Monday, July 21, 2014

Adovia Facial Mud Mask with Dead Sea Mud - Review (+giveaway!)

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About once or twice a month, I feel the need to super pamper my face, and I always always always grab for my trusty Adovia Facial Mud Mask with Dead Sea Mud. I received this product to try out and review in 2012 and I have been obsessed with it ever since.

- I find that this mask will calm down my sensitive and reactionary skin. I have super sensitive skin that reacts to almost every product I try, and sometimes I overdue it and need a real problem solver - enter the Adovia Mud Mask! If my skin is red, itchy, tight and angry at me - put this mask on for a good 30 minutes and it'll work all the magic.

- It will heal my dry spots, bringing them back to normal. Again, my sensitive skin will turn so dry and flaky when it meets a product it hates, luckily this mask has Aloe Vera in it, which helps to calm my skin and hydrate those dry areas.

- It will also clear out the clogged pores I get on my nose and chin. I will only use pore strips once a month, but if I have multiple issues going on, I'll rely on the mask to get everything cleared out and looking clean.

- Dead Sea Mud is amazing! I have read that it feeds the skin natural minerals that enhance the suppleness and elasticity of the skin - I can vouch for that, my skin always look brighter, feels smoother, looks even in texture, and overall gives me a healthy glow.



So, if you are a fellow sensitive skin sufferer with frequent flare ups, dry spots, clogged pores and uncomfortable tightened skin, I highly recommend this mask. It is 150 ml at $33.00 on www.cleopatraschoice.com, it will last you at least 2 years! ;)





GIVEAWAY!
I received an extra mud mask, so I figured it would be a great prize to give away since it is one of my favorite masks of all time! :) Simply read the terms and enter the form below - Good Luck!

Friday, July 18, 2014

What's in my Ipsy Glam Bag - July '14


I'm really loving my Ipsy subscription so far, this is my third bag, but I was still on pins and needles anxious for it to arrive. My past two bags arrived very early in the month, but I heard a lot of people have been getting their July bag a bit later. This month's bag is hot hot pink, square in shape (with no flat bottom) with scalloped edges - SO CUTE!


bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (Divine Wine)
I was so excited to see this new product in my bag, and in a mini size (I LOVE mini makeup!). The texture is very lightweight, almost like an eye primer feel, and the color is potent! It's not waterproof, but it's definitely smudge proof - once it sets, it's there for hours! I'm pretty impressed. I probably won't buy more of these though, the full size is (.10 fl oz) is $18! Way more than I would spend on this type of product. Value $5.40





Befine Food Skin Care Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15
Honestly, I wasn't very happy to see this in my bag only because my face hates spf products. I tested this on my hand, it's a light lotion, so sunscreen smell or tacky finish, smells very fresh and clean - I like it as tested but I'm a little hesitant to try it on my face. Maybe after we come back to town I'll try it out in case my skin reacts negatively. Value $10.00


Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass (Cherry)
Eek! I LOVE TINTS! I am so happy this is in my bag! I love how quick and easy and pretty this tint is, and it feels like a gel-like liquid. I'm kinda shocked that this is the full size and it's $20+, I have never heard of this brand or product before, so I guess I assumed it was cheaper. I'll probably be using this a lot during the Summer. Value $22.99




Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08
Meh. I don't really use or like tanning oils, but I'll try it out since I have it. I didn't like the last Hang Ten product I received in my Ipsy bag, so I'm not that thrilled to see another one of their products in my bag. It smells ok, not the typical scent of Summer... cough cough Hawaiian Tropic... Value $1.50

POP Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer (Secret Sunshine)
YES! I love bronzers and I have always wanted to try POP but I never remember to. I love this shade too, so golden and the sheen is gorgeous on the skin! I'm very happy about this one :) Value $10.00




The total value in this month's bag came to $49, that's awesme for a $10 bag of goodies :) I'm mostly excited about the Cherry Tint and POP Bronzer, so perfect for a Summer glowing look!
What did you get in your Ipsy bag this month?


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Perlier Shea Butter Hand Cream with White Lily Extract - Review


Perlier is a really popular brand in the iFabbo shop, this Shea Butter Hand Cream with White Lily Extract ($35.00, 6.7oz, also available on HSN) is the fourth product I have tried from them; the previous being the amazing Honey Miel serum that I LOVE (click here for that review), and the first two products I tried wer the Volcanic Thermal Scrub and the Imperial Honey Body Butter, both were super fragrant and I just couldn't handle them - strong scents give me migraines. So, I was pretty amped to try this hand cream... because I love creams and I had a really great experience with the last Perlier product I tried.




