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Influenster Sunkissed VoxBox Summer 2013

Happy Thursday Loves!

The weekend is almost here and I’m super excited… for no real reason other than I have 3 days off from work – and hey, that’s reason enough right?!

Well, early last month (July) I received a box of complimentary goodies to test and review from one of my absolute favorite communities/ programs > Influenster!

I’ve held off on reviewing them for you since one of the products was a BB cream, see below, and I didn’t have the time to properly test it out when I first received it.

So check out the Sunkissed VoxBox freebies I got…

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Now I will be posting individual reviews for each of the 4 products I received in a couple of days, expect those posts to hit your inbox/ WP reader on Saturday soon (sorry, for the delays, unexpected work beckons), but I thought I’d share a peek pre-review. I will link each item below to its own review once those posts go live.

1 // Dr. Scholl’s For Her High Heel Insoles

2 // Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} Skin Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15

3 // Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics

4 // Sinful Colors SinfulShine with Gel Tech Nail Colour in “Set the Mood”

Until tomorrow…

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Wanderlust… BIRCHBOX: June 2013

 

 

 

 

Wanderlust lovelies… 

Birchbox’s June goodies were all about products, from near and far, to inspire or aid you on summer adventures.ArtsyArchitette Birchbox June 2013 Review

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First up, they included some oh so nifty and cute postcards (4), each with a different city (New York, London, Paris & Barcelona) and a suggested day trip planned out on the back featuring some of each cities well loved hot spots.

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Next, was a FULL SIZE Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Natural Lip & Cheek Stain in the Shade #8 Cheeky Kiss (sorry no swatch). The product itself is lovely, smooth, creamy, non-sticky, non-drying, barely glossy – more of a soft sheen than anything.

The color just wasn’t me at all though. “Cheeky Kiss” is a dusty rose, with slight cool beige/mauve undertones and just not a color I would have chosen lip wise, though I may use it for a cheek stain. Staying power is decent, though I haven’t tested it long enough cheek wise to judge on that. Full Size Value: $26.95 USD.

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Next, a 50 ml sample can of the Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. Okay, this stuff is pretty awesome, definitely one of the best dry shampoos I have ever come across (in the top three for sure).

While I don’t use dry shampoo very often, as I most often style my hair in a natural curly state and often don’t require a dry shampoo, I do still like to keep an eye out for a great product when I see one because dry shampoo does come in handy (for texture, different styles, travel, etc).

It is light, NOT cakey, NOT chalky, its scent it airy and natural, smells expectedly like grain/rice (think Aveeno-like) and brushes through beautifully. Full Size Value: $18 USD.

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Next up is a 7ml sample bottle of another Birchbox + Color Club collaboration for the Wanderlust Nail Lacquer Collection. I received the color “Reign in Spain” which I think is an awesome name and the shade definitely screams spring/summer travel to me – almost too loudly though.

Sorry for the lack of swatch on this one, my day job is hard on my hands and my manicures never survive more than a day or two. In the bottle the shade seems like a bright pink-coral, but once applied and out in the Texas sunshine – it was freaking neon coral! Too neon for a full manicure almost. However, I do like the Color Club formula, applies smoothly and opaque, without need for excessive coats. Full Size Value: $8 USD (four mini bottle collection).

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I also received another Twistband Hair Tie in a fabulous green and teal anchor print! These hair ties really are gentle on your hair and the prints they come in can really add a little touch of flair to my braid.

The only down fall to these Twistband hair ties is that of the 5 I have been sent, 3 have come untied – not good. Full Dize Value (for packs): $5 to $22 USD.

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Lastly, I received a standard sample vial of Oscar de la Renta’s “Something Blue” Eau de Parfum. It is a soft fragrance, but not powdery nor sweet. Citrus and floral, but slightly warm. Definitely a summer – and I don’t know if its the name that pushes my brain this way – but I keep thinking “summer wedding fragrance”. It’s a fragrance that wouldn’t be found too intrusive or abrupt, in my opinion. It could easily be an everyday fragrance. Full Size Value: $85 to $115  USD.

For those interested in the fine details:

Top notes: Italian bergamot, Mandarin, Neroli, Linden blossom
Heart notes: Stephanotis, Fleur de narcisse, Lily of the valley, Kiss of lychee
Base notes: Ambrette seeds, White musk, Ambergris, Cashmere woods, Bourbon vanilla

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There you have it! Overall, I think Birchbox got there Wanderlust message across… postcards, dual-use product, dry shampoo perfect for travel, summer holiday nails, a hair tie that a girl can easily sport as an accessory and an easy-going summer fragrance.

More of me and my thoughts soon…


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Review: BA STAR Natural Shadow Palette + 50% OFF for you!!

Hi lovelies!

So, I’m back today with a review of the BA STAR Natural Shadow Palette. I received this lovely little palette courtesy of BA STAR and Brand Backer.

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BA STAR is a new brand to me personally, though I had heard of them before, but they do have a good reputation among the performer crowd, like cheerleaders, dancers, and other competitors.

Considering their main audience, I expected the shadows to be well-pigmented and long-lasting, and I was not disappointed!

They offer four shadow palettes, Natural, Smoky, Pretty N Pink and True Blue. Each palette has 3 mineral eye shadows and 2 gel glitters, along with an dual-ended applicator.

