Monday, July 29, 2013

Kate Somerville Goat Milk

After using the Clinique 3-Step Skincare System for years and years and years, I decided that I wanted to try something just a little bit different.  So, I thought I'd try a face cream that I've been seeing quite a bit recently on different blogs and featured in different videos, the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream.


First of all, I really like the texture of this cream, as it's so nice and light, and really does hydrate your skin very well.  I've been pairing it with the Caudalie Vinoperfect Make-up Remover Cleansing Water, Radiance Serum, and the Day Perfecting Fluid (I have a sample size of each of these products, but once they're out, I'll be purchasing the full-sized products, so I'll do a review of them then.) and the whole group just works so well together!

That being said, I do have a couple concerns about this product.  First off, it does smell a little odd, as it's primarily made from goat milk, and there aren't really any other "fragrance" ingredients in it.  However, it's a rather light scent to me, and once it's actually on my face, I don't notice it.

Also, the packaging, beautiful as it is, confuses me.  Once you remove the cap, you're faced with essentially another white cap with a tiny little hole in the middle.  Really, had I not gotten kind of lucky, and realized that the entire white cap was a button, I would probably still be staring at this product in confusion, and this review would not be up.  Basically, you press this white button, and the cream comes out of that tiny little hole.  Even though this annoys me a bit, I do have to say that I appreciate that when you slide the cream off the cap, there's nowhere for excess cream to get stuck, which is something that annoys me about some pump-products.

All in all, I really do love this face cream.  It works essentially just as well as the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, which has been my go-to face lotion for, as I said, years and years and years, even if it is a bit more expensive.  Maybe it's just that I'd gotten so used to the Clinique lotion, but this one feels so much more luxurious, though, and really, paired with the Caudalie products I mentioned earlier and the Dior Creme de Rose, it's a skincare routine made in heaven!

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Goat Milk, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hamamelis, Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Salix Nigra (Willow) bark Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Mannan, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid

Friday, July 26, 2013

My Favorite Piece of Jewelry

This is the post that those of you who follow me on Twitter have been waiting for.  I started talking about an event that had happened on Thursday or Friday, and maybe some of you can guess what it was based on the picture below...

Eep!  I still can't get over how pretty my ring is!

Joe and I got ENGAGED!!!!!  I cannot even begin to express to you guys how excited I am about all of this!  Joe has been a huge part of my life, basically from the time we met back in August/September of 2011.  We've been practically inseparable since then, making it hard to even spend a day or two apart from each other.  Because of that, I suppose it's not surprising that we'd want to spend the rest of our lives together.

As much as I want to tell you absolutely everything, I'm not going to...here.  Instead, I would like to direct those of you that may be interested in all the engagement/wedding details over to my new WEDDING BLOG, Pearls & Lace Bride!  I think I may also create yet another YouTube channel to fill you in on all the details I'd rather tell you about in person (so to speak), but I haven't quite decided, yet.  I will definitely let all you lovely little gems know if I decide to do that on Pearls & Lace Bride, though, so if you are interested, make sure to subscribe to that blog!

I hope you're all having an engaging day!

Love,
Megan

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Nail Time: Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil

Let me just say that I feel so clever for coming up with the name Nail Time.  It reminds me of back when my little brother would watch that show, Blue's Clues, and they would sings that song:

 Here's the mail, it never fails, it makes me wanna wag my tail, when it comes I wanna yell 'Mail'!

If you haven't seen that, here you go: Blue's Clue 'Mailtime'

Oops.  I haz a shadow.

Anyway, today's post is not about mail.  It's actually about a lovely little cuticle oil from Essie.  I've been a little more focused on the well-being of my hands lately, and while I have yet to find a hand creme that I adore, I have found this apricot-scented cuticle oil that has been tiding me over while I finish up a lotion that I'm not incredibly fond of.  I won't disclose which hand creme that is, but let's just say that it reminds me of being on my uncle's cow farm.  Even worse, I'm not finding that it's incredibly hydrating.  Good thing it was only a sample!

This cuticle oil, however, smells quite lovely and fruity, and after applying it, I find that I'm constantly smelling the tips of my fingers.  If you're not a big fan of the apricot scent, I wouldn't worry too much, because unless you are trying to smell it like I do, you really probably won't get a very strong whiff.  Also, my fingertips feel so much smoother and they actually feel hydrated after just a few uses of this little oil, and trust me when I say, my cuticles were bad.  I have the kinds of cuticles that get really dry, and start to crack at the base of your nail, which is not only unattractive, but it also hurts!

So, it comes in a little nail polish looking container, complete with the little brush that all the Essie polishes have, and all I do is swipe it around my nail every morning and night.  I let that sink in for a little while since that's really my problem area for my hands, then rub the rest in getting more of my fingertips.  This leaves the skin directly around my nail feeling nice and soft after just a couple uses, making them feel and look so much better!

Since you now know about my hand concerns, I would love to hear what you use for your hands!  Do you use hand creams?  Which ones?  Other nail treatments?  Let me know!

I hope you're having a lovely day!

Love,
Megan

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dior Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm

After hearing so many great things about the lovely floral-scented Creme de Rose, and reading a bunch of reviews that absolutely raved about it, I finally caved, and picked it up.

I'm like walking through a garden!

I love roses, so I love the scent of this product, not to mention the product itself is such a beautiful shade of pink, and the packaging is gorgeous.  Seriously, it's like a little plastic throw pillow for my vanity, it's just so cute!

However, I can't say that I was immediately impressed with it like I have been with other products.  I used it as a lip treatment the night I got it, and in the morning, my lips actually felt a bit drier than they usually do, which is certainly not the point of a lip balm.  On closer inspection, I did notice that my lips were actually a bit smoother, and that was about the time that I remembered that this was also a lip-plumping product.

Lip-plumping products always seem to sting a little bit on my lips, so I've decided that this is likely why my lips felt drier to me the first morning.  Since then, I've kind of just been expecting it.  I haven't really noticed any plumping effect to my lips due to this lip balm, though, which is a bit annoying because I'm still getting the stinging sensation, but what can you do?  It does smooth your lips really very well, so I guess this little guy will have a place to live for a while.

Like I said, I've been using it as a lip treatment as part of my nightly skincare routine, but you can also use it as a typical lip balm - though at almost $30, it seems a little excessive, especially when I have plenty of $1-something lip balms in my purse at any given moment.  You can also use it as a base or primer for lipstick or lipgloss, which I haven't actually tried, yet.  I'll definitely let you know how it works out for me though!

As I'm writing this, I feel like I'm writing a bad review about this lip balm, but that's really not what I'm trying to do.  I probably won't write about products I don't love, so I want to re-emphasize that this is actually a really awesome, hydrating lip balm that feels incredibly luxurious as you're putting it on, and even in the morning, if you can get past the plumping sensation, your lips really do feel amazing!  That being said, this is a review, and if you lovely people are considering purchasing this little beauty, I do want you to know the little surprises I came across while using it!

If you've tried the Dior Creme de Rose before, make sure to let me know in the comment section below!  I would love to know what you think about it, and how you use it!

I hope you're having a magnificent day!

Love,
Megan

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How to Deal With Makeup Reactions

At some point, I think just about every beauty lover will have an adverse reaction to something new in their makeup or skincare routine.  In fact, it happened to me just a week or two ago, and I have to tell you, it was miserable.  To make matters worse, I also made the classic mistake of trying too many new products at once, so I couldn't figure out what on earth was making my skin act so goofy.

To help you avoid - or at least know how to deal with a negative reaction, I've compiled a list of little lessons I've learned from going through this little experience.
  1. This is going to be obvious: add 1 new product at a time to your skincare or makeup routine so that if you do have a reaction to it, you know exactly what it is.  If you've already made the classic mistake of trying a bunch of new products at once, and had a reaction to one of them, cut out all new products, and focus on fixing your skin before trying out what product caused it.

  2. Focus on your skincare routine, and use a tried-and-true method.  Basically, this means using a skincare routine that you already know works for you.  If possible, it's best to not wear makeup at this stage, as it will likely only agitate the affected area more.  If you have to, try to use it sparingly.  For example, I would wear a little to work, just to hide the reaction, but as soon as I was home for the night, that stuff was off my face.

  3. Once you figure out what product gave you the reaction in the first place, it wouldn't be a bad idea to compare its ingredients list to other products you may have had a negative reaction to, as it could be that you may have an allergy to a specific ingredient.
I hope this post has helped you - or will help you if you run into skin trouble!  If you have any other tips for what to do if you have a reaction to makeup or skincare items, please let me know in the comments below!

I hope you have a terrific day!

Love,
Megan

Monday, July 22, 2013

Foundation Love Affair: Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat

I can't really say that I've tried a lot of foundations - it's really probably just been a few from Revlon, the Laura Mercier Silk Creme, and my favorite, the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat.

I haz a pump!

Now, before I say too much about how much I love this foundation, I do want to caution those of you that like a full coverage foundation not to get sucked into this love affair with me.  That may sound like an odd thing to say, but this is not a full coverage foundation, and if you look at many other reviews, I'm quite certain they'll say the same thing.

As for me, however, it's perfect.  It's got a very light, almost runny formula that can be squirted out onto the back of my hand, as it has a lovely little pump.  Oh, how I adore that lovely little pump.  I simply don't understand why not all pourable foundations have a pump - I'm looking at you, Revlon.  From there, I use a Sigma stippling brush to gently apply it all over my face and down my neck.

For me, I feel like it gives a nice, almost airbrushed effect to my skin, especially since I really don't get many blemishes, but it still lets me look like a person, whereas some of the heavier foundations almost make my skin look a little fake.

I may be runny, but I'm fabulous.

Being a person that likes to look relatively natural, I truly adore this product, but I also want to know what foundations you've been loving!  Let me know in the comment section below!

I hope you're having an awesome day!

Love,
Megan

Thursday, July 18, 2013

What is Cetearyl Alcohol?

If you're anything like me, reading the ingredients labels on beauty products can be incredibly confusing.  In fact, once I get past the first ingredient - usually water - I'm lost.  So, I wanted to start researching what some of these different ingredients were, and what they did.  I don't think I'm the only one that's curious about this, so I figured I'd share my findings with you.  I'm starting with something called cetearyl alcohol, which sounds like it'd be incredibly drying, and yet it's in all the lotions and hair products that I've reviewed thus far.  So, I thought I should check it out.

Cetearyl alcohol, also known as cetostearyl or cetylstearyl alcohol, is a combination of fatty alcohols, which consists of primarily cetyl and stearyl alcohols.  It leaves the skin feeling moisturized, and also helps combine products that usually do not mix together, such as different oils and water.  Knowing just this little bit already makes me less nervous about this ingredient, but then what are cetyl and stearyl alohols?

As it turns out, cetyl alcohol has a rather sad past.  It was discovered in 1817 by French chemist Michel Chevreul when he heated spermaceti, which is a waxy substance obtained from sperm whale oil, with potassium hydroxide.  It was discovered that flakes of cetyl alcohol were left behind after this concoction cooled.  However, after the demise of commercial whaling, cetyl alcohol was instead produced by using vegetable oils like palm oil and coconut oil.  If you have eczema, you may want to stay away from this stuff, as some people may be sensitive to it.  But, this may be due to impurities rather than cetyl alcohol itself.

Stearyl alcohol is also used as a moisturizer, and helps combine products, but is instead created by treating animal or vegetable fat with water at a high pressure and temperature, then distilling the resulting mixture.

So, although cetearyl alcohol sounds like it would be a drying product, it is actually the opposite, and helps to keep your products nice and smooth.  However, if you live a vegan lifestyle, you may want to do a little more research as to where the cetearyl alcohols come from in the products you use, because although it may be created from vegetable fat and be completely fine to use, there is a chance that it could be from animal fat, as well.

I hope you found this post informative, and hopefully it either gave you something to think about, or perhaps it helps to put your mind at ease about at least one ingredient in the products you use every day.  If there are other ingredients you'd like me to look into, please let me know in the comment section below!

I hope you're having a marvelous day!

Love,
Megan

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer

If I could, I would probably use Bath & Body Works lotions all the time, simply because they smell absolutely amazing - nothing else really compares scent-wise for me.  However, I have really, really, really dry skin.  Really.  So, sometimes I need a little more moisture than the Bath & Body Works ones can give me.  That's when I turn to one of my holy grail lotions: basically any of the Jergens moisturizers that look something like the one pictured here.

I am amazing.  That is all.

Yes, my favorite body moisturizer is one that you can find at pretty much any drugstore, but I keep coming back to this stuff because it works the fastest and best of any moisturizers I've come across.  Believe me, this has been no quick task, either.  When I was really quite young, my skin itched so badly, that my parents and I began hunting for lotions that would help alleviate the itching - and really, it was itchy to the point of being painful.  We tried Eucerin, Cortizone 10, all these different lotions, and they'd be okay, but they were too thick, or too expensive to really use on a regular basis.

Then, a few years ago, I happened upon a sample of the original Jergens lotion, and fell in love with it. I actually went and picked up a full size of it the next day, if not the same day that I tried it, and I've gone through several bottles since then.  I've tried different scents, and they've all worked just as well as the next, but my current favorite is this Shea Butter one.  It's a little thicker than some of the other Jergens lotions, but still not too thick.

I picked it up because the Shea Butter one seemed to be the most summer-appropriate scent, but one thing I've noticed with the Jergens lotions is that they tend to smell nice right when you put them on, but after a little while being on your skin, it does change to more of a plasticy kind of scent.  It's not entirely unpleasant, nor very strong, but it's still something to think about.

Even though I really do like this one, I think I'll be on the hunt for fast-acting, good smelling moisturizers for quite a while, so if you know of any other lotions I should try, I would love it if you'd let me know in the comment section below!

I hope you're having a splendid day!

Love,
Megan

Ingredients: Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Ceteareth-20, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Esters, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Dimethiconol, Sodium Hydroxide, Caramel, Tocopherylacetate, Methylisothiazolinone

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product

If you've already read my review on the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque, you already know about how I struggle with my hair.  It's just a very odd texture, that for the most part, fights with me every time I try to style it, whether I'm using heat or not.  In that post, I mentioned that the Macadamia Natural Oil Masque had whipped it into shape, but to be honest, I was still looking for something more.  Now, don't get me wrong, I still use this religiously, but I happened upon a product that, when paired with the Macadamia Natural Oil Masque, has actually made my hair eager to please rather than just submissive!



That product, which I'm sure you've figured out by yourself, is the It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product, and I had seriously considered picking it up the same time I got the Macadamia Natural Oil.  However, I have a tendency to try a bunch of new products all at once, to the point where I don't know what works and what doesn't.  Since I knew I wanted to start working on this blog again, I had to reign myself in, and let one product work for a while before I tried a new one, so that I could give you guys an accurate review of both of them.

The It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product claims that it can do 10 things instantaneously, which is pretty crazy to me, and even crazier - I'm quite certain that is does do everything it claims.  It:

  1. Repairs dry, damaged hair
  2. Adds shine
  3. Detangles
  4. Controls frizz
  5. Seals & protects hair color
  6. Prevents split ends
  7. Stops hair breakage
  8. Creates silkiness
  9. Enhances natural body
  10. Flat iron spray & thermal protector
I've especially noticed that this has definitely added shine to my hair, controls the frizziness, added silkiness, and has especially detangled my hair.  For some of their other claims, I'll have to wait until I get in for a haircut, as I already have quite a few split ends to tell whether or not this product will actually prevent them, and I just colored my hair, so I'm not sure how well it will seal in the color, yet.  For the most part, however, I'm absolutely amazed.  I even told Joe the first time I used it that if my hands cooperated, I felt like my hair would do whatever I wanted it to!

The one downside about this little guy, however, is how he smells.  Hang on just a moment, I need to go smell my L'Oreal Elnet Hairspray, but I'm pretty sure they smell quite similar.

Okay, after a series of tests, I've concluded that they do smell similar, though the It's A 10 isn't quite as potent as the L'Oreal Elnet.  Also, the scent from the It's a 10 does go away quite quickly, so it's not really a deal-breaker for me, since it does so many good things for my hair!

Have you tried this product before?  What do you think?  Are there any other hair products you think I should try out?  Let me know in the comment section below!

I hope you're having an amazing day!

Love,
Megan

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Fragrance, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, Helianthus Anuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Quaternium-80, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Eugenol, Coumarin, Cinnamal, Linalool, Methylchloroisothiazoline, Methylisothiazolinone

Monday, July 15, 2013

Cheap Chic: Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers

Okay, let's get this over with before I even get into this post.  If you've heard of these little guys before, you probably know that over in the UK, they are called the Rimmel Apocalips glosses.  This is an infinitely better name than Rimmel "Show Off" Lip Lacquers, and I think we can all agree on this.  That being said, if you haven't heard of them, yet, you're missing out!

Why couldn't I have been an Apocalips?

These little glosses were right around $5 a piece, and they are phenomenal!  I did have to search a little after hearing several UK bloggers/vloggers rave about them, but finally found them at my local Walgreens - okay, I didn't have to search that hard.  I even got really lucky, and got my choice of all twelve colors this lacquer comes in!  I found Luna first, which is a really pretty coral color, simply because I've really been liking coral lately, and I thought it would be good for summer.  Then, realizing that Luna would be lonely if I only got one, I picked up Nude Eclipse as well.

Luna

Now, I'm sure you already know what color Nude Eclipse is (just in case, it's a really pretty nude!), but I do have to quick mention that I have been scavenging my drugstores for a good nude color, and simply had not found one.  Or at least not one that I like on myself.  I didn't have super high hopes for this one either, since I hadn't really had much luck with the other nudes I tried, but this might actually be my favorite of these lacquers.  I'm not sure, because I love all of them, but I love it so much, and it's already my go-to nude.

Nude Eclipse

So, I had a coral, and a glorious nude.  What's next?  Pink.  Because pink is always in.  That's how Out of This World came into my collection, and it's just a fun, bright, frosty pink.  This was the only one that I picked up that had actually shimmer to it, and is definitely a fun girl's night out kind of color!  Finally, I grabbed Big Bang, because I realized that I'd gotten the pink, the coral, and the nude, so a nice, bright red was the only color I was missing! 

Out of This World and Big Bang

Since I'm sure now you're quite bored of me talking about how amazing the colors of these glosses are, let's get down to the nitty gritty of this review.  First off, when you apply these, it feels exactly like you're putting on a regular lip gloss.  However, the color payoff is incredible, as you can see from the swatches below.  This is essentially the same amount as I would put on my lips, and since I'm lazy, that means one coat.  Yes, one.  They have the same pigmentation of most lipsticks.

As for staying power, I've read on a few blogs that they last about 4 hours, however I'm unable to confirm this at this time, because each time I've gone to test it, I've been offered food, which kind of cuts down on the length of time a lip product will stay on your lips.  Finally, they have a distinct Rimmel smell, which is the one thing that seems to make or break this product for a lot of people.  Personally, I think it smells kind of fruity, which I like, but I have heard other people describe it as plasticy, and so foul they don't ever reach for it.  So, I would go take a whiff and make sure you like the smell before purchasing the whole lot.

Also, please make sure that the gloss you pick up has not already been used!  You can tell by twisting the cap up a bit if the outer sticker has been opened, and if you see color, put that sucker back.  There should just be white plastic, because once you do open it, and take the wand out for the first time, that little plastic bit fills with color.

From left: Out of This World, Luna, Nude Eclipse, and Big Bang

Well, now you know my opinion on these lip lacquers.  I want to know yours!  If you've tried these, please let me know what you thought in the comment section below, and if there are any other colors I should try, I would love to know that, too!

I hope you're having a extraordinary day!

Love,
Megan

Friday, July 12, 2013

Choose Your Level of Difficulty: Shoe Edition

Have you ever heard the phrase, "Life is a game"?  I absolutely love that, and try to live by it as much as I can.  There are definitely some levels - er, days - that are more fun than others, but even the bad days are easier to handle when you think of life as a recreational activity, rather than something that should be taken too seriously.

What difficulty level do I want to set my day at?

Perhaps you're wondering where this is going, as this is a beauty and fashion blog, not a lifestyle blog.  (Though, if you want more information on my life, feel free to check out my vlog channel!)  Well, every morning you wake up to the start of the next level of your life, you get to set your difficulty level!  In fact, you can change that particular day's difficulty level multiple times throughout the day if you want.

Hard?  from JustFab

For me, at least, this means picking particular pairs of shoes.  If I choose flip-flops or flats, I'm definitely playing on the beginner level, and probably having a blast - my character moves much faster in that kind of footwear.  A pair of high heels?  I'm playing on hard or expert depending on the pair, and rocking it!  Midheels?  Well, technically I don't own any, but that would be setting your difficulty at medium - I guess I'm just an all-or-nothing kind of girl!

Easy?  from American Eagle

This is probably an odd thought for some of you - maybe it's more about if your shoes match your outfit, or maybe they're just a really cute pair!  But, just take a moment to think about this theory sometime during the day, and see if it's true for you or not!

If you do find that you agree with me, let me know how difficult you like to play this game of life!  If you don't, how do you decide which shoes to wear in the morning?  Let me know in the comments!

I hope you're having a monumentous day!

Love,
Megan

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream

If you saw my June Favorites video, you'll have already seen this lovely facial cream, the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, and you'll already know how much I absolutely love this stuff.  However, I still felt it necessary to do a full review on it, because sometimes the point just doesn't come across as well in video form, you know?

How grown-up am I?

As I mentioned in my June Favorites video, I did pick this up after admittedly spying it in a friend's bathroom - I don't believe I've even told her this, yet - I've just been raving about it on the internet!  I tried it out as soon as I got it home, and fell in love with it from the first use.  You can tell this little cream is crazy hydrating from the moment you use it, and it has the added benefit of being an anti-aging product, as well.

It also claims to progressively life and micro-sculpt appearance in areas that are prone to sagging, smooth skin's surface, and regenerate volume and shape.  Basically, it's supposed to firm, brighten, and help with any wrinkles that may be creeping up.

Now, I'm only 25, so to be quite honest, the anti-aging factors really aren't all that big of a deal to me, even though I know I should take steps now to prevent aging, blah blah blah - really, until I start seeing wrinkles, I can't get myself to think that way.  However, what I can tell you is that after using this in the morning, I look a lot more awake, and I really haven't had any problems with bags under my eyes!

I will brighten your day!

It's a pretty thick cream, and smells a little soapy, but that really doesn't bother me at all.  If you're concerned about circles under your eyes, or maybe you just don't typically get enough sleep - college student, anyone? - this is definitely a product you should check out, and let me know what you think in the comment section below!

I hope you're having a fantabulous day!

Love, Megan

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Niacinamide, Isopropyl Isostearate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Carnosine, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Soluble Collagen, Elastin, Allantoin, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyacrylamide, Dimethiconol, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, C12-13 Pareth-3, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hydroxide, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Mica

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My Favorite Body Wash: Philosophy Coconut Frosting

You guys all know that I have a love for pretty much anything that smells like it came out of a bakery, but when the weather gets a little warmer, I also find myself absolutely craving tropical scents like mango, pineapple, and basically anything you'd picture growing on an island.  Naturally, this includes coconut, which I have decided is essentially the tropical version of bakery scents.

I even come with a recipe for coconut frosting!

So, when I saw this Coconut Frosting body wash from Philosophy while wandering through Sephora one day, I knew I had to pick it up.  Like all the Philosophy body washes, this one can also be used as a shampoo and a bubble bath.  However, I think using it as a shampoo may be a bit harsh for your hair, and we unfortunately do not have a bathtub in our house right now.

Using it as a body wash, however, makes me think of bathing in coconut milk - though I've never done it, nor do I actually know what that would smell like.  It makes our entire bathroom smell like a tropical paradise, and I can smell this body wash on my skin for quite a while after I get out of the shower!  The scent really gets me excited about summer, and spending a lot of time outside - with sunscreen, of course!

If you're in the mood to try something summery, I would definitely recommend checking this body wash out, and let me know what you think of it in the comment section below!  As always, if there are any particular products you'd like me to try out, let me know, and I will try to do that for you!

I hope you're having a stupendous day!

Love,
Megan

Ingedients: Water, Tea Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Stearate, Sodium Chloride, Tea-Peg-3 Cocamide Sulfate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Peg-150 Distearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyquaternium-7, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolione

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque

I'm sure many of you have already heard of this little beauty, but because it is so incredibly amazing, I found myself wanting to chat about it, as well.  It is the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque, and now that I've tried it, I'm not sure I could live without it!

Such cute, tropical packaging!

I don't believe I've talked about this before - don't quote me on this - but I have always had a dreadful time with the texture of my hair.  Usually, it's frizzy to where I can't do any pretty, sleek looks with it, but it's not course enough to do any laid-back Bohemian looks, either.  Really, it's just rather ill-behaved, and I can't take it anywhere.

However, the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque has completely whipped that puppy into shape.  So, what is it?  It's a hair reconstructor meant for dry and damaged hair, but let's face it - most of us heat style our hair, so whose isn't damaged?  It combines macadamia and argan oils with tea tree oil, chamomile oil, aloe, and algae extract to may your hair super soft and not as frizzy!

Did I mention that it also smells incredible?  I don't remember who it was, but I remember someone compared the scent to that of a rainforest, and that is truly the best description I can come up with.  It's definitely a tropical smell, but not fruity or anything - just very pleasant.

I smell amazing!

The one downside to this product is probably the price.  Most places this masque retails for about $30, but I did happen to find a set at Target that included the deep repair masque and the shampoo for $30, so basically you get the shampoo for free!

Bottom line is, I love this product so much, and I'll definitely be repurchasing - even if I have to pay full price!  If you've tried this product before, please let me know what you thought in the comment section below, and let me know if there are any other products you'd like me to try out!

Hope you're having a spectacular day!

Love,
Megan

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Quaternium 80, Amodimethicone, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Castor), Parfum/Fragrance, Algae Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Extract, Macadamia Terrifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Limonene, Butylpheryl Methypropional, Hexylcinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, C11 15 Pareth 7, C12 Pareth 9, Tricleceth 12, Trimethylsilosyamodimethicone

Monday, July 8, 2013

Welcome to Megan and Pearls


What girl doesn't love a pretty pearl?

Oh, pearls.  Such lovely little gemstones, but if you think about it, they're also God's proof to us that it's the hardships and little annoyances that can truly make life beautiful.  After all, a pearl is really just a piece of sand that's annoyed an oyster long enough that the oyster has had to deal with it.

Life may not always be as pretty as we'd like to think it is - as we speak I'm steaming out a cardigan that didn't get hung up in time while simultaneously trying to fend off our little Bengal who desperately wants to cuddle up against my black work pants.  However, if we work at it, we can still make something beautiful out of what we've been given.  After all, even though my morning maybe hasn't gone as smoothly as I'd like it to, I'm still thankful that I have a place to go to work everyday and if my little Cricket's ever in trouble or strays a little too far away from home when we go outside to play, you can bet mama will be literally running over to help him, and he'll get all the cuddles he wants once the danger has passed.

I'm sure by now you're a little confused.  You're thinking, 'Wait, isn't this supposed to be a beauty and fashion blog?  What's all this talk about oysters?'  Well, even though this is still a beauty and fashion blog, I want it to be even more than that.  If you've stumbled upon this blog you either know me in person, or you thoroughly enjoy beautiful things just as much as I do.  But, take a look around you.  There is beauty everywhere.  We just have to be like oysters, and deal with that piece of sand.

There is beauty even in the ordinary

Welcome to Megan and Pearls - I hope you like it here. :)

Love,
Megan