Review: Studio Gear CC Cream in Linen

Review: Studio Gear’s Hydrating CC Cream in Linen

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Hi Lovelies!

Recently, I had the honor of trying Studio Gear’s New Hydrating CC Cream in the shade Linen. This CC Cream is available in 3 shades, Linen, Natural, and Wheat. I have to say that I’m not crazy about the name of the shade Natural as it insinuates that lighter or darker skin shades are not natural although I’m sure that was not their intention. All of these shades change color to exactly match your skin as you rub it in.

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Like the name Linen suggests, it looks white when first squeezed from the tube. I happen to be a bit fan of this type of tinted moisturizer/foundation. I really do like this CC Cream. I’ve been experimenting with more natural foundation looks. If I wear this more as a tinted moisturizer under my foundation it stays on my skin just fine. But the few times I’ve tried wearing this by itself, I’ve found it slipping off in a few places (namely my nose, cheeks, and chin). That said it has been anywhere from 70 (if we’re lucky) to 95 (if we’re not) degrees in way too sunny Southern California.

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The significantly higher than normal temperatures could certainly be playing a part in CC cream not staying on as long or well as I’d prefer. My roommate from college was over recently and I had her try a little bit on her skin to see how it blended. I have to say, I was a bit envious that it seemed to blend even better on her skin than mine! She is also very light skinned with golden to neutral undertones compared to my pale skin that has VERY pink/red undertones. Below can see how the CC cream looks upon first being placed o my skin. Then you can see the blending in transformation.

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I really enjoyed the holiday palette I was lucky enough to review several months ago and really enjoy this product as well. So far I’m very impressed with Studio Gear. I very much hope to be able to try out (and review) more products from the Studio Gear line!

Guess what?!? Studio Gear has offered YOU, my followers, a special 10% off discount code for ANYTHING on their website www.studiogearcosmetics.com! Just use bloggercc to get this exclusive discount. And please let me know in the comments what you ordered!

My spring break was a couple weeks ago now, but my dad was off this past week and my sister is this week! When are you off for spring break? If you have some time off, do you have any plans? Please let me know in the comments!

I’m currently figuring out what I want do over summer break! I’ll give you an update once I figure it out myself.

~Jaclyn~

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using BrandBacker.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

DIY: Lipstick Using Crayola Crayons

DIY: Lipstick Using Crayola Crayons

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Hi Lovelies!
Recently my sister and I made our own lipsticks mostly using readily available household items. Thanks to a craft supply sponsorship from Wholeport.com we had empty chapstick type twist up cylinders to use. We also used empty sample containers from Sephora.

I highly recommend ONLY using Crayola crayons as they are completely non-toxic with numerous studies done that prove that on average a toddler will consume upwards of 2 crayons a month with no ill effects. There have also been studies done that show that women who wear lipstick daily consume upwards of 2-3 whole lipsticks a year!

That is enough reason to make sure that my lip products ONLY contain ingredients that are suitable for ingestion. So I’d been seeing many posts and videos online of others creating their own lipsticks using crayons as their pigment (and wax blend) and had been wanting to try it.

We decided to use a combination of coconut oil, 100% vanilla extract, and/or honey. One advantage of making our own lipsticks was that we could choose what ever color or blend of colors available in a standard box of 64 Crayola crayons! I will say that in the future, I’d use a higher ratio of crayon to lipstick base and experiment with using other oils, waxes, and/or pre-made bases.

First step: Wash all containers to be filled with 70% or 90% isopropyl alcohol and allow to air dry. The higher the concentration, the faster it will dry!

Second step: Unwrap crayons to be used and assemble base ingredients.

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Third step: Set up a double boiler by placing a metal bowl into a pot of boiling water.

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Fourth step: Add base (coconut oil, vanilla extract, and/or honey) ingredients, we used approximately 1 TBS coconut oil per lipstick with vanilla and/or honey added for flavor.
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Fifth step: Melt crayon (break each crayon into several pieces first to speed up melting) We used approximately 1 whole crayon per lipstick, but I’d use closer to 2 crayons per lipstick next time for higher opacity.

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Sixth step: Pour into container then carefully place in the refrigerator for at least 10+ minutes until firm.

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Seventh step: Enjoy your new custom made lipstick!!

I wanted to say THANK YOU to Wholeport.com for sponsoring me and providing the twist up containers. Want to order some of your own? Click HERE to be taken to the page where you can purchase the same containers I used in this tutorial.

I’m going to be trying to post a new craft every month (or two) using supplies I receive from Wholeport.com

Have you tried making your own lipstick or other cosmetics? I’d love to hear about your crafty cosmetics escapades in the comments below!

