Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Vamp Stamp - Hype or Happenin'?

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How often do you get your winged eyeliner just perfect … on both eyes?! It can be hard, especially if you have hooded lids like I do. It can make applying a winged liner really tough. But a tool has come along to help!

THE VAMP STAMP is exactly that, a rubber mold that will stamp your wing liner right on the corner of your eye. I started following them on Instagram as soon as I came across them about 6 months ago and finally in the past few months, the stamps were released.

Right now you can purchase the VaVaVoom Stamp in Medium and Large ($25 each @ thevampstamp.com) and they also sell VINK Eyeliner Ink + VERGE Angle Brush ($20 @ thevampstamp.com). And it was really hard waiting for these to come out. I even tried making my own stamper with a false nail glued to a stick – I saw a picture of it on Instagram so it worked for someone!

Anyway, I ended up purchasing the Large figuring I can use some of the many liquid liners I already own. Not so fast. It seems that only some liquids work with the stamp and forget about gel pot liners. Those don’t work at all. What was odd was that I could not find one review about the ink and if it was a necessary purchase before I just bought the stamper. All of these items are not cheap so I was hoping to cut a corner here.

So I waited a few and figured there much be something to their Ink so I threw caution to the wind and picked it up along with the Medium stamp to try that one out too.

From what I had been seeing on their Instagram, these seem like a god send! There’s video of girls getting the perfect wing and I just knew this had to be my answer, but is it?

 

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

#SavorSweetRewards with Magnum this Summer

Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper. Opinions are 100% my own.

Summer is for sure my favorite time of year! The clothes get lighter, the fun toys come out of the garage to use in the water and it seems like there is a fun BBQ almost every weekend. And since my brother and sister both have pools, I make sure starting Memorial Day weekend a few key essentials make it out of my garage and into my trunk for the whole summer for us and their kids to play with in the water. So that includes the pool noodles, a blow-up lounge chair with drink holder attached and, wait for it, my show stopper, the huge blow up swan that was sold out everywhere last year!

My nieces and nephews know that when I show up, Aunty always brings the fun.

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

The Easiest Lashes to Apply ... Ever!

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The EYLURE brand put out a Vlogger Series of false lashes earlier this year and I just recently picked up a pair (I like to take my time, haha). Anyway, these EYLURE x Nicole Guerriero in #ONEFOURTHREE ($8.99 @ walgreens.com) are so much fun and very dramatic; for sure not your everyday lash but with just the right outfit? Vavoom!

I think with this type of big style the lash band has to be thick and from my experience, a thick band is a harder to apply. They are just harder to get them to bend to the shape of the eye. This is probably why a lot of people not only have a problem applying lashes but why they give up. So for this reason I pretty much scrutinize every pair in the packaging before purchasing to see if the band is thick because if it is, I usually forgot it altogether as it's just not worth fighting with them. “The thinner the band, the closer to God,” is my motto. Because sexy lashes are just so heavenly!

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However, for some reason, I pressed on with these with the thick band and bellied up to the register with them. And I’m glad I did as the band on these is not like the typical ones (I didn’t know this at the time). It has small pre-set bends on the band, which you can see in the above photos. I looked around the Internet to see if I could find info about this cool trait but no one mentions it, not even the brand’s site! I think it’s a big deal that they should talk about but ok, if they won’t, I guess I will.

These small pre-bends truly make these workable and able to hug the lash line. So at least with this pair of glam lashes, you know you’re going to get a good application with them. I’ll let you know if I come across others that make application easier and please do the same!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fresh Goes Deep... with Roses

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This new toner from FRESH is soooo right now! We are officially in flower season and roses are probably the most popular ones out there, so it makes sense that they’d put this Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner ($44/8.4oz @ fresh.com, sephora.com). It also makes sense since rose essential oil has a variety of benefits when it comes to skin care: anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, get rid of acne, moisturizing, antiseptic and astringent, among other uses.

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Their formula contains two species of roses in it, Rosa Centifolia Flower and Rosa Damascena Flower Water and Oil as well as Hyaluronic Acid for giving the skin a little plump!

I love using this after cleansing but also just during the day if my skin is kinda feeling the day and could use a quick cleanse or cooling off. And I love the way they put actual roses inside the bottle. Nice detail.  

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

"Survive the Summer" with Ralphs

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Kroger. All words are my own.

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Where do you pick up most of your everyday beauty products? I’ve pretty much been conditioned since I was a teen and started shopping, to get them when buying my weekly groceries. I mean, who has time to go to this store and that store? And in my house, when something is running low our out, it has to be listed on the pad of paper on the refrigerator and thankfully almost every item on my weekly list is available at my local Ralphs, which is part of the Kroger Family of Stores. They carry what I need and there’s usually some kind of sale going on for shampoo or sunscreen so of course I can take advantage of that!

And now that the temps are going up, the kids want to be outside, I can spend more time with them since I have Ralphs and they everything I need at the ready and at great prices.

