It’s that time of year….the AP Semi-Annual Sale!

It’s been going on for a week or two now but this week they just dropped some sale prices to 70% off!

This is probably one of my favorite times of year…like EVER and if you have ever had the pleasure of wearing Agent Provocateur lingerie you know exactly what I am talking about!

The craftsmanship and unique styles of the brand truly make them some of the most exquisite lingerie items I’ve ever met. They rival La Perla and Kiki de Montparnasse in quality and beauty but AP has this great novelty to them that really shines in the fun and sometimes raunchy (though nothing too raunchy this time around) prints and patterns that they use.

 

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The Electra: The gorgeous contract of the green on black and the sexy symmetry and lines in the bra structure itself…it’s a piece of art I tell ya!

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Zuri: So colorful. So breathtaking. So me.

If there is one thing I need from this sale…it’s this! What a beautifully colorful style and the lace is so intricate and detailed. After working at a lingerie store in college I grew to appreciate the beauty in colorful and lacey bras even for everyday wear!

 

What will you be picking up during this sale!??!

 

 

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Influenster: VSSport Vox Box

The other week I was notified that I was selected for the VSSport voxbox…getting an Influenster VoxBox is always so exciting because the products are always fun to try and they always have GREAT brands.

 

I was excited to get the VSSport VoxBox because I have to say, sometimes it can be very hard to find a good sports bra! So their revamp of their sports bra line to accommodate the need for more support by their shoppers was great news to me and I was dying to get to be one of the first to try it. I got my great VS box in the mail and it came with a measuring tape (OMG, SO HANDY TO HAVE!), a new sports bra, and a pack of socks. I tried the bra on and, although I needed to exchange it for another size, it feels really great and supportive on.

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I took it for a test-drive and it served me well during my 60 minute workout… and it even managed to look a little sexy….I mean, as sexy as a sports bra can get at least.

 

Have you tried this bra? What do you think?

 

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Review: Proactiv Makeup Cleansing Wipes

Proactiv had a booth at GenBeauty and I was lucky enough to walk away with a full size makeup cleansing wipes after participating in some fun activities. Now, I was NEVER a Proactiv person. I remember the commercials and I remember kids in school who would use it but I never really had bad skin so there wasn’t really a reason for me to get a whole acne clearing routine.

Since getting into my twenties I began to notice some “acne” popping up. Now I know that some of this has to do with makeup, water composition, hormones etc. Overall, I am pretty good for caring for it but it definitely takes specific products to manage it.

So, I was very excited to try these makeup cleansing wipes. I am not sure if they have special qualities that combat acne but my focus was on how well they did what they were supposed to do: get all the makeup off!

SO I am comparing these to the Cetaphil makeup wipes that I received in my Allure Beauty Box a month or so ago. I was excited to try the Cetaphil wipes because I usually use Neutrogena but I had been hearing such good reviews about Cetaphil. Well, I must say, I was not impressed. They felt very dry and I felt like  I really needed to rub to get my makeup off. So while I wasn’t generally happy with them they did do the job okay and I was compelled to finish the pack off.

Enter Proactiv wipes.

When I got my Proactive wipes I figured it would be a good chance to try another new wipe and see how they compared! So to test how good these wipes were at getting makeup off, I used each one to wipe half of the makeup off my face after a full day of work. Here is what I got:

Left: Proactiv

Right: Cetaphil

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Now you can tell that they both get the mascara off really well (the really dark blotches) but I was amazed to see that Proactiv was so much more effective than Cetaphil! Look at all that dirt, eyeshadow, and bronzer it got off compared to the Cetaphil wipes! First of all, the Proactiv is much more most which I think helps to lubricate and remove the makeup when rubbing. Secondly, I never understood what those bumps were supposed to do on the Cetaphil wipes, it’s not like they are abrasive or anything.

 

Overall, I have to admit that I was very surprised but very happy to see the amazing results!

 

What’s your favorite makeup wipe?

Ipsy June 2014

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I just got my Ipsy bag and that makes today one of my favorite day’s of the month!!

 

The Rebecca Minkoff bag was such an amazing thing to open my package to…It is so pretty and I can’t wait to throw minis in it and toss it into my purse.

 

The samples this month, on the one hand, are not that exciting.. I went to Generation beauty so I have the NYX Butter Gloss and the Laneige BB Cream Sample.

 

The Beach Spray is just another brand of a product that I have a lot of. The Bombshell product is a mascara and I also am at my capacity with those too and to be honest, I haven’t found many that I have liked as much as my staple choices. Finally, the one thing I might be excited to try but also isn’t something I would go for on my own is the electric blue eyeliner. I love bright mascaras but I am just not a dedicated eyeliner person. I just don’t pick it up to wear as often as some others might….so while it is the most exciting, it isn’t the most practical for me considering my makeup rituals.

 

What’d you get in your Ipsy? Interested in signing up and trying this service out for $10/mo? It is SO WORTH IT! Learn more HERE.

Review: Coppertone

I have been working on campaigns with BzzAgent for quite some time now. The other week, I actually received one of my more recent campaign offers: Coppertown Clearly Sheer. This is a pretty fun but also practical campaign.

 

Clearly Sheer is a new product line part of the Coppertone family that is meant to provide a lighter weight but as effective coverage. It aims to provide a very sheer coverage that doesn’t require much rubbing in and doesn’t clog pores and doesn’t leave a white film like some other sunscreens can.

 

I didn’t want to write this review too soon because I really wanted to try the product out and share with everyone the benefits I experienced over time. Since I’ve had some time to try the line, I can definitely see the innovation in this product and must say, I am now a huge fan of the spray on cans!!

 

photo 1 I received some of the spray on and cream varieties to try. The small versions came in handy and were a great way to share with others so they could try too!

photo 2I kid you not, this is exactly what the spray looked like after application!

photo 3 This is what the cream looked like, a little mess matte and sheer but definitely not white and milky like some sunscreens.

 

These products are definitely true to their name!

 

Overall, I liked them, I really like the application of a spray can and although I have never tried them before, I probably will always pick them up first if possible from now on!

 

What is your favorite sunscreen?

 

 

Recap: Generation Beauty 2014

This past weekend I attended Generation Beauty by Ispy. Last year was its first year and I honestly hadn’t even heard about it but I saw images and this year they amped up their marketing for it and I couldn’t pass it up!

People have celebrated the fun events/tutorials/mini makeovers, the best goodie bag ever, and fun giveaways. How could I pass this up?!

GenBeauty ran from Friday to Sunday but Friday was an exclusive event for select beauty bloggers/vloggers. So I didn’t get to attend that but I made sure I was there bright and early on Saturday!

So I didn’t get great pictures of the space overall but Ipsy set up a huge tent on top of LA Live, the venue where they held the Grammys after party. And inside, each brand had their own stations.

At the first booth I visited, Benefit was giving away their brand new gel liner pen, that doesn’t even launch until later this month!

Here is one of their educators doing a tutorial on another GenBeauty attendee.

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She also did my liner but I haven’t tried it on myself yet! I will let you know how it turns out.

Next, China Glaze set up a bar where you could do your own nails or get ombre nails done. This was a fun idea to test their colors out.

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After making my way around, I came across the Lush booth which was showcasing 5 of their new products: mango soap, parsley prodigy soap, a new bath bomb, a new body butter, and a hair product (I think a styling gel?) These smelled great and were so fun to see and touch. I loved the soaps and am so excited they were included in our goodie bags (more on that below)

 

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At the Dermalogica booth, they did skin consultations and based on your needs they gave you a full size of one of their products. I got the Masque… can’t wait to try it!

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Now I don’t have pictures on all of these, but I also got a braid done at Oscar Blandi, got my foundation matched at BareMinerals (longest line ever!), got great nail polish remover samples for Josie Maran, got a complimentary Paleta (mexican popsicle) from NYX cosmetics, and a touch up from L.A. Girls

On sunday, I also stopped at the Temptu booth and tried airbrush makeup for the first time ever. IT. IS. AMAZING. I am getting married in August and knew I wanted Airbrush for my wedding but I’ve never tried it so I was basing my judgement on good pictures, not because I knew it was going to be awesome. They have me a quick do over and tutorial and I couldn’t believe that I came out looking like this!:

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Seriously, it is so easy and the results are just unmatched! I was so in awe that I bought one on the spot (okay, they were having a good deal for $79 for the system and a matched foundation) and got a bronzer and blush too! Probably my favorite experience through the whole event and it even introduced me to something super amazing that I can’t live without!

 

Here are the goodies I got just from going to the booths and participating in their activities/events.

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Soho powder brush, bare minerals bare skin foundation with the matching brush (have you seen this amazing new innovation?) and a moxie lipstick not pictured), They’re real fine liner, nix lip butter, proactive cleansing wipes, mark fading pads, and shine control (review coming).

 

 

Now on to what you really want to see right?! THE GOODIE BAG! So Ipsy gives out goodie bags during “Happy Hour” With your registration you get tickets to take to a certain booth at a specific time in the afternoon. You make a line and they exchange your ticket for your goodie bags! Each attendee received 2 on Saturday and 2 different ones on Sunday.

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The pink bag (from left to right): Cargo HD mascara, City Colors lipstick, Liner brush, Pixi eyeliner, Pixi lip butter, Temptu highlighter, BareMinerals mineral veil, and Sexy Hair hairspray, and Eva NYC shampoo and conditioner.

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Purple bag (left to right): Cargo HD Mascara, Temptu Blus, City Color cheek stain, HSI Argan Oil, Sexy Hair sea salt spray, Em lipstick, liner brush, Eva NYC shampoo and conditioner, and Bare Minerals primer.

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White bag (left to right): F21 Shimmer Stick, Josie Maran Cheek Gelee, Vincent Longo eyeshadow, China Glaze and L.A. Girls nail polish, Ardell Lashes, Benefit Porefessional sample, Dermalogica clear start overnight treatment, Pacifica lip shimmer, NYX eye palette, Laneige Water Moisture Cream (dying to try this!) and Pur Minerals lipstick pads (the colors are all single use swatches on individual cards…I’ve never seen this before)

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Blue bag (clockwise left to right as best I can): Lush Mango Soap, L.A. Girls and China Glaze polish, Ardell lashes, Laneige BB Cream (dying to try this too, I’ve only heard AMAZING things), Josie Maran argan body butter, NYX Chunky Dunk, Vincent Longo lipgloss, F21 Lipstick, Pacifica lip butter, Dermalogica Clear Start moisturizer, F21 blue, and Pur Minerals moisturizer.

Are you going to go next year? I am just waiting for the official ticket announcement!!!

 

If you are interested in joining Ipsy based on this amazing event, their love for their fans, and the great bags you get every month (p.s. Can’t wait to see what I get this month!) , go HERE.

Benefit Boutique and Sephora Haul May 2013

 

 

I am such a sucker for new products and a good sale or value set. So it should be no surprise that, come spring, I am getting shipments or picking up extra every time I shop beauty brands. I was in Benefit and picked up some extras after my brow wax

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New lip balms $18  These are brand new so of course I had to have them. They are balms with a very slight tint in the same shades as the cult classic cheek tints. These are very light but pretty hydrating and they have a nice scent and flavor…a little fresh a little sweet. Overall, I am not sure they warrant the $18 price tag but they are alright and I threw them all into my handbags so now I never will have dry lips.

 

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Hydrating Mist $26 Now, I LOVE face mists but hate how expensive they can be. I usually get Shu Uemura but I didn’t have time to order and wait for shipment so I went to my second favorite: Benefit’s Hydrating Mist. This mist smells amazing and is so refreshing and cooling.

 

On to my sephora haul… so I love the “Sephora Favorites” sets and it was 3x fragrance points soooo…….

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Meet your Match $25 This is the top set in the box and it is 3 shades of polish and lip gloss: nude, coral, and fuchsia. I like this set because it’s so cute with the minis and nice for travel….not sure it’s worth $25 but I have it so I’ll use it instead of going through the hassle to return it.

Summer Stash $45 This is the set with the gold chevron canvas bag. This had a lot more than the “Meet your Match” set but still all minis. I also am not sure why they include the stila foil eyeshadow because you need the primer to use it! That’s a bit annoying actually but all the other thing’s I’ll use. I am especially looking forward to the Marc Jacobs mascara!

Bonus extra samples: Dior addict lipstick samples, Living proof shampoo, Nest fragrance, and a stack of other fragrance blotters/postcards. All going to the travel set box I have…

 

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Also, last but not least I ordered the Bottled Dreams set ($58) You get the mini’s plus a full size bottle of your favorite from the set (1.0 or 1.7 fl. oz bottle) This is a pretty good deal since it’s either difficult to get the mini bottles ( I am a collector…are you?) or you have to buy a full size. so I like that they are this size and not the 2 time vial samples. This box included Florabotanica, Elizabeth and James Nirvana White and Black, Gucci Guilt, Lancome La Vie Est Belle, Juicy Couture, Bulgari Omnia, and Burberry Body Tender. I already own Florabotanica, Burberry Body (EDP) and Bulgari Omnia so those are just nice extras. I am seriously considering Nirvana Black, Gucci Guilt, and the Lancome Fragrance….any suggestions?!

 

Bonus extras: I got a second Dior Addict sample set and Nest fragrance sample, and a Nars tinted moisturizer sample. I also redeemed a code for a free mini fragrance and chose the Dolce by D&G because I’ve been dying to try it…and I just bought it on Groupon for $20 off and %15 Ebates rewards!!