Enough ramble and onto the products!
|Buxom Whipped Lip Cream in Centerfold. A great nude for WOC|
|Buxom Whipped Lip Cream in Centerfold. A great nude for WOC|
|Left: Old packaging Right: New packaging|
Hello and welcome! So,you know how sometimes you think you've found the greatest thing ever for whatever it is that you need that thing for, and then you find a new thing that you wouldn't think could be any better than the thing you already have, but it is? (Don't get lost yet, I'm not done). So yeah, this moisturizer right here is THAT thing.
Valentia sent me this moisturizer for review, and no I'm not just saying this because they sent it to me, but this is like a face mask in moisturizer form.
Within about two weeks of use, not only did I notice my skin become brighter, but it became smoother, and tighter and also I noticed a DRAMATIC difference in my pore size. I'm not sure if my skin became smoother because my pores shrank, but that doesn't matter. My face looked like a whipped souffle made of golden speckles and shimmer. Not glitter, but shimmer. My face had this glow to it that wasn't imaginary. It was really me guys, I SWEAR.
The packaging is pretty simple, and efficient. It comes with a squirt pump that releases, albeit, a tiny amount of moisturizer. That tiny bit is really all you need. Of course if you need more, please indulge. I can see this bottle lasting me a really long time and therefore keeping me a happy camper.
I like to take my time with skin care reviews because, welp, it takes time to see results, or if you're unlucky, reactions. The product doesn't irritate, it has no smell, comes in sleek and simple packaging, and most importantly, it delivers.
You can find more information about the ingredients and make purchases via these links:
I received this VoxBox from Influenster as a sample to try for CoverGirl's Queen Collection.
The box includes
- False Lash Drama in Very Black
- Stay Luscious Lipstick in Monarch
-Natural Hue Liquid Makeup in Classic Bronze
The mascara is definitely a great mascara speaking from a drugstore point of view. It lengthens, separates, and creates volume for the lashes. It does however flake off, at last it did for me. It wasn't bad, as there are many mascaras that flake like crazy and leave me looking like a raccoon at the end of the day. This doesn't do that, but yes, I did notice a few flakes on my cheek.
I didn't think I would like the lipstick. The color....it...it...reminds me of grandma. So I gave it a go, and it's actually not as disturbing a color as I thought it'd be. The color glides on smoothly. It has a subtle sweet scent, and the pigmentation is awesome.
The foundation is not a bad foundation at all, but it offers BARELY any coverage. It's more of a tinted moisturizer. It definitely does give the skin a beautiful finish though. If you're looking to cover imperfections, you're going to have to load up on concealer. But if your skin is prefect, this is a must have quick-me-up for when you're on the go.
This Natasha Denona craze has to stop! No fr, seriously. Please. Stop. Of course nosey old me had to see what the hype was about with her shadows. And of course I wasn't going to pay $240 for the purple or green and brown palette either. Pffftuhhh. So I opted for the more affordable 5 pan palette she has to offer. They retail for $48. Not going to lie, when the package came in the mail, this palette is what I was most excited about! Actually,I think I was just happy because of that purple and that glittery shade. Really. No lie. The packaging is cheap, just like every blogger has already stated. Nothing new. Cheap packaging. Blah. The shadows ARE INDEED BEAUTIFUL THOUGH. Now, I kind of was expecting angels and Jesus to pop out of the palette upon opening, but that didn't happen. All of the shadows are buttery smooth and uber pigmented. That glittery shade, is basically a cream to powder type of feel. Upon application, you can definitely feel the heavy specks of glitter fall to your cheeks, so I'd definitely prepare for the fallout when using that shade. Other than that, I really have nothing else to say that others haven't said already. Over hyped? Yes. Over priced? Yes. Great product? Yes. The best of the best? No. There are tons of shadows that possess the same quality for less. That's just my opinion. But as long as I'm glittery, I'm happy. *insert cheesy smile here*
I got bored and lazy. Every once in a while,I like to not do my hair. I just wanna throw on a wig, and call it a day. So that's what I did! I'm not used to all over blonde hair. I'll have a few pieces here and there but I wanted to try something new. So far, my daughter hates it, but I love it! Plus I don't have to do by hair! XOXOXO
As you can tell, I'm still buying foundations, that I most likely don't need, but you can NEVER have too many choices in life! In my dabbling, I've fallen upon this underrated gem.
