If you’re like me and love trying out new beauty brand products then the
Give yourself a mini facial with the three piece sample by GMDANSU. It contains an herbal mask with sheep placenta, serum and moisturinzing cream. This was probably my favorite sample – it left my skin SO soft, refreshed and the serum smells amazing!
The Laneige sleeping pack is a night time treatment that’s perfect for those with oily acne prone skin like me. It’s really unlike most night time moisturizers and again it smells amazing! I used it a few times and didn’t have any issues with breaking out and that’s a big deal because my skin gets really oily at night and breaks out even more when I’m pregnant.
Skin Food Whitening Gift Set contains toner and emulsion. Omija herb complex naturally lightens and evens skin tone.
The Juicy Mask Sheets are self explanatory. I LOVE having tons of different masks handy for those stressful days where my skin needs a little pampering.
This well sized sample of Hot Burning body gel is definitely not enough to help me out so I didn’t give it a great shot but it’s ridiculously refreshing for long days on your feet and like every other product in the box it has a great scent. Not sure if it will really help my body lines lol but it is One of the best pampering products in the box.
Innisfree Green Tea Serum. The active ingredient of green tea seed locks moisture right next to the skin’s surface, while panthenol and batain boost skin’s natural ability to produce moisture. I decided to give this one a shot before applying my makeup and it worked like a charm! Smoothes on evenly and dried quickly.
All in all this is a luxurious beauty sample box worth way more than $25 and gives you a months worth of pampering – I definitely recommend it. For more information on the products or the beauty box click
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.
For me, waking up with wide awake and fresh eyes is a thing of the past. Even if I get my eight hours of sleep, I still need a little help from my mascara. I have a five minute makeup routine that I use year round, but during the summer it always needs a little tweaking. The humidity doesn’t let my powder foundation stay put, lipstick never ever sounds appealing if you’re sweating all day, and my trusty mascara needs a little more staying power. Now when I have a tan I can get away with just mascara, but it needs to withstand the 100 degree weather and even a day at the beach (yes, I wear mascara even to the beach). Check out my five tips to keep your makeup looking fresh all summer long!
Now is the time to sport your tan, and ditch the heavy foundation or powders. Try a tinted moisturizer of a BB cream with SPF, a light cheek stain or, even better for your skin, a bronzing powder. Tip: focus on the parts where the sun naturally hits the bridge of your nose, temple and top of cheeks for a natural look.
Save your pretty colored lipsticks for the cooler weather or try dabbing a little on your cheeks. On your lips use lip gloss and balms for a nude lip to compliment your summer skin routine. Tip: I’ve mentioned here how I dab bronzing powder over lip balm for some color and even on my eyes but lately I’ve been using a tiny bit of concealer mixed with lip gloss for a nude lip and it looks great!
Take advantage of summer’s most favorite hair trend: beachy waves. Skip the hair drier and try making your own sea salt spray for your hair (click here for Free People’s awesome concoction that I personally use). After spraying your hair pull it up into a bun and let dry. I know most women prefer a braid but I don’t like the way it leaves my thick hair. The bun gives it a looser wave and lasts longer. Tip: if you have naturally wavy hair like me then try blow drying just the front of your hair, and then apply sea salt by hand. This minimizes front-end frizz, which is the worst!
Mascara, mascara, mascara! During the summer I switch to a waterproof mascara so I can wear it all day without worrying about smudging if I am at the pool or beach. It really is a lifesaver. Tip: skip the mascara on the lower lashes. Waterproof mascaras can be tougher to remove and the skin around the eyes is the most delicate. It will give you an even more natural look if you apply enough at the top lashes.
Opt for the popular gel manicure. A bit pricier than a regular mani, but so worth it especially during the summer if your busy with kids like me. They dry instantly and stay shiny for up to two weeks.
What are some of your favorite summer beauty tips?
I’m far from being a expert in applying makeup but I am a busy mom who has a few tricks up my sleeve. The key for me is to keep my makeup routine quick and easy, mostly because I’m up by 6:30 a.m. and out the door by 7 a.m. Below are my favorite six products that I apply in less than five minutes:
1. Loose powder foundation (it’s fool proof and keeps the oil to a minimum).
2. Bronzing powder. Besides using it on my cheeks I also dab it on my eyes in place of eyeshadow and even add a tad on my lips for a little tint.
3. Mascara. I use three coats but for me the key is to apply more towards the outer lashes and wiggle the brush inwards (it opens up the eye giving it a wide awake look).
4. A little bit of eyeliner on the upper and lower corners of the eyes.
5. White eye shadow applied to the corner of my eyes using a Q Tip for a brighter look.
6. Lip balm and lipgloss. I apply the lip balm all over and use the lipgloss only on the center of my lips (it gives the illusion of a fuller lips).
During the summer I take it down a notch and only use a basic SPF 30 moisturizer, mascara and lipgloss. I started using the loose powder foundation when I moved to Florida because it has a longer staying power against the humidity, but lately it’s been leaving my skin looking dull. Which is why I was so excited when I was offered the chance to review some of Revlon® new products like their new Photo Ready BB cream with SPF 30 and their super lustrous lipgloss and lipstick.
Revlon’s Photo Ready BB Cream offers a lot for the price: hydration like a moisturizer, a foundation like coverage, smooth like a primer and covers up flaws like a concealer (all while protecting your skin with SPF 30). My skin is acne prone but also gets dry if I don’t hydrate, so when I applied the bb cream the first thing I noticed was the creamy, soft texture and how easy it was to blend into my skin. I didn’t want to add too much of any other makeup products because I wanted to really see if it let me skin show through – which happily it did. The coverage was sheer and left a fresh face feel and look which is perfect for someone like me who likes to wear makeup but not look like I’m wearing it. Other observations include:
I wore the BB Cream all day running errands in a 90 degree/humid dyad it stood the test. It looked just as fresh from beginning to end (I just wish I could say the same about my hair!).
The lipgloss and lipstick shades are gorgeous! I don’t normally wear such bold shades but these weren’t harsh. The berry allure lipgloss (see below) was sheer and super shiny and the lipstick was overall very pretty and perfect for evenings.
Revlon has now gotten my beauty routine back on track and I’m officially hooked on the BB cream!
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