Thursday, October 31, 2013

TAG: How Much is Your Face Worth?

Oh dear. I've been dreading doing this tag. I hid in a corner and hoped no one would ever tag me. I am honestly a little scared of finding out how much my face is worth. Especially now that +Nichole Roberts decided to tag me on a day where I'm wearing Nars. THANKS A LOT! Lol...totally kidding! I'm actually borderline curious, but a little embarrassed to reveal my total (and I don't even know what that is yet!). Here goes nothing:


Disclaimer: I did not purchase every one of these products. Some were gifts or samples, some. Some were purchased on sale or as part of value sets. For the sake of the post and my shame, I'm going to list the full price for full-sized items, whether I purchased them or not.  Plus I'm rounding up. Lol.


Face:
Mac Studio Fix Foundation: $27
Hard Candy Concealer: $7
Ben Nye Banana Powder: $10
Nars Sin/Casino duo: $41
Mica eye shadow (as highlight): $15

Eyes:
Nars Wicked duo: $45 (not sure if this is the real price, it was LE so I'm going by pricing of similar items on the Nars website. I got it for a LOT less than that...just had to say that!)
Mac Bitter eyeshadow: $10 (it's the refill, not regular shadow)
Mac Naked pigment: $21
Mac Vanilla pigment: $21
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner: $19
Covergirl Perfect Point eyeliner: $6
Physicians Formula Eye Booster liner: $10
Buxom Lash mascara: $10 (this was the sample, so I'm listing the price for their Mini).
Clinique High Lengths mascara: $16
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon mascara: $8
Makeup Forever Aqua Brow: $20

Lips:
Mac Talk that Talk lipstick: $17
Lime Crime Poison Plum Lipstick: $16


Dear sweet baby Jesus, that is a lot of product for a simple look! And my grand total............

$319.00!

Totally not as bad as I thought it might be! But I should still go to rehab.




Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Influenster: Rose Vox Box

OMG GUYS! I just got my first Influenster Vox Box!



What the heck is that? Glad you asked. Influenster is a website...pretty much like Yelp, but for products. Once you sign up, you review basically anything you want...makeup, food, electronics, etc... Based on how active you are, you gain points. As you earn points, you become eligible for a Vox Box, which is a box full of FREE product. Then, of course, you just review whatever they've sent you.


And here's what I got:

  • Rimmel Scandeleyes Mascara: Very excited about this one! I've been wanting to try this anyway, so I'm so happy to receive it!
  • Kiss Gradiation Polish: To be honest, I probably will not use this as it's meant to be used. I don't think I have the patience for obre nails. I'll at least give it a shot on one nail for the sake of reviewing. However, they are great colors...I'll definitely get a lot of use out of these!
  • Dr. Scholl's Cozy Cushions: I'm excited about these for the winter! They're fuzzy, so I'm hoping they'll keep my feet warm. I'm the kind of person that, if my feet are cold, all of me is cold. So these will come in handy!
  • BelVita Breakfast Biscuits: Blueberry is not my favorite flavor, but I love little things like this for breakfast. Very happy about this.
  • Lindt Lindor Truffles: This is one of my favorite chocolates. I have a major sweet tooth! 
  • Vitabbath lotion: This smells really good! You all know by now I'm sensitive to smells. This has a very light, subtle fragrance. And it comes at a very good time, because my skin gets very dry with colder weather. So I will be using this quite a bit!
Total Vox Box value: $41.14, according to the card that came in the box. Pretty good, considering all I did to get it was review products I already have and love!


I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

Monday, October 28, 2013

Product Review: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick

OMG. You know when a new movie comes out, and all everyone does it tell you how amazing it is. But then when you go watch it, you end up hating it?

This product is the makeup version of that.

Ugh. I had tried the Fit Me liquid foundation a couple years ago, and I liked it quite a bit. I just didn't repurchase it because my friend gave me a Mac Studio Fix foundation when that was running out, and I've just stuck with that ever since.

