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Bad Habit Beauty Inferno Review:

Hello beauties! I thought today would be a good day to bring a little warmth to the table. The last two weeks have been frigid, cold, and snowy across most of the U.S., and I can’t take it anymore!!! This is probably the cabin fever talking, but sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows everything is looking good in my forecast right about now. Lol. That being said, I was inspired to use Bad Habit Beauty’s Inferno Palette ($12 for 0.42oz) to turn up the heat, and boyyyyy was I feeling the burn. A girls gotta defrost somehow.

This is another beautiful eyeshadow palette from BHB. I have yet to complain about any of their palettes. I am sure I have repeated myself like a broken record during every review, but it’s truth. Every single palette I have gotten from BHB has been awesome.

The inferno palette carries twelve shades featuring 6 rich warm mattes, 2 velvety shimmers, 3 metallics, and 1 highlighting semi matte that will compliment all skin tones. Just like her $54 twin Urban Decay Naked Heat. Yup, she’s a dupe boys and girls! Being cooped up for quite sometime got me to do some investigating of my own. Lol.

White Hot is a soft ivory shimmer. The sheerest out of the twelve. I use this shade more to highlight the inner corners of my eyes.

Baked is a light nude semi-matte.

Lit is a copper shimmer with a gold pearl shift.

Blaze is a deep red metallic with a gold micro shimmer.

Warmth is a brown matte.

Smolder is a deep reddish brown matte.

Glow is a soft terra cotta matte.

Flames is a metallic burnt red.

Bonfire is a deep terra cotta matte.

Burn is a burgundy matte.

Hot spot is a burnt red matte.

Ignite is a deep metallic copper burgundy.

The formula is finely milled, ultra soft, and creamy with a super smooth texture. The eyeshadows are highly pigmented, opaque, blendable, buildable, comfortable to wear, easy to apply, versatile, and produces a wee bit of fallout. What eyeshadow doesn’t though if they’re finely milled and super soft? It wipes away easily.

You can play these fiery shades up or down for day to nighttime wear. As you can see I went all out (shades used: Warmth, Blaze, Hot Spot, and Smolder) and created a Phoenix rising out of its ashes look, or at least tried to, lol. I loved how each shade complimented one another when building on my eyes. I had no problems with any of the metallic shadows either. They went on with no trouble, and effortlessly to boot!

You do not need to use any primer to enhance the longevity or vibrancy of the eyeshadows in this palette. You are more than welcome to, by all means. I didn’t find it necessary to go that extra step. The wear time is over 8 hours and the colors stay truer than true with no creasing, fading, or running. Yes, you could say it. I am infatuated with the brand. I have no shame to admitting that. Lol.

Bad Habit Beauty Inferno is an eyeshadow palette must have. It’s affordable, beautiful, cruelty free, a fantastic dupe, and available on the shophush app and online at shophush.com.

Think you’ll get one?

Do tell!

Stay beautiful! Xo.

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Wet n Wild Mega Cushion Foundation Review:

Happy Weekend loves! Today I wanted to talk about Wet n Wild’s New MegaCushion Foundation with SPF 15 ($8.99 for 0.52oz). I absolutely adore WNW MegaCushion (Highlight, Contour, Color Correction) line, and this one is no exception. This foundation is definitely a must try if you haven’t gone out and purchased it yet.

Product Description:

It’s a match made in makeup heaven! Liquid foundation in a cushion compact. Tap the cushion to add just the right amount of coverage or double tap to add more. It’s perfectly portable too, with an air tight, no mess compact that makes applying liquid foundation a breeze. Infused with coconut derivative, the luminous, lightweight, and buildable formula helps boost hydration and contains SPF 15 for added skin protection.

I am a huge fan of broad spectrum infused liquid foundations and BB Creams. I don’t normally wear a face cream during the day due to my oily skin, so I tend to skip out on the morning moisturizing routine. I uusually apply a primer (elf blemish control, my personal fave) and buff on a bit of SPF foundation or BB cream that provides medium to full coverage, which keeps me looking flawless, free from harmful radicals, non-greasy, and hydrated enough as to where I don’t break out. Two thumbs up WNW for the SPF protection.

There are nine shades available, ranging in tones of light ivory for porcelain skin to tawny for deeper complexions. I went on a whim and bought cream ivory. This is when I wish WNW would start making testers in CVS and Walgreens, but to my surprise it matched perfectly with my skin tone.

