Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Year End Collection Cleanout: Foundation

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Influenster Moda VoxBox

Hey peeps!  Long time, no talk...I have neglected my blog lately. There is no reason or excuse other than I am too lazy to type. lol. 

I received the Moda Vox Box from Influenster and wanted to share some details with y'all!

First of all let me say that if you are not registered on I nfluenster then you are totally missing out on some great FREE products!  Go over and make an account and start getting your own boxes full of awesome products to review!

This box was, as usual, full of great products. I love how they give you a mixture if things to test out. Not just one category. The items in this box were: Puffs Soft Pack, Resource Bottled Water, Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa, Jergens Lotion, Clairol Hair Food, Rimmel Mascara, Rimmel Lipstick, Rimmel Lipliner.

I immediately put a Puffs Soft Pack in my car. I did purchase a 3 pack from the store so I could stash these all over the place :)  The are the same Puffs we know and love, just in a cool squinchy package.

This one bottle didn't last long and I am currently awaiting my home delivery to replenish the supply. My kids and I love this water soooooo much. I can't describe how clean and fresh it tastes in words, but the closest I can get is that it is like drinking water straight from a cloud. This stuff is good. No aftertaste whatsoever, no taste period...just clean. If my kids love it, it's a winner in my book.

This hot cocoa is delicious. It has 5 all natural ingredients and you make it with warm milk. What more do you want? It is creamy, thick and oh so good. I will never buy another kind of hot cocoa again.

I used to be an avid user of Jergen's, then one day I noticed I had been using Suave lotion recently. I am not sure why really, I think there was a scent I liked. I did the 1 week challenge with the new, improved formula and I must say I am impressed with the glow my skin seems to have and how soft my feet are. I am definitely going back to using Jergen's again!

Clairol Hair Food...at $15 a pop, I really wanted to hate this. I FLIPPIN LOVE IT!!! My hair is super thick, coarse, wavy and frizzy. It never cooperates and always looks like I stuck my finger in a light socket. Well, after 6 uses of this product it is soft, comb-able, defined and shiny.  This product is well worth the price to me because I have never loved my hair more. My hubby on the other hand isn't gonna like the price point...haha!

Rimmel Rockin Curves Mascara. I must be honest, I have not opened this yet. I am hesitant because I have not heard great things about it and I currently have about 15 mascaras opened right now. I want to like it but who knows. The brush looks kinda gimmicky...we shall see.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight. I am a huge fan of this lipstick line and have been wanting this shade for  a long time.  I last bought Notting Hill Nude instead of this one.  I love them both and will continue to use this line of lipsticks.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Transparent Lipliner.  UUUMMMM...this is one of those products whose creator must sit around laughing all the way to the bank because it is proof that us women will fall for anything. Clear lip liner??? Really?  I do not see how this does anything at all. I used it and saw no difference at all. I have never had issues with feathering or bleeding lipstick so maybe I am missing out on its wonderful benefits.  Yeah, right. Ha!

That's it for the Moda VoxBox. I hope you enjoyed reading about all the great products I received and maybe saw something you want to go out and buy now. Your welcome :)

Love y'all!

**DISCLAIMER:  These products were sent to me by Influenster for testing purposes.**

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Review and Swatches: Nyx-- Eat, Love, Be Fab Palette

I have been eyeing these new Nyx palettes since they debuted last year. I have a few Nyx palettes, but had not purchased any of these "revamped" ones.  Let me say that I am a huge fan of Nyx because the quality is usually pretty consistent and the price point is fantastic.  Their "Pore Filler" is a staple in my collection as well as many of their round lipsticks (Alabama...<3).  The price on these "Love in Florence" palettes are around the $8 mark, but I found mine at Target on clearance for $4...amazing!  The packaging is too cute for words! This line of palettes are all in shiny black plastic cases with little black bow closures and I love them!  Okay, on with the review...

