RealHer Cosmetics Haul & Review

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Hi beauties!  Happy hump day!  I am back today with a mini beauty haul and review on a new to me cosmetics brand, called RealHer Cosmetics.   I am not really sure how I came across this brand, but totally fell in love with the message behind the brand.

RealHer, created in 2015, was all started because of a love for makeup.  RealHer also has a similar theme/message as we do here on Makeupateers.com.   RealHer is a brand that aims to inspire and empower women.  Since society has a set perception of what the ideal women should look like.  In reality, all women are beautiful in their own way.  RealHer wants women to know their worth- love yourself, be yourself, and embrace your beauty.  Define what beauty is to you.

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Mission

Our mission is to empower and bring out the best in the modern woman: to know her worth, to feel proud of her individuality, to love each and every one of her flaws, and to not fear who she really is.

Although, RealHer is new, they are making strides in the beauty field to be makeup that inspires. This is a brand that is doing pretty amazing things in my eyes.  For every purchase made, RealHer donates 20% of all gross profits to American Association of University Women (AAUW).  The AAUW is a non-profit organization that provides a forward movement for Women and girls every where.  They do this by providing leadership, advocacy, education, and research programs.  You can locate a chapter near you here.

They are also certifies by CCIC and Leaping Bunny Association for their promise to use products and procedures that are not animal tested.

The products

wp-1469679308204.jpg RealHer Moisturizing lipsticks– $7.99

-enriched with shea butter, jojoba seed oil, macadamia oil, and vitamin E
Each color name is a quote to empower you.
Each color features a soft matte finish with an ever so slight gloss that glides onto the lips smoothly with a creamy rich color pigment.
– Free of parabens, Petro chemicals, synthetic fragrances, lead, talc, gluten, and phthalates.
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I got three out of the five colors that are offered.  Let me tell you, the packaging is very simple, but sleek.  All three colors I received are very pigmented, go on smoothly, with pretty good staying power.  I would agree that they are “soft matte” finish.  I am not one for matte lippies, because I have such dry lips.  I need moisture!  These lipsticks provide just that and at an affordable price.

 

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In the slide above, I have provided lip swatches for your reference.  My favorite is, “I Define Beauty Myself”. It is the perfect everyday mauve.  If you have been a long time reader of my blog, you know that I am not one for bright or dark lippies, but I actually felt really comfortable in “I Am Powerful”.  It’s a bold color that I feel would look great on every skin tone.  “I Love Myself” washed me out when worn by itself, but I think when topped with a gloss- it will be absolutely beautiful.

I hope you all enjoyed this new brand overview, haul, and mini review.  I can’t wait to see what else RealHer has in store for the future.  I am an instant fan of this brand.  I love the product, but I also love what they stand for and what they do.  I hope you do too!  Let me know in the comments below what color was your favorite!

jacki

Travel Diary- Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Happy Monday! If you couldn’t tell, we are still working on getting caught up on our posts from when our website had the site issue. Playing catch up is difficult!

If you have read my earlier travel diaries, we took a mini road from Washington D.C to Virginia Beach to visit my in-laws.  The last time we saw them was over five years ago, it was definitely time.  We are theme park junkies, and one theme park we have never been to was Busch Gardens.  We decided to check out Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Our plan was to arrive early to beat the lines, but GPS actually directed us to the employee parking lot.  Do not off of the address straight from the Google page.  We were finally redirected to the park parking lots, but not after waiting in line for a good hour and half.  Busch Gardens did compensate for the wait by giving us free parking.

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Another difficulty we met was with our tickets.  Some tickets were bought from Groupon, because they were running a special.  We were told to redeem at the kiosk, if we didn’t want to wait in line- this was with all the other Groupon purchasers.  After a good 15 minutes of trying to enter voucher codes into these machines, we gave up.  I decided to ask a park employee.  All we had to do was bring it up to the gate.  This was literally my face -_-.  At the time, this situations are frustrating as heck, but they make great stories and memories, lol.

