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.

Revlon Lip Products Review

There was a time I never wore lipstick and now its in my daily routine. So whenever I can try new lip products & colors…. I’m game! Never know which color will look good until you try it. I tried out 4 lip products from Revlon that Crowdtap sent me for free.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipcolor in Infatuation

This color didn’t look good on me so I gave it to my mom who likes darker colors. I thought it was hard to get an even coat.  only wore it for a short amount of time and it started to get patchy. I do have another color in the formula from this line and I love it. The applicator is soft & easy to apply the lip color.

There are 16 shades to choose from.

 

 

 

Revlon Kiss Balm in Strawberry

These balms are infused with natural fruit oils. I received strawberry and it smelled delicious!  The colors is sheer and you can build it up a little bit without leaving your lips feeling gross. Its easy to put in your pocket or purse when on the go. Leaves lips soft, hydrated , & kissable! Plus they have SPF in these for extra protection.   The other options: tropical coconut, crisp apple, sweet cherry, juicy peach

Revlon Kiss Balm Strawberry

Revlon Ultra HD Metallic Matte in Gleam

Revlon Ultra HD Metallic Matte

This lipcolor Gleam is not matte so its weird its called that. It has a nice shimmery look and isn’t sticky on the lips. I also like that its hydrating. I really like this color on me and the shimmer just adds a nice touch.  The applicator is soft and makes it easy to apply.

There are 8 shades to choose from.  Flare, Glam, Dazzle, Glitz, Gleam, Glow, Luster , Shine

 

 

Revlon Super lustrous lipstick in Black Cherry

This formula goes on smooth & feels great on the lips. Like the first color I shared its too dark for me. Its pretty , just not for mre. I think this is great for Fall/Winter ( just not on me) I gave this one to my mom as well.  Its felt nice and hydrated on the lips. I do have a few other colors in this line and love the way they feel on and the color looks great on. There are about 54 shades to choose from!

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What’s your favorite Revlon lip product? Have you tried any of these?

 

 

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

Revlon Face Products Review

Crowdtap sent me 4 Revlon products to try out . I received 2 primers, insta-blush, & a 4-in-1 blending sponge.

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Revlon Photoready Brightening Primer

  • Brightening pearls illuminate and even out skin tone
  • High Definition Filter Technology captures and transforms any light, blurring and softening flaws for a perfected, app filtered look
  • Helps to keep makeup in place all day
  • Works on all skin types

Revlon Photoready Brightening Primer

Revlon Photoready Pore Reducing Primer

  • Mattifies shine
  • Minimizes pores
  • High Definition Filter Technology captures and transforms any light, blurring and softening flaws for a perfected, app filtered look

Revlon Photoready Pore Reducing Primer

I wasn’t a fan of these primers. First off they have a weird smell, sort of like a glue smell.  Once I applied the primer and put my foundation on top , my foundation would settle in my pores more and make them more prominent. ( no beuno)   My makeup  would pill up in some places.  I then used a little less product and would put a little on my nose and cheeks. Putting a little bit seemed to help but only on my cheeks. I will continute to play around with it and see if I can make it work but as of now, I don’t think the primers are items I would buy.

4-in-1 Blending Sponge

This uniquely designed sponge Applies, Contours, Corrects, Blends for a flawless look

Revlon 4-in-1 blending sponge

I really like the shape of this sponge because it can be used different ways & fit in different spaces. My favorite part is the tip of it because it can easily go under my eyes , around my nostrils, & around lips so easily.

Revlon 4-in-1 Blending Sponge

Revlon Insta-blush in Nude Kiss

This is a cream to powder blush formula that adds a nice touch of color. Its blendable & natural looking. I wasn’t sure about the color at first when I opened it up and then swatched it. When I applied to my cheeks it added a nice natural color, like I was sun-kissed.

 

Revlon insta-blush Nude Kiss Before After

Left : Before  &  Right : After

Revlon Insta-Blush

 

It being in stick form , its easy to throw in your purse or makeup bag for when you are on the go since no brush is needed .  I’d definitely check out other colors in the insta-blush. There are 4 colors to choose from Nude Kiss, Candy Kiss, Berry Kiss, Rose Gold Kiss.

