Hiatus.. If You Couldn't Tell Already

I've been trying to figure out how to write this. I've come to a point in time where I've got my hands tied. My mom's health has been rapidly declining, seeming to get better and then back on the decline again. I've got to take some time from the blog. I expect to be back in a month, but it could be longer. I'll continue to update on Instagram, so make sure you follow there.

Take care everyone and I shall see you shortly! Love to all my readers. <3

PS - I'll be back to posting on June 1st. From now on, I'll be posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with the usual Weekly Recap on Saturday and Sample Sunday on Sunday.

#BrandsToWatch / MAKE Beauty

PR Sample

MAKE Beauty

If you're anything like me, you love makeup. It's fun to play with (even as an adult), can help feel more confident or maybe just appear more awake than you really are (guilty on the second one). And while I love makeup, I just don't feature it that often on the blog. It's something that gets talked about literally everywhere, so I feel its something that doesn't really set me apart from others. However, when I do feature it, I make sure its from brands that should be standing out or have a purpose.

I was recently invited to try out some samples from MAKE Beauty; a cruelty-free brand that not only has makeup, but also skincare. Of those products, a wide select of them vegan friendly. The packaging is no-fuss, clean and minimal; definitely sleek. Of all of their products, I was provided an eyeshadow in Alabaster and lipstick in Taffy.

MAKE Beauty

Alabaster is a pale matte, peachy pink that, on my medium skin, can be a used as a base. In fact, lately I've been using is as an all-over eyelid color before I do a basic wing (see here on my Instagram). It's a very powdery formula, but you can really pack it on to deliver a solid color for a base. Those who are much darker may use it as a highlight and those much more fair can use it as a nice pinky shade for the lids. See the swatch below for a close-up.

MAKE Beauty

Taffy is a medium pink with a satin finish. It appeared quite glossy in the swatch, however on my lips, it was definitely more satin. The color is quite sheer, so while it does have a tad bit of a purpley-mauvey undertone, it leans more of a bright pink once on my lips. The downside to having very pigmented lips I suppose. This lipstick wore fairly well for a few hours, however once I began eating or drinking anything, it would rub right off. The formula itself wasn't drying, but rather hydrating. It felt like a balm and was really nice.

From the two products I tried, I'll definitely get more use out of Alabaster as it will allow me to wing line it up in this B. I'm definitely impressed nonetheless, so I'll be jumping to get a few things. Speaking of, if you're in the mood, use the code MAKEYOURSELF for 20% off your order. But act quick, it ends today April 15, 2016! Get shopping!

What are your thoughts on MAKE Beauty? Have you browsed their website to see if there's anything you like?

#Swatch / OPI Pussy Galore

OPI Pussy Galore

No better way to start off a week than with a nail polish swatch. As this month's theme is pastels, I'll be sharing a variety of colors, but all in the lighter shade range. Today's post is of a wishlist item I recently got to cross off, OPI Pussy Galore. This is from the 2013 Bond Girls Collection. I'm a big fan of James Bond, so I really wanted it for the collection factor more so than the color.

As you can see, Pussy Galore is a matte textured light pink with darker pink glitter thrown in. I used two coats for my swatch and it still wound up a tad sheer, so if you want a more opaque look, go for three coats. Also, I found this texture dried reasonably quick, as do most OPI textures. However, this didn't last at all. I took these photos the next day and after minimal office work, my tips were already worn done a bit.

OPI Pussy Galore

A close-up shot of the nail. You can see a bit of the darker flecks in there. But once you see below...

OPI Pussy Galore

It's beautiful! I do love the brush too.

As much as I wanted this polish, I'm pretty disappointed. Nothing to do with the polish itself, but I'm not the right skin tone to really pull this off. I don't think it suits me and even the hubs made a comment. I know its bad when he tells me in a gentle way that I'm not the right shade.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any of the OPI Bond Girls collection?

