Highlight Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick

highlight cosmetics liquid lipstick review by iliketotalkblogiliketotalkalot iliketotalkblog reviewAlthough liquid lipsticks have made a comeback in the past year or so, it was only recently I started using them myself. I find most tend to be drying and leave my lips looking chapped and feeling uncomfortable. I’m a gloss girl at heart, but every once in awhile like to have a little bit of a bolder lip look and like how liquid lipsticks tend to stay put better than others out there. Lately I’ve been reaching for a liquid lipstick from Highlight Cosmetics.

Highlight Cosmetics specializes in long-lasting liquid lipsticks that not only stay put, but also nourish the lips so they don’t end up looking like they’ve had the life sucked out of them. This appeals to me in a number of ways because as a new mom, I for one, don’t have a lot of time to be re-applying lipsticks. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, and I hope it wears off nice and evenly so I don’t look ridiculous. Two, liquid lipsticks tend to dry out my lips to the point I have avoided most brands of them because it doesn’t matter how fancy the brand, my lips end up chapped, peely and looking bad. The Highlight Cosmetics brand uses turmeric to prevent the dry, chapped lip look, while peptides fight the formation of wrinkles, and tea extracts and safflower oil nourish the delicate skin of the lips.

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There are ten shades available from this brand and I was sent “Terracotta Dream” which is a pinky, neutral lip color that could be used for an easy everyday look for me. I loved some of the bolder shades like “Pink Sapphire” and “Magenta Sunset” but felt that since my days are filled with diapers or swim class I’d save the fun colors for a time down the road.

highlight cosmetics liquid lipstick review by iliketotalkblogThe lipstick comes with a doe foot applicator that makes it easy to shape and fill in the lips. I like to go easy on the color with lipsticks in general so I wipe the applicator of excess and fill in my top lip, mash my lips together, and pat it out with my finger. I find this method gives me just enough color and doesn’t look heavy on my lips.

highlight cosmetics liquid lipstick review by iliketotalkblogSo how did this lipstick hold up? Pretty good for me drinking from a jug of water all day. Like I said, I’m not one to reapply so once it’s worn off, my lipstick hours are done for the day, and this one lasted me a good amount of hours before coming off. Pretty impressive for this super busy mommy. My lips never got that yucky chapped feeling and actually felt quite nice at the end of the day.

Each lippie retails for $25 each but I’ve seen they sometimes have discounts shared on their Instagram page.  To check out all the pretty colors from this brand you can visit their website, but I highly suggest visiting their Instagram to see swatches for true coloring

A Skin Enhancing Drink : All Beauty Water Review

 

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I came across All Beauty Water while doing some research for work and had to to try them out.  As someone who believes that we truly “are what we eat”, I think it’s important to take a look at what we eat and drink and how it affects the appearance of our skin.  I am a big tea drinker, and as I get older I am more aware of what I eat and what the consequences are.  I’ve also stopped smoking which was a big thing to pull off, but worth it in so many ways.

All Beauty Water contains 8 different skin vitamins, 7 skin nutrients and is the equivalent of two glasses of water in each bottle (16 oz) Formulated to nourish and hydrate the skin all at the same time, while adding some flavor to your day. It is vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free (sweetened with stevia, an all natural sugar substitute), and free of GMO’s.

8 SkinVitamins: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B3, Biotin

7 SkinNutrients: Selenium, Green Tea extract, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, Potassium, Zinc

What I loved about All Beauty Water was that it came in tasty, flavorful versions unlike some beauty teas I’ve tried in the past. You know the ones…..they just taste so ‘earthy” and like dirt, but you drink it anyways because you know it’s good for you? These zero-calorie drinks come in three flavors: Strawberry Acai, Pomegranate Rose, and Cucumber Aloe and they all taste great, but I did have my favorites.

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Strawberry Acai topped the list. I had this with dinner one night and it has the perfect flavor or strawberry and sweetness to it that I could have easily drank a second bottle in one sitting. I don’t know what acai tastes like on it’s own, but whatever the combination is in this drink, it’s a winner!

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Pomegranate Rose was my second favorite. Pomegranate has some tarteness to it, but you get the taste of rose at the end of each sip which was really soothing. I’ve tried rose water ice cream before and loved the beautiful scent and delicate taste of the flower and it brought me back to that memory.

