Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Unboxing: April Sample Society Beauty Box


Well hello again dolls!

There's no way to sugarcoat this: Life as a fashion/beauty blogger can get very expensive very quickly! There's always a new beauty product or fashion trend to try and the task of always having something new to talk about can lead an admitted shopaholic like myself deep into my pockets before I even know it! Luckily for me I discovered the monthly subscription service!

I have two subscription services: one beauty subscription and one accessory one which gives me the opportunity to try out new products every month for a discount. It's great! The services work exactly how they sound, you pay a monthly fee and each month a box of products are shipped right to your front door. It's like Christmas every month!



My beauty subscription is with a company called Sample Society. It's through Allure Magazine (hence the mini mag included every month) and you get a chance to test out some of the newest and best in beauty for only $15.00/mo! The great part about Sample Society versus some of the other beauty subscriptions out there is that the samples are deluxe sized which means you actually get enough product to get a good feel of whether or not you like it. A lot of the other subscriptions come with miniature sized samples which are barely enough for one use. Plus they give you a $15.00 credit each month toward purchasing any products that you want so if you order anything, the box is essentially free! Here's what was included in this month's box:

Tatcha Japanese Blotting Papers



Great for oily girls like me! I've never used this particular brand before but they're made with gold flakes so I'm in. I run through blotting papers like crazy, especially in the warmer months and I've heard great things about the Tatcha brand. These went directly into my purse!

Clark's Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask


 

I have to say, I'm a little nervous about this one. Anytime I see the words "hydrating" or "moisture", it puts the fear of clogged pores and breakouts into my heart (I shudder just thinking about it!) But, they say that if your skin is too dry (even us oil slick girls) your skin starts to overcompensate and produce more oil so maybe a little extra hydration won't be such a bad thing. Fingers crossed for me!

H2O+ Aquafirm Micro-Collagen Moisturizer with Marine Microshperes

 


Again with the moisture...Ugh! But I have to say, I am excited to see the word collagen in anything. It's never too early (or too late for that matter) to try to do a little preventative action to keep or get that youthful look back and collagen boosts cell production to keep those cherub cheeks for years and years to come so I'm willing to give it a try. (maybe on just a small section of my face first)

Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Indigo Punk




I think I was more excited about this than any other product in the box! Butter London is a brand that is usually (to me anyway) known for their nail polish which is absolutely amazing so it'll be interesting to see how they do with other products. I have to say, I'm pretty fickle about my eyeliners these days and I have an Urban Decay 24/7 Glide pencil in a similar color that I L.O.V.E. so it'll be nice to be able to put the two up for comparison. I did swatch it on my hand already and the color is definitely not true to what it shows one the package; it has more of a gray tint but it's pretty nonetheless.

Illume Soy Candle in Anemone




Let me start by saying I love candles but I'm really picky about the scents. I HATE the smell of flowers so I was super cautious in taking the lid off of this one to smell it and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. I love it! I just wish that it was bigger!

Overall I'm super happy with the products that I received and I'm excited to try everything! If you're interested in giving Sample Society a try, you can sign up here:

use code: AHUT4370
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Until Next Time XOXO ~JuJu

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Product Review - Origins GinZing Eye Cream


Good morning beauties!

So as much as I hate to admit it I'm getting older. Booooo!!! And with that comes worries about things like wrinkles and crows feet and frown lines. (Oh my!) I haven't been the best about preventative care so far but as each day passes I realize more and more that you only get one face and that you have to take the best care of it possible to maintain as much of that youthful glow and beauty as you can.

I don't sleep nearly enough on a regular basis so dark under eye circles are a HUGE issue for me. When I set out to find an eye cream, getting rid of my raccoon eyes was one of the major things I was looking for and man, oh man does this stuff brighten! You can see a difference immediately in the circles, plus the caffeine/ginseng combo in it get rid of any puffiness like that! *Insert snap here*

As a general rule the skin around your eyes is very thin and some of the most fragile that you have but in addition, mine is especially product sensitive. I've tried other eye creams that literally burned my skin but this one is nice and light and caused no reaction at all! It's supposed to smell like oranges, which I don't really think it does but the smell is pleasant enough and what sets this apart for me from other eye creams is that you can also put it on your lids. You miss out on that with most eye creams and it makes a fantastic base for when you're going to wear eye makeup in the same way that lip balm preps your lips. (The added moisture helps for a smoother look and application.) At $30.00, it's a bit pricey but you use so little at a time there's enough to last a while and make it worth the investment.

I can't say enough great things about this eye cream. This stuff is literally like lightning in a bottle!!! It's only intended for morning use so I have to use a separate cream for the evenings and it doesn't get rid of the circles permanently but as a morning refresher for the sleep deprived like yours truly, I give it two very enthusiastic thumbs up! It definitely gets the JuJu seal of approval!

Where to get it: Sephora, Origins.com, Macy's
Price: $30.00

Until next time XOXO ~JuJu

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Monthly Beauty Favorites - March




Hey dolls!!! I'm so sorry I've been away for so long (Has it really been a year? What???)but I really just lost my inspiration for a while and got caught up with other things so I had put my blogging aside. But I'm happy to say that my love for fashion & beauty has been totally renewed! I've been quite the little beauty junkie as of late so I've been doing a ton of shopping and testing of products and I'd like to share some of the things I couldn't put down all month.

Just a little disclaimer, there's a lot of this month because it's the first time but I promise they won't all be this long. :)


EYES: Urban Decay Naked Palette: This is one of those things that I somehow had been missing out on that I now rarely go a day without. In this humble blogger's opinion this is one of the best, if not the best nude palette out there. The shadows are soft without being chalky, the colors have great pigmentation, there's little to no fallout and there are countless looks you can create using just this palette without having to reach for another. It's a definite must have in every beauty girl's collection!


To get the most out of your shadows, you have to use the right set of tools. I recently picked up the #217 blending brush from MAC and it has totally transformed the way I apply my eyeshadow. Blending is everything and this is definitely my new favorite!

Urban Decay Primer Potion and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer have both earned a permanent home in my makeup collection. The primer gives the shadow incredible lasting power (even for someone with oily lids like me) and stops it from creasing over the course of the day. And for the worst case of under eye circles EVER (yours truly), just a little of the concealer (which also includes light diffusing agents) get rid of those circles completely.

To finish the look, I've been loving Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On Eyeliners and Benefit's "They're Real" Mascara. The eyeliners are creamy and soft, they set quickly and they have the most incredible staying power of any eyeliner I've ever used. I seriously want them in every single color!!! My eyes have clearly been having an Urban Decay kind of month!



FACE: I have SUPER oily skin so without the right products, my makeup is literally sliding off of my face within two hours of application and it looks like someone slathered my face in Crisco (I know, gross right? Ugh!). Well thankfully I finally figured out a routine to combat the oil slick! I start with Benefit's Porefessional Primer all over my face and then once that sets, I mix a bit of Manna Shimmer Lotion with Smashbox BB Cream to serve as my foundation with a touch of highlight. I received the Manna Shimmer Lotion in a beauty subscription box and the rosy pink has been perfect as a luminizer. I only received a tiny sample but I'll definitely be repurchasing it.

Once I've applied all my makeup, the finishing touch is to spray my face with Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray which I swear to you is a miracle in a bottle. My aesthetician told me about this a couple years ago and I all I can say is *JT Voice* Holy Grail!!! This stuff keeps me completely shine free all day long!


CHEEKS: Lately I have been positively obsessed with highlighters! I don't know how I ever called myself a true makeup girl without understanding how much of a difference that extra bit of glow makes but now I can't go without it. It's addictive! As I said, I've been doing some buying, trying and testing of different products so I have a few highlighters at home but the one I find myself reaching for most is this Fergie for Wet 'N' Wild Highlighter in Rose Champagne that I apply with my favorite Eco Tools fan brush. Just a few swipes in the right places and I have that fresh faced Hollywood glow!

As far as blushes, Milani and I have been having a definite moment. Their baked blushes in Luminoso (Peach with a bit of shimmer) and Delizioso Pink (*NEW* Matte Hot Pink - AMAZING!!!!!) have been my everyday go-to's. Milani's blushes are highly pigmented so a little goes a long way but they're easily buildable if you want more color.

LIPPIES!!!: It's a pretty tight race for my favorite product but if I had to choose one that I couldn't live without for the rest of my life, I think that lippies would win. I don't know about you, but even with a full face of makeup I don't feel done without my lipstick. It's that finishing touch that makes a look complete and lately I've been gearing toward matte colors. I've been switching back and forth between MAC's Candy Yum-Yum (Matte Hot Pink) with their Pro Longwear lip pencil in Shock Value (Also Hot Pink) and Ruby Woo (Matte Cherry Red) with a Lip Pencil in the color Cherry almost daily.

When you're wearing matte lipstick, it's really important that you exfoliate and moisturize your lips well because any dry patches or flakiness are going to be on full display with a matte formula as they tend to be more drying to begin with. My favorite way to do it is with this Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish followed up with my favorite EOS lip balm.


HAIR & NAILS: For the past few months I've been wearing acrylic nails and I loved them but I hate how weak and brittle they left my nails when I took them off. That's why I've been using this Intensive Strengthening Treatment by NailTek to get them back into shape. A couple swipes a week is all it takes!

I've heard great things about Zoya's Pixie Dust nail polish line so I decided to grab a couple. This particular shade "Tomoko" is like someone took all the sparkle and glitter of New Year's Eve and put it in a bottle. It literally looks like you dipped your fingers in glitter dust. It's probably better suited to a special event but what can I say, everyday is an occasion for sparkle for me!

I have a true love/hate relationship with my hair. It's thick and fine at the same time while being incredibly dry and fragile. It's drives me nuts! I asked my stylist for recommendations and she didn't think twice before recommending this Mizani Hairdressing Cream. A dime sized amount on a daily basis has been the best thing ever to keep my hair moisturized without weighing it down. I'm in product love!

JUST FOR FUN: These last couple items are literally just for fun! I have the WORST sweet tooth and lately I just can't seem to get enough of these teas by The Republic of Tea. I don't know if there's a such thing as a dessert tea but if there is, this is definitely it. The red velvet one is my latest discovery and OMG....Can you say heaven???

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think? Any that you can recommend I try for this month? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Until next time...XOXO ~JuJu

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