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.

:wink:

Beauty in Mommyhood – Elle is 5 Months Old!

Brown Baby

Dear Elle Belle,

Yaaaaaaay!!! You crack up every time I say that. I mean, EVERY TIME. If if weren’t for your pictures, I would hardly remember you being a 5 lb little peanut. You are 13 lbs of chunk and I love it. I have gotten over feeling bad for your small weight. Mommy guilt is something else. I blamed myself for your being born early. I blamed myself for you being so little. And I blamed myself for you not breasteeding. I’ve let it all go. I am more focused on the now and making sure that you are happy and healthy.

My entire life is being blogged

And you’re both. You have the best personality, Muffin. I mean, seriously…I look forward to you waking up in the morning. You pop your head up and give me the biggest smile. And you laugh. A lot. You laugh, you talk, you babble, you sing…it is all so beautiful to me. You tend to be quieter around different surroundings and people but when you are at home and in your element, you can talk nonstop. You’ve started screaming too. Long gone is your sweet whimper. Now when there’s something you want, you SCREAM. And you growl too. Daddy and I think it’s hilarious. How can you be so cute by growling?

Easycare rainbow 1

And you want to touch everything. If it is anywhere near your reach, you’re grabbing it.

Baby hand

That includes Daddy’s beard and Mommy’s earrings. You know how to grab for your bottle to bring it to your mouth. You grab at any and everything. And the minute you get whatever it is you want, it’s going straight into your mouth. How your little mouth emits so much drool is beyond me. You go through at least 2-3 bibs a day.

Pretty baby

Eating

You are still eating nothing but breast milk. Mama’s milk supply has decreased significantly but I still have enough to feed you and to donate. I am going to start stashing away milk so that by the time you turn 1, you’ll have enough milk until you’re at least 14-16 months old. No solids yet. We’ll wait until you’re 6 months. You are definitely interested though. You stare at Daddy and I when we eat and you love grabbing at our plates.

Sleeping

You’ve got one wonky sleep schedule but I stopped complained about it. You HAVE to be in bed by 7pm. If we don’t get you there, you are beyond fussy. You’ll get up for a bottle around 10pm and then you get up again at 3am. Each time you wake up, you go back to sleep after having your bottle. You take nice long naps throughout the day (at least 2) and on the weekends when you don’t nap, you’re still in good spirits. When it’s time for night-night, you pop your thumb in your mouth and go right to sleep. It is usually that easy.

Clumps of Mascara baby

You got your ears pierced and I adore them! You look even sweeter and you handled the piercing like a champ. Your eczema is clearing up beautifully. You wear cloth diapers every night and if I can come across more affordably, I want to start clothing you when you go to your sitter. Cloth diapering is surprisingly easy and it feels great not having to buy diapers every week. Oh…and that stroller? We don’t touch it. Mama wears you everywhere!

Baby wearing

I never got why women were so passionate about baby wearing but I’ve seen the light. One day it was pouring down raining. I had to get you, groceries, my breast pump, your bottle bag and my purse out of the car. We waited for the rain to stop for 20 minutes. It didn’t stop. I popped you in a ring sling and grabbed the bags and an umbrella and made it to the door. I had never felt so powerful before. You? You just babbled the whole time mama dodged rain puddles.

Girasol Double Rainbow

Basically, you’re perfect. I know no one is perfect but you are, Muffin. You really are. You light up our lives and you give me purpose each and everyday. I work harder for you. I hate having to go to work and leave you but at the same time, I take pride in knowing that I am actively working hard to provide for our family. It’s not easy but I work long hours, come home to play and snuggle with you, clean the house, run a business and I do it everyday. It’s exhausting but so rewarding.

It is an honor being your mommy.

Elle Bits:
-You giggle uncontrollably when I try to clean your neck.
-You are now totally against your carseat. You cry every time we drive. You eventually soothe yourself.
-Your pediatrician says that you are healthy!
-You love nature.
-You are nosy. I mean, so nosy. You want to see EVERY thing.
-You love music. And you love being sung to.
-You smile. A lot! And at strangers too.

