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Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Replacement Insoles

29 Oct

Hello! It’s been too long. Working on a computer all day tends to keep me away from my computer on my personal time… Today I have to share about a gift from Influenster.com:

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I received the Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Women’s Replacement Insoles from Influenster to test out and share my opinion. After considering purchasing these for quite awhile, something always stopped me, as they aren’t cheap for something you don’t know will be beneficial or not. Insoles always seem like they are a want, rather than a need, but that may be untrue.

I personally placed these in my Nike LunarGlide 5’s, which are relatively new. I removed that insole, which already provides great support. These insoles seemed almost identical to the Nike LunarGlide 5 insole, which is a good thing. I’m interested to try these insoles in other shoes, without so much provided support, and they will make a world of difference in the shoe. While running, doing calisthenics, or running errands, these insoles absorbed the shock, majorly in the heels, but all over.

Overall, I would recommend these to active women. I personally could benefit from a little more arch support, but that’s just due to my high arches.

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I’ll be posting soon about MeUndies.com, I’ve had exceptional customer service with them, in addition to a great product. As well, I’ll have a post on Red Carpet Manicure swatches.

 

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Red Carpet Gel Manicure System Review

5 Jun

Hi Guys,

I have completely abandoned my blog while learning what working full-time life and traveling is like. Having a job where my computer is always in front of me makes it hard to switch off from work mode.

Anyway, I finally got an at-home gel/shellac manicure system. I used it for the first time a few days ago, with pretty low expectations…

Red Carpet Manicure Professional LED Light

The lamp itself is super light, small, portable. I followed the directions the best I could, first applying a light swipe of the ‘Prep,’ which just soaked up any excess water/oil whatever could be on your nails, this literally evaporated in a second.

Next, I applied a light swipe of the ‘Structure,’ which was almost a goopy texture, but spread easy enough. I personally chose to paint and place under the lamp my first four fingernails, then both my thumbs, then the other four fingernails, since the lamp is small. So after I applied the ‘Structure’ coat, I placed my nails in the above order under the lamp for 30 seconds each.

Next I applied my color. I have a heavy hand, and have always been guilty of applying way too thick of coats of nail polish in general, that doesn’t fly so well with this system, which I learned. You are supposed to apply a THIN layer, then place your nails under the lamp for 45 seconds, then do a second coat. The few nails that I applied too much onto dried a bit like a mountain on my nail, but it actually smoothed out pretty well. I learned my lesson, though.

Finally, after you’d applied your polish color, you apply the ‘Brilliance’ coat, then place your nails under the lamp for 45 more seconds. Then you’re supposed to use one of their products and take a tissue or wipe and brush it across yours nails. This was scary to me, because they still seemed sticky (which they were, thats what you’re wiping off) but reluctantly I did, and the polish stayed in place! I personally just used a kleenex since I don’t have the formula from Red Carpet and it worked just fine, it just seemed oily at first.

The ladies at Ulta said you don’t necessarily need that formula to remove the stickiness, just use a Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover.

Red Carpet Its Not a Taupe

So how did it turn out? I love it!!  This color is ‘Its Not a Taupe’ which is a pretty, neutral grey color.

My nails are incredibly brittle, they peel so much and just bend backward, as weak as possible. When I paint my nails with a nail thickener, numerous coats of polish, and a top coat, it will have chipped/peeled off by the next day.

The picture above is a few days after I did the manicure (try to look past my own lack of nail painting skills) and they are so strong and thick and no chipping, which is a feat in itself.

Red Carpet Gel Manicure Review

You can see in this picture on my pointer finger there is the little mountain of polish from me applying too much at once, but I can’t get over how well this works and how much money it’s going to save me.

I will update in a few weeks with how it held up. I’ve seen from other blogs it stays fully for about 2 and a half weeks, which would be unheard of for my sad nails.

Do you have a gel polish system at home? What brand of gel polish do you prefer, I’ll be stocking up.