The Becca UCCC is labeled to have 21% pure pigment and 22% water. What I love about this foundation is that it's not super thick. It's an extremely flexible foundation that moves with your skin. For a while before setting, your skin has a tacky feel to it. Not an annoying tacky feeling, but it's perfect for the rest of your makeup look and routine as your highlighters and blushes adhere better to your skin, which in turn causes you to use less product. There is one caveat with me though. The pump. I can't stand the pump. It's always"skipping" and never, or rarely dispenses a full pump of product. So I'm constantly pumping trying to get the right amount but it never works. I don't understand how the pump works actually. I unscrewed the top to see if there was something I could clean or do,etc. But the pump doesn't have that actual tube that pulls the product in. Pardon, because,I truthfully don't know what the scientific name of these mechanisms are called. :-P. It just contains the top, and no tube, :/. I checked all the Becca foundation pumps, and they're all like that. I really don't get how it's supposed to work, or why it's like that. But uhhhh, I don't like it! Fix it Jesus!
Another thing I've noticed is that if you do use too much product, and not a good primer underneath your makeup, it will begin to "separate" on your skin. To avoid this, which I do with most of my full coverage foundations anyway, I mix it with a moisturizer, or an illuminator. I mix it with SOMETHING, so I'm not stuck with that cakey look. It's really easy to like cakey with full coverage foundations, and I know myself and my beauty blender very well, but I like to stay on the safe side sometimes.
Overall,I give this thing a B+. If it didn't separate without needing some thinning out ,and the pump actually pumped all the time, it would've been an A+. But the way my pump is set up.......
Foundation retails for $44
Now on to this Amore Pacific!
A while back I received a deluxe sample from sephora by AMORE PACIFIC. It came with their treatment cleansing foam, treatment enzyme peel, and treatment cleansing oil. The products are for normal to oily and acne prone skin. Botanical extracts add simulation and energy to the skin, coupled with vitamin e spheres, the foam detoxifies and protects. At first, I hated the cleanser, and I saw absolutely nothing the product did for my skin. The cleanser burned my eyes, and the product wasn't even near or in my eyes! I continued to use it because it didn't make me break out me out....in fact, I noticed that my skin got clearer, smoother, and pores smaller after using the whole cleansing system after time. Now, these products are not cheap! But they just had my skin looking so right, that I had to purchase the full size! If you have problematic skin, large pores, and occasional breakouts. This is for you. The foam cleanser retails for $50, the enzyme peel is $60, and the treatment oil is $50. Hefty price tag for beautiful skin, but a little goes a very long way with these products. At first you may do the eye roll, but give it a week or two, you will not be disappointed.
|Urban Decay Shadow Box ON SALE FOR $18!|
|NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Tahoe|
Hola again! Just wanted to post some swatches for you. I've done some lip swatches on the lip creams in previous posts, so I'll just move onto the mixers.
I bought luminous and warmth. My main problems in finding a foundation is it being to ashy, as I'm a bit yellow in undertone. Warmth should work extremely well for me during the summer as my tan turns golden red.
The consistency of them is fairly thick, but not so thick that it would need dilution. They're also pigmented, so a little goes a long way.
I haven't noticed them changing the finish of the foundation. But that could vary from foundation to foundation dependent on the foundation base.
I'd say get these, as they're affordable and in my book a necessity for foundation wearers. Very rarely does one find a foundation to match perfectly. These little things help you to achieve that prefect tone you need.
|Wearing the sample quad above|
|Wearing a combination of colors from the revealed 3 palette|
Hey gwerrrl! Haha! I have a haulage for you! *points finger at you*
So I had been eyeing a few things at Sephora for a while and well, of course the end result is that I ended up buying them. Duh.
So here's a list of what I bought
Boscia charcoal pore pudding: I have an affinity with anything charcoal. Charcoal masks, charcoal cleansers. All of it. So when this came on the market, I had to have it. I wanted to compare it to my Origins charcoal mask, but this is different. My origins charcoal mask creates a tingly feeling, while this doesn't. That doesn't take away from the fact that this a great product. It left my skin smooth, my pores less visible, and my skin was definitely less oily. The next day I was searching for the oil on my face with a blotting tissue, but to no avail, I couldn't find any. A little goes a long way with this stuff.
Black Up full coverage cream foundation in HC05: I was given a sample of this at Sephora. I didn't even ask for it, but boy am I glad she gave it because I'm hooked! The coverage is immaculate. I love full coverage foundations because I'm able to "dumb it down". I can use it full force, I can mix some moisturizer or luminizer and make it medium coverage, or I can put even more moisturizer to make it a tinted moisturizer. Full coverage foundations are ALWAYS a 3 in 1 to me.It creates a smooth even canvas. Doesn't set too quickly, doesn't settle into dry areas. It covers imperfections, and is buildable, although full coverage, without looking cakey. I used this with my beauty blender and it gave a flawless finish. (Picture with the munchkin below)
Cinema Secrets makeup brush cleaner pro starter kit: I'm no longer going to use another brush cleaner again! Quick, easy, fast drying! Plus, it leaves your brushes smelling like vanilla once fully dried (which is really like,3 seconds)
Free deluxe sample set by Bobbi Brown: haven't used the kit yet, but free is always good :)
Clinique take the day off cleansing balm: This is seriously having me change my mind to making the switch to cleansing balms. It removed all of my makeup without a hassle in a snap. No raccoon eyes, nuffin.
I also purchased some NYX Face and body glitter, as well as some Andrea lashes. I did a look with the glitter and it just made my heart flutter, but sadly I forgot to take pictures. I'm horrible at that, ha!
XoXo thanks for stopping by!
I've been on a roll with these hauls. I need to stop! But, I kinda don't want to. Hmmm. Any who! I ordered some stuff from ELF and although I'm missing two items ( because they messed up my order :/ ) the products are great quality for what you pay for.
So far I'm really loving the bronzer palette ( each color is interchangeable), I looooove the face massager (ahhhh) , and I'm super excited to try out the cleaning gel (I'm obsessed with oil/gel cleansers).
Now those HD blushes, OMG, can we say pig-men-teeeeddddd honey. Yassss. I don't know what the wear time would be for these, but the lawd Jeheesus is my savior, these things are pigmented. I'd imagine a long wear. Seems like a great dupe for the the MUFE HD blushes.
Some of the items were free with a $25 purchase, such as the translucent powder, the lip balm, retractable brush, cream pot eyeshadow, and liner (which is surprisingly pigmented and smooth)
I'm gonna go play with my goodies now!
The colors used are white dotted below. The color I used for the center of my lid (bottom left corner) was UBER pigmented like, whoa. I wish all of them were like that, ha ha!
I did add a little NYX glitter liner to the center of my lid for some "pop".
But yeah, overall I enjoyed this look.
Top left: 1st transition color
Top right: second transition color/blending shade
Bottom right: inner and outer corner
Bottom left: center lid
I also added a tiny bit of black to the inner and outer corner as well to intensify the look.
Don't mind my hair. It's done, the camera just wanted to play games that day. :p
As I already own KVD's everlasting liquid lipstick in echo, I wanted to give this a try to see if it would be a cheaper alternative. I won't go into detail about texture because it's the same moosey texture all the lip creams have.
I will say that it took a couple of layers to achieve this lip. And as it wears off,I don't know if it's the pigment in my lips but the color changes, and I honestly can't describe it. It's not horrible to retouch but KVD echo doesn't do that, it just...wears off lol and leaves that nasty ring around your lips, but whatever lol.
I'll get around to comparing swatches of the two. Until then, I hope you enjoy this look!
Per the norm, I usually attend the Bronner Brothers show at least once a year every year. Every other year I stock up on the flat irons and blow dryers, because of course,I can't live without them. I always have a set for me and then another set for my clients, plus a backup. Always.
I noticed Morphe brushes and Crown Brush making a presence in the last two years. So, of course I stopped at their booths. I purchased the 35w palette, and the contour palette. On their website, each palette retails for about 20 bucks (on sale). At the hair show each palette was $15, plus I also purchased (not pictured) a contour crease brush and a fluffy powder brush that I'll most likely use to blend my powder contours into the hollows of my cheeks.
I've kinda stemmed away from Mizani True Textures, and went full force with DēvaCurl (totes loooovvves). Now I'm a Dēva girl. But this deal at the booth was too great to pass up ($45). The fact that they've reformulated the formula coupled with the deal price is what lead to my purchase. I felt the original formula left me with occasional flakes, and since my hair is fine,I felt the product left my hair weighed down. I'm willing to give them another shot. But if I don't like it,I won't be repurchasing. The set does come with shampoo, 3 conditioners, and 4 styling products.
That's really all! I did end up using the morphe palette today, and so far so good. I wouldn't say it's the best palette, but what you get for the money is a steal. The shadows were inconsistent as some were AMAZING, and some were, blah. But nonetheless, you can't go wrong.
Did anybody go to the BB Show? Anyone planning on going?