Monthly Archives: November 2014

Quick Happy Thanksgiving!

I was inspired by my clinique sculpting cream post to make this picture. To all who celebrate, Have a great Thanksgiving.

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And one more…

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Makeup Looks With Cynthia Rowley Beauty The Ultimate Eyeliner Set!

I can’t…I just can’t. I can’t even! Now I’m using that annoying expression, because. I JUST CAN’T EVEN!
If there is one set you need to get this holiday season, it’s this one.
Take in the loveliness:
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Nine eyeliners. Nine! Nine creamy, highly pigmented, long wearing, amazing liners all for 55 dollars. Individually boxed and placed in a gorgeous gilded bag. Seriously.
The individual boxing makes this easy to break up and give as gifts. Unfortunately for those around me, I will not be doing that. Ha! I did save one liner, the charcoal, just because I know that color does nothing for me.
Check out some swatches (minus the charcoal):
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😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
Now for some makeup looks

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A little bit softer now

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I just love the last one for everyday looks:

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Amazing, aren’t they? Do you realize how much you need these in your life?

Quick Pros and Cons
Pros:
Color selection
High pigment
Long lasting
Great value (9 for 55. Wha???!!!)
Elegant packaging
Individually boxed
Beautiful makeup bag.

Cons:
Glitter shades are a little tougher to remove.
That’s it though.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Here is a link to learn more. I don’t get any credit, I’m just sharing the love. https://www.birchbox.com/shop/cynthia-rowley-beauty-ultimate-eyeliner-set
Till next time…
Smooches! πŸ’‹

e.l.f Cosmetics Concealer Review

Shopping for elf cosmetics is like going on a shopping spree at a dollar store. You may be amazed by how far your dollar can go, but many times the quality is just not there. That’s ok, because in those moments you tell yourself: Dude, it was two dollars.
Such is the case with my recent concealer haul from their website.
Now, let me be clear,
I am a HUGE fan of their:

πŸ’‹Professional Brushes
πŸ’‹Moisturizing Lipsticks
πŸ’‹Cream Eyeliners
πŸ’‹Mascaras

Ok, so now that I’ve listed the positives let’s get to these concealers.
Spoiler Alert: I bought three different formulas in 6 different colors. I liked 2 out of 4
The Duds:
πŸ’‹ elf All Over Cover Stick in Rosy Beige and Honey
πŸ’‹ elf Tone Correcting Concealer Rosy Beige and Honey

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Yeah, I am NOT a honey shade. Lesson learned.
Pros and Cons Time…
πŸ’‹ I like the idea of the All Over Cover Stick.
It’s a nice little size, and the Rosy Beige tone is a pretty light peach shade which looked ok under my eyes. But the fragrance is a no no. It’s a citrus scent. Why does someone’s face have to smell like an orange? I could not use it by my eyes because it was irritating, so there was no way in hell I was using it on my blemish prone skin.
πŸ’‹ The Tone Correcting Concealer is laughable. Neither color works and they both have that same perfume smell. The swatches looked ridiculous on my hand, so I spared my face of the nonsense.

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Total Amount Lost: 6 dollars
On to what I liked…

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πŸ’‹ These are 3 dollars each, oil AND fragrance free and they provide a decent amount of coverage.
Check it out:

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Even though they are oil-free I felt nervous wearing it. So I decided to wash it off and just use both shades under my eyes with my current foundation from Dermablend.

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Not terrible. Kind of like it. I prefer the beige for face blemishes and the nude for my eyes because it is peachy.
So, what did we learn today?
πŸ’‹ If you are going to try an elf concealer, go for the maximum coverage formula. It’s oil and fragrance free and if you have a similar skin tone to mine, you will be pleased with the shades.
Boy, my skin is pissed now from all this experimentation. Time to wash it off!
Till next time
Smooches!πŸ’‹

Clinique Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream

Clinique sent their employees an early holiday present. They were kind enough to send a full size jar of their newest addition to the Repairwear line as well as a full size Super Strawberry Chubby Stick. I can’t use most anti-aging creams because my primary concerns are acne and sensitivity, but I’m excited to try this as because this cream is specifically for the neck and chest area. Those areas are not breakout prone for me.
I can’t help but laugh at the timing of this preview sample- just before Thanksgiving. A cream to treat your turkey neck just in time for Turkey Day! πŸ˜‚
Till next time…
Smooches! πŸ’‹
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Stila Merry and Bright Makeup Set.

