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Precision MD Vivatia Advanced Skincare System (Review)

If you are a skincare savvy/fanatic person like I am, you will definitely want to check out this skincare set from Precision MD that I am reviewing for you today. There is a lot that I really like about it, and then some things that I am not super thrilled about. I love that tons of dermatologists and medical spas sell this because it means that it is approved by skincare professionals. This skincare line also reminds me of my Obagi skincare set, except for it is far less expensive.

Okay, let’s get started.

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In this Precision MD Vivitia Kit you will get a Gentle Cream Cleanser, Active Repair Complex, Brightening Complex, and a teeny-tiny Restoring Moisturizer Sample. I will go through each of the products and explain what I like and don’t like about each one.

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What I like first about this kit is that it comes in an awesome box that holds everything together, keeping it really organized. I don’t like having a million thing’s on my counter (but lets me honest…I have a million things on my counter), so having this case is perfect for storing under my sink.

 

Precision MD Vivatia Gentle Cream Cleanser

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Brand Overview: “Ultra-gentle, non-foaming cream cleanser helps clear away dirt, impurities and makeup while it hydrates and restores the skin barrier. It is the perfect cleanser to use when first starting a retinoid program. Unlike traditional cleansers, this cleanser hydrates the skin and actually helps strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier by delivering essential fatty acids and moisturizing nutrients to the skin. Specially designed for use with high-potency retinoid therapy. Why you’ll love it: -Cleanses away dirt and impurities -Moisturizes and hydrates the skin -Protects the skin from dryness and strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier”

My thoughts: While cleansers only stay on the skin for a minute, it is important to have a good one! I had a great experience with the Precision MD Vivatia Cream Cleanser. There was no stripping of my skin, it did leave it feeling fresh and still moisturized.

Ingredients:Water, Glycerin, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate Acrylates/Aminoacrylates/C10-30 Alkyl PEG-20 Itaconate Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Glycol Distearate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Panthenol, Methylisothiazolinone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract.

Price Tag (when sold alone): $27.50

Precision MD Vivatia Active Repair Complex 0.5% Retinol

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Brand Overview: “A unique retinol treatment that combines stabilized retinol with a proprietary mix of anti-aging ingredients that accelerate and improve results. Available in 3 levels- .5%, .75%, 1.0% retinol. Proprietary foam enables us to combine ingredients like retinol, peptides, niacinamide and antioxidants and keep them pure and effective. It is formulated to deliver highly effective ingredients gently to the skin to maximize results and minimize irritation. The formula has been clinically proven to deliver visible results that match prescription tretinoin.* Why you’ll love it: -Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles -Smooths and softens skin for a more supple texture -Improves skin radiance for a more luminous complexion -Evens skin tone for a more consistent complexion.”

My Thoughts: I have been using the 0.5% Retinol which is the lowest retinol percentage in this product, but still very strong for my skin. If you are not use to using a retinol, like stated above, you seriously need to build up a tolerance. I only use mine every 2 days because my skin can’t handle anymore. If you use more than you probably should, the retinol will make your skin red and raw (I only know from experience with other retinols). As far as my experience with the Vivatia Active Repair Complex, the first few weeks were interesting as it pulled all of the gunk up from the blackhead, block party on my chin in the form of zits. But after those two weeks, besides some flakiness which is typical for me when I use a retinol, my chin area (major problem area) was nearly 100% clear. My only hang up with this product is that it is a foam in a can instead of a gel or cream in a tube. It certainly didn’t effect how well I liked what it did to my skin, but personally I really like to get the last drops out of my skincare by squeezing the love out of it. With that said, I have been using it for a few months now, and it has yet to run out….so not bad.

Ingredients:Purified Water, Hydrofluorocarbon 227ea, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/ Polyglyceryl- 3 Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Algae Extract (and) Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) Extract, PEG-75 Stearate, Retinol, Polysorbate-20, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Rubus Occidentalis (Black Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Butylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, BHT, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Carbomer, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 1, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Chia Seed Oil, Cholesterol, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Fructose, Glycine, Hexyldecanol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Inositol, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Phytosphingosine, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate, Sodium PCA, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Urea, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, BHA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate.

