Friday, February 27, 2015

February 2015 BirchBox "Friendship"

Don’t know about you guys who have subscription boxes, but sometimes I am actually excited to get my Birchbox and sometimes I am actually not so excited. I received my February Birchbox Friday the 13th but didn't open it until Saturday February 21st because I wanted to take pictures while I opened it. I have to say this was a really good box for me. I haven’t had one in a while so when I finally saw what I got I was pretty excited.

So below is a list of the products I received in my February Birchbox, the month of love and friendship. Oh, almost forgot the box for this month was so pretty, love the color combination lol…

Let’s start with 1. Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser: “This cleanser is made with organic botanical's, it’s supposed to be hydrating wash that declogs pores and brightens skin.” Anything that it’s supposed to prevent blemishes is a plus for me or at least a must try although I don’t get many acne spots. I do get one or two that are super annoying around that time of the month. I will try it out and let you guys know how I liked it. (Full-size retails for $22)

2. Gilchrist & Saomes Spa Therapy Body Wash: “It’s infused with marine extracts, this gentle wash leaves skin hydrated and freshly scented.” These sounds like the soap I would use on a spa day where I need to relax and pamper myself. Actually I need that everyday lol… (Full-size retails $15)

3. TheBalm cosmetics Read My Lips Lip Gloss: “This Lip Gloss is fortified with antioxidant-rich ginseng; this gloss imparts rich color and loads of shine.” Ok you know how a huge of a sucker I am with lip products this sold me. I had to try it right away, but I am not saying a word wait for the review. (Full-size $15)

4. beautyblender + mini solid cleanser: Ok so I not going to say what this is and what it does because I am pretty sure you all know by now what a beauty blender is. I am actually super excited I got one in my box because I need another one. I’m also excited to try the cleanser that it’s supposed to keep the beauty blender clean I let you know how that works out. (Full-size $28.95)

5. BeeKind Conditioner: “This is a gentle formula, made with honey and organic calendula, softens hair and ups shine.” This sound yummy but it’s for your hair. (Full-size $27)

I am actually looking forward to using all of these, will let you know how I liked them in a review for each product.

What did you get in your Birchbox? What subscription boxes do you have?

Leslie xoxo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Paula Dorf Reduce Your Agony With Ecstacy Review

For the girlies that are always on the go, like me, I want to introduce you to a product I have been testing out for the past few days. I will talk to you about my first impressions, consistency, color pigmentation and more…

I am talking about the Paula Dorf'sPerfect Color in Ecstasy, according to their website this product “is versatile multi-tasker that performs triple results: for eyes, lips and cheeks. It’s supposed to be Light and creamy in flattering shades. It is also Convenient and portable for on the go application.” I had heard about Paula Dorf products but have not had the opportunity to try them out yet. So here a little more information about the brand “Paula Dorf is famous for unique "trick" products that offer solutions to every woman's makeup concerns, such as Transformer (from eye shadow to liquid liner), Perfect Illusion for lips (ends feathering lips), Perfect Illusion for eyes (smoothest skin), Perfect Primer (keeps foundation fresh), Enhancer baby eyes (brightens eyes) and Clean-Up Stick (erases makeup mistakes). I checked out the website and they have tons of amazing products which I am curious about and would like to try out.

Now about Perfect Color, this product comes in five different colors. The one I received for reviewing purposes was in the color Ecstacy.  When I first opened it, I fell in love with the color a pretty pink and the packaging is hard black plastic stick and you twist the bottom for the product to come up. When I first swatched it, it was a bit creamy but it had a lot of shimmer so for the eyes and cheeks. I was ok with it but wasn’t sure about my lips. I am not a fan of having too much shimmer on my lips but I still went ahead and tried it out.
So when I went ahead and did a full face makeup using this product, for the eyes it took me a little while to figure out a good way to use it. The stick is pretty thick so it was a bit hard to apply on my eye lids only, I tried my fingers that didn’t work and I tried a wet brush since shimmer tends to stick to water that didn’t work very well either. So I just took the stick and swiped it on my lids and removed the excess from my crease.  The process on using it in my eye took me a little longer than expected just because I was trying to figure it out how to apply it maybe if the stick was slimmer it would have been a bit easier. I do love how it looks on my eyes though, it’s a very pretty shimmer pink and now that I got the hang of how to apply it, I should be good.
Applying it on the cheeks was the easiest part, just one swipe on each cheek and you’re all good. The pigmentation is awesome and all you need to do is blend it all over the apple of your cheeks with a brush or even your fingers and you’re all set.

