BeautyBeauty Alert: Another Boscia Review!

Some of you loyal Lulus fans or longtime beauty junkies like myself might remember earlier this year when I reviewed a couple of products from Boscia Skincare and promised another review in the future. Well, here is the second review!
I actually decided to postpone the second review until I could get my hands on a couple of their new products, and I’m certainly glad I did. The Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel and the B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA++ were completely worth the wait.
I’m going to start with my favorite:  

Here’s how their fabulous Marketing Coordinator Mari described it to me when I considered trying it out: 
“The Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel is a moisturizer without SPF that can be worn in the day or at night. It is a gel consistency and actually dispenses black, but blends completely clear into the skin. It provides a cooling sensation upon contact with the skin, and instantly tightens and refines pores. It is super refreshing and helps absorb excess oil, keeping you matte throughout the day.”
Sounds intriguing, right?
Well, let me just say that this stuff is awesome! I’ve been using it for about a week now, and I already feel like my skin is happier and more refreshed. The best part:  matte finish! Hallelujah! As the girl who still suffers from blah, oily skin at 26, I must say this was such a relief! I usually find myself reapplying powder all day or blotting toilet paper on my nose during breaks, but this morning my skin looked so smooth and calm that I seriously debated going sans-makeup for the day! Another awesome fact:  my eyes look less puffy in the mornings. While this is by no means an eye cream and I avoid applying it even near my eyes, it seems to decrease some of the all-over swelling in my skin when I apply it overnight.
As for pore-refining, it’s hard to tell. I think I may need a few more weeks of it to be sure, but the insta-cooling feel is awesome on thirsty skin so commonly found during the fall. (Hint:  guys like it, too! It makes a great aftershave!) I also love the fact that my face doesn’t feel all oily and gooey after I apply my moisturizer; it simply feels moisturized. Plus, It comes in a nifty little jar dispenser that pumps out black gel, so it’s fun to play with. In other words, this stuff is awesome.
The second thing  I’m really excited about is the new 
Here’s how Mari described it to me:
“The B.B. Cream is a tinted product. It comes in a single, universal shade that actually self-adjusts as you apply it to your skin. It could be compared to a tinted moisturizer in that it does provide coverage, but in fact it is very different because it comes with a whole host of skincare benefits. It offers anti-aging, brightening and skin-soothing properties, as well as a high grade of SPF protection. It also has primer-like qualities and leaves a smooth and even finish on your skin for a completely flawless look. Many people completely replace their foundation with it, or choose to set it with a powder.” 
I’ve always wanted to try one of those self-adjusting forumlas, so I thought this would be a great start. Plus, I’ve become pretty strict about making sure I’m wearing sunscreen either in my makeup or moisturizer, so this seemed like a good bet. When I first put it on, I thought the color was a bit too pink, but after just a few minutes I coulnd’t even tell where I had put it on! The color was almost exactly perfect.
It does dry extremely quickly though, so make sure to only use small amounts at a time or else the product will dry in weird patches, especially if your skin is dry. I actually wore the Revitalizing Hydration Gel beneath the B.B. Cream and it went on much more smoothly. 
Probably my favorite aspect of the B.B. Cream is its brightening properties. My face looked dewy and glowing all day long, which I really loved and definitely wasn’t expecting. Those of you gals with oily skin like mine may need to set it with a light layer of powder as it can create a little extra shine in the T-zone, but you won’t need much. This is a really great product if you’re not looking for a whole lot of coverage (it doesn’t really cover blemishes) but do want to even out your skin tone. It’s super light-weight and totally invisible, so it doesn’t feel like you’ve plastered a whole bunch of gunk on your face. Definitely worth a try!
Finally, and while this is not a completely new product, I have to mention on the 
This is by far one of Boscia’s most popular products, and for good reason; it works! Here’s how it works: Smear a whole bunch of black goo (yes, it goes on black!) all over your face, avoiding eyes, nose, eyebrows, and mouth. Let it dry until your face feels all tight and there are no more wet patches. Peel off.
Yup, you heard me. Simply snag a corner of the mask and start peeling it off! This part is so fun/creepy that I’m not really sure how to describe it except that you really need to try it yourself. Once you’ve got it all peeled off, rinse with warm water to remove any remaining pieces, and get ready to be amazed! Your skin seriously feels baby soft and soooo smooth. Plus, it removes a lot of the build-up in your skin, so it’s really refreshing after a really tough day at work or when your face is feeling particularly bad. In other words, it’s the perfect clean slate.
Which one are you going to order? Head on over to their website to check out all their fabulous products!
(P.S. If you order over $25 (which is only like one product!), they will throw in a FREE Luminizing Black Mask AND Free Shipping; just use the code “boo.” Yay for freebies!)

FashionA Chloë Moment! Blue for Kenzo

You may have heard the buzz about the debut collection by Kenzo, but did you see Chloë close it out at Paris Fashion Week? Seeing as the designers behind Kenzo are none other than Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony fame; Chloë fit right in as the star of the show.
Come behind the scenes with Kenzo!



GeneralCan You Write a Novel in 30 Days?

I dare you.
What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.
Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.
Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To give yourself permission to write without obsessing over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To stop being one of those people who say, “I’ve always wanted to write a novel,” and become one of those people who can say, “Oh, a novel? It’s such a funny story–I’ve written three.”
When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins 12:00:01 November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at 11:59:59. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.
Yeah, me too. As a self-proclaimed writer, I am of course a member of the Someday I’ll Write a Novel Club. While I have many t-shirts, I have yet to write a novel; however, that is going to change this November. Are you in the same boat? Then head on over to National Novel Writing Month‘s website for more information and to sign up!
Here are the Rules:
  • Write a 50,000-word (or longer!) novel, between November 1 and November 30.
  • Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft (though outlines, character sketches, and research are all fine, as are citations from other people’s works).
  • Write a novel. We define a novel as a lengthy work of fiction. If you consider the book you’re writing a novel, we consider it a novel too!
  • Be the sole author of your novel. Apart from those citations mentioned two bullet-points up.
  • Write more than one word repeated 50,000 times.
  • Upload your novel for word-count validation to our site between November 25 and November 30.
So. Anybody else going to sign up? I think you should. Plus, it’s for charity! How can you resist that?
Find me (Hartt Breaker!) at NaNoWiMo and we can all chat about our novels!
Now get writing!

ContestsName the Dress Contest #71!

The contest has ended. Be sure to enter again next week!

Winning Dress Name: On the Rocks

Winner: Stephanie

GeneralDIY: Pumpkin Decorating Without Carving

Don’t get me wrong, I love the traditional way of decorating pumpkins, but this year, I felt it was time for a change. After a little research, I realized that there were many ways of decorating pumpkins without the carving or the mess! These fun techniques will be sure to take your Halloween festivities up a notch, so hurry to the pumpkin patch and pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate. 

Decoupage a Pumpkin

What You Need: 
                    *Mod Podge Glue
                    *Foam brush
                    *Paper, leaves or other thin materials.
1. Wash your pumpkin thoroughly so there is no dirt covering the surface.
2. Once the pumpkin has dried, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge glue all over the pumpkin.
3. Next, immediately place the item on the pumpkin that you want to be decoupaged. I would suggest something thin such as a leaf, ribbon, or some magazine clippings. This will make it so everything dries evenly and with a flawless finish.
4. After this dries, put two more top coats of Modge Podge over your final product. Let dry and viola!

Shimmer a Pumpkin 

What You Need: 
*Glitter of Your Choice
*Mod Podge
*Foam Brush 
1. Wash your pumpkin thoroughly.
2. With your foam brush, coat your pumpkin with a thin layer of Mod Podge glue.
3. Immediately sprinkle the pumpkin with the glitter. You can even do this in layers so the pumpkin has many different colors. 
Lace a Pumpkin

What You Need: 
*Enough lace to cover your pumpkin completely
*Mod Podge
*Hot Glue Gun
1. After you wash your pumpkin, let it dry
2. Next, cut your lace to fit your pumpkin. It is easy to wrap the whole piece of fabric around it to give you a general idea of how much you will need.
3. Modge Podge the whole pumpkin and immediately place the lace all over your pumpkin. I like to lay the lace flat, place the pumpkin in the middle of the fabric and gather the fabric to the stem of the pumpkin. Almost like you are wrapping a wine bottle with tissue paper. 
4. Cut the loose ends of the fabric so all of the edges are even
5. Hot glue the edges so that they do not fray.

Paint a Pumpkin 
What You Need: 
*Fabric or ribbon
1. After your pumpkin’s surface is cleaned, paint your pumpkin with a couple of coats of paint. 
2. Let dry and then tie a bow around it. This is such a simply way to bring so much life to a little orange pumpkin!
Push-Pin a Pumpkin 

What You Need:
                    *A lot of Push-Pins 
1. This is simple, but time-consuming: Merely push the pins into your pumpkin. Make different sayings, pictures, patterns, or whatever suits your fancy. If you have the right amount of patience, you can have a beautiful pumpkin as the end result.
Rhinestone a Pumpkin
What You Need: 
*Hot Glue Gun
1. Very Simple task: bedazzle your plump pumpkin! Heat up your glue gun to start off. 
2. Place a dab of glue on the bottom of the jewel. 
3. Place jewel on desired area of pumpkin.
4. You can even glue on some little plastic spiders to add even more spooky-glam to your pumpkin project!

Enjoy decorating!
(images courtesy of pinterest)