Ole Henriksen Unboxing and Review

If you’ve been paying attention to my Instagram feed than you’ve seen a sneak peek at the Ole Henriksen voxbox I was sent by the Influenster Network. Basically what was in the box was the Truth Serum Collagen Booster, the Sheer Transformation Age Defense, the Sugar Glow Face Scrub, the Vitamin C Concentrate and the Pure Truth Melting Cleanser. It sounds like a lot but they cleverly packaged it in this great sample box!

So for this review, I only had a one shot at the scrub,  vitamin c concentrate and the cleanser so my results were very preliminary since you really need to use a product for a few days to weeks in order to get real results. However, the sample of the the Collagen Booster and the Age Defense are of a good size to try out for a longer period of time. 

STEP 1. SUGAR GLOW FACE: I really liked the texture of the sugar scrub.  You can really see the grittiness of the scrub. When I start putting the scrub on my skin, I found that it’s very abrasive (like a scrub should be) but you don’t have to apply so much pressure in order to feel and see results. 

STEP 2. VITAMIN C CONCENTRATE: After you rinse the sugar scrub off, you are suppose you apply the vitamin c concentrate and let it stay on your face for a few minutes. I found that the vitamin c concentrate kind of stung a bit. I was worried that it would burn my skin but it turned out fine. I left it on for 3 minutes and then applied the Melting Cleanser.

STEP 3. PURE TRUTH MELTING CLEANSER: So this is tricky but you are NOT supposed to rinse off the Vitamin C Concentrate. Instead just apply the Melting Cleanser on top of the Vitamin C ( I know it feels kind of weird). Ironically, I didn’t feel any of the tingling or stinging after I applied the  cleanser (which it says you will on the package). I left the cleanser on for 10 minutes. BTW, don’t add water to the cleanser, just let it sit on your face. After the time has passed, use the sponge (included) to rinse the vitamin c and cleanser off. 

After the cleansing process, I applied the Sheer Transformation Age Defense cream and the Truth Serum Collagen Booster. I don’t think there is a recommended priority of which one to apply first but I applied the Age Defense cream, waited and then applied the Collagen Booster.

Overall, I really liked the steps and as I mentioned above my favorite product is probably the sugar face glow and I will probably pick this up at Sephora!  

What's In My Everyday Makeup Bag? | My Essentials

No two makeup bags are alike. Every woman carries something different in her makeup bag. Many of us have different makeup bags for different occasions. In today’s video I’m sharing with you guys what I carry in my everyday makeup bag that I take with me between my studio and my home. 

I’ve been asked about this quite a lot but didn’t think there was much significance in my makeup bag. Then one of my girlfriends pointed out that the contents of my makeup bag changes quite frequently because of my work and that’s a bit abnormal for most people. So maybe I should do one of these videos every week? Probably not a good idea.

Seriously, I experiment so much that I often have multiple makeup bags for different days like Friday night (date night), Saturday (coffee shop day) and Sunday (spa day). However, there are those favorite items that I revert to using regardless of the occasion and price isn’t even a determining factor. For example, I’m really in love with a $2 lipstick from Wet N Wild, really! It’s become my summer matte hot pink lipstick. Another product that I’ve spread out across my various cosmetic bags are the crystal nail files. In my video I mentioned that I did a review on the crystal glass nail files! Here is the review just in case you want to check it out,

Here is everything I mentioned in this video!

Denim Button Down Top -
Nude Bodycon Dress -

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat -
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind -
Physician Formula Powder -
BH Contour & Blush Palette -
Maybelline Lash Sensational -
Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar -
Wet N Wild On The Ave Lipstick -

Cosmetic Bag -
Shea Moisture Lengthening Mascara -
Shea Moisture Create Your Own Palette Tin -
Shea Moisture Mineral Blush (Casablanca Copper) -
Shea Moisture Wet/Dry Eyeshadow (Carly) -
Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow (Siren) -
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner -
Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner Crayon -
M.A.C. Spectrum Studio Finish Concealer -
Bra Back Clips -
NYX Blotting Paper -
Altoids Small Wintergreen -
Clinique Lip Duo Tenderheart -
Czech Crystal Nail Files -
DM Airplay USB -

DM Airplay Iphone App -

Vicks' ZzzQuil Unboxing and Review

Seriously, the ZzzQuil from Vicks knocked me TFO! It’s the Saturday before the 4th of July and I’m chilling in my studio trying to get some last minute work done so I can relax for the next 2 days but none of the that really happened. Instead I took a nap with "Bondie the Bear"! I filmed a quick unboxing video right before I took the ZzzQuil for a test drive on my studio sofa!

