Sunday, February 15, 2015

Scentbird Review - Monthly Perfume Subscription

Growing up, I remember admiring my mother as she got ready to go out. She was always dressed so stylishly, her makeup was on point and she loved her perfume collection. She had all sorts of perfumes from high end to lesser known brands displayed beautifully on her vanity on a gorgeous tray. I would ask her for a spritz or two so I could feel as glamorous as she looked to me. To this very day, she still loves her perfumes and it's all she ever wants for her birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, etc! I too am like my mother and I LOVE me some nice perfumes. I have tried many throughout the years and some were hits and some were misses. As you many know, perfumes can get super expensive and it can add up pretty quickly.

When I was contacted by Scentbird, I was legitimately impressed and excited! They are a monthly subscription service that offers a 30-Day supply of a designer fragrance for only $14.95 a month. They offer 350+ designer perfumes that are 100% authentic. Each month you get a generous 0.27 oz/ 8 ml spray (which is almost equivalent to a rollerball size) that is sent in their sleek and travel friendly luxury case that contains the perfume vial. After the first month and you get sent a refill of you've decided to purchase another month of perfume. Here's how to get started:

Some or all products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) and/or website(s) for potential review and/or use. For more information, please read my DISCLAIMER.

Step 1: Sign up and take their simple and quick quiz to determine which perfumes are the best match for you. 

Step 2: Enter some of the perfumes that you already know and love, and/or select from the list to get an even better perfume match.

Step 3: After signing up (which is free), review your recommended results and select your perfume match. You can also filter perfumes by types of scents (floral, fruity, citrusy, etc), perfume personality (sexy, mysterious, flirty, etc), occasion (office, everyday, date night, etc), or you can check out the perfume of the month. 

The case that the perfume comes in is really neat and easy to use. It also comes is a pretty black velvet bag. All you need to do is twist the top, spray and enjoy! Once you run of perfume, you can easily remove the vile by twisting and pulling the nozzle on top and replace it if you choose to purchase another 30-day supply. 

When I first signed up and took the quiz, one of the recommended perfumes I got was Dot my Marc Jacobs. I absolutely love Daisy by Marc Jacobs and most of his other fragrances so I went ahead and ordered it. Once it arrived I was definitely not disappointed! It smells divine. It's bright, lively and versatile. I feel like this scent can be worn everyday and also for a night out. It's intricate, yet simple. It has notes of red berries, dragonfruit, honeysuckle, jasmine, coconut water, orange blossom, vanilla, driftwood and musk. This is totally my type of fragrance. It's sweet, yet deep and lasts for hours on my skin. It isn't overpowering either which is always nice! 

So if you're a perfume lover like me, or if you're just someone who doesn't want to drop a small fortune on a designer perfume just to try it out, then check out Scentbird! It's a great way to discover and try new fragrances or if don't like to commit to only once fragrance. You're bound to find one that you like. The only downsides for me are that they currently only offer women's perfume and they only ship to the US, but hopefully that changes soon! 

If you're interested, then visit

I hope you found this review helpful! What are your favorite perfumes? Mine are Daisy by Marc Jacobs, Modern Muse by Estee Lauder, Beyond Paradise by Estee Lauder, Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture, Amor Amor by Cacharel, Candy by Prada and so many more. I think I have to add Dot my Marc Jacobs to my list now. I've really been enjoying it!

Take care!


Friday, January 16, 2015

Pevonia Botanica Natural Skin Care Six Week Results, Final Thoughts and a Giveaway [CLOSED]!

Six weeks ago I blogged about my first impressions on Pevonia's Botanical natural skin care products and today I will be posting about my six week results! If you're interested in my first impressions review, then check out my previous blog post here. I loved the products right away, but what really mattered was the end result and if they truly lived up to their claims. Many people have had success with Pevonia's products and have seen a difference in their skin, so I was definitely excited to see if I was going to have great results as well. 

Here's a recap of my skin concerns:

  • Late 20's
  • Fine Lines
  • Oily
  • Sensitive
  • Acne Prone
  • Some redness
The products that were sent to me were specifically chosen for me based on my skin concerns by a professional esthetician. Along with the products, I was sent a personalized step-by-step guide on how to properly use the products and in which order. I followed these steps consecutively for six weeks and I began to see a difference after the first week. 

Some or all products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) and/or website(s) for potential review and/or use. For more information, please read my DISCLAIMER. 

