Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Get The Look: Tone It Up Style

If you know anything about the Tone It Up girls Katrina and Karena you know they have amazing style. Today I'm going to feature some of my favorite looks from Katrina and where to get similar products.

First up are these super cute coral workout crops from the new Beach Babe 3 DVD and their Total Body Mermaid workout video.

The crops she's wearing are from Rogiani and run around $90+ (and they're sold out in the coral). A more affordable, and equally cute, option are these Airabella Active crops that are $35! Both the bikini tops are from Maaji and should be on the Tone It Up store soon!

Next is this swim cover up dress that she wore in the Caribbean.

This is from Hot Miami Styles for $55. A similar cover up from Forever 21 is $38.

I don't think I've seen anyone else rock a crop top and long skirt at well as Katrina! I love her dreamy bohemian beach babe looks!

Free People, $48 (Karena wore the mint one), Forever 21, $30

I love all of her crochet bikinis. It seems like she never goes on a trip without one. Crochet bikini's are great if you don't like wild prints but want something a little more fancy than a plain solid color. This one is from an Australian brand, She Made Me and costs $85 for just the top.

These are some more affordable options. Ivory Crochet Bralette, $19.99 & $22.99. VS Midi Bandeau, $24.50 & $38.50

That's it for now! I hope you liked this post, let me know if you want to see more like it!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My first time with Brazilian Laser Hair Removal.

I had my first Brazilian LHR session about 3 weeks ago. I got an amazing deal on groupon, 6 sessions for around $260! I also used Ebates for 6% cash back! So I got about $16 back.

I did have underarm LHR once before at another place as a free gift with another procedure. They used a different laser (I think it was called Gentle Lase) that didn’t hurt at all but the laser at this new place had a different one that does hurt a bit.

At first I wasn’t going to use the numbing gel they sell for Brazilian treatments, but the lady said she wouldn’t do it without and I ended up getting the gel for free this first time. I had to wait for at least 30 minutes for it to take effect but I was pretty glad she made me use it.

The first part she lasered was at the top where I didn’t use as much gel. She iced it and that helped but yeah it still hurt quite a lot. It was a hot stinging sensation, like quickly pulling hot duck tape off your skin. It only lasts for a few seconds though. As she moved towards the back where I used most of the gel I felt almost nothing, basically some heat but no pain. So that part was awesome! Needless to say I bought some gel for my next sessions.

I also got another free underarm treatment, yay! That area didn’t get any gel but most of the hair there has already been lasered, less hair means less pain. I didn’t really feel anything. Now there is just a few hairs growing and I barely notice them. I barely shave there anymore.

I do feel like she missed some spots just because I could see red areas and normal areas, plus I think it was over a bit too fast. I think she was going easy on me! I'd say about 15% of the hair is gone. There are some bare patches and parts where the growth is thinner. I can't wait to see what the results will be after my next session!

I was pretty nervous about some stranger seeing my lady parts (also the lady was drop dead gorgeous, like Corporate Princess Jasmine gorgeous) but it was fine, I’m sure she has seen many a vulva. I also started my period the day before so that made me even more nervous but I just made sure I was very uh, fresh and clean, before hand lol.

My 2nd treatment is in a little over 2 weeks, so I'll update in a month to talk about the results I see from that session!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Noxzema Bikini Plus Shave and Trim Disposable Shavers

Today I want to share one of my necessities for summer. A few months ago I bought these Noxzema shave and trim razors for the bikini area. My bikini area is really sensitive, so using a regular razor leaves me with bumps and irritation. Honestly it's probably just as bad to see the bumps and redness around the bikini area as it is to see hair. I wanted to try these to see if they might help and I have to say I love these little guys!

These guys get close enough to cut most of the hair so when I finish off with a regular razor I don't have to go over my skin so many times. Or if I'm not concerned with being super smooth I'll just use the Noxzema razor and call it a day. I get way less irritation and I don't dread bikini season so much.

I will be getting Brazilian laser hair removal in a few weeks, so these are helpful because before each treatment you have to shave everything. Since these are about half the width of a regular razor it's easier to get certain places around your lady bits without skinning yourself. Yay!

I've only found these here on Amazon so far. A pack of 3 is around $3.00. So far I've only used 1 and have gotten at least half a dozen uses with more to come, so I think they'll last for a while.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Intermittent Fasting Journal #1

This is pretty off topic for a beauty blog, but I want to turn this into more of a lifestyle blog. I'm very interested in health and nutrition so I'm going to talk about this today.

I started Intermittent Fasting last week after starting a nutrition class at college. My teacher has a completely unexpected approach to nutrition and eating that has taught me some new things. I’ve done a little research and I have a lot more to do but I wanted to share some things I’ve learned.

The first class he said it’s healthier to eat all of your daily calories in just 1 or 2 meals (spaced 10-12 hours apart) a day because it takes about 10 hours for the glucose (carbohydrate/sugar) in your liver and muscles to be used up and for your body to tap into the glucose in your fat cells. Giving your body a chance to use that glucose is suppose to mimic the results of calorie restriction, without the calorie restriction.

In addition to aiding fat loss, low glucose levels triggers apoptosis (programed cell death) in old and defective (cancer) cells. Diseased cells apparently require 9x more glucose than healthy cells, so when your glucose levels drop they are the first to go. Recent research is showing that dropping glucose levels may be as effective as chemotherapy! Crazy, huh?

