Monday, October 05, 2015

#Influenster - Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer ($8.99) is a new concealer and corrector that’s popping up with a new Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation formula that’s hitting drugstores now for the Fall 2015 season.

This new formula contains something called Actyl-C, an ingredient known for its antioxidant benefits. Apparently, the ingredient energizes skin so it looks renewed and healthier with continued use. This is one of the selling points of the concealer and one of the things that we imagine Maybelline will hope sets it apart from others at the drugstore.

Let's check out what we thought:

There are eight foundation shades in total covering light to medium/dark tones and although it’s hard to tell on my blue-ish Irish skin, most of them have a peachy undertone with the exception of Sand and Golden, which both lean a little more towards yellow.

Both concealer shades are slightly more golden toned than their foundation sisters, perhaps for better neutralising redness.  We would have liked to have seen an additional lighter shade to match with the paler foundations because as it stands now, the lightest concealer is darker than the lightest foundation.

This foundation promises not only to give all day smoothing and flawless coverage, but also to improve the appearance of  your skin over time by helping skin to regenerate and even out discolouration in as little as 3 weeks.

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We're wearing the shade Classic Ivory and it’s a really good match for our skin. Our bare skin is far from perfect, but the foundation alone did an excellent job of evening out our skin tone, eliminating redness and smoothing over the look of pores. It’s silicone based formula gives a skin smoothing and slight blurring effect on the textured areas of our face.

The texture is like a slightly thicker version of the foundation that sets once it’s dry. Coverage is pretty decent, we would say about 80% opacity and the purple cast under my eyes has disappeared.

Overall we have to say that we're impressed! This gives great coverage without looking too cakey or heavy and lasted a long time on our skin.

What do you think? Let us know!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Happy 4th of July!!! As we move into the hotter months of the year, we wanted to give you a great recipe to make for all those summer parties! Kick off July 4th right and make an ice cream sandwich cake to bring all your poolside barbeques and beach vacations. Check out the simple recipe below:

 1/2      Cup hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed

tub  (8 oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed, divided

pkg.  (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding

 OREO Cookies, chopped (about 2 cups), divided

 vanilla ice cream sandwiches

Whisk fudge topping and 1 cup Cool Whip in medium bowl until blended. Add dry pudding mix; stir 2 min. Stir in 1 cup cookies.

Arrange 4 ice cream sandwiches, side-by-side, on 24-inch-long piece of foil; cover with half the Cool Whip mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining sandwiches.

Frost with remaining Cool Whip; press remaining cookies into top and sides of dessert. Wrap loosely with foil.

Freeze for 4 hours.

The result is a delicious treat for summertime parties! I definitely recommend making some soon. Enjoy!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Birchbox SoHo Store

Birchbox Soho is another example of real-world and the virtual world coming together, the success of their online store prompted the two founders, Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna, to re-create an in-person experience where you can Build Your Own Birchbox. The brick and mortar store also has a number of features that correspond with their online experience. The transition is seamless and the store is gorgeous with a light and airy feeling that's filled with all the beauty products you can imagine. There are two levels of makeup glory. Take a look at what we found when we visited the store.

A cute sign outside the shop detailing everything you can do inside.

The BYOB (aka Build Your Own Box) section lets you choose five samples to create a customized box for just $15. The store is very clean and organized by makeup, hair, nails, men, etc. so it’s easy to navigate while shopping around.

Here's how you BYOB!

Some of the samples they were offering for the day.

Some of the things we can't wait to try!

This is the lower level of Birchbox Soho where classes and beauty services take place. You can get your hair, nails and makeup done by Birchbox artists or schedule a class to take with friends. Bonus: classes are free if you’re a Birchbox subscriber! Otherwise, the fee is $30, which still isn’t bad for the quality of the class.

We got our hair and makeup done and it was an amazing experience. The beauty professionals were so helpful and taught us how to recreate each look.

You can find different sections around the store with color coding so you can find the perfect match!

