Influenster Dazzle Voxbox Review

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I got this Dazzle Voxbox over a month ago, but I’ve been so busy I’m just getting around to writing a review for it.

Upon receiving this box, I noticed it was quite tiny, which usually would mean that it’s one brand sending a couple of their products. However, it turns out the box is a mini version of the assorted product Voxboxes I’m used to.

Let’s get reviewin’!

Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal: This item was in the Tinsel Voxbox I got a few months ago, and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I take it with me on short business trips and getaways. It smells so good, and it’s great for my dry hands that are seriously wishing winter would end already.

Clairol Professional Jazzing Semi-Permanent & Temporary Hair Color: I received this in the shade Cherry Cola #56, which is the color my grandma used to dye her hair! I have never dyed my hair and don’t intend to in the near future so I’ll be giving this away to someone.

iThrive Keratin Rescue Split End Repair: In March 2018, I took a vow to be nicer to my hair, so I am no longer using any sulfate or alcohol based hair products. This will also be given away. Smells great though.

Overall, I’m so glad I got another Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal! It was a fave of mine from the last Voxbox, and I’d honestly buy it when it finishes.

Ivy VoxBox Review

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Back again with a new VoxBox!

I was super excited when I opened the Ivy VoxBox I got from Influenster a few weeks ago. I’ve been getting a lot of customized boxes from them the last few times, so this was a pleasant little mix of random products. There was even some candy thrown in!

This VoxBox contained Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers, two ChapStick DUOs (one in berry sorbet shimmer and another in refreshing watermelon + strawberry kiwi), a Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Facial Cleansing Bar Soap, a Gillette Venus Swirl, and 7th Heaven Foot Soak & Lotion. Very exciting.

Let’s get to the review, shall we?

1. Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers. I ate them all in one shot last week and then I felt guilty. They were just so good. The perfect amount of sour, in my opinion.

2. ChapStick DUO, berry sorbet shimmer & refreshing watermelon + strawberry kiwi. Okay, these are the coolest thing ever. I love the refreshing watermelon! You can attach these to other flavors to make the DUO, which I love because you can carry two flavors along in your makeup bag at once. They smell freaking amazeballs and provide a ton of moisture.

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I stuck refreshing watermelon and strawberry kiwi together, then opted to put the former on my lips. Tastes DELISH.

3. Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Facial Cleansing Bar Soap. I’ve heard really great things about this brand, so I’m excited to try this face soap when I’m done with my current tube of Olay Facial Foaming Cleanser. Continue reading

e.l.f. VoxBox Review

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A few weeks ago I got an e.l.f. VoxBox in the mail, and I just got around to playing with the products inside. I was sent 6 products: a Hydrating Bubble Mask, Lip Exfoliator, Mineral Infused Face Primer, Baked Highlighter and Bronzer in the shade Bronze Glow, and Matte Lip Color in the shade Wine.

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As a longtime e.l.f. Cosmetics fan, I was super excited to try all of these along with the makeup I use regularly. Here’s what I thought of all the products:

Hydrating Bubble Mask: I started out with this one to give my face a little bit of oompf, as I haven’t used a mask in a while, moreover, I’d never used a bubble mask. They’re all the rage right now, and rightfully so. My skin feels so nice! It was a bit weird with the bubbles dissolving so quickly as I was reading the instructions on the package but I do like the mask. I’ll definitely try to use this once a week.

Lip Exfoliator: Followed the Hydrating Bubble Mask up with this product. I’ve only ever done homemade lip scrubs made with sugar and honey, so this was very odd to me. I felt like I was putting on lip balm. As with the bubble mask, the result was great but the process was weird. Looks like I won’t be needing to make my own lip scrub for a while!

Mineral Infused Face Primer: Moving on to the stuff that actually stays on my face. I only use primer for my eyeshadow, but I have been meaning to find a nice face primer to use daily. I love that this is a clear primer! It definitely does its job well, in my opinion.

