Friday, June 24, 2016

PopSugar Must Have Mini June Review

PopSugar MINI Must Have Box  is a new subscription from PopSugar. It is a mini version of the full size box. It will include two full size items each month. The items will be different than what is included in the full size box. You are guaranteed to receive 2 full size items worth over $30.
Cost: $18.95
How Often: Monthly
Ships To: United States via USPS and FedEx
 
This is fairly new from PopSugar, it's a way for them to send a "mini" version of the full size box each month. I've been very happy with this so far.
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Satin Lip Cream in Blush - $24. If you are unfamiliar, Juice Beauty is vegan, cruelty free, and natural ingredient products. This is not my color, not even with several coats, so I'll be gifting, but I do like that a lipstick was included.
Baggu Medium 3D Zip Sailor Stripe Bag - $10. LOVE!!! This is so convenient and can be used for everything. I've been taking a lot of weekend trips lately, which means it much more convenient to just have a carryon. I have come to the realization that have a "flexible" toiletries bag makes for much more space, so I'm really liking this. It can also be used for keeping chargers in one location or as a pouch for your beach tote. I really love this, and also love the sailor stripes, and it totally makes me happy to have this box this month.
Here is a pic with my TSA approved liquids, that fit in quite nicely.
This months PopSugar MINI Must Have Box  has an approximate value of $34. Once again, they have managed to surprise me with something cute and handy to have!
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ipsy Glam Bag June 2016 Review

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Ipsy is a beauty subscription box created by Michelle Phan. They send a mix of deluxe samples and full size beauty products, and a makeup bag. You take a beauty quiz and should receive items that match your profile. This is very similar to Birchbox, and an excellent way to build up your inventory and try out different brands before investing in a full size purchase.
Cost: $10
How Often: Monthly
Ships To: United States & Canada via USPS and DH
I really like this months makeup pouch. I think it's loud, creative, and fun! I'll be keeping this one because I think it will really stand out in my bag when I go searching for it.
Clarisea Sea Salt Solutions Deep Pore Detox - $2.52. I have used this stuff before and it works well enough. It did leave my skin feeling soft. Sulfate, Paraben, and Fragrance free!
Urban Decay Lounge Eyeshadow - $10.75. The color I received is Lounge, and not that  you can tell from the pic, but it's a sparkly infused charcoal. This is sample size. I think it's pretty cool packaging for a sample, but since it's eye shadow I won't be using. I sure get tired of receiving eye shadows.
Boo-Boo Cover Up Concealer - $7.26. This gets really great reviews. I am unfamiliar with this brand, but I hear it looks very natural and can even provide good coverage with scars.
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Luminous Lip Crayon in Zuma - $22. Full Size was included. This looks like it would be a dark red, but really it is very "luminous". It gives just a hint of sheer color. This is my favorite item in this months glam bag.
Seraphine Botanicals Happy Hibiscus - $18. I did not realize this was full size, but reading up on it looks that way. This is 99% Natural blush and it's designed to work on all skin tones. I don't tend to do too well with blushes that are designed for "All skin tones", but since I have never heard of Seraphine Botanicals I'm happy to try it out.
This months Ipsy has an approximate value of $60.53, which I'm very happy with. My favorite item this month is the makeup bag, I just really love the bright colors for this time of year.
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BeautyFix June 2016 Review

Beauty Fix - is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box service from DermStore.com. You will receive full and travel size items worth at least $100. They send items from well known brands. All items are sold on their website. you generally get a coupon each month as well. If you are interested, contact us and we can send you an email link that will get you $10 towards your account. Cost: $24.95/month
How Often: Monthly

Ships To: United States via USPS 
 
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream - $37.65. I hear this has a flowery fragrance, and since I really don't like that I will not be trying this.
Keranique Lift and Repair Treatment Spray - $18. Full Size was included, which is 3.4 oz. I have used this particular product before. It is designed to help women with thinning hair, which is not something that anyone in this household suffers from, not that you could ever tell that from the bathroom floor. Anyway, it does seem to work well for "lifting" hair, but it does leave my hair feeling a little dry. Free of sulfates, dyes, and parabens, and is safe to use on color treated hair.
Luma RX Detail Trimmer - $19. I think this would be great for eyebrow shaping, but I think it would work on other facial hairs as well. I do not really have any idea what I would use this for, so this will definitely be gifted.
Erno Laszlo Hydraphel Skin Supplement - $4.04. This is a toner, is ideal for dry skin, and is supposed to perk up your skin. I like that this is travel size!
Laura Geller Put Perfection Waterproof Liner- $18. Full Size was included. It's a Lipliner, and it's one of those types of products that I cannot figure out why it exists. When lipstick wears off you are usually stuck with a line around your lips. I tend to stay clear of a Lipliners for this reason. Subscribers received 1 of 3 shades, I got Fawn.
MD Solar Sciences Daily Eye Repair Emulsion - $27.33. This is said to be great for eye bags, and great for all skin types. After the travel day I had yesterday, boy can I sure use this.
Supersmile Professional Whitening System - $5.96. This is a paste and gel that you use together to get the whitening effect. I have used this before, it's not really that complicated. I like that I now have one for my travel bag. But otherwise, you should be aware this sample size is not enough to demonstrate any difference as you have to use the product for at least 3 weeks to see any difference,
This months Beauty Fix was a really good mix of products and I am really happy with the curation. There is an approximate retail value of $129.98, which is really great for a box this size.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Neocutis Bio-Body Bio-Restorative Cream

*This product was provided for review purposes*
Neocutis Bio-Body Bio-Restorative Cream - $120. Can I just start by saying this is one of the best skin creams I've ever used? Seriously, we are loving it! It's intensely moisturizing. And it left my skin feeling smooth hours later. The price is pretty steep, but this is a luxury cream available in 6.76 ounces. Once thing to note is this is professional strength. I was able to find this online as dermstore.com, but it's generally sold directly through dermatologists offices.
Neocutis is a brand that is new to us. You will rarely hear me rave about a brand that is new to me, but I just found my new "Go-To" for getting my skin re-hydrated or event ready. In fact, I'm so impressed I'm already looking for other products made by this company.
The packaging is the first thing we notice on any new product and I really love the colors of the packaging and bottle. It's a blue/turquoise, which doesn't come through too well on the pics, but it really very pretty in person. It reminds me of the Caribbean sea. The box and bottle match nicely (I tend to notice when companies carry the branding through to the packaging). The box it came in was an appropriate size and there were no "filler" papers in it, it was all product. The bottle itself is a nice thick plastic, and the cap stays in place securely.
The Neocutis Bio-Body Bio-Restorative Cream formula is fairly thick, but not too thick. It was not greasy at all and absorbs quickly. This is ideal for all skin types. The button to push down was very easy and even a mild case of carpal tunnel should not be bothered by it.
Neocutis Bio-Body Bio-Restorative Cream is non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested, free of color additives, fragrance free, and has not been tested on animals. Its a Swiss formula and powered by PSP, although I'm not really too sure what that means. What I do know is, it works! The primary ingredients are Ceramides, Salicylic Acid, Dimethicone, which works well for dryness, skin dehydration, itching, and body firming.
If you are looking to get your skin in shape for an event, or just for summer, I am personally recommending this. We will definitely be on the lookout for more of this in the future.
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Monday, May 30, 2016

Bosom Couture Boob Glue Review

*this item was sent for review purposes*
Bosom Couture Boob Glue - We are asked to test and review this product. I had never heard of anything like this, and since we really like trying items that are new to market, this was an easy yes for us.
Basically, the Bosom Couture Boob Glue takes the place of taping. I've personally never tried taping. Even though it's been mainstream popular for years, I can't say I ever cared enough about that type of thing to ever get around to trying it. I mention this so you can see how I was a little na├»ve about how to put this to use. This is latex, silicone, and Paraben free. This product was tested on tatas, not animals.
This is the tube the Bosom Couture Boob Glue comes in. I wanted to show the packaging it was held in, because even though it's plastic, the design is so pretty and I appreciate these types of extra details.
The branding artwork was consistent throughout every bit of packaging for the Bosom Couture Boob Glue, from the plastic container, to the instruction booklet, and the actual product container. I especially love the deep red against the White/Grey/Black colors because it really pops.
The instruction booklet was detailed, however it primarily focused on "lift" and not keeping the garments in place. The latter, in our opinion, is the best use for this product.
 
