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July 20, 2016

BOXYCHARM Modern Merbabe July Subscription Box


I am so excited to be sharing BOXYCHARM again! With July being a Mermaid theme I was even more looking forward to it. I took an extended break from subscription boxes but I am so happy to be back on board!  If you are not familiar with BoxyCharm for $21 a month you get 5 Full Size products with a value of over $100. Free Shipping on all U.S. Orders. It's the best beauty box in the game.


BOXYCHARM Modern Merbabe "Lets Make Waves" for July 

OFRA Professional Magentic Palette ($59)
This professional magnetic palette made exclusively for BOXYCHARM comes equipped with a mix of six shimmer and matte eyeshadows that normally retail for $10 each pan.


This six pan palette from OFRA makes this whole box worth it. Just like the liquid lipsticks the eyeshadow is fantastic quality too. Buttery, pigmented, and I love that this set mimics a complete neutrals palette. Getting a full size magnetic palette that you can fill with other pans is wonderful. The palette itself is so lightweight and thin that it will make it in to my travel bag all Summer for sure!


MALLY Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner Single ($18)
This gorgeous sea foam blue-green is divine on the inner corner and rims of the eyes. It gives you that mermaid eye look without dousing yourself in garish blue or green eyeshadow. The eyeliner glides on easily without a shadow base, yet lasts all day. It is rich, creamy, and provides strong long-lasting coverage.
NOYAH Lip Gloss ($16)
This is my first time ever hearing of the NOYAH brand and I plan on checking out more from now. The packaging on this is gorgeous! The shade is a pretty cool toned medium pink that will look gorgeous with the neutral shadow's and mally liner. The gloss itself has excellent pigmentation and feels moisturizing and not sticky on. This natural lip gloss is made without sulfates, parabens, and with packaging made of composed earth-friendly bamboo. Sea-creature approved.


PYT Hair Oil Treatment ($30)
There's nothing more hard on the hair than salt water, sun, and beach elements. PYT hair oil penetrates the hair follicle and leave hair frizz-free. It prevents split ends and creates instant shine without oily residue. I have only tried this a couple times but I am a fan already. The oil isn't to heavy for my fine hair and rids it of frizz and dry ends. It also smells really nice too!

BOXYCHARM is truly the best, most affordable beauty box out there. They really know how to stock a box full of quality products that fit a theme perfectly. I can't wait for next months!

Get BOXYCHARM ($21) at BoxyCharm.com

*sample provided for review consideration

July 12, 2016

My Beach Ready Pre-Travel Routine with Sally Hansen

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SimplySmooth #CollectiveBias

Summer is in full swing and that means we're ready to hit the beach! Just as important as taking along your SPF and waterproof mascara is the pre-travel routine to get your body beach ready. No diet or exercise required! Here is how I get glowing, smooth skin for Summer vacation!

Keep Reading for my Beach Ready Routine with Sally Hansen!

July 07, 2016

Refine your Skin with FarmHouse Fresh Pudding Apeel


Practically a recipe for the perfect dessert, FarmHouse Fresh Pudding Apeel treats your skin to a delicious finish. Filled with Tapioca, brown rice, fruit extracts, green tea, honey, and coconut milk. This gentle resurfacing mask helps slough away dead surface cells, revealing newer, smooth textured skin over time. All of this, with no abrasion needed! After my success with the Splendid Dirt Nutrient Mask I was totally on board with FarmHouse Fresh's skincare. Pudding Apeel sounded like a mask made for Summer exfoliation when we don't need the big guns, it's even gentle enough to use daily.
 
As we age, our cell turnover rate and natural exfoliation process slows down. Exfoliation removes dull-looking, old surface cells, and Pudding Apeel is designed to do just that! Glycolic and fruit extract Alpha Hydroxy Acids combine with hydrating honey and coconut milk to infuse skin with moisture as you renew. It's also 97% natural.