Revlon Instablush

 

I received these products for free for testing purposes from Crowdtap. All opinions are my own.

#Revitalift Challenge- L’Oreal Triple Power Moisturizer

Infleunster sent me L’oreal Revitalift triple power deep-acting moisturizer to take the Revitalift Challenge for 14 days. ( though Ive been now using it more than 14 days)

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It supposed to :

  • Repair wrinkles with hyaluronic acid
  • Re-firm skin with concentrated pro-xylane to firm & tighten skin
  • Redensify with concentrated pro-xylane to strengthen skin

See Dramatic Results:

  • Immediately: Skin is deeply hydrated. Complexion looks more radiant.
  • In 1 Week: Skin texture appears smoother.
  • In 4 Weeks: Skin elasticity is increased. Skin appears firmer. Skin looks younger.

I must say I don’t have an issue with wrinkles and my skin looks pretty healthy. For me, I didn’t really see any results.  Plus its hard to really tell because I moved to Florida and got a little tan. My skin has felt smooth , soft, & hydrated.

The moisturizer does have a thicker consistency to it and for me had too much scent to it. A little more than I like.

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When I applied it absorbed nicely into my skin. My skin instantly felt soft & smooth. I woke up to hydrated , healthy looking skin.  I had no problems applying make up on top of it . I’ve used it for 14 days and while it was a nice moisturizer , I don’t care for the perfume scent it has. I don’t think its something I would buy again because of that.  I will continue to use it daily in the morning and night until finished.

 

I received this product for free from Influenster. All opinions are my own.

JAFRA Royal Jelly Skincare routine review

I never heard of Jafra brand before so when Crowdtap had an opportunity to try out their Royal Jelly line , I signed up.  I used these products for 30 days. I think this is the first time I’ve used a skincare routine with the same products from the same line, twice a day for this long.

What is Royal Jelly? I had the same question. It is the milky secretion produced by worker honey bees packed with nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, proteins, & essential lipids. Which helps skin look youthful .

The routine was a 5 step routine in the morning and at night I didn’t use the SPF so it was a 4 step process.

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Cleansing Milk $25

A multi-tasking cleanser enriched with vitamin C and botanicals that purifies and improves skin. This extremely gentle cleanser nourishes, smoothes, and hydrates skin for a healthier-looking complexion.

Jafra Cleansing Milk

I wasn’t a fan of the scent of this cleaner. It was a mix of a household cleanser, algae, aquarium. I couldn’t put my finger on it. It was thick , sort of like if you spread glue it has that tackiness . My skin looked good, didn’t dry out my skin too much, and looked and felt clean.

Vitamin Infusions- Spot Serum $40

This Vitamin C-enriched serum helps to improve the appearance of dark spots and skin imperfections as a result of sun exposure, aging, and acne for an even skin tone. Evergreen Complex helps reduce the look of visible spots for a more youthful appearance, and Vitamin C targets hidden spots not yet visible.

Jafra Vitamin Infusions

I spread this all over my face before applying the moisturizer. I made sure to apply on my cheeks, under eyes, & forehead.  This one didn’t have a scent to it. Its lightweight and absorbs nicely into the skin. My skin felt & looked healthy after applying.

Global Longevity Creme $70

This is a nutrient-rich, multi-benefit age-fighting crème, which is designed to inject maximum moisture so your skin looks smoother, firmer, and more luminous. A rich, intensely moisturizing version of our best age-fighting balm, this lightweight crème contains our exclusive RoyalActive Peptide, which helps slow the appearance of aging, as it speeds up your skins’ renewal process, Manuka Honey, which delivers intense hydration, and key ingredient Sodium PCA, which traps moisture in so your skin remains supple.

Jafra Longevity Creme

This creme is very moisturizing & hydrating.  I woke up and my skin felt so soft and looked healthy.  Its rich & creamy & a little goes a long way. Again … the scent was not a favorite. It has a hint of wine but wine that has been sitting.

