Friday, March 20, 2015

New launch: London SOHO New York® Disney Princess Collection

 The new launch of the London SOHO New York® Disney Princess collection at Walgreens comes just in time for Easter!  It is a colorful collection of make up brushes and sponges that features the five classic Disney princesses: Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White.
The collection is designed to blend Disney’s enchanting style with London SOHO New York’s fun flair for FUNKtionality and makes for a perfect Easter basket goodie!
Belle Enchanted Eyes Brush Set 3-Piece
Retail: $12.99
The set includes:
Medium Fluff Brush – Short round shape creates depth and detail
Large Fluff Brush – Soft, fluffy bristles allow shadow to glide across eyelids with ease
Flat Angled Liner Brush– Angled shape creates flawless lines and can be used with powder, gel or cream line

As a Sleeping Beauty fan, there was no way I could pass up the Aurora Fairy Sponges 3-Piece Set, which is AMAZING.  I love it because each sponge between the three variations, there isn't any section or crevice of my face where I can't achieve coverage.  The various angles and curves of the sponges makes blending soo much easier and a lot less messy.     
Retail: $12.99

Pink Fairy Sponge – Pointed tip is perfect for under eyes and in corners.

Green Fairy Sponge – Wide base covers large areas such as the cheekbone, forehead and neck.  

Blue Fairy Sponge – Egg shaped dome gradually builds coverage where needed.
These are totally budget friendly and pretty decent quality.  A win for makeup and Disney lovers alike!  You can pick them up at:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Review: RITUALS It's A Wrap Ultra-Light Conditioner for Frizzy Hair

It's a Wrap Ultra-light conditioner for frizzy hair
Retail: $19.00

April showers bring May flowers!  And though it's still March, NYC has already seen a fair amount of rain which spells disaster for my naturally frizzy mane.  Enter my hair's newest BFF: RITUALS It's A Warp Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Ultra-Light Conditioner for Frizzy Hair Conditioner.
I fell in love with the Shower Oil from RITUALS Sakura Collection and had high hopes for the conditioner.  It's made with Organic Rice Milk to nourish hair and create shine.  It's described as an "ultra light conditioner for frizzy hair" but also acts as a "mask" if left in long enough.  That being said, I chose to use it as a mask every time I applied it, regardless of whether it was a shampoo day, or a rinse with water day.  I applied it twice a week to my wet hair, and then rinsed it out after about four or five minutes.  

The formula was as lightweight as promised, with a lotion- like consistency, and was really easy to rinse out.  I even dared apply this to my scalp because I didn't fear it creating build up.  After I rinsed it out and towel dried my hair, I could quickly tell my hair felt softer and there was noticeably less frizz.  I'm not sure if it is heat activated or not, but it is also supposed to cut down on dry time.  Since I prefer to let my hair air dry, (expect when it's cold out), I'm not sure if it was a coincidence that my hair dried faster, or if it was indeed the wrap working its magic.  Either way, it seemed to work.

The Cherry Blossom scent I've become so addicted to was much less evident here then it was in the Shower Oil.  Which I suppose is ideal for those who don't like strong fragrances.  But personally, I was looking forward to the relaxing scent filling my bathroom! :)   
 Ultimately, I love this conditioner and foresee myself using it a lot in the coming rainy months.  It's great for frizz reduction and makes my unruly hair more manageable. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

FreeBeautyEvents March Giveaway

All you beauties out there know I'm how much I love  You've heard me rave about them being a fabulous beauty resource and a great way to snag some killer free samples.  Their giveaways are always amazing and this month's bundle is super fab. This month's giveaway includes Beyonce's Rise fragrance, products from CoverGirl, Olay, Suave and more! The Contest runs from now through 3/31/15, winners will be chosen on 4/5/2015 and notified by 4/15/2015To enter, visit them on Facebook (don't forget to like them! :) or enter directly on their website.     
Besides the monthly giveaways, the site also offers great beauty advice and product reviews on their blog.  Like any of the products you read about?  Keep your eyes open for your chance to stock up!  Easy as 1-2-3, just enter your zip code into the site's search bar to find out which locations in your area might be handing out samples.  It's a helpful way to keep up to date with the beauty events happening in your town.      
Have you visited FBE?  Did you attend any of the events??

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Summer Must Have: Australian Gold Spray Gel With Instant Bronzer

Retail: $7.99
Finally, the warm weather is making an appearance I am SO relieved!  Winter is finally ending (good riddance) and on my yearly quest for the season's best bronzers and sunscreens, I came across the best of both worlds: Australian Gold Spray Gel with Instant Bronzer. 
Its exclusive formula contains natural caramel that works to soothe skin, while the bronzer enriches it for a healthy, radiant glow.  It is available in Broad Spectrum SPFs 4, 8, 15 and 30, which is what I like to hear!  I'm fair skinned and used to be one of those nerds you saw at the beach, swimming around in the hat and long t-shirt my mother made me wear. (Sexy I know).
So when I had the chance to try Australian Gold, I was intrigued. At first glance you might mistake it for a traditional bronzer, but it's actually a sunscreen that protects against UVA/UVB rays, and bronzes you as a bonus :p
Advertised benefits:
Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
Exotic oils soften and moisturize skin for beautiful color
Aloe Vera provides natural soothing and skin conditioning
Water Resistant 80 minutes
Australian Gold signature fragrance
Packaged in 8 oz. bottle
The scent was soo yummy!  It smelled like a sweet, tropical mix of caramel and coconut that lingered just ever so slightly.  A pump dispenses the spray gel-like formula.  It felt practically weightless on my skin and absorbed amazingly well after I applied and rubbed it in.  It was really easy to blend and made it easy to get even coverage.  Surprisingly, my skin was never greasy or sticky.  My skin after felt smooth after application.  I saw a hint of a golden hue that stayed in place and didn't rub off on my clothes.  I'm wondering if the hue will increase when I start using it in the summer when the sun is much stronger.   In the mean time, I totally plan on taking it along to my alfresco lunches by the Seaport to get a head start on muh JLo glow :D     
Do you have a favorite sunscreen for the upcoming season? 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Review: RITUALS Sakura Spring Foaming Shower Oil


Sakura Spring Foaming Shower Oil
Retail: $15.00
RITUALS Sakura Spring Foaming Shower Oil  has been really soothing on my skin through these past winter months, and has proven to be a great preparation for Springtime.  Like most RITUALS products, the scent is gorgeous.  Made with organic Rice Milk and Eastern Cherry Blossom, it's uplifting, sweet, and totally refreshing.  The texture was unique.  When first dispensed from the pump, it's a lightweight, oil- like liquid with a greenish tint.  Once mixed with water and lathered on, the texture transforms into a gentle foam.  
I absolutely loved using this.  It made my skin feel so clean and hydrated.  When I was rinsing it off in the shower, I could feel the slick effect from the oil after it lightly coated my skin. After drying off, my skin felt silky smooth and there wasn't a trace of nasty, greasy residue. 
 This is a great buy for thirsty skin that has been beaten up by the harsh cold, or for skin that is just typically dry (like mine).  I used it daily for cleansing, as well as shaving, without experiencing any irritation.  Another element I love about RITUALS products is that sometimes they turnout to be multifunctional, without even meaning to be.  Directions advise you to rinse the bath/shower area after using it to avoid slipping, but personally I didn't experience any of the slip n' slide aftermath.  Overall, it think it's one of my RITUALS favorites and I'd definitely recommend adding it to your list of Spring Must Haves. 
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