Rocksbox • Oh, yeah!


Good morning everyone! I hope you’re all having a great Memorial Day weekend so far! Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous here in the Midwest. Today is starting out rainy, I’m laying here with coffee listening to the pitter patter on the deck. BUM CITY, but kind of relaxing. Anyway – to brighten up my dreary morning I checked the mail and discovered that my very first Rocksbox had arrived!

What is Rocksbox?

It’s a subscription box just like any other box, i.e. Ipsy, Birchbox, etc. but instead of makeup + skincare, you receive jewelry! A stylist will hand pick three jewelry pieces for you and send them to you on loan. You do get to make a wish list and choose some pieces that are must-haves for them to send. The subscription is $19/month but every month you do receive $10 in shine spend money!

What is shine spend money?

This is money that can be used towards the purchase of any items that Rocksbox has. With the subscription being $19 a month, it really drops down to $9, because RB gives you this perk.

What do I do when I’m done with my jewelry?

Well, Rocksbox really is like the Netflix of jewelry! You receive your three pieces, valued around $200, and you get to keep them for as long as you’d like. Whenever you’re done with the pieces you just send them back and RB sends you new pieces right away. One of the coolest things is that you never have to pay for shipping. You even receive a return shipping label inside of your box!


I think it’s so fun that each box is personalized with your name, too! If you’d like to give Rocksbox a try for one month FOR FREE then head to their website and at checkout enter the code: iambeautybeexoxo and you’ll be able to try it risk free. On the website you’ll be able to get more information and browse around at some of the pieces that they have available!
Have you ever tried Rocksbox? If so, what are your thoughts? What is your absolutely favorite subscription box? I love reading comments!*

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XOXO, Bee

Make Up Forever Step 1 • Mattifying Primer

  Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’re all having a great start to your Memorial Day weekend! I was trolling through my newsfeed and saw a review by Always,Bree for the CoverFX Matiffying primer which is a primer I was interested in, and at the end she asked if anyone tried the Make Up Forever Step 1 before. It reminded me that I had this review that I’ve been meaning to post for some time and what better time than now? So thank you for the reminder Bree!

Let’s get into the review shall we? 

 
Pictured here is the Make Up Forever Step 1 Mattifying Primer. This product has been extremely hyped up by beauty bloggers and bloggers everywhere. I have extremely oily skin, so I was looking forward to this becoming my new holy grail!

The product comes in a beautiful matte black squeeze tube with a precision point tip. The amount of product you receive is the standard 1 fl oz. I purchased mine from Sephora for $36.

Sephora’s website states that it “assists with balancing the skin’s texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear. Mattifying primer reduces shine.”

The smell of this primer was subtle and pleasant, it had a slight citrus scent in my opinion. The texture was thicker, but not as thick as the Rimmel Stay Matte or as fluid as the Hourglass Mineral Veil. It was a happy medium. I do feel this primer helped to fill in my larger pores. 

I have no other positives to say about this primer. It gave my face a strange texture and prevented my foundation from looking smooth over top. 

I did two tests to see if it was my mind playing tricks on me or if this raved about primer was really just a dud. Test 1: I layered this on top of my Rimmel Stay Matte to see if it worked better with another product. Result: NO NO NO, CAKE CITY. Just no. Test 2: I used Rimmel Stay Matte on one half of my face and the MUFE Mattifying Primer on the other. Result: I did not notice any difference in the longevity of my foundation. I still needed to blot around 3-4 hours. Honestly my Rimmel side held up better! The fact that my drugstore $6 primer held up better than this $36 high-end one, you better believe this was returned to Sephora. Sorry to those that love this product but it wasn’t for me and did not do anything phenomenal for my skin.

Have you tried the MUFE Step 1 primer line? If so, what were your thoughts? What are you holy grail foundation primers?

