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.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

March/April 2018 Out of My Face

Didn't use a lot up over these last couple a months. Dah well.

Here are the goods!

  • Lancome Advanced Genifique 2.5oz
  • philosophy Snow Angel Hand Cream 
  • Serious Skincare A Force XR 2oz
  • Covergirl Queen All Day Flawless Foundaton
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ebony
  • Vaseline Intenisve Care Cocoa Raidiant Lotion
  • CVS Beauty 360 Cocoa Butter Petroleum Jelly
  • Serious Skincare Pure Pep Creme Riche
  • One 'n Only Argan Oil Spray Treatment
  • Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray .66oz (2)
  • No 7 Airbrush Away Primer .33oz
  • Serious Skincare Pure Pep Fading Fluid 2oz
  • Serious Skincare Pure Pep Fading Fluid Pads 60 count
  • Serious Skincare Vanilla Veil Body Souffle 8oz
  • Bath & Body Works Hand Soap with Olive Oil in Citron & Sandalwood 
  • Botanics Nourishing Face Oil
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Deep
  • Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Soothing Body Butter
  • Naturelle Luxe Majestic Oil Hydrating Repair Masque
Let's see what I can use up in the next couple of months.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Palette Obsession: Tarte, Morphe, MUA, Dose of Colors

Hey. Hey there. How ya doing?

Happy April! I cannot believe it's April. I feel like it was just Christmas like a month ago.

The month is halfway over but I will play around with the tarte Tarlette in Bloom, MUA Nude Eye Shadow, Dose of Colors Marvelous Mauves and the Morphe Jaclyn Hill palettes. The tarte and Dose of Colors palettes are new to me. I've already done a few looks with the Tarlette in Bloom palette and of course I'm digging it. I've also purchased The Festival palette from Juvia's Place. So I may throw it in the mix. These palettes may carry me into May since work travel will be starting up for me again soon *head palm*. I may do a post of the makeup I take with me. Next up will be my March Hit List.

Play time go!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

January/February 2018 Hit List

Different name but still talking about favorites. Some months I have more than 5 items I want to talk about. Some months there maybe only 2 things I want to talk about. And since February is almost out the door, I decided to go ahead and combine January and February. Hopefully this won't be too long.

Here's what made the list for January and February!

Bath & Body Works Exfoliating Hang Soap in Toasted Vanilla Chai

I picked this up during the semi-annual sale at the end of last year. This hand soap is expensive! It's $7 and it was half off which is still a lot. But I had a coupon and a gift card. It smells really good and I love the exfoliation in it. It made my hand super soft. I would get it again when it's on sale and I can add a coupon. I'm just sayin!

Drunk Elephant Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

A friend was nice enough to give this to me to try. I joked with her watch I'm going to like it since it's pricey. She has raved about this cleanser. I have it in the old packaging. It's available at Sephora and the price tag for this cleanser is $34. Sure enough I really like it. It's a gel cleanser and gel cleansers have been my favorite lately. I've used it morning and evening. It cleanses your skin without stripping it and my face feels nice and smooth after using. I said I was going to repurchase it when I used it up, but my cleanser stash is not lacking right now lol. I also like how the Drunk Elephant line doesn't have a ton of products. It's a well curated skin care line. I'm debating on taking it with me for my next work trip.

Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes
Laura Mercier Artist Palette, Bobbi Brown Chocolate Palette, Mally Nude Attitude Palette

Nude/neutral eyeshadow looks have been my go to for January and February. They're just easy when you just want to look pulled together and get out the door in a decent amount of time. Don't get me wrong I still love colorful eye looks but this has what I've been reaching for lately. The Laura Mercier palette kicked it off. I took it with my on a work trip I had in January. This palette will be a forever favorite. The Bobbi Brown palette is a past favorite that I hadn't reached for and debated on when I was clearing out products. It doesn't look like much but it's so pretty on the eyes. They are nude/naked shadows that I can wear. Similar palettes that have come out are so light that the shades don't show up against my skin tone. I don't have that issue with this palette. I hinted at the Mally palette in a previous post when I mentioned playing around with her palettes. It's an awesome palette with warm and cool neutrals along with Slate and Carbon to do a classic smokey eye.

Vaseline Deep Moisture Vitamin E Petroleum Jelly Cream

One of my favorite beauty folks The Style and Beauty Doctor mentioned this product on her blog and Instagram. I looked in various stores and could not find it. I found it on Amazon and I had it saved in my cart for a while. I saw this 4.5oz tube on Target's website and said let me try it in this size first. I used it on my body and I did like. I LOVED it as a hand cream! I'm very picky about what I use on my hands. It absorbs nicely and it's not greasy. The size is perfect for travel. I already have another tube in my Target cart right now. I think I've tried the Petroleum Jelly Cream that's at The Dollar Tree. The next time I'm in there I want to double check and see where it's made.

