PSA: Listen. Love. & Be Kind.

PSA: Listen. Love. & Be Kind.

Hey everyone,

I know that I’ve been a little MIA lately (again, ugh, I know.. I just can’t seem to beat the cycle and get on top of my blogging game.. one day..) and that’s because I haven’t been feeling my happiest. Of course the source of that issue is something completely separate than today’s topic, but nonetheless, it’s at least inspired me to get some thoughts down and out into the world.

In the midst of Kate Spade’s and Anthony Bourdain’s suicides, I thought it important to check in with all of you guys.

I’m fortunate and blessed that I truly don’t believe I’ve ever been depressed a day in my life. Of course I experience the ups and downs just like any one else, but it’s never handicapped me. Although I’m lucky enough to say that, that mostly is not the case when it comes to others.

In high school, I lived in a bubble. A bubble I was comfortable and happy in, but a bubble nonetheless. It wasn’t until I got to college that I met and became close with those that do have depression. Since then, I can’t claim to fully understand it; however, I’m much more aware. People can be living their best life all on the outside, but on the inside are battling something completely unbeknownst to everyone around them.

You might not know what everyone is going through. Everyone has their own story and their own problems, but unless you reach out you’ll never know. And that’s truly what I’m imploring for each and every one of you to do. Whether you are suffering from depression or not, just reach out. In the case that you fall into the former, reach out to your closest support network, you would be surprised to find out how many people care. In the case of the latter, reach out to those you might notice subtle changes in. Let them know you’re there.

It’s important to remember that there are resources available for you at all times of the day and night. I genuinely believe the stigma associated with mental illness is getting smaller each and every day. It’s okay to feel the way you do, but please don’t feel it alone.

These are just two examples of people who on the outside looked as though they had it all. Money, fame, and fortune will get you nowhere in life. Hold on to the friends and family you know are there for you, they are the gems in life.

Listen. Love. And show the world and all of its inhabitants the kindness that we all deserve.

Remember approximately 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression alone. It’s real and with all the optimism in the world amenable.

I feel as though I have a lot that I could include in this but I’m going to keep it as a brief little PSA for all y’all. In other news, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled program here on the blog soon. I’m going to work on some new content very very soon.

Lots of love to all of you and..

Until next time,

xx.Britani Skye

P.S. The first designer purse I ever bought was Kate Spade. I knew I loved her quirky designs and I had waited years until I made the plunge and just got a bag. It’s my favorite purse to this day and it truly saddens me to see another fashion legend gone. That being said, I’m so proud of any Kate Spade item I’ve managed to snag over the years and I can’t wait to continue to show them off.

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JSC: Summer Chrome Collection Review

JSC: Summer Chrome Collection Review

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I’m so excited to be writing this post right now, you guys really don’t even know.. I basically just received these beauty products in the mail yesterday and was itching all night while I had to take pictures and type out all my feelings to finally bring you this post! So, without further ado, let’s just dive right in to my Jeffree Star Cosmetics Summer Chrome Collection Review!

So as some of you may know, Jeffree Star recently released his Summer Chrome Collection and I just couldn’t resist the hype.

I have never order from this brand before but here’s a very quick opinion of the process just based off of my experience.

I really love the website, it’s vibrant and easy to navigate so although there are a lot of colors going on, you can easily find everything you are looking for as well as the prices being super transparent. So not only are the prices easy to see, but they are affordable as well.

Although I am a lipstick girl at heart, I have wanted nothing more than to try Jeffree’s skin frosts. So that’s exactly what I went looking for, as well as the lip scrubs because, I’m not gonna lie, every time I saw the flavors, I just genuinely could NOT pick one. They are basically three of my favorite things, whether it be from childhood or the present so I splurged and just went for all three (**spoiler: I do not regret it).

So by the time I added everything to my cart, it was almost $100 and I was surprised to see that there was still a shipping and handling fee that I had to pay. Honestly though, it’s super affordable and what I didn’t know is that it is 2-day shipping so you’re order is going to come to you superrrr fast, which as a girl who does not like to wait, I appreciate (:

Then, once the package came, I really didn’t have any expectations as to how the box would look like, but I was so pleasantly surprised with all of the packaging.

