Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ipsy - April 2015

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Hello Everyone! 
I hope everyone is having a spectacular day! That being said, I just received my Ipsy bag for the month of April, and I am excited to share with you what I received. This month's theme was "Beautifully Bohemian" There were some items I wish I would have gotten, but overall I am pretty happy with this month's bag.



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 was a straw bag with bright colors weaved in it. I don't think it was handmade because I imagine that would take forever, however it definitely looked as though it could be. I thought it was different than our usual monthly bag, and I love it!

Let's see what I got in my bag this month...



"Designed to highlight your complexion, our weightless blush can be used lightly for a fresh look or layered for a dramatic look!. An effortless application to the cheekbones that lasts all day!"

I have heard some people complain about the darkness of the blush, but let me tell you I am the lightest skin tone there is and it looks great. It comes off as a Matte Pink Coral, and I adore it! Not to mention the size of the product we received was full size and is huge. 

Price: $15 (FULL SIZE!)



"This gentle nutrient-rich botanical lotion is perfect for normal-to-oily, combination or sensitive skin. This lotion has a lightweight texture, absorbs rapidly and does not leave an oily film on the skin. Special ingredients, such as borage and grape seed oils, make this lotion especially effective for damaged or problem skin. Those with sensitive skin will find it gentle and non-irritating. Paraben-free."

It truly is a light facial lotion. I am surprised even though it is so light - it is extremely hydrating. I also think the smell is quite pleasant as well. It doesn't really have a scent but just a nice "lotion-y" smell which is light. It is all around a really nice facial lotion. The only thing that would take it from great to perfect is if it had an SPF. 

Price: $21 for 2oz (received a half size; value $10.50)



"Introducing theBalm's latest addition to the Nude series... Nude Dude! Get a quick look using any combination of these triple-milled shadows or dress up your look by adding water to transform your favorite shades into loyal liners. The shadows can be worn wet or dry and alone or layered for added intensity, so go ahead and cover (or uncover) your eyes."

Eeek! I love these. The packaging is too cute, and the formula itself is great as well. You could get "Fit" which is a shimmering copper or "Flirty" which is a shimmering golden violet. I am so happy I received "Flirty," because out of the two, I will get the most use out of this one. They don't actually sell these in singles but rather as a palette with 12 different colors in it. My hopes one day is to be able to work with theBalm, they get me excited about makeup and really help fuel my creativity. 

Price: $36 for the Palette (single shadow $3?)



"MicaBeauty Eye Primer is perfect for everything from sealing in eye shadows and foundation, to enhancing your all-day look. Go from shimmer to matte in just seconds. This waterproof formula provides the perfect foundation for a long-lasting, smudge proof look that is designed for your active lifestyle. This eye primer helps even out skin tone as well as extending and intensifying your mineral eye shadows, without creasing, smearing, or fading."

I like the fact that even though its an eye primer you can use it to seal in foundation as well. This particular product is a bit on the pricey side, so I am so glad I got the chance to try it. It is a tad dark for my skin tone however, when I put eyeshadow over it or blend it with an appropriate color you can't tell. 

Price: $44.95 for 8g (received a half size; value $22.48)



"The Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek Tint is an all-natural, sheer, tinted balm that gives your lips and cheeks a slight flush and dewy finish. Apply desired amount to lips for nourishment, protection, and color. Dab a small amount on cheeks as a light cream blush. It’s perfect for beauty on-the-go; it brightens the whole face with a sheer rosey flush for the cheeks, gloss for the lips, and a sweet orange scent!"

I was pleasantly surprised with this because it wasn't nearly as dark as it looks. It comes off a really light color and gives my lips and cheeks a nice dewy finish. I also really enjoy the packaging and nice orange scent.

Price: $10 (FULL SIZE!)


BONUS ITEM

Bonus item's are items you get for redeeming points that you earn from reviewing the products, sharing, and referring on Ipsy.





"This mango-tinted stain beautifully blushes lips & cheeks with a tropical coral hue. Smooch-proof & smudge-proof, our sheer stain has a natural finish that will leave you looking deliciously vibrant for hours."

When I first received this I was expecting to open it and see a sponge like applicator. Much to my surprise it looks just like a nail polish type applicator. However, the color is really beautiful, and I do enjoy it. It may just take me a little practice and time to get use to the whole application of it.

Price: $30 (FULL SIZE!)

This month was a really great value, at almost $91! 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 "Beautifully Bohemian?" 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,



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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Scentbird


Hello Everyone! 
I hope all of you are having a fantastic weekend so far. Today, I want to talk to you about a new (to me at least) perfume subscription service. Not to far back I did a review on a perfume subscription service, but this one is sets itself apart with a different twist. To understand what I mean lets talk about exactly how Scentbird works.

