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Week 1 of Mary Kay ClearProof Acne Regimen

Hi, everyone! I was fortunate enough to have Influenster and Mary Kay send me the complimentary ClearProof VoxBox so I could try out and review the skincare regimen. The ClearProof regimen retails for $45 on the Mary Kay website. For $45 you receive Clarifying Cleansing Gel, Blemish Control Toner, Acne Treatment Gel, and Oil-Free Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin.

The website claims that results can be seen after 7 days and that for best results the regimen should be used for 30 days. I’ve reached the 7 day mark and I noticed a marked improvement in my skin by 4 days. When I started using the regimen I had 3 cysts on my chin and a couple of other smaller (and less painful!) blemishes–by day 4 the cysts were almost gone and the other blemishes werecompletely gone. The products can be used up to 3 times daily, but it chose to use them once daily to avoid my skin drying out…sadly, that didn’t completely work out for me. I used the Acne Treatment Gel on my chin and nowhere else and the skin on my chin is now reallydry and flaking off. That being said, I think part of the problem is use error because I may have used too much of the product on my chin. Since I have no more large or painful blemishes, I won’t use the gel, but will continue to use the rest of the regimen.

I’m looking forward to seeing how my skin improves in regard to breakouts over the next few weeks! Let me know if you’ve tried this skincare line or if you have any questions :)

Review: Milani Color Statement Nail Polish

Price Point: $3.99-$5.29
Where to Purchase: CVS, Milani Cosmetics, and other drugstores
How Much I Paid: $5.29 for one and 50% off the second polish at CVS
Colors Purchased: Mauving Forward and Charcoal Charm

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Brand Claims
“One Stroke. High Gloss Finish. Long-Lasting Color.”

This nail polish actually lives up to the claims made by Milani…almost. I bought two colors because I wanted to try a regular color and a metallic finish so I could see if they performed the same. The shade Mauving Forward was opaque with just one coat and the color was a warm, rich, plummy shade. The shade Charcoal Charm was opaque in two coats and is a nice, shiny gunmetal color. I love the brush because it’s wide enough to cover a good portion of your nail in one stroke, but not so wide that you get a sloppy application. The colors are both really glossy and long lasting–about a week on my fingers and practically indestructible on my toes!

Would I Reccomend?
I absolutely recommend this product because it’s just as good, if not better, than OPI polishes and definitely better than Essie polishes. If you check CVS regularly, they often have a buy-one-get-one for 50% off deal (add Extra Care Bucks and you’re really in business!).

I hope you found this review helpful! I’ll be back in the near future with a few posts on the Mary Kay ClearProof skincare regimen over the next 30 days as I try the skincare regimen out! Thanks so much for reading :)

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My “Must Have” Summer Lip Gloss

Hi, everyone! Today I want to share with you my “must have” summer lip gloss, which is a NYX Butter Gloss. If you haven’t tried any of these yet, I recommend going to Ulta, Target, or CVS to get some (if you live in an area that doesn’t have any of those stores you can always go to http://www.nyxcosmetics.com and place an order online). In my opinion, the quality of the Butter Glosses is just as good as some high end lip glosses and there’s a great variety of colors. My “must have” summer shade is Peaches and Cream, which look very “peachy” in the package, but once applied leans more toward being a pink.

Below you can see what the gloss looks like on me–it’s one of my all-time favorites!

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Anyone who has tried these can attest to the fact that the formula is creamy, not too sticky (sticky enough to give it some decent staying power, though), and has great pigmentation. Have you tried any of this line? If you have, please leave a comment and tell me what your favorite shade is. Haven’t tried this line? Leave a comment telling me what brand/shade your favorite gloss is! Thanks for reading :)

Products I’ve Used Up

Hi, everyone! I wanted to write a post on a few products I’ve used up recently, give you some brief thoughts on them, and let you know whether or not I’ll be repurchasing!

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1. Wet n Wild Coverall Concealer (medium)
Pros:
-Super affordable
-Doesn’t crease under eyes
-Lasts 8+ hours
-Color doesn’t oxidize or come off orange on skin

Cons:
-Cheap packaging (what do you want for something that’s like $1.99, though? Haha)
-Only has like 0.24 fl. oz. so you’ll go through it within a few weeks

Would I repurchase?
-Yes

2. Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer
Pros:
-Affordable
-Good amount in tube (1.0 fl. oz.)
-Evens skin tone out nicely
-Not greasy
-Could wear with powder over for a low-key day

