Friday, November 30, 2012

Crest's 3D Whitestrips + My Yellow Tooth + INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!

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My teeth are one of my least favorite features. I have naturally discolored teeth (thanks mom!) so I'm constantly fighting to keep them white. I'm not innocent in all of this either, I seriously adore tea, coffee, & blueberry anything. Crest's 3D White slogan states If You're Not Whitening, You're Yellowing & it is 100% true. When I am not actively whitening my teeth, I lose the white teeth I am desperately building towards. Keep reading for my funny family experiment, why I love these strips, & how you can WIN your very own set!

Click here to read more & to enter & win!-----

Klutch Club Box for Women November 2012 Review + Unboxing

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Wow! I can't believe we're almost at the end of this month! I try not to say that very often but man... Anyway! It is Klutch Club time! This is the Novembers box & it was a great mix of products! I've been really enjoying trying everything out & I can share it with you guys now! If you haven't seen any of my past Klutch Club reviews, this is a monthly health subscription that contains all kinds of items. There is also a men's box now!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

China Glaze Glistening Snow & Angel Wings Holo Swatches + Review

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When I saw the China Glaze holiday collection, I knew the gold & silvers had to be mine. I'm constantly searching for the perfect ones & these are absolutely lovely. Prepare yourself for lots of pictures!

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Here it is pre-top coat. More on the texture below!

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Glistening Snow: A cool toned silver glitter with scattered holographic polish. Extremely fine, but still gritty glitter so it isn't a shimmer. Opaque in 2-3 coats.

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Angel Wings: A slightly antiqued gold glitter with scattered holographic polish. Extremely fine, but still gritty glitter so it isn't a shimmer. Opaque in 2-3 coats.

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These are just phenomenal. I love that they are both GLITTER that you can feel & layer, not straight holos that don't have a color of their own. They do dry quite gritty so I used 2 coats of Out the Door top coat over top. Once you add a top coat, they are even more impressive in the holo department. I hope I captured how amazing these are but honestly, you have to wear these in sunlight in person to see how truly necessary they are. Brava China Glaze.

Because these are part of the China Glaze Holiday collection, I recommend snapping thse up quick before they go away! I bought mine at my local Sally Beauty Supply.

Do you own Angel Wings or Glistening Snow? What are some of your favorite holos?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Birchbox & MyGlam Bag for November 2012

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So my Birchbox arrived awhile ago but I've held off reviewing. I have some personal issues with this box & I wanted to decide how I felt about it. I STILL recommend Birchbox to everyone who asks what beauty service to try fist. I just wanted to say that. But let me tell you, MyGlam has been  blowing me away. Like POW BAM. I've skipped reviewing the past month because I pretty much just lost everything I worked on. ANYWAY. This is a Birchbox VS MyGlam (I don't know if I should call it Ipsy so that's what I'm calling it) & it is just so you can see the difference.


Walgreens SaturDate with Beauty – Sally Hansen Event!

I have a seriously cool even to tell you guys about thanks to Free Beauty Events! I've talked about them in the past & thanks to their coverage I've had readers tell me they have gotten to participate in some really cool opportunities! Basically the website allows you to put in your zip code & they will tell you all of the beauty events going on in your area & the dates. Sweet!

From Free Beauty Events:
Come on in to Walgreens on Saturday December 15th and try the latest Sally Hansen products!
 From 10:00am – 5:00pm, Beauty Advisors will be showing customers how to apply Sally Hansen’s new InstaGel Strips. Customers can try doing a nail with the new Insta Gel Strips and get a $2 off coupon if they purchase any InstaGel Strips Nail color or Salon Gel Polish. There will be a video on how to use the two systems as well.  The bonus? Walgreens is offering extra Balance Rewards points when you buy either product. Not only is this the last day of the $8.99 sale price, beauty advisors will also be passing out great coupons.

NEW L'Oreal Colour Riche Quad in So Over It! Swatches + Review!

