*This post is sponsored by the PRIMPNetwork. All opinions are my own.
I would be lying if I said that 2017 has been a fabulous year for me. It’s been one that has brought forth change, sadness, death and more problems and issues than good. Having lost my Dad in June, I have been struggling to deal with all the challenges around me. Then, to top it all off, I have to deal with my monthly “woman” things. You know, that time of the month that makes us want to pull out our hair, crawl into bed and stay there for 7-10 days until it’s all over with. While I’m on an IUD and don’t experience the messy parts of my monthly “not-so-best-friend”, I still experience all the aches and pains and emotional roller coaster that comes with it. Ugh… as if that was enough, I’m bombarded with feelings that I don’t know how to deal with. Today, I wanted to share with you my 3 very easy steps to promote positivity (with the help of Pamprin’s 21 Days of Positivity) and I hope my tips will help get you through that time of the month, or any time of year you may need it.
Start your day with a little positive affirmation
I think self-affirmations are definitely important, but I change it up a bit. For years now I always start my day with a quote – reading from my favorite quote books or searching the internet for some. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I use quotes consistently. Reading them aloud each day or using them as a form of inspiration will encourage positivity dramatically.
“Hey there, beautiful. Go look in the mirror. Really look at yourself. Past the insecurities, past everything you think is wrong. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Remember that!” – anonymous
Surround Yourself with people that make you happy!
Are the people in your social circle building you up or tearing you down? I believe whole-heartily that the company you keep helps to either encourage you or make things much more difficult. My family (my husband and sons) are some of my biggest supporters. Many say that we are such an elite team unit, but it’s because our ultimate goal is the success for each of us. Together, we can move mountains and their positive and loving energy feeds my soul.
Know that you are not alone, that everyone is struggling
I’ve always been the type of person that helped the little ol’ lady to cross the road or that would give my shirt to the homeless person if that’s all I could afford. My Grandma Young always instilled in me that everyone is fighting a battle and that often times, a person’s smile is hiding their sadness. After dealing with the unexpected death of my father just a few months ago, I have realized that I too hide my sorrows and pain well. I take this thought and remind myself each day that a smile, a small gesture or even a lending hand can change a person’s entire day around. Spreading positivity with encouraging words or help not only helps the recipient, but you also feel good about yourself as well.
“Never underestimate the pain of a person, because, in all honesty, everyone is struggling. Some people are better at hiding it than others.” – Will Smith
Have you ever heard that it takes 21 Days to form a habit? I remember when I worked in Corporate America and that was instilled into our brains. Well, it really is true. If you can do something for 21 days straight, consistently – well then, you can certainly continue to do so. Pamprin invites you to 21-Days of Positivity. Repeat this 7-Day Cycle below three times. Since habits form after 3-weeks of consistent and intentional effort, you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish and how it will all come together.
Day 1 – Start today w/3 positive self-affirmations. Attach your list to your mirror. Read them aloud every day. Add to the list every day.
Day 2 – Find positive company. Who are the stars in your social circle? Who builds you up? Stick with the stars and become one.
Day 3 – Make a list of things for which you are grateful. An attitude of gratitude is a sure fire way to attract positive vibes.
Day 4 – Give yourself and others an “atta girl (boy). When you give encouraging words, you also receive them.
Day 5 – Seek, and you will find. We are responsible for choosing our perception. Look for the good, and you’re 100% guaranteed to find it.
Day 6 – Find what brings you joy and order it up every single day. Unlike fleeting pleasure, joy is consistent. We cultivate it internally.
Day 7 – Stop to smell the roses. Give one away. Be present minded enough to give and receive life’s simple gifts.
Day 8 – Hit “re-play” and make it a habit. Positive thinking begets positive action. Positive action (over and over) creates positively powerful results.3 Easy Steps to Promote Positive Thing With Pamprin
I’m excited to be working with Pamprin. Here’s the deal – we all need positivity in our lives and with the holidays approaching, it’s a must to be able to deal with everything life throws at us. It doesn’t help with the dreaded aches and pains that come with our monthly friend, so with a little help from Pamprin in thinking positive and developing positive habits, while helping with the uncomfortable pain and irritability, I think we can do it! Being a woman, after all, is a superpower, right?
Pamprin Multi-Symptom contains three active ingredients: an antihistamine to relieve irritability, a diuretic to fight against the bloating and the dreadful water weight gain and a pain reliever to help alleviate cramps. Pamprin Multi-Symptom treats all menstrual symptoms from bloating, pain and cramps and irritability. It doesn’t just treat the pain. It has the same strength as Extra Strength Tylenol PLUS the added benefits of fighting against bloating and irritability.
I encourage all of you in joining me in the 21-Days of Positivity Challenge! I know you’ll be absolutely amazed at what you can accomplish over the next 21 days. If you need a little (or a lot) of help during your time of the month, I also definitely suggest you check out Pamprin Multi-Symptom. It’s hard to remain positive when you’re dealing with bloating, cramping and pain and irritability. So, get a little help from your friend (me) and check it out.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by PRIMPNetwork in collaboration with Pamprin. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted through out.
