Beauty, cosmetics

NARS Summer Lights Face Palette Review

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Hi all! Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a great weekend!

I’m back with a face palette review!  I gifted myself this gorgeous NARS palette for my birthday last month.   It’s the NARS Summer Lights Face Palette ($59 USD) and it’s available online at Ulta.com.

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Gorgeous!  I like the packaging.  It is simple and elegant.  It’s made from sturdy plastic and it has a nice mirror.

What I don’t like is that the shades aren’t printed on the inside of the palette.  They are on the back.  The shadow shades from left to right are Rainwater, Hibiscus, Papeete and Hei.  The highlighter is Paper Flower and the bronzer is Destination Unknown.

Here are the swatches:

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I’ve swatched the four shadows first, then the highlighter and bronzer.

The eye shadows are my favorite shades in the palette.  They are nicely pigmented and very easy to blend.  I can make a complete eye look with them.  I put one of the left two shadows all over my lid.  The brown matte shadow is nice in the crease. The darkest shade is perfect to deepen the outer corner, create a smoky eye or use under the eye.

The highlighter doesn’t swatch the best, but it’s really glow on.  It can also be used on the eye.  The bronzer is light, but it’s nice for a subtle bronze look and also as a transition shade on the eyes.  I wouldn’t recommend it for deeper skin tones, though.

I also wanted to share the free gift I received with this and share a tip.  If you purchase online from Ulta, the are frequently offering free gifts with purchase.  I usually wait until one is available to shop online. The gift this time was a free Beauty Bag with any $30 online purchase:

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The bag says Talk Beauty to Me, which is so cute!  And it has all these great goodies inside.  I bought this in June, but they are often doing cute gifts with purchase if you are thinking of placing an order with Ulta. Also, don’t forget their points program.  I’m a Platinum member and there’s always fun deals.


I do really love this palette!  I think it’s great for travel and easy summer looks.  The quality is great, too!  This is my first NARS palette and definitely not my last!

What’s your current summer palette?  Do you have any from NARS?

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anti-aging, Beauty, Beauty Tools, cosmetics, Skincare

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — July 2019

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Hey all! I recently received my July BoxyCharm! I always watch for the spoilers so I basically knew what I am getting. But, there were a few different variations this month.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for about a year and a half now and really enjoy it. Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 4-5 beauty items, most of them full-sized.  It is a nice way to try new makeup and beauty tools.

My version is 4. This month I received:

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Koh Gen Do Spa Cleansing Water Cloths — $17

Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask – $35

Butter London Natural Goddess Eyeshadow Palette – $32

Luna by Luna Lip Gloss in Venus — $18

Luxie Brush Trio – $30

Box value — $132

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This is a really pretty summer palette!  I love the wooden packaging and the nice mirror.  The shades are mostly shimmer and there’s a couple of mattes.  I didn’t swatch it because I don’t know if I’ll keep it or give it away. I’ve recently purchased a few palettes and don’t really need another one.IMG_1144

I love the packaging and the handles of these brushes!  So cool and summery!  The brushes are 246 Precision Crease, 250 Large Eye Blending and 510 Foundation.

I enjoy Luxie brushes.  I may keep these or give them away.

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I am very excited about both of these!  I’ve been wanting to try the Koh Gen Do wipes.  I’ve tried items from this brand years ago and really enjoyed them.  They are all natural and look very fancy!

I love the Elemis products I’ve tried, and I’m excited to try out this mask.  Maybe I’ll do it Sunday.  I’ve been bad about using masks lately and need to get back into them.  This is supposed to nourish, smooth and brighten, for softer, smoother, more radiant skin.  Yes please!

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I’ve never heard of this brand before Luna by Luna, but I really like this gloss!  It’s hydrating and so easy for a bronzey summer look!  I have received so many glosses from boxes lately, but I do really like this one.


I think this is a pretty great box!  I will definitely use the gloss, Elemis mask and face wipes.  I’m still deciding if I will keep or give away the brushes and palette.  But everything is so nice!

BoxyCharm is killing it lately!  Do you get this box?  What was in yours this month?

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare Sunday — DHC Urumai Review

Hi all!  Happy Sunday!  I hope you are having a great weekend!  I’m back with another Skincare Sunday.  I’m trying to do skincare related posts on at least a couple of Sundays a month.

I have recently received new DHC products for my honest review.  I haven’t tried anything from this Japanese brand before, but I’ve heard good things!

I received the Urumai line, which is brand new and has just launched on July 1st. This collection contains a proprietary rice peptide complex comprised of two hydrolyzed rice proteins that work together to condition and deeply hydrate skin, plus enhance firmness. Yes, please!  Here’s what I received:

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Tapping the power of rice, this plant-based trio beautifully brings together urumi (moisture) + mai (rice) to promote a soft, smooth and supple complexion.

That sounds amazing, and isn’t the packaging elegant, even the shape of the soap is so gorgeous!

DHC Urumai Soap ($14 USD) — A botanical beauty bar created with a rich blend of natural ingredients. Lathers up into a creamy mousse to gently eliminate dirt and debris, dead skin and excess sebum. Deeply cleans to gently prepare skin for the next steps in your skincare routine.

