Wednesday, January 16, 2019

L'Oreal Rouge Signature VoxBox!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Influenster for the review free of charge.**


I recently received a new Voxbox from Influenster and I am pretty excited about it because I am always on the look for new lipsticks. The Voxbox I received features L'Oreal Paris and their new Rouge Signature matte liquid lipstick collection which retails for $11.99 ($9.99 at Target) and comes in twelve different colors. I received the shades "I Create" - A nude with hints a brownish hue , "I Rule" - A pink that is a bit nude & "I am worth it" - A deep red.




I am pleased with the product packaging, each tube holds 0.23fl oz of lipstick. The tubes are almost bullet like in shape and the container looks like glass but it is actually a thick plastic so even if you drop it, the tube won't break. The tube also features a tight seal to keep the product safe and the applicator brush is quite nice in shape and feel. The applicator brush comes to a triangular point which is a little fluffy and has grooves that help the liquid lipstick stay in place as you are pulling out the applicator. I liked how smooth the liquid lipstick we on and I was pretty pleased with the coverage I received from the product.




Out of the three I highly enjoyed "I am worth it" which is the red you see in the image above, I've worn it a few times with different looks including just wearing a bit of black liner and a polka dot headband for a kind of vintage/rockabilly look. My go to is "I Rule" shown in the second image above, it is more of a creamy pink that is almost nude and it goes well with both bold looks and subtle looks. I do not however like the "I Create", it didn't really go with my skin tone it had a hue I almost can't describe as it came out with almost a light orange hue that I didn't enjoy.

When I took the photo of the red shade above it was actually a day I was just messing around with my makeup and contacts so I decided why not take the shots for the lipsticks as well? My mistake was trying out the red first, once I wiped it off I found that it worked like a lipstain and my lips stayed a slightly darker pink color than my lips normally are so you could tell I had something on earlier in the day. It actually looked pretty cute and I wasn't unhappy with it, but you could see the color through the other two shades so I put off taking photos of the other two. I get about 3-4 hours wear out of each application before needing to re-apply. This is a lipstick that I see myself using fairly often and I look forward to trying out more shades when I find them in store.

Which of the three shades do you like the most?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Mini pamper pack giveaway on IG!


Giveaway Alert! From time to time I like hosting small giveaways on my Instagram page for those who follow me on the platform and I thought it was about time for a new one. This time I am giving away a small self pamper bundle that includes two face masks, a hair mask, a blackhead nose mask, a lip mask and a few small beauty samples.

So if you follow me on IG or want to follow me on IG head over to the post, [Here](https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsnpw2wgTkX/) & enter to win.

Ace Comic Con Glendale!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. I received two passes to the Ace Comic Con in Glendale in exchange for a review free of charge.**




It doesn't matter what fictional world you are a fan of comic con is a blast for everyone! This past weekend a convention called Ace Comic Con was in Arizona at the Gila River Arena for three days. The comic con featured a large number of vendors, different foods, celebrity appearances with photo & signature ops plus is also offered everyone who loves to Cosplay a chance to dress up. Tickets were $65-$75 for a single day depending on which day you went on, $125 for a three day pass and they also offered photo ops, autograph ops and VIP packages that ranged in price from $65-$645 for packages.


This year celebrity appearances included Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Cox, Michael Fassbender, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, David Tennant & More. The nice thing about Ace was that you were able to attend all the Q&A's no matter what type of admission ticket was purchased, the first half of the session we were able to sit and listen to a small interview with the stars then the audience was able to line up and ask questions if they wanted to. The only thing I disliked about the Q&A we sat in was that there we so many speakers in such a small area that there was a echo making it hard to hear both the celebrity speakers, the host and the fans asking questions. The celebrity speakers on stage were having a difficult time hearing as well and had to ask many of the fans asking questions to repeat themselves due to the speakers. You never know what is in store for Q&A's, sadly I had to leave before he came on but when Charlie Cox (Daredevil) was on Tom Hiddleston decided to join him on stage for a bit. It was crazy how far some of the fans came to enjoy the con and see their favorite celebrities.





Along with Q&A's they also had a number of interactive shows and live performances with artists including a thirty minute drawing class with Mark Kistler, A trivia contest, A costume contest, A live crayon carving session with @Mumblestohimself (you may have seen his work on Instagram) and more. Vendor wise there was a ton of art work and comic books with some sculptures, stuffed animals, clothing and more. Each time we visit a con or similar events we always look for a print or a piece of artwork to bring home, this time was no different we picked up a cute Stitch sketch by Jonathan Hallett which will be going on our wall once we buy a frame for it. 


  Photo Credit IG @lv_cosplay_sickness - Two Cosplayers as 
Magneto & Professor X with my husband as a Two-faced 
inspired Nightcrawler/Gambit.

