Recent Beauty Haul

Happy first day of summer loves!!

I don’t know how the weather is over where you guys are but, it’s only 11am here in LA and already the sun is blaring down at us!

To kick off the summer spirit, I’ve got 2 honorable mentions of my beauty purchases that I’ve been loving lately!

I’ve been on the hunt for L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara and had the hardest time finding it. I went to Target and found out they sold out within the second day! Then went to Ulta and it still wasn’t delivered to them so last idea I had was to order it online. I did find it online on Amazon but it shouldn’t ship until another 2 weeks!

I plan to try it out for a few weeks and will post a review on my blog, so I won’t talk more about this till then!

As I was at Ulta looking for my mascara, I came across the Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar. I feel like this is a great dupe for the Lush Coalface for half the price. It’s even got a peppermint scent to it. So it feels great after a long day while your face is feeling refreshed.

 

May 2015 Birchbox Review

Happy Saturday loves!

I’m finally back from my long hiatus and hope you’re all doing great! So sorry about my recent disappearance, work was a bit on the hectic side!

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I was lucky enough to find a promo code for BirchBox from GlamLifeGuru who is a Youtuber that I’ve been following since forever! I only paid $1 to try out BirchBox. ( I always wanted to try it out, but of course my funds had other things to do and be)

This month’s theme is from Cupcakes and Cashmere (a fellow beauty blogger as well). She picked out 5 of her favorite products.

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Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

This is an exfoliating cleanser enriched with papaya, micro-crystals and aloe. It’s Paraben free, sulfate free and 99% natural! I’ve already tried this a few times and I may be in love with this cleanser! I use this before applying my foundation and I’ve found it to be very effective. It really does give you a smooth plate for your foundation. The Texture: it feels like a light cleanser with a little bit of exfoliating crystals that lathers up with water.

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N.4 Lumiered-hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect

This is a leave-in conditioner that instantly detangles hair and provides color protection as well as an extra dose of UV protection. I haven’t used this yet to be honest but looking forward to trying this! I like the idea of a hair product that protects against UV rays.

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MARCELLE Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel

I use this after washing my face but before I apply my foundation. Some times I’ll just use this as a moisturizer without any makeup! It works both ways. I do feel that my skin does get hydrated while using this which is great, considering that it’s already summer and humid. FYI: there’s no scent to this, perfect for people who are sensitive to smell.

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Notting Hill Femme English Laundry

A mini perfume sample by Christopher Wicks. It’s actually a bit hard to explain the scent but something like a musky floral. I definitely love the scent though, I’m going to wear it for special occasions.

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Coastal Scents Reveal 3D Palette Sampler “Desert Bloom”

This is the first time getting a BirchBox sample let alone an eyeshadow palette sample. I had no idea what to expect! It’s a cute 4 sample set: matte light brown, a shimmery gold, a rose gold, and a pinky metallic purple.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

Do you subscribe to Birchbox? What did you get in your box?

Top 5 Beauty Buys

Happy Friday loves!

I wanted to change things up and decided to do my very first Top 5 Beauty Buys. Every new season brings new makeup and beauty products and being the beauty I am, I love it!

1. Degree MotionSense Dry Spray in Fresh Energy

It’s basically a 48 hour antiperspirant dry spray. It goes on instantly dry and I use this every single day. I just love the scent. It’s has a clean, breezy scent with a hint of baby powder.

I actually got this for free as a sample from Target. Now imagine that! A full size new dry deodorant. The only thing that sucks is that a few weeks prior to signing up for the free product, I had purchased the Dove dry spray. -_-

2. Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

It’s perfect for sensitive skin while it cleanses, removes makeup and hydrates the skin. There’s no harsh chemicals, no artificial perfume or dyes. I use this primarily in the morning before I apply my makeup, that way if I’m still in a hurry, I can cleanse my face quickly. I also use this at night occasionally when I’m taking off minimal makeup. This doesn’t work well if you have heavy dark eye makeup, it’ll be harder to wipe away. The perfect thing about this is that: you don’t have to rinse it off at all!

3. Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara

This is actually the only mascara I bought since the beginning of the year. That’s how excited I was about this new mascara. I’ve tried a few Maybelline mascaras but this one just hit the nail! *That’s an upcoming review about that one!*

4. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter “010 Raspberry Pie”

I’m very slowly getting into color on my lips. lol my lips have a natural color to it, so I never really put on lipstick. However, after reading more about colors, I started to branch out. Hence this color! Its such a pretty berry pink with a tiny hint of shimmer.

5. Daily Concepts Facial Micro Scrubber

I got this little gem at the International Salon and Spa Expo in Long Beach back in January. It’s really a smart concept to be honest! One side is a terry cloth material to remove makeup and on the other side, there’s a more rough material to help exfoliate.

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Drugstore Beauty Haul

Hello Loves! I hope you all are doing great this week! 🙂 I always walk in drugstores just planning to look at the new products but I always get sucked in looking at the sales and clearance areas. Tsk Tsk for me. :p Hi. I’m Chrissy and I’m a beauty junkie! I ended up buying things from Target, Walmart, CVS, and Rite Aid. Walmart I bought the Trim Manicure Kit that included a nail clipper, a toenail clipper, 2 cuticle sticks, a salon board and tweezers. It’s practical and I needed to restock on the salon board and cuticle sticks. For some reason, I’m always losing my nail clippers and the time that I need to clip them, they’re gone! This only costed $0.97 and that’s the original price! trim kit I’ve never really took care of my nails but I figured I would start so I bought the Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream  with apricot oil for less than $5. It intensively moisturizes and conditions which is a plus since at work I’m always using my hands. sh cuticle cream I was looking at my Ibotta app (which is a rebate app for purchasing different things and getting cashback) and found that they’ll pay you back $1 for buying the Olay Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid Cleaning System. These usually run about $10-15 a piece but I was lucky enough to find a few on clearance for only $5!  It comes with the Shine, Shine Go Away Cleanser along with a cleansing brush. olay CVS Just recently, CVS started selling NYX products finally! Now I can earn that $5 ExtraCare Buck for beauty purchases including NYX. I got the  NYX Wonder Pencil in the shade Light. It can be used as a concealer, eye brightener, and a reverse lip liner. I used it as an eyeliner for the waterline and my, it works wonders! Literally as its name! image (4 I’ve heard marvelous things about the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer  in 20 Sand Sable. I’d advise to go to that magic red machine that gives you coupons when you scan your card because you’ll be surprised sometimes. When I scanned my card, I had one coupon that was $3 off any Maybelline cosmetic and another coupon that was $5 off a Physicians Formula purchase. I can’t complain on those! maybelline fit me Target The only thing I got was the NYC Long Wearing Nail Enamel in 141 Red Velvet Rope. nyc red velvet rope

Deals and Freebies February 9-15, 2014

Hi Loves,

I hope everyone has a great Valentines/Single Awareness Day.

This past week was a crazy one that had so many sales going on at a lot of drugstores.

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Walgreens:

Walgreens has a beauty sale going on from now until March 1, 2014 called the Winter Beauty Event where you once scan a coupon and every time you buy cosmetics, skin care, hair care, grooming, bath and body and oral care you get 50 points per $1 as long as you’re a Balance Reward member. Here’s a link to the coupon in case anyone wants to use it! http://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/winter-beauty-event-coupon.jsp

*I bought the Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Clothes for $3.99 and got 250 points for buying it. That’s not including the Winter Beauty Event points. I ended up getting 400 points on that one.

*I bought Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in 041 Dust of Bronze for $4.99. I used a coupon that was $1 off and got 150 Reward points. I believe they changed their design of the polishes.

walgreens buy-001Ulta:

What I love about Ulta is that you can use both coupons from Ulta as well as manufacture coupons. I had a $3.50 off a $10 purchase. So I bought a much needed blush brush from Real Techniques that was $8.99. I then got a Chocolate Mud mask for $1.99 and an Iced Gingerbread Shower Gel that was on clearance for only $0.99. In total I only paid $9.50 so it’s as if I only paid for the brush! Another great thing about using the Ulta coupons is that when you look at the receipt, they don’t take just $3 off one product but they take it from all the products you bought!

