Product Review: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

Hey everyone!

Today’s post is featuring an all natural mask that I got as a sample in a recent haul from Sephora online order. I figured since I haven’t done a maj in a while and I am experiencing more breakouts than I do on a normal basis, that it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try.

It’s a rather small green sachet,and is contents are a light brown jelly like substance. The instructions say to apply a thick layer on clean skin for 20-30 minutes  (but only 10 minutes if you have sensitive skin), and then remove with warm water. The mask feels very cool and lightweight, but I should add that there is hardly enough of a sample to apply to your whole face, nevermind a thick layer.

The mask dried to a glue like consistency, but not one that you could quite peel off your face. It does do a little bit of peeling if you happen to move your face a bit after the maj has set and dried. I rinsed as instructed and part my face dry with a towel, then sprayed some fixed plus from MAC. I didn’t want to use a full moisturizer after using this product, as I wanted to see how effective it really was.

Bottom line: I really like it. My skin feels moisturized and supple. It looks and feels smoother after just this one use. It’s not a miracle worker, but it still offers pleasing results (for the record I have oily, non acne prone skin). It was not drying, and my face actually felt soothed after I rinsed it. If you all get the chance, head out and try it.

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Have you all ever tried this mask? What are your thoughts on it? Do you have any masks that you think I should try? Please leave me a comment. 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 awesome giveaways. Until next time, have an amazing day! =)

Walmart Beauty Box Review

Hey everyone!

Yes, I know quite a few of you must be looking at the title with a very puzzled or confused face. If it’s any consolation, I had absolutely no idea that they offered a beauty box either! I found out about this item from some youtubers I watch called Eleventh Gorgeous. They do quite a few Beauty reviews and many, many different Beauty box subscription unboxings.

when I watched their review of this box, they were comparing it to the Target beauty box  (another one that I didn’t know existed). They both featured samples of products available at the respective stores.  This Walmart box is apparently not a monthly box, but rather a seasonal one. The products in the box are free, the only cost associated with it is the  $5 for shipping  (sounds like a pretty good deal to me, especially considering the cost of some of the other sample boxes I’ve come across). When I went on the site to order them, they were sold out, but we’re being restocked in a few weeks so you could prepay and have them send it out to you when it’s available, which is what I did. 

The box came with a variety of products, not all of which impressed me, but hey, for  $5, I can’t really complain. The items included in the box this time were :

– Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes
– Aveeno Sheet Hydration Daily Moisturizing Lotion
– Dove Deep Moisture nourishing body wash
– Covergirl lip gloss
– John Freida Luxurious Volume sample pack containing shampoo, conditioner and styling product
– Loreal Color Vibrancy sample pack with shampoo, conditioner and lightweight melting mask
– 3 paper samples of flower perfume  (by Drew Barrymore)

So far I love the moisturizing lotion, the body wash and the lip gloss, but dislike  the Burt’s Bees wipes  (check my earlier blog posts for the review on those). I’ll try the other products and be sure to give you my opinion when I do

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Hope you all like!
Tried any of these products before? Is so, what are your thoughts on them? Have you ever ordered the Walmart beauty box? If so, did you get the same products? If not, what did you get? And did you like what you got? (If you want to find where to purchase, I recommend simply Googling Walmart Beauty box and it should take you to where you can get it).

Thanks so much 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 a great day! =)

Product Review: Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick

Hey everyone!

I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with this makeup line, but if you are on social media alot, you should have come across them at least once. I was first introduced to them during a visit to Whitening Lightnings website.

I went on that site to look for a teeth whitening gel that I had heard a lot about, and came across some lip glosses that are supposed to be able to make your teeth look whiter when you wear them. I bought 2 of them to try, but in the end I ended up being more impressed with the mirror and the light on the packaging than I was with the product itself. The glosses were sticky, and I’m not a fan of sticky lip products.

