Beauty: My Recent Favorite Products

Today I went to Ulta for two things: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in ‘Foxy’ and bareMinerals Original Foundation in ‘Medium Beige.’ However, I left with only one item on my To-Buy List (unfortunately they were out of the eyeshadow I needed). Although, I did leave with three other items that were not on my list, because isn’t that what you’re supposed to do when you go shopping? Buy things you don’t need, or at least that you think you didn’t need.

I ended up buying Essie Quick-E Drying Drops Solution, bareMinerals Redness Remedy, and bareMinerals Multi-Wrinkle Repair (pictured below).

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I am now in LOVE with these products!

Essie Quick-E Drying Drops Solution helps your nail polish dry fast, protects polish from smudges, dents, or scratches, and is easy to apply! Essie also makes several other quick-e solutions for stronger nails, shine, and more! You can get them all at your local drugstore. I used these drops after painting my nails and I went to bed 30 minutes later and when I woke up I didn’t have any “sheet smears”!! I usually never paint my fingernails because I always end up messing them up, but now I can save so much money on manicures and do it myself at home! Thanks to Essie Quick-E Drying Drops Solution!!

I have only been using these two bareMinerals products for a couple of days now so I don’t have any major result reviews for y’all yet, but I can tell you what I like so far!

The bareMinerals Redness Remedy helps reduce facial redness on contact and over time. It is powered by the bareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex, which instantly minimizes the appearance of broken capillaries and brightens skin for a healthy-looking, more even-toned complexion. The Redness Remedy also comes with a antibacterial-treated Soothing Compress Brush that is super soft! If you use other bareMinerals products, then I can tell you that it is very similar to the bareMinerals foundation. It is a powder that you tap into the lid and swirl around, similar to other bareMinerals products. When you dispense it in the lid it has a yellowy color to it, but it does not look yellow on your skin! It is a very light product, it does not feel greasy or anything negative. After using it a couple of times, so far, I have noticed that it instantly reduces the redness on my face. I wouldn’t say that I have rosacea by any means, but whenever I work out I get very red, like I would be humiliated to see someone I know after a workout. So I’m hoping that this remedy helps with that over time.

The bareMinerals Multi-Wrinkle Repair helps diminish the appearance of forehead wrinkles, brow furrows, crow’s feet, and frown lines. This treatment is created to work on multiple surface layers of the skin and is powered by the ActiveSoilTM Complex, anti-aging peptides and plant extracts, each key ingredient has been carefully chosen to target specific wrinkles while addressing new wrinkles before they become more evident. The results include fine lines instantly softened, the length and depth of wrinkles are noticeably reduced, and skin looks smoother and younger over time. I know I’m only 23 years old, but I am already insecure about my forehead wrinkles, brow furrows, and frown lines. Why not start getting rid of them as early as I can!

xoxo, Megan

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Beauty: Rodan + Fields

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Recently, my friend Charlotte McMullan became a skincare consultant for a company called Rodan + Fields, the skin care line created by the doctors behind Proactiv. After only five weeks of using one of the skin regimens she decided to start selling the products herself and joined the company!

The regimen she has been using is drastically making a difference to her own sun damaged and freckled skin – it’s now becoming even toned and brighter! She says there is a regimen for everyone along with amazing skin tools, like a MACRO Exfoliator – once a week for five minutes this exfoliator will remove 5 million dead skin cells and leave behind brighter/smoother skin!

Rodan + Fiels has four main lines:

  • REDEFINE — for wrinkles, pores, and loss of firmness
  • REVERSE — for brown spots, dullness, and sun damage
  • UNBLEMISH — for acne and post-acne marks
  • SOOTHE — for sensitive, irritated skin and facial redness (amazing for rosacea and eczema!!)

Here are her new company websites so that you can check out the product lines!

Business website: http://crmcmullan.myrandfbiz

Product website: http://crmcmullan.myrandf.com

Charlotte McMullan Cell Phone: (954)-675-3250

Email: crmcmull@gmail.com

Beauty: My Recent Makeup Favorites

What I love about makeup is that there’s always something new happening. Whether it’s a new color, new trend, or new product there’s always something fun and pretty happening in the makeup world. These are my recent favorite makeup items that I have been using.

