Friday, October 4, 2013

Influenster VoxBox review!



I received items in this post free, for review. 
I am writing this from my iPad and will try and upload pictures later. For some reason there's a problem right now.

 In my VoxBox, I received a Dr.scholls for her high heel inserts, Suave Professionals Moroccan oil styling gel, Goody tanglefix, Olay fresh effects shine shine go away, and NYC .

I will go down the list starting from the most favored things, to things I would not be repurchasing. 
First thing I really liked and can see myself repurchasing is the Dr.Scholls high heel inserts. 
These aren't my first pair of inserts from Dr.Scholls. Back in the day when I was working 18 hours a day, these saved my feet! Now on these particular pair, I use them for when I am wearing heels and it really helps take the pressure off my feet. I find that they don't slip and slid like some cheaply made inserts that I have tried. 
I wouldn't say these didn't make my feet hurt at all, because come on, your still walking on a heel, but it definitely made it more bearable and more comfortable. I would repurchase for sure. 

The next item on the favorable list was the Suave Moroccan oil. I have tried many different oils for the hair, even though, my scalp is naturally oily. I find that with this oil, it does the job and I really like how it's not too heavy for my fine-ish hair.  I also use it for my daughters curly hair and it does wonders. I also really like the smell and being pregnant (yup, I'm pregnant), the smell doesn't nauseated me which is crazy, because everything now is very nauseatingly to me. From my everyday perfumes, to simple smells like oil. This oil is a keeper and I doubt it will be used up anytime soon. 

The next product is the a NYC Multi-flects sparkle eye dust in color 882. With this particular product the first thing I loved was the color of it. I actually thought it was a cream before I opened it.   The color is a smokey purple brown. The consistency is a very fine light powder that reminds me much of pigments, but a lot more light in weight and not as oily, if that's the word.  I hated the opening since it's so easy to spill, so I doubt I will repurchase but the color alone makes my green eyes sparkle. 

The Olay Fresh effects was actually, I felt, catered to my pregnant skin. Since becoming pregnant, my skin has gone haywire, making way too much oil around my hairline and T-zone, so this product I felt was a big helper. It made my skin feel fresh and clean, however I did experience a couple more breakout in my neck area when I hadn't had those before but I can't entirely blame the cleanser since like I mentioned before, my skin is crazy right now. This is a iffy repurchase for me since I can't see a difference in skin tone, but since it says shine reducer, it did make a difference in my skins shininess, so it's so-so for me. 


The last product I am reviewing is the Goody tangle fix brush.  I thought this would be a miracle worker on my daughters hair. Her hair gets tangled fast and I have to brush it out every single day, or it's hell the next day. This brush was horrible for her!! 
I'm going to start off by saying this was my experience and it might be different for different hair types. 
I start with small sections of her hair, working my way up from the ends to the roots. 
I hold her hair so as not to pull it when I am brushing it because I find this helps with the pulling and pain for her. The bristles are not rounded and cause me pain when it hits the skin, so I doubt it felt pleasant on her scalp thus I avoided brushing hard against her scalp area. The bristles are painful. 
It's also was pain free. I was very gentle and still she was saying ouch and oweee. She is a trooper when it comes to pain (I swear she's always been so tough) and it was still painful for her. 
DEFINITELY NOT A REPURCHASE. I doubt we will even use this one. 
The only good things about it were that it is plastic so it can be washed of dust and hair product and the fact that it fits so perfectly in your hand other than that, no good for me. 

All in all. This VoxBox was really nice and I enjoyed reviewing them. Thank you Influenster!!

Products in the post were sent for free, in exchange for review and are entirely my own opinions. 















Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Urban Decay Glinda Palette review, swatches & photos!!


Urban Decay Description:
Two insanely gorgeous limited-edition palettes inspired by the witches in Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful. (Because we all have a good side and a bad side.)

 The Glinda Palette
Eyeshadows: Tornado (vibrant deep purple shimmer), Aura (2 shades in 1: iridescent white w/blue shift and iridescent white w/red shift), Magic (pinkish purple w/golden shimmer), Illusion (pale peach satin), Oz (2 shades in 1: gold shimmer w/gold glitter and silver shimmer w/silver glitter) and South (warm pale gray shimmer w/silver micro-glitter).

