Friday, August 30, 2013

Review: Ponds BB+ Cream

About a month ago I was lucky enough to be chosen by Influenster to participate in trying a new product from Ponds. They were putting out a BB cream called Ponds BB+. I have to say, upon receiving the box I was blown away by the packaging and presentation. The box they came displayed in is something I will enjoy using for years to come.

I was sent two foundations to try for myself, one in Light and the other in Medium. The medium shade will never get touched by me as I am very fair skinned. I was excited to try the light shade because I have been trying to find the perfect BB cream that works for not only my skin type, but also my coloring. So I eagerly tried the light shade BB+ on a day that I was spending outside in a park. I figured what better place to try a new foundation that has SPF 15 in it!?

Sadly to say that's where my excitement tapered off. I wasn't a fan of the coverage it gave and it left my face feeling tacky/sticky to the touch. I ended up putting a loose powder over top to help take away the stickiness. Once in natural daylight it was easy to see that it was not a match for my skin tone. The color had quickly oxidized on me and was leaning orange.

By mid day the foundation had already started melting off of my chin and cheeks. It was also feeling tacky again and looked to have oxidized even more. This is a common issue with my combination skin that starts dry and ends oily.

I so hoped that this would be a product that worked for me, but it didn't. This is an all to common issue for BB creams that I have come across. They tend to have a limited color range and companies don't seem to understand that one or two colors does not fit all. Perhaps if Ponds comes out with a lighter shade I will try it, but even then I would be hesitant.

Here's what Ponds says about their product:

Flawless in Seconds, + More Even Tone in 2 Weeks! 
POND'S® Luminous Finish BB+ was created with Tone Perfecting Complex. It works by targeting the source of dark spots on skin’s surface – visibly fading them for a difference you can see. It also delivers a special pigment system designed to blend flawlessly into a variety of skin tones and immediately conceal imperfections with natural-looking coverage.
Available in Light and Medium.

At night, remove all traces of makeup with Luminous Clean™ Wet Cleansing Towelettes.
Essential Features
  • Superior* Coverage of Imperfections
  • Superior* Visible Dark Spot Reduction
  • Superior* Non-Greasy Feel, with a Matte Finish
  • Broad spectrum SPF 15 sun protection
  • Non-comedogenic – won’t clog pores
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Hypoallergenic

Be sure to check out the giveaway that Pond's is hosting on their Facebook page!

This product was sent to me by Influenster to review for Ponds. All thoughts are my own. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Something new for the dishes

Something awesome came in the mail from Influenster the other day. I was lucky enough to be chosen to try out a new product from Palmolive. Now when I found out I was going to be testing something new from them I was excited, but also figured it would be a great sample sized product. But no, Palmolive went above and beyond and I was greeted with this:

Three full sized bottles of their new Fresh Infusions. I received Lemon Thyme, Lime Basil and Ginger White Tea. So Far I am loving the Ginger White Tea, but that may change when I do my dishes later. The bottles are very nice, with pretty photos of what the scent is. 

Dare I say it, I'm actually excited to do dishes! 

Check back soon for a full review on these bad boys!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Closing out 2012

As I watch 2012 come to a close, I can't say that I am all that sad. It's been a year of adjustments and a lot more self doubt than I care for. But it hasn't been all bad. I have taken some major steps in a direction that I have been tiptoeing towards for months, years even.

So while 2012 might be quietly making its exit in my life, 2013 is waiting to start with a bang. Why is that you might ask? Well that's because I have taken a huge leap and am excited with where it's going.

I have started another blog, one that revolves around my love of all things nail polish. It's about time, seeing as I have a very large love of all things nail lacquer. But that alone is not the big jump. The big jump is that after 6 months of making nail polish of my own, I am going to launch a shop. I am going to sell my nail polish!

If you would like to join me on this journey, please join me over at Emerald & Ash. I will not only share my polish collection, but also the polishes I have made and that I plan to sell.

Running my own shop and making something I truly love has been something I have dreamed about for years. So I am beyond excited. I hope to be able to still blog over here, but it will probably be slow while I work on my shop and getting everything up and running.

2013 is already looking to be full of excitement and new things and I hope that you will join me in this new endeavor.

I also hope that you have a wonderful new year and that it brings you all of the things you have been hoping for.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Promo: SquareHue

I blogged last week about SquareHue which is a monthly subscription box for nail polish. I also talked about the fact that they were doing a special $14.99 promo that you would be locked into for the life of your subscription. Well that promo ended on the 8th and the price went to $21 (which still isn't an awful deal), but the wonderful people over at SquareHue have given me a promo code that will give you the chance to get your subscription for the $14.99.