Cream Ivory is a soft warm beige that compliments light to medium skin tones.

The formula is super lightweight, creamy, hydrating, comfortable to wear, easy to apply, blendable, does not oxidize, goes on evenly, provides medium coverage, and has a satin finish, creating a natural, luminous look.

I did not find the MegaCushion foundation to be buildable at all. I had a few red spots that I could not conceal no matter how much I applied. I needed the assistance of a concealer (WNW Photo Focus) to help cover up the redness. This works well alone on slight imperfections, just not so much on redness and dark spots. Keep that in mind.

P.S. The thin cushiony applicator puff included in the compact works awesome when applying the foundation. It glides on the skin effortlessly.

I do highly recommend this for dry skin or possibly combination skin types. The MegaCushion Foundation has a good amount of hydration, and does not settle into fine lines or wrinkles. It melts beautifully into the skin.

I was very shocked that I had no issues with this foundation. I thought the coconut oil would have been excessive for my oily skin, clogging my pores and producing uncontrollable breakouts. Something that I always fear when trying a newly released foundation. My doubts proved me wrong.

The wear lasted over eight hours with the foundation staying intact. There was a bit of oil peeking through my t-zone. Not to worry, there’s nothing that a mattifying powder can’t handle to absorb some oils. And, I had not one breakout! Sigh of relief.

This is definitely a keeper and repurchase.

Wet n Wild’s MegaCushion Foundation is available at CVS, Walgreens, and wetnwildbeauty.com.

Think you’ll pick one up to try?

Do tell!

Stay beautiful, xo.

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Colourpop Luster Dust Review:

Happy New Year beauties! Sorry I have been M.I.A for so long. Let’s just say I had a lot on my plate and I needed time to digest. Now that the fog has lifted, I’m ready to start 2018 off right and get back into the swing of things.

Can we talk about Colourpop’s New Luster Dust ($7.00 for 0.11oz) for a minute or two? Are you loving them?! I am!

It’s their first ever loose highlighter, and I think Colourpop knocked it out of the park with all three shades.

Perfect for all skin tones.

Aura Voir is a golden peach with gold glitter. Cruelty free.

Gnomie is a soft champagne with silver glitter. Vegan and cruelty free.

Dew Drop is a rich bronze with gold and silver glitter. Vegan and cruelty free.

The formulation is a finely milled, light weight, soft powder carrying a velvety smooth texture. It has multi-dimensional glitters to give skin a mix of sheen and sparkle, that is packed with pigment. A little goes a long way, so proceed blinding people with caution. Lol.

CP Luster Dust Loose Highlighters can be easily manipulated if you prefer a softer effect. Use a small fluff brush or angled brush, tap away excess luster dust, and apply. It’s that easy. For a real intense glow, you can use your fingertips, and swipe along the cheekbone area. These work beautifully as eyeshadows and lip toppers too! You’re getting a whole lotta bling for your buck.

Wear time was a good 7 and a half hours before my glow fully faded. I was very happy by the color payoff.

I hope Colourpop churns out a few more shades. They got a good thing going on here.

Colourpop Luster Dust is currently in stock and available to order at Colourpop.com

Happy shopping!

Stay beautiful, xo.

Smile Brilliant at Home Teeth Whitening Review:

A smile is most definitely the best makeup any girl can wear glamour babes, and Smile Brilliant will get you there!

What is Smile Brilliant? It’s an at home teeth whitening system that is going to save you lots of time, energy, and lets not forget the most important thing too-money. You are going to save lots of money. Dentists are not exactly cheap, especially in the cosmetic department. My sister works in the field, and I cannot believe what they charge for two whitening sessions. Cough, $600, cough, cough. It’s unbelievable, right?! Is two sessions even enough to get your teeth white?

I asked my sister this because I so desperately wanted to get my teeth whitened. I am a big coffee and tea drinker, and I was a smoker way back when (filthy habit. Don’t ruin your skin and health just to fit in), which in return, stained my teeth. Nothing crazy, but was still noticeable to the human eye.

Long story short, I was bummed and left it alone as I went the natural way to whiten my teeth. Yea, that was more fun than a root canal, and I’d would’ve rather had the root canal. Lol.

Anyway, I was contacted by Abby who is part of the marketing team at Smile Brilliant and asked if I would like to collaborate with the brand as long as I put in an honest review of their product! I was so excited and said yes immediately. Thank you universe for smiling upon me!

