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.

 

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3 Simple Secrets to Looking Younger and Having Great Skin as You Age

Happy Wednesday loves!

I’m excited to announce that for the first time ever, I’m having a guest blogger!

No one wants to look old before their time. While we will all age, and there is no escaping it, there are some easy ways you can remain youthful looking. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and you should look after it.

I am in my early 50s. I became a grandparent at 47 years of age. That’s pretty young, I’m sure you’ll agree. I don’t look my age, and I haven’t for many years. Now, I don’t have a ‘baby-face’ or any other ‘trick’ that keeps me looking young.
I live in a very sunny part of the world. I grew up playing outside before sunscreens were invented. My skin is olive, and I have freckles. And despite these things, people are always surprised to discover how old I am. They are even more surprised when they learn I have grandchildren.
People remark that I am very lucky, and that I must have good ‘genes’ to look so young. Well, I believe that you make your own luck, and regardless of your genetic disposition, you can slow the aging process easily and cheaply.
All those years ago, beauty products weren’t as sophisticated as they are today. I was limited with what I could do. So, here are the 3 things I have been doing for the past 35 years which helps keep my complexion radiant and fighting the aging process.
1. Exfoliate
Scrub your skin long and hard. It sounds harsh, but it works.
Don’t be gentle with your skin, especially your face and around your neck. These two areas will show how old you are sooner than anywhere else. I use a strong brush to exfoliate twice a day. I have one in the shower and one on the bathroom sink. And, I scrub those dead skin cells away until my skin shines.
2. Moisturize
Depending upon where you live, and how much exercise you get I would recommend you moisturize at least twice a day. If you live in a heavily polluted area or you are in the sun a lot, then do it more often.
What kind of moisturizer you use will depend on your budget, but to be honest you don’t need an expensive brand to get great results. I have never paid a lot of money for moisturizer. Instead, I buy ones which are thick and have a good sorbolene base.
Avoid moisturizers which are thin and look glossy. You need to protect your skin for hours at a time, so choose one which is thick and needs rubbing in.
3. Live well
Now, I know I’m going to sound like your mother, but it’s true. Alcohol, smoking and a poor diet play havoc on your skin. And, the older you get the longer it takes for your skin to repair itself, trust me!
I’m not saying you have to be saint, but limit these things as much as you can.
You need to eat a balanced diet and drink a lot of water. If you skin and hair are prone to drying out, eat more fish. I have a small can of tuna each day. It gives my body all the essential omega vitamins to help my skin shine.
It’s never too late to start taking good care of your skin. It shouldn’t cost you a lot of money either. Create a routine where you exfoliate and moisturize when needed. Also, be mindful of what you put in your mouth. Your skin will reveal those bad habits to the world if you let it.
Instead, nurture your skin to help you hide your age, and keep people guessing.

 

About My Guest – Susan Day
Susan Day is an author of 15 books, educator, and a content marketer. Her blog, Astro’s Adventures Book Club, is full of ideas and tips for grandparents who want to build a strong relationship with their grandchildren. In particular, Susan specializes in helping grandparents share their love of books with their grandchildren. Susan is currently writing a book titled, The Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing!
Susan lives in country Australia with four dogs, three boss cats, three rescue guinea pigs, and an errant kangaroo. And, apart from blogging, writing and reading; she loves drinking coffee, painting and learning to box.

Oz Naturals SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizer Review


Happy Wednesday loves. Hope you’re all enjoying your week!

I was lucky enough to be chosen to review the Oz Naturals 30 SPF Broad Spectrum Tinted Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide. Luck was on my side, since I’ve been actually looking for something like a body lotion but with sunscreen. 😀

oz naturals

The Claims:

A medium tint, moisturizing sunscreen lotion that absorbs quickly and provides effective broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UBA rays.

Directions: Apply to all skin exposed to the sun. Make sure you apply liberally and evenly 15 minutes before any sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hour.

My Review:

I like using it as a simple SPF cream. Most of the time I’ve been using this, it’s combined with a body butter. It has a light fragrance to it which I love. Another reason why I like this is because I like the light tint to this moisturizer/SPF. I would definitely buy this next time, especially in this crazy California weather

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*Sponsored by Brandbacker*

 

Brea Lush Haul and Review

Happy Thursday loves!

I finally went to visit a Lush for the first time in my life and finally purchased something I had my eye on forever. There’s only 2 Lush locations in my area. Anaheim and Brea, California both located in Orange County. As soon as you walk in, you can smell all their natural scents, like  the ocean and it smells clean and fresh. Karen the young lady that was helping me was awesome! She was very patient and didn’t rush me to buy anything. I went to look for the Dark Angels mask but alas, they were sold out, even online! She then showed me other types of cleansers and masks that are a little similar to Dark Angel.

