Review Time! Fig+Yarrow

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Hello everyone!

Today Im reviewing some pretty nifty products from Fig + Yarrow. I had originally heard about these via Essie Button. As soon as I found their site, I was hooked and absolutely knew I had to try some of their stuff. Fig + Yarrow is an all natural, organic, hand made line of skin care and health products. I love their design and story, so I was very happy to be able to review a few things. I spent a few weeks trying everything out and tinkering with everything. Honestly, Im pretty impressed overall. Expertly and luxuriously made, you really feel the love, time and effort that is put into every single jar.

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First up, we have the Cardamom + Coffee Body Scrub.  I dont drink coffee, but i really love the smell of it. I usually lean towards coffee type smells for candles and such…so I knew i would really like this. Im a big fan of cardamom, especially the way my friend incorporates it into teas. I have been using this about once or twice a week to really exfoliate my body. The texture feels exactly like roughly ground coffee beans, without being overly abrasive. Its incredibly invigorating and an awesome start to your morning. :) My skin feels super soft and nourished after using this, because of the various oils and shea butter. It dies leave a slight film on your skin, but I find that skin absorbs it rather quickly. It smells delicious, but the smell doesnt stay for very long, at least that was the case for my skin. This scrub is right in the middle ground between being dry and moist. Not super dry, but not super wet. It emulsifies as you massage it into your skin yet I find that I need quite a bit of it to really get all the parts of my body. Its especially wonderful to use as part of a pedicure! Every time I go to paint my toe nails, I reach for this as a deep cleaning, invigorating foot scrub. Im definitely a fan of this. I am totally and completely in love. It feels even better knowing that it was hand crafted and that there are no harmful or unnecessary chemicals in it.

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Up next is the Facial Scrub. I was a bit hesitant to use this right off the bat because I had a bit of redness and peeling from a bad sun burn. I had no reason to be worried however, as I find this to be a very soft scrub. Its not very abrasive, but it leaves my skin feeling soft and radiant. It really helped with the redness and peeling and my skin felt really soothed after using it. It made that awful sun burn peeling stage go by quickly and painlessly. I think this will be wonderful for someone looking for a scrub that wont be harmful or painful for sensitive skin. There was no need to rub this in roughly or use any sort of face brush or anything. The first time I used this, I used it with my Clarisonic. That was a mistake as it stained the brush head and left a foul smell on it. Just your hands and warm water work wonders with this scrub. Its easy to use and really helped to bring my face back to basics, healthy and glowing. I dont use this everyday, I alternate days. One day yes, one day no. Its been a great part of my skin care routine and I already need a refill! The only downside here, which is minor really, is I dont really enjoy the smell. I think it has a very strong smell that I cant quite place. But that is an insignificant grievance when compared to all the goodness this scrub provides. Another winner in my book. :)

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Last but not least, we the Black Clay Mask. First off, let me just say I am a HUGE fan of anything with black clay or charcoal (my holy grail face wash is Boscia’s Detoxifying Black Cleanser for that very same reason). So when I saw this, I immediately had to have it. I dont use masks often, as I like to leave them for my pampering sessions. So far Ive used this about 3 or 4 times, with plenty of trial and error. This mask comes in the form of a fine, black powder. You then mix the powder with either water, milk or honey. Whatever you prefer. Ive only used this with water, but I am curious to try it with milk. Anyway, the first time I used it I did a full face. I mixed it to the consistency of a lotion (anything less and it becomes a watery mess), which turned out be about two parts powder to one part water. Using this as a full face mask didnt work for me. I thought I wouldnt have a problem, because it is geared towards oil prone and challenged skin but certain parts of my face just were not having it. I have large pores around my nose, and the mask settled into my pores and stayed there. Looked like I had a massive explosion of black heads. I do have very troublesome skin, so now I just avoid using the mask around my nose and use it as a spot treatment on my cheeks, forehead and chin. It helps relieve any redness in those areas and really bring out any impurities. Its been great using this now that its getting really hot in Florida and my skin constantly feels clogged and sweaty. I will go back to using this as a full face mask when the weather cools down and my pores are no longer a problem (my skin changes a lot with the seasons). A little warning though, it is a messy process and  dont be afraid of the black sink water, it doesnt stain lol. The mask itself dries incredibly fast, way under 10 minutes. I thought that was a great perk, sometimes it sucks to leave a mask on forever waiting FOR THAT ONE SPOT TO DRY. >.> Ha! I think we have allllll been there. Anyway, I enjoy this mask quite a bit.

Heres what it looks like while you wear it, can anyone say sexy coal miner?

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LOL!

