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Get A Natural Glowing Makeup Look With Alima Pure’s Delicious Summer Collection!

Delicious Summer

Alima Pure Delicious Summer Collection

I was super excited when I received some press samples of the new Delicious Summer Collection from Alima Pure the other day for review.

This collection seems to be a bit more simple than other collections, but, somehow, it’s my favorite one yet because of the lovely colors included in it!

Included in this Collection: 

  • Milkshake Eyeshadow is almost-matte, but the creamy beige is punctuated with scattered silver sparkles.
  • Coffee Frappé Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow is a medium golden brown, loaded with golden shimmer.
  • Strawberry Lemonade Luminous Shimmer Blush is a peachy-pink with a whisper of shimmer.

Swatches of the Collection:

@AlimaPure Delicious #Summer Collection #swatches! Top to bottom - Coffee Frappe, Milkshake, & Blush in Strawberry Lemonade. All limited edition coming out early June! Stay tuned at StorybookApothecary.com to find out more! #makeup

From Top to Bottom: Coffee Frappé, Milkshake, & Strawberry Lemonade.

What I really love about this collection is that all the colors are very natural looking and I think they would be super flattering on any skin tone or type. They’re very soft pigments and the 2 neutral eye shadows – Milkshake and Coffee Frappé are both very natural looking, yet the colors have a lot of dimension to them so, together, they actually give eyes a lot of depth and shape. The colors look great during the day or at night as well and you can easily keep the colors very natural during the day and then layer some of the Coffee Frappé shadow a bit heavier for a more smokey night makeup look.

The peachy pink blush, Strawberry Lemonade, looks very glowy and soft, but not glittery. I’m not a fan of too much glitter or overdone sparkle. In the swatches, the blush looks more matte than it actually is on the skin. On the skin, it looks more glowy and soft as opposed to matte, even though the color isn’t super shimmery. Alima Pure have a way of doing just that right amount of shimmer in their blushes to create the perfect look that everyone wants in a blush. It doesn’t look overwhelming or plastered on – it just gives a natural flush to the cheeks which is quite lovely.

I was going to post an Instagram photo on here of me wearing all these in a makeup look, but I can’t get it off instagram for some reason so, if you want to see that look, check out my Instagram page – here.

Overall, this collection is really beautiful for Summer, especially if you want that very natural, subtle glow makeup look. It’s great for those who like the “no makeup” makeup look or anyone who enjoys glowing skin, neutral eyes, and colors that will suit anyone really well.

You can check out this collection on Alima Pure – here.

What Do You Think of This Collection?

Have You Tried Any Of the Alima Pure Seasonal Collections Before?

If yes, which is your favorite of them?

If no, what are your favorite makeup items to use in Summer?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

♥ Tianna 

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Happy Mid Week Inspiration & Fitspo!

This week’s post is all about allowing yourself to reach for the success you truly deserve. I was thinking about this a lot the other day, especially in terms of my own life and success, and I realized that it actually is really difficult to feel like I deserve what I want. I’m not sure why this is. Is it from a lifetime of the world trying to convince me I am unworthy through media imagery and millions of must-have products or a more innate and ingrained feeling of  inadequacy caused by something closer to home? I’m not so sure where it comes from, but I know it’s something a lot of us, men and women, deal with. We feel less-than all the time and why? It’s not serving us to be less than our full potential nor is it serving anyone else or the world. So, today, I am trying my very best (and I hope you will all do the same) to just give myself what I deserve. This goes for any area of life whether it’s the proper care for my physical and emotional states or working toward the job I really want instead of settling for one I don’t want.

So, that’s the theme for this week – Give yourself what you truly deserve whatever that may be for you. You DO deserve it! 

…And Onto the Fitspo & Inspiration!

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The last thing I wanted to share are some fun 30 fitness challenges that anyone can do. If you have trouble fitting in time to work out and want to get fit, relieve stress or just improve your day in a small way ( yep I’m Dr. Seuss now! LOL ), definitely try these challenges out. Everyone has time to do at least one challenge a month. The workouts per day will take you 5 minutes or less.

Here Are Some Of My Current Favorite Challenges: 

Have A Great Week Lovelies!

♥ Tianna

 

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Hi Lovelies!

I just wanted to take a moment to let you guys know that, in a few days’ time, I will be self hosting my blog via either hostgator or network solutions.

I’m a little nervous about transferring over, but also excited because it means I will finally be able to join some affiliate programs for websites that I really love so, yes, I can make a bit of money from blogging and which, in turn, also means I can offer more exclusive discounts and deals to all of you!

Aside from that, I’m tired of the wordpress ads running on my blog, especially the ads that have absolutely NO relevancy to anything I post about here.

Some other things I’d really like to be able to do are offer ad space, do more posts on travel as well as my usual topics ( fashion, beauty, fitness, etc.), and expand to a YouTube channel.

Anyhow, one really sad thing that comes with transferring over to self hosting is that I’ll be losing all of my followers who follow via wordpress. I hope you can all go on over to Bloglovin’ and follow me there so I don’t lose any of you! I really value all of your opinions and thoughts, valued support and uplifting comments and I hope you will continue following my blog! If you prefer to not follow via bloglovin, make sure you’re following me on Twitter and Facebook so you can still get post updates and once I’m all transferred over, you can come back and re-subscribe via email.

To follow me via Bloglovin, go to my Blog’s page and click the “Follow” button – here.

Thanks so much and I can’t wait to share more posts with all of you – I have tons more lined up so stay tuned!

♥ Tianna

NEW Stila Cosmetics – Illuminating HD Bronzing Beauty Balm, Glowing Lip Color, and More!

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Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm with SPF 30Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm with SPF 30Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm with SPF 30Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – PeriwinkleStay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – TurquoiseAfter Glow Lip Color – Rave RedAfter Glow Lip Color – Vivid Violet, & After Glow Lip Color – Party Pink.

I’m super excited about these lovely new items from Stila Cosmetics! They’ve recently come out with 3 new BB creams – an illuminating one, a bronzing one, and an HD type which I think is meant for photos. All of them are meant to be long lasting for all day wear. I love BB creams, but these seem especially nice for those who are going for specific effects on their skin whether that be glowing skin, bronzed skin or even picture perfect skin. I like that they are tailored to specific beauty effects as opposed to just being called “BB cream” or whatever.

A lot of cosmetic companies seem to be just re-branding their tinted moisturizers as BB creams and calling it a day which I kind of find irritating. I don’t think they really understand the meaning and purpose of Korean BB creams so they’re just trying to ride the BB fame tailcoat without fully comprehending the point, but that’s just me. I like that these BB creams have deviated from the typical western brand imitation pattern. I definitely think it makes these stand out from the massive wave of BB’s, CC’s & even DD’s that have come out recently.

Next, they’ve come out with 2 really lovely tinted waterproof liquid eye liners that are super whimsical and look like they’d be tons of fun to wear this summer! I love that both colors are very bright and that the eye liners are liquid and waterproof so they will last longer than typical color liners. Many colored liners that I’ve tried in the past usually have super light pigmentation, crappy color payoff or otherwise, they rub off in a few seconds so you can never get any good wear out of them. I’m hoping these have better pigmentation and the fact that they’re long lasting AND liquid ( will last longer on that alone ) sounds quite promising!

The last new items from Stila are the After Glow Lip Colors in Rave Red, Vivid Violet and Party Pink. What’s really fascinating about these is that they contain fluorescent pigments so when they are exposed to UV lights (aka black lights), they glow! They also claim that the colors will also be brighter in normal light due to the special pigments in the formula as well so that’s lovely! Other benefits include long lasting and super pigmented color pay-off that’s buildable, oat extract and sunflower oil to calm and hydrate lips, vitamins C & E for antioxidant protection and benefits, and delicious cherry flavor. I’m pretty excited for these lip colors because I love the 90’s rave girl look, personally, and I am really enjoying neon colors at the moment so this definitely appeals to me!

What New Beauty Products Are You Excited About?

When New Products Are Released, Do You Get More Excited for Skincare or Makeup stuff?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

♥ Tianna

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Summer is right around the corner so I thought I’d share some posts I’ve done recently (and some not so recently) to help you prepare for this super fun season!

Some people buy new clothes and makeup for summer while others get super fit for “bikini season.” Others do nothing at all and simply enjoy the weather.

How Do You Prepare for Summer?

What’s Your Favorite Part of Summer?

♥ Tianna

Blogger Link Love Friday #14

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and look forward to an even better weekend!

For those in the USA, I hope you have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!

…And Onto the Links!

Anna Sui Fall 2013

Anna Sui Fall 2013 – Coco’s Tea Party

I love Coco’s Tea Party! This fantastic fashion blog posts on everything from fashion magazines, runway fashion and more. I really love her new runway fashion features like this one featuring Anna Sui’s fall lineup. I love the knee high socks! They’re bringing Clueless fashion back haha!

Not Just For Sleeping: Strength-Training Moves Using Your Bed – FitSugar.com

I really love FitSugar for all things fitness and health. I don’t agree with everything they post, but they post on some fun workouts, creative fitness ideas and tons of healthy foods and recipes! I really enjoy reading the articles like this one which shows how you can do strength training moves in bed! It’s perfect for people like me who get lazy and love to sleep 😉

MAC Strobe Liquid Hydration

MAC Strobe Liquid Hydration Review – Cosmetic Candy

This review for MAC Strobe Liquid Hydration Lotion sounds promising! I love the reviews featured on Cosmetic Candy as they’re always really thorough and detailed. Plus, I find really fun ideas for new products to check out on this blog, especially makeup. This bronzing liquid from MAC looks surprisingly natural and lovely.

Infinite – BeautyCrush

I really enjoy the BeautyCrush YouTube Videos, but this is from her blog which is just as fun to browse! She features tons of beauty, style and fashion posts. I love her “lookbook” type posts like this one where she models an incredible leather jacket! She’s so beautiful and classy. Definitely check her out on her blog or YouTube.

Before And After Fat Loss Pics Tumblr

I am pretty obsessed with this Before & After Fat Loss Pics Tumblr Blog  because they upload so many before and afters daily and this one in particular I found to be really inspiring. This girl went from weighing 200+ lbs to weighing 162 lbs and she looks AMAZING! It’s funny how much we focus on the scale when people can build muscle and look this incredible. Anyway, there are not really any text posts on this blog; just simply before and after pics with the occasional little blurb about how the person lost the weight, what their starting and ending weights were, etc. I find it really motivating to see these men and women change their bodies and lives for the better!

The Best Juice for Healthy Skin

The Best Juice for Healthy Skin – Shape Magazine

I am pretty obsessed with healthy smoothies and juice for beauty (and body) purposes. Not only because I really enjoy eating healthy and feeling my best, but also because juices and smoothies, in particular, can have a really positive effect on the skin. I have seen my skin look brighter, clearer, and more youthful when I drink juices and smoothies than ever before. This post by Shape Magazine has a bunch of healthy juices for a variety of health purposes, including your skin.

That’s All for Blog Links, But Check Out Giveaways & Sales Going on

Right Now! 

Lina Hanson Global Face Serum

Lina Hanson Global Face Serum Giveaway – Organic Beauty Talk

Win MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick! – Cosmetics Aficionado

Get 15% Off Tarte Cosmetics This Weekend Plus Free Shipping – Beauty Au Natural

For more giveaways and sales, check out my Giveaways Pinterest Board!

That’s All for Link Love Friday – What Links Are You Loving This Week?

Please share them with me in the comments!

♥ Tianna

Check Out More Great Blogs on Past Link Love Fridays! 

Blogger Link Love Friday #1

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Blogger Link Love Friday #3

Blogger Link Love Friday #4

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You won’t believe what I’ve been using as an all natural deodorant!

It’s not any particular product you can buy because, despite how much I like natural deodorant in the winter, they are not effective enough to use in the hot California summer.

I’ve been using lemons! I know the photo is of limes, but that’s because my BFF (AKA best friend FOH-EVA) recommended that I try limes. The thing is, I only had lemons on hand so I used those instead and they work just as well.

How Does This All Work?

Easy!

You simply cut a small slice of lemon or lime, whichever you have on hand, and rub it lightly in your under arm area. Let it dry for a few seconds and then go on your way!

