L’Oreal Sublime Bronzer Self Tanning Milk (11/12/2019)

Hey beauties! I have done a post in the past on this self-tanning milk because I got this for free to test in an Influenster VoxBox. I never actually got to show you all how amazing this product really is! So, I wanted to take a moment to share how well this product works if you are looking for a self tanner.

So, yes, I got this for free to test from Influenster which is a company that send out free products in exchange for reviews. It is such an amazing system and it is 100% free. If you would like to join feel free to use my referral link:

Now to the product! This self tanning milk is so amazing and works very well. I was surprised at how tan I was even after just the first use. The tan from this is also really nice because it does not immediately wash away and it looks pretty natural. It’s almost like a sunkissed tan. I do have to say that it has that DHA smell. DHA is dihydroxyacetone, this is derived from plant sources including sugar beets and sugar cane. The reason it has a smell is that is has reaction to the amino acids in our skin, resulting in the tan color and the smell.

If you’ve ever used self tanner before you know what smell I’m talking about. Sadly, this does have the scent of a self tanner but it works very well and over time the smell does fade. It’s nothing a little daily deodorant and perfume can’t cover up! Otherwise, this is an amazing self-tanning milk and I love the way it gives me a natural tan and glow! What I like most is that it is not too harsh to the skin either!

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-Stay Chic,

Amika Hair Straightener Review (11/8/2019)

Hey beauties! I recently got this Amika hair straightener in a FabFitFun box and I had yet to REALLY try it out. I have been so busy I just don’t want to risk using the straightener and then I have to walk around with bad hair all day (lol)! Luckily, I finally set a day where I was going to test this out and see how it went!

At my first impression of this straightener I have to say it seems pretty legit. I am actually surprised that this was a $10 add-on item for my box. Although I really like it and it even has a duster bag, the on and off button as well as the temperature setting button seems a little chintzy which made me super skeptical of the quality of the product itself.

I turned it on and set the temperature to my desired setting and surprisingly enough it heated up 2x faster than my Chi straightener which I use as my daily. I wanted to see how this straightener would fair at both curling hair and straightening it so I straightened a majority of my hair and curled the front two pieces.

Overall, I am satisfied at how well this straightener works aside from the buttons which are functional but feel cheap. It was able to straighten my hair perfectly and if you’re a pro at curling your hair with a straightener you would have no problem maneuvering this hair tool. BUT if you are a beginner using this to curl your hair I wouldn’t recommend it because if you over-do it, the straightener will leave a kink in your hair.

I am pretty happy with it especially as a back-up straightener! I hope you all enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Make sure to comment below if you’d buy this straightener!

-Stay Chic,

Derma E Micellar Cleansing Water Review (7/17/2019)

Hey beauties! Today I am going to be reviewing Derma E’s Vitamin C Micellar Cleaning Water! I actually got this micellar cleaning water from my boyfriends sister. She didn’t want to use this product that she received and she gave it to me so I can try it out for myself. I wasn’t too sure about the product because I never heard of the brand a ton before but I decided I would bring it with me on vacation and see how well it works!

I tried this product solely as a cleanser and not a makeup remover. I have used micellar water as a makeup remover before but I decided that I would see how it washed my skin rather than took off my makeup. Although, I did test its ability to take my makeup off and it wasn’t the best makeup remover (especially for mascara). 
As a cleanser I made sure my makeup was off completely before using it, and then I would put some of the micellar water in my hands and wash my face with it like I would with any other cleanser. I came to the conclusion that this product isn’t for me as I used it because I felt that it was a little bit drying for my already dry skin. I also felt that it was difficult to use as a cleanser without cotton rounds. I felt that it wasn’t a good cleanser because it was almost as if it didn’t clean my skin deep enough. 
The micellar water is so watery that it was hard to wash my face with the product. I almost had to splash my face with the water and then start scrubbing to even get it on my skin enough to clean it. I also feel that you need to use a lot of product in one sitting because of how thin it is. I don’t think it is a terrible micellar water as long as you aren’t using it as your main cleanser and as long as you don’t have dry skin like I do. 
I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for emails to be notified when I post new content. Make sure you comment down below what other Derma E products you recommend trying out other than this micellar cleaning water. 
-Stay Chic,

