Saturday, September 20, 2014

Latisse Review

Want thicker and longer lashes? 




I have been using Latisse for 2+ years total now and on and off since 2010.  I feel like I can give an experienced and honest review of this product. We have had a pretty long relationship! I took a 16 month break while pregnant/breastfeeding and am back on it for the last 7 months. 

The main questions I get asked about Latisse

1. Where do you get it?

I get mine from a local MedSpa. You can walk right in and purchase it without an appointment or seeing a doctor. It runs anywhere from $89 to $150 depending on what size you get or how much they are charging. Sometimes they will run specials - but expect to pay at least $100. I bought the large bottle last time for around $140 and it came with a buy one get one free offer. I mailed in my receipt and sku off the box - a month later a brand new full size bottle arrived! Great deal!

2. Does it work?

Like a dream!! My lashes are so long they naturally curl. It is unbelievable how well this product works. They are also much darker/black now. People always ask me if they are my real lashes or if I have eyelash extensions. I love that I can say YES, they are real! Because they are! They use to be barely noticeable at all and were stick straight. I really and truly love my results and never want to stop using it! I never wear fake lashes anymore - woo hoo!!

3. Does it irritate your eyes?

At first - yes. I have light blue eyes and they are very sensitive. When I first started using the product they were a bit itchy and red. It only lasted for a couple of weeks. My eyelids were also a bit red at the base of the eyelashes where I applied. It was not noticeable. This was also temporary. It does not bother my eyes AT ALL anymore.

4. Does one bottle really only last one month?

No!! My bottle will last me 3 or 4 months. I even use it in my eyebrows. BUT I do not follow the directions (I am not telling you to do the same - this is just what I personally do). You get a pack of 80 applicators (with the small size bottle). The directions say to use one applicator for each eye. I use one applicator for both eyes and the same one for my eyebrows. If you use both you are wasting so much product. They tell you to do this so you do not risk getting an eye infection. I never get eye infections, I don't share my makeup with anyone, I always apply on a freshly washed face before bed - so I really am not worried about it! You are applying it right at the base of your lashes, not inside your eyeball for crying out loud!

All in all - an amazing product that does what it claims! 


(I was not asked to review this product by Latisse.  I purchase it on my own!) 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Illuminage Copper Pillowcase

Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase


I have been waiting to post this for over a week because I really wanted to give it a good trial! This pillowcase from Pond's Institute is clinically proven to change the look of skin in just 4 weeks (well, I couldn't wait that long). It claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve overall appearance of skin. 

I love to sleep on a silk pillowcase to avoid getting wrinkles and the added benefit of copper is just a bonus. I was really thrilled to try this top of the line pillowcase. I have tried another copper pillowcase from Bed, Bath, & Beyond. It seemed like cheap silk material and I didn't really care for it at all.

The benefits of copper: Copper is the third most abundant trace element found in the human body. Copper peptides have been clinically shown to offer a wide variety of benefits for the skin and hair. The anti-aging benefits are due their ability to promote production of glycosaminoglycans like hyaluronic acid (a key ingredient you should look for in your moisturizer). The glycosaminoglycans are essential for helping the skin tissue remain plump and supple. Ok, enough of the technical stuff!

I think it will take some time to truly see a difference, but I do believe prevention is key. I am a side sleeper, and the left side that I sleep on definitely has more wrinkles than the right. The material is very soft and not too slippery. I don't like a super silky pillow or your head just slips all over the place! I didn't have any problems adjusting to sleeping on a new pillowcase. I did notice right away that I don't have any creases on my face when I first wake up. I will continue using for the full 4 weeks and report back! So far I don't see any reasons why not to use this! Any silk pillowcase will prevent wrinkles, but why not add the benefits of copper if you can!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

City Lips Review

Collagen Peptide Lip Plumping Treatment


I have seen this brand pop up a lot lately on various beauty bloggers pages, Instagram, etc. and was super excited to try! 

I'll start off by saying I'm not a big fan of lip plumpers. They burn, have no color payoff, and make my lips all red. Just personally not my thing.

I wanted to try this for a solid week before reviewing. 

My thoughts: 

I first applied the clear treatment and let it sit for about 5 min. It tingled just a tiny bit, but nothing that really bothered me. I then applied the sheer pale pink color "Los Angelips" over this. 

I kid you not - a few minutes later I looked like I had lip injections. They were seriously huge. They were a tiny bit numb too, so maybe they felt bigger from that as well. 

Bottom line - this stuff seriously works if you are in the market for a lip plumper. I've tried a few others and this seemed to have the most drastic results.

I'm still not a lip plumping fan - I just don't like my lips to tingle or burn in the slightest. The color was very sheer and did make my lips a bit red. I tried layering it with lipstick and liked it MUCH better. I did the clear treatment, a nude lipstick, and then Los Angelips over that. Really liked that look and still felt nice and plumped. 



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ambre Blends

My Current Obsession

I feel like I say "I'm obsessed" a lot - but this time I'm literally psycho obsessed over this line. I have been to their website 72328410390294 times today to "window shop." What is this line and why is it so great you ask?! Let me tell you!!

When I was 7 months pregnant I purchased a small roller ball of organic oil perfume at a small boutique in Nashville. I was really crazy about putting anything on my body that wasn't the purest of the pure. I didn't wear any fragrance my entire pregnancy because it was my fist baby and I was scared of everything! This oil was Ambre Blends in Ambre Essence. 

It's extremely hard to describe a fragrance in words. This is the most heavenly scent I have ever smelled (I will say heavenly a lot in this post) in my life. It is a smell that you literally cannot pin or put your finger on. I die for any kind of musk and this -to me- is a musk. A very light one though. The smell is almost like the smell of clean skin - yes clean skin and heaven. The company describes this scent the best - "A clean, euphoric, and sensual aroma." Ahhhh....yes those were the words I was looking for!!!

