#bloomvoxbox review

Hello beauties!

To start out this post, I would like to say that I have been an active member of influenster for a couple months now, which is a website where you review products and provide feedback for companies. Occasionally, you will be sent free samples that they believe apply to you and your lifestyle. This past month, I received the Bloom VoxBox, which contained a few items for me to review. I want to be completely transparent with my readers, and let you know that even though I didn’t purchase these products myself, I would never write a dishonest review just to please a brand. All opinions are my own, but I want to clear up any misconceptions. If you would like to see the product reviews I write as part of the online community, you can click the orange circular influenster widget in my sidebar to the left, towards the bottom.

Now, onto the fun part! Here is what the box looked like:

 

My first VoxBox! So exciting.

 

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A peek inside!

Cute right?! Anyways, I received a total of 6 products in my box. Below I will list each one and list my full impressions on them. I haven’t totally had time to test each one for an extended period, but I will come back and edit the post with updates in a couple weeks. The box came with a nice little card that explained what the Bloom Voxbox is and a listing of the different products I was getting, as well as the full-sized value:

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Secret Outlast Xtend Deodorant

I have been a Secret fan for many years. Only recently have I switched over to using Old Spice deodorants (yes, I use the girly-scented male deodorants. They work so much better!), but for all of middle school and high school before then I was consistently using Secret deodorants. This one has a really nice, fresh scent that is not too overpowering, and kept me smelling fresh all day (even through a big exam, and those make me nervous). It also held up great at the gym, as all Secret deodorants have for me. I think I will keep this little sample one in my book-bag for those tragic days when you forget to put on deodorant running out the door… It claims to have 48-hour protection, so even though I wouldn’t go 48 hours without showering/reapplying deodorant, it holds up well through a long day of hard work.

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Great fresh scent, and its the cutest little packaging!

Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner “Bling it On” Polish

This is a really pretty color, but I have to say I’m disappointed with the opacity. Even with three coats it is still see-through, but the blue tint and glitter would be pretty over another nail polish, or fine as long as you don’t mind seeing your nail. I was able to get a fairly opaque color with 3 coats, but you could still see the nail somewhat. I’ll find some way to make it work for summer! Here is the link to Kylie’s line with Sinful Colors online.

 

Sunbelt bakery granola bar

I was a little surprised to see this product in the Voxbox, because I didn’t know that there could be all sorts of different kinds of items. It turned out to be one of my favorites! It was so yummy, and it is all natural and fresh. It was chewy and a little soft, and there was a lot of coconut in it as well (but not the pointy flakes, all very smooth). I really enjoyed this snack, and I would definitely repurchase them, especially since they are reasonably priced compared to Fiber One bars or the Kashi bars (which I love, but when you’re on a school budget like I am you can’t always afford the fancy things). All in all, I definitely recommend these! Let me know what stores you can find Sunbelt items in, I’ve never seen them around.

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So tasty!

Not Your Mothers “Plump For Joy” hair thickening spray

I’ve enjoyed how this has worked in my hair. I have fairly thick hair as it is, so I didn’t notice a large difference in volume, but it made my hair super soft and shiny, and it smells very nice and tropical. I have short hair, so I’m afraid to put too much in and that it will weigh it down/make it greasy. All in all, this is a nice product, but probably better suited for someone with longer and thinner hair than mine. Click here to learn more about this product.

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Makes your hair feel soft and smells great!

Nuxe Dry Oil

This is 100% my favorite product that I received in my Bloom Voxbox. I’ve never tried any other products from Nuxe, but I have heard of the brand and I knew that it was a higher-end line of products. This stuff is seriously sooo nice. For the past few days, I’ve been using it as a face and cuticle moisturizer, and it sinks into the skin so well without the greasy feel that most oils leave behind. Also, the smell is DIVINE. Like if Nuxe sells a perfume with the same scent as this oil I might buy it. It’s very hard to describe, so I looked at Nuxe’s website and this is what they say: “It features sparkling top notes of bergamot and orange blossom, followed by enveloping notes of rose and magnolia, and then gentle notes of vanilla and coconut milk. Succumb to this subtle floral, sandy, sunny scent that transports you to summer.” I honestly will probably purchase the full size of this oil when I run out of the sample. It makes my skin feel incredible, and I want to try mixing it in with my foundation as well. Here is the link to learn more about this product.