Stila usually makes cute holiday sets, but I can’t say I’ve been very interested in their 2014 collection.
I guess it was hard to top last year’s sets. Remember the smudge sticks in the tin? Perfection! πŸ™Œ I still use those quite a bit. The sets this year don’t seemed to be priced quite as nicely as last season.
Except for this:
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All this for 29 bucks!

Whats inside:
Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream in Tulip (rosy red) (0.15 oz.)
Deluxe Lip Glaze in Glamour (sparkling ruby) (0.05 oz.)
Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Purple Tang (dark purple sheen) (0.01 oz.)
Jewled Headband

(Description from Ulta Website).

Here’s how it looks (minus the gloss):

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πŸ’‹I used the Purple Tang liner on my top lid and I used the Tulip color as a stain on my lips. I was afraid to use it on my cheeks given my sensitive skin issues.
πŸ’‹ I really think the gloss is lovely, but I’m debating if I should open it or give it away.
πŸ’‹ The headband seemed ridiculous in the package, but quite cute once I put it on. If given the choice I would still choose more makeup over random accessories.

Let’s wrap it up

No really, you should get this, wrap it up and give it as a holiday gift. Or be selfish it and keep it all to yourself. You’re worth it. Whoops! Wrong brand.
Till next time…
Smooches! πŸ’‹

FRIDAY FLASH! Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss

Matte lipstick may be trending, but healthy, moisturized lips never go out of style.

When I first saw these in the drug store last week, I thought that Almay was a little late to the butter lipstick trend. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t curious to try them out. Was it because my lips were chapped and in need of some butter love? Maybe. Was it the low price point? Probably. Or was it that gorgeous Berry-Light shade that got the ball rolling? Mos def.

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The Details:
πŸ’‹ 4 Color schemes categorized by skin tones: Light, Light-Medium, and Medium.
πŸ’‹ Made with moisturizing ingredients like jojoba, coconut oil and vitamin E.
πŸ’‹ Retails around $5.99 -of course I used coupons though

Mama has a favorite:

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But I love this one too:

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It has that NARS Orgasm coloring to it.

Here’s a Pink (also pretty):

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And my least favorite but still pretty:

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Word to the Wise:
πŸ’‹ Don’t feel like you need to stick within your skin tone.
πŸ’‹ The best colors from this collection are from the Light Tones.
πŸ’‹ The Medium ones are deeper, but not as vibrant.
πŸ’‹ The Light Medium ones are a snooze fest. Ok, maybe that’s harsh. It’s just that the Light ones pop the most, which is counter-intuitive, right?
πŸ’‹ NOTE: I didn’t go for any red tones because I have this weird thing about only wearing red if it’s matte.
πŸ’‹ If you like a glossy red, go for the Red Light. It’s bright and fun!
πŸ’‹ If you want just one shade, go for the Berry Light. Such a beauty! It’s like Benefit’s Lollibalm, but more color payoff and much cheaper.

Till next time…
Buttery Smooches! πŸ’‹

Benefit World Famous Neutrals Review

If I went to a fortune teller before purchasing this set, she would have probably said:
You will see a makeup set from Benefit. The adorable packaging will hypnotize you into buying it, but like many Benefit sets it will just be so/so.
I bought this set during Sephora’s 20% off sale. It was already priced well, and the coupon made it more enticing. Still, I’ve had pretty flat experiences with Benefit in the past, so I wasn’t sure if I should get it. I decided to open it today to play around and see if it’s worth it.
Cons:
Cream shadows are greasy.
Powder shadows do not have impressive pigment.
Plenty of other nude sets out there such as Naked Palette, Maybelline Nudes and Clinique’s Neutral palette from last year. Overall, this is a vanilla set wrapped in a delightful visual presentation
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Pros:
Packaging is cute.
Comes with mini tutorials.
Perfect gift for a young person or someone who is not that into makeup
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Sorry Madame Esmeralda, but this one is going back.
Some pics before it goes…
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On a side note, how amazing is that red lipstick?! That is #50 Ultra Rich Color lipstick from Golden Rose Cosmetics. This is truly a secret little gem. Many people (I know) do not know about Golden Rose. They are sold in random places like Shoprite in Little Falls, NJ and certain malls. Visit there website: http://www.goldenroseusa.com/
Specifically get that formula if you decide to order. It is creamy, long lasting, and cheap. Cheap is the best little cherry on top.
Till next time…
Smooches πŸ’‹