Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I've got {nearly} nothing but love for the Lumene Time Freeze CC Cream | Review, Swatches, + Split-Screens!

HEY YOU GUYYYYS!  If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen this product over and over again.  Today I'm finally reviewing one of my favorite products of the YEAR, Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age Color Correcting Cream.  If I could give the world a hammer cc cream, this would be the one!
Packaged in a squeeze tube, the Lumene Time Freeze CC Cream gives beautiful near-full coverage.  As you probably know by now from numerous mentions, I'm combination-oily.  This cream sets to a semi-matte finish and stays put from sunup to sundown.
From the Lumene site: "Representing the latest technology, this unique 6-in-1 foundation is light and yet it provides good coverage. It spreads evenly, following all contours of your skin and smoothing out uneven skin color and redness. One product has several features, a handy solution for consumers who like a product that is easy, quick and comfortable to use. The end result is a semi-matte, flawless and even-looking skin. Your skin will feel fresh and light, and you can trust that your makeup will stay on all day. CC Cream's 6-in-1 properties: Foundation, Concealer, Primer, Illuminator, Long-lasting, Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20."
There's a reason every review of this product at the Lumene site is five stars.  It's just THAT good.  I was urged to try this CC cream by my friend Katie who also has combination skin and lives in the humid jungle portion of the U.S. known as "Florida".  She loved it because it was impossible to apply unevenly and took all of sixty seconds to smooth on.  She also raved about it's lasting power.  I figured if it could stand up to Florida's sun and humidity, it could certainly work for me here in "Hotlanta."  And it certainly does!  At the end of the day, it still looks freshly applied; no caking, sliding, or oiliness.

In the words of Tracy, it's "swatchy time!"  Gird your loins!

Top: bare skin / Bottom: Lumene Time Freeze CC Cream

Top: bare skin / Bottom: Lumene Time Freeze CC Cream
Prepare for ze split screens!  
Also, what a treat, you guys!  I happen to have several angry red blemishes so you can really see the difference the Lumene makes.
Left: Lumene CC Cream in Medium / Right: no foundation (indoor lighting)
Left: no foundation / Right: Lumene CC Cream in Medium (indoor lighting)
Left: no foundation / Right: Lumene CC Cream in Medium (indoor lighting)
Left: Lumene CC Cream in Medium / Right: no foundation (direct sun)
My sole beef with this product is the color range.  It only comes in 2 shades: Light and Medium.  I wear medium.  I have more color now than I would in, say, February, but I'm not exactly getting confused with Pharrell Williams.  Though I wish I was because have you seen his skin??  GORGEOUSNESS.
Anywho, I just wish they offered a Medium-Deep and Deep option at least because there are so many people who aren't going to fall into the Light or Medium options.  Lumene, if you're reading this, you're missing out on a huge opportunity to appeal to a much broader market around the world.  Please offer more shades!
Shade range aside, this is hands-down the best CC cream I've ever used, and one of the best foundations I've ever used.  If you typically have trouble finding foundation shades that are light enough for your skin, take a look at this CC cream.

Price: $14.99 USD
Where to Buy: CVS, Dermstore, Drugstore.com, ULTA, Walgreens

Lumene Time Freeze CC Cream in Medium
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose (under the eyes) 
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
NARS Deep Throat Blush
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde
MAC Extended Play Lash
Revlon Lover's Coral Lipstick
NARS Salamanca Lip Gloss

Do you have a favorite CC cream?  Have you ever tried anything from Lumene?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

June Favorites! ❤

Summers here in Atlanta, GA are hot and incredibly humid.  I don't even know what a dry heat is?  What the hell IS that?  I want to sample it!  That being said, last month I focused on bronzed skin, healthy hair, and relaxed feet, with just a wee bit of makeup.  These were my go-tos!

Garnier Fructis Damage Erase Strength Reconstructing Butter, $5.99 USD.  AMAZEBALLS!!!  As most of you know, I went from brown to blonde to brown in the space of 3 weeks (if you didn't see it, the full story is at the bottom of this post).  Needless to say, my hair wasn't feeling like bunnies and angel wings post-bleaching insanity.  I needed to call in the big guns of moisturization, and this beaut fit the bill.  You simply apply this thick conditioner to your hair from root to tip after shampooing and leave it on as you go about your other shower business.  Rinse it out after 3-5 minutes and voila - shiny, slippery mermaid hair!  I have fine, oily hair (less so now after my hair coloring adventures) and this conditions my hair perfectly without leaving it lifeless or greasy.  The clean scent reminds me of Finesse.  If you have dry or damaged hair, you need to try this!

