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Kat Von D Everlasting Flash: Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Gray Trio

7 Jun

EXCLUSIVE NEW LIMITED EDITION ONLINE ONLY for 48 hours! The Kat Von D Everlasting Flash: Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Gray Trio

For those that like Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick or Gray Lipstick this is for you! This limited edition matte set is available for the next 48 hours only! Going by the photos the color payoff appears to be a purplish gray.

I am in no way affiliated with them, just saw this was available, haven’t posted in quite a while and wanted to share with all you lovely ones! 🙂

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Photos by Sephora

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Tatcha Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil Review

9 Aug

Tatcha Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil is a gentle, two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser. This beautiful blend of botanical oils is formulated to thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture, an essential first step for any skincare ritual. The product is formulated without mineral oil to remove even water-resistant sunscreen, long-wear makeup formulas, and BB creams, it emulsifies completely and leaves no oily residue. It is rich in oleic and linoleic acids, along with vitamins A, B, and E to nourish dry skin, calm sensitive skin and decongest oily skin. Tatcha Pure is free of  parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

0.8 OZ Tatcha Camellia Oil

I received a free small sample of Tatcha Camellia Oil as part of my Sephora sample choices with a recent purchase from their site. I have to admit I’ve always been a bit skeptical of washing my face with oil cleansers, so I was really eager to put this product to the test.

How to use:
With dry hands and a dry face gently massage the oil onto your face. One to two pumps is all you will need. Rinse with water, I prefer warm water, and the oil turns milky/silky and washes off all your grime or makeup residue. It melts away the day.

The Gamut of Experiments and Tests:

How well can it remove Makeup?
The first test was to see how well it would fair at dissolving and removing a normal day of make-up. Other brands have not stacked up as well and would leave me grabbing a makeup remover cloth or having to wash my face again, which is obviously quite annoying. This was not the case at all with the Tatcha oil. I am pleased to say that the Camellia oil passed this test with flying colors. I didn’t have to worry about spending extra time to clean my face, it knocks the competition out of the park and does an amazing job without leaving any residue.

 

5.1 OZ Tatcha Camellia Oil

 

Will Dry Skin be an issue?
The second test was for dry skin. Normally at night I have to use a moisturizer/night cream on my face to help combat skin dryness. That night I decided to skip the cream. The next morning after my daily cleansing and toning routine, when I looked in the mirror I was amazed at how great my skin looked. I couldn’t believe it, my skin wasn’t flaky or dry like it normally is, even without the use of a night cream the previous evening. Another bonus point for tatcha camellia oil. Being able to save money and time by skipping that nightly ritual of moisturizing cream was a wonderful and unexpected surprise.

Will I have any skin reactions?
The third test was how would my skin react to the product. I have very sensitive skin as well as acne. I am pleased to say that neither were an issue while using this cleansing oil. I didn’t have any acne flare ups, rashes, or allergic reactions which are always a worry for me when trying new products.

How will it smell?
The fourth test was regarding the scent. Most products I find have sickly scents that I can’t stand, but luckily this was not the case with the Tatcha Pure One Step Oil. Their isn’t an overwhelming scent, it’s light, clean and pretty much non-existent which is really a plus here.

Lasting Impressions:
I have had nothing but a positive experience with this cleansing oil. I am thrilled with the product, and the meaningful gifts associated with our purchases. Each purchase helps empower girls by sending them to school through their “Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures partnership.” When washed off  the oil emulsifies into a milk and melts off any makeup and daily grime residue you may have. Even waterproof makeup! I was astonished as I’ve tried other cleansing oils in the past, and they failed on so many levels. Using an oil instead of a foam or a gel soap seems a bit foreign to me and took getting used to, however that is not a bad thing. Any hesistanchesitancies I may have had due to past bad experiences have been eradicated and my faith in cleansing oil has been restored. This product is non-sensitizing, non-irritating, dermatologist-tested, and cruelty-free.

Overall Thoughts:
-Effective: No need for other makeup removers to step in to do the job.
-Time and Money Saver: No need for me to spend extra of either for moisturizer.
-Noticeably Soft and balanced skin even after one use.
-Giving Back: Purchase of the product empowers girls

Additional Product Info:
“Camellia Oil has been one of the geisha’s most treasured secrets for centuries, used to remove their iconic performance makeup without drying or damaging the skin. I am honored to bring new life to this ritual with our Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, and even more delighted to tell you that your purchase of a Tatcha skincare item will send an incredible girl to school for day through our Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures partnership.”—Victoria Tsai, Founder

Final Thoughts:
I am very pleased.  I will definitely be making a full size purchase!!

