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.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Amazing ways to Use Coconut Oil

I recently came across a bottle of coconut oil in my kitchen, and I looked at it and wondered why I had it. I then gave it away to a friend thinking nothing of it. It wasn't till later I realized how coconut oil is like gold to some people Mostly because of all it's uses. So if you're wondering what it really is it is the latest fad literally some have said it cures cancer, AIDS and many other kinds of disease. The US Government says you should still limit your consumption of the oil because they really aren't sure about the statistics of this oil, "curing diseases" But hey, for me it's worth a try.
So what is Coconut Oil used for? I thought I'd write about this mostly because it's crazy fascinating to me: Check it out
In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter. 
Taken supplementally for daily energy
 As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee) 
On the skin as a basic lotion In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
 As an eye-makeup remover 
As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom) 
In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste 
To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin 
To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy 
To support healthy thyroid function In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
 To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning 
As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen In homemade lotion recipes To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth 
Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
 As a delicious tropical massage oil It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metaboism
 A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of friz
 As an intensive nighttime facial moisturizer Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower) 
Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
 Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
 Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth 
As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours 
On feet to fight athlete’s foot or tor fungus
 In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!) 
Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema 
There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers 
 With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
 In natural Homemade Sunscreen
 In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters 
In a filling and energy boosting Brain Powder Smoothie Rub
 coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms 
Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients 
There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast
 Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!) Can help improve insulin levels Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
 Can help improve cholesterol ratios 
Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu 
In Homemade Natural Bug-Off Lotion Bars
 As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe Better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils
 Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins 
After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn 
Is an immediate source of energy when eaten and isn’t stored as fat
 As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
 As a naturally antibacterial skin cream In natural homemade diaper cream 
As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion 
When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite 
To season cast iron skillets
 It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis 
Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites 
Can help resolve acne when used regularly
 Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
 I’ve used in kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
 On split ends to de-frizz 
A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first) 
By itself as a great tanning oil 
Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
 Can help improve sleep when taken daily
 Can be used to speed healing of fungal infections when taken internally and used externally
 A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
 To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
 It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
 Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth 
 Naturally clears up cold sores
 Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
 Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness

Isn't that crazy amazing? I like the idea of using it for tanning and energy.  Me and & Mila had a "Mommy and Mila" day and had a lot of fun with some friends. We tried Coconut Oil a couple different ways. Mila said she had an ear ache so we rubbed a tab bit oil on her Lil ears. It also worked as a great chapstick on our lips.

After I had my hair done today by  my amazing friend Amanda, I applied Coconut Oil to the ends of my hair. It really does work great for split ends. It kept my hair soft and shiny. How do I look?

Just a little clip of our day using Coconut Oi. Mila seemed to feel a little bit better since she was cruising in the Jeep with her little boyfriend. Isn't he cute?

Did you know celeb Gwyneth Paltrow  swishes Coconut Oil in her mouth like mouthwash every day? It's supposed to be great for your oral health, and it whitens your teeth. Not sure how I feel about this, I couldn't bring myself to put the Coconut Oil in my mouth, but I'm really considering trying this celebrity fad.  We all know Gwyneth Paltrow is way into eating organic and strange weird other things, but this? Well, maybe it has truth to it? Should I try it? 

And after all the fun, someone was a little tired. Have you ever used Coconut Oil? Would love to know your favorite way it works for you. And after learning about all the uses, I really do believe every person should have a tub of this in their house. I think a better question is what doesn't this stuff  do. And no I wasn't sent any free Coconut Oil, but if someone wants to send me a freebie go right ahead. This is something I research on my own and found extremely fascinating.

Good night beauties! xoxo

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Josie Maran Magic Marker Cheek and Lip Stain

Yes I know I started a You Tube channel which is where I posted this review. So scroll down to read my review, tell me what you think. Do you like You Tube Videos or should I stick strictly to blogging?

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.
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