Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Satin Lips

I recently received this Mary Kay lip set as a gift from my best friend because I always complain about my chapped lips. I have dry skin and lips so I'm very picky about what I put on them. I am pretty pleased with the product, and definitely recommend to anyone looking for a lip exfoliant.

The Mary Kay Satin Lips set comes with a "lip mask," which exfoliates your lips, and a "lip balm" to moisturize after you exfoliate. The lip mask comes out as a white cream that you rub into your lips and leave on for a couple of minutes. I usually wipe it off with a wet makeup remover towellete. I then apply the Satin Lips Lip Balm. I feel that they do a good job of making my lips feel silky smooth.

My lips after the Satin Lips treatment.

 Picture with flash. I also have YSL Rouge Volupte #13 on my lips.

I am not sure of pricing with Mary Kay so when I run out of this product, I don't know if I will stick with it or not. I would love to read recommendations on other lip exfoliants.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Another MAC Lipstick Giveaway!

*Lola in the Lounge* is a beauty blog with very informative tips on makeup and face care. She is currently doing a MAC lipstick giveaway and your chance of winning increases by sharing the contest. Everyone should check it out because she seems to do many giveaways, which is a such a sweet gesture in the blogging world. I love finding informative beauty blogs, so I'd like to help others to find them by sharing!

*image from *Lola in the Lounge*

Click here to enter the giveaway!

Friday, March 16, 2012

MAC Giveaway by *La Bella Vita*

Who doesn't love freebies, especially when it involves MAC makeup?! I recently found *La Belle Vita's* blog and I am hooked. This girl is an inspiration because she has worked hard to maintain her fitness; her weight-loss journey is proof that hard work and DETERMINATION really do pay off. After reading about her journey, I felt compelled to push myself even harder through my workouts. There are times when I plateau and her blog helps me maintain motivated to reach my next goal. Seriously, read it! To top it off, her posts are funny and she really seems like a down-to-earth chick. 

If that's not reason enough to check out her blog, then go enter her MAC lipstick giveaway. It goes to show that she is a sweet girl who wants to give back to her followers. 

Click here to enter her contest!
*Both pictures above taken from her blog.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review: Dove Dry Shampoo

I had been meaning to try Dove's Dry Shampoo after reading raving reviews on it. After checking Target and Wal-mart, I was finally able to find it at a local CVS for $4.99. I fell in love with it the first day I tried it. It is easy to pat into my roots and it has the same clean smell as the Dove hairsprays. The product is not too heavy, so it does not make my scalp or roots feel greasy at all. I liked it more and more everyday, even after going three days without washing my hair. This is totally out of the norm for me, as I normally wash my hair at least once a day. I hate the feeling of unwashed hair so I can't go more than a day without washing. I usually blow-dry my hair so it takes its toll on me, I end up getting split-ends very fast. 

That is why I was dying to try the dry shampoo. I figured that this could save me so much time everyday from having to shampoo, condition, then blow-dry. Plus, it saves my hair from the unnecessary heat damage. And this is why I was excited to finally find Dove's dry shampoo. This would have been the perfect product... if only I was still able to use it.

By the fifth day, the bottle sounded empty when I shook it. I pressed the nozzle and nothing would come out. I thought maybe it was clogged, but it wasn't. I tried again the next day, hoping it might work this time, but no luck. I was so sad that not only did I no longer have this product, but I would have to go back to washing my hair on the daily, until I buy a different brand of dry shampoo that I like. 

To be fair, I know that this is a fairly new product so I am hoping Dove will work out its kinks to improve the spray can or the actual shampoo, whatever the problem may be. After going on Dove's website to contact them, I saw that many others had this same problem, so I would think they are working to improve it. I have emailed the company, so I will wait for their response to this problem. I would suggest saving your $5 for the time being, unless you are okay with getting just a couple of uses out of the bottle.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hard as Nails!

A few months ago I realized that my nails were becoming brittle and weak, and they started breaking/chipping all the time. I started using Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails at least once a week, hoping to add some strength to my nails. Within the second week, I noticed that my nails were able to withstand more than before. I definitely recommend buying this if your nails are weak and chip very easily. I'm now able to grow my nails long without worrying about them breaking.

A few months ago, my nails would have never grown this long without chipping. 

I recently bought a nail hardener by Nabi. I'm hoping it will work as well as Sally Hansen's.