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So hopefully you got my review featuring the brighter quad Neon Skirt but if not, this is the other new L'Oreal Colour Riche Quad I've purchased & this one is called So Over it! This is definitely the more neutral & wearable of the two I picked & I had high hopes. Sometimes brands have issues getting more vibrant shades right but I tend to love drugstore neutrals!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NEW L'Oreal Colour Riche Quad in Neon Skirt Swatches + Review!

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I've been anticipating these eyeshadows for quite some time. I also picked up some of the new L'Oreal lippies which will be coming in a later post. I picked up this quad as well as So Over It! which I will be reviewing next. Let's dive into our first quad!

Luster Premium White 7 Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth Review

So I am always trying to find a great toothpaste. I tend to prefer something for sensitive teeth (since I have been whitening especially) & one with some kind of whitening component is nice as well. Obviously taste is a factor but I'm not too picky about mints. I just want something that tastes & smells fresh. This toothpaste has a pretty mild flavor that actually leans a little bit sweet & soft.

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About Luster Premium White 7 Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth:
  • ✦ See a beautifully whiter smile after brushing twice a day for only 1 week
  • ✦ Specially formulated for sensitive teeth
  • ✦ Clinically proven to whiten 2X more than the leading brand
  • ✦ Contains active peroxide for powerful whitening
  • ✦ Includes therapeutic-grade essential oils for whole mouth health
  • ✦ Guaranteed to be sulfate-free (SLS free)
  • ✦ Enamel-safe formula with fluoride

When you use whitening strips, get your teeth professionally whitened, or use some type of home remedy at home, sensitivity can be a big issue. My teeth have always been somewhat discolored & sensitive so this is something I have to take into consideration. I've been using this in conjunction with a whitening product (more to come on that later this week!) & have really been enjoying it. This isn't TOO harsh but it also isn't letting my teeth yellow at all. Has it made a huge difference? I don't think so. But with continued use...it will help you maintain white teeth!

You can pick up a tube of Luster Premium White 7 Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth at your local Walgreens & at multiple sellers online including Luster Premium White themselves! It will cost you a bit more, but I really enjoyed it! I think I will pick up another tube & highly recommend it for others with sensitive teeth!

**Product provided in hopes of a review. Not a sponsored post.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Day #1!

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So I have been begging hubby for the Clarisonic . For like...ever? Yes. That is how it feels! My skin has been so bad lately & since I was getting it for Christmas, he let me get it a bit early! I got the new Mia 2 in Pink which is a new version This one has 2 speeds & while I don't know how important that will be, it sounded cool!

I thought I would update you guys on my thoughts & progress one week from now then a few more times afterward. My biggest concern before buying it was if it would actually made a difference. I figured I couldn't be the only one right?

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I think I will start out using it twice a day then use it less if I have some form of irritation. I picked up a new cleanser since I don't see myself purchasing a full size of the Clarisonic one. I got the Simple gel cleanser which seems similar in texture & won't irritate my skin. I used it as directed for the first time today! 20 seconds on my forehead, 20 seconds on my nose + chin, then 10 seconds per cheek. It feels cool but not harsh at all. I'm not sure if it had any effect yet...it is just day 1!

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One thing I can say is I love the charger! It is like a magnet so I don't have to mess with it much. The Clarisonic itself is waterproof so I don't have to dry it off before charger if I use it in the shower. I just think that is really cool haha

If you own a Clarisonic , what do you think? Has it made a big difference in your skin? Any tips? Do you regret your purchase?

**I purchased this with my own money. Affiliate links have been used.

Monday, November 26, 2012

ULTA Door Busters Haul from Black Friday!

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So when I looked at all of the Black Friday deals the Tarte ULTA door buster definitely caught my eye. I also picked up 2 other door busters. How you ask? I was first in line at the newest local ULTA. I had a plan. I even involved my husband...you can bet he was thrilled!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sephora 20% Haulage 2012 + Why You Might Want What I Got!

