Thursday, June 30, 2011

Best Blog Award!

I am super excited to tell you all that both Jen, aka Pinkpurse21, and BeautyBlogger1891 awarded me a Best Blogger Award! I am thrilled to say the least about this because I never even dreamed that I would ever gain as many followers as I have throughout the duration of my blogging. Thank You so much Jen, BeautyBlogger1891, and all of my followers, for supporting me and helping my blog grow. (I am sure to have a giveaway in July to formally thank you all, so check back often for that!) 

Part of this award is the part that keeps on giving by choosing 15 other bloggers to award, but before we get on to that I need to do a few other things.

1) Link back to the person that awarded this to you. (Click on Jen's and BeautyBlogger1891's usernames above to be directed to their awesome blogs!) 

2) Share 7 random things about yourself. 
            - I like to listen to pop/rock and alternative bands (I am such a girly-girl no one ever expects this)
            - My favorite historical person is Abraham Lincoln 
            - I love pets and animals as long as they are not reptiles/insect/anything spidery and scary looking
            - I absolutely hate it when people try to help me with anything 
            - Next year I will be attending a vocational school half-day for Cosmetology
            - I love swimming under water, never on-top
            - I am easily entertained by sparkly things (yes, I hate to admit it)

3) Now I get to award 15 blogs that I absolutely love and think are the best blogs around!
4) Answer the following questions
        - Favorite Color: 
Neon lime green
        - Favorite Song: Just Friends by Kill Paradise
        - Favorite Dessert: Chocolate Pudding
        - What Is Pissing You Off?: My sister's screaming, that is all she ever does.
        - When You're Upset, You...: Bottle it up, I do not like to show weakness and I know it is not good to bottle it up, but I do anyways.
        - Your Favorite Pet: Depends on the day, one day I will love my dog Sweeper, the next day it is my sister Stacy's cat Stitch that is my favorite and the next day it is my sister Christina's cat Sundae that I wanna cuddle with.
        - Black or White: White usually
        - Biggest Fear: All insects/arachnids and very, very high heights.
        - Best Feature: My eyes and eye lashes
        - Everyday Attitude: Very bubbly and up-beat
        - What is perfection?: When I finally do something right and I do it on my own
        - Guilty Pleasure: Hmmmm.... definitely watching Pretty Little Liars and eating a bowl of ice cream while cuddling with one of the pets.

I had a lot of fun doing this post and I really want to thank everyone for supporting and helping me and making the beauty blogging community here on Blogger a really great place.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Haul Time!

Left to Right: C.O. Bigelow Apple Rose Salve, Orange Sapphire Fragrance
from Bath & Body Works, NYC Smooth Skin Liquid Foundation,
Japonesque Tweezers, Hard Candy Just Face It Foundation,
and Yes To Cucumbers Natural Glow Facial Towelettes

Hey everyone! I know, I know, I didn't post yesterday because my internet was glitchy, but I decided to make up for it I will post today and tomorrow to get back on track. I recently have gone shopping with my oldest sister since she just came home (she lives on her own and comes to visit just a few times a year) and picked up a few things and thought hey, why not do a haul? So here's my little haul from over the last few days!

The first few things I picked up from Walmart (which is weird because I barely ever go to Walmart) were the Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes, NYC Smooth Skin Liquid Foundation and the Hard Candy Just Face It Foundation. Many of you requested that I try the Hard Candy Just Face It Foundation after my review on the Stila One Step Foundation because the price of the Stila One Step is pretty high ($44.00 original pricing) and this Hard Candy foundation is just $7.00 at Walmart stores. I have not tried it yet, but I am certainly hoping that it will give me similar results at a lower price, especially because I had to run to 3 different Walmart stores to find it in my shade! As well, I though I would try the NYC Smooth Skin Liquid Foundation  because it was such a steal at just around $3.00 and as you all know, I love my NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder, so I am very familiar with this low-end brand that provides some seriously great products worthy of a spot on a shelf in a high-end department store makeup counter. I also picked up the Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes because there has been much talk about them for some time and I am always on the look-out for some simple towelettes that will actually get all of my makeup off.

