Hiatus... Be Back Soon

I just wanted to post a quick update. I'll be taking a hiatus until August. Life has taken some expected and unexpected turns recently. Those who know me personally know, but my mom passed on Saturday, July 9th. I hope you understand.

#Empties / May 2016

TGIF! And what better way to celebrate than dumping out a ton of empties! I'm slowly but surely catching up right now. Today we have my May Empties! Hit the jump to read more about these items! Find out which were awesome, ok and bleh (technical term).

#Unboxing / May 2016 Petit Vour

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May 2016 Petit Vour

Happy Hump Day! Hope you're all doing well! Today we're talking about the May Petit Vour box! I've been just meh about PV boxes lately, however this one revived my initial love for these boxes. We'll be talking about the products from left to right:

Bedrock & Bloom Smart Ash All Natural & Organic Teeth Whitener // This is a product I'm actually intrigued by. I've been wanting to try at-home whiteners before. I've had my teeth whitened professionally a couple of years ago and I loved it, however the initial discomfort was enough of a turn off that I don't think I want to do it again. Maybe I'll do a post about the process and results for this. The full size product contains a 6 month supply and retails for $30. This sample size contains 1g. I'm not sure how much that equates to, but I imagine you can probably use this for at most 2 weeks. Based on that assumption, this sample is worth about $2.50.

Ecco Bella Good For You Gloss in Power // I know to not judge a book by its cover, but when I saw gloss, I was a little bummed. I've been wanting more color in my lip life. However this is more opaque than expected. It's also a lovely berry color, see below. Also, the tube has a little mirror on one side so you can apply anywhere! I'm definitely impressed with this and I really want to check out more from the brand. This a full size product that contains 11g and retails for $20.

May 2016 Petit Vour Ecco Bella Good For You Gloss in Power

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Blemish Clearing* // I'm no stranger to the Juice Beauty Peel, however I've mostly used the sensitive version. Seeing as this is blemish clearing, I think I'll have my son use it and see how it works for him. The full size product contains 59mL and retails for $39. The sample size contains 7mL and is worth about $4.63.

Captain Blakenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray // I'm all for natural sea salt sprays. I feel they're more gentle on my hair and don't leave any stickiness or tackiness. This spray is no different and I've gotten great results no matter if my hair is wet or dry when I apply this. This spray is amazing and I will definitely be switching to this once I'm out of my current spray. The full size contains 4oz and retails for $24. The sample size contains 1oz and is worth $6.

In total, the May Petit Vour box is worth approximately $33.13, give or take. While that's not much by PV standards, this box is absolutely amazing and has great products. Remember, quality over quantity.

Have you tried any of these products? If so, share your experience! Also, if you've tried other products from these brands and want to give recommendations, please share those as well!

PS - Don't forget to enter the Summer Time Giveaway! Only a couple days left!

#StripsNStickers / Incoco Fireworks

Incoco Fireworks

Happy 4th everyone! Hope you're enjoying the day with family! I've been enjoying the time off of work and have been trying to catch up here on the blog. So far so good!

Today's patriotic mani is of the nail appliques in my Summer Time Giveaway, Incoco Fireworks. I've used Incoco strips once before and the first set I used had slight bubbling, but these? These were like a dream! They applied smoothly and have lasted quite some time. I'm currently on day 5 and have minimal tip wear. My recommendation on applying these is to do them the day before you want them to look great. All of the little pieces that don't want to come off from filing end up just falling off. In fact, I should've taken these photos the day after, but I was running late for work that morning...

Below is a close-up of what the strip looks like. These have a smooth texture and you can't feel the glitter at all.

Incoco Fireworks

I think the one thing that bothers me about strips that the edges always get caught in my hair (I'm very guilty of my fingers through my hair throughout the day). But for those that don't have a lot of time to do glitter on a constant basis (me) or those who want something to last for about a week and don't want to shell out for gel (me), Incoco strips are pretty awesome.

What are your thoughts? Have you used Incoco Nail Appliques before? Share your thoughts! Also, don't forget to enter the Summer Time Giveaway and win your own pair of these!

#SampleSunday / Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF 50+ PA+++

Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF 50+ PA+++

Happy Sunday! Hope your weekend has been going great! It sure has been hot lately in Northern California, so its definitely been time to break out the sunscreen.. Well it's always time to break out the sunscreen, but I guess summer is what we equate that to be a must. Anyways, today we'll be talking about the Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF 50+ PA+++. For those not familiar, Missha is a Korean beauty brand that has been a staple in the K-beauty world since 2000. Currently the brand has 7 stand-alone stores in the continental US and one in Guam. Now that you know a bit about the brand, and this brand has been featured before, let's talk about the product.

Missha describes this as have a "refreshing and lightweight formula absorbs quickly and gives a smooth soft finish without the sticky feeling, shine, and white cast to protect skin from UV rays." So did this in fact have a smooth finish or no shine? Let's first see the ingredients and then discuss my experience.

Below are the ingredients (as listed on CosDNA). Please note that even on Missha's website, there's no listing of inactive/active ingredients:
Dimethicone, Myrciaria Dubia (Camu Camu) Fruit Extract, Everlasting Flower Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Ethanol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate, Silica, Titanium Oxide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hexyl laurate, PEG-10Dimethicone, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Methicone, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, C12-14 Pareth-12, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Triethoxy Caprylylsilane, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Iron Oxides, Althaea Rosea (Hollyhock) Flower Root Extract, Piper Methysticum (Kava) Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Rosa Davurica (Amur Rose) Bud Extract, Limonia Acidissima (Bel Fruit) Extract, Abronia Villosa (Desert Sand Verbena) Leaf Extract, Cinchona Succirubra (Cinchona) Bark Extract, Psidium Guajava (Guava) Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Rosea (Rhodiola) Root Extract
So as you can see, there's a lot of natural ingredients in this product. I'm not sure why, but that was very surprising to me. Additionally, you do see some typical sunscreen ingredients in the mix.

Below is a what the product looks like. It's a light baby pink cream. So does it not leave a white case or leave you shiny? Let's discuss this now...

Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF 50+ PA+++

So before I talk about my own experience, let me say that I think this is best for those who are pale and have oily skin. I think if you're that combo, you can use this as a primer before makeup and have it look amazing. Otherwise, if you're olive and slightly tan, this does in fact leave your skin looking quite pale. I feel the color doesn't fade quickly, even with allowing it to dry completely. On a positive note, it does leave you shine-free, isn't sticky at all and didn't break me out. On top of that though, if you have dry patches, forget about it. This definitely clings to them.

Sample Sunday Rating:

I feel I'm being harsh with this rating because I really did like this. It just wasn't for my skin tone. Again, if you're fair and oily, this will be a great summer time sunscreen+primer.

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