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So after getting to play with these items a bit I finally can give you some mini reviews! With my 20% off I went a bit crazy but I can honestly say I like everything I got! Check out the mini reviews + what each kit contains!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Nails: Two Cents Nail Polish from Sonia Kashuk Swatches + Review

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So as I hear Christmas music playing & switching out my Fall candles for holiday ones...I know it is time to show you guys one of my absolute favorite Fall shades. Two Cents from Sonia Kashuk is incredible & fulfills my lust for copper.

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Two Cents from Sonia Kashuk: A rich metallic copper with a slight golden bronze tone in sunlight. Opaque in 2 coats.

This is love. Copper fire. Copper polishes were so in this year & being on of my favorite shades period I was psyched. But SO many of them were silver toned, too bronze. This is just right, not too red or too orange. True copper. This is a limited edition shade available from Target.

What do you guys think? Love it? What were some of your favorite shades this Fall?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! + What I'm Thankful For!

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As gimmicky as it sounds & as thankful as you should be every day, I still like to do this every year. I have always loved Thanksgiving because my family traditions are...very different. Since getting married 4 years ago, we've spent a Thanksgiving with his family & with mine. Spending it with mine, I thought his head would very possibly explode. I'll explain more...

#1. I'm thankful I grew up doing a non-traditional Thanksgiving. Weird right? But I really am. As much as I love Thanksgiving food ( I really do!) tamale Thanksgiving ranks high on my list of wonderful memories. So does "learning how to use our RV oven" Thanksgiving & our "let's try this random place in the middle of nowhere that says they will be open" Thanksgiving. We did have some traditional Thanksgivings but although tasty, I simply don't remember them as well! If I could spend every Thanksgiving in California with my family, I would.

#2. I'm grateful I can cook. Ryan is horrified every time I bring up how much I miss Tamale Thanksgiving. I mean, in horror. He is from Texas & ultra-traditional. When I took him home for Thanksgiving & explained "In the afternoon we spend Thanksgiving at a park & pretty much just eat pie then go home & eat food a few hours later" he just looked at me. He still thinks it is weird but had a lot of fun. I now cook a traditional Thanksgiving, last year when my mom was visiting & this year for us & a friend. If I didn't know how to cook (& cook well) he'd honestly probably still eat it. But I'm glad everything is tasty even if they aren't super creative dishes.

#3. I'm grateful my husband is home. We have spent a lot of time a part, especially in the first 3 years of our marriage. It is what the military does. Each holiday he is home, I whisper a little thank you because you never know where they'll be next year. Our friend coming over for Thanksgiving this year is all by herself for this Thanksgiving because her husband is deployed. I plan to help her drown in gravy & pie.

#4. I'm so thankful for you guys. I know it is tacky & lots of people are saying it, but it is true. I try to let you guys know by thanking you randomly, hosting giveaways so you can win, & putting up good content. But in case no one says it to you today... I'm so thankful to be a part of your lives.

#5. I'm grateful for my family. Cliche? Don't care. My family is the best. The first Thanksgiving Ryan was gone, my parents drove up to me. We went grocery shopping (we were so poor back then!) & then I cooked everything up in the kitchen then layered it in a laundry basket. We then drove it to their hotel & had Thanksgiving in the hotel on paper plates with plastic forks. & it was amazing. I talk to my dad almost every day & my mom multiple times a week. There has never been a time when my parents weren't there for me (& Ryan) so I can't help but single them out. They're just the best.

To those celebrating Thanksgiving, I wish yo a happy, safe, fun one. If you're cooking it this year (like me) take the time to breathe. Make your husband to the chick...ahem turkey dance for his food, & have a great time. & to those who celebrate, Happy Black Friday. There's no way I'm posting on here at midnight! I wish everyone a full belly & a comforting day.

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving memories? Are you doing Black Friday this year?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Caress Endless Kiss Creamy Vanilla & Sandalwood Body Wash in Review!