Garnier Summer Body Moisturizing Lotion Deep Sun-Kissed Look, $10.00 USD.  I am normally not a huge fan of gradual self-tanners, but for some reason, I just had a good feeling about this one.  I heard about it from Sam Schuerman and, while it's a UK exclusive product, I was able to find it for sale at Amazon.com.  I bought it from a seller called The Blush Beauty Box and they were a dream to work with; the item arrived quickly and was packaged with care.  Back to the lotion!  It delivers believable bronzed skin in 2 applications and from there, you can maintain your color by applying it every 2-3 days.  I normally feel like gradual tanners take EONS of time before they're even noticeable, so I LOVED that this one worked right away and didn't leave any weird tanner scent.  It's a great hydrator, to boot!  

Southern Hospitality Sweet Tea Foot Soak, $5.00 USD.  I'll admit that previously, I wasn't huge on foot care.  However, after one soaking sesh with a Sweet Tea Foot Soak, I had an epiphany!  Your feet do SO much for you, why not do something nice for them every once in awhile?  They're called "Sweet Tea" soaks because they're packaged like a giant tea bag.  There's something ultra relaxing about soaking your feet, and they come out of the tub extra soft and clean.  I swear I sleep better after a quick 20 minute foot soakeroo.  So far, I've tried four of the twelve scents and I've yet to meet one I didn't love.  I plan to try Sweet Almond next!  Even if you're thinking, "Meh, feet.  Who cares?!", I swear you'll change your mind after trying it just once.  Even my husband loves soaking his feet now!  Full Southern Hospitality review {here}.

Lumene Time Freeze CC Cream, $14.99 USD.  I'm not going to get too crazy with the proverbial Cheez Wiz and spend an hour talking about this but only because I plan to dedicate a full review to this beauty!  To briefly rave, my friend Katie who lives in Florida told me about it.  Her high points were that it had great coverage, didn't get oily/slippy in the humidity, and it was easy to "slap on" and get out the door.  She was right on all counts!  The coverage is incredible - medium to full without feeling like anything on the skin - and it stays put.  I can't say enough good things about this!  Stay tuned for the full review.    

Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Volum Express Mascara, $5.99 USD MSRP.  I have tiny eyes.  Large mascara brushes are constantly crashing into my lids like the surf against the sand.  Hence, I typically avoid jumbo wands, or anything labelled "VOLUME CRAY CRAY PANTHER EYEZ" and other such descriptors.  However, I do lurve me some Maybelline mascaras, so I took a chance.  The wand isn't mega, but it's not small either.  It's shaped like a lava lamp.  If I'm dating myself here, think of an elongated pine cone with a spindly point.  The fine point is perfect for working the corners (like a hockey player, eh?!) and I have never hit my lid with the brush.  Win!  LOTS of volume, too.  I literally love this mascara.

So what do you do once your skin is bronzed, your feet are soaked, your hair is sublimely conditioned, your face is perfected, and your lashes are voluminously vivacious?  You light a candle from Bath & Body Works and call it a day!  I have so many favorites from this line, including Gelato, Coconut Leaves, and my summer staple this year, Sunset Beach.  I have a Gelato one that I've never lit sitting on my bedside table and I can smell it whenever I'm in that room.  I just love these candles and find them to be an excellent value.  Plus, you can reuse the jars after you burn them to make amazing storage solutions for makeup brushes, cotton balls, small perfumes, pens, etc.!  The 3 wick candles are generally $20.00 USD but I've never paid full price for one because they have 50% off sales all the time.  Also, if you're not ready to commit to a 3-wick, wait for a 3 for $10 sale on the minis and test drive whichever ones tickle your fancy.  

What products were you reaching for the most last month?  How do you like to unwind in the summertime?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Make A Spectacle! | Firmoo.com Glasses Review + Coupon Code

Let’s talk spectacles.  Whether you wear glasses out of necessity or for the sake of fashion, a great deal on frames and lenses is always something to celebrate!  Firmoo.com contacted me to test drive a pair of glasses and share my experience with you lovely people, and I’m happy to report it was FANTASTIC!

