Travel Mini Round Up.

Travel Minis

Hey there bow friends!

I know, half way through summer already and I still have summer tips.  As you know, I make lots of trips to visit Beau and I’ve also just come back from a little vacation.  To say I’m a master of searching out the perfect travel size products is an understatement.  Today I’m going to give you some of my top choice recommendations.

When it comes to hair products, I’m a huge fan of minis rather than the regular size products as they tend to be huge.  The Toni & Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray is perfect in size and as a product.  Holiday second day hair gets wavy with a few spritz of this stuff as well as a refresher from a mini Batiste dry shampoo.  Oh, and a mini of whatever hair oil I’m using (Usually my beloved Morrocan Oil) gets thrown into the mix as well.

Makeup removal on the go!  I snapped up this tiny Studio 35 eye makeup remover from Walgreens and tend to refill it when it goes empty.  The Yes to Blueberries travel face wipes tend to make an appearance as well.  Trying to give your makeup a boost of lasting power?  A mini and skinny Urban Decay De Slick should sort you out.

Trying to get the hydrated, summer glow?  I’d go with any of The Body Shop body butters in the travel size as you will have the fear of a leaky lotion.  Oh, that glow I was talking about.  Mix a bit of the Sally Hansen travel sized airbrush legs with your lotion and you should be good to go.

Oh, and the tiny Axe Anarchy spray (which smells unexpectedly incredible) is good for freshening up once out of the plane or train.

I hope these mini (mini) reviews help you out when you’re looking for perfect products to bring along on your adventures.  Have any teeny tiny recommendations for me?  I’d love to hear about them.

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy ❤

Beauty Exploration: Light and Fresh.

The Body Shop Grape Fruit Body Butter; Fig and Yarrow Rose/Sandalwood/Neroli Complexion Water.Hey there, bow friends!

I’m back in action!  Back from Iceland, done with my course, and ready to finally have some proper me time.  Speaking of Iceland, the weather was pretty chilly (go figure).  Colder, drier weather means my normally oily skin gets a bit more dry.  In order to keep hydrated, I misted my life away using the Fig + Yarrow Complexion Water in the Rose/Sandalwood/Neroli scent.  Not only did it rehydrate my skin through out the day, but the scent is relaxing and fresh.

Speaking of fresh, grapefruit body butter anyone?  I love The Body Shop mini body butters for travel and this grapefruit one has its own place in my summer travel bag.  It has a very natural, grapefruit scent, sweet and tart, that lingers softly with wear.  Plus, it packs a hydrating punch as all the body butters do.

These travel minis were perfect for my trip.  What minis do you swear by and where are you traveling to with them?

I’ve got all sorts of Iceland footage that’s going to be put into a couple of vlogs along with blog posts of my trip.  I’m so excited to show them to you and I hope you’re excited to see them!  It was a gorgeous place and an incredible experience.  I’m so grateful to have been able to be there and enjoy that time with Beau and family.  I hope you are all doing well.

We shall talk soon.

-Tara Joy ❤

BowTube: Life Update Vlog.

Alphonse Wrinkle noseHey there, bow friends!

I’ve got an update vlog for you all about what’s going on in my life right now.  I’ve been reading a lot of John Green, got a surprise hair chop, and am struggling to care for a succulent.  I know.  My life is a roller coaster ride.

Alphonse ElricOne thing which kind of took over a little is that Al (You know, that beautiful guy I talked about this time last year.) is going to be put down this week.  He hasn’t been doing well recently and his new owners and I decided it would probably be better for him as his quality of life will most likely decrease in the months to come.   It’s something I needed to get off my chest and I feel a bit better about it now, but it’s definitely going to take time for me to get over it.  I don’t know how you get over this kind of thing, but I guess I have to figure that out.

I hope you all are having great summers.  I’m actually heading to Iceland Thursday with Beau to be with his family and explore.  What are your summer plans?  Anything exciting happening?  Let me know!

We shall talk soon.

-Tara Joy  ❤

Fig + Yarrow Cardamom and Coffee Body Scrub.

Fig + Yarrow Cofffee and Cardamom Body Scrub.ScrubFig + Yarrow Cofffee and Cardamom Body Scrub.Hey there bow friends!

Today I thought I’d talk about this incredibly delicious (I don’t eat it, I swear.) Cardamom + Coffee scrub from Fig + Yarrow.  I snatched it up at a table at the Denver Flea a couple weeks ago and have no regrets.  I had heard some lovely things about Fig + Yarrow in the past and couldn’t help but make it rain on the girl operating the booth.  I wanted it all, but I came away with two little beauties, one being this cardamom and coffee body scrub.

