Monday, April 29, 2013

April Favorites

April was finally a month that we got to experience some warmth in New York!  I finally have quite a few new products for my favorites this month!


Favorite Products of the Month



The All Natural Face Nourishing Serum and Shine Hair Pomade

I have a lot of little baby hairs at my crown and hair line area and they drive me loco!  (Does anyone know a way to treat/prevent these?) I've tried the hairspray on a toothbrush trick, hairspray on my hands tricks, nothing seemed to work.  I apply a small amount of this product to my hand, run it through my ends and then use the remnants to rub on my hairline and it works quite well.  The results don't last all day, but I'll take a few hours of baby hair free styles.

Josie Maran Argan Oil

I've had this little sample forever and at first I used it on my face with horrible results.  I was going to use it on my body, but instead tried it on my hair first and I'm so glad I did!  I use this only on the ends and it really keeps them feeling soft and looking hydrated.

The Body Shop Brazil Nut Body Butter

I just began using this a week or two ago and IT IS LOVE!  This is my first Body Shop Body Butter and it's amazing.  It's such a strange consistency, but it feels so smooth and luxurious going on. The smell is very subtle but super yummy.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey with NYC Extreme Lip Glider Lip Gloss in Park Avenue Pink

I have been experimenting with lip color combos lately and this has to be one of my favorites.  This Balm Stain didn't look too great on my current pale skin tone so I tried topping it with a couple different glosses.  This subtle milky pink gloss is the perfect topper for this!

Rohto Hydra Lubricant Eye Drops

If my eyes haven't been super watery due to allergies, than they have been desert dry!  Almost to the point where it's painful.  These drops do sting a little bit, but the after effect is a burst of soothing moisture.  I'm still suffering from red eyes almost daily, so I'm definitely going to try the red eye version of these drops.

Favorite Blog of the Month

I've been loving the Tone It Up Blog lately mainly for their recipes.  They post quite a few clean eating type recipes and they provide me with endless fitness inspiration!

Favorite YouTube Vid Of the Month



OMG! I want to make one of these so badly!  I've seen these on Etsy and on Glitzyglam, but now I can't wait to try and make one of these especially since she has a no sew version!

Favorite Exercise of the Month

This is a new category I'm going to be featuring each month on my favorites and it'll either be a Youtube video, website, picture, etc.



I've been loving this Zumba video lately!  I have yet to figure out how to hook up my Wii to my new tv, so I haven't been able to do my Zumba game, but this video has been a great substitute.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fitness Tag

  I guess that I have been on both a fitness kick and a tag kick in my life lately.  I love reading tag posts because they really help provide an insight into a blogger/Youtubers life, so I hope that you enjoy reading them as much as I do!

  This fitness tag I saw on Youtube from one of my favorite hair vloggers who recently started a Fitness channel.  Here's the video:




1) How fit do you consider yourself to be? Are you happy with the shape you're in?

I still consider myself a beginner in fitness.  I do work out quite regularly, but I still don't feel as if I'm in great shape.  I have some body goals and some fitness goals that I am looking forward to meeting.

2) Do you play any sports?

I don't.  I am the biggest sports fan ever, but I just have zero hand eye coordination so sports and me is a no-no.

3) Besides those, do you exercise as well?

I've become a person I never thought I would be, someone who enjoys exercise!  I regularly walk/jog, do zumba videos, ride a stationary bike and do blogilates videos.

4) Do you have any fitness or health related goals? 

My fitness goal is to run a 5k and be able to hold a plank for a certain amount of time (have yet to determine to that time).  My health goal is to be back or below my "normal" weight of 117.



5) Which celebrity's body would you like to have?

I love, love, love Jennifer Lawrence's body.  Her body is beautiful with still some non-Hollywood normality to it which I love.

6) What's your favorite and/or least favorite exercise?

Push-ups, lunges and burpees are the absolute worst.  I can't do a regular push up for the life of, I never feel like my form is proper on lunges and seriously who doesn't despise burpees?!

7) How important is leading an active and healthy lifestyle for you?

It has become increasingly more important to me as I get older.  I don't want to be the person that huffs and puffs as she's walking her dog up a hill.  Plus, I've become more educated about the excessive amount of chemicals and crap that I've been putting into my body and I'm just not ok with it.

