Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Review: Aussie Hairspray

Aussie Mega Hairspray

I absolutely love this hairspray. Before using this kind of hairspray, I used various hair sprays that spritzed on instead of misting, as this one does, so it doesn't give that crunchy hair spray feel. It is hardly noticeable, but it still helps hold hair in place. 

I also like the smell of this product moreso than other products I have tried. Right now, this is my go to hair spray. I have been using it everyday for a few months, and it has lasted me quite a long time. This Aussie hairspray is a great value, especially for the great use you can get out of it.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Movie Monday

I am a bit of a movie fanatic, but during a normal week, the only time I have time to watch movies is over the weekend. When I watch a movie, I don't watch just one. Over the weekend I watched 5. Here are some reviews of my favorites.

The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones
Starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, this movie, following a normal teenage girl who discovers that she is a shadow hunter, is perfect for anyone who loves fantasy movies. It was released a few months ago, and while I have not read the books to know how accurate the movie was, I absolutely loved the movie. I am quite excited to see The Moral Instruments: City of Ashes, which is currently in pre-production.

Captain America
I also watched Captain America, which is perfect for any who is a fan of The Avengers or any Marvel superhero film. What I really liked about this particular avenger was that Captain America actually began as a normal guy, who was not allowed in the military because of his poor physical condition.

Vampires Suck

This movie came out a while ago as a parody of Twilight. While I have heard many negative things about this movie, I was thoroughly entertained. The actress who played Becca, the main character, did a great job with her imitation of Kristen Stewart as Bella. While I did not like the Twilight movie, I did like this parody. 

Have you seen any good movies recently?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Empties #1

I have been meaning to post this for a while. Its about a collective amount of products (skincare and beauty) that I have finished and have been meaning to throw out.

From left to right (top row): 
  • Bath & Body Works Sleep Lotion: The scent is Lavender Vanilla, which I think smells really good, and it is from the aromatherapy line. I've had this lotion for a long time because I used to have a little bit of insomnia, and I think that it helped. I believe that currently this range is packaged differently at Bath & Body works, as I bought this a few years ago.
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash: This is one of my favorite drug-store face washes. It has a creamy formula. It is not too strong and not too light. It feels quite refreshing when in use.
  • Olay all-day moisturizer: I use this everyday in the morning and evening. I absolutely love it and am considering buying more.
  • Bath & Body Works Paris body spray and Bath Midnight Pomegranate body sprays: I love Bath & Body works lines of body sprays because I think that they typically don't smell as strong as perfume, which is perfect for everyday, and they're much more affordable then the high end perfumes. The Paris scent was definitely one of my favorites. 

(bottom row): 
  • Benefit They're Real! mascara: A while ago I did a review on this mascara, which you can read HERE. I really liked it and will probably buy more.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Sound of Music

Ever since I was a little kid, I had been obsessed with the Sound of Music. I use to watch it everyday. As a toddler, I was able to sing every song from the musical without any background music. My mother would wake me up singing "The Lonely Goatherd." In elementary school, I sang to "So Long, Farewell" with a group for a talent show.

So, you can imagine my excitement when I found out about NBC's rendition of The Sound of Music Live starring Carrie Underwood, which airs tonight. While I am quite skeptical that it will be anywhere to matching the original, I am still excited to see another version of the beloved musical.

Photo courtesy of nydailynews.com

If you watch it, let me know what you think!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Review: Defrizz Styling Products

When the air is especially damp, I get really frizzy hair. Not only does it look like a mess, but I don't like the feel of it either. Where I live, there is usually a lot of moisture in the air, so frizzy hair is a problem for me. Since the summer, I have been trying two different products to help combat this problem and help style my hair: one is a drug store buy and the other is Bumble & bumble.

Bumble & bumble Defrizz

This product was $30 for this 125 mL bottle from Sephora, which is insane. The defrizz cream did work. I would would put one dollop in my hands and work through the hair before styling. The formula is clear and doesn't smell bad, but you have to be careful to not use too much in one spot, as it will make your hair look and feel oily. After a while the effect would wear off and more would need to be applied. I was using it very quickly, and for $30 I don't think its worth it. If you can find a cheaper one, then I would recommend it as something to try, as it may work better on other hair types, and it did help maintain my mane.

