Stowaway Cosmetics Review

Stowaway Make-Up Review

I love Popsugar monthly boxes. It’s always nice to be introduced to new products and try them out for a fraction of the cost. Back in December Popsugar sent its subscribers a trio of little lipsticks in incredibly pigmented colors from a company called Stowaway. I instantly fell in love with the colors and the overall “cute factor” of the tiny trio. I am a girly girl so these little lipsticks were definitely my cup of tea!

Also in the box was a coupon for Stowawaycosmetics.com. If you purchased a Stowaway Basic Kit you could receive three free lipsticks in the colors of your choice. Well, I had three already, but I was dying to try the other colors and see if I loved them as much as the ones I already had.

I checked out their website saw the variety of products they sold and was instantly intrigued. I purchased the Basic Kit for $75 and received three more lipsticks for free using the coupon code. I waited anxiously for my delivery person to bring them to me. My first reaction when the box arrived was, “That’s it?” The box was so small it was hard to believe an entire face worth of makeup could possibly be inside it.

Stow Makeup 3

Image curtesy of Stowawaycosmetics.com

But my disbelief turned to happiness as I opened the box and revealed all the tiny makeup items inside. Everything was so stinking cute! But the real test would be when I used them. Cute packaging didn’t mean anything if the products didn’t work.

The next day I did my makeup using all of them. Because I am fair, I ordered both the BB cream and the concealer in FAIR. The colors were very good matches. The BB cream gives a sheer natural coverage, but the concealer is truly amazing. You have to warm it up on your finger for a second or two to help it liquify, but then it goes on and it conceals everything! The redness around your nostrils, the circles under your eyes, the unwanted redness or blemish you wish to hide are instantly gone.

The blush is almost pure pigment. It takes such a small amount to give your cheeks that perfect flush. The first time I put it on I used way too much and had to start over. As small as the blush is, it would easily be a year supply!

The eyeliner goes on smooth and easy and sets after about a minute. I ordered the color spice because I prefer brown eyeliner usually over black. The mascara has become one of my favorite items, like the concealer. I suffer from sensitive, dry eyes, and a lot of mascaras will irritate my eyes. For about two years now I have used Tarte exclusively just for that reason. This mascara is equal to Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Flashes in every way. It goes only beautifully, curls, lengthens and thickens.

The reason why the products are small is because they are supposed to be right sized makeup, makeup that can actually be used up during its shelf life. Most people don’t think of makeup having a shelf life but it does. Products go bad, germs get inside, and bacteria can grow. This is especially true for eye products.

Another aspect of this line that I love is that it is EU compliant. The European Union has banned 1,100+ chemical substances. America has only banned 6. I appreciate that the items are safe for use. To learn more click on the link below to check out Stowaway for yourself, or click on the videos.

http://www.stowawaycosmetics.com

 

 

 

 

October Lifestyle Favorites

October Lifestyle Favorites

 

I love sharing when I discover new items that become much loved favorites. This month I found the most perfect foundation ever! I also came across the cutest ink pens you ever did see. Just picking them up brings a smile to my face. Also included this month are several lip products, super soft sweaters and blankets, as well as beautiful and fun stickers for my planner! Click the link below to see everything that made me happy this October!

https://youtu.be/dhs62jJAcKY 

 

Fabfitfun Summer 2015

Fabfitfun Summer 2015

You all know how much I love my Fabfitfun subscription boxes. This one proved to be just as awesome!! A rose gold necklace worth $100! An adorable portable bluetooth speaker for jamming out to your favorite summer tunes and Tarte lipgloss just to name a few products! The total value of the entire box came to $275.79 and that didn’t even include the bonus full size bottle of lotion. Fabfitfun costs $49.99 a season but the box is guaranteed to always contain $200+ worth of products.

If you want to see this summer’s box click the link below. If you want to order your own subscription and save $10 off you first box use my referral code below!

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April Products Review & Mini Haul

April Products Review & Haul

It’s spring and I am in the mood for bright colors, fruity scents, and a little fun. Plus, I took the time to review some of the products I received in my April Boxycharm box and my Influenster box.  If you are curious to see how the Revealed 2 pallet and the Neutrogena Naturals Wipes tested out then follow the link below! Some of the products were amazing, some, not so much.

https://youtu.be/HBMhskMICsQ

If you use any of these products be sure to tell me below what you think of them! Also, if you know of the most perfect pink lipstick in the world please share!!

 

What’s in My Mom Bag?

What's in My Bag Mom Edition

It’s been two years since I showed everyone what was in my purse. Some of the items have stayed the same, some have changed. Still, my focus is on being prepared for anything, both for myself and my boys. Be sure to check out my new video to see what’s in my bag. It might just give you a few ideas of items you might want to add to your bag.

