Halloween Clearance Find: Elf Beauty Books

The only thing that cheers me up after Halloween ends is the clearance shopping. The candy, the cute kid things…I am all about it. Typically I go after candy and things to prepare for next year, but I stumbled on a few of the Elf Halloween Beauty Books on an end cap for 50% off. I already own the Vampire one, and I love it. I actually just used it for the first time on Halloween to give my mom a glamorous witch makeup look, and I was incredibly impressed by the pigmentation of the shadows. I tried to use the false lashes, but I have never been a huge fan of the elf brand false lashes. They seem flimsy and hard to work with for me, but I have read where they do work for many others. So, I just wanted to go over them and do swatches and give my insight in case anyone has a Target nearby (where I found them) and can possibly score these as well. There were not many left when I got to my closest Target at 5 pm, so if you want some I would run to Target.

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First, these were normally $6 before Halloween. My local Target had all of their Halloween things for 50% off, making these $3 per book! I was able to snag Diva and Enchanted, but I am sad that I couldn’t find Wicked anywhere, because then I would have all 4 of them since I already have the Vampire book. I think these are sooo pretty. They are not thin and sleek at all, but pretty none the less.

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This is the Diva book. This one is my favorite of the two I found. The colors in this book are so buttery and soft. The lighter shades are a bit chalky and didn’t come up very well in the swatches, but I am also super pale and I did not use primer to swatch them. The gloss this one comes with is a fuchsia colored gloss, but I am not a lip gloss fan at all so I will probably be passing that on to a friend.

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This one is the Enchanted book, and while it is not my favorite, the colors are pretty. They’re just not colors that I use very often. Blues don’t typically work well with my eye color, but for $3 I will play around with them a bit. As you can probably tell by the swatches, some of the colors are kind of chalky and patchy. I don’t know how they will look with a primer though. The lip gloss color in this one is a very peachy-pink nude color.

Since I will probably be giving the lashes and gloss away, I am still very happy with these finds. The eyeshadows in both books are very pretty. I may try to go to another Target and find the Wicked book so I can have all of them. My personal favorite is the Diva book, and as mentioned earlier the Vampire book is so amazing. If you come across it, get it. Don’t even think about it…thank me later.

I just watched a video by KathleenLights on youtube saying that the little (usually useless) eyeshadow applicators can be used for ColourPop eyeshadows and work BETTER than your fingers! Mind. Blown.
If you have no idea what I am talking about, please check out ColourPop. I have a review on my blog on their eyeshadows.
Other things I found clearance shopping: a cupcake costume for Piper next year. Cheap costumes for Harmony’s dress up wardrobe, and candy for me.
Anyone else find some amazing Halloween clearance items? Tell me! I love hearing about bargains 😀

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Target Fall Beauty Box Review

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I typically miss out on the sample and beauty boxes Target releases and every time I am a sad panda. So, when I was browsing and saw that they had released their fall beauty box and they weren’t sold out I immediately ordered it. I was beyond excited when this pretty box arrived in my mailbox today and I couldn’t wait to open it up and see what was inside and show you all!
Let me begin by saying this box was $7 shipped to me. I have a Target debit card though, so I don’t know if shipping costs would apply to anyone without a Target debit card. I personally judge beauty boxes/subscriptions by what’s inside, if I like the products or at least most of them, and if the overall value exceeds what I paid for the box. If I’m paying $7 for a sample box and the products inside are worth less or just a little more than what I paid for the box itself, I feel kind of ripped off.

Inside the box:
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First thing I noticed about this box was the beautiful coupon it came with. I love coupons. The cool thing about Target coupons is that you can stack their store coupons with a manufacturers coupon and use cartwheel (mobile app) on top of it creating an amazing deal. I’ve scored free and really cheap makeup many times stacking coupons and cartwheel offers.
The next things that caught my eye were the full sized Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in white and The Loreal Colour Riche Lipstick in “Blushing Harmony.” I use the jumbo eye pencil almost everyday as an eyeshadow base, so I was pretty excited to get another one of them, because having extras of things I use on an almost daily basis is never a bad thing, in my opinion. The Colour Riche lipstick is also beautiful. “Blushing Harmony” is a very deep rosy nude glossy type of lipstick. It’s not a very sticky formula though. It’s also not matte or a long wearing liquid lipstick. It can be worn alone or on top of lipstick. The value of the eye pencil is $4-5 and the gloss $8-9 so those two products alone made me feel like I got my money’s worth with the coupon.

