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Posted on March 10, 2014

♥ My February Favorites ♥

CHI/ Crown Brush/ favorite things/ Loreal/ Mineral Fusion/ Neutrogena/ Pantene/ Pur & Basic/ Zoya
Press Sample/Affiliate Links/ I Purchased

Pretty sure I say this every single month, where does the time go? The older I get the faster time seems to go by. I blinked and gone was February.

Here is a look back at some products I loved in February. February was a fairly simple month for me. The winter was getting to me and I valued my sleep a bit more; so I was all about the 5 minute face. I don’t think I wore eye shadow to work at all last month. I have been styling my hair in heat-less curls (more on that in a future post). I can finally be up and completely ready for work in less than 45 minutes. 

 Beauty Blogger Monthly Favorites: Chi Silk Infusion, Crown Brush, Pantene Keratin Mist, Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator, Meaningful Beauty, Mineral Fusion Vegan Nail Polish, Microdermabrasion

1. Pur & Basic Argan Body Lotion (price varies): TJ Maxx & Marshalls are both stores I find myself visiting for absolutely no reason. It never fails; I always come home with something.  I picked up this Argan Oil body lotion by pur and basic. I am extremely picky about body lotion and was pleasantly surprised how amazing this one is. This argan and marula oil lotion leaves my skin soft and moisturized. This particular version was Limited Edition and I wish I would have bought a backup.
2. CHI Silk Infusion ($24.50): I have used this on and off for years when straightening my hair. In the summer I was letting my hair air dry. In the winter I don’t want to walk around with a wet head for long so I have been blow drying. The CHI silk infusion made it back into my routine. This alcohol free restructuring treatment is infused with natural silk, wheat, and soy proteins protect the hair during heat styling. A little goes a long way.  Add about a quarter sized amount to your palms and work through damp hair. 
3. Pantene Advanced Keratin Repair KeraGloss Oil Mist ($14): My goodness I cannot stop raving about this product. I LOVE IT!!!! This very lightweight spray contains argan, jojoba, and sesame oils that coat your hair in a protective layer; restoring smoothness and shine. This is one of those products that will leave you wondering how you’ve been living without it. Dear Pantene, Please don’t ever stop making this. A quick spritz on each section before flat ironing will have you hair bouncing and behaving.  

4. Meaningful Beauty Crème de Serum (price varies): You know you have seen the infomercial for this anti-aging skin care line from Cindy Crawford. This cream/serum hybrid restores moisture and firmness while reducing the appearance of fine lines. Beyond an eye cream I’ve also used this around my smile lines. Both areas have shown significant improvement. 

5. *Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System ($19.99) This little wonder packs a punch. Late last year my dermatologist recommended I get microdermabrasion and a chemical peel. At the time the holidays were approaching and I never had them done. Well, I probably won’t now that my skin is clearing up. This Neutrogena system works very well. After the first use my skin had a noticeable glow, and oh weeeeee it was so baby soft. I was in awe, as I stared back at myself. This at home microdermabrasion machine has two speeds. The vibration is a little strong but tolerable.  My sensitive skin experienced no irritation whatsoever. The Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System comes with 12 rejuvenating puffs; batteries are included.

6. L’Oreal True Match Concealer ($8.95): This concealer has been my 5 minute face go to.  The L’Oreal true match conceal
er blends easily with buildable coverage. This concealer did not cake up on me at all and lasted well throughout my normal day.  I am currently using shade Medium/deep W6-7-8. Perfect for under eye concealing, nose, and cheek highlighting. I prefer to blend this in with my beauty blender.  

7. Crown Brush: I picked up a few crown brushes at the Makeup Show in Orlando last year. The booth was bananas packed the entire weekend, and now I know why. I was initially using this brush for BB cream; now I also use it for foundation.  The soft densely packed synthetic hairs leave a nice natural finish.  My only complaint is that none of the brushes have names or numbers on them. I browsed the site and believe this is the C439 Infinity Round Buffer, currently priced at $13.95. This is the only face brush I used all last month, I love it. 

8. Qtica Natural Nail Growth Simulator ($20): You beauties have heard me complaining for months now that my nails have been falling apart. After a few weeks of use, I have seen a noticeable improvement in growth and strength. 

9. Mineral Fusion Nail Polish in Rock Cress ($7.99) Mineral Fusion polishes are 5 Free and Vegan.  This purple cream applied like a dream, I wore it three times.

Mineral Fusion 5-Free Vegan Nail Polish in Rock Cress

Whew that was a long list. have you tried any of these products? What are some of the favorite products you have been using lately?

Want to purchase any of these, you can shop the post below. 

*Item was provided by PR for an honest review all opinions are my own. 

Posted on February 2, 2014

♥ January’s Favorites ♥

Coppertone/ Crabtree & Evelyn/ favorite things/ Hard Candy/ Makeup Forever/ Nars/ Palmer's/ Rimmel London/ Tarte
Press Sample Affiliate

Seriously beauties can you believe we are already into February, I need time to slow down. I haven’t done a favorites post in a few months so I’m happy to bring this back this year, hopefully life calms down and I can keep with posting them.  I hope you enjoy reading a bit about some of the products I have tried and loved in January. 

Makeup Forever Large Powder Brush ($55)
I have actually had this brush for a few months now, but it was so pretty I didn’t want to use it. I know smack me that is so dumb, but its the truth. This uber soft large dome shaped brush is perfect for apply loose powder. 
tarte Amazon Escape Palette ($44): I am obsessed with pretty much everything from tarte and this palette is no exception. 
If you recall the tarte QVC exclusive beauty without boundaries set I posted about back in the summer this palette was included with the second auto delivery shipment. This eye and and cheek palette contains two blushes and six eyeshadows. The color payoff is excellent for mineral pigments, the shades are soft and easy to blend. 


Nars Blush in Taj Mahal ($29): This is another Makeup Show Orlando purchase that I am just getting around to using.
I tend to go with darker with blush colors in the winter and this burnt orange shade is perfect for my skin tone.  This color looks bold but it is absolutely gorgeous, my olive and darker skin tone ladies this is a must have, another home run from Nars. 
Rimmel London Exaggerate Liner ($6): This black felt tip eyeliner is a drugstore hidden gem. I usually have a hard time perfecting the winged eyeliner look, when I used this liner I got my wing perfect on the first try. I think I actually stood up and clapped for myself. Seriously this eyeliner is so easy to work with 
Hard Candy Baked Bronzer in Tiki ($9.00): This matte bronzer gives a sun kissed hint of glowing color sans shimmer. 
Another underrated gem, available at Walmart Stores. 
L’Occitane Lip Balm ($12): This ultra moisturizing lip balm containing 10% shea butter has been a savior for my dry lips. This balm hydrates without that greasy feeling and lasts for hours. 
Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil ($10.99): This light oil with vitamin E for the face is amazing for a drugstore oil. It’s no secret that I am a die-hard skin oil fan. I’m used to spending big bucks for fine oils for my sensitive skin, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Helps with fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, discoloration and ageing skin. Hyperpigmentation seems to be a thorn in my side that past few years so I am tackling it full force. I had visible results after just a few days using this oil, dark spots fading and skin was supple and radiant. This is not a heavy oil at all,  I have been using this in place of moisturizer in the a.m. 
Coppertone Oil Free Faces ($9.99): Now listen up beauties, if you are not wearing sunscreen year round you are tripping! An absolute must no excuses okay. The suns ultraviolet and UV rays are not on vacation in the winter, they are very much present. UVA Rays can not only give you wrinkles, but also cancer. I have very sensitive skin and used to avoid sunscreen on my face because every one I tried would cause me to breakout. Although this SPF 50 is more than I need in the winter this is one of a few sunscreens that my skin likes. This Coppertone Oil Free Faces sunscreen is very lightweight, absorbs quickly and will not clog your pores. 
Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Wash ($18): Besides looking pretty next to your sink this hand wash packs a punch. This luxurious fragrant hand wash produces an ample conditioning lather that conditions as it cleanses. 
What do you think of my picks for the month, have you tried any of these products before.  What have been some of your favorite products for January? 

*This post contains a mix of items that were provided by pr and things I purchased. All opinions are my own. 

Posted on August 13, 2013

Beauty Bloggers Favorite Things Giveaway

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: Collaborative Blogger Giveaway
Have you ever read a favorites things post from a Beauty Blogger and thought wow I would really like to try that item.  Favorite Things post are some of my favorite to write as a beauty blogger and one of my favorite posts to read from other beauty bloggers.  Do you think I used the word favorite enough in this post yet? How about I use it a few more times, I am super excited that this month I teamed up with 15 other wonderful beauty and lifestyle bloggers to bring you all a FAVORITES giveaway!!!! YAY SWEET right, here is your chance to win some of our favorite things.  
This giveaway will run from today, August 13th, until Tuesday, August 20th at 12PM midnight. One winner will be selected at random and contacted via email. Read below to see and hear about these bloggers’ favorite products and enter for your chance to win!
  1. Monica owner of Mon Bon’s Boutique, on why she loves the Love Me Lately Necklace – “Who can resist an amazing statement necklace?!? This fun, flirty and chic necklace is sure to turn heads and make any outfit stand out! A total must have this season!”

  2. Stephanie of A Little Polish on why she loves OPI Nail Envy – “The original Nail Envy formula keeps my nails healthy and strong; I wear it as a basecoat for all my manicures.

  3. Justina of Justina’s Gems on why she loves Nautica Aqua Gold Rush Cologne – “This is my favorite men’s cologne for summer because it smells SO good. We always have giveaways for women’s beauty products, but let’s not forget about the men in our lives!”

  4. Kristin of beautyXposé on why she loves BioSilk Silk Therapy – “BioSilk leaves my hair smooth and shiny without compromising its natural texture and volume. Plus, I use it in lieu of body lotion when my skin needs some extra hydration!”

  5. Cindy of Prime Beauty on why she loves Mally Evercolor Modern Eyeshadow Duo – “This Mally Beauty eyeshadow duo has a neutral lid shade combined with a bright blue I use for liner to really make my eyes pop! And, the shadows are matte so they don’t emphasize lines! “

  6. Anne of beautyXposé on why she loves beautisol Summer Glow Dark Self Tanning Lotion – “There simply isn’t any self tanner on the market like Beautisol Summer Glow! I love the fact that you get an instant bronze, so you can see where you’ve applied the product and where you still need to rub it in.”

  7. Samantha of The Boston Brunette on why she loves Prada Candy Lotion – “Prada Candy is my favorite perfume of all time and I am so happy the sweet smell comes in a lotion. A perfect sized bottle to fit in your purse.”

  8. Gabi of Kneadle and Bread on why she loves Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer – “I had all these great lipsticks, but they never really lasted more than a few hours. Thankfully I discovered this “lip insurance” by Too Faced. Apply a small amount before putting on your favorite lipstick and you’re good to go for the night!”

  9. Kathryne of The FabZilla on why she loves OCC Lip Tar & Nail Lacquer set – “Hot pink lips + hot pink nails = fabulous to the nth power.”

  10. Kristyn of K Squared Glamour on why she loves Stila Long Wear Liquid Lip in Coral – “The Stila Long Wear Liquid Lip Color is one of my favorite Lip products! It applies smoothly on my lips and sets in seconds once applied. It leaves a beautiful wash of color on my lips for 4-6 hours without budging! My favorite shade has to be coral out of the bunch (I am wearing this shade in my photo).”

  11. The ladies from Beauty Info Zone on why they love Senna Lift & Lighten Eye Cream – “This light eye cream is perfect for underneath your eyes. It doesn’t interfere with makeup and it gives a brightened look. Two positives are going on with this: moisturizing this sensitive area while making you look more alive.”

  12. Mercedes of Beyond Beauty Lounge on why she loves Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box – “Urban Decay shadows are one of my favorites and this deluxe eyeshadow set doesn’t disappoint. The velvet texture is amazing, these shadows go on smooth and blend with ease, and of course who can live without primer potion for no creasing long lasting eyeshadow.”

  13. Tish of Cosmetish on why she loves MAC Fix + – “Throw this in your purse and keep your face and looking and feeling fresh all day!”

  14. Jeanie of Midnight Manicures on why she loves Ninja Polish Shillelagh – “My favorite color of polish is green and this one just captures all the features I love in a polish. Ninja Polish Shillelagh from the Enigma collection is a magically delicious polish that reaches through the rainbow for the most perfect shades of green with most magical sparkle. Shillelagh is unlike most color shifting polishes because it requires no base color or ‘underwear’ and is opaque in 2-3 coats. This polish was released in conjunction with not only St Patrick’s day (fun fun) but also with the theatrical release of Oz the Great and Powerful.”

  15. Tina of My Highest Self on why she loves Aveeno Makeup Removing Wipes and Kiss Nail Dress – “The Aveeno wipes are gentle and smell great, they are always in my purse! Kiss Nail Dress is the easiest to apply and a great way to get fancy nails without the fuss.”

  16. Kenzie of Cave Girl in the City on why she loves her beach bag musts: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, H&M Sunnies and Hair Elastics – “Summer isn’t over yet and these are three essentials for every beach bag! Salt spray to keep your hair looking effortlessly chic, a killer pair of sunglasses and hair elastics that double as a cute bracelet!

    Jessica of InTruBeauty on why she loves Sally Hansen Perfect Arch Brow Kit and Sally Hansen Diamond Coated Slant-tip Tweezer – “Grooming your brows correctly has the potential to shape your entire face. That’s why these products from Sally Hansen are two of my favorites. They get the work done and they make it easy for you!”
Good luck!

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