Friday, May 5, 2017

L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Liquid Foundation | Review & Wear Test

Everyone and their mom has been talking about the L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Foundation.  Any surprised I had to try it?

L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Liquid Foundation
Facts from the L.A. Girl site:
PRO.coverage high-definition long wear illuminating liquid foundation is ideal for a flawless looking, full coverage finish. Lightweight formula is comfortable for all day wear. Paraben free formula with added anti-oxidants helps hydrate and improve the skin's appearance. Now available to extend the color range even further, an innovative white foundation mixer to adjust and customize color.

Price: $7.17 [Amazon]
Amount: 0.95 Fluid Ounce
Shades: 16 Shades [too many to not have many darker shades though, boo]

So lets state the obvious and get that out of the way - the L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Foundation packaging is a dupe for the Makeup Forever HD and Ultra HD bottle.  I have the regular Makeup Forever HD but never tried the Ultra HD since I heard it wasn't great for oily skin types.  Both are supposed to give a pro flawless look, and the packaging is dead on for a dupe.  I'm not sure if the L.A. Girl is really supposed to be a 100% formula dupe, but both give a satin finish (neither matte nor dewy).  L.A. Girl also has skincare benefits built in to hydrate and improve skin's appearance.  It is also paraben free (amazing).

The line also has a White toned color which I think is pretty cool.  You can use it like the Cover FX drops to lighten a foundation you have which might be too dark.  Great for those foundations you buy online or in bad store lighting.  I actually might pick this up too since I have a lot of foundations in a summer and winter shade and see how it works!

The shade in Light is dead-on for me, so if you know you're in my shade range (NC 20 - as per usual, see all my other comparisons below) try this one out.  I used the Real Techniques Stippling Brush to apply this and it went on beautifully.  It's not fully dewy, but I would call it more of a satin finish and is medium coverage that's buildable.  I prefer a medium coverage with a satin finish so this foundation is perfect for me!

L.A. Girl Pro Foundation - Light
Wear Test:  I wore this for at least six to eight hours each time I tested it and it really held its weight.  It wasn't breaking down a lot and I didn't look greasy even without primer or setting spray.  This is definitely one of my top drugstore foundations now and has found its way into my eDiva foundation Drawer (which holds my faves and go-to's).  Powders I tried with it so far are the Maybelline Better Skin and Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder.

L.A. Girl Pro Foundation - Light
I also have the L.A. Girl Pro Concealer which is super amazing but I need to get it in a lighter shade.

What's On My Face
Maybelline Better Skin Powder - Nude Beige 25
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - Light 20
Milani Baked Blush - Corallina
L’Oréal Telescopic - Black
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My Foundation Shade Comparisons:
MAC -- NC 20-25

MAC Studio Fix Powder -- NC30
Makeup Forever HD -- 130 Warm Ivory
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation -- Light 48
Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation -- Medium 52
Urban Decay Naked -- 3.0
Bare Minerals -- Medium Beige N20

Tarte Amazonian Clay  Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation -- Light-Medium Neutral
Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation -- Light
Revlon Colorstay Combo/Oily -- Sand Beige 180 [winter] / Medium Beige 240 [summer]
Revlon Colorstay Whipped -- Medium Beige 250
Neutrogena Healthy Skin -- Nude
Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear -- Nude 40
Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation -- Nude 40

L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Liquid Foundation - Light
Rimmel Long Lasting 25H Foundation -- Ivory 100 [winter] / Nude Beige 200 [summer]
Maybelline Fit Me! Matte - Nude Beige 125
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse -- Nude (Light 4)
Maybelline Dream Smooth -- Nude Beige 180

Maybelline Dream Wonder -- Nude 40
L'Oréal Magic Nude -- Natural Buff 318
L'Oréal True Match -- N3 Natural Buff

L'Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion -- N2 Classic Ivory

e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation SPF 15 -- Sand [winter] / Buff [summer]
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous -- Buff Beige 825
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 -- Nude Beige 832

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Toddler Easter Basket [NO Candy] | Easter 2017

Here is what Baby Beauty got in her 2017 Easter basket...


Moana DVD/Blu-ray
We just got a BluRay player plus these Disney DVDS usually come with the coupon code for the digital download.  We don't give Little Beauty the iPad often, but we do travel on long car rides to our parents so we use it for that.