But when the stick version came out and promised to be mattifying, I really wanted to try it. I'm suuuuuuper oily, so I'm a sucker for anything that claims to keep you matte. Plus, I've heard so many rave reviews. So after picking it up and setting it down a hundred times, I finally kept it in my cart for once and brought it home. Now that you already know I HATE it, here is the official rundown.



The Pros:

  • Inexpensive.
  • Good variety of shades.
  • Easy to apply.
  • Blends nicely.
  • Good coverage (initially).
The Cons:
  • My face seems to repel this foundation. I did a trial today and applied it only in certain areas. I used my regular MAC foundation on the rest of my face. At the end of my work day, the areas I had the Fit Me foundation on are COMPLETELY BARE!
  • Doesn't last. I get more oily than usual, and way faster. I would have to completely re-apply my foundation twice during the day if I wanted it to last. No thanks!
  • I think it's causing me to break out. I've had a few trouble spots since I started testing this product out. However, I've worn a ton of makeup and fake blood lately, which my skin is also not used to. So I'm not 100% sure what to blame the break outs on.
The Verdict:
I will most definitely NOT be re-purchasing this foundation. I plan to give it to my sister, actually, since she is not nearly as oily as I am. I think that this might work on someone who is not oily. But they're already matte anyway. So what's the point? I don't know.



Sunday, October 27, 2013

Updated Skin Care Routine

I'm no skin care expert....I'm kind of learning as I go along. Especially since I had pretty normal skin until a few years ago. Then one day it turned on me! So I had to start learning pretty quick if I wanted to look human again.

I have two main issues: Rosacea and oily skin. With Rosacea, I have a lot of redness. My skin just looks angry at life. The breakouts I do get are just strange. I don't know if I just think they're strange, or if they really are. My breakouts are usually hormonal. I've recently learned these take forever to resolve...even longer if you pick at them. I'm a natural picker. So it's been a struggle, but knowing this makes me less anxious to pick.

With my oiliness...It's just annoying. Everyone tries to tell me that I'll still look young when I'm old, thanks to my oily skin. Guess what...I don't care. I just want to be matte!

Anyway, here is what I'm doing now to control my skin issues. A lot of my oil control is done with makeup, so I didn't include that. This has all been trial and error for me. Keep in mind that the same thing may not work for everyone, so I would encourage you to ask for samples before committing to any product.





  • Philosophy Purity face wash: I keep this in my shower and just use it every time I shower. It's really great at removing makeup, too...even stubborn eye makeup. Keeping face wash in the shower is the number one thing that has worked for me as far as remembering to use it!
  • H2O Sea Moss body scrub: Yes...this is a body scrub. But I use it for my face. This is also in the shower, because it actually belongs to my husband. But I use a tiny bit a couple times a week, mixed with my face wash.
  • Lush Enzymion moisturizer: I use this as my morning moisturizer. It's supposed to be good for oily skin. I've only been using it for about a week, and I like it so far. I feel like it does more for oil control than the Dermalogica moisturizer I had been using before. And just a tip: apply moisturizer when your toner is still wet...it will help your moisturizer spread better and you will need less of it.
  • Lush Mask of Magnaminty: I use this usually twice a week. I love the smell! It's pretty chunky, so it becomes kind of a scrub when you're washing it off. One thing I really like about this is that it's made fresh in the stores, and it expires within a few months. Some people may not like that, but for me...it pushes me to use it more often because I don't want to waste it. I'm terrible at maintaining a skin care routine, so I really have to be forced into it.
  • Yonka toner: I use this every morning, and after every time I wash my face. I used to never use toner, because I found it annoying. But I've learned that it's important, in order to restore the pH balance in your skin. So I like this one because it's in a spray bottle. I'm not fond of messing with spilling toner everywhere and rubbing a wet cotton ball on my face.
  • Glam Glow mud mask: This stuff is expensive. OMG. But thanks to a miracle of modern technology, i.e. Viggle, I scored this at a bargain. Because it is so pricey, I don't use it as an all-over mask. I read the packaging, and if you use it for your entire face, you only get something like seven uses out of it. No thanks! So I do use it on my nose once a week, and then for spot treatments if I need to. Full review (with pictures, ewww) coming soon.
  • Milk of Magnesia mask: I slather this stuff all over my face once a week. This is probably the number one thing that makes my redness calm down. It's very soothing to my skin, and it's super cheap. I love it. Some people have had success with using this as a primer, to minimize oil during the day. I'm guessing that it may work that way for someone who is mildly oily. But my oil is heavy duty. So it does NOT work that way for me.
  • Dermatouch exfoliating brush: I don't know how this compares to a Clairsonic brush, because I've never tried one. I got this one from Haute Look for something like $30. That's a price point I'm much more comfortable with! I try to use it twice a week, but it's one of those things I usually forget to do. Some people use it every day...to me that seems excessive. I don't know...I'm still trying to get used to using it at all. But I do like that it gets any trace of product out of my skin.
  • Clinique spot treatment: I got this as a sample from Sephora recently. I will without a doubt be purchasing the full size once this sample runs out. It's a little miracle. If I see a pimple coming on, I dab this over it at night. By the next morning, the blemish is either gone or has matured to popping level.
  • Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion moisturizer: When I first got this, I was using it in the mornings. It did nothing for mattifying during the day. I was pretty disappointed, because I had gotten it from Haute Look at like $35, which I thought was a good deal until I received it, and it's pretty small. So I was a little pissed at myself. BUT, when I got my Enzymion moisturizer, I started using this at night time, and I really feel like it's made a difference. So now my conundrum is if I should buy a full-priced one of these suckers once this runs out. My guess is that I won't. But we'll see!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

