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

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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

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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

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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.

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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*

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Old Factory Candle Gift Set - Coffee Shop set - review

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Old Factory Candle Coffee Shop Gift Set
 Now that fall is starting to transition into winter, there is nothing I enjoy more than lighting a few candles around the house for added coziness.  With the added factors of scent and light, you can create a warm and inviting atmosphere around your home with the help of Old Factory and their scented candle sets.

Old Factory is a company based in the United States that hand pours these lovely soy-based candles.  These clean burning candles contain self-trimming wicks, premium fragrance oils and can burn for 20 hours.

Old Factory Candle gift set
Old Factory Candles offers 12 trios of scents:

Fall Harvest, Happy Holidays, Winter Wonderland, Romance, Fresh & Clean, Spa Day, Vacation, Coffee Shop, Man Cave, High as a Kite, Newborn Baby, 50 Shades.  When you read through all the scents, they are all set appropriate and all sound super delicious.  Each set comes with three 2 ounce glass jars that come in a super cute, yet super sturdy cardboard box.  You can purchase these sets on through Red Rover Naturals for $25.00 USD.

Old Factory Packaging
Old Factory Coffee Shop set
The set I chose to go with was Coffee Shop, which contained Coffee Bean, Hazelnut and Chai Tea.  Coffee Bean smells like freshly roasted beans.  So you get a nice mix of warm coffee scent with a hint of bitter and smokiness that makes the scent a little more intriguing than that of just coffee.  Chai Tea is a creamy blend of spices that is unbelievably mouthwatering and warm.  Hazelnut is interesting in that it smells like a hazelnut perfume.  Out of the three, it smells most of a perfume with gourmand notes.  Dare I say it is almost pretty?

Old Factory Candles
For such small candles, these have a really nice throw.  When combined, all three produce a veritable coffee shop in your home!  The light these candles emanate is soft and small, but glowy.  I have not had any issues with drowning wicks or uneven burning, which is a huge plus!!!   And let us not forget that the candle jars themselves are really cute and found them to incorporate nicely to my home decor.  I have thoroughly enjoyed burning them in my home and am excited to get my hands on more of the sets.

To learn more about Old Factory Candles, please visit them at Old Factory Candles.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Best Red - swatch

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It is red lipstick time again!  This time from Milani Cosmetics...

Milani Color Statement Lipstick - Best Red

Purchased at local Meijer for $5.99 USD
Gold metallic tube with click top
contains 0.14oz/3.97g of stick product

Best Red is from Milani's Color Statement lipstick line, and is one of 36 shades!  Aside from the diverse range of colors Milani offers, they also come in different finishes too.  Matte, cream, pearly shimmer, etc.  Best Red is a matte, but I want you to erase everything you know about mattes from your is why...

Milani Best Red - direct sunlight/flash
Best Red is a true red with subtle blue undertone to it.  It goes on incredibly creamy.  The lipstick has  a slightly thick formula, but never feels dry on application.  Once applied, it has shine that does linger for a bit, but dries down to the loveliest matte finish.  This does have a rather strong scent, so those with allergies/sensitivities may want to steer clear.  For me, it smells like cucumbers, and the scent does linger quite a bit.  I rather like this aspect, but buyer beware.

Milani Best Red - direct sunlight/no flash
For a matte, this negated everything I had known about mattes.  I never experienced dry lips while wearing this.  It is so richly creamy, and proceeds to stay creamy for a good 6 hours.  Though you do have a bit of shine at application time, this never affects the opacity of the product.  When worn for hours, and after normal activity (talking, drinking, eating), this wore down to a really vibrant stain.

I do wish that reapplication was a bit more pretty.  When I try to layer this hours later, I do get a bit of piling on the lips.  But that is a small price to pay for such beautiful color and quality!  Do yourself a favor and pick one of these up now.


D - xo

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Tea Trea Oil - review

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Ever think of trying a more organic alternative to everything from your skincare to household needs?  I have and came across Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil...

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil
I was lucky enough to be sent this for review and am loving the results and uses so far.  The Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil (TTO) comes in a dark glass bottle that contains 4 fl.oz/118ml of oil.  The TTO retails for $24.99 USD. You can purchase the Tea Tree Oil on Amazon HERE.

Apothecary Extracts TTO is different than other oils in that is 100% pure.  There are so many oils out there that end up being blends, and you may not always know what is in it.  Apothecary Extracts has been accredited by the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association Code of Practice.  Purity of oil is proven using gas chromatography.  Having this TTO be 100% pure, ensures that you can use this safely on your face and body and for medicinal reasons!

The biggest benefit to Apothecary Extracts TTO is that you can use it anywhere on your body and everywhere in your home.  The versatility of this oil really impressed me, and the uses around the home just made this a homerun.  When you purchase the TTO, you will receive an e-brochure that is filled with over 50 recipes for everything from facial masks to household cleaners!  What?  Yes, this can literally be used in all aspects of your skincare and home.  Here are two recipes I tried...

Apothecary Extracts TTO Hand Scrub
In the above photo, I made the replenishing Tea Tree Oil Body Scrub.  I had to substitute the brown sugar for salt, but it worked nicely.  It moisturized without being overly oily, and gave my hands and feet a nice tingly sensation that was pleasing.  Please note that when you mix the TTO with other oils, the scent, still apparent, becomes more manageable.

