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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Ipsy... Saying Goodbye to Ipsy

**Bought It**

This is my last Ipsy bag and I'm feeling kind of sad and kind of happy. First, of course, I am going to be sad to say goodbye to any steady flow of beauty products. This relationship just had to end. Ipsy was killing me with a stream of crap eyeliners every month. I know, I know... you are saying this is all about eyeliners? Yes! Several months in a row, I would tweet, status, snapchat, insta, blog, everything to tell them to stop with the liners. I was just sick of getting a hit or miss and not liking what I got consistently. So, I had to say goodbye!  
Briogeo
Roscara Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Creme
While I have not had a chance to use this product yet, I think it's super important to keep an arsenal of hair products on hand. I love trying different hair  treatments because I abuse the crap out of my hair so I have to love it as much as I can. I have tried a couple different Briogeo products and I have liked them all. Even when I am not using a straightener or blow dryer, I use a heat protectant because I work out and I bleach my hair. There is a lot of damage going on everywhere so a little added protection  won't hurt. 
Elizabeth Mott
Whatup Beaches
A matte bronzer!! Yes!! I really do like Elizabeth Mott products, so I am pumped another one landed in my bag. I am happy that this is a matte bronzer so that I can wear it all year long and during the week at work. It's just the perfect amount of shadow without overdoing it.  
Noyah
Natural Lip Balm in Vanilla
This was a little bonus I got with some points. Thank god I cashed out when I did becuase now that I canceled, the rest of my points went down the toilet. I don't like that I am not able to use the rest of them- low blow Ispy... low blow. Anyway, I actually got this for my daughter for has constant chapped lips during the winter time. She also happens to have the most sensitive skin. This is perfect for her. Also, unlike a lot of other all natural lip balms, this one actually tastes great. Winning!

Trust Fund Beauty
Nail Polish in the shade $12 Latte
This is the second Trust Fund Beauty polish that I now own. I really like the formula and the colors of both. The only thing that I don't like is the brush. I really believe that the brush makes or breaks a polish and for me this brush is just a little too thin. If it was a tad bit fatter, it would make such a huge difference. This color is so awesome, too! It's a deep brown that leans on the purple side and it's just sweet. A possible dupe for my new fave- Deb from Zoya.  
NYX 
Butter Lipstick in the shade Ripe Berry
I actually have a couple of the Butter Lippys from NYX thanks to Ipsy. I do love the formula and it does apply soooo super buttery. The only thing I don't like is that this formula feathers so easily. Be sure to put that liner on to keep all that goodness in place. I do like this color. It's not a red and it leans just so dark enough for me. Perfect for the winter! 
Luxie Beauty
Blush Brush 514
I always love getting new beauty tools. I mean who doesn't?  Luxie offers a vegan, synthetic and cruelty free product. It's also a super pretty color! Rose gold everything!! Yes, please.  
So, while I am sad to say goodbye to Ispy, I am happy that I am keeping my Sephora Play! box. I just can't justify getting 5 super deluxe brand name products every month vs something that I may or may not like and brands that are mehhh for the same price. Sephora has treated me wayyyyy better and has way more perks. Sorry Ipsy! Step it up and maybe we can date again! 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Zim's Max Crack Creme for Your Winter Blues

**Product Review**

I was recently given the opportunity to try out two products from Zim's. Zim's carries an array of products that are perfect to care for your winter skin needs. My daughter has super sensitive skin that hates the winter. She constantly has to have her hands protected because they get so dry. I also wanted to try these out on my tootsies to keep them fresh throughout the cold days. 
The Max Crack Creme Creamy Daytime Formula is designed to be used in the morning to help alleviate dry skin through an herbal formula. We used this on my daughters hands, my feet and my hands. It does have a slight scent, but I found it to be calming. It felt smooth and not greasy and I felt protected throughout the day. 
The Original Liquid Max Crack Creme is a creamy liquid that is designed to be used at night to help fight dryness while you sleep. I only used this on my feet and nails. I felt as if the Daytime Formula was sufficient for my daughter. At first, it was kind of strange to apply this. It is a liquid, so I kept thinking that I had to wash it off. It was just strange until I rub it all in. 
Overall, the use of both The Original Liquid Max and the Daytime Formula really helped keep my problems areas in check. Even though we did have a mild winter, I sill used this every day to help protect those feet from everyday sock wear. lol! I mean, it still is the winter, so I don't ever wear open toe shoes. They need all the love they can get. I did enjoy using this product, but to be honest, I don't know if I would repurchase. I like non-scented for my daughter and I like more of a flowery scent. I can say that I would purchase these if any dry skin issues take a turn for the worse. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sephora January Play! Box

