Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April Favorites + Giveaway! {closed}

Hi girls! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Easter weekend! Here's a list of my favorites for the month of April. Make sure you enter the giveaway at the end of the post!


Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Beige Ivory and Foundation Primer

Laura Mercier may be my new favorite makeup brand. I won't lie, Laura Mercier products are quite expensive, but the quality is amazing! I had heard so many amazing things about the Silk Creme Foundation, but I was afraid it might be too moisturizing for my oily skin. Despite being moisturizing, this foundation gives me flawless, full coverage with minimal shine. It's also incredibly lightweight for such a full coverage foundation. I'm also obsessed with Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer. Normally, primers slightly greasy or oily, but this primer has more of a gel consistency. This primer is great for oily skin and my new favorite.

Sigma was so kind to send me this brush, and I'm honestly not sure how I lived before using this brush. I love using this brush to apply my Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation because it really helps to buff out the foundation and provide a really flawless finish. I've also used this brush to apply setting powder, and it works really well! Enter the giveaway to win one of your own!

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Violet Glace and Fairy Dust Glace

I got these mini Laura Mercier Lip Glaces quite a while ago, and I just recently re-discovered them. These are a medium-pigment lip gloss, and I really like the consistency- not too sticky, but not so watery that they don't last for very long. Violet is the most beautiful medium pink with violet undertones and a bit of shimmer, and Fairy Dust is an absolutely gorgeous clear gloss with multi-colored shimmer. Unfortunately, Fairy Dust isn't available anymore, but Soiree is a great dupe! I also really love that despite having a considerable amount of shimmer, these glosses are extremely smooth and not scratchy at all.

Skin Care

I've always been a fan of St. Ives Apricot Scrub, but I love the new packaging so much better! This product is super cheap. I think this 14oz tub was around four dollars! This scrub is a great exfoliant for your face and body, and it's not too harsh or drying.

I'm not sure why, but my skin went CRAZY in March. I was breaking out every day no matter what products I used. I decided to go buy a new cleanser, and I'm really happy with St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Cleanser. This product was super affordable, and it's a really nice, gentle cleanser. I've used this cleanser for six weeks now, and my breakouts and redness have really decreased. I'm not sure this will be strong enough to fight my oily skin during the summer, but it's great for springtime!

I just re-discovered Biore's Deep Cleansing Pore Strips. They're incredible, but I can't lie. It feels like you're ripping a band-aid off of your face. They may be uncomfortable to use, but seeing the junk that comes out of your pores is strangely satisfying. I've learned that it's important to put a lot of water on your face before applying the strips, or they won't adhere properly. I've been using these once or twice a week after cleansing and applying toner but before moisturizer or acne spot treatment gel, and I feel like I can see a big difference in the size of my pores and the amount of breakouts in my T-zone.

Nail Polish

I discovered Orly's Rage nail polish on Miss Glamorazzi's YouTube channel, and I am so glad that I went to the store and picked it up. Rage is the most gorgeous rose gold shimmer, and it's just amazing. I literally stared at my nails for about 10 minutes because they were so pretty! Rage is opaque in two coats, and I think it's really flattering on almost all skin tones. Revlon's Lilac Pastelle nail polish is another awesome spring color! It's definitely more on the pink side of lilac, but it does have purple undertones. It's opaque after 3 coats, and it's such a cute spring color. I've been wearing it on my nails for weeks!

Body Products

If you know me in real life, then you know that I've been obsessed with this scent for years. No matter how many expensive perfumes I buy, I always go back to Love Spell. It's just SOOO good. Victoria Secret's website says it's "a lavishly lush blend of peach, cherry blossom, and white jasmine," but I think that it's just the most delicious smell in the world.  

Hair Products

I'm not sure how I've failed to mention this in my blog. Moroccan oil is my one of my all-time favorite hair products. It's an amazing oil treatment that can be used on wet or dry hair. It manages to deeply moisturize your hair and reduce frizz without making your heavy greasy. I love this stuff! It is really expensive, but I've had this bottle for over a year, and I'm not even halfway through it. You literally need a dime size amount on wet hair before you blow dry your hair. I would definitely recommend investing in this product if you have dry, frizzy, or damaged hair.

I have naturally dark blonde hair, but I add golden highlights to add dimension.  I hate it when my highlights turn yellow or brassy, so my stylist recommended that I use this purple toning shampoo once or twice a week. Be warned that this shampoo is an extremely dark purple. I was so scared that it would die my hair, but it just leaves a slight pigment that cancels out the brassy tones in your hair leaving your blonde hair beautiful and shiny. I wouldn't use this product every day because it can be drying, but it's a great toner once a week.

