Monday, September 1, 2014

Makeup Monday #86

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!
I do ask that if you link up to share the love: visit/comment one or two (or more) other links. 
REMEBER: This link up is for makeup/beauty related posts only!
This includes but not limited to beauty reviews, how-to's, hauls, giveaways, mani's, and hair/makeup look inspirations.

If you do not have a blog, but showcase beauty elsewhere like instagram or flicker, or youtube you are still welcome to link up as well, please just link to a specific photo, though, not your whole account! :) 

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1. There is NO limit to how many posts you can link up! However, I do ask that you link to a specific Blog Post, not your entire blog.
2. Please grab a button to add to your blog/blog post or link back to Makeup Monday 
3.* Follow your host Agape Love Designs   

4.* Tweet about this linky using hashtag #MakeupMonday and Tag @mariagridley
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

City Lips - Lip Plumping Gloss Review

Hello beauty babes, today I have a FABULOUS product to tell you about: City Cosmetics CityLips Lip Plumping Gloss (retail $35). I received this gloss for free to review for you and I am so thankful for it, because its quickly become my favorite! I chose the shade sundiego, but its available in 8 different shades ranging from clear to red!

City Lips is designed to give lustrous and plush lips with a high-impact shine. The gloss is an award-winning treatment infused with revolutionary technology for instant and long-lasting results. Dramatically, the lips become smoother and fuller by within minutes of application. City Lips’ incredible effectiveness is clinically proven and the soft brush delivers the most precise application possible. City Lips utilizes exclusive ingredients and natural lip enhancers that work painlessly and safely to pump up the volume. City Lips will stimulate lasting natural collagen production with continued use.
  • Instantly delivers dramatic plumping effects with HA Plumping Spheres
  • Stimulates new collagen development with twice the collagen peptides for long-term plumping
  • Provides instant fullness, definition, & hydration with long-lasting plumping benefits
  • Diminishes and fades the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Works safely, painlessly and without irritation or numbness
Ok friends as I already stated I am LOVING this gloss - it quickly became my go-to favorite for several reasons. First off, as you can tell from my photos, this gloss really does work! Now my lips are already pretty plump to begun with, but this just makes them look more full and smooth and gorgeous. I LOVE how my lips look when I wear this gloss... And even when I am not wearing the gloss.

Another thing I love about this gloss is that it is hydrating! This gloss contains Hyaluronic Acid, which I have talked about before (here). Hyaluronic Acid is amazing for your skin, and its amazing in this gloss! Unlike other glosses that leave your lips feeling dry or gunky when it wears off - this gloss leaves your lips still feeling great, soft and even more beautiful than before!

A few other great things about this gloss is that its not too sticky or thick like many other glosses can be. Its glides on nice and evenly and doesn't feel heavy. You can hardly feel you are wearing a gloss, which is always nice. Which brings me to the other great thing about this gloss... Its completely painless. I've heard many things about other lip plumpers that really sting your lips leaving them feeling irritated and uncomfortable. With CityLips there is a very, very slight tingling sensation for the first minute or so after application, but that's it!

Overall, I highly recommend CityLips if you are in the market for a safe and natural lip plumping gloss. Or even if you're looking for a gloss that will better the health of your lips in the long run. ♥ Find out more about CityLips here.

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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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