If you have a great product you carry be sure to list it below. Moms need to be prepared and it is great when we share things that help us in a pinch. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for watching!
~Tina

My Bag~ http://www.jcpenney.com/liz-claiborne-real-fit-tote-bag/prod.jump?ppId=pp5005210773&searchTerm=liz+claiborne+handbags&catId=SearchResults&_dyncharset=UTF-8&colorizedImg=DP0323201517030001M.tif

PAK Original~ http://thepakstore.com/

Organic Pops~
http://yummyearth.com/natural_organic_lollipops.html

Note Pads~
http://www.lorealparisusa.com/en/Products/Makeup/Face/Powder/True-Match-Powder.aspx?shade=N3-Natural-Buff-Neutral
&
https://riflepaperco.com/

Honest Company Baby Wipes~
https://www.honest.com/baby/honest-travel-wipes

Honest Company Hand Sanitizer
https://www.honest.com/bath-and-body/hand-sanitizer-spray

My Charge Phone Battery~
http://www.target.com/p/mycharge-energy-shot-patterns-mobile-battery-charger-iphone-multicolor-as006-6pk/-/A-15583780#prodSlot=medium_1_7&term=My+Charge
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Influenster Voxbox Neutrogena Naturals

Influenster Neutrogena Naturals

Click the link to see my latest video. I just received my latest Influenster Voxbox. Check out what is in it as well as learn about Influenster and how you can receive free boxes. If you like the video please give it a thumbs up!
~Tina

https://youtu.be/yt_piyyfpj4

Miracle Gel~Sorry, No Miracles Here

Miracle Gel~Sorry, No Miracles Here

I love the look of polished nails and freshly manicured hands. It makes hands look clean and neat and more youthful. But really, I almost never have my nails done. I am always washing my hands, cleaning dishes or doing laundry. A mom’s hands seem to always be in water. I own several pairs or rubber gloves but never remember to pull them out and use them until I am halfway through cleaning something and can feel the skin on my hands wrinkling and getting rough.

I love getting the occasional manicure with Gel Nails. You leave the salon with totally dry nails and for me they really do last two weeks. However, I got my nails done twice in one month this past February, and the removal process completely ruined my nails. They were thin and fragile and quickly broke off. Even as they started to grow back I had to wait for the remaining damage on the surface of the nail to grow out before they were strong again.

polish 1Out shopping I came across the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish. It promised a 14 day Gel Manicure that removed like regular nail polish. I was super excited and quickly selected two spring time hues as well as the Top Coat.

That night I buffed and smoothed my nails and gave them a good filing. I followed the directions and used the pink color 310 called Shock Wave. The first thing I noticed was that the polish was thick and sort of goopy. It was virtually impossible to get a nice smooth finish. The color also went on uneven with shadow spots peeking through. I applied two coats of the color and really wanted to apply a third but it was already so thick that I didn’t.

Then I applied the Top Coat which did go on nice and smooth but did little to help the lumpy color underneath. After a couple of hours the nails seemed dry but I was not very happy with the over all look. It looked like a child had painted my nails because of the thick consistency of the polish. Even worse, the polish did not last 14 days. I started getting my first chips and cracks three days in.

I decided to redo my nails and use the peach color, Rosey Riviter, number 180. Maybe the pink was just a bad bottle? Maybe I didn’t apply it right?

The peach wasn’t lumpy and seemed to go on easier, but I still had the problems of shadows showing though the color. After two coats the polish was streaky. I decided to apply a third coat of color and finally I had nice peach nails. Next went on the Top Coat and I waited for them to dry. The drying time took forever, possibly because of the extra coat of color. Even the next day, which was Easter Sunday, preparing food and getting things ready to celebrate the holiday resulted in smudges and creases in the polish. I’m sorry but after 15 hours of drying time polish should not smudge.

I have now had the peach on for going on four days and it isn’t chipping, but it is starting to peel up near the cuticles. When I run my fingers through my hair it catches the hair and has become annoying.

The whole reason I like Gels is because as a busy working mom I don’t have to worry about them. They are rock hard the minute I leave the salon and last for two weeks. I really wanted to like the Sally Hansen Miracle Gels. They promised me the durability of Gels without damaging my natural nails but for me, this product takes way too much time (who has 15 hours to kill for drying time) and ends up looking sloppy no matter how hard you try to put it on. Keep your money ladies.
~Tina
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Five Minute Makeup Routine for Busy Moms on the Go!!

