Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wal-Mart Beauty Box Summer 2015

I have talked about the Wal-Mart Beauty Box before, but it is a seasonal box, so I wanted to make sure I gave a fair representation of what you would get.  This box is $5, and will be delivered 4 times per year.  Wal-Mart will send you an email notifying you that it has been shipped out.  This is my third box, and it is always a mix of makeup, skincare, hair, and body products.  In each box I have received deluxe samples and full size products.  You will get five or six of those, plus I always receive coupons.  Sometimes, they will also throw in a few small samples.  So, you will get a good variety.

Here is my Summer Box......




As you can see, I received 6 items, 2 of which are full size.  My box included Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Shampoo (deluxe sample), Caress Body Wash (deluxe sample), Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in  Gladiolus (full size), Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen SPF 70 (deluxe sample), John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray (deluxe sample), and Olay Total Effects 7 Anti-Aging Eye Treatment (full size).  I also received several coupons for Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick, Real Techniques, Eco Tools, and Essential Tools makeup brushes.  The coupons totaled $7 in savings.  

For what you get, I definitely think it is worth the $5 price tag!  One of my followers told me that she received the same box twice, though that has never happened to me.  I have been happy with each box, and would recommend it to anyone who is wanting to try a beauty subscription for the first time, loves trying out new products, or is just getting into health and beauty.  There is no contract, and you can cancel your subscription at anytime.  If you are interested in signing up, log into beautybox.walmart.com.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CND Vinylux Weekly Manicure Review!

I have been taking care of my nails since I was a young girl.  I have always wanted them pretty and painted.  I have also always been someone who rarely goes for a professional manicure.  I went through a six month stint, 5 years ago, where I got gel manicures.  The process of removing the gel polish destroyed my nails!  It took several months of horrible breakage before they were back to normal.  I haven't had a gel manicure since.



A few weeks ago, while visiting my longtime hairstylist, she gave me a bag of goodies.  Inside were two Vinylux polishes and top coat.  I had never heard of this product, and was excited to try them to see how they compare to the salon gel manicures that I used to get. Vinylux claims to be a weekly manicure very similar to a gel/shellac manicure, but without the nail light.

No base coat is needed.  Application is the same as if you were doing a traditional manicure.  I applied 2 - 3 coats (which I always do).  It applied very smooth and even.  I had no streaking or bubbles!  Bubbles are something that I am always dealing with, and get very frustrated by.  The brush is a great sized that allows me to apply to the cuticle without getting any on the cuticle, which just looks so sloppy.  The coats dried quickly, quicker than traditional polish, and I then applied two layers of top coat.  The top coat dried and set as quickly as the polish.  My nails looked so smooth, shiny, and just as great as if I had went to the salon!!

Vinylux in Tropix


So, how long did my manicure last??


8 days after application


13 days after application

As you can see, I had NO CHIPPING, just grow out.  I am so happy with the at home gel manicure that I can't wait to purchase more.  I spend so much time on skincare, makeup, fitness, haircare, and nails.  I am ecstatic to find something that will cut back on some of my beauty time!  

You can purchase vinylux at Ulta or www.ulta.comwww.amazon.com, and www.cnd.com.  They retail for around $10 a piece, and they offer 90 colors to choose from!


This week's mani and pedi in Crushed Rose



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My May Beauty Favorites!!



- Lamora Makeup Brushes



I wanted to add a few more face brushes to my collection, but not spend a fortune doing so.  I searched amazon for quality, inexpensive brushes, and after reading many reviews, decided on these. I am so happy I decided on these!  They are 6 high quality (in wear and performance), with an excellent price tag.  In this kit, you receive a flat top kabuki brush, angled detailer brush, blush brush, blending brush, small shadow brush and a brush cup holder.  They are vegan friendly and cruelty free.  I have used these for at least 8 weeks, and have washed them several times with no loose bristles or breakdown.  I think these are perfect for an experienced makeup lover looking to expand their collection, a makeup beginner, or as a gift for a fellow beauty lover.  The case makes these easy for storage or travel.  If you are interested in these brushes or want to learn more, Click Here!

- NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade 

 I recently lightened my hair, and wanted a color that was a little lighter for my brows.  I own the Anastasia Brow Pomade and love it, but wanted to see how this product compared.  Both products really perform the same.....long lasting waterproof formula, and a gel/mousse consistency.  They look the same on my brows, except the NYX is in a lighter shade.  The only difference that I can see is that the NYX formula is lighter, has more of a mousse like texture, and is a little easier to work with because it isn't as heavy.  I reviewed the Anastasia one awhile ago, and mentioned that there is a learning curve when it comes to the product.  I do think if you are starting out with a brow pomade, the NYX one is a bit easier for a beginner.  Because the Anastasia product is a bit heavier, that you do get a more dramatic brow.  I like them both.  It really just comes down to personal preference or your budget.  The Anastasia is $18, while NYX is less than half.  One thing that is necessary with both of these products is a good angled brush for application.  It needs to be thin enough to be precise.  At first, I used what I had in my collection, but went back and bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills angled brush, because my brushes just weren't working well.

-  NYX Micro Brow Eye Brow Pencil

I wanted a brow pencil that would be quick and give a more natural look, yet not lean too red.  As a brunette, it is very hard to find a more ashy pencil.  So many of them have a tendency to look red.  This one is a great brown color, with no hint of red.  It is a very skinny, retractable pencil with a spooly at the end.  I line the bottom edge of my brow, the top edge, and then fill in the middle.  Using the spooly to brush the brows after product is applied, really disperses the color and gives a more natural look.  This is more of a waxy formula, which I prefer.  I find that if a brow pencil is too creamy, it is easy to apply too much product.  Plus, it can easily wipe or sweat off.  I have heard that this formula is a dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hill's Brow Whiz.  I don't own that product, so I can't be sure of that, but it costs less than half the price and I am very happy with it, so I feel no need to purchase a more expensive pencil.


- Mac Minerlized Blush: Gentle

This is my second mineralized blush from Mac.  This is such a gorgeous formula, that is a beautiful pinky rose color.  If you like a glowy blush with a little shimmer (not glitter), this is for you!  It is a great everyday product, because it is a blush and highlighter in on.  It's smooth, blendable, pigmented formula gives that angelic glow without being overpowering.  Perfect for those lighter summer makeup days!





- Mac Blush: Sunbasque 

 This is my newest purchase from Mac.  I have been obsessed with blushes this year, and this one is soooo BEAUTIFUL!  So much so, that it is one of my very favorites EVER!  It is so perfect for spring and summer.  It's classified as a sheer tone shimmer blush, but I don't consider this color sheer.  It gives a shimmery bronze look to the cheeks, but is not too shimmery or overpowering.  I wear this on it's own, in conjunction with other blushes, and also with bronzers.  My mom also bought this shade and loves it, so it looks good on even more mature skin.  If you like the summer, bronzy look, this blush is exactly what you are looking for.  A summer must have!!




- Sephora Sun Disk (limited edition)

This is my first Sephora Sun Disk.  They are released every year in the spring.  I saw this and knew I would love it!  It is definitely a warm toned bronzer with just  hint of shimmer, that provides a bit of a glow to the cheeks.  This is another two-in-one type of product (except it's like a three-in-one), because there is no need for blush and highlighter.  On those lighter makeup days, pop this on the cheekbones, and you instantly have a warm, bronzed summer look.  I use this on my forehead and jaw line as well.  It just balances out the face, and gives a more natural, "I was just at the beach" look.  If you doing a full face makeup look, this is beautiful paired with Mac's Sunbasque.  I have been wearing this combo over and over again.  This is a limited edition product, so once it is gone....it's gone.  This cannot be purchased in store.  You can only find it at www.sephora.com.


*TIP - Bronzing is different than contouring.  It is all about the application and color of bronzer that you are using.  If you are doing a bronzing technique, you want to apply the bronzer where the sun would naturally tan your skin (the high points of your face).  You will want a bronzer with a warmer undertone to mimic a sun tan.  Many bronzers have some shimmer or sparkle, which add a nice highlighted touch.


If you are wanting to contour, you have to look at things a bit differently.  First, contouring is a technique that sinks in or recedes a part of the face.  Which is why many people contour under the cheek bones.  The contour will give a shadow which recedes that area to make the cheek bones pop.  If you have a high or wide forehead, contour the areas you want to recede.  The same for the nose and jawline.  When choosing a color to contour with, you want a matte finish and a brown shade that has a bit of gray in it, as opposed the the warm brown color of bronzing.  Shadows lean towards a grey or cooler undertone.  That's essential what you want to create on your face, a shadow.

- Sephora Lip Cream: Strawberry Kiss

I rarely wear red lipstick, but I saw this color on one of my favorite youtube beauty girls and thought it was just a beautiful color.  It is a pink/red color that isn't too dark or overpowering.  The is my first Sephora Lip Cream.  These are definitely a long wearing formula.  It has a doe foot applicator and applies smooth and feels creamy until it dries.  It dries to a matte finish, which is why it is so long wearing.  I rarely wear these types of formulas because they make my lips so dry, uncomfortable, cracky, and peel leaving behind a patchy mess.  This formula doesn't wear like that on me.  It isn't moisturizing by any means, but it also doesn't crack or wear funny.  I use a lip balm before applying, and it wears comfortably.  I would definitely like to try more colors in this formula.


