A blog by Brittanie Vasquez

Thursday, November 29, 2012

My First Julep Maven Box

Helloooo beauties!!! You know how I love my boxes ;) This one is called Julep, and I'm taking it for a test drive! Julep is a monthly subscription that let's you try out the latest nail trends. You take a style quiz, pick out a box you like and BAM. They cost about $19.99 a month. The reason I tested this out was because I has a code to get an introductory box for a penny! I did have to pay $3.99 shipping, totaling the whole transaction to four bucks. Like other services, you can skip a month or cancel altogether. Enough with all the info, let's dig in to the box!
My style quiz suggested certain colors for me, but I didn't like them. So I decided to get the BOHO GLAM box. This came with two polishes, cuticle oil, and two surprise glitter pots.
Sprinkle these babies to your wet nails and you're good to go. I appreciate the red glitter, but I wish they would have sent me two different colors.
This cuticle oil is awesome because it has a roller ball, and it lets just the perfect amount out. It has a citrus scent and it works pretty well.
I really love both of these colors. They're so perfect for this time of the year! They both went on really smooth, and didn't leave a streaky mess. They also dried fairly quickly.
This Toni color is a nice mixture of purple and mauve. It is so simple and almost understated. I absolutely LOVE this.
I would consider this Michelle color to be a midnight blue. It's so dark that in some lights it actually looks black. I don't normally go for blues, but this blue is so deep and gorgeous!
I also thought the sides of these polish bottles were adorable!

So the real question for me to find out: Is this worth the price? It's expensive, but then you are getting a few items. The real test for me is the quality of the polish. I'm interested in seeing if this is some miraculously nail polish or what. I will know my answer very soon! I'll update my blog on my final thoughts on the quality of this polish.

Please feel free to watch my video on the unboxing of Julep right here:

Thank you guys so much for the support!! 'Til next time loves, MUAH!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November Birchbox

Hey everyone! It's Birchbox time! This month was centered around the month of giving thanks, giving back, and giving treats! I am going to keep this post short and sweet, so let's get right into it!
This is the Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder by Lulu Organics. It's a dry organic shampoo that you would use on unwashed hair. I love dry shampoos, and I've never used a powder dry shampoo so I'm eager to try this.
This is a men's cologne by John Varvatos and it's called Artisan. It has a blend of citrus and warm woods. This is actually a gift for a special man in your life! I know who I'm giving this too! It smells AMAZING by the way.
This is actually my favorite item in the box! This is the FIBRE LASHXTEND by ModelCo. It's a lengthening mascara that uses tiny lash-extending fibers to give the illusions of wearing false lashes. This is worth $24 alone! I've never used a mascara with fibers, so I'm really excited to try this. Best of all, it has a mirror on this mascara! Fabulous
Instead of wrapping some of our items in tissue paper and ribbon, they decided to put our items in a reusable gift box. The idea is to take the items out and put items in and give to someone else.
It's a great way to recycle and have fun at the same time :)
These were the items in the little gift box. The item on top is by One Love Organics, and it's Aromatic Body Serum. It's made with pumpkin seed and sea buckthorn oil. It keeps the skin hydrated, and it has aromatherapy benefits. What's cool is it actually has a spray pump for easier application. The downside is that the scent is just waaaay too strong for me, It doesn't agree with my nose at all.
The item on the bottom is the Pomegranate & Fig Lip Butter by Mox Botanicals. The lip balm is infused with avocado oil and shea butter to keep the lips moisturized. The container itself is 100% recyclable! I use this all the time and it's very moisturizing. It helps my chapped lips through the cold weather and the moisture lasts. Also, a little bit goes a long way!

So those are all the items in my box! It was a fun and cute box, and I will be doing a full review on the ModelCo FIBRE LASHXTEND Lengthening Mascara! Stay tuned for that one.

If you haven't watched my latest video on this month's box, please feel free to watch it here! 

Thank you so much for the support! 'Til next time loves, MUAH!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Mini Review: Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin

Ello ello ello! I've been on a blogging roll, yeah? This is my last product I'll be featuring from the Beauty Blogger VoxBox. This time it's all about the Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin. You know the deal, I received this from Influenster complimentary for the purpose of reviewing :) I was really excited to try this one out, because I have seen this product on commercials before. So let's jump right into it!
This pack of two spin pins retails for about $7.29. It comes in different shades, and this is for dark hair. Personally, I think I would've gone for a black pair. So the whole point of these spiral/twisted pins is to ditch the 100 bobby pins you need to use for a fancy or quick up-do. Now I am the queen of sling bobby pins. It's some kind of phenomenon. No matter  how hard I try to keep all of them in the same place, they all eventually end up disappearing ^_^ These spin pins are kind of hard to lose, to say the least. 

So how do you use them? It's simple. Once your hairstyle is in place, you simple screw in a spin pin on one side and then the other. And you're done! It's really that simple. I tried a few different hairstyles with these, and it really did work. I was very surprised. It not only shortens the time you do your hair, but it's less work.