Home Products

As you all know, I'm a BzzAgent. I was so excited when I received a new package from BzzAgent with all sorts of Glade, Scrubbing Bubbles, and Pledge products. Cleaning products may not be glamorous, but the Scrubbing Bubbles are so much fun to use that I may actually be cleaning too often! What can I say, the Scrubbing Bubbles foam is so addictive. In this package was this small Glade candle. I'm not sure why I've never tried Glade's candles before. I guess I was just distracted by fancy, ridiculously overpriced candle brands. I was pleasantly surprised by this candle's cute packaging and amazing light floral fragrance. It's also pretty long-lasting for such an inexpensive candle. I let it burn while I was cleaning for several hours, and there's hardly even a dent in the wax! I'm definitely going to be trying the other scents in Glade's candle collection! If you're interested in becoming a BzzAgent, you can sign up here

I've always loved Bath and Body Works' Wallflowers, but I've really been loving their summer fragrances recently. Vanilla Coconut is such a nice, relaxing summer scent! I've also been using Carribean Escape and Island Margarita. I can't wait until they go on sale again, so that I can stock up!


Birchbox is the most amazing service. For $10 a month, you get the most adorable box of high-end beauty, skincare, and haircare deluxe samples custom-tailored to your interests. I've only been a member for two months, but each month my samples have FAR exceeded the $10 price. These are fairly large samples, and I've even received full size products.  I'm so obsessed with Birchbox that  I think I will become a lifelong member. I'm planning on doing a more thorough review of the service in the next few days, and I'll be sure to include pictures and reviews of all of the product samples that I received to show you just how awesome Birchbox is. 

...and now on to the Giveaway!

Giveaway Products

This month I'll be giving away some of my April Favorites:

1 Glade Candle in Sparkle of Spring
1 Sigma F80 Flat-Top Kabuki Brush

1 Twin Pack of Slatkin & Co's Vanilla Coconut Wallflowers + Wall Unit (Unpictured)

and Orly's Rage polish and Revlon's Lilac Pastelle polish!

Sigma was nice enough to offer an extra F80 brush for a giveaway, so the brush will be sent directly from Sigma. All other products were purchased by me, so I'll be sending them!

Giveaway Rules:

You must be a public Google follower of my blog, and you must leave a comment with your name, Google name, and an e-mail address that I can reach you at if you win!

This giveaway will end on Monday, May 16th at 11:59pm.

For Extra Entries:
For 1 extra entry, follow me on Twitter.
For 1 extra entry, post a tweet about my giveaway with a link to this post.
For 2 extra entries, add this giveaway to your sidebar.
For 3 extra entries, write a blog post about this giveaway with a link to this post.

I hope you all enjoy this giveaway!

FTC Disclaimer: The Glade Candle was provided for free from BzzAgent, and the Sigma F80 brush was provided for free from Sigma Beauty. I would absolutely re-purchase both of these products with my own money. All other products were purchased with my own money. As always, all opinions stated on this blog are 100% genuine and truthful.


  1. Hi! My real name is Hannah, and my Google name is Hannah :D
    My email address is
    Thank you :o) xxx

  2. Hi, my name is Shannon, and my google name is also Shannon. My email address is
    Thanks for this giveaway hun!

    The lilac Revlon nail varnish looks gorgeous! xx


  3. How do you like being a Bzz Agent? I've thought about doing it, but have never known someone who has actually done it!

    Thank you for coming by my blog and for your sweet compliment!

  4. I've heard lots of good things about Laura Merciers primer, and also their concealers. And I absolutely love Victorias Secret Love Spell, it gorgeous.
    I remember those Biore Strips, they were soooo satisfying lol! Ive been thinking of trying Morroccan oil too :)

  5. I would love to win this!


  6. My real name is Ciara.
    GFC: Aphrosie

    Twitter: Aphrosie

  7. The Moroccan Oil Treatment is lush! I tried a sample the last time I went to Salon International in London!

    What a lovely giveaway!

    Enter me please :)

    GFC: x.Sarah.x
    E-mail :

    I follow you on twitter @sarahlou88xoxo and I have tweeted about your giveaway :)


  8. My name and google name are both Caterina!
    My email address is

  9. name: katrina
    gfc: misskatv

    thank you for this giveaway :)

  10. Wooow really want to win this :)

    Name: Charlene
    GFC: Charlene
    Twitter: @acosmeticaffair

  11. Katie Abshier
    GFC: Katie Abshier
    Blog post and sidebar:

    Great giveaway! I love Candles!!

  12. Great giveaway!!!

    Name: Miranda
    GFC: Miranda
    twitter: Mariahl82
    Blog sidebar:

  13. Thanks for hosting the giveaway! My google name is cestyeuxbruns and my email is!

  14. Thanks for sharing all the great products! I've been meaning to try Laura Mercier.

  15. Hi!

    GFC: G A B Y
    I follow you on Twitter as @GabyFauchon
    Blog post:
    Sidebar post:

    Thank you!

