Volition Beauty Review #MyOwnVolition

Volition Beauty reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try some of their favorite products. I said yes and couldn’t wait to try the products out.  You can buy & find their products on their website and on Sephora’s website. They recently launched their top products earlier this month.  In September they will be available at selected Sephora stores as well.

These products are vegan, cruelty free ,noncomedogenic. & made without – Paraben, Sulfates, & Phthalates

Volition Beauty

 

Volition is the first & only brand that co-creates with us, the consumer. They don’t want to just sell us beauty products but help solve our beauty problems. On their website , you can submit your ideas for a product and possibly have your idea become a possibility / next must have product in their line.  They also include a little card in the products packaging acknowledging the person who had the idea and their inspiration behind it.

Tumeric Brightening Polish

Volition Tumeric Scrub

You can use this on body or face, I’ve been using it on my face only so far. Its gentle on my skin but still effective enough to exfoliate. My face felt smooth & did look healthy after using it.  Tumeric is a super spice & has been part of the Indian cultures beauty routine for thousands of years. It helps soften & brighten the skin.  This also contain sandalwood which is great for toning & olive oil for hydration.  This product is also vegan. It retails for $38.

Helix AM/PM Eye Gel

 

 

I really like the consistency & texture of this gel. It reminds me of a blurring products. Once applied it smooths skin out and absorbs quickly. Make up goes on without a problems & goes on smooth. The secret ingredient is a repairing helix complex from escargot ( yup..snails!) to help firm skin & decreases lines & wrinkles. Its lightweight , helps with puffiness ,& is hydrating. It retails for $52

 

Oil Control Mattifying Mist

Volition Oil Control Mist

 

This is a refreshing mist to help mattify skin & absorbs oil.   The rose water is calming & smells lovely. Spray about 12 inches from the face to refresh your makeup any time of day. Moving to FL this has helped keep my skin looking fresh & clean without messing up my make up.

This mist contains:

-Natural Humectant Powder: Delivers hydration to skin while drawing out excess oil.
-Amino Acid Complex: Promotes a healthy pH balance while hydrating and moisturizing skin.
-Rose Water: Features anti-inflammatory properties for redness.

 

I received these products for free. All opinions are my own.

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Stitch Fix Box review

Im a bit reluctant to trying clothing boxes because I can be picky with my clothing. I also have some issue with fit because  I am tall, have hips, & a small waist, long torso lol the list goes on.  Will they really know my style if I answer a few questions and choose some pictures?

Well thanks to T-mobile for hooking me up on T-mobile Tuesdays ( if you are a T-mobile customer , download the app for goodies!) with a $25 credit to use. I thought why not?

You can get a $25 credit too if you use my link ( I get credit as well) win win.

FREE $25 Stitch Fix Credit

 

Stitch Fix Box

When you sign up you answer questions about your style , there are also photos of styles to choose from , & questions about your sizing,  so the stylist can choose what is best from the results & have them personalized.

It was a simple process.

You are charged a $20 styling fee which can be put towards an item in your box.

You have 3 days to decide what you want and don’t. There is a prepaid mailer in your box to return the items you don’t want. You only pay for what you keep.

My box came and I was excited to see what was inside. There was 5 items.

  • 2 tops
  • shorts
  • dress
  • necklace

They also send a price list & a sheet showing how you can style the pieces.

StitchFixStyle

One of my favorites from the box is this Pixley Crissie dress $68

I love the scallop detail on the neckline , the fit, color, and back.

I didn’t like that it had snap closures in the back. I do have long arms but a pain to do.

StitchFix Dress

 

Project Social T Natassia Mesh Trim Knit Top $40

STS Blue Eleonora Distressed Fray Hem Denim Shorts $38

The top was really comfortable and liked the mesh detail. It was so soft. It was a bit pricey for what it is though.

The shorts were also comfortable and a nice length.  A size smaller would have been better , when I checked their site they were out of the smaller size.

StitchFix

 

When I saw this print on this Renee C Jayani Halter top ($48) I wasn’t sure but when I tried it on I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t care for the fit of it though. I prefer it to be more fitted or flowy.

StitchFix Halter

 

Last piece was an accessory . Bay to Baubles Sutara Filigree Circle Pendant $28

I liked the design but a bit too long for me.

StitchFix necklace

Overall , the items they picked are something I’d try on or stop and look at ….maybe minus the halter for the top but that’s what is great about these boxes. Trying something you might not.  The prices are a little high, for me anyway . I’m a bargain shopper so I know I could find similar pieces at places like Marshalls/TJ Maxx . I also wish they gave at least a week to think about it vs the 3 days. Especially since I just moved and am on a strict budget right now.

