Review: Michael Todd Soniclear Petite System


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 I feel like I've been seeing the Clarisonic Skin Cleaning Systems everywhere. From make and beauty blogs to popular Youtube channels as well as commercials on television in magazines and on the internet, so of course I was interested in it. However I wasn't so interested in the price, and I'd seen a few scathing reviews that put me off. So when I was offered the chance to try out a different brush cleansing system (that's more affordable) I jumped on it. And after using it for a week I wanted to share my experience with the Michael Todd Soniclear Petite System. 

Alright so when I got the system, which came in a sharp looking box with the product on the front and one side and the logo for Michael Todd on another side and the top it said there were six things inside. That would be the Cleansing tool and brush above as well as the cradle and Damascus Rose Milk Cleanser. I'm actually really happy about the cradle because it means I don't have to set my brush directly on the counter.  The other products as you can see below are a traveling case, brush cover, and charging usb. I like the case and cover, but the usb is so inconvenient. For one I have to find a plug attachment (normally from my phone) if I want to charge it anywhere but my computer, and two the charging port is magnetic, which sounds awesome but it isn't. It's so easy to knock out of place and attaches at the most awkward point. 
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But about the actual brush. I like that it has three different modes and it's very easy to switch between them. This reminds me a little of my sonic toothbrush. Two of the settings are great, but one feels like it's going to loosen the skin from my face. The other two feel soothing, even if they are a bit loud. As for the damascus rose cleanser, it's great. It cleans the face without stripping it, and would even work well for sensitive skin. 

Overall I would recommend the Michael Todd Soniclear Petite System if you have sensitive skin. Both the brush and the included milk cleanser are very low irritation and still provide a good clean. I personally prefer more rubbery bristles, but the Sonicclear Petite is something I will take with me traveling, and on days when I just need a light clean. 

Casual Summer Metallic Outfit + Makeup Inspiration

Metallic has been trending for awhile now but after the futuristic themed Met Gala, I don't think it's going to be leaving anytime soon. Since it is finally feeling like summer (especially since I'm almost done with school), I decided to make it an outfit specifically for summer. And casual since there wouldn't be too many formal places to wear it especially now that prom is over. 
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Sweatshirt - Although I couldn't find this exact jumper anywhere online for sale I had to add it to this look. Although sequins aren't technically metallic they're a great substitute and add a bit of glam to the plain metal inspired look. 

Shorts - Although these shorts aren't as high waisted as I've done in previous outfits like my guide on wearing a mesh top, probably even under the length for being "mom jeans" they're still plenty high enough to be flattering. Plus the light color keeps the look cool and casual. 

Purse - As you might know I'm not a big fan of carrying around a bag, because it can be a hassle.  This cross body though is so cute, and small enough that it wouldn't be any trouble at all. The metal hardware adds to the futuristic feel. 

Shoes - These adidas are perfect for completing this outfit. They're mostly white, making them completely wearable but have the fun metallic stripes which make them on trend. They keep the look casual but put together. 

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Not only did I get a lot of fashion ideas from the Met Gala but I also saw a few futuristic makeup trends that I'm loving. So in addition to doing a metallic themed outfit guide I figured I could also share some metallic inspired outfit that's totally perfect for casual wear. 

Nail Polish - Metallic nail lacquer has been all the rage lately, so of course I had to add it to this beauty board. To keep with the grey scale outfit I went with this one in a light silver. 

Eyeliner - I've seen a few very cool metallic themed eye makeup looks but for everyday wear they can all be a little much. So instead just a little eyeliner would be enough. 

Liquid Lipstick - One major trend I saw was dark lips, something that's usually reserved for winter. So of course I went with a liquid lipstick that are all the rage now with beauty bloggers and instagram models

Blush  - To keep the lips from being too overpowering I went with a dark blush that you'll have to use a light hand with. 

Review: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

I know I've talked about it before, but my skin is one the most important to me beauty wise. While things like my hair and lips (I'm thinking Kylie Jenner for that one) are something I strive to have look nice, I think what goes the farthest is flawless skin. So as you can imagine I was pretty excited to be sent the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation "Vox Box" from Influenster. I put that part in quotes because while some of their boxes have a variety of items this one just had the Matte + Powerless liquid foundation. 
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The foundation bottle is a clear glass with 1 FL Oz, or 30 ml. The black lid twists off the top, and to get the foundation out you have to turn it over and pour it out, which isn't exactly my favorite thing to do, but if you have a beauty blender it isn't that big of a deal. My color is 122 Creamy Beige which looks way darker on their product pictures than it does in person and on, which might be a good thing for fair skinned ladies because they're for sure to have colors light enough for you. 

Verdict: Opening up this foundation I was happy that it doesn't have that nasty makeup scent that seems to be prevalent among liquid foundations. The Maybelline Fit Me foundation matched my skin well and did provide a completely matte look and reduced my pore size. It didn't do nearly as well with skin blemishes and is only a medium coverage foundation. For $5.99 (that's what I saw it for at my local CVS) it's not bad at all though!


Giveaway: Orkin Mosquito Summer Scientist

Summer is almost here! That means picnics, baseball games, barbecues and all the fun of enjoying the great outdoors with your family. There’s one thing no one likes about being outdoors, though: mosquitoes! They not only are a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. Fortunately, the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitoes and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that help keep them out of your home this summer. 
To help you better prepare yourself and your family to fight the bite, Orkin presents the “Buzzer Beater” app, which features its deep scientific knowledge of mosquitoes.

They're giving away one Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit It contains!

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2 Bug Catcher Craft Kits: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!
2 Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.
2 See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.
2 Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids' activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles andmore. 
Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.
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To Enter: just use the app to take the quiz and tell me how you did in the comments. 



*Each household is only eligible to win Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Review: Karity Matte 21 Shadow Palette

 As you might have seen on Instagram I just got a new eyeshadow palette and am LOVING it. As far as makeup goes I generally have rules about what I can save money on and what I should splurge for.  Drugstore mascara is just as good as high end brands (my favorite is Covergirl's full lash bloom). Foundation between $10-30 is fine, and cheap eyeliner is as good as the expensive stuff. One thing that never wanted to skimp on was eyeshadow. That is until I was given the chance to try out Karity's Matte eyeshadow palette. 

Okay so when it arrived I thought it looked a lot like a MAC palette. The brand logo is on the front but the rest of the case is a pure black and as an awesome magnetic closure, which is way better than any snap kind. Looking at the actual eye shadows I was even more impressed. The colors had a great variety and each one looked gorgeous. 
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Not only do they look pretty in the palette though, they look gorgeous on too. This photo is in direct sunlight and each color shows up perfectly, and looks exactly like the packaging. The pigmentation is phenomenal. I've also tested out a few of the colors for wear time, and even on a humid day they last 8+ hours without a primer. This Karity palette was made to compete with MAC and does a great job, especially for the price. 

You can check out their site and get your own HERE

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