Grey Smoke featuring NYC Individualeyes Palette Dark Shadows

Remember that NYC palette I showed you in the video for the Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox?

Here is a look that I wore recently using that palette.

I really liked this look.  A bit of drama, a bit of glam, and alot of smoke!

I did not use the primer in the palette for this look.  I tried that primer a few days ago and it did not work for me at all.  Bummer.  But I have really oily eyelids, so it may work better for others.  The cream highlighter is nice, it blends well and lasts all day, especially with the white shadow layered on top.

For this look I used:

Lauren Brooke Cream Foundation in N3

Lauren Brooke Cream Concealer in Warm Light – under eyes

Lauren Brooke Loose Powder foundation in Natural – lightly applied to set creams

Everyday Minerals Blush in Salon Fun (Discontinued 😦 )

Real Purity Eyeshadow Duo in Vanilla/Mocha – Mocha color – to fill brows

NYC Individualeyes Palette in Dark Shadows for eyes

essence liquid liner in Black  from my swap with lifeofbun – LOVE!

NYC Big Bold Ultra Volume Mascara in Black

Catrice Ultimate Color Lipstick in Frozen Rose  another product I love from lifeofbun

I got about 6 hours of wear before I noticed that the shadows were creasing.  I did  a quick touch-up.  About 3 hours later, I noticed that there was quite a bit of creasing but I was washing my face by that point anyway.

This was a fun palette to try.  The shadows have decent pigmentation and blend nicely.  They are pretty shimmery, but alot of that blends away to leave a nice sheen.

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Have a great day!

 

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Influenster Naturals Vox Box

So there’s this website.  It’s called Influenster.

And when you sign up, you can build your profile and take surveys that interest you.  You can also read & write reviews on products, answer questions, and post photos & videos.

And sometimes, they will send you an email saying that they have decided to send you a box of goodies called a Vox Box.

Who doesn’t like goodies??

This was my first Vox Box and I have to say that I was pretty impressed.

As the name “Naturals Vox Box” implies, all the products in this box were considered natural or eco-friendly.

There was quite a variety of products in the box.  So let’s go through each item:

Lypsyl Intense Protection Lyp Moisturizer – This lip balm comes in an oblong tube (not round like traditional lip balms) and has a cute little bee on the side that you use to push up more product.  So cute!  It features shea butter and beeswax and claims to provide long-lasting deep moisture for your lips.  I keep this by my bed and apply it each night before going to sleep.  I love how my lips are staying so soft and are not feeling chapped at all despite the change in seasons!  Even my husband likes it!  It goes on smooth with no tugging at the lips and has a slight minty flavor.  Love it!

EBOOST Energy SupplementNatural Orange Flavor – This has a great taste that is not too sweet or too vitamin-y.  Know what I mean?  That distinct taste that lets you know that your taking vitamins?  Ya, that one.  It’s not there with this product.  To me, it tastes kinda like a less-sweet version of an orange Life Saver candy.  I reserved this for a day that was particularly busy to see if it would help me keep up.  And you know what?  It did!  I really liked that I never felt jittery and I didn’t experience a post-rush slump that can sometimes happen.  I’m not really one to take energy supplements on a regular basis, but this would be great to keep on hand for the days when you just need an extra….boost.  🙂  Clever name!

GeoDeo Natural Deodorant PlusIsland Scent – This has a great scent!  Very tropical and fresh without being overpowering.  It goes on clear and doesn’t leave any residue on your clothes.  The bummer is that it wasn’t as effective as I would like.  It claims to provide 24 hour protection, but I had to reapply throughout the day.  And let’s be honest, who wants to do that?  It doesn’t contain aluminum which is something I avoid so that is good.

The Original Dish Drying Mat – This is one thing I would have never thought to purchase on my own.  I’ve seen them at the store, but just thought it was another “gimmick” thing that would turn out to be a waste of money.  But now that I have it, I don’t know how I ever lived without it!  It helps dishes to dry quicker by absorbing more water without leaving the counter wet and soggy.  And it stays in place without slipping all over the counter like a dish towel does.  Anything that helps make daily, mundane tasks quicker and easier is a winner in my book!

nectresse Natural SweetenerWhen I saw that this is the new calorie-free sweetener from the makers of Splenda, I was immediately cautious.  Splenda (as well as aspartame) gives me headaches.  And I mean BAD headaches.  Like sick to your stomach, not getting out of bed headaches.  NO GOOD!  But when I read the ingredients on this and saw that it really was natural, I decided to take the risk and try it.  And you know what??  No headache!!  I was pretty surprised (and relieved!).  I don’t use a lot of sugar or other sweeteners, and usually when I do I use raw sugar or stevia.  I don’t really think that I’ll be purchasing this myself, but I was glad to find that there is another natural sweetener out there that will work for me.

Clean Well All-Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipe – These wipes work great!  They are just moist enough, not dripping with solution.  They smell great and don’t leave a sticky residue behind.  These would be handy to keep around in your purse, or makeup kit, or even a diaper bag for all-natural sanitizing on the go!

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Baby Eczema Bar Soap – I have saved my favorite for last!  You guys might remember the first Shea Moisture product I tried from my review of the Shea Moisture Curl Souffle.   This little bar of goodness is another winner for me.  One of my children deals with eczema and let me tell you, it’s not fun!  We have gone through so many bath products trying to find something that will help soothe it, or at least not make it any worse!  This is it!  I am so grateful that this was a part of my box because I would have never thought to try this on my own.  This did not totally clear up the areas of eczema on my child, but I wouldn’t have expected it to.  But what it has done, is keep it very soothed and prevent it from getting worse.  And when battling the eczema beast, that means a lot.  Especially when it means more comfort, less itching, less irritation and less pain for my child!  Thank you, Shea Moisture for another fantastic product!

If you are interested in Influenster and possibly receiving your own Vox Box, head on over to www.influenster.com and sign up.  It’s free to join and get started on your profile.  If you are selected for a box, you do have to agree to go back to the Influenster site to complete surveys on the products you received.  It doesn’t take long to do and provides companies feedback from consumers.  If you would like an email including a link to sign up, just send me a message at everydayMWA@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to send you an invite and share the love!  🙂

Disclaimer:  Although I received this box of products for free, these are my own thoughts and opinions.  I did not receive any further compensation for this post.

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Review: Sally Girl Eyeshadow Singles

Blue Marine & Olive

A review!!  It’s been a while!

During my trip we made a stop at the local Sally’s Beauty Supply store.  My momma was so sweet to pick these up for me!  (One is never too old to be spoiled by one’s mama!) 🙂

  Thanks, Mom! 

Blue Marine is a lovely blue with a faint hint of gold sheen.  The sheen is hard to pick up once the shadow has been applied to the eye, so I would consider this more of a matte.

Olive is a beautiful olive green that also has a golden sheen.  The sheen on this one is a little more noticeable, even after application.

Pros:

  • cruelty free!
  • fun colors
  • blends well
  • CHEAP!!  (a whole big $.99 each!)
  • ability to connect together to build your own palette!

Cons:

  • a little powdery, easy to over-blend
  • needs to be worn with a primer to show colors well

Conclusion:

These little babies are really cute and fun to try for the price.  The pigmentation could be better, but with primer they look great.  They blend easily, sometimes a little too easily.  I found it was easy to over-blend these into oblivion and then have to apply more…..

Applied alone (L) and with primer (R)

The fact that these can be connected together to form a custom palette is PURE GENIUS!!!  I wish more companies would create packaging with that ability!

Sliding together

Eyeshadows connect to make a custom palette!

These are the first Sally Girl products I have tried.  I wish the pigmentation was better, but they are still fun to play around with for the price.

Have you tried any products from Sally Girl?  What are your favorites?

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

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New Video: Madison Street Beauty Mineral Eyeshadows

New video is up featuring my recent purchase of mineral eyeshadows from Madison Street Beauty on etsy.  Check it out on my YouTube Channel.

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Review: Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment & Osmo Berber Oil

Last month, All the Pretty Jars (great blog, check it out!) had a giveaway as a way to say “Thank You” to her readers.  I was super excited to find that I had been chosen as one of the winners!!

And what did I win?

Two mini bottles (10ml) of hair oil products:

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment

Osmo Berber Oil with Argan Oil

I was pretty excited, as I have never tried either of these products!

So first lets start with Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment:

Pros:

  • smells good – this has a rich, earthy scent that I really enjoy
  • smooths hair, tames frizz
  • makes hair shiny
  • leaves hair feeling silky and soft

Cons:

  • contains silicone – this is not a huge con, but because of how my skin reacts to silicone, I MUST wash my hair before bed any day that I use this or I will have cystic-type acne on my face from where my hair & pillow touch my face during the night.

And onto the Osmo Berber Oil with Argan Oil:

Pros:

  • smells good – this has a light, fruity scent that is very different from the Macadamia oil, but still very pleasant
  • smooths hair, tames frizz
  • makes hair shiny
  • leaves hair feeling silky and soft

Cons:

  • contains silicone – same issues (for me) as above

Conclusions:  I really like both of these oils.  The Macadamia has a thicker consistency than the Osmo, but they work very similarly.  Osmo claims on the bottle that their product will reduce drying time, but I do not blow dry my hair so I cannot comment on that.    Both of these leave hair looking shiny and healthy while keeping frizz away.  While I like the fragrance of both products, I personally prefer the scent of the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment.  As mentioned above, they both contain silicone, so for someone like me whose skin is very sensitive to that ingredient, it’s a bit like playing with fire.  But I like to live on the edge a little and will continue to use these! haha!  I just have to make sure I wash my hair before bed to prevent the product from building up on my pillow and causing problems for my skin.

I am really glad to have had the opportunity to try these out!  A big THANK YOU to Mamifi at All the Pretty Jars!  🙂

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Review: Hard Candy 1,000 Lashes – Fiberized Lash Weave Mascara

Hard Candy Lash Weave MascaraThis is the first Hard Candy product that I have tried.  Hard Candy is a brand that is only available at Wal-Mart and is known for fun products with unique packaging.

My hubby was on the hunt for yard equipment and decided he wanted to check Wal-Mart.  As we made our way through the mega store in search of said yard equipment, we somehow passed the cosmetics section.  And “someone” may have gotten sidetracked.   And by “someone”, I mean me.  Who would’ve guessed, right??  I’m like a kid in a candy store every time I go through the cosmetics section of any store!

EVERY.  TIME. 

My sweet husband is very patient with me and has learned to just keep going and leave me to my “candy” and keep going with his shopping.  He knows I’ll come back when I’m done.  And if I don’t it usually means I’m still there.  haha!

So once in the cosmetics section, I bee-lined for Hard Candy and happily started to examine the products.  I finally settled on trying this mascara.  I love trying new mascaras!!  I was immediately drawn to the color Mermaid Teal and was also intrigued by the term “Lash Weave”.  What was that going to mean??

Pros:

  • fabulous color
  • fun packaging
  • affordable

Cons:

  • no volume
  • no length
  • does not stick to lashes

Conclusion:Hard Candy Lash Weave Mascara

This mascara comes in what looks like a squeeze tube, but once you take it out of the box, the tube is actually hard, just like your standard mascara tube, just crimped at the end.  I wish I could show you the picture of it that I took, but my computer is being finicky and won’t load it.  :-/

So how does the mysterious “Lash Weave” perform?  Well, I can’t really say. This mascara literally just slipped off my lashes.  I could see the beautiful teal fibers on the brush, but they wouldn’t stay on my lashes.  No matter how many times I swiped, they just slid right off.  I tried waiting a few minutes and re-applying to see if it would build up layers.  No.  I even tried layering this on top of other mascaras, to see if that would help it stick.  But no.  No matter what I tried, It would not stay on my lashes at all.  I have never had a mascara do something like that before.

This product was a total regret purchase for me.  😦

Have you tried anything from Hard Candy?  What was your experience?  Do you have any recommendations?

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Favorite All Natural Products Video

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