Monday, August 10, 2020

Manicure Monday: Shades of Blue

Hello Everyone!


I can't remember the last time I did a Manicure Monday post. I know it's been awhile! It's funny because I've been polishing my nails lately, but I forget to take picture. Today I'm sharing a shades of blue manicure I created over the weekend.


For my shades of blue manicure, I used 5 different blue polishes and a clear silver glitter polish. I used Zoya and Essie Nail Polishes.


Blue is one of my favorite Summer colors


Makeup Monday and Manicure Monday


Happy Monday! I wanted to let everyone know that I'll be taking a short blogging break. I should visit and comment on your blogs, but I'm taking a week or so off from posting content on my blog. You can keep up and follow me on Instagram: miss_pilar  See you all soon! Be well and stay safe!

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Updated Skincare Organization feat. Original Beauty Box

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This post contain a PR Sample from Original Beauty Box. I want to thank Original Beauty Box for sending this product over for review. All opinions are 100% my own.



About a month ago, I shared a recent PR Haul that included a new Original Beauty Box that was sent to me. I was super excited to get a new acrylic box because I love the brand and  I needed a new one to store more of my skincare products. You can see my last skincare organization post HERE



The Pro Box was my first Original Beauty Box that I owned back in 2016. You can see it HERE. The acrylic box above is the Original Beauty Box. 


I switched things in my Original Beauty Box drawer. For the drawer I put my Beauty tools and headbands that I use during my skincare routines. You may remember during my first skincare organization post that I needed more space in the acrylic drawers. Honestly I love the dimensions in the Original Beauty Box drawers because I have a more space depth wish and the length is a little longer. Stacked with the Muji Drawers it makes for a great set up. 


For Part 1 of my skincare organization, I have cleansers, beauty tools and accessories, lip balms, eye creams, cleansers, skincare minis, serums, masks, scrubs, and eye patches.


I also switched up some of the Muji Drawers. In the photo above I have some of my mini skincare products.


You may noticed most of bottles are full. Typically when I do updated posts like this I try refill some of bottles with mini products/samples of the products I'm refilling. 


For Part 2 of skincare organization, I have hydrators, micellar water, foam cleansers,  makeup removers, toners, face mists, oils, creams, lotions, sunscreens, and products for troubled skin.


This is my current skincare organization. I'm not sure if I'll reorganize again, but if I do I'll do another updated post!



Speaking of skincare...I also want to thank Derma E, Drunk Elephant, and CVS for over these skincare products for review. All Opinions are 100% my own.



Derma recently sent over their July 2020 Box, which contained their new Bi Phase Toner. So far I really like the Bi Phase Toner. This toner has a fresh clean scent, and I think it's a great addition to the anti acne line.


I've been using this toner for almost a week and my skin doesn't feel stripped of moisture. This toner does remove access oil without drying my skin. If you have oily skin I recommended giving this toner a try. My face had a minor break out and this toner helped soothe my skin and reduce redness.


I've reviewed the other products (full sized) in this collection last year, (3 Steps to Clearer Skin Feat. Derma E Acne Skincare). All the products are great for fighting against acne.

CVS Beauty Box


CVS is known focusing on health and wellness and in their latest beauty box they sent over a few beauty items.  CVS is one of my favorite places to purchases beauty essentials since they sell clean beauty products. Don't forget to sign up for the beauty club and extra care card! The rewards and coupons help so much with savings!

Drunk Elephant 


A few days ago, Drunk Elephant sent over this super cute package! I plan on doing a full review on these products soon!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette and Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara

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About a week ago I shared my Sephora Haul that included Urban Decay's Naked Ultraviolet Palette. Today I'm going to review that palette along with the Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara Disclaimer: The Lash Freak Mascara was sent to me for review purposes. Thank you Urban Decay for sending this product. All opinions are 100% my own.


Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette 




Details

Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Eyeshadow Palette comes with 12 purple and neutral eyeshadows in matte, shimmer, and glitter eyeshadow finishes alongside a holographic pearl transformer.



A vivid addition to the Naked palette lineup, these peachy neutrals, lavenders, violets, and deep purple eyeshadows create endless eye looks. With iridescent shimmers, light-reflecting shifts, and a holographic transformer, these eye shades blend seamlessly for eyeshadow looks from soft to bold.