- JLuxe Perfume

I received this perfume as a Mother's Day gift.  I love the Jennifer Lopez line at Kohl's.  This is my third perfume of her, and like the others that I have, I love this scent!  I didn't even realize that she had a new fragrance out.  I really couldn't find anything in the store that I wanted, and at the last minute saw this by the register.  I HAD to have it!!  It is very different from the other fragrances of hers that I own (I have Glowing & JLove), and also my favorite of the three.  This one is definitely more of an evening scent, like for a date night or girl's night out.  Kohl's website describes this fragrance as an oriental floral that includes key notes of juicy pineapple, soft violet, and warm amber. It has more of a musk feel to it, and isn't super light and florally.  If an oriental type musk isn't your thing, you won't like it.  If it is, you will LOVE IT!!  This perfume has received the highest reviews of all her scents on Kohls.com.



Monday, May 18, 2015

My Top 10 Spring & Summer Blushes!

Let me start out by saying that I think you should wear whatever colors you want, whenever you want.  That being said, there are some colors that just scream warm weather to me or I find they look even better on tanned skin.  Recently, I have definitely become obsessed with blushes.  I've always liked them of course, but this year I love them more than ever!  I find that I can create a dramatic, but quick look very easily with a great blush and bold lipstick.  I think that if the skin is looking flawless and alive with a beautiful blush, you don't need a whole lot more.  Lately, Ive been focusing more on blush and lipstick, while only applying mascara or a soft neutral crease color to the eyes.  Don't get me wrong, I still love bold eyes and winged eye liner, but this is fast, easy, and just feels fresh to me.

Mac Blush - Modern Mandarin:  I bought this blush 2 -3 months ago, after researching Mac blushes, and I am soooo happy that I did!!  I have medium tan skin with very warm undertones, so this color is very complimentary.  It may look scary in the pan, but it is beautiful when applied!  If you are very fair with cool undertones, this wouldn't be your most flattering shade.  I love pairing this color with coral lipsticks like Mac's Costa Chic, it's a gorgeous combination!

Mac Mineralized Blush - Warm Soul: Let me say that I believe warm soul is a great color all year around and flatters everyone, but I love it during the warm months, because it gives a warm beachy glow to tanned skin.  This is a mineralized blush so, it does have shimmer in it, but it isn't overpowering at all.  When wearing these mineralized blushes, they also give such a nice glow/highlight that just looks dewey and fresh.  I love them and can't wait to get more!

Mac Mineralized Blush - Gentle: This is my most recent Mac blush purchase.  I bought it online, so I wasn't sure how it would look, but it is the prettiest berry-pink color.  It is a warmer shade of pink, so it flatters warm skin tones.  Again, you will get a beautiful glow, that doesn't need additional highlighting.


*From Left to Right - Modern Mandarin, Warm Soul, and Gentle


Milani Blush - Luminoso: Ohhhh Luminoso.....how I love thee.....  This is one of my first holy grail blush loves, and it is from the drugstore!  This color is similar to Nars Orgasm.  It is a gorgeous warm  peach with gold flecks.  It's beautiful on everyone!  It is such a versatile shade, that if I buy makeup for anyone, I buy them this.  It doesn't matter their skin tone, eye color, or hair color....It Works!!  I wear this color year around, but think it looks great on tanned skin.


*TIP - My favorite technique for applying blush is to use two colors.  I love to put the deeper shade on the backs of the cheeks toward the hairline, and a lighter shade in the same color family, on the apples.  I find that this gives the face more dimension.  Use a bronzer or contour along with a highlighter, and you have instantly stepped it up even more!  It's not necessary to use all the products daily, but is great for a date or night out.


Milani Blush - Coralista: Coralista is similar to Luminoso, but it has a lot more coral and it is brighter as well.  If you love coral blushes, you will fall in love with this one for sure!!  If you only get one coral blush from the drugstore, get this one.  Again, this one has shimmer, which gives a beautiful glow.


*From left to right, top to bottom - Luminoso, Coralista, Dolce Pink, Delizioso Pink

Milani Blush - Dolce Pink: Okay, so you can see a theme here....I love Milani baked blushes!  In my opinion, nothing at the drugstore compares to them.  You can find some great blush lines, but some colors are hits and some are misses.  All of the baked Milani blushes are hits!  I do lean more towards peaches and corals, but I love a good pink as well.  This one is so pretty.  It has the same glow, but it isn't too pink.  It's neutral enough that works with whatever I pair it with.  It definitely looks like a fresh, youthful pink.

