Fab Fit Fun Style Box

I know it’s been a long time since my last it, life can been unpredicted in the best ways possible.

Today’s post is dedicated to the recent launch of Fab Fit Fun’s Style Box. I had thought about subscribing to a style box, to try it out at the very least. I already subscribe to Fab Fit Fun (FFF), so when I got an email inviting me to try their newly launched Style Box I decided to check it out. Previously, I would look at Style boxes and not really like what “styles” they presented so I hadn’t opted to try them.

FFF’s Style box was different. They offered a style that matched my not-at-work style, with distressed denim and edge. I decided to try it out and have been really happy! I have had three boxes delivered and a fourth on i’s way, and the items I have been sent are great.

I uploaded some photos of myself as they asked for that and filled out my profile. I would say that 80% of the items I have received fit great, with maybe one item per box being a little big or small. Since they offer a 25% discount for purchasing all the items, I found that the item I was on the fence about ended up being free, and I have worn those items.

I have received dresses, denim shorts, sweaters, button down shirts, and plenty of t-shirts. FFF also includes accessories, and I have gotten a vegan leather backpack and some jewelry (earrings and a earring and necklace set). One of my favorite brands is Free People, and I have received a top and a pair of sweatpants in my boxes so I am thrilled!

I have found this service to be really helpful for filling my non work wardrobe. I found I had plenty of clothes to wear to work, but not that much that I liked for when I wasn’t at work. I opted to select the cheaper box option (I forget which price range it will be under), and my boxes have been under $180 including the $20 styling fee.

I like that I can schedule when I want a box and leave my stylist a note regarding what I am looking for. This way I can ensure I am not receiving items I don’t want. I already have plenty of jeans, so I included that in my note and no jeans have been sent to me. I am surprised by how well the jean shorts they sent me fit, as I have trouble finding items that fit my curves.

I should note that the box comes with a prepaid return bag that you can drop off at Fedex with items you do not want. You have three days from the day your box arrives to complete your checkout survey to select what you are keeping and what you’re returning. It even asks you what you liked about the items you are keeping.

This is the only style box I have tried so far, and I don’t know if I will try any others since their style profiles don’t really appeal to me.

What style boxes have you tried, and would you recommend them?

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2019 Review

Hey guys!

I wanted to do a quick review of my Beautylish Lucky Bag 2019. I just received mine today, and wanted to share it with you. I received the $75 option, and I want to say it guarantees a value of $150. I got the fair/medium shade.

In terms of make up products, I received four.

I got the Natasha Denona Camel Palette, which is a five pan eyeshadow palette of neutral browns. The cost f this palette is $48, so I am excited to receive it as part of this box.

I got the Stila Iridescent Glitter and Glow set, which has three pretty cream glitter shadows and costs $25. The size of these are perfect to try something new!

As a long time lover of Becca cosmetics, I was so excited to receive the Glow on the Go kit in Moonstone. I’m pretty fair, so I think this shade will be a better fit than Opal for me. The cost of this kit is $20.

The last make up item I received is the Jouer Long Wear Lip Creme in Blush, which is a perfect mauve-pink shade that retails for $18.

I received the Wayne Goss #14 Brush, which is a cheek brush that looks great for blush and highlighter. I’ll see how I like this brush compared to my Smith Cosmetics Brushes. This brush retails for $33.

The last two items were skincare. I received he Avene Gentle Eye are Remover ($18), which I have never tried before. The other item is Good Molecules Wake Up Eye Serum, which came in a sleeve that states the brand is launching soon on Beauylish. I could not find any information on the cost of the product, but it promises to brighten/firm/depuff.

I loved my Lucky Bag! Let me know if you want a review on any of the products.

Drunk Elephant Skin Care Review

Today’s post is dedicated to a review of the skincare brand Drunk Elephant. I have used numerous products from the skin care line over the past two years and have yet to find one I do not like. This skincare line is both clean and cruelty free.

 

I started out with the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and T.L.C. Sukari Babi Facial. I would use the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum nightly unless I was doing the T.L.C. Sukari Babifacial, since the facial is pretty strong. I noticed clearer skin and smaller pores, and overall smoother skin. The T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum uses both AHA and BHA to refine and resurface the skin, and the TLC Sukari Babifacial uses a stronger concentration of AHA and BHA. Due to my current prescription I have discontinued the use of both of these products, but still stand behind them completely.

 

I received a sample of the Virgin Marula Facial Oil with the purchase of the T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial to use after the facial, which I did. At the time, I would only use a drop because I didn’t want to add oil back to my skin. However, once my skin started being dry, I used the sample more liberally and fell in love. This oil was one of the only products I could use on my skin initially after starting my prescriptions, as everything else made my skin burn. I am currently half way through my second bottle and my third is due to arrive soon!

 

I received a sample size for the LaLa Retro Whipped Cream in a set I purchased for the T.L.C. Framboos Night Serum, and am currently using it. I had a nasty reaction to a face scrub and this moisturizer helped hydrate and revive skin. That being said, I am going to be trying this moisturizer out for when my skin becomes sensitive to see if it can replace my current go to, which is not cruelty free. During the Sephora sale I purchase the full size in a gift set with items I haven’t gotten a change to try yet.

