Saturday, October 24, 2015

c. Booth Review!

I had the opportunity to try a c. Booth product via Influenster so I obviously had a hard decision to make...pick just one! My decision was made semi easier because I did have some difficulty finding this product. After a Google search to find out what stores carried this product, I made my way to 2 separate Walgreens and 1 Ulta before I was able to find any c. Booth products. I think tried a random Rite Aid, which had 3 options. Two of them were body lotions and the 3rd was this all over body scrub. I'm always a fan of trying new products so I opted for this one vs. the standard body lotions. I'm glad I did. This scrub smells like the ocean when you open the container. It comes with a plastic top it's so fragrant. The product itself is a gel-like sea salt texture. I really liked the smell and texture. It smells very fresh and clean and it washes off quickly so there is no sticky residue leftover. I'm glad to have found this product because it makes me skin feel extremely soft.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Birchbox purchase!!

I redeemed 400 of my Birchbox points for this fabulous Laura Geller Flawless in a Flash kit! It came in a cute wristlist! Inside was a blush, a foundation, a primer, a mascara and a blush brush! It was a $112 dollar value and it was on the site for $28. I also got an Illume grapefruit oleander candle! I love the way it smells but it is way smaller than I expected from the picture online. Either way, I'm glad I was able to get all of this stuff with just points!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Target Beauty Box!

My Target Beauty Box arrived today. I had no idea it would arrive so quickly! It's pretty epic for a $5 box. I can't lie. In it was a Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Gloss, a L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set, which I'm very excited about. I don't currently use a makeup setting spray and I love discovering new products that I need to add to my routine. Also included was a Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream. This product was about $17 dollars full price so I'm excited to sample it. I also got a TreSemme Extra Hold Hairspray and a SheaMoisture Superfruit 10-in-1 shampoo. It's sulfate free so I will def give it a try. I have seen it in store for $12 dollars. Target also gives you a coupon for $3 off of a $15 beauty purchase. I think this box was a great deal and I will definitely repurchase again!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

First ever Walmart Beauty Box Arrived!

Today I got my first ever beauty box from Walmart! This is the spring box and it was $5.00. It's a seasonal box so it's $20 for the whole year. In this box, I received L'oreal shampoo/conditioner samples, John Freida shampoo/conditioner samples, Tresemme Dry Shampoo, Dove Dry Oil, Dial exfoliator, St. Ives face mask, Nivea body lotion, coupons from Covergirl and Nivea and best of all, a Hard Candy lip stain. Definitely worth $5.00! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Wet n Wild MegaLast Salon Nail Color

Under Your Spell (it's a dark red)
I am a bit of a nail snob and normally don't do my own nails. I usually frequent nail places and use OPI and Essie exclusively. This particular day, I couldn't get a manicure appt until Saturday and didn't want to go to work with chipped nails. I picked up this Wet N Wild polish because I liked the color and figured it would do for 1 day before I got my nails done. I was SHOCKED and surprised by how magnificent this brush was. I've never used a nail polish that was so easy to apply. The brush is really a pro manicurist brush and the polish dried very quickly and evenly. I didn't even need a top coat. I will buy this polish in every color it comes in. What a fantastic deal at $2.00 a piece and it is supposed to last at least 7 days. You can't beat this!

buy it online here

Friday, March 13, 2015

Yves Saint Laurent mascara

I received this YSL volume effect mascara today and I was beyond excited to test it out!

Review of the product:
This YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils puts my other mascaras to shame. All that hype about Benefit, There're Real mascara... And I was far more impressed by this YSL mascara. It comes in a luxurious, sleek gold tube, with the YSL logo as seen below. The wand is smooth, unlike many voluminizing mascaras. It applies easily and it gives you great lash volume. It also has a very lovely scent that is not too overpowering. It's a triple intensity formula for intense volume, color and care. The brush coats each lash from root to tip and is said to strengthen lashes. I love it! 

I don't know how I can go back to my other mascaras. I will definitely be repurchasing this product! 

*Product courtesy of Influenster!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Evian Giveaway!

Evian has a great giveaway happening now where you can Enter to Win two 5 oz. evian® Facial Sprays ($25 value) Click this link to enter!

Promotion hosted by The Wilkes Group #evianspray

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tocca Laundry Delicate

Tocca Laundry Delicate is a dream product. As a person who loves Tocca products and hates hand washing, I was thrilled to learn that this product existed. It is perfect for hand washing delicates such as bras and hand wash only tops. But another great thing about it is that you can actually use it in the washing machine as well to make your linens smell nice and fresh. 