Time for a body wash that smells like...warmth? Indeed! Caress Endless Kiss Creamy Vanilla & Sandalwood Body Wash smells so warm & inviting, perfect as the weather starts to cool way off.Scent wise, this is exactly what I have been looking for! I love using this in the shower before bed & then burling up with a good book!

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With sophisticated scents developed by top fragrance experts at Givuadan, NEW Endless Kiss™ offers an alluring scent that lets women feel fabulous everyday.

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This contains some scattered beads (which you can see above) but it also has some golden shimmer! I don't really notice it on my skin at all after I wash it away but it is pretty to look at! My skin is super soft afterwards though. It is left moisturized but without any residue. Love! The only downside of this body wash? There isn't a candle to match!

Do you love Caress body washes? Can you think of a body wash that is warm or comforting smelling like this one?

**This body wash was sent in consideration of review.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SoFlaJo Hidden Gem Nail Polish Swatches & Review!

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Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing a polish from the brand SoFlaJo..in fact it is my first ever! There is a Black Friday exclusive at the base of this post so make sure & check that out! I'll have lots of winter/holiday polishes coming up so stay tuned for that! Remember you can make each photo larger!

I Won A Sweet Coterie Prize Package + Mini Reviews!

So if you think back to when I first introduced Coterie to you, then you know I wanted to learn some more information. I am a member of IFABBO & was lucky enough to be able to participate in an online chat with one of the creators along with other beauty gals. Catherine Magee was so much fun to learn about, from her background in beauty (much like the other staff!) to their plans for the future. This is definitely a group of people who know their stuff!

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There were some shipping issues (all the postal service, not on Coterie's end) but it finally arrived! I went ahead & used each product so I could provide a little bit of a review for each. I plan to review each full so make sure & let me know what you want to see first!

Coterie is an exclusive, members-only site featuring an ultra-selective collection of the newest and most sought-after beauty products. In collaboration with top makeup artists, stylists and industry trendsetters, Coterie provides the woman on-the-go access to everything she needs to know, all in one place.

Pink Sugar Hair Perfume by Aquolina: I have the perfume version of this scent so I was thrilled to receive the hair perfume! This scent is just so yummy & is often viewed as quite sexy. I'm pretty sure it is because it smells like warm sugar...& guys seem to love that as well! This scented my hair without leaving any residue. Smells great & was a great addition to the perfume!

EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner: This duo arrived just in time! My hair is drastically turning toward to the dry side. Stupid winter. I read up on these & they are supposed to be some of the most hydrating hair products in the world. With lots of moisture & fatty acids, this left my hair nicely hydrated! My hair was left shiny & frizz free, loving it!

Chella Mattifying Hydrator SPF 25 Day Cream: If you've been reading my blog for awhile, then you know I'm an SPF freak. With freckles like mine & a history of cancer, I'm pretty much a freak about it. I love that this is both mattifying AND has SPF. This goes on smooth & isn't too thick to put makeup over. This also smells nice & fresh!

HighTech Cosmetics Instant Lifting: This was definitly the most intimidating of the bunch! Why? This claims to give me results in only 15 minutes! My skin has kind of been freaking out lately (I had a horrible allergic reaction to a Clinique product boo) so I haven't given this one a fair shot...yet!

Susan Posnick ColorEye Define in Sapphire Liner & Ametrine Shadow: I've never tried anything from Susan Posnick so yay for trying a new brand! The liner side isn't a super rich color. It is pretty waxy which makes it great for the waterline. Applying it to my skin itself was a little bit tougher. I absolutely love the eyeshadow side, the color is gorgeous! This also looks great patted atop a liner for a lot more pop.

Peter Thomas Roth Clini-Matte All Day Oil Control SPF 20: I'm in love. This is amazing. Not only does it have SPF & mattifies...but it has a pump which I love too. After application, it almost looks like I've applied a primer, my skin looks & feels fab. I am so crazy impressed!

