Pixi Skincare Review

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Pixi sent me some of their favorite skincare items to review for you! Pixi is available in stores at Target or online at Amazon. I received their Beauty Sleep Cream, Glowtion Day Dew, Glow Mist, and Eye Elixer.

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There is a generous amount of product in each of the bottles. I’ve been using these for about two months now – every day and night – and I still have lots of product left. It’s definitely a good value!pixie-skintreats-review

The Glowtion Day Dew has a tiny bit of pearlescent sheen to it. This gives your skin a very nice dewey look.

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The Beauty Sleep Cream is a nice, thick evening cream that leaves my skin feel super moisturized.pixi-beauty-sleep-cream

At first I liked the eye elixer. It comes with an applicator that is a metal roller ball. But, after continued use, I don’t like the applicator at all. It’s impossible to control how much product is coming out and if not enough is coming out, then the roller ball tugs on my eye a little bit. I wish it was in a regular little tub like other eye creams.

The Glow Mist is a good product, but I don’t really use things like that. I’ve never really noticed or felt a difference with them.

Thanks again to Pixi for sending these my way! I hope you will check out these and their other skincare offerings!

Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab Review

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Sally Hansen sent me Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab to review for you! This is an intense serum meant to be worn over night on your nails and cuticles. Proper moisture is critical to nail health – especially if you’re trying to grow them out. (Water does not actually moisturize your nails. I’m talking about nail oil as a moisturizer.)

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What I like about this serum is that it’s thicker than a regular oil. That means it’s not dripping everywhere when I put it on. It stays on the spot in. I can feel it working as it relieves my dry cuticles – especially this time of year when it’s so cold.sally-hansen-moisture-rehab-review

I’ve been keeping the bottle on my nightstand and applying it all over my tips before sleeping. It soaks in quickly so I don’t get oil on my sheets. Hooray!sally-hansen-cuticle-care

I would recommend picking up Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab next time you’re in your drugstore’s polish aisle. It’s very affordable and should be available anywhere Sally Hansen is sold.

It Cosmetics Color Infused Skincare Review

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It Cosmetics sent me their Color Infused Skincare to review for you. These products are now available at Sephora! This set contains their very popular “Bye Bye” collection, which is comprised of products such as Bye Bye Undereye and Bye Bye Lines.

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On the left is Bye Bye Makeup. This is a cream you put on your face and then leave for about a minute. It dissolves the makeup off and comes away clean when you wash your face. I have been loving this stuff!!! Usually, I still look like a rabid raccoon after I wash my face, but this gets off a ton of makeup.

In the back is Bye Bye Lines. Right now, I’m lucky enough to not have wrinkles, but there is one important thing for you to know about this product. It is not drying. Most anti-wrinkle serums I’ve tried make my face feel like the Sahara Desert. This one actually moisturizes! It’s well worth a try.

In the from is Bye Bye Undereye. This is a very nice, cooling, and moisturizing under eye cream.

On the right is the Anti-Aging Armour. This is a face lotion with a bit of a tint to it. it-cosmetics-bye-bye

On the left, the Heavenly Skin brush is shown. This brush really is heavenly!! I’ve been using it to apply the It Cosmetics CC Cream and it gives a gorgeous application.

Next, is the Undereye Illuminator. I like this better for my dark circles than their regular concealor because this does brighten it up a lot more, rather than just hiding my dark circles.

Bye Bye Pores is a buttery smooth primer. A little of this goes a long way. I start with a dab on each cheek and just blend it out over my nose, face, and forehead. It gives a very smooth canvas for applying CC Cream and/or foundation.

The Je Ne Sais Quois lip balm is the only product in this collection that I’m not totally in love with. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great balm, but I don’t see/feel anything that makes it standout amongst other balms. it-cosmetics-bye-bye-review

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I included this silly picture of me at the hair salon because this is what my face looked like after hours and hours of teaching dog classes and sitting in a hot salon for an hour. These It Cosmetics products really hold up. I don’t feel like I need to touch up throughout the day – even on my most hectic, go-go-go days.

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Schwarzkopf Creative Styles Review

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Schwarzkopf sent me their Amino Hold Creative Styles collection to review for you. This collection consists of hairspray, mousse, and gel.

The hairspray has a fast-drying formula and can really stick your hair into place without buildup. I don’t use a lot of hairspray, so this line is perfect for me – a little goes a long way!

