Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Palette Obsessions: MAC, Tarte, Juvia's Place

This post is a haul/first impressions of sorts. These are recent purchases. I've done a look or two with them (except for one palette). So far I'm liking them put they haven't reached favorite status yet but I wanted to talk about them. So here they are!

After using the MAC Aaliyah Age Ain't Nothing palette, I've been eyeing other MAC eyeshadow palettes. I picked up two quads from one of the PatrickStarrr's releases. I got both of these on sale. One I got from MAC and the other I got from Macy's. I'm not sure if they are still available. I picked up Glam AF and Goalgetter. Both are super pretty and have some classic MAC shades. Then I picked up the Burgundy Time Nine palette when The Style and Beauty Doctor mentioned it in a post. She said it's a second cousin to the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette but with deeper shades and I totally agree. I like that it has deeper shades. I feel like they work better with my skin tone. I've considered traveling with some of these for my upcoming work trip. We shall see if they make it into my makeup bag.

I went in Ulta to return some skincare. Of course I can't walk in, make a return and walk out of the store. I looked at the Urban Decay On the Run collection that I was set on getting but seeing it in person, I was like meh. Looking at the Tarte items I came across the Love, Trust & Fairy Dust Eye & Cheek Palette. When I saw it, I'm sure my eyes got big. It instantly gave me Urban Decay Naked 3 palette vibes but I like this one better! I've played around with this palette the most and I have really been enjoying it. The packaging is also too cute and I'm typically not a sucker for packaging.

It's safe to say if Juvia's Place comes out with a new palette then I'm getting it! They recently released the Afrique palette and like the rest of their palettes it is gorgeous! I haven't dipped into this one yet oh but I will! It's currently sold out. Check their social media for the restock or you can get emailed when it's back in stock.

And there you have it!

I typically post hauls to my Instagram. So follow me along there if you'd like!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

July 2018 Hit List

Here are my favorites for July!

Urban Skin Rx Even Tone Cleansing Bar

I hadn't used this in a while then one of my favs, ThisThatBeauty mentioned loving it in a blog post and it remind me to pull it back out. My skin was all over the place in July and this helped get me back right. I had more breakouts in July than usual and with breakouts come dark marks. This helped clear these marks up and brighten my skin overall. I also would use it as a mask and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off my face. I want to try their clear skin cleansing bar. I may pick that up in the next month or so. So if you skin needs some brightening check this cleansing bar out. The line is now at Target.

Serious Skincare Mega Force Liquid Exfoliant

This is another product I added back into my skin care rotation that helped get my skin back right. This liquid exfoliant helped get dirt and dead skin off my face along with keeping it smooth. Getting dead skin of face helps with those pesky dark marks and helps to brighten the skin. It also has Salicylic Acid which helps my skin when it comes to breakouts. This bad boy will not be put to the side again!

Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly

I've been curious about this ever since seeing crystalis007 mention it on her Instagram page. I read several reviews saying this is great for oily and combination skin needing moisture. After using it I totally agree! It is lightweight and sinks right into the skin but doesn't make my skin feel greasy. I got this size as gift with purchase from Sephora. But this size is available to purchase for $5! There are two other sizes available as well. If you skin is craving moisture then check this out.

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Shape & Fill in Brunette

I went to Ulta to the L'Oreal Brow Stylist Definer which is my new favorite brow pencil. I thought I mentioned it recently but I guess I haven't. I accidentally picked up the L'Oreal Brow Sytlist Shape & Full and I was like oh ok! I really like it! I have thick brows and I feel like sometimes I can over do it with a thinner brow pencil. A few quick swipes of these and I'm down and my brow looks natural which I love! So score for picking up the wrong product LOL!

ColourPop Bardot Blush

ColourPop has gotten quite a bit of my money this year. This blush was  on sale then ColourPop sent a 20% off on sale items and I said why not. It is described as rusty red copper and I wore this blush a lot in July. It an easy to wear blush. I slapped it on and had the prettiest color and glow on my cheeks. It's perfect for summer and I can't wait to wear in the fall with some dark lippies!

