Sunday, November 29, 2015

Some Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales You Might Have Missed

This is a quick post to tell you about a few Thanksgiving weekend sales that I'm not sure if you've heard about or not.

You've GOT to visit Nail Butter!!!  It is my number one cosmetic find for 2015 and you can read about my experience on this blog post.  Use the code BLACKFRIDAY to receive 25% off your order.  The Cyber Monday sale is BOGO 50% and the first 50 orders receive a Nail Butter tote bag.  Don't miss this wonder product!!

Algenist Skin Care is my favorite.  It has done wonders in the anti-aging department as well as some skin problems I have from celiac disease.  You can check my reviews here.  You can purchase this amazing line for 25% off thru Sunday night with the code ALGBLKFRI and receive free shipping as well.

Reviva Labs, another skincare favorite, has 20% off using the code annamarie15 and the sale ends at the end of the month.  I have some reviews you can view here.  Be sure to check out the Spider Vein and Rosacea Cream with Vitamin K.  It's even helped a couple of age spots that wanted to pop up!!

Elf Cosmetics had an incredible Black Friday sale and if you missed that, check them out thru Tuesday the 1st to receive 50% off everything using the code CYBER!! I've got a couple of reviews on the blog and will be having quite a few more in time.

Visit A Girl's Gotta Spa and with purchase of the Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub, you receive a personalized planner dashboard with a daily reminder that "You deserve to be Pampered" , a spa related bath and body sticker sheet.  The planner items were made my My Newest Addiction, on etsy.  Read about the essential oils and the Dead Sea salt in the scrub, and you'll be sold on this vegan, Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free item.  Sign up for the newsletter and receive a 15% promo code that can be used with this order!

Tweezerman has 10% off with several free items, two with qualifying orders.  They just continue to impress me.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, (OCC), will have their original packaging on sale for just $5 each for Cyber Monday.

Breakups To Makeup has really cute makeup bags!  They are having a special on Black Friday and Cyber Monday for 20% off with the code HOLIDAY2015.

Grace and Lace convinced me via Shark Tank that I needed great looking boot cuffs.  They were right.  Their holiday sale is pretty darned keen-o.  And they're having site-wide free shipping.

Every Indie nail polish brand I know of is having a sale this weekend.  Check them out for details.  I could never possibly list them all.

So these are a few things that I want to make sure you've heard of and haven't seen a lot of other places.  Have fun holiday shopping and be safe with packages in your car.  Always lock your doors.  Be sure to let me know the goodies that you've gotten!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Revlon Pro Collection One Step Hair Dryer And Styler Is A Time And Style Game Changer For Hair


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Let me introduce you to the Revlon Pro Collection One Step Hair Dryer and Styler, ($49.99).  This is the blow dryer that dreams are made of.  I'm so excited about this new way to dry my hair that I can hardly sit still long enough to write the review.  I want you to get this and to get one for everyone on your holiday list who has hair, doesn't air dry and doesn't use a diffuser.  It's CHANGED MY LIFE!!!

The Revlon One Step is a blow dryer with a brush on the end, all in one unit.

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I received an email that told me about it and I thought it might be a good dryer for me.  I've had trouble drying my hair for five years since I had a neck surgery, followed by a shoulder surgery and another neck surgery.  The use of my left arm to hold a dryer or a brush for long periods of time just wasn't available to me.  I went to my stylist for her to dry and straighten my hair for four years.  And this past year, my husband has done it for me.

Let me tell you about my hair....the short story is that it's thick, curly, unruly and gets frizzy with much blow drying.  If you have curly hair, you know what I'm talking about.  Before my accident, it would take me four hours to wash, dry and straighten my hair.  Due to the frizz of the curl, I'd have to dry for 15-20 minutes, wait about that long, and repeat until dry.  Then follow with the flat iron.  It was a long process and not one I particularly enjoyed.  This past year, it has taken my husband between 45 minutes to an hour to blow it out and then I flat iron it and spray the heck out of it and pray I don't wake up the next day curly.  It takes a lot of time and finesse so I only do it at night.  And now I have this new cut that is a little strange, and I've just wanted to pull all my hair out, rather than try to make sense of it.

So last night, my husband said "are you ready for me to dry your hair", (it's very sweet).  And I told him that I bought something new at Ulta and I thought I might start the process myself.  I figured I would dry for maybe two minutes to tame my bangs and then head to the livingroom where he'd finish, just like always.