**Bought It**

I know I am a little late in posting this, but you know... it's netter late than never!! You all know I am a huge gym buff so I was excited to get a bag that was made for my gym brat side. Even the bag was made to put all my gym shower products in so the bag doesn't get all soggy and is easy to dry out. So pumped, Sephora!!
Tarte Frixxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser
I have never heard of this product until the bag. I have now used it 4 times and I am in love! It has the perfect amount of exfoliation without being too harsh especially after a gym sesh. My face feels fresh and clean after using it. The only thing I don't like is the stick. I really prefer a tube for sanitary purposes. I just don't like putting yuck back on my face, you know?
OUAI Haircare Treatment Mask
I actually have not used this product yet, but it is totally a gym product for me. When I "wash" my hair at the gym it usually consists of dry shampoo or a conditioner only wash. Since I only wash my hair once every 5 days and I gym 6 days a week, it's a super tricky balance. Making sure that my color treated hair stays soft is important, so I will be rocking this in the short future. 
Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Ok, I have been using this as my daily moisturizer since I got my bag. It is supposed to be plumping as well as moisturizing. When I was first using it, the moisturizer felt a little dry after applying. I'm not sure if it's because it has a higher SPF or because of the anti-aging efforts. Now that I have been using it for a while, my skin has adjusted and has just loved this product. My makeup is easier to apply and my skin feels awesome when it comes to gym time and time to take off that make up. I'm not sure if I would buy this just because of the price point. 
Boscia B.B. Cream
Ok... This!! This is my new favorite gym item! I am actually going to buy a full size of this product. I am always looking for something lightweight, but medium coverage to apply after the gym. I was nervous to try this at first, but when I did... I was in love! It's hydrating, smooth, covering, and filled with a ton of awesome botanicals. It's also oil-free so that also makes it awesome!! Yes and yessssss!!
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
I was so curious to use this product. Almost Lipstick? Like what is that? Well I did a little digging and I found that there are two shades. Both are supposed to be universally flattering on all skin tones. It is a finish that is between a regular lipstick and a gloss. It is a sheer lipstick. I actually like the color but I don't really like the finish. It's a little too sheer for me. 
Last, the fragrance of the month. I actually reviewed this fragrance a couple of months ago. Pinrose is super cool because you can pair pretty much all of their scents to create an even more out of this world scent. This is one is light and perfect to spritz if you need to run out right after your spin class! 
Yes! Overall, I loved everything in this bag. I'm actually pumped to use the drawstring bag at the beach in a couple of weeks. It's going to be perfect to put all my beach goodies in! Stay tuned for that post!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

RIMMEL LONDON THE ONLY 1 MATTE LIPSTICK

**Press Samples**

Rimmel Lodon has a whole new set of my favorite finish of makeup. The Only 1 Matte Lipstick is an all-in-one matte lipstick that gives you a long-lasting, moisturizing color. It gives you all day color without drying out your kissers. The specie formula is made up of emollient oil and a liquid polymer to give that comfortable, all day look. I have three out of the nine colors to show off to you today. 
Trendsetter
Trendsetter is a nude, leaning tan color. I'm not a huge fan of nudes because they just don't look great on me. This one is a little bit darker so I will rock it. I always feel like I'm just slapping some foundation on my lips when I wear a true nude so I appreciate a swing in a shade lighter or darker. 
Call The Shots
This a a bright star berry red that is just perfect for this season. I think of this shade as a perfect transition color. It's dark enough for the winter season, but bright enough to bring us into the spring season. 
Take The Stage
The last color I have is the red out of the collection. I usually do not like reds at all just because, again, I don't feel as if they look good on me. For some reason, I love this color. The shade is just a little warmer and it just goes perfectly with my skin tone. 
Overall, I am totally digging these colors and the formula. For only $7.99 and availability at most drug and grocery stores, it makes the love even greater. They were all a smooth, silky application and literally applied like butter. I appreciate a no-tug application from a matte. Have you tried any of these? What do you think of these colors?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

KBShimmer Office Space Collection is Something You NEED to See!!

**Press Samples**

I am so excited to bring you this beautiful collection of office naughty and neutral colors. There are 8 all together and they will bring a certain sense of sass to your work day. They are currently available on KBShimmer.com for $9.25 each. Take a peek at each of them and let me know what you think!
Supplies Party
Supplies Party is a creme color with metallic and holo sparkle- which is called Birthstone finish. I actually used 2 coats on this to pull together a full opaque finish. I love the silver glitter up against the cream color. It makes such a great color finish. 

Staple Relationship
This deep gray polish is a perfect compliment to a office supplies obsession. It is scattered with silvery flakes and a holo sparkle. I would love the matte this one out to see what it looks like with a flat finish. I used 2 coats with this color to make for an even application. 

Makin' Copies
This pale white holo is gorgeous in the light and even more gorgeous in the light of a copy machine! There is a lean to it that will create a slight rainbow in the best kind of light. I haven't been able to catch it yet because we have had such junkie weather, but I will! I love this color to dress up the plain ol' white I have been loving lately. This is a three coater to get to that full opacity. 

Fax of Life
This beautiful grey polish is the darker version, to me, of Makin' Copies. It has a beautiful holo push and looks just as beautiful in any light. You all know the sunlight is the best light for these colors, but a good holo will bling in any light. I actually had to use 3 coats with this to pull up with the full opacity. 

Cubicle Pusher
KBShimmer describes this as a muted holographic grape color. I'll call it a grey plum color with holo scattered and call it a day! I loooove this color. It is so subtly pretty and easy to wear for a dressy occasion and appropriate enough for work. This one was actually a two coater for me and did a nice job covering in the second coat. 

Caught on Tape
Caught on Tape is a lovely light pink leaning mauve that is the most delicate creme for the office! I looooove these light colors lately and this is a perfect addition to my lovely lights collection. I have worn this several times and I am actually wearing it right now... Check Snapchat tomorrow to see the combo! Szizzy12184

Take Back Ctrl
Of course, this is my favorite from the collection. Take Back Ctrl gives me that power that I need to get me through those tough staff meetings that we all know drag on wayyyyy too long! I used two coats with this color to get a nice even coverage, but I could get away with one coat. KBShimmer describes this as a dusty rose that leans mauve. On me, I feel like it definitely leans more mauve but I love it!!

A Hint of Manila
Ok, now this is what I call office sassy! A Hint of Manilla is literally packed with all kinds of glitz. There is a tan creme base and then heavy holographic glitters scattered throughout. It is so subtle, but packs a beautiful punch. I have been falling off the holo train, but these types of nude holos just make me swooooooon. 
Ok, now that you got to see all of these, what do you think? Do you see a favorite? Have you purchased any of these yet? This is the first collection I have tried in a long while that I have loved every color. I will be wearing these all season long because they just give me that office space, bad bitch power secretively on my nails!