Please don’t get it confused with NyQuil because it’s totally different.  ZzzQuil is a nighttime sleep-aid liquid caps. ZzzQuil won’t "make” you sleep but it will help with the initial falling asleep problem many people have. Hopefully then your body takes over allowing you to get a full nights rest. 

I’m not typically one with sleeping problems but the occasions where I have anxiety and have trouble getting to sleep at night or I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. On those days I can definitely use ZzzQuil  and I don’t have to worry because it’s non-habit forming. The active ingredient is diphenhydramine HCI and knocks me out in about 30 minutes. Even during a mid-day extended power nap, I didn’t wake up groggy.  I also don’t like pills. The pills are really small and since they are LiquiCap form, they are extremely easy to swallow. 

If you  have tried out ZzzQuil, I’d live to hear how it worked for you - just comment or tweet about your experience on my Instagram or Twitter.   

DISCLOSER: I received this #ZzzQuil sample for testing purposes through Voxbox

Vibrant Pastel Spring Makeup Tutorial | Avon

I really love the way this look turned out but most of all I think the highlight of this look are the lashes. Mark, Avon’s trendy line makes a faux lash kit that comes with two pairs of lashes - anytime impact and after dark drama. 

Anytime Impact is made of synthetic hair, while After Dark Drama is made from natural hair. Each pair can be worn up to 3 times. I usually wear my lashes twice before I have to chuck them because I like to add some mascara to them, but that’s just me. I’ve worn the Anytime Lashes two days in a row but nothing beats that first wear, I swear! (no pun intended). Avon also includes eyelash glue, Adhere and Now - very clever naming!

Adhere and now is hypoallergenic, goes on white and dries clear. It feels like it takes a little bit longer to dry than say Duo lash glue but it gets the job done all the same.

In my video tutorial using the All Time Eye in Dew Drop, I used the Anytime Lashes and you can see that they really fill out my eyes. I also used the Precious Petals Total Kiss Up in Peony and their Bronzer in Bronzing Petals in Hawaiian Shores. Check the video details for foundation, contour and eyebrow product links.  

Avon Haul, Swatches & Mini Reviews

This Spring pastel colors are the hottest shades for lipsticks, glosses and eyeshadows. For Beauty Week, my Avon Rep, Jahna Houston sent me the latest Spring Collection from Avon called Precious Petals! I received the Nail It Duo featuring green thumb and steel magnolia shades. They are very matte but super easy to apply. I practically tried on the colors while I was typing. What I like about this particular nail polish from Avon’s Mark line is that it dries incredibly fast without using an additional product. You honestly don’t even need a top coat if you are in a rush. On top being pretty durable, the pigment in the polish is right on. One cost gives you a heavy dose of color.  On the downside, if you aren’t into shimmery metallics, than this set may not be for you. However, keep an eye out because Avon, releases new colors quite regularly.

I also got to try out the Total Kiss Up  in Orchid and Peony, which is a lipgloss that gives an extra plump lip. It is described as a 3D-Volu-Plump complex with a collagen-and-elastic blend. It is supposed to make your lips look smoother, healthier and more lush. Based on my swatches in the video, I think I am going to need a lip pencil when I do the tutorials using these closes because the pigments are very light. However, the gloss does wear pretty nice and doesn’t give you sticky lips.

She also included All Time Eyes Longwear Eyeshadow which is in a relish form instead of a powder. The color is Dew Drop. This is a very versatile shadow although it is very pigmented and in a rather pastel color. It can be worn alone or in combination with other shadows. It can be blended out for a soft eye look for daytime or intensified for a night look. The one thing you have to be careful about is how quickly this shadow dries after you apply it. If you plan on blending it, be sure to do it right away. 

There are so many looks you can create with these colors! Look out for my first tutorial with them tomorrow!