Thursday, November 15, 2018

MY IN-SHOWER ESSENTIALS

Hi guys!

Today I'm sharing with you my everyday essentials that you can find in my shower right now. These products have been living there for a long, long time and have been repurchased numerous times. That's how you know they're tried-and-true! Scroll below to see my thoughts...


shower products laid out including sea salt soap, verb shampoo, pixi mud cleanser and philosophy exfoliating wash

shower caddy feating daily shower essentials products


The first product I'm going to discuss is the VERB Hydrating Shampoo. (and conditioner! in the amber bottle!) I was introduced to this brand when I was working as a receptionist at a hair salon. It was introduced as our "junior" kind of hair care line because of the low price point. College Bailey was ALL. ABOUT. THAT.

You know, post-college Bailey is still all about it. My hair feels soft and cleansed and this shampoo/conditioner does not break the bank. Big plus? Sephora sells VERB so you can rack up your points while affordably taking care of your hair! VERB has multiple shampoos that you can choose from depending on your hair type and goal.

Next is another product that college Bailey introduced us to. While working at South Moon Under I randomly purchased the Kalastyle Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap. Why I was buying an $8 bar of soap while making not much higher than minimum wage is beyond me but I have been using this soap now for four years. It smells great, cleans effectively and doesn't leave you squeaky or with a film on your skin. It moisturizes, too! But the absolute best thing about this soap? It has sea salt in it that once exposed out of the soap bar, exfoliate your skin beauuuuuutifully. It's the best body exfoliator that I own. If you need something to exfoliate prior to shaving or tanning, this is your product!

My daily cleanser is the Pixi Beauty Glow Mud Cleanser. I first tried this cleanser when my dad bought me this Best of Bright Discovery Set for Christmas last year. I wanted that set for the Glow Tonic but I was lucky to fall in love with not just one product, but two! The mud cleanser utilized glycolic acid as an exfoliant and is a really nice texture-- it's silky and thick and it also smells nice. I always feel fully cleansed after using this and will be rebuying when I run out soon.

Last up is the Philosophy the Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash. Trust me when I say I love this stuff. I own about four bottles in varying sizes so that I 1. never run out and 2. can bring it with me when I travel anywhere. I use the Microdelivery wash whenever I need a facial pick-me-up with a bit more than a light chemical exfoliator like the Pixi Glow Mud cleanser. Unlike the other popular facial exfoliator, the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, I find the smaller exfoliating beads to be much less abrasive on my face and I'm never left red or irritated after using this.

What is your current shampoo/conditioner/cleanser/soap combo? Shower products are so personal and it's incredible how we fall into a routine with products like I have with these. I hope you have a great day and if you're reading this on my posting day, have a GREAT weekend!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE TILBURY HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY HIGHLIGHTER + CONTOUR WANDS




Today we are chit-chatting about some fancy products. Specifically, some Charlotte Tilbury products.

charlotte tilbury hollywood beauty highlight wand and contour wand

These are the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Highlighter and Contour Wand in Fair/Medium. Both are tubed liquid products with a sponge tip applicator. Many have an issue with the applicator while I, personally, don't really care. They aren't the most hygienic of tips but that's never stopped me from loving a product before (um, hello Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer, my love).

on-arm swatch charlotte tilbury hollywood highlight wand contour wand

The contour product is beautifully matte and semi-sheer, allowing you to layer as needed for depth and/or coverage. I have the lighter shade of this contour wand and find it to be very flattering on my skin tone. If you have a deeper complexion than me you may benefit from trying out the Medium/Deep shade. It really is sheer, though, so expect to build up a few layers to get solid payoff.

The highlighting wand is just........ disco ball perfection. I wanted this highlighter for so long but put it off because of the price ($38 USD) and availability only at Nordstrom. That was until my fiancé finally bought it for me last Christmas!!! I've been using it religiously ever since. The best part about reading about these Beauty Wands now? Charlotte Tilbury is now carried in Sephora so you can rack up those Beauty Insider points by buying them. Solves any issue I had prior when I was holding off on picking up. I would not consider this highlight to be fully "glossy" (i.e. no base pigment and just reflectivity) and would say it's partially metallic but when applied properly (a little goes a long, long way), it will look extremely beautiful as just an amplified, natural highlight.



before/after face swatch charlotte tilbury hollywood highlight wand contour wand

Here's a before, during and after photo. For the contour I applied two or three layers to get the result you see and just one for the highlight.


