Wednesday, May 31, 2017

FaceTory! May 2017 Review

FaceTory, FaceTory, FaceTory!!

I am just in love with this $7, 4-pack KBeauty sheet mask sub!

Here is what I received in May:


This month's theme is Save My Skin - a seasonal approach to skincare after a long winter and changing temps. Perfect!


As usual, there is a sheet with some general info as well as details (in English, thank you) about each mask. I will show you the mask and the blurb together so you can learn about each one.



Close up of the universal directions:


Let me show you each mask!





That's it for now! I am excited to try these, especially the MelaTox for the brightening effects.

Do you subscribe to FaceTory? What do you think of this month?


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mani Round Up: May 30, 2017

Personal note before we begin best friend, fuzziest buddy, thunder buddy for life, favorite sentient being in the entire world, my girl Shelby, is having surgery as we speak. To whomever you pray, please do...what ever good vibes you have...please send them! It should be fairly simple, it's a noncancerous but annoying to her growth on her eye, but I am still a nervous dude (Shelby would call me dude, not Mom) over here.

This is my girl:


Thank you in advance for the well wishes, good energy, and prayers for my sweet bear.

Ok, on to the real reason you are here: the manis!

Zoya Esty: new from the 2017 Wanderlust collection, Esty is a vibrant fuchsia creme that is perfectly opaque in two coats. Perfect, easy, Zoya: the norm.


Zoya Cora: yup, looks like another Zoya filled week here! I am loving the new cremes. Cora is the perfect BRIGHT ORANGE but not too bright.


Just an FYI, cuz I am a nerd, but check out how perfectly Cora matches the Rosetti purse that I snagged from Kohl's for just $9 on clearance! I love it!!


Zoya Sawyer: I am loving the newest Zoya collex! Sawyer is a polish that I didn't think I would like on, but I do! It's a tangerine color, perfectly reminds me of popsicles dripping down your hand while you eat it outside in the sun. This is two perfect coats and topcoat.


Zoya Arbor: I think I keep picking up my new Zoya because I haven't gotten a full review post to you just yet. Arbor is a seriously ugly pretty color. The formula is flawless - just ONE coat and topcoat shown here! But the it? hate it? What do you think?


Monday, May 29, 2017

Sephora PLAY! May 2017

Unboxing time!

Today I will show you what arrived in my May 2017 PLAY! box from Sephora. While last month was a little lackluster for me, this month has some awesome new finds! However, I am working with a current skincare routine that I love, so I haven't tried most of these items yet. This is more of an unboxing than review, so I hope you don't mind.


This month's theme is  Beauty on the Rise! According to the site, and paperwork enclosed, the products are "a tour of cult-favorites, hard-to-find formulas, and up and coming brands that are making their mark right now." Cool!



Instead of the cloth bag, this month came with a sturdy plastic square case...bag...container... with an envelope flap that snaps closed. It is quite sturdy! I am going on two trips in June, so this came at a perfect time to go through the airport.


Group shot:


Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil: Love this brand! I was really excited to see this as I am now a double cleanser daily. Perfect for my upcoming trips, too, so I can continue my quality skincare on the go. Smells SO good and camellia oil is an ingredient that I have been seeing in my KB products and it def agrees with my skin.


Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask: I love a good hair mask! This is to be used in the shower, after shampooing. It features oil from the rahua nut, found in rainforests.


belif Hungarian Water Essence: another travel friendly product that I need as a step in my routine! Per the website, this is a KBeauty staple (yep) and essence is applied before moisturizer to really penetrate the skin. I haven't tried this brand but I am looking forward to it!


treStiQue Highlight and Perfect Multi Purpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent: was I the only one who didn't know this was a Sephora brand? I have tried this brand in ipsy and other sub boxes. I wouldn't consider it a luxury brand but apparently I should? I swatched this below - it is a pretty universal rose gold shade, perfect for your cupid's bow, cheekbones, brow bones, or wherever you prefer some shine.


NudeStix Magnetic Matte Lipcolor in Greystone: this is a super pigmented matte pencil. It is supposed to have 9 hour wear, hence the "magnetic" part, but the middle of my lip flaked off while I ate lunch. It is also a super rich brown color, which may not be for everyone. Swatched below!


