Rimmel’s Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara

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I have recently received a new product from Rimmel through my Influenster membership! And I was 100% sure I had to write a blog post about it, and then it turned out that I didn’t! But since I haven’t done a beauty post in a while, today is the day! Besides I love Rimmel mascaras and think that they are a perfect drugstore dupe for Bobbi Brown’s!

The product I got is called Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara (Grow Lash complex and fibres) in 001 black!

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It has one of those plastic brushes that I like, but if I am not careful enough, I do end up scratching the skin along my lash line (am I the only one out there who does it?)

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I usually apply at least 2 coats of this mascara, it builds up nicely and creates length! As far as the grow complex, let’s wait a few weeks and we’ll see! But if you want your lashes to grow, simply start taking the B-vitamins complex! That usually does the trick!

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That night Sam and I also went for a walk to the Stone Arch Bridge, and decided to explore the lower trail, which in some way reminded me of Congdon Park in Duluth, where he proposed!

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I am wearing:

Shoes and Bag – Fashionol // Jeans – Doll House // Tank – Forever 21 // Sweater – Voices of Europe //

Oversized jacket – Land’s End

Have a great Thursday everyone! And remember – it’s almost FRIDAY!

Xo,

Z

PS. I am also accepting honest opinions about the shoes and the bag! These products were sent to me for review in exchange for my honest opinion!

 

Bath and Body Works Forever Red Perfume Review / Обзор на парфюм Forever Red из Bath and Body Works

 

This is a review I wrote for one of my friends here on WordPress back in January, I am only publishing it now, hope this is a helpful review that will prevent you from buying another unnecessary product out there! 

Mary from Budget Grad Student has recently asked me to review one of the products she received in her Influenster Cosmo Vox Box. Which I agreed to do! Unfortunately with all the holidays and somewhat hectic work schedule, I am only able to do it now. I actually think it’s better this way, because I’ve been using this fragrance for almost 2 weeks now.

Of course every girl loves perfume, but not all perfume is good. And even though “Bath & Body Works travels the world to find the latest trends and most beautiful scents. They never rest in their commitment to bring the world’s newest freshest fragrances for body, hand and home” I was a tad bit disappointed in the scent.

The sample came in a cute little 0.25 oz/7 ml bottle, which made it super portable and easy to carry around, which I did! Took it to work almost every day!

To me the scent was very sweet and floral, turns out my nose wasn’t all that wrong! Here is the Overview you can find on the website:

Our most luxurious longest lasting fragrance blends opulent notes of fiery red pomegranate and delicate peche de vigne, a rare and fleeting French peach. Soft petals of red osmanthus give way to notes of addictive velvety marshmallow and a surprising finale of rich vanilla rum that leaves an unforgettable impression.

  • Top Notes: Fiery Pomegranate, Rare French Peach, Luminous Apple
  • Mid Notes: Red Peony, Night Marigold, Red Osmanthus
  • Dry Notes: Rich Vanilla Rum, Velvety Marshmallow, Oak Wood

Marshmallow! That explains it! Mary, you would’ve totally had a headache!

Now long lasting factor was something that I was looking forward to! Not a lot of fragrances last on me, but after trying this one, I have to say one thing:

I had fragrances from CVS pharmacy, that lasted longer!

And even though the scent decided to stay on me for only two hours or so, it did make it way into my head, and gave me a headache as well!

Then I discovered that the perfume itself cost $44.50 (of course it comes in a 2.5 oz bottle!), add a few more dollars and you can afford a really nice Lancome or Estee Lauder fragrance.

All in all it wasn’t very long lasting and too much Vistoria Secretish to me, I’d definitely think twice, even thrice before purchasing this scent! There is so much more one can do with 45 bucks!

Don’t forget to check out Mary’s blog and let me know if you’ve tried this fragrance!

Cheers,

Z

Недавно одна моя знакомая блоггер – Мэри с Budget Grad Student попросила сделать обзор на присланный ей продукт. Многие из вас знают про сайт Influenster.com и про коробочки пробников, которые они высылают абсолютно бесплатно. Я конечно же согласилась. К сожалению со всей этой праздничной суматохой пост выходит только сегодня, но лучше поздно, чем никогда!

Так вот Мэри пришла так называемая Cosmo Vox Box, в которой находился пробник нового аромата от Bath and Body Works Forever Red. Дело в том, что у нее аллергия на запахи, они вызывают у нее головную боль, поэтому обзор делаю я.

