Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Invisalign Photo Update: Before - Tray 7!

Disclosure -- I am an Invisalign® Spokesperson and all opinions expressed are my own. Full disclosure: http://www.invisalign.com/pages/spokespersondisclosure

Hi My Loves!!!

As most of you know, I have partnered up with Invisalign® clear aligners to straighten my teeth. I'm going to do a quick photo update of the teeth up until the date that I filmed this video so that you can see for yourself the difference. It's only slight and may not be noticeable to others, but to me it's very noticeable and I feel the difference even more that what I can see. I have gaps in places I have never had before which is really cool because I know my teeth are moving. The gaps that I did have in the back of my mouth from teeth being removed are now much smaller as well.

Here's the pictures I had in my last blog post which cover through till tray 5. 

(Note in Tray 3 that my powder was terrible in flash… do NOT apply to much of the Nars Setting powder!!)

Here is my picture as of the date I filmed my latest update. Hope it helps :)

Does anyone know why Blogger automatically blurs out the pictures now? It's like it makes your skin look all blurred and perfect looking? It's a little annoying and I don't know how to fix it.

As you can see from Tray 7, I actually felt like my front teeth got more crooked with this tray. Up until Tray 7, the front left tooth had been going in and looking straighter but after tray 7 I felt like it had pulled it out a little more and then over a little. I think it's pulling the tooth out to bring it back over to fit in straighter. You will notice the left tooth next to my front left tooth is much straighter than in the first picture. It doesn't stick out nearly as much. (I'm talking about left in real life, not as your are viewing the pictures… hope that makes sense)
Either way I am still feeling more confident with my smile and each time I floss and find another gap, just makes me feel like I'm that much closer to my end goal of having straight teeth.

I'll show you a big one from before and Tray 7 as well.



Be sure to watch my Invisalign treatment updates on my beauty channel too, so that you can hear about all of my experiences throughout my journey.


Thanks so much for reading/watching and thank you so much for all of the amazing and supportive comments you leave me about my teeth. It's so encouraging to know that you guys are just as excited about my treatment as I am and that you can see a difference too!!

Sam
xx

I'm currently receiving complimentary Invisalign treatment in exchange for sharing my experience. All opinions expressed are my own. Full disclosure: http://www.invisalign.com/pages/spokespersondisclosure

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sigma Ethereal Radiance Review

 Hi My Loves!!

Sigma just recently launched their new collection "Ethereal Radiance" which consists of mostly icy tones with a really pretty packaging. I love the packaging. It's really nice to see something different and it reminds me of New Year's Eve. The collection features a new brush kit, shimmer creams, eye pigments, lip pencils & lip gloss. I'm going to give you my first impressions of the times that I received from Sigma and give you more up close swatches :) I hope it helps make your decision on whether or not you would like to purchase.


Here's the pamphlet's that came in the box. I'm pretty sure this is just for bloggers. If you order it I don't think you get it, although I'm not entirely sure.


So the eye pigments come in sets of three. I actually would have preferred to get the warmer toned ones as I hardly ever wear cool tones on my eyes, but this was sent to me and I didn't know what I was getting, so either way I appreciate it that I got it. But you can see that most of the tones are on the cooler side.




First product I want to talk about is the Shimmer Cream which retails for $16. I got Beacon of Light. I've got to be totally honest, this disappointed me. I'm not sure what it's intended for but all if did for me was leave a splotch on my face where my makeup had disappeared underneath this product. It just looked like grease on my skin. It wasn't flattering it all. It does have a very silicone type feel when you touch it. Almost as if it should be a primer or pore filler. I don't know if that's what it is as it didn't say in the pamphlet but I assume it's a highlight. If that's what it is, I don't recommend it. I won't use this again.



You can see it very delicately lighted up my skin. It might be ok if you are someone who doesn't wear foundation and wants a super duper subtle hint of light hitting your face, but for someone like me…. it's not flattering.


Next is the brush kit which retails for $76. I love all of them and actually own all of them except the fan brush which I actually don't like. It's too skinny and leaves your highlight looking a bit too sharp and harsh. The big fat one is my favorite. It's amazing for applying highlight on your cheekbones. I also really love the small eyeshadow brush for applying my brow bone highlight.


Then we have the pigment trio which retails for $30. I got the color Ice Castles in The Sky which are all very icy, cool tones. It's not something I would have picked myself as I hardly ever wear these colors on my eyes. I love warmer reds, coppers and browns but I will say that the shade "Ethereal Glitter" is gorgeous. The pictures don't do it justice. I couldn't capture the true shimmer it has. It's very pretty and probably the only one I will wear.



Here's the one I was talking about. It's a very fine glitter that has an iridescent purple undertone to it. It's gorgeous. It really lights up the skin and catches the light beautifully. It's not showing well at all in these pictures unfortunately. But it's very beautiful in real life.




Felicity is a pale pinky purple. It has a nice glow to it and is very delicate and subtle. It's decently pigmented and would be pretty just for a wash of pink on the eye or even in the inner corner for a pop of pink glow. 




