Peel Off Mask & Moisturizing Oils Review

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Boscia Mask

Over the years, I’ve grown tired of applying a mask and having to rinse my face over and over to get it off so I was really interested in trying a peel off mask. I really love the fact that I can just peel this mask off my face. Whoever came up with this idea is a godsend. That being said, I don’t see many other benefits of this mask besides the fact that it’s so easy to remove because I can peel it off. The peeling process itself is not as painful as some of the “black mask peel off” Youtube videos would have you think, especially if you follow the directions on the packaging. However, you do need to keep the mask away from your hairline and/or facial hair (peach fuzz) because you don’t want to cause yourself any unnecessary pain. You also need to keep the mask away from your eyes. The directions say not to apply the mask above your orbital bone and take my advice on this… DO NOT APPLY ABOVE YOUR ORBITAL BONE! You want to apply the mask on your cheeks and nose but if you get too close to your eyes, your eyes will sting and start to water. I kind of feel like I’m wasting product when I’m applying the mask because you have to use enough to get an opaque layer on your face but you can’t just rub it all on like you would a normal mask since you have to be careful where it goes. A brush of some sort would be better for application purposes. And like I said, I don’t see a real benefit of the mask that justifies the $34 price tag.

Luna Sleeping Oil & Farsali Rose Gold Elixir

Both of these oils are amazing. They are extremely moisturizing without leaving you with that greasy feeling. The Rose Gold Elixir is a little oilier than the Luna oil though. They are both very easy to apply and all you need is three drops of oil to get the job done. They are both about $55 which is considered expensive (to me) but since you don’t need much, it makes me feel better about spending that much money. Obviously the Luna Sleeping Oil is to be used at night, whereas the Rose Gold Elixir can be used in the morning and at night. I use the Rose Gold Elixir in the morning and the Luna oil at night right now. But if I were to travel, I would only bring the Rose Gold Elixir since I can use it twice a day.

I will definitely buy the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir and the Luna Sleeping Oil again. I will keep buying peel off masks but I may keep shopping around before I settle on one. I have the PÜR Blue Agave mask on my list of things to try. Maybe I’ll see more benefits from that one.

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NYX Cream Highlight & Contour Palette Review

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A couple of weeks ago, I needed to restock my Clarins products. Since I order my Clarins products from a department store online, I always look for a new makeup product to try because you never know what you may find. This time around, I found the NYX Cream Highlight & Contour Palette. It was only $15 so I figured it’s not too much of a loss if I don’t like it. But I actually like it a lot.

Cream vs. Powder

I typically contour my face with a powder blush from MAC called Blunt. So I was eager to see if a cream contour worked better or worse than what I was already using. Right now, I’m liking both cream and powder products so I don’t really have a preference. But I do see a difference between the two types when I wear them.

Dull Highlight or Wrong Color?

I don’t use the highlight portion of this palette very much because it didn’t show up very well on my skin. Continue reading

My Top 5 MAC Lipsticks

I have quite a few MAC lipsticks in my makeup collection. I would say I have at least twenty and I’m still adding to that. These are my five favorite MAC lipsticks that I’ve collected thus far. They’re not in any particular order, I change my mind too much for that. Plus, I love them all equally but for different reasons. Enjoy!

Up the Amp (Amplified)

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Liebster Award

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I would like to thanks to fitnessgrad for nominating me for this award. If you haven’t seen her fitness blog, I suggest you go and check it out right now. Lots of interesting and informative stuff to see there.

With this nomination comes 11 questions to answer, 11 blogs to nominate, and 11 questions to write!

Here are those 11 questions given to me:

What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up?

After I hit the snooze button a few times, I usually check Twitter and IG. Then I reluctantly get out of bed. 😦

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Pepperoni, banana peppers, and extra cheese.

Who is your role model and why?

Beyoncé! She is just living proof of how great you can be when you have raw talent, good work ethic, and the courage to ignore your haters.

If you could reset your life, would you?

Nope. I’m content with where I am right now. Continue reading

Blonde Ambition

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I have been thinking about dying my hair blonde for YEARS. But I was always too scared to go through with it. That changed last week when I finally did it. I just needed something different and I knew that the longer I waited, the less likely I would be to actually take that step.

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I’m still getting used to it. But I like it most of the time. I think it’s going to have to grow on me.