It was nice seeing the assortment of costumes at the con, there is always a mixture of people who do their cosplay's exactly as the characters are and then there are others who have fun with it and put a mix on the costume or come up with a character all of their own. I saw a mixture of costumes from video games, movies, and comics along with people in steampunk and renaissance wear, some handmade some store bought but all fun to see. Everyone has a great time walking around taking photos with each other and appreciating everything the con has to offer. My husband and I attended the event and decided to dress as some of our favorite X-men characters, we didn't get to stay nearly as long as we had wanted. I wore a pair of high heeled boots that went fantastic with my outfit, however I didn't think about the fact that I don't wear heels often so after about four hours of walking around I ended up with some giant blisters on my pinky toes and needed to get out of my shoes so we went home but we has a blast at the con and look forward to future Ace events. Last year Ace hosted events in only four states so keep an eye out for them to head to your state or a state near you! I will post on my FB about any upcoming events I hear about but for now it is only the Phoenix event they have listed on their site.
 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Fangirls Review & Giveaway!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by FanGirls for the review & giveaway free of charge.**



There are a ton of products available that you can have customized to fit your interests, you can get a bag that has StarWars fabric or a pair of sneakers with a painting of your favorite Disney character so why not have some fun with your makeup packaging as well? A fun and creative shop on Etsy called Fangirls is making that a possibility by customizing some of your favorite makeup products with comic prints. Fangirls is run by artists Erin & Dara who create a number of fun comic inspired accessories.  Along with accessories they also customize makeup, at the moment they only have NYX makeup products but if you are looking for something different you can message the store owner to work out something custom (you'll just need to pay the price difference).



I've been to Comi-con and similar events in the past and there are always a lot of fun booths with various wares being sold, but I never really buy a ton however I think if I stumbled upon this table there I'd have a hard time not buying everything. Makeup and comic books? Heck yes! I have quite a few superheros and comic book characters I love so for the review I suggested that she send a surprise palette of anything she already had ready. When my package arrived I opened it to find a Jean Grey palette that consists of four shadow colors: Blue, Black, Light Orange and Yellow. I had only expected the palette, but I found a lipstick as well that features Batgirl. The packaging I had looks a bit different than the newer packaging the store owner has switched to so the image below is a sneak peak at how the new packaging looks:


Now onto the makeup! Each piece is made using recycled comics which are color coordinated with the products. Each palette will feature colors that go with the character for example if you wanted a four color palette featuring Loki it might include a green, black, gold and blue. When purchasing a piece you won't receive what is in the listing photo as they are just used for examples of what you might receive, instead you'll be able to pick out a character you'd like.

I like that not only does the palette have comic prints on the outside but they also decorated the inside and the package cover that stores the palette. Looking over the piece I couldn't find any issues, there were no bubbles or corners sticking up that might eventually lead to the comic print being ripped off on accident. There was also no funky smells from the comic prints used or the products used to attach the comic prints to the makeup palette. I like the colors selected for the Jean Grey palette though I think a slightly darker orange may have worked a little better. Looking at the batgirl lipstick, I thought it was going to be a bright red but upon applying it I found it to actually be more of a bright coral orange, not something I'd typically wear but I actually like it!




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This giveaway ends on 01/26/2019

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

My Thoughts on "Second Act"

**This is not a sponsored post, through another blogger I was able to attend an early showing of this movie and wanted to share my opinions on the movie.** 



 December was a bit crazy, my son and I were both sick for what seemed like the whole month and I kept busy with holiday related activities. During that time I was able to attend an early showing event for the movie Second Act featuring Jennifer Lopez,Vanessa Hudgens and Milo Ventimiglia. I was even able to get a few Second Act goodies before the show! I will be putting together a little swag giveaway soon with some of these items plus other items from events so be on the look for that soon. 




What is the premise of the movie? Here is a short description of it "Value Shop assistant manager Maya Vargas wants only one thing for her 43rd birthday -- a promotion. While her résumé may not scream upper management, her track record certainly does. Vargas is an innovator who listens to her customers and delivers results. When she loses the job to a college-educated candidate, Maya sets out to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts -- and it's never too late for a second act." 

I've seen several ad's promoting this as a Romantic flick however after seeing the movie I would not put it in the "romance" section, heart warming yes but not romantic. For the ladies wanting to see this movie mainly for Milo Ventimiglia I am sorry to say he doesn't have a lot of screen time in the movie, in total I'd say he is in it for less than ten minutes (even her boss has more screen time). Aside from it not being romantic I thought it was a pretty decent movie, it gave quite a few laughs and her journey is pretty heart warming at the end. I really enjoy Vanessa Hudgens in "The Princess Switch" so I was happy to see her in this movie as well, I thought she played her character well. Jennifer Lopez did a great job as well and she looks amazing as always! Both actresses did a great job but for me I think Leah Remini stole the show for me because her character would fit in perfectly with the "Bad Moms" characters and I love both the Bad Moms movies.