Cons:
-Can’t think of any

Would I repurchase?
-Yes

3. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion (medium natural tan)
Pros:
-Affordable ($8.00 at Walmart)
-Doesn’t have a strong odor while developing (there is a bit of an odor, but not nearly as strong as most other self-tanners)
-Gives skin great color after just 1 application
-Color is tan/bronze and not the color of Cheetos lol
-Decent longevity

Cons:
-Slight odor while developing
-The color guide is wayyyy sparkly so you’ll look like one of the Cullens from Twilight until you shower (I usually apply before bed and shower in the morning so nobody has to see me sparkle)

Would I repurchase?
-Yes

4. Dial 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion with Pink Himalayan Minerals
Pros:
-Smells amazing
-Doesn’t feel greasy

Cons:
-Doesn’t moisturize your skin for up to 7 days (moisturizers for maybe 4 hours)

Would I repurchase?
-Only if it was on sale

So, there you have it…what are some products you’ve finished up lately? Thanks for reading :)

Summer Party OOTN

Hi, everyone! I’m back with a quick post on a summer party outfit of the night! My look was really affordable (total cost approximately $21…I love bargains!) and fun!

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I wore Rockstar jeggings/jeans from Old Navy (I got them on sale for around $15), a tank from Forever 21 (on sale for $2), and a bralette from Walmart ($4.97). I thought this was a fun and comfortable look for a summer party in the evening. The Rockstar jeggings/jeans are my favorite because I think they’re comfy and really flattering on all body types.

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My skin looks wayyyyy lighter in the above picture than it really is because the room I was in gets a ridiculous amount of bright light, lol. I kept my accessories simple and wore diamond studs, button earrings (Charming Charlie), and my initial necklace from Tiffany. Also, I kept my makeup simple with peach tone shadows and blush with a black liner that was slightly winged out.

Thanks so much for checking out this post :)

Favorite Nail Polish Combo Summer 2014

Hi, everyone! I wanted to share my favorite nail polish combo that I’ve been using a lot this summer! I use this combo on my fingers, but not on my toes because, for some reason, I like more neutral colors on my fingers and much brighter colors on my toes. This is a combination of really affordable drugstore polishes, which is always nice!

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As you can see from the picture above this is a really subtle color with a bit of gold glitter. The glitter adds a bit of fun sparkle, but I’ve also found that topping color with a glitter polish gives the color more lasting power. To achieve this cute, but fun, look I used two thin coats of Wet n Wild Megalast polish in Sugar Coat, a layer of E.L.F. gold glitter polish, and then an NYC clear top coat. The top coat I used isn’t my favorite, but the. NYC quick drying top coat that I usually use was sold out at the store and my bottle of it was empty :(

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If you have a favorite nail polish combo, please comment with a photo or link to the products you like (heck, I’m always up for exploring new combos haha). Thanks so much for reading!

Dupe Alert: Stila Kitten/L’Oreal Iced Latte

Hey everyone! Just a quick post to alert you to a drugstore dupe for the popular Stila Kitten eyeshadow. The L’Oreal Infallible shadow in Iced Latte is pretty much an exact dupe for Kitten. In the picture below I’m wearing a “light dusting” of the L’Oreal shadow just to have something on my eyes in what was a very minimal makeup day!

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Hope this helps some of you save a few dollars :)

Beauty Scenarios Tag

Hi, everyone!  I was tagged  a while back to do this and, because I’m getting old or something (lol), I can’t remember who tagged me :(  Anyway, before I forget I’d better tag a couple of people, so…I tag FortheLoveofGlossPearls and Paris, and FashionforLunch.  Keep reading if you’re interested in my answers for the Beauty Scenarios Tag!

1. You have to get rid of all your foundations and you can only keep one high-end and one drugstore, which do you keep?

This is actually pretty easy!  For drugstore I’d keep L’Oreal True Match Lumi in W4 (my winter shade) and for high-end I’d keep Clinique Stay Matte in Sand (my summer shade) since I use both of those at the time of year that I mentioned!

2. You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?

I probably wouldn’t say anything because saying something could make me seem like I’m a twit even if my intentions were good.

3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which lipstick do you put on to make yourself feel beautiful?

I would pic either Angel or Candy YumYum by MAC.  I can’t really pick just one because some days I feel like a really bright lip color and other days I prefer a more understated look!  Both, however, I think look really nice and add a certain special something to a makeup look.

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently?

