Review: Hawaiian Tropic Self Tanner Creme

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you are all having a great weekend 🙂

As many women out there, I am a big fan of having a nice golden tan without having to roast under the sun. I have tried numerous lotions, sprays and even a spray tan. Not going to lie, spray tans look great but the price tag and the smell keep me far away! Luckily, I found my match! It’s the Hawaiian Tropic Island Radiance Self Tanner Creme.

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This creme claims:

Flawless Tan

Luxurious 12 Hour Moisturization

Light, Fresh Fragrance

Retails anywhere from $6 (Walmart) to $11 (Ulta).

 

Why I like it:

– Just like it claims, the creme leaves a flawless tan.

– Great color. Not too orange or fake looking.

– Price! Sometimes they will be Buy one Get one 50% off at Ulta.

– Amount of product. Compared to a $30 spray tan that lasts 3 days.

What I don’t like:

– Not finding it at local drugstores (I’ve only found it at Ulta)

– The smell. It’s not as bad as a spray tan but it definitely has a strong smell.

Tips:
1. Exfoliate your skin before using
2. Let the product dry before putting in clothes or going to sleep
3. What I like to do is wear shorts and a tank top to apply and let dry right before going to sleep
4. If you want to apply for extra color before going out, use a VERY thin layer on the desired area. The thinner the layer the faster it will dry.
5. In order to maintain the color, use it every other day.
6. When the color starts to fade just make sure to exfoliate really good to avoid blotchiness.

All in all, I love this product and really wished they sold it in more stores. The color, price and size of products is great!

Hope you all enjoyed this! Please let me know if there is a another self tanner you suggest I use!

Have a wonderful day 🙂

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Review: Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen

I have a confession to make… I’ve been cheating on my MAC fluidline! In a past post, I mentioned that MAC Fluidline was my favorite eyeliner until I encountered the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen.

This eyeliner is unlike any other! It retails for $6.56 at you local drugstore and is available in three colors; blackest black, black and blackened brown.

This eyeliner claims:

-Felt tip controlled application
-Smudge-proof lasting color that wears up to 16 hours
-Easier to apply than traditional liquid eyeliners

Why I like it:

– ALL of the claims are TRUE!

– The felt tip is incredible with precision

– The lasting power is pretty good too! It will definitely last an entire work way.

– It is most definitely easier to apply than traditional liquid eyeliners. The felt tip applicator allows for great control of the product and the line.

– The color is a true black that does not require three coats

– Matte finish!

– Slick pencil like packaging

– Great price

What I don’t like:

– I wish it existed in other colors!

– My cousin has tried this product before and mentioned that the product was not as vibrantly black in the beginning. However, she stored it upside down for over 24hrs to allow the product to go down.

All in all, this is a great product that is definitely worth spending under $7. The color, longevity and ability to create a precise line is incredible!

Let me know what you guys think of this product if you have tried it or plan on trying it.

Also, enter my giveaway!

If I shopped at…

Kate Spade!

This past weekend I visited Woodbury Commons in Upstate New York for the second time since I’ve lived here. For those of you who have visited the outlets, you know that it’s huge and with an endless list of stores! Not to mention all the great deals that each store has!

This time around I visited a few stores for the first time and fell in love with almost everything! Usual case of a woman who loves fashion! So I decided to share with you guys some of the items I would purchase at Kate Spade!

Grand Street Quinn On Sale for $178

Mikas Pond Lacey On Sale for $93

Kissing Crocodile Belt On Sale for $66

Solarium Bib Necklace On Sale for $156

New Bond Street Hadley $478

Double Bow Hinged Bangle $78

Orchidia Necklace $298

Desert Stone Necklace $248

Broomed Street Jean $198

Nico Dress $468

Ok so I know that I love a lot of things from this store, but what isn’t there to love when they have such beautiful pieces! I really love the bright colors yet classiness of their handbags! They have some really cute stuff and I can definitely see myself shopping here!

They currently have a sale 25% off certain items! Check it out!

