Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beauty Blurb | Easy Ways To Up Your Beauty Game




Beauty Blurb: Easy Ways To Up Your Beauty Game
Beauty Blurb: Easy Ways To Up Your Beauty Game With Dove

Looking to make a few upgrades in your life? By making a few small changes, you can simplify and improve your beauty routine. Here are a few easy ways to up your beauty game:

Vintage Glass Vases & Jars. If you've read my blog before, you might know that I thrift almost every weekend. It's helped me save money and given me the chance to find some really unique and interesting items. Also, I enjoy the hunt! There's something about searching and searching and being rewarded with that one cool thing you know you couldn't find anywhere else.

I wanted to re-organize my makeup space and bathroom counter, so I went to Goodwill and got a few small vintage jars and vases. They're great for makeup brushes, q-tips, lip and eye liners, and cotton rounds. Added benefit: the vintage glass textures and shapes are cute in a shabby chic kind of way.

Dove Deodorant. I was happy to find out about Dove's Advanced Care Antiperspirant because it not only offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection, but also has the added skincare benefits of Dove ¼ moisturizers and Nutrium Moisture for softer, smoother underarms. This was a definite upgrade to my already established routine because it keeps my dry and smells really good.

Beauty Blurb: Easy Ways To Up Your Beauty Game



A Go-To Nude Lip Color. Sometimes you're in a rush in the morning and can't decide on an outfit, let alone a lip color (that can't be just me). It helps to have a great neutral nude lip color in your bag that you can use for everyday. Nude is perfect for any occasion, and you can always amp it up with some shimmery gloss and a smokey eye after work. If you find the perfect holy grail nude and it isn't too expensive, I recommend keeping an extra in your bag for touch ups.

Cotton Rounds. I've been obsessive about taking care of my skin and it's paying off. One of the upgrades I've made to my routine is using cotton rounds instead of the regular cotton balls. They're textured on one size and can remove makeup and nail polish easily. The softer side is ideal for applying toner. Plus, their flat shape means you can fit a lot more of them in a small container. I'm able to fit much more rounds than cotton balls in the jar I keep on my bathroom counter!

Beauty Blurb: Easy Ways To Up Your Beauty Game


What are some of the upgrades you've made to your beauty game?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Beauty Blurb | OC Lipstick Club January 2017 Rose Gold - Subscription Box Review+Swatches

Beauty Blurb: OC Lipstick Club January 2017 Subscription Box Review+Swatches featuring Kari Gran, Philosophy, Milani,Korres
Beauty Blurb: OC Lipstick Club January 2017 Subscription Box Review+Swatches

For all my fellow lipstick loving friends, there's finally a subscription box for you! The O.C. Lipstick Club is a new monthly subscription box that caters to your beauty preferences while providing a selection of curated lip products, including luxury, indie, and trendy brands. I received a complimentary box for review.

Here's what I got in the January 2017 Rose Gold box (swatches below):

  • Kari Gran Lip Whip - $21
  • Korres Mango Butter Lipstick - $19
  • Philosophy Flavored Lip Shine - $10
  • Milani Color Statement Lipstick - $6
  • Mini fragrance bottle (I got Michael Kors!)
  • A packet of bonus gifts! See what I got below.

I was impressed with the selection and liked that it was a variety of brands--most of which I'd never tried before. The whole box has a retail value of over $70 (!) but only cost $30, making it such a steal. Each box is thoughtfully packed with cute packaging too.


Beauty Blurb: OC Lipstick Club January 2017 Subscription Box Review+Swatches featuring Kari Gran, Philosophy, Milani,Korres
Left to Right: Kari Gran Lip Whip Shimmer ($21), Milani Color Statement Matte Beauty Lipstick #69 ($6), Korres Mango Butter Lipstick in "Natural Pink" ($19), Philosophy Flavored Lip Shine Gloss in "Vanilla Birthday Cake" ($10)

My favorite item in the box was the Kari Gran Lip Whip. It has a smooth texture and a nice, subtle shine with just a hint of shimmer. The minty scent is quite refreshing too.

The Milani lipstick in #69 is a deep neutral mauve. It had an opaque matte finish with fantastic color payoff. It also felt lightweight, which is something I look for when buying lipstick.

I'm a fan of Korres beauty products but hadn't tried their mango butter lipstick yet, so I was most excited for this one. It reminded me of a tinted lip balm and had a sheer and slightly glossy finish. I got it in "Natural Pink 13", which showed up as a sheer coral on my skintone.

Lastly, the Philosophy flavored lip shine is a lip gloss with a light gold sparkle. The squeeze tube and slanted applicator make it easy to apply. I didn't care too much for the scent (it was a little strong), but it's a decent gloss that applies evenly.

The great thing about this particular box is the versatility of the items included. The shades are neutral and universally flattering. Individually, they're all lovely, but they look even better layered! Case in point:

Beauty Blurb: OC Lipstick Club January 2017 Rose Gold - Subscription Box Review+Swatches
Left: Milani Color Statement Lipstick in #69 + Kari Gran Lip Whip Shimmer on top
Right: Korres Mango Lip Butter Lipstick in "Natural Pink #13" + Philosophy Flavored Lip Shine in "Vanilla Birthday Cake"

Four lip products and a mini fragrance bottle already seem generous for a $30 box, but there's more! There's even a bonus treat bag filled with samples and gifts. Mine included an Origins mask sample, a travel lip brush (I really needed this), and a Dr. Dennis Gross peel sample.

Beauty Blurb: OC Lipstick Club January 2017 Rose Gold - Subscription Box Review+Swatches


Overall, this subscription box is an incredible value filled with quality products, most of which are high-end! I highly recommend it if you're a lipstick or beauty enthusiast who is interested in trying different brands.

Thanks to O.C. Lipstick Club for the box.
Want your own? Get one here.



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