Friday, August 22, 2014

Fitness Friday: Bulu Box Time

    My first Bulu Box was a bust in my eyes, so I had low expectations for my second box.  However, I was pleasantly surprised with this box!  Here's what I received.




Forgiven Mixed Berry Drink
This is basically a hangover relief drink.  I have heard about these often, but have never tried them.  I don't drink enough to suffer a hangover often, but when I do have a hangover it's BAD!  So this will be handy to keep around.

EBoost Energy Shot
This little guy is basically a healthy jolt of energy.  It contains green tea, coconut water, minerals, green coffee, electrolytes, and antioxidants.  As I prepare to go back to school and will finally have my own classroom, I am sure this will come in handy.

Dream Water 0-Calorie Sleep & Relaxation Shot
This is another drink that I have heard about, but have never tried.  It always takes me a while to get back into a sleep routine after a summer off, so this I will definitely be trying in a few weeks.

Fuel For Life Dietary Supplement
At first I thought this was a protein powder, and even though it has 10 grams of protein it is technically a dietary supplement, like a vitamin.  When mixed with milk or water this product provides bodies with many of the recommended vitamins and minerals our bodies need.  It is recommended to take this morning or early afternoon to help sustain energy.

Zestra Essential Arousal Oils
I had to laugh when I saw this!  Basically you apply this to the outside of your lady bits to increase desire and pleasure.  Considering I'm a single girl, I don't know when I will have the opportunity to try this! 

Simple Being Nutrition Simple Diet Dietary Supplement
This pill is an effective blend of green coffee bean, african mango, acai and reservatrol.  It's recommended to take one to two of these pills daily with a meal to help boost the benefits of exercise and healthy nutrition.


I was very happy with this box and will be using most of the products in it!  

Have you ever tried the Bulu Box or a fitness/weight loss box before? 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fabulously Not Rich Review: bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation

   Back in May, Tammy of Not a Rich Girl, and I attended BeautyCon NY.  It was a great time and while we were put off by some of the long lines, we did end up walking away with a few free goodies. One of those goodies was the bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation (try saying that 3 times fast!).  Since we both received this product, we decided this would be our next Fabulously Not Rich Review!

   A reminder about my skin type- I am dry, incredibly sensitive and pale as a ghost.  I have also been suffering from a reaction around my nose lately so my skin is incredibly red.

    Tammy's skin is oily, sensitive and much darker than mine.  Read HERE to see how this foundation worked for her beautiful skin.

Here's how it worked for mine.
My shade is Bare Satin 06 and only works if I had self tanned.

I'm only going to post one pre-makeup picture as it's terrifying.  Notice the redness around my nose.  I think it is coming from my new Mario Badescu face wash. :/

Here is a picture of my skin with just my primer on and the foundation.  As you can see it provides very nice coverage just on its own.  The redness around my nose has all but disappeared and the bumps are only slightly showing through.  Quite impressive!


Here's a finished look.  As you can see this foundation covers quite nicely and leaves a dewy and luminous finish.  I top this foundation with a very light layer of  Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation because I find this foundation stays wet for a while and it can definitely transfer.  However, applying this powder foundation on top really helps!



These pictures were taken when I got home about 5 and a half hours later.  I only went to dinner and out for drinks.  As you can see the redness around my nose is back with a vengeance and I'm looking quite a bit shiny (which is odd because I'm pretty dry!).

Review:

When I first got this foundation I had trouble finding a proper way to apply it.  I didn't want to purchase the brush that it is advertised with, but none of my brushes were working with it.  I watched a video (I think it was Nicole Guerriero) who mentioned using it with the Beauty Blender and I haven't looked back since!  It applies beautifully with my Real Techniques Blending Sponge- no more brush marks.  However, this baby does not set!  If I didn't apply a powder foundation over it, I think it would be wet hours later.

I LOVE the way this foundation looks in person and even on camera.  It covers a lot of my imperfections and makes my skin look radiant.  HOWEVER, this foundation lasts 3-4 hours on my max.  This is a go out to dinner and maybe dessert type of foundation and thats it.  After the third hour it almost disappears from my nose and chin.  

I just can't recommend this foundation or give it the hype that almost everyone on YT seems to be giving it.  Don't get me wrong, this is my go to first date foundation, but for day to day or even for special events I can't recommend it because it just doesn't last on me.

This is just my take on it!  Let's see how Tammy liked it!!

Love our Fabulously Not Rich Review? Here's all of them to date!

The All Natural Face Strawberries and Cream Face Food Fruit Facial Wash

Stephen Knoll Hydro Repair Mist Styling Lotion

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Witch Please Fortune Cookie Soap Fall Box

  Over the weekend I received my fall version of the Fortune Cookie Soap Box.  The FCS Soap Box is a quarterly bath and body product subscription box.  It's so fun to get these yummy smelling goodies a few times a year and I also like supporting smaller businesses.

   The theme of this box was "Witch Please", which so far has been my favorite theme.  The tagline of this box is "A wicked mashup of an old classic and a current Broadway hit."  Any combination of The Wizard of Oz and Wicked is a ok in my book!

Here's what I got:

 Opening the box and seeing this made me smile right away!






From top to bottom, L to R:

Miss Popular Bubble Bath Powder
This is described as "the most delectable, sweet, honey nectar shamelessly flirting with touches of star anise, star jasmine, sweet orange and blushing violet
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This smells amazingly delicious!  It's a very sweet, yet soothing scent.  I have never tried a bubble bath powder before, but I am interested to try it out!

There's No Place Like Home Fortune Cookie Soap
The scent is described as "curled macintosh apple peels lovingly kissed with a  hint of cinnamon, allspice and clove."

The scent is a bit "warm" for my taste, but is this soap not the CUTEST thing you have ever seen?  This will definitely be displayed come fall/Halloween time!

Flying Monkeys Personal Space Air Freshner
"Fruity, breezy blend of peach, watermelon, neroli and jasmine with air and aquatic notes."

This room spray smells SO good!  It sort of reminds me of a sweet version of the produce aisle at the grocery store.  I've never really used a room spray before, but this is going to change all of that!

Roy G. Biv OCD Hand Sanitizer
"Dusky breezes and bonfires, wind-blown leaves and charred woods brightened by notes of lemon, mandarin, cotton blossom and soft vanilla."

Aren't their scent descriptions so melodic?  This is a warm scent that I actually love, and I am really a big fan of their hand sanitizers.  

Hair Flip Hair Oil
This is a "custom blend of oils, formulated to nourish and repair dry, damaged hair.  1-2 drops is all you need for ultimate shine without greasy residue.  Strands of sweet hazelnut woven throughout rich, buttery vanilla cream."

This oil smells AMAZING!  I believe this is their first hair oil and I can't wait to try it, especially with drier seasons coming up!

Wicked Good Whipped Cream
"Top notes of orange, apple, pear, pineapple and charrs lured into autumn by pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, all rounded out with warn vanilla-infused sugar.

I really love their whipped creams and this one smells so amazing.  This is definitely an amazing fall scent and actually makes me a little excited for autumn.

The Shiz Perfume Oil
"A woodland hike through damp balsam woods, with top notes of maple leaves blowing through new dawn blossom, laurel and sweet clove."

I don't usually like these warmer/musky scents, but this smells AMAZING!  It reminds me of a feminine cologne scent (if that makes any sense) and I will definitely be wearing this out on a fall night out!

Swankified Walnut Facial Scrub
"Bunches of ripe bananas mashed into sweet, sugary cake batter, then topped with walnuts and baked to a golden brown."

This face and body scrub is perhaps the yummiest smelling item in the entire box!  It smells like banana pudding.  I'm not sure if I would use this as a face scrub as my skin is very sensitive, but this will definitely be used up!

All of these products, PLUS my $10 gift card makes this box an amazing value!  For $20 I received a box full of products that I actually like and a $10 gift card to buy myself or maybe someone else a little gift!  This fall box is now sold out, but you can click here to purchase the winter box.

Have you ever tried the Fortune Cookie Soap Box or any product from Fortune Cookie Soap? 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

3d Fiber Lashes RAVE!

    If you are ever on Pinterest or Instagram, you have probably seen a post or picture on the 3d Fiber Lash mascara.  I was always impressed by the pictures I saw, but I never really believed it.  I'm pretty skeptical when it comes to things.



   However , my skepticism was washed away when Tammy (Not a Rich Girl) became a Younique Independent Presenter and posted her results with the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes.  The results were amazing and since it was someone I know and trust, I had to order it to give it a try.



      Now when I first saw the price of $29 I was a bit put off, but considering I have yet to grasp the concept of false lashes, I thought this would be a great alternative.  Well, it's $29 damn well spent as I am in love!

      First of all, can we talk about the packaging?  I know most girls are a total sucker for packaging and this eyeglass case looking container is just as chic as they get.  It's cute to travel with or just to display on your vanity.




      Next let's talk about the two tubes that make up the amazing system.  The first tube is the transplanting gel, which you will put on over your regular mascara.  The second tube is the natural fibers and this is what gives your lashes the length and va va voomness.  The fibers look very strange and a bit disconcerting at first, but when used sparingly and in a few layers the results are amazing.

Here is a helpful video on how to properly apply these products:



      Now lets get on to the results.  Here is one eye with the mascara and one without.  Mind you, this is just ONE coat of the fibers.



The left eye is with just my regular every day mascara and the right eye is with just one coat of the 3d lash system.  As you can see- no spidery lashes, just long lush lashes.

Here's a picture with both eyes coated in the lashes and as you can see the results are just beautiful.



Taking it off is seriously just as easy as taking off regular mascara or eye makeup.  I used one of my regular Yes to Cucumbers Remover wipes and a couple extra gentle rubs to get off all of the fibers.  

   All in all this product is AMAZEBALLS!  Again, as someone who is absolutely useless when it comes to applying falsies, this product is a true Godsend for nights out or days when I want to look just a bit more glamorous than usual. 

 If you're interested in ordering this product visit Tammy's Younique page




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