8) How much attention to a healthy diet do you pay? 

I should be paying more attention to a healthy diet.  My biggest problem is portion size and will-power.  I still live at home and my mother regularly buys junk food and I have no ability to walk past a bag of cookies with out sneaking one.  I hope to work on that and fix that!

9) What's your biggest diet secret? 

There isn't one!  The only "trick" that I utilize regularly is to put my fork down between every bite and take a sip of water.  It gives your stomach time to signal your brain that it's full.

10) Do you smoke, or have you ever smoked in the past? 

Never ever have and never ever will.  It literally says right on the box that it will kill you!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tip Thursday: Cool It Down

  One of my least favorite beauty tasks is washing my hair.  I don't know why I dislike it so much, but I just find it to be such a chore!  I have a tremendous amount of hair to wash and then it takes foreverrrrrr to dry and I'm not a fan of blow drying.  I like to wash my hair as little as possible and am usually able to get away with washing it three times a week.

  My three times a week washings came into question when I began working out so frequently.  I know there are plenty of women who work out every day and don't wash their hair daily, so I set out and did some research.

  My favorite tip and the the tip that works the best on my coarse, wavy hair is to dry my sweaty strands with a cool or cold setting on a brow dryer.  I find this works amazingly especially when pulling the hair taut with a hair brush.  It keeps the sweat from drying in your hair AND it feels amazing after a work out!



What is your favorite tip for post workout hair??

Monday, April 22, 2013

Fitspiration Review: The Eat Clean Diet Recharged

   I think everyone's New Year's Resolution is to be a healthier individual.  This year I've actually been able to make that positive change in my life.  For the first time in my life I have an exercise routine that involves working out on most days (I even wake up a half hour earlier to squeeze in a mini morning work out) and have been eating healthier than I ever have.
  Now don't get me wrong, my diet still needs A LOT of help, but I've made significant progress in eating healthier and consuming less calories on a regular basis.  As I started doing research on changing my dietary habits the term "Clean Eating" kept coming up.  After doing some further research on Clean Eating I was introduced to Tosca Reno.
  Tosca Reno is a clean eating activist and author.  She has published quite a few books on the topic and her website is an amazing resource (and free!).
   I purchased one of her books, The Eat Clean Diet Recharged, from Amazon and have read it cover and to cover and refer to it quite frequently.




Here's my review on her book and on her take of the Clean Eating Lifestyle.

-Tosca is all about the eating more frequently trend.  Mini-meals as opposed to the standard breakfast, lunch and dinner is a core principle of Clean Eating.  (My lifestyle at the moment just doesn't cater to this idea)

-Her take on clean eating I find to be very strict.  For instance, I just can't take my coffee black every day and I'm not going to purchase bee pollen to use in my cereals.

-The structured eating plans provided in the back of the book are super helpful.  It gives you a breakdown of the size of meals you should be eating if you are able to follow the mini meal plan.  If you aren't able to, it still is able to give you A LOT of ideas of what a clean eating day looks like.

-There are a lot of helpful tips throughout the book- which foods are important to buy organic, restaurant survival guides, how to incorporate super foods into your everyday diet and how certain foods can help in our physical appearance.

Would I recommend the book?: I wouldn't purchase this book, maybe borrow it from the library.  I've browsed through the cheaper version, The Clean Eating Diet: Just the Rules and I wish that was the book I would've purchased as it's just a condensed version of my book.  If you don't want to read her book I would SERIOUSLY recommend her website.  The site is amazing and has some fabulous recipes.

Would I recommend the clean eating lifestyle?: I have definitely implemented some of the principals of clean eating into my every day life.  I eat a considerable more amount of whole foods (foods from the earth) and make a conscientious effort to look more into what goes into my food.  I just find it super difficult to follow the lifestyle strictly as I love me some Starbucks and Reeses!

I LOVE reading books on fitness, nutrition, health, etc.  Any recommendations?





Saturday, April 20, 2013

Be Well! Natural Healthy Girl Subscription Box

  I mentioned in my Be Pretty Box review that I also purchased the Be Well Box from Vitacost.  The Be Well box is described as a combination of personal care and wellness products from natural and organic brands.

