Friday, July 25, 2014

GlamGlow Review

What I'm raving about this week!!

GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexoliat Treatment - $69 for 1.7 oz. This is a great mask. I just can't seem to get a quality pic of this tiny sample! I've placed it next to a regular size chapstick only for scale.

 
I finally got a chance to try this. I was expecting a slight tingle. I'm fully aware of what a slight tingle feels like, and this was more like a burn. BUT, did not last long, about a half a second. Once it started drying the feeling completely went away. When you apply this, it feels like an exfoliate (i.e. sand). When you remove it, you are supposed to do so with water, in circular motions, which exfoliates your skin. This also has pieces of tea leaves in it, which kind of surprised me because I was not expecting this. I liked it though. The mud base formula is from the South of France, and actually feels good on the skin. This product is for all Ages & Skin Types. You can use twice a week or simply when you need to apply a mask.

I'm always skeptical when a product says fast results. But I really did feel a difference. And here I am hours later, and I still feel like this was awesome. My skin has been really smooth since I did the treatment. I was a little red just after, but that did not last long. I followed with a face serum and moisturizer, to calm my skin down. My face still feels great several hours later.

Just before posting, I have now read this product contains Lavender. Which I always have a reaction to. SO, this means the stinging and the redness afterwards could have been caused by my allergies. I may never know the answer to that. Either way, my face feels so smooth. My sample size has enough for one more application, and I'll be using this again in a couple days.

~A


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Glossybox July 2014 Review

Finally! Just when I feel like I'm the last person on earth to get my Glossybox, if finally arrives.
 
 Back to the standard pink box!
 
 First look! I've seen the spoilers, so I knew what to expect. But it's still so much fun to see!
Philip B PH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist - This is a basic hair detangler leave in toner. Supposed to leave your hair shiny. Paraben & phthalate free; color & keratin-treatment safe.
Malin + Goetz - Mojoto Lip Balm - This is my second favorite item in this months box. I love the Malin + Goetz brand. It is thicker than I thought it would be, and smells a little minty.
Mitchell and Peach Body Cream - This fragrance for this lotion is way to strong for me. It's got honey, organic cocoa and shea butter.
 
 
GlamGlow - YouthMud Tingle Exfoliate Treatment - billed as a power-packed "facial in a jar". This is a 10-minute mud mask has reached me just in time, and I will be trying in the next day or two.
Skin Inc - Custom-Blended Brightening Serum -  This is $135/oz. That's kinda pricey. I'm still trying to figure out why it's called custom blended. Even if I never get the answer to that, this is still my favorite item in the box. This has little blue and peach colored beads in it. This is packed with Vitamin A. This is supposed to be good for dark circles.

This months box was a hit for me. The only item I can't use is the body cream, and that's only because of the scent.
`A

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Aveda Smooth Infusion Hair Crème Review

What I'm Raving about this week!

My hairdresser has been insisting I try the Aveda Smooth Infusion Hair Crème. It's what she's been using on my hair lately, so she wanted me to try it at home. I'm really glad I did because my hair is loving this stuff. I have naturally curly hair, but I wear it straight. I blow-dry straight, and then flat-iron. Naturally, at the salon, my hair turns out awesome, and she doesn't even use a flat iron. But when I try it on my own, not so much. This stuff is supposed to work best over time. Meaning the more often you use, the more naturally straight your hair will become. I am currently still using the flat iron, but I do find it's a little quicker than usual. I follow the directions and towel-dry first, then use it as a leave in crème. The fragrance is pleasant, and I don't smell anything once it's dry. The crème is light weight, and a little goes a long ways. I am very happy with this. I'm hopeful to get to the point where a flat iron is not necessary.


~A

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Treats - Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Thin Mints & Cinnabon Caramel Crunch

What I'm raving about this week!!
I have been craving sugar and treats. It might mean I'm not getting enough rest. OR, it could just mean that I see it everywhere and just want to eat it. I do like my Sunday treats, which normally means ice cream. But nowadays it seems to be anything that goes well with ice cream. I was pleased to find these treats at Target. Not sure how long they've been out, but they are new for me.
 
