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Monday, January 04, 2016

KERANIQUE Clean & Condition Set Review

Thanks to iFabbo, this holiday I kept my dull, winter hair extra fab with the KERANIQUE clean & Condition set.

This duo combination offers the Scalp stimulating shampoo.  Afterward, you use the Volumizing Keratin Conditioner which helped bring life to my usual flat hair. 

Learn more about the duo here: http://bit.ly/1fXnMbB

Loving my #keraniquehair thanks to being an #ifabbomember!!

Friday, December 18, 2015

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner Review

This past month I have been using the new StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner. Thanks to iFabbo, I had the opportunity for my pores to go from ick to ahh. Learn more about it here: http://bit.ly/1gE3Gni
Its technology and age-fighting benefits are to help minimize the pores and overall smooth out one's complexion. Having had some bad acne while growing up and also having large pores and blackheads, I have noticed a large difference after use.  A love-hate relationship grew throughout the years, even after trying lots of products. Consistency and continued use had to be the key.

After using the StriVectin Pore Refiner, I saw an immediate difference on my skin. Smoother skin was the biggest thing that I noticed. Usually retinol causes my skin to get a bit more dry but the additional moisturizing ingredients in this product helped ease that. This product overall is a must in my skincare routine. Many of the bumps and pores that I used to have are now less noticeable and even gone! :) LOVE LOVE the results and can't wait to keep using it throughout the winter season.

#iFabboMember #striveStory

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Holiday Series: Holiday meals

It's time for some home cooking for the holidays! (Or there's always take-out too if you don't have time.) But for those that enjoy time spent in the kitchen, you have to check out RawSpiceBar. This monthly subscription provides a monthly theme along w/ 3 spices and recipes that would go along with the supplied spice packets. 

November's theme was Ethiopian

Sample recipes for the spices

Spices included the pumpkin pie spice, Berbere and Ethiopian motmots. I haven't heard of the last two before but this is definitely interesting and really "spices" up your holiday meals. 

The subscription is less than $10 a month and adds a nice "flavor" to your meals. 

(Note: RawSpiceBar provided the November subscription so I could review and share my thoughts with my readers. All opinions are my own.) 


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Holiday Series: Stuff your Stockings!

Can you believe it's already December? Between Thanksgiving to Christmas, these couple of weeks is one of my favorite times of the year- spending it with family and shopping for others! I have only a few short weeks and quite a number of folks on my Santa list (lots of people who were nice this year apparently). Each year I usually like to give a mix of stocking stuffers to go along with the gift. It just adds a nice oomph to it.

For my beauty lovers, I love gifting them with useful beauty tools and beauty sets. A gal can never have more than enough glosses! Plus, I adore both so these are definitely on my wish list as well! 

Beauty tools:
-new compact mirrors!
-new hair brushes

These 2-in-1 combine a compact mirror and hair brush! From Olivia Gardens, these are available at Ulta for $3.49-perfect for your bestie and yourself!

Gift sets:
One of my fave beauty brands Vapour Organic Beauty is offering these three gift sets on Target.com! Obsessed with sets in general, I adore their multi-use sticks to provide lip colour and cheeks the same colored flush. Here are three with 3 different price points to match your holiday budget!

Available for $40, the duo set includes: Siren Lipstick in Plush, a dusty rose, and Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Mystery, a sugared plum.
Available for $50- this is the perfect holiday duo. With nude eyes and berry stain lips, you'll be the catch of the party! This set contains Aura Multi-Use in Instinct, a decadent pomegranate stain, can be used on both lips and/or cheeks and Mesmerize Eye Color in Chill, a silvered taupe, which brightens the eyes with a soft shimmering light.

What I love most about their products is that their colors are buildable so you can get a more intense look by layering on an additional coat of color. ��
This is my favorite combo- for $70- the set provides Aura Multi-Use in Lavish, a gilded peach to get the perfect glow, Mesmerize Eye Color in Bliss, a smoky brown with a hint of violet and the Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Bon Bon, a golden peachy pink. These can be worn together or separately to help create your holiday look this month!

Use the code SHINE to save 10% at Target on select beauty items!

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:

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