 

recent makeup favorites

 

  • Laura Mercier ‘Flawless Skin Repair Eye Serum.’ This eye serum is great because it improves the appearance of lines or wrinkles while at the same time brightening up your eyes! Also, the Arnica Extra and caffeine in this eye serum reduces the appearance of dark circles. All you need to use is the tiniest drop from the pump on each eye. I bought my first bottle of this eye serum last May and I use it all the time and there’s still plenty left! You can find this amazing eye serum at Sephora.com.
  • ‘Erase Paste’ by Benefit Cosmetics. This concealer is great for under the eyes or any blemishes on your face. It brightens areas of your face while at the same time covering your areas of concern. Erase Paste comes in three different shades: fair, medium, and deep. This concealer is truly incredible. You can find Erase Paste at Sephora.com.
  • ‘They’re Real!’ Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics. This mascara is amazing! this mascara lengthens, adds volumes, curls, lifts, and separates your lashes. My lashes instantly looked longer after using this mascara. Just trust me, you need this mascara. And you can find it at Sephora.com.
  • Chella Highlighter Pencil in ‘Ivory Lace.’ I received this highlighter pencil in my Birchbox and instantly fell in love. This highlighter brightens up your face and makes you glow. This pencil conceals, brightens, contours, shapes, lines, and defines your face. You can use it to brighten your brow bones, water lines, eye areas, nose, cheekbones, and Cupid’s bow. You can find this highlighter pencil at Birchbox.com.

I hope you test out these great beauty products!

xoxo, Megan

The Pros & Pros of Birchbox

the pros and pros of birchbox

Yes, yes I know, technically this should be titled “The Pros & Cons of Birchbox” but there aren’t any cons! Really! I signed up and received my first Birchbox in September. I have received several Birchboxes since then and I have loved every one of them!

I highly recommend getting a Birchbox because it is a fun and easy way to try new beauty products! Personally I don’t always have time to search through magazines and websites to find the latest and greatest beauty products. And frankly, not everyone has heard of some of the products — a lot of the products are new! Birchbox provides you with sample-sized products to try and eventually love! If you love what they send you, you can go to their website and buy the full-sized product!

Like I said before, I have received several Birchboxes so far. And so far, I have LOVED everything! Some of my favorite items that they have sent me are facial masks, leave-in conditioners, perfume, and lip gloss! I have bought one full-sized item from Birchbox and that was the Folle de Joie fragrance by Joie, which I adore. I spray it on my bed sometimes before I go to sleep because it seriously smells that good.

In my most recent Birchbox I received:

  • Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil
  • Color Club Nail Polish
  • Derma E Soothing Skincare Collection
  • Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir fragrance sample
  • Mox Botanicals Coconut & Vanilla Bean Bath Milks sample

I like to take my time trying out these products because you only get one Birchbox per month, gotta make it last! I can’t wait to try the Mox Botanicals Coconut & Vanilla Bean Milks sample because, like most women, I love a nice bath.

How To Receive a Birchbox:

  • Request an invite! Go to the Birchbox website.
  • Create an account with Birchbox
  • Sign up for your Birchbox subscription, fill out your beauty/grooming profile
  • Wait for your Birchbox!

What’s In a Birchbox?

The women’s subscription Birchbox includes 4-5 grooming products that include products from skin care to makeup, as well as exciting non-beauty items! These products vary in both brands and categories (skin care, lifestyle, makeup, fragrance, hair care, etc.).

How Much Is a Birchbox?

The women’s subscription for Birchbox is $10 per month, which is a great deal for such an awesome variety of sample products!

FYI:

  • There are men’s subscriptions for Birchbox — a great gift for your special someone, or even a family member!
  • Try to be specific while filling out your beauty/grooming profile and try to be open when choosing what you want Birchbox to send you! Remember, it is all about trying new things, so you want to have an open mind!

Now go out and buy yourself a Birchbox subscription!

xoxo, Megan