This is a side pick of a quick braided do I did. It's actually kind of perfect for special occasions, and not special occasions!
Just for the record, taking pictures behind your head ain't so easy! This is the back of the hairstyle I did. Yes, I really only used the two spin pins. Pretty awesome!! Oh and they are simple to remove. Just screw them out!

THE VERDICT: These little spin pins are amazing. They make it so easy for me to play around with different hairstyles, and it really makes the whole process much more simple! They may seem a little pricey for almost 8 bucks, but I think they are definitely worth the try and investment :) 

I hope this review helped!! I'll try to take better pictures next time :D Let me know if you are interested in seeing me create this hairstyle!

'Til next time loves, MUAH!

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Mini Review: NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact

Hello again beauties!! My Beauty Blogger VoxBox has been getting a lot of love since I have been writing reviews on all the products from that box. This is my review for the NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact. This was sent to me from Influenster, completely complimentary for the purpose of reviewing. Time to get into it!
This compact was made for brown eyes. It comes with two matte colors, two slightly shimmery colors, a primer base, and an illuminator.

The back of the compact even has suggestions on how to apply the eyeshadows. This custom compact retails for about $4.99.

This is the completed look. It did take a bit to achieve this look, because the purple eyeshadow was a difficult consistency to apply and blend. I made it work by masking the creased imperfections with the brown shimmer color. I applied it heavily in my crease after applying the purple, and it came out quite nicely. The little brush wasn't very useful, but I'm never a fan of those types of applicators anyways. The primer base had a really smooth and creamy texture, and it was easy to blend. However, the lasting power is not great. It creased a couple hours into my day, which I was disappointed about. I did find that packing extra on the lid and crease did help it last longer.
Other than that, I really enjoy the colors of the palette. I think the colors really do compliment my eye color, especially for Fall and Winter.
This is a look I will definitely be recreating over and over, because I really love the blend of purple and shimmer brown. It's almost like a purple smokey eye, but it isn't too dark at all.
Overall, I really enjoyed this palette. The purple color is not my favorite texture in powder, but it's very easy to hide the purple imperfections with the brown shimmer. I think for the price, this is definitely a fun palette to have, especially since it is catered toward the different eye colors. I hope this review was helpful!

If you haven't seen my latest video on how I achieved this look, please feel free to watch it here!

Thank you so much for the support!! 'Til next time loves, MUAH!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mini Review: Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit

Hey beauties!!! It's review time! This blog will be about the Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit. This kit was sent to me completely complimentary from Influenster, for the purpose of testing and reviewing. Some of you may notice that this was another product from my Beauty Blogger VoxBox - which I LOVED! This will solely be a review based on my own experience and opinion :) Let's get started!
These lashes are in the style 05. The starter kit comes with a pair of lashes (100% human hair), a tweezer for application, and easy to use glue (latex free). This kit retails for about $4.99.
What I love about this kit is that it's intended to be used by beginners. Prior to this kit, I have never owned any lashes - nor have I applied them. The back of the box shows you three easy steps. First, cut the lashes if they are too long for your eye shape. I have big a** eyes, so that wasn't a problem for me! Next, take the easy to use glue and apply it to the line of the lashes - adding extra to the ends. Make sure you let it dry up for 30-60 seconds. Then you take the applicator and carefully place and adjust the lash as needed and let dry.

This video was actually my very first time applying these lashes! You can see how easy it was to use. I did the first one perfectly, and then I messed up the other haha 

Since then, I have used the lashes quite a bit. It really does look like the picture on the box.
I noticed that after the first time, I didn't love the applicator as much. I ended up just using my fingers the next times I used it, and I found it much easier. The glue does last all day. It's definitely latex free because I am allergic to latex and had no problems with the glue. The lashes are also easy to remove after you've used eye makeup remover to remove your eyeshadow and eyeliner.
These lashes are very pretty and very, very dramatic. They're actually much more dramatic in person than they are in photos. They're fun to use for girls night out when I want to really go glam and over the top, but the style is a little dramatic for me for everyday use. Since I have big eyes, I feel like they really emphasize the large size of my eyes when I wear them. 
Like I said, in the pictures it doesn't look so dramatic. In fact you're probably wondering what I'm fussing about ^_^ I think the fact that I already have naturally long eyelashes (especially with mascara) that the lashes aren't necessary for me. In person, the style of these lashes makes me look like I'm trying a little too hard.

Overall, I really enjoyed using these lashes. I definitely can re-use these lashes a bunch more times for those special nights. Removing the glue from them is very simple. I'm really pleased that the product matches the description of the box. It lasts all day, and it's so easy to use for beginners! I also think the price isn't bad, especially since you an get so many uses from them.

That's it for my review! Pretty straight forward. I hope this has helped, and please feel free to ask me any of your questions.

'Til next time loves, MUAH!

