My obsession with coconut continues with Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

Guess who is going out of town for an overnight trip (sans baby) later this month?! Meeeee! Quick overnight trips can be more difficult than longer ones because you’ve got to prep yourself for dealing with airplanes, hotels, ground transportation and meetings all in 2 days. But if I can do that while 9 weeks pregnant and dreadfully ill I know I can do it now. I’m getting a head start on packing my cosmetic bag and I am soooo throwing these Pacifica Wipes up in there. I got these babies for review and I know I’ve featured several cleansing wipes before but I am so lovin’ on these.

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes 2

For one, they are vegan! Wooo hoo! I’m no vegan but I tend to only regularly use vegan skincare products. And not just to be cool but because my skin acts crazy with products with a ton of mess in ‘em. So yeah, these are great because they are without the yucky ingredients.

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes mission

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes ingredients

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes rocks

And they’re cheap too. $6 for 20 wipes is a darn good deal for wipes that you plan to keep in your travel bag. The packaging is great too…

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes pacakaging

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes open

The hard plastic lid closes securely enough to keep the cloths moist. WIN! I should really dabble more into Pacifica products. They are my kind of brand!

 

PROS’s

-You don’t need water for these. Just pull from the package and wipe face.
-They do a great job at removing makeup too! Especially eyeliner and face powders.
-Affordable! $6? C’mon, that’s nothing!
-Skin feels great after use, not too try and they don’t leave an oily residue either.
-Easy to find! You can get these from Target or PacificaPerfume.com.

CON’S

-The packaging says that “all natural” fragrance is used but that seems ridiculously vague.
-They are a bit lint-y. So while they do great at removing eyeliner, I’d rather use my own makeup remover with lint-free pads.
-The coconut fragrance is nice and dissipates quickly but it may be a bit too strong for some.

 

Yeeppp, I’m lovin’ these! Can’t wait to try more products from Pacifica!

Mascara Monday: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara

Guess how many mascaras I have formally reviewed? 200! Crazy ,right? I’ve probably tried more (not all of them make the cut) but I find it nutty that I’ve talked about, taken pictures of and tried at least 200 mascaras. Crazyyyyy. I was too lazy to think of some kind of creative giveaway but I do plan on doing something so stay tuned. :wink: In the meantime, let’s chit chat about this mascara…

Elizabeth Arden Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara

And I know what you’re thinking…”Isn’t Elizabeth Arden for grandmas?” Heck no. It’s a brand that’s been around for quite some time but they ROCK in the cosmetics department. Remember that bronzer of theirs I reviewed? Anywho, I’m lovin’ this mascara that I got for reveiw…

Elizabeth Arden Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara tube

Price: $19.50 at ElizabethArden.com or at Elizabeth Arden counters
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This beauty award-winner dramatically thickens lashes as it separates and defines. Smudge-proof formula lasts all day.” (source)

The Truth: Oh, how I love the length and volumizing power of this mascara!

What I Loved About It: It’s got a great and easy to use wand.

What I Didn’t Like: The formula is so lightweight that it doesn’t seem to last all day.

Overall: I really wanted to make this mascara my 200th review because I think it’s special.I mean, how lame would it have been if that 200th mascara review was of a mascara that sucked? Yeah. This mascara rocks for several reasons. For one, the wand is niiiice.

Elizabeth Arden Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara brush

Simple, yes, but I dig simple because I think we sometimes over complicate things like mascara wands. This is small enough to grab all of the lashes and plush enough to plump up the lashes. It works. It was tough to get the inner corners and bottom lashes but if you’re patient enough to work with it, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem with that.

My favorite aspect of this mascara is how wonderfully it volumizes. I applied to coats and got va va voom lashes. Lengthening was decent too. This is the perfect mascara for those who want volume and aren’t in need of a waterproof mascara. The formula is great but I found it to be extremely lightweight. Normally I wouldn’t complain about something like this but I need a mascara that lasts for quite some time since it’s almost summer time in humid Florida. That said, if you need super lush lashes and don’t plan on sweating vigorously, this may be a great mascara for you.

And even though it’s lightweight, I didn’t experience any clumps or smudging. So yay, Elizabeth Arden!

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Elizabeth Arden Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume mascara on lashes

Do I recommend it?: I do! It’s a surprisingly stellar higher end mascara!

Have you ever tried anything from Elizabeth Arden?

Schick’s Prune for June Summer Style Contest!

Prune for June

This sponsored post is brought to you by Glam! I am clearly on a Schick kick (haha, that rhymed) because this makes my second post in a week about their razors. Schick® Quattro for Women TrimStyle® and I will be hanging out in a few weeks but for now I just had to let you know about the gorgeous Style boards Schick has on Pinterest. You ARE on Pinterest, aren’t you? Girl, you better be.

 

Schick has partnered with 4 awesome fashion editors and bloggers and had them create Pinterest boards that were in line with their personal styles. I found that the Bare-Muda Triangle was definitely up my alley. The board features gorgeous prints and bold statements that definitely speak to my hippie soul. Have you seen that printed kaftan? That so has my name written all over it! Which style looks to be made for you? There’s the…

  • The Flash – for the edgy and daring darlings.

 

Okay Pinterest lovers, how about a chance to win some sweet prizes? Enter the Prune for June Pinterest contest by creating a summer style board. Yep, it really is THAT easy. Submit your board’s URL to Prune for June and have your peeps vote on your board entry. Fans will vote on the top 10 boards for each trimstyle and 1 grand prize winner per trimstyle will win! Of course the boards have to be unique and creative.

1 lucky guy or gal wil score a prize package worth $2,500 and the second plce winner will get a prize package worth $1,000. Cool stuff, uh? Get to creating that board!

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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3 Cool Razors from Schick

Welp. I’ve been shaving my legs. It’s a big deal for me. Let’s get something straight…I’m not one of those women who have to have a hairless body. I’m a mammal. Hair grows and I refuse to spend my precious hours trying to get rid of it. A little leg hair ain’t never hurt nobody.

Leg hair that has your husband saying “OUCH!” when you play footsie with him under the kitchen table, however is a different story. So yeah. I’ve been shaving. Schick sent me a few of these razors to test out I really don’t have any complaints.

Schick Razors

I’ve played around with the brand Schick before and I am lovin’ everything about these. For one thing, they are so easy to find. Practically every drugstore or store like Target or Walmart will have the Schick brand. I was sent 3 different kind of razors so let’s do a quick run through of these kids, shall we?

First up is a new kind of Intuition.

You’ve seen these before, haven’t you? Schick very creatively decided to marry shaving cream and a razor and put them in a built-in soap brick…thingie. Yeah.

Schick Intuition Pure Nourishment

I’ve reviewed this before and I still find it to be awesome! I’ve never been heavily dependent on shaving cream (hell-lllooo…that’s what conditioner is for) but my legs are insanely soft when I use this. It does a great job and slicking the skin and prepping it for a shave. Plus I just adore the inclusion of coconut milk. Coconut milk is my BFF!

And then there’s the original Schick Hydro Silk.

Schick Hydro Silk razor

I’ve been using this baby for quite some time. Those 5 blades are magnifique! In fact, I notice a huge difference when I use razors with 5 blades and when I use razors with less than 5 blades. The stubble comes around so much sooner. Schick was so awesome with the Hydro Silk that they recently gave us the disposable version of it.

Schick Hydro  Silk Disposables

Yas! Now I can toss one in my travel bag and not die a thousand deaths if I accidentally leave it at the hotel. Don’t act like I’m the only one that has done that. Hmph.

Are you shaving your legs this summer? I’ll still love you if you say no. :cool:

Angel Beauty Box – The beauty subscription box for brown girls!

I’ve reviewed a tooooon of beauty subscription boxes. These things are so popular these days and it doesn’t look like the trend is ending any time soon. There are a ton of boxes for EVERY interest. I received the Angel Beauty Box for review and I am pleasantly surprised and for several reasons. For one…it is a box catered to brown girls. And unlike many beauty subscription boxes, it has a nice little system that guarantees you get products that you will actually use. Let’s take a peek…

Angel Box

Yes, I kissed the box. Y’all know I’m silly. :cool: Like most boxes, this one came with a good amount of single-use samples. I got several from Mizani.