Here are the treStiQue and NudeStix products. The matte lippie is super pigmented...until you eat something.


Tocca Stella: last but not least, we have this month's perfume sample. Stella is light, almost citrusy, and nice. I like most Tocca scents, so I was happy to try this one out.


There you have it! I am super excited to try the Tatcha, rahua, and belief products. The treStiQue is handy and the NudeStix lippie is a color I would never purchase myself, but is good to have in my collection for some random event, I am sure. In sum, I am very happy with this box. Yay, Sephora!

What did you get in your PLAY! box this month?


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mask of the Week: Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask in Lavender Citrus

Warning: awesome purple mask face pic coming up!

Today I tried the Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask Argan Hydrating and Detoxifying Treatment in Lavender Citrus. My Grandmother gifted this to me because it came in a set that she purchased (if you wonder where I get my love of lux, look no further) and she is not a mask fan. Score! Thanks, Gogo!


Just like my Apricot Josie mask that is a bright orange, this matches the container too and is a sweeeet lavender color. You know I love a funny colored face mask.


This has a super thick consistency. Emphasis on the super and extra emphasis on the thick. Mud is pretty much the consistency to think of - purple, lavender smelling mud.


Wow - does this smell strong! If you do not like lavender, and a lot of it, you will not like this mask. As it is super thick, it takes forever to dry down, so the scent remains super strong the whole time. Personally, I love lavender, but it makes me super sleepy - look at my eyes, LOL! I put this on and just closed my eyes.

One thing I dislike about this mask is that it feels very tight as it dries down. I believe that is the norm for mud masks, but still an FYI that you will need to finish your post masking with a heavy moisturizer. I would emphasis that this is more detox than hydration on me, and I normally have dry to normal skin.

I am enjoying the Josie Maran masks I have tried so far, but for me, as I just said, they are tightening and slightly drying. Heads up for those with dry skin and those sensitive to fragrance!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

American Made Creations Vinyl Decal Review - On My Car!!

I love to spotlight small businesses, especially ones owned and operated by my friends! If you've been a MBHM reader, you've certainly seen reviews of nail decals that I have featured by American Made Creations, run by my longtime nail gal pal, Shanel, and her fiance, Scott.

Here is my first AMC post, featuring nail decals AND car decals: Click HERE.


AMC nail vinyls are super high quality, affordable, and they offer custom designs, too. The best part about a small business is that they work hard to accommodate your requests - just shoot Shanel a message with what you're thinking (which is what I did with my new car decal) and she will work with you.

Now...on to the newest and greatest thing EVERRR!


Quick background story: In 2015, I bought a black Honda Accord. Which is the same car that pretty much everyone owns, LOL. In a parking lot, it can be hard to find! Here is the back:


Bland, yes?? Decaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallll!!

I actually saw a monogram on a car recently, but it was tiny and on the back, bottom, corner of the back windshield. Cute, yes. Statement making? Not so much.


I asked Shanel to make a monogram for my car. It is 11 inches tall, which was the max available. It's perfect! AMC stocks some really unique vinyls, so I asked Shanel for a couple suggestions, which she then mocked up online and sent to me to see which I liked the best.


So I got thru most of the application process without taking a pic, then I thought better of it!

The decal comes with a protective sheet over a white backing. Peel off the backing a place on a cleaned surface, then slowly peel off the top, as you can see me doing above.


Since this was a big piece, I applied from the middle and then used my towel to rub the surface flat before I peeled off the top. It is slightly off center, which is totally my fault (LOL, my bad) but from driving distance, looks peeeeeeeerfect.


I am SO in love with this decal. My car looks awesome and will be so easy to find now!!

Please give Shanel and American Made Creations a Like and a follow! They also do shirts, totes, and other clothing in addition to stickers and vinyls. I've also seen customized koozies (coozies? those things for know what I mean) and holiday themed presents.

Find American Made Creations:

On Facebook HERE
On etsy HERE


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mani Round Up: May 23, 2017

Another Tuesday, another round up!

Zoya Tiana: This color (shade, not exact bottle of polish) is sentimental to me because it was the color of my bedroom when I was a teenager. I love seafoam green still! Tiana is also stellar because it applies so nicely - opaque and perfect, self leveling, quick drying, and done in two coats. I am a huge fan of this polish!