Price Tag (when sold alone): $112.50

 

Vivatia Brightening Complex

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Brand Overview: “A unique combination of 10 brightening ingredients including 2% hydroquinone, kojic acid, arbutin, licorice root and vitamin C helps even skin tone and fade dark spots for more luminous-looking skin. Proprietary foam enables the combination of unique ingredients to maximize results. Brightening Complex has been shown to match performance of 4% hydroquinone at 4, 8 and 12 weeks.* Why you’ll love it: -Helps fade the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation -Brightens skin and improves skin radiance -Helps even skin tone.”

My Thoughts: First off, I appreciate that this doesn’t just have hydroquinone in it as a brightener. Above you can see that is also has kojic acid, arbutin, licorice root and vitamin c! This is such a killer grouping of great ingredients all in one spot. Right now in my life I don’t have a ton of brown pigmentation to reduce since I have been an avid sunscreen user. But, I do have some on my nose and I saw a significant reduction of those hyper-pigmented spots. Besides this once again being a foam…I really like this product and what it did for my skin a lot.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Hydrofluorocarbon 227ea, Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/ Black Tea Ferment, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononoate, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydroquinone, Alpha- Arbutin, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Kojic Acid, Panthenol, Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) Extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, PEG-75 Stearate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Brassica Napus Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate)Seed Oil, Rubus Occidentalis (Black Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Chia Seed Oil, Tetrahexadecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Allantoin, Chlorphenesin, Hexapeptide-2, Bisabolol, Fragrance, Sodium Bisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate Dextran,Sodium Hyaluronate, BHT. Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose. Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract.

Price Tag (when sold alone): $86.00

 

Precision MD Restoring Moisturizer

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Brand Overview: “A super hydrating, non-greasy lotion with vitamins B, C, E, CoQ10 and green tea helps restore the moisture barrier for healthier-looking skin. Specially designed for use with high-potency retinoid therapy, this nourishing moisturizer helps build the skin barrier to improve the performance of the retinoid and reduce irritation. Why you’ll love it: -Moisturizes and calms the skin -Helps soothe stressed skin -Protects against free radical damage.”

My Thoughts: I have no complaints about the Vivatia Restoring Moisturizer. It did a great job of hydrating my skin but wasn’t overwhelming at the same time. I also liked that it didn’t have any scent, and didn’t leave any grease residue once rubbed into my skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Betaine, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Chlorphenesin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Allantoin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Lavandula Angustinfolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Squalane, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Fucus Versiculosus Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Rose Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Cupressus Sempervirens Seed Extract, Coraiandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Extract, Ubiquinone.

Price Tag: What I received in this box was a small sample that would be great for traveling. If you were to purchase the full size item, it would be $38.00

1 Week After Using the Precision MD Vivatia Kit

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Honestly, my skin looked awful. It was flake city, zit city, and blah city. But since I am a licensed esthetician and worked for 7 years at a medical spa, I know that you really have to go through this skin process to see the good skin. I call this the ugly zone, and it lasts a few weeks. So, just expect that if you are someone who has clogged skin, using this product will make them come up and it won’t look pretty in the beginning.

p.s- These picture are frightening. Sorry if you experience night terrors after looking that up-close and personal with my nose/nostril. Gross.

 

1 Month of Using the Precision MD Vivatia Kit

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I definitely still have some flaking going on, but my chin area looks significantly more smooth, soft, and clear. I also noticed how much having the gunk out skin made my pores more tight. Also, you can really see on my nose how the brown pigmentation went down and the overall clarity of my nose (pore size etc) looks so much better.

 

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Thoughts. Opinions. Review

Besides the foaming can situation, I really liked what the Precision MD Vivatia kit did for my skin and the professional results it gave me. I am guessing the reason they used a can was to prevent oxidation of the product which helps it sustain it’s consistency and quality. I would definitely recommend this product if someone was looking for a professional skincare line that carried a really good retinol and was a great price. Personally, this is a product that I would re-purchase…I just would have to get over the foam situation which makes me feel like I am putting shaving cream on my face.

Price of Set: $198 and if you were to buy everything separately it would be $226.00. So you are getting a nice savings when you purchase the entire kit.

Rating: I really like you (4 points since I can’t get over the foam which makes not be an issue for you)

 

note* This product was provided to me for an honest review by a PR company. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

 

Beauty Blog Coalition MASSIVE Spring Giveaway!

Hey babes,

You will not want to miss out on this giveaway I am apart of with the lovely ladies of the Beauty Blog Coalition. We are giving away THREE gift cards to three ridiculously lucky beauty fanatics, and I think I am already jealous of the winners! Who wouldn’t want to win a gift card for $500, $250, or $130?

Have fun entering and good luck my friends!

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(note: if you can’t see the giveaway below on your email..please go to my actual blog and enter!)

 
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2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid Smoky Eye Youtube Tutorial

I am not going to lie, it’s been a while since I have posted a Youtube makeup tutorial..so I really hope you all will watch it and recreate this Radiant Orchid Smoky Eye. In case you didn’t know, Radiant Orchid is the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year and it has been a beauty blogger, Youtube beauty guru, and makeup artist favorite. I am really excited for you all to watch…leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

 

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Below is my latest Youtube video using Pantones 2014 color of the year: Radiant Orchid!

Products Used:

1: Urban Decay Potion Primer

2: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Pigment in Static

3: Mac Cosmetics loose pigment in Dark Soul and Vanilla

4: Wet n Wild eyeliner in Navy

5: Too Faced Comsetics Better Than Sex Mascara

6: Esqido Lashes in Oh So Sweet

 

Why I Got Botox in My 20′s and Now 30′s

Botox is a hot topic for any age…but especially when you are in your 20′s and 30′s. People either love it, are whatever about it, or think it’s from the devil. No one likes to talk about their Botox treatments (unless you are me…) because no one wants to admit if they take those extra measures to delete and diffuse those fine lines and wrinkles they have gathered over time.  But I am of the “love it” crowd of people and have been doing it off and on since I was 21 when I worked at a medical spa. So, I thought I would do a post on my Botox treatment, plus give you some before and after pics and talk about my experience and what to expect when and if you get Botox.

Side note: I realize that Botox is a controversial subject and some people think that getting Botox is a preverbal sin (based off of  previous comments from other Botox blog posts I have done). But I don’t see any difference in getting Botox, having my hair done, getting a mani, or having laser hair removal. They are all beauty treatments…some more expensive than others, but beauty treatments non the less. If you are concerned about Botox being a toxin, that is another story. If you want more information about the safety of Botox, the history (been around since the 50′s), and what else Botox is used for, got to Botoxmedical.com.

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Whenever I tell people that I get Botox, their initial reaction is, ” you get Botox! Where? You are so young!” True…I am young-ish, but there are still areas of my face that would be in much worse shape had I not had Botox. So far, there is nothing out there that is a cream or serum that even comes close to diminishing and nearly taking away my fine lines and wrinkles. It had actually been 3 years (and 2 kids later) since I had my last Botox treatment, so I was seriously itching to get it done again because having kids has made these fine lines and wrinkles seriously come out hard core. With that said, it is best to get Botox done every 3 to 4 months, but for me, having a goal of every 6 months is more doable and realistic.

For me, the areas of my face that bother me the most (with fine lines and wrinkles) is my forehead. In my family, the area between the brows goes down hill really bad and I was definitely starting to see it happen to me. Because I was furrowing my brows so much for whatever reason, I started to build muscle above my brows which started to create a dent in low center of my forhead (so lovely). Since I take pictures nearly every day of my self for this blog, I was seriously starting to see that dent in every picture and I wanted it to be gone (just being honest).  Below you can see the areas in more detail that I wanted to get my Botox.

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To help diminish these fines lines and wrinkles, I went to see Audrey, the owner of Aesthetic Advancements NW near Portland, OR. I have known Audrey for a very long time and she is not only one of the best injectors for Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse, etc, but she injects like it’s an art form. That’s also the reason why she is asked to train other injectors, she is fabulous and I am so happy she was able to squeeze me in the day before I moved to Austin, TX (her office manager is awesome)!

 

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Per Audrey’s recommendation, I had 30 units put into my forehead. I had banked some bucks from sending referrals her way (another awesome perk of hers and an easy referral to give since she rocks), so I was able to get a discount. Botox can cost anywhere from around $10.00 per unit to $15.00 per unit depending on a lot of different factors; usually based on how many units you have done. Typically, the more units you have, the less the unit price will be.

My experience getting Botox was awesome. I was numbed for about 10 minutes prior to being injected and I can honestly say that I felt absolutely nothing. It was actually a very relaxing treatment in a spa like atmosphere. After Audrey was done injecting me with Botox, she added a little concealer over each injected spot, and I looked entirely as if I had nothing done. No one would ever know what I did that day…

 

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So, basically I am very happy that I had my Botox treatment yet again. It was relaxing, I was in great care with Audrey, and I feel like my forehead looks amazing but not completely frozen. Botox lasts about 3 months and you can bet that I will be getting it done again when I come back to Portland in August for a visit.

 

What are your thoughts on Botox? Would you get it? Do you think it’s evil (kidding…kind of)? Are you curious.? Do you already get it done? OR…._________fill in the blank.

XOXO,

Kendra

Note* This Botox treatment was given to me based off of my referrals from the Aesthetic Advancement referral program. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own. This post is not sponsored by Aesthetic Advancements or Audrey, and it was entirely at my own discretion to post about my treatment.

6 Areas of Your Face to Highlight Every Day

Today we are talking about the areas of your face that you and I should be highlighting every day. I think we can all agree that it’s super annoying when your face looks dull and blah, and highlighting can really make a huge difference. Now, before I get started, I want to mention that these are basic areas of the face that ususally look better with highlighting. If you try one of these areas out and you think it looks no bueno, don’t highlight there. For instance, if your nose has a slight bump on the bridge, perhaps you should skip highlighting that area.

Highlighting is basically drawing light to the areas of the face that we want brought out to create a more soft look to the face. Every face has shadows, we are bringing light to those shadows and/or contrasting shadow that we want to be there… like the ones under our cheekbones. Let me know if you have questions!

 

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1) Above your brow to make your eyes look lifted.

2) Highlight above your brow bone to create dimension with the contour of your eye.

3) Make your eyes look more awake by highlighting near your tear ducts.

4) Highlighting above your cheekbones adds dimension and contrast to the hollows of your cheeks.

5) By highlighting the bridge of you nose, it appears to be slimmer.

6) To make your lips look a bit more pouty, highlight in the cupids bow.

 

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There are many thing’s that you can use when you are wanting to highlight your face. But what I found for everyday use and something that I carry always in my makeup kit is the MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl. I apply this by using the tips of my fingers…pretty basic and easy!

 

XOXO,

Kendra

p.s- Right now Nordstroms is having their big gift with purchase! If you have beauty products that you have been dying to get, Nordstroms offers Free Shipping as well!

 

note* These products were purchased by me. There are affiliate links in this post. Using those links helps me to get a small commission which greatly helps me keep this sight going. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Jane Iredale Spring 2014 Magic Hour Collection (Review)

Hey guys, I hope you all had a fab weekend! Last week I was sent a few products from the Jane Iredale, Spring 2014, Magic Hour Collection and I wanted to let you in on my thoughts. I have been a big fan of Jane Iredale for a good 10 years (ugh…time is flying) so I am always thrilled to get to test out some of their latest items. Today I am reviewing Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in Craze and the Gel Eyeliner in Brown. Let me know what you guys think and if you have ever tried this!

 

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Like I said, I only have a few of the pieces from this collection to review for you today. If you want to see the full collection of the Magic Hour Collection, head on over to Jane Iredale and check it out.

 

Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in Craze

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About From the Company: Packed with botanicals, the stain actually soothes and pampers lips for comfortable, buildable coverage without feathering or drying. If you’re ready to commit to saturated, picture perfect color, cozy up to our irresistible shades.

Ingredients: sododecane, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopherol, Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract. [+/- (May Contain) Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77489, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850)(Aka 202), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Red 6 Lake (Ci 15850)(Aka 201)]

Price: $30.00 (a little steep…I would price it around $25.00)

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My Thoughts: What I most noticed about the Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in Craze is that it didn’t suck the life out of my lips on contact. But because of that, it did make them feel a bit sticky and tacky if I didn’t apply the lipgloss. Another great thing is that is is really buildable as you can see in the pictures above. If I just wanted a sheer look for going to the gym, I applied just one layer, but for a more bold look, 2 layers was definitely sufficient. I also really liked the color a lot, I feel like I could just wear this alone and it brightens up my face. Perfect for those afternoons where my lips are the only thing getting color as I am dashing out the door. But with all of that said, I think the price tag would make me think twice about repurchasing. I know Jane has really high quality products and that’s why some thing’s are more…so, for some people, this may not even be an issue.

