Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dancing with the Stars Hair U Wear Giveaway

Hey beauties! Are you watching Dancing with the Stars this season? I know I am and everyone looks more gorgeous then ever! And as a quick fun giveaway, (since I haven't done one in quite a while) Hair U Wear is offering one of my readers a clip in of their choice.  Dancing with the Stars is the hottest competition on TV right now! Vote for your favorite look of the week and win the matching Dancing with the Stars Collection from Put on Pieces by HairUWear in the color of your choice to recreate the look!

Here are the different pieces to choose from:

Glamarama- offers soft waves on a clip-in comb to add style, volume, and elegance to any look. Go! Go!

 Girl Hair Extension-18” layered one-piece clip-in extension can be easily styled with heat to create instant volume, length, and desired waves. 

 Side Swept – Side angled clip-in bang offering offering the style without the commitment!

Who do you like this year? Can't wait to see who wins!! To win, all you have to do is follow the below steps: Winner gets their choice of hair extension from the Dancing with the Stars Collection!

- Tell me in a comment your favorite look from this season!!!! (Mandatory Entry!)

-For an Extra Entry Follow me On Twitter Or Instagram Or Both for 2 Entries! Good luck gorgeous!!! I can't wait for the grand finale!!! US Only Please Winner will be chosen 5/1/2014.

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thymes Day to Night Essential Must Have for Spring

Day-to-night looks can be tricky to master, but it’s not all about mastering the art of the clothes. Providing yourself with the key essentials in your bag is vital and will help make the transition effortless! Thymes’s Studio Collection, launching this spring, includes SIX beautifully scented Cologne Rollerballs to easily take your favorite fragrance on the go!

The collection includes six amazing scents:

 Aqua Coralline:  Pure water lily, delicately floral white cyclamen, and crisp driftwood
 Jade Matcha: Sweet bergamot, tangy lemongrass, spicy cardamom, Tonka bean and sugarcane
 Kimono Rose: Satiny rose, peony, and jasmine
 Lotus Santal: Plum wood, patchouli, and spicy clove 
 Rosewood Citron: Fresh and woody vetiver, bright citron, and sparkling grapefruit
 Tiare Monoi: Tiare flowers, wild jasmine, delicate osmanthus and ylang

Each rollerball sells for $19 and is available at Thyme's website.  I checked out the Rosewood Citron. which is a seductive scent of rose and jasmine combined for a soft feminine scent. I first have to tell all of you that my mom is obsessed with the Thymes soaps. I asked her how she even knew about Thymes and she told me Thymes is a huge hit at the local upscale grocery store, AJ's down the street. It's her absolute favorite soap and after I smelled the scent in her guest bathroom I could tell why. Thymes is a a company that KNOWS soap, and knows what smells good on the skin. No joke.

I am SO not a fan of Rose smelling anything so when I saw "Rosewood Citron" I had a feeling I would hate it.  Rose? Ew reminds me of my grandma's perfume.  Surprise surprise, I really like it. As soon as I put it on my husband said, " Ohhhh what are you wearing? Smells sexy!" Usually I write my own description of what something smells like, but I stared at my computer for about 20 minutes trying to put this fragrance in words. Pretty tough. So I think the website said it quite well.

"This sheer, sensuous floral is heightened with effervescent sweet clementine and voluptuous cassis on a bed of satiny rose, peony and jasmine petals... finished with a creamy kiss of smooth, silken vanilla. Delicate but dynamic; soft-spoken, yet striking, it is a modern reflection of who you are... all wrapped up in one truly lovely fragrance. Extracts of magnolia, peony and rose provide a sense of tranquility, calmness and balance. Carry it with you for fast fragrance touch-ups that express your soft spoken, yet striking sides anywhere, anytime."

Yes perfect description hands down. If I had to describe this in one word, it would be "Sexy" I want to rename it, "Not your Grandma's Perfume"  It's perfect for everyday and also perfect for a night on the town with your man. I love rollerballs because I can stick them in my purse, and each time I go to the bathroom I can touch up on my wrists and neck. This was no exception to the rule, this is the perfect touch up smell. I feel like I need 3 to carry with me at all times.  It's very "soft" and by soft I mean it's not strong at all, so you can put it on anywhere on the body and anywhere around town,  and it won't irritate or bother anyone's nose. If you're looking for a seduction type fragrance that can lure your man in, I would choose the Rosewood Citron. I'm so curious to smell the others, and I wish there was a store I could pop into to smell each of them, but knowing what I know about Thymes, they are probably all fabulous. This scent along with the others are available now at Thymes for $19.

