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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream for Oily Skin

A few weeks ago I was invited to join a BzzCampaign for Garnier's BB Cream that's geared for us oily-skinned folk.  I was stoked because it's about that time of year where I want to switch my heavier coverage foundation for a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer. I've noticed that most of the BB Creams I have tried make me very oily within a very small amount of time.  Even those creams that say they are oil free & help mattify the skin make me an oil slick.  The lighter the coverage, the more oil control & vice versa is how it usually is with products.  My skin has been acting a little funky lately so right now I'm needing more medium/full coverage & I know that BB creams don't really provide much more than light/medium.
 The first day I tried this without a primer & my fingers.  I was pleasantly surprised that it had a decent amount of coverage that hid most of my redness.  I stayed oil free for about 3 hours (not bad!) The next time I tried it with my oil free primer & a dampened BeautyBlender, coverage was pretty nice.  I decided not to top it with any powder & within 2-3 hours I was pretty oily.  Third day I used my oil-free primer & my ELF Powder Brush which is my favorite way to apply this & I topped it with my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural.  I get about 4-5 hours tops before the sides of my nose start to really grease up.  This isn't very easy to touch up because it does separate on your skin after blotting. After about 5 hours it just starts to look very messy & splotchy.

Here's a picture of my skin before (EEEEEK!!!!)
Here's my skin with just the BB Cream on, applied with my ELF Powder brush
 & here's the finished product with the Garnier BB Cream topped with MAC Mineralize Skin Finish.
 This covers fairly well, as you can see in the first picture I have a bit of discoloration on my cheeks & dark circles under my eyes. This doesn't completely diminish the dark circles but a concealer will fix that.  All in all I really enjoy this product.  I feel that it will be perfect on days when I'm just running some errands or going to the pool (yes, I wear some sort of coverage on my face when I go swimming, don't judge).  This won't be my pick if I'm going to be at work all day long since the longevity isn't that great.  The price point is awesome for the amount of product you get, $12 for 2 ounces!

Have you tried any BB Creams lately?

Until next time,

I received this product from BzzAgent in exchange for my thoughts.  These opinions are my own. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Giveaway! 3-month Conscious Box Subscription

So by now you all now I love me some Conscious Box...each of my boxes have come with AMAZING products that I'm now a loyal customer of.  They've recently launched a Vegan as well as a Gluten Free box.  If you aren't familiar with what a Conscious Box is, you can check out my reviews here and here. I'm a huge fan & support this company 100%.  I'm even more excited to give one of my fabulous readers a free 3-month subscription, which means 3 jam packed boxes full of yummy & eco friendly goodies! I KNOW you'll love it as much as I do :)

Conscious Box has recently revamped their website & they now offer a points program which can be redeemed for discounts on your favorite products.  When you've finished entering head over there & take a peek around their new site.

Enter by using the Rafflecopter Widget below.  Good luck!
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Palmolive Fresh Infusions First Look

Well hello again! Last week I was hit with the flu...hard. I was in bed for a week! I can't think of a time I've been that sick before.  Looking through my Twitter & FB timeline I kept seeing everyone else posting about them having the disgusting bug too.  It sure did get around! So while I was sick my sweet husband took care of everything around the house, including the dishes (SCORE!) Since these Palmolive Fresh Infusions had came right before the flu joined me, he got to use them & report to me :)

When buying dish soap, I usually always just grab the cheapest soap as long as it's anti-bacterial.  I hate the scent of the one we normally get, it just smells so...generic. Influenster sent me the 3 scents to try out.  
-Ginger White Tea
-Lime Basil
-Lemon Thyme
Right off the bat I knew that Ginger White Tea would be my favorite, and it is! They all smell wonderfully fresh without being artificial and overpowering.  I really like the fact that these are concentrated which means I don't have to use as much! 
My husband said these were great in getting the dishes clean.  He didn't have to scrub as hard as he normally would have to with our previous soaps. This excited me because that means less time at the sink cleaning. Yay!
I plan on giving a bottle to my mother, I'm looking forward to hearing what she thinks.
These are 16oz bottles & they can be purchased at Wal-Mart for $2.97, not bad considering the size AND they are concentrated. 

Have you tried this dish soap yet? Are you like me & pick up the cheapest one you can find?

This box was sent to me for review purposes.  My opinions are my own & I am not influenced in any way.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hard Candy Blush Crush in Bombshell (MAC MSF dupe!)

Happy Tuesday, beauties! I was strolling through Wal-Mart & decided to check out the Hard Candy section, I've looked through a few times & even purchased some items for a friend overseas but for some reason never picked up anything for myself (THE HORROR!) This product in particular stood out to me because I have a love for all MAC Mineralize Skin Finishes...even with my pro discount, MSF's aren't cheap.  I grabbed the bronziest shade I could find and happily skipped to the checkout (ok, I lied, I just walked).  