Rating: I really like you (4 points)

Jane Iredale Gel Eyeliner in Brown

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About From the Company: 

  • Soft and creamy, they glide on smoothly for a defined or smudgeable line, then set to stay just how you like.
  • Highly pigmented, water resistant and long lasting.

Ingredients:  Isododecane, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate. [+/- (May Contain) Iron Oxides (Ci 77489, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Mica]

Price: $28.00

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My Thoughts: I have to say, this brown gel liner from Jane Iredale is one of the better gel liners I have tried. It was extremely smooth and applied like a breeze. It dried quickly.. but not so quick that I couldn’t manoeuvre it how I wanted. Plus, I didn’t really have to use much to get the look I wanted. I really want the black shade now!

Rating: I am in love with you (5 points)

 

My Look

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This is just a really simple look. Besides mascara, all I have on is the Lip Fixation lipstain in Crave and Brown gel liner. I don’t even have blush on! I think the lipstain did a pretty good job of brightening up my face considering the lack of other makeup I am wearing in this photo. What do you think?

 

Shopping: You can check out the Entire Jane Iredale Collection here! Happy Shopping

 

I hope you guys have a good Monday!

XOXO!

Kendra

disclaimer- These products were given to me by a PR Company for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream (Review)

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Alert Citizens of Beauty: BB goes body with Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream (hearing angels sing) and it’s not only a gigantic bottle at a reasonable price, but it will make your skin feel moisturized and look awesome at the same time. Jergens claims that it’s BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream will give you 5 visible results in 5 days, so let’s see if it does what it say’s it will.

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First off, can we pause for a moment and talk about/admire how big this bottle is for only around $11.99? It’s 7.5 oz and a little goes along when using this product. It comes in two different formulas: all light skin tones and all medium skin tones. I chose to purchase the all light skin tones since I am nearly see through at the moment and it was perfect.

 

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I only used a pea size amount (as you can see) for my entire arm which is very reasonable.

 

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5 results in 5 days which include: hydration, illumination, a more even skintone, firmer skin, and correction.

Immediately: With the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream you will see that your skin is more illuminated and definitely more moisturized. I personally noticed that right away and could tell a huge different when I put my arms side by side (watch my video and you will see the side by side action). I also loved how quick this absorbed into my skin with zero oil factor and the soft vanilla scent was an added bonus. Another great thing is that you won’t see any left overs of this BB Cream on your clothes.

Within 5 days: This is when you should start to see other improvements like firmer skin, a more even skintone and correction of redness in the lighter skintones formula and discoloration in the darker skintones formula. With that said, while I did see a softening of my skin within 5 days, this product is more sheer than a traditional BB cream for the face, so it’s not going to do much for major blemishes as far as concealing (if you have scars or body acne etc.), but it will soften them.

 

Watch My Video Review!

 

(If you are reading this via email, you will have to go to the actual post to watch the video! Sorry…)

Make sure to check out the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream for brighter, softer, and more even skin! I have two bottles of this, and definitely will be re-purchasing in the future!

Have a great day!

XO,

Kendra

  • Disclosure: This post and video were sponsored by Jergens BB Body Cream through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post and create a video about Jergens BB Body Cream, all opinions are my own.

 Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream (Review)

LUSH Cosmetics: Limited Edition Easter Range Review

This is not only my first time ever reviewing anything from Lush Cosmetics, but it’s my first time trying anything from Lush Cosmetics! Basically what I am saying is that I am a LUSH Cosmetics virgin…and I am excited to no longer be in that club.  Today I am reviewing the Limited Edition Easter Range collection from Lush Cosmetics and it not only smells ridiculously amazing, but they are so cute and fancy looking that I had a hard time making myself use them. But don’t worry…they most definitely were used!

 

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics LUSH Cosmetics: Limited Edition Easter Range Review

 

 

Lush Easter Inspired Bath Products LUSH Cosmetics: Limited Edition Easter Range Review

 

About Lush Cosmetics: There is a lot of good thing’s to say about Lush Cosmetics, but besides being handmade cosmetics, what sticks out the most is that they are cruelty-free and are fighting against animal testing. You can read your heart out about Lush Cosmetics here, because honestly there is a ton of history on this company. It’s actually a pretty interesting read and I would highly suggest checking it out if you are a beauty nerd like me.

