Monday, October 30, 2017

Winter Must Have For Dry Chapped Lips | Herpecin L Lip Protectant

*This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.*
Hey beauty babes, so it is that time of year when the cold and windy weather starts to dry out our skin and lips. I don't know about you, but my lips tend to be dry and chapped all year long. I don't really know why. But in the Fall and especially the Winter its even worse! So I am a bit of a lip balm junkie. I love trying new lip balms and products to help heal, protect and nourish my lips! I have tried many and loved many. I've done reviews on different lip products here & there.. But most of those products, while wonderful are very expensive. So, I am thrilled today to be able to tell you about another lip treatment I have been using, a bit of a hidden gem, that is not only effective and wonderful, but also super affordable too! So its become my new "Winter Must Have For Dry Chapped Lips"... Truth be told, it will most likely be my year round must have, just because its so good, affordable AND also has SPF too.
Ok, I know, I know... The name may have some of you raising a brow or two. Herpecin L probably isn't the first product that comes to mind for the ideal lip balm and its most likely looked over unless you actually suffer from cold sores. But let me tell you why is a must have whether you have cold sores or not.... Herpecin L provides moisturizing protection and relief from cold sores, but its not just for cold sores. It is more hydrating than other lip treatments. It contains SPF. It protects painful cracking of lips and promotes healing without numbing or drying. Now, I have never had cold sores, so this product appeals to me more for its moisturizing and protective benefits than anything...

However, if you are someone who does get cold sores, I just want to be sure to mention that this is a pharmacist-recommended product that claims to "provide instant relief from burning, itching, and oozing (yikes!), while at the same time protecting the lips with medication that speeds up recovery so you don’t have to suffer from cold sores for a week or longer." I will link a few other reviews on this product from girls who can attest to those claims, since I cannot. Look for those links at the end of this post. 

Back to why this product appeals to me, and why I would recommend it as your new must have lip balm & treatment all year round. It is uniquely formulated with some really great ingredients that I have taken the time to look into and want to break down for you!
πŸ’Ž Dimethicone: dimethicone provides a protective cover on skin, which is supposed to help keep moisture in, leaving skin - or in this case, lips - hydrated for longer. 
πŸ’Ž Lysine: this, to me, is a very interesting essential amino acid that may prevent replication of the herpes virus and plays an important role in the formation of collagen - learn more about it here.
πŸ’Ž Vitamin B6: helps in preventing production of excess sebum - which can aggravate acne.
πŸ’Ž Vitamins C & E: both of these, when used on the skin, are known to help block free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the aging process.
πŸ’Ž Lemon Balm: This is a great anti-viral with many wonderful used, including improving cold sore symptoms and shortening the duration of healing time.
πŸ’Ž SPF 30: We all know the importance of sun screen! However, we may not realize, or maybe forget that our lips need that same protection too! So I love a balm that includes SPF protection. 

In addition to the great ingredient list, I am equally happy that while this a medicated product, it doesn't have a medicated scent or weird taste at all unlike other medicated lip balms or treatments. In fact there is no taste at all, and the scent is a barely there hint of vanilla.

PRICE Point & RESULTS.... Lets just take a moment to see this product in action. I wasn't kidding when I said I suffer from very dry chapped lips. If I am not consistent in protecting and taking care of my lips - they end up like the "before" photo below. And as I mentioned before, I have found and loved many products that help my lips. But they are so expensive. So when I run out and can't afford to splurge, my lips suffer. So its wonderful to discover an affordable product that really works! The photos below show the results after using this lip balm for a few weeks. It has really helped to restore my lips as well as protect the from the sun and harsh (cold/windy) weather too.

I don't know about you, but after doing some research on this product and testing it myself - I am sold on this hidden little gem that is under $5 and sold at your local Walmart! Try it for yourself, and let me know what you think! And if you're still unsure, I encourage you to check out a few other reviews and read what others are saying about it!