After that I started to see other products popup on the website from a company called Gerard cosmetics. They seemed to offer very beautifully colored lip products in gold packaging. The products seemed to have decent reviews, but I still wasn’t quite compelled to purchase them for the price. I’m the kind of consumer who feels like they would spend more money on a lipstick, as opposed to a lip gloss. I feel like a lipstick is more of an investment. I even noticed that Gerard started to allow some more popular youtubers to collaborate with them and create their own colors.

Then they started to do lipsticks. Oh my goodness!! They were beautiful! I noticed that even one of my favorite youtubers Jaclyn Hill had created one.  I was just about to bite the bullet and purchase one of the lipsticks for the hefty $19 price tag, when I checked on instagram and saw that there was a coupon code to get two of the lipsticks for $20. That’s all anybody had to say to me. I took it as a sign, and logged on to the website to order.

The shipping was fast, but the way the lipsticks were packaged and mailed was nothing special. They were basically wrapped in bubble wrap, and mailed off in a brown envelope. The lipstick tubes, though lightweight, have a very luxe look. I was very pleased with the shades I chose. Both shades have a satin/matte finish, and glide on very smoothly.

The first lipstick was designed by Jaclyn Hill, and is called ‘1995’. It was very popular on social media, because it’s apparently able to give women of various complexions the Kylie Jenner lip, a craze that seemed to be very big in the end of 2014. It’s very reminiscent of the 1990s grunge style, but with a new timeless feel. I think it’s a very good nude lip for those with a darker skin complexion (for reference, I wear nw 45 in MAC foundation).

The other shade that I purchased was ‘Cherry Cordial’. It’s a fall appropriate, vampy shade. It’s a beautiful berry tone,and is very buildable from a light stain, to a very opaque and rich lip look. They both also last a VERY LONG TIME on the lips,and never feel drying, though they are matte.

You can find these and many other beautiful colors on whiteninglightning.com, or gerardcosmetics.com. they also offer lip glosses, and various bundle deals.

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Hope you enjoy!

Do any of you own any lipsticks from Gerard cosmetics? Do you own any of their other products?  If so, what do you think of them? Please leave me a comment and let me know. I love hearing your opinion on various products and lines. As usual, thanks so much 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 a great day! =) 

XMAS GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Hey everyone!

So after all the hustle and bustle, this announcement is long overdue. The winner of this giveaway is “ARIOCHOA”!!

Congrats!!

Please email me at jamaican_gurl425@hotmail.com, with the subject “ILuvBeautie giveaway winner” so I can get your mailing info to get you your prize.

Thanks to all who entered. More opportunities to win coming up this month, so keep your eyes open. Until next time, have a great day!!!

Product Review: Tresemme Curl Hydration Conditioner + Kinky Kurly ‘Knot Today’

Hey everyone!

So whether you know me personally, or you’ve recently caught onto this blog (and have observed the pictures) you’ll realize that I now rock a short natural hairdo (or a teenie weenie afro/TWA). For those of you familiar with type 3 and type 4 hair (tightly curled/coiled or kinky), you understand/know that it requires more moisture than naturally straight or loosely waved hair. Without moisture, it becomes brittle and can break easily.

Many people with this texture of hair will also say that it requires quite a bit of time, and patience to condition, detangle, and style. As a matter of fact, the amount of time that it takes to manage this texture of hair is why quite a few people decide to get their hair chemically straightened. I myself used to have a relaxer. My friends also know that when it comes to styling my hair, I’m notoriously lazy. I will be the friend who is forever in a ponytail, or with my hair in a bun. Any elaborate hairstyle or one that takes too much time, is usually an automatic no for me, no matter how beautiful it is.

Now with knowing all that, one would assume that my outlook on how long a hairstyle takes must have changed why I would have decided to go natural. Surely, I must have developed way more patience when it comes to that, right? Wrong!! I am pretty much just as lazy when it comes to my natural hair as I was when it came to relaxed hair. I do tend to wash it much more often though, but only because with natural hair, I can go about my day while it’s still wet. When I was relaxed with hair about mid-back length, wet hair meant it needed to be set it and dried under a hooded dryer, or at the very least blow dryed. I couldn’t just get up, and head on the road looking like a wet cat.

