Fashion Friday- Chic WorkOut Gear

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It is FRIDAY!! I do love friday’s!! My normal Fashion Friday posts have cute outfits, trendy items and so on. But this week, I thought that I would do something a little different. How about what we wear to all of our “keeping us looking fit” stuff (aka- exercise)? Influencer VoxBox had teamed up with Victoria Secret to help spread the word about their new workout line of clothes.

While I don’t get to workout as much as I like, I do like workout gear. And on the rare chance that the hubby and I get to go rock climbing, I like looking cute. Yes, I am going to get all chalky, sweaty and stinky. Still, I like looking good anytime I get alone time with the hubs. Because I can admit to being vain like that, I will also admit that I was stoked when Victoria Secret came out with this line. Even more stoked to get it for free in my VoxBox. (While I got this box for free, all opinions are my own and are not influences by Victoria Secret or Influencer).

In my pretty pink Victoria Secret box-

  • VSX Incredible Workout Bra- “A truly Incredible maximum support sport bra that’s perfect for running, boxing and high-impact workouts. With Body-Wick fabric to keep you cool and dry, and bonded, seamless technology for extra comfort. Plus, a super-soft elastic band and racerback. Get a runway body in performance workout gear from Victoria’s Secret Sport. (per Victoria Secret site)”
    • This is by far the best sports bra. I love that it has actual cups, instead of just smushing your girls up against you; and it has major support for them. Also, the straps are padded which makes it so comfortable.
  • VS Knockout High Rise Capri- “Second skin fit, sexiest butt ever: the VS Knockout capri pant flaunts the same body-loving fit and ultra-stretchy fabric of the cute crop, for maximum movement and style. Get a runway body in performance workout gear from Victoria’s Secret Sport. (per Victoria Secret site).
    • Wow. Is all that I have to say. These really do fit like a second skin. They are nice and snug, without being tight. I love that they are a little higher rise; instead of getting some cupcake action, it holds you in without being uncomfortable. It does give your butt a little lift.

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The downside to this line, it is incredibly expensive. If you were to walk into a store the bra will cost you around $49.50 (and up) and the capris will run $62.50. Per outfit it will run you a grand total of $112 + tax. Even with the 25% off coupons they sent with the VoxBox you are looking at $100. While I am in love with it, I personally don’t workout enough to justify going out to buy it. How about you guys? What do you spend on your workout clothes? Is this really what it costs to have good quality exercise gear? Let me know, cause I was a little floored at the price tag.

This is a sponsored blog post. Influenster provided me with complimentary Victoria’s Secret products to test and review as part of a contest.

Holy Grail Foundation

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I have finally found it! The absolute perfect, no crease, flawless skin, covers everything you want it to and nothing you don’t foundation. And to seal the deal even more.. it is a drugstore brand; no $100 price tag here. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

So I am normally a BB Cream type girl. Simple, not to heavy, minimal coverage has been my go to for a while now. The issues that I have with foundation are: cakey, settles into fine lines, to much coverage and heavy. I don’t have perfect flawless skin, I am covered in freckles and I love them. I need something to cover the lines around my eyes, and the redness that pops up around my nose. But other then that, I want my skin to show. I like my “imperfections”. Up to this point, I have not found a foundation that fit the bill; that was also affordable.

Yesterday I posted a great fall look using the No7 drugstore line of cosmetics. I used their Lift and Luminate foundation, and have to admit I am in love with it. Based on the back of the bottle it claims-

“Firmer, even skin with a youthful glow,
visibly firms, lifts, and brightens for
a more luminous complexion.”

This is a big claim for a drugstore (aka- inexpensive) bottle foundation. I have to admit that when I was at Walgreens, I passed on trying this because I was so worried about the possibility of it being “dewey” (aka shiny) look. If you read my post yesterday, you know that I was able to attend PHX Fashion Week preview event, that Boots No7 was hosting. I was able to ask Sasha, an amazing makeup artist, all my No7 Foundation questions.