Moana Plush Doll
Kept with the slightly Moana theme - this was just too darn cute!  Baby Beauty hasn't wanted to put this down and she didn't even finish the movie yet!

Moana Follow Your Heart Color and Activity Book with Stickers
Again, a little something for the Moana theme

Disney Frozen Memory Game
Beauty loves a little game of Memory that came in her Highlights magazine that has different dressed up snowmen.  She lays them all out herself and calls them her "tickets" and always asks to play.  Since they are paper, they are about falling apart at this time.  She loves Frozen so this game was perfect! 

Sesame Street Paint with Water Activity Book - Elmo Imagines
I saw this on a YouTube channel I watch and since Beauty loves Sesame Street, and especially Elmo, right now I thought this would be perfect.

The Eleventh Hour book
I remembered this book from when I was younger, and even though Beauty is a little young for it, I thought she would love the illustrations (what the author is known for) and she could grow into it.  If you haven't seen this book, the book is a game that you need to solve.  It's kind of like Clue but with animals instead of people.  The clues are very cleverly hidden in the pictures and story.

Strega Nona book
This is another book I remembered from when I was younger, and loved all the spaghetti!  Little One got a kick out of it too!

Other Ideas:
Puzzles
Paints
Crayons
Craft Supplies
Play Doh

Saturday, April 8, 2017

e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation SPF 15 | Foundation Review


Every beauty guru raves about the e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation and how it really does give a super flawless finish.  Well of course I had to check it out!  The first color I got, Buff, was too dark for me and looked a bit muddy, so I ordered the lighter shade, Sand, at Target and it's much more my winter shade {see my shade comparisons below}.


e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation SPF 15
From the e.l.f. site:
This full-coverage and oil-free formula blends in naturally for a beautiful semi-matte finish.
The foundation includes UVA/UVB SPF 15 sun protection to protect your skin.
Price: $6 [Target]
Amount: 0.68 ounces
Shades: 10 on e.l.f. website [6 at Target]
SPF: 15

This foundation reminded me a lot of the Rimmel 25H Foundation [see my full review here] in that it felt super heavy and weird at first before I learned you need to use a super light hand with it.  It's pretty full coverage right from the get go and easily gets overdone.

I found this is best applied with a damp beautyblender or Real Techniques sponge or even your fingers.  Both ways are much preferable over a brush (I used a Real Techniques foundation brush and didn't like it every time I applied it with that).


e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation
Average drugstore foundations usually come with 1 fluid once.  For $6 you're getting a little bit less foundation than you normally would get, however, that's a huge deal because many drugstore foundations can run $8 upwards of $13.  Considering that, the price point isn't terrible.


e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation

Wear Test:
I wore this for five to eight hours each time and I enjoyed the way it looked a lot.  I think it wore down nicely but wasn't breaking up or making me super oily.  The only dislike was that its a heavier feeling foundation - in that I can feel it on my skin more than other foundations.  The look of it makes up for that though and I will be keeping these around!

What Else is on My Face:
Elf Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing Powder - Fair/Light
NYX Blush - Dusty Rose
L'Oréal Telescopic Mascara - Blackest Black
I Envy by Kiss Wing it Gel Eyeliner with Stencil - Black (review coming soon)
Rimmel Stay Glossy Lipgloss - Blushing Belgraves

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My Foundation Shade Comparisons:
MAC -- NC 20-25

MAC Studio Fix Powder -- NC30
Makeup Forever HD -- 130 Warm Ivory
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation -- Light 48
Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation -- Medium 52
Urban Decay Naked -- 3.0
Bare Minerals -- Medium Beige N20

Tarte Amazonian Clay  Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation -- Light-Medium Neutral
Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation -- Light
Revlon Colorstay Combo/Oily -- Sand Beige 180 [winter] / Medium Beige 240 [summer]
Revlon Colorstay Whipped -- Medium Beige 250
Neutrogena Healthy Skin -- Nude
Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear -- Nude 40
Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation -- Nude 40

Rimmel Long Lasting 25H Foundation -- Ivory 100 [winter] / Nude Beige 200 [summer]
Maybelline Fit Me! Matte - Nude Beige 125
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse -- Nude (Light 4)
Maybelline Dream Smooth -- Nude Beige 180

Maybelline Dream Wonder -- Nude 40
L'Oréal Magic Nude -- Natural Buff 318
L'Oréal True Match -- N3 Natural Buff

L'Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion -- N2 Classic Ivory

e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation SPF 15 -- Sand [winter] / Buff [summer]
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous -- Buff Beige 825
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 -- Nude Beige 832


Monday, April 3, 2017

Empties #3 | Products I've Used Up

Time to talk trash again!  Here are the products I have used up since my last empties post, as well as a few products that just needed to get...well...trashed.

