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I’m here today to tell you: you all need to go to Iceland. Go ahead, say it. “Iceland?!” It’s the same response I got multiple times when friends asked where I was going on vacation. It’s not a crazy response,...

My Iceland Adventure, Part One: Blue Lagoon, What to do in Reykjavik

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I’m here today to tell you: you all need to go to Iceland.

Go ahead, say it. “Iceland?!” It’s the same response I got multiple times when friends asked where I was going on vacation. It’s not a crazy response, as people tend to associate vacation with warm locales. But here’s the thing, I really wanted to go somewhere different. Somewhere that was like nothing I’ve ever seen. And wow, did Iceland deliver!

Speaking of wow, I have WOW Air to thank for this trip. Both literally, for comping me and my husband’s tickets, but also just for their existence. It was their unbelievably affordable flights that gave me this idea in the first place. With the bare minimum of date flexibility I can get from Los Angeles to Reykjavik for less than it costs for me to get to the east coast. Seriously.

And if I can be superficially honest for a moment, their flight crew is very easy on the eyes. Men in suits, women in retro hot pink uniforms; I felt like I was in a Mad Men set! I approve.

So, off to Iceland we flew…

After an easy 8 hour flight, we landed at 5am at the dark and calm Keflavik International Airport. Because I feverishly/obsessively research things, I knew that bus transportation was the way to go. (TIP: don’t take a cab. It will be super expensive and you need to save that money for booze.) Keflavik is about 45 minutes from Reykjavik. I prearranged our transportation on Flybus, but buses don’t start picking up until 7:30am. Luckily, duty-free is HUGE and filled with Icelandic delights, and Joe and the Juice is delicious.

(Airport Food TIP: Their Serrano ham, mozzarella, avocado, tomato and pesto sandwich on grilled flatbread was so good, I actually looked forward to going to the airport again! Check out my 2nd Iceland post next week for all the foodie details about this trip…)

The Blue Lagoon

We didn’t go straight to Reykjavik. We decided to stop just 20 minutes from Keflavik at the Blue Lagoon. And proceeded to have our minds blown for the first time of many.

The Blue Lagoon looks like a natural wonder; milky blue water surrounded by dark lava rock. But it’s actually man-made. The water is the run off of the Svartsengi geothermal power plant just down the road. It’s renewed every two days, filling the rock pool with water rich in silica and minerals. The water temperature is 37-40°C (98-104°F), year-round.

A deliriously happy husband

We couldn’t have cared less that the Lagoon is man-made. Because this place is beyond amazing! The combo of flight exhaustion, bobbing in warm mineral-rich water and beers purchased at the swim up bar put us straight into a state of euphoria that we will reminisce about our whole life.

A bit of planning is necessary, because pre-booking a ticket is required. Because the Blue Lagoon is so close to the airport, scheduling your visit in relation to your flight is what makes the most sense. And you can arrange your bus to drop you off there, then pick you up and take you either to the airport or Reykjavik.

We chose to visit at the beginning of our Iceland trip for two reasons:

  1. We couldn’t book into our hotel until 3pm. And the thought of roaming around Reykjavik for 7 hours after being up for over 24 hours was not appealing.
  2. I’m the type of person who stresses about missing flights. I didn’t think I could properly relax while scenarios of flat tires or long security lines played through my head.

Us not caring that we hadn’t slept for 24 hours…

The other factor you need to decide is what level of a ticket you’re going to buy. A Standard ticket will set you back around 50 bucks, and all that’s going to get you is entrance and a mud mask. Higher priced ticket will add on towels, robes, even your first drink. We decided we wanted to splash out on the Luxury ticket, and were so glad we did. (TIP: if you can afford it, you absolutely should purchase a Luxury ticket.)

How civilized!

We paid around $485 for two Luxury tickets (you can only buy these tickets for two people, so if you’re traveling solo you’re out of luck.) So, it’s no bargain. But it was SO worth it!

The main perk for this splurge is entrance into the Exclusive Lounge. Only 12 people are allowed into the Lounge at one time, in 4 hour intervals. And within the Lounge you have your own private, locking changing room, complete with a huge rainfall shower, hairdryer and amenities. You’re are literally above the common folk, both because they are in a group changing room and have to put their suitcases in lockers, and because this Lounge is on the second floor and offers a sweeping view of the Lagoon.

There’s an outside deck with lounge chairs, and an inside fireplace, fruit, coffee, water and a phone to call for whatever you may desire. It’s incredibly civilized!

Currants from our Luxury fruit platter

Once we entered the Lagoon from our private entrance (which eases you into the water indoors) we applied our silica masks, watched the steam rise into the crisp winter air and pinched ourselves multiple times that this was really happening.

