11.25.2014

Are you a Bella?

Have you heard of Bellashoot? If you haven't, and you're a total beauty junky, you need to go sign up now. Bellashoot is basically the beauty version of Pinterest. There are thousands of beauty related reviews, tutorials, inspiration and giveaways posted. Its a fun site to be part of. As a blogger, I have found the site extremely helpful in driving new traffic to my blog as well.

Bellashoot recently launched their iPhone and iPad app, which I wanted to share. Since most of us will be waiting in long lines on Black Friday, what better way to pass the time than with their fun app?!

Here's a sneak peek of what you can expect:





Join us bellas by downloading their app and follow me!

xo, arielle

11.23.2014

Empties: All Natural Products I Used Up

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Curious about the products I have used up? Watch my latest video for some quick reviews!


Kirk’s Coco Soap | Buy Online

VaniCream | Buy Online 

Giovanni shave | Buy Online | Full Review

100% Pure Vanilla Bean lotion | Buy Online

Organic Wear Mascara | Buy Online | Full Review

Bye Bye Blemish | Buy Online | Full Review

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream Buy Online | Full Review

Garnier Fructis pomade Buy Online

DermOrganic Shampoo & Conditioner | Buy Online | Full Review

Hairfinity | Buy Online | Full Review

The Natural Dentist mouthwash | Buy Online

Tom’s toothpaste | Buy Online

Jason Seafresh Toothpaste | Buy Online

Face Razors | Buy Online | Full Review

Rainbow Light multivitamin | Buy Online

xo, arielle

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11.21.2014

Hairfinity Review and Results

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My most popular post to date is hands down, my secret to hair growthwhich includes taking biotin and folic acid. It's easy enough to take but I had no idea that there were pills out there that were specially formulated for healthy hair until I was introduced to Hairfinity.

Hairfinity is apparently a celebrity's secret weapon as its used by Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Taraji P Henson and more.

Hairfinity

Hairfinity is a nutritional supplement formulated with essential nutrients for healthy hair. This hair specific formula contains Vitamins A, C, and D, a B-Vitamin Complex, Biotin, MSM, and more.  Hairfinity is clinically proven to increase the hair growth rate by 155% while decreasing shedding.  Two capsules are taken per day, and each bottle contains a one-month supply.

I posted a while back about donating my hair. The cut was a bit short for my taste, so I knew I was going to start taking something to help it grow out. I have been taking two Hairfinity capsules every morning for 6 weeks now and am pretty happy with the results.

Hairfinity results

At the two week mark, above, I went to get a trim. My hair was uneven and I had some layers that were way too short. A lot of the length was chopped off when my hairdresser evened things out. I had her avoid the short layers, though.

At the six week mark, I haven't seen incredible length but all of those uneven short layers did grow quickly and now blend into my hair better. I'm really happy with that. As for overall growth, I'm not noticing much but one of my friends mentioned that she thought it was looking a lot longer. 

The reason I have been happier with Hairfinity over the biotin/folic acid method is because, for me, the less shedding claim has been absolutely true. I noticed at about two weeks in, my shower drain was not getting nearly as clogged with my hair. Plus, I'm not finding strands all down the back of my shirts. 

I also noticed my hair looks incredibly healthy. I think chopping off the dyed part and taking this has returned it to it's virgin glory. My hairdresser could not stop talking about how healthy my hair was.

I think I need to take it a bit longer to get the full growth effects but overall, I am pleased with Hairfinity. I gifted a bottle to my friend and I'm curious to hear her thoughts on it!

xo, arielle

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Hairfinity and TapInfluence. All opinions are my own.

11.19.2014

Busy Girl Nails: Gold

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We are to the fourth week of #BusyGirlNails! This challenge always seems to fly by. This week's prompt is gold.

I used the Zoya Pixie Dust Collection in Bar as my topcoat and Jules as the base. I purchased a few of the Pixie Dust polishes months ago but wasn't impressed with the opacity. When I matched them with a similar color base, though, they look beautiful! Unfortunately, these chip pretty quickly.

Zoya Pixie Dust Bar

Zoya Pixie Dust Bar

What is your favorite gold polish?

xo, arielle

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11.17.2014

If You Could Only Use One Makeup Brand for the Rest of Your Life...

A few weeks ago, I asked all of you if there was only one piece of makeup you could use for the rest of your life what it would be. This time, I want to know which brand.

I know some of us are very brand loyal. I'm not one of those people but there is one brand that stands out of the pack for me and it's bareMinerals.

bareMinerals was the first high end brand that I ever purchased. I'm hooked on their foundation. I currently use their primer, foundation and bronzer. I have yet to try a bareMinerals product I don't like. Plus, they lean towards clean ingredients and my skin responds incredibly well to their products.


Now it's your turn! If you would only use one makeup brand for the rest of your life, which would it be?

xo, arielle

11.14.2014

Giovanni Moisturizing Shave Cream Review

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For a few years, I had been making my own shaving cream. I no longer make it, only because some of the ingredients are not very clean and it's more expensive to make than buy now. So, I decided to start purchasing it again.

I started off with VaniCream and I just really disliked it. I then picked up Giovanni Moisture Shave Cream while I was shopping at Fresh Market. 