Global Longevity Eye Creme $36

This age-defying eye crème that instantly gives your eyes a more youthful and energized appearance. The key age-fighting ingredients included in this multitasking crème hydrate your skin and brighten its appearance as it minimizes the look of dark circles and puffiness.
It contains our exclusive RoyalActive Peptide to slow the appearance of aging, Wild Algae to calm swollen, puffy eyes caused by allergens, and Cassava, a skin-firming extract that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Jafra eye creme

This absorbed nicely into the skin that left my eye area hydrated and healthy looking. There wasn’t much of a scent to this one.

Solar Protection Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF50 $40

Jafra Royal Jelly SPF

A sheer, lightweight, and non-greasy SPF 50 protection fluid with Vitamin C that defends against damage from the sun, free radicals, and other environmental stressors.
In addition to preventing sun damage, it also protects the skin’s support structure and helps diminish age spots.

I’m always on the hunt for a sunscreen that works well and doesn’t leave my skin greasy looking. This one by JAFAR absorbed nicely and didn’t leave my skin greasy. It absorbed nicely into my skin and my makeup went on top nicely. This was a great must have especially just moving back to Florida. No breakouts which is awesome.

I used these JAFAR Royal Jelly products in my skincare routine for about 30 days. My skin does look healthy & feels soft and smooth. They were all hydrating.  I don’t know if I would keep up with this routine. While my skin looks & feels nice, I don’t see that much a difference for me to want these. If I had to buy any of them it would be the SPF.

First the scents . If I’m using these every day I want something pleasant while using them or no scent at all. I didn’t feel like any of them were so special for the price tag. The creme was very hydrating but the scent, not a fan. I also don’t prefer moisturizers in jars that I have to stick my finger into.   I really ended up liking the SPF, it didn’t break out my skin and protected me when I was out and about. I’m happy I had the opportunity to try these skincare routines, especially sine I’ve never heard of this brand.

Before/ After

I took these when I woke up .. messy hair no make up . 🙂 Haven’t really noticed anything different.

jafra before after

I received these products for free from Crowdtap for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

New HASK Dry Shampoo Collection

Hask

One of my must have products is dry shampoo.  I’ve seen Hask hair products in the past but mostly for shampoo, conditioner, and hair care products.  I was very happy to see that they have dry shampoo as well.   I was able to choose one of the four new dry shampoos they have available.  I ended up choosing charcoal because it felt like ti would be best for my hair.

All of their Dry Shampoos are Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors.

  • You can find these products at Ulta & they retail for about $7.99 .

Make sure to check Ulta ( in store or online)  , sign up for their catalog, and their reward program. If you use my link here to get $10 off $30 . That way you can see when they have deals. They recently had BOGO 50% off on their dry shampoos.

ARGAN DRY SHAMPOO
Infused with an orange citrus scent
Long-lasting Oil Absorption
Removing excess oil is now easier than lather, rinse and repeat. Skip a wash or extend the life of your style with this lightweight, argan infused formula that will leave your second day hair even fresher than the first. Ultra-fine rice starch acts quickly to soak up oil, sweat and odor leaving hair revived, bouncy and clean. Saving time has never been this glamorous!

COCONUT DRY SHAMPOO
Infused with a tropical coconut scent
Long-lasting Oil Absorption
Removing excess oil is now easier than lather, rinse and repeat. Skip a wash or extend the life of your style with this lightweight, coconut infused formula that will leave your second day hair even fresher than the first. Ultra-fine rice starch acts quickly to soak up oil, sweat and odor leaving hair bouncy, vibrant and clean. The tropical escape your hair has been waiting for!

CHARCOAL PURIFYING DRY SHAMPOO

Hask Dry Shampoo Charcoal
Infused with a botanical citrus scent
Long-lasting Oil Absorption
Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors.
Ridding your scalp of excess oil is now easier than lather, rinse and repeat. Skip a wash or extend the life of your style with this lightweight formula that will leave your second day hair even cleaner than the first. Ultra-fine rice starch infused with charcoal powder acts quickly to soak up oil, sweat and odor, leaving hair soft and clean. The days of oily hair are now over!