Какая девушка не любит парфюм. Но духи духам рознь. И, хотя, Bath and Body Works заявляют, что “они ищут новые тренды и самые утонченные ароматы по всему свету, что их миссия принести в ваш дом новые и самые свежие запахи”, я была немного разочарована в их последних духах.

Пробник пришел в милой 7 мл бутылочке, это позволяет носить его с собой в сумке, что я и делала!

Мне запах показался сладким и цветочным, и как оказалась, я не ошиблась! Вот как описывают аромат сами производители на сайте:

Наш самый люксовый и стойкий аромат сочетает в себе нотки огненно красного граната и утонченного peche de vigne, редкого и мимолетного французского персика. Мягкие лепестки красного османтуса придают запах притягательного бархатного зефира. А в самом конце как будто сюрпризом раскрывается глубокий запах ванильного рома, оставляющий незабываемое впечатление.

Высокие нотки: Огненный Гранат, Редкий Французский Персик, Яркое Яблоко

Средние нотки: Красный Пион, Ночная Календула, Красный Османтус

Сухие нотки: Насыщенный Ванильный Ром, Бархатный Зефир, Древесина Дуба

Зефир! Теперь все понятно! У Мэри точно была бы головная боль!

Аромат был также заявлен, как стойкий, чего я очень ждала! Не все ароматы на мне держатся, но попробовав этот запах, могу сказать только одно:

Now long lasting factor was something that I was looking forward to! Not a lot of fragrances last on me, but after trying this one, I have to say one thing:

I had fragrances from CVS pharmacy, that lasted longer!

And even though the scent decided to stay on me for only two hours or so, it did make it way into my head, and gave me a headache as well!

Then I discovered that the perfume itself cost $44.50 (of course it comes in a 2.5 oz bottle!), add a few more dollars and you can afford a really nice Lancome or Estee Lauder fragrance.

All in all it wasn’t very long lasting and too much Vistoria Secretish to me, I’d definitely think twice, even thrice before purchasing this scent! There is so much more one can do with 45 bucks!

Don’t forget to check out Mary’s blog and let me know if you’ve tried this fragrance!

New Skin Care Favorites/Новые любимчики по уходу за кожей

About a month ago I bought quiet a few new skincare products. We all need to umpf our skincare routine every once in a while. Besides I really got into the whole peel concept, and since I haven’t posted anything under the “Beauty” category in a while, so here it goes:

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1. Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Overnight Peel– $14.99

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– Great packaging – much better than Garnier’s Dark Spot Corrector – easier to get the product out!

– No harsh scent

– Works well when it comes to removing acne scars (that’s the main reason why I buy such products)

– Loosens dead skin cells and helps to better exfoliate skin!

I don’t use this product every night, like it recommends. If you don’t have bad dark spots, just use it a couple times a week, like I do!

2. Alba Hawaiian Facial Mask – $12.95

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– Light gel-like texture

– Hypo-allergenic and pH balanced, plus all of the ingredients are 100% vegetarian

– Smells great

– Papaya and pineapple enzymes help loosen dead skin cells and reveal bright, vibrant skin

– Made in the US!

I only use it once a week, mainly because I want to make it last! There are only 3 oz of product in the jar :/

3. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus – $10.48 on Clearance

– Brightens and tones, improves skin tone with enzymes, contained in the Hibiscus flower and Songyi Mushroom.

– It also moisturizes

– Contains a blend of mineral clays that help detoxify skin

The only thing I dislike about this mask is it’s consistency, it seems to be separating (water gathers on top, leaving the clay layer underneath) so every time I use it, I make sure to mix it up before applying it!

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4. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Mask with Frankincense & Myrrh – $10.48 on Clearance

I am in love with this product! It is absolutely amazing!

– Soft, buttery consistency that melts as it touches your skin, leaving a short tingly feeling behind

– Purifies and softens to improve skins radiance

– Contains anti-oxidants

– Deeply moisturizes and repairs

This mask works better for me than Clinique’s Moisture Surge and Origin’s Make a Difference + put together times 10!

5. Eclos Anti-Aging Serum – $13.99 on Clearance

I didn’t know what to expect when I bought this serum. I was looking for a new anti-aging treatment though, and this serum looked interesting, plus it was on clearance, so I got 1.7 oz of product for a pretty decent price!

– It’s very fast absorbent, I think it’s my favorite part about this product, doesn’t leave your skin feeling too tight or uncomfortable, even if you don’t apply moisturizer right away!

– Has a nice natural scent to it

– Contains plant stem cells that promote cell renovation

– Rich in anti-oxidants, including Green Tea and Turmeric

I am glad I got this product when I did, it doesn’t go on clearance every day! And is still listed at $19.99 on Target’s website. But to be completely honest with you, after having tried this product, I am ready to pay the full price for it!

