A New Day

Taking a look at all of the things I've been missing

Spring has sprung!

on April 15, 2014

Happy Spring everyone!

As I type this, it is snowing, as t has been all day… ohhhh Ohio.

I’m really trying to be positive and think positive and that we will be back to sunshine and 70 degrees next week. Despite the sad weather, I have been on a mission to smell and look like spring. I thought I would share some of my favorite things so far this season.

Hourglass –  Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Child (sheer nude)

Space NK says:

A silky, high-shine lip gloss that hydrates lips.

The crème-de-la-crème of glosses, Extreme Sheen is pure luxury for the lips. The formulation delivers sensational shine and rich pigment without feathering. It contains moisturizing actives and Vitamin E to keep lips from cracking or chapping.

Does not contain:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates


This might be the most perfect gloss ever. To be honest, I’ve had this socked away for a while and was waiting for… I don’t know what. I really have been missing out. The texture is so smooth and creamy and lasts for 2-3 hours. There is a light vanilla-y scent, but has no flavor. Hallelujah! This particular shade in Child is very sheer and is the perfect neutral!


English Laundry No. 7 for Her 

Birchbox says:

Long known for his line of men’s scents, Christopher Wicks of English Laundry tweaked his No. 7 blend just for the ladies. Bright and fruity, the result is both flirty and fun, grounded with alluring hints of masculine musk .

How it Works

This fruity cocktail combines hints of pear, jasmine, melon, and apricot to create a fragrance fit for the warmer months (or when you’re longingly thinking about said months). Base notes of sandalwood, vanilla, and musk add warmth.


*SIGH* another perfume sample, Birchbox? Oh wait… this is an amazing scent! I immediately logged in to BB and put this in my cart – and thanks to 400 hoarded points and free shipping, I purchased the rollerball size which will last me forever. This is a light, powdery/vanilla scent that lasts several hours.

Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment

Julep says:

Complete nail care and make-up all in one bottle. Made with a patented Hexanal formulation, nails are restructured to a stronger, thicker, and smoother condition in just one stroke. Advanced plant stem cell complex provides anti-aging benefits, while ground-breaking oxygen technology forms a nonocclusive film on the nail, proving resistant to water penetration and improving the permeability to oxygen. Results are nails that are structurally stronger, and less prone to breakage and splitting.

How to use: Apply in layers on clean nails to achieve desired high gloss and subtle “Nail Makeup.” Use once or twice a week regularly to promote strong, healthy nail growth.


Somehow my nails survived the absolute worst winter months and then went to crud the closer it got to spring. My nails have been splitting and cracking for the last month like crazy (and my cuticles are a nightmare, hence no photos of my hands recently). This has really helped start to strengthen the nails again. To top it off, the color is a really pretty pale pink too!

If you are interested in subscribing to Julep,  please feel free to use my referral code and don’t forget the FREE BOX code to get your first subscription box free.

Benefit Cosmetics big beautiful eyes

Benefit says:

This portable kit is all you need to conceal, contour and line your eyes like a pro. Included brushes and illustrated makeup lesson shows you how in just 4 steps.

Kit includes:

  • boi-ing 02 medium 1.8g Net wt. 0.06 oz.
  • alabaster pink base shadow 0.8g Net wt 0.03 oz.
  • cocoa shimmer contour shadow 0.8g Net wt 0.03 oz.
  • rich chocolate brown liner shadow 0.8g Net wt 0.03 oz.


This is certainly not new, but this is one of my go-to pallets. The colors are the perfect pick me up and they stay all day. When it comes to travel, this pallet helps minimize the bulk because of the brushes, concealer and dark brown, which makes a perfect liner.

Another thing that is making me smile right now ins the Crabtree and Evelyn’s Rosewater Bath and Shower Gel and Hand and Body Lotion which I previously reviewed.

What is helping you think spring?


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6 responses to “Spring has sprung!

  1. Katy says:

    I just treated myself to the Naked 3 palatte and it is my precious. I wanted to transition into a glowy rosy look to my eye makeup and this has it. What do you think of the power brow? Is is a do?

    • Laura P says:

      I am resisting all temptation – I touched the pallet once and thought about it for days… I must not give in!!
      And I kind of love the power brow… but when you’re this pale and you use a brow filler, its always kind of a power brow, right?

      • Katy says:

        Yes, I am thinking of paying attention to my brows a bit more this year, so I am playing around with it! Takes me some getting used to. Any filler/pencil you recommend?

      • Laura P says:

        I’ve been using Benefit Brow-zings for ages…. I want to give some of the Anastasia products a try but honestly I think with the right brush and powder tint you can accomplish the same outcome.

  2. […] English Laundry No. 7 for Her – this was a scent featured in my spring favorites back in April. Maybe it was the snow or something that made me break it back out.. I don’t […]

  3. […] – English Laundry No. 7 for Her – this sample appeared in my March Birchbox and I was immediately taken by this soft, clean scent.  I purchased immediately with some BB points and added it to my fragrance collection. This is an absolute favorite now and was featured in my Spring Favorites post. […]

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