Friday, January 29, 2016

Trash Talk: Bath & Body Empties (Jan 2016)

Trash Talk: Bath & Body Empties (Jan 2016) - Sammi the Beauty Buff

Hi, friends! It's crazy that we're so close to the end of January. 2016 is really flying by! I was originally planning on doing another Favorites post to mark the end of 2015, to serve as a catch-all for hair, nail, and body products, but then I decided against it. I'm not very picky with those other things, so rather than repeat the few products you guys already know I love, I figured I would write up some mini reviews to the products I used up recently.

It's called Trash Talk, because we're gonna talk about all of our beauty trash (this is a friendly zone, we don't talk trash about each other here)! We're just talking about bath and body products today, since I'm trying to cut down my post lengths. I feel like they're always so long! What do you think? Do you prefer short, concise posts, or long ones with more information? Or a mix of both?

But enough about that. Let's get to the good stuff!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Beauty Buff Favorites of 2015: Makeup

Beauty Buff Favorites of 2015: Makeup | Sammi the Beauty Buff

Hi, friends! Can you believe the first month of 2016 is almost over? It's insane how time flies! Today I wanted to talk more about my favorite products from 2015. With skincare products, I'm a snob super picky when it comes to formulas and ingredients, so when I find something I like, it can be a little hard for me to detach and try something new. With makeup, however, I'm a lot more lenient and tend to try more products at a time. Plus, I hesitate having too many jars and tubes of skincare products open at a time, just because beneficial ingredients don't last forever, but with makeup I kind of throw caution to the wind. I don't think I have to tell you have many lipsticks alone I have open right now (or you can see for yourself in my ongoing Lipstick Collection series).

So, without further ado, let's talk about my favorite makeup discoveries and most used cosmetics of 2015!

Beauty Buff Favorites of 2015: Makeup | Sammi the Beauty Buff

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Birchbox: January 2016 Review

Hello, friends! It was weird writing "January 2016" in the header this morning. I don't know about you, but it always takes me a couple of months to get used to it. I'll probably continue writing 2015 and correcting it until at least March!

Anyway, today I wanted to unpack my Birchbox for you guys. I'm actually super impressed this month, and this might have been one of my favorite boxes to date (and I've been subscribed for about two and a half years now). But let's just get to the review already so I can tell you more about it. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Beauty Buff Favorites of 2015: Skincare

Hi, friends! I hope you're all having a nice 2016 so far. I'm excited to finally be starting my Beauty Buff Favorites of 2015 series. Most of these are ones I've recommended over and over again on this blog. But the products I like don't get a free ride into a Beauty Buff Favorite slot; I'm always testing and re-testing to see if they still hold up.

The winners are essentially the products I'd be content with using without changing it up. Obviously, being a beauty buff means I'm always trying new stuff (plus this blog would get very boring very fast), but I'd be okay if these were the only products I had to work with.

Quick photo note: it's been cloudy for days and we're not going to see the sun until at least Thursday, so today we're photographing by a window! Plus, the Penni household is in shambles due to the fact that we're finally starting to put our Christmas decorations away.

Without further ado, here are my favorite products I used in 2015!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Review: CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar Vitamin Infused Lip Balm in Caramel

Review: CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar Vitamin Infused Lip Balm in Caramel

Hi, friends! You guys know how much I love tinted lip balm, so today I'd like to share with you a new product from CoverGirl: the Oh Sugar Vitamin Infused Lip Balm. These are part of their Colorlicious line (where you'll find a lot of their other lip products categorized). 

I'll be reviewing the shade Caramel, since that's the shade I received in the mail. I got this product for free, but that's not going to impact my review of it at all. But enough about that--let's get into the good stuff! 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Year in Review: 2015 Blog Overview

Year in Review: 2015 Blog Overview

Hello, friends! Today I'd like you to come on a walk down memory lane with me. 2015 was a big year for my little beauty blog. It got a whole new name and design. I also got a DSLR camera and began really studying up on my photography. If you're new to this blog, this might be a great place to start if you're in need of  post recommendations. As for us long timers, let's look at some of our favorite moments! 

Reader Favorites

The posts below were written in 2015 and have garnered the most page views thus far:

Saturday, January 2, 2016

My New Year Beauty Resolutions for 2016

My New Year Beauty Resolutions for 2016

Hi, friends! Happy 2016! I hope you had a nice New Year's! Today I'd like to talk about New Year's Resolutions. I've never been hard-set on making resolutions, since I think if I wanted to do something, I would have done it already. However, this year I'm really liking the idea of a fresh start, so I think I'd like to take this opportunity for a clean slate. In 2015, I graduated from college and earned a Bachelor's degree, so in 2016 I hope to put it to good use! 

Beauty-wise, I like to make a few resolutions each year. It helps set a direction for both myself and this blog. So, if there's something you'd like to see on here in 2016, let me know! I like trying new things, and in the spirit of the new year, now is the time to do so.

Last year, I had a few beauty resolutions as well. How did they stack up?