As a mom of three boys, I find myself doing the best I can to ensure they get everything they need, while I tend to cut corners on personal things for me. Let’s take, say… Specialty Tea for example. I buy the cheaper stuff so the boys can get the things they want and need. Honestly, after doing it for so long, I kind of forget that I’m even doing so. With the boys back to school, I realized that I needed to take the extra few minutes to pamper myself a little more. Whether that means that I’m able to spritz on a little perfume before running out the door, combing my hair before I leave the house, or just getting some great teeth cleaning without feeling the need to rush. I think there is definitely room for me in this equation of busy days. So, I figured I would start small, like selecting a toothpaste and floss that would give me that “fresh and clean” feel while also providing me with the confidence and bright smile when I need that little beauty pick me up. Today, I introduce you to Rembrandt and Plackers.
I’m sure most if not all of you have heard of these two brands. It’s been years since I’ve used Rembrandt toothpaste, but I use Plackers consistently to floss my teeth and they are the perfect little tool to take with you on the go. It may seem like toothpaste and dental floss are not the “treat yourself” kind of package, but to me… knowing that I can remove stains, restore my enamel, get whiter teeth and clean between my gums, all without having to take more than a couple of minutes out of my day… well, that make me a Happy Honey.
Rembrandt products are found at most stores and are reasonably priced. The Rembrandt Deeply White + Peroxide Toothpaste has helped to whiten my smile and doing so all from the inside out. It helps to restore my teeth enamel and is specially formulated with a rapid-release peroxide ingredient that starts working immediately on contact for visibly whiter teeth. As someone who photographed weddings in the past, I can tell you that this is definitely a toothpaste worth looking into prior to your big day to show off your pearly whites. And as a busy mom, I love that this works quickly so that I don’t have to sit there and fuss with trays and gels and all that other stuff. I still have all that time I can use to spend with my sons.
- Rapid-release peroxide starts working on contact to visibly whiten deep stains inside teeth
- Fresh mint whitening toothpaste leaves your mouth feeling clean and invigorated
- Sodium fluoride strengthens teeth by restoring tooth enamel
The Rembrandt Intense Stain Toothpaste has also been a must-have for me lately. While I don’t drink coffee any longer I find that I still have the remnants of stains left behind on my teeth. This particular toothpaste polishes away stains while whitening your teeth. It’s the perfect daily use teeth whitening toothpaste and is formulated to remove tough stains while actively restoring and strengthening the tooth enamel.
- Micro-polishers help to remove surface stains while tetrapotassium pyrophosphate helps prevent future buildup
- Special formula fights tough stains like red wine, berries, coffee and tobacco
- Removes and prevents stains while restoring tooth enamel
Of course, great teeth not only come with awesome toothpaste but a great floss. The Plackers Micro Mint Flossers are just the thing to easily remove food particles between your teeth. Plackers Micro Mint Flossers come in a cool mint flavor and give you an immediate fresh feeling while allowing you to keep your smile clean and bright.
The flossers are made with Super TufFloss that doesn’t stretch, shred or snap and the pick is protected and can be folded away when not in use. This is my go-to floss to take on the go because it fits easily into my purse with my other “on-the-go” items and I don’t have to worry about poking myself when reaching into my bag.
Retail: Between $4.00 – $8.00 depending on the quantity in the package and where you buy it from.
Whether you are looking for a new selection of dental products like tooth paste or floss or just want to try something different, I definitely suggest checking out Rembrandt and Plackers. They are the perfect treats for your smile and can be found at most stores at reasonable and affordable costs. So, how about you, do you have a favorite toothpaste or floss? Have you tried any of these that I mentioned before and if so, what are your thoughts?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review/feature. This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
*This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
In December of last year, I shared with all of you about the HiMirror and what it has done for me. I would never have imagined that something like this would make its way to the market while I was still alive. And, I have loved using this unique tool now over the last 10 months or so and it’s become a part of my everyday skin care regimen. While I’m always amazed at the fun and interesting technology finds that make its way into the beauty community I’m also excited to see how they improve our beauty routines. While the first HiMirror has wowed me tremendously, I was so excited to share the newest from the brand. Today I introduce you to the HiMirror Plus. Are you ready to get the lowdown on this beauty?
While the HiMirror Plus is a smart mirror just like it’s sister the original HiMirror, there have been a plethora of upgrades that make this new mirror fun and definitely change up your beauty routine as you know it. A Smarter Beauty technology that takes your skin care game to new levels, offering innovative technology with the ease of an at-home beauty consultant.
Installation of this bad gal was easy and very quick. I decided that instead of mounting the mirror to my door as I did with the first HiMirror, that I wanted to have it on my little makeup table so it was available for me each day. A simple little frame, which I purchased on my own, made a great accompaniment.
The set up for the HiMirror Plus was quite easy to do and the instructions along with a handy YouTube video to follow made it a breeze. You do need to have your mirror near a plug so that you can plug it in and of course, you must have a WiFi connection to connect to the mirror. The app to help with analyzing and set up is available on iPhone or Android (I have Android) and it’s as easy as answering a few skin care questions. The setup process takes about 5 minutes and while it takes a little getting used to the actual use of the product, it’s fairly easy once you get started.
