Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Review: Degree Motion Sense Deodorant

*I received this product free of charge to try and review thanks to Influenster and Degree Women. All opinions are my own*

I recently got the chance to try a free sample of Degree Expert Protection with MotionSense deodorant as part of the VoxBox program.  I was pretty excited to get this sample because I have a hard time finding a deodorant that I like and that really works well.  I had previously been using Equate Clinical Protection, but wasn't entirely happy with it.  

Degree Expert Protection

First off, I received a full size sample of  Degree MotionSense in the "Fresh Energy" scent, which smells really good. It is a light and clean scent that isn't overpowering or cloying. It is light enough that I barely notice it after applying the deodorant and it doesn't compete or clash with any perfume I might choose to wear.  It is not messy at all during application, unlike the deodorant I had been using, and it doesn't leave those gross, white deodorant marks on everything.  

Now, the really important part is how well it works at keeping me smelling good and feeling dry during the day.  Supposedly, this deodorant uses a new technology that works more the more you move.  I'm not sure if that is really the case, but it does do a really good job of keeping me feeling fresh all day.  I am on my feet, running around, for 8 or 9 hours at a time at work and this keeps me remarkably dry and fresh for the entire day.  Degree claims that this deodorant offers 48 hour protection, but I sweat A LOT so it only lasts a day for me. Also, lets be completely real: People sweat. People are MEANT to sweat; it's a natural biological process to maintain your proper body temperature.  No deodorant out there is going to completely prevent you from sweating, and no deodorant should.  

So, the bottom line is that Degree MotionSense is one of the better deodorants I have ever tried.  It really does offer superior freshness and protection compared to all the other deodorant/antiperspirants I have tried over the years.  I highly recommend you try it out for yourself if you want to feel clean and dry all day.  For more reviews and info about this product check out and the hashtag #DoMore on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Eco Emi Deluxe Box Giveaway

Remember a few months ago when I posted about Deals of Sweetness' July Eco Emi Box Giveaway? Well, Emilee and Eco Emi are bringing you another opportunity to win a deluxe box of earth-friendly products!

Eco Emi Deluxe Box Giveaway Sponsored by Eco Emi

Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Eco Emi Deluxe Box Giveaway
Eco Emi is the first eco friendly sampling service. For only $15/month, they will mail you five to ten samples of natural, organic, green, eco-friendly products to your door wrapped in chic earth friendly material made from 100% recycled bottles. Just recently, they introduced a Deluxe Beauty Box which includes 4 to 5 full or deluxe size bath and body, beauty, and/or cosmetic items for just $22/month.
All of their packages are adorned with 100% organic or vintage ribbons or they will often use 100% bamboo yarns. Part of the fun is that the package will look a little different every month. You will have the luxury of trying out an array of green products in the comfort of your own home or over a cup of herbal tea with close friends. See what Emilee at Deals of Sweetness thought of her August Eco Emi Box.
Would you like to win one of the new Eco Emi Deluxe Boxes? (Box may be different than the box pictured.) This giveaway begins on 9/8 and ends on 9/22 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Emilee from Deals of Sweetness and Pea of Sweetness received free product(s) to facilitate her review. No other compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mia Mariu Cleanser Giveaway

Here's another great giveaway from Emilee of Deals of Sweetness! Good luck!

Cleansing with Mia Mariu Giveaway Sponsored by Mia Mariu

Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Cleansing with Mia Mariu Giveaway
Finding a cleanser that won't irritate your skin but actually has benefits is something to celebrate! Mia Mariu’s Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser is a new and improved anti-inflammatory formula with 8 natural botanicals! Aloe, marigold, sea kelp, sea lettuce, plus nourishing essential oils: orange peel, lemon, lime and grapefruit are at the heart of this soft pampering cleanser. This improved formula has increased levels of Aloe along with the addition of anti-inflammatory Sea Lettuce and essential oils making it an extra gentle cleanser. Suitable for all skin types, non-irritating, paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free.
Emilee at Deals of Sweetness has been on the lookout for a gentle, natural cleanser that wouldn't irritate her particular skin on her face. See what she (and her skin) thought of the Mia Mariu refreshing foaming cleanser.
If you would like a gentle, beneficial cleanser, here is your chance to win! One winner will receive a bottle of Mia Mariu Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser! This giveaway begins on 8/26 and ends on 9/9 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Emilee from Deals of Sweetness and Pea of Sweetness received free product(s) to facilitate her review. No other compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Younique 3D Lash Giveaway

Remember my 'Fake It' post about budget friendly ways to look picture perfect on your wedding day? One of my suggestions was to wear fake eyelashes for maximum photographic impact. Well, here's a giveaway for a gel makeup that makes your natural lashes look like false lashes. Enter for your chance to win by August 16, 2014.