 Eye Pencil: deep eggplant. Lip Color: Glinda (light sheer beige).

Thursday, April 18, 2013

FragranceNet.com Winner!!


My FragranceNet.com giveaway has ended and I just wated to say a big thank-you to everyone who entered.

I wouldn't be able to have these giveaway from companies if it weren't for your loyal support and friendship. 
And for that, I wish I could give a big virtual hug. 

Without firther ado, the winner is...
Jennifer Renesca!

I have contacted her already and she has claimed her prize. Thank you everyone again. I will have more giveaway in the future, so don't worry if you didn't win this time. Next time, you might!

Remember to visit FragranceNet.com and enter code YTRV5 for 15% off your ENTIRE order!
Love you all. xoxo

Monday, April 15, 2013

Marc Jacobs Dot perfume + Last day to enter my giveaway!


I received this Perfume to review from FragranceNet.com

If your personal style is sunny and happy, the Marc Jacobs Dot fragrance for women is the signature daytime scent for you. Designed by the Marc Jacobs perfume house and released in 2012, this modern scent updates the traditional fruity floral with exotic base notes of coconut wrapped in whispers of soft vanilla. Packaged in an adorable red polka dot bottle, this engaging perfume will not only look great on your vanity table, it will attract tons of admirers when you wear it.

Available in 30, 50 &100ml EDP flacons


Notes: Red Berries, Dragonfruit, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Coconut Water, Orange Blossom, Vanilla, Driftwood, Musk.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Smashbox The Master Class Palette Review + photos/swatches!


I love palettes, I'm not going to lie. If you have seen my latest haul, you know what I'm talking about.
The convenience of having coordinated colors together instead of having to buy the shades, one by one, open each individual eyeshadow, one by one, to get the look you want, all in order to create the look your going for, especially if your in a hurry, is a pain.
There's something about having everything you need in this palette.
It offers a variety of neutral colors, brighter colors, includes blushes, highlighters, eyeliner/creme eyeshadow bases and of course, lipglossees! 


 Sephora description:
From cases full of eye shadows, to bags brimming with glosses, the amount of products the Smashbox artists bring on set can be overwhelming. Get all your photo-ready essentials in one place with The Master Class Palette by Smashbox, a palette jam-packed with 28 Photo Op Eyeshadows, four brow tech powders, eight cream eyeliners, two blushes, three soft lights, and four lip glosses. Featuring Smashbox’s core eye shadow formula for the ultimate in blendability and pigmentation, plus many of our other studio-tested products, this palette contains everything you need to dust, blend, and swipe your way to a multitude of looks.


Sephora: $59 ($250 value)
This was is still available on Sephora as of April 6th, 2013
(There is a second edition of this MasterClass Palette, available on Sephora.com as of March 11, 2014)

Monday, April 1, 2013

FragranceNet.com $50 Giveaway!



Hello my Beauties!
I have an amazing giveaway to share with you.
FragranceNet.com has offered to provide my loyal subscribers with a $50 gift certificate to their website.
No charge to you! How amazing is this?
Here's how to enter:
Like them on their Facebook fan page, Follow them on twitter, tweet about this giveaway and make sure you are subscribed to my Youtube channel. Comment below telling me what you would buy with the winnings. I'd love to know!
This giveaway is International, so don't worry. I've included all my international beauties too!
I have linked everything in the Raffelcopter entry box below.





Make sure you check out FragranceNet.com's other social platforms
This code: YTRV5, takes 15% off your entire order.
(This giveaway was provided by FragranceNet.com)
 

Here are other ways to follow me, since GFC is going to be no more:
YouTube: Click here
Facebook: Click here
Twitter: Click here
 Bloglovin: Click here
 Hellocotton: Click here
Pinterest: Click here

Thank you to all my readers here. Love you all and I urge you all to enter!
xoxo
Tamara

Thursday, March 14, 2013

HUGE HAUL: Urban Decay, Crown Brush, MAC + more!!


Hello my Beauties ♥
I wanted alot of these products for a while so since my husband and I's anniversary is coming up, he gave me the go ahead to get whatever I felt like getting, and guess what I felt like getting?
Did you guess?
You got it!
Makeup!!
Alot of these purchases were on my make-up wish list forever, so please don't think I am trying to brag. If you guys know me, I rarely buy MAC so obviously it was a special occasion. However I will admit, I am loving what they offer. when you think about it, they are cheaper than Urban Decay (my fav brand), they have a recycling program, and they have new collections that come out every couple months. Whats not to love!?


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Winners of my First Youtube Giveaway!!



Thank you to everyone who entered my very First Youtube giveaway. Many of you have been with me from the beginning and I want to give a huge e-Hug to you guys and to the newcomers, I want to welcome you and Thank you for supporting me by subscribing.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

ULTA 21 Days of beauty!!


If you guys are looking to score some major savings in the month of March, make sure you check out your Local ULTA. Tons of savings to be had.
 Below is week 1-3.



 





**While quantities last, No rain checks. 2 per customer.  Starts March 10th, 2013. Beauty deals are for ONE day only.


 My whole family has be sooo sick lately that I think I will be skipping this weeks video. I look like ISH and I sound like CRAP. Nuff said. Hope you guys are doing good. :)


Did you guys grab anything from last years sales? I wasn't up early enough so everything was sold out when I got there. Make sure you wake up early to get what you want. If you wake up later, call the store ahead of time to make sure they have that item still in stock (if that's what you were going to make the drive for). 


I def plan on picking up the Stila In the moment palette. I have two In the Light palettes (one for backup) and I have been wanting the In the moment palette and In the Garden palette forever. I'm such a sucker for palettes Literally, I have over 30 palettes. What a cray palette lady I am!

What will you ladies/gentlemen be picking up this year for the Beauty day sales? 
I'd love to hear. Comment below!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

FOTD: Date night!


 
Hello Beautiful people! ♥
How is your week going so far? Anything exciting that you want to share? 
I have been slammed with things recently, but wanted to reconnect to my love... My blog.
 I cannot believe its already been a over a year since I first started blogging! Time waits for no one. 
Recently I did this Tutorial for my date night (which was Valentines Day) and wanted to share it with you all! 
I picked a uber inexpensive palette (wet n wild- the silent treatment) for this look and as always, I was so impressed with the quality of the eyeshadows. They have THE most velvety, soft pigmented eyeshadows drugstores have to offer, in my book. :)

I actually want to do a I ♡ Drugstore Tag on my YouTube channel soon, so I know for sure, wet n wild will be mentioned in it.

Remember for this look, it doesn't have to be date night or Valentines day. You can wherever. Its not too dramatic that it is over the top. :)

I really wanted the Urban Decay Glinda palette to do a Valentines Day look, but my shipment still isn't here, so BLAHHH..
 


You can see the video below:



Products used:
Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer (original)
Rimmel Soft Kohl eyeliner in white
Rimmel Nude eyeliner
Wet n wild Silent treatment palette
Urban Decay Buck e/s
Covergirl clump crusher mascara
Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 waterproof liquid liner
Falsies from Amazon.com

Face:
theBalm bahama mama bronzer
MAC Pinch O peach blush
NARS Albatross
Coastal scents Eclipse concealer palette
Revlon Photoready Foundation in Golden Beige
theBalm Sexy mama translucent powder
 
Lips:
 Revlon (MATTE) Sky pink
Hard Candy Confection lipgloss

All products mentioned or used in this video/FOTD were purchased with my own money



I hope you all are doing very good and I wanted to say thank you to my new friends as well. I'm glad you found me.  

xoxo, 
        Tamara

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mai Couture Review + A Giveway!!


Hello my beautifuls!!! 
Today I have a review on these amazing blush papiers and also my very first YouTube Giveaway. I am inviting you to join as well!

I was first introduced to this brand through the IPSY bag (if you have no idea what I am talking about, click HERE to be redirected to my review on them).
At first when I saw these in my IPSY bag, I put them to the side to see what else was inside. After going through everything, I went back to these and was amazed at the product!

To those of you who are subscribed, have you seen this kind of product before? I never have. I thought this was so genius. A make-up product that has so many user friendly benefits. 

