Models Own Makeup Review

*Samples were provided in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

Models Own is a bright and eye-catching brand of makeup. The electric neon packaging and bold shades are fun and visually appealing.

I was recently invited to review LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick and Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder.

LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick $7.99

  • Matte finish (my favorite!)
  • Comes in six shades. I had samples of Coral Fresh and Berry Cool. The colors were too daring for me, personally. I can’t conjure up a personal or work-related occasion where I could show up with a spunky, Coral Fresh lip. The Berry Cool shade reminded me of the brown lipstick I wore in Middle School (hello 90’s). Again, not a lip color I could see myself wearing at this point in my life.

Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder $11.99

  • Soft finishing powder
  • Comes in two shades. I had a sample of Golden Sand. The pigment is strong and the finish is very shimmery. With proper blending, I could use this highlighter for a night time look.

Models Own is available exclusively at Ulta

Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen Review

*Samples were provided in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

Whether you live on the East Coast, West Coast or somewhere in between, Summer temperatures have been creeping in to remind us that Memorial Day is just around the corner. The unofficial kick off to Summer signals the start of outdoor living – pools, beaches, family barbecues, festivals and warm-weather vacations are now within our reach.

I don’t need to lecture anyone on the importance of protecting your skin from the sun but I do want to share products that will be a part of my beach bag this Summer.

Hawaiian Tropic recently launched Silk Hydration Weightless Face Lotion Sunscreen. This new breathable formula feels like I barely have anything on my face. With its broad spectrum SPF 30 and UVA & UVB protection, it’s an essential sunscreen to wear outside. It does leave a sheen on my face but the shine goes away after the sunscreen is fully absorbed in my skin.

Additional Hawaiian Tropic launches this year include:

  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless C-Spray (SPF 15 & 30): The same Silk Hydration Weightless formula now in an easy application format that leaves skin feeling soft, moisturized and indulgent. I simply love this spray! It absorbs quickly and smells amazing.
  • Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Clear Spray SPF 50 and Lotion SPF 50: Designed to stand up to outdoor activities while making your skin look and feel beautiful, the Island Sport line is now available in SPF 50 for stronger protection. Certain sun and water sport outings require a strong SPF. This non-greasy formula is perfect for breaking a sweat and smells divine, much like the Weightless line. I like that this line is available in lotion and clear spray for either application preference.

For more information, visit http://www.hawaiiantropic.com/ and follow Hawaiian Tropic on Facebook.

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Giveaway: Win a copy of SIMPLY GLAMOROUS

Simply Glamorous book

*A sample was provided in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

Yasss queens! The beauty bible of 2015 has arrived. SIMPLY GLAMOROUS from celebrity makeup artist Gary Cockerill (St. Martin’s Press; October 2015) boasts an impressive number of practical make-up tutorials for women of every age, shape and color.

Gary is one of the UK’s most successful celebrity make-up artists with a repertoire of work spanning stage and screen, editorial, events and advertising. Much sought after for his super-sexy, glamorous make-up style, Gary has an extensive client list that includes Eva Longoria, Isla Fisher and David Beckham, to name a few. His philosophy—“external beauty promotes inner confidence”—means that he strives to make every client look and feel amazing.

With his friendly, down-to-earth approach, Gary demystifies make-up and reveals the best products and application techniques to make anyone red-carpet ready. By applying four different looks to one face, he shows how the same “blank canvas” can be natural, sophisticated, glamorous and dramatic.

The book is filled with large, high-definition photographs, step-by-step instructions and insider make-up techniques that only a professional of Gary’s caliber could provide. The quality of information packed into SIMPLY GLAMOROUS stands out in a world of incessant YouTube beauty tutorials. I’m happy I was able to preview a copy of this amazing book.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1 lucky winner will receive a copy of SIMPLY GLAMOROUS

Open to Continental USA residents only.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Share your favorite source for make-up tutorials. Leave your answer in the comments below.

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CONTEST ENDS November 8, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.

A winner will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.

 

 

 

John Frieda Curling Iron Review

John Frieda Tight Curls 1” Curling Iron

John Frieda Tight Curls 1” Curling Iron

Guest review by Lori S. A sample was received in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.

ABOUT THE PRODUCT:

John Frieda Tight Curls 1” Curling Iron

30 second heat makes fashion-forward curls quick and easy to achieve. Featuring Advanced Ionic Conditioning and True Ceramic Technology, this premium curling iron offers 11 digital heat settings offering high heat up to 400°F/205°C for professional results. Simply select your temperature of choice and create shiny, frizz-free curls that last all day.

Price: $29.99

Where to find it: Ulta, CVS, Best Buy and Target

MY REVIEW:

I have medium length, wavy hair that I often curl for work so I was very excited to try out the John Frieda Tight Curls 1” Curling Iron. I was happy to find out that it heats up fast and curls very well. I used the curling iron to create beautiful, bouncy curls and loved the result.

The curling iron has great grip. However, I had a little difficulty holding on to the end without burning my fingers the first time I used it. After working with it for a while, I figured out how to maneuver my hand and curl my hair without having to hold on to the end.

Also, because of the way it’s designed, I accidentally precessed the on/off switch and temperature control a few times while doing my hair. It didn’t affect the temperature much because I realized it pretty quickly but it was a bit frustrating.

Overall, the John Frieda Tight Curls 1” Curling Iron is a great product that I will recommend it to friends and family!

 

REVIEW: @LavanilaLabs Pure Vanilla Roller-Ball

Pure Vanilla

ABOUT THE PRODUCT:

The Healthy Fragrance Roller-Ball ($19): Travel friendly. Purse friendly. Skin friendly. Blended with exotic essential oils and skin soothing botanicals for timeless expressions of nature that captivate the senses and nurture the skin.

PRODUCT PROS:

  • Great bottle size that’s portable and travel-friendly.
  • Like all Lavanila products, this perfume is chemical-free and made from all natural and organic ingredients.
  • Yummy scent is warm and sweet, just like a cookie.
  • The pure vanilla base can be layered over another perfume to create a signature scent of your own.

PRODUCT CONS:

  • My only complaint is that the scent is too overwhelming to wear in the summer. I enjoy light-scented fragrances when the weather is hot and the vanilla aroma of this roller ball is too musky for the warmer months.

BOTTOM LINE:

I recommend this product to anyone looking for a pure vanilla fragrance. The natural ingredients and $19 price tag, make it even more appealing.

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Website:

http://www.lavanila.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/lavanilalabs

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/lavanilalabs/

DISCLAIMER:

I received a sample in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.