Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Naturally Flawless Under Eyes

I'm always on the hunt for a good concealer, and because my under eyes have been a bit stressed out lately, I wanted to try something that had good coverage without being too thick and heavy (a more natural look is always best).

While I was at the drugstore, I came across the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark circle Treatment Concealer and remembered hearing Tiffany, aka MakeupByTiffanyD, rave about it so I just had to give it a try.  Her recommendations have always worked out well for me, and this one is certainly no exception.

The concealer is formulated with Goji berries and haloxyl, which helps diminish the appearance of lines and darker circles (which may be caused by broken capillaries).  The formulations also helps with reducing puffiness, essentially working as both an under eye concealer and treatment.

The texture of the concealer is extremely light and blends into the skin like butter.  The last thing you need is a thick and heavy concealer to cake underneath your eyes (which only makes them look and feel heavier).  It's a very light and hydrating concealer that blends away and literally erases all of the flaws under your eyes (and it also has a bit of brightening).  You don't even notice that you're wearing under eye makeup, and you definitely don't have to touch up that area throughout the day.

I am absolutely in love with this product.  Now I don't have serious issues with my under eyes, however I do get the occasional dark circle from stress and lack of sleep.  Having tries this for a few weeks now I can definitely say that I do notice an improvement and I'm really loving it.

A lot of people would be turned off by the applicator, and I must admit I was too at first.  However, this is the best applicator for the product.  It works appropriately (massaging the product under your eyes and blending it evenly).  I would apply the product with the applicator in circular motions, and then blend everything out with my finger for that natural looking finish.

TIPS: To keep everything sanitary, remember to take a makeup wipe and occasionally clean off the applicator (just to be more hygienic).  I try to remember to do this 3 times a week.



LUSH Dreamwash

One thing I am always concerned about is how smooth my skin is, especially during harsh winter weather (Chicago can be pretty brutal).  The one issue that I've always had are dry legs; shaving has just been putting so much stress on my legs and I realize that I have to take more care of them.

So my solution has been the LUSH Dreamwash

This is actually the first ever LUSH product that I have ever tried and I couldn't be more happier with my purchase.

The Dreamwash is described as a body smoothie, and I see it as a mask for you entire body (only I only use it on my legs).  

It is a thicker consistency and is perfect for healing and soothing troubled and damaged skin.  The product is formulated with chamomile with calamine, calming aloe vera, soothing rose, tea tree and lavender essential oils.  All the ingredients you need for beautiful skin.

After using this for a few weeks now (twice a week), I can definitely see a difference in my legs.  They use to be very dry and bumpy because of shaving, however now they are much softer and less patchy.

All little of this product goes a long way, so this is going to be enough for me to use for the next few months.

You need to apply this on your skin dry for it to work the way it's suppose to, so follow the directions below for more tips.


1. Apply a thin layer all over problem area and let set for 1 minute.

2. Hop into the shower and remove the cream with a loofa or any type of exfoliator.

3. Pat dry your legs and moisturize with your favorite body moisturizer.



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

GIVEAWAY: JewelMint Faye Dynasty Earrings (CLOSED)

As the Holidays come closer, I would like to take this opportunity to HOST A GIVEAWAY!!!

Who doesn't like an old fashion giveaway now a days?

PRIZE: JewelMint Faye Dynasty Earrings

The Faye Dynasty Earrings represent classic 1940's fashion, taking inspiration from Faye Dunaway.  They are brass plated earrings with aqua enamel for that beautiful pop of color.  Definitely a pair of casual earrings that still keeps you glamorous.

These are one of my favorite pairs to wear for a casual day look with a pair of jeans and a simple tee, so I wanted to share a brand new pair with all of you!


1. Must be a follower of mine here on blogspot (here).

2. Must be a follower and friend of mine on (my other blog).

3. Must leave ONE comment ON THIS POST answering the following: What is your best Christmas memory?

4. Must re-post this on either your blogspot, luuux, or any other blog (please leave the link to your re-post in the comments along with your answer).

