Discover Origins

I don’t think I’ve really tried any Origins products before. I’ve always heard good things so was happy when I received this sample bundle of skincare products from Origins & Influenster.

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Cleanser: Checks & Balances ( frothy face wash)

Our clever cleanser balances faces with dry and oily places. This gentle, frothy face wash with Broad Leaf Kelp Extract, Wheat Protein and Tourmaline discourages excess oil production while protecting dry prone zones. Plus the aroma of Bergamot, Spearmint and Lavender refreshes. Skin feels comfortably clean. Never tight, pulled or parched.

  • I really liked the way this cleanser foamed/ moussed up . I splashed water on my face and rubbed the cleanser onto my skin. It foamed up and I felt a little like Mrs Doubtfire when she stuffed her face in the cream pie. Lol It has a nice sorta minty scent which is energizing and relaxing. This left my face cleansed & refreshed.

Moisturizer: GinZing Energy-boosting moisturizer

hydrates & revs up radiance
This lightweight, oil-free, energizing moisturizer instantly hydrates and revs up radiance. It’s fortified with legendary skin-boosters like Panax Ginseng and Coffee Bean. Lackluster-looking skin is rapidly refreshed and revitalized to create a healthy, vibrant glow.
  • I really loved the scent of this moisturizer. It was enegizing & refreshing.. smelled just like an orange. You know when you start to peel and that orange mist comes out of the peel? Just like that. It absorbed nicely into my skin and left my skin hydrated, smooth, & soft.

Mask : Clear Improvement Active Charcoal mask to clean pores

Nature’s complexion clean-up crew clears the way for skin to act its best. Bamboo Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Skin looks clear, feels perfectly pure.

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I really enjoyed this mask because it didn’t make my skin feel tight while it dried. My skin felt clean, soft, & clean after using it.

Night cream: High-potency Night-A-Mins  (mineral-enriched renewal cream)

renews, refreshes, hydrates

Put dullness to rest. Our famous night cream is fortified with time-released resurfacers plus Vitamins C, E and H, minerals and moisture-rich replenishers. While relaxing aromas lull you to sleep, skin sloughs away dry, dead layers. Deletes dullness overnight so you wake up radiant and refreshed.

  • This cream is very hydrating. I did notice it left my skin looking a little greasy/ shiny but since it was at night I didn’t mind as much. It wasn’t sticky or anything. When I woke up my skin looked good, hydrated, and oh so soft.

Eye Cream: GinZing ( Refreshing Eye Cream to brighten & depuff)

Origins GinZing Eye cream

Our clinically-proven morning-after eye cream instantly reduces dark circles. Unsightly bags and puffiness virtually disappear. It’s formulated with Coffee Beans, Panax Ginseng, Magnolia Extract and natural optic brighteners. Rapidly wakes up, refreshes and restores radiance to tired eyes.
 Rapidly wakes up, refreshes, & restores radiance
  • This really does brighten up your eye area. It is a pearly cream that absorbs nicely into the skin brightening & hydrating the eye area.

 

I enjoyed using this skin care routine . Each product did what it claimed. My skin looked healthy, felt and looked great. I enjoyed the scents of each product as well, they didn’t smell artificial ..just natural. They were refreshing & energizing. Very pleased with my experience.

I wish I could have attended the event they had for mini facials but I was out of town and couldn’t figure out how to apply for the one in FL vs the invite I received ( which was for CT)

Definitely check these products out, especially the moisturizers.

I received these products for free from Influenster for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Revlon Colorstay brow , liner, & mascara review

Hello. I’m Carra and I’m a beauty addict! lol I love trying out new make up & beauty products. When I had the chance to try some newer products from Revlon, I was very excited.  Crowdtap sent me 5 products to try.  A brow pencil, brow crayon, mascara, eye shadow, & eyeliner.

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Super-length mascara #101 Blackest black

Makes lashes look lush & full. I really liked this mascara. I don’t know why I never really thought about trying Revlon mascara but I’ve been missing out. It made my lashes more lush and long. It enhanced them in a natural way but still gave my lashes some oomph.

Colorstay Creme Eye Shadow #730

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This shadow is a cream that goes on smoothly and stays on . Its creamy and buttery and feels great on.  It’s also waterproof.  It has a built in brush which is a nice touch & comes in handy. I received the color praline which is a great neutral shade. It has a nice shimmer to it. I’ve actually been using my finger and in one swipe , my eyes look great. Its neutral but adds a little something to my look. I love it because I can wear it daily since its so easy to apply.  You can wear it alone , to your brow bone, use in the center of your eye to give dimension with other colors.

