Thursday, August 28, 2014

August BB5 Reveal & Review + Sept Sneak Peek!

Hello beauty babes! Today I'm back with a video reveal and review of August's BB5 Box c/o Beauty Box 5* to share with you. 

If you dont already know, Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples (and sometimes full size) to your door every month.

Cost: $12/month, $30/Quarterly, $99/annually - See a sneak peek of what's to come in the September box at the end of this post!

Here is what was in my August Box:

This month BB5 provided another really great box... All but one brand in this box is new to me, I am always happy to discover and sample items from brands I have never tried before. Especially expensive brands!  Here is a list of the items we got  this month along with a couple swatch photos:

-Purlisse SPF 30 (retail $55 / 1.7 oz)
-Novex Brazillian Keratin Hair Treatment (retail $19.50 / 2 lbs)
-La Fresh Travel Lite Wipes (retail $19.99 / 48 packets)
-Style Essentials Nail Polish (retail $7.00 / 4 nail polish collection) - Pictured Below
-Nanacoco Lip Gloss (retail $3.99 / .22 fl oz) - Pictured Below... The shade I got was 'Secret Crush'.

If you'd like to learn more about the products in this months box, including personal reviews, I invite you to watch the video!

Interested in signing up?? Here is a sneak peek at what will be in next month's box!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Makeup Monday #85

Hello Beauty Babes, and happy Makeup Monday to you! Makeup Monday is a fun linky party dedicated to all things makeup & beauty. ♥ If you are a beauty blogger or have a beauty related post, I'd love to invite you to join in and link up below!
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Ecco Bella FlowerColor Lipstick Review

Welcome back Beauty Babes, I'm so glad you are here! Today I am sharing a review of the Ecco Bella FlowerColor Lipstick in the shade REDvelation. If you are someone who loves products that are Natural, Organic, Vegan, Cruelty Free - that multi task as both anti-aging and anti-blemish, then you are going to love Ecco Bella. I have only tried this one lipstick, but after checking out the entire site, I am very impressed with all they have to offer. I definitely want to try more of their products. And if you too want to try their products, I found that they offer a $10 OFF coupon to first time customers.. Find the details here.

Before I get to my own thoughts, let me share with you the site's product description:

"Beauty with brains. Discover the one lipstick that thinks it's a lip balm. The cleanest, safest, prettiest lipstick for those who love lipstick. And who doesn’t.

Our FlowerColor Lipstick is created with a simple healthy formula of vegetable waxes, oils, and mineral pigments that go on creamy and won't feather. Like a lip balm, Ecco Bella FlowerColor lipsticks moisturize without flaking or chapping. Naturally-preserved. Gluten, FD&C dye, petroleum and fragrance-free. All are vegan except Pink Rose, Mauve Rose, Claret Rose, Tuscany Rose, REDvelation and Napa Grape which are colored with carmine. Now, gorgeous lips have it made in any shade.
Size: 0.13 oz."
My Thoughts:
I absolutely love that this lipstick is all natural, and the color is gorgeous. However it does take a few applications to build up to the color intensity as it looks in the tube. In these photos I applied the lipstick 3 times to get this rich bold opaque color. I believe some people might not like that, they may think its deceiving that the color payoff isn't what it is in the tube with 1 application. Me on the other hand, I actually like that! With this lipstick you get build-able color - making it more versatile for everyone. So if you want to add just a touch of sheer color to your lips apply once, and if you want it a little bolder do another application and so on. You can still get a really great true to color bold lip with this product as you can tell from these photos!

Secondly, this lipstick is sort of waxy like a lip balm (as mention in the product description).. Which again may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I am more of a lip balm girl... So again, I like it. It feels great on the lips, not too heavy like some lip products can be, It feels creamy and leaves my lips feeling soft and hydrated. Lastly, as for staying power, this lipstick lasted about 3 hours before wearing off.

Overall, I like this lipstick. Its different than most I have and use, with many great qualities that I enjoyed! I'd love to try a few of the other 17 shades they offer in this lipstick. Though at $17.95 the cost is quite a bit more than I would prefer to pay for a lipstick! Still, I do love that they offer the $10 coupon for first time buyers - making it more affordable!

I received the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I am always honest in my thoughts and opinions and only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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