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Courtesy of All Beauty Water

Cucumber Aloe was the last flavor I tried and while it was tasty, I thought the scent of cucumber in the drink was little strong for me. It’s not artificially flavored in any way, but somehow I think of cucumber being the most delicate, light scent/flavor and it was the strongest out of the three.

I really hope these water’s will become available in places I usually shop at (hint, hint: Ralphs in Orange County, CA) because I would buy a pack of these when I hit the market for our shopping.  Currently, these skincare drinks are available via amazon, or in stores located in New York where the brand originates. At around $3 per bottle, I say this is on par with most individual drinks you’d pick up at a convenient store (aside from cheaper, sugary sodas) but has so many vitamins in it that it makes it the true winner out of them all!

Keep an eye out for this brand because it’s starting to gain momentum and I can see this easily coming to California at one point.

If you’d like to find out more about the brand you should follow All Beauty Water on Facebook and Twitter to get updates. I see they also post coupon codes so you can save on your orders and I love that!  You can also check out their reviews on amazon and see what other people are saying about the brand…I think you’ll see I’m not the only one loving this skincare drink brand!

 

 

[Review] Alaffia Everyday Coconut Body Lotion

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**This product was purchased by myself**

Since it’s summa summa summa time I’ve been getting a bit more sun which means my skin needs more moisturization.  I recently picked up Alaffia Everyday Coconut  Body lotion at Whole Foods on a whim to give it a try and see if it could be my new love. Guess what? It totally is!

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I didn’t realize what a great brand Alaffia was until I got home and googled it to find out more.  It’s a lot more than just a skin care brand — it gives back to the community to empower West African communities to better their lives!  Just some of the wonderful things it does is improve Maternal health care for women by giving them an opportunity to put their skills to good use in fair-trade projects. Providing comprehensive pre-natal care that isn’t always available and therefore reducing maternal death rates and giving future generations a chance in poverty-stricken areas.

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Education is improved by donating used bikes (primary to girls who are more at risk of dropping out of school) to over 40 villages to allow them to have better access to schools and further improve their living situations.

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courtesy of Alaffia.com

Alaffia also provides funding for schools by donating supplies to poverty-stricken areas of West Africa such as roof tops, benches, and books,pencils, and paper to over 2000 students since 2004.

They also aid in the reforestation projects to  restore natural resources to the area, allowing farmers to create supplemental income that  helps women provide for their families, while preventing soil erosion, and creating food sources for all.  At this time 25,000 trees have been planted with plans to increase the number as the years go on.

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courtesy of Alaffia.com

Pretty cool, right? Now that you know a little about the brand, let’s get to the lotion!

I’ve been using the Everyday Coconut Body lotion for about a week and love the scent and feel of it.  I should also mention that you get a GINORMOUS bottle (32 oz) for about $12.00 at  Whole Foods.  This bottle is going to last me a long time and I apply it at least twice a day because it feels so good.

Not super thick, and not too thin, the coconut lotion sinks in immediately and has a great scent to it. I wouldn’t describe it at coconut-y, but possibly more coffee berry?  Coffee berry extract is the first listed ingredient and looking at the other ingredients I can’t imagine  its anything else in there. And its not overpowering and heavily perfumed…just a nice,natural warm scent that  dissipates after applying. The ingredients are very simple, Coffee Berry Extract, Coconut Water, Coconut Oil, and Vegetable based waxes to hold it together.  No parabens! No synthetics fragrances! And for those of you who need their products to be Vegan and/or Gluten-free,it is.

Did I mention that there is no animal testing either for all Cruelty-free followers out there too?

This feels like the perfect lotion after you feel all dried out from the sun.  It just feels good from head to toe. Well, not for the face, but works for my manicures and for full body after the shower.  And the big pump top makes it easy to use without having to crack open a pop top with my nails and risk breaking them. I hate that!  I could also see myself using this all throughout the winter as well.

P.S no extra greasy-ness after applying so men don’t have to worry about having super shiny legs after using, lol!

I would be interested in trying out their other lotions (there were a couple of options at Whole Foods), and on their website there is a huge selection of facial and body care products to oogle at. Like their Cocoa Butter Intensive Lotion or their Roobios and Shea Antioxidant Facial Toner!

Whats your favorite lotion at the moment?

**This product was purchased by myself**