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Usher shoulda used this kid’s video for “Scream” instead of his own… 

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Okay gals, listen up!

All of you, get rid of your disposable makeup sponges IMMEDIATELY!  They’re cheap, ill-shaped, and verrry porous, resulting in poor application and having to buy foundation more often because it all got sucked up by your drugstore sponges! I received my Beauty Blender in a Birchbox over a YEAR ago and I’m still obsessed with it.  It is by far the best makeup tool I own, and on the days I skip skip using it, I instantly regret it because my makeup shows my pores and fine lines… AND the days I really take the time to use it properly, I ALWAYS get complements on my skin!  I have expensive foundation application brushes and other sponges, but I swear by this thing.  

Here’s the training video from the Beauty Blender website… a little cheesy yes, but it shows how totally simple it is to use the sponge to apply your makeup.  The best part is that you can use it with the foundation, concealer, cream blush, finishing powder, and mineral makeup you already own and make it look truly amazing! No wait… the best part is actually that it’s hot pink :) 

                                         

Oh! One more thing! As with almost everything, you don’t need the “special” Beauty Blender cleanser! Dawn dish detergent works exactly the same! 

Neon Bras

Maybe it’s my mini-rebellion against wearing cobalt blue scrubs all day, every day, but my new obsession is super brightly colored bras underneath t-shirts and racer backs.  I realize this goes against everything my mother taught me about flaunting my undergarments (I love you, Mom!), but I think it’s the cutest trend for spring & summer!

         

Also, the Victoria’s Secret catalogue arrived last week and had the cutest little outfit on the cover! So I promptly ordered! The tanks and the stretch lace bralettes are on sale right now, so get on it, gals!
        

Baby Lips: Product Review

So, I don’t know about you guys, but during the winter months, I can basically rip entire strips of skin from my lips with my teeth… they’re so chapped. I pile on the Vaseline at night, which is basically my beauty remedy for any chaffing, burns, peeling etc., but I don’t like carrying around a tub of the stuff all day, and the Vaseline lip balm that comes in the tube isn’t the same… I swear it’s not.  It’s thicker and weird.

Which means that I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfectest lip balm, preferably one with a nice tint because I don’t really wear lipstick, and I have finally decided on my favorite.

                                                          

Baby Lips is so fab that my first thought after using it was, “God, I hope they  never discontinue this stuff. I better buy a few, just in case.” It actually works! I was shocked when I bit my bottom lip in the car today and had nothing to peel off! No spiky, dry, cracked lips… at all. I bought the “Cherry Me” flavor, which really is more of a color than a flavor, really. They’re not very sweet tasting, which I like. But all of the colors look really pretty. And Maybelline makes some pretty bold promises after four weeks of using this stuff:

  • 94% less rough lips
  • 82% better moisturized look
  • 77% smoother
  • 77% more supple

Baby  Lips comes in 4 really good colors, plus two clearish colors… the Peppermint smells yummiest :)

       

      

With a 20 SPF and a price of just $4, this stuff definitely beat out my Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm… Stocking Stuffer, anyone??

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Hey y’all!

Hopefully everyone was too busy watching the Super Bowl to notice that my post didn’t go up until just now ;) 

Sooo, even though most of my posts are about makeup and lotions and potions & stuff, many of you know that I am equally obsessed with animals and feel really, really passionate about pet adoption.  I just saw this commercial and ACTUALLY laughed out loud. It’s adorable!!  

Have a great week, friends!

xoxo, B

A Must Have.

Ohmygod you guys!!! HOW did I not know what BB cream was until a few weeks ago? A bunch of girls in my class asked me what brand of BB cream I liked, and I had absolutely no idea what they were talking about.  I was mortified. and THEN, BB cream was all I saw everywhere I went!  

