Review: Avon Haiku Kyoto Flower Shower Gel

5 Jan

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We were the winners of a blog contest and as a prize we received full sized products of the Avon Haiku Kyoto Flowers line. Thanks Avon Insider!

I am not normally a fan of floral type fragrances so I told Anna to keep the perfume spray and the lotion without ever smelling it. I kind of regret that now as I really like this smell! It is way more warm and woodsy than most traditional floral scents. This fragrance features cherry blossom, violet leaf, peony and soft cotton musk. To me it smells more that a spring time scent, but I’m using it anyway.

What I really enjoy about the shower gel is that it lathers up nicely and smells great, but not in any way that is over powering. The smell also lingers on your skin after the shower, which I love. It would layer nicely with other scents or with the entire collection.

The price tag of $10 is a bit steep for this for me in the winter, as I need more heavy duty moisturizing shower gels but I think this would be perfect for me in the spring. If it was more like $5-7 dollars I would be on this like pink on a cheery blossom.

Who knew Avon had such cool stuff?

-Kassi

Itty Bitty Drug Store Haul

5 Jan

I recently bought two drug store items that have been on my list forever.

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Reviews coming soon!!!!

Sneak – I love the DreamLumi from Maybelline

~Anna

Thanks for a great 2014, and here’s to an even better 2015!!!

31 Dec

GodmotherNYECelebrate and be merry, Lovelies!  See you next year!!!

Anna and Kassi

We got nominated for the Liebster Award! Discover new blogs with us!

30 Dec

We got nominated for the Liebster Award!

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Thanks to Jen from  Avon Insider for the nomination!!!  Check out her blog!  It’s super fun and she has giveaways :-)

The Rules

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  3. Write 5 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5 bloggers (they should have less than 3000 followers)
  5. Answer 5 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 5 questions.

 

Anna will answer the random 5 facts this time :-)

1) I hate pineapples.  I think they are weird and vile fruit and I get irrationally angry with I see one.  Sad and weird, yes.  :-)

2) I have an autographed picture from Alice Cooper

3) I once got knocked out by a soccer ball and lost consciousness for a few minutes

4) I was born in Poland

5) I love Biblical mysteries and documentaries

Questions Jen asked us:

  1. Why did you start this blog? – We loved talking about make-up and hair products between the two us.  We thought we are witty and fun and people would want to know what we think :-)  I guess you guys do!
  2. What are your goals for 2015? – A few!  I really want a promotion at work,  buy a new car, take more vacations, learn something new.
  3. What makes you smile? – cats.
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  5. What is your favorite post that you’ve written? – Making your own pressed powder.  For some reason, I also really like doing it.  Here’s the link.
  6. If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be? – I want to meet Royalty!

 

My Nominees:

Softly Sometimes 

Touchscreens and Beauty queens

Someday Sunny

All Things That Glitter

Nerdy Librarian Girl

My 5 Questions for my Nominees:

1) What is your favorite car?

2) What’s your favorite beauty product?

3) What product did you discover from your fellow bloggers?

4) Do you make New Year’s resolutions and do you keep them?

5) What adventure do you want to have in 2015?

Can’t wait to read your answers!

~Anna

My Favorite Products of 2014

29 Dec

I discovered so many awesome products this year!
Here are my new loves!

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1) L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara – I haven’t reviewed this!  I will soon, promise!

2) Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion

3) Dr. Brandt Vacuum Cleaner – I just discovered this!  Review coming soon!!!

4) Tints & Sass

5)Joico Vero K-PAK Color Intensity Semi-Permanent Hair Color – Red

6) Sexy Hair H2No

7) Curlisto

8) Coconut Oil

9)Montage Jennesse Chocolate Masque

10)Super 8 Beblesh Balm Triple Function Orange

So there you have it!  My top Favorites of 2014!  These were either sampled and bought or recommended and bought.  And I love them!

What are your favorite new products of 2014?

Merry Christmas & Giveaway!

26 Dec

yourfairygodmother:

Hey lovelies! Check out this fun Holiday giveaway!

Originally posted on Nyrmirez:

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Happy Christmas Everyone!

I know I don’t normally post on Thursdays but I wanted to do something extra special this year. I have been working on a very special giveaway for everyone that has supported me over the last year. I am truly grateful for every one of you and wanted to give two amazing followers the opportunity to start 2015 of right.

The first prize is a Sleek i-Divide storm palette. I picked this up while I was on my vacation and have been saving it for one lucky supporter.

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The second prize is the Natural Glow Shadow & Blush palette by Barry M. I also picked this up while I was on my vacation and have been saving it for one lucky supporter.

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So here are the rules: Please leave one comment telling me what was your favorite thing that you received this christmas? I would love for the person to…

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Simple Glitter Gradient for Christmas

24 Dec

yourfairygodmother:

love these party ready nails!

Originally posted on For The Love of Nail art:

I had these on this weekend that passed and wanted them to last for Christmas but it started chipping :(
It’s something very easy and simple you can do for Christmas, and you can use ANY glitters.

I have used a base of Essence – Be my Lucky Star (Sparkle Sands) and I did the glitter gradient with Omega Lacquer – Black Glitter

I have also included a tutorial for it which I know isn’t 100% necessary but I found working over the texture wasn’t as easy as I thought and it’s best to use as little polish on the brush as possible because you can always add more and you want a build up.

