BITE BEAUTY: The Lip Pencil Influenster Vox Box

If someone asks me about my favorites in any given makeup category, it's pretty rare that I can throw out a decisive favorite when it comes to specific products or brands. I just love too many things and I'm constantly reaching for and finding different favorite products. That said, if you ask me what my favorite brand for lip products is, I'm almost certainly going to tell you that it's BITE Beauty. It's been a few years since I first tried any BITE products and I've since been hooked. Of course, because of this, you can probably imagine how excited I was when I found out I was going to get a chance to try out the new BITE The Lip Pencil lip liners thanks to Influenster. I basically did a little dance.

So let us get to the reviews, shall we?

SUBSCRIPTION: Ipsy Glambag February 2017

Sooo... I'm thinking about quitting Ipsy. Honestly, I'm coming up on my three year anniversary of blogging here at Prairie Beauty Love and I've been getting Ipsy significantly longer than that and a lot of the shine has worn off by now. Don't get me wrong, I still love getting a grab bag of products every month to try out and I've loved being a subscriber, but it's started to feel not very worth it anymore. I think what's going to happen is that I'm going to spend my points and then call it a day with Ipsy, so this will likely be one of my last Ipsy posts!

Keep reading to see what I got this month!

REVIEW: John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Products

Recently, with very much appreciation to Glamsense, I had the opportunity to try out some hair products that I'd never tried before - the John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo, Conditioner, & Leave In Cream Primer*. John Frieda has actually been a long time favorite of mine and I've often repurchased the Brilliant Brunette products from their line because they did a great job of making my hair look healthy and shiny. Interestingly enough, these products arrived a couple of days before I decided that I wanted to experience curly hair and got a perm, so I've used them both in my natural straight, fine hair and my newly curly (completely out of my comfort zone styling wise) hair.

Keep reading for my thoughts!

My Favorite Red Lip Products for VALENTINE'S DAY!

When I think about Valentine's Day, specifically when it comes to makeup, I think about a red lip. Red lips, while being pretty high maintenance, are always impactful and can really bring a confidence to the person wearing them. I also feel like red lipstick can be a really personal thing, since there are so many different shades that can read differently on different skin tones and different styles. I wanted to go through my collection and pick the red lipsticks that I absolutely love and share them with you guys - even though they might not be exactly the red that you're personally looking for!

Keep reading to take a look at my favorite red lip liners, liquid lipsticks, lip crayons and, of course, traditional bullet style lipsticks!

REVIEW: L'Oreal Infallible Paints in 314 Spicy Blush

It seems like whenever the big drugstore lines release their big batches of new products a couple of times a year, there's a release that I get really, really excited about. While I know that the L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation was the big excitement for a lot of people when it came to L'Oreal's new releases, for me it was all about the L'Oreal Infallible Paints Lipstick. I may or may not have stalked my local stores waiting to see them on the shelves (I did, clearly) and as soon as I saw them I picked up the shade that appealed to me the most - Shade 314 Spicy Blush! Of course, I went for the pinky nude when there were options everywhere from your traditional red and pinks to some of the most edgy shades in the drugstore like a grey toned taupey nude, a lavender and a both navy blue! I know, I know... Still, I like to go with what I know I'm most likely to reach for often, but I do give L'Oreal serious props for going outside the drugstore box with this line.

Keep reading for more!

REVIEW: Physicians Formula #Instaready Full Coverage Concealer

In the past, I haven't had much success with complexion products from Physicians Formula - I've been a much bigger fan of their eye and cheek products, generally - but after hearing a good review of the Physicians Formula #Instaready Full Coverage Concealer, I really had no choice but to pick it up as soon as I saw it in stores. Concealer is a bit of an obsession for me and my collection is, admittedly, a little bit out of control. Still, I'm pretty much always down to try out a new concealer so... Why not, right?

Keep reading for more!

ESSENTIAL OILS: Thursday Planatation Cold & Flu Emergency Kit

Admittedly, I'm a bit of a skeptic when it comes to a lot of the claims that I've heard people make about essential oils. That being said, ever since I was a young teenager there have been essential oils that I've reached for in certain situations and that I still reach for today, so I was really excited when I got the chance to try out the Thursday Plantation Cold & Flu Emergency Kit*. Having a cold is a pain and I've never been a huge fan of cold medicine, so I was pretty eager to put these essential oils to the test. And the coolest thing? There are SO many recommended uses that I had no idea about!

Keep reading for more!

REVIEW: Arbonne Sheer Glow Highlighter

Admittedly, I was an Arbonne virgin until recently when I got the opportunity to try some of their products - Look for more reviews to come! - and though I had friends and family members who swore by the brand I didn't actually know too much about them as a whole. I'm SUPER excited that that has now changed, because I've definitely discovered some gems in this line. When looking through their catalogue, I was really impressed with their promise to deliver "pure botanically based ingredients in scientifically tested products" that leave out all of those controversial ingredients like mineral oil, sulfates, phalates, parabens, dyes, and talc. I'm not necessarily personally against having some of those ingredients in my products, but what I like is that Arbonne is about natural products backed by science. That's what really gets me perked up. 

If you've seen my January 2017 Beauty Favorites, you will already know that I've fallen a little bit in love with the Arbonne Sheer Glow Highlighter*, but I still wanted to give a full review because it absolutely warrants it. Keep reading for more!

SKIN CARE: Hydration for Winter Skin with VICHY Aqualia Thermal

When it comes to winter skin, I'm definitely in the camp of really needing to pay attention to keeping my skin hydrated, like so many others. For a long time, intense dryness and dehydration was a big problem for me in the winter, causing both discomfort and annoying breakouts and irritation. Over the past few years, as I've started to get a better understanding of what my skin needs, I've been trying a lot of different things to maintain my winter skin. This past couple of months, I've been testing out these three products from the VICHY Aqualia Thermal line, a line that I've had a lot of success with in the past year or so when it comes to really solid hydrating products.

Keep reading for my thoughts on the VICHY Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence Water*, the VICHY Aqualia Thermal Light Cream*, and the VICHY Aqualia Thermal Night Spa*.

REVIEW: Avon NutraEffects Active Seed Complex Creams

More and more, I'm finding myself loving the opportunity to try out different skin care formulas and really get a better feel for what's out there on the market. Recently, I was super excited to get the chance to try out two of the Avon Nutra Effects Night Creams with Active Seed Complex. I've heard a lot in the past couple of years about what a power house ingredient Chia Seeds are for nutrition, so I was really curious about how skin care products containing it would work out for me.

Keep reading for more on the Avon Nutra Effects Active Seed Complex Radiance Night Cream* and the Avon Nutra Effects Active Seed Complex Ageless Night Cream*!


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