I stopped by the mall as well and just had  to get a few things from Bath & Body Works because of their Hello! Yellow Sale that gives deep discounts on practically any and all products in the store. I was captivated by the bins of perfume and body splashes when I walked in and surprisingly I found a new scent that I absolutely love! Before two days ago I had actually never smelt the Orange Sapphire Scent, but now I can not keep my nose away from it however, it does not stay long at all on my skin, about 30 minutes tops. As I was on my way to the register I spotted some shelves stocked with lip products on sale for just $2.00 each and I have been wanting to try one of the Rose Salves for quite some time, so I went for the Apple version since there was not a tester and I was not sure what the blueberry one would have smelt like.

Later, my sister decided it was about time to get her brows waxed again (hey, we all need to tame those brows every once in a while!) and the salon inside of the mall was offering a free pair of Japonesque Tweezers with any waxing service and she does not use tweezers, so naturally I swiped them up like they were a bar of gold considering they are about $15 in stores. I actually used them yesterday to touch-up my brows and get some of those little stray hairs that seem to pop up out of nowhere and these tweezers are by far the best pair of tweezers I have used. 

I hope you all enjoyed my haul!
Have you purchased any beauty goodies lately?
Share what you bought in the comments!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Interesting Link:

Every once in a while I come across a site that I just can not simply get enough of, whether the topic be shirts, scarves, headbands, makeup, or bracelets. Well, recently I came across a site that specializes in both Costume Jewellery and Fashion Jewellery inspired by celebrities and runway looks. 

I can not rave about this website enough, it has tons of designs that fit every personality and style. They have many categories of accessories to chose from:
 - Bracelets 
 - Necklaces
 - Earrings
 - Rings
 - Brooches
 - Watches
 - Hair Accessories 
 - Scarves 
 - And they even have a purse line!

I can assure you these accessories are not only on trend and stylish, they are super cheap too! But before you go running to the website to purchase these amazing pieces of jewelry, you should know a few things about the company. First of all this company is based in the UK, but does ship internationally so no matter what country you live in you have access to these great accessories! However, they only accept payments in the form of the British Pound Sterling (1BPS= approx.1.60 USA Dollars) so I greatly encourage customers to make payments using PayPal to make checkout easier. 

This website literally has something for everyone, young or old, girl-girl or rocker, you can not go wrong with buying a few pieces from this site that strives to bring you fashion-forward accessories at a manageable and affordable price. I honestly can not wait to make a future purchase from this website!

Have you ever purchased anything from an online retailer?
Was it a pleasant experience?
Share it in the comments!

*I may be compensated for this blog post

Friday, June 24, 2011

Hair Product Review: Regis Designline Ultimate Radiance Leave-In Conditioning Styler

Despite this product's long name, it is actually a very simple product that can make an impact on your hair. In the summer (and even in the winter at times) my hair gets a little dryer than normal and this leave-in conditioner cures it! 

For those of you who do not exactly know what a leave-in conditioner is, it is a hair product that tends to be heavy like a conditioner you use in the shower when you look at it in the bottle (many leave-in conditioners come in jars, but with this product it can be sprayed) and it moisturizes your hair just like a conditioner, but you do not wash it out, instead just apply it to damp hair and style as usual. Leaving in the conditioner allows it to more deeply moisturize your hair than when you condition your hair in the shower when you likely work it through your hair and then rinse right away.

I will admit this is the first leave-in conditioner I have tried because I do not usually have too many problems with my hair drying out and at the roots my hair is oily so I never thought I needed one. I finally realized that even I need one last summer when I went on a trip to New York City and after just 2 days, the city was wreaking havoc on my hair making my normally tame, soft, silky textured hair turn into a dry, coarse, frizz-ball! That was definitely a wake-up call because after always getting slightly dryer hair in the summer months every year and never doing anything about it, this experience made me change my ways.