πŸ’Ž How to Treat & Prevent Cold Sores by Beauty 4 Free 2 u
πŸ’Ž Fall & Winter Lip Protection With Herpecin by Coffee with Summer
πŸ’Ž Lip Balm for Fall and Winter | Herpecin-L Lip Protectant by Topknots & Pearls

And if you are on the lookout for other products for dry skin, check out some of my favorite "Dry Skin Savers - Face Products". Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review, I hope you found it helpful! And if you have any questions or thoughts - I'd love to hear them! So please do not hesitate to leave a comment and share! ♥

Much Love & Hugs,
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Friday, October 27, 2017

32 Degrees Active Wear Try On Haul + DISCOUNT CODE

Hey babes, I really hope you enjoy this Active Wear Try On Haul from 32 Degrees! 32 Degrees is a wonderful and affordable Active wear / Every Day Basics brand that has great items for Men, Women and Children! These items are so perfect for an active life style and the every day. Sleek and Comfortable in design for the daily routine and on the go, no matter the weather!

And they were so wonderful to offer a discount code! Use coupon code: Maria for 30% off at 32 Degrees

Push play to see everything I got, hear my thoughts on the items and be sure to leave a comment letting me know what YOU thought about them!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Colorful Unicorn Halo Eye Makeup Tutorial

Hey beauty babes! Thanks so much for joining me today. This makeup look & tutorial was a fun little collab I did with my friend Shaye San Juan! She is truly amazing, beautiful, talented and hilarious, and I know you will love her! Anyways, we decided to do what we are calling a "Copy Cat Collab"! Basically I am doing a copy cat - recreation of one of her looks and she is doing the same with one of my looks!
I love this idea because it's a very fun way to see how the same makeup can look on someone else! As well as how to create it with different products! Which also goes to show that you don't have to have exactly the same products as someone else to re-create the same look! 

Anyways, I really hope you enjoy this tutorial - I decided to recreate Shaye's Colorful Mermaid Halo Eye look. Interestingly enough, I think of this look as more of a Unicorn Halo Eye Look! haha Either way, its pretty magical! ♥ And I really hope you enjoy!

Here is a list of all the products I used for this look:
(some affiliate links may be used)

MBA Cosmetics Pressed Matte Shadow : In The Nude
MBA Cosmetics Pressed Silk FX Shadows: Turquoise, Calypso and Buttercup
MBA Cosmetics Eclipse Highlight in Saturn
Pur Cosmetics Bombshell Lashes
OMFG Cosmetics Pumpkin Spice Liquid Highlight
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Medium Warm Light
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Powder
It Cosmetics Illumination Finishing Veil
Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer
Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Justify My Love
OMFG Cosmetics Candy Corn Highlight
Beauty Junkees Liquid Lipstick in Dinner Party

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I really hope you enjoy this video and tutorial! When you are one watching, please be sure to head on over to Shaye's Channel and show her some love, and say hello from agapelovegirl!

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Monday, October 16, 2017

BlendSMART2 Rotating Foundation Brush Giveaway + Discount Code

Hey beauty babes - I am so excited to present to you this giveaway from blendSMART! One lucky entrant will win the blendSMART starter set and a highlighter brush head! I will demo BOTH of the brush heads in this video as well for you to see it in action. However, for the full review and to see this brush in action with foundation, concealer and contour I encourage you to watch my original review here

BTW blendSMART is doing a Breast cancer awareness promotion:  blendSMART will donate $5.00 to breast cancer awareness for every sale using 20% discount code 'gopink' - valid until Oct. 31 2017

Alternatively you can use code maria20 for 20% off - valid now until Nov. 30 2017

The starter set includes:

A patented motorized applicator and a premium foundation brush head that is cruelty-free, antimicrobial and designed for the most sensitive skin.  blendSMART2 spins at 190 RPM and puts your beauty routine on cruise control.  No matter what makeup formulation, skill level or skin type. It’s so simple, it’s smart.

The universal head magnetically attaches to the blendSMART2 rotating makeup applicator. Spinning at 190 RPM, its synthetic fibers gently rotate to effortlessly reach all areas of your face and neck. It blends all formulations of foundation including liquid, crème, powder and even sunscreens. The stippling head design works for touching up or buffing out makeup mistakes. The antimicrobial brush cleans easily and is soft enough for all skin types

The new blendSMART2 highlighter brush head.

