What's in My Travel Makeup Bag?

Hello lovelies!

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! We did! I headed back to my hometown to visit with family. The hubs and I also went kayaking along the Mississippi {no photos to share unfortunately!}

I realized today we have been married a month! As some of you may know, I did my own hair and makeup for my wedding. Since I needed extra supplies, I thought it would fun to post what I took with me. To make things complicated fun we took one suitcase. To say I had a limited about of space would be an understatement!

I bought this makeup bag specifically for travel and it is perfect! It is 8.5 in long, 4.5 in wide and 3.5 in deep {about the size of my UD Naked palette}.

So, what was inside? I think you will be surprised by how much I was able to stuff in there:

Urban Decay Naked
Ardell Wispies
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation 
NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation
NYX Matte Lipstick
NYX 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette
NYX HD Eye Shadow Base
Palladio Herbal Foundation Primer 
2 Maybelline Color Tattoos  
Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner
Revlon Precision Lash Glue
Revlon Lip Butter
Revlon ColorStay Brow Enhancer
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Powder
Almay Intense iColor Pencil
NYC Smooch Proof Lip Stain
bareMinerals Blush
bareMinerals Warmth
bareMinerals Foundation
bareMinerals Tinted Mineral Veil
Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash

I put my brushes in a separate baggie:

EcoTools Beautiful Expressions Kabuki Set
Sigma Eye Kit
Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks

How much makeup do you take on a trip?


My Experience with Shellac

Hello wonderful readers!

Before our wedding, I knew I did not want to do the acrylic nails. While I love the way they look, I hate what it does to my nails.

I found a solution to the problem with shellac. Sure, I'm behind in the times because everyone and their mother knows about shellac, but I did not know until recently. Growing up, I was not around people who had their nails done. In fact, I did not try acrylics until my sophomore year of college. I consider myself a newbie when it comes to nail salons.

I tested shellac a couple of weeks before the wedding. I was very happy with how it turned out. I thought my nails actually looked longer (they were pretty stubby at the time). The shellac ended up lasting a week and a half before chipping. I was also able to remove the residue myself and had no damage to my nails. Before we left for our wedding, I had them done again and they lasted the same amount of time.

Of the wedding photos I have, this is the only one I could get an ok close up of my nails:


The process takes nearly the same amount of time as applying acrylic nails. However, there is no dust or fumes. The whole application is pretty harmless. After each step your nails go under the UV lamp. They first apply a base.  Since I was doing french, they next applied the white and cleaned up the edges. Next was the pink. Lastly a top coat was added.

What I really enjoyed about shellac was it did not make my nails thick. I find that with acryllics your nails are so thick it can become impossible to pick up flat items on a counter. I also liked that they appear more natural.

I think shellac will be the way I go when I get my nails done! I've been changed from an acrylic girl to a shellac girl!

Have you ever tried shellac?


Influenster Spring VoxBox

Hello lovely readers!

I have had an influx of boxed beauty products lately and I'm not complaining!

I received my first Influenster VoxBox a little over a week ago. I was so excited that I ripped open the packaging and began using the products immediately. I guess I forgot about the fact that I would be blogging about this and I did not take any photos of the products while they were still nice and neat in their packaging. Hence, this photo with a SoyJoy wrapper:

I discovered Influenster in December.  Basically, you sign up for the website, unlock some badges and hope you are invited to try a VoxBox. The VoxBox is full of free products sent to you for review. It is a fun way to be able to experience (or re-experience) some current products. The Spring VoxBox was the first one I have been sent.

This VoxBox included:

SoyJoy Bar Strawberry
The first time I had a SoyJoy bar it was not a pleasant experience. I was a little hesitant to try this one. I'm not sure if they have changed some ingredients or if this flavor was better but I actually liked the taste this time.

Bath and Body Works Fine Spray Mist in Sweet Pea
This was a full size bottle, which made me very happy. I have actually been a long time fan of Sweet Pea but did not have a bottle currently. This is one of the few floral scents I enjoy wearing.

Dr. Scholl's for Her Ball of Foot Pads
I already had these in a pair of pumps and liked them. They really do help delay the pain induced by heels.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects
Again, this is a product I have tried in the past. I bought my first several months ago and had a great experience. I hope to again with this pattern.

SheerCover Duo Concealer
I have been using this everyday for the past week and am in love because the consistency is so velvety. I have been using it on my under eyes and around my nose.

Chapstick LipShield 360
I threw this in my purse and have been using it daily. I would say it is a pretty basic lip balm.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash
I was already using an Aveno scrub and lotion when I added this into my shower routine. I am an avid body wash user. I think it helps keep skin supple and young.

Once I have used these products more I will do a more in depth review on them!


Julep Maven Review

Hello readers!

Before I left for my wedding, Glitz Glam Budget posted about her introductory box to Julep Maven. Julep Maven is monthly subscription that strictly sends polish and mani/pedi products. GGB was able to try a month subscription for a penny. She provided a code for anyone else to try it for the same price. I figured a couple of products for a penny was worth a shot so I signed up for myself! The normal monthly price is $19.99.

Before you sign up, the website will have you take a quiz to find your style. I was classic with a twist. I would say it described me perfectly! Your style quiz will determine the type of colors you will be sent.

After signing up I received a confirmation of shipment within a day or two. It arrived while I was on our honeymoon. I am unsure of he exact date but it was within a week and a half of ordering. 

I opened the box and it looked like this {it reminded me of Birchbox}:

The box included a hand scrub and two polishes:

Top color Anne
Bottom color Kelly

All of the products were full size with a total value of $60.

I tried the products right away and here was my experience:

The purple, Anne, was opaque within 2 coats. 

It took 3 coats for the pink, Kelly, to become opaque and it still had streaks.

This polish was runny and quite messy. 

It began chipping in less than 24 hours. All of my nails were chipped within 48 hours.

I really liked the colors I was sent.

The scrub smelled like citrus and left my hands feeling smooth.

The polishes each retail for $14. Based on my experience I would not purchase the polishes or recommend them. Zoya makes a much better polish for $8 and Wet n Wild makes a great formulation for $1.99.

I will be discontinuing my subscription because the polishes I received were poor quality. I do not think the subscription is worth $19. There are better monthly subscription boxes out there. However, it was worth trying for a penny!

If you would like to try a month of Julep Maven for a penny go to
and type SHAREONMAY in the promo code box.


Have you tried Julep Maven? What was your experience?


Guest Blogger: Kristie of Blushing Basics

Hello wonderful readers!

Today, I have a guest post from Kristie of Blushing Basics!


Blushing Basics was one of the first blogs I subscribed to after I began my own blog. Kristie always has such wonderful tutorials and I check her blog often! Recently, she was selected as a finalist in the Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year awards!! How amazing is that? 

In today's post, Kristie will be talking about how to wake up with makeup!

hello! i'm so excited to be guest posting here at Beauty by Arielle. i am a long time fan of this blog and am grateful for the opportunity to share what i do with you.

a little bit about myself: 

i am a full time mom and part time blogger. i work as a makeup artist for photographers and have experience with Bridal, Family, Personal and Print makeup. i am currently a finalist in the Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year awards. hopefully, after checking out my post, you will take a minute to head over and give me a vote! http://blogger-awards.allure.com

how to wake up with makeup

undereye circles are a regular problem for me. between family, work, and play not a lot of sleep is happening. i came up with a video tutorial and a few tips to show you how i combat a puffy eye.

  • use a brightening foundation. for this tutorial i used my Hello Flawless Brightening Makeup by Benefit. this will help give your skin a glow it may be lacking.
  • try an under eye "de-puffer". there are too many of these products to count (many of them highly priced) so a big thanks to Hard Candy for creating Eye'm Tired. a cost effective way to eliminate puffiness around your eyes.
  • conceal! makeup artists will even use a white eyeliner under the eyes if the under eye circle is particularly dark or puffy. i stick with my always trusty Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. that concealer will cover anything.
  • avoid dark makeup. stick to light reflecting makeup in subtle tones. this will make eyes appear brighter. i used Hard Candy's That's How Eye Roll, one end is a cream stick and the other is a loose powder shadow. avoid any eyeliner on the bottom eyelid.

Thank you so much for this post!! And I wish you the best of luck with the Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year award!


Birchbox Month 5

Hello lovely readers!

My Birchbox arrived a bit sooner than usual! The theme this month was Gossip Girl.

Arquiste L'Etrog perfume, value $3.39
Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 in Glow, value $5.02
Ojon Volume Advance Volumizing Shampoo, value $5.71
Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, full size product, value $22.00
Notecards, value 83¢

Total box value $36.92

This box is an improvement over last month. I'm looking forward to trying the Stila eye liner and the Ojon shampoo!

What came in your Birchbox?