Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Art of Shaving by New York & Remington Head to Toe Grooming Kit~ REVIEW

Hey Everyone!
  Today I have a special guest on my blog. My husband!! He had the opportunity to review some products for Fathers day. Below is a great Fathers Day gift guide!!



I was recently asked to review two products as Father's Day gift ideas; the Remington Head to Toe Grooming Kit and the other a four-piece lotion and brush set called The Art of Shaving by New York, boasting the four elements needed for a perfect shave.


At this time my beard was a few days old, so I started with the element set, relying on my old standby razor to cut through the wild growth. A few drops of the Pre-Shave Gel massaged onto my face left my stubble feeling slick, which is not unusual as this gel is an oil, said according to the label on the bottle “softens the beard and prepares the skin for a close and comfortable shave,” while also promoting razor glide. This applies smoothly, with no medicated tingle and seemed to raise the whiskers. It is labeled as unscented, but this does not mean it is absent smell; it has a citrus, lemon like smell, in no way overpowering and rather pleasant.
I left this to work while I prepared the shaving cream. For some reason, I felt compelled to dig up an old tin bowl to lather up the shaving cream in, feeling I suppose rather nostalgic for the old days, where the barber mixes up his lather to apply with a brush, which brings us to the next item in this kit.
With the lather as foamy as I could get it, I set to work rubbing it on with the included brush, made I might add, from genuine badger. Now, I have to ask, who is this brave (or foolish) person who goes out into the wilderness and coaxes this vicious little ferocity into giving up his fur so that I can shave with it? For some reason, I expected the bristles to be coarse, but they are surprisingly soft and allowed me to apply the cream, from my tin cup, smoothly onto my face, in an even layer, although not as thick as what I am used to, and I was expecting to feel razor burn from what I felt was a rather
 shallow layer. Again I was surprised at the out come. I did not feel the drag or scraping that I normally do if I have not used enough of the foam type aerosol products.
After the shave I applied the after-shave gel, which went on nicely, absent the alcohol burn that I normally have from other products I have used, I think due to the pre-shave oil and the cream itself offering a smooth razor motion which did not leave the nicks I always seem to manage.
Over all, I feel this is a unique set, perfect for the gentleman in your life who does not see shaving as a chore (as I do) but as an opportunity to relax and escape from the daily distractions, even for a few moments.


  
Pre-shave Oil
Shaving Cream
Shaving Brush
After Shave Balm

The Art of Shaving is available at Ulta stores for $60




The second thing that I tried out was the Remington Head to Toe Grooming Kit, pictured below on its attachment holder.

  




This was rather involved, as I wanted to test as many of the attachments that I could, so I apologize if this seems long. Naturally it took several days to review as I had to wait for things to grow a bit to put it through the paces. 



Starting at the left we have the 8 length hair clipper and the full-size trimmer, then 3 beard and stubble combs. Below this is the nose/ear trimmer, the foil shaver, the body hair trimmer and the base unit itself.