I have been wearing this scent ever since I bought that beautiful little roller ball of heaven. The best part  of this oil is that as it warms on your skin throughout the day, smelling better as the day goes on. It's kind of hard to smell it on yourself, but throughout the day I get little whiffs of it. Even my baby smells like it by the end of the day. My husband is always saying how good he smells. Uhhh...HELLO it's me?! The baby is taking my scent credit!! 

I ended up reaching out to this company when I saw on their website that they offer tons of amazing products in my beloved scent. I had no clue?! All this time and I could have been burning candles of my scent all over the house! They offer 3 other scents, but they are all based with the Ambre Essence scent - just tweaked a little (I still like the plain Ambre Essence the best). They have lotions, deodorant, face oil, sprays, candles, and soap. I was DYING, I mean DYING to try some of these out. I said this earlier - but incase you forgot - these are all organic products and made from the purest natural oils. Such a plus for me!

They sent me the most amazing goodie bag of products to try. The Soap, Skin Tonic, Natural Deodorant, Spritzer, Body Cream, and 4 vials of oil to try. I have been using them for 5 days now. I've used every single product multiple times. I am so thrilled right now I could cry. Every single one of them is my new favorite product. 

Natural Deodorant - I have used this 5 days in a row now. I only apply it at night (after shower) and not again until the next night. I haven't reapplied during the day once. You know why? I don't have to!! I did a post on Lavanila natural deodorant awhile back and this seriously blows them out of the water. They should probably just pack up and move on - sorry Lavanila. I never got smelly at all. Ever. I have not worked out this week so I can't report on how it works after a workout. I was, however, out in the hot sun and never had any issues. 

Soap - I just love it because it smells so freaking good!!! This doesn't leave my skin tight because it's made of olive oil.  

Skin Tonic - I want to do a separate post just on this stuff. This is a face oil and I have the most sensitive skin ever. I break out just thinking about breaking out. I am the oiliest of the oily. I wasn't going to use this on my face because I was just too scared. Today, I had been at the pool and in the sun all day. After my shower, I thought, oh what the hell. I mixed a little pump into my moisturizer. It absorbed right in. My skin felt AMAZING. It's so soft and so moisturized. Not greasy at all. The best part - I keep getting little whiffs of the Ambre Essense on my face. Usually that would freak me out - but I'm so in love with this stuff. It really puts Josie Maran Argon Oil to shame - I never thought I would say that.

Body Cream & Spritzer - These are both really nice products, but the spritzer is not in my scent so I haven't been using it as much.  The body cream is really moisturizing and a great layering piece. I feel like the days I use the cream my scent is stronger and lasts longer. 

Visit their website and all of their amazing, organic, skin loving products right here! 

If you're in the Nashville area you can buy at any Blush Boutique. 

UPDATE: The Skin Tonic did end up breaking me out a bit. 3 zits to be exact. Dangit!! Stupid oily skin. Oh well. 

Natural Deodarant: Still working and have  smelled perfectly fresh for over a week now. I am amazed! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Instagram Giveaway Winner

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Yay!! You will love this mascara! Please email me your address to: katie@theglossguide.com

Friday, July 18, 2014

Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique

Beauty Review

I am so excited to review this product! This is a 2 step addition to your everyday mascara. It adds natural fibers to your lashes to mimic actual little hairs. It's a pretty great concept! I rarely ever wear false eyelashes anymore - #1 because I use Latisse and don't really need extra length (post to come on that!) #2 I have a baby now and am lucky to even put chapstick on. I also CANNOT -  I mean CANNOT do lash extensions. I have extremely sensitive eyes and the month that I had them I was in pain and misery. Awful. Bleh!! Not to mention the price and upkeep of the extensions. No thank you! This is the perfect alternative to falsies and extensions. 

Now, this is not a quick process by any means. It is 4+ steps for each eye. 

FIRST: You apply one light coat of your regular mascara. (I used my beloved Tarte eyelash curler first)
SECOND: Apply the Moodstruck Transplanting Gel and do not let dry - immediately go into next step
THIRD: Apply Moodstruck Natural Fibers to still wet gel. I work quickly but really take my time to cover all my lashes and really get the fibers where I need them. You may want to have an eyelash comb on hand to separate any lashes that get stuck together (tip: sometimes I use a safety pin to separate lashes - please don't poke your eye out). 
FOURTH: Apply another coat of the gel to seal in the fibers. If you don't seal the fibers will fall underneath eyes.

At this point you should have ridiculously THICK lashes. My lashes right now are pretty long from the Latisse, so I didn't notice a huge difference in length. To me - putting any mascara on will make them look longer. What I like about this mascara is the noticeable fullness/thickness. It looks like I have fake lashes on. Really - it does.

Even if you wouldn't take this much time to do your lashes everyday (some of you might) this is still a great product to always keep on hand for nights out/events/etc. 

Like I said - super sensitive eyes - and this did not irritate them in any way. It is also safe if you are a contact lens wearer.

Here is a pic I took yesterday wearing the Fiber Lashes - I didn't take it specifically to shoot this mascara so it is not close up - but the lashes really do stand out. I didn't apply a thick coat at all - spent very little time applying but they still look really great!


The price for these is $29.00 and you can get them here! Or see more pics on Instagram @AngeliaDarty

NOTE: I am NEVER paid to review products!

Monday, July 14, 2014

A few of my favorite summer things

LOVES OF THE MOMENT

 Just a quick post on a few things I really love right now!