FOTD: Halloween Edition, Part 2

Hi all! So if you saw my last post, you already know I was Bat Girl yesterday. Can I just tell you....masks are a pain to wear. The one I had was a little big for my face. I realized that if I pulled the elastic higher around my head, it was more flush to my cheeks. However, that also made it dig into my lower lids. Ouch! So I ended up having to pull the elastic down lower, for comfort. And an hour into our party, my mask was laying on the couch. But I still had a great time! ;)

Today's costume is Mia Wallace from the movie Pulp Fiction...one of my all time faves. Specifically, the scene where she O.D.s and has to be brought back to life. So there was some special effects involved...that is one area of makeup I know next to nothing about. I looked all over the internet, and found someone who had attached the syringe with a piece of wire...that was really the best suggestion on the entire internet. So that's what I did!

To camouflage the wire, I taped it to my skin using surgical tape. Then I covered that with a thin layer of Spirit Gum, then Ben Nye Nose & Scar wax. The scar wax was a nightmare to apply...it kept just getting stuck on my fingers and it was really hard for me to smooth it out. Once I got it looking the best I could, I stippled foundation over it to match my skin tone a little better, then I added some fake blood (I used Ben Nye thick blood). I filled the tip of the syringe with eyelash glue, because it's the only adhesive I really have, and stuck the end of the wire through the tip. I also dabbed blood on my shirt with a sponge.

The outfit was pretty easy...I hemmed a pair of dickies to about calf length. I got a plain white button down from H&M. And I did have to buy a hideous pair of gold flats, because I discovered that she wears them in the movie. Ugh. Let me just tell you...I hate flats. The fact that they're gold is another story altogether. Next time I pick a costume, I'm going to make sure I like the shoes, too.

I also bought a wig. I've cut my hair specifically for costumes in the past, but I wasn't ready to make the cut for this one. I've never ever worn a wig before, so that was an adventure in itself! I have pretty long, thick hair, so what I did was braid it in five sections, then wrap each section around my head and pin it with bobbie pins. Then I put a wig cap on...which is sooooo uncomfortable. I have a small head...I don't know how people with normal sized heads can stand this torture. I sprayed the wig a little with Not Your Mother's Beach Babe spray, because Mia's hair is pretty disheveled in this scene. I wasn't sure if the wig could handle heat, so I wanted to be able to give it some texture without melting it or burning something.

For the makeup...she had very minimal makeup, so what I concentrated on was giving my eyes a more hollowed look, I used a lighter shade of concealer to get myself looking more pale. I used a color tattoo in Tough as Taupe on my lids and under my eyes. Then I blended a couple tan and taupe shades all around my eyes to give them a more sunken look. And then I added some blood. For the foaming at the mouth part, I just layered spirit gum and tissue bits until it looked as good as I thought I could get it. 

And that's it! Here is the finished look:


Friday, October 25, 2013

FOTD: Halloween Edition, Part 1

First of all, I want to say hi to my new followers. Thanks so much to everyone who follows me...I thought I would have three followers total at the peak of my blog, so it's amazing for me to see new faces every day. Reading all your comments and kind words really means a lot! xo

I have three costumes this year. It's excessive. I know. Listen...I love Halloween. More than any other holiday. Tomorrow's costume, we decided to do on November 1, 2012. Not kidding! Today's costume and next weekend's were more last minute. My friend invited me to a party tonight and it happens to be superhero themed. So it doesn't match the other two costumes. I didn't want to spend a ton of cash on a one-time costume, especially a last minute one. So I found a mask on Party City's website for under $5. I'm wearing a black romper and black boots that I already owned. And my friend and I ordered utility-type belts from Amazon for like $15. She is going as Catwoman, so we just bought the same one and saved on shipping. Here is my face, with and without the mask:


I kept the makeup pretty basic, since the mask takes up 90% of my face. I just did a blown-out yellow eye using Buttercupcake by Sugarpill. And the lips are a combination of different reds and burgundies. I did do a deeper contour on my cheeks, just in case the mask comes off, because we'll be in a dark setting...I wanted to keep my makeup more dramatic, so it would show more in photos.

What are you  guys doing for Halloween this year? Let me know, and stay tuned for costume #2!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

TAG: Why do you wear makeup?

I'd love to thank Shalunya for tagging me! If you aren't familiar with her, you have to go check out her blog. She is one of the most positive people I've ever come accross...she has such a great life story, I never get tired of reading her blog! More people should have her attitude!

I'm gonna dive right in...

1: When did you begin loving makeup?
I started collecting bits & pieces in my early 20s, but I wasn't an addict until about four years ago ;) I moved to a new city where it was just me and my then boyfriend. No friends. No family. My best friend and I ended up with the same Urban Decay Book of Shadows (vol 2 or 3?), and she introduced me to searching YouTube for tutorials. I had no idea YouTube was anything other than videos of cats and people falling off of things at that point. I got hooked. Makeup became my happy place. But I really feel like my addiction took off when I started with Instagram. I've never been a step-by-step instruction kind of person, so as much as I enjoy watching YouTube, I really prefer just seeing a picture and trying to recreate it. I didn't completely get the concept of blending before Instagram.

2: How do you feel without makeup?
I feel like I look tired! I never used to wear makeup, but now that I do...if I'm not wearing it, I think people will assume something is wrong with me. Haha. I don't usually wear anything if I'm going to be around the house all day. Unless I get bored and start to experiment. Once I start putting on makeup to leave, I end up with a full face. Like once I wear foundation, I have to wear bronzer or blush. Then I at least have to wear liner and mascara, or my eyes look shriveled. Then I might as well wear eye shadow. And if I don't put on lipstick, I look like a corpse. I used to be a mascara and lip gloss kinda girl. I don't know what happened! ;)

3: What do you like about makeup?
I like how transformative it can be. I'm not skilled enough for all that yet, but I love seeing people turn into a completely different person or creature, or idea. I come from a family full of artists, and I never thought I was artistic because I can only draw stick figures. Makeup is my way to get that artistic feeling. Maybe I'm not adopted after all!

4: Three holy grail makeup products.


