Volumizing Conditioner

Makeup

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Pixi By Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Copper Peach

Skincare

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

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Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy & Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy (sample size) & Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy (sample size)

 

Morning Skincare Routing // May 2017

 

Hello, beautiful readers and happy Monday! I wanted to talk about my current morning skincare routine today. I have been basically using these products or variations of these products for a couple months now. As I mentioned before I am slowly transitioning my products to cruelty-free but I still have quite a bit to work through. But I just want to state that I am not a licensed esthetician and this is just what I am using currently and what works for my normal/slightly combo skin type.

SIMPLE Cleansing Micellar Water

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I don’t use a cleanser in the AM, instead, I opt for micellar water. It’s nice and gentle in the morning and honestly how dirty does my face get while I am sleeping, there is no need to strip my face, just removing the products from last night. Currently, I am going through my stockpile of micellar water, I was using Garnier for awhile, but I am on the look out for a cruelty-free on to replace these both, any recommendations?

MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater

Next, I spritz my face with this rose water spray, it’s such a nice wake me up in the morning. Rosewater has anti-inflammation properties and helps with redness and irritation. I have been using Mario Badescu’s rosewater for over a year now and I can’t get enough of it (I even keep a small one at my desk at work for a 2 pm refresh). This spray also has a duel purpose as a makeup setting spray, whenever I do a full face.

ORIGINS GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (sample size)

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While I am letting the rosewater dry and absorb into my skin I dab on this Origins eye cream that I got a sample of from Sephora. I don’t have any particular eye cream that I love at the moment so I am currently working through the samples I have.

FIG + YARROW Facial Serum Rosehip + Argan

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I talked about this in my Target Natural Aisle post (Here) and I have been alternating this and the next item every morning. I am still loving this formula and how it absorbs nicely into the skin. I am noticing the ingredient rosehip oil more and more lately and actually seems to be a new “trend” in skincare. But, the great thing about rosehip oil is that it helps with discoloration and wrinkle prevention. This oil is packed with antioxidants and fatty acids to help improve skin texture. Bottomline, you don’t have to try this particular brand but I recommend you trying rosehip oil this year.

OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum

Another amazing Sephora sample that I alternate with the above product. Without a doubt, if you want to have vitamin C serum in your routine this is, in my opinion, one of the best products out there. Its benefit is brightening your skin tone and preventing signs of aging and absorbs nicely.

PIXI By Petra Sun Mist

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This is a newly acquired product (if any of you follow me on Instagram Alison_Kozik this might look familiar) to my morning skincare routine. I’ve been in the market for a good facial sunscreen that doesn’t clog my pore and this is it. Once I shake it up I spray it about 3 times onto my face and instead of rubbing it into my skin, I pat it in. I’ve notice Pixi products popping up more and more on beauty blogs and youtube videos and I have only recently come intrigued by the product line. I have a couple things I want to try next on my list which I will keep you posted on.

GLOSSIER Priming Moisturizer

I really like this moisturizer for the daytime, especially when I am wearing makeup. This product provides a great base for makeup or just a bare face. I would recommend an actual primer if you are using full coverage foundation.

GLOSSIER Balm Dotcom

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And to top the whole process off I apply some Balm Dotcom and let that soak into my lips before I apply any lip product.

Have you tried any of these products?

April 2017 Favorites

Happy Monday to all my readers I hope you all had a fun filled weekend! Another month passes us by and here we are in May! April was filled with a lot of fun adventures and trying a lot of new things, so without further ado here are my favorites from April.

Products

Sweet Dish & Darling Candles

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Peachwood Amber & Patchouli Grapefruit

At April’s Cleveland Flea I purchased 2 candles from Sweet Dish & Darling soy candles, I got the scents Peachwood Amber and Patchouli Grapefruit. I usually gravitate to the more woodsy/muskier scents but these had an unusual sweetness that you would normally not find paired with amber or patchouli which really got me, I couldn’t stop smelling them. So far I am currently burning Peachwood Amber and I love the smell that fills up my room, I can’t wait to burn the next one.

Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant

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Buy it on Amazon

I talked about my recent purchase of this baking soda free deodorant in this past post but after trying it for over a month now I love it! This deodorant does not irritate my underarms which was my biggest problem when first switching over to natural deodorant. Also, the grapefruit scent is subtle but pleasant. Although this doesn’t last the whole day, it does get me through at least 8-10 hours without needing to be reapplied. If you are thinking about switching to natural deodorants I would recommend this one because in my personal opinion the baking soda based ones were too much and this helps you ease into the transition.

SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment (Sample Size)

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Buy it Here from Sephora

I got a Sephora sample earlier this month and was crazy excited to try it out, I am sure most of you have heard about this brand. And let me tell you this product completely lives up to its hype! The only way I can describe what it does for my skin is healthier, it just appears healthier. The only downside to this? The price point… this product is $105 and the sound of that kinda hurts my wallet. Now don’t get me wrong this product is definitely worth the price tag, but I  wanted to see if there was an alternative out there. I am sure a lot of you have seen the brand The Ordinary out there, that offers good products at a low price point. I order their lactic acid product recently, and once I get it and try it out I will let you know how it compares to Sunday Riley and my thoughts.

Travels

Backstreet Boys Concert in Las Vegas

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This past month my friend Gina and I traveled to Las Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys and let me tell you I never felt more like my 8-year-old self! It was such a nostalgic experience to relive all those songs in person. Everyone in the audience was just feeding off each other’s energy it was amazing. This was their final week of performances before they went on their Las Vegas hiatus. We also got lucky enough to go to their after party where Kevin and Howie hosted and sang some great 90 throwback songs. Oh and also we worked our way to the front and Kevin held my hand for 1.5 seconds. Apparently, there is a Backstreet Boy cruise but that is sadly sold out already… next time BSB I am coming for you at sea.

Cleveland

The First Cleveland Flea

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The Cleveland Flea Homepage

This past month The Cleveland Flea kicked off the spring season with their first flea! I love the flea, it creates such a perfect Saturday in Cleveland offering vintage pieces, original creations, and food/drinks to die for. It’s important to support these small local businesses because they are what make Cleveland great, original, and feel like home. I went with my mom and friend Eileen on the brisk Saturday morning as we clung to our hot coffees, we all walked away with a little something that day. You should check out the next flea May 13 from 9-4 pm if you have the chance, you won’t be disappointed.

Entertainment

S-Town Podcast

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S-Town Podcast from Itunes

So I started this podcast because there was a lot of hype about it and it made me curious. And let me tell you I am one episode from being done and I am still thinking to myself WTF? It is basically about a guy named John from what he calls Shittown, Alabama. Its hosted/investigated by Brian Reed from Serial and This American Life. This podcast starts off with an alleged murder that has taken place but justice is not being served which upsets John, but then turns into this Grey Gardens like vibe about John’s life. It’s quite fascinating and I encourage you to give it a listen if you are in the market for a new podcast, there are a lot of episodes so it doesn’t take a lot of commitment.

Fashion

Aerie Bathing Suit

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Recently I have gotten two new one-piece bathing suits from Aerie and I am obsessed! First off I am so happy for the one-piece comeback and second, Aerie has such great suits to choose from. I got one more “basic” plum colored one with a criss-cross back and then one more “fun” vintage red one with ruffles and a small cut out. Both are flattering and are super comfortable to wear all day at the pool. You can find me in them all summer long by the pool.

What have you loved this past month?

 

Target’s Natural Aisle

Hello to all that have stumbled on my blog this fine day! I have been slowly transitioning to natural, cruelty-free, and even vegan products when and where I can. A few weeks ago I was at Target and picked up a couple new natural products to try and decided I wanted to share them with you!

I am sure all of you are aware how Target has completely upped their game when it comes to these products, and how they are bringing smaller brands to the masses. Another reason to spend hours in Target. But without further ado here is what I picked up!

Zum Frankincense and Myrrh Mist

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Buy Here!

First off I love the description of this product, “spritzes away bad vibes and nasty funk, leaving you in an aromatherapy paradise”. I’ve noticed this mist before but never paid much attention to it and finally decided to pick it up and check it out. The scent is very strong, only one or 2 spritzes necessary and if you’re not an essential oil fan this scent may be a little much for you. It is a dark woodsy that instantly gives me a sense of comfort. I’ve been spraying it around my room every few days when I am not using my oil diffuser.

Fig + Yarrow Facial Serum Rosehip + Argan

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Buy Here!

Another great natural Target find! Target and Fig + Yarrow teamed up to create exclusive products for Target stores and this serum is just one of them. This serum is derived from plants so this may be as natural as it can get. Although this is a serum it acts more as a facial oil, but it absorbs nicely into the skin and a little bit goes a long way. When I apply my moisturizer it doesn’t leave my skin with a heavy feeling, which I was initially scared of since I felt it was more of a facial oil. Fig + Yarrow recommends using this serum along with their Complexion Water, which may be a future purchase to try. Also, can we talk about this killer packaging? I wish I wasn’t a sucker for packaging, but we got to give credit where it is deserved. So far I have just been using this during the day and honestly, have been really liking, it too early to tell if I am noticing any difference but I will keep you updated.

Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Mascara Abyss

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This 100% vegan and a cruelty-free brand have a pretty decent waterproof mascara. Now there are no bells and whistles that come along with this formula, I am just happy that by 10:00 am I don’t have raccoon eyes. This is just a good basic, no frills mascara that has good staying power. If you are looking for volume or lengthening this probably wouldn’t be the one for you but it could probably be a good base if you like layering.

What have you tried from Target’s natural Aisle? 

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What I Bought on Amazon this Month // March ’17

Happy Monday to all! I am starting out the week with a confession… I love Amazon Prime.

I get such joy seeing one of the random things I ordered 2 days before when I was half sleeping (or after a glass of wine) waiting at the door for me. It makes me feel like a kid again and that Santa or the Fed Ex guy came while I was a work and dropped off my hodgepodge of goodies.

I order a lot of things from Amazon on a monthly basis, some things I need, some things I don’t, but either way I paid my $99 for my membership so you best believe I am going to utilize the shit of it.

*pardon my French, but I am just passionate about Prime*

One day I thought to myself while I was skimming those BuzzFeed articles where they tell what everyone is buying on Amazon at the moment is why don’t I make a post about what I bought that month?

So here I go!

#1 Birthday Gifts

Including a cookbook, hedgehog succulent pot, wooden bowl, marble phone case. It was my friend Courtney’s birthday this past month and if there were 4 items on Amazon that make up this girl those are it. I would post the links for those but since they were a birthday present I am going to keep then secret.

#2 A Bra

A Calvin Klein wire-free bra to be exact. I read this article where it basically is telling you it is bad for your health to wear a bra all the time and you should go bra-less as much as possible. BUT if you are not comfortable with doing that all the time and must wear a bra then a good choice would be a wire-free one. BUT to be honest, after wearing this bra for about 2 weeks I sadly did not like it. The band was itchy and there was not enough stretch to account for motion. Long story short, I learned my lesson about buying a bra online…

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Calvin Klein Wire-Free Bra

#3 A Notebook

A Rhodia grid lined wire-bound pad. Is it only me that gets weirdly overwhelmed with joy when writing on grid lined paper??? The idea of grid paper takes me back to school and there is some nostalgia in that. I love this notebook, it was bigger than I expected (because apparently, I don’t look at dimensions) but I love the extra room for my brain dumps.

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Rhodia Notebook

#4 A Jade Facial Roller

I think I am a sucker for beauty articles that shows easy ways to up your skincare game (see Buzzfeed article). I read that using a jade facial massage roller either every day or a few times a week can have a great impact on the appearance of your skin. I don’t know if it has had much of an “impact” on my facial appearance, but it is a nice little treat to roll this cooling massage roller all over your face.

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Jade Facial Roller

#5 A Phone Case 

Banana Leaf Printed case. I was in the market for a new phone case since I’ve had mine for over a year (although I love my wood craved Cleveland case, I was ready for a change). I didn’t want to spend more than $10 on one so to Amazon I went! This phone case is nicer and more stylish than I hoped for and a perfect print for the summer months!

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Banana Leaf iPhone 6 Case

#6 Bedding for my childhood twin bed

Twin alternative down comforter & a white duvet for my comforter. Okay, this is a weird purchase since I don’t live at home and I have my own queen bed to worry about. But when I am home I get the luxury of sleeping in my childhood twin bed which is made from a bed in a bag. I don’t blame my mom for not wanting to spend money on a bed that I don’t sleep in often, but when I am home I hate it. I get tangled because nothing stays in place and the comforter is so stiff there is no way to cuddle up and fall asleep. So I found some great inexpensive options with stellar reviews on Amazon. And let me say I was impressed yet again and am completely happy I can now rest my head on my twin bed in comfort.

All White Duvet Cover and Down Alternative Comforter

#7 Nail Polish

Essie nail polish in the color mademoiselle, a classic color in the Essie collection. I’ve been really liking the natural or barely there look and I think I saw this color pop up on a blog as a must have color and as we know now that I am a sucker for those things so without too much thought, I got it.

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Essie Nail Polish

#8 MIA Elsa Mules 

I talked about these in last week’s post, here, before I even received them, that’s how excited I was to get them! But, now I have them and I am not disappointed. I even did a little clog dance to celebrate.

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MIA Elsa Mules

#9 Half Socks

Because apparently, I need to wear something with my mule/clogs. Perfectly placed under my mules was the ‘frequently bought together’ tag, and hello? I can’t go sockless with these bad boys.

