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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November Birchbox review

This month's curated Birchbox was with Tati from GlamLifeGuru on YouTube! I adored the picks that came in this box with lots of great essentials for the winter (even though it is around 70s in SoCal!)

Here's what I got:
The dry shampoo is now a staple in my #mommylife and excited to try this from Living Proof. Other essentials to keep looking revitalized from the sleepless nights is the Shiseido eye concentrate (goodbye bags!), Jouer lip enhancer (hello moisturized lips!) and the Avene hydrating serum (hello beautiful skin!). I honest feel like this box was made for me and couldn't have come at a better time!

Also excited to get the shadow stick from LOC-Birchbox's own line of Beauty products! It's a shimmery golden colour that is perfect for the night out and to instantly "glam" your look. 

November is all about giving thanks and all those warm fuzzy feelings! While I'm particularly loving this box, I still can't wait to see what's in store for next month's!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Simple's Micellar Water Review + Q-tip Cotton Rounds

Have you tried magical water? I mean.. Micellar Water? Simple Skincare's latest product is this cleansing solution to her skin clean, hydrated and refreshed! It's better than using regular water as it doesn't clean as thorough and my skin still feels oily after. 

To use with the Micellar Water, the new Q-tips cotton rounds will help distribute it evenly on your face as well as pick up the  makeup/dirt you want to get rid of. I've been using Q-tips my whole life, so these rounds are a must have to my beauty closet.

(Products were sent to me for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.)

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

August Birchbox review

August has come and gone, but I am still loving my end of the summer goodies from my Birchbox. I chose the curated box with Nicole Ritchie and loved it!
The nail polish I can still transition to and wear in the Fall.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TKO Jump Rope Review

Looking for a fun, easy, low-cost workout? Then look no further, because all it requires is a jump rope. There's a reason why we all used o love it in elementary school- it's simple and effective. The TKO jump rope, available at Macy's, is one of the most effective and smooth ropes I have tried. TKO also specializes in fitness equipment such as boxing and weights. The jump rope comes with a soft rubber grip so it feels comfortable holding the handles and is 9 feet so length should be no issue. 

Jumping rope is an effective exercise that provides cardio benefits as well as toning muscles! It's simple and when done correctly, can actually have less of an impact on your knees than jogging. (that's always something I'm concerned about when thinking about my exercise routine) It's also great for HIIT workouts (high intensity interval training which are 10-15 minutes of intense exercise.) 

Best thing about jump roping? You can practically do it anywhere! In your backyard, hotel room, living room- just make sure there's no one around!

Check out YouTube for jump rope HIIT routines!

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

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Fashion box: Sunshine Crate review

In case you didn't know already, I am a HUGE fan of subscription boxes, especially ones that provide value and great products. What I love about subscription "boxes" is its surprise factor. Based on a style profile, you can try products that they think would tailor to suit your personal needs.  

I'm already a subscriber to beauty boxes, so the concept transitioning over to fashion is appealing! There's already a few fashion ones but I love scouting new ones. The newest one I have learned is called Sunshine Crate, which provides a new "crate" of apparel to your doorstep. Depending on the size of your crate (either 3 or 5 pieces of apparel plus 1 additional accessory) you can choose a "chosen" item (or 2 if you get the 6-piece crate) from their select pool. The rest of the crate are surprises! These change about every 3 weeks so you can get new clothes pretty much monthly, without ruining your budget. 

Here is the latest July 4- piece crate which includes 3 apparel + 1 accessory... My chosen item is this sleeveless button down top from Potter's Pot. I love the plaid and sheer pattern. It's sleeveless - perfect for the hot summer weather and is longer in the back which I love!!

The rest of the crate comes with 2 other "surprise" items. I requested more button downs and generous giving tops and I got 'em! The baseball tee and raglan shirt looks are so cute and I love these tops!! They are super comfortable and casual to  wear on the weekend so I'm glad these were in my sunshine crate!

Here's my accessory- a simple bracelet to wear. 

If you're interested in learning more, check out sunshinecrate.com! They have clearance bags for cheap (surprise selection of clothes) as well as an accessory crate if you just want that!

Save the date!!
The next crate selection is Tuesday, August 18 @ 9 AM PST ! You can choose from the below 5 items:

I'm loving the striped nautical inspired dress and the yellow striped sweater even though it is 80 degrees where I am.

Here are the crates available:
4 piece -3 apparel + 1 accessory
6 piece- 5 apparel + 1 accessory 
Price ranges from $50-85 with about ~$5 shipping depending where you live

Check out sunshinecrate.com today!

Free Beauty Events for end of summer

Now that it's officially August aka the end of summer month, it's time to start doing everything you haven't had a chance to do yet before Fall comes! That includes any beauty events in your area! I personally like to scout the Internet for listings including using the site freebeautyevents.com. Check it out to see what opportunities are near you for a fun day out!

On their website, they also run a monthly giveaway so you can enter for a chance to win this amazing beauty basket. It includes summer essentials from Cover Girl, ROC, Elf cosmetics, Essie and more!
Enter today, or check out their blog for the latest product reviews and more beauty tips!

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Beautisol Self-tanning mouse review

There's one more month of summer.. and if you haven't gotten your #goals tan yet, it's time to try out a self-tanner. In particular, the Beautisol self-tanning mousse. The kit comes with an applicator mitt so it wont get on your hands when applying. It's basically an apply, wait and wash off-kind of routine which makes it super easy to use. 

I personally use this for my legs so I can get an even, gorgeous glow when wearing skirts and dresses. It's been an incredibly hot summer so far, so this product is a Beauty & All That must-have!

New at self-tanning? Don't worry! There's lots of great info and how-to guides on the website: beautisol.com

Interested in getting an amazing tan this summer? Get yours today!

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

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Target Beauty Boxes Recap

In mid-July Target released 2 beauty boxes for back to school season. Each were $5 and included a $3 off coupon to use in stores. Overall, a great deal for each box! Here's what's inside:

honor Roll box:

Head of the Class box:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July Birchbox- Bright & Beachy box

It's time to get Bright & Beachy this month! Birchbox's curated box contains the following items to get you equipped for your summer, beachy vacays:

Stila's stay all day liquid lipstick- this bright pink shade gives you the POP of color to get someone's attention. If it's too bright, mix it with a nude color to tone it down a bit. 

Juara's Radiance Enzyme scrub- to get your skin glowing, you gotta exfoliate first. This scrub is amazing and smells great too!

oribe Apr├Ęs Beach spray- made my hair actually feel "beachy" with just the right amount of shine and glow.

balm desert bronzer- love this brand and this bronzer is very wearable as a contour as well.

supergoop serum- allergic to this so couldn't try it :(

Monday, July 06, 2015

Beauty Event listings (free!)

It's the summer and if you're looking for local beauty events in your area, check out the site- http://freebeautyevents.com/ to learn what is going on. You can search by zip to see your local listings which makes it easier to view. 

This site also has a great monthly contest that you can enter to win this awesome goodie basket of products from L'Oreal, Revlon, Neutrogena and more!
Check out the site for more info!

June Birchbox and Ipsy Reveals

In June I enjoyed my Birchbox and Ipsy box/bag due to the variety of products received. My favorites from Birchbox include the skyn Iceland eye gel pads.. helps reduce the bags I have been getting for my lack of sleep and the Emi Jay hair tie extra!

From my Ipsy bag in June, themed Swim into Beauty, I loved the vanilla scented Body Butter from Lavanila and eyeshadow stick from Trestique.

My July goodies are coming just around the corner. Can't wait! I already saw a sneak peek of my July Ipsy bag and can't wait to get them in person!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Acure Organics review

In case you haven't heard of the brand Acure Organics before, they offer natural and organic skincare and haircare products to help you feel your very best- natural!

They recently sent me a few samples to try their line and I am psyched about everything I have used already. 

First, items for the shower routine: 
Mint and Echinacea Stem Cell Shampoo & Conditioner for fine, limp hair- loved how invigorating my hair felt during the wash and loved how it looked and felt afterward. Wasn't oily and felt good and conditioned afterward. 
Argan cell stimulating Body Wash- a moisturizing body wash left my skin feeling smooth after the shower
Advanced triple moisture system Body Lotion- already loving how my skin felt after the shower with the body wash, the lotion reinforced it. I particularly used this for my legs that get dry easily.

Items for your skincare routine:
Oil control facial moisturizer- I adore this light-weight moisturizer especially for the summer. It provided me enough moisture on my face so it didn't feel too dry in the Cali heat as well as enough oil control for my oily/combo skin. Winner!!
radical resurfacing treatment- this serum was a nice nighttime "treatment" for my skin. Have not been using too many skincare products in the evening lately so this felt comfortable to use. My skin felt smooth and nourished after use.
Argan Oil- a staple oil that I believe everyone should have in their beauty closet- this was very similar to other Argan oils I have tried before. Perfect to use in lieu of or additional to a moisturize.

Thanks to Acure Organics for letting me sample these goodies! Looking forward to trying more of your other products to incorporate into my skin and body care routine! 
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