Sunday, January 24, 2016

Review: My Latest Faves from Rimmel London

Lately, my latest favorites have been a few goodies from Rimmel London , so naturally I had to spread the word.  Let's check them out...

Retail: $6.99
The ScandalEyes XXtreme Mascara Volume & Length is cool because it's designed to create a 360-degree, eye opening effect.  It was hard to capture in a photograph, but it has a unique dual-sided applicator; straight edged on one side for lengthening, and a curvature on the other to help achieve maximum volume.  It didn't specify which side to use first so I went with the straight side.  I have to say it added amazing length and did a fair job of distributing the product evenly.  By the time I finished going back over with the curved side, my lashes were pretty sick looking.  The curved side added a nice lift which could ultimately replace a lash curler.  I felt like the straight side distributed more product then the curved side.  Side note though, the formula is very wet, but dries fast.  I found it best to leave it uncapped for a minute or two before application.  But put simply, I really love it.  It's a great space saver too because it essentially comes with a built in curler. 
Rimmel London Moisturizing Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight

Retail: $7.49
I got nothin' but love for Rimmel's Moisture Renew Lipsticks.  They're described as moisturizing lipsticks that don't skimp on colour and I'm happy to say they deliver.  My go- to shades have been Nude Delight and First Class Nude.  They feel incredible going on, packed with moisture and vitamins A, C, and E.  Very rich and silky, no dragging whatsoever.  They're super pigmented so the color payoff is amazing, and they also leave behind some shine.  I like these because they don't dry me out and even though the formula is so lightweight, you still get obvious color.  The wear time is pretty decent.  I put it on about 8am, and didn't reapply until around noon.  Available in 24 shades, and totally affordable, I'd definitely recommend picking up a few. 
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in First Class Nude

 What are your latest beauty favorites?  Have you tried these Rimmel London products?  What did you think?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Review: WANDER Beauty Paris Collection

Created by supermodel and beauty maven Lindsay Ellingson, WANDER Beauty debuts its first Capsule City Inspired Collection: Paris .  Inspired by French women and their love of beauty, the collection aims to capture the vibrancy and spirit of the city of lights.   
PR kindly sent me samples to try and being the lip stick fiend that I am, of course my eyes immediately went to the Red Love Lock Hydrating Lip Gel.  The color scheme is a sleek burgundy with gold accents, and it's packaging is nice and slim. 
Retail: $24.00
Lip gel?!  It was as cool as it sounded.  It glided on effortlessly and was really easy to control during application.  The appearance was comparable to a glossy lipstick, (if that makes sense?).  It's well pigmented and packs a punch of color, and has an obvious shine.  It felt more like a balm/gloss combo.  It was lightweight and soothing like a balm, plus my lips felt super slick as if I had just applied a gloss (minus the stickiness).  The coverage is buildable so you can layer for varied looks.  It is infused with aromatic rose extract and vitamins C and E for nourished lips, and I love the light, sweet fragrance.  I'm definitely a fan!        
Retail: $25.00
What girl doesn't love a good highlighter?  Catch the Light Highlighter  is a cream to powder formula designed to create a luminous glow.  This too is packaged in a slim, easy to control stick, with all gold packaging.  It's great for all over highlighting, I love using it under my brow bone and on my cupid's bow.  The formula is perfect because it applies really visible so you can see exactly where you've put it.  Sometimes, when it's bad lighting, I have a hard time applying highlighters because I can't always see where on my skin the color has ended up.  But with this one I didn't have that problem.  Then when you're ready, just start blending and fade it into your preferred amount of intensity.  A great tool for the girl on the go.      
L- straight color R- blended color
Retail: $22.00
WANDER's Slide Liner Gel Eyeliner in Indigo Blue was a lot of fun to wear.  Made with Jojoba oil, and vitamins C & E, the formula aims to provide hydration.  The liner is multifunctional and lets you play around with how subtle or dramatic you want your look to be.  Since I'm not known for wearing much liner, I liked that this can also be worn as an all over shadow.  It worked well, however, for going out right after work when I wanted to add some oomph.  I added just a little to my corners and lower lash line.  After I blended it out, it made for a killer smoky eye effect with very little effort.
Retail: $21.00
WANDER's Frame Your Face Micro Brow Pencil is great for anyone looking to create fuller brows.  It is very thin, with a retractable pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other.  It is available in three colors including blonde, taupe and dark brown.  It's convenient because you don't have to worry about sharpening it when it gets dull, and like the other products, it has buildable coverage.  And because it's so thin, it's easy to get coverage in every desired spot.
Overall, I loved these products.  They're good quality products that won't break the bank, and give you a lot of room to play around with your look.

