Fabulous for Fall Giveaway!!

Hey Ladies! Some girlfriends and I are hosting a huge collaboration giveaway on our youtube channels! If you have not had a chance to enter, just head over to my Youtube channel and click on the Giveaway video to Enter!! Good luck!

Fabulous for FALL Collab Giveaway
THERE WILL BE 1 WINNER!!! FOR THE GRAND PRIZE!!
-NARS Bronzer in Laguna, Wet-n-Wild Highlighter in Hold Your Cabana, Revlon Trio in Metallic Chic and Orly Nail Polish in After Party
-MAC Quad Palette with 4 Single Shadows (Rice Paper, Samoa Silk, Trax and Shadowy Lady) and A MAC Tinted Lip Glass in Please Me
-Fall Accessories – Two Fall Scarves, Mutli-strand Bracelet, Earrings and Clutch
-Urban Decay Dangerous Palette, Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara and Jordana Fabuliner in Black
-Sephora Give Me Some Lips set, Stila Lip Glaze Set in Foliage
-NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Tashkent and Julep Suede Matte Top Coat
Over a $240 Value!!!

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES:
1) Must be subscribed to all 6 girls
2) Must be 18 or have parents permission
3) Answer EACH girls question by commenting in the comments section of their video
3) Answer ONLY ONCE on each of our videos
5) Giveaway ends October 22nd at Midnight EST
6) Opened to the US and Internationally

The Fabulous Beauty Vloggers in this Giveaway:
Melissa – http://www.youtube.com/user/Melmphs
Jenn – http://www.youtube.com/user/MrsJennMarie
Tosha – http://www.youtube.com/user/navygirlist
Andrea – http://www.youtube.com/user/AndreaMatillano
Emily – http://www.youtube.com/user/lisettesbeaute
Missy – http://www.youtube.com/user/msmissybooful

We will all Announce the winner first on Twitter!!!! (Be the FIRST to Know)
TWEET US AT:
https://twitter.com/melmphs (Melissa)
https://twitter.com/MrsJennMarie (JennMarie)
https://twitter.com/navygirlist (Tosha)
https://twitter.com/lisette_tweets (Emily)
https://twitter.com/AndreaMatillano (Andrea)
https://twitter.com/MsMissyBooFul (Missy)

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE

Sample….October?!

Ok folks, we have reached thirty days.

Many, many  primers, lotions, serums, and potions have made their way into my empties drawer. At times I was moisturized, at times I was horrified. It’s been an adventure. We’ve reach the end of the month, and yet, what do I see? A bag of samples. Hmmmm. Ok. So I guess we’re doing Sample October. I can’t very well throw out the samples at this point, and I can’t store them either, they need to get used! I am resolved to keep going until…. it’s over. Until then, watch for updates and photos of my daily adventures!

SS Day 23- Smashbox, Givenchy & Philosophy

Givenchy’s Very Irrisistible , somehow, was. I thought I would love it, with notes of roses, verbena and anise, but The roses were overpowered by sweet. On my skin, it was sticky, honey smelling sweet, almost pungent. It’s funny because I’ve smelled this on other women and liked it, but it didn’t work for me. Pheromones are weird.

I’m almost done with this sample of Philosophy’s take a deep breath daily moisturizer. I like the consistency and how this applies very much. It feels really nice on the skin, but it wasn’t enough moisture for my skin. If you have oiler skin, this may be a great option for you.

Finally I used the Smashbox Photofinish primer. My makeup applies well over it, and stayed pretty well intact all day. I did however use a doublewear foundation and Urban Decay’s All Nighter to set my makeup. Bad beauty blogger, I know. Next time I’ll skip the unknown variables:/

Caudalie Heaven!

Aaahhhh…Caudalie. You make me so happy:)

I placed an order for the Caudalie Favorites
last week, which included th Deep Cleansing Exfloiator (60ml), the Instant Foaming Cleanser ( (50ml), the Hand and Nail Cream ( 75ml) and of course, the Beauty Elixer ( 30ml). 

I was delighted to find that Caudalie had sent me 3 deluxe samples and 3 small samples along with my order!

