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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Saucebox Cosmetics Batalash Palette review and swatches

I hadn't purchased any makeup in such a long time but it didn't really matter since I honestly hadn't worn much makeup since having my baby. 

I was recently feeling kinda blah...about not having the time to do my hair and makeup so I decided to try and change that. 
Of course any way to get out of a makeup rut is to buy new makeup! Lol! 

So I splurged on this new palette from Saucebox Cosmetics.

I hate to say splurge because I feel like if I'm using that word I should have some super luxe makeup from Chanel or something but all I have is this eyeshadow palette from a not very well known indie makeup company.

This palette is a whopping $60 plus tax, and shipping brought it out to $71.50!!

If I had no experience with their products I'd be completely turned off by that price but because I have several of their other palettes and single shadows I felt pretty confidant in getting a good palette.

The palette was made in coordination with batalash, which honestly I know nothing about them other than Samantha. I've seen a couple of her videos but that's about it. I don't really watch YouTube beauty videos. 

The palette consists of eight eye shadows. You get a mix of mattes and shimmery shades.

All of them are buttery smooth and opaque. 

A few of them kick up a bit of color and makeup dust but they all apply evenly and creamy. 

I've used this for a week already and absolutely love this palette. I wish there was a champagne/gold for the lid in this palette instead of the green, so I like to use these shadows in conjunction with other shadows in my collection. 

Depending on your skin tone this palette can be used for other things as well such as highlighting with the matte cream/white shade and contouring with the second matte brown shade, or even for your brows. 





I'm really glad I got this palette. I was put off initially by the price and I still don't like the price but at the same time you're getting a ton of product and the quality is outstanding. 

If they ever have a sale or you can grab this from a makeup show at a discount then don't hesitate because it is a really great palette as are most of the other saucebox palettes. Of course you can always purchase it at full price like I did.

If you've been thinking about getting this grab it as soon as you can because it is limited edition!

http://sauceboxcosmetics.com

Influenster Fresca Vox Box Review!


I've been signed up with Influenster and occasionally get a free box filled with products to sample and review. Anyone can sign up, if you're interested email me and I can send you an invite to sign up!

This post is long over due! Having a newborn has me so behind on blogging, but better late than never I guess. Awhile ago I received the Fresca Vox Box. 


The box included a lot of products that I've never tried before so that is always exciting. 


First thing I have is a Expert Last Lip lacquer from NYC Color in Rockaway Ruby. 

This lip color is so gorgeous! It is not too sticky for a lip lacquer, but it most definitely transfers. If you wear this, a lip liner is a must to keep it from feathering out. I would say drinking is okay but it will leave a mark on your cup or straw and will fade a bit. Eating with this lip color on is a no go. You will have lip gloss all over your food so I'd say avoid food while wearing this. 

It had a slight sweet scent which I appreciate. It isn't overbearing at all. 

Next I tried the Clean Freak Purifying shampoo and conditioner. This didn't really work out for me because I have color treated hair and it stripped a lot of color out. It smells great. If you use a lot of products in your hair this would be great to remove product buildup, but it's not something I particularly need. 

Next I tried the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters facial cleanser. This is a great gentle every day cleanser. It smells fresh and clean. I felt like it did a good job at cleansing my skin. It's not my favorite cleanser I've ever used but it's good. 

I forgot to take a single photo of this and I already lost the cap so this photo will have to do lol. 

I honestly didn't love this. It does smell great, but for a shaving cream it's not moisturizing at all. My legs tend to be very dry so I need lots of moisture when shaving. If I don't use something very moisturizing my legs will get irritated and razor burn very easily. It felt like this shaving cream just sat right on top of the skin instead of really setting in the skin to provide a good moisture barrier. I much prefer to use a good conditioner on my legs for shaving. This gets a thumbs down from me. :/

I honestly don't tan. I stay out of the sun and am not one to use self tanners. I self tanned my legs a few times maybe two years ago with one product, so I don't have much to compare with here. 

Although this is more of a makeup for your legs. It washes off in the shower so it won't last a few days like a self tanner would.  Maybe that's appealing to some people but I assume if you want tan legs you'd want it to last a little while. This does claim to be water resistant but it rinsed right off in the shower. I'd be worried about wearing this out in public. It did give a nice glow and slight color to my legs though. I feel like I prefer a self tanner over leg makeup. 

My absolute favorite item in the Fresca Vox box is this Eau De Toilette by Jafra in Violet Pomegranate. It smells amazing!! 

