Beauty · Giveaways

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! ūüíĄ

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??

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The BEST Foot Peel

Spring is here!! Which also means its time to pack away the boots and bring out the open-toed shoes. ¬†Thats right, it’s time to let those feet be free!! ¬†If you’re anything like me though, your winter time pedicure routine doesn’t happen as often as you’d like. ¬†Knowing my feet will be wrapped up for months, makes me push my toes to the back burner. ¬†So, knowing my feet have been neglected for months I went on a mission to find a product to get my feet feeling silky smooth and ready for sandals asap.

I stumbled across Grace & Stella’s Dr. Pedicure and let me tell you that this product is an absolute game-changer! The box doesn’t lie when it says, “Use this and you’ll be showing off your feet in no time.”

What is it? This is a foot peel that will actually eliminate dead skin from your feet over the course of a few days. The peel comes in a variety of scents, but each one provides the same results.  The foot peel consists of two plastic booties that you will secure on your feet using tape.  Once finished, your skin are silky smooth and ready to hit the beach.  Disclaimer: If pregnant or nursing they suggest not using this product without consulting your doctor first.

How it works? Now, this part seemed a little strange but I went with it.  You will want to soak your feet for about 10 minutes (or take a really long shower) so your feet are soft.  Dry your feet.  Then, you will open up the package placing one bootie on each foot.  Once the booties are on, secure them with the tape provided in the package.  They also suggest placing socks over the booties to help secure them in place (I followed this recommendation and recommend you do too).  Now, you just sit back and relax for an hour while the peel works its magic. After an hour, remove the booties and throw them away.  Finally, wash your feet again with soap and water.  Thats it!

Peeling: After a few days, some say as early as 3 but mine didn’t start until day 5, your feet will literally start to peel. ¬†I mean like snake shedding new skin type peeling. ¬†Don’t be alarmed, that just means the product worked! ¬†Over the next several days your feet will continue to shed all the dead skin. ¬†It actually grossed me out a tad, so I was sure to wear socks so I didn’t have flaky skin falling everywhere. It is super important you do not pick at the skin, but naturally let it fall off. ¬†After about 7-10 days your feet will finish peeling.

Results: My skin has NEVER felt this smooth.  Thanks to this peel my feet are silky and ready for manicured toes and barefoot days. I am so thankful I tried this peel and will keep one handy for the future.  Such an awesome product that required little work for fresh feet.

If you are interested in trying this foot peel out for yourself click here. ¬†(Also available on Amazon). Its probably the best $12.95 you will spend this spring. ¬†If you try it, don’t be grossed out. ¬†This literally is like an at-home spa day without that massive spa bill. ¬†If you’ve tried it or end up trying it, let me know what you think!!!

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Sarah

Beauty

Everybody get your roll on…..

Your facial roll on that is.

Jade, Rose Quartz, Microneedling (Dermaroller)…..¬†Following me so far? If not, it’s okay just sit tight for a minute.

Facial rollers have been all the craze for a while now. ¬†Facial rollers are believed to increase circulation which allows skincare products to absorb deeper in the skin. Currently there are many types of at-home rollers on the shelves that are said to rejuvenate the skin’s surface and enhance product absorption. ¬†Do they really though? ¬†I put these beauty items to the test and here is what I have learned.

Jade Rollers

Jade rollers are made from, you guessed it, jade. ¬†Most rollers offer one or two jade stones on the device. ¬†Typically a larger end and a smaller piece for tight spaces such as around the eyes. ¬†According to Chinese Medicine, Jade is known to enhance the Qi. Qi is the body’s natural and vital energy. Jade is a stone that is believed to provide healing and balance when used. ¬†Translation- jade is believed to pull negative properties out of the body. Now, you may not believe in Chinese medicine and that’s okay. ¬†Jade alone is a stone that is naturally cold to the touch, which is why when it is used on your face you can see benefits.

Jade rollers can decrease puffiness on the face. Additionally, they are believed to increase circulation which opens up your skin so facial products can be absorbed deeper in the epidermis. These rollers are readily available in many price points from $10-$50. Here is one available from Amazon.

Rose Quartz Rollers

Rose Quartz rollers are similar to jade, but they’re made from rose quartz. Rose is known as an “emotional healer”. It’s believed that if you use a rose quartz aids in stimulating the heart, because it is known as a love stone. When used, it is reportedly known to reduce stress. Additionally, true rose quartz can be used to reduce signs of scarring.

Similar to jade rollers, the quartz roller aids in product absorption. Additionally, it awakens the skin and provides healing powers for areas targeted with the crystals beliefs. Quartz rollers can be a little more expensive than jade rollers ranging from $15, $30, all the way to $50. I did find from reviews that you get what you pay for and the more expensive rollers may be worth the investment. Here is one I liked online.

Derma Roller

This roller is a little different than the other two because it contains tiny NEEDLES that you roll across your face. At-home needles range from .25mm to 1.5m. You gently roll this roller and all it’s prickliness across your face. In doing this, you are opening up your skin. Derma rollers also open up the skins s surface which allows for better product absorption. It is reported that it can increase product absorption by 200-500%, depending on the needle sized selected. Additionally, it assists with boosting collagen production.

Each needle size selected is geared to aid your face in a different way. For example, smaller needle sizes are geared for production penetration. Larger needles, may make your skin slightly bleed, but are great for wrinkles and collagen production. Depending on the needle-size selected, your recovery time between usage will vary. Smaller needles may be okay to used every other day or even daily (depending how tough you are). Larger rollers may need longer rest days between, 4+ days in some cases. Pay close attention to the directions you receive with the roller you purchase, it will be very detailed in how often it may be used. This is the first one I purchased.

Verdict:

I personally own a jade and derma roller. I’ve used them each for a few months now and here’s what I’ve found.

Jade Roller:

  • Feels amazing first thing in the morning.
  • Naturally cold on skin
  • Used every morning
  • Helps with eye puffiness, but a spoon in the fridge works just as well.
  • The rolling is smoothing and therapeutic.
  • Skin turns a little pink when I use it, I have sensitive skin though.

Derma Roller

  • Prickly feeling across my face.
  • Used every other night.
  • Must use a serum or lotion within a minute of using it.
  • My skin turns red, so I only use this at night.
  • Must clean with alcohol after every use to keep it clean.

I personally love the derma roller. Perhaps it’s the prickly feeling and how red my skin turns, but I am convinces it’s making a difference. While I like the jade roller and use it daily, for me it is more of a wake-up tool than a deep skincare enhancer. However, like I stated it could be because I like actually feeling the needles. After using the jade roller, I decided not to keep the rose quartz roller. I found that it was going to be similar to the jade roller, which is available at a much lower price point. You may prefer the rose quartz, but for me the jade roller worked just fine. I didn’t find it necessary to own both.

I absolutely love both rollers and use them differently. I use the jade roller every morning, followed by my daily skincare and makeup routines. At night, I use the derma roller. If you’re on the fence, you can find both under $15 on Amazon. Then, if you want to invest more in another roller after using it for a while you can. I for one can’t wait to receive my derma roller with larger needles. As they say, beauty is pain.

Beauty

Glowing Skin

The past four years have been crazy for my skin; pregnant, nursing, normal, pregnant then back to nursing. All of the hormonal changes were wreaking havoc on my skin, until I fell in love with…

Kate. Kate Somerville. If you’re anything like me, you have/had no idea who or what this name means. Well, let me tell you that it is the best skincare line I have ever used.

When I wandered into Sephora I bumped into the manager and told her all my skin woes. It was important to me that I found products that were safe for my skin while pregnant and nursing, but also reliable enough to actually make a difference. Bonus points if the item was organic or incorporated natural ingredients.

Her eyes lit up and she introduced me to the Kate Somerville line. While I stared blankly at her, she started raving about the products and literally washing my skin while I was standing there. The cleanser smelt amazing and wasn’t harsh on my skin. She followed up with the moisturizer and my skin instantly had a fresh glow to it. My mom and I were shocked at how rejuvenated my skin looked after a half-wash in the store. So, I purchased the products and brought them home. I was warmed about the cult-like following people have with her products. Truthfully, I thought the lady was joking but she’s very serious. Since my first purchase, I have slowly switched ALL of my facial products over to her line.

Now, the price tag can be a bit overwhelming BUT totally worth it. When using her products you literally only need a pea-sized amount; a little product goes a long way. Although a bit pricey, it lasts a long time. For my facial cleanser I’ve had the same bottle for roughly six months and am getting ready to replace it. Just wash your face twice a day and apply moisturizer afterwards like you normally would. My skin has a natural glow to it and for an everyday look I use a tinted moisturizer and save a full coverage look for special events only.

If you haven’t yet, go check out these products. They’re absolutely amazing. Her products also come in a sensitive skin option too, the Gentle Daily Face-wash and Lotion. Quality ingredients like pumpkin, papaya and AHA are infused in the cleansers and moisturizer. Her combination of natural ingredients with AHA’s give your skin a healthy glow and a light citrusy smelling scent. You can purchase them at Sephora and Nordstrom, but I prefer using her site directly. Katesomerville.com often has promotions running so you get better deals and free products when purchasing directly from her. If you’re interested in both products, I recommend purchasing the All Glow, No Glitter Kit. ¬†It comes with the cleanser, lotion, AND her ExfoliKate exfoliator which is my ABSOLUTE favorite product. ¬†If you subscribe to her site, you can save 15% off your purchase as well!

ExfoliKate Cleanser

cleanser

ExfoliKate Moistruizer  

lotion

 

All Glow, No Glitter Kit

all glow