Have you tried WANDER Beauty?  Are you interested? 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

BeautyBox 5: January Reveal

Hello dolls!  I'm excited to share this month's BeautyBox5 goodies!  For the newbies out there, BeautyBox5 is a monthly subscription that selects five beauty industry favorites and delivers them straight to your door.  There are various subscription options to chose from, but my lucky self receives a complimentary box each month in exchange for my thoughts.
This month's theme was " You can get away with almost anything if your hair is styled and your nails are on point"- BB5
Retail: $6.00
Custom Accent Nail Wraps
These nail decals are an easy, creative way to amp up your look in seconds! 

Retail: $14.99
Novex Bamboo Sprout Deep Conditioning Treatment
Novex's rich formula is designed to nourish tired, thirsty hair.  Massage into hair and rinse out after 15 minutes for rejuvenated locks!

Retail: $7.00
Plump for Joy
Designed to give your drab hair a boost, spritz this thickening elixir onto wet or dry hair for some added drama!

Retail: $5.00
Keratin Gloves
This concept of Keratin for your hands is totally new to me.  This revolutionary treatment is supposed to strengthen nails and nourish skin and cuticles.  Can't wait to give this one a go!

Retail: $9.99
Nails Inc. Nail Polish in
The only thing I like about winter is the assortment of new, insanely dark nail colors.  I'm in love with Grosvenor Crescent from nails inc.  It's a deep, purplish/ black shade and I will probably go through half the bottle before the season is over.   

Retail: $6.99
Salon Grafix Hair Spray
Designed for extra hold, this is the perfect size hair spray for tossing in your purse or gym bag for quick touch ups!

 Overall, I liked this month's box!  I'm excited to try everything in it- especially the gloves.  I can see myself using almost all of the products pretty regularly.  I can never have enough winter necessities to get me through the season! 
Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes?  Are you interested in BB5? 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Life is That Much Easier with Squelch the Smell Remover


  I love it when some fabulous soul out there reads my mind and invents exactly what I need.  Squelch is the latest member to join my must have collection and I doubt I'll ever again be without it.  It is an all natural, non toxic, hypoallergenic scentless odor remover that has a variety of uses, and is totally effective!

Squelch is nice and compact so it's easy to toss in your purse or gym bag without taking up space.  It's great for spritzing down your clothes or shoes after a sweaty spin class.  Give it a minute to absorb and poof!  Off you go, odor free and fresh as a daisy! 


 It's even safe to use on your hair.  Finally!  Something that kills that horrible, burning stench my hair tends to have right after I straighten it with my flat iron.  It's also great to have on hand for those after work happy hours when you end up in smoky bars.   

Emma loves snuggling into her bed that smells like roses! <3 

        Any animal lover out there knows that pets can sometimes uh, shall we say, smell less then fresh?  Squelch is perfect for spritzing on your pet's bed to freshen it up, or on your couch and bed sheets to vanish unwanted pet smells that get left behind.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

FreeBeautyEvents January Giveaway

If you don't already know about then it's a good thing you're reading this.  The site is a great tool for all beauty lovers alike.  It helps keep you up to date with beauty happenings in your area and serves as an awesome way to snag some killer free samples. Yes- FREEE!!  Each month the site gives away a bundle chalk full of the industry's finest and this month's mouth watering goodies are calling your name.. so let's check them out!  

January's Beauty Basket Giveaway includes products from Burt's Bees, Nexxus Salon Hair Care, CoverGirl, Elf Cosmetics and more! The contest runs from now through 1/31/16 and winners will be chosen on 2/10/16 and notified by 2/15/16.  Entering is easy!  Visit FreeBeautyEvents 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.    

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