  16. Thanks for giveaway!

    GFC Supergirl

  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog :) sign me up!

  18. I am now a follower! I love your blog and am super excited about your giveaway!!

  19. Hi! I love your blog, it's so cute! and the part about the nose strips..those are the best! haha

    I am also following you on twitter!
    My google name is Ashley L

  20. That foundation is actually on my list to buy when I get paid :)

    Google name: Graceyloo252
    and i'm following you on twitter :)

  21. Hey, thanks for checking out my blog =) great giveaway, we never get Orly here in Canada!

    Google Name: Procrastinator
    following you on twitter and retweeted!!/procrast1nato2/status/63437466610319360

  22. Hey girl! Thanks for the comment and follow! I'm loving your blog and these products are great. I'm a big laura mercier fan.


  23. Hi! Firts off,thanks for following my blog and leaving a really lovely comment! It means a lot to me!

    My real name is Tjasa,my google name is also Tjasa,and my email is- :)

    xo Tjasa

  24. Hey! You are so pretty!
    My name is Ginan.
    Google name is: itsdstndx0.
    My email is:

  25. Hey thnks for following me :)
    Name Isha
    Link to the post

  26. Thanks for following me! :) I'm following you back now also.

    I'm entering this because I really want the Sigma flatop kabuki brush.

    Name Amy
    Google Name amy sue

  27. The nail polish colours look gorgeous :) thank you for looking at and following my blog! I have followed yours too!

    Google name: rosiehannahh
    I also followed you on twitter as rosiehannhh and tweeted about the giveaway.
    I've also got a blog post about it going up within the next couple of days :)

    Thank you so much!

    Love Rosie x

  28. I forgot to add the blog post will be up on :)

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  30. ive been eyeing those lip glosses for a while now so thanks for the review :)

    Name; Neelum
    Google name; ♥Neelum♥

  31. Love your blog! xoxo

  32. Hi, my name is Vanessa. Google name: msvanillary. Email:

    Thank you for following my blog. This is a really nice giveaway:)

  33. hey this an international giveaway?! :)...i am also having a giveaway on my blog, that is perfect for spring&summer! a RAD BIKINI by a young Mexican designeer! check it out, you wont be disappointed ♥ i promise!

  34. LOVE these colors!
    And Laura Mercier has the best products. I know I am only 23 but I love her anti aging wrinkle cream!!


  35. LOVE LAURA MERCIER products!!! I am a huge fan. That is the makeup and bronzer I wear. Love it!! :)
    Thank you for following along with me :)

  36. what a fabulous giveaway! i'm your newest follower


  37. St. Ive's apricot scrub is one of my favorites too! Also, too funny you posted that lavender nail polish, I have come so close to buying it a bunch of times!

  38. I like the orly nail polish color!! xxx from Spain


  39. Hello ;)
    Name: Raquel Silva
    GFC Name: Kel
    Posted on sidebar:

  40. Hi
    GFC: Francisca Ribeiro
    Blog post and sidebar:

  41. Hey Ashley, again! Thanks for helping me with the fonts on my blog! :D
    Name: Katelyn
    Google Name: Katelyn

    Link to my blog post about contest:

    Link to blog with giveaway in sidebar:

  42. I want to try out that Moroccan oil! I've heard that stuff is pretty fabulous!

  43. thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I am following you now! moroccan oil is the best!

  44. I follow via GFC as Piper nettysgirl AT

  45. Is the giveaway international?? I´m living in Spain.

    I follow you on GFC as Psique7
    Twitter: SecretodeVenus


  46. Yay great!
    Follow via GFC as Monik.
    Follow on Twitter as @monikaretnani.
    Tweet about this giveaway here.
    Add this giveaway to my sidebar here.

  47. Hi,

    I Follow via GFC as Sadi .

    Follow on Twitter as @Sad20ful .

    Tweet about this giveaway here :

  48. Please Enter me!
    Hi I'm Ida
    GFC Follower Name: Ida Pie
    Email: ida-pie(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Follow you on Twitter: SweetIdaPie
    Blog (Sidebar):
    Thank you!

  49. Hii
    Im Chloé
    Thank Youu

  50. hi! am a gfc follower (kathlynn.

    ive shared of ur giveaway here

    ive also added you to my sidebar of my blog here

    my email add is

  51. Name: Raíssa Rossi
    GFC Name: *Raíssa
    Follow you on Twitter: @raissa_rossi

  52. Hi Ashley!

    Thanks for entering my giveaway & now I've popped over to enter yours! Looks amazing! Fingers crossed. Am following you on twitter too & will retweet the giveaway, would appreciate if you could do the same! Thanks lovely :)

    Twitter: @cjread




  53. Hey Girl... awesome giveaway... and GOOD NEWS!! YOU WON MY GIVEAWAY for the perfume from Ebba... remember it? So glad I found your blog. Send me an email so I can give them your information. :) So excited for you!

