InTruBeauty: August 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have Box for August 2014

    POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.
POPSUGAR Must Have Box is a monthly subscription box that costs $39.95 per month. They also come out with certain special edition boxes. The fall style box right now has already sold out. The boxes include hand-selected items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food and are full-size and premium items. Shipping is included. Sign up at

Paddywax Oceain Tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle
It's all about the ambiance-that's why we're obsessed with this hand-poured candle. With fragrance notes of sea salt and the ocean tide, this soy-wax candle brings the beach to you. Retails $10. 

This is an adorable candle in a blue glass container with a light clean scent. If you're not much of a candle person, this would also make a great gift for someone else. I can be sensitive to some scents but this seems like a light enough scent to me that it won't irritate my senses. I just love the design as well, plus the color matches my current decor...perfect!

Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip 
To celebrate POPSUGAR Must Have's second birthday, Bite Beauty created this new shade just for the occasion. With noursing strawberry, coconut and avocado oils, this gloss is a super fruit smoothie for your lips. This full size gloss retails for $22. Bite Beauty is one of my absolute favorite brand and I already own a bunch of their glosses. I was super excited to see this full size product in this month's box. The color really is a color that would be flattering on many women, so I'm glad they included a more sheer pink that most can enjoy. 

Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat's Eye
Add some extra shimmer to your outfit with this pendant necklace perfect for everyday wear. The black oval stone and delicate chain make this piece an instant classic. Retails for $50. Personally, I'm much more of a silver person than a gold person, but because of the delicate and sophisticated style of this necklace, it's definitely something I'll be able to get good use out of. I use to be drawn more to statement neckalces, but in the last year or so, I've really been wearing small simple necklaces. I'm glad to have another great versatile pick to my collection of simple necklaces. (Some boxes contained a pair of earrings instead of a necklace). 

Goodbyn Purple Meal and Dipper Set
Keeping track of meal portions in a portable way has never been easier thanks to Goodbyn's container set. Dishwasher safte and versatile, this set is ideal for packing food on the go. This was a nice addition, especially with back to school right around the corner. I'll be using these to help me get organized and pack lunches for work. I've really been making an effort to eat out less often and so this will definitely help out with meal planning on the go. Retails $8. 

Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel 
At last a shower gel that leaves you feeling clean and smelling simply amazing. Infused with shea butter and jojoba oil, this shower gel will keep your skin refreshed and smelling divine. This was packaged in a seperate plastic bag which was much appreciated as the cap did come a little loose and there was some product that had come out. I just had to rinse off the shower gel and everything was fine, but I did notice the scent was a little to perfumed for me. With such an adorable package design, this will make a great gift for me to give to a friend or family member. I'm pretty pleased that with all of the products in this box there is only one that I wasn't over the moon about. Retails $22.

thinkThin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar
If you need a quick energy boost, look no further than these high-protein bars! Packed with 20 grams of protein and 0 grams of sugar, they're a delicious and healthy way to fuel your day. I've seen these bars at stores before and I've been curious about them, but I hadn't tried them until my POPSUGAR Must Have box. I was really glad that this delicious treat was in there. I'm always looking for healthy options to grab on the go that are going to keep me full when I don't have time for lunch. With 230 calories, this could serve as a meal replacement bar. I scanned this on Fooducate and it came up as a B rating in the bar category. I was also glad to see that they used non GMO soy. This does contain almonds, milk and soy for those with food allergies. This is definitely something I can see myself purchasing. It wasn't super sweet (there are 0 grams of sugar but there it does contain glycerin which can act as a sweetner), but it did curb my hunger and gave the feeling as if I just had a treat. 

The Mason Jar Cookie Company
Celebrate! Make any celebration even more festive with your mason jar cookie mix. Just add butter and an egg to this premeasured baking mix for a delicous treat. Retails $12. 

The total value of this box was nearly $130 and it retails at $39.95. Although this box is more expensive than some other monthly subscription boxes, I feel like the variety and quality of the products are worth it. This was truly a surprise which made my day. I came home to this from a stressful day at work and just absolutely loved getting a treat in the mail. I opened this and discovered one amazing item after the other. They certainly hit it out of the park for August 2014!

Want to sign up? 
Use Code AUG14SELECT to save $10 on a 3-month subscription! Ends 9/10/14

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Relax with Laura Mercier’s Verbena Infusion

This August, take some time to relax before the summer is over and the business of another school year begins. In order to fully enjoy my limited relaxation time lately, I've been using the Laura Mercier Gel Body Scrub which has a Verbena Infusion.

August 2014 Launches:
· Dry Oil Body Mist, $45
· Gel Body Scrub, $40

April 2014 Launches:
· Gel Body Moisture, $45
· Crème Body Cleanse, $30
· Eau Fraiche Eau de Toilette, $55
Inspired by the countryside of Provence, Laura captures the crisp freshness of Verbena to invigorate the senses. A sparkling bouquet of green citrus and leafy spearmint infuse beautifully with petals of fresh blossoms and a touch of white amber and cedarwood. The products leave behind arefreshing sensation that rejuvenates the body. This gel cleanser gently exfoliates while removing impurities without drying or stripping skin of its natural oils. A multi-vitamin complex soothes and nourishes skin while natural Coconut water drenches skin in moisture. Skin is left soft, smooth and rejuvenated.

My thoughts:
I definitely have a love affair with body scrubs and I love to test a lot of them out. This product stood out to me in a couple of ways and was definitely something that caught my attention. The first thing is the texture of this body scrub. It is like the name suggests and it does have a more gel like feel. This makes the texture unique and kind of fun to get your hands into, but it also allows it to just glide onto your skin when applied.

 I also noticed a difference in how this is applied and how it feels immediately after. It turns into a really nice silky texture that is unlike any other body scrub I've tried. It also allows you to cover a greater part of your body with less product which is great since this does cost $40. I think the price tag can be well worth it for the way it makes you feel and for how great your skin looks and feels afterwards. I am  more sensitive to scents, but this fragrance did not bother me one bit. It is strong enough that the scent does linger and not fade away soon after a shower, however, it is also gentle enough not to irritate the senses. I fell in love with this at first try and my boyfriend immediately noticed and comment that I smelled really great too. I thought my skin was soft to the touch and using the product just made me feel really pampered and beautiful and that is a feeling you can't quite put a price tag on! This may be a splurge item, but I don't think you'll regret your splurge at all, so go out and enjoy, pamper yourself and relax! 

Contains Press Sample

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 


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...