Now, at the first sign of dryness I reach for this product after my hair has been towel dried after a shower or bath. The instructions printed on the bottle say to just spray it on your hair, comb it through and blow dry or style as usual. I have oily roots so I try to keep the product away from my roots by instead putting about 4 or 5 sprays into my hand (I have very thick hair that absorbs this product quickly so I can easily use this much product) and finger combing it throughout my hair while holding my hair in a low ponytail (to make sure that the product is not taken too close to my roots) and then I put my hair up into a medium-high ballerina bun to air dry.

5 sprays dolloped on the back of the hand

The result is healthy looking hair that has a soft texture and shiny finish without added weight that allows for easy styling whether you have curls, waves, relaxed, or straight hair. However, if you have extreme or chronic dryness this product may not be enough when used alone, although it does provide great moisturization, I just do not feel it would be enough for a dry hair type. This product also claims to prevent fading on color-treated hair, but I can not personally speak about whether it does or does not because I do not have color treated hair. In any case, I do fully recommend this product for anyone who has a slightly dry to oily hair type.

The Stats:
 - Spray-able
 - Average Moisturization
 - Simple and easy-to-use product
 - Helps to detangle
 - Adds softness and shine
 - Infused with aloe-vera, sea shell protein, sunflower seed oil, cocoa seed butter, mango seed butter and numerous other fruit and seed extracts.
 - Only sold at professional salons
 - Pretty good price at about $10.50 depending on location/store

What is your go-to leave-in conditioner?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What's New On As Written By...

Hey Everyone! For those of you who have been following my blog for quite a while may have noticed a few new things going on with it. Recently I have started to reach more and more viewers so I decided I would like to try and create a better site in light of everyone who is now reading this.

  - Most likely the more noticeable thing changed around on my blog is the layout of it. I promise all of the same things are still there in the side bar with a few new additions, but the sidebar has recently changed to the left side of the screen rather than on the right where it was before. (statistics say people generally prefer to view a left column on a page rather than on the right)

 - I have been posting every-other day and I have been good about it lately so you girls will not need wait 2 or 3 days for a new post.

 - I have just launched two more pages as an addition to my blog which can be found just above my Blog Archive. The first page Links I put up a few days ago to give you ladies some insight on sites I, and many of you, may like to browse and interact on. As well, today I have just launched my new Wishlist page where I share all the beauty goodies I am currently lusting after.

 - And here's some more exciting news, I am now a Sigma Beauty Affiliate! With the help of Sigma I will be reviewing and giving away some Sigma Beauty products so I can give back to my subscribers for helping me get this far. If you are interested in how to become a Sigma Beauty Affiliate follow the link and if you would like to view and purchase items from Sigma Beauty click here.

I hope this gives you ladies some insight to what I am doing lately and clear up any questions and concerns. However, if you do have any questions or concerns be sure to leave them below in the comments and I will reply back in the comments as soon as possible. 
*My affiliate links were used in this post

Monday, June 20, 2011

Makeup Review: Stila One Step Makeup Foundation

Many of you may recognize this product from my ACW Haul and I am happy to now bring you a review on it!

(sorry for the slight blurriness)

First off I would like to give a little information on this product because it isn't just your average foundation. This product claims to be a 4 in 1 primer, foundation, concealer, and powder in one bottle so I must admit I had unusually high expectations for this foundation. This is a product that I have absolutely anticipated the release of, but after quite a few weeks of wear and comparison to other foundations, I only have mixed feelings about it. 

Usually this foundation has a unique mousse-like texture, but I have noticed time to time that the foundation all of a sudden gets runny like a regular liquid foundation and then after a few days of use it goes back to its usual mousse texture. Regardless of the texture though, I also tend to have inconsistent results even when I use the same method to apply it day after day. I prefer to apply this foundation by using one pump on a foundation brush and dabbing it onto each of my cheeks, forehead and chin. Then I start to evenly blend it out with the foundation brush and finish it off by using a patting motion with a circular sponge. This tends to be the routine I follow with pretty much any foundation, but because it is a 4 in 1 I also go back to any areas that need extra coverage like underneath my eyes and wherever I have blemishes and use a quarter to half of a pump (enough for all these areas) on a concealer brush and apply then use my sponge again to pat the product in.

