Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gillette Fusion Proglide Razor for a Smooth Summer

This shop has been compenstated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SmoothSummer #CollectiveBias

Okay, so it's already mid-August and the days left of summer are getting shorter. This has been such a wonderful summer for me with lots of trips to see family and my niece and nephew, swimming, enjoying the sunshine and taking day trips with my boyfriend. I've also enjoyed some special romantic nights out with my man. When we've got something special planned or an event to go to, like a formal military dinner we've got coming up, it's nice to see my man with a clean shave and dressed up for the occasion. It can take us hours to get ready with doing our hair and makeup and choosing the perfect dress, accessories and shoes, but its much simpler for most men. However, that doesn't mean that I don't pay attention to my man's appearance and appreciate it when he puts in some extra effort.

One way he can show me that is by having a smooth clean shaven face. There is just something about a man dressed up with a smooth face that makes for a #SmoothSummer. I don't mind my boyfriend being scruffy from time to time, but it does make me feel good when he puts in the extra effort for a special night out. This made me think more about what I want in a relationship and what I expect from my partner. I was trying to think of some of the things that were most important to me that my boyfriend does. 

What Women Want: (or what this woman does!)
1. A man who listens
2. A man who is thoughtful 
3. A man who plans special occasions
4. A man who tells her he loves her 
5. A man with a clean shave to snuggle up to

I picked the black razor for him as I thought he would prefer that one, but it also comes in silver. I was intrigued by the innovative design and it had caught his eye as well. I also purchased the shave gel for him and got the soothing kind as I have noticed he does get some irritation from shaving, especially after shaving his head. My boyfriend was really impressed with the razor and the gel. It was easy for him to get a smooth shave, especially in the harder to shave areas. He had no irritation after and was happy as could be with his smooth look. 

 The Fusion ProGlide razor with new FlexBall Technology responds to contours. Our best blades are now 2X preferred when used with FlexBall Technology (overall preference vs. former ProGlide, among ProGlide users). FlexBall Technology makes maximum contact.* Thinner, finer blades** for less tug and pull.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tarte CC Colored Clay {Review}

Press samples
Tarte cosmetics has recently come out with some new colored clay products and I couldn't be more excited! I knew I already loved the colored clay cc primer which I use daily and so I was excited to get to test out some more colored clay products! Tarte uses colored clay found deep in Brazil and sustainably harvests it to use it in their products. Colored clay has different benefits depending on the color, but you can expect anti-aging, hydration, oil control and anti-inflamatory properties. So far, I am definitely not disappointed with the colored clay line and highly recommend you check some of these products out. Keep reading below for product descriptions and my thoughts! 

Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector, $24
A multitasking, full coverage CC that supports the coverage of undereye discolorations & dark circles.

About: Create a flawless complexion with this revolutionary skin corrector. Naturally-derived light-diffusing particles work to revitalize and brighten the delicate skin under the eyes, while color-correcting colored clay helps to offset the look of dark circles and discoloration. This nutrient-rich formula hydrates, conditions, and smoothes skin—for an instantly bright-eyed, younger-looking complexion in universal shades. Available in light medium and medium tan shades. 

My thoughts: I've definitely used a lot of concealers and under eye concealers/correctors in my time and yet this product really did impress me. My shade is light medium and I thought it would be a little too dark for my very fair skin. However, when I apply it to my skin it blends in evenly and flawlessly. Tarte cosmetics has that special and unique factor of making you feel like this product was made specifically with you in mind. I not only use this in the undereye area for a quick pick me up, but I also use it as a general concealer. I immediately notice a difference in discoloration being minimized. This provides medium lightweight coverage which also works really well on blemishes.

Colored Clay CC Eye Primer Stick 
A 12-hour wear, universal eye primer infused with lid-nourishing and color-correcting colored clay.

About: Tarte’s innovative, waterproof CC eye primer stick works on all skin types to color-correct the skin around eyes. Infused with color-correcting and skin-nourishing colored clay, this smoothing eye primer absorbs excess oil on the lids, offering a neutral base for the perfect eye shadow application. The lightweight formula addresses appearance of redness and discoloration, balancing the skin and instantly brightening the delicate eyelid area. This easy-glide, neutral pencil tip preps lids prior to makeup application for better wear and truer shadow payoff that can last for up to 12 hours. Vegan. 

My thoughts: This was really easy to use because of the stick form. The product was easily applied to my lids and was easy to blend. This worked well on it's own just to even out my lids and minimize any imperfections if you wanted to just wear this alone. I used this as a primer for the rainforest after dark palette which I will be reviewing in full shortly. I did notice some fading and very minor creasing by the very end of the day, but for the most part, I thought this held up really well as a primer. 

Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel, $21
A tinted brow gel with colored clay that enhances, defines, and shapes brows.

About: Let arches stand out with Tarte’s tinted brow gel, designed to deliver the perfect amount of pigment and hold for a professionally-groomed brow look that lasts. The wand applicator features tiny, hair-like bristles to create precise, filled-in brows. Infused with colored clay and an exclusive peptide blend, the waterproof gel formula naturally conditions and smooths the brows, reducing surface oil to lock in pigment for up to 12 hours. Vegan. Available in taupe, medium brown and rich brown shades.

My thoughts: I think I've used this every single day since I got this. I love the easy to use wand with the small brush on the end. The color I thought may be a little too light for me (medium brown), but when applied, it does seem to blend in pretty naturally. I've been doing some really simple makeup routines in the morning before work, but I've noticed that filling in my brows with this gel immediately makes me look more awake and put together. Absolutely in love with this and I can see this being a repurchase for me for sure as it has knocked my last favorite brow product down a peg. 

Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer, $34
A revolutionary complexion corrector. 

About: Buff your way to complexion perfection with this revolutionary correcting stick. Infused with Tarte's new color-correcting Amazonian colored clay, this powerful, skinvigorating™ primer blends easily to help brighten skin, even skintone, blur imperfections, and neutralize redness and discoloration. Use this multitasking corrector before foundation as a color-correcting primer or alone as light coverage for an allover flawless look. Its antioxidant-rich formula delivers the perfect balance of color correction and coverage with a soft, matte finish. 

My thoughts: I use this primer literally every single day. It's become a must have and a repurchase for me. I think this is a fantastic product for women who don't like to wear a ton of makeup on their face and who just need some light coverage. I mainly use this as my foundation and I use a light colored powder over. I have some redness to my skin and I also am always striving to have my skin look brighter. The green clay in this counteracts the redness in my skin and the purple helps brighten. You can use this as just a primer and add foundation over as well. My powder which is from DHC Skincare applies evenly and is long lasting when applied over this product. I definitely recommend this for summer as well when you're looking for lightweight natural looking coverage. Definitely a must have piece in my daily routine! 

What are your thoughts about these Tarte Colored Clay products? Have you tried any, if so, what'd you think? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

How To: Get the Perfect Blowout

Summer can be a tricky time for hair, especially for us curly headed gals and those prone to frizz. Which is exactly why I tend to straighten my hair more often in the summer. It's just so much more manageable and when done correctly and with the right products I can have a blowout that lasts 2-3 days. For a 3rd day blowout, I definitely recommend using some dry shampoo as well! Keep reading for some of my current favorite products and tools to get that perfect summer blowout!

KMS Freeshape® 2-in-1 styling + finishing spray
Perfect for styling 2nd day hair.

  1. Keeps it dry - Dries instantly to not dampen your existing style.
  2. Keeps it protected - Thermal protection so you can refresh your style with hot tools.
  3. Keeps it light - Finish with a light, flexible hold for no product build-up.
I'm a huge fan of styling 2nd day hair to still look great and I'm a huge fan of products that make doing my hair quick and simple. That's why I'm loving KMS Freeshape styling & finishing spray. My hair is naturally curly and pretty unruly in summertime and this has really been helping me to be able to style my hair so I don't look like a crazy person. It definitely has a light weight non greasy application and I love that it has heat protection built right in so I don't have to add another product. 

KMS Quick Blow Dry
Faster blow dry and light conditioning.
Speeds up drying time up to 50%. Reduces friction while conditioning lightly. Provides heat protection.
Use by spraying onto towel-dried hair as a last step before blow drying. Style as usual.

I've tried a lot of products that claim to speed up drying time, but I feel like it was pretty noticeable with this product. I usually part my hair and do it in sections and I definitely noticed that my hair was drying quicker with the blow dryer than it was before. This especially comes in handy when I'm using a large round brush to style my hair. It cuts down on having to run the brush through a 3rd or 4th time since my hair is already dry and styled much quicker. This is also lightweight and non-greasy.

Perfect Blowout Tools & Products

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron ($54.00)
Fight that warm weather humidity and achieve pin-straight hair has never looked sleeker or felt softer. The revamped, premium flat iron now features generously sized 1 1/2” inch plates that allow for quick, easy straightening and are developed with unique ceramic titanium coating, which offers anti-bacterial benefits to keep hair healthy, shiny, and free of frizz.

This has been my go-to flat iron lately. Having naturally curly hair, I've gone through a lot of flat irons. I find when using this flat iron that my hair really is straightened pretty easily. I have a medium curl that can be pretty pesky, but this tool does the job. I also love the sleek look & design. 