The only way I can describe the base unit itself is that it has a rotary tool type look to it, which matches due to the different cutting heads. It is powered by lithium batteries, with a quick-charge time of 5 minutes, and a full charge in 4 hours. The blades are surgical steel, which should last well past the lifetime of the unit itself. One handy feature is that all of the attachments come clean by just running them under the tap. These attachments remove by a ¼ counter clockwise turn and snap in with a secure feeling lock. An offset pin on the rotating crank transfers the rotary motion of the motor into reciprocating to work the cutting blades.
If your bathroom is anything like mine, then I am sure you will feel my pain. I have no place to put the stand, our counters are flooded with hair-dryers, crimpers, straighteners, flatteners and a whole host of strangely hued powders applied with a gaggle of specialized brushes. The first thing I had to do before even using this was to shove all of my wife's things neatly to the floor and re-claim a small portion of counter space.
The shaver is marketed as a Head to Toe kit, and while I did not do the complete head to to thing, I can see the potential. Where there is hair, this will help to eliminate it.
My grooming adventure started with the nose and ear trimmer, which did exactly what it was supposed to, and I even managed to do it with none of the ripping or gouging that I have endured in the past.   
            Honestly, I was not overly impressed with the body hair trimmer. There are 3 settings for adjustable length/depth cutters, depending on which slot you attach the comb/guard to. I used it on my chest on the closest setting and did not notice that it cut much, although it did comb it so that it was not as “rough” looking. I had to switch over to the trimmer without the guards to take care of the strays that seem inclined to peak up over my collar.
I used the trimmer, again with no guard, to even up hair at the back of my neck. I just had my hair cut, so there was no real reason to try the 8 depth cutter, but did play with it. The plastic guard slides over the trimmer and is adjustable to 8 lengths. The only thing annoying about this, and this is just me, was that you have to pay attention to where it is, other wise the depth adjuster goes shooting across the bathroom. There is no stop at the end, which I suppose if there were, the trimmer could not be used by itself.
             I waited a day for the stubble to sprout and then tried the foil attachment. It worked as I would expect, but seemed rather small in width to do a full face.
Over all, I liked some of the features on this, but it seems also to be too much. For example, the 3 beard combs could have been eliminated, favoring the 8 length clipper. To me, it seemed too small to really be used everyday, but for the man in a hurry, or trying to straighten up a bit of unruly hair, it is perfect. I would recommend the Remington Head to Toe Grooming Kit to anyone who is always on the move and who likes to look “fresh” between meetings. This would fit nicely in a glovebox or briefcase, always ready to pick up the spots that might be missed.


The Remington Head to Toe Grooming Kit is available at Ulta for $34.99

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

TARTE~Review

Hey Everyone!

Today's review is on some of the the new Tarte products which I know some have been out for a while. I'm just a little behind the times. To find out more continue reading below!








Tartelette Amazonian clay matte palette:

This palette consists of 12 MATTE shadows. It includes a mix of lid, crease, and liner colors. This palette is great for both day time and night time looks, subtle and bold. Lately I always tend to go for the more natural look and I use the darker colors for the liner. I'm not adventurous when it comes to bold colors so for me this palette is a great one. This palette is great for any eye color and skin tone. The colors are very soft and blend able and build able. When you are looking for quality and quantity this palette is it! The price might be a little high but for the amount of product that you get and for how versatile it is, I think its well worth the money.
1.50g / 0.053oz x 12 shadows $45









From left to right:
Charmer: Off white
Jetsetter: Warm taupe matte
Rocker: Shimmering taupe
SmokeShow: Black brown matte
Flowerchild: Peachy nude matte
Smarty Pants: Tan matte
Fire Cracker: Bronze copper
Activist: Dark brown matte
Funny girl: Shimmering Champagne
Sweet heart: Peach matte
Rebel: Chestnut brown matte
Leader: Aubergine matte




Tartelette in bloom clay palette: $45
You can also call this the Tartelette 2. This palette contains 12 brand new never seen before shadows. 9 velvety matte and 3 great shimmer colors. This is another great day/night palette. But you can do many looks with it plus some great smokey eyes. I really like this palette but to me it seems very similar to the first one just with some shimmer colors that is it. I would say if you like shimmer and matte get this palette but if you like and use matte shadows more then I would go for the first palette. Since they are same in price. Of course if you are a makeup hoarder/lover then sure why not have both :D The colors are great and easy to use with little fall out.





Tarteist creamy matte lip paint:



I don't know what all to say about these other then I love them!! They have great pigmentation
They are none drying and feel like you have nothing on your lips. Half the time when I wore these I forgot that I was even wareing them unless someone commented on the color. I love the wide range of colors too. Doesn't matter what color you choose they are all great for any time of the time and depending on your mood. One thing that I recommend is that you use a lip liner with them because they do tend to fade. I only tried with out a lip liner to test them out. There is 15 different colors to choose from. I have 7 of them below. Price is $20






From right to left:
Manbun: dark berry
Lovespell: Pink
Twerk: Fuchsia
Yaasss: Lavender
Adorbs: Hot pink
Selfish: Bright pink
Namaste: Nude

Tarteist limited-edition sculpt & slim contour brush $34

This double ended vegan friendly brush is so soft, it doesn't shed with use or cleaning. Clean application. Puts the product right where you want it and grabs the product well. Works great with any contouring palette/ products. For the price I think its well worth the money. 


