Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Nail Color in Lava | Review and Swatches!

I can not believe that it has been over a year since my last blog post! Things seemed to get very hectic all at once, and I just ran out of time to blog. Recently, I've been trying out so many new products and truly missing the whole blogging experience! You may have noticed that I also opted to change the name of my blog! I will be posting again on the regular, and am truly excited about this!

Today I'm really excited to talk about a gorgeous new nail polish that I recently picked up at CVS. It is a part of a new line by Sally Hansen that incorporates many duochrome polishes. The one that caught my eye is Lava, a gorgeous red, orange, yellow, and pink duochrome. Although the color is absolutely stunning, I have to say the application was less than desirable. Pictured is "Lava" in three coats.

On application, this polish is very sheer which was almost expected from a glittery duochrome. Each coat was somewhat streaky, but it eventually built to a decent three coats.


Unfortunately, the color is absolutely stunning, but the wear time was almost might I say, pathetic. I applied this polish, and the next day the tips were already wearing down. I didn't do anything strenuous, washed a few dishes and showered, and the tip wear is already quite apparent. I have to say it is somewhat of a disappointment, as I expected a lot more from a $7.00 nail polish. I think this will be a polish that I wear for special occasions and such, since it cannot stand up to daily wear like most nail polishes can.

Overall:
PRODUCT: 4/10
PIGMENTATION: 3/10
TEXTURE: 3/10
LONGEVITY:2/10
PACKAGING: 7/10

Monday, November 5, 2012

October Empties | What I've Used Up this Month!

Hi guys! I'm so sorry for my lack of posts, I misplaced my camera for a while and just found it! I'm running late on my empties and got them up as soon as I could! I finished TONS of products in the month of October, which is really exciting! I hope you all enjoy, and if you have posted any empties for October, feel free to share in the comments!

Jordana Forever Flawless Pressed Powder
I absolutly love this powder! It has a nice medium coverage, keeps my skin matte all day, and best of all, only costs me a dollar!

Loreal True Match Super Blendable Blush in Baby Blossom
I didn't really love this blush, mainly due to the face that it has an over load of sparkles. If it was matte, the baby pink color is super gorgeous and flattering. I had two, so I figured I'd just finish it up.

Nature By Canus Hydrating Facial Scrub
Before the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit cleanser came into the picture, this was my favorite face wash. Its a very gentle scrub that removes makeup quite well. Although I loved it, twenty dollars is way too much for any face wash.

Caress Whipped Souffle Body Wash
This is honestly the most AMAZING body wash! I found it at a discount store and unfortunatly, this product has been long since discontinued. It smells like heaven and is a whipped cream texture. Its extremely moisturizing but lathers well at the same time.

Suntastic Feel EDP
This was not a bad perfume,( I believe its a dupe for some JLO perfume) but It just didn't smell right on my body. I used it as a room spray just to get some good use out of it though ;) It was a fresh smelling perfume, but it turned floral on my skin.

StarFruit hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works
I adore the Bbw hand sanitizers, they're so adorable and convenient! This one smelled like clementines, my favorite fruit!:)

Lumene Time Freeze Eye Perfecting Treatment
I believe I got this free with another Lumene product. I'm assuming its for those who are older and maybe are beginning to see wrinkles or something. I don't have those yet, so personally I didn't notice a difference with this treatment.

Olio Di Argan Shampoo
I loved this shampoo. It was only about seven dollars at Marshalls and was great for my hair. It left it feeling soft and healthy, unlike other shampoos that strip it and leave it feeling dry. Argan Oil is pretty high up on the ingredients list, which drew me to this shampoo as well. If you happen to see it at your local Marshall's or TJ Maxx, try it out!



(Just a side note, keep on the lookout, I'm going to be having a giveaway for a Limited Edition Oscar De la Renta scarf soon!)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Get Beautiful Skin with Arcona Skincare!

Hi everyone! Hope your all having a great day. Today I wanted to share some interesting and unique products with you from a brand named Arcona. I for one had never heard of Arcona until recently. I have been so amazed with their product selection! As I said, each one is so unique. What other brand can you find that has a moisturizer named "Magic Pink Ice"?

Not only do I love Arcona for it's unique products, I also love the fact that all of the line's products are free of harsh dyes, chemicals, and perfumes. In fact, the whole line was developed by a chemist, looking to create a line of products that would diminish the need for plastic surgery. According to SkincareRX.com, "The high-end line of skincare products contains enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, sea vegetables, antioxidants and others natural ingredients that rejuvenate different layers of skin and are effective for people with different skin types and of different ages."

Each product is packaged beautifully. If you are looking to treat yourself to a skincare item, I definitely recommend that you make it from Arcona.


Here's some of the lovely products that really caught my eye!