Phyto-Gel Cleanser: When I first used this I didn't really care for the smell. It reminded me of men's cologne, but it grew on me. I still love how effortlessly this removes my makeup, even stubborn waterproof makeup and without using too much product also. I've been using this with a silicone facial brush and it's lathers up nicely and helps get rid of extra dirt and makeup. My skin feels so soft and refreshed afterwards!

Combination Skin Lotion: This is one step that I did forget to do sometimes but when I did use this, my skin felt amazing and balanced. I love how it also removes and makeup and/or dirt that might have gotten left behind by the gel cleanser. 

Intensifier - Collagen & Myoxy Caviar: During the first week or two of using this, my skin broke out. I'm assuming it's because this product is so rich and concentrated and my skin is so sensitive. But after those breakouts cleared, my skin looked radiant and it glowed. My redness diminished and my skin appeared more supple, firm and younger looking. My pores even looked smaller!

Evolutive Eye Cream: I had to be extra careful not to get this in my eyes because it burns, but this works wonders as well. It delivered much needed moisture to the contours of my eyes and after about a month or so, I started to notice that the fine lines around my eyes were less visible which was incredible. My dark circles also seemed to lighten.

Mattifying Oily Skin Cream: This has to be my holy grail moisturizer. It smells SO good, (kinda citrus-y) and it leaves my skin feeling nourished, moisturized and leaves me with a gorgeous matte finish and helps keep me matte throughout the day. I like to use it day and night and I also use it as a primer for my foundation. I love it!

Blemish-B-Gone: After the breakout I had using the Collagen & Myoxy Caviar, I used this to help battle the blemishes and it totally helped heal them quickly. Usually I have red marks for a while after a breakout but I feel like this helped them diminish a lot faster. It never burned either.

Here are my before and after shots. This is after six weeks of use:

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As you can see, I am not wearing an ounce of makeup in these photos. In the before shot, you can see the fine lines around and under my eyes are more visible and my dark circles are more pronounced. My pores were larger and my skin was noticeably redder. In the after shot, my skin appears all around brighter and more radiant. My pores are smaller and my skin is a lot smoother and feels firmer too. It's clear to see that these products have made a visible change in my skin. I am seriously impressed and I am so happy that Pevonia's products have worked for me so well.

Overall, I am highly impressed with Pevonia and their products. Not only do these products work, but they are made from safe, natural and botanic ingredients which is great. They also cater to so many different types of skin concerns that you'll most likely find something that can work for you. Pevonia's products are a bit on the pricey side, but if you are willing to make an investment in your skin, I recommend you give them a try! Visit and have a look to see what they have to offer.

GIVEAWAY TIME! Here is your chance to win some Pevonia products of your very own! Pevonia and I have teamed up to giveaway FIVE value kits depending on your skin concerns. Five kits means five winners (one kit per winner)! These kits are valued at $42.50-$72.50! If you want to browse through the kits, click HERE. All you need to do for a chance to win is be at least 18 years of age, a US or Canada resident, sign up for the Pevonia Life Advocate Program (which is free) and leave a comment on this blog post telling me about your skin concerns. These two steps are mandatory in order to win and are worth five entries each. You can have an extra 7 entries if you decide to do the optional steps! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and please make sure to read the terms and conditions thoroughly and enter all of the mandatory entries. If you decide to share this giveaway on Twitter, make sure you use the hashtag #PevoniaLife. GOOD LUCK!


This post was created in partnership with Pevonia. I have been compensated and/or given product for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pevonia Botanica Natural Skin Care Haul and First Impressions

Not too long ago, I was contacted by the lovely people over at Pevonia and was asked if I were interested in trying out some of their skin care products. I was instantly intrigued because I have been on the hunt for new skin care products and I loved that their products are all natural and made from botanical ingredients. They also offer a wide variety of lines for all sorts of skin concerns, which is great! Here's a little about the company: Pevonia was the first company to develop a Spa Skincare Line exclusively for elite spas and Professional aestheticians. Their products launched in 1991 and recognized that the safest and most effective skincare ingredients are found in nature. Pevonia is also the global leader in skin rejuvenation and health. 

Before receiving any products, I took a skin care questionnaire that was evaluated by a licensed esthetician and she then hand-picked the products that would work best for my skin and it's concerns. 

Here's a quick rundown of my skin:
  • Late 20's
  • Fine Lines
  • Oily
  • Sensitive
  • Acne Prone
Based on my skin evaluation, she recommended their Phyto-Gel Cleanser, Combination Skin Lotion, Intensifier - Collagen & Myoxy Caviar, Evolutive Eye Cream, Mattifying Oily Skin Cream and Blemish-B-Gone and they are to be used in that order.

Some or all products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) and/or website(s) for potential review and/or use. For more information, please read my DISCLAIMER.

Cleanse deeply, remove makeup and impurities thoroughly, and control excess oil without drying the skin with this sulfate-free, foaming cleanser.

For all skin types, especially for those that tend to be slightly oily.

My Thoughts: The Phyto-Gel Cleanser is one of Pevonia's best sellers and I can see why! The first time I used it, I wasn't expecting it to remove all of my makeup, including waterproof mascara but it did, and with little effort, too! I hate having to rub my eyes more than I need to to remove eye makeup and this cleanser does all the work for you. It lathers up nicely and you don't need very much, just a pump or two will do. It removes impurities and is sulfate-free too, which is great! The only thing I'm not too fond of is the smell of this product. It reminds me a bit of men's cologne and is a little strong, but the smell doesn't linger on my skin which is nice. My face feels clean and super soft after I use it.


Complete the cleanse, remove tap water impurities, prepare the skin for further treatment as well as balance oil and moisture with this non-drying, alcohol-free toner.

For combination skin with T-zone shine (oily forehead, nose and chin).

My Thoughts: This product is more of like a toner to me than a lotion. It's a liquid and comes out of a spray bottle. It's smell is a sort of herbal and fresh and has a bit of a cooling effect on my skin. It makes my skin feel lovely, hydrated and balanced. I love that it removes whatever makeup and impurities that might have gotten left behind by the cleanser. 

Prevent and smooth fine lines, nourish and hydrate the skin with this highly concentrated, rejuvenating, anti-aging serum.
For those who want to prevent or repair fine lines and wrinkles, and those with  skin that feels tight, dry and dehydrated.

My Thoughts: This stuff is INTENSE, but in a good way! The purpose of this product is to help diminish fine lines and smooth wrinkles. It is a unique bio-microemulsified gel rich in concentrated Marine Collagen Polypeptides, Caviar, and Hibiscus Esculentus Extract. Since I am in my late 20's, I am starting to notice the early signs of aging, especially around my eyes so I am really looking forward to seeing what my results will be in a few weeks. The product is a clear gel that is rich, yet thin enough to be absorbed by the skin quickly. My skin feels and looks amazing after using this.

Nourish, hydrate, smooth fine lines, firm, renew and protect the delicate skin around the eyes with this repairing eye cream.
For skin under 30 that lacks moisture, feels tight, dry or sensitive and is beginning to show the first signs of aging.

My Thoughts: I was most excited about trying this product because it is targeted for people my age that are showing the first signs of aging around the eyes, which is a concern of mine.The product is odorless and is very rich and creamy. It nourishes the delicate skin around my eyes without feeling sticky or heavy. I also like that it stays put and doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes.

Control oil and shine, hydrate, refine pores, prevent breakouts, and protect skin with this lightweight, noncomedogenic moisturizer.
For oily skin types or those who want a matte-look during the day.

My Thoughts: This cream is awesome! I absolutely love everything about it. It smells divine (reminds me of clementines!), and does what it's supposed to do. It moisturizes my skin while controlling oil at the same time. It visibly reduces shine and it doesn't interfere with my face makeup which is a huge deal for me. It's gentle and lightweight enough to use AM and PM. It absorbs quickly and it isn't greasy at all. I also like that this product comes with a little plastic spoon so I don't have to dip my fingers into the pot. It also has UV protection!

Quickly heal blemishes with this effective, yet gentle, targeted acne spot treatment that kills bacteria, clears away pore-clogging dead skin, reduces redness and inflammation, soothes, and prevents scarring and dark spots.
For teens or adults with acne and sensitivity who need a spot treatment to quickly combat breakouts.

My Thoughts: I have tried many acne spot treatments in the past and they have all been really harsh on my skin. This one works well and it doesn't irritate my skin or dry it out which is great. I first tried this out on a huge, volcano zit that I had on my chest (sorry for the visual, haha) and within a day or two, it was noticeably smaller and much less irritated. I don't really care for the packaging much because I have to squeeze pretty hard for the product to come out, and sometimes a bit too much comes out. I do like the rubber applicator, though. It's gentle on irritated breakouts.  

