Thursday, October 30, 2014

Exuviance Review

Hello!  I just received samples from a company named Exuviance that were sent for the purpose of reviewing and sharing with you.  I received 3 packets of the Performance Peel AP25 and samples of the OptiLight Essential 6 Serum and Evening Restorative Complex.  When I originally signed up for the campaign, I was set to receive full size products to review.  Since there was such a high demand for review, I was sent sample sizes, therefore my results will not be accurate as those who were able to test the products for an extended period of time.

ABOUT THE COMPANY/PRODUCTS



EXUVIANCE® is created by Drs. Van Scott and Yu, widely recognized as leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology. They discovered the antiaging benefits of Glycolic Acid and created and patented the first Glycolic Peel. Since their ground-breaking discovery, the creators of Exuviance have continued to develop many new patented antiaging ingredients backed by evidence from numerous scientific and clinical studies. Recognized around the world, Exuviance formulas are expertly developed to visibly transform skin by combining their patented innovations with the best, state of the art technologies available in dermatology today.

Exuviance Illumination Duo combines the power of our nighttime transformer, Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex, with the 100% pure active formulation of Exuviance Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster for a potent antiaging cocktail that combats the visible signs of aging.

Give your skin a beauty boost! Mix Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster with Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex before bed. The Vitamin C amps up the effects of the Evening Restorative Complex for a potent antiaging cocktail that acts as an evening transformer for all skin types.

- Evening Restorative Complex is clinically proven to improve overall skin texture, tone, and appearance
- 90% saw smoother skin after 4 weeks of using Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex
- Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster amps up the effects of the Evening Restorative Complex, helping to fade the look of dark spots while improving firmness and smoothing wrinkles

The powerful Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gluconolactone in Evening Restorative Complex decreases lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone and improves roughness and texture. Lactobionic Acid - a potent antioxidant - inhibits wrinkles from forming, plumps and firms the skin, and enhances clarity. This bionic blend of PHAs, along with botanicals and Vitamins A, C and E, delivers full-strength anti-aging benefits without drying or irritation, even on the most sensitive skin types.

The 100% pure active formulation of Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster contains Vitamin C, an essential co-factor in collagen synthesis, known for its power to strengthen skin's matrix, improve firmness and smooth wrinkles. Plus, we've added our patented super antioxidant, Aceta-C™, to enhance the natural antiaging effects of Vitamin C, amplifying its skin-protecting and pigment-evening effects. Together, they help fade the appearance of unwanted dark spots, and strengthen skin's defenses against future discoloration and signs of aging. (What does 100% actives mean? The formula does not contain water or fillers, etc. All the ingredients are benefit ingredients.)

For more product information, please visit here:
http://www.neostrata.com/product/exuviance+illumination+duo.do

Available at Exuviance.com and ULTA stores nationwide
Value: $120, Retail Price: $77

MY EXPERIENCE

I have used the Performance Peel twice since receiving my sample and I have not noticed any dramatic differences yet.  To use the peel, I wiped my face using the pad in Step 1 and after 10 minutes, I applied the product on the pad in Step 2.  I noticed that my face did not burn like a peel and seemed to be much smoother afterwards.  I also noticed a slight glow to my skin.  I followed up with the Evening Restorative Complex after my peel.  This product did not have a strong odor and seemed to add to the smoothing and glowing benefits of the peel.

I used the OptiLight Essential 6 Serum at night after removing my makeup before bed.  Again, I do not believe that I have been able to use the product long enough to give a valid review, but it did leave my skin feeling soft, smooth, and bright.  I did have a slight break out (typical for my skin) after using the products for a few days, so I had to stop the routine to use the products that help my skin when it flares up.  I will update this post when I am able to sample the product a little longer.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jamberry Nails Review

I have recently had the privilege to review samples of Jamberry Nails courtesy of Kimberly Ziglar so that I can share the results with you!  I am so excited because I have been interested in trying Jamberry for a while now, but I did not realize that they could be used on acrylics as well as natural nails.  When she contacted me about writing a blog post, I was more than happy to test the products out!