One thing I love about the amusement parks out here are the fact they measure our smaller kids and give a list of all the rides they are able to ride.  I think this helped a lot with my little one.  She is a thrill seeker and loves coasters.  Usually, we have to go up to a ride to find out if she can ride it or not.  If not, then the disappointment kicked in.  I think by knowing ahead of time what rides she could and could not go on, we could just avoid them all together.   My daughter is only 8 years and pretty short, but she was able to go on a lot of roller coasters.

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We loved that the park incorporated different countries through out the park.  We had check out everything in England, France, and Germany.  Also, the food was pretty good.  You can find eateries that are dedicated to the country they are located in.  Lunch was amazing!  I am sad that I didn’t get any pictures, but it was really dark in the area we ate because of the show in Das Festhaus .  Dessert in France was pretty good!

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Josephine’s Creamery de Chocolat– They feature chocolate sauce made with Ghirardelli® chocolate!  To Die for!  While eating your yummy dessert, you can sit outside of Josephine’s and watch the riders on the Alpengeist.

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Alpengeist – Inverted Roller Coaster

This is probably the best ride at the park! Runner up would be the Verbolten! This ride does have a height requirement.  My little was not able to ride it, but she was holding out for her top choices!

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Loch Ness Monster

This is a must have ride for the entire family.  If the height requirements apply!

The cool thing about this Busch Gardens, is that they had a bit of everything.  They have the thrill rides for the roll coaster junkies in your group; KIDsiderate attractions for the little’s; Water country USA, for the water park goers; and for the animal lover- an animal area with eagles, parrots, horses, and wolves.

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We didn’t see much of the animals, because we were on a mission to get in all the coasters we wanted to ride.  However, we were able to get some great shots of the Bald Eagle.

If you’re visiting the area, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a must do!  My family and I really enjoyed our time here.  We actually wish we would have had another day to see more of the park.  There’s always next time!

Jacki

Liebster Award

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Hi loves! I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far. We are back today, because we were nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely That Geeky Girlfriend. I believe this is our third nomination for this award. Thank you to all who have nominated us! We’re honored!

 

 

 

 

About The Award

• The Liebster Award exists by bloggers for bloggers. It’s a way to show your appreciation for the blogs you love and help other people find them.
• “Liebster” comes from German origin and can translate to mean: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart, and boyfriend.

The (Official) Rules

1. Thank the person that nominated you, & link back to their blog.
2. Display the Award on your blog. (in your post and/or a widget)
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself.
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5-11 blogs with under 1000 followers to receive the award.
6. Create a new list of questions for the nominees to follow.
7. List these rules in your Award post.
8. Inform each blogger of the Award nomination.

Questions from That Geeky Girlfriend:

1. What era/year/decade do you think you should have been born in? I was born in the 80’s. It’s an era that I loved growing up in and wouldn’t change it for the world.

2. What’s the last book you read? Confidence Code

3. What movie or show do you absolutely refuse to watch? I am always willing to give new shows or movies a shot, but movies like the Conjuring- are big no, no’s for me.

4. If you have to choose between playing up your lips or eyes, what do you choose? My eyes definitely! My lips are big enough and do not need attention called to them, lol.

5. What’s the coolest pet name you’ve thought of or had? Stitch, from Lilo & Stitch. Our cat acts the exact way. He can be totally sweet at times, but can also be a little @$$&*(0.

6. If makeup wasn’t a social norm, do you think you’d still do it as often? I think I totally would! I love playing and creating. Plus, I don’t do for anyone else, but myself!

7. Do you think you do your makeup for you, for social perception, to impress women, or to impress men? My bad!! I totally answered this on questions 7 -_- “I don’t do for anyone else, but myself!”

8. If you had to remove 3 items from your normal makeup routine and could never use them again, what would you get rid of? Mascara, foundat

9. What mythical creature would you love to meet and/or own? I would probably want to meet a mermaid. Only if they are like Ariel:)

10. If you could live in the reality of any book, movie, or TV show, which would it be and why?  My fiance always says that I live in Jacki-land.  I guess I like living in my own reality.

11. What do you think is the most overrated song? (current or ever, your choice) Whip and Nay-Nay and any Adele song

My 11 randoms

  1.  I am originally from Guam
  2.  Mother of two
  3.  I lived in Germany for 5 years
  4.  Engaged
  5.  I am a compulsive returner (yes, I know!  Horrible habit)
  6.  I am a mother of two beautiful girls
  7.  I am a Disney fanatic
  8.  I am obsessed with purses
  9.  I collect penguins:)
  10.  Alex and Ani are my weakness
  11.  I am an islander who is allergic to pineapple—I know, I know!  Horrible!!

My questions for them:)

  1. What is your greatest achievement thus far?
  2. Why did you start your blog?
  3. Where was your last vacation?
  4. Finding Nemo or Finding Dory?
  5. What is your favorite quote and by whom?
  6. If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
  7. How did you come up with your blog name?
  8. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  9. Walking dead or Fear the walking dead?
  10. Favorite book?
  11. Three things you can’t live without?

Nominees

  1. Gaby from BeautybyGaby
  2. The Chic Community
  3. Jodi from A Brash Attitude
  4. Princess from Social Mariposa

All of you ladies are amazing and definitely deserve this!  I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little bit better through this award.

Have a happy Thursday, beauties!

Jacki

Travel Diary- DC to VA

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Hi loves!  Back today with another travel blurb from my Washington D.C./Virginia vacation.  We decided to drive to Virginia Beach for the remainder of our vacation, but before leaving we wanted to hit up a few of the monuments we were not able to visit.

One of the monuments we wanted to see was the George Mason memorial.  To be completely honest, I didn’t know who he was until this visit.  For those of you who do not know who he was or what he did.  Here is a little history lesson for you!

George Mason was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Independence.  He was also inspiration to Thomas Jefferson on the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.  Mason was also known for withholding his signature on the United States Constitution, because it did not eliminate slavery and offered no protection from the federal government, in case they became free.


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This memorial was a little sad to see.  The grounds around it were unkempt, garbage everywhere, lawn was overgrown, and the fountain on the grounds was pretty disgusting.  I hope that since my visit, the grounds have been taken care of.

Thomas Jefferson memorial

 

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Vietnam Veterans war memorial

This memorial kind of brought tears to my eyes! So sad to see all the names of the lives lost during this war.

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Last but not least some shots in full tourist mode!

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On our way to see the Capitol State building

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We had to stop at some of the souvenir carts to grab some gear! My fiance and kids in full tourist mode

**Souvenir tip**
Screenshot_2016-07-13-12-12-37Pressed pennies are a cheap and inexpensive souvenir!  You can find press penny locations here.

I hope you enjoyed seeing our last day in D.C.!  We definitely didn’t get to see everything we wanted to see, but there is always next time:)

Jacki

Sunglasses haul

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Happy Tuesday, beauties! I am back today with a mini review and sunglasses haul from Sunglass Warehouse.  I first heard about Sunglass Warehouse from my fellow Makeupateer, Gaby from BeautybyGaby, she absolutely raved about them.  Of course, I had to give them a shot!

Sunglass Warehouse

  • All sunglasses are $20 or less.  I have yet to find a $20.00 pair.
  • Hundreds of styles to choose from
  • All lenses are made with UV400
  • Free shipping with a purchase of $25.00 or more, under $25.00 it’s on $3.95
  • No hassle returns!

One thing I absolutely love about the Sunglass warehouse website, is the ability to search the variety of glasses.  You can search by lens type, frame shape, and best sellers.  I have a really flat nose with literally no bridge to hold up glasses, so I am only able to wear a certain type of frame.

Here are the pieces I chose:

  1. Magdalena #7021- black/silver frame with smoke lenses
  2. Dew #18816- white/silver frame with Smoke lenses
  3. Winthrop #2642 toroise frame with blue mirrored lenses
  4. Honey #6040- Matte Black/Gold Frame with Grey lenses
  5. Canary #65830 tortoise frame with amber lenses

You can even choose different colors with different style lenses to make the glasses really unique to your style.  I have worn Dew and Canary almost everyday since receiving my shipment.  The quality in of the glasses are great.  With most glasses I purchase, the handles start to come loose.  This is not the case with the two pairs I have been infatuated with from Sunglass Warehouse.