This first pic I've included in this section is from the instruction booklet, and it's of a lady going braless in her dress, with the Bosom Couture Boob Glue giving her incredible lift. This is the first one I tried to emulate. I did not turn out like her. And frankly, I'm not seeing how she could have either. Flimsy jersey is unable to provide any support. It's a material designed to flow with your body, not reshape it. So, if you glue your boobs to it then you will still have flimsy jersey unable to provide support but now your boobs are glued to it.
We then tried this out with strapless bras. They generally stay in place well enough on their own, but if this was a concern then this would be helpful to keep it attached to you. As far as lift goes, you're still better off investing in quality bras as this did not provide a noticeable change with cleavage. We also tried this with regular unpadded bras, and a jogging bra. We could see a slight difference, but nothing we would describe as "gravity defying".
The Bosom Couture Boob Glue is easily applied because it's a roll on. It dries quickly so you need to ensure you are really ready to place garments as soon as you are done applying. And yes. It does feel like ripping off a Band-Aid when taking the attached articles of clothing off. It's not really painful, but it's not exactly pleasant either.

The best and most practical use of the Bosom Couture Boob Glue is to help prevent wardrobe malfunctions. This can literally help keep those loose or low cuts from exposing more than intended. And for strapless dress, the Bosom Couture Boob Glue can literally keep you from popping out of your dress/top and it will prevent the clothing from going a different direction than your body moves to. Because it's glued to you it has to move as you do. This works PERFECT for these uses.

I also wanted to mention that as promised, this was easily removed with water. We used plain water and it was quickly removed from both our skin AND our clothes. TIP: if you are having concerns with removing the garment that is glued to you, just add a few drops of water to your fingers, slide it along the area you are detaching, and it will easily remove without any pain.
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Lemon Rinse Gentle Clarifying Treatment Review

*This item was provided for review purposes*
 
Lemon Rinse Gentle Clarifying Treatment - $10. This is a clarifying treatment that takes care of buildup for your hair that develops over time. What it does?

  • Gently removes dulling product buildup
  • Balances scalp for healthy hair growth
  • Smooth's cuticle
  • Enhances shine
  • Boosts volume

  • You use Lemon Rinse Gentle Clarifying Treatment after shampooing and conditioning. This removes buildup and helps maintain healthy hair. I have been using my current shampoo forever, so this worked really well for me. I tried it and my hair felt really manageable afterward. You can style as usual and use your normal hair styling products, which I did. You use once or twice a week. This works on ALL hair types & even for color-treated hair.

  • Adds Shine
  • Seals Cuticles
  • Maintains Healthy Scalp
  • Prevents Frizz
  • Seals in Moisture

  • Lemon Rinse Gentle Clarifying Treatment - works great. And I have to mention the lemon fragrance. LOVE! I am happy to report that even with color treated hair it did not make my hair feel dry.
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    Saturday, May 28, 2016

    Worry Free Pedi Review

    *This item was provided for review purposes*
    Worry Free Pedi - is a foot bath sanitation tablet. This is designed to be 99.99% effective against harmful bacteria and athlete’s foot fungus. This is a product that you can take with you to the nail salon and discretely place into your foot bath, to protect yourself.
    The cost is $9.99 for a pack of 8 tablets. The tablets come in little packets, two to a packet and both sides are sealed. This is a great idea to use in the salons that do not use liners in the foot spas. Since the packet is so small it is easy to carry with you.
    I decided to try this at home prior to using it at a nail salon. I wanted to know exactly how it worked, how long it took to dissolve, and how discreet it would be.
    The Worry Free Pedi looks just like an alka seltzer tablet, and functions similarly. I ripped open one side only.  I did not rip into the other side, as you can see from the pics, but it did break the seal on the other side which was disappointing.
    The tablet fizzed up, just like I thought it would. It ended up making a circle, and then began to spread around the water. My home foot spa has a vibration mode, which I believe sped up the process to distribute, and I also believe if I had a whirlpool option like the salons have, this would have both dissolved and spread out much faster. Regardless, it was about 45 seconds for the tablet to fully dissolve.
    Worry Free Pedi was very easy to use. It will also be fairly unnoticeable in a salon. The one thing to note is when I was soaking my feet I could definitely smell a "bleach" like smell. This gives me peace of mind when using an unknown salon, because it makes me think of "clean", but it wasn't exactly pleasant. I would like to see this come with flavored fruit scents, such as citrus or lemon smells. I love the small packaging and how it dissolves so quickly.
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