Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ipsy - August 2015

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 I hope everyone is having a splendid day so far! The school year is back, and I myself have recently just entered into college for the second time around to finish my degree. I am super excited and super hopeful, that this year will be the year I will finally accomplish my goals. That being said, what more of a perfect theme for Ipsy's August Glam Bag than "Prep School!" 


If you don't know what Ipsy is, it's a beauty subscription bag designed just for you, (by taking the beauty quiz) that cost $10 a month. The $10 also includes shipping. Beauty Guru Michelle Phan curates the bags, and you generally receive 5 items. 

If you wish to sign up you can sign up through my personal referral link here: Ipsy Sign Up



Every month you receive a bag with your Ipsy items in them. This month the bag design (as seen above) opened from the side of the bag; instead of the top.

 It's a black and white design, which to me looks like stars. I prefer the bags that open from the top, but don't mind these every now and then. I applaud Ipsy because from Day 1, they have managed to come up with a completely different design each month. 

Now let's see what I got inside my Glam Bag this month. Feel free to click on any of the pictures below if you want to see up close any of the products...



"HydraGel is a revolutionary formula with hybrid gel technology. The ease of a powder with the fresh, natural look of a cream -- HydraGel Blush makes you look like you're blushing, not like you're wearing blush. Formulated with beneficial ingredients Shea Butter, Avocado Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil to hydrate the skin while Lavender extract provides luminosity for a fresh, natural-looking flush of pure color."

I am not crazy about blush, it's just never really been my thing. I prefer a bronzer or bronzer/combo. Most of the time it's too much for my skin-tone. However, this formula has changed my mind. It is so easy to blend, and it truly looks as if you aren't wearing blush (which is a big problem of mine usually). It also makes a nice color for lips as well. This is one blush I can say will defiantly not go to waste. 

Price: $16 (For a full size; the one seen above is a tad smaller worth $12)


"Noyah's all-natural lipsticks come in dazzling earth-friendly bamboo packaging and are versatile enough to take you from subtle daytime chic to a fun-filled evening look.

The lipsticks are made in the USA, never tested on animals, and contain no parabens or sulfates. If that's not enough to make you feel all warm and fuzzy, post #noyah or #livedivinely and noyah will donate a product to the homeless!"

This was my favorite product in the bag this month. Usually, I am not too crazy about natural lipsticks. However, I am really enjoying this color as well as the moisturizing formula. The packaging is cute, and the cause they support just makes me love them that much more. Every time you post and use the hashtag #noyah or #livedivinely (make sure you tag them just in case), Noyah will donate a product to the homeless! 

Price: $18 (For a full size; the one above is a sample size worth $4)



"This highly natural La Fresh® Eco-Beauty® Good Night. Night Cream provides super hydration and restores your skin making it visibly smoother and plumper. It will also rescue your skin from fine wrinkles on the forehead and crow's feet around your eyes. Say bye-bye to damaging elements that age your skin and say hello to recovered, recharged, and youthful." 

Moisturizers for me are the most useful product I could receive. I go through so many cremes because of how dry my skin is. I enjoyed almost everything about this cream, except that it was a little thicker than I like my moisturizers. I will say it absorbs rather quickly, so this isn't a huge issue. I also enjoy the cucumber smell it has.

Price: $40 (for a full size; this is a deluxe sample which retails for $13.99) 



"This ultimate lipliner is the original Lord & Berry lip pencil. It’s easy-to-use and its formula softens and protects the skin with the nutrients from macadamia oil and waterlily extracts. You can line your lips and fill them in using this pencil- finish with a lipgloss or lipstick or a more dramatic look"

I am not really sure what Ipsy was thinking when picking this for me, other than the fact that maybe it would somehow change my mind about how I feel about nude lip-liner's. It just wasn't for me though. I have never really used lip-liner much, unless it's one of those clear (or clear wax) ones and defiantly not nude. Better luck next time.

I will give Lord & Berry their props though as they do make really well-made products, as I have tried their glosses in the past. 

Price: $18 (for a full size; this is travel size worth
 $9?) 



"Use this hydrator and your skin will feel smoother and softer immediately. Always apply to wet skin. This all over in-shower body moisturizer, "conditions your body like you condition your hair". It's also unscented so it rehydrates skin without any irritation from fragrance. Holds moisture in your skin for 24 hours."

I really enjoyed using this product, and it works so well. I love how it fits with my on the go lifestyle, as you apply it while you are in the shower. It also does a good job at keeping this skin hydrated until your next shower. I love that Ipsy included a product like this, and would love to see similar one's included in the future.

Price: $16 (for a full size; this is a sample size worth $3?)

 BONUS ITEM(S)

For every product that you review you can earn points, you can also earn points other ways such as for referrals. Once you save up enough points you can go to the points store to spend your points. 
Here is what I spent some of my points on this month:


"This bronzing powder gives your complexion the warmth and luminosity of naturally sunkissed skin. Hydrating, silky-smooth & long-wearing, it also protects against free radicals. Contains Vitamin E to protect the skin and mica, which provides dense natural pigment."  

I am a bronzer fanatic, so this was the perfect product to purchase with my points. Pixi makes great products, and this product is no exception. It works wonderful, and gets the job done. Not to mention it was only 500 points! 

Price: $18 with bronzer and Kabuki brush (this is a FULL SIZE bronzer! It did not however come with the brush which makes it worth $10) 

This month we received a value of around $52 (includes the bronzer; $42 without)! Not only did I get to try some new products, but I received a great deal since I only paid $10. What do you think about this month's Ipsy "Prep School"?" What variation did you receive? I love hearing your questions/comments, so feel free to leave them below.

               Until next time...

   STAY BEAUTIFUL BY STAYING YOU!

                         XOXO,




Saturday, August 22, 2015

Jaowying Beauty - Blink Blink Body Mask Serum



Hello Everyone! I know it's been awhile since I last wrote a post, for those who keep up with me on our Facebook know I decided to focus more of my attention to getting my degree in college. That being said, I will still be posting and bringing wonderful product reviews to you. They may however, just not be as frequent.

That being said, today I am bringing you a really interesting and intriguing product I found by the company Jaowying Beauty. Their "Blink Blink" Body Mask Serum is a one-of-a-kind product, and something I never really experienced until now. They make all sorts of weird yet practical products from skincare to makeup. Jaowying Beauty which in English means "Princess Beauty" company originates from Thailand. 

What is Blink Blink Body Mask Serum?

In short it is a gel mask that you can put all over your body. It helps to restore uneven skin tone. The ingredients (such as Arbutin, Niacinamide, Natural Beta hydroxy acide bioferment (also known as white willow bark)) all work together within just a few minutes after you put it on to help decrease skin dullness. It also can help dark spot's on your body as well.


I love knowing it's not tested on animals!

How do I use Blink Blink Body Mask Serum? 

It is really important to know how to use the serum before putting it on. Even though most bottles have English translated on the bottle, sometimes it can be hard to understand. 

First you want to make sure you test an area of your skin to make sure your skin can handle it. It is NOT for those with sensitive skin. To test it - put it on the inside part of your arm and see how long before or IF your skin is irritated from the solution (anywhere from 3 minutes to 15 minutes). After you determine how long you can use the serum, then you can try it on other areas of your body for that same length of time. For example if you started having irritated skin around five minutes, use common sense by not using it on another part of your body more than 5 minutes. It's your judgement, and what you feel okay with.  

For me personally, I had it on 15 minutes and it didn't break me out or bother me.  


My Thoughts 

For me personally, I overall really enjoyed the serum. I didn't notice much of a difference when it came to scars or things of that nature. However, it did wonders when it came to brightening my skin. It only took one use after it helped to brighten my skin. It also worked really well on my stretch marks. It only took a couple of times before I noticed results on my stretch marks (those of which I can't take a picture of because of where it is at, but take my word for it!). This stuff has a powerful punch, not to mention it smells great also. It has a nice light grape soapy smell in my opinion, and is clear when you put it on. 

If you wish to purchase this product or even learn more, it is currently on Amazon for $15. You can learn more about it by going here: BUY BLINK BLINK BODY SERUM

Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave your thoughts below. What do you think of Jaowying Beauty's Blink Blink Body Mask Serum? Do you think this is something you can use? I love hearing your feedback, so feel free to leave any questions you may have as well.

Until Next Time!
XOXO,
 
 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ipsy - July 2015

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I hope all of you are having an amazing day! That being said, I just received my Ipsy bag for the month of July, and I am super stoked to share with you what was curated for me. This month's theme was "Summer Lovin'!" 

I think summer is a wonderful time to meet new people and hang out with friends, so I can definitely understand the theme for the month.


If you don't know what Ipsy is, it's a beauty subscription bag designed just for you, (by taking the beauty quiz) that cost $10 a month. The $10 also includes shipping. Beauty Guru Michelle Phan curates the bags, and you generally receive 5 items. 

If you wish to sign up you can sign up through my personal referral link here: Ipsy Sign Up


Every month you receive a bag with your Ipsy items in them. This month the bag design (as seen above) opened from the side of the bag; instead of the top.

 It had a very summery boho chic kind of feel. I prefer the bags that open from the top, but don't mind these every now and then. I applaud Ipsy because from Day 1, they have managed to come up with a completely different design each month. 

Now let's see what I got inside my Glam Bag this month. Feel free to click on any of the pictures below if you want to see up close any of the products...


Tarte - Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer

"Tarte’s best-selling, multi-tasking bronzer is formulated to blend and build your perfect level of uniform bronze. Available in the signature park ave princess radiant bronze shade, the waterproof formula adds instant warmth and dimension across a variety of skin tones as Amazonian clay helps improve skin clarity, texture and tone for an overall lit from within complexion."

This is the one item I really wanted, and it is everything I could want in a bronzer and more. I love the feel of it, and it gives me the perfect summer glow. 

I don't usually get caught up in the drama, but I have to clarify something that has been irking me... One thing I have to point out is that a lot of people are saying that only new members or "special" members get the expensive/rare products. I find this statement to be completely false. For one, I have been with Ipsy since it started and last month when a Too Faced product was released I didn't get it. The Tarte Bronzer, was the first what people call "rare/limited" product I received. I truly think half of it has to do with your profile, and the other half has to do with luck.

Price: $30 (for a full size; value for deluxe around $10)


Aurora - Gel Effect Nail Polish in "4 Alarm Fire"

"Gel Effect Nail Polish is made with the pros of gel polish and regular polish. Like regular polish, it is easy and convenient to use and dries fast without a UV lamp. Like gel polish, it stays shiny and durable for up to 2 weeks. Finally, it can be easily removed with nail polish remover. Talk about the best of both worlds!"

This polish is AH-mazing! Seriously, the BEST I have used in quite some time. You have to try it! I have had this on for 4 days (reason why my review is a little behind, because I wanted to test it out) and it hasn't chipped at all. It looks like I got them done at the salon, and the price for the polish is the same if not cheaper than OPI (my favorite polish) and is of better quality! 

Price: $7.99 (this is FULL size!)



"Formula: Hydrating formula to leave lips feeling silky smooth with a hint of color.
Bombshell Application: Apply to top and bottom lips for full coverage.
Bombshell Tip: Reapply as needed to keep lips hydrated all day!"

I was hoping that I may receive this in the pink instead of the red, just because sometimes certain reds can be too dark. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this lip balm. It is a very sheer red, and gives your lips a very natural red-tone to it. It's one of the few red balms that I truly feel confident wearing, and would highly recommend to someone with a light complexion such as myself.

Price: $14 (this is FULL size!)



"A Spray infused with Algae Extract for added moisture. This spray uses the richness of the sea to create texture + volume."
I am usually not crazy about a lot of hair products, but sometimes I like wearing my hair down and scrunching it. I think gel is just too thick and heavy, so this is the perfect product to do that with. Not to mention it makes me feel like I am at the beach (just an added bonus!).

Price: $15.50 (for a full size; value for deluxe $7.75)

"Rev up your skin with this powerful exfoliating treatment that's packed with the natural ingredients necessary to get a bright, sexy glow. The best part? One step and you're done! You'll see smoother, brighter skin as soon as you rinse."
I think this is a really good solid cleanser. It does a good job at getting any dirt and grime out of the pores, and even though I have sensitive skin it does not bother me. Great first thing in the morning!
Price: $34 (for a full size; value for travel as seen above $10)

This month we received a value of around $50! Not only did I get to try some new products, but I received a great deal since I only paid $10. What do you think about this month's Ipsy "Summer Lovin'?" What variation did you receive? I love hearing your questions/comments, so feel free to leave them below.

Until next time STAY BEAUTIFUL by STAYING YOU!

XOXO,




Saturday, July 18, 2015

AntlerRings - Wild Red Rose Camo Ring



Hello Everyone! 
Today, we will be talking about some amazing jewelry that makes a statement while maintaining it's simplicity. I came across AntlerRings.com and absolutely adored the "Wild Red Rose Camo Ring" you see above. I also thought it would make a perfect gift for my stepsister who loves camo. I think they make amazing gift's for not only women, but they also have rings for men as well! 

If you know someone who likes camo and/or hunting and wants to show their love to their significant other this is the perfect ring. I can't count the number of times I have heard of men or woman going fishing or hunting and then end up loosing their ring. This would make a wonderful alternative to wear instead of taking a chance at loosing their expensive wedding rings. Not to mention they are really affordable alternatives.

Here a few of the rings that they offer (pictures credited to AntlerRings.com): 

If you wish to check out more you can do so by going to their official website located here: http://antlerrings.com/collections/all
 
Now, let's talk about the Wild Red Rose Camo Ring I received...
 

It is made from surgical grade stainless steel with a lifetime warranty on the metal which I think is a really nice added bonus. My only complaint about the ring is that I had ordered a 7 on the ring size, which fits but it's a very comfort type of fit. I think a 7 1/2 would of probably been better for me, as it fits like a 6 1/2. I would just keep that in mind, if you like to have a tiny bit of breathing room while wearing the ring.


I think no matter if your a girly girl like myself or a tomboy, these rings are great for every type of girl or man. What really sold me on this ring was not only the sale price which is currently $29.99, (they are usually $49.99!) but the beautiful red roses throughout. I think they compliment any outfit.

If you wish to purchase this ring they are currently (as stated above) selling it for $29.99 (free shipping to Prime Members) on Amazon. Click HERE to purchase it. They are also having a sell on some of the other rings on Amazon as well. To check out the other rings you can go HERE

I want to know! What do you think about Antler Rings? Do you know someone you think that would enjoy these? I love hearing your questions and/or comments, so feel free to leave them below.

Until Next Time...
 Stay Beautiful by Staying YOU!

XOXO,




Monday, June 29, 2015

Beneleaf - Collagen Eye Mask + VIDEO


I hope all of you are having a wonderful day. Today, I would like to talk with you about a really great eye mask I recently discovered. The Beneleaf Collagen Eye Mask is a simple mask with a powerful punch. Helping not only diminish dark circles, but helping to plump, firm, and hydrate your under eye.


Inside the package I received their were 5 sets of masks. You can also purchase an eight count (I will leave the links at the end of this post). Each package looks to be vacuum sealed and very hygienic which I can appreciate. They look clear and see-through and feel like jello.

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You use one set and put each one under each eye for 10-15 minutes. For me the longer the better! They feel absolutely amazing on; like putting aloe on your skin after a hot summer day. 

The only thing I found that could be improved was the way they stick on, as they kept sliding around. I would recommend laying down or have your head tilted back. 

I wasn't expecting much after just one use, but you can really see the results! My eyes were not only brighter but my skin felt tighter. When I first did the video I am including at the bottom of this post it was my first one. However, after using two of these I begin noticing my fine lines under my eyes were not as prominent. These little babies really pack a punch, and I would highly recommend giving them a try.

 

Not to mention they make an awesome gift! They come in a nice package with a bow on top, and even come with a thank you note from the company. I thought that was a really nice touch, above is the front of the card. In it they give info about the company as well as in stating that they strive for 100% satisfaction. So, if your not satisfied they will do everything they can to fix it. For me that really says a lot.


 
 Checkout my video to learn more!


If you wish to purchase these you can buy a 5-pack which currently is on sale for $14.99 by clicking here. They also offer an 8-pack for $21.99 by clicking here

To learn more about the company you can go to their official site here:  

Here are other links you can follow as well, if you wish to keep up with them on social media:


 I want to know... What do you think about Beneleaf Collagen Eye Mask? Do you think this is something you would like to try? Have you ever tried anything similar? Feel free to leave any questions or comments you have below!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ipsy - June 2015


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I hope all of you are having a spectacular day! That being said, I just received my Ipsy bag for the month of June, and I am excited to share with you what I received. This month's theme was "Swim Into Beauty." 

Here in the South it feels like the world has been on fire lately with our 100 degree weather. So while I may not be able to relate to the beauty part (because my makeup literally sweats off!), I can relate to the swim part because that's where most of my summer will be spent. Poolside indeed! 


If you don't know what Ipsy is, it's a beauty subscription bag designed just for you, (by taking the beauty quiz) that cost $10 a month. The $10 also includes shipping. Beauty Guru Michelle Phan curates the bags, and you generally receive 5 items. 

If you wish to sign up you can sign up through my personal referral link here: Ipsy Sign Up



Every month you receive a bag with your Ipsy items in them. This month the bag design was a black foam like material bag, with matching black Ipsy written on the front. While it didn't show up on the picture, it also had a hint of sparkle to it on the lettering. Inside the bag it was black as well, but the zipper is a neon orange color. I've been with Ipsy since day one, and I must say I don't know how they manage to create such a unique bag every month (but they do!).

Now let's see what I got inside my Glam Bag this month. Feel free to click on any of the pictures below if you want to see up close any of the products...

Tre'Stique - Shadow Crayon (Kona Coffee)

"This amazing 12 hour eye shadow has customizable color that you can build from a subtle wash to intense vibrancy. It’s also super blendable with a crease free, smooth finish."

I received this in the color "Kona Coffee" which is a chocolate brown. I would of preferred the color "Aspen Pine" which was an earthy green. However, it helps take me out of my norm, and I get to experiment with something new. When I first saw this I thought I was missing the top because it looks like a pencil (am I the only one who thought that?). Instead it is just for looks and the top actually pulls off. The color goes on really creamy, and it has a nice pigment to it.

Price: $26 (for a full size; value for mini around $11)

 
 BioRepublic SkinCare - Sheet Mask Trio

"Each BioRepublic sheet mask offers a targeted 15-minute solution guaranteed to help you navigate even your most treacherous skin dilemmas. Packing over half a bottle of potent serum in every mask and loaded with active botanicals, these express facial treatments deliver the vital hydration and nutrients your skin needs to maintain its natural glow. What’s more, all BioRepublic SkinCare products are 100% cruelty free and use materials that are either biodegradable or recyclable, so your conscience will feel as relieved as your complexion."

I was super excited to receive these masks, and they are among my favorite item in my Ipsy bag this month. You receive one cucumber, aloe, and green tea mask. My favorite so far is the aloe mask. If you get really dry skin like I do or even have combination skin this can be really beneficial. These masks do a really great job at revitalizing the skin. 

Price: $14.95 (These are full size! Each mask is $4.95 a piece)



"Highly pigmented, hydrating, semi-matte lip stain. A delightfully creamy and lightweight stain for any occasion. Silky, smooth and packed with Vitamin E and plants extract, this stain is your go-to glam tool for sexy. Liptitude will last 24/7 and give you some serious ATTITUDE."

I love the formula as well as how it feels. It gives you a ton of moisture as well as color. The only thing that wasn't for me was the actual color of the product it was just a tad on the darker side of pink. I think the other option we could of received "Hikilicious" would of been perfect on me. I look forward to trying the various shades of this product in the future.

Price: $5.99 (this is full size!)



"Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, this best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish.
 This primer diffuses the light hitting your skin to blur out imperfections for an even, soft-focus look while also making your makeup last all day long."


I actually already own this primer. I was happy to have a sample size of it though so I can throw in my travel makeup bag. It truly works like it says. It gives your skin a silky flawless finish, as well as creates a barrier so all the makeup doesn't seep down into your pores. If you haven't ever used a primer like this it does feel funny at first, but once you try it you will be hooked.

Price: $36 (received a deluxe sample size worth $9?) 




"This long lasting, rich and creamy formula dries fast and stays put. This tapered natural brush gives you the control you need to create a precise and dramatic line. The liquid goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, plus it lasts all day. Create the perfect line, every time!"

I like the color and the pigment. The drying time is a little slow, and if your eyes water than it may not be for you. Then again I'm not crazy about liquid eyeliner, especially after using gel eyeliner. For me it just isn't the same, but a close second. 

Price: $2.77 (this is Full size!)

This month we received a value of around $44! Not only did I get to try some new products, but got a great deal since I only paid $10. What do you think about this month's Ipsy "Swim Into Beauty?" What variation did you receive? I love hearing your questions/comments, so feel free to leave them below.

Until next time STAY BEAUTIFUL by STAYING YOU!

XOXO,