Lit from Within: March 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Hello, Fireflies!

Today's the last day of March's Punk/Rock challenge, and I've packed it with as much irony as I can muster!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Eyes Have It - Blues with Ulta, and Going Down Under with Cargo

Luminess Air & Bulletproof Brows are Press Samples.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

Yesterday, I shared with you a couple of looks I did with my Luminess Air Essentials, but I wanted to talk about the rest of the stuff on my face today, including some Fiona Styles and Cargo eye makeup!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Airbrush Essentials with #LuminessAir

Press Samples.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

A while back, I told you about my first experience with airbrushing with Luminess Air.  It was so much easier than I thought it would be, and pretty fun, actually.  Now, Luminess Air has come out with three Essentials to make my face even more flawless when airbrushed!

Monday, March 28, 2016

A Rose That Smells Sweet, and Helps Sensitive Skin

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

I have another Valentia product review for you today.  I can't help it - I'm really a big fan! Even my husband has asked me to repurchase their Scrub For Men, and I have to admit, his skin has never looked better.  If you have sensitive skin, I tested out their Royal Rose Hydrating Serum, and I'd love to tell you about my experience with it.

Sunday, March 27, 2016


Hello, Fireflies!

Happy Easter, to those who celebrate!  Happy 'Reminder Day To Pick Up Those Reeses' Peanut Butter Eggs" to those who don't! I sure do miss them when they're gone...

Today's challenge is 'Egg-cellent Eggs' so I was inspired by those long-gone days of decorating eggs for the hunt.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Cheery Chevrons

Hello, Fireflies!

My niece is obsessed with chevrons at the moment, and so I was thinking of her when I dipped into the vault and found three chevron-centric nail arts to share with you today. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Hydration from Within and Without From #Neocell

Press Samples.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

I used to think that because I had oily skin, hydration was not a concern for me.  But, the more I learn, and as my skin ages, I realize that you can have dehydrated skin, no matter how much oil it produces!  For the last month, I've been treating my body and my skin with hydration from within, taking NeoCell's Glow Matrix, and also on top of the skin, using Neocell's Collagen Moisturizing Treatment Masque.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

I Love My Curls, But Sometimes I Want To See A #NuMe

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.
Hello, Fireflies!

I love my curls, but that doesn't mean I don't want to change things up now and again.  I've tried different tools to change my hair, but I'm loving the NuMe Silhouette straightener - not only because it works, but because of some really thoughtful design elements that went into it!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Studly Punk

Hello, Fireflies!

I've gotten a little sidetracked this month, and fell behind on my Punk/Rock & Roll challenge.  I went for the ultimate classic punk nail art first, and now I'm moving on to the next most stereotypic punk accessory - the pointy metal stud.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Scrub-a-Dub-Dub, Scrub For Men In A Tub #ValentiaExfoliatingScrubforMen

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

I'm pretty excited to be sharing another Valentia product review with you today!  But, but, you may be thinking, I've read your Valentia reviews before... something's different!  There's something darker, mysterious, maybe even ...forbidden... about this product.  Yes, I say.  It's for MEN. *gasp*

Monday, March 21, 2016

Essa Says, "Whip It" #VitaCWhip

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

You're welcome for the earworm.  Figured I'd share, since I can't think about ESSA Vita-C-Whip  without rockin' out to some Old School Devo. 'Cause when some skin problems come around, I must whip 'em!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Alien Flowers

Hello, Fireflies!

There doesn't seem to be a particular theme for this week's AIS challenge, so I went dealer's choice and picked one from the vault that...well, I'm not sure what it is, really.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Scents For A Reason, Or A Season... #1byoneHumidifier #candlewarmers #fbclove

Press Samples.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

It's time again for a Saturday with a little Something Different.  I've explored aromatherapy before here on the blog, and today, I want to share with you some new ways I've found to enjoy it!

Friday, March 18, 2016

A Tough Scrub For Soft Skin #TTOscrub

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

Did you know that our skin is our largest organ?  By and large, it's pretty good at taking care of itself and protecting our innards like it's meant to do.  But, to keep it looking and feeling its best, it needs a little TLC - and sometimes, it could use a little help with some of the nasties that plague it!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Hello, Fireflies!