Baked Highlighter and Bronzer, Bronze Glow: I don’t use highlighter or bronzer, so I was debating if I should use it to complete my look for this post. I think the one I was sent is too shiny for my liking. I probably won’t use it ever again.

Matte Lip Color, Wine: LOVE THIS! It’s the perfect shade for a subtle red lip stain. I’m definitely buying another once this one finishes. Also, how cool is the sharpener on this?!

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Aaaannnndddd here’s my finished face:

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Overall, I think I’ve fallen hard for the Primer and the Matte Lip Color. Can’t wait to put them on again for work tomorrow!

 

Influenster Maybelline #BetterSkinPowder Review

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A few weeks ago while I was moving to NYC and still trying to set up my loft bed, my parents brought over my customized Maybelline #BetterSkinPowder Influenster box.

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I got the shade 80, known as Rich Tan, because my current L’Oréal True Match foundation powder is Classic Tan (N7). They sounded and looked similar so I took the chance.

Here’s my face with my L’Oréal True Match Classic Tan:

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And here it is with the Maybelline Better Skin Powder shade Rich Tan:

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The Maybelline Better Skin Powder Shade Rich Tan is definitely a bit of a lighter color than my L’Oréal True Match in Classic Tan. It doesn’t bother me though! My skin tone looks even with both. That’s really all I can ask for.

What do you guys think? L’Oréal or Maybelline?

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Review

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I’ve never worn anything more than mascara on my eyelashes, so this was totally new for me.

As a person that wears glasses and has almost unnoticeable eyelashes behind them, a product like Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes is just what I need to make my lashes stand out.

I didn’t know what to expect when I opened the package, but when I finally did, I was surprised to find two bottles of what looked like normal mascara. It wasn’t until I looked at the bottle that read “3D Fibers” that I realized how this works.

First you apply the Transplanting Gel to wet your lashes. Then, before the gel dries, apply the 3D fibers. The second step is very meticulous, because the fibers look like small dust particles that can easily end up drying in clumps if applied in a rush.

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Overall, I’m satisfied with the way my eyelashes look with the 3D fibers. I went to my mom and aunt with only one eye done to see if they could spot the difference, but they couldn’t. I can definitely see a difference, though.

I wouldn’t use the product everyday, as it takes a little bit more time to apply than my quick Maybelline mascara. I’m always in a rush on mornings, so I’ll be saving the 3D fibers for special occasions.

Purchase the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes and Transplanting Gel here for $29 USD.


*Esta entrada del blog es patrocinado por la campaña Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes en BrandBacker.

Nunca he usado nada mas que el rimel en las pestañas, asi que esto era algo nuevo para mi.

Siendo una persona que lleva gafas y tiene pestañas casi imperceptible detrás de ellos, un producto como Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes es justo lo que necesito para hacer mis pestañas destacar.

Yo no sabía qué esperar cuando abrí el paquete, pero cuando finalmente lo hice, me sorprendió encontrar dos botellas de lo que parecía ser el rimel normal. No fue hasta que me miré la botella que decía ” Fibras 3D” que me di cuenta de cómo funciona esto.

Primero se aplica el gel de trasplante para mojar tus pestañas. Entonces, antes de que se seque el gel, aplique las fibras 3D. El segundo paso es muy meticuloso, porque que las fibras se ven como pequeñas partículas de polvo que pueden secar facilmente en grupos si se aplica en un apuro.

Puedes ver en el collage de arriba cómo mis pestañas se ven antes de aplicar las fibras, sin las fibras en el ojo derecho, y cuando terminé la aplicación de ambos ojos.

En general, estoy satisfecho con la forma en que mis pestañas se ven con las fibras 3D. Fui a mi mamá y mi tía con un solo ojo hecho para ver si podían detectar la diferencia , pero no pudieron. Definitivamente puedo ver una diferencia, sin embargo.

Yo no usaría el producto todos los días , ya que toma un poco más de tiempo para solicitar que mi rápida rimel Maybelline . Estoy siempre con prisa cada mañana, así que voy ahorrar las fibras 3D para ocasiones especiales .