The products were delivered in a hot pink box sealed with clear Jeffree Star tape and inside each item was individually wrapped in tissue paper as well as bubble wrap.

I loved this touch because it made me feel like all of my items were super safe while being transported and it also felt like there was thought and time put into not only the product but all of the “background” stuff too.

So, as for my initial thoughts? I’m sure you can guess that so far the products and brand are getting an A+++ for me! So let’s jump into the actual products..

Velour Lip Scrubs

1. Watermelon Gum

Okay so I’m should probably have saved this one for last (because in my opinion it’s the absolute BEST, but I’m not in the business of patience today), but I absolutely LOOOOOVE this!

So this is totally random but literally like 5 years ago I tried a lip scrub from Lush and it basically totally blew my lips up. Yeah, trust me, it was not a pretty picture. So since then I have sworn off lip scrubs, but when I saw these flavors, it was like something overcame me and I just couldn’t say no!

Well let me tell you that I do not regret it. Obviously I’ve only had them for approximately 24 hours but I am most happy to report that there has been no reaction to the product what-so-ever!

So not only does the product feel super gentle and really high quality on the lips, it both tastes and smells amazing.

Throwing it back, this smells IDENTICAL to Bubble Yum watermelon gum from my childhood. Honestly, it tastes like it too. It’s delicious and it’s the most fun bubblegum pink color, perfect for summer!

I’m excited to keep trying this out and to see how this really helps not only my natural lips as well as how it helps with lipstick application (specifically matte liquid lips)!

If you could pick any of the three flavors, I would recommend this one first!

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Velour Lip Scrub – Watermelon Gum

2. Blue Raspberry Sucker

Okay so this one is probably my least favorite, but that’s only if I absolutely HAD to put them in order.

The same goes for this lip scrub as the watermelon one. To put it simply, it WORKS and it’s AMAZING.

Just like the watermelon gum, this smells just like it says: like a Dum Dum Blue Raspberry lollipop!

It’s a light blue shade that tastes just as good as it looks, smells, and sounds, and this is another one I would highly recommend if you’re able to get your hands on it!

The down side to this one is that I did check the JSC website this morning and it’s looking like it’s sold out; however, maybe you might stumble across this sometime/where else and you’ll be able to add it to your collections (:

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Velour Lip Scrub – Blue Raspberry Sucker

3. Orange Soda

And now because this is the last one, I’m sure you already know that this (by default) is my second favorite!

I just loooooove orange soda. I know it might not be everyone’s favorite, but I love to break up my love affair with Coke every now and again with some Fanta/Sunkist and this lip scrub smells just like the first whiff of a freshly opened can.

This one does have an orange-soda-y taste; however, it is probably the one that resembles the flavor the least, but obviously, this doesn’t bother me at all.

It is a light orange color and again, does all of the same wonderful things the first two advertise to do and more.

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Velour Lip Scrub – Orange Soda

Gist of the story for these guys? I love them and I am so happy to have been able to grab them. I know that getting all three is excessive but they are so fun and flavors that I genuinely thought were so unique. I feel like although they are ‘summertime flavors’, I won’t get tired of them and will be using them all throughout the year. Plus, I know I’ll be giving at least one of them to my mom (:

At the price tag of $12, I do think they are worth it. You’re getting a lot of product for your money and it is quality so in my opinion, it is 100% worth it! So check them out if you’re interested or have been in the market for an awesome new lip scrub!

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Skin Frosts

1. Summer Snowcone

Okay, so like I said I really have just been dying to try some JSC skin frosts and that is basically the reason I even picked this one.

I feel like just by looking at it, it is not a shade I would normally just pick on my own; however, I couldn’t be more pleased with the way it performs in person.

First of all, I just adore the name of this product, and I think it is a really unique and fun shade, especially for the summertime. This is definitely a color you can wear no matter the time of year, but for me (as I have really pale skin), this is best when I’m nice and tan.

It has beautiful, gold color payoff and is pigmented as fudge to say the least. It is buildable, but honestly, a little goes a long way and you’ll be practically blinding someone with your highlight with just one swipe onto the cheek bones.

In this case, the blinding highlight is a good thing. Even though it is definitely there because of makeup, it has a natural-ness to it that I really appreciate. It is just beautiful AND glam all at the same time.

