Review – Curlisto Structura Lotion

22 Oct

Now that my hair is longer and growing, I decided it may be better to stop fighting my natural waves.

I used to go virtually product free, other than leave in conditioner or oil.  However, my hair still frizzed, and my waves were weird and wonky.

I decided I to try a styling tool aimed to shape curls instead of working against it. I saw Curlisto Structura Lotion on Birchbox. Since I had enough points to score it without actually spending any cash, I bought it.

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From Birchbox:

Birchbox Breakdown

Just because you like a little structure doesn’t mean you have to be a complete stiff. This alcohol-free lotion defines waves and curls without stiffness and fights the never-ending fight against humidity to help reduce frizz.

How it Works

A host of ingredients work to create smooth, bouncy waves and curls, including hydrolyzed soy protein, which conditions and strengthens strands, and panthenol, which prevents breakage and improves hair’s pliability.

My thoughts

I work this in and air dry my hair.  I honestly can’t be bothered to put in additional effort in the morning.  I scrunch it into my hair.

Results?

Frizz-less and static-less wavy hair.  It’s not stiff, it smells nice, and it helps your style to hold.  When I did curl my hair, the curl held really really REALLY well.

I like that it also sort works as a leave in treatment since it’s made with soy protein.

It comes in a spray or regular bottle, and it ranges from $15-$18 USD.

Will I repurchase?

Probably, unless something even better comes along.

Have you tried Curlisto?  What did you think?

~Anna

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Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

20 Oct

yourfairygodmother:

To support Breast Cancer Awareness in the month of October.

Originally posted on Intermittent Makeup:

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is one of causes I get involved in every year. Several members of my family have been affected and in general it’s a cause I like to support. Please, educate yourself and get a checkup as regularly as your health care professional advises.

So last year I laid out all my pink items and took these awesome pictures (if I do say so myself), but considering I only had a handful of followers then I thought no one would mind if I reposted the photos this year, since if I did it all again it would a) take a shit-ton of time and b) look pretty similar.

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Unboxing Ipsy October 2014

20 Oct

My Birchbox was amazing this month, Ipsy was less great.

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reviews coming as I use these goodies!

What’s in your Ipsy?

 

Gothic Blooms

17 Oct

yourfairygodmother:

Needed to repost this because I am in love with this look. LOVE the dress!

Originally posted on Kitt Noir:

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Review – theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac

17 Oct

I’ve been using theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac for a while, on and off, since I received it in a Birchbox.

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What is it?

Similar to Benetint, this is a pink lip and cheek stain.

How is it different?

Instead of being a liquid stain, this is more of a gel. There is no strong scent, so you’re not smelling like roses. (wah, I love roses)

How does it work?

You can dab it on your lips and cheeks for a flush of natural looking color.  The shade is pretty universal, and I think it would work with a variety of complexions.

The tube comes with a doe tip applicator.

My thoughts…

I think this is easier to blend into your skin than Benetint, probably because it doesn’t run since it’s not a liquid formula.

The staying power is pretty low, I don’t think I’ve been able to make it through a work day with this.  Even when I use a makeup spray, it doesn’t seem to stay on my cheeks.

I didn’t use it on my lips, because I’m a fan of lipsticks not lip stains.  Plus, I don’t like to cross contaminate my products.  I know, I’m slightly crazy.

Pro-tip – and this goes with ANY cheek stain – USE YOUR MAKEUP SPONGE.  It makes a huge difference in how well you can blend the stains in your cheeks.

Have you tried theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac?  What’s your favorite lip and cheek stain?

~Anna

Review – Épicé Purifying Exfoliant!

16 Oct

yourfairygodmother:

#TBT and this post is trending for us…so enjoy it again. If you missed it the first time, enjoy too :-)

Originally posted on Your Fairy Godmother:

 Épicé Purifying Exfoliant was in my January 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag.

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Oh how I love exfoliants!!!

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I was very excited to get Épicé Purifying Exfoliant in my Ipsy.  What a great way to start off the year!

What is it?

From Ipsy:

A unique exfoliant which removes excess dirt and dead skin cells all while activating collagen production and hydrating your skin. This moisture rich formula utilizes mild, non-irritating and anti-bacterial cleansers with micro-fine polyspheres which enhances skin texture and clarity for a clean, fresh appearance. Purifying Exfoliant is also great to use on the entire body and after just a few uses, you will begin to see improvement in the look and feel of your skin.