5. Must be 18 or older (or have you're parents permission to provide me your mailing address)

This giveaway is open to BOTH International and U.S./Canada residents and will last one week (ending on Tuesday Dec. 6th).

Good Luck!

FTC: This is not a sponsored giveaway.  I am not getting paid or recieving anything for hosting this giveaway, and everything was purchased with my own money.



Wrap Yourself Around This!

I have been obsessed with jewelry for the past year now, just wanting to build up my jewelry collection and collect beautiful pieces that I can hopefully enjoy for years to come.

One of the jewelry items that I have been wanting to add to my collection for the longest time now has been the infamous wrap bracelet.  When I first saw the Chan Luu bracelets I just thought they were absolutely gorgeous, but the price wasn't justifiable.  I couldn't imagine spending $200-300 on a wrap bracelet that wasn't fine jewelry.

That was when I went on a search for more affordable wrap bracelets that were still of great quality, but more reasonably priced.

So when Fleur, aka FleurDeForce, from YouTube had posted about selling wrap bracelets on her new website, I decided to check them out.  I've been subscribed to Fleur for a while now, and I absolutely love her style and taste for clothes and makeup, so I really trusted her opinion.

Shop at Fleur's Website:

After looking through the different options, I picked out two brown bracelets from her shop, one for me and one for a friend.

Priced at 15 Euros a Piece

The brown wrap bracelets were perfect for every day wear, seeing that they have neutral toned beads with a touch of blue, it really works with any outfit.  The quality of the bracelet is just amazing, especially since they are only 15 euros (I can really see her making more for these).  The bracelet itself if very sturdy and durable, so I have no worries about it wearing away in a year or so, and it also has a nice weight to it (unlike other flimsy bracelets).

What's even better is that all of the wrap bracelets are made to fit any wrist size perfectly.  There are different end lengths that you can choose from, so you can choose which length is best for you and then just cut off the excess.

I would highly recommend you visit her online shop if you are interested in buying great quality wrapped bracelets without breaking the bank.  I know she only has a handful of colors to choose from at the moment, but I know she is hoping to add more options in the near future, so keep a lookout.  

I know I will be ordering more once more colors are added so I'll definitely keep you updated.

P.S. Shipping was amazing! For being overseas, they really were on top of things and delivered me these bracelets in a week with no problems.

Also, feel free to stop by Fleur's YouTube channel when you have the chance (you won't regret it):



Monday, November 28, 2011

EMJOI: Smooth & Confident

The one thing about me that I am always self conscious about is body hair.  I know it's weird, and might be too much information, but hey there has to be others out there that have the same worries.  Now I'm not trying to say that I have major body hair issues, that's not the case at all.  It's just when it comes to my underarms, I'm always wary of people thinking they are ugly or not smooth enough.

So, with that being said, I finally found a great solution to make me more smooth and more confident.

The Emjoi Light Caress Rechargeable Epilator has become one the my go to products all year round.  Before using the Emjoi, I always waxed my underarms, because tweezing just took too long and waxing always gave me that smooth feeling and look that I preferred.  My underarm skin was always too sensitive for shaving (it would get bumpy and red), so I definitely had to throw out that option.  However, because the expenses of waxing does add up, I felt like the Emjoi would be a great investment (and surely it was).

Let's first start off by explaining what the product is.  The Emjoi is a Light Caress Rechargeable Epilator (hair removal device).  This specific type of Emjoi (they carry many different types) has 36 patented 24 karat gold plated hypoallergenic tweezer discs that remove hair quickly and efficiently.

A lot of people might be turned off by such a product because of the thought of have 36 tweezers pulling at your hair at once sounds tremendously painful.  However, when used properly, there is very little, if any discomfort.  The pain reduction technology, coupled with the included massaging finger attachment, greatly reduces discomfort.  It removes hair as short as 0.5 mm right from the root, resulting in silky smooth skin.

