Saturday, July 19, 2014

Beauty Box 5 - "Trying It Out" July Edition


Hello Everyone! So, I have been putting off reviewing this because I have had other products coming in. However, I decided to give Beauty Box 5 another month because I only had to pay shipping. I actually liked this box a lot more than last month, and now I am on the fence about rather I want to subscribe for next month.

Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription box that includes 5 products each month (hence the name) for a $12 charge. I think it is a wonderful box for people beginning to get into beauty products or wanting to get into the beauty box subscription world.

If you decide you like what I received in my box and wish to sign up for beauty box 5 you can do so HERE.



"Plagued with dry, damaged hair? No more! Restore your mane to all its shining glory with this thick, nourishing cream that delivers results that last for two weeks!" There are some things I like and some things not so much. The things I don't like has to do with the packaging. I thought it was just Beauty Box 5's choice to use the packet, but when you buy the product it comes like this as well. Yet on the directions it says you only need half of it. I'm not one for saving foil packets, simply because it gets messy or dried out. So, its either use it all or not at all. As far as the product itself, I love it! I think Argan Oil is very good for the hair and a staple in my hair care routine. PRICE: $2.49



"Thanks to its lacquered formula, this mascara not only delivers volume and definition, but actually lifts lashes - no curler necessary. Oh, and did we mention that it doesn't smudge or flake? A total steal." This is being raved about by all the bloggers right now, and I have to agree that I like it. It does everything it says it does as long as you put two or three coats on. 
PRICE: $7.99



"Put your best face forward! Made with sea salt and energizing marine botanicals, this oil-free cleanser gently exfoliates while protecting your pretty cheeks from free radicals and environmental damage." Cleans well and doesn't strip the skin of all its natural goodness. It doesn't foam but rather a gel, so it just depends on what kind of face washes you prefer, rather you will like it or not. Even though I prefer foams, I do like the way it feels on my face. PRICE: $18 (for 4fl oz.)


Body Drench Candy Licious Lips

"Give your lips a treat! Infused with beeswax, coconut oil, and vitamin E, these candy-flavored lip balms taste like the real thing (without the guilt or sugar rush) and are utterly irresistible to men and small children, so apply with caution!" I could only find this one place online and they sold it as a 3-pack for $21, so I am hoping I can locate the other flavors (specifically cotton candy) at Sally Beauty Supply. I love the way it taste and feels on my lips. PRICE $3.99



"Protect those pretty peepers! With the help of nanomedicine, vitamin B12, and folic acid, this revolutionary serum targets the biggest skin concerns in each ago group to combat puffy under eyes, diminish wrinkles, and regenerate skin cells." I am not sure what is up with beauty boxes and eye serum's lately, but they are always welcome, and when I find that magical one that makes these fine lines go away I will be sure to report! Who knows maybe this is the one? We shall see. What's cool about this one, is its designed for my age (barely) 18-25. 
PRICE: $70 (for a 1oz)

So, what do you think of Beauty Box 5? Do you think it would be something you would be interested in signing up for? If you subscribe, what did you receive in your box? I love to hear your question and/or comments so leave them below! And remember STAY BEAUTIFUL by STAYING YOU! :-D

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Exfolimate - Face and Body Exfoliation


Good Afternoon! I hope all of you are having a wonderful evening. Before I get started I want to reiterate that these reviews are 100% my opinion and my opinion only. You may not always agree with my reviews, but your always more than welcome to leave your comment in the box at the end of this review and tell me your opinion as well (or leave; I hope that you don't though!). I am not and will never be a blogger to hide or delete your comments, and as long as you are respectful, I promise to be the same!  

Today, I want to talk to you about a product I received called Exfolimate (as seen in the picture above). When I was first asked to review this new tool, I quickly jumped at the chance. Exfoliating is a great way to keep the skin looking beautifully smooth and fresh. If there was an easier way to find it then what I was doing now then count me in!

About The Product

(above is the Exfolimate product for the body)

"Exfolimate is a new and innovative way to physically remove the dirt, oils and debris lingering on the outermost layer of your skin. With a gentle steel exfoliating edge and cell catching micro-grooves, Exfolimate glides along the contours of your skin to unveil the smoother, younger layers of skin hiding beneath.

The Exfolimate comes as a two-piece tool set and is an all-natural way to exfoliate your body and face. With only water and no other chemicals, Exfolimate is your best mate for spa standard exfoliation right in the comfort of your shower or bath.