Please tag yourself for me if you'd like to do this tag! I've seen a lot of you post it already, so I don't want to double tag! ;)


Monday, October 21, 2013

FOTD

My friend asked me the other day, "how do you decide what eye makeup you'll wear every morning?" I don't have a method to this madness. Some days, I see a picture or video and try to recreate it. Some days, I just open my makeup cabinet and stare until something pops out. Some days, I just start with one shade I feel like wearing, and build from there. This is my face from some day last week. I decided to do a firey eye with my Burning Heart palette, and I knew I wanted a lot of yellow in the inner corner. This is what I came up with:



To start, I blended a bronzer through my crease. I packed Buttercupcake (yellow) on the inner third (top & bottom), then Love+ (red) on the outer half. I blended the two with Flamepoint (orange). I hadn't planned on using Poison Plum (purple), but I ended up blending it lightly in the outer v just to darken it a little, and also blended it along my lower lash line. I used my trusty Physicians Formula liner, and I never remember what mascara combo I use on any given day. On my lips, I used Natural by NYX with a nude gloss.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sugarpill: 15% Off!

Great news! Sugarpill is having a 15% off sale on October 20 & 21 only! The sale includes items from the Cold Chemistry and Burning Heart collections (some of my favorites!). Just enter the code: "DIEPRETTY" at checkout!


Image from Sugarpill's website



Happy shopping!

RiRi Hearts Mac Holiday 2013

Ok guys... RiRi Holiday is almost here! This is a bitter sweet moment for me. On one side, it will be the final RiRi Hearts Mac collection. On the other hand, my bank account will be eternally grateful when this is all over. I'm dying over the white packaging, but I'll be so sad when I smear foundation all over it! Here is what you can expect from the upcoming collection (with my must-haves highlighted):


LIPSTICKS

  • RiRi Woo - One of my favorite ever reds. I love it even more than Ruby Woo.
  • Pleasure Bomb - A matte fuchsia. 
  • Bad Girl - Matte taupey nude.
VELUXE PEARL FUSION EYESHADOWS
  • 2x Dare: White Silver, Deep Grey Blue, Mid-tone Beigey Grey, Deep Cement with Pearlized Pigments, Light Crystal Mave (all frost) 
  • Phresh Out:  Soft Champagne, Peachy Gold with Pearlized Pigments, Blackened Plum, Soft Pink with Pearlized Pigments, Mid-Tone Violet Mauve (all frost)
SUPERSLICK EYELINER
  • Pisces Persuasion - Shimmery White (frost)
  • Cockiness - Shimmery Rose Gold (frost)
BRONZING POWDER
  • Love, Rihanna - Soft golden brown with gold pearlized pigments.
NAIL POLISH
  • RiRi Woo
OTHER ITEMS
  • 217/239SE Double-ended brush
  • Makeup bag - quilted rose gold


The lipsticks! L-R: Pleasure Bomb, RiRi Woo, Bad Girl


Thursday, October 17, 2013

First Impression & Swatches: Melt Cosmetics

I've been dying to try Melt Cosmetics since co-founder Lora (loreleicakes on Instagram and Youtube) hinted at starting a makeup line in one of her comments. I've been following her since I first got into IG, and she is a phenomenal artist. Created in conjunction with her makeup artist friend (danabomar on Instagram), Melt is currently a line of lipsticks. I don't know if they plan to branch out to include other products.

At the initial release, I decided not to purchase anything. To be quite honest, their lipsticks are pretty pricey - $19 a pop. Plus shipping! So I passed on ordering. But, being addicted to Instragram as I am, I kept seeing all these gorgeous pictures and regretted not snagging any for myself.

Recently, the re-released the original shades along with some new ones. Because I didn't get most of what I wanted from the RiRi collection, I went ahead and treated myself to two lippies: By Starlight, and 6six6.

Top: 6six6
Bottom: By Starlight


The Pros:
  • Gorgeous colors.
  • Well pigmented.
  • Smell like a baby (not in the diaper rash cream way that Burt's Bees wipes do).
  • Cruelty-free.
  • Pretty good wear-time. I did have to reapply halfway through the day, but that was after breakfast and a few bottles of water.
The Cons:
  • Usually sold out.
  • Not a smooth application.
  • Pricey.





The Verdict:
I will probably make another purchase. I like supporting small brands. But since they are more expensive than most products I buy, it would have to be a very slow makeup month for me to let myself buy more. I do hope they remain readily available in the future - both shades I bought have been sold out since they were released. And I hope they reconsider their price point, or make shipping a little cheaper (like free). Right now, the only option is 2-day shipping. I wouldn't mind if they dropped it down to standard shipping at no charge.

I have heard a lot of people say that these are drying. I didn't have that experience. They're not hydrating, by any means. Keep in mind that these are ultra matte. They're not creamy at all. If you love creamy lipsticks, these may not be for you! If you have to have them and hate matte, you can always use gloss on top!

Monday, October 14, 2013

MAC Holiday Collection: Divine Night


I've already reached my makeup limit for the month. Lol. But if any of you are still looking for things to buy, one of Mac's holiday lines is now available on their website. Happy shopping!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

What's in my mail box?

I had a great mail day today! This is what I came home to:


The mask is part of one of my Halloween costumes this year...I have three total. The only thing I love more than makeup is Halloween. 

The Glam Glow mask and all the samples are from Sephora. I used my Viggle points again because that stuff is expeeeeensive!! They had me pick a shade in the Smashbox primer, but they sent tiny pods of several different shades. Kind of annoying. I also got my Bumble & Bumble shampoo/conditioner, which they were SUPPOSED to send me last time but didn't. And Benefit's poreless primer, which I've been dying to try. Also, I got a trial size of a Clinique spot treatment. I chose it instead of Buxom mascara because the last Clinique samples I tried worked pretty decently, and I still have my last trial-sized Buxom...which probably means they give it away often. 

Last but not least, my amazing friend found a RiRi Talk That Talk lippy for me. Needless to say, I'm overjoyed. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

FOTD (And a little announcement about Sugarpill!)

Here is my face from a few days ago. I'm an Instagram addict and was inspired by missrachellev.  This is my version of her look:


On my eyes, I used MAC Goldenrod, Daydreaming, and Rose pigment  Sugarpill Buttercupcake. 

For my lips, I used Limecrime Babette with MAC Heroine lip liner in the center. 


Her look is obviously more polished than mine. Next time, I would use less of the Goldenrod shadow. But I'm still pretty happy with the overall look. And this is why I love Instagram! It's definitely my main source of inspiration. I feel like it's easier for me to figure out looks with pictures than with video from YouTube. I know that's probably backwards, but it's the way my mind works! If you all are on Instagram, stop by and say hi (cellapaz) and check out missrachellev as well...she is a super talented artist!

By the way...for those of you who have asked me about Sugarpill...As you know, it's one of my favorite brands. And I'm happy to announce it's available now through my blog! Just click the link in my side bar ;) I'm so excited they've let me be a tiny part of their brand, and I hope you guys check them out soon!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

BH Cosmetics: The End of an Era

Ok guys...it makes me sad to write this, but I am officially pulling any previous support of this brand. I've had three of their palettes:

  • 88 Matte Palette
  • Party Girl Palette
  • 10-Color Blush Palette
At first, when I got each palette, I loved them. The colors had a lot of pigmentation, and they carry a wide range of shades. Plus, if you're on their mailing list, they continuously send you updates regarding sales. And their sales are ridiculously cheap. However, now that I've had them for a while, I noticed that the pigmentation is not where it used to be. I don't know what the heck happened, but it's like they were timed to lose pigmentation or something. I keep packing on the color, but it never pops like it used to, and they don't blend as well.

I think that maybe if you're doing a specific look and need a random color but don't want to pay a lot...they might be ok. But if you're looking for lasting quality...you're better off paying a little more for a better brand.

I'm really sad because I thought this was an amazing brand at first, but I feel like I got duped. I know there is a LOT of hype around BH Cosmetics. I hadn't heard anyone complain about dwindling color payoff before, but when I brought the issue up to my best friend & fellow makeup addict, she told me she had noticed the same thing.

So I'm not saying "never buy anything from BH Cosmetics," I'm just saying...Buyer beware!

Monday, October 7, 2013

FOTD




For the eyes, I used Sugarpill: Love+, Soot & Stars. Urban Decay: Black Dog  NYX: Black Bean jumbo eye pencil. 

For the lips, I used Lime Crime: Babette, Red Velvet. OCC lip tar: Black Metal Dahlia. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Empty: Burts Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes

I love watching videos/reading blogs about monthly empties. I've always wanted to do my own empties  post, but I just can't keep empties around. As it is...I don't like buying backups of things until I'm at the bitter end of a product. I don't like having extra things laying around. The only thing I have extras of are my Organix shampoos/conditioners, because I rotate them around. And my Beach Babe spray by Not Your Mother's, because it's hard to find around here and I don't want to run out of it. So if I don't even like FULL containers laying around...I can't even handle the idea of EMPTY ones. But I'm borderline jealous when I see videos of people with a bag full of empties. SO to solve my little dilemma, I decided to review my empties one at a time. Best of both worlds!

So for my first empty, we have the Burts Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes from my recent haul. There were only 10 towlettes in the pack, so I went though them pretty quick. I paid $4 at Walgreen's, and it also came with a full-sized lip balm. Those suckers are pricey, so when you factor the chap stick out of the price, the pack of wipes was about $1.50...not bad for 10 wipes.




The Pros:
  • Good for travel - I like carrying small packs with me when I'm on the go.
  • Inexpensive for a combo pack.
  • Nice texture. I've had some rough-feeling wipes in my time. These felt nice & smooth.

The Cons:
  • The smell. We all know I'm weird with smells. These smelled like a mix of lemon (yum), with diaper rash cream (eww). 
  • They don't get a TON of makeup off. For example...when I got home last night, I only was able to take my face makeup off. I was too tired to switch wipes for my eyes, so I had to remove that this morning. For someone who doesn't wear as much makeup as I do...these are probably fine.

The Verdict:
I'm not ruling out re-purchasing the combo pack. Although the smell is borderline gross, I do think they do a decent job at removing makeup. Plus, my husband and I are hooked on the lip balm. So having an extra one never hurts. I wouldn't buy a big pack of these, however. I didn't like them enough for a total commitment! But I would run in for a pack if we're going on vacation. I like that you can toss the box into your purse/suitcase...open it at your destination...and BAM! Two handy products. I get excited about things like that ;)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

NOTD

I picked a color on my way out of the salon last time, but I couldn't remember what it was. So I went with this instead:


I really wanted the chevron to be more chevronny, but it's hard to find a person that knows how to do it well. So this is what I got!

Friday, October 4, 2013

On Order: Melt Cosmetics

I wasn't going to purchase anything at first, because these lipsticks are rather pricey. But since I tragically missed out on most of what I was waiting to get from  the latest RiRi launch, I went ahead and got two lippies: 6six6 and By Starlight. Stay tuned for swatches and a review!


Images taken from Melt's Instagram

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

September Favorites


I had another great makeup month! Here are my favorites!

Beauty Blender: she's hiding in the back because she seriously needs a bath. 

Ben Nye Banana Powder: Believe the hype on this one!!

Physicians Formula Eye Booster: I can't praise this liner enough! Love, love, love!

NYX Lipgloss in African Queen: So pretty on it's own or over a variety of lip colors...nudes, pinks, purples...life changing! 

SOHO Brush: This was part of a set, I don't know what the brush itself is called or if it has a number...?! But I love it. Perfect for blending out the crease or applying a transition color. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Product Review: Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara

I finally gave in and purchased the Clump Crusher mascara. I'd seen it here & there, but to be honest...I have a lot of mascaras. So I was a little hesitant to add one more to the party. After seeing a few reviews and receiving several suggestions, I caved. It's a good addition to my little mascara family. So far, I quite like it. I don't usually wear mascaras alone, but here is a look at before/after using only Clump Crusher:

Top: Before
Bottom: After


The Pros
  • Inexpensive.
  • Does what it says: No clumps here!
  • Good consistency...not too dry, not too wet.

The Cons
  • Not particularly original. We've all seen this brush before!

The Verdict
I do like it, and would recommend it. It's good as a final step for when another mascara clumps your lashes a little. Would I repurchase? Not sure yet...while I do like it, I'll have to wait & see how it does when I've had it for a little longer. I stopped buying the orange Lash Blast because it dried out very quickly. So hopefully, I don't have the same issue with this little guy!

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