Apothecary Extracts TTO body scrub
This scrub has been a godsend with the fall air turning dry and cold!  Really moisturizing and exfoliating.

Apothecary Extracts TTO Steam Facial
I love at home facials, and now with the TTO, I can have one that benefits my skin while I'm broken out.  Along with the TTO, a couple other essential oils, hot water and a towel, you can treat yourself to a steam facial that opens up your pores for better absorption of your facial products.  It also relieves nasal and sinus congestion.  Perfect as we are coming upon the cold weather season.  The steam feels lovely and refreshing.

For those into home decor, you can also use TTO in oil reed diffusers or the fortifying air freshener, in which you can choose whatever color to put into the gelatin used in the recipe to match your home.  This can also be mixed into an air mist that will kill odors and energize you.

It seems that whatever your concern, Tea Tree Oil has a recipe to suit your needs.  From cleansing to medicinal, relaxing facial to home decor, Tea Tree Oil has so many benefits that enrich our daily lives.  We now know we can acquire 100% pure oils that we feel safe about using on ourselves and around our family.  In an all natural way, you can take care of your home, yourself and your loved ones.

To learn more about Apothecary Extracts, please head on over HERE

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Monday, October 27, 2014

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

L'Oreal Infallible 24 hr Eye Shadow in Sultry Smoke - swatch

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L'Oreal Infallible 24 HR shadow in Sulty Smoke
If you are like me, you went right out to buy any one of the L'Oreal Infallible 24HR eye shadows since they have come out.  Why not?  They are fantastic!  One of those that is a favorite and perfect for fall is the lovely grey known as Sultry Smoke (#998).  I purchased this at my local Meijer for $7.00 USD, but do note that these go on sale quite often.  Sultry Smoke is one of 24 permanent shades in this range.  Inside the screw top jar, there is 3.5g/0.12oz of pigment shadow.

What you get when you open the jar, is a pressed shadow, not unlike  a pigment.  The powder feels creamy which aides in the blendability of this product.  There are several reason why the packaging and the product itself lend themselves to an awesome drugstore find!...

a) the shadow is packed in...allows for controlled application, as well as little fall out
b) the pot comes with a plastic shield that not only covers the surface area of the shadow, but helps in packing it in after you are done
c) pigment like shadow has wonderful color saturation
d) infallible 24 HR shadows come in a diverse array of colors and textures

L'Oreal Sultry Smoke 24HR Infallible shadow - direct sunlight/no flash
Sultry Smoke is a semi matte, medium grey with a touch of blue that really stands out in the swatch above.  I say this is a semi matte because when you work with the product, you can actually see very teeny tiny micro shimmers scattered about the shadow.  They are easier to see when the color is packed on.  Once blended, the shimmers become unnoticeable  .  The more you layer of Sultry Smoke, the less blue it those fearing the blue tinge, there is hope.

L'Oreal Sultry Smoke 24 HR Infallible shadow - direct sunlight/flash
I will say that for Sultry Smoke, a layered approach is best.  The lighter the hand you have or the more blended you want to make it, it appears patchy, with out without primer.  Big frownie face as this is really lovely when its just a wash of color.  Full on layers give drama without ever being too dark.  For fall eye looks, I have been pairing this with metallic chocolate browns, matte and shimmery berries, as well as purpley pinks!

This is my third of the 24 hour Infallibles and am working my way to getting many more!

Enjoy!  xoxo.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

NYX Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes - swatch

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I wholeheartedly wear my red lip obsession on my sleeve.  No longer hiding the tubes upon tubes of  red goodness.  In keeping true to form with this, I have purchased yet another red...because red.

NYX Butter Lipstick - Mary Janes
NYX's Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes was purchased at my local Ulta for $5.99 USD.  Mary Janes is one of 22 shades in the line.  Inside of the colored tube (which not only matches the color of the bullet, but you also get a clear window to show true to color color :) ), you get 0.16oz of buttery goodness.

NYX Mary Janes Butter Lipstick
One thing I have to say right off...holy jesus these are moisturizing!  The word Butter in the title does attest to the formulation and wear of these lipsticks.  Butter Lipsticks have high pigmentation and wonderful slip, without being too high maintenance.  For me, Mary Janes is opaque, but with the highly moisturizing formula, feels extraordinarily light!  Extremely comfortable to wear, in my experience, I could go up to 5 hours of normal use (light drinking/eating) without having to reapply.  It also kept my lips smooth as it wore away and did stain my lips quite a bit.

NYX Mary Janes swatch - overcast/no flash
Mary Janes is a described as a true red.  On my lips, and since I like to swipe my lipstick two or three times, I find that the more I layer, the darker it gets.  You could definitely get this to look vampy if you wanted, and is totally appropriate for a fall red.

Mary Janes swatch - overcast/flash
A deep cherry shade, I love that this does not lean towards any side too much!  Let me touch again on is moisturizing and it does leave for such wonderful slip on the lips, but it did grab on to a few of my dry patches.  Though I will also state that I generally do not pre-moisturize my lips and on most days, do not have texture problems with application.

For the price, formula, wear and color selection...this is sooo on the money!

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