Rocking my best mugshot face!
At the Firmoo site, you can create an account and upload your own picture so you can see what any pair of glasses or sunglasses will look like on your face!  I LOVE this feature!  It really takes the guess work out of selecting flattering frames.  
You can order any of the glasses as non-prescription if you just want a pair to change up your look, or you can enter your prescription information and get a fresh pair of glasses for a pretty amazing price point.  In the past, I’ve always bought my glasses from my vision care provider and spent an arm and a leg.  I’m due to go in for an eye exam soon and I plan to order my next set of glasses from Firmoo.  They also offer regular and prescription sunglasses, too.  Love!
I ordered this pair of Wayfarer-style tortoise shell frames on June 8th and received them 8 short days later.  Firmoo provided me with a shipment tracking number so I could watch my glasses’ sojourn, which I always enjoy.  The glasses were packaged with care and came with a super cool case (love the map design!) and a cleaning cloth.  The glasses fit my face perfectly and have the same quality feel as my old pair of glasses that I paid nearly $200 USD for.
They have a First Pair Free Program that includes one frame, a complimentary case, a cleaning cloth and other accessories. You only pay for lenses & shipping.  They ship to a TON of countries, click here for their full list.

-------✄ COUPON TIME! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
The fine folks at Firmoo (alliteration win!) graciously offered to share a voucher code to reward 5 of my lucky readers!  The first 5 readers to shop through this link and enter "GLAMBUNCTIOUS" at checkout in the coupon code box will save $30.00 on the frames!  Hurry though, because the code expires on July 31st!  

Do you wear glasses?  Have you ever ordered from Firmoo?  

A  H A I R Y  S I T U A T I O N
I have returned back to my brown hair!  Long story short, the blonde hair wasn't really the plan to begin with.  I wanted light brown hair with blonde highlights.  This was my inspiration picture:
Image via Pinterest
The initial color appointment left my hair brown with orange streaks.  It looked AWFUL!  I went back to the salon (my first mistake - I should have gone to another salon!) and their solution was to bleach my whole head and add blonde toner.  After about 4 hours, my hair was still highlighter yellow.  So they added a bit darker toner.  And the bleached blonde look above was what I left with.  Initially I thought maybe I would get used to it, but it was still very much not what I wanted and was very crayon yellow.  I used purple shampoo for blondes and washed my hair less than usual, but the color still seemed to look worse and worse.  It just didn't look remotely natural, and it didn't help that there were no lows/darker tones.  it looked very amateur.  I did have a few people who saw it in person ask if I went to a salon, which implies that they thought I did it at home myself.  I also had bleach burns on my scalp which were painful and itchy.  3 weeks to the day of the first appointment, I went to another salon and had a long, honest consultation with the salon owner.  Based on the condition of my hair (bleached out, porous, and spongey when wet), we decided to color my hair back to an espresso/chocolate toned brown.  They could have tried to give me the original light brown with blonde highlights, but were hesitant because lifting the hot yellow toner off the sections that would be highlighted could have damaged the hair even more.  Plus, I was just ready to get off the hair color roller coaster!  The salon owner was so adorable.  He looked at me and said, "You're done gambling, aren't you?" in the kindest way!  I thought that was the perfect description.  So they had their most experienced colorist (46 years!!) take care of me and I left with a gorgeous head of chocolatey hair!  As soon as I saw myself with dark hair, I felt giddy and overwhelmingly happy!
Who's that brunette kissing my husband??  Oh wait, that's me! :)
I will have to go back a few times once the brown fades since it's over blonde hair, but they said after a few colorings, my hair would hold the dark pigment.  So, the #1 lesson I learned?  Go to an EXPERIENCED colorist, one who is especially familiar with taking people from whatever color your hair is to the polar opposite color on the spectrum.  And also?  I now have a better appreciation for the brown hair I was born with!          
Image via cvsflags.com
Happy Independence Day, America!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Maybelline Dream Pure BB 8-IN-1 Skin Clearing Perfector | Review + FOTD