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

This product has made the rounds on YouTube and Instagram. Everyone has raved about it. I finally picked up to try for myself from Sephora but then it sat. I forgot I bought it *head palm*. Once I remembered I had it, it went into my evening skincare routine. It is so good! It's not sticky or greasy. I wake up in the morning and my lips are soft, plump and hydrated! On weekends when I'm bumming around the house during the day I'll throw this on my lips.The only downside it I don't like that it's in a jar. Other than that it's great!

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss in Beso

I was curious about some of the pink glosses in this line. My makeup loving sorority sister raved about this shade. It's her go to and she buys multiples of it at a time. I was like well let me check this one out. I'm so glad I did. I love it! It is described as a deep pink-mauve cream. It's a little darker than my natural lip color. It's not too much color for day time yet perfect as a nighttime lippie too. I've raved about the formula in previous post. I may check out Backtalk next which crystalis007 has raved about.

Buxom Lip Polishes and Creams

Recently I picked up Crystal (berry which really in purple *shurgs*), Margaret (mocha rapture) and Blushing Margarita (lip cream - rosy nude). Lately if I top a lipstick with a gloss, a Buxom one is what I am reaching for. I also love wearing these on their own with a lip liner. I think it's safe to say that these are my #1 favorite. If  could own all of them I probably would but there are like a 100 of them. So yea I don't think that's happening lol!! I have however been looking at the shade selection and any holes I want to fill in my lip gloss stash. So let's see what other colors I pick up! *twirls*

And now on to the not so favorites.

Maybelline Fit Matte + Poreless Foundation in Truffle 362

I was going to mention this last month but forgot. A lot of people have raved about this foundation. So I was excited to try it especially when they added more shades to the line. I snagged this from Walgreens when I had some reward dollars. It applied nicely and when I was done with my face it looked nice. However this did not keep me matte or poreless throughout the day. I tried it with various primers and powders I had on hand and it just did not look good at the end of the day. I was a greasy mess and it emphasized my pores. So this is a definite no go for me.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick 

I picked up two of these lippies in their new Les Chocolats line from Ulta. I got the shades 70% Yum (dark chocolate) and Box O Chocolate (pinky brown nude) They smell really good and that's the only good thing about them. I was so excited about 70% Yum and it was terrible! It was on patchy and I knew it would look like a hot mess by the end of the day. I layered the Buxom gloss in Sarina over top and it saved it. Box O Chocolate wasn't as bad since it a lighter shade. It's a kinda weird shade. I went heavy on using a brown lip liner and I also topped it with a gloss. I think used Buxon's Blushing Margarita. Adding a gloss defeats the purpose of wearing a liquid lipstick and I do love a matte lip. But adding a gloss also saved my lips because the formula is super drying and not comfortable to wear. So I say skip these. There are much better liquid lipstick formulas out there.

July was fun playing around this and that. On to August!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

June 2018 Hit List

Finally just one month of favorites! Here's what made the list in June.

OLEHENRIKSEN Find Your Balance™ Oil Control Cleanser

I got deluxe sample size of this cleanser as a point perk from Sephora. This is a really nice cleanser. I've used mainly in the morning. I love the minty scent and the tingle. Once I rinse it off my face doesn't feel completely stripped of moisture. The other items I apply on my skin after sink right in. Also throughout the day my skin didn't seem as oily. Now I'm curious about the other items in this line. I would definitely repurchase this cleanser.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Makeup Stick SPF 21

Back in November 2016, I mentioned I was done with this foundation when it broke off. Wellllll lol! I had a Sephora gift card that helped offset part of the cost. This is a pricey foundation. So I decided to give it another go. It was favorite and I really did like the foundation. I was just irritated with the "delivery system". This time around I have been very careful with it. This is such an easy foundation to use. Swipe it, blend it and go! I love the finish. Your skin looks like skin. You do't look made up. Let's hope that this one doesn't break off.