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She was able to not only assure me that I would not get that look, but that it really did live up to all the promise. (It is even her choice of makeup when she is not “on the job”). Very tentatively I let her give it a try. It was great, she used their makeup wipes to remove the makeup that I wore to the event and a bit of their moisturizer; then went to work.

Boots No7 has the coolest tool ever. It is a handheld devise that takes a few small photos of your skin (on your jawline, on your cheek, and the last on your forehead). Then compares that pics, analyzes them, then tells which shade of foundation to use. Mind blown.

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It came back that I should be wearing the shade Calico. Sasha was a bit worried that it was to light for my skin (since I have a strong olive undertone). What was the solution? Put it on half my face, then put the shade that she thought on the other half and compare them side by side. Turns out Calico was a bit light (for me is fine, I would rather have it a bit light heading into fall, over being a bit dark). But the shade that she picked was a tiny bit dark (at the beginning of summer would be fine, since I would have tanned a bit). HOWEVER, when I use half a pump of Calico and half a pump of hers it is the PERFECT color!!!!!

When using this a little bit goes a LONG way. Seriously one single pump will cover your entire face, and you will still have a bit left over. I like to stipple the lighter color on under my eyes before mixing the two together to give myself a small highlight. Then I mix the left over with the darker color and stipple over my face. Then blend using small circular motions. It gives a great airbrushed effect.

Has anyone else tried this brand? What are your thoughts on it? What does it take for you to try a new foundation brand?

LOTW- Fun Fall Look

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Yea for fall. Is anyone else playing with the darker, bolder colors yet? I tell ya, Labor Day rolled around and I broke out all my edgy colors. While this seasons “it” colors are green and champange; purples will never go out of style. They look amazing on a lot of difference skin tones and eye colors. Plus anyone with green in their eyes will benefit from the purple giving them a huge POP. I was so lucky to have been at a preview event for Phoenix Fashion Week, that Boots No7 was sponsoring and they totally stocked me up on some must haves for this fall. The best part about Boots No7 Cosmetics… They are a drugstore brand that has major playing power, without breaking the bank.

MakeUp Needed-

  • No7 Lift and Luminate Foundation
  • Black Eyeliner
  • No7 Smoothing and Brightening Base
  • No7 Forest Fruits Eyeshadow Pallet
  • No7 Stay Perfect Long Lasting Mascara
  • No7 Stay Perfect Blemish Cover
  • No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick in Rumor

Step 1-
Line both upper and lower waterlines with your black eyeliner. I would only line the outer corner bringing it in about 2/3 of the way to your nose.

Step 2-
Dot a small amount of the Eye Base onto your eyes, and blend all over lid. This is a great peachy nude color that will brighten your eye area, as well as, cover any imperfections on the lid.

Step 3-
Using your Forest Fruits pallet, sweep the lightest shade all over your eyelid; from lash line to eyebrow.

Step 4-
Still using the Forest Fruits pallet and a small brush, apply the darkest shade on the outer V of your eyelid. This would be along the lash line, then at the far outer corner blend it up into the crease.

Step 5-
Last time, using the Forest Fruits pallet blend the mid-tone color into the crease and slightly above it using a windshield wiper motion. You are wanting to blend out any harsh lines.

Step 6-
Using a stippling brush, stipple the Lift and Luminate Foundation onto the parts of your face that need a bit more coverage (under eyes, around the nose, on your chin and forehead). Using small circular motions blend foundation all over face. Remember to get all the way under your chin and to the hair lines.

Step 7-
These days it seems like my girls are refusing to sleep. Between the three of them, I seem to be up a few times each night. This is taking a major toll on my dark circles. No7 has a great blemish cover, that covers everything without getting cakey or creasing. If you need a little help looking more awake, apply a swipe of this under the eyes. Then pat to blend in.