The mousse is really great for creating hold without weighing down hair. I only wash my hair every three days and on the second and third day, I could still tell the mousse was holding. When I would re-do my hair each morning, the style would stick again. It was fabulous!

The gel is super strong and I only used it one time. I don’t have a hair cut that really calls for gel at all. I did use it to tame some of my flyaways from around my face. I found I didn’t need to use the gel and the mousse together. So, I would recommend picking the one product you like (gel vs mousse) and just buying that one.

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Here is a picture from the first day I used the products. My hair had a ton of volume and it stayed like that! It was pretty impressive.

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Here are some pictures of my sister and me. My hair is three days dirty after using the Schwarzkopf Amino Hold collection. I can still get volume at the roots that stays all day – even though my hair is so dirty!

My sister also used the Schwarzkopf. Her hair is freshly washed and then she used the mousse and the hairspray. schwarzkopf-hair-review schwarzkopf-creative-styles-review

Schwarzkopf is one of my favorite hair care brands. I highly recommend checking out this collection and I appreciate Schwarzkopf sending these my way!

OGX Coconut and Argan Oil Collection

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OGX Sent me their coconut collection and argan oil products to review for you. I’ve become a big fan of this brand since I’ve started reviewing for them. Each product I try is pretty great. This collection is my favorite so far because I love the smell so much. Coconut is one of my favorite smells in the whole world!

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The argan oil products are fabulous. The argan oil mousse helps my hair hold its style but also does an excellent job of nourishing my hair. It’s like a two-in-one product. I usually use three products after showering – repair, protect, and style. With the argan oil mousse, I felt like I only needed the one product which is certainly more time- and cost-effective!

The argan oil is something I used for freaking everything. It’s actually almost gone! I mixed it with my body wash, I used it for shaving, I put it in my conditioner. It is a multi-tasking monster!

The surf paste was a little heavy for my fine hair, but it was really good at weighing down all the baby hairs along my temple.

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If you like great hair products with a coconut smell, then this collection is for you. I’m really pleased with each product and I’m thrilled OGX sent it to me!

ColorProof Detox

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ColorProof sent me their Detox collection in the mini, “jet-set” size. I’ve used quite a few ColorProof products by now and I have to say, these are some of my favorite shampoos and conditioners. With vibrant hair color, you have to be super careful about what products you use on your hair. My hair stylist can tell when I’ve been using different things based on how much the color has faded since my last visit. Whenever I’ve been using ColorProof, she comments how vibrant my hair is. I think that’s really quite the seal of approval for ColorProof…even though she doesn’t know she’s doing it! :)

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I use the products as instructed which was to use the detox “clear it up” shampoo first. This is the one that gets all the dirt and old product out of your hair – without removing all the color. Then, use the regular shampoo and conditioner.

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This trio made my hair feel really great and like I was starting fresh after each wash. Obviously, that’s how you want to feel after washing your hair, but some shampoos and conditioners just make my fine hair feel a little weighed down and like it still has product in it.

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Thanks again to ColorProof for sending the ColorProof Detox trio my way. If you have any color in your hair, this is a fantastic brand to try.

Revive Hair Care Review

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Revive sent me their hair care collection to review for you. I’ve been using this collection for about a month now.  I wanted to give it a really solid amount of time to start working. From their website:

The Reviv3 Procare system provides an optimal scalp environment for hair growth that will improve the appearance of fine, thin looking and thinning hair. It works with both natural and color-treated hair.

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The shampoo and conditioner have a lovely mint scent and they tingle a bit on my scalp. (In a good way.) The Revive system made my hair feel really smooth and strong.

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The first couple times, I used too much of the TREAT Micro Activ3 Treatment Spray. I could tell because my hair felt a bit weighed down. I little of this spray goes a long way. revive-hair glossy-hair

After I got used to the amount of product I needed for my hair, things got really, really good! My hair held up to curling a lot better and held the curl a lot longer. I really liked that my hair didn’t feel like I had product in it. It just felt like my normal hair, but it behaved and looked a lot healthier and a lot stronger.

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How to use the Revive three step system:

  • Apply Cleanser to wet hair. Lather for 1 minute, then rinse.
  • After cleansing, distribute Moisture+Conditioner onto scalp and throughout the hair. Leave on 1-3 minutes, then rinse well.
  • Use the Micro-Activ3 Treatment by spraying close to scalp skin and apply all over; use fingertips or comb to spread evenly and do not rinse (may cause temporary redness).

