Review│Morphe G2 Pointed Buffer Brush

February 4, 2016

Morphe has been huge in the beauty community. Their brushes are what initially put them on the map, but they also carry an assortment of beauty products that are highly raved about. Their eyeshadow palettes, being one of them.

For my first dive into Morphe, I decided to give the G2 Pointed Buffer brush a try, which is part of their Gun Metal brush line. I can't even begin to tell you all how much I adore this brush. First of all, it's very versatile. I have used the G2 Pointed Buffer brush to apply my liquid foundation, to blend concealer under my eyes, and to set areas of the face with powders. The synthetic hairs on the brush feel super soft against the skin, they don't soak up much product, and they do a phenomenal job at blending out product, creating a seamless finish. Also, I love the tapered tip, which allows for a more precise and detailed application.

*Tip: I like to use patting motions when using the G2 Pointed Buffer brush. I find that I get a more air brush-like result with my concealer and foundation by patting them in, as opposed to buffing.

When it comes to cleansing the brush, it couldn't be any easier. I use baby shampoo and that does the job just fine. I haven't witnessed any shedding going on either, which is great. Once the brush dries, it effortlessly goes back to it's original shape, and the hairs remain soft.

Overall: I highly recommend Morphe's G2 Pointed Buffer brush. I think it's a great buy that is easily of great use for different purposes. A must-have for sure. I can't wait to check out more of Morphe's brushes. I also want to try their eyeshadows!

Price: $13.99

Availability: Morphe

Which are your favorite Morphe products?

Disclaimer: Purchased by me.

Influenster│Cheers VoxBox

February 3, 2016

Hey lovelies, I was recently chosen to participate in one of Influenster's VoxBox campaigns. The Cheers VoxBox contained a variety of products and I have already started to try try, with pleasant results so far. If you would like me to thoroughly review any of the products mentioned, please don't hesitate to let me know in the comments below.

On to the Cheers VoxBox!

Way Better Snacks: Chips are one of my favorite snacks, so I was happy to see these from Way Better Snacks in the box. I like that these chips are gluten free, and made with sprouted flax seeds, chia seeds, quinoa. I got to try the sweet chili chips and they were super tasty. A little spicy too. I love spicy foods so I didn't mind the spice one bit. I am going to be on the lookout for more of the Way Better Snacks. They are not only delicious, they also make for a healthier snack alternative, which I can appreciate.

Suave Professionals Biotin Infusion Strengthening Shampoo & Conditioner: This duo is infused with B7 Biotin, a vitamin that's known to contain strengthening benefits. The range also helps reduce breakage and hair fall out, for fuller and thicker looking hair. The shampoo and conditioner both sound great, and I can't wait to see the results for myself.

Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Soothe & Sleep with Lavender: Confession-I have never tried an Epsom salt soak. I am not sure why, since they are highly encouraged for aiding in the relaxation of the body, and the easing of sore and tired muscles. This soaking solution from Dr. Teal's is infused with wholesome ingredients like Epsom salts, and herbal oils. It also helps promote a deeper sleep, since lavender does have relaxing and soothing properties. I haven't tried this in the bath yet for that full body soak experience but, I did try soaking my achy and sore feet in this and it did a pretty good job at easing the muscles and taking away any discomfort.

*Also included in my box was a coupon for a free Hormel Taco Meat, which I will definitely put to use on my next grocery trip, and a sponsored trial of Yaye, a health and fitness app that helps motivate small groups of family and friends to be more healthy and active. You can chat, share progress, and encourage each other in a fun, interactive way.

What do you all think of the Cheers VoxBox?

Disclaimer: I received the products mentioned above complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. My reviews are always honest, never influenced, and my own.

Review│Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

February 1, 2016

It's no secret that brows make a world of a difference for the face. That's why filled in, polished eyebrows are a must in my beauty routine, and thanks to Anastasia's Brow Wiz, I can achieve just that. Brow Wiz really is a wonder pencil for eyebrows, and trust me when I say, the hype is very much real.

Brow Wiz allows you to easily and quickly shape, fill-in, and define brows. The retractable, double-ended pencil contains a spoolie on one side-very handy, and a brow pencil on the other. The tip of the pencil is very fine, so you can get precise results that look natural and never harsh. Love! The Brow Wiz lineup consists of quite a few shades so you are bound to find one that suits you best. I use the color 'ebony' which is the perfect match for my black eyebrow hairs. 

Using Brow Wiz couldn't be easier. With the spoolie, you first brush your brow hairs up and draw a thin line along the hairline, following your lower arch. Then, brush the hairs down and draw another thin line to define the top hairline and arch. Finally, brush the hairs back into place and fill in any gaps and sparse areas. Done! Super easy. The formula is smear-proof, but I like to set my brows with a clear brow gel to keep them in place all day, since my brow hairs can be very unruly.

When it comes to brow pencils, I don't really think too much about the ingredients. But in this case, I can definitely appreciate them. This pencil contains Vitamin E to help skin fight off damage, and plant oils which soften and hydrate skin. This product is also paraben free, which is nice. 

