Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Product Review: Not Your Mother's Beach Babe

Oh my sweet baby Jesus. I love the Not Your Mother's Beach Babe products!!. I've never had wash & wear hair. It's not curly. It's not straight. It frizzes. It flies away. Except for after I take a dip in the ocean, it always looks beautiful! Sadly, I live in a desert. So I've had to just live with heat-styling my frizzy mess.

Until now...

This doesn't completely eliminate heat for me, but it cuts out 90% of it. After washing my hair, I spray Texturizing Sea Salt Spray liberally through my hair, making sure to get between the layers. The bottle says to use a couple spritzes, but that's not nearly enough. Don't brush your hair, just run your fingers through it and style it in the direction you want it to dry, scrunch it a little, then let it air dry about 50%. I don't know how to describe the 50% feeling, but you'll know. If you have the Texturizing Hair Cream, apply it to your ends at this point. Then, blow-dry with a diffuser. And that's basically it! You can use the spray alone, but I found that I just needed to definitely curl my ends. With the cream added, I barely need to blow-dry at all. I did try hair spray with it once, but it looked weird and I really had to run my fingers through it for a while to get myself to look less homeless.

 The first day I wore my hair this way, I got a "ooooh, luxurious!" from my hubby. He has only noticed my hair once before that. So it was a pretty big deal. If you want a little more definition, you can touch it up with a curling iron once it's dry as well. I like to wrap my hair around the barrel without using the clip for this part. I mostly curl a few sections around my face and leave the rest as-is.







I haven't tried any other products from Not Your Mother's. If you have, please let me know if you recommend them! They've been very hard for me to find here...it seems that there are only a couple stores in my area that carry them, and they're almost always sold out!

This is the best example I could find from my Instagram.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Taking It Off

Eventually...the makeup has to come off. I used to be terrible at removing makeup at the end of the day. I found that for me, wipes work best. Here are some of the wipes I've tried and what I think of them.




  • Target brand: I alternate between the Chamomile ones (pictured), and the Cucumber. I honestly can't find a difference between the two, but I tend to gravitate towards the chamomile because I have rosacea and they are supposed to be soothing. The Pros: They work pretty well, they are not irritating like some other wipes can be, and they are pretty cheap. The Cons: The quality is not consistent. I've gotten some that are super moist, and stay that way until I finish the pack. I've had other packs that dry out quickly or even some packs that start out dry. So it's a little annoying because you never know what you're going to get.
  • Elf: These are another go-to when I'm feeling cheap. The Pros: They're inexpensive. I love the texture--very smooth. The Cons: Like the Target wipes, they're not consistent in quality. But they tend to stay a little more moist than Target wipes because they have the snap closure.
  • Josie Maran: I got these as part of a 500-point Sephora bonus. I've never purchased them because they are really expensive. But they are amazing. If I'm ever feeling rich, I will definitely buy a pack. The Pros: They are so soft, and the smell is to die for. They smell like orange peel, which some people may not like, but it's kind-of my weakness. I'm very sensitive to smells, so when I find something that smells good and doesn't give me burning headaches, it's like...a gift from the universe. The Cons: Too expensive. They're just makeup wipes...bring the price down a notch. I know they're helping to save polar bears and all, but it's just too much.
  • Systane: I think these are found next to artificial tears and contact lens solution. This is an eye-care brand, so they are very safe for your eyes and they do a phenomenal job at removing eye makeup. The Pros: They take EVERYTHING off. I mean everything. I wear a lot of mascara and eyeliner, and I usually take off all my makeup but still wake up looking raccoony the next day. Not with these! Just place a wipe over each eye for about 30 seconds, then wipe everything away. My eyes have never felt cleaner. Plus, they are individually wrapped, so each wipe is always moist and fresh. I can't say enough good things. The Cons: They leave your skin a little sticky. They're small, so you can't really use one for your whole face. They are really more for eye use only. So you have to use these in addition to your regular makeup remover. But trust me...these are so worth it. 


  • Simple: I'm not sure if this is a real brand or a store brand...haven't quite figured that one out yet. But they're *ok*. I use them if I'm completely out of wipes and this is the cheapest option. I don't like spending a lot of money at a time, so when I'm buying wipes, I always get the cheapest thing that I know still will work. The Pros: They get the job done. The Cons: They're just not amazing.   I've only tried these once, and I noticed they were really ineffective by the end of the pack due to drying out. I just don't prefer them, but if they're your only option, it's not the end of the world.
  • Aveeno: I've seen rave reviews on Aveeno products from other people, but maybe the brand and I just do not get along. The Pros: I like that they have the snap closure, because it really keeps them more fresh. The Cons: I didn't like the texture. They didn't do a great job at getting everything off. They weren't too pricey, but they were more than I want to pay for something that doesn't work as well as a cheaper option. 
  • Yes to Tomatoes: Ugh. These are worse than Aveeno. The Pros: I got these on sale. The Cons: They just are terrible. I think there were two moist wipes in the whole jar. I've been wanting to try the Yes To.... line for a while and this was the first thing I finally purchased. I'm just not impressed and it really put me off to trying anything else in the line. These are THE WORST makeup wipes I've ever tried. The only thing I use them for is to spray brush cleaner on when I spot-clean my brushes. I'm just not good with waste, so I had to find a way to at least use the rest of them. I hate these.
  • Biore: These were the first makeup wipes I ever tried. I liked them at the time, but it was also a time I didn't wear full makeup every day. So I don't know if I still vouch for them or not. To be honest, I mostly included them in the list because I needed a fourth picture! They're moderately priced for drug store brands. I will most likely purchase these again in the future to give them an honest review. The Pros: I do really like the brand in general. I find their quality is pretty consistent and their products do what they're supposed to. The Cons: None that I remember. I just stopped purchasing these when I discovered the Target and Elf wipes.