This dense and compact brush head can be used with liquid, cream, or powder highlighters, and it’s antimicrobial, cruelty free and gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. Blend and buff the perfect amount of highlighter to achieve a flawless glow or luminous shine.
Please watch the video to see both brush heads in action!
Find the giveaway at the end of this post.

For your chance to WIN - you can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.
Giveaway is open now until Oct. 30th. Please give me a few days after that to pick a winner (will be picked randomly) and check entries to make sure they are valid. Once winner is announced, they will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize, otherwise a new winner will be selected. 
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

PMD Kiss | First Impressions Review, Demo & Discount!

This video has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network*. However all thoughts and opinions are my own and as always honest!
Hey beauty babes, thanks so much for joining me! Today, I am please to present to you my First impressions review and demo of the PMD Kiss Lip! What exactly is the PMD Kiss? Well, it's a smart anti-aging lip plumping system and treatment, that uses pulsating vacuum technology and a specially formulated serum to safely create a fuller appearance of lip volume and restore youthfulness to lips. It plumps the look of lips in just minutes, creating visible results for hours. Continued daily use boosts collagen which increases the look of fullness, fades the appearance of lip lines & wrinkles and revitalizes natural lip color! 

I am very intrigued and super excited to give this neat little tool a go and give you my thoughts! And I'll be giving you more than just my first impressions, because this will be a 2-part review! YAY! So, I will be doing an update blog post and video, sharing my results and full (complete) review after a whole month of use!

Now if you watch the video at the end of this post, I will go into my reasons for wanting to try this product, show you everything you get with the PMD Kiss System and I will even show you how it works. You will be able to see the LIVE results after my very first time using it. HOWEVER, for a close look, I also wanted to take some photos to share with you as well! And the photos are where I think you can clearly see the results and the difference, which inst as easy to catch on video.

The photos below show my lips (relaxed and with a soft smile) literally right BEFORE using the PMD Kiss, and then AFTER my first time using it!

(relaxed lips)

(soft smile)

The results, while not dramatic, are very clear! My lips definitely look more full with some of my fine lines diminished. However, the biggest difference is the color. My lips went from dull to flush with beautiful natural color! Keep in mind, my lips are completely bare in both photos, with the exception of having applied the Lip Serum in between.

So far, I am very please with the PMD Kiss Lip Plumping System. And I am excited to see what the results will be after a month of using! Follow along if you too want to see the results!!

Exclusive Discount Code: PRIMP20 for 20% off your purchase from PMD beauty! *Learn more about PRIMP (here). Check out these other reviews on the PDM Kiss:
Why This Lip Plumper Got Us Talking by Sweet Jelly Bean
Lip Insecurity by TopKnots & Pearls

Push Play to see the PMD Kiss in Action!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Chocolate Brown Smokey Eye | Full Face Makeup Tutorial

Hey beauty babes, today I'm sharing a full face makeup tutorial for this Chocolate brown smokey! I'm using quite a few new (to me) products and sharing some of my thoughts on them! I also decided to skip the fake lashes and just use mascara as there have been a few requests to see looks without falsies!

Now I just wanted to mention that I am not fond of this look and I almost completely scrapped it without sharing. I am not quite sure what went wrong, because I like the eye look on its own. And I liked my face makeup just fine before I did my eyes... But the completed look is just off. Maybe its the mistake of doing my face makeup before doing a dark smokey eye and the fall out made a mess, maybe it was my bad hair day or the wrong lip color... I cant quite figure it out...

Either way I know something is off on this look and I didn't realize it until after looking back at the footage a few days later. But I decided to share look this anyways so that you can see - we all have bad days. My makeup isn't always on point and that's ok. I'm sure there are still some things to be learned from this video and I hope you enjoy regardless.

All products used will be listed below.
I used a lot of MBA Cosmetics products on my eyes. You can save 15% with code AGAPELOVE15 at Products (Some Affiliate Links Used):
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