Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November Birchbox 2012

November's Birchbox was a lot better than last months Goop box. Even though the items are few and okay. It was at least a winner with the addition of a full-sized mascara. So that makes this month alright in my books.
  •  Miracle Skin Transformer / Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector - Before applying your makeup, prep skin with this serum-infused primer, which has optical diffusers that mask imperfections.
  • Lulu Organics / Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder - Revive second-day locks by working this organic dry shampoo into your roots. You'll get plenty of lift, but no residue.
  • Model Co / Fibre Lash Extend - Lengthening Mascara- Falsies without the fuss. This innovative mascara uses tiny lash-extending fibers to give you a lengthy fringe. Rotate the wand inside the bottle to pick up the fibers.
  • Atelier Cologne / Rose Anonyme Cologne Absolute - Thanks to spicy ginger and a touch of bergamot, this sexy new rose scent is more sophisticated than sweet.
  • Lifestyle Extra / Chuao Chocolatier / Assorted ChocoPod - Potato Chip - These bite-sized artisanal treats are made with premium Venezuelan cacao and come in a range of unexpected flavors.
The last item main item was a cute Holiday 2012 Gift Guide for helping you to find the perfect item for the special person in your life whether boy or girl. I really liked this addition it gives me hint for gift giving to whom else, but ME.

If you are interested in joining Birchbox please click this link https://www.birchbox.com?raf=4h5l0

November Beauty Box Five 2012

This months Beauty Box Five was not as impressive once again. While I did get two full-sized products they are ones I wasn't too jazzed about getting. So lets see what was in this box.
  • Cetaphil / Moisturizing Lotion - One of the most recommended products for sensitive skin. This mild, non-irritating moisturizer is oil-free, non-greasy, fragrance-free and packed with humectants that bind moisture to your delicate skin.
  • Swagger / Eyeshadow - Created by quirky and fierce makeup artist. Blake Karamazov, these lovely little pots of glittery goodness are 100% vegan and never tested on animals. Unfortunally there was no listing as to what color this was.
  • Model Co / Lip Shine - Tease - This non-sticky, highly reflective, shimmering gloss looks great alone or over your favorite lipstick and leaves your lips looking luscious with long-lasting shine. This does have a cute mirror on the other side to help with application. I've been noticing that lately Model Co has been featured in several sub boxes.
  • Envie De Nuef - Eye Mask - Younger-looking eyes are minutes away with this power-packed anti-aging eye mask. It reduces dark circles, relaxes wrinkles, stimulates cell turnover, increases skin's elasticity and oh-so-much more. I was hoping not to get these eye masks. These too I have been seeing in boxes lately. I guess I'll try it don't know how one will let me know if it works.
  • Global Goddess / Upgrade Complexion Face Primer - Smooth this primer on alone or before makeup to create a radiant, even canvas. Vitamins A and E nourish, while anti-oxidants create a thin veil of protection for a silky finish while pearlescent pigments create a youthful glow. Okay I'm so tired of the face primers as well. Like how many do I need to try. Well I guess I'll give it a go. It looks like at least several applications in each foil-packet.
If your interested in trying Beauty Box 5 please check out this link. https://www.beautybox5.com/home.php?key=4f3f58d0b6240

November Ipsy Bag 2012

This months Ipsy Bag was nothing short of awesome. Everything inside was a nice surprise. I especially loved this bag because it is my birthday month. The little brown bag was so cute very fall and very November. The items in this months bag are as follows:
  • Nailtini / Nail lacquer - This pretty full-sized nail polish in Millionaire was quite a surprise. I have heard of the Tini Beauty brand before I have used their lip-stains for years. This bar confetti shaped foil looks great on the nails and has rose-gold sheen to it. It really reminds me of falling leaves or for some reason Thanksgiving.
  • Chella / Eyebrow Defining Gel - This clear gel is great for having the perfect defined brow. While I have never heard of this brand it is great to try something new. Especially a brow gel one can never have too many of those.
  • The Balm / Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow - Matt Batali- A beautiful deep rich matte brown color great for lining the upper or lower lash line or to use as an inner-corner shadow or just on it own. While I do own the larger version of this palette I have yet to use it.
  • Starlet Cosmetics / Intense Eyeliner - Black- This is full-sized as well I have not heard of this brand as well. The liner does go on smoothly and is creamy. Who doesn't need another black liner.
  • Bare Minerals / Marvelous Moxie Lip gloss - Dare Devil - Now when I first saw this I thought whoa too dark and vampy. Well it's not unless you layer it. It is a great burgundy color. I really liked it. I have never tried the Moxie line only the Buxom lip glosses. So this was a great opportunity to try one.
I really I'm so impressed with this bag and can't wait to see what the December bag holds. Which will be their anniversary month of one year My Glam / Ipsy. If your interested in subscribing or checking out their site go to www.ipsy.com for more info.

September & October Favorites 2012 aka FrankenFaves

While I never got around to posting my September favorites I decided to just wait until now. I have been using the same products for the past two months. So it seems fitting to just combine all these items into a frankenfaves. So lets get this party started. Lol.

I will not be listing all the specs on the products as this will be just a quick list of my faves for these 2 months so please bare with me. If you do have any questions on anything here please feel free to ask.

  • Urban Decay Naked Foundation in 3.5
  • Sigma Flat Top Kabuki F80
  • EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brush with my face setting powder
  • Physicians Formula CoverTox Ten 50 in Translucent Medium
  • Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller in Light/Medium
  • Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller at night
  • Maybelline One by One Volume Express Waterproof mascara in Black
  • Benefit Stay Don't Stray Stay put Primer for the eyes
  • Dermalogica Total Eye Care with SPF 15
  • Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine
  • NYC Bronzer in Sunny
  • Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush in Natural
P.S. I had this done in late October I just forgot to publish it sorry. Also sorry for the terrible picture above I took this in my bathroom and my lighting wasn't quite right.

Green Mountain Coffee BzzAgent Campaign

 Every morning before work or even on my days off. I try to enjoy a cup of coffee. I'm not your typical coffee drinker. I like my coffee on ice or really cold. I do occasionally like a cup of hot coffee don't get me wrong. I just really love iced coffee. I was so excited to be trying this Green Mountain Coffee for the first time ever. I had heard of the company, but never had purchased any of their products. I do enjoy the smoothness of the blend and the aroma when it fills my home. I do anticipate daily my coffee fix whether it be early in the morning or late in the afternoon. It just has that relaxing effect on me. Don't get me wrong it does give me that pick-me up that I need as well when I need it. And I feel good about the coffee I am drinking, because I know that it's Fair Trade Certified. Delicious coffee to keep me motivated and fair trade all in one. How perfect is that?