Empties #1
Empties #2

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Makeup:
Mabelline Ultra Liner - Waterproof, Black {see duel vs. NYC Liner here}
If you read my review you knew my full feelings on this one...I haven't used it since and it just needed to go.  NOT REPURCHASED!

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm - Grape Vine
This was just terrible.  I know a lot of people love or hate the Babylips line.  I don't mind the medicated Dr Rescue version (but it's only ok).  The regular version dried out my lips even more.  I would put it on before bed and end up with a weird stain around my mouth (that sounds...bad) and cracked lips.  NOT REPURCHASED!

Hair:
Dove Coconut & Hydration Shampoo
I love, love, love this shampoo.  I also use the Dove Color Care Shampoo but it's harder to find in my area so I keep this in my shower as well.  Love the light scent, and it gives my hair just the right amount of hydration (I have more oily hair).  ALREADY REPURCHASED!

Aveeno Living Color - Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner
I liked this, but it was another one that was getting harder to find.  I kept this in my travel bag and used it a lot when my hair was dyed red to keep the color longer.  Loved the scent but my hair did feel weighed down a bit sometimes.  ON THE FENCE.

Face:
Soap and Glory Peaches and Cream Deep Cleansing Milk {full review here}
Ugh, I wanted to love this so much.  I love the scent, but it just didn't do enough for me.  It definitely didn't remove any more makeup than a normal face wash.  However, I do love their Vitamin C cleanser {review here}.  This is the only Soap and Glory product that's been a disappointment so far!  NOT REPURCHASED!

Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser
Love this face cleanser.  I love the way it smells, the way it makes my face feel, the pump, everything.  REPURCHASED!

Avalon Organics Intense Defense Oil-Free Moisturizer {full review here}
I really wished this had worked out.  I wanted a natural moisturizer and thought the Vitamin C would perk my skin up and add some "glow."  No go.  NOT REPURCHASED!

Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask
Yes, this does have a "stinging" sensation as you put it on, but after a minute it settles down to a cooling, menthol like feeling.  Probably best not for sensitive skin, but I liked it and thought the results were nice.  WOULD REPURCHASE!

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes - Hydrating
I love these wipes.  They're nice and thick as well as super saturated with the makeup remover.  I have felt a little sting around my eyes at times, but not enough to stop me from using them.  Definitely better than the Target brand.  Leaves a nice hydrated feeling behind.  WILL DEFINATELY REPURCHASE!

Body:
Soap and Glory Hand Food
Love this hand lotion.  Really moisturizes and I love the scent even though I am not a marshmallow fan.  ALREADY REPURCHASED!

Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream
Awesome hand lotion - sinks in quickly and is a super saver for dry, cracked hands.  The bottle lasts forever and it's a good price.  WILL DEFINATELY REPURCHASE!

Udderly Smooth Hand Cream
My dad had some Udderly Smooth at his house and I loved it.  It almost reminded me of the Aveeno one above, but had like a minty smell and coolness to it.  This was not the same at all.  It was super hard to rub in, and make my hands so weird and hard to wash later (like no soap would get through).  WOULDN'T REPURCHASE!

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Love Neutrogena, love this!  Sinks in fully, makes hand super smooth and all that weird winter crepeyness gone, baby, gone.  A lifesaver.  ALREADY REPURCHASED!

Bodycology Runaway Heart Exfoliating Sugar Scrub
Great body scrub.  My mother-in-law got this for me at Harmon and I really enjoyed it.  It's just the right amount of scrub, not too harsh, not too little (said Goldilocks to Bear).  I actually liked the scent a lot too - it reminded me of Twilight Woods from Bath and Body Works which is one of my favorite scents from B&BW.  WILL DEFINATELY REPURCHASE!

