Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October #Glossybox Reveal


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Just when I think that Glossybox can't get any better, they blow me away with an even more amazing box. I am absolutely in love with what I received this month. My box had multiple full size products, a HUGE perfume sample and more. That's enough gushing, on to the reveal. 


Glossybox is always wrapped so pretty! It truly is like receiving a gift in the mail every month.


*Vince Camuto Amore Eau de Parfum ($78 for 3.4oz, 0.25oz= $5.74): This is one of the biggest perfume "samples" I have ever received. This sized bottle will last me for awhile. Amore is very light, sweet, fruity and floral. It smells romantic and would be great for a date. I like it! 


*Nails Inc. Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat (FULL SIZE $10): I am so happy to get a topcoat! I have been receiving a lot of nail polish recently and I could use sa new top coat to go with them. I am particularly excited to try a matte top coat since a lot of my colors are shiny. It will be great for fall. 

*Tarte Power Pigment in Flush (FULL SIZE $24): This is my absolute favorite item in the box. I love Tarte lip products and this is one of the best ones that I have tried. It is like a lip stain combined with a moisturizing lip gloss. The color looks a little bright, but it goes on really well and highlights my natural lip color. It also lasts a lot longer on my lips than lipstick or lip gloss due to the staining properties. I will buy another one of these when it runs out. 


*Proganix Volume Root Boost Finish and Body Builder (FULL SIZE $11.99): I love volumizing hair products. This one contains caffeine which is supposed to infuse your hair with lift, life and shine. I am testing another hair product right now, but I am excited to try this! 

*Sesha Botanical Hydro Mask (One Mask = $9): I love masks and I can't wait to try this one too. I am saving it for a day when I am off of both school and work so that I can truly enjoy it. I am thinking a nice long bath, my acupuncture mat and this face mask to round it out. 

TOTAL VALUE: $60.73

I LOVED this month's box! These are all products that I will use and enjoy. Thanks Glossybox for another great month!

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*Disclaimer: I received a free box in exchange for this post. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Framesi BY Shampoo and Conditioner + Giveaway #beautycarechoices



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I absolutely adore a great shampoo and conditioner. When you use great products on your hair it gives you a tremendous amount of confidence throughout the day. I am happy to introduce you to your new favorite hair products: Framesi BY Shampoo and Conditioner. BY = Be Yourself.

Framesi BY Shampoo is a rich moisturizing shampoo that gently cleanses hair with nourishing pearl protein, which stimulates the formation of keratin. It contains thermal and UV protectants and is color safe. This shampoo looks and feels amazing. The shampoo has a pretty sparkly, pearl color that shimmers in the light. It leaves my hair soft and silky. It has a slightly sweet smell that is very addicting. I love how my hair smells after the shower!

Framesi BY Conditioner is a rich moisturizing conditioner that nourishes hair with a unique combination of vitamins and pearl protein that work in synergy, leaving hair youthful and shiny. Benefits of the conditioner include:

-prevents color from fading
-is weightless
-color safe
-paraben-free
-gluten-free

The conditioner is thick, white and creamy. It coats your hair well and leaves your hair tangle-free. It also has a sweet smell that has flowery undertones. I like the smell of the shampoo slightly better than the conditioner, but that is the only criticism I can give of these products.


Framesi BY shampoo and conditioner definitely help to put an extra "hop" in my step and give me the confidence I need throughout the day. I have had several compliments on my hair since I have been using them.

I definitely recommend trying Framesi BY shampoo and conditioner. How would you like to win a set?

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*Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Michael Todd True Organics Milk and Honey Firming Mask #activeorganicskincare


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The Michael Todd True Organics products are some of my absolute favorite. The products always smell fantastic and leave my skin clean, soft and gorgeous. I was super excited to receive the Michael Todd True Organics Milk and Honey Firming Mask.