And no need to worry about hygiene – unlike germ-ridden loofahs and pumice stones, Exfolimate will not harbor any bacteria or chemicals, and it is super easy to clean. Simply run the skin smoothing edge under warm running water and your tool is ready to go for your next Exfolimate experience.
Every Exfolimate tool comes with a handy hanging cord, so after you’ve finished rinsing your tool of any dirt, oils or debris, simply hang the tool in your shower or bath to dry."

It's an Australian product and has made its way to the U.S. for $29.99. You can locate the product at many different stores including drugstores like Walgreens (where I saw it at the other day). To see a full list of retailers you can go to their site: HERE.

Review

To me the tool reminds me of a razor without the sharp blade; with Exfolimate the edge is blunt. It's main purpose is to take away dead skin cells. There is absolutely no way to cut yourself and the tool is completely safe. 

The first time I tried it, I used it on my face and not my body. I thought to myself, I must be doing something wrong. The directions said to hold it at a 90 degree angle as well as to use it on dampened skin. So, then I ran the bath water as hot as I could stand it and tried to open my pores like the directions said. I then proceeded to use it on my face and now my legs to see if it would work differently. Yet, nothing I did no matter what the angle, or pressure, it didn't give me a great exfoliation. 

Before making my final decision, I even got my husband to try it out in the shower without telling him anything about how I felt accept the directions. Yet, no luck for him either. I also tried the product again on my face with body oil to soften the skin.

Above the face tool with the attachment to hang it up or to put on your wrist

Perhaps with more time of using it I will feel differently. I really wanted to like this product!! I wanted to jump aboard with all the other people who have had success with this product. It's defiantly a product you have to have the time for. I'm always hurrying in and out of the shower, and just simply don't have the time. It just wasn't for me, I'd rather keep to what I know works and use my facial/body scrubs. 

Overall Product Score: 2.9*


So, I NEED and WANT to know. Have you ever tried this product before? How did you use it and did it work for you? Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below, your feedback is welcome with open arms. Until next time, remember ALWAYS stay BEAUTIFUL by staying YOU! XOXO.



*overall rating is based on a 5 point scale based off of product, pricing, texture, application, and longevity.

Free product disclosure

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ipsy - July 2014

Good Afternoon! I hope everyone is having a joyriffic (yes I created this...lol) Monday! Once again, its that time of the month again and Ipsy is here. I think I received a pretty good bag this month and would love to share. This month's theme is Sensationally Sunkissed.

 If you don't know what Ipsy is its a beauty subscription bag designed just for you (by taking the beauty quiz) for $10 a month. The $10 also includes shipping. Beauty Guru Michelle Phan curates the bags, and you generally receive 5 items. 

If you wish to sign up you can sign up through my personal referral link here: Ipsy Sign Up




This month's bag was a waterproof hot-pink shade. I didn't like this bag until I saw it in person, and now I love it.


BareMinerals 

"Meet the next generation in eyeshadow: creamy, long-wearing color meets exceptional skincare benefits and broad spectrum SPF protection. Chock-full of skin-loving ingredients, this breakthrough product delivers 5 benefits in one luxurious formula: 12-hour long-wearing color, super-charged primer, powerful brightening benefits, smoothes fine lines, and protects with SPF." There was barely nude and this one, which is the color divine wine. I'm not crazy about the color, and even though its a small sample; I love the formula. A little goes a long way. It goes on smoothly and lasts a really long time; gotta love the new advances in makeup! 
FULL SIZE: $18


Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass

"The gentle and lightweight formula feels like it's barely there, unlike heavy lipsticks and rouges. The soft tipped applicator makes it ridiculously easy to swipe onto lips and the apples of the cheeks, creating a natural yet unforgettably sexy glow." This is the first time I have ever gotten a cheek/lip stain from Ipsy, and I am glad I got chosen for this one. I thought the red would be too dark, but its lighter than it looks. The formula is actually really easy to blend. I haven't found a product yet from Elizabeth Mott that I wasn't impressed with. 
FULL SIZE: $22.99 (this is a full size!)