Disclosure: A press sample was sent to me for consideration from PR for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Lancome Lip Lover

Hey beauties! I'm so stoked that I finally got the chance to try out something from Lancome. I've been begging them forever to give me a chance to review a product, because I've been a huge fan of Lancome since I was a little girl. My mom used to use tons of Lancome products, so my very first "makeup experience" was probably something from Lancome. My mom would do my makeup for Halloween and pull out her Lancome collection of powders and I remember how fancy I felt.  I value the brand right up with my favorites like Chanel and Dior.   Lancome's newest product as of lately is the "Lip Lover Lipgloss" which not only comes in a fabulous sleek package, but the colors scream fancy fancy.

Not only is the beloved Emma Watson, (yes you know her from Harry Potter) the spokesperson for such a fabulous brand, but the sleek gorgeous gloss comes in 14 awesome colors:

Rose Contre-Temps (Light Pink)
Corail Cabriole (Pink)
Framboise Etoile (Red)
 Casse Noisette (Pink)
 Fuschia Attitude (Purple)
 Violette Pirouette (Light Purple)
 Beige Adage (Light Nude)
 Rose Ballet (Light Pink)
 Orange Manege (Orange)
Bouguet Final (Pink)
 Rose Attrape-Coeur (Light Pink)
 Lip Lover (Dark Pink)
Rose Des Nymphes (Medium Pink)
 Rose Des Cygnes (Pink)

I have Framboise Etoile (Red). You might think "Wow Red" It's not really red, it's more of a reddish pink. I can't stand "reds" but this color is really flattering on a nude lip.  I don't think this is red, more of a deep deep pink.

These are the pictures after a hour of wear. This is no where near a drastic red. It's a big deep at first, but it is almost more a lip stain that lips your puckers moisturized and enriched with color. Dare I say this to be one of my favorites that I hope doesn't go away for along time. And YES I know my shirt is inside out, call it more of an "artsy" Instagram photo.  I want this gloss in every color possible, but at $23 a Pop, (literally!) I will probably just purchase a couple of the baby pinks.  I give the packaging an A+, the formula an A+ and once again Lancome you are my hero.  I'm also loving the simplistic name, "Lip Lover" I just can't believe they would call this gorgeous color, "Red" because it sooo isn't.  Usually there are 1 or 2 colors in a collection that I frown at, but this entire set makes me drool.  What do you think? Are you going to purchase the Lancome Lip Lover? If it's too expensive for your pocketbook, at least consider swatching a bit on your next trip into Sephora. You will be hooked. 

And just so you can see all the gorgeous colors I saw at Sephora... 

Available now for purchase at Sephora and Nordstroms for $23 each. Read more on Lancome's site.

Disclosure: A press sample was sent to me for consideration from PR for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lush 2014 Easter!

There are a ton of things I love about Easter. I love getting the kids Easter baskets, decorating eggs, but I also love Lush and all the fabulous holiday collections, especially Easter. This year is no exception. I haven't purchased anything yet, but hopefully I will pick up a couple things before Easter hits.  Here is what's on the menu this year at Lush.

Bunch of Carrots
How cute is this? I totally want this fruit smelling, (go figure right?) carrot!
Hop into the tub this Easter with the best-smelling 'vegetable' you'll ever enjoy. These bubbly carrots may not improve your eyesight, but they will fill your bath with piles of rich, frothy lemon and bergamot-scented foam. Simply grab one of the carrots by its green top and hold it under the running tap to fill your tub with bubbly goodness, then set it aside for next time. Each carrot will create several bubbly baths, so you’ll get loads of bathing bliss out of this bunch!

Lush Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb 
A pretty pink, sugary sweet, candy-scented bath bomb.

Lush Golden Egg Bath Bomb
A bath melt and bomb all rolled into one that smells like Honey I Washed the Kids and kinda resembles something you’d pick up at the Wonka Factory too! The outer layer is rolled in a gorgeous skin softening bath melt where as the inner has all the makings of a fizzy bath bomb. It’ll create a luxurious fizzing bath of honey-toffee fragranced water and a bit of glitzy gold will decorate your bath as you bathe.

Lush The Brightside Bubble Bar
Break up this bubble bar into your tub and allow it to create Sicillian mandarin, bergamot and tangerine scented bubbles! Currently sold out I'm really wanting these. They make you look like a golden sparkly goddess as soon as you pop out of the tub.

All of Lush's Easter Collection is now available at Actually I lied, they aren't all available. The golden eggs are sold out, but I'm hoping they come back before Easter is over.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills has released a fabulous new powder palette called the "Contour Kit" which is sold out in several places including the Sephora down the street from me. I walked into Sephora and spoke with several of the women working there. They gushed about how fabulous the Contour Kit was and they could not WAIT to get it. It was sold out everywhere and all their friends that had it said it was their FAVORITE palette in their collection. So when I got the chance to try out the palette I was more then excited to check it out. 

