Pat McGrath Lust: Gloss – The Only Lip Gloss You’ll Ever Need

affiliate link In the interest of full-disclosure: I am not a lipgloss girl. I never feel like lipgloss is very impactful on me and I find its wear time lacking. Our fearless leader/resident lipgloss fiend Stef decided to make me a convert and sent me her “favorite lip gloss in the world” Pat McGrath

CoTZ Pure Botanicals & Minerals – Mineral Sunscreen Review

press sample affiliate link They don’t call it the Healthier Sunscreen for nothing… I have been blessed with the palest of pale skin. I am literally the fairest of them all. That means that I pretty much always wear sunscreen because my fair skin is also prone to sunburns, which means that skin cancer is a HUGE concern for me. Also a huge concern is the premature aging associated with sun damage. Sunscreen is a daily part of my life, even in my New England winters. On top of being pale, I

Who Wants Cake? (Answer: We ALL Want Cake!)

press sample affiliate link Pixi Beauty Review: Pixiglow Cake I’ve never said “no” to cake IN MY LIFE. So, it’s only fitting that I am saying a loud “YES!” to the new Pixi Beauty Pixiglow Cake. This enormous pan of light-diffusing blush is bringing me some serious joy, y’all. It’s one part blush, one part highlighter, one part contour color, and all parts gorgeous.

Lips by Pixi by Petra

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm and Mattelustre Lipstick swatches and review One of those brands that I always eye bang at Target’s beauty aisle is Pixi by Petra. Their offerings are both adorable AND affordable. And their cute, mint green plastic packaging is resilient in a travel bag. Not to mention the color selection is pretty darn fabulous! Today’s beauty ramblings will focus on two of my favorite lip products: Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm and Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick. Now, some of you know about my excessive love for tinted lip balms. I mean, I don’t know that I’ve met a tinted balm I

Take Your Skin To Rehab With Tuél Detox Clay Mask Review

press sample I’m an oily gal with a fondness for face masks. I do a mask about twice a week, from the comfort of the beast tub in my master bathroom. The ledge around the tub is jam packed with tubes and jars of masks that I’ve splurged on in the pursuit of better skin. I’ve tried gel masks and sheet masks and cream masks, but I always go back to a clay mask. They just work the best for my oily, temperamental skin. The latest addition to my face mask collection is the Tuél Detox Clay Mask . Tuél is one of the leading natural skin

The New YBF Brightening Concentrate is a Skincare MVP

press sample Who doesn’t love brighter, more evenly toned skin? Who doesn’t love softer, smoother, more moisturized skin? Who doesn’t love skin that looks like it’s lit from within? Answer: No one doesn’t love these things, that’s who! One of the better brands for effective actives is the indie skincare line YBF (Your Best Face) and one of their game-changing products is their Concentrates line. We reviewed a few of these concentrates WAY back in 2013 and we loved them. But they’ve recently added a new beautifier to the mix: Brightening Concentrate

MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour and Pressed Powder swatches and review

press sample affiliate link I have a love/hate relationship with foundation and pressed powder. My skin isn’t flawless enough to go without some type of complexion enhancement, but I absolutely loathe the feel of heavy products on my face. I have oily-to-combination skin in addition to the occasional breakout, so I need a little bit of help to put my best face forward. Thanks to MAC and their new Next To Nothing Face Colour and Pressed Powder, I can do that with very little fuss or muss. If you love a light coverage foundation or a boost of color that improves the appearance of your

When is Sunscreen more Skincare? When it’s from Dermalogica

press sample affiliate link Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery Broad Spectrum SPF 50 I’m one of those lucky folks that can get a sunburn on a cloudy day in the winter. I am extremely fair and the sun is kinda out to get me at all times. So, I use sunscreen religiously! When my favorite sunscreen was discontinued recently, I was

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Blushing Bronzer swatches and review

press sample affiliate link It’s summer and the sun is out and shining! For most folks, that means a gorgeous, bronze glow…unless you could double as Casper The Friendly Ghost. This girl doesn’t tan, folks. She doesn’t get bronze; she gets various shades of lobster. Not a good look, y’all. Having my pigment-challenged back is IT Cosmetics, of course. Their latest crush-worthy product is IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Skin-Transforming Healthy Flush Blushing Bronzer ($

3 Things: Adulting is Hard

photo: The Odyssey I’ve been thinking about being an adult and what that means to me. In my mind, feeling like an adult always entailed things like buying my first car, buying my first house, having a job I used my degree towards, getting married, loss of a parent, etc. –there are just some things that really scream “ADULTHOOD”. Each time I ticked off those milestones, I always mentally thought to myself, “I’m an adult now!”, like it was a merit badge

3 Things: Memorial Day Weekend

Remember the Mad Men picnic when they shook all the trash off the blanket and left it on the ground? Originally created as a holiday to remember the men and women who died serving in the armed forces, Memorial Day has also become a time for people to get together and celebrate life and to celebrate the start of summer vacation season

Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect swatches and review

affiliate link When spring rolled around this year, I fought the good fight and tried to resist buying any new makeup. But then I saw the Chanel Blush Duo in Tweed Effect and I was done. Total goner. These blush palettes weave blush with just the right amount of silver or gold pearly highlighter. The end result is ethereal and vibrant and perfect for warmer weather. Had to have them. Had

