Just from the initial first look this Ipsy bag has been a home run for me. All of the products minus the hairspray are new brands and/or products for me so it will truly be a test and review for all of them. If you are interested you can join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month for just $10. Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/2o2y
Sterling Silver Chain with Elephant Pendant – Silver $19.99 From Target http://tgt.biz/Hx1exA
I love this little necklace and I enjoy wearing it. It is definitely a conversation starter, every time I wear it I get a compliment.
Essential Little Black Beauty Book – Eye Edition in Warm $6.00 From e.l.f http://bit.ly/16FVlrh
I love finding quality product at a great price. There are only a few products from e.l.f that I have been disappointed in and this is not one of them. With 48 colors in a variety of matte, satin and shimmer there are endless looks to be created. This was the only eye palette I brought with me when I was out of town for a week.
Maybelline SuperStay 14 Hour Lipstick in Keep Me Coral $6.94 from Walmart http://bit.ly/19CUJni
Ok bottom line does this lipstick give you color for 14 hours straight? No. But does that mean you shouldn’t try it? No. While it doesn’t live up to its claim of 14 hour wear it is still a long wearing color that doesn’t dry out your lips and has a great color pay off. I love the shade Keep Me Coral and I feel like it really complements my skin tone, so it is a keeper.
Batiste Dry Shampoo in Dark and Deep Brown $8.52 from Amazon http://amzn.to/Hx6122
FINALLY!!! A dry shampoo that doesn’t leave my hair with a white/gray cast and somehow also absorbs oil! If you have dark hair and are struggling to find a dry shampoo that doesn’t make you look like you are three months past your root touch up then give this one a try. And bonus, it doesn’t stink!
Bare Face Cleansing Oil $28.00 from Julep http://bit.ly/187rllh
You have oily skin why would you use oil to clean your face? Good question, I don’t know why it works but it does. While the price point on this is pretty steep ( I received mine in a julep maven box) this is by far the best cleansing oil that I have ever tried that doesn’t leave my skin with a slick feeling after being washed off.
Dark Orchid Raspberry Bubble Delight Bubble Bath $8.00 from Avon http://bit.ly/1ekBrGX
I love Avon’s Bubble Bath formula. It is seriously the best I have ever used. This bubble bath is scented with notes of rare orchids, intoxicating black raspberries and warm blonde wood which essentially smells like heaven!
Have you ever heard about a product that everyone seems to be using and finally one day you pick it up and literately kick yourself for not trying it sooner? Well I didn’t kick myself but I did ask myself what took me so long… It seems that quite a few of the YouTube channels I watch have been using this foundation and recently it was on sale and I had a coupon, so I thought what the hay, I will give it a try. Oh my word, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
I have stayed away from Covergirl products in the past for two reasons. 1. When I was first starting out with makeup, Covergirl was the cheapest, so that’s what I bought and it holds a lot of bad makeup decision memories for me…. 2. Covergirl has made me breakout in the past, so I pretty much just swore off the whole line, which I now realize was stupid!
This foundation has great coverage and has done an awesome job of keeping my oily skin somewhat matte throughout the day. I will say, for me personally, I still use a primer and a concealer. But I have bad skin, if you have clear skin, you may be able to skip these products and only use the foundation as advertised.
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation (my shade is Classic Ivory)— Full Price $9.49 at Target and Walmart
Today I bring you a review of Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara. I received a sample somewhere, I don’t remember but I was cleaning out my makeup and found it and thought I would give it a try and let you know what I thought.
First things first lets see what my eyelashes look like without anything on them…
Yeah pretty hum drum… Now lets see the beginning of the lash transformation, It should be pretty obvious that my left eye is the one with mascara.
and the finished look, Picture on the left is my lashes with no mascara and the one on the right is two coats of the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara.
So what is the verdict? The Verdict is Blah, yes I said Blah. This is an OK mascara, I didn’t feel that it delivered any results that I haven’t had with a drugstore mascara and in fact there are several drugstore mascaras I like better then this one. Also a lot of product gloops up on the end of the brush. It is definitely not worth the $19.50 that this retails for.
I am always on the hunt for the ultimate mascara. I really don’t think it is too much to ask that my mascara, volumize, define, lengthen and overall just be awesome. But apparently it is because I have yet to find said mascara. But on my holy grail journey I have come across a few winners and I am going to share one with you today. Victoria Secret Volume Plump Mascara is just what it’s name says it is volume! This is not a waterproof formula and I have noticed on particularly humid days when I am outside that this mascara can sometimes transfer to my eyelids. But over all it is a good formula and the picture below is my lashes with two coats.
If you follow my blog at all you all know by now I have super oily acne prone skin. And I am always on the hunt to find something, anything to keep my oil silo of a face matte. Well low and behold I believe I have found the answer and it cots less then $4.00 !!!! Can I get a “Woot Woot” ?! Yes I am smiling from ear to ear as I type this and if you ask any of my friends, they will tell you I cannot stop talking about this powder, it is a game changer for oily skin faces!!! What is this miracle product you ask? It is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. I really don’t have much else to say besides it keeps my oil at bay and I have wasted so much time and money on other products that cost five times what I pay for this and they weren’t worth crap.
I bought mine in Translucent but they do have colors if that is more up your ally. If you have oily skin or just a troubled T-Zone give this power a go and really for less then $4.00 what do you have to lose? Really nothing because you will be shine and oil free!!
I have been a fan of Caroline G. Jewelry for quite a while. If my memory is correct I believe I was first introduced to Caroline G by Kate from The Small Things Blog (if you don’t subscribe to her blog and youtube channel stop reading this and do it right now! ) A few months ago I was the winner of a $50 giveaway and I wanted to share with you what I chose! One of the necklaces I chose was the 5 rosette statement necklace.
And you my dear readers are in for a treat! Caroline G is doing a special deal where you can get this necklace valued at $29.99 for only $12.99!!! Just check out the Facebook page and claim the offer to get yours. The offer is good until October 10th 2013 so you had better jump on it quickly. Trust me you will not be disappointed, I have ordered numerous pieces from this shop and have never been disappointed and I am sure you won’t be either!
Check out my video to see the other necklace that I received!
Eleventh Gorgeous turned me on to the Covergirl Smoochies and I have to say so far I am liking the one I have picked up. After surveying the aisle at Walmart for a good ten minutes, I decided on #Tweet Me which is a red tone. I have never in my life wore a red lip because I think I look ridiculous ( like a kid who raided her moms make up drawer ridiculous). I decided that this sheer balm would be my foray into “trying” a red lip. This really looks a little more coral on me then red but anywho, I like it! The formula is a bit waxy for my taste but it isn’t horrible.