OPI Cajun Shrimp

I haven't talked my about nail polish lately. I was going to do a post on some recent favoritism. I still might. I randomly grabbed this polish when I was looking for a bright pink polish. This is definitely not pink lol. It's a very pretty bright coral shade and I love it against my skin tone. I wore it several times in June which you know means it's a favorite. I definitely want to wear this on my toes for my next pedicure.

belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb

I got this from Sephora as a point perk or a gift with purchase. I can't remember which one. This has be on my loves list for a while now. So I was excited to try it in a deluxe sample size first. You get a nice amount of product in this size 0.33 fl oz. I think I have been using it for 2 or 3 weeks and there's' still a good amount of product left. If I can grab another one then I will for my travel bag. This is a gel moisturizer and I've had good results using gel skincare items. This sinks right into my skin, it kind of mattifies my skin and helps keep my oil at bay during the day. It's the right balance of moisture for my oily skin. It also plays well with whatever SPF I put on top of it. I have not used this at night yet. If you're an oily girl looking for a good moisturizer then check this one out. There also a version (The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb) for drier skin that has good reviews. I'm curious to check out to use as a night cream. I will definitely purchase a full size of the Aqua Bomb.

MAC Aaliyah Collection

I know this collection just came out but I love it and I'm already plotting on what backups I'm going to get. Not like I really "need" them but that's not the point LOL! I got everything except the Follow Your Heart lip liner. I loved Aaliyah and was absolutely crushed when she died. So when I heard a collection was coming, I was so excited. If anything has caught your eye in this collection then get it! I would recommend Hot Like... lipstick. It's a fantastic red lipstick. I'd also recommend Li Li's Motor City lipglass. It is the perfect coral colored lip gloss. I also really like the Age Ain't Nothing eyeshadow palette. It's tiny but is a great mix of shades that'll take you from day to night. Now let me finalize my backup shopping list!

Childish Gambino - This is America

Courtesy of YouTube/Vevo

I haven't mentioned a song in a while. This song is one I've had on repeat in the car. I mean on repeat for my whole commute going to work. I heard it when he performed on Saturday Night Live. The video however is what brings the song together. The imagery in it is pretty intense. I've only watched the video 2 or 3 times. It's a lot to take in. If you have not heard the song then check it out.

Short and sweet! Now on to my birthday month! *twirls*

Thursday, June 28, 2018

May/June 2018 Out of My Face

Now this a good set of empties! I'm excited that a lot of skincare items were used up. I'm really trying to pair down my skincare stash to the items I really like using. Plus I can try a new item or two but not a TON of items.

Here's what I used up in May and June!

  • Serious Skincare Pure Pep Fading Fluid
  • Make-up Designory Facial Cleanser & Make-up Remover
  • Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil
  • Michael Todd Organic Lemon AHA + DMAE Toner
  • Creme of Nature Argan Oil Strenght & Shine Leave-in Conditioner
  • Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel
  • philosophy supersize 3-in-1 shower gel in The Ice Cream Man
  • Serious Skincare Retinol Renewal Gel Overnight Reveal
  • Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal Cream
  • Serious C3 C Serum
  • Boscia Blotting Linens in Pink Peppermint 100 sheets
  • Palmer's Coconut Oil Hand Cream
  • philosophy Whippedd Body Creme in Pure Grace
  • Covergril Queen All Day Flawless Foundation in Mocha Q835
  • philosophy Body Lotion in Lemon Custard
  • Serious Skincare Body Souffle in Ginger
  • Serious Skincare Retinol Renewal Gel
  • Serious Skincare A Force XR Serum
  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Chocolate
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner in Mad Max Brown 
  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub
  • philosophy Hand Cream in Lemon Custard
  • Clinique Take the Day of Cleansing Balm
  • Serious Skincare Pure Pep Fading Fluid
  • Serious Skincare A Eye XR  Retinol Eye Cream
  • Serious Skincare 4 Million IU A Cream XR SPF 30
  • Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner
The Palmer's Coconut Oil Hand Cream is a newcomer to the list. I really liked the scent. Some coconut scents can smell fake or sickeningly sweet. The was nice and light. The hand cream itself was just ok. It wasn't moisturizing enough for my liking. I don't plan on repurchasing it

Does anyone have any dark brown liquid liner recommendations? I have one more Kat Von D one to use up and after that I'm not purchasing it or any other items from her brand due to some recent comments she made.

