4.18.2014

60 Second Review: MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation

As many of you know, I made my first trip to MAC. I picked up their Matchmaster foundation and wanted to share a 60 second review on it. Watch to find out more (I am wearing the foundation in this video)! Scroll down for the before and after plus swatches. 


MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation
MAC Matchmaster foundation in 1.0
MAC Matchmaster before and after
before and after
MAC Matchmaster 1.0 swatch
MAC Matchmaster foundation in 1.0, right blended out

Highlights:
  • $34 for 1.2 oz
  • Pump foundation
  • Light-medium coverage
  • Melds well into the skin
  • Dewey finish
  • Not good for oily gals
  • Not good for ladies with acne or a lot to conceal

What is your favorite MAC foundation?

xo, arielle

4.16.2014

How to Look Fresh and Awake for Spring

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One of my goals this year was to collaborate with a different blogger each month. For April, I'm working with Fashion Maven Mommy. She brought up the idea of a Spring Awakening post to highlight the products we use to look fresh and awake for spring. I thought this was a fantastic idea because, now that the weather has finally perked up, I do find myself reaching for different products than in the winter months. I go for products that highlight, look natural and fresh. 


The products


During the spring and summer months, I think it's important to go for a lighter, natural base. That's why I have been reaching for MAC Matchmaster Foundation. Now that it's warmer, we can finally apply those bright pinks! I'm loving City Color Be Matte Blush in Fresh Melon and NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie together. I always highlight but in the spring I go for something with a pearlescent glow. That's why I tap Benefit High Beam on my cheek bones. The combination of those four products will really brighten up your complexion. For my lids, I like to keep them light. L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Iced Latte is perfect for this. To brighten tired eyes, my best trick is to swipe a flesh toned pencil, like Pixi Crayon Combo in Wide Awake, in your waterline. 

I have been using all these products every day together for several weeks now. With a little bronzer, pencil liner and mascara and I'm out the door in about 5 minutes. If you're using products that do wonders for your complexion you won't need a heavy hand or a lot of time to look fresh and awake.

Don't forget to drop by Fashion Maven Mommy to see her picks and advice!

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xo, arielle

Disclosure: The Pixi product was sent by the company’s PR group. All opinions are my own. The shop this post widget is an affiliate program. If you make a purchase, it may result in a small commission for me. For my full disclosure, click here.

4.14.2014

#BusyGirlNails Pastel Week

I'm excited that #BusyGirlNails is back for spring. If you want to join us, it's never too late. Here is the info post.

This week, our theme is pastel. I dug through my nail polish to find my shades. I decided to make this fun and go with multiple colors and polka dots!

pastel nails

pastel nails

What are your favorite pastel nail polishes or designs?

xo, arielle

4.11.2014

The Best Snacks for Work

In need a quick pick me up? Today, I'm sharing my 5 go to work snacks. Each of them are under 200 calories making them great for dieting people or the health conscious!


best work snacks

1. Luna Bars: These bars are made with mostly organic ingredients and are specially formulated with extra vitamins. They have lots of flavors to choose from including carrot cake. My favorite is Lemon Zest because it's light and crisp.

2. Beef Jerky: When I snack, I need something that's going to fill me up. That is why I love to have a protein packed snack on hand like beef jerky. I prefer the original flavor. A few bites of this and I'm good to go for a few hours.

3. Emerald 100 Calorie Packs Cocoa Roast Almonds: If you have a sweet tooth, these will satiate your desire. At 100 calories, and packed with protein, these are the perfect mix of sweet and crunchy.

4. 100 Calorie Popcorn: When I'm craving carbs, I go for these. I love the individual small bags because they keep me from overeating. I enjoy the kettle corn because of the sweet flavor. 

5. Planter's NUT-rition Wholesome Nut Mix: Here's a secret of mine, I do not like peanuts. Most bags of mixed nuts include them, except for these. The wholesome mix have cashews, almonds and macadamia nuts. If you do like peanuts, the Men's Health mix is for you.

What are your favorite work snacks?

xo, arielle

4.09.2014

My New Running Buddy: Kiss My Face Continuous Spray Sunscreen

You may or may not know that I am preparing for my first 5K. Since the weather has perked up, I have become an outdoor runner. After my skin cancer scare, I have realized the importance of sunscreen so I have made sure to apply before my jogs. 

Kiss My Face sent me a couple of their new sun care items and I gravitated towards their Continuous Spray Sunscreen. I like the idea of being able to spray and go.

Kiss My Face Continuous Spray Sunscreen

I have ran from many spray sunscreens because they tend to be an oily mess. Luckily, this formula is not sticky or oily. It absorbs into my skin quickly. The width of the mist perfectly coats the skin. The scent is light and citrus. I'm also a big fan of the high SPF level at 50. 

I also discovered that Kiss My Face spray uses air propellant instead of aerosols. Its formulated with vegan friendly ingredients and is not tested on animals.

Kiss My Face Continuous Spray Sunscreen runs $16.99 and is available online or at mass retailers.

xo, arielle

Disclosure: Product was sent by the company or the company’s PR group. All opinions are my own. For my full disclosure, click here.
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