Home      About Me      Beauty Reviews      Subscription Boxes      Beauty Events      Fitness      Food      Bridal Series     TotalBeauty.com     

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monat Global Rejuveniqe™ Oil Intensive review

My hair is extremely thankful for iFabbo for introducing me to the Monat Global Rejuveniqe™ Oil Intensive hair product that I have been using the past couple of weeks.



This incredibly sleek packaged hair oil has hydrated and kept my hair looking shiny and feeling fabulous. My hair is already naturally "oily" so naturally I wouldn't be inclined to use a hair oil. However, there are hydrating benefits to using Rejuvenique, whose key ingredient is Abyssinian Oil, esp. during the winter when my ends get a bit drier than usual. My scalp also reaps the benefits, as it helps control sebum production (aka more oilies). 

Bonus? You can also use this on your cuticles, elbows or any other dry patches on your body!! This is definitely my go-to product for this winter and you can too! Check out www.monatglobal.com to learn more!

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this iFabbo to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

Monday, November 17, 2014

November Birchbox review

Here's a peek at my November Birchbox!

It came in this month's #shaRED packaging to help fight AIDS with Birchbox + RED. 

Get your box today for $10/month here!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

October Birchbox Review

My October Birchbox came mid-October and I was thrilled with it! I decided to wait until I tried all the products before I wrote my review. My item selection was the Mally high shine liquid lipstick in Mally Melon. A gorgeous fruity color that delivers shine without stickiness. I already picked up an extra one from their Shop for a holiday gift... *insert excitement for the holidays*


I also got these 4 other samples (from left to right):
-Skin & Co. Sicilian Light serum- day brightening light- didn't see its effect really but it did feel nice and hydrating on my skin. 
- Lord & Berry sparkle black eyeliner- love the glitter! Not something I could wear everyday but definitely for the evening or a night out!
- Dr. Brandt pores no more Vacuum Cleaner- this is actually one of my favorite masks I've used to extract blackheads many years ago. Glad I got to try it again!
- Amika perk up dry shampoo- still using my other sample from a previous box but I tried this and it actually worked nicely to get rid of my oilies. 

Can't wait for my November box coming soon!!!

Sign up for your own box today at Birchbox.com!


Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review


Candles + Spa = an amazing experience.. but if you can't go to a spa, you may as well create an environment that smells like one! Old Facory Candle Gift Sets has so many different scent variations but I decided to pick their Spa Day collection- 3 candles of each Cucumber, Lemongrass and Green Tea. For me, the cucumber and lemograss scents smelled very true to their scent. Green tea was hard to make of since I'm so used to drinking the tea and its scent didn't seem the same. Nevertheless, these three candles help create the aroma of a spa.



I also liked that these are natural, soy wax candles so nothing seemed "artificial." They're also 2 oz. each so they're super cute and make great stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays! The two holiday themed ones- Happy Holidays and Winter Wonderland sound amazing.. who doesn't want to smell gingerbread and/or hot cocoa in their living rooms all winter? :)

Interested in learning more about Old Factory candles and all their selections? Check out this comprehensive list:
Fall Harvest: Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry, Autumn Leaves
Happy Holidays: Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, Gingerbread
Winter Wonderland: Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, First Snow
Romance: Rose Petals, Champagne, Dark Chocolate
Fresh & Clean: Lemongrass, Olive Blossom, Fresh Linen
Spa Day: Cucumber, Lemongrass, Green Tea
Vacation: Sea Breeze, Hawaiian Lei, Awapuhi
Coffee Shop: Coffee Bean, Hazelnut, Chai Tea
Man Cave: Straight Razor, Leather, Mahogany
High as a Kite: Cannabis, Incense, Bag O' Cookies
New Born Baby: Baby Powder, Baby Shampoo, First Blanket
50 Shades: Leather, Vanilla Sex, Jasmine Bubbles



(Disclaimer: I received this product from BrandBacker to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

Friday, October 10, 2014

BareBlissBox Eco-beauty subscription box review

A new subscription box debuted in September, BareBlissBox, with a focus on natural and organic beauty products. (they also included a lifestyle product in there too!) This is exactly what I have been looking for (I love trying new and green goodies!) so I was psyched to receive a box from BareBlissBox to review. I have been enjoying this box for the past several weeks now and let me tell you, I can't WAIT for the next one.. I'm been loving each and every single product here!