The first day it arrived, I knew it wasn't going to be an easy trial, I could smell it through the mailing package, and yes, it is very strong in scent. It's so fragrant that I can't wear it on my hands or arms, if it's too close to my face I'll get a migraine. This is also available in other scents like Sweet Almond and Lavender (I think I would have preferred those other scents). Well, one day while I was giving myself a pedicure, I decided to use it on my feet and holy moly it is amazing! We all know Summertime feet and legs get super dry and ashy looking from all the extra exposure - seriously, get this cream! The Perlier Shea Butter Hand Cream added so much moisture to my feet and legs, they looked healthy and supple, basically perfect! And the best part, it lasted ALL DAY! Now I'm hooked on it, the smell is still strong to me, but since it is far from my face, it doesn't bother me so much. I have many foot creams in my skincare collection, and none of them keep my skin hydrated and soft as long as the Perlier Shea Butter Cream does, I'm just so impressed!




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Morgan Taylor Island Treasures collection


I bought the Morgan Taylor Island Treasures collection on LoxaBeauty.com for just $19.90 per trio set, plus I found a 10% off code (save10). I have been an admirer of Morgan Taylor polishes for quite a while now, they are only available in CosmoProf stores which I can't get into, but my cousin in Seattle can and she picked up a few shades for me last year. Now that I know I can buy them on LoxaBeauty, I feel like my MT collection will slowly grow :) So, today I am sharing swatches of these beautiful shades, they all applied perfectly, opaque in two coats (except for one) with a nice shine - didn't even use top coat for these photos.

Beach Babe - a very light peachy tan, this applied beautifully! This shade looks and wears like a creme, but if you get really close up (in person, because my camera couldn't pick it up), there's a very delicate and almost invisible shimmer to it. Honestly, I don't care for nudes very much, but the peach tone to this shade has me falling for it. It gives your skin that faux-tan effect, and it looks so clean and elegant, I've actually worn this twice now!


Tropical Punch - a bright hot pink, this is a lovely creme formula with a punch of color! I can almost get away with one coat, but two coats perfectly even everything out. I love me some hot pinks, and this has made my list of go-to pinks! I wore this as a pedicure color - OMG! - it was so cute and so fun! I felt like I should have been at a beach party and not in my blow-up pool in our backyard haha!


Sarong But So Right - a magenta jewel tone with pink shimmer, holymoly this is gorgeousness! I expected this to be a darker shade with subtle shimmer, because in the bottle it look much more subdued. Oh no. At first swipe you know this is going to be hott! The deep jewel toned magenta looks super sexy, and that pink shimmer flash is mesmerizing! I love to wear this as mani/pedi matchy-matchy, it's so fabulous you need it on all the nails! ;)


Take Me To Your Tribe - a light bright periwinkle, creme formula. This is a really pretty shade, I live for blue tones! In the bottle, this shade looks to lean more purple than when I wear it, it almost looks like a light blue on my nails - maybe it's the contrast with my skin tone... idk... but all I see is fab-blue-ness! It's so much brighter than I expected and it totally stole my heart! I really want to wear this on my toes soon, but I've been on such a blue-kick lately that I'm trying to incorporate more colors in my pedis haha!


Going Native - a bluish jade green, creme formula, this was the thinnest of the collection, I needed either two generous coats or three thin coats to even out the coverage. There wasn't an streaking, it just seems sheerer than the other polishes. Oh the color! OH! So pretty! Call it a teal or a turquoise, idk, but on me it wears with a stronger blue pull than the green tone I see in the bottle.


Making Waves - a bright bold cobalt blue, creme formula, amazing color payoff! It is so rich in color, perfect in two coats, and day or night you will see the amazing blue popping. With my blue obsession, cobalt is my top fave, so I'm very happy to have this shade with the quality formula of Morgan Taylor. I have worn it twice already and plan to wear it many many more times. I totally prefer this shade over all my other cobalts at the moment!


ELF Bday SALE! 40% off Extended! (ends 7/18)

This is fantastic! ELF has extended the exclusive 40% off sale through Friday 7/18! Take 40% off on orders $35+, coupon code BDAY40.

But, there's more! Get 30% off on orders $30+ and 20% off on orders $20+! This offer is valid through Monday, July 21st with coupon code BDAY30 for $30+ or code BDAY20 for $20+.