Secondly, the amount of product you get is huge (for only $29, shut. up.) and I know I won’t feel guilty when I start dousing my body in this highlighter because I feel like it has the potential to last me basically forever.

And, P.S. I think this looks the most gorgeous as a dusting on collarbones and shoulders, ugh, I die.

But to sum everything up.. I have nothing like this and am so happy to have been able to add it to my collection. Check it out!

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Skin Frost – Summer Snowcone

2. Crystal Ball

Now this one is a little more in my comfort zone. It is an icy white highlighter that I feel would go good with my skin tone no matter what the season is (AKA, I don’t need to be kind of tan).

I love this one, even though I might light the Summer Snowcone more, especially as this one seems to have a duo-chrome shift to it.

Just like the previous skin frost, this is so pigmented and beautiful on the skin. I think this one is a little less natural but still very unique and definitely something to add to the collection.

This is another highlighter I had nothing like, so for me, this was worth the purchase. Like I mentioned before, you are getting a lot of product for what you are paying for, and the quality is honestly outstanding, which makes me feel like it’s all worth it in the long run!

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Skin Frost – Crystal Ball

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All in all, I’m so pleased with the products I got from this collection. I love the metallic, chrome packaging that everything came in and I think that everything I got is super unique and something that will not only last but add to any one’s makeup collection.

I think that Jeffree has an amazing brand that he built and I really can’t wait to see all of the future collections that will be coming out.

I know that I can definitely say that I will 100% be purchasing more from this brand and I hope it has inspired you guys to maybe check some of the products out as well!

P.P.S. Get them before they’re gone!

But until next time..

xx.Britani Skye

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June ’17 Sephora Play Unboxing & Review

June ’17 Sephora Play Unboxing & Review

Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and are ready to dive right on into Monday head on (I know I’m not, but I’m telling myself I am anyways!)

I just got home from a week long vacation and to my surprise I had a Sephora Play box waiting for me on my bed as soon as I walked into the room.

For those of you who might not know about Sephora Play, it is a monthly subscription box. The box costs $10 every month, and in it comes five deluxe sample size beauty products as well as a bonus jonas perfume sample.

All of the products also come in a cute little draw string-eque bag that has a different saying/picture on the front. Honestly, I love these bags but since I’m getting a new one every month, I just have way to many. So I usually end up giving them away to a friend (or my mom) and they can find a use for it!

Besides the products themselves, there is always a small poster that tells you more about each product and exactly what it does, as well as a little card that you can bring to a Sephora at any time in the month to redeem a free 50 beauty insider points.

So enough about all of the things that come with the box, let’s get into the good stuff!

This month’s theme was “Your Summer Starters” and it was just another great box!

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Up first? Tarte Tarteguard 20 Tinted Moisturizer

This was a pleasant surprise considering my favorite type of “face makeup” are tinted moisturizers. They are enough to bring some life back to your complexion but not heavy enough to be annoying throughout the day or bring on massive breakouts.

This little tube packs another punch though: SPF 20. This is a must now that it is the summer months and things are definitely starting to heat up. You can just slap on some Tarteguard and not have to worry about harmful UVA and UVB rays attacking your complexion, phew! This month, Sephora’s definitely got our backs (:

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Tarteguard 20

Second is.. Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad Gradual Glow

Now THAT is a mouthful.

At first, I really wasn’t thrilled about this because it is basically a single wipe that comes individually packaged. Now normally, when I get these boxes, some of the samples will last me multiple uses, so of course I wasn’t super happy that I had only gotten one but as I looked closer (and got past the excitement I have when getting these boxes), I realized there are actually more than just the one I thought I got!

So then of course I was excited again and totally in love with this product because it is specifically for your face, and as someone with skin that is prone to breakouts, I’m always hesitant to ever put self-tanner on my face unless it is specifically designed for that.

These pads are packed with Vitamin D which is supposed to provide nourishment to the skin for long summer days, and it is also a buildable glow which, I don’t know about you guys, but sounds totally good to me!

So basically? I’m pretty thrilled about these. Now maybe when I use my St. Tropez tanner, there won’t have to be such a disconnect from the neck up.. or here’s to hoping anyways!

