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Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask and Pore Tightening Vitamin C Toner*

Hey Guys,
I'm here to share some more products by InstaNatural! I had the opportunity to try  out several of their products through Brand Backer. The two products that I will discuss today are the InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask and the Vitamin C Facial Toner. You can see my review of the InstaNatural Superior Hydration Argan Oil Hair Mask HERE.

Dead Sea Mud Mask
Here is what is said about this product on the InstaNatural site:
"InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask is an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. More than a million visitors each year flock to this extraordinary body of water in the Mediterranean, which contains many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium and calcium. Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. It is great to expunge acne, pimples and blackheads. It also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. When used as a body treatment, the mud mask can soothe and relieve muscles aches and pains. Whether used on the face or the body, our Dead Sea Mud Mask is a superb in-home spa treatment that will reveal more vibrant, refined, healthier skin.

  • Apply on the Body - This mask also includes a nourishing blend of Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Calendula Oil, and Hickory Bark Extract that provides unsurpassed moisture to soothe dry and irritated skin. Men, women and teens with skin issues can seek help by using this natural remedy.

  • Great for Acne & Blemishes – This detoxifier and purifier comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea, which is known to contain many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium and bromine. These elements work to extract excess oil & dirt from the skin and purge blemishes.

  • Age-Defying Benefits – Using this facial mask once a week also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Applying the mask will improve your skin so you can achieve a more even skin tone and smoother complexion."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: ColourPop x Shaaanxo Collab

Hey Guys,
When my husband bought me all the ColourPop stuff for Christmas, ColourPop was giving away giftcards for spending certain amounts of money. He got a $15.00 gift card however it expired on 1/31/15. I couldn't let that free money go to waste so I had to pick up more ColourPop stuff! Recently, ColourPop launched their collab that they did with YouTube Guru Shaaanxo. They also started shipping to New Zeland and Australia. I decided to pick up the foursome because it was all warm/neutrals. Two shadows are a matte finish and two are a pearlized finish. I was happy about this because I haven't been loving the super glittery (metallic) finishes. Keep reading to see what I think about this foursome!
Shaaanxo x ColourPop Foursome

Red Carpet: 2015 Oscars

Hey Guys,
Below are my favorite red carpet looks from the 2015 Oscars! There were a lot of beautiful looks but these were the ones that stood out to me the most.

Giuliana Rancic in Mireille Dagher
Image Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

 Red isn't my favorite color but I thought Giuliana looked stunning in it. I thought this was a unique looking dress. I like the lace embellishments and they are positioned throughout the dress.

Zoe Saldana in Atelier Versace
 Image Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

I love this color! Its so soft and romantic. The gathers and pleats of this dress are very flattering. It is a simple yet elegant dress.

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhar Murad
 Image Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Chrissy looks like a bombshell in this dress. The slit and sheer top is risque but she definitely pulls them off! I love the silver belt that brings the outfit together.

Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab
  Image Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

I don't think I've ever seen JLo in anything that I have disliked. This ball gown is a bit different than her usual red carpet getup however, the plunging neckline gives a sexy edge to the dress. 

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Zuhair Murad
 Image Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

This is such a classy and timeless dress. I love the belted waist and the beading cascading throughout the dress. I'm not a huge fan of white dresses in general but this look is stunning. I love the earrings that she chose to wear with this and the simple tied back hairdo. This look was my favorite of the night!

What were your favorite red carpet looks from the 2015 Oscars? Post your comments below!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Ipsy Glam Bag February 2015

Hi Guys,

I'm back with another Ipsy Glam Bag review! I was so excited when I say my Glam Room this month! I was really happy with all the products that Ipsy chose for me. I couldn't wait to try all of them out. For those of you unfamiliar with  Ipsy, it is a monthly beauty subscription service. For $10.00 a month, you get 4-5 deluxe to full size beauty products. To learn more you can check out my previous Ipsy reviews on my Subscription Reviews tab at the top of my blog. The theme for this month was "Ipsy Love" which coincided with Valentine's Day.

Check out my video and pictures below to hear my thoughts on this bag!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Beauty Empties

Hey Guys,
I have another Beauty Empties post for you! This time its in the form of a video. I've been messing around with the settings on my camera so let me know if you that this video looked better or the January Favorites one. I used manual focus on January Favorites and Auto Focus on this video. I really appreciate all of your feedback.
Beauty Empties

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What's in My Closet: Winter Edition Part 1

Hey guys,
It's been a while since I've done one of these posts! I have finally finished What's in My Closet?: Winter Edition part 1. I had a hard time finding the exact items that I own since spring collections are now being released in stores. I tried to find similar style outfits and/or items that complement the look. To see what's currently in my wardrobe, keep reading!