Men can come in and shop for hair gel, beard conditioner, and lots of other stuff.

We walked away with a couple of things that we couldn't resist. Overall we really enjoyed the feeling of the store and definitely recommend visiting it the next time you're in SoHo. Thanks for taking the virtual tour with us!

Monday, April 20, 2015

#Influenster: Dessange Paris Hair Products

The California Blonde collection is a nourishing hair care system that moisturizes and protects color treated blonde hair. We were intrigued because we straighten, blow dry, and just abuse our color treated hair. By putting out hair through all that each week our color treated hair can lose its luster, fade, and even weaken over time. If you protect your hair soon after you color it then it will look healthier and last longer.

This line is enriched with Passion flower extract and gives you a radiant blonde color. So we put it to the test for a week. Let's see the results:

The entire collection.

This brightening shampoo gently cleanses and nourishes hair to enhance shine, color radiance, and softness.

This ultra nourishing conditioner wraps hair with moisture from root to tip, smoothing and taming dry, unruly strands.

A weekly in-shower treatment formulated with Linseed oil and blue pigments to neutralize grassiness and nourish the hair.

We loved the outcome of the entire process! It made out hair softer and more manageable. It was frizz free and we could basically let it air dry! We hope that it never runs out.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Food Trend: Goody Good Stuff

The perfect candy to stuff into Easter baskets and goodie bags! Goody Good Stuff is completely allergen free, making it the first of its kind on the market. They're an all-natural, meat free alternative to traditional gummy based sweets. Good for people who like Halal, Kosher, Vegeterian, and Vegan foods. Made with all natural flavors/ colors and we have to say that they're not too sweet and a great afternoon snack without having a sugar crash. They're currently in 20,000 stores worldwide including select Target stores. 

Sour Fruit Salad - Great flavor and slightly sour.

Strawberry Cream - Pretty good, not our favorite out of the bunch.

Cola Breeze - Very different, tastes like a root beer soda.

Sour Mix Match - These were our favorite pack and had the right amount of sour and sugar.

Pick some up today and treat yo self!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Fashion Trend: IV Chic Hair Jewlery

Have you been searching for your next big accessory? We think we found it! This piece is super versatile and comes in a cute packaging and an even cuter bag. It's the perfect accessory for the woman on the go that needs a little pick-me-up. It can also bring a little flair to a date night in the city that never sleeps. 

IVChic Hair Jewlery has inspired millions of women to find the balance between looking good in as easy as 5 minutes and making it on time to wherever it is you are headed. No more running late because your hair was not cooperating. Bad hair days are long gone!

Browse through the collection of hair jewelry and purchase the hair jewelry that best suits your personality. Find the tiara for your bun and feel like a million bucks!

We can't stop gushing over this adorable packaging!!

SO cute!!

When not wearing it in your hair you can still include it in your outfit. Who knows, you could need it for a hair emergency.

Have a blast with your new chic hair jewelry this spring!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Easy Meals - Italian Sausage Sandwich

Yummmmmmm! That's really all I can say about this dish. It's an easy recipe that takes under an hour to make. It's really the only sandwich you'll need all week (and the most delicious meal- guaranteed.) So grab some of your mom's secret sauce and spice this bad boy up!

1 Green Pepper
1 Red Pepper
1 Yellow Onion
4 Potatoes
2 Sweet Italian Sausage Links
1 1/2 Cups Of Marinara Sauce

Slice the red peppers, green peppers, and onions into long strips. Chop the potatoes into small cubes.

Slice the sausage (easier when slightly frozen) and cook it in sauce for about 10  mins on medium heat.

Add the potatoes and cook for about another 10 mins on medium heat.

Take the sausage out and put it on a side dish. Add the green peppers, red peppers, and onions to the potatoes. Add sauce as needed. Cook on high for about 15 mins.

Add the sausage back in and cook for another 10 mins. Everything should be soft and delicious when you take it out of the pan.