I know that today I said I would do a look with my Revealed 2 palette, but let’s just say today was…one of those days. I did, however, upload a new video! I will try to do a face of the day post tomorrow!
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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.
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.
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.
I glance at these and have passed them up many times assuming they’re glosses. I’m not a gloss person. I wear it sometimes, but I prefer lipsticks because I hate sticky things on my face. However, I saw someone mention that these have a matte finish and I was instantly intrigued. So, while in Kmart a few nights ago picking up a few last minute presents (yes, I’m that parent, and no it wasn’t Christmas Eve) I decided to pick 2 more of these up since I already owned the red one. I actually forgot I owned the red one until I was looking for an affordable matte lipstick for my glittery holiday lip video. I think Jeremy (da boyfriend) got it for me because it was free at his store? Who knows. I own too many lip products to keep up with where I got them all. However, after seeing how matte the red one dried for myself I decided I wanted to try a few other colors.
Anyway, these were $2.99 regular priced in my local store, so these are incredibly affordable. And wow, these are super pigmented and do indeed dry matte. The first time I swatched these on my hand it actually stained my hand. So, be aware of that if you decide to buy these. They will require some work to get off.
These are the swatches of the 3 I have. From the bottom up: “Red My Mind,” “High Pitched Wine,” “Raisin The Roof”
Okay, who the hell came up these names? They made me cringe at the punny-ness and laugh at the same time.
“Red My Mind” is a very true red bright red. “High Pitched Wine” is a bit more brown than it is wine colored. I love that about it though. It’s probably my favorite one color-wise. “Raisin the Roof” is a bit deeper, but has obvious gold colored shimmer in it. It’s a very different and pretty color, in my opinion.
I will definitely say that these are worth trying, however, they can be a bit drying I’ve noticed. They are ultra matte, but kinda also ultra drying. I had to put on a few dabs of vaseline after applying “High Pitched Wine” because I felt like if I smiled my lips would crack. That’s really the only con I can think of regarding these lip colors though.
I am currently subscribed to 3 different things. The Walmart Beauty Box, Lip Monthly, and I recently caved and decided to go back to Ipsy since I felt a bit lost without my glam bag.
I recorded an unboxing of both of the December Walmart Beauty Box and my Lip Monthly bag, but I wanted to post better pictures and swatches here.
First up: Walmart Beauty Box
This box comes every 3 months (once per season) and is technically free, but the $5 is shipping costs.
This was December’s Winter Box
Pretty decent amount of product for $5, in my opinion. The one thing not pictured is the Maybelline Dream Wonder powder, but honestly I think that was just a coupon (it had a $1 coupon attached). I’m never too fond of foil packet samples because let’s be real many of them end up in the weird black hole part of makeup drawers where foil samples go to die. Or is that just me?
There was a full sized lipstick in the box as well! It looks like it’s from the new Maybelline line it’s in the shade “Mocha Kiss” and it’s a very brown shade. I don’t know how much use I will get out of this, personally, but I will play around with it.
However, I am pretty excited to try everything else. I’ve never heard of a body BB Cream, but from what I’ve read on the sample bottle it looks pretty neat! Overall, I am happy with this box and it’s a cute little surprise every season for me. It does look like there are different boxes sent out depending on your age group, because I’ve seen another version of the Winter box on several blogs.
Second: Lip Monthly Bag
I’ve reviewed Lip Monthly before on this blog, and on Youtube and I will link both at the end of this post.
I’m still very confused about this subscription. I love the concept, and for the most part the products are awesome, but there is something a bit off about their customer service. I feel that they need an overhaul and need someone better marketing for them and handling customer service issues. I know that running a business is extremely hard (my parents did twice) but if you’re not willing/able to answer your customers concerns, no matter how rude or odd they may be, what’s the point in having a business? There’s my small rant on that matter.
With that aside, the products are so spot on if you’re a lip product lover. I loved every single thing in this bag, and that’s not common for me. The total value of this bag was $25 compared to the $10 I paid, so that’s pretty rad. I do hope that whatever is going on with Lip Monthly is just a bump in the road for them, because I do wish them every bit of success. I love the idea of a monthly bag catered to those that love trying out new lip products. I can already say that I have worn that Magnolia Makeup lipstick twice since getting my bag. It’s so dreamy. I’m rooting for you, Lip Monthly. I really am.
Swatches from left to right: La girl lip liner in “mauvelous,” NYC lipstick in “Mocha,” Magnolia Makeup Liquid Ultra Matte Lipstick, Milani Lipgloss in “Nude Touch.”