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XOXO, Bee

 

Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette

      
Ahhhh I have finally been able to get my hands on the absolutely breathtakingly beautiful Jaclyn Hill Favorites palette by Morphe Brushes! This has been long awaited, because I missed the first time they went up for sale on Morphe’s website and the site crashed yada-yada-yada and everyone was upset. I have been a big fan of Jaclyn Hill for quite some time and I love the looks creates on her channel! She loves to construct gorgeous warm neutral looks + warm smokey eyes. I personally, am a huge fan of warmer tones, I just think they look better on my skin tone. So when I found out JH was developing an eyeshadow palette, I knew it was one I needed in my collection.

My experience with Morphe Brushes before purchasing the JHF palette has been overall positive. I purchased their 35W – 35 color warm color palette last year for only $20! That was an amazing price for the quality of the shadows that I received and the variety of shades. I will say the 35W shadows seemed a little bit “chalky” but not terribly, but they are well pigmented. In comparing the JHF to that palette the quality of the shadows are higher and more along the lines as if you were to purchase Morphe’s single shadows.

Let’s get on with the swatches shall we?

 
Row 1 • 5 shimmer + 2 matte– pictured here are some very beautiful highlight shades, as well as gorgeous transition shades. My personal favorite for an everyday simple look is just using the second from the end, that resembles the Too Faced Semi-Sweet palette color called peanut butter

  
Row 2 • 3 shimmer + 4 matte – this row is filled with beautiful brownsorange, and a pop of coral. These colors scream fall to me, which is my favorite season!

  Row 3 • 3 shimmer + 4 matte – hello beautiful pinkschestnut browns, and deep burgundy shades. All so beautiful and highly pigmented. Actually the shade three from the top had some issues showing up. I don’t know if it’s that it resembles my skin too much, or if the formulation was off.  

  Row 4 • 5 shimmer + 2 matte – this is the wow factor row that has stunning cranberriesplums, and a pop of olive green!

 This palette retailed for $28 + I used JH’s coupon code to received 10% off. The shipping and handling was a little steep, but it came from Cali so it’s understandable! Overall, I have been absolutely obsessed with this palette and I’m extremely satisfied. Thank you Jaclyn Hill and Morphe Brushes for creating an amazing palette at a phenomenal price! All of the shades are buttery and highly pigmented, and I will be able to create an endless amount of looks!

Did you purchase the JHF palette, if so what are your thoughts? What are your must-have holy grail eyeshadow palettes? Please share below because palettes are my obsession!

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XOXOBee

Fun Spring Nails • Jamberry

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Im just a plant mom, so I think today will be pretty relaxing! 😉

Today’s post is about nails, which is something that I never do myself. We all love a good manicure, but it can really get pricey if you’re getting them often! I used to get just a standard manicure, but then when shellac was introduced I decided to go that route, because it has great lasting power. Shellac typically lasts 2 weeks and at my nail salon, depending on what you get, costs $30 + tax and tip. That can seriously add up! 

My friend contacted me about a new nail phenomenon that is taking over called Jamberry! I never heard of it before and was pretty intrigued to see what the hype has been about so she sent me some samples to try out! 

 
PS – I found it very awkward photographing my own hand. Anyway, here is the finished product of my Jamberry nails that I did. I only did my two pinkies to add a pop to my spring mani. The application was difficult at first, because I had no idea what to expect. I found a YouTube video on how to apply and followed those steps. 

Application Process:

1. Measure your nail and cut the nail strip so that it covers the length of your nail and a little extra.

2. Heat up the cut strip with a hairdryer so it gets flexible.

3. Apply the strip to your clean dry nail and make sure not to leave any air bubbles and press firmly.

4. Once you have the strip applied, simply file the end of the nail off in downward strokes and TADA! 

 
I am in love with the finished product! Here’s a close up of my jamicure – I never paint my nails so I that step was kind of harder than applying my second Jamberry nail lol. I used OPI nail polish in the shade Hopelessly In Love on all of my other fingers. These nails last two weeks or longer, just as long as shellac and they are much cheaper too. A lot of people actually apply them to all of their nails, it really is up to you.They’re waterproof, so showering, bathing, swimming, etc will all be okay! 

If you’d like to check out all of the designs available, there are hundreds – or do a custom design, feel free to go online or you can contact msawyer83 on Instagram for more information.

  
Have you ever tried Jamberry before, if so, what are your thoughts? What are your favorite nail polishes + colors for spring? 

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XOXO, Bee

Skin Emergency 101

Happy weekend everyone! I am so happy that it’s May, because April was NOT good to me. Last month I decided to try out a few new skincare items from a line called Nip + Fab. I’ve never tried anything from their line and I was pretty excited to get my hands on them. I purchased the Glycolic Fix Cleanser and the Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads. Both items were rated over 4 stars on Ulta’s website.


I definitely understand that certain products work better for certain people and I’m not quite sure why these didn’t work for me. I was extremely disappointed and will be returning them to Ulta. The purpose of this post is not to bash the brand, because I honestly do not know too much about them, but I just wanted to share my experience.

I debated posting this photo (it’s fully unedited), seeing as it’s extremely embarrassing, but I really wanted you all to understand fully the reaction that these products gave me. The type of “acne” that I get is all hormonal. I ONLY breakout on my chin and jaw line during that certain time of the month. I don’t ever break out on my forehead, ever. These products broke me out like braille there as well as on my nose…and let’s be honest, everywhere on my entire face!


These products saved my skin from that terrible breakout! I decided to cut those Nip + Fab products fully out of my regimine and went back to my holy grail Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser. I incorporated these babies in to help as an emergency!

1. Acure Brightening Facial Scrub I used this in the shower to really clean deep down in my pores and get out any gunk. Acure Organics is an amazing brand that uses 100% all natural products with 100% biodegradable packaging! Yeah, go green!

2. Murad’s Acne Spot Treatment I incorporated this after my moisturizer at night before bed. The sulfur + salicylic acid in this really helped combat the nasty breakout while I slept.

3. Mario Badescu Drying Mask this mask I used a few times during the process and immediately I noticed results, because the size of the breakout would be reduced within just a few hours of use. This mask has calamine and sulfur in it, I think my skin loves sulfur during a breakout.

Now it’s May and my skin is 75% back on track! Have you tried any of the products listed above, if so, what were your experiences? Are there any products that make you breakout like those did to me?

Thanks for reading!

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XOXOBee

DIY: Cabinet Makeover

Hello everyone! I hope you all are doing fantastic and enjoying beautiful weather wherever you are. I didn’t post on the blog all weekend and I feel like I missed so much. Posting on here has become a regular weekly thing and I do thoroughly enjoy it and I do enjoy talking with each and everyone of you! 

Part of the reason that I missed my post this weekend was because the hubby and I were busy refinishing a cabinet that I’ve had for years. I’ve been wanting to change it up an revamp it for quite some time and I’m so glad that I decided to wait until we bought a house so that we could truly select a color that fit our scheme.

I’m the world’s most indecisive person so choosing a color was pretty hard since I am a lover of neutrals. When we moved into our house, all of the walls were white except one jet black wall in the livingroom with sliding barn doors. What was the previous owner thinking!? Now I love my black, don’t get me wrong, but black for a livingroom wall – no thanks. We immediately primed and painted over the black and painted settled on a beautiful medium grey. Since our livingroom is mostly grey, white, black, and blues, we figured let’s give this dingy old cabinet a beautiful pop of color!
   

