Apr 14, 2014

Subscription Addiction - Love it or Leave it? - iPsy


Michelle Phan has inspired countless women around the world through her beauty video tutorials on YouTube. Every day, the question Michelle gets asked the most is: "What are the right products for me?" 

With infinite beauty product combinations in the marketplace, choosing the best items for your needs can be a challenge! That was why Michelle created ipsy. Michelle and her team of stylists have selected products they love, for you to try. 

Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month. 

Must I say that in 2011 when iPsy started, it was named "MyGlam", which was an absolute disappointment. When "MyGlam" went through a complete web transformation and name change to "iPsy", it became even better than before.

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Subscription Options:

12 Month Subscription (12 bags for the price of 11) - $110

Monthly (1 bag, 1 time purchase) - $10

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The most unique aspect of iPsy, is the different bags you get each month. Each bag is unique and specific to each month's theme. They are also collectible, and the perfect size for makeup bag!

This month, iPsy is celebrating our unique beauty to the sound of tunes and festivals that fill the spring air. Beauty Rocks! 

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Products Featured: 

"Looks So Natural Lash" by Kiss - (Full Size) - $3.99

City Color's "White Gold Eyeshadow & Highlight Mousse" - (Full Size) - $3.99

Urban Decay's "24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil" - (Almost Full Size; sample) - $15

Benefit's "Lollitint" - (Sample) - $10

"Tinted Lip Balm in #14 Acid Pink" by CAILYN  (Full Size) - $19

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Considering the products that you get in your monthly iPsy bag and their value, paying only $10 a month is well worth it. This month, beauty rocks with a whopping $52 (rounded to nearest whole dollar) of value for the entire bag. 

On a more personal note, my favorite product of the bag is the CAILYN Tinted Lip Balm in "#14 Acid Pink". Using the built in brush, fill in your lips with short strokes, and optionally coat twice to achieve a full true color of the tinted lip balm. Acid Pink turns out exactly how it sounds - extremely bright pink with amazing lasting power. When the balm dries, it feels like there is nothing on your lips. Although the CAILYN Tinted Lip Balm is my favorite product out of the bag, I will not be using it due to the extreme color. I am very gravitational towards nudes and muted natural lip colors. 

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PROs: 

Collectible, unique bags perfect for in your purse
Only Costs $10 (Best bag value than other $10 subscriptions
Extremely helpful customer service and to-the-point
Not a sample service/monthly subscription bag
Created by beauty indulging & obsessed founders/YouTubers

CONs:

Confusing website to browse/lack of things to do
No way to share with friends - i.e. "Share this with friends"

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Now what you have been waiting for: 

Love it or Leave it?

LOVE IT

As some of you may know, I have gone through my fare share of monthly subscription companies (not all are shared on this series..yet). iPsy is by far the most bang-for-your-buck beauty subscription under $15. iPsy is very much compared to another $10 monthly subscription service (brown box, starts with a "B"), and I feel that iPsy shouldn't be compared to it. In non technical terms with estimating, you can pay $110 for a 12 month subscription from iPsy, and receive around $600-ish in beauty products. Plus, you don't get those silly 'basically free' samples.

iPsy is perfect for those who want to jump on the bandwagon of trying and receiving monthly beauty products, yet stay on the cheaper side of things.

If you're interested, subscribe to iPsy here.

Question of the Post:

What other monthly subscriptions are you currently loving? 

Apr 10, 2014

Radiance-Boosting and Rejuvenating Skincare



Pronounced: 
[O-lee Bee-uh-loj-eek]

Olie Biologique a luxury natural skincare brand based on 100% organic, vitamin rich oils unearthed from plant and tree sources. All products from Olie are created with standard certified active ingredients. Made with renewable wind energy with globally efficient packaging, and also designed by nature to be luxuriously effective for everyone, everyday, everywhere.


Biologique is also paraben free, contains no artificial fragrance, no synthetics or chemical preservatives, and is 100% natural and wholeheartedly pure. Olie Biologique is founded on the simple notion that looking and feeling radiantly healthy is completely natural. With minimal packaging and maximum benefits, our certified organic skincare oils are harvested without taking advantage of the earth. 100% pure and equally luxurious, Olie Biologique products contain the best botanical ingredients proven effective throughout time.