Have you tried Stitch Fix before? How did you like it?

Save money while shopping online

About a week ago I went to Marshall’s for a TJX rewards access event.  P.S if you shop at Home Goods, TJ Maxx , or Marshalls, sign up it’s free.  Every time you shop you will be entered into a sweepstakes, opportunities for giveaways, & special events.

At this event there was coffee, donuts, a chance to win a gift card ( I won $20!) , & free holiday wrapping paper.

I ended up buying this great black jumpsuit. I just tried it on for fun and was surprised it was the right length as well as fit in the right places. Being tall anything one piece is usually a miss.

jump suit tjx access rewards event

 

I also found this Tommy Hilfiger coat which I really liked. It was warm, sleeves were long, coat was a great length, & the hood looked good and fit right. I feel like its going to be a very cold winter so I needed something to keep me warm.

I wanted to wait because I was very close on one of my survey sites to cash out , and one of the option was a Marshalls gift card. Well it didn’t go as planned and I didn’t want to wait. I went back & my size was gone!! Oh no. I was pretty bummed because I haven’t been this happy to find a coat in awhile.

I did take a photo of the tag when I was at the store the first time . I googled it and guess what? It was at Macy’s for the same price! YAY

My deal ended up being WAY better too.

Coat $79.99 ( $85.07 with tax)

  • Used 3 Macys gift cards ( from survey sites) about $64
  • $5 in plenti points
  • $16.xx on a egift card from a survey site

I paid $0 out of pocket.

Here is where it gets good.

 

ebates tommy coat

You can find the Tommy Hilfiger coat here

Macy’s had a deal if you spent a certain amount you would get back $10 in Macy’s Money

I used Ebates & received $9.60 back

There was also a deal on plenti if you spent $50 you would get back $10 plenti points

I ended up getting $29.68 back with different sites!

Ebates is great and I highly recommend adding the Ebates cash back button to your browser. That way you are reminded to use it. I would always forget, ever since I added the button I never forget.

If you use my link >> EBATES you will get back $10 on a qualifying purchase of $25 or more. Which can easily be done with holiday shopping.

I also suggest signing up for honey . If you want to save a little more money and/or you’re tired of looking for promo & coupon codes this site does it all for you.

 

 

What sites do you use to save?

Formula X – The System XCEL & Delete All review

I love doing my nails. I probably have 100 bottles of nail polish. Whether Im doing a solid color or nail art I’m always looking to try new formulas & colors.

I was sent Foruma X The System XCEL & Delete All polish remover to try. You can find these products at Sephora in store or online.

Formula X The System XCEL DELETE ALL

The System XCEL:

Retails for $32 

It comes in a cute little box that folds into a cube. There is an empty spot for your color polish that you can choose. I received TGIF, which is a pretty pink coral color. You are supposed to get 10 day wear, chip resistant color, & gel-like shine.

This system gives you a gel like manicure without the fuss with just 4 easy steps.

  • Cleanse: Removes oils as it conditions to give you nails a clean slate. It dried instantly.
  • Prime: Made with keratin & advanced bonding agents this step helps the color take hold stronger & longer
  • Color: self explanatory , add the color you want to you nails
  • Shine: Acrylic fortified top coat that seal in the color and give your nails the gel-like finish.

My experience/ Thoughts:

I liked how easy The System was easy to add while doing my nails. Each step dried quickly, so it didn’t add a lot more time when I did my nails.

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The color I did have an issue with. It is a thicker formula so it wasn’t so easy to work with. It also had lines in it so I did 2 coats to get an even smooth coverage, even though coat one was opaque. I had to do a little more extra clean up because the brush wasn’t as wide & not as flexible, plus the formula being thick. I am not sure if all colors are like this or just this one.

The first time I did my nails I realized cracking & chipping within 3-4 days. I was bummed because I was expecting it to be much longer. I thought maybe its because my nails are long. Even though they are strong they still bend while I use them which probably cause the cracking. I used the Delete All polish remover & started over after cutting my nails in half.

Formula X Chipping

This time I had more of a problem using the TFIF color. It wasn’t cooperating and staying smooth or I would smudge it. Oi! I finally got it on though. This time it lasted 5-6 days before I saw cracking & a little chipping. I guess I just use my nail a lot.

My favorite step was the top coat. The brush was wide and flexible and in pretty much one coat you were good to go. It left my nails so shiny & smooth.I loved it. I would definitely buy this in the future.

 

DELETE ALL

Retails $15 

DELETE ALL Formula X

I was surprised an amazed with DELETE ALL polish remover. It took seconds and my polish was off. This has a pre-soaked sponge with 5 holes that you insert your fingers in. You wiggle them around for about 15 seconds and take them out tada , you nails are clean.  No need to worry about spilling, no rubbing, and the smell doesn’t linger as long as bottled polish remover. I haven’t tried it yet but  I heard it is even good at taking of the dreaded glitter polish. Just make sure to add some lotion, creme to you nails after using  this.

*Tip someone told me when its dried out add your own polish remover to get more use out of it.

 

Overall it was a good experience. I don’t really cleanse my nails with anything except maybe washing them before applying polish, so that was a nice step. I wish my manicure did last the 10 days though. I am going to try with other polishes I have and see how it works out.  I loved the Shine top coat , my favorite step and formula. I would buy that again because that completed the nails and did look salon worthy . Delete All polish remover is fantastic & cut taking polish off instantly. Glad I had a chance to try it. Makes taking polish off so much easier.

 

I received these products as a gift from Formula X, all opinions are my own.

 

Curel Hydra Therapy Moisturizer review

I recently tried Curel Hydra Therapy wet skin moisturizer.

curel

So whats the deal?

After showering or bathing you apply this Curel Hydra Therapy to your wet skin. No need to rinse off or wait for it to dry after applying it. Just towel dry as normal and then get dressed.

Why do you put it on wet skin?

After showering your pores are open, providing an easy pathway for moisture into you skin. The Advanced Ceramide Complex penetrates deeply into your skin’s surface bring moisture to the source of dryness. It absorbs immediately.

Why Ceramides?

These are naturally present in healthy skin. They are vital building blocks to maintaining skin’s moisture barrier. When lost, skin becomes damaged & dry. Curel ceramide complex penetrates & replenishes skin’s ceramide levels and repairs the moisture barrier.

Curel Hydra Therapy

My thoughts

I put the bottle in the shower so I wouldn’t forget.  I usually put lotion on my skin when I get out of the shower so I am used to this step. Except this time I am wet while I apply. Once I turned off the water , I added some lotion to my hands and started from my legs and worked my way up. A little product goes a long way and I was surprised. When I was done I dried off and got dressed. My skin didn’t feel tacky, sticky, or greasy. My skin was left smooth, touchable, hydrated, and soft.  I liked the results but I don’t know if I really care for the process. I am always cold so when I get out of the shower I’m like ‘Where is my towel?’ I usually light towel dry off and then add my lotion. Since Cureal hydra therapy you have to be wet for it to ‘activate’ I don’t really care for that part. For me I don’t think its something I would work into my normal routine, even though I liked how it left my skin.

 

Have you heard or tried Curel Hydra Therapy yet?

 

  • I received this product from Curel & Crowdtap for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

 

L’oreal Paris Pure-Clay Mud Mask review

Lately I’ve been becoming more aware of L’oreal skincare products.  One of their newest products is their Pure-Clay Masks. I love mud masks , it’s like a spa day at home. Transform you skin in 10 minutes.

LorealClayMasks

Each mask has 3 mineral clays and an enhanced- sourced ingredient tailored for ideal absorption time. They are sourced from Mountains in Morocco, the South of England, and the USA.

Mineral Clays: 

  • Kaolinite is a soft mineral which absorbs unwanted impurities to remove excess shine without stripping away natural oils
  • Montmorillonite comes from igneous rocks, is soft to the touch, swells when it comes into contact with water and is renowned for its purifying and rebalancing properties
  • Ghassoul is gathered from volcanic regions of Morroco where it’s been used by women in face masks and compresses for years

Added ingredient

LorealClayIngredients

  • Eucalyptus known for possessing purifying and soothing actions beneficial for women with oily skin
  • Charcoal acts like a magnet on the skin to draw out impurities
  • Red Algae nutritious in sugars that help to strengthen the skin. Extraordinarily fine natural volcanic particles act as a naturally effective exfoliant to gently remove dead skin cells

 

lorealclays

 

The texture of the clay is creamy and goes on smoothly. There is no overpowering scent & they dry pretty evenly. Some are more “perfumey” than others. These were also easy to take off with warm water.

These retail for about $9.99 each which is pretty good. I’ve even heard a few people saw these are as good as glam glow . I’ve only used samples of that brand so  I can’t really compare in my own experience. For best results use these 2-3 times a week.

P.S Don’t want to get your fingers all dirty witd the clay. You can do this with any mask. Get a fan art brush ( Walmart/Target/Craft store) and use it just for your masks. Make sure to clean them after each use.

Detox & Brighten

Skin concern: Dull & Tired skin

Charcoal

Went on smoothly and easy to apply over my face. This one was my favorite. As it dries you can see where you are oily . It is sucking all the impurities out of you skin.  I took warm water and took off the mud mask. My face looked clean , refreshed, & did look a little bright. This one is my favorite out of the 3 I tried.

 

Exfoliate & Refine

Skin concern: Rough & Clogged skin

This one is my next favorite. It looks like the  mud you see people applying to themselves when they go to one of those exotic locations. This clay does have small particles which help exfoliate. This one is sort of like a 2-in-1 mask. This one also doesn’t dry completely. I like rubbing it on in circular motion to exfoliate. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and wash it off.  I rub it off in circular motions are well to exfoliate. The particles in the clay weren’t harsh on the skin and very gentle. My skin felt great afterwards.

 

 

Mattify & Purify

Skin concern: Oily & Shiny skin

lorealpurifymask

 

This one for me is best when I multi-mask or area/spot treatment. This one dried really hard and made my skin feel tight while it was on.  It also stung a little bit when I first put it on for 10-20 seconds but not enough for me to wash it off.  When I took it off it did have a cooling sensation and my skin looked  & felt really clean. My skin did feel a little dry . I will use this for a spot treatment instead of my whole face ( t-zone, cheeks, chin, nose) This would probably be better for someone who has an oilier complexion and someone who doesn’t have sensitive skin.

 

Multi-masking :

 

Multimask Loreal

Do you or have you done a multi mask? It’s applying a few different products to your face to help your problem areas. Your skin might be oily in your T zone but have dry cheeks.

 

 

Loreal Multimask

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

#FoilFebruary – week 2

Week two of project use up samples.

I’ve been trying not to use too many at the same time because I want to know how the product works with my skin. I also have been doing this in case I have an allergic reaction or break out I can somewhat pin point it.

Foil February

This week: 18

Chanel- Hydra Beauty Micro Serum : Loved the smell, easy to apply, absorbed well, left skin hydrated. Skin looked & felt great after using it.

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil:  I like that it is multi-purpose, natural, & organic. Use it on your skin, hair, & nails. Left skin smooth & soft

Smashbox photo finish foundation primer : Skin felt velvety smooth & soft.

Thierry Mugler- Alien perfume : When I sprayed it on I wasn’t a fan but once it settled I really liked it

Garnier BB Cream:  I actually have a full size bottle that I barely use.  It’s in light/ medium. I don’t know if it is the formula or the color but it just a little off for me. I feel like its a little dark and doesn’t really blend into my skin as well.

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield – I’ve been wanting to try a visiblur product since Ive been seeing them pop up from many brands. I like that it has SPF 30. It went on nice, it did ‘blur’ the skin evening it out. Which was pretty cool. The first day I used it it was fine but then then second day it clumped up my make up. Not sure if I used too much the second day or what the deal was. Sometimes its hard to tell how a product works with small samples.

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture:  Skin felt and looked great after. Absorbed nicely into skin. Skin looked healthy & felt smooth.

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15- My skin isn’t too oily , sometimes in the T zone. I didn’t care for the fomula . It was a little difficult to spread over my face.

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser- Worked nicely but I don’t think I would get a full size. The formula was a little thinner than I like. My skin did feel/look clean, felt soft, and it was also gentle on my skin.

Kleenex facial cleansing wipes- I think this would be better for summer time or sports to refresh your face. It did an okay job at removing make up. It did irritate my skin felt itchy so wouldn’t buy these in the future.

Nivea in shower body lotion Cocoa Butter/ Nourishing : They are ok, I don’t see the point in buying these for myself.  Did an okay job at moisturizing. Don’t love them or hate them.  I did like the smell of the cocoa butter.

N4 Hydrating Body Lotion: Little thinner than I like my lotion , good job at keep skin soft, hydrated, & smooth.

Juice Beauty:

  1. Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleaner: LOVED the smell so refreshing, lightly lathers, face feel clean, gentle on skin.
  2. Green Apple Age Defy Serum: Has an odd scent. Easy to apply and spread. Make sure to follow up with a moisturizer.
  3. Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer : Did’t care for the formula, difficult to spread. Skin did look & feel good