Each month you receive one generous 0.27 oz/8 ml spray. The subscription service is customized to what you like by taking their Fragrance quiz. You get to pick from 350+ designer fragrances that are 100% authentic. You can pick which scent you would like to try or be surprised. It runs $14.95 a month, and the longer you sign up for the better discount you get on your subscription price. 

To sign up go here: SIGN UP FOR SCENTBIRD.

Now, lets see what I received in my Scentbird package this month...


Here is a first look at the package you will receive each month. I love the simplicity of it, and the padding of the envelope is done very well so that the perfume doesn't get damaged.

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Each month is comes with a detailed card on how to use as well as how to replace old vial to put a new scent in. It also includes information on how you can rate your scent and update your scent selection. 


Here is the container that your perfume comes in. Indeed a very generous size!

 


I adore how they have their logo on the top of the vial. I think it is so cute!

If it is your first month you will also received a sleek case to store your perfume as seen below.


 The next card tells you what scent you received this month. I opted to receive the perfume of the month for April which is: Clique by Roble.


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 On the card it tells you the key notes in the perfume. In Clique by Roble it has Blood Orange, Jasmine, Violet, Vanilla, and Chocolate. I would never pick this out myself, but it is me in every way!

It is described as an "irresistible, buttery Oriental scent that layers the freshness of Blood Orange Margarita on top, with sensual dessert notes from the chef's signature recipe - French Toast Crunch."

I don't really smell any sort of food in this perfume, to me it is more Jasmine and Vanilla than anything. Nonetheless, I think it smells wonderful. I am so happy I found a new perfume I adore, and I think that is what this subscription is all about!

If you wish to sign up to Scentbird you can do so, by using my personal referral link by signing up here (it is much appreciate if you do): 


What do you think about Scentbird? Have you signed up for any sort of perfume subscriptions before? Do you think this is something you would like? I love hearing your questions/comments so, feel free to leave them down below!

Until next time... 
STAY BEAUTIFUL by STAYING YOU!

XOXO,


 

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Monday, April 13, 2015

[Re] fresh Skin Therapy - Peptide & Intense Eye Recovery Serum






I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Today, I want to share with you a new company I had the opportunity of working with again. [Re] fresh Skin Therapy, makes some pretty cool products - acid peels, gel peels, cleansers, moisturizers, and so much more! Today, I got to try out their new Peptide + Intense Eye Recovery Serum, and am starting to really love it.

Who Is [re] fresh Skin Therapy?

"Created in 2013 by a busy power couple from Boston with a combined 30 years in the beauty industry, [re]fresh Skin Therapy’s philosophy is real results from highly effective therapies which are safe and natural, for healthy skin. Our goal is to use only environmentally-friendly products and business practices whenever possible."

What sets us apart:
"Our products are produced in the USA using state-of-the-art equipment at a climate controlled, FDA-registered facility operated using cGMP (Certified Good Manufacturing Practices)."
"We regularly conduct stringent quality control tests to ensure high-quality and safe products. Some of the tests include: pH balance tests, Viscosity tests, Appearance (aesthetics) tests, Odor tests, Microbial tests, Stability tests and Selective Heavy Metal tests."
"We use USP-grade ingredients which are all botanically-derived; we never test on animals or use animal-derived ingredients."
"Our products are always free from Parabens, Perfumes, Dyes, and Phlalates."
I love that they put a lot of time into their products, I don't know of many companies who put their products through quite as many test's as this company does. I have also been a very strong advocate of buying and reviewing products that are paraben free. It is a must in a product for me, so I like that this is free of all those harsh products. 
I had no idea that they had been around so long in the beauty industry, but glad I am having the opportunity to try them out now.
If you wish to check out more about them or buy their products you can go to their official website located here: http://www.refreshskintherapy.com or buy them through Amazon store located here: Amazon Store.


The Products/My Thoughts






From their site...

   Refresh Skin Therapy's Peptide+ Intense Eye Recovery Serum is a dynamic and effective dark circle elimination treatment. Using an active ingredient mix of peptides derived from purified soy, rice, and yeast, the formula positively stimulates blood circulation away from the eyes to dramatically reduce dark circles and puffiness.

Benefits 
• Reduces dark circles and puffiness around the eyes 
• Strengthens connective tissue around the eye 
• Restores important moisture levels 
• Soothes and softens the skin 
• Is safe and gentle to use around the eyes 

More details:
The specific peptides used in this formula help improve microcirculation by strengthening the layers of the skin, 
which regulate collagen formation and elasticity. Thanks to the rejuvenated skin cells, increased microcirculation within the delicate blood vessels. improves the appearance of dark circles. 


