September 23, 2015

Santa Maria Novella Acqua Di Rose

September 23, 2015
Santa Maria Novella Acqua Di Rose

As you all know I have a tad bit of an obsession with facial mists and sprays. I'm slowly but surely building my own little collection. Other than facial sprays nothing excites me more than trying out beauty products from other countries. I do have a thing for French products. If I keep using Avene and Nuxe will I become French myself? I don't think so but I can certainly try. Oui!

But back to the post at hand. So this summer my boyfriend traveled to Italy. Before he left he told me to make a list of any Italian beauty products that I wanted to try so that he can buy them for me during his vacay, immediately winning the Boyfriend of the Year award. So I gladly obliged. After a very intense Google session the only product that I really wanted was Santa Maria Novella's Acqua Di Rose or simply rose water for my non-Italian speaking friends. 

This rose water is one of the brand's signature products and can be used several ways. You can use it in the most common way: on your face to help de-puff tired eyes and to refresh the skin. But other uses include relieving aching muscles by adding some to your bath and applying a washcloth soaked in the rose water to your face to relieve migraines. This stuff is so ancient (but in a good way, I promise) that the recipe was said to be created during the time of the poet Dante. Raise your hand if you now want to read The Divine Comedy?

Santa Maria Novella Acqua Di Rose
 Just wanted to show off my mani. Wearing Smith & Cult in Fauntleroy.


Bottom Line: I love the smell of this! I know I've mentioned before that rose scents are not my favorite however this particular rose smell is divine! It smells like pure authentic roses. Not an artificial or chemical rose scent here. I'm talking the real deal. I mean this is made from actual roses found in the Florentine Hills of Italy. I've been applying it to my face before I go to sleep and it is very refreshing and makes my skin feel smooth. My only problem with this is the bottle. Although the bottle is gorgeous it does not have a spray top. Instead you must pour some of it on your hand and then apply it to your face. But I think I can manage.


Santa Maria Novella
    FYI my bf bought this in the brick and mortar store of the brand (pictured above) located in Rome near Piazza Navona. He paid about 14 euros for the 8.4 oz bottle which is huge by the way.


Have you tried any products from Santa Maria Novella? What's your favorite international beauty product? Don't forget to keep up with me on Instagram!

September 18, 2015

New In: Drybar 100 Proof Treatment Oil and Hot Toddy Protectant

September 18, 2015
Drybar 100 Proof Treatment Oil and Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant

This post is long overdue but it is finally here. I've been meaning to write a quick review of these products since I got them. So let's begin. Drybar, for those of you who are not familiar, is a chain salon with locations across the U.S. What makes Drybar so special? Well they mainly focus on blowouts. So no coloring or cuts just a good 'ol blowout. Also their prices are the same for everyone no matter how long your hair is. Drybar uses their own line of products and after loving my first experience at a midtown New York City location I had to check out their line. Thanks to a friend who gifted me these products I was able to give them a try. 

First of all I'm loving the packaging of the line. It looks so girly and chic. I'm a total sucker for good packaging for any kind of beauty product even if sometimes the product is not that great. But that's not the case with these goodies. The 100 Proof Treatment Oil which comes in the cutest mint green/clear bottle feels so good on my curly/thick hair. Not only does it smell amazing but it is unlike any other hair oil I've tried. This one goes on smooth and not sticky. Plus it leaves my hair so soft. I like to apply it on my damp hair after washing it and it really makes my usual frizzy curls less unruly. I love this stuff!

The Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant feels like a thick cream. It's suppose to help your hair by avoiding heat damage when using hot tools. Although I haven't tried it when blow drying my hair, it does also protect against the sun's UV rays. Protecting my hair from the sun was never something that I paid much mind to but now with this product I've been taking it more into consideration. I've been applying this cream before stepping out into the warm temps and it makes my hair feel moisturized. I definitely need to give it a try before a blowout though. Maybe I'll book an appointment at my nearest Drybar...

Have you tried Drybar products before? What's your favorite product for blow drying your hair? And don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up with my latest beauty posts!

September 1, 2015

Smith & Cult Polish in Fauntleroy

September 1, 2015
Smith and Cult Fauntleroy

Once I saw former Lucky mag EIC Eva Chen post on her Instagram a photo of her recent lavender mani, I knew I had to get my hands on her exact polish. Luckily (no pun intended) she captioned the polish brand and the color. And there I went immediately Googling it so I can get my hands on it.

I introduce to you Smith & Cult in Fauntleroy - the prettiest, most girly, and whimsical purple polish ever! I'm completely obsessed with this color. I love it so much that I really wish I bought it sooner so that I could've rocked it since the beginning of summer. But we must not live our lives with regret...

And let me not get started on the bottle. Although it is indeed top heavy, the small bottle is perfect to display on a desk or vanity. And the formula? Amazing! It goes on perfectly smooth. The price tag might hurt a little but I think this polish brand is well worth it. If you're still on the fence on whether you should try this brand simply opt to just get this color. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Smith and Cult Fauntleroy


Have you tried Smith & Cult polishes before? What's your favorite purple polish?


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