First of all, the key to contouring and highlighting your face is to know your face shape and how you want it to appear. I have a natural thin face so contouring isn't always a good thing for me, since it almost sometimes makes my face look TOO thin. And you don't want a TOO THIN face. I always though contouring was more for girls with a fuller face.  I was so wrong.   

The Kit comes with 6 gorgeous colors. The top row is 3 powders Vanilla, Banana and Sand. These are used to highlight your face.  The 3 bottom colors, Java, Fawn and Havanna are used to contour. Contouring is all about shadowing and creating an illusion of depth to your face.  Pretty simple right? There is a way to make your face look flawless with the kit, but when done incorrectly you might look like a clown or just downright silly. The kit sells for $40 at Anastasia's website and Sephora. The size of the shadows is rather big so this palette could last you a very long time, so I think the price was fitting if not rather affordable for what you get.  

If you've never contoured before, please take note of these steps: I will tell you what I do to contour my face each day.

- Make sure you start with a cleansed face if and if possible exfoliate first.  Also use a primer before your foundation. You want your skin to look as smooth as possible so the contour looks perfect and won't smudge or spread around your face looking like dirt. Yuck. Nobody likes nasty dead skin.  Use a foundation that is the correct color for your face. If you opt for a DARKER foundation that is too dark for your skin, then your contour will look extra goofy. This is the mistake I've seen a lot of girls make. Hello! Using a darker foundation won't make you look any tanner. It will make you look like you don't know how to apply your makeup.

- Use the right brushes.  Although the brush I've been dying to have is sold out at NARS I try to use a bronzer brush that looks similar to a blush brush or something that's thinner then others. Make sure it's clean and somewhat rectangular.

- Feel where the bones are in your face. The first step is finding the cheekbone where you're  going to want to apply the contour color. If you're unsure or you can't feel what I'm talking about take your finger or something with an edge like a piece of paper and start at the top of your ear and slant it down towards your lips. That is where you will want to apply the contour color. I like to mix "Java and Fawn" from the kit with a slim brush right in this area. Make sure you apply it even so you don't look lopsided.  Start at  your hairline above your ear and stop about where your eye starts. Then take the brush and outline by your hair line and jaw line. Blending not needed just yet. You can also contour your nose, but since I already have a rather thin nose this is something I choose not to do. There are also tons of You Tube videos out there that are helpful if after this you are still unsure about where you want to contour.

- BEFORE you contour apply a concealer or a Prep below your eyes. This will set the stage for your "highlighting area" Use a shade 2 shades lighter then your foundation.  I also apply this to spots possibly on my forehead and around my lips. 

- After you've applied the contour color, I take a large brush. ( Sigma brush I have is the F25 Tapered Brush) and I apply a mix of Banana and Vanilla and press it over the original concealer or prep I had applied earlier.  This is a step I know not many people do, but I choose to do as a bit of an extra effort to get rid of dark circles.   Apply around the eyes and the bridge of your nose. At this point I have a line where the contour starts and the highlight begins.  Then I will blend.

- THEN I take my favorite concealer, (probably MAC Mineralize) and apply this over the powder. Then I take my must have product, the Beauty Blender and press in all the work I did under my eyes. I never rub only press "IN".  After that using a large blending brush I use blend all my colors together making sure I'm BLENDING not removing any of my contour. Blend Blend Blend. This is the key to all contouring.  Now if done correctly I have the perfect shadowing on my face. Always use a finishing powder or what I use. (Mac Pro Fix or Urban Decay Finishing Spray)

- Not needed but what I do is always use a blush and another highlighter afterwards to do up my cheeks, but if I'm in a hurry or it's going to be a casual day I usually don't do a contour. I use the Contour Kit mostly for going out and nights on the town.  Here's a couple of my finished looks:

Do you get the idea? I don't like to go for a "drastic" contour only because I'm so pale. When I get darker come Summer I hope to have a better look to show you how I really "contour and highlight" 

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is available for $40 at Sephora and Anastasia's website. Get it soon before it sells out!  If you have never contoured before this is the best kit to buy. Anastasia has tutorials on their site, as well as You Tube so you can get an idea of step by step ways on looking your best and what colors to use. LOVE love LOVE this kit. Totally can't live without it.

Disclosure: A press sample was sent to me for consideration from PR for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The New LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit Fragrance

Oh how I love trying new perfumes. It's usually a love or hate relationship so I was excited to check out a brand I'm not too familiar with, Lavanila. Not only do they sell healthy natural fragrances, they are famous for their healthy deodorant which comes in many different fruity vanilla flavors.  And  I heard so many great things about the brand and I have never tried it for myself so I was super excited.  And what better way to be introduced to such a brand then with the Vanilla Grapefruit Perfume.  So what is it?

