Friday, June 22, 2012

Bath & Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist Review

I must confess, I have a love hate relationship with Bath and Body Works. While I love that they always offer sales and feature a wide range of scents, I just hate the heavy scent of alcohol that seems to linger after every application. I believe that their new fine fragrance mists address that issue. I received the scent Sweet Pea in my Influenster box and I was excited when I discovered that the heavy scent of alcohol was unmistakably less noticeable. There clearly has been a change in the lab because my olfactory senses were able to take in the sweet pea scent without the harsh scent of alcohol. In fact I had stopped using the old BBW fragrances for that very reason, I just couldn't take that obnoxious scent.
Despite this great change in the fine fragrance mist, there is a caveat- the longevity of the product. I think the product lasts for hours on your cloths (roughly 4 hours) but on my skin it doesn't last nearly as long. I would say the scent of sweet pea is erased from my skin within an hour.  I should also mention that after spraying the old formula on my skin it would itch a bit, but I have experienced no itching with this new formula- YAYA.

This $14.00 mist is available in 20 scents.
Now that they are having their semiannual sale, you may want to pick up a few items from Bath and Body Works including the fine fragrance mist!
Have you tried the new Fine Fragrance Mist? If so please let me know what you think of the product.

Sheer Cover Review

I'm sure we have all had a blemish or two that we just wanted to cover up before stepping out of the front door. Sheer coverage created a dual  sided concealer that you can use to cover up such blemishes. I received my Sheer Cover sample in my Influenster May box. I do not wear concealer but I was willing to give it a fair shot since it was provided in my box, however the darkest shade available was still not suitable for matching my skin tone. I received a sample in "dark"as shown in the above picture.

Let's first take a look at  a swatch of this concealer on my hand.
In this first picture I had the flash on my camera turned ON.

Here is the swatch with the flash turned OFF to enable you to get a better view of the shades.
 I tried to mix the colors to match my skin perfectly and this was the result.

At this point you're probably saying that this product matches my skin well. Well wait just one minute and let me know what you think after you see a picture taken with the flash turned ON.
At a slightly different angle and with my flash on, you clearly see the problem. I had the same experience on my leg when I turned the flash on and off. While this product feels unbelievably silky on my skin, and it can even withstand water being drizzled over my skin, the ashy appearance just wasn't acceptable. So this product will be a no go for me until there is a shade that matches my skin much better.
I do love the simple application of this product, the consistency is smoother than butter. The product also includes  jojoba oil which I appreciate.
Sheer Cover is priced at $29.95 for the introductory system.
You can see if Sheer Cover provides a shade that will work for you by heading over to their site after clicking here.
Have you ever tried Sheer Cover? If so what is your take on the product.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sally Hansen Salon Effects - Kitty Kitty

Hello Everyone

As promised I would begin reviewing items form my free Inflenster box so here goes. First up is the Sally Hansen Salon Effects (the nail polish strips). I've used similar strips from another brand (Avon) years ago and this version did not disappoint either.

Why you may want this item?
Obviously you will have no nail smudges and no drying time to worry about because these are basically nail polish stickers. After locating the sticker that will cover your nail, you simply peel off the sticker and apply it neatly over your nails. No mess, no fuss and you have beautifully "polished" nails in a few minutes.
Here is an example of the peeling process:

I received the pattered polish in Kitty Kitty #320 and I wasn't loving it at first. I think that's why it sat in the box for so long. However, I decided to give them a go and I actually like them much better on my nails than I did when they were staring back at me from the box.
So starting from the beginning, let's take a look at what you get in your nail effect box.

1 nail file
1cuticle stick
1 mini file and buffer (all in one)
16 nail strips.

One big difference between the Sally Hansen strips when compared to the Avon brand that I tried ages ago is that the Sally Hansen brand seems to have a bit of stretchiness to the stickers. If it doesn't fit your nail perfectly, which may be the case for those who have wider nail beds, then a slight tug may give you the added coverage that you need.
Price - Usually priced at $9.99 but I have seen it cheaper or on sale so keep your eyes peeled.
Sold- This product an be found in CVS, Target and similar stores.
Longevity- These nails can stand up to constant hand washing, showers (in warm- hot water :-) ) dish washing and anything else. I will update this post when I decide to take it off to let you know how long it lasted on my nails. The only problem that I can foresee would be if you applied them sloppily without carefully securing the strip around your entire nail, including the very tip. Doing so could lead to the sticker lifting up if the tip of the sticker isn't secured around the edge of your nail.
Like most nail strips, you will need nail polish remove to properly remove these strips.
I think these are perfect especially if you are crunched for time and you don't have time to wait for your polish to dry!
I will definitely get my hands on more nail strips.
Have you tried nail effects? If so what has been your experience?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

WNTW May- early June

Here is a video of a few items I picked up recently.

Below is a picture of my new growth since I mentioned it in the video. You can see where the new growth ends and the permed part begins.  The rest of the permed hair is tucked under because I can no longer wear bangs with the two textures exposed-it looks a mess. So I focus on the new growth and tuck the permed part. I only wear my bangs down when my hair is straightened, which ins't often.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Contest Winner

The Winner of the Zoya contest is Calli. You have until the end of this week to send me your mailing info via email at . Please write Zoya Contest Winner in the subject line. If I don't hear from you I will have to select another winner.
Congrats Calli!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

My FIrst Influenster Box!

Hello All I wanted to share my first Influenster box with you! Sign up for free at

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A gift from The Verve 360 Salon

You all know that I adore nail polish, right? I have a few brands that top my list of must haves in my collection and Zoya is certainly one of them.
I was delighted to learn that the Verve 360 Hair Salon of Pittsburgh wanted to give one reader two Zoya polishes for free!
If you enter a comment expressing why you love Zoya polishes or why you would like to try Zoya you will be entered to win. You must also be a subscriber to my blog. Please enter one comment per user. This contest is open to the Continental US only (if you are in  Alaska or Hawaii you can not be selected as a winner- sorry).   A winner will be randomly selected on Monday. The gift will be shipped directly to the winner from the Verve Salon.
Thanks for reading and thanks to the Verve 360 Hair Salons in Pittsburgh for selecting this blog for a giveaway.