Update to Review – Parlor Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

22 Jun

Hello Lovelies!

I wanted to have proof of how awesome the Parlor Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray is.

Tada!

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All I did was scrunch my hair a bit.  My hair does have a natural wave, so it does wave and shape easily.

What I love about this spray is how bouncy the hair is after application.  All others used to leave my hair sort of gross.

Hope you try it!

~Anna

Related:

Parlor Review 

Bumble and Bumble Surf Review 

MAKEUP REVOLUTION – Girls on Film Salvation Eyeshadow Palette

22 Jun

I wanted to reblog this because of the name! Girls on Film> Hello Duran Duran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCjMZMxNr-0

JDxFuschia Giveaway — Jhalli Diva

17 Jun

I recently hit 10k followers on Roposo and forgot to share it here on blog! It’s quite crazy that 10,000 of you decided to join this fun venture of mine.😀 To thank you all, I’m back with another giveaway which is in collaboration with Fuschia by Vkare. The giveaway is not limited to Roposo! Fuschia […]

via JDxFuschia Giveaway — Jhalli Diva

Review – Supergoop! Setting Mist with Rosemary

16 Jun

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I am a huge fan of setting mists.  My face tends to be oily in the summer, and that’s when I usually will use a setting mist on a daily basis.  I like the way  it helps to set everything.

I am vaguely familiar with the Supergoop! brand through my Ipsy and Birchbox subscriptions.  I have tried other sunscreen products from them in the past, and they were okay.  However, this I thought is their best product I’ve encountered.

This is a setting spray with SPF!

I am so INTO this idea, especially for summer time outdoorsy activities!!!  (this requires 3 exclamation points, this is the level of excitement I am at)

From the Supergoop! website:

Scoop on the goop!
You may be sporting sun savvy style with a full face of UV protection infused make-up each morning, but did you know that by noon, that UV protection is likely no longer? The secret to totally sun-safe skin is reapplying your UV defense at least every 2 hours, when in direct sunlight. No time or desire to tamper with that airbrushed coverage, detailed contouring or perfect pout you created just a few hours ago? Well, now you can refresh your UV defense without hassle and still maintain your gorgeous full face of make-up!

What Makes This Goop Super
• Innovative 3-in-1 mist delivers broad spectrum SPF 50 protection while serving double duty as your setting mist to finish your morning make-up routine as well as a mid-afternoon refreshing spray
• Optical diffusing silica silylate controls oil and scatters light to reduce shine and provide a matte finish
• Enlivened with an invigorating essence of antioxidant rich rosemary that helps improve complexion and soothe inflammation

Who This Is Ideal For
This invigorating Defense Refresh Setting Mist is great for all skin types.

My Review

Does this work?

YES – it sets and protects.  Here is how I like to use this – when I go biking outdoors in hot Chicago summer.  I will do minimal make-up (blush and eye brow fill) and set this.  I spent 3 hours in the sun, no burn.  On the plus side, this also prevented my face from becoming oily the way some other sunscreen products can.

Will I buy this?

YES – the smallest size, perfect for travel is $8.00!  Take it with you camping, hiking, bike riding, beach, and you can respray as needed.

Have you guys tried  Supergoop! Setting Mist with Rosemary?  Do you like it?

~Anna

Related: Dupe – Urban Decay vs NYX Setting Spray

                Dupe War #5 – Setting Spray

BirchBox Announces Changes to Points System

15 Jun

I’m sure we have all seen a version of the email Birchbox sent out to their subscribers yesterday.

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When I received my email, I went on some beauty boards to see 1) what everyone else’s interpretation of Point 3 was and 2) get a general idea of people’s feelings

Sadly, Point 3 confirmed what I thought, that BB is discontinuing points for Box items reviews.

I have to admit, this change sort of sucks.  And pairing it with a point expiration date, they basically created an Ipsy point structure but WORSE.  At least Ipsy allowed earning points on reviews.

Basically this removes most of my point earning and redemption possibilities.

Some people have already cancelled their subscription or are cancelling soon.

I won’t be cancelling yet, mostly because I like the products Birchbox sends me.  I have signed up for the Sephora Play box, and I am on their waiting list currently.  Once I have an active Sephora subscription, I can better determine which service I like better.

Another thought I have is that given the amount of negative feedback this announcement generated, I wouldn’t be surprised if BB makes additional changes to the program in the coming months.

What are your thoughts on this change?  Are you outraged (some are, it’s okay), are you sort of okay with it?  Maybe you don’t care about point programs?

~Anna

Hair Extension Brand Review – Babe Hair Extensions

8 Jun

My last set of extensions, and the ones that are still waiting for me to put back in my hair, were Babe Brand.  Babe is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Once again, a reminder:

Please note – hair care for both brands is virtually the same.  

