On The Go First Impressions: Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream

Sooo… I was bad and bought something when I was running errands. I didn’t need it, but I wanted it! Horrible, I know. But sometimes you need a break from being frugal!

Anyway, I purchased the Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream while I was out running a quick errand. BB Cream generally stands for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm. BB Creams are like moisturizers that have a lot of extra beneficial skin properties as well as pigment. Sometimes they are pigmented enough to be used like a foundation and other times like a tinted moisturizer, it depends on the brand.

I decided I would film a quick on the go video showing my first thoughts…. while I was still in the car. Silly idea, I know, but it was fun! I hope you enjoyed it.

It did seem to stick onto my dry patches and then make non-dry areas look oily. When I got home I still thought it was oily looking but my skin was definitely brighter and more even as the description states. The first review I saw of this product was from pleasanppl, watch her review here.

I think if I apply it using a damp sponge (I mentioned the Beauty Blender a few times but I was actually talking about the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge) it wont look cakey so I’ll try that next time. Also, setting it with a powder should get rid of the shine.

I’m going to experiment with it more and report back at another time. I love the smell and consistency so I hope I can make this work well for me, it has a lot of potential.

The Garnier BB Cream can be purchased for $11.99 at Target (It was $12.99 at CVS).

Have you tried any BB Creams? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Kindness is the best accessory,

If You Have Something Nice to Say…

Last weekend, while on vacation, I came to realize a new motto.

As you know, I believe that “Kindness is the best accessory” (it’s written all over my blog!). Too me, it means that no matter what you are wearing or how you look that day, nothing shines more beautifully than a kind heart. Spreading kindness could be anything from picking up a piece of trash left on the sidewalk, giving someone a hug when they are having a bad day, dropping off a bracelet you found (that you’d like to keep) at the lost and found, or sharing an embarrassing story with someone who just felt very embarrassed. Kindness and helping people isn’t about donating money to charities (although that does help). It is more about what you can do to help people in your everyday life.

Now all of you have heard the phrase “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. It really got me thinking last weekend. How come the opposite isn’t true?

Often I’ll complement someone in my head. Isn’t that weird? I’ll think things like…

Her shirt is a lovely shade of purple.

I love that necklace.

She has great hair. 

Why do I only think it? When I’m having a bad day and someone randomly complements me, I feel a little brighter. I realized I should extend that courtesy. People need to start saying “If you have something nice to say, say it aloud”.

At first it was strange talking to strangers but then with each person I talked too it got easier. I felt like everywhere I went, there was someone I could make smile.

I challenge you to try it this week. It not only helps others feel better but focusing on the positive will make you feel happier as well.

Have you spread kindness today?

P.S. This applies when you are on the internet as well! I feel like I don’t comment on enough blog posts or YouTube videos even though I always think about how much I liked their post.

My Glam Bag February 2012

My Glam is a beauty subscription service (costing only $10 a month) where you get deluxe sized and occasional full sized products.

This month’s My Glam Bag came with a $100 gift certificate to NuMe! That’s insane considering each bag only costs $10! I was so sad I didn’t get this a little sooner because I just bought new styling  equipement. But, my loss is your gain because I am giving away my gift certificate! Another item I am giving away is the X Out Shine Control moisturizer, along with the matching Wash-In Treatment (review). I have dry skin so if I put shine control on my face I think my skin will explode! I’ve linked the products directly below but you can also find the some of things in my Glam Bag at Target with these coupons,  if you prefer, and save some money.

Other products from this month’s glam bag:

Premier Instant Stretching and Revitalizing Mask
Premier Concentrated Facial Serum 
Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Enzyme Mask, Pineapple
NYX Roll on Shimmer, Green

Do you guys enjoy seeing what I get in my My Glam and Birchbox each month? Or would you rather not see them since we all get similar items?

Kindness is the best accessory,

Portions of this blog post have been sponsored.

Last Year at Disney

I’m a Disney World fanatic. I love it! There is just something about it that makes me smile.

Last year I went with my fiance on our first “couples only” vacation. It was more fun then I could even imagine.

We are going again this Friday with family for Chris’ 25th Birthday and for his sister‘s 21rst. Big occasions!

I thought before we headed out, I’d share with you the videos from our last trip. Rest assured, we will be documenting this trip as well. I fully anticipate having over 30 minutes of footage. Some of the rides we went on last year, I recorded entirely!

Here is the general vlog of our trip:

At the end of the video is interactive annotations that lead to other videos from our trip. Click them to see different extended scenes of our adventure. If you only see one video  though, I recommend the Storm Trooper’s Comedy Show. Priceless!

We will be gone until late Monday so I’ll see you then. In the mean time, leave your favorite Disney memories in the comments. 

Kindness is the best accessory,

Note: This blog entry has been pre-blogged! I’ll be out of town Friday to late Monday. I won’t be checking emails or responding to comments until Tuesday. See you soon! Don’t forget I have a giveaway up!

30 Day Skin Transformation: Results

Today is the last day in the Naturopathica 30 Day Skin Transformation Challenge. To learn more about the challenge, refer back to this post. I’ve linked the products directly to the Naturopathica website but you can also find Naturopathica at Amazon with these promo codes.

Here is some unedited pictures of my skin.

I used the normal to dry skincare kits (c/o Naturopathica) for a period of 30 days. Even when I was tired, I used it. Those late homework nights were very annoying (where I would normally just use a makeup wipe and pass out) but I didn’t want to skew my results.  I did on two occasions use face masks to relax but since that was only twice I don’t think it changed my skin.

My results: I see a difference in my facial redness and hyperpigmentation but my texture and sensitivity remained the same.

Is it just me, or am I tanner? Hm. This was unintentional.

Will I continue to use the kit? Yes and no. I like the products enough to continue using them until I finish the bottle but I only plan on repurchasing the Beech Tree and Ginseng Moisturizer. I really enjoyed the consistency of the product, it just feels luxurious. It’s hard to explain but it is currently my favorite facial moisturizer.

There wasn’t anything wrong with the other products in the kit, it was just that I didn’t become attached to them. I didn’t see such a huge difference in my skin to warrant being exclusive to them.

Skin plan from here on out: I will continue to use the kit but as products start finishing up I will add in some other cleansers and exfoliaters I’m trying to finish up. Of course, when my trial sized Beech Tree and Ginseng Moisturizer is complete I will be buying a full size. I’m happy to start using my X Out Wash-In Treatment (c/o) again. I was using it a few times a week to keep away blemishes and keep my skin smooth.

What new products  have you tried out recently and enjoyed?

Kindness is the best accessory,

Portions of this blog post have been sponsored.