It's slightly sweet, but not candy sweet, more fruity and very fresh smelling. I've been using this everyday since I got it. 
They also included mini vials of the other scents to try but I'm glad I got the full size in the Violet Pomegranate since it's my favorite. 

I love the glass bottle. It's very beautiful yet simple. I honestly can't get enough of this fragrance. Definitely recommend! 

Thanks to Influenster for giving me the opportunity to try these products! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Mommy blog - Muslin Swaddles


Long time no post! I know all my blog posts seem to start this way nowadays but I find myself struggling to make time for my blog. I sure do miss it though.

My days are currently filled with a newborn baby, toddler, and a semi preteen (11 yr old) which I love but the blog has taken a back seat!!

With the new addition to our family I have been exploring and finding new baby products which I'd like to share with you. 

I don't know if this is a new thing in the baby world but I recently heard of these muslin swaddle blankets. 

Way back when I had my first baby 11 years ago and even 3 years when I had my second boy I had never heard of them. The only swaddle blankets I had were the classic receiving blankets.

I don't know about you but the receiving blankets were never big enough for my babies. I don't think I had abnormally large babies but they just seemed to outgrow them so quickly! I remember thinking man I wish I had some bigger blankets to swaddle them in.

In the first few weeks swaddling is a must, especially to try and get a good nights rest. 

When you swaddle your newborn they are much more likely to sleep better because they feel secure and cozy all wrapped up. 

So that brings me to my new baby girl. I actually still didn't have these for her when she was born, although I had heard of them I didn't really think I needed them since I had received a lot of receiving blankets at my shower. Then one day I was browsing online and saw these beautiful baby blankets and noticed they were made of muslin fabric so I decided  to place an order. 

When it was delivered I opened them up and was so impressed with the quality, the size,  and the softness. These baby blankets were everything I wish I would have had with my boys! 

So muslin is basically a cotton that's woven to have a open breathable texture. These blankets are very light weight. 

Most of these range in size of 40x40 inches up to 47x47.

The large size is amazing for swaddling the baby. 

These are also great to use as a car seat cover, stroller cover, nursing cover, or to just lay the baby on top of. 

I honestly fell in love with them and ordered several more to try them all out. 

The first ones I ordered were from a brand called little unicorn. They make beautiful prints. You can get them in sets of three or individually. I ordered a set of three plus the poppy flower print. 

While I am very pleased with these they aren't the softess muslin blankets I have. 

$16 each or $38 for set of three

On my research I found the most popular brand was Aden & Anais. You can find them at babies r us, Nordstrom, Target even has a line of them.

The heart and bird prints came in a set. I was initially drawn to the heart print but that one is definitely one of least soft. The hearts are stamped onto the blanket with fabric paint so it feels a bit rough and stiff to the touch. It's pretty but not the nicest. The bird print is so luxuriously soft, it is one of my favorite texture wise. The star print falls somewhere between the other two. It's soft but the stars are kinda rough. 

I should note that these do get softer with each wash.

Aden & Anais vary in price. It's always a better deal to buy them in sets. 

I ordered this set from Nordstrom. These are from Mini Boden. These are the thickest muslin blanket I have. They are still light weight but are definitely more of a substantial blanket. The print is beatiful and these are very soft. They are not stiff or scratchy at all. Definitely recommend these! This set was on sale at Nordstrom for $24.

This adorable swaddle is from a company called lulujo. It is the softess muslin blanket I have along with the next one below. The heart print is super soft and not scratchy or rough one bit! 

$14 on diapers.com

This one is from a company called iplay. I also got this one from diapers.com. This one and the lulujo swaddle are the softess muslin swaddles that I have. They feel like a dream! If you're looking for a muslin swaddle that feels like a dreamy cloud then go for either of these! 

$14 on diapers.com

Lastly I have the newest additions to my muslin collection from a company called Margaux and May. I was googling something and somehow came up on these and fell in love with the prints. I liked that they were more of a trendy print and not so baby cutesy you know what I mean? Well these are extremely soft, not quite as dreamy soft as the lulujo or iplay swaddles but they're still amazing! 

These are $29.99 for the set on Amazon.com.

One thing that I need to point out is that they can snag easily so be sure not to wash them with anything that has velcro like baby bibs. 

These blankets are much pricier than a traditional receiving blanket but they are so worth it. You won't regret getting these.