Summer Nail Art Tutorial!

Sally Hansen kindly sent me a box of nail art goodies to play around with and there were so many fun colors and textures to choose from!  Since we recently found out that we will be having a girl in November, I created a super pink and girly look inspired by Baby Grace.  (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I highly recommend checking out my pregnancy vlogs…especially the Gender Reveal!)

Nail Art Cover 2

Be sure to click on the picture to watch the full tutorial!  It’s a really simple way to work some fun nail art into your life.  I had such a wonderful time creating this look, so I hope you enjoy it as well!

I’m also giving away one of these Sally Hansen nail art kits, so be sure to get all of the details in the video description and enter for a chance to win!   I also recommend entering Sally Hansen’s #iHeartNailArt contest!  Create your own look and you’ll have a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Best & Blessings,
Rachel

*Disclaimer:  Sally Hansen sent me the nail art kit for my review and consideration, and kindly sponsored the giveaway.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

Prize Candle (Escape)

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Recently I’ve been trying out some new candles and my Prize Candle has become one of my favorites.  What’s a Prize Candle, you say?  It’s a pure, natural soy candle that’s free of parabens and other bad chemicals, and contains a piece of jewelry ranging in value from $10 to $5,000.  Yes, you read that right.  I have the Escape scent which is really nice for the summer with notes of Island florals, pineapple, peach, and undertones of vanilla, with just a hint of island spice.  I’m usually not the type to go for sweet scented candles, but this is quite nice and not at all overwhelming or sickly.

I’ve already mentioned Prize Candle a couple of times on my channel, most recently in my May Favorites video, but I wanted to give you a peek into the step by step process of uncovering my prize.

Prize Candle 2

After burning the candle for a few hours, you can start to see the prize package peeking through.

Prize Candle 3

I’d burned through at least the top third of the candle and you can see about half of the prize package, but it was still too early to retrieve it.

Prize Candle 4

At last the prize is ready for the taking!

Prize Candle 5

In each prize package, you receive a ring and a little sheet with a code that can be entered on the Prize Candle site for an appraisal.  My ring was worth $10.

Prize Candle 6

It was a really fun experience, but it does require either some patience or some serious candle burning.  Kyle was eager to see what the prize was, so he took it on as his duty to watch over our candle and see if it was ready.  He’s the one who ultimately pulled out the prize and found that the wax felt nice on that hands (almost like a massage oil), but that some of it had leaked into the package.  The appraisal sheet was pretty oily and the ring required some cleaning as well.  Once he had it all wax-free, I was able to look at the ring and it was quite nice even though it was the least expensive prize.  The major drawback for me was the size.  This ring is MASSIVE.  Now, I know I have super tiny fingers and most costume jewelry rings don’t fit me, but this fit on Kyle’s ring finger.  And he’s not a small person.  Not a huge deal since it was only worth $10, but I would have definitely had to get it resized if it had been worth more money.

These Prize Candles run for $25 which is a little pricey in the candle world, but they are top quality and you have the chance to win a ring that is well worth that money.  I also recommend getting on their mailing list because I’m always getting special offers and deals from them.  If you’re interested in getting a Prize candle of your own, I have a special discount code just for my viewers!  Use code FREE20RACHEL for 20% off a purchase of $24.99 and up at checkout!

Overall, it was definitely a fun experience!  The candle itself is really nice, and the mystery of the prize makes it that much more enjoyable.  Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried Prize Candle or plan to purchase one in the future!

Best & Blessings,
Rachel

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  This candle was sent for my review and consideration.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

Kyle’s Wednesday Wows!

Hello, friends!  Happy Wednesday!  If you are subscribed to my YouTube Channel, then you’ll know that I have a weekly favorites series called my Wednesday Wows.  A couple of weeks ago, it occurred to me that it may be beneficial to do a Wednesday Wows for some of the things that my husband has been loving as well.  I’ve finally rubbed off on him and got him to use more products, so here are few that have become staples in his routine.

These are in no particular order of favoritism, but I generally like to work my way from the head down!

Garnier Power Putty Fiber Spikes* garnier power putty Truth be told, he actually likes the Mess Maker version better, but it’s at the field and was not available to be photographed.  This is a close second though.  Kyle is not one to really “style” his hair as he generally keeps it pretty short, but he has lots of cowlicks that need to be tamed.  These putties give him the hold he needs without making him look over-styled.