Why I Love Flexi Rods

I used to be the type of girl who wanted my hair to be bone straight. As I’ve gotten older, my idea of good looking hair has changed. I still like straight hair, but I want it to have some life to it. I’m never going to be a super curly hair girl, but I do prefer to have some type of body and bounce to give my hair some life. I’ve found that the best way for me to get that extra boost for my hair is by using flexi rods.


Less curl, more body

With curling irons and flat irons, I have to careful not to create too much curl when what I really want is body. And most of the time, I still end up with a section or two that is super curled and then I have to try to brush it out. It’s much easier for me to just put some flexi rods in my hair and let them work their magic while I tend to other things. By the time I’m done getting dressed and putting my makeup on, my hair is full of body.

No heat

If you have ever damaged your hair with heat, you tend to become extremely cautious about what kind of tools you use. I try not to rely on tools that require heat on a daily basis. Continue reading

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Mascara is one of those beauty products where you find one and then you commit to that one brand or type for years. Most people don’t have a collection of mascaras that they swap out every day. You typically have your one mascara and when it dries up or you run out, you go out and buy another one exactly like it. I had been doing that with Great Lash for at least ten years. When I would watch makeup tutorials, I didn’t even pay attention to what type of mascara was being used because I knew that I was sticking with Great Lash for life. And I figured that all mascaras were the same with a different name on the packaging. I was so wrong.

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Back in March, I received a mini tube of Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara as part of a free gift with a $75 Urban Decay purchase. Continue reading

Plant Nanny App

A while back I wrote a few posts about drinking a gallon of water each day (LINK, LINK). If you’re not drinking from an actual gallon jug or bottle, it can be a little difficult to keep up with how much water you’ve already had. I’ve recently discovered a mobile app that can help with that. It’s called Plant Nanny.

It doesn’t force you to drink one gallon a day

Plant Nanny uses the information that you provide about your height, weight and lifestyle to determine how much water you actually need to be drinking each day. A gallon may be too much or not enough depending on your body and how you live. Basically, the more active you are, the more water you’ll need to consume on a daily basis.

The app is cute


The premise is that you are watering a plant. Hence the name “Plant Nanny”. You start out with a “baby” plant and as you water it (with the water you drink), it begins to grow. Continue reading

So Lush Lifestyle

In case you haven’t noticed, I have changed the title of this blog and the domain. I always knew there would come a time when I would have to buy a domain. For the past month or so, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to come up with something cute, unique and encompassing of what I actually blog about. I decided to go with So Lush Lifestyle for a few reasons.

1.)    This is a lifestyle blog.

The things I blog about are actually part of how I really live and what I’m really interested in. I cook, I shop, I work out (sometimes), etc. These are my real interests and passions in life.

2.)    “Lush” is something I used to say as a teen.

When I was around 15 or 16, “lush” was my WORD. It basically means “awesome” in the context that I use it. I picked it up from Charlotte Church so I guess it’s actually British slang. Either way, I said it all the time and it was even on my MySpace profile so you know it was official.

3.)    A “so lush lifestyle” is something I aspire to have.

I am someone who believes that women can have it all. I want to be able to say that I’m a great wife, a great mother (eventually), a great cook, etc. I want the nice car, the nice wardrobe and handbags, the nice house. I want it all. I truly believe that I can have it all. And I believe that other women can too.

Louis Vuitton Favorite PM + 6 Key Holder

A little over three months after my first Louis Vuitton purchase, I’ve done it again.

Bitten by the Louis Vuitton bug

When I bought my Speedy 30 in January, I did so under the assumption that this would probably be my only Louis Vuitton purchase. I figured that I would buy this one item and then move on to something else. I was so wrong. I had been bitten by the Louis Vuitton bug and I was now hooked and determined to start a collection. About two months after my initial purchase, I started looking at other items on the Louis Vuitton website and watching reviews about other items on YouTube. I even have a whole Microsoft Excel spreadsheet dedicated to which items I want and their prices. I don’t really do the whole impulse shopping thing and it’s hard to do that with higher-end brands like Louis Vuitton anyway unless you’re rich (and I am not). So all the time spent doing research, watching reviews, and adjusting my spreadsheet helps me plan out which items I want to buy and when I want to buy them.

Desperately seeking a cross body bag

So how did I end up choosing the Favorite PM? Continue reading