And that’s it, here are all the products that have been helping my skin stay exfoliated, vibrant and refreshed. I can’t emphasize how important exfoliation is for younger healthy looking skin!

What beauty products have you been loving lately?Do tell!

Xo,

Z

PS. All products have been purchased with my own money

Около месяца назад я прикупила достаточно большое количество новых продуктов по уходу за кожей лица. Иногда нужно сменить или обновить уход за кожей, тем более, я давно ничего не писала про косметику. Итак,

1. Ночной пилинг от пигментных пятен от Garnier – $14.99

– Отличная упоковка – намного лучше чем сыворотка от потемнений на коже – продукт очень легко дозируются с помощью помпы

– Нет резкого запаха

– Отлично подходит для избавления от следов от акне (для этого я и покупаю такие средства)

– Растворяет омертвевшие клетки кожи и отлично эксфолиирует!

Я бы не рекомендовала использовать этот продукт каждый вечер, особенно если у вас нет ярко видимых пигментных пятен. Для пилинга такое средство достаточно использовать пару раз в неделю.

2. Гавайская маска для лица от Alba – $12.95

– Легкая гелевая текстура

– Данное средство гиппо-аллергенно, pH сбалансировано, к тому же все ингредиенты на 100% вегетарианские

– Отлично пахнет

– Энзимы папайи и ананаса помогают растворить омертвевшие клетки кожи и делают кожу ярче и моложе

– Сделана эта маска в США!

Пользуюсь я этим средством раз в неделю, потому что хочу, чтобы мне его хватило на более долгий срок! В банке всего около 85 грамм.

3. Маска с кокосом и гибискусом от Shea Moisture  – $10.48 на распродаже

– Делает кожу ярче, сужает поры, улучшает цвет лица с помощью энзимов, содержащихся в цветах гибискуса и грибах Songyi

– Увлажняет кожу

– Содержить смесь минеральных глин, которые очищают кожу от вредных веществ

Единственное, что мне не нравится в этой маске, это ее консистенция (ну или ее отсутствие), такое впечатление, что маска оседает (вода собирается с верху, а слой глины остается снизу), поэтому перед использованием маску приходится перемешивать!

4. Маска с маслом Ши с Ладаном и Миррой от Shea Moisture – $10.48 на распродаже

Я просто влюблена в это средство! Это чудо, а не маска!

– Мягкая масляная текстура, создается впечатление, что средство тает при соприкосновении с кожей, оставляя лекгое ощущение покалывания

– Очищает и смягчает кожу, придает ей сияние

– Содержит анти-оксиданты

– Глубоко увлажняет и восстанавливает

Эта маска действует на много раз лучше, чем Moisture Surge от Клиник и Make a Difference Plus от Origins!

5. Анти возрастная сыворотка от Eclos – $13.99 на распродаже

Я не знала чего ожидать от этого продукта. Но, будучи в поисках новой анти-возрастной сыворотки, решилась его попробовать. Выглядела эта сыворотка интересно, и продавалась со скидкой. В итоге я приобрела 50 мл средства за очень хорошую цену.

– Сыворотка очень быстро впитывается, и за это я ее уже люблю. Даже если вы не сразу нанесете увлажняющий крем, она не стянет вашу кожу!

– Приятный натуральный растительный запаз

– Содержит клетки раcтительные стволовые клетки, который способствуют обновлению клеток вашей кожи

– Продукт богат антиоксидантами, включая зеленый чай и куркуму

Я очень довольна этой сывороткой, и рада, что купила ее пока она шла на распродаже. На сайте Target она стоит $19.99. Но если уж говорить на чистоту, то я готова заплатить за нее полную цену, после того, как я ее попробовала!

Ну вот и все, я рассказала о всех продуктах, которые купила, и как вы заметили, они все тем или иным образом удаляют омертвевшие клетки кожи! Не забывайте насколько важна эксфолиация, особенно если вы хотите, чтобы ваша кожа выглядела моложе и красивее!

А какими масками пользуетесь вы? Очень интересно узнать!

Всего хорошего,

Женя

PS. Все упомянутые выше продукты были куплены на мои деньги

Blog Make-up Sale/ Распродажа косметики

Hi and welcome to my very FIRST BLOG SALE!

As some of you may know I used to work in cosmetics, and even though that stage of my life is over, the makeup reminds me of it everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to forget, I am trying to downsize! Plus it’ll be an awesome opportunity for you to try some products for cheaper.

Everything I am selling has only been used 3-5 times, some of the items are brand new and still come in packaging.

Here is how it works:

– Leave a comment under this post including what items you’d like, your full name and your email address that has to be linked to your pay pal account!

– If you are in the Twin Cities area, make sure to mention that, so we can do a simple cash and carry.

– If you are from out of state/area or international, please expect to pay for shipping, unless you are buying over $50 – then I’ll pay the shipping!

– The sale is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis 🙂

Have a great weekend and Happy Shopping!

Z

PS. Please spread the word! Tell your friends and family!

THE LIST OF ITEMS THAT SOLD:

Pixi Palette – sold

Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette – sold

Rimmel Blush – sold

Maybelline Color Tattoo (both) – sold

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Всем привет, сегодня на моем блоге стартует первая распродажа косметики!

Многие из вас знают, что я раньше работала в косметическом отделе и косметики у меня накопилось море. Я решила устроить эту распродажу для того, чтобы освободить место в комоде и дать вам шанс попробовать продукцию по недорогой цене! Все эти продукты мне очень нравятся, но я не могу их все использовать.

Если вас заинтересовал какой-то продукт, оставьте пожалуйста комментарий под постом и укажите ваше имя, какой продукт вы хотели бы приобрести, и имэйл, к которому привязан ваш PayPal. Если вы живете в Миннесоте, то продукты я могу передать вам при личной встрече, чтобы избежать возни с почтой! Пересылка будет бесплатной, если вы купите продукты на сумму более $50!

Всем отличных выходных и удачного шоппинга!

Женя

Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips Challenge ft. my husband!

If You’re Not Whitening, You’re Yellowing.”

Disclosure: Crest 3D Whitestrips were sent to me free of charge through Influenster. To learn more, please check out the link.

Poor Sam… It all started 10 days ago, after we came back from Fargo and I received this in the mail:

These are no ordinary Whitestrips boys and girls, these are Advanced Seal, which means you can drink water while wearing them!

Here is the sad thing though, back when I was in college I used to whiten my teeth using Crest White Strips, and I did it a lot. I seriously think I overdid it! My teeth became super sensitive (I can only use certain kinds of toothpaste and mouthwash now), though they are still pretty white! I guess something good did come out of these.

It took me a few days to realize that even though I can’t use them, Sam can! To my surprise, he gladly agreed to whiten his teeth!

I do apologize for lighting in some of those pictures! But I hope you’ll be able to see the difference! I can definitely see it, and so can Sam, and plus he still has 10 more days to go!

Before:

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Day 4:

Day 5:

Day 6: 

Day 7:

Day 8: I totally missed out on taking a picture that day :/

Day 9:

Day 10:

Well you get the idea! I’ll definitely post again in 10 days, after the course has been complete! I know it’s a rather pricey product! We saw it for $43.99 at Target today. But the cheaper versions work just as well. And I know that Crest offers a lot of mail in rebates, or you can get ExtraBucks for buying WhiteStips at CVS!

I definitely recommend the WhiteStrips, unless you have very very sensitive teeth. Even though instructions say that whitening won’t harm your teeth, any kind of whitening harms your teeth! So in the end definitely talk to your dentist and make a decision!

Cheers,

Zhenya

PS. Sam has also been growing a beard because it’s Novembeard. Let’s all support Prostate Cancer Research!

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin Review

Goody is probably the go-to brand for me when it comes to bobby pins and hair ties (hair elastics, hair binders, whatever you want to call them 🙂 ) So when I received the Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin, I got really excited, because I hate it when there is a million bobby pins jabbing my scalp!

I have mentioned these pins before in a post dedicated to my Mad Men party outfit. But today it’s all about Goody!

Here is some info about the brand before we dive in: The Goody brand is the most widely-recognized manufacturer of hair accessories and styling tools in the world. Through proprietary brands such as DoubleWear™, QuikStyle™, Simple Styles™, Slide-Proof™ and Ouchless®, Goody has introduced smart innovations like the exclusive Spin Pin and Quik Style Brush. With products inspired by the latest designer trends and innovative solutions, Goody offers an inspiring range of hair accessories and styling tools.

Price range: $7.29 at Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreen’s, Kroger, Duane Reade (I actually think it’s more expensive at CVS than Walmart, and prices do vary zip code to zip code!)

The instructions are as follows:

So here we go! Here is what my hair looks like:

 

It’s rather fine, but should be long enough for a spin pin, right?

Eh…

 

You can definitely see one of the pins sticking out, which is so not cool!

Then I tried to do two buns, and well that was a pretty bad idea:

 

This product makes me think that I don’t have enough hair, it’s a serious hit on my self-esteem! Not cool Goody, not cool! Plus the above picture definitely shows that I need to use bobby pins to control the fly away!

I do appreciate Influenster and it’s complimentary services. There are definitely hits and misses in every box. So no hard feelings!

Have an awesome day everyone!

Zhenya

Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit Product Review

I am going to be honest with you – I am not a huge fan of false lashes. So when I received my complimentary Influenster VoxBox 2012 Kiss Ever Pro Lashes were the last thing I’ve tried. Don’t get me wrong, I have used falsies in the past, but they were individual ones, that you simply add to the corners of your eye bunch by bunch. These lashes were a full strip!

I made sure to read the instructions and watch a video (the package says that there is a video on the Kiss website , but I couldn’t find it, so I ended up finding this one on YouTube) because I really wanted these to work!

I did have high hopes for this product, the reviews on Influenster were 97% positive! Everyone wanted to give it an A. Plus the product description intrigued me: Made from highest quality human hair. Use with Kiss adhesive for optimal results. Latex free, odor free, waterproof, flexible formula for 24hr hold, easy applicator. The only thing that concerned me was the price – $4.99 seemed too cheap to my “I used to work in cosmetics at Macy’s”. But let’s see how it worked out for me:

Before:

Getting Ready:

 And after:

I think it looks super tacky, the color is too dark, even after I put a coat of mascara over my natural lashes.  The base to which the falsies are attached seems too thick, it makes you look like you are wearing a thick eye liner. The glue smells like Elmer’s (I am a teacher, I know 🙂 ) And I honestly thought twice before applying it, because the smell really stopped me at first! The applicator (which was supposed to make it easier) made it really hard for me to apply the lashes. I looked at myself for about 2 minutes in the mirror, then took it all off! Applied another coat of Lancome mascara, and that was it 🙂 I will probably never use these lashes again!

Let me know what you think of that product! Cheers!

Zhenya

Product Review Week: Not Your Mother’s Hair Products

I am starting a new section on BeingZhenya.com – Product Review Week, since there are a few product reviews that I need to write 🙂 Plus being the skincare/makeup junkie that I am, I definitely have something to say! Some of the products mentioned in my posts were sent to me through Influenster and their Beauty Bogger system. It’s like receiving a Birch Box or a Glossy box, but for free and not every month 🙂 Influenster used to be an open website, but it’s by Invitation only right now, or you need to request membership! I have a few email invites left, so if you want one, leave your email in the comments below, but make sure to join! It is fun and you get free stuff 🙂

So today I want to talk to you about Not Your Mother’s Frizz Control Cream:

 

The full size product (4 oz) retails for $5.99 at places like CVS, Walmart and Ulta. I have never heard of this brand until I received my VoxBox.

Now the big question before using this product is – How frizzy is your hair? And the most important thing to remember is – DON’T BE HARSH ON YOURSELF!

Back in the summer of 2011 when I moved to the Land of Lakes aka Minnesota, my hair went bonkers, my skin freaked out, etc. etc. etc. But now, after having lived here for almost a year and a half, after my hair has grown longer, gotten used to the water and the products that I switched to (especially the oils), I can’t say that it’s THAT frizzy anymore.

So the 2011 Zhenya would probably be extremely jealous of the 2012 Zhenya (thank God I am one person!)

Now lets talk about the product and the ingredients. The outside says it’s infused with Coconut and Silk extracts. Here is what’s inside:

Water (Aqua), Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Polyquaternium 55, Aminopropyl Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 20, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Fruit Extract), Hydrolyzed Silk, Oleth 20, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butycarbamate, Fragrance

I love reading the ingredients. And thought I’d throw them at you, just in case you like them too!

Of course I didn’t get the full size version of the product ( I WISH!) but I got a small tube of 1.5 oz (44 ml) but a little does go a long way here! It really does!

Let’s talk about application now! I’ve applied it both to towel dry hair, and completely dry hair (NB: I almost always air dry my hair!) And I like it better on dry! Yes, I do! Are you surprised? I just feel like it added more shine, and more control to my hair! When I applied it to damp hair, I honestly didn’t see any difference, my hair still got frizzy on the ends, and I ended up tying it up into a bun :/

The product itself smells very much like Coconut oil, I hope it’s not a deal breaker for you, because out of all drug store products that I’ve tried (read: Aussie, Tresemme, Fructis, etc) – this is the best one! I will give it 4 stars out of 5!

And there you have it! If you ask me, I would definitely recommend this product! It’s great value for the money (and you know how thrifty I am!)

Stay tuned for more beauty reviews this week!

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