February 12, 2017

Beauty Box 5 January 2017 Subscription Box Review

Beauty Box 5 delivers a box filled with at least five cosmetic samples every month. Subscribers receive a mixture of luxury, recognizable, niche, and even vegan brands that cater to every skin type. Every box includes a selection of makeup, hair care, skin care, nail care, fragrances, and beauty accessories. Here is what I received in my January 2017 box.

So Susan Scented Light Diffuser
This antioxidant-rich, ground-breaking pair of colors gives you immaculate, sun kissed skin while diffusing any harsh light at the same time. Use the shades separately to target sun-touched areas, or blend them together for the most exquisite multidimensional glow. They are powered with Cocoa, Papaya, and Kelp extract to help rejuvenate and heal fatigued skins. This mini compact is even scented like cocoa and coconut!

Pur-Lisse Blue Lotus Cleansing Milk
Blue Lotus cleansing milk is fused with Soy Milk, Whole Oat, and White Tea. It is a gentle, soap and sulfate free cleanser that washes away dirt, impurities and makeup in one simple step. This soothing multi-tasker leaves skin pure and clean without stripping skin of its natural oils.

Novex Bamboo Sprout Leave-In Conditioner
This conditioner has been specially designed to naturally moisturize, treat, and leave the hair nourished and full of life. Made with Bamboo Sprout, it provides strength and growth, while also leaving it treated, nourished and with a glossy shine.

Nanacoco Classic Collection Nail Polish in Best of My Love
The classic color collection features fashion inspired shades selected from the hottest runway looks from New York to Milan. Best of My Love is that coveted grey shade we all love from the runways. I can't wait to try it!

Maskeraide Spotted Anti-Blemish Clear Spot Patches
Kick blemishes to the curb with these emergency spot patches that help clear unwanted acne. Minimize the look of pesky pimples, absorb excess oil and calm redness with a blend of Salicylic Acid, Volcanic Ash and Tea Tree Oil. These clear miracle workers deliver continuous blemish fighting benefits so you can say bye-bye to those unwanted spots on your face.

Subscribe :: You can subscribe to Beauty Box 5 for $12. Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription, so there are twelve boxes available per year.

Using the Three Speed Conture System: Part 2

Thanks to Conture for partnering with me for this post!

I have been using the Three Speed Conture System for about two months now. You can see my first impressions post here. Conture utilizes Isometric Compression combined with Low Frequency Vibrations to gently stimulate and tone skin for a more youthful looking appearance.

Being I have been using Conture daily for two months, I can say that I am getting pretty good at using it. So I thought I would share with you what I have learned. First, you need to start with clean skin. It is easy to just fit the Conture treatment in whenever you can, but without a clean face, you are not able to achieve ultimate skin rejuvenating results.

Next, decide on your focus area. I don't treat my entire face each and every treatment. I select one or two focus areas for the day. I am in my early 40s right now, so this might change as my skin care needs change. I tend to choose cheeks and forehead most of the time.

When you have chosen your focus area(s), it is time to apply your topical. Apply a pea-sized amount of the Kinetic Treatment Serum to each desired treatment area every time you use the Conture Device.

Using the device settings on the back of the Conture, choose the appropriate treatment setting. “FACE” is the default setting and works for most focus areas. You can also choose "NECK" or "MILD".

It is time to tone the treatment area. Slowly glide the device over the desired treatment area. I like to use the recommended paths shown on conture.com on the discover the science tab. You will glide the device every 3-5 pulses, or a maximum of 5 seconds before each glide. Repeat this as many times as needed to fully cover treatment area. 

Complete your treatment by applying either the Kinetic AM Ignition Lotion in the morning, or the Kinetic PM Recovery Crème at night. Follow up with you own favorite moisturizer. The result? Skin that feels as smooth as a baby's bottom!

Stay tuned for part 3 of my Conture System blog series. It will feature my final results after using the Three Speed Conture System for three months. Visit conture.com to learn more about the Three Speed Conture System. You can also connect with Conture on Facebook and Twitter. Use the code alittleumbrella25 to receive 25% off your order!

February 11, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Are you in search of the perfect Valentine's Day gift? Let me play cupid! I have chosen some of my favorite things for my Valentine's Day gift guide. Your sweetie will love these unique, clever, and fabulous gifts!