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#10 Leather and Brass Keychain

This has been in my cart for months… for like 5 months. I finally bit the bullet because it dropped to the lowest price I’ve seen yet and I was getting a new car so in my mind that means a new keychain right? But oh the irony because now my car is keyless and my keychain is barely seen. Although I know it’s there in my purse and that makes me happy.

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Leather and Brass Keychain

#11 Allergy Medication 

Because I have horrible spring allergies and I would like to visit my family cat without red eyes? If you are buying allergy medicine at the drugstore, stop. 365-day count for $15! FIFTEEN DOLLARS! I don’t think there is much more to be said about this.

Kirkland Allergy Medicine

#12 Makeup Bag

I was looking so a black sleek smaller makeup bag for grab and go. I cleaned out all my old grungy ones and was left with 2, a medium and large. So this was a small one to fill in the missing hole. I really like the minimalistic look of the classic black and gold hardware and it was much better quality then I thought it was going to be and it was also packaged very nice, which is surprising for Amazon these days.

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Makeup Bag

#13 Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream

So a couple weeks ago I have started my journey on transitioning to natural deodorant and it hasn’t been easy… I found out that my armpit does not like baking soda. So I decided to try the Baking Soda Free Grapefruit Deodorant Cream by Meow Meow Tweet. It has a lot of great reviews and I have seen YouTubers rave about it. I want to do a future post about this transition because I didn’t do enough research and then became fascinated with learning about transition process to a natural deodorant.

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Deodorant Cream by Meow Meow Tweet


March 2017 Favorites

Happy Monday to all! Is it me or did March fly by? I can’t believe it is already April and we already have showers, at least in Cleveland. Below are my favorites things from 5 different categories for the month of March, I hope you find something below to try for the month of April!

Books, Movies, & TV

Book: Not That Kinda Girl by Lena Dunham

First off let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of Lena’s work and what she stands for, so I was really excited to start this book. Second, I listened to this book on Audible (literally one of the best things invited today) and loved that she personally narrated her book. What I loved about this book is that you can see where she drew her inspiration for in Girls and Tiny Furniture and made me feel like I had a better understanding of her work and who she is as a person. She talks about uncomfortable topics that a lot of people still shy away from today and tackles them head on. It is a fantastic read/listen and I recommend you picking it up this April if you haven’t already.

Movie: Beauty and the Beast

GOOSEBUMPS! I had goosebumps and was on the edge of my seat for this movie. I felt like a little kid again and was filled with nostalgia. I hear people disappointed that it wasn’t EXACTLY like the cartoon original and I hear some people say it wasn’t different enough, but if you take it for what it is as its own independent movie you will thoroughly enjoy it. Also, the soundtrack is killer so I recommend giving that a listen too.

TV: Netflix’s Original Love season 2

This comedy stems from the minds of Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, and Paul Rust. Season 1 hooked me where two polar opposite people meet by chance and it shows a good look at dating in today’s modern age. If you a single person in today’s world you will definitely get a good laugh out of this and shake your head in agreeance as you possibly relate to it.

Activities 

Wineries –

Wineries seemed to be a big part of March. My cousin had her bridal shower at one outside of Erie and my friend Courtney had a winery crawl in Geneva. I’ve never been to Geneva wineries (I know, right?) so I was really excited to celebrate Courtney’s birthday there. We started at Laurentia which was beautiful, we enjoyed two bottles of white wine in the cellar. Then we moved to South River which is in an old church, they were having an ice wine festival so it was a bit packed but we lucked out snagging a table and switched it up to their Trinty red wine. Last but not least we ended at Hundley Cellars for some more white wine, some snacks, and live music!

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Car Shopping – 

This past week I went car shopping since my lease was up and I am pretty pumped about my new car. After having a VW Jetta for 4 years I wanted to upgrade to a small SVU, a VW Tiguan to be exact. Although nobody wants to spend their entire day at a car dealership I am really happy so far with my new car.