Tapioca provides a silky feel to skin. Plus, added green tea and honeysuckle extracts help soothe irritations. The exfoliation process also aids in the control of acne and helps improve the look of sun damaged and aging skin. Give this little guy a few days to work its pudding magic! This mask is gentle enough to use daily, but do not overlap its use with other exfoliation methods or products as it may be irritating to skin.

Pudding Apeel is a delcious dessert mask with a creamy texture and alluring smell. This seems to be a theme with all FarmHouse Fresh products. The light tapioca vanilla frosting scent is so inviting and it has a light tingling sensation to let you know it's working. The texture of this mask is even like Tapioca Pudding which is so cool. You only need a tiny dab to cover your whole face. What I really like about this peel is that it dries down pretty quickly to a light cream color so I can do this mask anytime without looking like a green monster.

I love this mask for Summer when you need gentle exfoliation and to improve the texture of your skin. The AHA's slough away dead skin cells revealing younger looking skin. Over time it can help diminish acne and improve the appearance of sun-damage and aging skin.

Pudding Apeel would be especially useful for those with sensitive skin who can not tolerate harsh peels or scrubs. After my first use I noticed a difference. The texture of my skin felt even, soft, and smooth. Best of all it doesn't require any abrasive products to get there. Just put on a delicious vanilla scented mask and chill.  Exfoliating isn't always enjoyable, but with Pudding Apeel it's a real treat...and as they say and best of all...it won't go to the hips!

FarmHouse Fresh Pudding Apeel ($22) available at fHf, Amazon , & Spa & Hotel locations

*sample provided for review consideration

June 23, 2016

Osmosis Cosmetics Matte Collection Eyeshadow & Lipstick Review


Osmosis is a line you might have discovered in your local Med Spa as they are better known for skincare. They have a small makeup collection that is very much worth giving a look though. I bought one of the long lasting lipstick's last year after seeing another blogger review it. The shade Passion was a beyond amazing magenta. I was so impressed with that one lipstick I knew I would have to own more shades. Now I have two more shades of those lipstick's and their Matte Collection Eyeshadow Palette to share.
Osmosis Long Lasting Lipstick Skinny Dip, Passion, Vintage ($25)
With an irresistible creamy texture, these long-lasting lipsticks will provide your lips with a wash of color that stays all day long. The beautiful sleek tube will fit easily into any purse or pocket, try out all 8 incredible shades.

These lipsticks are so luxurious, from the gorgeous packaging to the colors to the formula. The texture is so light on the lips with a creamy intensely pigmented soft-matte finish. There is no scent or smell and they last hours upon hours.

Skinny Dip a peachy nude, Passion is a vivid deep raspberry magenta, and Vintage a beautiful 90's-esque Terracotta. Osmosis long-lasting lipstick ranks high in my top lipsticks I own, and I own a lot! They are just the perfect formula all around and the colors are so true and rich. I absolutely need all 8 shades, or at least the Sassy red. Being matte they do fall in to lip lines, but lip lines aren't all that visible in real life so it's not a big deal.

Osmosis Matte Collection Eyeshadow Palette ($53)
The Matte Collection with six gorgeous neutrals allows you to customize your natural look. Wear alone or together. Perfect for every day wear!


Colors include: Smoky Plum, Sienna, Truffle, Pink Parfait, Toasted Peach and Butter Creme


This palette is an excellent neutrals palette to add to your neutral palette collection.Which I'm sure we all have a collection of by now! The palette is sturdy but small and compact. The eye shadow's however are anything but small. The pans are huge! It is also a completely matte eyeshadow palette.


I loved this matte palette so much! The eye shadow's are nicely pigmented and go on velvety smooth with out any excess powder or fallout. Blending these shadows was seamless, they are like silk. This palette looked very warm from the stock photo, but I was pleasant surprised that they air on the neutral side of warm and even someone very cool toned like myself can wear them.

Truffle looked like an ordinary brown but on the eyes it is amazing. I couldn't stop looking at my eyes with this color placed in the crease. It just  morphs your eyes in to this sexy sultry look with out going smokey. I have been wearing it as my crease color nearly every day. Each shade pairs well together and it also contains those every important cream/vanilla highlight shades to make it a truly complete palette. This palette has been my go-to for well over a month now. The price is on the higher side for only 6 pans, but you get a lot of bang for your buck. This is the only eyeshadow palette Osmosis offers, so I do hope they consider making more because they are on to something here.

Just by this small sampling I am so impressed by the cosmetics selection from Osmosis. The liquid foundation, contour duo, Blush, and CC cream look promising and are on my list to try next. I will also be sharing a few of my favorite's from their skincare line coming up too, it is equally as awesome!

Find Osmosis Cosmetics at Osmosisskincare.com , dermstore, or find a retail location near you.

*sample provided for review consideration & purchased myself
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June 20, 2016

Spritz of Summer with Soap & Glory Body Sprays


Have you ever wanted to smell like your favorite Soap & Glory bath and body products all day long? I know I have! Now you can with three new refreshing, irresistible body sprays in three signature scents - Original Pink, Pink Sugar Crush, and Smoothie Star. With keep-you-cool FRESHBOOST24 technology, the new handbag-handy sprays give you a flash of fabulousness where you are.


I am not a perfume girl, as much as I want to be I have fragrance allergies and that limits me from wearing almost all perfumes. Body Sprays I can tolerate and until S&G I had almost completely wrote them off too. As a huge fan of Soap & Glory bath products I love the scents they use almost as much as the products themselves. I had often wished that the Original Pink Body Righteous Butter scent would stick around longer and now it can. These new Soap & Glory Body Sprays smell fresh, pretty, and invigorating and they're only $6!

Want on-the-go invigoration, girls? Soap & Glory's ORIGINAL PINK Body Spray keeps you feeling refreshed and smelling magnifi-scent. This famous, full-on fabulous, fruity-floral features (truly, madly) deeply iconic notes of ROSE, BERGAMOT, STRAWBERRY, JASMINE and MUGUET. With a gentle drizzle of OZONE nuances, like the fresh scent of summer rain, and a tiny drop of PATCHOULI sexiness.  Of all the scents, Original Pink is the most potent. It feels the most like a perfume and lingers the longest, love it!


SMOOTHIE STAR Body Spray bears soothing warm notes of SWEET ALMOND and RICH VANILLA blended with a comforting creamy base of SANDALWOOD and MUSK. This was my favorite body spray of the bunch! It's subtly sweet with a touch of warmth. I have been wearing this every day. It reminds me a lot of my first perfume ever, Aquolina Pink Sugar.

Soap & Glory's sweet lime and vanilla musk SUGAR CRUSH Body Spray is a heady cocktail of VANILLA MUSK, blended with SWEET LIME, GINGER and SMASHED BROWN SUGAR. This happy-hour-all-day, mouth-wateringly moreish body spray is the closest you can get to a smile in a bottle. I kept thinking this smelled like a cocktail! It has an almost grapefruit scent to me. This one will be going in my bag for the beach, it is as refreshing as a late day mojito or two!

Soap & Glory Body Sprays are the perfect light scents to spritz on for Summer. Available at Ulta Stores an online at ulta.com and Target NOW! #MistMeUp

*sample provided for review consideration

June 16, 2016

Rocksbox Revamped! June Jewelry + Get Your First Month FREE



If you received a Rocksbox in late May you may have noticed they underwent a makeover! With a new logo and a revamped box done up in an elegant navy blush theme, the new look matches up with the beautiful jewelry ever so nicely. The website also has a fresh new feel that is easy to navigate. If you are not familiar with Rocksbox, for $19 mo. you "rent" to own three unique pieces of gorgeous designer jewelry from the likes of Kendra Scott, House of Harlow, and Gorjana. See one of my previous posts for all of the details. Here is what my early June Rocksbox looked like!


My readers will get their first month free! SIGN UP HERE or use code JODYBFF6 at checkout. That isn't just for one box, you get unlimited swaps a month for new jewelry as much as you want! I have received three boxes in one month because their service and shipping is lightening fast! This is my last box for the Summer. That's what is great about this service you can put your membership on hold or cancel when you'll be busy and start back up any time you want.