Pros:
Excellent quality
Safe and gentle for even the most sensitive skin
Removes waterproof makeup
Negates the need for extra moisturizes or creams

Cons:
A bit spendy however a little goes a long way, and the product is well worth the purchase.

Rating:
5

Cost:
At the time of this writing: the 0.8 OZ runs for $12 US dollars, and the 5.1 OZ $48 US dollars.
To purchase, click on any of the above photos.

Formula X System NailPolish Review

10 Jan

Formula X is exclusive to Sephora.

Over the winter 2014 holidays I spent some of those VIP Insider beauty points we all covet on a mini trial sample of this Formula X revolutionary nail polish system. The kit included the mini-sized bottles of the system. The color that came with the kit was Cocoa Bisque.

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For those unfamiliar, the systems four steps are as follows:

  • Step One: Cleanse
  • Step Two: Prime
  • Step Three: Color
  • Step Four: Shine

“Prep, Perfect, Shine”.

In more detail the steps:
The Nail Cleanser is reminiscent of an acetone / nail polish remover. Its quite effective, meaning if you spill a few drops on an already completed nail well you’ll have to re-do that nail. Its an “essential step that frees nails of residue and oil, optimizing base coat and lacquer adherence”.

The Base Coat is a tacky primer for better color adhesion / bonding. Its “An advanced adhesive primer containing essential bonding agents that form a sticky layer to fuse with your lacquer”.

Nail Color Of Your Choice from the line– Choose from over 200 Formula X shades and effects;

The Top Coat – glossy shiny topcoat. Really gives your manacure/pedicure that professional look. “A super glossy, state-of-the-art, long-wearing final step that enhances your lacquer’s shine and performance”.

Overall Thoughts:
Each step in the process was easy peasy, and dried in record time. I was amazed at how quickly everything set and dried! I finally ended up with a home manicure that was not smudged, and had that great shine we all desire. I couldn’t believe the results. It looked like a more professional manicure/pedicure. In step 3, the nail polish colors went on opaque, so I only needed one coat of the polish, where as with other polishes I need two. This turned into fastest self manicure ever for me, even with all 4 steps!!

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I wanted to give this kit a run for the money and really put it to the test. For the 1.5 weeks I left it on I did housework, cleaning, scrubbing, mini home construction projects by way of hammer and nails, computer work, lots of hand washing, exercising, yoga, furniture building, shipping/receiving, dishes, multiple showers, and cooking. I expected with all this that with in the first few 3 days I would have some sorry looking nails but guess what….NO Chips!!! Amazing right?! The color endures, I didn’t get my first small [hardly noticeable] chip until day 6 days in. some of the shiny top coat by that point started looking dull due to normal wear and tear if you will. And I was not wearing gloves for any of this work.

I currently reside in a cold winter climate, my hands are taking a beating but hey my nail polish sure lasted well! By 1.5 weeks my nails needed a trim and the top coat was looking a little dull in some spots. Some of the nail polish was cracked by this point, and there were a few chips. Off it came for experiment #2.

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As an experiment, I decided to try the system with with my own non-formula x color, as I have many bottles to use up and would hate to just toss them for the new and shiny. I hate to waste things. The non-formula x brand I used was a bottle of “for the twill of it” by Essie. The manicure came out nearly as good as the formula x polish. I had to add an extra coat of polish since the color is not as opaque as formula x. I had to let my nails dry a wee bit however not nearly as long as I would have sans formula x system. They still dried very fast. I’m glad I can utilize the system to help use up these already owned polishes so that I can start purchasing Formula X its-self.

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Additional Product Info:
Formula X does offer other products to compliment the system. There is a hydrator, strengthener, cuticle cream, cuticle oil, appliques, press-pods, quench-to-go, nail polish remover, nail drying drops, nail drying spray, hand cream, etc…

The line offers over 200 colors, so plenty of options to choose from. Of the numerous colors, there is a wide array of collections to choose from. To name a few:

  • Translucents
  • Brillants
  • Shifters
  • Xplosives
  • SuperWatts
  • Sparklers
  • New Clasics
  • New Neutrals
  • Lusters
  • Transformers
  • Chromes
  • Electrics
  • Sea glass
  • Liquid Crystals
  • Brushed Metalics
  • Ombre Glitters

Final Thoughts:
I am very pleased with this system. My nails felt stronger, the flexibility of so many shades, I will definitely buy again!! Color me impressed. I can’t recommend this enough. Great buy! Try it!! High Endurance Color.

