Friday, April 17, 2015

Julep│April 2015

My April Julep Maven box is here! The bombshell box stood out to me most for this month, and I gotta say, I absolutely loved it. My April box included two gorgeously bright and bold nail colors, and a very neat brow powder/brush duo that I have been enjoying using very much. Also, with my Julep points, I added on to my box another nail color, which was pretty hard to pass up on.

Check it out!

Cassidy: This teal blue creme reminds me that summer is right around the corner. It's fun, bright, and a color I reach for lots during the warmer months. 

Drew: I can never have enough pinks in my collection, and this bright fuchsia creme is no exception. So pretty!

Danielle: Danielle was my add-on nail color. This eye catching metallic cerulean blue duochrome is stunning. I actually sported this loveliness on my nails a few days ago, and I just loved everything about it. Application was a dream (two coats gave a smooth and opaque coverage), the sunset purple color shift in certain lighting/angles is pretty neat, and the metallic finish makes for the perfect touch.

Don't Leave Your Brows At Home: I am happy to report that I really like this product. The angled brush is of nice quality, and the creamy powder goes on evenly on the brows. There are four shades available, and the color "rich brown" blends in nicely with my dark brow hairs. This brow duo makes achieving defined brows really easy and effortless, and the travel-friendly tube is something that I can appreciate.

Inside my box were these Gobstoppers candies. They were really tasty.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Julep│March 2015

Hey, dolls! I hope you are all doing well. Today I am going to be sharing with you all what I received in my March Julep Maven box. When I saw what Julep had in store for their March Maven boxes, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a few of this month's products. 

I went with the bombshell box this month which included a gorgeous nail color, a fun lipstick, an invisible lip liner, and of course a yummy treat that makes the box that much sweeter (pun intended). I also used some of my Julep points to add on a trio of soft focus, pastel nail colors, that are so perfect for the spring and summer months. 

Nayely: I don't have anything like this pastel papaya in my collection. This is going to be my next pedicure color for sure.

Get In Line Invisible Lip Liner: This lip liner goes on clear, and makes for the perfect base to lock in lip color while preventing fading and feathering. It's also waterproof and it lasts for 7+ hours. Trying an invisible lip liner has never crossed my mind before but I must say, I am very intrigued and I can't wait to give this a try.

Light On Your Lips Full-Coverage Crème Lipstick in "Tutu": I was happy to see this lipstick in my box this month. Tutu is a creamy yellow toned soft pink that easily glides on the lips with ease. It feels comfortable and hydrating on, and the color is easily buildable. I absolutely love it!

Janet, Lulu, Ali: I guess I had soft pale hues on my mind because I just couldn't resist picking up these beautiful, creamy pastel nail colors. Janet is a pale peach, Lulu is a light wisteria, and Ali is a mint green. They all dry semi-matte, creating a lovely soft focus finish. 

Of course, no Julep box would be complete without a sweet treat inside. I used to snack on Smarties candies all the time way back when; they taste just as good as I remember!

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Ipsy│February 2015

Hey, lovelies! I hope you are all having an awesome 2015 so far. I know I have been gone for awhile but I am officially back. As you may know from my post in September, I was expecting a lovely boy, due this month, but he decided he wanted out in December. Lucas Noel was born a month early but thankfully, all is well and he is a healthy boy who just amazes me everyday. The abundant amount love I have for him is unlike any other, and I am so excited to embark on this mommy-hood journey with him.☺

Today, I am going to be sharing with you all what I received in my February Ipsy bag, which I am super thrilled about. My bag contained a fun variety of beauty, skin care, and hair care items, and had a value of a little over $70! Needless to say, my February Ipsy bag was a total win for me. 

City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain: This lip stain goes on smooth like a gloss, and sets to a matte finish like a lipstick. It imparts bold color payoff, and it won't dry out lips. I received the shade "Flirtini", a lovely pink-mauve that's right up my alley. (Full Size: $4.99)

ModelCo Blush Cheek Powder: I can never have enough blush, and this one from ModelCo is just stunning. My bag contained the shade "Cosmopolitan", a matte pink that will for sure add the prettiest pop of color to the cheeks. (Value: $9.43)

Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray: This multi-tasking hairspray contains a lightweight formula that not only adds volume and texture to hair, it also works as a heat protectant, too. (Value: $10)

Mitchell and Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil: My complexion has not been looking it's best lately, so this face oil couldn't have arrived at a better time. It's packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help firm and even out the complexion. (Value: $23.14)

Emite Make Up Professional Eyelash Curler: I don't usually incorporate eyelash curlers in my beauty routine, but I think I will have to start. Eyelash curlers can do amazing things for lashes when it comes to curling and lifting, and this one looks pretty promising. I can't wait to give it a try! (Value: $25)

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What did you all receive in your February Ipsy bag?

