Product Review: Smith’s Rosebud Salve Balm

Hey everyone!

Today’s post is also featuring a purchase from Sephora late last year (I really need to get that post up huh?). It’s a product I had been introduced to a few years ago by my mommy, but in a slightly different form.  We always  knew this product to come in a dark blue metal tin.

It had and still has a nice light rose scent, and a feel on the lips like a lighter, more sophisticated version of petroleum jelly. It does does very well at moisturizing the lips. The only issue we ever had with it was that it was in a tub. I don’t particularly like dipping a finger  (whether very clean out otherwise) into a product. If your fingers are clean, you’ll get stiff on them, and if they’re not so clean, then….well you’re transferring some serious germs. I remember saying to my mom years ago that it would be perfect if it came in a tube. And voila! Fast forward some time, and request granted!

This balm was on sale for around $5 I believe, though I’m not very sure of the regular price. I do recommend trying this product at least once, esp if you suffer from chapped lips. It also gives a nice moderate sheen,without looking like you basted your lips in crisco.

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Hope you enjoy!

Have you all tried this balm, whether in the tube or the jar? What did you think of it? Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it. Don’t forget to follow ILuvBeautie both here and on Facebook for upcoming posts and amazing giveaways. Until next time, have an awesome day! =)

SEPHORA COLLECTIVE HAUL!!!

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During the Black Friday sales last year, Sephora had quite a few good sales, as well as double cash backon Ebates. They even had awesome sample packages for people new to purchasing from the website. Now quite a few people enjoy the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, and going out to participating in the mayhem. I am NOT one of those people! I don’t even like the crowds that can occur at a mall during off peak times, nevermind during sale season. Online shopping was definitely created with persons like me in mind.

Between Black Friday and early this year, I’ve made multiple visits to the Sephora website, and have made three separate purchases. The purchases were broken up so much partially because I didn’t find everything I wanted to get all at once, and partly because breaking up the purchases allowed me to take advantage of more freebies, and who doesn’t like those?!

Since the purchases were made a while ago, I am not 100% sure about which purchases were made when, but I will try my best to separate them the way the orders were made. I will also be doing product reviews on both the things I purchased as well as the samples that came with each order (some of the products have already been reviewed on this blog, so have a look! =]).

First order

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Samples from first order:

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Second order:

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Samples from second order:

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Third order:

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Samples from third order:

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Hope you enjoy!

Do you all own /Have you tried any of these products? If so, what did you think of them? Please let me know. I love hearing from you. As always, thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it. Don’t forget to follow ILuvBeautie both here and on Facebook for upcoming posts and amazing giveaways. Until next time, have an awesome day! =)

WINNER of Mini Eye shadow Palette GIVEAWAY!

Hey everyone!

As promised, I chose a winner randomly from all the entries for the giveaway that ended yesterday. The winner is……………….POORVA!!!!!!!

Congrats!! And thanks to everyone for entering….Don’t forget to stay tuned for more upcoming posts and even more giveaways in the near future. =)

POORVA, please send me an email to jamaican_gurl425@hotmail.com with the heading ‘giveaway winner’ so we can discuss how to get you your prize. Congrats again and I look forward to hearing from you

MAC Haul!!!

Hey everyone!

So the items being featured today are ones that I bought late last year, but between being caught up in general with life, and part of my order being delayed, I haven’t quite gotten around it til now.

MAC products are some of my favorite when it comes to makeup. They are a bit pricey, so I don’t own very many items compared to many people, but the things I do own I really enjoy. I do like their fixed plus spray, strobe cream and prep and prime highlighter, but my favorite things from them are their lipsticks. All the ones I’ve tried so far have great pigmentation and good staying power. In this haul, I decided to treat myself to a few lipsticks.

During the time I was deciding to purchase them, MAC had just released their Nasty Gal collection. It featured 3 lippies that were all deep, rich purples shades with a matte finish. I went for 2 of them, as the third one I just felt was a bit too dark for the mood I’m normally in/ makeup I wear. I ended up getting Stunner and Runner. I also got 3 other lipsticks from MAC from their regular line, that I had been interested in for some time, Dark Side, Viva Glam 1 and Fashion Revival, both matte as well  (guess I’m on a roll here huh?)

After I placed my order, I was informed by the company that Dark Side was on back order and they would ship it out when it was available. That took around a month. Now that I have all the lipsticks in my possession, I have a few thoughts:

PROS
– All of them have an amazing formulation. They glide on very smoothly, no skipping during application.
– Not drying to me, even though they are matte  (just make sure your lips are exfoliated before wearing them)
– Beautiful pigmentation
– Good staying power. Lasted pretty well even through light eating and drinking (they do transfer, but color on the lips seems to stay pretty pigmented and evenly distributed)
– Can be layered. Don’t need to remove old layer to touch up
– I love 4 of the 5 colors

CONS
– Did not like the color of the Viva Glam
The only reason I didn’t return it is because all the money from the viva live goes to charity. But you know I really mustn’t have liked it on me for me to have given it away at such a cost
– They are a bit pricey
– They do transfer
– If your lips are not exfoliated and smooth, they will emphasize dry patches or chapped lips  (even though I don’t feel that they themselves contribute to the dryness)

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Hope you enjoy!