Pros:
Excellent quality
Long lasting
Cheaper than a mani/pedi
Dries lightening fast
Strengthened nails
Worked even with non formula x polish

Cons:
Nail polish bottles are pricier than your standard nail enamel.

Rating:
5

Cost:
The full size system runs for $32 US dollars.

To purchase, click the below photo:

Jamberry Review

29 Dec

 

A friend of mine was having one of those Jamberry parties virtually via Facebook. I thought hey why not give it a go and see what the fuss is all about! I went into this with zero expectations, as I had basically just learned of these at the time the party was being held. For those new to the concept, they are basically vinyl nail wraps that adhere to your nails by heat. They are an alternative to nail polish, or standard manicures/pedicures.

Jamberry Nail Wrap in – CARMEN OMBRE

It was fun to be able to attend a virtual party, there were games, prizes, pics and lots of interaction from the host, the attendees and the Jamberry consultant. Having a jamberry party is similar to a party lights, scentsy, etc… where in the host is eligible for gifts and discounts with some contingencies. I believe they get a gift out of the gate, and additional ones based upon how many sales there were from the party being held, as well as additional ones if others book parties with the consultant from this party.

Overall Thoughts:

I was shipped a Jamberry aka Jams sample to try. The sample contained only one wrap-pre cut, and it basically was meant for my pinky finger [well sorta it wasn’t an exact size match, so the sides weren’t all covered and started lifting up].  There’s some prep work involved, before application of the wraps.

Jamberry Wrap Sheet – in FIRST FROST

You want to clean your nails of any old polish, trim your nails, file them.  The consultant gave some tips and said you can buff the tops of your nails a bit to make the surface a wee bit rough, wash your hands, then use an alcohol wipe to clean the nail bed surface of any residual oils that would prevent the wrap from adhering well. There are plenty of youtube videos out there with demonstrations which was quite helpful. You can use either the jamberry heater or a hair dryer to apply the nail wrap. In my case I was using my hair dryer.

Jamberry Mini Heater

There are many methods for application and removal. There are the official standard methods, and then many of the extra tips and tricks to add in. Plenty of How-To videos on youtube. I certainly did not feel at a loss for guidance :). I ordered a full sheet, I figured hey benefit of the doubt. Maybe an actual set will work out fine and it was just since the sample wasn’t an exact size match was why it was lifting. Wrong! It took such a long time to attempt best fitting sizes cut to try a match up for my nailbeds. I felt like the amount of time I spent on this was longer than it would take to just paint my nails. No time savings here ladies. I also kept running into the issue of rough spots and having to keep nail files with me or nail trimmers to correct the rough spots.

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Carmen Ombre Jamberry

 

 

Pros:

  • They last longer than a standard manicure does for me, [unless I get a gel manicure].
  • Lots of designs and themes to choose from, 200+. Solids, Ombre, Prints, many finishes, even sports team designs!
  • You can even design your own wraps, from their nail art studio!
  • Enough wraps on the sheet for multiple manicures/pedicures.
  • Versatility, you can have accent nails, and the rest be polished, you can put polish underneath some of clear lacey ones, or just go for a full set of one color/pattern.
  • Junior nail sets for children.

Cons:

  • The ill-fitting sample made it a little hard to gauge how well these would stay on.
  • A bit difficult to put on.
  • Don’t exactly fit my nails well even after purchasing a full set.
  • Nailbed health was diminished after removal of the wrap.
  • The amount of time spent on application was more than me painting my nails.

Final Thoughts:

One of the biggest complaints I had was that the sides would lift up and become stuck in my long hair when I would brush/wash/style my hair. My nails are quite curved and not flat. Other online reviews with similar nail types concurred. After I removed the wrap my nails were brittle, thin, and felt weird and painful. I would not purchase these again. I thought on screen the wraps looked great, once I received them I thought some of them looked a bit cheap and not like a real manicure.

Rating:

2

 

Additional Product Info:

Jamberry Nails was created by three sisters after an expensive afternoon at the nail salon. After their outing they vowed to find a simpler, more cost effective way to keep their hands looking polished and thus Jamberry was born.

Price:

$15.00-17$ USD for standard wrap sheets

$18.75 USD Jamberry Nail Art Studio [upload your own images and design custom nail wraps]

The site additionally offers nail care items which start at $10.00 USD

 

Other Image Sources:
http://www.jamberrynails.net/

Beauty Travel Tips

1 Nov

Since I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately I figured why not make a post about beauty tips and traveling.

When traveling by plane there is a weight restriction on baggage, and restrictions on what size of toiletries you can bring in your carry on. To keep things as light as possible, avoid taking full-sized products, I try to look at alternatives and ways to cut down the chaos.

 

  • I pre-moisten my cotton balls with toner.
  • Bring along all those assorted free sample sized items [free with online Sephora orders]. Moisturizer, perfume etc…
  • Lotion/face moisturizer can also double to tame hair frizzes.- The wee bit on hands after moisturizing your face works great in place of hair product.
  • If I can get it local why bother to bring it.

What tips or tricks do you utilize when you travel?

 

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List of Make Up and Product Sampling Programs

30 Mar

Since its fun to try new things, and because I like to be organized, I wanted to assemble a list of  Make-Up & Product Sampling services that I could easily reference from one location. I decided to post and share my findings along with some notes. In my research I found that others had been looking for the same type of information. I found some of this info in magazines around my flat, and others were from on-line beauty message boards. I removed a few sites who didn’t seem to be around any longer. If you know of any new ones to add to this list, please comment.

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Beauty Related

In the US:

  • Beauty Army ($12 monthly)
    Not yet launched. Choose up to six items per month.
  • Beautyfix ($49.99 quarterly)
    Create a profile and select up to eight items. Items may range from drugstore items like Caress body wash to salon brands like Jonathan product.
  • Birchbox ($10 monthly)
    You get between 4 to 6 samples sometimes deluxe size, sometimes full size and sometimes mini size. For each item you get you can review the item and receive 10 points. Accumulate 100 points and you get $10 off almost any purchase (some restrictions on certain items, see Birchbox for more info). You can stack your points to but points DO expire within 365 days. You also get 50 points if you get people to sign up via referral link and they become a subscriber or place an order with Birchbox.
  • Cravebox ($10 monthly) You get 4 to 5 samples ranging in size from full, deluxe and sample size products.
  • GoGoGirlfriend ($12.95 monthly for a box each month OR $6.99 monthly and you’ll get a box every other month)
    There are two options for GGG – either pay $12.95 and get a box monthly (12 boxes per year) or pay $6.99 monthly and get a box every two months (6 boxes per year). Items in the box vary from ELF Cosmetics to indy companies.
  • Goodebox For Eco-conscious Beauty Trial Size Samples, $16 USD per month.
  • Julep ($19.99 monthly)
    Hand, nail and foot care subscription based in Seattle, WA.
  • Makeup Monthly ($30 monthly)
  • MyGlam ($10 monthly) – Launched November 2011
    This one is new and is by Michelle Phan & Jessica Harlow. Like Birchbox it’s a subscription beauty company that sends out “four to five new beauty products each month in a cute makeup bag“. From My Glam’s FAQs, “Glam Bags are shipped on the last day of every month via USPS mail“.
  • New Beauty’s Test Tube ($29.95 + $8.95 shipping, quarterly [every three months])
    This subscription service not only sends out deluxe size samples but also full size products. Unlike many other subscription companies this one is sent out once per quarter. 1st Quarter: Jan, Feb, Mar; 2nd Quarter: Apr, May, Jun; 3rd Quarter: Jul, Aug, Sep; 4th Quarter Oct, Nov, Dec.
  • New Beauty’s Test Tube at QVC (auto renewal or one time only). $29.96 + $6.97 shipping/handling (+ tax if your state has tax)
    Exactly like New Beauty except this is a QVC version filled with products sold on QVC. Also sold on a quarterly basis. If the links do not work it means they pulled the page due to the product selling out and will not have the page back up until near the start of the next quarter.
  • Sample Society Caters to on-the-go professionals who want only the best of beauty

For Men:

  • His Black Box ($12 monthly)
    For men… or women who like men’s products. Set up a profile and get four to five deluxe size samples designed for men.
  • Birchbox Man This may actually NOT be a subscription service for men but rather the limited edition box.
  • Male Box INFORMATION NOT AVAILABLE

In Canada:

In the UK:

  • GlossyBox (£10 monthly + £2.95 shipping/handling)
  • Amarya Beauty Box (£10 monthly or £120 yearly.) If you subscribe to the yearly plan the entire £120 will be billed to your bank or credit card. Like Birchbox, you’re awarded points and in Amarya’s case you’re awarded 120 points if you pay for a year in advance PLUS you get a Santaverde Gift set work £56.
  • Boudoir Prive (£10 monthly) Also similar to other beauty box subscription services you get between 5 to 6 samples each month and earn loyalty points.
  • Carmine (£10 per month + pp* or £110 yearly)
    Receive 5 exclusive beauty products selected by their expert. Postage and packaging is an additional £2.75 per box.
  • Feel Unique Beauty Box (£9.95 monthly) According to their site they “send your unique Beauty Box during the first week of every month, filled with 5 deluxe-sized beauty products, plus a bonus beauty sample for extra unique-measure!”
  • Latest In Beauty (starts at £1 monthly) Now this one is definitely different as they offer three different types of boxes starting at £1 monthly.
    1. The beauty box for only £1 box includes only three samples.
    2. The luxury box you get to choose your products. Price? Unknown.
    3. The themed boxes are offered only six times a year and I believe this box is £4.95.

    “What is the difference between the Monthly Beauty Box and Luxury Samples? This is the answer given in the FAQs, “The Monthly Beauty Box contains small samples (usually sachets or small vials) so you can test out a product a couple of times to get a feel for it. These are provided free of charge – we only ask that you pay a small contribution towards postage and packing. The luxury samples are much larger – similar to travel size products – and allow you to try products for longer. Because they’re bigger and more expensive to send, we have to charge a little more for them.” It’s kind of odd how payment is made as it’s done via text-messaging. Anyone have a Latest In Beauty subscription?

In Australia:

  • Lust Have It (AU $14.95 monthly or $160 for 12 months) – Launched October 2011
    This is the most similar to Birchbox right down to awarding of points to redeem for $10 off a purchase. Delivery is for Australia and Tasmania only. At time time I do not know if they ship to New Zealand or not.
  • BellaBox Australia (AU $45.00 every three months)
    Get 4 to 5 samples monthly.

In France:

  • Joliebox (10€ monthly + 3€ shipping)
    The site is in French and is for those in France. What you get are 4 to 5 miniature high-end cosmetics (“mini-products, formats and even travel large formats from time to time“) plus a magazine. There is a loyalty program but I’m not sure how theirs works.

Beside beauty subscription/sampling boxes there are other types of subscription and sampling services to choose from ranging from clothing to shoes to even children’s toys. The following include some of the well know subscription and sampling services out there. With the popularity of subscription services booming this list will continue to grow.

Clothes

  • Stylemint ($29.99 monthly)
    The styling powerhouse known as the Olson twins are back! Stylemint is their latest venture where they will be designing and releaing a new t-shirt each month! (Credit to Melanie for the tip! :D)

Jewelry


Shoes

  • JustFab ($39.95 monthly)
    Similar to Kim Kardashian’s Shoe Dazzle this one is by supermodel Kimora Lee Simmons. Shoe size 5½ to 11. First purchase is 50% off.
  • Shoe Mint
    $79.98 monthly you can opt to skip if you don’t like a pair of shoes. Steve Madden, Rachel Bilson, and Nicole Chavez are the designers of the shoes. Opened November 2011.
  • Shoe Dazzle ($39.95 monthly, can skip before the 5th of each month.)
    Owned by Kim Kardashian, this is was among the first of the product subscription services that I heard about. I’ve been a member since 2008 and while I haven’t purchased each month I have loved the shoes I’ve purchased from there including my exercise shoes which cost over $60 at other stores. In early 2011 they began to offer more than just shoes and handbags and now offer jewelry, haircare/cosmetic products (during the Dazzle Deal) among other items. From time to time they also have 2 pairs for $39.95.
  • Sole Society ($49.95 monthly, also can skip the month before the 5th of each month.)
    Exactly like Shoe Dazzle in that it’s shoes but it’s $10 more. Styles are practically identical to Shoe Dazzle but sometimes they have some much more cute styles.
  • Shoe Privee ($39.95 monthly) You can earn “Rewards Points” to redeem for Shoe Privee credit. 1000 = 1 credit. Buy 1 pair of shoes at $39.95 and get 100 points (2.5 points earned per dollar spent). Earn 250 points when you referred someone and makes their first purchase.

Organic

  • Conscious Box ($12 monthly + $7 shipping)
    Similar to Eco-Emi.
  • Eco-Emi ($15 monthly includes shipping)
    Keep in mind that Eco-Emi doesn’t just send out beauty products but other products that are environmentally friendly products ranging from food to health products to household items.
  • GoodGuide Provides green ratings for over 120,000 products, personal items, and set up preferences.
  • Skin Deep Provides information on over 79,000 Environmental Skin products and safety.