Well for starters. What is Fair Trade Certified Green Mountain Coffee? It ensures a better cup of coffee for yourself and a better quality of life for the farmers. When you buy this coffee you benefit the surrounding communities as well. Here are the benefits of Fair Trade.
  • Helps the farmers get a fair price for their beans
  • Improves working conditions
  • Assists in protecting the environment
  • Supports community development with projects resulting in new schools, roads, health clinics and safer drinking water
This will enable farmers to invest in better quality coffee for us. Which in turn will provide a great tasting cup of coffee packed with good vibes. Fair Trade Certified coffees and will be available for every one's taste and enjoyment, including Colombian Fair Trade Select and Sumatran Reserve. Green Mountain Coffee offers:
  • An assortment of seasonal Fair Trade Certified flavored coffees such as Pumpkin Spice and Spicy Eggnog to perfectly balance your coffee with the weather
  • Is the leading brand in K-Cup packs for Keurig brewers
  • Is readily available in most grocery stores, at stores like Target and Wal-Mart and online at www.greenmountaincoffee.com  and www.keurig.com
  • Includes one of the largest selections of Fair Trade Certified coffees in the U.S.
In celebration of Fair Trade Month which was in October. Green Mountain Coffee has teamed up with acclaimed musicians Grace Potter and Michael Franti to take the pair to Fair Trade farming communities in Colombia and Sumatra. To learn more visit the Green Mountain Coffee Face book page at www.facebook.com/greenmountaincoffee for a behind-the-scenes look at each trip, and be there for the journey as both of them learn about the impact Fair Trade has on the communities that farm there and why it benefits you and a better cup of coffee.

NOTE: The above mentioned product was provided free of charge by www.bzzagent.com . All opinions in this review are my own and do not reflect the views of Bzzagent, their employees or affiliates nor of any brand mentioned therein. I received no monetary compensation for my participation in this campaign.

Friday, October 26, 2012

October Beauty Box Five 2012

So this months Beauty Box 5 was themed Tricks of the Trade. This box contained 6 items and one card with a code from NuMe for $100 off. So it was similar to the My Glam one we got months ago.
  • Margania/ Pure Argan Oil- With naturally high levels of Vitamin E and skin-supporting fatty acids, this "miracle" oil is perfect for healing skin ailments and protecting against premature aging. Use alone or mix with your moisturizer. (A little goes a long way)
  • City Lips/ Lip Plumper- This luscious lip plumper's are packed with antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients. Apply alone or over lipstick for fuller, plumper lips in an instant.
  • Showstoppers/ Fashion Tape- Lost a button on your shirt? Does your bra strap keep showing? Keep your "fashion fashioned" with these ingenious, purse-sized packets of double stick designer fashion tape. Now while they only sent one small foil-packet they could have sent several more not enough in my opinion.
  • Goat Haus Dairy/ Lip Balm- Your lips will lust after this light-weight soft and silky goat's-milk lip balm. This is the second product from them. Last months box contained a bath cube to add to the water. While I think this is much better. I'm not quite fond of goat's milk. So I'm not sure about putting it on my lips. I may try it not sure yet. If anything I will give this to El Hubbs he will like it. He's in need of a new lip balm. This company is based in Bryan, TX so that's great with me being a native Texan. So buying items that are made in state is a plus as well. I'm all for supporting my local businesses.  
  • Furlesse/ Elevens- Relax frown lines in a gentle, natural (no needles) way. Simply apply the clear patch while you sleep and a few hours later you'll see fewer fine lines. It's that easy. Okay I'm not sure how I feel on this either, but I just may give it a try. Sounds interesting.
  • Lash Card/ Lash Cards- Great for maximizing curl, separating lashes and avoiding those bottom lash mishaps, these discrete little cards are your lashes new best friend. I received two cards with about 4-8 uses from them. While I've seen these before I have never wanted to try them. I also thought that these cards were made from a type of reusable plastic so that you can use them over and over. Oh well, maybe they will make one like that in the future where you can just wash it off and use it till it can be used no more. What a shame.
If your interested in trying Beauty Box 5 please check out this link. https://www.beautybox5.com/home.php?key=4f3f58d0b6240

October Ipsy Bag 2012

Well this is Ipsy's second month so I'm now treating this as my second bag from them. New name change hence new company & new everything. This bag was themed Hello, Bombshell and what can I say this month's bag was the bomb. The chevron black and white bag with red zipper was super cute. Now what was outstanding were the products inside.
  • Couture Colour/ Pequi Oil Treatment- This oil restores softness and shine. Apply a small amount evenly into hair. Use before blow dry or air dry for silky, shiny hair. After you style to control frizziness and fly aways. Or anytime for added softness. This oil has a very tropical smelling scent.
  • Coastal Scents/ Eye shadow sample quad in set 7- which contains Antique Lilac, Wisteria, Lemon Chiffon and Raspberry Tart. These colors are fabulous I love purples especially for my dark brown eyes it looks great.
  • The Balm Cosmetics/ What's your type? "the body builder" mascara- A black mascara with a lengthening formula and a separating, injection molded brush. "Whats Your Type?" You can have thick, bold, massive and defined eyelashes with this mascara. This long lasting, highly pigmented and non-clumping mascara is formulated with vitamin E, panthenol and bamboo to condition and strengthen your lashes to their fullest and foxiest.
  • Be a Bombshell/ Eye Liner- black. A basic black eye liner. Long lasting and highly pigmented – this eyeliner can be used with any look to bring definition to your eyes. Use like a marker, drawing with the tip closest to your lash line. To create a smoky eye look, gently smudge and smoke out liner. For Dramatic full-looking lashes, gently dot between lashes. Follow with a coat of Bombshell mascara. For a pop of color, try a colored pencil!  To make lashes look more full, line the upper lash line with liner and follow with the lining the lower waterline. This liner comes in 3 colors onyx, espresso, and provocateur.
  • Mirenesse/ Lip Bomb Glossy Lacquer Stain- Bomb No. 4- which is a pinky-red. It is described as being in the pink family. A Revolutionary colour that combines gloss, stain and lacquer all in one. Colour that drenches your lips for a juicy high impact colour that's feather-light and super-moist with a velvety finish. Power packed with non-smearing pigment that lasts and lasts. Infused with a breath refreshing mint taste and Lip Perfecting Spheres plus caring vitamins.  The Infinity applicator allows for professional application of precision colour. Don't apply too much! It's better to apply a thin layer first then build it up if you want more colour. For extra long wear pair with a matching lip liner. At first when I got this color I was scared. I applied it using the wand and whoa it was too pigmented. So now I just use a lip brush to apply and the color is much lighter and matches me more. I like how well it stays on throughout the day and though it does transfer somewhat it does stay on and does slightly stain the lips. The formula is creamy and moisturizing so I don't get chapped lips at all which is a plus. This lip bomb stain was full-sized and is pretty pricey. It is probably because this is an Australian brand and their cosmetics always run slightly higher than in the states.
Overall, I was the most impressed with this bag than any other of my subscription boxes this month. I have stuck with My Glam now Ipsy since the beginning. Through thick and thin I have stayed true to this company which will be celebrating it's one year anniversary either this month or next. So it's glad to see them doing well and getting better each and every month even if their name has changed it's now for the better.  If your interested in checking out ipsy go to www.ipsy.com for more information.

