Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In a Rut

When I started this blog, I was so excited and ready to write about all the things I love. It was so easy to do at the time and I even had more time. But things change and life goes on. I am so sad I haven't been caught up with this blog because it was such a fun outlet for me and sadly it stopped. It became more of a chore than fun and eventually just stopped. But, in 2014 I plan on getting back into it so I can enjoy things I use to enjoy even though life isn't where I want it to be right now.

What have you done to spark up your blog or what motivates you to keep writing?

Thanks for actually reading this post.

-Kristina

Sunday, December 8, 2013

(Late)October 2013: Ipsy Bag Review

I apologize for posting this one late! I had this saved as a draft and needed to finish it but I haven't had any motivation to blog. It saddens me greatly. However, before I post my recent Ipsy bag, here is October's.

Zoya Mason:
It is a nice pinky purple and as you can see below it goes great with other colors. I like the shine it has and it lasts for days.



Style Sexy Hair Spray Clay:
I only used this once because I am on a picky hair routine( no poo). If you haven't heard of no poo, google it. But with one use I wasn't sure what it did for my hair...

bella terra Mineral Eyeshadow in Navy.
This is a pretty navy blue color. I used it once as a smokey look and I should have taken a picture. I am sorry I was very lazy last month with my blogging!


LA Fresh Oil-Free Face Cleanser wipes:
These were very nice. They dried up quickly, but they didn't make my face sting. It did an okay job with taking off makeup with one wipe. I am not sure if I would go out an purchase a full size pack of them because I like other brands more.

The bag carries quite a bit in it and it has such a cute saying on it! It would be a great gift if you don't want all of the Ipsy bags.

b.h. Cosmetics medium shadow brush:
This brush is great! I love shadow brushes and this one does a great job packing on lid colors. It even blends nicely.



This review was short and sweet. I am coming up with a better review for the November bag. I am so excited to receive December's bag because the sneak peaks on the Ipsy Facebook page are amazing! 

If you want to get a bag for yourself it is only $10 a month for all of this(worth more than $10) click on this link to subscribe!!! http://www.ipsy.com/r/3m0u

What did you get in your October Ipsy bag?

Thanks for stopping by!
-Kristina 


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Echo Vie Lip Balm & Body Oil Review

I contacted Echo Vie because I was very interested in their body oil. And I received their lip balm sample in my Wantable subscription box a few months back and really wanted to see what else they had to offer. When they told me they're going send me the products I was very excited to try them out.

I was sent these products for free but I was not paid to review them. This is my honest opinion on the products. 

They offer organic lip balm and organic body oil at www.echovie.com/



The Lip Balm
This lip balm is amazing. I am very picky with lips balms because a lot of them do not actually moisturize your lips. Some balms you have to put reapply every five minutes or it just feels like it's going on the top your lips instead of penetrating. 

This actually makes your lips feel really smooth and stays on for about 45 minutes to an hour(if you don't drink often). If used regularly this lip balm will keep your lips moisturize and prepped for other lip products.

The flavor is peppermint which I love and it has a little tingle on your lips. Great lip balm overall and I recommend it to anyone.

Body Oil





This body oil has so many amazing oils in it such as Jojoba oil, orange pill, lemon, and more. Those oils make your legs and body feel so smooth and soft. Your body will stay moisturize for days after a shower. 

The oil smells like cloves and it is pretty strong but it goes away after a few hours. It isn't a girly smell but the benefits from this oil outweighs that. 

I like how it has a dropper because you only need a few drops for your entire legs and a few drops for the upper half of your body. And I've had this for a few months and I've only used one fourth of the whole bottle.

I recommend this body oil to anyone because it is so worth the price.


I want to thank Echo Vie for sending these amazing products. Thanks for reading and comment below your questions or concerns.

-Kristina

Sunday, September 29, 2013

September 2013 Ipsy Bag Review: Classic Beauty

Ipsy did it again for me! I haven't been disappointed since I subscribed in May. This month's theme is Classic Beauty. I love how they have themes each month. The products I got are awesome and I can do a whole face look with them, which is what I LOVE about ipsy. Every bag is enough products for a full look and also enough product for many many uses. This bag is worth $37.99!! Get your bag HERE!
Products I got:

The Bag(see above)
Can you say goregous! I love the color and you can fit a ton of makeup products inside it. The pattern is unique and classy.


