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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Benefit Dew The Hoola Review & Swatches

It's Sample Sunday :) Benefit has released a plethora of Hoola products this year! I kept seeing them on social media, but never took them all in. So let me break it down for you! There's Hoola matte bronzer in a box (bronzing powder), that I love (reviewed here) and we all know! You can now PERSONALIZE the Hoola boxed matte bronzer with your name (about $5 more) AND there's now a TRAVEL-SIZE mini version of it! What else is NEW? If you don't particularly care for powder bronzers, Benefit has come out with LIQUID VERSIONS! There's now a liquid Hoola for your BODY (hoola zero tan lines) and a liquid Hoola for your FACE (dew the hoola - liquid bronzer)! There's also a new Hoola bronzing and contouring brush! And don't forget about the Hoola ultra plush lip gloss! It's not new ;)

I received a deluxe sample of DEW THE HOOLA for your face (via an order I placed with Sephora) and (how can I say this) I don't like it (LOL). I found it to be different from the powder. Shockingly, it has a tinge of orange in it, which is never good. In the pictures below, you can't see it (except maybe my hand) ... but get a sample of this and go into the light (or sunlight). You'll see the difference. The powder Hoola, was very brown and natural-looking. So I was disappointed in this (I don't know this blogger, but she said it was ORANGE also). Dew The Hoola applies ok, but can get streaky. If you miss a spot, it will show. Another problem, is the coverage. It's a little too light for my taste. I prefer the powder (see here), because I can build more & faster. So all in all I wasn't impressed. I did Google some pics of people wearing this and some look a little orange. LOL It is time for my eye exam, but I can't use or recommend this. I was about to give it a good rating, until I stepped into the light! I was like, OH NO! So do the light test people (both natural & fluorescent)! Remember to get samples...try it in the store...don't be afraid to step outside to see how it looks...tanners & bronzers can be really tricky. Companies spend top dollar on promoting these collections/campaigns! Benefit sent a huge group of YouTubers to Hawaii to learn about and promote Hoola. It's been on Snapchat for days! Some of them will not tell you about a tinge of orange anything! LOL But in my Prince voice..."I'm here to tell ya...there's something else" ...ORANGE! >.<

(before with no makeup; after with one layer of dew the hoola and nothing else)

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Benefit's Dew The Hoola is Not Sweet

Friday, February 26, 2016

2016 Aveeno Active Naturals Ambassador Welcome Box And $25 PayPal Giveaway

Happy Weekend Everybody! Aveeno asked me to be a Blog Ambassador for 2016.
I happily said YES. This will be my 3rd year with Aveeno! I'm very proud. 
Below are the contents of the Welcome Box they sent me and a Giveaway for YOU.
This definitely calls for celebration! :)

The welcome box contained both new & classic favorites by Aveeno. It also contained gifts. 


Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash & Lotion

The other day, I was reading blogs. One of my regular readers, Shireen from Reflection of Sanity Blog, gave me a shout out in her blog post. She said, "I have since used only Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash after reading a dear blogging friend Kim, the very lovely blogger behind A Very Sweet Blog." That made me feel so good! When you blog, you never know how much you're reaching people. So this made me SMILE. As someone with both DRY/SENSITIVE SKIN, I'm a huge fan of both of these products (read my reviews here and here) and cannot recommend them enough. I also keep large bottles of both in my bathroom (join me on Snapchat to always get the inside scoop: averysweetblog).

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes

Aveeno also included a pack of their Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes. Thank you Aveeno, because I needed more (all the swatching & makeup removal I do for my blog). I've had the chance to try their Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes (sensitive skin) and these. Both are great (see both reviews here and here), but the Positively Radiant wipes are my favorite (check out my review to see how much makeup one wipe takes off)! So if you have dry/sensitive skin, don't be afraid to get these. They work great for me and will for you.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer 

I've had much success with Aveeno's Positively Radiant Wipes (above) and Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector in the past. The positively radiant skincare products ... not so much (due to my dry/sensitive skin)... My skin does better with Aveeno's Ultra Calming Skincare Collection. My mom's skin however, loves the entire Positively Radiant line! So she will be testing out the positively radiant daily moisturizer Aveeno sent me and I will give you guys a full review soon.

Aveeno Pure Renewal Sulfate Free Shampoo & Conditioner

I've been with Aveeno for 3 years and I have been OBLIVIOUS to the fact, that they have shampoo & conditioner (hair care products). Did you know that? Have you tried any of their hair care products? Well, I'm so happy they sent me their BESTSELLER Aveeno Pure Renewal Sulfate Free Shampoo & Conditioner. I just gave these a whirl the other day and I am impressed. Let me continue using them and I will give you a full review soon.

S'well Bottle

One of the gifts Aveeno sent me was a S'well Bottle (their goal is to rid the world of PLASTIC BOTTLES)! It's a STAINLESS STEEL (not aluminum)/insulated bottle that keeps COLD liquids cold for 24 hours and HOT liquids hot for 12 hours. This is going to be great this Summer when I get on the road. What I like about S'well is that they are supporters of the US Fund for UNICEF. They donate money to help provide CLEAN WATER to the world's most vulnerable children. They also support American Forests. I LOVE their philosophy! Aveeno always teaches me something new and I'm so happy to share them with you!

UP! by Jawbone

A fitness tracker! I've seen them around. I didn't have one! Thank you Aveeno! UP by Jawbone is a SMARTCOACH with Activity Tracking, Sleep Tracking, and Food Logging. I can't wait to use mine!



Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sara Happ Sparkling Peach Lip Scrub Review

I'm a lipstick girl! So I have to keep my lips exfoliated & moisturized (especially while using those liquid lipsticks that show every line, crack and cranny LOL). I fell in love with Sara Happ's Confetti Cake Lip Scrub in 2014 (read my review here) and since that time I have exhausted my supply of it (yes, I purchased many little tubs). I felt it was time to branch out and try another scent by Sara Happ. So since I had already tried CAKE, why not PEACH!?! If there's one thing about peach scents, they can either go right or really wrong! Well this my friends is PEACHY KEEN! I LOVE IT! There is nothing artificial about it. It smells and tastes (I know ... you're not suppose to ingest it but goodness gracious me it tastes good) like AUTHENTIC PEACHES! Is this scrub effective? It surely is! It exfoliates and moisturizes wonderfully. I would definitely purchase this again. A cupcake for your thoughts!  >.<

Doesn't This Look PEACHY!?! :)

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Sara Happ Sparkling Peach Lip Scrub is Supersweet


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

MAC Flamingo Park Flocking Fabulous NIce To Meet You Review & Swatches

I'm all-over anything with beauty/cosmetics AND dessert/food in it! I fell in love with MAC's Flamingo Park campaign weeks ago. The cute video features frosted cakes...iced doughnuts...tea cups & tea saucers! It's magical! But what about the collection? This collection was huge! It boasted 9 lipsticks, 5 cremesheen glass, 3 lip pencils, 7 blushes, 2 beauty powders...uhhh, you get the picture. BIG COLLECTION! Well, many of the colors were very BRIGHT! I wanted a blush, but the shades just looked like they wouldn't work for me. So I ended up picking 2 RED lipsticks out the bunch and calling it a day. The quality of both are great, but one didn't quite suit me. Flocking Fabulous (1st one) is just ok. It doesn't suit my complexion. It may look better on another skin-tone. I LOVE Nice To Meet You! It was so impressive, I had to compare it to Marc Jacobs Neo Noir! But I think the Marc Jacobs Neo Noir lipstick is redder. A cupcake for your thoughts! Have a great day!

MAC Flamingo Park - Flocking Fabulous Lipstick (cremesheen + pearl)


MAC Flamingo Park - Nice To Meet You (cremesheen)


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Flocking Fabulous (it will depend on your complexion) & Nice To Meet You are Sweet 
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