Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Makeup by One Direction - Limited Edition Tins


I'm sure you have all heard of the successful band "One Direction", but have you had a chance to check out their new and extensive makeup line? This limited-edition cosmetics collection is available at many major retailers throughout the country and beyond, including Lord and Taylor, Macy's, ULTA, Sears, Target, Dillard's, etc. This collection was created by Markwins International, which is the company behind brands such as Physicians Formula, Wet n Wild, The Color Institute, and more.

The One Direction Makeup Line continues to introduce makeup sets with fresh and fun packaging that are perfect for young women or One Direction enthusiasts. Their colors are bold and the cosmetics that they offer in each package are unique and exciting. They are also affordable, and make for a nice collection.

Today I am reviewing the new Limited Edition Makeup Tins by One Direction. There are five tins to collect, one with each band member's face featured on the front. The makeup inside each tin is the same (it would have been cool to see different makeup in each tin personalized to the nature of each band member, but that's just my opinion). These tins include a little bit of everything for makeup lovers, especially young women who are just starting their collection.

There are five eye shadows in each tin, which include the following shades:
  • Nobody Compares - Metallic silver
  • Tell me a Lie - Metallic light pink
  • Same Mistakes - Metallic mint
  • I would - Dark brown with shimmer
  • Summer Love - Dark purple 
  • Everything about you - Smokey black/gray with shimmer

 These eye shadows are geared towards younger women, but are really appropriate for any age. The shimmer and sheen of the metallic shades is not too overpoweringly glitzy, and does not leave flakes or fall out during application. The kit includes a small sponge brush that is double-sided for putting on the eye shadow, but no mirror. These colors are relatively pigmented, especially the darker shades. They are blendable and can be layered to increase pigment. An eye primer or base would probably ensure that they last throughout the day without creasing. They are powder-based. 

In the picture below, I have used "Nobody Cares" on the inside of my mom's lid, with hints of "Summer Love" in the middle of her eyelid and "Everything about you" in the crease and outer lid. We tried to create a smokey look that is versatile for day or night. The colors go well together. Below her pictures I have included a swatch of all of the colors on my hand so you can see the actual pigment on a medium skin-tone. 

The kit also includes one Eye Pencil (I Want), which is a dark black, and one Lip Gloss Top Coat (Over Again) which is a silver, glitter sparkle. In the pictures of my mom above, we also used the I Want Eye Pencil. It was also pretty pigmented and complimented the eye shadow well, but wasn't overpowering. It did not draw well on the inside of my mom's lower lid, which is something I usually do to make my eyes pop a little more. I am very picky when it comes to eye liners, but it definitely is better than many other liners that I have used in the past in terms of application and visibility. The Lip Gloss Top Coat is pictured with the lip glosses below. This product did not work well for me, unless I am just blind. I see the sparkle in the tube, but didn't really see it transfer to my lips well over the other lip glosses. 

The limited-edition tin contains two nail polishes:
  • Alive - Multi-colored glitter topper
  • Stole my Heart - Magenta pink polish
Below, I have "Alive" on every finger, and "Stole my Heart" as an accent nail on my mom's index finger. We put two coats of the polish, which is very pigmented, but still slightly sheer. The glitter top coat was easy to apply, and added a cute accent for a loud mani, which would be best for summer or a night out.

Finally, the tins contain four lip glosses and one small brush for application. The glosses include:
  •  Loved you First - Hot pink
  • One Thing - Frosted pink
  • Irresistible - Shimmered pearl
  • Heart Attack - Cream rose shine
The lip glosses are easy to apply, but I find that whenever lip gloss is not in a tube, it seems to have more of a thick texture, which is not as flattering on me. These definitely seem like glosses that younger girls would enjoy playing around with. The colors are pigmented, but the texture is very thick. I have swatched the colors below on my lips, in order of Loved you First -> One Thing -> Irresistible -> Heart Attack. Below the lip glosses is the lip top coat. My favorite would probably be Loved Your First, just because I am a sucker for pink glosses. 




  • Tins contain eye shadow, eye liner, brushes, polish, and a lip gloss top coat
  • The eye shadow is pigmented and easy to blend with good staying power
  • The eye liner is a nice shade and pigmented if you aren't lining the inner lid
  • The polish is sheer, but the topper is unique
  • The lip gloss top coat does not appear to show up very well
  • The lip gloss is pigmented but very thick

Interested in learning more about the One Direction Makeup Line? Check out the links below:


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One Direction #Makeup Kits

I'm sure you have all heard of the successful band "One Direction", but have you had a chance to check out their new and extensive makeup line? This limited-edition cosmetics collection is available at many major retailers throughout the country and beyond, including Lord and Taylor, Macy's, ULTA, Sears, Target, Dillard's, etc. This collection was created by Markwins International, which is the company behind brands such as Physicians Formula, Wet n Wild, The Color Institute, and more.

The One Direction Makeup Line continues to introduce makeup sets with fresh and fun packaging that are perfect for young women or One Direction enthusiasts. Their colors are bold and the cosmetics that they offer in each package are unique and exciting. They are also affordable, and make for a nice collection.

Today, I am reviewing three exclusive One Direction makeup kits that just hit stores in mid-November. These kits include: Electroglam Mascara, Liquilights Glow Gloss, and the Rock me Nail Kit. I received these kits in exchange for my honest opinions about the One Direction line.
The Electroglam Mascara kit comes with three "electric" colors:
  • Why Don't we Go There? - Bright blue
  • Story of my Life - Canary yellow
  • Does he know? - Hot pink
These tubes are complete with a wand that can be used for accenting your eyelashes with a pop of color, or highlighting your hair. As a mascara, the Electroglam colors can be layered to build pigment, and can also lightly line the tips of your lashes for a more subtle look. As a hair mascara, you can be very creative -- you can create streaks, multi-colored patterns with the trio, or even your own design. All you have to do is drag the wand down a patch of your hair, just as you would your lashes.

Below, I have shown the Story of My Life Electroglam Mascara on my mom's (who was nice enough to model for me) top lashes, and the Why Don't we Go There? on her bottom lashes. This is probably not a look that most middle-aged women would want to rock, but I think the blue and the pink would be really pretty for a night out, or to add some pop to a grungy summer style. Unlike many colored mascaras I have tried in the past, these actually are buildable and very noticeable, as you can see. There was no flaking, and my mom noted that they had relatively good staying power throughout the day. The wand is easy to use as an applicator and gets all lashes evenly.

 I have also shown Why Don't we Go There? and Does he Know? on streaks of my mom's hair. She has dark brown hair, and both colors were very pigmented. However, the application was not quite as seamless as it was on the lashes -- it seemed to clump her curls together and was a little stiff and streaky; this look definitely takes more precision, and a little fiddling with. Again, the pigment is great, but I'm not sure if I'd be able to great it to look as flawless as I want without tangling my hair.

The Liquilights Glow Gloss comes with three UV-reactive lip glosses:
  • Kiss You - Orange glitter that will glow neon yellow under UV light
  • Taken - Pink glitter gloss that glows neon yellow under UV light
  • Through the Dark - A reddish-pink gloss that glows neon red-orange under UV light
Yes, that's right...these lip glosses will glow under UV light, at your next party or concert, and are sure to make you the center of attraction. Unfortunately I did not have a UV light to show these working their magic, but I heard from a friend that the glow is very obvious. These .23 fl oz glosses are very sparkly and can be worn alone or on top of matte/cream lipsticks to enhance their color even more. Each Liquilight Glow Gloss contains Vitamin E as a moisturizing agent to keep your lips soft throughout the day.

Below I have shown swatches of the gloss on my lips, in order of Kiss You, Taken, and Through the Dark. My favorite was Taken, which was the most pigmented. Kiss You was a little too orange for my taste, but might be cute for a special event. For younger girls, the sparkle will be AWESOME, but I warn older girls (twenty-somethings, like me) that these are best paired with some neutral eyes, and you will still be sparkling when you take the Glow Gloss off. That being said, these have a nice formula and are not sticky, but nice and smooth, and I could see myself adding them to my nighttime look.

The Rock Me Nail Art Kit contains three exclusive UV-reactive polishes and three UV-reactive loose nail glitters, including:
  • Moments - Neon pink
  • Diana - 3D Holographic Top Coat
  • Happily - Cobalt Blue
  • Kicks - Baby blue glitter topping
  • Star - Holographic, pinkish glitter topping
  • Not Afraid - Hot pink glitter topping
Again, this One Direction makeup kit includes UV-reactive beauty supplies, which is pretty neat, especially for parties. These polishes and glitters are great for day or night, and can be worn in so many different combinations depending on your mood or taste. The glitters come in little pots and are loose, so you can choose to shake them onto your nails, or to dip your nails into the pot. You can create a full glitter effect by covering your whole nail, or try for a glitter gradient or abstract "French" manicure by just covering the tips. The top coat is great over one of the other polishes for a more dramatic effect.

In this first picture, I have shown "Moments" on all fingers, with two accent nails: "Star" on the index finger and "Not Afraid" on the ring finger. This is two coats of Moments -- there is coverage, but the polish is still very sheer and not as cream as I am used to. It also seems to take awhile to dry, so be careful not to try to grab things before they have dried completely. The glitter is so much fun! Star is my favorite, hands down. It is mesmerizing to look at, and the holographic nature really catches the light. The glitter actually stays on very well; just be careful when you are shaking it on to have something underneath to prevent a glitter explosion. Not Afraid gives the polish that extra something that makes it a really cool manicure.

In the other picture below, we have "Happily" on every nail, with "Star" on the thumb (because why not?), "Kicks" on the pinky finger, and the 3D top coat Diana on the ring finger. Happily was less sheer than the pink polish in two coats, but still ended up smudging before we would have liked. However, we were really impressed with the glitter and the 3D top coat - this manicure really packs a punch, and I think the blue is especially pretty with the glitter for a New Year's Eve look!

  •  All the makeup was very pigmented
  • The Electroglam Mascara worked better for us on lashes than hair
  • The lip gloss was not sticky and stayed on well but is very sparkly
  • The nail polish has nice colors, but is sheer and does not dry super fast
  • The nail glitters have amazing and very unique colors which stay on well and are easy to apply

Interested in learning more about the One Direction Makeup Line? Check out the links below:


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Colour Strokes #Brow Tint and Lift with Lash Enhancing Serum by Lashem

Lashem is a company based out of Los Angeles, California, that specializes in the creation of innovative and luxury beauty and skin products. Lashem has a product line made with natural ingredients, and promotes the empowerment of women going through the process of aging. They hope to help women enhance their natural beauty and age gracefully, with products such as anti-aging creams, eyelash boosters, and mascara. Lashem is available in stores throughout the country and online retailers such as Nordstrom.com, Beauty.com, Walgreens.com, etc.

Lashem products are cruelty-free; you can choose between a Lash Enhancing Serum, the Double Trouble Mascara, Extensions in a Bottle, Eye AM Beautiful Set, Colour Strokes Liquid Eyeliner, the Brow Tint and Lift, Picture Perfect (for skin), 3 in 1 Bright (for skin), the Rejuvamist, or the Magic Touch Eye Enhancing Wand.

Today, I am reviewing the Lashem Colour Strokes Brow Tint and Lift. I was given this product in return for sharing my honest opinions with you. The Colour Strokes Brow Tint and Lift comes in a .2 fl oz tube, in one of three colors: Blonde, Brunette, or Raven. This covers all shades of eyebrows, which is nice, because many companies have only one choice for brows, and there definitely needs to be variation. This product comes with a wand (much like mascara), and really contains everything that you need to enhance your brows.

The gel-like formula and wand help to sculpt your brows into a neat shape, taking care of stray hairs. At the same time, the tint is used to fill in any gaps (especially from over-plucking). You can use the tinted gel to make your eyebrows appear thicker and even longer, by extending them out at the ends. While the Colour Strokes Brow Tint and Lift is making your eyebrows noticeably more appealing, it is also working "behind the scenes" with a specialize serum that helps promote the growth of stronger and more healthy eyebrows. In the past, I have purchased these three types of products all separate (brow gel, brow tint, and enhancing serum), and it can get a bit pricy, so it is nice to see a product that offers a three-in-one approach.

The Lashem Colour Strokes Brow Tint and Lift is "flake-proof", "smudge-proof", and "paraben free", according to the website. The enhancing serum is full of peptides which help to create volume and decrease breakage, to help you maintain fuller brows. The tint is made to match your brow color, but to add natural definition. To use the Brow Tint and Lift, you simply use the wand to apply the tint with "short, upward strokes", following the contour of your brows. Once you have applied it, you can use your fingers to feather it or any eyeshadow brush. It contains the following ingredients:

Water, VP/VA Copolymer, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Pelvetia Canaliculata Extract, Laminaria Digita Extract, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17

You can purchase the Colour Strokes Brow Tint and Lift here, on the Lashem website, for just $20 per tube.


Lashem was nice enough to offer a coupon code for 30% your purchase, for being a reader of this blog. Just enter "BROW30BB" at checkout.

My mom and I both have very dark eyebrows, so I used the Raven Colour Strokes Brow Tint and Lift on my mother's eyebrows so that I could more easily photograph the transformation. Below, you will see before and after pictures of both eyebrows once the Tint and Lift is applied. Overall, we thought that the gel had a good consistency and helped give my mom's eyebrows a nice contoured shape. The tint looks lighter than the color of my mom's brows when you just look at the wand, but once you've applied it, it is spot on for darker brows. We thought that it really helped fill in some of the gaps of my mom's brows, making them look thicker and healthier. Eyebrows can really make your look for the day, adding a natural frame to your face. We even extended her brows, and the tint did not look too fake -- it was a bold but tasteful transformation. We can't yet speak to the long-term effects of the serum, but I am sure that it will help her eyebrows grow to be even more healthy. Although the wand gives you precision and makes it easier to shape the brows, I do prefer a very small brush with a slanted tip for filling in small gaps -- to me, this just makes it so that you aren't over-applying the tint or missing your target and over-extending the brows. Once dry, the Brow Tint and Lift did appear to be flake and smudge free, but during the application process, I did smudge it a few times when trying to fix it with my fingers (clean up is easy enough). In general, we both thought that this product was really great, especially for its price, even though I tend to prefer powder brow enhancers for my own look.



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Friday, November 14, 2014

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy: Review

I recently received a bottle of the new Purex Aromatherapy Crystals, in scent "Energy". I have shared the fact, in the past, that although I only live in a small apartment with my boyfriend, we manage to go through a ton of laundry (even during just one week!). It is important to me to purchase quality products for our high efficiency washer that are affordable for our school budgets and long-lasting. That being said, we love Purex products, which easily fit into both of these categories. We regularly use Purex pods or liquid laundry detergent, as well as a variety of Purex crystals. We were happy to give the new Aromatherapy Crystals by Purex a shot, but I already knew we would love them before I even poured them in the washer!

Purex Aromatherapy Crystals are a new edition to the Purex line, and are scented crystals that go right in with your laundry in the washing machine. They are scent boosters, for use with either scented or unscented laundry detergent, to make your laundry smell even fresher! These crystals give your laundry a scent that doesn't just last for a few minutes, but until the next time you wash them. Aromatherapy crystals come in three different varieties: energy, well-being, and serenity. The Well-being scent smells like fresh blossoms and can help increase mood and happiness. The Serenity scent smells like water-lilies and induces a calm and peaceful mood. The Energy crystals have a revitalizing citrus scent that can help you work your way through a long day with more vitality. 

Purex Aromatherapy Crystals come in two different sizes: 18 oz and 24 oz. They are sold in most major retailers in the United States. Within the crystals are essential oils which have a dual purpose: to increase the freshness of your laundry while also creating a variety of moods through aromatherapy. The crystals are safe in regular and high efficiency washers and should be added (a cap full for a normal sized load) right in with the laundry before you turn the washer on. 


The Energy Purex Aromatherapy Crystals have a really bold and fresh scent of both citrus and floral tones. They are really easy to use, just like all other Purex Crystals. Although this scent may be powerful for some people who are sensitive, I happen to really enjoy it (I'm a big fan of citrus scented anything). I can attest to the fact that one cap full for our very large loads is enough, with the addition of detergent, to produce extra fresh smelling laundry. Since I hang the majority of my clothes up that could become damaged or shrunk in the dryer, it is really important to me to find a combination of laundry detergent and additives that can hold a scent really well, without getting the extra smell from the dryer sheets. I find that my clothes still smell like fresh oranges after a day or two of hanging up on a drying rack. These crystals are great, and the smell really is invigorating, so I'm sure that the other two scents are true to their aromatherapy "moods" as well!

Interested in learning more about Purex Crystals Aromatherapy products? Check out the links below:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Youphoria #Yoga Mat Review & Giveaway

Youphoria Yoga sells high-quality yoga supplies which will help customers get the most out of their experiences, whether it be at home, at class, or in the gym. Youphoria Yoga cares about providing tools which will help you achieve balance and harmony in your life; they are committed to providing a customer-centered business with top-notch products.

Youphoria Yoga currently sells Yoga Mats and Yoga Towels. Their Yoga Towels retail for just $24.99 and are available in pink, green, blue and blue & green options.

I was lucky enough to receive a Youphoria Yoga Mat for the purpose of this review, in exchange for sharing my opinions with you. I chose the green mat because it was a very unique color (I tend to go for things that stick out), and I figured that my boyfriend would be more apt to share it with me than a pink one. I have been wanting to get into yoga for a long time, but I was always lacking the right equipment; the mats at the gym are very flat (and dirty) and tend to slip out from under me; I'm not even sure you can actually call them "mats" as they aren't much better than laying on the hard floor. I also wanted something to use at home. Although my second year of medical school is not as stressful as the first, it still has its moments, and yoga can work as a great relaxation and exercise routine. I was happy to receive a mat that really looked like it would do the job for me.

The Youphoria Yoga Mat is the highest-rated yoga mat currently sold on Amazon. It comes in four colors: pink, green, blue, and black. It measures 24" x 72" and is 1/4" thick. One of things that sets this yoga mat apart is the material that it is made out of; it is ultra-comfortable, as it is crafted from a high density memory foam. This foam is thick and helps to stabilize you during your yoga session, while also providing support for your back and relief of pressure points and sore muscles by molding to the natural curvature of your body. This material is durable and easy to clean. You won't have to worry about slipping across the floor on a flimsy, cheap mat, as the Youphoria Yoga Mat has circular, gripping pads on the bottom which will stick to the surface of the floor. The top of the mat is also textured in a way that you will have better grip with your hands and feet when you are in certain poses, so you don't slide on the mat either (especially if you are sweating). The mat is chemical and Phthalate free, making it safe for your body, as well as the environment. Its material is designed to be odor-free, which is a great feature for yogis. 

This yoga mat comes with a free carry strap, which makes it easier and more convenient to transport from your home to the gym, or to your next workout session. Youphoria Yoga's mat "outperforms competitors" while costing less (than some of the leading brands). To clean the mat, all you have to do is wipe it down with non-oil based soap or detergent (or use a mat spray), and then air dry by hanging outside or inside. It is recommended that you use a yoga towel when using your yoga mat to reduce the amount of sweat and natural oils saturating and dirtying your mat.  

Right now, you can purchase the Youphoria Yoga Mat here, on Amazon, for just $35.00; if you have Amazon Prime, shipping is free. If you purchase a Youphoria Yoga Towel and mat, you will receive $5.50 off your purchase. Youphoria Yoga also has a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

I really have been enjoying my Youphoria Yoga Mat. I get a lot of compliments on the vibrant and unique green color -- I have the prettiest and most comfortable mat at the gym! I have been experimenting by using my mat for home workouts as well as gym workouts, and find that it works great on a multitude of surfaces. I have had a lot of borrowed mats in the past that have slipped quite easily, and I find that this mat has a much better grip on the floor as well as my body. I always end up pushing it a little, but not nearly as much as the cheaper mats. I use a yoga towel along with my mat, so I haven't had any issues with odor...the clean up is also really easy, but I would suggest hanging it outside to dry if you can. My favorite part about this mat is its comfort level; I really think that the memory foam helps me endure and enjoy more time exercising and practicing yoga. Being in weird study positions often, I find myself with the occasional back or leg issue, but the memory foam material always puts my body at ease. I really don't have anything bad to say at all about this mat -- I think it is really going to help me meet my goals of exercising more frequently and finding a new source of relaxation and energy.

Interested in learning more about Youphoria Yoga and their products? Check out the links below:

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