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Time to get Nude with Tude

Hello my lovely readers 🙂 So lately I’ve had a no makeup kind of attitude. After literally dumping all my makeup on the floor and calculating how much damage I had done to my wallet, I swore off buying new makeup until I finished the one I had.

Well this idea lasted all about 2 minutes 🙂 

Recently I signed up for HauteLook (Review up later) and on the first day they had discounts on TheBalm products, so you know me, I HAD to buy something! So what did I buy? Only the awesomest palette EVER!

The Nude ‘tude palette comes in an adorable casing

Take it out of the case, open the magnetically held cover and Voila! pretty colors for a nice neutral with a pop kind of look.

Oh yeah, the dual headed brush included…pretty nice. Fits nicely into my crease and gives nice sharp lines.

SWATCHES! You know you wanted to see some swatches 🙂 The colors are a nice mix of frost and matte.

Overall: Ok, so this palette isn’t the most awesomest palette ever, but it definitely is very nice. The colors are very pigmented, go on easily with little fall out and last a very long time. Lately I have been using the darker shades just as a smudged liner  and the effect is very sexy sultry but wearable.

Normally this palette sells for $36 USD but I bought it for half the price, and for that price, yup this is definitely my go to palette 🙂

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Quick Pick Me Up Face Mask

What are they:

$1-$2 Mud/Gel masks available  at most drugstores. They come in multiple colors, smells and functions. While some are face brighteners, others are hydraters, pore cleansers, and even “anti-aging”

What do they do: Rehydarte the skin and help bring it back to life and are just fun to use.

Do they work: HECK YEAH! (Some better then others depending on your skin and needs)

Why do I love them: Because they are so darn cheap! Pop one of those packets and BAM within 20 minutes your face will thank you 🙂

Final Word  of Advise: If you are a product snob, then I’m sorry this might not be for you because lets face it, a home facial just isn’t the same as a professional one. HOWEVER, if you’re like me and don’t mind trying out new things, go pick up one of these delicious  smelling face packs and give them a try 🙂

 

$3 Gel Liner SMACKDOWN!

Contestants:

                       

Essence Gel Liner in 01 Midnight in Paris

 Wet N Wild Gel Liner in 886

E.L.F Cream Liner in Black

SWATCH

Essence          Wet N Wild            E.L.F

All three are very intense black. However Essence is the most creamy while Wet N’ Wild has a drier formula.

WATER SMUDGE TEST

Took some water, rubbed it across all three, and excuse my horrible swatching skills but no one  budged.

MAKEUP REMOVER TEST

Took a contain swab dipped in makeup remover, ran it once over all three. Essence faded, Wet N wild barely moved and  with one more swipe E.L.F  would have disappeared.

CONCLUSIONS:

If you are looking for an awesome liner all around, then get the Essence Liner. It is creamy so it goes on SOOOO smooth. It doesn’t smudge and lasts all day. Plus they have a very nice color selection for those divas wanting to experiment with colored gel liners 🙂

If you are looking for a liner that won’t move for days, go ahead get the Wet N Wild Liner.  That little sucker stays on even after you remove it. Although a little drier in texture, it is very easy to apply.

Side Note: Thank u all for the congratulation’s, it really meant a lot, and as far as putting up pictures, im so sorry but I can’t. Mi familia decided that they needed to be in every picture so when I asked if I could share them online, they all shied away 🙂 But no worries, someday I will put up pics:)

MY FIRST JULEP MAVEN BOX!

I’m a sucker for nail products especially nail polish. So after reading about all the lovely ladies subscribed to the Julep Maven box, I  just had to get in on it…..Oh did I forget to mention it only cost me 1 penny!!!! what!!! Yup!!!!

Meet my Julep Maven Box….shes so sleek 🙂

Do not tell me there are goodies inside a box and  then expect me to patiently open it. NOPE I tore the box open and look what came out 🙂

This is the Julep glycolic hand scrub. Think St. Ives Apricot Scrub but more citrusy smell. it left my hands feeling very soft and slightly hydrated

Now to the nail polish!! On the online test, I tested as BOHO GLAM. While the words sound exactly like me, I wasn’t too in love with the nail colors, but I am so glad I stuck to the BOHO colors because I really really  love one of the colors.

The grey is called “Meryl” and  it is a very nice creamy grey. While I like the muted color, I already have a grey that is an exact match for this.

The yellow one is called “Blake” and I love Blake 🙂 Normally  I love crazy vibrant colors on my nails, but this the PERFECT buttery yellow to make me turn towards pastels

OVERALL: For a penny I love what I got! I mean how can you complain when you literally paid nothing. However would I become a monthly subcriber…….for $2o/month probably not. Ouch, I know. I love nail varnish but I mean come on I can go to the drugstore and pick up polish for like a buck, so sorry Julep Maven, although your introductory offer is AWESOME, I just can not see myself paying that much each moth for nail polish and hand products.

TO GET IN ON THE DEAL TYPE IN COLOR2012 when you check out!!!!

Taming of the Brow

The two bushy caterpillars that sit atop my brow are driving me crazy! While one day they sit and stay perfectly fine like good little trained pets, the next day they decide to travel…here, there, everywhere…I just can’t keep up:)

Every morning, I have a daily battle with my  bushy eyebrows. On most days I am ready for battle with my arsenal of supplies, but then there are days that I don’t give a s***. Below are just some really CHEAP products that I use to tame my ferociously beastly brows 🙂

 

Shaping:

The key to tamed eyebrows, is a good manageable shape. I am Indian, so we naturally have thick bushman eyebrows that need constant upkeep, therefore a pair of tweezers and eyebrow scissors is a must!

I use a simple “spoolie thingy” t come my hairs up and trim the extra long hairs, then if need be I come down to get any strays.

A good pair of tweezers is a must. But here’s the thing, I own tweezers that are both $0.99 and $20 and they work essentially the same as long as they have the right angle and thickness.

For those ubber pesky fine hairs that I just can’t seem to pluck, I use this bad boy. Yes its a razor, but before you all start yelling about how dangerous that is and I could shave off an eyebrow,  read on. These are soft razor that need to be angled properly to work but the best part about them is that 1..2..3, Look mom no uni-brow! 🙂 Don’t worry, no five o’clock shadow here.

Maintaining:

Yup, that’s thread and it’s my best friend 🙂 Threading my eyebrows not only for less plucking and upkeep, but it gives the nicest, cleanest shape. Highly recommend it. Takes a little getting used to, but well worth it.

Day to Day:

Now back to my chaotic mornings when I am normally running late for work.

The first thing I do is usually use either the ElF Eyebrow Kit, or just a dark brown Wet N’ Wild eyeliner pencil to fill in any random gaps I might have.

Next, I pack on the Maybelline Great Lash Clear mascara or the ELF clear brow mascara and BAM….. set for the day

….see I told you it was cheap 🙂

Smashbox Beauty Exposed Kit……DUPES!!!

” O_o, that looks pretty… yum that smells nice…. ahhh shinny glitter, drool, MUST have!”

Every time I walk into a store/drugstore that sells makeup, I feel like a kid in a candy store 🙂 I love beauty products!!!! Lotions, masks, makeup, perfumes … anything remotely beauty related, I’ve GOT to have it!

Same situation when I walked into ULTA and bought the Smashbox Beauty Exposed Kit. I saw it, I wanted it, I bought. Mission accomplished 🙂

What’s included: 

  • PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER (travel size)

This is one of my favorite face primers, so the fact that it was included in the kit was a selling point enough for me.

  • BEAUTY EXPOSED EYE SHADOW PALETTE WITH SOFT LIGHTS

Such gorgeous colors! They look okay in the palette, but when you wear them they give such a nice frosty pearlescent effect.

  • LIP ENHANCING GLOSS in STARFRUIT (travel size)

Nothing really special but a nice color anyways

  • BLUSH RUSH in PEONY

Once again a nice coral/pink color. A little chalky but a nice color anyways.

  • EYE PENCIL in STONE

Dark brown liner pencil. I liked that it was very easy to apply and I think its best suited for a smudged smokey look.

(bottom is Smashbox in stone, top is Wet N’ Wild in Dark Brown. Both are very similar, although the picture is showing the top one to be more reddish.)

Overall: if you have the $39 USD  to spend, do it. It’s a nice kit, nice products, nothing too flashy, but great quality.

HOWEVER!!!! All the products are dupeable!!!!!

The eyeshadows are very similar to Covergirl’s Shimmering Sands

the lip gloss is  similar to Wet N’ Wild Mega Slick in Panning for Gold/Candy Apple

The eyeliner is very  similar to Wet N’ Wild’s dark Brown eyeliner and the blush is comparable to ELF’s Twinkle Pink

So it’s up to you, pay $39 or for about 1/4 of the price get basically the same thing 🙂

Benefit POREfessional Review

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who has the biggest pores of them all?….Me! Aww shucks! Thanks 🙂

If you read my intro and said you have the biggest pores, then no  no no, my dear, you ain’t got nothing on me! I swear you can see my pores from space, but I think I  might have found a product that can finally make the little suckers disappear (well temporarily at least) 🙂

This is the Benefit POREfessinal

Packaging: The product comes in a squeeze tube making the use of this product very easy. 

Product: The formulation of this product is a little like a balm.

A little definitely goes a long way. When you first squeeze some out, it feels like its going to be thick, but once you start blending it into the skin, it feels almost non-existent, which is a big plus because I hate the feel of pore clogging products. The product promises to reduce the appearance of pores as well control oil, so I usually apply this to my t-zone (forehead, cheeks, around nose). The product comes out in a beige color but the color disappears after applying, so it works on all skin tones and shades.

Pricing: $29 USD

Overall: I like this product. Is it my holy grail, everyday go to product? No, but I like the fact that when I do use it, it works. The product fills in your pores and fine lines therefore giving a more refined and finished effect. However, since I do have crater sized pores, it doesn’t make them disappear, but it does help them appear smaller.

As far as promising to help with oil control, it does do that but not all day. I usually still have to blot my face and apply my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

One suggestion I do have if you use this product, pat the product on instead of rubbing it in. The trick to this product is definitely in the application. When you pat/dab/stipple/ it on the product is better able to fill all the pores and fine lines. Whereas if you rub it on, the product just sits on the skin and  doesn’t do much of anything.

I would recommend this product to girls looking for a pore minimizer  that also helps with some oil control.

🙂 🙂 🙂

Sidenote: this is  my last Benefit product review for a while. I miss talking about my drugstore products so bye-bye high end 🙂

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