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Friday, November 21, 2014


Hey, dolls! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your day. I recently got the opportunity to try out what is the probably one of the coolest curling hair styling tools that I have come across-the InstaWave™ by KISS. I love checking out the latest innovations when it comes to hair tools and I gotta say, the InstaWave™ is unlike any other curler I have tried before. This revolutionary tool not only makes curling hair easy, it's also fun too.

The InstaWave™ is an automatic, tangle-free curling device that's comprised of ceramic technologies that give the hair a healthy and shiny look, while also reducing frizz and damage. The device has two heat settings (high/low) with the maximum temperature being 420° F. The curl dial feature is something that I think many will appreciate since it allows for left/right curling directions, thus resulting in more natural looking curls. The device also has an automatic 90 minute shut-off, which is great.

I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by the InstaWave™ at first. I am accustomed to the more traditional curling irons, and I wasn't sure how this tool was going to fare up to them in terms of effectiveness and ease of use. Well, turns out I was concerned for nothing because I was surprised at how quickly I got the hang of the InstaWave™, which is super easy to use.

The device heats up fairly quickly, and it's not heavy to hold at all. I didn't experience any tangling or tugging during the process, and I found that for my thick shoulder length hair, 20 minutes was all it took to curl my whole head. Love that!

The end result I achieve with the InstaWave™ is just awesome. This tool makes my curls super bouncy, soft, and voluminous. My hair also looks shiny and healthy, to boot. My hair has the tendency of not holding a curl very well, but with the InstaWave™, my curls are still intact the next day.

How-To Demonstration:

Step 1: Hold the InstaWave™ vertically and place a section of hair on the curling rod.

Step 2: Press the dial switch button either left or right, and the barrel will start rotating automatically, catching and curling the hair. Keep pressing the dial switch button until the hair is fully wrapped around the barrel. Release the dial switch button and let the InstaWave™ heat hair for 5-10 seconds. If you want tighter curls hold for a bit longer. Hold less for looser waves.

Step 3: Once hair is curled, pull the InstaWave™ straight down to release hair section.

Step 4: Done! Break apart the curls with fingers for a more natural, tousled look. To maximize hold, spray curls with a bit of hair spray.

There were a few things I came across when using the InstaWave™ that I think are worth mentioning. First, when I first plugged in the device, I noticed a faint high pitched sound coming from it, that went on the whole time the curler was in use. It was definitely a concern for me but we were assured that there were no safety issues associated with it, and that the sound is caused by the circuit to drive the motor. Next, I think this device is a bit more effective for those who have medium-long hair lengths. I have shoulder length hair but I do have a few short hair pieces in the very back of my head, and I found that my hair would slip out of the device often when I would try to curl it with the InstaWave™. After a few tries though, I eventually got some curling action going on.

While there are a number of curling devices in the market, the InstaWave™ totally holds it's own. It's refreshing, effective, innovative, and easy to use. What could be better? This is definitely a tool that I am going to be reaching for often whenever I want to easily achieve beautiful, lasting curls.

Price & Availability: 
$59.99 /

What do you all think of the InstaWave?

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Julep│November 2014

Hey, lovelies! I hope you are all having an awesome day. Today, I am going to be sharing with you what I received in my November Julep Maven box. This month I decided to go with the bombshell box which contained two gorgeous nail colors, a mascara, and delicious candies that made the box that much sweeter.

Check it out!

Fazia: How stunning is this garnet colored shimmer? It's just mesmerizing and I don't have anything like it in my collection. I have a feeling Fazia is going to be a major favorite this winter season.

Jessie: During the fall and winter months, hues like this one are all I sport. I am loving this rich, deep eggplant crème. So effortless.

Length Matters Wow Impact Mascara: I can't wait to give this mascara a try. It's paraben and sulfate free, and it promises to lengthen and define lashes without clumping, smudging, or flaking. The thin micro-bristle brush is sure to grab and coat every lash hair, and the formula looks super creamy and smooth.

Goetze's Caramel Creams®: These caramel treats are chewy, tasty, and really satisfying. Yum!

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What did you all receive in your November Julep Maven boxes?

Pregnancy Update: I am now a little over 26 weeks along and this little guy just amazes me everyday. He moves lots (especially after I eat, or if I lay down on my side), and his little kicks and wiggles are so precious. I had an ultrasound a couple of days ago and thankfully, everything is looking good. He is growing beautifully, and he already weighs 2 pounds!

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