Given my overwhelmingly positive experience with Cave Tools recently, I was pleasantly surprised when I was approached to review another product: the Kabob Skewers Rack. In my household, a great deal of our meals are made on the grill so we were thrilled to give this product a go. I’ve found that there are countless different dishes that can be produced using kabobs, from grilled fruit salads to grilled veggie medleys.
Pictured Above: The original packaging of the Stainless Steel Kabob Set from Cave Tools.
A Change for the Better: The kabob skewers have a flat base, which keeps the food from sliding out of place during the cooking process, unlike many kabob skewers I’ve seen on the market, produced with a rounded base that doesn’t grip well enough.
Quick Clean: Both the stainless steel rack and skewers are very easy to clean! A simple wipedown does the trick in most cases.
Durability: The skewers are durable enough to pierce and cook a variety of foods, from tougher meats like roast and steak, to produce, like sliced zucchini (one of my personal favorites!) and cherry tomatoes. It can handle any dish you’re cooking up.
Storage Options: The skewers have holes at the end for alternative storage. Don’t want to stuff them in a drawer? No problem! Hang them on some hooks for later use and even easier access.
Perfect for all levels of expertise: This product is perfect for both beginners and experts alike! I, as a beginner with kabobs, found this product to be straightforward and incredibly easy to work with.
If you’d like to try it out for yourself, Cave Tools has offered my readers (you guys!) a 15% off discount (on top of the already affordable price) on your own Kabob Set when purchased from Amazon!
For 15% off, use the following code: LHWJZQMZ
To check it out on Amazon (and use your 15% off coupon code with purchase), click here.
To check out the set on the Cave Tools website, click here.
Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions or comments regarding Cave Tool’s Stainless Steel Kabob set. I’ll be happy to address anything you ask. If you purchase the set, I’d love to hear about your experience below. Drop by and let me know what you think and if you have any favorite dishes you’ve made using this product (I’d love to hear them!).
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The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was the weird plastic texture of the bag and the unsightly colors. Don’t get me wrong! I usually love the bags the makeup comes in, but this time around was a different story….The orange, blue, and white combination on the bag is a little tacky in my opinion but I’m not generally paying for the makeup bag as much as I am paying for the actual products. I was expecting something a little cuter though. Maybe something a little more wintery?
The first product I received was the Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm tube, which I originally thought was a cream (which would’ve really pissed me off. I am not a huge fan of creams, but Ipsy hasn’t seemed to take the hint in the past!). I thought it would be colored or scented (hence the name), but it is clear. No smell that I can detect, no color. It says it is used for “daily protection, soothing treatment, fatty acid absorption technology” so I guess….there’s……that. On the back it says it’s for the treatment and prevention of dry, irritated lips. I have never in a million years had this issue, but I guess I’ll find a use for it one of these days. I mean, I did pay for it. I will find a use for it.
And then, needless to say, I was frustrated again by another tube, that was in fact a cream this time around (Smh). I thought I made it crystal clear in my survey that I did not want creams of any sort, but……oh well. The one I received in this bag was the Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream, which is also for people with dry skin. Again, I am the exact opposite of a dry skin sufferer. My skin is actually pretty oily as is, hence the apparent distaste for skin creams in general. I will, however, use these products and let you guys know what I think of them regardless of my preference! When I went in to smelling this product, I was horrified when it ended up on my nose and actually smelled uncannily like play dough. Yes, that stuff you used to play with and sometimes eat as a kid. It smells awful to me, but if you’re one of the people that enjoys that peculiar smell, then you might actually really enjoy this product. Around your eyes. Unlike me, who unwillingly was marked with this scent on the last place I’d want it to be on my face!
Next, I got this gorgeous pink Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow brush and it is the cutest thing ever. I love the color of the brush and the bristles already (pink is one of my top 5 favorite colors, so this was an immediately positive reaction!). I haven’t used the brush yet, but I am always in need of new brushes, especially for eye shadow, so I have a hunch that I’m gonna like this one.
Then I got a Bellapierre Cosmetics pigment in “Exite”, which seems an awful lot like a spelling error. Is that a spelling error? Are you sure? No?…Okay moving on. This color is a shimmery white powder which I could imagine is going to look phenomenal when used to highlight and blend my eyeshadow. I’ve never had a pigment this glittery before, only glittered eyeliners, so I’m really looking forward to trying out this product. Most of the time, when I get pigments from Ipsy, they’re generally pretty fun sized but this one seems to be full-sized, which is a huge relief.
