So the Posts that I had scheduled for Monday and Tuesday had an error, not sure what happened there but I’m disappointed. Anyways, enough about that I have a new product to talk about!Azure Naturals Ultimate Retinol Anti Wrinkle Serum, This is the first time I am trying a Retinol Serum, I was a little hesitant at first to try this out (as I am when I have new products I have never used before) but I decided to give it a shot.
I’m two years from turning 30 and well wrinkles are starting to form especially around my eyes, forehead and mouth so hopefully using the Retinol Serum will help prevent the wrinkles from fully forming.
Before I start let me explain what Retinol is. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that has been synthesized to allow for small portion to be applied to the skin. Retinol has been used in dietary suppliments for Vision loss.
What Azure Natural Ultimate Retinol Anti-wrinkle Serum promises is to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, improve pigmentation, skin tone and increase skin hydration levels.
You should use the Serum before bed during your nightly skin care routine. You start your routine as normal by washing, masking and toning your face. You would apply the Retinol Serum before your moisturizer, allowing for the serum to dry.
The serum is clear and not oily at all. I only applied the serum to parts of my face as needed which is my forehead, eyes and around my mouth. Since this is the first time I am using Retinol Serum I use the serum every other day.
I’ve noticed that a that some of the fine lines around my eye have started to fade slightly, and also the lines around my mouth as well. The lines on my forehead are slightly larger and deeper and I have yet to see any change.
I do recommend Azure Natural Ultimate Retinol Anti Wrinkle Serum if you are having a problem with fine lines and wrinkles, however I don’t think you should use this as a preventative. Check Out the Retinol Serum HERE
Have you ever tried a Retinol Serum before? How did that work for you?
*This product was given to me in exchange for a honest Review*
So I’ve recently purchased this from my local CVS, I’ve never tried NYX mascaras and this one caught my eye. The NYX Le Frou Frou is a Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara, this is a part of NYX Boudoir Mascara Collection. The Mascara Comes with a Dense Dome brush, that I felt the bristles felt very stiff and hard.
I had high hopes for this mascara as NYX is one of my favorite drug store brands and usually have never let me down. This mascara does Lengthen like it states however I was so disappointed with the volume it provided. I felt like it barely added any! My cheeks were relatively clean from fallout but my upper eyelid kept getting spots throughout the day from the mascara.
Although I will keep using this mascara, I don’t recommend it if you want a mascara that adds volume.
Have you tried any of NYX mascaras? How did you like them?
Can you believe this is my first Lush haul? Up until now I’ve never purchased anything from Lush. It’s not because I’ve never wanted to try any of their products, but I wanted to see then in person before I purchased any of their products and unfortunately their are no stores near my house. In Vegas I was able to visit their small store and purchase some amazing Items.
Yes Yes Yes Message Bar Volcano Foot Mask Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser
I’ve already tried the Volcano foot mask and the Cleanser so be on the lookout for those reviews coming soon.
Have you recently purchased from Lush? How do you like the products?
So The Venetian in Vegas has a Sephora right on the strip so when I passed by you know I had to walk in. This sephora was big and unfortunately I did not take pictures of the store itself I did purchase a couple of products. I’ve been looking for a nice liquid liner to use and I loved my felt tip Kat Von D Tattoo liner, but I was thinking of repurchasing it, but changed my mind and decided to buy something else.
Kat Von D Autograph Eyeliner in Black Metal Love. Anastasia Beverly Hill Brow Bar in chocolate Birthday Bonus: NARS 2 mini lip pencils Velvet Matte Lip in Cruella and Satin Lip in Rikugien
Have you purchased anything from Sephora Recently?
I am always looking new things to try out and while perusing around Rite Aid the other day I found C. Booth Mimosa Honeysuckle Shaving Oil. I’ve never heard of this brand before but it did catch my attention with it’s old school styling. Plus It’s a shaving oil and I’ve never tried that before.
I decided to use it while shaving my legs, and I decided that I absolutely love this stuff. It doesn’t clog up my razor like most shaving creams do and it makes my skin super soft. Plus I had minimal razor burn (my skin is sensitive to a razor)
Taken from Freeman Website:
‘This ultra-nourishing shave oil delivers what messy, drying creams just can’t! Apply for superior conditioning that nourishes , softens the hair, enhances razor glide, and guards against ingrown hairs. A bubbly blend of Champagne Grapes, Grapefruit, and Orange are topped off with the sweet scent of trumpet Honeysuckle.’
The one thing I don’t like so much is the scent. It’s not really citrus and not really honeysuckle it’s a weird mixture of both that somewhat assaults my sense of smell. However, just be warned that I am very sensitive to smells.
Another thing that bothers me is the size of the bottle, it’s a bit too small and I have a feeling that I will be using this up pretty fast, at least it’s not very expensive so I don’t mind too much, I just wish it was bigger.
Have you ever tried C. Booth Mimosa Honeysuckle shaving oil? What do you use to shave your legs?
So I heard of Not Soap, Radio from Birchbox (See Post HERE) and I pretty much fell in love. I decided to purchase the Bubbles, Not Carbs Temptation Resistance Exfoliating body wash because I am trying to lose weight and I just really like the message on the bottle. The ingredients include Aloe Vera Gel, Shea Butter, and Avocado oil and the scent is so pleasant with hints of mandarin and guava two smells I absolutely love.