Overall: If you are on the hunt for a brow pencil that's user-friendly and will make a big impact on your brows, then Anastasia's Brow Wiz may be one to look into. It's quick and easy to apply, and the outcome is always fabulous. Yes, it is a little pricey, but you do get a good amount of product which will last awhile. For years I religiously used brow powders. But ever since discovering Brow Wiz, I haven't looked back. And once you give this a try for yourself, I don't think you will either. 

Price: $21

What do you all think of Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills? Which are your favorite brow products?

Disclaimer: Purchased by me.

Ipsy│January 2016

January 30, 2016

This month's Ipsy bag was just okay. There were a few products that I liked, and a couple that didn't really end up wowing me much. But overall the assortment of items was pretty nice, and the bag itself is just super fun!

Beau Gachis® Paris Smudge Brush: I love when I receive tools in beauty subscriptions, and this brush is no exception. It blends crease shadow colors very well, resulting in a seamless result. Sort of reminds me of MAC's 217 brush.

Lasting Smiles Lip Balm in Peppermint Creme: This lip balm contains pure ingredients (peppermint oil, coconut oil, shea, cocoa butter, to name a few) that are sourced from small scale global farming cooperatives. It's organic, cruelty free, and every lip balm purchase helps fund cleft surgeries for children, which is pretty great. I typically don't have much luck with organic lip balms since I find they don't do much for my lips in terms of hydration. But this one is totally different from others I have tried. It's super moisturizing, softening, and it smells amazing. Love!

Peek Beauty Natural Stain Brow Powder: This brow powder contains a formula that combines the wear of a powder with a natural stain, that's made from coffee seed oil. There is also rosemary and thyme oils which help condition brows.Unfortunately, this brow powder didn't work out for me. The color us just way too light for my dark brow hairs. Sigh.

theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now): This eyeliner pencil is really pretty. It has a smooth texture, it's nicely pigmented, and pretty long-wearing. I don't have an eye pencil with a bronze hue like this one but I have to say, I am glad I do now because it compliments so many neutral eye looks. This color is called "Jac B. Bronze", by the way.

Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Lavender Bloom: These eyeshadows are just not my cup of tea. The colors are pretty but, I find that the shadows are too sheer and subtle for me, not to mention sort of powdery in texture, too. I will try applying these wet. Maybe the pigment factor will increase.

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What did you all receive in your January Ipsy bags?

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Birchbox│January 2016

January 26, 2016

My January Birchbox was a pretty good one. I really enjoyed everything I received and I had fun trying out some of the products. Found some new favorites, for sure.

Take a look!

Shiseido Ultimate Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate: This concentrate helps firm, and strengthen the skin around the eye area. It also boosts the benefits of other eye creams, which is very cool. I have used this a couple of times (on it's own, not in conjunction with another eye cream) and I do find that my eye area feels much softer and looks smoother. It doesn't irritate the skin around my eyes so that's a plus. This does contain somewhat of a strong fragrance, but it does dissipate after a bit. I will definitely continue to use this eye concentrate, and I hope to see an improvement around my eye area-especially the fine lines, after a couple of weeks.

IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer: I am loving this face primer. It contains nourishing fruit extracts and shimmer pearl powder to help impart a healthy, radiant appearance to the skin; which it does so well. This primer blends beautifully into the skin, it feels good on, my foundation looks absolutely amazing applied over it, and the inclusion of SPF 15 is super appreciated. What's not to love? The IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer may just possibly be my new HG face primer!

Harvey Prince Bailando: This vegan and paraben-free fragrance is lovely. It contains notes of Spanish mandarin, Indian jasmine, and orange flower on a base of sandalwood, vanilla, and musk. The notes play so well together and they create a warm scent that's perfect to sport during the cold season.

Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner: If you are longtime readers of my blog then you all know my feelings towards liquid eyeliners. Long story short-I find them intimidating to use. I am a gel eyeliner kinda girl, all the way. I typically steer clear of chubby eyeliner pens like this one from Eyeko but I just had to give it a try. What did I have to lose? Well...I really like it! It was surprisingly easy to apply and not hard at all to control. Creating a thick, sharp winged-out line couldn't have been any easier. The black liner has a super rich color payoff, it's smudge-proof, and the drying time is pretty quick. Something to keep in mind is that this dries and sets to a glossy finish, not matte like gel and pencil eyeliners.

Kerastase Bain Force Architecture: This shampoo helps restore, strengthen, and add shine to strands. It sounds like a treat for my dry, damaged hair. I can't wait to give it a go.

Whish Three Whishes Body Butter: This body butter contains antioxidant-rich moisturizers which help soothe, soften, nourish, and firm skin. This lotion feels nice on the skin, and it doesn't leave behind a greasy residue. As for the lavender scent, it is nice, albeit a bit too strong for my taste.

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What did you receive in your January Birchbox?

Disclaimer: I purchased a monthly Birchbox subscription. This post contains referral links.
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