CHIA SEED VOLUMIZING DRY SHAMPOO
Infused with a floral tea scent
Long-lasting Oil Absorption
Your ultimate hair care pick-me-up is now easier than lather, rinse and repeat. Skip a wash and extend your style with this lightweight, chia seed infused formula to transform hair from lifeless to voluminous. Ultra-fine rice starch acts quickly to soak up oil, sweat and odor leaving hair big, bouncy and clean. Amping up your beauty routine has never been this easy!

Dry Shampoo Hask

I enjoyed the citrus scent, it was a nice pick me up at any time of day I used it. It wasn’t strong and smelled refreshing.  There was no residue left on my dark brown hair which sometimes can be an issue with dry shampoo. If there was, it easily absorbed and mixed into my hair. It last all day and really didn’t need to apply during the day.

It absorbed the oil quickly and my hair looked great. I could go another day or 2..maybe 3 without washing my hair. Which was perfect for when I drove from CT to FL recently.  Also with sweating here in FL ( I forgot how hot & humid it is all the time) I need a little help. My scalp gets oily but if I was my thick long locks often my scalp get oily quicker and my hair doesn’t look as healthy or bouncy.  This definitely shot up in my top 3 for dry shampoos.  I also like that I can find it at Ulta make sure to check other places that you have seen Hask being sold at as well.

Make sure to follow Hask on
Instagram to stay up to date with the brand.

Also how cute/ funny is this tote bag Hask sent me?

Hask Tote Bag

What is your favorite dry shampoo?  Have you tried any Hask hair products? Which ones?

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Dinner with Barilla ProtienPLUS penne- Ssausage & Tomato Veggie Pasta

I’ve been loving this Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta BzzAgent sent me to try out.   I already made a yummy shrimp dinner with the spaghetti and knew I wanted to do something with sausage with the penne.

Barilla ProteinPLUS sausage & tomato veggie sauce

If you missed my Shrimp & Broccoli dish with Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta here is some info on this pasta.

according to the front of the box:

  • Its loaded with 17 grams of protein in a 3.5 oz portion.
  • Crafted with simple ingredients, like flaxseed, barley and oats
  • Made with protein-rich chickpeas, lentils and egg whites
  • Great source of fiber ( 7 grams)  and ALA omega-3

It tastes great & is filling.

Though I did look at the label and this is not for a serving size but I never have a serving size when it comes to pasta but just wanted to throw that out there.

  • Barilla ProteinPLUS  2 oz serving size , 10 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, 190 calories
  • Barilla Whole grain : 2oz serving size, 8 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber , 180 calories
  • Heartland Whote Wheat : 1cup dry serving size, 7 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber 220 calories

Ingredients  used:

  • Barilla ProteinPLUS penne pasta
  • Sausage
  • diced tomatoes ( with olive oil & garlic)
  • mushrooms
  • red pepper
  • spinach
  • parmesan cheese
  • chicken broth
  • onion powder
  • garlic & pepper seasoning
  • Italian seasoning

Barilla Protein Plus sausage & tomato veggie sauce

 

First add water to a pot to boil , add salt.

Next brown the sausage in a pan in med-high . Halfway through I added the diced red bell pepper.

I then added the sliced mushrooms. Stir

Next add a 15oz can of diced tomatoes . Stir

Add some chicken broth.

barilla proteinplus sausage & veggie sauce

My water was boiling at the point so I added the pasta to the water.  I cooked for about 11 minutes.

I wanted some green and had some a little spinach so I rough chopped it…. also meaning I already washed my cutting board so I tore it into pieces with my hands haha.

If you want it a little saucier , you can add more broth.

Next add some parmesan cheese. Stir.

Drain pasta.

For the most part I always keep the sauce & pasta separate because sometimes I like more sauce than pasta or like to evenly coat the pasta. Depends on my mood 🙂

Add pasta to a bowl ( or plate) top with the tomato veggie sauce and mix.

Top with parmesan cheese & ENJOY!

 

I received this product for free from BzzAgent. All opinions are my own.