Limited Edition Easter Range Collection

If you want to do something out of the ordinary for your special someone, the Lush Cosmetics Easter Range Collection would definitely make the cut. Personally, I am trying to fit into a swimsuit I just bought today for personal motivation (I know I am not the only one rushing to fit into a bikini this summer), so Easter chocolate is not even an option for me at this point. So take a look at all of these cute Easter gift ideas from Lush Cosmetics….if you can’t skip the chocolate, maybe you can enjoy eating it while soaking in the bath with one of these Easter Bath Bombs!

Lush Cosmetics Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt

Lush Golden Egg Review LUSH Cosmetics: Limited Edition Easter Range Review

 

You know the Jack and the Beanstalk story from when you were a kid? Well, this Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt totally reminded me of that story immediately. This bath bomb melt has a honey and toffee scent to it that is surprisingly not overwhelming.

Features from the Company:

  • Honey, I love this smell: Golden Egg shares its decadent aroma with Honey I Washed The Kids soap.
  • Brand new invention: The first of its kind, Golden Egg has been a year in the making!
  • Soften up: Cocoa butter and olive oil soften and moisturize the skin. Perfect for post-winter dryness.

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate , Citric Acid , Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) , Laureth 4 , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Fragrance , Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus Dulcis) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) ,Olive Oil (Olea europaea) , Cornflour (Zea mays) ,Lauryl Betaine , Amyl Cinnamal , Citronellol , Geraniol ,Lilial , *Linalool , *Limonene , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) , Yellow 5 Lake , Radiant Gold Lustre (Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides) , Gold Glimmer Lustre Golden Glitter (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Iron Oxides, Silica)

Price Tag: $8.95

Lush Cosmetics Brightside Bubble Bar

Lush The Brightside Review LUSH Cosmetics: Limited Edition Easter Range Review

 

For some reason, the way that the Brightside Bubble Bar is shaped reminds me of a cinnimon roll. Anyone else? Besides making me immediately hungry, the citris scent of Sicilian mandarin, tangerine and bergamot oils are to die for. I really like the color as well, it is so bright and cheery and made my bath tub desperately need me in it.

Features From the Company:

  • Toning and brightening: Citrus oils not only brighten your outlook, they’re toning and brightening for the skin too.
  • Returning favorite: Brightside was so popular last Easter that we’ve brought it back!
  • Big enough for two: Break this big bar in half for two separate baths, or indulge in a single supremely bubbly one!

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Lauryl Betaine ,Sicilian Mandarin Oil (Citrus Nobilis) , Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) , Fragrance , *Limonene , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) , *Linalool , FD&C Red No. 4 ,D&C Orange No. 4

Price Tag: $10.95

 

Lush Cosmetics Fluffy Egg Balls Bath Bomb

Lush Fluffy Egg Balls Review LUSH Cosmetics: Limited Edition Easter Range Review

 

 

While the name of this…fluffy egg balls, is really interesting and may have made me giggle a tiny bit, this bath bomb is no joke. I love it’s pretty pinkness and that is smells like sugary sweetness.

Features From the Company:

  • Vegetarian musk: We use cruelty-free synthetic musk to scent Fluffy Egg instead of the real animal-derived version.
  • Limited edition: This one’s only around for Easter, so grab a dozen while they’re still here!

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate , Citric Acid , Fragrance ,Synthetic Musk , Benzyl Benzoate , Propylene Glycol ,D&C Red No. 27 , D&C Red No. 33 , FD&C Red No. 4, Candy Flower (Sucrose, Corn Starch, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Yellow No. 5 & FD&C Yellow No. 6)

Price Tag:  $5.95

 

Lush Cosmetics Bunny Bubble Bar

Lush Bunny bubble Review LUSH Cosmetics: Limited Edition Easter Range Review

 

Dear Bunny Bubble Bar,

I am really sorry that I had to use you in my bath. I really wanted to keep you on display for forever because you are that cute. I am sorry-ish for throwing you into my bath and enjoying every second of it. Your sweet vanilla fragrance and the way you moisturized my skin made me a happy girl.

Yours truly,

K

Features From the Company:

  • Everybunny loves this fragrance:Bunny shares its delicious fragrance with our best-selling Creamy Candy Bubble Bar.
  • Sweet all over: Bunny’s eyes and tail are made out of vegan candy!
  • Ethically sourced: Our vanilla absolute comes from Ndali in Uganda, an operation that employs 1200 Fairtrade farmers.