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I think this is a fabulous hair trio! I’m quite happy with how my hair looks and feels. I would recommend checking out the Revive system next time you’re in the market for something to bring your hair back to life! Thanks again to Revive for sending this my way!

NYC Eyebrow Products Review

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NYC sent me a couple brow products to review for you! I received the NYC Showtime Clear Brow Gel and the NYC Brow Pencil from the Demi collection. NYC can be found in drugstores nationwide.

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I really liked both these products. The pencil is nice and thin so you can do light, quick strokes to give the illusion of more brow hair. The clear gel holds everything in place quite nicely. It has a medium-sized brush. As I’ve mentioned before, I really prefer a small brush for my brow gels, but this one is definitely workable.

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Have you tried the NYC Eyebrow Products? If so, what did you think?

It Cosmetics Superhero Eyeshadow Palette

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It Cosmetics sent me their new It Cosmetics Superhero Eyeshadow Palette. I am not even going to mince words here. This is the best freaking palette I have tried in a long time. Don’t even read the rest of this post. Go buy it now (available online and at Ulta). You will not regret it. I am adamant about my love for this palette and I have used it every day since I received it.

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This palette has a huge variety of eye looks you can create. You can be natural, nude, smoky, bold, etc. The possibilities are endless.it-girl-eyeshadow

The palette has three large highlighter shades and nine shadow shades. I LOVE that the highlighter shades are big. We use these shades the most so they should absolutely be bigger than the other shades. There is nothing worse than having a palette with no more highlighter shade left!

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This picture is from the first day I used this palette. I’m pretty sure the first ingredient in their formula is butter because these are the smoothest, creamiest shadows I’ve ever worked with in my life. For the following look, I used only products from the palette – including the eyeliner!

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This next look is a bronzy look. I have repeated this look numerous times since I first did it.

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This look is more of a nude look using shades all from the nude section of the palette.

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This palette is must-have for beginners and professionals alike. I can’t say enough good things about it. I am going to use the hell out of this palette!!!

Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm

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Trust Fund Beauty sent me their Lipgasm lipgloss to try out and review for you.

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The Lipgasm line is vegan and cruelty free. They sent me the lipcolor in Unprofessional.trust-fund-beauty-unprofessional

It has a nice, juicy finish.trust-fund-beauty-lipgloss

 When worn, it’s not nearly as red as it is the tube so you can confidently wear it to work and not worry about being unprofessional. (Although I wear red lipstick to work all the time!)

I think this is a flattering color. The lipgloss was not sticky and went on smoothly. I hope I get the chance to try more of their colors going forward!

trust-fund-beauty-lip-glossYou can find more lipglosses from Trust Fund Beauty here!

Nudestix Skin Glossing Pencil

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Nudestix sent me their skin glossing pencil to review for you. This is a super smooth highlighter pencil. All NudeStix products come in their own tin case which has a mirror in the lid. They also come with their own pencil sharpener so you’ll never be at a loss for one of those!

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This is a very nice color. I really like how it almost matches my skin tone. Sometimes highlighters are too white, too shimmery, or just too much in general for me. This is a really nice one that will give me a subtle look.

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I used the skin glossing pencil underneath my eyebrows to give them more of a lifted look. It went on smoothly and blended well into my foundation.

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I’ve always been impressed with NudeStix and this glossing pencil is no exception. If you’re in the market for a highlighter, definitely give this one a chance.

Orly Breathable – A New Line of Polish!

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Orly is releasing TODAY a brand-new formula of polish. It is their Orly Breathable collection. This is an all-in-one formula so you don’t need to use a base or a topcoat. The formula contains vitamin B5, Argan Oil, and Vitamin C to help strengthen and grow nails.

The new Orly Breathable collection is available in 18 shades.

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I was sent two shades from the collection so I can let you know how these worked for me!

The first shade is Orly Barely There. This is a super-duper light pink. As instructed, I did not use a basecoat. The first coat of polish was patchy and kind of had these weird bubbles where polish was missing. To be honest, I was pretty darn concerned about the formula at this point.

