February Favorites

Sorry for the delay, it was 50 degrees in MKE yesterday and I had to enjoy it. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Wow even with that extra day, this month still flew by. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites from the past month to share with you and I hope you enjoy.

Aveda’s Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair– I have been using this since about September when I got it in my Fab Fit Fun box. I ran out at the beginning of February and knew after not using it for a few days I needed to buy it. It has totally helped repair my hair after going much lighter. I would totally recommend this product to anyone looking to reduce breakage and help detangle those tresses.

Lululemon Uplifting Scrunchie– I have many a scrunchies but I always grab this one. It holds back all my hair, but doesn’t ever leave that dreaded ponytail dent. It comes in tons of colors, dries fast if wet, and is all around the perfect scrunchie.

Airpod Pros– these are AMAZING! I didn’t know if I would love the wireless headphones, but I don’t think I could live without them now. I love the noise cancellation feature. It’s great for tuning out background noise so you can get work done. And they have a customizable fit so they can fit any ear. That was always a big compliant for me with headphones. But now I’ve found my dream pair.

Colourpop Super Shock Blush– To round it out I must talk about this new blush I got earlier in February. I have the shade Prenup and love this color and formula. It’s a cream powder that makes my skin glowy with a natural flush. And I love the price. Only $8!!

I hope you enjoyed my February round-up of favorites. Let me know if you use any of these products and if you have any favs I should try.

January Favorites

Hello everyone! Didn’t January just fly by but also feel like it lasted for 6 months too? I know it did for me. I’m going to share a few of my favorite things over the past month for the post today.

Audible- I finally tried it after getting a 3-month subscription for Christmas and I am loving this for my commute. I feel so much more productive and it’s a nice way to kill time during my drive. I started listening to Mindhunter for my first book. I have watched the show and loved it and the book is very similar but also offers a ton of background detail. I’m looking for a new book for my next credit to use. If you have any suggestions let me know!

This comfy winter look, I’m wearing velvet joggers with a cropped gray hoodie. This has been my go to look when running errands or lounging at home. The hoodie is from Target and the pants I found at Nordstrom Rack 2 years ago. I’ll link the hoodie here and a similar style of jogger here.

This And other stories Alpaca Blend Puff Sleeve Cardigan is truly a winter staple in my wardrobe and I have been wearing it a lot this last month. It’s the perfect caramel color and is so soft and warm. You can dress it up or down, with a skirt or pants.

My new favorite jeans are these Topshop High Waist Raw Hem Straight Leg Jeans. I have another pair in black but they’re a cropped length instead and knew I wanted to try them in a darker blue wash. I will say that when you first get a pair of these they may feel very tight and rigged but over time they relax, but still keep their shape. I love wearing them with either boots or sneakers.

Finally, the Rodial Soft Focus Glow Drops which i received in my FabFitFun winter box has become a new beauty favorite. I’ve linked thee travel size verison here. You only need 1 to 2 drops and I like to use it as my primer. It creates a beautiful base for your makeup and helps to create a luminous, dewy glow. I do think the price is a bit high for the product but I am trying to find a good dupe for it. I’ll let you know if I do.

Those are my January favorites and I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know what you’re loving right now.

1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Lip, Red Lip

I’m working with one of my best friend’s today to see how we both style a red lip for date night. These are also great options for the holidays. Enjoy!

Peyton’s look:

Base: E.L.F Poreless Face Primer, Fenty Concealer in 110

Contour: Anastasia Beverly Hills and Fenty Maple

Highlighter: Fenty Trippin

Lip liner: Changel Paris Lip Liner in Scarlett

Lipstick: Chanel Paris Rogue Coco

Eyes: Anastasisa Beverly Hills contour (base), Fenty galaxy Pallet in Cosmic Ocean and Midnight Bolt for the shimmer, Maybelline liner in brownish black (liner), and L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in black

Brows: Glossier Boy Brow

Peyton’s Tip: Use the same shade of lipstick for the blush when doing a red lip

The final look, isn’t she gorgeous?