Benefits:Cruelty-free




Eyeshadow Shades and Swatches:


Trippin' (warm ivory satin)

Mind Slip (soft peach matte)

Dazed (golden pink shimmer with gold micro-pearls)

Hacked (nude mauve matte)

V.R. (raspberry sparkle with iridescent micro-shimmer)

Lucid (holographic green pearl shift)


Optimized (lavender matte)

Warning (bright pink satin with purple shift)

Cyber Punk (violet shimmer with pink micro-shimmer)

Euphoric (cool-toned light purple with blue shift)

Purple Dust (ultraviolet with iridescent micro-shimmer)

Digital (smoky black with red micro-shimmer)



My Thoughts



Many brands have tried creating a purple toned palette that has pigment, and blends well. If you were unaware purple is considered a difficult shadow to create. Urban Decay has successfully achieved creating a beautiful purple toned paletted that has minimal fallout. Not only is this palette beautiful, the shadows blend very well.


My apologies for the swatches, the lighting wasn't the best even when I turned on the flash. The colors are pigmented, but I suggest using a white base to really make the colors pop. In my opinion this palette is easy to work with when creating eye makeup looks. If you're new to color or like vibrant color shadows rather than neutrals this is a good palette to try.






*Disclaimer: The Lash Freak Mascara was sent to me for review purposes. Thank you Urban Decay for sending this product. All opinions are 100% my own.

Get the boldest lashes of your life with every swipe of Lash Freak’s dramatically volumizing and lengthening mascara.


This ultra-pigmented, flake-proof mascara creates 23.6 times more volume and 40% more visible length for the boldest lashes. The asymmetrical brush was designed to load every eyelash with the max amount of formula for extreme volume and definition. The tip defines and separates even the tiniest of individual lashes, while the curved side adds lift at the lash root. The intensely black longwear formula lasts up to 20 hours; it’s smudge-proof and sweatproof.

Ingredient callouts:

Gluten-free

Cruelty-free



My Thoughts



I don't have any mascara in my makeup collection that is anything like this Lash Freak Mascara. I really love how this mascara gives my lashes a volumizing look with no clumping. The wand is also different. The wand does wonders for my lashes since the wand shapes to my lashes. Finally a wand that can separate my smallest lower lashses! My lashes look even longer! Since I have long natural lashes this mascara makes I've worn this mascara for about 15 and I didn't notice any smudging and this mascara is sweat proof. I've used UD Perversion Mascara for years, and now I can add Lash Freak to list of favorite mascaras.



Monday, July 27, 2020

Happy 7th Blogiversary to Beauty and More By Pilar!

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Today is an exciting day for me! It's my 7th Blogiversary!!! I know I say this every year, but it's still surreal to me that I've been blogging for 7 years. When I set out to do something, I try to accomplish my goals. To blog for 7 years is an accomplishment that makes me proud of myself.


Not many people in my personal life know that I blog. It's not really secret lol, I just have a small inner circle. To my biggest supporter, my mom thank you for always being there to support and encouragement me in life and my social media journey. Thank you for the Blogiversary gifts!


Blogiversary gifts!


Since social distancing is still in full effect, I wanted to keep things simple at home and had pizza hut for dinner. Thanks again mama!


Sephora Haul


Sponsors /Collaborations


I want to thank all the brands that I have worked with past and present. I appreciate you sending products, sponsoring, and valuing my opinion to share with my audience. You can view my latest PR Haul HERE

PR Samples 2020


- Derma E
- Zoya
- Pixi by Petra


PR Samples 2020


- Benefit Cosmetics
- Chique Tools
- Pacifica

The Gift of Giving Back 


June 2020 Nurses Giveaway feat. Original Beauty Box 

Givin back has been one of the most special events for me this year. I wanted to create giveaway baskets for 3 nurses. I wish I could do more, but their happiness and gratitude made my day. I want to thank Original Beauty Box again for Vanity Mirrors in the giveaway. You can read all about it HERE


Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank you all for taking time to visit, read, and comment on my blog! I appreciate you all! Over the years I shared personal posts dealing with anxiety and depression, and my overall passion beauty. I hope that when you visit my blog that you enjoy and find inspiration from my posts. Here's to another wonderful year of blogging!


Love ❤❤

Pilar



Friday, July 24, 2020

Pixi Clarity Collection

Hello Everyone!


