Memebox Superbox #34 Dermocosmetics 2 Review + Coupon Code

Memebox Superbox 34 Dermcosmetics 2

“Dermatologist tested and proven to be effective for all skin types, our Dermo-Cosmetics Box #2 is back with a bigger punch!

Approved for effectiveness and sensitivity, our Dermo-Cosmetics Box #2 is packed with dermatologist favorites that are meant to pamper, restore and rejuvenate your skin! It contains everything you need to illuminate the skin and repair damaged skin by the sun and other environmental stressor to improve the appearance of dull, uneven skintone and dark spots, giving you a naturally healthy looking glow.

Take the Dermo-Cosmetics #2 challenge and experience the difference in your skin!”

This is a sponsored post.

Ooooooh–my first Superbox! These boxes are loaded up with all full-sized products. ::squee::

I was really happy that Memebox chose to send me this Superbox #34 Dermocosmetics 2 box for review; I have never gotten to try a box from this line and was super excited to break into it.

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Cooking the Book: Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

marcella hazanSo, today I’m breaking away from the usual beauty-related post and touching on another important area of my life: cooking and awesome friends.

There are three things I am passionate about: writing, makeup, and food. I love to cook, but I simply don’t do it enough. I work an average of 45hrs per week at my day job, and spend a lot of my free time working on my fiction writing and maintaining/creating content for this here blog. Too often my husband and I default to eating out or picking up take-out, which is both expensive and disheartening. (And fattening. Let’s throw fattening in there for good measure.)

At the end of June, I made a comment on my Facebook, that even once in awhile I would get the urge to cook my way through a single cookbook, Julie & Julia style. The outpouring of encouragement I received from friends astounded me. Then, that night, a dear friend texted me and said she was totally down with the idea. We picked a book, hatched a plan, shared the details with our close-knit group of lady friends, and the very next week the Cooking Adventurers were born: a group of eight culinarily crafty ladies determined to cook our way through at least 90% of Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking over the next year (or more, really; since I don’t have any intention of stopping until I hit that 90% no matter how long it takes me). We’ve been sharing our experiences with the food and delicious pictures with one another as we go, and it has been a great time.

So. Would you like to see the delicious dishes that have come out of my kitchen over the past two months?

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review – August 2014

Popsugar August 2014

“What inspired us for August? Celebration. Sweet smells. Sexy skin. Happy treats. Beach days. Summer nights out. Shiny accents.”

~Lisa Sugar, POPSUGAR Founder and Editor in Chief

I was pretty disappointed by last month’s box, so I had mixed feelings as I waited for August’s to arrive. Would it redeem POPSUGAR in my eyes? Would it be another flop? Would it be meh and fall somewhere in the middle?

Let’s find out…

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100% Pure Lavender Honey Foaming Facial Cleansing Foam Review

100% Pure Lavender Honey Foaming Facial Cleanser

“A gentle facial cleansing foam that washes away makeup and other impurities while nourishing the skin. Does not contain harsh detergents that can strip, dehydrate, or irritate. Rather than using detergents, 100% Pure cleansers are made with a mild coconut cleansing agent that is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. Infused with hydrating organic lavender honey, skin-calming botanicals, anti-inflammatory lavender essential oil, anti-aging green tea, and antioxidant-rich berries.”

Cleanser is probably the hardest item for me to find, skin care wise. Every time I finally find one that cleanses my skin without stripping it or making it red, I fall in love only to have it discontinued a short time later. My latest lost love–my Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cream Cleanser–went the way of the dinosaur rather quickly, without giving me time to stockpile any backup tubes. So, while I slowly watch my single tube dwindle, I am back on the hunt for something suitable for my sensitive skin.

Enter 100% Pure Lavender Honey Foaming Facial Cleansing Foam.

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NYX Cosmetics Wonder Pencil in Light Review

NYX Cosmetics Wonder Pencil Light

“Wonder Woman, meet the Wonder Pencil…the essential pencil that fulfills all of your beauty desires. Conquer 3 critical make-up tasks with one product: CONCEAL flaws and blemishes with creamy precision; LINE your lips against lipstick bleeding and fading; and BRIGHTEN your eyes along the water line. Will wonders never cease? Not with the Wonder Pencil in your bag!”