  54. Great giveaway! Thanks for entering mine as well!

  55. Hi from Spain!!

    Enter me please ^_^

    Name: Miriam
    GFC name: bambaki83
    Email: mimica69(at)hotmail(dot)com

    I follow u on twitter as @bambaki83 (Miriam Rivas) and I tweeted about your giveaway here:!/bambaki83/status/66956003350032384

  56. Enter me please: Loevens

  57. Hi!
    Lovely giveaway :)
    Nick GFC: Maribel F.
    I follow you on twitter as makeupmb.
    I retweet!/makeupmb/status/67229035612225536
    Thank you! xoxo

  58. Great giveaway!

    gfc: Burcin


    I have also tweeted about it (@burcidi) :)

  59. Hey girl, i gave you a Stylish Blogger Award :)

  60. Hi, thanks for entering my giveaway :) winner to be announced soon! Laura Mercier... Ive heard only good things, and also have slightly oily/shiny skin and find it hard to find good foundations.. I'll definitely be trying the one you mentioned though!

    Please enter me into the giveaway too, following as 'Rhi' and email is rhi.burns @

    Thanks :) xx

  61. Love St.Ives products!
    Your blog is so lovely :))
    I am definitely following you :)

    Maybe you will have some time to visit my blog and follow if you want to:


  62. Great giveaway! Wish me luck!

    Following as BeautySoiree

    Stephanie xx

  63. I follow as hannah.
    email -
    also followed on twitter as hannah_paton (+1)


  64. I'm a new Google follower of your blog, I'm Ana and my GFC name is 'spider girl', and my email address is techiespidergurl (at) gmail (dot) com :)

    Extra Entries:
    I'm following you on Twitter (@techspidergirl)
    I've also tweeted about the giveaway here:!/techspidergirl/status/68062736612986880
    I've also put a link to your giveaway in my blog's sidebar, check here:

    Thanks & love,

  65. Hi!Enter me please! :)

    GFC follower: helga
    Follow on Twitter as:@helganagy

    Great giveaway! :)

  66. GFC - dollphat
    dollphat at gmail dot com
    thanks for this giveaway!!

    following you on twitter - dollphat
    tweet -!/dollphat/status/68587393866932224
    youre in my sdebar! -
    blogpost -

  67. Yay!

    GFC - Wendy
    email: iconnu at gmail dot com

    twitter - gathercat
    tweet -!/gathercat/status/68640540425596928
    sidebar -
    blogpost -

  68. I love the laura mercier primer and tinted moisturizer!

  69. Hi, found your blog via Gaby'a beauty blog!

    GFC: Mindy Loo
    Twitter: @mercurysmile

  70. gfc follower...shadab

    twiter follower...jozeeandleeb


    email..shadab_muslim at yahoo dot co dot in

  71. Im following on GFC as Hershley Sweet Kiss!

    my email is hersh sweet kiss @ gmail dot com

    i placed this in my side bar!

  72. What a lovely giveaway!

    I follow you via GFC as mia.
    E-mail: mailofmia [at] yahoo {dot] com

    Greetings from Hungary:)

  73. Hi,
    enter me ,please!
    I follow you via GFC (Camelia Andrasescu)
    I follow you on twitter (@cameliaadriana)
    I tweeted here :!/cameliaadriana/status/69550151974387712
    I don't have a blog , but I posted your giveaway on my FB wall :
    Email :
    Thank you.

  74. I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485 :)

    kate1485 at

  75. GFC: Jer
    Email: jaekayy@gmail(dot)com
    Twitter: @themoobinator

  76. Name: Batool Jafri
    GFC: Batool Jafri
    Twitter: @bjafri

  77. GFC Follower (Em)
    Name: Em

    For Extra Entries:
    Twitter follower (@emxue)

    Tweeted about this giveaway:!/emxue/status/69863311222636544

    Posted it in blog:

    Posted it in sidebar:

  78. AWESOME giveaway! :)
    tweeted -!/rachgent/status/69882300023844864
    following on twitter - rachgent
    following on here - rach.
    email -

  79. Hi!

    I follow you as Ginny via GFC

    Thanks for the giveaway !

  80. hi dear.. im a follower via GFC: rhaindropz

    hugs and kisses

  81. Cool post!

  82. Great blog... I'm following you.. xx

  83. Such a wonderful post...thanks for Share...
    i have grate ideas about home products which you needs in your daily life...


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