* These products were gifted to me by Coola Suncare. Thoughts and opinions are my own
Summer sun protection is so important especially living in a place where you are constantly being kissed by the sun. These products by Coola are the perfect addition to my sun protection collection that is organic made, safe to use on both my kids and I. It’s nice to feel as if you are apply sun care that is both protective, but good for your skin also. The classic face sport sunscreen carries an SPF 50 and features an invigoration natural white tea scent. It is non greasy, non-tacky, really just feels like you are apply moisturizer.
I love the idea of a spray sunscreen, and this one takes a top spot. Not only does it apply easily and evenly, but also has a broad spectrum of 50 with an all-natural Guava Mango scent. This was easy to apply on my kids and can pack lightly in my bag for on the go use.
Sun protection on your lips is just as important and is often times forgotten during our sun care routine. This classic liplux is formulated with SPF 30, glides on with ease, and is comfortable to wear. I can use this wherever on the go as an everyday lip balm packed easily in my purse or car.
I am quite impressed with these Coola products. I love the fact that they thought about the ingredients, thought about effectiveness and perfect for those long, active, summer days!
*I received these products compliments of Buxom Cosmetics as part of their Preenme VIP program. Thoughts and opinions are my own based on personal use.
You’ve probably seen or heard about the Buxom Lip Polish from friends, beauty bloggers, and makeup enthusiast all over. There’s a reason why this lip-gloss is characterized as a cult favorite. These lip-glosses create a natural shimmering shine while plumping and nourishing your lips at the same time.
They have a light vanilla scent and a tingling sensation upon every application. The color payoff is natural, perfect to finish off an everyday look. I have so many; I keep one on my desk, in my car, and one in my purse. A girl can never have too many lip-glosses. I have a growing collection and addiction to these little beauties. With so many colors to choose from, these glosses are exactly what you need to get your pout on!
So don't wait, try one out now, and I promise, you can't just get one :)
I’ve done it all, from false lashes, to lash extensions to lash serums. All of which have either failed for me, or are only temporary results. I wear false lashes on special occasions or for formal events. It makes my eyes and eye makeup pop and stand out, looking glam and beautiful. I do it because of those reasons, but I just don’t like them. I don’t like the application, I don’t like the feeling, and honestly they look ‘fake’. I’ve also had my go at lash extensions. If any of you have tried this you know the biggest draw back is the application process and time! It took me 3 hours for my first application and had to be retouched every 3-4 weeks. The results are beautiful, but rubbing your eye, sleeping on it and washing your face has to be done so carefully and gentle, that it becomes a nuisance, not to mention its expensive. I then had my try with Latisse. I did see a difference, but I also experienced the dark line on my upper lid side effect.
So finally, in comes Rodan + Fields Lashboost. This nightly eyelash-conditioning serum features a unique proprietary formula that improves the appearance of lash volume and length for lashes that are 100% real, 100% yours. I am truly amazed and so happy with my results and am so proud that they are my ‘own’ lashes! Eyelashes to me make a bold statement. It’s the focal point of your eyes making them talk to people and catch their attention.
Here are some before and after pics:
A little goes a long way, and applying the tiniest amount is all that is needed. It’s done at night so the magic works while you sleep. Just like any other product consistency and patience is the key. I saw initial results at 4 weeks, but I can see a vast difference now at 12 weeks. This one bottle has lasted me over 3 months, with still more product left. I also use this product on my eyebrows to fill them in thicker and help grow in those sparse patches. If you’ve ever wondered about this product, or longed for longer fuller lashes this is a must try! Why not give your eyes a chance to start some conversations, be bold and a standout in crowds!
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*I received these products complimentary of Julep as part of the Preen.Me VIP package.
Thought and opinions are my own
I’ve seen the popularity and talk about K-Beauty, aka, Korean Beauty Care. These products have taken over the shelves at Sephora, Ulta and beauty counters everywhere. It’s all about the double cleanse, so when Preen.me reached out to me to try the Julep K-beauty double cleanse, I was intrigued and curious. The cleansing packet given included the Love your Bare face cleansing oil, cleansing stick and the Konjac sponge to exfoliate the skin.