Next thing I noticed was the set of nifty BB cream cushions. Laneige is a Korean brand and these BB creams are exclusive to Target and have a high SPF. The estimated value of this is between $14-15 and there is are light, medium, and dark cushions as well as the SPF cushion. I’m extremely excited about this particular sample. I have been trying to find a BB cream that just “wows” me for the longest time now, and getting a sample that has several different skin tones in it is amazing. Many beauty and sample boxes tend to only include one shade, and we all know people come in very many different colors and we are not all one shade. The light shade will obviously be the one I try. I will probably gift the others to friends or family.

Fekkai Salon Blow Out Dry Shampoo (1.7 oz) This is not a full sized product, but the value of it is still about $8, and dry shampoos always make me happy. I feel like they probably make anyone with hair and a life happy. I can’t and don’t wash my hair everyday. Even before I had kids, it just makes me hair brittle and dry if I wash it constantly. I can’t wait to try this one out.

Loreal Paris Elnett Hairspray (2.2 oz) This is valued at around $2 for the sample size. I know there are still so many bloggers and hairstylists that use and swear by this hairspray. I have even heard my mom talking about it when she talks about the Aqua Net glory days of big hair. I have never gotten a chance to try it out for myself though because I am partial to my Vidal Sassoon hairspray or my Garnier anti humidity hairspray. However, if I like this little guy I may switch it up.

Overall, from what I have researched the total value of this box is around $38, which is over 5 times what I paid at $7! I feel this was definitely worth it, personally. I haven’t received any box/bag from a subscription service that has had that valuable of a box compared to what you initially pay in so long. It gave me a bit of hope in some weird sense. Haha. This box is a one time purchase, but I will totally be on the lookout for the next one they release. I hope it’s soon! If you have received this box as well, please feel free to comment with your own thoughts and overall opinions.

First Impression: Clear Proof Acne System

Before I begin this post, I was sent these products by Influenster complimentary to try and test out. However, these opinions are my own and I will not spare my true opinion of this product over the next 30 days I am set to test it.

I was really excited when I learned I was one of the bloggers chosen to try this product out and review it. It came right in time, at 4 months postpartum my skin has been less than satisfactory, and with fall upon us my already dry skin is drying out even more. I love Mary Kay products. I am not a consultant, however I know a pretty awesome lady that does sell their products in case anyone was wondering.
Anyway, I am going to do a first impression (this post) for the very first time I try the product and then another after 15 days (halfway) and then a final post with all of my thoughts of the product overall after 30 days. Unless this sets off a bad reaction with my skin I will be doing all 3 posts, so if you are a first time visitor to my page and want to know more about the product outside of my first impression, feel free to subscribe.

I want to start off by saying that my skin problems right now are mostly hormonal. I just had my second daughter 4 months ago, and I have been losing weight and such, but my skin still hates me. Mostly around in my jaw line area. I’m also on birth control, which is also a factor. My skin type is very dry. Like…super dry. This time of the year is awful for me in terms of skin moisture. The fall air seems to suck every bit of happy moisture out of my face.

Alright, on to the routine and first impression.

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This is what the box looks like. It came with 4 full sized products in the system, and I am pretty excited that this comes with both a toner and moisturizer to start out with. I’ve noticed that many acne systems either have one or the other in their systems, and sell the toner or moisturizer as a separate part of the system itself.

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Also included was a card giving detail as to what to use first and what the products do. Nothing fancy in terms of how most acne treatments work. Wash, tone, spot treat, moisturize. I like simple and to the point. Because really, who has time for a one hour skin routine every night? I have 2 kids, so I know I don’t. I want something quick and effective.

First use (bed time)- I typically take most of my makeup off first with a Burt’s Bees sensitive skin makeup wipe. I used the gel cleanser in the package first and massaged it into my skin, focusing on my trouble areas. I noticed this product doesn’t have much of a smell, which I like. I tend to wash my skin with cold water because warm/hot water dries my skin out so I avoid it when I can.

