Influenster GoVoxBox Review

I recently got selected to take part in another Influenster Voxbox program and this one was perfect for my in the move lifetsyle.
The GoVoxBox was filled with amazing treats and surprises to help keep you on a healthy track.
Below is a video of all of the goodies I received which valued over $40.
I am very pleased with the box and I can’t wait to try out all of the stuff.
So stay tuned because I’m sure to review some of these amazing products j the near future.
If you would like to become an Influenster member let me know!
Lots of love,
Kate
*all products were sent to me for the purpose of reviewing

20140519-203441-74081619.jpg

Advertisements

Influenster JollVoxBox Unboxing!

Hey guys! It has been a crazy holiday month and I’m sorry I haven’t been around as much, but with the season ending you best believe I will be back!
Here is my latest Unboxing video of the Unboxing of the JollyVoxBox that I received from Influenster!
Stay tuned for a full run down and review of these products.
Lots of love,
Kate

Interested in becoming an Influenster member? Ask me how!

20131222-151834.jpg

20131222-152207.jpg

The Ruffian Manicure | How To!

20130924-222533.jpg

Just when I thought I was bored with nail art something new comes my way! If you’re like me, you’re favorite part of nail art is getting to be creative and giving these neat looks your own spin, and the Ruffian manicure does not disappoint.
The Ruffian manicure is the brainchild of the new Ruffian nail lacquer (which I was lucky enough to get to try out in my September Birchbox.). The idea behind the manicure is a throwback to old Hollywood half moon nails and my favorite part of this manicure is that you get to be totally creative which the colors, texture and styles. While I did receive a Ruffian nail lacquer in my Birchbox, it was a dark green color and I’ve been wearing it for weeks, I wanted to show you my lighter, shinier version of this look! Here’s how I pulled it off:

20130924-214853.jpg
Because this is a duo color look you’re going to need at least two shades, not to mention a killer base and top coat! Because I can never decide on anything I decides to go for a three shade look! As my base coat I’m using Sally Hansen’s complete manicure polish in their pink nude shade. First I made sure that my nails were prepped by trimming my cuticles and making sure my nails were clean and free of any old polish or oils. So I applied my base coat and let it dry, it is very important to let them fully dry before the next step!

20130924-215426.jpg
Next I added those little paper hole saver stickers to the top part of my nails (Ruffian does make their own nail stickers and I believe they are for sale in the Birchbox online store) you want to leave enough nail at the base of your nails so that there is a half moon shape exposed.

20130924-215836.jpg
Next take the whichever shade you choose to fill in that half moon, I chose to go with this beautiful Julep polish in the shade ‘Madison-Classic with a Twist’. Don’t be afraid to get some polish on the stickers….that’s what they’re there for!!
After the polish is dry very carefully remove the stickers, don’t be afraid of mistakes, you can always touch up and fix with your top coat. Now the next step is optional….but gorgeous! While you have a perfectly acceptable Ruffian manicure, what’s the harm in adding a little sparkle? I filled over my first base coat at the top of my nails with Julep’s glittery gold polish ‘Oscar-It Girl’. I loved this step because it added beautiful dimension and made my manicure just a little bit different, and that’s basically me In a nutshell. The last step is to let that glitter dry and top it off with your top coat, I’m using the Nail Aid ‘Hardener’.

20130924-221051.jpg

That’s it! You have an amazing Ruffian manicure, which I think is such a classic look with a sparkle twist. The best part for me? When the manicure fades away I still have a ton of different color combos to choose from so it never gets boring! If you try this look out, take a snap of it and tag me in Instagram @mkateholmes so I can check it out!
Most importantly, have fun. I bet you’ll “nail” it (insert my corny laugh here)

Lots of Love!
Kate

If you wanna check out the professionals tutorial on how to pull off this look click here:
Birchbox | Ruffian Manicure
If you just wanna a birchbox of your very own:
Join Birchbox

Have you checked out my youtube channel yet? What are you waiting for!
http://www.youtube.com/user/KatesTillMidnight

Birchbox September 2013 Unboxing and First Impressions!

It’s finally here! After a week of craziness and odd shipping patterns, my Birchbox finally arrived! So here is a little video of my first impressions of my September Birchbox! Did I love it…or hate it? See for yourself!
Please don’t forget to sibscribe so you can take part in my giveaway!!

As soon as I try these products I am going to write a blog review so stay tuned.
Lots of Love!
Kate

Influenster Cheese Surprise, Plus a Surprise For You!

My Goodies From Influenster!

My Goodies From Influenster!