BB (beauty balm) cream is a girl’s dream because it’s basically a daily moisturizer that hydrates, brightens, renews, and evens skin tone after one use.  I bought Garnier’s Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream at Target yesterday and was anxious to give it a whirl this morning.  It had a little before/after picture on the box showing a lady’s face looking luminous and gorgeous after using the product, and I’m always a sucker for those obviously photoshopped pictures, but still…

So I used it this morning right after getting out of the shower, and honest to God, I loved the results.  It wasn’t anything miraculous… I didn’t have Jessica Alba skin or anything, but the results were DEFINITELY noticeable.  The closest thing I can compare it to is a tinted moisturizer, but way more moisturizing.  I purchased the light/medium tint, and I used it as you would use any facial moisturizer. I slathered it all over my face, eyelids, neck and hairline and it really did hydrate my skin, even out my tone and give me a little glow.  It would be PERFECT for going to the pool (it has SPF 15) or the gym and wanting to look flawlessly bare, but it was also great for underneath my foundation, which I am still obsessed with btw.  I needed a daily moisturizer anyway, and am thrilled that I gave this one a try.  There were bunches at Target:  L’Oreal, Garnier, ROC, just to name a few, and then all the designer products have their version as well, but until I give those a try, I’m perfectly thrilled with Garnier!  I’ll post before/afters tomorrow :) 

            

Better Than False Lashes

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to give Too Faced “Better Than False Lashes” a review! I’ve been wanting to buy this mascara for months now, but I just couldn’t bring myself to shell out the $35, especially after doing my video review on designer mascara vs. drug store mascara.  

Anyway, I finally broke down and bought it… and… I LOVE it. It’s weird, but I really do love the results.  It comes in a box that contains two wands.  The larger of the two is the one that resembles normal mascara, and you use this wand for steps 1 and 3.  The second wand is smaller and white, and it contains nylon fibers that you apply over your first coat of mascara.  It seriously looks like teeny-tiny pieces of cotton, or powder, and your eyelashes look fuzzy after you apply it!  THEN, you go back over the fuzzy fibers with the first wand, and this is what achieves the super long, full, incredible lashes Too Faced promises. 

My only gripe about it is that it’s hard to remove.  You really do need to scrub with soap or serious eye-makeup remover because those little nylon fibers are sticky and I end up with black marks all over my face after I wash :)

                              

Half Made Up.

As you may know, I am an avid Birchbox follower and member. So when I came across this picture on their Facebook page this morning, I was determined to try it - just for fun! 

                

So I put on my exact, everyday makeup routine on half my face, and ps. Lilly kept giving  me the “side eye.”  

                  

And if you’re not convinced that it looks thaaaat different, check out the ones below, WHICH, by the way, are each half of the photo above. Ps. no Instagram or any Photo + was used so that you guys could see all my crazy sun damage! 

                            

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Man. I was super excited for this video.  Last week I posted the little sneak preview she had for it, but the full video is just crazy. I mean, I still LOVE LOVE LOVE her, but the video is just nutso. You know, sometimes, after watching her, I wonder if she is actually  completely normal - like me. Like, I wonder if she goes home at the end of a video shoot and sits on her sofa with a bowl of Cheerio’s to watch Modern Family and laughs to herself thinking, “Wow. I can’t believe they actually bought that crap…. eat it up, suckers.”

(Un)Expected Purchase

A few months ago I posted about how I was constantly on the hunt for the perfect wristlet.  Wristlets are SO useful and awesome because you carry only the essentials. They don’t get in the way, they’re easy to hang onto… and so much better for dancing than a shoulder bag - much less awkward and nerdy :) 

I sort of gave up on my hunt. I didn’t want to buy the cheapy $20 Express ones - they’re really cute and all, and I love anything neon, but they’re still Express brand at the end of the day, and any frequent shopper at Express can tell you that quality isn’t their first priority. Also, I’m sort of at this point in the ‘Fashion and Finances’ department where I’d rather have WAY fewer items in my closet with every one of them being awesome than a whole bunch of “meh” items. 