From Not Soap, Radio website;
‘Put down that cookie, step away from the refrigerator and into warm bubbles infused with orange and horse chestnut extracts said to tone and firm skin and help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Tune in, bliss out, slough off: During bath or shower, apply a small handful to loofah or lather directly onto damp skin and gently massage in a circular motion. Dry skin, done, gone. Radiant, smooth skin in place. Perfect to use before shaving.
Discover you are better than that potato. You have the inner reserve and strength to conquer anything, slay any dragon, resist any cake. Fortitude in the face of fries. Emerge from the water finding you love yourself a little more than you did yesterday.’
It states that the scent helps reduce your craving for sweets and that Horse nut chestnut extract (which it also has) helps improve circulation and reduce cellulite. Fortunately for me I don’t have much cellulite or poor circulation so I can’t tell you if it helps on that front but as far as the temptation resistance goes well Thanksgiving just passed and I loaded up on Carbs causing me to gain Three Pounds (You guys should now be getting a hint on what my New Years Resolution is) but I’m not sure if that is just circumstance (Hello, It’s Thanksgiving you gotta eat!) or what.
I can tell you though that after washing my body with this I feel smoother than a baby’s bottom and I smell so Fresh and so Clean that I think Outkast pretty much made that song about me. I am definitely loving this stuff! I will be purchasing more from them in the future to try other scents as well as pick me up a lotion of this stuff.
If you wanna check out what Not Soap, Radio has to offer check it out HERE
Going to target for what was suppose to be a quick trip (it never is!) I realized I had to get new shampoo and Conditioner (which of course added another hour to my already LONG visit). I’ve had no luck in the Hair department lately just using products that seem to damage my already fragile hair. I’ve had breakage, oily hair, split ends and flat hair and it seems that no matter what I use it doesn’t help.Seeing Clairol Hair food Infused volume shampoo and conditioner I was intrigued and so picked up the duo and headed towards checkout.
I am so happy I picked this up, not only does my hair have more volume but it feels softer and more manageable, plus it smells amazing. So amazing even my husband loves the smell and he doesn’t like anything. I am so happy I picked this duo up! I’ve been using it for a week and a half and the results are great. I am definitely going to keep using this!
Have you ever tried Clairol Hair food? What do you currently use on your hair now?
Sit down, relax and get comfortable. Let me tell you about a love affair that has lasted 27 years. Now cats, let me warn you this post might be long and I’ve thought of how to put this love into words and it has been incredibly difficult but now I think I can finally literate the feelings.
27 years ago we met, I was new to this world and did not quite know what to make of it. To be honest I barely knew you existed, I mean I’ve seen you around was a little curious but I didn’t know what to make of you so I didn’t bother. My mother actually introduced us, at the time I think she liked you more than I did. She would always play with you, try new things with you while I just sat there and looked on not knowing what to do or say. It was a couple of months later when I realized how gorgeous you are.
You were blonde with curls and oh so soft. I remember petting you, I also remember my mother smacking my hand away. It didn’t matter I knew you were mine and I would sneak off just to play with you and ‘experiment’ most of the time I would get in trouble because I would try cutting you with scissors or coloring you with a marker. I think one time I even poured chocolate sauce on you.
One day my grandmother cut you away, as I watched the blonde curls fall I mourned the loss sobbing relentlessly. A couple of years went by and you eventually turned darker yet I still loved you, you were so full of life and bounce I couldn’t let you go. Others fell in love with you as well, but I knew they couldn’t have you. Once a girl in class got jealous and tried to hurt you, she would tease me horribly about you but I wouldn’t give up, I wouldn’t give you up.
As we grew older we experimented more, you were dyed purple and I had cut you myself. I then bleached you of your color. It was a blast I don’t think we’ve ever had that much fun, I don’t think I could have loved you more. I remember taking you to the beach, and you had sand everywhere! I don’t think I’ve ever see you have that much sand and I had to wash you multiple times because the sand just wouldn’t be gone. I’m laughing now just thinking about it, that didn’t stop us though did it? I think we went to the beach every day that summer and as my skin got darker you just kept getting lighter and lighter.
Before I knew it we were both adults, the years had turned to decades and yet you were still by my side. You seen me through the ‘What did we just do?’ to the “How Amazing is that?’ and I just knew we could never be parted. You’ve never judged me just stayed near, offered to be the blanket when the awkwardness got to much and my friends disappeared. When I thought I was all alone and that I had no one to love me, but you love me.
You were one of the reasons I started this blog, you inspire me. You make me want to be a better woman, a better person.
But lately there’s been something wrong, I can tell. Somehow along the way, we lost touch with each other. We didn’t get along, we frustrated each other to no end. I thought that maybe it was me, maybe it was something I did, maybe I had upset you in someway. Whatever it was it drained you of life. You were limp and dry, literally breaking at the ends and I didn’t know how to stop it. I bought you things, tried to force life into your breathless body, but it didn’t work. Finally just feeling hopeless, I did something I have never done since I was little girl, I let someone else play with you. I let someone else decide how to treat you. I was nervous and I felt tears bite the back of my eyes, but it was the only way. The only thing I had yet to try.
I think it worked. You feel more alive than ever and the love that I thought was diminishing blossomed again. For the first time in a long time we are both happy and I feel that grief lift off my shoulders, that black hole that was slowing growing get filled in. I love you hair, I love you so much and I know that well be okay.
So in other words cats, I got a completely new haircut for spring. This is the first time in a long time that my hair has been this short. what do you all think?