I am an Influesnter lover, if you don’t know what Influesnter is, hang tight, because I will give a few of you the opportunity to join the elite!
Influenster is an invite only club (yes you can sign up but if you do so without an invite it can take a while to be accepted) where they send out monthly VoxBoxes full of goodies (if you qualify for them) for free! Now if you think that it’s a place to get free stuff and that’s it then it probably isn’t the place for you. In return they ask you to review these products and send them some social media love, so they are looking for people who are big opinion givers on social media and those who love trying new stuff!
In addition to their monthly boxes they do other programs a few times a month and I was sent their latest one. A box of goodies from Sargento Cheese. The box included a voucher for a free package of their new snack cheeses and dollar off coupon for any Sargento product of my choosing, along with a really cute insulated pouch that fits the snack size cheese (perfect for my son’s lunch box!)
It just so happens that Saragento cheese is my favorite brand that can be found in every grocery store. They are not super processed like most cheeses and I love how their stuff comes perfectly portioned which is great for those of us on a diet. Right now i’m really into protein intake and cheese is a great source! So this little treat I received in the mail today was AWESOME!
Now the good part…I have long since run out of invites but Influenster has granted us with a few more invites to send out to who we wish…so this is where you come in:

I’m looking for people who love to test products and give their honest opinion and people who want to join us at Influenster! If this you leave me a comment with your email and the first four will receive my last four invites!

I really do love influesnter, and its not all about cheese and food! They send out many different boxes, even beauty boxes full of awesome beauty products to try as well! So there is something for everyone. So let’s keep the fun rolling!

Good Luck!
Kate

PS: Have you subscribed to my YouTube channel yet? Make sure to hit the youtube icon on the top right of my page to join the party!
voxbox-blogimage-popup2

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

Exciting News!!

After over a year of considering it I finally decided to put my pride and my self doubt aside and launch my Youtube channel, and I need your help!
I so appreciate all of your love and I’m hoping it translates over to video as well. Don’t worry though, I will continue to run my blog as normal but i’m just adding another element. So check out my welcome message and don’t forget to subscribe.
Also if you read my last post you saw that i’m in the process of planning my giveaway and i’m planning on linking it to my Youtube channel so once the giveaway is announced you will be able to get extra entries by subscribing to my channel as well.
So ignore my nerdness and let me know what you think, and again thanks for all the support and I look forward to sharing this journey with you all!
Love,
Kate

e.l.f Hits and Misses!

Image

Like every girl I have been known to blow a great deal of time (and money) in Sephora and while I love my cosmetics I love finding beauty products that amaze me at little cost to myself even more.  Over the years I have to come to collect quite a few e.l.f products because who can resist getting full size products that range from $1-$5 especially if they can be a dupe for the high end stuff I normally go for.  I first saw e.l.f products in Target and was really drawn to the packaging, I think their marketing team did something very smart, they made a simple logo, black with white lettering that is very reminiscent of MAC labels.  Like most beauty brands there will always be hits and misses, so I pulled out my large collection to give you my rundown!

Image

Left to Right: stipple brush, small stipple, bronze brush, face brush

Lets start off with products I tried first.  I was looking up and down for a stipple brush that would be dupe for MAC’s because I couldn’t see myself paying so much money for a single brush, so behold I found this large stipple brush.  This use to be my go-to brush but I have since moved on to buffing brushes, I mainly use this now for heavier foundations because I find with this brush I don’t need to use as much product.  Now onto my favorite e.l.f brush which is the small stipple brush.  It is perfect for blending out under eye concealers and cheek tints and does a great job of blending into smaller areas!  And then finally we have the face brushes, the bronzing brush’s bristles are a little uneven which I was concerned would cause a messy contour but it didn’t.  The full face brush I had originally bought as a powder brush but because the bristles are so dense I use it mainly as a blush brush.  All in all I was pleased with the brushes and best of all they don’t shed when you clean them which means they have longevity!  All four of these brushes cost me $8.  Not too shabby! 

Image

e.l.f Eyeshadow Pallet

I received this pallet as one of those ‘rainy day’ surprises from my husband.  At first I was a little bit nervous about it because the colors were all shimmery and most times of the year I go for matte, but it was a gift so I just kept strutting on.  This pallet has colors ranging from pearls whites up to jet blacks and everything in between.  To be honest, the only shades I have used are the natural colors so I can’t get into specifics with the bright colors, but as far as those go they were great!  They held up pretty well throughout the day and the only major bug I have with them is that because they are so shimmery when they do eventually wear down that all that is left is sparkle.  Overall I would say I was pleased with this pallet and I look forward to playing with the colors a little more! This pallet retails for around $5.

