Disclosure: CVS Gel Polish Remover Wraps were provided to me for free as a gift at an event. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and are my own.
The CVS Gel Polish Remover Wraps comes with the following:
- 30 foil wraps (removed 3 complete gel manicure sets)
Normally I’d soak a cotton pad or ball in acetone, and cut small squares of aluminum foil to wrap my nails, then wait 15 minutes to remove the bubbled gel polish with an orange/manicure stick. The CVS Gel Polish Remover Wraps made it easier since it cut out the steps of me having to cut foil, and hold my cotton pad in place. It would have been nice if it included the nail file/emery board, and acetone as well. I guess for $7.99 that’s what you get. Maybe in the future they will include those items?
During the event, the CVS beauty representative stated that CVS Regular Nail Polish remover works well in removing gel polish. Coincidentally, I had the jar in my desk drawer and never thought to use it for that purpose until after she mentioned it. Thank you! I tried it the other day, and it worked probably better than wrapping my nails in foil. The polish bubbled up quicker, thus coming off easier and faster. No more sitting there waiting 10-15 minutes for your gel polish to come off!
Since I had a better experience with the CVS Regular Nail Polish remover, I would recommend that first. The CVS Gel Polish Remover Wraps does free up time, in that you don’t have to sit and cut foil. You can also move around and do things with the CVS Gel Polish Remover Wraps on your fingers. With using the CVS Regular Nail Polish remover, you would have to be stationary, sitting with your finger in the jar, soaking each finger one at a time.
Disclosure: All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this post. This post may contain affiliate links.
My husband frequently visits Barney’s. He’s like obsessed with this place. He met up with me in the city after visiting Barney’s fragrance counter, and practically shoved his wrists in my face. Before he’d done this, I’d already smelled something that I’d immediately fell in-love with. After shoving his wrists in my face, he asked “Do you like this? What about this one?” One was a vertiver scent, and the other was Santal33. I responded “OMG! What is that? It smells amazing!! ! It makes me want to jump your bones!” Have you smelled Le Labo Santal 33? Seriously, this is a beautiful scent. It’s like sex in a bottle. It reminds me of the summer and beach.
Le Labo Santal 33 is a unisex scent, which I’m happy about. That means I can wear it, too! LOL My husband hates when I use his colognes, but I can’t help that I’m a sucker for woodsy, musky scents. That’s exactly what Le Labo Santal 33 is, but, I also feel like I get hints of coconut, too, which is why I stated it reminds me of the summer and the beach. However, there are no notes of coconut mentioned in the description of Le Labo Santal 33. I also like that it isn’t too sweet, and it lasts all day long.
Notes for Le Labo Santal 33:
Australian sandalwood, papyrus, cedarwood, cardamom, iris, violet, musk, ambrox and leather accord.
This would make the perfect Mother’s Day or Father’s Day Gift, or you can just treat yourself.
Le Labo Santal 33 is an Eau de Parfum which forms part of the permanent collection, available from Le Labo, Barneys. It is retailing $220 for 100 ml.
I haven’t purchased anything from MAC in a while since I’ve placed myself on a no-buy; however, since Riri Woo was being released, and I love myself a red lipstick, I figured I’d break my no-buy and purchase it. Like many MAC Cosmetics fans, I had my alarms and reminders set to sign-on to the MAC website, to purchase the most-wanted Riri Woo lipstick. My wait wasn’t long, and I ended up getting more than one, which I will offer one in a giveaway.
I must admit when I first saw people swatching photos of the Riri Woo lipstick, I thought that I’d been had; it seemed like a complete dupe for Ruby Woo, which is my favorite red lipstick. Not until I had Riri Woo in my hands, I was able to make myself feel better about the purchase because there were some differences in the two lipsticks. Yesterday, on instagram, I posted swatches of Riri Woo and Ruby Woo side by side.
Riri Woo is a retro matte, unlike Ruby Woo, which is a matte lipstick. Riri Woo is not as drying on the lips, and it lasts longer. To me, the pigment is better, and it goes on better than its sister, Ruby Woo. Riri Woo, is a little richer, and deeper, and it is more blue-based, which makes it a perfect red for brown girls like myself. Check my instagram to see a photo of me wearing Riri Woo. Overall, I’m happy with the purchase.
As I mentioned previously, I purchased more than one. One lucky reader/subscriber will be able to win a tube of Riri Woo lipstick!
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Yesterday evening had to be one of the best evenings I’ve had in a while. I attended the AJ Crimson Beauty Balm Launch event, which was held at the beautiful, trendy Shoreham Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. AJ Crimson actually had a contest to gain entry into his event, and I won! How exciting, right? The event was nice and intimate, which I love. It afforded me the opportunity to mix and mingle with not only AJ, but with other people in attendance.
During the event, attendees were color matched to AJ Crimson’s BB+D Creams, which I’ve reviewed on this blog, and wear nearly every day. Just check my instagram account (MakeupbyKimPorter) for proof. Beauty by Lerenda was one of the makeup artists assisting AJ with this task. She’s a doll! It was my first time meeting her outside of social networks; we’re both members of The Powder Group Pro. I also met Buchi, with whom I interact with on a regular basis via instagram. Both ladies are sweet, and talented.
The AJ Crimson Beauty Balm Launch event was not only for showcasing AJ Crimson’s BB+D Cream’s and provided color matching, he also debut his commercial for AJ Crimson Beauty, in which three of his longtime friends and clients Letoya Luckett, Alexandra Burke, and Adrienne Bailon are featured. AJ says he chose these three women to represent his brand because ”These women are a perfect representation of our extended shade range.” I’m super excited for him. He has so much more coming up in the future!
AJ Crimson BB+D creams come in 11 shades, offering full coverage without feeling heavy or unnatural, and is has added skin benefits, such as:
- Sodium hyaluronate helps with Anti-aging
-Vitamin C helps with sun damage repair or dark spot lightening
-Evening out of skin tone
-Vegetable Growth Hormones help fight free radicals
-Adds moistures and plumps the skin due to silk peptides
- The flower extract helps heal scars, acne and treats bacteria
Check my review to find out more about it AJ Crimson BB+D Cream Review
You’re probably wondering what made my night, right? Adrienne Bailon, who is one of the faces of AJ’s beauty products, was in attendance, and she had on a bangin’ white dress and shoes. I mean to die for! Her makeup was on-point, too! That’s not what made it thought. I not only got a chance to meet AJ Crimson again, I also had the chance of meeting some of his friends, like Mikki Taylor and my makeup idol and mentor in my head, Sam Fine! Two greats in ONE night! Can you understand why I’m still beaming?!?
I’m not sure if you remember, but, I met Sam Fine maybe two years ago where we chatted at a local coffee shop in our neighborhood. He is so down to Earth, which made me love him, his work, and who he is even more! We caught up with what’s new in my life like me getting married and becoming a mom. He joked “It’s she’s not mine.” I told him I hope to run into him again, he replied “Make it happen.” As chance would have it, I ran into him only a few hours later in the ‘hood at Ursula Stephens’ event. I love how he is so humble, and open to meeting. It is also convenient that we’re in the same ‘hood. I need to take better advantage of that.
I thank AJ Crimson for inviting me to his AJ Crimson Beauty Balm Launch Event, it was a great experience. I aspire to do as well as he is in the beauty industry.
AJ Crimson BB+D Cream retails for $34 and is available at www.ajcrimson.com