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I broke another brush….time for a detangler

Sigh…here we go again. Officially on the hunt for yet another brush. Why? You may ask. Well this smart one broke it. No, no my brush wasn’t involved in some catastrophic apocalyptic war that caused it to split in half, it was my hair. Yes ladies, my flippin hair broke my brush!

After years of damaging my hair with color treatments, heating tools and overall abuse, after each shower it becomes a hot mess of tangled tresses that are…well…capable of snapping a brush. Ever so frustrated and annoyed I called up my BFF aka my sister, to spill my heart and shared my woes, when she introduced me to probably the most genius product of all time….Suave Detangler…FOR KIDS!!

Yup, I just admitted it, I now shop in the kids aisle! But what am I supposed to do, this stuff is AWESOME! One quick spritz and poof! My hair is instantly transformed and can run a comb through it without a single snag!

Now before you dismiss me as a total weirdo, check out the pros and cons

PRO:

1. Two quick pumps is all it takes

2. Smells AMAZING (green apples is my fav)

3. Doesn’t sting your eyes, yes I speak from experience (tastes ok too)

4. CHEAP ($3-$5 USD)

5. Light weight formula doesn’t cause build up

6. Obviously child safe

7. Lasts forever! Totally depends on how much and how often you use

8. Adorable packaging

9. Reduces flyaways

CONS:

1. …..cant think of any ūüôā

So ladies, if you have a pile of hot mess on your head that you call hair, go give this product a try. I can’t begin to tell you how elated I am not to see a pile of hair on the floor every time I comb my tangled hair.

LORAC (Holy Moly Awesome) Pro Pallette

I’m on a makeup high and I am taking you with me. Now I’m a sucker for palettes because my delusional a** thinks I am getting more for my buck, but for this pallette, yup just roll me over and take all my money cause it is AWESOME!

WHAT: LORAC PRO Pallette

pallette

colors

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COST: $44 USD (cringe worthy, I know!)

COLOR PAYOFF: Oy where do I even begin? These have to be some of the softest most pigmented colors that I have ever used. The matte shades blend flawlessly and the shimmer/sheen shades are oh so pigmented. Its like butter baby, BUTTA I TELL YA! 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Pros

  • highly pigmented
  • beautiful neutral shades
  • easily bendable
  • convenient

Cons

  • Fallout, ugly ugly fallout
  • some colors easily dupeable by cheaper brands

 

You know what ladies we have all heard the hype about this palette and I feel that it is well worth the hype because I’m a lazy little bugger that likes all her products in one place. So while I may totally be in love with this palette at the moment because its all new and pretty, don’t take my word for it. Go out try ¬†it for yourself and leave me a comment sharing how you feel. Anywhozzles, love you all, till next time, adios my peps ūüôā

 

 

Sephora “Give Me Some Lip” Value Set

Hola my peeps ūüôā So after my 6 month long hiatus from buying makeup I may have gone a bit overboard but that’s cool, more stuff for me share with you guys….right (insert audio of you all patting my back while telling me its okay). Anyways, I love lip products, so lets get right into it.

Because I am a lip product junkie, I love bundle items like this that let me sample multiple  items/brands at once. Not only can I sample brands that I may have avoided thus far, but I can really get a feel for the product before throwing down an exorbitant amount of cash for a silly lip product

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What: Sephora “Give Me Some Lip” Value Set

How Much : $25 USD (online)

Products included :                      Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment 

                                                             Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Pink

                                                            Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly

                                                            NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight

                                                       Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb

                                                          Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster in Glitzy

lip samples

(Swatches in same order as listed above)

 

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment ($22.50) –Very nice “high end” lip balm. It gives you the perfect sheer, supple, red tint to your lips without going overboard. The consistency is slightly waxy/buttery and the product has a very pleasant “clean/lemon” smell. However, BEWARE, due to the chemical makeup of the product (or lack of chemicals) this product melts ridiculously fast, don’t leave it in the sun or your pocket for that matter. If I was looking for a fancy “chapstick” I would definitely buy this.