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Obsession: Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candles

Hello lovies!! Being a girly girl as I am, I LOOOOVE candles. It's amazing how a little bit of fire and scent can instantly change the mood. I love candles because they're gorgeous and almost magical to look at. They also can smell AMAZING! Today I wanted to showcase the Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle. I was first introduced to this lovely Pumpkin Cupcake mini candle, thanks to Influenster. They sent this to me completely complimentary, for the purpose of reviewing.
Normally I'm not a huge pumpkin fan, but this smelled DELICIOUS!!! It was the perfect blend blend of pumpkin and sweetness. It literally smelled like Fall to me. I was really impressed how long this candle lasted! I burned it hours at a time, totaling to about 9 hours all together. For the retail price of $3.50, that ain't bad! I was also really shocked at how this little candle really made the whole room smell. Needless to say, I was pretty sad when I used the whole candle!

BUUUUUT I loved this mini candle so much that I went ahead and picked up more!! Bath & Body Works had a mini candle promotion going on a few weeks back, and I took full advantage! I added these lovely additions to my home :)
Some of these are Fall candle, and some of them are Winter candles. Here pictured I have Marshmallow Fireside, Creamy Pumpkin, Hot Buttered Rum, White Barn, WInter, Frosted Peppermint, Snowed In, and Cashmere. Not too much, right?! Haha! I absolutely am in love with these candles. 

R.I.P. to Creamy Pumpkin!! He was a perfect blend of pumpkin and spice, and he will be dearly missed!!!! :(

I'm currently using Hot Buttered Rum, which smells AMAZING of course!! It has cinnamon in it and it just smells so sweet and delicious and still goes with the Fall season :)

As the season changes, I really look forward to using the Winter mini candles! These candles are mini, but they make a big impact on scent and mood change for me :) I highly recommend these to everyone! Look out for their constant sales! Plus, Black Friday is coming and Bath & Body Works always has special sales for that crazy shopping day! 

I want to give you guys a heads up that I am saving all these used candles, as I will be re-using them in a DIY recycle/reuse blog in the future!

Go ahead and check out the Fall candles before they're all gone!

I hope this was helpful or at least a fun blog to read! Thank you so much for the support!! 'Til next time, MUAH!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mini Review: Not Your Mother's

Hello beauties! I haven't done a mini review in a hot minute, so today I wanted to share a product I've been testing out. I'll be talking about Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream. I was lucky enough to be sent this product from Influenster. It was sent to me complimentary for the purpose of reviewing. Even though I was sent this product, I will give you my complete and honest opinion.

So this is a hair cream that is meant to tame those frizzes. I  always have frizzy hair, especially when it's in its curly and natural state. This hair cream is infused with coconut and silk extracts. The way you use this cream is to apply it on damp, towel dried hair. Then you are able to blow dry your hair to lock in the sleek and straight locks. I don't blow dry my hair, so I let my hair air dry and then I use my flat iron. It didn't make my straightener smoke, which I was surprised at. The formula is think and a little sticky - but not too much. It definitely has a nice scent of coconut. Even though the formula is thick, it's not heavy on my hair. Keep in mind that I do have very thick and full hair, so weight isn't usually an issue with me. My hair did stay sleek, but it's usually like that anyway after I straighten it. I have used it a few times  to just tame my frizzies while my hair is up in a high bun. It has a very wet feeling when applied to dry hair. It's also makes my hair feel very soft after I've applied it. While it does help slick my hair, it doesn't keep all of the little hairs down.

Overall, this was a really great product to try. I've enjoyed testing it, but I can't say that I'm 100% wowed by it. I don't notice too much of a significant difference, especially with the fact that I already use a heat protectant when using a hot tool on my hair. For me, I don't think it would be a very useful product, just for the fact that I also don't blow-dry my hair. I hope this mini review helped, and feel free to ask me any questions!

Thank you so much for the support! 'Til next time loves, MUAH!
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

My Vampire Diaries Inspired Costume: Elena Gilbert

Hello everyone!! It's late night as I am writing this. Yesterday was Halloween (aka my favorite holiday evaaaaa) and I decided to still film! I recorded my very first "Get Ready With Me Video." I decided that I wanted to share my last minute DIY costume. I am OBSESSED with the Vampire Diaries. I just cannot get enough of that show. *Spoiler Alert* The newest season she is actually a vampire! Something I didn't think was going to happen. I'm enjoying watching her journey and going through the new and extreme emotions of vampire Elena! She's so gorgeous, even when she's in her blood thirsty state! I really wanted to capture the look she gets when she needs to feed. This was my best attempt, and I have to say I was extremely pleased with the way it came out!
I just improvised and 99% of the products I used were already laying around at home.
Elena's style is pretty simple, so I was able to pick out things I already owned. Even though she's a vampire, she does still wear necklace accessories. She also wears a lot of long sleeves, so I wore that as well with a pair of jeans and sneakers.
I bought fake blood for $0.99 at Walgreens the day of. I smeared it on my mouth to give that "just fed" look. That stuff stains like a mother though!
I had so much fun with this look! I even scared my mom haha! Since this was the first creative thing I've done makeup wise, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out :)

If you haven't watched my latest video with me getting made up for this look, please feel free to watch it here!

Thank you so much for the support!! 'Til next time loves, MUAH!

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