US Space NK Promotion & What to Buy

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Starting today, the US Space NK site is offering a nice little promotion for $20 off $75. This promotion ends midnight EST Tuesday, April 22, so you have about a week to select some great beauty goodies for your basket. 

For those of you new to Space NK, be sure to sign up for their N.dulge Rewards program, which rewards participants $5 for every $100 spent and $10 when you reach the higher tier of rewards.

I've also included a few suggestions of products I'm loving, in case you're having trouble filling a basket. ;) 

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Second Row: African Botanics Neroli Infused Marula Oil // African Botanics Intense Skin Repair Body Balm // Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick

Will you be grabbing anything from this promotion? I'd love to know what's in your shopping basket! :)

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Spring Makeup Bag

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Last year, I attempted to choose a selection of products to wear each week. Needless to say, I wasn’t very good at it, and my weekly makeup bag posts fell by the wayside. 

In an effort to use more things I have, I decided to revive this makeup bag selection on a monthly basis. While not particularly original, I’m thinking this could just work. No commitments, and plenty of time to get around to using these things!

Take a peek at the video below to see everything that I've picked for April, (and probably May too). What's in your spring makeup bag? I'd love to know! :) 

P.S. I plan to be back to making videos on a regular basis, so do check back every Wednesday starting next week. Don't forget to subscribe here! :)

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Get Your Legs Ready for Spring with Somersets Shaving Oil

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Winter is finally (sort of) on its way out, and I've been dying to bare my legs. I'm done with cold, and I'm ready for fun spring dresses and sunshine. What I wasn't ready for, however, was shaving. It isn't something that I talk about for many reasons, the primary one being that I just hate it!!  

Seriously, shaving and my dry skin just don't get along, and I put it off as long as I could because I just didn't have a routine that I loved. Enter Somersets Shaving Oil. I had read about this product on a British blog ages ago, but never gotten around to picking one up, so when an email landed in my inbox asking if I would like to trial the line, I jumped. 

*PR Sample

Somersets Extra Sensitive Shaving oil review, Somersets Extra Delicate Shaving Oil review

Usually, shaving my legs is a bit of an ordeal. (Is that just me?) "Moisturizing" shaving cream formulas clog up razors and leave my legs with a bit of an uneven shave, and thinner formulas either leave my legs feeling dry or irritated. Plus, my hair is really fine and just generally seems impossible to catch with a razor at all. 

Somersets Shaving Oil is perfect for me - wet skin, use a few drops on each leg, and go. It leaves my skin feeling less dry and doesn't clog up a razor with product. It has given me probably the most even shave I've had in ages. Both the Extra Sensitive and Extra Delicate formulas work wonderfully, and I'm happy to report that neither my legs or underarms have felt itchy a few days after like they normally would. Now if only I could find the perfect razor to go with it! 

I didn't realize that Somersets Shave Oil was even sold here, so for US shoppers check your local Walgreens or Also, why haven't more brands made a shave oil? I know it exists for men, but I am seriously loving this version for me and I will definitely be ready for summer when it finally arrives! 

Do you find shaving to be a chore like I do? What are your favorite products to make shaving a stress-free experience? I'd love to know! :)

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Fresh Spring Floral Scents

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I'm pretty picky about fragrances, but In my mind, these two fragrances are just classic springtime scents. There aren't too many "mainstream" fragrances that I enjoy wearing, but these two are nicely light and fresh. Perfect for spring and summer!

issey miyake l'eau d'issey florale review, narciso rodriguez for her review

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Narciso Rodriguez for Her Eau de Toilette
Notes: Honey Flower, Solar Musk, Orange Blossom, Osmanthus, Amberlyn, Vanilla, Tactile Musk, Tactile Woods, Vetiver. 

I've always associated this scent with the ever popular Stella by Stella McCartney, though their notes aren't really the same at all. This one is a slightly powdery floral, one that I've always thought was an "elegant" scent for a classy lady. (Think Charlotte from Sex & the City. Totally random reference, huh?) 

Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Florale 
Notes: Mandarin, Lily, Rose, Musk, White Wood. 
I love the fresh crisp notes in this one - it reminds me of the crispness of cucumber or watermelon, a few scents that I really love. About a year ago, I thought I would buy a rollerball of this, but I found that it really didn't have that airy crispness in that form. 