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Pink ($24)– This is a very sheer gloss that left me with a SLIGHT milky/peachy sheen on my lips. I did not find it to be sticky, tacky or slimy at all. I has a slight sweet (vanilla?) scent to it so keep that in mind when testing this product. Overall I really like this product however for the price and the lack of color, I will not be running to the store to buy the full size tube anytime soon.

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly ($22.50)- A very nice mauve color with a slight hint of shimmer. The consistency is on the thicker end and it is tacky. Buxom products usually promise to be long-lasting so the tackiness definitely helps with this. There is a minty smell and feel to the product which helps with the illusion of fuller and poutier lips, but don’t worry, the tingly feeling is short lived and not irritating. I have multiple Buxom lipgloss’ and I adore all of them.

NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight ($24)– Synonymous with Kim Kardashian, this product is exactly what I thought it would be: sheer and milky. Like the Laura Mercier gloss, there wasn’t much color pay off but I did like the smooth texture of the gloss. However unlike the Laura Mercier this gloss did have a slight chemical based smell, which I mean is manageable but still prevalent. Overall, I think this would be a great gloss to put over a nude lip color, but I don’t see myself running to buy this color.

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb ($24)- I have never tried any Bite Beauty products so this one really caught me off guard. What a wonderful lip product! Following the trend of twist up jumbo pencil lip products this is a twist up matte lip stick that feels very comfortable on the lips and lasts a decent amount of time. The color is beautiful deep rose/red shade which I found made me look more tanner then I really was but on my sister (who is much lighter then I) it really accented her porcelain skin. Great product, definitely would buy!

 Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster in Glitzy ($24)РI am a huge fan of the entire TARTE Insurgence line and this product is just another in a line of great products. With its signature minty taste and smell, this product glides on smoothly and the color is very similar to the Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Balm, but with a slight sheen/shimmer kick. Just a great everyday lip color to throw on while running out the door.

Overall: Well worth the $25 USD. Yes there were some definite hits and misses but then again that was due to my own personal preference. So if you have not already bought/tried this product…go on….go and get you some lip by Sephora ūüôā

Im BAAAAACCKKKK!!!!

Bada Bing Bada Boom! I’m back b*****s!¬†

Lol, no offense to any of my lovely readers but I’m glad to be back and ready to go ūüôā Thank you to everyone for all the lovely messages and wonderful comments I truly appreciate each and every one of you…..I just got busy with other stuff.

 

So where have I been??

1. I moved twice in the last two months to two different cities.

2. Got me a new job ūüôā

3. Went to Hawaii for a looooooong over due vacation 

4. Put my happy go lucky shopaholic ass on a budget AND STUCK TO IT!

5. Missed you all very much ūüôā

So ladies and boys, sit back, relax and get ready for some blogging from Sara ūüôā If you have any questions, comments, suggestions please go ahead and send them my way ūüôā¬†

Until next time…..much love and peace ya’ll!

Beauty Blogger VoxBox

STOP! Before you even continue, I need you, yes YOU, to go and sign up for Influenster.com. Why? Cause it’s AWESOME!

Influenster is a cool little site that lets you share your opinion on hoards of products, not just cosmetics, and in exchange they choose thousands of people to send free samples to try out. Last week I received my second VoxBox, and was super excited to try to the products out.

What was included?

ALL THIS STUFF!

AND the Goody Hair pins that you screw into your bun (Pic disappeared for some reason)

So, is it the coolest stuff? Maybe not, but its FREE and its your chance to get you opinion finally heard! So go on, go and sign up today ūüôā

Time to get Nude with Tude

Hello my lovely readers ūüôā So lately I’ve had a no makeup kind of attitude. After literally dumping all my makeup on the floor and calculating how much damage I had done to my wallet, I swore off buying new makeup until I¬†finished¬†the one I had.

Well this idea lasted all about 2 minutes ūüôā¬†

Recently I signed up for HauteLook (Review up later) and on the first day they had discounts on TheBalm products, so you know me, I HAD to buy something! So what did I buy? Only the awesomest palette EVER!

The Nude ‘tude palette comes in an adorable casing

Take it out of the case, open the magnetically held cover and Voila! pretty colors for a nice neutral with a pop kind of look.

Oh yeah, the dual headed brush included…pretty nice. Fits nicely into my crease and gives nice sharp lines.

SWATCHES! You know you wanted to see some swatches ūüôā The colors are a nice mix of frost and matte.

Overall: Ok, so this palette isn’t the most awesomest palette ever, but it¬†definitely¬†is very nice. The colors are very pigmented, go on¬†easily¬†with¬†little¬†fall out and last a very long time. Lately I have been using the darker shades¬†just¬†as a smudged¬†liner¬† and the effect is very sexy sultry but wearable.

Normally this palette sells for $36 USD but I bought it for half the price, and for that price, yup this is¬†definitely¬†my go to palette ūüôā

WTH!!! Sara is alive??? + project 10 product

Hello? Heelllloooooo? Is anyone there, does ¬†anyone still read this blog? LOL, hi my lovely readers, long time no communicate. Who would have thunk that a new job would mean 16 hour work days? NOT ME!¬†But,¬†I’m¬†here,¬†I’m¬†rearing to ¬†share my thoughts so lets get started!

So this summer, I decided to go on a shopping hiatus. This meant NO new makeup, NO new bath products, NO new nothing! I wanted to force myself to use up all that I had stock piled. So how did I do? Take a look ūüôā

 

  1. generic baby wipes to remove makeup
  2. 2 tubes of Milani lipgloss
  3. Benefit Lip Plump
  4. Dove deodorant
  5. Clarisonic cleaning brush
  6. Kiels eyecream
  7. Revlon Colorstay Foundation
  8. Neutrogena Acne Face Wash
  9. Maybelline clear mascara
  10. Maybelline Stiletto liner
  11. Maybelline Lash Stilletto mascara
  12. Smashbox Hyperlash mascara
  13. Loreal Collagen Mascara
  14. Maybelline One-by-One Mascara
  15. Elf  Clear gel
  16. Revlon Lash grow Mascara
  17. Maybelline Falsies Mascara
  18. Essence Gel Liner Black an d Purple
  19. Acuve Oasis contact lenses
  20. FAB shaing cream
  21. Bigelow lotion
  22. Perricone MD moisturizer

 

Considering I’m addicted to cosmetics, I think I did fairly well. I¬†knocked¬†out most of my mascara collection, cut out all my skin care¬†samples, ¬†finally finished my foundation¬†and¬†even used my Clarisonic so much that now I need a new brush.

Phewww Im exhausted, just¬†looking at¬†this huge pile in front of me is making me nervous, its like there is a huge void on my vanity…must…replenish…NOW!

Meet my homegirl Mia….she’s a Clarisonic :)

About a month back I purchased a Clarisonic and after using it about three times per week and then reducing it to¬†once¬† or twice ¬†a week, I can honestly say I love it ūüôā

So if your interested in an in-depth ¬†review keep reading ūüôā

Product: Included in the kit were:

  • Clarisonic¬ģ Mia¬†with one speed (Waterproof), international pLink‚ĄĘ Charger for worldwide use, sensitive Brush Head and trial Size Cleanser
  • Nutritive Cleanser-with Alpha Lipoic Acid and DMAE¬†($14 Value)- It is formulated to reveal a brighter and smoother skin surface and helps to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores. It leaves skin looking radiant and perfectly prepared for treatment.
  • Neuropeptide Firming Moisturizer¬†($37 Value)- This superior hydrating cream delivers advanced proprietary Neuropeptide technology to help firm sagging skin while correcting the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Developed for skin that is dehydrated and has lost elasticity.

Pricing: $119 USD, but with coupons and online rebates, I paid $90.