Here are the colors we were able to narrow it down to. We decided on the last one all the way to the right, but as I primed and painted the entire cabinet that color I decided to exchange it for the color that is the second in on the right. The color we started with just screamed “baby boy nursery” a little too much and it threw off my vibe. My mom even asked me when I was due! Needless to say I am absolutely thrilled with the color change and I think it fits our livingroom perfectly! Once it was completed we still felt that it needed a little something extra, because it just felt flat and factory made. We decided to distress the cabinet to give it more dimension and to give it a vintage look. I am so happy that we decided to go that route! Once that was complete we kept the original brackets and top drawer handles, but we decided to purchase new knobs for the bottom three cabinet doors. My husband really gravitated towards some lion head ones and they matched the original hardware very nicely! So we decided to go with it.
 
Here is our finished product! This has added just enough of a pop of color to our livingroom to keep my husband happy – rather than painting a whole wall blue, ewww. Needless to say, I’m in love with this cabinet! I think I may have caught the DIY bug, because I just can’t wait to get my hands on more things to change up!

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XOXO, Bee

Product Empties 2: Skin + Hair

  

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is doing well and you’re all experiencing beautiful weather. It’s still rainy here in the Midwest, but it’s a perfect day for blogging and running a few errands. I’m out of some of my hair and skin products and wanted to share my empties with you!

1. Aveda Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist is supposed to help balance and refresh normal to oily skin. I purchased this must after my wedding, because my professional makeup artist used this on me and I really loved the smell and the way it made my skin feel. The main ingredient is water, along with peppermint, aloe, rose, witch hazel and more! Overall I really enjoyed this toning must because it’s convenient and I don’t have to put it on a cotton swab. I would repurchase this product sometime, however, I don’t plan to run out and get it right away. I would like to try other toners especially if any of you have any recommendations.

2. Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser is my holy grail product! I purchased this a few years back and I have gone through several bottles. This stuff is a dupe for the Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser as well. It completely removes 100% of my makeup at the end of each day, even mascara, and it’s gentle enough for sensitive eyes including contact lense wearers. This cleanser doesn’t strip my skin of its natural oils and leaves my skin feeling clean but not tight. This can be purchased at any drugstore for only around $5! I used to buy makeup wipes all the time which can get costly, but this has saved me so much money because I can completely skip that step with this cleanser. I can’t say enough great things about this product, it has quickly became a must-have in my skincare routine!

 
3. Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion is a part of the Murad acne fighting kit that I purchased awhile back at Ulta. This lotion is fantastic, because it replenishes the moisture in your skin and doesn’t leave it feeling greasy or too hydrated, it always feels just right. It doesn’t state on the packing if its oil-free or not, but it is non-comedogenic. As I mentioned in my last empties, which you can read here, I will not be repurchasing this product because I’ve been more into gel moisturizers because my skin is so oily. I also feel that the Clean & Clear moisturizer featured in my last empties haul is a wonderful dupe for this product and is about 1/6 of the cost!

4. Dove Go Fresh in the scent blue fig & orange blossom is my absolute favorite deodorant. Dove is the best brand for deodorant and body wash in my personal opinion, because their products work well with my skin. This scent is my favorite even though I have tried the pomegranatecucumber, and others! Something about the go fresh line really did the trick for me and has kept me dry all day. I have repurchased this time and time again and I will continue to do so. Right now I’m actually giving the Dove Dry Spray a go, so we’ll see how that works out!

5. Macadamia Deep Repair Masque is my favorite hair mask that I’ve ever tried. My hair typically is pretty dehydrated and frizzy because of my ethnic background, great genes, and heat styling tools that I use. Every time I use this masque my hair is deeply hydrated, less frizzyextremely shinyand has less fall out. The whole point of this masque is to mimic the hairs natural oils it produces to revitalize it. Not only is this amazing for the health of my hair, but my senses are thankful too – this product smells absolutely amazing! I have purchased this a few times and I definitely will again. *I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle and was thinking about picking it up to see if it gives comparable results. If you’ve tried the Aussie brand please let me know how you liked it – or if there are any other masks that are your favorites. 

Have you tried any of the products listed above – if so, what are your thoughts? If you have any recommendations for me please list them below!

Thank you for reading!

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XOXO, Bee

Elf Cosmetics Blush Palette

  

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a great start to your weekend. It’s raining like crazy here in the Midwest so I thought it was the perfect time to sit down and write about this amazing blush palette from Elf Cosmetics that has completely taken me by surprise! One of my new Instagram followers photographed this beautiful quad on her page and had nothing but great things to say about it. I have been really needing to pick up some more blushes for spring because to be honest, blush is something I just started wearing within the last few years. I always thought that with my darker skin tone blush would be stupid or it wouldn’t show up, etc. Little did I know I was very wrong and blush can look beautiful on any skin tone!

  
This palette can be purchased online or can be found at a majority of drugstores – I purchased mine from Target for only $6! Only $6 for four shades is such a steal! The packaging is a sleek and matte black hard case that is perfect for travel and it goes nicely with all of my other products. It does look high-end because it has a large high quality mirror that fills up the entire lid. If you’re traveling and it happens to break, it’s very cheap to replace! The palette comes in two color choices: light & dark. I chose to pick mine up dark because I love the look of deep rose/mauve shades on my tan skin.

  
Shade Descriptions: 

•Top Left – deep burgundy matte

•Top Right – raspberry shimmer

Bottom Right – coral pink matte

•Bottom Left – baby pink plum matte

 
This is the reason why I’m in love with this little palette. Just LOOK at that pigmentation!  It blends effortlessly into the skin and has buildable coverage. I barely tap my blush brush into the palette and that little motion is literally all that I need for each cheek. This is probably my favorite purchase so far in 2015, because it’s affordable, highly pigmented, butterygreat packaging, easily accessiblehasn’t broke me out, etc! I don’t think I can say enough great things about it other than to thank Elf Cosmetics for making such a wonderful drugstore product!

Have you tried either of these Elf blush palettes or any other blush from them – if so, what are your thoughts? Are there any other Elf products that you love?

Thank you reading!

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XOXO, Bee

Little Ulta Haul

  

Ulta is having a buy on get one half off for a lot their drugstore brands (including NYX) so I knew I had to jump at this opportunity! I picked up some oldies but goodies and some new products that I’ve been really wanting to try!

1. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush this is a new product that I’ve never tried but I’ve had my eye on it! I currently have the blush brush from RT and I love it so much! I honestly probably didn’t need this brush, but hey, who wouldn’t love another in their collection…AM I RIGHT!?

2. Essence All About Matt! Powder ever since I posted my Essence Lip Liner look for spring, which can be read here, I have been so excited to try more products because there were quite a few fellow bloggers responses about the brand were positive! You all know I’m oily, so I thought I would give this a shot and review it later!

3. Smashbox Photo Finish Light this is not a new product for me. I’ve purchased this probably three times now. Every time I try to use a new primer I always come back to this one. I can do a full review later, but nothing else has helped keep my oil at bay as well as this one. Thank you, Smashbox!

4. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer for those of you have been following me for at least a few weeks, it’s no surprise that this was a repurchase. I posted all about my top four concealers and this one is an oldie but goodie and definitely made the cut! If you’d like a more in depth review about this concealer, you can read that right here.

   

5. NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams I purchased these in the shades Copenhagen and Prague. I know Copenhagen isn’t that “springy” of a color, but this baby is always sold out and I’ve never seen it in stock at my store! I’m thinking ahead for this fall, plus I will be honest I eat, sleep, and breathe for a deep vampy lip! 🙂 These are also completely new items that I’ve never tried! I’m very excited because I’m obsessed with the NYX Buttergloss collection already. 

6. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless this foundation it’s pretty spectacular and I have a full review on it plus the powder that you can read here. With the buy one get one I was able to get this at a fraction of the price and I know I’ll be running out of my other one soon since I’ve been reaching for this 3-4 days per week.

7. Maybelline The Rocket Mascara is a product that I’ve never tried but always wanted to! I’ve had a few bloggers suggest trying this one out because it’s their holy grail! Buy one get one, I figured why the heck not!? Plus my L’oreal mascara was running low and I needed a change.