Let's keep moving right along!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

May 2018 Hit List

Let;s talk about some May favorites! This was almost an all drugstore favorites for May bit a couple of high end products snuck in there. Here they are!

Covergirl Queen Major Shade Liquid Lipsticks

I picked up two shades in Rebel and Cake Walk from Amazon. I was moved to order after seeing a tweet from Covergirl showing Cake Walk on a brown skinned woman and it looked gorgeous! Rebel I randomly got. Both are nude shades. I thought Rebel would be darker but it's the perfect my lips but better color. It's a mauvey nude. Cake Walk it a peachy nude. I definitely want to pick up more colors.

Black Radiance True Complexion Loose Setting Powder

This is Black Radiance's take on a yellow/banana powder. I wasn't moved to try others but since their True Complexion setting powder is still one of my favorites I decided to give it a try. I have not used this on my entire face. I've used it to set my under eye concealer which I really don't do. However I have noticed a difference. I feel like my whatever makeup I put on my under eye area (eye liner, eyeshadow and mascara) goes on smoother and lasts longer throughout the day. I picked this up from Target. The Target I went to have a very nice Black Radiance display which I was pleasantly surprised by. Good job Target!

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder in Deep

I picked this powder up from Ulta after I saw crystalis007 rave about it on Instagram. This is a nice powder. It goes on smoothly, it's not cakey and sets my makeup nicely.  If I had to pick between the two I would pick the Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder that I raved about back in January. It's still nice to have a drugstore option. I do prefer the packaging of the Maybelline powder over the Cover FX powder. I feel like it's more secure and product won't spill out.

L'oreal Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner

I saw several people rave about these new eye pencils from L'Oreal and said why not. I ordered them from Ulta and I got black, brown and grey. These remind me of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils . They go on smoothly and don't move. My oily eyes can appreciate these eyeliners. Of the 3 I reached for the black the most which is surprising since I'm a brown eyeliner girl. I may pick up the other 3 shades (Cobalt Blue, Nude and Purple)

Juvia's Place Palette The Festival Palette

When I saw this palette I mentioned to my friend that some of these shadows would be good blush shades. So this is a favorite as blush and not as an eyeshadow palette. I used the shades Izafa (red) and Iri Ji (bright pink) and they were gorgeous on the cheeks. I didn't get around to using Ofala (orange) but I will before the summer is over. Now I need look at the other Juvia's place palettes in my stash and see what other eyeshadows would make good blush shades.

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Deep

If you've been around long enough then you'd remember that the Bronzing Powder in Deep Chocolate was my holy grail bronzer. The shade was limited edition and it was never re-released much to my dismay. My friend and I were chatting about the bronzer and I said ok let me try the Deep shade and it's really nice. Its very pretty, not too much and it's very natural looking. So yay! Still wish they would do Deep Chocolate again LOL!

COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap

A friend was nice enough to pass this along to me. I used it a few times when I first got and I wasn't sure how I felt about it. I used it again recently at night time with some Drunk Elephant items and I really really like it. It's not a heavy moisturizer. It feels silky going on and it's just the amount of hydration for my skin. It plays well with other moisturizers and face oils too. I think this may too moisturizing for me to use in the daytime but I may play around with it some more as a day time moisturizer. I have seen this on Ulta's website and Amazon. I definitely plan on purchasing this when I use this bottle up.