* Disclaimer: This posts contains PR Samples from YCC Agency for Pixi Beauty to review. Thank you YCC Agency for sending over these products. All opinions are 100% my own.



Today I'm going to share my thoughts on Pixi's latest Clarity Collection. I have been curious about the line since I Pixi first announced the collection.


The Clarity Collection features the benefits of Salicylic Acid in skin-perfecting formulas: Clarity Cleanser, Clarity Tonic, Clarity Concentrate and Clarity Lotion.

Infused with Glycolic and Lactic Acids, Probiotics and soothing Aloe that work effectively together with Salicylic Acid to purify, balance and help minimize the look of pores.


Suitable for all skin types, especially those with oily or problematic complexions, the collection can be used as a full regimen or in conjunction with other Skintreats.

Clearer days are ahead with the new Clarity Collection!

CLARITY CLEANSER




A clear complexion cleanser that hydrates while gently and effectively cleansing the skin, visibly minimizing breakouts.

  • Salicylic Acid purifies, unclogs pores & removes excess oil
  • Glycolic Acid exfoliates, clarifies & reveals brighter skin
  • Lactic Acid gently renews, detoxifies & rehydrates
  • Probiotics protect & strengthen
  • Aloe Vera hydrates & soothes





My Thoughts

Cleansers are a major part of my skincare routine. This Clarity Cleanser works well for my combination skin. I think this is a good cleanser for all skin types because it's a gentle gel cleanser, but if you have oily skin you should definitely give this cleanser a try. The cleanser reduces helps reduce breakout without leaving my skin feeling dry or over stripped. I use my Spa Sciences Nova to cleanse my face with a coin quarter size amount cleanser. The quarter size amount is enough to lather my face with the cleanser. I almost forgot to mention the cleanser has a pleasant light tropical scent.

CLARITY TONIC




Clarifying formula with potent AHAs, antioxidants and balancing probiotics helps to clear skin and minimize the appearance of pores.
  • Salicylic Acid purifies, unclogs pores & removes excess oil
  • Glycolic Acid exfoliates, clarifies & reveals brighter skin
  • Lactic Acid gently renews, detoxifies & rehydrates
  • Probiotics protect & strengthen


My Thoughts

My skin loves this tonic. Out the Pixi Glow Tonics that I've tried, Clarity is my new favorite. I've been using these products for about a week and my skin is looking healthier and very soft. My skin has been stressed lately due to allergies so my pores have been appearing larger. Thankfully the Clarity Tonic has reduced my pores significantly over the past few days.

CLARITY CONCENTRATE


An effective, problem-solving water-based serum that helps minimize the look of pores, resulting in a clarifying effect. It quickly exfoliates, as well as hydrates and balances, helping to refine and promote an even skintone for a smoother, less breakout-prone complexion.
  • Salicylic Acid purifies, unclogs pores & removes excess oil
  • Glycolic Acid exfoliates, clarifies & reveals brighter skin
  • Lactic Acid gently renews, detoxifies & rehydrates
  • Probiotics preserve & balance
  • Aloe hydrates & soothes


My Thoughts

This berry scented serum is so lightweight and absorbs quickly. I haven't noticed any new breakouts on my forehead or cheek area. My cheek is acne free and my forehead is almost cleared of fine bumps. If you have oily skin I think this would be a good product to use especially for reducing pores.

CLARITY LOTION



A light textured, water-based and oil-free formula boosts hydration of the skin while minimizing the appearance of pores and keeping complexion matte and shine free.

  • Willow Bark Extract clears & reduces the appearance of pores
  • Ceramide NP provides time-release moisture
  • Kaolin absorbs oil & mattifies
  • Aloe hydrates & soothes


My Thoughts

Last but not least the Clarity Lotion. This is a tropical scented soothing cooling gel lotion. I like thar this lotion has aloe vera which is known for hydration and soothing. This lotion is oil free and gives a non drying soft matte feel and appearance to my skin. This lotion is perfect for Summer since it's hot and humid here. Overall I think the Clariry Collection is worth trying. I like the results that I'm noticing with my skin. This collection is for every skin type, but it works well for my oily combination skin.


Have you tried the New Pixi Clarity Collection?  Also don't forget to check out my Glowy Summer Makeup feat. Pixi Beauty

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