I then put the toner on a clean cotton round and dabbed it on my face. The toner’s main ingredient is salicylic acid, which is pretty typical for many acne treatments. It can be drying, but it’s typically an effective way to clear acne up for me. Also no smell for this product either.

I put the gel spot treatment on a few spots on my chin and along the bad area on my jaw line.

I don’t moisturize before bed because it can break already broken skin out, so I will try that in the morning before I start my morning routine and report back.
Okay, so when I woke up this morning my skin felt fresh still, but a bit tight and a little dry. I expected it, so I put on some of the moisturizer before starting my routine. I did notice some of the spots that were trying to come up on my jaw line are already looking less red.
The moisturizer did feel light on my face. Maybe too light. I have extremely dry skin though. To truly test the product I did not put any other moisturizers on my face and did my regular makeup routine, but I did notice some dry patches around my nose and on my cheeks. So, I may personally need to use another face lotion on top of it, but it’s not a huge deal.
At the end of the day my skin does not feel irritated or anything, which makes me even more excited to potentially see results over the next 30 days.
Overall, I am impressed so far, but it’s hard to tell with many acne clearing systems how/if they are going to work with simply a first impression. Stay tuned for my next posts regarding this product 🙂

Fall favorites: Nail Polish

It’s finally starting to truly cool down in my city, and not just during the mornings. I think many of us know the struggle of it being cold in the morning, so you put on a sweater, and then by the afternoon you’re sweating and wanting to rip all of your clothes off.
Anyway, my blog today is all about my favorite fall colors. Some new, some older. All favorites. Warning: some colors look the same, but are just different enough to me. I wear mostly grays and reds…all year. The main difference between fall and summer colors (for me) is that fall colors are a bit darker. That’s just how it is, right? We will go with that.

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I don’t have too many to talk about, and there’s only two brands! I mostly use either Essie or wet n wild. Why? They’re easy for me to work with and their colors are always amazing and last on my nails. I’m not a huge nail polish collector, so I tend to stick with my favorite brands no matter what.

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This is what each swatch looks like without flash.
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Wet n wild “Disturbia” I want to say this is a new color, but I’m not entirely sure. It’s a beautiful deep purple color though.

Wet n wild “Under Your Spell” this color is a bit hard to swatch because the swatch is not it’s true color. It’s a very brown toned red with a hint of glitter in it. This color requires some building, but it’s gorgeous after about 3 coats or so.

Wet n wild “Wet Cement” a darker gray color. I love this color, but even more so I love wet and wild nail polishes. The brushes from this line are so wide and easy to work with while applying. The price is also amazing given the quality ($1.99 on average).

Essie “Chinchilly” this is an older color, but it’s been a favorite of mine for awhile now. I actually wear it all year. I think a few other bloggers have talked about this color, but rightfully so. It’s a very neutral and light gray that goes with every fall outfit. I actually need to purchase a new one because this bottle is getting old and it’s getting hard to get polish on the brush.

Essie “Skirting the Issue” a very dark, but ox blood, shade of red. A bit more Boudreaux? Either way, this is a must for fall nail polishes, in my opinion. It’s dark without being too “vampy” for those that don’t like the super dark looks.

Essie “Wicked” probably my all time favorite color of nail polish. Ever. It’s a true ox blood red and looks almost black. It’s so gorgeous. I am in need of a new bottle because I’ve seriously almost used all of it.

Essie “Stylenomics” this could be more of a holiday color? I don’t know, but it is a favorite of mine this time of the year. It’s a very deep green color. The only shade of green nail polish that I own, honestly. It’s so beautiful on the nails, and probably would pair well with all of the holiday looks coming up soon.

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These are a couple of pictures of the swatches with flash, since without flash it’s a bit difficult to tell what the true colors are. The nail polishes I’ve talked about today are just a few of my favorites. What are some of your favorite fall nail polishes? Any brands that you can’t live without that I should try?

First impression: more ColourPop!