Muji 5 drawer acrylic case review

25 Apr

Hi Guys,

I’d temporarily abandoned my blogging duties due to a new full time job, traveling to California, and doing a lot of house/dogsitting and various other things.

I’ve been waiting to order the MUJI 5-drawer acrylic cases, and they came in a stock a few days ago, so I ordered them immediately to make sure I snagged at least two.

 

Muji 5 drawer acrylic case review

 

 These drawers are really pleasing and fit makeup really well. They have a rubber type material on the bottom so they don’t move around and are really easy to stack. Muji 5 drawer acrylic case review

The drawers seem nicely made and it’s awesome to be able to see all of my products, making it way easier to find what I’m looking for, or just browse. Muji 5 drawer acrylic case review

 

 

I’m waiting for the two drawer acrylic cases to come in stock, so there will be a part two to this review. The two-drawer cases will fit my larger items. It would be awesome to get all of my makeup into this system.

As for packaging, The drawers come wrapped really well, so you likely don’t have to worry about them breaking or anything. Also, they got to my doorstep in about 3 days of ordering. 

Muji 5 drawer acrylic case review

 

 

 

 

Just don’t be dumb like me, and go hacking at the bubble wrap with your scissors, causing this beautiful scratch…Muji 5 drawer acrylic case review

On a side note, I’m really enjoying Shellac manicures. I have extremely fragile, weak, thin nails, and this makes them sooo much stronger. This picture was a couple days after I got them done.

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housesitting these puppies:

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I was only home for a limited amount of time, but was overly excited about getting some makeup into the drawers, but once I have more time to organize them more to look more appealing, I’ll update, and tempt everyone to need these drawers as well. 

 

The Flake: Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara review

18 Mar

Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara by Bare Escentuals…

Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara

Initially I enjoyed this mascara. It added nice volume, length, all things you would enjoy in a mascara. It has a dial, when fully extended the brush gives you extra volume, twist the dial to the wand’s compact position for length, separation, and definition. 

None of that matters, though, because the mascara flakes. After a few hours, I’m left with tiny black flakes beneath my eyes, which is not flattering. I gave it a few changes, but always with the same result.

I see a lot of positive reviews and people raving about this mascara, so apparently the flaking doesn’t happen to everyone, or they just deal with it.

I wouldn’t personally recommend this mascara, nor will I purchase it again. I’ve heard the original formula is better, but I can’t say for sure.

St Paddy’s Day Makeup Ideas

15 Mar

Here are a few pictures from my past few St. Patricks day’s…

For the most part I used the Coastal Scents 88 palette for these looks…

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St Patricks Day EOTD with Coastal Scents

Coastal Scents 88 Color Original Palette:

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Coastal Scents 88 color palette St Paddy's Day makeup look

Coastal Scents St Paddy's Day makeup look

 And just a random picture of working for Jameson on St Patricks day a few years ago..

Jameson St paddy's day promo

This year I think I’m going to get all crazy and try the fake eyelashes. Although, everytime I try to apply them myself I regret doing it, because I can never get them applied right.

Makeup Organization | Storage & FOTD

14 Mar

I was organizing my room, and decided I have too much makeup that I very rarely use. I find myself reaching for the same things most of the time. So I got ready yesterday using products I haven’t touched in awhile, going out of my comfort zone.

 (in depth makeup storage photos after FOTD)makeup storage and organization

  Here is the “abandoned product” result…Makeup FOTD

  • Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation in Champagne – this didn’t have as amazing of coverage that I would have liked, but this could have also been because it was only a test bottle.
  • Topshop Turquoise Kohl Eyeliner
  • mark. glow xpert face shimmer – my pictures didn’t do it much justice, but this is a really pretty face highlight, i’m glad I rediscovered it in my drawer.
  • Loreal eyeshadow quad in forrest green
  • Maybelline eye studio gel liner
  • Maybelline XXL Pro mascara

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  teal kohl eyeliner from Topshop

Maybelline FOTD

FOTD makeup and organization

 I tend to be in a hurry when I take pictures after applying makeup, so you’ll probably notice that my lips still have foundation or something on them still that I forget to wipe off.Winged Eyeliner FOTD

I didn’t have much of a plan when putting this look together, so I didn’t put blush or finishing touches on it, but it was good to try out different products that are just sitting around. I need to force myself to do that occassionaly. 

