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Carmex Is Essential For Back To School and More!

Carmex is a brand I am very familiar with. Their time tasted formula has worked to soothe, heal and protect lips for over 79 years! I have grown up seeing this brand in the pockets of family and friends. Carmex Lip Balms are available in a variety of forms and flavors. Everyone has a favorite in my family.  My daughter Jazz has been obsessively looking for a Grape flavored one that she lost. I think it was a limited edition though.

School has been back in session for over a month now and I was pleasantly surprised when I received a back to school package from Carmex in the mail. It included a Kate Spade pencil case, Dunkin Donuts gift card and a variety of Carmex products.

back to school with carmex

This came at just the right time because between my four kids I have two College students and two high school students. No one likes dry, cracked lips so I am happy to share “My Carmex” with them. Especially when the weather gets colder here in Wisconsin. In addition to studying hard, I want them to look their best with smiles on their face.

Carmex Lip Balm in a Jar

The white jar with yellow cap is the one my husband prefers. It is formulated with menthol and camphor to soothe severely chapped lips. Available in the Original flavor.

Carmex Lip Balm in a Tube

The squeezable applicator allows control over how much or how little you apply to your lips.  It has a special smooth-glide formula that eases over tender, cracked lips and not too waxy. My daughter Savannah likes to buy the three pack of these. She is always losing one!

Carmex Lip Balm Stick

My favorite of the line of Carmex products. It replenishes lips with a formula that aids moisturization and provides SPF-15 sun protection.

Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm

carmex comfort care review

These lip balms are specially formulated with natural Colloidal Oatmeal to provide deep soothing, long lasting moisture. This is perfect  to use year round to relieve dryness and soothe, smooth and soften lips. I am loving the contemporary design with the slightly wider stick.

Carmex Cold Sore Treatment

carmex cold sore treatment

Carmex Cold Sore Treatment works on contact to block pain and itch while minimizing the appearance of a cold sore. While it does not treat viral infections, it does help with the symptoms associated with cold sores. 10% Benzocaine blocks the pain and itch, while the TriPlex Formula technology smooths and fills to make the cold sore less noticeable when used to conceal.

Carmex Lip Balms ($1.59 and $1.99) and Carmex Cold Sore Treatment ($14.99)  can be found at retailers nationwide. For more information, including where to buy Carmex products and coupons, please visit their website.

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How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes With Shampoo

I wear makeup daily and have quite a collection of makeup brushes. Unfortunately I have not been keeping up with the cleaning of those brushes.  I usually just switch back and forth between a few different ones when it comes to applying my makeup. I researched different makeup brush cleaners you can buy but I was more interested in a cheaper method.

clean makeup brushes cheap

I have read a few articles that mention using olive oil, shampoo, vinegar or dishwashing liquid. I decided to go with shampoo. In this month’s Target Beauty Box I received a bottle of Peppermint Tea Tree shampoo. It is a natural clarifying shampoo. I saw this as a perfect opportunity at trying my hand at cleaning my makeup brushes because there was a lot of build up on them.

clean makeup brushes at home

When it comes to anything that comes in contact with your skin, especially your face you want to keep bacteria away. Eden’s Natural Shampoo contains Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint which have disinfecting, natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. That is exactly what I am looking for! I wanted to make sure I was getting rid of the dead skin cells and dirt in addition to makeup in a gentle way.

I started off by rinsing my makeup brush in warm water. This helped to get a good portion of makeup off the bristles. I then squeezed a small amount of shampoo into the palm of my hand. I moved the brush in a circular motion, then back and forth in my hand. I really worked the shampoo into the brush. Then I rinsed it again. I repeated this step as needed. Some brushes needed to go through the process at least four times. Then I used a paper towel to squeeze out as much water as I could. I reshaped them and I laid the brushes on paper plate with the handles raised higher than the bristles.  I let them dry overnight.

It did not take me long to get the hang of cleaning my makeup brushes. Make sure to shampoo and rinse until the water is clear. I did not do that with my not so clean brush after shampooing it a few times. It looked clean at first, but after a much closer look and comparison to another brush I shampooed at 4 times, I could tell the difference.

clean makeup brushes clarifying shampoo

I was very happy with the results. My brushes were no longer stiff and were nice and soft. Plus the shampoo made them smell all minty and clean. I don’t want to let makeup build up that every again and plan on making a habit of cleaning them once a week.

So tell me, how often do you clean your makeup brushes? What do you use to clean them with?



October Glossy Box Review

I signed up for Glossy Box back in August when they had a promotion for buy 1 get 2 free. That sounded like a pretty good deal! So make sure you sign up for their emails.  I got 4 boxes in September and 1 this month. That was a little odd to me. I guess I got the August and September boxes in the same month.

glossy box review

One thing I do like about the Glossybox is they include products that I would not necessarily come across during my regular shopping for beauty products. With so many subscription boxes available, sometimes you get a lot of repeat products.

OGX Beauty

OGX root stimulator spray glossy box

$8: This spray encourages a healthy scalp and prevents fallout caused by breakage. It has a minty fragrance.


decleor review glossy box

$22: 100% natural serum oil for moisturizing your face. Concentrated hazelnut botanical oil enriched with essential oils of neroli, sandalwood and petitgrain. The sandalwood scent is very strong.


unani glossy box

$18: Milk cleanser made to purify skin. Very light scent and gentle on skin. After using it once my face was not dry and a little goes a long way.


emite lip and cheek tint review

emite glossy box review

$19: This is a lip and cheek tint. I won’t be using it on my cheeks but I like how it looks on my lips.The shade is very pretty. I looked online but I could not find a name for this color.  It is a little bit dry, but I just added a so lip gloss on top and was fine. I like the packaging a lot, the tube is very cute!

Masque Bar

masque bar face mask glossy box

$3.33: This face mask is supposed to help with tightening pores and hydrating skin. I have not tried it yet but I love face masks!

The Glossy Box costs $20 and the value of all these products equal up to $70.33 This is good deal. I will pretty much use everything in this box so nothing is going to waste.



Target Beauty Box: January 2016

Target Beauty Box January 2016

I was able to catch the Target Beauty Box again! This time there were two for $7 each. As soon as I found out they were available I shared the news on Twitter and Facebook.

I quickly headed over to the Target website and placed my order for both boxes. My first box is called the Target Renewal Beauty Box.

Target Beauty Box

Scunci Headband $5.99

I am glad that I was sent a grey one. It is one of favorite colors. The headband is very soft and snaps back pretty well. On the back of the tag there is a coupon to save $1 on the purchase any Scunci purchase.  There are grips braided into the head band to prevent sliding.

Target Beauty BoxHada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Facial Mask $3.75

A 100% cotton mask. Easy to use. Simply unfold, apply mask and leave on for 10 minutes. There is no need to rinse anything off.

Target Beauty Box

Laneige BB Cushion Foundation Sample

This include a make up puff and three foundation samples. I was unable to use this because the options were light, medium and medium dark. The shades were just too light for my  skin complexion. This type of foundation is different from what I have seen before. There is a sponge saturated in foundation and you use the puff to apply it. I would love to get my hands on a sample of the dark shade.

Target Beauty Box

Attitude Sample

There were two small samples. I liked that these were a product I have never tried before. They are hypo-allergenic, cruelty free and vegan. My daughter liked that it is plant based.

target beauty box

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer Sample

I have seen the commercials for this so I was happy to see that it was included in this box. There are three different kinds, and this one is made with Monoi Oil. This one does not require you to rinse it off after you apply it in the shower.

Target Beauty BoxDegree Motionsense DrySpray $5.99

So far I like this. The fresh energy scent smells pretty good. When I sprayed it fumes were all around me but it wasn’t a big problem for me.  They disappeared within a few seconds. I like how I don’t have that wet feeling after applying it.

Target beauty box

Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara $8.99

I haven’t had a chance to try this mascara yet but I am looking forward to it. This one is supposed to add volume, length and definition. I like the sleek looking tube too!

Target Beauty Box Review

Caress Love Forever Body Wash Sample

I love these smaller bottle of body washes. It is a great way to try a new scent and I love to use them when I travel. I am loving this Love Forever scent. It lasts a really long time too. Like longer than 24 hours. It is supposed to have to release more of the fragrance whenever your skin is touched but that it pretty hard to test. I like this so much I am going to buy some full sized bottles before it is gone because it is a limited edition.

The second box I received was the Target Refresh Beauty Box.

Simple Micellar Wipes

Simple Micellar Wipes $6.99

Cleans makeup from face while hydrating. Made with no chemicals, dyes or perfumes. Target Beauty Box Review

Scunci Hair Ties Sample

My daughters like these. They don’t seem to stretch out of shape. There is a $1 off coupon on the back of the tag.

Nip and Fab

Nip + Fab Exfoliating Facial Pads Sample

This sample came with 5 exfoliating pads. They were very moist and have a citrus scent. My skin loves products with witch hazel so I will probably buy these. These do not dry my skin out at all.

Target Beauty Box January

Nivea In Shower Body Lotion Sample

This body lotion is another type that you use in the shower. You do have to rinse it off after using and before you get out of the shower.

Frizz ease

John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Spray Sample

I don’t use hair spray so I gave this sample to my daughter. She has one of those heads that beauty schools use to learn different hair styles.

Marlowe Body lotion

Marlowe Body Lotion Sample

This lotion is very moisturizing. I noticed how soft it made my hands and skin immediately. The passionflower scent is very light. It is paraben and phthalate free. I really like this sample.

Clear Men Scalp Therapy Shampoo and ConditionerClear Men Scalp Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner Sample

My husband and son like 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner so I have them this sample.

Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy Conditioner

Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy Conditioner Sample

I gave this sample for my daughter to use when she is practicing different hair styles.

Acure Day Cream

Acure Day Cream Sample

I have not had a chance to try this yet. I don’t like to try a bunch of new products at once in case they have any type of side effects. This is gluten free and has no fragrance.

I was pretty happy with both of the Target Beauty Boxes. They arrived quickly. After placing my order I received my boxes within 3-4 days. You are able to see what is included in each purchase so there is no surprise. I will continue to order them as long as I see they are available.  A $3 off coupon is in each box to use on a purchase of $15 or more of beauty products. These boxes are a great deal and I love the variety. I ended up finding a few products I will buy in the future.

Have you tried Target’s Beauty Boxes yet?


Walmart Beauty Box Review

I am really falling in love with beauty boxes so I tried the Walmart Beauty Box. The subscription box service ships to your home four times a year. There is one for each season and they only cost $5 and that includes shipping.

walmart beauty boxI wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with this box. It did ship quickly after my notification email.

neutrogena hydro boost

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel: Moisturizer that hydrates skin.  This gel was not sticky and made my skin feel less dry. I want to try more.

Simple Cleansing Water

Simple Cleansing Water: This is a gentle facial cleanser. The sample was too small to really form an opinion about it. I would have liked to try more of it. A $2 off coupon was included.

Burt's Bees Serum

Burt’s Bees Renewal Intensive Firming Serum: This smelled good but again, the sample was too small to really use.

Vaseline Deep Repair

Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Repair Healing Serum: $7.97 This was a full size bottle of lotion. I really like using this lotion. I had no idea Vaseline had something new out. It made my hands very soft and has a pleasant scent. A little goes a long way so I plan on having this tube a while.

loreal samples

Loreal Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Serum: I have not used these sample packs. I use another brand when it comes to washing my hair.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick: $7.97  This lipstick is high definition and not a lot is required. I noticed a slight fruity scent too. I liked it. It felt very light and I want to try the Snapdragon color next.

For $5 I am pretty happy with my Walmart Beauty Box. I found 3 products I really like. I don’t like the really thin paper samples but this box was still a win. I am going to stick with it and look forward to my fall box.


Target Head Of The Class Beauty Box Review

I finally got one! Well actually I got two. I checked in on Target at just the right time and was able to grab both The Target Head Of  The Class Beauty Box and The Honor Roll Beauty Box. Usually when I hear about them they are all out of stock, so I am pretty happy that I got to get two!

Head Of the Class Beauty Box

target beauty box

I received seven different products and a coupon for $3 off a beauty purchase of $15 or more.

covergirl lipgloss

CoverGirl Colorlicious Lip Gloss $5.99
The color I was given is Give Me Guava. It was not sticky at all and has a nice scent. The color is nice for Summer.

Goodly Ouchless Elastics

Goody Ouchless Elastics $ Sample
3 pack of hair ties. I never have enough hair ties, they keep disappearing.

bathery pumice stone

Bathery Pumice Stone $1.99
Dual textured pumice stone. I have always wanted to try one.

Herbal Essence Wild Naturals Illuminating Dry Oil SprayHerbal Essence Wild Naturals Illuminating Dry Oil Spray $5.89
This smells really good. It does make your hair shine and a little goes a long way.

wet and wild max volume plus mascaraWet and Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara $4.99
This mascara contains macadamia nut, jojoba and olive oils. I like it. It does not clump up and I see a noticeable difference when I use it.

yes to cucumbers facial towelettes

Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes $2.99
I have tried these before so I am familiar with them. They are pretty gentle. I like them for travelling and will keep them in my bag.

Hollywood Fashion Tape

Hollywood Fashion Tape $ Sample
I thought these could only be used for hemming clothes. I used them for tops that keep sliding and showing my bra strap.

I am pretty happy with my first Target Beauty Box.  I can use everything that was included and it was a great deal at only $5. I will definitely buy one again.