~Jaclyn~

Disclaimer: I received one or more items mentioned above from Wholeport.com as part of a craft sponsorship program in hopes that the supplies I receive will be used in craft projects mentioned on this blog. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Review: Majestical Jewelry

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Review: Majestical Jewelry
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Hi Lovelies!

I was recently invited by Majestical Jewelry to participate in their campaign on Tomoson.com a site that connects brands with bloggers. I immediately applied jumping at the chance to participate in my first campaign on Tomoson. When I applied for the campaign there were 3 pictures of necklaces on their page. There was no mention that any other type of jewelry would be sent so I assumed I would receive one of the necklaces pictured.

So imagine my surprise when I received this in the mail a few weeks later.
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I immediately went onto their website and (at that time) could NOT find ANY listing for the earrings I was sent! While I do have my ears pierced, I cannot wear large, heavy, and bulky earrings. I can only wear studs and/or smaller, light dangly earrings.

I immediately emailed the company letting them know what I received and how I could not actually do any sort of review on the product since it was one I cannot use. And that I was very surprised to receive such large heavy earrings when only necklaces were shown on the campaign page with no other indication that any other sort of item would be sent or asking if one could wear earrings or not.

I am currently waiting for a new item to be sent, one that I can actually wear, so that I might be able to review the quality of Majestical Jewelry’s jewelry. Meanwhile I am posting this as I am supposed to have a review posted by a specific date for Tomoson.com and wasn’t aware that my initial email to the company should be through the Tomoson website since this is my first campaign.

So this is more of an informational post than true review. I will post an update once I receive the new item. And if anyone who CAN wear larger and heavier earrings is interested in these, I can definitely hold a giveaway for these, so that a new home can be found! Please leave a comment if you would be interested in winning these!

~Jaclyn~

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Going to IMATS

Hi Lovelies,
For the very first time, I’ll be heading (with my younger sis) to the Pasadena Convention Center for one of the largest of all the IMATS events! IMATS stands for International Makeup Artist Trade Show. I first heard of IMATS a couple years ago, but the timing was such that I was always having or recovering from surgery. But this time around, I’m definitely mobile enough to be able to attend! I’ve been looking forward to this for months!

Unfortunately, I found out about press passes too late to be able to get one, but did hear back from a very helpful woman who reached out to a pro makeup artist that may be able to help me learn how to effectively cover the massive scar that runs from mid-thigh down to my ankle. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a press pass next year!

IMATS began Friday afternoon for pros only with Saturday and Sunday open to the general public. There will be NO ticket sales at the door as ALL tickets sold out a few weeks ago! We’re going to attend on Sunday only as I don’t think I have enough energy to attend both days.

I’ve been having a lot of stomach issues lately and haven’t felt very well. I had a intestinal flora transplant via colonoscopy plus an endoscopy procedure on Dec. 13th and while I’ve had significant lower GI improvement, they endoscopy seems to have flared up the upper stomach where I’ve had 2 Nissen Fundoplications (both ended up failing). I haven’t had such severe stomach issues in a very long time.

The last several weeks, I’ve mainly had liquids (lactaid milk), yogurt, some crackers, and lots of ginger chews (for nausea). I was told to add Carnation Breakfast Essentials at least once a day in order to get more vitamins and minerals, luckily the vanilla mix I bought actually tastes pretty good. When I had tried eating more “real” foods I’d get pain in my stomach almost immediately. I just saw both of the GI doctors and they changed/added medications so hopefully I’ll start having more relief very soon.

In preparation for IMATS, I’ve been getting myself familiar with as many of the different venders as possible in order to try to have an idea of which booths are most important for me to visit. I also ordered 2 sets of business cards (one with my address for brands/PR/etc and the other with social media information), but it looks like my social media networking cards won’t arrive until Monday.

I’ve heard that most venders will have discounts ranging from 10-40% (or more) for the general public (pros receive additional discounts) that are truly unique to IMATS. I can’t wait to see so many of the brands I’ve read about online in person! If only I had a significantly larger budget! We’ll be leaving here very early in the morning so as to leave ourselves plenty of time to drive, park, walk, and get in line. I can’t wait for tomorrow!

Have you ever been to IMATS or other trade shows? What are your favorite parts?
~Jaclyn~

Product Review: Starlooks’ Starbox December 2013 Edition!

Product Review: Starlooks’ Starbox December 2013 Edition!

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Hi Lovelies,

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to receive the very last Starbox of 2013! I sincerely apologize for taking so long to post this review, but I’ve been having significant upper GI symptoms which is rather unusual for me. Back in October we received a sneak peak saying that we’d be receiving a 15 shade Pro Palette in our boxes! Last year I received a 15 shade palette in what is now called the Birthday palette, but was first introduced as a custom made palette for Starbox subscribers. Once again this year, I was told we’d receive another custom made palette.

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I have to be honest in saying that I don’t use last year’s palette very much because of how bright the various shades are. While those shades are beautiful, they don’t fit in my day to day routine as I tend to stick to nudes or neutrals. Although I do use the nude quad we received last November. Since this year’s November box had several bright shades, I had hoped that the big mega palette would be nudes or neutrals. And I was by no means disappointed!

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I absolutely LOVE this Pro Palette!! Every single shade is absolutely gorgeous! Starlooks has certainly outdone themselves this year with this easily wearable on a day to day basis palette. Once again this is a custom palette exclusively just for Starbox subscribers. Although I believe it is still possible to order December’s Starbox for just a couple dollars more than originally. Even the name of this palette, New Year’s Eve 2014, is a reason to celebrate. If you look at the options for pre-made 15 shade palettes, you’ll see a New Year’s Eve one with similar nude/neutral shades. The regular retail price of this mega palette is $99, but only $17.68 (including shipping) for Starbox subscribers or $21.68 (including shipping) for a single December box! If you love wearing nudes/neutrals as much as I do, t hen this is a palette to get at about a fifth of what it would cost normally!

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Onto to the box itself, included in the typical white padded mailer was a white box with green elastic bow (I do miss the bow tied with ribbon, but completely understand that, that kind of detail would be difficult to maintain with growing service). Upon opening the box, I saw two pieces of paper (I miss the card stock from just a couple months ago), one of which was the typical introduction to this month’s box (seen first photo for the front of the card) and the second mentioned a new perk for loyal subscribers!

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I really like that both the November and December boxes had pictures of an eye look that can be done with the included items. Although I found November’s a bit more useful as it showed pictorially HOW to apply the shades to get the look the model was wearing. I very much hope this becomes a routine feature! I’d LOVE to see a bunch more pictorial tutorials for looks using this December 2013 box! I was able to recreate the look from November on my first try and received many complements. I had a bit more trouble with the December look as there are so many more shades in the palette to choose from.

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Since there is only one “item”, I’ll go through the shades one by one starting with the first row, going left to right.

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first row (left to right)
1. silver (shimmer)
2. purple-magenta (matte)
3. dark green (shimmer)
4. cool toned dark brown (matte)
5. black (matte)

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second row (left to right)
6. taupe with duo chrome with a magenta sheen (shimmer)
7. pearlized white (shimmer)
8. warm toned medium dark brown (matte)
9. warm toned medium brown with purple duo chrome (sparkle)
10. like a matte black base with purple duo chrome (sparkle)

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third row (left to right)
11. beige (matte) [nearly my skin tone so very hard to see]
12. light cream with an ever so slightly pearlized sheen (matte)
13. bronze-y medium brown (shimmer)
14. olive green (shimmer)
15. medium brown with gold (sparkle)

Definitions:
shimmer shadows have very fine micro-glitter
matte shades have no shimmer or glitter
sparkle shades are matte bases with glitter or micro-glitter

I’ve only just started to play around with this awesome palette. The options with this are truly unlimited! Starlooks definitely hit this one out of the park with this palette that contains mostly easily wearable colors for use on a daily basis along with a couple pops of color here and there. The purple-magenta matte shade doesn’t show up very well all by itself, it needs to be applied over eye shadow primer or with a wet brush. I’ve included swatches of all the shades swatched in just that fashion, over primer and with a wet brush. I’ve also taken the photos with different light filters on my cell phone in hopes of giving you the best possible idea of these colors! And all of these shadows can also do double duty as eyeliner just by using a wet angled brush!

TIP: I like to also add a touch of dry shadow (of the the same or different shade) on top for an extra pop.

You too can receive awesome full size cosmetic products from Starlooks’ for only $17.68 a month (includes shipping)! If you do decide to subscribe, please consider using my referral link by clicking HERE, if you do then I’ll receive a special box which I’ll then review on my blog.

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The second card included with this box states that beginning with December, continuous subscribers will automatically receive an exclusive gift (valued at $35) EVERY 3 months!! So if you received a December box, then you (and I) will receive a special gift in February! If you joined before January 10th then you’ll receive your first reward in March, and if you are reading this and join before February 10th then you’ll receive yours in April! Also Starlooks’ Starbox is the ONLY subscription service out there that sends subscribers a FREE BONUS box during their Birthday month as a special Birthday Box!! Last year I received a red lipstick with coordinating red lipliner and a black eyeliner in my Birthday Box.

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Did you receive December’s box? If so what did you think of it?
How were your holidays? Did you do anything special or fun? I’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy 2014!

Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season!

~Jaclyn~

Disclaimer: I received one or more items mentioned above from the manufacturer or PR representative for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

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