I love a great exfoliating scrub and this one boasts not only proper exfoliation, but also magic firming powers.  It has a rich coffee and (you guessed it) cardamom scent that makes you want to scoop it into your coffee maker.  The scrubby bits are actually roasted coffee bean.  Mixed with cocoa butter, shea butter, and olive oil, the scrub offers a nice moisturizing feel afterward that softens my skin.  I will say, the first time I used it the moisturizing feel grossed me out.  A little greasy, a little yuck.  After a couple more uses I’ve learned this feeling is mainly user error.  Too much scrub means too much extra moisture.  Moving on.

Caffeine is apparently wonderful for cellulite.  I don’t think I’ve used it long enough to notice any firming action, but I do use it on my thighs and all of the less “firm” parts.  I love every component, even the jar it comes in.  It looks extremely lovely in my bathroom with all my other pamper goodies.  I think it’s the perfect add in to a summer routine for glowing arms and legs.  Plus, nothing makes me happier then products made in Colorado.

On that note, I think I need to have a warm mug of energy.  I hope you all are doing well and enjoying your summers!  I’m getting in a lazy summer time rut, but you’ll be proud to know I’m pushing through. Here’s to an active and bustling summer.

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy

Summer Bright Lipstick Picks and Giveaway Winner Announcement.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Love Sick; NYX Butter Lipstick in Fizzies.Fizzies and Lovesick.

Fizzies and Lovesick.Hey there, bow friends!

Care to see what I’m smacking on my mouth these days?  I’m sure that was your first thought this morning.  “Man, Tara’s mouth.  It’s been looking really bright these days.  I wonder what it’s wearing.”  I tend to wear all sorts of shades of lip products during the summer, but I’ve been crazy loving these two drugstore lippies in particular.  I hauled them a week or so ago and thought I’d let you know why I love them.

The one I’m wearing right now (as I type) is the NYX Butter Lipstick in Fizzies.  This little beauty is a wonderful summer shade that offers a punch of peach and rose.  The formula is quite creamy (like buttah) and sheer. Much more sheer than the Revlon Lip Butters, but there’s no added shimmer.  It’s extremely comfortable to wear and doesn’t settle into any lines, crevices, or dry spots in my lips.

Now off to an old favorite.  I love the Revlon Just Kissable Balm Stains and I had never thought of the shade Lovesick as something I needed until I saw it on Vivianna.  This color is incredible.  That kind of shade that makes your teeth vibrant white.  It’s definitely bright and makes me feel extra confident.  The stain wears evenly, but my goodness.  Good luck getting it off.  My swatches of it lasted forever even through multiple showers. Like the other balm stains of this finish, the formula is comfortable and buildable.  It’s a great add in to any collection.

I also love that Lovesick matches my current purse so well. I’ve been accidentally matching everything to this bright handbag and you know what? I kind of like that matchy matchy business.  It’s a really odd color for me, but I’m rocking it anyways.  Have any color or product recommendations for me?  What have you been wearing this season?

Oh.  And I bet you’re wondering who won that lovely giveaway, well…


Congratulations to Annie! I’m dying for you to get your hands on all the lovely goodies. Please email me as soon as you can so I can send you your awesome prize!  Thank you all for entering.  Thank you for reading and thank you for making this such a lovely place for me.  I hope you all have a great weekend.

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy

BowTube: Teeny Tiny Anniversary Haul.

Anniversary HaulHey there, bow friends!

Yeah.  I know.  Another haul.  But you know what, whatever.  Sometimes celebrating means doing buying something special.  No shame.  Some of these items were those things I didn’t include in my last haul, but a few of you requested to see them!  The other items were things from a blog anniversary gift to myself. Beau is swamped with work and so are my family so sometimes you’ve just gotta celebrate alone and go above and beyond to make it special.  Enough justification.  Let’s get into the products.  Not interested in watching?  There’s a list for you below to my luvocracy entries so you can read blurbs on my thoughts of them and shop them at their cheapest prices!~

 L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara in Blackest Black; Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Single in Nutty; E.l.f. Small Stipple BrushTweezerman Deluxe Eyelash Curlers; Revlon Just Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick; NYX Butter Lipstick in Lovesick; Essie Polish in Tart Deco; Jane Water-resistant Eyeliner; Real Techniques Eye Starter Kit; Naked Palette by Urban Decay.

I hope you guys enjoyed the video!  Also, don’t forget to check out the giveaway I’m hosting!  It’ll be over the 20th.  Enter soon!

-Tara Joy

OPI’s Big Apple Red.

OPI Big Apple RedHey there, bow friends!

Ever needed that perfect, classic shade to give your nail game a kick?  OPI Big Apple Red is as classic as it gets.  You’ve probably heard enough about it as it is incredibly popular, but what’s the harm in another glowing review?  I’ll keep it short and sweet.  This shade is perfect for year round wear and the great formula means it looks great for longer.  The red isn’t too deep, too orange, or too loud.  It’s absolutely perfect on toes too.  All around winner.