(the paper I put it on looks "wet" because this foundation is very water based)

Enough about the consistency, lets focus on what really matters most, looks. Starting with what it looks like in the bottle, it looks like any other normal liquid foundation with an air pump, but this foundation, container and all, feels super light compared to even pumpless foundations which is a huge plus. However, one thing I do not like about the packaging in particular is how cheap it feels. It is just a plastic bottle painted silver to make it look like it has a metal finish from far away, but up close, it just feels cheaper to me than it should have been for an originally $44.00 product. It seems they rushed the packaging on this product like it was an after-thought and I am definitely not a fan of it.

When this foundation is on your face it is a completely different story. I feel like the semi-matte finish really agrees with my combo normal/oily skin by drying down to a finish that really does feel like I have set it with powder without actually having to do that step, which is great when you are in a hurry. As well it is so buildable that it allows me to completely cover up all of my dark circles and breakouts without also having to use a concealer. Just one downfall, it does tend to cling a little bit to any of my dryer areas and sink into pores on hot days. So if you have a dry skin type, you may want to slather some moisturizer on and use your own hydrating primer before you think about using this foundation.

The Stats:
 - Mousse-like Texture (although sometimes is more liquid-y)
 - Buildable Coverage
 - 1 pump provides light to medium coverage/2 pumps provide full coverage
 - Results may be inconsistent
 - Feels light on the face
 - Natural Matte Finish
 - Dry skin types may require extra prep before using this foundation
 - Cheap packaging
 - Has a pump (big plus for any foundation in my book!)

I recently saw a similar product by Hard Candy that claims to do the same 4 things that this product claimed to do for just $7.00. Should I try it?
Have any of you tried it?
Share in the comments if you have tried this product or the Hard Candy version!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Urban Decay Naked Palette Dupes

Ever since I finally got my hands on the Urban Decay Naked Palette I have become increasingly aware of how many companies out there are trying to replicate the colors and idea of the perfect neutral, natural, naked eyeshadow palette. For those of you out there who have not been lucky enough to get your paws on this palette, here are a few much more readily-available, budget-friendly "dupes" for the popular $48.00 Urban Decay Naked Palette.

e.l.f's Essential Beauty Book in Neutral Eye Edition is actually as close to a dupe for the Naked Palette as it gets! I was super impressed when I looked up swatches and compared to the Urban Decay swatches to see that they are virtually the same! 12 shadows and one eyeliner for only $5.00? I think everyone needs to own this palette, including myself! However, I do not own it yet so I can not compare the quality of this to the Urban Decay Naked Palette, but for this low price, you can't really go wrong.

e.l.f Beauty Book in Neutral Eye Edition

Surprisingly, I was searching for some new sunglasses for this summer because naturally, I lose every pair I own by the time summer rolls around again, when I decided to look through the beauty and accessory section in Forever21 and spotted two palettes that seem to closely replicate the colors in my Naked Palette. The two palettes are the Natural 10 Eyeshadow Palette and the Smokey 10 Eyeshadow Palette.

Left to Right: Natural 10 Eyeshadow Palette and Smokey 10 Eyeshadow Palette

Personally I can not speak for the quality of these palettes, but if you are looking for some close dupes I would definitely pick up both of these palettes since the smokey has the grey and sparkly black replicating Gunmetal and Creep while the natural palette has colors close to Naked and Buck and since they are each just $6.80, they are worth a try if you ask me.

As well, NYX has come out with their Nude On Nude palette that includes 20 eyeshadows and 10 lips colors for just $25.00. The eyeshadows in this palette also seem to duplicate many of the colors found in the Naked Palette and some additional colors that can be mixed to create near perfect color matches to Naked Palette shadows. Again, I can not personally speak for the quality of these shadows, but I have heard great things about NYX eyeshadows in general.

NYX Nude On Nude Palette

Tarte's Femme Naturale Eye Palette packs 10 Eyeshadows duplicating Sidecar, Half Baked, Creep, and Buck with a duo shadow brush and duo eyeliner for $44.00. This is very pricy and up there with the Naked Palette at $48, but I thought I would include this incase anyone out there is willing to shell-out the cash, but just can't seem to find a Naked Palette available in stores around your area. Personally I would recommend buying this only as a last-resort if you could absolutely never get within 100 miles of the Naked Palette because the price is just about the same and you may as well just get a Naked Palette if you were going to get this as a dupe for it.

Tarte Femme Naturale Eye Palette
Hopefully a few of these dupes will give you girls the "Naked" eyes you crave!

Do you own any shadows that you consider a "dupe"?
Share them in the Comments!
And come check out my new Links Page!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

What's In My Weekend Travel Bag

I have always wanted to do this popular post, but never did for some odd reason unknown to me at the moment, but anyways I'm doing it now so that does not matter! Here's a little peek inside my weekend (3-5 day) travel bag!

My Old Navy Travel Bag
When I am traveling I like to look for a bag that is a good medium size, yet can still squish down to create more room in my suitcase/bag if I need to. This one from Old Navy foots the bill and it was a total steal last summer for around $2.00 on sale, but since it is no longer carried, try the Woven Makeup Bag from Forever21.

As you can see though, I like to use every single square inch of the bag to fill it to the brim with my every-day beauty must-haves and toiletries.

Inside the filled bag
When I am taking a short trip or just staying over a friends' house for a few days the first thing I pack is my toothbrush and a mini travel toothpaste.

Crest 3D White Toothpaste and Colgate 360 Sonic Power Toothbrush

As well I pack my other necessities like deodorant,moisturizer, shower gel, lotion, and body spray because, well, there are things you just need in life and these are those kind-of things.

Left to Right: Mini Sweet Pea Body Wash,
Mini Sweet Pea Body Spray, and
Mini Sweet Pea Body Lotion

Left to Right: Degree Expert Protection in active
clean and Murad Energizing
Pomegranate Moisturizer with SPF 15

Here's a picture of what the inside looks like after those products are taken out, but I still have about 50 more products crammed in the bag!

Alright so the picture below is of a travel-sized Philosophy Body Wash in Sweet Creamy Frosting, but really this is standing in place of my Philosophy Purity Made Simple travel bottle which I can not find at the minute, but it is the same size and bottle, just contains Purity Made Simple Cleanser.

And now on to the Beauty Must-Haves! Well these are pretty typical, my favorite mascara, a clear mascara to set my brows in place and a foundation that I strategically chose because it is a 4 in 1 so I don't have to also pack a primer, concealer and powder, instead just one product to do it all! 

Left to Right: Buxum Lash Mascara, Stila One Step Makeup
Foundation and Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara

Here's another look into what my bag looks like without the 4 products mentioned above.

Next is my daily bronzer and blush which was stuck on the side of my bag so you may not have seen them sticking out in the photos inside of my bag, but I promise, they were there!

Left to Right: Covergirl Classic Color Blush in 540 Rose Silk
and NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny
On the bottom of the bag I put a travel size Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original and a Vanilla Bean Noel lipgloss which is clear and sparkly so it will go with anything I wear outfit and makeup wise.

Here's the last 3 things left inside the bag, but you can probably guess what each one of them are.

My brush case and brush cleanser because I need something to apply all that makeup with and something to clean those brushes when I am done using them!

Left to Right: Ulta Professional Brush Cleanser and
 EcoTools Brush Roll (that came with the 5 brush kit)

Here's a look inside the brush roll so you can see the brushes I would bring with me.

Left to Right: EcoTools Blush Brush, EcoTools Foundation Brush,
FLIRT! Eyeshadow Brush, Sephora Professional Platinum Lash and
Eyebrow Comb #21 and EcoTools Slanted Eyeliner Brush.
On bottom: Sponge

And the very last thing left in my bag? The Urban Decay Naked Palette! (which has a shader brush inside, therefore I didn't put a shader brush in my brush roll)

Oh and one more thing I forgot to put in there, whatever nail polish I am currently using and a topcoat to clean up chips in my polish on my trip.

What's in your 3 to 5 day travel bag?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

AOTD: Going GaGa Over Gold

This summer I have just started really liking gold accents accents and lately I have been loving all of these accessories together for a light, spring/summer look.

From Gold Bangles: Rustic Bangles from Charlotte Russe, Pink Bow Headband with Gold Accents from Charlotte Russe, Pink Flower Earrings from Forever21, Savina Nail Color in  Pink Poodle Pearl, Pink Gemstone Necklace from American Eagle

These accessories as you can tell have two things in common: gold accents and pale pink accents. I am not really sure why, but these two colors are so complementing to each other that I can not resist these accessories! Numerous times this month I have gone a little overboard with the pale pink/gold wearing the necklace, nail polish, and bangles or the headband, polish and bangles and even the earrings and bangles. If there is a combination of these accessories not named, I have probably already tried that too!

I have never been one for gold throughout my whole entire life until now, which is really odd, but I guess everyone's tastes change, right? Nevertheless, I still love my sterling silver and white gold, but good old yellow gold is the icing on my jewelry cake.

What Accessories Have You Been Loving Lately?
Share In The Comments!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Nail Polish Review: OPI's Jade Is The New Black & Elephantastic Pink

I feel like it has been forever since I have done a nail post so here is one, x2 (and a little something extra!) to make up for it.

Left to Right: Silver Shatter, Jade Is The New Black and Elephantastic Pink

As I said in my May Favorites I was loving all shades of green including O.P.I's Jade Is The New Black and already this month I am loving O.P.I's Elephantastic Pink, but here's a twist, I also love both of the polishes with the Silver Shatter from The Pirates Of The Caribbean collection. I know it is a random pair up, but this shatter has now earned its place in my Nail Polish Hall Of Fame! Although, to use this polish and make it look classy (I consider shatters quite grungy looking), I only do one accent finger because I really just feel like it is too much to have it on all my fingers, so when given the choice, I only do one accent finger with this. However, this is all I am going to share with you now, since I'll be doing a more in-depth review exclusively on the Shatter polishes soon so keep on the look-out for that!

Left to Right: Elephantastic Pink w/Silver Shatter and
Jade Is The New Black w/Silver Shatter
I must admit, at first glance I didn't seen anything special in this polish, Just your average green O.P.I polish, but it grew on me until I thought I could not go another day without this one. But what really made it sparkle was the silver shatter that I put on just my ring-finger.

Jade Is The New Black w/Silver Shatter on Ring Finger
(sorry, my polish was a few days old when I took this picture
so the polish is already worn at the tips in this photo)
While I was going through my whole green phase last month I just had to try Jade Is The New Black and I have got to say, it certainly is the new black to me. I think it really made its come-back last fall with the army-inspired looks taking the lead on runways, but just because its not fall doesn't mean this color can't work it, especially with an added touch of silver shimmer, via the Silver Shatter.

As for Elephantastic Pink... if elephants were this pink then I would go out and buy one because I really love this color that much! It reminds me of a bubble-gum pink mixed with a small amount of hot pink which makes it perfect when I'm in the mood for a fun summer shade!

Elephantastic Pink w/ Silver Shatter on ring finger
(This color looks slightly more coral/peach in this photo than in person)
Both of these polishes are great quality, as always with O.P.I polishes, and resist chipping and daily wear and tear better than any other brand of nail polish that I have used. (If you like to see The Stats on O.P.I polishes please refer to my complete O.P.I Haul and Review)

What are your favorite O.P.I colors?
Comment about it!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Makeup Tools: EcoTools Bronzer Brush

As many of you know, I love all things EcoTools. They are simply some of the best brushes I have ever used and for the price, you just can not go wrong with this brand or with this brush!

