Monday, August 15, 2016

Beauty Tip Monday! - #1

Hello Everyone...

I thought today would be a great day to get things started off on the right track, by having Beauty Tip Monday! Each Monday I will post some of the best tips right here on Allure By Amy.

Want to contribute? Have some great ideas of your own? Submit them here, and you may just see your tip next Monday!

Monday Beauty Tip #1: Avoid SPF at Night

"While wearing a suncreen or a moisturizer with SPF in essential in summer it can be important to wash it off in the evening.  While it might not be necessary to use a separate night cream to moisturize, one of the reasons why you would is because you might be using one with SPF protection."

"A moisturizer or lotion with SPF should only be used in the day for obvious reasons. If you apply a moisturizer with SPF in it at nigh you risk having your pores clogged in the long term. Remember that your skin is repairing itself at night so it’s better to use a moisturizer formulated to improve the skin’s function."

- Credit to Hanne S.

Until Next Time - Stay Beautiful!


Friday, August 12, 2016

Glossybox, My Life, and More...

For all wondering...Allure By Amy is back! We haven't gone anywhere. I have had a recent decline in my health, however that being said I should have more time to spend on the computer with you all. School starts back on the 22nd, but I have online classes this semester. I am excited to bring back subscription box reviews, and just random beauty reviews as well. I miss all of my readers, and thanks to the ones who stayed and are still supporting me.

I just had to let you all know about an awesome recent deal I came across, that I am pretty sure will not last long! If those of you remember way back when I use to sign up to Glossybox, it was a subscription I hated letting go. However, with the income I am on I had to pick my subscriptions wisely. I couldn't pass up this deal though. For a limited time, you buy this month's box (August) and you get two previous glossyboxes free!!! That's 15 products, which is pretty much like a $1 or so a product. I couldn't pass it up, so I have those reviews on the way. 

If you wish to sign up, and follow along with me use this link: SIGN UP FOR GLOSSYBOX and then when it ask for a promo code use the code "DUSK." It should automatically apply. It won't be on there when you check out, but from what I hear this is common and your boxes will show up.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Instead of ending the day with a review, I wanted to share with you a campaign that I think is beneficial to all. No Body Shame campaign was created by Whitney Thore, and I believe her recent video of her story is inspirational for anyone. 

Do you feel like you look weird, or different, too skinny, too fat, not pretty enough? We have all been there! More than anything I want each of you to know there is no shame in who you are. Allure By Amy was not only created for all sorts of beauty reviews, but it was also created for a place to go who share common interests. Stay Beautiful By Staying YOU is the motto here at Allure By Amy. What better way to explain my view on beauty in this fabulous video from Whitney Thore. 

Use #NoBodyShame if you are proud of your body to help pass the word on to others! Who knows? The change of others negative views could turn positive just with one simple tweet or post.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Derma E - Gluten Free Skincare Customized Just For You!

Hello Everyone!

If you weren't aware before, you have to know I am a huge fan of Derma E products. Not only do their products work, but they are good for you as well!  In short they leave out all the yucky stuff, and leave in all the wonderful amazing ingredients that your skin - needs and craves!

You may ask what makes their skincare products so different? By going here you can find out exactly why I love them so much:

 September marked the start of their campaign for Gluten Free Skincare (which I love!), frankly I think we should keep promoting it year-a-round. I think finding a good skincare regimen that keeps working - is a full time job. Finding and having Gluten Free Skincare is not quite as hard as knowing which ones are right for your skin. However, it doesn't have to be a full time task and knowing which ones are right for you is made simple starting NOW. How you may ask? Thanks to Derma E's custom skincare regimen, the products are catered to your specific needs. After all everyone's skin is different, so it would make sense that everyone should have a different regimen suited to their type of skin.

All you have to do is start here:  
  type in your email (you can use any email, it's just so they can mail your results afterwards) to answer just a few question's about your skin. Then based on your result's they put together a regimen just for YOU!  

Then you can pick and choose what products you want to buy (or buy them all) and done! I did it, and I am so happy that I did. My skin has never felt better.

Now, let me share with you a few products that were chosen for me in my skincare regimen....

According to their site...."This natural antibacterial cleanser thoroughly deep cleans the entire face and body leaving skin feeling clean, soft, deodorized and healthy. A unique combination of ingredients provides natural antiseptic action to combat a wide range of problem skin conditions such as blemishes, rashes, irritation, flaking and itching... 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free."

I love using this face/body wash while I am in the shower. My skin is itchy 24/7, and I have noticed since using it my skin feels and looks so much better. I hardly ever get itchy now, which is amazing for me since I have extremely dry and itchy skin. 

 This product is more of what I call a gel, but gives you that soapy look and feel once wet. It smells mostly of Chamomile to me, and I rather enjoy the scent. It's quite different than previous products I have used with Chamomile in it, but in a good way. The only negative thing I have to say is not about the product itself at all. When I first opened it the product came out really fast, and I had way more than I needed, so just keep that in mind if you purchase this product. I sort of tilt mine to the side, instead of straight down when using it now.