VMV Hypoallergenics 1635 Pre-Shave Barbor Oil* VMV shave oil Before he was gifted these next 2 items, Kyle used nothing but hot water to shave his face.  ::shudder::  I’m a huge fan of this allergen-free, mostly natural company, and he has really been enjoying this shave oil.  It produces a warming effect and preps the skin for shaving.

VMV Hypoallergenics 1635 Pre-Shave Scrub*
VMV cleanser This gentle scrub exfoliates the skin as another prep-step for a nice, smooth shave.  He didn’t notice a huge difference in the shave results with this one, but if he’s in a hurry and doesn’t have time to let the hot water soften his facial hair, this definitely will speed up the process.  Kyle did also note that this has an earthy smell, and he’s right.  It’s definitely not an offensive scent, and is probably good for a men’s product.

Kyoku Sake Infused Shave Cream for Normal Skin*
kyoku shave cream
BY FAR KYLE’S FAVORITE!  He uses this for shaving and absolutely raves about it.  It’s a gel-to-cream type formula that provides a little bit of a cooling sensation and makes a huge difference in the shaving process.  It softens hairs and makes for the smoothest dang shave you’ve ever had.  I’m not going to lie, I’ve tried this out (gotta keep that beard in check =P) and it’s pretty awesome.  BONUS!  I’ve got a 20% off coupon code for all Kyoku products from BeautyChoice.com.  Just enter “GGKY2″ at checkout!

Garnier Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub*
garnier scrub
It’s literally taken me YEARS to get Kyle to wash his face.  He has great skin, only getting a pimple occasionally, but he does suffer from blackheads on his nose.  They drive him crazy, so he was actually on board with trying out this new face wash from Garnier.  He uses it after his shave routine in the morning and it’s cleared up most of his blackheads!

Kyoku Facial Moisturizer (SPF 15)* kyoku moisturizer I’m so proud that my husband is all grown up and finally using a moisturizer.  He was always the type to stick on some sunscreen at the field and call it a day, but then I would always hear complaints about his skin being sooo dry or too oily depending on the time of day.  I’m like, “Hi.  If you used a moisturizer, it would solve both of those problems.”  Kyle has really been enjoying this one.  A little goes a long way, and it’s not greasy, but definitely keeps the dryness at bay.  Again, don’t forget the coupon code mentioned above!

Gilette Clear Gel Deodorant/Anti-Perspirant (Cool Wave) gilette deoderant As a staple in his routine, he tends to buy this deodorant in bulk.  Being an athlete and someone who tends to sweat a lot, he needs something to keep him fresh and dry throughout the day, and this definitely does the trick.  The scent is nice and light and not too overwhelming.

Eau de Lacoste (Energetic Red)
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I found this cologne for him a few years ago and he’s been using it ever since.  “A triple blend of spices, ginger, black pepper and cardamom, contrasted with a sparkling iced red tea note.”  It’s not too strong or musky, but just right for a sexy smelling husband.

And that’s all, folks!! I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly different version of Wednesday Wows today, and if you’re interested in knowing what products I was loving this week, pop over to my channel to watch my latest video.  Comment down below with some of the products that the men in your life can’t live without!

Best & Blessings,
Rachel

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  Any products marked with an * were gifted to us or provided for our consideration.  As always, our opinions are 100% honest and our own.*

 

Review & Swatches | Milani 2014 Rose Blushes

milani rose blushes

Ever since Milani released their first collection of Rose Blushes last year, there has been a lot of talk and hype about them.  So when they released their new Spring 2014 Limited Edition Collection of these floral-inspired blushes, I knew I had to review them for y’all.

The packaging is quite a bit different than the Milani Baked Blushes.  They’re thin, flat compacts with a clear top and a slightly mirrored edge.  And, boy, they sure do look pretty, don’t they?

milani rose swatch | tea rose Tea Rose - matte pale rose.  As you can see, the formula is super powdery and patchy.  The color is quite nice though, so I would recommend using this with a duo fiber brush and tapping the heck out of said brush for a light, buildable application.

milani rose swatch | love potion Love Potion – matte bright pink.  Ever so slightly less patchy and powdery, but it performs much the same as Tea Rose.

milani rose swatch | coral cove Coral Cove - matte medium coral.  Although it’s still not great, it’s definitely the best formulation of the bunch, which for me is unfortunate, since I’m not big on coral blushes.

milani rose swatch | lady rouge Lady Rouge - matte pinkish red.  This is what my mom and I like to call “fake makeup.”  You know, the plastic makeup you give to your 2 year old daughter so that she can get dolled up like mommy without any of the mess? Literally it took a solid minute of scrubbing trying to get this partial swatch. Milani added a similar color to their Baked Blush collection this year called Bella Rosa that blows this one out of the water.