Oh, lord.  My hair was an absolute frizzy mess when I was in high school–I had bangs which I did nothing with (they used to curl on my forehead like broccoli florets, lol) and my layers were cut far too short.  If I could go back I’d use a conditioning oil and a good mousse to hold my curl.  As far as my makeup goes, my face makeup was ok but my eye shadow was usually atrocious!  Whatever color I used I’d apply from my lid up to my browbone with a sponge tip applicator.  Bad, bad news!  I’d go back and choose light neutrals and apply with a lighter hand (and use a brush).

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut, but they hear wrong and give you a pixi cut. Do you a) Smile, say thank you, leave and call your mum hysterical b) Cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) Complain to the manager and demand a refund.

I’d ask to speak to the manager and I would not pay for the cut…and I’d cry when I got out to my car.

6. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which ‘do it all’ palette do you pack in your makeup bag?

I’d pack my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette because you can create really natural looks or even a darker evening look with it (plus it’s small and doesn’t take up a lot of room).

7. Your house has been robbed, don’t worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What’s the product you really hope is safe?

Honestly, I would be more concerned that real valuables were ok and not makeup.

8. Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs

It’s not likely that I’d lend my makeup to anyone, but I think all of my friends are responsible and respectful, so my makeup wouldn’t be returned in awful condition.  However, just to play along with this question, I’d say something and ask for it to be replaced.

 

Please feel free to complete this tag and either leave your answers as a comment or link me back to your own post!  I love reading people’s answers to questions of this sort!  Thanks so much for reading :)

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Review: L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion (Medium Natural Tan)

Hi, everyone!  I’m back today with a quick review of the L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion (Medium Natural Tan).  If you’ve followed my blog from the beginning you know that I’ve been a fan of the Fake Bake Flawless self-tanner, which I’ve used for a couple of years.  I still love the Fake Bake Flawless, but was on the hunt for a cheaper alternative that gives me the same results…enter L’Oreal Sublime Bronze.  For the past few weeks I’ve eyed the L’Oreal Sublime Bronze products in the store, but had been hesitant to try to it because we all know that self-tanner can be awesome or it can make you look like an Oompa Loompa.  Finally, I decided to just give it a whirl because I could always try to scrub the stuff off or cover it with Fake Bake if I ended up looking like an orange disaster.

I purchased the L’Oreal Sublime Bronze lotion at WalMart for just under $8 and tried it out as soon as I got home.  Before applying the product I showered and exfoliated so I could try to apply the product as evenly as possible.  Even though it’s a lotion I applied the product with a velour tanning mitt that I bought for around $4 at Ulta because I find that it helps to distribute self-tanning products more evenly that just using my bare hands.  If there’s two things that you take away from this post those two things should be to exfoliate before using self-tanner and to use a mitt to apply.

Pros:
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Doesn’t smell strong during application

-No disgusting smell while the product is developing

-Faint color guide so you can see where you’ve applied the product

-Faint shimmer in the color guide (washes off once you shower)

-Price (ranges from $7-$11 depending on where you buy it)

-Great color (I don’t look like I’ve rolled in Cheetos dust or crushed Doritos, lol)

-Wears off evenly/doesn’t look patchy

-After 4 days my tan still looks great

Cons:

-Shimmer in the color guide (some might consider this a con, but I kind of like the glow it gives–plus, it goes away once you shower)

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Bottom Line:
This product will become a staple in my sunless tanning routine because of the price, lack of offensive odor, and great color that it gives!  Have you tried this product?  If so, please comment and tell me about your experience with it.  Thanks so much for reading :)

Review: Playtex Sport Fresh Balance Tampons w/Odor Shield

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Product compliments of Influenster

Periods. If you’re a woman who has gone through puberty and hasn’t hit menopause you deal with this problem monthly. We all get them and nobody wants to talk about them or products associated with periods. During that time of the month you might be tired, irritable, and have a bad case of the munchies, so the last thing you need/want to worry about is your tampon doing it’s job or any funk happening south of the border due to Aunty Flo coming to visit! I think it’s important to know which products work well so you don’t have to worry about anything. This product was sent to me compliments of Influenster, but if you’ve read my reviews before you know I’m honest whether the product was complimentary or not!

Let’s get right down to business…period (ha). These retail for about $4.00 (for an 18 count box), so the price is right in there with other name bran competitors. The Playtex Fresh Balance Sport tampons work well and feel as comfortable as this type of a product can. The applicator is easy to use and isn’t uncomfortable and the “odor shield” doesn’t have a nasty scented tampon thing going on–in fact, I didn’t really notice a scent.

Bottom line…if you’re looking for something to keep any unwanted odors at bay and a product that is comfortable and easy to use this one is for you!

Thanks for reading and pleas leave a comment if you’d like–I always love interacting with people who read my blog :)