Lancome Blush Subtil Shimmer in Sunset Coral

The is a blush that has been in and out of my giveaway pile. It's a very pretty deep coral shade and I have reached for it a lot in June. The shimmer is subtle so your cheek doesn't look like a glitter bomb, I also love the simple sleek packaging. I purchased this brand new from a blog sale a long time ago. I don't see the shade listed on Lancome's site. So I guess its been discontinued. Not like I need more blush but I'm curious about their other blush shades. All of them look very pretty *covers eyes*.

And there you have it. Let's see what June brings. I already started the post. Let's see if I can get this one up before mid-June. HAAA!!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Palette Obsession: Tarte, Mally, Colour Pop, Urban Decay

I've gone overboard again with palette purchases *sigh*

tarte tarteist Pro Palette

This tarte palette has been on my radar for a while. Macy's seems to frequently run some kind of beauty promo. I lucked up got this for 30%, free shipping and 6% cash back via Ebates. So score! This is how you shop for beauty products.

Mally Muted Muse Eyshadow Palette

I exchanged the Does of Color mauve palette for this and I couldn't be happier. This is another good everyday palette. I love the compact size too. I may take this with me on my next work trip. My favorite shade so far is Artistry. Me and these kind of matte browns are BFFs lol!

Shayla x ColourPop Perception Shadow Palette

Makeup Shayla created some buzz on Instagram about her next project. Then the announcement came that she did a collab with ColourPop. I'm not the biggest Shayla fan but I did like what I saw in the collection and I do try and support women of color brand collaborations when I can. So I ordered the set that included the entire collection which isn't a bad price for what you get. You can spent that much on one palette. The shades in the palette are very pretty.

Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette

This is another Instagram made me do it palette. I saw this but wasn't really checking for it until I saw the swatches. Plus I'm really liking the Urban Decay palettes packaged like this. I was going to wait until it went on sale to scoop this up. But I had an item to return to Ulta which I always end up doing an exchange. The browns and blues in this palette are stunning. This is another palette I would travel with for work.

After this I think a palette no buy is in order. Let's see if it holds since palettes are my makeup product weakness.

March/April 2018 Hit List

I was all set to do my March favorites and then I kept using a lot of the items into April. Then work travel started back up again and voilĂ , we have another combined favorites post. Hopefully this will be the last one. Still trying the get my blogging mojo back.

So here it goes!

tarte Maneater Mascara

This has been my go to mascara. I love it on its own and mixing it with Lights, Camera Lashes or the Tarteist Lash Paint mascara. It gives me volume, length and curl. It may be taking the place of  Lights, Camera, Lashes as my favorite tarte mascara *gasp*

Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Lotion

I got this to try out before trying their body butter that I raved about back in November. When I first used it was just ok. I went back to it in March to use up. The more I used it, the more I liked it on my body and hands. My skin can get really dry and itchy especially in the cooler months. This lotion helped keep my skin happy! I've already purchased another bottle and I also picked up their oil. I think I have found my go to body moisturizer products! Yay!

L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1 & 2

These two palettes have been on the chopping block for a while now. When I added them to the rotation to use and I really enjoyed using them. These two palettes are super easy to use and I think they're great for everyday looks. My eye looks just looked good without a whole lot of effort. I've really been into simple looks lately. I debated on traveling with #1 palette for work. I know people have crapped on these two palettes but I think they're really good. The eyeshadows are pigmented, smooth and easy to blend. They are pricey for drugstore BUT L'Oreal is on sale all time and you can use rewards dollars that your favorite drugstore offers. So check these out.

MAC Extra Dimension Pleasure Model Blush

This blush is described as a "soft terracotta with pearl". I always reach for this blush once the weather gets warmer. Even though now it seems like the weather doesn't know what it wants to do lol. Since I have been wearing warmer nude lippes this is the perfect blush to wear. It's an easy blush to wear. It's not too much but a nice bit of warmth on your cheeks.

Essie Good to Go Top Coat

I'm always up to try a new quick dry top coat. I picked this up from Ulta and I do like it. I like that it doesn't make my nail polish shrink. I've noticed this with some other quick dry top coats. It hasn't gotten goopy on me either. I would definitely repurchase it.

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner

This was a random Target purchase. I've been looking a product to replace Wen's Replenishing Treatment Mist. I've used this on my hair wet and try and I really like. I've already purchase another bottle. On dry hair it's a good refresher and on wet hair it's a good detangler and it gives my hair the extra moisture it desperately needs. I have my eye on some other products I want to try in this line.

Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil

After speaking with a friend about this line, I picked up the oil and the deep conditioner and the butter cream. Of the three items I've tried the oil is my favorite. It's good stuff! It's thicker than most hair oils I used. I would say it's more like a serum. It's very hydrating but doesn't make my hair greasy. Any time I see a deal or coupon I scoop up another bottle.

Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

Another friend recommendation. A lot of coconut hair products do a number on my hair. My hair ends up dry and brittle. This was not the case with this shampoo and conditioner! I've used the conditioner more like a deep conditioner and my hair loves it! My hair is soft and more manageable after using these products. Also you cannot beat the price. I scooped these up from Target and I believe they were $2.99 each. I'm sure your can find them cheaper at other stores but Target is my jam lol. I'm curious about the other shampoo and conditioners in the Infusions line. Also the Suave coconut body lotion was a fav of mine back in the day. I love the scent.

Palmer's Ultra Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil

I think I have found my favorite drugstore cleansing oil! Woohoo! I think I saw this on Instagram then took to Walgreens to see if I could find it. What I like about this oil is that it's not super thick and it doensn't take forever to rinse off.

Palmer's Micro Fine Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Pick this up with the cleansing oil. I use this after I was my face and my face feels so soft,, smooth and looks brighter. Whatever serums and moisturizers I use afterwards sick right into my skin. Also this is not an abrasive scrub. The beads in it are very fine and do not feel harsh on the skin. I think the "base" of the scrub helps to which is nice and creamy.

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Gloss

I have 4 of these glosses. I was gifted 3 in Jawbreaker, Snapped and Shadowheart. I picked up 1993 with a recent 20% off coupon at Ulta. These are so good I want more *head palm*. They go on nicely on the lip, nicely pigmented and feel good on the lips. There isn't much more that you can ask for from a lip gloss. They have a slight minty tingle to the lips but it's not uncomfortable. Think I may check out a pinky nude or maybe a red *shifty eyes*

And a quick mention. I've been eyeing the brand Elemis for a while now. During my work trip I picked up this set that was on sale at a spa. I used the item while I was away and I thoroughly enjoyed both the cleansing balm and the moisturizer. I keep eyeballing QVC for a good set to pick up.

One items I did not like is the Studio 35 Beauty Brush & Sponge Cleaner. I actually picked this up from Walgreens back in January during my work trip. I forgot my alcohol that I used to spot clean my brushes. I picked this up and it did the job for the most part to spot clean my brushes but it's "technically" not for spot cleaning brushes. When I got back home I did use it twice as a brush cleaner. I feel like you have to use a lot of product to get the brushes I used for foundation, concealer and face powder clean. Then for giggles I went back and used the Dawn dish soap that I typically used to clean my brushes and there was still product coming out after using the Studio 35 cleaner. Also I feel that it's pricey. I think it was $8. I know it's cheaper than brush cleansers you find at Ulta or Sephora but compared to Dawn dish soap I can get for $1, it's pricey.

And a quick update to my recent palette obsession play. After using the L'Oreal palettes, the MUA palette was just ok to me and I'm just going to toss it. I've had it for a while. So there's no point in passing it along to someone. I went back and forth about the Dose of Colors Marvelous Mauves palette. At first I was like no I didn't like it but then I ended up liking the two looks I did with it. But again I went back to the L'Oreal palettes. Specifically the purple/pink tones and I thought about other shadows I already have. I did use one of my Laura Mercier palettes with it as well. I wanted to be able to use it on it's own. So it went back to Ulta and I exchange it for another palette. You'll see what in my next palette obsessions post.

Phew this was a long one! Let's see what May brings.