Saturday, September 27, 2014

Checking out the Beauty Box 5 for September

I have been loving each Beauty Box 5 I have reviewed over the past 6 months or so. Each month I am surprised at the cool items that we receive and I am never disappointed! This month is no different.

Beauty Box 5 is a subscription service that you can sign up to join. It is easy to do and you can choose to do it monthly, quarterly or the best savings is yearly. Right now they are having hot special! Sign up for the monthly, quarterly, or yearly service and get the previous month's box FREE with purchase! Use the code "FREEBOX1" at checkout. This offer is ONLY valid for first-time subscribers in both the U.S. and Canada. Subscribe to Beauty Box 5.

So what can you expect in a Beauty Box 5 shipment. Here is what Septembers box was loaded with.

Sally Hansen Toe Spacers - When you are doing your own pedi at home, you simply have to have toe spacers. They make the process so much easier. I love that these are small and very effective. They really are a no brainer and at $1.99, super affordable to use and keep on hand always.

My Beauty Spot Nail Polish - Oh, I love neutrals especially on my nails and this color is spot on for fall! his polish is great because it is nice and thick and gives great coverage quickly in one coat. It wears pretty well and allows for easy changes to polish whenever you want. I did not care for the scent of the product but it dissipates rather quickly.

Chrislie Formulations 3-in-1 Eye Bright - This is a very cool product! This is just right for helping to reduce dark circles and sallow skin from too many late nights. You use it at night before bed and in the am, the skin around your eyes is smoother and looks better, making you feel better too!

Nicka K New York Eyelight Crayon - I am a green eyed lady and I only use shades of violet and purple as my eyeliner. They really make green eyes pop! So you can bet I was over the moon with this selection. I love the automatic pencil and they fact that it was a nice fat crayon that gives lots of usage possibilities. Liner, shadow, highlighter - you can choose. The color is beautiful and looks so nice with a bit of shimmer.

Natural Style by FUBU Deep Conditioner & Co-wash - If a deep conditioner is on the books, this is one to check out. Loaded with 8 repairing oils and shea butter for the conditioning you need. It also works as a co-wash for curly hair too!

What an awesome box! Now you know why I love receiving the Beauty Box 5 each month. If trying new cosmetics and beauty products is your idea of fun, grab the deal and give it a try!

Disclaimer: Chris Carroll has personally reviewed the product listed above. She has not received any monetary compensation for her review but did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ. This post contains affiliate links where I can make some money from your purchase.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

L'oreal Miss Manga Mascara: Love it or Hate It

I have a love/hate relationship with the new Miss Manga Mascara by L'oreal. I love L'oreal mascara and have been using it for I cannot tell you how many years. Plus the fact that is in their Volumious line, made it even more attractive to me and became a must buy to try. So I did.

Oh, Miss Manga, what you do to me. Here are the hate parts:

* I hate the fact that this is a drier product than their other Volumious mascara
* I hate the flexible wand. Really? That is so annoying and causes the wand to not grip the lashes like they should.
* I hate that I have to spend two times as long to apply this mascara because of the flexible wand. Frustrating!

Not bad... I was nice.

But I do have some good things to say too! Here are the Love parts:

* I love the brush. I do, even though it doesn't give me as much mascara as I want on it, it does create a beautiful whispy lash. Kill the flex part and this would be perfect!
* I love the lengthening part of this mascara. I especially love that you do not get little fibers that fall in your face. That is a huge plus!
* I love the waterproof formula. Gives a long lasting wear without flaking!
* I love the way my lashes feel with this product, which makes me want to use it every day!

Overall, the pluses out weight the minuses and I do enjoy the feel and wearbility of the mascara. Now if they would get rid of the flex part.... waiting patiently.... Maybe they will hear me!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tips to Help Your Lipstick Last Longer

I love lip sticks and glosses alike and often combine both of them for a lovely look. One of the issues that can occur with many lipstick is the fact that they often do not wear a long time. It can be difficult and a pain to continually apply and reapply lipstick throughout the day.

Since I know I am not the only one that has frustration with this issue, I thought I would share some of the tips I use to keep that lipstick lasting longer.

Tips to Help Your Lipstick Last Longer

* Exfoliate Your Lips First - Once a week or so, exfoliate your lips so there is not dead skin or cracked skin. Keep those kisses soft!

* Outline your lips with a lip liner - Use one that is about the same color or slightly lighter to prevent the lipstick from bleeding.

* Fill in your lips with the liners as a primer - Using a lip primer will help keep the lipstick intact and lasting a lot longer.

* Use quality lipsticks
- Using a cheap brand can be some of the problem. Step up your quality and choose a lipstick that has a lot of pigment for a longer lasting wear.

* Layer your Lipstick Application - Apply your lipstick then blot and reapply for a long lasting wear. Add a touch of shine with a glossy lipstick or a touch of lip gloss to finish it.

* Don't chew on your lips of lick them often - Pay attention to how often you are chewing on your lips or licking them. That is a surefire way to reduce the pigment and increase wear and tear of your lipstick.

How many of these steps do you use in your beauty routine? Try adding these tips to help your lipstick last longer. They will help you rock that gorgeous smile!

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