Nestle Crunch Girl Scouts Thin Mints Cookies - These little treats are so awesome! They really do taste like Girl Scouts Thin Mints Cookies!! It is a thin mint, only shaped like a mini candy bar. They have just the right amount of crunch! I pretty much gotta try something like this right away when it specifies limited time only!
Cinnabon Caramel Corn - Tastes just like you would expect, caramel corn sprinkled with the Cinnabon Cinnamon. Love. I wonder what they would taste like in a popcorn ball. I don't make popcorn balls, but I would use this blend if I did. That would be awesome.

~A

Sonja Dakar NutraSphere Flash Facial - Review

What I'm raving about this week!

I recently received the Sonja Dakar Nutra Sphere Flash Facial $95 in the FabFitFun Summer 2014 box. I'm not necessarily completely raving about this product, but it's not as bad as I had anticipated either. Once the spoiler had come out, I was really looking forward to it. But then I read some negative reviews and was a little concerned, so I needed to try this out myself.
This product is Paraben and Sulfate Free, and no artificial dyes. It has a pleasant smell. It's like a gel, but not too thick. I followed the directions on this one. I applied in a thin layer, and started removing after a minute and a half. I used a dry wash cloth, and rubbed it in circular motions. The product balled up a little. Then I washed the remainder off with warm water. It was quick and easy to use. I felt a little tingling at first, but not a stinging at all.
 
Verdict: I have only used once, but I don't have anything to rave about it. I like it well enough, and my face feels really clean. Really clean. I just can't say this is any different than any other face mask I've used. It feels similar to the types of face masks that you put on and peel off. I also highly recommend following with a serum and moisturizer, as there are some drying ingredients in this one.
 
~A


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sample Society - Allure July 2014 Review

Sample Society with Allure is a monthly subscription box from BeautyBar.com. They have recently revamped the box. I had cancelled my subscription a couple months ago, because they send the tiniest of samples. Then I resubscribed when the May box looked good, but was disappointed once again with the June box. Also, when I subscribed again, the price was now $15. Just as I was about to unsubscribe again, they announce they have "revamped" the box. I have definitely criticized them in the past for not really shipping true deluxe size samples like they claimed.  I had to see what the revamp was all about. It sounds like everyone got the same box this month, with different colors on a couple items, but next month shipments will go out according to profiles.
First thing I noticed is this is now in a bright red box, with a new name, Allure Sample Society. It used to be in a black box with the name Beautybar.com Sample Society with Allure. I like the new design.
The next thing that was noticeably different is the info card. It now actually tells about the products, instead of giving beauty tips or talking about other products. I liked the old mini mags, but I'm actually a fan of receiving information about the products that are actually in the box.
First Look! I'm liking it already! They say they will be sending five deluxe samples, mix of skin, hair, makeup, and fragrance.
Butter London nail polish in "The Old Bill" $15 - Full size! LOVE! Any butter London nail polish is a hit for me, and this color just makes it that much cooler. Three different colors were available, all shiny mettallics. I love the one I got.
 
 
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Universalie Eau de Toilette - full size cost is $175, but I don't know how to assign a value to a sample. Anyway, it's a fragrace. So, it's a complete waste on me.
Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intense Fortifying Masque - $8 This is a deep conditioning treatment, takes 5 minutes, once a week. and I've heard great things about it. I've been meaning to try this so I'm happy to see it this month. I'm also happy it truly is deluze size 1.69oz.
L'Oreal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Liquid Lipcolor in Ruby Opera - $9.99. Another FULL SIZE product! So happy to see this. I thought it was a lipstick, but after browsing through the info card I realize it's lipgloss. I LOVE the color, perfect for me.
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 - LOVE Full size is $36, and this is .06 oz. Which is perfect for me. I am also thrilled with the light color, instead of getting one of the bronzers from this same line. It's very shimmery and is used to accent features. This is good quality and gets excellent reviews.
 