   I was looking forward to getting an assortment of grooming products and vitamins/healthy snacks as some of the previous boxes have included.  I was a bit dissapointed with this Be Well Box but here we go:



MorEPA Minis Omega-3 Fish Oil Softgels- 60 soft gels (full size)- $19.39

  Supercritical Omega-3 Fish Oil 
•  Supports the Health and Wellbeing of Teenagers 
•  75% Omega-3s 
•  624mg Omega-3s in only 2 softgels per day 
•  Cold Processed. Smart Choice 
•  Supercritial CO2 Extraction  

Wellessee Vitamin D3 Liquid Natural Berry- 2 fl oz (16 fl oz full size at $5.99)

•  Fast Acting Liquid 
•  Essential for Healthy Immune Support & Bone Strength 
•  Liquid for the Whole Family 

New Chapter Whole Mega Softgels-60 soft gels (full size)- $17.99

•  100% Salmon Wildly Pure 
•  Extra Virgin Wild Alaskan Salmon 
•  Whole Fish Oil 
•  Nature's Whole Complement of Seventeen Omegas - 3,5,6,7,8 & 9's 
•  Effective: Clinically shown to reduce triglyceride levels 
•  Whole: Natural source of whole omegas + Vitamin D3 + antioxidants 

Peeled Snacks Apple Cluster Snacks- .63 oz (2.1 oz full size at $4.49)

  USDA Organic 
•  Natural Source of Fiber 
•  Gluten Free 
•  O grams of Fat 
•  4 Servings of Fruit 
•  60 Calories per serving 

REAL Food Apeel® 

Natrol Vitamin B12- 1 pill (full size 30 tablets at $6.89)

Natrol® Vitamin B-12 5000mcg Fast Dissolve delivers high-potency energy support in a delicious, mixed berry tablet. This fast-dissolve formula delivers unique, rapid dissolve technology that helps promote fast absorption. Vitamin B-12 is also essential for healthy blood cells and contributes to the health of the nervous system.

As you can see this box was worth more than my Be Pretty Box.  The retail value of this box would be about $39.13.  I was just hoping for more of a balance between personal care and nutritional products.  I'm also pretty bad with vitamins, so figuring out how to incorporate these into my diet will take some work.  However, I am impressed with the value of this box and if and when I get more familiar with vitamins and supplements I may give this box a try again!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tip Thursday: A blogger tip!

   I was beyond shocked when I found out that Google Reader will soon be a goner!  It's definitely my go to way to read all of my favorite blogs.  This is a tip for all of my fellow bloggers, which you probably know by now, but I just wanted to give you all a reminder!



  Don't rely on Google Friend Connect and Google Reader.  If you haven't already now is the time to sign up for a Blog Lovin' account.  It's not only a great way for you to read all of your favorite blogs in one place, it's also going to be one of the easiest ways for all of your great readers to follow and read your blogs!  Get to it!!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review: Conair Jumbo Hot Rollers

   I love the look of va-va-voom hair.  I usually have to utilize heat to get the voluminous hair I desire and not teasing, because teasing and my hair and my hand just don't combine!  Since I suck at being able to do my own at home blowout, I purchased a set of jumbo hot rollers quite a while ago to achieve my va-va-voom hair.





I purchased this set of Conair Jumbo Hot Rollers from Amazon about  a year ago.  When I purchased these rollers, it didn't include the claw clips that the set includes now.  I purchased those on my own because I prefer the clips that go all the way around the roller.  This set includes only two size rollers- 4 super jumbo rollers and 8 medium to large size rollers.

On to my review:

My major complaint with these rollers is that I don't feel they get hot enough.  I've seen YouTube review of this product and the girls seem to be almost burning their fingers because the rollers are so hot and I'm able to hold them no problem.  I'm assuming this is a problem with just my set and not with all of them.

Due to the fact that my rollers don't get hot enough, I don't feel like I'm getting the best results from this set.  My friend Mamita explained that it may be the way I roll them which is preventing me from getting the most volume at the roots, so she needs to come give me a lesson soon!

Now some pics:


When you initially look at the set of the rollers, you may not think there is enough for your entire head, but I have a lot of hair and the 12 rollers fit on my head perfectly.  I definitely recommend using these types of clips for ANY hot rollers that you may use.



