Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Buy/Bye: Bare Minerals Prime Time Neutralizing Primer

There comes a time in ever serial online-shopper's life when they realize...I have a crapload of samples! Are any of these things any good?! I recently had that ah-ha moment. And since I've decided to stop doing Bought It/Forgot It for now...I figured now was the perfect time to start trying all those samples! I set a few things on my counter last week, but I've been passing them over every day. So to force myself to use it all...I'm blogging about it! Do me a favor...if you don't see another one of these posts soon, nag me about it! Thanks ;)

The first product I decided to try is the Bare Minerals Prime Time Neutralizing Primer. I've tried their regular primer before, and I honestly thought that's what I was trying again. So imagine my surprise when this yellow goo came out of the package:



Now that I've tried it...do I run out and buy it, or wave good-bye?

I've tried it out twice now. The first day, I used my Origins charcoal mask in the morning. Today, I used my Clarisonic Mia 2. I'm only mentioning that because when I do a mask or use my Clarisonic in the morning, my makeup tends to last longer. So I wanted to give this stuff the fairest chance.

The Verdict:
It's gonna have to be bye-bye-bye to this one! The texture is very different from the regular Prime Time primer. It's very lotion-like. It feels nice when applied. However, at the end of the day, my face looks much more shiny than usual. And it does nothing as far as neutralizing goes. I almost didn't even use it today because I was so unhappy with it the first time. But like I said...I wanted to give it a fair shot.  I've yet to find a primer I think is amazing, so maybe I'm not the best judge. BUT...I usually don't find that my makeup looks worse with a primer. I just generally think they haven't made a difference. Sadly, this one is the exception!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Guest Post - Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Electric Palette

I'm beyond excited to bring you guys this guest post! My good friend Angie is a talented makeup artist and all-around amazing person. Ever since she abandoned me to go live across the country, there has been a little hole in my heart. Thankfully, we manage to find time in between time zones to keep in touch. I asked her to review Urban Decay's Electric Palette for a few reasons...

  • I don't plan to buy it, but I was curious and wanted to share.
  • She has created several stunning looks which you can see on her Instagram (@beautynthegym)
  • I totally trust her judgement. Even though I'm not a UD fan, she wouldn't steer anyone in the wrong direction. She doesn't just jump on bandwagons...she is completely honest. 
  • And I secretly want her to see how fun writing is, and trick her into blogging.

Hopefully, she will have her own blog and YouTube channel soon...I will keep y'all posted! I know you guys want to see the Electric Palette, so I'll stop rambling! On to the review:



Hello Lovelies!!

So I'm here to tell you all how AMAZING the new Urban Decay Electric pressed pigment palette is. I mean, just in case you didn't know already. I instantly fell in love with this palette when I saw photos of it. So when I saw it in person and actually got to swatch it, it was an instant, "I have to have this!" And I purchased it the day it released.

Now, I am a total sucker for bright colored shadows. You name it, I'll wear it. Which is one of the main reasons this palette appealed to me. However, not everyone is like me and wants a pretty rainbow on their eyelid when they walk out the door. I constantly get the, "Omg, those are way too bright for me!" And while all the colors put together may be a bit much for the average person, I always say this, "What about the time you'll need an amazing silver eyeshadow for a smoky eye? Or a nice pink blush?" I try to tell my friends and people who are skeptical on this palette and it's brightness to not see every color together, but more so individually. But hey, if you love all the brightness as much as I do, you are my kind of person! And if you're not, that's ok too. You can still get some use out of it. :)

The color pay-off in this palette is AHMAZING!! I swatches all the colors below with and without primer, and as you can see, the difference is pretty minimal and the color goes on awesome with and without primer.

Don't forget that these are not just "eyeshadows," they are pressed pigments. What does that mean, exactly? That you can use all of these colors however you please! Savage & Jilted make for some beautiful blushes, if you have a fair skin tone, you may even be able to use Urban (mixed with some Jilted) as a blush as well. I've seen it on, and it's absolutely gorgeous! They can be mixed in with lipgloss as well! Dispense some lipgloss on the back of your hand, grab some color from the palette (my favorite is Jilted & Savage mixed together), mix it with your finger in the gloss and apply. The possibilities are endless! Apply it to your hair for some colorful streaks, mix it with nail polish, body art...and do I have to say Halloween?? It's never too early to start getting ideas now!