I tried the products and two out of the three were a hit. I enjoyed the cleansing oil. It removed my makeup so easily, was lightweight and smelt fresh with a light lemon scent. The cleansing stick was a new method of cleaning my face, so I was a little weary, but it actually worked out well. My face felt clean, getting down deep leaving my face feeling nice and clean. I wasn’t a fan of the Konjac sponge. The purpose of it used as an exfoliator worked just fine, what I didn’t enjoy was the consistency and texture. It felt like a wet dirty sponge and I just couldn’t bare to think about putting that on my face everyday.
This two-step cleanser is great for those who want a quick get the job don’t routine at night. It also makes a great travel friendly option. That’s exactly how I’ll use this as I don’t see this taking the place of my daily skin care products from Rodan + Fields. It’s a great size that won’t take up too much space when packed. I am impressed at the Julep brand and looking forward to trying out more products from this line.
It’s no surprise that rosy red lips are trending this Spring season. There’s something about the bold red color that makes a statement, matches every skin tone and can hold an outfit on it’s own. The color pop of a rosy red lip can change your image, making for an effortless sultry look. With so many different red hues to choose from, try a rosy red, with more of a pink hue for that fresh spring look. I love how this lip can match with anything you wear, seriously, anything!
Find a formulation that is hydrating, easy to apply and lasts all day! Rosy Red lips are the in thing right now, shop around, swatch different hues of red on your hand and discover which shade is best for you. *Pictured: I'm wearing the Nars Audacious Lipstick!
Linked are some of my favorites!
So you are a beauty lover who has a fabulous makeup collection filled with so many different eye shadow colors, foundations in multiple shades and a lipstick for every occasion. Or you’ve got just the essentials that does its job and you make it stretch because you hate buying more product. Whichever category you fall in, we often forget or don’t know that all these makeup items have an expiration date.
Cosmetic companies have gotten better at printing the expiration date directly on the packaging or inside the cap, but if not, here is a quick overview and rundown of the life expectancy of these beauties.
Mascara: 2-3 months.
Liquid foundation/concealer: 6-12 months
Lip stick: 2 years
Lip-gloss: 1 year
Eye shadows: 2 years
Powder products: 2 years
Eyeliner: 6-12 months
Makeup Brushes: Years, with consistent cleaning
Now, I challenge you to look through your makeup collection find the expiration date or think about when you bought it. Chances are you will find at least one or a few items that are long past these guidelines of their due date. Sometimes we think that oh well I spent an obscene amount of money on this foundation, so I am using it sparingly making it last the longest possible. Well that spread has gone over one year, and your sitting there wondering why it smells funny, looks funny and isn’t working as you remembered it to. If you decide to splurge on a makeup items that you are totally in love with…USE IT! Don’t let it go to waste and hit its expiration date. It’s in its most beautiful state to be used not just put on a makeup vanity. When that expiration date has hit, it’s time to say goodbye.
I usually like to do a makeup purge every 6 months. This gives me the time to asses what I need or don’t need to replenish. It also gives me the time to rotate different products and be season appropriate. A typical rule of thumb I go by is if I have it, use it, if you don’t use it, lose it!
*I received these products complimentary
If you haven’t heard of Bite Beauty, they are a lip beauty brand that uses food grade ingredients, so yes, they are safe enough to eat! Not that you would want to, but when wearing a lipstick or lip-gloss, we are bound to digest some of it, so knowing that these products are safe enough to do so is great! Thanks to Influenster I am able to try the brand new lip pencils and the Amuse Bouche lipstick.
The Lip Pencil provides perfect, allover, opaque lip coverage. It glides on with ease, not like other lip pencils where you have to pull and tug at it, causing your lips to look patchy and dry. I love how easy and buttery these lip pencils are. Application is a breeze, and the wear is comfortable. It is very lightweight and pigmentation is superb. This color in Honeycomb is the perfect everyday nude, great for my skin tone.