So far, I am enjoying these products and I have had a pretty good experience with them. I like that they are super easy to use and don't take up too much time. I know some people don't bother taking care of their skin because they think it's time consuming. It takes me less than ten minutes a night to remove my makeup and apply all of the other products after. Ten minutes is definitely doable no matter how tired or busy I am and my skin will thank me later.

The quality of these products is spectacular and I think they are definitely worth the higher price point. Not only are you getting professional quality products, but they are also made from natural ingredients. If I've learned anything about beauty, is that taking care of your skin is super important. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so why not take good care of it? Skin care is a smart investment to make. If you want your skin to look radiant and youthful when you're older, you should take care of it now. It's harder to reverse aging than it is to prevent it. Preventative care is key! Of course, we cannot fight nature and gravity, but we can trick it and slow it down with products like these!

 I will have another blog post up in about 4-6 weeks with an update of my skin results! I'm excited about it because even though I've only been using these Pevonia products for about a week or two, I feel like my skin already looks better. It definitely feels like it does, at least! Also, I will be hosting a giveaway with Pevonia and giving away FIVE Pevonia sample kits, so stay tuned for that! 

If you are interested in Pevonia, please do yourself (and your skin) a favor and check out their website and what they have to offer. They have all sorts of products for every skin type and concern out there. Visit and see for yourself! 

I hope you all enjoyed this blog post and that you're doing well! If you've tried Pevonia products before, please let me know what you think of them and what are your favorite products. Thanks and take care!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lost in Limbo - Halloween Look

Meet Genevieve, a young, and beautiful woman that lived in NYC during the 1930's. She lived the life of her dreams and had everything she ever wanted - until one dark and dreary, stormy night. Genevieve and her boyfriend Grant were spending a Friday night together in their lavish, high-rise apartment. They had just gotten home from a night out on the town. They both had maybe one or two drinks too many, and were full of life, laughter and love. Grant had been wanting to propose to Genevieve for quite some time and even though they were both drunk, he felt so alive and happy that he felt the time was perfect. He glanced over at Genevieve who was walking towards the balcony. She was beautiful with fair skin, blonde curly hair and had piercing blue eyes. At this same moment, Genevieve slowly turned around, stumbling a bit, and gave Grant a smile. He was tall, dark haired and had eyes so brown they'd warm up even the coldest of nights. She loved him so much. They were dressed to the nines, and life couldn't get better. 
She invited Grant to join her out on their balcony. She loved gazing at the New York City skyline. She would tell Grant that the reason she loved New York City at night so much was because the twinkling lights of the city reminded her of the stars. She would tell him that it were as if the stars in the night sky were here on earth, just for the two of them and that it was simply magical to her. It also reminded her of the twinkle in his eyes. It was cold and wet, so she snuggled up to his chest. Grant knew this was his chance. He got down on own knee, presented her with a bouquet of roses that he was hiding under his coat, and replayed the night that they met five years prior at Coney Island. Her eyes filled up with tears of joy, and after he asked the long awaited question, she exclaimed, "Yes"! They hugged and kissed like they never did before. She paused for a moment to take the gorgeous, twinkling skyline and looked down at her new ring that had that same, dazzling sparkle.
She was feeling daring and sat on the edge of the balcony to absorb all of the beauty and magic of this moment. She held the roses up to her nose and took a deep whiff of the fragrant flowers. Suddenly, the wind started to pick up and it seemed like it dropped 50 degrees.The rain became torrential, and the clouds became thicker. Grant was trying to get Genevieve to come inside, but she wanted one last glance at the brilliant, wet skyline. Without warning, a huge lightning strike hit the building across from them and stunned Grant so badly that by the time he gained his composure, it was too late. Genevieve lost her balance and plunged to her demise. 
Genevieve is now stuck and lost in limbo, unaware of what happened to her, Grant and that unforgettable night.