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Lauryl Betaine ,Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) , Cornflour (Zea mays) , Fragrance , Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) , Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia) , Blue Cornflower Petals (Centaurea cyanus) , Titanium Dioxide , Sodium Sesquicarbonate ,Methyl Ionone , D&C Red No. 33 , D&C Red No. 28 ,FD&C Red No. 4 , Blue Candy (Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Corn Syrup, Calcium Stearate, Manihot esculenta Dextrin, FD&C Blue 1, Titanium Dioxide, Mica) , Yellow Candy (Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Kernel Flour, Sucrose, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Maltodextrin, Glucose, Flavour, FD&C Yellow 5)

Price Tag: $6.95

 

Lush Cosmetics Carrot Soap

Lush Carrot Soap LUSH Cosmetics: Limited Edition Easter Range Review

 

Usually I am not a fan of carrott anything, but while there is carrott oil in this Carrott bar, I am loving the fresh scent of Sicilian lemon oil. Yumm.

Features From the Brand:

  • Get your veggies!: Carrot oil cleanses the skin and gives Carrot soap its lovely orange color.
  • Limited Edition: This giant Carrot is only around for Easter, so be sure to get a healthy serving before it disappears.
  • Smooth like butter: The super softening cocoa butter in Carrot soap is Fair Trade and organic!

Ingredients: Water , Propylene Glycol , Rapeseed Oil , Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera) , Fragrance , Carrot Oil (Daucus carota) , Sodium Stearate , Buchu Oil (Barosma betulina) , Sicilian Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) ,Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) ,Titanium Dioxide , Glycerine , Sodium Chloride , EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate , Lilial , *Linalool , *Limonene ,D&C Orange No. 4

Price Tag: $6.95

 

Thoughts. Opinions. Ratings

I have heard so many other beauty blogger rave about Lush Cosmetics (you know who you are), so this is really exciting to finally be able to see if it is really worth all of the hype. In my opinion these are not only really great bath products with wonderful ingredients and a good cause, but they are so cute and creative. I don’t think anyone could go wrong purchasing these cute Limited Edition Easter Range bath bombs and soaps. Like I said before, I think that these would be such a good gift in an Easter basket for someone you want to spoil and pamper.

Pros/Cons- I can’t really see any cons…I am only seeing positives today.

Rating: I am in love with you! (5 points)

 

XO!

Kendra

Disclaimer- These products were given to me for an honest review by a PR company, all thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

 

DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I moved from Portland, OR to Austin, TX with my little family. So far everything has been going pretty smooth and I even have my home mostly all decorated which feels amazing (pics to follow soon). I am really stoked about my new home and the 80 degree weather I got to have today in April as oppose to the current doom and rainy gloom of Portland’s current weather system.  But even though I am excited about all of that…I can’t say that leaving what you are use to is ever easy…its only been one week and I miss that stupid rain that I usually curse at. So it was a pleasant surprise when I got a not a Birchbox from one of my Besties, Amy, from Onedivineparty.com. She put together a DIY, personalized gift box of things to make me not so homesick and I wanted to share it with you all.

Ahh Portland…I miss you already.

birchbox knock off DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

 

 

Personalised gift idea DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

I knew I would love this the personalized gift the second that I saw the outside of the box…it totally made me laugh. I know I am not the only one that has had a love/hate relationship with Birchbox.

DIY Personalised Gift ideas DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

What I loved the most about this DIY Love Box was that everything inside had meaning and purpose for being there. Inside the card she wrote why she put each thing in the box which made opening each item that much more special.

DIY Personalised Gift Idea

Liz Bags review 1 DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

 

Beauty Bag-Keepsake from Portland 

Do I really need to say anything about this cosmetics bag by Liz Bags? I can’t get over how perfect this pink and pretty cosmetics bag represents Portland. I am seriously so in-love with this that I am not entirely sure I could use it; it might go on display in my new blogging room. But if you like this cosmetic bag and want to actually use it, you can pick it up at Blush Beauty Bar in Portland….or give them a call because apparently they will ship anywhere.

Price: $24.00

 

Moriccan Oil Treatment DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

 

Oil- for your fab locks in that crazy heat.

Honestly, if I could bathe in this Moroccan Oil, I would in a heart beat. Not only does it do amazing damage control with my processed hair, it has done a fab job of keeping my hair tame. (But seriously, the scent is ah-maz-ing!)