So, last Friday after my GODAWFUL final, Jon and I went to Perimeter Mall where he dragged me, kicking and screaming, into Michael Kors. Of course I fell in love with everything they have on display, but I FOUND THE PERFECT WRISTLET! I totally was NOT planning on buying it, but we had fancy date-night that night, so I had to have it! The hunt is finally over.  I think it was the iPhone compartment that closed the deal for me. I’m actually thinking of going back to get the nude python one for everyday use.

Adaptation LA

Happy Easter, Dolls!

I wanted to share something with y’all that people comment on everyday, and I can’t even take credit for it! A friend of mine has the sweetest iPhone case.  I had never seen anything like it before and I loved it so much I ordered it immediately!  It’s from a company called, “Adaptation LA” and they make cases and skins for the iPhone 4, 5, iPad, and iPad Mini.  

Adaptation LA allows you to choose a “combo” which is a pre-determined color combo or mix and match the colors and make your own skin, and the coolest part is that they’re all glow-in-the-dark, which makes finding your phone in your purse extra easy! 

       

       

The pieces for a full skin include two front gels, a full back gel, a little gel button, and the side stickers.  It’s really, really important to know that these gels provide minimal protection against drops, so if you’re a butterfingers, be SUPER careful with your phone because it will totally dent and nick at the corners where the thin sticker does nothing to protect them.  The gels are a little bit thicker and puffy, so they do provide good scratch protection for the screen.  I still keep my Zagg cover on the front and stick the gels right over it! 

       

Here’s the exact color combo I ordered, and I’m really happy with it! My only complaint is that while the white gels (which are the most glowey) hold the glow for a long time, they look a slightly greenish indoors.  

You can order them at www.adaptationla.com and I think they’re $35 each! Have a great week everyone! xo

Hey Guys!!

I’ve been super excited about this week’s post because it reviews something I absolutely SWEAR by! The horrific combination of the extremely cold, dry Colorado winter air and the mandatory “wash your hands three consecutive times” over and over in the hygiene lab (on top of my everyday normal hand washing) left my hands and knuckles in a sad, sad state.  Once I looked down and three of my knuckles had split wide open and were bleeding! They were hurting me and the scaly cracks were just really gross and bloody :( 

My mom took one look at my hands and felt awful! The next day she brought me those little aloe gloves that you’re supposed to wear to sleep and Gold Bond Ultimate Intensive Healing Cream - which was the best discovery EVERRRR!! It’s the thickest, creamiest, hand cream you’ll ever find,  and I swear it worked overnight.  I felt like Mario going to sleep with those crazy gloves but I woke up with what looked and felt like new skin.  My hands were soooo soft! 

The only downside of it is that it takes a really long time to rub it all in.  It says it absorbs in 15 seconds…. uhhh not even close.  A bunch of girls at school ask to borrow it because it works so well, but we’re all rubbing our hands for a full five or ten minutes! It is really THICK, but it does the job better than anything else I’ve ever tried. If you’re desperate for a solution, you need to try this stuff - it’s totally awesome. Thanks, Mom!

                                         

No Comparison!

Hay-lo Everyone!

Soooo, as promised, my shampoo review that’s been forEVer in the making! I decided about a couple of months ago that I needed to cut out all extraneous spending, including all unnecessary products.  I had long since run out of my favorite shampoo, Pureology, and decided that drugstore shampoo & conditioner would hardly make a difference in the texture and feel of my hair. Oh. My. God. 

I started out with Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy… it has the commercial with Heidi Klum.  My hair began DYING overnight. It has NEVER felt so dry and brittle.  At first I attributed it to the dry Colorado winter air, but then I bought Dove Nourishing Oil Detangler AND Dove Nourishing Dry Ends Serum to use after my shampoo and conditioner routine and my hair felt even dryer, which I honestly thought was totally impossible.  Mid-blowdry, my hair was a giant poof frizz-ball and was nearly impossible to comb through.  

                                         

Next, I downloaded an AWESOME app called “Total Beauty” which gives real reviews of drugstore and professional products.  I went with the highest rated shampoo, Herbal Essences Hydralicious Reconditioning Shampoo and the highest rated conditioner, Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner.  While this combo was WAY better (and smelled amazing), my hair still didn’t feel okay :( My ponytails were super spiky and dry, and no amount of gloss or defrizz made it look any semblance of healthy.  

I then decided to step it up a little and go with the expensive drugstore stuff, so at $20 each, I bought It’s a 10 shampoo and conditioner which was the crappiest yet.  There was not a single sud when I shampooed and it was even hard to comb through my hair with my fingers after conditioning. I got so frustrated with my nasty hair that I stepped out of the shower and grabbed my old Pureology minis I use for traveling from beneath my sink. 

Y’all. I totally did the happy dance in the shower!!  I literally couldn’t believe how different my hair felt!! I almost felt as though I didn’t even need conditioner after shampooing, but I’ve never been one of thooose girls :) I felt like a complete FOOL for ever giving up Pureology! I spent double what Pureology costs trying to find a replacement and nothing even compared to how fabulous it is.  They say shampoos can’t change the texture and structure of your hair, but Pureology definitely fools you into thinking that they can. I will never have super silky, thick, heavy, ultra-healthy hair, but I am VERY satisfied with how my hair feels everyday now. My ponytails are shiny and the ends feel much, much healthier.  I highly recommend all Pureology products - they have soooo many different kinds, all backed by tons of science I don’t really understand :) ! I use the green repairing shampoo and purple hydrating conditioner, and I will never switch again!

                                

      

Happy New Year, Everyone!!!

Hi Friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m not sure how many of you still check my lil’ bloggy after my three month hiatus, but I missed writing it and I missed you guys! Every time friends asked me for product reviews or makeup advice I just kept thinking how useful my reviews would be to all of you! Also, Peachipeach.com was my homepage, and it mocked me every time I turned on my computer and that got pretty old pretty quick :) 

My mini-explanation for being gone so long is that I started dental hygiene school and it takes up, like, 20 hours of my day every day. IT’S HORRIBLE!!!!! and I pretty much want to quit every day - you can ask my mom, who calls me everyday on my drive home to make sure I haven’t jumped off the roof or intentionally crashed my car into a tree (at a low speed) to avoid having to go back the next day. I’ve cried, ohhh… exactly… every day, and any “free” time I have is split between a)showering, b)eating, c)boyfriending, or d)sleeping. 

So my New Year’s Resolution for Peachipeach.com is to update it every Sunday.  There are SO MANY products I want to tell y’all about but trying to update it everyday was becoming a nightmare. With that being said, I’m so sorry for abandoning you last September!! Not to fear, I’m excellent at keeping my resolutions and once a week is WAY more manageable for me. 

Okay! So! I hope everyone had a SUPER fun and safe New Year’s Eve and is off to a great start in 2013! Check back on Sunday for an AWESOME shampoo review that’s been years in the making ;) 

          

xoxo, 
Brittany 

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Okay, FIRST of all, this guy has amazing eyebrows and they’d look as amazing even if he did nothing to fill them in! Honestly, I wish I had his brows. I’m seriously not even kidding.

But since I struggle with mine so much, I’m DYING to try this product!! Do you know how awesome it would be if, after a workout or a swim or skiing or whatever, your eyebrows remained perfect!? Most people don’t even know how ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL good eyebrows are to framing your face and perfecting your made-up look! Seriously everybody, a good brow is a MUST!! Many of you may even know that I had mine tattoo’d, but they’re already almost completely faded… (omg, I can’t even talk about it or I’ll cry actual tears over the $700 that I spent.) Makeup Forever’s Aqua Brows has gotta be worth the try for $20. 

                 

Round 3

I’m back to it, folks! This will be my third go around with Latisse, and yes, I still experience the same side effect of majorly bloodshot eyes throughout the day after using it, but the results are truly undeniable (and the red eyes can be quickly fixed with Visine. 

I wish I had taken before pictures of my own lashes, but I promise my results were similar to the pictures below.  It takes a while, but with a little patience and routine, your lashes will be swiping the back of your sunglasses in no time!