The smaller samples I used today of course! The s.o.s. Thirst Quenching Serum and the Vinosource Creme Sorbet. All I can say is….wow. Wow. These are a true delight! The aroma they have in herbal without being overpowering. They smell like a spa. If you don’t care for fragrance, Caudalie might not be for you, but if you love the herbal scents, you’ll love this range.

They feel at the same time deeply moisturizing and luxurious and also light and smooth on the skin. This is skincare done well, for sure.  I also used the Pulpe Vitaminee ( eye & lip cream ) and it’s magical. Caudalie definately has my number. These little gems made Sample September a treat today!

The deluxe samples the included are the Vinexpert Night Infusion Cream (10ml), Firming Serum ( 7ml) and the Radiance Day Fluid ( 10ml) 

I am having a true love affair with Caudalie right now, so this delivery made my day I had to share it! For 35.00- this was well worth it! If you’ve never tried Caudalie but have been wanting to, getting the Favorites package for 35.00 along with all the samples they send is a great way to get a feel for the brand. So far, I am in love!

My Ultimate Skincare Wishlist- *Swooon*

SK II Signature Eye Cream
My Ultimate Eye Cream
Antioxidant and nutrients used in a bevy of the brand’s other cultish products are harnessed here for all-day eye power. The potion fights dark circles, increases firmness of the under-eye area, and gives long-lasting hydration.
$110

Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules
 My Ultimate Treatment Oil
This unique anti-aging blend dramatically renews the skin’s elasticity and youthfulness. This anti-aging treatment contains antioxidants that physically repair the visible signs of aging and counteract the damaging effects of pollution.
Benefits:
1700% more antioxidant power than other cosmetic oils.
Balances and repairs stressed skin.
Restores a youthful appearance.
Paraben Free. 60 Capsules

 $105.00

Chantecaille Fruit and Flower Acids Mask- My Ultimate Mask
A gently retexturing mask with the fruit and flower acids of grapefruit and hibiscus.(aaaahhh) Contains AHA derived from sugar cane. Works to dissolve skin’s keratin, eliminating dead cells and revealing fresh skin that is immediately soothed and protected. Skin looks smooth, fresh and radiant.
1.7 oz 86.00

Eve Lom Moisturiser SPF 15 – My Ultimate Day Moisturizer

 The unique EVE LOM formula is lightweight and easily absorbed, offering comfortable wear and effective hydration. Shea butter nourishes as beeswax seals in moisture. Soothing bisabolol and yarrow help calm skin as antioxidant extracts of red, green and white teas protect skin. Lactic acid gently exfoliates, brightens and refines for a more energized and youthful complexion.
For all skin types.
$68.00
Size:1.7 oz

La Mer ‘The Brightening’ Infusion Intense– My Ultimate Pigment Serum
A high-potency sea gel delivers extreme brightening effects while moisturizing, designed to target dark spots and boost the benefits of The Brightening Essence Intense. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, skin is immersed in moisture and appears more even as sensitivities are soothed and radiance is restored.
$95.00
Size:4.2 oz

Caudalie Pulpe Vitamin Anti-Wrinkle Serum
My Ultimate Anti Aging Serum
Fills wrinkles, Oil-free
Hyaluronic Acid, Grape-seed Polyphenols
For flawless skin! A real anti-oxidant shield, this serum has an immediate smoothing effect, correcting wrinkles and signs of fatigue. Skin is visibly transformed, smoothed out and plumped. Apply in the morning and in the evening after cleansing the face and follow with your moisturizer. Avoid the eye contour area. Non-comedogenic.
100% protection against free radicals.

30 ml$62.00

Cle de Peau Gentle Balancing Lotion
My Ultimate Toner
A luxurious balancing lotion that replenishes moisture while preventing roughness. Contains advanced moisturizing ingredients to minimize pores and improve skin’s texture. Leaves skin dewy and soft with regular daily use. Infuses skin with a sensation of rich moisture.
benefits:
– Awakens a refined texture and youthful-looking smoothness.
– Absorbs instantly to increase hydration levels in the skin.
– Contains Illuminating Complex, a powerful moisture-stabilizing ingredient that creates a radiant complexion.
– Contains CE Generating Complex, an ingredient proven to reinforce vitality in surface cells.
– Formulated with exclusive Clé de Peau Beauté ingredient Cellular IC Normalizer, which enhances conditions for optimal functioning of the cellular ion channel system.
5.7 oz.
$100.00