*pause while we cue the singing angels*

I couldn't believe it.  I dried my hair all by myself.  I did it in around FIVE minutes.  And it was straight.  Ok, not four hours, mind you, about five minutes!!!  And it was pretty easy!!

And it was straight.

And there wasn't any frizz.  NO FRIZZ.  I had gotten frustrated with the amount of frizz in trying to dry this new 'do.  No frizz.  And I did it by myself!!!

I'm sorry this is so long, but this is a freaking miracle for me!!

I was worried that maybe if I used the brush under the hair to pull it to curl under, that it might cause the hair shaft to expand and frizz, but I did some of that, and it didn't frizz.  I used the dryer as if I was brushing my hair slowly and there was no frizz.  And it straightened so easily and I didn't even use 5 kinds of goo, like usual.

And it had shine!!  Totally unexpected.

I was so excited that I went to my personal Facebook and got in long discussions about why my friends need to buy this dryer.  So excited that I forgot to flat iron after it was dry.  But I got up this morning, and my hair was still straight!!!!!!!!!  It usually has part of it kind of curly and part of it sticking out, but I ran to show the hubby and he was impressed too.  All just with the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer And Styler and no flat iron.  Seriously amazing.

So about the dryer itself, it has cool pink racing stripes that just happen to match my hair.  From tip to tail, the whole brush measures almost 12.5" long.

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The brush paddle itself is really nice.  It measures 4.75" long and 3.25" wide.  The bristles are nice and flexible so that they don't knot up your hair.  The massaging tips are gentle to the scalp.

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At the end of the wand is the control switch.  Revlon suggests low for fine or thin hair and high for thick hair.  I used low even though my hair is thick and it worked very nicely.  There is a cool shock setting to "set the style in place".  I didn't use that function.  I never do...maybe I should?

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The electrical plug in has both test and reset buttons.

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A few more details about the dryer:  The two in one design was created to cut drying and styling time, and my experience is that it REALLY does!!!  It uses 1000W of power and has ionic conditioning to reduce frizz and boost shine.  Yeah, that's working too.  I'm really impressed.

Even the tangle-free cord doesn't tangle.  It swivles in the end of the arm.  You know how so many "tangle free cords" just end up really squirrly anyway?  This one doesn't.  I had no ackward encounters with the cord.  The One Step meets all of Revlon's advertised claims.  It is lightweight enough that I can use one arm, if I want.

It seriously just couldn't have been easier.

I'm really over the moon about this dryer.  Keep in mind, I've only used it once, but the ease of use and the results were so astonishing that I feel safe in saying it's going to change my life and the amount of time and hassle I've used with my hair.  If you buy this for pre-teen children, be sure to tell them that the paddle can get very hot so try to keep the hands from touching it.

You can find the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer And Styler at any merchant that sells Revlon hair items.  On my street, in less than 15 minutes, I can purchase this at  Target,  and Ulta where they both have it in stock.  I purchased mine online during an Ulta sale.

You've heard my hair story, now I'd like to hear yours.  What is your greatest challenge with your hair?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

6 Ways To Play Beautifully With Elf Cosmetics - Beauty Squad Report



I'm so proud to be a member of the e.l.f. Cosmetics Beauty Squad, bringing to you my unbiased opinion about the products.  e.l.f. stands for eyes.lips.face, and from here on, I'll be referring to it as Elf, just for ease of writing.   It is a cruelty-free company.  When I was chosen as a member, I discovered that my cousins are Elf-a-holics.  So we dished some about the products, why they've gone "all Elf all the time" and what their favorite products are.

Today I'm bringing to you an assortment of five products from Elf Cosmetics, with my honest review of them.

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I'm pretty excited about these items.  The quality of Elf is on par with Mac Cosmetics and most other upper end brands that you can think of.  These are now among my favorite items and I'll tell you why.

The Tantalizing Taupe eyeshadow quad, (.014 oz / $3.00), is just beautiful!!!  The kind of taupey browns that take your breath away.  And at just $3, it is a steal and there's not a lot of financial risk involved to check it out. I have two pictures of the quad; one outside and one with the sun shining right on it.  You can see the personality of the shades in the base color and then how the shimmers shine in the light.


