April 25, 2016
I recently learned about a brand called Ava & Frank. They make a face paint palette that looks like an artist palette. Such clever packaging and design. I'd probably buy this one over others just because of the artsy feel. :)
Anyway, here's a bit about them:
"Our Face and Body Paints are the best in the industry. Sourced, made and packaged with love in the USA. With so many dangerous chemicals in the current providers of kids face paints, we wanted to make a difference and use non-paraben, hypoallergenic, FDA compliant, Vegan paints that are creamy, long lasting and SO MUCH SAFE FUN!"
I recently had a chance to try out this product. They arrive as cakey dry paints, but once you add a few drops of water it's easy to work with and paint with. However if you add too much water the color does not stay on your face, so you have to hit a happy medium. I decided to try my hand at a Cinco De Mayo look, the candy skull. Am I Spanish? No, but it looked like such a fun look to try out. What do you think?
You can find the product here: http://avaandfrank.com
Many thanks for Tomoson for connecting me with this brand, and Ava & Frank for the chance to try this product. All opinions expressed are 100% my own!
April 12, 2016
Contouring is darkening the parts of your face you want to push into the background, and highlighting the parts you want to bring to the foreground. This helps your face look sculpted.
Baking is letting powder sit on your face, especially the areas you've recently used concealer on, and let it bake into the moisture, leaving a smooth surface when it's done. After about 5 minutes dust off remaining product and voila!
I hope you enjoy!
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April 05, 2016
April 04, 2016
It's a skincare company that offers all-natural, paraben-free, and pure concentrations for your skin’s health and healing. Timeless Skin Care specializes in skincare products that are anti-aging and, well, timeless. Their skincare formulations are made with pure ingredients that have stood the test of time to deliver well-being and comfort for all skin types. Timeless Skin Care’s natural skincare line contains powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid to help reduce wrinkles, minimize the appearance of scars, and treat acne. Their formulas are created with better ingredients at a lower price. At Timeless Skin Care, they use only powerful and proven ingredients, and no fillers, so that you get just what you need for timeless beauty. Their natural skincare products are never tested on animals. Timeless Skin Care’s line of serums, pure oils, refill formulas, and facial creams is perfect for those who want to create timeless beauty without a lot of fuss, and without harsh chemicals. They care about your skin, the environment, and animals. In effort to bring timeless beauty to all life on the planet, they have created cruelty-free and all-natural Timeless Skin Care products with these things in mind.
I recently had a chance to try their hyaluronic acid serum 100% pure. It says to mix two or three drops with your daily moisturizer and then applying in the morning and night, which I've been doing for the past 3 weeks. I have also been using it on my hands and lower arms since they show signs of aging and scarring too, and I've seen the most improvement on my arm. I had a mole removed about 5 months ago and the scar was red and mean-looking, and after using this on my arm for the past few weeks, it's fulled to a muted dusty pink color and is barely noticable. Hooray! Being part Irish, I frequently have things removed leaving ugly scars, so I'm grateful to find something that helps diminish these. I can't wait to try other products by Timeless Skincare!
I even featured this product in my morning moisture routine youtube video, which you can see here:
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Head on over to their site to check out the products for yourself: http://www.timelessha.com/
I received products for review but all opinions expressed are 100% my own!!!
March 30, 2016
- A YOUNGER-LOOKING YOU: Swissvita Micrite 3D All Use Eye Cream contains ingredients that are backed by many scientific studies. This eye lift eye cream has components known for their revolutionary healing effects. They also help increase collagen levels to keep skin younger-looking.
SAY GOODBYE TO DARK CIRCLES: Periorbital dark circles are common to people who lack sleep or are tired. Age and genetics are also some of the reasons for getting these unsightly shadows under your eyes. No matter, our uniquely formulated product is known for visibly reducing the appearance of dark circles. It brightens and targets signs of fatigue around eyes and diminishes puffiness.
ERASE EYE WRINKLES: Improve skin firmness and elasticity with our high performance eye cream. Contains multiple active ingredients that nourish and heal discolored skin, fine lines and wrinkles. This natural skin tightener enhances your skinÕs biochemical properties, giving you an eye-lifting, youthful effect that makes your skin look younger and healthier.
SAFE TO USE: For your safety, this product adheres to the strictest standards of consumer regulations. This 3D all-use eye cream was made with your utmost safety in mind as it is additive-free, alcohol-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free. We took out the dangerous chemicals found in many other eye cream products, so you are ensured when applying to your skin.
INTELLIGENT PACKAGING: This product comes in an aluminum sealed package for your protection. Plastic containers are not used to ensure the quality of the product, prevent the risk of product contamination and to maintain the effectiveness of the active ingredients. The container is also tested to withstand high temperature. Easy to use. Just open the cap, squeeze a sufficient amount on your fingers and apply generously on desired areas.
Application: Use 3D eye cream every morning and night after toner. Take a pea-size and apply onto skin around eyes, tap with light pressure or massage gently with finger.
I tried this ointment for a few weeks and I have mixed feelings about it. It comes out very quickly from the tube, and the lid doesn't screw on easily, so it creates a messy tube nozel which I'm not a fan of, however it does absorb quickly and doesn't affect my makeup application which is a plus. I haven't noticed any noticable improvements in my wrinkles or skin quality, but plan to continue using and see what happens. You'd have to try it for yourself and see what you think.
Learn more or buy it here: http://www.amztk.com/eye-lift
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March 13, 2016
With the warmer weather comes the desire to get outside, enjoy the warmth, and finally add skirts and dresses back into your wardrobe. I know I enjoy being able to wear my skirts to the park, and my dresses to church or on date nights with hubby.
If you're engaged or soon to be engaged this is the time to start hunting for bridesmaid dresses nz of nzdresses or mother of the bride dresses. My girls were super flexible when I was picking out my bridesmaids dresses so that was great, but sometimes you have a large group of girls with varying body types and opinions, so a one stop shop like this helps find something for everyone. It also helps when your girls are in different locations. They can see the selection online. Convenient shopping like this makes planning so much easier.
If you are high school age, this is also the time to start thinking about formal or prom dresses. I remember searching store after store for the perfect dress only to be disappointed each time. If I had found a site like this I would have known what styles are out there to pick from before I started my search.
Or if you are attending a special event or just want something to feel glamorous, I would definitely check out this site. From black to white and every color in between; they have it. From mini, to knee, to full length, to tea length, there are lengths for everyone. If you're like me and don't want to show too much skin, or prefer a more sultry look, there are many options for all preferences. They have formal dresses, bridesmaid, prom dresses, little black dresses and much much more [including bedding sets and accessories].
March 07, 2016
March 06, 2016
The @bella_andbear kitten brush set unboxing video. Link to my review in my instagram bio. Check it out!!! 😍 #bellaandbear #kittenbrushset #bellasndbearkitten #beautyreview #beautyblogger #makeupbrushesA video posted by 💄👗 Melinda 💅🏻🎨 (@melindajoy926) on
As you can see it comes in a very cute mint and pink box. These are some of my favorite colors right now, very trendy! Once you open the box, you find a nice zippered case containing your brushes AND a brush guide. I found the guide helpful. While I've been doing my makeup for years, I can't say that I was using the right brush for the right purpose in the past, so this helped a great deal. And since they aren't labeled with the brush's job, just the cat name, it helped me figure out which to use for what!
Check out my review video below for more of my thoughts...
As you can see I was a fan of these brushes, with a few minor exceptions. I loved how soft the brushes were, and how easily they picked up product. The kabuki and tapered highlight brushes were my absolute favorite. The kabuki was so soft and spread the liquid foundation like butter! The tapered highlight brush packed the product onto my cheekbones beautifully, similar to how I packed it on with my finger but with much less mess.
The things that I didn't care for were the fact that two of the brushes had bristles falling out on my eyes as I was using them. Have you ever had a cat hair in your eye before? I have 2 long haired cats, so believe me, it's not fun. I don't even want to think about getting a brush bristle in my eye. Ouch! I feel like some fallout is natural and even unavoidable, so I'll give these brushes a few more weeks of use before I make a final conclusion, but all in all, I really enjoyed using this brush set. It has already replaced some brushes I had previously used by Sigma, Morphe, MUA Cosmetics and Sephora...just saying. They definitely hold their own in the ring with the big dogs!
To find out more, or to purchase, visit: http://www.bellaandbear.com/
I received this set for review all opinions expressed here are 100% my own!
I remember loving this show. NEWSFLASH: Yes, even girls enjoy Power Rangers! This was also around the time when kick boxing and Tae-Bo were really popular, so everyone was practicing their spiral kicks and getting into it. Now there's a new series out called Time Force.
About Power Rangers Time Force:
In the distant future, a team of Power Rangers known as the Power Rangers Time Force act as a time-traveling police force capturing and freezing criminal mutants. When the notorious criminal mastermind Ransik stages a daring escape, he fells the Red Time Force Ranger Alex and takes the entire cryogenic prison full of dangerous, incarcerated mutants back in time with him to the year 2001. There he seeks to unleash a new wave of crime against our modern world, helpless against his vastly superior technology. In pursuit of Ransik, Pink Ranger Jen – grieving fiancée of Alex – leads a team of Time Force officers back in time to apprehend the escaped criminals. In modern times they ally themselves with Alex’s distant ancestor, Wes, whose shared DNA with his future descendant allows him to take up the powers of the Red Time Force Ranger.
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March 03, 2016
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