"Visibly soften and smooth the appearance of even the deepest wrinkles with this revolutionary double-action peptide crème that contains two of the most powerful and effective peptides that bio-science has to offer. Peptide Matrixyl® synthe'6® tells the skin to synthesize new key components such as collagen and to restructure itself. Peptide Argireline® helps relax facial muscles, smooth wrinkles, and discourage the formation of new lines.."

I love putting this on right after I exfoliate my face. I think it absorbs that much better when I do. I like how this moisturizer isn't too thick or thin, and is basically everything I could ask of a moisturizer and more. With time I hope to come back and show you my full results, but so far I have significantly noticed my skin feels tighter and overall healthier. It is recommended for all skin types. I have more dry skin than anything, and this helps a lot with my dry skin. 

"Immediately improve the appearance of your skin using this gentle yet effective multi-award-winning Microdermabrasion Scrub. This salon-perfect formula uses an exclusive crystal blend including Dead Sea Salt and Volcanic Sand (rich in Silica) to buff away dull surface cells, help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars, and absorb excess skin oils. Enriched with natural astringents Lime and Lemon Peel plus antioxidants Grapeseed and Vitamin E, this pro-grade treatment retexturizes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and younger-looking. May also be used on your hands, elbows, knees, heels or any part of the body to promote soft, smooth and healthy skin..."

This is one of their most popular products, and has received a ton of awards. After trying it even just once, I can understand why. It truly eliminates any dry or flaky skin off your face, and ultimately makes your skin softer. After having tried this, I am kicking myself asking why haven't I tried it until now. It is probably the best Microdermabrasion scrub I have ever used, and for $32 (not to mention the amount of product you get) that is a steal!

I hope that if you get anything from my post today that you learn choosing the appropriate skincare routine is an important decision. It truly can make your skin 10 years younger (or 10 years older if choosing the wrong routine). Make sure you get your customized skincare routine here, and use coupon code ICANTWHEAT to take 25% off your order (expires 11/20/15). 

Feel free to ask any questions and/or comment below, and I will do my best to help you. Your feedback is highly appreciated.

Until Next Time - Stay Beautiful!


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ipsy - September 2015

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Greetings! I hope everyone is doing okay. Today, I want to share with you what was in my September Ipsy Glam Bag! September you may ask, isn't it October? While yes, yes it is. I actually had an issue with the eyeliner in my bag. It completely fell apart. Being the wonderful company Ipsy is they sent me a replacement! Ipsy has the best customer service I have ever dealt with. This month's theme was "Face Fashion!"
Now that the contents are all here, let's get to it!

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. I noticed they have been having a lot more that open from the side. I love the ones that open from the top, so I am hopeful they will go back to that design.

This design (seen above) was a gold metallic bag. On the front the material has a wave pattern on it, while the back of it does not. I love the gold bag this month, and the style is sooo me!

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...

"This eye-catching pencil has a soft & smooth formulation. It’s an eyeliner with an innovative staying power. A long-wearing, waterproof liner will keep your eyes inked and smudge free."
  • Soft and smooth
  • Intense color
  • Waterproof and smudge-proof
While I was crushed that when I opened the pencil it had been damaged and unusable, I am glad I contacted Ipsy to replace it. I wear mostly black eyeliner, but after trying this eyeliner in bronze it is now one of my new favorite colors! This pencil glides on very easy, and has a ton of pigment. 
You may want to known since I wasn't sure, that you can use it once it runs out by sharpening it. It doesn't look like it can be sharpened, but it does. Making this product go a long way!
Price: $3.99 (FULL SIZE!)

"This 3-color eye shadow palette gives you go-anywhere intensity day or night thanks to the highly pigmented formulations. Provides intense eye colors with a silky texture for seamless application for any eye look that you desire. It consists of 3 complementing eye shadows to wear together or alone."
  • Each eye shadow provides great color payoff with every application.
  • Create any look on the go with the help of the dual applicator that allows you to apply, smudge and line your eyes effortlessly.
  • Exclusive palette designed by NYX just for ipsters!

I love how NYX made this palette just for Ipsy. I think it's pretty cool that we have a customized product. They are really pretty shades of brown, and their are two shimmers and one matte. I think these colors will look good almost anyone, and I enjoy the fact it takes me out of my comfort zone.
Price: $6.00 (FULL SIZE!)

"This rich, creamy, non-setting skincare mask provides intensive soothing care to dehydrated and over-stressed skin. Its unique formula deeply penetrates skin and in minutes, sensitive or tired skin can become supple, soft and radiant again. It also offers instant relief for burns, sunburns, redness and tightness.
  • Replenishes moisture to dehydrated skin and helps restore skin’s barrier
  • Minimizes redness 
  •  Paraben-free, Hypoallergenic, Non-Comedogenic, Vegan and Gluten-Free
 I have so many skincare masks it isn't even funny, so at first I wasn't thrilled to see this. However, after trying it this is now one of my favorite masks. It does a really great job at hydrating the skin. I also like the fact I can use it when my skin gets sunburned. I will defiantly be buying a full size of this in the future.
Price: $26.00 (for a full size; value for sample size around $4?)

