NewBeauty Testtube July August 2013 edition @NewBeauty #beautysubscriptionservice


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**** I pay a subscription fee to the NewBeauty testtube program in order to receive these products. I’m just here to give you my honest opinion!***

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I have been a long time subscriber to the NewBeauty testtube program and back with the latest shipment. Since I’ve last featured the testtubes, they’ve increased the frequency of shipments from 3/4 times a year to 6 times a year! So far, since they’ve announced this change, I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten more products than usual in the last two boxes. I’m definitely not complaining about that! So in both, there were “bonus bags” of smaller sample sizes, but still nice to get.

In the last tube I received a book on NewBeauty Celebrity Beauty Secrets and a handful of items that I didn’t have time to share (sorry!) with you guys. But in this months tube I have time, and I think it’s a pretty good assortment this time. So if your wondering if the sampling program is really that good….continue reading so you can decide for yourself.

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NewBeauty Summer/Fall 2013 Issue – A magazine is typically included with the testtube program, which makes it a bargain since the magazine alone is $10 at the stand. And the tube is under $30 itself so you’re really getting a get combo right there if your into trying out new beauty products.

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NewBeauty Sampling Program – Always included with the tube, and gives you addition info on your new samples so you know what your trying out, gives you average cost, and where to buy. I always loved getting theses and re-reading them over when I’m about to dig into my “sample box”. But short. To the point, and helpful.

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Bonus Items – Came in a plastic makeup bag I tossed. Sorry. I have about 4258 bags like these (ok, not really), but I have enough beauty bags and mini makeup zipper pouches to last me a lifetime. Had three samples do Nip + Fab Plumping & Volumizing Serum ( meant to firm wrinkles and smooth skin). It also included a 0.17 fl oz tube of Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift cream. The other “mini” sample I got is Boost-it! Instant Complexion Enhancer which brightens the appearance of skin in seconds, and is meant to be used just about anywhere you want a little enhancement (face, legs, shoulders, etc). Not bad for bonus material. Better than the gift cards we got every testtube that I never ended up using. A+ NewBeauty for the bonus bag. I likey.

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MoroccanOil Body Butter : full size 6.4 fl oz $52 Alright. NewBeauty has a thing with MoroccanOil, they just kind of go hand in hand like as as long as I can remember starting the sampling program. I think I’ve tried almost everything by the brand at this point and really don’t have anything bad to say about it. I’ve reviewed the body butter in the past and can say that this butter nicely melts into your skin. Your skin drinks it up, and it feels like silk after application. I kinda wish there was a way to make it not scented, but thats part of the whole deal with the brand and it’s main ingredient. The formula use shea, cocoa and mango butter and contains skin boosting antioxidants to improve texture and elasticity. I like the small tub and will bring it with me on my trip to Vegas.

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Pantene Expert Collection Age Defy Shampoo & Conditioner : 10.1-8.4 fl oz full sized $7.99 Pantene is a brand I think we are all familiar with at this point, but I really love how they are venturing out and creating new specific lines for all our haircare needs. Whats cool about the Age Defy line is that is uses a blend of ingredients that make hair “act as if its 10 years younger” by thickening it, creating bounce and shine, while fighting breakage and frizz. I probably wouldn’t think to get this for myself if I saw it in the store, because I’m not fighting unruly grays or thinning hair, but I suppose it doesn’t hurt to get a big dose of antioxidants for the hair, can it? These sample sizes are larger than usual so I predict I’ll get about 1.5-2 weeks use out of these with my long hair. Both the shampoo and conditioner smell great. I’m currently using Organix and J.F Lazartigue at the moment and I love them both for smelling amazing.

**** I pay a subscription fee to the NewBeauty testtube program in order to receive these products. I’m just here to give you my honest opinion!***

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It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Lite : full size 4 fl oz $18 I’ve had my eye on this brand over the last year or so and haven’t had a chance to try. I’ve heard its great but never got around to buying it. What’s new about this one is that it’s a light weightless spray with fine hair (like mine) in mind. It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In treatment is a leave in conditioner that helps to fix rattered and tattered hair by making it shiny, manageable , and frizz free again. Rice protein and silk strengthen the hair

while providing heat-styling and UV protection. I love using a good cream rinse in the shower but leave in treatments sometimes work even better allowing for better hair styling. I look forward to finally trying this brand.