Pros: 

  • After the first use my skin felt smoother and cleaner
  • After three uses, my skin saw a decrease in redness, and smaller pores started to disappear
  • Removed makeup even after I thought I had removed everything with traditional cleansers
  • After 2 weeks saw a reduction in oiliness of face
  • Price motivated me to maintain a cleansing routine
  • Very portable and compact
  • Built in timer assures proper time is taken to cleanse

Cons:

  • Price ¬†for both machine and replacement heads that you need every three months ($40 USD)
  • One brush head regardless ¬†of ¬†skin type or need
  • Brush head was a lot rougher then I thought, took ¬†some breaking into.

OVERALL:

I love it! Honestly I didn’t have any expectations for this product. Yes,¬†I read reviews, watched videos and was enticed to buy it, but I really thought it was just gonna be something that I used¬†sometimes, maybe if I remembered.¬†

However, this little sucker has changed my life , for reals. My skin looks fresh, hydrated, and dirt free. My pores are shrinking and my blemishes are gone. Plus as an unexpected bonus, I use less foundation! My skin is looking so healthy that I no longer feel the need to wear much makeup ūüôā

So if you have been thinking of getting one, I say do it! It is well worth the investment : )

My sister tried the Clarisonic for two weeks and this is what happened!!

Review: AHAVA Cream Body Wash

Products: AHAVA Mineral Botanic Cream Body Wash- Hibiscus & Fig

Claims to use natural minerals and salts for the Dead Sea for therapeutic powers and cosmetic benefits.

Price: $23 USD for 17oz.

Performance: Uhhh, hello silk in a bottle ūüôā Ya’ll I didn’t have any expectations for this product, I mean I had heard of AHAVA but was never really interested. So when I got in the shower and poured some on my loofah, I was shocked by the amount of ¬†lather and suds this product made, a very¬†pleasant¬†surprise. Furthermore, as I started to loofah away, the smooth and silky feeling was awesome, so awesome that I actually giggled because I was so surprised about how nice the cream wash felt on my skin. As an added bonus, since a small amount really does go a long way, one squirt of product lasted my whole shower.

Benefits: I am not a fan of summer because it is wretched for my skin. Due to high temperatures (it is a 112F in Cali where I live, today) and sun exposure, I always get mild heat rashes, discoloration on my face and just overall irritated skin. What the AHAVA did right after the first use, was calm my skin and sooth the irritations. Within a few days, I saw  my skin kinda clear up and look refreshed.

Overall: I would recommend this product for people with sensitive or dry skin. Designed specifically for dry skin, I can see how this product can be moisturizing and soothing, but on my normal/combo skin, while it helped calm my skin, it didn’t do much for moisturizing. And although the product does have a very nice slightly floral smell, it does not linger on the skin very long, which can be a plus for people who have skin allergies to added oils and scents.

Would I buy it again? For the summer I definitely would just because it is so gentle and light weight, but for winter I would definitely opt for a more moisturizing body wash.

 

FREE SAMPLES!!! Influenster Summer VoxBox

For those that don’t know, influenster.com is a review website, that you sign up for free, take a few quizzes to earn badges and done, wait to see if you get a free test box. Now, I am so sorry I don’t remember whose post I read that made me go to the site, but if you are reading this, thank you!

I signed up last month, and was so excited when I got when I got one in the mail  last week and this is what they sent !

This promised ¬†to soften hands, smooth cuticles and condition nails. I’m not sure if it did all that, or if I need to give it a bit more time, but this light weight lotion with its citrusy smell, is the perfect summer hand lotion to through in my purse.

Got one of these bars and I loved it! Alone it was yummy with its banana bread taste, but warmed up…..it took it to a whole ‘nother level! Yum ūüôā

Yup, pads tampons, liners. But I must say, the wristlet¬†is very cute ūüôā

Cant wait to try this! It’s the awesome nail polish that you put on, hold a magnet over and WOW, a cool pattern, very¬†psychedelic¬†ūüôā

Finally got a sample of sunscreen, and I must say I really like it! I have oily skin, and when I put sunscreen on it just becomes more greasy looking, but so far, this has not done that. It goes on like a lotion, has a really pleasant shea butter texture and smell and rubs in without the white shadow that other sunscreens give.

Final Word: Go sign-up everyone, you have nothing to lose. Seriously, take a few quizzes and that’s it ūüôā

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