8.30.2013

Review: Not Your Mother's Thermal Shield Spray

I needed a new heat protectant spray so the other day at Target I saw this one by Not Your Mother's and since I own a few products from the brand I decided to pick the Beat The Heat Thermal Shield Spray. I usually use the heat tamer spray by Tresemme but since I wanted to try something different I decided to go with the NYM one. Want to see if I liked it or not? Keep reading to find out...


What does it do?
"Beat The Heat protects your hair from scorching heat every time you pick up your flat or curling iron. It guards hair against moisture loss and provides light hold for a quick finish. Infused with sunflower and vitamins A and E, this salon formula will keep you cool...well, at least your hair."

Pros:
- Protects hair from the heat of curling irons or straighteners.

Cons:
- Smells gross! This stuff smells like straight up alcohol it's disgusting! Each time I use it I have to wait at leach 30 minutes or more for the smell to go away.
- Cost more then the Tresemme's heat tamer spray

My experience:
The first time I used this I actually thought the scent wasn't that bad but the second time after that I couldn't handle the smell. In fact, each time I use this I have to hold in my nose because it smells so gross!

Would I recommend this product?
No! The spray smells like beer so no I would not recommend it at all! 

You can purchase the Not Your Mother's Beat The Heat Thermal Shield Spray here.

Have you tried this product before? Did you like it?

X♥X♥
-Michelle

8.27.2013

My New Favorite Chocolate!

So I've never done a post like this before but I didn't have a post planned for today and I didn't want to miss another day of not posting anything so I thought I would talk about chocolate. Now I'm not a chocoholic or anything (I'm actually a fan of white chocolate, which isn't even chocolate) in fact I can't eat chocolate unless it has something else in it like caramel or something. However, the other day when I was at Target I saw these Lindt "Hello my name is" chocolate bars they were on offer for 2 for $5 and wanted a chocolate fix so I got the Coffee Blast and Coconut Love bars to share with my sister. I've seen these bars before I actually bought a stick earlier this year when I went to Orlando but I wasn't a fan of the Strawberry Cheesecake flavor but I was a fan of both of these chocolate bars keep reading to find out more on these delicious treats!

Coconut Love
This is a white chocolate bar with 10 breakable pieces that have small coconut flakes mix in with a pineapple flavor. I love the tropical taste mixed with the white chocolate. A yummy summer indulgence! 

Coffee Blast
Milk chocolate with the smell and taste as a cup of coffee in a coffee shop. There is even small granules of coffee beans that add the caffeine kick! Surprisingly this was my favorite of the two. I love coffee so add some milk chocolate and I am set for the day!

What is your favorite chocolate?

X♥X♥
-Michelle

Review: Le Bunny Bleu Shoes

Lately I've been obsessed with shoes! I have never been a shoe gal before but somehow I can't stop shopping for shoes (I need a new shoe self). My recent shoe purchase are these adorable Mint Bunny Motive Ballet Flats by Le Bunny Bleu. I first saw these a few months ago on a blog but hesitated at the moment to get them. Fast forwarded to last week Le Bunny Bleu had a discount code flying around and I jumped on the opportunity and finally bought them! They also have two other color in case mint isn't your thing. 

The shoes are amazing! They're made out of a synthetic leather material which is great because I would never wear real leather. I picked out a size 7 because that's my normal size and they fit a bit snug but I guess you have to break them in a little first. Aside from that the shoes are perfect. Take a look down below for more picture of the cute bunny shoes!

They even include a cute dust bag for your shoes, how cute!
I'm super happy about my purchase and will be buying more from Le Bunny Bleu soon (I already have my eyes on these puppies). Also, I just found out that Le Bunny Bleu is very popular in South Korea! Their shoes have been worn by many kpop idols and even featured in a few k-dramas (which you know I LOVE)!

Have you heard of Le Bunny Bleu? Do you own a pair?

X♥X♥
-Michelle

8.18.2013

Beauty Battle: Face It VS Etude House CC Cream

Today I'm introducing a new mini series that I will be staring on my blog. It's called "beauty battle"! In this series I will be selecting two products that are similar and reviewing them for you. Since it's called "beauty battle" of course their has to be a winner so at the end of each post I will announce which product I would recommend and that will be the winner. 

For my first Beauty Battle I decided to review two CC creams that I've been testing out for the past 2 months. The first one is the Etude House 8 in 1 Multi-Function CC Cream and the second is the Face It Aura Color Control Cream. Which will be today's winner? Keep reading to find out!

1st Contestant: Etude House Glow 8 in 1 Multi-Function Glow CC Cream

What it claims to do?
This multitasking, 8 in 1 formula hydrates, primes, conceals, treats, and protects skin at an easy single step for a healthier complexion, inside and outside. It glides on with a glowing finish.

