Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: One Direction Limited Edition Makeup Tins - Video Review

It's nearing the time of year, when we are in a rush to find the perfect gift. No time like the present to gift your loved ones the newest line of makeup by One Direction!

These adorable One Direction Limited Edition makeup tins make the perfect gift for the One Direction fans on your Christmas gift list. 

Available now at Sears, Kmart, Target and Walmart Canada, you'll be sure to please all the One Direction fans in your life!

About the One Direction Limited Edition Makeup Tins -

Created for—and inspired by—fans of the world's biggest band, this limited-edition beauty collection is fun, bold and a tad mischievous, just like ONE DIRECTION. 

5 Limited Edition Tins are available (1 for each band member). Tins include:

Eye Shadows:
Nobody Compares- Metallic silver
Tell Me A Lie- Metallic nude pink 
Same Mistakes- Metallic mint
I Would- Smokey brown shimmer
Summer Love- Smokey purple haze
Everything About You- Smokey black shimmer

Eye Pencil:
I Want- True matte black

Lip Gloss:
Loved You First- Bubble gum pink
One Thing- Frosted pink ice
Irresistible- Shimmered pearl
Heart Attack- Creamy rose shine

Lip Gloss Top Coat:
Over Again- Silver glitter sparkle

Nail Varnish:
Stole My Heart- Magenta pink shimmer

Alive- Multi-coloured glitter flakes
The shadows have a great pigment, as well as the lip gloss! The nail varnish is very holiday inspired, with a beautiful red color and a great glitter top coat with flecks of holiday color (red, green, gold and silver). Plus, the makeup tins make the perfect addition for fans who collect all One Direction items!

In my video, I'll show what each item in the tin looks like for an up close and personal view! Be sure to add the One Direction Limited Edition Makeup Tin to your shopping list and know that when you gift this you'll be the most popular gift giver of the night!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: New One Direction Makeup Kits - Video Review

First, I'd like to thank all the wonderful One Direction fans who follow me on social media and who entered the awesome giveaway (see below)

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It's fans like you that make this review and all other future One Direction products possible.

I'm excited to talk to you about the latest items in their makeup line! Be sure to add these to your Christmas Gift List and if this is a parent, be on the look out for these, you can find them at retailers Macy's, Dillards, Boscov's, Stage Stores, Beauty Brands and Lord & Taylor!

First let's talk Mascara!


Give your look a jolt of electric colour, with this limited-edition trio of ultra-bold coloured mascaras for hair and lashes, in three heavily pigmented, buildable colours. 

FOR LASHES- Make a subtle statement by adding a pop of colour to the tips of your lashes, or add coats to your entire lashes for a shockingly chic look. The more the better!
AS A HAIR MASCARA- Apply to small sections of hair and swipe through for instant ELECTRIC highlights.

Why don’t we go there- Shock of BLUE
Does he know?- Pinkest HOT PINK

Story of my life- Amped CANARY YELLOW

Next, let's talk lip gloss! My favorite! And guess what guy?? It'll glow in the dark! Great under a UV light! How fun is that?


Liquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night. 
Gloss can be worn alone for a pop of sparkle and color, or paired with One Direction crème lipstick for a bolder look. 

Through the Dark- Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light 
Kiss You- Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light 

Taken - Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV light

Last, but certainly not least, let's talk nail varnish! Sleek, trendy colors that go with just about any, if not all outfits! Plus, it will look super cool under UV lights.


ROCK ME NAIL KIT, featuring NEON UV-REACTIVE Nail Varnish and UV-REACTIVE GLITTER nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night. 
Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle! 

Nail Varnish:
Happily– UV iced blue glitter 
Moments- UV neon pink 
Diana- UV 3D holographic 

Glitter Toppings: 
Kicks- UV snow cone blue
Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter 

Star-- UV holo glitter 

Here's my thoughts, and some quick video swatches!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: InstaWave by Kiss - Video Review

There are 10 shopping days left (11 if you're a hard core procrastinator) and there is a product that I recently tried that I loved and I wanted you all to know about it, know how well it works and then put it on your holiday shopping list, because the InstaWave by KISS definitely made my top 10 on the Holiday Gift Guide 2014!

Above, you can see just how easy it is to achieve either that tousled, casual and simple beach wave to a sophisticated "just stepped out of the salon" look!

I am a slave to my styling tools, I'll admit, my hair has seen better days, but I thoroughly enjoyed using the InstaWave by KISS! I noticed that I had to do minimal work, I didn't have to worry about over styling, over curling or burning my hair. I actually noticed that the machine left my hair really soft and shiny! An A+ in my book!

Here I am showing you how to get that simple tousled beach wave and that sophisticated Holiday party look!

Some of the talking points that I feel are important -

  • At first glance, the InstaWave's barrel is intimidating, I'm not going to lie. When I first saw the entire machine, I REALLY thought I was going to hate it and my hair was going to get stuck in the prongs...WRONG! It's actually super fool proof, which brings me to...
  • This InstaWave is fool proof! If you feel like you've tugged too much on your hair, or you are tangling your hair, with a simple switch with your finger turn the arrow indicator in the opposite direction and it will smoothly, and oh so effortlessly release your hair! No catching, no pulling, just one swift motion, and guess what, after you've untangled yourself, you have a great, bouncy curl. Win/Win!
  • The InstaWave has two heat settings, if your hair is anything like mine, you'll need the High setting to lock in a tight curl, but if you normally don't use a high setting on your hair and you get a nice bounce from an ordinary curling iron, then you'll love the low setting.
  • InstaWave provides you with ONE machine, capable of achieving completely different hairstyles! 
Although the InstaWave by KISS is fairly new, it's one of the hottest styling tools around! Please be sure to add it to your own Holiday wish list or add it on for someone else's! You'll be sure to be a hit with your new effortless hair by InstaWave!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Adventures in Parenting: #LuvsLeakFreeHoliday

***Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Luvs.  All opinions are 100% mine.***

I remember being a first time mom, this was 14 years ago, but as they say, you never forget your first, in my case...first diaper leak.  I was scheduled for a job interview one morning, my son was about 5 weeks old, it was cold (he was a November baby) and I remember feeling his diaper dry before we left to drop him off at the sitter's. I remember it was raining, I was trying not to rush, but it seemed like the sooner I need to get to the sitter's the more red lights I got. Shortly before we arrived, he started to cry, so instead of leaving him in the carseat and rushing off to my interview, I took him out, and held him, I think I wanted to soothe myself more than I was soothing him. I gave him his bottle and rushed off to the interview.

