Friday, November 21, 2014

50 facts about me (video)




It wasn't my intention to post two videos in a row, but I hope you still watch! You've probably have noticed that I have fallen in love with YouTube. They have a lot of fun "tags" & I decided to start with the 50 facts about me tag. I think it's a fun way to learn more about me. Some of the facts are super random and some are just nice to know. Hope you enjoy! 

 - Christina

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Also, you're welcome to leave a comment on the video itself on YouTube.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

vlog number two


I am so happy you guys enjoyed my first vlog. Vlogging is fun! I really appreciate your positive feedback. Here's another installment where you follow me around. ;) 

Thanks for watching. Hope you enjoy! 

- Christina

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Also, you're welcome to leave a comment on the video itself on YouTube.

Friday, November 14, 2014

mini lush haul


It seems that during the holidays everyone is drawn to LUSH. I first went to LUSH last year around this time. I figured I could find some great presents there. I got some bath bombs as gifts. I also received Olive Branch Shower Gel as a Christmas gift from my dear friend Teresa last year. I loved it. 

LUSH is a mostly vegan (they sometimes use honey as an ingredient), cruelty-free company.  (They note a "V" next all of their vegan items.) They are very public with their stance on animal testing. So much so, that they have "fighting animal testing" printed on their bags. Not only are they ethical with animals but they insure good working conditions for the people that create their products & grow their ingredients. You can read more detailed information about LUSH here

With all that being said, I am very inclined to shop there. So here is my mini haul! I wanted to find a vegan surf spray & I found LUSH's Sea Spray. I figured it was worth a shot & I LOVE IT. I have never used a surf spray before so I have nothing to compare it to, but I feel it does a good job. It's a great way to add texture, waves, & a GREAT smell to my hair. It smells so fresh, clean and natural. It works well when your hair is wet or dry. The other day I spray it in my hair wet and when it was dry. (It just gave my hair some extra body midday.) I'm happy with how my hair looks with this product. It really works for me because I shower in the morning and don't have time do my hair. This surf spray just gives my hair body that I wouldn't have if it just dried naturally. It also doesn't have a crunchy, hair gel feel which is great!

I also decided to try a face mask. The Cupcake Fresh Face Mask has the best reviews out of all of the face masks. I was also draw to it because it's described as helpful for spotty skin. I've been having major breakouts lately, so I thought it was worth a try. Right after I tried it, I noticed my face calmed down. My skin feels so soft. I really need to stop touching it. I think this "pot" (they call the containers pots) will last me about 3 masks. If you return 5 pots to LUSH you can get a free face mask. (Or you can use the pots to plant cacti ;). See here.) They're pretty affordable for $6.95!

I'm really happy with haul & will definitely buy these products again. Do you have any favorite LUSH products? 

- Christina

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

current beauty wishlist


I'm sure by now, you're aware that I love e.l.f. (ACTUALLY (!) they posted my haul on their Instagram!!!) I am very happy and flattered by it. But yes, I love e.l.f., but I'm also obsessed with other vegan/vegan-friendly companies, OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics), Ion & LUSH. (I have a tiny LUSH haul that'll post later this week, so stay tuned.) 

I'm not very impulsive when it comes to any type of shopping. I like to sit and think about my future purchases. I like to sit and think because I'm cheap and any type of spending gives me shopper's guilt and I'm saving money for traveling (less than 4 months, people!) I did some online window shopping the other night and here's what I'm crushing on. 

OCC has a bunch of products since I last looked. They are primarily known for their lip tars but nowadays they have a bunch of other products. Claire Marshall (yes another reference to Hey Claire, haha.) mentioned OCC tinted moisturizer in one of her videos. Very intrigued! I've never worn a tinted moisturizer but I feel that they are very much up my alley. I feel it would be good for my nonmakeup days. 

They also have a lip liner that I believe would work well with a lot of my lipsticks. The color is NSFW - true red. Right now Sephora has that color's lip tar and nail polish on sale for $15 as a set. I'm also crushing that nail polish. 

My friend Andrea mentioned to me when I posted about lip liner last, that there are clear lip liners. Did you know this?! e.l.f. has a stick for $3. Worth trying out, right? 

I'm also looking for a vegan dry shampoo. I've been using this one for a year or two but now I want to use a dry shampoo from an aerosol can. I'm kind of tired of the loose dry shampoo. 

Have you heard of LUSH's massage bars? This one has the best reviews and I'm really tempted to try it out.

Have any of you tried any of these products? Any products you're looking to purchase? 

- Christina

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product images from herehere, here, here & here. collage by me.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

vlog number one



I put so much pressure on myself for my first vlog to be "perfect." Which lead to procrastination. I will be completely honest and say this vlog is out of date, but I would imagine it's still entertaining. I watch other YouTubers old vlogs, do you?

I hope you enjoy this weekend vlog. This is the video version of this post. ;) 

- Christina

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