So pretty!!  The shadows apply with ease and have great blendability.  I love brushes so I use those in my makeup application rather than the sponge brush which I used for the swatches.  The bottom shade is a matte and applies as smoothly as the shimmers.  These wear ALL DAY for me, without any creasing, flaking, drifting or fall-out.  I'm SO impressed with the quality of the shades.  The pigmentation is superb.


I can't get over how smooth and creamy the shadows are.  I've worn this palette more than any other that I have since I got it.  It will easily take you from day to nighttime, classic to smoky.  Seriously.  I mean, SERIOUSLY!!

This is an easy everyday look I did using the Tantalizing Taupe quad.  (Don't mind the messy curly hair.  I'm experimenting with this new cut.)


The next product I'd like to tell you about is the e.l.f. Perfect Finish HD Powder, ($6 / .028 oz).


There are a few things you should know as I review this powder.  I have tried most of the HD powders on the market.  HD stands for high definition and is a finer mill of product in order to translate well on television.  The other thing you should know is I have never found a powder I liked for my dry skin, and I've spent a lot of money searching.  So you can imagine I thought the powder would be a pass for me since I have years of non-powder experience.

I love this powder so much!  I really, really do.  It is a very finely milled lightweight powder.  It gives such a light and smooth finish that it makes me look more polished but without dry spots or "white powder hangover" anywhere.  This is huge to me.  The other powders I've used over the years always felt heavy and like they screamed "she's really dry" to me.  Get this powder.  Just get it!!  Used with a fat fluffy brush, this is something that I now use every day in my makeup routine.  I can't emphasize enough that this powder is so wonderful that I actually use it.  <<<<---- this from a former non-powder person.


The powder comes in a two part compact with a mirror and powder in the top side and a sponge applicator on the bottom.  It's complexion perfection.

Elf sent two lip products; a Studio Matte lip color in the color Wine, a lip balm stick and a shadow/liner duo pencil.

The Elf Studio Matte lip color in Wine, ($3), is a large size twist up lip color that never needs to be sharpened.  However, is does have a sharpener in the end if you want to use it as a liner.  It provides a pigmented long lasting color and is enriched with vitamins A, C, E, for hydration.  It lasts very well and is a nice merlot type of color; a red that is wearable any time of day.



In the picture above, you see the matte lipstick on the left and the Elf Lip Balm, ($3), on the right, in the color Pink.  This is such a great pink!!!  It gives a nice plump color and has SPF 15 to protect your lips from the sun's rays.  My lips burn really easily and most balms don't give enough color for me but this is one I can wear while running around outside and still feel pretty.


The third stick for review today is Elf Studio Eyeliner and Shadow Stick, ($3), in the color Black/Smoke.  It's also a wonderful item from Elf.  You have a soft gel liner on one side and a cream shadow on the other.  Both twist up and never need to be sharpened.  They have light reflecting pigments as you'll see in my swatches that reflect in a way to give fullness on the eye.  It creates interest as you easily craft a business-like or smoky eye.



I've worn this shadow/liner stick and it, too, lasted all day for me.  I regret that I don't have pictures for you.  I thought I did, but there's nothing on any of my cameras.  I had no creasing and found the gel liner easy to wing.  No creasing!!!  I do wear a concealer on the lids so I recommend some kind of primer, but this honestly just goes no where after you've applied it.

Swatches:


Do you see how with different lighting, at different angles, the properties of the shadow stick come out?  You won't have a dull one colored lid with these.  I just love, love, love the juicy look of the balm.  Isn't it such a pretty pink?!?!?!

Here again we have the shadow quad in use.  And, again, with the natural hair.  Another story all in itself, lol.


So here are some deets about Elf.  They have the best sales!!!  And regularly.  We're talking every week, so you HAVE to sign up to receive the emails from their website for notification.  They had a dollar sale a few weeks ago and I was able to get a ton of stuff, like eyeshadow quads!!, for just a dollar each!!!   They are also sold at Target in-store and online.  Elf has a ton of tools, BRUSHESSSSS, and new products coming out all the time.  I'm pretty excited for all the holiday stuff!

And, most exciting of all, they have started a subscription box called Play Beautifully.   There are a variety of different subscription plans so be sure to read about them and think about which exciting box of surprises you'd like to receive.  Really, go read about it!!!