Once set up – you can start using your HiMirror Plus. Each scan of your face will analyze the following things:
HiMirror Plus can track your skin’s progress each day and record your skin’s current condition while comparing it to those from previous months. This Personal Beauty System provides you with a comparison so you can see which products are really working for you and which are not.
The HiMirror Plus also understands your skin care and personal needs. It will pinpoint areas on the face where you have individual areas that may need treatment, like:
- Dark Circles
- Red spots
- Fine Lines
- Dark Spots
These areas will be marked by the level of intensity compared to your overall complexion. This information is very useful in keeping up with the proper skin care regimen and products.
The HiMirror Plus has an HD camera that works to analyze your skin but also provides you with face recognition each time you turn on your camera. You can close and open the shutter to keep your privacy but this very awesome camera will detect your dark spots, redness, pores, fine lines, texture and so much more on your skin. Each time you take a photo with this camera, it will track your skins progress over time and give you tips on how you can improve your skin’s overall condition. It’s definitely a high-tech skin care loving friend that I think every girl needs.
What’s great about the HiMirror Plus is that it also offers voice recognition. This handy tool has been making it a little easier for me to operate the mirror when I’m not feeling the hand gestures that day.
The HiMirror Plus offers a variety of new upgrades as I stated before and that includes updates to the software. You can keep on top of your local weather, news and even listen to music without leaving the mirrors side. All of the mirror’s options give you a variety of selections for you to choose from. The HiMirror is powered by Big Data but all of your personal information is kept completely private and monitoring your skin care is easy with the mirror or smartphone app which is free to download.
The HiMirror Plus also has an additional tool to help with your skincare regimen. The HiSkin is a cool little device that you can purchase separately and connect to your HiMirror or phone via Bluetooth. You can use this handy tool to get accurate readings of your skin in the particular areas for a better analysis.
“This isn’t a cure-all or electronic technological fountain of youth, but more like an assistant to keep you on track.”
The HiMirror Plus is more than a Beauty Consultant, it offers you a variety of tools at your fingertips. You can magnify your beauty with HiMirror’s specialized lens and magnifying feature. There are two new zoom options now available offering you actual photo size, 2x and 3x zoom.
Like with all products I’ve tried, there are many benefits in my opinion – or pros, as well as cons. I think while the pros surely out-weight the cons, I did want to make a notation of some of the things that could use some adjustments to.
- Hand gestures: Using the hand gestures is still something I need to get used to. My arm gets tired after trying many times to select an option. I know that it’s a matter of how the mirror is mounted and how fast you move your hand, but I’d love to see a touchscreen version to provide more ease. The voice recognition is definitely helpful, but my arms are tired.
- Scanning products using the bar code to add to your Beauty Box: This is actually a very easy thing to use, however, I don’t ever keep my boxes for products so that means that if I want to add it to my beauty box, I have to scan the product before throwing the box out. It may seem like no big deal to do, but it can be cumbersome at times and that extra step can be a pain.
- The dreaded cord: This one is probably the hardest for me to get over. The cord is not very long, so while it may seem like it’s not that big of a deal, for me, it can be. I don’t have an open plug near my makeup area so I have to plug in an extension and drag it into the corner to use it. A cordless version would be great, especially since I’m a clutz and have already knocked it down twice because I tripped on the cord.
Overall, I have to say that I’ve become accustomed to using the HiMirror Plus (and prior to that the HiMirror) so it’s easily a favorite tool in my beauty routine. Since I suffer from sensitive skin, this has been a tool that has totally made a difference in how I treat and care for my skin. I’m optimistic that HiMirror will continue to make additional improvements to make the device much more user-friendly. But, I do believe that with the options currently available, this product is genius and worth every penny. If you are someone who loves new inventions and looking for smarter beauty options, you will love this at-home beauty consultant. Of course, I try to keep it as real as I possibly can here, no frills or pretty pictures to entice you, just my thoughts on the product itself. I found that after using the original HiMirror over the last year (just about), that I was able to make it work for me and figured out what I needed to improve on when it comes to my skin. This isn’t a cure-all or electronic technological fountain of youth, but more like an assistant to keep you on track.
A few updates on HiMirror…
HiMirror recently launched their remote control on August 18th. Woohoo! So, both HiMirror and HiMirror Plus bundles are available that include the remote control as an option. Prices for each bundle are:
HiMirror + Remote Control: $149 + Free Shipping
HiMirror Plus + Remote Control: $229 + Free Shipping
There is currently a promo code valid for accessories for the HiMirror/HiMirror Plus which include — Stand, HiSkin, Smart Body Scale. Use Code: BCLA17 at the HiMirror Website.
I definitely suggest checking out this Personal Beauty System that will offer you skin analysis, skincare tips and so much more. Head on over to the HiMirror Plus Website and get all the details and see if this is the tool you need to up your skincare game.