As you an see the rollers do give my hair a lot of movement, but not a whole lot of lift!  

Pros:
*Very affordable
*Gives straight hair great movement
*Available to purchase at a lot of different stores

Cons:
-Doesn't get hot enough
-Doesn't provide a lot of volume at roots

Would I repurchase?: Unless I realize I'm doing something wrong and these rollers give me some volume, probably not.



If you have any recommendations as to how to use these to get more volume at the roots, it would be greatly appreciated!!

Also, what's your favorite method to getting volume at the roots? I'm willing to try anything! 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Be Pretty! Natural Beauty Subscription Service!

  I love getting mail.  Yes, that makes me a massive dork I'm aware, but I love getting catalogs, postcards, magazines, fliers.  Everything except bills!  Ok, bills and credit card offers! I dislike those also.
  I've tried a variety of beauty subscription services to not only enhance my beauty collection, but so I'd have a package to look forward to every month.  I liked Birchbox, but didn't love it.  I loved Glossybox but couldn't warrant spending $22 each month and my first and original Pretty Pink Box I loved but is now defunct.
  When I started watching PinkSoFoxy on Youtube she mentioned that she got a lot of her oils and clays to make skin care products from Vitacost.com.  I did some browsing around the site, made a LONG wish list of products and then came across their version of monthly subscription services, the BE series.
  Vitacost offers:

-Be Well Box- Personal care and wellness items
-Be Fit Box- Diet and Fitness Products
-Be Pretty Box- Pamper me please products and the newest discoveries in antiaging science
-Be Strong Box- Strength and development products
-Be All Box- Vitamins, supplements, healthy food and personal care products

They are all $13.99 a month and that includes shipping.

I purchased a single month of both the Be Pretty Box and the Be Well Box.  I don't plan on getting a monthly subscription to both, but I wanted to see which one I'd like better.




This is the review of April's Be Pretty Box!!



*Sample packets of Desert Essence Age Reversal Revitalizing Eye Serum
Advanced blend of actives, peptides, and natural extracts brightens and tightens delicate skin around the eye, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

*Sample Packets of Desert Essence Rejuvenating Face Serum
This intensive serum is formulated with clinically tested natural actives proven to reduce wrinkles and restore skin's moisturizing elements back to levels found in younger skin. 

*2 3.4 fl oz bottles of Kiss My Face Peace Soap in Lavender Mandarin ($7.39 for 17 oz)
Olive and coconut oils- moisturizing and skin softening
Simple Castile formula - cleans gently, 101 uses
Lavender Mandarin - This soothing, relaxing scent transports you to a peaceful place.

*Reviva Labs Eye Gelee Concentrate 1 oz. ($6.49 for 1.25 oz)

Helps reduce puffiness, fights dryness & lines under eyes
Special herbal extracts help reduce puffiness under eyes - while elastin, collagen & mucopolysaccharides fight dryness and light lines.


*Coral Actives Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin 2 fl. oz ($12.95 for 2 fl. oz)
The CoralActives Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin was formulated with natural ingredients to help fight acne as your moisturize your skin.

*2 1.7 oz bars of Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Bar Soap ($2.69 for 4 oz)
Out Of Africa Organic Shea Butter African Black Bar Soap is a unique and purifying traditional treatment for skin. All shea butters are not created equal. Out Of Africa Organic Shea Butter Bar Soap is made with 20% pure, unrefined shea butte

*Deep Steep Tangerine Melon Moisture Stick .5 oz ($2.93 for .5 oz)
Organic Oils & Butters targets dry areas leaving behind soft supple skin with herbal extracts tone and strenghten. The results Queen for a Day!

*Juice Organics Healthy Beauty Lip Amplifier in Pompink .5 fl oz ($5.29 for .5 oz)
Achieve sumptuous smooth, kissable lips with a blend of lip amplifying peptides, moisturizing organic pomegranate seed oil and luscious mineral tints.

The retail value of this box is around $36! All of that for only $14! This makes me even happier because these are all products that I'm actually interested in trying and all products that I can actually apply to my current skin care routine or actually use.

This is definitely going to be my new monthly subscription service of choice.  I think it's a great way to try a variety of natural brands and natural products and while this box was mainly skin care, it usually contains a nice balance of skin care and cosmetics.

Have you ever tried the Be Pretty Box before? I'd love to know what you got!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Fabulously Not Rich Review: The All Natural Face's Strawberries and Cream Face Wash

    It has been quite a while since Tammy and I did a Fabulously Not Rich Review.  It's where we both review the same item and post it!  We thought this was a great idea since we both have such different hair types, skin types, skin tone, etc.  Our first Fabulously Not Rich Review was on Stephen Knoll's Hydro Repair Mist.  You can see my review here and Tammy's review here.

  This time around we are both reviewing the Strawberries and Cream Face Food Fruit Facial Wash from The All Natural Face.  Tammy introduced me to this brand and when I purchased a Groupon-like deal for $50 worth of products this was one of the first products I added to my cart.




Before I start the review let me introduce you to my skin type:
*Dry
*Sensitive
*Acne prone in my chin area and upper lip area
*Dull
*Lots of redness
*Large pores

Now on to the review....

Product Information:

Made from pure dried strawberries and coconut milk, NOTHING else. This pure and simple wash comes with a little cup and scoop. Take a small scoop of fruit and mix it in the cup, or the palm of your hand with 2 scoops of water. You can either wash your face with it and rinse, or mix the fruit and apply to your face. You may want to get ready for your shower with it on your face, and then rinse it off once you are in the shower. That way it stay on your skin for a bit until it is washed off. You should follow this routine with an herbal toner, which will be released shortly. 

Strawberries are useful for oily skin but are suitable for all skin types. Strawberries contain salicylic acid, which rids the skin of dead cells, allowing it to absorb moisture more efficiently. Strawberries also have a mild bleaching effect on the skin and will help heal blemishes.


I've been using this product as a facial mask and not a face wash.  I have been using this mask once a week for about 6 weeks now.

Pros:
♥ Smells DELISH
♥ All natural!
♥ Very affordable
♥ Leaves skin feeling silky smooth
♥ Helps temporarily tone down redness
♥ Helps smooth out flaky spots

Cons:
-Can be messy and difficult to use
-Available only online or in the retail store in Mass
-No brightening or tightening (which I usually like from my masks)
-Results are felt more than seen


Here is my before picture after taking off my makeup and getting out of the shower.  As you can see I have a lot of redness in my skin, especially today after an uber stressful day and than an intense workout.



Here is my cheek after wearing the mask for 10 minutes.  As you can see some of the redness has disappeared, but I wish you could feel how much softer my skin feels.



Would I repurchase?:  I don't see why not! I plan on purchasing more from this site and with how affordable this is and how smooth my face feels afterwards it's a repurchase for me!

Make sure to go over to Tammy's blog to see how this all natural product worked for her!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spring Reading List

   I'm an uber nerd that loves to read every opportunity I get.  I like to keep a running reading list on my phone so I'm never at a lack of what book I want to read next.  Here are some of the books that are on my spring reading list.




♥ Finish off the Harry Potter series

I'm currently reading The Order of the Phoenix and I want to finish reading the series before I start any other books.


♥ Passport to Beauty: Secrets and Tips from Around the World for Becoming a Global Goddess

I learned of this book from PinkSoFoxy and it definitely looks like a fun and girly book.  I love DIY beauty recipes, even though I hardly ever try any of them!


I read about this in a magazine a few months ago and it seems like a book that every woman should read.  It's a non-fiction book about the oppression of women around the world including sex slavery and other serious topics facing women all around the world.  Not a light read, but I feel like I should be more informed of what's happening in the world.


I've been interesting in stepping up my blogging game for a while and this book seems to be a top read on a lot of popular bloggers list.


I love, love, love Lauren Conrad.  I wish she would come back with a reality show again.  I loved her fashion book, but have never read any of her novels.  They have been on my must read list for a while, so it's about time I get to them!

What books are on your must read list?  I'm always looking to add more to mine!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Giveaway Time!

  I've been collecting little trinkets for quite a while to host a 200 follower giveaway.  However, with the looming death of Google Reader and Google Friend Connect, I've decided to hold the giveaway now even though I only have 192 followers.  So I'm calling this my "RIP Google Reader Connect Giveaway".