1) be gentle

2) don’t yank or pull your hair too much

3) be careful with pulled back hair styles such as ponytails

4) don’t use shampoos or conditioners with sulfates or alcohol or oil

5) don’t blast your tapes with heat – it will melt your glue

6) listen to all advice your hair care professional will give you

Another Quick plug –  If you are in the Northwest Chicago/Suburban area, my friend Elyse did my extensions both times. She’s an amazing stylist and I would recommend her to anyone wanting awesome, funky, edgy, beautiful, and healthy hair. Here is her website.

Hair Review

Babe Pros

Hair texture – although I liked the texture of the Hotheads because it matched my frizzy hair, the Babe hair feels a lot better.  It’s smoother and the individual strands feel thicker. It’s less frizzy and lays more straight than wavy.

No shedding – I didn’t have long red strands all over the house, shower drain, towels, sink.  It was great.

No knots – I didn’t get the weird mess of knots around the wefts.

Length – the Babe length is slightly longer and I really liked that.

Overall appearance – Babe just looks better.  Shinier, thicker, healthier looking hair

Overall daily maintenance – Because these didn’t shed or knot or get tangled as the Hotheads, I didn’t need to spend as much time daily baby-ing them.  It was nice not to brush gingerly and try to get tangles out.

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Babe Cons

Stylability – I didn’t think these held a curl as well.  I felt the curls didn’t get as tight and lost their bounce quicker.

Would I get this brand again?  

Most likely yes, even if I didn’t have hair still waiting for me.  These looked better day to day, I was much happier with Babe than without.

Also, on the last photo we did a color melt/smudge to get rid of the root mark.  I love love love this trend.

I hope I covered everything!  I linked to the Hotheads review on top as well so you can read both if you are interested.

~Anna

Hair Extension Brand Review – Hotheads

Treat yourself – hair extensions

No more hair extensions

What I’m using – perfumes

7 Jun

I don’t have a large collection of perfumes, but I wanted to share with you Lovelies what I do have.  Behold – the perfume collection:

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Also, notice the amazing monkey.

So, what do we have here?

Calvin Klein Beauty

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Avon Kyoto Flower

Burberry Rhythm

Hanae Mori Butterfly

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Avon and Calvin Klein are my day fragrances.  I get a lot of compliments on Beauty.

Flowerbomb is my usual evening or special occasion scent.

What’s in your perfume collection?

~Anna

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How I wash my makeup brushes/beauty blender

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Here is a great post on how to clean your make-up brushes and sponges. Cleaning your tools is essential in preventing skin problems!

Review – L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm

3 Jun

Last Christmas, I bought the L’Occitane Advent Calendar and discovered some wonderful products from the line.  I was already a fan of their lotions and body butters, so learning about other items in their collection was fun.

One thing I fell in love with was the L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm.

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From L’Occitane:

Enriched with fair trade Shea Butter (10%), this Moisturizing Certified Organic* Shea Lip Balm helps to moisturize, nourish and protect dry lips. The comfort, suppleness and softness of your lips will be fully restored.

*Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to Ecocert
standard available at http://cosmetics.ecocert.com. Fair Trade approved by ECOCERT Environnement according to the ESR standards available at http://www.ecocert.com

100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin

55% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming

10% of the total ingredients come from fair trade

My Thoughts

First thing I noticed was that signature L’Occitane scent.  I really love it, so I was thrilled this was scented with it.  I was mildly concerned it would be a weird scent/taste.

So, whew!  The first concern eliminated immediately!

Second thing, this felt so nice on my lips!  It’s not greasy or oily.  It’s just slightly slick. It feels nice and comforting.  I use it before bed because it just sort of sets the mood for relaxation for me.

Will I purchase this?

Yes.  It’s one of my favorite things and I use it almost daily.

Is it moisturizing?

Yes, my lips never got chapped when I was using this.

Have you guys used the L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm?  Are you a fan of L’Occitane?

~Anna

Royal Glamour and 63 years of “She Queens …. and vacuums”

2 Jun

What?   You don’t know that line from National Lampoons European Vacation? Treat yourself and watch it and LAUGH because Chevy Chase is a funny dude.

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I won’t lie, I have a slight obsession with the Royals.  They live in palaces, they wear crowns, they have strange and ancient ceremonies that mean little to anyone but them and they simply don’t care.    And I always wanted to be a Princess.

Today marks Queen Elizabeth II 63rd anniversary of her Coronation.  She’s been a Queen for 63 years!  Crowns, scepters, corgies!

To mark this momentous occasion for myself, because the Queen won’t care what I , the Pleb, think, I put together a few photos of the Queen that show her beauty, glamour, youth, and kindness.

NPG x36963; Queen Elizabeth II by Dorothy Wilding

by Dorothy Wilding, half-plate film negative, 1952

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Wedding photo.  Her smile is contagious.

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Official Coronation picture of the new Queen

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This is an official Coronation picture of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip

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I’m pretty sure that if you  bring a dog to a meeting with the Queen, she will like your dog better than you.  She loves dogs!

Happy Queening, Queen Elizabeth!

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