Pantene Pro-V Stylers Styling Balm

When compared to the B&b styling cream, this was much more reasonable and achieved a very similar result. I applied this in a similar fashion, but it came out in pumps, which I liked better than the B&b bottle. The formula was white, and if too much was applied, it did not make my hair look as oily as the B&b did. On the other hand, I could not stand the smell of this formula; however, after styling my hair and spraying some hair spray, I couldn't smell it anymore. I would recommend this product, if you want to make a more price conscious purchase.

What styling/ defrizz creams would you recommend?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December Favorites: Music Addition

During this time of year, life gets particularly stressful. Whether its from the stress of the holidays, finals, or applying to college, the stress can be overwhelming. One of my favorite ways to de-stress quickly is by listening to music.

Here are some tracks that help calm nerves and make me smile. I hope they help your stresses too!

HAIM- The Wire

This track has a really cool sound, and I have had this song on replay since their performance on Saturday Night Live a couple of weeks ago.

Zendaya- Replay

Regardless of your opinion of Disney, Zendaya's vocals are quite amazing in this song, and I love the choreography! As the title suggests, I have this song on replay.

Imagine Dragons- Demons

I love the vocals and the instrumental background. The song is also quite catchy.

Cher Lloyd feat. T.I.- I Wish

Personally, I really like the rap in this song. If you don't like rap, I wouldn't suggest this song for you, but the music video is quite comical.

One Direction- Strong

I actually liked One Direction's new album and this song, in particular. I know that people's opinions of One Direction tend to be quite polarized. However, you cannot deny that they have talent singing. This song especially showcases their vocals.

I tried to incorporate a range of music that I have been enjoying lately, and I hope you found something that you liked! Have a lovely December!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Week Collective Haul

If you read my Black Friday Post, then you would know that I did a lot of shopping over the Thanksgiving Break. As promised here is my haul from last week.

The stores I visited included Saks Off Fifth, Forever 21, American Eagle, and Walmart (for Holiday Presents.)

I shopped at Forever 21 twice over the week. I mainly bought outer wear pieces.

Below is a blue cardigan from Forever 21. It has a sheer blue ruffle on both sides of the jacket. I really liked it, and it was only $16! 

On the same trip, I bought this faux leather jacket. I have been searching for this kind of style for the longest time and was so excited to find this for about $15!

I also went to Forever 21 on Black Friday. The jacket shown below was 50% off the sale price, so it was only $11! 

On Black Friday, I went to Walmart to pick up some Christmas presents for my family. They had a really good deal on movies, including Harry Potter movies, the X-men movies, Bridesmaids, The Campaign, and more. I picked up a few including Killers, which was only $1.96, as Christmas presents.

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I went to the Oprymills Mall in Nashville, which is amazing! I went shopping in their Saks Off Fifth, and they had some awesome deals. I got my dress for Winter Formal from Saks. The dress in the picture is not as purple as it really is, and I absolutely loved it when I tried it on. I almost bought an Alice + Olivia gold dress for Prom, but it was not full-length, which was what I was looking for. It was absolutely gorgeous!

I also picked out a pair of Marc Jacobs sunglasses and a Calvin Klein ruffle top, which I will be receiving for Christmas! I have found my new favorite store!

I also bought a handful of items from American Eagle, while in Nashville on Wednesday. They were having a 40% off the entire store sale, so I was able to buy more than usual. I bought three pairs of jeans similar to the one shown below.

I also bought a really cute maroon sweater. There are cable knit holes in the sleeve below the elbow, as seen in the photo, and similar holes on the back. (The photo shows a folded side view of the front.) Another plus, this sweater is amazingly comfortable to wear! 

While at American Eagle, I also bought a turquoise tank top, which I will also be opening for Christmas. 

I also stopped at DSW and picked up two pairs of shoes. 

I absolutely love DSW! They have such great deals on designer shoes, especially in their Luxe810 range. When I was at the store with my mom, we were in the clearance section, and she found a pair of Prada shoes on clearance! Sadly, they were 2 sizes too small for me.

However, I did find a pair of gold Ralph Lauren boat shoes in the clearance section, as well as gold peep toe heels!

I had a lot of fun shopping! Did you buy anything over the holiday?