Beauty School ScArlet + Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum = Glam Luxe Lashes

Day 28 and my lashes are still growing from the Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum via Influenster!!! I could not believe my eyes when I looked in the mirror today; I just had to take a picture and share. My lashes totally look fake and I am just as giddy a pre-teen girl with her very first crush!!! OMG…they are so cute and I love how long they are!!!
Hmm, I wonder if I will need to use mascara after 16 weeks??? IDK, but stay tuned for the next update!!! Comment below and tell me what you think about my progress!!!

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Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum: Day 17 and Counting!!!

17 Days and counting with the Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum via Influenster and I am starting to see a difference!!! I must admit…I was a little skeptical at first because I didn’t think there was a difference until I took the pictures!!! It’s kind of like going on a diet and weighing yourself everyday; you keep looking for the number to change but it stays the same until you try on those jeans and the fit is looser…FTW…you are now down 2 sizes!!! Yep, it’s the same thing just a different situation with makeup instead of weight…LOL

Here is what I have noticed: My lashes are not staggered with different lengths; they are all long and separated. I don’t even have to apply as many coats of mascara. It is easy to apply and it is not messy. It does not burn or irritate my eyes and I can apply it while I have my contacts in without any issues!!!

So far so good and I am pleased with the results up to day 17. Rumor has it that the some testers no longer have to wear mascara…hmm, I wonder if it will work like that for me??? IDK, but stay tuned for the next update in a week or two.

Comment below and tell me what you think of my progress!!!

 

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Is the Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner Really Smudge Free???

Check out my guest post on Rachel O. Beauty to find out my final grade!!!

 

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Is the Hourglass Cosmetics Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil the Next Brow Genius???

Report Card Review for Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil by Hourglass Cosmetics
During one of my many trips to Sephora, I came across the brand Hourglass Cosmetics. I never really thought to engage myself in the brand because I was unfamiliar and to be honest, it was a little too expensive and I could not justify paying those prices for products that I could find in Dior for just a tad bit cheaper…IJS!!! But, the more I went to Sephora, the more I became intrigued with the brand and I tried a sample of Veil Mineral Primer and I was impressed!!! So, there I was purchasing a brow pencil on my last visit to see if this luxury brand is worth the price.
Hourglass Cosmetics is a brand where you decide to indulge and treat yourself or have your BF/Husband/Significant Other/ It’s Complicated Partner treat you to a few beauty gems (don’t act like I am the only one who has seen that relationship status…no worries, I am not judging you) LOL!!! It is an exquisite brand formulated with the latest and greatest technology while the packaging is stylish as well as chic!!! It offers performance, beauty and luxury all in one (and there is certainly a price for that)!!!
I have been using the Dior pencil since last year and I absolutely love it, in fact, I did not think I would ever want to try anything new. The day that I ran out of my Dior pencil, I was planning a trip to Sephora and I thought what the heck…I might as well pamper myself and give it a try. So there I was purchasing the Hourglass Cosmetics brow pencil for $32 and I thought to myself…this better be worth it and then some or else…LOL.
Here is what I liked: The pencil is slanted and easy the fill in the brows on an angle; it allows me to get a more precise look. I can get a very soft look or more dramatic look if I choose to follow the spring 2013 trend. The formula is a combination of a powder, pencil and wax so it gives the best of everything!!! It last a long time and it does not look waxy. The brush on the end can soften the look if you have gone too bold. The pencil is automatic so no sharpener needed here…YAY, there will not be any pencil shavings hiding all over the place!!! It is a vegan friendly product that is free of fragrance and synthetic dyes as well as sulfates. Safe and effective…check, easy to use and precise…check and no waxy look…double check!!! Sounds like a winner to me!!!
As you can read, I have conformed to a new brow genius!!! I loved everything that this pencil offers, I have no cons to add and I will be happy to pay $32 for next one!!! My final grade is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! If you are interested in purchasing the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil by Hourglass Cosmetics, you can purchase at Sephora or hourglasscosmetics.com for $32 (and yes…it is worth it)!!! They say, you get what you pay for and I can most certainly say with confidence…I got that and so much more 🙂 Happy Shopping!!!

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Did Nuance Salma Hayek Lip Trio Make the Grade???