 

During that sensitive skin time, I used a hydrating concentrate that also helped my skin, and when I was out I decided to try to the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. These products are definitely on the more expensive side, so I wait for the Sephora sales as well as gift sets where the full size item is one I already know and love. I really like this serum! One pump is more than enough, and I use it after I use a few drops of the Virgin Marula Facial Oil that I press into my skin. I find that my skin feels far more comfortable with the combination of the two products, and they leave me with a nice healthy glow!

 

The last item I have tried and love from the line is hybrid product, skin care with a hint of makeup. It is the D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, aka a serum liquid bronzer that makes you look like you have been in the sun when you haven’t! I used this in the summer to fake the suntanned look on my face, since I use a high SPF. The product features healthy oils and antioxidants to protect the skin and cocoa powder for the bronze effect. I still use it currently, just a little bit less now.  It comes out looking like it will be dark, but it sheers out beautifully as you blend it in.

 

As you can probably tell, I really love the Drunk Elephant skincare line, and am eager to try their other products such as cleansers, SPF, and eye cream.  I recommend this brand to friends and family all the time, and encourage people to purchase during the Sephora sale to save some money!

My (Excessive?) Hair Care routine

Today’s post is going to be focused on hair care and a few easy tricks I have learned over the past few years.

 

Trick number 1: Color maintenance. I have found purple shampoos and conditioners to be a lifesaver in between visits to my colorist. I have color treated blonde hair, so maintaining the color without going brassy is key.  I have tried a few different brands, including: Not Your Mother, AG, Loreal, Aveda, and Amika. My favorite to date is Amika, I use both the shampoo and conditioner and it doesn’t dry my hair like others have in the past.

 

Trick number 2: Use a hair mask. When my hair is feeling extra dry, I use the Olaplex conditioning treatment and leave it in for around 20 minutes (if not more) before shampooing and conditioning. I have used coconut oil as a mask but found I would have to shampoo my hair at least twice or else my hair looked greasy. I find the Olaplex to be nourishing and conditioning without weighing my hair down or making it look greasy.

 

I use a leave in conditioner, wave spray to give my fine hair a bit more hold, and a leave in oil on my ends. It sounds like a lot, but I use a little bit of each.   I wash my hair at night and braid it so that it doesn’t tangle over night. I do this instead of blow-drying to reduce the amount of heat I use on my hair on a regular basis.

 

In the morning, I curl my hair with a 1 ¼ Inch wand that gives me loose curls in a matter of minutes. I do 4 sections per side, one in the back and then my front bits. I let that cool, brush it out, and then use my Moroccanoil Dry Texturizing Spray at the roots to give my hair a bit more body.

 

Trick number 3: Improvise! During the summer when it was hot and humid, I would put my hair into pigtails in order to curl my hair. This allowed me to stay somewhat cool when I curled my hair and gave me a very similar effect to my regular method, just a little bit looser.

 

Trick number 4: Do not over wash your hair. I wash my hair every other night, and on the nights I don’t wash my hair, I use dry shampoo at my roots and a dry conditioner at my ends to prolong my style. Sometimes the curls will still be present and I will brush them out into waves, and other times I will pull my hair into a low bun. I am trying to avoid high ponytails and buns since that can lead to breakage in the crown of your hairline.

 

Stay tuned for a review of a new hair care items I’m testing out in the next few months! Not additional steps, just replacement items to see if I like them better! On deck I have a leave in conditioner, dry shampoo, and purple leave in conditioner!

 

Excessive? Maybe. But it works for me, at least right now.

Get To Know Me

Hi and welcome to my blog!! Today’s blog will be centered around getting to know a little about me. I spent 5+ years in retail cosmetics, working for three different cosmetic companies. I learned about skin care and of course the fun part, make up! I began with very little knowledge about skincare and practically no skin care routine, and I can safely say that has since changed!
I have had friends suggest that I do a blog, since I have tips and tricks and am always trying new products. My hair colorist definitely was the last push to get me to do this, so thanks girl!
Over the last year, my skin has changed due to my dermatologist prescribing me products to help clear up my skin, and that is when I dove even deeper into developing a solid skin care routine.
A little about my skin. I am fair and burn easily, and have oily skin (which I am so thankful for!) that is acne prone. My skin is sensitive and my skin gets red easy, so I have to be careful with what I try. However, that does not stop me!
I used to favor full coverage and matte, but with the change in my skin (aka my skin has cleared up thanks to my trusty dermatologist) I have gone for a very light coverage and more glowy routine. This change in preference came due to my skin changing with the medication and my trusty products just did not agree with my skin any more. I looked so dry and cakey and awful. So I tried a glowy moisturizer and mixed in some concealer and I haven’t looked back since!
I am aware that the medications that my dermatologist has me on is really working wonders on my skin. I want to share my skin care hacks and routines, along with make up tips, and hair care tricks as well. I want to post at least once a week and I already have a list of blog post ideas that I can’t wait to get started on!
I was going to post this earlier, but in true lazy girl fashion, I took a nap and am posting this far later than I expected!