What I think:   I haven’t used a beauty bar in years to clean my face, so this was interesting!  It lathers up to a nice foam and is unscented (all of these products are), but it does have a faint soap scent. It does clean nicely, but it took a bit of work to rinse off.

DHC Urumai Lotion ($25 USD) — An alcohol-free facial toning lotion that promotes vibrant, soft and beautiful skin. Created with rice peptides and sake, this pre-moisturizing toner combats damage from dryness and environmental stresses to revitalize the skin.

What I think:  I love that this doesn’t contain alcohol or irritate my sensitive skin. It feels nice on the skin and is lightly hydrating.  It does give a glow, which is nice under makeup.

DHC Urumai Cream ($29 USD) — A lightweight facial cream that promotes a beautiful complexion for all skin types. Formulated with DHC exclusive rice peptide complex, this hydrating cream unlocks the power of rice to help promote turnover and minimize the appearance of fine lines.

What I think: This is a very hydrating cream! I like this as a night cream, because it is pretty thick and moisturizing.  It’s not greasy, but it does take a little bit of time to sink in.  When I use this at night, in the morning my skin is glowing! I have notices that my fine lines have been reduced and that my skin is smoother.
I am really enjoying these products!
Purchase at DHCCare.com. And right now, they are having a deal that you receive free shipping if you purchase a full size Urumai collection products with the code URUMAI.
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Have you tried DHC skincare?  What do you think of these products?
Beauty, cosmetics

TARTE Unleashed Eyeshadow Palette & Travel-Size Big Ego Mascara

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Happy Saturday!  I hope your weekend is going well!

I’m excited to do this palette review today! It’s the TARTE Unleashed Eyeshadow Palette & Travel-Size Big Ego Mascara.  I got it as a birthday gift a few weeks ago, and have been enjoying it!

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This vegan and cruelty free palette is inspired by the animal kingdom and features earthy & tropical tones. Plus, it comes with a Travel Size Big Ego Mascara!

It is infused with Amazonian clay & mineral pigments for maximum blendability & wear.  It features a mix of mattes & metallics in warm & cool tones.

The ingredients in the shadows include these Skinvigorating Ingredients:

  • Amazonian clay: Nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear
  • Mineral pigments: Soothe & soften skin
  • Vanilla: A natural fragrance with rich antioxidant & anti-aging properties

Here’s photos of the outer packaging:

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The packaging for this is gorgeous! It’s hard to tell, but the front of the palette is 3D when you move it around.  It’s so cool.  And it’s really sturdy packaging.

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Shades:

  • Swan Song (pearl sheen)
  • Oh Deer (matte mauve)
  • Hippocritical (lilac shimmer)
  • Bear Necessities (matte dark brown)
  • Koalified (matte purple brown)
  • Toucan Do It (matte orange)
  • No Fox Given (matte burnt orange)
  • Iguana Love You (burgundy shimmer)
  • Irrelephant (light bronze shimmer)
  • Toad-Ally (turquoise shimmer)
  • You’re Lion (champagne shimmer)
  • Monkey Business (gold shimmer)
  • Camelflauge (matte brown)
  • Hawkward (pewter sparkle)
  • Party Animal (navy blue sparkle)

Swatches!

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Swan Song, Oh Deer, Hippocritical, Bear Necessities and Koalafied.  I love most of the shimmers in this palette (there’s one exception below).  The mattes are nice, too, but Koalafied didn’t swatch too well.  It’s nice on the eyes, though.

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Toucan Do It, No Fox Given, Iguana Love You, Irrelephant, and Toad-ally.

All of these are as gorgeous on the eyes as they swatch!  So pigmented and gorgeous!

 

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You’re Lion, Monkey Business, Camelflauge, Hawkward, and Party Animal.  The only shade I had trouble swatching was Hawkward. It’s really sheer, almost like a shadow topper.  I tried to builcdd it up on my eyes and it didn’t work, it stayed sheer.  All of the other shimmers can be built up to look very foiled on the eyes.

The mascara is really nice, too.  I forgot to do a close up of the wand.  It’s a fluffy hourglass shaped wand.  It gives lots of volume and length.

I really do love this palette.  The colors are so summery and I love the range of shades.  I need to do some more looks with it, but I am enjoying it so far!

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Do you have this palette?  What’s your current favorite summer palette?

 

bath products

Brand Review — RAD Soap Co.

Hi all!  I’m back with a sweet-smelling brand review!

RAD Soap Co. is a natural skincare line made fresh in Upstate New York and inspired by hemp beauty. Using their RAD proprietary process and main ingredient hemp with botanical extracts to create the world’s best bar of soap.

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The two soaps I have received for review are:

Moon Rock Body Bar — A Rad body bar infused with Activated Charcoal and Black Currant Oil to fight troublesome skin for a flawless complexion.

Toke Natural Body Bar — A Rad body bar infused with Hemp Seed Oil and the ultimate hippie’s scent of Sandalwood and Vanilla.

What I think: These both smell amazing!  The Moon Rock bar is great for the summer.  My skin gets oilier, and breakouts do happen on my body.  This really helps.  Plus, I love the scent!

The Toke Bar has a more natural scent — very hippie friendly!  LOL!  It’s very nice to keep in the bath as well.

RAD has also just launched their new bar soap club subscription. You can get one bar for $10, two bars for $20 and three bars for $25.  Each box also includes two mystery gifts.  You can also choose to have it delivered every one, two or three months.  And finally, you can choose your soaps.  So it’s very customizable.

Check it all out at http://www.radsoap.com


I really enjoy this brand!  What bath and body brands do you love?

anti-aging, bath products, Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

Shop My Stash June 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  I’m back with my JuneShop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it!

You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for June. Here’s a photo with the palettes open:

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My allergies were much better in June, so I have been wearing eye makeup again!  My most used of the two palettes was the ABH Soft Glam. Every time I use it I remember how gorgeous it is!  They blend so well.

I also used the Too Faced Festival palette a few times.  I love the peaches and purple shades.  I also wore the green shade a lot. The shimmer shades in the palette are so pretty!

It’s sad to say that I only used the ColourPop The Twins pigment once — on my birthday!  I usually like to use palettes for complete looks.  It is very pretty though.

The PixiGlow palette got lots of use.  I used it for bronzer, blush and highlight by dipping into the corresponding parts of it.

I am keeping all of these products except for the ColourPop So Juicy lip gloss.  It is so sticky, that I don’t really enjoy using it.  I’ll see if my daughter wants it.

On to my June empties:

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I had a lot of empties this month!  Mostly skincare, as always! I enjoyed all of these products.

I would repurchase every one of these products except for maybe the CO Bigelow hand soap, because it was very creamy and hard to rinse off.  I loved all of the other products!

The CoverFX primer filled my pores completely.  Another favorite would be the GM Collin serum, it is so hydrating.

This was a successful Shop My Stash!  I used all of the products at least once, and enjoyed discovering them again!


Are you doing a Shop Your Stash or are you on a low or no buy?   How’s it going?

anti-aging, Skincare

Brand Review and Code — Skin&Co Roma

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Hi all!  I recently received a fun skincare package from Skin&Co Roma for my honest review.

IMG-1068IMG-1070 Such pretty packaging!   I’ve been loving the Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Refresh Mist I received in my June BoxyLuxe.  Skin&Co Roma contacted me and asked to send me the following amazing products for review:

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Truffle Therapy Face Toner — Gentle, powerful, soothing, and healing. Truffle Therapy Face Toner deeply cleanses and purifies pores with the antiseptic power of Witch Hazel and Sage, effectively removing impurities, clogged pores and dead skin cells to treat, heal, and prevent blemishes. The natural extracts and antioxidant properties of Black Winter Truffle, Rosemary, Calendula, and Cucumber soothes and protects from environmental and free radical damage.

What I think: I have very sensitive skin, and this gentle toner doesn’t irritate my skin at all.  I use it after my cleanser, and it really cleans out my pores plus it leaves my skin soft and smooth!

Truffle Therapy Whipped Cleansing Cream – This is a highly concentrated gel-crème cleanser formulated to deeply cleanse skin, remove makeup, dirt and impurities, effectively keeping pores free and clear from congestion and blemishes while soothing and calming sensitivity-prone complexions. Formulated with pure Black Winter Truffle Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Mallow Leaf, and Chamomile, this gentle cleanser delivers intense hydration, nourishing moisture, while improving skin’s resilience and tone.  Complete with essential fatty acids, skin’s natural moisture barrier is restored to maintain a supple and radiant complexion.

What I think:  I am enjoying all of these products, but this one is my favorite of the bunch! Everytime I wash my face with this cleanser, it looks smooth, fresh and it glows.  And I look YOUNGER!  I have never looked this good with just washing my face, ever! It does have a soft, whipped texture and feels so gentle while cleansing my skin.  And it doesn’t irritate my skin at all.  LOVE!

Truffle Therapy Serum – Formulated around the antioxidant properties of the Black Winter Truffle, Truffle Therapy™ Serum is infused with potent skin-renewing botanicals, vitamins, essential fatty acids and vitamins to restore skin’s natural vibrancy and radiance.  Masterfully crafted in Umbria, Italy, this powerful, multitasking skin perfecting treatment soothes and refines the appearance of uneven textured skin, revealing a healthier complexion.

Ideal for all skin types, Truffle Therapy™ Serum prepares and protects skin from daily environmental and free radical damage, and doubles as a primer to create the perfect base for makeup application.

What I think: I really enjoy this serum.  It has a milky texture and a soft, natural scent.  I apply it after my toner and it really smooths out my skin and helps with texture.  It can also be used as a primer, for those days that you want an easy skincare/makeup routine. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and find that my skin is looking more even and brighter.  I’m looking forward to seeing what type of long-term results I see!

I am really loving these Skin&Co Roma products! You can purchase the items here, and by using my code LORENA20, you’ll get 20% off your purchase!  It is an affiliate code, so I will get something if you do buy!


Have you tried Skin&Co Roma?  Which products do you like from the brand?