I use this Emjoi every other day on my underarms, and it leaves them seriously soft and smooth.  I can hardly feel any discomfort and I seriously don't think anyone should be scared of trying this out.


1. Place it on the surface of your skin (pulling the skin taut, tight).
2. Don't apply too much pressure, just light pressure is enough.
3. Move it around the area you want to remove the hair from in all different directions (up & down, left & right, and on the diagonal), since some hairs can grow in different directions (especially the underarms).
4. Moisturize after the hair removal process to keep skin smooth.

I usually use my Emjoi after getting out of the shower.  That way I can exfoliate my underarms with a loofa before the process.

Using the Emjoi every other day makes it less and less painful.  When the hairs are longer, it's more likely to be painful to remove them.

I really hope this review is helpful, and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick and easy hair removal process that won't leave your wallet sad in the long run.

Please feel free to leave any questions you may have below.



Fresh Sugar Lips

Trying to find a solution for perfectly beautiful, smooth, and tinted lips? Here's your solution, the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments.

Not only will these tinted lip treatments be moisturizing and healing for your lips, but they will give them a beautiful touch of color at the same time.

I don't know about you, but the harsh winter winds just take a toll on my lips, and if I'm not aware of keeping them hydrated, they can become very dry and patchy.  So these two in one lip treatments and tinted balms keep them perfect any day all day.

Passion (Vibrant Rouge)
Honey (Warm nude)
Plum (Sensual Plum)

Sephora is offering this wonderful value kit, three mini Sugar Kissing Trio for $28 (valued at $34), and this makes the perfect gift for your friends, or for yourself to try out a product that is expensive for a better value.

The shades are just beautiful and sheer, giving your lips that beautiful touch of color with the nourishment it needs.  Toss one of these beautiful minis in your bag and you'll always have the tool for beautifully hydrated lips.



OPI Designer...De Better

Everyone that knows me knows that I am a nail polish junkie, always having an eye out for the latest colors & trends.

Lately, I've been keeping my eye out for colors for the Holiday season, preparing myself for the parties and special nights.  Nail polish is like an accessory to me, so finishing a look off with a great nail color just says it all.

One of the nail colors I have been reaching for A LOT this past month has been OPI's Designer....De Better, recently released from The Muppets Collection.

The Muppets Collection is an absolutely beautiful collection, and Designer...De Better is my absolute favorite!

It's a beautiful metallic (foiled like) golden polish with reflects of gold, silver, and all of the other colors of the rainbow.  This polish is definitely eye catching and definitely screams Christmas.  It's opaque at one coat, but of course I applied two for even application.

This polish is definitely still appropriate for work, so work it during the day, and rock it in the evening at the Holiday party.



Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder & Bronzer Brush

I have been a fan of Bobbi Brown for the longest time now, ever since I started watching videos on YouTube and playing around with makeup.  Bobbi Brown is one of the go to brands for sophisticated & classic makeup that is appropriate for any age group.

I can't get enough of bronzers, I'm always ont he hunt for the perfect product to give me that natural, sun-kissed glow.  And because I had received a notice from Gilt Group that the bronzing powder was on sale at their special event for $30 (originally $35), and they were throwing in a free travel sized bronzing brush also, I just had to take advantage of the deal while I still can.

The Bobbi Brown Bronzer is a matte, soft and silky powder that gives the skin a beautiful, natural glow. It can be used year round to give that sun kissed glow without being orange, giving you that naturally glow in the dead of winter.

I purchased the Bronzer in Medium Brown, which might seem a bit dark for my skin tone, however, when applied, it blends beautifully into the skin and looks incredibly natural.

Also included in this offer was a free travel sized version of the Bobbi Brown Bronzer brush, which is amazing because Bobbi Brown's brushes are of impecable quality.  This is the absolutely perfect brush to use when applying the bronzer.  The round brush head gives for a perfect application and blending of the color.

You can find Bobbi Brown products at any high end department store or Sephora.  I would definitely recommend this product to anyone out there looking for the perfect summer glow all year round (without looking too shimmery or muddy).