August 2014 Favorites

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First off, do you like my beach picture?  I took it at Keawakapu Beach last year when I visited my sister in Hawaii.  Also don’t forget to check out the giveaway all the info is on the contest page! 

Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush

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Sigma Says:: Unique Feature: Small and tapered with a precise tip
Function: Subtle highlighting
Recommended Use: Apply highlighting shades onto the upper contours of the face. Diffused finish gives skin a natural glow.

Lara Says:: I actually find this brush very useful in applying bronzer and for contouring.  I can get just the right amount of product on the brush put it right where I want and then take a bigger fluffy brush and blend out.  Try your brushes out in different areas of your face and the possibilities are endless!! And extra points for Multitasking products/supplies!!

Pop Beauty Aqua Lacquer in Flowering Fuchsia

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Pop Beauty Says:: This refreshing water-light luxe gloss will bathe your lips in hydration & protect with Vitamin E. We also added Jojoba oil, an exceptional moisturizer for maximum lip comfort. These sheer colour tints provide staying power as well as a cure for thirsty lips.

Lara Says:: I keep this is my purse so I always have it.  It has become my go to gloss and is great over any lipstick or just by itself.  It has a slight mint flavor and does tingle a bit when you apply it.  It has staying power with minimum stickiness.  If I ever use this up I will definitely be buying another!

Maybelline’s Dream Wonder Powder in Porcelain Ivory

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Maybelline Says:: Maybelline’s Dream Wonder Powder is 100% Second- Skin Powder Foundation Perfection. Creamy glide, smooth flawless finish, perfect skin. Feels like powderless powder.

Lara Says:: This is probably the most amazing pressed powder I have found at the drugstore.  And you know I love it because I have recommended it to no less than 10 people.  It goes on smooth and doesn’t look cakey whatsoever and the coverage is buildable. So you can use it as a powder over your foundation and for touchups throughout the day (as I typically do). Or you can build it up to full coverage and wear it alone.  This is my second time repurchasing and won’t be my last!

Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara

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Mally Says:: This Volumizing Mascara has a unique formula that helps create the look of gorgeous, full, luxurious lashes. The combination of natural waxes and carefully chosen powders gives lashes an instant boost. The plush brush works with the powders in the formula to help thicken lashes without clumping, giving you gorgeous volume that lasts and lasts.

Lara Says:; I received this mascara in a birchbox and I love it! If you have been a reader of this blog for any length of time you know I call myself a mascara whore.  I cannot stay faithful to one and I feel  I am on an eternal quest to find the holy grail of mascara that curls, lengthens, separates and is volumizing… I know it exist and I will find it.  Until then this is pretty awesome.  I did a review which you can find here.

Herbal Essence ‘Naked Volume Dry Shampoo

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Herbal Essence Says:: The Herbal Essence Website:: refresh your strands, water not necessary. with natural tapioca, my formula absorbs oil and rejuvenates dirty hair for a clean feeling. invigorate your strands with the scent of white grapefruit and mint and feel naturally beautiful without parabens or dyes.

Lara Says:: Still my favorite after trying many. Clear application and it absorbs the oil and gives some volume and lift.  I did a review and comparison a few months ago, you can read it here.

 

And now for my one Un-Favorite/ Fail….

 

Benefit they’re real! push-up liner

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Benefit Says:: It’s the FIRST EVER lash-hugging gel liner in a pen! This matte black gel formula won’t smudge, budge or dry out, and the innovative soft AccuFlex™ Tip hugs your lashline from corner to corner. The closer the line, the bigger the eye!
91% said it was longwearing*
81% said it was waterproof*
88% said it hugged the lashline*
84% said eyes looked visibly larger*
*Results observed in a consumer panel survey on 32 women after 2 weeks

Lara Says:: I watched and read enough reviews that I was apprehensive to try this liner.  I received it in my last birchbox and I was not impressed.  First off, mine did dry out, as the cap didn’t want to stay on.  This may have only been an issue with the sample size I received and not the full size product but after about the third time the lid popped off after I put it on it finally stayed down.  And when applying I found that either I got nothing out or way too much came out.  For me I much prefer the use of a pencil or gel liner with a brush as I have more control.

