Inner+Outer Beauty

a lush review.

Hi ladies!

As you saw in the weekend wrap-up, J purchased a few items at Lush: A fresh handmade cosmetics line. Let’s see what the buzz is about.

J says:

I heard a lot of great things about Lush in Macy’s Lenox Mall and decided to give their face scrub a try. Naturally, I left with more than just that. Here are the goods.

Lush Cosmetics
on a mission for perfect skin…

Herbalism Facial Cleanser: Best suited to those who have tried everything under the sun to clear up their oily and blemish prone skin. I must say, I saw results right away! No more blocked pores for this lady…

Herbalism Scrub
step 1.

Ayesha Fresh Face Mask: As I was checking out with my one and only item, I noticed a bar with various masks. Wrinkles in mind, I chose the Ayesha Fresh Face Mask with spellbinding ingredients to smooth wrinkles. One word: Magical.  My skin was fresh, clean, toned, bright and soft. A must try.

Ayesha Face Mask
step 2.

Skin’s Shangri LA: Whilst checking out, the super sweet sales associate offered me a sample of the Skin’s Shangri LA moisturizer. I’ll be honest, I was a little turned off by the smell (not great), BUT the results were fantastic. It took away redness overnight and made my skin feel soft and rejuvenated.

step 3.
step 3.

So what do you think about Lush!? Can you recommend any other products to try? Tweet us! @glitter_blog_xo




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ps: astroturf nails.

Whoops! We’re back.

We totally forgot to include our friend Jen’s awesome astroturf mani in our weekend wrap-up. Here it is, in all its green glory.

Astroturf Nails
file this away for next football season.

We begged Jen to share the how-to, and since she’s 100% Team Glitter, she obliged.

Astrotuf Mani:

  • Doing one nail at a time, paint on one medium coat of Essie’s Going Incognito.
  • Doing one nail at a time, sprinkle green tinsel glitter (available at craft stores) over the polish. Lightly pat it down so that it really sticks to the polish.
  • Let dry for five minutes. Apply a generous clear coat.

How creative is that? Did you do a super bowl-themed mani this weekend? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo!



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work it.

Happy Wednesday, glitter girls!

We know, we know. One of your New Year’s resolutions is to work out / get in shape / be more active / lose weight. Here are some tips to get you going!

Fuel Up: Often, it’s a Herculean task just to get ourselves to the gym. We can’t be bothered with a pre-workout snack, too! Turns out, eating before you sweat is a big deal–it jump-starts your metabolism (can’t argue with that). It’s also important to eat after you exercise, so you don’t start burning muscle (eeek!). Allison at Lauren Conrad has some great tips for what to eat before your workout (no matter what time you like to hit the gym) and after. Bottom line: bananas are our friends.

Workout Snacks
image: Lauren Conrad

Dress the Part: Is it just us, or is exercising easier when you love what you’re wearing? We’ve talked about workout wear before, but here are a few new suggestions.

1) Sports Bra. If you don’t like your sports bra, you won’t like exercising. L’s favorite is the New Balance Bonita Run Crop. The back straps as well as the band are adjustable, so you get a much more precise fit than most sports bras.

New Balance Sports Bra
an adjustable band is key if you’re bigger in the bust but smaller in the ribcage.

2. Top. J loves this top from LuluLemon. “I’ve basically worn it every day since I got it for Christmas!”

Lululemon top
bonus: it’s reversible.

3. Leggings. We both love C9 by Champion compression leggings. And we may or may not admit to wearing them as pants on our non-workout days.

Champion Leggings
we go for basic black…but we also like this fun printed pair!

4. Shoes. L is a big fan of the Nike Lunarglide and the New Balance Minimus (depending on your fitness goal).

Nike LunarGlide
Nike Lunarglides are nice compromise between a traditional running shoe and a minimal shoe.
New Balance Minimus
be sure to start slowly when you switch to the Minimus. the minimal cushioning takes some getting used to.

The Workout: If you think you’d enjoy running, try a Couch to 5K program. Running a 5K is a really reasonable goal, and you can find a race just about every weekend, no matter where you live. This program tells you exactly how to train to run a 5K in six weeks.

Looking for something you can do right here, right now? Try this simple 3-step Ballerina Body Workout we found in Cosmo.

Ballet Pose
cardio is great for fat-burning, but a ballet-inspired workout will sculpt and trim you all over.

Whew! Writing that post was a workout in itself. How do you like to keep fit? What trends are you thinking of trying? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo!



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january birchbox.

Happy Wednesday, glitter girls!

Birchbox wants 2013 to be your “Best Year Ever” (perfect! so do WE.) To get you there, this month’s Birchbox included a fold-out poster with 25 simple tips and ideas to boost my (and your) happiness.

Let’s get to the goods shall we?

January Birchbox
Join Birchbox for only $10/month!

1. Caudalie Vinexpert Radiance Day Cream SPF 15: Right away I felt like my skin looked tight and nicely hydrated. Love.

2. Deborah Lippmann the Stripper to go: It’s no secret that we paint our nails whilst on the go (at the bar *cough cough*). Now we have an easy fix for the occasional mess up!

3. Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo: No. 4 Lumiere d’hiver Clarifying Shampoo is a weekly deep cleansing therapy that is nourishing to hair and scalp. This unique formula wont strip moisture or color, but does strip absurd faux pas!

4. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner: Applies smoothly and has a great fine tip; long lasting and didn’t smear/run in my eyelid crease.

5. Aerie Shimmer Fragrance: A very light/clean/crisp scent. Perfect for day or night.

Got any more ideas to make 2013 your best year ever? Tweet them to @glitter_blog_xo with the hashtag #mybestyear.



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december birchbox.

Happy 12.12.12, glitter girls!

Ta-da! My December Birchbox has arrived! {Unfamiliar with the program? Read here.}

This month’s theme is “All Wrapped Up”–fitting for the holidays. For starters, the box was jazzed up with pink and gold stripes. Festive! Check out what was inside, and click here to join.

December Birchbox
how cute are all of the goodies!?
December Birchbox
everything, sans Rent the Runway gift card.

Juicy Couture  by Juicy Couture: L and I have actually both owned this perfume for quite some time. It has a fresh, clean floral scent without being too perfume-y. Perfect for everyday.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream: Natural and organic… we like that. Use this moisturizing primer and start your day with a glow.

Nick Chavez® Beverly Hills Advanced Volume Shampoo with Expansion Technology®: I’m always eager to try new volumizing shampoo. L and I both have long hair, and man it can weigh you DOWN. Well, this shampoo will pick you back up! Even better, it strengthens your hair.

Chuao Chocolatier: Maple Bacon: Uh. I was a little hesitant to try this bacon/chocolate combo…but surprise, it was delicious! Check out Chuao Chocolatier’s other unique flavors. The bars make great stocking stuffers for the foodie in your life!

theBalm® cosmetics Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All-in-One: Y’all. This is the most flattering blush I’ve used. The peachy color with a slight sheen is simply perfection. Highly recommend.

What was in your December Birchbox? Tweet us! @glitter_blog_xo



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