Step 8-
Apply blush along your cheek bones, starting at your hair line and moving toward your nose.

Step 9-
Apply the lipstick in Rumour to your lips. The nice subtle nude color will help balance out the purple on your eyes, keeping attention to them.

Step 10-
Last but never least, curl your lashes and apply your mascara.

What about you guys, do you rock the purple eyeshadow? What are you most excited to try with the change of the season?

August Ipsy Review

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Again I missed getting my August review posted in August. Ugh! September will be a better month, and I have lots of great posts already planned and waiting for you to read. But before all of that, let’s talk about an amazing box month; I mean across the board was perfect boxes. I am so lucky to have gotten mostly makeup products (since that is the only item I really want).

Ipsy went above and beyond this month. For those of you who don’t know about Ipsy; it is monthly beauty box subscription. Every month they send you a great makeup bag filled with 4-5 beauty sample (plus the bag). This is one of my favorite subscriptions, because you get a great reusable bag every month. They make for great ways to store items, or my daughters tend to swipe them and use them as “purses”. And its only $10 a month! Yea!!

This month was a great bag, white bag with pretty orange polka dots. So cute! Filled inside was:

  • Bee All Natural Lip Balm- I am a lip balm hoarder. Seriously just emptied my purse to find 8 (yes 8) tubes, tins, and balls of lip balm. There is a small issue there. That being said, I LOVE when I get lip balms in my bag and this one is awesome. It has a grapefruit flavor/scent which is so different from most and works great without feeling waxy. Will totally buy again in the future.
  • GlamGlow Youthmud Masque- Normally, I am not a huge mask fan. The idea of walking around for 10-15 minutes with a hard (and oh so pretty) face of mud; not my cup of tea. HOWEVER, this one was really nice. It didn’t feel all tight and dry like most, and it left my face looking radiant and soft. I am not sure if it tightened my skin like it claims, but my skin was nice after. Since masks are not really my thing and that I don’t know if this did what it claimed; I will probably not purchase again in the future.
  • Manna Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion- This is exactly like what it says it is, a shimmer lotion. It is suppose to be for your face giving you a dewey complexion. For me, it is way to over the top. I do like it for a highlight, on top of the cheek bones for a night out though. Something to be careful of, it does have a strong pink undertone to it. So you certainly don’t need it AND a blush. This little tube will last quite a while for me, but when it is out I am not sure I will buy again. On the fence with this one.
  • Coastal Scents EyeShadow- This is a product that I have heard a lot about lately, it seems like everyone is trying it. I was so excited to be getting it in my bag, but it ended up being colors that I would never (and I mean NEVER) wear. So a little disappointed there.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Eye Pencil- This was the one item that I was so excited to get. There is so much great buzz about it and it was in a great eggplant purple color. It does not work well on the waterline, a little bummed but can get over it. It works amazing on the top lash line, really lasts forever. No smudging or feathering, just a perfect line all day long. The sample that they sent will last forever (like half of the size of a full size). But here is the deal breaker for me. I went to sharpen it, and you have to buy their sharpener to sharpen it. Ugh, not going to go load up the kids, go to the mall, and buy a $20 sharpener. For this reason I will not purchase ANY additional UD pencils. Boo, hate when companies do this, but if you don’t mind, then this is a GREAT eye pencil.

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August BirchBox Review

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Yup, so I officially missed getting my August BirchBox review posted in August. Late is better then never, right? At least I hope so, since that has been my life lately. Seems like everything has been a day late. At least things are never boring over here. I promise that it does not take away from how much I absolutely adore this month’s box. It was great, and you can tell the efforts that they put in towards getting the box just right based on your preferences.

For those of you who don’t know, BirchBox is a monthly beauty box. Every month, they send you a pretty box packed full of samples. Everything from fragrance, to soaps, to makeup, to skin care, even snacks once in a blue moon. They go above and beyond compared to other boxes, because they don’t just include the samples, they include a post card that has all kinds of information about each product. It really helps when you get a new product that just baffles you, to have this card telling you how to use it. And all of this for only $10 a month, you can’t go wrong.