The second color I received is the whiskey lipstick with the coinciding lip pencil to match. This dark plum color is very daring, one that I’m not use to, but for the right occasion, will be so much fun! When applying dark or vibrant colors, having a good precise lip pencil is key in keeping things nice and tidy.
The lipsticks are a creamy consistency, also gliding on with ease and have great pigmentation. These two products, the lip pencil and lipsticks are a great pairing with each other, but are also great stand-alone products too. I can see myself using the nude lip pencil to fill in my lips then apply a gloss over it for an everyday wear. Bite beauty is an innovative brand focusing on quality ingredients and great wear. If you like lip products that are hydrating, creamy and long lasting these are a must try! Thank you @influenster and @bitebeauty #theLipPencil #contest.
I’ve had long hair for the longest time. I like the fact that I can curl it, straighten it, do an up-do, and have fun with different hair styles, but my hair had finally gotten so long that I was starting to get tired of it and needed a change. In comes the trending LOB, aka the Long bob. I knew I wanted to go with this style, because I am not yet committed to cutting my hair totally short, but I also wanted some weight taken off.
So….tada, this is the style I ended up with. I asked my stylist how much he cut off, and he said about 10 inches!! My hair feels lighter, my bun sits perfectly on top of my head with out giving me a headache, and I’ve substantially used less shampoo and conditioner!
I’m still figuring out different ways to wear my hair, but I am enjoying it so far! In fact I wish I had gone a little shorter to begin with. When I look back at photos of my long hair, I do miss it, but for right now, I’m having fun playing with my new do. Besides, it’ll all grow back eventually right?! I hope so! Haha
People often compliment me on my complexion and how well my skin looks, but the truth is, it’s not always perfect, in fact it is far from it. I, like everyone else have my own struggles and issues when it comes to my skin. I may break out sometimes, and I can see sunspots where I wish I wouldn’t. While I do believe now I have overall good, healthy skin, it’s taken time, it’s taken research, and now I can share the secret with you….Rodan+Fields.
Developed by the two most highly respected Dr’s in the Dermatology world, and the creators of Proactiv, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields developed a premier anti-aging skin care line made available to the everyday women. I mean who doesn’t want to keep their skin looking young, turn back time, and give it the non-surgical face-lift it needs. The best part is, that it works!
Skin care is never too early to start, and never too late to begin. Starting a regime and sticking to it, is key to seeing success, just as it is in any other aspects of our lives. Some may think it is vain to care so much about your image, or a waist of money to care for your skin in such capacity, but I don’t think so. I tell my styling clients that image is the first impression you make to others; it’s just a natural human instinct. So putting yourself forth in the best way possible not only makes a lasting impression, but can make your self esteem grow, get your confidence back and make you feel comfortable in your own skin.
There are an array of products that fit each skin type and tone. The Rodan + Fields brand has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Allure, New Beauty, Popsugar and Vogue. It’s provided amazing results for me personally, and for many others that I know. I have the upmost confidence in this brand and product that I have become an independent consultant myself. As a beauty blogger you know I’m always out on the hunt for the best products out there. If you are looking to give your skin a revamp, clear up any problem areas, or simply maintain it for a natural healthy looking complexion, this may be just what you need. There’s also a 60-day money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose!
Check out the products here: https://samanthabannar.myrandf.com
* These products were sent to me complimentary. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Don’t let the winter weather dry up your gorgeous locks! With the help of L’Oreal’s everpure moisture shampoo and conditioner, my hair will keep it’s moisture, looking lush and shining throughout this winter season. I don’t know if you’ve every tried a sulfate free shampoo, but it does make a difference. For one, you can definitely feel a difference in texture. It leaves my hair less of that waxy feel that most shampoos do.
I recently colored my hair, and finding hair products that will be gentle and soft with my color treated hair has been a goal of mine. This line by L’Oreal is affordable, gets the job done, and leaves my hair smelling fresh and soft for days!
My most favorite part of the line is the 10 in 1 Elixir treatment. This leave in spray is easy to apply providing the ingredients needed to keep my just washed hair shining and soft. I’m a huge leave in spray/conditioner fan and this is one of my most favorite ones! For the price and results of the products, this is a must try!