This mask is formulated for all skin types and is especially good for sensitive skin. Something happened to my skin when I hit the age of about 29. It suddenly became finicky, dried out in areas and sensitive. I try to stick to sensitive skin products now. The Honey in this mask adds moisture to the skin while the milk exfoliates and loosens dead skin cells. They are the perfect combination for a mask. It also contains mango and shea butters, kaolin clay, vitamin A and natural plant extracts.


The mask is thick, white and creamy and comes in an easy to use pump. I use several pumps to cover my entire face each time I use the mask. It is recommended that you wash your face before using and that you follow up the mask with a toner and moisturizer. 

The mask has a slightly sweet milk and honey smell that I absolutely love. When I put this mask on the scent relaxes me and allows me to imagine that I am in a luxurious spa. 

Since masks are fun and mask pictures are hilarious, here is my mask selfie: 

My favorite part of this mask is how it makes my skin feel. It feels amazing both while using the mask and after washing it off. My skin gets a tingly, cooling sensation. It is definitely relaxing after a long day of work. You leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, but you will be able to tell when it is time for it to be removed. The tingling sensation stops when it is dry. The mask does require a tiny bit of work to remove since it is so thick. I use a washcloth or my konjac sponge to remove it.


I am definitely loving this mask! You should definitely try out Michael Todd True Organics Masks and treat yourself. If Milk and Honey are not your thing, there are also masks in pumpkin, pearl and silk, kaolin clay, avocado mango, wild berry, rose petal and charcoal. They retail for $34 for 100ml.

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*Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Simply Essentials Angled Kabuki Brush Review #SimplyEssentials


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If you have ever used a really bad or a really fantastic makeup brush, then you probably know that what you use to put on your makeup is just as important as the makeup itself. A really bad brush can leave bristles all over your face and your makeup clumped in random areas. An excellent makeup brush can make your face look flawless. It can make your makeup look so well blended that it looks natural. Not only do I have one of those amazing makeup brushed to share with you, but it is an affordable brush.

This Simply Essentials Angled Kabuki Brush retails for $31.99, but it is currently on sale for only $16.99! That is a great price for a Kabuki. It is an especially great price for a high quality Kabuki brush.


I recently started wearing Bare Essentials Powder Foundation. I purchased a start up kit that included primer, the foundation, concealer, an HD powder and two brushes (one for the foundation and HD powder and one concealer brush). I instantly loved the makeup. The foundation brush however, was just okay. I felt like I was working harder to blend my makeup than I should be. Luckily, this Simply Essentials Kabuki Brush arrived and saved me. 
 
I immediately noticed a huge difference in using the Simple Essentials Kabuki brush. It now only takes me seconds to cover my entire face and have my makeup well blended.


 
This brush is extremely well made. The bristles are thick and dense.  I have not had a single bristle fall out in the weeks that I have been using this brush. I have a few nicer brushes including a Sephora brush that was $40+ and this Simply Essentials brush is my favorite.

I have noticed that it sometimes sells out and they have to restock (it is that popular). So, if it is unavailable check the listing again in a day or two. 

 
 
*Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Affiliate links are contained within this post.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Wild Mint Japanese Konjac Sponge #japanesekonjacsponge


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Konjac Sponges have been popping up everywhere in recent months. I was excited to see what all of the hype was about, so I agreed to review this Wild Mint puff from the Japanese Konjac Sponge. 
 
The Japanese Konjac Sponge is made out of Konjac plant root which is grown in Japan. When the sponge first arrived it was very hard. Luckily, I read the directions before scratching up my face. You place the sponge in warm water for 15 minutes. It is supposed to expand to one and half the size of the dry sponge. When the sponge is fully soaked, it is ready to use.  You take the wet sponge and gently massage your face in a circular motion.
 
The dry, hard Konjac Sponge straight from the package

The Konjac sponge becomes very soft and silky. You can use the sponge with or without a facial cleanser daily. Honestly, I love the way the sponge feels on my skin by itself. I did use it with my facial cleanser once. I didn’t think that the cleanser added anything to the experience. I love how quick and easy I can clean my face with this sponge. Did I mention that the Konjac sponge makes my skin feel baby smooth? 
 