This month we received:

  • Noir Long-Wear Black Eyeliner- This is a great full size eyeliner. It goes on so smooth, doesn’t pull or tug your lash line, and it lasts until you take it off. And is by far my favorite item in this box. Can’t get enough eyeliner!!
  • Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris- What an amazing scent. It is fruity with a hint of floral. A little bit goes a long long way, the sample that they sent will last a long time with how strong this is.
  • Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow- I am on the fence about this one. It really does a great job, very light coverage but evens everything out beautifully. It is 100% natural you look, but 100% better. The only downfall: it has a very dewey finish.
  • Not Soap Radio- This got swiped before I was able to try it. My daughter came into my bathroom to steal my shampoo (since I apparently have better shampoo then she does) and she saw it in my shower. Next thing I know, she is telling me how great it is and that I need to buy more lol. But she did smell amazing and even with her extremely sensitive dry skin, it did not irrate her at all.
  • Birch Sap Moisturizing Lotion- I was not a fan of this on my face. It broke me out a bit, plus left my skin very shiny (not dewey full on shine). However, it was amazing on my hands. Not greasy, left my hands super soft and even helped with my poor cuticles. Loved it for that.

Overall I loved this box!! Great products and great value. What about you guys, do you subscribe to any monthly beauty boxes? Do you like the idea of them, or do you like picking out your stuff before you buy? If you need any more information, or want to sign up; just click on the link below.

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LOTW- First Fall Look 2014

2Faced Fall 2014

Can you believe that it is fall already. Okay, yes fall is not technically for a little bit. September 22 to be exact; but to me Labor Day signifies the end of summer and the start of fall. Anyone else feel that way?

One of my favorite things about fall is the change in your makeup routine. Now don’t get me wrong, all the pumpkin flavors, the need for scarves, the cinnamon and nutmeg; also all really good things. But with makeup, we get to make the change away from the natural looks. We can breakout the darker colors; bold lips, dark eyes, are all acceptable for fall. I love being able to be a bit more dramatic, a bit more edgy. To make it even better, this year fall is going to be big on the greens and champagne colors. Which has been my favorite fall colors for years, just this year I get to wear them AND be trendy lol.

If you have read my blog for a while, you have seen the reviews on this pallet (which you can read here) and you know my love affair with Too Faced. So it is no surprise that I am going to kick off this season focusing on…. drum roll….. Too Faced!!

Makeup Needed
(I did put affiliated links to Amazon if you need to see exactly what I am talking about. Just click the links and it will take you straight to the info pages)-

Step 1-
Line upper and lower waterline with the SmashBox black eyeliner. To avoid eyeliner overload, I typically only the line the outer corners.

Step 2-
Using the Natural At Night pallet, apply Spotlight all over the eyelid. From lash line to brow. This gives a nice uniform canvas to work with.

Step 3-
Apply Moonstone on eyelid. Starting at the outer corner and blending inward. You will want to bring this color in about 2/3 toward your inner corner, gradually lightening the color. The color should be from the lash line to the crease.

Step 4-
Apply Full Moon, in the inner corner and in the crease. Using windshield wiper motions, back and forth across the eyelid blending everything.

Step 5-
Apply Night Fever, along the upper lash line. I tend to have the outer corners with a slightly thicker line, having the line get thinner as I move towards my inner corner.

Step 6-
Apply foundation all over face. I first stipple it only my face where I need the most coverage. Think under eyes, around nose, on chin, and on forehead. Then blend using small circular motions.

Step 7-
Apply blush by sweeping down the cheek bone. See here for a great, simple way to apply blush that will look great on all face shapes.

Step 8-
Apply lipstick. I like using a nude color, this helps to make your eyes stand out a bit more.