MAI COUTURE Sunset Blvd. Blush Papiers


Product info:
Desperately seeking a dose of healthy colour? One sheet of Mai Couture Blush Papier will instantly boost the complexion without the need for messy, unhygienic brushes. With five different colors to choose from, each Blush Papier sheet is lightly powdered with paraben-free and talc-free pigment to give the complexion a natural-looking hint of shimmering hue. Radiant and fabulous? That’s you.

Colors available: Prettyful, Sunset Blvd., Venice Beach, Uptown and Sicily

$17.50 for 50 sheets

Left to right: Bronzing papiers, highlighting papiers and the Sunset blvd papiers.

The packaging on these Blush papiers are something else. Foiled gold cardboard packaging makes these uber high end looking. Not only are these lightweight and unbreakable, but it is a great alternative to plastic making it ideal for our environment. I liked most that they are lightweight. I detest a heavy make-up bag and am constantly cleaning it out weekly so that I don't have extra things in it that I don't need. I carry all my daughters items (diapers, sippy cup snacks, extra clothes, toys etc) so I REALLY do not need any extra weight.


The products itself is remarkable. Who would've thought to powder papier sheets, to use for make-up? So innovative! 


 
I really like the fact that you don't need a brush to apply these. Trust me, I tried. I put the paper on my cheek and swirl my brush to the back of the paper and nothing transferred. Its best to use your fingers. If you follow me on Twitter, you saw >>>>>>>
That many brushes is a big no-no in my book.


Along with the no-brush factor, you can count on this being sanitary. All you need to do is tear a papier out, use it and throw it away. If you are looking to share, do the same thing. No need to disinfect with alcohol or worry about bacteria from others on your make-up.

The only iffy part in the whole brush routine, is that when you use a brush, you swipe it on with however much product you want until you get the color desired. Because this is a papier applicator, you need to rub and then look how much has been applied. Rub again to distribute more product, Look to see if its the right amount, if its not, repeat this process until you get the color you are looking for. It's a hassle because brushes make it easier, because you don't need to pull back to see how much product has been transferred. I don't know if I am explaining it right, but using these sheets takes more effort in applying blush.

I wore this blush for a good 3 hours before I saw fading. I can't contribute the fading 100% to the product itself. I touch my face way to much, so that might be a factor. I really like how these looked on my skin. I thought it would be a little light for my skin tone (NC30) but amazingly it showed up and gave me a nice tanned flush look. As you can see, it is a satin finish. No giant glitter specks or frosty cheeks here.

I am wearing both the blush and highlighter in the below photo.



                                  Application:                               
Tear out a piece from the booklet. Tear that piece in half. Take that half and two fingers and place on your cheek. Start at the apple of your cheek and rub lightly upwards towards your ear. I layer the product instead of trying to get it all on in one shot.  I usually use two layers to make sure I get a nice even application.


Left to right: Bronzer papiers, highlighting papiers, & Sunset blvd blush papiers


Pros:
Lightweight
Unbreakable
Mess free
No need for brushes
 
Cons:
If you love brushes, this might be "enough" for you
Product might be ruined upon getting wet


Overall, this is definitely worth trying. Especially if you are butterfingers and prone to dropping things. The ease of these papiers are really a no brainer.





As you can see from the title, I am also doing a giveaway for reaching 500 subscribers. Make sure you enter to win!


Giveaway Rules:
You must be subscribed to my main channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/BeautyisMaximus?feature=watch

You must be a follower on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beautyismaximus/272526639469975

Leave a comment telling me what kind of videos you'd like to see. (tutorials, hauls, etc.)

Extra entry: Follow me on my blogsite: http://beautyismaximus.blogspot.com/
If you follow on my blogsite make sure you write what name you follow under if it is different than on Youtube.


If you are under the age of 18 make sure it's OK
with your parents that you enter.
This giveaway is open internationally.

Deadline to enter will be March 1, 2013 11:59 pm CALI time.

You can buy MAI COUTURE products here:
http://www.maicouture.com/

You can find them also at
NEIMAN MARCUS
WWW.NEIMANMARCUS.COM

NORDSTROM
WWW.SHOP.NORDSTROM.COM

DILLARD'S
WWW.DILLARDS.COM


Disclaimer: ALL PRODUCTS IN THIS GIVEAWAY WERE PURCHASED BY ME, FOR BEAUTIFUL SUBSCRIBERS. :)

Thank you again to each and everyone of you. Alot of you have been here with me ever since I started my blog and I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have some amazing friends here.
Good luck!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

FOTD: Bronzed + Questions?

Hello my beauties!!
What have you all been up to? Enjoying the new year, I hope?
It seems like I am forever trying to catch up on posts, and of course, I get even further behind doing a FOTD, rather than a review. LOL. So typical me.

I wanted to ask a few questions since your here! 
For the New Year, what would you like to see more of on my blog? Are you a follower over on Youtube? You should be! :) I wanted to know what you would like to see more of and what do you presently like about my blog? What can make I do, to make my blog a more interesting place for you?

IMATS:
Who went? Who's going tomorrow? I SOOOOOOOO wanted to go, but I thought it was later in the year. Apparently, the dates changed to accommodate other locations so I wasn't able to plan accordingly. DANGIT!!! I was/am so disappointed I missed it this year. I will for sure be at the next one, you can count on that. BOOOOOO!!!!

Also for you MAC Attack lovers out there, I plan on visiting my not-so local CCO (Cosmetic Company Outlet) very soon and I wanted to know if any of you have been recently, what you've seen there, what to look for, etc. I am a member on Specktra.com but no new threads have been created about recent hauls from the CCO so I figured, why not ask my beautiful subbies?...:)
If you have any ideas about recent inventory, when to go etc, comment below! I would very much appreciate it.


Have you seen my newest review? Its on the Foundation and Powder I am wearing here. Its the Revlon Nearly NAKED foundation that I compare to my Urban Decay Foundation. 
Make sure you subscribe because I have a giveaway coming up, you don't want to miss!





Products Used:

FACE:
Revlon Nearly NAKED Foundation in Medium Beige
Revlon Nearly NAKED powder in Light
Coastal Scents Eclipse Concealer Palette
theBalm Bahama mama bronzer powder (used for eyes also)
wet 'n' wild Mellow wine blush
Mario Badescu Rose facial spray

EYES:
NYX eyeshadow base: Skin tone
Rimmel Soft kohl eyeliner pencil: Pure white
Rimmel Professional eyebrow pencil Dark brown
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Rockstar
Maybelline Color Tattoo Bad to the bronze (lid)
Urban Decay Hustle e/s
Falsies from Amazon.com
Covergirl Clump crusher by Lashblast Mascara

LIPS:
Essence Lipliner In the nude
Essence Lipgloss Deep rose


I hope you all are having a great weekend. Do any of you watch the Shahs of sunset? I love that show! My favorite is MJ. I really LIKED Lilly, but not so much anymore. Her style is amazing though, I have to admit! Comment below on who you love!
Talk to you beautys soon!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

MAC Archie's Girls collection (Feb 2013)

Photos courtesy of Jamicaobserver

When I was growing up I loved the comic series Archie.
I used to love going to the store to catch up on the comic series while my mom was checking out in the grocery line. I remember thinking, I am more like veronica, but I like Betty's good girl side. Veronica always seemed to be more sultry and dark.

A few people were complaining that this collection seems dated but I beg to differ! I am mainly going to be buying something because I loved the series. If you didn't, then don't. That's not to say I will like something but I was very familiar with the magazine growing up and I'm able to buy it now, so why not?


If you are on Specktra.net, you may have noticed a thread about this collection and tons of drool worth photos to go with it. 



Now, I know I have been avoiding MAC long enough. I have been comparing some of my higher end products, trying to avoid MAC because I thought they were so expensive, but in reality, MAC most times is less expensive than brands like NARS, Urban Decay etc. I finally am embracing them for what they are.



I plan on going to my local CCO to see if there is anything good to be had. If any of you ladies have recommendation on what to look for, HG items you love, let me know in the comments below!


I also have a NEW review up featuring the Urban Decay NAKED skin vs. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation. I have yet to do a written blog post on it, but I will be getting to that soon. Thank you all for sticking with me through everything, I love each and everyone of you and your comment always brighten my day, knowing there are sweet people like you out there.


Please watch and make sure you are subscribed!

Do you plan on getting something from the collection? What looks good to you?
Hope you all are having an amazing start of the new year! 
xoxo

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