Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: Dr. Formulas Nexabiotic Advanced Multi-Probiotic

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Hey guys! I was given the chance to try out these probiotics from Dr. Formulas. Since using these, I have to say, I'm happy with what they've done for me so far!

Here is some info on the product from Amazon:

Why do we need probiotics? Typical modern diets are too sterile and not diverse enough to maintain optimal probiotic levels. Our food supply is now more processed, sterilized, and loaded with more antibiotics than ever before. What are probiotics? In the normal human gut there are over 100 trillion bacteria. As you get older, get stressed, or take antibiotics those normal good-guy bacteria die off. These probiotics do everything from helping to break down food, providing essential nutrients like vitamin K, and keeping the competing bad bacteria at bay. Probiotics supplement the gastrointestinal tract with those known, good, beneficial organisms. Probiotic supplements are one of the most popular health supplements because they actually work to help maintain digestive health. Why Nexabiotic? Nexabiotic has been formulated to cover all bases in terms of probiotics. Nexabiotic provides your digestive tract 23 different kinds of probiotics at a substantial dose (34.5 billion CFUs) which helps restore digestive balance. Not only that but Nexabiotic capsules are also specially engineered so that its high-quality probiotics survive the harsh stomach acid and make it into the gut where they need to be.  

Since becoming pregnant, I've had to be on antibiotics twice so far, and I've had digestion and stomach issues. I always heard that probiotics were good to take, but was wary of taking them. I got the ok to take these, and so far I've been very happy with them! The directions say to take 2 a day, but I take 1. I thought 2 was just too much for me. I haven't had anything that requires me to take antibiotics now, and my stomach problems have lessened quite a bit. Pregnancy just makes my body do weird things, so I don't expect it to be a breeze. These probiotics have helped me feel somewhat more normal.

You can find these probiotics here on Amazon for $23.41 for the 60 count. They also have formulas specifically made for infants and kids!

Have you used any probiotics before?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My Top 10 Favorite Drugstore Products

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Hey guys! I don't think I've done a post like this on the blog before, but I wanted to share with you what my favorite products to buy at the drugstore are. The best of the best, in my opinion, and what I can't live without. I have a mix of hair and skincare, but the majority is makeup. 

1. Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser - I had done a review of this along with a couple other Aquation products, but this cleanser is my favorite out of the bunch. It's amazing at removing makeup at night, it hydrates the skin without making me feel greasy, and it just makes my skin feel so good. I always go in with toner and moisturizer after using this, but I can tell that my skin is absolutely loving this cleanser. 

2. L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation - I had purchased this a while ago after hearing some pretty amazing reviews, but put off trying it for the longest time. I picked up the shade 101 Classic Ivory, which was surprisingly hard for me to find at the time. It's like there wasn't a place in the display for it, but I eventually found it at Walmart. I am beyond impressed with how this foundation applies and how well it keeps my skin shine-free. It sort of reminds me of the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ foundation, but much cheaper. 

3. Batiste Dry Shampoo - If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know how much I adore Batiste. I've tried quite a few of their scents, but the Tropical scent pictured is my ultimate favorite. It smells like coconut and the beach, and it's wonderful. It makes my hair feel so much cleaner when I haven't washed it in 3 days, and never builds up to feeling gross like other dry shampoos can. It's the best and there are usually sales going on, which is when I tend to stock up. 

4. Milani Baked Blush - This is probably no surprise, since everyone talks about Milani Baked Blushes, but these are just fantastic! The shade pictured is called Dolce Pink, and it's my favorite one. I wore it on my wedding day and it gives the prettiest shimmery, healthy pink glow to the skin that I can never get enough of. 

5. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - This is an old favorite that I will always go back to when I use up other powders. I have quite a few powders in my collection, but this is most definitely my all-time favorite. It keeps me shine-free and never looks cakey. I usually pick up the Transparent shade, but they do come in a range of colors. 

6. Colourpop Super Shock Shadows - Now you can only buy these on the Colourpop website, but at only $5 for each eyeshadow, they're such a steal! The shade pictured is called La La and it's a pretty coppery bronze shade that looks gorgeous over the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. If I could buy every shade of these shadows, I totally would. 

7. Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios - My love for the WnW eyeshadows trios is massive. I don't own too many, but the ones I have are so gorgeous and the shadows are super pigmented. I have to say though, limited edition trios are not as good as the original ones, and I'm not sure why. Pictured is Silent Treatment, and it's my favorite that I own. They make for such a pretty, cool-toned look that I like to wear for date nights. 

8. NYX Butter Glosses - Again, these are old favorites that I typically use when I have no idea what I want to wear on my lips. There's a huge shade selection, but the one pictured is Cupcake, a bright pink shade that's perfect for Summer. These smell like vanilla and I have quite a collection of these in my lip stash. 

9. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer - You all had to have seen this one coming! This is my all-time favorite concealer ever. Seriously, I always want to kick myself for trying something new, and sometimes more expensive, only to find that this one is still way better. I usually get the Brightener shade, but I have used Fair. I think the Brightener shade works so much better at masking my dark circles, and the Fair shade is good for spot concealing around my face. 

10. Covergirl Mascara - I honestly have yet to open this Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara, but I had to picture something in place of my beloved Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara. I used my one tube up ages ago and haven't repurchased yet, but I miss it terribly. The Super Sizer makes my lashes look fake and I always get complimented when wearing it. It's probably my favorite mascara out of the drugstore that I've ever tried, and I've loved quite a few. 

What are some of your drugstore picks?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Best Mask Ever? Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

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Hi everyone! I was given the chance to try out the Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask a little while ago, and I finally have given it a good run. I'm sure you can guess already by the title, but I've been pretty impressed. 

Here is some info on the mask from Sephora: 

What it is:
An in-home, oxygenating and recovery mask designed to boost luminosity and reinvigorate skin in just three minutes.

What it is formulated to do:
This luminizing mask helps lessen the look of fatigued skin. It works to provide tired, dull, lackluster skin with a revitalized, illuminated, and re-energized appearance. It also helps smooth the signs of fine lines. The potent formula was inspired by the most popular facial in Dr. Brandt’s practice and takes just three minutes for full effect.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

Research results:
In a clinical test conducted on 25 volunteers over 2 weeks:
Instant results after the first application:
- 96% reported that skin looks rested and fresh
- 92% reported that skin looks more radiant and luminous

Results after using twice daily for 2 weeks:
- 100% reported that product purifies asphyxiated and fatigued skin
- 100% reported that skin feels supple and smooth
- 96% reported that skin feels more hydrated and clarified

Now, I'm not sure about you, but with a price tag of $70, I wouldn't be using this twice a day. Twice a week, maybe. Now that I've used this quite a few times, I can honestly say that this is probably the best mask I've ever tried! 

Directions say to apply a thin layer to clean skin, leave on 3 to 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. It says for best results, use 2-3 times per week.  

The mask starts out as a thin white cream texture, then once applied to the face, it immediately starts foaming up. Usually, masks like this are kinda gimmicky, but this one is truly amazing. After 3-5 minutes of the mask doing its magic, I remove most of the mask with a damp, warm washcloth, then rinse the rest off my face. 

After just one use, I noticed how much softer and brighter my skin was. The mask has kind of a cooling effect to the skin, which for me has been wonderful. We've had insanely hot weather here in Eastern Pennsylvania, so it's been refreshing and relaxing using this after a long day. 

Would I purchase the Oxygen Facial myself in the future? Even though the price is slightly cringe-worthy, I can fully say, yes, I would 100% purchase this myself. I do have a pretty big stock of face masks in my collection, so I'm going to savor every moment I have with this and use it sparingly. Once I use up what I have, I'll be purchasing this again, even though my wallet will hate me. 

Have you used this mask before? What do you think of it?

Monday, August 15, 2016

20 Things That Make Me Happy

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you 50 things that make me happy. I've been having a crummy past few days and need to dig deep and be more positive. So, here are the things that make me happy!