Mizani Hair Care

Mizani True Textures

I’m familiar with Mizani but haven’t used their products since I’ve been natural. It’s been forever since they’ve been on my radar but I’m actually looking forward to trying out that hair oil. Especially since it’s silicone-free.

Skincare wise, I got two 8 oz bottles of lotion from a brand named Ziaja.

Ziaja Lotion

I’ve never tried their products before and I found both bottles of lotion to be a bit strong in fragrance but I was still surprised to see such large “samples”. This never happens in beauty subscription boxes!

Also in the skincare department, I got 2 small samples of a Biao creme.

Biao samples

That makes TWO skincare brands that I haven’t heard of. I tend to get excited when I am introduced to brands that I haven’t heard of. At the same time, I like seeing familiar brands in my box too. A nice mix of the two makes me happy.

This unidentified tub of pink stuff landed in my box as well.

Homemade lip balm

I’m not sure what it is as there wasn’t a label or anything on it. I’ve got far too many allergies to play Russian roulette so I left that baby alone. I’m pretty sure it’s a lip balm.

I got a nail polish from the brand RGB!

HIP RBG nail polish

I’m not sure I how I feel about brown polishes on me but I love the concept behind the brand RGB. And I’ve played around a bit with this polish and I love how creamy it is.

And lastly I got 2 custom made all natural goodies!

Angel Beauty Box

Angel Beauty Box scrub

What a nice treat! Unfortunately, I didn’t get an ingredients list with these so I didn’t want to use them. I have to look at the ingredients of products that I put on my skin before I use them. It’s a shame because both the scrub and lavender lotion appeared to be free from synethetic fragrances (that’s just me guessing) but I didn’t want to chance it.

OVERALL: For $20, this appears to be one of the better beauty subscription boxes that I’ve come across. I like how you get so many different products ranging from hair care, skincare and cosmetics. I really enjoyed taking the survey online at that Angel Beauty Box website. The press sample of my box didn’t come with a list of the products (boo…) but subscriptions can expect a magazine listing the featured products.

Have you tried this beauty box? Or are you sick of ‘em?

Mascara Monday: Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara

Milani Grandissimo Incredible Volume mascara

Ya’ll know I love Milani. Like adore. A lot. Their mascaras have always just been okay though. Not good but not terrible either. I’ve been eyeing this one for a while so when it landed in my mailbox I got excited and wished for the best. Let’s see how we did…

Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara

Price: $5.49 at drugstores and at Milani.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Bigger is better! The mega volume brush creates a false lash effect. Dramatically enhances and thickens even the littlest lashes. Long-lasting, smear-proof, and non-clumping formula. Paraben-free. ” (source)

The Truth: Wowsers…this is definitely one of their better mascaras!

What I Loved About It: It’s got nice volume.

What I Didn’t Like: It has a large wand and may clump on you…

Overall: I first saw the wand on this mascara and just knew that she would be able to work some magic. And she didn’t let me down. Look at this baby…

Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara wand

Not too shabby, uh? When you see a wand like this, you should realize 2 things. (1) A good amount of volume is coming your way and (2) so are clumps. It is almost inevitable. You just can’t avoid the clumps when you’ve got wands like these. To minimize them you can only apply one coat of mascara but if your goal is crazy awesome lashes, you’ll want to apply more mascara. That said, I REALLY dug this mascara. It’s average as far its appearance and she doesn’t tote any ah-mazing claims but it’s a fantastic mascara nonetheless. The wand is large but if you’ve got patience, you’ll find that it’s easy to breeze through the lashes.

The formula is great too. I didn’t find it to be too thick and it applied nicely to the lashes. I only applied 2 coats to my lashes and got a good amount of length and volume. It’s dark mascara so it’s perfect for a dramatic look. It does well with holding up throughout the day and I only found clumping to be a problem when trying to apply more than 2 coats. Way to go, Milani!  

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara on lashes

Do I recommend it?: Sure! It’s cheap and it works well.

 

Ooooh Milani lovers, have you tried this one?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 90

Zoya Yana

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’d also like to take a moment to congratulate our very own Phyrra for five years of beauty blogging! To commemorate the event, she’s hosting a mega-givewaway here that you don’t want to miss.

 My Beauty Bunny – has a fabulous guest post from the Lipstick League’s Clumps of Mascara sharing the 5 Best Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands for Women of Color. Trust us, ladies of every complexion will love these colorful choices!

Nouveau Cheap – the best multi-tasker to come out this year is also limited edition. Here’s why you need the new Milani Shadow Eyez in Almond Cream (but hurry before it’s gone).

Prime Beauty – takes a look at the Lancôme Summer 2013 Color Design Eye Show Palette. The colors are so summery you’ll want to dive right in, PLUS she has a Lancôme giveaway to give your skin a luminous summer glow!

Phyrra – shows off the new Makeup Geek Pigments! Which shade will you fall for?

we heart this – presents a drugstore eyelid primer that’s WAY better than pulling a rabbit out of hat! It’s L’Oreal Magic De-Crease.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Take off for your summer vacation early with the review & swatches for the brand new Essie Resort Collection for 2013. These new nail hues are bright & fun!

Clumps of Mascara – adores the brand Simple and their awesome skincare products. Got sensitive skin? You HAVE to try this drugstore brand out.

EauMG – Here’s a video review of one of Victoria’s favorite classic perfumes for spring/summer, Chanel Cristalle.

Gouldylox Reviews – Did a temporary color stain your hair? If you aren’t up for the pastel trend, here’s how to remove the unwanted color.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by My Beauty Bunny – Did your spring cleaning include a thorough washing of your makeup tools? If not, Kristie of Blushing Basics has the details on tackling this important task: How To Clean & Sanitize your Makeup & Makeup Brushes.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Lipglossiping – The lovely Meg from Lips So Facto shares her top tips on how to DIY your own relaxing bath soak, a must-read for stressed-out sisters everywhere!

Question of the Week:

Before we officially head into Summer 2013, tell us:
What was your favorite new beauty product of Spring 2013, and why?

B says, “Hmmm…I can’t even say. Nothing really WOW’d me this season.”

What about you? Were there any products that you just looooved this season?

 

 

 

Josie Maran Adds Shimmer!

Welllll, we all know how much I love Josie Maran. Yes, I’m still on her adoring bandwagon. I recently got some new products of hers to review and while I’ve featured them before, these are different because Josie has added some shimmer to her products!

Josie Maran Radiance

Now I’m not gonna lie…I’m no fan of sparklin’. Especially when said sparkle is overwhelming. But the added shimmer in these JM products are subtle. Yay! I knew Josie would get it right. I’m still a fan of her original products because they are fragrance free but these are fun if you’re looking to try something different.

The Body Butter has a nice “natural” fragrance to it…

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance

And it is just beauuuuutiful to look at.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance jar

I find that the shimmer is very apparent on my skin so I’m not a fan of wearing it daily. It really POPS.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance on skin

The hair serum smells as good as the original hair serum and the shimmer isn’t as proponent.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum with Radiance

And if you haven’t tried JM’s Hair Serum, hop to it because it smells divine and is great at keeping the hair slicked down. Of couse everyone’s hair type is different but I like how it worked on my afro.

The Argan Oil is different than the original because it contains honey lavender and chamomile.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil with Radiance

Pure Argan Oil with Radiance

Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil with Radiance on skin

I really do like the original better. I just find it to be, I don’t know…pure. But these limited edition products are great for shimmer lovin’ guys and gals.

Beauty Stats:

Prices:
Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter with Radiance – $65 on Ebay.
Argan Oil Hair Serum with Radiance – $30 at Sephora.com.
Pure Argan Oil with Radiance – $48 at Sephora.com.

Steep prices? Well, yeah…but that’s typical for Josie Maran’s products. I’m excited to see her stepping outside of the box a bit with these but I think I’m a sucker for her simple products more. Whatcha think? Shimmer or no shimmer?