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YBK beauty (your best friend) Automatic Eyebrow Pencil in universal taupe : full size $12 I know I got this in a testtube waaaaayy back before, but I totally loved it so I’m happy to see it again. It really is universal, it really CAN work for a wide variety of people. By changing the amount of pressure applied, you can get a range of up to 22 shades which is pretty awesome sounding when you think of it. And the spoolie on the end softens up the look while combing your brows. This is a great pencil, its easy to use and can really help shape up your brows even for a novice. If trying for the first time, go light at first. You can add in, and try different pressures to get your color. and after looking at their website there are a few things that I’d be interested in trying like the imitation vacation body oil and the eight eye-ssential pallette. Anyone else use this pencil?

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Perlage Illuminating Primer: full size 2.0 fl oz $19 I’m a little confused that there is so little information on this brand anywhere on the web other than the storefront where you can buy it. All I can go by is the NB booklet that says it’s a anti-aging line that uses ceramides and peptides to regulate hydration and heal damaged skin. This primer uses light diffusing particles to help minimize wrinkles, fight redness, and absorb excess oils so keep makeup in its place. The scent is like a veeeery light sunscreen from my childhood. That’s not a bad thing in my book. It smells nice. and its fast absorbing. I don’t use primers too often as I feel like its one more layer of oil slick to deal with. but I’m interested in this one since it doesn’t feel silicone like.

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Lumene Pure Radiance Night Cream: full size 1.7 fl oz $19.99 I know I’ve gotten Lumene creams in the past, but I’ve haven’t really stuck to using them since it’s a little rich to use daily on my skin. This overnight brightening cream uses arctic cloudberry nectar to brighten and balance the complexion. Plant sterols nourish dry areas while Shea butter protects. It’s a great cream for someone else for sure. I pretty much use Cerave and Avene and thats about it.

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philosophy purity one step facial cleanser: full size 16 fl oz $32 I’ve gotten this product int he past too ( I think) and its a pretty nice cleanser that get get rid of makeup and daily yuck in one step. I don’t remember having a problem with it, but when using it I wouldn’t have used it day after day. I generally need to stick to cleansers made for sensitive skin like Neutrogena and Cetafil for my day to day, even though it says its made for sensitive skin skin, I would probably use is more after a night of going out.

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Orly Nail Lacquer: Full Sized (received) 0.6 fl oz $8.50 I’m very familiar with this brand because I have a few already that I get at Sally’s. It’s a great brand that has a good variety of colors and lasts long enough for me. I am 100% percent totally in love with the color that I got sent: Gumdrop which looks like a sky blue pool color. Totally something I would buy on my own a the store. The other colors shown in the booklet were cute too, but they chose my favorite out of the bunch. I’m also glad we got sent a full sized bottle and not some mine bottle with a mini brush because those kinda stink to have to polish on with. I’m a fan of Orly polish and can only say good things about it!

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Tarte Cosmetics Pure Maracuja Oil Rollerball: Full Sized (received)0.6 fl oz $17 Maracuja Oil originates from the Amazonian forest and is known for its skin-repairing benefits. Tarte Cosmetics put the wonderful oil in a easy to use rollerball for application–which is really nice actually so you don’t go overboard. Maracuja oil is thought to brighten , repair and even out skin tone. I would be a little hesitant to use this all over my face but wouldn’t mind dabbing on areas that get dry fast after washing. We got full sized products of these which was really nice since its a beautiful product. Has anyone used this before? Comments? I’ve read through the reviews on Sephora and they range from terrible to great so I’d love to hear what you think too.

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I think this was a great edition of the testtube because the last one wasn’t that memorable apparently, lol. Some were previously tried favorites and I have some new things to try. There is nothing in this tube that I would immediately give away.

Have you received your NewBeauty testtube? What did you think? Do you look forward to the extra shipments? Share in the comments below!




**** I pay a subscription fee to the NewBeauty testtube program in order to receive these products. I’m just here to give you my honest opinion!***



It was an artsy fartsy sunday…

Yes, today was a day of being absolutely lazy other than having fun making jewelry and doing my nails. I drove out to a bead store to get supplies to try out this DIY bracelet that I had seen on another website. They have a ton of other bracelets that I would like to try out but today i wanted to practice a easy one. Glad I did because I plan on having a little get together with the girls to make some of these. Gotta make sure we weren’t setting ourselves up for an afternoon of frustration.

Voila! Everyday Wrap Bracelets!

These were fairly simply to make. It took me about an hour to make two bracelets; one double wrap and one single wrap. It also didn’t cost much to do. For two bracelets it cost me around $10.00 and I still have some left over linen cord for future bracelets. I would like to make this with an actual clasp the next time around because once I got the single loop bracelet on, it was a pain to try and get off.

I decided to redo my nails because I painted them yesterday and hated how they turn out. I wanted to do a simple line design

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on my nails but duh! Forgot that I can’t draw well with my right had, only my left so one turned out well and the other turned out horrible. I decided to do a water marbeling instead with a new silver polish I got.

Water Marbeling in steps

Your going to need to prep your nails with a base coat, and base polish color. I chose to use Sally Hansen’s Celeb City for my base color to go on top of Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength Nail Hardener. The more I use this stuff, the better my nails look even without polish. I also used a Orly Ridge Filler on one nail that had peeled a little and was uneven. One coat was all I needed.

After letting your base color completely dry. You need to choose your marbleing colors (2-3), get a bowl or cup with room temp water, a handful of cotton swabs, olive oil, a tooth pick or pin, and nail polish remover.

First you coat your finger tips (one hand at a time) and coat the finger EXCEPT THE NAIL with olive oil. You are doing this to prevent excess nail polish from sticking to your skin. It will make clean up easier.

After that, line up your marbling colors and make your first drop of polish into the water. You want it to drop lightly onto the water surface and spread out a little. It may look like it just thins out in the water but trust me, it’s there. I usually use about 2 drops of each color. I put the drops directly on

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top of each other so they create rings of color in the water. You have to do this fairly quickly. Don’t rush yourself, but if you wait too long it will dry and become a waste.

Once you have put in all the drops of color, take a pin, or a nail art tool to drag across the design. You can wiggle the pin around to create all kinds of swirls in the color. Next your going to dip your finger covered in olive oil *nail bed down or face down* into the water to capture the swirl onto the nail. Once your fingertip is underwater, blow slightly on the water surface to get the polish to dry. Stick a cotton swap into the water and twirl it around to collect the skin of polish. You can now take your finger out of the water and use a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to clean your finger. Be sure to get underneath the nail if your nails are long or it will feel gross and dirty.

Once you clean all the extra polish off you can go to the next finger. Repeat for each finger. After allowing both hands to dry, you can follow with a nice top coat to seal in your design. The swirl is thin compared to what you brushed on so protect all your hard work with a clear top coat. I used Seche Vite.

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I also did my toes….. 🙂

Well, its getting late but I was dying to post all of this tonight! Would love to know what you think! Or if you have any pretty nail designs to share. I’d love to hear about them!

By the way, have you seen my other nail designs on my facebook page? You can find them here.

Nail Polish Gradients

I’ve been checking out different sites on nail art and nail design. I tried to copy a gradient design that I saw in black/grey. I didn’t have enough grays and blacks to create it so I stuck with the colors I already have. I did pink on my hands and blue on my toes.

I have to admit that it got kinda messy since I was using a makeup sponge ( wedge style) to do the gradient. However, it’s very easy to do just be prepared to clean your fingers afterwards. I think next time I’ll coat my fingers in olive oil ( like I do when I do water marbling) to prevent that as much as possible.

I look forward to any comments 🙂

I plan to post more pics as I have more designs out. If you have pics to share please do, I love seeing everyone’s work 🙂