Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Gerard Cosmetics BB Cream & Lip Gloss Review & Giveaway!


I have been using Whitening Lightning products for years. Their products really give me a noticeably whiter smile. Professional whitening treatments can be expensive, painful, and inconvenient, so I'm glad there's an easier, affordable way to get beautiful white teeth. Not only does Whitening Lightning make an extremely effective professional teeth whitening kit, but they also have teeth whitening pens for quick touch ups that can be used in between treatments or on the go.

Whitening Lightning is always coming out with new products.  They recently came out with a new line of makeup called Gerard Cosmetics. They were kind enough to send me a bunch of their new lip glosses and the Red Carpet Survival Kit.


The Red Carpet Survival Kit contained their new BB Plus Illumination Facial Cream, Brow Bar To Go, Color Your Smile Lip Gloss, and Whitening Pen.

The Brow Bar To Go is one of my favorite products to use on my brows. It has a brown and light brown powder, and a wax to keep your stray eyebrow hairs in place. The powders are great at filling in bare spots, and making your brows more defined. I like using a powder as opposed to a pencil, because it looks softer and more natural.

The BB Cream is a new product that I was excited to try. This BB Cream is sheer and packed full of golden bronze shimmer. It's great if you want to really make your tan pop with a Summer glow. You can use this product by itself or with your foundation.


I received eight new Gerard Cosmetics lip glosses. These are just like the Color Your Smile glosses that I love, except they have new attractive packaging and new colors.


The packaging for these is the best, because they have a mirror on the side of the tube and a built in LED light that automatically lights up when in use. These features make them the perfect lip glosses when traveling and on-the-go touch ups. 


 The names of the glosses are Seduction, Wild Orchid, Rose Hill, Salmon, Raspberry Sorbet, Fiji, Butter Cream, and Shimmer of Hope.

Without Flash: Seduction, Wild Orchid, Rose Hill, Shimmer of Hope, Butter Cream,  Nude, Salmon, Fiji, and Raspberry Sorbet.
 As you can see these lip glosses are super pigmented like a lipstick while still being shiny and glossy.

With Flash: Seduction, Wild Orchid, Rose Hill, Shimmer of Hope, Butter Cream,  Nude, Salmon, Fiji, and Raspberry Sorbet.

You can purchase the Red Carpet Survival Kit and all of the lip glosses at GerardCosmetics.com!
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*Disclosure: I received products for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil & The Indigo Collection Review!


I love Tatcha skin care products. Their packaging is beautiful, their products are of the highest quality, and they make me feel so luxurious when I use them. I have done reviews on their Moisture Rich Silk Cream and Dewy Skin Mist in the past. I adored all of the products that I have ever used from them, so I was ecstatic about trying out samples of their new Indigo Collection.

If you haven't heard of Tatcha, it's a high-end skin care company that was inspired by ancient geisha beauty rituals. Victoria Tsai, the founder and CEO of Tatcha, created the line after suffering from acute dermatitis and developing a keen awareness about the importance of ingredients used on the skin. She made sure that every product was safe and gentle, as well as effective. She frequently works with scientists, researchers, and modern day geishas to create new formulas and products for the Tatcha collection.


I received samples from Tatcha's new Indigo Collection and a full size bottle of the Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. As you can see, even the outer packaging is gorgeous.


The Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil is hands down my favorite facial cleanser of all time. It's very unique and completely different from any other cleanser that I've tried. It's purely oil based, it's not soapy, it doesn't lather, and it doesn't leave your skin feeling stripped away of all it's natural moisture. Making it perfect for my dry skin. 

It's called one step, because it conveniently removes makeup and cleanses your skin all at once. You apply the cleansing oil to your skin dry. Massage it into your face, on your neck, and it's even safe around the eyes. Rinse it off with warm water, and then you can proceed with your serum and/or moisturizer. 

Some of the beneficial ingredients that the Camellia Cleansing Oil contains includes: Rice Bran Oil which effectively removes impurities while providing skin-nourishing oils, Camellia Seed Oil which removes makeup and nourishes the skin, Algae Extract which enhance skin’s barrier function, replenish the skin’s natural water reservoir, and increase its moisture-retention capabilities, and Green Tea Leaf Extract which is regarded as one of the most powerful antioxidants available.


You might have been wondering what was inside that cute little capsule in the picture above. I was too, and I couldn't wait to open it. Inside I found a travel size Soothing Silk Hand Cream, a travel size Soothing Silk Body Butter, and a packet of the Soothing Renewal Treatment, all are apart of the Indigo Collection.

You might have noticed a theme with Tatcha's packaging. Their original collection features white and royal purple packaging, the Ageless collection is a light shade of lavender, the Luminous collection is the lightest shade of lilac, and now the Indigo collection is a deep dark shade of purple.

With the Indigo Collection not only is the packaging purple, but the creams are too, but don't worry they won't stain your skin or clothes. All of the Indigo products that I received have smell really good, almost like a citrus scent. They are deeply moisturizing, and make your skin feel soft and smooth.

Like the Cleansing Oil, these products also contain Red Algae, Rice Bran, and Green Tea Extract, as well as Silk Extract which is easily absorbed into the skin, allowing powerful antioxidants and amino acids to help repair cells, promote cell regeneration and condition the skin for improved elasticity and resilience, and Licorice Extract which prevents hyperpigmentation and is used to treat a wide variety of ailments.
Overall, I'm really loving all of the Tatcha products I received and would definitely recommend them. If you are interested in purchasing Tatcha products you can find them at Tatcha.com or at Barneys New York.

Make sure to keep up with Tatcha by following them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!

*Disclosure: I received products for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Opie & Dixie Shampoo, Conditioner, and Dry Shampoo Review & Giveaway!

