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Friday, March 28, 2014

Review: Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream


Ever tried using a CC cream? Also known as Color Control cream or Color Correcting cream, a CC cream, which was created and developed in Korea is similar to a tinting moisturizer. I'm familiar with BB creams, but this will be my first time to use a CC cream. Studio Gear sent me a sample for evaluation purposes. So, join me as I discover how it helps moisturize skin.




Product Description

Hydrating CC Cream transforms and enhances your complexion in an incredibly light, smooth formula. This foundation simultaneously fights aging, retains moisture, and covers and treats blemishes with a non-oily, perfectly radiant finish.

Key Benefits:

  • Protects: SPF 20 protects the skin, while Hydra-Extend technology provides moisture for up to 72 hours. Perfects: Enjoy natural looking coverage while micro-encapsulated pigments perfects and fade dark spots and acne scarring. 
  • Corrects: Anti-aging and collagen building ingredients help minimize fine lines and wrinkles. 
  • Hydrates: Hydra-Extend technology provides up to 72 hours of continuous hydration. 
  • Conceals: Micro encapsulated pigments deliver a fresh dose of color that adapts to your own skin tone, creating the most natural looking coverage.  
  • Smoothes: Skin nourishing ingredients help to correct and maintain youthful complexion.

My Opinion

I like that the consistency of the cream is thin. That means it won't be too heavy on my skin. It's thin, but it doesn't run off your hand or finger. It also dries up pretty quickly. As soon as you start massaging, your skin absorbs it fast. My skin felt smooth and soft instantly. The finish is amazing as well. I've got dark spots, but the cream covered all that. As for its brightening effect, it's too early to say. I've only been using it for a couple of days. Overall, I love what it does to my skin. It looks more healthy and the color is so natural it didn't look like I had a CC cream on.





Pros

It's a great cover up to hide those skin imperfections. It is light weight and not cakey at all when applied. The cream does not leave an oily finish, so you don't have to worry if you are on the oily side.

Cons

None!

Recommendation

It's great for women who do not like to put so much on their faces. Real foundations feel too heavy; this one is light and thin, but covers up skin imperfections.

The Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream is available at this link for $34. And because you are a loyal reader of this blog, I'd like to reward you with a 10% discount when you purchase the cream. Just input the code bloggercc to claim it. To know more about this amazing product, you may like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Barely-There Lips



Beautiful nude lipstick is all the rage right now, but it can be tricky to master. The secret? Use a toothbrush to buff away flaky skin, which can stand out under lighter shades. Then swipe on a creamy lipstick with a hint of peach to give your lips a lovely glow.

Family Dinner Date

The whole family is g forward to dinner later with my aunt who's vacationing right now from the States. We haven't seen her for a long time and all of us, my mom, especially, is excited to see her. She also brought with her the dimmer switch my son asked her to buy. The last time she went home, the twins weren't born, yet. I'm sure she'd be so glad to see them tonight.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Review: Cassandra by Lottie Winter

I was recently sent an ePub copy of the book Cassandra by Lottie Winter for review purposes.

Book Description
Publication Date: October 8, 2013

When you accepted employment as a governess in Victorian England, you assumed your life would be set on an unchangeable path. After the death of her parents, Cassandra, a young woman with a talent for music, assumes the role of governess to two young children, whose own mother died a few years previously. However all is not as it seems, and after an initial quiet few months, she is spotted by Thorpe Pembroath, the owner of the Estate, father of the children and her employer. A dinner invitation very quickly proves to have more to it than initially meets the eye, and Cassandra is suddenly swept without warning into a world unlike anything she has ever seen or known before.

But for all of Cassandra’s fears and insecurities at what is shown to her, it is ultimately Thorpe, a dark, brooding and intelligent man, who can without warning show a ruthless cruel streak, whose life is turned on its head and for whom the weekend will mean his world is forever changed.

My Opinion

I usually allot an hour or two of reading right before I call it a night, but with Cassandra, I read longer. It's full of sexy and steamy scenes, but unlike other erotic books, this one has a beautiful love story. Casssandra is sweet and innocent, yet she bravely faced the shocking scenes Thorpe had shown her in the Carnal gathering. Thorpe is such an ass and I love how LOVE kicked him in the butt when he realized he was in love with the innocent governess. The story is full of hot scenes, yet realistic and actually very romantic.

Pros

It's a good read and it's something you don't really expect in the old Victorian England.

Cons

I wish it could have been longer, but then again it's a Carnal Set Novel – a series which follows the erotic pleasures, perversions, romance, delights and delectations of a group of extremely select men and women in Victorian England. Lottie Winter wants us to keep coming back for more.

Recommendation

If you're looking for a great read, this beautiful, hot and spicy love story will get you hooked. The book is an erotic novel and contains very strong sexual content, which also borders on BDSM. If adult themes and strong sexual content bother you, this book is not for you. Not suitable for ages below 18.

For more information about the author, you an visit her website at www.lottiewinter.com. You may also follow her on Twitter for updates. Cassandra is available at Amazon for $5.20.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Review: Hask Keratin and Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner


I was recently sent a small box from BrandBacker filled with several bottles of Hask Hair Products & Bathroom Caddy for review purposes. I had so much fun opening a box with wonderful hair products just for me.



What's in the box?

  • 1 full-sized bottle of Keratin Protein Smoothing Shampoo 
  • 1 full-sized bottle of Keratin Protein Smoothing Conditioner 
  • 1 pouch Keratin Protein Deep Smoothing Conditioner 
  • 1 small bottle Keratin Smoothing Shine Oil 
  • 1 full-sized bottle of Argan Oil Repairng Shampoo 
  • 1 full-sized bottle of Argan Oil Repairng Conditioner 
  • 1 pouch Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment 
  • 1 small bottle Argan Oil Repairing Lightweight Shine Oil 
  • 1 bathroom caddy 
  •  2 Hask branded twistbands



If you've never heard of Argan oil, then you're missing out on something great. This wonderful oil from Morocco contains Squalene, an oil that closely resembles skin's natural sebum. The oil has been known to beautify hair and skin. It's also rich in polyphenols that fights free radicals to keep skin and hair appear younger.

Product Description

Argan

If you had three wishes from a genie in a magic lamp, what would they be? New shoes? A fancy car? Maybe you’d wish for perfectly soft, luscious hair! Well wish no more. You don’t need a genie for healthy, beautiful locks when you have Hask® Argan Oil products! Also known as “liquid gold,” Argan Oil is a precious, time-honored beauty secret in its native Morocco. Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, Argan Oil from Morocco repairs, strengthens and moisturizes hair, all while taming frizz and adding shine. So saunter on down to the bazaar and barter for some of that liquid gold! Or you can, you know, pick up some Hask Argan Oil products… yeah, that’d probably be easier. Oh, and genie? About that new car….

Keratin

Are color treatments, blow drying and hot irons leaving your hair lifeless and drab? We feel your pain! That’s why Keratin is a key ingredient in these fab new Hask products. Keratin Protein is the stuff your hair, skin and nails are made of—so it’s no wonder it’s so powerful and restorative for your hair. Keratin revives, restores, calms and strengthens parched, frizzy locks—wiping out the effects of heat, humidity and over-styling and helping your hair look and feel its best. What can’t Keratin do, you ask? Hold the curling iron for you, but that’s about it. Making Hask® Keratin Protein products a part of your daily beauty routine can help to revitalize and condition that hair of yours, all while sealing in moisture and shine!

Pros

I really like that the people behind Hask products took into consideration the design of the packaging. The brown bottles look expensive and would also make a great gift to friends and family. Yes, the plastic bottles are brown just like the bottles used to package meds and vitamins; Hask chose that to prevent UV rays from damaging the products. The smells are fabulous as well! I woke up the next day and my hair and scalp are still smelling great.

Argan

I've got thick and wavy hair and frizz is always a problem. The shampoo, conditioner and oil worked great for my hair. Just after one use, my hair became smooth and shiny. Best of all, no frizz! No wonder Argan is called he miracle oil. Although I don't have split ends, I've also read somewhere that the oil helps repair split ends.

Keratin

Color treatments are making my hair dull and I am so glad I was also sent samples of Keratin shampoo, conditioner and repairing oil. These three products revived my drab hair and tamed my frizzy locks.

Cons

I didn't find anything I didn't like about the products. I love them and I'd definitely buy these products again.

Recommendations

If you've got thick, wavy and frizzy hair like I do, both the Argan and the Keratin shampoos and conditioners are perfect for you. Who says you need to go to a salon and spend hundreds of dollars just to revive dull hair? These tandems are mild, light, not strong and are free of sulphates and parabens.

For more information about these wonderful hair products from Hask, you may visit their website at http://haskbeauty.com/. For regular updates, follow them on Twitter.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Review: New BA STAR Eye Shadow Palettes



I'm so glad I had the opportunity to review the New BA STAR Eye Shadow Palettes. They sent me a sample of one of their two new releases: 1 Eye Shadow Palette & 1 Glue - Eye Shadow Primer. I don't think I have seen these two in the beauty aisles and I felt very lucky that I was given a chance to try them first.




About the Product

New BA STAR Eye Shadow Palettes!
High Pigment & Long Lasting.
2 great Color Combos: Smoky & Natural.
Retails at only $8.75!

My Opinion

The set of eye shadows I got was sparkly, but I like that they weren't too glittery when worn. I also love at how well they stayed on. I super love the colors, too.

Recommendation

If you have not heard of BA Star yet, it's time to look for this popular makeup brand and give it a try. It's perfect for those who simply want to shine like a star!

To know more about BA Star product you may visit their website, follow them on Intagram or Pinterest.

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