I could go on for days about the many uses of this palette, seriously. But I think you get the point. It's amazing, go pick it up, it's life changing. Really, it is. On a side note, there are a couple colors that aren't approved to be worn on the eye area. Those colors are Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban. I have used all of these colors on my eyes and I can still see straight. So while I am ok, use at your own discretion. My lids were a little stained when I took off my makeup, but that only lasted one night, so it didn't bother me at all.

Thank you so much for reading about my obsession with this palette! And thank you so much to Cella for letting me write in her space!! <3










Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag (With Video): May 2014

I'm down to one subscription box/bag, and Ipsy is it! I'm happy to report I finally cut ties with Julep, after they gave me the short end of the stick and charged me to use my points like jerks. And sent me two polishes that were almost identical to each other. And sneakily announcing a "new upgraded box option," which also includes a price increase to the standard box...in case y'all didn't read the fine print! This month's Ipsy didn't WOW me, but I'm not totally upset with it, either. Ipsy will live to see another month. Annnnd...here's what I got!

The bag is cute. I'm not a big fan of nature, but I like that it's a nice
washable canvas. It will make it perfect to use as a travel brush bag.

The contents: Not a very makeup-heavy month, but I can deal!
  • Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub: I usually would be all over something like this, but since I've been using my Clarisonic Mia 2, I've not used any other exfoliating product on my face. I just find that to be overkill. I might keep this around for future use, or tie it to someone that will use it. I'm not upset with the product, it's just not something I'd use at the moment. Not a total failure on their part.
  • Hang Ten Sun Block: Sorry for the grainy photo! I took this the same way and in the same lighting as always. I don't know why these came out so horrible. Anyway...I will definitely use this. As a desert-dweller, I will never say no to sun screen!
  • Pur-lisse Moisturizer: I'm a little sad they sent me a moisturizer for normal-dry skin. I'm oily, and I know that was part of the Ipsy survey. That being said...I'll probably still give this a try. I'm almost out of my Dermalogica moisturizer, my Lush Enzymion is long gone, and I'm on a no-buy. So it's Pure-lisse by default! We'll see how it goes.
  • Hey Honey Peel-Off Mask: I'm torn on this one. You guys might know, that a peel-off mask is on my skin care bucket list. However, this is an exfoliating treatment as well. Which I'm staying away from right now. I might have to swap out a Clarisonic day for a mask day. I'll try to figure that part out later.
  • Pacifica Eye Shadow Duo: This isn't something I would've chosen for myself, but I'll likely use it. I haven't tried Pacifica makeup before. The one product I've been sent (also through Ipsy) from the brand was a perfume roller that smelled like a funeral home. So it didn't make me really want to try the brand, but this doesn't stink. SO...I'll give it a shot.
And that's my bag for May! As always, feel free to link your posts about this month's bag down below. I already know Tanya from Leopard Lace and Cheesecake got a hair mask, which I'm super envious of! :)


Friday, May 23, 2014

NOTD

I love my current nails! I went on a girl's trip to San Francisco last weekend, and I wanted something neutral but springy. I decided on this:


It's another Pinterest-inspired creation, like most of my manis are. My nail lady always looks at me sideways when I show her my phone...the inspiration photo was much more involved than what I went with...so I had to give her a quick disclaimer before even showing her my phone this time! Overall, I really love how it turned out. I do use gel polish, so I don't know the colors. But I know Essie has a similar coral...because it's on my toes. ;)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review & Swatches (With Video): NYX Cosmetics Macaron Lipsticks