Kitty’s Look:

Base: Tarte Face Tape Foundation in Light Sand, MAC’s Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer in NW22

Contour: Morphe’s Brontour in Celebutante

Highlighter: NYX Born to Glow! in Gleam

Blush: Wet N Wild’s makeup stick blush in Hustle and Glow

Lip Liner: NYX Suede Liner in Alabama

Lipstick: Colour Pop’s On Repeat

Eyes: treStique eye pencil in Morimoto Pink Pearl (under the brow), treStique eye pencil in Kona coffee (outer corner and liner), E.L.F. Mineral Masacara in black

Brows: NYX Tame and Frame in Black

Kitty’s tip: I always apply a red lip before I do my base, makes for an easier clean up if you mess up.

Mine finished look

Side by side comparison

Kitty’s look- has very subtle eye makeup and a brighter red lip color
Peyton’s look- adds more shimmer to the eye and a slighty dark red color to her lips

Decoding your Makeup

Ever wonder what all those labels mean on your makeup bottle? I’m here to help. These are the labels I was curious about and started to research. In general, they’re meant to help us make the right choice when choosing a product. Below I’ve detailed 5 labels, what they mean, and why they’re important to me.

PAO symbol– which is a small jar with a number and “M” after it. This represents the products expiration once it’s opened. Some products may have a “6M” meaning it is good for 6 months after opening the product. I always check this to see how long the product is going to last. This ensures I get the most bang for my buck.

Cruelty Free– which is a leaping bunny or bunny face. This means the product is certified cruelty-free and is rigorously tested. This means the products are certified to not have been tested on animals which is a common practice. You can find this on makeup and even makeup brushes. I started seeing this on makeup over a year ago and now I keep finding it more and more on products. This is important to me because I don’t want my products to be tested on animals. Brands like Tarte, Too Faced, NYX, Urban Decay, E.L.F. and Wet n Wild are all non-cruelty brands.

Vegan– this is something I recently learned after thinking cruelty free products were also vegan but that is not always the case. Vegan means the product contains no animal products in the product. That means even beeswax. If you want a truly vegan product look for the Certified Vegan symbol. This ensures that the ingredients used in the product are all vegan. Brands like Cover Fix, Kat Von D Beauty, Glossier, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, E.L.F., and Milk offer vegan products.

Recycling arrow triangle– this is especially important for knowing how to properly dispose of your product. This symbol means the container is recyclable. Not all containers will be and it’s important to understand what you can actually recycle. Manufacturers also may include below the triangle which part of the container is recycle because all of it may not be, such as the cap. I’m trying to be much more conscience of what I am recycling and throwing out. Some brands are even starting their own recycling programs. MAC has their “Back to MAC Recycling Program”, which gives you a free lipstick if you return 6 primary packaging containers (the packaging that encases the product like a lipstick tube).

SPF– if you want sunscreen in your makeup look for SPF on the product. SPF products will help protect you from UVA and UVB rays which can prematurely age you skin and may lead to cancer. I always want SPF in my products.

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m so excited to be writing and sharing my interests in fashion, makeup, food, home decor, and many more. I love sharing my tips and tricks with my friends and family and this blog is a perfect way to share them with everyone else. A little about myself, I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, hence “The Good Land” in my blog name. To quote Alice Cooper in the 1992 Wayne’s World, “the name Milwaukee comes from the Algonquin word millioke, meaning “the good land.” The kitty part is a nickname that has stuck around since high school. And it perfectly embodies me. I am shy and cautious but also curious and spunky at times. I can also be just a little bit sassy like most cats are. And I’m always serving major cattitude. Yes, I said cattitude. It’s a feeling of prestige and sophistication without being conceited. Now back to the blog, I’m hoping to share information related to fashion, food, makeup, and home decor/organization I’ve always loved fashion and makeup and use it to express my personality and moods. I’m a huge foodie and come from a family that loves to cook. And my home is my sanctuary and I love for it to feel comfy and cozy. I’m also interested in how I can be more environmentally friendly in all these areas and allow for future generations to experience the good land. I’m hoping to share my tips for doing so and my journey to understand what more I can do. Welcome to my blog and I hope you all enjoy!