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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Mariah Carey Tries 9 Things She's Never Done Before

Happy Saturday Everybody! I came across this video on Allure, that features Mariah Carey. It's called, "Mariah Carey Tries 9 Things She's Never Done Before." It's funny, but the part that I found so interesting was how she tests perfume! She doesn't spray it on a card, like I do. Watch how she uses her arm. Its a much more sophisticated way of testing perfume! Its a little thing, but a big thing. You can view this video on YouTube and I've also embedded it below for you. I attended Mariah Carey's Caution Tour the beginning of this year, and she (personality) is exactly like this.


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Friday, May 24, 2019

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum Review

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Not Sponsored: Fresh has added a lot of products to their Vitamin Nectar collection. I enjoyed reviewing their Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water yesterday. Its really good! Another NEW product is their Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum (Nordstrom). Fresh describes this face serum as, "a juice serum with over 480,000 nutrient-rich microbubbles that delivers an essential dose of skin nutrition for an energized, healthy look." This serum has the perfect name, because it looks like a rich nectar colored juice. It smells citrus-y as well! Fresh goes on to say, [that it was] "inspired by cold-pressed juice, this skin nutrition serum sets skin up for success. Microbubbles containing coconut oil, vitamins C and E and beta-carotene blend with the watery base of fruit extracts and minerals, leaving skin energized and smooth with 24-hour hydration (in an instrumental test on 10 subjects) and antioxidant protection." You should apply this serum to skin daily (morning and night). This is also paraben, sulfate and phthalate free. This is a really good vitamin c serum. If I had to describe it one word, it would be NOURISHING. When I applied it to my skin, I could feel it going into my skin. It dries quickly. Apply it in sections. You get instant hydration and such a natural glow when using this. My skin looked plumped and felt soft to the touch. I really like this serum. I still love the Radiance Perfection Serum by REN. If I had to state the difference between them, I would say the REN is a little lighter than the Fresh serum. But the Fresh is more nourishing and hydrating. I'll probably use the REN in the Summer months and daytime. I'll use the Fresh more at night (even though it's still ok in the day). I guess it depends (for me) how dry I am that day. If I need a little more, then I will go with the Fresh. As you can tell, BOTH are really good. You really can't go wrong. Mad Hippie also has a Vitamin C serum that I would like to try. I was very impressed with their Vitamin A serum. I love trying products and seeing which are the best. I know your skin will be happy with the Fresh serum.

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  Fresh Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum is Supersweet

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water Review

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Not Sponsored: Fresh has come out with a Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water Skin Nutrition Face Mist with a Vitamin Fruit Complex (Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Harrods). What a mouthful! LOL You guys, it's a 3 in 1 product! I know, I always give a side-eye, when a product says it does more than one thing. It's a FACE MIST! It's a FACE PRIMER! It's a MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY! Its described by Fresh as a "multivitamin face mist that delivers a brightening boost of antioxidants for dewy, healthy skin." Fresh goes on to say that "this ultra-fine, alcohol-free citrus mist [can be used] as a cooling primer, makeup-setting spray, or hydrating skin refresh. Enriched with Fresh’s vitamin fruit complex of vitamins C, E, and B5; lemon and orange extracts; and minerals, it protects against free radicals and gives a boost of skin nutrition." Fresh tells you to, "close your eyes and spray evenly, holding the bottle about 8 inches from your face. Use throughout the day, under or over makeup, for a surge of skin nutrition whenever you need it." I've been testing this face mist and let me share my thoughts. AS A FACE MIST: It's very refreshing. It's a fine mist, which I love. I hate those "mists" that give you a shot in the face and are not fine enough. When you mist this on your face, it's both COOL & FRUITY. I would describe the scent as a citrus blend. It doesn't take long to dry down. I would say less than a minute. Your skin is left with a BEAUTIFUL & NATURAL LIT WITHIN GLOW. This face mist has a slight, very slight bit of stick to it (I'm guessing because of the citrus), but as it dries it dissipates. I would say this face mist gives you LIGHT HYDRATION. It's more of a NUTRIENT face mist, where it's giving your skin vitamins etc. AS A FACE PRIMER: My liquid foundation laid beautifully atop this face mist. My foundation adhered to my skin. Nothing slid. Nothing streaked. I didn't have any patchiness. I will say, with my dry skin I will need to add a moisturizer. This mist is not enough. For all other skin types, this should be dreamy. AS A MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY: I super love this as a makeup setting spray out of all of its functions. In fact, I put it right up there with Urban Decay's All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and even more so (let me tell you why). Not only did I find that it kept my makeup in place, my skin also had a WONDERFUL NATURAL LIT FROM WITHING GLOW after applying this face mist. It doesn't dull your makeup. I always worry about how my makeup will react after applying makeup setting spray. Well, when you apply this atop your makeup it doesn't change the color, make it slide down your face or change anything about your makeup. I'm really impressed with this product. It does what it says. Its skin nutrition. It's a multi-vitamin face mist. So cool.

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  Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water is Supersweet

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask Review

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Not Sponsored: I want to incorporate Vitamin C in my skincare regimen. I love the way it makes my skin feel. Last year, I tried Fresh's Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream and loved it (reviewed here)(Nordstrom, Harrods, Neiman Marcus, Sephora). In that review, I also stated I wanted to try Fresh's Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask (Harrods, Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus). Well, I purchased and tried it. With Vitamin C skincare, I'm always worried about it being sticky. I'm happy to say, this face mask is not. Visually, it looks like orange marmalade. It has small chunks of what looks like orange in it. Fresh states, "This skin nutrition mask is jam-packed with fruit—50% oranges, lemons, and clementines—to refine skin for a healthy, glow-from-within look. Fueled by Fresh’s vitamin fruit complex, it does double exfoliating duty: a soft scrub from the citrus paste and a gentle chemical peel from the natural AHAs." It's important for you to know this is a BRIGHTENING and EXFOLIATING mask! Fresh goes on to say, [it's] "a brightening and exfoliating face mask powered by natural AHAs in crushed citrus fruits; vitamins C, E, and B5; and revitalizing minerals." Let me share my thoughts and results for my dry, sensitive and reactive skin. This mask smells so good. It definitely has a citrus scent. It applied really well to the skin. As I mentioned earlier, it reminds me of marmalade BUT is non-sticky. It adhered to my face really well. It doesn't slide down your face. It dries down, but never cracks on your face. When it dries down, it will have a slight orange tint. There was no tingling or any kind of sensation. I rinsed the mask off with warm water and a washcloth. The mask was easy to remove. Upon removing the mask, my skin looked brighter and it felt soft & smooth. After completely drying my face, my skin felt a little dry. Fresh states you can use this mask 2-3 times a week. For dry skin types, like myself I wouldn't. My skin felt slightly dry after ONE use. I feel this mask would work better for Oily & Combination Skin Types. If you have dry or normal skin, I would get a sample and test it at home. I never experienced any redness or irritation while using this mask, but I only could use it once a week. Is this mask good? Yes, but I feel for certain skin types. I don't feel this mask is beneficial for my dry skin. So far, I haven't found a Vitamin C mask for me. REN's Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask (reviewed here) was VERY GOOD but too strong for my skin type. This Fresh Face Mask is about the gentlest that I've tried, but still too much for my skin. I'm really loving The Cottage Greenhouse face mask I just tried, but it is a mix of orange blossom & honey (reviewed here). My skin seems to do better with Vitamin C serums and moisturizers. After trying both the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Face Mask & Face Cream, I'm really liking the REN Radiance Perfection Serum and Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream (reviewed here) better. The REN products in comparison to Fresh's products are more lightweight. I can see myself using the REN products year round. They also give my skin a more natural "glow" than the Fresh products. I recently repurchased the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream and feel its better for Nighttime/Fall/Winter use. It dries down, but not as quick as the REN products. I can also use the REN products both day & night. I know this review was a lot of back & forth, but it's important to compare & contrast products to see what BENEFITS YOUR SKIN! I'm always in search of whats best for my skin. The only way to find out, is to try different products. I love blogging, because I can share my experiences with you (and hopefully save you money & time). Even if something doesn't work for me, I try to take into consideration if it would work for someone else :) I'm not through trying Fresh's Vitamin Nectar Collection. Tomorrow, I will review Fresh's Vitamin Nectar Glow Water | Skin Nutrition Face Mist and Friday their Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum. So stay tuned!

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  Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask is Sweet

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser Review

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Not Sponsored: GAME CHANGER! GAME CHANGER! I'm so excited to talk to you about Drunk Elephant's NEW Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser. As soon as it hit Sephora, I ordered it! I love Drunk Elephant's packaging. Its so pretty. In the past, some Drunk Elephant products worked for me and some did not. You can read my past reviews here. None of their cleansers worked for my dry, sensitive and reactive skin. So I knew their new cleansing balm would either be a HIT OR A MISS. Well not only is it a HIT...it's a HIT IT OUT OF THE BALL PARK HIT! Yes, I get kind of excited when I SUPER DUPER LOVE SOMETHING. There's so much to love about this cleansing balm. I already told you the packaging is cute. But Drunk Elephant has also included a MAGNETIZED spoon atop the jar lid! GAME CHANGER! No more scooping balm with your fingers and onto your face. Use the spoon! You can't lose the spoon, because its magnetized! It adheres to the lid of the jar. Very nice DE! VERY NICE! Now the BIG QUESTION!?! DOES IT WORK??? Yaaasss! Now let me tell you how its different from my FAVORITE cleansing balm, Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, which I also gave a Supersweet Rating. Drunk Elephant's formula is a little more lightweight and creamier than Cliniques. BOTH melt the makeup on your face upon contact (SUPER FAST). Clinique doesn't have a spoon :( BUT HERE IS THE GAME CHANGER! Drunk Elephants formula is not as drying/stripping to the skin AND my skin felt SUPER DUPER SOFT after using the Drunk Elephant cleansing balm. My skin felt so good! It felt clean. It felt soft. It felt nourished. This is MORE than just removing your makeup. It's also effective as a cleanser. Price point? Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is $29.50 (SIZE: 3.8 oz). Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser is $34.00 (SIZE 3.88 oz). But I'm willing to pay the extra $4.50. I LOVE CLINIQUES cleansing balm. I really do. But Drunk Elephant's balm is BETTA! It is! Drunk Elephant's cleansing balm removes makeup, dirt, sunscreen and waterproof makeup. Its for normal, dry, combination and oily skin types. It has a "Fruit Salad Blend: A mix of non-fragrant soothing fruit extracts (blueberry, kiwi, and strawberry) and replenishing fruit oils (cranberry seed oil, a├žai fruit oil, and watermelon seed oil) that help comfort and moisturize skin." I want to mention, it has a wax scent. That's the only negative I can think of with this product. But I don't put my nose in my cleansing balms anyway. Drunk Elephant goes on to say that it has a, "Nourishing Oil Blend: A mix of moisturizing and lightweight oils such as marula seed, baobab seed, kalahari melon seed, mongongo, and ximenia that protect and nourish skin." All of this will make your skin feel DREAMY! This cleansing balm is 100% Free of essential oils, silicones, fragrance and PEGs. Irritant-free. Drunk Elephant also includes a vial. That vial is a, "Bamboo Booster: Bamboo and charcoal powder gently exfoliate away built-up dead, dry skin." I tried it and it worked really well. If you have dry, sensitive or reactive skin I wouldn't use the charcoal but once a week. I didn't have any reactions, but I was a little red under my eyes after using it (but the red dissipated within minutes). A note from the founder is included with this cleansing balm. Tiffany states, "I'm not going to lie, this wasn't an easy formulation to make and I thought this day would never come, but it has. I'm so excited to finally introduce ... Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser. Well Tiffany, my skin loves it. So great job! 

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  Drunk Elephant's Slaai Makeup Melting Butter is Supersweet

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Urban Decay Game of Thrones Lipstick Review and Swatches

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Not Sponsored: Urban Decay came out with a Game of Thrones makeup collection. The vault completely sold out. The GOT collection consisted of an eye shadow palette, lipsticks, brushes, lip & cheek stain, and highlighter palette. I only wanted the lipsticks. The quality of Urban Decay's lipsticks have always been superb. For me, there was only one dud out of the four. It was with the Sansa Stark lipstick. It's very "milky" for a lipstick. So you really have to prep your lips for that one or else it will show any and every imperfection on your lips. So exfoliate well! It's a light peachy color. I would've preferred it to be a creme. It swatched beautifully on the back of my hand, but it was a different story on the lips. Cersei Lannister is a rich & gorgeous metallic bronze. This shade will be great for Fall. Daenerys Targaryen is a red you probably DON'T have in your collection. I know I don't and I have a lot of red lipsticks. Its a metallic that has so much dimension and depth to it. Very pretty. The last is the White Walker which is a deep berry wine. It's rich as well! I would suggest using a lip brush to apply the White Walker lipstick. Its easy to go outside the lines of your lips with just the tube itself. Once applied, it is beautiful! As you can see, the last three lipsticks will be great for Fall. I also loved the packaging. The GOTs map scenes, family crests and messages (I typed them for you below) on the boxes were nice details. I think Urban Decay did a nice job with the details for the Game of Thrones Collection. Unfortunately the lipsticks, vault and brushes went fast. You can find them on eBay. The eye shadow palette (ULTA, Sephora, Macys), highlighter palette (ULTA, Sephora, Macys) & Lip and Cheek Stain (ULTA, Sephora) are still available.

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  Urban Decay Game of Thrones Lipsticks are Sweet
except for the Sansa Stark lipstick (Bittersweet)


Urban Decay | Game of Thrones | Lipstick Packaging (HBO | GOT map)

 Urban Decay | Game of Thrones | Sansa Stark (Warm Peach Nude - Sheer)
"Inspired by Sansa Stark, this nude shade proves that profound strength can emerge from your true self within."

Urban Decay | Game of Thrones | Cersei Lannister (Metallic Bronze - Metallized)
"Channel Cersei Lannister as she fights to keep her seat on the Iron Throne with this commanding, metallic bronze."

Urban Decay | Game of Thrones | Daenerys Targaryen (Fiery Red - Metallized)
"Just like Daenerys Targaryen, this fiery metallic red will melt hearts of steel and inspire allies and foes alike to bend the knee."

 Urban Decay | Game of Thrones | White Walker (Deep Berry Wine - Comfort Matte)
"Winter is here. Arm yourself with this deep berry-wine shade to defeat the White Walkers and ward off another endless Long Night." 
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