Thursday, July 31, 2014

Julep July Box


This is my final Julep box. I'm not thoroughly impressed with the quality of the service, that being the box itself and the customer service representatives.

Viki | Kelsey
Both of the colors are gorgeous to look at, but I find the formulas aren't. After a whole day of wear they each started to chip. The drying times of each were ridiculously long. I don't know if Julep reformulated since my last experience with them or if the more brightly colored formulas aren't the same, but to achieve the desired color level 2 - 3 coats were required. Effectively increasing the drying time. On a positive note, I do love the brushes and actual polish bottles, at least they got somethings right!

The body milk I received is lacking too. It doesn't seem to sink into my skin that quickly and leaves the applied area feeling sticky.

I'm ultimately disappoint in the quality and will be sticking to my beloved Essie's.

Have you any experience with Julep?

Box: Classic with a Twist $19.99
Bare Body Milk ($24.00)
Viki ($14.00)
Kelsey ($14.00)

XOXO,
Carolyn
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vox Box | Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector





I received this product for consideration by Influenster a few weeks ago and have been giving it a proper try before composing this posting about it. I was skeptic at first when receiving this product, as I haven't had the best of luck in my run-ins with Aveeno. Setting that aside, I approached this as openly as I possibly could and I figure out I actually genuinely like this product. I think it works pretty decently in brightening up my skin and helping to correct the color tone. I cannot be too positive if it's the retina-A working all the wonders on my skin discoloration or this, but I have seen some improvement since adding this one into my skincare regieme.

The formula is thick and smooth and has an opulence to it. There is also a slight iridescence in color, but nothing noticeable when applied to your target area.

My only gripe with this is the fragrance. I really dislike it when companies add fragrance to products going on to your visage. Why do this? I don't want something scented that close to my nose all day. I have the option of wearing perfume for that reason! At least the smell of this vanishes rather quickly and isn't too powerful - it reminds me of certain higher-end salon products.

Have you tried this product yet? What are your thoughts?

Received product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster
#RadiantWithAVEENO

XOXO,
Carolyn  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Perfume Collection

Photo tips on taking reflective surfaces? I had three to battle with. =_=;; 
I don't have an extensive selection of perfumes. I can think of a number of reasons why I don't, namely I use them sparingly and don't bath myself with them. I tend to invest the few I think appropriate for my age and to suite a variety of occasions. Though, not to shoot myself in the foot, I'd like to invest in a new scent later this year or next, depending on how the current collection cleans up and how much room there will be on my vanity. I'll try my best to describe each, but I am not that versed in the world of perfumes!

 Be Delicious - DKNY
This is a very refreshing scent with a certain uniqueness of apple with blended flowers and wood. A favorite of mine during summer.
Notes:
American Apple, Cucumber, Grapefruit, Candid Magnolia, Tuberose, White Muguet, Rose, Violet, Sandalwood, Tender Skin Accord, Blonde Woods, White Amber.
Style:
Free-spirited. Refreshing. Unique.
Princess - Vera Wang
This was the first "real" perfume I've ever owned. I still have it after many years and I haven't even hit the half-way mark, yet (just shows you how often I wear scents). I think having vanilla in perfumes makes them a bit heavy and sickly sweet, but somehow it works for this one, for me at least.
Notes:
Water Lily, Lady Apple, Mandarin Meringue, Apricot Skin, Ripe Pink Guava, Tahitian Flower, Wild Tuberose, Dark Chocolate, Pink Frosting Accord, Precious Amber, Musk, Chiffon Vanilla
Style:
Sweet and dainty.
Light Blue - Dolce & Gabbana
This is a gorgeous scent, its feminine with refreshing scents and with a certain deepness to it. This is my most recent purchase having worn this on my wedding day. I received complements all day on smelling great (not sure if it's because I was the bride or cause I showered... I jest, I hygiene myself regularly ;p). It's a all time favorite now and reminds me of my wedding day each time I wear it.
Notes:
Sicilian Citron, Bluebell, Granny Smith Apple, Jasmine Sambac, Bamboo, White Rose, Cedarwood, Amber, Musk.
Style:
Deep and true.
What is your current favorite perfume? Have you tried any of the ones seen here? Do you wear them often or not for you? Haha... so many questions, write me a novel!!

XOXO,
Carolyn

P.S. Anyone know a good blog design, website, or affordable service I can used to build or pull code from to make one myself? I haven't coded since my neopets/xanga/gaia days over 10+ years ago!! HTML, CSS... wut?

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

{Essentials} Summer Tan


I remember a time in my young life when I bared orange patchy streaks on my legs and arms, my bed sheets stained with orange and wore that faint smell of DHT. Ahh.... 

Well at least those days are over (right?)! I went several years sans tan and still longed to go a teeny bit darker. Exposure to sun only burns me so I constantly lather on SPF 30+. I've had a few sunburns in my life and I'd never like to encounter another (I got a nasty one on my stomach and back a few years ago and I hope to never have that again). Since then I've hunted and tried on different self tanners to develop a solid routine.

To prep for my tan I will exfoliate with a sugar scrub like the one from Tree Hut (Honey Almond is my favorite) and I find that this is more delicate on the skin than a salt scrub. I do also like the mineral body exfoliator from AHAVA, but it is more pricey. Following that I use Nivea's Extended Moisture Body lotion. This lotion is fantastic as it sets in quickly without stickiness and leaves my skin soft and nourished feeling until my next shower.

After moisturizing I follow the instructions per the St. Tropez bottle. I find that apply this in the evening after showering is best so I'll just rinse off in the morning. I haven't had a problem with color transfer to my sheets, but my sheets are a dark grey color so nothing would be too apparent. Additionally, to extend the tan that St. Tropez lends me I'll supplement with the Jergens Natural Glow daily moisturizer. I find that this combination works well and appears quite natural.

This routine worked well for me last summer and continues to this summer. I would like to continue this routine during the school year, lets see how far I can get, but it can be a bit time consuming adding up all the prep time and waiting time for the mouse to dry to the time it takes for the Jergens lotion to set. I guess if you are concerned with having a tan then the time wouldn't bother you. For me, meh. idk, its good for these few more weeks of summer I have. HAHA. I have read and seen loads rave about Xen Tan and I'd like to give that a try in the future, time permitting obviously.

Do you use any products for tanning? What are your thoughts on this silly business?

XOXO,
Carolyn

P.S. This post would have been up sooner if I had planned better prior to embarking on Part 1 of my honeymoon! Part 2 will be following shortly at Universial Studios Orlando with HARRY FREAKING POTTER.Thanks for all your comments on my update post too! I means loads to see so many people excited for HP, like me.