Report Card Review for Lights, Camera, Action Lip Trio in Pink Berry from Nuance Salma Hayek
Every other celebrity has a line of products launching these days and as a self-proclaimed beauty junkie, I am here to review, rate and give you the 411 on if it’s even worth your time, effort or money. Well Beauty Scholars, today I am going to share my thoughts on Nuance Salma Hayek, so sit back, get a cup of tea and enjoy 🙂
In case you didn’t know, Salma Hayek created the Nuance brand with CVS Pharmacy. She developed the line with her grandmother in mind who was a cosmetologist using some of her beauty secrets as well as her exposure in beauty as a world traveler. The end result was to develop a line to “help every woman enhance the nuances that define her individual beauty.”
I received a full size sample of the Lip Trio in my swag bag from Shecky’s Girls Night Out a few weeks ago. When I first saw the product, I thought it was just a gloss until I finally took a good look and realized it was a 3 in 1 product (from the name…duh)!!! After my discovery of this great revelation, I was so excited that I tried it immediately because I so love multifunctional products (they make you feel like you are getting more for your money…hahaha)!!! And every girl loves a savings, beauty or not…right??? Right!!!
Anywho, here are the pros: I love the 3 in 1 concept. You can actually get more than 3 looks. I tested it on my arm and came up with 7 but I am sure there are more combinations that I may have missed. The pencil goes on very easy and smooth. The lipstick is matte but not drying and the gloss is not sticky (thank goodness because I hate a sticky gloss). I love the packaging and the size of each lip product.
I know, I know, this lip trio sounds like every beauty diva’s dream come true BUT…there are some cons 🙁 Sorry… I am just giving it to you straight (like they say, honesty is the best policy Jwith that said, here are the cons: I am not one for smells on my lips…a balm, gloss, or lipstick. It drives me bananas!!! The smell isn’t that bad, I just don’t want to sniff it all day!!! I filled in my lips with the lip pencil completely, added the lipstick on top as well as the gloss over that and the products did not last as long as I would have liked. I reapplied the products after lunch, I did not eat, I only drank water and by the time I got to my hotel, the color faded…boo!!! There was still some left but not as much as I thought there should be with the amount of layers I applied. I also would have liked the gloss to be a little shinier…the shinier the better for me…IJS, I am such a girly girl…LOL. I think the gloss should be a little bigger because that is what most women will reapply with and this size will not last that long.
My final grade for Lights, Camera, Action Lip Trio is 3.5 out of 5. I would be willing to try it again in a different color as some colors have more pigment and last longer than others. If you are interested in trying the Lip Trio by Nuance Salma Hayek, stop in your local CVS or shop cvs.com. Happy Shopping!!!

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Just My P.O.V. – Shecky’s Girls Night Out

Shecky’s Girl’s Night Out
Shecky’s Girls Night Out is a social event that started in New York where boys are not allowed!!! Over the past 10 years, it has grown form NY to Chicago, Atlanta, LA, DC, Philadelphia, The Hamptons and Boston. This is where you and your girlfriends get together and just have a fun night out with shopping from different vendors, drinks, goodie bags and more. It is usually held in a fairly large location to accommodate the vendors and all the girls hanging with their gal pals.
My first Shecky’s event was 2 years ago in Chicago at Union Station with one of my good friends and I must say, we had a ball!!! There were so many vendors and a huge goodie bag with all sorts of products to try (and that was just perfect for a product junkie like myself) LOL. Most vendors had something they wanted you to try so there were plenty of demos and samples galore!!! So when I received my email that Shecky’s was returning, I was excited and ready to go!!!
Last Friday I met 2 of my blogger friends Toya Nicole of http://www.mstravelchic.com and Toni Carr of http://prettydarkgirlstyle.blogspot.comto experience a girl’s night out blogger style!!! We went, we saw, we conquered every vendor, free demo and sampled anything we could. We even sat in on a few Girl Talk Workshops like Spring Forward Your Fashions with Aramide “Dee Dee “ Esubi and Celebrity Beauty Secrets with Tia Dantzler. The workshops were filled with good tips and tricks with fashion and beauty trends for spring. Dee Dee’s outfit is a great a example of what to wear this spring and Tia did a great spring look before and after on her model.
The workshops were a great addition from 2 years ago and I am glad they added them. There were just a few things that could be improved for the next girl’s night out… the microphones were too low to hear over the music. The makeup artist should have had a microphone pinned on her clothes so we could hear her at all times and the door should have been closed to the room during this time to help minimize the loud sounds of some of the music. I may not be an event planner but I think this is just basic event planning 101 but that is just my P.O.V. IJS!!!
I was excited to see new vendors and companies that I have never heard of as well as local companies to represent Chicago. Some of my favorites were: Tru Blossoms Chicago, a fragrance company made from locally sourced ingredients grown by the residents. OMG…the scent is so amazing that I can’t wait to get my very own bottle!!! Another brand that I was excited to meet was Natural Passions Inc. They offer therapeutic natural and organic personal care products that smell and feel awesome!!! I also found a new skincare line called Lulu Blossom, which is a vegan/vegetarian bath and beauty line. They are all about good, nature, natural ingredients that are great for the skin and body!!! Tgin is another merchant that believes in a healthier natural lifestyle from the inside out. I tried a great hand cream that was so moisturizing without the stickiness or greasiness. Yes, I was introduced to some marvelous new companies and I can’t wait to try out some of their products to review and rate them for you!!!
As you can read, I really enjoyed myself but I was disappointed in the lack of vendors from 2 years prior. I was also disappointed with the goodie bag giveaway; it do not have as many products as before. This bag included snacks, books and products. Don’t get me wrong, the snacks were good and I love to read but the books offered were not of my liking. Now don’t get me wrong…I will be back next year with bells on but my expectations will not be as high as before. If you are interested in finding out when and where Shecky’s Girls Night Out is coming to your area, check out sheckys.com and get some girl time in with your gal pals!!!

