Friday, September 2, 2016

Bite Beauty MultiSticks Review!

I was SO excited to receive a beauty box from Influenster this time! I got to try out the Bite Beauty Multisticks in Cocoa (brown), Macaroon (dusty pink), and Blondie (a beige-y nude). 
These multisticks are super useful to have in your travel or daily makeup bag as the formula is cream to powder and can be used as eyeshadow, blush, or lip color. 

Shades (L to R): Cocoa, Macaroon, and Blondie.

Upon opening Cocoa, I was a little hesitant as it's SO brown and way darker than what I normally use for eyeshadow, but I took the plunge and rubbed a bit on my eyelids. It was pretty dark at first but have no fear, the brown blends very nicely and actually tones down once it's on, it doesn't stay so brown. I did use it over my Smashbox eyeshadow primer so that could have contributed to the tone down. That said, I would only use this one as eyeshadow as it wouldn't really work anywhere else on me due to my skin tone. 

Macaroon was probably my favorite shade, and the most versatile for me as it's a dusty pink color. I used it as blush and put a bit on my lips. It felt nice on my lips and wasn't drying. There's no flavor to note. I would suggest a little gloss over it though unless you like your color flat. I can also imagine using this one as a pretty pink eyeshadow. 

Lastly, I tried Blondie. It's a nude color, but is a little light for shadow for me. I tried a bit on my lips but it washed me out. I would suggest this one as a highlighter or for conturing. 

Cocoa, Macaroon, and Blondie in artificial lighting.  

Cocoa, Macaroon, and Blondie in natural light.
  After using Cocoa as an eyeshadow and Macaroon as blush and lip color.

These are just three of the many shades of the Bite Beauty Multisticks that are available, you can find many more on the Sephora website or in store for around $24 US each. These are a must have in anyone's makeup bag! 

*I was provided the Bite Beauty Multisticks complimentary from Influenster in exchange for an honest review, and all opinions given are my own.*

Friday, July 8, 2016

CoverGirl Super Size Fibers Mascara!

Thanks once again to Influenster, I got to try to the new CoverGirl Super Sizer Fibers mascara! I also got a brown Perfect Point Plus eyeliner in my VoxBox but I already know I love the liner as I always buy the black version to do my upper lash line. I will likely use the brown one to line my lower waterline. The little eraser/smudger on the end is a lifesaver! Plus, no sharpening needed since it's retractable like a mechanical pencil. Couldn't be easier!

This was my box! I was especially excited by the mascara, as I'm always looking for cheaper alternatives to my beloved Diorshow. I've always really loved CoverGirl's mascaras and I admit, I do try each new one that comes out. I would have to say my favorite is the original LashBlash in the orange tube, or the purple Lashblast Fusion version. 

The results! Top photo shows bare lashes, middle shows one coat, bottom shows two coats.
After poking myself in the eye with the wand (OUCH!) I only used one coat on my bare lashes. It doesn't look like it in the photo but my lashes are actually pretty decently thick. I always love when a mascara can darken them enough AND lengthen them enough to make the tips of my lashes touch my eyebrow area, and this mascara did just that after a couple more coats. I would have to say, the only thing I'd prefer would be if it was waterproof. I really can't wear anything but waterproof now due to my constant computer work. When my eyes feel tired, they water, then there goes all my eye makeup, which turns me into a sad panda. And at that point, I really do look like a panda. Possibly a raccoon. Either way, it's not attractive!

I would highly recommend this mascara if your lashes are in need of a boost that doesn't look fake or spidery. It's the perfect mascara for that no-makeup makeup look!  

Buy yours at any drugstore, Target or Wal-Mart or even on the CoverGirl site. It's now available for a steal at less than $7!  (Please note, this is not an affiliate link, so I do not get any revenue if you follow through with a purchase.) 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Product Review- Cutex Advanced Nail Remover Pads!

Thanks to Influenster, I got to try these Cutex Advanced Nail Remover pads! I'm used to the normal cotton ball/bottle of nail polish remover/20 minutes because I needed to clean up spillage, etc. routine. These fun little packets solve all those issues!
One single pad in the packet removes all 10 nails worth of polish and honestly, I think it could have removed my color on my toes as well since the pad inside is thick and very saturated with polish remover (but no drips!)

These would be wonderful for travel purposes or any time you need to quickly remove chipped polish.

The photo below shows the before and after removing my yellow Illamasqua "Rare" polish. No stains and removed every little bit of polish!

I was provided these samples to try free from Influenster, but all opinions given are my own.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Influenster VoxBox Review: Dessange Paris Products

I recently received an email from Influenster saying I qualified for one of the new VoxBoxes! I was surprised to get another one so soon after my last one and was really excited when I learned I would be reviewing Dessange Paris hair products. Based on the results of the survey I took, I was qualified for the products for color treated hair and I received: 

-California Blonde Illuminating Shampoo
-California Blonde Illuminating Conditioner
-California Blonde CC Color Correcting Creme

I haven't colored my hair in a couple of months so my roots are a little more grown out than I'd like at the moment. I usually only color when I can't stand my roots anymore, so I probably do it once every 3 months or so. No matter how long it's been though since I've colored, I never feel like my hair is nourished enough, and I generally only wash my hair once a week because it's very thick and doesn't even start to replenish the natural oils until about 4 or 5 days after washing it. 

I decided to give the products a go last night and was very impressed! First impressions of the shampoo and conditioner were that they seemed very much like salon-quality products, had a more professional "salon" type smell rather than fruity like so many others available now.  The consistency of both was nice and the conditioner's consistency seemed a little thicker, almost like a lotion.

The CC Creme was quite interesting; you leave it in your hair for 5-10 minutes and it corrects the brassiness of your hair color. I went to open it and there were some dark streaks on my fingers. I thought I had missed taking off some of my eye makeup, but I was wrong; imagine my surprise when I squeezed some CC cream out in my hand and it was almost like BRIGHT purple paint! I didn't want to take my phone into the shower to take photos, obviously, but this was some of the purple remnant that was left on the shower door when I was finished. Just imagine you're finger painting with grape purple paint and you get the idea. 

I left it in for about 10 minutes and I did notice that it diminished the brassiness I had at my roots where my color is darker. Despite the intimidating coloring, the CC Creme is a win!

This is a final semi-photo of my hair (don't love showing off my face online!) with the products I used as in the first photo in this blog post. My hair is touchable and smooth and the scent of the shampoo and conditioner is still noticeable. I rarely am able to smell the scent of shampoos and conditioners so long after using them, but this one is really nice and almost 24 hours later, is still noticeable!

All in all, I am now a fan of Dessange and I think next time, I would try their Oleo Miracle range for damaged hair to see if I could add even more moisture and shine to my hair!

If you're interested in trying any Dessange products, they can be found now at Target stores. 

*Please note: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.*

Monday, January 12, 2015

Nutella Lovers...You MUST Try Reese's Spread!

So I realize I haven't blogged in forever but I've had lots of life changes happen since my last post, things I would not like to relive. 
However, all that aside, I was recently offered a complimentary Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate spread to try thanks to VoxBox and Influenster! I'm a huge fan of Nutella and really, it takes all my willpower not to grab a jar and eat at least half in a single sitting, same is the case with this yummy Reese's spread! It basically tasted like a liquified Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, which is heavenly, to me.

The card included in the box offered some suggestions on what to pair it with and while I used a couple of them, I wanted to branch out and try some of my own too. I'm nowhere near done trying pairings but I'm so happy with this spread already!

First I tried it on some honey wheat bread, which I loved, of course. Probably the simplest pairing and a good way to sneak in some chocolate at breakfast!

The next day I tried it on my Greek yogurt in the morning and it was also amazing. If you don't normally like the somewhat sour flavor Greek yogurt tends to have, mix in a little of this and voila! 

The picture on the jar of spread shows it paired with a green apple, but I only had red apples here, so I tried it with one of those. Of course, it tasted delicious, though I'm sure it would taste amazing against the tart taste of the green apples as well. That's definitely next on my radar. 

 Lastly (so far), I tried a spoonful in my mug of hot chocolate, which, when melted, gave it a smooth, creamy flavor with a hint of peanut butter flavor! I'm for sure trying this again soon!

Thank you again to Influenster for giving me the chance to try this yummy spread!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

DIY Kitty Cat Flats from Kittenhood and Scathingly Brillant!

Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted! A post was pointed out to me on the Kittenhood blog where Kate from Scathingly Brilliant guest blogged about some cute DIY cat toe shoes! Of course, being the crafty person that I am, had to give these a try myself! You can click the link to the Kittenhood blog above and it will take you to the original post. 

For the face and ears, I hand painted them on freehand and for the eyes, I used the other end of my paintbrush! Lastly, I also added on a coat of Modge Podge to the design to help seal it a bit. 

Here is my visual step by step:


These flats are so adorable, I can't wait to wear them! Thanks to Kittenhood and Scathingly Brilliant for giving me a cute new pair of shoes to add to my wardrobe!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Cadbury Screme Eggs, Spooky!

If you're like me, you love the delicious though ever-decreasing-in-size candies at Easter that are Cadbury Creme Eggs! Unfortunately, they don't store well throughout the summer and though I've tried freezing a couple for later, they just don't taste as good as they do when they're fresh. So imagine  my excitement when a friend posted about finding a new type about a month ago, the Screme Egg! Ever since I saw her post, I've been scouring the stores searching for them and I finally found them at CVS about a week ago.
I only bought one because I didn't know how it would taste and I can happily report that it tastes exactly the same. The only difference is that (to me) they seem a bit smaller than the Easter version and they've replaced the orange "yolk" with green.

These also tend to be a bit pricier than the Easter version too, those are usually 2 or 4 for a certain price, I've seen these Screme Eggs priced at CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid at .99 cents to $1.29 apiece.

P.S. My nail polish just happened to's called Glowstick by Fergie for Wet n'Wild!