So I figured I would share my makeup collection, even though it’s slightly dirty..

Makeup Storage and Organization

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 My messy slew of foundation, I acquired most of these on the search for the best liquid foundation, there’s been some great contenders but the search continues…
I throw all of my perfume and small samples in the back, which I always forget to try out and throw away.

Makeup Storage and Organization

 My new, broken Maybelline Age Rewind eye brightener 😦
I reused a few patterned boxes (you can just use thick paper) to TRY and make this bulky drawer attractive. I’m planning on spray painting it a different color, until I get my hands on the Muji drawers.

Makeup Storage and Organization

 My eyeshadow palettes placed in paper filers (is that what they are called?)

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The store of products down at the bottom which haven’t been opened, I need to stop buying stuff. 

Makeup and Beauty Product Storage and Organization

Here is the messy stuff in my big drawers for easy access…

 Makeup Storage and Organization

 The drawers of random things I just don’t really use/haven’t been opened and don’t know what to do with.

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Makeup Storage and Organization

 Who else stocks up on things they don’t need during CVS clearance?

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I’m working with a really small area to store my products, can’t wait until it can all be nicely spread out.

Influenster Sweetheart VoxBox Review

25 Feb

I received my Sweetheart VoxBox from Influenster this weekend! I love coming home to these boxes and having no idea what’s inside. They always contain useful products, that I’ve been wanting to try anyway.

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Olay Fresh Effects (Va-Va-Vivid!) Powered Contour Cleansing System: $12.99
The vibrating facial cleansing brush (came with a battery) is pretty great. A lot of times these gadgets just become too much work, but I did like this one. It’s small (shown below) and fits the contours of your face/t-zone. It didn’t splash water or cleanser all over the place, quite the opposite.

Olay Fresh Effects (Shine, Shine Go Away!) Shine Minimizing Cleanser: $6.99
I don’t have oily skin, but I gave this stuff a shot anyhow. It’s a nice cleanser, and mixed with the cleansing brush, my face felt super clean, soft and refreshed. I can’t comment whether it helps with shine, but it sure cleaned my face and wiped away the makeup and dirt. 

Influenster Sweetheart VoxBox 2013

 

Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response: $7.99 – $9.99
I strictly use Secret Clinical Strength (original, waterproof, sport) it works so much better than anything else I’ve tried. I can’t stand the Degree Clinical Strength, the smell is just atrocious. So I stick with my beloved Secret Clinical, so I was really happy to find this in my voxbox. Definitely recommend this stuff.

Skinnygirl Daily On-The-Go Bar $9.99/5 bars
I try to skip on the “health bars” because most are just loaded with sugars and are not healthy. I ate this Skinny Girl Blueberry Greek Yogurt flavor for breakfast on my way to work, it was pretty tasty. Obviously, this isn’t going to taste like a bowl of delicious pasta, but it really did curb my hunger for awhile. It’s 180 calories, high in fiber and natural. Overall, I’m always pretty wary about bars like this, but these do seem on the better end of the spectrum, without sacrificing all the taste.

Not Your Mother’s She’s a Tease Volumizing Hair Spray: $6.00
This hair spray is infused with natural apple blossom and bamboo. I really liked this, I’ve tried a lot of hair sprays, I always have L’oreal Elnett and Paul Mitchell ‘Hold me Tight’ on hand, but at $14/bottle, I try not to use them all the time. Once I finish my TreSemme (which I really like for quick touch ups or back-combing) I’ll definitely purchase this. It smells good and works nicely, without the crunchy hold. 

 

Overall, this was a great VoxBox from Influenster, and I’m glad I was chosen to try the products out. They will all be fully used, and likely each purchased again. A few of the brands I’ve been eyeing and this was the best way to try them out.

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