Whether your sweetheart is a significant other, a friend, or a relative, they'll for sure adore receiving deliciously unique candies at their doorstep. Candy Club's 3, 6, and 12-month gift subscriptions are the ultimate sweet gesture, sending delectably unique candy selections straight to a loved one's door! I chose three sweet treats including: Sweet's Pink Grapefruit Fruit Sours, Arway Dark Chocolate Nonpareils, and Vidal Smoochers Gummi Lips! The packaging of Candy Club is amazing and it even came sprinkled with Atomic Fireballs! Right now you can get $20 off your Candy Club purchase - so hot!

Before you pucker up this Valentine’s Day, make sure you have smooth, moisturized lips. Have a spa session at home with your bae as you soothe dry, cracked lips with an intense hydrating treatment thanks to Masque Bar Intensive Lip Care Gel Patches. Enriched with Shea Butter, Cranberry Extract, Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E, these intensive lip care gel patches intensely hydrate and soothe chapped lips. The long lasting moisture makes your lips soft, supple, smooth and kissable. Especially made with a unique lip-shaped patch, this advanced hydro-gel formula is the most effective and convenient way to protect lips and sensitive lip areas. Perfect for soft, kissable lips to show off in your V-Day selfie.

The Wellington from Sunglass Warehouse is the hero of all sunglasses. This classic style is part round, part browline, and all-around hot. The metal frame is sleek and modern, while still maintaining its retro roots. I chose the white frame with amber lenses. But it also comes in black, brown and grey! It is the perfect gift for him or her.

Soap & Paper Factory Petite Perfume Oils are made from only the finest ingredients. The premium oils hydrate the skin while leaving it lightly fragranced. The scents are housed in sleek, shatter-proof bottles that slip easily into your travel bag. Simply roll the scent onto your pressure points for the perfect touch of fragrance. These luxurious perfume oils are available in Verbena, Green Tea, Jasmine, Gardenia and Lavender. I tried Gardenia (floral with a hint of coconut) and Lavender (relaxing lavender with a touch of bergamot).

Treat your mouth to an enticing way to clean on the go with Marvis Travel Toothpastes. Marvis flavors are created by offsetting the aroma of mint, to provide the freshness you need. They feature innovative notes to offer you a long-lasting pleasurable taste sensation that can be different every day. The luxury flavored toothpastes that I received in the gift set were: Cinnamint, Classic Mint, Ginger Mint, Jasmin Mint, Aquatic Mint, Whitening Mint and Amarelli Licorice. What a fun way to get your mouth kissable and minty fresh!

Nothing says "I love you" quite like monthly deliveries of subscription boxes! Don't just gift them one day a year - gift them monthly! From beauty to fitness, check out my favorite subscription boxes and find your fave! Most will allow you to print a gift subscription card so the recipient will know what they are receiving!

Find It :: Click below to find the products mentioned in this post!
  1. Candy Club Premium Candies $20 off
  2. Masque Bar Intensive Lip Care Gel Patches $8
  3. Wellington Sunglasses $13.95
  4. Soap & Paper Factory Petite Perfume Oils $16
  5. Marvis Toothpaste Flavor Collection Gift Set $36
  6. Subscription Boxes varies

January 29, 2017

GA-DE Cosmetics #GadeCosmetics #FeeltheBeauty

GA-DE Cosmetics is a new brand for me. I found out that it offers a full range of high quality yet affordable color cosmetics, nail products, skincare products and fragrances. I was sent a few products from GA-DE Cosmetics to try!

My favorite product was definitely the Crystallic Luminous Silky Blush in the shade Jewel Blush. The silky shimmery formula is stunning. This glamorous collection of luminous blush shades offer pure color with a satin veil touch, and prismatic shine. How beautiful is that embossed woven lace motif? The packaging is perfect. This collection offers four sophisticated, stylish rose shades for cheeks.

I also received True Color Satin Lipstick in Papaya Sorbet. This lipstick range offers caressing colors with high shine and extreme comfort. The innovative gel-based formulation features advanced shiny polymers for luminous shine with rich dimension. Enriched with nourishing hop extract, a natural plumping active, the satin texture glides on easily, providing smooth moisture. I love this shade.

Next is the second product I loved from my samples. It is the Crystal Lights Lip Gloss in Sunstone. Beautiful shimmery lip gloss in a light-up tube with a mirror. What more could a girl want? This smooth and silky lip gloss is enriched with light-reflecting, high-shine crystal pearls. It features innovative and luxurious packaging with a built-in mirror and a light that turns on when you open the tube! Love it!

From left to right above: Crystallic Luminous Silky Blush in Jewel Blush, True Color Satin Lipstick in Papaya Sorbet, and Crystal Lights Lip Gloss in Sunstone. What a stunning palette!