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Beauty (Skincare & Makeup)

Glosser Cloud Paint –

As we all know I LOVE GLOSSIER so I had a feeling I was going to like their new Cloudpaint Blushes. First of all, Glossier killed it with the packaging, yet again, they look like acrylic paints which bring me back to my art class days. A little product goes a long way which means this tube of blush will last you awhile. It comes it four shades, Dusk (nudey), Puff (pink), Beam (coral), and Haze (berry) which were inspired by the NYC sunsets. Glossier was and still is offering a 2 for $30 deal with the code 2BLUSH, I got Dusk and Haze. Haze is the perfect flush which looks like maybe I just went to the gym maybe not? (definitely not, though). And Dusk which is a nudey colors which I have been using as a natural looking bronzer and an eyeshadow. These formulas blend effortlessly together and on my skin. Get 20% off your first purchase with my code http://bff.glossier.com/eNLsb

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L’Oreal Paris Skin Care Pure Clay Mask Detox and Brighten –

This was an impulse purchase at Walgreens between coupons and sales it was “basically” free. Out of the 3 clay masks that L’Oreal has out at the moment, I decided on the detox and brightening mask since it was more geared towards a normal skin type. What I love about this mask besides its actually easy to apply and remove compared to other clay masks, you can actually see the impurities being drawn out. I love when I can see products working.

Hair

Umberto Dry Texture Spray –

I love texturizing spray, it is my favorite thing to use when I curl my hair. I needed a new one and was at target one day and wasn’t in the mood to spend more than $10 and this guy was $9.99. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, and although I never heard or used the brand before, I have seen it in Target for quite some time. If you want a good texturizing spray at a good price point give this one a try!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo Clean & Light Bare –

I hate washing my hair and if I can drag out my hair style for a couple days I will and a good way of doing that is a dry shampoo. And surprise, you don’t need to spend a lot on a decent dry shampoo. My favorite drugstore dry shampoo has been Dove for quite some time, but my friend Gina swears by Bastiste! I decided to give it a try and I am not disappointed. I decided to get the Bare scent, which is a clean and light scent that is not overwhelming. Move over Dove I think I have a new drugstore dry shampoo favorite!

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Fashion 

MIA Elsa Mules –

Ever since I received these last week I cannot stop wearing them! I talked about them in my Shoes for Spring post from last week (you can read it here). I love the effortless vintage look it has been adding to my outfits and it is such a great transitional show moving from winter to spring.

What did you love in the month of March? And let me know if you have tried anything I mentioned!

Alison’s Articles // Glossier Review

Happy Monday beautiful humans, I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! I have decided to start a new series, titled Alison’s Articles. Where every so often I focus solely on one thing or general topic instead of my usual five things. For this article, I am focusing on Glossier products and reviewing all the ones that I have tried so far! After reading through my review make sure you check out all their products on their website, Glossier Dot Com. The company strives itself as easy to use basics and all of their products are good for your skin and bottom line Glossier kills it with their cool girl-Instagram worthy packaging (I bow down to your packaging department).

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Balm Dotcom in original and coconut flavor – I have talked about this one in a previous post here, but in that one, I just raved about the original. Shortly after I bought the coconut flavor to keep with me in my purse while I use the original in my am and pm routines. They have other flavors such as mint and rose, but the coconut gets sold out a lot so I knew I had to see why. This scent makes you feel like it is summertime and they you should be on vacation.

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Super Glow Serum – I wanted to really like this product, and although I didn’t hate it, I also didn’t see much difference with it. This consistency is very much that of water which allows it to dry quickly on the skin, but it wasn’t what I was used to when it comes to a serum. I would still want to try Glossier’s Super Pure and Bounce serum to see if those would work with my skin. But for the $ price tag and the size, I don’t think I would be repurchasing Super Glow.

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Priming Moisturizer – I love this moisturizer! This is a great am prep before applying your makeup and it sets you up for a great base all day.Now, this moisturizer is a great beginning step before makeup, but it also looks great on its own.This product does an excellent job of creating a cushiony texture, calming redness, and leaving a dewy finish while prepping your skin. It also comes in a rich formula which I hear can be great for day and night use and you don’t have to have dry skin to really appreciate the wonder this guy does.

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Perfecting Skin Tint in shade medium – this stuff bottom line, in my opinion, helps you achieve the “no-makeup” face. I’ve seen YouTube videos where people add a few drops to their hands then apply to their face, but I actually just find it easier to apply directly to my face then just work into my skin with my hands. This skin tint will even out skin tone but it won’t cover up your freckles or imperfections, which as I get older I find myself more accepting of and don’t feel the need to hide. There are only 5 shades to choose from but that is because their formula “auto-fits” your skin.

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Stretch Concealer in shade medium – At first I couldn’t tell if I liked this or not but over time I ended actually really like this product. Now, this concealer isn’t full coverage, it is very light coverage and gives a skin-like finish. I like to use it under my eye and around my nose where redness can happen, but when it comes to blemishes this guy probably won’t do the best job covering much. I love how this formula almost turns to an oily texture (it has avocado & jojoba oil in it) when I warm it in the pot with my finger, it makes for a really nice application.