As I had feared, Milani missed the mark with this collection.  I heard that happened with the last round of these Rose Blushes, which is why I skipped them.  It’s so unfortunate because Milani is one of my favorite drugstore brands and generally have phenomenal quality.  I think they’d be better off reformulating these matte colors for their Baked Blush collection.  However, if you’re still bound and determined to get your hands on them, you can buy them for $7.99.

Have you tried these?  What do you think?

Best & Blessings,
Rachel

*Disclaimer: These products were provided for my review & consideration.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

 

Review & Swatches | Physician’s Formula New Sexy Booster Line

Haaaappppyyy Monday!! Are y’all having a good morning so far?  Mine has already been quite the adventure and it’s not even 9am yet.  We had a crazy storm that knocked out our internet over the weekend, so I’m currently cozied up in Starbucks with a Peppermint Latte in one hand and a croissant in the other.  Which means I’m typing with my mind…you didn’t know I could do that, did you?

PF Sexy Booster Eyes

Okay, enough of me being silly and on to the matters at hand.  A while ago, I reviewed Physician’s Formula’s new Nude Wear Bronzer and the eyeshadow quad from this Sexy Booster line, which you can read HERE.  I’ve also been trying out the new mascara and eyeliner trio that were released, so now it’s time to share my thoughts and swatches with you.

Sexy Booster Va Va Voom Volume Mascara – $9.95
PF Mascara

Hi.  This packaging is GORGEOUS.  The black lacy pattern is flocked, so it really feels sexy and expensive.

PF Mascara

They carried the “sexy” theme right on down to the wand itself.  Even the plastic bristles are red!! I shot this photo right after opening the tube for the first time, so I hadn’t yet given it a good swirl around in the mascara.

The mascara itself is fine for a non-waterproof formula.  It does give my lashes a nice fullness, but doesn’t really do much for length, and does nothing to hold my curl.  That being said, I’ve been LOVING this on my lower lashes.  For whatever reason, it just leaves them looking full and soft and magnificent.  If you’re looking for a mascara that will add just the right amount of femininity to your look, this is a great option.

Sexy Booster Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio – $12.95
PF Eyeliners

This trio sticks with the sexy red and lace design, but in a much more minimal way.  The three liners come strapped in a little case, which is cute, but impractical for daily use.

PF Eyeliners

This set offers (from left to right) a kajal pencil, a felt tip liner, and an automatic pencil.

PF Eyeliner Swatches
Left to right: Kajal, Liquid, Pencil

Kajal Pencil – Kajals are soft kohl-type pencils that are intended for waterlines and creating that soft smoky effect.  I’m IN LOVE with this pencil!  So smooth and creamy, it glides on the waterline like a dream.

Felt tip Pen – Let me just go on the record stating that I’m quite possibly the worst liquid eyeliner swatcher ever.  I don’t know what my issue is, but I swear the liner is not actually this runny and watery.  It’s pretty liquidy for a pen, which means it can get a little messy, but when applied to the eyes it is a nice, opaque black.  This is my least favorite of the trio because of the occasional liquid eyeliner mess, so I think I’ll stick to my beloved PF 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Serum + Eyeliner Pen.

Automatic Pencil – This is pretty standard for a PF eyeliner pencil.  It goes on smoothly and is nicely pigmented, but doesn’t have the most amazing staying power.  I definitely will get use out of this though because one can never have too many standard black pencil liners.

Overall, I like these new products, but I’m not totally blown away by them.  I definitely reach for the mascara more than anything, and I know that once I can just work it into my routine, I’ll be reaching for that kajal a lot as well.  I think the prices for these items are definitely more reasonable that the ones I mentioned in my previous review, so if you’ve been interested in trying these, I think they’re worth picking up.  Especially with an Ulta $3.50 off coupon!

Best & Blessings,
Rachel

*Disclaimer: These products were sent for my review & consideration.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.