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 I have really dry, coarse hair.  If I do not keep it hydrated, in a sense, it looks frizzy and damaged.  Because of this, I am constantly trying to find products to put moisture back in my waist length locks.  I learned of Shea Moisture Organic Shampoo from my sister-in-law, about a year ago, and since then I have been hooked.  I have permanently added it to my hair care routine; I love it so.  
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My hair tends to be more wavy after the initial wash, but I still think it works great!
  Shea Moisture is a brand, carried by many drugstores, which specializes in organic skin and hair care.  This particular shampoo sells for around $9.99; I generally do not like to spend that much on a shampoo, however considering the results I receive from using this and its lack of many toxic properties found other brands, I do think it is money well spent.  
   As described in its name it does smell like coconut.  The scent is so delicious and lasts hours later.  Since it is all natural I have even used it on my eldest's hair and gives her tresses the same effect - glossy, fragrant, and a healthy appearance.  It works so well that if I was in a pinch and had no conditioner, I could get by easily.  I believe this is due to the natural oils (coconut and neem) and Shea butter used as ingredients. 
  It does NOT contain parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, PABA, synthetic color, DEA, animal ingredients, or sulfates.  Another awesome attribute this company has to offer is they are not involved in any animal testing.  
  I definitely recommend this product and honestly cannot think of any negatives in regards to it. 

<3 Beth.

FTC: I BOUGHT THIS PRODUCT WITH MY OWN MONEY. I AM IN NO WAY OBLIGATED TO WRITE THIS REVIEW. I AM IN NO WAY BEING PAID BY SAID COMPANY FOR THIS REVIEW. ALL THOUGHTS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN, UNBIASED. I GIVE MY HONEST OPINION 100%. I AM IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH SAID COMPANY.


 
 
  A little over two weeks ago, I received two perfume samples,courtesy of beautystat.com, for filling out a suvey. I was suprised by this kind gift and was intriqued when I noted a company I had never heard of before now. I was sent Ageless, a product from a company called Harvey Prince. I have been using this scent quite often and I really wanted to do a review on it.
                                       About the company...
  This company was ingeniously created by two brothers, who felt that the concept of overly priced fragrances filled with toxins was not to their own liking. They wished to produce a fragrance that still smelled nice, yet did not have chemicals.  Sparked by their love for their mother, and her adoration for reputable products they formulated their first fragrance -Ageless.
  Their products are created here in the US with essential oils and natural oils (from all over the world), they are a hundred percent cruelty-free, are not used in animal testing, and do not posses phthalates, parabens, sulfates, benzene, GMOs, or triclosan.
  I feel this perfume is true to its name - perfect for any age.  It is light and feminine, and not too heavy or overpowering.  Its notes are:  pink grapefruit, mango, pomegranate, jasmine, musk, and apple.  I don't usually wear musks as they often tend to be a bit too strong for me, but in this blend I don't even notice it. This lovely cocktail of scents is so luxuriously intertwined I cannot tell one note from another, however it does smell lovely.  
  As for the staying power, for my body chemistry anyway, I think it lingers a good three to four hours.  A 3.4 oz full sized of this scent sells for $98.  They also have smaller sizes.
  I love this scent and how I can apply it with out any worry of chemicals.  For the price I do wish it had a little bit longer of a staying power, however I also know that most products that are more natural do tend to cost more.  I leave the reader to decide accordingly.  
  I do recommend this product. I often dab some on my wrists and neck.  My husband and my mother have a strong keen sense of smell and I have had no negative feedback from them. They are oft the first ones to let me know if a perfume I am wearing is too much.  
  It is such a delight to learn and discover an new company and I have truly enjoyed taking this product for a run.  I would like to extend my gratitude to BeautyStat for sending this.

<3 Beth.

FTC I AM IN NO WAY AFFILIATED TO HARVEY PRINCE CO. THIS PRODUCT WAS SENT AS A GIFT FOR FILLING OUT A SURVEY AND I WAS IN NO WAY OBLIGATED TO DO THIS REVIEW. I AM IN NO WAY BEING PAID BY SAID COMPANY. ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED. I HAVE GIVEN MY HONEST OPINION 100%.
 
 
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Oh, I am definitely going to "glam it up" this month!
 I usually hunt online for any leaks as to what our next ipsy bag may be a week before the sneak peeks are released on facebook. So, I of course I was excited to find that everyone would be receiving a full sized product from Michelle Phan's new cosmetic line em; and with each new sneak peek on Ipsy's facebook fan page my anticipation grew.  