Here's what I got:

* A.dorn Nail polish - in Silver  - this 5-free polish has just the right amount of sparkle! I saw other subscribers receive this in a dark red and a lime green.

* Aromaflage fragrance sample (which doubles as an insect repellent!) This smells pretty good with its dual purpose. Will probably need to get the full size by next year's mosquito season..

* Kosmatology lotion bar- Scented in Grapefruit, this has got to be the CUTEST packaging ever! Reminds me of a small deodorant bottle, so I will have to figure out how to reuse this once I'm done with the lotion. The note card says it is best applied on damp skin, but I've found it to work just as well on dry skin. It's great for touch ups around the elbows, knees and even heels.

* Palmetto derma Eye Cream- this retinol * peptide lifting cream contains firming antioxidants to help smooth and soothe your delicate skin around your eyes. Want to make it feel even cooling? Pop it in your fridge! Feels like you're wearing an eye mask but without anyone knowing!

* SW Basics- Vegan cocoa lip balm (Not gonna lie- I was hoping it would be a toner or exfoliant as they published on their Instagram page.) This lip balm is amazing though.

(Here's another photo of the box from a friend who was one of the first 100 subscribers! She received an extra goody too!)

Thanks to BareBlissBox for this amazing box! Don't forget to subscribe on BareBlissBox.com to get your October box today! ($16.99/monthly OR get a 3 month subscription for $12.99/month)

Monday, October 06, 2014

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil Review

One of my favorite oils to use for my skincare routine is tea tree oil. Its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties help clear skin and also has aromatherapy benefits too! Some facial cleansers that I have include tea tree oil and I have seen it work well. There are many other uses w/ Tea Tree Oil, including helping with dry skin, sunburns and scars.



Through BrandBacker, I've been using the Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil and many recipes included to make my own DIY solutions- think facial cleansers, spot remover and masks! One of my go-to recipes is the air mist filled with essential oils to help calm and provide clarity (at least it does for me). The recipe includes lavender, clary sage, and lemon essential oils so it smells amazing. All of the recipes is a mixture of something with the tea tree oil- never use oil by itself.

Interested in getting this tea tree oil bottle PLUS an e-book w/ 50+ recipes? Check it out on amazon.com  to get your bottle today!


  (Disclaimer: I received this product from BrandBacker to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers. Powered by BrandBacker.) 

Friday, September 26, 2014

September Birchbox Review



I finally got my Birchbox this month! Absolutely digging the new box design to celebrate their 4th anniversary- it's fresh and the colors pop so this box will be a keeper. ( hoping all boxes in the future will have special designs actually.)



I got 7 different samples this month so super happy about that!
Here's what I got:
Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue- I actually tried their Orange Sanguine scent back more than 2 years ago in my Birchbox, so glad I got another scent. Smells yummy!
TOCCA Crema da Mano Luxe - Hand Cream super rich and creamy..
R+Co BEL AIR Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner- I got this as my bonus extras. These sample packets will be great for travel
Harvey Prince Ageless Liquid Loofah Last month, I tried their body lotion and adore the grapefruit scent! It smells like heaven and it's invigorating to smell
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate my sample choice for the month!!
Pixi by Petra Breath of Fresh Air Exclusive Lip Balm Birchbox gave me the shade, Honey Nectar and it's the perfect nude. It's completely wearable for everyday and really moisturizing.


