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



Monday, April 28, 2014

GlamST : Looks + new eye features LAUNCH

I am very excited to share a little about an amazing website I came across through BrandBacker.  The site is GlamST and it is described as a positive community of women that feel comfortable with their choices and who they are.  Try virtual looks, try products you would never dare to try, find your real beauty, help others find the best looks, have fun and give advice!

What I Love

What I love most about this site is that you get to upload a photo and try on real makeup products virtually.  You can change the shades and products to create a flawless look and you are left with the names and shades of products needed to create the look at home!  Here is a picture of a look that I created on myself.


Creating Looks

You can create, save, and share looks.  Click on +info and see all the similar looks of the community. Give a gogirl! and let know that you love that look for her.  There are also new eyeshadow and eyreliner features available.  You can always change shades and delete the products that you do not want in order to find your perfect look!

BEFORE AND AFTER


TRYING ON LIPSTICKS




CHANGING MY FOUNDATION SHADES


GlamST's Message

Our message is that we want you to dare to try new looks and help others to find the best looks. We believe in the power of women and on the real beauty that every one of us have.
We need you to pursue this vision together,love what we do and help us to be better at this, so we can create the perfect platform that every one of us wants.

About the Brand
GlamST is co-foundered by two remarkable woman, telematics engineers from Uruguay, South America. As women engineers in a male-dominated world, they decided to bring innovation to a problem women face everyday: choosing make that's best for you and spotting the latest trends.


They began their start-up 2.5 years ago, when we were finishing our engineering degrees from university. They started it as a project and then transformed it into our business and passion for the last couple of years.


At first, they coded the first version of the software, which L'Oreal uses in our country; it was a point of sale version of the virtual tester, which automatically captures a picture of the user. The product has now evolved to GlamST: an online platform, which aims to create a new way of selecting and buying products.


They believe that they can create a new process of selection of makeup online and that our platform will allow women to share, discuss, help, entertain and identify the best beauty products for each women.

What's not to love???

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BA STAR Review


Hello, Lovelies!  I just had the privilege of trying an eyeshadow palette by BA Star, thanks to Brand Backer.  I was sent the Smoky 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




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!  

Smoky Palette Swatches



Here are the shades both with and without the primer.  As you can tell, the primer gives a bit of a deeper hue and seem to have a more creamy consistency.  

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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cate & Chloe- MUST SEE REVIEW

If you would love to check out the website to make a purchase or even sign up for a subscription of your own, click HERE.

I came across an amazing brand of jewelry thanks to Little Black Bag.  I was introduced to earrings by Cate & Chloe and I
have to tell you, I absolutely fell in LOVE!  I decided to contact the company to inquire about a subscription service that they offer and they were kind enough to send me a sample box to review for you lovely readers.

I usually start out telling you a little more about the company and services offered, but I was so blown away by the quality of jewelry that I received that I first have to show you a quick picture so you can see just why I'm so enamoured.


Okay, so now that you have a peek at these beauties, let me tell you a little more about the subscription service. ;)

What Does a Subscription Include?
  • TWO High Quality Items per month valued at over $200 retail value
  • Free Shipping 
  • One new product TWICE per month 
  • 20% off any other item featured on C&C, including sale items!
  • Exclusive pre-release items only available to you
  • Exchange of any item you don't love
  • FREE gift item included in your welcome package
  • Special phone and email supprt
  • Free giveaways and prize winners
  • Tracking to let you know when your beauties are on their way
**I absolutely love subscription services because I LOVE receving mail each month.  How amazing is it that you can get TWO packages each month with this services?

Want More Perks??

Cate & Chloe also has an amazing referral program.  If you can get just one friend to sign up, you can get 10% off of your monthly fees.  If you can get 5 friends to sign up, you will get 50% off of your monthly fees for as long as they are enrolled.  How amazing is that?? :)  Your friends wil even get 10% off of their first month.

You can also score major discounts by purchasing multiple months in advance.

How Do They Decide What to Send?

You will take a style quiz upon signing up. This will include questions such as what type of jewelry do you wear, who is your style icon, etc.

What Will My Package Look Like?

This is the part that blew me away.  I was so impressed with the personalization of the package I was sent.  Everything was in a beautiful pillow envelope wrapped in gorgeous ribbon.  Inside the box was adorable polka dot paper, a handwritten envelope with information inside, and a sturdy jewelry box that incased the most gorgeous pair of earrings that I now own.  These earrings are valued at $125.

Check Out My Goodies ;)






Why I Love These Earrings

Not only are these earrings stunning, the outer circle of diamonds are removeable so that you can wear the single stud alone.  These earrings immediately catch the light and make them almost impossible to get a great shot of.  Trust me, I was NOT disappointed. :)

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT A VIDEO OF THESE BEAUTIES ON MY INSTAGRAM PAGE CINA01.

THANKS FOR CHECKING OUT MY POST!

If you would love to check out the website to make a purchase or even sign up for a subscription of your own, click HERE.




Friday, April 4, 2014

NYC Expert Last Lipcolor Review

I received a GORGEOUS NYC Expert Last Lipcolor to use and review in my Influenster univoxbox.  I fell in love with the pretty fuschia shade first, but there was so much more to love!


How much did I love it, exactly?  Enough to go buy two more tubes! :)


Why I love NYC Expert Last Lipcolor
The first thing I noticed about this lip product upon application was how smooth and creamy it felt.  It was not heavy, but instead made my lips feel moisturized.  I also love that the color really is long lasting.  For the incredible price, this is a great buy!  I also love the varitety of shades offered.  I picked my extra products up at CVS for only $1.99.  

*I received this product for free for reviewing purposes, but the opinions are all my own.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Clarity Vitamin C Serum for Face Review and Coupon Code

I received a bottle of the Clarity Vitamin C Serum for Face to review and share with my readers.  This serum helps smooth the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.



About the Product
Clarity Vitamin C Serum antioxidant blend features Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, and Herbal Extracts, shown to smooth the skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and treat dark spots. Stimulate collagen production for radiant and youthful looking skin.




My Review
I really love the way this serum smells and feels.  It has a fresh, citrus scent that I expected.  The serum was a bit thinner than I thought it might be, but that is a definite plus in my book.  I don't care much for putting anything heavy on my face.  The serum was very easy to smooth on and really seemed to seep into my skin.  The first time I used it, my skin felt smooth, moisturized, and glowing.  I was pleasantly surprised that it did not leave my skin feeling oily.  I love the natural ingredients as well.

The morning after my first use, my skin was extremely soft.  Over the next few days, I noticed more even skin tone and a healthy glow.  I have high expectations for this product with extended use.

A Coupon Code For You
The company was so excited to share their product with you that they are extending a 15% coupon code just for you!  Just enter EUN15OFF at checkout.

Where to Buy
You can purchase this amazing product HERE.  

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