CHANEL by Chanel Precision Lait Confort Creamy Cleansing Milk Face & Eyes
My Ultimate Morning Cleanser
Comforts dehydrated and sensitive skin with the de-pollution power of Tulip Tree Extract and the hydrating properties of Arum Lily Extract. Non-drying formula thoroughly and comfortably cleanses, soothes and tones, with deep moisturizing effects.
$45.00

Elemis Tri-Enzyme Facial Wash
My Ultimate Evening Cleanser
This daily facial wash stimulates the skin’s natural cell renewal cycle, actively smoothing and refining, while gently sloughing away dead skin cells which dull the complexion.
Benefits:Provides a deep cleanse.
Leaves the skin feeling moisturized.
Contains Moringa Oil which is 1700% more powerful than basic cosmetic oils.
Recommended for all skin types including sensitive.

6.8oz
$47.00

Sisley Botanical Night Cream With Collagen & Woodmallow, 1.6-Ounce Jar
– My Ultimate Night Cream
A firming night cream to help prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin retains a soft, firm and well-toned appearance. Formulated with a high concentration of soluble collagen to prevent skin aging and woodmallow for its softening action. With regular use, this cream helps to:
Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Store skin’s energy and vitality for a youthful look
1.6 oz. 199.00

Needless to say, most of these will never happen:) I do have the Elemis cleanser and I will get the capsules sometime… I may also consider purchasing the Caudalie Serum and the Chantecaille mask. If I can find a sale:)

Mulberry Lips- Fall Trend

Walgreens strikes again! Today I went to get myself a few deep berry lips for fall. Of everything I saw, I loved Revlon’s selection the most! I got two lipsticks and a balm stain.

The first one I selected is Revlon’s Black Cherry #477. I’ve actually been meaning to get this shade for my collection for a while, it’s such a beautiful deep cherry. The lips look stained with black cherries if you blot this shade off a bit, it’s a very seductive color actually!

I also chose Revlon’s Va Va Violet #663. This is a dark creme grape color. I’ve never owned or worn a dark purple lipstick, so this is new territory for me! I’m adventurous with makeup though, so I’m going to try it! The color is really nice on, actually. A little goes a long way, and I think the skin and eyes would need to be pretty light and dewy to pull this off without going goth. I’ll find a way! Lots of highlight!

Last but not least, is Revlon’s Kissable Balm Stain in Crush #005. Again, I’ve been eyeing this, but in summer it wasn’t quite time. This is probably the most approachable wine color as it’s sheerer and lighter in shade. I will probably wear this the most I’m guessing. 

I love them all! Are you going to wear the wine or mulberry lip trend? How will you style it I’d love to know!

SS Day 18- Estee Lauder, Dermablend & Prada

Hmm. Today was kind of a dud for me. Let’s start with the Estee Lauder Daywear moisturizer. It was too much for me. My skin felt much too slick and it went on more like a nightcream. If you have very dry skin, this might work, but for me it was a bit of a disaster!

The Dermablend Primer was a miss for me as well. It’s a pigment correcting primer, and supposed to over time reduce pigmentation and even out skin tone. This sample was barely enough for one application, so I don’t even have a few days to get a better feel for the product. Plus the packaging was double lined thin aluminum and plastic, so I could barely get it out! As you can see I destroyed the package! 

FragranceNet describes Prada Infusion D’Iris

Prada Infusion D’Iris is an elegant perfume that is sure to accent your natural fragrance. Prada introduced this elegant perfume for women in 2007. With notes of mandarin, cedar, iris, benzoin, and orange, this scent is subtle and mature, making it ideal for many casual occasions. The scent is sure to appeal to those around you, and it won’t overwhelm your senses with strong or obtrusive notes. Simply spritz the scent on and enjoy the long-lasting scent.

While  I didn’t mind this scent, I didn’t like it either. For me it wore a little too mature, and it didn’t last very long. I like Prada’s other fragrances alot, but this was not well suited for me. Aw, well.

Elemis Skincare

I have a long, long standing love affair with Elemis Skincare.  In my expereience, it’s one of the most refined and effective brands on the market. The range is exquisite- and includes many products that aren’t put out by most brands. I love their innovation, and how devoted they are to using pure, first extracts and utilizing natural ingredients to get results in the skin. I’ve used a variety of their products throughout the years, starting when my long time bff became a  esthetician at one of their spas. She generously introduced me to many gems- here I’ll introduce you to my top picks. **Note** I recommend purchasing Elemis thru Bliss.com, where there is generally a 20% off coupon you can find on the Ebates site:)

First, and priciest are the Cellular Recovery Capsules at 105.00. The capsules are Rose extract on one side, Lavender on the other. The Rose is to be used in the morning, Lavender at night. The oil is thick and smells sooooo wonderful. There aromatherapy alone makes the capsules worth the money.  The oil absorbs into the skin and is concentrated with antioxidants. Aside from the ritual of these oils, they dramatically make a difference in my skin. Every time I use them after taking long breaks over the years, I’m surprised by how healthy, hydrated, and glowing my skin is.  They really work, and if you can spurge on them- do it you will not regret it!

Coming in close second is The Tri Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash, 47.00

This gentle cleanser does exactly what it says- resurfaces.  Over time the skin is better toned, pores are smaller. This cleanser lets me where less makeup, which is is wonderful. Makeup on the skin is always, always better when its a choice, not an obligation. When I was using this, my makeup also applied so much better. Good skin is the ultimate in beauty. This cleanser is magical and it’s coming back into my life via FedEx as I type this.  One last thing! One of the BEST things about this cleanser is that it takes off any eye makeup and does not irritate the eyes- I  can’t wait for this to arrive, recapping this is making me so excited!

A few more lovelies in the range that are worth mentioning ( and trying) are the oh-so-famous Pro Collagen Marine Cream – while I’ve tried it and loved it, I think I’ll wait ten more years before I get into spending 205.oo on a face cream:) If you have the money and are interested, I’d get a starter set with the cream to try it, it’s very, very nice.

Another few of my loves at the Frangipani Manoi Moisture Melt, 50.00. A solid oil that melts if you run the beautiful red glass bottle under hot water. The oil smells like a Hawaiian Spa, and moisturizes the skin like no other. I used this on my wedding day. It’s also a wonderful bathtub addition.

One last bath treat is the Skin Nourishing Milk Bath

This is excellent for winter and on dry skin, It’s such a gentle fragrance and is so luxurious and really made me feel like I was in a spa. This is a splurge at 70.00, but it comes in many of their sets in smaller sizes and for less. 

There are so many other lovely items from Elemis that I love, but this post is long enough! Have you ever tried anything from the brand?

Orange Blossom- Jo Malone

Words cannot describe how beautiful this scent is. It’s the lightest, prettiest, fresh but barely sweet scent I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing- it’s gorgeous. It’s the kind of scent that your friend’s rich aunt wears while arranging lilies in her french country kitchen, and she’s completely fabulous and beautiful while at the same time totally understated. You know what I mean. I want it.

Jo Malone describes it: “The scent of clementine leaves in the morning dew sparkles above a heart of orange blossom and water lily, transporting the wearer to a garden oasis.”

Jo Malone Orange Blossom
sells their colognes for 30ml- 60.00 or 100ml- 110.00 for the large size. They also allow you to create customizable gift sets with any combination of creams, oils, candles colognes, even diffusers. 
I’ve been lusting after this fragrance for years, I just love the scent of many of their colognes but especially Orange Blossom.

This would be an absolutely perfect Christmas gift.. ( James are you reading this ?)

Scrub a Dub Dub!!

 

Everybody in the tub! I have been in the worst habit of skipping deep cleans in favor of brush cleaner. Today everybody got a deep clean! I use two bowls- one to soak and then one to swirl and scrub so I don’t have to leave the water running.

It took about an hour to wash them!  I use regular Dawn dishsoap- it cuts through the oils pretty well and doesn’t dry them out.

Yay! I love using clean brushes, and to have everything fresh and clean is so nice. My makeup applies better, and  it’s better on my skin:)