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Boy Brow in the shade brown – Let me start off by saying that I have recently purchased my second one. I really love this brow product and the price tag isn’t horrible, especially when you compare it to the Gimme Brow from Benefit (which I used for years before this guy). This pairs really nicely with brow pencils for a more dramatic look but looks flawless and groomed on its own.

Generation G lipstick in the shade Cake – I have a love-hate relationship with this lipstick, sometimes I love it as the perfect shade to mimic my natural lip color and sometimes I hate it where I don’t think the formula is very good for the price point. I recently watched a YouTube video where YouTuber Chrissstttiiine uses her Generation G lipstick as a creamy eyeshadow since she didn’t care for it much on her lips (go to minutes 10:17 to check it out). I tried it out a couple days this week and I actually really liked the way it looked! It just goes to show that products have multiple uses and just because you don’t like it the way it was intended doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment with it a little.

Get 20% off your first purchase from Glossier by clicking this link! http://bff.glossier.com/eNLsb

What Glossier products have you tried or want to try?

5 Things // March 13, 2017

Hello wonderful humans and happy Monday! I decided to do this week’s post on a Monday to switch things up a bit or I just forgot to post on Friday because life got in the way last week and adulting is hard, haha let’s just say the first one. So without further ado here are my 5 favorite things from this past week!

Obey Lafayette Mac Jacket

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OBEY Jacket from 6pm.com

When I think of my dream raincoat I think about one of two things, a childhood bright yellow raincoat or a black raincoat that someone that lives in London would own. As much as I want a bright yellow adult sized raincoat I, however, found a black raincoat a London native would be proud to own… I hope. This jacket is weather resistant with a removable hood (if hoods aren’t your thing) and if also lined with jersey. I got this jacket off Amazon and I am really happy with it and feel that is a classic staple that I added to my closet for spring.

Milk Makeup Blur Stick

 

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Milk Makeup at Sephora

 

Do you ever just wish you can blur the imperfections on your face to give the illusion of an airbrushed appearance, I know there are times of the month I have. Don’t get too excited because this product doesn’t go to that extreme but some days that is what is feels like. This sticks smooths and evens out skin tones to give a great base to additional makeup or just to wear on its own. Another thing I love about this is that this is a vegan beauty product, in fact, the whole brand is vegan. It is free of silicone (which is known to clog pores), parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. I would totally recommend you checking out their Instagram account they post some pretty cool things (insert sunglasses emoji).

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

 

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Caudalie Radiance Serum

 

For my birthday Sephora “gift” I chose the Caudalie 2 piece set that came with their radiance serum and sorbet moisturizer. All I can say is that my bank account is going to hate me because I now must buy the full size of this. I am barely through half of my trial size and wow can I see a difference in my skin. This serum does everything it said it would, it evens out skin tone and enhances skin’s radiance. This is meant to target dark spots and to prevent them from appearing. I think that if you have more mature skin this would work wonders because I saw a noticeable difference and I currently to not have a lot of problems with dark spots beside some scarring from past breakouts (those are probably more noticeable to me than others).

Oil Diffuser and Oils

 

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Starter kit from Amazon

 

For birthday last month my friend, Katie got my an oil diffuser along with lavender essential oil since I have been deciding whether or not to get one for myself for awhile. Needless to say, I am hook and bought a starter essential oils kit from Amazon. There is nothing more relaxing than falling asleep to the scent of lavender and the soft trickling of water (which I thought was going to keep me up). Besides the much less risk of burning your house down by using a diffuser instead of a candle, there are a surprising amount of benefits to using one of these bad boys. Promoting relaxation and sleep or improving moods, help ward off illnesses, improving breathing, and pain relief is just a handful of benefits by using different types of oils. You can get a diffuser and oils for very affordable price points on Amazon, I recommend you giving them a try.

Cross Stitching

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NEW HOBBY ALERT!!! After a recent purchase (pictured above) from the Etsy shop Sarcastitch of one of my favorite podcast My Favorite Murder mottos to live by “stay sexy and don’t get murdered” I have been inspired to attempt to pick up the hobby! I am currently working on my first cross stitch project that is currently top secret because if all goes well it will make a pretty sweet gift for someone.

Five Things // February 3, 2017

Happy Friday wonderful humans of the internet and if you can’t tell my the title of my blog and the title of this post, I am going to raving about 5 things I am into this week. So buckle up cause here we go!