Hubs with a literal man-bun

Hair TIP: Pack a deep conditioner for your post-Lagoon shower. There’s a lot of online talk about the water doing a number on your hair. Which is understandable, who wants their hair filled with clay? But I had zero problems. I slathered my hair with conditioner, as recommended by the staff, kept my hair out of the water as much as possible, and used a deep conditioner afterwards to remove any minerals that may have splashed into my hairline.

We adored EVERY moment at the Blue Lagoon. It’s a must-visit for any trip to Iceland. Make sure to check out my 2nd post next week to see what we ate while we were there (spoiler alert: It was delicious.)

Hotel Eyja Guldsmeden

We were pretty delirious by the time our Flybus dropped us off at the Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel. It may have been all that magic water, or perhaps being up 30 hours, but we floated into the lobby and felt like we were in a dream.

The whole place has a rustic, yet modern Scandinavian bohemian vibe that I found utterly adorable and cozy beyond belief. The lobby has a mix of light and dark wood, fluffy sheep pelts and pillows that invite you to curl up in its every corner.

The lobby bar has happy hour every day and the hotel’s breakfast buffet was unlike any I’ve ever had; stocked with delicious fresh, local and organic items. (I’ll have complete foodie details on it in the 2nd post coming next week.)

We were upgraded to the Superior Triple room, which carried through the bohemian vibe. We loved the four poster bed, rock sink, oversized hotel amenities and the delightful Icelandic mini bar, filled with things like organic Elderflower soda.

We were lucky to have a balcony off our room, with a seaside view of mountain Esja. (TIP: The slightly more expensive sea/mountain view rooms are very much worth it.) We noticed an interesting house, sitting on the water’s edge and couldn’t wait to explore it the next day, after a much needed night’s sleep in our comfortable and charming bed.

Turns out that beckoning house was the Hofdi House (Höfði), the former home of a French consulate and the site of the legendary Reykjavik Summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986. Today it’s known as The Ghost House amongst Icelandic locals, who shared with us stories of both a young girl who haunts an upstairs bedroom and Viking ancestors who frequently raid the liquor cabinet. We explored it before we headed out into Reykjavik for the first of three days in the city.

What to do in Reykjavik

Hotel Eyja Guldsmeden is a only a 5-minute walk to the sea (as is the case with pretty much all of Reykjavik hotels.) So on our first day we walked along the beautiful North Atlantic Ocean to our first stop, the iconic Solfar Sculpture (which translates into Sun Voyager).

An ode to the sun and a nod to ancestors who first walked on the Icelandic shore, it was hard not to feel a bit Viking-y as we stood on the shore and admired its majestic beauty.

And if we hadn’t felt like ancient explorers in the day, we surely would have when we ended up back at Solfar later that evening in the midst of a snow storm. (TIP: The weather in Iceland changes in an instant; be prepared for anything. We had sun, rain, sleet, hail and snow within a half-hour period one day!) It was otherworldly, to say the least.

Harpa Concert Hall Iceland

Next stop on our sea-walk was the Harpa Concert Hall, which has to be one of the coolest modern buildings I’ve ever seen. The entire thing looks like a glass honeycomb, which reflects the colors of the day from the outside and provides a gorgeous frame of that day from the inside. It’s free to tour, has a great design-centric gift shop and is a good spot for coffee or drinks.

Harpa Concert Hall Iceland

Harpa Concert Hall Iceland

We spent a lot of time on Laugavegur, downtown Reykjavik’s main street. Shopping, restaurants, bars; you’ll find most of them on Laugavegur or on a street just off of it. We used it to keep our baring when navigating the city (which honestly, was pretty easy.)

Another way to navigate the city is to use Hallgrimskirkja Church, with its giant tower visible from most of downtown. Inside you’ll find a beautiful 25 ton pipe organ and you can buy a ticket to ride an elevator to the top of the tower (about $9). The elevator only takes 8 people at a time, but the view is worth the wait and admission price.

The view of Reykjavik from the Hallgrimskirkja Church tower

Also worth a visit is the Kolaportid Flea Market, which is only open on weekends. If you’re in the market for a wool sweater, this is the place to shop. There’s a ton of selection (I swear, almost every vendor had them) and it will be way less than you pay in a retail shop.

Foodies take note: this is just around the corner from the famous hot dog stand Baejarins Beztu Pylsur…which you pretty much have to go to. Adventurous foodies take special note: this is also the place to sample fermented shark. If you’re brave enough…

Reykjavik is an art and design lovers delight. From the random brightly painted houses, to the murals that greet you as you round corners; there’s beauty everywhere.

Stay tuned for part two of my Icelandic adventures next week. I’ll talk about my Golden Circle tour and share my foodie highlights (spoiler alert: I REALLY went for it!)

Check out WOW Air if you want to have you’re own Icelandic tale to tell. You won’t believe how affordable their flights are!

Stef is many things. Amongst them: editor-in-chief of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.

