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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Aimee
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*This post is sponsored by the iFabbo Network and T3, all opinions and reviews are my own*

Thanks to the wonderful people over at iFabbo I was able to score the brand new T3Micro Twirl 360. I am not very skilled when it comes to dealing with the mop that the good Lord blessed me with so I am always looking for tools that make it appear like I am hair talented.

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T3 is a phenomenal well known brand that I am too poor to afford but I hear wonderful things about. I jumped at the chance to receive the Twirl 360 Curling Iron when iFabbo offered the tool in their shop. T3 has blown me away with this brand new product. The new T3Micro Twirl 360 is a motion sensing, auto rotating 1.25" curling iron. Using a gyroscopic digital technology (the same used in aviation/space exploration) to automatically curl in the direction you move your hand. Okay let me say that again this technology senses the direction you are moving your hand and copies that move to curl the iron itself. This is the FIRST motion sensitive, auto-rotating curling iron on the market. This is the space age product we talked about when I was growing up!

The T3Micro Twirl 360 has 5 heat settings that go as high as 410 degrees. There is also a cool tip (found this out accidentally) that allows you the ability to hold and stabilize the curling iron without the need of those gloves. There are also two speeds (still learning to master) pressing the "Go" button activates that function.

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The T3Micro Twirl 360 is very easy to use, even I was able to get the hang of it very quickly.

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The product is fabulous for giving huge soft curls. Works extremely well for my long thin hair.

The quality of the end product is fabulous as well. My hair is usually pretty crunchy because of the amount of styling products I use, the color not to mention my many failed attempts using various styling tools. My  hair in the photo is very shiny and healthy looking.

The T3 Micro Twirl 360 is fast becoming one of my favorite hair tools and I am so thankful iFabbo allowed me the opportunity to review and keep it. This product is fabulous and worth every penny of it's price tag. The ease of use and the quality of the craftmanship are spot on. Can you tell how much I love this tool?

Have you tried the T3 Micro Twirl 360? What did you think of the product?

 

 
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
By Aimee
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*This post is sponsored by CoverGirl, all reviews and opinions are my own*


A tremendous amount of thank you's to the wonderful people over at CoverGirl for sending over their newest products for my testing pleasure. A few weeks ago I received their new IIntensify Me! by Lashblast Liquid Liner and their Super Sizer by Lashblast Mascara.

First lets discuss this gorgeous new eye liner:

You have never seen a liquid eye liner like this one. Intensify Me is a new liner with a PADDLE SHAPED TIP. Giving you the ability to draw either a thick or thin line effortlessly. 

The intense black formula glides on so smoothly and dries very quickly. Giving you the most amazing clean neat lines you have every achieved with a product. 

I wear contacts so I have to be a bit careful of the eyeliners I use or my sensitive eyes will make sure I suffer all day. The formula is clinically tested so it is suitable for sensitive eyes. 

The look of the paddle shaped tip can be a bit daunting when you first see it but I promise this is actually a very ingenious solution to a novice trying to learn how to do the cat eye at home. The paddle is what I think to be felt (I could be wrong) so it's a stable solid tip. Not like a caligraphy pen so you have more control over the application on your eye.  Make sure you are following me on instagram many of the looks I am wearing were created using the amazing Covergirl Intensify Me! by lashblast eye liner

Now when you find a liquid eye liner as amazing as this one, you need a mascara that can handle that type of amazingness. So Covergirl released The Super Sizer by lashblast mascara


The fabulous new Super Sizer gives you 400% more corner to corner lashes giving you massive fanned out lashes full of volume. The trick is to twirl the brush as you are applying so even the smallest of lashes are transformed. 

Again I have sensitive eyes and I wear daily disposable contacts and I am able to wear this mascara every day all day without any issues. 

I adore how dark the very black color of the product is. It really creates these long lashes on your face. Great product that I plan on keeping in my kit to use on not only myself but definitely on my clients as well. 

Make sure you are following the IG account where these products will be the star attraction for many upcoming looks I will be putting up. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you tried these new products from CoverGirl? What did you think of them? 

