Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ipsy - May 2015

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Hello Everyone! 

I hope everyone is having an AMAZING day! That being said, I just received my Ipsy bag for the month of May, and I am excited to share with you what I received. This month's theme was "Jetsetter." While I don't think everyone is a "Jetsetter," I think most can relate when it comes to being the girl on the go. I am most definitely a girl on the go, so I was intrigued with what would be in my 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 the bag design was from "Breakups to Makeup" - go here to see more of their products. There were three different designs/sayings you could have received; "VIP: Very Important Products," "Contents: Pretty Important Stuff," and this one seen above. Out of the three this was my favorite so it was a win in my book. I thought it was different than our usual monthly bag, outside of the box, and I love it!

Now let's see what I got inside my Glam Bag this month...




"Get primed and ready for action. Urban Decay's long-lasting, waterproof liner glides on smoothly to prime AND define—for long-lasting lip color and clean lines. Smooch. Pout. Smack. Nibble. Lick. 24/7 stays put through everything (yes, EVERYTHING) you do. When you use this liner to fill in your lips completely, it primes them for lipstick or gloss, grabbing on to color to help it last.

Next, finish the bad girl beautiful look with a sample of Urban Decay's brand new Revolution High-Color Lipgloss—insanely intense color with high shine. The high-coverage, ultra-pigmented formula lays down all the color you crave in one coat.

This lippie is also laced with Hilurlip™, which defines and hydrates lips while making them look plumper and fuller."

I love that the lip pencil is universal and you can pair it with any color. Not to mention it actually works too! It lasted me the whole work day which was really impressive. I also received a sample of "Failbait" and "Bittersweet" lip color. "Failbait" was a pretty pink/mauve color and "Bittersweet" was a purple color. I loved both of the samples and they lasted a really long time almost as long as that of a lip tar. Not to mention it was my first time trying a purple lip color, and I have to say I love it!

Price: $20 for 1.2g (received a little more than a half size 0.8g; value around $11.00)



"The fine tip on this sleek European-designed mechanical pencil has a creamy consistency that glides into place and can also be lightly smudged for a more natural look. Perfect for any color brow, especially blondes and greys."

I have heard many complain that this pencil flakes, but for me personally it has worked great. So much so that I plan on ordering one of the Auburn pencils as I want to be able to match it with my hair color at the moment. I appreciate the fact that they cater to all hair color shades.

Price: $18 (I believe this is full size!? Please let me know if it's not.)



"Let the power of nature protect and nourish the sensitive skin on your face with this lightly tinted 100% natural, chemical-free active SPF 30 face sunscreen. It’s lightweight, non-whitening, non-greasy, and lightly tinted application is perfect to use with or without makeup.

Wear it with confidence knowing that you are applying the latest in sunscreen technology: broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, 40 minutes water resistant, no chemical actives, no synthetic fragrances, no parabens - no worries!"
While this isn't the most exciting product to receive, it is however the most practical. I was a little disappointed in the size of the sample, but I am really impressed with the formula. I wore this in the pool to test it out, and it worked very well. 
Price: $14.99 (received .34oz which is a fifth of the full size, value $3?)



"This Luxie Rose Gold Tapered Blending Eye Brush is a 100% Animal Cruelty Free brush with high quality synthetic hair bristles that are soft to the touch. With its Vegan makeup qualities from bristles to the ferrule this Rose Gold brush is a must have in your makeup collection.

Coated with a revolutionary antibacterial solution for minimal brush cleansing, your brush remains fresh and clean for longer periods of time.

The density of the brush allows for an even application without any wasted product and does not absorb the product into the bristles."

One thing I will say Ipsy does well at is picking out tools. This Blending Eye Brush works really well, better than some of my really expensive brushes so that's saying a lot. This brush will definitely get used a lot, and I can't wait to bring out my creativity with it.

Price: $12 (Full Size!)



"This Face Cleansing & Make-Up Removing Gel with Honey is a gentle, soap-free gel that removes make-up, cleanses and soothes the skin with honey and sunflower. For dry and sensitive skin.

Use in the morning and/or evening on damp skin avoiding the eyes. Lather and rinse with clean water.

Paraben-free. 94% of ingredients are from natural origin."

I love the way this smells like fresh honey. Having somewhat sensitive skin I was nervous I wouldn't be able to use it despite what it said in the description, but it didn't bother my skin at all. It also did a good job at cleansing my skin. My only question is what does it mean by 94% of the ingredients are from natural origin? The other 6% is un-natural? ha-ha.

Price: $19 (6.7 FL OZ for full size; received .50 FL OZ, Value $1-2?)


This month we received a value of around $45! 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 "Jetsetter?" 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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Monday, May 25, 2015

Renuzit - Pearl Scents + GIVEAWAY


Hello Everyone! I hope all of you are having a wonderful day so far. I know it has been awhile since I talked with you last however, things have been rather slow lately. I am hoping to have that change soon with lots of reviews on the horizon. Today, I want to talk with you about a wonderful new product from Renuzit! The Renuzit Pearl scents is in my opinion one of the best long lasting freshener out on the market right now. 


Renuzit Pearl Scents are beautiful, long-lasting odor neutralizers that fill your home with aromatic scents. Inside each of the jars are tiny little aroma-filled balls just waiting to be released!


They currently come in 5 invigorating scents! Blue Sky Breeze (as seen above), Serenity, Sparkling Rain, Tranquil, and Seductive Pineapple. Serenity has fresh Lavender and Eucalyptus while Tranquil is Chamomile and Jasmine. The one seen above Blue Sky Breeze is very fresh smelling almost like clean linen. It's a very versatile scent that I think both sexes would enjoy.


All you have to do when you get it is unscrew the top, take off the seal, screw the top back on and done! I love the decorative top, I think it fits well in any room.



I particularly like having one in the bathroom. It does very good at masking and getting rid of any smelly odors. They smell amazing! I also like that each of the scents come in different colors, making it so you can match them to your decor if you choose. I really enjoy mixing and matching the scents and containers.


If you wish to purchase Renuzit Pearl Scents you can get them at most of your local big box stores such as Walmart or Target. If you wish to find out more about Renuzit or any of their other products, you can do so by going here: 

Thanks to Renuzit and Purex you can also have the chance to win one of these in YOUR scent of CHOICE! All you have to do is ENTER BELOW!

US Only. 2 Sets of Entries Per IP address. There will be 2 winners, each winner will receive one coupon good for 1 jar of Pearl Scents in their scent of choice. Giveaway Ends 6/09/15 at 12:00:00 AM EST. Rules Subject To Change. 





What do you think about Renuzit Pearl Scents? Which scent do you think would be your favorite? 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, May 11, 2015

Chefcoo - Kitchen Gadget Set

 

Hello Everyone! I hope all of you are having a wonderful day so far. Today, I would like to talk to you about an awesome new kitchen set I recently had the chance to try. The Chefcoo 8 piece Kitchen Gadget Set is not only functional, but cute and stylish. 


The first thing I noticed about the kitchen set was the beautiful flower design which can fit perfectly in almost any kitchen. I also like the fact that the kitchen set rotates and is easy to choose which tool you need next. 

What else is so special about the Chefcoo Kitchen Set? 

★ The Chefcoo Kitchen Gadgets Set is manufactured from 100% food grade tasteless nontoxic stainless steel.
★ Anti-dust for safe use.
★ The set is heat resistant up to 410°F and engineered to cool quickly and safely.
★ Non-stick for easy cleaning.
★ Attractive, round stand for easy access.
★ Utensil has a curved, ergonomic handle for a comfortable grip.
★ Decorated with a fashion design that will easily blend with a range of surroundings. 


Here is a close up of what exactly you receive:


On the left is a can opener and on the right is a bottle opener. I especially like the bottle opener as it has a pointed end so you can poke a small hole in the top in order to pour the liquid out.


On the left is a tea strainer and on the right is an ice-cream spoon. I have found this tea strainer useful for many other things than just straining tea. I also love this ice-cream spoon, because unlike some ice-cream spoons this one
 is a little wider and not as deep making it good for dips as  well.


On the left side is a grater, in the middle is a pizza cutter, and on the right hand side is a peeler. My favorite of the three is the pizza cutter. I hate having to go over and over again trying to cut a slice of pizza. However, with this I don't have to try as hard as it cuts with ease.

 If you wish to learn more or to purchase the Chefcoo Kitchen Gadget Set it is available (Prime eligible) on Amazon for $21, and you can go here:  

I think the Chefcoo Kitchen Gadget Set is such a wonderful kitchen set, and makes a wonderful gift as well. I will defiantly be purchasing some for Christmas or house warming gifts. 

What do you think about the Chefcoo Kitchen Gadget Set? Feel free to leave your comments/questions below!

XOXO,









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Friday, May 1, 2015

Dial Baby & Kids Collection + GIVEAWAY


Hello Everyone!

I hope all of you are having a terrific weekend so far. Tonight, I want to talk with you about Dial's Baby & Kids Collection. Specifically Dial's Baby Body + Hair Wash, and Dial's Kids Foaming Hand Wash. Dial isn't just known for their wonderful adult products, but starting to really make a mark in the baby and kids department as well.

For 67 years, Dial has been developing trusted personal care products for clean, healthy skin. Dial recently announced its entry into babies personal care with Dial Baby Body & Hair Wash!


Dial's Baby Body & Hair Wash is developed with pediatric dermatologists for babies' perfect skin. It gently removes environmental dirt for a head to toe clean.


It is tear free, hypoallergenic, pH Balanced, fragrance free, and has absolutely NO Parabens. 


As a full time nanny and new Aunt, I am constantly taking care of kids so I am loving this. I know that when I have kids of my own (hopefully sooner than later) that Dial will be the brand I can trust, and will go to. I like that it doesn't have any sort of fragrance, but just a nice clean soap smell. Even though it is meant for babies, I must admit I've even used it a time or two for my own body. Now I see why babies always smell so good! 



It is also available for kids ages 2+ in the scent Peachy Clean and then kids 6+ in scents Watery Melon & Berry Cool.

Not only is Dial making their mark in the baby department, but in the kids department as well. With their NEW Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash!


The New Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash is in a wonderful "Watery Melon" scent. It is currently their only scent, but from time to time I have seen a "Hello Kitty" version of this hand wash from Dial.


It makes hand washing fun for all ages! Hypoallergenic, no artificial dyes, no parabens, pH balanced and gentle on kids' skin!


It was developed with pediatric dermatologists which I think is really great. Dial truly did their homework, and created two wonderfully made products for babies and all kids alike!

You can locate these products at most of your local retailers. I found mine at our local Walmart. However, if your still having trouble feel free to contact Dial by going here

Dial has also been very generous in letting me giveaway these products to TWO of my very lucky readers! If you win you will receive a coupon in which you can redeem for YOUR CHOICE of the Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash OR the Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash. All you have to do is ENTER BELOW!


US Only. 2 Sets of Entries Per IP address. There will be 2 winners, each winner will receive one coupon good for their choice of Dial Baby or Dial Kids product. Givaway Ends 5/16/15 at 12:00:00 AM EST. Rules Subject To Change. 

What do you think of Dial's Baby & Kids Collection? Which one is your favorite? 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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Makes hand washing fun for all ages! Hypoallergenic, no artificial dyes, no parabens, pH balanced and gentle on kids’ skin! - See more at: http://www.dialsoap.com/products/dial-kids-watery-melon-foaming-hand-wash#sthash.ZnYHrwUL.dpuf
Makes hand washing fun for all ages! Hypoallergenic, no artificial dyes, no parabens, pH balanced and gentle on kids’ skin! - See more at: http://www.dialsoap.com/products/dial-kids-watery-melon-foaming-hand-wash#sthash.ZnYHrwUL.dpuf

Makes hand washing fun for all ages! Hypoallergenic, no artificial dyes, no parabens, pH balanced and gentle on kids’ skin! - See more at: http://www.dialsoap.com/products/dial-kids-watery-melon-foaming-hand-wash#sthash.ZnYHrwUL.dpu

Monday, April 27, 2015

Ava Shower Filter



 
Hello Everyone!

