Oct 5, 2015

Fall Lipstick Favorites: Lux Addition

Since I gave some love to my drugstore lippies, I thought it was only fair to do the same for my high-end lipsticks. These were very hard for me to choose, and I didn't mention any reds, because my holiday reds post sums all my favs, but here is the breakdown!

Left to Right- Mac Diva, Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte, Mac Rebel.
Left to Right- Hourglass Icon, Mac Rebel, Mac Diva, Nars Charlotte.

Hourglass Icon is a perfect deep red shade that offers a little bit of shine through it glossy nature. This particular shade isn't too long wearing on my lips, but is such a tiny tube you can take it anywhere for re-application.
Mac Rebel is cult favorite, and rightfull so. A beautiful berry shade with a plum hue that sits on the lips with a satin finish. This doesn't dry out my lips and looks amazing on any skin tone. 
Mac Diva is a little bit harder to pull off due to its matte finish. It is very drying on the lips but if well-moisturized gives an amazing vampy look.
Nars Charlotte is my favorite of the bunch due to it's not so scary red shade. This is also super easy to apply, and has a slight sheen. 

Oct 1, 2015

Bath and Body Works Fall Haul

Fall begins an obsession that takes over until the weather gets warm again….CANDLEMANIA. No house is a home without them, and no basic girl is happy without them. It is a necessity, a need, a must fulfilled desire. All joking aside, fall and candles go together like peanut butter and honey.
It’s even extra irresistible when Bath and Body Works brings out their best scents during this time (now if you have pumpkin scented things, well then, you are a poor, poor soul and must get your nose checked).
With the obsession peaking in, September’s disposable income was sent on two splurges at B&BW. Below you will see the damage done...
I’ll start with the obvious, candles.

Sweater Weather- eucalyptus, juniper berry, and fresh sage. Crisp air of fall fills the room.
Caramel Pumpkin Swirl- Pumpkin swirled with caramel, makes the house smell super sweet!
Pumpkin Cupcake- pumpkin paired wit buttercream, yum!
Flannel-smells like a man
Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow- very similar to Marshmallow Fireside.
Pumpkin Pecan Waffles- Pumpkin and pecan. 'nuff said! Very sweet scent!

Then the obsession grew over quick, and I realized I also wanted wallflowers so that the room not inhibiting the candle could also smell nice. This was strategically placed in our kitchen which is next to the hallway that connects to four other rooms! I stuck with the fall theme when purchasing the scents.

Sweater Weather, Autumn (red apple, cedarwood, fir balsam) , Pumpkin Cupcake, Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

And you know I had to get a new "fall" themed plug-in for the wallflowers. How cute is the fall leaves on this plug-in? It brings fall into my kitchen.

What happened next was inevitable. HAND SOAPS…. With their festive packaging and sweet smells (and deals 4/$20) how could I have said no. So I went ahead and got three fall scents for the three sinks, and one Halloween soap for October that can be housed in our main bathroom that guests use.

Purrfect Potion-vanilla, pumpkin, cinnamon
Sunlight&Apple Trees-apple, quince, birchwood (fruity, but crisp)
Bright Autum Day- citrus and cinnamon
Crisp Morning Air-pine, juniper, pear

So there it was, the reason my September favorites lacks a lot of new beauty products. But, if you ever came to my home, you would feel the amazingness that is fall by just taking a deep breath!

Sep 19, 2015

Fall Lipsticks Drugstore Edition

Oh, the sweet feel of fall, my favorite season. There are many reasons to love fall. One of those reasons are dark lipsticks that can perfect any look. I am a huge fan of lipsticks and have a hoarding problem. They are definitely my favorite accessory. The vampy, 90's dark lip is something that I have always coveted and it is always acceptable to rock those shades in the fall. The range that I have in this post will go from light to dark, things that have spicy tones and would fit into your fall face-wardrobe perfectly.