"Create bolder, fuller lashes with Be Bold 3x Volume Mascara. Available in 3 different lash enhancing functions, each with a unique brush to add volume, length + volume, or curl + volume to every lash. Each mascara comes in a deep black shade."
  • 3X lash volume
  • Long wear formula
  • Smudge proof

Usually, I really enjoy City Color Cosmetics products. Their highlighting powder is amazing. This product did the job when it came to mascara, but I was a little disappointed. It just wasn't anything special in my opinion. It will get used though.

Price: $5.99 (FULL SIZE!)

 "If you enjoy yourself, it’s not really a waste - it’s your prerogative.” Trust Fund Beauty is a quick-drying, chip resistant polish comes in cute bottles complete with some seriously sassy names. Plus, it’s 7-free, non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free. Don’t mind if we do!"

I was super excited to receive this nail polish! The make such pretty colors, and I love that their polish is vegan and non-toxic. This color (dark lilac) was no exception. 

Price: $15 (FULL SIZE!)


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:

"A universal, transforming long-wear eyebrow pencil infused with cutting-edge brow enhancing ingredients and technology. The oval shaped tip is perfect for both thin and thick brows. The spooly end brush gives a natural polished look. Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil matches all hair colors and covers gray perfectly. Full brow lift guide included with each pencil."

This is my favorite eyebrow pencil. This thing works, and it is really amazing. It makes my brows look even and precise. I would highly recommend this product, if you are looking for a good brow pencil.

Price: $24 (FULL SIZE!)

This month we received a value of around $55! Not only did I get to try some new products, but I received a great deal since I only spent $10. What do you think about this month's Ipsy "Face Fashion"? What variation did you receive? I love hearing your questions/comments, so feel free to leave them below.



Friday, September 11, 2015

ImPRESS Press-On Nails/Manicure


Hello Everyone!

Are you a busy mom or just an on-the-go business woman like myself? There's hardly any time to go get a manicure much less to do your nails at home waiting for polish to dry, and then even after you think it's dry you end up smudging it as you hit it on something as you run out the door. I have the ultimate solution.

I've always really likes fake nails....countless times they have saved me from a job interview or a last minute get together when my nails have been at their worst where they were chipped, peeling, or stained from gardening. The only thing I disliked about fake nails was dealing with messy glue, so when I found out about ImPRESS Press-On Manicure ($7.99 at Walgreens, a little more or a little less depending on color/design)...well let me you I was SUPER excited! Let's get to it!


I like that they have clear packaging so you know exactly what you are getting. The only thing I felt it lacked is that their old packaging which was shaped like a nail polish bottle (it was super cute!) held the leftover nails a little easier. However, this packaging holds the leftover nails - it is just a tad bit harder to open than the old packaging. It also comes with a Prep Pad (to prepare your nail so the fake nail last longer) as well as a file just in case you have any rough edges.  The file was especially handy to have when getting extra glitter off the accent nails.

These nails are called "Harlem Shake"

imPRESS Press-On Manicure

imPRESS Press-On Manicure

imPRESS Press-On Manicure

imPRESS Press-On Manicure

The Product/My Thoughts

Usually the imPRESS nails come with 24 different sized nails. This particular one however came with 30 nails with 6 of them being accent nails (the sparkly ones). So it is almost impossible not to find your match. I have a really small hands, and even I found a match! Each nail has a plastic piece, with a tab hanging off the end making it easy to pull off to put on each nail.

The first thing you do is match up all of the press-on nails to fit over your real nails (they are safe on ALL natural nails). Then I washed my hands with warm water and soap. After drying my hands, I prepped all of my fingernails with the prep pad that was included (which smelled like rubbing alcohol). Once I got my fingernails ready to go, I peeled off the tab (making sure to start with the pinky, so much easier that way) and pressed it onto my nail - matching it up with my cuticle. You have to be real careful when doing this, because once you put the nail on it is ON. I was really "impressed" (hehe, play on words) with how secure they felt. I remember when a version of these first came out they were nowhere near what they are today. They really do stay put, and the glue is strong as they have what is called UltraHold Technology in each of the nails. I appreciate the fact that the glue has no smell, isn't messy, and has literally no drying time! The mega gel shine is truly amazing. Not to mention they come in a bunch of colors, sizes, and shapes. They are constantly coming out with new concepts. 

There weren't any big issues that I saw with them. Overall, I am very happy with them. I was able to do everything I normally do, even type and garden which I was a tad worried I wouldn't be able to do. They are the perfect length, and if I want a shorter nail they are easy to file down. Just make sure to wait an hour after application to do so. Then once they started to get old all I had to do was peel them from the side (for an even faster way use nail polish remover) and apply a new pair. I found they lasted anywhere from 3 days to 7 days just depending on how careful I was with them.

imPRESS Press-On Manicure

imPRESS Press-On Manicure

Overall Score: 4.8*

Let me know below what your thoughts are about ImPRESS Press-On Nails! I want to know, have you tried them before? If not, what's keeping you from doing so? I would love to hear your feedback rather it be a question or comment. Thanks so much for reading, and be on the lookout for more great reviews!


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*overall rating is based on a 5 point scale based off of product, pricing, texture, application, and longevity.

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

"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?)


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...