I think I am obsessed because I made another order about a week ago!  I can’t wait for the package to come in.  Keep an eye out for some summer posts featuring the glasses.  I highly recommend this website. Check them out!  Let me know your favorite shades.  Don’t for get to #THEWAREHOUSE.

Jacki

*Products for free for an unbiased and honest review*

 

 

DC Travel Diary- Museum Of Natural History

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Hi loves!  I hope you all had a great fourth of July weekend.  We are back today with day four of our dc travel diary.  We decided to hit the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  We had also planned to hit a few of the other museums on this day, because everyone we spoke with, told us we would only spend about two hours at each museum.  If you quickly move through the exhibits, then I would say it would take about two hours.  If you actually want to take everything in and explore, then allot for at least half of the day.

The deets:

Located on 10th street & Constitution Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20560

Phone: 202.633.1000

Open everyday except Christmas day from 10AM to 5:30.  Check here for extended hours on certain days.

The museum has some decent eating locations, so you don’t have to leave and come back.

  • Atrium Cafe- cafeteria style
  • Cafe Natural- deli style

I would suggest arriving 30 minutes before the museum opens, because the lines start to build rather quickly with the security check points that you have to go through.

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Family selfie upon entrance!

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We all know this infamous elephant from Night at the Museum!

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The first part of the museum was dedicated to some photography!  We love penguins and of course had to represent Oregon!

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This was probably one of the coolest things we saw at the museum.  This gentlemen actually draws the bones free hand.

NATIONAL FOSSIL HALL EXHIBIT CLOSED THROUGH 2019

Live butterfly exhibit

Butterfly Pavilion

Take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants! Located adjacent to Partners in Evolution, this tropical oasis offers visitors a rare opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from all over the world.

Loveeed this exhibit!  My daughters absolutely loved all the butterflies flying around and on certain occasions landing on us.  This is a fee based exhibit:

Price per ticket:
Adults $6
Seniors $5.50 (60+)
Children $5 (2 to 12)
Members $5 (available by phone or at box office)

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**Tip:  If you go on Tuesdays, you can get free tickets into the Butterfly Pavilion.  Live butterfly experience.  Tickets are limited, so be sure to get there early or right after lunch for the afternoon ticket release**

Eternal life in ancient egypt exhibit

Diamonds are a girls best friend

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The lovely hope diamond.  It was really hard to get a decent picture of the diamond, because the diamond was surrounded.

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Some of the stones and gems exhibit

We are ending our day at the museum with some animal kingdom fun! We really loved this museum.  Again, we over planned our trip and didn’t get in everything we wanted to do on this day, but it was well worth it and a learning experience!  If you have been DC, what are your tourist must sees?

Jacki

 

Let’s Talk Lashes: My lash extension experience

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Hi loves! First off, I would like to apologize for the absence. We have had some technical difficulty with our new server. The issues with the server caused our site to go down for a few days. While this is getting corrected, we’ve had to transfer our site back to wordpress.com. During that transition, we lost some content. I would like to apologize in advance, but we are working on getting everything back up and running.

One of the posts we lost was my lash extension story/review, so here we are again to talk lashes.One of the hottest trends going on right now are lash extensions. Being the beauty addict that I am, of course it was something I wanted to try. I attempted to make an appointment for a week straight with a lash boutique that came highly recommended. This particular lash boutique would not pick up their phone at all, and their voicemail box was full- this happened to be a blessing in disguise. I had the opportunity to meet an amazing sweet lady on Instagram, who just happens to run her own lash boutique. Kristi, Neat Lash Boutique owner, was also able to get me an appointment last minute before my vacation. I don’t know about you, but when I am on vacation, I just want to do minimal makeup. Having lash extensions help drastically with a minimalist look.

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Photo credit: KELSEY O'HALLORAN

Photo credit: KELSEY O’HALLORAN

Kristi is the owner of Neat Lash Boutique in Multnomah Village, which has been open since early March. Kristi’s love for lashes started when she used to get them done herself and from there the love grew. After schooling, she started doing lashes at a lash boutique in Ashland, Oregon. After three years of perfecting her skill and building her clientele-Kristi decided to take her show on the road and moved to Portland. Kristi loves making women feel beautiful without having to do much to their current look.

2929 SW Multnomah Blvd. Suite 302
Portland, OR
(971) 220-5274

Check out Neat Lash current specials here.

Lash Application process


Prior to starting the procedure, Kristi was able to answer all questions I had regarding the materials used and lash horror stories. The lash horror stories were my main concern. Kristi explained why lashes fall out naturally, and why a bad lash extension experience would cause lashes to fall out.

During my appointment, I was advised that the appointment would take a minimum of two hours. The appointment takes this long because Kristi takes time to separate each individual lash to add the extensions. During the procedure, she walked me through the steps of application and continued to answer my random questions. At one point, I got so relaxed that I fell asleep. Kristi was really sweet about my snoring, lol.

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This is my before and after during the procedure.

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 Here is a front view of a before and after

I am on my third fill already. I guess you could say I am addicted to lash extensions.  It is recommended to get refills every 3-5 weeks to help keep them full.   I am loving how simple my beauty routine has been. I wake up everyday at 3:30 am to get ready for work. Anything I can do to catch a minute or two of extra z’s, I will do. If you live in Portland or visit the area- be sure to check out Neat Lash Boutique. You will not be disappointed!

 

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Have you gotten lash extensions?  I would love to hear about your experience!
Jacki

DC Travel Diary- International Spy Museum

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Hi loves! I am back today to share my family’s experience at the International Spy Museum. We found out about the International Spy Museum from a gentlemen who was visiting Oregon from Washington, DC- he said it was a must see!  At that point, we had no choice, but to add it to our itinerary.

Located in the heart of downtown Washington, DC in the Pennsylvania Quarter neighborhood.  We opted for a rental car during out trip, which seemed  more of a pain then it was helpful, due to parking.  My suggestion, take the metro.  Parking was hard to find and very expensive.

International Spy Museum Mission:

The mission of the International Spy Museum is to educate the public about espionage and intelligence in an engaging way and to provide a context that fosters understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events. The Museum focuses on human intelligence and reveals the role spies have played in world events throughout history. It is committed to the apolitical presentation of the history of espionage in order to provide visitors with nonbiased, accurate information.

Details:

Where: between 9th and 8th Streets at 800 F Street, NW, Washington D.C.

When:

  • Museum hours depend on the date you plan on going. You can check the hours here.
  • Last admission is given one hour before the museum closes.

How Much:

  • $21.95 adults (12-64)
  • $15.95 senior citizens, law enforcement, military
  • $14.95 youth (ages 7-11)
  • Free for children under 6

How Long: 2-4 hours

Website: www.spymuseum.org

Tip:  You can leave the museum and re-enter as many times as you want.  There are so many great food carts within walking distance.  I would suggest checking them out for a quick, good, cheap meal!

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We entered through the Spy Shop into the main lobby of the museum.  We were greeted by so many nice museum employees, it was such a breath of fresh air.  They all provided amazing customer service.  During check-in, one of the associates explains how the exhibits works, because parts of the exhibits are interactive.  Children are also asked if they want to take part in a museum scavenger hunt for a prize at the end.

Now, this is where the real fun begins.  Before you are able to move forward in the museum, you must first pick a different identity for your mission.

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Examples of the identities you can choose from

One you have chosen and memorized details for your new identity, you are then moved into another room for a “briefing”.  I am not going to spoil this for you, you will just have to take a trip to Washington, DC and see what it is all about.

In the first exhibit, you learn spy skills on disguises, listening devices, etc.  You also get to learn how people were smuggled in cars to escape Germany.  In this exhibit you also put your memory to the test and answer questions on your  fake identity.  If you pass, you move on to your next mission.  Keep an eye out for the air duct, you will need this to answer one of the scavenger hunt questions!

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Every day items that doubled as spy equipment like lipstick, glasses, pills, and how to hide bugs.

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In the second part of the exhibit and scavenger hunt, we learn about secret codes like the Caesar Cipher and enigma machine. The kids also get the opportunity to decipher messages on their scavenger hunt sheet.  This section also showed the role spies played in some of our important wars.

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My kiddos working hard on figuring out their secret messages

 

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Searching for the last item on the scavenger hunt

When my kids found all the items on the scavenger hunt, they had to decipher one last hidden message and take it back to the front desk to get their prize.  I won’t spoil that for you, but it is something that all kids love. Plus it’s a free souvenir, can’t beat that! My kids are 14 and 8- both really loved how interactive the museum was and the great exhibits.  They enjoyed the challenge of the scavenger hunt, while learning through out the experience.

If you’re a Bond fan, this museum is a must see, and it’s great for the whole family!  I would also suggest checking out some of their interactive experiences like the Operation Spy or Spy in the City.  We didn’t get to do any of them on our visit, but we will definitely be checking them out on our next visit!

**Disclaimer:  Free tickets were provided for a review.  All opinions are my own**

After our day at the museum, we decided to knock out a few of the memorials.

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The international spy museum is relatively close to the national mall.  This made the trek fairly easy.  My youngest one had one request, we could not leave until she got to see the Lincoln Memorial- so of course, we took her!  We were also able to see the World War II memorial and Korean War memorial.  We had a full day of activities and making memories!  What are some of your favorite vacation spots?

Jacki

What’s new? Shu Uemura Kye Collection

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Happy Monday! I am here today to talk about Shu Uemura’s new artist collection with Kathleen Kye- KYE Collection.  She is one of Korea’s hottest high-end street fashion creatives.  Kye states, “for this collaboration I want to showcase the k-vibe.  I want to express the energy of Seoul.”  I think she did just that with the innovative products and packaging design for this collection.

I like how she included so many things from the Korean culture in the packaging.  All of which have a special meaning behind it.  With that, it is really cool that they are blending the two cultures together in this collection.

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When you think of Shu Uemura, the first thing that comes to mind is eyelash curlers and cleansing oils.  Shu Uemura cleansing oils have been around forever and are a cult favorite. So it was no surprise that they wanted to incorporate it into the KYE collection.

POREfinist anti-shine fresh cleansing oil 450ml

Porefinist anti-shine fresh cleansing oil- $31.00

The Porefinist anti-shine fresh cleansing oil is newly formulated to target the source of oil concerns.  It’s a water like substance that not only removes makeup, but washes away sebum and blackheads that get stuck in pores.  This allows for smaller pores and smoother skin.

The packaging is designed by Kathleen Kye herself especially for this collaboration.  It showcases the young generation in Seoul, Korea- with their high-end street style as inspiration.

**Ideal for normal to oily skin types and acne-prone skin**

I have dry to normal skin, and have had no problems using the cleansing oil.  I noticed a significant difference in blackheads in my nose area.  If you are more dry and do not want to try this particular cleansing oil; you can also try the ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil.

 sheer color balm melt in orangeSheer color balm- $30.00

The next must try from the collection are the Sheer color balms.  They com in three different colors:  Glow in pink, Melt in Orange, and hugged in peach.  At first glance, glow in pink and melt in orange look a bit intimidating, because of how bright they are in the tube.

If you have ever tried Dior’s lip glow then you know how these lip balms work.  When the color is added to your lips, the balm reacts with your PH levels creating a unique wearable color made especially for you.

They are very moisturizing and smooth- maybe a little too smooth, because as soon as it hits your lips, it starts to melt.  It’s not too much of a problem, but remember to store them in a cool place.

Try not to go all crazy with application or you can end up looking like you drank some kool-aid, lol!

 

 

Here are some general swatches of the balms (right to left): Melt in Orange, Hugged in Peach, and Glow in Pink.

The Kye collection also includes cushion blushes, eye pencils, brow palettes, and an eyebrow gel.  Grab them while you can, because this collection is selling out fast.  You can find it on Shuuemura.com.

Not much of a makeup lover, but want something from the collection? Shu Uemura and KYE also collaborated on some amazing hair products found here.

I hope you enjoyed my review on this collection.  What is your favorite Shu Uemura product?

Happy Monday!

Jacki

 

 

DC Travel Diary: Day 2

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Hi loves!  We’re back with Day 2 of my families DC trip, but first how about some mini reviews on our car rental and hotel so far.

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Days Inn Alexandria South

This facility came recommended to me by one of customers, so we decided to look up reviews.  It has a three start rating on all sites that we checked, but this place definitely does not deserve it.  We also expected something a bit better for the price we paid.

If you do decide to stay here, drive slow when coming up on the entrance or you will literally miss it, because it isn’t where one would think it would be.  The staff at the front desk were always nice and willing to help.  The facility is really run down and in desperate need of a major remodel.  The rooms smelled and in my opinion, were not cleaned.  I don’t think they ever changed our sheets from the previous guests.  My little one started to jump on the bed, and as she was jumping, I noticed something bouncing on the bed.  It was pieces of broken plastic!  If the bedding had been changed, then this definitely should not have happened.  I requested new bedding right away, which they accommodated with no problem.  The beds were newer and are decent.  The shower lacked pressure and kept going in and out of really hot water or really cold.  Breakfast was decent for being free.  They provided waffles, cereal, frozen eggs, toast, muffins, oatmeal, and fruit.

Conclusion: This place isn’t worth the price they charge and it does not deserve the 3 start rating it now has. We will never be staying here again.  It was okay for sleeping and showering on our stay.

Car Rental:

We went through Advantage Car Rental .  They are partnered with E-Z car rental, who I use all the time.  The experience was definitely not the same.  The girl at the counter acted like we were a bother to her, while another just sat there watching shows/movies on her phone.  On a customer service level, I think they need a lot of work!  On a positive note,we were provided with a Toyota Camry- we loved that we got something with great mileage.  

Kings Dominion

Paramount’s King Dominion and Soak City is Virginia’s premier family theme park.  It’s located near Richmond, Virginia.  On the day we went it ended up being really windy, so we did not get to check out Soak city, but that’s okay!  We didn’t even make it half way through King’s Dominion.

One major pro for this park is as a mom of a small child, I loved that they provided “height bands”.  You go to a designated area, have your child’s height checked, they are then provided with a height band and list of height approved rides.  I think this method really helps with disappointing the children.  You have advanced notice to stay away from those particular rides.

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We spent a lot of our time in Planet Snoopy, because we had some family friends with us who has a toddler and pre-k aged children.  My children were okay with this, because of the character meet and greets!

My little’s goal was to get all the character’s from Charlie Brown and Snoopy.  I think she did pretty well.

On the day we went, they also had a petty zoo and a Home depot kids project.

I loved that there were other free activities for the kids.

Home depot provided a building activity for the kids for free.  They could choose from a bird house, car, or monster truck.  My little chose the bird house and family friends chose the cars.  It was a fun experience with a free souvenir!

Some random Planet Snoopy fun!

If you ever get a chance to go here, make sure to try out the coasters.  They are pretty amazing.  I was tricked into going on one called the ‘Flight of fear’.  The name says it all!  You go into this ride not knowing what it is…anything!  It kind of reminded me of Space Mountain at Disney, but scarier- Lol!  It was a really good coaster, but if you can’t handle going in circles..then skip this ride!  I ended up getting so sick afterwards.  I know, I’m weakk!

Family coaster fun!

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We made it to the end of the day and taking a narwhal home!

We had an amazing at Kings Dominion, but I would suggest going for two days.  We didn’t make it all the way around the park, which we were sad about, but it was still really fun.  We definitely want to go again!

Jacki

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