Lastly, I got a Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in “Treasure”. The color is stunning and seems like it will be very neutral on my olive skin tone. It also has a little bit of shimmer to add that extra glam and has a pretty blue packaging box with whimsical white waves on the front. It looks expensive. When I looked it up, I came to realize that it is fairly expensive for an eye shadow and it’s actually vegan and cruelty free, which is totally awesome! Kudos to Ipsy for choosing brands that believe in causes like animal rights. I could see myself purchasing more from this brand if I end up enjoying the product.
If you’d like me to make a video of the final impressions of these products on my Youtube channel, let me know in the comments below! Same goes for if you have any questions 🙂
I’m going to restart my youtube channel so I’ll make sure to post a link to the new one as well!
I know you guys have been long awaiting my review for my beauty bag I received for the month of November from my Ipsy subscription. It’s been a hectic couple of days with the looming Thanksgiving Break and the current wrap up of all of my group projects and assignments I need to complete for my classes. I feel like my head’s going to explode! But on the brighter side, after using the products I received, I am now able to give you guys an honest, first-hand review!
In this gorgeous, glittery bag, I received a ton of products. Sometimes they only give you a couple, but I was pleasantly surprised by what my makeup bag had in store! I got 5 different beauty products total: An eye base by Be a Bombshell Cosmetics in “Submissive”, a J.Cat wonder lip paint in “Mad Splatter”, a S/B highlighter by Temptu in “Pink Pearl”, a Star Looks gem pencil in “Ultra Olive”, and finally, the oil of Morocco argan oil hairspray by Marc Anthony.
The image above shows a few swatches of the products. From top to bottom, the picture shows the “Ultra Olive” gem pencil, the wonder lip paint in “Mad Splatter”, and the “Submissive” eye base. I wanted to swatch the highlighter as well for you guys, but unfortunately it doesn’t show up as well as the other products because it’s meant to be more of a subtle pearly glow.
I’m gonna start us off with one of my top products from the beauty bag that I received: the eye base in “Submissive”. At first glance, I didn’t think it would be anything special, and I was completely wrong. When I opened the container, the color was a gorgeous brassy gold. I could imagine that this would look incredible on darker skin as well. I have a more medium/olive tone (aside from during Winter, when I begin to lighten up), and this shade surprisingly looks outstanding on my skin. I used it in combination with a gold shadow this week and I can honestly say that it helps tremendously to keep the shadow from crumbling and falling off, and maintained the shadow look that I had created for an entire school day. I like the creamy texture of the product and that it applies evenly without clumping. It’s difficult to find a color that would probably look equally as good on differentiating skin tones, but I believe that this color could do justice to any skin shade, so if you’re darker or fairer than me, you should give this product a chance as well. You may be pleasantly surprised!
Next, I’d like to go to my absolute favorite, must-have product from this bag: the wonder lip paint. Above is a picture of the lip paint in action! I was not expecting the color to be so vibrant at first glance, because many of the lip glosses and lip colors I’ve purchased prior to receiving this bag seemed like they’d be solid, thick colors, but later proved to be a bit transparent. This lip paint, however, applies as the exact same shade as the tube. Not even kidding. There’s no false advertising in this product, and probably for this entire line of lip paint. What you see is exactly what you get. The texture of the lip paint is a little on the weird side if you’re used to smooth color, but I’ve come to realize that if you squeeze the tube a couple of times with the cap on before you start to actually use the product, the sandy texture won’t be as prominent. I think the product just separates in the tube after a while. Once it’s mixed, however, it’s definitely not as noticeable. The color lasts for hours, and when I say hours, I mean hours. It endured eating, drinking coffee, and wiping my face. This lip paint is long lasting which I think is a wonderful change. Just make sure that when you apply the color that your lips are dry (don’t lick your lips beforehand) and try to stay within the lines of your lips. Once it dries, it’s done, so it’s important to get your lips exactly how you want them before it seals. It’s a gorgeous color that maintains its shade throughout the day! What’s not to love?
Now we’re onto the highlighter. I think it has a pretty glow, but I was disappointed that I couldn’t capture it in a photograph, which leads me to believe that it doesn’t show up all that much. It has subtle glitter, but with my skin tone, it fades quite a bit. I do have to say, though, that it has a very pretty, pleasant smell to it. However, I don’t think that this product is going to do much for me. I will try to work it into my beauty routine, but I’m somewhere in the middle on this one. I’m not really sure if it’s going to make much of a difference in the long run, as my WINTER skin overwhelms the color. I guess we will see.
It’s $27.50 on the website, which I think is a bit much, but if you’d like to try it out for yourself, go ahead and click here.
The “Ultra Olive” eye pencil is pretty on my blue eyes. It doesn’t smudge all that much, which is always good, and the pencil has subtle glitter which helps transition between day and night looks. I don’t generally deviate from the eyeliners that I use, so I thought it was pretty neat that I received a new eyeliner in my beauty bag this time around. I think Ipsy’s trying to tell me that I need to be more experimental with more neutral, toned-down eyeliners. I certainly wouldn’t buy a new neutral eyeliner on my own, unless the color was a must-have. I’m more of a jet black or crazy bright eyeliner user, never really in between, so I didn’t know exactly how to feel about the olive just yet. This olive pencil is nice, though. It looks great on me so far, and I don’t think it’s all that crazy to try out, so if you’re a little nervous about trying an olive tone eyeliner, I would definitely suggest giving this pencil a go. I’ll probably use it from time to time. It’d probably look great on a grey-eyed gal.
If you want to check out this pencil, click here. It’s $17, so it’s really your call if you have the money and would like to give it a chance.
Finally, we have the Marc Anthony hairspray that I’ve increasingly grown to love. I was disappointed at first because I don’t like receiving hair products from Ipsy, but when I tried this product out, I was much happier than I thought I’d be. I think it’s quite functional for many different hairstyles and doesn’t harden your hair to the point where it’s uncomfortable. I used this to seal my hairstyle on Friday, and when it came time to take my hair down, it actually ended up looking amazing. This hairspray is great for teasing and styling hair and is useful if you’re like me and sometimes just want to get your hair out of your face for a few hours. It has an amazing smell, completely intoxicating, and keeps my hair shiny and sleek. Love, love, love this hairspray! And the even better part? It’s only $8.99 at Ulta!
Today’s Makeup Look: A simple, casual Sunday look for the closing of the weekend! I’m focusing on my eyes today (hence the “All Eyes on Me” title! Haha get it?) with a more dynamic eyeshadow and eyeliner combination, and toning down my lips with a subtle pink gloss. All of the makeup I’m wearing is from Ulta beauty, which is my go-to for all of my beauty essentials!
Products Worn Currently:
Studio Gear Lipgloss in “Sin City” – If you’d like to check out this lipgloss, click here! It’s $16 on the Studio Gear website. It’s a little on the expensive side but it has a glittery sheen to it and can be reapplied in layers to intensify the color. It also looks great when coating a red lip.
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black/Noir – If you’d like to check out the eyeliner, click here! It’s $8.95! I’ve been using this type of eyeliner for a year or so and I think that the best part about it is that it can make clean lines but can also be smudged to create a more sultry look.
Covergirl LashBlast 24HR Mascara – If you’d like to check out this long-lasting mascara, click here! It’s $8.99! This mascara is one of the few that manages to stay on for a very long period of time. With that being said, if you’re going to a pool party and you still want to look cute, you should definitely try out Covergirl’s 24 hour mascara. I guarantee it will stay on the entire day/night. To make sure that I didn’t get visible mascara marks on the outside of my eyes, I applied my eyeshadow first.
Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer SPF 15 for Sensitive Skin – If you want a lightweight moisturizer with sunscreen that won’t clog your pores, you can check it out here: click here! It’s originally $8.99 and the bottle lasts a while. I’ve been using this lotion for years and it works wonderfully underneath my foundation and powder. I used the moisturizer as a base to the rest of my makeup.
E.L.F. Studio 144-Piece Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette – If you want a palette with plenty of colors and shades, click here! I love E.L.F. products. As a college student, if I can save money on anything, I am happy. Plus, I like being able to wear a bunch of different colors and knowing that each shade in the palette is enough for many uses. 144 colors is plenty to satisfy your fix! In this photo, I mixed several of the neutral browns and created an ombre that darkened at the outer corner of my eyes!
I don’t know about you but as a busy college student living hours away from the people I have grown close with, I’m taken aback by receiving mail, even summaries from my bank, because receiving mail regularly has always escaped me. A day that I receive anything in that little mailbox of mine is a thrill ride. So when I received my nail jewels that I had ordered what feels like years ago (traveling from China takes longer than I could ever imagine for something so small!) and my Ipsy makeup bag package for October, I was at a loss for words. Pure, radiating joy! Not only was I feeling the love (from myself, as I was the one that had ordered these fabulous things, for myself obviously!), but there’s a feeling of satisfaction knowing that I’m going to have some new colors and products to show off in the coming week. I’ve gotten significantly more interested in exploring makeup, hair treatments, and nail art this year, so my Ipsy subscription allows me to explore my beauty tool options without having to shell out every last dollar in my wallet. It’s actually pretty affordable when you realize how much each product is when you buy them separately. It gives me the chance to essentially try new looks and products “guilt free”, and I have a subscription for a whole year paid off, so I have ten more months of pretty things just itching to get to my mailbox next!
This month, I received 5 products! Yes, 5! I love when they load up my bag like they did this month. My initial thought was to not get too excited because on Instagram, quite a few people were complaining about getting hair and skin products when they had explicitly requested not to. I am one of those people that generally sticks to my ways when it comes to lotions and cleansers, so I agree with not wanting to waste a sample on either one of these categories. When I opened to metallic pink shipping package, there was my beautiful new makeup bag. This makeup bag was much less “cheap looking” than the one from last month (I wasn’t impressed with the bag the products came in last month, but that didn’t hold me back from loving what I received regardless!), and had this really pretty texturized, quilted blue print. I love the color and I love the way the bag feels! I was immediately drawn to the whole look and feel of it.
When I opened the bag, like I said, I had 5 different products to check out. I received a Doll 10 Highlighter, a VolumEyes Mascara Sample, a City Color Be Matte Lipstick, a Figs & Rouge Hand Cream in Mango Mandarin, and a sample package of Skyn Glacial Cleansing Cloths. In order to give you a full idea of what I received this month, I will review each product individually.
Doll 10 Highlighter
I was extremely excited about this product. I’ve just recently taken up the art of face contouring and am continuing to research it and advance my skills (it’s definitely a process, especially for someone like me who, until recently, knew very little about how to use makeup to its fullest potential). When I opened this, however, I was a bit disheartened by the subtlety of it at first swab. When I brushed my finger across the surface, the pigment was practically invisible. When I contour, I like to be able to see how the makeup changes the look, especially when I highlight. If I’m going to highlight my cheek bones, I want there to be a difference when I apply the makeup or there’s no reason to apply it. When I applied it, although it took several strokes of the palette, it did end up having a pretty, dewey finish. The finished product wasn’t as monumentally great as I thought it would be, but I could see this product coming to good use at some point. It still has a good amount of usage potential. What I also noticed, too, which others may or may not mind, was that the highlighter wasn’t as creamy as I thought it would be. I usually use fairly creamy highlighters but this one is reminiscent of the texture of cream eyeshadow. It’s going to take some getting used to.
This product is a bit on the pricier side (it’s $30 on the website), but if you’d like to try it out for yourself, CLICK HERE.
VolumEyes Mascara Sample
I don’t have a fight to pick with this one. It does its job well. The volume of my eyelashes is much, much brighter and more defined than I thought it would be. I wish this product wasn’t a sample, but regardless, once I run out, I’ll be heading out to the store to give it another go. I’m not as picky about mascaras because as long as they don’t make my eyes feel like they’ve caught on fire every time the crumbs tumble into my eyes, I feel like they’re serving their purpose. That is, if they make me look like minnie mouse. Having a nice pair of thick eyelashes has been a long-time dream of mine, so I don’t protest to trying new products that will give me this effect. VolumEyes is a keeper!
If you’d like to check out this product (DO IT.), CLICK HERE.
City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Cappuccino
Gosh, I wish I loved this lipstick more than I do. Lipstick is my thing. I love trying out new colors, bold shades that contrast with my clothes…A great lipstick can tie together any outfit perfectly. But this lipstick…This shade in particular has become really popular recently, as my sister had mentioned that Kylie Jenner had set off a coffee/nude lip craze. This color is just that. It’s very pretty in the tube, but I’m not sure of how I feel about it when it’s actually on my mouth. The problem is that, when I put my bronzer on, this lipstick makes me look like I legitimately have a nonexistent pucker. Like someone carved a hole where my mouth is supposed to be and left the lips unfinished. My lips are really thin as is…I’m trying to stay open to the idea of wearing a somewhat nude lip, and I will give this one another chance, but part of me wishes that they’d throw in a berry shade instead. Berry is more my scene, or actually red. Red would be exquisite.
Ah, I did not want skin products. At all. On a scale from one to ten on how much I desire to smother myself in new skin creams, 1 being a firm “no” and 10 being a “grabby-handed” yes, I’d be a -5. NEGATIVE. FIVE. I didn’t want skin cream!
Despite my initial disappointment, however, the bottle of this lotion caught my eye immediately. It’s really cute and colorful. I wanted to give it a shot anyway. The smell is airy and light, which I love, and I have to say that it will suffice. If I were guaranteed to get a hand cream, I wouldn’t mind getting this one. I just have too many lotions, scrubs, and creams at home to even bother buying more. Berry lipstick, I still want you in my life.
Recently I had come to the conclusion that I was tired of using a scrub and astringent nightly to manage my skin and remove the makeup aftermath of the day. It burns (because of the condition of my acne), it gets dry, and it’s uncomfortable for at least a few minutes afterwards. I was on the verge of going to Target that afternoon when I received this package. I think it might’ve actually been destiny when I received the Skyn Cloths. They remove 90% of the makeup on their own, which says a lot because when I do makeup, it tends to stick to my skin like cement. These cleansing cloths do a beautiful job of cleaning up my skin and leaving the skin feeling fresh and actually clean. Granted I do still wash my skin with water afterwards because I am paranoid, but this sample was very impressive. It was only a sample, too, but came with a total of 10 cloths, which is a great deal for a sample! Samples, if you’re lucky, have just enough to get the job done once, but I think I’m equipped for the rest of the week! It’ll actually give me enough time to buy some on my own, now that I know what I’m looking for.
If you’d like to try these out, because they’re awesome, CLICK HERE.
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Mandirito’s Beauty Breakdown: Maybelline New York’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
From the mere age of 11 years old (many, many years ago), eyeliner has been a necessity to complete my everyday look. It’s actually the only thing I wear when I am keeping my face otherwise natural, besides my daily SPF 30 by Neutrogena. So naturally, I’ve been in search of the best one I could afford to buy regularly if need be. In addition, I had several issues with the eyeliners I had been using that I was hoping could be addressed more efficiently by a better product from a different brand:
1.Most of the eyeliners I had been using were in a pencil format which you’d think would be helpful in order to draw in an even line around or above both eyes. It was helpful for that purpose, but if I were to carry it around in my purse, I would need a sharpener as well, along with an accessible garbage can wherever I was going. It’s a hassle to have to sharpen them almost every time in order to get a clean line.
2.Eyeliners smear like face paint within an hour of applying them, and I think that’s also due to my mixed/oily skin. It’s inevitable. I don’t want to have to sit with a mirror in front of my face to make sure that my makeup isn’t running in places that it doesn’t belong. Does anyone, really?
3.There are variations of colors for basic, everyday eyeliners but I could never find one that didn’t look like mime makeup when applied because the shade was so harsh in contrast with my olive skin and blue/green eyes. You know, the deep, intense blacks and “browns” that also look pretty dark… those don’t work very well on me. I don’t want to look like I got my face painted, and I doubt that that’s the ultimate point. It’s about enhancing the natural features of the individual using the product, not drawing them on.
After many trials and errors, I came across what I thought was going to be another cosmetic failure. I was pleasantly surprised to know that this wasn’t the case for the first time in a very long while! I had come across it while browsing my local Target’s extensive makeup aisle and thought it would be a great opportunity to try something new for a change. When I arrived at home, I had immediately removed it from the package and was confused for a moment, as it had two parts: a brush and a container with solid pigment. It felt so foreign. But then I realized that the brush was meant to dip in the little glass container in order to apply the makeup, and that the brush itself wasn’t the product, a fair assumption for a pencil user.
Pictured above: Maybelline New York’s EyeStudio Gel Liner in Brown on yours truly!
The Verdict: I had worn the new eyeliner during the entirety of a busy, nonstop day running around with the little kids I was taking care of, and not only did it stay put just as I had applied it that morning, but it was as vibrant and untouched as the moment I had put it on! It’s a miracle product for someone like me who loves subtle-colored eyeliner that makes your eyes pop rather than detracts from their natural hues. I got the eyeliner in brown, but there are grays and blacks available as well for those of you who prefer the greyscale. I find that the brown, whether applied more intensely or less intensely, meshes well with my skin tone and brings forward the color of my eyes. No other eyeliner could even compare to Maybelline New York’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner! I’d recommend it to everyone and their sister!