I noticed right away that when I poured it into the sink, it started to bubble up much more so than when I hand wash with regular soap. It smelled amazing as soon as I poured it in the water. It will definitely leave your clothes smelling fresh and fragrant. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Valentine's Day Birchbox!

Valentine's Day Birchbox
My boyfriend got me another year of Birchbox for Vday! It's the gift that just keeps on giving so I was very happy about that! 

What's in my box?

Catherine Malandrino perfume:
Here we go again! Already got a repeat item and this is only my 4th box. First of this subscription. Just got this same fragrance 2 boxes ago. I did like the scent but I hate receiving fragrance samples! I could get this for free from the mall :(

Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain, Heartthrob:
This was one of the products that sold me on the curated box. I love this lip stain. It smells lovely. The color red is just right. It is noticeable but not in your face red. I prefer this lip stain over Stainiac, which I received in a prior box. My only negative is the size of the tube, it is tiny and the lip brush is equally short. It makes applying it without a mirror difficult to me. 

Gilchrist & Soames body lotion:
This is a body lotion from London. It has a nice scent but it's kind of bland. Not very exciting but it is a decent sized lotion sample.

Coola Mineral Sunscreen:
I was not at all excited to get a sunscreen in my February box. When I posted this in the Birchblogger group, all the comments were like, "you should use sunscreen all year round." Well, this may be true, but I don't. If I do decide to add sunscreen to my daily routine, I don't think I need a sample of it. It will not be one of my luxury products. I definitely will not be purchasing this product. It smells like dough. It does say it is a BB cream so I guess that is one good thing about it... two-in-one.  

Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle leave in conditioner:
I was most excited for this product. I LOVE the smell. It smells delicious. It comes out as a bubbling liquid. I prefer sprays to gels when it comes to my hair. This consistency is somewhere in between. I sprayed on my hand and rubbed into my hair. I will definitely use this product.

Bonus * Teas from Harney & Sons, Hot Cinnamon Spice and Rooibos Chai:
I love the packaging on this tea. It is so pretty. I am excited to try these. I didn't love TeaPigs so I'm hopeful that these will be better. I will update after I taste both flavors. 

Overall, I was slightly disappointed in this box. I liked 2 out 5 products. I wish there was a limit on lotions and fragrances that you receive in your boxes. I would like to receive more makeup vs lotions/ makeup removers/fragrances and yes, I have filled out the online profile. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Brand New Gillette Venus Swirl Razor

First ever bzzagent box came! I got the new Gillette Venus Swirl razor and the new violet swirl shave gel. 

I really like this razor. It has 5 blades and a moisturizer around it. It makes for easy and safe shaving. No Knicks or cuts yet! It gives a close shave too. I think I would definitely keep using this blade and I will continue to repurchase the blades. I currently am a fan of some schick disposable blades. Might be time to make a switch! Have you tried this razor? Do you plan to? 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Instanatural Dead Sea Mud Mask and a bonus night cream.

I was super excited to try out the Dead Sea Mud Mask and Instanatural night cream through Brandbacker. I'm a sucker for any kind of spa day type of mask and I'm a huge fan of dead sea products.  I've never used a night cream before but I figured I would give it a try. 

The Dead Sea mud mask dried quickly and made my skin feel very tight. I imagine this is what your face might feel like after Botox. JK but I feel like this is a good sign for a mud mask. 

The mask washed off pretty easily and left my face feeling clean, smooth and tingly. I would definitely use again. My face was a little red after washing the mask off but I think that was just from using the washcloth to wash up. It did not irritate my skin. 

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

January Birchbox!

I was so happy to receive my January Birchbox and as an added bonus, the Birchbox book club book, Love, Lashes and Lipstick. This is the first time I have won a book and it came as a surprise!

Very excited to read it and I will blog about it when I'm done!

But first here are my product reviews for the Relax & Recharge box!

Balance Me, Wonder Eye Cream:
I'm always down to try a new eye cream as I have dark circles and a lack of sleep. I like the smell of this product and I also like that it is a multi-tasking product that can prevent fine lines and conquer dark circles. 

Manna Kadar, Lip Locked - All of Me:
I love this lip gloss. It is an all in one lip primer, stain and gloss and the color is perfection. I like this product so much more than the Stainiac lip stain, which I received in last month's box. The only problem I had was that it rubbed off on my teeth but once I blotted it, I was good to go. 