In this Rocksbox I had two pieces from my favorite jewelry line Kendra Scott, and both were Abalone! The Annika Necklace in Abalone ($75/$60 insider price) was so stunning that when I opened it up I didn't even get through my whole box before taking a break to go on to Rocksbox.com and buy it! Every month you get a free $10 in credit to put towards jewelry purchases which are always 20% off retail prices. That put this necklace at only $50 which is a total steal.

I HAD to have this stunning necklace in my Kendra collection. The sea blue colors against the 14 k gold plated chain with a subtle sparkle is stunning. The coveted Blue Kyocera Cami was the next Kendra piece on my list to buy, but the look of the abalone is so close to it that I don't think I will even need that one now. I can not wait to wear this all Summer! This tiny treasure from the sea is going to be a staple piece in this Mermaid's Ocean travels for sure.

Equally as stunning was the Kendra Scott Lawson Cuff in Crushed Abalone ($120/ $96 insider price).  This bracelet is one of the new pieces from the Summer Collection, Rocksbox is on the ball when it comes to getting new collections right away.


The crushed abalone shell makes this bracelet so unique. The design is gorgeous, it is such a versatile statement piece. You can wear it barefoot on the beach or for an elegant evening on the town. The 24 k gold plated exterior with jewel tones pair especially well with turquoises and blues. It's also adjustable to fit all wrists. This bracelet is such a multi-faceted head turner!

My stylist Jenn chose the Margaret Elizabeth Mini Studs in Turquoise ($55/$44 insider price) for me and they were a great choice. I love wearing natural stones and have a turquoise necklace these go amazing with. The studs are a great small but still noticeable size and the smidgen of color to makes a statement without having to wear a huge pair of earrings. The turquoise stone coordinated beautifully with both of the abalone pieces too.

Make sure to keep your wish list up to date with at least 15 pieces. After you receive your box or before you send it back, leave feedback for your stylist. I have always received at least one piece that I requested. They read your feedback and do their best to get you what you want and what you'll love


Remember to SIGN UP with JODYBFF6 for your first month boxes FREE! There's no obligation to join and you can cancel any time. I guarantee you this will be the one subscription you will love every month!

Join Rocksbox.com for FREE HERE with code JODYBFF6

June 06, 2016

Urban Decay VICE Lipstick Collection Review & Lip Swatches

Urban Decay's new lineup of a staggering 100 VICE Lipsticks launches today! They will make you want to go in to debt..and debt never looked so beautiful! When I heard UD was reformulating and dropping all of their lipsticks I was not a happy camper. I LOVE the Revolution Lipstick's. I wear them almost every single day. What would I do without my beloved F-Bomb, Anarchy, Turn On, and Streak? Oh just buy multiple backups for $11. I jumped the gun because after testing 10 from VICE I can now say there was no need to worry! There is also no need to look for another lipstick ever again in your life, VICE has it all.


I was very surprised to have this PR box show up at my door. I buy my Urban Decay makeup at full price like everyone else because that sh*t is amazing. I will be buying 10 more of these lipsticks and that's probably being conservative. Making it easier on the wallet the price has dropped, which is almost unheard of these days. The bullets will run you a cool $17 each. The product amount has also increased from 0.9 to 0.11.


Our shade range has it all: Bold brights. Dark, sexy shades. Super-versatile neutrals. With so much variety it’ll make your head spin, there’s something for everyone—from new shades to cult favorites you thought you’d never see again. Several shades were inspired by other UD lip products (and even our Eyeshadows and Eye Pencils!). Each of our retailers will carry 100 SHADES of Vice Lipstick—making this our biggest lineup yet. 74 of which are brand new shades. There will also be another 20 shades exclusive to SEPHORA, so that makes it a total of 120 lipstick's to choose from.