Pampering Essentials (5/21/2019)

Hey beauties! I am in serious need for some pampering today and as I am preparing for a self-pamper sesh I wanted to share my pampering essentials. I wanted to share these essentials because I have a few things that I desperately need when I am trying to pamper myself. I mean if you don’t have specific needs when you’re pampering yourself, how do you know what truly relaxes you? Here are my pampering essentials:

  • Face Mask
  • Bubble Bath
  • Champagne with a Strawberry
  • Herbal Facial Steam
  • Good Smelling Body Lotion/ Body Butter
  • Frank Body, Body Scrub
  • Hair Mask
  • Eye Masks
  • Sleeping Mask
  • Jade Stone Roller (Chilled)
  • Facial Moisturizer
  • Foreo or Clarisonic
  • Fuzzy Socks
  • Drinking Tea
  • Silk Robe

These are my essentials that I need for my self-pampering session, I hope you enjoyed this post! Remember to subscribe for emails to be notified when I post new content. Make sure you comment down below what essentials you need for your self-pampering session.

-Stay Chic,

Got My Hair Done: New Cut, Brighter Color (5/1/2019)

Hey beauties! I am wishing you all a happy Wednesday. I wanted to share some fun and exciting news and show you my new hairstyle. I went to the salon and decided I didn’t want a drastic change but I wanted something fresh and a little different. I also have a serious obsession with going lighter every time I go back to the salon.

Let’s start off with talking about my hair before we get into the exciting news. My hair definitely needed to be redone, I was seriously overdue for a cut and color. Well, like I stated previously, I have been super obsessed with Marvel hero movies. I got some hair inspiration from the famous Black Widow character played by Scarlett Johansson. In Winter Soldier and in Infinity War, Scarlett Jo had a beautiful super bleached bob that I was obsessed with. I decided to show my hairdresser and told her that hair is exactly what I want.

With that being said this is the end result! I think my hair looks absolutely stunning and I am in love. The hair definitely looks amazing against my skin tone and brightens up my look a little more. I also can’t help but feel like Black Widow with this haircut and color. Halloween outfit idea? Possible. I’m overly obsessed with it. Now let’s get to the exciting news, not only am I graduating college in a couple of days but I am also starting my own freelancing makeup side business. I’ve done freelancing makeup before but I really wanted to start expanding my horizons with doing makeup.

Im super excited to start this new adventure and to take you all along with me. I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below what you think about my new hair! Also, I want to give a shoutout to my hairdresser Diana! You’re the best, thank you for always keeping me fabulous!

-Stay Chic,

My Busy Day Hair Look (4/23/2019)

Hey beauties! I’m here with my perfect busy day hair look. This hair look is my go-to for those days where I just have no time to even think about doing my hair. Plus, there’s nothing better than being busy and not having to worry about how your hair looks.

My Busy Day Hair Look is a loose top knot. I tie up my top knot with a ribbon hair tie (I use ribbon hair ties because my hair is fine and it prevents breakage and it’s also not as tight in my hair). The loose hold of the ribbon hair tie allows me to pull some strands of hair to give me that messy/ loose top knot look. I absolutely love this hair and it’s a for sure go-to, no question about it.

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and comment down below how you do your hair on a busy day!

-Stay Chic,

Smartly Body Wash Review (4/18/2019)

Hey beauties! I hope your day is going swell! I’ve been going through a lot of different body washes lately and I wanted to review this one I found in Target from the brand Smartly. I decided to buy this body wash because the packaging was so simple and cute, and it was super cheap. I gave it a go and now I want to tell you all my experience.

So, I was in Target looking for a body wash that was cheap, would do the job and not ruin my skin. When I purchased this I didn’t necessarily have high expectations, I mostly just bought it for the price. Usually when things are super cheap, they aren’t necessarily made with the best possible ingredients. Nonetheless I used it for about 2 months.