You rock. Thanks for being my baby.

Love,
Mommy

Confessions of a Stressed Out 28-year old

Baby lips

This post will have absolutely nothing to do with beauty. I hope you don’t mind that. Sometimes I need to write about something other than a mascara, ya know? I used to write in diaries and journals daily. I miss those days. Even now if I wanted to write in a journal, I’d be consistent for a good week and then fall off the wagon.

Can I be honest? I mean, REALLY honest? I am crazy stressed out. I could blame the pressures of being a new mom but honestly, I think I was stressed before Elle Belle. I’m just one of those people who happens to always be on the edge about something: finances, job circumstances, weight, location, health. You name it and I stress about it. It’s just who I am. And stress isn’t always a bad thing. But lately, I’ve just been wiped out. Do you ever feel like you work too hard but at the same time you’re not working hard enough? It’s so tough to find a balance.

You ever want to get away? I mean, REALLY get away? Not worry about a thing and just jet to an island where the sun is plentiful and the only disturbance you hear are the waves crashing? I’ve been to Miami, Jamaica and the Bahamas…I know what paradise looks like. And man, how I’d love to visit again. But investing in a trip seems crazy when there are so many other expenses in my lane.

I’m not complaining. I’m grateful for every breath I take. I am thankful for my beautiful family, the opportunities that have come by way and the doors that I know will open for me in the future. I am confident and positive but hey I’m all about accepting ALL of my emotions and sheesh…I’m stressed.

I say all of that to say that posts may be slow and inconsistent. My only free time to really blog is after work and I’d rather spend time with Elle and prepping for the next day. And even after she goes asleep sometimes I want to sit in the dark and do nothing. Think about nothing. I just want to be.

Sometimes we DO so much. It’s as if we forgot how to BE. Be in the moment. Be still. Be quiet. And maybe it’s the Capricorn in me but I love the quiet. I need it sometimes.

Tomorrow I’ll put up Baby Elle’s 5 month update. And then after that, I’m just going to go with the flow. :cool:

 

XOXO,
B

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 92

OCC Lip Tars

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!

Vampy Varnish – is in love with the new Punk Rock Collection from Deborah Lippmann for Fall 2013!

we heart this – brings you the boldest and brightest orange nail polish they’ve ever seen; ORLY Mayhem Mentality, and asks the obligatory question of “orange you glad you’ve seen it?”

Beauty Junkies Unite – 10 winners are going to have the smoothest lips on the planet when they win Amber’s NIVEA Lip Butter Giveaway! The winners will receive the entire collection of NIVEA Lip Butter goodness. (Ends 7/2)

Clumps of Mascara – can’t stop staring at those gorgeous Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar Stained Glosses. Have you seen them yet? You pretty much need all of them.

EauMG – reviews a gorgeous tuberose floral inspired by Mexico, Arquiste Flor y Canto. It wears wonderfully in the summer!

Gouldylox Reviews – Why does no one talk about this? The seven perils of having long hair.

Lipglossiping – takes a refreshing look at some zingy body treats from indie company Marshmallow Blends.

My Beauty Bunny – Wondering about the latest “it” ingredient popping up in beauty products everywhere? We’ve got the answers! What’s the Deal with Argan Oil?

Nouveau Cheap – If you haven’t been to your local Big Lots lately, here’s a very good reason to pop in and check out the beauty aisle!

Pink Sith – has a list of 10 bronzers for under $10. Why not save a little green while you are getting your bronze on?

Prime Beauty – got her feet sandal-worthy with the Micro-Pedi tool–it really works!

Phyrra – Lusting for some ‘naked’ colors? Check out the Meow Cosmetics Stripped Collection!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Vampy Varnish – Cristina from Let Them Have Polish does some amazing nail art and her KB Shimmer Totally Tubular Inspired Nail Art is an amazing example!