Upcoming Blogs:

* Ulta Wishlist

* Favorite H&M Dress and way to style it

* If I shopped at… TORY BURCH

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My First BirchBox!

I know I’m late with the monthly subscriptions but I’m so excited to say that today, I received my first BirchBox! To my surprise, I got the Gossip Girl one for May and so far I have a great first impression!

I know a lot of you know what BirchBox is but just in case, I’ll mention that it’s a monthly subscription that sends you sample sized beauty products for $10. You can cancel the subscription any time.

This is my first Box and I received it relatively quickly! Not to mention the packaging is so adorable!

The only think I will say about it, is that you sign up for it with you email and you get contacted when you are able to order a box. So please keep that in mind because when I decided that I wanted to try, I got super excited and then had to wait! It’s totally worth it though!

Above is a picture of how everything came packaged! Absolutely adorable!

And here are all the items I received! The only two things now shown are the card with all the product information and a sweepstakes opportunity that can win you a $500 BirchBox store shopping spree.

Item Description:

Color Club Nail Polish in Disco Nap

Dr. Jart + , Waterfuse BB Cream (If you all remember my Garnier BB Cream Review, then you know I’m excited to try this BB Cream!)

Kerastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide (Hair Serum)

Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Curacao (Swatch Below)

Kerastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal (Shampoo)

Kerastase Cristalliste Lait Cristal (Conditioner)

Notecard

Although I just got my first box, I’m already in love. This is a great way for me to try out new products!

Comment below if you are a Birchbox lover or have similar company that I should try!

Tips for Quick Makeup Look

Sometimes we just don’t have time in the morning to do a full face of makeup! It happens to me all the time so I found a way to look nice and refreshed while only spending about 3 minutes and using 4 items!

Here I am with no makeup. (Yikes!)

Here are the products I used:

Maybelline Colossal:

I’ve talked about this mascara before and will continue to say how wonderful it is! Putting on mascara will really open up your eyes and make you look refreshed!

Revlon Photo Ready Concealer:

This concealer has been working great for me so obviously it is something that I use almost daily. The coverage is great but it’s not heavy! It also adds some bightens yet conceals any under eye dark circles!

ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder:

Great for a quick sweep of bronzer and blush all in the same container. Using this will really sculpt your face and it’s really quick to apply!

NYX Color Lip Balm:

I finished off the look with a lip balm that provides color and moisture in one tube!

Here is the final look!

I look refreshed and ready for a wonderful day.

Hope you guys enjoyed this!

Comment below if you try it or have any other quick tips that help you out in the morning!

Favorite Neutral Palette

Now a days there are so many nude palettes on the market that it becomes difficult to find one that suits you. Like everyone else, I wanted to try the coveted Urban Decay Naked Palette but didn’t really want to spend the $50 on it. So one day at Ulta, I spotted the NYX Nude on Nude palette that retails for $25 on sale for $14! Without hesitation, I purchased it and have never looked back!

*The Palette is currently $25 at Ulta but always look out for a sale!*

Why I love it:

  • Amazing range of colors!
  • Matte and shimmer shades
  • 20 shades!
  • Very pigmented
  • Amazing lasting power (with primer!)
  • The price!
  • Multipurpose
  • Every color you need in one compact package
  • Includes lip colors!
  • Lot of great one color shades for quick makeup looks
  • Cruelty Free

Swatches:

The palette really lets you play up a nude look during the day but also intensify at night with one of the amazing darker shades.

There isn’t enough good things that I can say about this palette because it has really come in handy! I used it on my graduation photos on my friend and I and it was amazing!

As always, I use a primer before applying the shadows for better lasting power and I’m always impressed by how beautiful the colors show up.

This is a picture taken by Alexander Rothschild for our College Graduations! My friend Jenine (left) and I right both have on the NYX Nude on Nude Palette and it truly photographed well!

Here is a close-up of my eyes after using the NYX Palette!

Hope you all enjoyed this post about my favorite nude palette! What is your favorite nude palette?

This product was purchased by me and these are my true and honest opinions!