Colbert MD Heal & Soothe Night Cream: This comes in chic silver reflective packaging & has such an organic scent, not chemical-like at all. This was nicely moisturizing & not greasy. It was comfortable for nightly wear!

I think this is a great way of showing you brands that have been/will be featured on Coterie! I suggest signing up for their newsletter to stay updated, that is the key to sites like this. Sites that offer discounts or specialty items have to be watched or else you'll miss what you're looking for!

** This prize was provided free of charge. I was not asked to write about any of these products, I chose to. Referral links have been used.

Monday, November 19, 2012

TARTE The Big Thrill Limited-Edition Color Collection 2012 Review, Swatches, + Video

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When I was waltzing through ULTA I settled upon the The Big Thrill Limited-Edition Color Collection...Palette...Box...Set? Whatever it is, it had both glosses & blushes...the  things I was looking to buy. There were tons of sets to choose from but for $48 I figured this one was the best value for me. That is less than 2 of the blushes on their own! Considering I can't even get close to hitting pan on the mini TARTE Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollhouse...I figured this was a better deal.

Maitri Garden Handcrafted Jewelry Review +INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!

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So today I'm showing you some products from Maitri Garden...& you can win some at the end! This is an INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY! Finally right? I'm so excited to give EVERYONE a chance to win!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bath & Body Works Mini Candle in White Barn No. 1 Nutmeg & Spice

When my Beauty Blogger Vox Box came, it smelled amazing. The culprit? A Bath & Body Works mini candle that I honestly would never have smelled on my own. Hubby & I know what we like when it comes to candles & with so many to choose form in this candle-loving world, we've bcome somewhat snobby. To that I say no more!

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Although a bit pricey (I'm a sale girl, what can I say?) these mini candles are great. Perfect little gifts, strong scents, & seasonal options make these a lot better than other minis. We own lots of full-sized candles from Bath & Body works & have never gotten a dud. Seriously, never!

White Barn No. 1 Nutmeg & Spice may not have been the scent I would have picked, but I'm happy it has joined my candle army. In fact, I have been burning it a bit all week...along with other scents. I can never make up my mind, it is indeed a lot like hoarding makeup. This smells warm & comfy, not fuzzy at all. You can snag this & many other scents at Bath & Body Works in the Mini Candle $3.50; Small Candle $9.50; Medium Candle $12.50; 3-Wick Candle $19.50. Wait for sales, I always do!

What is your favorite Fall scent from Bath & Body Works? Are you looking at Winter scents? Favorites I should check out?

Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream Review

I am not super familiar with Not Your Mother's but I love little hair care items so I was happy this was included! Being the only hair related item in my Influenster Beauty Blogger Vox Box it stood out. By just reading the front, I was pretty sure I'd like it. Anything containing Jasmine I am usually in. I just have an obsession.

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My con with this product, oddly enough, is the scent. It smells like grape candy...& it just isn't my thing. I prefer my hair care to smell like hair care or fruity...but apparently that excludes grapes. Also, I don't like hair care items that smell like candy...so overall the scent is not for me...& it lingers.

Looking past the scent, this product is alright. It didn't blow me away. Wish it did! Some people say it made their hair crunchy but I honestly think they used too much. This left my hair quite soft & manageable although not more curly. Not even more wavy. Bummer.

Just because it isn't for me doesn't mean it isn't for you! I have really thick fine hair & am quite picky! Everyone likes different things! Have you tried anything from Not Your Mother's? Thoughts? If you're interested in trying this out, you can snap it up for only $6.00 at CVS, Walmart, and ULTA among many other retail locations.

Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion + Night Cream for Normal/Dry Skin

This little duo was actually an extra in my Influenster Beauty Blogger Vox Box so not everyone got it! Out of the whole box, this was one of the brands I was most excited to try. I have one other product from Boots No 7 & keep planning to try more. I have been drowning in new skincare (in a good way really!) so I have held off buying more. I might need to make an exception though!

