Scentsa at Sephora

I've been wanting to do this post for a long time now (seems like that is always the case!). I never wrote the post because I took pictures inside the store and then erased them because they just didn't really show up that well. Unfortunately the ones I found online really aren't any better but hopefully you can at least see what it looks like.

A few years ago, I was browsing through my Albuquerque Sephora. I decided to check out their "Scentsa" or better known as a "fragrance finder". In case you are unfamiliar with it, this magical machine is a touch screen that starts with the option to search fragrance types or fragrance notes. I wanted to look up a few different perfumes that I have, to see if I could find any commonalities between them.

When clicking on a certain perfumes, Scentsa tells you anything and everything you've ever wanted to know about it, as well as similar perfumes or perfumes with the same notes (which is perfect if your 'go to' perfume has been discontinued). In a matter of like... 3 minutes (extremely user friendly), I found that Jasmine is in every single perfume that I own. When it gave me recommendations for perfumes that I might like, I found one that is absolutely amazing and has been on my wish list ever since. I also learned that I'm drawn to fresh, floral and sometimes citrus scents. Never sweet or spicy.

I will always be a huge fan of learning more about what makes us all different from each other. I love to learn about things that I like or better, things that I didn't even know I liked! Next time you're near a Sephora, I highly recommend checking Scentsa out.

Check out my post on the difference in fragrance strengths as well as my favorite Sephora purchase to date!

She's Adorable: Lisa Eldridge

It's going to be hard not to just post images of her work because she is so amazing at what she does. She has taught me more about makeup than I've ever known. I love everything about her. Her knowledge and experience is nothing short of amazing, she is the best of the best and world renowned for her talents.

Here is only a small portion of her bio straight from her website-

With over 20 years of experience, Lisa Eldridge is one of the most highly regarded make-up artists on the international beauty and fashion circuits. Whether she’s called upon to create her signature look, best described as fresh and flawless or to work her magic for the catwalk or on editorial shoots, her understated, modern approach to beauty has made her indispensable to designers, magazine editors, art directors and celebrities alike. Through her online make-up tutorials, and her role as resident on-screen beauty expert for three seasons of Channel 4’s successful series ‘Ten Years Younger, Lisa has become one of the most recognised faces in the beauty industry, both in the UK and internationally.

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Having previously lived and worked in Paris, New York and LA, Lisa is now based in London. Throughout her career, she has maintained a high editorial profile working with many of the world's top fashion photographers including Regan Cameron, Solve Sundsbo, Patrick Demarchelier, Thomas Schenk, Paolo Roversi and Horst Dirkgerdes. Her masterful make-up artistry appeared on the pages of virtually every fashion magazine including British, Italian, Chinese and Japanese Vogue, Allure, Glamour, Elle, Numero, Pop and Lula.

On her site, you can find tutorials on virtually anything you've ever wanted to know about makeup. She is soooooooo smart and very good at teaching. She is down to earth, funny and sweet. I love her accent, her style (she always has the cutest outfits in her tutorial videos) and her amazing nails (seriously, check them out). You can see the never ending list of celebrities that she has worked with on her site, it's sort of amazing how humble she with how big of a deal she is. I love her!

Sally's Beauty Top Products

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I never want to feel limited to buying cosmetics at my local grocery store or even Sephora. Sally's has been around for ages and I often forget that it too has cosmetic treasures inside. Products here are very decently priced and even though you might be unfamiliar with most of the brands that they carry, that doesn't mean that they don't work just as well or better than what you may already have at home. With only a little research, I've conjured up a list of just 5 products that continue to be their best sellers as well as the top rated. I've listed prices at their highest possible price, all of them can be cheaper if you are part of Sally's reward program. And for the record, this is just me giving out information that I think is interesting and helpful, this post is not sponsored and unfortunately no compensation was provided ;).

1. Palladio Wet & Dry Foundation: $11

When I see 'Wet & Dry' I think... cream. Although I haven't tried this, I am a big fan of cream foundation. Most people steer clear from cream foundation because they feel it will be "cakey", but Wayne Goss has taught me otherwise. It can achieve any type of coverage you are looking for (light, medium or heavy) and if you set it with a powder, it works for all skin types.

2. Retinol Eye Gel: $11

If you aren't aware of the AMAZING benefits of retinol then you are cray-cray. Seriously though, look it up if you don't know. This eye gel is said to "replenish moisture and increase cell renewal" which is exactly what you need to keep wrinkles at bay.

3. Ardell Lash & Brow Gel: $15

This one has totally surprised me. With how expensive lash accelerators are, it seems that nothing this cheap would work. However, as far as I've researched, this serum seems to have fans everywhere and not just at Sally's.

4. No Bump Rx Treatment: $9

I'm dying to try this stuff. It's formulated to eliminate bumps, ingrown hairs and razor burn from waxing, shaving and even electrolysis. I have the Gigi Waxing Warmer so the next time I go to grab some wax refill, this stuff is coming home with me too.

5. Argan Oil: $8

Helps to create shine and eliminate fuzz while helping to protect from damage. It's valued for its ability to regenerate and nourish dry and damaged hair. Helps reduce drying time and speed up styling time. Rich in fatty acids, Omega 6 and Vitamin E. I can't say if it works better than the amazing Moroccan Oil but when you combine the price for this and the positive reviews... I think it's worth a try.

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DIY Painted Makeup Brushes

It has bothered me for awhile that all my makeup brushes were a different color. If they weren't sitting out on the counter then maybe it wouldn't really bother me. I thought that painting them all the same would bring some unity to them all as well as a fun pop of color that my bathroom was needing.

Here is the before shot and yes my fan paint brush somehow got in the mix:

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Supplies needed:

acrylic paint of your choice

tape

paint brush

makeup brushes

I taped off the metal part of each brush first just so that I wouldn't get paint anywhere else. I painted them all while watching way too many dateline episodes. My favorite thing to do is drink an ice cold Coca Cola while working on a craft while watching any murder mystery type show. If only my mom could join me!

After painting 2 coats of paint on all of the brushes, I sprayed them with gloss.

I love this shade of bright red!

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When renting a home, my philosophy is to take everything I own and make it better. Since I can't and don't care to change the more permanent things (like wall colors or cabinets etc) I choose to do projects on anything I can take with me wherever I may go. Anyway I love seeing the pop of red in my bathroom. It's refreshing that they all match too!

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Drugstore Favorites

It's always nice to find a product that does exactly what you want and at a small price. These are some of my favorite drugstore products that I buy over and over. With how much research I do on products, it's important to me to find things that live up to their claims and are made up with good and important ingredients.

First up is Trader Joe's Cream Shave, one of the company's top rated products. I have a lot of issues with dry and sensitive skin so using a moisturizing shaving cream is crucial in keeping me sane. I know it may sound pretty dramatic but there are many nights where I itch so bad that I have to sit on my hands to keep from scratching my skin off. My legs get it the worst. I'm not going to claim that this takes away all my problems but compared to other shaving creams this beats them all by far. I love that it's for men and women, smells amazing and is a great price. My husband is very basic and never switches up what he uses. He tried this one day and said he liked it! That really is enough evidence right there, seriously.

Next up is It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product. When I use this, my hair is WAY healthier looking. Almost like I am wearing someone else's hair. It makes my hair smoother without weighing it down, which cannot easily be done with the texture of my hair. It's easier to style and much fuller looking. The body it gives my hair makes it a no-brainer to use every day. I love this so much... it's worth every penny!

Tree Hut Olive & Shea Sugar Body Scrub is just amazing. I've been scared to use a body scrub for a long time just because I assumed it would make my skin itch more. BUT I've always wanted to find a good one because I've learned so much about the benefits of regular exfoliation. This leaves my skin feeling so soft and with an extra layer of moisture on top. I don't recommend using this before using a self tanner or getting a spray tan though. If you've done either, you know how important it is to scrub every inch of dead skin off. This product leaves a little film of oil on your skin (not leaving it bare and ready for color), which I absolutely love, especially after just scrubbing away at my skin. Coconut Lime is my favorite of the different scents, the perfect marriage of something sweet and citrus-y.

I never knew that hair brushes could make that big of a difference. This Mason Pearson dupe surprised me at first stroke. The Sonia Kashuk Hair Brush doesn't hurt when it tugs at a tangle, it distributes oil from my scalp throughout my hair evenly and is just pretty to look at. Any fly-aways that are usually flying away just don't when I use this. I have two of these just in case one goes missing. :)

Last but not least is the award winning Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle CreamWhile Paula Begoun does not think this product is amazing, it gets amazing reviews across the board. It has been in Allure's Best of Beauty, Hall of Fame and Reader's Choice for multiple years. The consistency is good and spreads easily. It lasts a long time therefore fabulous for the price. Paula claims that it doesn't have enough of the good ingredients to make a difference. My makeup contains sunscreen so I feel okay knowing that my every day moisturizer and face makeup both have spf in it. The retinol, whether it's enough or not (I'm greatly influenced by Paula... check out beautypedia for more intensive reviews on the ingredients in a range of products), I think it's such a great bonus to have in my daily moisturizer.

Because we all have different skin and hair types these products may or may not work for you. The best place to start is by figuring out what you want products to do for you. The term "non- comedogenic" is a pretty conterversial claim especially for those with serious skin problems like acne etc. I hope my reviews can help someone!

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