Be sure to follow Elf on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.  And check out their hashtag #playbeautifully.

I'm going to leave you with my "sultry" face and ask you to share with me your favorite Elf products.


What have you tried from Elf?  What have you loved?  I'd love to hear your experience!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Save 20% Now At Too Faced Cosmetics - Holiday Shopping Time!!!!

There is a SALE on the Too Faced website.  Take 20% off everything except sale items from now until 11/14/15, using the code BFF20.  Just click the picture and it will take you right to the sale.  Happy shopping!!!!



Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Deluxe on EVINE Live!

One of my greatest simple joys in life has become washing my face at the end of the day using my Michael Todd Soniclear Elite along with their Charcoal Detox Cleanser.  You can read my testimony here.   The Soniclear can be used in the morning as well, providing a refreshing boost to start the day.  This device is clinically validated to be up to 6 times more effective than cleansing by hand.   I really recommend tuning into Evine Live to see it in action today!!  This set is an incredible deal and would make a great gift for anyone on your list, even yourself.  Read on for more details.

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Michael Todd is premiering their Soniclear Elite Deluxe on EVINE Live and evine.com featuring a special Michael Todd Today’s Top Value – EVINE Live’s best value of the day!

If you aren’t familiar with the Soniclear Elite, it will refresh and revive the look of tired skin with its sonic-powered, antimicrobial brush heads. The complete body, pedi and face system with an optional C-Boost™ Technology mode, make this "youth machine" the go-to cleansing and exfoliating tool for all skin types. Especially suited for aging skin to slough off dead dulling skin cells while deep cleaning the pores of dirty and makeup for a refreshed appearance and a more radiant complexion.

Great for gifting, Soniclear Elite Deluxe will be offered in eight different colors! The Deluxe set can be yours for less than $129 plus S&H and will include:

• Soniclear Elite Sonic Powered Skin Cleansing System with C-Boost™ Technology, Charging Stand and Power Adapter
• Antimicrobial Face Brush Head
• Antimicrobial Body Brush Head
• Pedi Treatment Head
• Shower Extension Arm
• Hard Shell Travel Case
• Shower Caddy

This special price is good for a limited time through 9:59pm ET 11/4/15.

Michael Todd is premiering their Soniclear Elite Deluxe on EVINE Live and evine.com on 11/3 at 10pm and 11pm ET and 11/4 at 4am, 5am, 6am, 10am, 2pm and 7pm ET.

Tune in to watch the show live on evine.com or find EVINE Live on your local station. You can also buy it now or shop all Michael Todd products on EVINE Live.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

London Soho New York Disney Villans Maleficent Weekender Cosmetic Bag - Only At Walgreens


London Soho New York brought a variety of Disney characters to life in the form of a variety of cometic bags and organizers.  We've seen heros, princesses and now female villans displayed on the makeup bags sold only at Walgreens.  There is a choice of three different villans and six different sizes in this collection.  Today I have the Maleficent Weekender cosmetic bag, ($11.99), to share with you.

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The Maleficent weekender bag is a great size, being 8.75" x 4" x 6".  You can, indeed, get a full weekend's supply of makeup in it.  The bag has a zippered top and two handles for carrying.  The sides, bottom, top and handles are vinyl while both the outer and inner sides are printed fabric.

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This bag is so clever!!!  There is so much in the design of it, from the sillhouette of Maleficent in the background on the outside to the dragons and flames in red on the purple inside.

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I really love the artwork.  It is true to Disney and it's interesting!!!  Each different bag in this series, as well as the previous series', have individual and creative designs both inside and out.  They are definitely collectible and every princess will be able to use them.  I'm going to put all my contour palettes in this bag.  It will hold those items that I haven't been sure where to fit into my makeup drawers, and it will be handy to finally have them all together.

Be sure to check out this bag and the other Soho items at Walgreens.

Isn't this a fun way to store your makeup?!?!?!  Who is your favorite Disney character?  Your favorite princess?  Your favorite villan?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

$200 Sephora Giftcard Giveaway - Instagram Giveaway From The Beauty Blogazons

We have a cool giveaway from the Blogazons this week via Instagram.  Be sure to check all the entries and one lucky person will win a $200 Sephora Giftcard for your spending joy!!  Have you seen all the new holiday stuff that's come to Sephora lately?!?  oh my bob, have fun entering and spending!!!

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