Ladies & Gentlemen, It Has Arrived

It’s here. It’s finally here. Ladies and gentleman, introducing for the first time in 2013, the pumpkin spice latte. AS IF this creation could get any better, my Barista opened me up to a whole new world of the pumpkin spice latte.

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As much as I would love to say that this now means Autumn has officially begun, its still on average about 90 degrees out and flip flops are being said as appropriate work attire.. soo the excitement of my favorite drink being introduced early this year was a little off.  But wait! I figured, hmmm, the PSL in a Frappucino form could actually be delicious. Over ice?…ehh, not too sure. I asked my Barista for advice, and thus the best possible version of the PSL was introduced to me. Grande-Iced-Tazo-Chai-Pumpkin-Spice-Latte. Yup. It tastes probably just how you imagine it would, but better.

So even though I’m still dying to dress for the Fall season at least I’ve gotten a little taste of what’s to come.

Has this arrived early at every Starbucks location? I am curious to know if it is a test for certain markets. Let me know! 

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Five for Five

Round two of Five for Five today! Sadly, these are the products that were a big old miss by me. Just to clarify, these products are not the worst of the worst. In fact, some people probably rave about them. They just are not my favorite… for a few different reasons. I have reasons, I promise. Let’s jump into it.

Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Hairspray 

The one thing I did enjoy about this hairspray is that it didn’t make the list because it was a sticky, wet, mess. It was actually the opposite, it kind of does a whole lot of nothing. But for under $3.. I’ll take the loss.

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation

Okay, probably gonna have a lot of – SAY WHATS – for this one because everyone seemed to rave about this foundation as some drugstore holy grail. It’s alright, but I honestly don’t understand the hype. It leaves a “your skin but better” finish in that it’s not cake-y or matte. It is verrrry dewy/oily though so unless you’re Gisele Bundchen and can just pull that off, you’re gonna need a good powder. I’ll continue to use it, but I probably won’t re-purchase.

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Victoria’s Secret Pro Airbrush FX Face Primer

Not that I had super high expectations for this considering I got it in a kit during the semi-annual for under $8, but I was still annoyed with it. I used it in conjunction with the above mentioned foundation for at least a month, but I’ve since given up. I started using the foundation on its own recently and I realized this primer was actually the cause for the oily mid-day mess! It has a weird consistency and makes my face feel real gross after an hour of wear. No thanks.

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Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer

 This product is in the same category as the Suave hairspray. Not terrible, but I wouldn’t miss it if Simple suddenly decided to forget about making it altogether. I have yet to find a moisturizer I actually like and am continually on the search. Suggestions are welcome!

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MAC Bronzing Powder in Golden 

And the biggest let down of all. Again, it’s not that bad.. I just expected more. I had been using a Victoria’s Secret bronzer that I really liked but I ran out of, and I wanted to try something new. And it was MAC sooo.. ya know. It’s a decent bronzer, a pretty color if you’re as pale as I am, but it’s not my VS bronzer, man. I liked the dark, matte pay-off of the VS, whereas the MAC is more sheered out with a slight sheen.

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So those are the products I’ve been loving/leaving lately. Have you tried anything amazing lately worth sharing? Anything worth leaving behind?

Five for Five

First blog post – woo hoo! I want to start with a little series I would like to continue to do which showcases five really awesome products and five products that are not-nearly as awesome. I’ll post the first portion today and continue the second portion for my next post. Most of them are beauty related, but I threw in a random to keep it interesting. Here we go!

We’ll start positive. My five favorite products of the moment.

L’Oreal EverStyle Energizing Dry Shampoo

I’ve tried multiple drugstore dry shampoos and this is by far the best. It has a fresh scent but it’s not over-powering and it won’t leave your hair smelling like a greasy flower. I haven’t noticed any residue either like some of the others will do.  I can go about 4 days using this before my hair starts to look a little funky.. what’s that? You should probably never wait that long to wash your hair?… Moving on.

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John Freida Frizz-Ease Hairspray

I grabbed this from the travel section of Wal-Mart because I had a short work trip where I’d be flying to and I could not handle being without hair spray for three days. Because I’m a woman.

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Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin 

I used to cake the crap out of my face with Maybelline’s Dream Mousse foundation in high school, so buying this brought back a flash of horrid memories, but I am pleasantly surprised! MakeupByTiffanyD on YouTube recommended these so I picked it up in Peach Satin.

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Pantene Pro-V Silicone Free Volume Shampoo

I had been using the Organix Moraccon Argon Oil shampoo (the blue bottle) and I loved the smell and how healthy my hair felt, but after just one day my roots would be ridiculously oily. Not okay. I read on Lauren Conrad’s blog (http://laurenconrad.com) that using a clear shampoo leaves hair a lot cleaner feeling.. a.k.a. won’t leave you looking like you dunked your head in a grease bucket. Approved!

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Nike Flex 2013 Running Shoes

I’ve attempted to start a regular work out routine, so I figured it would be a good investment to get a new pair of sneaks. Mine weren’t old and/or non-functional but they were clunky and not runner-friendly, which kind of made trying to run on a daily basis a little difficult. I scored these at a majoooor deal and I’ve been so happy with them! Very lightweight and stylish.. I may actually wear them out in the real world! :O

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Thanks for reading, come back to see which products were a big old miss!