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Although my skin is categorized as combination, I am looking more at Dry Skin products lately. I can always treat breakouts with something more specific to the region. Put something drying on dry skin (at least for me) & my skin has an absolute fit. Freaks out. I used these for I think 5-6 days & really enjoyed them. The cleanser removed my excess makeup while not leaving it feeling tight. The night cream was moisturizing enough for my dry areas but not too slick for my T-zone.

Color me impressed. I'd definitely need to use these longer to get a real feel for long term benefits but I see that happening in the future. Great products & not overly scented either so I think you'd be able to use them on sensitive skin as well.

Have you tried products from Boots No 7? My Target really needs more selection! Anything I should specifically check into?

Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit First Look

So I received the Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit in my Influenster Beauty Blogger Vox Box & it was definitely new to me! I rarely buy a full kit, more like bits & pieces, so I was excited to check it out.

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This set comes with lashes, a PRO Lash Applicator, & Kiss adhesive. This should be everything you need! I alwas apply my lashes with tweezers so these were handy. I personally prefer half lashes if they look this dramatic. These are quite full! I really appreciated the adhesive/lash glue. I wish everyone would get on the easy to use applicator train. All in all, a great set for beginners! I think I'd like to try a bit more of a natural set next time though! You can pick this set up for $4.99 at Walgreens, super affordable.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

My 2 Favorite Dry Skin Finds from Cleanlogic!

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I absolutely love trying new products to combat dry skin & these definitely did the trick! For me, it is all about balance. You have to use something to slough it off but if you use something too harsh daily, it messes up the whole chemistry. I tend to use a dense scrub at least 1-2 times a week & some kind of sponge/scrubber to slough it off manually as well. Here's what I have been using from Cleanlogic!

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Cleanlogic Foam Sea Sponge- $2.99   
I absolutely love this sponge! It has a cloth string to hang it up (so it doens't get all gross) but you can remove it if you like. I find it dries out much better hung up. This gives me just the right amount of slough for day to day & the sponges washes clean. Love it! I've been using it over a month & it doesn't show any signs of wear yet!
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Cleanlogic Exfoliating Body Scrubber- $3.19
I usually use something with a handle or a salux cloth for my back & for really dry areas. This worked significantly better! First of all, it is built to be tugged on & moved around. Instead of flimsy handles or unwashable cords, you have nice sturdy plastic grips. Sweet. This also feels VERY similar to my salux cloth, but in a more padded way. This allows me to wash my back without looking like a gymnist. Sweet.

I think I definitely need to check out some more products from Cleanlogic. These were sent to me to try, but these are a steal so I definitely want to check out some more!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Goody Spin Pins Rave + How I Use Them!

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If you look at my hair stash, you'll find about every gimmick in the book. Often they get pushed to the back & rarely (if ever) used. The Goody Spin Pins are an exception. I received a new pair for dark hair in my Influenster Beauty Blogger Vox Box & couldn't be happier.

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I bought mine in the light shade to match my light hair but honestly...you barely see these suckers once they're in your hair. I put the "Dark Hair" ones in between my "Light Hair" ones on the left & the "Mini Spin Pins" on the right. They look so wacky, I still play with them constantly.

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Here's the styles they include. I've done them all successfully. I also have loads I have come up with on my own like a roll under, twists, & some flippy styles. Lots, really. Let me know if you guys want to see videos on how I do those.
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I thought I'd end this review showing how I use them most often: on my thick damp hair. I love these! I hate putting rubber bands around my wet hair & clips often slide around as it dries. With the Goody Spin Pins, I apply some product, twist, then spin. When my hair dries, it has natural body & waves...without tugging at tit to get the band out. LOVE. I didn't even try to make this pretty...this is just how it looks!

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Check out these Spin Pins & other Goody products on their site http://www.goody.com/ & check out your local Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreen’s, Kroger, & Duane Reade. Do you guys use these? What do you think?
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