Jouer Long-Wear Creme Mousse Eyeshadow

Birchbox has a newer program where you are can choose to have an add on to our box!  One of the options and what I chose is the Jouer Long Wear Crème Mousse Eyeshadow in Moonlight

Birchbox says:: With an Array of Rainbow-hued sparkles, this shimmery nude shadow really does resemble moonlight.  The mousse-like formula has the lightweight feel of a powde, paired with the natural finish of a cream.  Apply it in the morning and it’ll keep your eyes looking bright ‘til the stars come out.

August 2014 Ipsy Bag

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Its Finally Here!!! I feel like Ipsy comes later every month, but maybe I’m crazy… No I’m not because I used to get this before my Birchbox and this came almost 2 weeks after my Birchbox… Anywho lets see what this pink package of amazingness holds for me!

 

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The bag is cute as this months theme is “Beauty Schooled” and its a pencil bag!  I like the design with the orange polka dots but it does have that strong weird plastic smell….

First up we have….

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Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More, I’ve heard great things about this so I’m interested to try it.

Ipsy Says:: A cult favorite, Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer is Dr. Brandt’s quick fix for flawless, photo-ready skin. It is the miracle base to create the perfect skin canvas for long-lasting makeup and well-preserved skin. This velvety formula absorbs excess oil, minimizes pores, blurs fine lines and is resistant to sweat and humidity. Prime, touch-up and treat while perfecting your makeup.

Key Benefits:
    – Minimizes the appearance of pores by diffusing light
    – Blurs imperfections & lines
    – Erases shine & mattifies skin
    – Absorbs oil, reduces shine and helps regulate sebum production
    – Antibacterial action for a healthy skin
    – Acts as a shield to prevent make-up from clogging pores

Lara Says:: The texture of this reminds me of Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skim Smoothing Face Primer which I like.  But this has a definite strange smell, like an earthy, grass like smell… I don’t know it just smells funny, but I didn’t notice it too much after I rubbed in into my hand.

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Ipsy Says:: Treat your lips with this ultra-moisturizing lip balm from Absolute New York. This lightly tinted, creamy, conditioning formula softens, smooths, and protects lips for a seriously kissable pout. Discover this must-have balm for sensationally soft and luscious lips!

Lara Says:: :I cannot tell you how disappointed I am that this is not Green!  How can you have a lip balm in the flavor Green Apple and it not be Green!!  In other news, this seems like a good formula and I’m almost out of my Rose Salve that I keep at my desk at work so this shall be the new desk lip balm.

 

Somehow this didn’t make it in the group picture… Hmm kinda like school yearbook pictures!

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 Ipsy Says:: Bigger. Blacker. Badder. Urban Decay’s ultra-creamy, lengthening and volumizing mascara features triple-black pigments and a deeply nourishing ingredient blend. Perversion Mascara gets you sexy in one stroke, yet it won’t quit until you say when.

Lara Says:: I’ve heard a lot about this product because it was WAY hyped up.  From what I’ve heard from people who have tried it, its a good mascara but its not phenomenal so we shall see…  and for real what is up with makeup brands making everything sexual?!  Not a fan, but that’s a post for another day…

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Ipsy Says:: Coastal Scents Forever Blush boasts 18 perfectly pigmented, powder blushes with a long-lasting rush of color. Complete with a mirror, these color-packed compacts go a long way.

Lara Says:: I have not tried any Coastal Scents make up products but I do have an eye shadow brush that I like that I received in a past Ipsy Bag. From first swatch theses are soft and seem blendable.  According to the website I received the colors ‘Elegant’ and ‘Fresh’ , they are not marked on the packaging but according to a quick web search the shimmer pink is ‘Elegant’ and the matte peachy brown is ‘Fresh’.

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Ipsy Says:: Sensual and exotic, that’s the effect that Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil delivers. Just like the traditional Kohl, but with the modern ease and control of a pencil. Giving a semi-matte finish that is also smudgeable, Silk Kajal Kohl’s soft tip is ophthalmologically-tested and gentle enough to be used on the inner eye.