 


 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
By Aimee
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* This post is sponsored by Vaseline, All opinions and reviews are my own*

Thanks to the amazing and wonderful people over at Vaseline I received a bottle of the new deep healing moisture serum called Intensive Care Healing Serum - Advanced Relief.  I was very excited to be chosen to review this new serum by Vaseline. As a makeup artist and beauty blogger my hands are very important to my success. Due to their constant exposure and use they are always extremely dry. Lotions give me some superficial relief but really do not address the underlying issue for my super dry hands.  According to the press release Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serums combine the power of three unique, highly concentrated ingredients to moisturize and heal dry skin.   

  • PPAR Activators help penetrate the skin to replenish lipids and moisturize to boost the skin’s natural renewal cycle.
  • Elastomers provide a premium sensory experience with ingredients that deliver a luxurious silky, smooth feel.
  • Micro-droplets of Vaseline® Jelly form a protective layer to prevent moisture loss

When I received my package my first impression is the bottle is a very generous 6.8 fl oz. (200 ml) and only $7.99 SRP. Being that serums are the super concentrated versions of products the packaging is usually smaller. Having a large stand up tube is very generous of Vaseline to offer. 

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serum

Another surprise is how light the formula is. I thought being this is formulated as a serum the texture would be thicker and creamier instead I'm delighted that the product is very light and easily absorbed. I love that the product does not sit on top of my skin. You must be certain to only use a small amount. I feel if you over do it you get this weird coated feeling wherever you applied to much product. This is a serum so it's meant to be used in small doses anything more is just over doing it. 

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serum

Finally the scent is a bit strong for my taste, but I am pretty sensitive when it comes to product scents. I do appreciate the scent is on the cleaner side but it's far to heavy for me. I use the Intensive Care Healing Serum sparingly when I know it will be around my nose for extended periods of time. The scent lasts awhile so be prepared. The product contains notes of rose and amber, blended with the refined aroma of vanilla.

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serum

Overall I am generally pleased with Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum - Advanced Relief. It absolutely calms my severely dried winter skin and cracked cuticles leaving me with softer hands and a softer body. The moisturized feeling lasts all day and I am seeing better results with continued use. 

Have you tried Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serum? What are your thoughts?



 
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
By Aimee
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Thanks to the wonderful people over on the JLo team, I scored a bottle of JLo's new fragrance JLuxe by JLo Jennifer Lopez.

JLUXE by JLo
JLUXE by JLo

I am completely and overly sensitive to fragrances and it's rare that I find a perfume that works for me on all levels. I was very surprised how much I liked this one. It lasts longer than I expected and everyone complimented me when I had it on. It's not overly floral or sweet. It's crisp and clean.

JLUXE by JLo

The fragrance notes are:
Top: Juicy Pineapple, Bergamot, Sweet Raspberry
Heart: Soft Violet, Damascenian Rose, Orris, Ylang Ylang
Base: Warm Amber, Cedarwood, Musk

I am very big on packaging and how products look when displayed. Miss Lopez did not disappoint, Jennifer's love of high-end luxury and animal prints. The bottle is very sexy in an opaque black square glass bottle which is enhanced with an elegant square cap that is patterned with the fragrance's iconic black and gold zebra print.

JLUXE by JLo

The visual of this bottle is gorgeous and so eye catching when displayed on a vanity. I love this product so much that the wonderful people at JLUXE by JLo are willing to send a bottle to one of my readers.  Just enter below for your chance to win:

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Do you  have a bottle of JLUXE by JLo? What do you think of the fragrance?

 
Monday, March 23, 2015
By Aimee
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*This post is sponsored by CNSway/Physicians Formula, all opinions/reviews are my own*

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit - $14.95

Thanks to the wonderful people over at Sway from Condé Nast, I was able to score a sample of the new Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit. This revolutionary new way to achieve the most incredible lash results without glue or lashes falling out, leaving behind hours and expense. The new Eye Booster Instant Lash Kit is he first DIY Lash Extension Kit that will bring life changing results with Lash Boosting Technology and instant lash glam. In just two minutes lashes are dramatically transformed and the results surpass falsies.

I have many clients who love the way I apply false lashes and they wish those results would last longer. After trying Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit I recommend this product time and time again to my clients for their home use. Every client who has tried this kit agrees with me on the amazing look they achieve at home. The lashes are long and thick, there is none of that spider leg look you get with other lash extension products. The results are glamorous thick lashes that go on for days.

The application process is very simple.

Step one: Mascara: Sweep the Lash Boosting Mascara to prep for fibers and layer on lash boosting ingredients.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit - $14.95
Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit - $14.95

Step Two: Extensions: Brush-on extensions to upper lashes while mascara is still wet to instantly build lashes.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit - $14.95
Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit - $14.95

Step Three: Mascara: Reapply Lash Boosting Mascara to seal and set the extension.  Repeat Steps 2 & 3 Layer extensions and mascara again. Apply mascara to bottom lashes and brush off any stray extensions from the face.  I have been using this kit exclusively for a couple of weeks now, you are welcome to check out my instagram page to see this product in action. 
If you don't believe what I am telling you check out the following facts straight from Physicians Formula:
Results: 

  • 100% of women saw enhanced lashes instantly
  • 100% of women prefer the results over false lashes
  • 100% of women were amazed that their natural lashes could look so amazing
  • Instant Results: 100% saw the most dramatic lash effect ever experienced with a mascara*
  • Long-Term Effects: 100% saw thicker, fuller, longer more dramatic lashes after three weeks*

Key Benefits: 

  • Extensions are all-natural, made primarily from cellulose, with panthenol, botanical extracts, and vitamin E. Made with natural colorants from artichoke and basil.
  • The exclusive hi-tech mascara formula contains the same lash-boosting peptide (myristoyl pentapeptide-17) that's found in the original Eye Booster™ 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum and Eye Booster™ Felt Tip Eyeliner + Serum to visibly enhance natural lash growth and appearance of lashes! Effectively conditions and nourishes lashes.
  • The most advanced lash boosting ingredients in the mascara deliver instant and long-term results: Length, Density, Drama, Fullness, Definition
  • Long-lasting formula wears for 24 hours and won’t clump, flake or smudge
  • Ophthalmologist-tested. Non-irritating and safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
  • Hypoallergenic, Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Fragrance Free
  • Pricing and Availability: $14.95, available at fine drug and mass-market retailers. Available in Ultra Black.

For more information on Physicians Formula Lash Booster Extension Kit please check out the following links: 
Website: http://www.physiciansformula.com/en-us/productdetail/eyes/mascara/06417.html  Twitter: @PFCosmetics 
Hashtag: #EyeBooster 
Facebook: facebook.com/PhysiciansFormula 
Instagram: instagram.com/physiciansformula 
Sway from Condé Nast Twitter: @CNSway 

Have you tried Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit? What did you think about it, leave a comment below!

 
Monday, March 23, 2015
By Aimee
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*This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Gillette Venus, all opinions/reviews are my own*


Thanks so the amazing people over at SheSpeaks I was able to snag the newest in shaving technology. Meet the new Gillette Venus Swirl. This brand new product features the new proprietary FlexiBall™ technology which offers a totally unique movement like no other in the male or female razor on the market. Venus Swirl™ is the first and only razor with the FlexiBall™, moving in multiple directions to navigate all of the tricky areas of a woman’s body. It helps to shave those hard-to-reach places and capture hairs that other razors might miss.

Gillette Venus Swirl with 2 Cartridges - $11.47 Walmart

I shave every other day I love the feeling of smooth legs, I have waxed on a few occasions but I find it difficult to wait the necessary amount of time needed to be able to wax. There is just this awesome feeling when you first shave your legs with   a brand new razor that is just perfect. The problem I have is as a woman my legs have all these bumps and curves I am constantly kicking this or that. It's maddening, until I tried the new Gillette Venus Swirl the FlexiBall allows the razor to just glide over the bumps and grooves of my legs so I get the closest shave I have ever gotten. Pesky knee and ankle hairs and other tricky areas are no match for Venus Swirl’s new Microfine Comb and five Contour™ Blades. Combined with FlexiBall™ movement, Venus Swirl™ moves like no other razor for flawless skin.

Gillette Venus Swirl with 2 Cartridges - $11.47 Walmart
Gillette Venus Swirl with 2 Cartridges - $11.47 Walmart
Gillette Venus Swirl with 2 Cartridges - $11.47 Walmart

The FlexiBall isn't the only new addition on the Venus Swirl. It is also the first Venus razor to feature Gillette’s most advanced blade technology, with five Contour™ blades that cut hair at lower cutting force and have thinner, finer edges — the thinnest in Gillette’s history. The Contour™ blades individually adjust to a woman’s every curve and contour. This is by far the closest shave I have ever gotten. Every time I use this razor it feels like the first time. 

In addition to the amazing FlexiBall and the advanced blade technology can we talk about the gorgeous purple color? I am a huge fan of the color pink but that purple is giving me some good vibes. The handle is translucent and combines a swirled pattern with an ergonomic gripping design for outstanding control and easy handling for optimal maneuverability over the knees and ankles. 

Gillette Venus Swirl with 2 Cartridges - $11.47 Walmart
Gillette Venus Swirl with 2 Cartridges - $11.47 Walmart
Gillette Venus Swirl with 2 Cartridges - $11.47 Walmart

In addition to the razor I received the Venus with a touch of Olay Olay® VioletSwirl™ shave gel with 5x more moisturizers*. Which worked so amazingly well with the razor. It smells wonderful and doesn't clog the razor with unnecessary gunk. 

Gillette Venus Swirl with 2 Cartridges - $11.47 Walmart

For information on the new Gillette Venus Swirl please check out the twitter hashtag: #NewVenusSwirl or the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gillettevenus  Make sure to check out their twitter: @GilletteVenus@Walmart or the Website: venusswirl.com 

SheSpeaks and Walmart are giving my readers a chance to try out the new Gillette Venus Swirl razor from Walmart. Enter your information below for a chance to win a $20 Walmart Gift Card: 

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Please note this giveaway if for US Residents only, if you win you MUST provide your name, email and mailing address. NONE of which will be given out or shared with anyone except the people at SheSpeaks for prize fullfillment. They are also not allowed to use your information for any other purpose than sending your prize. 

Thanks to Gillette Venus, Walmart and SheSpeaks for sponsoring this post and providing the prize to the winner.


Have you tried the new Gillette Venus Swirl? What did you think of the shave, let me know in the comments.

 
Friday, February 20, 2015
By Aimee
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*This review was made possible by a sample received from Paula Dorf through BrandBacker, all reviews/opinions are my own* Thanks to the wonderful people over at BrandBacker I received this amazing eye palette from Paula Dorf as well as this super stunning teal mascara. 

Paula Dorf Aztec Eye Palette - $36
Paula Dorf Aztec Eye Palette - $36 

Paula Dorf's Aztec City Eye Pallete and Paula Dorf's Teal Mascara. Go back to fall style with this new eye shadow favorite to compliment all of your Paula Dorf products. 

I fell in love with the Aztec City Eye Pallete the moment I opened it. The colors remind me of the gorgeous views from my grandfathers reservation, the stunning desert sands mixed with the bluest skies you have ever seen.  I have used this palette a few times for day looks at work because the colors are very subtle when used straight from the palette. For a more dramatic effect I would suggest using them wet. Here are some dry swatches:

Paula Dorf Aztec Eye Palette - $36
Paula Dorf Aztec Eye Palette - $36

On the bottom half of the swatches I used an eye shadow primer so you can see the color do become darker. I will be using them wet next so make sure you check out my instagram page for the many looks you can achieve with this gorgeous palette.

Paula Dorf - Lash Color Mascara - Teal - $21
Paula Dorf - Lash Color Mascara - Teal - $21

The wonderful people over at Paula Dorf are gracious enough to send over a coupon code for you lovely readers too! Use code TEAL for a free Paula Dorf Teal Mascara with purchase! :) Awesome I know.
 

I haven't used this gorgeous teal mascara yet but isn't the color just to die for? Make sure you are following my IG page to see this gorgeous color in action.  Have you tried any Paula Dorf products? Which do you recommend I pick up?

 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
By Aimee
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*This review was made possible by a press sample received from Makwins Beauty via Brandbacker, all reviews and opinions are my own*

I am such a horrible slacker, please forgive me it has been an extremely busy time for me.

A few months back I received the new  Makeup by One Direction Limited Edition Tour Case courtesy of Brandbacker for review.  I waited so long to review that it is no longer available for purchase. I feel so bad that I going to give away the case I received to review, more on that later. 

 

 


This is a limited edition tour case that contains over 60 pieces of makeup products. Everything from shadows to glosses. The quality of the makeup in this case is much  better than I had expected. Normally when celebrities release perfume or makeup collections the quality is just not there. They sell out because of the name attached to the product, however the 1D collection is great quality and the perfect collection to give to your tween/young adult who is just starting out. It's a fabulous collection of everything you need to fine tune your divas makeup addiction.

 

 

 


Here are some photos of everything you receive in this case there is an eye shadow palette, two eye liners, some body glitter, mascara, lip glosses, six nail polishes, some lip crayons, a light up key fob and a bunch of city tour stops to dress up your case.

Now because I feel horrible for taking so long to review I am giving one reader a chance to win the case I received for review. Just hit the Rafflecopter link below:

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Good Luck!

 
Monday, January 12, 2015
By Aimee
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*This review was made possible by a press sample received from Garcinia Cambodia via Tomoson, all reviews and opinions are my own*

Thanks to the wonderful people over at Garcinia Cambogia/Summit Nutritions I received a bottle of of Garcinia Cambogia Extract 85% HCA Complex-2 to review here on the blog. This bottle is available on Amazon and retails for $27.99 

Since the summer of 2014 I have been on a quest to live better and do better with my health. I got braces, started eating better and now I'm trying to work out. Unfortunately the years of being so sedentary have made it so difficult to start my weight loss. I have heard the words Garcinia Cambogia thrown around at the gym and decided to do some research.  

According to Web MD: Garcinia cambogia is a tropical fruit also known as the Malabar tamarind which is a popular weight-loss supplement. It is said that Garcinia Cambogia blocks your body’s ability to make fat and it puts the brakes on your appetite. It could help keep blood sugar and cholesterol levels in check, too. You will find it in bottles on the shelf at the store as well as mixed with other ingredients in diet products.


As with any product there are some side effects that you need to take note of. When you take garcenia cambogia you may get dizziness, dry mouth, headache, upset stomach or diarrhea.

Another thing to note is in 2009 the Food and Drug Administration warned everyone to stop using a weight-loss product that contained garcenia cambogia because some people taking it suffered from some liver problems. The product had other ingredients that could have caused the liver issue so there is no way to be 100% certain that garcenia cambogia was to blame. The research behind the issue is not clear if garcenia cambogia is safe for your liver or not. This is just something you should discuss with your doctor prior to starting any weight loss supplement.

The company says this pure version of garcenia cambogia will:

  • Appetite Control 
  • Suppressants Carb Blockers
  • Fat Burners Diet Kits
  • Systems Carb Management
  • Supplements Detox & Cleanse Diuretics

It also:

  • Contains no fillers
  • Soy Free
  • Gluten free
  • No GMO’S

I have been taking Garcinia Cambogia for a few weeks and it has not been a bad experience. I already drink at least two liters of water a day and I work out three times a week. I read a few other reviewers had bathroom issues while taking Garcenia Cambogia, I have not had any such reaction but that does not mean it cannot happen to you, so please again please check in with your doctor before starting any new treatments.

Has anyone else tried Garcinia Cambogia Extract 85% HCA Complex-2 ? What did you think of it?


 
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