Review: India Hicks Hand Lotion- The Grove

India Hicks is a former fashion model originally from the UK who now lives in The Bahamas and has FIVE kids!!  I have to give her credit, because I have two.  (I am pretty sure it feels like I have five haha.)  The Bahamas is one of my favorite places to visit, and my husband and I have ventured to Nassau twice.  There’s nothing I don’t like about blue waters, palm trees, and white sand.  India Hicks designed and launched a lifestyle brand centered around the beauty and simplicity of island life.  She included bags, jewelry, clothes, accessories, and of course her decadent beauty line.  Today I will review the India Hicks Hand Lotion (The Grove version).*  Just look at the pretty packaging!  Yes, please!! read more


Mascara Face Off: Too Faced Better than Sex vs. Chanel Inimitable Intense

I have been using Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara *religiously for years.  It really is my ultimate mascara!  But as I was scrolling Instagram last week, I came across another blogger’s photo of Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara,*, which she referred to as her favorite of all time!  (You can check out her post here.).  Her caption prompted me to comment on her post, asking her if she ever tried Chanel Inimitable Intense, and alas, this collaboration was born!  We each ordered each other’s respective ultimate mascaras to test out and share the results with all of you.  Are you ready for this?!  Continue reading to find out which of these quintessential mascaras, Too Faced Better than Sex vs. Chanel Inimitable Intense, reigns supreme.  What is your ultimate mascara??  Have you ever tried either of these? read more


5-Minute Makeup (2nd Edition)

After posting this photo of my 5-minute face on Instagram (Are we following each other yet?), I decided to give you more details about my makeup in a blog post.  A few of my followers couldn’t believe it only took me 5 minutes to apply my makeup!  I want to share my routine since everyone has days where they are either pressed for time or don’t feel like applying a full face.  Do you have a 5-minute makeup routine??  I’d love to hear how it compares to mine!  Comment below!  (If you missed my first 5-minute makeup post, you can check it out here.) read more


Review: Herbal Essences with Bio:Renew

Because I have super fine hair, I am always searching for the perfect shampoo.  I want my hair to feel soft, but not too soft, so that I can achieve my desired volume.  And when my hair feels too stiff, I feel like I look like a lampshade.  I have tried salon-grade shampoos, drugstore shampoos, and every kind in between, but I have yet to find the perfect brand.  So when BzzAgent started their Herbal Essences with bio:renew campaign, I jumped right on that train!  Read on for the review.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. read more


Review: Baby Bat Beauty

I recently stumbled upon Baby Bat Beauty products at a local event and immediately gravitated toward the shimmering array of matte lip creams, highlighters, balms, and palettes.  When the owner told me a little about the products, the information she gave made these vibrant products sparkle even more!  Read on for my review of Baby Bat Beauty!

Baby Bat Beauty

What does Baby Bat Beauty Stand For?

Besides being colorful and unique, Baby Bat Beauty products are:

  • PETA certified cruelty-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Gluten-free
  • PETA certified vegan (This applies to most, not all, Baby Bat Beauty products.)

They offer a range of beauty products, including:

  • Dew Drops (Find my review below.)
  • Highlighters and Blush
  • Skin Palettes
  • Gel Eyeliners
  • False Eyelashes
  • Matte Lipsticks
  • Metallic Lip Creams (Find my review below.)
  • Lip Balms and Scrubs (Find my reviews below.)
  • Body Products such as Bath Bombs, Soaks, and Scrubs

Baby Bat Beauty Metallic Lip Cream Review

I decided to go with the Metallic Lip Cream because of its subtle sparkle (and because I am not really into mattes).   I chose two shades: Venus, which is a hot pink, and Meteor, which is a deep burgundy.  The burgundy is perfect for the winter, while the pink suits the warmer months.  But I must say I have been wearing the pink a LOT!  I love brightening up blah days with a hot pink shimmer on my lips.  (You’ll see me wearing the darker shade in my review of the Dew Drops.) read more


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