Lara Says:: New brand so I’m excited to try this out! The last picture is after I left the liner for about a minute and then ran my finger down it.  So it looks like its smudge-able but also has staying power if you just want a dark line.  There will definitely be a review to come on this product.

 

Products Mentioned::

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner:: $45.00 (8% Cash back at Sephora this week with Ebates!) 

Absolute Lip Balm:: $5.99 (30% off your purchase with the code Ipsy)

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer:: $30.00 (8% Cash back at Sephora this week with Ebates!)

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve:: $5.50  (1.5% Cash Back at Bath and Body Works this week with Ebates!)

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara:: $22.00 (8% Cash back at Sephora this week with Ebates!)

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in ‘Fresh'::  $7.95 (20% off with the code blush25off)

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in ‘Elegant’ :: $7.95  (20% off with the code blush25off)

 

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Vanished Spot Treatment from Clear Clinics Laboratories

I received a sample of this treatment in my July Ipsy bag and promised a review so here you go!

 

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Clear Clinics Says::  “vanished is an on-the-go, clear spot treatment specially formulated with menthol, glycolic acid and salicylic acid. Apply this potent spot treatment to quickly clear blemishes in record time. Thanks to its clear formulation, you can use vanished during the day, under and over makeup. Its travel-sized bottle makes it easy to take with you wherever you go.” 

 

Lara Says:: This product has a very strong alcohol smell, I mean really strong!  So that if very off putting for me.  I was not impressed with this treatment and at $35.00 this is a product I would recommend skipping.  I didn’t find that it dried out my breakouts or healed them any faster.  In fact I really like the e.l.f. Essentials Zit Zapper much better and it cost $1.00.  I would suggest giving that a try before you fork over $35.00

 

Products Mention::

Clear Clinics Vanished:: $35.00 

e.l.f. Essentials Zit Zapper $1.00

 

What do you use to zap your zits?  Let me know, I’m always looking for suggestions!! 

Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Powered Bronzer

I have had this bronzer in my collection for over a year and I realized that recently I have been giving it a lot of love so I thought I should write a review on it.  What first attracted me to this bronzer was that it claimed to be self adjusting.  If you haven’t seen my face you should know I am on the pale side (thank you Irish Grandfather…) and I have a hard time finding a bronzer that doesn’t make me look muddy.

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If you can tell in the picture this bronzer does have shimmer.  Normally I shy away from glittery bronzer as I personally feel that they draw too much attention to my skin imperfections.  In fact I almost took this back after opening it up and seeing all the glitter.  But I stuck with it with the assumption that like most face products that contain shimmer, only the top layer is loaded with glitter.  However you know what happens when you assume… This bronzer has glitter through out.  But surprise surprise, this doesn’t look to glittery when applied.

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Overall I have been impressed with this bronzer and when I finally use it up there is a possibility that I will repurchase.

What is your favorite Bronzer that I should give a try? 

Products Mentioned::

Physicians Formula pH Matchmakere Powered Bronzer at Ulta-

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Empties Review: Estēe Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation

“Estēe Lauder’s Double Wear Makeup delivers flawless, 15-hour staying power, and it is natural-looking for carefree coverage. A lightweight, oil-free, and build able formula, it doesn’t change color, leaving your makeup looking as fresh as when you first applied it.”

 

If you are new to the blog you may not know my skin story.  I’ll try and sum it up for you.  Acne since the age of 13, and over a decade later… still have acne! My acne is hormonal and cystic so it is painful and the bumps are hard to cover and take forever and a day to heal. That being said I usually wear a full coverage foundation to help in the coverage of the bumps and redness. Also my skin is quite oily and I usually go for a oil controlling/matte foundation.  But if you are a regular full coverage/matte foundation wearer you know that they tend to be heaver and make your face look flat.