For men and women of all ages, Olìe Biologique organic oils and blends don’t discriminate. Nourishing, moisturizing, healing, restorative, and anti-aging, they provide incredible daily solutions for face, hair, nails, and body. With a sublimely light, non-greasy texture, our oils absorb quickly and are ideal for those people with scent sensitivities. They’re as unadulterated as it gets—no parabens, artificial fragrances, synthetics or chemical preservatives.
When it comes to Olìe Biologique products, less is most definitely more. More potency, more versatility, more visible results—all while being safe for you and the environment. That makes Olie Biologique, quite naturally, different.

Their mission: To offer pure, organic plant and seed based skincare oil blends of uncompromising quality.

Their logic: If we can change the 3 1/2 minutes someone spends on their self-care from being mundane to naturally gratifying, then mission accomplished!

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Olie Biologique was kind enough to send me their new formula of the "005 Huile Radicale Rejuvenating Oil" to test out and share my thoughts.

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Nature’s plumper and parched skin quencher. A MUST for dry, dull and damaged and aging skin begging for its radiant glow.
Intensive radiance-boosting and rejuvenating, this blend of 8 organic plant seed oils and floral extracts provides all-natural skin quenching properties with lightweight, healing potency. Anti-oxidants, fatty acids and naturally occurring retinoic acid preserve elasticity, plump facial lines and improve firmness while reducing brown spots. Absorbs completely to leave a silky, non-greasy finish.

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BENEFITS: 

•Camellia Seed Oil•

-Ancient Chinese & Japanese beauty secret of the Geishas produces flawless complexion.
-Naturally occurring collagen plumps and fills fine lines and wrinkles.
-Rich in Vitamins A, B & E plus anti-oxidants to naturally repair & tone skin.

•Rosehip Oil•

-Rich in Omega-3, Omega-6, Vitamin A & C which repair skin & aid in cell regeneration.
-Tones, tightens and clarifies skin’s texture. 
-Fades scars & hyper-pigmentation.  
-Softens wrinkles.Promotes collagen and elastin levels. This results in firmer, smoother, and more youthful skin with greater elasticity.

•Blackcurrant Seed Oil•

-Very rich concentrations of GLA (gamma-linoleic acid) help sustain elasticity.
-Promotes moisture retention & healthy circulation in the skin. 
-Reduces and calms irritation and inflammation.

•Evening Primose Oile•

-Rich concentrations of GLA (gamma-linoleic acid) promotes collagen synthesis.
-Rejuvenates mature skin and improves elasticity and balance.
-Excellent for skin conditions like rosacea & eczema.

•Rose Bulgar Oil•

-Rejuvenates mature skin and reduces wrinkles and signs of aging.
-Balances dry skin and heals broken capillaries to reduce dark circles under eyes.
-Sweet floral scent promotes feeling of calm & well-being.

•Rose Geranium Oil•

-Astringent properties help to clear sluggish, oily skin.
-Promotes healing in problem skin types like eczema and rosacea.
-Anti-inflammatory properties reduce puffiness & fluid retention.

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PROs:

Quickly absorbed into skin
No chemical smell; a faint sweet scent
Non-comedogenic
Lightweight
For all skin types

CONs:

Advertised as not oily, but can be easily

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How can you incorporate Huile Radicale into your skincare routine?

As a daily natural moisturizer: Apply 3-4 drops to fingers & gently press onto clean, slightly damp face.

For a mini facial massage: Apply over neck + face. Massage upwards & outwards for a few minutes to boost circulation, break down congestion & firm facial muscles.

As an addition to foundation: Add 1 drop to a liquid foundation to give a healthy glow to the skin.

As a moisturizer booster: Great option if you are new to oils. Add 1 drop every day to your regular moisturizer for a nutrient boost.

As an overnight facial treatment: A facial oil at night is a perfect overnight treatment. The right plant oils in the right proportions will leave your skin soft and naturally plumped. Also, the essential oils will help promote a deeper sleep.

For Hair, Nails and Body:
Nails and cuticles love oil! After applying your facial oil—massage any leftover oil into nails and cuticles.

Reduce appearance of stretch marks: Massage on baby belly during and after pregnancy. Gentle for delicate & sensitive skin: 100% USDA Certified Organic.

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005 Huile Radicale originally retails for $68, but with my special code OlieBB05, you can pick up the insanely awesome 005 Huile Radicale Organic Oil for under $55!

The code does expire August, 31st, 2014

This lovely rejuvenating oil as been fantastic as it has lasted in my skincare routine. It's moisturizing properties are incredible. Lately my skin has been having some type of dryness 'breakout', which is totally unusual since I have really oily skin. The Rejuvenating Oil took care of all the dry patches which have disappeared in just 2 night uses!

The Olie Biologique, 005 Huile Radicale Organic Oil is seriously worth the try. 

Olie Biologique and I teamed up to create this post, and send me the Huile Radicale Organic Oil to review. As always, I am honest with my reviews. I have a right to state my likes and dislikes along with any other opinions. Nothing influences my opinions other than my own review.

Apr 8, 2014

Lorac Breakthrough Performance Foundation


Wearing makeup shouldn't be a chore, nor something mandatory on the daily basis. Cosmetics and beauty routines should be an expression. An expression of who you really are, not what others want you to be. Makeup is just an extension of personality and colors, no more no less. Something that expresses you and you only.

Express yourself to unknown limits with this fabulous foundation by LORAC (la-rock), that I will be talking about and giving a little review upon.

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How did it all start?

With a hairstylist father and a manicurist mother, it's safe to say that LORAC creator Carol Shaw was born into the beauty business. As a teenager, a makeover at a Beverly Hills salon (a graduation present from her aunt) changed not only her look, but her life as well.

"I'll never forget how incredible that makeup artist made me feel, I looked and felt like a star!" says Shaw, who left that day realizing her destiny: To be a makeup artist.

Shaw got her start at a posh L.A. salon frequented by some of Hollywood's most famous faces. Eventually she moved to fashion, working with world famous photographers and models, while racking up a slew of magazine cover credits. Her celebrity clientele grew so devoted, Shaw has been known to book-up a year in advance for the Academy Awards. 

Through the years, Shaw noticed that most of her clients had the same major grievances about skincare and makeup as she did. They complained that too many products irritated their skin, looked and felt artificial, and simply didn't last. So Shaw set out to develop a line of products that met these standards, using the purest and mildest ingredients possible. Three years later, LORAC (which is Carol spelled backwards) was born. The line launched with 10 shades of oil and fragrance-free foundations, and is the perfect example of the natural, effective and easy-to-use products that LORAC would become famous for.

As a brand that puts care before color, but sacrifices neither, LORAC's treatment-based makeup is truly unique. From the plant extracts, emollients, skin rejuvenators, and conditioners they pack in their products, to the stuff left out (oil, fragrance, and other harsh ingredients), every LORAC product fulfills Shaw's dream to design makeup that makes you look gorgeous like the stars do—without appearing as if you're wearing much at all.

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(Must I say that it appears to be far more yellow-toned than it really is; Shown in color SM1 )

PROs:

Oil Free
Anti-Aging
SPF 14
Light to medium coverage (layerable to full coverage)
Pump with twist-to-lock feature
Lightweight
LORAC's "SMS Complex" (pre-aging, anti-aging, hydration, & smoothing antioxidants
Smells good for a cosmetic product; no chemical smell

CONs:

Slightly emphasizes dry patches
Creases easily

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With an oil-free base, all the benefits of the SMS Complex created by LORAC, and an SPF of 14, the Breakthrough Performance Foundation really is a breakthrough in the 'face' department of the cosmetic industry. Providing a light to medium coverage that is seriously the easiest to layer to a more desired coverage, fingers and or a sponge is recommended over brushes for the best results. 

You're left looking healthy with a makeup-less look. Be sure to moisturize very well before application to be sure those pesky dry spots aren't more exaggerated than they already are. Unless you're into the look or don't mind, setting your under eyes and any other places that may be prone to creasing with a powder is also recommended. This foundation leaves a satin finish that looks like real skin, and sure feels like it too! 

With a respectful 8 hour lasting formula that looks exceptional (can last longer with touch ups), the price point of an average $39 is reasonable for a higher end product. 

If you're interested in purchasing the lovely LORAC Breakthrough Performance Foundation, click here

Give it a try! 

(No affiliate links involved)