So if you want to get the box...but waited too long you're in luck! The promo is good till December 24th. So don't wait too long.

So go now and enter in the code: DECBLOGGER05 (it is case sensitive). 

Also...their January collection is called the Arctic Collection. So looking forward to it! So go sign up now so you can get it!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Review: SquareHue

Hello! Today I am very excited to share with you a new monthly subscription box called SquareHue. Why am I so excited? Because SquareHue is a nail polish box!'s like my dream box.

When I first heard about the box it sparked my interest. After looking through their website I knew that I had to try it. You get 3 polishes each month that have been specifically made for that month. The company looks at what is trending in colors for at the time and they create beautiful colors from there. Even better is this:

We are sure you’ll love SquareHue quality. Our colors are developed by the same lab as some of the largest international brands. No cheapy stuff here.
  • “3-Free” Clean formula – Does not contain (1)DBP, (2)Formaldehyde, (3)Toluene.
  • We like our formula extra clean… so no Camphor either.
  • Not tested on animals.
  • Proudly Made in the USA.

Here's what really hooked me. Their bottles are the "normal" .50 oz bottles. None of this tiny bottle for a high price crap (I'm looking at you Julep). That and it's their own brand. So if you're like me and have a huge collection you don't have to worry that they might send you an OPI you already have. 

I was actually lucky enough to get their very first box, which was December's, sent to me for review and I have to say that not only am I honored, it was an absolute pleasure talking with Laura at SquareHue. She was nothing but helpful and answered all of my questions. 

So after a little wait (wrong zipcode issue) I finally got my box yesterday. I have to say, it's an adorable little box. It's so small, but perfect for the polishes. Once opened I was greeted with a welcome card that was signed by everyone from SquareHue. It was a simple, but sweet extra. 

Getting past the welcome note, the polishes were packed with crinkle cut paper. Both pretty and great padding for the polish.

Each polish was held in it's own space with a divider. Also super smart for shipping the polishes safely. 

The bottles are a great square shape with a good weight behind them. They don't feel like they are going to fall over at all. One side has a large white square printed on it with hue written inside of the square. The opposite side has their website, size of the bottle and Made in USA printed on it. All of the printing is nicely done and allows you to see the polish through all sides.

On the bottom of the bottle are stickers with the company name, name of the polish and the date of when the polish was sent out. I actually love that they put the date on the bottles. So I always know which collection they were a part of.'s brilliant. This month was all about the holidays and the names reflected that as well. 

Now for the swatches! I started with Champagne Toast, which is a great light gold foil. There are some flashes of silver in it as well. It really does have a Champagne feel to it. This went on to be opaque with two coats. The first coat started out a little streaky, but I find that to be true with a lot of foils that I have used. After the second coat everything evened out and looked great. It didn't show much in the way of brush strokes either. It dried fairly quickly to the touch and is shown here without a top coat.

Next is Sugar Plum. It's a great deep purple metallic with a little shimmer in it. I honestly don't own enough purples, so I was haver happy to add this to my collection. The first coat started out very streaky, but was easily fixed with a second coat. I did do a thin third coat for peace of mind, but probably would have been fine with only two coats. The formula was really nice, not too thin that it flooded my cuticles and not to thick that it was hard to work with.

Last, but not least is Holly Berry. It's a great red metallic with gold shimmer. Maybe not the most original red, but lets face it there is no such thing as an original red at this point. I do really like that it's a metallic with the shimmer, because it makes it look lit from within. I will apologize now, because the sun went off and hit by the time I was ready for pictures, so you can't see the gold as much, but it's there. After applying the purple I decided to try 3 thin coats with this color, which worked perfectly. Again, streaky at first, but smooth and wonderful after the second coat.

So overall what do I think? 

Well I'm impressed. The colors are perfect for the holidays. And while I would have loved a green (I adore green and have a huge desire for a green polish with silver shimmer), it's just a personal wish and nothing to do with SquareHue. Really the purple was perfect in this set. It took it away from the basic green and red of the holidays. 

Now for the details. Right now they have a deal where you can get the subscription for $14.99 per month with free shipping, but that does end on the 8th of this month. Then the price jumps to $21. 

I personally feel like it's a great deal and will be jumping on it, because getting polish each month that has been picked out based on trends is right up my alley. I really look forward to seeing what their next colors will look like and I hope that their formula is just as wonderful down the line. 

Disclaimer: This was sent to me to review, but all thoughts and views on the products are my own. 

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