Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bite Sized Treats: Bite Beauty Bite Discovery Set Swatches

Bite Beauty Bite Discovery Set is a cute little set of 5 mini lipsticks housed in a compact mirrored tin shaped like an Altoid box.

Despite the small sizes of the lipsticks in this set, they each pack a ton of good ingredients to provide moisture to the lips, as well as an antioxidant called Trans-Resveratrol that claims to fight free radicals and provide anti-aging results. A fun little fact about these tiny lipsticks is that each 0.052 oz of lipstick contains enough Resveratrol equivalent to 3 glasses of red wine. It is said that Bite lipsticks are made with natural food grade ingredients healthy enough to eat, not that you would want to eat your lipsticks as snacks, but it's good knowing what we put on our lips are safe. Also for those that are allergic to petroleum in lip products, you are in luck! Bite lipsticks do not contain synthetic oils/waxes, polybutenes, or petroleum.

This kit is a great way to try out Bite lipsticks before you commit to a full sized one. Also for lippie junkies like me, the small sizes of these lipsticks will give me a glimmer of hope that I will actually finish a tube or two soon enough :) Of the 5 flattering shades in this kit, 4 of them are very pretty everyday shades, and 1 is a bright red that applies smooth and will be great for the holiday season. The formula applies smooth and creamy.

Swatches on arm, from left to right: Retsina, Musk, Shiraz, Fig, Pomegranate. Bottom swatches taken with flash.

A creamy nude shade, but not too pale enough to erase the lips. This is more on the pale pink side.

Pretty brown pink, a MLBB (my lips but better) shade perfect for everyday.

A soft plum that is not too strong for day time wear, and perfect for evening as well.

Rose pink, very pretty and appropriate for all occasions. 

I don't wear reds too often, but I really liked this one. Perhaps the small sized lipstick actually made application easier. Look at this gorgeous juicy red, perfect for those upcoming holiday parties.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mighty Little Cranberries – How to manage UTI with Cystex

Enter the Cystex Giveaway 
November is finally here, I am so excited for the holiday season. I am most excited about Thanksgiving, the family get togethers, all the yummy food I will be cooking and eating, and did I mention, shopping? Bet you I will be sitting in front of the computer clicking this mouse away for Cyber Monday deals :)

This is also the season for cranberries. Cranberry sauce is a must have to go along with my turkey. I am a big fan of cranberries, I always stock up on dried cranberries in my pantry and 100% cranberry juice in my fridge. I use the dried cranberries as yummy toppings for my oatmeal for breakfast, and salad for lunch. I add the cranberry juice into my smoothies, or just mix with a dash of sparkly water for a refreshing drink. Not only are cranberries nutritious for you, they are especially good for us girls, as cranberries have been known to help prevent those painful urinary tract infections (UTIs). 

Now that the weather is getting colder, I find myself to have to constantly remind myself to keep hydrated. You will never know when the annoying UTI will sneak up on you, especially during times of stress (end of the year deadlines, projects, finals, anyone?) and when you forget to drink enough water to keep your system well flushed. It is even more annoying when you are away from home visiting families and friends, and an UTI hits you out of nowhere. Some of us are less fortunate and are more prone to getting UTI than others. I myself am always on a constant alert for any early signs of symptoms…that would be when I rush to my fridge to make myself a big glass of cranberry drink, and pop a few cranberry pills to help eliminate any signs of possible infection. 

But there are times when I am just not into that super tart taste of cranberry juice, let along chug glassfuls of it, so when I found out about Cystex Cranberry Urinary Health Complex, I was thrilled. It is a liquid blend of cranberry juice and other helpful ingredients to prevent UTI. Unlike regular cranberry juice though, it tastes yummy without that tart aftertaste. The best part is, it is also lactose-, gluten-, and sugar-free, and just one calorie per tablespoon, which is the amount you need each day. Don’t look down on this tiny sip, it actually contains more power than those cranberry pills and juices, because it is super concentrated. This is a life saver because it is super convenient to take, and you don’t have to drink all that cranberry juice to fill up your stomach!

If you are unfortunate enough to have already started experiencing signs and symptoms of UTI, don’t worry. Start by drinking lots of liquid and rest. To manage the symptoms, you will want to take the Cystex Urinary Pain Relief Tablets.  Unlike other over the counter UTI relieve medication, Cystex won’t turn your urine into a nasty orange color. It also contains a helpful dual-action formula that not only relieves your symptoms and eases your pain, but with an antibacterial to help the infection from getting worse before you gets a chance to go to your doctors for treatment. I have discovered Cystex a few years ago and have been a faithful customer ever since. I take it everywhere with me just in case. The tablets come in a 100 tablets bottle that’s perfect to use at home, and 40 tablets blister packs to take on the go. 

To learn more about Cystex products and learn a bit more about UTIs, head over to their website and facebook page.  

Last but not least, an exciting giveaway alert! Cystex, is feeling BERRY thankful for their Facebook fans, so to show their appreciation they are launching a Cystex “Very Berry” Giveaway where you can enter for your chance to be the grand prize winner of a @Burberry Purse or the runner up prize winner of a @Burberry scarf! Each winner will also get @Cystex Cranberry Urinary Health Complex to help promote urinary health, and a cranberry scented candle! Winners will be chosen Monday, 11/26 at 3 PM.  Stop by the CystexFacebook page, and enter the Cystex Very Berry Giveaway for your chance to win!

Disclaimer: The Cystex Cranberry Urinary Health Supplement and Cystex Urinary Pain Relief Tablets were sent to me for review purposes only. I did not get paid for this review, nor am I affiliated with the company. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Obsessed: MORE Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters

Yes, they are just that good [see proof here and here] that I decided to collect them all, yup, all 20 shades of Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters in existence all landed in my collection :D I guess you can say I was a little obsessed with them. So swatches of the rest of my collection...drum rolls please!

Top row:
Bottom row:
Creamsicle looked like such a pretty creamy peachy color in the tube, but it turned out to be quite sheer, and a little uneven on the lips, which accentuated lip lines. Therefore it is my least favorite out of the bunch. My favorites have got to be Pink Truffle and Sugar Plum, super pigmented and both are MLBB (my lips but better) colors.

Here is a picture of my bare lips for comparison:

065 Creamsicle:
015 Tutti Fruitti:

045 Cotton Candy:
095 Creme Brulee:

 080 Strawberry Shortcake:

001 Pink Truffle:

020 Brown Sugar:

070 Cherry Tart:

085 Sugar Plum:

010 Raspberry Pie:

Well, there you have it! If you haven't tried these lip butters, go grab them right now! Special thanks to my dearest friends for helping me track down the shades I couldn't find, you know who you are <3

P.S. If you want to buy Revlon Colorburst lip stick check out these coupons for here.