"An uplifting citrus, this addictive blend of juicy pink grapefruit, fresh lime, crisp cedarwood, and warm Madagascar vanilla is fresh and inviting. Kissed by sunshine, this unique scent lifts the spirits. Each fragrance starts with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla and layers on a unique blend of pure essential oils for an exquisite expression of nature that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time. Hailed as the world’s first healthy fragrance, natural technology infuses organic sugar cane alcohol with skin-saving botanicals and antioxidants for a modern twist on the classic art of perfumery."

I'm not sure if I smell Grapefruit OR Vanilla. I smell more of a combination of two yummy scents that smell a bit musky and a bit energizing. But it's not a manly musky, it's a sweet feminine musk.  It's just a "Happy" scent if that makes sense. Something about it just makes you want to smile.  It's exotic meets musky. One of those signature smells that is hard to explain in words. You just have to waltz into Sephora and spray a bit on your wrist. But it IS a perfume that smells different in the bottle then when it hits the skin. SO much better after it's been worn for about 10 minutes. (Now THAT'S my favorite kind of perfume) The kind that lingers and lingers.

The Key Notes are listed as Pink Grapefruit, Bergamot, Orange, Cedarwood and Madagascar Vanilla. 

Somebody at Sephora that had this perfume explained it quite well to me. "If I could bottle up Summer and put it in a bottle, THIS is what it would smell like" I think that's the best effective explanation of what Vanilla Grapefruit is all about.  Another huge plus is how long lasting the perfume is. The smell only gets better as the day goes on, and it lasted me at least 6 hours while I was out for a day of shopping.  I can't stand a perfume that lasts about 10 minutes and then is completely gone. What a waste.

So what are the negatives? Something about perfume that always gets me suckered in is the packaging, and although the packaging on this bottle is just "a bottle" it really proves that Lavanila didn't need to lure people in with the bottle, the perfume is enough.  When the product is THAT good, you don't need a fancy pretty package. Although it does help.  And it's a bit pricey at $58 for a 1.7 bottle but I can tell you it will last you quite a long time, since 1-2 sprays in the morning is enough to last throughout the entire day.

LaVanila Vanilla Grapefruit is available at Sephora and also the LaVanila website. Some of the other fun fragrances are Fresh Vanilla Lemon, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, and Vanilla Raspberry.  If you're unsure which one you want to commit to. you can always purchase the rollerball for $19.  And be aware the fragrances also come in deodorant. 

Overall I enjoy this perfume as a perfect Summer scent. I can't wait to wear this to pool parties, the beach, the park, and any other all day event outside in the hot Arizona Summer Sun!

Disclosure: A press sample was sent to me for consideration for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Double Buff Dual Enzyme Exfoliator

The weather has changed so much since Spring has started and this is the time when my allergies really act up. My skin starts to get dry and itchy and extremely flaky. I've never been shy about letting you guys know that one of my favorite skin care companies of all time is  Mio. When I was pregnant their stretch mark cream saved my live.  I really do credit that company for my flawless mid section after having two children. I slathered that stuff on like crazy and I don't have one tiny mark to be seen on my tummy.

So now that I'm back to myself and NOT pregnant. I know it's a first, I'm excited to let you beauties know about the Double Buff Dual Enzyme Exfoliator. I've never used an exfoliator on my body, only my face. I love exfoliators for the dead disgusting skin that flakes off of my forehead and chin, but an exfoliator for your body? It does make sense. Rough patches around your elbows and knees tend to scab and flake off. (I know isn't it disgusting?)

Mio has came out with a Double Buff dual action Exfoliator for your body.  ($33)  It will turn dry icky skin into soft heavenly smoothness.  I really didn't realize how important it is to exfoliate your ENTIRE BODY until I tried this out.

• softens and hydrates for skin that feels brand new • perfects and brightens uneven skin tone • fine formula that prevents ‘cheap scrub skin damage’

So how do you use it? That was my  biggest question when I saw this product. You strip down your clothes, take a big glop of the exfoliator and put it everywhere all over your body. I tried not to use TOO much because I don't want to waste it, but once I felt it was all over I scrubbed it into my body so the beads really exfoliated my skin. I hopped in the shower and scrubbed off the soap  and when I was done in the shower all I felt was smooth soft skin.  At first I was scared to try this on my face but after reading the instructions I found out it was ok. My skin has never felt softer and I love how my makeup looks much more "soft".  You can purchase the Double Buff Dual Enzyme Exfoliator at Mama Mio's Website for $33.

Disclosure: A press sample was sent for consideration for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

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