One // Chinese New Year 

This past Saturday I had an opportunity to kick off Chinese New Year by eating delicious Dim Sum and watching the loin dance in Cleveland’s own Chinatown restaurant Li Wah. We had a small group of us eating all the deliciousness that Li Wah has and my friend Eileen was our tour guide for the day showing us just some of what Chinatown has to offer. If you are not familiar with Dim Sum, it is a style of Chinese cuisine where there are small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Typically carts are pushed around a restaurant where people can order and get there meals right there and then. We started out our meal with Shumai (pork & shrimp dumplings), Har Gow (shrimp dumplings), and Tofu wrapped pork; I don’t think I can pick a favorite child out of these three, but if I had to it would probably be the Shumai. Our next round to taste was Cha Siu Bao (baked pork buns), Spring rolls (vegetarian). Now I am usually not the biggest spring roll fan but OH EM G… these were so delicious and the Cha Siu Bao was a little bun of pork happiness! To round out our meal Eileen thought it would be good to try a dessert, Dan Tat (egg custard tart). Now first let me start out by saying that I am not what you would call a dessert person, so with that being said I can’t say I was the biggest fan of of this egg custard tart. All of the goodness was accompanied by a pot of jasmine tea, we needed all the help we could get with digestion with all the food we ate!

Shout out to Eileen for sending me all the names of the food we tried that day!

Two // Search Party 

Does anyone need a new show to watch because I am volunteering TBS’s Search Party as tribute. This dark comedy is based around a missing girl that the main character Dory (Alia Shawkat from Arrested Development) “knew” back in college and she becomes obsessed at trying to find her. Do you like murder mysteries and satire at twenty-something hipster’s expense? Well then get ready to binge watch this 10 episode series and become instantly hooked! This is Nancy Drew for the millennial and I assure you, you will not be disappointed. Here is a nice tip, if you download the TBS app (how I am watching it) you can choose between the edited episodes on TV or the explicit one so you can get the full experience when someone drops F bombs.

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Three // Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate 

Is it possible that I have found the holy grail of nighttime skincare? Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a little miracle worker, I swear little esthetician elves come and give me a facial while I am sleeping. This nighttime oil claims to restore the appearance of skin by morning and I feel that my skin has seen an improvement since I have started using it. I am a big believer of using oils for overall skincare, I know there has been a lot of buzz around oils for the past year but it is with good reason. I don’t use this as an alternative for my moisturizer. I simply add about a dime size or less to my finger tips and pat into my skin after cleansing my face, wait for it to absorb a bit then follow up with my nighttime moisturizer. The lavender scent is very relaxing, it helps set the mood in my bedtime routine. There are other great uses for this product, just click on the image to what else Kiehl’s suggest!

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Queen of the Nighttime Skincare

Four // Topshop Robe 

If you are like me and can be happy living in a robe, if you had the choice, the let me introduce you to this buttery cloud of warm and coziness robe from Topshop. I was looking into getting a new robe since my cotton one was just not cutting it for the winter months. I wanted to feel warm and luxurious when I lounged around in my robe for hours after my shower, so began my hunt. I really wanted a “I stole this from a hotel” look to my new robe and I just so happen to find it at Nordstrom. The off white color with navy blue piping was just what I was looking for, although the varsity lettering Not a Morning Person across the back isn’t may favorite part of it the pros of this robe thoroughly out way the one con.

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Check it out at Nordstrom!

Five // Nail Polish Top Coat

30 seconds to a dry fresh painted hand of nails, sounds like a myth right? WRONG. I was at Ulta this past week to pick up a few things I was running low on and one of them so happen to be a top coat for my nails. I usually buy Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry top coat (which I do really like and I think it dries really quick), but I decided that I was feeling extra rich that day and decided to shell out the extra dollar it cost to upgrade to the top coat in a box, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti Chip Top Coat. What is the difference you might ask while my usual top coat (the first one I mentioned) is an extension of the Fast Dry line, its fast drying and with the great applicator brush its simple to apply. The cons are that I usually have one or more chipped nails by the next day. The fast drying anti chip top coat that I just bought is also fast drying, but in comparison to the first it’s FAST FAST, 30 seconds and I felt comforting not babying my nails. From what I can tell the anti chip claim on the box is legit, the picture below is 4 days after I painted them!

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Five Things // January 27, 2017

Hello wonderful humans of the internet and happy FriYAY! Is it too early to kick back and relax with a glass of wine and Netflix? No? Okay then, I guess I will just share 5 things I have been into lately instead.

One // New Beauty Products

Over the past week I have acquired some new products I am excited to try out! I have added to my Glossier addiction, and I think it’s safe to say its becoming problem.