The pigment load is insane! Just one swipe provides an unbelievable laydown of color. Every shade applies smoothly (without dragging or skipping), hugs lips, and feels amazing! Our proprietary Pigment Infusion System™ gives the formula its super-creamy texture, rich payout and superior color dispersion. Yummy butter blend comforts, hydrates and enhances, leaving lips soft and conditioned, never dry. Aloe vera, jojoba, avocado and abassu oils nourish and soften lips. Illipe butter (derived from Malaysian illipe trees) provides long-lasting moisture. Vitamin C and vitamin E provide a hit of antioxidants.

The new packaging is a modernized luxed-up version of their OG throwback shotgun bullet packaging. The faceted gunmetal case has a gold base and debossed lettering that gives it a very updated and classy feel. The bottom stickers are color coded to the lip color which is so helpful.

The tubes are so lightweight! I picked them up like is there anything in here!? Yes, yes there is... gorgeous gorgoues lipsticks. Now you can pack a good 10 shades or more in your purse...or is that too excessive?
Trying to decide on which lipstick shades to buy with 120 choices is pretty agonizing. To make your life a little easier UD founder Wende Zomnir has given us her 10 must-haves to get started with. We all know it will not end there, but a starting point helps. I can't imagine having to swatch 100 lipsticks, that is some dedication!


 Wende's 10 Top Picks: Pandemonium (MM), Rock Steady (C), 714 (MM), Big Bang (M), Fire bird (C), Menace (CM), Naked (C), Backtalk (CM), Conspiracy (M), Disturbed (CM)


They are not kidding with VICE. Every shade and formula is pure creamy bad ass luxury. Pigmented, comfortable to wear, with an incredibly long wear time. I think I may actually like them better than the Revolutions. Formula wise I liked the cream formula best because it was a lot like what I'm used to with the orginal Revolution line. Emollient and moisturizing on the lips. The comfort mattes are also right up there offering a smooth huggable matte finish. The mega matte's are on the drier side but super-intense and a proper alternative to those uber drying matte liquid lipsticks. The Sheers are a lot like the Sheer Revolution line which I was happy with and quite a few of the original shades make an appearance in there too. Most surprising were the Sheer Shimmer and Metallized, with high levels of pearl they are so sparkling and beautiful. I have never been a shimmery lipstick fan, but these are just so stunning!

The only shades I had some issues with were Pandemonium and Disturbed. They took some building up to not look patchy. Placing the coordinating lip pencil down first easily solves any issues though. No matter what formula you prefer with this much variety there is a lip color in the VICE collection for everybody. Go and download the UD Vice App available in the app store now, it lets you try on all of the shades. Which could be dangerous!


My Top Picks are Naked, Backtalk, 714, Big Bang, Menace, and Rock Steady.


714 is the quintessential can't live without bright matte red. I swear this red will look amazing on everyone, it is the one to pick up for sure. Naked is a creamy pink nude lip that even a hater of nude lips (me) would love. Backtalk a gorgeous cool mauve. Big Bang makes the list because it is such an 80's dance party lip color. Some shimmer lipsticks can be gritty, but not these the glitter feels like its not even there and they shine line a million bucks. Menace is an intense medium fuchsia that goes on impeccably smooth and is a touch warmer than Anarchy. Rock Steady is your no doubt of a deep jelly red that lets you play on the dark side but not too far.


There are also 50 re-designed shades of lip liners to choose from. Line and prime with the perfect match. It’s the ultimate pair for ultra long wear.

The lip pencils are spectacular, they glide on with ease and set your lipstick in place all day. I love wearing these alone by filling in the whole lip, they look just as beautiful as the lipsticks.
UD Lip Pencils: Naked, Rush, Anarchy, Jilted, Pandemonium, 714, Gash, Hex, Conspiracy

It was awesome to see some of the lip colors I thought would only be limited edition like the Gwen Stefani Collection releases and Mrs. Mia Wallace in here. My favorite Summer shade Streak makes an appearance so I can stop crying now. The VICE Collection is freaking mind-blowing amazing if you are a lipstick lover. They are some of the best lipstick formulations I have ever put on my lips and the color selection is out of bounds. My only complaint? I can't buy all 120 of my new vices! #lipstickismyvice



*sample provided for review consideration