Are you getting up a 4:00 am to get your kids off to practice before school starts? Haven’t slept in days and are too tired to worry about your makeup? Here is a simple six product face that goes on in less than five minutes and will help to make you look refreshed and well rested, even if you aren’t!

five minute routine

Just click the picture above to check it out!
~Tina

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Fabfitfun Box Review

Fabfitfun Spring

Hi everyone!  I tried something new for my Spring Fabfitfun box review this time. Please check out my video and let me know what you think. This box was pretty awesome as usual so come and see all the great products they tossed in.

Click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZS41C9v0Bc#action=share

Also if you want to order your own box just click here: http://vip.fff.me/8Ccct and use code SPRINGME to save $10 off your first box!

The Most Comfortable Shoes Ever for Problem Feet

The Most Comfortable Shoes Ever for Problem Feet

Once upon a time I had cute feet. Well, as cute as a foot can possibly be, that is. They matched each other and were a perfect size 8. I was able to wear heels that were four inches high with no problem. In fact I used to waitress eight hour shifts in three inch heels. 

Then I developed Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was twenty years old. Suddenly my three inch heels began to hurt after a few hours, but I persevered and wore them anyway. 

At 29 I got pregnant with my first child, and my normally size 8 feet swelled up to look like fat sausages. Even after I delivered the baby and some of the swelling went down my feet remained an 8 ½. All my pre-pregnancy shoes were boxed up and donated to good will. 

Still, I didn’t give up the dream of wearing cute shoes. I went out and bought a bunch of practical two inch heels and carried on. 

At 35 I got pregnant again. I was less surprised this time when my 8 ½ feet suddenly grew to be a size 9. My husband refused to believe me though. He was convinced that I just wanted to buy all new shoes. 

There was no doubt that the shoes I purchased after baby number two were suddenly a lot more practical. In fact they were almost old lady looking. Basically I had abused my feet for years and now they were done with it. 

Fast forward a couple of years later and I needed multiple surgeries, metal pins, and titanium screws to piece all the little bones back together. I was in a wheel chair for four months because my bad knee wouldn’t allow me to use the roll-about scooter the doctor recommended. 

It was not a pleasant experience. Even worse, I will need another surgery down the road because the foot is becoming rather funky and disfigured looking. My foot even has a name. We refer to it as Frankenfoot. I’m sure you can see why. It is covered in scars and has lovely twists, dents and lumps. Plus, the second toe sticks up in the air because of a ripped tendon that never heeled.

Frankenfoot 2 Frankenfoot 1

 My love of shoe shopping is now a royal pain in the ass. Most shoes, no matter what size, just don’t fit Frankenfoot, especially strappy sandals. Then shoes that fit end up rubbing tender spots on the foot which makes the shoe incredibly painful to wear. 

It sometimes shocks me when I look at how much money I spent to acquire the ugliest of shoes just because they fit and didn’t cause pain. 

I have had luck with a variety of sneakers, but as a rule I don’t like sneakers. Truthfully, I kind of hate them. They are big and bulky, and when your foot is a size 9 they are even bigger and bulkier. Still, if it were up to my podiatrist, rheumatologist, and surgeon I would wear sneakers every day for the rest of my life. 

The Sketchers Store at my mall has become my go to store, because like Vans, they look like a shoe but fit like a sneaker. Recently they came out with new soles in their shoes made from memory foam! It’s like walking on clouds. Seriously, last month we spent four days at Universal Studios and I walked all day for four days straight. I give full credit to my shoes for helping me to last that long.

 Dream Shoes 1Dream Shoes 2

I took all three of these pairs with me. Click on the pictures to see enlarged photos. I wore the black Walkers or the gray thin soled sneakers all day at the theme park. Then, I switched to the Mary Jane’s for when we went out in the evening. I admit these aren’t super fancy and if we were at home I would have worn something a bit dressier but because I knew I was going to be on my feet for ten to twelve hours a day I didn’t even bother wasting suitcase space on shoes that would probably hurt.

  Dream Shoes 3Dream Shoes 4

So if you have problem feet and are looking for a dreamy soft, supportive shoe that doesn’t look like old lady shoes or aren’t the size of bricks, check these out. Plus, the best part is these shoes are all only about $55-$65 a pair, which is half the price of most Borns, Clarks, The Walking Co. and other orthopedic style shoes. Just click the links below if you want to order them. 

If you have any of these let me know what you think about them!

~Tina

**This is NOT a sponsored post. I purchased these shoes with my own money. The thoughts and opinions here are my own.**

Black Go Walkers~http://www.skechers.com/style/13756/skechers-gowalk-impress/nvw

Gray Easy Fit~http://www.skechers.com/style/22468/relaxed-fit-breathe-easy-good-life/gyaq

Mary Jane Miss Me~http://www.skechers.com/style/22473/relaxed-fit-breathe-easy-miss-me/blk
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