The Natural Plant Extract and Hyaluronic Acid base delivers a moisturizing boost to dry skin. Seaweed is rich in antioxidants and protective value. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural moisturizer that attracts and retains moisture from the environment.

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The first think I noticed when I received this serum, was the packaging! It is is super cute, creative, and versatile. I love how all you have to do is take off the cap, unlock it (by turning it at the top), and you're ready to go. You receive a generous amount of the product for the price. It is a clear gel, and goes on clear and clean.

After the first use (seen below) I significantly noticed my eyes weren't as dark and lines were starting to fade. I am amazed at the results I have received so far, and it will definitely be a staple product in my skin care regimen.



I would highly recommend giving this product a try. I can't wait to see the long term effects it will have for my skin, and I am happy to say I think [Re] fresh Skin Therapy has made another wonderful product.

If you wish to purchase this product you can purchase it on their official site or purchase it on Amazon which is currently $29.50 and Prime eligible by going here.


I want to know! What do you think about the company [Re] fresh Skin Therapy and their products? Have you ever tried any of these products before? If not, which one do you think would be your favorite? I love hearing your questions and comments below. So, feel free to leave them below.

XOXO,




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Friday, April 10, 2015

Dial - Miracle Oil Hand Soap + GIVEAWAY



I hope everyone is having a wonderful day so far! Recently, we talked about Dial's Miracle Oil Body Wash. Come to find out, they also have a wonderful version of handsoap as well! Introducing the Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Infused with Marula Oil. 



Just like the body wash, to really understand the great benefits that Dial's Miracle Oil hand soap has, you must understand why Marula Oil is so important. Having worked for a company in the past who used this ingredient in their products, it is something I really understand and treasure.


The Marula fruit comes from a tree in South Africa. Inside this fruit there is a powerful oil that is a fast-absorbing antioxidant with amazing anti-aging benefits. It works to cure a variety of different skin problems. It works to eliminate sunburn, redness, scars, and cracks in the skin just to name a few. So, as you can see when you add it into a hand wash, naturally the outcome is a wonderful product!


The Marula Oil by itself in my opinion has a dreadful smell. However, the way Dial infused it in their hand soap smells absolutely amazing. To me it has a nice floral scent unlike any other I have previously smelled.


The Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap brings nourishment and skin hydration to your hand washing experience. By letting the smooth feel of Miracle Oil gently remove dirt from your hands, it leaves them feeling smooth and refreshed.

The Dial Hand Soap also uses Micro Oil technology to nourish and deeply hydrate your skin while protecting it from skin damaging free radicals. 


You can pick up Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap in almost anywhere hand soap is sold. It's debut was in February however, if you still have trouble finding it you can go here to contact them.

Haven't purchased Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap or love it so much you want another bottle? Enter the Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Giveaway below! I will be giving away 2 bottles away to 2 lucky winners.


US Only. 2 Sets of Entries Per IP address. There will be 2 winners, each winner will receive a coupon for one free bottle of Dial Hand Soap. Givaway Ends 4/26/15 at 12:00:00 AM EST. Rules Subject To Change. 


What do you think about Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap? Have you ever purchased any of Dial's hand soaps? I love hearing your questions/comments so, feel free to leave them below!

Until Next Time
XOXO,


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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Purex Crystals ScentSplash + GIVEAWAY


Good day! 
I hope everyone is having a terrific day so far. What better time to catch up on laundry then Spring break? Well, maybe not really but it seems it's the only time I happen to be free, so mind as well make the most of it! While doing laundry, I have had the wonderful opportunity to try out the new Purex Crystals ScentSplash in Fresh Lavender Blossom.  Making your clothes smell amazing and fresh.

There are 3 wonderful scents to choose from:



 Fresh Spring Water - Wade into cool, enchanting waters and give your laundry an incredible just-washed freshness that lasts for months.

 Fresh Mountain Breeze - Capture the exhilarating moment of a crisp, fresh breeze and give your laundry an incredible just-washes freshness that lasts for months.

 Fresh Lavender Blossom - Wander through colorful, sun-lit fields of lavender and give your laundry an incredible just-washed freshness that lasts for months


The new Purex Crystals Scentsplash is not only an in-wash fragrance booster, but it infuses your clothes with the power of liquid freshness. 