Airy was disappointing. It's not pigmented at all and swatches chalky. You have to keep dipping your finger back into the product to get a good pigmentation for a swatch. When you do finally get enough to get a good color it's very pretty. It's a medium blue with a purple shimmer in it. If the pigmentation was better I would have liked it more but the pigmentation is more and it's just not a color I ever lean towards when doing my eye makeup.





Next we have the lip switch which retails for $14. Now these are so cool. They are holographic and super trippy (haha I feel weird saying that but it best describes them.) Probably my favorite product from the collection. They are these crazy lip glosses that switch colors when you apply them on the skin. They look one color when first applying and then instantly change to another color. Pretty cool. They are very glossy, grab the light amazingly on your lips. They are not sticky at all either, which is surprising. The pink lotus is my favorite of the two I recieved. It looks like a red with yellow and green in the tube and you think it's going to look horrendous on your lips but then you put it on and it's a gorgeous pink that makes your lips look plump and youthful.


Transcend is more of a purple tone. It's a clear with a purple iridescent to it. I probably would apply this over another warmer lip liner or lipstick to balance out the purple, as purple does not look good on me. I think it would be really great to apply to the center of the lips to give them a nice luscious plump.


You can see how gorgeous these are. It's a really cool product. I recommend grabbing one. It's worth giving it a go :)


The Lip Bases are not new to me. I have three other shades which I actually really love. Now the colors that I have a more on the nudey/pinky side but these are very fitting for the season and so beautiful. These are like a lip pencil and a lip crayon got married and had a baby. They are very pigmented, creamy, thicker than a liner but more precise that a lip crayon. I really like these. Mirth is a gorgeous red, perfect for Christmas. 


Rhapsody is a deep eggplant which I find a little tough to pull off but I know a lot of people who rock a dark vampy lip. Either way they are both very pigmented and very pretty. It's just your color preference. I would recommend these products as well as the lip switch. 



Overall, my feeling are mixed on this collection. I think if I had the warmer tones of the eye pigments I would have felt a little bit more excited about it, but I simply didn't like the colors. A few of the products quality just wasn't there. The eye pigments and shimmer cream packaging felt cheap and would catch when I tried to close the lid. I do love Sigma brushes. I swear by the, and for the most part, they are all I use. You can't go wrong with the brushes other than the fan brush. I love the lip products. The quality is there and the colors are very pretty. I'm not sure if you can buy this collection as a whole, but if you can't don't fret. This is a collection that I recommend picking up a couple of pieces out of but not the entire thing. Try the lip products, brushes and the ethereal glitter. Skip on the other pigments and shimmer cream. I feel like the lip switches are so different that I think it's a pretty cool gift or just to have in your collection as it's not something you can find easily.

I hope this helps you :) 

If you do decide to purchase anything, don't forget to use your code for 10% off!
DEC2014

Thanks so much for reading!

Sam
xx

Sigma provided this collection to me for my consideration.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Our Christmas Pictures 2014! Happy Holidays!

Hi My Loves!!

As most of you know who watch our vlog channel The Schuerman Show, we got our Christmas pictures taken a little while back and today we got our pictures back. I am so happy with the way that they turned out. I thought seeing as I can't send Christmas cards to each and every one of our viewers that this would be the next closest thing. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year. We hope 2015 brings you everything you hope for and much more happiness than you can ever imagine. 2014 has brought so many amazing opportunities for our family and I am so grateful to all of you who watch each day and make these things possible for us! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate each and every one of you so very much for watching and subscribing and for all of the sweet comments, tweets, messages you leave. I am so very blessed to have such caring subscribers. Let's hope 2015 keeps us growing and with your help I'm sure that it will. Thank you!

I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do. Nothing like a together sweater to make them that much more festive haha! Thanks again to Target for that fabulous sweater and for giving us all a good laugh when we look at it.




This is my favorite picture. I love Phoenix's curiosity and Lily's cheeky smile. It's so adorable.






Lily was scared at first so she wouldn't let go of me haha!












This sweater just cracks me up :) We had so much fun trying to hold the kids in it haha. It was pretty hot too. That thing is warm!



The men of the house :)


HOW CUTE IS THIS???





Note to self… next year do not let them eat Goldfish in the waiting room of the portrait studio :) It appears one of them wanted it's cameo in our Christmas pictures on Lily's tooth. 




Below are just the originals before the lady added snazzy borders and effects to them. They are all the same pictures though :)












What do you think? Do you like them? I think they turned out pretty darn cute. My favorite Christmas pictures yet.

Which one is your favorite? Comment below! 

Thanks for reading :) 

Happy Holidays!

Sam
xx

P.S. 
If you think our #togethersweater was awesome, tweet @Target & @TOMS & @samschuerman and link this blog post and let them know you liked it! This is not sponsored by them but I think it would be pretty cool if they got a bunch of tweets showing how much we loved the sweater :) 
Thank you! xx

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