Too Faced Summer Sexy Shadow Collection

Soooo apparently Summer 2013 started right before July. Has it always been that way? I don’t know. When you live in a state where there are two seasons (hot and hotter), it seems like summer is alllll the time. I’m a lover of summer collections. They are always so fun and cheerful. I got this Too Faced Summer Sexy Shadow Collection to review and it just screams summmahhhhh!

Too Faced Summer Eye 2013 Summer Sexy Shadow Collection

And what’s inside is kinda awesome too…

Summer Eye 2013 Summer Shadow Collection

This tin case contains 9 exclusive ‘resort-inspired’ eye shadows. Too Faced knows how to do a good eye shadow so I just knew the quality of this was going to be on point. And of course it didn’t disappoint. First, let’s talk about these 3 shadows to the left.

Too Faced Peach Fuzz

They’re gorge! They can probably be used as highlighters and blushes but with a very light hand. I found Peach Fuzz to be super glittery but I think it would work well under the brow bone. Or even for illuminating the skin if you like glittah.

Too Faced Sunbeam

Shadow-wise, I found that they were all pretty flattering.

My descriptions of ‘em:
Plumeria – A frosty cotton candy pink.
Coral Crush – a shimmery rose coral.
Mermaid – a shinning sea blue with shimmer.
Cocoa Beach – a bronzed mauve with gold shimmer.
Chocolate Sun – a milk chocolate with subtle gold shimmer.
Toasted Coconut – a toasted gray.

Each shadow (with the exception) of Tosted Coconut has some bit of shimmer it. I found that they all had nice pigmentation to them but if you’re looking to do some kind of smokey eye, you would probably need to use a shadow that isn’t in this palette.

Too Faced Summer Eyes swatches
(L-R)
Plumeria, Coral Crush, Mermaid, Cocoa Beach, Chocolate Sun

Not too shabby for $36 and it is definitely a palette that represents summer. Too Faced rocks the house…again!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box June

I’m so ridiculously excited about sharing this box with y’all that I can’t even think right. Please excuse any kind of randomness you get from me while reading this post. First things first…yours truly was asked to join the very prestige group of bloggers. POPSUGAR has handpicked a couple dozen of us for their POPSUGAR Select group and I am honored to be a charter member. Aside from landing a spot on their site, they also gifted me with my first POPSUGAR Must Have box.

POPSUGAR Must Have box

I’ve read about these babies before and they are THEE box of all subscription boxes. They are a little bit on the expensive side (retailing at $35 a month with free shipping) but the contents are always spectacular. I’ve been spoiled by this box and I’m pretty sure no other box will be able to compare. Check out the offerings in this month’s box…

Popcorn, Indiana

Popcorn FIT

I’ve never heard of this brand but man I need to see if they are in my local grocery store because this is one yummy bag of popcorn! Popcorn, Indiana FIT Popcorn is a relatively healthy snack because it’s only 40 calories per cup. The sea salt wasn’t too overwhelming and it was just a nice little snack to have while watching Dexter on the sofa.

Juice Beauty

I’ve had Juice Beauty on my radar for quite sometime so I was excited to get this Stem Cell Repair Moisturizer from them. They even threw in 2 different shades of their CC Cream. Neither shade worked for me but I can’t wait to give this moisturizer a whirl. I have no idea what stem cellular repair means but it sounds promising. Ha!!

Gorjana Griffin Zuma

Nautical scarf

Darliiiiiing, this Gorjana & Griffin Zuma Scarf retails for $62 and it is just divine. I love the nautical blue and white combined with the touch of bright orange. I’m a beach girl so I love a good lightweight scarf. I’ve been using it on my head and almost had to arm wrestle Mama Clumps for it. Oh…and Elle’s cabbage patch doll and my ironing board both say hey!

Revenge Wears Prada

A book! Remember those? I’m not even gonna lie…it’s been forever since I’ve had the time or been relaxed enough to curl up with a good ole’ book. I think I’m going to make Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger break me out of it. I can’t wait to start flippin’ the pages of tis one. I’ve heard great things about it!

Project 7 Quench

I’ve seen these Project 7 Quench the Thirsty Mints at my grocery store before and thought they were just another brand of mints. But they aren’t. Proceeds from each purchase go towards helping provide clean water to those need it. Fresh breath for a good cause? Right on!

Addicted to Sweat

I have yet to find myself in the gym since being a new mom. I’ve always preferred going to the gym over working out at home but I’ve got to get my physical activity in check so receiving this Hard Candy Fitness DVD — Addicted to Sweat 4 came at a good time. We’ll see how this works.

A pretty dynamic box, huh? Yeeeep. I’ve gotta do some penny pinching but every other month or so I may scoop up a subscription.

Any lovers of the POPSUGAR Must Have box?

The cute and dainty COVERGIRL Smoochies Lip Balm

So COVERGIRL has these new lip balm-y type thingies and they take me back to being in middle school.

Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm

Did anyone else buy lip balms that looked a lot like these at the hair store? Hmm. Okay, maybe that’s just me. These are definitely better than the hair store ones because the quality is nice and they don’t smell like artificial cherry gone bad. Every few years just about every big drugstore beauty brand releases this kind of product. COVERGIRL’s Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balms are super affordable and I like to dub them as the gateway beauty product for pre-teens and teens. This is how a beauty addiction starts, y’all. They always start with something as innocent as a lip balm.

CoverGirl Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm

CoverGirl Smoochies

I’d let my preteen daughter wear them because the color is subtle and they lippie is actually moisturizing. I’m rockin’ Tru Luv here and I kinda how faint this is. If it were any deeper, this shimmery mauve probably wouldn’t compliment me too much.

CoverGirl Tru Luv on lips

CoverGirl Tru Luv

Not too shabby, huh? You can find these anywhere COVERGIRL products are sold for under $5. There are 12 shades of these and if you’re in the market for lip balm, you may like these. I totally want to hoard them all. Especially for nostalgia purposes.

Mascara Monday: Clarins Wonder Waterproof mascara

I’m back with another Clarins mascara! I am slowly working my way through their mascaras and when I got a press sample of this one, I couldn’t wait to put it to use. It’s a waterproof mascara! I am always on the hunt for a good waterproof mascara. Especially in the summer time. I had high hopes for this bad boy…

Clarins Wonder Waterproof mascara

Nothing fancy in the packaging department…

Price: $27.56 from Amazon.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “The name says it all. This mascara not only creates volume, curl and definition but is also resistant to water.” (source)

The Truth: It’s waterproof…but only for a split second.

What I Loved About It: It has a fantastic formula and wand.

What I Didn’t Like: It just wasn’t…waterproof.

Overall: I’m a fan of Clarins. I haven’t featured many of their products but I’ve been messing around with them for a while. I’ve reviewed one of their mascaras before and I had high hopes for this one. Then again, I tend to think that when you spend a good chunk of money on higher-end cosmetics, they SHOULD work. Of course that isn’t always the case but hey…a girl can dream. At first glance, this mascara appears to have it all. It’s got decent and unassuming packaging and the wand is nice.

Clarins mascara

It reminds me a lot of those super cheap mascaras. And not in a bad way. It’s simple,  sweeps well through wonky lashes and it gets the job done. It isn’t plush so you won’t achieve insane volume but that’s okay because it’s a waterproof mascara. Any added volume would just be a perk.

Initial application of this mascara is grand. The gel-like formula laid on my lashes with ease. But because it’s a waterproof mascara I wanted to ensure that it could hold up if water hit it. So I dunked my face in a sink full of water and…the mascara stayed! I didn’t see any smudging and I was elated. And then I let my face dry and before I knew it the mascara was flaking off of my lashes. Oh boooo! It broke my heart, really. I tried testing the mascara again by spritzing my face with water and while the mascara stood up a little bit better, it eventually started to flake away. Dang it, man. The volume and lengthening is actually really decent so I was so sad that the waterpoof-ness wasn’t up to par.

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Clarins waterproof mascara

Do I recommend it?: If you’re looking for a waterproof mascara, PASS. If you’re a Clarins lover who needs a decent amount of volume, go for it.

I’m still on the hunt for a fantastic waterproof mascara. Have you found one yet?

The Very Cool Schick Quattro TrimStyle razor

This sponsored post is brought to you by Glam! Remember that time I told you I’d be reviewing the Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle®? Well, I’m baaaack. I’ve had my eyes on this razor for years and I can’t believe I’m just now reviewing it. I’m not going to be hitting the beach and pools as much as I’d like to this summer but that doesn’t mean I don’t have to keep the hair situation in tact. Y’all know I have no issue with hair on the body but let’s face it, rockin’ shorts, skirts and swimsuits looks a lot better when you don’t have grizzly-like hair crawling up your legs. Trust me on this. And so the Trimstyle is crazy useful. I had a quick trip to NYC a few weeks back  and what better time to test drive a new beauty product than when you’re traveling?

Schick razor

Things To Love About The Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle® Razor:
-The trimStyle razor and bikini trimmer is a battery-powered vibrating trimmer.
-The handle is easy to control.
-Portable. Although it’s heavier than the average razor, it is still small enough to toss in a bag.
-Contoured rubber handle. It doesn’t seem like a big deal but the rubber handle gives great control.

Schick Quattro

Gorgeous handle, huh? My biggest issue with shaving is that a lot of the times the handles just won’t fit nicely in my hands. I don’t have that problem with this baby. The battery-powered vibrating trimmer just needs 1 AAA battery and it is housed nicely in the handle. You won’t have to worry about any water seeping in. I’m not sure if the vibrating makes much of a difference when shaving but hey, it’s a nice little feature to have.

Schick blade

Schick Quattro razor

Perfect for taking on trips and for keeping in the shower, I’m adding this razor to my list of awesome razors. I’ve already got a few other Schick razors on that list so this kid will be in great company. So yes, my loves…if you’re looking for a razor this summer, I’d definitely take a look at this one.

Quattro

Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle® enables women to shave, trim and transform themselves with a simple flip of the handle. Getting your garden ready has never been this much fun thanks to the Prune for June Pinterest contest. Share your best summer style for a chance to win

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle®. amazing prizes.