I absolutely adore the new ScentSplash Crystals. I love how I can open my chester drawer two weeks after I do laundry, and the aroma still lingers in the air. You can use a little or use a lot, no matter how much you use it works great. It's not too strong either, for those that are sensitive to scent or perfumes.

I think compared to the crystals the liquid works just as well if not better. You can pick up Purex Crystals ScentSplash in almost anywhere where laundry detergent is sold. It just came out this month however, so if you still have trouble finding it you can go here to see a list of retailers.

Haven't purchased Purex Crystals ScentSplash or love it so much you want another bottle? Enter the Purex Cystals ScentSplash giveaway below! I will be giving away 2 bottles away to 2 lucky winners.


US Only. 2 Sets of Entries Per IP address. There will be 2 winners, each winner will receive a coupon for one free bottle of Purex Crystals ScentSplash. Giveaway Ends 4/24/15 at 12:00:00 AM EST. Rules Subject To Change. 


What do you think about Purex Crystals Scentsplash? Have you ever purchased any of Purex's scent boosting products? I love hearing your questions/comments so, feel free to leave them below!

Until Next Time
XOXO,





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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Isa Professional - Xanadu 24K Gold Vitamin C Serum




Hey There! 
I hope everyone is having a terrific day so far. Today, I want to talk to you about a wonderful Vitamin C Serum. Not just any serum, but the Rolls Royce of Vitamin C Serums. I have tried many, many, Vitamin C Serums. I have discovered some really great ones, and some not so great. However, the Isa Professional - Xanadu 24K Gold Vitamin C Serum is in a class of its own. It serves an array of amazing benefits, and will have you coming back for more.

Who Is Isa Professional?

From their site...

"ISA Professional is dedicated to helping you be your most beautiful. We design and manufacture professional salon quality hair tools.  We make flat irons, hair straighteners, organic argan oil, and the XANADU 24K Gold Vitamin C face serum. Coming soon in 2015 hair curlers, hair dryers, bamboo hair brushes, and makeup brushes.
Always FREE shipping on USA orders, shipped from the USA. FREE Shipping on Canadian orders, shipped from Canada.
All our styling tools have a 2 year warranty.
If you have any questions, please click on the Contact Us link, or email info@isa-professional.com."

I find it fascinating that they have such a wonderful serum, but actually manufacture mostly hair tools. I look forward to trying out some of their other products.
To purchase or look at any of their other products, you can do so by going to their official site located here: Isa Professional Official Collection

The Product/My Thoughts


XANADU 24K Gold Serum by ISA Professional is designed to be the Best Serum for your face. Can also be used as a foundation primer.

Formulated with a combination of Botanical Ingredients, High Tech science, and 24K Real Gold. This serum will moisturize, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, even skin tone, repair sun damage, and give you a golden youthful glow.

From Nature
* 24K Gold.
* Vitamin C - pH balanced and highly absorbable. Brightens skin, combats wrinkles and dark spots.
* Vitamin E moisturizes and heals.
* Rose Extract soothes the skin and gives the Xanadu serum a delightful natural scent.
* P-anisic from the spice anise.

Supporting what's already in your skin
* Hyaluronic Acid captures and holds up to 1000 times its volume in moisture to your skin.
* Collagen to support your skin's own collagen.
* Creatine supplies energy to your cells.
* Beta-Glucan boosts the immune system.
From High Tech science
* Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Matrixyl-3000) is a peptide that specifically stimulates collagen synthesis and skin repair.
* Epidermal Growth Factor stimulates new cell growth.


I have never known of a Vitamin C Serum in which you could also use as a primer. So naturally, this was the first thing I tried with it. I must say I was really impressed. As a primer it was on par with that of a Neutrogena primer, but a little less quality of a Smashbox primer. 

I have been applying the serum once in the morning and once at night. You can do it two different ways. You can either put it in your palms, rub it together, and then apply, or place one pump on each cheek and rub it in. I have found by doing it the second way it gives my face a wonderful dewy glow. This of course could be from the beautiful gold flecks, but I think just the whole formula in general (such a Vitamin E and Rose Extract) is what really set's it off. 

If you are bombarded by Vitamin C Serums like myself, consider giving this a try before all else. It not only gives you a dewy glow, and helps with anti-aging, but goes above and beyond as just your usual Vitamin C Serum with all of it's combined ingredients.

Now, if you wish to purchase this product it run's $59. You can purchase it on Amazon by going here (which I prefer because its Prime eligible) or by going to their official site located here.

I want to know! What do you think about Isa Professional - Xanadu 24K Gold Vitamin C Serum? I love hearing your questions/comments, so feel free to leave them below!

Until Next Time...

XOXO,




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