This brush is coined as a Bronzer brush, but what I absolutely love about this brush is that it is a true multi-tasker. It is great for all-over powder and all-over face color, bronzer (of corse), and can also be used as a body brush. It is perfect for all of these things because of its large, domed brush head made of super soft taklon fibers that really do not feel synthetic at all. And I must admit that every once in a while, I just put some bronzer or powder on in the middle of the day to have an excuse to rub this teddy-bear soft brush against my skin.

But the all time best part about this brush, No Shedding and No Color Run-off during washes. Yes you read right, a decently priced (around $11.00) drug-store brand bronzer brush does not shed or have color run-off? Yep! It is something that truly everyone would love, no more worrying that bristles will come off and get stuck on your face during mid application of makeup and no worrying about whether or not the color run-off will dye your sink or counter. Its a dream come true and every makeup maven whether on a budget or not can afford this at just around $11.00, it's a steal!

A few other noteworthy things about the brush are the fact that it is very eco-friendly. The Ferrule is made from recycled aluminum while the handle itself is made from renewable and sustainable bamboo. As well, all the brushes and brush sets from this company come in a reusable storage pouch for traveling or for regular everyday storage. Oh and those taklon bristles I told you about earlier are 100% cruelty-free. In addition to all this, with every brush purchase from this line they donate 1% of sales to environmental organizations.

The Stats:
 - Ferrule is made with recycled Aluminum
 - Large, soft brush head
 - No color run-off
 - Comes with a resealable travel/storage pouch
 - Multitasker
 - Handle is made out of recyclable Bamboo
 - No shedding
 - Amazing Price ($11.00)
 - Taklon Bristles

Have you tried EcoTools yet?
Share your opinion of them in the Comments!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Makeup Review: Buxom Lash Mascara

As I promised in my May favorites post here is my review on the Buxom Lash!

I usually do not like high-end mascaras because all too often the splurge is not worth the results and every three months you have to shell out the cash for another one, so I'm more of a drugstore mascara girl. However, this mascara is worth the extra penny when looking for a little indulgence. I first tried out this mascara when I received a small sample tube as a BeautyInsider 100 point reward from Sephora and it turned out to be a really great mascara! 

Full Sized Buxom Lash in Blackest Black
I would be lying if I said this mascara hasn't impressed me since then. My lashes are naturally decent in length, darkness, thickness, and curl, but with that said, I still would like more dramatic curling effect without an eyelash curler when I'm in a hurry and some added volume, a little bit more length, and separation without looking completely spidery and fake. This mascara gives my lashes exactly what they want without any of the other stuff they don't. 

This mascara makes my lashes appear curled as if with an eyelash curler and adds some volume without looking ridiculous, which is a major plus because it eliminates the extra step of using a curler which I accredit to the formulation of the mascara. However, the separation abilities of this mascara is completely accredited the plastic bristles. Personally I do not prefer either plastic or fibers, each do their jobs the way they were meant to and neither bothers me. Although, one exception is when layering I do tend to prefer fiber-bristle-wand mascaras on top because instead of combing lashes they seem to just coat them gently, however if I am just adding more layers on top of this mascara with this same mascara then it does not bother me at all because the formulation is giving and reworks itself. What I love best though is that with this mascara, I usually do not get any clumps at all, which is great because I can then eliminate the need to use a lash comb, saving me even more time!

In general, this mascara has performed the best up-to-date for me, but I feel like other drugstore mascaras for a much cheaper price are right up to par with this one like the Maybelline Express One-By-One (around $8.00) and my beloved Wet n' Wild Mega Volume (around $3.00). I do feel like this is definitely a splurge item because every 3 months you should throw the old tube away and pick up another one which can be costly for some, so if I was looking for a little mascara-indulgence I would definitely pick this up again and again. 

