2.28.2013

Review: ELF Tone Correcting Powder


I purchased the E.L.F Tone Correcting Powder after I saw it on Mandy Jean Chic's 2012 favorites (stop by and say hi!). I have a lot of red in my skin, particularly on my nose. By the end of the day my nose looks like I'm suffering from a cold. I thought this might be a solution to my skin tone problems.


I picked up the cool palette, which includes a yellow, blue, green and pink. To apply, you swirl your brush in all of the colors and buff as normal.

I used this product in two different ways. First, I tried it as a setting powder over  BB creams and foundations. I thought it toned down the pink in my nose somewhat. However, this only lasted for a couple of hours.

Next, I tried the colors individually to combat redness. I had some blemishes, so I used the green to neutralize the red and then topped with concealer. This helped me a little bit. (If you are looking for something to help with blemishes I would suggest a cream based green concealer).

From my experience, the E.L.F. Tone Correcting Powder is not going to miraculously correct unbalanced skin tone. Particularly, if you experience Rosacea or severe acne. If you have faint corrections to make, this may work for you. As I mentioned before, this only brought down my redness slightly. I also noticed, it tends to washout my skintone. I am only able to apply one layer before I start looking ghostly. However, I love this as an inexpensive powder to throw into a bag for quick touchups. The design is compact, has a large mirror and it's only $3. As an everyday setting powder, this is not my go to.

You can find E.L.F. at Target or eyeslipsface.com

2.26.2013

Dressing on a Forever 21 Budget without Looking 21 + Giveaway


This was a very easy outfit to pull together. I feel like you can never go wrong with a solid and a printed scarf. 

Scarf: via Plato's Closet
Top: JcPenney
Pants: GAP via Plato's Closet
Watch: Kohl's
Shoes: Burlington Coat Factory

This is rare but most of my outfit is from the same store: The Limited! They had amazing sales after New Years. Each piece was under $10.

Necklace: Target
Top: The Limited
Belt: The Limited
Skirt: The Limited
Tights: ??
Boots: Fossil via Macy's

I love the look of layering a button down with a sweater then rolling the sleeves. It always looks professional!

Button down: Tommy Hilfiger via Plato's Closet
Cardigan: New York & Company via Plato's Closet
Pants: New York & Company
Flats: Rocket Dog

This was another quick and easy outfit. Plus, I was comfortable all day!

Necklace: Target
T-Shirt: Target
Sweater: (I think) JcPenney
Pants: GAP via eBay
Flats: Wal-Mart

I transitioned the same outfit into the weekend by adding skinny jeans and boots.

Jeans: Old Navy
Boots: Fossil via Macy's

My husband had a business dinner to go to so I pulled out this classic LBD. I bought it many years ago at Dillard's and it's still perfect for these types of events!

Necklace: Target
Dress (came with belt): Antonio Milani via Dillard's
Watch: Kohl's
Bracelet: Charlotte Russe
Tights: ??
Pumps: Rampage via eBay

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2.24.2013

The day I realized I have never done an intro post

(yup, I chopped my hair off)

This week I realized in the nearly year and half this blog has been around I have never done an intro post. I know exactly why, too. While I can write about just about anything, the exception is when it comes to writing about myself. Well, that's changing now. Plus, with all of the new readers 'round these parts, I think it's time I say "hey!"

Obviously from the title of this blog, my name is Arielle.
I have no nicknames but I'm often asked "oh, like the mermaid?!" Original, right? ;-)
I thought instagram was dumb until I signed up and became addicted.
By day, I'm a mental health therapist.
I'll probably do 10 other careers because I'm interested in so many things.
I'm a work in progress and I don't have all of the answers.
I love reading self-help books. 
I think you need to read Spirit Junkie.
My husband and I have a hobby of eating. 
I keep telling myself that I need to be more "social" but the couch always wins.
A cup of coffee each morning makes me happy.
My husband and I like to kayak. One time he fell in. I laughed.
Speaking of laughing, it's pretty much my favorite thing
When I need a good laugh I look up YouTube videos or go to the humor board on Pinterest.
Music, writing and painting are an escape for me.
I meditate almost daily.
I put myself on a spending ban at Ulta.
On the weekends, I wear pajamas most of the day.
I wish I had a home with a vegetable garden and chickens.
Some blogs I'm LOVING right now: Living in Yellow, Hello, Gorgeous! and I Wore Yoga Pants to Work.
Please, tell me about YOU! It brings me joy to get to know readers and fellow bloggers!


2.21.2013

Review: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation and Powder

Well y'all, I think I'm about the only blogger out there who isn't writing a rave review about the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation and Powder. I picked this up shortly after it appeared on shelves because of the love and praise I was hearing. I was about out of my favorite, NYX HD, so I thought I would give this a go.




Color Selection: I purchased the foundation in Ivory and the powder in Fair. It was very difficult to pick the right tone. Even the lightest shades appeared to be too dark for my fair skin. I also felt the color selection was minimal, particularly with the powder (I think there were only 4-5 choices). I did appreciate that they had warm and cool tones, though.

Price: I was happy with the price at $9.99 each. Plus, the day I purchased, Ulta was having a BOGO 50% off sale.

Packaging: Seriously, in 2013 why is there no pump to the foundation? Either too much or too little product pours from the opening and I find that frustrating. Otherwise, the powder's packing is clean.