Hello, my name is Alison and I have a Glossier problem. I order their Stretch Concealer in Medium,  Generation G Matte Lipstick in the shade Cake, and yet another Balm Dotcom in the flavor Coconut. I think I am going to do a post very soon reviewing all of the Glossier products that I have acquired over the past month or so.

Another new product that I just got and started using is the Kristen Ess’s The One Signature Shampoo & Conditioner that just launched exclusively at Target. Both are 10oz. bottles for $10 each, so not too bad if you are used to spending a little more for your haircare products. This was the only shampoo and conditioner pair that was part of this new line and from what the bottle reads this is for all hair types. This is supposed to be lightly clarifying but safe for everyday use and weightlessly moisturizing which is good if you have finer hair. I like that this is sulfate-free but claims to give a good lather if that is important to you. The jury is out on the scent, although it has a very high-end salon smell once your hair is dry, I don’t know how I feel about it when I am washing it.

Two // Split 

Over the past weekend My mom and I went to see the movie Split starring James McAvoy (according to my mom, that’s her man). What can I say about this movie other wow… just WOW! It was such a well done psychological thriller, as in sitting on the edge of my sit covering my mouth with my hands because I cannot believe the amazing plot unfolding before me, psychological thriller. McAvoy plays a man who suffers from DID (dissociative identity disorder) and has 23 different personalities residing inside him. He kidnaps 3 girls in preparation for a 24th personality to surface. I highly recommend seeing this movie and basically hooks you right in from the start.

Three // EyeBuyDirect

I believe it was the day before Christmas Eve (or Christmas Eve Eve, if you are a Friends fan) I got my 2 little packages with my brand new glasses from EyeBuyDirect and something tells me there will be more little packages from them in the future.

If you read last week’s post where I talk about how I discovered my Lo & Sons bag, I also discovered personally EyeBuyDirect on my Pinterest feed as well. Again I did what I always do, stalk a company through Instagram, see what what people tagged them in and how their glasses were looking IRL. First of all I am a big believer in not paying an arm and a leg for glasses so when these eyeglass companies began popping up I was all for trying them out. I did the home try on with Warby Parker and everything I picked I wasn’t very crazy about once I got to try them on. Then I tried Zenni and I actually have 3 eyeglasses and 1 prescription sunglasses that I really like. But there was something about EyeBuyDirect that really interested me to try them, they have a very minimalistic feel to their brand/styles which I liked and made me want to try.

I decided to try the brand out during the holidays when they had a 2 for 1 deal, and after days of narrowing it down I decided on two pairs. I got the Aurora in Flecked Ivory as a more everyday style and then Theory in Translucent as my more stylist pair. Both glasses are a classic keyhole style which I feel fits my face shape and personal style well. If you want to give it a try and get $10 off your first pair use my code IFSNJ2VM5M.

Four // Amazon Fire Tablet

Last week I bit the bullet I have been thinking about for awhile, buying an Amazon Fire Tablet. Amazon offers 5 versions of their tablet that caters to different lifestyles and end uses. I ended up choosing their cheapest model, Fire Tablet 7″ Display, 8 GB (Includes Special Offers), in Black since I don’t plan on using it for anything too crazy. I liked the idea of the smaller size that if I wanted to I would have the option of fitting it into my purse and I also thought this size would be very travel friendly. I am getting ready to go on a business trip to Germany and this way I can download books, movies, and shows to entertain me on the long flight. Overall my first impressions were very good, although it took some getting used to if you are an “Apple product snob” like I used to be (I am slowly crossing over into the Amazon product world). I was able to download easily every app that I wanted to, and I like that my Audible and Kindle books already were on there. I would recommend trying this tablet if you are mostly looking for a tablet as a source of entertainment because for the price I think its a nifty little thing.

Five // You Must Remember This, Podcast

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So I don’t know if you’ve jumped on the podcast bandwagon but if not what are you waiting for? I have a list of podcasts that I listen to while getting ready in the morning or sometimes on my commute to and from work. But I am not here today to give you a list of my favorite podcasts (at least not yet), I am here to talk about one in particular, You Must Remember This (YMRT). The best way to describe this podcast is straight from the source, it is about the secret and/or forgotten history of Hollywood’s first century. Karina Longworth does a fantastic job of researching and narrating different parts of history that took place in Hollywood, by splitting historical stories up into mini series. The one series in particular they got my hook these past few week was titled “Charles Manson’s Hollywood”. If you are not familiar with the infamous cult leader turned murderer of the 60’s I highly recommend you give this a listen as it completely dissects all of the events and people involved with Manson leading up to the Manson Family murders. Bravo Karina, bravo!