Products Mentioned::

Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush $14.00

Pop Beauty Aqua Lacquer in Flowering Fuchsia $14.00

Maybelline’s Dream Wonder Powder $8.99

Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara $20.00

Herbal Essence ‘Naked Volume Dry Shampoo $4.97

Benefit they’re real! push-up liner $24.00

 

What Were Your Favorites from the Month of August? 

July 2014 Birchbox

Its that time again!  I feel like birchbox has really stepped up their game with the past few boxes.  I have been getting more products and bigger sizes… Good for you Birchbox!

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So lets take a peek into what this Health themed box holds for me today…

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As you can see lots of goodies!  Alright first off

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We have this Ruffian nail polish from their Rapture collection in the shade Ambrosia.  Birchbox started offering something new to their subscribers this past month were you  get to choose one of your samples and/or shade!  I was super excited about that as one of the two samples was something I already had (Cynthia Rowley lip gloss) and in the Rapture Collection there are three colors and two were similar to shades I already own.  I don’t have anything like this metallic purple so I’m excited to give it a try on my nails this weekend!

Also included as a bonus is a Ruffian Acetone-free towelette to remove the polish, Thanks Birchbox!

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Next are these two cute little sample pots of Beauty Protector Protect and Treat Mask.  I like the Beauty Protector line so I’m excited to try this and it smells amazing like the rest of the line.  I think I could get 2-3 uses out of every pot so I think I should be able to give a pretty solid review on this hair mask.

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Ok Birchbox, one complaint for this box…I feel like I always get a lotion and it takes me forever to get through even sample sizes!  So if we could lay off of that for a few months that would be super nice.  But, this Naobay Body Radiance Lotion does have a nice scent and I will add it to my collection on my desk at work.

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Isn’t this little Posiebalm from Benefit the cutest thing! Why is it that women (well at least me…) have a fit when something is in a small package?  This lip balm is just so cute in its little package!  This is a mango butter balm that has a very sheer wash of pink.  I swiped it on as soon as I got it out of its packaging and its been on for about 30 minutes and is still moisturizing.

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Lasty is the most intriguing product in this months box.  It is the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel.  The card says that this is an acid free peel that gently exfoliates for softer, smoother, brighter skin instantly… We shall see, I hope I can get a few uses out of this bottle so I can give a true review.

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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!

Products Mentioned::

Birchbox Subscription- $10.00 a month 

Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Ambrosia- $11.00

Ruffian Dressing Room Nail Lacquer Remover Towelettes- $12.00

Beauty Protector Protect and Treat Hair Mask- $25.95

Naobay Body Radiance Lotion- $24.00

Benefit Posiebalm- $18.00

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel-$48.00

Ulta Exclusive ‘Sizzlin Six’ From Benefit Cosmetics

**Get 4% Cash Back Shopping Online at Ulta with Ebates**

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The ‘Sizzlin Six’ set retails for $27.00 (Value is listed at $60.00) and includes

  • The POREfessional mini (0.25 fl oz.)
  • BADgal lash mini (0.14 oz.)
  • Dandelion mini (0.1 oz.)
  • Ultra Plush Lip Gloss mini in Dandelion (0.22 fl oz.)
  • Benetint mini (0.08 fl oz.)
  • Girl Meets Pearl mini deluxe sample

 

Full Size Info::

The POREfessional $31.00

BADgal Lash Mascara  $19.00

Dandelion $28.00

Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Dandelion $16.00 

Benetit $30.00

Girl Meets Pearl $30.00

 

 

 

Sephora Haul

Well, I went a little crazy at Sephora, but seriously how can you not? I either go in the store or look online for one thing or just to browse and end up with a ton of new stuff! I think they have something in the air that makes you think you need everything in the store…Please back me up on this!  But I really have no excuse as I bought this haul online and the air I was breathing was my own….

