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Whats in my Sephora VIB Shopping Cart

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Whats in my Sephora VIB Shopping Cart
...I was so excited to get my VIB 20% off friends and family card in the mail this weekend, I immediately went on and started adding things from my "love list" to my shopping cart so I can be ready when they sale started. I thought I'd share my picks with you.

NARS "Jungle Red" Nail Polish // NARS "Train Bleu" Velvet Lip Pencil (Vampy lips to the GAWWDS!) // NARS Audacious lipsticks in "Fanny" (berry pink) & "Liv" (deep wine) // Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturizing cream // Marc Jacobs "The Sky Liner" 7 piece Highliner Petite set // NARS Holiday Face & Cheek Palette (I'm on the fence about this) // Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Perfume.

I hope I'm able to get everything in my cart as the NARS lipsticks seem to be so hard to get now-a-days.
What's one your wishlist/in your shopping cart for the upcoming VIB sale. Please do tell.
Rhondine, xo.

New in Skin Care : Fresh + Murad

Saturday, November 01, 2014 has been a while since I posted here on BTB due to the constraints of school and work, but i'm officially done with my BSN degree and couldn't be more elated. Today's post is all about new skin care products that I have been using for the past month which I have been enjoying. My initial plan was to write a mini haul with these products (hence them looking unused in the photo) however I'll do a quick mini review since I have been using them for more than a month now.
 My skin has been a hot mess lately and I honestly think it's because of stress and also my clarisonic face cleanser. I use to have a love hate relationship with it, but now it is a full on HATE relationship. I started using it again about two months ago and it was the worst decision I ever made. Not only did it break my entire face out, it also broke my neck out as well. It took me almost a month to clear up the breakout which was such a pain and a bit embarrassing.
I introduced three new products in my skin care routine after I started breaking out with the hopes of them helping clear up those pesky pimples. I have to say, although it took almost a month to finally clear up, they have helped in a big way.
First up is Murad's Skin Smoothing Polish, which is essentially an exfoliator. I am faithful to my Korres Wild Rose Buffing cleanser, but wanted something more intense. I've seen the Murad skin polish all over you tube for the past couple months and decided to give it a go. I have truly been enjoying it as it leaves my skin smooth and polished with a healthy glow. I only use it twice a week because it can be drying if used daily. It has the tiniest exfoliating beads which are not too abrasive on the skin.The smell is fantastic and I have also seen a change in the texture on my face and the size of my pores (contains Witch Hazel).
I have been eying the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser for a very long time now, but wanted to finish up the cleansers that I was currently using at the time. I am so in love with this cleanser already. It has a very cooling effect and smells like freshly cut cucumbers. I feel like I'm having a spa day/night every time I've used this cleanser. It is very gently on the face, is not drying, and gives you that fresh, deep down cleansed feeling.
I'm a big moisturizer type of girl. I hate feeling dry whether it be my body, lips or face. I love to slather moisturizer all over for the most part. I picked up the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Cream as I ran out of my then moisturizer. I picked up the small sized jar which costs $15 bucks at Sephora while I was in the check out line (gets me every time). Since then, I have already purchased a second small jar because I've been so addicted. It is a light weight cream that hydrates very well and is perfect for the warmer months. It does have a similar scent to the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser which I love. I also find that although it is not an eye cream, it has helped with the puffiness under my eyes, possibly due to the cucumber extracts it contains. I sometimes use it under my eyes as an eye cream when I'm feeling lazy. I do plan on investing in another jar - probably the larger size however I may have to buy a more intense moisturizer for the upcoming cooler months. Although it hydrates pretty well, I think its more of a moisturizer for the warmer months/temperatures because it is so lightweight. I plan on alternating both depending on the temperature as Winter weather in Florida changes daily.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and as always, thanks for stopping by.

Fall Candle Haul

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Autumn (new favorite) // Pumpkin Pecan Waffle (*ceramic container.* Seriously I could eat this candle) // Pumpkin Caramel Latte (an old favorite) // Warm Caramel Cider // Flannel.'s that time of the year when all things Autumn/Fall seems to be everywhere!!! Autumn is by far my most favorite season and the yummy scents it brings is no exception. Bath and Body Works is my weakness when it comes to candles. They have some amazing scents which have fast become my favorites. I stock up on candles every time B&BW have their 2/22 sale. I love my Jo Malone scents, however I religiously buy 90% of my candles from Bath and Body Works. Not only do they have the best deals, they always give out coupons for various items and who doesn't love saving!? 
I especially love their fall candles and home accessories. Recently I purchased some of my favorites and new favorites during their sale (I picked up two of each shown). I have quickly fallen in love with the Atumn scent which I burn constantly. A great tip  I found out recently is that if you buy more than one candle at regular price and they have their 2/$22 dollars sale a few days later, you can bring your receipt back to your local store for a price adjustment within 7-14 days (depending on your location) of initial purchase for a refund or store credit. For all you candle hoarders like my self they are currently having their 2/$22 sale going on over the weekend so I would suggest stocking up!
Hope you guys are having a fabulous beginning of Autumn.
Thanks for stopping by

Bath Essentials Courtesy of Laura Mercier

Thursday, September 04, 2014

...long baths are probably my favorite thing to do when I'm home and since moving into the new place that's all I've been doing. It relaxes me and literally puts me in a good mood. Thankfully my new apartment has a soaker tube detached from the shower which makes taking a bath easier and less cramped in my opinion. I've been a fan of Laura Mercier's bath products for a while and this bath set is no exception. Purchased separately, the range offers a body scrub and a honey bath amongst other products. Both products leave my skin oh so soft and smelling divine! I picked up the Ambre Vanille scent after using the body lotion in the same scent and loving it. It's a warm, sweet scent with hints of vanilla and caramel. Just writing that sentence made my mouth water, seriously! I previously had the body scrub in Almond Coconut Milk but prefer the Amber Vanille scrub because the sediments are less chunky and is much easier to work into the skin. I love the honey comb wand that the honey bath comes with. It's very useful in creating a very bubbly bath. Sweet Almond, amber, vanilla beans, coconut and brown sugar are just some of the yummy ingredients that make up the honey bath.  Day or night, I enjoy me time with these little luxuries.
If you enjoy taking baths as much as I do give the Laura Mercier's bath products a go. Your entire being will thank you.
Rhondine, xo.

August Favorites [ Tory Burch, Korres, Marc Jacobs & more...]

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

feed your curiosity... |

 B&BW Autmn Candel // Tory Burch Amanda Clutch // Chanel Rouge Coco Caractere //Marc Jacobs The Bronze Brush// Korres Apple Blossom Body Butter

... August was quite hectic for me as I moved into my new place at the beginning of the month and as one can imagine, it was no small feat. It took longer that I wanted, to get everything unpacked so my favorites for the Month of August were essentially items that were easily accessible to me and not packed away in boxes and/or purchases I made after the move. To feed your curiosity on each item, sit back, grab a snack & continue reading...

New in Hair Care: Bumble & bumble

Monday, September 01, 2014

...when I first heard the name "Bumble & bumble" never did I think to associate the name with a hair care brand. Honestly I thought of sushi at first #fatgirlproblems. Lol. Ever since discovering the Bb brand I've had my eyes on their "creme de coconut" line which had been receiving rave reviews. Whilst in Sephora, I came upon the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil line and decided to try the line out instead. What specifically caught my eye was the line's ingredients which is essential made up of a blend of 6 oils (grape seed, safflower seed, sweet almond, macadamia, argan, coconut oils) and two flower extracts. The entire line is said to strengthen one's hair to help prevent breakage, protect the hair from heat styling and tame those pesky frizz. The Bumble and bumble brand is known for its high price point which made me very leery when I saw the size of the products. However, I've been using the products once a week for the past month today and I have yet to reach half way on any of the products which surprised me. The line comprises of four products which includes a shampoo, conditioner, hair primer and liquid hair oil which I have been using as a hot air treatment. I have terribly dry hair and scalp and while my previous shampoo and conditioner helped with breakage and split ends, my hair was still dry. I have processed hair and naturally my hair is course and thick so I have to grease my scalp every time I washed it which was typically once a week. However after two days of washing and greasing my hair, it would look super dry and dull. Ever since using the entire invisible hair oil line, I can honestly say that my hair feels and looks hydrated and has a nice sheen to it that lasts for more than a week! The shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair soft and silky, while the hair primer has definitely helped with breakage. I'm seeing less hair fall out in my sink even more so than with my previous shampoo and conditioner. The hair oil is probably my favorite because ever since using it I use less hair oil to grease my scalp and it hydrates my hair for more than a week without having to re-apply any oil. It doesn't leave my hair flat or greasy, it just adds a healthy glow and sheen to my hair. I prefer to wash my hair weekly however I can get away with washing it by weekly since using these products. The products all have the same sweet scent which isn't too overbearing or smells medicated. The scents are reminiscent of being in a salon.

A little goes a very long way for all of the products mentioned especially the hair oil. One, the most, two pumps does the trick after working it into my hair and scalp. It can be used on both damp and dry hair. The hair primer gives a very fine mist which I love. I hate hair sprays with mists like rain drops. Lol. I use it on my damp hair before I blow dry it as it is meant to use before heat styling or blow drying one's hair.
My hair has been more manageable since using these products and after exactly a month I have to say I found some of my holy grail hair care products that works great with my processed hair. For more information on the products you can visit the Bumble and bumble site for demos on different hair textures. You can purchase the products in Sephora or online, on the Bb website and also at your local Bloomingdales.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and as always thanks for stopping by

...this is not a sponsored post. All the items mentioned where purchased with the author's own money. All opinion are that of the author.

Favorite Real Technique Brushes

Sunday, July 27, 2014

feed your curiosity... |

...unless you live under a rock, I'm sure you've either heard or have tried one of the brushes from the real techniques range. Today's post is all about my top three RT brushes and my thoughts on each. I've owned these brushes for almost a year now, and I have to say that they have held up wonderfully, even better than some of my higher end brushes. The great thing I love about  them is how great they are made and how inexpensive they are. Not only are they easy to clean for the most part, I have had no issues with shedding what so ever. I have to say they apply makeup almost just as good as my other higher end brushes and should be apart of anyone's makeup and beauty collection. They are indeed worth the hype. It took me a long time to actually jump on the RT train but I'm so glad I did...