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ULTA 21 Days of Beauty Steals: Fall 2014 Makeup Sale

I always end up not getting anything from ULTA’s 21 Days of Beauty Steals, which started yesterday. Not this time though! I got into Laura Geller makeup recently (because they’re soooo pretty and no….I haven’t used any of it except one item out of 20+ or so) and couldn’t pass up on this deal for $15:

ULTA 21 Days of Beauty Steals: Fall 2014 Laura Geller Smoldering Skies Eyes & Lips Kit

I’m very excited on that lip shade and the eye shadow/liner. If you go to their link for these beauty steals, you can see what’s coming up and which deals are available both in-stores and online and which ones are online only (like the one I just caved to). I hate paying for shipping (wish they have a free shipping with $25 purchase right now) so I got 2 of these and added another item to my cart to bump my total purchase price up (I’ve been eyeing it anyway). You also get a free full-size Laura Geller I-Care Eyeliner with a $30 purchase from the brand (which I did get since I bought 2 of these). The only other beauty steals that caught my eye are the Stila and Cargo palettes, but the Holiday palettes are all coming out so I’ll most likely pass on them. If I do remember on the day the deal goes live, I’ll probably grab an Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel (finally!). I don’t really do anything for my brows and this may change everything I’ve thought about brow care (which is basically non-existent in my life).

Anything catching you eye from ULTA’s 21 Days of Beauty Steals?

Nourish Organic Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion

So I’ve been away for a good number of days starting last week and one of my favorite packing rituals is figuring out what to bring with me in the beauty and skincare department. I didn’t pack any makeup at all with the exception of face powder (which I only used once). What I was more concerned about was definitely in the skincare department. I packed a few items with SPF 30 or higher as I anticipated us being out in the sun and I was figuring out what night face moisturizer to pack when I saw the small tube of Nourish Organic Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion from my ipsy January 2014 Glam Bag. It was the perfect size to take when traveling and now here are my thoughts on this.

Nourish Organic Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion

What I love about this product? The scent is very light and smells of rose and something else. It actually makes me think that it’s a fruity smell, but I can’t quite nail it down to what it exactly is. The formula is what is expected from a face lotion. It’s not thick and spreads really easily to be absorbed by the face. A small amount is enough to cover my whole face. In the 4 nights that I’ve used this product, it worked as expected I would say. I’ve switched back to what I’ve been using on a regular basis once I got home and I’m glad I did. I started getting small bumps on my cheeks and realized that it could’ve been the face lotion as it contains shea butter. I have always been sensitive to products with refined shea butter and most companies use this because of the color (refined is white compared to unrefined that is more of a cream color in my experience). I’m not sure if this is the cause of my semi-breakout on the cheeks, but I’ve stopped using it just in case. Now if you don’t have any sensitivity to shea butter then this should be of no concern at all to you in that aspect.

What I don’t like about this product? If I have to be extremely picky, the fact that this has no SPF and the scent. The scent didn’t bother me at all when I sniff it from the tube, but when I applied it onto my face I actually thought about removing it (and I almost did). I didn’t mind the scent when it wasn’t on my face. This is just a personal preference though. As for the SPF, any day moisturizer I use on my face has to have SPF. So this is only an option for me to use at night.

This item is available on their online store here as well as at various retailers such as Whole Foods, Target, Sprouts, and Vitamin Shoppe.

Shimmer Polish Amy

Hey guys! How was your long weekend? It was particularly long for me since I went on a road trip with my husband to Yellowstone! It was SO much fun! We took a few extra days off (started moving midday Wednesday) and we traveled from Oklahoma to Kansas then Nebraska and then hit Wyoming. There was about less than an hour where we were driving in Idaho and we had to hit Montana since that’s where our cabin was (I LOVE the cabin!). We came back through Colorado and got back Sunday a little after midnight. We picked up our dog while visiting his folks on Monday and then just relaxed on Wednesday. It didn’t feel enough though (so much that I started planning for our Honeymoon trip!). So it’s been dead here for a while unfortunately, but I’m back into the swing of things with the blog and so here’s Shimmer Polish Amy.

Shimmer Polish Amy

It is described as “pink rainbow” according to the creator. I can see that it is indeed heavy in pink with some light blue glitter pieces peeking out. Glitter is abundant with each thin swipe and formula is just like most of the other shades I own from this brand — with no sinking glitter at all even after a year or so. Formula is thin but applies beautifully. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Shimmer Polish Amy (in shade)

Shimmer Polish Amy (lighting changed)

Shimmer Polish Amy (direct sunlight)

Shimmer Polish Amy (close-up)

Shimmer Polish Amy (lighting changed again)

This is a simple pretty glitter shade. I don’t have one quite like it in “softness” per se.

Shimmer Polish retails for $12 each and you can purchase them on the website or through their Etsy store. If none of the shades are quite right, you can request a custom polish to be made in any name you want for $15 each.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Curtain Call: Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

Today’s segment of Curtain Call covers a product that came in the Target 2014 Spring Beauty Box. I was very apprehensive about this being that I thought it was more of a gimmick with the play on BB creams for face.

At 7.5 fl oz / 221 ml, this retails for $11.99 or so wherever sold. I’d be curious to find out if this brand goes on sale regularly in any of the stores that carries it as that’s a pretty high price point for a body cream in my opinion. I received the 2 fl oz / 59 ml one. The back of the tube packaging reads the following:

“Directions for use: For best results, use daily as your body lotion. Massage this sheer formula over body, allowing time to dry prior to dressing.”

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

Verdict? I find this product to be gimmicky at first and I stand by my statement still. Maybe I need to try it out more, but I went through this entire tube and it felt nothing more than a nicely scented body cream. The product itself is light beige in color and it comes housed in a pretty looking gold tube packaging that is common for body creams. The packaging is pretty and sleek. Formula is common with most body creams I’ve tried — thicker than body lotions. The scent is pleasant to me but I couldn’t quite describe it, so I looked up online what others have said. I saw scent description of this range from what is common with suntan lotion or oils to Viva La Juicy. Serving its purpose as a body cream — I will say that it does deliver. It’s not the best when it comes to giving and retaining moisture, but it’s not bad (just okay I guess). Now about this business that in 5 days it evens, firms and corrects? That I will see visible benefits? No. I got none of that. And that tube definitely lasted me more than 5 days. It lasted me at least for a good 2 weeks. I was using it on a daily basis until it’s all gone. I even took a pair of scissors and performed body lotion/cream tube operation to get the last good bits out (I got enough for a little over one time use). The shade I got is ALL LIGHT SKIN TONES and it matches me pretty well. I did follow the instruction to give it some time to dry before getting dressed as I don’t want to get any of it on my clothing.

This product can easily be purchased at various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, Walgreens and various online stores that carry beauty and personal care products.

Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausages

My first assignment as a BzzAgent was to review, rate and share about Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausages. This particular line of sausages seems to be relatively new to me since my eyes are always open for these in savory and spicy flavors such as Jalapeno & Cheddar (can you guess what’s my favorite flavor this early in the blog post?). I was sent a lovely kit in where I can pick up 2 free packs of the product in whatever flavors of my choosing and have a good amount of $1 off coupons to share with family and friends. The sausages come in a pack of 5 and in 3 different flavors: Smoky Bourbon, Jalapeno & Cheddar and Garlic & Onion. I’ve served these sausages up twice already (not including having them as leftovers) and they did get people talking.

The first time around was about a month ago. I had several friends from work over and fired up the grill to get some Smoky Bourbon and Garlic & Onion sausages around. We got hotdog buns as well as grilled onions, tomatoes, zucchini, baby corn, and fresh jalapeno slices to go with the main feature. I asked our friends to share their thoughts on these 2 very different flavors of sausages to us. The verdict? The texture is very good — meaty and juicy right off the grill. We were all impressed by it. The sausage held together and didn’t crumble as some of us have experienced this from trying our various brands over the years (some even had casing as well!). We all agreed that the Smoky Bourbon sausages has a stronger flavor than the Garlic & Onion ones. I only detected a very faint taste of garlic and onion, but then again I am a garlic lover and consume them in huge quantities. One of my friends did state that he tastes the actual garlic and onion flavor. The clear winner between the 2 flavors I tried that day is Smoky Bourbon.

Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausages on hotdog bun with vegetable sides

When I got the chance to pick more up from Walmart a few days after I first tried these, I didn’t hesitate to grab the Jalapeno & Cheese ones (I also got the Smoky Bourbon again). I used the $1 coupons on these and along with the rollback price, it came out to $1.98 per pack. What a deal! I gave the other coupons away to family and friends as well as leaving the last few in Walmart right where the sausages are. Share the love is one of the things I live by. We couldn’t think of what to cook last night and I suggested whipping out the sausages we got a week or 2 ago. My husband fired up the grill and lined all 10 up nicely. I requested to leave the Jalapeno & Cheddar ones on the grill a few minutes longer. I personally like a little bit of char on mine. The smell is so savory and enticing. My mouth was watering in anticipation. I served these along with some penne pasta in homemade sauce that I made. The sausages were as juicy as I remembered. And the flavor? Smoky Bourbon is just as good as it was when I last had it, but the Jalapeno & Cheddar is definitely the winner. The jalapeno flavor isn’t very strong, so it just gives every bite a good amount of flavorful spice. I wouldn’t mind if they made the flavor of that in this stronger. The cheese flavor is a little bit stronger than the jalapeno, so those that worry about this being very spicy can rest easy and give it a try. I know my friends who aren’t fans of spicy food will be able to tolerate this heat level (which is nonexistent to me). Seeing the cheese ooze out when you leave it long enough on the grill is a welcome sight in my book. One thing I’ve learned from consuming these right off the grill twice now is to proceed with caution if the sausage hasn’t split open. I bit into it too excitedly the first time and hot sausage juice squirted all over and into my mouth. I didn’t think they would be this juicy! It’s also fun to think of how I can use these sausages up in the future such as in chili, gumbo or casseroles!

Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausages and side of pasta with homemade sauce

Would I buy these again? The fat content sealed its own fate for me to consider this as a treat once in a while only. But it’s a definite yes for Jalapeno & Cheddar and I’ll grab the Smoky Bourbon for others that would like to play it safe on the spice level.

This retails for I’m guessing a little over $3 usually for a pack of 5 and is available at Walmart. For more information on the brand and its offerings, click here.

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through BzzAgent program.*