This Morrocan Oil is around $14.00 for a 3.4 oz bottle that will last a pretty long time. You don’t need very much at all to see results and it is truly worth every penny.

poplandia popcorn review DIY: Personalized Gift Idea Popcorn- for Ezra & the girls

Two things: 1) If you are on a diet, don’t even think about getting the Poplandia Popcorn…the mix of carmel and chocolate takes its goodness to another level and you won’t be able to stop. 2) Give this to Ezra and the Girls?? Yeah, we will see if that happens.

Poplandia Popcorn is outrageously good and can be found at poplandiapopcorn.com.

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Review DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

Polish- to add some bright sass-a-frass any day!

This Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer in Fastlane might take the cake for fave. spring nail color. This nail lacquer is a bright red with orange undertones and is gorgeous. I actually have never heard of this brand before so I am excited to give it a spin. Has anyone else tried Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer before?

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer is only $8.00 each, formulated without Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde & Formaldehyde Resin, and is cruelty free!

Stephanie Johnson Key Holder Review DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

Wristlet: we have matching ones…so I am always with you. 

Actually the truth is, Amy and I lose are keys (and credit cards) on a weekly basis. So this Stephanie Johnson wristlet is to attach to my keys so that I lose them less frequently.

If you know someone who loses their keys like Amy and I, this is only $5.00 on Stephaniejohnson.com, I highly recommend it.

 

hello kitty tissues DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

Kleenex- Sad your gone…but these will catch many happy tears to come

Well, it’s true, these have come in handy. Enough said.

Eat Cake 11 candle review DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

Candle- for relaxation 

In my new home there is a large bathtub that is rocking my world. Next to my large bathtub is this Eat Cake 11 candle that smells like cake (the good kind) and is rocking my world. Both are massive wins. 

You can buy this Eat Cake 11 candle on beauty.com for $14.00.

Blush Beauty Bar Portland DIY: Personalized Gift Idea

Mirror- So you remember how beautiful you are.

This cute little pocket mirror is actually free with purchase at Blush Beauty Bar in Portland. If you are in Portland, go to 23rd and check out Blush Beauty Bar…it’s the best.

Thank You!

Inside this gift was also a $5.00 giftcard to Starbucks which I used within the first hour of opening this gift. Thank you Amy for the best gift ever…I seriously felt so loved!

 

XO,

Kendra

Disclaimer- These products were a gift to me given by a friend. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Winter to Spring 2014 Makeup

 

Raise your hand if you don’t go through all of your makeup for each season! I certainly do not…although, since I am a makeup hoarder, that would be nearly impossible to achieve. Since Spring is here, I wanted to show you one of my “go to” spring 2014 looks that I created using makeup that I used the entire winter season.

Winter to Sping Makeup Winter to Spring 2014 Makeup

 

1) Jouer Cosmetics Luminizing Moisture Tint: I will use this is any season. It’s my fave. tinted moisturizer that doesn’t leave my skin greasy feeling.

2) Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express Kit: I use this every day. I might die without it.

3) Jouer Cosmetics Licorice and soufflé: I love the two of these together, soufflé on the eyelid, and licorice to set my black liner. I used the pale pink shade a ton in the winter time to brighten and draw out the green in my eyes…it will be perfect for spring too.

4) Better Than Sex Mascara:  I am amazed each time I use this what it does with my lashes. For reals.

5) Tarte Amazonian Clay Tipsy Coral Blush: Perfect to add a flushed glow to your cheeks.

6) Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer: Because bronzer is good at any time of the year in my opinion.

7) Jane Iredale Basic Black Liner: I love how creamy this is…and black liner is welcome in any season.

7: ) Bite Beauty High pigment Penzil in Zinfandel- This is a really pretty coral shade that I like to bring down to a stain by blotting it with tissue.

 

Spring makeup style Winter to Spring 2014 Makeup

 

On my face I am rocking a few spring styles…bright matte/stained lips, natural cheeks, glowing skin, and soft graphic eye-liner.

 

graphic eye makeup spring trend copy Winter to Spring 2014 Makeup

 

Here is an up-close of my graphic eyeliner that I did. I didn’t do an extreme look, I wanted to do one that was doable and that the every day person would wear. How do you like it?

 

Have a great day!

XOXO-Kendra

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