Coverage: I was quite frustrated with this foundation because I was total cake face. I applied it with a beautyblender, brushes, fingers, you name it. I'm guessing part of this is due to the color selection but the other part is formulation. It was very thick on me. Sure, it covered everything but it reminded me of the foundations in the early 2000's that were poor quality, weird color and cakey coverage. 

The powder is smooth and helps to boost coverage. I think it is similar to my love, NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat powder. This leans more on the matte side. However, my preference is to have some depth to my skin. If you want to be totally matte, this is a good powder to try.

With this combination, when I looked in the mirror of my car I gasped because of the clown look. It oxidized on my combo skin quickly. The worst part is between this and the Garnier BB Cream my skin has been an utter mess with breakouts. It took me weeks to recover. I have since went back to my tried and true favorites, NYX HD Foundation and bareMinerals.

Overall: This is not a foundation I will be repurchasing or recommending. If you have fair skin, I would stay clear just because the poor color selection. If you are prone to breakouts, again I would steer clear. 

***UPDATE 9/19/13***
Several months after this review, I decided to use the powder with other foundations. I found that I really enjoyed it after that. It does not cake or look powdery and gives me a nice finish. I have added it back into my repertoire and am overall very happy with it. As for the foundation, it took me months to recover from the breakout it caused.

2.20.2013

Dressing on a Forever 21 Budget Without Looking 21


I think this was the week of the printed top and easy bottoms! You can't ever go wrong with that combination.

 Necklace: The Limited
Top: The Loft via eBay
Pants: Express via Plato's Closet
Shoes: Sperry's

Necklace: Target
Button down: New York & Company via eBay
Pants: New York & Company
Pumps: Payless

Necklace: Target
Top: Kohl's (only $3 on the clearance rack!!)
Pants: New York & Company
Shoes: Rampage via eBay

2.18.2013

Battle of the Products: Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 vs Olay Minimizing Toner


I have been using the Clinque 3-Step system for about 2 years now. I like how gentle it is for my skin, controls oil and keeps my breakouts at a minimum. What I'm not so much into is the price. Usually it's over $50 for the whole system. So, I thought I would look for an alternative to Clarifying Lotion 2. I was able to find a dupe in Olay Oil Minimizing Toner.

Both work well to control my oils throughout the day. Plus, after washing my face at night I feel like they help to remove excess makeup residue. The ingredients and claims are very close to one another. I found Olay's to be slightly more drying than Clinique's. Other than that, I would say it was pretty spot on in controlling oil. Here is the price breakdown:

Clinique $13.00-price per oz .98
Olay $4.99-price per oz .69

In this case, the price per ounce isn't dramatically different. This is because you get a giant bottle of the Clinique. It will usually last me about 8-9 months. Where the Olay will run dry sooner. Nevertheless, Olay is a great alternative to Clinique.

You can see my dupe for Clinique's Liquid Cleansing Soap here.

I ended up sticking with the Clinique system, despite the dupes. This is because 3-Step works beautifully together on my skin. There's something about each one that make them work better together-they're a team. I did like Purpose and Olay. I didn't notice any big changes from switching but overall I felt my skin is more radiant and slightly less oily with Clinique. Plus, I have yet to find a dupe for the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. If you are unwilling to pay the price for Clinique, Purpose and Olay are a fantastic alternative to achieve similar results!

You can find Clinique at most makeup counters and specialy stores.
Olay can be found at Wal-Mart and most drugstores.

2.17.2013

The Week I Ate My Weight in Desserts

I always look forward to the week of Valentine's Day. My mom's birthday is the next day and mine is just two days after hers (today). The best part, everyone showers me with sweets. Who can complain about that?

On to the desserts.....
Large photo: Cherry Delight. If you haven't had one, go make it right meow.
Ryan's grandma makes heavenly brownies.
A waffle is basically dessert...
I also made a Mardi Gras King Cake that looked nothing like King Cake.

Valentine's Day also resulted in mounds of goodies. I brought in Strawberry Fudge from Pinterest. My co-workers brought bags of candy. I also ate all of the chocolates from a heart box. Then, I was surprised with these:


Ryan's mom gave us more candy. I may or may not have consumed a whole box of Sour Patch Kids yesterday. At some point in the week my mom sent me homemade peanut brittle. Heavenly!

I wasn't kidding when I said I ate my weight in desserts this week.

Did I mentioned it snowed one morning? The flakes were gigantic. It melted by noon.


This cartoon basically explains it all:
On Wednesday we signed loan papers for our new home. I am officially freaking out about the fact that I am buying my first home (my husband bought our current home before we were married). That same day, we found out the buyers of our current house would be closing in one week. That meant it was time to get some hitch in our giddy up to start packing and figure out where we were going to live until closing on our new home. Did I mention we're moving to Indiana and can anyone explain to me what a Hoosier is?!

We settled on moving to Ryan's grandma's for the next couple of weeks. Lucy (the dog) isn't coping well. She's been a nutcase since arrival. Que crazy whining. 

We emptied everything out today and I became quite sentimental. Ryan bought the house in December 2009 and we immediately poured out blood, sweat and tears (well, not literally) into redoing it. We moved in February 2010. We have lived there for two years. I filmed a before video a couple of years ago and an update today. I'll string them together, eventually. It was fun and (at times) crazy renovating a home. I don't think I would do it again but it felt good to really look at all of the work today. Plus, it was our first home together. There will always be lots of memories.

It also hit me today how blessed I truly am. I thought to myself why do I ever complain about anything? I have a good life. I need to keep that affirmation in mind when the bitching creeps in.