Step 9-
And like always, last but not least, curl your eyelashes and apply two coats of mascara.

Step 10-
Be sure to tell yourself that you are beautiful.

Are you guys looking forward to breaking out the darker fall makeup colors or do you keep it simple year around? Are you going to rock this season’s it colors? What is your favorite thing about fall?

 

Fashion Friday- Fun Flirty Find

Pretty in Pink

Yes I have a slight issue with black and pink. Yes just about ALL of my outfits are black and pink. But no I will never tire of black or pink. Any ideas where you would wear this? While I have no idea where I would wear it to, I just can’t get enough of this skirt.

  • Skirt- I am in love with this tulle skirt. It is completely impractical, but it just takes my breath of away. This is one of those items, that when wearing it, there is no doubt that you will feel like a princess. It just screams I need a tiara to. Don’t you think?
  • Shirt- With as full and detailed as the skirt is, you need something snug and very simple on top. This will help keep a bit of a balance. Instead of going full princess, cause there are only very select times where a grown woman can go full on princess.
  • Clutch- To me this is the perfect clutch: simple, yet has detail. No more needed.
  • Shoes- These may have to magically appear in my closet. There is nothing better then a classic pair of black pumps, then a splash of pink on the sole. They would seriously match everything that I own. (You guys really have no idea about my fascination with black and pink) Plus they would great with a pair of jeans; think skinny jeans (enjoy those while you can, cause they are going to be making an exit this fall), with a black fun top. Or a tiny little black dress. The options are endless.

Again no place to wear this outfit, but man oh man I want it in my closet. Having major clothes envy over here. What about all of you guys? Is this something that you would rock or just admire through the store window?

Vitamin C On Your Face


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Yes you read that correctly; Vitamin C for your face. We all know that Vitamin C is so important for your body. It plays a big part for our immune system. It is now popping up in all kinds of skin care as well. There is good reason for that. When applied to your skin, Vitamin C has been known the reduce and even reverse the signs of aging. I was so lucky to get a bottle of this magic serum for free, so I could share it with all of you!!

This is one of those products that I have wanted to try for a while now. But with a price tag of $35, I have not jumped onto the bandwagon. It is a big chunk of change for this stay at home mama. Until someone I knew tried it first, aka being a guinea pig with their money, I was not going to rush out to get it. That is why I was so excited when I heard that Valentia was giving away a few bottles for beauty bloggers to sample. I knew that I HAD to be one of those bloggers.

Even Glow Serum has some of the biggest promises on the market. It is an antioxidant treatment that is applied to your clean and dry face. According to the box it promises to: even skin tone, increase glow and radiance, absorb quickly, boast collagen production, and last (but the biggest one for me) reduce wrinkles & fine lines. After two weeks, I can tell you that it lives up to almost all of those. I would tell you that it  lives up to all of them, but I have no way to determine if it has boasted my collagen production. Even in the short amount of time that I have used it, I have noticed that my little lines are reducing, my skin is so soft and glows. It is a syrupy in texture, so not quite liquid. There is some substance to it. It is yellowish in color, and completely smooth. For the me the biggest point is the smell. It simply smells amazing!! Like oranges.

Now that you know about how amazing this anti-aging serum is, lets go over the basics about how to use it. Cause I know that I actually had to look into HOW to use one. Never having a serum in my routine before I was a bit intimidated, but let me assure you it is super easy.

Step 1-
You are going to want to clean your face. While we all like those handy makeup removing wipes, I find that this absorbs  more quickly and gives me a better application when I actually go old school and wash my face with a gentle cleanser.

Step 2-
Pat dry your face. There is no reason to have a layer of water covering your face before applying this. Not only will it take forever to get into your skin, you will end up using more.

Step 3-
Be sure to shake the bottle for a moment or two before using. Since it is an all natural treatment, it does tend to separate a bit.