Food

  • Blissmobox ($19 monthly)
    Blissmobox ships out organic and eco-friendly products. Unlike other companies you can either let them pick out products for you or you can pick products to try.
  • Foodzie ($19.99 monthly)
  • Like Blissmobox this company also ships out food related products. Unlike Blissmobox you don’t get to choose.

Toys and Miscellaneous products

  • Babbaco ($29.99 monthly)
    Items for infants and children.

Source:
http://www.makeuptalk.com/a/subscriptions-and-sampling-programs
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Wei Lana Lavender and Sandalwood Mineral Bath Salt Review

30 Dec

I ordered this container of  mineral bath salt online since the ingredient’s alone had me at “hello“.  My regular Monday to Friday routine is  a stressful and exhausting  job hence I am always trying to relax and pamper myself when I can. I am a sucker for bath salts and bath teas with herbal scents of lavender and or sandalwood, if you combine the two then hey its that much more appealing to  me.

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Overall Thoughts:

This generous container size is a deal for the price. I have seen other sites, shops, stores and faires charge more for a smaller sized bottle. On the Wai Lana site I do see the price originally being $21.00, so I’m unclear if this is a temporary price reduction or not, but I am included to think this is the new price.  Price to bottle size ratio is good, especially since this will last a long time. You only need 2-3 cap full’s each use.  The shipping was faster than I thought it might be since I ordered the item from a 3rd party vendor and not the Wai Lana website  directly.

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The bath salt is easy to use. As you fill the tub up with hot water add the bath salt to the water and let is dissolve.  As it dissolves you can grasp the lovely scent. You don’t get the full effect from only sniffing in the bottle, you really need to give it a whirl in the bath. As I lay in the tub and let the scent envelope me, I let my cares melt away in the spiritual quality of the perfume scent. The tension eased from my body and mind. The aroma was warm, gentle and enjoyable.

This product was of a high quality standard which I could easily have seen a comparable type of quality from an overpriced salon. Like the product advertises, I did in fact feel feel calm, refreshed, peaceful, and inspired after use. I hated to leave the tub and aroma when it was time for dinner, but there’s was always something to look forward to next time.

Pros:

  • This would make a great gift either for yourself or someone else.
  • High quality product.
  • A little bit goes a long way.
  • Great aroma.
  • Easy to use.
  • Natural ingredients safe for even sensitive skin [such as mine].
  • Luxurious item.

Cons:

  • None!!

Final Thoughts:

Not an issue for me, however If you  have older shoddy plumbing you might want to wrap the bath salt in a muslin cloth or tea bag if your concerned about the small flower buds clogging your pipes. I think it would be okay but just something I like to point out.

Rating:

5

Great Item! Buy buy buy!

I would definitely purchase this item again and again since I loved the scent and product that much. If you can tear me away from it I might even be tempted to try out other bath salts she has ;).  I would try other items in the Wai Lana shop as well.

Additional Product Info:

This product does not contain animal byproducts and has not been tested on animals.

Interesting tidbit:

Wai Lana is a yoga teacher and enthusiast with her own line of yoga props, accessories, spa items, and more.

Price:

$10.50 USD for 19.5 oz (550 g)

Ingredients:

Organic Mineral Salt, Lavender Flowers, Lavender, Sandalwood Essential Oil.

Image Sources:

/www.wailana.com/shop/products/

Get ready for the ReaCurry Beauty Giveaway! Cupboard Cleanout #1! – [Now Closed]

16 Dec

It’s the holiday season, a time for caring, and a time for sharing. It’s also time for a beauty giveaway!!  I only wish I would have been able to get this up sooner so they could perhaps be stocking stuffers… The thought premise behind this is due to an overabundance of products in my cupboards hence the name cupboard clean-out.

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The prizes up for grabs this round [yes there will be others in the future] is a Fragrance Sampler Kit from Sephora:

  • Bliss – Bliss Rollerball For Women
  • Clean – Warm Cotton
  • Juicy Coture – Coture
  • Juicy Coture – Viva La Juicy
  • DKNY – Pure
  • Michael Kors – Very Hollywood
  • Michael Kors – Gold
  • Dior – Capture
  • Paco Rabanne – Lady Million
  • Kate Walsh – Billionaire Boyfriend
  • Kim Kardashian – Kim Kardashian For Women
  • BVLGARI – Omnia
  • Yves Saint Laurent YSL -La Nuit De L’Homme

Rules:

  • To enter, reblog & share this post. Spread the word.
  • You must be following me.
  •  You must like this post.

Winner picked using randomizer.org, and I will show a screen shot of the results.

Once selected, if the winner doesn’t contact me back after 24 hours another will be selected via randomizer.

USA entrants only please as the shipping funds are coming out of my own pocket =).  If you are under age make sure it is okay with your parents/guardians.

Please bear in mind these rules if you enter.  I have tried my best to keep them as simple and fair as possible. All items are brand new.

This will last one month, beginning 12/16/12 and ending 1/16/12.

Enjoy and good luck!

COVERGIRL blastflipstick Review

9 Dec

I was excited when I found out that luck was on my side and I happen to get into this coveted campaign. I was curious how these “flipsticks” would stand up to the test. These new Covergirl brand blast “flipsticks” are essentially a double ended lipstick. They provide the wearer with more options than just a single ended aka normal lipstick. The colors offer up one creamy and one shimmery lipsticks in one tube if you will so you can mix and match to create a multitude of blendable looks or ombre shades.  The “flipstick” line has 13 different choices of lipstick duos and applying is as simple as the flip of a stick.

vixen

My gratis bzzkit arrived in the mail with three tubes. The color combinations I had the chance to try were: Vixen, Stunner, and Minx [as pictured in this post].

minx

The looks and color were nice in the tubes and really did look like the displays and online photos. Quite true to the advertising. Online the color palate options are an array of dazzling day to-night, soft to bright, or ombre looks. They applied easily and went on creamy and silky. Blending the colors is also a smooth process and my lips felt moisturized. The color lasted a generous amount of time, even after eating and drinking. I wouldn’t say its one of those 18 hour-long lasting types, however the lipstick lasted beyond what I expected after consumption and lasted through my normal 8-9 hour work day.

stunner

Overall Thoughts:

I was disappointed that on all 6 shades I tried, the was a strong overpowering taste. The taste reminiscent of perfume or some other unpleasant chemicals. It didn’t fade with time either and drove me up the wall. I also noticed that the colors I tried didn’t quite go with my skin tone, had the pungent taste not been there I would have continued blending, mixing and matching to see what color combinations I could have created to perhaps remedy this. With this sharp noticeable taste having been apparent in the 6 colors [from 3 tubes] I tried, I would have to make an assumption that the whole line is this way.

bzzguide

Circling back to my comment about the shade line not going well with my skin tone, as a reference I have quite fair skin with pinkish/reddish undertones, Brownish/Auburn colored hair and grey eyes. To note I have found with most drugstore brand cosmetics they do not go well with my skin tone, so this is not a new trouble I face. Perhaps other shades in the line [such as “smooch”] that had not been sent in the kit would fare better color wise, but maybe not necessarily “taste” wise so I’d be hesitant to give it a go.

covergirl-flipstick

Even with out applying lip liner or any lip pretreatments I found the lipsticks stayed in place and did not “bleed” or run into my lip line. This is a great feature as I know and have experienced first hand that not all lipsticks are this way. With most of us leading busy lives, I often find most of us will agree that the less products we have to spend money on or time applying the better. I was worried that the “flipstick” would be large, cumbersome, and take up a fair amount of space in my cosmetic bag or purse so I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t. Size wise the tube is about 4.5 inches, less than a pencil or pen in length. So it really doesn’t take up much space and the weight isn’t very much either, just a few ounces.

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I am really glad I didn’t spend money on this or I would have been even more disappointed and wanted my money back. The immediate appalling “taste” is just far too strong! ugh!

Pros:

  • Easy of use creating blended looks
  • Long lasting color
  • 2 lipsticks for the price of one
  • Reasonable price point
  • Creamy & Smooth
  • Color did not bleed
  • No need for lip liner
  • Size
  • Moisturizing

Cons:

  • Awful overwhelming Taste!!
  • Not completely convinced that all colors offered go well with all skin tones.

Final Thoughts:

Rating:

2

Pass! Save your money!

Its worth spending the extra money on a boutique brand. I felt as if this was a mediocre item. Admittedly I had been excited to try it out and had high hopes but the foul taste was quite off-putting.

Additional Product Info:

Interesting tidbit:

Covergirl brand has been around since 1960

Price:

Suggested retail $8.49 USD

Ingredients:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Isostearate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Acetylated Lanolin, Ozokerite, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Paraffin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire De Carnauba, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Lactate, Squalane, Fragrance/Parfum, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Silk Powder/Poudre De Soie, Maltodextrin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Propylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, *Some Shades Also Contain/ Certaines Teintes Contiennent Aussi Lauroyl Lysine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, May Contain/Peut Contenir: Mica, Orange 5, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Red 27, Blue 1 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Carmine

Directions:
Apply cream lipstick product to clean bare lips then apply shimmer product on top. For a shimmery pout apply the shimmer product just in the middle of your bottom lip.

