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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Swoon Beauty tool review

Ever get frustrated that you can't get to the bottom of your lipgloss? Look no further, the Swoon Lip Gloss Pickup Artist beauty tool available at Sephora is here! (Mobile readers, click here.) 

This applicator tool is longer than the usual wand that most glosses come with so you can reach the bottom of your gloss tube. You also don't need to use this rubber-based tip applicator for the entire time, as it comes in its own tube (shown on the left) for storage.

Just like makeup brushes, the Swoon for Sephora tool is a must-have for all gloss-wearers, gloss-lovers, gloss-everyone! I've also discovered it's multi-uses include getting to the bottom of other sample products, eye cream tubes, etc. It's also pointy, sturdy and easy to clean so definitely reusable, especially with its $12 price tag. Definitely worth the investment! 

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Makeup Show in NYC May 3-4, 2015

The Makeup Show is celebrating its 10th year and this weekend's show in NYC will have several events to help celebrate!! There will be lots of workshops, educational seminars, tours and much more. Check out the page: http://www.themakeupshow.com/nyc/10-year-anniversary/ to get more info! The actual show itself is on May 3 & 4 and there will be lots of excitement surrounding the exhibits. (More details here.)

Here's a sneak peek of some special products that several brands will debut at the show to commemorate the anniversary:

INGLOT: Here are 5 new matte lipsticks that will be sold during the show. Gorgeous!! They're moisturizing with avocado & macadamia oils and Vitamin E.

Auraline Beauty: There will be 5 brow tints including clear to get your brows looking WOW!

TEMPTU: This limited shade bronzer is perfect for summer!! Who doesn't want that goddess glow look?
Crown Brush: gotta love brushes! Especially crown brushes which are so affordable and of high quality! This brush set, called FORM and FUSE, is meant for shading, contouring and blending. 

Mehron: Cream and Powder Blush Set-  Each set has 8 gorgeous cheek-worthy colors to make you blush the right way. These are limited edition palettes and perfect for any skin tone.

See you at the Makeup Show in NYC!!!!

Friday, April 24, 2015

April Ipsy Bag review

This month, Ipsy was themed Beautifully Bohemian. The multi-colored straw bag is gorgeous and different from previous bags which I love! I got to add a few new colors to my makeup stash including theBalm's neutral eyeshadow and Hikari's blush. It's a nice pop of pink to get that blushing glow.  Also have a new nude glossy from Starlooks. 

Not a fan of scents so didn't care too much for it. I was hoping to get a makeup tool so hoping May will finally bring me an amazing bag! :)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cappelli Straworld's Pack A Hat Spring/Summer 2015 Review

The Pack A Hat from Cappelli Straworld is back this season and they're bringing metallic in! (Check out last year's Pack A Hat here.) This season, enjoy the awesome hat and pouch combo in new neutral colors with a metallic sheen. They're perfect for all your summer getaways, for the weekend day trips and even for everyday use! (Color shown here is Natural.)  Get yours today!

It's important to keep yourself safe from the sun, and this hat is UPF 50, which means this opaque material acts as a shield to only allow 1/50th of the UV rays to pass through. The material is quite soft and flexible, and from what I can tell, looks tightly woven.

The hat is easily storable inside the adorable clutch and is roomy to include all your other beauty essentials!

You can also get free shiping when you get your Pack A Hat here: http://www.hartfordyork.com/product/7499/womens-hats-ss

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Plum Organics series: Nutrition Bars, Mish Mash, Hello Morning reviews

My Plum Organics quest continues with the Reds and blues. On two separate shopping trips, I picked up the "blues"- Mighty 4 blueberry nutrition bars and Morning Mish Mash in blueberry oats and  quinoa and the "reds"- Hello morning Oatmeal in Apple, cinnamon and quinoa and again the Mighty 4 nutrition bars but in a strawberry (with spinach) flavor.

These are great for tots and also for mums to enjoy as well. With only 4-6 servings in each box, I feel like I am always stocking up on every trip I go to the market. It would be amazing to get these in BULK sizes (think: Costco!), especially the apple, cinnamon and quinoa oatmeal where I can easily eat 2-3 packets in a sitting.

The flavors are simple, delicious and wholesome! Look forward to trying some other products, including their Kids Go Bars in chocolate chip! Yum!

Monday, April 20, 2015

April Birchbox Review

This month, Birchbox teamed up with Rifle Paper Co. to create these beautiful boxes and special add-on products (in which I didn't purchase.) The 2 curated boxes were in partnership with the show Mad Men (which I didn't get also.)

Instead I got these 2 boxes below which I'm not too crazy about since there's dupes! (The Beaver shampoo/conditioner)

My favorites from both boxes are:
Jouer lip and cheek tint!
Cynthia Rowley's Brightening Illuminator 
LAQA & CO's Lip Lube

Definitely going to select a sample choice next month! Haven't joined Birchbox yet? Join today! 
As always, each review of your product will earn you 10 points that you can accumulate to use in the Birchbox shop (50 points per month= $5!)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Last Lost Gloss Toss with Swoon Beauty and Sephora

Got too many lip glosses? Yes, it's a legitimate problem that many beauty addicts out there have. This Saturday, April 18 from noon to 4pm join Swoon Beauty & Sephora to toss out that last lipgloss that you're almost done with!

If you're lucky to live near one of these three Sephora locations, swing by to say "buh-bye" to your finished lipgloss tube.
- NY Times Square
- FL Miami Beach 
- CA Santa Monica 

 In return, you'll get the Swoon Universal Lip Gloss Scoop & Applicator and a $25 Sephora gift card! The Swoon beauty tool is part scoop and  part applicator that can be used to replace the applicator in your current glosses. It's longer and can help scoop the remaining gloss that's sitting on the bottom of your tube. Win- win!

Check out www.getscoop.com for more info or get this Swoon Beauty tool at sephora for $12! 

Sunday, April 05, 2015

KushyFoot Spring/Summer 2015 Review

This Spring and Summer, make your tootsies comfy and fashionable while wearing your favorite shoes and kicks! There's tons of styles out there- peep toes, sling backs, regular heels, etc. and it's important to keep your feet protected with kushyfoot socks. :)
From top (clockwise), here are the NEW styles:
- Lace Top Toe Covers- each pack comes with 2 pairs and are made for sling backs. The lace covers your toes and then there's a clear, thin plastic strap that goes behind your heel where the sling back is. A bit of the lace may show but it's ok since it's so fab!
- Peep Toe- each pack comes with a pair of stretchy socks that don't have any cover for your toes at all. Everything else gets covered so you can show off your pedicure! 
- Knee High with cotton sole- this works for kinds of shoes but will look cute with heels as it is covers your legs up until your knees. The extra cotton sole padding makes it breathable and gives it a nice oomph of comfort. 
- Foot Cover with cotton sole- for your everyday heel, these foot covers have the extra cotton sole to give you the perfect comfort you're looking for.
If you're more of a flats/ sneakers kind of gal, these two options will be amazing to add to your sock collection. The Athletics cushioned foot covers are perfect! These are as low-cut as you can go and they provide the coverage you need. I love to wear my flats so the KushyFoot foot covers are a new staple in my sock drawer. Each pack comes in 2 pairs - shown here is the black/white stripe and a solid black. Tip: These are also great to put in your carry-on or purse if you have to walk barefoot at the airport security. 

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Better Than Before Book Review

As part of this month's Birchbloggers Book Club, I received the book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. This book intrigued me from the moment I heard the title. Can I really be better than before? Not to say that I was already my best version but it seems like it was hard to change my ways since I've been so used to do my daily, routine life already. Then it got me thinking about my habits and about my usual to-dos that I don't think twice about anymore.

This book is a must-read especially if there are things you want to start doing in your life- for example, start exercising or cooking more. There are different reasons as to why you're motivated to do something and it's important to understand what those factors are. Are they external factors such as exercising to meet up with a friend or internal factors such as cooking to stay healthy.

The book starts off with understanding yourself and how you respond to expectations. It then moves onto the pillars of habits- Monitoring, Foundation, Scheduling, and Accountability. The best part of the book is to review different strategies to achieve and create those habits you've been wanting to incorporate in your life. I found this book to be completely thought provoking and so interesting.

Thanks to Birchbox and their Birchbloggers Book Club for letting me learn more about myself. There's a few habits that I'm working on and will be using the tips I learned from this book!

Look forward to next month's read!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

March Ipsy Glam bag Review

March is Floral Fantasy month for Ipsy! The bag I love and got some great new additions to my stash! Here's what I got:
- Boo-Boo Coverup Concealer (very tone specific but found this to work ok) will use this for covering any redness or dark spots
- Dr. Brandt Pores no More Anti-Aging mattifying lotion - as it gets hotter, I'm finding this mattifying lotion absolutely essential. No more oilies!
- Pur-lisse Soymilk Cleanser and Makeup Remover- this was gentle to use, but I like using more clarifying cleansers when it's hot.
- NYX butter lipstick- whoa purple! This violet is outside my norm for sure, but it is something different to add to my routine
- Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind illuminating highlighter- a smaller sample than I thought, but it makes a nice rosy highlighter for the Spring! 

Excited to see what April will bring!! (hopefully not showers!)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lindi Skin Beauty Review

As you may already know, I have super sensitive skin so I'm always looking for products that are gentle and cater to my skin-type. I was recently given the opportunity to try a few products from Lindi Skin. They specialize in products that are gentle and made especially for women who are allergy-prone, have skin rashes, are sensitive. They're also recommended for those who need special care for medical reasons or who have had medical treatments.

I was given the opportunity to try some of their popular products. Here's what I have been using:

The Face Serum in Lavender- one of my favorite calming scents, this serum feels amazing on my skin. I use this nightly after the face wash to help keep my skin feel its best- as it is packed with antioxidants and vitamins.

The Eye Hydrator- this eye gel is great for reducing my puffiness. Its cooling and moisturizing properties are great to keep the sensitive skin around your eyes feeling hydrated. 

The Lip Balm- I personally prefer my lip balms as a stick instead of a jar to avoid using my fingers, but I found this lip balm to be incredibly moisturizing. It reminds me of a texture of Vaseline because it coats my lips well. It has packed with Vitamin E and can also be used on your nail cuticles. 

Last but not least, their Face Wash! Everyone uses a face wash daily (or at least they should be!) so this is one of the most important beauty staples in my book. This wash does exactly what it says on the label- Clarify & Hydrate! My skin looks clearer and feels more supple after use. No tightness at all which I feel with my other washes sometimes.

***SPECIAL!!*** For Beauty & All That readers, you can save an additional 25% Off all Lindi Skin care products using the code "BLOG25" at checkout. This special is valid until May 31, 2015, so hurry!!

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

Dermalogica's Precleanse Oil and Wipes Review

Have you ever bought about precleansing- aka cleansing before your actual facial cleansing routine? 

The Dermalogica PreCleanse set includes the precleansing oil and wipes that help break down the excess oil prior to the actual cleanse. This is perfect for oily skinned folks! It also helps break down sunscreen, waterproof makeup and other product build-up. As spring and summer is coming soon, this is great to get rid of the outer layer of gunk so your regular facial wash can work better on your skin. 

It does sound like double the work, but it's important to keep your skin clean, pores clear and feel refreshed! How to use this set? First, I pour a nickel-sized amount of the oil on my hand to help massage onto my face. Once the oil has absorbed, I use one of the wipes to clean the oil. The wipes is a nice touch and is great for a "double" clean feel. Then I continue with my normal face routine. (I also use the wipes separately and on its own when I don't want to use the oil- lazy days) 

Check out these Precleanse products at http://bit.ly/dermalogicaprecleanse

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