Formula X Clix! in Alive

formula_x_clix1A few weeks ago, Formula X sent a bunch of Sephora Beauty Insiders a free gift. I was one of the lucky ones to receive the gift, the Formula X Clix! The System To Go. I’ve tried some of Formula X’s polishes before (see my reviews here and here) and I had good results so I was happy to receive this kit. The color included was random but luckily I received the set I wanted, which contained the peach-pink polish Alive.

formula_x_clix2The Clix! system is a fun set containing minis of Formula X’s nail cleanser, base coat, nail color, and top coat. It is designed for travel or painting nails on the go. This little set has everything you need for a mani, no matter where you are.

formula_x_clix4The four products “click” into a plastic holder which keeps them all together and makes everything easy to find, even in a big makeup bag. This is a fun setup and a great way to make polish travel-friendly. I’ve found that my Julep polish minis click into this as well, so you can even mix and match which polishes you bring with you.

formula_x_clix3The products are all mini sizes, which makes this set a great way to try what Formula X has to offer. Next to a full size polish, they look really tiny but they’re only about 1/4 the size.

formula_x_clix7This set was such a great gift to receive and I had fun using it. The Cleanse Nail Cleanser is a great way to remove excess oils from nails before you add the base coat. It helps polish adhere better and last longer. The Prime Base Coat helps prevent staining (especially great for yellow and green polishes) and protects the nail. It also gives the polish a good layer to stick to.

formula_x_clix10I’ve been really happy with Formula X’s Nail Colors in the past and Alive is no exception. It’s a great opaque creme that has perfect coverage after only two coats. It applies well without any streaking and the formula is perfect- not too thick or too thin. Alive is an absolutely gorgeous peachy pink. I liked this color even more than I thought I would. It’s a really pretty retro shade that is fun to wear.

formula_x_clix8The Shine Top Coat has a high-gloss finish and also dries really quickly. I loved that it kept its shine over several days, unlike a lot of shiny top coats that dull over time. The quick-dry formula prevented smudges so my mani stayed perfect.

formula_x_clix9I was really happy with this set. The Formula X Clix! system is fun to use and it really did contain everything I needed. This mani lasted quite a while without chipping thanks to the four-step process and the high-quality polish. I loved the color Alive and I’m so happy I got this gift. This is definitely going to be one of my staple polishes from now on. Formula X Clix! The System to Go is $16 here.

-Molly

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June Beauty Favorites

june_beauty_favoritesMy June beauty favorites were all makeup, a departure from the last several months that included a lot of skincare. I’m trialing a few new skincare products but I haven’t tried them enough for them to qualify as favorites yet. Instead, I’ve been playing around with my makeup. I’ve been using a lot of different products but I still settled on three that I loved all month long: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil, Tarte Dollface, and the Urban Decay Glinda Palette.

june_beauty_favorites1All three are products I’ve had for awhile. I use them each pretty regularly but during June they were in constant rotation. A lot of times my monthly favorites are products I’ve used a lot that month but not necessarily at the same time. However, my June favorites all went together really well and I found myself wearing them on the same days pretty much all month long.

too_faced_milk_chocolateFirst is the Soleil Matte Bronzer from Too Faced, in the shade Milk Chocolate. I’m not a big bronzer fan because I find most of them to be too dark and orangey on me. Usually I just feel like they make my face look dirty and covered in glitter. Milk Chocolate Soleil is different. It’s a very light shade and it’s easy to apply. This is a nice light brown color, not at all orange. It gives me just a hint of a tanned look and it’s matte so it looks very natural. Plus, it uses real cocoa powder so it actually smells like chocolate! Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil is $30 here.

tarte_dollfaceNext is a classic blush shade, Tarte’s Dollface. Dollface is a really pretty light pink that brightens my face. This baby pink adds a great pop of color without being too dark. I really like pastel pink blushes during winter and spring and this blush definitely fits the bill. It pairs so well with softer eye looks and pink lips. Even though it’s a light color, it’s pretty pigmented so I only need a little bit each time. I have a deluxe sample size and it seems to last forever! The full size Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface is $26 here.

urban_decay_glinda_paletteMy third favorite product for June is an older Urban Decay eye shadow palette, the Glinda Palette. I wanted this palette for awhile and when I finally got it, I was a little unsure of how to use it. Even the darker colors were a little softer than I was expecting and it was hard for me to come up with color combinations to use. I kept forcing myself to use it and the more I did, the more I liked it. Last month I mostly wore the peachy shade all over my lid with the pink in the middle of my lid. I then finished with either the purple or gray in the crease and sometimes even blended the two. The Glinda Palette was a limited edition that is no longer available but you can get two of the shades (Aura and South) for $18 each here.

What were your June favorites?

-Molly

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Graze Snack Box Review #6

graze_8_boxI’ve been getting Graze snack boxes for quite a while now and I have to admit, it still fun to get these snacks in the mail but some of the novelty has worn off. I really like receiving tasty, healthy snacks and the packaging is perfect for throwing them in my bag for later. Previously, I had been receiving a four pack of snacks every two weeks but I recently changed my subscription to an eight pack of snacks every month. Same amount of items, but a little cheaper. I was a little worried about the snacks lasting all month but so far I’ve been able to make it work, although I admit sometimes I eat two or three in a day and then make myself wait a week before eating any more!

graze_8_box1I really like Graze because it is somewhat customizable but the snacks I get each time are still a surprise. I’m a picky eater so I really like being able to “trash” snacks I never want to get. I’m finding that I’m getting even pickier with each box. I’ve been trashing a lot of ok items that I wouldn’t mind getting again because I’d rather get something else that I really love. They are also constantly adding new snacks, so there’s always something new to try! My eight snack box contained a couple of snacks I’d tried before and quite a few I hadn’t. The snacks were packaged the same way as before but there were two levels of snacks in the box. It was still small enough to fit in a mailbox.

caramel_appleI’ve had caramel apple a few times before. The apple pieces are soft but sometimes I end up with a bit of the core which is a little hard. They are slightly sour, like they are made from green apples. The caramel is sweet and gooey but not sticky. The sweetness pairs well with the sour apple pieces.

Verdict: Love

fruit_and_seed_flapjackI love Graze’s Flapjacks. They are super fresh and soft granola bars that fill me up. Fruit and Seed Flapjack is a new flavor for me. It is a rustic rolled oat flapjack that contains mixed seeds and dried fruits. This isn’t my favorite flapjack flavor. It’s a little too seed-y for me. I prefer Graze’s fruity flavors more.

Verdict: Try

herby_bread_basketHerby Bread Basket is another repeat for me, and a snack I’m happy to get again. It’s made of mini basil breadsticks, oregano rice crackers, and garlic crostini. This is a great crunchy, savory snack. I love the different flavors in this mix. The basil breadsticks have just enough of a basil flavor and the oregano rice crackers are slightly sweet in comparison. The garlic crostini are really good with just a hint of garlic. I really like this snack.

Verdict: Love

super_kaleSuper Kale and Edamame is a new snack for me. I really like fresh edamame and kale so I thought this would be worth trying. This snack is messy and came slightly crushed. The kale was crispy and crumbly with a slight lime taste. It was pretty good. The edamame was a little too hard and crunchy for me. It was salty and reminded me of sunflower seed shells. Overall, this snack was pretty bland and I couldn’t finish it all.

Verdict: Trash

chai_latteChai Latte is another new snack. Containing chai seeds, macadamias, yogurt coated sunflower seeds, and coconut flakes, it’s a crunchy, slightly sweet snack. The chai seeds are a mix of different seeds with a flavored coating. They are crunchy with a sweet chai flavor. The macadamias are just ok, I’m not a huge fan of them. The yogurt sunflower seeds are sweet with a slight crunch and the coconut is crunchy but doesn’t have a lot of flavor. This snack was good but I wouldn’t be very excited about getting it again.

Verdict: Try

apple_cosmoApple Cosmo is a fruit mix with soft apple pieces, cranberries, and lime raisins. I like Graze’s fruit mixes so I was glad to see this in my box. The soft apple pieces are a perfect texture and have a slightly tart flavor to them. The cranberries are soft and fresh. They are a good mix of tart and sweet. The lime raisins are also soft with a good lime flavor. This snack smelled fresh and citrus-y. It was tangy but sweet and all the fruits were soft and easy to eat. I really liked this.

Verdict: Like/Love

hot_cross_yumHot Cross Yum was one of the first snacks I tried that I really loved, so I was really happy to get it again. It’s a mix of orange raisins, cinnamon honey almonds, and vanilla cookie drops. The orange raisins have a great orange taste and a slight spicy flavor from the cinnamon in the almonds. The cinnamon honey almonds are really good. They are sweet with a crunchy coating and a good mix of honey and cinnamon flavors. The vanilla cookie drops are crunchy and sweet but not too sweet. I really love the mix of orange and cinnamon. This is a good sweet snack.

Verdict: Love

vitamin e defenseVitamin E Defense is a fruit and nut mix with roasted hazelnuts, redskin peanuts, jumbo raisins, and cranberries. It’s a good mix of fruit and nuts but it wasn’t my favorite. I really liked the cranberries but there were way too many peanuts. It was filling and a good boost of protein but there are other snacks I would much rather get.

Verdict: Trash

I still really like getting these Graze boxes. It’s nice to receive a box of healthy, tasty snacks in the mail. They are so easy to take on the go and they are perfect snacks for throughout the day. If you would like to try Graze, you can sign up using my referral link here and get your first and fifth boxes for FREE! Read more about my experiences with Graze here.

-Molly

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NARS Barbarella Lipstick

nars_barbarella2In the past, NARS has not been one of my go-to brands. I have always heard good things about the brand but it didn’t stand out for me. It wasn’t luxe like Dior or Yves Saint Laurent, and it wasn’t fun like Stila or Urban Decay. However, I’ve received samples for several of their products and I’ve always been impressed with the results. So much so that I’ve been seeking out new things to try. I really like their lip pencils (see my reviews for Dragon Girl and Luxembourg) and I’ve also grown fond of their lipsticks, especially their sheer formulas (like Roman Holiday). I lean towards peaches and oranges during warmer months so when I wanted a new shade, I turned to NARS. The NARS Barbarella Lipstick is a sheer peach, and it looked like the perfect new shade to me.

nars_barbarellaI used to hate NARS packaging but now I’ve grown to love the minimalistic look. Sure, there aren’t any bright colors, fun pictures, or metallics, but it looks really sleek.

nars_barbarella1The matte black packaging is a nice departure from all of the colored lipstick tubes in my drawer. It makes it easier to find my NARS lipsticks and it also feels less gimicky than some brands. This is more about buying a quality product than something with cute packaging.

nars_barbarella4One thing NARS does have is fun names for their products. Barbarella is obviously named after the movie (and the character). She does wear a peachy shade of lipstick throughout the movie, so it’s a fitting name for this slightly mod shade.

nars_barbarella3NARS Barbarella is one of their sheer shades. Unlike a lot of sheer lipsticks that are really just lip balms with pigment, the version from NARS actually feels and wears like a normal lipstick. It’s actually a translucent formula that contains suspended color pigments. This doesn’t hold up as well as the semi-matte version of their lipstick that I own, but it still lasts for several hours on me.

nars_barbarella5NARS lipsticks are creamy and even the sheer shades have a good amount of pigment. Barbarella is a nice sheer peach with one coat and it is easy to apply more to get a more intense shade. These lipsticks contain vitamin E to help them last longer. They also have conditioners to help smooth and hydrate lips.

nars_barbarella6Barbarella is a really pretty sheer peach. This is a true peach, unlike a lot of shades that can lean too pink or yellow. Even though it is a sheer formula, it still gives a good amount of color and shine.

nars_barbarella8I really liked the look of Barbarella but unfortunately it didn’t really work for me. Barbarella is a pretty warm, pale peach but it washed me out. This made my lips and skin look too similar to each other and it was not a good look. I still really like the color of Barbarella, but I think it would look better with a tan. This felt really nice on my lips and I really liked the formula and wear time, but I couldn’t pull off the shade. NARS Barbarella Lipstick is $27 here.

-Molly

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Summer Wishlist

A week of temperatures over 110 means summer is definitely here! Here is what’s on our summer wishlists:

molly_summer_wishlist1I’ve been craving lots of bright colors and anything that helps me stay cool!

1. Sunglasses that cover half my face. I love big sunglasses and how cool are the blue lenses on these Illesteva Boca Sunglasses?

2. A neon dress. This J.Crew Factory Twisted Back Dress is the perfect “throw-on-and-go” dress. Plus, I love the bright pink color.

3. A bright peach lipstick. YSL lipsticks are my absolute favorite and I love the Rouge Volupte formula. 32 Corail Jalouse is a neutral peach shade that will look perfect for everyday.

4. A fun beach towel. This Ombre Dot Beach Towel from Target is affordable and nice and bright. I love the mint color and ombre effect.

5. A cheery summer candle. The Guava Colada Candle from Bath and Body Works is fruity and strong enough to scent an entire room.

6. The perfect coral nail color. Zoya’s Yana is described as a geranium pink cream, but it’s actually a gorgeous pinky-coral. This is super bright and has just a hint of shimmer and would be perfect with a tan.

7. Sandals to dress up and down. I love these coral patent Stecy Sandals from Steve Madden for nicer occasions and how fun are these mint Gianni Bini Lyla Sandals for everyday?

8. Hair texturizer. Beachy hair is so nice during the summer and the Surf Spray from Bumble and Bumble is a great way to add texture and volume.

9. Good sunscreen. A good sunscreen is (surprisingly) hard to find. I love Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector for Face and Body because it isn’t at all greasy. It works really well and I love that I don’t have to buy separate sunscreens for my face and body.

stacie_summer_wishlistI’ve been looking forward to several beach trips and barbeques this summer so my list is a mix of casual and fun items to stay cool.

1. A light weight/dainty bracelet. This Blue Dust Pixie Bracelet from The Shine Project is a fun color and a great way to accessorize when its hot out. Bonus points The Shine Project is a really cool organization that employs inner city students!

2. A fun 4th of July outfit. This American Flag Tank from Etsy will be perfect for the holiday. I’m excited for my first 4th of July in LA that will be spent at the Hollywood Bowl!

3. A cute beach tote. This Modalu Just Beachy Shopper Bag is large enough for a towel, sunscreen, and a good book to read at the beach!

4. Denim Shorts are a classic and these American Eagle Outfitters Denim Boy Midi Shorts are the perfect pair. The color is great and I love that you can roll these down for a little extra length.

5. Cute Popsicle molds. I’m already dreaming of all the flavors of homemade popsicles I’ll be making this summer with the Zoku Classic Pop Mold.

6. A pair of casual wedges. These Prestine Wedge Sandal by Steve Madden will be perfect with all the summer dresses I plan on wearing.

7. Humidity Hair Products. I’m gonna be spending a lot of time in the humidity this summer and my hair is not looking forward to it. I already have big hair and when you add humidity it gets a little crazy! I’m hoping this Living Proof No Frizz Discovery Set will help keep it in control!

8. Self Tanner. I’m pretty fair skinned and I wear like SPF 100 whenever I’m out in the sun so a self tanner is the only way I’m ever tan. I’ve heard the Tinted Tan Mousse from Nkd Skn doesn’t have a strong smell like most self tanners so I’m looking forward to giving this a try!

What’s on your summer wishlist?

-Molly and Stacie

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