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GIG Spotlight: Top 10 Style & Beauty Wants for Spring!

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My favorite blogger community, The Girls’ Inspired Group AKA GIG, does these really fun monthly themed posts which they invite the other GIG members to do as a sort of contest and sometimes they offer up awesome giveaway prizes and things! This month’s themed post is “Spring Fever” and they’ve invited members to post on it in order to compete for “Blog of the Month” for GIG so I thought I’d share some beauty and fashion things I’ve been wanting to pick up lately for this post.

You can see the GIG original post on Spring Fever on their blog – here.

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Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye And Cheek Palette, Sua Young Mineral-Based BB Cream, Ribbed V Front Skater Dress, RMS Beauty Living LuminizerGlamazon™ Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick – Bold Coral, Metal Fan Collar Necklace, Large Sienna Padlock Bag, Glitter Round Sunglasses, RAVE Skinny Letter Belt & LOLLY Metal Heel Sandals.

   What Are Your Latest Beauty & Fashion Wants for Spring?

Let Me Know in the Comments!

♥ Tianna

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I’m not huge on fashion trends.

It’s not that I don’t like fashion because I love fashion; I just prefer to do it my way instead of following the trends of the runways or whichever. I feel like some of the trends are super unrealistic for everyday wear and then some only look good on certain body types (usually stick thin) and hence wouldn’t even look right if I tried them. For this reason, I always seem to be on my own strange, yet awesome trend schedule and that’s fine with me because I like having a unique style and I don’t mind standing out a bit.  After all, variety is the spice of life and you should have fun being who you are, whether that means following a trend or not.  Just make sure you have fun and that it’s a style or look that you really like and feel confident in. That’s not to say I never like things that are on trend because I usually like a lot of them. I’m just saying I don’t really care if I follow them to a T one way or the other.

With that, here are some styles I’m excited about this coming Spring & Summer that may or may not be on trend 😉

The Ballerina Look

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Uploaded by Coco Blanchard via Pinterest

I’ve always felt like ballerinas have an ethereal grace about them in the way they can control their bodies, but also in the outfits they wear. From tutus to leotards to less conventional styles, there’s just something really classic and beautiful about mixing classic ballet pointe shoes with anything, really.

Chloé Ballerina Flats - Masha Dancer

Chloé Ballerina Flats – Masha Dancer

Take these ballerina flats by Chloé. They’re super fashionable and wearable for us who aren’t actual ballerinas, but they still have that awesome look to them. It reminds me of when I was in high school – I had these black ballerina flats that I’d gotten at Nordstroms. I don’t even remember who made them at this point, but they had ribbon lacing all the way up the ankle and they made me feel so light footed and lovely all the time. *Sigh* Those are some shoes I literally wore into the ground until my mom threw them out because they were falling apart so badly.

Brightly Colored Clothing & Accessories

Image 1 of Cambridge Satchel Company Exclusive to Asos 11" Coral Fluro Leather Satchel

Cambridge Satchel Company Exclusive to Asos 11″ Coral Fluro Leather Satchel

I’m really loving bright Springy colors at the moment. I know that’s pretty on trend which is cool!

I actually first spotted this awesome Cambridge Satchel over on Minnie Mélange, only I prefer it in the coral color as opposed to the cool green color she picked up.

Image 1 of TFNC Swing Dress in Jewelled Crochet

TFNC Swing Dress in Jewelled Crochet – ASOS

I’m loving really flowy material for Spring and I always love lace type tops and dresses, but I’d love this dress even more with a brightly colored pink skinny belt or something to make it a bit more bright.

SURRENDER BOW PLATFORMS – TopShop

Brightly colored platforms are a fantastic way to add color to otherwise basic looking outfits that include a lot of black, beige or white and I really love these bow platforms! They also come in a funky pink color as well.

Braids

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Unique Loose Braid From sincerelykinsey.blogspot.com via Pinterest

I’ve always loved braids, but with this season and the amount of never ending ways people have recently come out with just astounds and enthralls me. From fishtails to milkmaid style braids, I just find them all so lovely and there are tons of fantastic blogger tutorials online to learn how to do them all!

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Fishtail Braid Tutorial From oncewed.com via Pinterest

Crisp Spring Nail Designs

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Hannah Miller from Instagram via Pinterest

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you’ll know how nail inferior I am, but ever since I’ve joined Pinterest and seen how amazing some of these nail designs are, I can’t help but get inspired to try some of them myself.

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From lamorechanel.tumblr.com via Pinterest

From salt manicures to these incredible jeweled ones, chevron designs, and other variations of the french manicure, it looks so fun and creative! I must admit that since starting this blog and discovering nail art, I have become a bit more ambitious when it comes to painting my nails and doing designs on them. Not saying I can do any of it or do any of it well, but I can try!

Colored Mascaras

Nvey Eco Volumising Mascara | Spirit Beauty Lounge

Nvey Eco Volumising Mascara | Spirit Beauty Lounge

I’ve been some kind of obsessed with colored mascaras for the better part of 3 months now, especially the copper hued Macao from ILIA Beauty that I recently spotted at Beauty Habit {see it below}. This one from Nvey Eco also looks promising and comes in black, brown AND blue!  There are also some pretty amazing color options from Sephora and Make Up Forever as well.

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ILIA – Mascara – Macao – BeautyHabit.com

A Natural Glow

May Lindstrom The Good Stuff Radiance Oil

I’m not a huge fan of self tanner most days. When it looks awesome it looks really great, but for everyday looks, I just can’t be bothered to keep applying it without getting sloppy so I prefer a body oil or lotion with a bit of shimmer in it and May Lindstrom’s The Good Stuff Radiance Oil is perfect for that, especially in the Spring and Summer when it’s fun to have that slightly bronzed golden look! It smells heavenly { like chocolate! } and makes skin look naturally glowy and golden because it hydrates really well and includes shimmery mica in the formula. It’s definitely a holy grail body product for me as far as packaging, natural formula, and overall effect on the skin both superficially and beauty benefit wise. You can see my full review for it – here. If you absolutely prefer self tanner, a really great one is the one by TanOrganic and you can see my review for that – here.

Nudes, Pinks, & Nudey Pinks!

Image 1 of Pieces Heart Print Cami

Pieces Heart Print Cami – ASOS

Even when it’s not Spring, I love nude and pink colored pieces because they just go with absolutely everything and they look super feminine and romantic which I really love, given my period film obsession. It’s just the ultimate chic, womanly look in my mind, I suppose.

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Timeless Bow Sandal – ASOS

Neons

Neon Yellow Power Play Blazer – Nasty Gal

Normally I really hate neon, but for some reason lately, I am loving neon yellow, blue, pink and some shades of green as long as they’re paired with grey, black, or white. It just goes, am I right?

Wedge Sneakers

Hilight Wedge Sneaker – Black – Nasty Gal

In spite of the fact that my boyfriend thinks I’m an absolute lunatic for loving them, I really love this whole platform/ wedge sneaker trend! Ironically enough, I had some platform sneakers way back in the day when I was like 10-11. I’m not sure where I got them, but I remember I thought I was so cool because the Spice Girls wore platform everything and I finally had my own! Shortly after, my little sister hijacked them so she could look taller and I’ve no idea what happened to them now, but just the idea that I could get that Spice Girl style back gets my heart pumping! Anyone else relate to this? No?

Swimwear

Image 4 of ASOS Caged Bow Back Swimsuit

Caged Bow Back Swimsuit – ASOS

The last thing I’m really excited for is swimwear because I feel like the swimsuits that have come out lately have been edgier and edgier and the cuts all look really fun and unique. The one above is one such style. Doesn’t it look cool?! The pieces tie in the back so it looks all bandage-esque. You know it’s a good day when one piece swimwear is looking pretty awesome as opposed to mom-like.

Dancing Mesh 2 Piece Suit – ECO Swimwear – Maaji Swimwear

I’ve actually never seen anything like the bathing suit above where the top is all loose fitting on top. It looks so comfortable and lounge-worthy which I really like about it. I think a lot of girls, especially plus ones want to wear these type of 2 piece suits, but without them hugging their body in an unflattering way. I love that this one is loose fitting because it can be flattering for many different body types.

Beach Bunny Swimwear – Time is Love Bikini – Orchid Boutique

This is another great style that’s really unique. It’s not as diverse as the others, but I really love the bead work and it’s perfect for those who get really tan in the summer because the color looks great against tan skin tones.

Malai Swimwear EXCLUSIVE – Gates of Chic One Piece Suit

I’m really happy that one piece bathing suits are getting less and less boring! This one has such a cool design on the back and I like having a nice one piece around for swimming as 2 piece suits just fall off when you’re trying to do laps. I’m just saying – a girl’s got to be practical!

Block Party Bikini – Nasty Gal

This last suit is a big trend for the spring and that’s color blocking. I don’t actually much like the color block trend in clothing as I think it looks a bit too 1985 for comfort, but I really like it here on this suit. It just works!

What Fashion Trends Are You Loving For Spring or Are You Making Up Your Own?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and are enjoying your week so far!

I apologize for my silence over the weekend – I’ve been finding that lately I need to unplug on weekends and just chill without being on the computer as I spent way too much time on it in December and think I may have burnt myself out a little bit. That being said, I’m really doing my best to get in more fitness than I did in December (little to none, other than massive amounts of holiday shopping walking around and cooking – does that count??) and get back on track with healthy eating and my goals for 2013. Isn’t everyone?

But anyhow, onto today’s post!

So, lately I’ve been super obsessed with all things velvet and I mean, I LOVE velvet on any given day, but somehow, in the winter time, that love goes up to obsessive levels and I just want everything in my closet to turn to velvet. Obviously I have yet to win the lottery so that hasn’t happened, but here’s a few of my favorite velvet pieces that I wanted to share with you all. I hope you all can incorporate some velvet into your lives as I think it’s such a feminine, soft, and romantic fabric for the winter (or you know, any time!). Also, it would be especially nice come Valentine’s Day – I’m just saying!

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Velvet Peplum Jacket – NastyGal.com – via Pinterest

I really love the peplum style lately and this jacket is super chic because the fabric is layered, black goes with everything AND velvet will keep you nice and warm!

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The Official Dr. Martens USA Store – HACKNEY Sneakers – DrMartens.com – via Pinterest

I recently saw this sales clerk at Forever 21 wearing burgundy velvet sneakers ( which, in hindsight, may have spurned this whole velvet fixation…) and I’ve been on a manhunt for a pair of my own ever since. These seem to be the closest thing to velvet sneakers that I can find and they are really cute! For some reason, there don’t seem to be a whole lot of options for velvet sneakers, though, which is strange because it’s 2013 and I just imagine we have everything.

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Bathing Beauty One Piece in Blue Velvet by Esther Williams – ModCloth.com – via Pinterest

I’m not sure why there is a velvet bathing suit for sale, but hey, I’d rock it! Although, my boyfriend did mention that it might be unflattering once it gets wet, but what does he know?

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Sophie Platform Pump – Black – NastyGal.com – via Pinterest

Aside from my velvet obsession, I also have a fixation on mary jane style shoes so the fact that this heel combines both is perfect!

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Heart to heart dress – pixiemarket.com – via Pinterest

I love the heart cut out in this dress! The design itself makes it a fantastic choice for Valentine’s Day or any other romantic day in your calendar. Personally, I’d be wearing this whenever and wherever I could get away with it, you know, because of the velvet 😛 .

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Esmeralda Boot – Green – NastyGal.com – via Pinterest

Other style fixations of mine include boots of all shapes and sizes and I love these because they are forest green and slip on (yes, I’m lazy!) so hoorah for that! I have been resolving to add more color to my wardrobe in 2013 and I think this would make a lovely addition.

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Blue Cocktail Dress – USTrendy.com – via Pinterest

I have one other minor fixation in fashion with all things lacey and mesh and since this dress combined lace mesh, velvet AND purple together, I just think it’s adorable.

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Snow Palace Skater Dress by MINKPINK – threadsence.com – via Pinterest

There seem to be a limited number of colors where velvet is concerned, but I can count on classics to be included – red, black, and occasionally blue, green and purple. I love this classic red velvet dress with a modern twist. The cutouts are a really cute way to show some skin while still keeping your look classy and chic.

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Cute Black Top – Velvet Top – Sleeveless Top – $34.00 – Lulus.com – via Pinterest

As I said, I also have a slight obsession with peplum tops at the moment and this top is just simple and adorable! I love that it’s black because it will work with tons of different looks and styles and helps to jazz up any simple look just a little bit more.

To see more velvet loveliness, check out my Pinterest board here.

Otherwise, definitely follow me on Pinterest here.

What are your current fashion obsessions?

Do you have any style fixations with velvet, peplum tops or anything?

Let me know in the comments!

I’ve been browsing online like a fiend, which I think just comes with the territory when you get near holidays. Everyone wants to shop, right? Maybe it’s just me…

Anyway, so here are some things that really caught my eye and made it on my wish list for Christmas!

What’s On Your Christmas Wish List?

Gentle Face Cleanser + Exfoliant + Moisturizer + Face Mask : Suti’s CLEANSE Organic Facial Cleansing Balm & Muslin Cloth

If you’ve been following along for a bit, you may have seen my original post on Suti Skincare, but if not, you may have seen the reviews I did for their Peppermint Face Toner and Purity Balm Moisturizer, which I also featured as one of my June Beauty Favorites. If not, do check them out! I’ve become such a huge fan of Suti since first trying samples of their stuff a few months back. They are truly one of those organic beauty brands that offer quality products that are also very effective and that is something to be applauded. They’re already one a few awards for their efforts including Best Beauty Newcomer by Sublime Magazine for 2011 and it’s all very well deserved.

Their Organic Cleanse Balm is certainly no different than any of their products in terms of quality. Although you get a modest sized jar, I can fully attest to the fact that a little really actually does go a long way. This will last you several months. It’s a very compact balm in the jar and a dime sized amount easily melts in your hand and onto your face. This is a different kind of cleanser entirely to the typical foam and rinse types; it requires a bit more work, but the payoff is better. You really have to massage this kind of cleanser into your face really well to get the results you want, otherwise this is just oil sitting on your face being useless, albeit really high quality oils. In order to get the full effect, you must massage this into your skin for at least a minute and you can leave it on for 5-20 minutes if you want to get added mask effects. It really deep cleans the pores without being drying to the skin and, when used with the muslin cloth (free when you purchase the Cleanse Balm, BTW!), it exfoliates your skin in an extremely gentle way that doesn’t irritate, just brightens and tones. I really like their muslin cloth as well; it’s unbleached and natural and it’s really quite soft. This one is certainly higher quality than the one from Liz Earle, though both get the job done at any rate.

Aside from being an incredible cleanser, it also really hydrates the skin really well. Amid the scorching heat we’ve been enduring lately, I’ve been using this alone. I did test it with the Purity Balm on cooler days and it worked really well combined with that too, though a bit too moisturizing for the hot, miserably humid days we’ve been experiencing for the past 3 weeks (Ugh.)

The things I truly love about this cleanser are that it is very gentle and includes a lot of healing ingredients. On days when my skin just feels downright abused (like when I feel oily, dirty, but still dry – WTF?), this is an absolutely skin saver. It just feels so nourishing and the nourishing oils sink right into the skin, leaving my skin feeling super soft and supple. I have truly loved this on hot days (believe it or not) because it’s allowed me to combine cleansing with moisturizing and it leaves my skin feeling balanced because I can buff this off my face with warm water and the muslin cloth after massaging it into the skin.

This is definitely a more expensive cleansing balm, but as far as cleansing balms go, this is the best one I’ve ever tried and truly worth the price in my opinion. I know a lot of people don’t like to spend a lot on skincare, but it’s something I think is truly worth investing in because your face is the only one you’ve got and it deserves the best.

Check out the Organic CLEANSE Balm – here!

Check out all Suti Skincare products – here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Suti Skincare for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.

Keep Cool In This Heat with Suti’s Peppermint Water Facial Toner

If you’ve been following along for awhile now, you’ll know how much I’ve come to love Suti Skincare. Ever since they sent me mini samples a few months ago, I’ve been a serious convert of their products. After all, they’re made with all natural and organic ingredients, quality packaging and their products are above all, effective.

So, when they agreed to send me more products for review, of course I said yes!

This is one of the awesome products they’ve sent me that has seriously been a godsend. I was actually complaining about the unbearable heat in an email to one of their lovely reps when she agreed to send this to me!

I cannot thank her enough! Seriously, this toner is so cooling given the peppermint in it, plus it comes in a very convenient spray bottle that I keep in my purse for every hour on the hour that I’m guaranteed to be sweating. Did I mention my office has no AC? We have a very large glorified fan that manages to cool down the hallway and little else, but this toner has been doing all the work to keep me from dying of heat overload. Not only that, but it helps to calm redness and irritation so I’ve been using it at night to help get rid of 2 spots that popped up when the weather took a turn for the worse (105 degrees F here today!). It’s meant for combination to oily skin types, but I actually think anyone with any skin type could use this one. It is gentle, calming and doesn’t have any added fragrance so the scent of peppermint is just barely discernible. The effects, on the other hand, are subtle yet immediately cooling and calming.