This lip balm looks so pretty.
  • I have another product from Cailyn that I love and it's their gel liner. This lip balm also has a little brush on top and it works well as a lip brush.
  • The product goes on easily and stays put.
  • It does not on transfer which is a huge plus!
  • The down fall is that the product is very drying. My advice is to add a good chapstick on first, then if it is still dry, put a little lipgloss on the top of the balm.
  • I love the color and it doesn't look over the top which is great for work!
  • I would recommend this to anyone.

My husband took this picture because I couldn't capture the true color and he did a great job with how close he got. This purple has a pink side, but it is a cool purple.
  • This isn't' a super pigmented product, but it does do a decent job.
  • The color looks very pretty on and is a great crease color.
  • It is smooth going on and blends easily.
  • I would recommend this to anyone.



I LOVE this nude color! I was super happy I got a nude this time around. Thanks ipsy!
  • It is very silky and goes on smoothly.
  • Do not have to layer much.
  • Lasts a decent amount of time.
  • It does transfer but most lipsticks do.
  • I would recommend this to anyone!

I was not impressed with this mascara.
  • I didn't feel like it did much for me, it did lengthen, but not much.
  • I had to layer it quite a bit for it to do anything.
  • Nothing special and wouldn't recommend it.


I generally do not like eye pencils, I prefer gel liners, however this is nice.
  • It is silky and glides on effortlessly.
  • It is dark and lasts all day.
  • It doesn't smudge much, but it is easy to smudge on the lower lash line.
  • I would recommend this to anyone!
I also got a sample card of Michelle Phan's em cosmetics new makeup line of one of her eye palettes. I forgot to take a picture, but it is nothing much. I haven't tried it yet.

Get your own bag HERE!!

Thanks for reading. What is your favorite product this month? If you want to subscribe, just click any of the ipsy links or HERE.
-Kristina








My Hair Diaries: The No-Poo Journey Week 6

If you haven't heard of going "no-poo" before, look it up. I don't have any links for you because I have done a bit of digging and didn't really save my research, but I can say go to a facebook group called "No Poo(no shampoo & Loo poo) https://www.facebook.com/groups/nopoo/ and they have so much info in the link section.

Using this non-tradtional method has many benefits and they really sucked me in. I have seen first hand from a friend of mine that it truly works!

No-poo is basically ditching your shampoo and even conditioner which can be full of sulfates(product that coats your hair and will build up over time) and parabens(toxins that are known for various issues).

You can go many routes with this journey such as only washing with water, washing with a tea rinse, washing with a baking soda mixture, apple cider vinegar as conditioner, castile soap or many other methods.

Personally I tried the baking soda and ASV route, but I do not think that worked very well for me. My hair didn't feel right or look right. However it may have been because I was/still am transitioning.
You will go through a detox period called "the transition" and you will experience many frustrations and up do's. My hair was very very greasy, especially at the crown of my head, and my hair was waxy, sticky to the touch and looked straw like and greasy at the same time. It is an odd combination and the texture was just a whole lot of things. I am mad at myself for not taking any pictures( I have one during my first week of no poo but you can't really see very well, but it does show the grease).
As you can see, my hair looks flat and greasy on top and slightly straw like/dry on the ends. If you saw the back of my head, you would be amazed I kept my hair down. This was after a wash and I was hopeful it would dry nicely. 

Since the first week I tried using BS and ASV every 4 days or so and I didn't like the way my hair felt or looked. It did get a little better texture wise, but still had this greasy feeling. So I wrote out my frustrations on the facebook page was suggested castile soap and I bought Dr. Woods Tea Tree Castile Soap(about two weeks ago). I LOVED the first rinse and it smells so good. It doesn't lather, but it does clean your hair. When my hair dried, it felt silky and smooth. It wasn't super greasy and even could run my fingers through my hair without a fuss, even when my hair was dry.

However, after about 2 days my hair would be greasy. I would wait about 5 days to use the soap and probably only 1 water only wash in between. The water only seemed to help slightly. Then about three days ago(week five) I wanted to try the baking soda rinse again to see if that would help with the oil cause I heard it can. I used paste instead(just add some powder and water in palm of hand to make a paste and massage into scalp instead of 1 tablespoon of BS to 1 cup of water). However, my hair went crazy and got super oily and hard to brush(just like week 1). It got sticky and straw like, AGAIN! I tried washing it out the best I could. 