Baby Beauty:
Burt's Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash - Calming
I talked about this in a BabyBeauty Favorites post.  We love Burt's Bees and Baby Bee around here, and this is no exception.  Gentle on toddler skin, no harmful chemicals, and the scent is just amazing.  ALREADY REPURCHASED!

Burt's Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion - Calming
Another Baby Bee favorite, and again, the scent is wonderful.  This is super hydrating and not greasy if it gets on little feet and hands.  Baby Beauty now has the pump version and likes to take some out and rub it on her own hands, legs, and belly.  ALREADY REPURCHASED!

Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion - Lavender & Vanilla
This lotion is slightly lighter in texture than the Baby Bee one, but soaks in quickly and leaver her skin super soft.  The scent is super nice as well, and very relaxing.  WILL DEFINATELY REPURCHASE!

What products have you used up recently?  Have you used any of the ones I mentioned above?  What did you think?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rimmel Long Lasting Finish 25H Foundation with Comfort Serum

Rimmel is one of those brands that has a few cult classics you constantly hear about but otherwise sometimes gets forgotten.  After hearing about this drugstore foundation forever now, I knew I had to try it out!
Instant perfect coverage that feels extra comfortable and lasts all day
- Blends flawlessly, seamlessly, instantly and easily into the skin
- Sweat, heat, humidity and transfer proof for up to 25 hours

Price: $4.79 @ Target
Amount: 1 fluid ounce / 30 ml
Shades: 7 Shades

I bought this foundation in 100 Ivory and 200 Nude Beige.  I bought Nude Beige first, but it's definitely more my summer color so I bought Ivory too since I thought this was going to be a keeper.  Ivory is perfect for my winter shade {see shade comparisons below}.

Rimmel 25H Foundation in 100 Ivory, nothing else
After wearing this quite a few times in both shades, I can say I really like it!  I've learned that you need to use a light hand with it, because it's full coverage right from the get-go.  Two coats is really not necessary with this foundation and leads to looking over the top and way too much, in my opinion.

The claims of the foundation being sweat, heat, and humidity proof are pretty dead on.  I wore this on day we were on vacation in Virginia and wasn't expecting the day to be as hot as it turned out to be, and this stuff stayed put!  No running or dripping off.

I've tried this with a few different powders, including the Rimmel Stay Matte and they all look great. 

The only downside is that you definitely will feel this on your face.  It's not heavy or pore-clogging, but not one of those ones where it feels super natural and like nothing either.  So if that bothers you, then this might not be a foundation for you.  It's not noticeably to bother me though.  There are also only seven shades, and not many for my darker skinned beauties, so that's a big bummer.

Overall, great foundation, makes everything look super flawless!  If you love Revlon ColorStay, check out Rimmel Long Lasting Finish 25H foundation!


On my face:

Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in Light

Maybelline Better Skin Powder in 25 Nude Beige

NYX Blush in Dusty Rose

L'Oréal Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black (910)

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My Foundation Shade Comparisons:
MAC -- NC 20-25

MAC Studio Fix Powder -- NC30
Makeup Forever HD -- 130 Warm Ivory
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation -- Light 48
Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation -- Medium 52
Urban Decay Naked -- 3.0
Bare Minerals -- Medium Beige N20

Tarte Amazonian Clay  Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation -- Light-Medium Neutral
Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation -- Light
Revlon Colorstay Combo/Oily -- Sand Beige 180 [winter] | Medium Beige 240 [summer]
Revlon Colorstay Whipped -- Medium Beige 250
Neutrogena Healthy Skin -- Nude
Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear -- Nude 40
Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation -- Nude 40

Rimmel Long Lasting 25H Foundation -- Ivory 100 [winter] / Nude Beige 200 [summer]
Maybelline Fit Me! Matte - Nude Beige 125
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse -- Nude (Light 4)
Maybelline Dream Smooth -- Nude Beige 180

Maybelline Dream Wonder -- Nude 40
L'Oréal Magic Nude -- Natural Buff 318
L'Oréal True Match -- N3 Natural Buff

L'Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion -- N2 Classic Ivory
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous -- Buff Beige 825
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 -- Nude Beige 832

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Simple Addiction | Outfit in a Box

Simple Addiction is a website that offers clothing for adults and kids, home goods, as well as accessories like jewelry and shoes.