I first heard about Maybelline's new Dream Pure BB Cream on Teresa's blog, Money Can Buy Lipstick (her review and comparison to the original Dream Fresh BB Cream here).  I'd been having some breakouts on my chin and jawline and the idea of wearing a base product containing 2% salicylic acid seemed pretty brills.  I mean, why wear a regular base when you can wear a crime-fighting one that's working out your acne issues while you go about your daily routine?
*Quickie side vent: Living in Atlanta, a city consisting of 5.45 MILLION people and winning the title of the 9th largest metro area in the United States, one would assume I'd have decent access to drugstore products.  Alas, one would be wrong.  I cannot tell you how often I visit multiple retailers such as Target, CVS, Walgreen's, Publix, and Kroger, and roll snake eyes when attempting to track down a newly released drugstore makeup or skincare item.  It is muy loco.  I've even asked fellow Atlanta-area bloggers, including the lovely Quinn / Mama Fashionista, and they've agreed that newly released drugstore goodies can be quite elusive.  That being said, I was unable to find the Dream Pure BB Cream locally and resorted to ordering a tube from Walmart.com.  It worked out nicely because I was able to use a Walmart gift card a friend had given us for our wedding, and I received the BB Cream very quickly.  Anywho, back to the review!

Maybelline's Dream Pure BB promises to deliver the following 8 items of intrigue:
  • Clears acne 
  • Conceals imperfections 
  • Minimizes look of pores 
  • Reduces appearance of redness 
  • Adjusts to skin tone 
  • Hydrates and smoothes 
  • Enhances and clarifies skin 
  • Is oil-free, with a lightweight feel
Compared to the original Dream Fresh BB (review here), the Dream Pure formula seems to provide a bit less coverage and dries to a matte finish.  I don't detect a medicinal scent.  The shade medium matches my NW25 skin well, but I can see it working for both someone slightly deeper and slightly fairer than me due to the sheerness of the coverage.  It's available in 5 shades: Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Medium/Deep, and Deep.
Maybelline Dream Pure BB Medium on NW25 skin in natural light
I can't speak to it's power to clear acne because it is not the only base product or acne product I use.  I can say that it has not caused me to break out.  On my combination oily skin, this BB cream holds up well for about 5-6 hours before my skin looks and feels a bit greasy.  I tested it both with and without a setting powder, and the results were the same.  In comparison, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (review here) provides more coverage.  Also, my new favorite base product, Lumene Time Freeze CC Cream (review SOON!!), also provides more coverage and looks "just applied" even at the end of the day.  I personally prefer slightly more coverage when dealing with break outs.  The Maybelline Dream Pure BB might work better for me in the winter as the humid weather really poses a huge challenge for foundations.  Also, my skin looks REALLY spotty and freckled right now and posting the photos below was not an easy decision!
Left: No Makeup / Right: Wearing only Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Medium  
In the photo below taken outside on a sunny day, I've applied Dream Pure to the left side of my face and left the right side of my face bare.  You can see the left side looks more even overall and the spots and freckles are more camouflaged.
Left side: Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Medium / Right side: No Makeup
Overall, I'd recommend Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream to someone seeking a salicylic acid base product with light coverage who has normal to dry skin.

Oh, and PS: a few days after I ordered this from Walmart, I found it on the shelves at my local CVS!

Where to Buy: Walmart, CVS, Target
Price: $8.99 USD MSRP (I got mine for $7.44 USD at Walmart)

What's your favorite summer base option?  

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream FOTD

  1. Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream (set with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - not pictured)
  2. Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller
  3. Laura Mercier Sand Glow Caviar Stick
  4. Clinique Chocolate Lustre Cream Shaper (review here)
  5. Benefit Cosmetics Bad Gal Lash
  6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown (not pictured - oops!)
  7. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (review here)
  8. City Color Cosmetics Fresh Melon Be Matte Blush
  9. Flower Beauty Wispy Wisteria Lip Service Lip Butter
(photo taken 5 hours after application)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A little Southern Hospitality for your feet! | Mint Julep Sweet Tea Foot Soak, Sunday's Best Foot Creme, Honey Lemon Cuticle Salve, & Magnolia Foaming Sugar Scrub

"Feet sweatin’ like a prostitute in church?"  When a company's marketing for foot powder is this cheeky, you know I'm in!  I saw Southern Hospitality's pretty products on Instagram and I'd already found numerous products of intrigue on their site when I received an email from them asking if I'd be interested in sampling a few items.  I was thrilled!  After falling in love with everything I received and then buying MOAR, I'm excited to share these goodies with y'all!

Southern Hospitality was created by a southern podiatrist named Dr. Quinton Yeldell and his business savvy belle Krystel Ford.  Together they created a charming line of natural preventative care products made in small batches using the highest quality ingredients from their Brooklyn, NY-based hub.  Their products are foot-focused but are appropriate for use over the entire body.

It's easy to see why their foot soaks are the top selling product!  Packaged like a giant tea bag, you simply pop it into a tub of 8 cups of warm water and soak your feet for 15-20 minutes.  I never soak my feet, but after one session, I was a convert!  I even got  Mr. Glambunctious (ha!) to give it a try and he loved it!  The Mint Julep Sweet Tea Foot Soak, $5.00 USD, combines peppermint oil and lavender topped off with spearmint.  It really awakens your feet and leaves them feeling calm, cool, and collected long after you're done soaking.  I purchased 4 more Sweet Tea Foot Soaks in a variety of scents (there are 12 in all) that very night!  They are THAT good.  I now really look forward to soaking my feet because it's extremely relaxing after a long day at work.

I'm not being dramatic when I say the Sunday's Best Foot Creme, $8.00 USD for 2 oz, is a miracle worker.  I have sweaty feet.  Let's just put it out there.  I never - EVER - put lotion on my feet because it never absorbs and just feels...wrong.  I was dubious about slathering on a foot creme but this stuff is FANTASTICO.  It's very thick, but once you begin to massage it into the skin, it absorbs quickly.  I like to top mine off with a pair of cotton socks before bed and wake up to ultra soft, completely non-sweaty feet.  I immediately started using this as a hand creme because I loved everything about it, and it soaks right into my hands as well.  The Foot Creme can be used anywhere on the body and comes in 8 scents and 3 sizes.  I love Sunday's Best.  It smells so crisp and clean, like fresh laundry hot out of the dryer.  It's huff-worthy.

The Honey Lemon Cuticle Salve, $6.00 USD for .25 oz, comes in a sweet little slide-top tin that beckons to be put in your purse.  It smells like you're having lemonade and sugar cookies in heaven.  If you have cuticles, you should pick up a tin.  ESPECIALLY if you love to change out your nail polish often.  This cuticle salve hydrates my acetone-stressed cuticles like a champ and leaves them looking mint!

The Magnolia Foaming Sugar Scrub, $7.00 USD for 2 oz, works double duty as a cleanser and an exfoliant, leaving your feet feeling soft and clean and ready for your prettiest pair of summer sandals.  It comes in 8 scents and 2 sizes (2 oz and 12 oz).  Magnolia smells fresh and floral with a touch of sweetness, much like a magnolia bloom.

After one relaxing foot soaking session using all of the above soaks, scrubs n' rubs, I went back to sohofeet.com and ordered 4 different Sweet Tea Foot Soaks, 3 Sunday's Best Foot Cremes, and the Sunday's Best Foot Powder.  If you'll notice, one of the soaks (Coconut!) is missing from the photo above because I used it the same day I received my order!  It was awesome; it smelled just like fresh coconuts and left my feet singing Bob Marley songs.  I bought the Foot Cremes to give as gifts because I loved mine so much.

I plan to keep soaking, exfoliating, moisturizing, and powdering with these incredibly amazing products throughout the year.  The quality of the products, tremendous customer service, and the overall value of everything I've tried has been top notch and I highly recommend Southern Hospitality products.  So much so, that I plan to give them out throughout the year as gifts!

Do I have any suggestions for the fine folks at Southern Hospitality?
1. PLEASE MAKE CANDLES!!  Every scent is just gorgeous and if you guys started making candles, I would be your BFF.  I mean, wouldn't a candle go nicely with the whole "sit back, relax, and soak your tired feet" vibe?  I certainly think so!  ;)
2.  I wish you guys shipped internationally!  I have many wonderful readers from around the globe who I just know would love your products as much as I do!

If you're in the continental US, or have a friend here who can order for you and then ship it over, you can peruse all of their offerings at sohofeet.com!  If not, look for one of my favorite Southern Hospitality products in an international giveaway coming soon! ☺

Do you ever soak your tootsies?  What's your favorite way to treat your hard working feet?