It's time for me to present you the last playlist of the year. Are you ready to see and hear the biggest playlist on Laura Neuzeth history? I really hope you are! I've compiled some of my favorite tracks of the year to make my "Best of 2014" playlist. Also since I skipped the November playlist I decided to include 20 songs in this playlist. There's a bit of everything in this playlist, from underrated female pop singers to rock legends. You might recognize some of the songs from previous playlists but that just goes to show how much I enjoyed those songs throughout the year. I'm also super interested in knowing what your favorite songs of the year were, so please feel free to share your top songs and playlists in the comments section.
Yves Rocher holiday scents are here and let me tell you, they are absolutely amazing! There's everything from a delightful pear caramel, to refreshing berry scents. For the Jaffa Cake fans out there, there's something for you in this collection (I'm talking to you mom)! The collection is a big one and it includes products such as candles, body care, nail polishes, and makeup. This was my first introduction to many of the products that I'll be talking about in this video. Consider this kind of like a "haul and review" video where I will show you what I received and tell you a bit about everything.
The Art of Holiday I'm going to be recording a holiday hair tutorial and also hosting a little Instagram giveaway.
Ipsy bag arrived in late November due to a shipping problem, so I decided to just open it along with the December bag. Little did I know my Julep Maven would arrived alongside the Ipsy bag, so then I had the idea to just open all of them in one video. Spoiler alert: I was super happy with everything! Julep currently has some amazing nail polish colors at the moment that are definitely worth checking out. If you want to see what I received in my Ipsy and Julep Maven packages just watch the video below.
Essiebutton and Amelia of Amelia Liana. The tag revolves about everything and anything related to relaxing, which is something that I haven't done much of due to work. I have been getting tagged to do this video for the past few weeks so I filmed it during one of my now rare 'me time' days. Thank you to Jonathan Curtis, Bon Parisien, and Sandra for tagging me to film this video. Please make sure to check out their videos and subscribe to their channels! Now that we have all the background info out of the way, let's begin with the tag!
Walmart Beauty Box a few months ago when I saw Emily Noel's video about the service. She seemed pleased with the box so I decided to go ahead and purchase my own subscription. What really interested me about this subscription box was that I would be able to try out more affordable products that I can easily go to the store to pick up. As much as I love trying out new brands sometimes it's hard to find a physical store where you can go and see more of their products, so that's why I think the Walmart Beauty Box is an amazing concept.
Salon Grafix Play It Big Volumizing Dry Shampoo.
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Topshop/Topman! It took a few years but now San Diegans won't have to drive up to Los Angeles or shop the limited collection of Topshop clothing at Nordstrom. I first went to Topshop back in 2011 when I traveled to Manchester and I remember specifically telling my friend Sofia to take me to a Topshop after hearing so much about it on YouTube. Fast forward a few years and now I'm getting invited to the launch party which was a bit hard to believe. Me? Going to the Topshop launch party? But I'm not even cool enough to be there! Which was true but at least I got to meet Devendra Banhart, one of my favorite musicians since high school.
I've been going a little crazy at Sephora these past two months. Since I finally have a little money to spend I've been taking the opportunity to try some of the brands that I've been hearing so much about on YouTube and blogs. And it's also time for the holiday gift sets and let me tell you there are some amazing deals going on at the moment. Whether you're looking for gift ideas or want to see my very first luxury makeup purchases (yes, it happened!) just watch the video below. Also, I'm officially a Sephora VIB member again! Woohooo!
There was once a time that I really disliked cream blush. I thought that I couldn't make them work with my very oily skin, but things have changed a lot recently. I've transformed myself from a cream blush hater to a full-fledged cream blush addict! As the air is becoming dryer and my skin isn't as oily, I've been turning to cream blush to add a natural flush of color to my cheeks. What changed my mind about cream blush? The application. I really did not know how to apply cream blushes before I discovered this magical tool, and the best thing is that the tool is only $3. In this blog post you'll discover some cream blush tips and some product recommendations. You never know, you might become a bonafide cream blush lover just like myself!
It's time for another Ipsy bag! This time I'm going to be showing you what I got in my October bag. This past month's theme was Beauty Candy so some of the items I received came in bright packaging or smelled like candy. This was my second Ipsy bag and by now I think I have a good idea of this service. Find out what I got and whether I'm still happy with Ipsy in my latest video!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by NEUTROGENA® I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. Some of the products mentioned were purchased by myself AND/OR some were provided by NEUTROGENA® for this post.Today's post is brought to you by Leonardo da Vinci and his masterpiece the Mona Lisa (La Gioconda). One of my favorite paintings of all time happens to be the Mona Lisa and I've been in love with the work of art ever since I can remember. I have always been so fascinated by the mysterious woman with the cherub face and the iconic faint smile, there's just something about the whole painting that really appeals to me. When I decided to take part in the #NeutrogenaFaceOff challenge I knew I had to do something different and I thought "this would be the perfect time to become the Mona Lisa." This particular makeup look does require a lot of makeup but one Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelette from Walmart is enough to remove everything from my face.
My first color scheme blog post went so well that I decided to do another one for you. This time around I'm going to be focusing on the color for fall- plum. When it comes to fall trends, plum is a color that comes back in style time and time again. By now it is a color that is attached to the fall season and with good reason, it is universally flattering. Just like the fruit, the colors that fall under plum range from dark to a very warm purple hue. I will be showing you blush, lip colors, eyeshadows, eyeliner, and a nail polish in this blog post. And just like in the peach blog post there's going to be something for everyone's budget. Let's now take a bite out of fall's juiciest color.