Here is a glimpse to my favorite drugstore lippies for fall! I will go in detail below:
I have always thought that the L'oreal Colour Riche Le Matte and La Lacque ranges were one of the best at the drugstore. I have a ton of these, and this particular shade is perfect for fall. This is 404 Matte-r of Fact. It's a very rich red brick color that looks amazing on. It gives the skin some warmth with the rich brown undertones, and is a true burgundy color. These leMatte lipstick stay on pretty well, but isn't something that won't deny re-applying. 
The next three are also from a drugstore favorite of mine, and that is the Revlon Balms. In this particular picture, I have two of the matte balms, and one of the balm stains. From the top, we have Matte Balm in 225 Sultry, Just Bitten Balm Stain in 005 Crush, and Matte Balm in 205 Elusive. Sultry is a dark mauve pink, Crush is a glossy wine color, and Elusive, is a dark rose pink. The Balm Stain gives your lips a just bitten effect, as the name suggests. It almost makes it seem like you smothered your lips in red wine, but in a non-sloppy way!
The Revlon Lipstick in 065 Rosey Nude is a perfect my lips but darker shade. I have loved this baby for years and is my true go-to color when I am looking for a dark but subtle lipstick. These has a slight sheen to it, which makes me believe it is a satin.
Lastly is a Lip Lacquer from Rimmel in the shade 200 Comet. This is a lip opaque lip glossy version of the Revlon Rosey Nude that I mentioned above. These suckers stay on for a very long time, and don't feel sticky at all. The dove-foot applicator makes it super easy to apply, and they feel very smooth on the lips.
Here is a breakdown of what the shades look like swatched on my arm.
Loreal leMatte in Matte-r of Fact, Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Crush, Revlon Matte Balm in Sulty and Elusive, Revlon Lipstick in Rosey Nude, and Rimmel Lip Lacquer in Comet. 

Sep 8, 2015

ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix Review

ColourPop Cosmetics has been the RAGE in the beauty community. Everywhere I turn, people are raving about their lip range, their highlighters, buttery smooth eyeshadows and etc. But they make one product that caught my eye...Their Lippie Stix. I have too many eyeshadows that I don't use, highlighters have never been my thing, and I need to finish some of my blushes before I buy any more. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't need any more red, pink shades of lipsticks, but these made it look so easy to apply lipsticks, and were so affordable that I had to order some!
So, I did... I went ahead, and ordered three, and their accompanying lip liners, and then fell in love and decided to get some more wearable colors. I don't see this love affair ending anytime soon.
Can we first talk about this amazing packaging? Holographic text! Cripsy, clean white! AND labeled so beautifully that I will never pick up the wrong color! 

Clearly, the colors that I chose are in the pinks, nudes and reds. And I love all of them so much! The formulas all differ, and the website, as well as the product lets you know if you are buying a matte, gloss, satin and etc. 

They also come with their accompanying lip pencil shade, which is amazing. I wish every company did that. The lip liners are identical in shade, to their lippie stix counterparts. There was only one out of the five I ordered that didn't make sense together. 
Bound, Frida, Clique, I Heart This, Heart On. 
Bound is a gloss but still feels a little drying on the lips. The formula does give off shine, but has the same feel on the lips, as the matte shade. This is my favorite of all of them, and I wear it all the time. The wear on this is 2-3 hours, dependent upon if I am eating or drinking anything. This is the Lippie Stix that had a counterpart that made no sense. The Lip Liner is very dark brown, and doesn't come close to the shade of the lippie stix. However, when paired together they produce a beautiful mauve-y shade (think Kendall Jenner). So my guess is that they made this lipliner to compliment the lippie stix.
The second is Frida, which is a fan favorite. It is a a satin, but acts the same as a matte in terms of looks and feel. This is a peachy nude shade, that pairs wonderfully with its lipliner.
Clique is my absolute favorite. It is an orange-red. Definitely a beautiful summer color, and wears very matte. This lasts 4 hours on me. 
I Heart This is another matte shade. It is a raspberry pink, and is a go-to girly shade. The matte effect on this is similar to Clique as well as the wear. 
The last one is another matte shade called Heart On. Heart On is a purple-pink. You have to be brave to put this little guy on, but it is so beautiful that I dare you not to! The lip liner for this is also a perfect match. 

Overall, the matte shades wear longer than the satin and gloss. However, they don't stain or last until your night ends, so touch ups will be necessary. The plus side is that they are in an easy pencil shape, and are slim so you can take them with you whereever you go. 
The quality you get for the price you pay can not be beat! I suggest you try some out, because at the end I guarantee you won't regret it. I also heard that they have come out with some fall shades. Check out ColourPop here

Sep 1, 2015

August Favorites

I can't believe summer is over! The college kids are back in our college town, and at least the city is flourishing, but summer is over...which means, Fall is here! I love fall, so I don't care that summer is over.
With the end of a month, comes the monthly favorites. This month I kept it pretty minimal with the makeup hoarding (until the end of the month...).

Macadamia Oil Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment | I think they changed the name and formula of this oil. Don't get me wrong, I loved the old version as well, but this new one just seems to be better for my hair. I can tell a difference when this oil isn't in my hair. It just isn't as smooth and is definitely more frizzy. The smell is heavenly and one pump is enough for my under-the-boob-long, thick hair. It is definitely pricey, but it is SO worth it. This favorite replaces my old oil, L'Anza Healing Oil. 

The next two are my foundation favorites, and have lived on my face all month, the Maybelline Fit Me Matt+ Poreless Foundation. I already raved about this in my last post, which you can read here.

The Tarte CC Under Eye Corrector in Light Medium has been a product many have raved about. I was in the process of finishing up my Nars Concealer and wasn't too impressed with how it did with my dark circles. This stuff is miraculous! The salmony color, evens out the darkness underneath and makes me look more awake. It is also a buttery formula so there is not tugging underneath the eye during application.

The Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Dark Brown is slowly becoming a holy grail item. I bought this bad boy at the beginning of summer and I am already out of it, and have bought another one in brown, and another in gray. This stuff is the easy button for eyeliner. The felt tip makes it super easy to apply and create any sort of eyeliner look, and the liquid inside is super waterproof and stays on my eyelids even without primer. Oh, and by the way, I have super oily lids. 

My last favorite is a surprising one. I am never really impressed with moisturizers and can't be bothered  to put in because it is too much work to rub it in! This stuff makes my legs shine, and sinks into the skin. Super impressed with the Ultra Shea range, and can't wait to try some fall scents. For those who like sweet smells, the Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Moisturizer in Lush Pink Dragonfruit will be the perfect scent for you. It has been the perfect summer scent for me. My dog, Freddie also loves the taste of this stuff. 

Aug 25, 2015

Current Drugstore Favorites

There's always an undeniable love affair with my budget conscious mind and drugstore makeup. The low price points make me feel like a baller makin' it rain on all the makeup in the world. It's so nice to stock up my ULTA basket with goodies to the brim, and to not leave like I got into some serious debt. Of course, when I find a true love at the drugstore I will write novels, poems, and love sonnets for it.

My first shout out goes to the stunning Maybelinne Fit Me Matte foundation, which I wrote a full review for here. I loved it then, and I love it now. Back then, it was easy for a foundation to stay put on my face, as we were in the midst of crazy Michigan winters, and things were looking good for our relationship. But this little soldier, stays put with me through summer as well. It doesn't keep me as matte as it did back then, and needs a little powder to set it. But in the end, nothing lasts on my face as much as this guy (besides Estee Lauder Doublewear Light). Stays put, doesn't feel cakey and has a ton of shade offerings which is always a plus for my Neutral skin tone.

Lipsticks are always a good deal at the drugstore. My true love affair has started and always will be with the Revlon Lip Balms (Pencils, Crayons). They offer different finishes, Matte, Lacquer (glossy), and the Just Bitten version which is supposed to be a wash of color. I own a ton of each range and love them all equally. For someone who wants to grow their Lipstick shade range, this is an amazing line to look into. These babies allowed me to experiment with different colors, and find my true nudes, reds, and pinks that suit my skintone.
Talking about lips, glosses are also a great selection through the drugstore. But my favorite, and a lot of other people's favorite has to be the NYX Butter Gloss, which are true to the name, like BUTTER. They feel amazing on the lips, and have a color pay off that even masks this tinted lipped girls' mouth.I hate lipgloss, so the fact that I have a lipgloss mentioned in here should mean something.
Mascara is another product that I love to find through the drugstore. It is one of those products that has a short shelf life and I can't justify spending 20 bucks on a tube that will last me 2 months. Ain't nobody got time for that. My recent favorite has been this COVERGirl SuperSize Mascara. Can we talk about how wet this mascara is? I love it! It makes my lashes full, and gives it length, and holds a curl in place like a B-O-S-S. I'm sure this will be a short fling, as I am always looking for new mascaras at the drugstore, but until I find another, this will be my love.

Last, but not least is a product that everybody and their mother who loves a good brow should get. The L'oreal Brow Stylist Plumper is the perfect solution to girls who need to set their brows, or even give them some fill for days they don't want to mess with a pencil. The little brush at the end of the wand is perfect for getting into little spaces, so perfect for thick brows and thin. It makes my brows stay in place all day long, and I love it for that. It is also a huge dupe for Benefit GimmeBrow and is half the price.... ;)

Aug 5, 2015

Empty Bottles!

I have accumulated a ton of products in the past couple of months, and as the hoarding continued it was time to throw them all away. Nothing worse than a ton of empty bottles falling on you as you are trying to get some paper towels from the top shelf!

I decided to chunk everything up by where they are intended for use. So first, we will start from hair (since that's at the top).

Let's start with Dry Shampoo; the first one is my old, trusty Batiste dry shampoo. The hype is real here, you guys! The one I got this time was the strength and shine. I don't think it delivered much shine, but it's a dry shampoo...it's named dry for a reason. This stuff stays my 2nd, 3rd and sometimes 4th (YIKES) day hair. I have a travel version that I take with me on my travels, and always make a trip to ULTA as soon as I am out of it. No other compares. That statement is a great segway to my next product the DOVE Dry Shampoo. This stuff smelled horrible, did nothing to my hair and made it feel gross. No, thank you. The little clear bottle, with the gold top is a product my hairdresser swears by; the L'Anza Healing Oil. This lasted me about 6 months, and I have thick and long hair. A little bit goes a huge way. I like to put this in my hair when it is damp, and not only does it smell wonderful, but I can definitely see a difference when I don't use this product. I haven't repurchased as I am trying out the Macadamia Oil at the moment, but if I don't like that more, I will definitely buy again.

Ahhhh, the face. Two things that I slather on my face all the time, face lotion, and foundation. I will start with the meh, and going to the "I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT". The meeeeehh product of the two is the Korres Pomegranate CreamGel Moisturizer. The product claims that it is for oily skin, and during the winter months, yes it is. But during the summer this stuff does nothing to control my oils, which is why I knocked it down a little bit. It smells awesome, and is very light on the skin but wasn't worth the money. Estee Lauder DoubleWear Light is my one true love. I have repurchased this four times. It is perfect coverage, with all day longevity. I can't say enough nice things about this product, and I will always have one in my stash as my old and faithful. EL, please, oh please don't EVER discontinue this product.
From the smells, this baby was a prized posession that I used sparingly. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb was a very hyped product. It's a floral smell that teeters towards the night time scents. I wore this during the day and at night because it is a very versatile scent that can do well in both settings.

Anastasia Brow Wiz, this is the second time you have been in my empties. Stop being an attention hog, and stop emptying out so fast! Needless to say, I use this product everyday, even if I don't put on makeup (my eyebrows are embarrassing). The thin point and longevity is unmatched in my eyes, and until I just get eyebrows tattooed on, I will keep on shelling out the 20-some bucks for this. The product there in the distance, in the dark is one that I loved in the beginning, and hated at the end. The poor Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes got so much attention from me, and then I couldn't take it anymore, so I put her in the back of my MUJI drawer and forgot about it. The product is great when it is new and fresh, but after a month it dries up and doesn't give the "umph" my lashes long for. I hear a ton of raving reviews on this product, so maybe it just wasn't meant to be for us.

And that is it, my friends! Next time, I will try to only hoard a couple of products, so that my blog post doesn't go on and on and on.