 What I received this month...
PictureI used eclipse to contour my eyes. Other products from my bag used in this look are the star looks pencil and the pixi bronzer...
  I have been eyeing the new BH Cosmetics galaxy palette for a while now.  I love the look of "baked" makeup. The colors look so pretty on the website.  When our discount codes were up for the various products we were being sent, I decided to finally purchase it.  I am really looking forward to trying it.  I fell in love with my BH Cosmetics Malibu Palette, so naturally I have high expectations for this particular palette.  
  Today, I played with some of my new additions-including this sample, eclipse, from the galaxy palette-which I did receive in this month's ipsy bag.  I noticed when applied directly over a base, it gave off a really nice buttery pigmentation.  I used it to contour my eyes and to darken my lower lash line.  This sample's color pay off is MUCH better than the BH Cosmetics sample trio, we got in an ipsy bag this past summer.  This sample is like a gunmetal silver with purple reflects in it.

PictureStarlooks Gem Eyeliner Pencil
 For this look, I lined my lower waterline and inner corner with my new Starlooks Gem Eyeliner pencil in Amethyst.  It is a metallic silver with the slightest twinge of purple.  In fact, the purple seems to disappear altogether once applied, but it is gorgeous!

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Be a bombshell cosmetics lip crayon
  I was a bit concerned when I saw that I was to receive another lip crayon in an ipsy bag. The last one I was sent was by Pop Beauty. That crayon was very drying.  I have to use it with another lipstick with a creamy consistency to make it work.
  However, when I applied be a bombshell cosmetic's lip crayon, in shade "Hot Damn," I was pleasantly surprised of how effortless it smoothed on my lips. It didn't seem drying, and the pigmentation is stunning.
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When Michelle Phan released her line, I was very interested in the "pillow" lippie on her website, and had hoped it would be selected for my bag this month.  But, I was not disappointed when I was sent to try this creamy lipstick of hers in Cabana Beige instead.  This has to be one of the best nude lipsticks I have ever tried.  It was very creamy, and didn't look pasty or like a foundation (which has been the case with some nude lipsticks I have tried in the past).

PicturePixi Beauty Bronzer
I have to say, I do wish this pixi bronzer in Subtly Suntouched was a tad bit darker.  I have very fair skin, yet I still had to use quite a bit to build up a nice color to contour.  I kept applying and applying.

That being said, it could be a great bronzer to start with for those who have an aversion to really dark bronzers and want to slowly build a glow.
 
 I think the packaging is really cute.  I would much rather my hard blushes and bronzers to open on a hinge instead of a lid I have to screw on and off, but this is just my personal preference.  

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Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Caviar Cocktail
  Lastly, I received in this bag a nail lacquer from nailtini.  I think the silver shade is perfect for fall. One nailtini from a previous bag, I actually gave away. The color just didn't look right with my skin tone; but this looks so pretty.  I enjoy wearing metallic nail colors during the fall and winter. Bravo, Ipsy!!! 

Swatches...
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Top Swatch- Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Hot Damn Lip Crayon Bottom Row L to R- Pixi Bronzer Subtly Suntouched, EM Lipstick in Cabana Beige, bhcosmetics sample in Eclipse, and Starlooks Eye Pencil in Amethyst
 How much? Where Can I find it?

1. bhcosmetics Galaxy Chic Palette $14.95- their website

2. Starlooks Gem Eyeliner $14 - their website

3. be a bombshell cosmetics $14 - their website

4. em creamy color sheer lipstick $16.50 - their website.

5. Pixi Beauty Bronzer (I couldn't find this product by itself on Target's website, but a bronzer and kabuki together can be found there at for $18) 

6. Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Caviar Cocktail $13 - their website

  I think this must be my favorite selection for an ipsy bag, thus far.  What awesome deals for only ten dollars!!!

<3 Beth.


FTC: I BOUGHT ALL PRODUCTS MENTIONED WITH MY OWN MONEY THROUGH A BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION. I AM IN NO WAY BEING PAID BY SAID COMPANIES FOR THIS POST. ALL THOUGHTS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN, UNBIASED. 
AUTHOR'S NOTE:  THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL REVIEW, BUT RATHER FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE SAID PRODUCTS.


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