Maybelline lipstick fan. I've heard many bloggers talk and talk about them, and I would try them and instantly get disappointed. I never quite understood the hype around the lipsticks and the artificial Play-doh scent was a huge turn-off for me. When I first heard about the new Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color I was certain that I wouldn't want to try them. I thought I was going to run into an OK lipstick with a horrible scent, but after hearing some of my favorite bloggers rave about these matte lipsticks I decided to give one shade a go and see if perhaps this would be the first time that I would enjoy a Maybelline lipstick.
Say hello to month #7 in this "growing out my pixie cut" journey! My hair is officially wild and very long. I think it might have even surpassed my ideal hair length which is saying a lot. Everything looks much longer but it's in desperate need of a haircut. Hopefully next month you'll see me with a haircut and style, because at the moment I'm rocking about 3 different layers and some dry ends. I still can't believe that I've gone over 9 months without getting a haircut, I usually cut my hair once every 2-3 months. Check out what's been happening with my hair in my latest update.
Facebook or Twitter then you would that my MacBook Pro was acting up a lot. The trackpad began having problems on Monday and I couldn't do anything with my laptop because the cursor just wouldn't select anything. To top things off my card reader wouldn't let me import pictures, so as you can tell I had an very off week with technology. But being disconnected from the blogging and YouTube world worked wonders on me. For once, I was finally able to rest and think about some great ideas for upcoming posts and videos which has been really tough for me recently. I am happy to say that everything is back to normal with my laptop (thank you Apple!) and I got a new card reader which seems to be working great, so now I'm going to show you a face of the day which was meant to go up last week.
Ridiculous Face I Make While Filming" where I post the most derp-worthy screenshots. In this blog post you're going to see all the times that I was going for a good photo but failed hardcore.
Ipsy after seeing so many videos and Instagram posts about it. I've had both good and bad experiences with subscription services in the past, but I wanted to give one of the most popular subscription services a shot. Ipsy is a company which was started by Michelle Phan and each month subscribers receive a bag with deluxe samples/full-sized items tailored to their needs and interests. The bag is only $10 a month so I said "why not?" In this video I'll be showing you what I got in my very first Ipsy bag.
Walmart I came across these brand new Fierce Effects eyeshadows from Hard Candy. These look a lot like the L'Oréal Infallible Eyeshadows which I adore, but the main difference is the price. While the L'Oréal option is affordable, Hard Candy beats it by offering 2 eyeshadows for only $5. With a deal like that I couldn't help but pick a duo up for me to test out and ultimately compare it to the L'Oréal Infallible Eyeshadows. Are the more affordable option better than my original love? You'll have to keep reading to find out.
I have another makeup swap to share with you! Today I have a UK-USA makeup swap with my friend Sarah who lives in England. I sent her some of my favorite drugstore makeup that she either can't get or is hard to find in England, and she sent me some British and European products that I can't find here. Not only was I super excited when I was opening the package but I went a little swatch crazy, so you'll have to go watch the video to find out what I got from Sarah.
Selfie, I was challenged to take a social media cleanse. There were four different categories and I qualified as a "mobile maniac." What that means is that my phone and I are attached to the hip and if I don't have it with me well... Then I get a little anxious. In this blog post I will be telling you about my social media cleanse and also a little bit about Selfie, a show about a young woman who loves social media even more than I do.
Vain Pursuits. Finding the right skincare product for your skin and lifestyle can sometimes be a hassle and what Vain Pursuits does is take away the guessing work. After taking an extensive survey the Vain Pursuits experts basically formulate three products based on your needs, lifestyle, and preferences. You will receive three samples with handwritten notes explaining what your item does and the ingredients. It is a very neat service with a lot of personal touches and an incredible attention to detail. I'm so happy to let you know that Vain Pursuits is going to allow 50 lucky winners to receive their own customized samples just like I did.
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Neutrogena Visibly Even collection.
Neutrogena Visibly Even collection.
Yves Rocher sent me a lovely package with a bunch of their brand new products and let me tell you I was super excited. I've been putting each item to the test and I feel like I can definitely let you know what I like about each one of the products. In this latest video you'll be getting a comprehensive overview about all the products, swatches, and also some live demos. Let me warn you, there's a lot of amazing makeup in this video so I would watch with caution.
You might be wondering why I'm posting about peach colored makeup as we head into the fall but when it comes to makeup I'm not one that follows the "rules." Peach makeup is flattering year round so I decided to dedicate a blog post entirely to my favorite peachy colored items in my makeup collection. There's some great blush options options that will pair very nicely with a cat eye. Peachy nudes lip products are the perfect companion to a dark smokey eye. And if you're looking to try out any dark lipsticks this fall, then a soft peachy eyeshadow will let your lips be the main attraction. Peaches might not be in season at the moment but the following products are definitely very fresh.
Tarte's newest releases. The Tarte Amazonian Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel is a nifty brow gel with the tiniest brush I have ever seen. Tarte claims that the brow gel will deposit the perfect amount of pigment and provide 12-hour hold for groomed brows that will last all day! So let me tell you about my little friend...
E.L.F. Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder at Target one night. As much as I would like to tell you that this is a must-have for oily skin girls, I sadly can't. In fact I think this product is not even worth the $3 that it retails for.