Here are two of the items I regularly pick up:

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Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleaning Water

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And some others I regularly buy, which includes Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, CoverGirl Plumpify BlastPro Mascara, as well as John Frieda Frizz Ease Flexible Hold Hairspray with Keraflex.

Ralphs wants to help you “Survive the Summer” so beginning May 28 through June 10 you can download over $40 in digital coupons, including the ones shown here, @ Ralphs.com/Beauty.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

 
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bargain Scent Creation with Scent Trunk

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Not wow’d by this fragrance or this one I recently suggested? Well then how about creating your very own personalized scent? With SCENT TRUNK you can do that and the cost doesn’t break the bank. I did this a few years ago and it was quite fun. The only difference with this one is that I do it in the privacy of my own home.

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First, you sign up to receive their Fit Kit (just pay for shipping of $4.95) and you will receive back in the mail cute little roll-ons of the following core scents: floral, citrus, woods, aromatic, chypre, and oriental.

Next, go on their site and declare which aforementioned scents you like, dislike or are meh about.

Shortly thereafter, you will receive a spray that should last you the month and then you can reorder the same one or change it up a little the next time for only $11.95/month. And if you don’t like the final scent they send, they’ll send you something new for free.

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What I like most about this scent is that I don’t have anything like it in my vast collection of scents! I mean, I really thought I had it covered in my collection but now, I think I do … but do I?

Create your own scent @ scenttrunk.com and what a thoughtful gift this would make for your best girlfriend or boyfriend!

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Is this the Strobing Product of the Summer?

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Highlighters are the hottest products in makeup these days, which is funny since they've been around forever. Everyone just wants that glow so I can see why but you've seen one highlighter, you've seen them all, right? That's what I thought. Enter MAYBELLINE FaceStudio Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter ($9.99 @ ulta.com). It’s available in three shades: Light/Iridescent, Medium/Gold, Dark/Nude Glow, and these really caught me off guard.

I’m used to using a powder highlighter these days so it took me a beat to get used to using these that are creams. But wow, so worth it! I’ve pushed the powders aside and these three have taken center stage! I love the different options when it comes to the colors and These. Stay. Put! I don’t think they are waterproof but they are close enough.

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A dab and blend on the tops of my cheeks, a dab and blend in my cupids bow, really anywhere and wow, do these perk up my parts, and probably the only ones you need to get you through summer ... seriously. 

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Urban Decay Gets Even More Naked

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Fragrance has been on the top of my mind and here’s another one to consider! As you know, URBAN DECAY loves naked and all things naked so it doesn’t surprise me that they named this one ‘Go Naked’ It’s a concentrated perfume oil and wow is this one tropical and summery! Maybe something you would wear when naked perhaps?

Notes: Italian bergamot, lavender, citrus, neroli, sea salt, musk. For me, the middle notes really shine through with the really orange blossom really standing out to my nose.

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It will be $24 and available for VIB Rouge members @ sephora.com on June 3 and @ urbandecay.com on June 7, and then July 13 at all Sephora locations. Like any fragrance the brand has put out over the years, this one is limited-edition so be sure to pick it up while you can.

And be sure to pick up any of their Naked palettes for $54 each through the above link!

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Brand Debuts At Sephora.com!

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How often do you visit the Sephora website? I remember only a few years ago where they did seem to add new brands that often but that seems to have changed, and I’m delighted! You know if Sephora’s carrying it, it must be something.

First, a little about the brand – STELLAR was created by TV personality, Monika Deol. The born-in-Punjab-India-and-raised-in-Canada beauty saw a gap in the makeup industry of products for medium skin tones. In addition to face powder, concealer and blush, her line offers 22 foundation shades and of those, 17 cater to medium skin tones. I’m sure she’s making a lot of people very happy right now!

For this post, I’m focusing on 3 of the Metallic Moon Lipsticks $22 @ sephora.com.

So how did these do? Click the below link to find out.

 

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Are You In On the Latest Hair Trend?

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Texture is king these days and since I get the heebie-jeebies from those sea salt sprays, I am always on the lookout for other that will give my hair some. Here are 3 that are tops in my house right now.

KÉRASTASE V.I.P Volume In Powder ($37/6.8oz, $20.50/2.5oz @ kerastase.com) – this one can be used like a dry shampoo and I use this along my part to give the hair on either side of it a little lift. And this one is perfect to use on second-day hair.

ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray ($46/8.5oz, $22/2.2oz @ oribe.com, nordstrom.com) – Yes, this one is a tad expensive but it has a huge cult following so it must be something, right? I like using this on dry hair to give my hair some grip so it’s not so smooth. And I love that this one doesn’t make my hair tangle, which texturizers can sometimes do.

IGK ‘Sold Out’ Curl Priming Basecoat ($27/5oz @ igkhair.com, sephora.com) – this is a good one for conditioning and defrizzing wavy and curly hair. Since my hair has a slight wave, I like to use products that can help show it off once-in-a-while and this one helps me do that. Use on wet hair before styling or dry to re-activate the style. And I love that this one has what they call the IGK New York scent, a blend of black pepper, blackberries, violet, geranium on a base of leather accord. So this could also be your hair perfume!

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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