I'm terrible at describing how a scent develops, so I'll skip that here. I will mention that on my skin, these stay very much the same over the course of a day, no one note overshadowing the others as time passes. I find both scents to be very delicate and totally appropriate for any occasion. 

Have you tried either of these "classic" floral fragrances? Are there any scents that you're loving for spring? I'd love to know! :)

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Ode to Glass Nail Files

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I’ve talked about glass nail files before, but I haven’t really talked about them. Seriously, if you’re using pretty much anything else on your nails, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

After converting to the things a few years ago after reading about these Mont Bleu Swarovski encrusted files on Makeup Withdrawal. I was excited when the company reached out to me a month or so ago and offered to send me files to try. 

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mont bleu glass nail file review

Look at them - aren’t they so pretty? But seriously, they're not just pretty, but they are super functional as well. I have little glass nail files stashed everywhere now - Sephora has some great travel size ones - but these are by far the prettiest in my stash. 

As a girl who breaks nails frequently and has a bad habit of ripping off the broken bits, nail files are a must. Without them, I just spend the rest of the day picking at my nail trying to smooth them out (ew). Standard nail files take quite a bit of effort and time to smooth out broken edges, but glass nail files can clear them up in just a few swipes! 

These glass files from Mont Bleu perform just as well as the others I own. They also come in a little pouch, which makes it convenient to toss into a purse or makeup bag. And what I love most about glass nail files is that they seem to last forever... or at least until I lose them or manage to somehow break them. I definitely plan to take care of these pretty ones!

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A Primer & Foundation Duo

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I don't know about you, but I seem to collect SO many deluxe samples of primers, and surprisingly of foundations too. A few weeks back, this duo was pretty well used over here, so I thought it was time for me to share it with you!

Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation review, Illamasqua Hydra Veil review

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Illamasqua Hydra Veil
When this first came out, there was tons of hype and I didn't really know what the big deal was. A hydrating primer? Why would I need that, I thought, if I could just moisturize? Now that I've finally tried it though, I can understand. My dry skin soaks this up! 

From a priming perspective, I do feel like this helps the Buxom foundation go on smoother with better coverage. In terms of longevity, I do find that it helps my foundation last at least 8 hours. I also think the texture of this primer is unique - it is almost like jelly, which was a bit strange at first, but once you get used to it, it actually feels pretty nice on the skin! 

Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation in Meet Me Latte
I saw a video on Sephora's Youtube channel (here) and it looked right up my alley. This formula is light - I would say comparable to a tinted moisturizer. However, it is buildable to get a little coverage, though I find I use more of this to get slightly less coverage than I would use of the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation or Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer.

Shade wise, this foundation is described on as a "neutral beige for medium skin tones" and I would say this is accurate. It is not too pink or too yellow, though it is just a bit darker than my skintone this spring. (I suspect that one shade down, You're A Natural, would be more appropriate for me.) 

It wears well, and despite having to use more than I normally would, this foundation never becomes cakey or anything. The finish is completely natural and glowy (in a good way!), so I would definitely recommend this to tinted moisturizer fans who didn't get along with Nars because of skin type, etc. 

I'm excited to use the Buxom foundation this summer, though I don't plan to purchase it when I finish it. I definitely think I'll pick up the Illamasqua once I finish up this little tube, as I suspect I could use any extra moisture each winter. What do you think of my little primer and foundation duo? Have you tried either of these products, or have a favorite duo of your own? I'd love to know!

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March Favorites ♡

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I can't believe we're already a week into April and I've finally gotten around to sharing my March favorites. And this month, I even have a few makeup favorites to share, including a few I was quite surprised to like! 

Take a peek at the video to hear about my March favorites and let me know what products you were loving! 

Products Mentioned:
Beautyblender Blendercleanser Solid
African Botanics Neroli Infused Marula Oil (review)
Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Antique Pink
Kevyn Aucoin Liquid Liner in Basic Black
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium
Extra Watermelon Gum
Bunny iPhone Case

Makeup Worn: 
Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation
Clinique Super Fine Liner for Brows in Soft Brown
Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Nars Narsissist Eyeshadow Palette
Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Appia
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium
Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Antique Pink

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Another Lip Balm to Love: Osmia Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair

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Is there a rehab for lip balm addicts? Cause I really think I need to go... Although, given the never ending terrible dryness of my lips, a lip balm addiction is probably appropriate, lol!

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Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair Review

This winter, I've been relying heavily on my trusty La Mer and the newly released Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (review). While I have my concerns about both of those lip balms (La Mer being too pricey and Bite having horrid packaging) I really have no complaints about Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair*.

At $22 a jar, I find this little pot of goodness to be much more wallet friendly than my La Mer. Break the surface of the balm and really warm it with your finger - I didn't do this at first, but it really makes a difference when it comes to the texture and ease of application. Scent wise, I find it to be slightly sweet with a bit of something. (I think Larie determined it to be the scent of lanolin, which is an ingredient.)  

On my lips, I like that it doesn't have a ton of shine and isn't totally slippy. It also feels light to wear, so I imagine that it could wear well underneath many lip products. (For whatever reason, I have not tried that at all.) It wasn't a miracle on my lips like the La Mer Lip Balm was, but that's no reason not to give this balm a try. 

Have you tried Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair? Are you as much of a lip balm addict as I am? I'd love to know! :)

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Skincare Mini Loves

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I seem to be overflowing with deluxe samples (#storyofmylife) and I've been trying to use as many as possible these last few months. Skincare, haircare, makeup, you name it. I'm going to use up all those darn minis! 

In any event, I really wanted to share a few that I've been loving lately. I suspect a few of them will even make it to the repurchases pile! 

boscia tsubaki beauty oil review, african botanics neroli infused marula oil review, dr jart ceramidin liquid review

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Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil, $46 for 1.7 oz
I've never paid much attention to Boscia, but I'm really appreciating the quality of their products and affordable price point. I love how this oil keeps my skin feeling hydrated despite the cold weather we've had this winter. It is lightly scented and absorbs super quickly so I can layer it with moisturizer or makeup. I've been eyeing their Cleansing Oil-Gel from the same line - have you tried it? 

African Botanics Neroli Infused Marula Oil*, $85 for 2 oz
I love neroli, and I've been dying to get my hands on this ever since I slathered some of this on at Space NK last May. I find this to be even more hydrating on my skin than the regular version, which I've seriously been obsessed with all winter. It is meant to hydrate, combat redness, and protect against the elements, and I really feel like it has done just that! 

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid, $39 for 5oz
I have mixed feelings about this product - while I love the light, liquidy texture and over feel of the product, I'm not so sure it works for me. I have been experiencing very minor rash-like reactions to something, and I suspect it is this but can't say for certain. Who knows, it could just be the weather or something else all together. In any event, this "liquid" is quite an affordable serum that definitely helps with hydration. 

I am definitely considering purchasing both the Bosica Tsubaki Oil and African Botanics Neroli Oil - but, I will be restrained and wait till I've emptied more products. I won't be purchasing Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid (or the accompanying Ceramidin Cream that I don't have much to say about), but that is really because I am testing out a similar product from Asian brand Hada Labo that I like better! 

All in all, I'm pretty happy with how these products turned out. Have you tried any great samples or minis lately? I'd love to know! :)

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March Empties

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So I seem to be slowly trailing off on my empties, but I still managed to finish 3 full size products. Yay! 

I finally finished the bottle of Sponge Ladi Avokanto Oil that Gummy gifted me almost a year ago. (And I think she gifted it to me when it was only half full? Sheesh, I take my time.) One of the first oils I tried last year, I quite liked it in the beginning! This past winter though, I found it did not sink into my skin as well as African Botanics Marula Oil or Boscia Tsubaki Oil, and as a result left my skin feeling a bit parched. As I have other oils I want to try and ones to use up, I don't plan to repurchase this. 

I also liked the Sai Sei Mineral Bath Crystals (review), which were quite nice to use. I won't be repurchasing, as the jar is a bit pricey and I want to try other, less expensive options to see how different they are! And in terms of that big jar of coconut oil, I definitely plan to get another! 

On the sample front, there were a number of them that I liked. Most surprisingly, I loved the Korres Fig Showergel, a deluxe sample that I've had around for ages and ages. I also LOVE the scent of the Aesop Moroccan Neroli Aftershave. I'm contemplating picking up Bumble & Bumble Surf Shampoo and Jack Black Turbo Wash at some point in the future once as well. 

All in all, I still think this was an OK month for empties, don't you? What have you finished this month? Did you repurchase anything? I'd love to know! :)

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