Since I love my Zooey so much, I only want the best for her. I try to stay away from using beauty products on myself that contain toxic chemicals, so it only makes sense that I wouldn't want my fur baby exposed to them either. Unfortunately, icky chemicals in dog shampoos is pretty much the norm. Thankfully, Opie & Dixie makes organic and all natural pet grooming products that are vegan, synthetic-free, toxin-free, and contains only the highest quality ingredients sourced from right here in North America.

Opie & Dixie makes grooming products such as shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, ear wash, healing paw balm, and unique products called pawstik, and snoutstik that soothe and heal dry and irritated skin.

Another awesome thing about Opie & Dixie is that they donate a percentage of profits to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and other animal advocacy and rescue groups. So, by buying a wholesome product for your furry friend you can help other dogs and animals in need!


I received a bottle of Opie & Dixie Extra Rich Oatmeal & Almond Shampoo, Smooth Coat Botanical Creme Rinse & Conditioner, and Roseships Dry Shampoo & Conditioning Mist.

All of the products smell very good in a natural kind of way, because they don't contain any artificial fragrances.

The Organic Extra Rich Oatmeal & Almond Shampoo contains many ingredients that are great for dry, irritated, and itchy skin. Some of the beneficial ingredients that it contains include lavender oil, chamomile, roseship oil, safflower oil, grape seed, aloe vera, jojoba oil, and burdock root. After wetting my dog's hair completely, I squeeze a dollop of the shampoo in my palm, and rub it all over her until I get a little bit of a lather, then I washed it off completely. Afterward, Zooey was clean and smelling good.

Next it was time to use the Smooth Coat Botanical Creme Rinse & Conditioner. I don't always condition my dog's hair after shampooing, but the conditioner gives extra moisture to the hair and skin. Some of the ingredients that it contains includes calendula flowers, organic rosemary, biodynamic avacado oil, biodynamic macadamia oil, coconut fatty acid, organic tea tree oil, organic lotus bean gum, and Australian bush extracts of kakadu plum. After applying the conditioner all over Zooey, rinsing it out well, and drying her hair, Zooey's hair was softer and smoother than ever. I can't stop petting her baby soft hair.


In between baths your dog may need to freshen up a bit and that is what the Roseships Dry Shampoo & Conditioning Mist is for. All you have to do is spray directly onto your dog's coat or spray onto a dry cloth, and massage all over, and your pup is good to go. The dry shampoo also contains many natural ingredients that are beneficial to your dog's hair and skin such as purified rain water, organic burdock, organic aloe vera extract, henna extract, organic pennyroyal oil, citrus seed extract, organic rose hip seed oil, and Canadian wild crafted red clover.

Overall, I really love these products. They work great, smell wonderful, and I like that they are all natural and organic. They are actually quite affordable as well; The shampoo and conditioner are only $12.99 each and a full size bottle of the dry shampoo is $14.99!

You can keep up with Opie & Dixie by following them on Facebook and Twitter!

Giveaway!
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*Disclosure: I received products for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Life of Crime Starring Jennifer Aniston + $15 Fandango Gift Card Giveaway!


Life of Crime, the new caper comedy from legendary author Elmore Leonard starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Will Forte and Isla Fisher is coming to theaters, on demand and iTunes August 29th!

I personally absolutely adore Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Now You See Me), and any movie with Jennifer Aniston is usually pretty funny, so I'm really excited about this movie!

About Life of Crime

"When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.

Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard."


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book Review: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman


What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a memoir written by Kristin Newman, a single, childless, never married, 30-something comedy writer that has worked for TV shows such as That 70's Show and How I Met Your Mother. While all of her friends were getting married and having babies, Kristin wasn't ready to settle down, and instead traveled to other countries, often alone, and engaged in lots of "vacationships" while she was there.

The title of the book immediately got my attention. Then I read the first paragraph and I knew I needed to get this book:

"I am not a slut in the United States of America. I have Rarely had a fewer-than-four-night stand in the Land of the Free. I don't kiss married men or guys I work with, I don't text people pictures of my genitalia, I don't go home with boys I meet in bars before they have at least purchased me a couple of meals, I've never showed my boobs for beads. I do not sleep with more than one person at a time, and, sometimes, no more than one per year. In America. But I really love to travel..."

Right off the bat I knew this book was going to be raunchy, hilarious, and brutally honest, and I was not disappointed.

I loved reading about all of Kristin's adventures. We get to follow her in Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Iceland, New Zealand, Israel, and many more. She pretty much always hooks up with a local, has an amazing time, and then goes back home to her Match.com profile. We also get to hear about all of her humorous and completely relateable dating mishaps in LA, and get a peek at what it's like being in the writer's room for big sitcoms.

Overall, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a great book if you are looking for something to read that's entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny, and yet at times a poignant look at relationships and dating. However, it definitely isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. If you're the prudish type, then I wouldn't recommend this book, because it does contain plenty of sex, promiscuity, curse words, and some drug use.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Regenica 31 Days of Summer Giveaway!


Regenica is having a giveaway right now through August 31st. They have been giving away a bottle of their Renew SPF 15 product every day.

This formula helps protect skin from harmful UV rays, and is the only UV protectant formulated with MRCx™ next generation growth factor technology, to signal your skin’s natural repair and renewal mechanisms. Regenica® is a skin care system made with the power and promise of regenerative science. The brand is now available exclusively through Suneva Medical, Inc.
  

To learn more about Regenica® Renew SPF 15 and the rest of the Regenica® product line, please visit regenica.com.

For a chance to win a bottle of Regenica® Renew SPF 15 with sunscreen ($175 for 1.5oz) every day through August 31st, all you have to do is follow @RegenicaSkincare and share a selfie on Instagram with the hashtag #RethinkYourSelfie.

 *Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Regenica.
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