Puedes comprar Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes y el Gel de Transplante aquí para $29 USD.

 

 

This Week in Music: LIGHTS’ “Running With The Boys” Music Video

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The only boy LIGHTS should be running with is Beau Bokan!

Much Music had the honor of premiering the music video for “Running With The Boys” by Canadian artist LIGHTS.

The song is from her latest album Little Machines. It’s not one of my favorites on the track, but I can see how it fits in with the theme of reminiscing that is present on the album.

“Running With The Boys” is a medium tempo song with a light electronic disco vibe. For some reason, there’s not a single male in the video. Instead, LIGHTS rides around on a bike with a few of her lady friends, majestic hair blowing in the wind and all.

There’s a scene where LIGHTS swings around on a tire swing. Not sure if that was supposed to be sexy.

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The video ends with all of her friends veering off the path on their bikes, leaving LIGHTS alone as she watches a younger version of herself pedal past her.

I wasn’t really impressed with the video but I still encourage you to check it out. Because, who can resist wanting to stare at LIGHTS’ beautiful face for 4:23?

Watch “Running With the Boys” here.

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Episode Review: Series Premiere of USA’s ‘Rush’

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This weekend, I finally got around to watching the new medical drama on USA called Rush.

I was really looking forward to watching it since seeing the previews all month. I was especially excited because Sarah Habel, the girl who played Daphne in MTV‘s Underemployed is Eve in this show, and if you’ve read my latest Buzzfeed post, you’ll know that I miss seeing her on MTV very terribly.

So the big deal about this show is the fact that Dr. Will Rush isn’t your typical doctor. Sure, he went to Harvard, graduated top of his class, and makes some serious dough as a private doctor, but he’s got his flaws.

We’re talking smoking weed in the bathroom at his about 8-year-old godson’s birthday party flaws. And snorting cocaine with a woman that he’d soon have to admit to the emergency room in the wee hours of the night flaws. “A club called ‘Emergency’,” to be more specific.

His romantic life’s a mess, and his patients? They’re not really the kind of people you’d want to run into at the grocery store.

My favorite scenes of the pilot episode are the parts where a patient calls with a broken cock and when Rush decides to give the girlfriend of one of his patients a taste of his own medicine.

And I don’t mean that in the doctoral way AT ALL.

I’ll admit that some of the scenes are a bit gory, like the spleen removal towards the end, but it’s bearable.

I loved the soundtrack for this episode, which included “Fifteen” by Goldroom ft. Chela and “All Eyes on You” by St. Lucia. I hope they keep it up with the good music!

I’m looking forward to next weeks episode.

Catch the pilot on USA‘s site, and watch this drool-worthy interview with the man that plays Dr. Rush, Welsh actor Tom Ellis. Love that accent, man! Gah!

Don’t forget to watch next week’s episode on Thursday night at 9/8c on USA!

This Week in Music: Colbie Caillat Likes You With Your Makeup Off and Your Hair Down

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Colbie Caillat’s new music video for the song “Try” is both sentimental and empowering.

“Try” is a ballad the Caillat co-wrote with Babyface over a year ago. The premise of the song is embracing natural beauty, and it features a medium tempo piano melody that will stay with you long after the song is over.

In the music video, several women in plain white tank tops mouth the words to the song as they reveal their make-up free faces.

Caillat also stips down to her bare face, even removing her hair extensions.

The real shocker for me was realizing that this gorgeous woman is actually bald.

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My God, I hope I look that good bald!

Of all the song’s lyrics, I love the last verse the most. “Take your make up off, let your hair down, take a breath, look into the mirror, at yourself, don’t you like you? Cause I like you,” Caillat sings as the piano melody begins winding down.

It’s refreshing to see some natural beauty every once in a while. So ladies, take a moment today to admire yourself in the mirror after removing your makeup.