All in all, I really like the products I got and I cant wait to try more. Please do check out their site and hang around, they have a wide selection of things. They are a bit expensive, but I believe them to be worth every penny. The quality and effort put in to each line is unmatched. “You get what you pay for” definitely rings true here, you get amazing, healthy, beautifully made products. The amazing folks at Fig + Yarrow were kind enough to provide me with a coupon code for you guys to use if you are interested in trying their products. Use the code CMS15 at checkout to receive 15% off your order. (expires July 31, 2014). How awesome is that?!

What products are you guys interested in trying?

Thats all for now, friends! See you guys later!

Tiny T

 

Easter Themed Manicure

Manicures are one of those girly things I really suck at. One hand comes out nice and the other looks like a murder scene. I’m especially fond (and a little jealous) of those of you who get so crazy and creative with their nails! I’m still working on getting better at doing my nails, so here is a super simple easter Mani I gave myself today.

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I used two colors, both from Essie, Mint Candy Apple and Fiji. I alternated colors on each hand :) I’m proud of myself for having somewhat even hands lol

Maybe next year I’ll paint on some bunny ears or polka dots or something! :)

That’s it for now. I hope you all have a lovely and safe weekend!

Much love!
Tiny T

Me Gusta Monthly: March 2014!!

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Whoa!

Its April already. Why does it feel like time is going by super fast? I mean, I know we all say that every month, BUT FOR REAL!

It also feels like I havent done one of these in a long time. :( Is this the first Me Gusta Monthly of 2014? oh man, I dont even know anymore! >.<

I dont have much to share this month, but the few things I have are somewhat holy grail for me right now. I mean, its been obsessive usage! When I say favorite I really mean DONT-EVER-LEAVE-ME-OR-MY-LIFE-WILL-NEVER-BE-THE-SAME.

Not really, but you ladies and gents surely understand what I mean by that…right? ONWARD!

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To kick things off, I want to start with a fragrance I just cant get enough of. We all know Victoria’s Secret is notorious for their enchanting, mesmerizing scents. But this one? This one slays me every time I smell it. Its Heavenly In Paradise from the Dream Angels line. Holy moly. It smells like a tropical version of heavenly, if thats even possible. I cant truly describe the scent, but its fresh, fruity and beachy. I picked this up on a whim during the semi annual sale a while ago, and didnt think much of it at the time. Needless to say, I am overly obsessed with it. My only gripe…well TWO gripes are that im having a hard time finding it again. I cant find it online either. *sadness* I am not sure if this is one those limited scents, but if it is, I will be heartbroken. My second con is that it doesnt last super long on my skin, at least not like their other body mists do. I do reapply often throughout the day, but the smell is good enough to make that a very minor inconvenience to me. :)

Next up is Tarte’s Be MATTEnificent palette.  If you follow this blog, then you already saw the full review I did of this lovely little thing not to long ago. If you want the full review and more details, you can check it out HERE. I dont want to go to deep on this one, since a full review is available…but I will say that this has become my daily palette. I very literally use this everyday, day and night. This is probably one of the more versatile palettes I have purchased and I love it so much!! This was yet another limited edition product (so sorry!). I got mine at Ulta, but it is no longer available there. I have however seen listed on Amazon, if any of you are interested. :)

Another makeup related product for ya: Real Techniques Brushes. OH MY GOD. Just…omg. I know im miserably late on this train, and you can all poopoo me as much as you want for taking so long…I really do finally understand all the hype surrounding these brushes. They literally are some of the best brushes out in the market right now…and dirt cheap for the quality they have. I have a full review coming up in the next few days on the brushes I have, so do keep an eye out for that! For now though, let me just say, THESE KICK BUTT! For anyone curious, I picked mine up at Walgreens. :)

For body, my favorite this month is Fig & Yarrow’s Cardamom+Coffee scrub. I had been eyeing this baby for awhile now and im so excited to have the chance to review it for you guys. A blog post and full review will be coming your way, with other Fig & Yarrow products as well. This is probably one of the most invigorating scrubs I have ever used. Its hard to feel tired and groggy after using this, it really leaves me feeling like a brand new person. Its all natural and feels deliciously luxe. Love, love, love!

Last, but certainly not least…A bit of a random favorite: the TV series Arrow. Yea, another thing I totally slacked on. I started watching it on Netflix. I honestly didnt think that I would enjoy this as much as I do. Im a little surprised at how quickly I was hooked. It probably has nothing to do with how handsome Stephen Amell is …*cough,cough*. I think of it as a trendy, modern spin on Robin Hood. You can watch for yourself and find out though. ;)

Anyway, thats all for now my loves. What were your faves last month? Let a sista know!

Much love,
Tiny T

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Also, I have purple hair now. I figured that should be a favorite as well. What do you guys think? It was a bit of a mission to get it to this point, but if you guys are interested, I can provide a full post with a product list explaining how it was done. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions. :)

 

Summer Sunnies ft. Warby Parker

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Its almost that time, folks! Sunny days, cold drinks and sand between your toes. I can almost smell the ocean breeze now! You know what else sunny weather calls for? SUNNIES! (no pun intended!) I dont know about you, but I am huge sucker for a good, cute pair of sunglasses. Here in Miami, they are most definitely a must! Thats why over here on Chroma Me Silly, we teamed up with the great people at Warby Parker to talk about their newest (and totally spring/summer worthy!) collection, aptly named Spectrum Sun Collection. Sprinkled with bits of awesome, these newly released shades are the perfect addition to welcome spring and summer. Quirky colors and cute shapes, I couldn’t be more excited.

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Are you excited yet? Cause I nearly spit out my lemonade when I saw these babies…

After drooling for quite awhile, I went through the insanely difficult task of choosing my favorite shades, and believe me friends, it aint easy! I love the almost retro feel they have, and they most definitely make a statement. If you want to shop the FULL collection, check it out HERE.

Here are my faves! *drool*

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Piper Revolver Black

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Minnie Eucalyptus

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Hall Cherry Blossom

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Downing Striped Sassafras 

*sigh*

Arent they adorable?

Yes, yes they are.

But lets talk about what makes Warby Parker REALLY, REALLY awesome.

WP is all about doing good. For every pair of glasses purchased, they provide a pair to someone in need. How cool is that? Not only do you LOOK good, but you can FEEL good knowing that you helped them provide someone in need with something we sometimes take for granted, our vision. If you would like to read the WP story and learn more about their awesome partnership with VisionSpring, you can do so by clicking HERE.

Thanks for reading guys!

Which frames do you like best?

Ode to Lazy Sundays

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Can’t lie, friends. I’m quite the fan of lazy Sundays. But who isn’t? Mornings full of cuddles and pillow talk, late breakfasts, afternoon tea, Netflix…and kitten and puppy lovin’. Yea, its safe to say I’m having one of those days. Chilling and laid back. Not a worry in the world except what else I feel like eating…which will most likely include nutella. Its nice to take a day and do nothing. Be lazy and free. No makeup, messy hair, sweats and not a care. I hope everyone is having a lovely day of rest and I hope you all survived the ides of march. ;) (here’s to hoping my literary references are understood).

Anyway, my regular posts will be up at normal schedule this week. I have a few special posts coming up so stay tuned!

Much love,
Tiny T

Style Crush: Blake Lively//Serena Van Der Woodsen

Sweet baby jesus, has there ever been a specimen more perfect than Blake Lively? No, there hasn’t. And I challenge any of you to find otherwise. Go ahead. I have plenty of time…find a more perfect sample of the female persuasion. IT DOES NOT EXIST.

Also, its not even fair how versatile her style is. She can rock any outfit, and style, any trend and look better than everyone else. Legs for days, a glorious head of blonde locks, full lips, and a body you know she works out daily for. The chick has it all, and looks fabulous while she does it.

But lets talk about Serena for a moment, the ultimate bad girl. The trust fund baby who isn’t afraid of a good time. I find her to be a badass all around…with a fashion sense to kill. I absolutely love her wardrobe on Gossip Girl. To be honest, one of the main reasons I started watching was because you guys mentioned you get a lot of inspiration on the show (just like Pretty Little Liars). I love how they accessorize Blake’s character, chunky bracelets, boots, hats and statement rings and necklaces. I love that her character plays with different textures and mixes seemingly vintage finds with trendy pieces.

I just really love her. Thats what i’m trying to say. Can you blame me? Wouldn’t we all love a slice of her closet? *sigh*

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FOTD: Valentines Day Makeup ft. TARTE

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Hello folks!

Today I have a Valentines Day inspired “Face Of The Day” to share with you! I finally finished my makeup no buy, and I may have done a bit of shopping! Part of my haul includes some tarte products I am currently obsessed with. Tarte has really taken the beauty blogger world by storm, and its no surprise! I picked up their limited edition Be MATTEnificent palette (last one at Ulta- SCORE!) and a 12- hour Amazonian clay blush. Oh, the smell of new makeup! Who doesn’t love it?!

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I’ve been playing around with my goodies for some time now, and I have to say, they are quickly becoming Holy Grail products.  It comes with the perfect collection of matte shades to compliment any skin tone, all with the guarantee of beautiful color pay off. Silky smooth and creamy, the shadows spread like butter and have the same staying power with or without the use of an eye primer (total plus). I absolutely love that they aren’t the typical brown matte shades, instead a great mix of cool and warm mauve/purple/pink type shades. As a lover of matte, neutral browns this palette has really turned me around. I love that it comes with 2 shades that double as liners in black and brown. Mixing the black and brown liner shades are perfect to fill in my brows and work beautifully as a soft, smooth eyeliner.