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Rite Aid:

*There’s a sale for the any Venus razor would be $9 and you would get $2 back in Up+ Rewards. I had a coupon that was $4 off which can be found in last week’s P&G coupons insert from the Los Angeles Times. I also had $4 in Up+ Rewards earlier so in total I only paid $1.99 plus tax!

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A new toothpaste came out and it sounded like a good deal. Crest Be Adventurous Chocolate Mint toothpaste! It was on sale for $4.99 while there was a coupon in the P&G coupon insert last week that was $1 off which is not bad at all. I added that with a $3 ExtraCare Reward while getting back $3 again. So I only paid 1.99 plus tax. 😀

*The week before there was a sale on Maybelline: Spend $9 on any Maybelline purchase and get $3 back in ExtraCare Rewards. I got the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Eggplant. I wanted a new color for my eyeliner so I figured why not!

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Kmart:

Last but not least, I was browsing at Kmart in the cosmetics section where I noticed there was a few Revlon cosmetics that were up to 75% off. I was lucky to find this blush in the shade of Wine with Everything 060. I like this shade because it evens out any overdone blush. Original price was about $9 but I only paid $2.99!

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If anyone else has some more deals, feel free to comment or if you found this helpful share it!

Until next time loves!

 

ISSE 2014 Haul

Hey Lovies!

I hope everyone is doing great. Sorry for being so MiA, with so many things going on recently I’ve been swamped. From getting sick, family dilemmas to starting work!

So this past weekend January 25-27, the ISSE (International Salon and Spa Expo) 2014 came upon us in the Long Beach Convention Center, CA.    I went on Saturday and felt so overwhelmed (having this be my first time to any such expo) haha. I did some shopping but didn’t break the bank! haha What I love about these expos is that there’s so many discounts and so much to see. Here’s a sneak peak to what I splurged on. 🙂

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They had a special in the Beauty Bar where you pay only $5 to get 5 deluxe samples. 😀 And may I say, they were pretty big samples.

I got the:

*Repechage Hydra Dew Illuminating Cream Mask: 1 oz

*Repechage Sea Spa Body Wash: 1 oz

*Aveda Dry Remedy daily moisturizing oil: 1 fl oz.

*Orly Polishield all-in-one ultimate topcoat: 0.6 fl oz.

*Rusk Deep Shine Smooth Keratin Care Deep Penetrating Treatment: 4 oz.

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I also bought the Intrinsics Naturally Gentle Cleansing Towels and got the Cotton Rounds for free. You could find more products like this at  http://www.intrinsics.net/

 

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The Moujan 2000 Pre-Waxed Strips for Face, Brows and Bikini. It came with 6 pre-waxed 2 sided strips for 12 applications and there’s also a vial of oil in case of wax residue. http://www.moujan2000.com/

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I always hear so much hype about the Crown Brushes and I had to give it a try! It’s cheap and from what I can tell, its not bad at all. I got the IB132 Stiff Brow Brush. http://www.crownbrush.us/

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J.Cat Cosmetics: I never had heard of this company before but when I saw the prices, I was shocked! Some of the products were 3 for $6 or 3 for $9 on other selected products. I got the 3 for $6. http://jcatbeauty.com/

*Roll It Up Auto Lip Liner in “Puce” ( I actually bought it thinking it was a nude eyeliner) But I contacted them and they said it’s perfectly safe to use as an eyeliner. Score!

*Roll It Up Auto Eye Liner in “Bulk Black” Water Resistant

*Flying Solo Eye Shadow in “138 Down Low”

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I then got some freebies just buy walking around and random people passing samples out. That’s another great thing about these types of expos. 😀 I got a Poppin Hair Clip, a nail filer on one side and the other side is a mirror and a few hair samples from Amika: Oil Treatment and a Nourishing Mask.

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I hope you all liked this haul and I’m looking forward to trying out these products and reviewing them!

Until next time! 🙂