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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!

Just some random chit-chat

Life is random.

I am random.

Up until this very point during which you are reading this, everything I have done, everywhere I have gone, even the person I have become is defined by that one word, random.

I apologize if this isn’t the type of post you are used to reading from me, but, given the events that have taken place in my life ¬†(no worries nothing bad, in fact I got a new job), I felt compelled to put my thoughts out into the universe.

I don’t know why, but¬†every time¬†when I actively go out of my way to make things happen, nothing ever goes right, but the second I stop and just let my world be, things start to fall in place. Had someone told me ten years ago that I would be sitting here today doing what I do, seeing what I have seen¬†and¬†done the things I have done, I would have called them crazy. But now that it has all been said and done, I am amazed, shocked and just in pure awe of the way my life has turned out.

They say live the life you will be proud of, but I don’t know if that is the exact word I would use, I want to be content. My biggest goal in life is to one day, when I am all old and grey, to be on my¬†porch, sitting in my rocking chair, over look the fields and fields of grass all around me and think ¬†“Sara, you did good.”

Am I there yet, no, will I get there, yes.

Life is random.

I am random.

 

 

 

 

Now for those thinking this is some sort of encrypted suicide note, lol, no worries my dears I am perfectly fine.

 

 

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

US Glossybox!

For those who didn’t know, Glossybox has come to America! Primarily an international monthly beauty box, Glossybox did a mass Youtube promotion last month for their lauch here in the US and wanting to compare it to other monthly subscribtion boxes, ¬†I bought one, and here’s what I got ūüôā

 

 

 

WOW!!! How cool! Another perfume sample! Just what I always wanted! ūüôā

 

 

Smells like my grandmas spice cabinet…lemon, ginger, juniper…sounds good but yuck!

 

 

 

 

 

FULL SIZE SAMPLE !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is an eyeshadow base, the packaging is very cheap looking and feeling. Generally for makeup artists, it retails for $20USD

 

 

 

 

 

This is where it gets good though. The color is a gorgeous purple mauve. Its goes on smooth not tacky and stays put for a long time. 

More eye cream goodies

I was excited to try this product, the AHAVA cream body wash, because I could smell it through the box, but then I realized the only reason I could smell it was because it had all spilled out ūüė¶

This shaving cream is the bomb.com ( yeah i just said that!). It goes on¬†without¬†much lather and has no scent, but the after effects are just awesome. My legs were so silky smooth that I¬†couldn’t¬†help but bring out my short shorts ūüôā

Final Verdict: Glossybox kicks the other boxes ass! Even with one missing product (which they said they would send and replace my AHAVA), this box was great. Yes the price is steep ($23 USD depending on location) but you actually get a lot of full size products. Plus the box everything comes in is just adorable!

So would I buy it again?…..I think I would ūüôā

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