That’s LITERALLY it and it TOTALLY WORKS!

I didn’t believe it either when she told me, but suspend your judgment until you try it for yourself.

It’s super cheap, eco and really surprisingly effective! 

The natural benefits of this are that the citrus absorbs all of the bacteria in your under arm area ( which is what makes you smell bad, by the way ) so you don’t have a particular scent, but you definitely don’t smell AT ALL.

I wore this for literally 10 hours and did not smell in the least. Then I went to the gym after work for an hour and did intense circuit training and, despite being drenched in sweat, I STILL did not smell!

This definitely works and some other benefits you will see over time are lighter under arms  because the citrus will lighten the discoloration conventional deodorants have caused you over time, clear pores and smoother skin in this area, and a cleaner shave because of your smoother under arm skin!

The price of this deodorant method is less than $1 so definitely try this out – You can afford it!

Definitely let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this insanely effective and surprisingly simple “DIY” deodorant method or try it and let me know how it goes!

What Do You Think of DIY Deodorants? 

♥ Tianna

Hello Kitty Velcro Hair Bows – 3 Pack

Over my birthday weekend back in April, I went for a little shopping at Sephora and picked up these super cute Hello Kitty velcro hair bows.

If you are unfamiliar with what velcro hair tools are, they are basically a simple alternative you can use to hold your hair back instead of using bobby pins or hair bands. These are most commonly used to hold hair back while washing your face, but you can use them as you like. I personally use these to hold my hair up when I can’t find a hair band or when I wash my face. It may seem really odd to put velcro in your hair, but they are super handy and they’re surprisingly a lot gentler on hair than hair bands and pins which tend to pull and tug on hair and can cause headaches. These stay in place really well without any of the tension and pressure of other hair accessories which I really love.

Also, if you have a fringe or bangs or short layers, these are actually a lot more effective at keeping hair off your face when you’re cleansing or applying makeup.  In fact, I think that may actually be what they were initially marketed for in Asia, but don’t quote me on that!

I’ve used hair velcro tools before so I was excited to find these really adorable bow shaped velcros from HK and I’m excited that they seem to be going more mainstream since HK is offering them in Sephora now. I previously purchased my rectangle hair velcros by Japanese company Dariya from Asian beauty sites, Ebay or Amazon because they used to be the only ones who offered this sort of thing, but it is really cool to see they are more readily available to US consumers now as I find these hair velcros to be cute, fun and very useful!

If you are interested in purchasing these hair bow velcros from Hello Kitty, they are available at Sephora, but it looks like their online site is currently sold out of them. The only other places I can find them online are on Amazon or Ebay, but if you have one near you, I’d get them at Sephora as they are a lot cheaper (around $15, I think, for the pack) whereas they’re around $20 on Ebay and Amazon. If you don’t really care for the shape of the velcros, you can get rectangle shaped hair velcros or simple bow shaped ones on Amazon & Ebay for $2-$3.

What Do You Think of This Odd, But Useful Hair Tool?

Do You Use Hair Velcros? 

Would You?

Also, What Strange Beauty Tools Have You Tried? 

♥ Tianna 

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  Happy Inspiration + Fitspo Wednesday! 

Today’s post is all about staying inspired and believing in yourself. It’s not always easy for me to stay inspired in life or my goals and it’s certainly not easy believing in myself, but the way I see it is, if I don’t believe in myself, no one else will either. That makes it a little easier to try. So, that’s today’s theme – enjoy!

Before we move onto actual fitspo and inspiration, check out this fun Once Upon A Time workout I created last night! If you’re a fan, definitely try it out when you’re watching OUAT!

UPDATE! EDIT: I have created a more fun and visible graphic of the OUAT workout which you can see below so be sure to pin it to save it for later 😉

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…And Onto the Inspiration + Fitspo!

SimplyShredded 12 Week Weight Lifting Plan for Women via Pinterest

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NEW Fitness Trend – Aqua Cycling   

Beginner Yoga Poses to Tone Legs, Belly, and Arms – Fitsugar.com via Pinterest

Julie Andrews Quote – via Pinterest

Reasons to be fit

10 Super Foods + How They Help You Slim Down!

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What Inspires & Motivates You This Week?