Be sure to head on over to a few of my blogger friends and see what they have to say about the HiMirror Plus too:
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the PRIMP Network in collaboration with HiMirror Plus. The product featured was also provided for review and feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you see or read about on this site. Affiliate links may be posted throughout.
About two months ago I received a fun package in the mail. In the package was the Sleep Styler in Large. Let’s just say I was super excited and couldn’t wait to try it out. She Sleep Styler was featured and backed by Lori Greiner from ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank. Now, I watch Shark Tank so you can only imagine how gitty I was to try another product from Shark Tank once again. What made me more excited to try this out, is that I actually watched this episode of Shark Tank when The Sleep Styler was featured and I was definitely swooning over the product before it landed at my door step.
The Sleep Styler was invented by Tara Brown. As a mother who also worked, her goal was to be able to cut down the drying time and styling time for her hair so her routine wouldn’t be as lengthy. The Sleep Styler curls your hair while you sleep and helps to save an hour of styling time. You can achieve beautiful styles with effortless work and it’s perfect for heat free styling. Each roller is marshmallow soft with a memory-foam core that makes it comfortable to sleep in and each microfiber material holds 4-5 times its weight in water, drying the hair super fast.
If you’ve been reading my blog or stopping by now and then, you know that I have naturally curly hair. My curl pattern ranges between a 2c 3a and on a good day, 3a 3b if I have been caring for my hair properly. It’s taken me a while to get my hair back to where I want it and I’ve finally embraced my curls, but that also means that I try to use as little heat on my hair as possible. I really became excited about this product when I find out that it was a hair styling system that not only saves time and money, but it doesn’t cause any damage to the hair.
Using this product means that I truly need to take my time learning how to use it. The first time I used it, I tried to take my curls and make them straight. My hair at the time was past my buttocks in length and it was near to impossible to get all of my hair onto two of the rollers (stacked on each other). I had parts of my hair (my lengths) that looked straight, while other parts still had curl and frizz.
After trying that and knowing that I just couldn’t make it work with my long hair, I figured I would test out the curly method. Large barrel and voluminous curls are great for that glam and beachy look so I figured I would test it out and see how it worked for me.
It was interesting and you can see me put on the rollers in this video demo here.
Putting the Sleep Styler in my long hair was a challenge, but I love that the product itself is lightweight. The rollers are really soft and while I struggled to sleep with it the first time I used it to curl my hair, I tried it again and it worked well (so long as I didn’t use my CPAP mask). I also cut off about 7 inches from my hair last week and found it to be much easier than when I tried to curl my hair with it originally.
As you can see from the photo above, it left my curls quite smooth and larger in size from my smaller and tighter natural curls. I loved that it locked in the fragrance I had on my hair from shampoo and conditioner and my hair was left shiny and had a lot less frizz. The Sleep Styler’s 100% micro fiber materials absorbed the moisture in my hair while remaining dry to the touch and it is perfect for bombshell curls that are voluminous and full.
While the longer rollers are meant for long hair, I did notice that it still left the hair near the crown of my head a bit bare. I used one and a half packages of rollers on my hair but felt like I could have used it differently or used some of the small rollers on the top of my head for maximum coverage.
Overall, I think the product is genius. I have been using it on nights when I just don’t have the time to let my hair sit and dry naturally. It’s been awesome just for drying my hair, but it also works really nicely to help smooth out my hair length so it’s not as frizzy. When I want an easy style without the fuss, I will use this to help with a no mess, no heat look. I’ve been using this product now for about two months (the video demo was filmed about 3 weeks ago) and have found what works and what doesn’t. Of course, I can’t use my CPAP mask on nights I have the Sleep Styler in, but I find that I can still get lots of use out of this product and I’ve been enjoying it so far. I think my nieces would love this as well as my sisters and it’s perfect for those who are always on the go.
Head on over to my demo here or check out the video embedded for a look at how I put on this product to create curls for the first time. Plus, I get real with all of you as we chit chat about how it worked for me.
You can check out all the details on this product and purchase your own at https://www.thesleepstyler.com
Have you checked out or tried the Sleep Styler before? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, do you think this may be something you’ll sneak a peak at?
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I remember seeing the sneak peaks of the ColourPop She Palette in collaboration with Karrueche Tran and I absolutely knew I had to get my hands on it. First, let’s talk about my reasons why. Hello, look at the packaging of this gorgeous beauty. And, the color selection, my oh my, this palette literally had me at Hello… seriously, can you hear Lionel Richie whispering…??? “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” YAAAASSSSS… take my money NOW. haha! All kidding aside, the moment I seen sneak peaks of this palette, I knew I had to have it and the FEM ROSA name for the collection sold me more because Rosa is my middle name. So, when it was first released, I hopped on the website and placed my order. I have had in my possession now for quite a while and I’ve been busy playing with it and having an absolute ball. So today, I’m sharing my thoughts and photos of this gorgeous palette with all of you. I also picked up the Her Cheek Palette which I’ll be sharing a bit about as well.