The item I picked up is Hard Candy's Blush Crush Baked Blush in Bombshell. I'm such a sucker for packaging & I must say, Hard Candy's packaging is pretty dang fabulous!  I tried to get a good picture of the front of this blush but because of the reflective silver it made it a bit difficult...the best one I could get was this:
 See, told you the packaging was pretty awesome :)

The color Bombshell that I picked up is a medium golden tan with a touch of pink swirled throughout.  I don't see this being a very versatile color for different skin tones because of how orange it could end up looking. The good news is that although it's very pigmented, it can be sheered out with a bit of blending.  It's shimmery without being over the top e.g. no chunky glitter. I'd stay away from this if you have very large pores on your cheeks or wherever else you may apply this because it will definitely accentuate them. The formula is buttery smooth & applies beautifully, just like a MAC MSF. 
These 2 swatches were taken with studio lighting, the left is very heavily swatched & the the right is blended out.
These swatches were taken with natural light outside, as above left is heavily swatched & the right is blended out.

 I got about 4-5 hours of wear before this started to fade, which isn't too bad considering how fast everything fades on me.  The Blush Crush is only $7 & is .28oz (8g) which comes to $25 an ounce whereas MAC Mineralize Skin Finish is $29 for .35oz (10g) and that's about $83 an ounce! That's a huge difference! 
There were 2 other shades available which I'm looking forward to picking up during my next shopping trip.
If you're looking for a great MAC MSF dupe, definitely check these out at Wal-Mart, you won't be disappointed. 

Until next time,

Monday, January 14, 2013

Vegan Box from Conscious Box

Helloooooo out there! It has been FAR too long since I have blogged & I hate it! I had some personal things going on & I just completely put my blog on the back burner *gives blog a hug* BUT I am back! It's a new year & I couldn't be more excited. 2012 was a great year for me but I predict 2013 being even better :)

I have some exciting vacations coming up this year so I'm scrambling to get into better shape.  I've been using MyFitnessPal as always & doing Zumba which makes me feel amazing!  This Conscious Box honestly couldn't of come at a better time.  I've had some spare time on my hands so I've been snacking a bit & this box came with some amazing things to get myself back on track!

I've previously reviewed a Conscious Box & I was blown away by how many things came in it...this box was just as amazing.  My January Conscious Box is their very first Vegan Box! I personally am not a Vegan but know quite a few people who are so I think this is such a neat idea.  I was worried that since I'm not Vegan the items wouldn't appeal to me but I was very wrong! 

January's Vegan Conscious Box 

 That card with the beautiful snowy scene is an adorable postcard!

First look opening the box!

Amazing Grass Wild Berry Flavor Drink Powder
I consider myself a kid at heart so I'm pretty sure this is right up my alley :)

 Bodhichitta Botanicals Sacred Temple Lotion
The scent description is verrry intriguing. 

 Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath
I'm all about ridding my body of impurities & relaxing, although mustard does sound a little strange. I may try it on my feet first ;)

 Simply Straws
My husband laughs at me but I am addicted to straws, I can not take a drink of anything unless it's through a straw so we are constantly buying those plastic ones that go right in the trash, I love this idea! It'd also be great for a family since each member can have their own color!

Dale's Raw Protein Bar in Cafe Mocha with Chia Seeds
I've been hearing so many things about chia seeds & was pleased to see it was included in this, I need to do more research on the health benefits...can anyone out there fill me in on them?
I did notice that this says Keep Refrigerated, I'm unsure if they mean once opened or at all times. The latter would mean this wouldn't be the best for on the go.  I love that it's high in protein! 

 Maakoa Koopuwa
This didn't come with a very in-depth description & instructions so I had to go to their website & it's full of Cupuacu & other Super Fruits. You are supposed to drink 1-2 ounces daily.  I really like that it's not something that you have to drink ___ amount of servings throughout the day.  Never heard of this before so it will be interesting to try out!

 Happy Squeeze Fruit & Veggie Twist in Apple Mango Kale
I've recently become a fan of kale due to my juicing so I'm always on the look out for it in different things.  I usually buy the little squeezable fruit packets from the store but have never tried this brand nor have I seen any that have veggies as well. I'm going to take this on my upcoming trip to Europe for a little mid-day snack. 

 People Towels On-The-Go Alternative to Paper Towels
I'm the first to admit I use waaaay too many paper towels, I feel like we are constantly buying them (along with straws, hehe) & I hate feeling like such a waster every time I throw a paper towel in the trash.  This feels nice & I love the cute design on it.  This will be great for drying hands in the kitchen. 

 Peeled Snacks Apple Clusters in Berry Crunch
I've been snacking on some apple chips the past few days & was kind of getting a bit bored of them.  These combine 2 awesome things together in a crunchy little snack.  I like that I could throw this in my purse but not have to worry about them being squished. 

Hail Merry Choco Macaroons
These are gluten-free, vegan, made with no raw oils, & no refined sugar.  The ingredients are minimal which makes me happy.  I love all things coconut so I'm looking forward to trying these out after dinner 

 Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seed
I received a small bag of hemp seed a few months ago but wasn't really sure what to do with it.  This package says you can eat it out of the bag or add to smoothies.  I'm not sure of the nutritional benefits of hemp seed.  So anyone that can answer me about chia seeds & hemp seeds I would love to know!

 Whew! So that's everything! Tons of stuff for a really great price.  Conscious Boxes are $12 per month + $7.95 shipping which comes to $19.95 per month. They now offer this Vegan Box so you can choose between this or their normal (& just as amazing) box. Just click here & you can sign up for your own Vegan Box that will be delivered right to your door. This is a great way to try different items for one low price. 

Have you ever tried a Conscious Box before? Are you planning on trying one?

Until next time,

This box was sent to me for review purposes.  My opinions are my own & I am not influenced in any way.
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