Another item on my (getting shorter) list of things I’ve been searching for is a nice BB Cream that actually matches my skin tone. Many lines of BB Creams will say “Light/Medium” but lean more towards medium skin tones and have very warm undertones. Which is fine, but I am extremely pale.
So, I started reading reviews and watching videos and decided to give the Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream a try since I didn’t see too many negative things about it. I have never ever tried any line of Asian skin care.
I ordered it off prettyandcute.com for 30% off, but this can also be found on Amazon for around $14-16.
It comes with a pump, which is fantastic. I am all about face products with pumps. When I first pumped this onto my hand I noticed it is very thick. Not at all like a normal BB cream texture, which is nice if you like full coverage like myself. If not, this might not be an ideal product for you.
I don’t know if this product changes to match your skin tone, but I added a pump of manic panic dream tone just in case. I applied it with a damp real techniques sponge and it applied very easily and blended very well into my skin. The color was spot on, and it seems to have a very neutral undertone instead of a warm one, which was also nice. The only thing that bugged me was it has a bit of a floral smell at first (I thought) but once I applied it I couldn’t smell anything anymore.
This BB Cream lasted very well on my face and did not look cakey or anything as the day went on. That’s always a fear of mine with anything that is fuller coverage that I’m trying out for the first time. It felt light on the face as well. It also did not change colors throughout the day as well. I wore this for about 10 hours the day I tried it, so it is long lasting.
My overall review: Pros
-Fairly affordable (not drugstore, not high end)
-Easy to Apply
-Does not break my skin out, and it did not dry my skin out
-Comes with a pump
-Smells a bit weird at first
-Still not my exact shade, and I need to use Manic Panic dream tone with it
This isn’t a pro or con so I didn’t know where to place it, but this BB Cream is very thick and is a medium/full coverage. This could be a pro or con depending on the person. I do like this BB Cream though and have used it several times since my initial application.
This was actually a cyber Monday treat that just arrived in the mail today. BH Cosmetics was having a sale where this palette was $8.95 + I found a 10% off code and I got back 15% through ebates. This is a limited edition palette, so when I was able to get it for that price I was very happy! I love BH Cosmetics to begin with, and everything about this palette is so alluring to me. The colors and the packaging…it looked perfect.
Shipping was a bit delayed for BH Cosmetics, but they did say on the website before ordering that shipping could be delayed, and that was fine. However, when this came in the mail I seriously opened it up before anything else and immediately started admiring it and playing around with it. The inside is so beautiful! This palette is pretty big, and there’s a pretty decent amount of product in it. There are 12 eyeshadow colors, 3 blushes, and 1 liquid eyeliner that come in this set. I was excited that this came with a liquid felt tip liner instead of a pencil. I tend to just throw pencils away or gift them. I’m a liquid/gel liner kind of gal.
These are swatches of all 12 eyeshadows. The glittery ones aren’t as pigmented, but for the most part they are all very smooth and pigmented! Very impressed with the quality of these shadows. I’ve had my eye on this palette since it came out, but didn’t buy it in fear that the colors might have been too random. However, once I saw the review that Dani from CoffeebreakwithDani did and the look she created I was sold, and from there I knew that it would go on sale. EVERYTHING on BH Cosmetics eventually goes on sale for 50% off or more…just wait. That’s my friendly brand tip of the day.
Anyway, once I started playing around with these colors on my eyes (one look for one eye and another on the other eye, duh) I realized all of these colors truly do compliment each other, strangely enough. I absolutely love the brown shades and plum shades in this palette.
These are the swatches of the 3 blushes that come in the palette. I love that there are both warm and cool options in terms of blushes. I wear cool toned blushes myself most days, so the third mauve type color will probably be the one that gets the most usage from me!
This is a look I created using the palette. The only color I didn’t use from the palette was the tranisition shade which was “creme brulee” by makeup geek. That’s my only con to this palette…there’s not a true transition shade unless you lightly use one of the matte shades as one. Anyway, I used the shimmery champagne shade all over the lid and on my brow bone as a highlight, the darker matte brown in the crease well blended and the shimmery dark brown shade in the outer v blended into the crease as well. I used the matte purple shade on the bottom lash line as a “pop” of color to the look. I have the matte mauve shade on my cheeks (it’s not very pigmented) and I used the liquid eyeliner to create a cat wing. It was very easy to use, surprisingly. Overall, I’m very happy with this palette and can’t wait to play around with it some more 😀
So, this cute little set was one of the two things I *limited* myself to buying from Sephora on Black Friday. The reason I chose this was because I’ve seen so many people say these products are amazing, but I couldn’t see myself paying $25 for something that might not work on myself. When I saw this set for $10, I just put it into my cart without thinking too much on it.
