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.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Face SPF

When I used to think of Hawaiian Tropic brand, I would think of products to help get you tan or after care products.  My mom would always use them and remember using the products in my teens as well.  So its nice to finally think of them as a brand that also has product to protect you from the sun.

Last year  I tried their Silk Hydration body SPF & this month I was able to try their NEW Silk Hydration weightless face SPF.

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One of the things I love about Hawaiian Tropic is the scent. It doesn’t smell like sunscreen , it has a nice tropical scent that isn’t overpowering. The scent just puts me in a good mood. I hate smelling like sunscreen.

The bottle is small,  so its easy to throw in a purse or beach bag.  The pump makes it easy to get the perfect amount of lotion. Also less likely to have it leak in your bag.

I wish I received this before my extended vacation in Florida. It would have been perfect. The weather this week here in CT, was nice and we even had some hot weather ( almost in the 90’s)  I headed to the beach and put this SPF to the test.

Pros:

  • Easy to apply
  • smells great
  • Left skin soft & moisturized
  • Didn’t leave skin feel tight after drying/ applying
  • Light weight

Cons:

  • left my skin looking a greasy

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I was a little sad that it left my skin looking greasy because I didn’t have that issue with the Silk Hydration body SPF. I’ll still continue to use this when I go to the beach or maybe do any outdoor activities but it’s not an SPF I would wear daily.

What are your favorite Hawaiian Tropic products? or What is your favorite face SPF?

 

I received this product for free from Crowdtap 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.

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Honeysuckle body wash review

MrsMeyersBodywashSpring has sprung… only if the weather was a little more cooperative here in the CT. I need some sunshine and warmth!

Crowdtap sent me a bottle of Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Honeysuckle body wash to try. I love honeysuckle. I remember when I was younger they grew outside our apartment and would eat nectar.  In my 20’s I moved to an apartment and the fence in the backyard was covered. I loved after it rained and the honeysuckle scent was in the air mixed with the rain. I would go on my porch on the 3rd floor and just breathe it in.

A little about this body wash:

  • Softens with Aloe Vera Gel, and a unique blend of essential oils.  A few other ingredients include flaxseed oil ( to soothe skin), chamomile extract, olive oil( provides vitamin E, moisturization) , glycerin ( attract moisture & softens skin)
  • Made with plant-derived ingredients
  • Free of animal-derived ingredients and not tested on animals.
  • Free of parabens, phthalates, triclosan, artifical colors, formaldehyde.

Other scents:  Basil, Lavender, & Lemon Verbena

Retails $7.99 . You can find it at Target or head to Mrs. Meyers website to find a store near you

Not only is this a body wash but you can also use it to wash your hands and the formula is gentle enough to wash delicate clothing. I haven’t used it these ways yet but will try them out.

I really loved the scent, it wasn’t overpowering.  The scent brought me back to my old apartment and smelling the honeysuckle after a rain storm.  I  just kept wanting to smell it.  I also liked that it didn’t leave my skin feeling dry and I felt clean afterwards.

Have you tried Mrs. Meyers body wash before? Do you have another favorite Mrs. Meyers product?

I received this product for free from Crowdtap for review purposes. 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.

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.

Fancy Feet Ball of Foot Cushionsfancy feet

 

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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Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies #MakeItYours

Nothing is better than warm home made cookies.

Influenster sent my a coupon for a free tub of Country Crock spread to use as well as an easy cookie recipe to follow.

The best part is you can add whatever you want to these nuts, dried fruit, white, milk, or dark chocolate chips, sprinkles , ect.  I decided to add cranberry & milk chocolate chips because those are my favorite combo to make.

Country Crock Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Country Crock
  • 1-2 cups or your choice of mix-ins
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  •  2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Country Crock Buttery Spread

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • mix brown sugar, granulated sugar, country crock, egg, egg yolk, vanilla in a large bowl until well mixed.
  • Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and, baking soda until blended ( dough will be soft & creamy)
  • Add mix-ins into the dough until every spoonful has some of those yummy mix-ins.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets 3 inches apart ( I used Reynolds baking sheets)
  • Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are lightly golden.
  • Cool 1 minutes, remove from baking sheets, & cool completely.
  • EAT! nom nom nom

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Yum! The country crock definitely gives the dough a nice buttery flavor.

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These baking sheets make baking so much easier!

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What are your favorite mix-ins ?

I received Country Crock & Reynolds Baking Sheets complimentary from Influenster. All opinions are my own.