The Japanese Konjac Sponge after soaking for 15-20 minutes.

The Wild Mint Konjac sponge is for normal skin types. They have different sponges for specific skin types. The sponge I received is infused with Wild Mint extract that contains disinfectant properties to keep skin clean, fresh, healthy and radiant. 
 
The Wild Mint Konjac sponge: 
 
*removes blackheads, dirt and oil.
*gently exfoliates skin
*Thoroughly cleanses pores
*Hydrates and balances skin PH
*Eliminates excess sebum
*Is 100% biodegradable
*Is fragrance and preservative free
*Contains no harmful chemicals 
 
After use, you are supposed to gently squeeze the sponge between both your hands to drain. Then, hang the sponge in a ventilated room to dry. Unfortunately, my string fell off of my Konjac Sponge after only three uses. It was not to where I could put the string back on, so I have to rest mine on the counter (which you are not supposed to do). The Konjac sponges are supposed to be replaced every 4 to 6 weeks. I am guessing I will have to replace mine sooner without a way to properly dry it. 
 
Overall, I liked the Konjac sponge. I do feel that there is some room for improvement. I wish that they had a solid metal ring in the sponge for the string hole so that you could re-thread it if the string falls out. I also wish that the sponges were a little cheaper. If you use one a month, it adds up to quite an expense at $11.65 each.
 
Have you tried a Japanese Konjac Sponge yet? Let me know what you think!

*Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Elite Gold Solutions Organic Tart Cherry Juice #tartcherryjuice



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I am under a lot of pressure and stress right now. I haven’t shared this on my blog, but I am back in school. In addition to working full time, going to school almost full time and running this blog; I also have two very sick parents that are halfway across the country. Needless to say, there are many nights where I lay awake thinking instead of sleeping. I have tried Melatonin in the past and it has always worked for me. When I heard about Elite Gold Solution’s Sleepytime, I knew that I wanted to try it.

Sleepytime comes in an organic tart cherry concentrated solution. It is USDA organic, vegetarian, fat free, Gluten free and the bottle is BPA free. It also states no sugar, but then it has listed 14gm of sugar for 1 tablespoon on the bottle. Maybe they mean no added sugar? That is my one complaint about this product: it has rather high (for my diet at least) carbs and sugar.

Sleepytime has all of the benefits of tart cherries which are supposed to have the following health benefits:

*Sleep Aid (best natural source of Melatonin)
*Pain Relief (helps block enzymes that cause pain)
*May support heart health and blood circulation
*Neutralizes harmful oxidants in the body

One serving of this concentrate is equal to 80 cherries! 


So, how does it taste? It is super strong and super tart. That is why it is recommended to mix it with water, seltzer, juice or any type of beverage. You can also use it in smoothies, on fruit cocktail, in yogurt, on ice cream or pastries, etc. 

I swallowed a tablespoonful my first time trying the syrup. While it was tart and I did make a face, it wasn’t too bad. My favorite way to drink it is by tossing it in my mixed drinks. I normally drink water with Crystal Light  liquid tropical coconut and a shot of coconut vodka. I added the tart cherry to this combination and it was really good. Still a little tart, but delicious. I also like it with Diet Coke. I really want to try it on ice cream too, but I have been avoiding that particular dessert.


You are supposed to take the Sleepytime 2-3 hours before bed. I have been taking it 1-2 hours before bed on nights where I feel like I need it. It has definitely worked for me! I always read before bed and on the nights I take Sleepytime I fall asleep reading right after getting into bed. I wake up feeling well rested and refreshed. I have also been waking up without feeling stiff or sore.

I would definitely recommend giving this product a try to see if it works for you too. Since Amazon is currently out of the product, you may want to buy it directly from the Elite Gold Solutions website.


*Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.