Younique Giveaway Sponsored by Vicki's Younique

Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Giveaway
Younique’s simple three-step process combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. Watch as your lashes transform into something you have only dreamed of! The 3D Fiber Lashes are water resistant but easily washes off with warm water and facial cleanser at the end of the day. Try it! It will quickly become your favorite makeup must-have!
Emilee at Deals of Sweetness is always looking for safer products, and was excited to try Younique products and was impressed by others' results! Check out her full Younique review.
Would you like dramatic lashes? One winner will receive Younique 3D Lashes! This giveaway begins on 8/2 and ends on 8/15 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Emilee from Deals of Sweetness and Pea of Sweetness received free product(s) to facilitate her review. No other compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Fake it, baby!

Nope, I'm not talking about your wedding night (get your minds out of the gutters), but a few handy products that can definitely help you simplify and save on your wedding or special occasion beauty routine.

Broadway Nails Real Life
Did you ever play around with fake nails when you were in junior high or high school? My friends and I did on several occasions but we always bought the cheapest, most outrageous nails we could find.  However, if you do some searching, you can find very realistic, professional looking nails that are much cheaper than the cost of a salon manicure.  I really wish I had considered using false nails for my wedding instead of shelling out $30 for a manicure that wasn't all that impressive anyways. Over the summer I had boudoir pictures done as an anniversary present for my husband and decided to take a chance and wear false nails.  I was nervous that they wouldn't stay on, or that they would look obviously fake, but they look amazing in the pictures! A quick search on amazon turns up hundreds of results for fake nails that are a far cry from the fake and juvenile looking ones I was accustomed to seeing.  Particularly good brands that I have found are Fing'rs, Kiss, and Broadway, but there are others as well.  You can easily get a gorgeous manicure for $6-$10 by using false nails, instead of the $30+ that a salon manicure costs.
Kiss Custom Fit

Obviously, you want to purchase your false nails well ahead of time to do a trial wear so you can see how they look in person and how well they stay on.  The Fingr's false nails that I used came with glue stickers, but I constantly felt like they were coming loose and had to obsessively check to make sure they were still on. The nails themselves looked awesome, but I would recommend using liquid nail glue as opposed to stickers. Also, you can buy some pretty crazy nail designs, but I would definitely stick with a classic french manicure or solid, subtle color to avoid looking like a wannabe teenager prom-queen.

Now, to ensure that your false nails look as good as possible you want to follow a few basic steps:
Fing'rs Duo-tone

  1. Choose a false nail style that is a subtle color and a short to medium length.
  2.  Before applying glue, check to ensure that each false nail fits the width of your natural nail bed. Nails that are slightly larger than your nail bed may be painful to wear, but they will look okay. False nails that are smaller than your natural nails will look obviously fake. 
  3. Gently push back your cuticles with a clean orange (cuticle) stick.
  4. Swipe each of your natural nails with nail polish remover and let dry before applying nail glue. This will remove excess oils and ensure a good tight bond between your nail and the false nail.  
  5. Gently file any unnatural looking bits of plastic off the false nails.  
  6. Be sure to bring extra nail glue in your bridal emergency bag, just in case! 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Some Wonderful Self-Tanners

  Since summer is almost officially here I decided I wanted to try to get and keep a healthy bronzed look this year.  It's tempting to enjoy the sunshine and tan out by my apartment pool, but I've seen too many people in their late 20s-30s with skin cancer and premature wrinkles to know that I want to protect my skin by always wearing SPF outside.  For that same reason, I won't go anywhere near a tanning salon either (unless I'm getting a spray tan ;) )

  Now, I'm usually all for loving your natural skin tone and not trying too hard to follow the beauty trend of always looking tan, but I do think that a nice golden bronze looks good for summer.  I've tried a lot of different drugstore self-tanners in the past, and none seemed to really work that well. One exception that does a decent job is the Jergens® Natural Glow line of products.  I bought the daily moisturizing lotion at Walmart and it wasn't all that expensive, I think it cost a little less than $10.  I really liked that I could just use this in place of my regular daily moisturizing lotion and build a nice even tan without much effort. However, this stains more than I'd like and the lotion takes a fairly long time to dry. Overall, this is a pretty good everyday budget-friendly choice. 

  Last month I started looking for a better self-tanner that I could use to look glowing and healthy for my college graduation pictures.  I searched on Amazon and found 2 professional grade self-tanners that I absolutely love! First, I bought Fake Bake® Flawless Self-tanning Liquid.  The 6oz spray bottle came with a nice applicator mitt, which is awesome for getting a perfectly even application! To apply, you lightly spray your body or the mitt (I sprayed directly on my body so it wasted less and wasn't as messy) and then gently rub it in with the mitt to get an even application.  I love that this dries the fastest and smells the best out of any self-tanner that I've tried so far, and it wasn't a whole lot more expensive than drugstore brands. I was able to get dressed almost immediately after applying it, and it hardly stained my bra and undies at all. The color turned out to be a nice light-medium golden tan.
  It retails for about $25 if you buy directly from the company, but I got it for around $16 from Amazon.   The only downside that I found was that it wasn't as dark as I wanted, and it faded in less than 2 days without daily reapplication. The company has darker shades though, so I may try a different shade or type once I run out of the Flawless.  

  The second self-tanner I tried was St. Moriz Self Tanning Mousse in the medium shade.  St. Moriz is basically the drugstore version of St. Tropez, but it's only available in the U.K., so you have to order it online. Once again, I got mine from Amazon and paid about $5 for it, plus another $4 or so for shipping and handling. I love that this provides a great brown-bronze color and the mousse dries a lot faster than a lotion does. I used the medium shade and it's perfect for my skin tone; it should work for just about everyone unless you have incredibly fair skin to begin with. If you are super-fair skinned, choose a lighter shade to look more natural. I do want to eventually try the dark shade, but I'm hesitant because I am afraid it may look awful with my skin tone.   
  I used a self-tanner mitt to apply the foam because I think it helps provide more even coverage, but you have to be careful when applying this to avoid streaks.  I was a little bit nervous at first because the color indicator makes your skin look almost like it's covered in dirt, but that rinses away and leaves a good bronze color the next time you shower.   The biggest drawback to this is that it does need careful application to avoid streaks, but the color and price are amazing!  
Hopefully this helps you choose the perfect self-tanner to look beach ready all summer! Also, I'll put up some real pics of what the Fake Bake and St. Moriz look like on once I get my camera working again.  

*Disclaimer: Just FYI, I was not compensated in any way for this post.  I bought and tried all of the above products with my own money, on my own volition, and liked them enough to share with my meager blog following : ) 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Budget Weddings Part 3 (Beauty Essentials)

Hair and makeup for your wedding are a few things that can vary greatly in cost.  You can get either or both done at a salon, or you can get a beauty savvy friend to help out.  Depending on where you live and what you're getting done, plan to budget anywhere from $30-100 to get your hair done professionally, and $20-$50 more for make-up.  You can definitely save money by doing your own, but you'll also have to invest in tools and products if you don't already have them.  For example, I spent a little over $100 at Sephora on the make-up products I used. In retrospect, I probably should have used less expensive drugstore brands or just had it done professionally, but at least now I do have a supply of quality make-up I can use whenever I need to.   I do recommend buying the best quality make-up you can, just because it is going to have to stand up to a lot of scrutiny and stress throughout the day.  Generally, a higher quality make-up will last longer and photograph better, so you won't have to worry about touch-ups in the middle of your day! I used the LORAC PRO Palette for my eyes, and it worked great! However, it definitely was bigger than I needed because I only used 4 of the colors so I would suggest picking what colors you plan on using and buying a palette or set with only those.  Also, I recommend using a HD or photo-ready foundation that doesn't have SPF because it photographs best and ensures you don't look washed out from the white tint that SPF foundations can have.  

When I bought my make-up at Sephora, I had an employee show me what would look best and how to apply it, but lately I've been watching beauty tutorials on Youtube and I have been learning so much more! If you already have the make-up products and tools to use and are mostly adept at using them, it can be a fun and memorable experience to do your own hair and make-up with your bridesmaids.  I definitely recommend having all your supplies well in advance and practicing until you can achieve the look you want without any trouble!  You want your wedding day to be as stress-free as possible, so full practice runs for your hair/make-up are essential!

As I said before, I did my own make-up for my
wedding, but I've since learned a lot of techniques that I really wish I had known before hand.  I think my make-up looked pretty good, but it would have looked even BETTER if I had known to use some of the tips I've found on Youtube and Pinterest.  One Vlogger that has really good beauty tutorials is Jaclyn Hill.  I really love her foundation and contouring videos, like the one above