Today, I want to talk with you about a wonderful - yet necessary - product I discovered. A product that for some if needed could and will change your life. It is one of the most important things to check when trying to improve the quality and health of your skin and hair. Why a shower filter you ask? I'm here to help answer that today (or at least make you more aware) with the help of the Ava Shower Filter. 

Why do I need a Shower Filter? How can I test my Water Hardness & Other Harmful Chemicals?

A shower filter may be more helpful for some, but are beneficial for everyone. The chemicals in every day water is necessary to keep our water clean, but not always the best for our skin or to drink.  The first step you can take to see if you would benefit from the Ava Shower Filter is to test the Water Hardness. 
  
What Makes Water Hard?

Rain water begins as soft water, but as it flows through lakes, rivers and streams it absorbs hardness minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Over time this creates hard water. While these minerals aren't harmful to your health, they do affect the properties of water and its effectiveness for washing, cleaning and bathing.

Thanks to my handy freebie knowledge and Morton's Salt you can currently get a free testing strip by filling out this form here: Test Your Water. (It may take some time to get to you, but you have my word it is totally free and they will not harass you). This will give you a good head start in the right direction.

What About Other Harmful Chemicals?

You can also test your water for other harmful chemicals by getting water testing kits from your local Walmart or Home Improvement stores. 

Chances are though if your not using a filter, you have some sort of harmful chemicals that you are being exposed to every single day and may not even realize it...
 
What are the Benefits of the Ava Filter compared to Other Filters?


  • REMOVES FLUORIDE & OTHER CHEMICALS - Filters 99.9% of Chlorine, Algae, Dirt, Fluoride, Lead, Chloramine, Bacteria, Arsenic, Chromium, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Mercury and Heavy Metals and many more chemicals. Shower filter also reduces scum build-up using kdf. 
  • HEALTHY SKIN - Balances the pH of water. Promotes and maintains smooth, glowing skin, shiny hair, and healthy nails. Effectively reduces hard water and stops itchy and skin after shower.
  • EASY INSTALLATION - Fits all modern shower arms. Comes with installation manual and installs easily. No plumber needed.Not sold with shower arm or shower head.
 The installation was really easy! All I had to do was unscrew my water-head, screw the Ava Filter on, and then attach the water-head back on. 
 
Here are the full directions below:

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  • PROFESSIONAL SERVICE - Made in the USA with a 30-day money back guarantee included. Experience powerful results within days or receive 100% of your money back
  • LONG-TERM - High performance filter lasts for an entire 9-12 months before needed replacement.
 
To purchase the Ava Shower Filter they currently have it on sale on Amazon for $59.99 and Prime Eligible. You can purchase it by going here:  
 
This is a steal at the moment as I have seen the kit as high as $79. However once you buy the kit, it is good for up to a year and the replacement filters are not as much as the kit. 

To also read more about the company and/or see some of their other products you can go to their official site by going here:  
 
 
My Thoughts 
 

I absolutely love the Ava Shower Filter! I never knew how harmful the chemicals in our water truly were until I educated myself. It was defiantly an investment I think was worth making. At first I didn't notice an immediate difference. About a week in is when I started noticing that my back and skin was less itchy, and I was having to put on moisturizer not nearly as much.

All this time I thought my itchy dry skin was because of where I lived and my genetics. While to some degree it was, a big portion of that issue was my water. Even my dry thick hair has been more manageable, and I never thought that would change. After seeing how much the Ava Shower Filter has done for not only me (but my husband as well), it will defiantly be a product I plan to have in my house long term. 

What do you think about the Ava Shower Filter? Have you ever had a Shower Filter? Have you ever tested your water's chemicals? 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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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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