The Stats:
 - No clumping
 - Costs $18.00 (Sephora pricing) 
 - Plastic Bristles
 - No crunchy feeling or flaking
 - Comes in Blackest Black and Special Effects Blue Noir(new)
 - No need for a lash comb or curler
 - Does not make lashes look spidery
 - Cheaper mascaras like the Maybelline One-By-One (around $8.00) and Wet n' Wild Mega Volume (around $3.00) perform just as well to this more pricy-er mascara

Have you tried a mascara that you just adore?
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Monday, June 6, 2011

Tag: Everyday Makeup Products

Hey everyone! Today I decided to do something a little bit different and create a little tag about my everyday makeup products, I now tag everyone reading this to post your answers below or post your own blog about your answers! (oh and I encourage you to take pictures of your products so we can all see the colors you use) On To The Questions!

What Primer keeps your makeup on all day, everyday?
 - Alright I'll admit it, I don't use one regularly [insert overly-loud fake gasps here]. I know I'm a horrible person because primer keeps a layer between your skin and the makeup and helps it stay on longer, but I have never had issues keeping foundation, concealer, etc. on my face and out of my pores. However, I have now started using my Stila One Step from my (ACW) All Cosmetics Wholesale Haul that has a built-in primer and I do have small sample-sizes of a few primers that I use on occasion.

What is your everyday Foundation? (if switch up your foundation according to seasons put down both!)
 - I am now currently switching between the two foundations from my ACW Haul (I was in desperate need of  new foundations!), Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation and Stila One Step Makeup Foundation, and both are performing quite well on my combo/oily skin.

In the Summer, what Tinted Moisturizer do you depend on?
 - I actually do not own a real tinted moisturizer, except a small sample tube of Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer I got (yet again,) from my ACW Haul. Usually if I want a lighter application/coverage then I will just mix my foundation with a penny to nickel sized amount of moisturizer.

What is your favorite Bronzer? (if you don't use bronzer, then put down your favorite all-over face color)
 - I have raved about it time and time again, the NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny. I won't bore you with the details once again, but if you have not seen my review on it, please visit it here.

What is your most used Blush?
 - My most-used blush is my Covergirl Classic Colors Blush in 540 Rose Silk which I featured in my 1 Tip For A Radiant Complexion post.

What Eyeshadow do you find yourself reaching for the most often? (can be a single eyeshadow or a palette)
 - We all know what this one is going to be for me..... my Urban Decay Naked Palette, but more specifically the colors Virgin, Naked and Buck which are the colors I use in my favorite Nearly Naked Eye and I use Buck to fill in my brows.

What is your most repurchased Mascara?
 - Actually I have been switching around with mascaras from the just-average Smashbox Bionic Mascara to my beloved Wet n' Wild mascara to one of my all time favorite high-end mascara Buxom Lash which I have all pretty much repurchased the same amount of times, but my current love is Buxom Lash.

What is your no-fail Eyeliner pick? (if you use two different liners for waterline and lashline, name both!)
 - My favorite for the lashline is the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black and as for the waterline, well, I'm still looking for better one.

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What Highlighter gives you your infamous glow year round?
 - I personally don't like to use a highlighter because I have combo/oily skin and I would like to get away from anything that would make my skin look dewy in any way, but on occasion when I am in need of a little bit of highlighter I will use a little bit of a shimmery eyeshadow or a little bit of illuminator from an NYC Individualeyes Custom Compact.

Left to Right: NYC Individualeyes Illuminator and mini Sephora Colorful Mono Eyeshadow in number 23, Aspen Summit 

What Balm keeps your lips moisturized the longest?
 - Korres Lip Butters keep my lips supple and moist while adding a sheer touch of color to the lips.

What is your shiniest, often-used Lipgloss?
 - My most-used lipgloss lately has been an NYC Liquid Lip Shine in Petal Pink, which is more of a peach color if you ask me, but it is still super hydrating and has a pretty, shiny, shimmery finish.

What is your go-to long-wearing Lipstick? (and/or lipliner)
 - I mostly prefer glosses and balms over lipsticks, but one lipstick I have come to love is the Maybelline Color Sensational in 135 Make Me Pink.

I hope you enjoyed this tag!

Post your answers in the comments!