Sunday, February 27, 2011

You Can Now Follow Me On Bloglovin'!!!

I just added my blog! The link is in the side bar so please take a minute and subscribe if you aren't already subscribed to this blog some other way. Or even if you are lol! I'm super excited!!! And if you guys know of any other super interesting makeup blogs on Bloglovin' lemme know in comments!

{One Month Later} DDF Aloe Toning Complex

The purpose of this post is just to show you guys how quickly I go through some products. I find that I go through toner faster than any other skin care product. I use my all time favorite toner, the DDF Aloe Toning Complex spray to set my makeup (if it looks to powdery), lightly moisturize if I don't have enough time/skin's too oily for moisturizer, or just refresh my face during the day. I love this toner and am very sad that they no longer sell the 4.5 oz bottle at Sephora, only the 8 oz which is too big.

1 month ago:
This pic was taken a month ago when I did my January favorites post.


This pic I took yesterday after noticing that it's almost gone:(

My friends love this stuff too. I have a friend who wears a lot of powder product on her face which can make her look over done. One time I just took this out (I carry it in my tote) and showed her the difference it made to spray this after she powdered. She was amazed at how smooth and flawless her makeup looked, how the powder just melted into her skin. I highly recommend doing this if you think your powder looks too heavy. You don't have to buy the DDF one. I really like Olay's Witch Hazel toner, and it's only around $3.50. Just pour it into a spray bottle and you're good to go!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

{Review} Smith's Rose Bud Salve

I've always liked rose flavored balms. The first I ever tried was some no name brand one I got in some little shop when I was on Brighton Beach in NY. Since then I've tried quite a few, the last being C.O. Bigelow's Rose Salve (review here). I really liked it and it lasted forever. This time I decided to try Smith's Rose Bud salve. For all intents and purposes, it's almost the exact same product from formula to packaging to scent.

I love the vintage looking packaging of this balm. While the C.O. Bigelow one also has the oversize tin, this one seems to have a bit more character. I feel like I found it at some vintage shop :)

I also like how simple the ingredients list is. For some reason the fewer ingredients in a product the more I trust that it's not harmful or too chemically, etc. It is petroleum based (like the Vaseline stuff), so if you really don't want to shell out the money, Vaseline's a pretty good dupe without the rose scent.

Like the C.O. Bigelow balm, it looks pink in the pan, but applies completely clear. And you get a HUGE amount.

A swatch:
As you can see, it's a completely clear balm that has a slightly glossy finish. I like how it has a glossy finish and is a bit thinner than some balms because it makes my lips feel and look more hydrated. I really dislike very waxy balms that look matte. This one looks very natural but with a slight sheen which makes my lips look very healthy.

If you like rose scented products you will love this balm. I do admit that every now and then if I have a headache or something the scent can be a bit cloying, but I am prone to headaches and scents do trigger me. It doesn't smell old lady like or anything like that. I feel like rose scents are sometimes categorized as grandma-ish. This one is light and is gone after a few minutes of wear.

Another thing I like about this balm is how multipurpose it is. You can use it on dry patches, minor burns, cuticles, etc. You need to be hyegenic about it of course and make sure your hands are clean when you dip into the pot.

The only other negatives I can think of with this product are that it's a bit hard to open sometimes and since the balm is so soft you can't leave it in your car or take it to the beach, etc. I left my C.O. Bigelow one in the cup holder sideways and the balm had melted and then set sideways in the container, haha! Other than that it is a good buy and I highly recommend!

-Cute vintage/old fashioned packaging.
-Very moisturizing.
-Smells good!
-Glossy finish.
-HUGE amount for cheap price!

-Hard to open sometimes.
-Balm is soft so may melt if you leave in the car, etc.
-Packaging unhygenic if you use it on your body and lips or without clean fingers.


Price: $6

Ingredients: Ingredients Pertolatum, Lanolin Alcohol, Synthetic Wax, Natural Flavor, Artificial Flavor.