Enjoy the music video here:

 

Album Review: The Ready Set’s ‘The Bad & The Better’

The Ready Set is back with some new sounds just in time for summer 2014!

The album, titled The Bad & The Better, was released today, May 27th.

The Bad & The Better is a wonderful concoction of fun, medium tempo pop beats and heartwarming ballads.

The two singles on this album are “Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever)” (released back in 2012) and “Higher.”

Fans of The Ready Set may have already heard the big buzz about bonus track “For the Better,” which is a song tribute to Taylor Swift and Kanye West’s feud fueled by the incident that occured at the 2009 MTV VMAs.

Jordan Witzigreuter made it clear that the song is a tribute to the country singer, as he makes countless allusions to her songs and personality.

“So take that 13 luck and find, there’s a 100 waiting in line,” he says, mocking Taylor Swift’s favorite number. For the chorus, he hones the melody of her song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” as he sings,

Whatever, ever, ever
It’s for the better
Hey, hey whatever, ever, ever
It’s for the better.

“For the Better” even quotes Kanye’s infamous line “Imma let you finish.”

I must say, this is a clever one, Jordan. Was this the inspiration for the album title?

The rest of the album includes fun summer songs “Carry Me Home,” “Luxury,” and bonus track “More Than This.”

The Ready Set plays with some synth in “Are We Happy Now” and bonus track “Terrible Things.” The synth adds to the emotional heaviness of both songs.

The albums ballads include “Don’t You Need Me” and the very heartfelt, tear inducing track titled “Castaway” featuring Jake Miller. “I’ll step back from the doubts overtaking me. They were breaking me,” Jordan sings as the swift violin melody swings back and forth between the lyrics.

Listeners that enjoy beautifully structured lyrics, will find my favorites, “Freakin’ Me Out,” “Bitter and the Sweetness,” and “Bleeding.” Jordan’s soft falsetto mixed into the melody of these three tracks are enough to make you melt faster than an ice cream cone in the summer heat.

And of course, this album would not be complete without one weird song, “Fangz.” I don’t even know how to explain that one.

I think The Ready Set fans will enjoy The Bad & The Better. Jordan Witzigreuter put together an interesting collection of melodies for our enjoyment this summer.

Listen to The Bad & The Better on Spotify.

This Week in Music: Shakira is on Fire in “Empire” Music Video

Shakira Empire FireThis is the empire, and Shakira is our empress.

The music video for Shakira’s single “Empire” off of her brand new self-titled album Shakira. is very different from her usual style.

Although this video lacks Shakira’s infamous sexy hip shaking, the beautiful vocals and glorious camera work make this one of her best projects yet.

“Empire” begins with Shakira sitting in front of a tan colored wall wearing a tan colored dress and nude makeup. The vocals in the beginning of the song are very soft, almost as if she’s whispering a folk tale to a young child.

The scene changes to Shakira standing at the door of a church in a wedding dress as the guests await her entrance.

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I was sort of confused at first, because I know Shakira is one of those celebrities who doesn’t want to marry until she’s 60 (poor Gerard Pique).

But then she does the unthinkable: she drops the bouquet and runs away.

The song begins to escalate as Shakira sings “and I’m like…” before bursting into a powerful chorus of  “Oooh”s.

The runaway bride proceeds to frolic in a meadow with beautiful dandelions flowing in the breeze around her. After this seemingly innocent act, she begins dancing on the church steps with a fire running down her dress.

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I think I could watch Shakira frolic in the meadow all day. It’s just so beautiful.

The meadow scenes and the scenes where Shakira is in what looks like a ruined and abandoned church with leaves strewn all over the floor wearing a black winged dress are probably the most majestic in the entire video.

Shakira also does this crazy back-bend, bridge-like thing with her body towards the end of the video.

Is there anything this Colombian beauty can’t do?!

I really love the song and the video. It was definitely a pleasant surprise.

Check out her new album, Shakira. on Spotify and enjoy the “Empire” music video!