August 2014 Favorites


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


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


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


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? 

December 2013 Ipsy Bag

Does anyone else do a happy dance when they see this familiar pink package come in the mail?!?!

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All right first off I am impressed with the bag this month, that is two months in a row I love the bag.  This month is a very nice quality black bag,  very chic.

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Ok first thing I see is an eye shadow trio from Pop Beauty in Naturally Bare.  Nice colors but I have a zillion similar colors so this may or may not be re-gifted for Christmas… Sorry this is not a great picture but I don’t want to open it if I’m going to give it away.

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Next is a product from a newly discovered brand that I am really loving.  Its be a…bombshell and the product that I have received this month is The One Stick in ‘Sunset’.  The One Stick is an all in one cheek, eye, lip and shimmer in a gorgeous deep coral with gold shimmer flecks.

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Next is a not so favorite product to receive; a nail polish…I get one every month and I already have a ton that I will never be able to use in this lifetime.  This one is from Starrily and is the color ‘Bzzz Bzzz’ and is a textured polish in combination of black and yellow glitters in what looks like a clear base.


And another lip pencil!   This is new brand to me J. Cat Beauty, The Big Lip Pencil in the shade Caramel Mocha.  I like lip pencils so I am excited to try this and see how it wears.

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And lastly is a set of Ardell Lashes the 120 Demi, which I think I already have this pair…if not they are super similar.  Not quite what I was expecting to find in my Ipsy bag, I can get Ardell lashes at Walmart, so this product doesn’t excite me as much as some of the others.  Don’t get me wrong I will use them I just expect more high end/unique brands to be represented in my Ipsy bag monthly.

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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:

Full Size Products::

POP Beauty Bright Up Your Life-Naturally Bare $24

Be a Bombshell…The One Stick in ‘Sunset’ $16

Starrily Nail Polilsh in ‘Bzzz Bzzz’ $12

J. Cat Beauty The Big Lip Pencil in ‘Caramel Mocha’ $3.99

Ardell False Lashes in Demi 120 $3.99