So, the ColourPop SHE palette has been sold out and released a few times since its initial launch. I honestly can imagine why… seeing as it’s become one of my favorites since I got my hands on it a few weeks back. If you are a fan of rosey hues like myself, you’ll definitely enjoy this. I got a free lippy since I purchased over a certain amount and it’s a gorgeous metallic shade as well. But, anyway – let’s talk SHE Palette, shall we? The packaging on this beauty is what absolutely won me over. I have a small selection of favorite florals and roses are definitely one of them. Also, if you know anything about me, purple is my favorite color, so I was won over by the packaging and shade selection alone. Retailing for just $16.00, ColourPop’s SHE Palette is a total steal.
You get a selection of gorgeous and butter mauve tones and metallic finishes, matte and satin as well. These shades are absolutely perfect for Fall or year round. Twelve very pigmented colors to wow anyone and again, for the price point, it’s an absolute steal.
1st – Top Row: Left to Right – Ladylike (metallic soft ivory), Babe (satin light peachy pink), Dainty (metallic pinky taupe), Chick ((metallic subtle gold).
2nd – Middle Row: Mademoiselle (metallic rose gold), Gal (metallic red with copper duochrome), Empress (metalliic mid-tone pink plum), Filly (metallic rusty orange)
3rd – Last Row: Dear (matte warm rose), Missy (matte deep burgundy), Damsel (matte smokey violet), Duchess (matte dusty coral).
I honestly think that ColourPop hit this out of the park, because I love the colors included in this palette, the pigmentation, the feel of each of the shadows and of course the packaging. It’s gorgeous and it has been one of my favorite palettes since I got my hands on it.
You get a selection of metallic, matte and satin shades to create gorgeous looks and each shade is complimentary of one another so you have a wide selection of colors to create something awesome. You get 0.85 g worth of product in each shadow (0.03 oz) so for the price point, you really get a great deal. I often find that matte shades can be a difficult formulation for many to create, but these truly are a breeze to work with. Velvety soft and easy to blend for a show stopping look.
I’m using various shades in the SHE Palette to create the look you see here, as well as the free lippy I got from my order, in: Ultra Glossy Lip in Polished. Polished is a gorgeous shade and I applied it all over my lips and then blotted to create a soft muted lip instead of something shiny.
I also wanted to share the ColourPop HER Palette with all of you as well (since they are a part of the same collection). This pressed powder cheek palette includes three shades for a full effect look. A warm dewy glow, flushed pink cheeks and a natural bronze. Honestly, I just got it for the packaging, but I’ve been enjoying the shades and the blush and highlight have been fun to wear as well. I think the matte bronzer is just a tad bit too warm for me, but it works well for use as a transition shade on my eyes and it does work nicely, pigmented and blendable.
This palette retails for $15.00 and you get a pressed powder highlighter in a light gold shade (perfect for deeper skin tones) that has a pearlized finish (net weight 3.85g / 0.14 oz.). A pressed powder blush that has great pigmentation and applies nicely to my cheeks. It’s a pink shade that is a matte finish (net weight 4.35g / 0.15 oz). You also get a pressed powder bronzer that is in a matte finish (net weight 4.0g / 0.14 oz).
As I mentioned previously, I actually was intrigued and inspired to purchase these beauties because of the packaging and the name: “Fem Rosa”. But, after getting my hands on the palettes, I’ve been absolutely loving them. The highlighter shade in the cheek palette is a tad bit too dark for my skin-tone, but it works well with a light hand and it would be beautiful on deeper skin toned beauties. I felt the bronzer is a bit on the warmer side than I would like, but I’ve been getting use out of it nonetheless. The eye shadows, well – they are gorgeous and I’m loving them. They are beautiful “honey” shades and very pigmented. Some of them do kick up a bit of dust so I have to make sure to tap off my brush so that I can really get the payoff I desire. And, of course, the lippy. Not a color I would normally wear but I’ve been enjoying it and it will be wonderful for fall.
The SHE palette is currently out of stock on ColourPop’s website, and the lippy I received free as a part of my order is not available for purchase (that I know of), but the HER palette is definitely for sale and you can check it out for yourself here. Be sure to check out ColourPop on IG so you can get all the deets on when the SHE Palette becomes available for purchase once again.
So what about you, did you get your hands on ColourPop’s SHE Palette, in collaboration with Karrueche Tran? If so, what do you think about it and if not, do you plan to snatch it up the next time it’s available?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything on this site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I honestly think that I’ve been neglecting many of the brands that I have in my makeup collection and supplementing them for my Pixi Beauty favorites. Since Summer time is the time where I use minimal makeup, I’ve found that these gorgeous beauties have been my go to for lips and cheeks. Today I introduce to you some products that have been my absolute summer favorites and they all hail from Pixi. Let’s chit chat about them, shall we?
The Pixi Beauty GelTint and SilkGlosses have become one of my staples for summer looks this season. With gorgeous shades that offer me the perfect look for the warmer months and longevity that I need without the fuss of a liquid lipstick. If you are looking for that sunkissed and beachy vibe, I think you’ll absolutely love these as much as I do. There are three shades available in this collection and each one retails for $12.00. These beauties are dual-ended and come with a Gel lip tint (that leaves your lips with a wearable but gorgeous stain) and a gloss to top the look off. You can use either product on its own or together to complete your look.
My favorite combination of lippies has been to layer BerryTint and PinkTint to create a gorgeous pink lip and finish the look off with Sweet Gloss.
Swatches from Left to Right – BeachTint & FreshGloss, BerryTint & SweetGloss, PinkTint and PrettyGloss
These GelTints & SilkGlosses make a great combination and feel absolutely wonderful on the lips. I love that they are lightweight but offer great color, even if my lips are dark. They give you a long-lasting lip tint that has a great stained effect and I love that my lips still hold their moisture and do not dry out. Each product is hydrating and none of them are sticky at all. If you’re someone who enjoys a minimal makeup look, I think you’ll love these.
Just a quick note, while they are long lasting, they do fade through out the day and with eating or drinking, you may need to reapply. These lippies do, however, reapply easily without little effort and without issues of weird casts or dry patches which make it wonderful to take on the go with you. Toss these in your beach bag for an all day look and you’re good to go.
The Pixi Beauty Sheer Cheek Gels are another hit in my book. Retailing for $14.00, these Sheer Cheek Gels are available in three gorgeous and universally flattering shades. I love a great blush but since Hawaii tends to be hot and often humid during the summer, my cheeks don’t get as much love as they do in the winter time. These sheer gel blushes create a gorgeous but natural looking flush of color to your cheeks to brighten and beautify your complexion in an instant. They are long lasting and perfect for those days you want a little color to your cheekies without the heavy powder or cream products that you would normally wear. They have been my absolute go-to this summer.
Swatches from left to right – Flushed, Natural, Rosy
These gels are translucent (as you can see from the swatches) and sheer so they offer you the perfect touch of color to your cheeks leaving you with a youthful look. I apply these directly to my cheeks with my fingers and they can even be used on the lips, so it’s a perfect two-in-one. My cheeks are left fresh and bright all day and I never find the need to touch up. These products are oil free, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic and they leave my skin hydrated and moisturized too. I simply apply the product to my finger tips and tap onto the skin area or lips where I want the product to be. I blend onto the apples of my cheeks and my look is complete.
I’ve had these products in my possession now for the last couple of months. Since I’ve had them, I’ve gotten a lot of use out of them. As a busy mom, I want something that allows me to do what I need to do without fussing over my makeup. But, I also want to have products that help me look put together so I still look decent. These are definitely my summer time go-to products and I haven’t been able to get enough out of them.
When and if I remember to take photos of me using these products (I’m sorry as my mind has not been in the right state lately), I’ll be sure to update this post with images. I definitely suggest checking these beauties out. I’ve was an instant fan of them and love that they are so affordable but offer great quality. If you are someone who loves to just run out the door with a little color, I think these are definitely worth looking into.
You can purchase Pixi Beauty products at your local Target (if available) as well as Pixibeauty.com
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
If you do a search on this site, you’ll find that I am a huge fan of Beauty Junkees. While I’ve been a little out of sorts lately, there is one thing for sure… I’m loving the new goodies that Beauty Junkees has rolled out over the last few months. Since May I’ve been testing out some new finds and I’m very excited to share them with you. If you haven’t tried anything from Beauty Junkees yet, seriously – what are you waiting for?
Beauty Junkees collection of goodies really has evolved over the last year and I’m always excited to share with all of you what I’ve had the opportunity to try. This post may be a long one because I have a lot to share, so be prepared for that. It’s picture heavy – but hey, we all love a little makeup and eye candy, right? Let’s get into it.
Let’s start off with Beauty Junkees brand new Matte Liquid Lipsticks. They retail for $14.97 each and are very different from others on the market. They are water resistant so these make the perfect selection for hitting the beach without sacrificing color on your lips. They’ll last you all day. They are lightweight and feel really comfortable on the lips. They go on smooth, dry fast and are non-sticky. I love that they offer 3x the pigment than other liquid lipsticks currently available and offer a strain that feels good on. Made in the USA and paraben-free, gluten-free and of course – cruelty-free.
The shades I have swatched for you above are (left to right): Soul Mate, Metallic Sorbet and Dinner Party.
These liquid lippies are available in six gorgeous colors – Amaretto, Caramel Latte, Dinner Party, Metallic Sorbet, Soul Mate and Vampirette. There’s a color for anyone and a small but perfect range of shades for most if not all skin tones.
These lippies come in pretty fun frosted packaging and have easy to use doe foot applicators. The application is a breeze and I didn’t notice any streaking or smudges once it set on the lips. I like that you can top these with a gloss if you want a shiny look or wear on its own. These lippies are quite long lasting and overall, considering the price point and how nice they feel on, I’m pretty impressed.