#SampleSunday / Omcali (Earthbody) Sacred Skincare Dream Body Oil

Omcali (Earthbody) Sacred Skincare Dream Body Oil

Happy Sunday to everyone! It's been dreary here this weekend, which means we've been wanting to do nothing but sleep. Really this gives us time to work on things around the house, cosplay stuff, the blog, etc. Today's Sample Sunday has been a long time coming. So much so the brand has even changed their name! This is the (Earthbody) Omcali Sacred Skincare Dream Body Oil. I got this in my November '14 Petit Vour box (yikes!) and finished it off in January '15 (doubles yikes!). Good thing I took notes!

So what is the Dream Body Oil? This oil is contains three major ingredients that assist in relaxation. Mugwort, which is used for pain and to reduce insomnia and nervous tension. Valerian, a relaxant that can reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep and minimize awakenings in the middle of the night. Passionflower, which can give a sedating effect. Just note that all of those claims are not backed by the FDA, so take that for what you want.

Below are the ingredients (as listed on CosDNA):
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Artemesia Vulgaris (Mugwort) Flower*, Passiflora Incarnata (Passion) Flower*, Valeriana (Valerian) Officinalis*, Santum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Oil* Claimed as Organic by brand
Another note, I listed these as they are listed on the brand's website and not the label for the bottle I have. The label for the bottle I have seems to also contain Rosewood oil, so I'm not sure if it still does, or it has been reformulated. As you can see from the ingredients, this is a highly moisturizing oil.

So how did this do? I used this morning and night and really, this did wonders for my skin. Not including its claims, this oil just happens to be amazingly moisturizing and I would definitely recommend it on that alone to anyone with really dry, flaky skin.

But what about the other claims? Honestly, I didn't read any of the other claims before I started using this product. I simply noticed that I overall felt great while using it. I tend to be a very anxious person and I did notice that I wasn't while using this oil. In hindsight, this definitely lived up to its claims, but while using it I didn't even think about how it was working wonders.

Sample Sunday Rating:

If you're interested in the Omcali Sacred Skincare Dream Body Oil, you can find it on Omcali's website for $12 for 1oz and $23 for 4oz. I will definitely go out and repurchase once I finish the oils I currently have.

#Unboxing / April 2016 Julep Maven Box

April 2016 Julep Maven Box

The Julep Maven April '16 Be Bright Collection is here! I'll admit, I was originally going to skip on all polishes this month, but I thought I'd give it a shot. Honestly, it wasn't even the polishes that made me go through with getting the box this month. Do you think you know what that may be? Let's take a look at the products in the box and then find out!

April 2016 Julep Maven Box kayla brigette brynn

Above are the polishes I picked out. From left to right there's Kayla, an iris blurple shimmer, Brigette, a white creme and Brynn, a sheer, vivid orange-red. I've included swatches of each and with Brynn included swatches with and without the white basecoat. Each swatch is two coats and for Brynn, I used two coats of Brigette and then two coats on top.

I'll be honest, I was planning on skipping the sheer polishes. It reminded me of the OPI sheer tints and those were something that seemed like a waste. I don't want a wash of color, let alone eventually need a total of four coats of polish. For someone like me, I like to take my time, but I also want to be done quickly. So still not sure how I feel, but I do know one thing. I love the color I chose. Not just the name, but I actually do like the color. It's the closest I can get to red without feeling overdone.

April 2016 Julep Maven Box Detoxifying Cleansing Stick

And now onto the product that made me want to get a box this month, the Detoxifying Cleansing Stick. This is essentially a cleansing balm in a stick form. The description also says that it exfoliates via fruit enzymes. So I think this may be best as an every other day cleanser, however I'll be glad to test and review for you all. Additionally, because what it's intended to do, I'm thinking this may be best as a second cleanser, however I can test it's makeup removal ability.

What about the bag? Well, that was just an add-on because I love neon purple. It's actually a very nice bag! There are lots of little pockets on the inside that can be used to hold products. I didn't need a new bag, but the color was calling me...

If you're looking to do some shopping over at Julep, use the code APRCOLOR for a free nail polish with your purchase of $10+. Only $10! I might be using this code myself! The code is good until May 31, 2016 and can be used twice per customer.

Also, if you're looking to become a Maven subscriber, feel free to use my referral link.* It's not necessary, but you'd do me a solid. But then I'd owe you a solid. So it's up to you!

What are your thoughts on the April 2016 Collection or the choices for the April box? Let me know in the comments!

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