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MASSIVE $255 MAKEUP HAUL!!!!

Oh dear lord, what have I done!!! Yes, you read right, my dumb butt just bought $255 worth of makeup. WHAT!!! But to save face, I swear it wasn’t ALL my fault. The evil lady at ULTA, distracted me with her caked on makeup and spiderlashes and fooled me into buying stuff I didn’t even need:)

I went in originally to buy some higher end products for my lovely mother. It’s her birthday in a few days, and gosh darnit, the woman deserves some pretty products as well. However, I got selfish. Whoops. If you’ve been to ULTA then you know that they sell higher end products on one side and drugstore products on the other. So jee, hmmm where do you think I ended up? Yup!

I practically skipped to checkout line thinking I had done fairly well, but when the handsome man behind the counter said ” That will be $255″ I literally passed out. Seriously, my evil sister who I only see every other month and had egged me on to buying half the stuff, literally had to grab my hand, cause I was seeing stars before my eyes.

Sighhh……so what does one get with that much money? Not much.

Ladies, ladies, ladies. Luckily ULTA has a really good return policy, because there is no way I could live with myself if I spent 1/3 of my rent money on MAKEUP! I mean I love cosmetics, but I love a roof above my head more 🙂 And, yes some of you may be thinking, why didn’t I just return some products then? Well, soorrry,I got I selfish again. I thought it would make for some reviews, so be prepared 🙂

Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor

Rich, Creamy, Smooth……sorry girls, I’m not talking about peanut butter or even chocolate :). These words describe  the Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipcolors perfectly!

A few months ago I saw this fancy display at my local drugstore, but chose to bypass it because the lipsticks were $9 USD, and sorry but that was just $5 too much. So for months I kept passing the display, hoping the prices would go down and when they didn’t I finally said,  “Gosh darn it!!! I NEED this lipstick!”  (I rationalized since I love Drew Barrymore, it was duty as a super fan to try the products she promotes ) 🙂

Packaging: Very sleek. Its simple yet fun and I really appreciate that the color is visible on the bottom on the tube. I keep all my lip products in a drawer and I hate having to open multiple tubes to find the color that I want. However,with  the peek of color, its soo much easier, I just open  the drawer and BAM there are my colors.

Product: It is pure velvet on the lips! So smooth and silky and in a weird way, the lines on my lips seem more filled in and smooth as well. The lasting power is also great and as the day wore on, for  me the color left a really pleasant lip stain effect that I really liked. the only down side is that because the product is so creamy, it has a tendency to slip, so I highly recommend using a lip pencil or maybe even using a light hand when applying.

(Ladies ignore the EPIC stache shadow!!! Trust when I say there is no hair there but apparently my camera wants me to believe I’m rocking a 5 o’clock shadow! haha!)

Price: $5-$10 USD depending on location and availability

Overall: I am really glad I tried this line of lipsticks! The color selection is CRAZY! There are so many fun and vibrant colors that really appeal to the teenage spirit. Usually hesitate to recommend lipsticks for girls in highschool, but these colors are just to fun to skip 🙂

🙂 😉 🙂 🙂 

Revlon Double Twist Mascara

Continuing on with MASCARA MONDAY, if you read my previous post, then you  know that I was purging through my makeup this past weekend. As I was reminiscing and rediscovering some long lost treasures, I found this HORRENDOUS product, so I just had to warn all my fellow bloggers.

This product was advertised as “the next big thing.” With its double twisted brushes, this mascara promised to give oodles of volume while separating and lengthening the lashes. What it really did was make a huge gloopy mess and ended up at the bottom of my makeup drawer 😦

Formulation: The actual formula of the product was soooo wierd! It was thick, dry and chalky. It was messy and got all over the place.

Wand: I think structurally this is where the problem is with this product. While one set of brushes is supposed to add volume the other set is supposed to lengthen. The odd mix of synthetic and rubber bristles was not a good mix.

Overall: NO NO NO NO!!!!!! AVOID AVOID AVOID!! Too buLky, too dry, too messy!  Instead of fabulous long lashes it gave 4 goopy spider lashes!!! 

If anyone has gotten this product to work for them, please leave a comment below and let me know HOW!!? 🙂

Review: Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

Okie dokie, so I got bored this weekend so I went through my piles and piles of makeup to see which ones would be worth talking about. After digging through my mascaras, I came upon this green mascara and at first I was like “What the..?” and then it hit me “ooohhhh yeeeahh, that one!”

