Compensation was received for this post from bareMinerals, but all opinions expressed are my own.
One of my favorite things is trying out new products, but sometimes the price tag attached doesn’t make that entirely possible. Luckily, there are now so many great websites and programs that make it incredibly simple and affordable to receive sample products right to your doorstep – including Gloss48.
Gloss 48 is a site featuring weekly promotional sales on up-and-coming beauty brands to let you try new products without breaking the bank. Every day, they pick out a fresh dose of niche products and offer them on sale for one week before they return to full-price. I’ve been able to try a couple of new brands offered by Gloss48, and most recently, I experimented with this mini set of SW Basics. It’s an all-natural brand that produces skin care products using only three ingredients each!
The line is completely chemical-free and uses ingredients like apple cider vinegar and rosewater to lessen the chance of irritation, offer higher potency and have a smaller overall ecological impact. This is a great line for people with sensitive skin or those who are just concerned with using products loaded with harsh chemicals – and it’s on sale on Gloss48 now.
I could definitely tell by trying each one of these products that they are entirely made from natural ingredients – there were no chemical or artificial smells and each had a very rich texture about it. I cannot tell you about long term use of the product yet, but so far it’s very good! (Plus, I just love good packaging too!)
All skin care product in this post and on social media were courtesy of Gloss48 and compensation was received, but all opinions remain my own.
A special thanks to the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge for allowing me to get ready in their pretty bridal suite that is available in the hotel for wedding weekend use. The suite includes multiple makeup stations, a full length mirror for dressing and full bathroom amenities. For more information, check the Renaissance Hotel Facebook page!
Compensation for this post was provided by bareMinerals, but all opinions are my own. I regularly use bareMinerals products, and this is a brand that I genuinely believe fits me personally and my blog.
I’ve already shown a couple of posts on what I’m wearing, what invitations I’ve made and what wedding details I’ve been putting together, but I haven’t shown you what products I’ve been using to put my best face forward at all my wedding events so far. Plus, I’ve got a bit of a confession to make… I’ve never really used a foundation before, so with parties and showers in the forecast, I knew that I’d better find one that I trust and fast. Since I pretty much only wear powder, it was perfect timing that bareMinerals debuted their very first liquid coverage product – bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation.
This bareSkin product is a tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum all-in-one, but more importantly, it contains no oils, no silicone, no water, no parabens and no fragarance. It’s literally a foundation that was 20 years in the making. Needless to say, I was convinced that I needed to give it a try, and now I’m such a fan that I’ve teamed up with bareMinerals to tell you how bareSkin is the perfect choice for busy brides.
The first opportunity that I had to try bareSkin was right after it’s debut and just in time for my bachelorette party in Vegas. The great thing about this foundation is that it can be used for light coverage or full coverage depending on how much product you use. A couple dots of product onto the foundation brush’s center opening will give you light all-over tone correction – the perfect amount for traveling. Add more product to get full coverage that’s perfect for a night out. I was able to use bareSkin for both day and night while on my trip instead of using two separate products like a tinted moisturizer and another foundation – bareSkin acts like two products in one!
Can’t wait to show you more posts coming up with bareMinerals!
This post was sponsored by bareMinerals, but all opinions are my own!
You know when you have a secret so awesome, it takes every ounce of you to keep it from flying out of your mouth? Yeah, that’s sort of what’s been going on for the past few months as I’ve waited for THIS product launch. (Okay, I told a couple of people, I couldn’t help myself… I even hinted about my newly acquired tan in a previous post.)
When Caitlin, the creator behind Kismet, asked me if I were interested in designing the packaging for her first product, Opulent, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. For one, I normally only get to design for print or web, so designing for packaging was very appealing. I also got to design a product that I actually use which is pretty cool. Plus, I even was able to participate in the first product photoshoot this past Sunday – did you catch my cameo in the promo photos above, haha?
Kismet Opulent is a body bronzing product that gives you a natural looking glow without streaking. It’s not a self-tanner, so no weird smell. In fact, it smells fabulous. Whenever I wear it, I always catch the scent throughout the day. The bronze – not orange – you get is a couple of shades darker than your regular skin tone and it adjusts to any shade of paleness (like myself).
During the ingredient process, Caitlin sent me a bottle of the trial formula, so I’ve been wearing Kismet Opulent in nearly all of my summer outfit posts thus far – saving you all from seeing photos of my pale legs. And now finally, the product is pretty and packaged and ready for wear!
Kismet will be available for pre-order online starting TODAY and in boutique locations July 19th. For all of you interested in pre-order, make sure to use APoL’s special discount code PINCHME to get 15% off (ends next Thursday).
There will be a Kismet launch party next Friday at the Covington POSH Boutique location during normal business hours of 10 a.m. to 6.pm. Check out the retailer’s page on the Kismet website to see locations. And if you’re an interested retailer, visit and fill out the retailers email – you’ll even get a free sample!
Next week, I’ll be showing you insight into our packaging design process!
Photos by Kaela Rodehorst Photography