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Report Card Review for Flo Refillable Fragrance Atomizer

Travel Size Perfume…

So there I was browsing around on one of my many Sephora trips and it dawned on me that I needed a 3oz or less size of perfume to carry around with me during my weekly work travel trips because anything more than 3oz will make the TSA will throw it away (save it for themselves) without you having a say because you (meaning me) hates to check your bag!!!
(Pause…insert short rant here) I really don’t understand why I need to carry 3oz or less of my liquid toiletries??? I mean, I work in the beauty industry for goodness sake and it is so hard to carry any skincare items less than 5oz in a quart sized Ziploc bag!!! Not to mention that the bag gets all gross and you have to constantly change it and when you travel as much as I do…that is the last thing that you want to do. There should to be a national law for women to have 5oz with a clear bag big enough to hold 7 – 9 items. Okay, I am stepping down from the soapbox and getting back on track to the real subject at hand (thanks for indulging) J
Back at Sephora…I smelled different perfumes but I was not very excited about any of the scents LStarting to feel a little defeated, I decided to give up. Just as I was about to leave, bells rang in my head and a light bulb went off!!! An atomizer is what I needed (ding, ding, ding)!!! Now the question is, does Sephora sell it??? I asked a cast member (beauty advisor) and she replied, “yes.” Happy, happy, joy, joy, please lead the way!!!
There were several colors to choose from and of course I chose my favorite color, pink!!! When I got home, I couldn’t wait to open my new toy to try it out. So here is what I liked about it: Once you figure out how to open it, it is fairly easy to spray your perfume inside. It is a great size to travel with, add to a clutch for date night or a makeup bag. According to sephora.com, you can get approximately 55 sprays in a 0.16oz container. I have not had a chance to count the total number of sprays, as I would never remember the last number LOL.
Sounds easy right??? Well, not so much. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to open it as one side unscrews and the other you pull the cap (sometimes I need easy basic instructions to just say that…but please don’t judge me) LOL. It cost $15 for 0.16oz and I would like it to be a tad bigger for that price. I am not sure if there is a way to wash it if you want to change the scent. I am sure you can rinse it out but the residue of the last perfume will still linger and that makes me wonder if this will ruin the new scent. It is a little messy when you spray your perfume into the container and you may waste some of it. I would suggest you spray it when you are ready to use your normal bottle that way you can add any drops on your skin. You could also use a cheaper perfume as well…IJS. Be sure the cap is screwed on tightly to prevent leaking in your bag.
My final grade for the atomizer is 3.5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH. I love the idea of it but the price + the cons = not a repeat buy!!! Now if I could find one for $7 – $9, I would be willing to invest in more than one. If you are interested in purchasing an atomizer, head over to Sephora or sephora.com. Happy Shopping!!! MUAH

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Report Card Review for Revitalizing Eye Gel Mask by Masque*ology

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! Here is my guest post Report Card for Revitalizing Eye Gel Mask by Masque*ology!!! Click the link below…

http://www.rachelobeauty.com/revitalize-your-eyes/

 

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Check out my guest post for Jumbo Gloss Balm by COVERGIRL Queen Collection

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