There may be a few spoilers in this next part! Maya (Jennifer Lopez) goes from being a assistant manager at her local grocery store to working at a big time company after her god son creates an over the top resume for her none of which is true. Though she works hard to prove herself and goes along with the fibs with quite a bit of help along the way, she ends up learning no lasting relationship can be started off with a lie and ends up having to make a big choice towards the end of the movie. She grows a lot as a person during that time and everything works out in the end (wouldn't be a happy movie if it didn't!). If you are a fan of Jennifer Lopez or Vanessa Hudgens and are looking for a good movie that will make you laugh this is a great movie to check out, but if you are looking strictly for a romance movie I'd look elsewhere.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Cosplaying with Vortacs 3D

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Vortacs 3D for the review  free of charge.**


A persons home is a great way to see their real personality and interests come to life, everyone loves decorating their house in things they like or things they find comfort in. For my husband and I that something is our collection of family photos and things from our favorite movies & video games. In the future we'd also like to start dressing up for cosplaying so we are always on the look out for great products that suit our interests and Vortacs 3D provided a product that fits both our home decor and cosplaying.



Monster Hunter has been a favorite game of my husband for quite some time, he has played each and every game. When Monster Hunter World came out we both started playing it and have invested a decent amount of time into our characters, one of the outfits we like best in the game is made from parts of a monster called an Odogaron. Vortacs 3D makes and sells a magnificent replica of the mask that goes with the Odogaron set.



How is the mask made? It is printed in PLA and painted using acrylic paint + an airbrush then finished with a clear coat. This mask had a long journey from the Netherlands all the way to Arizona, and even though the post office delivered a box that looked like it had been used in tackle foot ball there was only the smallest "boo-boo" on one of the ears which won't be hard to repair. Otherwise the owner packaged the mask perfectly so there was no other damage. As an added bonus he included a potion charm keychain!

Before the mask was sent I was asked to measure my husbands face from his chin to the middle of his eyes so that the mask would fit a bit better. He put the mask on as soon as it arrived and it fit like a glove, Sean the owner included some foam pieces to use as needed however the mask fit well enough that the foam isn't really needed. You can see perfectly out of the mask and small air holes are cut in around the teeth to help the wearer be able to breathe. The mask is kept on using a comfortable strap that can be adjusted.



 If a monster hunter mask isn't your cup of tea, Vortacs 3D also offers other fan art pieces, statues and accepts custom offers as well. Prices range from $6 for a keychain to $300 for large swords and pieces.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Get your Bookworm on with Candlewick Press!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Candlewick Press for the review  free of charge.**



Being a big bookworm at heart I always enjoy giving books as gifts to family members and friends I know love books as well. This year Candlewick Press sent us some great books that would make wonderful gifts and I wanted to share them with you here!

Retail: $24.99





I have to admit I have never read The Jungle Book but I enjoy the movie so I was pretty excited to see this in the box of books I received. This book contains five different stories; Before mother wolf was a mother, she was a fighter - Bagheera's Cage - Baloo's Courage - Kaa's Dance & Mowglli. Through out the book you'll find dozens of beautifully drawn and color illustrations including small butterflies on the pages and more. Each story ranges in length but none are shorter than 30 pages so you will get quite a bit of reading time out of this book. As a bonus it has a bookmark attached to help you keep your place.


Retail: $19.99





Brain game books are always a lot of fun because they help keep you on your toes and keep your mind active. You can read them on your own or you can have someone sit next to you and see who can find the answers the fastest. This book is filled with find games which are similar to "Where's Waldo?" each page features a different theme such as Bikes, Ships, Light houses etc and it will ask you to locate two things. As an example the bike page I've shown you above asks you "Which bicycle is hanging by only one string?" & "Find a hidden pair of scissors to cut the bicycle free". Some of the pages are a bit harder than the others but it is a lot of fun trying to look for the answers. If you are having a hard time locating the correct spot you can find all the answers in the back of the book.

This is a fun book for all ages and would make a great gift anytime of the year.

Retail: $22.00



This book is HUGE and I don't mean that it is a thick book page wise, I mean the book itself measures 16" x 17 7/8". It is pretty neat seeing and reading a book that is so big but there are also two problems with it being this large, one it is a pain in the butt to store on most normal bookshelves and two the corners have been getting beat up since we don't have anywhere to properly store it.

The back of the book recommends this for ages 3-7 , however I'd say it is better suited for ages 2-5. This is a great picture book but aside from naming all of the different objects and places you'd see in a city there is no story to this book. Each illustration is colorful and fun to look over, I also like the different ways they incorporated the word on each page into the images themselves.