Sunday, March 1, 2015

Niagara Falls: not frozen, but still amazing

I'm not sure if you are all aware, but I live in Niagara Falls, New York. Yep, that famous waterfall is practically in my backyard. Although I live here, I really don't visit this natural wonder all that often. But, with all of the chatter this winter about them freezing over, the Mr and I thought it would be fun to go check it out and snap some pics. We walked around the American side last weekend- it was incredibly cold, so I super chic in a pair of old, velour sweatpants, circa 2006. Stylin'. No judgement, please- when it's negative temperatures you need to dress for warmth over style. 

The falls were definitely not frozen, but quite a bit of the surrounding areas were and it was pretty amazing to see. So much of the park was covered in ice and snow, the snowbanks were more like little mountains, and we weren't the only crazy people there taking pictures in the Arctic-like night air.
  
Coat- Vince Camuto

Look at that insane amount of ice!
Typical winter in Niagara Falls- ice covered trees
The rapids are one of my favorite areas!
We decided to take a quick trip over the bridge last night into Canada to get some pictures of the view from the other side. The Canadian view has always been known as the better view since you can definitely see more of the waterfall. The colored lights projected on it made it look absolutely magical. It think it was actually warmer last night than it was last week, but I was still completely frozen. Even with gloves on, my fingers felt numb and my jeans were definitely not cutting it for warmth. The cold air aside, the view was certainly breathtaking from Canada.
  
The river is covered in a layer of ice

  
It's like My Little Pony on ice
  
The waterfall on the American side- with mounds of snow and ice!

Hope you enjoyed coming along with me to Niagara Falls! Have you ever visited this stunning waterfall before?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

10 minutes to a hydrated face

Winter has been brutal on my skin this year. This month has been a lot of below-zero days and those low temps do not mesh well with me. No matter how much moisturizer I put on my face it's constantly felt so dry and dehydrated.  I cashed in some of my Birchbox points to get the Origins Drink Up mask in hope that it would do something too add some hydration back into my face. And it claims to do it in 10 minutes? Even better.

I've been using it twice a week and I've definitely seen a noticeable difference. I typically leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off. The next couple of days after using it I don't even need moisturizer because my skin feels that soft and hydrated. Exactly the kind of results I was hoping for with this mask. The formula is pretty gentle too, and it didn't bother my sensitive skin. The mask uses algae extracts as part of the moisture boost, and it smells really fresh.

I'd recommend checking it out if you've been struggling with dry skin this winter!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Haul, First Impressions, and FOTD

I decided to treat myself to a few new beauty products this weekend. Work has been incredibly busy and I've been working 6 days a week, so I thought this would be a nice mood booster. I tried them all out for a little FOTD and I thought I'd share my initial thoughts on all of them. Warning- there's unintentionally a lot of pink in the group today...

I've really been wanting to try out a primer lately, mostly in the hope that my makeup will last a bit longer throughout the day. I went with the Maybelline Master Prime and chose the type for redness control. My nose and cheeks can get more of a red undertone to them than I'd like, so I this one would be better for me than the illuminating or smoothing versions. In terms of redness control, I really didn't notice a difference on my skin, but it did make a smooth, hydrated base for my blush and concealer. Once I've tested it a little more for the longevity of my makeup, I'll report back as to how it performs.
In my February Ipsy box, I received the Model Co blush in the shade Cosmopolitan. This little pink number has been on my cheeks all week. The blush has good pigmentation and is such a pretty pink for livening up the face. It also lasts without fading longer than most blushes that I've tried. I'm pretty impressed by this one. 
Rimmel's Provocalips is a new product that I first saw on Love, Krista and instantly knew I had to check out in the shade Dare to Pink. I've just used this once, but I am completely obsessed! The shade is your-lips-but-better pinky-nude. It glides on and sets into place quickly, then gets sealed in with the glossy top coat. Once it's set and locked in it does not budge, even through drinking and eating! The gloss wears off after a few hours, but the color itself remains. I think I've found my new daily lipstick and I'm excited to check out the other colors in the range! I'm guesing Kiss Me You Fool will be next...
And my Maybelline Color Tattoo collection increases by one... Inked in Pink from the metal collection was calling my name and now I know why. The metallic sheen of this soft pink cream shadow is really what makes it special. It applies smoothly with just your finger and adds doesn't crease when you use a eye primer beneath it. The quality of the Color Tattoo range is fantastic and I would highly recommend checking out this one from the group.
If you ever spot a quad from theBalm, grab it! I'm not sure if these are limited editions, but I would be very disappointed if I missed getting them. I bought the Mont Balm quad in the fall and absolutely love it (Whistler is gorgeous!), so when I spotted the La Balmba palettes, I had to get one. There is a brown-toned version that I bought and a blue-toned version, as well. The colors are all richly pigmented, smooth, and easy to blend, as I've come to expect from theBalm. I used Flamenco in the crease and Mambo as a liner. I can't wait to create more looks with these colors!
FOTD breakdown:
Primer - Maybelline Master Prime
Concealer - It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye
Highlighter - L'Oreal Magic Lumi (fair), theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Bronzer - Nars Laguna
Blush - Model Co Cosmopolitan
Brows - Anastasia Brow Wiz (medium brown), Benefit Gimme Brow (light/medium)
Eyes - Maybelline Color Tattoo Inked in Pink, theBalm La Balmba (Flamenco, Mambo), Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

Have you tried any of these beauty bits before?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Klorane dry shampoo- my favorite hair refresher


I'm definitely a daily-hair-washing kind of gal. However, each week when Sunday morning rolls around I really can't be bothered to jump into the shower. Enter Klorane's dry shampoo. I got this little travel size can in a monthly beauty box and gave it a shot. I'd previously tried the much-hyped Batiste dry shampoo and absolutely hated it (white residue, horrible smell- definitely not a fan).

Klorane's dry shampoo, however, I'm addicted to. It gets rid of of the dirty aspects of your hair, adds a little oomph of volume, and smells so good! Oat milk is a main ingredient and a quick spray leaves your hair with a nice, natural scent, rather than a chemical smell, like some other dry shampoos. Overall, this little can does the trick for fixing up second-day hair and gets my stamp of approval.

What's your favorite dry shampoo?