I’m usually sucked into buying beauty products from watching my YouTube Subscriptions and it seemed like everyone was talking about the Double Wear Foundation last year.   I think I bought my first bottle in January or February of this year.  It was love at first application!  For me the first application or coat is medium coverage with a beauty blender or Sigma F80.  And on some days that is a good amount of coverage for me if my face is being nice to me :)

If you need more coverage this is really easy to build up and still look natural.  It also wears well through out the day.  I do tend to get oily but a simple touch up with blotting sheets and powder (which is normal for me with any foundation) and I’m good to go. I wear Ecru 1N2 which is described as a Pale Ivory Beige with Neutral Undertones.

Birchbox August 2014

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This moth I was given a choice to get my normal Birchbox with sample gathered from my profile or to choose the EveryGirl box.  I chose to give the EveryGirl box a try, and I’m pleased with what I got! But first lets talk about this box…

 

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This is a very large box for two very small boxs…

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Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect

Birchbox says:: A sulfate –free leave-in conditioner that safeguards color, strengthens and nourishes.

Lara says:: I like the clarifying shampoo and the hair spray I’ve gotten in my past birchboxs, so I’m excited to give this a try.

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Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push Up Liner

Birchbox says::  Innovative gel liner pen that hugs the lash line and easily smooths on a waterproof swoop.

Lara says:: I’ve heard good and bad reviews regarding this liner, so I am interested to see how I think it works.

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Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub

Birchbox says:: Paraben-free, botanical-rich cleanser that gently exfoliates and boosts skin’s radiance.

Lara says:: This has a good scent and I love a good facial scrub so I’m sure I will get good use out of this.

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Harvey Prince Hello

Birchbox says:: Bestselling spritz that mingles cheerful citrus with floral notes. Well hello there!

Lara says:: I have gotten this as a sample in a past box, but I like it so I don’t mind.

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Not Soap, Radio Happiness Inducing Body Wash

Birchbox says:: This aromatherapeutic cleanser will brighten your outlook while you lather, Paraben Free.  

Lara says:: I love this scent! I believe a bubble bath is in order for tonight…

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Products Mentioned::

Get Your Own Birchbox for Just $10 a Month! 

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect :: $32

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push Up Liner:: $24

Acure Organics Brightening Facial:: $14.99

Harvey Prince Hello:: $26

Not Soap, Radio Happiness Inducing Body Wash:: $16

 

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Ok so if you are not on board with Birchbox what are you waiting for?!  One of the reasons I keep coming back to Birchbox is their  points system where you use your points to buy products in the Shop. You can get points a few different ways: One is by referring people (50 points),  buying products in the shop (1 point for every $1 spent), and by reviewing the products you received in your box (10 points for each review).  And… 100 points=$10.  So with a little math you can see that if you review all your products every month, you will get, on average, $5 in points a month.  I like to look at that as getting my box for half price!

Lush Haul!

Its a good thing Lush is a fair distance from my house.  Otherwise my wallet would be empty!  I was over that way last week and I did “need” to restock on two items that I keep in my skincare rotation.  So lets dive into what I got/needed! :)

 

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Up first is something that I “needed” it is Ocean Salt. Here is what Lush has to say…

Washing with Ocean Salt is like taking your face on a trip to the seaside for an invigorating splash in the water. The minerals in sea salt soften as it scrubs away dirt, dead skin and blockages for a bright, fresh face. We mix in fresh avocado and coconut to hydrate thirsty skin, leaving it balanced and soft. The cleansing effects of lime and vodka are ideal for blocked pores, blackheads or blemishes and leave skin visibly brightened. It’s no wonder Ocean Salt is so enormously popular!

Bottom Line:: This is a must have for me in my scrub collection.  If I could only have one scrub for the rest of my life this would be it. If you can’t tell, I like it, no I love it.

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Next is a sample of Let The Good Times Roll.  Lush says…

A luxuriously soft and sweetly-scented cleanser, Let The Good Times Roll has quickly become a huge fan favorite. Maize flour, corn meal and a dash of cinnamon powder gently exfoliate and leave you with a vibrant glow, and lightly hydrating corn oil helps skin to retain its moisture and elasticity. With its rich butter-caramel fragrance and velvety texture, no wonder this one is so popular!