Pros:
- Light weight
- Cute packaging
- Changes to your face shade
- Has SPF 30 PA ++
- Anti-Aging
- Gives your face a nice dewy glow
- Affordable

Cons:
- Light coverage
- Only comes in one shade
- Hard to find
- Too white

Thoughts:
This is a great light coverage CC cream. It gives your face a nice glow but leaves a white finish (almost ghostly). It also doesn't cover up that many imperfections though. This would work great as a base.

You can purchase the Etude House 8 in 1 Multi-Function Glow CC Cream here.

2nd Contestant: It's Skin Aura Color Control Cream

What it claims to do:
Color Control Cream that creates a radiant and clear make-up appearance as if the skin is being spotlighted.

Pros:
- Amazing coverage
- Cute packaging
- Has SPF 30 PA++
- Anti-Aging
- Hydrating
- Long lasting
- Gives natural finish

Cons:
- Compact too bulky
- Only comes in two shade
- Hard to find
- Expensive

Thoughts:
This is the perfect cc cream to achieve a natural look. Covers up pimples and other imperfections. However, the compact is a bit too bulky for my taste but that of course means more product inside. Also, compared to other cc creams this one costs more then regular CC creams.

You can purchase the Face It Aura Color Control Cream here.

The Showdown

Top: It's Skin (Not Blended)
Bottom: Etude House (Not Blended)

Final Round

Top: It's Skin (Blended)
Bottom: Etude House (Blended)

Winner? The It's Skin CC Cream for sure! But I still like using the Etude House CC cream on days when I don't want that much coverage and a dewy look.

Did you like this post? Should I do more? What products would you like to see in a future Beauty Battle?

X♥X♥
-Michelle

8.17.2013

"Natsume San" Book Review!

I haven't done a book review in a long time and just the other day I got Mito Natume's first book in the mail so it was decided then. If you are not familiar with Mito Natsume she is a Harajuku model that appears in many Harajuku Japanese magazines and also appears in Harajuku Kawaii TV quite frequently. Her book covers her favorite fashion items, makeup and hair tips, mini tutorials, exclusive photos, lifestyle stories, and more! I included some of my favorite pages down below. Enjoy!

Book without cover
I was nervous about buying this book at first because I didn't know anything about it and there wasn't that much stuff about it online but I'm so happy I got it! I don't know how to read Japanese (not even a little) but the pictures are cute and inspiring. If you are looking for a cute book to skim through for inspiration and are into Harajuku fashion I would highly recommend this book!

If you are interested in buying this book I asked this seller on ebay to get me the book. They are happy to get you anything from Japan! The book arrived within 2 weeks.

X♥X♥
-Michelle

8.14.2013

August 2013 Birchbox

 My Birchbox arrived yesterday and I got super excited! I look forward to my Birchbox package every month! I can't wait to see what beauty goodies I discover in this month's box!

This month's theme was "Finishing School".
Box overview
List of products
Arcona Cranberry Gommage: Full-size, $44
What: Exfoliating scrub with salicylic acid, volcanic minerals, fruit enzymes, and antioxidants.
How: Two to four times a week, massage a nickle-sized amount into face and rinse.

Miss Jessie's Original Rapid Recovery Treatment and Super Sweetback Treatment: Full-size, each $26
What: Nourishing Super Sweetback promotes hair growth, and Rapid Recovery smooths damaged strands.
How: Once weekly, comb a large dollop through damp hair. Leave for at least 10 minutes, then rinse.

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TanTowel Classic Formula Self-Tan Towelettes: Full-size, $24
What: A streak-free self-tanning wipe for fair to medium tans. Bonus: It exfoliates and moisturizes.
How: Apply evenly to clean skin in circular motion. Avoid Showering for 6 hours.

ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick: Set of 3, $24
What: A semi-matte lipstick that delivers both hydration and lasting pigment.
How: One coat will do, but feel free to layer it on for extra richness.

Birchbox partnered with Ann Taylor this month so of course they added a offer for all us Birchbox subscribers.

This months box was pretty disappointing to be honest. First, they forgot to send me the Coastal Scents eye shadow! Which I was kind of mad because I love Coastal Scents! Second, my box came sloppy packaged. I know they have a lot of orders but I would appreciate a more neatly packaged box. As for the samples the only thing I'm excited to use is the lipstick I'm not a fan of the packet samples because they always make mess. My last two boxes have been pretty boring hopefully next month's box is exciting or I may just unsubscribe again.

What did you get in your August Birchbox?

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-Michelle