Images Sources:
http://www.covergirl.com/blastflipstick
http://www.amazon.com/COVERGIRL-BlastFlipstick-Lipcolor-Cheeky-0-134-ounces/dp/B005SD1ZFS
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Me! Bath Pumpkin Pie Bath Ice Cream [bath bomb] Review

23 Nov

Me! Bath: Pumpkin Pie Bath Ice Cream

It’s that time of year where our houses are full of wonderful smells of  goodies baking in the oven, so why not envelope the rest of our body in an autumn treat as well. The leaves are changing colors outside, the autumn air is crisp and its sweater weather [at least in my part of the world].

Its also the time of year, autumn, where pumpkin is one of the first things that my senses look forward to. I had been eagerly looking for a pumpkin bath bomb [bath fizzy] for quite some time, so to say I was excited and waiting with anticipation for this to arrive in my mailbox is no lie. It sounded like it would be delicious and inviting.

It’s important for us to periodically take time out of our hectic schedules to have some ME! time.  Usually us ladies like to have time for ourselves to soak, unwind and relax in a hot bath. My Pumpkin Pie Bath Ice Cream arrived in pristine condition. No nicks, dings, or cracks. I was even amazed at how it really did look like a scoop of ice cream.  You can tell a lot of care and love was put into making this hand crafted bath bomb. The scent at this point was very slight. I placed the bath ice cream into the tub with hot water and it immediately began to melt and fizz as its meant to. The scent kicks in immediately and overwhelms your senses. I thought well lets give it a chance to late now to turn back.

I stepped into the tub and wouldn’t you know it, the fire siren went off in my building. Not related to the bath ice cream but still humorous. Back into my clothes and out into the 42F temp brrr. I was thankful when the fire brigade gave us the all clear to return to our homes. Once inside and back to the warmth, I went back about the task of testing this product out. Into the tub I went and slid into the warm water. The oils from the bath bomb mixed and swirled into the bath water and enveloped my skin making it smooth, soft and luxurious. I was grateful since I have been trying to combat dry skin due to the weather and air here.

The one thing I could have done with out in this experience, well next to the fire siren that is, would be the scent. It wasn’t a warm and inviting scent. It seemed quite cloying and overwhelmed my senses unfortunately. The entire loo now smelt like this unpleasant smell and that took a short bit to get rid of. Even my towels having dried my skin off from the bath smelled like this fake odoriferous and unsavory scent. That scent did not fade from them even a few days later so off to the wash bin they went.

I am happy to report though that not only straight from the bath, but even a day or two later my skin still felt nourished and soft. Bonus in my book since I never seem to have enough time to properly nourish my skin with lotions. Had the scent been better I wouldn’t have wanted to leave the tub.

Overall Thoughts:

Pros:

  • Artisan Crafted / Custom crafted
  • Melts immediately
  • Great packaging
  •  Decadent and luxurious
  • Left Skin smooth and supple
  • Bath Bomb is a great size

Cons:

  • The Scent! It’s cloying, strong and overwhelming.
  • Price is a little steep when compared to the hand crafted bath bombs from other shops such as Lush.

Final Thoughts:

I would try out other scents and products. I would be curious to try out their other products, as long as they were in a different scent.

Rating:

Its a splurge item if your in the market to pamper yourself.

Just not this scent unless they reworked it.

 

Additional Product Info:

Make every bath a delicious and pampering experience with ME! Bath, Bath Ice Creams! Indulge your body and your senses with these scoops of luxury with nourishing ingredients. Each piece is 100% artisan-crafted, taking three days to hand make. Infused with a unique blend of six oils, purifying minerals, indulgent fragrances and Epsom salts. These bath fizzes melt immediately in hot bath water, releasing the nourishing minerals and filling the air with delicious scent! ; Take time to sit back and enjoy this decadent treat! Bath Ice Cream comes individually packaged in a box“.

Interesting tid bit:

The company was founded by a husband and wife team who founded Me! Bath in 2002.

Price:

$9.00USD

Ingredients:

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Sucrose, Magnesium Sulfate, Fragrance, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Green 5 [61570], Yellow 6 [15985], Red 40 [16035].

Image Sources:
http://www.amazon.com/Me-Bath-Individual-Cream-Skincare/dp/B0059HMVI8
http://www.mebath.com/a/index.php/pumpkin-pie.html

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