Philip B Anti-Frizz Formula 57
Smoothing shine drops tame frizz and flyaways, for a beautifully satiny, long-lasting blowout.
Glossing botanicals (Pure Vitamin E, Lavender, Jojoba, Rice Bran and Soybean Oils) enhance highlights and radiance. Smooths and strengthens; protects hair from heat styling
Locks out humidity for a frizz-free finish that lasts for days.

After I've applied the above products and used the flat iron, I like to top off the look with some of this anti-frizz serum.  Having naturally curly hair, my hair, even when straight is prone to frizz. I pump a couple pumps of this into my hands, rub between my hands and apply lightly to my hair. I definitely notice an improvement in shine and frizz reduction. I also love that this is color safe and paraben and phthalate free.

Contains Press Samples 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Smashbox Be Legendary in Vivid Violet

Smashbox Cosmetics is one of my favorite brands and purple is one of my favorite colors! I'm thrilled to review Smashbox's Be Legenday Lipstick in Vivid Violet. This is a bold purple lipstick that pack a lot of punch. This is a lipstick that applies smoothly and is long lasting. I didn't have any issues with application. If you love purples, but the color is just a little too bold for you, simply top it with a neutral gloss.
Press Sample 
Product Description:
Just one swipe and you'll see this is the stuff beauty legends are made of. From modern mattes to hydrating creams, our ultra-luxe formula glides on for show-stopping, saturated color every time. Retails for $20, 17 shade selections available in matte and cream with Vitamins C & E to help nourish and protect your lips. More information here:

What do you think of the Vivid Violet shade? 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beauty Grew All Around with Regency Beauty

Thank you to Regency Beauty Institute for sponsoring today’s story.

What is beauty, who gets to define it and what is or isn't beautiful is all relative. However, I think most women will agree that they love to feel beautiful and that it's a pretty great feeling to have someone think you're beautiful. Probably one of the times I feel the most beautiful and have that little extra pep in my step is right after I get my hair done at the salon! There is nothing like stepping out of the salon with your hair perfectly done, bouncing away in the breeze, shiny as ever! I absolutely love my stylist and the way he makes me feel after another great style. To celebrate all the great stylist out there, to insipre those to be and to celebrate beauty, Regency Beauty and Refinery29 are making sure that beauty is growing all around! 

Regency Beauty and Refinery29 are also running a great contest called the #ShareBeautyContestThe contest runs from July 8th through August 13th. One lucky winner will be chosen following the end of the contest. Each person who enters will have the opportunity to win a customized VIP beauty treatment worth $2,000 from Regency and Refinery29.

Entering the contest is easy!
Try one trend (or all of them). Trends will be posted each week at the regency landing page.
• Try one trend (Or all of them!)
• Take a photo
• Share it on Instagram (Your account must be public.)
• Hashtag each photo with #ShareBeautyContest

About Regency Beauty Institute:
Regency Beauty Institute is one of the leading cosmetology schools in the nation. They have 88 campuses across the country and have been able to grow over the years by taking an innovative approach to learning and helping students to turn their creativity into beautiful careers.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Meet Your Match at Sephora

Okay, so this is seriously one of my favorite little sets to come along in awhile. All of the products inside it are winners and it contains great sample sizes of great brands and products. I've never tried Nails Inc, Formula X or Deborah Lippman and so I was excited for those. The brands I have tried are tried and true brands to me like Tarte, OCC and Bite Beauty. The color selection in this kit is also spot on, including the perfect array of more neutral and subtle colors mixed with some great color pops. At only $25, this set is all around a win and is the perfect gift for any makeup lover!

What it is:
A lip and nail set that features the most covetable lip pigments and nail hues.

What it does:
This set includes six deluxe glosses, tints, and lacquers for lips and nails in the season’s most popular shades.
Bite Beauty gloss in Strangefruit 

This set contains:
- 0.27 oz Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquer in Girls Just Want to Have Fun
- 0.06 oz Lipsurgence™ Lip Tint in Elite
- 0.17 oz Formula X Nail Color in Invincible
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tar
- 0.13 oz Nails Inc. Devonshire Row Nail Polish
- 0.05 oz Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss in Strangefruit

(my set contained an OCC lip tar instead of the Hourglass gloss as shown on Sephora's website)

What are your thoughts on this set? It's got a great color selection for summer and I highly recommend you pick it up!! I don't think there was one product I didn't love and that's hard to say for most sets!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fourth of July with Laura Mercier

I love short work weeks and the Fourth of July holiday is one of my favorites! Besides pool time, parades and fireworks, you also have to consider your best red, white and blue outfits and makeup! Here are some top picks from Laura Mercier to get you in the patriotic spirit!

You can find these products & more information here:


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