Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Review

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So, if you’ve been on my page before you may have seen me in rage mode over these little shits. I’ve been looking for them everywhere and I finally found them at cvs. I didn’t even check the price when I found them, I just grabbed them and went.

Luckily, because my boyfriend works at CVS he gets a pretty decent discount and there was a promotion going on, so I got these at a pretty awesome price.

For those that have not seen this product yet, these are part of the new shimmer strips line that Phsyicians Formula released in 2015. I have seen several bloggers I follow rave about them so I’ve been hunting them down in my own city.

What draws me in with this product is a. the adorable packaging and b. the gel-cream formula. After trying (and becoming obsessed) with ColourPop I really like the gel-cream eye products. They tend to stay longer and crease less and can be used alone or as a base for other eyeshadows.

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The packaging is so glittery gahhhh. Okay, moving on.

So, this is going to be one of those posts where I feel like everyone was so hyped about this product and I’m the lone one that’s a bit let down. Maybe I mysteriously got a bad batch? I don’t know, but it took me forever to get a good swatch of these while dry. I feel like the texture is a bit too hard. Once I did get a swatch, I realized these aren’t very pigmented. Yes, they are very shiny and shimmery, but they just weren’t what I was expecting.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re still very pretty, I was just expecting more pigmentation. Another thing I noticed about these are that the names of the colors are not on their individual pots. There’s a mocha shade, a rose shade, and a nude shade. However, one you throw the box away you’re forced to guess which one is the nude and which one is the rose shade. Kinda strange…

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These are swatches of the colors. I love the colors, it just takes a bit of work to actually get the colors to show up well on my pale skin. From left to right: rose shade, nude shade, mocha shade.

It says on the package that these can also be used wet, and you can create a “gel” eyeliner out them. I don’t know about the eyeliner promise or if I will put that to the test, but I have not tried these wet yet.
My overall thoughts on these are that they’re okay. They’re pretty, but they didn’t blow my mind or anything. I can see myself using these as bases for shimmery looks, but maybe not so much as a stand alone product. Physicians Formula is pretty pricey in terms of drugstore makeup, so I would maybe wait for a really amazing sale to get these. I wouldn’t personally pay full price, and I’m glad I didn’t when I found them. If you have these as well, what are your thoughts on them? Have any tips on how to use them?

Anyone else tried any of the other new products from Physicians Formula?

Review and Lip Swatches: Milani Matte Lipsticks

IN my recent “drugstore adventures” I have found every new item from Milani except the matte lipsticks. It was so strange. It then came to my attention that the stores I had found the other new Milani items had put the lipstick display on an end cap away from the makeup section entirely. Who does that? Why do they torture me so?

Anyway, so I found them. Because the display was so hidden (did they do this on purpose?) every color was in stock, so I grabbed the ones I wanted most to try out before I go back and get some others. I ended up picking up 3 of the new matte shades that I would like to swatch and review today.

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I picked up “matte naked,” “matte blissful,” and “matte confident.” My reasoning behind this was because I feel that everyone that loves lipstick should have a pretty nude, a pretty pink (even me), and a pretty classic red shade. They’re staples, in my opinion, for everyday use. Well, for most people. I do wear strange colors often, but that’s another day, another post.

I’ve been trying these out for a few days now and I will say that I adore them. From the price to the packaging…Milani does it again. They are truly amazing with lipsticks.

Price $4.99 at my local Kmart. These are starting to pop up in CVS stores though, and CVS has BOGO 50% off sales on Milani at least every few weeks. You could probably get these for pretty cheap if you wish! $5 is still not bad at all for lipstick though. I mean, have you seen the prices of some of the other new lipsticks out in other drugstore lines? They’re trying to break momma’s wallet.

Formula very creamy matte formula. Not very drying on the lips and they feel like velvet on my lips. I can barely even tell I have lipstick on. However, I will say that because I have been wearing matte lipstick for so long now, I do always properly prepare my lips for matte colors. I typically scrub my lips 1-2 times a week and put a heavier balm on them at night and then a lighter chapstick on first thing every morning. If you’re interested in my “lip prep” routine, let me know

Application very smooth, which was to be expected given the creamy texture. I have applied all 3 of these on my lips now, and I didn’t have any patchiness with any of them.

Longevity These last for a good amount of time if you’re not eating and drinking. However, these are not stains or liquid lipsticks, so they will fade and possibly bleed if you’re eating and drinking. If you know you’re going to be doing either, or won’t be able to reapply after a few hours, I would personally use a lip liner of some sort to prevent the “ring around the lip” look 🙂

Smell Yes, smell is important to me. These smell like vanilla! So yummy.

Overall thoughts If you’ve been thinking about getting these, just get them. They’re wonderful. Milani has had some really strong new releases lately, some of the absolute best in terms of drugstore makeup (also just my opinion). Then again, Milani is one of my favorite drugstore brands.

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Arm swatches From bottom to top: Matte Confident, Matte Naked, Matte Blissful

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Lip swatches Top: Matte Naked Bottom Left: Matte Blissful Bottom Right: Matte Confident

Matte Confident is my favorite so far. Creamiest matte red I have put on my lips in awhile. If you’ve gotten anything from this line, what’s your favorite color?

New Wet n Wild Haul and Review

New review on my youtube channel. I picked up some of the new wet n wild stuff to try out. Give me your thoughts??

If you have a youtube channel and you want me to check it out, please let me know. I know from still being so new on there that it’s so hard to get your name out there it seems. That and I love following and finding new blogs 🙂 Oh, and subscribe to me or follow me here if you don’t want to miss my reviews and tutorials on there!

Affordable Marsala Looks with Kaily at Someday Sunny

Do I even need to say at this point that the Pantone color of the year is Marsala? It’s been the buzz of 2015 in the beauty community! The beautiful reddish brown shade that I think flatters every skin tone, and to be honest it’s the first color of the year I have been excited about in a few years. The other thing I like about this color is that there is a decent range within the color itself.

There are darker and lighter Marsala shades, and chances are you already have a few in your collection! If not, you may be looking at the new $40+ pantone universe palette thinking, “I can’t afford that.” We’ve all been there, and do not despair, I have collaborated with Kaily from somedaysunny.com to show a day time and night time Marsala look using the Revealed 2 palette from coastalscents.com. This palette is incredibly affordable at $20 regular priced, and the quality is hard to beat. It’s actually one of my all time favorite palettes in the history of palettes, and that’s saying something for me. There are a couple of marsala shades within this palette that can played up or down to create numerous types of looks.

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The look Kaily has created for day time is beautiful (as is she) so after you read this, please make sure to check out her post and look here:
Also, follow her. Her blog is full of quick wit and awesome reviews.

For my “night time” look I went with the deeper end of the Marsala range, using mainly the wine, deep brownish red, and gold colors from the Revealed 2 palette. I feel like I cheated a bit and used Oktoberfest ( hot pot from Coastal Scents) as my transition shade, but there weren’t any warmer matte shades in the palette :/ Sorry, Kaily.

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I primed my eyelids with Nyx’s white jumbo pencil to make sure the colors really popped on my lids and took a fluffy brush and put Oktoberfest on my crease and blended it out as my transition shade. I then took the wine colored shade from Revealed 2 and put that in my crease as well and blended accordingly. I then took the deep brownish red (my absolute favorite shade) on a flat brush and put it on the outter and inner parts of the lid, but not in the middle. I didn’t put it in the middle because I wanted to do a “spotlight” look using a gold shade. I blended it out, but not too much, and then using the fluffy brush that had the wine shade made sure everything looked seamless and nice.

I dabbed the gold shade in this palette on my index finger and patted it on the middle part of my lid going up the crease. I use a patting motion to blend it out as I’m applying.

I then took the sparkly champagne shade (second one over) and put it on my brow bones and used my physicians formula eye booster in ultra black to create a wing on both eyes. I applied my favorite red cherry lashes in 605 and while waiting for those to dry I moved on to the bottom lashes.
The bottom lash line is simple. I lined my water line with the white jumbo eye pencil and blended Oktoberfest and the brownish-red (marsala) shades together on my lash line and finished it with mascara.

That’s the completed eye look!

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For my lips to keep with the affordable theme I lined them with Jordana’s liner in “terra cotta” and dabbed wet n wild’s “ring around the rosy” lipstick on my lips. Notice I said dabbed 🙂 I wanted my lips to be on the deeper brownish-red end, since this is a night look and all.

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I had so much fun creating this look! I love this shade, and will probably rock it even after this year.

Check out Kaily’s post! http://somedaysunny.com/2015/01/21/affordable-masala-inspired-looks-with-kayla-hutchison/

Milani Rose Blushes

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Have you ever searched for a few things (makeup wise) so hard that when you finally find it…angels sing and your heart stops for a few seconds? Is it just me?

That could be embarrassing to admit, but I did that when I finally stumbled upon a display at Kmart with the new Milani Rose Blushes and there were blushes left! I will admit to maybe hovering over the display to block anyone else that might have also seen them and drooling for a few seconds.

Totally kidding.

This post is going to be less formal (okay, none of my posts are very formal) because I just want to admire the absolute beauty of these blushes.

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They are so divine. I’m so happy that Milani decided to bring these back and make them permanent. I missed out on the first time they were out, but even if I had gotten some I probably wouldn’t have used them. Now I feel like I can admire and use them since they’re here to stay. I paid $7.99 per blush for these, which is a typical price for Milani. There’s also a shit ton of blush in these it seems. There were 3 colors in the display, and I only picked up 2. I don’t think coral colors flatter my skin tone well, so I left the last Coral Cove on the display for someone else. I am so nice.

I will say that I searched high and low for these babies. From what I have seen online, the displays only have 2 per color stocked, so if you stumble upon them…buy them. If you’re going back and forth on it, just get them because it takes stores a long time to restock things at times, especially during new releases.

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This shade is “tea rose” and it’s a very matte pink shade. I think this is a shade that can be worn with both warm and cool toned looks, in my opinion. I’m no expert, so chances are I’m just saying that because I will wear it with any look no matter what.

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This is the one I wanted the most, and it’s “romantic rose.” It’s a matte mauve color. I love rosy mauve colors. I typically wear brown shadows and bright lips on a day to day basis, so I feel mauve blushes kind of compliment that in a way for me.

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These are the swatches with “tea rose” on the left and “romantic rose” on the right. They are incredibly pigmented. So, these blushes are not only gorgeous and affordable, they’re very pigmented and smooth to the touch.

Perfect product. Perfect luck. I am so happy with this find! I hope you all enjoyed this shorter review! It’s snowing a bit here in Tennessee, so I hope everyone is staying warm!

Tell me about your favorite makeup finds lately?

Review and Swatches: Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette

As I have said a few times on my blog before, Kat Von D makes some damn great makeup. Expensive, but high quality and very unique. When my boyfriend told me he bought me the Innerstellar (limited edition palette fyi) palette I nearly fainted and squealed. I own some lip products and a foundation by Kat Von D, but I do not own any of her eyeshadow palettes. Sad, I know.

So, this review is very exciting for me. I’m going to quit rambling though and get to the point.

First, this palette is a Sephora exclusive and can be bought on sephora.com or it’s in stores.
It’s $46, so it is high end, but still a few bucks cheaper than the Urban Decay palettes.
This is a cool toned palette. If cool tones do not flatter you or are not your thing, this palette might not be for you.

I wear a lot of cool toned lipsticks and blushes since I am extremely pale and my skin undertones are naturally pink rather than beige. So, cool tones flatter my eyes and skin a great deal. Don’t get me wrong, I love warmer toned eyeshadows (also apparent on my blog) but I’ve been wanting something different since everyone seems to be on this warm tone kick right now. Personally, I needed to switch it up a bit.

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The packaging is a thick black cardboard material with a pretty big mirror on the inside, which I also like. It’s pretty big, but I feel it is still a very travel friendly palette. The reason why it’s a bit bigger is because the 3 bigger eyeshadows are 2.3 grams and the 9 smaller shadows are 1.1 grams. That’s a pretty decent amount of product, in my opinion.

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There are 3 bigger shades at the top, and I am assuming they’re bigger than the rest because these are typical “staple” shades that are used often universally. Whether as a base or as a highlight, these 3 shades are the ones many reach for to create many different looks. Because let’s be real, how many of us have hit pan very quickly in our Naked palettes with those smooth and precious little matte highlighting shades and thought, “Why?? I need you!”

Something else I look for in a palette is “is this thing versatile?” Meaning, can I create entire looks using only this palette? That’s actually a problem with me regarding most palettes. Many palettes lack something whether it’s a strong set of mattes, a transition shade, or the perfect highlighting shade or lack a matte black to take a look from daytime glam to “hey baby look at me.”

I have found that this palette passes the versatility test for me! There’s a transition shade, perfect highlighting shades, crease shades, a matte black, and little pops of color to create a ton of different and beautiful looks. I have tried a few things already with this palette, and I will show a few looks at the end of this post.

As for quality and pigmentation, Kat Von D brought her A game. I speak about her like we’re bff’s (I wish) but I’m being totally honest, you all. This palette is beautiful and the pigmentation is intense with every color. The shadows themselves are very smooth and buttery, and it doesn’t take a lot on your brush to get great results from the product. Every swatch I have done is without primer so you all can get a good idea of what the shadows look like.
As usual, I am sorry the lighter shades don’t show up very well on my moon tanned skin. Just take my word that they are pigmented. 😉

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These are the 3 bigger shades from the wrist down: Lycan (matte white), Vast (satin taupe), Gravitron (shimmery light pink)

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First 5 shades from the bottom up: Killing Moon (matte plum beige), Moonshine (shimmery gray), 3 am (dark purple), Orion (shimmery lavender), Darkstar (darker gunmetal gray)

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Last 4 shades from bottom up: Astrological (matte darker brown), Lunacy (satin taupe), Dios (very shimmery silver shade), Night Crawler (matte black)

Can we just take a second to admire the unique names Kat Von D has for everything? I love them. I know they weird some people out, but the eternal gothish-punk and horror fan in me loves it.