I got a chance to try out their Outfit in a Box, which sends you three pieces all coordinated to match and be worn together.  Some outfits include two tops and leggings, while others have a top, legging, and an accessory like a piece of jewelry or scarf.  There are many styles and prints to choose from, and there is sure to be one for everyone's sense of style. 

If you are terrible at pairing outfits like I am, the fact that you can get a complete outfit already paired and matched is fantastic.  On top of that, it comes right to your door!  I tend to pair basic boring solids and not go to much out of my comfort zone with colors or prints, so Outfit in a Box is a great service for me.

I chose the Millie Outfit which originally retails for $44.99 but was on sale for $32.99.  The Millie includes a 3/4 sleeve camo top, army green leggings, and a sparkly necklace.


The Millie - Top, Leggings, AND Necklace

The camo top reminds me of the Randy T from LuLaRoe in the buttery leggings material and the Simple Addiction leggings are almost a dupe for the LuLaRoe leggings too!  So if you love the buttery softness of LuLaRoe but not the price tag, check these out!  Both pieces are so super comfy and the army green is totally up my ally!

New outfits for Outfit in a Box are introduced every Saturday around 7:30am.  They're listed for 2 days, or until sold out.

The Millie Outfit
Simple Addiction is offering my readers 15% off by using the discount code is SARAH15.  This is a great opportunity to try them out and get a discount off their already low prices!

Disclaimer: Simple Addiction sent me an Outfit in a Box to try out for review purposes.  I was not otherwise compensated or paid to write this post or to give them a positive review.  100% honesty...as always.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk | Skincare Sunday

Welcome back to Skincare Sunday!  Since I have been loving all the Soap and Glory products I have been trying recently.  After how much I loved the Vitamin C cleanser [read my full review here], I thought I would pick up the Peaches and Clean version to try it out.

Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk
A four-in-one deep cleansing milk
PEACHES AND CLEAN™ Deep Cleansing Milk features a special clogged-pore formula with PEACH & GOJUICE™ extracts and an OXYGINSENG™ daily skin detox which will help to purify and clarify, invigorate, soften skin, and melt away makeup, dirt, and impurities for a smooth, luminous complexion.

Price: $10.99 [Target - goes on sale, can use 5% Red Card discount]
Product Amount: 11.8 oz

The scent is amazing - like fresh Peaches with a bit of mint.  It wakes up my face up with it's minty scent and light refreshing feel on the face.  The packaging is great too - love the pump.  I keep it in my shower and it's so easy to use - just squirt a few pumps into my hands and wash.

The formula doesn't lather up at all.  I've used cleansers that don't get full-on frothy like the Origins Checks and Balances Face Wash [read my full review here] or the Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser but this one is different in that it stays the same milky texture you see in the bottle.  I don't think I've ever used a milk cleanser before, so maybe I just didn't know what to expect texture wise.


Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Cleansing Milk

One of the claims is that it melts off makeup.  I don't think it does a better job than any other face wash, but it still feels nice at the end of the day and makes my face feel buttery smooth.

The product amount for the price is also really good.  You get about twice the amount of an average drugstore price which makes it the same or less than the amount per ounce.

Overall, as much as I loved the refreshing scent and awesome packaging, I will be sticking with the Vitamin C cleanser from now on just because I personally like a deeper clean.  This product would be great for people with skin more on the normal to dry side or sensitive skin as it isn't as harsh as most cleansers and the smell is amazing

Friday, February 17, 2017

Peloton Bike App | Fitness Friday

A friend and I were chatting about fitness stuff recently and she inspired me to work on myself and my fitness even more this year.  I had been coming off a bad month of fibromyalgia flare after a cold took me down (colds really do my muscles in and leave me with no energy) but I am finally back at the fitness game.

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A while back I wrote a review of my Bladez Master GS bike [read the review here] and I've been loving it but wanted to push myself further.  So I decided to try out the Peloton app, which has live and on demand cycling classes all from the comfort of your own home.