What's in My Closet: Winter Edition Part 1
Leggings: Stretchy Leggings
Earrings: Hoop Earrings
Necklace: Layered Necklace

Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Kit

Hi Guys,
The Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip kit was one of the top things on my Christmas List. I haven't tried THAT many different lip brands that are sold at Sephora. I thought that this kit was a great way to figure out which products and finishes that I did and didn't like. I have been trying these products out for quite some time now and am ready to share this review. Some people may have different opinions as me which is completely fine. Some products might work for me but not for other people and vice versa. Keep reading to hear my thoughts on each!
Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Kit
The product is divided into four sections: Reds, Berries, Nudes, and Pinks
Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Kit

Friday, February 13, 2015

Haul: Jane.com

Daily Boutique Deals

Hi Guys!
Today I want to share with you an awesome site that I recently stumbled across. You can get tons of cute clothing, accessories, jewelry, and more for great prices! The site is called Jane.com! Each day Jane sends out an email with the newest deals. They are only available for a limited time or until stock runs out, so don't wait to purchase! Jane carries everything from women's fashion and accessories to home decor and stuff for kids. There is something for everyone! You do have to pay separate shipping for each item that you buy since they are from all different vendors. But shipping is usually only a few dollars. Returns are done directly with the vendor. However, Jane makes it super easy by providing the vendor email address with your order. They are always willing to help you with the return if needed. I have purchased a bunch of stuff over the holidays for my sister and myself. Keep reading to see the stuff that I picked up!

 White Plum Jeggings $14.99 (plus $3.99 shipping)
White Plum Jeggings
White Plum Jeggings
These are super soft and comfy! They are made out of a fabric not jean. I love how they have back pockets to make them look more like jeans.

Funky Monkey Fashion Accessories Layered Necklace $6.99 (plus $2.99 shipping)
Funky Monkey Fashion Accessories Layered Necklace
Funky Monkey Fashion Accessories Layered Necklace
I love these necklaces! They are so inexpensive but look really nice and fashionable. They look really cute with v neck or low cut shirts. The necklaces also look cute with a fancy dress or button up shirt.

Savvy Chevy Women's Pajama Set $19.99 (plus $4.99 shipping)
Savvy Chevy Women's Pajama Set
I wanted a cute pair of pajamas to wear Christmas morning. I loved the snowflake print and the fact that the waistband was a thick elastic band. These pajamas were light weight, super soft, and very comfortable.

Here are the items that I picked up as gifts:

Candy Couture Shop Tiny Capital Letter Initial Necklaces $14.99 (plus $3.50 shipping)
Candy Couture Shop Tiny Capital Letter Initial Necklaces
I thought that these custom necklaces were SO CUTE! You can pick the letters, symbol, and metal finish that you want. I bought this as one Christmas gift for my sister. I picked an L and C (her boyfriend and new baby boy) in silver and then chose the little rose gold heart to go in between the letters. She loved it!

Simply Reese Kate Necklace $7.99 (plus $2.99 shipping)
Simply Reese Kate Necklace
They have tons of cute statement necklaces. I chose this one in pink. 

Polka Dotsy Chevron Infinity Scarf $3.99 (plus $2.89 shipping)
Polka Dotsy Chevron Infinity Scarf
They also have so many scarves to choose from and at super cheap prices. I love the chevron printed infinity one in gray.

Overall, I really love this site. I love the variety of items it offers and the great prices. I would suggest to carefully pick sizing of clothing items and double checking with the sellers if you aren't sure which size that you are. Other than that, the items arrive in a reasonable amount of time and are true to their pictures.

Daily Boutique Deals

Have you shopped on Jane.com before? How was your experience? Post your comments below!

*Some images taken from the Jane.com site.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tutorial: Valentine's Day Makeup

Hey Guys,
I was going to film my first makeup tutorial for in honor of Valentine's Day but things didn't go as planned. I still got to do the makeup look so I wanted to share the look that I created and the products that I used. Instead of doing a look with different shades of pink I chose to use taupes and plum. For the eyeshadows I used the Anastasia Amrezy palette, Motives Eyeshadow in Bedroom Eyes, and ColourPop shadow in I Heart This. Keep reading to see how I created this look!

Products used to create this look:
 Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette: Legend (top row first color), Vanilla (bottom row first color), Caramel (bottom row second color), and Deep Plum (bottom row fourth color)
ColourPop Shadow in I Heart This

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Red Carpet Favorites: 2015 Grammys

Hey Guys,
Did you watch the Grammys? I admit that I don't normally watch award shows but I always check out the red carpet looks! I was actually pretty disappointed in them this year. I just don't get why everyone tries to upstage each other with the most ridiculous looks. Some of the outfits looked like Halloween costumes. Like Sia and her hair? Like what? lol Anyways, below are my favorite looks for the night.
Miley Cyrus in Alexandre Vauthier
Photo Credit:Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS
Miley hasn't been my favorite person the past few years but I must admit that she looked really stunning. The dress is revealing but not over the top like some of her other recent looks. I like her hair style with this look as well.
Beyonce in Pronza Schouler
Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
It it not a shock that Beyonce is one of the best looks of the night. She always looks on point at award shows. I love the black lace on the dress and the banded waist. She does a great job at wearing dresses that accentuate her curves in all the right ways.
Taylor Swift in Elie Saab
Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS
This is a very interesting dress. Its not my favorite of the night but I did love the color. The dress looks almost cape like. Those shoes are definitely a miss though. I think she should have worn something more subtle like a strappy silver heel.
Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell
Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS
This is another dress that I didn't LOVE but I did think Lady Gaga looked very beautiful. She is one of the people that usually show up to award shows looking like shes dressed up for Halloween. I think that if the dress was a little less revealing she would have looked even better. But none the less, I thought she deserved recognition for her efforts.
Ne-Yo in Marc Jacobs
Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS
I had to throw one best dressed male into the mix! I loved Ne-Yo's get up! He looked pretty sharp. He actually was dressed better than many of his female counterparts. I love the color and texture of his suit. The hat, glasses, and Fleur De Lis brooch tied the whole look together.
Jessie J in Ralph and Russo
Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Jessie J definitely pulls off this beaded sheer gown. She has the perfect mix of goth/vamp and glam! The more I see this image, the more this look grows on me.
Gwen Stefani in Versace
Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS
I  am not a fan of pant suits on women in general but Gwen is the exception. This look is edgy/rocker chick but sexy at the same time.
Kylie Jenner in Jean Paul Gaultier
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Last but not least is my favorite look of the night. Kylie Jenner looked absolutely stunning in this Jean Paul Gaultier dress. The silver design paired with the sheer background is just gorgeous.  Even though this does show a lot of skin, I think it is done in a very tasteful way. Kylie is definitely stepping out of her older sisters' shadows and coming into the spotlight.

What were your favorite looks of the night? Post your comments below!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Review: Herbal Transdermal Natural and Organic Beauty Products*

Hi Guys,
I'm here to share some products from a natural and organic skincare company called Herbal Transdermal. The company focuses on using natural ingredients and feeding the body with high quality herbs and oils. They stay away from ingredients that contain toxins and chemicals which you would not want to be put in your body. Herbal Transdermal products range from masks, toners, and soaps to serums and lotions. All of their products are made in the USA and they do not test on animals!
Herbal Transdermal Natural and Organic Beauty Products

Friday, February 6, 2015

Makeup Purge #3

Hi Guys,
After the holidays I decided I needed to get rid of even MORE makeup.  I got some new stuff for Christmas and just don't have room for all of it. I also have a bunch of stuff I don't ever use. I'd rather pass it on to someone that will use it. Because my purge is so big, I am not going to list everything that I got rid of by name and shade. I will list the brands and products though. Keep reading to check it out!
Makeup Purge #3
Makeup Purge #3

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review: Morphe 18 Piece Vegan Brush Set

Hey Guys!
I have wanted a new brush set for quite some time. One of the brands that really stuck out to me was Morphe Brushes. They are affordable and I have read great things about their quality. Jaclyn Hill has talked alot about their brushes recently and now has her own favorites palette with them. I decided to check out their brush set offerings and pick one to put on my Christmas list. After going through all of the sets, I chose the 18 Piece Vegan Brush set. It included a wide range of brushes, was a reasonable price, and was vegan which was the best part! Luck for me, my lovely sister in law picked this up for me as a Christmas gift! I was so excited and couldn't wait to get home and try the brushes out. 

Morphe 18 Piece Vegan Brush Set
These brushes come in a patent leather brush case that snaps shut. It also has flap that covers the brushes. I have it folded behind the case so that you can see all the brushes.

Monday, February 2, 2015

January Favorites

Hey Guys,
Time for another monthly favorites post! I'm not too sad that January is over since I am SO READY for the Spring! However, I had a couple exciting things happen this month. I became an auntie again! My brother in law and his girlfriend had a baby boy. This is the first baby in my husband's immediate family so his parents are overjoyed. El and I also booked our trip to NY for IMATS in April! We are so excited. Lastly, I got a Canon Rebel T5 camera and am going to try to step up my game with my YouTube videos. I just got it a few days ago and am already having a hard time with it! I have filmed my January Favorites twice and both times, the products are crystal clear but me and the background are blurry! That being said, I know its all a learning curve and hopefully I get the hang of this thing!
January Favorites

Click the video below to check out my favorite products for this month!

Here are the products discussed in the video:
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette $49.00 --Blog Post HERE
Missha Signature Velvet Art Shadow Quad in Peach Combination $23.00 --Review HERE
ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow in Sequin $5.00 --Review HERE
ColourPop Lippie Stix and Pencil in Frida $5.00/each --Review HERE
ColourPop Lippie Stix and Pencil in LBB $5.00/each --Review HERE
Milani Baked Powder Blush in Rose D'Oro $7.79
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Caramel $23.00
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation $7.29
Morphe Brushes 18 Piece Vegan Brush Set $49.99
FarmHouse Fresh Splendid Dirt Mask $22.00 --Review HERE
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repairing Cream $30.00
Insta Natural Superior Hydration Argan Oil Hair Mask $17.95 --Review HERE
Quantum Riveting Reds Color Replenishing Shampoo $8.00
Viva La Juicy Noir $72.00
Bauble Bar Stargirl Ear Adornment Set $38.00
Bauble Bar Amazon Medallion Bib Necklace $44.00

Thanks for watching!

What were your favorite products for January? Post your comments below!

-Tanya xoxo
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