When I first started using the product I realized how super thin the product was. It was extremely liquid-y. If you weren’t careful with how hard you squeezed the bottle, half the bottle would end up in your hand. So to combat this I purchased a package of loofahs and I only used a little bit which lasted me a long time.

After the first month and a half I was pleasantly surprised because the product was gentle on the skin. It did not cause any harsh reactions, my skin wasn’t dried out and it left an amazing scent. I got the body wash in the scent summertime and that’s exactly what it smelled like. I usually moisturized after showering anyway so I suggest doing that. But overall, I would definitely recommend this very affordable gentle soap.

I hope you enjoyed this post and make sure to comment down below what your thoughts are on this body wash. What’s your favorite body wash? Also, remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content.

-Stay Chic,

Dr. Jart+ Clay Face Mask Review (3/11/2019)

Hey beauties! So a little while ago I purchased a set of three clay masks from Dr. Jart+ and I had yet to try it. I have been honestly so busy that even my skincare regimen has taken a backseat in my life. I finally decided after some time to get my skincare routine back on track and I got around to trying out this face mask. I’ve been meaning to review this for a while but now that I have tested out this product I am happy to share my results with you all.

So I used the white moisturizing clay mask in the pack the first time I tested it. The product needs to be evenly spread on clean skin. The texture of the mask is almost like Cool Whip. The texture is this way because this mask turns into a foaming cleanser. After applying the mask and keeping it on for three minutes I rinsed with warm water and worked it into a lather. The white clay mask definitely moisturized my skin.

I also used the pink one and this one was kind of harsh for my slightly sensitive skin. I’m not sure if this happened because I left it on two minutes longer than the recommended 3 minutes or because it was a strong product. My skin was sensitive to the touch after one use. The clay itself was also hard to wash off for this one. The pink mask was for brightening which I could tell my skin was not as dull.

Since I knew the pink had effected my skin I decided against using the green one. The green one was for oil control. I also decided against using it because I already have dry skin so I didn’t think it would help my skin type. I ended up asking Ryan to test it out because he has oily combination skin. Ryan said that he actually liked the green clay mask for his skin because it felt like it sucked up the excess oil in his pores.

These products were pretty good and I am mostly happy with the white clay mask for myself and the green clay mask for Ryan. The pink one was one I wasn’t really a fan of. I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Make sure to comment down below if you want to see more posts like this one!

-Stay Chic,

Bath Routine: At Home Pamper (3/1/2019)

Everyone has a sort of ritual for their bath. It’s something you do each time you get ready to take a bath to make it more enjoyable. I wanted to share some of these rituals with sharing my bath routine.

– I wash my face clean of any makeup or grimy skin from the day. I use makeup remover, micellar water, and a daily cleanser.

– I put my hair up in a clip or hair tie to prevent it from getting wet

– I then apply a face mask– usually I do a sheet mask because it’s easier to remove in a bath.

– I fill the tub and add bath salts to the water. I do this for the aroma and sometimes I use a therapeutic bath soap for my skin or muscles.

– I then add bubble bath to the bath water because I just can’t take a bath without it.

– I’ll add either a bath bomb or some essential oils to the water.

– I take a candle or incense and light it or I use an essential oil diffuser

– Then I pour myself some wine or champagne or I’ll have a water bottle in the bathroom just in case I need a drink.

– If I’m feeling like I need to relax and not think I will either play music or set up something to do on my phone (like write a blog post or make a new Pinterest board). If I don’t mind thinking then I’ll sit in silence with no distractions.

– Lastly, I’ll take a bath!

I hope you enjoyed this post. I will eventually be doing an after bath post as well. Remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Make sure you comment down below if we share any of the same rituals.

-Stay Chic,

Influenster VoxBox Unboxing: Sunday Riley (10/21/2018)

Hey beauties! I’m super excited to share with you guys that I got another VoxBox from Influenster. For the next few paragraphs I will explain what Influenster is and how to get a completely free VoxBox. If you already know what Influenster is, feel free to skip through these next few explanations.

So what is Influenster? Influenster is a website and app that allows people to share their opinions on products and get free things in exchange for those reviews. Influenster is completely free to join and you don’t even have to pay for the item or even shipping when you get products sent to your door. This does come with a twist though– any product they send you, you have to follow Influenster’s guidelines on how to review the products. You have full ability to not like or like the products but if you want to continue getting free products you have to make sure you follow the steps Influenster instructs you to take when reviewing the product. This could be to reviewing it on the company’s website, or just sharing a photo of the product.

To make that last explanation a little more clear I’m going to discuss what a VoxBox is, how you get them and what you need to do after you get it. So, a VoxBox is a box you get sent with free product(s) inside and yes sometimes there is multiple items in a box. It costs you nothing to get but you need to do something in order to be in the drawing for one.

You have to review products and earn expert badges. There are tons of different categories you can be an expert in, and this will direct what kinds of boxes you will be getting. So for example, I got an expert badge in Beauty by reviewing a ton of beauty products on the Influenster app and I get mostly beauty related VoxBoxes. There are also themed badges that come around during holidays that you can get as well. For example, I received a badge for Halloween just by clicking on the badge and completing the assignment of reviewing my favorite candy on the Influenster app. The more badges you get whether expert or themed badges, the higher your chances are in getting a VoxBox.

Another way you can up your chances of getting a VoxBox is by connecting all of your social media accounts. This will go towards your impact score. Your impact score is a complied number of followers, subscribers, and friends across all of your social media accounts. The higher your impact score (i.e. the more followers, subscribers and friends you have) the more likely it is that you’ll get a VoxBox. You now can also follow other friends and people on the Influenster app.

Something else that will help your chances of getting a VoxBox you’d like is to do Snaps. Snaps are reviews of products that Influenster thinks you would enjoy more or know more about. You can also make video reviews, as well as lists on Influenster of your favorite products, best products for winter etc. and you can answer/ask questions and this will give you points toward your discussion posts.

Important things that are MANDATORY to get a VoxBox is to look out for emails that say you have a chance of getting a VoxBox and VoxBox surveys. These will come through the email you use for your account so make sure that you choose an email that isn’t too cluttered so these emails don’t get lost. Also, after you get the VoxBox you will get an email survey about the VoxBox you just reviewed. If you want more VoxBoxes that review is mandatory and there is a deadline for when you can complete the review which is usually a couple of days.

What do you do once you get a VoxBox? Well if you go onto your profile on Influenster there will be a badge that pops up and is related to the product you got. It will either say the company’s name or the product you are testing. Once you click on that badge there are a bunch of little assignments that Influenster asks you to complete. These are mandatory to do as well in the time frame they give you (VoxBox “campaigns” last from a month to a few weeks). These little assignments will ask you to share photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, review on Influenster, the company’s website or Sephora/Ulta etc. Sometimes they will ask you to make a Pinterest Board that is related to the product and other easy activities. Once you complete them you will earn the badge and this will help your chances of getting another VoxBox and a lot of the time it puts you in the drawing for a prize from that company or a MEGA VoxBox which is a very large box with a ton of products inside. Influenster also throws Twitter, and Facebook “parties” for certain VoxBox “campaigns” and if you live tweet or live engage with them on Facebook you will be in the drawing for a MEGA VoxBox or more products from the company.

Now that we’ve covered all the bases, let’s discuss my VoxBox from Sunday Riley. I was lucky enough to get their Ceramic Slip facial cleanser. Obviously this was completely free and I was so excited to test this complimentary/free product from Influenster and Sunday Riley. I applied the cleanser to my face in the shower with a full face of makeup on. Within one use my makeup was completely taken off and my skin felt squeaky clean. My pores seemed to be a little smaller and it didn’t dry my face out whatsoever which is a concern for me when I try facial cleansers because I have dry sensitive skin and harsh cleansers will make my skin very dry. I was very happy with this product and I recommend trying this out!

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below what your thoughts are on Influenster, VoxBoxes and the Ceramic Slip Cleanser by Sunday Riley!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell