March Ipsy vs March Birchbox.

Okay,  so this is only the second month in a row that I received both Ipsy and Birchbox. This is the third month for Birchbox as when I joined they sent it out that month, but Ipsy waited until the next. Is it bad that my lack of patience makes Birchbox have one extra point on my score board? Instant gratification is nice. I will be honest that I haven’t used any of these products yet. With that said I still wanted to share what both subscription services are like.

Ipsy:

This is the bag the products came in. I love the colors and design. I would actually use this bag. The card had pictures of four of the Ipsy stylist. The back had details on sharing your products on social media.

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Product 1: A FULL SIZE Nyx Lipstick Butter…wow. This an amazing item to receive. Full size = Amazing. Nyx Full Size = O.M.G!!!!

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Product 2: LeeAnni Eco 3 in 1 Revolution Light. This product says it is a toner, serum, and moisturizer all in one cream. I like the idea of being able to cut some corners so am excited to try this!

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Procuct 3: Pur~lisse, which is a gentle soy cleanser and makeup remover. On Ipsy’s website this received a 4 out of 5 rating with over 18,000 reviews, so also a good product to be included in the March bag.

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Product 4: An infinity shadow/crease brush by Crown Brush. This is also a full size product so two in one Month. Boom!

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Product 5: This Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo. These are great shades for Spring and Summer! I will say this sample was pretty small, but eyeshadows seem to last a long time even when they are small.

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Now it is time to focus on Birchbox:

This is the box it came in. I am always very pleased with the boxing. I don’t know what I will do with them, but I do like the looks of the box.

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This is the inside of the box, which always features a card with the details of each product, which is really nice to have as you look at the products.

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Product 1: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleansing kit. This product features a one time sample of a hot cloth cleansing treatment. With over 13,000 reviews on Birchbox’s site and a 4 our of 5 stars, I am pretty excited to try this!

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Product 2: Elite Therapeutics Eucalyptus Rosemary Body Creme, which contains nourishing botanicals. This sounds like a relaxing skin care product. I will be honest about the fact that I am VERY picky about my lotions so I wasn’t super excited to see this sample.

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Product 3:  Another skin care product! Roloxin Lift Revitalizing Treatment comes with one treatment to help fade fine lines and wrinkles. The only down side to this is about any treatment takes more than one to see any difference so not sure if this will show if it is worth buying the $110 product…we will see.

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Product 4: Jelly Pong Pong Go Getter Highlighter..Yay! Bring on the glow! I love receiving products like this, because it is fun and versatile. It doesn’t hurt that the name is super HILARIOUS!

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Product 5: This, it’s a 10, product I was actually able to pick before hand. There were two or three options (I can’t remember now..) I picked this because it had been so long I needed a refresher on if it is really a miracle product. I also chose this sample because it appeared much larger than the other samples.

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I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse inside my March Ipsy vs Birchbox packages! If you are interest in either monthly subscription click the links BELOW!

http://www.ipsy.com

http://www.birchbox.com

If you already get either one or both of these subscriptions let me know what your favorite products are! Xoxo

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Beachy Waves!

I was having a TERRIBLE hair day yesterday…I mean like frizzy, gigantic, and uncooperative. I tried so many different hairstyle before busting out the wand. I try to save using heat on my hair for special events like the weekend (LOL), not just work, but there was NO other option. I will say I received more compliments than ever!

My first tip is to not wash your hair daily. It is so drying on your hair and scalp, but if you feel like you get oily fast or just need a little sprucing up try a dry shampoo. I use a cheapy from Walmart. Also, by not washing your hair daily your natural oils are going to help keep the curl. It really makes a big difference especially for people like myself who struggle with their curls falling out by midday.

Next, always use a heat protector. This will help prep your hair for the heat of the tool you are using. It will also help you from getting  those  ugly little split ends. Another bonus is that it will  help you keep your hairstyle. Getting your haircut is so expensive now, that I know I want it to last as long as possible. Now, if you have short hair this doesn’t matter as much because you can’t really extend the time in between cuts without loosing your desired style.

Then for a little extra pizzaz, you can use a little (and I mean LITTLE) shine spray on the middle to ends of your hair…stay away from the roots otherwise the dry shampoo can’t do its job. This will leave your hair with a pretty and natural looking shine! If you color your hair the shine spray will make your color look fresher and more vibrant!

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I don’t want to forget to tell you that these waves make the CUTEST ponytails EVER!

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Also, a favorite product of mine once you have your desired style is to put a little of this product on. I use it to tame frizz and also to prevent tangling at the base of my head.

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Let me know what you think! Give me a thumbs up on Youtube if you watched the tutorial! Xoxo

Those Pesky Eye Creases!

I smile all day at my job, so I have found I’m getting more crow’s feet than I’d like to have, but at least that means I am smiling, right?! Besides the wonder of premature aging I hate the fact that these creases convince my concealer & foundation to come hangout in there…”It’ll be fun,” they said…well, it isn’t. I feel like it makes my creases so much more noticeable, like they are waving at people and yelling, “check us out!” If you’d like to see what I have found to help stop the creasing check out the video (LINK BELOW)! Also, maybe while you are at it give it a thumbs up, a comment, or a share! I’d love to hear what you think or what you do to stop your creasing problem! Talk soon!

CLICK HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb_if3Ll5gk

My Finished Look:

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Face: Smooth Operator and Amazonian Clay 12 hour Full Coverage Foundation by Tarte. Also, BareMinerals Matte Foundation in Golden Medium and blush in Beauty.