Giovanni Moisturizing Shave Cream

Giovanni is one of those brands that is easy to transition to when you're looking for clean products. They are not the most pure but they are much better than most products out there. Plus, they are available in drugstores at that price point. 

"The complete range of products consists of only the most carefully selected blends of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, herbs and oils. These unique products contain no parabens,  sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate or animal by-products. Cruelty-free-never tested on animals, pH Balanced and biodegradable formulas with recyclable packaging. The range consists of shampoos, conditioners, repairing treatments, styling, finishing products, and body and skin care products."-From the Giovanni website

The shave cream rates as a 3 on EWG (moderate hazard). I purchased it for $4.99. Here is what the packaging says about the product:

Giovanni Moisturizing Shave Cream

I'm liking this shave cream because it's very close to my DIY version in terms of consistency and shave. I liken it to shaving with lotion. It's a very moisturizing product and I don't get nicks and or razor burn.

If you're used to canned shave creams, this isn't at all like those. I prefer these type over canned, anyway, because it lasts much longer.

What is your favorite shave cream?

xo, arielle

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11.12.2014

Busy Girl Nails: Leaf Week

We're on the third week of #BusyGirlNails which is leaf week!

So, free handing leaves is a lot more difficult than I though. I was trying to emulate this pin but it didn't quite turn out as planned. I think I need to get some better nail brushes.

leaf nails

leaf nails

Can't wait to see your leaf nails!

xo, arielle

11.10.2014

Kiss My Face Olive Oil Bar Soap Review

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I know soap is an odd thing to review but I felt it was important to share my weird experience with Kiss My Face Olive Oil Bar Soap.

Kiss My Face Olive Oil Bar Soap

I bought this 3 pack on drugstore.com for $4.99. I was attracted to this soap due to the short, clean ingredient list and the EWG 0 rating (low hazard). I felt you really could not get more clean than this.

There are only three ingredients: Saponified Olive Oil, Water and Sodium Chloride. Simple enough.

The soap has been a very popular Kiss My Face product. They tout that it is 100% Biodegradable, vegan, gluten free, paraben free, phthalate free and SLS free. It is unscented and 86% olive oil. They also claim that it is a moisturizing soap.

Ok, so why was my experience weird? Well, this soap went completely goopy on me. There were strings and strings of goop. My husband flipped out and refused to use it. I tried to make it work and even bought a travel soap container to keep it from getting wet. This didn't help at all. So, I threw out the first bar thinking it was just that bar. Nope. The second bar did it, too. I gave up and it all went in the garbage. I am truly questioning if I got a bad batch. I also didn't think it did much on helping with cleaning erm, nether regions smells.

Needless to say, I won't be repurchasing this. I'm not sure what the goop deal was but it was strange.

What's your favorite clean soap?

xo, arielle

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11.05.2014

If You Could Only Use One Makeup Product for the Rest of Your Life...

I was thinking about all of the products I use in a single day and thought about what if I was told I could only use one for the rest of my life, what would it be?!

It's really tough, especially with my makeup. Since each product has a particular purpose, I didn't know what I could live without. When it comes down to it, though, there is one thing I never go without and its mascara. Mascara is the one product that I think does the most for me. When I don't wear it, I feel like I have a dead look to my face. Mascara opens up my eyes, makes me look awake and I think it finishes off a look. Plus, it can double as eyeliner (is that cheating?!).


I wanted to pose this question to my readers, too. Comment below: if you were only allowed to use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?

xo, arielle

11.03.2014

How To Apply Blush with this Easy Trick

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When I'm reading a magazine my favorite section is shockingly beauty. In particular, I love when makeup artists share their tips. Some of my best beauty secrets were learned from beauty editors in various magazines over the years.

A few weeks ago, I was purusing Yahoo! Beauty's online magainze reading Bobbi Brown's 'Ask Bobbi' articles. She writes about her tips and tricks to common problems like covering undereye circles or how to rock a red lip for fall. This got me thinking about how I struggle with blush application. So, I took to beauty gurus to be schooled on perfect blush application. I learned the easiest trick that I'm now using every single day. I'm telling you it's genius. If you struggle with blush application, try this (it just might be life changing)!

Have your foundation and HAC-ing done before you begin.

Select the blush brush that works best for you. Some people love big fluffy round brushes others like fan brushes. Personally, I'm a fan of an angled brush.

how to apply blush

Depending on how pigmented your blush is will determine how much product you need. Typically, I dip once and tap off excess. I then apply my blush and redip as necessary. Some blushes, I only need one swipe, some I need up to 4.

Now here is where the magic comes in. Place your finger on the side of your nostril and at a 45 degree angle (see below):

how to apply blush

Apply your blush from the edge of your finger and swipe up. You will place the blush at the edge of where your contouring ends. If you don't contour, smile and only apply to the apples (where your cheeks prochude when you smile) and upward .

how to apply blush

I have realized that blush goes much lower than we all tend to apply it. It's almost on top of the bronzer. I do a bit of blending with the blush and bronzer.

how to apply blush

I really hope this helps your blush woes!

xo, 
Arielle

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Yahoo! and I was compensated for producing this content. All opinions are my own.