Here's the basket of goodies:


Some of the products include:

*Wen Cleansing Conditioner
*Nars Nailpolish
*Jewelmint Jewelry

And a lot of other goodies!

Here's how to enter:


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Contest open until April 15th!  Open to U.S. residents only.  Good luck all!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

i HEART spring tag!

    I've seen the I heart spring tag going around YouTube.  I love spring, despite the allergens and up and down weather and the fact that I'm still at work, I do actually love spring.
    Spring by me is very different than a lot of the spring tags I've seen on YouTube.  Spring in New York is still cold!  It will most likely not be warm enough to wear dresses until mid-May and I still have to wear a heavy coat in the morning, but it is the sign of warmer things to come so I'll take it!



Spring Tag

1.  Favorite Spring Nail Polish

I actually have two- The first is the Avon Nailwear Pro in Sweet Mint.  It's a bit more green than the average mint colors and it reminds me of a muppet.  I don't know why this makes me love it more, but it does.  The second favorite is China Glaze's For Audrey.  This Tiffany blue color is just perfection and I feel like every girl who is into nail polish should have this color!

2.  What is your must have lip color for the spring?

I've really been liking this tinted lip balm in coral from The All Natural Face.  It's a tinted balm so it's a subtle color, but the coral is really pretty and brightening.  The only thing I've noticed with coral lip colors is that it doesn't make teeth look super white, so if you want to give the coral trend a try I'd use some whitening strips first to get the most accurate color reading.



3.  Show us your favorite spring dress.

All of my spring dresses are packed up away still with the rest of my warm weather gear, so I had to steal a pic from last spring.  This yellow dress I only wore twice for two special occasions, but I love it! It was super affordable at Joyce Leslie and I think the yellow eyelet material just screams SPRING!



4.  What's your favorite flower?

I'm super allergic to most flowers, but visually I love tulips.  Tulips were my grandfathers favorites so I guess that's why they are my favorites as well.

5.  Favorite spring/scarf accessory.

I love this blue ombre scarf from American Eagle.  I bought this in college, so maybe like 8 years ago, before the ombre trend was even a thing.  I always get a compliment when I wear this scarf and this lightweight material makes it perfect for spring.

6.  What spring trend are you most excited about this year?

I really love all of the braids that have been popular for the past few years now.  They are so soft and effortless and with some practice I think can be easy to replicate.



7.  Favorite spring candle.

Again, I'm still using up my winter candles since it's still so chilly, but I love the Clean Cotton scent from Yankee Candle.  I'm not big on floral scents, so this is my crisp clean spring scent.  It smells like freshly laundered shirts.



8.  Favorite body spray/perfume for spring.

I bought this Peach Sparkle body spray from Bath and Body Works last year and I love it.  It's the perfect light spring scent.  It's so strange I love this so much, since I can't stand the taste of peaches!

9.  What is spring like where you live?

As I said in the introduction, spring is still pretty chilly here currently.  If we get days in the 60's it's a beautiful thing.  The mornings are still very chilly, but the afternoons have been getting noticeably warmer.

10.  What's your favorite thing about spring?

My favorite part of spring is hands down baseball.  I count the days for baseball season to begin and I'm so happy that baseball is back again!



11.  Are you a spring cleaner?

I like to think I am, but not really.  I go through random bursts of cleaning out my closet or makeup collection, but I want to be a hard core spring cleaner!

12.  Any plans for spring break or an upcoming vacation?

My spring break already past and the only trip I took was to a night in Atlantic City.  I'd like to go somewhere for Memorial Day weekend, but I don't know if that will be happening.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tip Thursday: Makeup Storage With Candle Holders

   I love watching DIY videos and I love being able to do DIY projects with items that I already have handy in my house.  I've been buying vases or mugs to organize my makeup brushes with, but since seeing this video from the beautiful Anne, I've been using my empty candle jars to organize everything from Revlon Lip Butters to brushes.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Natural Review: Jane Iredale Magic Mitt

  After watching a lot of videos from iluvejesse444 I had created a list of products that I wanted to try and on top of that list was the Jane Iredale Magic Mitt.  This mitt is designed to remove makeup so I was excited to try this in lieu of my Kirkland Brand makeup remover wipes.


I've been using this mitt for over a month now and I really love it.  It does an amazing job of removing my makeup prior to using my face wash.  It will cut down on using more unncessary chemicals on my skin and also cut down on my trash since I was using at least one face wipe every day.

Product description:

Magic Mitt is made from a new generation of specially knitted micro-fibers. These micro-fibers are many times thinner than a human hair and are able to penetrate oil films. This hydro-mechanical process breaks the surface tension of the oils that bond makeup to the skin while the fibers gently exfoliate. The combination of warm water and micro-fibers turn the makeup into an emulsion that is easily swept away by the mitt. It will even remove mascara!

Here are some pics to prove how effective this mitt is:

Before Pics with Makeup:



As you can see I don't wear a ton of eye makeup during the week and this was taken after work so a lot of my makeup had worn off by then, but I do wear a lot of face makeup.  Foundation, concealer, powder foundation, bronzer, cream blush, blush and setting powder.  So this mitt has to get a lot off.

After pics:



As you can see, it took off nearly all of my makeup.  There wasn't any visible traces of makeup left which is amazing considering I was using just the mitt and plain ol' water.

Mitt After





I love this product! I haven't noticed any difference in my skin ( I was nervous about possible break outs in case all of my makeup wasn't removed), it's affordable ($15-$25) and a great natural alternative to face wipes.

According to some reviews this mitt can last quite a while, but it's recommended to purchase a new one when you feel like the mitt is breaking down or lost its luster.  To clean the mitt, I just saturate it and rub over the mitt with a bar of soap and then wash it thoroughly.  It's ready the next day to wash again!

To further prove the magic that is the Magic Mitt, head on over to Tammy's blog and read her review here.

Has anyone ever tried any other Jane Iredale products? I'm quite intrigued now!

Monday, April 1, 2013

March Favorites

  I don't know about you guys, but March felt like an incredibly long month for me.  Between snowstorms and stress at work it was just a crappy month.  It was also a month that did not see a whole lot of buying of new products so I don't have as many favorite products as I would've hoped.  Here we goooooo....

Beauty Favorites


The All Natural Face (ANF) Face Food Fruit Facial Wash Strawberries and Cream- After seeing Tammy use this, I just had to have it.  I use it as a mask once a week instead of a face wash and I really like it.  It's literally just dried strawberries and coconut so you can imagine how yummy it smells.  You take out a small amount of the powder, mix in a little water to make a paste and then spread a thin even layer all over freshly washed skin.  It hardens quickly and when I rinse it off my skin feels so smooth and bright.  It really helps to get rid of some of the rough spots.  Love this!

Revlon Whipped Creme Foundation in 250 Medium Beige- This has been my favorite foundation for a while, but I've noticed that I looked super pale in it.  I thought getting a darker shade wouldn't work too well on my pale skin, but this foundation blends so well that I can even pull of a darker shade with no problem.

Mally Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener and Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer in Light- I'm writing about these together because these two products have combined to be my favorite undereye combo.  I've been struggling with dark circles lately and wanted to find a good concealer for my undereye area.  I've been trying to buy less products lately, so I brought this out from my stash and use the tiniest bit on a blending brush to cover undereye circles, this topped with my Mally Eye Brightener is such an uplifting and brightening effect.  This may be too much brightening if I wear my contacts, but for my glasses days it's perfect.

Fashion Favorites


Sequined Toms- This is my first pair of Toms and I LOVE them!  I bought them from Zulily.com and I'm super happy with my purchase .  I plan on purchasing a few more pairs.

Charming Charlies Stud Earrings- I think I may have mentioned these earrings before, but they are just my favorite pair of earrings probably ever.  I wear them almost daily and still continue to get compliments on them.  They are sparkly and bring a sparkle to my face.  I should probably go see if I can buy a back up pair because I love these so much.

Favorite Youtube Video



I love fashion videos from TheStyleSegment and this video on 10dollarmall.com was one of my favorites.  I learned about a new online store that may be worth trying out and I love seeing the way she styled such affordable items.

Favorite Blog 


I've still been on my health and fitness journey and I've really been liking some of the recipes and fitspiration I've been getting from Undressed Skeleton.  A lot of her older recipes use a lot of chemical laden ingredients, but recently she's taken a more natural approach with some of her recipes and I really like what I've been reading.

What have your favorites been lately?

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