Also, what do you do to get motivated and stay motivated to reach goals?

For me personally, blogging, fitspo, success stories, before & after photos, Julie Andrews’ brilliant words, and the hope of a new day all keep me inspired this week! 

Let me know in the comments!

♥ Tianna

Get Even More Inspired and Check Out Past Fitspo & Inspiration Posts!

Fitspo & Ways to Stay Motivated!

Create Your Own Future!

Dream Big – You CAN do it! 

Real Techniques Core Collection

{ This is NOT a sponsored post. I am not affiliated or associated with this company at all. I purchased these makeup brushes of my own free will and with my own money. As always, all opinions stated in this and any of my posts are completely my own. }

Everyone in the “blogosphere” has raved on and on about these incredible brushes from YouTube E-famous Pixiwoo’s Samantha Chapman – the Real Techniques makeup brush line – and after long last I have finally been able to get hold of some to see for myself!

I picked up their Core Collection and Expert Face Brush from Ulta and the first thing that really impressed me are the prices of these brushes. They are along the same price point of Eco Tools ( a big favorite of mine ) – around $8-$10 for a single brush and around $20 for a set of 3-4 brushes. The brushes alone look to be of very high quality and after using them, I find them to be very durable with little to no shedding from the bristles. The bristles are very soft and fluffy, but super dense and compact.

Included in the Core Collection: 

  • Detailer Brush – Awesome for using eye shadow in crease, with cream eye shadow, or to conceal spots on the face. Although they market this as a concealer brush mainly, I wouldn’t use it to conceal under my eyes. I tried it and found it to be way too small and left the product looking streaky.
  • Pointed Foundation Brush – Although they market this as a foundation brush, I am not a huge fan of typical foundation brushes. I preferred to use this as an under eye concealer brush and it worked fantastically for that purpose.
  • Buffing Brush – This is a great multi-purpose brush for bronzer, blush or mineral foundation powder. I have used it for all 3 of these and it has worked really well. My only advice for using this with bronzer or blush is that you don’t need a massive amount of product. This brush is really good at utilizing a small amount of product for just the right amount of color payoff so there’s no need to pick up a ton of product because it will end up packing on way too much. This is also brilliant for full coverage powder foundation application – I used it with my Alima Pure Mineral Foundation and it came out really nice.
  • Contour Brush – This is one of the main brushes in this set that I was pretty excited to try out. It actually works just as they advise. It works great for contouring on the face and only a little bit of product is needed to create a nice diffused look. I really love it! Now all I need is a good contour powder! Any recommendations? Please leave them in the comments below!!
  • Panoramic Brush Case + Stand – This case is surprisingly nice and simple, but multi-functional. I was really surprised because it’s a simple fold up makeup case for the brushes, but one end can be flipped back which turns the case into a little stand for the brushes. It’s really quite a nice touch and it gives good value to this set.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

The other brush I picked up was their Expert Face Brush which has gotten really great reviews for it’s application of face products, in general, but namely liquid and cream type foundations. I haven’t used this for liquid foundation yet, but I have used it loads of times now with my RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up which gave me great results.  This brush is quite short, but the bristles are super densely packed so you have a lot of control. I find that with longer bristle face brushes, it’s really easy to feel like you don’t have much control because they are easily bent every which way. This one makes application easy, seamless and streak free without much effort or skill.

Overall, I really love these brushes. They are super unique in design, in my opinion, because they are made to help everyday makeup users such as myself apply products with ease and they definitely succeed in that. A lot of times, makeup brush brands generally all look the same and have the same function, but I really love that these brushes deviate a bit and offer brushes that are easy for the everyday person to use. I think these would be fantastic for anyone who is new to using makeup and makeup brushes because they are super easy to use and they are very affordable. They are sold in a number of places online, including on their own Real Techniques home site and even now Walmart’s online shop even offers them.  I’m not sure if Walmart has them in store yet, but you can find them in Ulta or Boots, if you have those near you.

What do you think of makeup brushes?

Do you use them or do you prefer using your hands or Q-tips?

Have you ever tried these Real Techniques brushes?

If not, what’s your favorite makeup brush brand?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

♥ Tianna