Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Oridel - Liquid Gem Regenerating Face Oil + GIVEAWAY

Hey There! How is everyone doing today? Great, I hope! 
I have an exciting new product as well as a new giveaway to share with you. Oridel Liquid Gem Regenerating Face Oil with Argan Oil and Sea Buckthorn is an amazing product that I am surprised, I hadn't discovered sooner. It has amazing benefits, and a dazzling surprise ending for each one that uses it.

Who & What Makes Oridel Unique?

From their site...

What makes Oridel products unique?

"A: One of our secrets is the extract of Sea Buckthorn. Extensive research has shown that it contains many unique, vital to the skin bio-active ingredients; some of them are extremely rare in the plant world. More importantly, it is a combination of these nutrients that does the magic to the skin helping to reduce wrinkles, nourish the skin and protect it from pollution...Rich in beta-carotenes, high in unique unsaturated fatty acids including rare palmitoleic and linoleic acids, Sea Buckthorn is a unique combination of natural ingredients that regenerates, smoothes and restores..."
I have actually never heard of Sea Buckthorn, but everything I have read and researched it seems to be a pretty amazing plant! Here it is seen below.

Meet The Founder...

Like the "little black dress" is the staple of any woman's wardrobe, her skin care products are the essentials needed to ensure a youthful and vivacious appearance. This is the philosophy behind the Oridel line of cosmetic skin care products. Skin care expert Marina is the creator of the line and the founder of the company. By combining new technologies with old-world fundamentals, Marina's anti-aging product line delivers cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, toning, tightening and protective properties that will let you enjoy a youthful appearance and healthy looking skin.
"Every step in a skin care regimen must make sense," says Marina. "You may need the anti-inflammatory properties, the healing, the protection, or the restoration, or some combination. My line consists of essential products at an affordable price. It‘s not hundreds of products. That just confuses the consumer. Women, men, and teenagers can all benefit by choosing the product that works for them and being consistent with it...."

To Read More about Marina & The Founding of Oridel you can go here to read more: http://www.oridel.com/About

The Product

From their site...

"Oridel's LIQUID GEM Regenerating Face Oil uses the healing processes of natural botanicals to bring your skin a warm dewy glow that seems to shine from within. Just one pump from this bottle can significantly soothe your skin, and especially skin damaged by the application of drying retinol treatments or other medications. Yet it is light and refreshing, does not feel oily or heavy, and has been specifically formulated to have a pleasing aroma that won't overpower the senses.

LIQUID GEM is a carefully balanced botanical blend of organic and chemicals-free oils and is one of our finest facial moisturizers. Liquid Gem™ uses superior quality oils known for their anti-inflammatory, healing, skin-soothing, softening, and anti-aging properties. This is a potent deep penetrating blend for reducing the signs of dry and aging skin. Carefully designed combination of active healing ingredients is superb for daily use and especially great for post-peel and post-laser applications. Beneficial for such conditions as acne rosacea, atopic dermatitis and eczema. When your skin needs extra hydration use Liquid Gem facial moisturizer for a concentrated moisture boost. Or mix a drop or two of Liquid Gem™ with your liquid make-up foundation and enjoy that "lit-from-inside" look!..."

After you finish the product you can unscrew the top and there will be a "Sun Gem" also known as Citrine at the bottom of the bottle. I haven't got to mine yet so you may not be able to see it looking at the picture, but it is a nice size and very pretty gemstone which would be great to make into a necklace!

To learn more about this product go to their official site located here: http://www.oridel.com/Liquid-Gem-Face-Oil

Final Thoughts

I was really impressed with Oridel's Liquid Gem Face Oil. I have never used a oil that hasn't been heavy or made my face feel greasy, but this stuff is NOTHING like this! It is light, smells wonderful, and easy to blend into makeup. 

It gave me a really nice glow, as well as moisturized my skin. I have combination skin, so I was a tad worried that it would clog my pores in some spots. However, it didn't clog my pores not once. 

Here is a Before and After, after just one application...

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As you can see in the after picture my skin is glowing and more radiant. At one point I could of sworn it started freaking out because of it being so hydrated...haha! In all seriousness, I was thoroughly impressed. It's truly unlike any other skincare product I have tried in the past, and let me say I have tried a lot!

One of the best parts is not only getting a beautiful Citrine gem once I'm done using it, but having amazingly supple and beautiful skin. 

