My 4th Of July Beauty Haul

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hey Everybody! I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was a relaxing one. I had plenty of bbq, watched the pope's arrival in Ecuador, the Royal Christening (Princess Charlotte), and the FIFA World Cup. I also did some online shopping. I've had some products on my beauty wishlist for awhile, so I took advantage of some great deals this weekend. I'm currently testing Too Faced's New Born This Way Foundation and loving it (I'm wearing it in the Happiness Boutique pictures below). However, the Smashbox primer I use makes it more matte (drier). So I ordered (1) Too Faced's Primed & Poreless Primer and Pressed Powder (since I didn't care for Hangover Rx), (2) Smashbox's Hydrating Primer and (3) Murad's New Invisiblur Perfecting Shield which is a 3 in 1 that (treats / blurs / protects). So I'll see how those work with the foundation! FYI, The Murad is $65, but you can find it on QVC for $59. I've heard so much about (4) Real Technique makeup brushes! So I purchased some, via Ulta & Walgreens who were running a buy 1, 50% off sale. I've also heard great things about Sigma brushes (so maybe next time). Ulta is now selling Makeup Revolution (British brand) products! They don't have their ENTIRE collection, but they do have some of their most recent products. (5) Makeup Revolution's Sugar & Spice blush palette has been on my list, so I ordered that. I was looking at some YouTube videos and a vlogger (What Would Lizzy Do - LOVE HER!) mentioned (6) HASK hair products (Macadamia). I'm currently loving what I'm using (not ready to reveal), but it's high as hell (from Nordstrom)! So I'm going to try HASK, which can be found at Ulta, Walgreens and Hask. The power of a picture! A blogger posted swatches of  three (7) NYX Intense Butter Glosses (Chocolate Crepe, Toasted Marshmallow, Tres Leches) on instagram. They were 1/2 price at Ulta, so I ordered them. I'm so glad I saw her swatches, because the colors look totally different on the packaging & swatches on the site. Finally, a long time ago I tried Mally Beauty, so I wanted to revisit her products. She made the funniest YouTube videos. I use to watch her before I knew anything about the blogging world. I ordered her (8) Shimmer, Shape & Glow and two (9) High Shine Liquid Lipsticks (in Southern & Summer Peach). So all of this should be coming in later this week! I STILL need to review some products I purchased in April from my Sephora Beauty Haul. I never forget, but I can be slow as hell when reviewing things >.< Have you tried any of these products? What did you do this weekend?

Happiness Boutique

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Happiness Boutique recently reached out to me, and asked if I would like to collaborate with them. After reviewing their website, I really liked their philosophy: "We aspire to spread happiness and good vibes...We think of our [clothes & jewelry] as happy tokens, that you can touch and feel and that will remind you of beautiful things to appreciate." That statement really resonated with me, because we need all the happiness we can get in the world today! And anything to achieve it, is super awesome in my book. The Happiness Boutique carries a variety of beautiful statement necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. They also sell clothing, such as dresses, skirts, tops, playsuits and accessories. Another thing I love about them, is that they ship worldwide (internationally). I'm so happy to see companies embracing worldwide commerce, because I feel it is so important that products are made available for everyone and that everyone has access. The Happiness Boutique, also offers FREE SHIPPING and has a fabulous CUSTOMER AWARD PROGRAM. I picked their Pearl Blossom Statement Necklace to showcase. I've always been a pearl girl. It's a beautiful necklace that contains fashion pearls & rhinestones. There's also a matching bracelet, that you can purchase separately. This necklace has a nice weight to it, but it's not overbearing. Statement necklaces are bold, so I decided to pair it with a color equally as bold. That would be the color RED! I put on a red top, my Marc Jacobs Neo-Noir (126) lipstick and if I had more time I would've used my Butter London 'Come To Bed Red' nail lacquer. HaHaHa I also tried this necklace with a striped, black & pure white top and various jackets (leather, blazers)! All looked great! On a personal note, this necklace made me think of my late grandmother (on my mom's side). She loved fashion jewelry and statement pieces. The Happiness Boutique included a quote with this necklace, that stated "The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything but they make the most of everything ~ Sam Cawthorn". And that pretty much sums up my late grandmother. She could take the simplest of things and turn them into something fabulous. It's something I always admired about her and will always cherish & keep in my heart. I wish you all a HAPPY weekend! >.<





Clairol Hair Food Root Cleansing Shampoo and Moisture Hair Mask Review

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I was sent Clairol's Hair Food Root Cleansing Shampoo (infused with Strawberry Ginger Fragrance) to review and also their Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask (infused with Honey Apricot Fragrance). To give you a little background, my hair type is dry, relaxed, and color-treated. For over a year now, I've been co-conditioning my hair. Over time, co-conditioner's leave build up and you need a deep cleanser to remove that build-up. Clairol's Hair Food Root Cleansing Shampoo, did a good job removing product from my hair. My hair felt clean. My scalp felt clean. The shampoo had a wonderful strawberry scent and really lathered. The shampoo is also silicone, paraben and mineral oil FREE. So that went well. After shampooing, I used the Clairol Moisture Hair Mask. It's creamy and during the application, my hair felt moisturized. This mask had a very nice honey-apricot scent to it and it's also paraben & mineral oil free. So that went well. Where the problem came in, was when I started to dry & style my hair. It got really frizzy and felt very dry. Combing through was difficult. To counteract all of that, I had to use what I normally shampoo, condition and moisturize with. That's excessive! So I can't use these Clairol products on their own. Bottom line, these didn't work for me. I'm not sure if BOTH of the products caused the dryness or just one. I just feel my hair was stripped of all oils, and the purpose of these is to provide nourishment & moisture. I went online and read some other reviews. Some people did well using these and some experienced what I did. There didn't seem to be a middle ground; it was either they loved it (and it worked) or I hate this stuff (I'm never buying it again)! LOL So it really seems like a mixed bag. I'm giving these a bittersweet rating (even though they didn't work for me), because honestly I don't feel these products are formulated for my hair type (several african-american reviewers experienced what I did). So I took all of these factors into account when giving these products a grade. The Clairol Hair Food Collection (Cleansing, Moisture, Volume Collections) can be purchased at Target locations nationwide & Target.com. Have you tried it?

Disclosure: I was also given a Capresso Iced Tea Maker and two bags of tea infused with some of  the same ingredients (honey & strawberry) found in Hair Food. Receiving these free items, had no effect on my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Sweet-Bittersweet-NotSweet
supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff) 
  Clairol's Hair Food Root Cleansing Shampoo & Moisture Hair Mask are Bittersweet 


Arctic Zero Fit Frozen Desserts Chunky & Creamy Pints

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's been over 90F (32C) here in New Orleans, Louisiana. So when asked, if I would like to try Arctic Zero's Fit Frozen Dessert Chunky And Creamy Pints, I happily said YES! I love the art work on the Arctic Zero packaging. It describes exactly what flavor is in each pint and gives you calories per pint & serving. Arctic Zero Fit Frozen Desserts are Lactose Free, Certified Gluten Free, GMO Free, Low Glycemic, Nut Free, Kosher, Vegetarian and Fat Free. Now, that's healthy! So my first question was, what about taste? I had various opinions on each flavor. You can read my thoughts below.


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

A Lil' Bit Chippy - Bittersweet -  is described as a smooth vanilla with bits of rich chocolate chips. Arctic Zero's vanilla is not like vanilla your palate is use to. It's almost tasteless. Think of Vitamin D Milk vs. Skim Milk. This is more like skim milk with mini chocolate chips. It's cool. It's refreshing. The chocolate chips are good and taste like such. But if you're expecting a true vanilla or sweet taste, this is not. This was just ok to me.
Cookie Dough Chip - Supersweet -is described as chunks of cookie dough & chocolate chips in vanilla. If you're looking for something sweeter in taste, buy Cookie Dough Chip! I think what makes this so good are the bits of cookie dough and chocolate chips in the product. SO GOOD! I really like it and know you will to.
Buttery Pecan - Sweet - is described as decadent maple with bits of candied pecan.This is another delicious flavor. This is NOT HEAVY, like your usual butter pecan ice cream. You CAN taste the maple. The candied pecans are fresh, chunky & crunchy. This flavor gives you a touch of sweetness to enjoy.


Cool Mint Chip - Sweet - is described as dark chocolate chips sprinkled in refreshing mint. I'm personally not a fan of chocolate & mint together. But this is delightful! It's not overly minty or chocolatey. It's a really light mint taste with miniature dark chocolate chips. Very light & refreshing.

Orange Dream - Bittersweet - is described as a classic take on orange and sweet cream. This is on the order of orange sherbert, but without the sweet taste (think Italian ice). Again, very light!

Key Lime Pie- Not Sweet - is described as tart key lime with graham cracker crumble. Well, they definitely have that right. Now, I super LOVE key lime pie! But I have a love/hate with this. I LOVE the bits of graham cracker crumble in this flavor. I HATE the key lime portion! It's wayyy too tart for my palate.


The bottom line is Arctic Zero's products are not sweet or sugary in taste. They're healthy! They're suppose to satisfy your sweet tooth, but many of the flavors fell short with me and I don't eat a lot of sweets to begin with. I was sent 6 pints, but they have an array of flavors to choose from. They also carry chocolate dipped bars. These can be purchased ($4-5) at natural and traditional grocers nationwide, including Kroger, Publix, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Walmart and Whole Foods Market, as well as online at Amazon.com and arcticzero.com. They can be found on the following social media: Facebook (ARCTIC ZERO), Twitter (MYARCTICZERO), Instagram (ARCTICZERO), and Pinterest (ARCTICZERO).

Community Coffee Military Match

Monday, June 29, 2015

This week is sponsor week! Several brands sent me products to review. Check out my Periscope (averysweetblog) for a preview! Add me on Snapchat (averysweetblog) for glimpses of purchases and upcoming products! I was sent Community Coffee's Medium Roast Breakfast Blend & Vanilla Creme Brulee. Community Coffee holds a special place in my heart, because it's local (Louisiana) and my grandfather loved it (reviewed here). Their Breakfast Blend tastes SO good, and now I am hooked on their Vanilla Creme Brulee. So tasty & delicious. The aroma alone tempts your senses. Community makes excellent coffee. I'm happy to support this local business. The 4th of July is coming up! They asked me to mention their Military Match program, which sends coffee to the U.S. Military (my uncle was in the Air Force). Details on the program are below. Not only is this a sweet gesture (on both your part & Community Coffee), but it's very much appreciated by military personnel (who only get basic things). I love that Community Coffee has this program. They also have a Summer Giveaway, where you can win a trip to New Orleans! So check out their page and order some coffee! It's absolutely delicious! The winner of the Aveeno Giveaway (4 product prize pack) is Emily Chan (Canada)! Congratulations Emily! I sent you an email. Enjoy!