You must be asking yourself, how I get myself to look half decent with all of this hair laziness. Well the answer is simple: the wash-n-go. Truth be told, I have never once sat down to put a full hairstyle in my hair since I’ve been natural. No rod sets, no finger coils, no twist outs, nada. I’m not playing about this cyah badda attitude (cannot bother for my non islanders).

Since I’ve been pretty much committed to styling my hair in the fastest way possible with least effort, I set out on a mission to research how to perfect a simple wash and go. One hair stylist I came across on YouTube was of the opinion that the hair would become easier to manage, as well as to style, if you cowash it everyday or every other day. Cowashing simply means to wash your hair with conditioner. This helps promote extra moisture retention that is needed for hair types such as mine.

I was sharing this newfound information with my mom, while voicing my concerns on how expensive it could end up being to wash my hair everyday. My mom pointed out a very good idea to me though. She told me to get a cheap conditioner that I could use in bulk to do the cowashing. That way, my hair could get all the moisture it needs, without breaking the bank. Great idea mommy!

The next day I set out on a quest to find said conditioner. I’m currently in Jamaica dealing with some health issues, so I was not exactly sure of what I could expect to find. I was almost sure that the cost of the products would be higher, as well as the selection lower in variation than what I would be used to where I live. I was determined to try though nonetheless.

While perusing the aisles of a local pharmacy, I came across a few brands that sold conditioners in 32 ounce bottles. Some of them though, were way past what I intended to spend, given the intended use of the product for me. I compared prices and labels: of products and what they claimed to do, until I eventually settled on one that I didn’t have very high hopes for, but it was cheap enough. That conditioner was Tresemme Curl Hydration.

I also decided to try out a detangler that I’ve heard nothing but good reviews about, the Kinky Kurly Knot Today. The only complaint I’ve ever heard about it was the price. I must say it’s definitely just as expensive in Jamaica as it is in Florida, but I figured it was an investment in the health and manageability of my hair, which would be worth it if it helped.

The bottom line: both these products are AMAZING!!!! I am so impressed I don’t even quite have the words. I’m even more impressed with the Tresemme, simply because I didn’t expect much. The price and the volume compared to the effectiveness is truly a win. The results were almost instant. The ‘slip’ (the ease with which your hair can be combed/detangled/fingers run through) is worth writing home about! I’ve already recommended this to a few of my natural friends and they are also equally impressed.

The Tresemme Conditioner cost me around $865.00 JMD, which is approximately  $7.70 USD while the Kinky Kurly I bought for $2,229.00 JMD, which was around $19.70 USD.

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Hope you enjoy!
Have any of you tried these products before?  If so, what did you think of them? If not, planning on trying them soon?  Drop me a line and let me know. 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! =)

Product Review: Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes

Hey everyone!

I’m sure at least a few of you are familiar with the brand Burt’s Bees.  It’s a moderately priced cosmetic brand that features mainly all natural ingredients. I come across this brand quite often on trips to Walgreens, featuring products from lip balms to face and skin care items. I’ve been somewhat curious to try them, especially after hearing positive reviews, but could never bring myself to pay such a steep price for the products I wanted to find out about. 

My chance to try out one of their products came in a beauty box sold by Walmart. It’s a relatively new launch by the store chain, and is apparently being released once a season with various samples of products they offer for sale. It costs $5 (just for he shipping, the samples in it are at no charge). I found a few interesting things in the box, but my eyes immediately went to the Burt’s Bees product. They were makeup wipes/facial cleansing towelettes.

It was perfect timing as it was the end of the day and I did need to remove my makeup, so I took out a wipe and tried it. Now first off,let me say I try my best not to write negative reviews. There may be things I don’t fancy about a product, but overall I try to be positive. So I’ll start with staying that it definitely does remove the makeup and cleanse the face, as it was intended to do. However, I do not like this wipe, and I will not be using it again. I don’t even think I can go so far as to finish the 10 wipe package before discontinuing use.
This is all due to one reason: THEY BURN!!! OH MY MERCY, DO THEY BURN! Not like a pleasant tingle that lets you know a product is working, or has tea tree oil or something. I’m talking the burn like my face was on fire! It wouldn’t have been so bad if it only burned my eyes. Then I could say I’ll use them and just keep away from the eye area, but it was just awful. I am so disappointed, I head such high hopes for this stuff.