That's it for the July Allure Sample Society box. The website says there will be a $10 coupon included to redeem at Beautybar.com. I did not get this, but from what I understand, it is posted online. This means when you log onto your account it gives you the code. I'm really glad I stuck around to see the new design. I'm thrilled with this months box, especially thrilled they now include deluxe size and full size items. It's looking like this will now be of equivalent to Birchbox and Ipsy.
 
~A
 


Tips: Highlighter, Illuminators, Bronzer, Brighteners, Concealers

Highlighters, Illuminators, Bronzers, Brighteners, Concealers

What's the difference?  What are they for? When is best to use each one? I've been getting a few questions recently on this very topic, so I thought I would do a quick post.

Highlighters:
Highlighters bring attention to the spots you are highlighting, so make sure the highlighter blends well with your skin tone. The main areas that you should apply make up highlighter to include the cheekbones and temples, the eyes (basically draw a C around the eybrow and eye), and the Cupid bow (the area on your upper lip). When applying to cheeks, blend highlighter on the highest point of the cheekbones, up towards the temple. For eyes, blend highlighter underneath the eyebrow on the brow bone and into the inner crease. And when applying to the Cupid bow, just put on a light dab and add a touch underneath the bottom lip as well. You can apply highlighter with a foundation brush, a cosmetic sponge or if the highlighter comes in a stick form, then simply draw in the indicated areas with the stick. It works well when applied after foundation, but before blush. Proper contouring can make you look 10 lbs lighter. Just sayin'.
Bronzer:
Bronzers are good for contouring, adding definition to your face, or giving you that sun-kissed glow. You should never use one more than two shades darker than your skin tone. For a sun-kissed glow, apply it in places the sun would naturally hit: cheeks, lightly on nose and forehead. It's best to apply in a circular motion, to ensure proper blending. You should apply light coats, and layer if you need it darker. this helps prevent uneven streaking. To use it for contouring, brush on the "bronze" to the hollow of the cheeks for definition and dust around the face line to create a healthy glow. Then use blush on the apple of the cheeks to create a subtle healthy glow. Some bronzers are matte or shimmery, matte is best for contouring, and shimmery is best for achieving a bronzed look. If you use foundation, this should be applied after.
Illuminators:
Illuminators add that extra hint of shine and shimmer. Illuminators are very sheer, and provide an extra glow that the other products can't. Cream forms work best. They can be used to contour, by applying to the hollows of cheeks, or brow lines. You can also apply to the bridge of your nose to slim your face. It looks great with just a tinted moisturizer. It also looks great when used to complement your foundation. Apply after you use your foundation. Add by following the high cheekbone up to eyelevel. Blend until you’ve achieved your desired shimmer. Seriously, blend, blend, blend. This should just disappear.
Brighteners:
When you hear the term brightener, you are either hearing about an eye brightener, a facial cleanser, or a moisturizer. For purposed of this post, we are talking about eye brightener. Eye brighteners are good for highlighting the eyes. Eye brighteners are generally a translucent liquid, this should be applied after your foundation, but prior to doing your eye makeup. Start with the inner corner and work your way by sweeping across the lid and then, beneath the lashes. I cannot recommend a brightener pencil, as I think this is too strong for the sensitive eye area. Brighteners should be used over concealer and foundation.
Concealers:
A concealer or color corrector is a type of cosmetic that is used to mask dark circles, age spots, large pores, and other small blemishes visible on the skin. A concealer can come in stick, liquid, or pencil form. I do not recommend using the pencil type around the eye area, as the skin is more sensitive. You should use no more than two shades lighter than your skin tone, as again, this should blend. Liquid concealers are best applied with a brush or sponge, and  also it is good to use them to blend stick concealers. They can be applied before or after foundation, it's really a personal preference.
 
~A