Arcona Cranberry Toner- $32.00


"Naturally beautiful, toned skin is possible with ARCONA Cranberry Toner. This three-in-one cranberry milk toner uses the nourishing properties of antioxidant rich botanicals and rice milk to clean, tone, hydrate, and protect skin, resulting in healthy, radiant complexion. Arcona's products are all formulated without harsh chemicals or preservatives so you can feel good from the inside out!"

Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion- $35.00


"Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion 10% uses Pumpkin Extract and Glycolic Acid to improve the tone and elasticity of your skin. This all natural body lotion is great for repairing sun damage and firming skin for beauty that lasts."

Arcona Magic Pink Ice- $38.00

"Get a splash of hydrating moisture with Arcona Magic Pink Ice. This daily moisturizing gel gives you deep conditioning without clogging pores using all natural ingredients to freshen your skin. Arcona donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Magic Pink Ice to beast cancer research so you can feel twice as good about your purchase!"

I hope you all found these products as great as I have! To check these products out, and more please click here!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hottest Dress Colours For Winter 2012/2013

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great day. I've been really into fashion lately, especially dresses. Now I know that most people (including myself) assume that dresses stop being worn at the end of summer, but they can be a huge hit for fall as well paired with a cute cardigan or jacket and some boots, flats, and leggings. Today I wanted to show you all some of the cutest colors for dresses this fall that will be making a huge hit! (Note, each dress pictured is available HERE.)

As the new fashion season is now underway, celebrities are fervently being snapped by fashion photographers keen to show who’s wearing what frocks this season. Whilst celebrities tend to do their best to dress a little differently, there are certain colours of dress that are beginning to emerge as being this season’s must have trends.
Take a look at the following key dress shades for the Winter 2012/2013 season to make sure you keep up with the stars:

Baby Blue
It might be traditionally associated with summer but baby blue is back with a vengeance for the Winter 2012/2013 season. From woollen dresses in baby blue and baby blue pencil skirts to more conservative style dresses with a splash of baby blue running through, this subtle and pretty shade is all the rage this season. With the gorgeous Miley Cyrus and Lucy Hale sporting this ultra-trendy shade, expect to see baby blue ladies dresses everywhere this season.


Pale Pink and Nude
Since Kate Middleton stepped out in a pair of pale pink nude shoes recently, the world of fashion has seemingly gone bananas for shades of pale pink and nude. This ‘barely there’ colour is certainly not confined to footwear this season as ladies dresses in many different guises are being churned out of the designer’s needles in this shade with one specific addition; a bluish tint.
From ultra glamorous party dresses to smarter and sophisticated business dresses, this hybrid between the nude and coral dress with a bluish undertone is everywhere for Winter 2012/2013. The celebrities are lapping up this new look, with the likes of Twilight stars Anna Kendrik and Ashley Greene being recently snapped in stylish bluish pale pink nude dresses.


Red Cocktail Dress
Fiery red dresses are for the woman who knows what she wants and take no prisoners! They are often considered a strong look for winter, when the warming tones are most needed to counteract the sometimes gloomy weather, and this season is no exception. Red is considered the sexiest colour for frocks; particularly when it comes to cocktail dresses. Don’t be afraid to add even more tones of red to the outfit by wearing bright red lipstick and even matching red court shoes.


White Dress
White ladies dresses may be normally associated with the summer but this season the little white dress is emerging on the high street as a must have seasonal trend, representing the cold and brisk weather. Whether it is long and fitted or short and flowing, a stunning pencil skirt or a sleeveless ball gown, as long as you’re in white, you will stand out this winter.


Do you like to wear dresses for the fall?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Facial Cleanser Review

If you typically read my blog, you most likely know that I struggle with acne. I recently posted about a bunch of products that were doing great things for my skin, but again my skin seems to have changed and it is breaking out like crazy. I've always heard great things about the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash in Pink Grapefruit on Youtube and blogs, but never really thought twice about it until recently.


What It Claims to do: With an uplifting blast of grapefruit plus vitamin C, this unique formula clears blemishes and blackheads. Eliminates oil and dirt without over drying.

How great is the packaging? I was so happy to see that this cleanser had a pump. Its very convenient, and there is less chance of wasting product. I also have to admit, I was also drawn to the fact that the cleanser is pink. I mean, who can resist that?

During the first few days of trying this product, I loved it. It has a brilliant lather and smells delicious. Best of all, after washing my face with it, not a trace of makeup is left! I apply toner to a cotton pad, wipe it all over, and not a thing is left on the cotton pad. I was so amazed at how easily it removed 100% of my makeup.


After about a week or so, I knew that this was definitely one of the most amazing products I've ever come across. My blackheads are significantly decreased, and the breakout I had when I started using this cleanser? GONE. Now I don't doubt that I'll have a pimple here and there while using this face wash due to hormones and such, but I'm honestly so impressed with the performance of this cleanser. It contains salicylic acid, which helps treat and prevent breakouts. Previously, I was using a $20.00 cleanser, and it didn't even compare. The pink grapefruit cleanser is certainly budget friendly, something I always look for in skincare.

