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Makeup Dreams Come True: Sephora Giveaway

Sephora, a woman’s candy store. If you’ve been there more than once, you know what I’m talking about. Sephora is another store where I walk in for one thing and leave 30 minutes later with a bag full of items.

This week on Instagram, I’ve teamed up with some awesome bloggers for a $500 Sephora gift card (or PayPal cash option). Yes, $500 just in time for your summer makeup must haves. Head on over to my Instagram page by clicking here.

Good Luck to all! 💄

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Enter to Win: Target Giveaway

Three giveaways in one week?!? That’s right, I’m ready to spoil some mamas for Mother’s Day. However, you don’t have to be a mama to win.

If you head over to my Instagram account: @mrs.sarah.hines you will find this weeks giveaways. One lucky winner could win $300 to Target ((or PayPal cash option)). Then another lucky winner could take home a Target, Starbucks, and Sephora gift card. Pretty awesome, if I say so myself. Plus, there’s still time to enter the JORD watches giveaway too.

Click here to enter JORD watches giveaway.

Click here for Ashley Jayne Giveaway.

Click here for the Target Giveaway.

Don’t miss out! Good luck to everyone!

Beauty

Milk Cosmetics Mascara

Last Friday Milk Cosmetics launched their new mascara and it has been a buzz worthy topic ever since. Everything from the release date (4/20) to the product name “Kush Mascara” has been making waves. Underneath all the hype, what is this product really about? Well, I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary tube of mascara and here are my thoughts.

Milk Cosmetics:

Milk Makeup is a US brand makeup company that is vegan and cruelty free. This company wants to use natural ingredients to allow makeup to be fresh and clean. What we put on our skin is important because it is absorbed and Milk Makeup wants to use high-quality products that won’t cause harm. They are known for their phenomenal highlighter sticks, which I absolutely love.

Kush Mascara

Yes, you read that correctly. One of the active ingredients in this new mascara is canabis oil. It should be noted though that when infused in makeup, you won’t be having the side effects that you would if you enjoy other forms of canabis oil (lol). This oil, is actually very nourishing and when used in mascara it helps achieve the creamy texture in lieu of harmful ingredients.

Packaging:

The company spared no expenses when it came to the sleek design of this product. The tubing is almost like a brushed nickel bottle. It feels a little heavy and rich all at once.

Application:

The product comes with a thick brush, to help lift lashes and have the mascara adhere to every last one. I found the brush to be a little to thick and more prickly than what I’m used to, but it really did hit every lash. Upon application, you can really tell that you’ve applied some mascara to your lashes. The bold black color really allows lashes to standout. However, I can’t say my lashes looked any fuller than normal. In fact, I still preferred lining my lashes with Roller Lash than applying this mascara over it.

Kush Mascara did last all day, without flaking. The mascara never felt heavy or itchy, and no it doesn’t smell weird either.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this is a decent mascara. If you’re more interested in clean, paraben-free ingredients then this would be a great option. However, if you prefer volume and length than there are other products that may not be as chemical-free out there that you would prefer. I enjoyed using this since I knew it was good for my skin, so I will make the purchase in the future.

Have you tried this new mascara? What are your thoughts??

Beauty

Color Street Nail Polish

Let’s be honest, as a working mom of 2 little ones I really don’t have the time to go to the nail salon every week.  Mix that with the fact that even though I LOVE shellac nail polish, they absolutely ruin my nails. So, I am always on the hunt to find nail polish I can use at home that can give me salon wearability and shine.  Today I am talking all about the brand, Color Street.

Color Street: Color Street was founded by a man named, Fa Park. He set out on a mission to find a way to make painting nails easier for women ((and men)).  After years of designing and trying different adhesive papers, Color Street hit the market in Fall 2017.

What Is It?: Similar to Jamberry, this product is actually an adhesive that goes directly onto your nail.  The biggest difference between Color Street and similar products out there, is they actually use REAL NAIL POLISH for their products.  So, when you open up a package of nail strips, they are 90% dry and will set once on your nails. When I say “set” I pretty much mean they will instantly dry. because you can go about your day as soon as you are finished.