The Body Shop Body Mist in Shea

I randomly reached for this one morning and it has been my go to scent for the last couple of months. It's described as a subtle, sweet, nutty scent. I picked mine up from Ulta. I forgot to snap a pic of  this *head palm*. Google is your friend LOL!!!!!!

Nude Lippies
MAC Strip Me Down, Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow, Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer in Unreal, Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Berry Brown

Along with neutral/nude eye looks, neutral lippies have been my go to the last couple of months. Nude lippies used to scare me. There's been a lot of trial and error but this mix of lippies I feel comfortable in wearing. Also I can put them on and forget about them. They were nice throughout the day and I don't feel the need to check on them or reapply.

Lip Combo - MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson II & Buxom Lipgloss in Sarina

When I saw the MAC Viva Glam Taraji II lippies I was like of meh about them. I'm funny when it comes to bronze and metallic shades on my lips. One of my friends has both the lipstick and lipglass and they are her go to. I randomly saw it and searched for and could not find it anywhere. So I instantly have FOMO (fear of missing out). So I keep searching about found the lipstick on Belk's website. I could find the gloss anywhere. When I got my hands on it I wore the lipstick alone and it was fine. I looked through my stash and decide to pair it with Buxom's Sarina and was like yeeessssss! This lip combo has been a quick go to. It's bronzey chocolatey goodness! The lipstick is described as a deep coppery brown with gold pearl shade. Sarina is described as a chocolate sparkle.

MAC Viva Glam Sia

I usually have a red lippie that I'll have in rotation for a while. MAC Viva Glam Sia is matte and is described as a bright yellow red. I picked mine up from Ulta.

Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder in Deep

I picked this up at Ulta during their 21 Days of Beauty. It has been the powder that I have constantly been reaching for and I like it so much that I am going to pick up the pressed version for travel. It sets whatever foundation I use nicely and my skin just looks good. It also helps keep my oil at bay during the day. Hey that rhymes lol! It's good powder. Check it out if you're looking for a new one.

Mini Happy Planner

I have talked about planner stuff much but I'm still a full blown planner addict LOL! I decided to the give the mini happy planner a go this year. I originally got it for budgeting and money matters. Then I decided to use it as my on the go planner and I love it. It's just enough for me to note what I need to and keep it moving. I also pick a deluxe cover for it and love it as well. I'm debating on using a mini as my main personal planner for 2019. I got another classic happy planner and I still love it. I'm doing more spreads in it that I did last year. But it may be "too much" for me. I using a big happy planner for work and I really like since I have a ton of stuff to note and keep track of. I created an Instagram just for planner stuff. Follow me if it moves ya! Also Me & My Big Ideas just released their 2018-2019 18 month planners. Check them out if you're looking for a new planner!

A couple of products I didn't like are the Silk Elements Luxury Moisturizing Leave-In Hair Creme and the Serious Skincare PLUSH 80K Brush. The hair creme I picked up form Sally Beauty when I was in desperate need of something to moisturize my hair. This creme has honey, shea and silk. Awesome ingredients right? It seems amaze and looks nice and rich. It did absolutely nothing for my hair. It seemed like it dried my hair out even more. I was so disappointed. The face brush from Serious Skincare came with a Today's Special of a trio of their glycolic cleaners. I've see nthe brush before and didn't have an interest to try it. I've tried a couple of times and I'm not a fan. Its battery operated, the brush is small and I'm used to the timing aspect of my Clarisonic. I also like the brush head of my Clarisonic. I may play around with it again. We'll see.

Let's see what's what for March!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Palette Obsession: Mally Beauty & Urban Decay

So I had good intentions to get this up earlier in the month. So this is going to be another combo post of sorts. I had decided that the palettes I have from Mally Beaity and the Urban Decay Naked palettes were next on my list.

In going through my stash I said let's get real about the Urban Decay Naked palettes. Now if you've been following me along I have mentioned these palettes off and on. They have been favorites. I've traveled with them. I've recommended them. But when I thought about it, I hadn't really used  them in a while with the exception of the Naked Heat palette since it's the latest palette. Then I started going though what I have an comparing it to the Naked palettes. I had the Naked 3 palette sitting in my basket to use and I did not reach for it. I would look at it everyday, say nope and grab something else. I'm not saying that they are bad palette or that you shouldn't buy one. They're just not my thing anymore and that's OK. I currently have them set aside with some other makeup I'm going to give away.

I had the same initial feeling about the Mally palettes I have and was ready to get rid of them too. When I took a look at them, I liked what I saw and said ok I can do a look with this or use this shade with an eyeshadow stick. Once I started using them I was reminded how much I enjoy Mally's eyeshadows. They're pigmented, easy to blend and have good staying power on my oily lids. One may turn up in my next favorites post. I'm just saying. Since I have five palettes, I'll keep messing around with them in March.

I nicked a couple of shadows trying to take this pic grrrr lol! I didn't show the Naked palettes because I'm sure you've seen then a bunch of times.

On to the next post!