Beauty Babbles: LUSH + November Desktop Wallpapers

Hey guys and happy November!  Welcome to the first post in my new series; Beauty Babbles!  I’ve been wanting to dive more into the beauty part of my blog and I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

In today’s post, I’m going to be focusing on the brand Lush!  I’ve been a Lush fan for a long time now and they’re always coming out with new products, so today, I’m going to share a little bit about a few of my favorites!

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Mask of Magnaminty Face & Body Mask + Popcorn Lip Scrub

As you can see in the photo above, the products I’m going to be zoning in on are the Mask of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask and the Popcorn Lip Scrub.  The Popcorn Lip Scrub is actually a product that’s a repurchase for me!  I first bought it about two years ago and loved it so much that I bought it again at the end of the summer!  This is truly a product that you’ll want all throughout the year.  It’s perfect for when your lips are chapped in the winter AND for when your lips are burnt in the summer!  Not that you would ever wish for either of those things to happen to you, but when it does, it’s nice to be able to treat it with a nice, yummy-scented exfoliant that gives soft, smooth lips!  Before buying this product, I’d never had a lip exfoliator and now I’ll never go back; especially since it’s under $10!  I’d say I use it about once a week and that’s all you need!

Moving on to the next product, the Magnaminty Face and Body Mask is my favorite face mask I’ve ever used!  Made up of china clay and peppermint oil, it really gets deep down into your pores and leaves you with such clean skin!  You also get a nice, cool sensation on your skin while using it, due to the peppermint oil in the ingredients.  Another reason I love it is because of how easy it is to take off!  I’ve tried other face masks where no matter how much water I splash onto my face, it won’t soften up again and then you feel like you’re damaging your skin trying to scratch the mask off with your nails!  This one isn’t like that AT ALL.  As soon as you wet it again, it comes right off and you’re left with squeaky clean skin!

That’s all for the Lush products I’m using right now, but I’m sure I’ll be getting more soon, especially with the holidays right around the corner! 🙂  To round out this post, I’ve collaborated with Candidly Keri to bring you a few beautiful November desktop wallpapers!  Keri has made 4 exclusive ones just for us!  Two of them incorporate my favorite verse, Matthew 28:20, and the other two are super cute and festive November calendar wallpapers.  I will definitely be using these this month and I’d love it if you did too!

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Let me know if you have any Lush favorites and if you’d like to see a post on them.  Also, be sure to check out Keri’s blog if you’re interested; it’s super cool!  Have a great week!

Autumn Makeup Must: A Bold Lip

Hello everyone, welcome back to Allison In Wonderland!  I’m so excited to share today’s post with you all!  Today, I’m going to be doing one of my first Fall-themed posts and it’s going to be about one of my absolute favorite trends: a bold lip.  A bold lip has always been something I’ve wanted to get into but never had the guts to do; but this year is going to be the year.  After finding a shade that I loved from a company called Lime Crime, I knew it was time to take the plunge!

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The shade that I purchased is called Saint and it’s the perfect shade for Fall.  I’m pretty fair skinned, so it stands out against my skin-tone, but I think it would really hold it’s own against any.  It’s also the perfect shade to accompany a cute, Fall outfit!  With it being the color it is, you can easily pair it with neutrals such a black or white, or it could also be paired more seasonal colors like burgundy or forrest green!  It’s so pretty that I really couldn’t imagine a situation where it would look bad!

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Just to add on to how much I’m loving this product, the packaging was extremely cute as well, coming in a little red box.  Before getting this product, I had never used a liquid lipstick before and was a little nervous when I went to apply it for the first time.  The application was super easy and it’s a good thing it was because I don’t have a lip liner in this shade to keep it all together!  It’s very pigmented, so I only needed one swipe across and I already had the color in the image above!  I was quite happy with that because sometimes you don’t always get the color that’s advertised on the package.  It actually dried relatively quickly too, so I didn’t have any problems with it smudging after I was done putting it on.

 

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I’m so excited I have a go-to bold lip color to use now!  If you want to learn more about this brand, head over to Lime Crime’s Tumblr page. They’re vegan and cruelty free so you won’t have any guilt about your purchase!  I love to hear from you guys so be sure to leave your recommendations in the comments if you have another great Fall shade that I should check out.  Thanks for reading and see ya next week!

Birthday Haul

Hey everyone and thanks for coming back to read another post on Allison In Wonderland!  Today’s post is going to be all about a few things that I got for my 20th birthday!  If you missed out on last week’s birthday post, make sure to check it out here!  I hope you enjoy!

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For my birthday this year, I received some makeup items that I’ve been wanting for a while!  These products are very random but I already know they’re going to be staples in my everyday makeup routine.  Starting off with primer, I got Benefit’s the POREfessional.  This product is perfect for applying under your concealer or foundation to make your pores look like they don’t exist!  Moving on, the next product I got was the Naked 2 Basics palette.  I’ve had the first Naked Basics palette for about two years now and I have completely worn it out.  I’m someone who wears mostly neutral makeup, so these kinds of palettes are absolutely perfect for me!  The next item is my Smashbox bronzer in Deep Matte.  I think this is the product I’m most excited for!  I’ve had such a hard time finding a bronzer that goes well with my skin tone (and doesn’t look to orange-y) that I’d almost given up, so I’m so thankful I found this one!  It’s the perfect mix of warm and bold and it’s very build-able!  The last makeup product I have to share is my Urban Decay de-slick setting spray!  This is definitely a product I’ve been needing because sometimes I have my makeup on for 14 hours at a time and by the end of the day, it’s not looking so good anymore.  I’m excited to see how much this will help!

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The next item I got for my birthday is a black, foldover, crossbody bag.  It’s from Nordstrom and it can hold SO MANY THINGS.  I was looking for a bag that was a little bigger than the one I already have but not so big that it was overwhelming and this is my perfect solution.  Since it folds over, if you need to take a planner or notebook with you, you can just flip it up and carry it like that; it’s awesome!

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The last item on my list to share is this incredible-smelling candle.  I believe it was purchased from Target and it has completely taken over my bedroom.  I’ve used up so much of it already and I’ve only had it for a week!  I definitely recommend going out and getting one if you’re a fan of lavender and thyme.

That’s all for my birthday haul, thanks for reading!  Make sure to come back next week for another fun post.  Have a great week!

A Soft Skin Lovers Dream ft. EOS

Hi everyone, thanks for coming back to Allison In Wonderland!  I just couldn’t wait until Tuesday to write this post, so I decided to do a extra one this week, I hope you don’t mind! 🙂  I’m going to be talking about how I keep my skin and lips soft and moisturized in this dry, summer heat we’ve been experiencing, so keep on reading!

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As you can tell from the photo above, I’m going to be writing about a couple Evolution of Smooth (EOS) products today!  Not only are they absolutely adorable and effective, but they’re inexpensive as well!  I managed to get a full sized EOS Body Lotion AND an EOS Lip Balm for under $12!  Can you believe it!?

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Going more into the individual products, the lip balm is a product that I’ve used for a long time.  When they first came out, I immediately jumped on the Honeysuckle Honeydew one and it lasted for so long!  They have a unique circle shape so it’s super easy to find when you’re reaching into your bag, and it makes the application process simpler because it doesn’t get all over the top and bottom of your lips like a normal lip balm would.  I always put on a lip balm under whatever lip product I’m wearing that day and this is perfect for that!  The one I’ve been using most recently, and have pictured to the right, is Vanilla Mint.  It’s the perfect mix of sweet and fresh, which is exactly what I’m looking for when searching for a new staple lip balm!

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The next product that I’ve been loving from EOS is their body lotion!  They have two different versions out right now, Delicate Petals (a purple bottle) and Berry Blossom (a pink bottle).  I went for the Delicate Petals scent and it smells so good!  The lotion is so light that it feels like it sinks into your skin immediately.  Since it’s made with shea butter and avocado oil, it moisturizes your skin so well and it lasts all day!  Another exciting thing is I’m moving into a new apartment when I head back to college in a few days and it will look so much cuter than a normal body lotion bottle in my bathroom!  It’s a win-win all the way around!  This is definitely a product that I’ll be using for a while.

That’s all for today, I’m so glad I got to put out another skincare post so soon!  Please let me know in the comments if you’ve ever used these products and, if you have, what your favorite scents are!  See ya next week!

My Summer Skincare Routine

Hello!  Welcome to my first post about skincare!  I’ve thought about doing something like this for a while so it’s about time I did it!  Throughout this post, I’m going to take you through everything I do in the summertime to keep my skin healthy and moisturized.  Keep reading if you’re interested!

First, let’s start off with the main mistake I’ve made in the past that led to having more acne than usual.  I used to wash, tone, and moisturize my face every morning and then wash, exfoliate, and heavily moisturize my face every night.  I didn’t understand why I had so much acne when I was taking all these steps to prevent it but what I didn’t realize is that I was overwashing my face.  My pores couldn’t keep up with the level of natural oils I was stripping away so they overcompensated, therefore, clogging themselves.  This caused me to be in a vigorous cycle of sabotaging my own skin.  It took a while for me to figure it out but once I got it together, I haven’t had many problems since!

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To start off the day, I splash my face with cold water and pat it dry with a soft towel.  After that, I moisturize with Aveeno’s Positively Radiant daily moisturizer with SPF 15.  That’s it.  No serums, no exfoliating.  I love this moisturizer because it’s light and easy to apply but it does exactly what you need it to.  I’ve used it since freshman year of high school!  This is all my face needs in the morning.  Providing your skin with a little bit of moisture (and SPF protection) in the morning is also wonderful in providing an even layer for your makeup to be applied to!

At night, I cleanse my face in the shower using Aveeno’s Positively Radiant brightening cleanser.  This is also a product I’ve used for years.  Aveeno’s Positively Radiant collection is one of my favorites!  You can feel that, while this cleanser really gets deep into your pores, it doesn’t feel harsh.  My skin always feels cool and refreshed after using this product.

After getting out of the shower, I moisturize the rest of my body with Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing lotion.  In the past, I’ve had a tiny bit of eczema on the top of my arms and using this product daily helped me gain control of that problem!  This is another product that I love and it’s scent free so you can feel free to put any perfumes or body sprays on and have no problem!

Thanks for reading this post about my summer skincare routine – I hope it helped you out! Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions or products that you love.  See you next week!