If you've tried the medium/deep shade, let me know if it is just as sheer as this shade appears to be! If I had to pick a favorite out of these two Beauty Wands, I would absolutely go for the highlighter. That being said, if you're willing to drop the $$ on both, do it. These are high quality face products that will become staples in your makeup routine.

Shop this post below:



Friday, November 9, 2018

FOODIE FRIDAY: VEGGIE LASAGNA

Happy Friday! TGIF!

I'm SO happy it's Friday because I FINALLY get to share this recipe with all of you that I perfected this past weekend.. I always take recipes that I find online/in books as "suggestions" and add or subtract whatever I want and kinda just.... make it up as I go once I've gotten some guidance from the original source. I, for the first time, truly perfected a recipe while completely winging it. Mmmmmm I wish I had more of this left to eat it again even though I ate it alllllll week long.

Let's get into it. Making a veggie/vegetarian lasagna. Trust me, you will love this one.

veggie lasagna in pan and plate featuring squash and carrots

Adapted from Cookie and Kate

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • half one medium butternut squash, chopped (about 1 cup.. or a bit more)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Tomato sauce
Remaining ingredients
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, to taste (aka more)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste (more)
  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) freshly grated low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella cheese (more won't hurt)
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. To prepare the veggies: In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Once shimmering, add the carrots, zucchini, yellow onion, and salt. Cook, stirring every couple of minutes, until the veggies are golden on the edges, about 14 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, to prepare the tomato sauce: Pour the tomatoes into a mesh sieve or fine colander and drain off the excess juice for a minute. Then, transfer the drained tomatoes to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add the basil, olive oil, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes. Pulse the mixture about 10 times, until the tomatoes have broken down to an easily spreadable consistency. Pour the mixture into a bowl for later. Rinse out and return to the machine.
  4. Transfer the cooked veggies to the bowl of the food processor. Pulse until they are more finely chopped, not super puréed (although that's okay too!), about 5 to 7 times, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary. Pour into a separate bowl and add in ricotta cheese. Mix then add salt (to taste) and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stir to combine. Now it’s lasagna assembly time!
  5. Spread ½ cup tomato sauce evenly over the bottom of a 9” by 9” baking dish. Layer 3 lasagna noodles on top (overlap their edges as necessary). Spread half of the veggie & cheese mixture evenly over the noodles. Top with ¾ cup tomato sauce, then sprinkle ½ cup shredded cheese on top.
  6. Top with 3 more noodles, followed by the remaining veggie & cheese mixture (we’re skipping the tomato sauce in this layer.) Sprinkle ½ cup shredded cheese on top.
  7. Top with 3 more noodles, then spread ¾ cup tomato sauce over the top (you may have a little sauce leftover) to evenly cover the noodles. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup shredded cheese.
  8. Cover the lasagna with aluminum foil, but don’t let the foil touch the cheese. Bake, covered, for 18 minutes, then remove the cover, rotate the pan by 180° and continue cooking for about 15 more minutes, until the top turns spotty brown.
  9. Remove from oven and let the lasagna cool for 15 to 20 minutes, so it has time to set and cool down to a reasonable temperature. Sprinkle additional basil over the top, then slice and serve.
vegetarian lasagna ingredients

I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you make this lasagna! 😋

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

EYELINER FACEOFF: FENTY 'FLYLINER' V. KAT VON D 'TATTOO' V. STILA 'STAY ALL DAY'

Oh my goodnesssssSsss

Today's post has been a WORK. IN. PROGRESS. lemme tell you. I could give you a short blurb why or I could just get into the post. Let's just get into it. Today I'm comparing three very similar mid-range eyeliners:

Kat von D Tattoo Liner

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner

and Fenty Beauty Flyliner (new!)

tips of stila fenty kat von d eyeliners stay all day flyliner tattoo

As you can see, these liners are all felt/brush tipped and they're all fairly equal in tip length.

My go-to for years and years (seriously. repurchase after repurchase) was Stila's Stay All Day. If you look back on old Beautymunson posts you'll see just how much I used it. I eventually replaced it with Kat von D's Tattoo liner because of how quickly the Stila one dried out. I've been gung-ho on the KVD liner for years now but with the recent anti-vaxx debacle and the societal cancellation of her brand, I was curious what else was out there. Around the same time, Fenty Beauty dropped their Flyliner. The idea for this blog post was then born.

on-arm swatches of stay all day tattoo and flyliner stila kat von d fenty


Each product is very black, for sure. That being said, these were all BRAND. NEW. liners and I was very confused by the Kat Von D swatches. That is a liner I have been using for a long time up until today and it's never been that translucent before-- I can only assume the batch I received is off or the formula changed? It was translucent when I applied it on the eye, too.

As for the Stila and Fenty liners, they were pretty even. Fenty's was super duper inky, though. I consider that a positive. Stila's, on the other hand, is more like a felt-tipped thin marker.

kat von d tattoo applied on eye

Please pardon the inconsistency in the lighting of the "test run" photos. I clearly took them on different days and it's been rainy and dark this weekend/week!

Starting with Kat von D's Tattoo eyeliner-- again, it was not opaque upon first application but you can easily layer up two or three layers to get a deep black. What I personally dislike about the Tattoo eyeliner is the Satin finish but many of you may find that to be a good thing! It brings a little bit of life into your eye look. The Tattoo liner applicator is different than the other two in that it is more of a brush than a felt tip and I think that helps with its longevity. Tattoo liner lasts significantly longer than the other two-- giving you a better value. (of course this is assuming for the Fenty liner but I can already tell it'll act similarly to the Stila option)


stila stay all day applied on eye

Next is the Stila Stay All Day liquid eyeliner. This one is black, opaque and extremely easy to use. The only downside is the life of the product itself. It does dry out but will still give you months of solid performance. I really like how sharp the tip is because it makes it very simple to draw out a perfect wing. They even have a MICRO tip Stay All Day if you want an even more precise application.

fenty flyliner applied on eye

Last up is the product that I am currently conducting the hype train for-- the Fenty Beauty Flyliner. It's SO dark and opaque and applies beautifully. It's as if the product just flows into a line on your eyelid. I was nervous when I purchased because a lot of the reviews state that it transfers but I assumed correctly when I assumed it wouldn't be a problem for me because my lids don't usually have transfer issues. 

All three of the eyeliners are good. I appreciate that they aren't thick or clumpy and don't flake. I like this style of liner pen because it saves your lashes from getting all goopy right before applying mascara.

Now, I have a question. Have you "cancelled" Kat von D? If so, what product(s) have you had to find replacements for? If not, let me know what your favorite eyeliner is! It doesn't have to be in pen form like these. Have a great day and I'll talk to ya in the comments.

Monday, November 5, 2018

MY FAVORITE FUNKY LIPS

OG Beautymunson signing on!

Today we're talkin' FUNKY lip colors! My favorites, to be specific. Scroll below to see my thoughts on and swatches of these three lippies.

Lime Crime Squash, Maybelline Vivid Violet and Smashbox Chill Zone

From R to L...

Lime Crime Velvetine in 'Squash'
Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in 'Vivid Violet'
Smashbox Always On liquid lipstick in 'Chill Zone'

Arm swatches of Lime Crime Squash, Maybelline ivid Violet and Smashbox Chill Zone

ALRIGHT.

First up, we have the most beautiful orange shade ever. This liquid lipstick from Lime Crime makes my complexion look so bright and my teeth so white. Who could have ever thought a tangerine lipstick could make you look so good? I had lusted for a shade like this for YEARS and determined I would have to make it myself because it didn't exist. Then I found Squash. I love the color and I love the formula of Lime Crime's Velvetine lipsticks. They're thin and last for-EVER.

Next is Maybelline Vivid "Matte" liquid lipstick in Vivid Violet. Let's just start off by saying this formula is not matte. Not in any way, shape or form. Once you get that expectation out of your head you can fully enjoy this lipstick for what it is-- a beautifully plush, vibrant purple that makes a super impact. The formula is a bit streaky but I've learned over the wears that the more you try to even it out with the applicator, the less anything changes. This plush formula works best when you apply and then rub your lips together. It does transfer but this purple, you guys. It's soooooo pretty. I don't even care!

Last up is what was ONCE my favorite liquid lipstick formula, Smashbox's Always On liquid lip. I say ONCE because when these lipsticks are brand new, their formula is unbeatable. It's thick (in a good way), opaque and the applicator gets every corner of your mouth covered in one fell swoop. and once the product was on? Didn't budge. I bought so many of these lipsticks but now I've learned time does not bode well on them. They've now gotten thick (in a bad way) and are difficult to apply. That being said, their longevity still stands true and if you just thin out the formula with some Fix+, you're back in business. Chill Zone is a super "cool girl" grey. Like, come on. Who rocks grey lips? You'll become instantly cool, er, chill, while still feeling like this warm taupey grey is wearable.

On-lip swatches of Lime Crime Squash, Maybelline Vivid Violet and Smashbox Chill Zone

Would you wear any of these crazy colors? Let me know below what your "go-to" funky lip product is.

Friday, November 2, 2018

BECCA COSMETICS LILAC GEODE HIGHLIGHTER + GLOSS

Happy Friday everybody!


Today I'm sharing some quick swatches of a product I saw in Ulta last week and randomly decided to buy-- Becca's Lilac Geode Duo.

Becca cosmetics lilac Geode Highlighter & Gloss Duo

I hadn't seen this highlighter release up close and was really pleasantly surprised when it swatched slightly duochrome-like with a pinky base and gold reflect. It was insanely wearable and right up my alley (I love anyyyyything gold/pink ESPECIALLY when both colors are involved). The lip gloss was similar with a warm pink base with gold glitter that, much like Becca's Liquid Crystal Glow Glosses that I liked the formula of, was not gritty.

On-arm swatches of Becca Cosmetics Lilac Geode Highlighter & Gloss Duo

The swatches barely do these products justice and what really won me over for this duo was the price tag. Both of these come for only $25! $25 for a full sized lip gloss and a mini highlighter-- and a mini is all you need in a funkier shade like this, anyway.

Next time you're in Ulta, give these a swatch and see how you like them. I'm sure you will.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

HOUSEPLANT SPOTLIGHT: FICUS TINEKE (VARIEGATED RUBBER PLANT)

This is the first post of a little series I am beginning on houseplants. I bought my first true houseplant last January and fell into a deep, deep obsession over the first half of 2018. I've calmed down a bit and have sold off many of the plants that I purchased. If you want to see my path of destruction (to my wallet and much more), check out my @plantlifebai account on Instagram.

Now that I've found myself on the other end of my obsession, the plants still standing have stood the test of time and I can whole-heartedly call them my "favorites".


photo of variegated ficus tineke

My first and considerably my MOST favorite plant is this guy: Ficus Tineke. This is a variegated version of a Rubber plant and thus, sometimes is called a Variegated Rubber plant. The variegation in the leaves of this plant is soooooo pretty to me-- it looks like a watercolor.

I first fell in love with Ficus Tinekes on Instagram and it took a few weeks for me to hunt down a little 4" one from my local nursery. I babied that little plant until one day when I got a call from that same nursey informing me they had 6" Tinekes with multiple stems and beautiful variegation. The issue with most Tinekes that I had come across was that the variegation was mostly dark green without much of the pretty white in the leaves that I loved. Skeptical, I went over to my nursey and COULDN'T BELIEVE MY EYES! So many perfect ones with the most variegation I had ever seen! I took a few and plopped them down on the ground to compare to one another and finally landed on a winner.

The plant came home with me and I repotted it into a slightly bigger nursey pot and added in the cute 4" one that I had been growing in the few months prior. I now had a massive, insanely photogenic Variegated Rubber plant.

The Ficus family is a hardy bunch-- with the exception of the well-known Ficus Lyrata-- and don't need tons of direct light. They are okay with indirect light in a South or West facing window-- possibly even East. Ficus Tineke need a bit more than your run-of-the-mill Ficus simply because they are variegated, which means they have less chlorophyll in their leaves to absorb sunlight. That being said, this plant has been in a planter behind my desk and has done just fine. Each day after work I will place it on my kitchen table next to a Western window for a handful of hours to give it some brighter sun before putting it back into its planter.

As for humidity and watering, I like to mist my Tineke every other day or as often as I remember. You can't really harm the plant with too much humidity, however, you CAN water the soil too much. I learned this the hard way when my 4" plant got fungus gnats from my overwatering even though I only watered about once every week or week and a half. Thankfully I caught the gnat problem when they were still larvae and swapped out the wet soil for new (dry) soil which suffocated those buggers. My current watering plan is once every two weeks and I will wait even longer between waterings as the weather cools down and the plant enters dormacy.


Are you guys interested in my houseplant series? Let me know below :)



I would love to know if you have any houseplant questions or requests for care tips. LMK in the comments below!

 
09 10