The eye shadows are creamy, smooth and quite pigmented with great staying power on their own. I didn’t even use a primer with them, though I can imagine that with the addition of a little lid primer you would be good to go all day and night with these.

The shadows do have some minor fallout, but nothing a little good tapping of the brush can’t help. The shadow colors (bronze, cocoa, and nude) are very similar in color and feel to those in the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette.

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The gel glitters, gold and crystal, are true to their name, they are pure rich glitters that stick well to your skin. So if you’re looking for shimmer, these are not where I would turn, but if you are looking for something to make a bit of statement then check these out.

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There are two minor downfalls I see to this palette:

The gel does not quite set (dry), though it also doesn’t budge where you put it unless some sort of friction is used.

The second would be the generic, cheap applicator that comes with the palette. This isn’t surprising, as most palettes comes with these, but I find them useless and will always choose to use my other brushes.

The price point for this palette is definitely worth mentioning. At $8.75 it is great steal!

So if this has piqued your interest, or your in need quality performance make-up, definitely give BA STAR a try.

And finally, I have something from me and BA STAR to you:

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Overdue Review – Ipsy: December 2012

Hi loves!

So, I had been wavering on whether or not to post these latest two monthly subscription reviews, considering they are about a month and a half later than I would have normally posted them (sorry!) due to my whole January/February semi-hiatus state, but I said what the hell, product reviews are product reviews and they might still help someone out.

December: Overall B-.

Loved the little grey bag from December, definitely one of my faves.

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THE GOODS

Mirabella Prime for Face and Eyes – Full Size

This primer was okay. It is a silicone based primer and oil-free, though it feels extremely slick on my normal skin type. I do use silicone primers, two excellent ones, but this one definitely did not feel or perform the same.

I could possibly see it being helpful for those with dry to normal skin types and aging skin, for foundation and face products. Though most dry skin make-up wearers that I know tend not to use primers as they usually can go without them, and it did not make my make-up last any longer than make-up worn alone.

It also says for use on eyes, though personally I wouldn’t be comfortable regularly using a silicone primer for eye make-up, and in fact, it does include a warning to avoid the lash line – points for the warning; but if you’re going to make a dual purpose primer for face and eyes, it should be safe for optical use, lash line included. Considering products, especially those around the eyes, migrate over your skin, sometimes up to an inch, this product is one I cannot stand behind.

Plus, as I mentioned, for an oil-free primer it feel quite slick and did not help with staying power of eye shadow. I obviously couldn’t test it for help with eye liner, though I would imagine it wouldn’t have helped anyway.

From the feel and performance on my normal skin, and my past experience with oily skin, I would say that those with oily skin should definitely pass on this product.

It does include Vitamin E, for antioxidant and moisturizing purposes.

Full Size Value: $29.00 (.45 oz)

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in “Zero” – Travel Size Pencil

These pencils practically have a cult following and am someone who owns a couple, I can say they are great liners for those who want something no-fuss with good performance.

As the name says, they glide onto your skin with no dragging or pulling. They are long-wearing, but not stubbornly so and do come off when you need to remove it.

“Zero” is a great go to black pencil, though it is not an extremely saturated black pencil. In fact, it is the least saturated black pencil now in my liner collection, though you can build up the color easily with multiple passes of the pencil.

Full Size Value: $19.00

Be a… Bombshell “Hot Mess” Lip Gloss – Full Size

A very good lip gloss. It feels quite moisturizing, applies fairly non-stick and is long-wearing, so great for long evenings or treat it like a stain for an easier day time look.

“Hot Mess” is a blue-based pink red and is a quite vibrant color, especially when layered.

Sheer is not a word I would or could use for this shade, but that’s okay. It is a very flattering color when applied lightly and blended into the lips like a rich pink-red stain, or applied normally, which does have a thick feel to it, to get a vibrant glossy look.

Full Size Value: $14.00

Mai Couture “St. Barts” Highlighter Papier – 25 Sheet Booklet

These could be a brilliant or a ridiculous product based on your lifestyle needs. Personally, I’m in between because while I can definitely see them benefiting my life, I just don’t have such a big need for them right now.

They leave a gorgeous shimmering glow wherever you use them. I find that I prefer to fold them to for easier maneuvering on different areas of my face or decolletage , but then I also end up with highlighting shimmer all over my fingers.

Extremely handy to have if you are going on a quick trip, as in clothes and make-up in a purse or carry-on quick; or if you find yourself having to go from work to date-night/evening out quite frequently. Also, very hygienic as they are one time use papers and no need for brush cleaner.

It really is glowing goddess in a booklet, but I personally wouldn’t choose to use these on any normal day when I have a brush and my make-up collection handy.

Full Size Value: $28.00 (50 Sheets)

NYX Loose Pearl “Charocal” Eye Shadow – Full Size

Good product, great price, but horrible packaging! I have actually de-potted this into a small open mouth container I had.

It is an ultra smooth and highly pigmented shadow, but it is a shame that they put it in small container with an even smaller opening. Despite all the products I use and tried, I still made a mess trying to get this product out.

As with many loose shadows, I would definitely recommend using a base or eye primer with this product.

Full Size Value: $3.00

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I’ll be writing my January and February subscription reviews this month too, along with some more fun things I have to share.