What shades are winners to you?  I’ve been looking for a perfect summer peachy pink, but I’m experiencing the struggle in a terribly hard way.  Any suggestions?  Also, isn’t this Archie’s adorable?  It’s the free comic book day issue.  I used to read these day in and day out when I was in grade school and my lovely brother brought this home for me one day.  It was a sweet dose of nostalgia.

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy  ❤

2 Years and Counting – A Beaus and Bows Anniversary Gift.

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Hey there, bow friends!

Guess what?  My little baby, Beaus and Bows, is 2 years old as of May 24th!  My blossoming little toddler has grown up a ton and I continue to grow up with it.  In our first year we grew to 1,000 followers and one year later, there are over 8,500 of you reading along and contributing to my tiny chunk of the internet.  We’ve grown so much and I’ve learned so much from writing and sharing time with you all.

Giveawayproducts2yearsPocketproFashionplaygroundAs a little part of a special celebration, I’ve got a little gift for you.  This year I went the theme of fresh and clean mint (apparently).  I picked up this adorable, mint, trifold bow wallet for you all along with a matching Essie polish in Fashion Playground.  Need something to pep up your eye look?  How about the Lorac PocketPro Palette?  It is the cutest mini version of my favorite palette with great shades for everyday.  Lastly, it wouldn’t be a B&B giveaway without some bow earrings.  Even better, these come with some lovely studs.

Interested in winning?  I have tons of entry options for you all!  The giveaway ends on the 20th and can be found through the B&B Facebook page in the giveaway tab or in the link below.  Good luck everyone and thank you for making these last 2 years very special.



  1. You must be 18 or older or have your parents permission since I’ll need your address to mail this to you.
  2. This giveaway is open internationally!
  3. You must be a follower of beausandbows whether it be through wordpress, bloglovin, or email.

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy ❤

Beauty Exploration: Nude Attitude.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipcolour in Nude Ballet; MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Bare Again; L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm Nourishing Nude.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipcolour in Blushing Harmony; MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Bare Again; L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm Nourishing Nude.

Hey there, bow friends!

I’m finding on my casual days, I’m leaning more toward a soft, girly, pink look for my eyes, cheeks, and lips.  Normally, I’m a huge bronze, neutral eye look, but it’s time for some change.  I’ve been using the Naked 3 palette for my eyes and Milani Luminoso on my cheeks for that all over soft, rosy look.  But enough about eyes and cheeks, let’s talk about lips.  I find I lean toward  mauve tone nudes as they act as my-lips- but-better kind of shades.MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Bare Again; L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm Nourishing Nude; L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipcolour in Nude Ballet.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipcolour in Nude Ballet; MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Bare Again; L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm Nourishing Nude.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipcolour in Blushing Harmony MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Bare Again; L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm Nourishing Nude.

My easy everyday pick would have to be the L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Nourishing Nude  as it is the most comfortable to wear and enhances my lips ever so slightly.  The super pigmented (dupe, dare I say) cousin of this lippy happens to be a shade from MAC, Bare Again.  I’ve had this lipstick for ages, but I never shared it with you because it was limited edition (But!  I believe it’s been made permanent to the collection!). This formula is also extremely comfortable to wear and also gives off a gorgeous color, slightly peachier than Nourishing Nude.  Definitely a staple shade.  Looking for more gloss and shine?  I’m in love with the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipcolour in Nude Harmony.  The texture, pigmentation, wear, and over all quality of this one is absolutely incredible.  The pinky shade is one I swipe on for special occasions and find the color and shine to hang on for a good amount of time.

I’m not crazy into anything nude, but I find these mauvey pinks to be perfect for me.  Do you have any similar shades you think I would love?  Please tell me ASAP.

I hope you all are enjoying your summers and keep busy.  Nothing is worse than being much too bored. I would know.

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy  ❤

BowTube: MAC and Origins Haul.

MAC and Origins HaulHey there, bow friends!

Today I’ve got a MAC and Origins haul for you.  If you’re not into watching videos, don’t worry your precious little head.  I have a little list for you of all the products with links to the Luvocracy entries I have written about them just in case you’re interested in knowing my thoughts.

Give Me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish Natural | Pro Longwear Concealer NW25 | Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick | Ruby Woo | Viva Glam Rihanna | Korean Candy | Clear Improvements Face Mask  | No Puffery Under Eye Roll-On | Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash |Zero Oil Moisture Lotion

I hope you all enjoy!  Do you have any of these products?  Do you have anything in mind that I should throw my money at?  Let me know.  ASAP. Also, can we talk about this thumbnail? Sigh.  I hope you all are enjoying the start to your summers and are taking some time for yourselves.

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy