Saturday, July 26, 2014

Free Beauty Events: July-September Contest



 
 
Who likes freebies??!! :D Well it's that time again my lovelies, to enter FreeBeautyEvents fabulous monthly giveaway!  For July-September's contest, five lucky winners with receive an amazing beauty bundle including: Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain-Romantic, Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm-Vivacious. Revlon Age Defying Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler, and  Simple Facial Wipes, Cleansing. The Contest runs from 7/1/2014 to 9/30/2014, winners will be chosen on 10/1/2014 and notified by 10/15/2014. To enter, visit here and supply your name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FreeBeautyEvents is a truly amazing resource and it doesn't get said enough.  It gives all us beauty junkies the chance to keep up to date with all the beauty happenings in our area.  Just enter your zip code into the search bar and ta-da!  Behold the fabulous list of makeover, gift with purchase, spa open houses and sampling events happening near your home.  The site also has a blog where they feature product reviews and dish expert advice.  Another perk is the quarterly contest where they offer up another chance to win additional smaller prizes.  Vendors are welcome to benefit too!  Posting your event is free and easy by clicking here. 
 
 
 
 
 
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Good luck my beauties XOXO
 
 
Have you checked out FreeBeautyEvents??   Did you attend any events that you found after using it?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: GlamNatural Mascara

 
 
 
 
You may recall me raving about a brand new favorite from my June Beauty Box Five  reveal: Glam Natural Mascara.  I've been using this baby SO MUCH these past couple weeks.  I love this mascara for a lot of reasons.  For starters its Gluten-free, paraben-free, hypoallergenic and has a vegan formula.  It isn't often, but I do fall victim to a nasty stys from time to time, so it is nice to have a mascara on hand that is extra gentle.    
 
 

 
The brush is a traditional shape with a bristle applicator.  The packaging is sleek and cool looking. The top of the applicator wand feels like a very soft rubber, and the tube is actually clear.  When I first opened it, I could see through the top of the tube (although now the product has dissipated throughout).  The gold lettering is simple but chic.     
    


 
 
Typically I look for volume before length when shopping mascaras, and even though this one doesn't give crazy volume, it adds considerable length and I LOVE it.  The great thing about this mascara is that the formula is so lightweight, my lashes stay curled and lifted. 
 
 
Before

 
You can see a noticeable difference once applied.  The volume is not fantastic, but the length is amazing.  I applied two coats here, but the formula is so feather light, that even after three or four coats my lashes are still divalicious.  It creates a wide eyed, fan effect that I just love.  Something that surprised me was that, no matter how many coats I applied, my lashes still felt soft.  I never experienced any flaking or raccoon eyes, no matter how hot it was outside.  The removal process is fast and easy too- no furious rubbing or elbow grease involved.  I'd say this one does a pretty good job delivering its "Glam Natural" look and feel.  


After



Check out more from GlamNatural!  
 
 
Do you have a favorite mascara this season?

 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beauty Box Five: July Box Reveal

 
 
Hello my darlings, it's time for this month's Beauty Box 5 reveal! 
 The theme of this month's box was "Defining Moments" and celebrating the amazing events that have made you the fabulous you that you are today :)  I feel really fortunate to be a part of the official BB5 review team, which means I receive complimentary boxes in exchange for my thoughts, and get to tryout some of the industry's top picks.  The beauty experts behind BB5 select five of the beauty industry's hot items and send them straight to your door.  The nice thing about BB5 is the many subscription options.  You can experience enough boxes to see if it's right for you, without committing to too many.  Now that you got the run down... let's get into the good stuff!  
 
 
 
 
  HASK Argan Oil Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment
Retail: $2.49
 
Put simply, you can never have enough Argan oil I your life.  It is a great thirst quencher for dry, damaged hair and helps to  add shine and restore life into dull hair.  Exactly what this girl's mane always needs! 

 
Retail: $ 10.99 4 fl oz.
 
Named a favorite of all- natural beauty devotees and expecting mamas, it is a vegan scrub infused with moisturizing botanicals.  It contains no parabans, harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances.  I have never tried Anna Naturals before, but I can tell you this smells delicious.  It's a light citrus scent and has a gorgeous texture.  The exfoliating beads are quite small so they don't irritate, and the cream they're in is so luxe and rich.  My skin felt soo soft and moisturized after.

 
Body Drench Candy Licious Lips
Retail: $ 3.99
 
I'm forever stocking up on chap sticks and balms so I was happy to see this!  While I haven't always been too impressed with Body Drench in the past- I love this balm.  The texture is nice and rich so it coats your lips and really soothes them.  The "Grape Lillipop" name rings true to its scent.  I happen to like grape so for me it's a win.  Typically, I pass over these super slim balms because they never last me very long.  I can devour one of these in two weeks because I reapply so obsessively.  But this one has a slightly thicker texture then most, which so far seems to last longer on my lips, keeping me from feeling like I constantly need to reapply.  


 
Starlooks Lip Liner was one of those products that at first glance, didn't impress me much.  When I removed the cap, the point was a little dull and kind of dry looking.  For some reason I was expecting to experience dragging and lousy color pay off.  But that soo wasn't the case.  Startlooks "Tickle Me Pink" is actually a gorgeous shade that had a super creamy texture.  It is surprisingly pigmented and the color pay off is pretty good.  Sometimes I will line my lips, then decide to just fill them in completely with the pencil and, even though this is a thin tip, it is great for that because it just glides on.  The look is matte and it's a pretty shade for summer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara
Retail: $7.99
 
 

 
And now for the bell of the ball!  I was so excited to see Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara was going to be in this month's box.  I'm all about new mascaras these days and I was anticipating this one.  First word that came to mind while using it: Lightweight.  Very, very lightweight.  The formula AND the bottle.  (I took notice of it's.24 fl oz. which seems to be on the lighter side then my other mascaras).  It advertises length and volume but sadly, I didn't see too much of either.  The brush is pretty standard with traditional style bristles.  No hour glass shape or rubber applicator.  It isn't a bad mascara, just nothing spectacular.  It didn't flake off or clump or cause my lashes to droop, but I didn't see the "bold" effect I hoped for.  My lashes are long, but not full, so I was disappointed to see it didn't even give me the volume.  It is nice for day to day wear or running out for errands, but it won't do much if you're looking for some serious "look at me" lashes.   Ah well <sigh>.  On to the next one!
 
 
 
Do you subscribe to Beauty Box 5?  Are you interested in subscribing?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Violet Files: Liv Tyler American Woman



 
 
The Violet Files' showcases the gorgeous Liv Tyler in this month's cover story: American Woman.  Upstate New York serves as the breathtaking back drop and Liv is just stunning with a fierce, electric cat eye look.  
 
 
 


 
Get the Look:
 
Eyes:
Dior Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner in Captivating Blue
Dior Dior Addict It Liner Eyeliner Liquid in It Blue
Dior Diorshow Mascara in Catwalk Black
 
 
Face:
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Laura Mercier Primer Radiance
By Terry Light Expert Perfecting Foundation Brush
Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Canyon
Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder
 
 
Lips:
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi
 
 
 
Photos by: Guy Aroch at Jed Root for VIOLET GREY

Monday, July 14, 2014

Review: Yardley London Shea Buttermilk Sensitive Skin Moisturizing Bath Bar

 
 
Retail: $1.59
 
Don't you love it when you wake up one morning and your skin feels surprisingly soft?  Truthfully I was a little confused when I first noticed my skin's new found smoothness, but suddenly remembered I had started using Yardley London's newest addition: Shea Buttermilk Sensitive Skin Bath Bar. 
 
Since I have sensitive skin, extreme seasons like winter or summer always take a toll on it, so I was eager to try this one out.  It is the brand's first natural- inspired, moisturizing bath bar that combines sensitive skin benefits with natural botanicals.  The creamy buttermilk and chamomile are intended to soothe skin, and boy do they ever. 
 
After showering, my skin felt refreshed, but in a different way from most other bars.  I think because it is so mild and gentle, it created this zen- like feeling on my skin.  The most impressive part was how quickly (and effectively) it worked to add moisture and rejuvenate my skin.  Within a couple days my skin was noticeably softer to the touch.  I didn't do it everyday, but I did try it on my face on and off.  I never experienced any dryness or irritation.  One thing I would mention is that this might be a good alternative to use should you fall victim to a pesky summer burn.  It seems so mild that I don't see it agitating like some washes will do.    
 
The scent is sweet with a light hint of chamomile that I found very pleasant.  A clean, "fresh out the shower" kind of fragrance that is so perfect for summer!
 
 
Advertised as good for all skin types its benefits include:
 
- Extra gentle/ Dermatologist tested
- Allergy tested
- Lightly scented
- Free of Synthetic Dyes
- Paraban Free
 
 
Available at:
Rite Aid
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