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This is AMAZING. A little goes a long way.

Cutex nail polish remover wipes

These are a great option for busy girls on the go like me. I love wearing fun nail polish, but it is not always work-appropriate. Either the color is too flashy, or its beginning to chip. If you have a big meeting, you want to make a good impression, not look like a girl who doesn’t know how to keep up on her nails! You can just throw one of these wipes in your purse and there really is enough remover to get the polish off all your nails–they are very saturated. I have no complaints about this, and will likely repurchase to leave in my purse and office drawer.

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Great for on the go gals like me.

I also received an ad for the rest of Kylie Jenner’s line with Sinful Colors, so for the sake of completeness here it is:

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to stay in touch between posts! Thank you so much for reading. If you like this post or have something in mind for next time, comment below, I love to hear feedback ♥

XO,

Abbey

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Beauty Blogger Tag

I was nominated for this blogging tag by the beautiful Derpy Pink. Go check out her wonderful blog, I love her posts! Plus she is Canadian so it is fun to see some different products than you might see in the US.

The Rules for this Tag:

Tag the blogger that nominated you
Answer the questions you were given
Nominate 10 bloggers whose blog is about beauty/lifestyle/fashion
Name 10 questions for your nominees to answer
Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them

Here we go! 

1. What is your holy grail skin care product?

I would have to say my Time Wise facial cleanser from Mary Kay. That stuff is the best and I’ve been using it forever! It doesn’t dry me out too much but takes ALL the makeup off my face.

2. What is your favourite foundation? 

I am still looking for the perfect foundation to be honest with you. Right now though I’m loving the Neutrogena Healthy Skin foundation. The shade “Classic Ivory” matches me nicely and formula is hydrating. I still get oil breakthrough on my nose (as I do with everything), but in general it stays on quite well throughout the day, plus it has SPF 🙂 Sun safety is key!

3. If you could go into a sephora right now and get any one item for free what would it be?

Something from Kat Von D for sure, I’ve been dying to try her makeup! Probably the Shade and Light palette–I’ve heard so many good things about it and longingly swatch it every time I go in there…

4. If you could only buy from one brand which would it be?

Hmm… this is tough. Probably Mary Kay just because I have been using the brand for so long and I have so many products from them and I honestly have tried very few things from them that I didn’t like.

5. Who is your favourite youtuber/blogger?

Kathleen Lights!

6. What is your everyday go to outfit?

If I’m trying to like fairly nice, I’ll usually go with cuffed skinny jeans, ankle boots with a heel, and a chunky sweater/flowy shirt if it’s warmer. I love the comfy-cute look! Layering is key.

7. Vanilla or chocolate?

Vanilla for sure. Some say it’s boring, I say it’s classic 🙂

8. What is your one favourite food item?

I can eat what seems like a limitless amount of salt and vinegar kettle chips… they are my ultimate weakness.

9. Where is the world do you want to travel? (one place)

Italy

10. Who is your favourite person in the entire world?

My boyfriend ♥

 

Alright so now that I have answered all the questions and you all have gotten to know me a little better, I will nominate 10 wonderful bloggers to do this tag! The Sparkling CupcakeLaura Rebecca JonasNailsbyhoneycrunch321Online Beauty FindsLipstick LuckYelena MarieDanielle EricaDiamon BeautyDibbles CornerNaobellevie

Go check out their pages! Here are the 10 questions I have for you all, see the rules for the tag above:

  1. What is your one beauty product you can’t go without?
  2. What is one crazy thing you want to do in this lifetime?
  3. Are there any new beauty trends you’re loving right now?
  4. Since summer is coming up, what are you most excited for in summer fashion?
  5. Favorite song currently?
  6. Favorite nail polish brand?
  7. Holy grail hair product?
  8. What is your best kept beauty secret?
  9. Which perfume are you loving right now?
  10. What is the most embarrassing beauty moment you’ve ever had?

I hope you all enjoyed the read! Comment below if there are any other questions you have for me. Also, keep an eye out in the next few weeks for an Influenster product review post, as I just found out I will be receiving the upcoming Bloom VoxBox!

XO, Abbey

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So What’s the Deal with Foundation?

Hello beauties! Brace yourselves, this is going to be a long post, but very informative I hope. Please keep in mind that what I am posting here is just what I have personally learned throughout my years using makeup, and these are not rules set in stone. If something different works for you, that’s totally fine! Comment below any foundation tips you might have.

So I know when I first started using makeup, I was frighted and confused by the idea of foundation. I was in Show Choir in high school and therefore was under the impression that foundation was only good for caky stage makeup and could therefore never look reasonable in real life. Throughout my time using cosmetics, I have had the revelation that foundation is one of the most important parts of a makeup routine! If you wear a bold eye and no foundation, you’re going to look like your makeup is unfinished: trust me, I used to be the girl who would go all out on the eye makeup and skip the foundation because I didn’t think it was as important (oh, 16 year old me… so many things I could teach you). Makeup on your skin creates a flawless base, on which you can add your contour/blush/bronzer/highlight/whatever and build your look into what your want it to be.

Now let’s start with the different kinds of foundation:

  • Liquid: usually a thinner consistency, although formulas vary. My current everyday foundation is the Neutrogena Healthy Skin liquid foundation (let me know if you would like to see a review of this product!). Coverage varies from light to full depending on the product, as well as what skin type the product is designed for.
  • Cushion: a very popular trend I’ve seen people trying lately, I think it is originating from a Korean beauty trend. Basically you have a spongy compact with liquid foundation saturating it. I haven’t personally tried one of these foundations, but I’ve heard mixed opinions. They are supposed to look very natural and luminous, but I feel like good liquid foundations do that, and these are essentially more expensive versions with less product. If you’ve tried these, let me know what you think and what the big difference is.
  • Cream: I have also never personally used this particular kind of foundation, but I know that it is a thicker consistency than liquid, and is usually targeted towards people with dry skin. Coverage will vary, but these will buff into the skin very nicely.
  • Powder: usually marketed as “mineral” foundations, powder foundations are nice because they look very natural when applied with something like a kabuki brush, and don’t clog your pores as much as a liquid or cream formula would. They are light and breathable, and I would say the majority are more sheer coverage, but I hear certain brands like Bare Minerals and Tarte make quite full coverage versions. Be careful if you have dry or flaky skin, powder foundations can accentuate any dry patches.
  • BB/CC Cream: these products are not technically “foundation”, but they are a light, everyday alternative that are designed to nourish and protect your skin, frequently including SPF as well. Coverage is typically pretty light, but they are meant to be natural-looking, so it all just depends on what you’re looking for.
  • Tinted Moisturizer: this is basically exactly what it sounds like. Typically very light in coverage, but they moisturize and balance out the skin tone just enough for a comfortable and natural look.

Note: CONCEALER IS NOT FOUNDATION. I know it’s easy to get carried away… one second you’re highlighting/contouring and the next second you’ve used concealer to cover your entire face. Concealer is a more pigmented, heavier product that WILL clog your pores if used all over the face. I’m not saying to not use it for highlighting and contouring, but just use it where you need it for that and covering imperfections. On that note, DO use concealer to cover your problem areas, DON’T just pile on a billion layers of foundation. That will make you into a caky mess, and nobody wants that.