  • Clinque Stay Matte Foundation in Linen #1
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Tako (matte white) used as a setting powder to get a pale, ghostly finish. I prefer using this method rather than using a stark white face paint/foundation because it gives a more realistic look and it photographs a lot better
  • Too Faced eyeshadows in Cashmere Bunny and Sexpresso and a little bit of Sugarpill's eyeshadow in Bulletproof to contour nose, cheeks, forehead, cupid's bow and underneath chin 
  • Spirit No-Smudge Face Paint in Black on fingers

  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk all over top and bottom lids as a base
  • Sugarpill eyeshadows in Tako and Diamonds Eyes on top and bottom lids, inner corners and brow bone
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Bulletproof and Too Faced eyeshadows in Cashmere Bunny and Sexpresso in crease, inner corners, inner brow bone, lower lids and outer corners
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow in Nooner mixed with Sugarpill eyeshadow in Love+ blended around the eyes 
  • Spirit No-Smudge Face Paint in White applied on brows and lashes with a small brush
  • Spirit Demon Blood

  • Wet N Wild Lipstick in Black Cherry patted on center of lips
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Bulletproof patted on center of lips

  • "Lost Soul" Wig from Target

  • Hair piece from Savers Thrift Store
  • Black roses from The Dollar Tree
Was that story heartbreaking or what? I just HAD to come up with a backstory for this Halloween look. The tears of blood were added last minute before I washed this off and it took the creepiness level way up! I really enjoyed putting this look together and I loved the turnout. It has to be my favorite Halloween look I've done so far. 

I was inspired by the name of the wig, "Lost Soul" and the makeup in this photo:

I really hope you guys liked this creepy Halloween look! If you decide to do this for Halloween, please let me know and share your photos with me! I'd love to see them.

Take care and Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Collection Palette Review + Look

The much anticipated Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Collection palette is finally here! If you loved Sugarpill's last palette, Cold Chemistry (check out my review and look here), then you'll love this one as well. The style of this palette is quite the opposite of Cold Chemistry with it's cute, pastel-ribbon-kitten-sparkly packaging, and it's all around adorable and gorgeous! You get a nice array of unique, candy-like colors that are smooth, pigmented and beautiful - just what you expect from Sugarpill!

When I was done with this look, it reminded me of a colorful, modern twist of 60's eye makeup, which I think looks pretty neat, especially with a light color in the crease instead of a darker shade. It gives its a nice, unique twist.

  • Clinique Stay Matte Foundation in #1 Linen
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Light

  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk all over top and bottom lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Kitten Parade on inner half of top lids and under inner brow bone
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Hotsy Totsy on outer of lids and inner bottom lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in CandyCrush in crease, inner corners and waterline 
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Poison Plum on inner corners, above crease, and outer lower lids
  • Sugarpill eyeshadow in Frostine on inner bottom lids and brow bone to blend out Hotsy Totsy 
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow in Strange on browbone 
  • NYC Liquid Liner in Black 
  • Sugarpill Lashes in Spark 

  • Sugarpill Eyeshadow in Kitten Parade 

  • Makeup Geek Lipstick in Shy with Kitten Parade patted on top

First off, please excuse these photos; my camera was acting up and I had to photograph the palette with my iPhone. Hopefully they're decent!

How adorable is the design on the inside of Sugarpill's shipping boxes? Cute in every way!

The palette comes packaged in a sleek and compact cardboard palette with a matching sleeve.

Seriously, how freakin' adorable is the design of this palette? I love it oh so much! Especially the bow ;)

Inside the palette, you get four full-sized eyeshadows and a nice sized mirror. The mirror isn't hinged so you'd have to prop it up against something or hold it if you want to use it to apply your makeup.

Kitten Parade is a super shimmery, peachy-coral shade with a beautiful golden sheen. This also works great as a blush and/or cheek highlight! This is the sheerest of the bunch, but is buildable especially with a white base.

Frostine is a frosty, pastel lavender that has a satin finish. This is the least shimmery of the four shadows and has a slight blue sheen to it.

CandyCrush is a super shimmery, pearly, light minty green-blue. 

Hotsy Totsy is my favorite shade in this collection! It's a bright magenta color with iridescent sparkles that can also be used as a blush.

From left to right: Kitten Parade, Frostine, CandyCrush and Hotsy Totsy - swatched on bare skin.
Overall, this palette is a must have for any Sugarpill or color fan. You get great quality eyeshadows and a nice variety of shades that can work together, on their own or with other shadows. A couple of these eyeshadows also double as cheek products, so that's another plus! You can always count on Sugarpill for bright, colorful and pigmented makeup that is of high quality. Their pigmentation is seriously amazing and they're so smooth and long-lasting. There's a reason why they're loved by so many! The Sparkle Baby palette is currently priced at $34. The shadows are also sold individually for $12 (you save $12 buying the palette and it's like getting one for free, wee!). Check out if you're interested and also check out what else they have to offer!

I hope you guys enjoyed this review and look! I sure had fun playing with these gorgeous shadows and putting this look together for you guys.

Take care!