This is the Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara. It is advertised the first Revlon mascara that helps lashes grow stronger while visibly adding length and volume.

Product: duh…its a mascara 🙂 Basic tube and wand. The wand has elongated, conical shaped synthetic fibers that help add volume and legnth to the lashes.

Pricing: $4-$7 USD depending on location and availability

Overall: This mascara was okay, and I think that is why I forgot about it. I’ve been re-using this mascara for the past week and while it doesn’t give my lashes that dramatic flare that I like, I do appeciate the subtle “naturally pretty lashes” look that it gives me. The wand is ridiculously long and it it longer then my eye, but I think that is what helps coat all the littlle lashes I have on my outter edge, giving me a lovely elongated flared look. As far as helping my lashes grow  stronger, ennngghhh, not so sure, but my lashes do look softer with this product on versus other mascaras.

This picture was taken after a 16 hour work day, and my lashes are still slightly flared at the ends.I would recommend this mascara for those looking for a “natural” but flared kind of look.

🙂 🙂 🙂 1/2

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Face Wipes

My fellow bloggers,  I am in a very unhealthy relationship. One week we are very  happy and everything is great but the next week it’s all downhill and I feel like I need to move on and find another. Oh…woops….did I forget to mention I am talking about makeup remover face wipes 🙂

Product: So I am sure most of you know about the Neutrogena Face Wipes by now. They are pre-soaked face wipes that gently and quickly remove all (or at least most) of your makeup. Usually it takes me one and half sheets to get most of the residue off my face and even then I still like to wash my face with a face wash to clean out all my pores. The wipes come in multiple formulations. You can  buy the normal ones, acne  prone cleansing wipes and oil free wipes.

Packaging: The sheets usually come in a plastic box that you can refill with the refill packages,  or you can choose to buy just the refill packets. There are about 25 sheets per refill.

Price: Anywhere form $5 USD and up. It depends on the size of the package, location and availability.

Overall: Ok so here is my dilemma, I really like this product, I think it does a great job on removing my foundation. However, the  price is what gets me. I normally pay about $6.99 for one refill packet and it lasts me about a two to three weeks depending on how much makeup I wear.  This means I invest anywhere from $7- $20/month on just face wipes! Uh…no! It doesn’t seem like a lot to some but for a girl on a STRICT budget, face wipes are a luxury not a necessity. Plus on top of that, I also use normal baby wipes which are 80 wipes per package and cost me $2 USD! So do  I continue to invest in overpriced wipes that do the job or settle for decent baby wipes that I can just wet with eyemakeup remover that work almost as well?

I think I will settle for the baby wipes. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Revlon Photoready Airbrush

Why oh why do I do this to myself? If I didn’t like the product the first time, what made me think I would like it in a different form?

For those of you that read my post on the Revlon Photoready Foundation, you know that I called it “glitter in a glass bottle.” Well everyone meet that foundations sister “compressed glitter in a can.”

Packaging: It comes in an aerosol type can that you push on top to dispense the product. While this is a great idea for those of us that do not want to be unhygienic, the pump has no control, meaning I push it once and even after  I let go, product still oozes out.

Product: The product is a mousse consistency and very airy to the touch. It blends very well into the skin but you have to be quick because it dries fairly quickly and will streak if you try to blend it after its dry

Coverage: I would consider this medium coverage. It covers minor blemishes and discolorations but anything more obvious and it kind of cakes around the blemish and makes it stick out.

Pricing: Too much! I paid $14.99 but I returned it, so if you want to try it, buy  it on sale or a BOGO sale.

Overall: I wanted to like this product so much, I really did. It felt great on the skin almost non-existent, but my problem was the darn glitter again. My skin is already oily and  shiny so I definitely do not want a product that helps me shine like a disco ball. However, to be fair I tried this product on my sister who has dry skin and it look great on her. My only suggestion for dry skin would be to MOISTURIZE because the foam sticks to ever pore, blemish, and piece of dry skin. This product is best left for the few people who have near perfect skin but just want some minor color and coverage.

Oh yeah, like advertised it looks good in pictures

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Review: Rimmel London Scandaleyes!!!

It’s big, it’s flashy, and it’s new! Needless to say I got suckered in by the bright bold color, but if you’ve read my previous posts you know that’s nothing new 🙂

So here is Rimmel London’s answer to the new craze of full voluminous eyelashes. It’s called Scandaleyes and it promises to increase your lashes by three times and its supposed to be healthy with all the extra infused keratin in the product.

Yeah….cough….so here’s my review.

Brush: The brush is made up of huge synthetic fibers that slightly taper down towards the front. The one complaint I do have is that the brush is a little too big  so you have to be careful when applying the mascara or you will get all over your eyelids, lower lid and nose bridge

Packaging: It is a huge chunky neon orange tube,  which kind of  looks like the Covergirl Lash Blast (this is the only reason I bought this mascara)

Pricing: $5-$10 USD depending location and availability.

Overall: It was ok. I felt it was nothing spectacular or life-changing as promised in the ads. What I did find it to do was give my lashes a fuller appearance. The small gaps between my lashes were filled and it gave me a fake “natural” appearance .

Before: Kind of chunky and gapy

After: Nothing too dramatic just  more filled in

Review: E.L.F Powder Brush

The reason I started this blog was to share some hidden gems with the world that others may have overlooked because the product was too simple. Case in point: the ELF Powder Brush.

This is a brush. This is a black brush. This is a black flat top powder brush. Nothing shiny,  nothing glitzy nothing eye-catching or gimmicky, and I think that is what is the best part about this brush.

Designed as a powder brush, I use it as a foundation buffer, and I can honestly say, my makeup application has never been more flawless! I just dab  on my foundation and then stipple it on with this brush and then buffer it in. The ELF Powder brush not only helps distribute the color evenly but it also helps give an airbrush finish.

Brush: The bristles are soft synthetic fibers that are attached to a wooden handle.

Price: Online or at Target it is about $3. I got mine at the dollar store for…you guessed it $1 USD!

Overall: Do I think there are better foundation brushes on the market…yes. However, for the price this brush is unbeatable. Definitely a must try if you are just beginning to experiment with makeup or if  you are looking for a kabuki style foundation brush.

Review: L’Oreal Lip Balm

Sigh…they got me again you guys. Those evil genius’ at Walgreen’s knew I was coming so they put this pretty pink product right on checkout counter because they knew I wouldn’t be able to resist it. But isn’t it so pretty! See so you can’t really blame me for buying something I didn’t need 🙂

Product: What this essentially is, is an overpriced tinted lip balm. it goes on smooth and is  VERY moisturizing and the slight hint of color  and baby shimmer make the lips look refreshed and pouty. Although the color pay off is very minimal, it can be built up depending  on what shade you purchase.

I purchased Mauve, and this is after a few swipes of color.

Container: It comes in a basic lipstick form. There is nothing special with the packaging but the soft color caps make the product not look cute but very sleek as well. It almost looks like the Dior Lip Balm.

Pricing: Ughhh…..Alright I paid $7.99!! I know, I know, but I told you it was an impulse purchase.

Overall: I really like this product! Besides the sleek, high-end look of the packaging, the lip balm is very mositurizing, long-lasting and the color pay off is  soft and natural. So my dear readers, if you have the money or if you can find this product on sale, go ahead give it a try

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Wet N’ Wild Blushes

These are some of the most underrated drugstore blushes! Growing up, I always thought of Wet n’ Wild as the cheap brand with cheap products. However, I can gladly say that has changed. My fellow bloggers, if you have not gotten your hand on these blushes, then RUN and get yourself some! These are fantastic!!!

Product: These blushes are SOOOO pigmented it’s crazy! The product is so soft, that just with one swipe and you get such vibrant color payoff. Normally I love to pile on the blush because, well, I love blush 🙂 but with these blushes I have to be careful because a little most definitely goes a long way. The color selection is also great. I have everything from a baby doll pink color to a hot red!

Packaging: Alright, so here’s the one draw back. The packaging is kinda lame :(. The blushes come in a rectangular plastic container and the lid opens up. Although not totally bad, I can be careless sometimes with my products and whenever I have dropped these blushes on hard floors the top has fallen off and the blushes have shattered. Also included is a blush brush, which isn’t half bad if you have nothing else to use.

Overall: Why are you still sitting there? Go and get one! 🙂

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 3/4

 

If u would like to see swatches please comment below 🙂

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