Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Play! by Sephora Unboxing | May 2016

I really wanted to have this unboxing posted sooner than this. Oh, well - some things never change lol. 
Play! by Sephora is yet another beauty subscription service. It contains a curation of five deluxe samples, and a little card for free one-on-one tutorials. 
The subscription is $10/month and by invite only - you can hop on the wait list by entering your e-mail address here. (There are currently a limited number of slots available - maybe this will change in the future?)
Firstly, the packaging was super cute. I stashed the little drawstring bag in hopes of maybe stuffing it with goodies and gifting it in the future. (Birthday - Sephora trial size items?) 
Inside the box was a large fold out pamphlet with detailed (ingredients) information on each of the samples. My only complaint? No prices! WTF mate.
(You can "unlock" more content by using the Sephora app and clicking the scan button.)
I'm going to do the leg work and list each of the samples and their full retail price below. :)

I intend on purchasing a full size version of this product. It smells divine and works amazingly well. 

I was pretty happy with the May 2016 box. I honestly just wanted to see what all the hype was about. I definitely think it's worth $10/month. I did choose to go ahead and cancel Play! and my Proactiv subscription. The kids are starting on some fancy Juice Plus+ vitamins tomorrow. (I had to prioritize lol) They have been so sick, hopefully the chews will help! 
How is your week going so far? Silas is sick AGAIN. He ended up missing the last day of Kindergarten today. :( 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NOTD | Tin Man

Today's nail design was a desperate attempt at some self-care. (I had a glass of wine too) 😂  It's been a few years since I've done a taped off manicure. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. What do you think?
Products used: 
blue painters tape 
L.A. Colors polish in the shade "Live" $1
Sally Hansen XTREME Wear polish in the shade "Black Out"
Seche Vite dry fast top coat
Ring: LizardiJewelry on Etsy
Note: L.A. Colors is available at most Dollar Tree stores. 👍🏻 
PS, my very first Play! by Sephora box should be arriving in the mail any day now. I will be posting an unboxing video asap. :) 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Essential Oil Mama | Young Living

Happy Tuesday you guys! Guess what? There are only four full days of Kindergarten left for Silas. Happy dance! This past school year has been filled with so many illnesses for our family. (I'm thinking that 1st grade will be better!) I'm ready for a nice break from the germs. 
This past month I was fortunate enough to find a wonderful chiropractor that is about 4 minutes from our house. My back was very out of sorts when I first visited her...and she totally fixed it. :) That's not the only thing she did - she also reignited my love for essential oils. I was in her office complaining about the sickly kiddos and she recommended adjustments and Young Living. (She is now my enroller) 
(Photo credit: Young Living essential oils)
This first oil I decided to experiment with was "Thieves." We needed some well kids up in here, and my chiropractor spoke highly of it. So far - it seems to be very helpful! Silas was out of school with yet another cold this past Tuesday. BUT - Silas was able to recover on his own this round of illness. (No doctors/antibiotics required) Hooray!  I have been diffusing this in our home since it arrived in the mail to and I believe it is successfully promoting family wellness.
I was so impressed with the results that I just ordered the 14.4 fl oz Thieves Household Cleaner. (+ a glass spray bottle from Amazon & a decal from Etsy) I am absolutely loving the scent. Seriously, the entire house smells like Christmas, y'all. I can't wait to wipe down everything with the cleaner. 
All-purpose cleaner: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 2–3 cups water.
(Add to a spray bottle - voila!) 
(Photo credit: PrettyLilParty Etsy)
I'm also really excited about adding essential oil recipes to the blog. If you have kids and they seem to be constantly sick, you really should give essential oils a try. Do you have any recipes you would like me to try out?

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Review | ColourPop Lippie Stix - Matte X

This blog post is part of my self-care this evening. (I'm also painting my nails) It's been a ridiculous week...doctors appointments, husband is working out of town, sick kids, sick dog, interrupted 10:45 pm bubble baths...etc. #momlife
I heard about ColourPop's new "Matte X Lippie Stix" collection from YouTuber kathleenlights a few days before they launched. I was drooling over the swatches - give me all the matte things! I was really excited when I got the e-mail letting me know that they were finally available. 
I purchased two shades - "Cami" & "Bootie." (I plan on heading back for more) Cami is a lovely neutral mauve/pink shade, while Bootie is another orange/red. Because I need more red lipstick right? 
Firstly, this new formula is to die for. It's one of the more flexible matte lip colors I have purchased as of late. It feels very lightweight on the lips and applies velvety smooth. The texture is almost like a powder before it dries down? Very comfy! With all that said - I do find it to dry out my lips the longer it stays on. (This is just my personal experience) My lips tend to stay pretty dry because of all the matte products I keep on them. It makes sense. 
It's no surprise that the pigmentation is on point, the folks at ColourPop never seem to let you down. Two swipes (photo above) and it nearly covered my hand tattoo! Cami stayed on like a champ through my coffee, lemonade, and dinner. 
It would be dangerous for my bank account if this brand were available at the drug store lol. Have you tried any of the new "Matte X" lippies? 

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Review | Makeup Revolution London - Salvation Velvet Lacquer

After being so impressed with their highlighter - I just had to run back over to ULTA to snatch up another product from Makeup Revolution London's collection. We had a "going away party" to attend on Friday night. I decided to put MRL's Salvation Velvet Lacquer in the shade "Attract" to the ultimate test. I'm not kidding about the ultimate part. 😂
We started out the night at The Tipping Point in Montg, AL. Within 20 minutes my lady friends were already complementing me on my lip color. I'm all about a matte classic red lippie - and this one did pretty damn well all things considered. It's long wear awesome-ness on a budget.
Just like the highlighter, I believe this product was also $5. I would recommend going with one coat instead of the two that I applied. The texture got a bit crumbly feeling to me - even though it still appeared to be looking perfect to everybody else.
The plan for Friday evening was three stops total. I only made it to two lol. 😂 I'm still really bummed about missing the drag show y'all! It was karaoke that did me in, but my lipstick was still in place after the last photo of the evening. (We attempted to do one of those "glasses of wine" photo projects) It ended up going kind of awry at some point. There were many people at the gathering but only three of us were consistent with the photos.
I would definitely purchase this lip lacquer in other shades. I would also say that it is perfect for a epic night out on the town. 😉