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The Lipstick League – week of 4.18.17 http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/24/the-lipstick-league-week-of-4-18-17/ http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/24/the-lipstick-league-week-of-4-18-17/#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:32:16 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=133656

Here’s what was up with the League last week… EauMG – It’s Perfume Playoffs! I’ve put my favorite cherry blossom perfumes into competition to see which one comes out the champion. fanserviced-b – I’m a big fan of Sunday Riley’s...

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Here’s what was up with the League last week…

EauMG – It’s Perfume Playoffs! I’ve put my favorite cherry blossom perfumes into competition to see which one comes out the champion.

fanserviced-b – I’m a big fan of Sunday Riley’s $105-per-ounce Good Genes, but I don’t love the price, so I tested 16 other lactic acids in hopes of finding a dupe.

Gouldylox – This new Wonder Brush and Blush from It Cosmetics seem too good to be true. Can the brush actually deliver? I’ve tested it and I have thoughts. Let’s discuss!

My Beauty Bunny – Urban Decay’s brand new Rehab Makeup Prep line is designed to prep your face for makeup AND cleanse it at the end of the day! I’m letting you know if I think the collection is a hit or a miss.

Nouveau Cheap – NYX is coming to Walgreens! Why is this exciting? I break it all down for you here.

Phyrra – I’ve got everything you need to know about What’s New in Cruelty Free Makeup!

Prime Beauty – is reviewing Neutrogena Naturals in celebration of Earth Month. This is green beauty that is affordable and available at the drugstore!

we heart this – Sing it with us: “Bathe like an Egyptian!” Then, check out The Body Shop Almond Milk and Honey Body Care Collection. (Hey, that kinda rhymes.)

Beautygeeks – gets into the geeky formulation details of Riversol, a derm-created line for sensitive skin; here’s how to get a 2-week trial kit for just $3 shipping (CAN/USA)!

Blushing Noir – What if I told you a SMART MIRROR exists & it tells you all about your skin woes as well as the best products to use AND what order to use them in? This is not a drill – you NEED the HiMirror Plus Skincare Analysis Mirror in your life ASAP …and it’s not as expensive as you might think (but I’ll give you a coupon code anyway)!

Clumps of Mascara – I’m late to this but turmeric in skincare is my new favorite thing. And a turmeric scrub? I’m in love!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

EauMG is Currently Craving: I’m loving Pinrose’s newest makeover. But, what I love even more is the fragrance Sun Saint. I want to smell like I’ve left all my worries and ran away to a tropical island paradise.

Have a beautiful week, everyone!

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3 Things–Spring Beauty http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/21/3-things-spring-beauty/ http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/21/3-things-spring-beauty/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:48:57 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=133409

It’s that time again—SPRING is here! For me, that means spring cleaning my house AND my makeup collection. Now’s the time of year where I ask myself if I absolutely am in love with a product or if I’m just...

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It’s that time again—SPRING is here! For me, that means spring cleaning my house AND my makeup collection. Now’s the time of year where I ask myself if I absolutely am in love with a product or if I’m just hoarding things to own them.

I also swatch my lipsticks and blushes to see if I have any duplicates that I don’t need. Let me tell you–NOTHING tells you that you need to cut back on your makeup addiction than realizing you own 10 lipsticks in nearly identical shades. And 9 of them have been swatched maybe once. And of course, once I overhaul my stash, I go out and add to it with the new spring collection makeup releases. It’s a vicious cycle, people. Vicious.

Which brings us to this week’s 3 Things: Spring Beauty…

1. What beauty product do you always buy too much of? I always buy too much blush, but I can justify those pretty easily. I go wrong with lipsticks. Specifically berry pink shades. I tend to buy essentially identical lipsticks in the same berry shade from numerous brands. That, and red lipsticks. I just collect red lipsticks. I’m always looking for “the perfect red”, but I’m kissing a lot of frogs, ladies. I think I own a couple dozen lipsticks in various red shades and I maybe wear 2-3 of them. And I can’t stop–because “the perfect red” is out there, I can feel it! Unfortunately, so can my credit card…

2. What is your #1 must-have spring beauty buy? Peach or coral blush. (Stef agrees, that’s a selection of her coral blushes shown above.) I always buy one or two blushes in this shade and basically wear them to death through the summer.

3. Whose spring makeup collection are you most in love with? I have a post forthcoming, but I lost my everloving mind over the Chanel spring 2017 collection–I bought both tweed blush offerings they had because I couldn’t resist the majesty of them. They look like the classic Chanel tweed BUT IN BLUSH FORM. I couldn’t resist. I tried. Not very hard, but I tried.

Your turn, weheartsters! Cut and paste the following into the comments and tell us these 3 Things:
1. What beauty product do you always buy too much of?
2. What is your #1 must-have spring beauty buy?
3. Whose spring makeup collection are you most in love with?