"Recently featured in Vogue as Editor’s Favorite Summer Sun Product,this anti-aging moisturizer has SPF 30 built-in, so you’ll get extra protection for incidental sun exposure. You’ll love the lightweight, yet nourishing, texture. Plus, it doesn’t leave skin with a white tint, so you can use with or without makeup. This moisturizer dries down to a healthy glow, and is perfect for sensitive skin." I've tried the Pur~lisse hydra-balance before and this is a lot like it accept this you wear during the day, and it has SPF. It can be a little pricey if your on a budget like me, but its an amazing product and works to keep the skin moisturized. 
FULL SIZE: $55



"The Models Own SPLASH collection dives straight into summer. Revitalize your entire polish collection; wear alone for a wash effect, or over your favorite color polish for a glistening top coat. Inspired by the sea and distant shores, this pretty collection will have you dreaming of summer haze and tropical sun." I've never heard of Models Own until now. I must admit I have over 100 polishes, but have nothing like this color. Its very unique and I can't wait to discover the different ways I can use it. 
FULL SIZE: $8.54 (this is a full size!!)


Marrakesh Hair Care Marrakesh Endz

"Our powerful blend of nutrient-rich Argan Oil, from Morocco, ultra fortifying Hemp Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, and Panthenol seals and repairs split ends, while preventing future damage. Ends will naturally look and feel thicker with long lasting frizz and static control that is safe for color treated hair!" I think every woman no matter what type of hair you have can agree this is a product that is useful. I used it for the first time tonight, and so far from what I can tell it works quite well. I also like the scent and texture is easy to blend. 
FULL SIZE: $5.99 (this is a full size product!!)


So, what did you think of this month's "Sensationally Sunkissed" Ipsy bag for July? Do you subscribe to Ipsy, and if not what's been keeping you from doing so? I would love to hear what you got in your bag this month, along with your questions and comments. Feel free to leave them below!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Adovia - Exfoliating Dead Sea Facial Salts



Hello my BEAUTIFUL readers! I hope all of you are doing well, and having a great week. I know if you follow my blog, you are prolly thinking to yourself, "Haven't I heard of this company before?" Yes, you are right! I recently wrote about Adovia before, and I was so impressed with their first product that I wanted to work with them again. Today, I want to talk about a product I have never tried before at least on my face that is. It's called Exfoliating Dead Sea Facial Salts.


Picture Above: From Adovia's Site - The Sea Salts that make this product


About The Company

"The first skin care line to combine Minerals with Herbal extracts to create a nutritious cocktail for your skin that keeps it healthy and beautiful from the inside out."
"Adovia is a unique skin care line, combining natural ingredients with modern science to formulate an effective blend of minerals and the finest herbal ingredients nature has to offer. The vital nutrients, anti-oxidants and minerals present in Adovia products are responsibly gathered at the place closest to the soul of Mother Earth - The Dead Sea."
What I also like about this company is that they use only the highest quality ingredients, and minerals from the Dead Sea as well as herbs and oils from all over the world. I was really impressed with all of the great reviews they have received on their products.

The Product & Thoughts


I have never in my life used or put any kind of "salts" on my face, and was a little hesitant when I first saw this product. Nevertheless, I went out of my comfort-zone and dug right in. The texture as well as the feel of it feels just like salt (as it should right?). This was my catch 22 as you would call it. This was the one thing I disliked, but the one thing I liked at the same time. I wasn't too fond of how it felt, but I continued on and before I knew it; my dead skin was being scrubbed away. I was really impressed after I cleaned my face off at how smooth my face felt. I have a really bad problem with my skin peeling. I wish I had one of those "high tech" camera's to show you because its very difficult to pick up on a regular camera (but trust me its there). It gets really bad at times and makes me self-conscious, but with this product it takes care of that. Another thing I enjoyed about the product is that you receive a lot of it! It was filled to the rim, which is a rare thing now-a-days when you buy beauty products. My only suggestion with this product is that (if you can) do this in the shower, because if not and your not careful you may get salt everywhere. Yes, the salt sticks well but its still easy for things to get messy. I will be using this product once or twice a week combined with a moisturizer (Im using pur-lisse; any will do)  for the perfectly smooth and healthy skin thanks to this wonderful product. If your looking to buy the product you can buy it on Amazon with free shipping for $19 which is a great price considering how much you receive, (2 months to be exact maybe even more if you don't use it that much) and you can purchase it here: Adovia Facial Sea Salts.


Overall Product Score: 4.4*


There are products for everyone in this skin care line, if you haven't tried any of Adovia Mineral Skin Care Products you should give it a try! If you have tried their products before, let me know below what products you have tried. I love hearing your questions/comments so feel free to chat away! Until next time, remember to STAY BEAUTIFUL by always STAYING YOU. :)



*overall rating is based on a 5 point scale based off of product, pricing, texture, application, and longevity.


Free product disclosure

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Younique - Lucrative Lip Gloss

Hola! I hope everyone is having a great hump back Wednesday. I am patiently waiting for a bunch of products to come in for me to review, in fact I'm pretty sure (knowing my luck) that once I finish this review that's when they will come in. So, be looking out for those including a couple of more giveaways! 

I recently received two lip glosses that I won from a giveaway, and have fallen in love with them. There are ten total in the collection as seen below.


There is Lavish, Lethal, Ladylike, Livid, Loveable, Lovesick, Loyal, Lucky, Luxe, & Luscious. 


Here are the lip-glosses I received: 


 Lavish - its a pretty fuchsia pink color that is full of shimmer and glitter. It was my favorite of the two. The formula was non-sticky and glided on nice and even with great color payoff. If you don't like a lot of glitter then this isn't the gloss for you. No worries! This is the only one in the collection with that type of sparkle, and their is a gloss for everyone.


Here is a side shot of the gloss. An added bonus is that each one has a mirror, a very useful and handy little feature. 


Here is what the actual lip applicator looks like, its got a nice long flat dip, so that it glides smoothly onto the lips.

  


Lovesick - I would call this gloss shade a neon coral color. It looks like it would be really bright on, but its actually rather sheer and very in for the summer months. Just like the other gloss it has a high shine, nice feel, and makes your lips look juicy and bright. I do however wish it was a little darker and more vibrant on my lips.

Now, if you wish to buy any of these lip-glosses or other Younique products you can go to their website which is located here (this will take you straight to the glosses): Shop Younique


Overall Product Score: 3.7*

*overall rating is based on a 5 point scale based off of product, pricing, texture, application, and longevity.


What do you think of Younique's products? Have you ever tried any of them before, if so what's your favorite? I love hearing your feedback as well as your questions, so feel free to leave them below! Until my next review always remember, to STAY BEAUTIFUL by STAYING YOU! XOXO

Friday, July 4, 2014

Mia Mariu - Perfecting Finish Trio + GIVEAWAY


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is ready for the weekend, and if not I am going to try and help at least get you excited for the weekend. This will be Allure By Amy's first official giveaway brought to you by Mia Mariu, but before we get to that lets talk about the products and learn a little more about everything.

About The Company:

"The Mia Mariu philosophy makes the connection between beauty and health inside and out. Mía Mariu’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out.  Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides.  The result? healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, at an exceptional value.  Mía offers natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetics and brushes, fine fragrances and nutritional supplements to Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty!"

If you wish to check out any of their other products you can do so by going to their official website located here: Shop Mia Mariu or go straight to their catalog here: Mia Mariu Catalog.


The Products:




Perfecting Finish Mineral Primer - "Creates a smooth facial canvas allowing the foundation to glide on seamlessly, leaving a fresh natural look that lasts all day.  Our Mineral Primer is power packed with antioxidants and vitamins to give your skin a healthy glow.  Your skin will love you for it!  Oil free." Price: $20



Perfecting Finish Mineral Cream Concealer - "An oil-free, vitamin packed, high intensity formula that effectively covers imperfections like dark spots, discoloration and blemishes for a perfect and even tone.  The Mineral Cream Concealer is perfectly balanced to match your skin tone without leaving ash tones or a chalky look." Price: $16


Perfecting Finish Mineral Foundations - "Comes in three formulas:  Liquid, Cream and Loose Powder.  They deliver oil-free, luminous all day coverage while providing the benefits of natural minerals and vitamins.  Each Mineral Foundation reduces the appearance of pores to obtain a perfectly matched radiant tone.  Enjoy a flawless all day refined finish!" Price: $25


My Thoughts:

I truly enjoyed the way this felt on my face. Each one of them was easy to apply as well. My favorite thing about the primer was how smooth it felt on my face. I love that it creates a thin layer between the makeup and my face. Not to mention it has healthy benefits such as Lycii Fruit, Aloe, Milk Thistle Extract, White Tea, and Vitamin A & E. I like knowing what I put on my face is not only looks good but is good for you. I have a hard time matching a lot of makeup out there to the exact color of my skin, but the concealer and foundation matched perfectly. With so many colors to choose from, I have found it easy to find a match for every skin tone. The concealer did a great job of hiding the fine lines around my eyes, and was quite impressed. The foundation was the best part out of all of it though, not only was it light feeling just like the other products but it highlighted my skin in a good way and made me look naturally younger. Check out the before & after photo's below; the proof is in the pudding!: 

 
                           Before                                              After
           (nothing but eyeliner on)                   (nothing but the makeup provided and lip gloss)


Overall Product Score: 4.6*

So, what do you think about Mia Mariu's product's? Do you have a favorite product by them? I love hearing your questions/comments so feel free to leave the below, and don't forget to enter the giveaway below so you can win your very own set! And remember to ALWAYS stay beautiful by staying YOU. ;)


Free product disclosure


*overall rating is based on a 5 point scale based off of product, pricing, texture, application, and longevity.

Giveaway

Want to win a trio of your own?

 Follow the directions and enter below (contest ends 7/18/14): Please Note: Company (Mia Mariu) will be responsible for giveaway items, I am only required to give the name of the winner not provide the giveaway items. You will receive the 3 items exactly as seen above in your choice of color. Rafflecopter will randomly generate a winner. Facebook or Twitter is in no way shape or form associated with this giveaway. Please Limit to United States & Canada only, any other entries will not be accepted.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Glossybox - June 2014

Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is having a terrific Thursday, and if not look up my dear it WILL get better. ;) Today, I want to talk to you about Glossybox, and yes I know its July 3rd. Once again Glossybox is late, but I won't hold it against them because as always they have pretty amazing boxes.

If you don't know what Glossybox is, it is a monthly subscription in which you pay $21 a month (sometimes cheaper so check for discount codes first!), and you get a selection of usually 5 beauty products to your door each month. What I love about Glossybox is the value is always higher than the price of the box, and you truly get your money's worth. If you wish to subscribe you can do so by going to my link HERE to subscribe. 

This box was the Stars & Stripes Edition (as seen below):



Also, included as a bonus was a giftcard from C. Wonder valued from $5-$500! Of course you know I received $5, but still pretty cool...

 

Now onto the juice & crackers of the box...


StrangeBeautiful Library of Color Colorbloc - "Exclusively designed for Glossybox, this patriotically inspired StrangeBeautiful Colorbloc pairing enables you to color your nails on the go effortlessly - outstanding for travel, airline-friendly, and splendid to hold. It is comprised of two saturated colors and housed in a compact design." I love that they included red and blue nail polish in the box. Now, I just need to pick up white and have my manicurist do a fancy July 4th manicure. Full Size: $18 (I believe this is full size)


Rusk Texture Dry Finishing Spray - "This talc-free dry styling spray adds texture, shape and grip for an instant boost on hot summer nights, while maintaining hairs natural movement. Best of all? No white flakes or chalky residue." Hair Sprays have never really been my thing, but the Rusk products I have used have been really great. I will pass this on to a friend, that I know will get good use out of it. Full Size: $18


Camille Beckman Platinume Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy - "Promising your hands a dose of hydration, restoration and softening, this dye-free gluten-free citrus scented cream includes botanicals like sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil and the brand's signature herbal complex." I have been using this hand cream for the last couple of days, and I defiantly notice a difference of the softness of my hands. I usually don't like citrus smells, but this one is not overpowering and just right." Full Size (this one is!): $10


Ayres Patagonia Body Butter - "Tackle skin's dry patches with an all-natural body formula enriched with herbal extracts and vitamins. This fragrant fusion of jasmine, rosemary, lavender, bergamot and fir essential oils harkens to Patagonia's contrasting landscapes." I love the creamyness of this body butter. It has a very light scent to me mainly of lavender, which I like. I have dry patches on my elbows and this product has helped a lot for it. Full Price: $28 for a 6.75oz


Sumita Beauty Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil - "The perfect finishing touch for day or night, this universally-flattering golden shade offers a hint of shimmer to accent any eye color. Use as a highlight or apply to your entire eyelid with fear, as the silky pencil won't smudge or smear." I'm not a huge fan of nude colors, but I must say this "Champagne" color is really pretty. I haven't found a product from Sumita I haven't liked yet. I have a SIL that will get much better use out of it though. so it will go to her. Full size (this one is!): $18

So how did you enjoy Glossybox this month, and what was your favorite product in the box? And if you don't subscribe, what is keeping you from doing so? I love hearing your comments and feedback so please feel free to leave them in the comment box below! :-D

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