After a few exchanged emails, and patient waiting, I received my Smile Brilliant T-6 Kit! Yay!

There are three teeth whitening systems to choose from depending on the stain severity. Don’t worry, they have packages for sensitive teeth too. SB didn’t forget about you.

(photo credit via Smile Brilliant.)

Sorry that this is not my pic. My phone felt that it was necessary to do an update while I was asleep and I lost all of my work. Boo! I just wanted to give you an idea as to what will arrive when you receive your kit.

What comes in the kit:

2 impression trays

4 Whitening Syringes

4 Desensitizing Gel Syringes

3 sets of impression material. Smile Brilliant provides you with an extra just in case there’s a mishap as you make you’re impressions. You can always email them too if you need extra. The third time isn’t always the charm.

3 way postage

Looks intimidating at first, but it’s so easy to use and lots of fun to do. I have Invisalign, so I got the gist of how impression making worked. I’ll take you through the steps. Follow me….

Step 1: Brush and floss your teeth. Clean teeth are important for perfect impressions. Plus, no one at the lab wants to pick the broccoli out of your impressions. Just sayin. It’s kinda gross and unhygienic. Lol.

Step 2: Mix Catalyst & Base Paste

Step 3: Place Mixed Putty in Tray

Step 4: Make Upper Impression

Step 5: Verify & Repeat

**IMPORTANT!**

Once you are finished making your impressions, set them aside for thirty minutes, rinse under cool water to easily remove them from the trays. Make sure they are completely hardened and dried before mailing your dental impressions to the lab.

Step 6: Mail Impressions to The Lab.

One week later I received my clear silicone custom fitted trays! They fit perfectly. If you feel like your trays do not fit properly, email Smile Brilliant. They are more than happy to make alterations for your comfortability.

What I love about this process is that you do not have to sit in a waiting room for an appointment followed by sitting on your rump for nearly two hours in a dental chair. You can whiten your teeth in the comforts of your own home. You can watch TV, work out, read a book, cook, clean, work from home, take care of the kids, feed the cat, and I’m sure loads of other things just to pass the time while your teeth are processing. Bear in mind, there are some steps you need to go through prior to application. It’ll all be worth it in the end. You’ll see.

Before you use the whitening gel. Make sure to brush your teeth with ONLY water, and clean/dry your custom fitted trays every-time.

Remove cap and apply a thin steady ribbon of gel to both trays.

Insert trays and let the whitening process begin!

The duration depends on the sensitivity of ones teeth.

I went in increments. I started at 45 minutes, then gradually increased my way up to an hour. You can go as long as 3 hours. I was content wearing my trays for an hour a day, and I surprisingly had no gum irritation. If you start to feel gum sensitivity, you can apply Vaseline or coconut oil around the gums for protection. Remember, consistency is key if you want to see results.

After my hour was up, I had to brush my teeth again, this time with toothpaste and rinse/dry my trays with cool water.

Again, remove the breakaway cap for the desensitizing gel

Apply a steady ribbon, and pop those bad boys in for another 15-20 minutes. Spit out the remaining gel, do not rinse your mouth, and please refrain from food consumption for a minimum of 30 minutes. I did my whitening everyday for two weeks before bed, and I could not believe the difference. They look amazing!!!! My teeth are so much brighter and whiter. I feel like a whole new me! I’m much more confident in my smile, and I received many compliments about my teeth, and where I got them whitened. It’s funny to see some of the reactions people give when you tell them it’s an home whitening system. Really?! No way?! For real?! Shut up! Omg, that’s amazing! Sweet. Cool. Where can I get a system for myself?

You can take the first step by heading over to smilebrilliant.com and from there that is where you will begin your teeth whitening journey. I would have totally paid out of pocket if I had known about Smile Brilliant sooner. This is a whitening system worth trying.

And, to show that it is worth trying, I am doing a giveaway!!!! Hooray!!! One lucky winner will receive a kit ($139 value) of their very own for free! Click the link below, enter your name and email, and the rest is history.

Winner will be selected and contacted via email 2 weeks after the post is live. Giveaway is for $139 credit and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Giveaway Link:

https://www.smilebrilliant.com/g/theglamwithsam

Use code THEGLAMWITHSAM at checkout and receive 10% off your order.

Good luck!

Stay beautiful, xo.