1. My husband - He's always so good to me, even when I'm moody
2. Puppies - Everyone loves cute puppies, right?!
3. Food -  Because pregnancy... enough said
4. My future daughter - I'm happy to have made it over 21 weeks so far and can't wait until we get to meet her!
5. Game of Thrones - David and I are both nerds and can't get enough of the show
6. Decluttering - I think I'm getting into nesting mode and have been cleaning and decluttering a ton to make room for baby girl
7. Clothes that fit - Because again, pregnancy lol
8. My angel baby - If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know I had a miscarriage last year. I'm thankful that he seems to be watching over his little sister, making sure she is happy and healthy
9. Fans - It's been so hot here the past few days (like over 100 degrees hot) and I'm happy that I have fans to keep me cool
10. Bunnies - David's nickname for me is bunny, because bunnies are adorable and fuzzy and I really want one someday, so the name stuck
11. Music - Sometimes, I just like to listen to music to help me feel better. Lately, it's been the newer Sixx AM album, Prayer's for the Damned
12. Quietness - I love my husband dearly, but when he's at work and I have the house to myself, it's nice that it's peaceful and quiet so I can get work done
13. Cooking - I guess this goes hand in hand with food, but I really do enjoy cooking. My dad is a chef, so he taught me to cook at a very young age. My husband appreciates that
14. Fresh air - When it's not so hot outside, I love being able to get out of the house and go for a walk
15. Putting on makeup - I've been putting more of an effort into doing my makeup, and it always makes me feel so pretty and put together (even if I'm just blogging in my jammies)
16. Sleep - I'm now at the point where sleeping is becoming increasingly more difficult due to my back hurting and having to use the bathroom multiple times during the night, so if I get good sleep, I'm always happy
17. Receiving unexpected mail - With blogging comes the occasional PR package. I'm always so incredibly grateful when a package shows up at my door that I wasn't expecting
18. Showers - Right now, I like taking cooler showers due to the heat wave, and it's lovely
19. Haircuts - I gotta admit, it's been well over a year since my last haircut, getting a brand new 'do is such a good feeling
20. Date nights - David and I rarely get a date night, honestly due to time and wanting to save money, so before our daughter arrives, we would like to go on at least one date

What are some things that make you happy?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Easy, Everyday Makeup Routine

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Hey guys! This post was meant to go up yesterday, but you know, life happens sometimes. Anyway, I'm getting into the habit of doing my makeup more often. Since becoming pregnant, I honestly didn't care one bit about makeup and didn't wear any for the longest time. I wanted to start wearing it again just to help feel more confident, even though I feel like a bloated whale. I have a pretty easy, go-to look when I don't want to really think about what I'm doing, and I wanted to share it with you. 

I usually start off with my eyes, so these are the products I used:

- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
- Urban Decay Naked2 Basics
- Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow (these are usually in a gift with purchase set)
- Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion
- Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
- Urban Decay Supercurl Mascara

For the face, I went very light since it's so incredibly hot here lately:

- Sonia Kashuk Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Fair
- Rimmel Match perfection Concealer in Fair


- Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Pin Up Pink

I'm super happy with this look, and yes, there is no blush pictured, because I really didn't think I needed it! One of the perks of pregnancy is the supposed "glow" everyone says you get. I never really noticed a glow until very recently, but I'm not complaining! I also do switch out brands and whatnot, but usually keep the look about the same. I'm a neutral girl to a fault, and I really need to step out of my comfort zone more!

What do you use in your everyday makeup routine?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: MAKE Beauty Face Primer & Solstice Bronzer

*Disclosure* Products were provided for review thanks to BrandBacker. All opinions are 100% honest and my own, like always

Hi guys! I had the chance to try out more products from the brand MAKE Beauty, and I was sent their Face Primer with SPF 30 and Solstice Bronzer in shade Warm #1. 

Description of primer from the MAKE website:

Prime your skin for makeup with our light-diffusing SPF 30 formula that corrects imperfections and protects against UV damage. Prep skin with this outstanding corrective base featuring light-diffusing micro-spheres that soften harsh lines and Nylon 12 that smoothes over wrinkles for a flawless complexion. Plus with the addition of squalane a potent protective emollient and broad spectrum SPF 30 to protect against UV damage you’ll be ready to face the day. Velvety finish. For all skin types.

Description of bronzer from the MAKE website:

This light textured bronzer imparts the perfect tanned glow to create an even enhanced skin-tone or a sun-kissed radiance. Four shades merge in a contemporary folk geometric design to achieve a natural bronze effect that adds warmth and glow to every complexion.

The cost of the primer is $32 and the bronzer is $30. 