Should ye be looking fer a little green nail inspiration today, I give you a fun, glittery, scented, green nailart!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

OIls for Leg Pain? #legcramprelief

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

I've had a blood clot in my leg before, and I often get soreness and swelling in my legs as a result of that and general activity (or inactivity, as the case may be..) I don't want to always be taking pain relievers, so I've been looking at natural topical treatments for when the pain is mild.  Usually, I get relief from a magnesium oil spray, so I'm familiar with the concept.. but I was skeptical that I could get relief from a blend of essential oils.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

After The Rain

Hello, Fireflies!

I love palettes, and even though I have a lot of them, sometimes one just calls out to me and the primal voice inside me responds.. with my credit card...

Monday, March 14, 2016

Clearly, I'm Revitalized! #valentia

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

I've been a fan of Valentia skincare for a while, now, and I'm excited to tell you about this new Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum (and stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for a review of their Rose serum for sensitive skin, and a Mr. LitFromWithin's views of their exfoliator from their new line for men!)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sunday Stamping - Starry Night

Hello, Fireflies!

Today's challenge is, "Inspired by the night sky."  Seeing how I just scored a bottle of the new Starry, Starry Night on clearance, I thought I'd use it as the base of this nailart!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Different Kind of Tea #MatchGreen

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

Something Different Saturday is back!  Today, I baked something.  In the microwave.  Still counts.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Latest Lippie Haul - Lots of pinks and nudes!

Hello, Fireflies!

I haul way, way too many lippies.  I have a real addiction! I want to show you some of the latest things I've picked up - I've got some new technologies, new collections, and some new-to-me brands, too!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Warm, Glowing Look with Manny MUA x Makeup Geek, Vita Liberata, It Cosmetics

Vita Liberata and Billion Dollar Brows are Press Samples.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

So, yesterday, I showed you all the different ways I used the Vita Liberata Body Blur, including as a bronzy primer for my face.  I wanted to show you what I used to complete that look, including the new, fab collab palette between Makeup Geek and MannyMUA.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Body Blur and Glow! #VitaLiberata

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

As a pasty-white kid, growing up, I so desperately wanted to be tan.  I tried laying out with baby oil, and other tan-enhancing products, and I would just burn and peel.  When I tried my first 'sun-less tanning' product, it left me orange.  So, I learned to accept my translucent skin, and it was even trendy to be pale for awhile.

While I'm okay with being pale, there are times when I want to have a natural glow.  I was apprehensive about fake tanning products, for fear of the Cheetos Radioactive look, but I've been impressed with many natural-looking products that are available now, like the new Body Blur from Vita Liberata!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Ancient Greek Remedy.... That Isn't Windex! #AncientGreekRemedyOil

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

If you're a fan of the movie, 'Big Fat Greek Wedding," like I am, you probably understand that when I saw this bottle of Ancient Greek Remedy, my first thought was, "Windex!"

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sunday Stamping: Pastel Purple

Hello, Fireflies!

Today's Sunday Stamping challenge is Perfect Pastels.  I chose a pretty pastel purple and accented with a little glitter for this cute, Spring-y nailart.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

NYC City Proof Swatches

Hello, Fireflies!

I am obsessed these days with eyeshadow, metallics, and shadow sticks, and these NYC City Proof Waterproof shadows are bringing it! (Well, one I picked up isn't metallic, but it's still pretty.)

Friday, March 4, 2016

It (Cosmetics) Girl With An Urban (Decay) Edge

Cover FX Blemish Concealer is a Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

Have you ever been convinced that you weren't going to purchase something, and then you ended up being seduced by it and having it win you over?  That's what happened with me and the Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay collex.  It's so neutral, yet edgy! I paired it with some It Cosmetics I love, and a fun nail art look today.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Fan Nail Art With Friends

Hello, Fireflies!

A while ago, a friend of mine asked me if I could do her nails with this design she found online.  I loved it, too, so I made one for myself, and one for her!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

What's Punker Than Punk?

Hello, Fireflies!

Welcome to another month of The Nail Challenge Collaborative!  This month's theme is 'Punk & Rock" and I have, what I think, is THE quintessential Punk nailart for you.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette (2015)

Cuepido Cosmetics and NYC Bronzer are Press Samples; everything else is purchased by me.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

I'm a fan of Cora from Vintage or Tacky, and when she did her review/comparison of the Laura Mercier Artists Palette (2013 vs. 2015 version) I knew I wanted to pick it up! I love purples and neutrals, too. I have some swatches, and two looks I created with this palette to show you today.

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