China Glaze That's Shore Bright: I should've used that last week when I was going for neons! This polish can be a bit of a pain but it is worth it! I used three coats and topcoat here. It can be a little thick, so I did add some thinner before using it. It dries matte so you may want to double the topcoat for extra shine.


Salon Perfect Ghostly Glow: Apparently I am in a more neon mood this week than last. I knew I wanted, for some random reason, a neon green nail. Do I ever want a neon green nail? No, I don't. But that day, I did. This polish is surprisingly awesome, only two coats needed. It did dry matte, as neons tend to do, but a quick swipe of topcoat fixed that right up. And no, in case you're wondering, it doesn't glow, despite the name.


Zoya Kitridge: Pretty, pretty pink polish! Kitridge is perfect in two coats. I added HK Girl topcoat. Zoya cremes are basically flawless, as you already know!


Zoya Sonja: Sneak peek! This gorgeous polish - hot pink? neon red? - is a ONE coat wonder! It is from the brand new Wanderlust collection for Summer 2017. I will have the whole collection for you soon. See all those exclamation points? Great polish!


Zoya Chantal: Apparently I had a Zoya filled week on my nails, but with such fabulous creme polishes, who can blame me? Chantal is my GO TO, before work, in a rush mani. Two quick coats, HK Girl, done.


Oh yeah...see how the last two are my cinderella hand? That's just about the time that both my middle and pointer fingers on my swatching hand both decided to break. More left handed swatches, coming your way!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mask of the Week: Perfectly Posh Go West

I love the Mask of the Week post!

I love trying new products and I am (still) currently obsessed with masks, so I truly look forward to this post. Hope you do, too. I am still toying with the idea of a second Mask of the Week post as I try to mask multiple times per week. What do you think of a Wednesday and Sunday mask post? Let me know in the comments!

This week I have a mask sample of Go West to review sent by my pal, Jayme, who is reppin' the Perfectly Posh skincare line.

Click HERE to check out Jayme's store!


According to the website, Go West! is a detoxifying, exfoliating face mask. It contains "red clay and gritty volcanic ash help detox pores and exfoliate dry skin, while antioxidant-rich rosehip oil and calming licorice root extract nourish."

Typical mask directions: "Apply a thin layer on your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 5–10 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Follow with moisturizer to keep your freshly exfoliated face looking soft and lovely."


After I read this info, and saw the sample, I had a few thoughts.

  • Was this going to be enough to cover my face?
  • Would the exfoliating be TOO MUCH on my fairly sensitive skin??

Let's see!


Next, I realized how amaaazing this smells. According to the website, the scent is a "blend of fresh earth, essential oils, and botanical extracts." Yeah, that doesn't explain anything. It smells clean, fresh, desert-y. That also doesn't really help, does it?


This sample was more than enough to cover my face, which leads me to believe I have been using way too much of my other skincare products. Thoughts for later.

You can feel and see the gritty, exfoliating particles in the product. There aren't many pieces though, which made me feel instantly better and worry less about over-exfoliation. (It's a real issue, especially when you have a heavy hand like I do!)

I waited ten or so minutes and then rinsed. The mask dried a bit but not fully in the ten mins. It did not feel tight or harsh at all.



Conclusion: love at first application! My skin felt buttery soft. I mean s-a-w-f-t (are any of my readers WWE fans? haha)!! There is a slightly cooling sensation after you wash it off, but in a cooling way, not a tingling or painful or tightening way.

The photo above is my bare skin right after I washed off the mask. Love, love, love. I finished up adding a few drops of my beloved Purito Vitamin C serum, then moisturizer (as you should after any mask!).


Needless to say, I recommend the heck out of this product. It smells amazing and is so very gentle. I would NOT use it daily, but perhaps once per week to really refresh the skin.

The link to check out more details on the Go West! mask or to purchase is HERE!

Link to her full store: HERE!

Thank you, Jayme for letting me try this product!


March 2019: Empties & Tossed Report

I am continuing to try to use up products that have been laying around, including perfumes. So far, so good. Let me show you what I used in ...