Briogeo, Don't Despair! Repair! Deep Hair Conditioning Mask:
I have not yet tried this product. Truthfully, I'm not a big fan of hair conditioning masks. I also hate the smell of this one. I will be open minded and give it a try but if my hair smells like this product, it's going in the garbage. Anyone else tried this yet?

Perlier, Nurturing Body Balm - Shea Lavender:
This is an Italian skincare product that I thought was a hand lotion. It turns out it is actually for dry skin. Perfect timing for winter. I like the smell and the packaging. It will be perfect for on the go use. 

When, Travelmate Sheet Mask:
I was excited to try out this face mask. I travel a lot and being on planes can sometimes cause break outs. The mask is literally a white sheet mask. I was expecting a cream. Be warned when applying, you are supposed to leave it on for 30 minutes according to the package. Birchbox's card said 20 minutes. You may want to plan some alone time to apply. It's a little scary looking. The mask itself was extremely lotiony. I left it on for 30 full minutes and when I took it off, there was still excess lotion to rub in. The directions said no need to wipe off so I let it sit. The next morning my face still felt a little sticky and not the normal smooth I get from washing off a typical face mask. I probably would not purchase this. Also, 4 of these cost $28. I would rather purchase a face mask lotion you apply by hand. I would get more use out of it and better results. 

Teapigs Tea Temples: * Bonus
These two tea temples were a bonus. I got two flavors, chamomile flowers and licorice and peppermint. I didn't love either of them. It was a cute package but I probably would not buy based off of these two flavors I received. Did anyone else get a flavor they liked?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Benefit They're Real Mascara

I used some Birchbox points to redeem a sample of Benefit's They're Real mascara. I have been wanting to try this mascara for some time and I'm happy to report that I really liked it. The brush helps to define and elongate lashes and prevent clumping. The mascara sample is a mini but the brush is great. I think I would continue to use the brush in other mascaras after it runs out.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Favorite Products Discovered in 2014

I love EOS lip balms. I love the convenient circle shape of the package and the texture of the product. It always leaves my lips feeling smooth and not balmy. This is why I had to purchase the limited edition Rachel Roy collection. These are new flavors and colors that no one else has. Flavors in this set include St. Barth's Sunrise - Pink Grapefruit, Aloha Hawaii - Strawberry Kiwi, and Indian Summer - Orange Blossom. I keep one of these in every purse I own and in all my makeup bags. It's my favorite lip balm and I think I have almost every color/flavor!

The NYX Wonder Stick is a great tool for highlighting and contouring. I had always tried to do this technique but the Wonder Stick makes it easy. It's a 2-in-1 product that keeps your face looking fantastic.

Frederic Fekkai Hair Fragrance has been a life changer. I straighten my hair constantly and sometimes it smells like it. I used to sometimes spritz my favorite perfume on my hair but I read that was very bad for your hair and that it damages it. I used to use shine spray for the scent but then Frederic Fekkai came out with these great hair fragrance mists. This one is rose scented and it works like a charm. 

What are you favorite product discoveries of 2014? 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tocca Hand Cream

I had the option of selecting the Tocca hand cream as one of my picks for my January Birchbox. I ended up picking the R&R box instead because of the unique products but when I came across this Tocca hand cream in store, I had to try it out. I selected the Florence scent which smells like bergamot and gardenia. I believe there were 6 options to chose from and I spent a good amount of time testing them all out before I decided on this one. I feel like this lotion is extremely fragrant in a good way. My hands smell freshly scented and soft. I really liked all of the scents, which normally never happens. Tocca also makes incredible scented candles. Same scents as their lotions. I will probably have to purchase one of those in the near future! 

I really like this product! It happens to be from London and it just looks and feels like a high end luxury product. I could easily carry this in a handbag or leave it out on my vanity for display. I love the scent of it and it leaves my hands feeling smooth and moisturized but not greasy. It is also paraben free and enriched with natural extracts. I would definitely recommend! I'm a Tocca fan! Are you?

Chocolate Peanut Butter S'more Dip!

This is a delicious treat and it's so easy to make. It was a huge hit on New Year's Eve! 

You preheat the oven to 450 degrees. 

Add chocolate chips and crushed Reese's peanut butter cups to an oven safe pan and then cover in marshmallows. 

Bake for 5 minutes and enjoy with graham crackers! 

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a great New Year's Eve! May 2015 be a fabulous year for us all! Cheers!