I’ve been trying this out the past 10 days, eating a big (for me) breakfast at 8 and a big dinner at 5-5:30 (I can’t last 10 hours quite yet). I do get fairly hungry around 2, I usually feel a little tired too. I’m hoping my body will get use to this soon. I’ve been drinking tea or crystal light (not the best, I know) in the afternoon to help with the hunger. One big upside though is that I feel like I can enjoy food again. In the last months I’ve been working so hard at finding meals that are low calorie but also filling. It’s such a relief to not have to worry about calories and to be able to eat what I want without guilt. I can slather my burrito bowls with tons of homemade guacamole, or occasionally have some freaking pasta!

At first feeling completely full and satisfied made me feel so guilty, which is totally messed up! Food shouldn’t be the center of your world but it should be enjoyed. Even though I’m currently missing lunch I love having a big dinner and not going to bed hungry. I also enjoy not stressing at family parties where we have pizza or lasagna for dinner. I am still eating very healthy food 95% of the time but I’m going to have some treats without guilt more often.

Since starting IF 10 days ago I've lost 2.5 lbs, breaking through my plateau (without working out). I usually take my measurements too but I'm going to wait until March 1st and post an update then.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sally Hansen Kwik Off: My Must Have Nail Polish Remover!

Once upon a time I was addicted to nail polish. For a year or two I was buying new colors weekly and I changed my nail polish every 2-3 days. The process of actually painting my nails is very relaxing to me and having a fresh mani makes me really happy. However my obsession eventually tapered off because A. I was sick of my nail polish chipping after 2 days, and B. I hated taking nail polish off. Once it starts chipping I can't stop picking at it so I have to immediately take it off. I had a scrubby tub with plastic bristles and it scratched my nails and cuticles and eventually the bristles started breaking so I threw it out. Using a cotton ball or pad just feels like I'm living in the dark ages! Plus is takes so much more time.

The first problem I solved with the Sephora Formula X "The System" which makes my mani's last 6-9 days with no chips (see my last post for a review). The second I solved with the Sally Hansen Kwik Off Nail Polish Remover!

I love it sooooo much! There are 3 holes to stick your fingers in (I had to poke around at first to find them), so it takes half the time as my other tub. Inside is an actual soft sponge, so it doesn't scratch your nails. It smells pleasant enough and it works so fast. I leave my fingers in for about 30 seconds and then press my nails into the sponge and twist to wipe the polish off. It's not too drying either.

It just costs around $3 at Target. I highly, highly recommend you try it. Taking my nail polish off doesn't feel like such a chore any longer.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: Sephora's Formula X "The System"

Hello blog! Long time no see. I am back with a review on Sephora's Formula X "The System," which is a kit with their nail cleanser, base coat, top coat and a free color of your choice. It costs $32. I've been using it for several months and it's been a game changer.

Once upon a time, many years ago, I was an avid nail polish user. I happily changed my nails every 3 days. I really love putting on nail polish, but eventually I got sick of taking it off every couple days. I pretty much stopped wearing nail polish for a few years, except on holidays like Christmas or the 4th of July. Well, earlier this year Sephora came out with their new nail polish line Formula X and I read great things about their base and top coat. So, even though $32 is more than I would normally pay for just four nail polish products, I bought the kit.

This kit is AMAZING! The majority of nail polish lasts a minimum of 6 days with no chips, I usually don't take it off until day 7. I've used at least 10  different colors/brands and the only one that chipped before then was an ELF polish, and honestly their np is pretty lousy in my experience so no surprise there. Right now I'm wearing an OPI color and I'm going on day 9 with only a bit of tip wear. I even broke a nail and had to cut and file it with my np still on and the np is still looking great. Yay!

I took some comparison photos the first time I used the kit. This was day 3 and 4 wearing the base coat on one hand (top) and no base coat on the other (bottom). You can see that even though the nail polish cracks on the side with the base coat it doesn't chip.

Here is my nail polish today, day 9. I'm wearing OPI DS Extravagance. You can see tip wear and a crack on my index finger but it looks really good. I am going to change it tonight because I want something new but I could probably go another day or 2.

There you go, this stuff if amazing and I definitely recommend trying it if your nail polish chips easily. I think the base coat is pretty magical. The top coat is a good quick dry top coat, my only complaint is that it's get thick really fast so I add nail polish thinner about every 3 uses. Most quick dry top coats do that so it's not a big deal.

*This is not a sponsored review, this product was bought and paid for by me.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara Review

Stretch and extend your lashes like wings! Introducing Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, one of our most-exciting mascara innovations, yet. Its revolutionary Butterfly Brush with asymmetrical lash line shape extends and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching lashes outward. The unique Cocoon Fibers instantly wrap lashes in a soft, delicate veil to create silky, spectacular lashes that flutter.

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out 5
Price: $8.99
Where To Buy: any drugstore
Would I Buy Again: Yes

The Voluminous Butterfly Mascara is pretty good as mascaras go. It makes my lashes, especially my lower lashes, quite long. It lasts all day without flaking unless I rub my eyes. The brush does get those lashes in the outer corners very well, giving you a winged out effect like it's suppose to. The shorter bristles at the end of the brush is also great at reaching the shorter lashes in the inner corner of your eye without getting mascara all over your skin.

The only thing that I think could be better is the number of bristles on the brush. If there were more I feel like it would separate the lashes better, giving you a fuller effect. I feel like it clumps little groups of lashes together, making you look like you have thick lashes, but less of them if that makes sense. It doesn't give you creepy spider lashes by any means, but if could do better at separating them.

Other than that I really like this mascara and would buy again. It's not a HG or anything, but it's a very good mascara.

No mascara for comparison: