August Hits and Misses

Holy Cow its September! This year has really flown by, my mother was right time flies the older you get. Onward to hits and misses from the past month….

Tea Rose Perfume by Perfumer’s Workshop:: $12.40 from Amazon

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I love the scent of Rose and this perfume is perfect because it is light but still has a strong enough scent that you don’t have to douse yourself in it!  You all know what I mean, with some perfumes there is no middle ground, one spritz isn’t enough and two spritzes you smell like you have bathed in a vat of perfume!  The top notes are Rose, Bergamot and Lily, Middle notes are Tuberose, Jasmine and Cedar and the Bottom is Amber, Rosewood and Sandalwood. If you aren’t sure about this scent you can get the 1 ounce bottle for $7.99.  Some Rose scented perfumes smell like Granny or as my sisters and I called them growing up ” old lady perfume”.  But this has a nice fresh scent that isn’t too heavy and give off  that you live with 14 cats and are trying to cover the scent of mothballs.

Fresh Peach Bubble Delight Bubble Bath:: $8.00 from Avon

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I take a bath once a week to unwind and relax and that bath usually involves bubbles.  I have several different bubble bath scents from Avon, but I seem to be reaching for this one a lot. The scent is amazing and lightly scents your skin and Avon has the bubble formula down to a science, its amazing! They often run deals (seems like mostly in the summer) like 2 for $9.99.

Anti-Bacterial Pocketbac Sanitizing Hand Gel in Island Margarita:: $1.75 from Bath and Body Works

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This was gifted to me and I totally forgot about it until I was cleaning out a bag.  Island Margarita is one of my new favorite scents from B&B.  The scent is a blend of mandarin lime and white nectarine, it smells like a vacation to a tropical island.  B&B is also good about running sales and I have picked up these PocketBac Sanitizers  five for $5.00.

 Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara::  $6.50 from Avon

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I have talked about this mascara before and I used it all through the month of July.  As I’ve said before, I live in Florida, it is hot and humid here. During the summer months, make up tends to melt off your face and with mascara you can end up looking like a raccoon. This mascara does not melt or flake and gives lashes length and definition.  I was able to get two mascaras for $6.00 during a recent sale. 

Urban Decay Naked Basics:: Paid $15.00 Via Tophatter retails for $27.00

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This palette is matte and features six neutral shades. The colors included are  Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte), Foxy (cream bisque matte), Walk of Shame (very light nude matte), Naked2 (taupe matte), Faint (warm, dusty brown matte) and Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte).  Love love love this palette you can create endless eye looks just with the colors provided or use them as a base and add other colors from your eye shadow collection. Urban Decay has amazing eye shadow and I am very pleased with this palette. 

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Translucent Powder:: Paid $3.99 at Ross retails for $13.99

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I am labeling this one a miss.  The formula is pretty good but the packaging sucks!  The brush is horrible and it is a pain to get the powder out.  I have used other translucent powders just as good as this one that were not a pain to get out of the package.  And I have only been able to find this online and I will definitely not pay $14.oo for this product plus shipping.

What were your favorites from the month of August?  Have you tired any of my hits and misses?  If you haven’t used Tophatter check it out and use my code d966f to receive a credit of $5.00! 

Avon Mega Effects Mascara

I have mentioned on this blog before that I hoard mascara like a crazy cat lady on the TV show Hoarders. I am still searching for the holy grail of mascaras and if there is a new one out you can bet I will buy and try. So I was very interested when AVON announced they had a new mascara they claimed was a breakthrough, provides 24-hour volume, and leaves your lashes darker, denser and more dramatic. If it sounds to good to be true it probably is… But I fell for it and snapped one up.

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And the mascara wand looks like a paint brush…I can see myself literally losing an eye and all in the name of lush, voluminous lashes! Also When your mascara comes with instructions, you know it has issues. So onward to the application which hopefully doesn’t result in the loss of an eyeball. Below are pictures pre and post applicaion.

PicMonkey Collage3Ok so it isn’t terrible. Definitely not the best mascara I have ever used but it isn’t the worst. I am horrible about getting mascara all over my eyelid when I apply it and I was worried that the mascara wand/paintbrush would have me looking like I was punched in the face. But…It was a pretty easy application and I only got a little bit of mascara on my eyelid. I will say that my lashes are thicker and I do think the mascara gave my straight lashes a bit of curl and lift. One complaint is that the wand is hard to maneuver in the corners of your eyelashes. Also I have been known to poke myself in the eye with a mascara wand and I would imagine that this paintbrush looking wand would be particularly painful. I would give this mascara a 3.5 out of 5. Again not the worst but not the best. You can purchase Avon Mega Effects Mascara for $10.00

 

 

July Hit and Misses

July went by super fast! I seriously cannot believe we are now in the month of August. On to my hit and misses for the month of July….

Hot Mama Shadow/Blush from the Balm $20.00

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I received this as a sample in my Birchbox several months ago. This blush is super pigmented (as are most Balm blushes) so be careful or you could end up looking like a clown and have to do some retouching. This blush is a peachy pink hue and has a touch of shimmer. It is advertised as a blush and eyeshadow in one. I have not used this as a eye shadow but I could see with a neutral eye this would be a showstopping accent in the crease or corner. I am excited to try it as an eye shadow and I love products that do more then one thing!

Equate Everyday Clean Dandruff Shampoo $3.44

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As a teen my hair was crazy, I had super oily hair that I had to wash everyday but I also had dandruff. Go figure… In the past six months or so my dandruff issues have come back to visit. I think it is related to hormones as I only seem to have this problem one week a month…. If you catch my drift…. I was using Head and Shoulders which worked great but I am always on the hunt for a bargain. The Equate (Walmart house brand) is $1.53 cheaper then the name brand and works just as well. Although this is advertised as a two in one shampoo and conditioner I found that my ends were getting dry. So I stated adding a deep conditioner or mask just to the ends of my hair after washing, it seems to have done the trick.

Organix Moroccan Penetrating Oil $5.74

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I think this hair oil is just a good Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum. And at a discount of $24.26 I will take the Organix! At target the Oragnix Moroccan Argan Oil is $5.74 for 3.3 ounces. The Josie Maran is $12.00 for .5 ounces, $30.00 for 2.0 ounces and $50.00 for 4.0 ounces. I have used both and I found that Oragnix works the same. A little goes as long way, I have been using this for over three months and I have barely put a dent in the bottle.

TRUE COLOR Eyeshadow Duo – Fiji Paradise in Sunkissed $3.49 Regularly $7.00

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I am rarely disappointed in Avon eyeshadows and this duo is no exception. I love the color combo of gold and coral. I have also used the lighter gold shade as a highlight and it looks amazing. These are creamy powders that apply easily with a brush or with your fingers. Love Love Love!!!

Charlotte Russe Layered Beads and Chains Necklace in Mint $6.oo

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I cannot go into Charlotte Russe without buying jewelry, I have tired many times and always walk out with something. I just can’t help it, they have on trend and classic styles at super affordable prices, I just can’t say no! Mint is totally in right now and I love how this necklace softly incorporates the on trend color with crystal and gold. Adore this necklace I wear it at least once a week.

Avon MagiX Illuminating Face Perfector $7.99 Regularly $10.00

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This product was a miss for me. I think for someone with drier or combination skin it would work well, but it did my super oily skin no favors. I did not really notice a reduction in the appearance of my pores but mostly my disappointment is that my skin was very greasy within a few hours of application. It did not do much of anything in keeping my oil under control.

What were your hits and misses from the month of July? Have you tried any of mine, if so what were your results? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!!