Lip gloss sets and a great Vitamin E lippy are also on the list of lusts from Beauty Junkees new roll out. Let’s start with the Vitamin E Moisture Stick since it literally has been a favorite thing for me to use lately. Perfect for dry and chapped lips, this lip balm (retailing for $10.00) has been my go-to. Made with Vitamin E to help soothe and heal the lips and provide you with relief from minor sunburns while protecting the lips so you can enjoy fun in the sun. With long term use, the Vitamin E helps to block free radicals from damaging the skin cells and leaves your lips hydrated and moisturized. Paraben Free, Gluten Free, and Cruelty-Free as well as made in the USA. While this lip balm is in simplistic packaging, I think you’ll find that it will literally be a favorite once your lips feel it. No funky tastes or feel… just soft smooth lips. This has also been a favorite for me to use on top of any of my drying matte lipsticks to help rehydrate.
Because these are minis, they are travel and purse friendly, but there is still a lot of product that you can get out of these beauties.
The mini lip glosses also come in a 3pc. set. Mint Lip Gloss Sets are available in two different selections – Kissable and Loveable. I got the Loveable collection. I’m not a big gloss fan, if you have been around here a while, you know this about me. But I love a gloss that is perfect on the go, hydrating and not sticky. Well, these definitely do all of those for me. Retailing for $14.97, you get a 3 piece set that includes: Mint Sugar Glaze (matte finish) which goes on clear with a slight hint of peach, Mint Blossom (matte finish) has a mauve plum tint and Mint Charming (shimmer finish) that has a rose mauve pink tint. They are sheer glosses that go on smooth and are non-stick. These have been perfect for me to wear alone or to top my favorite matte lippy.
Beauty Junkees also released Eye Shadow Quads that includes four single shadows in magnetic refill pans. Each pan is 26mm (the perfect size to fill your makeup kit) and while they do not currently come in a quad, they are ready to be placed in a magnetic palette of your choice. (You can check out the one that Beauty Junkees offers here)
This particular collection of shades is called: From The Stars Metallic Collection Eye Shadow Quad
The colors you see swatches above (left to right) are: Star Gazing, Star Bright, Constellation, and Star Field.
These gorgeous metallic shades are some of my favorites from Beauty Junkees and I love how buttery and pigmented these shadows are. If you are looking to try some gorgeous neutral shades from the brand, I definitely suggest checking these out.
The Totally 80’s Collection Eye Shadow Quad offers fun and bold shades that are perfect for the rocker in your or for summer eye looks. This collection includes 4 single eye shadow pans in Break Dancing (Matte), Leg Warmers (Pearlized), Totally Awesome (Matte) and That’s So Rad (Matte Pearl).
Swatched above from left to right: Break Dancing, That’s So Rad, Leg Warmers, Totally Awesome. These particular shadows apply nicely on the eyes and are beautiful and bold over a good sticky base. I apologize for how soft the swatches look on my arm. Because I’m a little darker skin and I swatch without primer, the colors did not show up as well. But, they are quite pretty on the eyes for sure.
Each Quad retails for $19.97.
Now, let’s talk Blush and Highlight Duo, shall we? I’ve added these gorgeous beauties to my collection of blushes and highlights from Beauty Junkees (which you can see) but I wanted to let you know that if you purchased the Matte Blush and lightly frosted highlighter as a duo, that would cost $14.97 – a major steal.
I currently have the Peach Petal Collection (Peach Petal Blush & Pow! Highlighter) and Mauve Mist Collection ( Mauve Mist Blush and Pink Parfait Highlighter)
Peach Petal Collection – Peach Petal Blush & POW! Highlighter. This is the perfect summer blush and highlighter duo for me and I’ve been getting a ton of use out of these gorgeous beauties. If you are looking for some color with a hint of shimmer, these would be perfect for you. I think these shades look especially nice on a warm skin tone.
Mauve Mist Collection is also gorgeous. It includes Mauve Mist Blush and Pink Parfait Highlighter. I love Mauve Mist blush on me because it works so well with my deeper skin tone, and offers the perfect flush of color. Pink Parfait is a cool toned highlighter – I tend to use warmer tones or a blend of golds, but it’s still gorgeous on the cheekbones. It offers a gleam of highlight without looking too “Bam! What?!” when wearing it. It does have a little more shimmer than POW! but it’s still gorgeous nonetheless. If you’re interested in frosted highlighters but you want something that you can build up – you’ll enjoy this one.
Each blush and highlighter offer a great range of color for a lot of skin tones and I love that they are super pigmented. The highlighters can be a bit dusty and have fall out, so make sure you tap off the excess before applying to the face. Also – since the highlighters are so pigmented, I highly suggest using a fan brush or light hand when applying. The blushes while pigmented can be applied with a light hand for a flush of color to the cheeks or with a little more pressure for a bolder look.
Like I’ve mentioned before, it’s no secret that Beauty Junkees is a brand I truly love. Their brushes are my go-to’s and I haven’t bought any high-end brushes since. I love the overall quality of their cosmetic line and I absolutely enjoy seeing a small, woman run business expand their products to include some of my favorite tools and makeup items. If I had to choose one favorite item to try, it would be near to impossible. I hope that providing you with a few of the ones I’ve been working and playing with the last several months will help. Oh – let’s not forget about their sponges too… I won’t buy another expensive beauty blender again thanks to Beauty Junkees.
Check out some of my past posts I’ve done on Beauty Junkees products:
So, how about you? Do you have any of Beauty Junkees products on your radar to try? I definitely suggest heading on over to their website (listed above) to check out what they have to offer. There are many items I have tried from the brand that I can’t stop raving about and I highly suggest checking them out. If you’re interested in something but need a little advice, feel free to comment or message me and we can discuss personally.
Wishing you all a wonderful day.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out and this is not a paid or sponsored post.
I’ve been sitting on these products for a while now, testing and trying out all the shades and I finally feel like it’s time for me to share. Beauty Junkees is quite possibly one of my favorite makeup brush brands and now I can call them one of my favorite “makeup / cosmetic” brands too. Their beauty brushes and sponges are by far some of my favorites and are practically dead on dupes for my higher end ones. So, when they started releasing eye shadows and other makeup products (which you can read about here), I was over the moon. Stay tuned in the coming weeks because I’ve been sitting on their blushes too and a few other products that I simply can’t wait to share. Today I’m going to chit chat with you about the Beauty Junkees Eye Shadow Singles, so hang tight and let’s have a some colorful fun, shall we?
Let’s talk about affordability without sacrificing quality. For $119.00 you can get 28 single eye shadow pans and a really good magnetic makeup palette. The shadows come in individual pans that can be organized in the included empty magnetic palette to help keep them organized and portable. I’ve talked about this palette before in another post, and it’s really one of my favorites. The palette includes a duo ended eye brush and not just any brush, but a really good “Beauty Junkees quality” brush. The pans are 26mm and fit into the palette without any issue. No need to pick up additional magnets or do any funky depotting (which I hate to do).
Now, let’s talk about the eye shadows themselves. There are a total of 34 gorgeous shades in a range of cool and warm tones (which we all know I love). They are buttery soft and definitely something worth looking into. Buildable and blendable color and I love that they shadows are quite easy to work with. Each eye shadow is triple milled and pressed, allowing you to use them wet or dry. Each shadow individually retails for between $6.00 and you can select between matte, satin and shimmer shades. I find that these shadows apply nicely and I was beyond impressed with how buttery the matte shadows feel. I didn’t really notice much fall out when applying and used over primer gave these shadows great longevity.
I have swatches I want to share with you on the shades available. I am very impressed with the matte shades and I love the color range that is available.
Left to Right (top row in my custom palette): Victorian Gold, Vanilla Freeze, Peachsicle, Cosmetic Peach, Peach Vanilla, Stay Golden, Winter Wheat
Left to Right (second row in my custom palette): Iced Lace, Tiki Shed, Sugared Shortbread, First Snow, Beams of Light, Tiger, Gold Flicker
Left to Right (third row in my custom palette): Dash of Curry, Tuscan Rose, Raspberry Glaze, Crushed Velvet, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover
Left to Right (last row in my custom palette): Sonic, Ripe Olive, Brew, Stingray Gray, Brown Canyon, Blue Slate, Black Leather
Beauty Junkees also offers their Eye Shadow Quad Kits that include four shadow magnetic refill pans. This is the perfect way to grab a few shades that you know you’ll use. I am a fan of individual shadows because I love to customize my own palettes so that I’m sure I’ll use them instead of having some shadows untouched. I also absolutely love the quality of these as well as the price point. Overall – the pigmentation and quality are really nice.
I am so excited to share this with all of you. Where are all my eye shadow lovers at? Check out this gorgeous bunch of shadows from @beautyjunkees Beauty Junkees is one of my favorite makeup brush creators and I’m excited that they have branched out to include cosmetic products like eye shadows. These are so pretty. Also – if you’re looking for a great magnetic palette to hold all your shadows… hello, they have those too (the palette pictured is from Beauty Junkees). Check out the link and see what else they have to offer. I’ll have a full review of these shadows as well as swatches on the blog in the next week, so stay tuned for that… but I couldn’t not share these beauties now… I’ve had them for over 2 weeks and I just couldn’t hold back the excitement. http://ow.ly/bp7C309j2Is #pr
Cruelty Free, Made in the USA, Paraben, and Gluten Free all make these products worth checking out. Beauty Junkees also offers a guarantee that if you try it and don’t like it – you can return it for a full refund up to 30 days after you receive it. No questions asked. They have also been compared to Makeup Geek (though I couldn’t tell you from personal experience since I don’t own anything from MG).
Since my original post on Instagram I have been asked time and time again to reveal my overall thoughts on this product line. Let’s face it, I’m all about saving a buck if I can and I know that Beauty Junkees makeup products will continue to remain a staple in my makeup arsenal. I didn’t include the additional shades that didn’t fit in the palette, but don’t worry – they are just as gorgeous as the others (I’ll update as soon as I can with swatches of those too).
If I get a discount code in the future, I’ll be sure to share and post here.
So what about you? Have you heard of Beauty Junkees or have you tried any of their products? I definitely suggest it if you haven’t already. The ratings on Amazon are good for great reason… Beauty Junkees really is great!
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted throughout.