This is one of the best boxes I have gotten so far.. I was actually looking at my history of Birchboxes.. lots of samples I had to go through but I really liked everything I received. Can't wait to keep using this.. I'm already excited about October!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 Review

I'm a huge fan of Dermalogica so you can imagine my enthusiasm when iFabbo offered their Dynamic Skin Recovery moisturizer to try. 

This anti-aging product also helps protect you skin from harmful UV rays with SPF of 50. This creamy moisturizer feels like silk on my skin and it contains ingredients  such as white tea to provide anti-oxidants. It's formulated to keep skin looking and feeling hydrated all while keeping your skin look it's very best. 

Tip: use as a base to hydrate skin and don't forget to apply on your neck too! Learn more here.

Even though it's the Fall season.. it's super important to keep wearing sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Luckily you can get the sun protection you need with this product AND it will help keep your skin looking younger. Even though I have oily skin, this moisturizer does not make it more shiny by mid-day.

Tip: Not a fan of foundation? Mix with mineral powder to make your own tinted moisturizer. 

Check out Dermalogica to get this today!

(Disclaimer: I received this product from iFabbo to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.) Check out more blogs @ TotalBeauty.com

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September PopSugar Must Have Box Review


September's PopSugar Must Have box came earlier than I expected!! It's a nice mix of Fall items that I'll be using this season so I am excited about these!



Here's what I got:
- Nicole Miller designer ear buds- I've already several pair of ear buds from previous subscription boxes so these weren't necessary. They are cute and include microphones so they will be nice to add to my collection. I haven't even used the one I got from Nina Garcia's quarterly box yet!

- Tilo scarf- This was the sneak peek that I got me excited for this month's box. A casual grey with red accents will be perfect to dress up a light sweat er.

The rest of the items seemed like filler items to me.. they're quite a lot and it's a mix so will come in handy.
- Oribe's Superfine Purse Size hair spray- A fan of Oribe, I can't wait to try this hair spray.
- Note cards from Rifle Paper Co. - packet of 8 is great to send a note to a friend!
- A set of pencils from Letter C Design (don't use pencils normally but looks quite fancy)
- Urban Remedy's Almond Brownie snack incl. $10



Per PopSugar's description card included in the box, there were 2 Special Extras:
- A $20 Nike gift card!- it also comes with a code to enjoy free shipping and a measuring tape to get your perfect size for their sports bras. The measuring tape will also be perfect for my sewing DIY crafts.
- Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Sea Salt & Almond Minis- these bags are the perfect treat but it's so hot right now.. they're sitting in the fridge.

All in all, another great box!!! If you haven't signed up for PopSugar's Must Have box yet, be sure to sign up. It's $39/month and compared to others I have received and gotten, you definitely get a great variety of items to use, reuse and love for the rest of the month.. until your next box comes along!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ipsy #StreetStyle September bag

My September Ipsy bag is here!! I'm not crazy about the silver metallic bag but it is different from all the other bags that I have gotten. I am loving the contents INSIDE the bag though. They're all useful and practical and I'm seriously digging the variety!


Goodies in my Ipsy bag:
- Pacifica Eyeliner pencil- I've already got this in Gun Metal, so glad I got another color- Fringe (dark brown). Perfect to wear everyday.
- Crown Eyeshadow brush for creases and eyeshadows. This 2 in 1 brush is awesome! I can never have enough brushes so glad to add this to my collection.
- Nourish Organics- Face Cleanser in Cucumber & Watercress- this sample size cleanser is great for travel. I've already tried this before in my Teens Turning Green Conscious Collections box last year, so glad I got some extra! Cream cleansers are gentle and more moisturizing for the fall.
- Briogeo's Don't Despair, Repair! deep conditioning mask- this 1 oz. tub is super hydrating with avocado, almond and argan oils. Since my hair is already on the oilier side, this will be only for the ends! I've found my hair more conditioned when I use a conditioning mask every other week.
- Cailyn Art Touch Tinted lip gloss- this dark red color is more dark than what I would normally wear- which is why I love subscription boxes. I get to try new colors/products that I wouldn't usually go for. I'm saving this for late Fall though.. it still feels like summer to wear this dark of a red.

Join Ipsy today!!

As always look forward to October's Ipsy bag and seeing what kind of treats they'll be including. I feel like Ipsy has been spot on with my products! They're giving me the products that I would've wanted from all the choices they have for the month and they're also more natural products. :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SOBO Skincare -time to take care of your skin!

Anti-aging. I recently had a friend ask if I used any anti-aging products and I had to really think about it. I know I use a lot of products but were they specifically targeted for anti-aging? My routine has been on a roller coaster ride- some weeks it gets very complex, then simple, then back to trying more products. I began to investigate more into anti-aging ingredients and immediately I found ones that used the ingredient Resvertrol- naturally found in plants and even foods such as red grapes (think wine!).


A skincare line that I've discovered, SOBO Skincare offers a line of anti-aging products and I got the opportunity to test a sample of their Ultra Age Repairing Cream with Resveratrol. What is great about their product is that they focus on using natural and organic ingredients. It contains jojoba and apricot kernel oil to help moisturize your skin and of course, resvertrol and hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

My experience:
I have used this for a few nights already and I can tell you laugh lines around my mouth seem to be less noticeable now. The cream felt incredibly light  and smooth on my skin and left a nice finish afterwards. Overall, my face looks brighter and definitely more smooth. I'm always inclined to use products that contain natural oils on my face to keep it from drying out.


I'm excited to try the other products in their skincare line now!

SOBO Skincare line also includes:
- Age Smoothing Eye Serum- keep your peepers looking young!
- Ultra HGF Youth Serum- helps with dry skin and prevents sign of future aging
- Essential Moisturizing Cream - for daily use and if you don't need the "anti-aging" properties

For my readers, I have a special 25% off discount to use on SOBO Skincare! Use this code: TRYSOBO  at checkout (soboskincare.com) and you can save 25% Off!! (note: discount is applied to your first purchase only and cannot be combined with any other discounts.)

(Disclaimer: Backed by BrandBacker.)

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Ease into Fall with Sweet-ease wax strips

With summer almost coming to an end, it doesn't mean you still won't need to groom! I'll still be wearing shorts and dresses well into the September and October so shaving & waxing will still be on my to-do list.  Do you prefer a razor or a waxer? Shaving with razors always seemed easier to me until I discovered DIY Waxing kits at home with SweetEase! I mean after all, their tagline is: "Easy Peasy! Wax It Sweetie!" Plus- with waxing, you'll get to enjoy smooth-free skin longer than shaving!


I received the Bikini Waxing Kit, Leg Waxing Kit and Face Waxing Kit to try and also to compare the differences between the 3. (They're available at Ulta and only cost $4-5 per kit) 

Here's the Leg waxing kit and comes with 20 strips. (10 packets but each has a side of wax so counts has 2 strips) To "warm" up the wax, simply slide your hands over the wax strip as if you're warming up your hands. Once you feel the wax is warm, you can peel off and you'll get two strips with wax to start using! Note: the Leg waxing kit has the LARGEST wax strips, compared to the other two. 

Each kit comes with EASY instructions so you can follow along and two towelettes to remove any remaining residue wax afterward.  


The Bikini Waxing Kit is also very similar to the Leg waxing kit but there are only 16 strips (8 packettes) and a bit smaller. These were also easier to "warm" up as the wax strips are smaller. They're vanilla scented so definitely smelled nice. The after-use wipes were also useful as it can be a bit sticky, plus the wax hardens. If you're out of the wipes, I recommend using Argan Oil on a cotton ball/wipe.


The Face Waxing Kit are the smallest of the wax kits which makes sense since you do not want to wax your eyebrows off!  These can also be used for legs and bikini areas in case some spots.

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this company's PR agency to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)
created at TagCrowd.com