October Goop Birchbox 2012

This is my first ever Birchbox that I completely disliked. I was so bummed about it. First of all I was sent an email to opt in or out for the Goop box. Well I opted out I didn't want another themed box if given a choice, which I was. I opted for the usual October Birchbox themed Transformations. I have in the past whether by choice or not have received several themed boxes most of them weren't all that great. So imagine my surprise when this box arrived to my home. I was so upset. I had already seen some of YouTube videos on this box and hardly anyone was happy with them. So moving on I don't know what was the point of giving us a choice if it wasn't going to matter anyway. Now on to the Goop box. Which I aptly named the "Poop" box.

  • Illume/ Red Cedar Candle- Made with soy, beeswax, and essential oils, this candle features a warm scent that comes courtesy of red cedar and vetiver.
  • Jouer/ Lip Enhancer- This best-seller gives you the moisturizing punch of a balm with the satiny finish of a gloss. We're hooked and we know you will be, too. Well first of all they could have given a full-sized one. I hate the Jouer samples they are so tiny and only one if even that in uses.
  • Kiehls/ Rosa Arctica Eye- Conquer dark circles with the brightening eye balm, which is made with collagen-boosting flower extracts.
  • Supergoop!/ City Sunscreen Serum- Wear this award-winning brand's silky SPF 30 serum under your makeup for a weightless UV shield. Okay another item that could have been given in a bigger sample size or even the $20 purse sized would have been nice. I hate these tiny foil packets that you can get free anywhere. So another bust with that one.
  • Luna/ LemonZest Bar- These are zesty snacks that are a goop fave. They're perfect to keep you full in between meals ( plus they double as a healthy dessert!) You know what no thanks I'd rather not have a food product in my box. Thank you. Especially lemon I despise lemon anything except lemonade. I don't like anything lemon. I just don't. Now, lime is okay.   
With that being said, I'm so over this months box. I hope that next months box is better. In September 2011 I first joined Birchbox and in October 2011 that's when I received my first box with them. So this month I celebrated 1 year with Birchbox and have never been so upset until now. I know that they will have great boxes in the months to come, but this one really put me off. I stay because you can get points when reviewing the samples and use them in the Birchbox store towards full-sized products so that's why I stay it's like paying $5 a for the box instead of $10. When you do the reviews so with that happy. So Happy 1st anniversary me for being with Birchbox a whole year. Here's to what next year has in store.

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September Beauty Army Box 2012

Well upon cancelling my Beauty Bar Sample Society Box with Allure. I decided to try Beauty Army they have been around for sometime. When they first came on to the scene I was on a waiting list to join. Then when I was finally sent an invite I was so happy. I signed up and went to see what is was all about. Well while I liked the idea of getting to choose my own products up to 6 for my box for only $12 monthly. I wasn't to jazzed about the choices available. So I passed. Then later on I was asked to join up again to which on that I passed as well.

So when I found out that now you can just join without an invitation and that they open new subscriptions & samples daily at 9am EST well I decided to give them a try. Well I was enlightened to see what was available to choose given my personal beauty profile. Which can be changed if you want to see if you can get different samples than the ones shown. I was happy with my choices. Now as for the NuMe shampoo that was a choice I wasn't to thrilled about, but it was better than what was available.
Here are the Beauty Army how to's:

Complete the beauty profile
to reveal your nine personalized products.

Choose up to six.

Re-take your beauty profile
to see a different selection.

Skip the month anytime.

Receive your products
within eight to ten days of your selection.
  •  Macadamia/ Healing oil treatment- which I have been dying to try. That alone was the price for the box. So it was well worth it.
  • Young blood/ Mineral Primer- infused with vitamins and minerals it's also paraben free.
  • SunTegrity/ 5-in-1 natural moisturizing face sunscreen- that treats, hydrates, protects, primes and covers skin. This is in tinted in the color light. This formula is for all skin types, vegan, non-greasy, non-toxic. So my guess it's a tinted moisturizer/BB cream.
  • Emani Minerals/ Foundation Primer and Serum- Talc and paraben free. This works as a base coat as well as a moisturizer. This serum helps to fill in fine lines and inhibit the deterioration of collagen.
  • Lipsi Cosmetics/ Aphrodite Powder- This fine powder is designed to absorb the excess oil on your skin, allowing your skin to glow. This finishing powder sets makeup and absorbs shine while keeping your makeup fresh and natural all day long. Layer Aphrodite Powder over your foundation and concealer for a flawless finish that keeps your skin completely oil-free. Wear it alone for a sheer soft coverage. This powder suits all skin types and tones. I have yet to try this out and will see how it works. I have oily skin and I'm glad I chose this.
  • Nume/Hydro Punch Hydrating Shampoo- All I can say is that I already have this sample except that it was the conditioner not a shampoo from My Glam in July's bag. I also got the shampoo in my Beauty Box Five for September so I'm set.This shampoo is for dry or coloured hair. It contains Seratin-K, Sage extract, Bamboo extract and Argan oil from Morocco. It has no parabens or parafins. Now as for me I didn't like the scent it is too overpowering. It gave me an instant headache just like the conditioner did.
So far I liked this service and choices. As for October's box I decided to skip it there was not anything that really popped out this month. So that's another thing I liked about this service if you don't like what you see then you can change your profile daily for up to a 5 day window. If you still don't like anything then you can skip a month. Which is great so I'm all for that. We will see what November's box holds. So if your interested in checking this out go to:https://beautyarmy.com?referral_id=82b851df835f9821b4ed1cd76dd091f1

Friday, October 19, 2012

Ivory Soap Brand Challenge Winner

I was fortunate to have been one of the lucky people to have won the Influenster Ivory soap brand challenge. This was a challenge thru Influenster that you had to do the required tasks in a specific amount of time and the first of so many that did what was asked were in the running to winning the challenge. So out of all who qualified I was blessed to have won.

I was given a 10 bar pack of their original soap and a full-sized body wash in the original scent. I'm so excited I haven't used Ivory soap since I was living at home. I really love the fresh clean scent and the fact that it rinses off clean and leaves no residue. I can't wait to try this body wash. I'm sure it will be just as good as the bars.

I'm so happy to have won this challenge I rarely win anything. So this was a gem. I did a blog post on how I used Ivory soap to clean my makeup brushes and I still use it to do so. It works like a charm and keeps them clean and soft. Thanks Ivory and Influenster.

You can find out more about Ivory soap on Facebook/ivory or at www.ivory.com
If your interested in joining Influenster go to www.influenster.com

Thursday, October 18, 2012

September Beauty Bar Sample Society with Allure Box 2012

I was truly impressed once again with this box. I have only been with them for several months and well I was so saddened to have to cancel my subscription with them it was getting costly and well frankly I saw what others got for October which as rubbish so that made it easier to cancel. October's box didn't have the OOMPH that the others did. It was basically items in foil packets or small tiny minuscule samples. So that just made it so much easier plus with so many other boxes I have subscriptions with it was getting overwhelming.
  • CellCeuticals/Extremely Gentle Skin Cleanser- Ideal for even the most sensitive skin, this cleanser removes impurities and makeup without drying out the skin. This daily cleanser hydrates the skin and leaves it feeling supple as it removes facial and eye makeup. This product is appropriate for all ages.
  • Diptyque/Eau de Toilette Fragrance- Vetyverio- Made for both women and men, the Diptyque Eaux de Toilette use the finest raw materials to relate a childhood memory and poetically reinvent and enhance nature or a journey, real or dreamed of. A bird, known as the Java Sparrow, hides in the cool of the forest, amid the trees' dense and soothing foliage. Here and there, clearings graced with tropical flowers; the eye discerns groves of long, slender leaves of fragrant vetiver. And from this black and white, somehow perceived in color, rises an image of profuse, blooming vegetation, exquisitely aromatic, dazzling to the senses. There is a winged creature blessed to perch in this paradise. That's why Diptyque calls it "Vetyverio."
  • Ahava/Purifying Mud Mask- This mask contains purifying and softening qualities, clears skin of excess oils, roots out the grime and blackheads, and prevents the formation of blemishes. Soothing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties with the benefits of Horsetail Extract
    Jojoba Oil nourishes and moisturizes.
  • Stila Cosmetics/Smudge Crayon- Black- Stila Smudge Crayon Waterproof Eye Primer + Shadow + Liner Dazzle is a 3-in-1 gel-based product that glides on with ease and stays in place until you say when. This creamy, multi-pearl formula is infused with emollients for a smooth, comfortable application. Stila Smudge Crayon Waterproof Eye Primer + Shadow + Line Dazzle also provides rich, bold color for more than 6 hours of continuous wear that won't crease over time.
  • Borghese/Borghese B Gloss- Fiore- This Lip Gloss is a lush, glossy color that accentuates lips and provides high-shine looks. Moisturizers deliver a soothing treat while high style pigments add luminosity.
    • Has a long-wearing formula
    • Vitamins A and E deliver moisture
    • Avocado oil, jojoba oil and aloe vera soothe lips

September MyGlam "ISPY" Bag 2012

Well to my surprise MyGlam did a total 180 as they updated their website and even their name. A little confused well I was. I understand a total overhaul of a website to make it better and improve it. As for the name change I don't dig it. Why fix what wasn't broken IPSY beauty by you is what they are calling themselves now. We got a card saying that MyGlam is now....ipsy beauty by you. Same awesome Glam Bag program that you love, only so much better: 
  • Samples are personalized with shades just for you
  • Connect with other women you trust
  • Share your own beauty looks on ipsy.com
  • Win prizes with more giveaways than ever
Now I do like the new website and the way people can interact with it a lot more and better than that of the old site. It was a new company just starting and I guess they now know in what direction they want it to go. So now on with the new IPSY Bag.
  • London Soho New York/Smudge Brush- This brush is great and does the job well my only pet peeve is that this brush is super long. Otherwise it passes.
  • Carol's Daughter/Monoi Repairing Split End Mender- Once again another split end product. I'm happy to not have any at the current moment. I really don't need this, but what the hey. I still may try it to prevent them. I really don't use heating products ( irons, blow dryers and etc.) that often. So my hair stays relatively healthy.
  • Mirabella/Eye color- Semi formal- This was a brownish-gold color. I really like it.
  • Jane/Sparkle Gloss- Sparkle Pink- Jane was a brand I used back in high school till in my early 20's then it just simply disappeared. I used to get it at Walgreen's. Now this gloss is nice, but not in this hot pink color it's too bright and sparkly for my taste. It will make a great gift for a friend.
  • Circus by Andrea's Choice/Nail Color- Tightrope- a beautiful bright neon purple. I really love this color and now own all the colors. I had to get 2 of them on trades. The yellow and the orange those were the only ones I was missing. I love the colors and brand. Neon's never go out of style.
  • Makeup Bag/Black with gold zipper- Now this was a super cute bag this month I loved how you could use it as a wristlet.
 If your interested in this program then check them out at www.ipsy.com.

September Birchbox 2012

  • Color Club/Birchbox Custom Polish- Status Update- They teamed up with Color Club to create several custom shades, inspired by the Fall 2012 collections.
  • Nexxus/Pro-Mend Split End Treatment System- Infused with coconut oil and amino acids, this shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment work together to fix unsightly split ends. Now that is great except I don't have any split ends. Nor do I like the terrible foil packet thingies. They are awful can't they just do small plastic bottles like everyone else for these samples.
  • Twistband/Birchbox Custom Lace Hair Tie- Designers go gaga for lace this season and we don't blame them. Get on board with these ouch-free hair ties. Well I already had gotten one of these months ago in a box. It was even the same color. I ended up losing it before I could even try it. Well mine is a plain turquoise blue. Not sure what they mean my lace b/c I don't see any.
  • Vasanti/ Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator- This exfoliating cleanser uses professional- grade (read: effective) microderm crystals and papaya enzymes to brighten dull skin.
  • Youngblood/Mineral Primer- Prevent makeup meltdowns with this clear gel primer, which contains skin-soothing vitamins and minerals.
  • As the lifestyle extras from Mighty Leaf Tea Company/Teas- Swap your afternoon latte for these yummy tea blends, made from natural, ethically sourced ingredients.
  • Birchbox Digital Download/Tristan Prettyman- is there latest musical crush. Download 2 of his brand new tracks. Never heard of him and also I never do downloads anyway so oh well.
If you are interested in joining Birchbox please click this link https://www.birchbox.com?raf=4h5l0

September Beauty Box Five 2012

So sorry for the late posting of my September boxes. A lot has been going on in life. So without further ado here it is. My latest BB5 box as okay. I did like the selection and variety available. I could have done without another loose powdered eyeshadow. I'm not a fan of those I tend to like pressed shadows more.

Here was what was in this months box:

  • Nume/Hydro Punch Hydrating Shampoo- All I can say is that I already have this sample except that it was the conditioner not a shampoo from MyGlam in July's bag. This shampoo is for dry or coloured hair. It contains Seratin-K, Sage extract, Bamboo extract and Argan oil from Morocco. It has no parabens or parafins. Now as for me I didn't like the scent it is too overpowering. It gave me an instant headache just like the conditioner did.
  • Goat Haus Dairy/ Bath Melts 1 bath melt- Taking a bath never left your skin feeling this good. Drop one of these handmade goat's milk bath-melts into your tub and relax...your skin will thank you.
  • Silk Naturals/Eyeshadow- This lovely loose mineral shadows are no exception. Gluten Free and predominantly vegan, they're perfect for sensitive skin and a great addition to your collection.
  • Naabassja Skin/Enzyme Facial Peel- Great for any skin type, this revolutionary facial peel is packed with free-radical fighting antioxidants and uses papaya enzyme to gently eliminate dead, dry skin cells.
  • H. Wood Beauty/Lip Shine- The perfect addition to any makeup bag. This hydrating, sheer-color lip shine is packed with nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil, and mango, avocado and Shea butter. I was not to jazzed about the color and that it was sheer. Oh, well what can I say it was a full-sized and the packaging was cute.
If your interested in trying Beauty Box 5 please check out this link. https://www.beautybox5.com/home.php?key=4f3f58d0b6240

Glade Expressions Collection BzzAgent Campaign

This time around I was given the chance by BzzAgent to try the new Glade Expressions Collection. This is the newest collection offered by Glade. I was so happy to get my Bzz Kit in which included a coupon for one free starter kit of the spray and one free starter kit of the oil diffuser. It also included coupons for me to give to friends and family to try this products out as well.

The Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist
  • This is the first refillable fragrance mist from Glade
  • It's so easy just squeeze-to-release a soft, light mist of a great and refreshing fragrance that lasts
  • Instantly enhances any room and eliminates odor
  • Refillable with your favorite Glade Expressions fragrance — comes in 4 great scents. That will appeal to anyone. Cotton & Italian Mandarin, Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice, Lavender & Juniper Berry and Pineapple & Mangosteen
  • Comes with a removable label, the holder is artfully designed and chic enough to incorporate into any décor
  • Fragrance satisfaction guaranteed or your money back
 All the scents come spray form and in the oil diffusers except the Cotton & Italian Mandarin.
That is the only scent that comes in spray form only. Which to me was a bummer because it was my first favorite of all the scents, but that is okay because I use that particular one in my bathroom. There is something about a cotton fresh smelling bathroom. That appeals to my senses. Both these items are found at just about any mass retail chain Target, Walmart, Walgreen's, CVS and most grocery stores as well as in some drug stores.

Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser
  • The best non-electric oil diffuser for living spaces, delivering 3x more fragrance
  • Refillable with your favorite Glade Expressions scent — authentic, exotic ingredients like mangosteen and cardamom spice are unlike anything else in the fragrance aisle
  • Trendy holder (available in bamboo or white) matches home décor perfectly, allowing you to place great fragrance in any room
  • The easy snap-in-place setup makes the diffuser easy to assemble, refill and use
  • The spill-free design fills living spaces with fragrance for 30 days
  • A wide and thin wick releases fragrance slowly, leaving you with consistent fragrance over time
  • Fragrance satisfaction guaranteed or your money back
Here is a rundown of the scents available and what each one entails.
Cotton & Italian Mandarin - Open your home with the bright, breezy blend of cotton and sparkling citrus, honeydew and sandalwood
Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice - A ripe, spicy blend of sweet pears and crisp apple with a dash of cinnamon and clove that warms and invigorates
Lavender & Juniper Berry - Lush lavender blends with fresh juniper berry, eucalyptus and rose to relax the senses and open your home
Pineapple & Mangosteen - Evoke a tropical paradise with the blend of freshly cut pineapples and hint of tangy mangosteen, creamy coconut and passionflower

My favorites are the Cotton & Italian Mandarin for use in the bathroom and the Lavender & Juniper Berry for use in the rest of the house and my husband loves the Pineapple & Mangosteen.
Which is a nice scent, but of course my husband would love the pineapple one because he loves pineapples.

As for finding this at first it was a challenge a real one. I went to several Target's and to Walmart and couldn't find them they were sold out. The only ones available were the Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice. Which I don't mind the apple scent, but as for the spice scent I don't like it all to well. I waited several more days and checked back and still no change. So it did take me 2 weeks to finally get the ones I was wanting. I'm truly happy to have gotten a chance to try this and from now on I will continue to purchase this collection for my home. I do wish that they would make the Cotton & Italian Mandarin in the oil diffuser so that I can use it to keep my bathroom smelling fresh. Hopefully in the future they will make it so.

The pricing for these are not bad I paid for the Spray Starter Set $2.99 & for the Oil Diffuser Kit $5.99 at Target. The coupons for the free items were listed at up to $4.49 for the Spray Starter Set and up to $8.99 for the Oil Diffuser Kit. So I guess it depends on where you live and shop. I know that Walmart had both of the sets about $.50 -$.75 lower than Target. I didn't notice how much the oil diffuser refills were I did notice that the spray refills were $1.99 at my Target which is so reasonable.
Here is the what the oil diffuser looks like on my front table as I enter my home. This is where I chose to put it. I feel it was the best place because whenever I enter or exit my home I can smell the great scent and it's so inviting and also so refreshing to smell as I leave as well. As you can see from the photo I usually burn candles. I had to stop doing this for a while now because I do have 2 cats and lately they have be curious about the flames. So with that this oil diffuser comes in very handy and is very cat friendly.

Visit glade.com to learn more about Glade Expressions products and to explore all their scent collections.

 NOTE: The above mentioned product was provided free of charge by www.bzzagent.com . All opinions in this review are my own and do not reflect the views of Bzzagent, their employees or affiliates nor of any brand mentioned therein. I received no monetary compensation for my participation in this campaign

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Original Dish Drying Mat

In my Influenster Naturals VoxBox 2012 I received a great and handy item to have in my kitchen. What was this item? Well it was The Original Dish Drying Mat. This Original line is sold exclusively at Bed Bath and Beyond it retails for $4.99 the size I received was 16"X18". This is a great product it is the newest solution for drying hand-washed dishes, pots & pans, this super-absorbent microfiber dish drying mat protects the counter top & cushions delicate dishes and glassware. It is also fast drying and machine washable. Plus, did I mention it has a handy fabric loop to hang the mat while not in use and/or also can be used to air dry it.

It is made with a unique laminated design which combines a new, thicker layer of foam between two layers of high quality, super absorbent microfiber. This mat also holds more than 4 times its weigh in water. It folds and stores easily. It also has multiple uses you can use it underneath your dish drying rack in place of the drain board. You can place it underneath you appliances (mixer, blender, toaster, etc.) to protect your counter top from scratches and scuffs.

Here is The Original Dish Drying Mat in action. I use it daily to dry several glasses used daily and also to quick dry my cat's food bowls. Also my cats think that sometimes this is a comfy place to rest.
If you want to know more about this product or see what other wonderful products they carry then here is their site http://www.the-original-co.com go and check them out.

I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Liebster Award

LIEBSTER AWARD -This award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. What is a Liebster? It's German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

I was nominated by http://a1nettiebeauty.blogspot.com

In order to accept the award and display the badge on your profile - here are the rules:
  1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves
  2. They must also answer the 11 questions the tagger has set for them
  3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag
  4. They must then choose 11 bloggers to tag with less than 200 followers
  5. These lucky bloggers must be told
  6. There are no tag backs
Here are 11 random things about me:
  1. I've been with El Hubbs for 19 years.
  2. I have 2 cats a boy Cash and a girl Nugget.
  3. I have no children.
  4. I hate snakes.
  5. I love blogging when I have a free moment.
  6. I love hamburgers.
  7. I'm a pack-rat.
  8. I collect nail polishes. I have over 500 and counting.
  9. I'm older than I look.
  10. I love Ghost Adventures and Ancient Aliens.
  11. I haven't watched regular TV since 2010. I only watch DVD movies and catch up on my ghost shows on YouTube. 
The Questions from Annette I have to answer are: 
  1. Do you like Ghost shows? Yes, I do. I like Ghost Adventure and The Dead Files.
  2. What is your favorite thing to do when online? Shop.
  3. Do you work outside of your home? if so what do you do? Yes. I work in retail. 
  4. How long have you been blogging? 7 months since March 2012.
  5. What do you want others to know about your blog about? That it's not just about makeup.
  6. Pepsi or Coke? Coke, but I like Orange or Grape better. I haven't had soda in 11m. Water.
  7. What is your favorite cuisine? Mexican Food then Chinese.
  8. Do you watch YT videos? if no what kind do you like? Yes. I like DIY's & Makeup ones.
  9. If you could change one thing about you, what would it be? My weight.
  10. Are you a couponer? No, I never have been. Now if I have one I'll use it.
  11. What is a hobbie you do besides blogging? Nail Art & Drawing/Painting.

  1. http://lacquerpamper.blogspot.com/
  2. http://meandmynailpolish.blogspot.com 
  3. http://coolpencilcase.blogspot.com/    
  4. http://jsamaroo11.blogspot.com/     
  5. http://www.abeautywithedge.com/
  6. http://mrsaull923.blogspot.com/
  7. http://www.beautyunbiased.com/
  8. http://chrissiescommentmix.blogspot.com/
  9. http://www.bleedglitter.com/
  10. http://beautyuncensored101.blogspot.com/

The 11 Questions I have for your are:
  1. What made you decide on making a blog?
  2. Why did you pick the name you did for your blog?
  3. Do you have any pets?
  4. What's your favorite food?
  5. What's your favorite polish color?
  6. What would be your dream job?
  7. What do you do for fun?
  8. What's your favorite makeup brand?
  9. What scares you?
  10. What sign are you?
  11. What's your favorite cartoon character? 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

CoverGirl and Olay BzzAgent Campaign

 I was so excited to have been chosen by BzzAgent to try the new CoverGirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation & their CoverGirl & Olay Pressed Powder. This 2-in-1 product is a foundation with a serum and primer base all swirled into one convenient product. It is no ordinary make-up as it smoothes the appearance of rough surfaces and gives your skin a radiant finish. The Tone Rehab Foundation also contains known skin conditioning ingredients to help hydrate your skin and help improve the skin tone over time.

All that's needed is just one pump for your whole face to reduce the signs and instantly cover discolorations and age spots while one bottle hydrates to improve skin tone over time. And finishing your look with a soft layer of CoverGirl & Olay Pressed Powder to help brighten your skin tone.

This Foundation comes in 14 beautiful shades that will cover many skin tones from light to deep, with a balance of cool, neutral and warm undertones. It comes in the following shades:
  • Ivory
  • Classic Ivory
  • Creamy Natural
  • Buff Beige
  • Nude Beige
  • Medium Beige
  • Natural Beige
  • Warm Beige
  • Creamy Beige
  • Soft Honey
  • Golden Tan
  • Classic Tan
  • Tawny
  • Soft Sable
This Foundation is available at all major retailers, with a suggested retail price of $13.99. CoverGirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation, contains Olay serum, hydrates to skin to help improve it over time. Olay skin care ingredients, including Glycerine, Niacinamide and N-acetyl Glucosamine, effectually penetrate the skin's outer surface layers to moisturize skin for improved skin tone over time.

The CoverGirl & Olay Pressed Powder is made with gold pearls, yellow iron oxide, and silk mica. These work together to help provide natural looking skin while giving an energized appearance and healthy radiance. This powder helps brighten skin tone while softening the look of imperfections. The formula has a built-in smooth-glide serum, which provides a touch of brightness without feeling heavy or cakey.

This powder comes in 6 complimentary shades:
  • Fair - pair with Ivory or Classic Ivory foundation
  • Fair/Light - pair with Creamy Natural or Buff Beige foundation
  • Light - pair with Nude Beige or Natural Beige foundation
  • Light/Medium - pair with Medium Beige, Warm Beige or Creamy Beige foundation
  • Medium - pair with Soft Honey or Golden Tan foundation
  • Medium/Dark - pair with Classic Tan foundation

What did I think about this?

  For starters I love how great this foundation made my face look & feel. While I had seen this in print ads and on TV I had never even thought to try this. I personally haven't used Covergirl face products (foundation or powder) since I was in high school. I'm so glad I was given the chance to. I was amazed at how well it covered my red & hyperpigmentated skin. Also the smell was fantastic. I'm so sensitive & allergic to so many scents in my cosmetics that I can't use many of them.

The application of this product was easy I tried it with my fingers and it gave a good coverage if your in a hurry. My prefered method was using a foundation brush. Most any one will do it will assure that the coverage is even and flawless.

 I also loved the pressed powder it was great & a must have for me since I have very oily skin. The only con was that I had to powder several times during the day to keep the shine at bay. I feel that this will be better for me in the winter months when I tend to get a bit dryer. I did like how it covered my fine lines and discoloration with ease. I do think that this will be great year round for people with normal to dry skin. If you are oily it may be better for you to use in the winter time. Unless you don't mind blotting several times a day. Also the choice of colors available was great. The color I got was in 125 Buff Beige and 320 Fair/Light in the powder. In skin tone I'm a fair/light complexion. So this was a great match for me. At first I thought it would be either too dark or too light just by seeing it in the bottle. Actually it was just right. I would have thought I was a Classic Ivory, but as it turns out I'm not.

Overall this is a great product and I did see some improvement in my skin tone. I have been using this for a month now. I feel that this was sufficient enough time to give a review and base an opinion on this product. I have seen a slight difference in my fine forehead lines. Only time will tell if these will diminish further.

Here is a Before and After photo. The after is using the CoverGirl & Olay Foundation & Pressed Powder. The after photo is just the foundation and powder. No other make-up is used. Just those two products.
This was what came in my BzzKit. It contained 1) The CoverGirl & Olay BzzGuide 2) One full-sized CoverGirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation 3) Complimentary CoverGirl & Olay Pressed Powder 4) Coupons to share with the ladies in my life

 NOTE: The above mentioned product was provided free of charge by www.bzzagent.com . All opinions in this review are my own and do not reflect the views of Bzzagent, their employees or affiliates nor of any brand mentioned therein. I received no monetary compensation for my participation in this campaign.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Most Worn Summer 2012 -TAG

Well since I don't do YouTube videos I have decided to do this tag on my blog. It still kinda the same just in picture form. I hope that you enjoy seeing this as much as I had fun finding the most worn items for this summer. So lets get started.
Polish: Well my most worn polish was easy. Besides doing nail art for myself and for my blog or the nail a day challenge. I actually did have a polish that I wore more than any other on days off. It was Essie's Off the Shoulder which is a beautiful hot pinkish color which I enjoyed. I have a feeling I will be wearing this in fall as well.
Hair Product: Well that was easy I rarely use any styling products in my hair. Only on a rare occasion I do. So for the hair product it was my Matrix Biolage daily leave in hair tonic. This stuff is amazing for my fine limp hair. I use it every time I shampoo my hair which is every other day. I tend to have a very oily scalp so I can't go more than two days without a good wash. I apply this while still in the shower after I squeeze the water out of my hair. Then I apply a good amount then I use my Aquis Hair turban and let it set. Somehow the heat from my scalp makes it penetrate more into my hair and when it's time to let it air dry then I let it down and comb it out. I find that this stuff makes my hair so shiny, soft and tangle-free.
Handbag: My Marc by Marc Jacobs Nylon Q Moon Sling Cross body Bag in Pilot Grey. This by far was my most used handbag for the summer which says a lot. I'm a handbag collector. So for me to keep a bag in use for the whole summer is a big deal for me. I tend to change bags like once a week or every two weeks. I never have used a bag this long like ever. I like to keep my bags looking as new as possible. This cross body hobo came in 4 neat colors. It’s a soft, slouchy hobo detailed with the work wear-inspired logo along with a versatile shoulder strap that can be doubled for use as a handle. Finished with logo-print lining, the Nylon Q Moon Sling hobo is a Summer essential that’ll last me all year round! It came in pilot grey, wave, dark magenta, and electric yellow. I have the dark magenta one as well. Who know that maybe my new winter bag as well. Only time will tell. I've had this bag since It first came out 2 years ago and it was still looking brand new when I took it out to use. Well, now not so much it does look a bit worn and the strap is starting giving way so I have to retire it till I can get the strap fixed. Still this was a super classic bag and went with everything.
Shoes: I'm not much of a shoe person I tend to like to be barefooted all day if I had a choice. When I was younger I was always barefooted and my feet bottoms were so tough that I could step on thorns and they wouldn't bother me that much. I just love the feeling of bare feet so the shoes that I love to wear year round are my flip-flops, but not just any ones will do. My HG ones are from Havaianas these are the best in my opinion and so very well made. I own like 15 pairs and only wear like 5 of the designs I own all the time. I'm not sure when I'll get to the other 10 pairs if ever. I wore these all summer long. Heck I will continue to wear them through the winter as well. Rain, sleet or snow (LOL) it don't snow here. I will wear these forever. As I dislike covered shoes except Fila's Skeletoes and Crocs.
Accessory: The most worn accessory like ever for me except for my wedding set is my Lady Gaga rubber bracelet. This I got at her concert here in Houston in April 2011. I have worn this bracelet like ever since and I haven't taken it off. Ok, this was only taken off of course to take the picture. So, now it has been taken off once. It also has held up well through showers, sleeping, and daily use. It is so well made. It looks the same as when I purchased it. I'm really a huge fan of her and her music. So that was my most worn accessory for the summer and for the past 15 months.
Clothing Item: My Target tie-dye V-neck tees. These tees are soft and comfortable and very well made and have held up all summer. These came in like 6 different colors. I got 4 of them that I liked and these are great. I have a tendency to buy all the colors of the same shirt if I like the style and the way they fit on me. I have a hard time finding shirts that fit me well and flatter me. I have these shirts in dark purple & white, dark purple & pink, dark blue & Turquoise and black & white as well. These will also be my faves next summer I can feel it.
Foundation: Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup. This has been my HG summer foundation that I have used all summer long. I have had other ones that I also tried and used this summer, but this one was the one I used the most and had the longest since the spring. I really love the texture and feel of it. It has been compared to Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting foundation. It come in a similar plastic container and you do have to shake it since it is water-based. This foundation gives a great finish for my oily skin and looks so natural and the color is spot on. I rarely have a foundation that is spot on in color like ever. This is the one foundation I will always use for the summer along with some others depending on day and/or event going on. It is a must try if you haven't already tried it. I may use this in the winter depending how it looks on my skin by then. I'm in the color 2CN1 and a NW20 in Mac if this helps.
Blush/Bronzer: For blush out of all the ones I own Benefit's Sugarbomb was my go to blush this summer it just had that oomph I was looking for and it gave me a great cheek glow without being over the top or too glittery. I really love this blush. As for bronzer that had to be my NYC bronzer in Sunny. It is a great color for my NW20 skin and didn't look ruddy or muddy on me. I also love that it didn't have any shimmer in it. I can't stand bronzers with too much shimmer. Sunny was my go to bronzer for the summer.
Lip Product: That was so easy the go to lip product was my Korres Lip Butter balm in Jasmine. It is by far the best out there. It left my lips soft and not dry. I have a problem with severe dry lips so I tend to wear glosses instead of lipsticks because of that. So this lip butter as it's called really helped me a lot this summer in being able to wear my favorites lipsticks. I can say this will go with me into the winter months when my lips will get worse. So if you have dry lips like me and haven't tried this you should. It also comes in a squeeze tube for convenience in traveling. I have the potted version and use it only twice a day morning and at night to sooth my dry lips all day.
Mascara: Rimmel WOW lashes that was the one I used all summer till I got the Urban Decay Supercurl Curling mascara and the Maybelline One by One mascara. The Rimmel one was alright not the best in my opinion, but this was the one I used most of the summer so I'm including it here. I will not be repurchasing this one at all. While it did make my lashes nice and long. It was super clumpy and flaky. It also gave me raccoon eyes and I never put it on my lower lashes and still I got raccoon eyes. So this was a huge miss for me.
Eyeshadow: This one was super easy it was a single shadow by The Balm that took me through the summer. It was one that I got in my My Glam bag a while ago and it was a great everyday all over no muss no fuss color. The color is in Luscious Lani and it is was go to shadow for day and night. I just primed my eye and put this gorgeous pink-champagne colored shadow all over from lid to brow and then curled my lashes and put mascara and boom out the door. No worrying about crease shadows and highlights and outer-corners. I grabbed my Sigma E50 Large Fluff brush and just swiped and go. Such a pretty color and finish. It is an all purpose shadow you could also use it as a cheek highlight. I have and it comes off so pretty on my skin. I will definitely get another when this one runs out. This to me is a must have all around color.

So here were all my most worn items this summer. What were yours?

Friday, August 31, 2012

August Nail Photo A Day 21-31

Here is the last of the pictures of this interesting & exciting challenge. All pictures were taken with my IPhone. Enjoy and see you for September's Nail Photo A Day.




Thursday, August 30, 2012

August Favorites 2012

It's time once again for my monthly favorites. Which wasn't hard for me to choose at all. Why? Well because all the items are from Urban Decay. So lets begin shall we?

  • Urban Decay/Build your own Palette-$18- This palette has space for 6 pans of your favorite Urban Decay shadows. Inside, Urban Decay has included a generously sized mirror, a travel-size Good Karma shadow brush, and Walk of Shame, a pinkie-peach matte shadow available exclusively in this palette. In my palette I have Walk of Shame, Free Love, Lost, Mildew, Roach and Secret Service. Of course all the other shadows are not included so you will have to shell out some dough for those. Each shadow is $18 in the new packaging and formulation.

  • Urban Decay/Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup-1oz-$38- This is a weightless and virtually invisible liquid foundation that creates a luminous, demi-matte finish on the skin. This has build able coverage which allows you to customize your look. Available in 18 shades. The finish is matte, never flat, and luminous, but not shiny. A little goes a long way with this foundation I only need a half a pump for my whole face (light coverage) and one pump for full coverage. In Mac I'm a NW20 so the color I was matched to was 3.5 which is a light shade- Beige with slight pink undertones. So far I have been happy with this foundation. I will try it a little longer then conduct a full review.

  • Urban Decay/Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush-$24- This brush was made to use with the Naked Skin Foundation, this brush picks up and distributes all formulations from liquid to cream to powder makeup better than a sponge. The “optical blurring” comes in when you buff out your makeup: instead of a streaky finish from using your fingers or a sponge, buffing helps out the light-diffusing particles in Naked Skin and seemingly fine lines disappear. It's blending ability makes it ideal for mature skin, as it creates a smooth, youthful-looking appearance. The medium sized brush is packed with dense hairs & it has a domed top that works well around the face, making it suitable for under the eye, around the nose, and around the brow area. I really love this brush a lot and it was a great investment. It works super with the UD foundation and with others as well. The brush is made of recycled aluminum, and has synthetic, cruelty-free brush hairs.Which are a plus in my book because they are super soft and don't scratch.

  • Urban Decay/24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Paranoid-$19- This pencil is great. I have never tried their lip pencils before. I have tried and loved their eye pencils. So this was a first for me and boy it was a nice and creamy formulation without creating any feathering and stayed on for quite a long time. Paranoid is a deep pinkie nude which I was surprised it worked with me. I have kinda medium to darkish pink lips so when this color was recommend to me I was like whoa it's way to dark, but it really wasn't. I love to wear nude lip colors all the time and very rarely stray from those colors. So this liner keeps my lipstick from feathering it's not dry or flaky and holds it in place at least 4-6 hours. Which I find that amazing. On lazy days I will just only use this liner as my lip color and it still looks great on me. If you haven't tried any of their lip liners I would advise you to. You won't be disappointed.

  • Urban Decay/Super Curl Curling Mascara-$12- This is a sculpting, curling and long-wearing mascara. In addition to holding curl all day, this mascara boasts incredible conditioning ingredients in its formula. Packed with glycoprotein for lash thickening, Moringa seeds to help with curl definition, and Meadowfoam seed oil and Shea Butter for moisturizing and smoothing, lashes get an extra nourishing boost with just one swipe. I have very long pin straight lashes my lashes naturally face down. So no curl what so ever. I really have a hard time finding any mascara to hold a curl let alone make my lashes look nice. So usually I don't wear mascara for that reason. Whenever I get a makeover done I'm always complemented on my pretty long lashes. Then they proceed to apply a mascara formula that they hope will work. Well for the first few moments it does then poof! They go flat and back to straight. Even using a lash curler won't work. I've even tried heated ones and nope no dice. So when the MA at UD suggested this one I was like go ahead try it because nothing works. Well guess what to my amazement it did work and now this is my only go to mascara. So if you have lashes like mine and have tried almost everything to have them hold a curl even for a few hours then you must try this. I have the sample size of this mascara which was given to me from UD so I didn't have to buy a full-sized just yet. The full-sized is $20. I know you can get one of these sample ones on EBay for cheap just to try out and make sure you will like it. PS this mascara also doesn't flake, run or clump on me.