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Get dat Glow

Next on the menu is.. Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It

Okay, so now believe it or not, I was crazy about this one. I don’t tend to use the hair products that are included in these boxes unless it is some type of hair mask/treatment for in the shower so this one will probably just go in the discard/give to mom pile.

I believe, from the packaging that this is meant to enhance the texture of your hair while also combating things like frizz.

So in theory, this sounds great, but also I have crazy hair and am weary to think that this would actually do anything to keep it tamed on those insanely humid PA days. But also, maybe I’ll give it a try, who knows!

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‘Don’t Blow’ Your Chance to Snag This ASAP

Fourth up is.. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub

Okay, so this is amazing. ‘Nuff said.

If y’all haven’t figured it out yet, I’m lipstick obsessed. Especially when words like ‘Matte’ and ‘Long-lasting’ are involved, which spoiler alert: they are!

I love that this is like a fuscia/radiant orchid shade and it is PERFECT for summer. Definitely a bright, colorful shade that I personally think would look good on so many skin tones, so kudos to Sephora for throwing this bad boy into the mix!

Also, not to try to be shady or anything but it looks almost identical to the new Kylie Lipkit (June Bug) that she released for her Vacation Collection, so if you are ever unable to get that shade, check out this as an alternative that is just as good!

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Join the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Love Train

And last, but certainly NOT least is.. Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Creme

Alright, so I know I just said how I’m not super crazy about too many hair products in these boxes (and I’m not), but I’m so excited to try this one out.

First of all, it’s a brand I’ve never heard of before so I’m excited to see how it holds its own. Especially since some of my favorite products from these boxes tend to be from brands that are not the ‘mainstream’ ones.

Second of all, you all read the word ‘avocado’ right? Because that’s all I needed to see to be totally sold.

I believe this product is meant to be evenly distributed throughout damp hair, and sort of gives me a ‘leave-in conditioner’ vibe. It is supposed to also combat frizz and leave the hair feeling moisturized, which considering the ingredients, I think that it will live up to the expectation, but of course, I can get back to you all later on that (:

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Avoca-don’t Mind If I Do!

And for the *BONUS JONAS* Derek Lam 10 Crosby in Blackout

Okay, so every month they always throw in a sample size perfume and I actually do appreciate these.

I know that at any given time you can walk into a Sephora and ask for a sample size of any perfume you want, so they aren’t really helping me out any, but I’m also the type of girl who buys the same bottle of perfume over and over again so I don’t really have much variation in my non-existent ‘collection’.

So for me? These are fun. Unless you get a bad one, which normally doesn’t happen but I vividly remember getting a linen scented one months and months ago and literally HATING it.

This one, though, is no exception. I LOVED this scent. And honestly? I might even consider buying a full size of it because it’s absolutely intoxicating. It’s under the fragrance family of ‘Earthy and Woody’ and some of the most prominent notes are Osmanthus and Chai Tea Essence.

I also adore the back story behind the brand. Allegedly, Derek Lam is a fashion designer living in NYC (ugh, living the dream more like it), and he debuted a collection of fragrances that are all inspired by different scenes he observed from his Soho studio on Crosby Street.

I mean, how COOL is that?! Because, I think that’s pretty awesome.

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10/10 WOULD Recommend

So my final thoughts?

This was another good box!

I’ve been getting the Sephora Play boxes for about a year now and honestly, there are very rarely a box that lets me down. Even if I get a product that I might not love, I know I can always give it to a friend or family and they will find some use for it.

I also think the box is totally worth it cost-wise. I mean $10 for all of this stuff that will sometimes last quite a while is a total steal. Every month is different and you might end up with really popular brand name signature items or you might end up with brand new releases that you get to try out before going and spending an arm and a leg on it. Also, to put it into perspective, if you were to go to Sephora and buy one of these deluxe travel size samples, at the very least it would cost you $10, so you’re getting five things for a very reasonable value. Plus of course you get the joy of receiving a brand new box with new items every month!

It’s a win-win!

So I hope you all enjoyed this different type of post and, again, are having a fabulous Monday (we’re already one day closer to Friday woohoo)!

But, until next time..

xx.Britani Skye

P.S. If your interest has been peaked and you’re interested in checking out more about the Sephora Play boxes, click HERE! (:

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