 

Colorstay Brown Pencil  dark brown #220

Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil

This pencil is waterproof, has an angled tip point, & on the other side has a blending brush on the other side. It helps define brows.  It wears up to 24 hours. I like this pencil because the angled tip gives small lines which look like hair so you can’t tell you filled in your brows. I also like the brush on the other end to help blend . It also stays put and doesn’t smudge. I only did a little but toward my arch / end of brow where my brows get a little sparse.

Colorstay 2 in 1 angled kajal eyeliner #101 Onyx

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This liner has an angled tip with a angled brush on the other side to help achieve a smokey eye look with one pencil.  This is perfect for a makeup bag when you take it on the go since its a 2 in 1. I like this eyeliner because its pigmented and easy to blend which makes doing a smokey eye simple.

ColorStay brow crayon dark brown #315

Revlon Brow Crayon

I realized crayon makeup are becoming more popular. I like them because I feel like I have more control when using them  This brow crayon has a wax to powder finish which is buildable & blendable . Its also waterproof . It wears up to 24 hours.

I liked all of these products. The mascara was my favorite. I even did a photoshoot and wore it because it made my lashes so pretty. ( I also used the brow pencil) Next up was the creme shadow. I love that its so simple to apply , I sometimes don’t have time to do eye shadow so now if I wanted to add a little more something to my look I just swipe some on my lid and im done.

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I didn’t get too much use out of the other products. The eyeliner is going to perfect for when I go out and want to do a smokey look. The brow crayon didn’t do too much for me. I did use the pencil and really like that it looked natural and was easy to blend. It also wasn’t to dark.

Have you tried any of these products? Which do you want to try? DO you have a favorite Revlon product?

I received these products for free from Crowdtap for being part of the Revlon Crowd. All opinions are my own.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra VoxBox

Influenster hooked me up with a great box filled with Lancome makeup. I don’t think I’ve ever tried Lancome makeup so I was happy to try it out. When I first got an email saying I was getting this , I thought it was just a foundation. Then clicked the video and saw I was getting 3 more products.  I was super excited … and sort of stalked my mailman waiting for it to come. ( One day I ran after him! haha)

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I was sent a foundation, concealer, lip lacquer, & highlighter. You can find these products at Sephora as well as other stores that carry Lancome.

 

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Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation SPF 15 $47

This foundation is like liquid photoshop.  My skin looked flawless all day. It evened out my skin tone and I didn’t need to use a lot of the product. I would go by the mirror and get a glance and be like “Oh ..hey girl!” haha

There are 35 shades to choose from. Its oil-free, gives a medium to full coverage (buildable) , gives your skin a matte finish, & stays on all day. I am a little bummed because when I received it I think I could have went up a shade it was a little light. Then  I went on vacation & now the color doesn’t match. I will have to wait until next Winter or find a pale friend to give it to.

Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer $31

I wasn’t a huge fan of this concealer because it was on the thicker side but it did a nice job. This is really pigmented and is gives full coverage. A little product goes a long way.  It was so so with blending into the skin and it also got a little tacky. If I were to buy this I think this would be good for special occasions or if you have dark circles.  I prefer a concealer with light-medium coverage.

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Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid $23

This was my favorite of the products I received because the coloring was perfect & it gave me a natural glow.  I received Lumieres De Bronze which is an amber bronze color. Its a creme highlighter that blends into the skin nicely and gives your skin a nice shimmer in just one click. The only thing I didn’t like it that with a click a lot of product came out , so click lightly .  I liked the doe foot applicator and light weight formula. I used this mostly on my cheekbones.  The small size makes ideal for travelling ( whether you are going on vacation or just to have in a make up bag)

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Le Métallique Metallic Lip Lacquer Mirrored Nude $22

I didn’t care for this color on my lips alone. It looked like I hate a glazed powdered donut. I ended up applying it on top on my lipstick on the middle of my lips for dimension. The lacquer is infused with exclusive plexi-gloss polymers and metallic pearls which gives a 3D shine . I liked it much better that way. While wearing alone I noticed it felt a little tacky but it was also moisturizing.

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Tony Moly Shiny Foot Review

It’s Spring time! Soon sandals & open toed shoes are in our future. I did one of these a long time ago and started seeing people mention foot peels.  I heard good things about the Tony Moly brand . I saw it on Amazon and decided to give it a try.

 

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It’s very easy to do. I like to soak my feet before hand so your skin is softer and the solution can work into your feet better. I do this when I am in the shower. I just plug the tub & let them soak for 15 minutes.

 

 

Next you put on these cool booties!  I wear size 11 , so if you have big feet like me they will fit.

Cut of the top of the feet with the solution and pout into each bootie.

Wiggle your feet around so the solution evenly coats the bottoms of your feet.

Tie the tops by your ankles & if needed there is a sticker to tighten on the top of your foot.

You can easily walk in them , though Id do more of a shuffle.

You wear them for 1-1.5 hours, I think I did 2 hours.  My feet were getting so cold without my slippers.

Rinse your feet off and apply the lotion.

Id say day 2-3 my feet were getting itchy. I remember this from the first time I did a foot peel. It means its working and that peeling is going to start.  It wasn’t a bothersome or annoying itch .

Day 3 there was peeling! I took off my socks and started walking I felt something and thought I stepped on what looked like apiece of plastic bag but it was a piece of skin dangling! lol gross!

Wearing socks 24/7 is sort of mandatory from this point on unless you want to leave a trail of dead skin every where.

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Gross! I know …ahhhhhh!

Overall it was easy and the results were what I needed. My feet were soft and ready for sandals. When I first ordered these I didn’t know I was heading to FL so it was perfect.

Just give your feet some time before heading in the sun because I think the formula made the tops of my feet a little sensitive and my feet got burnt when I went to the beach. I don’t know it it was because I didn’t apply enough ( which I did) sunscreen but was also playing in the sand and ocean and it wore off OR if it was this formula .

 

 

Have you done one of these foot peels? Which one? If not how you get your feet Spring & Summer ready ?

 

Inside my #RosyVoxBox

I’ve been using 6 products that Influenster sent me in this Rosy VoxBox for free.

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Not Your Mother’s Beach babe Soft Waves Sea Salt Spray

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You can put this on wet or dry hair. I liked putting in on my hair when damp. I sprayed it on my tresses and scrunched my hair. Let it air dry or use a difuser and ta*da nice health natural waves. My hair is already wavy but this just helped enhance them. When my hair gets long , like it is now sometimes my hair gets weighed down. The spray is infused with sea salt, alie, & sea kelp. The formula is free of sulfate, paraben, phthalate, & dye.  The smell is amazing. It just makes you wish you were on the beach.

Purell Naturals

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This is made with 93% naturally derived ingredients and naturally fragrance using essential oils. It eliminates 99.99% illness-causing germs. I always carry hand sanitizer . I liked that this bottle has a twist lock top so if the cap comes off Im still safe. This smelled nice & didn’t dry out my hands.

Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant

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Don’t worry about pit stains on your favorite clothes. It provides 2x sweat protection so you can worry about other things. It smells amazing & fresh & keeps you that way all day long.

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This will give you balls of your feet a break. These add stability & shock absorption to you’re strut, while keeping your feet from sliding. They are breathable & formulated with antimicrobial technology, keeping feet cool & dry. Wear these with heels, flats, wedges, boots, & sandals.

Vera Wang Embrace fragrance

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You can find these fragrances at places like Walgreens & Walmart.

The Periwinkle & Iris  reminds me a of a clean fresh scent.. a little like baby powder in a way.  I think of going out for a casual lunch , a day in the park, maybe a picnic.

The Green Tea & Pear Blossom is fresh , flirty. It was my favorite of the 2 scents. I see myself in a sundress walking through central park, maybe on a date or with friends.  It was crisp & floral.

Have you tried any of these products? If not which ones would you want to try?

* I received these product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.. All opinions are my own.

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Inside my Winter BeautyCon Box

I was very lucky and won a beautycon box. Check them out on instagram , that is how I came across the giveaway.  I did win this back in January… I know super late sharing! Also considering this is a Winter box and its almost Spring lol

 

I was really excited to see what was inside. I like the packaging, does anyone else hoard boxes like these? Im currently using this one to store beauty samples in. haha

I liked the silver polka dot tissue paper , so cute.

About the BeautyCon Box:  This is a beauty subscription box that sends out a box every season, unlike others that do it monthly.  The box is also mostly filled with full sized high-end beauty brands. It costs $29 per box. The box I received the value is around $139!

 

Inside

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I haven’t tried everything just yet because I have so many products I am trying to use up at the moment I don’t want to add more the the madness. I will try an update in a separate post or add back on here. Also check my instagram , I post a lot on there.

Artist Couture Illuminati Diamond Glow Highlighter

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If you want your cheeks to pop, this is the highlighter for you! I never heard of the brand until recently. I saw a video tutorial on instagram and she used this as I was waiting for my box to arrive. I was surprised & happy to see it in this box so I could try it out. Its a nice shimmery gold powder. As I applied it to my cheeks , my eyes got big and started to sparkle.  This is the best highlighter I’ve used. I almost wear this daily. It adds a nice sunkissed glow to my cheeks . I also apply it under my brow.

Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Tapered Highlighting Brush #522 $24

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I’ve never heard of Luxie beauty before but glad I have now. I’ve been using this to apply the Artist Couture highlighter. iTs soft, feels good in my hand while using it. I really like the pink & rose gold combo.

 

Colourpop x BeautyCon lippie Stix $5

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Have you heard of colourpop? I feel like 2016 I heard about it a lot but I never tried it. Now I’m mad I didn’t try it sooner. This color is a box exclusive. When I saw the shade I was unsure about it. Its definitely not a shade I would have chose for myself. This is one of the reasons I like beauty subscription boxes.  Its a neutral shade that feel nice and creamy/buttery on the lips. It also smells a bit like caramels.  I heard its similar to the shade cookie that colourpop has, if your like the shade.

BioBELLE Botanic Fiber sheet mask #AfterParty $5

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Do you love sheet masks? I cant get enough of them! This one smelled fruity , and not in an artificial way either. The fit was ok, it stayed on for the whole 20 minutes. When I took it off my skin felt soft, smooth, hydrated.

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water

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I haven’t used this yet but have heard good things. It is a multipurpose cleanser that helps take off make up, cleanses the skin, and refreshes without drying out your skin.

 

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

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I wasn’t expecting the green formula tube. You wash your face and leave your face damp. Add some of the treatment to your fingertips and for 30 seconds rub onto face in circular motions. It does have a tingling/burn sensation but goes away quickly. My face was left a little pink which went away within 5 minutes. My skin felt really soft & clean. It did feel a little tight and dry so make sure to add your serum & moisturizers right away. I don’t think this is something I would buy in the future. I will continue to use and see if anything changes.

L’oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer & Feline Mascara

 

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I have so much mascara so I haven’t opened these yet. The primer is supposed to help condition lashes over time. It also helps create a boosting effect, building volume & length. I saw it has good reviews and is about $5.99

Masacara- about $7.99 It promises instant volume & fullness.

Rimmel London The only one lipstick in Call Me Crazy

This lipstick is really bright. It feels great on the lips and smells just like candy. It goes on smoothly but with this color one slight move and your lips will look wonky. I’m not sure if Im a huge fan of this color either. It has an orange hue to it. Maybe with the right outfit and other makeup it would look better.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

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This bronzer maybe to dark for my pale skin tone. Someone mentioned that I could use it as a shadow. I will still try it out eventually. Most likely in the Summer when I am not as pale. Its a deluxe sample so perfect to throw in my bag.

Skinvolve Body Karate Cream retail $40

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I’ve never heard of this brand before. It’s blended with Pure Caffeine and Argan Oil to moisturize, improve skin texture and tone.  I opened it to see how it smelled and wasn’t a fan at all. I put it on after my shower on my legs and it really didn’t do a great job at moisturizing or hydrating my skin. It did absorb quickly and didn’t leave skin greasy but it’s not a product I would recommend or purchase.

 

This box is worth it in my opinion. 11 products high end/ drugstore brands for as little as $2.63 for each product. Have you tried any of these products?

 

Valentine’s Day Nail Art

Oops should have posted these sooner.

I was going to do 1-2 other designs but I ended up liking these and didn’t want to take them off so quickly.

Polka Dots & Hearts

Hearts & Dots Nail Art

 

Mosaic Hearts

These were a little hard and didn’t come out as clean but I still like them. I also didn’t even attempt my other hand and just did small hearts on my other hand lol. Looks like 2 different peoples hands haha

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Did you do any nail art for Valentine’s Day?