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The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 93

Avon Mega Effects Mascara packaging

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

we heart this – How could OCC improve upon their beloved Lip Tar? By adding a see-thru, glossy look to their original “hyper-opacity” formula and launching the Lip Tar Stained Gloss!

Beauty Junkies Unite – See why Amber thinks the Perlier Italian Lemon Sorbet Crackling Ice Body Water is literally the coolest new body product for summer!

Clumps of Mascara – can’t get over how awesome Avon’s newest mascara is. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!

EauMG – shares one of her favorite natural finds of 2013 (so far). It’s Phoenix Botanicals Night Bloom perfume oil, an intoxicating white floral with vanilla.

Gouldylox Reviews – This braid tutorial is so easy anyone can do it!

Lipglossiping – asks the all important question: Salt or Sugar? Is your exfoliator scrubbing you up the wrong way?

My Beauty Bunny – Too hot and humid to wear foundation? Jen checked out Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm (BB) Cream and found it’s the perfect lightweight alternative for summer.

Nouveau Cheap – If you haven’t seen the Dip-It from Target yet, it could be a game-changer for you (and it’s only $2.50).

Pink Sith – Sometimes you just have to buy a nail polish because, KITTY!

Prime Beauty – has a question for you. Is there a foundation that provides a flawless finish AND substantial sun protection? Why yes, thanks for asking. Avene High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50.

Phyrra – shows you how to be Naturally Chic with Milani Shadow Eyez Pencils and Liquid Eye Liners.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this – We love Beauty Info Zone for their straightforward and informative reviews on all things beauty, and we check in every week for The Sunday Scoop, which always includes a list of the very best beauty giveaways on the webs.

Question of the Week:

When it comes to nail care, how often do you moisturize your cuticles? Do you prefer balms, creams or oils to get the job done?

B says, “Pre-baby I did that stuff nightly. Now I moisturize when I can. I don’t think you really need a separate cuticle moisturizer so I try to pay attention to them when I’m slathering coconut oil all over.”

Do you moisturize those cuticles?

True Life: I put gel on my face. And I liked it.

My love for NUANCE Salma Hayek products continue. I hosted a party on behalf of the brand a few weeks back (post coming soon) and now I’ve gone from liking the brand to being totally obsessed. I mean, what’s not to love? The products are affordable, easy to find and they are preservative-free. This CVS-exclusive brand has quickly become one of my favorite brands and it’s because their products always feel high-end.

Like this gel cleanser…

NUANCE Salma Hayek Gel Cleanser

Man, this stuff is fantastic. I’ve been using it for a month now and it is absolutely wonderful. I spotted this at one of my CVS’s (but haven’t seen it at any others) and I can’t believe I waited so long to try it. Both oily and dry skin lovers can get behind this because it’s hydrating, soothing and cleansing. I know people are suspicious about cleansers that don’t foam up but you really don’t need suds to thoroughly cleanse the skin.

Salma Hayek Gel Cleanser

And yeah, I can be a lover of the suds too but this cleanser is just ridiculously refreshing. Especially on these too hot to think Florida days.

NUANCE Salma Hayek Gel Cleanser promises

NUANCE Salma Hayek Gel ingredients

Pro’s

-It feels cooling. If you’ve got sunburned skin, this will feel so good on your skin.
-A little goes a long way.
-The woodsy fragrance is niiiiice. And because of that, men may like this cleanser too.
-It thoroughly cleanses the skin. I checked by using a makeup remover after using the cleanser.
-Great and gentle enough for acne prone skin.

Con’s

-The lack of suds may have you questioning if your skin is really cleansed.
-It is not suitable for cleaning off waterproof makeup. You’ll need a makeup remover for that.
-May not be available at your CVS.
-It’s a tad bit pricey for a drugstore face cleanser.

 

Cost- $9.99
Where To Buy – CVS stores and CVS.com.
Do I recommend it? – Yep, I think it’s fantastic!

 

Have you tried any of the Nuance skincare products yet? Oh! And if you haven’t checked out the cleansing wipes, ooooohmiiiigoodness, you better get on it. Stat!

Coming Soon-Avon Mega Effects Mascara

Okay, so I don’t do “sneak peek” type posts often because I think they’re kinda cruel. It’s like, “Look at this awesome new product that you can’t buy yet!” And if you’re like me and obsess over things that you can’t have you’ll think about this product all day. You’ll dream about it and it’ll just annoy you that you can’t get it. So no. I don’t do that to y’all. Because I love y’all that much.

But…there’s an exception to every rule, right? I just HAD to show you some sneak peek shots of Avon’s new Mega Effects mascara. It comes out in July and this mascara is going to single handedly change the game!

Avon Mega Effects Mascara review

Avon Mega Effects Mascara review

Avon Mega Effects Mascara packaging

Avon Mega Effects Mascara-3

Avon Mega Effects Mascara-4

Avon Mega Effects Mascara wand

See what I mean? How is this even possible? I know. I know! it’s the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve been testing it for quite some time now so of course you can look forward to a review soon. Just know that you’ll probably want it. So yeah. Go ahead and save your $10.

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