If you wish to purchase this product it currently runs for $77.99 on Amazon. You can check it out by going here to purchase it: BUY Oridel Liquid Gem. Also, if you need any other information or have any questions, you can checkout their official page here: Oridel Official.

 I want to know! What do you think about Oridel's Liquid Gem Regenerating Face Oil? Do you think this is something you would benefit from? I love hearing what you think, so feel free to leave your questions/comments below! 

Also, don't forget to enter below to WIN a FREE BOTTLE! Please US Only, Only 2 IP Addresses Per Household. Begins 2.24.15 and Ends 3.12.15. Rules Subject To Change. 

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Poppy Austin - Green Tea & Vitamin C Eye Cream

Hello Readers! I hope all of you are having a wonderful evening so far. Today, I would love to share with you an awesome new eye cream from a new company I recently had the pleasure of working with. Poppy Austin's - Green Tea & Vitamin C Eye Cream is a great pick me up to add to any routine!

Who Is Poppy Austin?

To read in story behind Poppy Austin, you can read their full story by going here: http://www.poppyaustin.com/our-story/

"Poppy Austin is a new kind of cosmetics company. We are dedicated to creating premium hair and skin products that make you look younger, fresher, and alive.

Women, after all, deserve to be pampered. This is something we feel extremely passionate about, and we hope you do too. Being a good mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend or lover is of course important. But you also need to be a little selfish every now and then, investing in your appearance and more importantly, yourself.

The Poppy Austin philosophy is simple. To prevent the signs of aging by using only the finest, most ethically sourced cosmetics, produced in exact accordance with Poppy’s Code*.

Having set the standard for argan oil cosmetics both in the USA and abroad, we look forward to raising the bar further with our new and exclusive range of natural, eco-friendly moisturizers...."

*Read Poppy's full code by going to the link at the top.

I love that their products are not tested on animals and are eco friendly. I also appreciate the fact that while their products originally come from the UK; they are actually produced in the US. I love products that understand the importance of issues such as these.

The Product/My Thoughts

According to their site...

"An elegantly enriched blend of naturally derived and organic (72%) ingredients, working harmoniously to gently de-puff the delicate skin under your eyes, as well as target dark circles, crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles. This product is packed full of natural antioxidants and can be used to smooth, tone and condition your entire face."

When I first saw the bottle, I admit I was a little skeptical. I was like, "How in the WORLD can this little bottle enhance my face?" Don't be fooled though. This little bottle packs a powerful punch! I was really impressed. Just after fifteen minutes of my first use, I noticed my eyes were less puffy and indeed brighter. 

Now, by no means am I saying its a miracle cream but indeed most of the claims of this cream is indeed dead on. I have yet to see if it will get rid of my wrinkles completely, but so far have noticed a huge improvement - and for the price it's a great deal. My eyes and skin is brighter and tighter. I have only used it on my eyes, but am told you can use it on your whole face as well. I think that is pretty awesome, and will be next on my list of things to try.

Below are my before and after pictures after just ONE use....



I even had my husband look at the pictures, to make sure I wasn't going crazy! Poppy Austin has definitely done a great job creating this eye cream, and I look forward to prolong use of this as well as trying their other products.

To buy their Eye Cream you can currently get it on Amazon for $22.49 by going here: BUY Poppy Austin Eye Cream

What do you think about Poppy Austin's Eye Cream? Have you tried anything similar? Do you think this is something you could benefit from? I love hearing your questions/comments so, feel free to leave them below!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Bellaboo - Sweet Sin Chocolate Face Mask + VIDEO

Hello Everyone! I hope all of you are staying warm where you are. We hit a record cold in South Carolina! Nope, it doesn't always stay warm here. I figured what better day then to try out a new face mask! 

Bellaboo's Sweet Sin Chocolate Face Mask is sinfully good. It smells just like milk chocolate!  Bellaboo products are geared especially for Teens & Tweens, and made in Australia. However, anyone can use it really. From serums to moisturizers they make everything your young tween or teen will need to fight that nasty fight of puberty. To check out all of their products you can go here to their official page: http://bellabooskincare.com/shop/

I have used a bunch of different face masks before, but none quite like Bellaboo's. Here are my pro's and con's of this sinfully delectable facial treat...


- Free of parabens, artificial colors, fragrances, sulphates, petrochemicals, mineral oils, animal derived ingredients, and harmful chemicals

- Created for women by women

- Smells just like chocolate!

- Does a great job working to cleanse the skin

- Makes skin smoother after each use

- Has Shea Butter & Witch Hazel in it to moisturize and soothe skin

- For combination skin like mine


- Made my face slightly red for about 10 minutes after use (would not recommend for sensitive skin)

Overall, I was really impressed with Bellaboo's Chocolate Face Mask. Besides the slight redness (which went away after a few minutes) I received from it, it worked wonderfully. It got my skin clean, and even got rid of my blackheads! If you wish to purchase Bellaboo for your Teen, Tween, or even yourself it currently runs for $11.49 on Amazon, which you can purchase here: BUY Bellaboo Sweet Sin Chocolate Face Mask

Checkout the video I did of the mask below, and leave any questions or comments you may have in the comment section below!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ipsy - February 2015

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Hello There! I hope everyone is having a WARM day, my has it been cold lately! I just received my Ipsy bag for the month of February, and I am excited to share with you what I received. This month's theme was "Ipsy Love." It was one of my favorite by far in some time!

If you don't know what Ipsy is, it's a beauty subscription bag designed just for you, (by taking the beauty quiz) that cost $10 a month. The $10 also includes shipping. Beauty Guru Michelle Phan curates the bags, and you generally receive 5 items. 

If you wish to sign up you can sign up through my personal referral link here: Ipsy Sign Up

Every month you receive a bag with your Ipsy items in them. This month was very fitting with love and Valentine's Day. Pink all over with some touches of grey in diamond shapes. 

Let's see what I got in my bag this month...

GlamGlow Brightmud Eye Treatment - "BRIGHTMUD® Single-Use Sealed Chrome Cells with TAPWipe™ Bioactive Technology. The World's First TAP ON + WIPE OFF Reverse Action Under Eye & Orbital Eye Treatment. Designed for Instant 3-Minute Results. For Men & Women of All Ages and All Skin Types. BRIGHTMUD® for your New Super Bright Super Sexy Eyes."

Key Benefits:
    • Brightens
    • Fights dark circles, lines, and puffiness
    • Say “bye bye” to tired eyes!

It says each Ipster is suppose to receive two of these, for some reason I only received one. I did e-mail them though, so hopefully I will still get a second one. That being said, I did try the one I had tonight and it worked really well! My eye felt smoother, and looked more awake. I will say though on the negative side, I had some slight burning underneath my eye. I am not sure if this normal, but hey what's 3 minutes compared to beautiful eyes? ha-ha. 

Full Size Price: $69 (for 12, each one cost's $5.75)

City Color Creamy Lip Stain in "Flirtini" - "A hybrid between a lipstick and gloss, our Creamy Lip Stain is a new kind of lip product that applies smooth and creamy like a gloss and sets with a matte finish. This creamy lip stain gives your lips long lasting color while keeping lips moisturized. Available in 6 fun flirty shades."

The formula is really quite interesting. It goes on like a lipgloss, but has a creamy texture like a lipstick. I like it though, and look forward to trying the other colors as well. This one is a nice light pink color.

Full Size Price: $4.99 (FULL SIZE!)

Demeter Fragrance Library "First Love" - "First Love is an irresistible, unique and unusual light floral combination of lemon zest, jasmine, honeysuckle, water lotus and white rose. Demeter launched First Love several years ago, exclusively in South Korea, and it was so good that they just had to share it. "

I'm pretty sure if "love" was made it a fragrance, this is pretty dead on. It's full of flowers and sweet scents, and I really like it. It's something I can see wearing everyday even. I've had one other scent from Demeter Fragrance Library, I believe it was a beach scent. They are really dead on with their fragrances, and can truly make anything out of the ordinary smell great and wearable.

Full Size Price (.29 oz): $10 (FULL SIZE!)

ModelCo Blush Cheek Powder in "Peach Bellini" -"ModelCo’s BLUSH Cheek Powder creates a beaming, rosy glow to brighten every complexion. The micronized color pigments and luxurious, pressed powder delivers a sheer, natural radiance that lasts all day."

I was really happy with the color I received. I don't have many peach color blushes, but I am starting to think maybe I should start buying more. With my really light complexion it just makes my skin glow!

They have the other blushes for $22. However, they do not sell "Peach Bellini" separately, so I can't really give you an exact price. The 3-piece set with the blush is in the link by clicking above and is $30.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in "Marry A Millionaire" - "Give your manicure a dazzling finish with China Glaze Marry A Millionaire nail lacquer. This rich amethyst lacquer with multi-tonal fibers features differently sized and shaped glitter particles cleverly combined to create a sexy, super decadent, 3-D finish. China Glaze’s unique lacquers contain China Clay as a nail hardener, the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish. "

I did a little research on this particular color, and it's actually from a collection called the "Eye Candy Collection." You can check out reviews about the full collection by going here: Nails By Kayla Shevonne. It has a really pretty purple & blue finish, and I think it will be so pretty as a topper or just alone.

Full Size Price: $5.00 (VIA Amazon) FULL SIZE!


Bonus item's are items you get for redeeming points that you earn from reviewing the products, sharing, and referring on Ipsy.

Figs & Rouge Rose Berry Hand CreamFigs & Rouge Shea Butter Enriched Limited Edition Hand Creams are deliciously fragrant & indulgent. These delectable creams soften, nourish & thoroughly pamper hands throughout the day, quickly absorbing to provide super-soft skin. Apply Figs & Rouge Hand Cream onto your hands and massage into skin throughout the day as needed. 

I enjoyed the other scent they made so much, that I just had to try the Rose Berry. I am glad I did, because it smells amazing! 

Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths (10 Count) - "When you're too tired to deal with the whole cleanser and wash cloth routine, these on-the-go foaming cloths are the ultimate skin savior. Infused with Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial natural extracts, they sweep away makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities while refreshing and soothing stressed skin. Best of all, there's no water required. It has a clean scent, never tacky. Great for travel or every day!"

I've used and blogged about these many times before. They are just a great all around face wipe, and is great if you are on the go or just having a lazy makeup day! I highly recommend these if you enjoy using makeup wipes.

Eva Nyc Mane Tamer Leave-In Cream - "The Mane Tamer Leave In Cream is the ultimate leave in conditioner that softens hair while taming frizz and fly-aways. Argan Oil provides nourishment and hydration while Keravis Protein strengthens hair. The result is touchable, soft and smooth hair. For all hair types."

This is the first time I have ever tried Eva Nyc, but I am really liking it so far. I used it for the first time last night, and it left my hair so soft (not oily!). It also did great at taming frizz down when I straightened it. I can't wait to see how my hair does with it over time. 

This month was really wonderful, and one of my favorites! What do you think about this month's Ipsy "Ipsy Love?" What variation did you receive? I love hearing your questions/comments, so feel free to leave them below.


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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Olfactif - Coming Home Collection

Hello Everyone!   Before I begin... I just want to say if you ever need anything or have a question about something the fastest way to get in touch with me is through my e-mail: allurebyamy@gmail.com.                                        I love connecting with my readers, and even if I don't connect with you one on one each day, your thoughts and opinions matter!

That being said, I have a wonderful new subscription company I am excited to share with you. Olfactif was the first to come out of it's kind, and I had the chance to try out December's - "Coming Home" collection. 

What is Olfactif?

According to their site...

"Around the first of each month, we send subscribers some of the finest and hardest-to-find perfume samples from niche artists around the world. Our samples aren't those tiny vials you get at the department store; we give you 2.25 ml of each scent in a glass spray vial, and each vial has enough for 15 - 20 wearings.

That's not all—we also give you an $18 credit to put toward a full bottle of a featured scent, every month. We also indulge your curiosity about scent with great content about the featured artists and their stories, plus lots of fascinating info on the science of smell.

What is niche perfume?
Niche perfume is hard to find, unless you happen to live in New York or Paris. Unlike the companies that make mainstream scents, the people who make niche perfume aren't obsessed with conforming to trends and mimicking last year's best sellers. They value creativity and originality, and they make things you'd never smell on department store counters. And with the contrasts and complexities you'll find in these perfumes, they just make the act of smelling a lot more fun. And isn't that why we're here in the first place?"

I love that you not only get a great deluxe size vial of each perfume, but if you like the perfume you get an $18 credit towards a full bottle. This is a pretty awesome benefit in my opinion. 

If you wish to check out all of their perfumes they currently have for sale you can go here: Shop Olfactif

Their subscription service is $18/month. The longer you subscribe the more you save. If you sign up for a year it is only $15/month. To subscribe to the Olfactif Subscription Service you can go here: http://www.olfactif.com/products/subscriptions

The Perfume/My Thoughts

I absolutely love the packaging that you receive each month. It's a slide out box, but the way it slides out makes it feel sort of magical the way the "Olfactif" sign reveals the vials.

Each box you generally receive 3 different vials of perfume of 2.25 ml of the scent, UNLESS you get a high dollar value or rare perfume then it may be a little less. You will see in my third sample what I mean by that.

In the "Coming Home" collection the common theme I noticed was vanilla, which is wonderful for me because it's my favorite scent! I believe they try and allocate a theme each month, which I also thought was pretty neat. 

Bright gourmand vanilla

Notes: Lemon, bergamot, heliotrope, jasmine, Australian, sandalwood, French vanilla, benzoin Siam, Madagascar vanilla absolute. 

This one for me one probably the lightest of the three. It was very light and sweet. It reminded me of vanilla cupcakes. I thoroughly enjoy it, and it is very wholesome.

Price For Full Size: $70

Dark, dry, boozy vanilla

Notes: Mexican vanilla absolute, lemon, grapefruit, caramel, nutmeg, gardenia, jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, musk, tonka.

This one was definitely a darker and stronger vanilla compared to the others. It wasn't my favorite compared to the others, but it is slowly growing on me. The more I wear it; the more I am starting to like it.

Price for Full Size: $65

Hypnotic, caramelized floral-vanilla

Notes: Blood orange, bergamot, lavender, Bulgarian rose, Egyptian jasmine, cinnamon, licorice, vanilla, caramel.

On the card it says, "due to the precious nature of the ingredients, your sample of Lira contains 1.75 ml." In other words, this perfume is expensive! ha-ha. 

So you can see how much less you get, I compared it to the other two...

I don't mind getting less of a perfume if that means trying a rarer or more expensive perfume, as long as it isn't an every month sort of thing. Which from what I've seen from others, I don't believe it is. 

Not to mention it was my FAVORITE of the three. It is the most amazing perfume I have ever smelled, and I can honestly say I have found my new favorite perfume. Even more so than my previous favorite perfume which was Halle Berry - Exotic Jasmine. However, unless I start making some big bucks soon, I will have to use my sample sparingly. I am happy that I got to try this wonderful concoction. 

Price for Full Size: $345

 What do you think about Olfactif? Do you think you could benefit from this perfume subscription service? I love hearing your questions/comments, so feel free to leave them below.


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Epica 3-Piece Ash Bucket Set

Hello Everyone! 

Today, I want to talk to about an on going problem I have been having this winter, and thought maybe I would not only offer this solution I discovered, but a great one at that. 

As you can see above we have an indoor fireplace. While we love it, the most annoying part is the fact that it leaves behind a lot of ashes. My husband use to put the ashes in an old shipping box, and thus the problem began. One time the box even fell apart! Not only was it messy, but the ashes would create dust in the air making my allergies worse. Then one day, it's like angels came down from above when I saw it...the Epica 3-Piece Ash Bucket Set!

What I love about the Epica 3-Piece Ash Bucket set is that not only is it useful, but it looks great in my home as well. It's a very sleek design, and you can just tell once you take it out the box it's made of quality.

The first thing I noticed was how much it holds! It is a 6-gallon bucket, leaving plenty of room for multiple fires. Which is great so I won't have to go outside everyday to empty it, on those weeks I decide to light it everyday.

The next thing I noticed was the handle. There is just something about it that gives the bucket set that extra added touch of class. I also like that it has ridges designed for your hand, making it easier to carry.

You are also provided a shovel with a 4.5"W scoop and maneuverable 12.5" long handle. It complements the color of the bucket, along with my other fireplace items. Once you're done using it, it easily fits back in place in the storage pocket on the side of the bucket for next time.

If you wish to purchase this product you can currently purchase it on Amazon right now for $29.95 (free shipping for Prime members) by going HERE.

If you have a fireplace, I think this is a must have item! It's not only useful, but it looks great with any fireplace. Seriously, I'll take one of these over a box any day! ha-ha.

What do you think about Epica's 3-Piece Ash Bucket Set? Is this something that either you could use, or someone you know could use? I love hearing your questions/comments, so feel free to leave them below!


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