And that's it! Apologies for the rambling reviews :) I hope this helps in some way. If you have suggestions for other wipes, I'd love to hear them!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Wish List: Skin Care

I never thought my wish list would include skin care items, but the more I realize how important skin care is, the more I start to move these items to the top of my list. 




Glam Glow Super Mud: my nose is a blackhead magnet. I've seen the wonders that this product can do. Basically...I have to have it. 

Dermalogica Ultra Calming Serum: I was lucky enough to have received this as a gift, and it worked soooo well to calm down my redness. I went to buy it when I ran out and almost fainted at the price. It's something I will definitely have to invest in during one of those months I don't buy a lot of makeup. July was not one of those months. 

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator: I've heard so many great things about this. I haven't tried MAC's skin care products yet, but I will probably start with this one. For now, my husband's H2O exfoliant will have to do.    



Images are from google.  

Wish List: Urban Decay

For years, I was a major Urban Decay fan. My addiction ran nine palettes deep. My last palette was the Oz Glinda palette. I was NOT impressed. The shadows were chalkly and after one use, it looked like the shadows had been assaulted by a meat tenderizer. Not cool. So I just quit UD cold turkey. But everyone knows...when you quit an addiction cold turkey, you're bound to relapse eventually. I think that time has come. These new Revolution lippies have peaked my interest. And they look perfect to transition into Fall with. Here are my top three:


Images taken from UrbanDecay.com

MAC Antonio Lopez Collection, Fall 2013

I'm a little concerned. I know I need to have some restraint when this collection is released, buuuuut...I just don't see that happening. So I probably have no choice but to go ahead and sell a kidney, because I don't know what I will be able to say "NO" to. I still can't find a solid release date for this collection anywhere...Maybe late August/early September.  I just hope they give me some time between it and the next release of RiRi hearts MAC, or Mr. Liver might be next to go.


Please note...the above images are not mine. I compiled them from Google images. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Favorite Lippies for Summer

I used to only wear lip gloss, so I don't have a major lipstick collection. But trust me...I'm working on it! These are the ones I've been reaching for most often this Summer.


Top Row (left to right):
MAC - Haute Altitude, NYX - Louisiana, MAC - Scarlet Ibis

Bottom Row (left to right):
MAC - RiRi Boy, Lime Crime - Poisonberry






I know Poisonberry is probably not what most people think of as a summery shade, but sometimes I like a darker lip with a lighter, sparkly eye. I'm also waiting on Babette by Lime Crime...I'm sure once she gets here, it will be my new favorite. I'm hoping it will replace Haute Altitude, even though I know they are not very similar. I always fall in LOVE with limited edition lippies, and I can't stop myself from wearing them, even though I know I can never replace them. Oh well! 

What are your favorite summer shades?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

EOTD





I'm really trying to get the hang of winged liner. It's been a journey! I tried to make it a little easier on myself today by smudging out the blue on my lower lash line, and using that as a guide for the wing. On my lid, I used Asteria by Sugarpill.  The lower waterline & lash line is Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Radium, smudged out with MAC Cosmetics - A Bluer Blue. I also had MAC's Frozen White pigment on the tear duct, which I wish showed up better in the picture!! Mascara: NYC Big Bold Mascara with Buxom Lash. The liner is NYC liquid liner.

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Just a little about me and this blog...

I have an absurd addiction to makeup. I don't know when it started, but I remember hating makeup as a kid. Every once in a while, my mom would smear blush on me and spray me with perfume and I HATED it! My face just felt heavy, and I stunk! Slowly but surely, I started getting into makeup. Black and mint green lipstick in high school. Heavy eye liner and lipgloss after that. Then random eye shadow sets here & there. When I moved in with my now husband, I was by myself in a new city. I didn't have any close friends in town, and our work schedules rarely coincided. I was always bored. That's when I started watching YouTube videos, trying to learn how to use all the makeup I'd been accumulating. The more I learned, the more makeup I needed. NEEDED. Eye shadow was like a gateway drug for me. It lead to new eye liners...foundation...blush...lipstick...an unhealthy amount of mascara...nail polish...hair products...skin care... It just doesn't stop. Obviously, I'm no expert. I'm not a makeup artist. I'm just a makeup enthusiast, and I thought it'd be fun to share some favorites & unfavorites with you. I hope you enjoy!

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