April 25, 2016

Ava & Frank Face/Body Paint

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 & Baking your Face...What??? :) Yes, its a thing!

Two new hot beauty crazes right now are contouring and baking you face? This is not an autocorrect issue, I really meant to type "baking your face."

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 04, 2016

Timeless Skincare

What is Timeless Skincare?

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

Swissvita Eye Lift Cream

Product Description
  • 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

Spring Formal Fashion

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 fobridesmaid 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].

These beautiful dresses and so many more can be found here: http://www.nzdresses.co.nz/. 

I was compensated for this post, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

March 07, 2016


New animated feature SNOWTIME! is a romp through childhood full of heart and humor. To amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohorts defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luke’s horde. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict, where children learn valuable life lessons on friendship, the importance of unity, and the emotional consequences of vicious rivalry. The film’s underlying message – neither side wins in war – is as relevant today as ever. 
Based on the acclaimed live-action film classic La Guerre des Tuques (The Dog Who Stopped the War), SNOWTIME! is a captivating cinematic adventure about hope and friendship. The film explores the sometimes mercurial relations between friends during childhood, and the role that enthusiastic competition and energizing solidarity play in the lives of children.
Official website: www.snowtimemovie.com

I decided to put this on to watch with my 3 year old son one snowy afternoon. He loves snow and having snowball fights so he thought it was "so much fun" in his words. As the fighting escalated I could see on his face that he was a little concerned, and by the end of the movie he had a bunch of questions, which was good. I'm glad that he's asking cause and effect questions and hopefully realizing that there are consequences to your actions, and sometimes your actions hurt those you love. It was a good movie with a great lesson; no one wins in war.


March 06, 2016

Bella & Bear Kitten Brush Set Review

About Bella & Bear:

"We care about our customers, now we know this is easy to say and hard to live up to but we believe in Bella & Bear and we believe in our products and our service.
We  follow a simple philosophy of treating people exactly how we want to be treated and you get to see this happen each and every time you shop with Bella and Bear.
Our products are all tested by us in everyday use before we even think about bringing them to market, if we sell it we  use it  ourselves and we know when things are working and when they are not.
Quality is important to us and we prefer not to sacrifice quality to reduce prices, it’s just not the way we operate and because of this we offer a 100% money back guarantee on all of our products."
I truly believe this to be true. I had ordered the Kitten brush set through Amazon and it never made it to me. I tried to contact Amazon but they weren't able to help me, so I went to Bella & Bear. They tried to work with Amazon, but in the end, Bella & Bear sent me a replacement set since Amazon would not. They do really care about their customers, which is rare today! Anyway, check out the quick unboxing video  [give it a minute to load, it can be slow] below before I get to the review...

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!

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Cargo makes my ALL time favorite blush, TONGA. It's this beautiful nude looking mauve tone, which is perfect for my light skincolor. I haven't found a color like this in any other brand's collections. I think this color would look good on almost anyone! I also really like that their blush and single shadows come in metal tins, which provide extra protection from breakage.

I had a chance to try out the purple shadow called Shanghai. It's this irridescent purple with brown undertones. I liked this color, but didn't love it on my skintone, but perhaps I needed to blend it with other colors to really love the look. I do, however, love that it's almost a duotone shadow with warm chocolately undertones with the cool purple color. I'm obsessed with duotone shadows right now. I love all the options they give you!

...and finally, I had a chance to try out the Venice Enchantment shadow palette. As you can see it has some really beautiful warm colors with a hint of shimmer. I especially loved the burgandies and golds, so that's what I decided to use in this look. While the colors are beautiful it took several coats to build the color up, so not as buildable as others I've tried, but still a nice palette. 

Check out the tutorial for this look:

March 03, 2016


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