Question of the Week:

What are your favorite perfumes to wear in the summer?

B says, “Yours truly doesn’t wear perfume. Nope! It gives me migraines. Which sucks because I adored wearing it years ago.”

Any perfumes on your must have list this summer?

China Glaze Texture nail polish collection

My nails are going through some craziness and right before they all popped off I got the chance to swatch China Glaze’s Texture collection. I am still obsessing over texture nail polishes. China Glaze’s are a little different from the Zoya Pixie Dust nail polishes though. These are TRUE textured polishes. They feel bumpy , matte and eccentric. I received this collection to review and if you are a fan of the textured nail polish look, I’m thinking you’ll love these.

China Glaze Texture collection

See!

China Glaze Unrefined

Unrefined is a baby pink. Y’all know I’m no fan of pink polishes but this one definitely has some personality.

China Glaze Of Coarse!

Of Coarse! is a bright, cobalt-blue and I thought for sure this one would stain the nails but a good base coat prevented that from happening.

China Glaze Itty, Bitty & Gritty

Itty, Bitty & Gritty is a melon that I actually looks nice. I’m always iffy about shades like this one but somehow it works.

China Glaze In The Rough

In The Rough is a light lime green. I had a hard time photographing this but it is definitely as bright as it appears. I’m not sure how flattering it is on me though…

China Glaze Toe-tally Textured

Toe-tally Textured is tangerine-orange but it is really very neon. I mean CRAZY neon. I like it!

China Glaze Bump & Grind

Bump & Grind is a hot pinkish-red. I had tough time photographing this one too but it’s probably the most “regular” of all of the colors.

Must Haves:
Toe-tally Textured: It’s just crazy bright and awesome.
Itty, Bitty & Gritty: It’s perfect and sweet and great for those who aren’t really into textures but want to try something different.

I like these textures. A LOT. I really didn’t think I’d like them this much. I found the formula to be easy to work with. For foolproof application try waiting a good 3-5 minutes before applying the second coat. I’m not sure these last as long as a regular nail polish though. In fact, I found them to chip pretty quickly. But whatever…they are still worth the effort because I just think they are that captivating. Way to go China Glaze! Of course you can get these anywhere China Glaze polishes are sold but if you don’t mind waiting and paying for shipping, you can snag them for $3.25 a pop at Head2ToeBeauty.com.

Yay or nay to these polishes?

Put Some Shimmer In Your Life With Oro Gold Cosmetics

Oro Gold Cosmetics

Image Source: orogoldcosmetics.com

I remember going through this insane “gold everything” phase in middle school. I had everything from gold necklaces to gold bracelets, rings and earrings. And the worst part is, I would wear them altogether. Just about everyday. Crazy, uh? I’m not as in love with gold as I used to be (I love white and rose gold though) but I am all over the brand Oro Gold Cosmetics.

You have heard about Oro Gold, haven’t you? Technically the name of the brand is “Gold Gold” because “Oro” is the Spanish word for gold. Ha! And the crazy thing is, there is actually GOLD particles in these products. Yeah, I know…who knew gold was actually good for skin? Oro Gold Cosmetics has cosmetics for everyday use as well as skincare products that promise to transform your skin after multiple uses. I have yet to try anything from them, but I’ve got my eyes on quite a few of their products. The good thing about their products is that they are so specialized. Like, where else do you find a brand that has products JUST for neck care?

I’m not sure but I’m pretty sure when aging first starts to show its signs, one of the first places it hits is the neck. I think I’m saved by genetics because neither my grandmothers nor mother have sagging neck areas. But, just to be safe I’d love to dabble in Oro Gold’s 24K Neck Lift Cream. This baby promises to lift and adds a ton of moisture to the skin. I’m guilty of not really paying attention to the neck area and it’s high time that I start preventive care in that department.

Then there’s the Oro Gold Cosmetics 24K Vitamin C Facial Cleanser. I mean, who wouldn’t want to use a cleanser that has Vitamin C and 24K gold in it? The foaming action is supposed to be great for not only cleansing the skin but for removing makeup as well. Um, yeah…that’s definitely up my alley!

Wanna feel super fancy? I do! Oro Gold Cosmetics 24K Collagen & Caviar Mask looks spectacular! This product contains 4 super products: 24 Karat Gold, Caviar, Collagen and Aloe. I can’t pretend that I knew caviar has been used in skincare products but hey, I’m all for putting some on my skin if it promises to hydrate beyond belief and keep those wrinkles at bay. The things we do for great skin, huh? A tub of this is pretty pricey but directions only tell you to use it once a week. That seems reasonable enough for me!

Orogold Cosmetics

So yes, I’m all for taking care of the face but what about the body? I am huge about taking care of the skin all over. I couldn’t ignore my skin if I wanted to, as it is super sensitive. I so need that Golden Body Butter in my life. I’m a fan of all body butters but I tend to adore ones that are shea butter dumped in them. Shea butter is a stable in my life so it only makes sense that I obsess over skincare products that have shea butter in them.

Have you ever tried anything from Oro Gold Cosmetics? Be sure to follow Oro Gold Cosmetics on Twitter!

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. 

Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Lip Tar Stained Glosses ROCK!

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Just the sheer utterance of those words sends sparks flying. I could marry a beauty brand, I would marry OCC. We’d get along great too in our happy, vegan, multi-purpose world. OCC is just…amazeballs. And yes I know I featured them last week but baby, I’m back!

OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss

And then some. I was sent these new stained Stained Glosses of theirs and well, yeah…I’m in love. Esposo, baby, you better watch out. These glosses are stealing my heart!

OCC Lip Tars

Have I told y’all bout my reoccuring obsession with all things rainbow? I fell hard for rainbows when I was in elementary school. Somehow the bug has bit me again and now I can’t stop hoarding rainbow’y stuffs. Or giving rainbowd’d kisses.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

I know. I am just in love with color these days. Or…everyday. Let’s do a rundown of these beauties, shall we?

OCC Jealous

Jealous is a popsicle pinkish red. I find this Lip Tar Stained Gloss to be the most wearable out of the 6. Jealous is just perfect by herself. I didn’t need an additional or anything. Sheer perfection!

OCC Androgyne Lip Tar

OCC Androgyne

Androgyne is a sheer orange gel. I almost looks neon in the tube but it’s surprisingly wearable once worn on the lips. I didn’t think I could pull this one off but I love it!

OCC Voyeur

Voyeur is a yellow glaze and I’m pretty sure this won’t look flattering on anyone. I reckon this gloss will better be used as a mix with other glosses.

OCC Rhythm Box Lip Tar

OCC Rhythm Box

Rhythm Box is my absolute favorite of the bunch. This purpled burgundy is just stunning and I could easily wear it every day. I found it to be the most pigmented of all of the Stained Lip Glosses.

OCC Lip Tar Meta

OCC Meta Lip Tar

Meta is a red orange shellac and I didn’t think it would work well for me, but it did! I tend to wear blue toned reds but this one shocked me. She is a beaut!

OCC Lip Tar New Wave

New Wave is a glassy neon pink. It isn’t as neon on the lips as it is in the tube. Still pretty nice though.

Mixin’ the lippies…

OVERALL:

Man, I love these. It’s really hard not to love stuff from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics though. These are $18 a pop at Sephora so they aren’t cheap but I’ve spent my lunch money on OCC lippies more times than I count. My favorite? Jealous and Rhythm Box are niiiiiice. I hope OCC does more of these Stained Gloses. The “stained” power wasn’t as long-lasting as the regular Lip Tars but they blend nicely, moisturize the lips and are more pigmented than I thought they’d be. So yes. I adore them. And I want more. I needs more!!

