Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Trends 2014: Neons

     It's no secret that neon colors are one of the hottest trends of the Summer. Everything from makeup, nail polish and even clothes are adorned with these hot highlighter hues. They are definitely a step in a different direction than the softer tones of mint and coral which have been so popular in the past year. There are so many awesome products that have come out in recent months, it's kind of hard to know where to start to start so you too can sport these beautifully bright colors.


Urban Decay Electric Palette

     I think one of the hottest items of the season for the makeup junkies out there is definitely the Urban Decay Electric Palette. This pressed pigments palette sports 10 vibrant colors that any girl would adore along with the blendability and stay power that any UD lover knows all too well. And since this is a pressed pigment palette, the uses are limitless. They can be used as eyeshadow, mix it with a little mixing medium and turn it into an amazingly different lip color or even use it as hair chalk. This palette is a must! However, as stated on the packaging, Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban contain a colorant that is not FDA approved for the eye area in the US, Canada and Brazil. This does not mean it will cause you issues, but it may be an irritant, especially if you already have sensitive eyes. 

Nyx Macaron Lippies

     Another hot item this summer is Nyx's Macaron Lippies! They have been sold out practically since they have been released and for good reason! There are 12 hot colors to choose from ranging from pink, purple, blue, yellow, and even black! My personal faves are rose (pink), pistachio (mint green), and black sesame (light gray). There is something for everyone and its easy to rock these bold colors.


     My favorite nail polish collection for Summer 2014 has been the OPI Neons Collection. It has 6 out of this world shades and even includes a white to make these neons really shine. OPI is a great formula to begin with so of course the quality of these is no less than stellar. 


     When it comes to clothes, I love mixing bright neons with darker hues to balance them out. I have seen many dresses that will have a neon skirt paired with a navy or black bodice. It gives you a bright fun look without being totally in your face!

     Those are just a few of my faves for rocking the neon trend this summer. What are some of YOUR favorite trends?

"A Little Glamour Goes A Long Way"

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Small Business Sundays: Soapy South Wash House

     Happy Sunday! I have decided to start a new segment to promote the small businesses I love on facebook, etsy, etc. It's called 'Small Business Sundays'! I am basically going to be telling you guys about my fave small businesses, why I love them, and maybe even some mini reviews on their products that I've tried. Also, I will be leaving their info at the end including direct links to their pages so you can check them out for yourself!! Yes, I like promoting small/local businesses. :)

What is Soapy South Wash House?

Soapy South Wash House specializes in all things homemade, from delicious smelling soaps to luxurious body butters, lip balms, lip scrubs and even released a natural deodorant! If you are a fan of Lush products, you are sure to find something you love at the Soapy South Wash House!

About the Owner

     Lizzie Zarich is a licensed Cosmetologist from the great state of Mississippi. During her time in cosmetology school she learned about the loose regulations in the skincare market and the ingredients that go into many of the skin care items we all use on a daily basis. It was from this that Soapy South Wash House was born! For her full bio click here.

My Fave

Extra Scrubby Lip Sugar

     A few months ago Lizzie was looking for some of her followers who wanted to test a new lip scrub recipe that she was working on through her instagram. I responded and she sent me a sample pot of her "Extra Scrubby Lip Sugar". I have used it several times since then and I have to say I love it, it is the perfect blend of sugar and oils to exfoliate and nourish your lips, leaving a perfectly kissable pout. I use it 2-3 times a week to maintain a smooth canvas for my favorite lipsticks.

   There are tons of soaps to choose from. A few that have caught my eye are 'Primpin' Princess' and 'Vanilla Oatmilk' soaps. 'Primpin Princess' is said to be sweet and floral. I think this would be perfect to satisfy that girly girl side in all of us. 'Vanilla Oatmilk' is a little more self explanatory. It is a Vanilla soap packed with the goodness of homemade oatmilk.

Soapy South Wash House definitely has a nice assortment of goodies to choose from and at prices easily comparable to Lush you can't go wrong.