Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tie 'Em Up!

Hello There!

It recently came to my attention that a company out of Mass creates monthly subscription curated with premium ties for various tastes.

I had never heard of Root Bizzle so I was excited to have my boyfriend try them out.

He's not a particularly fussy man, but it is hard to get him to go look at clothes so I love the option of having ties come right to the door.

The tie comes packaged in a nice sturdy box.

Inside there are two cards.

The smaller card show you how to tie a particular knot that month.  This month was the Prince Albert knot and is actually very easy to do (this is coming from someone who has stood in the mirror/in front of videos trying to figure it out for at least an hour before).

The next card tells you this tie is from their business collection and a bit about what that means.

The tie itself is a beautiful pattern of blues, maroons, and white.  I absolutely love it and my boyfriend did not mind it either.

The pattern inside the tie is nice too and the tie is soft and smooth.  The seams are all nice and tight and it looks very well made.

Look at my knot tying skills!  I think I did a pretty good job.

All in all I really love the idea of this company and monthly box, especially because all the ties are crafted in house.

This is a fantastic gift for Groomsmen as well or even the father of the bride and groom!

disclaimer: I was sent the tie for review by Root Bizzle.  I was not paid to say anything about the product, I was provided the item to honestly review.  There are no affiliate links in this post.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge and Why I Won't Be Doing It

Hello There!

So unless you live under a rock or don't use social media, I am guessing you have heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS.
I was tagged to do it, but I won't be doing it.

I fully support and think it is wonderful for those who want to pour cold water on themselves in solidarity with those who have been affected by ALS.

I won't be doing it because I don't find it necessary to show that I support something by dumping good water on myself.  You've heard of the starving people in (insert third world country) so eat your food, I feel kind of the same way about wasting clean water.

I think it is fantastic though that there has been so much awareness and money raised for ALS through the exposure on social media.  That just shows you how powerful social media has become.
 If you would like to donate, then go here.

I would like to take this time to bring up something I feel strongly needs more coverage and support.
In light of the passing of Robin Williams I think that there should be exposure and education regarding Mental Health Awareness.

Mental Illnesses are very serious diseases and they are as important as any other.  There are still so many social stigmas surrounding the disease and that needs to stop.

Feel free to check out the Mental Health Awareness site to learn more about how to help yourself and others.

If you suffer know that you are not alone and there is so much help available for you.
NEVER feel afraid to say that you need help.
NEVER let social stigmas prevent you from speaking up.
PLEASE do not wait.

To anyone struggling with this issue you can call the US suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255

Monday, August 4, 2014

One Direction Makeup Collection Sneak Preview

If you are a huge 1D fan you may have seen Niall talk on twitter a little bit ago about their makeup collection.
I am here to give you a sneaky look at one of the collections in their range.

There are three collections and each one comes in a nice tin case.

Take Me Home Collection

Midnight Memories Collection

Up All Night Collection

I received the Up All Night Collection.  Each set comes with an eye shadow palette, chubby liner crayon, mascara, UV lipgloss, lipstick, nail polish, and body stencils.

The tins give you some inspiration for different looks you can create with the colors. 

 The lipstick is creamy and goes on smoothly.  This is actually a really nice cheek color if it is too bright for you to want to use on your lips.  This color is called I Should Have Kissed You
 The packaging on this lipstick is very nice as well.  I love that you can see the color in the bottom.
 This "Glow Gloss" is UV reactive and a super bright hot pink.  The formula delivers intense shimmer during the day, and glows brilliantly under UV light after dark.  The name of the gloss is Taken.

 The lipgloss is on the top and the lipstick on the bottom in each of these swatch pictures.

The colors in the eye shadow quint are highly pigmented and very creamy.  They can get crumbly though which was disappointing.  I was happy to see two neutral shades in with the three blue shades.  The shade Another World (the blue in the middle in the palette) is a very chunky glitter that kept glooping up and was odd seeing as how the rest of the shades were pretty creamy.

 This is both and eye and body crayon in a very deep navy called Stand Up.  This is a very creamy pencil and can be smudged out for a smokey effect.  I had no issues with this and felt it was a nice addition to this collection.

 These are the decorator stencils that you can put on using the crayon liner.

They come in a variety of designs and they seem like you could wipe them clean and keep using them without them deteriorating.  

The mascara is called Little Black Dress.  It is a volumizing mascara and I feel that it did give volume to my lashes, however my eyes reacted poorly to the formula.  I have very sensitive eyes and skin so I don't expect others to have the same issues as I did.

The nail varnish is a gorgeous blue with green and gold shimmers.  It is the perfect mermaid color.  The name on this one is Na Na Na.

Here are a few pictures of me wearing the collection (sorry for the lower quality of these!).

I think the collection overall is fantastic.  I love that the set comes with some many different pieces.  This is a must for any 1D fans!

Check more out on the collections on their Facebook page!

Details on the 3 Looks Collection tins:

Check your stores for the collection! 
The line will be available worldwide starting in the U.S. 
 Macy's - August 11th 
Stage Stores – August 25th 
Dillards – August 25th 
Beauty Brands – August 25th
 Lord and Taylor - August 25th

*International release dates TBD. Check the 
Facebook page for all the latest information!

disclaimer: This is a sponsored post powered by BrandBacker.  The collection is from Markwins International.  I was not paid to say anything about these products, I was provided the items to honestly review.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Influenster #SurfsUpBoxBox

Hello There!

Check out my unboxing video of the products in the #SurfsUpVoxBox!

This is the list of all the products in the box.

The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun is very moisturizing and soothing for sun burnt skin.
It feels very nice on the skin and smells amazing.  This is a must have for all beach, pool, or lake goers during the summer!

This works so fast when you have a headache that you barely have time to realize you have one.

The Sinful Colors polish in Sage Rose is the perfect color to transition from Summer to Fall.  It is s dusky rose metallic shimmer that is very pretty either on fingers or toes. 

These two were definitely my favorite products in the box.  
These make my hair soft, but give it body and texture.
I am planning on purchasing full size version of these very soon.

If you want to purchase any of the products most of them you can get are at the drugstores or Target.

The ones online I put into a Luvocracy collection to make it easier to shop.

disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  I am not sponsored by any of the company's whose products I am reviewing/mentioning here. All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own