Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Influenster Campaign

Head and Shoulders Instant Relief Oil Control Shampoo and Conditioner

Ladies... I'm totally in love with this one. I've been struggling to find a shampoo that does something for my hair. I kid you not, it's been a losing battle for me until Influenster and Head and Shoulders were nice enough to send me full sized bottles of this new shampoo and conditioner set for free, as part of the VoxBox program. As you guys may or may not know, as a reviewer for Influenster, I am occasionally sent products free of charge with the intention of me giving my honest opinion both on the company's sites as well as on my own personal social media and blogs. First let me say, I was excited to receive full sized products as my first box from Influenster (which I received a few months ago and never managed to get a post up until now), since I had heard that often they only send you sample sized items.

I've always loved the way Head and Shoulders products make my hair feel, but this product is beyond that feeling. They weren't kidding when they said you can instantly feel the oil being taken out of your hair as you massage it in. You can feel a fresh sensation and the scent is amazing. It contains mango and citrus, and smells kind of like limes. Every time I use this I feel like my hair is absolutely buildup and dandruff free, and the oily feeling in my hair doesn't return for days. I tend to rinse my hair every day, but only use shampoo about every 3 days, and with this shampoo I have been able to do this more comfortably without my hair feeling oily and dirty or looking like a greasy mess. I will definitely be repurchasing this one for years to come, because I have never been happier with a shampoo and conditioner than I am with this one. If you've got dandruff or oily hair, and you need a new shampoo I highly recommend giving this one a try.

Stay Beautiful, Beauty Queens.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Balanced and Beautiful

Wet 'N Wild Correcting Palette

Four different shades for creating the perfect face. Yellow to cancel out any blue color from veins and bruising, green to cancel out redness from skin irritation and acne, purple for covering dark spots and neutralizing yellow tones in things like bruising. The fourth color is a pearl white cream highlighter to accentuate the natural features of the face.

I can't speak for the purple color, as I haven't had a reason to use it yet, but the highlighter and the yellow and green colors are beautiful to blend and give great coverage and cancellation of unwanted colors. The highlight is a very gentle pearlized cream which is nice for me because it gives you a more dewy finish to the skin rather than more chunkier glitter which reflects more light, but can look shiny and mimic oiliness. The highlighter isn't my favorite, but I do like it. I'm more of a fan of using the yellow side of my Hard Candy Sunburst Ombre Blush. The yellow color works great for covering blue tones from veins around the eyes and on the face. I've used this multiple times to cover dark circles under my eyes from late nights of studying followed by insufficient amounts of sleep. I've also used it to cover a large vein that shows on my upper chest when I wear lower cut clothing. I've been using green cover up for ages to help cancel out acne redness, sunburn, and other facial redness. I like the formula and blendability of the product in this palette, but I'm still partial to my Physician's Formula stick because it blends in a bit better when using liquid foundation. I've noticed with the one from Wet 'N Wild that it the green becomes a little too sheer because the liquid foundation will move the product around.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ombre with Ease

Hard Candy Ombre Lipstick in Playful

I'm iffy on this one to be totally honest with you, ladies. I had heard a lot of good things about this lipstick before I went out and purchased it for my own use. However, I am not as happy with it as I thought I would be. I'm not entirely crazy about the color I bought, because for whatever reason the peachy tone on the one side comes off very orange on my lips. I'm also a bit upset with the smell of the product, because it reminds me of crayons which kind of turns me off to wearing it. Finally, the sheer size of the packaging versus how much product you get is upsetting. The casing takes up almost twice the space that the actual product needs.
The formula is super creamy, but stays in the lines of the lips very well without lip liner and doesn't bleed. The colors ombré together very easily. Before I come to a complete conclusion on this product I may go out and purchase another color and see how I feel about it once I like the color more.
There are a lot of things I like about it, but some fairly important ones I could do without. I'd love to see either more product or less packaging...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Shimmer, Shine and Glow

Glow All the Way Ombre Blush in Sunburst

You guys know from reading many of my posts, as well as if you read my About Me page, that I'm extremely against glittery face products. However, this blush is kind of the bomb.

Yes... I just said that about an incredibly shiny product. One side of this product is a peachy yellow color, and the other is a nice pink color. Mixing the colors together gives you a gorgeous baby pink shimmer, but my favorite thing to do is wear the yellow as  a highlight, and place the mixed shades over my blush if I want a bit of shimmer over my typical matte blush.
I have used the darker pink on it's own and I do like the color of it, however I find that for spring/summer it adds a bit too much color to my face. I tend to prefer more subtle shades in the warmer months, and deeper cheeks in the colder ones. I do love the way this product as a whole wears. The shine is actually wonderful, because of how finely milled the powder is, and as a highlight the yellow tone really gives the face a lovely subtle glow. The products last all day and, as I've seen on myself at least, they don't smudge off or move around on the skin throughout the day.
This product is as good as any other higher end product I have tried, and if recommend everyone purchase this.

Shop smart and as always stay beautiful!

Better Than Falsies

Ladies, this product may be the best invention ever on a budget. The Hard Candy 1000 Lashes Fiberized Lash Weave Primer is the most amazing thing I have ever tried. Don't like wearing false lashes on a daily basis, but need a little extra length and fullness? This stuff does the trick! I don't really even wear my falsies anymore after trying this product for the first time, except for if I want extra drama, or if I'm doing a photoshoot. I fell in love after one application.

The fibers attached easily and stayed adhered even with me touching my lashes once they were dry. Putting my regular mascara, CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion in Black, over this product covered it beautifully and didn't cause any of the fibers to fall off. This was the part I was most worried about, because I didn't know how well the fibers would adhere to my lashes, and I hoped that they wouldn't peel right off or slide around when the mascara wet them again. Since the primer and fibers are white in color I was very happy to see that my mascara covered them fully without any whiteness showing through.

The packaging looks a little cheap, which made me a little worried about the quality at first, but I have no complaints about this product so far. I love wearing this on a night out to give my lashes a bit more punch and flair. I have very thick and long lashes to begin with, so falsies often are a bit much when people are close up to me. I'm also able to wear this during the day without looking like I forgot to take my falsies off from the night before. I'm very happy to have found an affordable version of fiber lash extensions in the drugstore that work as well as I have heard the high end brands do.

You have got to go out and grab this product. You will not be sorry!

Get them glam lashes on, get out there and have a blast, and as always Stay Beautiful.

My 'Unexpected Event' Kit

I have this little kit that I keep in my car with some items in it for those times when you get stuck somewhere overnight, something comes up out of the blue, or you just simply are in a rush and forget something important. I keep beauty items, lifestyle items, and even some health items in it along with a few things that are just useful . I'll make a detailed list below of what I keep in mine so you can use it to make a kit for yourself. My bag is big enough to hold everything I need, but also still small enough to fit under my drivers seat. Most of the products in this bag are small samples only good for one or two uses or one use testers. My kit isn't meant for daily use or for extended use like on trips, but it is useful for those unexpected nights away from home or impromptu plans with friends.

Along with this kit, I keep a bag in my trunk with a change of clothes I don't mind getting dirty in (in case changing tires or going under the car hood and getting greasy needs to happen), an outfit that looks a little dressy just in case I decide to go out and don't have time to go home and change, and in the winter I keep a couple of jackets and a pair of sweats in case extra layers are necessary to keep warm in emergencies.

Beauty Items
- Bobby Pins
- Tweezers
- Nail Clippers
- Body Lotion
- Face Lotion
- Shampoo
- Conditioner
- Body Wash
- Face Wash
- Deodorant
- Chapstick
- Cotton Pads/ Q-Tips
- Makeup Brushes
- Nail File
- Eyeliner
- Eyeshadow (Trial Card)

Lifestyle Items
- Hairbrush
- Hair tie (even though my hair is too short to need one)
- Mirror
- Tampons/Pads

Health Items
- Toothbrush
- Toothpaste
- Mouthwash
- Floss
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet Naps

Useful Stuff
- Pen
- Pad of Sticky Notes
- A plastic card to clip my rings on if I take them off so I don't lose them
- Eyeglass Cleaning Cloth

Other Useful Items in my Car
- Blankets
- Car Jumpstarter Cables
- Mini Generator/Air Compressor
- Car Jumper Box (because you don't need someone else's car to jump yours this way)
- Matches
- Hook Bungee Cables
- Pocket Knife
- Screwdrivers

I hope this is a helpful list of things that you might wish to put in an 'Unexpected Events' kit for your car to be prepared in any situation that my crop up.

Stay safe, Explore the World, and As always Stay Beautiful.