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Eek! I’m really excited about this first impressions review because if you’ve been following me for awhile you’ll know that I ADORE ColourPop cosmetics eyeshadows. I will link the post at the end for those that haven’t seen it and are interested though.
Anyway, ColourPop recently released their new line of lipsticks (lippie stix) and I had to get my hands on some. Even better, when I went to put in my order ColourPop had released a brand new deep burgundy color called “creature.” All of the lippie stix have corresponding lippie pencils. I have never had many lip pencils, but lately I have been buying them more often when I see a good deal because they do indeed help your lip color to last longer and prevent colors from sliding around and fading. I only ordered one lippie pencil, and I will explain why later.
These lippie stix come in matte, satin, and glossy finishes. Because it’s fall, and I am typically all about that matte life to begin with, I only ordered matte shades. I wanted to be sure I would fall (see what I did there?) in love the ones I ordered before I go out of my comfort zone. I know, story of my life. I like my box. My box is safe. I also ordered one more eyeshadow that I’ve had my eye on for a bit, and I will also give a swatch for that.

Okay, first I am going to go over swatches of the colors I received.

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Bichette- I am going to be honest for a second, I mostly bought this for the epic name. Lipstick collector problems. This is a beautiful matte cool toned red though. It is pretty dark, but not too dark. It’s more of a cherry red. As if I needed anymore matte red lipsticks, but none are named Bichette…so this was a need.

Creature- a deep matte burgundy red. This is the newest color released by ColourPop, and it was right in time for the true transition into fall. I adore this color. It’s so dark and reminds me of a vampy wine shade. I mostly ordered for this color along with the pencil, but because you get free shipping with a $30 purchase I went ahead and ordered the others I wanted to try…because I’m a lipstick addict.

Creature pencil- this was the only corresponding lip pencil I ordered since I was actually in need of a pencil this dark. I love the color of this pencil and have a feeling I will be reaching for it often to go under my lipstick this fall and winter.

Pitch- a dark matte brown. This is actually a very different and new color that I am adding to my collection of colors. I have been wanting to experiment a bit with darker brown shades this fall. I am very drawn to brown in general lately in terms of lip products. I may try to pair this color with the creature pencil and see what I get out of it.

Leather- a very dark matte purple. I bought this color for a couple of reasons. One, because it’s so damn pretty. Two, I need a dark purple to go underneath some of my patchier lip colors like the Nyx soft matte lip creams. Instead of getting the pencil I opted for the lipstick to see if it wouldn’t make the Nyx matte creams as dry and patchy looking on my lips. Stay tuned for the results.

The lippie stix and pencils all retail at $5 each. And as mentioned in a previous post, ColourPop is cruelty free and made in California. I love the formula of the lippie stix that I ordered. They’re matte, but they do go on very easily and don’t look patchy on the lips or make them feel dry, which can be an issue with many matte formulas.

I only got one eyeshadow this time. I ordered Amaze since it was one that I kind of wanted last time, and then regretted not getting it after reading the amazing reviews about the color.

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It’s such a beautiful golden shimmery brown. This swatch was with only one swipe of my finger with NO PRIMER. Seriously, I die over the quality of these shadows.

I ended up playing around with these lippies for a bit and came up with a few looks. I used the “creature” pencil and filled my lips in entirely and then put “pitch” on top of it. I adore the results. It’s a very dark bourdeaux-type color.

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I am in love with this combo. It was extremely long lasting as well. I ate a stuffed bell pepper (messy as shit, but delicious) and my lipstick stayed in place for the most part and only required a bit of touching up. I will say that this stained my lips a bit, and after a long day of wearing it I had to scrub my lips to fully take the color off. To do so, I just mixed coconut oil, sugar, and vitamin e oil together and scrubbed my lips when I exfoliated my face (I do so every Sunday) and it took it right off. So yeah, these matte shades mean business. Very long lasting.

In all, I love these lippie stix. I think they are beautiful and worth the $5. I will probably be ordering more in the future, probably more mattes and maybe a few satins. I wish I could say that I am a glossy finish kind of girl, but sadly I am not for the most part. Anyone reading this tried the lippie stix yet? If so, which colors are your favorites and do you have any recommendations for me to try myself? Thank you so much for reading! Please visit again, or visit some of my other recent posts!

Lastly, do you like the combo I created on my lips in this post? Please feel free to suggest a color for me to try on my lips this week for a possible “face of the day” post, but chances are I will be playing around and posting more about these lipsticks since I adore them so much.

Link to previous ColourPop post: https://kaylahutchison.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/first-impression-colourpop-cosmetics/

Link to ColourPop Cosmetics: http://colourpop.com/

I was not paid or given products for this review. These products were purchased by me and these are my honest opinions of them.