What You Get: When you order from Color Street, you have a variety of basic colors, glitters, or designs to choose from.  Once the polish arrives at your doorstep and you open it up, you receive everything you need.  In each color package you receive 2 strips of various nail sizes to choose from, a miniature nail file, and an alcohol wipe. Each package of nail color is vacuum sealed so the product can stay fresh, literally when you cut it open you can smell nail polish.

How It Works: 

  • I recommend filing and buffing your nails before you begin to apply the product, so the adhesive can bind to your nail with a stronger hold.
  • Next, you will use the provided alcohol wipe and cleanse each nail.
  • Open the nail color strips.  Choose the correct nail strip, size-wise, for each nail.  It was recommended to me that you size down, because the strips can stretch a little to fit.
  •  Once you have the desired size chosen, peel off the clear plastic on top, As well as the silver tab and the backing on the backside of the nail polish.
  • Holding the strip in the middle, apply to desired nail.  Smoothing out from the bottom to the top.
  • Tear the excess off, but hold onto the remaining pieces. You can use this on your same nail on the opposite hand.
  • Once the excess is torn off, cut it down a bit so you have just a little hanging over to tuck under the nail.  Tuck the polish under your nail, then file your nail.
  • Repeat for remaining nails.
  • That’s it!

After wearing these color strips for a while here are my thoughts on them.

Pros: 

  • TIME SAVER!!! It literally took me 10 minutes for the whole process and my nails looked amazing.  I received so many compliments as well.  The shine lasts and looks like a salon painted your nails.
  • I also love that they use real nail polish, so the adhesive doesn’t feel “heavy” on my nails.
  • Love the various strip sizes included because you can give yourself a manicure and pedicure using just one single package.
  • It is also convenient that they come with everything you need already in the packaging.
  • Color Street is constantly running sales for buy 3 get one, so each package runs from $11-$14 which is reasonable for a manicure. SO easy to remove- just grab some nail polish remover and you are finished.  (Although the glitter polish did take a little more effort to remove).

Cons:

  • Although they use real nail polish, it is not 7-free meaning there are harmful chemicals used in the actual nail polish.
  • I will be the first to admit that I am tough on my hands, but this did not last 2 weeks.  Mine needed to be taken off after 9 days because of the wear and tear.
  • Once the packages are opened, you cannot use them again later.  I stored mine in a ziplock bag inside an air-tight container and didn’t have any luck.  Meaning I used to different packages so I could have accent nails. That means my 9 day manicure actually cost me $23.
  • There is a learning curve when it comes to applying the adhesives.  After 3 rounds I am better at it, but still not great.
  • Popular shades sellout quickly, so order fast if you like one.

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Final Thoughts: All in all, I am so glad I tried this product. It is an easy way to get your nails done at-home.  If you’re in the market for a new polish to try, give it a whirl.  I personally will only use it for special occasions since it can cost a bit more if I choose to use accent nail designs.  Another reason is I prefer to use nail polishes free of chemicals since we have children in the house.

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Have you tried Color Street? What are your thoughts??

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“Mask” Me About Masks…

Facial masks are everywhere these days and rightfully so. At home facial masks can be used for a variety of reasons including: removing impurities from the skin, hydration, and help with the overall appearance of your skin. However, not all masks are created equal. Today I am talking about a new find of mine and why I fell in love with this facial mask. My new love is: Dermacare Facial 5 Amazonian Clay & Charcoal Mask.

What is it? This is clay and charcoal mask that is made free of harsh chemicals and parabens. The line of products is also cruelty free and vegan, so far it’s earning an A rating in my book. Bonus: it’s made right here in the USA.

Why charcoal? Let’s be clear, this is different than the charcoal you’re using to bbq your dinner. Activated charcoal has been heated and broken down into a fine, black powder. This powder works to trap and pull toxins away. Activated charcoal is able to hold up to 200 times it’s weight, meaning it can pull some serious dirt from those pores. your face is exposed to millions. You may not realize it, but your face is exposed to millions of toxins daily. So, this mask is a great way to get those pores feeling and looking clean.

Mask: This mask initially feels like a thick gel. You apply a thin layer on your face (avoiding eyebrows, eyes, and hairline). Then, the magic happens. You allow the mask to dry for 10-15 minutes. During this time you can feel it start to tighten/harden. After the mask has dried, slowly start to peel the mask off. Initially I thought it was going to be a nightmare to pull it off. However, I was pleasantly surprised because the mask literally came off in large sections. Somehow this crazy gel hardened and turned into a tissue paper thin mask that I was peeling away.

Results: As I was peeling the mask off I could actually see the dirt sticking to areas of the mask. My skin felt refreshed and extremely clean. After a single use, I was hooked. A

I firmly recommend this product from this up and coming brand. It’s a reasonable price-point and does its job, very well. During my first use, I targeted my entire face. For my second application I applied it strictly to problem areas. Each time I had phenomenal results and my skin looked visibly brighter.

To check out this amazing brand, click here.

Beauty

Back to Brows

No, you’re not experiencing deja vu there really is a second post all about eyebrows. Why? Well, as I mentioned yesterday they are a focal point on your face so they deserve lots of time and attention. The previous post was all about achieving the perfect shape and the best way to maintain them. Today, it’s all about enhancing your brow line to look fierce.

Eyebrow makeup- one of the hottest trends going right now. Filling in your brows with powder, gel, pencil, or a liquid stick is basically a must these days. By doing this you’re enhancing your natural brows, all while drawing attention to them. Filling your brows give a more cohesive, defined, and complete look. Literally, so jealous that this just now became a thing. So many awful high school yearbook pictures could have been better if I knew then to take care of them. Now that I see the importance of it, this is another must-do in my daily makeup routine. After a few hiccups I have finally found the BEST brow makeup.

This probably won’t come as a surprise to you, but my favorite eyebrow makeup comes from ((insert drumroll here)) European Wax Center. Thinking about it, this makes total sense that they provide quality makeup to backup their services. They specialize in hair removal and hair care and their product line enhances what they do in house.

At European Wax Center, they offer many different products including makeup as well as lotions and serums. However, I absolutely cannot live without the eyebrow powder and highlighting stick.

Calling their line of eyebrow products, Eyebrowfection, they’ve got it right because it is absolute perfection. The eyebrow powder duo is available in three different shades and a consultant will match you with the shade you need by your skin tone. Upon opening the case, you see two shades split down the center (this is why they call it the browfection duo). You’re given two shades so you can blend to create the desired color. I find the powder can be subtle or dramatic to achieve a day or nighttime look. It provides a natural fill, without looking clumpy or too powdery on your brows. This powder lasts FOREVER. I purchased my powder almost two years ago and still have plenty left. Honestly, you can hardly tell it’s been used and I used it daily. I apply this with a small angular brush, outlining my natural brow line and filling in the entire hairline. The cost for this amazing brow powder is, $22. By adding this to your makeup kit, you’re investing in a quality product that will outlast the initial investment. Here is a picture of my personal powder, since I purchased this they have updated the packaging to the previous picture above.

If you’re unsure about using a powder, they do offer a pencil, crayon, and tinted gel. These are all great products, but in my opinion the powder is where it’s at. The pencil didn’t provide the look I was trying to achieve and I went through it quickly. Whereas the tint, well that’s just not for me. I don’t enjoy the feeling of gel on my eyebrows. I never tried the crayon because at that point, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” and I stuck with the powder.

Another product you won’t be disappointed in, EWC’s Oh My Highlighting Brow Highlighter. A highlighter on one side with a blending sponge on the other. This cute little tool is perfect for highlighting so close to your eyes. You can easily apply it beneath the brow bone and in the inner tear duct of your eye. With this you are able to slightly enhance and give that extra sparkle, drawing extra attention to your eyes. Similar to the powder, it lasts quite a while. I purchase it once, maybe twice a year for $18. Sometimes I use more because I blend it onto my actual eyelid in-lieu of eyeshadow, especially during the summertime. It provides a subtle shimmer on your eyelids if you use it there.

If you’re in the market for new eyebrow makeup, look into EWC’s products. I assure you they provide quality products that go the extra mile for you. After all, you want to put your best brow forward every day.

Beauty

Shine Bright, Highlight!

Ever wonder how/why your favorite celebrity has the BEST glow? One word my friends: highlighter.  Highlighting your skin is a way to reflect light off your face and give you that healthy looking glow.  Highlighters come in so many types that it can be overwhelming though.  Below you will find a breakdown on how to incorporate highlighting into your daily routine and the various products available.

How to use:  Highlighters help reflect light, which essentially draws attention away from any imperfections you have.  Additionally, it brings a brightness to your face that makes it shimmer and shine both in person and in pictures. Think about highlighter as a way to add that glorious summer shimmer we all love during the warmer months. However, it should NOT be used all over your face because no one needs to look like a disco ball.  Too much of a good thing, can actually be a bad thing.  So the key places to use highlighter are places where your skin naturally reflects light when outside.  Placing highlighter under your brow bone, inner corner of your eyes (tear duct area), down the center of your nose, and on your cheek bones are the perfect places to add highlighter.  Choose one or choose them all to create desired shine. I recommend using a brush for the powders and a brush or beauty blender with the liquids as well. Play around with it, take selfies, go outside and see what works for YOU.

Types of highlighters:  For starters, highlighters come in three main forms: powder, stick, and liquid.  Essentially each one does the same thing, so your personal preference is key in choosing what highlighter works best for you.  For example, I personally prefer the powder  and stick form because I feel like it is the easiest to start small and build up as needed especially for a daytime look.  However, if I want a more dramatic full-face look I turn to my liquid highlighter.  In my personal opinion, stick highlighters work well around the eyes and eyebrows. So in the end, I own them all (don’t judge me because you probably will too, lol).

Choosing the best highlighter: Not only do highlighters come in different types, but they also come in different colors.  Highlighters come in a shimmery pink/pearly shade or copper/bronze.  Warmer skin tones may prefer the bronze shades and lighter skin tones will gravitate towards the pinks.  Personally LOVE the warmer pinks and irridescent shades that are available and I think they can look great on any skin tone.

Okay, now what?: Now that you have an idea on what they are, it is time to try it out!  If you are unsure on where to start, I highly recommend this product from Sephora!  I received this for Christmas and it has been aaaammmmaaaazzzzziiing.  Not only do you get so many to try out, but the price is wonderful for how many products you are actually receiving. Additionally, it includes all three types of highlighter which allows you to play around and figure out which one (or two) you prefer the best.  If you don’t want all that product because you are unsure, go to your closest beauty store and test them out.  The ladies at Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom are so helpful and can answer any of your questions when you’re there.

Sephora’s Beauty Glow Kit $40 (a steal in my opinion)- I opened up the package so you can actually see what you are getting in the box *brushes are not included*.  I think this is a great variety for a bargain price. An individual highlighter price can range anywhere from $12 to well over $40.  In this box you are receiving 7, and one is actually full-size.

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Below, I placed all the highlighters on my hand/arm so you could see what they look like on. The powders are on my hand, and essentially look the same in the picture.  However, in person the Tarte has more of a golden hue, Becca has a peachy-golden hue, and the Bobbi Brown you can customize depending on where you stroke the brush.  I am obsessing over the Nudestix stick because it is perfect for tear ducts and below the eyebrow arch.  The Milk stick is a bit thicker, but works phenomenally on the cheeks and if you use a smaller brush it works well around the eyes too.  I typically gravitate towards the pink shades myself, but I am obsessing over the Color FX drops, it has hints of bronze and copper but looks beautiful on the skin. The High Beam has the pink hue that I am used to and has a brush similar to nail polish built-in.  It blends well and provides a dewy highlighter look and feel.

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Get your glow on and shine bright this winter!