The primer has a lotion-type feel to it that on my oily skin is a tad bit heavy. I appreciate that it contains SPF 30, as sun protection is key, especially with how hot and sunny the weather has been here lately. It blends into the skin nicely and makeup applies well on top. With how oily my skin is, this isn't the best for me to use right now. I turn into a greasy mess after just an hour or so of wear and it makes my foundation or BB cream look bad. I think if you have dry skin, this will be amazing. However, I will have to wait to get my use out of it in the colder months when my skin is more dry. The scent of this does smell like typical sunblock, in case you were wondering. 

The bronzer is surprisingly nice! It comes in a total of 3 different shades, Warm #1, Warm #2 and Warm #3. The one I have, Warm #1 is for light complexions, which I most definitely have. Even though I'm not really a fan of warm toned bronzers, I can surprisingly make this work on my skin by just blending the heck out of it, and it looks like I actually have gotten some sun. 

If you're interested in trying either of these two products, or anything on their website, you can use the code MAKEBEAUTY25 through 8/15/16 to receive 25% off your order!

Do you have a favorite primer or bronzer? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review: Aquation All Day Moisture Care

*Disclosure* Products were provided for review thanks to BrandBacker. All opinions are 100% honest and my own, like always. 

Hey guys! I had the chance to try out a new line of skincare by the brand Aquation. They were very kind and sent three different products to try: the Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser, Daily Moisturizing Lotion, and Moisturizing Cream. 

Here is some info of the line:

There are endless elements that affect your skin daily – not all of them in your control. There is a solution. Skincare that protects, restores and fortifies, with moisture you can feel. Clinically proven results you can see. Moisture balance technology you can count on. The perfect Aquation for hydrated + healthy skin.

Powered by Hydro Balance™ our advanced dual phase technology delivers hydration and creates an invisible barrier to help prevent moisture loss while encapsulated actives penetrate deeply for long-lasting hydration. 100% of women in clinical trials saw more hydrated skin, even up to 24 hours. 93% experienced instant hydration. 93% found non-irritating.

Aquation is sold exclusively at Walmart.

The cleanser is my favorite product out of the three I got to try. Here are the product details:

Gently cleanse away dirt, oil and makeup while infusing moisture—revealing fresh, soft skin. Our formula won’t over dry or strip your skin and is enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help maintain the skin barrier.  For use on face and body.

This cleanser is fragrance free, non-comedogenic and sells for $8.96.

You only need the tiniest amount of product to cleanse your skin, seriously. A full pump is way too much, so half a pump is all you need. I like using this at night as it really helps to remove makeup well and clean at the same time. After cleansing, my skin feel so hydrated and fresh and I wake up with it feeling super soft. I think this is going to be my go-to drugstore cleanser from now on. 

Here are the product details for the Moisturizing Lotion:

Experience ultimate moisture with Aquation Daily Moisturizing Lotion powered by Hydro Balance. The advanced dual phase formula enhanced with ceramides and hyaluronic acid delivers instant hydration and creates an invisible barrier to stop moisture loss while encapsulated actives penetrate deeply for 24 hours of hydration. The result is noticeably softer, beautifully balanced healthy skin.

This lotion is fragrance free, it instantly hydrates and again sells for $8.96.

I really enjoy this lotion as well. It's a bit too heavy for daytime use right now, but at night it's great! I think this would be an awesome lotion for your body as well if you're not super dry, but still need some kind of moisture. 

Here are product details about the Moisturizing Cream:

Experience ultimate moisture with Aquation Moisturizing Cream powered by Hydro Balance. The advanced dual phase formula enhanced with ceramides and hyaluronic acid delivers instant hydration and creates an invisible barrier to stop moisture loss while encapsulated actives penetrate deeply for 24 hours of hydration. The result is noticeably softer, beautifully balanced healthy skin. (It's the same description as the lotion, which is odd to me)

This cream soothes itch and irritation, softens rough skin and costs $8.96

This cream is super think and hydrating, and it definitely too heavy for me to use on my face. Maybe in the Winter it will be better, but for now, I use this just on my legs as it helps to get rid of the itchy skin I've been having lately. 

Overall, these three products from Aquation are pretty great! They're an incredibly affordable price, don't irritate my skin at all, and can be used on the face or body. Multi-use products are an amazing thing now, especially since I have a baby on the way and I'm trying to simplify my routine. 

You can find more information on this line on their website here

Does this sound like a line you would be interested in?