The app is perfectly set up and easy to navigate.  There are classes from 5 to 10 minutes all the way up to 120 minutes.  There are both male and female trainers to choose from and a variety of ride styles like Endurance, Metrics, and different theme rides like Hip Hop or 90's rides.  You can ride live or on-demand once classes are over.  The On-Demand filter let's you narrow down your choices by time, theme, and trainer to make what you are in tthe mood for easy to find.  My favorite rides have been by Alex Toussaint, especially his Bless Up rides - definitely check them out! (And I love his motivational quotes so I included a few here).


Peloton App - Available Classes


Feel Good.  Look Good.  Do Better.  - Alex Toussaint

As for the bikes, a quick comparison in price (Peloton vs my Bladez):

The Peloton bike costs $1995, plus $39 a month for the workout app/plan.  The bike includes weight racks behind the seat and a water bottle holder.  There are a few accessory packages such as The Essentials Package which includes Peloton spin shoes with cleats, hand weights, and headphones for $149.

My Bladez Master GS was around $500 (on Wayfair) and the Peloton app for iPhone/iPad is $12.99 a month or $5.99 for a week.  The app gives you the freedom that if you were on vaca or away but had access to a bike rental or a hotel gym with a bike you could get the week and still sneak in some fit time.

currently use the Shimano WR42 in Black ($79.99) with SPD cleats I transferred from my last pair since they were in good shape.  I also use 2lb and 5 lb C9 weights from Target ($3).

My only other accessories are: my Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor (around $63) and my iPad Air 2 ($499 on sale at Target) in an OtterBox Defender series case that can be positioned in multiple angles for easy viewing on my bike.

Using the app at home with a solid bike is a great option, especially if you already have an iPad, iPhone, or some other device you can use the app on.  There are lots of stationary bikes on Amazon with great reviews that are $500 or under.  The Peloton bike looks amazing.  I love the added weight and water bottle holders but my home set up is working out pretty darn great right now.  The app is keeping things fresh and interesting.

Overall I have been so pleased with the Peloton app and have continued my subscription after my free trial expired.  I highly recommend it for those with bikes at home, at a gym (earphones!), or for those looking for a bike as a way to stay motivated.  For less than half of ONE Soul Cycle class you can get a months worth of spin classes plus their growing Beyond the Ride classes like yoga, strength training, cool downs, and stretching.

"Smile.  You woke up today.  Don't look so damn mad." - Alex Toussaint

The Peloton Cycle app is available on the iTunes Store.

Again, please check out my bike review here and let me know what your favorite workout apps and home workouts are in the comments below!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

EcoTools Brushes

My collection of EcoTools brushes is growing so I wanted to do a post on them.  EcoTools makes super affordable brushes that are such good quality that I keep coming back to them.

EcoTools are 100% cruelty free, vegan, made with recycled materials, have all bamboo handles, and use eco friendly, tree free packaging.

The bamboo handles are smooth and easy to hold and the bristles are super soft and blend makeup like a dream.  They make all their products in eco conscious practices which is fantastic.  More reason to love them!

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EcoTools Eye, Bronzer, and Fan Brushes

Here are the brushes I own from EcoTools:

Eye Enhancing Duo Set - $5.79 @ Target
I use these double ended brushes almost every time I do my eye makeup.  They are dense enough to pack on color but the bristles are super super soft.  This kit is so affordable and you basically get four brushes for about five bucks!

Domed Bronzer Brush - $7.99 @ Target
Don't let the name fool you here - this brush is great for bronzer, but it's also great for powder and powder foundation.  Great handle, and so soft!

Fan Brush - $4.00 @ Amazon
This is my newest EcoTools brush and I love it!  I thought it might pick up too much color at first but it doesn't - it's the perfect brush for highlighter.  I've been using it with The Manizer Sisters Highlighter Palette and it does great even with the small pans in it.

I will definitely be adding to my EcoTools collection and am super excited about their new line.  They are constantly adding to their collections so check out EcoTools at Target or on their website.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Toddler Restaurant Busy Bag | Ju-Ju-Be Be Quick

As I have mentioned before I watched a lot of diaper bag videos before baby beauty came along.  I always loved the idea of a small activity bag for children for restaurants that you can pull out while you wait for your food.

If you saw my recent post, you know that I switched from my Skip Hop Duo Double [full review here and packing post here] to a Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. because we carry less now and wanted something more compact with a backpack style [read my full review of the B.F.F. here].