Bottom Line:: This was a limited cleanser only out at holidays (it smells like a sugar cookie!) but due to high demand it was made a part of the permanent collection this year.  Because of its popularity I knew I needed to give it a try and asked for a sample.  My skin is oily so I use this at night as it is made for those with drier skin.

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Dark Angels is the other thing I “needed” at Lush.

Black sugar and charcoal gently exfoliate and absorb excess oils to leave dull, oily or acne-prone skin feeling fresh and matte. Even oily skin can be sensitive, so we’ve made this one soft and soothing to calm redness and irritation, too. Its rhassoul mud base deep-cleanses to help prevent breakouts while vitamin rich cold-pressed organic avocado oil nourishes skin to leave it soft and lightly hydrated. Use all over for perfectly smooth, bright skin. An angel indeed!

Bottom Line::  I use this as a cleanser once or twice a week and it really helps clarify and tighten the skin.

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I’ve used up all of my regular size bottles of shampoo so I decided to give two of Lush Shampoo Bars New! and Jumping Juniper a try.  I’ve used it before (just not the two I bought) and I liked it.

There’s nothing exactly new about our stimulating cinnamon and clove shampoo bar, we call it that because it’s made for people who want NEW! hair! When stress or life goes to your head and your hair starts thinning, motivate those tired scalps with spice and mint oils. It’s intense, (in the best possible way), but works wonders on irritated scalps or hair that’s thinning. Rosemary and nettle herbs rejuvenate, and make your hair shiny and soft as a feather. All of this, in one beautifully spicey bar; are you ready for a NEW! shampoo?

Our purple shampoo bar jumps into action to sort out oil problems on top. It cleans away grease and balances sebum production for soft, shiny (in the good way) hair. Fruity juniperberry oil sorts out your oily, congested scalp, while lemon and lime make your hair clean and shiny and give it an extra fresh scent. The incredible herbal duo, lavender and rosemary are superpowers if you’re having troubles in the oil department. Rosemary has been used for hundreds of years for its anti-bacterial capabilities, while lavender is known for its ability to balance and soothe the scalp. You’ll be jumping for joy in no time!

Bottom Line:: I haven’t used these yet so I will keep you updated on my thoughts!

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If you buy shampoo you also have to buy conditioner to go with it…

Vegans and fine haired folks around the world rejoice! Veganese is our lightest, conditioner that takes hair without volume and makes it go va-va-VOOM! The majority of LUSH products are vegan, but making a vegan conditioner without lanolin took us a few years to perfect. It was worth the wait. We use agar seaweed gel as a natural hair softener instead of lanolin, and blend in generous helpings of lemon oil to create the perfect vegan conditioner to leave you with tons of gloss and shine. We also added in the scalp soothing effects of lavender and rosemary to keep you sorted on top

Bottom Line:: I haven’t used this yet either but I will let you know!

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Lastly I got a Fresh Face Mask.  I have used these before (they only sell in store because they must be kept rerefrigerated) but Cupcake is a new one for me.

Cupcake is our one Fresh Face Mask that was created for a bit of fun. At the time, our inventor’s daughter was a young girl having slumber parties with her girlfriends every weekend, so he whipped up a chocolate mint mask for young, oily skin (officially solidifying him as the coolest dad ever). If you suffer from oily or spotty skin, slather it in this cocoa concoction. With spearmint oil to cool, vanilla absolute to calm redness and Rhassoul mud to deeply cleanse- Cupcake is a sweet savior for young faces. Smothering yourself in chocolate for clearer skin? Every teenage girl’s dream. 

Bottom Line:: Used this Sunday night and loved it!  I will need to use it a few more times but expect to see a Mask Monday in the near future.

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Products Mentioned::

Ocean Salt $21.95-$35.95

Let The Good Times Roll Cleanser $12.95

Dark Angels Cleanser $12.95-$31.95

New! Shampoo Bar $11.95

Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar $10.95 

Veganese Conditioner  $9.95-$32.95

Cupcake Fresh Face Mask $6.95 

 

Let Me Know What Your Favorites Are From Lush Or What You Want To Try!