Big Changes!

Hi friends!!

I am so very grateful for your continued support and encouragement! I have loved getting to know you all and supporting you and your blogs as well 🙂 I am making the move over to a self-hosted site, www.citystyleiowasmile.com

I will continue to be active and supporting you all via my wordpress.com account and I would love it if you would stop over, subscribe, and continue to support me too! Connecting with a similar community is one of the many reasons I began to blog…I love hearing about how others are styling an outfit or using the latest eyeshadow palette and I enjoy sharing what I am creating as well! I have a new post going up on my site today, a review of my May 2015 Glossybox. I will be aiming to blog Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays.

Thank you all again and see you at citystyleiowasmile.com!

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Mandie

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Giveaway Time: Win a MAC Lipstick of Your Choice!

Giveaway happening over at The Rose Beauty Files! Who doesn’t need another MAC lippie?! 💋

The Rose Beauty Files

100-followersLast night I went to bed with 98 followers and this morning I woke up and I had hit the 100 mark! Thank you so much for following me, I am so happy that so many of you are actually interested in reading my little blog! MAC-Fantasy-of-Flowers-Lipsticks_Fotor_CollageAs promised, I have decided to do a little giveaway to say thank you to everyone for following! This is my first giveaway so bare with me as I’m not entirely sure how I want it to to work, but I’ve come up with some rules:

  • You must be a follower of this blog
  • For an extra entry, you must also follow me on Bloglovin’
  • You must like and reblog this post
  • Finally, drop me a comment to say that you’ve done so!

This giveaway is open internationally, I don’t know whether it will be international in the future as I am unsure on…

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My First GlossyBox Review!

IMG_3313 (2)I recently received my first Glossybox and I wanted to do a quick review of what I received. Glossybox is a beauty subscription box that is $21/month; however, I got mine for a deal on Rue La La–6 months for 95 dollars (Just about $16/month). Glossybox describes itself as being on the luxury end of subscription boxes, which I am excited about. I’ve had mixed experiences with the subscription box concept before. But…I feel like by the end of my 6 month deal I will have a fairly thorough impression on the brand and if it’s something I would like to continue receiving and paying for.

IMG_3315Emite Micronized Eyeshadow in DAMS– $18

(Glossybox valued this at $27, but I found it on the Emite website for $18)

I am unfamiliar with this brand, but from what I can tell on their website, this brand sounds kind of like a Swedish MAC. I was very impressed with the feel of the shadow when I swatched it; it was incredibly, incredibly soft and fairly pigmented. I am excited to use it, who doesn’t need a basic black shadow?

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Swatch of DAMS

IMG_3318Proganix Cherry Blossom Anti-Fade Weightless Argan Oil-$11.99

For the record, I definitely wouldn’t classify this as a luxury item. That being said, I am always up for new things. This product can be used on dry hair to smooth flyaways/UV protection and on damp hair to decrease frizziness, provide UV protection, and prevent breakage. I’ve actually used it a few times and so far I like it to combat flyaways and frizziness. My hair is dyed, so UV protection is important to prevent fading. I usually use Aveda’s Sun Protection line, but this will be a nice comparison. I feel like I haven’t used it enough to comment on the UV protection yet. One downside–the cherry blossom fragrance is overpowering. Luckily, it seems to fade after styling. I stuck my hair in Mr. IowaSmile’s nose and he didn’t notice and he is scent-sitive. I was glad because my first impression was “you smell like baby prostitute, no way am I smelling like this.”

IMG_3319OPI Nail Lacquer in Pink Outside the Glossybox – $9.50

This is a great addition to the box and super cute too! I love OPI polishes and this color is a classic neutral pink. It actually reminds me of Essie’s Ballet Slippers, but I personally prefer the OPI formula over Essie, so this is a win for me!

IMG_3321Vince Camuto Amore Eau de Parfum – $20?

(A full size is $78 for 3.4 oz, this is a deluxe sample size. I’m not sure what I’d value this at, maybe $20)

First off, I am a sucker for cute perfume bottles. For some reason, I like them even better when they’re miniature cute bottles. The one thing I was confused about design-wise–where is the name? It seems odd that it’s nowhere on the bottle. Anyways, enough about the design. The scent is a win, though it took a bit of time to grow on me. At first, it has strong floral notes, which I enjoy. After a couple minutes, I started to notice some super sweet sugary notes, which I have some mixed feelings about. I’m not a big fan of really sweet scents (I was traumatized by a summer spent making cotton candy when I was 16). After about 20 minutes, that cotton candy/sugary scent had faded and you could detect a mix of both the fruity/sugary and floral notes. I would definitely try wearing it for a few hours and seeing how the scent evolves before buying.

Nuxe Masque Creme Fraiche De Beaute – $32

Nuxe is a French brand started by pharmacists in the 1920s. It is sold at Dermstore.com, but I’m also pretty sure I saw it at my Target the other day. This mask is a hydration mask, so I’m not sure how much I’ll use it because my skin is oily/combo. Especially now that winter is gone, I am rarely dry. I saw online that some people had complained about the orange blossom scent, but I didn’t notice it too much when I tried this on my hand. I may give this one a go when I am traveling this month, since airplanes and different climates can make my skin dry.

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Overall Impression: 7/10

There were some products I’m really excited to use, others that grew on me, and one that doesn’t really fit my needs right now. They are in a range of drugstore to high end products.

Overall Value: At least $71.50, plus the value of the sample perfume

I’d say that’s a pretty good deal for $21 spent!