Did you try out any of these lipsticks? What did you think of them? Are you MAC fan? What are your favorite colors/products?  Any recommendations? Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it. Don’t forget to follow ILuvBeautie both here and on Facebook for upcoming posts and amazing giveaways. Until next time, have an awesome day! =) 

Product Review: Kate Somerville Hydraclear Hydrating Acne Gel

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During a recent sale on the Sephora website, I came across an eye shadow palette I’ve been wanting to try out, but was not willing to pay for. Along with this, they were also offering a chance for Beauty Insiders to try 3 free deluxe samples, in addition to the 3 apples that come with every Sephora website order. I figured with the palette on sale and 6 free items with it, there was no better time to place this order.

I decided to get this item in particular when going through the list of available options, largely because of the price tag of the full sized product. The full size, which is only 1.7 ounces by the way, is a whopping 65 bucks!! I figure for that price, this product must be a miracle worker! Though I have oily skin, I usually have pretty clear skin, but for those times when my skin decides to wage war against me, it’s good to have heavy ammo in my arsenal to combat it  (lol, see what I did there?? Dwl smh). I mean, no one likes a break out, am I right?!

As luck would have it, my usually clear skin gave me MORE than enough opportunity to try this product out recently. It’s been really misbehaving. After trying this product out for over a week, here are my thoughts:

PROS
– It has a good consistency
– is not sticky
– It doesn’t flake off or scale when it dries
– It doesn’t break me out
– I love that it comes in a resealable tube. I dislike when I have to rush to finish a sample or I can’t carry it anywhere because it comes in a satchet that I have to tear open.
– It does something…..I guess

CONS
– Expensive. Very expensive
– Not very effective

All in all, I’m so glad I never had to pay for this product. Though it didn’t do me any harm, it didn’t seem to do much good. After the reviews I read and the cost if it, I was sure that it would be miraculous, or at the very least pretty effective. I was unimpressed with the results. I hardly saw any changes from using it. I used it as the directions state, twice a day, on cleansed skin and thinly layered. The results I saw were so minimal that I can’t even be sure whether to credit this gel, or just my skin doing its own thing to heal over time as it normally would. Interestingly enough, I seem to get more impressive results from the elf zit zapper, which costs only 1 dollar!

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You all may have different results from using it, so if you can afford to, then feel free to try it out. The only pacer of mind you can have is if it doesn’t work for you, Sephora has an amazing return policy so you can take it back if you don’t like it.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed the review and/or found it helpful. Have you all ever tried this product, or anything else from this line? If so, what did you think?  Did you have better results than I did? I’d love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by! I alleviate it. Don’t forget to follow ILuvBeautie both here and on Facebook for upcoming posts and awesome giveaways. Until next time, have an amazing day! =)

Mini Eyeshadow Palette GIVEAWAY!

Hey everyone!
So I figured I haven’t done a giveaway in quite some time, so why not do one now?! Plus, yall deserve a medal for sticking by me during my long missing in action sessions from here, so here’s a mini token of my appreciation: an Eyeshadow Palette!

This one is from profusion. I like their shadows. They are very affordable, but usually have good pigmentation and staying power. I use to wear one of their glitter shadows almost every day. It has 10 beautiful shades, all along the neutral family, and in both shimmer and matte finishes. It even comes with a mirror, a double sided applicator  (perfect for packing color on the lids), and an eyeliner pencil!

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To win is SUPER simple!!!!
-Just be 18 and over or have permission from your guardian to enter.
– Follow this blog.
– Like this post.

That’s it! 

This giveaway is open internationally, so have fun entering!!! Winner will be chosen on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Thanks again for all your support and see you in another post. Have a great day! =)

NYX Haul!

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So on my way to try and replace my broken tripod at a nearby Ross, I stopped into a local beauty store called NY Beauty to replace my NYX jumbo pencil in milk. I usually use it to prime my eyes for eye shadow, but I gave it away to one of my friends recently, so I needed to get another one. I knew that this store sold NYX products, as that was where I got it in the first place.

I was also talking to my mommy about the NYX soft matte lip cream. We have both heard about it but had never tried it, so I figured I would give it a go and see if it lives up to the hype I’ve heard surrounding it.

While I was checking out the display, I found a couple other things I was interested in, including a beautiful shimmering eye pigment and skin toned shadow base. In the end, this is what I bought:
– Two Jumbo Eye Pencils, one in Milk  (white) and one in Black Bean  (black), $3.99 each)
– One Eye Shadow Base in Skin Tone ( ESB03) ($6.99 each)
– One Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo  (SMLC10) ($5.99 each)
– One Ultra Pearl Mania Loose pearl powder in Oro  (LP21) ($2.99 each)

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Hope you enjoy!

I love NYX products. They are affordable and usually work very well, sometimes performing better than much more expensive brands. Do you own/Have you tried any NYX products?  What are you favorite ones?  Are there any you think I should try out? I love to hear from you all! Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it. Don’t forget to follow ILuvBeautie both here and on Facebook for upcoming posts and awesome giveaways. Until next time, have an amazing day! =)