Milani Blush - Delizioso Pink (matte finish): Now this one was out of my comfort zone.  It is very pink!  I tend to stay away from the barbie pinks, because they are usually too cool for my skin tone, and it just looks odd on me.  I had heard so many great things that I thought I would try it anyway.  It is so pretty!  While it is a brighter pink, it isn't too cool.  It's just a gorgeous summer pink.  Unlike the other baked blushes I mentioned, this one is matte.  If you want a little shimmer, you can add a highlight or topper, but having a matte gives you a little more flexibility.  Not everyone likes or wants shimmer everyday.


*From top to bottom - Luminoso, Coralista, Dolce Pink, and Delizioso Pink

Dolce Pink definitely has the most shimmer in it, but look at these colors....GORGEOUS!!
All of the Milani blushes also have a mirror under them, which can come in helpful.  A lot of blushes, drugstore or high end, don't offer that.

*TIP - When applying Milani Baked Blushes, use a light hand.  They are very pigmented!  A little goes a long way.

*TIP - If you find that a color is too cool for your skin tone, pair it with a warm bronzer.  It will make all the difference.

Hard Candy Baked Blush - Honeymoon: I think this is the only Hard Candy product that I own.  I saw a youtuber talk about it, and I HAD to have it!  It was everything she said it was.....warm, peachy, glowy, and youthful.  So beautiful for the summer.  With a bronzer, this is just a warm, glowy, bronzed beach babe look.  You don't need a highlighter with this shade.  I love a quick two-in-one product!


*In this pic, the blush looks quite pink, but I promise you it is not.  It is definitely a warm peach.  The swatch is definitely more accurate.


Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush - Coral: I have talked about these before.  They are my other drugstore favorites.  You get a nicely pigmented blush in a beautiful color, along with a highlight.  These are great everyday two in one products.  They are definitely more glowy than the Milani Baked Blushes, but I don't find them overwhelming at all!

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush - Deep Bronze: I love this shade for summer, because I love a beachy, bronzed look.  With this shade, you don't need a separate contour.  It's bronzer, blush, and highlight all in one!


Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Coral & Deep Bronze


ELF Pressed Mineral Blush - Cabo Cabana: With my last ELF purchase, I bought these.  They have 4 colors, and I got them all.  They are a great formula at a great price, so I am so happy I ordered them! This color is a deeper peach that is quite neutral.  If you are more of a pink girl, but want to branch out and try some peaches, this is a great one to try!  They are regularly $5, but I got mine on a 50% off sale.  Always check eyeslipsface.com for great deals.  If you sign up for their email, you won't ever miss out.  They also offer free shipping on purchases of $25 and up.  They also ship very quickly, which I love!

ELF Pressed Mineral Blush - Sweet Retreat: I heard one of my favorite youtuber's talk about this blush, so I went online to order it.  All the colors looked so beautiful that I ended up getting them all. I can't say that this is my favorite one of the bunch, but it is very pretty.  It is a soft peachy-pink, though I think it looks more peach on me.  Because I am tan right now, it doesn't show up like Cabo Cabana, but if you are lighter skin, it will show better.  For me this pairs beautifully with another color, and just gives a soft peach color to the cheeks.  I think this is a great color for a teenager or someone just starting out with makeup.


ELF Pressed Mineral Blush in Cabo Cabana & Sweet Retreat



Sonia Kashuk Blush - Sunset:  I bought this blush because it was recommended by a beauty vlogger that I watch.  I have heard a few others talk about it, but I think it is pretty overlooked.  I have only a couple Sonia Kashuk products (I think I only have finger nail polish and a brush), but this is a really pretty blush that is different than any of the coral blushes that I have.  It is on the orange side, but don't let that scare you.  It looks so fresh and pretty!  It has gold micro shimmers in it, but it isn't like BAM GLITTER ON YO FACE!  It just gives a nice sheen.  I find that red and orange shades tend to be the most natural looking.



As you can see, most of my picks are from the drugstore.  They are easy to find and affordable.  If you are new to makeup or are just looking to add to your blush collection, I hope you found this helpful!  If you have any questions or would like to share your favorite blush picks, please leave them in the comments below!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Nails Of The Week!


Sinful Shine with gel tech - All The Rage 1217 & Sally Hansen Insta-Dry - 120 Go For Gold

I love these colors together!  I can't wait to use the gold for my pedi.  I found both of these at Wal-Mart.

Monday, May 11, 2015

My April Favorites!!



Mac Fanfare Lipstick (creme sheen) - I keep a running list of Mac products that I want to purchase.  The first 3 got knocked of my list during April, and I am so happy with all of them!  Fanfare is a an everyday neutral pink.  It is similar to the Fast Play color I have, but that one is definitely more brown.  Mac lipsticks have a great comfortable formula and so many finishes and colors.  Plus, they smell great!

Mac Lipstick: Impassioned (amplified) - I just love this color for the warmer months!  It is a deep, bright pink that makes a statement.  I love to go with a brighter lip, and a more neutral eye.  It is a fast, easy, on the go, summer look.


Fanfare & Impassioned



*wearing Impassioned

Mac Blush: Modern Mandarin - (satin) - A great summer blush color!  It is definitely orange, which I know is scary for a lot of people, but orange shades are actually very flattering.  If you have a warm skin tone, I think you would love this shade.  Mac blushes are one of my favorite products that they sell!


Too Faced Beauty Balm: Nude Glow - I don't have a large collection of BB creams.  I have come across a few that I like, but I really love this one!  I like a dewy/glowy finish, and that is exactly what it gives.  It is light coverage, and won't build up more than that.  I wear this on it's own on light makeup days, but I also love it as a primer under foundation.  It is great for a natural no makeup kind of look.  Perfect for summer!!


ELF Lifting Brow Pencil: Deep Brown - I wanted a simple, easy eyebrow pencil that gives a natural look.  While browsing ELF's website, I stumbled upon this pencil.  I had never known about it or heard any reviews.  It was only $2, so of course I was skeptical, but figured I wasn't out much if I didn't like it.  I have been happy with every product I have tried from ELF, but it still blows my mind how great and inexpensive they are!  This pencil is great!  It is a retractable pencil with a spooly on the end.  It is quick, easy, and gives my brows a finished look.  I don't have problems with it smudging or rubbing off either.  The only slight negative that I see, is that the pencil doesn't stay super sharp because it is retractable, but it is still easy to work with and doesn't change my brow look.

Olay Pro X Microdermabrasion+ - This is one of the best skin care finds for me in a long time!  I never had the Clarisonic, but have heard many reviews.  I was always curious about the Olay brand cleansing brush.  One evening, my mom and I were at Target browsing the makeup and skincare per usual, and ran across this item again.  It was on sale for $40, so we both picked one up.  I went home and used it that evening.  I immediately texted her and told her that I loved it!  She felt the same way. 2 1/2 weeks later while at my monthly esthetician appointment getting a facial, Kayla commented on how much smaller my pores were.  I thought they had gotten smaller, but thought maybe I was just overly excited about this product.  It comes with two heads.  One is a brush and one is a flat spongey material.  The brush is to be used with cleanser, and the sponge is to be used with a scrub.  A sample cleanser and scrub are included with the brush.  It has 3 setting, comes with batteries, and is very easy to switch out the heads.  I am so glad that I made this purchase, and always tell people about it when the topic of skincare comes up.  I think everyone would benefit from this brush, plus it is so much more affordable than the $150 Clarisonic.  Replacement heads can be purchased where ever Olay products are sold.


L'Oreal Overnight Mask - I found this at Walgreens in a sample size, so I decided to give it a try.  I hadn't even heard of these.  It is called a mask, which could make you believe that you need to wash it off, but you don't.  I put this on before bed.  It is a very thick consistency, but doesn't feel thick and heavy on my face.  I find it to be very moisturizing,  In the morning my skin just looks moisturized and fresh, but also feels very soft.  I will repurchase this product in a bigger size, especially for the winter months.

Neutrogena Ageless Intensive Deep Wrinkle Eye Cream - I have been wearing this cream day and night, and I really like it.  It is moisturizing, but not heavy so it can be worn under my makeup.  The under eye area can look extra wrinkly if it is dehydrated.  I feel like mine are always a little on the dry side, even though I have normal to oily skin.  You only need the smallest amount for each eye, so the tube will last a very long time.

Burberry Brit Perfume - A few weeks ago, I spent the day shopping with my mama.  I found a display of perfumes and loved the Burberry Brit.  Without me knowing, my mama bought it for me!  I was so surprised as to how she slipped that past me.  I have worn it everyday since, and am still in love.  The notes in this scent are Italian Lime, Icy Pear, Green Almond, White Peony, Sugared Almond, Mahogany, Amber, Vanilla, and Tonka Bean.  According to Sephora, the style of this perfume is unique, sexy, and impulsive.

Celestial Seasoning's New Blueberry Tea - I found this tea during the month of April, and love it!  I love the flavor of blueberry, and this tea tastes like a blueberry muffin to me.  It is caffeine free, so I usually drink it in the evening before bed as a relaxing end to my day.