The feel of these shadows are all very different.  The first "light brown" shade is very powdery and soft, a little hard to build up, but okay.  It is a satin finish.  The second "peachy" shade was the main reason I was drawn to this palette, but upon swatching I was a bit disappointed.  It takes a good digging in to get enough color for a good swatch, but on the lid it applies decently, still not as shabam as I had hoped.  The third "medium brown" shade is matte and also not real easy to swatch, but is a great "any look" crease color to have. It looks quite nice blended out in the crease, so don't be discouraged!  The fourth "emerald" shade was the second reason I wanted this palette and this color totally made up for the other shades.  This color is freakin' AMAZING!  It is slightly metallic, but not scary.  The color payoff is sooooooo gorgeous! It is my favorite color in this palette and looks beautiful on the lid by itself with the "medium brown" shade blended into the crease.  The last "dark brown" shade in here is matte, but appears to have gold glitter specks in it.  These specks do not transfer in the swatches or onto the eye when I blended this into my outer v.  It is another great staple matte shade that is good to have in general.

I feel that wear time is up to par with any other shadows I have and that is mainly due to the fact that I ALWAYS wear a good primer for my base (Benefit "Stay, Don't Stray")  I didn't feel the need to test these without a primer because most of us girls wear primer under our shadows...right???  The quality and price point are both on point and I will definitely be checking out some of the other selections in this adorable packaging!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

DIY Makeup Brush Holder: Re-purpose those Glossyboxes and Water Bottles

Hey beauties!  I have a rather exciting post today and hopefully it will make up for my extended absence.  I just ordered a ton of makeup brushes because I only have the bare minimum and I am always washing them. So I did some research and went a little overboard.  I also realized I did not have extra space for them and my current brush holders are full. I was looking for some brush holders to purchase or just some cute containers, but nothing really appealed to me so I got on pinterest and looked for some DIY holders. I found one that kinda interested me, but I needed to put my own spin on it. So was born my idea to re-purpose my HUGE stack of Glossyboxes and the HUGE bin of water bottles that I am collecting just for fun apparently. I took pictures of each step and the finished product, but you can put your own personal touches on this if you try.

I used the following items to make my holders:
                            1.  Glossyboxes, Birchboxes, Shoe Box or anything similar
                            2.  Water bottles or empty toilet paper or paper towel cardboard
                            3.  Scissors
                            4.  Razor blade
                            5.  Hot glue gun
                            6.  Ribbon
                            7.  Duco cement and/or super glue

First get your scissors and razor blade and cut the tops and bottoms off of the water bottles. (FYI:  After I finished I realized I did not have to cut off the bottoms of the bottles, but you can if you want to).  You can make them however tall or short you want them.  I made some taller and some shorter to hold all the different sizes of makeup brushes I own. Try and make them as even around the edges as you can so they sit right when you place them inside the box.

After this step I found some leftover spray paint from a previous home improvement project and I painted the pieces I would be using.  I used a "Frosted Glass" effect paint, but again you can use whatever color or option you want.

I let these sit and dry for about a half an hour and then on to step three, which is gluing the ribbon onto the tops of the bottles.  I used the ones that came with my Glossyboxes, but again, you can use your own choice. This step requires the hot glue gun and be warned that it will melt the edges a tiny bit so be careful not to touch the gun to the bottle.  I started with what I wanted to be the backs and put a dollop of glue then placed the ribbon and followed with a dollop on each side of the bottle.  I then criss crossed the ribbon over itself in the front and glued it down.  I did all three so the glue had a chance to set before I tied the bows.

Now I tied the front into cute little bows and trimmed the tails to the length I wanted.  I also glued the bows into place so they would not come untied later on down the road.

Now you can place them into your box.  I put the shorter ones in front and taller ones in back.  I placed one at a time in and spread some Duco cement around the outer and inner bottom edges.  I then took my hair dryer and used it to speed up the setting time of each one so I wouldn't have to wait forever between each one. 

This is pretty much it.  I did wait about an hour before I put my brushes in to make sure the glue was completely dry in the bottom. Wouldn't want your brushes sticking to the box. You can add some "filling" into each cup if you choose (like small rocks or beads) to hold the brushes in place, but I opted not to because I have so many brushes that I need all the space I can get.  The following pictures only have about half of my collection in the cups because I wanted you to be able to see it all clearly.

The end result is so cute and girly.  I couldn't have gotten anything better in a store and I really want to make some more...it did take a little over an hour, but it is so worth it to look at this everyday.  I hope you girls try this out and put your own personal touches on it and make it your own.  You will love it and as long as you don't have like 500 brushes this should hold all of them in one place.  I have about 60 total and they all fit in here just fine. I would love to see pictures too if any of you try it! Good luck and have fun!