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If the burn doesn’t bother you, you can find these facial towelettes in the full size (30 pk) at Walgreens pharmacy for around  $5.99.

I’m curious to know if any of you have ever tried these wipes. If you have, how did you like them? What’s your favorite brand of makeup remover wipes? Thank you so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to follow ILuvBeautie both here and on Facebook for upcoming posts and amazing giveaways (we have a Xmas giveaway going on right now!  Check he previous post to enter). Until next time, have an amazing day! =)

HUGE BH COSMETICS HAUL + XMAS/HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!

Hey everyone!

Firstly, please forgive me if I’m a bit late on this post, and it’s not as detailed as I usually am. This is the third time I’m writing this post, as my phone keeps deleting it right when I’m almost ready to post. Now onto the meat of the matter.

For those of you who know me in person, or are familiar with my past blog posts, you’ll know that I am a big fan of BH Cosmetics. Like a really, really big fan! I have rarely ever come across a product from them that I didn’t really like. They offer really good products at great prices. And whenever they have a good sale, I’m most likely getting something from them.

The USA celebrated Thanksgiving a few weeks ago, and one thing that is associated with that holiday is Black Friday. Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days in this country for the entire year. Many people take advantage of the outrageous deals that different companies offer to be able to grab what they’ve always wanted at a lower price, as well as get a head start on gifts for their loved ones for Christmas.

Along with Black Friday, there are two other pretty large sales events that happened around the same time. They are Cyber Monday and Green Monday (which I had never heard of before this year). They are the two Mondays following Black Friday, and they also have some amazing sales. Between those the major sales events, I visited and purchased from BH 3 times.

During these shopping trips, my main goal was to pick up an alternate brush set for when my main ones are drying from being cleaned, and a good matte face powder. Of course, along the way I came across many more things, some of which I have already tried and loved, and other items which are new finds that I’m excited to try out. I also wanted to pick up a few items to spread some Christmas cheer by doing a giveaway for those of you awesome people that were gracious enough to share in my blogging journey.

These are the things I got:
– 1 Contour and Blush 2 palette
– 1 Liquid Foundation in Deep Cocoa (D3)
– 2 Eye and Lip Makeup Removers
– 1 Limited Edition White and Gold Brush Set
-1 Purple and Black Brush Set
– 3 BH Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed Powders (I bought shades #240, #250, and #255. I’m hoping that one would match me, one for my sister, and one for my mommy)
– 2 ‘That’s Heart’ Eyeshadow Palettes
– 2 ‘It’s Judy Time’ Eyeshadow Palettes
– 1 BH Studio Pro Brush Cleanser
– 1 ‘Dark Rose’ Eyeshadow and Blush Palette

And now for a few pics

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Hope you enjoy!

And now for the giveaway!!
(Which will feature some bh items and a few other goodies)

– 1 Black hard case brush set with mirror
– 1 BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette
– 1 pack travel Neutrogena Makeup remover Wipes
– 1 fold up fingernail clipper
– 1 Sally Beauty mini Lipgloss

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY!  Good luck to all those who enter.  Let’s make this super easy! Here are the rules:
– Must be at least 18 years of age  (or have permission from your parents for me to mail you your prize)
– LIKE THIS POST
– MUST BE A FOLLOWER of ILuvBeautie  (on the blog OR the Facebook page. It’s easy to do and it’s free! Just press Follow and Like on the respective places and it’s taken care of =])

IF YOU WANT TO:
– LEAVE A COMMENT letting me know what you’re favorite makeup item is and what brand and color, so I will have new products to check out! (example: my favorite item is Lipstick. I like rebel from MAC)

That’s it!  Incredibly quick and easy to do! =)
Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it. Entries will be accepted from now until 8 pm Eastern Time on December 29th. Winner will be announced on the 30th or the 31st! Love you all! Until next time, have an amazing day!!! =)