Step 4-
You only need 3 drops to cover your entire face. Yup, only three drops. I use the dropper to put one drop on each of my cheeks and one on my forehead. Then rub in.

Step 5-
This serum does not replace your moisturizer. It is an added step to your routine. So once you rub it into your skin, you will still need to apply your moisturizer as normal.

That’s it! Super easy, super quick and major benefits. Do you guys use a serum? What are your thoughts?

New MakeUp Line From One Direction

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Yes you read that correctly. The boy band One Direction, not only sings/dances/preforms they now also have a makeup line. To be completely honest, I was skeptical about a group of boys coming out with cosmetics. After more thought, I figured they are not the ones actually making the makeup, or really anything to do with it other then put their name on it. Plus the people promoting One Direction know their market, and know what that market wants. Tink was so excited when this came, she was literally jumping around asking if it was for her.

The packaging is amazing. They really did a great job with the packaging of the product. It comes in a great tin box (think old school lunch boxes without the handle). The box has a brick pattern printed on it, then the plastic sleeve has all the One Direction printed material on it. The actual tween/teen market that this is geared for probably would have liked it printed on the box, but I am thrilled that it was not and that I can re-use the box for something else.

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Upon opening the box, there was lots of print outs with different ways to use it with various makeup looks. As well as a flyer with all of the different boxes that you can purchase. It was neat seeing what other boxes they have. While they all are similar, they do have a few differences. Mostly in the nail polish colors and the eyeshadows.

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The makeup itself is a bit lacking, but for a tween it is ok. The colors that I received were blue and pink. Not colors that I wear, but again Tink loved them. The neat thing is that the lipgloss will change colors under a black light. So I am thinking that during their concerts this will be fun. The eyeshadows do not have a lot of pigment and I found them hard to work with. But again, Tink was willing to over look this. And lets be honest a sheer swipe of blue is a whole lot better then an entire eyelid of bright blue. Can we say hello Mimi from Drew Carey Show?

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I was very disappointed though, both the lipstick and the eyeliner/body crayon were melted by the time they came to me. I would have liked to use the body crayon. The box came with some great stencils to use with it. Luckily we always have face paint on hand at our house, so we popped that out and was still able to use the stencils.

The nail polish was great. It was a blue-green color with lots of shine and sparkle. It took forever to dry completely and you need a good two coats. My daughters really enjoyed this shade despite having to wait a bit for it to dry.

The mascara was decent. It made my daughters blonde lashes very dark. And for a tween it was perfect. There was not a lot of volume or lengthening  products which was good for her.

Overall, while my daughter loved this box, I would probably not purchase it. I just did not think that they payout was worth the price tag. How about you guys? Do you buy the product lines of your kids favorite bands? Would you purchase something like this even if the quality was not completely there?

 

LOTW- Tween Back To School MakeUp

LOTW- Tween

Can you believe that it back to school time already? While I am ready for the routine again, I am not ready for everything else that comes along with back to school. If your daughter is anything like mine, she has already started the “what makeup can I wear to school” type questions. While we home school, so there is not a whole lot of “going” to school, it translate to what can she wear everyday or out and about.

After my knee jerk reaction of, “no makeup at all” response. I gave it some thought, thought back to when I was starting the 8th grade and what I was allowed to wear. We were able to come to a compromise. Tink is not allowed to wear a full face of makeup, under any circumstance. I just don’t see a reason for it. But a little bit would be acceptable.

MakeUp Needed:

  • Light Neutral Eyeshadow
  • Mascara
  • Lip Gloss

Step One-
Apply a light neutral eyeshadow color across entire eyelid. From lash line to the crease and slightly above.

Step Two-
Apply one coat of mascara to top eyelashes only.

Step Three-
Apply lip gloss in any shade over lips.

And your ready to walk out the door. While this is not a whole lot, very simple and quick to apply, it makes her feel as if she is more put together and ready to tackle the world. How about you, do you let your tween daughter wear makeup? Why or why not?