Moving on to different finishes foundation can have, you usually have matte, normal/satin, and dewy. A matte foundation is one that has no shine at all, and is typically best for people with normal to oily skin. It helps to prevent oil breakthrough and will keep the shine down throughout the day for a flawless finish. These foundations also look amazing when photographed. The opposite of matte is a foundation with a dewy finish, which has a luminous glow (aka very very subtle shimmer) to make your face look very fresh and healthy, but not oily. However, if you do have oily skin, be wary of dewy foundations as they can more easily start to look slick on your type of skin. These foundations typically target normal to dry skin types. Finally, you have your normal or satin finish foundations, which fall in the middle. They are not too “shiny”, but not too flat, and have a more natural look but with less luminosity. Typically these foundations will suit a variety of skin types, although every kind of foundation is going to be different.

Now you might be thinking: well that’s great that there’s all these different kinds of foundations, but how do I put the stuff on my face? There are lots of different tools that are available to apply your foundation, but the major ones are: beauty blender/sponge, flat traditional foundation brush, buffing brush (kabuki or flat top), stippling brush, and your fingers. I personally prefer to use a dampened beauty blender sponge for the most hydrating, natural finish on my dry skin. The added moisture helps to moisten the skin and prevent the sponge from soaking up all the product. For a more full coverage application, I will use some kind of brush. My favorite kind of brush is the flat topped buffing brush for liquid foundation.  A traditional flat foundation brush works too, but I’ve found those tend to leave more streaks, and I have to go in with a beauty blender to smooth it out. A stippling brush is basically a brush where you repeatedly dot or “stipple” the foundation on for a very full coverage, airbrushed finish. For something like a BB or CC cream/tinted moisturizer, I will use my fingers since I typically am going for a more natural look and it’s just the easiest way to apply those. Overall, just apply your makeup with whichever way you are comfortable, you will find that different foundations will have a different application method that makes them look and feel the best on your skin.

eco tools buffing brush

This is the brush I use for my liquid foundation application by EcoTools. You can find it at: https://www.ecotools.com/brushes/face-tools/custom-coverage-buffing-brush

Now that you know everything about how to apply your foundation, let’s go over some ways you can make your foundation last all day. Your first step should be to wash your skin and moisturize to restore balance and put your skin into the best shape it can be. Next, find a primer that works for your skin type. A primer is a product that is designed to extend the staying power of your foundation and/or make a more perfect base to put foundation on top of for optimal coverage. I could do an entire post dedicated to types of primers, but for now let’s just say that you find one designed for your skin type (like a mattifying one if you tend to be oily) or targeting issues like discoloration–whatever works for you! Once you have your foundation and concealer applied, set your face with some kind of setting powder by pressing it into the skin with a setting brush or powder puff. This will help you avoid the “chalky” or “powdery” look you can get from dusting a ton of powder all over the face, moderation is key.

Lastly, if you would like, you can use some kind of setting spray. I find that they do make your makeup last longer, and if you feel that your face looks a little dry or powdery, it just helps the colors to all blend together nicely and evenly. I have also heard the Mac Fix-Plus is supposed to be an amazing setting spray, I just tend to go with the more affordable options like Wet N Wild. I think this spray was only $5 or $6 at CVS.

setting spray (WNW)

This is the setting spray from Wet n Wild–I use this one daily! You can find it at: http://www.wetnwildbeauty.com/face/primer/photo-focustm-setting-spray.html?gclid=CN-FpviJossCFYM2aQod_W4H3A

So that is the whole run-down of what I know about different foundations. The post was getting long so there are definitely some points I could have gone more in depth on, but I decided to keep it fairly simple. If there are some topics you would like me to talk about more, please comment below! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @yourbeautyrx so we can chat.

Stay glam beauties!

Abbey

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New Influenster List

Hello beauties!

I’m working on a list on Influenster (a review website) where I mention the best beauty products on a budget I know of! Go check it out 🙂 just click on the orange Influenster widget in my main sidebar and go to the “Lists” section of my profile. If you’re interested in signing up for this website use this link: http://www.influenster.com/r/1699403 

It’s a really great way to connect with other beauty enthusiasts to talk about products, and you get a chance to receive free products to review. Let me know what you think and comment below!

P.S. Keep an eye out for an upcoming post all about foundations! If there is any specific topic you’d like me to cover, just let me know.

Stay glam,

Abbey

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Wet N’ Wild: Petal Pusher Palette Review

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Hello beauties! If you’re reading this it means that you found your way to my blog, and its finally up online (yay!). So I posted a quick blurb about this palette on my Instagram and a quick spring-inspired look I created with it. So in terms of the various colors that are in the palette, I have mixed opinions. Overall, I think you get a great product for the money (I paid $4.99 for mine at CVS). My swatches are 1-8 starting from the bottom, and coordinate to the columns in the pan. I wish there were names for each of the colors, but we’ll work with what we’ve got! Also, all of the colors in this palette are shiny (some more than others), so you might need to pull a matte shade in from somewhere else if you are like me and prefer matte shades in the crease.

  1. A white/cream color that appears matte in the pan, but when applied actually has an iridescent sheen to it. Pigmentation is alright for a light color, nothing that blew me away. However, it is a nicer option for a more subtle highlight compared to 5.
  2. A gorgeous light lavender color with flecks of golden shimmer (nothing too glittery, quite nicely subtle actually). I think this color has better pigmentation than 1, but definitely “pops” as much as possible when worn over a light base, such as the NYX jumbo eye pencil in “milk.”
  3. This color was fun to play with, being a dark purple/grape shade with more grey undertones compared to 4. However, the color does not look dark on the eye compared to the way it looks in the pan and it is a bit powdery with fallout. So the pigmentation isn’t incredible, but that almost makes the color easier to work with since it still blends smoothly. Just hold a tissue under your eye to stop the fallout from getting on your face (plus Urban Decay shadows have fallout too… it happens).
  4. A more metallic, mid-tone purple color. It’s really almost periwinkle and I love this one! I really want to try this foiled with a fix-plus like spray to see this shade come to life. Not a color for the faint of heart, but very nice none the less.
  5. This is hands-down my absolute favorite color in this palette. The first time I swatched it I was amazed by the buttery texture and pigmentation. It is a frosted, light pink shade and is a beautiful dramatic lid color, or even a great highlighter! It is a little too frosty for something I would personally use on the browbone, but hey you do you boo.
  6. I was particularly intrigued by this color when I got this. It is an earthy red-brown with some shimmery flecks in it. It is so pretty! It does a great job of warming up the crease nicely to make a nice transition shade, and complements the purples beautifully with it’s plum undertones.
  7. This is a dark brown with flecks of red microglitter, and this shade is almost a dupe for “Blackheart” in the Naked 3 palette. I woud say this shade is slightly warmer than Blackheart, but honestly it is so close you can’t really tell the difference.
  8. This is just a dark grey/black with shimmer in it as well, and it actually looks very close in swatching to 7. It is nice to darken up the outer V or to smoke out the lash line with, but has a LOT of fallout so be careful of your cheekbones!

I have only gotten a chance to do a couple looks with this product, but I hope to keep using it moving into the Spring season. Here is one of the looks I did below, let me know if you would like to know in detail what colors I used where. I also did a look combined with the Lorac Pro 2 palette, so I can put that up on here as well.

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Overall, I would say that I recommend this product. At only $4.99, you get a nice selection of purples and shimmers that make it worth the money. I will say that it works best in combination with a primer and color base, but most shadows are like that despite the price. Yes, there is some fallout, more or less depending on which color you are using. My recommendation would be to do your eyes before your face makeup, and then you can just wipe off anything that decides to make a home under your eyes. I do this with any makeup brand and any dark eye look, so in general it just makes things easier.

The “comfort zone” palette from Wet N’ Wild might still be my favorite from their line, but it’s fun to experiment with colors that aren’t neutral. Comment if you would like to see a review over that palette as well! I did this one because I couldn’t find as many reviews on the petal pusher palette compared to the comfort zone.

Thanks for reading, stay gorgeous!

Abbey

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