Image

e.l.f shimmering face whips in lilac pearl and white

Next we come to our first miss!  These cute little tubes are e.l.f shimmering face whips and are suppose to add hints of shimmer and color to your cheeks.  At first I really liked the dewy look of these on my cheeks and highlighted areas but the love soon wore off.  After about an hour these turned super cakey on my face and fell into pores and the last thing you want to do is bring attention to your flaws!  That was only day one so day two I decided to give them a second look..and then I opened the tube.  Instead on the cream “whip” coming out when I squeezed it a big glob of oily liquid came out.  The only thing worse then a cake on your face is a pile of oil.  So these unfortunately are headed for my makeup graveyard.  If you’re bold enough to try them they retail for only $1 a piece.

Image

e.l.f. bronzer in Sun Kissed and all over color stick in Golden Peach

Here we come to a couple more of my dreaded misses.  First we have the e.l.f bronzer in Sun Kissed which is a really light shimmery  bronze which I was really excited to try because yes, I am a bronze queen.  As fast as I was to try it I was equally as fast to dislike it.  It could be a fault of my own but the shade didn’t not show up on my skin whatsoever.  All that appeared on my face was a bunch of glitter which looked totally awkward on my contour lines.  Next we have the all over face color in Golden Peach which is like a color stick which can be used for eyes, lips and face (AHA clever!) I was looking to use this to add slight color to my cheeks and instantly after I applied it I had a big problem, it was sticky!  I could literally feel it pulling at my skin and falling into fine lines and worst off all after a day the entire stick dried up!  If you are in a daring ‘let’s go for it’ mood both of these retail for $1.

Image

e.l.f liners in silver, gold, black and e.l.f waterproof liner pen

Now onto my favorite beauty tool in the entire world, eyeliners!  I will take eyeliners any way you can give them to me.  First we have the three liquid eyeliners I tried in silver,gold and black,  Normally I would never buy silver or gold eyeliners but they came as a gift set so what the hell.  I only used the silver once because it was super bright and gave me really bad highschool flashbacks but the gold I surprisingly loved.  I use it on top of my black liquid liner to add a touch of sparkle for those special days.  The black eyeliner has to be my favorite e.l.f product of all time.  It is a brush tip liner which makes me feel like I have a lot of control over my lines and the black pigment seems to last me most of the day, I have to say this has been my go-to liquid liner for a year now and while I know they’re are better, more expensive ones out there I still find myself coming back to this time and again.  Lastly we have the waterproof lining pen, and while I’ve read reviews that sings it praises, I was far from impressed.  It did not go on smoothly at all and it caused a lot of skipped lines and worst of all (which seems to be a theme with my e.l.f misses) it dried out in a week.  These eyeliners retail for $3 a piece and the 3 piece gift set I purchased for $5.

Image

Left to Right: Matte Lip in Nearly Nude, Lip Stain in Crimson Crush, Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Pink Umbrella and Movie Star.

Lastly we come to the lips!  I have to say…I adore ALL of these products!  The matte lip stick feels more like a crayon which I didn’t think I would like but I found it gave me more control over the color.  I was looking for an awesome matte nude almost corpse like lip wear and this does the trick.  While it does seem to be drying I find that if I prep my lips first with a lip butter I can make the color stay on longer.  Next is the gorgeous lip stain in this super red color (If you saw my last post you saw me wearing this in my after pic.)  I love the way it feels on my lips and the color is so pigmented it really does stain and I only find myself re-applying after a long day.  Last we come to jumbo gloss sticks.  I bought these in the lightest shade and the darkest shade for contrast I these have quickly become my go-to’s for everyday.  The red isn’t too deep so I can wear it during the day without feeling like a clown and the pink is a perfect summertime shade plus the best part is these are super moisturizing and unlike most glosses these don’t make my lips feel like their covered in honey.  All in all these are a must have for me.  Each retails around $3.

There you have it,  My official breakdown of a brand and while it seems like I have a lot of misses I think the hits more than make up for it.  These products are super affordable so I encourage you to make your own opinions.  Instead of blowing that check on a couple high end products, this month test out the line and see what hits and misses you find for yourself!  

If you have tried the e.l.f line and have your own hits and misses I’d love to hear all about it so leave me some love below and don’t forget to subscribe.  If you want more of my quirkness follow me on instagram @mkateholmes or give me a shout out on twitter @RecycleRex and as always, happy blending!

-Kate