Anyway, since all this craziness, I’ve purchased a few things that I’ve come to LOVE and wanted to share with you all my experiences with everything featured in this post. Are ya ready?!
Prices range from $10-$200 depending on style but I bought mine at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Still, if you’re wanting to purchase one to experience the quality for yourself, you can buy these at www.voluspa.com or www.nordstrom.com ❤️ | All candles are made in the USA.
Her “Hydra Enhancer” alkaline facial mist smells fresh and light (it’s infused with jasmine). It is meant to be used as a setting spray or a makeup refresher throughout the day. Its fragrance is a new fave along with my MAC’s Studio Fix+. 😊 The alkaline properties of this spray is supposed to help fight free radicals and is known to have anti-aging benefits. The mist comes beautifully packaged in a frosted, glass bottle | 3.38 fl. oz./100 ml | $35
The bronzer is a 3rd fave within the brand and I’ve been using it every day since I received it. There is 9.0 grams worth of product and comes in compact form. The packaging is a matte black finish compact that flips open easily so you don’t have to worry about snagging your nails. It doesn’t come with a sponge applicator but that’s okay with me since I like to apply with a fluffy brush. Colors come in 4 shades depending on skin tone (I bought tan, the 3rd color in the line). It’s talc-free and gives you a naturally-bronzed glow without the shimmer. | $30
Products listed above are all made made in the USA and can be purchased on www.elciecosmetics.com
While you can see through the packaging that it's a pretty gold shimmer, it is just THAT - shimmer (not that overly chunky glitter that you'd probably wear if you were thirteen years old). The smell is pleasant and lightly-scented of, well, coconut with a hint of gardenia and your skin soaks up the moisture as soon as you slather the oil on. Since the one I have is a sample bottle, you can get the regular size (3.4 fl. oz) at www.koparibeauty.com for $42. Kind of pricey, you say? Well, a little goes a long way and (I believe) you get your money's worth. An added bonus is that these products are vegan, phthalate-free, silicone-free, cruelty-free, & paraben-free. Once I run out of mine, I fully intend to purchase the full size. Coconuts are sourced from the Philippines (also my homeland).
USER TIP: Since this is an organic product, the formula will harden in cold temps. Be sure to warm this up by placing in warm water for a few minutes and test on a small area on your hand. Whatever you do, DO NOT MICROWAVE.
The swatches on my hand (pictured above) feature two different products from her line...top swatch is of the Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Blonde ($25) and the bottom swatch is the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife ($34).
The skin stick is a more subtle version on the freestyle highlighter and is a bit more blendable. While it looks like a cream, it actually applies as a cream-to-powder finish. I use it on the highest points of my face and blend with my finger so it's not so obvious. It's packaged in a nice, soft pink hexagon shaped tube. The tube is unique in that it's magnetic feature can be paired (or stuck) with a concealer or contour stick available in her line. Its size (7.10 g/0.25 oz) is easy to throw in your purse for the times you’d like a midday touch-up or a pop of shimmer for a night out on the town.
As for her freestyle highlighter...it’s a bit more pigmented and a little more “fun” for those not afraid of color. I love gold and I realized I used a lot of gold for my shoots this past month (thus the reason being that it made it to my list of faves). Colors need to pop a bit more for photos because the camera tends to tone it down a bit so pigments need to be stronger and this product was perfect. I didn't have to worry about layering colors and mediums to get that perfect, saturated color. | All items are cruelty-free and made in the USA. Products can be purchased at www.fentybeauty.com OR www.sephora.com
I will say that my only issue with my last purchase was that I received a notification of my items being delivered but I didn't actually receive my order. I emailed their customer service and they responded rather quickly and were also very pleasant to work with. Turns out it was a USPS delivery issue and I ended up receiving my order shortly thereafter. With their awesome customer service and beautiful inventory, I have no doubt I will be back to their site to purchase more goodies in the future. Peruse this site and you won't be disappointed - www.melanieauld.com
Last but not least, my most worn jewelry pieces by far. A jewelry line presented by one of my fave YouTubers/Instagrammers, Anna Saccone-Joly, I was really excited when she announced her launch on her channel and social media handles. Not only is she a wonderful wife and doting mother to 3 beautiful children, she has impeccable taste.
She came up with this line a couple years ago to replicate the original necklace she received from her late father. In designing this line, it was near and dear to her heart. I often saw her wearing her necklace and wanted to own a piece as well. The necklaces came in 3 sizes - short, medium, and long. I ordered the rose gold Libra necklace in the shortest size. The pieces were gold plated over sterling silver and of really good quality. Not once has it tarnished. I loved it so much that I ended up buying the gold necklace a year later in the mid length as well as the gold charm bracelet with charms representing each member of my family. Anna is coming out with another line soon (due out Christmas 2017).
To get updates, visit her Stilnest page and sign up for notifications regarding her upcoming line. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us!
This is it folks and I plan to do monthly faves at the end of each month. I hope you all enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it and that you're able to find some faves from these brands as well.