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First off, I finally bit the bullet and splurged on the TooFaced Chocolate Bar Palette.  It is totally worth the hype, if you run in beauty circles, you all know about it and that it smells like Chocolate! Ahhh so heavenly!  I’m pretty sure heaven will smell like chocolate or freshly baked bread… One of those two. Anywho the colors are gorgeous and pigmented and did I mention it smells like chocolate?  🙂

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Look for a review and an eye look to appear on the blog soon!  I’m thinking of doing seven days of chocolate bar, like I did with the Balm’s Nude’ Tude palette.  Let me know if that is something you guys would like to see!

I also added benefit’s Feeling Dandy Perk Me Up… Lip and Cheek Kit to my shopping cart.

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I have used high beam before and I like it and I am almost out of my little sample size so another little one is nice. I not used any of Benefit’s lip and cheek stains before so I am excited to try Posietint.

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As you can see you have to work fast with the tint, as it left a stain on my arm and didn’t completely sheer out.  Also in this kit is a mini Dandelion highlighter and lip gloss.  After reading the reviews on Sephora I think a lot of people are confused as they said they didn’t care for the Dandelion powder but that is because they referred to it as a blush.  It is not a blush it is a highlighting powder so don’t expect a lot of pigmentation as that is not its purpose.  The dandelion gloss is great and I really like it.

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I had some Sephora Points to use so the next three items are my extra 100 point perks.  Up first is Tarte’s Cheek Stain in Flush.  First off this smells amazing!  It has a fruity scent and the formula is great.  It has a smooth application and blends like a dream.

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Next is Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.  I have used this bronzer before and I know I like it so it wasn’t a hard sell.

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Last in my point perk shopping cart is a Elizabeth and James perfume in Nirvana White.  It is described as a “captivating blend of delicate peony, chic muguet, and tender musk for a feminine scent with dark sophistication.” Whatev’s it smells delightful!

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With a minimum purchase (which I met…)  I could get a deluxe sample size of Fresh Sugar Lip  Treatment in Rose.  I have used this before and I like it a lot so I was happy to add it to my cart!

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Products Mentioned::

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette $49.00

Benefit Feelin’ Dandy Lip and Cheek Kit $28.00

Tarte Cheek Stain in ‘Flush’  $30.00

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer $30.00

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White $22-$75

fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose $22.50

Benefit::it’s potent! eye cream

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I received a deluxe sample size of this eye cream in a Birchbox a few months ago.  It is advertised as a brightening eye cream to fade dark circles.  I don’t have super dark circles so I don’t think I am the best candidate to test out this eye cream.  Also this cream is super super thick and I have oily skin so I have to be careful how much I use or I wake up with oily eye lids!  I have a few uses left in my little pot and I have been using it consistently for almost a month.  I don’t think I will be buying a full size of this product as I don’t really need to brighten up my under-eyes and it is a too  thick for my taste.  If you have super dry under eyes, I think this could possibly be a great product for you to try.

Benefit it’s potent! eye cream retails for $34.00 

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Benefit BADgal Lash

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I posted about how excited I was to try the Sephora Lash Stash To Go kit. The first mascara that I tried was the Benefit BADgal Lash. The first picture on the left is my natural eye with no mascara, the eye on the left is just with the mascara, no primer, no curling.

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As you can see in the pictures the mascara definitely added length to my lashes and a bit of volume.  It did not give me much of a curl and as you can see my lashes are pretty straight.  One thing I do love about this mascara is how buildable it is.  I don’t think I will have to worry about spider lashes with this formula.

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Have you tried this formula before?  What was your experience?  Let me know in the comments below or on twitter!