Here was the tricky part for me, my lips I applied it bare, meaning no gloss to see how it felt. I didn’t really like the feeling, it felt a bit creamy but dry at the same time because of all the shimmer on it. So I took it off and tried it again with a clear lip balm underneath and then applied Perfect Color over it. It felt much better and I liked how it looked with the balm.

So there is some getting used to with this product. I have only been using it for a few days so I can say that the concept is really cool. It does minimize the amount of products in your makeup bag tremendously; all I have been carrying is my lip balm, Paula Dorf's Perfect Color, concealer and a powder brush. The product does look pretty on as you can see in the picture below. I am wearing it on my eyes, lips and cheeks. Would I re-purchase? Yes I would, I am actually thinking about getting the Perfect Color in the color Innocence. It would be really cool if they came out with a slimmer stick which would make application much easier on lips and eyes and also make it non shimmery but creamy. Although a little shimmer can look pretty too.
Also, if you’re interested Paula Dorf is giving away a makeup kit full of some of their favorite products worth $125 you can click here to enter.

Also, if you go to their website and purchase anything of their products you will receive a gift a mini No Color Glimmer, a gorgeously soft, and the lightweight powder to complete your look just use code: ECSTASY 

Leslie xoxo

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NYX Blush Stick Review

Hello lovelies happy Tuesday. Before I became a blogger I had the basic makeup knowledge, I would just use a BB cream and concealer some mascara and a lip gloss or balm and I was out the door. As a beauty blogger that changed everything because you’re open to explore everything that is out there. I have tried products that I wouldn't normally use and have grown to love them and one of them is blushes.

I honestly have to say I didn't wear blushes before I became a blogger because one, I didn't have any and two I didn't know how to wear them lol… which I know now it’s really simple to apply lol… So today I want to chat a bit about the blushes I have been using at the moment mostly is a trial period, I have been using them for about a month and a half and I love them, referring to the NYX Stick Blushes in the shades Tea Rose & Magnolia. I purchased two of them just to try them out because I was a bit skeptical about cream blushes, I am so used to using powder blushes but I wanted to give these cream blushes a try. Honestly what really sold me was the packaging it’s so adorable (cute things are my weakness I am so girly) lol...

I bought these two blushes at Ulta for $5.99 each pretty inexpensive if you’re on a budget this is a great buy. As I mentioned, the packaging is adorable and super cute and they are easy to carry around in your purse, all though you really don’t need to because they are really long lasting. They are pretty creamy, soft and highly pigmented, one swipe on each cheek is all that I need and then I blend it with a brush or a beauty blender. As I mentioned they are really long lasting and they last me all day on my check, of course if you’re touching your face constantly it might fade off a bit.
Me wearing Tea Rose
There is no smell to them and they give your checks a pretty natural look. I think these would be great on any skin tone and skin type, as you know I have oily combination skin and these work pretty good with me. I do use a setting powder over it but they don’t make my skin oily during the day. The only down side to this product is that it does contain some parabens which is not really a healthy thing and some of you may not like that but other than that it’s a great blush to me.

Would I re-purchase? Well I most likely will, although now that I like cream blushes I am eager to try out other brands as well. Do you girlies recommend any? leave me a message down below.

What are your favorite blushes?

Leslie xoxo