TGIF! Today I am sharing some e.l.f. products I generously received from Influenster. It’s no secret that e.l.f. is my favorite brand at the drugstore, so let’s check out some of these products:
Matt Lip Cream – Wine: I already had this color and it is gorgeous. These have a beautiful formula that is matte without being drying. My sister is also a huge fan of these, she loves layering hers with a gloss.
Lip Exfoliator – Mint: If you like mint, you’ll obviously like this a lot. I prefer the original better, but this one is still great! The packaging is so much more convenient than a pot so you don’t have to get your fingers dirty.
Baked Highlighter & Bronzer: I find that I have to use these baked products wet to get them to glow how I really want them to. The bronzer side is on this is on the warm side, so be warned if you’re fair.
Mineral Infused Face Primer: I’ve seen a ton of mixed reviews on this primer, so I was excited to try it out. I don’t know if this really helped my makeup last longer but it also didn’t do the opposite and make my makeup slide around. I’ll have some more e.l.f. products to review soon, so I’ll come back with my final verdict on this one.
Hydrating Bubble Mask: The first time I used this I didn’t notice a huge difference, but I think I did two things wrong. First, I think it makes a huge difference when you do a mask after the shower versus just washing your face. Your skin will absorb products best after a shower since your pores are so open. Also the first time I used this, I know I didn’t leave it on long enough because it didn’t bubble up this much. The packaging presses out the product, which is an added convenient bonus.
Time to talk hair! Last week I was talking about cleaning hair and now I’m going to talk about styling it! Irresistible Me was kind enough to reach out and offer me the chance to try their Jade Hair Straightening Brush.
The brush retails for $69. This morning I put together a little Insta Story going through doing my hair and now I’ve collected my final thoughts:
- The brush feels very well made. It doesn’t feel fake or “plasticy.” It feels very sturdy, but isn’t too heavy
- Low risk of burning your hand or ear
- Heats up quickly with different settings
- Less long-term heat damage
- Doesn’t provide the same smoothing finish that a straightener does
- Takes a longer amount of time
- Another added tool in your bathroom cabinet
If you’re catching this blog post pretty quickly, you can check out my Instagram to see it live and in action (@boltblogs).
Overall, if you already have a straightener, I don’t think you need this. If you have curly hair, this is not the tool for you. I will probably favor my straightener over this brush but it might come in handy sometimes.
My skin tone comes in two colors: snow white or lobster. If I do get a tan, it takes about two weeks of vacation and a lot of patience. I’ll have to reapply SPF 50 religiously to start, then slowly work my way down to 30 and then 15. At this point, my tan will last for about 5 days after I stop tanning, and then I’m back to my original self.
I know some people who can walk to the mailbox and come inside with a golden tan. I am not that person. Caribbean Tan kindly reached out and asked if I wanted to try their self tanner, which I was quite nervous about. I didn’t want it to look too fake or dark, but I am wildly impressed with how it turned out.
I used the Tanning Spritzer Instant Tan in Medium. While I technically should have been fair, the Medium worked out well. It’s currently on sale HERE for only $10 since they are new to the US!
- Morning: I showered, shaved and exfoliated, then applied a light layer of body butter to prep my skin.
- Evening: The directions said to wait a few hours after you shower. I worked in sections, each getting a few spritzes.
- Example: My lower legs got three, upper legs got four, a few on my stomach, ect.
- Bedtime: Before bed a few hours later, I applied another light layer of body butter to hydrate and seal the tan. There was a slight bit of the “fake tanner” smell, but it wasn’t as strong as the Jergens lotion if you’ve used that. It did not stain my clothes or sheets, but I sat in my bath robe for a little before I put clothes on.
This is my arm before I tanned and a day after. You can see my veins look a lot softer after I’ve tanned.
Please note: I have no clue how to take these pictures without looking ridiculous. Instagram makes it look so easy. Anyway, I think the arm picture really does a great job of showing where the tan ends along my wrist. I ended up blending it a little more the next day.
The mitt did a really great job of rubbing in the product so you don’t end up with orange hands. I think I definitely could’ve done two layers without it looking like too much. My tan only lasted for a week, but the process was easy enough that it didn’t feel like a waste of time.
If you have any self-tanning tips, please leave them in the comments below! Thank you again to Caribbean Tan for letting my try this out and welcome to the US!
Today I am bringing you a very timely review on some haircare products from DermOrganic. I recently got my hair colored, so I was very excited to try out the Color Care line I was kindly sent. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I hate, I mean hate, washing my hair. If you want a big throwback blog post, you can check read this post HERE talking about how infrequently I wash my hair and why.
Each of the Color Care products are $18 each and can be purchased at Ulta. You can click HERE to shop the line. Price wise, I think this is very reasonable, especially considering you are getting a product that is 70% organic, vegan, sulfate-free and gluten-free.
I’ve tried a few organic shampoos now since my first one in 2014 and this one is my favorite, with the exception of the smell. It smells like a medicine you take as a kid, but luckily it doesn’t linger once your hair is dry.
The shampoo really does a nice job of getting your hair clean, but it doesn’t feel like your normal shampoo. It doesn’t get as sudsy as a typical shampoo, which can make you feel like your hair isn’t getting clean. I think the biggest hurdle you have to get over with organic shampoos is mental – because your hair doesn’t get stripped of all of the oil, you feel like your hair is still dirty, but it’s not. Remember, you want some oil in your hair so it doesn’t dry out. The conditioner leaves your hair nice and soft, but I think I’d still need to mask once a week.
Overall, this is a very nice organic line. I think I will be using it most by mixing half of this shampoo and half purple shampoo that I recently purchased for my new color. I’m trying to keep my color nice and cool, so I bought a purple shampoo that’s so concentrated it’s almost black. It was a pricey product, so I think I’m going to mix just half and half every few washes with this Color Care line to keep my hair from drying out, while still preserving the color.
I purchased my first YSL product back in February and fell in love. I have the YSL Volupte Tin-In-Oil #5 and it is beautiful. When I received this YSL Viny Cream Lip Stain to try from Influenster, I couldn’t wait to give it a whirl. For starters, I think I was slightly disappointed because in my mind, the name doesn’t match the product. I was imagining a hydrating creamy formula, not a high-shine gloss. However, the color Rose Mix is beautiful.
Clearly I am quite excited here. As you can see in my glasses, I have a new light to try out for photos, so that’s also contributing to the excitement.
The first thing I noticed about this is the scent. It is very floral but wears off after a little bit. The color goes on smoothly and you only need to apply one coat. This color is not streaky at all, although I can’t speak for other colors in the line.
I had a swatch on my arm for a few minutes and when I wiped it off with a makeup wipe, it did leave a little stain. There is transfer with this product and you will have to reapply after eating. This did not fade evenly for me and left a ring of color around the outside of my lips as it wore.
This product is pretty, just not what I expected. I don’t think it’s worth the $36 and if you want to try something extremely similar, give the Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains a try.