Pixi Hello Rose! swatches and review

press sample affiliate link Three perfect-for-spring products for only $22! It’s springtime at we heart this and we are putting away all the dark colors of fall and winter and pulling out the peaches and the pinks. Perfect for spring is the Pixi Hello Rose! Set. This lovely pink-hued trio is exactly what this girl needed to step into spring. This gorgeous set includes their Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold, LipLift Max gloss in Sheer Rose and their Glow Booster luminizing lotion

3 Things–Spring Beauty

affiliate link It’s that time again—SPRING is here! For me, that means spring cleaning my house AND my makeup collection. Now’s the time of year where I ask myself if I absolutely am in love with a product or if I’m just hoarding things to own them. I also swatch my lipsticks and blushes to see if I have any duplicates that I don’t need. Let me tell you–NOTHING tells you that

3 Things: Happy Easter

When I was a kid, I always loved Easter. I mean, you woke up, came downstairs and there was a basket FILLED WITH TOYS AND CANDY waiting for you. That supposedly a rabbit brought you! I mean, Santa is a reach, but a rabbit bringing children baskets of chocolate and jelly beans is really just insane. And you got to have CANDY FOR BREAKFAST! I mean, Cadbury eggs are still eggs, amirite? Dinner was always ham, au gratin potatoes and English Peach Pie for dessert. As far as eating holidays go, Easter is pretty fricking amazing. Now that I’m an adult

3 Things: Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung and this girl is in the midst of her spring cleaning. (Boo!) While some people are enjoying spring break, the only thing breaking here is my psyche. Because if I have to wash one more window, I’m gonna lose it, y’all. Sincerely. And it’s going to be EPIC. I will say, this is a more intensive spring cleaning than usual–my hubby and I are about to have a long-term house guest–our nephew is moving up to New England for work and is staying with us while he looks for more permanent

Four Pigmented Blushes for $6? You’re not dreaming, it’s e.l.f.

press sample affiliate link I’m the Resident Blush Expert (official title) at we heart this and I don’t know that I’ve found a blush I didn’t like. My rating scale is more along the lines of blushes I like and blushes I love. Now, there is a certain criteria I apply to a blush I love–it’s got to be a flattering and preferably original shade, it has to be pigmented, the consistency needs to be silky, and it’s got to last. A nice

3 Things: Iceland

Our founder and friend, Stef, is currently on a trip to Iceland, y’all! We are ridiculously excited for her to experience the majesty that it is and for her to use her genius level photography skills to get some fabulous shots –the gorgeous landscape begs to be photographed. (These photos are from my trip.) It seems like Iceland has become a huge tourist destination as of late–I know several people who have been and I actually went in late 2015 and had one of the best times there. I will definitely go back, too, especially since airlines like WOW

3 Things: Things That Go Bump In The Night

(Actually image of Krista searching for source of house noises. Or, might be this movie.) I love horror movies. And I hate horror movies. Because any time I hear a strange sound, I automatically assume it’s a crazed, homicidal lunatic waiting to murder me. Like, that’s my FIRST assumption. The other night I was in bed and I heard what sounded like a loud thud/bang–like, somebody breaking into my house kind of a sound. The hubby is kind of

3 Things: Damn you, LuLaRoe

I’m sure many of you have heard of LuLaRoe. There are a bazillion (actual mathematical number) Facebook groups dedicated to selling their signature, buttery leggings and more. I’ll admit that I first heard about them a year or so ago when I saw a friend wearing leggings with sasquatches on them. Sasquatches. Y’all know that my life required Sasquatch leggings in them. Anyways, life happened and I forgot about them for a while and then I saw a bunch of my Facebook friends having LuLaRoe parties and I was like, “I should get some leggings…” That

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Compact: swatches of EVERY shade

We can’t get enough of IT Cosmetics at we heart this. Seriously, they make some of the greatest makeup kit essentials out there. Where they really exceed is in their foundation-style skin care. I can’t tell you how much it means to use a product that offers coverage, conceals redness and blemishes, and perfects my appearance while improving my skin at the same time. The newest product in their arsenal is the It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact ($38). It’s one part cream foundation and one part serum—this beauty is a game changer, y’all! We previously reviewed IT Cosmetics Confidence

3 Things: Culinary Explorations (and Le Creuset Obsessions)

I love to cook. Scratch that, I loved to cook. I kind of lost my passion for it in the last few years, until I got my first Le Creuset Dutch oven. (Speaking of which, have you seen the limited edition Le Creuset Beauty and the Beast Soup Pot? We’re dying…. )

3 Things: Spoiled Rotten Furbabies

One of Stef’s dogs Millie, laying on the couch she’s not supposed to be on… If you’re like me, you probably have a pet. If you’re an animal-obsessed weirdo like me, you might spoil them and treat them like children…furry children who eat their own #2’s. I recently decided to win the award for “Pet Mom of the Year” and ordered a BarkBox for my two dogs. They got their first one yesterday. There were jerky treats and toys with squeakers just begging to be ripped out (FYI, the medical term is squeakerectomy). I think the puggle actually smiled and my other