And can we just take a moment to talk about the gorgeous packaging? I almost didn’t want to touch it, it’s so pretty! It looks like an amethyst crystal. Sleek, chic, and incredibly sturdy it fits in all of my makeup bags. The Be MATTEnificent palette is so versatile…in so many ways. Its perfect for my daytime work appropriate looks, for Adele inspired pin-up looks, and sultry smoky eyes.

Shades included:

1. “Sand Out From the Crowd” – warm beige with a hint of yellow tone, I would say this is
the warmest base color in the palette
2. “Peach for the Stars” – pale neutral peach
3. “Two Plums Up” – cool, rich deep purple

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4. “Pink Outside the Box” – pale cool baby pink
5. “Rose to the Occasion” – cool pink hued mauve/taupe
6. “View from the taupe” – cool grey/brown taupe

Bottom left to right (eyeliner shadows):
7. “Dream in Chocolate” – dark chocolate brown
8. “Don’t Stand Black” – black

Far Left Blusher:
elevated – neutral rosy taupe

I also picked up Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in the color “Glisten”, which is a gorgeous coral/peach type color with gold speckles. The gold specks catch the light and make for an amazing highlight on your cheeks without looking frosty. Its incredibly pigmented, so a little bit goes a long way. But lets talk about the staying power. I’m pretty sure I can consider this industrial grade blush, and by industrial grade I mean it lasts all day. Literally, all day. Through a hot Miami day, a night of dancing. It’s survived and conquered everything I’ve thrown at it. 100 points in my book. I always end up carrying my blush with me to touch up through the day and night, but this bad boy needed zero touch ups.

For this look im going to share with you I played around with a smoky eye, perfect for a date night…especially Valentines day! It’s soft and sweet, but still sexy and sultry.

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Products Used:
-started with a healthy spritz of my Innisfree green tea facial mist and followed up with my Ponds dry skin moisturizer and EOS lip balm.
- Benefit boi-ing concealer in #1 and #2 (#2 to conceal and #1 to highlight)
- Maybelline FIT me foundation in 120
-Revlon Nearly Naked pressed powder in fair
-Benefit Stay Don’t Stray primer for concealer and eyeshadows.
-Be MATTEnificent palette: “sand out from the crowd” as a starting base and brow highlight. “Peach for the stars” on lids. Mix of “rose to the occasion” and “view from taupe” on crease. “Two plums up” on outer corner. “Pink outside the box” as inner corner highlight.
- I softly lined my eyes with “don’t stand black” from the MATTEnificent palette and went over it with ELF’s liquid eyeliner in black.
- Lined bottom lash line with YSL eyeliner also in black
-filled in brows with using a mix of both eyeliner shades from the MATTEnificent palette. (Perfect combo for my really dark hair!)
-I contoured very lightly using the limited edition blush color in the palette “elevated”
-Benefits They’re Real mascara
- 12-hour blush in “glisten”
-L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick in “fairest nude”
-Revlon lip-gloss in “Supernatural”

That’s all for now everyone. I hope you enjoyed this post and got some inspiration for Valentines Day!

Influenster & Sally Hansen Strike Again!!

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I love the folks over at influenster and the awesome VoxBoxes they put together. This time, they partnered up with Sally Hansen and sent out 3 amazing nail polishes! They were absolutely correct when they called them knock outs. These polishes are rad, and I’m totally obsessed. The colors I got were Jaded (currently on my nails), all fired up (red) and pat on the black (deep purple).

Straight from the Sally Hansen website:

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The formulas for these nail polishes are great. Easy to apply, thick and fast drying. They’re pretty opaque for the most part, minus the color Jaded…which needed about 3 coats to get the coverage you see in the photo. For the sake of this review I only used the polish alone, no base or top coat. I was impressed with the quick dry time, even with how thick it is, it didn’t take long at all to set. I’ve had my nails painted for about 3 days and no signs of chipping (miracle for me). They advertise a minimum 10 day wear so lets see how the rest of the week plays out!

The packaging is super heavy duty with thick glass and the brush is squared and flat (think foundation type brush). This makes application a breeze for me, and its definitely a huge plus. :)

I love the colors I was sent, and I’m definitely looking to pick up more colors soon. Because you know you can never have too many polishes!!! You can pick these up at any drugstore (Walmart, Walgreen’s, ulta, target, rite aid, CVS, Kmart) they retail for about $6-$7.

All in all, I most definitely recommend these. Such a great quality product for a bargain when compared to its high end counterparts. The finish really reminds me of the sleek and opaque Butter London polishes.

Have you guys tried these yet? What colors do you like?

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: these products were sent to me for review/consideration by influenster and sally Hansen. I am not being compensated in any way. I only post about products I enjoy using, and I don’t post products sent to me that I don’t like. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog!!