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was purchased by me for the purpose of my personal use. If you have any further questions about disclosure, don't hesitate to ask in comments!

{Review} Sephora Eyeshadow in Choco Excess

I don't buy a lot of Sephora brand makeup, so when something really really catches my eye it is usually something spectacular. This color, Choco Excess (number 19) is absolutely STUNNING!!! The problem is everything else about it. Not even the gorgeous color can even come close to making up for how difficult it is to work with this eyeshadow.

Look at this color!!! Click on the pic and zoom in, cause it absolutely gorgeous!!! It's a warm brown loaded with A TON of silvery glitter.

A swatch:

Another swatch:

And now, you can kinda see what I was talking about before. This eyeshadow is HARD. HARD AND CHUNKY AND GRITTY. If I use a brush to apply this product then I end up with not only fallout but also glitter every where all over my face and clothes. If I use a sponge tip applicator (like I used to swatch) same thing happens. If I apply it wet it becomes impossible to blend it out. There's no winning with this eyeshadow!

I don't know why the texture of this shadow is so hard. I've used Sephora brand eyeshadows before and while they've never been my favorite I've never had an eyeshadow be this hard, scratchy, and gritty. Part of the problem is that there is nothing holding the glitter in the shadow so after you blend out the shimmery, glittery goodness of the eyeshadow in the pan doesn't translate onto the eye.

For $12 you cold buy several drugstore eyeshadows that are much better quality than this one from Sephora. Or add a few bucks and get a MAC shadow. I wish I could say I love this shadow cause the color is so pretty and unique, but sadly the formula of it just doesn't cut it.

-Very pretty color.
-Reasonably priced.
-Nice packaging.

-Gritty and very hard.
-Glitter doesn't stick, ends up EVERYWHERE.
-Hard to work with, even to just et it on a brush.
-Doesn't blend well.


Price: $12

Ingredients: Polyethylene Terephthalate, Mica, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Magnesium Myristate, Talc, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Phenyl Trimethicone, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Polybutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyurethane-11, Phenoxyethanol, Maltodextrin, Sorbic Acid, BHT, CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tin Oxide.

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was purchased by me for the purpose of my personal use. If you have any further questions about disclosure don't hesitate to ask in comments.

{Haul} Collective Mostly Skincare Haul

So if you've been reading this blog for a while now, you know I try not to buy too much makeup. Well, in the past month I've really been hauling quite a bit, most of it skin care related. Here's what I got!

1. Sephora:
Sephora Jumbo Pencil in White
Sephora Single Eyeshaodw in Choco Excess
Smith's Rosebud Slave

I had to get that eyeshadow. It is just so shimmery, glittery, and pretty!!! And I finally finished my C.O. Bigelow rose salve a while ago and just now decided to try out another rose salve.

2. Marshall's:
Nature's Gate C For Yourself Serum
Caswell-Massey Revitalizing Cool Cucumber Eye Pads

I got the eye pads for only $0.79 cause I think they thought that someone had tampered with them. It looks like there are only a few in the package but they are very thin and I counted and all 24 were there. I've also really been getting into serums. My ski's been so dull lately that I've really been trying out products designed to smooth and brighten.

3. Ocean State Job Lot:
Nivea Visage Natural Beauty Beautifying Daily Peeling

I was interested in this daily exfoliator because I've been wanting to try Nivea Visage products for a while now but just haven't seen them in any of the stores I usually shop in. There was also an illuminating moisturizer and eye cream, but I didn't get those.

L'Oreal Skin Genesis Deep Purifying Exfoliating Foaming Cleanser

I'm not a huge fan of L'Oreal skin care but the concept of adding clay into a foaming cleanser hooked me. The actual product feels heavier than a normal cleanser of that size. I was definitely interested.

4. Mary Kay:
Oil Free Liquid Makeup Remover

This one I bought from a friend of mine who sells Mary Kay. I finished my Almay Moisturizing Makeup Remover and really wanted to try something different. It's like Lancom's Bi-Facil remover in that it's got the double layer.

5. Target:
Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher in Translucent

While I love my NYC Smooth Skin Loose Powder in Translucent, I do need something a bit more portable, so I picked this one up. I'll be doing a full review later because I was a bit surprised by this powder.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for combo skin

A friend of mine told me that this moisturizer is really close to Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel so I had to give it a try. At 4 oz you get a ton of product too.

Reviews on many of these products coming soon! If you've tried any of them let me know what you thought!

{Empties} Almay, Chanel, Revlon, Prescriptives & Psssst

L to R: Psssst Dry Shampoo, Revlon Blush in Naturally Nude, Chanel Glossimer in Imaginaire, Prescriptives Camouflage Concealer in Light B/R.

I finished so many products in the past few months! Really super excited! I've really been trying to use more of the same products consistently.

1. Psssst Dry Shampoo- I liked this product, it was actually in my January favorites post, but I don't know if I got a defective bottle or something, but I literally got only five or six uses out of it. Keep in mind that I don't use it all over my head, I just do my bangs and the back of my head for a bit of volume. I picked it up the other day and was shocked to discover it was completely empty.

Top to bottom: Revlon Blush in Naturally Nude, Chanel Glossimer in Imaginaire, Prescriptives Camouflage Concealer in Light B/R.

2. Chanel Glossimer in Imaginaire-I'm actually kind of sad I finished this one. It is probably my all time favorite gloss ever. I've come across similar shades like the Sally Hansen gloss I showed you a while ago, but nothing else gives me the effect this one does.

I can kinda get some if I really work at it, but I can't really get the huge glob of it at the bottom or the top :( Any tips for that?

The formula is unlike any other that I've tried. It's like a gel, not the thin liquid formula of other glosses, but at the same time it's not really sticky.

A swatch:
Look at this shade!!! It's a warm plum but can you see those silvery flecks? The glitter is fine, but the gloss itself doesn't have a frosty shimmer. If you can recommend other glosses like this one, feel free in the comments!

3. Revlon Blush in Naturally Nude-This was one of those products that I really liked when I bought it, but kinda stopped using for no particular reason. It is very light, but since I'm very fair that worked fine for me. It gave me just a bit of color. It's very very slightly frosty which would give my cheeks a glow. I think it's a much lighter version of Nars Decour.

A swatch:
I don't know how well you can see, but the finish is a bit glowy. It shows up better on my face because my face is a bit lighter than the back of my hand.

4. Prescriptives Camouflage Concealer in Light B/R-I liked this concealer a lot because the coverage is very opaque. Just a teeny tiny bit goes a very long way and it's not a drying formula either. There's still a bit in the tube but it's starting to get these little weird hard spots in it, so it's done.

5. Almay Moisturizing Makeup Remover-I just finally finished this stuff. I've had it for almost a year, which is a loooooong time for a makeup remover. I did a full review on this product and put it to the test on several eyeliners if you wanna check out that review. I really recommend this one to anyone trying to find a good makeup remover. I don't think I'll repurchase just because I like to try different products.

St. Louis, MO Pics!

So the weather was great. i went from 25-30 degree weather in CT with snow to a sunny, comfortable tempt of 65 in St. Louis. The flight was uneventful. We flew American Airlines. It was pretty cramped and smelled kinda funny, but the flight was only around 3 hrs, so not too bad. We weren't delayed either, which was good.

My suitcase:
Navy blue with red and brown accents. I really hate ugly suitcases, like the plastic ones that look like futuristic pods or something.

I got it at TJMax for $40, which is a great price cause it's a bit on the bigger side. Plus, it's different from other suitcases so I don't really have to worry about confusing it with someone elses.

We stayed at the Renaissance Grand, which is a Marriot hotel.

Our rooms were nice and big and I don't know what kind of mattress they had but I felt like I was sleeping on a cloud. I tried to check, but they ripped the tags off:(

Another surprise were the samples. They had Aveda samples, which I thought was nice. They smelled very good, too. Well, except for the bar soap.

The arch!
Soooo pretty! We actually went to the top. You pay $10 and they bring you to the top where you look out of these tiny tiny windows.

The view:

It was kinda scary cause you sit in this tiny round pod that holds five people and you kinda get jerked to the top of the arch. If you are claustrophobic or afraid of heights then this is not for you. Otherwise, you'll probably enjoy it. It's cheap too!

In general, I was really really surprised by how clean the city was. It's not like NYC where all you smell is trash. Heck, I didn't even see any trash on the ground which was a first. I was also a bit struck by how deserted the city felt, though. There were a lot of hotels, parking garages, and a few abandoned buildings. But in all, I had a great time! I'' be posting about traveling with makeup later this week. It's a bit of a pic heavy post so it'll take some time to put together.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I'm Back!

Sorry for not posting at all while I was away. The hotel I stayed at charged a ridiculous amount for internet service per night and I wouldn't be reimbursed for it. I will upload some pics of what I did in St. Louis as well as my beauty routine and how I packed!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Leaving For Missouri Tomorrow Morn!

Just a little update: I'm going to a conference in Missouri. My flight leaves tomorrow around noon, so of course that will be crazy. I'll try to update during the trip, but if that's not possible I'll show you how I packed my beauty stuff, my airport makeup look, etc after I get back at the end of next week!

{EOTD} Simple Smokey

I decided to go for a simple smoky look. Just two shadows, a liner, and mascara! I went for something smoky but also subtle with a blended out wing. I like to have some winged eyeliner on because it does elongate my eyes and make them look bigger. I think it can be a bit too much sometimes so I blended it out a bit. And I wanted a bit of a warmer eye, too. Let me know what you think!

Sorry it looks a bit messy. I took the pics just before taking my makeup off before bed cause I didn't have time in the morn :(

Products Used:
Sephora Eyeshadow Base
Benefit Cream Eyeshdow in Birthday Suit
Lancome Eyeshadow in Aspen Nights
Shiseido Liner in Black
Pixi Mascara in Black

{Empties} Bodycology Pick Me Perfume

I finished another thing! No surprise with this one though if you saw how little was left when I showed this in my Jan favorites post. It is the Bodycology Pick Me perfume.

All gone :( I really liked this one, actually. It smells very fruity but not overwhelmingly sweet. Some fruity perfumes smell sickly sweet, which I don't really like. The fact that I got it for $2 at Kmart is awesome too!

Have you guys finished anything lately? Is there anything you're trying to finish but just can't get through?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Day Look!


I chose to go with something romantic, but a bit edgier! I hope that you guys have an awesome night! And maybe get something nice from that special someone in your life ;)

Products Used:
Sephora Brand Eye Primer
Lancome Eyeshadow in The Pink Carpet
Lancome Eyeshadow in Daylight Glow
L'Oreal Khol in Navy
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara in Black

Sunday, February 13, 2011

{Review} Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock

So this review is of something I've been waiting quite some time for drugstore companies to do. I've always preferred liquid sunblocks (as opposed to creams and lotions), but it's not something that an drugstore companies have put out yet, until now that is. I love it when there is a drugstore alternative to a very expensive high end product that performs just as well!

Helioplex technology is designed to combine to active ingredients in sunblocks, avobenzone and oxybenzone to protect agains both UVA and UVB in such a way that it prevents the sun from breaking them down and reducing effectiveness.

Like ndoodles (from Make Up Theory) commented, you don't want to overprotect because then you risk having a vitamin D deficiency. Also, you should consider that a very high SPF, like the 70 of this sunblock, is possible because they add more chemicals to it and you are therefore putting more chemicals on your face. Whenever you are choosing a sunblock remember that anything more than SPF 30 doesn't protect you more but rather for a longer period of time. But also remember that studies have shown that people only wear about half the SPF that they actually think they are because they aren't applying enough (like if you rely on you moisturizer for the SPF). This sunblock only comes in SPF 55 or 70 so you don't really have much of a choice with this one.

What really got me about this foundation is that it claims to layer invisibly under makeup. If you've ever tried to use a regular sunblock before applying makeup (not one in a moisturizer) then you know how uncomfortable it can feel on the skin. I've got pretty oily skin so if I wear a cream sunblock my skin will feel more greasy and heavy, like I'm wearing a lot of makeup and have a mask on my face. I detest that feeling which is why for years I went completely without sunblock (beyond what was in the occasional moisturizer). This liquid formula really does layer very well under makeup!!!

Another plus for this product is the dispenser. It makes it really easy to get jus the right about without wasting any product. 1.4 fl oz seems very small at first, but when you only need 3 to 5 drops to cover your entire face and part of your neck, you realize that a little goes a really long way.

the formula really is liquid.

If you just put a drop on the back of your hand it will flow down.

It also spreads very easily. Other cream formulas you have to really rub in and it takes forever, but this one flows really well on the skin.

Right after applying:
It does take about a minute to set. Not long at all, but when you first apply it it does look a teeny bit greasy. As soon as it sets it's not greasy looking at all.

After a couple of minutes:

As you can see, it pretty much sets to a normal skin texture. By that I mean that it doesn't give a matte finish like some Asian liquid sunblocks. It just looks like I put on a light light moisturizer.

I love this product! It makes getting my sun protection very easy and hassle free. I've been wearing this for almost two weeks now and I really do like the way it wears. First off, it absorbs very quickly, no more than a couple of minutes. It feels kind of like a moisturizer. And I don't know what else they put in the formula but my skin feels very soft at night when I take my makeup off, much softer than before I started using this product. Also, my makeup applies and wears just they way it would without the sunblock. With some sunblocks makeup tends to apply patchy or sheer over it. Not the case with this one. It doesn't make my skin more greasy or matte, so I don't have to powder and more or less than I usually would. I wish it was more mattifying, but to be honest I'm just glad it doesn't make me oilier. It also doesn't make me breakout.

The only real negative I can think of with this product is that it does still have that annoying sunblock smell. High end products tend to not have that smell or smell more refreshing and less cloying. But the smell goes away fairly quickly after application, so it's not that big of a deal. Also, some might cringe at the $11.99 price tag for a drugstore product, but for a sunblock that really isn't excessive at all and with the liquid formula a little goes a long way. I really would pay more for a sunblock like this. I've paid upwards of $50 for the Shiseido one alone.

All in all this is a great buy for anyone looking to protect your skin without disrupting your makeup or wallet overmuch. I highly recommend!!!

-Dries quickly.
-No greasy film.
-High SPF with UVA and UVB protection.
-Leaves my skin very soft.
-Very light feel.
-Really does layer invisibly under makeup.
-Good price.
-Sleek travel friendly packaging.

-Still smells like sunblock.
-Doesn't really mattify.


Price: $11.99

Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7.5%, Oxybenzone 5%. Water, cetyl dimethicone, silica, styrene/acrylates copolymer, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, ethylhexylglycerin, steareth-100, caprylyl glycol, pentylene glycol, steareth-2, cyclopentasiloxane, polyester-7, chlorphenesin, bisabolol, disodium EDTA, acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, butylene glycol, BHT, mannan, xanthan gum, polymethyl methacrylate, camellia oleifera leaf extract, diethylhexyl 2,6-naphthalate, tocopheryl acetate, portulaca oleracea extract, pantothenic acide, retinyl palmitate, ascorbic acid, phenoxyethanol, fragrance.

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was purchased by me for the purpose of my personal use. If you have any further questions about disclosure, don't hesitate to ask in comments.