(My now, freshman, back in Nov. 2000)

As I'm sitting in the lobby, waiting for the General Manager, I notice I'm getting funny stares, so I start panicking, did my hair become out of place, did I forget to put on make up on one eye (first time mom, who was sleep deprived, ANYTHING could happen) I finally get called into his office, and he instantly gave me the same stare. Then I panicked even more, what if my blouse is unbuttoned and I'm exposed para todos, ay no! Que verguenza!

(That's one happy baby! He was five months old!)

I powered through the interview and he says to me "Miss, I'm sorry, but did you spill something on yourself?" to which I immediately thought to myself "Oh NO!!! I leaked, my breastmilk is leaking!" but then I paused and thought, "No, I just pumped, that can't be possible!" and I must have paused for ever, because he said "Miss???" To which I quickly responded, "Yes, I'm sorry, I believe I did" and quickly ran out.

I ran to the car, dry bra, I smelled my shirt...it was my son, his diaper leaked. Luckily, I am a stellar interviewer, and I got the job, even with the awkward stain on my best interview shirt. My General Manager and I became close, because his wife had just had a baby (born three days apart from my own son), and he asked me a few months later if I had lied during my interview, he said "I went home and told my wife, I interviewed a young lady today, I felt bad for her honey, I think she umm "leaked" I was mortified, and said, "It's worse, sir...my son's diaper leaked on me!" From that day on, he called him my good luck charm, and from that day forward, I carried him like he was a stinky skunk, at least a foot away from my body...I'm KIDDING! No lo tomen en serio! But I was completely careful going forward! 

Of course, being now, 14 years later a seasoned momma of three. I've experienced my fair share of diaper leaks!

(See, three boys, THIS momma knows a thing or two about leaks!)

I think I'd have a less embarrassing interview if Luvs had their newest line of Night Lock diapers available to me back then, good thing they're available to all you parents now!

Have you checked out Luvs adorable "Will It Leak" video series yet? Well, tis’ the season of holiday miracles! And this year, Luvs is turning clicks into diapers. From December 9th - 25th, for every view their Will It Leak "Santa Suit" video receives on their social media channels, Luvs will give diapers to children in need through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

  • Luvs diapers, a trusted name in baby care, knows that the holiday season is full of stressful moments, but they don't want diaper leaks be one of them. This holiday, Luvs wants everyone to celebrate a Leak-Free Holiday. 
  • Luvs with NightLock ofrece la mayor área de absorbencia EN LA HISTORIA para eliminar las fitraciones, lo que equivale a menos pañales mojados durante la temporada festiva para el bebé, y más tiempo para que los padres disfruten las celebraciones.
  • The holiday fun doesn't stop there! This holiday, Luvs is also inviting parents to whip up a baby book for their child in a few quick clicks with Luvs and Tweekaboo. Get yours here: https://www.tweekaboo.com/luvs' 
  • ¡Pero la diversión festiva no termina ahí! Esta temporada festiva, Luvs también está invitando a los padres a ganarse un libro para su bebé gracias a unos cuantos clics rápidos con Luvs y Tweekaboo. Aquí puedes ganar el tuyo: https://www.tweekaboo.com/luvs'.
I hope you ALL made it to last week's Luvs Twitter Party!

Please join @Luvs and celebrity dad, expectant father and @donald_faison for a #LuvsLeakFreeHoliday Twitter Party on Thursday, December 11th, from 9-10pmEST, where we’ll be sharing personal holiday leak stories.

In case you missed it, I wouldn't want you to feel left out! I'm partnering up with Luvs to provide you with a GREAT GIVEAWAY! 

The #LuvsLeakFreeHoliday Giveaway includes:

  • Branded Luvs Tote Bag
  • #LuvsLeakFreeHoliday Travel Coffee Mug
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Luvs Branded Purple Star Ornament
  • My First Kwanzaa Book
  • Plush Musical Dreidel
  • Hanukkah Gelt
  • Two Packs of Luvs Diapers
  • A Tub of Luvs Wipes

Giveaway Guidelines:

  • Entrants must be 18+up and live in the contiguous U.S. No Puerto Rico.
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Holiday Shopping List 2014: Purchase your new #CanonatBestBuy

This beauty right here, is on my holiday shopping list this year. I have been dreaming about it, since it's release date (i'm slightly infatuated with Canon) and now I can add it to my list because I know Best Buy will have it.

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.
•      Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video  
•      Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
•      Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
•      The 3" vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more.
*offer valid 12/7-12/20

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is perfect for #HintingSeason, unless you're me then it's post pictures of #CanonAtBestBuy ads all over the fridge, think that might have been over kill with my husband. Last time I posted the ad on my fridge, he wrote in red marker, "I Know! I Know" This is a great camera, the capabilities, the clarity, the picture quality, oh glorious day, the picture quality. 

None compare in my opinion, so why not check out #CanonAtBestBuy?

***Disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.***