I’m one of those people who carry a huge purse more often than not, and have it jam-packed without enough odds and ends that I could probably found my own civilization if I were ever to find myself stranded somewhere. Seriously; Survivorman ain’t got nothing on me!

In the summer months, however, I do try to scale it back a bit and “go light.” That also means scaling back the gigantic (i.e. ridiculous) amount of makeup I have on my person at all times. So, I’m always on the look out for some good multi-tasking products. Like, a good coral-y cream product that can double as both blush and lipstick. Or a medium-toned brown powder that could be a quick eye shadow or a bronzer.

Another product I found that fits that bill (and fits it well!) is this little drugstore gem: the NYX Cosmetics Wonder Pencil.

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Real Techniques Silicone Eye Liner Brush Review

Real Techniques Silicone Pencil Liner Brush

I was so excited when I stumbled across this brush at Ulta. Like, stupid excited. I think I might have squealed and earned an odd look from another shopper. Oh well.

I am a huge fan of gel eye liners. While I love Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencil liners unabashedly, I find I have a much easier time using gel on my eyes. I have pretty tiny lids, so it is damn near impossible to get a nice, thin line along my upper lashline. And wings? Forget about it–I have never, ever pulled that off with a pencil!

I’ve used all types of liner brushes with my gel liners in the past–straight edged, small angled, large angled, pencil style, teeny tiny nubby pencil tipped. You know it, I’ve tried it. My reigning favorites are the Sigma E16 Tightline Liner brush and the long discontinued Bare Escentuals Full-Edge Liner brush, which originally came in a kit called the “Retro Lounge Eye.” I have an assortment of other brushes in my kit, but those two were my tried-and-true gel liner brushes, hands down.

I never had much luck with the standard, pencil style tipped brushes.The bristles never, ever stayed compact enough for me–they’d be great for the first use, but after a wash or two, the nightmare would start. My lines would come out too thick, uneven, or just plain wonky. Made me feel like a terrible makeup artist, let me tell you!

So, when I caught wind of the Real Techniques Silicone Eye Liner Brush, I got really intrigued. A liner brush made from a single piece of silicone, which promised to be the: “ultimate tool for smooth, precise application of liquid or cream eyeliner”?! Oh you know I just had to try that out for myself!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade Review

Anastasia Auburn Dipbrow

“This creamy, multitasking product glides on skin and hair smoothly to create clean, defined brows. The standout formula works as a brow primer and provides color, sculpture, and shading. It is ideal for oily skin and in humid climates.”

I hate my brows. Or, maybe, hate isn’t a strong enough word. I loathe my brows.

Seriously–if there was one things I could change about myself, it wouldn’t be my girth or my wonky teeth or my hyper-sensitive skin. It would, hands down, no hesitation, be the sparseness of my hair. (Which I’m hoping would cure both my skimpy brows and my sad hairline in one swoop. And no, I don’t think that wish is cheating.)

My eyebrows are ridiculously sparse. Thin all throughout, with some almost bare spots along the tail–terrible, terrible brows, I tell you! They’re not even like this from overtweezing, which I would have to accept as my own mistake. They just decided to go along for the ride when my hair started thinning out in my late twenties, much to my dismay. I can’t go a day without filling them in (well, unless I don’t plan on leaving the house).

In my quest to achieve normal looking brows (that are neither nonexistent nor circus clown drawn on), I’ve tried over a dozen different products in the past five years. Sadly, this continuing to try new things means that they’ve all had lackluster results. The colors were off, the formula smeared on hot days, they looks too harsh–you name it, I experienced it.

The best success I have had was with the IT Cosmetics Your Brows But Better skinny pencil, in their universal taupe shade. That stuff is great! The formula lasts through sweat and rain, looks very natural when compared to my natural brow hair color, and the pencil has a point that is both thin and soft enough to get a full but not harsh look. However, with current shade of flaming auburn hair, the color just wasn’t doing it for me.

So, I decided it was time to hybrid-ize my brows. I could use that lovely pencil to shape them out, but I needed a little something more–a tinted product of some sort that could make my brows look a touch more like my dyed hair. Enter Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Auburn.

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