Sunday, June 22, 2014

Bare Minerals Beauty and the Beach Review

Last week I cashed in my beauty points on for this lovely sample set by bare minerals. The set is called Beauty and the Beach and it includes 5 pieces for a summer look. The set included marvelous moxie lip gloss in party starter, ready bronzer in the skinny dip, bare minerals ready blush in the natural high, all over face color in pure radiance and a sample of their lash domination mascara. So here is my take on the set:
Here it is ladies!

Marvelous Moxie lipgloss in Party Starter- this is a darker, coral and peach color. It was very sticky but it lasted for a few hours. It matched the blush perfectly.
Ready Blush in The Natural High: This blush is a nice peachy pink color, it looks really shimmery in the package but looks more matte when applied. I loved that the color matched the gloss!
Ready Bronzer in The Skinny Dip- I used this to contour and sculpt my face and it turned out beautiful. It matched my skin tone very nicely. Its very similar to the too faced bronzers.
All Over Color in Pure Radiance- this product is way too whiteish and shimmery to use for all over color, instead it works great for a highlighter. Its almost identical to the highlighter in urban decay's naked flushed palettes.

Lash Domination in black- I was very surprised with this mascara. The spirally brush seperated my lashes and made them look like I was wearing falsies. I was convinced that I had found my new favorite mascara. Until a couple of hours later I noticed that all the mascara had fallen out and was under my eyes! Big disappointment. 

Left: Marvelous Moxie gloss, 
All Over Face Color,
Ready Bronzer
Ready Blush

Your favorite blogger sporting the Beauty and the Beach set. 

Overall I really liked all of these samples. The mascara was a big let down, but I love the bronzer. So if you are considering cashing in your sephora points, I would definitely recommend this. But it is a limited edition set, and 5 deluxe samples is worth 500 points. 

I hope you enjoyed my review and found it helpful. Comment below for more beauty reviews and let me know what you think about this :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review: Too Faced Teddy Bear Brush Set

By request, here is my very first beauty product review.

This lovely brush set is the Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set by Too Faced Cosmetics, $65 on I've always been a fan of Too Faced, there products are great and I love how they package and market their products. So of course I was very excited to receive this brush set. This set comes with 5 makeup brushes and a bag to carry them. I love tge bag, I see myself using it for something else; i dont like tge idea of makeup brushes being loose in a bag. The set includes a large powder brush and 4 brushes for the eyes, contour, blender, all over shadow and liner.

The brushes as expected, are super soft. They really feel like a soft teddy bear! I also loved that they printed the name of the brush on the handle, so you could always know what each brush is for. So after using the brushes to apply my makeup here are my thoughts:

Powder Brush: This is my new favorite big brush! I don't wear powder but I used it for a blush brush and it was easy to use and the blush went on very lovely.

Contour: where has this brush been all my life? I've never owned an eye shadow contouring brush before, this brush made applying my eye shadow on the crease easier than ever! This brush is definitely the best out of the whole set!

All over shadow: I love that the brushes are super soft but this brush was too soft. The soft texture made it harder to apply the shadow to my lids.

Blender: Blended my lid and crease shadow beautifully!

Liner: I don't use gel liner but I did use this to line my lower lashes with a dark shadow and it worked great!

Overall, the powder and contour brush is worth buying this set. I do love this set and will be using it on the regular basis. I would rate it an 8/10.
What are your thoughts on these brushes?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Beauty Favorites For June

As much as I love fashion and clothes, beauty products are my one true loves. There's not much that I love more than trying a new beauty product. I have literally spent my whole paychecks at sephora or ultra. And Ive been known to spend all day on I am really and truly obsessed with beauty. With that being said, here are the products I'm loving this month. 

Glam Glow Super Clearing Mud Mask- This is the holy grail of all face masks. As the label promised, all blackheads and breakouts magically disappeared. My pours also appeared smaller and I noticed a huge difference the next day when I applied my makeup, it went on much smoother. 

Hourglass Ambient Glow Palette- I have yet to own this gorgeous palette but after sampling it, its definitely on my wish list. I applied it as a highlighter one morning and later that night it was still on. My husband said it made my iskin glow in dim lighting! I've never tried any other products from hourglass but if the quality is as great as this is, I'll definitely be adding more of their items to my vanity.

Dior Addict it Mascara- The formula in this mascara is essentially the same as Diorshow mascara, the brush is only different. I didn't like the brush, it made my lashes a little clumpy but the product did add some beautiful length to my lashes. This mascara also comes in a fun pink and blue shade.

Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Lacquer- this is another product that I only had the sample size, the gloss promises to pucker your lips which it slightly does. It lasted a slight longer than I expected ( which was great) but really, the only reason I am favoring this gloss right now is because of the name! I have to love it based on that. I'm looking forward to trying out more colors in the sexy mother pucker line soon.

Have you tried any of these lovelies? 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

What I'm Lovin' Now: Color Blocking

Color Blocking

Color Blocking by summeredmonds featuring a leather purse

Whether its mixing classic black and white or mixing two colors you would never wear together, color blocking is a fun way to make your outfit stand out. I love pairing a brighter top with a darker color for the bottom. There are also so many fun colorful accessories to try out this trend. I like having a solid colored outfit with multicolored accessories to add some fun to an otherwise boring look.

Do you color block? 
What are your thoughts on color blocking?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Father's Day Gift Ideas

I live in a house with 3 men, so trust me when I say that I know what men like. Women don't give men enough credit. They are a very intelligent, complicated, and emotional species. So long gone are the days of buying fishing lures, golf clubs or ties for father's day. The modern dad is more confident and cool. Clueless on what to buy your father, grandfather or husband for father's day? Here are some sugggestions that are dad approved.

Sneakers-Whether they actually play sports are not, men love a good pair of sneakers. They are comfy and go with man's favorite clothing item: jeans. My pick is the Nike Cortez nm. This pair is classic but can also be customized so you can buy them in dad's favorite colors! Check them out here

Leather Jacket- Dad doesn't have to be a biker to sport this modern yet classic look. Leather jackets always have and always will be in style for men. My favorite is this leather jacket from Affliction. I love the tailored slim fit and the stand colar. Check it out here

TV on DVD- Every dad has a favorite TV show that they could watch over and over. You can buy almost any television series from amazon, so find out dad's favorite and suprise him with the boxed set.

Sunglasses: Shades are the perfect gift for dad's. It  is something that they not only want but they also need. They will wear them every day and think of you! Check your dad's style and find out if he's a wayfarer or aviator type of guy or a plastic or metal frame guy.

Still nothing for dad? Gift cards can always be a gift you can fall back on. Get him a card to his favorite resturant or better yet take him to his favorite resturant and spend some quality with him! It would be the perfect gift that you both will enjoy. Or get him a gift card to his favorite store and take him shopping, you both will still win.

What do you think would be the perfect gift for father's day?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Simple Beauty Hacks Part 2

This is my second list for my top beauty hacks. I have tried all of these and they are totally foolproof and super simple for anyone to try. A lot of these you probably have already heard of and these or tried them, and I am sure some of these are new to you. All of these tips are super simple and the items listed you probably already have. 

Make pimples disappear with peroxide. The main active ingredient in most acne medications is peroxide. Dab some on a cotton ball and hold on your pimple for 30 seconds before bedtime, repeat the next morning and it soon will disappear.

Rub deodorant on bikini zone. This may sound odd but after shaving your bikini zone, rub deodorant on the spot and no razor bumps will appear. This also prevents ingrown hairs.

Use Vaseline to make your perfume last longer. There are certain 'pulse points' on our body that stay warmer than other places. These spots are great to use this trick. Put a little Vaseline or petroleum jelly behind your ears, base of neck, on your wrists, on your chest, and behind your knees. Then spray perfume on those spots and it will last all day. Another great trick is to spray perfume on your hair brush to make your hair smell good.

Use a dryer sheet to remove static. Ever put on a shirt or dress and have it stick to you with static electricity? Or have you ever had static in your hair so bad that you can't do anything with it? Simply rub a fabric softener, dryer sheet over your clothes or hair and say goodbye to static.

Remove polish on toes with a tampon. Ever decide you want to change the polish on your toes but you don't want to ruin your manicure? Push the end of the tampon out of the applicator and dip in your nail polish remover, then rub the end onto your toes to remove polish. It might look silly, but it totally works!

Soak feet in mouth wash to remove dead skin. I'm sure everyone has heard of this or seen it on Pinterest but soak your feet in 1/4 cup of mouth wash, 1/4 cup of vinager and 1/2 cup of warm water for 10 minutes. When you take them out the dead skin will practically wipe off.

I hope you learned some interesting beauty hacks!
Comment below if you use any of these and comment if you have any beauty hacks to share!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Simple Beauty Hacks Part 1

I have compiled a list for the top beauty hacks. I have tried all of these and they are foolproof and super simple for anyone to try. A lot of these you probably have already heard of these or tried them , and I am sure some of these are new to you. All of these tips are super simple and the items used are common house hold items you probably already have.

Make eye hashes longer by heating eyelash curler with hair dryer. This is number one for a reason, i've been doing this everyday for years. I do not recommend for you to doing this everyday, it may damage your lashes but I do recommend using it for special occasions. It's very simple, after applying your mascara, turn your hairdryer on and blow it on your eyelash curler for about 5 seconds(do not over heat or it will burn your eyelid!) then curl lashes as usual and voila! longer lashes!

Dip eye shadow brush in eye drops to make eyeshadow pop. This is another hack I use on a daily basis, and it is safe for daily use. Before applying your eyeshadow, put a few drops of eye drops on your brush, then dip it in your eyeshadow, and apply as usual and watch your eyeshadow color pop!

Put peroxide on toothbrush to whiten teeth. If your teeth is looking less than vibrant, just pour or spray some peroxide on your toothbrush, then put toothpaste on bush and brush as usual for 2 minutes. You will notice a whiter smile in a couple of days. I found this peroxide in a a spray bottle at walgreens and it works perfect.

Use hair conditioner for shaving cream. Just rub a small dollop of conditioner on legs before shaving. It gets a closer shave than shaving cream, makes your legs silky smooth and no razor burn! Note: You don't want to use your expensive conditioner for this, a cheap drugstore brand works fine.

Use your toothbrush to remove dead skin on lips. Lip exfoliates can be crazy expensive so save money by lightly brushing away the dead skin or rough spots on your lips before you apply lipstick or gloss. It always works and makes your lips look extra smooth.

Use baby powder in place of dry shampoo. This is for blondes or light brown haired women only, I tried it on my black hair and it ended up looking grayish. Out of dry shampoo and don't have time to wash your hair?  My blonde haired mom has done this for years, put a small amount of baby powder on the roots and part of your hair and it will absorb all the oil.

When I finished, I realized I had so many to share that it would be way too long for one blog post so I am going to post the second part next week.

Let me know if you try any of these or if you already have tried them :)
I would also love to hear some of your beauty hacks so leave them in the comment box below!