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'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.

Jul 20, 2015

Summer Bare Face

Embrace the bare face is a statement that I shy away from. Don't get me wrong I will lounge around the house without makeup ALL DAY LONG - no shame! But when I make the effort to step outside, I put at least some type of coverage on to make myself look put together (even if I'm in baggy sweats).
The following items are what makeup my summer bare-face, and also a preview to some of my favorite items lately.
I first start off with my MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose. I sweep this under my eyes in a "V" formation and then blend away with my fingers.
Then I do a pea size amount of the Rimmel Matte BB Cream and an even smaller amount of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and mix that in between my fingers. I will take that mixture straight to my face with my fingers and work it in my face. If things are looking streaky I will take the Sephora Airbrush Brush and blend it in my skin This gives the perfect amount of coverage and the LM Tinted Moisturizer gives the Matte look of the BB Cream a little bit of life.
After all that, I take my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark and a the big powder brush from Real Techniques and powder everything to keep it in place! 
Voila, this combo lets me look presentable in front of society and is super quick! 

Jul 13, 2015

KEEP Collective Experience

The ladies around my office LOVE throwing jewelry parties. And I love getting invited to them. It makes me feel like we put down our crazy busy woman capes away for a minute, and talk about girl stuff, like pretty and sparkly jewelry!
About a month ago, I was invited to a KEEP Collective party. I started hearing about this brand through a close co-worker who kept asking me to throw a party. Now I love parties, but I'm always scared of being a host, and not bringing in too many people... It's just a fear of mine. So when another co-worker decided to take her up on her offer, I was super excited. I got out the catalog she gave me weeks ago, and chose all the things I was going to purchase.
One warning all women should give you before jewelry parties (Stella and Dot, Premier, and etc.) is that your bank account will cry out for help. Being a jewelry party attendee veteran, I was loaded and ready to fire.
Once we got to the venue, I flipped through the book look at the charms, and confirmed my already chosen options. I filled out my order sheet, and held my breath for a total. Now, I don't remember off the top of my head how much it was, but I can do a simple math for you.

Two nights before this party, I went to a Stella & Dot jewelry party, and got three items that definitely cost me well over $150... I remember when I got my KEEP Collective receipt, I was relieved because it was nowhere near that total! I got two reversible leather bracelets, one big script charm, two birthstone charms, a handwritten love charm, and a paw print charm, and it was nowhere near that cost. I was so impressed that I was determined to write a raving review right then and there. Then, things got better. I received my order in TWO DAYS. Now, the online shopper in you should be squealing, because there is nothing worse than doing a huge order and waiting in anticipation to receive it!
I was so happy with the way the charms turned out, that I am here outwardly recommending KEEP Collective to you! Also apparently they are a Stella & Dot company (go figure).
KEEP Collective Link

Jun 18, 2015

Daily Details

I love costume jewelry as much as the next girl, but there are days when I don't want to wear a heavy necklace, arm candy up to my elbows, and a cocktail ring that inhibits my typing skills. I can tell you this much though, I never leave the house without jewelry on. I always have at least one thing on. This quick little post is to visually entertain you with jewelry that has become a part of my body!
First, and foremost my most treasured item on this planet...

My engagement ring is that one piece of jewelry that I never take off. I'm not one of those people that get bothered by jewelry while they are sleeping, so this baby goes to bed with me as well.
The next three are things that I wear on most days.

My white gold studs are my prized posessions. I got these for Christmas three years ago, and I LOVE them.

My Michael Kors watch is a cult favorite, you'll notice at this point we are changing metals (silver to gold). I admit that I am one to wear different shades of metal no matter what the rules say.

My last piece was a gift from my dad a year ago. It is a letter "D" for my name, with a little evil eye on the bottom. With my Turkish heritage, I am a huge advocate of having evil eyes everywhere! So I wear this all the time, unless I like to wear one of my statement necklaces.

May 19, 2015

Liz Earle Skincare Review

Have you been watching YouTube for the past three+ years, then you have probably heard of the Liz Earle Skincare brand. This brand took YouTube by storm, and everytime someone spoke of their Cleanser and how great it was, I wanted to take the plunge. For some reason or another, I was always using another face wash during that time (probably my gigantor bottle of Cetaphil), and I never got the opportunity to purchase.

A month ago, I was watching videos again, and came across another fellow beauty addict talking about the skincare which sparked my interest (my philosophy cleanser was running out, and I wasn't too impressed).

What I ended up purchasing were these two babies; Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, and the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I'll start my review with the Cleanse and Polish that everyone and their mother has talked about.  This is a creamy cleanser that comes in a pump bottle which dispenses enough product for the whole face through one pump. 
It feels very nice on the skin when applied. The way you are supposed to use this is to work it into your skin, and then rinse of with one of the two cleansing cloths. The best part about this cleanser is definitely the hot cloth. It reminds me of the hot towels you used to get on planes! It just makes my skin feel very plump afterwards. This cleanser does the job of cleansing, and didn't irritate my sensitive skin. There is nothing too special about it, and it doesn't have any magical skills, but if you are looking for a natural, non irritating cleanser, give this a go! 

The second product is one that you are supposed to follow the cleanser with; the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. This stuff has to be my favorite toner to date. It doesn't burn, irritate or strip my skin from its natural oils. It almost has a calming effect on the skin, and feels amazing when applied with a cotton pad. Again, no magical feels with this product, but for those who have great skin that are just looking to nourish it, I would definitely purchase this.

All and all, they are great products, I just wasn't blown away by them. I think the hype is too overrated but in no means is this a bad product.