OOTD & Mini Target Haul!

Hi lovelies 💕
It has been pretty cold here lately, so I’ve been getting good use out of my Hunter boots. I’m wearing a loose fitting black top with a ruffle detail from Forever 21, a 3/4 sleeve sweater from Madewell, and my beloved black Jessica Simpson skinny jeans. Casual, comfy, and black like my soul.    
 Hubs and I met up with some friends for pho, and then ran some errands at Target, where I couldn’t resist the glorious selection of drugstore makeup. 

  

Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea and Cookies // $7 // I’ve been dying to try this! The soft matte lippies are a no go for me because the formula is so dry, so I’m hoping I can make this one work. 

Essence Blush Up! in Pinky Flow // $4 // As I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, Benefit Dallas is my go-to everyday blush. Sadly, I’ve hit pan on it, so I was on the hunt for a substitute. I found this pretty ombré blush from Essence, and while it’s not a natural flush like Dallas, it’s perfect for spring!

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Foundation // $9 // I bought this on the recommendation of my friend Emma over at The Traveler’s Wife Blog. I just ran out of my Covergirl 3-in-1 this morning, so the timing was perfect. I don’t typically branch out and try new drugstore foundations for fear of breakouts and bad shade selections, but the reviews of this look really promising! I’m excited to give it a try. 

Have a great Saturday! Xx

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February 2016 Favorites!

Wow – I can’t believe the end of February is already here! This is probably the first favorites blog I’ve had up on time in all of WisconsinWhimsy history, so let’s take a moment to relish that.

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For kicks, I thought I would go back and read my favorites post from February of 2015, and it was a fun throwback. I actually still use quite a few of the products I blogged about in that post! This month, I’ve been wearing less makeup and embracing a fresh, clean face. My acne was almost completely gone for a couple of weeks in January, and then came back with a vengeance in the early weeks of February, so I’ve been trying to take extra good care of my skin. I’ve recently started oil cleansing, so I’ll blog about that once I’ve had the opportunity to gather my thoughts on it! Here are my favorites for February of 2016:

Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy perfume // $74 for 1.7oz // Sephora / We’ve established that I’m terrible at describing fragrances, so I’ll spare you. I will say that this is my favorite spring perfume, and it’s lightly fruity without making you smell like a middle schooler. The packaging is chunky and gaudy, in true Juicy Couture fashion!

WoodWick Wax Melts in Berry Passion // $5 // Kohl’s / Our apartment here in North Carolina is a 1-bedroom with an open concept, and it really bothers me that kitchen smells spread into other rooms and linger. I picked these wax melts up on a trip to Kohl’s and have been really enjoying the fruity, springy scent! My husband complains that I only ever use woodsy scents (I’m convinced that the smell of cedar soothes the soul), so this was me branching out to appease him.

Dermablend Intense Powder Camo // $32 // Ulta / I picked this up at Ulta a few months ago without knowing anything about it, and I’m so impressed. What I love about powder foundations is that you can buff them in and go – they take me much less time to apply than liquid products. This is a medium-full buildable coverage powder. I have the shade Beige, which is yellow-undertoned and fair, which is nearly impossible for me to find in drugstore foundations! I apply it with a flat buki brush (think Sigma F80 or F87) and buff. It covers all of my acne blemishes, but it’s not great at covering dark circles, so I still use undereye concealer.

Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Beauty // $17 // Sephora / Matte lipsticks and liquid lipsticks are all the rage lately, but since I have extremely dry lips and a bad anxious habit of peeling them, I try to avoid matte lip products altogether. Surprisingly, I actually find this lipstick to be a little moisturizing! Beauty is a classic rose shade and is perfect for basic, everyday looks. This is the ideal lipstick for tossing in your bag to have on hand any time you want to polish off your look.

Arbonne Clear Future Intensive Acne Spot Treatment // $30 // ArbonneDisclaimer that I received this product for free from Arbonne for testing. A few months ago, Arbonne generously sent me the entire Clear Future line and a self tanner. I’ve been using the line pretty strictly, and definitely noticed an improvement in my acne. I’ve used many drugstore spot treatments before, most of which were primarily benzoyl peroxide treatments. This one is 2% salicylic acid, and I’ve noticed that it works especially well on my cystic acne bumps.

CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara // $8 // Ulta / I use mascara every day and honestly I hate spending more than $10 on it because I go through it so quickly! Lately, I’ve been using this drugstore find. I have to use two coats in order to get a bold effect, but it isn’t clumpy at all and I love that it doesn’t flake or smear. I think this is a versatile mascara, because one coat gives a very natural look, and two or three coats build up to dramatic, fanned out lashes.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, & Rosewater // $7 for 4oz // Nordstrom / I looove the smell of rose anything, so this facial spray is right up my alley. I tested it several months ago at an Urban Outfitters, and liked it so much that I eventually bought it. I wouldn’t rely on this spray as a makeup setting spray, simply because I haven’t noticed that it extends the wear of my makeup. It does, however, refresh my skin and leave it feeling hydrated and healthy, especially on days that I’m wearing a more full coverage look. The 40z bottle is compact enough to keep in my bag, which is a plus as well.

Do you have any recommendations for things I should try in March? We are moving to Japan in just 27 days (insert panic attack here) so I want to snag any must-haves here in America before we depart!

Happy Friday and Leap Year!

xx Shelbie

Valentine’s Day

Hi lovelies!

How was your Valentine’s Day? It’s not a huge holiday forus, but we still like to celebrate together. We treated ourselves to little things throughout the weekend – a yummy bowl of pho, a trip to Wilmington, and a nice steak dinner and movie night at home! It was a fun weekend and I enjoyed spending some time with my husband without the distraction of our phones and housekeeping chores.

  
My husband loves Star Wars, so I got him a visual encyclopedia and Star Wars Monopoly (which I totally beat him in) and he got me a cute new wax warmer and this gorgeous Sonia Kashuk brush kit! He knows me too well…I’ve been on the lookout for a new warmer for our bedroom and this cute one from Kohl’s is perfect!

 
I also made a fun and ‘lighter’ Valentine’s dessert with some red velvet cake mix and Cheerwine, a North Carolina classic. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Cheerwine, it’s a cherry flavored soft drink that’s super popular in the Carolinas. For those of you who aren’t familiar with soda pop cakes, they’re a lighter take on traditional box cake preparation; you simply dump the cake mix into a bowl and pour in one can of diet soda and bake as usual. The result is rich, moist, and velvety cake without the added calories and fat of eggs and oil! Although, let’s be real, diet soda isn’t exactly healthy either…but I digress. I didn’t take a picture of the final product, because quite frankly it’s hideous, but delicious nonetheless. Once I took the cake out of the oven, I poked a bunch of holes and poured the frosting (melted) over the top and let it set. Ahhhhmazing!

Here’s my Valentine look:

I paired Lancome’s Brilliant Berry blush with a sweet eye look from the Chocolate Bar palette – Amaretto, Cherry Cordial, Salted Caramel, and Marzipan on the lid and then Black Forest Truffle as eyeliner. On my lips are MAC’s Rebel and Creme Cup mixed together.

I know Valentine’s Day is over…but what’s your favorite love song? I’ve been trying to pick a favorite and can’t come up with one!

Xx Shelbie

Small Ulta/MAC Haul ♡

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! Here are some sweet treats I’ve recently picked up –

The Nyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette // $25 // Ulta / an 8-shade kit with 6 matte, 1 frost, and 1 shimmer powder. I’m still playing around with this, but it’s super pigmented! It’s a little dark for my fair skin, so I have to be very lighthanded. I imagine that if I start self tanning again that it’ll be a little easier to work with!

Revolution Beauty Vivid Baked Highlighter in Radiant Light // $6 // Ulta / I have never seen this brand until my most recent trip to Ulta. There are a few shades, but I picked up this gorgeous one and have been loving it on my cheekbones! The powder itself is a little chalky and dry, but it’s pigmented and gives an intense glow.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Caramel // $23 // Sephora / I’ve actually already returned this product – it’s the worst ABH brow product I’ve ever tried! I was so excited to try it, but it doesn’t keep its shape (after two uses, it was a shapeless blob) and the creaminess and lack of shape don’t give a precise application. My brows weren’t crisp or defined and this is definitely an inferior product to Brow Wiz. Huge disappointment! 😦

These are some swatches of the two highlight shades in the Nyx kit and the Revolution Vivid Baked highlighter next to my two most-loved highlighters. I couldn’t get a great swatch of the Revolution one, but it really is quite pigmented.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC-15 // $21 // MAC / I’ve wanted to try this concealer for forever. The Ulta goodies were a gift from my husband, so when I returned the Brow Definer, I took the opportunity to try this concealer instead. I use it for concealing my undereye area, and the coverage is amazing. My only complaint is that pump puts out waaay too much product! I’ve tried many times to do a half pump, but apparently it’s an all-or-nothing kind of deal.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Cremecup // $17 // MAC / The MAC website describes Cremecup as a “light blue pink.” It’s the cremesheen formula, so it’s creamier and glossier than the satin and matte finishes and can be built up from sheer to full coverage. This is my first cremesheen lippie, so at first I was really thrown off by how sheer it is on one swipe and was so disappointed that I contemplated returning it! Then I realized the error of my ways and just swiped it a few more times and fell in love with both the color and consistency. I’ll definitely be saving up for another cremesheen in the future!

That’s all I’ve got for first impressions on this mini-haul! Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments!

xx Shelbie

Fresh Look for 2016

Hi lovelies!

You may notice a different setup on WisconsinWhimsy, and that’s because I have finally gotten around to reorganizing, updating, and designing new elements! I’ve been working on this for quite some time and am proud of the results. Hopefully this new theme + logo better represent WisconsinWhimsy as a whole and make it easier for you all to navigate the site.

Let me know what you think of the makeover and happy hump day!

xx Shelbie

January 2016 Favorites!


Wow! I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I started Wisconsin Whimsy. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks we will have our new camera in, so I’ll be improving my camera setup 😊 January is such a dreary month for me, and this cold spell certainly hasn’t helped! This favorites list isn’t very beauty-heavy, but rest assured that my February favorites will be full of fab new finds!

Hempz Fresh Coconut + Watermelon body lotion // $23 // Ulta / Dry skin is brutal for me this time of year, so I slather on a layer of this lotion every day. The smell is really indescribable (it doesn’t smell like watermelon or coconut to me) but it smells so delicious that I practically want to gnaw my own arm off after applying it! My husband uses it too, so I’d say it’s pretty unisex, and the scent isn’t long lasting either, which can be both a plus and a negative depending on your fragrance preferences. I love how lightweight it feels on my skin, and it doesn’t leave me feeling greasy or sticky.

Burberry Brit Eau de Toilette // $72 // Nordstrom / This is such a warm, comforting, and timeless scent to me. It’s my go-to fragrance during the colder months. It’s feminine, yet not overpowering, and lasts for several hours on my skin. Love!

White Barn Candle Co 3 wick Mahogany Coconut candle // $22.50 // Bath & Body Works / B&BW describes this as “a sophisticated blend of rare mahogany and creamy coconut milk layered over soft sandalwood.” I describe it as a woodsy-vanilla coconut scent that’s honestly kind of sexy??? (Clearly they’re a little better at describing things) I’ve been burning this in our bedroom and loving the sanctuary atmosphere it creates.

Primula Cold Brew Travel Bottle // $33 // Overstock / I haven’t blogged about it yet, but I recently moved to North Carolina to (finally!) be with my husband. Somewhere in the chaos of moving, we made it here without a coffee maker. Since my husband doesn’t drink coffee unless it’s 50% sugar, 40% creamer, and 10% actual coffee, he wasn’t eager to buy a new brewer. I found this cold brew travel bottle on clearance at the exchange on base for around $13. It’s pretty neat – the bottom screws off and there’s a perforated metal filter that you can fill with coffee grounds. Top it off with water, stash in the refrigerator, and forget about it for 20 hours, and you’ve got 20oz of delicious cold brew coffee! 20 hours is kind of a long estimate, in my opinion, since I usually fill it around dinner time and take it out in the am with no problem, however that is the manufacturer’s recommendation. This has been a great single-serve solution to my coffee dilemma!

Orly Color Amp’d Flexible Color polish in On The List // $8 // Target / This is a beautiful metallic rose gold polish that’s a perfect feminine touch during this chilly cold spell! I found that one coat gave medium opacity, and two coats was perfect. It dries really quickly, and the science behind the polish is pretty neat as well! It’s supposed to essentially self-heal from dings and marks, which I can confirm. It chips easily on its own, so be sure to seal it with a top coat!

Star Wars: The Complete Saga // $100 // Target / I did not grow up watching any of the Star Wars movies, but my husband and I saw the new Disney addition, The Force Awakens, on a date night and I loved it! We borrowed this complete set from a friend, although I imagine we’ll end up purchasing it ourselves. We’ve been watching a new episode each week and I’ve fallen in love with the series!

On a more personal note, December and January have been huge months for us. I graduated college with a Bachelor of Business Administration, my husband reenlisted for another four years and got orders to Okinawa, Japan (which I will detail in a separate blog post for my milspouse readers!), and I made the move here to North Carolina! It’s been very busy, but I’m so excited to see what new adventures are in store for us in 2016!

-Shelbie

 

Try it Tuesday: YSL Touche Éclat Neutralizer

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary for testing purposes. I did not pay for this product, but as always, all thoughts and results are my own. 

  

So it’s actually Wednesday, but I got this product yesterday and already had a full face of makeup on so I decided to save my Try it Tuesday for today instead! I received this color corrector from Influenster as part of the latest YSL VoxBox. I must be super lucky, because this is the second YSL VoxBox I’ve gotten! I received this cool clickable color correcting pen in the shade 2 Green, which is designed to combat redness. It comes in shiny metallic green packaging, and you get 0.08 fl oz. I was actually really surprised that I received the green one, since I thought that my answers to the pre-survey emphasized dark circles as my biggest “problem” as far as color correction is concerned. As you all know by now, I do have acne (although it’s greatly improved over the last couple of months and I can’t wait to blog about the reason why!) and acne scarring, so I was still excited to try it out! The neutralizer retails for $38, so it is quite expensive. To me, at least – lol.

Per Sephora, the YSL Touche Eclat Neutralizer in Green corrects blemishes and conceals redness for an even skintone. The description also states that this can be worn over or under foundation, which I strongly disagree with – at least for the green shade. I could imagine Bisque, the neutralizer for dark circles, can be worn over foundation as a concealer/highlighter, but certainly not the green, as it would stand out too much from the foundation and you’d probably look diseased, and I’m pretty sure diseased isn’t the look you’re going for.

I have not had positive experiences with green color-correctors in the past, simply because I think green is a difficult color to conceal, and can end up leaving skin looking ashy and dull. (And sometimes, even wicked-witch-like) Before I applied the product, I was worried about three things: 1. that it wouldn’t get completely covered by my foundation, 2. that since it is a spot corrector, it would look obvious and unblended, and 3. that it would simply come off completely once I applied foundation.

Good news – I found that none of those worries were actually true! It has a thin consistency, and blends very well. It was easy to target blemishes or scars, so that I wasn’t wasting product by applying it to my whole face. It also definitely helped conceal the blemishes under my foundation, saving me the steps and thickness of my usual concealer. One other positive thing that I noticed immediately about this product is that it isn’t scented – one of my biggest complaints about the YSL mascara I tested was that it was heavily perfumed. As far as longevity is concerned, I’ve now had my makeup on for over 8 hours and I don’t see any unsual signs of oiliness or wear.

If I had to state any negatives, it would be that I would have preferred the pen to be a twist-up rather than a clicker. I’m envisioning a cap full of green corrector after getting smashed up against something in my makeup bag…but really, that’s just a minor complaint that would probably result from my own carelessness, and I have no other misgivings about this product.

Verdict: I’ve only had it for a day, so it’s hard to say if I’d repurchase it again. If you do have redness from blemishes, acne scars, and even rosacea, I would recommend this product. It’s not only easy to use, but actually performs as intended, unlike any other green color corrector I’ve tried in the past. Also, it will make you feel super fancy while you use it, so that’s also a positive in my book. Below are some precious photos of myself before, during, and after application. Note my awesome microfiber head wrap. (It actually is awesome, and you can get it here) Have any of you tried this neutralizer? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear your opinions, especially if you’ve tried one of the other shades. Have a happy hump day!