Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas/Birthday Haul


I hope everyone had an amazing christmas spent with family and friends! I know I had a nice family centered Christmas. I got to see both sides of my family and spent time with Mr. J (My boyfriend) family as well. Everyone also made my birthday super special yesterday which can be hard sometimes since my birthday is on Christmas.

As you can see I ended up with a lot of beauty stuff. I'm excited to try all my new goodies! I also got a teal cheetah print Clarisonic that I can't wait to try out!  My family and friends really spoiled me this year!

What did everyone else get? Leave the links in the comments so I can check out your Christmas hauls!!



Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Nail Art: Reverse Manicure

I have been slacking so bad on doing my nails since I got my gel kit. It just saves so much time that I never feel like using regular polish! This holiday season I decided to do a reverse accent nail manicure.

Base Color for Pointer, Middle, and Pinky: Gosh 549 Holographic Hero
Glitter Top Coat  for Pointer, Middle, and Pinky: OPI Save Me
Base Coat for Ring and Thumb: OPI Jade Is The New Black
Stamping Polish: Konad White
Stamping plate: Cheeky jumbo plate 6, Tree with Star design. 


I am completely in love with this manicure. I've gotten a ton of compliments on it! It was super easy and fun to do! Also it looks so festive! I'm loving these reverse manicures. 

Happy Holidays! 

Just look how it sparkles in the light! LOVE!






Thursday, December 19, 2013

Early Birthday Haul

Mr. J, (My boyfriend) took me to go out shopping because of my super stressful semester from hell. The items I got were going to be my early birthday gifts. I took full advantage and stopped at my favorite stores.

First stop was Lush. I've been dying to get a few things from the christmas collection.
  • Twilight Bath Bomb, - perfect for right before bed to relax. 
  • Santa Baby lip tint- they weren't lying when they said it was opaque! It's super bright too, perfect for the holidays! 
  • Santa's lip scrub, really does smell like cola! 
  • Penguin bubble bar, looks super cute and smells yummy!!  
I can't wait to use all these products! I wanted to pick up candy mountain since I loved it so much last year. I picked it up and went to give it a quick sniff before I put it in my basket but it smelled awful! I was told by an sales associate that they changed the formula this year and add sparkle. It's such a shame since I loved the scent of candy mountain much better last year! 

I went to Sephora as well. I had to pick up my birthday gift! I'm in love with this years beauty insider gift, it contains my holy grail mascara! 

I also want to point out how much product they give us in Watt's up! It's so much! In last years sugar lip balms they gave such a little amount in the tube, not benefit! I can't wait to try this! 

Mr. J also took me to Victoria Secret since they were having the 30% off one item sale as well as I had my birthday $10 off coupon! 

After I got my yoga pants, and pull over sweater we spent enough to get this free makeup bag, and makeup brushes. It's a nice bag large and it feels sturdy. 
I have to say the brushes in this kit isn't the best quality. I could definitely get elf brushes for cheaper and better quality. But I will definitely use the brush roll! Side note this bag 'retails' for $89. I would not in a million years pay that much for this bag, and bad quality brushes, no way. Ha! 

All in All Mr. J and I did good for my birthday gifts! haha. I am so thankful I have him in my life, and not because he buys me stuff. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gelish Trends:Rough Around The Edges swatch and review


I of course can not pass up any new gel polish. It's basically impossible since I'm so obsessed with gel polish. I only picked up one of the trends to try. I picked up Rough Around The Edges which is an flakie top coat. 


I used Gelish Garden Teal Party as the base coat, then followed by two coats of Rough Around The Edges on my ring and thumb finger.  It applied with no problem. After I used the top coat it smoothed out the flakies that stuck up out of the polish which were very few to being with. 


 This polish is so hard to capture on camera. It's such a lovely golden and light pink flakie. I really think this flakie would shine better over a red polish.


Below I painted this polish over the tips of the swatch nails. On the far right is one nail swatch completely covered with Rough Around the Edges. As you can see it can't really be worn alone, this must be used as a topper.



I know these swatches don't look that impressive I still really like this flakie top coat. First Gel polish flakie I've seen. I can't wait to try this over a red polish!

Sally Beauty Supply all in December 2013 is having a buy 2 gelish polishes for $20 excluding base and top coat, and treatments. I suggest picking up this trend polish in this deal! 

EDITED 1/22/14: I used this over gelish good gossip in the picture below
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Sumpto For College Students

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I'm a part of Sumpto, an influence site just for college students only. To sign up you need an .edu email account. Sumpto is basically a site that rewards you for who you can get to join, and your social media presence. 

As a college student myself I think this is super cool because college students as a whole are completely ignore when it comes to campaigns. I can't tell you how many times I've said to my friend if they just took this angle they would get more college student buyers. Please excuse me for my marketing classes thoughts! I actually really loved my marketing classes so this kind of stuff really interests me! 

How Sumpto works is that you sign up with your .edu email. Fill out a survey. Connect all your social media accounts you want. Tweet about products you got to try. Basically using all your social media channels to talk about what your sampling or trying on sumpto! 


Here's what Sumpto themselves have to say on their site: 

  • Sumpto is a website that measures how influential college students are online
  • Basically, we give free stuff to influential college students
  • We require a valid .edu email address for registration, as it's college only!
  • Once signed up, we measure your influence in the form of your Sumpto Score- a number from 1-100
  • Based on your Sumpto Score, you become eligible for Sumpto Rewards- free stuff!
  • Increase your score by connecting your social networks- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc..  Completing your student profile and a few other ways. 
  • We work with brands that want to connect with college students- so sign up and get rewarded for being yourself.  
  • Here's a recent article that might help as well:  http://mashable.com/2013/11/05/sumpto/

As for that article link above can really explain what Sumpto is all about better than I can. 


Sumpto: Freeman's Beauty - Fresh Face Forward

Press Sample. 


I'm a part of Sumpto, an influence site just for college students only. To sign up you need an .edu email account. Sumpto is basically a site that rewards you for who you can get to join, and your social media presence.  As sumpto puts it: 'Basically, we give free stuff to influential college students'

I am currently a part of the Freeman's Beauty: Fresh Face Forward campaign: 
Freeman Feeling Beautiful is famous for mixing fun with fresh botanicals to make products that feel good, smell good, and do good for skin! We are in constant pursuit of the newest, purest, most effective ingredients, unearthed in nature and sourced from science, all to make beautiful skin possible on any budget! 


In this campaign I received Freeman's:

  •  Cucumber Facial Peel-off Mask
  • Pink Grapefruit Facial Exfoliating Scrub
  • Mint & Lemon Facial Clay Mask 
Before this campaign I've been using Freeman's masks for awhile now, so I couldn't wait to try some new ones. I can already state that I do love the Cucumber Facial Peel off Mask I've used it a bunch of times. I just pick up a packet of it when I'm in the mood to switch up my usual face mask. 

I also love their Charcoal & Black Sugar Polish Mask, I use it once a week. 

I used the Cucumber Facial Peel Off Mask right away when I got this and it was soooo refreshing! I love cucumber skin care! I love that its a peel off because it's so easy to clean up after. I whole heartily trying this brand and these masks. 

They sell full size tubes of these, as well as single use packets. This brand of face mask is super affordable, full size tubes sell for about $4! 

Just a reminder, I may have been sent these items but these are my own opinions. I have used this brand before and love it. 


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 2013 Birchbox

It's a snowy day where I live so when I saw my birchbox in with my mail I could not be happier! Click down below to see if I remain happy with the items in my box.
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Date Night featuring OOTD and EOTD

 Mr. J (My boyfriend) and I just celebrated our 6 months together. I honestly did't view it as a big deal, but Mr. J went all out, can't say I complained!!

He took me out to my favorite Hibachi place, Ooka! It's so much fun and the food is always delicious!!

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He also got me this lovely crystal tennis bracelet! It's such a shame I wasn't able to show you guys how sparkly it is! 

I know it looks like I used a lot of products to do this look but I kept it very minimal. 


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What I used: 

Face
Primer: NYX Pore Filler Review Here 
Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me foundation stick in 115
Powder: Maybelline Fit Me powder in 115
Blush: NYX Pinched
Highlighter: Elf essential All Over Color stick in Spotlight

Eyes:
Base: Maybelline Color Tattoo in 70 Barely Branded
Eyeshadow: Naked Pallete - Lid Virgin, Crease and Corner Buck
Eyeliner: Elf liquid liner in Black
Eyelash Primer: Elf's lash primer
Mascara: Benefit They're Real
Eyebrows: Sleek Brow Kit in Light 817
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Mr. J and I had a wonderful night! We loved the show at hibachi and the food. He loves the shrimp at that place! I love the steak! Nomzzzz. 









Monday, December 9, 2013

Evolvh Ultrashine Moisture Conditioner Review

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I was super excited to get EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Conditioner  in my birchbox because this was a good size conditioner and they said nice things about it. Click down below to see what I think of it.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Forever Luminous Refreshing Under Eye Strips: Cucumber + Lemon Review


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I was asked to review these cucumber eye pads, I couldn't wait to use them to help me relax. 
Click down below to see what I thought of these.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Gelish Skinny Vanilla Latte Swatch and Nail Art

I had some free time the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so I knew I just had to do a little nail art. I used the Gelish Skinny Vanilla Latte polish that I bought during this haul from Sally's Beauty Supply.  I also used the nail accents I bought during this haul from Bornprettystore.com

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I just want to take a moment to talk about Gelish Skinny Vanilla Latte (SVL) . Gelish SVL is such a beautiful pink nude with glass flakes in it. It's very work appropriate but the glass flakes keeps it from being boring. Took 2 coats. This has instantly became one of my favorite polishes, and I'm more for the flashy colors too! 

What I used for this Manicure:
Base Coat:  Gelish Foundation
Base color coat: Gelish Skinny Vanilla Latte, 2 coats
Black polish: Sinful colors black
Nail art on ring finger: Black bows  Middle and Pointer:  2mm silver studs both can be found from the bornprettystore.com from this haul 
Top Coat: OPI gel top coat

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This mani took me about an hour to finish, I had issues lining up the silver studs since they were so small. I have a discount code right now just for my readers. You can get 10% off your bornprettystore.com order when you enter code: MEX31 .  


I hope everyone else had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! 



Thursday, December 5, 2013

QVC Today Special Value sneak peak! Wen edition!!

Hello lovelies!!!

I'm just writing a quick post to let you guys know of QVC is planning to have a Today Special Value set this Saturday for a Wen! 

It's seriously a steal! 5 wen cleansing conditioners for $80!! That's like 6 month supply!



Happy Shopping!!!



Wen Fall Apple Spice Cleansing Conditioner Review

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After seeing how amazing my friend's hair felt and looked she finally convinced me to try Wen's cleansing conditioner. After much hesitation over the price I finally took the plunge. Click down below to see what I think of this "miracle" product!


What it promises:

WEN Seasonal Cleansing Conditioners are universal formulations designed for all hair types, lengths,and textures. Designed to keep your hair healthy and manageable, they were created to help WEN customers enjoy all benefits of Cleansing Conditioner along with the signature scents of each season

What I found:

Lets do a quick review of the condition of my hair before wen for those who don't know about it. I used to have blood red hair (dyed of course) I bleached the life out of it turning it a super light blonde. My hair is fine, and super damaged, I have split-end problems. My hair is brittle and needs to be babied to an extreme. I use deep conditioners and protein treatments to help it stay manageable.


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My hair pre-wen

I've been stuck with semi-short hair for over a year since I changed my hair color to blonde. I was always using argan oil, and protein treatments yet my hair was so dry from the ears down. I was pulling at straws on what I could use next. That's when my friend Ashley suggested to me to try wen. 



I was unsure at first because of the price, but QVC had Chaz Dean the creator on running a special so I figured I'd give it a try. The nice thing about QVC when I ordered the Fall Apple cleansing conditioner in the 32oz that I was able to pay for it in two monthly payments. 

Wen's Fall Apple Cleansing conditioner smells amazing!! I love the apple-y warm scent. My boyfriend keeps telling me it smells like pretzels but I don't smell that.


How I use it: I put 3 pumps on the top potion of my hair close to the scalp , I then do 3 pumps for the bottom of my hair close to the scalp. I use 2 pumps for the rest of my hair not close to the scalp. I use a total of 8 pumps for my entire head.  After I apply the wen to my hair I leave it on for the rest of my shower, washing it out at the very end. I usually cleanse my hair once most of the time. On the bottle it suggests two washes, but as long as my hair isn't that dirty I only do one cleanse.

If I do two cleanses I use 8 pumps the first time wash it out right away and 6 pumps the second time. I leave the second cleanse in until the very end of the shower. 

How it performs:  Fall Apple makes my scalp tingle, but not in a bad way.  My hair feels just as clean as if I washed it with a shampoo with sulfates in it. Yet even though it feels clean it is also moisturized. I don't use regular conditioners anymore. Nor have I used a protein treatment since I started using wen.

In a few words how I feel about Wen cleansing conditioners is that I love them! My hair has never felt this great! It's so soft, and shiny! Oh my is it shiny!! I love it! I now only add oil to my ends verses how I had to use it as a detangler before I used wen.

(Please excuse my after workout hair) 
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After using wen for over a month

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After using wen for over a month

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After using wen for over a month

After using Wen for 4 months 

After using Wen for 4 months, just look at that shine!

PROS:

  • Organic
  • Sulfate-Free
  • Makes hair so shiny
  • Hair's moisturized 
  • Routine is streamlined
  • My ends aren't that dry anymore
  • My hair is so soft now! 
  • Partners with QVC so can be bought on a monthly payment plan.
  • 32oz is a 3 month supply
CONS:
  • The price, it's super pricey to pay for the whole thing up front. 
I bought the 32oz 


Here's how Wen cleansing conditioner works on thick, wavy/curly hair:

Ashley's hair is thick wavy/curly hair. She doesn't dye it anymore, but she has a few blonde streaks in it. She was using a sulfate-free shampoo before she started on wen.

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The left photo is pre-wen taken during the last week in July 2013, then the photo on the right that was taken December 2013, is with using Wen cleansing conditioner, wen replenishing mist, and wen oil - She has a set.  Ashley prefers to use Wen Fig and Fall Apple cleansing conditioner.

She saids Wen has helped with the frizz, and manageability of her hair. It's so long, thick, and soft since she's been using wen.

How Ashley uses it: Ashley uses 10 pumps for her first cleanse then 6-8 pumps for her second cleanse. She follows up after she washes she puts in either wen oil, or the replenishing mist before she combs her hair.

She has not stopped raving about Wen hair care since she got it. We were just black friday shopping when a woman stopped her telling her how lovely her hair was and asked what she used.

Honestly both Ashley and I can not stop raving about the Wen hair care system. It's amazing how soft, shiny, and manageable our hair is now. I mean just look at the photo below, it's a dim bar picture but just look how our hair shines! I'm in love!

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VERDICT: Guys I think I drank the coolaid! I am utterly in love with the Wen cleansing conditioner! I love fall apple for it's great scent and how healthy it makes my hair!! I can't recommend this product enough! Go buy it! Your hair will thank you! Can be bought directly from Chaz Dean website, as well as from QVC. I have the 32oz Cleansing conditioner which is a 3 month supply sells for about $50. Can be bought here

Check out my other Wen review to find the best pick for you! 
Winter Cranberry Mint
Lavender 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm Review


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I suffer from spilt-ends like crazy. Honestly it's so hard for me to grow my hair long because I"m constantly cutting off my dead ends. I was obviously lured in by the promise to help prevent split ends. Click down below to see what I think of it