Would I recommend this palette to others? Absolutely. If you’re going back and forth between palettes if you’re still holding on to gift cards, my pick would be this one. Not just because it’s a great quality palette, but it’s also limited edition. I don’t always get my hands on limited edition makeup items very often, so I do cherish this one quite a bit.

Is it okay to call palettes babies? This is currently my baby.

Okay, I had my weird moment and now to show a few looks I have done using this palette and this palette alone.

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Anyone else own this palette and love it? Show me your looks or link me to your reviews!

Wet n Wild Mascara Review

New video up on my youtube channel today! A review on a new wet n wild product that have been popping up in drugstores.

Watch it, like it if you like it, and maybe subscribe to me? If you have a beauty channel, tell me! I love making friends.

I also FINALLY found some cool products that are new to drugstores today, so make sure to follow my blog as well.
Hope you all are warm and toasty tonight ❤

Swatch Saturday: My Favorite Nyx Round Lipsticks

Today for my Swatch Saturday post I thought I would switch it up a bit. Today I’m going to be showing swatches of some of my all time favorite Nyx round lipsticks. The Nyx lippies that come in the black and round tubes are the ones that retail for $4 on average, and are not the matte ones. These have a glossier finish, and are some of the only glossy lipsticks I will wear.

There are so many colors that it’s literally intimidating

But at $4 each (and they are BOGO 50% off often at Ulta) it’s okay to be intimidated and try them all. I’ve tried a lot out over the years. These are just a few in my collection, but they are the ones I reach for very often, some I reach for over my high end lipsticks for special occasions.

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As you can see, there are two types of packaging. I have some in the older packaging and some in the newer packaging.

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I’m going to go from the wrist out:

“Lala” (deep plum-ish mauve) “Penelope” (blackened plum) “Pluto” (reddish dark brown) “Chaos” (true red with blue undertones) “Snow White” (Deep Red) “Cocoa” (Brown with Mauve undertones)

Out of all of these, “Chaos” is my most used. Hands down. If you wear red lipsticks a lot, you need this lipstick in your collection. Trust me. It’s the only lipstick I have ever finished a tube of and needed to rebuy. I actually have a back up of this little baby.

Some of these colors, like “Penelope” and “Pluto,” aren’t very opaque, but I pair them with lip liners anyway so it doesn’t make a huge difference. Those are the only two that I have ever experienced patchiness with opacity though. They pair beautifully with dark lip liners of all sorts.

“LaLa” is a bit newer in my collection, but man this color is super beautiful. I’ve been on a plum kick lately because I feel it flatters my complexion and eye color (green) and I just want all the plum toned things.

I really enjoy these lipsticks though, and they’ve transcended several years of trying out way too many lipsticks. The packaging is very cute considering the price, in my opinion. Black and sleek…perfect. I also like that the names of these lipsticks are on the top, and there’s a small color swatch on the bottom. It makes storing them very versatile and easy.

Review: Physicians Formula Argan Oil Blush

I was at Ulta a few days ago, mostly because I needed a few more dollars to become a platinum member (woot!), but partially because I wanted to look for some new products since many stores are setting out the Spring 2015 lines for some brands.

I came across this little beauty, which was actually on the ground. It hadn’t even been put on display yet. Like the actual display was on the ground. I snagged that shit, anyway. No shame in my game.

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But I mean…LOOK. This blush is gorgeous! This blush was $13 at my local Ulta, which is pricey for a drugstore blush, but Physicians Formula never fails to amaze with their adorable packaging. I hope whoever comes up with the cute ideas gets raises all of the time.

The first thing I noticed about this blush was the beautiful scent. I opened the lid and it just wafted in my face like a bouquet of flowers. Such a fresh and pretty scent.
When I did a swatch I noticed the gold glitter on top is indeed an over spray, which is sad, but this blush is still so smooth and pigmented. This one is in the shade “rose” and it’s just a very pretty and everyday sort of pink blush. It doesn’t feel creamy, but it’s also not powdery. It’s that perfect and smooth texture that seems to glide on to the skin.

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I’ve worn this once on my cheeks and it’s very pale skin friendly and gives a nice pink glow. If you’re into pink blushes, definitely look into this one. I know there’s at least one other shade, but I think I will wait for a sale to get that one and maybe the bronzer. I know that many CVS stores are just starting their Cosmetics resets (inside source aka da boyfriend works there and helps a momma out) and physician’s formula is on sale basically every other week there.

Now if I could just find those damn shimmer strips! I want them so bad, but my city seems to get everything last! My bank account probably loves the suspense, but I don’t.