Sunday, December 14, 2014

Beauty Blogazon Weekly Roundup 12/14/2014

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Radiant skin with InstaNatural Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Serum and more - review

*DISCLAIMER - Products sent by company for purposes of testing/review.  I was not monetarily compensated for my review.  All opinions are my own.*  *POWERED BY BRANDBACKER*

InstaNatural Skincare
With winter upon us, I decided to change up my skincare routine to add some power products to punch up my defenses during these cold and dry months.  This is where InstaNatural comes in.  InstaNatural is a company committed to bringing you products that are organic and pure, without the use of parabens, harmful alcohols or sulfates.  They produce a wide range of products for skin, hair, body and even supplements!  Here, I have three of their most powerful players...

InstaNatural Skincare Line
Above - Hyaluronic Acid Serum (2oz) glass container, dropper delivery
              Youth Express Eye Gel (1.7oz) plastic container, pump delivery
              Pore Tightening Vitamin C Facial Toner (4oz) plastic container, spray pump delivery

InstaNatural Hyraluronic Acid Serum
You had me at the word serum.  There is an otherworldly love I feel for serums.  I find them to be an extremely essential part of any skincare regime.  "InstaNatural's Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid along with a perfect blend of antioxidants, such as Vitamin C + Jojoba Oil + Green Tea.  With a capacity to sustain up to 1000 times its weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid is a great natural hydrator by helping the skin to retain moisture." - InstaNatural

The first unique feature of this serum is that it has some heft.  The serum is on the thicker side, but melts into the skin beautifully.  What I love is how plump my skin looks afterwards.  Hyaluronic Acid Serum quickly sinks into the skin and I did not experience any film or stickiness on my face afterwards.  There is a slight herbal scent that is quite apparent upon first application, but fades once serum melded with the skin.  I have been left with skin that looks and feels plump, is very smooth and I cannot wait to see what this will do for my fine lines after continued use!

Find this quickly on HERE.  To see ingredients, benefits and more, visit InstaNatural HERE.

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel
"Youth Express Eye Gel provides absolute care to the eye area.  It is enriched with plant stem cells, Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl 3000, Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil to help with dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness and sagging skin.  This blend of powerful ingredients increases elasticity and enhances the tone of your skin to provide a firm, plump appearance."  - InstaNatural

This is not your basic eye gel.  This gel has a fantastic texture that is that of a gel and bouncy cream.  
Youth Express is cooling upon application, which has helped decrease puffiness, but its thick texture helps to not only moisturize but plump up my undereye area.  Once blended onto the skin, the gel never feels is almost creamy.  There is a few seconds of a dry down time that this needs, but once you pass that, you have a plumped, refreshed, soft undereye area that looks more alive.  This does have a slight scent, not at all chemical, but fades within seconds of application.

InstaNatural Pore Tightening Vitamin C Facial Toner
Another integral part of any skincare routine is a toner.  For someone like me with combination/oily skin, it is essential in maintaining balance for my skin.  "Pore Tightening Vitamin C Facial Toner is an all-in-one hydrator infused with anti-aging ingredients to leave your skin feeling refreshed and balanced with each pump of its formula.  Vitamin C in the mist helps renew skin by neutralizing free radicals and UV-related damage to protect and strengthen the epidermis.  Witch Hazel's astringent properties purify oily skin and tighten pores, all while the sulfur drives deep penetration of these ingredients to increase skin elasticity.  With each spray, your face is restored to natural pH levels and is in prime condition to absorb serums and moisturizers effectively." - InstaNatural

 This facial toner comes in a pump bottle and is refreshing way to start your skincare.  This has a strong scent of orange zest upon application which does fade after a few seconds.  Once absorbed, I was left film free and ready for my serum and moisturizer.  This has been a godsend now as we are in winter.  I find myself reaching for this for an extra boost under and over the rest of my skincare, as well as an additional step in my makeup application.  This tones down any overly powdery look.  I really like how this did not make me oily and only added a pretty, subtle glow!

InstaNatural's products are available on, and various spas around the US!  To learn more about this company and their commitment to healthier skin, go HERE.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Makeup by One Direction: Lip, Eye, Nails Kits! Limited Edition

*DISCLAIMER - Products sent by company for consideration and review.  I am not being monetarily compensated for my review.  All opinions are my own.* *POWERED BY BRANDBACKER*

Markwins hits it out of the park again!  Teaming up with One Direction to bring you three gorgeous kits...

One Direction Makeup Kits for Nails, Lips, and Eyes/Hair
Available now, these limited edition One Direction kits from Markwins are perfect for the upcoming holidays and party season!  One Direction now gives you the Electro Glam Mascara kit, Liquilights Glow Gloss kit and the Rock Me Nail kit.  These super bright kits can be found at your local Macy's Dilliard's, Boscov's, Stage Stores, Beauty Brands and Lord & Taylor.  You may also check these retailers websites, as well as the One Direction Facebook page HERE.

Presenting Makeup by One Direction...

Liquilights Glow Gloss

Makeup by 1D : Liquilights Glow Gloss
Liquilights Glow Gloss - swatches - direct sun/no flash
"Liguilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark.  Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night." - markwins

Liquilights Glow Gloss comes with:  swatches from the top:
Taken - a hot pink with reflects
Kiss You - neon orange with reflects
Through the Dark - neon fuchsia with reflects

All three of the Liquilights Glow Glosses are UV reactive (they glow under black light!), come with a nicely pigmented gloss base and are packed with the most beautiful reflects glitters.

Makeup by 1D Electroglam Mascara

"Electroglam Mascara - Give your look a jolt of electric colour, with this limited edition trio of ultra-cold coloured for hair and lashes, in three heavily pigmented, buildable colors." - Markwins

Electroglam Mascara - Makeup by 1D
These duo hair/eye mascaras give you the pop of color needed to punch your nights out!  Colors above are:

top - Why don't we go there?  ( vivid blue )
middle - Does he know?  ( neon pink )
bottom - Story of my life ( neon yellow )

Electroglam Mascara in hair  - Does he know?
 Used as hair mascara, it gives you controlled highlights that can definitely be built up!

Electroglam Mascara on lashes - Why don't we go there?
Why don't we go there?  on my lashes...this is two coats of the electroglam mascara...and this is super vivid!!!

Makeup By One Direction - Rock Me Nail Varnish Kit
 "Rock Me Nail Kit, featuring neon, UV reactive nail varnish and UV reactive glitter nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night.  Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and drip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle!" - markwins

Rock Me Nail Kit
Colors above from left to right:
Happily - UV iced blue
Moments - UV neon pink
Diana - UV 3D holographic

Glitter Nail Toppings are:
Kicks - UV snow cone blue glitter
Not Afraid - UV electrified pink glitter
Star - UV holo glitter

Rock Me Nail Varnish - Diana, Moments, Happily
Above, we have Diana plain, Moments with glitter accent in Not Afraid, and Happily with glitter accent in Kicks.

Remember that all of these kits are available at your local Macy's, Dilliard's, Boscov's, Stage Stores, Beauty Brands and Lord&Taylor.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Zoya Holiday Mini Glam bottles available now!

Zoya is offering mini glam nail polishes in all of their favorite holiday colors!  Each mini bottle is $5.00 USD, or you can get any 5 for $20 USD with free shipping through Wednesday 11/26/14 at 11:59 pm ET!  So perfect for the upcoming holidays.

Go HERE to check out all of their amazing colors.  Remember to use code: GLAM

Happy Shopping!

KISS InstaWave hair curler - easy, fast, long lasting curls

*DISCLAIMER: Item sent by company for purposes of review.  I am not being monetarily compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.* *POWERED BY BRANDBACKER*

I have no talent for hair.  There, I've said it.  When it comes to hair styling, my skills are minimal, so I am always on the lookout for a new hair tool to help me along the way.  Little did I know that one of my favorite brands, who I only knew to product lovely false lashes and nail products, also made one awesome hair tool.  Here today we have the KISS InstaWave...

KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler
The KISS InstaWave is a revolutionary, fully automatic curler that creates tangle free, long lasting curls in the quickest way!  InstaWave can be purchased at Ulta, Target and  This professional grade tool retails for $59.99 USD.

The InstaWave has some amazing features...

1 inch ceramic ionic barrel
Curl dial - catches hair/creates curls for you
2 heat settings - maximum temperature of 420 degrees F
Auto Shut Off after 90 minutes for added safety
Right / Left directional button for creating a natural look
Swivel cord allows for comfortable movement of wand

KISS InstaWave
Kiss InstaWave Curl Dial
One of the most unique features of InstaWave is the Curl Dial with left and right directional movement.  This multi-pronged dial grabs the hair, allowing for hands free curling, and also holds the curl in place.  Since the InstaWave does not have a clip, there is no unflattering ridges left in the hair after styling!  With the curling dial holding everything in place, this is safe to use for everyone. The InstaWave has 2 heat settings (high/low) with a maximum temperature of 420 degrees Farenheit so you can safely style hair without any worry for hair damage.  Once hair is set in place, you can rotate the barrel left or right, which makes it easy to use from any hand, any angle.  There is also an auto shut off feature that turns the tool off after 90 minutes.  The InstaWave also comes equipped with a swivel cord which I found did not tangle and allowed for range of motion for both the curler and my hands.

BEFORE: Natural texture of my hair, no product
Above we have a picture of my hair and its natural texture.  A slight wave, with hair that was air dried with no additional product.  Here is how we can turn this hair from simple to GLAM in a few easy steps...

Step 1 using Kiss InstaWave
Place a section of hair on the InstaWave curling barrel, holding it vertically

Step 2 using KISS InstaWave
Touch the curl dial in either right or left directional, and the InstaWave automatically grips hair and curls it onto the barrel, holding it in place

Step 3 using KISS InstaWave
Hold for 5-10 seconds.  You can hold longer for tighter curls, less for more beach like waves.  Pull the InstaWave down vertically.

AFTER - KISS InstaWave
In the picture above, on the right side, I did a tighter curl, and on the left, a softer wave.  All of this was achieved by leaving the hair on the barrel for longer or shorter periods of time.  You may use left and right directionals on the dial to achieve natural looking curls.

KISS InstaWave results
You can really produce some glam results with the InstaWave.  The ease of automatic curling, plus the short amount of time you need on the barrel does equal professional results that anyone can achieve!

Get your hair party perfect for the holidays with the InstaWave.  An amazing value, professional results, in the comfort of your home, with any skill level!

To learn more about KISS InstaWave, go HERE.

*DISCLAIMER: Item sent by company for purposes of review.  I am not being monetarily compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.* *POWERED BY BRANDBACKER*

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter is coming...Let Julep help winterize your nails!- tutorial

Fall is here, and in some places of the country, it looks like winter is well underway.  Cold, harsh wind, dry indoor heat, constant hand washing all take tolls on our hands and nails, and with the holidays coming up, you want to make sure that your hands look amazing.  With a little help from Julep, you can now replace winter weary hands with beautiful skin and nails!

All steps are truly vital and help ensure that your nails will not only look healthy, but become healthy!  Julep offers a variety of products to help you along the way...from their Nail Therapy Serum and Oxygen Nail Treatment, to their Glycolic Hand Scrub to Go and Rock Star Hand Cream.  These tool will leave you with lovely hands and nails all year long!

And now that you have your nails and hands looking amazing...why not polish them with one of the nicest polish formulas around...

From creams to glitters, sheer to opaque, Julep has you covered with any and every texture and color to suit your needs.  Keep a lookout as they contiuously release collections that are perfect for all seasons.  Also, remember that you can receive your nail colors, as well as nail tools, through their subscription service.  Beat winter down with the best hands around!  To check out more of their awesome polish range, check .HERE.

To learn more about their polishes, nail tools and subscription service, go HERE

*images provided by Julep*