Hello lovelies! I'm so excited to bring you this review! I ordered these lipsticks from nyxcosmetics.com, after trying and failing to find them at Ulta. I hear a lot of Ulta stores still don't have these in stock. My particular Ulta had never even heard of them and the girl told me to look for them in the aisle. Umm...no. They will be front and center on an end cap when and if you do get them. AND, they are not "the neutral ones," as she referred to them. But I digress. I'd seen several of these floating around Instagram over the past month or so, and the one that immediately caught my eye was Black Sesame. Now...these colors are not for everyone. Most of them are quite out-there. Some are more wearable than others. But I don't have anything like any of these lipsticks, and being that they're pretty inexpensive, I decided to get them from NYX versus other companies which would be three or more times the cost. Plus, with the coupon code: WELCOME25, I got 25% off. Not too shabby! The only one I didn't pick up was the white one. Duh. I started to get just Black Sesame and Chambord. And then...this is what happened in my head:

"And I really love the orange on everyone I've seen it on. Then I  loved the pink. And the lavender was like nothing I have. Then I may as well get the darker purple. Then, I don't have mint! I'll get that. And the green is pretty. Well...If I'm getting the green, I might as well get the blue. Which blue? I don't know...I'll get both. I don't have a yellow. I don't really want it. But what if I need it again? Remember what happened with that J-Lo makeup look when everyone was doing yellow lips and I was the only one who didn't have a good yellow lipstick or anything I could use to make yellow lips?! What if that happens again? OMG I NEED THE YELLOW!"

And then I went on a no-buy.

Side note: I ordered them on a Saturday, and by the end of the day on Wednesday (by which I mean 11:20 at night), I still hadn't gotten a shipping notification. So I sent t hem an inquiry. The next day, I received a snippy email stating that my things had been sent out and that I needed to allow up to three full business days for orders to be shipped. Let's see:

1. Monday.
2. Tuesday.
3. Wednesday.

Yup...that's three full days. So unless they were sent out after 11:20 p.m., I did wait three full business days. I didn't say anything,   but I think they realized their mistake because even though my shipping notice said they would be here the following Thursday, they were expedited and arrived on Monday. So hooray for that.

ANYWAY...here are the swatches:


Top:  Key Lime, Blue Velvet, Earl Grey, Citron, Orange Blossom
Bottom:  Pistachio, Violet, Lavender, Rose, Black Sesame, Chambord

The Pros:
  • Good range of colors. Even if you don't like the more "out there" shades, there is something for everyone.
  • Most of them have good pigmentation.
  • Affordable: For the price, you can afford to experiment.
The Cons:
  • Not sure what went on with rolling these into stores. It seems like for as hyped and marketed as they were, they would've prepared for people actually wanting to go purchase them...?
  • Some of them are very hard to work with, and apply very patchy.
  • Rose, in particular, looks nothing on the lips the way it does in the tube. Major disappointment!
The Verdict:
I know these colors aren't the normal, daily wearable, safe for work kind of colors. But for those of you (like me) who have seen pictures of people wearing similar colors but don't want to spend upwards of $15 a tube...these are a good alternative. If you're going to buy them, definitely use the coupon code! Either that...or wait until they finally roll in to a store near you. I know Ulta puts NYX on sale like every other day, so you're bound to get a good deal if you stalk your local store. Don't forget to watch the video, because I include a couple of tips in there for the colors that were too light for me on how to make them wearable.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Bought It/Forgot It

Hey everyone! I wanted to bring you what will probably be my last post of this series for a while. Shocker, I know, because it's one of my favorite things to do. I've so inspired myself to remember my old makeup, that I keep pulling random things out to use during the month and I really don't have anything around right now that has fallen by the wayside! So I guess this series served it's purpose...a little TOO well! ;) Can't complain about that! So here is what I was using last month:


Nars: Cheek Duo in Sin/Casino. This remains one of my favorite things ever to use on my cheeks. I've used it quite a bit. It was a little harder to work into the rotation, because the blush especially is not very Spring-y. But I did manage to use it, and my love for it lives on.

Glamour Doll Eyes: Random collection of sample shadows. I love these! I did use a lot of them over the past month. I'm glad I pulled these out of hiding, because it made me realize how much I really do like them. They go on really nicely. They're not the most pigmented on their own, but when applied with Fix+, they look stunning. I will definitely continue to use these in the future!! Both photos below feature the cheek duo and shadows from GDE. Sorry for the quality of the second pic! Sometimes my camera likes me...sometimes it doesn't!!





Saturday, May 10, 2014

Julep Maven Box (With Video): May 2014

I took an unintentional break from blogging and YouTubing this week. Sorry for being so flaky! I've realized that I don't have enough time to film, edit, and publish two videos a week. And in my attempt to do ONE video this week, my blog suffered. So I'm scaling down on my videos to once a week, and continuing my blog as usual. Alllllright, so let's get on with it!

So...I think you guys know how I feel about the Maven Box by now. It's ok...not great...and in the end, I get new nail polishes. I decided ahead of time that this would be my last box, so I decided to cash in my "Jules" (points) for extra goodies. However, I didn't realize that when you use your points for extra products, you ALSO have to pay extra. Well played, Julep...well played. Instead of $19.99 like usual, I paid $25 for this box. So I'm pretty annoyed. Another thing I find extremely annoying, is that you have to cancel by phone. I think they just try to make it extra difficult so that you don't cancel in time and your'e stuck with another box. Because people like me work all week and don't have time to be on the phone canceling boxfuls of nail polish and swapmeet candy! But I digress...Now that my rant is over, let's get to the goodies, shall we?!




This month's box was supposed to be the "It Girl" collection, but I switched it out for the Boho Glam box. I usually end up liking the Boho Glam box every month, even though my personal style is pretty much the opposite of Boho. I actually hate the Boho trend...but apparently, my toes like to be Boho!!




The polishes included in this box were Paulette (lavender with gold iridescent...ness) and Jeanne (light blue). Also included in the box was the Plie wand....which is basically a long pointy handle that you attach to the polish brush. Why?! To give you better control, supposedly. I was also led to believe it came with a dotter attachment, but I guess you're supposed to buy that separately. The dotter tool was the selling point, and I would've switched the wand out for another polish if I knew the dotter wasn't part of the package. And I was SO EXCITED this month, because the bonus item was NOT a piece of leftover Easter candy! It was actually.....ANOTHER POLISH!!! The only bummer is that the bonus polish is almost the EXACT same color as Jeanne. Bess is a tad bit more green, but it's extremely similar. So I wish it was a different shade, but it's hard to complain about having more polish. 

The items I used my points (and money) for, were extra Plie wand attachments (seemed like a good idea at the time), and a polish called Laree (hot coral with gold iridescent...ness). As I've mentioned before, the gold iridescent in Julep polishes doesn't seem to show up. But the base colors are still pretty, so I use them anyway. I do wish the gold would pop through a little more, though! The extra brush for the wand is supposed to be a precision brush, but it really looks to be the same size as any other brush. So I'm not sure if it really has a purpose. 

All in all, I'm pretty happy with this box. I got four new polishes and a stick. I'm still canceling my subscription. I just can't justify spending $20 per month for polish...especially since I get gel manicures and I only polish my toes. Also...Julep just changed their subscription options, and they're going to be charging more for the standard box, and even more for the upgraded box. So....doesn't make sense. I feel like I seem very angry in this post, but I'm not! Lol. I do love the Julep polishes. They're some of the better quality polishes I've tried. I just think that for me, personally, the box was something I shouldn't even have signed up for. But they reeled me in! I'm a sucker.


Friday, May 2, 2014

NOTD

Leave it to me to get my most Easteriffic nails ever....just days after Easter. I didn't really know what I wanted when I went to get my nails done. So while I was waiting my turn, I hit up Pinterest for ideas. This is what Pinterest gave me:



Cute, right? Pinterest had chevron instead of the polka-dots. As it turns out, my lady sucks at chevron. She tried a couple of times, but it was a lost cause. Finally, I just asked for spots. She happily obliged. And I like the end result! The glitter has a green tint to it, so it goes perfectly with the polish. Overall, I'm pretty pleased. Despite the chevron debacle. 

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