Krista lives in the middle of nowhere with her amazing hubby and two codependent dogs that love to hate each other. She enjoys dance parties of one and last minute road trips, prays for Angela Lansbury’s immortality and can never own enough blush. She averages one “Silence of the Lambs” quote a week and feels no shame over this. Perhaps she should.
skin tone: NW15
skin type: sensitive/oily
favorite beauty product: Blush, lots and lots of blush

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The Body Shop Almond Milk and Honey Body Care Collection http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/20/the-body-shop-almond-milk-and-honey-body-care-collection/ http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/20/the-body-shop-almond-milk-and-honey-body-care-collection/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:00:32 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=133496

The Body Shop has been one of my favorite brands since I was a pre-teen. In the terrifyingly dark days before the internet and online shopping, my BFF and I would pour through The Body Shop catalogue, planning our purchases....

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The Body Shop has been one of my favorite brands since I was a pre-teen. In the terrifyingly dark days before the internet and online shopping, my BFF and I would pour through The Body Shop catalogue, planning our purchases. Remember the fruity lip balms, in those glass pots? And the Japanese Washing Grains face wash? And the Dewberry perfume oil?

Back then, I loved their commitment to natural ingredients and their overall crunchy but fun vibe. Today, I’m even more impressed by their dedication to community trade and fairly sourced ingredients.

That mission—beauty with a conscience—is exemplified via The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Body Care Collection: a range of pampering products crafted specifically for dry and sensitive skin, incorporating Community Trade Almond Oil from Spain and Community Trade Honey from Ethiopia.

About that honey: The Body Shop “sources it from the Sheka rainforest biosphere and works with the ‘bee whisperers’ of Beza Mar, a group dedicated to improving the livelihood of Ethiopian beekeeping communities and maintaining their traditional, natural way of working with the bees” –how cool is that?

From body wash to lotion, each item in the line is creamy, dreamy, and an absolute treat for the senses. If you struggle with dry, itchy or delicate skin, you’ll love it: everything is hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.

I am pathological about keeping my skin healthy and moisturized (Zoolander’s “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty” quote is my motto), so I happily soaped, scrubbed and slathered my way through every product in the range. Everything here has the same delicious scent—sweet, rich honey, laced with a faint nuttiness and an even fainter hint of cream (on the skin, the scent is very subtle and dissipates quickly).

First up, let’s look at the moisturizers in the line.

Almond Milk and Honey Soothing & Restoring Body Lotion ($13) – This light, silky lotion absorbs quickly and is meant to relieve dry, itchy skin for up to 48 hours. It feels deliciously moisturizing and comforting all day, and my normally dry legs feel like buttah. (I REALLY want to make a “it puts the lotion on its skin” joke here.)

Almond Milk and Honey Calming & Protecting Hand Cream ($8) – This quickly found a permanent home in my purse, thanks to its super rich yet not greasy texture. Frequent hand-washers, you need this: it instantly relives that dry, tight, icky feeling after scrubbing up.

Almond Milk and Honey Soothing & Restoring Body Butter ($21) – A pot of pure luxury. The texture is so rich—the formula has shea butter along with honey and almond milk and oil—and the skin just drinks it up. There was a noticeable difference in how soft and moisturized my skin felt, even hours after application.

Next up, the bathing products in the range.

Almond Milk and Honey Gently Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub ($24) – If regular scrubs are a bit too harsh for your delicate skin, this is a fabulous option. It has finely crushed almond shells to smooth and soften without tugging or scratching. Despite its gentleness, this took care of my rough elbows and left them soft and silky.

Almond Milk and Honey Soothing & Caring Cleansing Bar ($5) – Listen, I am a total soap hater; it always leaves my skin dry and tight and miserable. But I put my faith in the power of almond milk and honey, and it didn’t let me down. Meant to “respect skin’s natural moisture barrier & pH,” this bar produced a gentle lather, smelled delicious, and miracle of miracles, it left my skin feeling soft and comfy. If you normally can’t do bar soap, give this one a try.

Soothing & Caring Bath Milk ($15) – I mean, Cleopatra was on to something with her milk baths. After a few glugs of this into my bath water, I felt downright queenly. The formula is pampering, satin-y and extremely skin-softening.

Soothing & Caring Shower Cream ($10) – This is such a nice little luxury for shower time: the almond milk and honey are a delicious pick me up, and the moisturizing was stellar, enough that I could skip my normal after-shower lotion slather.

Final judgement: if you have sensitive skin but want products that feel luxe and smell delicious, this line will make your day.

we heartsters, what do you love from The Body Shop? (I also recommend the Red Musk fragrance line (cinnamon/musk/tobacco) and the Drops of Youth skin care line, FYI).

Amity teaches rhetoric, composition, and creative writing in Central PA. Her non-fiction has appeared in xojane and Story, as well as on Snap Judgement and This American Life; her fiction has appeared in Hobart. She is the cohost of Bone Palace Ballet, a true crime podcast focusing on murder, mysteries, and the macabre.

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Pixi Hello Rose! swatches and review http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/18/pixi-hello-rose-swatches-and-review/ http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/18/pixi-hello-rose-swatches-and-review/#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:26 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=133482

Three perfect-for-spring products for only $22! It’s springtime at we heart this and we are putting away all the dark colors of fall and winter and pulling out the peaches and the pinks. Perfect for spring is the Pixi Hello...

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Three perfect-for-spring products for only $22!

It’s springtime at we heart this and we are putting away all the dark colors of fall and winter and pulling out the peaches and the pinks. Perfect for spring is the Pixi Hello Rose! Set.

This lovely pink-hued trio is exactly what this girl needed to step into spring. This gorgeous set includes their Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold, LipLift Max gloss in Sheer Rose and their Glow Booster luminizing lotion in PinkPearl. Who needs rose-colored glasses when you can wear rose-colored makeup? (Seriously, I want to know…)

The Rose Gold Beauty Blush Duo is a screw top compact housed in their signature minty green plastic. One side of this pot is gorgeous medium rose blush with some sheen and the other side is an icy pink highlighter shade.

My first thought upon seeing this duo is going to be perfect not only for cheeks but eyes, too. Seriously, ladies–this was multitasking love for me! The blush is not extremely pigmented, which is great because for those of you who are color shy, you can truly build the sheer blush to your desired level. The highlighter pan is great for adding an extra pop to cheekbones and at the brow bones for a mini eyelift. The medium rose shade is extremely subtle as an eye shadow and utterly natural. Love, love, love!

The LipLift Max gloss in Sheer Rose is just that–an extremely sheer rose shade. Swatched, you can see the dusty rose hue. But on my lips, it’s almost colorless. Perfect for adding some shine to other lip colors. This gloss is housed in a square plastic tube and has a doe foot applicator.

The gloss tingles a little bit (to plump your pout) and smells like peppermint and some unidentifiable herb. I’ve never used a lipgloss that felt invigorating before, but this definitely qualifies! I need a bit more color, so I pressed some of the Rose Gold blush into the gloss and it gave me just the right amount of tint and changed the consistency to that of a lipstick. Seriously, so pretty!

Pixi’s Glow Booster in PinkPearl is a “glow-enhancing lotion” that hydrates, corrects uneven skintone and restores the youthful glow that many of us spend a small fortune to maintain. It also contains Vitamins A and E, which are anti-aging and nourishing. This is a great product to transform your regular foundation into a tinted moisturizer. Just mix a dab of this into your foundation and presto change-o you have achieved that gorgeous sheer makeup look that is perfect for warmer weather!

Pixi Hello Rose swatches and reviewPixi Hello Rose! swatches: Glow Booster in PinkPearl, LipLift Max gloss in Sheer Rose and Rose Gold Beauty Blush Duo

Overall, Pixi’s Hello Rose! Set is probably the most fun I’ve had with makeup in a long while–everything was designed to play with. I think this would be great for you makeup mavens looking to streamline or for younger women just getting into color cosmetics. I seriously can’t believe you can get all three pieces for $22–I’ve regularly spent that much just on a lipgloss! I highly recommend you give this trio a try.

we heartsters – what’s your favorite Pixi product? Share in the comments!

Krista lives in the middle of nowhere with her amazing hubby and two codependent dogs that love to hate each other. She enjoys dance parties of one and last minute road trips, prays for Angela Lansbury’s immortality and can never own enough blush. She averages one “Silence of the Lambs” quote a week and feels no shame over this. Perhaps she should.
skin tone: NW15
skin type: sensitive/oily
favorite beauty product: Blush, lots and lots of blush

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What’s on your Sephora VIB Sale Shopping List? http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/17/sephora-vib-sale/ http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/17/sephora-vib-sale/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:00:16 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=133500

That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 4.11.17 Question of the Week: Are you plotting an order for the Sephora VIB Sale? If so, what’s on your list? Answer: So far, my list includes new twists on old...

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Question of the Week: Are you plotting an order for the Sephora VIB Sale? If so, what’s on your list?

Answer: So far, my list includes new twists on old favorites:
Benefit GALifornia Blush
Rosebud Tropical Ambrosia Lip Balm
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Base Primer (FYI, Sephora more than tripled their offering of Natasha Denona products!)

Clumps of Mascara – Some of you have mastered everything in the makeup brushes world and then there are others of us who still don’t know what the heck we’re doing.

EauMG – OK, so you guys are correct. Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon is a really great perfume.

fanserviced-b – The Ordinary is one of the hottest brands in skincare due to offering science-backed, affordable formulations; here are 7 similar skincare brands that I think make better products.

Gouldylox – Lately, I’m all about L.O.C.’ing my skin to keep the dryness away. If your skin is uncomfortable, try this with your existing skincare and you’ll be surprised at the difference it will make!

My Beauty Bunny – I’m getting ready for my vacation in Hawaii with this natural beachy makeup look using 100% Pure!

Nouveau Cheap – Just in time for the Sephora VIB Sale, Sephora has released new Sephora Favorites value sets (with some that are exclusive to Sephora inside JCPenney locations). Check them all out here.

Phyrra – Thinking about making the switch? I share my ! They make it easy!

Prime Beauty – Multi-Masking is the latest skincare craze. Keep your skin in shape effortlessly with the new Nügg Beauty Mask Subscription Box!

we heart this – Have you seen the MAC In The Flesh x 15 eye palette (that’s 15 shadows, btw)? Stef has crowned it her favorite eye shadow palette in YEARS!

Blushing Noir – Check out the brands that are the best at bringing you the hidden gems in affordable makeup brushes!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Clumps of Mascara is Currently Craving: The new Sonic Foundation Brush by Clarisonic is so intriguing! I’m a powder foundation user so I’d love to see how that baby works.

we heartsters – what’s on your wish list for the Sephora VIB Sale? Share in the comments!

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3 Things: Happy Easter http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/14/3-things-happy-easter/ http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/14/3-things-happy-easter/#comments Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:00:46 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=133412

When I was a kid, I always loved Easter. I mean, you woke up, came downstairs and there was a basket FILLED WITH TOYS AND CANDY waiting for you. That supposedly a rabbit brought you! I mean, Santa is a...

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When I was a kid, I always loved Easter. I mean, you woke up, came downstairs and there was a basket FILLED WITH TOYS AND CANDY waiting for you. That supposedly a rabbit brought you! I mean, Santa is a reach, but a rabbit bringing children baskets of chocolate and jelly beans is really just insane. And you got to have CANDY FOR BREAKFAST! I mean, Cadbury eggs are still eggs, amirite?

Dinner was always ham, au gratin potatoes and English Peach Pie for dessert. As far as eating holidays go, Easter is pretty fricking amazing.

Now that I’m an adult, the hubby and I still do Easter baskets for each other because, why not? This year our oldest nephew is staying with us while he searches for an apartment and I’m totally going to get him an Easter basket because I want to see his face when he gets a basket filled with jelly beans and a dvd copy of “Night of the Lepus”. Which brings us to this week’s 3 Things…

1. Did you ever believe in the Easter Bunny? Maybe until I was 5. Then I had the thought that the wild rabbits in my yard ran on all fours, so there was no way any Easter bunny was going to be able to carry baskets of candy to so many children. He didn’t have elves or a sleigh or a workshop like Santa, so there was no freaking way. I gave it A LOT of thought.

2. What’s your favorite Easter candy? Sarris Candies Meltaway Eggs. Sarris is a candy brand that is sold in the Pittsburgh, PA area (where I’m from). Their meltaway eggs are basically massive truffles. You need a sharp knife to cut a tiny serving size off of them. One of those eggs would last me 2 weeks–long after everything else was gone, I’d still be working on my meltaway egg. The chocolate is smooth and the filling is ridiculous. They are amazing…and now I want one.

3. What’s your traditional Easter dinner? As mentioned earlier, we always do ham, au gratin potatoes, some kind of veggie and English peach pie (which is really a peach cobbler). I’ve had the same Easter dinner for my entire life. When I got married, I started buying potato rolls for the hubby so he could make mini sandwiches out of the leftovers (because I wasn’t going to make homemade rolls like his mom did), but that’s the only change ever made to the menu.

Happy Easter, weheartsters! Cut and paste the following into the comments and tell us these 3 Things:
1. Did you ever believe in the Easter Bunny?
2. What’s your favorite Easter candy?
3. What’s your traditional Easter dinner?

Krista lives in the middle of nowhere with her amazing hubby and two codependent dogs that love to hate each other. She enjoys dance parties of one and last minute road trips, prays for Angela Lansbury’s immortality and can never own enough blush. She averages one “Silence of the Lambs” quote a week and feels no shame over this. Perhaps she should.
skin tone: NW15
skin type: sensitive/oily
favorite beauty product: Blush, lots and lots of blush

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Eyes on MAC review, and a MAC Eye Shadow Finish Guide http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/12/all-eyes-on-mac/ http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/12/all-eyes-on-mac/#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:00:37 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=133448

Pizzazz-Packing Eye Shadow Palettes Promise to Bewitch Is there anything so lovely as a perfectly curated eye palette? The world is filled with palettes of half-usable shadows and half-wasted hues. I’ve had the best of luck with neutral palettes, but...

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Pizzazz-Packing Eye Shadow Palettes Promise to Bewitch

Is there anything so lovely as a perfectly curated eye palette? The world is filled with palettes of half-usable shadows and half-wasted hues. I’ve had the best of luck with neutral palettes, but always long for a touch of pizzazz. So you know who does neutral plus pizzazz palettes phenomenally? MAC, of course! Let’s focus All Eyes on MAC.

A close look at In The Flesh X 15

We heart this received a Eye Shadow X 15 ($65), as well as Eye Shadow X 9 ($32) palette from their latest eye shadow launch Eyes on MAC. As you’d imagine, the number indicates the number of shadows in said palette. The collection offers superb range, from neutral shades (like Stef’s In The Flesh X 15 palette), to the bright, the cool, the smoky and the metallic (like my Solar Glow X 9 palette), all in a variety of finishes. Bye-bye boring texture; sayonara squandared shades. The palettes are a great way to find the finish you prefer while mixing with colors you need.

Solar Glow X 9

The finishes are key here, so let’s start with a little introduction to those.
MAC Eye Shadow Finish Guide

Frost — these have very shimmery finishes with super-small bits of mica to deliver a high shine with a smooth application.

Lustre — these have big chunks of mica (read:glitter). It’s a bit rough in application (though I find a wet brush helps).

Satin — the baby bear of the eye shadow world, just right! Smooth with lots of color and a more subtle sheen.

Matte — zero shine here, just lots of highly pigmented, blendable color.

Velvet — like its name implies, this is a super-duper smooth shadow with rich color and slight sheen.

Veluxe — matte, but better: buttery and more blendable.

Veluxe Pearl — frost, but better: buttery and more blendable.

There are two palettes in the X 15 collection, we got to take a look at In The Flesh x 15. Stef reports that this is her favorite eye shadow palette release in YEARS; a perfect mix of cool and warm neutrals that she’s reaching for all the time. Literally, ALL the time!

Swatches done by vertical rows (MAC color description is in parentheses).

Beaded – Frost, nude gold (Light Golden Beige)
Elemental – Matte, cool light nude (Cool Wheat Nude)
Naked Lights – Matte, medium taupe (Light Neutral Slate)

Glam Gold – Satin, peachy gold (Coppery Yellow Gold)
Nutrelle – Matte, apricot (Muted Apricot)
Cumulus – Frost, grey leaning taupe shimmer (Dirty Grey Charcoal)

Copperfield – Satin, peachy nude (Peachy Beige)
Rustique– Matte, light dirty plum (Cool Pinky Beige)
Cast Iron – Matte, blackened grey (Matte Charcoal)

Sandstone – Matte, milk chocolate (Cool Grey Beige)
Tempting – Lustre, deep shimmering brown (Rich Cocoa)
Black Factor – Matte, blackened dark chocolate (Dark Chocolate)

Luxury Cachet – Frost, cool brown shimmer(Cool Pewter)
Indiscretion – Lustre, brown meets mauve (Dirty Mauve)
Carbon – Matte, inky black (Black)

There are six palettes in the X 9 collection, we got to take a look at Solar Glow x 9 ($32).

Swatches done by vertical rows (MAC color description is in parentheses).

Moon Rock – Veluxe Pearl, golden white (Frosty Bright White)
Sugared – Lustre, icy pink with a purple shift, ALL glitter (Light Frosty Pink)
Cosmic – Frost, cool light grey (Taupe)

Copper Aura – Lustre, peach ice (Pastel Coral)
Quarry – Matte, dirty plum (Soft Muted Plum-Brown)
Soot – Velvet, blackened taupe (Cool Grey)

Blackberry – Matte, plummy medium brown (Muted Burgundy-Plum Brown)
Metalmauve – Frost, shimmery plum (Soft Lilac)
Lunar Cycle – We’re calling this a Satin despite it’s Frost listing, cool grey with a slight green cast (Frosty Muted Teal, which seems like an error)

Solar Glow X 9 palette is a delicious combination of pale, moonlit metallics and smoky grays and plums. The pans are small, but the more neutral colors (read: most used) tend to be Matte or Velvet or Veluxe Pearl, all of which pack a lot of pigment. The Lusters tend to be a lot more powdery, disintegrating more quickly in the pan, I won’t likely use these as much. The frosts here are really frosty, but used in conjunction with the darker mattes, perfection happens.

All the palettes seem to be well-balanced for real life. The bright palettes (like Red-Hot X 9) has less sparkle/more matte and velvet, because we all know that too much bright + too much sparkle = Endora from Bewitched. Most of the neutral, cool or smoky palettes have more shimmery finishes from which to choose. It’s nice having someone pick out “just enough” since I definitely have “too much/Endora” tendencies.

When it comes to eyes, MAC, we’re looking at YOU!

Get the Solar Glow X 9 palette at: Nordstrom or MAC

Get the In The Flesh X 15 palette at: Nordstrom or MAC

we heartsters, what’s your favorite MAC Eye Shadow finish? Share in the comments!

Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room: My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design, and of course, a wht writer!
skin tone: NC 25
skin type: oily/sensitive
favorite beauty product: anti-aging anything

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Shopbop Sale Spring 2017: this California Girl has some suggestions http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/11/shopbop-sale-april-2017-this-california-girl-has-some-suggestions/ http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/11/shopbop-sale-april-2017-this-california-girl-has-some-suggestions/#respond Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:57:33 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=133469

It’s here, the first big Shopbop sale event of 2017! And we’ve got the deets (and some Cali-centric suggestions). Use code: EVENT2017 and get 20% off under $500 | 25% off over $500 (including full price and sale merchandise!) The...

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It’s here, the first big Shopbop sale event of 2017! And we’ve got the deets (and some Cali-centric suggestions).

Use code: EVENT2017 and get
20% off under $500 | 25% off over $500
(including full price and sale merchandise!)

The sale starts today and lasts through 11:59PM PST on Friday 4/14. Shopping for your dude? You have a bit more time: the Eastdane, the sale will last through 11:59PM PST on Sunday 4/16. Visit Shopbop to see their latest sale details.

Ok, on to our picks…

Are you familiar with Shopbop’s Lookbooks? It’s basically like having your own stylist. Wondering what the latest and greatest in fashion is? Look no further than their daily Lookbooks. Here you’ll find the newest from your favorite designers (like Alice + Olivia) and what’s trending NOW (like a spring break must-have list).

It was in one of these Lookbooks that I found Shopbop’s guide to mastering California style. And I have to say as an honorary California girl, they got it pretty spot on! Splashes of bright (just splashes), slouchy pieces layered over more form-fitting ones, and, of course, a great pair of shades.

This was my favorite look they curated. I love the mix of embroidery, denim and gold, and I could totally see myself wearing the whole ensemble for a day at the beach. Not going in the water, silly. Getting Poke, going to a gallery and ending up at a brewery!

Their picks are all pretty pricey, so I came up with some more budget-friendly alternatives:
Madewell Succulent Earrings ($28)
Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket ($90)
Quay Libre Sunglasses ($60)
Piper Embroidered Dress ($138)
Free People Under Wraps Sandals ($68)
Give them a click and see if you like my picks!

we heartsters – what will you be picking up at the spring 2017 Shopbop sale?

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NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, an IRL Photoshop Tool http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/10/nars-soft-matte-complete-concealer/ http://weheartthis.com/2017/04/10/nars-soft-matte-complete-concealer/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:00:46 +0000 http://weheartthis.com/?p=133440

That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 4.4.17 Question of the Week: Quick! Name the last concealer that you purchased and tell us how it’s been working for you. Answer: I picked up the NARS Soft Matte Complete...

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That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 4.4.17

Question of the Week: Quick! Name the last concealer that you purchased and tell us how it’s been working for you.

Answer: I picked up the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($30) on a recent Sephora spree. I don’t even need concealer right now, but I swatched it and fell in love! It’s got the most magical light feel to it. And, it actually works better with your fingers than a brush. You seem to have a bit more control with it that way. You just tap the smallest amount with your finger and it literally blurs imperfections like a real-life Photoshop tool. I am seriously impressed.

Here’s the latest from the League…

Blushing Noir – The unicorn trend is STRONG and if you’re feeling magical and maybe a little sassy, yet still want to be BUDGET FRIENDLY check out these amazing Unicorn Brush Sets on Amazon!

EauMG – I bought a sample of a perfume with oud and raspberries with the expectation that I’d write a (funny) snarky review. Well, I’ve been played! I ended up falling for a raspberry/oud that reminds me of frolicking in a magical, fantasy forest.

fanserviced-b – I was overwhelmed when acne first hit my skin. Here are the products that form the Anti-Acne starter pack I wish I’d had back then.

Gouldylox – Who doesn’t love a killer matte lipstick that actually helps dogs and cats have better lives? I know I do, even though one of the colors is NOT for me.

My Beauty Bunny – I’m trying out some natural goodies from RMS Beauty, One Over One, and Lily Lolo and letting you know what I think!

Nouveau Cheap – I struggled to find a place in my skincare regimen for the new St. Ives Coconut Oil Scrub. Here’s what happened.

Phyrra – Unicorn obsessed? I’ve got over 20 of the most magical pieces of Unicorn Makeup & Makeup Brushes you can get your hands on!

Prime Beauty – sent her undereye bags packing with Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift AND she’s giving away one to you!

we heart this – discovered NINE new formulas from Herbal Essences (including one that smells more like a high end perfume than shampoo, it’s a must-have!)

Beautygeeks – needed a second date with a Dyson Supersonic hair dryer to know whether a little nozzle issue was going to be a deal-breaker.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Blushing Noir is Currently Craving: The Benefit Cosmetics Sunday My Prince Will Come Easy Weekender Makeup Kit. It has the GALifornia Blush that I’m DYING for, plus a bunch of other awesome little goodies in an adorable bag!

we heartsters – what’s your current concealer of choice? Share in the comments!

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