Apr 16, 2014

Music Madness


I've been seriously addicted to "Panic! at the Disco" for the longest time. Since I'm waiting to hear back from a couple brands about reviews and such, I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite songs from Panic! at the Disco.

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Here's a little bit of background on how they started as a band:

Panic! at the Disco (formerly stylized Panic at the Disco[1][2]) is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004. Since its inception, the band's line-up has included Brendon Urie (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Spencer Smith (drums), and as of 2010, bass guitarist Dallon Weekes.

Founded by childhood friends, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, Brent Wilson and Brendon Urie, Panic! at the Disco recorded its first demos while its members were all in high school. Shortly after, the band recorded and released its debut studio album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005). Made known by the top ten lead single, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", the album eventually was certified double platinum in the US. In 2006, founding bassist Brent Wilson was fired from the band during an extensive world tour, and subsequently replaced by Jon Walker.

Influenced by 1960s rock bands, The Beatles, The Zombies and The Beach Boys, and preceded by the hit single, "Nine in the Afternoon", the band's second studio album, Pretty. Odd. (2008), marked a significant departure from the sound of the band's debut, and ultimately led to the departure of guitarist and principal songwriter Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker, who favored the band's new direction. The duo subsequently formed a new band, The Young Veins, leaving Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith as the sole remaining members of the band.

Continuing as a duo, the band released a new single, "New Perspective", and recruited Dallon Weekes (bass) and Ian Crawford (guitar) to accompany the band during live performances. The band's third studio album, Vices & Virtues (2011), marked a return to the band's initial Vaudevillian pop-punk sound and was recorded solely by Urie and Spencer with producers John Feldmann and Butch Walker.

In 2012, the band added touring bassist Weekes to its core line-up, rendering the band a three-piece,[3] and released its fourth studio album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, in 2013.

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Enjoy!

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.