On the second coat, everything evened out. Phew! orly-barely-there orly-breathable

It took longer to dry than when I use an ultra-fast drying topcoat. But once it dried, it looked and felt like normal polish. It also lasted about as long as regular polish. I typically change my polish every day and this one was changed after one day as well. There was a tiny amount of tip wear – nothing that you’d really notice unless you were looking.

Orly Take a Break is a nice creamy purple.

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I know that I’m going to be on the lookout for this new formula wherever Orly polishes are sold. It’s kinda nice not having to worry about a base and topcoat. I like the efficiency and quickness of this – especially since I have less and less time to do my nails these days!

Veil Cosmetic Complexion Fix

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Veil Cosmetics sent me their Complexion Fix brush to test and review for you. This can be used as a corrector, concealer, or highlighter! Veil Cosmetics was started by a makeup artist named Sebastien Tardif who has a passion for a fresh take on weightless, superior makeup.

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Veil’s mission is to reveal gorgeous skin, not mask it and does this through multi-tasking skin care cosmetics.

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I used the brush to tab on the Complexion Fix where I usually apply concealer. I do this step after I have applied a BB creme and my liquid foundation (using a Beauty Blender).

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The Veil Complexion Fix has a very thin, almost runny but not quite, formula. I am used to heavier concealers to mask my dark circles. I was actually a bit skeptical this formula would work for me at all.

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I was rather surprised that the Veil product could do a decent job of covering up my dark circles. I also used it on top of a few acne scars that I have.

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Overall, this is a great lightweight product. It works a lot harder than most lightweight products I’ve tried. It’s definitely worth a try if you like a lightweight makeup even though you might have harder-to-cover blemishes.

This comes in 12 different colors and is oil-free and hypoallergenic. It’s water based and paraben free.

Arbonne Brow Products Review

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Arbonne sent me two of their brow products to review for you! I received the Shape It Up Brow Pencil in medium brown and the Shape It Up Tinted Brow Cream in Medium Brown.

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The lightweight, flexible cream brushes onto brows easily. You will want to ensure you have a great brow shape already. You can’t really create a shape with this product; it really just enhances the color of what’s already there. I’ve been going regularly to the Benefit Brow Bar so luckily I don’t look like a total mountain man with my brows. arbonne-tinted-brow-cream

The brow pencil glides on easily and smoothly. You can create strong or soft brown lines with this pencil. One end is a brow brush so you can blend it and pull the pencil through your brow hairs. arbonne-brow-pencil arbonne-brow-pencil-review

I’ve always had trouble with my brows. The hairs are very thin and sparse so it’s easy for my brows to look drawn-on or balding or just plain bad.

This is the first day I used the Arbonne brow products. I used the pencil and the cream together. I think my brows look ok. I’d like a little more definition and eveness.

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Here’s another day of using the Arbonne pencil. This time, I skipped the cream. I think my brows look better here, although I can always work on my technique. arbonne-brow-pencil-reviews

Even though both products are called medium brown, the gel is much darker than the pencil. If you want the colors to match, keep that in mind when you’re purchasing.

Arbonne started in Switzerland in 1975 and came to the US in 1980. They have numerous personal care products in addition to their new brow products. Visit www.arbonne.com for more info.

NudeStix Gel Balm Review

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NudeStix sent me three of their new gel balms to review for you! These are available at Sephora.com. I was sent three colors: Haven, Rebel, and Pulse.

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Each gel balm can be used as a cheek or a lip color. They come in these little storage tins that have a pencil sharpener and a mirror! Perfect!

(PS It’s super hard to take a picture of a mirror without showing something in the reflection. LOL)

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Here are three swatches from left to right: Haven, Rebel, and Pulse. For the first time ever, I didn’t crop out my tattoo. :) So here is my wrist tattoo for your viewing pleasure. My sister has a matching one.

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Nudestix Pulse is a nice berry color. I used all three of these on my lips and not as cheek colors because I have blushes up the wazoo and I don’t like mixing lip and cheek products.

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Here I am wearing Nudestic Rebel. It’s a light pink.

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Finally, here I am sporting NudeStix Haven. This is a very nude color. I don’t think I look really great with nude lipsticks so I probably won’t get a lot of wear out of this one.

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All three of these were very soft and creamy to apply. The colors on my lips don’t really match the colors on the labels of the products. They run on the light side. So if you’re just looking at the packaging, you’ll want to pick a shade that seems like it might be darker than what you usually get.