Kimberly sent me a kit that included an alcohol wipe, wooden cuticle stick, Jamberry Nail file, 2 sheets of 5 samples each, business cards with coupons, and a brochure with information about the products.  I was excited to look through the brochure and browse the different styles on Kimberly's website.  There are so many cute choices!  Here is a photo of the samples that I was sent (excluding the style that I chose to demonstrate):


My fingernails are actually fairly small, but with my acrylics, the samples were too small to fit my fingernails.  Therefore, I decided to try my favorite design with my fresh pedicure!  The steps for applying are actually really easy.  I looked up videos on YouTube for tips and tricks before trying them out myself.  Here are the steps that I used:

1. Use the alcohol wipe to remove any oils or films from your nail.
2. Select the nail design and size for your nail.
3. Peel the design halfway off of the plastic using the wooden stick to avoid getting oils on the sticker.
4. Cut the design in half- each design will cover two nails.
5. Place the sticker in front of a hair dryer or small heater for 10-15 seconds until it is soft and pliable. 
6. Place the sticker on the nail, being careful to get the rounded end close to the cuticle.  
7. Take your wooden stick to smooth out any bubbles and to press the sticker firmly to the nail.
8. Trim the excess sticker that hangs over the nail.
9. Use heat on the nail design while placed on the nail once more.
10. Apply more pressure to assure that the sticker is in place and does not have any bubbles.
11. File the end of your nail so that the sticker is flat against the top of your nail.
12. Voila!  You have instant adorable nails that will last 10-14 days (up to 4 weeks on toes)!

Check out my adorable results!


I absolutely cannot wait to buy more designs to try out!  
A regular sheet includes 18 wraps in various sizes (that WILL fit my fingers) and retails for $15.
If you purchase 3 sheets, your fourth sheet is free!

If you are like me, you have a thousand questions.  Feel free to check out the FAQ page HERE



Friday, August 15, 2014

PopSugar August 2014 Review


Hey, beautiful!  I have been SOOOOO busy with back to school that I don't have much time to sit and write reviews, take pictures, etc.  I definitely wanted to share this month's PopSugar Must Have with you, though.  It was AH-MAZING!!!  To save time, I made a video that I posted to YouTube.  So please watch, enjoy, and SIGN UP FOR YOUR OWN!!!! ;)

Monday, August 11, 2014

One Direction "Up All Night" Makeup Kit Review

I have recently had the pleasure of testing one of the new One Direction Makeup Kits that are being released August 11th at Macy's and August 25th elsewhere.  “The Looks Collection” comprises three keepsake tins inspired by One Direction’s globe-conquering albums, “Up All Night, “Take Me Home” and the latest chart topper, ‘Midnight Memories.” Each tin comes complete with everything you need to show off your personality. Are you a rock n’ roll girl, a fun party girl or the girl next door? We have just the right collection for you and illustrations to help show you just how to get your perfect look. All your beauty essentials are housed in a LIMITED EDITION collectable keepsake tin with removable sleeve, complete with ONE DIRECTION doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it uniquely your own!   

I was lucky enough to receive the "Up All Night" collection. This kit came with gorgeous, bright, bold colors.  My favorite products are the lipgloss and mascara.  Today I used the neutral eye colors, two coats of mascara, and lipstick topped with lipgloss.  I love that this kit is so versatile and can be used to create either a day or night look.  The collectible tin is also a great way to store your goodies.  The best part about the lipgloss is that is glows under UV light.  How cool is that?! 

The Details of my Kit


Info Card


The Kit


 

 

The Makeup

 

 




 


 

My Look



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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Erin Condren Life Planner

Hey lovelies! I am super duper excited to share my new purchase/hobby with you. Rather than writing a long blog post, I made a video to share my planner with you. I hope you watch and enjoy!
Get $10 Free
Order your own planner or other personalized goodies here. When you sign up for an account using this link, you will receive an email with a coupon code for $10 off of your first order. So even if you don't want to splurge on a calendar, you can pick up some cute personalized photo stickers, pens, etc.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

BA Star Tropical Eye Shadow Palette Review and Giveaway

Hi again!  I just had the privilege of trying yet another eyeshadow palette by BA Star, thanks to Brand Backer.  I was sent the Tropical Eye Palette and Eyeshadow Base to test and review for My Beauty Boxes.  Although the materials were provided to me, the opinions in this post are my own.


The Products

(This picture is from the site... it displays the colors much more nicely than my phone camera)



About the Products

The BA STAR Eye Shadow Palette has high pigment colors that are long lasting.  
The palette also comes in Natural shade combinations and they retail for only $8.75 each.  The included primer (also $8.75) makes the colors shimmer and shine even more than when worn alone (see photo below).  The BA STAR line is designed for performances.  If you are a singer, dancer, cheerleader, etc., these colors all have a shimmer and are perfect for the stage!  

Tropical Eye Palette Swatches



Here are the shades included in the Tropical Eye Palette.  I think they are absolutely gorgeous and fun!  I must admit, I was a little nervous about the colors at first, but I really love the way they turn out.  

Where to Buy

You can purchase this and other amazing BA STAR products HERE.

Free samples are available if you are a coach, trainer, cheerleader, blogger, etc.  

Other BA STAR Products Available

BA STAR also features makeup cases, stickers, headbands, makeup, etc. at unbeatable prices!  If you are ever on stage or enjoy daring makeup, I highly recommend looking into this site.

The Giveaway

Two lucky readers will be winning a palette and glue of their own!  Winning is easy!


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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dawlens Personalized Gifts Review

I am a lover of all things cute and personalized.  I just so happened to come across an Instagram page that had the most adorable personalized gifts for sale.  They have everything from koozies, to wine tumblers, to brushes, to makeup bags, to pacifiers.  You name it!  There is something for everyone.  I have been stalking the site for a few months now and finally decided to spoil myself with an order of goodies just for me!  The seller was super sweet and the shipping was super fast!  I received my items today and am beyond excited to share them with you!

**Please note that these products were not provided for me for blogging purposes.  This was my actual full price order, I just was so pleased that I wanted to review for you lovely ladies!  All of the opinions in this review are my own.

Even the box had this adorable sticker to help me get excited before even opening it up!



Here are my beauties, all wrapped up beautifully.  I did not want to ruin how cute they looked, but my excitement for seeing and using my products got the best of me.  


This is my too-cute-for-words wine tumbler.  I plan to use this on many a hot summer day.  My boyfriend's mother got me addicted to Pineapple Malibu and I have a feeling this little cup will me sitting by my side at the pool all summer long.  This stemless wine glass retails for $12.


Next I got this gorgeous brush. I love the color combination and the bow makes me so happy!  This is hands down my favorite brush ever!  This brush comes in different style and personalization options.  It retails for $11.


The adorable cup on the left is a reusable plastic solo cup that comes in several colors and personalization options.  It also has a lid with a straw and retails for $12.  The cup on the right is my new water cup for school.  I love the stripes and color combo.  This will certainly inspire me to consume my H2O for the day!  This tumbler retails for $16.


So you would like to place an order now, right?  There are several ways that you can find the perfect item for you!  Happy shopping!


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Influenster Spring Fling Voxbox

I was lucky enough to be a recipient of a Spring Fling Voxbox from Influenster.  I had a blast reviewing the products inside and love to be able to share the results with you!


1. Playtex Sport Fresh Balance Tampons-
I received a full size box to review.  I have not yet been able to use this particular box, but have used this brand and type before.  I love that the brand is trusted and that I can feel confident that I am protected when I need it the most.

2. Remmel London Scandaleyes Retroglam Mascara
I received a full size product of this as well.  
I LOVE this mascara.  It made my eye look very bright and my lashes were full without the clumps.  I love that the product is very reasonably priced and can be found at local drugstores or mass retailers.  I have come to love Rimmel's line of products and am ecstatic to have been introduced to this new staple in my makeup bag.  Check out the results for yourself!


3. Kiss Everlasting French Nails
This was also a full size product.  I usually always have my nails done professionally at a salon and am obsessed with acrylic.  I just so happened to have taken off my nails just before this came, so I was able to test these out immediately.  I have not worn press on nails since I was in high school, so my technique could use a lot of work.  Some of the glue did not apply evenly and I could see a slight difference on one of my thumb nails.  Other than that, the application looked flawless.  I love that these nails have each to remove tabs that are numbered for easy application and size selection.  These nails are said to last 7 days, but I am pretty brutal with my hands and had a few pop off the following day.  It was very simple to glue them back on, but I just realized that my acrylics are better suited for me.  If you are not rough like I am and are looking for an inexpensive, temporary way to glam up your look, I highly recommend these nails!



4. Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Moisturizer
I am not a huge fan of lotions, but this one I could totally see myself using this as a go-to moisturizer.  It was lightly scented and did not feel thick or greasy (my two pet peeves with lotions).  I love that my skin felt super smooth and soft after just one use.  I love that this is also an inexpensive item that can easily be found at local retailers.

5. Softlips Cube
This was a MAJOR bummer for me.  Some people received this product while others did not and I was one of those who did not.  I was SO looking forward to trying this product the most out of everything in the box.  I am in love with my EOS and I wanted to give the Softlips brand that I adore a try.  I even went to my local CVS to see if they had this in stock and they did not.  I REALLY want to get my hands on one of these to try.

6. Labor Day Movie
This was another slight bummer as I was hoping that we would get a download code or possibly a rental coupon to actually watch the movie, but instead we received an apple pie air freshener that I really didn't care too much for.  I did appreciate the thought, though. :)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Birchbox for FREE!


I hear ladies tell me all the time that they hear that Ipsy is better than Birchbox.  Although, I do love Ipsy as well, my heart belongs to Birchbox.  I just feel like most people don’t know how to make Birchbox work for them.  If you read along, you will see how I get my Birchboxes for FREE! (No need to blog to receive these boxes for free, either)

It is really all about some simple math and taking advantage of bonus points.  If you would spend at least $110 in full sized merchandise throughout the year, then the samples in your boxes are really just bonuses that you get all year long.  Although there are often sample sizes in the Birchboxes, they sometimes throw in full sized goodies as well.  It’s hit or miss some months, sure.  I am really okay with that knowing that technically the boxes are free.

So how do I figure that these goodies are on the house?  Here is how I do it:
1.      Always purchase the yearly subscription.  You get a $10 discount and pay $110 up front for the year.
2.      When you sign up for the year, you will also receive 110 bonus points towards free merchandise.  100 points= $10. 
3.      I always sign up when they offer a coupon code such as a bonus 100 points for signing up for a yearly subscription.  100 points= $10 more
4.      Each month, you can review the products you receive.  This takes about 10 minutes total and you get 10 points per item reviewed.  On average, I get 6 items per month, give or take.  Reviewing 6 items = 60 points x 12 months= 720 points= $70
5.      So already, I have $90 worth of free stuff.  I never make a purchase until I have a 25% coupon code (points don’t expire for a year).  That means my $90 in points= $112.50 in merchandise.

Since I only paid $110 for my subscription, I am actually coming out on top!  I didn’t even mention the bonus points for referrals.  You receive 50 points for each person that you refer.  Two referrals= $10 more in free, full size stuff that you get to choose! 

When you think about it this way, it’s smart to choose Birchbox over Ipsy.  Although you get less full size products in your boxes, at least you have choices on which products you end up with.  Often the Birchboxes are valued at $15-$20 or above, even without a full size item.
So what are you waiting for?  Sign up TODAY!!


Right now you can get 50 bonus points for subscribing using the promo code SUMMER50 or $5 off of your first box using the code SUMMERSUB.  Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Super Star Talent

I have been become more and more obsessed with Instagram.  All I have to do is search a hashtag and I am introduced to cute phone icons/themes, new makeup tips, products to add to my wishlists, ideas for eating healthy, motivation as a teacher, you name it!  Somehow, I came across an amazing profile of a beautiful artist, Chrissalynne, who creates digital art.  You can check out her work HERE.

Chrissalynne's work seems to be geared toward capturing portraits.  Every time she posts a piece, I am completely enamored.  One of my favorite pieces of hers is that of one of my favorite vloggers, Kandee Johnson.  I decided to check into her pricing and found that her portraits are actually quite reasonable, so of course I asked if she could complete a commissioned portrait for my blog.  I was overly impressed with how quick, professional, and down to earth she was.  She was fast to respond to all of my emails, provided me with a sketch to preview before charging me, asked me questions so that she could tailor my piece to my liking, and made sure I was 100% satisfied.  She also asked for permission to post my photo on her page (which, of course, I obliged).  I am sure that I will be seeing even more great things from her in the future!

The Sketch



 The Finished Products



Photo, Sketch, and Product Comparison