I have been dying to try the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders for some time now, but hadn’t gotten around to it until my inbox tickled me with an exciting release: a new Ambient Lighting Palette, featuring a new, never-released shade, enticingly called “Incandescent Light”. Along with Dim Light and Radiant Light, and the 5ml freebie Veil Mineral Primer in the set, I could barely contain my enthusiasm.But Wait! There's More →
It was Autumn 2009 when my love of camel-colored wool coats began. The affair ignited when Zara debuted a gorgeous, slimming, buttonless, slash-pocketed beauty that absolutely had to be mine. I added it to my shopping cart, but couldn’t pull the trigger. The price was too high for an impulse buy. I waited weeks, determined to buy it if the desire remained. It did, but it dawned on me that it would be the perfect gift for my husband (then-boyfriend) to purchase for me that Christmas, since I’m notoriously hard to shop for and tend to already own anything I needed. But alas, the coat and I would never be one, as it had sold out online and in stores by the time my well-meaning future spouse shopped around. I was crushed, but I was certain it would come back the next year. When it didn’t, I trolled endless other online shops, for years, hoping to find the right one. In one idle moment of desperation, I wondered fleetingly if Blair would sell me hers off her back, but thankfully that moment of temporary insanity lasted a mere millisecond.But Wait! There's More →
If you asked of my initial reaction to seeing the first greenish-hued lip product at my local drugstore, I would have responded with a sickened face. I just didn’t understand it. I chalked it up to the Hype Machine. I swore that nobody would buy them, let alone wear them!
Until I started doing some research, and discovered that these green/blue/purple hues actually serve a purpose. They can be used to enhance or even counteract the lips’ natural color. More often than not, the minty-greenish-blue hue is most popular, because it cancels out the pink tones of lips to create the most subtle, non-dead-looking, nude lip.
Shocker, I know. And then I tried one. And then I bought another. And another. And soon it became that anytime I saw a wacky-colored lip product at the drugstore, I immediately bought it, with the intention of taking it home to play with and promptly forget.
But then a funny thing happened — they stayed in my daily makeup bag. All of them. I used a different one every day…for months. I just found them so easy to reach for, and slick on my lips in the morning before work, when I wanted something, and full-on lipstick isn’t really an option in Anesthesiology. I’m hooked! I had to share them with you. My favorite is L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Balm in “Sundays By the Seine” which sadly was limited edition this past Spring, but I found mine easily on either Amazon or eBay, I can’t remember! I love the same iteration in “Bijoux Bijoux Bijoux” (also limited edition but can be found here occasionally) as well for its clear, wet-looking effect, but in simple balm form. New kids on the block include the newest Revlon Lip Butter offerings, a minty green “Invite Only“, laced with flecks of subtle sparkle, and the purple-y “Provocative“. My newest purchase is L’Oreal (again you go with the cool colors, L’Oreal!) le Gloss in “Mint Ice”.
I don’t think anything has been more requested on my blog, than this review. Honestly, I’m blown away by how many of you clamored for me to review my new planner, an Erin Condren Life Planner 2013/2014 – Gold Edition. I’m seriously impressed! Up until a week prior to ordering, I had never heard of Erin Condren products before. Blog readers recommended her products to me and I finally succumbed. Once I watched the life planner video, I was sold. Of course, I watched a few YouTube reviews first before taking the plunge. Click to see the video review!But Wait! There's More →
Once again, thank you for the outpouring of support from you as my family and I endured through such a difficult day yesterday. I love you guys!
Since two of the most popular posts on my blog are involving shellac, I figured it was about time that I showed you how I have been doing my own Shellac nails at-home using a CND starter kit + UV lamp. I absolutely LOVE getting my nails done professionally (and recommend Ruth at Urban Oasis Houston any day, hands down), but my budget just wasn’t cutting the twice monthly $35+ manicures. So I decided to do it myself. Mind you, I’m pretty adept at painting my nails with regular polish, so if you struggle with regular polish, chances are you won’t have a great time with shellac, either, since this requires you to be pretty precise at where you lay down the gel in certain steps.
I’ve outlined the entire tutorial for you in the video above, AND I’ve included a tutorial on how to do ROCKSTAR (i.e. completely luxurious, 100% glittery shellac nails) within the same video! Also, here is the starter kit I purchased from Amazon, and here is the UV nail lamp I use. Have fun!
Hey guys. Today, October 6, always marks a solemn day in the Medhus household. The fact that this gloomy, chilly weather marks four years since my brother’s suicide is all too apropo, because it’s how most of my family & I feel on the inside today. We’re going to spend some time with my mom so she doesn’t feel so alone today, but I filmed a quick video for you since words tend to escape me on this day.
Hello friends! I hope you had a great month of September — I know I did! Now that we are full-swing into fall, it’s time to change up the beauty/makeup routine a little (a sure sign of the times for me is when I find myself reaching more for the dark, eggplant-colored nail polish bottle). But during that transitional period this past month, I found a few new favorites that I definitely wanted to share with you all, as per usual.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook got to see this video a whole day early, and those of you who subscribe to my YouTube channel got to see it the moment it came out, so be sure you’re following me on those outlets if you aren’t already!