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

LATHER With Lavender Gift Set ~ Review


* PR sample, all opinions are my own!*

Ok Lovelies,
 Are you still on the hunt for a Mothers Day gift? Well look know further because LATHER.com is the place to go. They have many gift sets to choose from, and many other products as well. Why not give your mom some R & R this Mothers Day!

  I was given the opportunity to try out this gift set below.


In this set you get:
– Oatmeal Lavender Soap
– Rose Tangerine Lavender Soap
– Lavender Lime Soap
– Bamboo Soap Dish

From the moment I opened this box, I was fill wonderful smells. What I love the most is that the soaps are not over powering. The packaging is beautiful and simple. Anyone who love Lavender will love this set. Its a great treat to the end of a busy and stressful day. I love all three of these soaps but my absolute favorite would have to be the Rose Tangerine Lavender soap. I also love that they have an oatmeal one, great for dry skin.  Here is a little more info on the LATHER company. 


"LATHER may go to the ends of the earth to source ingredients, but packaging is kept clean and simple. We believe that what goes IN the bottle remains more important than what goes ON it. To further simplify, our sample packs and shopping bags are all comprised of 100% post-consumer recycled materials. Additionally, customers can return empty LATHER containers to our stores to receive 10% off their next purchase. "

"As always, we maintain our commitment to cruelty-free beauty. LATHER is a proud member of PETA, and does not test our products on animals, nor will we work with labs that do. "


They also have partnered with: 

"Clean the World, a non-profit organization that distributes recycled soap products to impoverished countries worldwide, and to domestic homeless shelters. This organization saves countless lives by providing access to soap and education about proper hygiene to prevent the spread of disease."
For every bar of Olive Oil soap sold, LATHER will donate the equivalent of five bars of soap to Clean the World.
AND 
"Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon footprint of our corporate office and to donate to worldwide reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org is a non-profit organization leading the fight against climate change, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce and offset their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects."
They also have teamed up with the National Headache Foundation. Because there are so many beauty products out there with synthetic fragrances. I think what this company is doing is great and I love spreading the word about companies who are doing amazing things and helping other!!
Have you tried LATHER?  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

YoungBlood Contour Palette Review

Hi Everyone,
Today I am reviewing Youngblood's Contour Palette, and I will start out by saying that I love this palette and is one I use most days! It's a great little palette for every skin color and tone. It has just the right amount of contouring for a natural look, or you can build it up to have a deeper, bolder contour. It contains three highlighting shades and three shades for all your contouring needs. Start out by selecting the right shade for your skin-tone, be it light, medium or dark. The powder applies itself leaving a very soft, velvety finish, which in the end does not feel at all like a powder. I love the packaging, which is always a plus for me. The case is small and sleek and closes with magnets, and once shut, stays closed. It is also very durable and feels like it can take any abuse when carried in a purse. This palette is great to have on hand at home, and is also great for traveling.
Price $47










Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Meet Blusho



 Hey everyone,

I just received a press release for a new social media page that you might find interesting. The company is called Blusho, and what it sounds like is a pinterest type page that will allow beauty professionals and the general public to view and share makeup looks with a listing of the products they used! Users can also upload their own look to share with others.

Every image will have a title and a description of the look, listing the products that they used and the techniques employed to pull it off. You can search for the look you want, or by the product name they used.




It looks like a neat idea, and I for one am excited to try it out! If you are as well, check them out at:

www.blusho.com (beta site)
Instagram: @blusho
Facebook: blushobeauty
Twitter: @blushobeauty
Pinterest: blushobeauty
Tumblr: blushoblog
Blusho app available on Android with iOs coming 2016