She showed me Ocean Salt, Mask of Magnaminty, and the Coalface. Ocean Salt is a face and body scrub that smells like you’re at the ocean. It’s main ingredient is seaweed. (hence the ocean scent!)

lush haul

I ended up buying the Coalface and a small sample of the Mask of Magnaminty. I really do like the mask! First of all, it’s a clay mask which helps with oily skin and second of all the scent! The name itself is very clever, they somehow added “minty” in the name. I have a thing with anything mint, if there’s mint, I’m buying it. :p

mask of magnaminty

Coalface is like Dark Angels in a way but in a soap base. It’s a cleansing charcoal bar that you can use daily for normal to oily skin. It’s main ingredient, no surprise here, its powdered charcoal.

coalface

I definitely can’t wait to go to Lush again and try out more skincare products, I might even get those bathbombs everyone raves about!

Whats your favorite Lush product? Any recommendations?

 

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!

birchbox

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.

vasanti

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.

hair spray

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.

hydrating gel

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.

perfume

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.

top 5 beauty buys

ISSE 2015 Sample Haul

Hi loves!

A few weeks ago, I went to the International Salon and Spa Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center. It’s a 3 day event where licensed makeup artists, cosmotologists, estheticians and pretty much any one in the personal wellness industry. Estheticians usually aim to go on Sunday and Monday because there’s actually more skincare booths and classes. For the past 2 years now, I’ve been going to the Saturday show mainly because it’s the cheapest day. (Bad I know!)

I went for the first time last year and was there about 3 hours in advance. (You can blame it on misreading the schedule and being sick). I pretty much walked in there and felt so overwhelmed! Just imagine a convention center filled with every type of beauty product booth! Anyways, this year I was prepared and being more social and talkative, I scored so much samples!

Color Club Wicked Sweet Nail Polish and Gold Glitter

There was a post on Instagram where if you reposted a photo and go to a specific booth and I’d get some free stuff

I was given the Color Club Wicked Sweet Nail Polish that is actually scented polish along with 2 mini containers of gold flecks used for nail art.

color club polishes                                                   Get Your Lem-On, Yum Gum, Raspberry Rush, Wicked Sweet
www.colorclub.com

Fountain of Uth (FOU) Revitalizing Skin Moisturizer

It hydrates your skin naturally. It’s made with a mix of oxygen  and elements of copper, gold, silver and zinc.

fountain of uth

 

www.fouwater.com

Corrective Skincare Acne Set

*Tea Tree Scrub

*Lime Aid Medicated Moisturizer

*Glycolic 4% with Salicylic Acid

corrective skincare

 www.correctiveskin.com

Omiera Beauty Set

I love the packaging! It looks elegant and sophisticated. Here’s what is included:

Adroit: Heals Folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles) and Breakouts

Glocione: Epidermal Hyaluronic Filler Whitening System

Illumizone: Blanchiment Serum

Acdue: Acne Scar Regimen

Exalt: Natural Treatment for Hair Loss

Revimour: GLA Lash Solution

omiera set

www.omieralabs.com

Agadir Argan Oil Samples

*Sulfate Free with Keratin Protein Moisture Mask: anti-color fade for long lasting, hair color

*Styling Curl Creme: leave-in and anti-frizz

*Daily Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

*Daily Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner

*Hair Shield 450 Intense Cream Treatment

agadir samples

www.agadirint.com

4 Naturals 

*Curly Wave Serum 2 Wavy-Curly: defines curls, tames frizz without buildup, moisturizes and adds shine

*Afro Stretch Curl Cream 4 Kinky-Coily: defines curls, helps eliminate shrinkage, moisturizes and revives shine

*Curl Craze 3 Curly-Kinky: defines curls, defines perfect ringlets, moisturizers and adds shine

       ** there’s no petroleum, mineral oil or silicone, no harsh alcohols, paraben and dye free**

natural curls samples

www.4naturals.com

French Samples

One of the booths were of a French company and because I had purchased something from the vendor, she gave me extra samples!

Ecrinal ANP Shampooing for Women

Ecrinal ANP Shampooing for Men

Ecrinal ANP Hair Mash-for dry and damaged hair

Akileine Heavy Legs Gel

Cicaleine Balm for Cracked and chapped feet and hands

Akildia Multi-Protective Cream

Coup  Declat Intense Plumping Treatment Wrinkle Filler

Coup Declat Nutri-Oxygenating Cream

Coup Declat Lifting Ampoules

french samples

That’s it! That’s my ISSE 2015 Sample Haul. Next time, I’ll be posting my purchases haul at the ISSE 2015. (better known as ISSE 2015 part 2! I still cant believe that these were all samples!