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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 🙂

Yup, pads tampons, liners. But I must say, the wristlet is very cute 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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June Julep Box

Yes, I know it’s July but last month while binge shopping, I decided to try another Julep box, and TADAAAAAA this is what I got 🙂

So of course I went for the big bottle at first, and its a heat tamer/shine spray, and YUM it smells (LOL I almost typed tastes) like strawberries.

In the bag of goodies was this thingy…a lip plumper? Yup. Ladies this color sucks but the plumping action is great! Usually, plumper’s never work on me but this lasted almost an hour which, is eons longer then any other plumper I have tried.

Its called Ultra Violet and while it makes a pretty swatch, the color didn’t work for me, it went on very streaky and the color clumped around my mouth.

Here’s the colors. Top is Natalie, a very dupeable pink. Although it is a very nice true pink, Sally Hansen and Sinful Colors have the same pink. The bottom one is Emilie, the love child of  forest green and true green. It’s a nice shade, but looks horrible on my summer tanned hands.

My hand model this month is my sister 🙂 poor thing came to  visit, and the minute she walked into my apartment, I attacked her with beauty products and literally paid her to be my test dummy for the week 🙂 Love her!

Confessions of a Nail Junkie Part 2

My heart is sad and weeping. I never thought it would come to this. When I brought each one home, I promised to love and cherish them equally. But as the days, months, years passed, I knew I had lied. I quickly picked favorites and pushed all the others aside. Finally seeing how much I had hurt the ones I neglected, I gave away 20 of my babies….this is what I am left with.

Just me  and 80(ish) of my closest babies 😦

Hahaha, ya’ll I had, had enough. My “nail” drawer was over flowing and quite frankly it was time to downsize. I threw some away, gave some to my sis, and yup this is what I have. Apparently I like purple 🙂

Still not liking the idea of  digging through a drawer to find the perfect shade, I bought me a bunch of practice nail wheels off ebay for like a $1 for a pack of 5 and now I can just check the nail wheel for what color my heart fancies for the day and bada-bing bada-boom, cuts down on clutter time since I don’t have to dump the drawer out no more.

I am a work in progress, and  I swear no more nail polish till I wear each color at least once. Happy painting everyone 🙂

SIDE NOTE: I lied…..after writing this post, I went to Target for a loaf of bread and toothpaste  and came back with 2 new polishes…whoops 🙂

Quick 5 Min Bling Nails for Paaarrtttaaayyy!!!

(Ok I lied…the nails don’t take 5 minutes to create but it does take less the 5 minutes to apply)

So if u have ever been a bridesmaid or party of the wedding party, especially the bride’s side, then u know it can get pretty chaotic 🙂 If u read my last post, then u know my cousin got married about a week ago, and because I was  so involved in her week-long festivities, I didn’t really have any time to go get myself all dolled up (ie. mani/pedi).

So being creative, I came up with an idea to give my nails an instant makeover (given some prepping of course)

I have a bunch of cheap fake nail kits lying around, and given I have no intention of wearing them, I decided to sacrifice a box for beauty 🙂

I decided to use this specific design because the nail already had a partitioned design

Since my sari was black and purple, I painted the base purple

and obviously painted the top black. Ignore the weird and ugly  flash/distorted color look…this is just a sample nail to show u all what I did 🙂 

Using a glitter polish specifically for designing, I  lined the middle (hang on ladies, I swear the finished product is worth it, hahaha)

Using my fancy jewels that I have neglected to use for months, I bejeweled the nails for my thumb and ring finger

 

So thats it ladies. I busted my hands all week, and five minutes before heading the reception I glued these bad boys on and BAM fabuloso! So while all the other girls worried about ruining their mani’s all week, I got to  be carefree all week and then just as fabulous at the party 🙂 

Oh if any of u were wondering, I didn’t apply the glue all over as recomned that way as soon as the party ended, off came the heel, down went the hair and pop pop pop..off went the nails 🙂

Hope u all enjoyed 🙂

Makeup Tips & Tricks That REALLY Work!

He ya’ll so last week I read a blog by Oh! Apostrophe (who by the way is the darlingest thing ever so do go check her out!) and she had re-blogged about this 30 day makeup challenge where you have a different task to do daily.

At first I was all psyched, like “Yeah, cool got me some new ideas! Totally gonna do this! ” (said in radical white surfer dude voice), but here I am four days later and well, lets just  say it….FAIL! 🙂

So what I decided to do instead was pick and choose the tasks that I liked best and share my idea with you all. The first one that stood out to me the one about sharing tips and tricks that I may know….so here I go:

1. Concealer brushes were made for a reason! While I do believe you can use any brush for any task you want, concealer brushes are that perfect size to cover your problem areas. So ladies put down the spatulas, and brushes the size of your head and just use the tiny brush (or ur finger) to only cover the problem area. You save product and you avoid the cake face. So conceal, dab dab dab to blend edges…done

2. Clear Mascara isn’t just for your lashes! It is also a great brow setter and a quick way to make your wispy fly-away hairs stay in place.

3. Lipstick is a multi-tasker! Lips, cheek stain, eye primer…it does it all.

4. Gloss=gorgeous lips! Just dab some gloss in the center of your bottom lip and BAM! sexy lips…OH add a small highlight to your cupids bow for extra plumpness

5. Bronzer is your friend! I was never a bronzer girl cause I always feared looking like Snooki or overdone. However, with the right color I found it can do wonders. Applied in a “3” motion on my round face and then WATCH OUT sexy face! (Plus I can now hide my double chin without dieting 🙂  OOOOO and if you dont want a powder bronzer, just buy a foundation colors a few shades darker and tada you got your self a liquid bronzer

6. Look wide-eyed with white: I think everyone already knows that if you put white liner on your lower inner lid that it will make your eyes look wider and alert. For me I find the white to be too harsh, so I  use a nude pencil which works the same way 

7. Baby Powder/Baking Soda to the rescue: If you are a grease ball or just lazy and don’t like washing  your hair, use baby powder or baking soda to suck up all the oils in  your head. Get a small amount, work it into roots, comb out, done! (more suitable for lighter hair)

8. STOP smiling when applying blush! This is as an old school trick that we have all used but need to stop. When you smile your cheeks are higher, when you stop smiling they go back down. So while you might have thought you just applied some sexy blush to your gorgeous cheeks…think again because now its down to your jowls 🙂

9. Use mascara to cover your pesky greys! Enough said.

10. Make your own tinted moisturizer! Foundation+ Moisturizer=$ saved 

11. Make your OWN exfoliator: Recipes everywhere online but basically sugar+oil/lotion= cheap natural alternative

12. No SPF for photos! I know this is controversial, but in order to avoid the ghost face in pictures, avoid makeup with titanium dioxide or SPF. Usually the setting powder is the culprit.

13. Brush your lips! For smooth kissable lips, gently exfoliate your lips with your toothbrush to buff off all the icky dead skin and apply a balm to finish off.

14. Layer you Mascara! Love the idea of water proof mascara but hate taking it off? Well first apply a regular mascara and then top it with a waterproof one. This way the water  proof formula locks onto the regular mascara and not your lashes making it easier to remove 🙂

15.Instant facelift! Go look at yourself in the mirror and smile. anywhere you see a shadow (upper and lower lip, corner of eyes) apply a small amount ofshimmer or off white color to give you a quick pick me up effect 🙂

16. Base coat and buff your nails! If you have ever worn nail polish only to find it stained your nails once you removed it, don’t worry. Simply use a buffer to remove the stain and apply a base coat next time.

17. Burn you pencil Liner! When your pencil  liner dries out or breaks and you can’t sharpen it, use a lighter to gently warm up the tip and within seconds, you got a functioning pencil.

18. Starighten Up! For extra volume when straightening hair, pull hair up and away from scalp instead of straight down for instant volume

19. Suck a finger! NOW DONT YOU ALL GET ANY WRONG IDEAS! LOL! when you wear a darker lipstick they have a tendency to get on your teeth. To avoid that after you have applied the lipstick, put you finger in your mouth like a lollipop, close mouth and pull finger out.  All the excess color will have come off on your finger 🙂

So ladies, these are just a few tips for you all to try if you  didn’t already know them, I have TONS more to share  with you all, but I would love to read about your tips and tricks so please do share in the comments or make a post of your own 🙂

Seche Vite Anyone???

If you read my post “Confessions of a Nail Polish Junkie” then you know I have a serious nail polish addiction 🙂 And  while I know this addiction is harmful both to my wallet and my poor roommate who has to smell the stench of polish almost daily, I just can’t help it.

So while rummaging through my rainbow of colors  trying  to find the color of the day, I came upon Seche Vite, the over-hyped, over priced, fast  drying top coat that some manicurists swear by. So is it worth it???? Read on 🙂

Packaging: Clear nail polish top coat looking bottle with a normal sized brush.

Price: $7-$20 USD depending on where you buy it. OUCH!

Product/Application:

PROS:

  • After applying nail polish and all the bejeweling details you want, apply one coat of this sucker and VOILA! Dry in less than twenty seconds. No joke!
  • Bottle lasts a while depending on how much of a nail polish junkie you are 🙂
  • DRIES SUPER FAST
  • DRIES SUPER FAST
  • DRIES SUPER FAST

CONS

  • Price is crazy
  • Smell is HORENDOUS!!! It takes a while to get used to the  lacquer smell
  • Doesn’t really help MY nail  polish last longer, and instead of chipping it does more of a peeling affect which is fun to remove like a sticker 🙂

Overall:

I REAALLLLYYY like this product. I think it does exactly what it says and who doesn’t want dry nails within seconds 🙂 However because it is pricey I hesitate to recommend it to my budget conscious beauties who read this  blog and are just looking for cheap, readily accessible beauty products. BUT if you want dry nails ASAP, got some extra bucks for a great top coat, then go for it.

As for me, I think after I finish my bottle I might hold off on  buying another because I change my nail polish SOOOO much, that putting on such an expensive top coat just is not worth it to me.

HUGE E.L.F HAUL!!!

I’m covered in swatches and I’m loving it!!! I love getting goodies in the mail, especially if they are free or I got a great deal. In this haul I got both!!! YAY!

For about $30 USD I got all the following and yup you better believe my face is going to be or is already decorated with all these goodies 🙂

These are all the goodies

  • 1 Blushed and Bronzed Kit
  • 5 Nail Polish
  • 1 Natural Lash Kit
  • 2 Shimmer Lip Gloss
  • 1 Hypershine Lipgloss
  • 2 Lipstick
  • 1 Mineral Infused Face Primer
  • 1 Eyeshdow Lid Primer
  • 1 Angled Eyeliner Brush
  • 10 Mineral Eyeshadows
MINI REVIEWS/ SWATCHES

Packaging and product is a wanna be dupe for NARS Laguna/Orgasm. Don’t know if it really is, but on my light/medium skin this looks great 🙂

Just the right shade of bronzer and really nice blush

Top to Bottom:  Hypershine Gloss in Joy, Shimmer Lipglos in Inspire and Fantasize

Really like the colors, the top one is a really nice transluscent type of effect but hate the brush on applicator. It’s supposed to look  and work like the Stila lip thingy majigers, but it doesn’t. The middle one is a really nice baby pink that I actually really liked and the bottom one has a nice sheen affect, but the once again the doe foot applicators were so flimsy, they seemed like they would snap.

Left to Right: Light Pink, Mint Cream, Coral Dream, Dark Navy, Party Peach

The light pink is invisible, the coral dream is a gorgeous creamy orange, the mint cream is a long distant relative of For Audrey by O.P.I, the party peach is a neon red-orange (more orange) and the dark navy is….dark navy 🙂

Top lipstick is Classy bottom is Charming. Classy is a wanna be impersonator of the MAC Viva Glam Nicky/Gaga Family and charming is a great neutral coral color for me because it is just a few shades brighter than my natural lip color

Epic swatching and photo taking skills at their finest ladies and gentlemen:)

All the shadows are very glittery/frosty and require a good base. Expect a lot of loose fall out because they are loose pigments, but the color pay off is wonderful and they are very blendable/wearable. Would look AWESOME on darker skin 🙂 (Sidenote: these were all “free” with ELF’s 10 mineral shadows for free promotion)

Left to Right:

Sweet- A soft baby pink

Elegant- Cream colored, great for highlight

Bronzed-Reddish/Brown bronze

Trendy-Gorgeous Mauve

Wild- Earthy brown tone

Glamorous- Deep pinky plum color

Wild-combo of mauve and purple

Earthy- gorgeous earthy green….LOVE

Royal-Blue

Dreamy-teal

Ya’ll I am having so much fun playing dress up right now, I can’t even explain 🙂  More detailed reviews will be coming up shortly as soon as I am done playing 🙂

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