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Most times if we are at a restaurant I just leave the diaper bag in the car and grab the Be Quick and bring that in - so quick and easy.

Ju-Ju-Be Be Quick in Charcoal Roses
Here is what we keep in our restaurant busy bag/clutch for our 3 year old:
Table Toppers in Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty - Baby Beauty loves to count all the different activites and tell me what colors she sees and what characters.
Doc McStuffins Mini Coloring Pages - these come with markers and my daughter loves Doc!
Crayola Crayons - Regular and Triangle (the Triangles don't roll off the table)
Play Pack Grab & Go - fantastic because they're an all in one with crayons, coloring book, and stickers
Extra Stickers - who doesn't love stickers?!  These are ballerinas - she loves them!
Crayola Actvity Pad - this doesn't fit in the Be Quick but it does fit in the bottom of the diaper bag and has great activities.  It's almost like a bigger version of the Grab & Go.  It comes with markers and has different activities.  We love the Doc McStuffins, Finding DoryFrozen, and Minions ones so far!


Ju-Ju-Be Be Quick in Charcoal Roses with activities
We keep the crayons, coloring pages, and tables toppers each in their own small plastic bag, so each is easy to pull out.  This keeps the activity kit nice and organized.

Many of these items will work for kids of any age and you can rotate out what you put in based on age and what characters they like at the time and to keep things fresh and new!

Updated packing/what's in my diaper bag post up next!  Stay tuned!

What do you keep in your busy kits and what do you store them in?  Comment below!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Soap and Glory Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash

I've been working my way through the whole Soap and Glory line since they re-released into Target.  I remember when they were in Target years ago, then pulled out to go into Sephora.  The price point when they were in Sephora was a bit high for me, but with their return to Target, I've been scooping everything up!  Be on the look out for sales too!

One of my first purchases was the Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Vitamin C Wash.  Let's take a look!

Soap and Glory Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash
From Soap and Glory's site:
FACE SOAP AND CLARITY™ 3-in-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash smoothes and purifies for super clean, fresh and bright skin. With complexion-friendly, non-drying, easy-rinse ingredients including natural SUPERFRUIT™ YUZU and ULTRA-SOFT SCRUB-BEADS, this high-tech foaming facial wash is a multitasking miracle.
Instructions for Use: CLEAN UP WELL: Squeeze a grape sized measure of this fabulous Face Soap And Clarity™ onto damp skin, rub into a lather, then rinse. Follow with eye cream, moisturizer, and spot treatment if needed.

Price: $12.00 [Target]
Product Amount: 11.8 fluid ounces // 350 ml



This face wash is one of the best face washes I have ever tried!  The slightly citrus scent is so light and refreshing and your face feels so awake after you wash and rinse it.  You only need a tiny dime sized amount to do your whole face and neck.

The microbeads aren't too much, but definitely do their job without overdoing it.  They are eco friendly as well, being made of wax instead of plastic, which I love.  No one wants to hurt Mother Earth at the expense of clean skin.  Plus, the microbeads are much softer and gentler on the skin.

While $12 may seem expensive for a face wash, you do get 11.9 fluid ounces which is over two times what you get in a normal drugstore face wash.  An average face wash is $6-8 anyhow, so I think the price point is great for what you are getting.  With a bigger bottle, you also won't run out as fast.

Definitely check out the Soap and Glory line, especially the 3-in-1 Vitamin C Facial Wash.  I think it would be great for all skin types and will leave you clean without being overdried.

After loving this wash so much I tried the Peaches and Clean Face Wash as well because of it's claims to melt off makeup and deep clean pores.  That review will be up next on Skincare Sunday!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. in Charcoal Roses | Diaper Bag Review

You all know I loved my Skip Hop Duo Double {read my full diaper bag review here and my "What's in My Diaper Bag" here}, but as Baby Beauty got bigger and wasn't needing as much, we decided to downsize to something more compact.  I also wanted something easy to carry, and easy to clean.  Enter: the JuJuBe B.F.F.  Being able to use backpack straps and/or a messenger strap PLUS the ability to machine wash it?  I was SOLD!

