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First Impression with the Xtava Auto Rotating Curler

I don’t really use hair styling products like other girls on a everyday basis. I am more of a regular impatient soul that likes to do things quick and get out the door (okay, maybe not my makeup routine but you get the idea) fast. Like wanting to try new beauty products all the time, I recently had the itch to try out some hair styling products that had been absent from my life for a very long time, including getting myself a hair curler styling tool and a hair straightening styling tool. I first wanted to grab a curler and had the opportunity to get the Xtava Hair curler off of Amazon. It is priced at $45 which I found to be a great deal. I quickly ordered and received the product on a Sunday delivery.

Xtava Auto Rotating Curling Iron

My first impression of the box was instant love. I was blown away with the beautiful design of the box and product itself. I love products that come neatly packed in minimalistic packaging with grand logos. It gets to me right away. Don’t ask why. I opened to find the auto rotating curler neatly packed as well a wonderful 50% code for Members. I think it is a great idea from Xtava to let existing customers get more great deals of their hair styling tools. I really want to grab the straightener next. I quickly read through the instructions which I found very easy to follow. The Auto Rotating Ceramic curler is very simple to use because you can adjust the heat settings according to your hair type. Since I have normal hair I adjusted the setting to about 330 degrees. For example, if you have thin hair, they recommend lower temperature settings for best results. It tells you your ideal heat setting in their instructions. I left it on for about 2 minutes and it was ready to use. The design is quite simple, you first Grab a good chunk of your hair and attach it to the curler by the ends, with the left or right rotating buttons, just press to automatically roll your hair, avoiding getting too close to the scalp. I did big chunks of my hair at a time, for more skinny loose curls, do smaller strands of hair at a time. Best to tie your hair up in sections, but that’s entirely optional as I do without.

After about 10 mins I was practically done because I just wanted to get a few loose curls. The results were amazing! I had more bounce and volume to my hair and overall looked like I just walked out the salon. I do suggest using some sort of curler setting mousse or gel, after, to set the curls in for long lasting results. I use Loreal Silky Curls.

This was pure heaven! I couldn’t be more pleased. Here are some pictures of the overall results on my hair:

I highly recommend this Curler because its definitely very high quality. This can be perfect for special occasions or even everyday, in my opinion. I probably would use it daily now since I am so much in love with the fact that I can make my hair look glamorous without much effort. I wouldn’t normally go for drugstore brands anyway and I am so glad I came across Xtava’s high quality and reasonably priced Hair stylers. I cannot wait to grab the hair dryer and their high end straightener to review. You can check out their website here and buy yourself this wonderful easy to use Auto Curler here. Check out their website for flash sales on their tools periodically.

Foxbrim Peptide Complex Serum

2f8fe01d02f53df4fa2d84925c942f8eae259f83My review of Foxbrim’s peptide complex serum is quite simple. IT’S AMAZING! Here are some key pointers on why this serum works for anyone who wants to get rid of crows feet, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture, and repair skin.

++ Peptides in this serum help repair and boost the collagen our skin has lost. When you lose collagen, our skin starts to sag and lose elasticity…meaning we start to look as if we got pulled by the chin and everything just dragged down. Do not let forces of gravity wear you down like this. There are many ways one can improve their skin’s appearance, and using Peptides is just one of them.

++ Jojoba Oil – Foxbrim’s Peptide Complex Serum also contains other great key ingredients that are beneficial for skin, including jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is not only great to use as a skin moisturizer for your face but can be great for use on the body as well. Jojoba oil has properties which help heal chapped or dry skin, along with evening skin tone while giving you that supple feel.

++ Witch Hazel – witch hazel may help clear up your skin. If you suffer from breakouts, witch hazels antibacterial properties can help you get little to no breakouts. Witch hazel can naturally reduce skin inflammation and even help you treat your skin redness or eczema. Witch hazel is known to help heal all types of skin irritations and help reduce wrinkles on top of that.

++ Vitamin E – Super super essential in all your beauty routines! Vitamin E can help prevent premature signs of aging, along with preventing recurring cellular damage of our skin. If you suffer from dry skin like I do, you need to have Vitamin E in your beauty routine. Foxbrim is already loaded with quality ingredients so its really a bargain at getting all that our skin needs with the serums and moisturizers.

A good plan to start your new skincare routine: Prep your skin with toner before you apply serums or moisturizers. Use Peptide Complex Serum before you use a moisturizer.

I highly recommend everyone give Foxbrim Peptide Serum ( You may buy it off of Amazon for only $17.95) a shot because its really not pricey at all and super high quality! I was very satisfied with having receiving it and I have passed on the great result story to my friends.

*disclaimer: All opinions on this review are my own. I receive products to review courtesy of beauty brands and tomoson*

Anyone else try Peptide skincare before? What are key ingredients you guys use for a beauty routine?

Chic & Stylish Tattoos + Voodoo Tattoo Giveaway

IMG_20150122_045351I know that not everyone can go with the idea of having a tattoo on their body but want to feel as cool as the ones that do have tattoos. I admit, I am a sucker for all that fashion but I would not have the guts to go get myself a real tattoo even when I wanted to. I do, however, from time to time use wonderful temporray tattoos because, knowing myself, i get bored of the same design and I love to try out new things pertaining to fashion and boho styles.

I came across a Really great tattoo store which offers some amazing designs. They are chic and stylish, plus they they have some very Greek and Egyptian inspired tattoos. Voodoo Tattoo offer some great designs, which are perfect for someone like me who love to try Indie everything. I received their tattoo sheet in  ATHENA. The directions of how to apply the tattoo are written clearly on thir very fancy sheet and description. Applying these were a breeze. It took me literally 3 minutes and I was done.

c2834ae4c5c0574522ca03b87e61a145877cf333 You basically just cut out the designs or designs you would like to use and paste it on. Sponge it for a few seconds and they stick on really nicely. What I love about Voodoo Tattoos are that they are super simple to use, you can choose some amazing designs, and you can instantly look FAB! I love these and they look so pretty on me. The have gold and silver prints so they really stand out once you wear them, as you can see in my photos. You can definitely add more glitz and glamour to photo shots or show off at parties with these. I’ve used the Silver feather in the middle and the bracelet type designs. Both of which are very flashy and look absolutely lovely once on.IMG_20150122_045156

I will be giving away some tattoos courtesy of voodoo tattoo for one lucky reader of mine! To enter, simply Follow do the following steps:
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– Don’t forget to leave me a comment on what you think.

Lip Lava Gloss

IMG_20150116_050328One of my very good friends had been raving about Covergirl’s LIP LAVA line and that I had to try these glosses out. So, being the makeup nerd I am, I went on over to the nearest drugstore and bought myself ONE Lip Lava color to try and test out. Here is my honest review:

I instantly fell in love with the product when I saw it in the drugstore. It was sitting there, many to choose from, in the NEWLY designed Covergirl ad boxes (or whatever those new product boxes are called lol) and I just had to get my hands on one. I couldn’t really decide between two pinks but the Pink i got had a nice duochrome effect to it, with glitter. Whats funny is…many of these newly launched duochrome or multi-chromatic lip glosses don’t really look duochrome when on your lips. I was hoping this product would be a little different. For $8, it wasn’t too bad to try out. I thought I would eventually grab more colors if I liked this one. The color seriously didn’t have a name on it or I might have missed it when I tore open the wrapper. This is how the color looks in the sunlight and on my lips. It does have a duochrome look to it…looking magenta pink to a light lavender purple…


What I think about the gloss overall? It’s nice. Its a little sheer to wear alone but I think over a pink lipstick or nude lipstick, it would shine more. It has nice glitter sparkles on it too. It does have a slight sticky feel (which I don’t really enjoy that is why I avoid glosses) but its not super annoying. It glides on really nicely and shines on lips. You might need to build it up to see the actual color or the duochrome effect. I highly suggest wearing it over lipstick.

Overall, I rate the LIP LAVA gloss a 7/10.

Discount Fragrances

Parfum parisien
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It takes the right blend of oils and aromas to make the right perfume that will produce an appealing scent. The use of perfume dates back to early civilization as is evidenced by archaeological digs. Perfume is used to mask unpleasant scents, like that which is found in the home or on the body. It is also used to lure and to attract the opposite sex. These scents were derived from natural plant and animal material like vanilla and flowers.

The modern perfumes are created from synthetic scents that are created in fragrance factories. There are factories that are used solely to develop scents, tastes and other tantalizing aromas that will entice consumers to buy the products that carry the scents. There are entire focus groups dedicated to determining which scent drives the consumer to part with their money.

Next to the visual impact a product has on a person, the sense of smell is the most influential part of the human body. A scent can trigger emotions and memories, which can determine the person’s actions. The soft vanilla scented candle can bring back childhood memories of baking cookies with grandma. The musky scent of an aftershave can invite a romantic mood. You can get all this and more at discount designer fragrances from

Retailers and manufacturers spend millions of dollars on research to find that perfect combination of scent and mood that will get their consumers to buy their product. Sometimes it is something as simple as floral discount designer fragrances from that can remind someone of playing in the backyard that triggers the purchase.


Anyone have a favorite scent they adore? I love my Burberry Body.

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