1. Base coat.
2. Three coats of texture polish and leave to dry.
3. Using your glitter polish and as little as possible on the brush, brush on from about 3/4 of your nail.
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Battle of the BeautyBlenders: How does Sephora Brand Compare?

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yourfairygodmother:

Loving this dupe post!

Originally posted on nerdylibrariangirl:

How does the Sephora Precision sponge compare to the Beauty Blender and Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge? How does the Sephora Precision sponge compare to the BeautyBlender and Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge?

In my last “battle of the makeup sponges” post comparing the BeautyBlender to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, I declared the less expensive Real Techniques sponge a pretty good dupe for the Beautyblender. I was already a huge fan of the Beautyblender; the latex-free, washable, reusable sponge is my favourite way to apply my MUFE HD Foundation.

The thing about washable, reusable sponges that I find a bit annoying is the washing them part. Its a bit of a pain to rinse all of the cleanser out and I also microwave them regularly for 30 seconds to keep them germ- free (which actually works BTW). I’ve enjoyed having both the BeautyBlender and the Real Techniques so when one is dirty, I can use the other.

So when I saw the Sephora Precision…

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Mèreadesso® All-In-One Moisturizer, a winning multi-tasker?

18 Dec

The same month that Ipsy gave me LeeAni Eco, Birchbox sent their own version of a 3 in 1 product in the form of Mèreadesso® All-In-One Moisturizer.

Both of these are sold as a multi-tasking/3 in 1 type of product.  However, these two could not be any more different.

Mèreadesso® All-In-One Moisturizer promises to be a moisturizer, eye cream, and primer in one.  This is a slight difference from the LeeAni  claim of being a  toner, serum, moisturizer.

Also different – the price.  Mèreadesso® All-In-One Moisturizer will cost you $120.00 USD.

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From Birchbox:

Birchbox Breakdown

When we first encountered the iPhone, we learned that a great all-in-one product could change our lives forever. Mèreadesso brings this principle to skincare with their simple one-step moisturizer, which also functions as a toner, primer, and eye cream. With benefits ranging from redness reduction to antiaging properties, this multitasker is tailor-made to streamline your routine, all while nourishing skin with a host of natural enzymes and antioxidants.

How it Works

This aloe-based gel contains 16 botanical extracts, 8 enzymes and minerals, and over 20 antioxidants chosen for their purity and effectiveness—adding up to one powerful product. A combination of caffeine and apple and cucumber extracts contributes to the all-in-one moisturizer’s refreshing cooling and tightening sensation.

How to Use

Morning and night, after cleansing, gently apply one pump of product to your face and neck. Apply a second pump if skin is extra dry, but remember, this serum is potent: A single bottle should last 2-3 months with daily use.

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My thoughts

Cool package, even for a sample.  The opening is so tiny, you are able to really control how much product is dispensed.

Okay, so let’s break down the claims-

1) Does it moisturize?  – YES.  Very very very well.  The formula is very creamy and although it’s not thick, it is very moisturizing.

2) Does it double as an eye cream? – Yes, because of its thick consistency it makes for a really pleasant eye cream.

3) Does it prime? – Meh.  Sorta.  Here’s the deal; if you are wearing a BB cream or are going without foundation of any sort, this will provide a nice finish.  However, if you are looking to be a Pow!  Hottie! with flawless primed skin, you will need another primer.  For me, this didn’t do as good of a job preparing my face for a foundation as my beloved Smashbox does.

HOWEVER, what it does slightly do is even out your skin tone when you are wearing it.  The cream itself is slightly green tinted, so it combats the redness in your skin.  Win!

Additionally, because it is so moisturizing, it can leave you sort of dewy looking  Which is great for me, I love that.  However, it doesn’t work super well under a liquid foundation.  Also, if you are on the more oily side, you may not like to do the dew.

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Would I purchase?

Would it surprise you if I told you I’m thinking of saving my Birchbox points for this?

I think this is a great product, even if the priming aspect is lacking.  I think it would be a great summer product if you do lots of outdoorsy things.  I am picturing it during beach and camping trips.

Have you tried Mèreadesso® All-In-One Moisturizer?

What did you think?

~Anna

It’s time to announce the WINNERS for the AVON Giveaway! YAY!

18 Dec

yourfairygodmother:

We are so excited to announce that we won an amazing Avon goodie bag!!!!!!!!

Check out this lovely blog by Jen Baker!
PS, if you need Avon she’s your girl!

Originally posted on The Avon Insider:

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So glad I can finally announce the winners! Btw I’m sure why all my posts for today are saying the 18th when clearly it’s still the 17th and only 10:30pm Eastern where I’m at, anyways I didn’t want anyone think I’m not keeping track of the date. If anyone can let me know how to change that be a sweetie and leave me a comment. ;)

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Our first winner is: The World of Cos, if you know her already then you already know what a wonderful person she is and her blog is so much fun. Go check her out and follow, you won’t be disappointed! :) Congrats! I will be contacting you via your contact page shortly.

1st winner receives:

AVON’s Flor Violeta – A $50 Value

  • Flor Violeta – Eau de Parfum Spray 1.7oz – Retails: $28
  • Flor Violeta – Body Lotion 6.7fl oz – Retails: $10
  • Flor…

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