Benefits:
Micro-fine polyspheres gently exfoliate removing excess dead cells and environmental debris.
Exfoliation helps open pores, which increases excretion of toxins.
Packed with emollients, humectants and barrier protectors to hydrate dry, irritated skin.
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Midnight Graveyard…

15 Oct

yourfairygodmother:

Loving these spooky Halloween nails!

Originally posted on WonderfulWolf:

So this is my first Halloween themed nail art, yaaaay! I just don’t feel spooky. I know some people will judge but I’ve skipped right on to being excited about Christmas, not because I don’t like Halloween it just feels as if it’s not happening this year or something. Our house ‘Halloween’ party isn’t until the 15th of November, but even that’s not going to be spooky as it’s been conjoined with my fancy dress birthday party which is ‘Tropical Island Theme’ and our ‘House Warming’ (even though we’ve been in the house literally months, whoops!)

Anyway,I don’t think I’ve ever painted a graveyard scene so thought it would be a good idea to start with. I decided to make it quite subtle, using sponged purples, glitter coat and then a dark, navy blue for the shadows. I like it!

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Review – Vasanti Detox Nutrient Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser

15 Oct

We don’t review cleansers super often on Your Fairy Godmother.  After all, they are just cleansers, right?  Sometimes, one or two come long that are sort of wonderful and worthy of a post.

The Vasanti Detox Nutrient Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser is one of those products.

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Birchbox Breakdown

After a full day exposed to chemical and environmental pollution, our face is more than ready for relief. This fresh foaming soap fits our needs to a tee, washing away toxins and pore-clogging impurities—without stripping skin of its natural moisture. All this cleansing goodness is boosted with antiaging ingredients, producing a bright, healthy complexion that will last for years to come.

How it Works

Sulfate-free, pthalate-free and paraben-free, this cleanser will leave your face free of irritating pollutants, without stripping the natural oils that keep it healthy and balanced. Active ingredients such as omega 3 and 6 ensure that your skin stays bright and wrinkle-free.

What did I think?

Honestly, at first I was really turned off by this.  The scent was soooo strong and smelled so much like perfume.  I opened it, and I swear I thought this was a body wash.

I soldiered on, for beauty!  I washed my face and fell in love.  This stuff took off every inch of my makeup.  Even eye makeup.

No additional remover needed.  Not even Liz Earle, can accomplish this as well as Vasanti Detox Nutrient Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser.

I have very combination skin, my forehead is ridiculously oily and the rest is dry.  This worked very well on all areas of my complicated face :-)

No break outs, no dry patches.

Would I buy this?

I think I would  buy this over Liz Earle, which was my favorite until now.  Will I repurchase Liz at this point?  Probably not as along as Vasanti is available.

Have you tried Vasanti Detox Nutrient Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser?  What did you think?

~Anna

October Birchbox – Hello Beautyblender Score!

14 Oct

I am so in love with my Birchbox this month.  Because….I got a Beautyblender! And a cleanser!

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I think this it the most valued box I have received since I started the subscription.

What did you get?

Review – Bumble and Bumble Surf Shampoo and Conditioner

13 Oct

It has been ages since I tried a Bumble and Bumble product.  (I used to be obsessed with their dry shampoo because it came in the color red)

Recently, a friend who works at Sephora gave me the Bumble and Bumble Surf Shampoo and Creme Rinse to try.

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So what did I think?

First of all, the scent is amazing.  It smells like the beach.  It reminded me of lazily hanging on a beach in Cozumel.  Faintly reminiscent of tanning oil, sea, salt, sand.

If this were a lotion or a body spray, I would be obsessed.

Second, it gives you volume.  Bouncy full hair, probably more bouncy and more wavy and beachy if you actually take the time to style it.  I just washed and went.

Third, it is a bit drying for dry prone hair.  The Creme Rinse, is just a rinse not a full fledged conditioner.  If you need more moisture, you won’t like this.

Four, I wish my hair wasn’t dry so that I could use this often.

Have you tried Bumble and Bumble Surf Shampoo and Creme Rinse? What do you think?

~A

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