The only downside to this product (Which comes along with all acne clearing products) is that it drys out my skin. I expected this of the cleanser, but paired with a moisturizer, it doesn't seem to be a problem, and it doesn't seem to over dry.

Overall, I recommend this to anyone with acne. It's an amazing, wallet friendly cleanser that will treat and prevent those pesky breakouts.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Victoria's Secret Moisture Luxe Hand Cream With Shea Butter Review


During the fall and winter, my hands are constantly dry due to the cold weather and non-stop handwashing-(Everyone gets sick!) Because of this, I'm always on the lookout for a good hand cream to keep my hands soft and moisturized. While I was at Victoria's Secret last week, I was excited when I saw the new Moisture Luxe Hand Creams. I had to pick one up of course!

What Victoria's Secret says about this product:
Wrap yourself in Luxurious Kiss, an indulgent blend of sandalwood and black plum from our limited-edition VS Fantasies Shea Collection. This intensive hand cream is enriched with moisturizing pure shea butter and replenishing avocado oil. Massage on for 24-hour moisture and sensual scent. Skin feels ultra-soft, smooth and touchable. Live out your beauty fantasy in our most popular scented body care, exclusively at Victoria’s Secret.

I got the scent Luxurious Kiss, which is a mixture of sandalwood and black plum. When applied, this scent is a great mix of floral and fruity. I hate smells that are completely floral, so I loved the fruity touch this included. The scent doesn't last long, but I don't really expect the scent of a hand cream to last like a body mist or perfume would.

As for packaging, I love it. The packaging was what initially drew me to this product. It comes in a gorgeous, classy, metallic tube with cute flower details on it. I have to say, although the cap looks cute, its a bit of a pain to get back on especially after you've applied the hand cream and your hands are slippery. I'd much rather prefer a flip top cap.

Now about how it works: After applying the cream, it didn't immeadiately sink into my skin, but took a bit of rubbing in. After it sunk it, my skin felt so soft and smooth, and it has really been helping to repair my hands and protect them from getting dry. My favorite way to use this hand cream is to apply a thick layer at night and cover my hands in aloe gloves to keep the moisture in. When I wake up my hands feel super moisturized and soft.

The only drawback to this product I was able to find was its ingredients. The second ingredient in this product is mineral oil, which has been found to not be good for the skin. It has been said to block out the natural moisture from your skin and ages skin prematurely. Luckily, I don't see that my hands have been dry due this cream. As I mentioned, they're much softer than normal. But I don't like that this may prematurely age skin. If you're not a fan of mineral oil, watch out for this product. Another ingredient that has become extremely unpopular that it contains is parabens. I'm not overly afraid of them, I just stay wary.


Overall, despite the mineral oil and parabens that this product contains, I've found myself loving both the scent and performance. The VS Fantasies Shea Collection also comes in a body cream/butter, lotion , and fragrance mist.


Price: $14.00 USD

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox 2012!


Hi guys! Today I finally recieved my much anticipated Beauty Bloggers Vox Box from Influenster!

If you'd like to know more about Influenster, click here.

Essentially, Influenster is a program where you recieve boxes of products for free to review and share your opinions on. You get more boxes and invites based on how active you are in the community and how many badges you earn. Its a great way to try out products you might normally not try.


What I recieved:
*NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact
*Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit
*Bath and Body Works Mini Candle in Mahogany Teakwood (and a coupon for $10 off a three wick candle!)
*EBOOST Orange Flavor
*Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins
*Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream

Initial Thoughts:
The NYC IndividualEyes Custom Compact looks beautiful. The shades are a bit dramatic for everyday wear, but I'm looking forward to doing a look with these. I'm excited that it comes with a primer and highlight shade as well!

I love false lashes, but the Kiss Ever Pro Lashes look a bit on the dramatic side for me. Oh well, we'll see how they look on!

My obsession with Bath and Body Works Candles is huge. I love the Mahogany Teakwood scent, smells like Abercrombie & Fitch. I can't wait to burn this one!

I love adding flavor to my drinks, so the EBOOST will prove interesting. I hope it tastes okay and that I can stomach the flavor! I do love orange, but those healthy drinks are sometimes ehh..

The Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins look so difficult. I normally wear my hair in a pony tail for work, so it will be fun to switch things up with these pins.

I've always wanted to try Not Your Mother's products, so I'm extremely excited to try the Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream. It has coconut and silk in it! I'm intrigued!

Overall I am super excited about this box and can't wait to try out the products! Look out for reviews on some of the items I recieved, and be sure to check out Influenster!


Disclaimer: I recived these products for review through Influenster, all opinions are honest and my own.