Any OCC lovers in the house? Have you tried the Stained Glosses yet?

3 Reasons Why I Really Need To Try Vine Vera

Vine Vera

Image Source: VineVera.com

Oh darlings…skincare. You know it’s my think. I adore everything cosmetics but my truest love is skincare. When the mascara has dried up and the eyeshadow has run its course, it’s your skincare products that will truly be your best friends. I’m not even kidding. I may not always have time to put on a full face of makeup but I certainly have time to take care of my skin. It’s a lesson that I learned many years ago from my Mama and will certainly pass it on down to my daughter.

As a beauty blogger, I am forever getting the opportunity to test drive products and brands. Vine Vera is a luxury and higher-end brand that rocks for socks for several reasons. For one, I don’t typically wear a lot of higher end skincare products but when I do get my hands on them, I feel like I am truly pampering my skin. That said, check out the 3 reasons why I really need to try Vine Vera.

They care about the eyes. Many skincare brands forget about products for your eyes. It’s kinda crazy too, because a lot of time when when first start complaining about sagging skin that is started age, it is usually around the eye area. I love when brands have options when it comes to taking care of the skin around the eyes. From the Resveratrol Eye Collection Dark Circle Eye Cream to their Resveratrol Eye Collection Age Defying Eye Serum, Vine Vera has us covered in the eye maintenance department. Could care less about the skin around your eyes? It’s better to start preventative action now than to wait before something pops up.

Vine Vera Cosmetics

-The collection names are wine-inspired. Yours truly isn’t much of a drinker (no seriously, I can’t even handle a sip of wine without making a childish “It’s gross face.”) but I can’t deny how marvelous and creative the collection names are of this brand. Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc…I mean how fancy, can you get? I absolutely adore it! Each collection has products whose packaging are fitting to their collection. For example the Chianti collection has products that are decked out in gorgeous shimmery burgundy packaging. I love when brands get creative like this. It doesn’t happen often enough!

-They have fantastic products for men. Okay, so my man isn’t the type to slather a mask all over his face. But there are men out there who don’t mind it! And why shouldn’t they? Men have skin too! Vine Vera has wonderful products that are fitting for men. Vine Vera’s Resveratrol Men’s Renewal Mask is packed with plant extracts and Witch Hazel and it looks like it would feel just wonderful and soothing on the skin. My guy doesn’t know what he’s missing. You know a skincare product looks good when you’re a gal and yet you’re more drawn to it than your man is. Ha!

Vine Vera doesn’t come cheap but hey, like I always say, skincare is an investment. The next time I have a few pennies to blow on skincare products, I’ll be checking on Vice Vera.

 

EDIT: I was given the chance to test drive some Vine Vera goodies and girls, I am in love!


Vine Vera Resveratrol Vitamin C Cleanser
Retailing for $136, the Resveratrol Vitamin C Cleanser is no bargin but it is perhaps one of the most gloriously decadent cleansers that I’ve ever used. The reviews don’t lie and I too can confirm that the added dose of Vitamin C is nice to have on my sun beaten skin. It’ll take a few more months to see if the Resveratrol helps the condition of my skin but for now, I love how it thoroughly cleanses and how moisturized my skin feels after use.

Vine Vera Resveratrol Vitamin C Day Cream

And then there’s the Resveratrol Vitamin C Day Cream ($188) that feels like a bit of heaven on the cheeks. It is more perfumed than I like my day creams to be but if you can handle stronger scents, I’m thinking you’ll like this cream. While it works just fine on my dry skin, the added Vitamin C, I think will work wonders on oilier skin, as well. However, I do think that this is a cream more fitting for the cooler months. It is on the the thicker side and may be too heavy for those of us living in warmer climates. Still, it is likely one of the best facial creams that I have ever tried.

-Follow Vine Vera on Pinterest.
-For customer reviews, visit Vine Vera reviews.
-Check out the Vitamin C Product Demo here.

Any higher-end skincare lovers in the house?

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.