Jul 22, 2014

AVEENO Sunscreen Review + Summertime Pool Fun

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AVEENO®. I'm a 2014 AVEENO® Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. I received (5) tubes of AVEENO® sunscreen #AveenoSun, Wildfox Couture Le Femme Cateye Sunglasses and a Make A Wish Wishbone bracelet by Dogeared from AVEENO®. 

Have you gotten any pool or beach time in this Summer? I relaxed at my aunt's (condo) pool this weekend. It was in the 70's this past weekend (Cincinnati, OH), but it's going to be in the upper 90's this week. IT'S SUPER SIZZLE HOT! HaHaHa July is UV Safety Month and AVEENO sent me their sunscreen collection to test out! They also sent me some really COOL gifts! They spoil me & I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! C'mon, and let me show you what I received! :)

The first product I was excited to test out, was AVEENO's Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Lotion FOR FACE (Broad Spectrum SPF 50). Let me tell you! I use to use regular body sunscreen on my face. It was way too heavy! Especially when applying makeup afterwards! I'm happy to say this sunscreen is light, has a clean, fresh scent, absorbs completely into my skin and doesn't affect my makeup application. I also wear UVA/UVB sunglasses and a sun hat. This sunscreen is also sweat + water resistant (80 min). Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure!

The second product I was excited to test out was AVEENO's Hydrosport Wet Skin Spray Sunscreen (Broad Spectrum SPF 30). NO CAP GUYS!!! It's built into the can! I love that feature, because who wants to fumble with caps when you're at the beach, swimming area etc!?! You just TWIST & SPRAY! Another thing, it's not oily or greasy! Spray your legs, arms etc. Rub the sunscreen in with your hands. Not oily. Smells great. Did I say it was OIL FREE? Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure! Do NOT spray in your face! Apply to your hands and then rub it into the skin of your face :)

Do you have sensitive skin? Well, you're going to love the third sunscreen product by AVEENO! It's specifically for sensitive skin: AVEENO Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen. It's fragrance free and has soothing oat. It provides NATURAL PROTECTION! Meaning it's 100% naturally sourced sunscreen ingredients. This sunscreen lotion has a broad spectrum SPF of 50. The cream is white and has no scent. Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure!

The last two help reverse skin dehydration! Did you know any such thing existed? I didn't! Both contain nourishing oat. AVEENO's protect + hydrate sunscreen lotions come in a range from SPF 30 - 70. It's designed to protect and nourish skin to keep it looking and feeling healthy. It contains ACTIVE NATURALS OAT, which provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection while helping to reverse skin dehydration. Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure!

Here are some pics I took around the pool. The plants are so pretty! Nobody uses it! So I'm having a blast. AVEENO sent me a beautiful pair of Wildfox Le Femme cat eye sunglasses from Wildfox Couture. They are so COOL! They also sent me a beautiful 'make a wish' wishbone bracelet from Dogeared. They have some really cool jewelry. Very minimal (which I like). My dress is by Garnet Hill (purchased last year). Shhh, I took my aunt's straw hat. HaHaHa I thought it went well with my dress. >.<  Have a great week everybody! Let your light shine BRIGHT!

Jul 18, 2014

Laura Geller Beauty Garden Party 6-Piece Make-Up Collection Product Review

Ohhh a garden party!!! Garden parties can be so beautiful...flowers, petit fours, teacups and such! They can also be a nightmare...inclement weather, insects...OH MY! I picked up Laura Geller's Garden Party 6 Piece Make-up Collection when it was on sale two weeks ago. Was this garden party sweet or not? It was a mixed bag. I felt like the Mad Hatter had put this collection together and I was in makeup TRIPPY LAND. Let me tell you what worked and what didn't! >.<

supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff)

Laura Geller BB Cream All-In-One Skin-Perfecting Beauty Balm SPF 21 - Not Sweet
Do you have luck with BB Creams? I don't! I have yet to find a BB Cream that will work with my skin. I think it's the fact that my skin requires coverage. So I always stick to foundations. Several blog posts have stated the best BB Creams are from Asia. If that's true or not, I do not know. I DO KNOW Laura Geller's BB Cream seems more like an illuminator. It illuminates your skin! However, I thought it was too shiny. I have super dry skin and it made it look oily (see picture below). The BB Cream in this kit only comes in medium and it offered NO COVERAGE for my skin (I think your skin has to be PERFECT to wear this alone). It comes out the tube beigey-brown, but provides no color when applied to the face. I ended up putting on my Urban Decay Naked Foundation and Benefit Boi-ing Concealer OVER this BB Cream. See the difference? For my regular readers, I'm almost out of my UD Naked Skin, so I'll be purchasing MAC & YSL soon.

Laura Geller Supreme Lip Spackle - Not Sweet
The purpose of this lip spackle, is to keep your lipstick in place. Well, IT DID but it felt like a glue stick! It's HEAVY & THICK! You better exfoliate the hell out of your lips, or your lips will look like you are on drugs girl! I know it's a primer for your lips (before applying lipstick), but damn. I HATED THE FEEL OF IT! LOL :P

Laura Geller Lipstick in Pink Mink - Sweet
This is where the Garden Party gets better! I must say it was a rough start! LOL I love Laura Geller's lipstick. And guess what? You can purchase this lipstick WITHOUT buying the kit! I wish I would've known! LOL Gorgeous color! It's a pink-brown color. Nice shine! Very moisturizing! I can't complain. I also love how her name and lips are imprinted on the lipstick. Very nice touch! Very classy!

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Vivid Flower Blush Pink Dahlia - Sweet
Isn't this blush gorgeous!?! It's a gorgeous dimensional flower, that's a raspberry pink and light dusty frosted pink. There's a little sparkle in this blush, but nothing that's annoying. It's really nice and gives you a healthy glow. It goes on very light. I wish it had just a little more punch to it, but it is buildable. So add and add on baby!

Laura Geller  I-Care Waterproof Eyeliner Caffe' Mocha - Bittersweet
This eyeliner fades fast! HaHaHa It's a beautiful brown when applied, but it fades over time. Waterproof? It may not run, but it will disappear. HaHaHa Surprisingly, I got a lovely look out of all of this! Thanks to my Urban Decay Foundation, Benefit Boi-ing, Laura Geller Lipstick and Blush. Kits are funny! They definitely can be a mixed bag. Oh well! That's my honest review!

Laura Geller Retractable Baked Powder Brush - Bittersweet
One more thing! The brush! I thought this was a blush brush, until I read the outer casing (powder brush)! I didn't quite understand this, because there's NO POWDER in the kit. There is however BLUSH! A blush brush would've been nice! HaHaHa This brush is strictly to powder your face. The bristles are longggg and soft! Put some powder on it, retract it and put it in your purse. You'll use it later that day :) That's how I use mine. If you want this kit, don't pay full price (I didn't! Wait for a really good sale!). This garden party wore me out!!! I'm going to relax by the pool this weekend and catch up with your blogs. Have an awesome weekend my friends! I'll see you next week! <3

Jul 15, 2014

Cargo Cosmetics: Suited To A Tea Tin Kit Review

A cute tin covered in sweets, teacups and filled with makeup!?! Yes, please!!! That is what attracted me to the Cargo Cosmetics 'Suited To A Tea Kit' ($38 Nordstrom & Cargo Cosmetics and currently on sale at Ulta for $29) and of course the lovely illustrations. Cargo Cosmetics is a Canadian makeup brand that was founded in 1996. I've never tried their makeup. So how did this kit fare? Mmm, it was bittersweet for me. Some things were good and some not so much.

The quality of their makeup (at least what I tried in THIS tin) is on the same level as SOME drugstore makeup. I LIKED the lipstick in Santa Fe. It was moisturizing and a great everyday color. I LIKED the Texas lash mascara. The bristles on the brush were soft and did a fabulous job making my lashes fuller. The eyeliner in Pfeiffer Beach was OK. I had to go over the lines a couple of times to achieve the look below. Where things got WEAK was with the blush and eyeshadow. The blush gives off this shine & iridescent look that sits atop your cheeks. It doesn't blend in well with the rest of your makeup. The eyeshadow is a little chalky. Overall, I found the colors to be a little bland (dead). When I think of a tea party, I think of pinks, peaches (lively colors) etc. The only item with a little punch was the lipstick. Overall this kit didn't wow me. But at least I have a cool tin! HaHaHa  There's also an eyeshadow kit (sold separately; shown above). One day Ulta or Sephora gave (the eyeshadow kit sold separately) away for FREE, if you spent so much (that is NEVER a good sign LOL) I was so un-amused about this kit, that I've sat on this review for TWO MONTHS. The other day I said, "oh well, let me post it". >.<

The Cargo Cosmetics Suited To A Tea Tin Kit Set includes: Full-size Essential Lip Color in Santa Fe (0.1 oz.); Mini Swimmables Blush in Bali (0.14 oz.); Mini TexasLash™ Mascara (0.15 oz.); Full-size Eyeshadow in Yukon (0.12 oz.); Full-size Swimmables Eyeliner Pencil in Pfeiffer Beach (0.04 oz.); Tin case

Here's my look, using the kit! Do you see what I mean? I could achieve the same look and better with drugstore makeup. I guess I can't complain about the price, because I DO get 5 products and a cute tin for $38. I think it's the QUALITY I'm displeased with. Maybe it's the COLORS that don't suit me? Should I stop bitchin'? What are your thoughts? LOL

supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff) 
  Cargo Cosmetics 'Suited To A Tea' Tin Kit is Bittersweet