I think it is an absolute honor when a brand or company ask you to try a product for them. I had the pleasure of being asked by Influenster to test a new Colgate toothbrush and of course I accepted...who doesn't need a toothbrush right.
So...I got the package about a week ago and before I even dare open my mouth about I needed to give the toothbrush 1 week (7 days) for testing. When I first opened the package I thought...well this is definitely slim like they said. They sent me a "soft" brush which was okay but I do prefer the medium bristle (but no biggie). The bristle where extremely soft, probably softer then I've personally ever felt. The box also came with a travel size "total" effects toothpaste and mouth wash.
At first I was kind of thrown off by the size of the brush because it did feel very different then using a "regular" size toothbrush, however over the days I did adjust to the size. Now I could feel a bit of difference when it come to the cleaning of the teeth because with the brush being smaller I could feel different areas being targeted. After I finished, my teeth did feel very clean (cleaner then they normally do I guess) and I felt after eating I didn't really have to brush again if I didn't want to because my teeth still felt exceptionally clean.
In short...this is a very good toothbrush (different due to size) and I could see myself repurchasing this. I have definitely seen and felt a difference in my teeth so that is a total win win for me. As for the toothpaste and mouthwash...I don't stray from my normal Aquafresh and Listerine but I did give the Colgate a try but I'll stick to what I know and like on those.
Becca Cosmetics: Matte Skin Shine Proof Foundation
A few weeks ago I was shopping with my girlfriends and of course we stopped at Sephora. Well...while I was in there I browsed through the "Becca Cosmetics" sections because I've been dying to try some of their products. I picked up a few samples from the line but the one I was most excited about was the Matte Skin Shine Proof Foundation. I absolutely love matte finish (year around) so I just knew I had to try it because I have yet to find a matte foundation that I completely adore. The Sephora rep was also very generous with the sample proportion as well because I've used my sample 3x now and I still have plenty left over (thank you makeup GOD's). So how do I feel about this?...
This product definitely dries quick so application has to go just as quick to get the best results. However application was good and the first time I used a sponge (beauty blender) and the other 2 I used a makeup brush. Application with the beauty blender was good and it really gave that "flawless" finish look, the brush was just as good but I didn't quit get the same finish and it was little harder buffing the foundation in (probably b/c it dries so quick). The product itself is very smooth and soft to the touch and there was also no streaking (winning). Total outcome was good however this is definitely a "you must contour" kind of finish. It did leave my face looking flat (maybe a bit pale? dunno) but the next shade darker was way to dark for me (I got mine in the color Tobacco), but once I contoured it was perfect anyway.
This is a "true" matte foundation, so if you like matte this is perfect and I'd have to say I've found something I truly adore. There was really no downside to this foundation besides the fact it does dry very quickly, but that really isn't a real problem. Application has the best results with the sponge or beauty blender and the shades are pretty spot on if you ask me. So...considering I did love this so much I definitely had to purchase it (foundation whore...that's me). Great thing about matte finishes currently is...it's in for the fall (SCORE).
Retail Price: $42.00 (not bad)
What's In It?
My current makeup bag was purchased from Ulta for $7.99 and it has the cutest phrase: "Inner Beauty Is For Amateurs".
So as you know I have tons of makeup...this is just my daily basics I carry along with me depending on what I'm wearing that for the day.
Bobbi Brown Corrector
Chanel Glossimer 169
Covergirl LashBlast Lux Mascara
Nars Blush in Luster
Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm 275
Degree (because we all need it...lol)
Real Techniques Powder Brush
Dior Addict Extreme in Lucky
Covergirl Ink It liner
Chanel Le Crayon Levres in Fuschia
MAC CreamSheen Glass in Imperial Light
Nivea A Kiss of Mint Minerals
Tarte Smooth Operator
MAC Sheen Supreme in Impressive
NYX Lipliner Pencil in Pinky
NOT PICTURED: Band-Aid Friction Stick (this really works)
Dior Skin Airflash
Here's a product I've had for a few months now I just haven't had the luxury of sharing a review. I purchased it while a friend of my was working at the Aveda Salon in our local department store and she of course gets an employee discount (SCORE). Well besides the employee discount every so often they'd give the employees an extra percentage off all merchandise...so this time they were offering their employees I believe 40% off (ummm YES please). Well I took her up on the offer to go in to the store with her and see what it was I wanted and she would purchase it for me (I'd give her the money so she could buy it). That being said I got this for a fraction of the cost (works for me!!!). I was truly excited to FINALLY get to try this product out.
First Thoughts: I was a bit skeptical at first...I thought how in the world do I apply this (totally freaked). Well moving passed my initial freak out, once I tried it...I feel in love. It applies very smooth and really does give you a flawless "airbrushed" look with out even getting airbrushed. The smell is kind of neutral...I guess you can say it doesn't really have a smell. Besides that, this does even out your skin tone and does hide any of the imperfection you may have. At this point "concealer" is going to be based on how you feel once this is applied, so you may decided to use it or not. I personally used it because I am just so use to it plus I do have dark circles so I kinda feel naked with out it.
Final Thoughts: It really is good and I can say even though I did spend "retail" price on this...it's worth the money. In some cases you truly do get your moneys worth and vise verse, but this is a total "A" plus for me. My only down side to this besides the price of course...is the 2nd time I actually wore this it kinda turned fire orange color but I think this was due to something else because I have never had that problem again.
Don't apply this directly to the face unless you plan on having foundation EVERYWHERE.
Try applying (spraying) the foundation directly on to your brush and working into the skin.
Be quick this dries fast.
Retail price: $62
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My 5 Must Have Scents
With the cooler weather in the air (yes even Florida...at times), I was thinking about what perfume I'd be wearing this Fall and Winter. This trigger me to actually think about ALL the perfume I currently have to see if any of them would be fitting this year. Well through the thought process I realized I'd perfume I just can't live with out...so basically the ones I go into sheer panic when I run out lol. However I noticed a trend with all my "favorites"...I can basically wear them year around if I chose to (works for me!!!) all but maybe one. I tend to go toward very clean fresh scents, I don't want anything to over powering and definitely nothing to sweet (I need balance). Well I wanted to share my top 5 as well as what I'd like to smell like this fall...Enjoy!!!
- Live by JLo: This is probably my all time favorite...I have to have this at all times
- Summer Grace by Philosophy: My go to summer scent...I swear it totally smells like summer (if that's possible)
- Kim Kardashian by well...DUH!!! This has to be the cleanest smelling perfume ever, reminds me of a freshly taken shower.
- Princess by Vera Wang: This is just a great scent I mean it has stuff in it like "forbidden woods", "pink frosting", "chiffon vanilla", and much more but it truly just makes me feel wonderful.
- Flora by Gucci: This is my "I got to go to a meeting" perfume lol...it just smells expensive.
- Infusion Diris by Prada: I can't tell you how many times I've gone to purchase this perfume but I never end up getting it...I think it's because if you smell this in the bottle you'll probably be like "ummm no" but once you put this one...it's completely different. Every time I've gone to buy this I never sprayed it on me so I've talked myself out it but I think its times to just get it.
- Love in White by Creed: Okay if you have had prior post then you know I LOVE THIS and I am saving for this one because it is VERY pricey for perfume however I HAVE to have it.
Foundation: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector in Medium/Deep
Concealer: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach
Eyeliner: Covergirl Ink It
Contour: MAC Sculpting Powder in Shadester
Blush: MAC Sheertone Blush in Peaches
Mascara: Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes
Lip liner: MAC Lip Pencil in Current
Lipstick: MAC Luster in Sinister from the Venomous Villains Collection
Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara
Okay...if you haven't figured by now I am sucker for NEW products. I get this feeling that comes over, that I just have to have try it. Between blush, foundation, and mascara I basically fall weak in the knees and can't leave with out it. I purchased the Covergirl Flamed Out mascara about a month ago or not to long after it came out. Either way I've had it for a minute. I've used this product several times because my first impression wasn't so great.
First Thoughts: first and foremost the brush is not the type I typically use/like (never judge a book by it's cover right). Secondly, it wasn't very black and I got the darkest shade. However it did separate my lashes well but that was it. I didn't see any improvement in length and looking in the mirror you could tell I had something on but in my opinion it was just "regular.
Not impressed at all, it is a very basic mascara and this was after using it several times. I thought maybe something magical would happen the more I used it, however it just made me realize even more that it was "okay". This would be good a good mascara for the "no makeup" makeup days but even then I don't see myself reaching for this.
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