Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Old Factory Candles - Review + Giveaway(closed)

This is the first non beauty related item that I chose to do a review on.  I was so excited to be chosen to receive these products!  Especially since all I had to do in return was give an honest review.  I absolutely love these candles!  They smell so amazing, not only that but I find their packaging super adorable.  So, I had a really hard time trying to choose which set of candles I wanted, and ended up choosing the "Winter Wonderland" set.  I am very happy with my choice and would love to have several of their other sets as well.  Such as "Coffee Shop", "Fall Harvest", "Happy Holidays", and others.  The ones I received in my set are hot cocoa, roasted chestnut and first snow.  The hot cocoa one is by far my absolute favorite.  

To talk a little more about the candles each one is hand poured in the USA with natural soy wax, the wicks are made of cotton and self-trim, and they are made of premium fragrance oils.  They also burn clean and can last up to 20 hours!  I have lit mine downstairs and could smell the fragrance all the way upstairs, which is pretty amazing.

Here is a list of all of the themed gift sets they offer and if you'd like to purchase your own you can order from their Amazon page HERE

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Monday, October 27, 2014

YALMEH Super Youth Eye Cream - Review + Giveaway(closed)

This product is very creamy and makes my skin feel soft where I apply it to my face.  This product will last forever!  You only need to use a tiny amount as it will go a long way. This product contains a combination of Organic Aloe, Alpha Lipoic and Alpha Hydroxy acids, Grapeseed Oil, Vitamins E and C and many other great moisturizers.  So, it contains all natural ingredients, no toxic chemicals or cancer causing additives - no mineral oil, propylene glycol or paraben. They also never test their products on animals.  This product also smells really nice! The fragrance reminds me of sunscreen, which is nice for me because I love the smell of sunscreen.  This product is great for wrinkles, and dark circles, which it repairs, protects and treats.  Also reduces the look of age spots while moisturizing and softening your skin.  I've used this before going to bed at night and I have also used it under my makeup during the day.  It doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy in the least bit either because I can't even feel that I'm wearing it. You can use this around your eyes, but you can also use it on your forehead, around your mouth, cheeks, and anywhere else on your face you might be noticing a few fine lines and wrinkles.

A great thing about this company is they have a 90 day money back guarantee!  So if you decided to buy this product and decide that maybe it doesn't work for you, if you send it back within 90 days of purchase you can receive your money back.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

October 2014 Birchbox - Review

This month Birchbox did the PICK YOUR SAMPLE again. I'm thinking they're going to keep doing this each month, which I personally think is great.  It's always fun being surprised, but sometimes it's nice to be able to pick one of your samples too. So while that part may not be a surprise the rest of the box will be.  Also, Birchbox is a subscription services and for 10 dollars a month you receive 4-5 beauty/lifestyle deluxe size samples.  Reviewing those samples each month will also give to 10 points per product reviewed, and 100 points is 10 dollars you can spend in the Birchbox shop.

Each month your box comes with a card telling you everything that you have received in your box.  They tell you what the full size for each item is worth, what the product is, and how to use each one.

This was the first product I received and also the product I chose.  I'm so happy with this lipstick. The lipstick goes on super smooth so it's not drying on the lips and it's not sticky.  A super plus for me is this product smells so good, fruity I think.  Also I love the packaging, it's super cute and when you look through the top you can actually see the lipstick through the clear circle in the top.  My picture doesn't even do the shade of the lipstick justice, the shade is closer to the color of the name on the packaging.

This was the next item I received in my box, and I was super excited when I saw this.  I have been wanting to try out the beauty blender for so long now, but never bought it because I just couldn't see myself spending the money when I already had a foundation brush that worked fine.  I LOVE this product! So easy to use and easy to clean as well.  It even came with blender cleanser solid. To use all you do is soak the sponge in water and squeeze out the water then you use the beauty blender to stipple on your foundation. I like how a little bit of foundation goes a long ways.  I don't even feel the makeup on my face after application, yet my skin looks great!  I definitely recommend this product!

This is the next item I received and when I first saw it in my box I was a little underwhelmed.  Out of the 6 boxes so far that I have received I've gotten a perfume in 4 of them.  I was pleasantly surprised with this one!  First off it smells different than the other perfumes I've gotten from Birchbox and I've worn it several times since getting this product. This is a really good perfume if you love citrus things.  Another thing I love about this is that it is not a spray perfume but a rollerball which I love since that makes it not so overpowering when you first put it on.  Also, the color of the packaging is pretty cute as well, although most of the writing rubbed off before I even received it making it look worn out.

This was another product I received that I was interested in trying out.  I've tried a few things from dr. brandt that I've really enjoyed and this was no exception.  Now, I've only tried this a couple of times so I don't know how effective it truly is with the whole "degunks pores for fewer blackheads" thing, but my skin did feel softer after using this. Using this product your supposed to apply it thinly to problem areas, let it dry and then rinse it off after 5-10 minutes.  The directions also say it is supposed to change blue in color, maybe I'm too pale because I only saw it change to white, but regardless what color it changes to I really enjoy this product so far.

This is the last product I received this month and another that I was unexcited to receive since, like perfume, I've also received lotions in 4 out of 6 boxes.  Unlike with the perfume I was not surprised with this product, at all.  This is not a lotion I can see myself wearing, I'm not really sure what it smells like to me, I'm just not too fond of this lotion. Although I don't like the fragrance to it, it is a moisturizing lotion and doesn't feel greasy.

Overall I really loved my box this month! I'm pretty sure this is the best one I have received so far.  Out of the five products there will only be one item I will not be using.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Acure Organics - Review

About a week or so ago Acure Organics let me try a few of their products out for a review. First off I want to say their customer service is great! They emailed me in a timely manner and also gave me a detailed description of each of the products I would be using. Another great thing about this company is that all of their products are organic!  This is a family owned business which is amazing and they also state on their website "Each of our products is free from animal testing, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, harmful preservatives and artificial colors."  So, not only do their products work great, they're also great for you!

Dry Shampoo
Argan stem cell + CoQ10
This is the first product I received and it works great! If I take a shower in the morning my hair tends to get oily around my face by the end of the day, and this works really great at absorbing the oils without making my hair look dry. To use it all you have to do is twist open the top and squeeze the bottle for the powder to come out. I've never used a dry shampoo before so this was new for me and I was very happy with this product. The Argan Stem Cells and CoQ10 add a Keratin boosting moisture complex to help your hair.

Argan stem cell + Chlorella Growth Factor
with sea buckthorn +CoQ10
This is the next product I received and was most excited about! I absolutely love masks, they're my favorite type of skin care product. My skin felt soft after using this. It did not dry my skin out either which is good, my face felt very moisturized. Other great things about this product is that it is good for all skin types and it smells good!  Which is great since it is a mask that needs to set onto you face for around 10-15 minutes.  I have also been able to use this several days in a row and my skin is still loving this product!
The Moroccan Argan Stem Cells and Chlorella Growth Factor help revitalize the skin while the
 French Green Clay draws out impurities and Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10 and Seabuckthorn Oil provide moisture.

Oil Control Facial Moisturizer
Lilac stem cells + 1% Chlorella Growth Factor

This was the last product I received. I wanted to try this one out because I do have oily skin which drives me crazy so I thought this would be the perfect product for me. I used this product right after using the face mask and I'm so happy with the results. My face still felt soft and moisturized even into the next morning! Before using this I would wake up in the morning to an oily face which just made me feel gross, but using this there are no signs of oily skin, just very moisturized.  This product is for combo to oily/acne prone skin, and the Lilac Stem Cells are shown to balance oil and heal blemishes, while Chlorella Growth Factor helps rejuvenate damaged skin cells.

I definitely recommend these products! The dry shampoo is amazing when your hair is getting oily and if you have no time or no way to wash your hair this helps tremendously! Also, after using the mask and moisturizer my face feels so much better! 

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Monday, October 6, 2014

September 2014 Birchbox - Review

 If you don't already know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty/lifestyle subscription service for $10/month.  Each month I usually receive 4-7 deluxe size samples.  For every product you receive that you write a review on you will receive 10 points.  Every 100 points equals out to 10 dollars which you can spend in the Birchbox shop.  Also, once you have gotten 500 points within a calender year you become apart of the Birchbox Aces, which allows you to shop in their shop and get free shipping on any products.

This month to celebrate their 4 year anniversary they sent out three different box designs, all three boxes had the same pattern but in different colors.  I absolutely LOVE the box I received, the colors are so pretty and it just makes the actual box that much more exciting.

Again this month they did the pick your sample option, pick an already curated box, or be surprised.  This month I decided to just be surprised.  Although I'm sure all the samples that could have been chosen were great I figured since last month I chose the curated box that this month I wanted to be surprised.

This was the first product I received, and although the scent wasn't one that I would buy if I were in a store, it did make my hands feel really soft and moisturized.  I also like this body balm because it is thick and I've noticed I don't have to use a lot for my hands to feel moisturized.

This was the second, and my favorite product that I received this month.  To use this product you massage the cleanser onto your face and neck while they're dry, then wet and wring out the cloth in hand hot water and gently wipe off.  The smell of this reminds me of Vicks VapoRub, just a very refreshing fragrance. I love how it comes with its own cloth to use with the product, and I love how soft my skin felt after using this.

This was the third product I received and to start off I wasn't really excited to try this product.  Now, I love facial masks that you rub onto your face and then wait a few minutes and then wash off, but for some reason I just don't like having to put a sheet on my face.  The reason is, is because they are usually way to big for my face and sometimes the face holes don't exactly match up. This mask was a little big since it hung past my chin but the eye holes were in the correct spot.  I am pleasantly surprised with this sheet mask, I loved how soft my skin felt after using this and I liked how you massage the rest of the product into your skin afterwards.

This was the fourth product I recieved, I wasn't really excited to receive this product either because I had received a perfume last month.  The first time I used this I did not like this fragrance at all, but I just used it again to write this review because I had forgotten what the scent was. Okay, so I don't love this fragrance, but I don't hate it either.  It is floral and fruity which is nice though.

This was the last product I received this month.  I really love this eyeliner, I would have loved to receive this in black, because then I would get way more use out of this eyeliner.  This product goes on so smooth, like butter, and the color is so vibrant.

Overall this wasn't my favorite month with birchbox, but I am happy with most of the products I did receive so I guess that's okay with me.  Thank you for reading my post, I hope you enjoyed my opinions! :)

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