All in all, a seriously awesome product made with only the best ingredients – pure organic peppermint leaf water.

It’s pretty pricey at £18.00 (approx. $36 USD), but you do get a fair amount of product (100mL) and it really does last you.

Check it out – here!

See Suti Skincare’s full line of products – here!

You can also learn more about their ingredients – here.

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Suti Skincare for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

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Suti Skincare Mini Sample Reviews

If you’re unfamiliar, Suti Skincare is an organic natural skincare line from the UK that utilizes natural and organic vegetable oils, essential oils and extracts to improve the skin by treating blemishes, hyper-pigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, and encouraging cell turnover with their simple line of products in order to improve the skin’s state of being in a natural way.

Their line is fairly simple, but after trying the following lovely samples, I can honestly say they are, for the most part, very effective and worth the investment!

Here’s the skinny on my experiences with them! 

Fabulous Foot Balm

So to keep this short and sweet, I really loved this foot balm.

I am not even really a foot balm sort of person, but hey, they sent it to me so I tried it and I really enjoyed it!

It smells really therapeutic and relaxing, but unfortunately the sample was literally only enough for one go of it and then it was all gone. 😦

It definitely softened my heels overnight in one application so I was super psyched by the effects!

This balm, like all of the Suti balms I received, looks super grainy, but once you rub it between your palms, it melts into an oil with no grains or anything in sight.

This works great; I definitely recommend it if you can get a hold of some!

Check out Suti’s Fabulous Foot Balm – here!

Cleanse Facial Cleanser

This was my favorite product of the lot.

It feels really sort of odd to apply.

The majority of their products look like grainy balms, but they all feel a bit different.

This one feels like a balm, but melts into an oil.

When mixed with water, it pretty much stays oily and has no lather at all, but melts into your skin and rinses easily offer after you massage it into your face.

It kind of reminded me of the Carrot Butter Cleanser that I recently reviewed by Organic Pharmacy (Check it out – here!) only, this cleanser gave me even better results than that and is nearly $12 USD cheaper!

I used this cleanser in the evening before bed and woke up with a nice glow, cleared breakouts and no redness or dryness.

It even seemed to smooth some of the fine lines I have!

All of these results in the little tiny sample that I used for only a week, so I was very impressed!

I highly recommend this cleanser for anyone with any skin type, especially if you’ve been doing the facial massage techniques I talked about – here – because it works really well to unclog pores, calm inflammation in the skin, and hydrate while smoothing the skin out overall when using this technique!

I actually think this is worth the money if you’re someone like me that has combination skin, battle dryness in the cheeks, oiliness in the T-zone and mild to moderate breakouts.

This will definitely work well against all of that!

Check out the Cleanse Facial Cleanser – here!

 

Purity Moisturising Balm

This balm was just so-so for me.

It looks near identical to the Cleanse facial cleanser and even the foot balm, but it didn’t impress near as much.

I think it was a bit too balmy for my skin type.

It has a really lovely scent, which I am quite sure is due to the Calendula, Chamomile and Lavender in the formula, but other than the relaxing scent, it just left me with the sense that I have used other moisturizing balms that worked just as well or better for less money.

I think that someone with a drier skin type than mine would likely love this though because it is nourishing, protective and calming if you experience a lot of dryness and/or redness.

Check it out – here!

 

The last product sample I was able to try was the Nourish Face Oil.

This face oil has a nice consistency, goes on smoothly and absorbs into the skin easily without much oiliness left on the skin.

I used it before bed for around 6 days and didn’t see too much of a result.

I think this is nourishing, it did moisturize my skin well, but other than that, there weren’t many other effects to be observed.

This has a distinct plant scent to it, but it wasn’t overpowering or too strong, just noticeable.

I just feel that I can get similar results from the serums from Rainwater Botanicals (Check out a review on them- here!), which is much more affordable than this line.

I think I may have seen more effects with longer use, but this is about how long the sample lasted so I don’t really have a conclusive opinion on this one.

Check it out – here!

Any experiences with Suti Skincare?

I’d love to hear about it!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the free samples that were sent to me from Suti Skincare to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.