Have you tried any of the products list above – if so, what are your thoughts? Hopefully you got to take full advantage of the buy one get one sale at Ulta! Have a fabulous rest of your Sunday 🙂

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XOXO, Bee

Product Empties!

Happy Saturday everyone! I’ve started to run low on some of my products and thought an empties post would be ideal. I’ll write a bit about the product, my thoughts, and if I would repurchase!

1. Rimmel Stay Matte Primer if you’ve been following me for a while then you know I have very oily skin! It’s a curse and a blessing a the same time. This primer states that it is skin-perfecting, can be wore alone or under makeup. It also states it can keep you shine-free up to 8 hours, and minimize the appearance of pores. – I agree that it creates a great base of makeup, minimizes my pores, and controls shine. The consistency is really thick, but not as thick and difficult to work with as the Boots No. 7 Matte primer – that one was so thick and glue-like it broke me out. The claims that it controls shine up to 8 hours is interesting, with a strong emphasis on the “up to” part, I would say I get a good 2-3 hours before I need to blot my face. This is the best drugstore primer for oily skin that I’ve tried so far, I will repurchase for days when I don’t feel like using a high end primer.

2. Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer states that its oil-free and that it helps to treat and prevent pimples. This product contains 0.5% salicylic acid acne medication. It doesn’t really contain enough acne fighting ingredients to truly make a difference in your skin on it’s own, but it’s something to help with other methods you may be using. I really actually enjoy this moisturizer! It’s very important to have oil-free products when you have oily skin and this just feels good on the skin. It’s very inexpensive as it can be purchased for only around $5, and it lasts an extremely long time. It took me months and months to get through this bottle. I won’t be repurchasing this anytime soon, because I have actually been more into gel moisturizers rather than lotion types. But if you’re in the market for a great product that hydrates with a non-greasy feeling and you’re on a budget, this is for you!

3. Batiste Dry Shampoo states that it’s perfect for use between washes. A quick burst revitalizes hair and removes any excess oil. Hair feels gorgeously clean and fresh with added body and texture. I completely am in love with this product! I agree with all of the claims. I purchased this at Ulta for around $8 and it was the first time I tried it. Previously I tried others like Dove, Toni & Guy, Tresemme (which was the worst out of the bunch) and I was never really impressed by those. This dry shampoo is perfect and really gets the job done for a good price. I have already repurchased this baby in the tinted version for dark brown hair, because it leaves less of a “white cast” on my hair! Love love love.

4. Maybelline Fit Me concealer in shade medium. I don’t really need to get into much of an explanation about why I enjoy this product, because I just did a whole post on my top four concealers which you can read here. This was one of them listed because it’s very inexpensive, easily accessible, and perfect for every day wear. I’ve already repurchased this and it’s in my stash!

5. ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder in the shade ivory. I’ll admit that this is a strange product in my makeup collection, because I don’t use it for it’s intended purpose. The product states it’s for the treatment of acne and that it helps prevent new acne blemishes. It also contains 1.0% of salicylic acid acne medication. I purchased this product in a lighter shade and I actually use this to set my concealer under my eyes. This only costs $1 at the drugstore and it’s surprisingly buttery and rich. It’s finely milled and perfect for setting my eye area. I’ve already repurchased this product, it’s fantastic!

6. Anastasia Brow Wiz in the shade chocolate – which is the perfect color for me. Who hasn’t heard of this product? It’s fantastic and I don’t even need to tell you why! One of my favorite parts about it though is the spooly at the end to comb through my brows. It is on the pricey side and can be purchased for $21 but it is definitely worth it! At this time I won’t be repurchasing this product and may not again, thanks to a new dupe that I found for less than half the price!

Have you tried any of the products listed above – what are your thoughts? Do you have any products not listed that you would recommend?

Thanks for reading!

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XOXO, Bee