I also received Crystal Glow Nail Enamel in Secret Dream. This exclusive high-pigmented formula strengthens nails as it delivers high-shine color and an easy application. It comes in classic and trend-defining shades in range of effects: crème, pearl and metal.

What do you think of GA-DE Cosmetics? 

Connect :: Visit gadecosmetics.com for more information on their full range of high quality and affordable cosmetics. Connect with GA-DE Cosmetics on Facebook.


Full-Busted Women Get Flirty

Full-busted women have a hard time finding cute intimates. So when Olga sent me these samples from the Flirty Line, I was excited to try them! This new collection provides stylish, supportive bras to more women in the brand's largest size range offering ever.

The Olga Flirty Collection is sexy and youthful. The bras and panties for fuller-busted women come in new extended sizing (up to 46 bands and G and H cups). This is an exciting alternative to the traditionally expensive intimates that have typically only been available at specialty stores.

The Olga Flirty line is available in select Kohl's and Macy's stores and online. This #FearlesslyFlirty collection helps women of all sizes feel confident, flaunt their curves and exude a flirty attitude. The collection includes four bra styles - a balconette, deep plunge, deep plunge with lace and an unlined underwire - along with a coordinating panty.

I received the Lace Unlined Full-Figure Bra in animal print with coordinating panty. Isn't it cute? Finally cute intimates that actually fit! Just in time for Valentine's Day, get some for you or your sweetie!

Connect :: Visit olgaintimates.com for more information on the Olga Flirty collection. 

Buy It :: You can purchase Olga Flirty at Kohl's and Macy's. Bras are $45 each and panties are $12.50 each.


January 2017 NewBeauty TestTube

NewBeauty TestTube is a beauty solution sampling program enabling members the opportunity to try a variety of the latest breakthrough beauty products before investing in them. Every other month, they hand-select high-end, luxury beauty products and deliver them straight to your door. They also tell you how the products work, their key ingredients, and how to fit them into your daily beauty regimen. If you subscribed in the past, NewBeauty is a little different now. They now offer more products (10+) in each tube. Also, each tube is dedicated to solving your biggest makeup, skin, hair and body concerns. This is what I found in a the January 2017 TestTube.

Love Light Lips Gloss with Mirror
This healing lip gloss has an ingredient lineup that includes aloe, jojoba oil, vitamin E and shea butter to repair damage and instantly improve the look and texture of your lips. It includes a light up tube and a mirror on the back! This shade is called Bliss.

Osmosis Skincare StemFactor
From discoloration to wrinkles, more than 150 different skin growth factors from adult stem cells are at the center of this serum that builds new collagen and elastin to address all signs of aging.

Bebella Probiotic Products
Infused with natural probiotics, this system provides a protective shield both internally and externally to ward off any imbalances in the skin and rejuvenate it from within.

Grande Cosmetics Grande Brow-Fill
This tinted brush-on gel is infused with mini fibers and peptides that adhere to even the thinnest brows to fill in sparse areas, build and define arches. Plus it tames and conditions unruly hairs. This shade is Dark (too dark for me).

Christie Brinkley Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish
I already use and love this product. This is a creamy scrub that’s kind to skin while clearing pores, refining texture and stimulating skin turnover for a purified, smooth complexion.

Goldwell Stylesign Big Finish Volume Spray
This must-have spray counts UVA/UVB filters and antioxidants as key ingredients designed to add shine and flexibility to any style.

VBeauté Rub Off
Refresh your complexion with this 3-in-1 formula. Containing Alpine Rose Botanical Technology and other key ingredients, it cleanses, exfoliates and help temporarily tighten the look of skin for a more rejuvenated appearance. This one is full sized and is valued at $24 just on its own.

Spongellé Body Buffer with Built In Cleanser
Also full-sized, this body wash-infused sponge and skin smoother in one, is an innovative, in-shower product helps smooth areas prone to cellulite. It also detoxifies skin with help from natural ingredients.

Truist Skincare Lotion-Infused Moisturizing Gloves
Designed with soft cloth and a barrier that keeps lotion inside the glove, this deeply hydrating treat fits right into your schedule for a spa-like experience at home.

Miss Spa Detoxifying Self Heating Facial Crème Mask
This luxe self-heating mask warms and purges skin of pore-clogging oil to keep sebum production and midday shine at a minimum. It feels fantastic!

Every other month, NewBeauty will deliver ten (or more) full-size and deluxe must-have products straight to your door. A one year subscription to NewBeauty Magazine is also included with your annual subscription!

Subscribe :: You can subscribe to the NewBeauty TestTube for $29.95 + tax every other month. There are six tubes available per year.


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