Now that I have tried all 3 little things that came in the set, I wanted to post a first impression on each.
Clear Improvement Mask This mask claims to actually pull junk out of your pores and clear them out with active charcoal. When I started to put this mask on my face, I realized that a little bit of product goes a long way. I decided to mainly put this mask on my most problematic areas such as my nose and chin, since there’s not much product in the samples and I didn’t want to waste any. I will say that this mask made my face feel so soft and amazing after I washed it off. The pores on my nose do look better than they did before I put the mask on, which is saying something because I do not have nice pores on my nose. It’s something I’m self conscious about and have been working on.
I mean, it also looks so pretty on, right?
Modern Friction Dermabrasion This claims to take your skin from “rough to smooth” without pain. This dermabrasion is indeed very soft on the skin and did not hurt to scrub into my skin a bit. My skin seriously felt so soft afterwards! I had to stop myself from just petting my face constantly. My skin is so dang dry this time of year, and it hasn’t felt this nice since fall started. My makeup went on smooth the next day and looked flawless. This may be a product from this set that I need in the full size once I am done with the sample size.
Drink Up Overnight Mask This claims to rehydrate the skin overnight working and the suggested usage is twice a week or as often as desired. I put this on after I had used my toner and just before I was going to bed. It definitely lived up to the claim. My skin felt very soft and hydrated. I’ve also been using the Loreal Youth Serum at night though, and I will say that my skin felt similar with the overnight mask as it does with the serum. So, I don’t know if I will personally be purchasing this one in the full size, but it is an extremely nice moisturizer!
This set was $10 on Black Friday and there are 0.5 oz in each sample. That doesn’t sound like much, but none of these take very much product at all to get the job done. I know I will get my money’s worth and then some. It was worth it just to be able to finally try this line without stabbing my bank account too hard.
Let’s not talk about what else I got on Black Friday and Cyber Monday…
Anyway, this was just a short and sweet impressions today. I still have some other goodies to review in the upcoming weeks that I can’t wait to play with and share with you all! Please follow me if you’re new and reading this, or talk to me and tell me about your experiences with these products if you have any!
So, for my birthday I decided to treat myself to a high end foundation. I went with the Estee Lauder Double Stay (Cool Bone) because it seems to be a favorite for many, and I love heavy coverage foundations in the fall and winter. I can’t wear full coverage in the spring and summer in Tennessee. The humidity is awful and will cause makeup to melt even with setting sprays.
I was so excited to get this foundation the mail, and then the first day I used it I found myself feeling guilty because I felt like I was pouring money out onto the back of my hand. I normally despise foundations without pumps, but I made an exception for this one. I realize now that I will always hate foundations without pumps, but have no fear! I found a solution!
After a bit of research, I saw a blogger post about a company that makes and sells pumps that fit popular brands of foundations.
I had to check it out. The site is beautymp.com. The “MP” stands for makeup pump, and they do indeed sell quite a few pumps fit for different foundations that typically don’t come with pumps. Most of the pumps they sell are for very popular foundations such as the Revlon Colorstay, Mac foundations, Maybelline etc.
Pumps are great for foundations for several reasons.
1. You waste less product
2. When you waste less product, you waste less money. Hell yeah.
3. Pouring foundation out can turn your foundation into a home for icky bacteria, and that can cause breakouts.
4. No one likes a breakout. Hella uncool.
From what I saw, most of the pumps retail for about $6.99 or a bit more and shipping is around $4, but there is a 20% off code that I found that worked like a year ago, and still works now. The code I used was beautybuzzhub, but there’s also one of the site as well for 10% off.
I figured that investing in a pump would help me actually use this amazing foundation without feeling so guilty, and if I repurchase I can probably clean and sanitize the pump and use it again.
Does this pump make my foundation look as high end as the gold cap they normally come with? No. It does make my foundation more practical and easier to use, and I don’t buy makeup to not be used.
I would go into a review on the foundation itself, but there are SO MANY reviews on this foundation already, that I feel like there’s not anything I can say that hasn’t already been said. It’s wonderful, full coverage, and actually matches my very fair skin very well once it settles.
I hope you all like this mini and quick review. Have a great day and Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate!