Saturday, September 24, 2016

POPSUGAR Must Have Box September!

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try the September POPSUGAR Must Have Box, and share my thoughts with you all. This box was very different from the last box I reviewed, so keep reading to see what kind of products were featured this month!


The Jack and Lucy Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat: I was really excited to see a hat in this box! I've been wanting a cute one for fall, so this came in right in time. It is an all black, wide-brim hat with a very soft texture. It looks really cute paired with any fall look, like sweaters, dresses, cardigans, etc.

Retails for $58


Briogeo Deep Conditioning Mask: This mask revitalized my dry hair. I especially have issues with the ends of my hair feeling dry and breaking off, so I'm hoping continued use of this product will continue to make my hair softer.

Retails for $36

Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in The Warning: This product caught me extremely off guard simply because it is called a "lip lacquer," and I guess with the liquid lipstick trend I expected it to be very opaque. Upon application I realized that it is translucent, but the red shade is still gorgeous. It is more of a gloss than a lacquer but I still enjoy the product. It is good for more natural looks, and the gloss is not sticky or uncomfortable on the lips at all!

Retails for $22

Flint Lint Roller: This is the coolest lint roller I've ever seen! The metal packaging is really fancy, and the bottom of the product twists up like a lip balm to reveal the lint roller. If you find yourself using lint rollers a lot, you might want to try this out because you can easily travel with it and avoid a sticky mess. It's also refillable!

Retails for $9.99

The Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites: I can't stand the taste of coconut, but I tried these for the sake of this review. I'm kind of iffy on the flavor. I like the chocolate aspect. It makes the coconut flavor a little more tolerable, but I can't really get past the texture. If you like chocolate and coconut, you might like these better than I did! The Gluten Free Bar brand has a lot of other products though, so I'm interested in trying those out.

Retails for $4.99


NCLA Mani-ER Tool Kit: This nail set is so nice! It has every tool you need to take good care of your nails. I've only used the nail clipper and the scissors so far, but they seem very sturdy. I think they'll last a very long time. The case is also very nice! I can see myself keeping this in my purse or throwing it in my cosmetic bag for travel.

Retails for $16



This box introduced me to a lot of interesting products! The hat is a great addition to my wardrobe, and the nail kit and lint roller are really travel friendly. I did not care much for the Chocolate Coconut Bites, but I'm sure that you'll like them if you like Coconut. Overall, I like this box even better than the July box that I reviewed a little while ago because I can see myself using these products on a regular basis.

IT Cosmetics Sephora Exclusives

Hi guys! IT Cosmetics has released some products that are exclusive to Sephora stores, and they kindly sent me the products to test out! IT Cosmetics has become one of my favorite brands, and I use at least one of their products (usually more) on a daily basis. Keep reading to see which awesome products will be available at your nearest Sephora.





I have tried the Bye Bye Undereye Illumination Concealer, and love it so much! I like the original formula too, but this illumination formula puts the concealing and brightening/highlighting part of my makeup application into one easy step. Below are all 4 colors: Light, Medium, Tan, and Deep. My only issue with these concealers is I think there needs to be one more even lighter shade, and a couple more deeper shades that are darker than the deep shade.

$24


Bottom to top: Light, Medium, Tan, Deep


The Bye Bye Lines Serum is still very new to me, so I can't say how effective it is as far as results. It does make my skin feel so smooth and amazing though. I use this right before applying my daily/nightly moisturizer. I like that this product features a pump too. It makes application very easy and sanitary. I love pretty much everything from It Cosmetic's Bye Bye Line, so I'm sure this will become a favorite.

$58


The Anti-Aging Armour is a cool product because it features SPF 50+ and protects the skin against UVA and UVB rays. But is also has an illuminating feature, and as soon as I apply this I instantly see that my skin looks a lot brighter. I also like that the formula is very thin, and not thick and sticky like a lot of sunscreens. It is so important to protect the skin from the sun, so I highly recommend giving this a try.

$38


The Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment is another one of my favorite IT Cosmetics products. I've been using this product for months and I'm almost out, so I'm, extremely happy to have a backup! It makes my lips feel so soft and smooth for hours. I love applying it before applying drying, matte lip products. I also enjoy applying it before bed to wake up to soft lips. And on its own it flushes to a natural color that will suit anyone's lips. And the magnetic packaging feels very luxurious. Highly recommend this product!

$24


The Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm is another product I've been using and loving for months! It melts off any kind of makeup (even waterproof mascara) and leaves my skin feeling as soft as it feels after using a mask! This is another product that is absolutely worth the price and worth trying. 

$38


Since, I've just started using the Bye Bye Under Eye Cream, I'm not completely sure about the long-term effectiveness, but I have noticed that my eyes are less puffy, and tired looking in the morning when I apply this before bed. It is a pretty thick and creamy consistency, but it does not feel too heavy on the skin. I can do an updated review once I've used this for a little longer!

$48


Bye Bye Pores Primer: I've used this for a week and I'm already obsessed with it! I love the Bye Bye Pores Powder and have been using that for months, so I was excited to try out the primer. I feel like Bye Bye Pores is an understatement! This, paired with the powder make me look like I have a real life filter on! My skin looks so soft and airbrushed. I'm extremely impressed.

$38


The CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush is another product that I've been using for a while now. I literally use it every single day! I love using it with powders, but it works great with liquids too! The shape is perfect, and you will not find a brush softer than this one! Seriously, I've tried, and none of my other brushes come close to the softness of this one. If you get it you probably won't even want to use it because it is so gorgeous.

$48



Overall, I'm excited to see these products at Sephora, because a lot of them were QVC Today's Special Values at one point in time. IT Cosmetics continues to impress me with their products. My only gripe is that I wish they would expand their shade range. The fact that I wear the darkest shade (and I know sooo many people darker than me) is a bummer. I know the price tag might hold many of you back from purchasing, but these products are so high quality that they really are worth the price!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Estee Edit

Thanks to Influenster, I've been given the opportunity to try out these Estee Edit products by Estee Lauder. All these products are available exclusively at sephora.com.


The first two products I tried out are for the face. The Radiance Activator Treat +  Prep + Glow ($55) is good for every skin type, and it contains a serum which helps to get rid of dullness and unevenness in skin. There are teeny-tiny particles of sparkle in it (barely notifiable unless you are an inch away from the skin) which give the skin an immediate glow. I love applying it right after applying my moisturizer, but before my foundation. It is awesome for days when I don't have time for highlighting and want to give my skin some glow without doing that whole step.

The Late Night Brightening Eye Balm ($42) reduces the appearance of dark circles. It is definitely a huge help when my late nights of studying is visible on my face. I never really use products like this, but I've honestly noticed a huge difference in my under eye bag. The metal applicator is also very soothing and is a nice added touch to the packaging.

Here's what the Radiance Activator an Eye Balm look like (from left to right).


Next up is the Inside Track Eye Kajal in the shade Navy Brat/Baby Blue ($22). This product is everything I expect in an Eye Kajal. It glides on the skin easily and can easily be smudged out for smokier looks. Plus these colors are gorgeous! I've been loving using these to spice up my everyday look instead of going with my usual black eyeshadow.


And finally, the Metallishadow Creme + Powder in AquaNova ($25) which is a gorgeous teal cream eyeshadow with a matching teal powder which is below the cream (not pictured). This goes perfectly with the eye kajals. I like the idea of a cream on top and a powder underneath in one package because it is very convenient. The powder is extremely pigmented, but even more intensified by the cream shadow.


Here's what the Eye Kajal and the Creme + Powder looks like:


Overall, this is a cool collection with lots of fun colors and innovative ideas. The price points are a tad high, but I expect that from a high end brand. I can't even pick which of these products is my favorite because I was impressed with all of them! I encourage all of you to take a look at sephora's website to see the other products this brand has to offer.