Mamma Got Swag: The Beauty Edition

by Kayla Foyt on August 10, 2011

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Although my mom comes home from the BlogHer conferences with swag bags full of delicious and free snacks, that isn’t all that I steal from her.

I’m a teenage girl, naturally I like to look and feel pretty. So, I raid the swag bags for various beauty products!

Here are some of my favorite beauty products:

Essie Nail Polish

I have always been a fan of Essie’s nail polish. I like it because it is durable enough to last on my fingers. And that is saying a lot because I am very sporty and adventurous, so I am not exactly the type of person to take pristine care of my nails.

On the down side, this nail polish is not very quick to dry. Maybe I only feel that way because I like the super fast drying kinds of nail polish. I still love Essie though, especially the color “fiji” which is a very light pink color.

Tip: Here is a little tip that I figured out myself: Using very light pink and almost peachy colors contrast my skin and makes my hands and feet look tanner! “Fiji” works for me, but Essie has many different colors and shades that would look amazing for any skin tone.

The color that was given to my mom at the BlogHer conference is called “Mezmerised.” It is a royal blue color, and is very fun and playful. It reminds me of the color of very deep ocean on a stormy day.

Turbie Twist

When I was a child I would try wrapping towels around my hair after taking a bath to look like girls in movies. Naturally the towel would fall off the second I put it up. Imagine my excitement when I found a Turbie Twist in my mom’s swag bag.

It has an elastic band on it to hold the towel in place, and it’s perfectly fitted for a head. It says that one size fits all, but unfortunately it doesn’t exactly fit me right. My head isn’t abnormally large, yet the twisted towel part doesn’t quite make it to the elastic band without exposing a lot of hair. Maybe they should move the elastic band further upwards.

These modified towels still complete my childhood dreams of tying a towel around my head. They can be bought at Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, and Walgreens.

ViX Swim Wear

ViX-flip-flopsI received a pair of flip flops from ViX, and I absolutely love them. They are shaped uniquely with a point at the top which I find very cute.

Mine have a floral pattern on the sole. Unlike other flip flops whose sole designs wear off the first time you use them, these don’t. In fact I have been using them all week and they look practically new, and that’s saying a lot because I am very rough on flip flops and I tend to brake them within the first few days.

Unfortunately, my mom got these flip flops for herself and she is a size smaller than me. I love them so much that I have been wearing them despite the size difference.

ViX is a Brazilian swimwear line designed by Paula Hermanny. They carry beach cover ups, dresses, sarongs, bathing suits, hats, and bags. I was window shopping them via, and they have some really hot apparel. Their things aren’t exactly in my budget, but the sarongs look really cool, and I am pretty much in love with the IBIZA hat and the Malloca Ruffle Bandeau & Ruffle Bottom.

Montagne Jeunesse Facial Cleanser

Montagne Jeunesse is a European facial care line that is now selling in the USA. They have many different Face Masques including: Deep Cleaning Passion Peel Off Masque, Dead Sea Mud Pac, Ceramides & Zen Flower Sensitive Masque, and a Softening Fruit Smoothie Masque.

I tried a self heating Fudge Sauna Masque in the flavor of hot vanilla. It smelled sooo deliciously like fudge that I just wanted to eat my own face. Sadly, the heat of the masque only lasted about a second after applying it. However my skin did feel cleaner afterwards.

The Montagne Jeunesse products are “Vegetarian Society approved and carefully scrutinized for their impact on the environment.” Well, that makes me feel much better about using their product. They are priced at $2.25 per packet of face goodies.

Now I get to smell like dessert, save the environment, and cleanse my pores all at the same time!


The one step facial cleanser “purity” by Philosophy is good for removing makeup, oil, and dirt. If I wasn’t a teenager who requires prescription acne medicating face wash, then I would definitely use “purity” on a regular basis.

“Purity” cleaned my face without drying it out, and left behind a nice fragrance. It’s not a strong fragrance, although people who are particularly irritated by scents – like my mom – shouldn’t use it.

I followed up “purity” with Philosophy’s anti-aging moisturizer “miracle worker.” I couldn’t smell any fragrance in this moisturizer. I don’t know much about anti-aging moisturizers since I don’t exactly have an aging problem yet, but this stuff made my face feel really soft.

I completed the look with Philosophy’s “red velvet cake” lip gloss. It tinted my lips just a little bit. And it was very glossy and flavorful. It made my lips smell like cake! I was really tempted to lick the gloss off.

Money Saving News

My mom received the ViX flip flops at a Cheap Sally BlogHer party that brought together lots of cool home and beauty products and bloggers. Now, Cheap Sally is running a Bring Home the Bacon contest where one lucky winner will win a $100,000 job for 2012. The contest runs through August, voting begins on September 1. Details are here.

| Kayla Foyt is a ski racer, skim boarder, runner, fashionista, and teen trend setter who thinks the best stuff is FREE. Fashion tip: brighten your ski gear with neon duct tape, and get your skim on with a colorfully painted and protected face of zinc oxide.

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