Eyes: Younique Eye Pigments in Angelic and Confident. Also, Smashbox liquid eye liner, Ulta Extreme Wear eye shadow primer, and Ulta Twice as Nice Mascara.

Lips: Rimmel lip liner in East End Snob and Clinique Think Bronze lipstick.

Beautyblender Mania Part 2

Hi Everyone! A week or so ago, I did a blog on the beautyblender…dun dun duuuh (Just Kidding!) You all learned about how in LOVE I am with this product! After getting the product in my Birchbox I will now be spending the extra $$$ and getting another when this one finally wears out! The best part is It will really be worth it, because this fad is legit! Here is a quick tutorial of how I beauty blend with the beautyblender. I hope you like it! Xoxo

Drum roll please…the finished product:

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Face: Lock It by Kat Von D, Tarte Smooth Operator, & Bare Minerals Blush.

Eyes: Younique Eye pigments in Angelic, Confident, and  Glamorous mixed with brown eyeliner for lower lashes.

Lashes: Ulta Mascara called Twice As Nice which has a wand for both upper and lower lashes.

Lips: Revlon gloss in Sizzle.

Beautyblender Mania.

O.M.G. The Beautyblender craze is no joke and it is  not a lie. It is AMAZING. I had read a little and watched a little on the tool the Beautyblender. I thought it had to be all hype. I mean $20 plus dollars for a weird looking little sponge…no way was I going to spend my hard earned money on that! Puh-lease!  (insert eye roll) Well folks, I am now a semi-huge hypocrite. I received the product in last months Birchbox and was honestly very excited to try it. I was also very doubtful of how it was going to work. I tried it for the first time yesterday and then again today to verify that yesterday’s outcome wasn’t a fluke. What were my results?

Drum roll please……It is effortless to use and now I have the urge to trash my foundation brush! (I won’t..but I could) This product makes putting on foundation effortless. I can imagine my girlfriends who struggle with cosmetics being able to do this without a problem. In fact I am going to text them once I finish this! It makes your face feel makeup free somehow. I don’t get it. It is like the makeup gods created this weird little sponge. I found it covers my pores and acne scares like my makeup brush can’t. Even with the great coverage my face did not feel heavy or coated in makeup, which I am not a fan of (what a perk!). It blended the foundation into my skin instead of painting over it. I feel airy, beautiful, and confident!

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Here were my steps to flawless looking foundation:

1. Apply primer -I used Makeup Forever HD

2. Wet Beautyblender and squeeze dry

3. Apply under eye concealer with small tip of blender- I used Maybelline Super Stay from Walmart

4. I applied a small amount of BB cream to help with pink acne scarring – I chose Sephora Collection

5. Apply foundation using the fat end of blender -I used Tarte and applied in a blotting & blending motion

6. Finish with a light powder – I chose Smooth Operator by Tarte

7. Go fresh faced or spice it up with bronzer and blush

I cannot wait to try contouring with the Beautyblender! I have no doubts this tool will now be a part of my daily routine. I will say I am so glad I received this product in my Birchbox! It is not a cheap product to purchase so I probably would have never taken the leap of faith. I have heard they are good for three months, so I will be taking good care of it. I want to get the full life span (Save them dollar bills, y’all) If you have any questions or comments let me know! I can’t wait to see your pics after using this AWESOME product! Talk soon!

I Got a Goody Bag

I do not get to go shopping often, unless you count grocery shopping, but that is way less fun! This weekend, I did actually go on a mini shopping spree at Ulta. If you are not familiar- it is a cosmetic, salon, fragrance, and all things beauty store. This is not the norm for me, because when I do buy makeup I am dedicated to Sephora. Why? It’s not their prices, they aren’t cheaper than others, it’s because their staff knows their stuff. Well, on Saturday Ulta was just closer so I stopped. I am glad I did. They had a goody bag offer that was free if you purchased $19.50 in Ulta products. I was in need of new mascara, so that combined with a eyelid primer did not make it hard to reach that $19.50 mark. I am not familiar with their brand, but I feel good about it shopping there, because the goody bag ROCKS! image

It included:

1. A lip crayon (I’ve never purchased, but have always wanted to try!!)

2. A butter balm sample size in a bold pink.

3. A blush and bronzer duo compact.

4. An  eyebrow contour powder and wax compact.

5. A nail polish mini in a delicate pink.

6. An eye shadow powder in a soft white gold (Perfect for brow highlights!)

7. A mascara.

8. (This may be the best part!) Three eyeshadow compacts featuring four colors each. The color families are blue, purple, and green. This was a nice touch to make sure every eye color could be happy!

9. And the last items included in the goody bag were a set of three makeup brushes. One blush contour brush and two eyeshadow brushes. This was the only undesirable item in the bag. They aren’t terrible, but they are not even close to high quality..(It was free, so I won’t complain!)

Here is a link to Ulta’s site, which will give more details on this deal. It ends on March 14th, so don’t miss out! I am very glad I decided to switch up my beauty store visit and stop at Ulta. I would highly recommend checking out this goody bag special before it ends. I will update you all on how much I liked the products I purchased, which were two Nyx Lip Butter Glosses, Ulta Lip Stain, Ulta Mascara, Ulta Eyelid Primer, and Rimmel  Lip Liner. I can’t wait to share more with you all. Stay beautiful!