Moral of the story, BS may not be for me. I used cold water, so maybe that was my problem. It is all about trail and error, which can be so discouraging! But the girls on the Facebook page said it is so worth the wait and your hair will be amazing! I may still be in transition, so I will wait it out.



As you see above, my hair looks so dry! However, when you feel the scalp area, it is a little oily, especially the back. The odd thing is is that it feels soft. My hair looks so much better with the Dr. Woods soap. I may need to dilute the soap and then use hot water rinse so it doesn't get greasy. I will keep you updated on my journey.

Thanks for reading my hair ramblings and comment below and tips or questions!
-Kristina



Sunday, August 18, 2013

August 2013 Ipsy Bag Review ft. Urban Decay & Others

It is that time of the month where I share my ipsy bag. Again, I am blown away on how amazing they put together my bag and the products they chose are incredible for the price of the bag. Let me remind you that this subscription service is only $10.00 and shipped either to the US or Canada at the moment.

This month's theme is Glamour Academy!

Get ready for your first day at the "Glamour Academy" at ipsy! This month's August Glam Bag is perfect for the professional or student. It's full of beauty essentials that are perfect for stashing in your school bag or when you're prepping for your next big party! 

I like the colors of the bag, however as you see, my bag has backwards lettering, which I thought was hilarious. It is a let down, but the products that came with it are awesome.



The bag can hold a lot of products and fit in my purse.

As I opened the bag this month, I was thrilled with the size of the samples and even had a full size pigment.





  
WHAT'S IN THE BAG?

 Urban Decay 69 Lipstick
This lipstick is very pretty and adds that perfect glamour to any look. 
  • Stays on for a long time and keeps its color
  • You don't need a lot of product to get a bold look
  • I love how smooth it feels on my lips and doesn't tug

 Michael Todd Pumpkin Facial Mask
This mask smells just like pumpkin pie! 
  • It burns a little, but goes away after a min or so
  • It doesn't take long to dry and feels great on the skin
  • You don't need a lot to cover your face
  • Your face feels great after you wash it off and seems to help with my blemishes


Smashbox Photo Finish Face Primer
This was one of the primers I wanted to try out and it is pricey for the full size(I got a 1oz size). I was very excited to see that it can be included in our bag!
  • It feels so silky going on and your face feels super smooth
  • It does a great job with prepping your skin for foundation
  • Your foundation looks literally flawless with this primer
  • Lasts all day!

 Lime Crime Nail Polish in Crema De Limon
This was an extra for referring two people last month! I never tried this brand before
I have no review as of yet because I haven't tried it on, but have heard great reviews.

Pixie Lash Booster Mascara
This mascara is not dramatic, but it adds length and separates the lashes real well.

 Mica Beauty Cosmetics Loose Shadow in Bronze

This shadow is very simple but creates a lovely lid color. It is very pigmented and easy to use.

This is the look I created with the bag's products:
  • Bronze shadow on the lid
  • Pixie mascara on the lashes
  • Urban Decay on the lips
  • Smashbox under the foundation
You can get your very own bag for $10.00 a month when you click HERE!
Thanks for reading and comment below which products you liked the most in this month's bag. 
-Kristina



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wantable Subscription Review

Wantable contacted me asking me if I wanted to try out this month's box and of course I jumped to it! I immediately looked up their website before I answered. Their site is very sleek and easy to navigate. When you sign up you have two options: 1. you can take their quiz so they can customize your boxes or 2. you can have them send you whatever they put together not based on a quiz. Get your own box here: https://www.wantable.com/invite/MJDj__Mlu5w

About Wantable


"We create unique customer profiles by asking customers a series of product and personality questions. We then use this data to introduce customers to assortments of products perfectly suited to their personal taste".
They have either a makeup box option or a jewelry option. I picked the makeup box because I can't get enough of it. The subscription is either $36.00 a month or $40.00 for one time purchase. It is a bit more than birchbox, ipsy, glossy box, or many others, however once you see what I received, you will be convinced it is very worth the price.


August Box

Our featured expert, Matthew Ambrosio is all about bold eyeliner this month! He suggests applying one liner shade on the top and the second shade on the bottom for a chic two-tone look. Keep it subtle with low key colors, or go for the bold with vivid tones.


When I first set eyes on the box I thought it looked so classy and sleek. 

As you can see, it is a simple design and when I opened the box, there was a layer of foam on top and the bottom of the products to keep them from being damage, which was the first time I have seen that in a service like this. I thought that was a very clever way to give great customer service.

The customer is service is great and the box arrived only three days after my initial contact with the marketing person.


The Products






First let me say congrats Brazen Cosmetics for making it in a subscription box who uses superior products, because you sure fit the description! I was not aware of this. 
  • In the pictures above they look a bit more warm tone, but they are more of a cooler tone, which I love. This brow powder is perfect for what I need. I have a hard time with finding the right shade so it isn't too dark and make me look fake. This helps soften the brows and help define them in a more subtle way. I also LOVE it as an eye shadow color and used it for a look yesterday.

This balm is such a cute little addition to my collection. It is perfect for on the go. I like this because it smells like peppermint and it feels great on the lips. You must be a peppermint fan, but it does help soften the lips and create a nice glow. It has a lot of natural ingredients so it is very effective.

Face Stockholm Gel Eye Liner in Brun
This is just like many in the box where I have never heard of the brand. This jar is smaller than some but has a lot of product. I tried this on and I love how smoothly it glides on and how it doesn't dry too fast so you can have a clean application. I live in an area with high humidity and it seemed to hold up quite well. It did not smudge, yet it washed off so easily!                                                         As you see on the left, it looks great for a neutral look and it looks soft. I am also wearing Brazen Cosmetics Marilyn Eye Brow Powder on the brows and in the crease of my eye lids. I love the classy look it gives!

Au Naturale Eye Liner in Night
  • This liner is not exactly what I wanted in the box. In my quiz I didn't want any liner I had to sharpen, but honestly I don't care. It was a preference and I get makeup so I am happy. 
    • The liner is smooth and stays on for a long time. I was pleasantly surprised how well it stayed due to the fact that the packaging is so plain it just made me think it wouldn't be such a great product. However, it is a nice black liner I would use anytime. I used it on the lower lash line in the picture above this.

  • Oh goodness I was excited when I saw that I have this brush in my box. I always wanted a smudge brush like this and I have many brushes. This is a perfect addition to my collection and it is travel size so I can take it in my purse for touch ups. 
    • It is dense so it really does the job well and it creates such a soft finish. I used it under my eyes on the picture above in the gel liner section. I love this brush and would recommended it to anyone!

Lise Waiter Haute Couleur High Coverage Lacquer in Rouge Catwalk
Do you see what I see?! It has a light! What lipgloss has a light?! This one and it was a fun surprised when I opened it. 

It has a mirror on the other side so you can use the light to put it on where ever you want! No need to worry if you can't see.

I am putting on a second layer and you can see how you can create a thick or thin layer and it looks beautiful.

It smells like some type of sweet candy and I love how smooth it feels on my lips regardless of the small glitter in it. It also stays on for quite awhile, even when eating or drinking which is a plus and well worth the money for other colors in the future.

Overall Opinion of this box subscription
I cannot believe how great this subscription is. It is exactly what I am looking for because I receive full size to large travel size products that I can try out for months to get a feel for the brands they offer. I cannot stand receiving foil samples or perfume samples, or things that only give you two tries to get a feel for it. As you can see this subscription box delivers great products to your door for less than $40 a month. It is on the higher price side, however you get what you pay for and this subscription really does make it worth it. Think about, how much do you spend on beauty products monthly anyway and this subscription can give you an excuse to try new things! When I can budget this subscription in, I would love to add this to my monthly reviews because this was the most exciting box or bag I have received in the years I have had subscriptions! (Update, I just subscribed finally and so excited! -2/18/14)

*Disclaimer: I was sent this box from the marketing gal for free for reviewing purposes, and this was my honest opinions. Thank you Wantable for this great opportunity and thank you readers for taking your time to read this post.

GET YOUR OWN BOX by clicking this link: https://www.wantable.com/invite/MJDj__Mlu5w

Comment below what your favorite subscription service is and what your favorite product was featured in this post.

-Kristina