Ju-Ju-Be BFF in Charcoal Roses

Stats from Ju-Ju-Be's website:
This bag will be your BFF. It will also make you new BFFs because all the other ladies will want to be your friend. It might make your current BFF a little jealous, but that’s OK because she wasn’t all that good of a friend anyway.
  • Front mommy pocket holds keys (stretch key fob) and sunglasses (cleans lenses too!) with plenty of room for more! 
  • Memory foam changing pad included ... nice 'n comfy, super cushy. 
  • Quick reach pocket for cell phone. 
  • 2 exterior insulated bottle pockets … with Thinsulate by 3M. Keep it warm? Keep it cold? Sure!
  • Unique main zipper closure system makes for easy access. 
  • Picture pocket to keep photos handy when bragging to friends. 
  • Detachable and adjustable messenger strap has removable memory foam shoulder pad & can be shortened to tote strap length. 
  • Optional shoulder straps ... so versatile! 
  • Inside organization includes 4 gusseted pockets, 3 zippered pockets & lots of wide open space! 
  • Back pocket works great for diapers and wipes organization. 
  • Structured bottom with luggage feet. 
  • Teflon™ fabric protector … helps repel stains.
  • Agion® treatment protects the liner by inhibiting the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.
  • Crumb Drains ... bye-bye mess! 
  • Metal Hardware ... we don't trust any of the cheap plastic stuff. 
  • Light-Colored Linings ... you can actually see what's inside; it's not just a big black hole in there.
  • Machine Washable ... air dry.


Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. in Charcoal Roses

The B.F.F. is amazing!  It's the perfect size for what we need right now, and I could still fit more in.  You could easily use this for a baby, even with bottles and formula, change if clothes, and all those other emergency 'just in case' items baby needs.  I don't even use the back two zippered pockets inside, however, I could put what I have in the interior bottle pockets in those and still have room for more cups or bottles.  As an overpacker, I always thought I needed a bigger bag but with the right organization and all the pockets in the BFF, this bag could even work for more than one child.  I love all the interior pockets for organizing, I just wish the picture holders were another big zip pocket (like the one below them) or two smaller zip pockets for added storage.


Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. inside and pockets

I love, love, love the backpack straps!  This was my major reason for getting this bag.  It comes with a messenger strap as well so you can change up how you carry it.  The straps are super padded and so comfortable.  I always keep the backpack straps on and the messenger strap inside folded up in case I want to ever change it up.  I love the handle on top too - it's easy to grab when you're trying to get out of a booth at a restaurant or wherever - just grab and go!


Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Backpack Straps
The other game changer for me was this bag is fully machine washable - not just spot clean as most diaper bags are.  I have washed it probably 8 or 10 times and it still looks brand new!  Throw it in the wash with some delicate detergent on your machine's delicate cycle and hang to dry - it's as easy as that!  It does take 12-24 hours to dry, so I do it during the week when I know we are home and won't need it ASAP.  The changing pad takes the longest to dry so sometimes I repack the bag and leave that part at home.  It does include crumb drains so if your bag just needs a good shake out but not a wash you don't need to take everything out - just push the ickiness through the vented holes.


Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Mommy Pocket with Felt Sunglasses Case
The details on this bag are much better quality than most bags.  The all metal hardware doesn't break and includes little rhinestones (that Ju-Ju-Be replaces if lost!) on each one and it has sturdy zippers that don't get all out of whack.  The gussets on the pockets let them open wide enough so you can see everything without it all falling out.  The outside bottle pockets stretch to the size of what you put in there and are insulated.  All the stitching is super strong and the fabrics are top notch quality.  This bag is going to last you a long while.

My iPhone 6s does fit in the pocket but won't zip (it might be because of my LifeProof case) but I don't always bring my phone with me if Hubby has his.  This felt lined pocket is great for cameras, sunglasses, or any other little items you want to grab fast. My phone does fit easily in the mommy pocket.

You can find Ju-Ju-Be Diaper Bags, organizers, and accessories on their website or at BuyBuyBaby.

I will do a Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. packing and 'What's In My Diaper Bag' post again so you can see how I pack this bag, but I can fit everything I had in my Skip Hop Duo Double in here.  This is definitely usable for two kiddos!  It hold a LOT more than I thought it would.  I also have a Toddler Restaurant Busy Bag post coming up using the Ju-Ju-Be Be Quick in Charcoal Roses.  Stay tuned!