April 16, 2014

April 2014 Birchbox

The first product is the Number 4 High Performance Hair Care Lumiere d' hiver Clarifying Shampoo, full size is $32.This travel size shampoo includes and mediocre amount and smells okay, a little too perfumey for my liking. It is unique, as it claims to purify hair and restore moisture and shine. I have some favorite clarifying shampoos for a significantly lower price, but I will definitely use this product up.
From the same brand as the shampoo is the Number 4 Lumiere d' hiver Reconstructing Mask, full size is $58. This claims to repair and leave your hair healthy. Although it is in a foil packet, I love trying out new hair masks. I will not be purchasing this, as I like other ones that perform the same, if not better that cost more than half of the hefty price tag.
I also received the Bija Body Daily Body Serum, full size is $34. This is interesting as I don't often come across body serums. It feels like a lightweight oil, it absorbs quickly, and leaves skin looking healthy and luminous, which will be great for Spring and Summer. I like how the plastic bottle has a pump and the amount of product is nice, especially because a little bit of serum goes a long way.
Additionally, I got a Color Club Art Duo Pen in White, a set of three is $25 (making the one I received worth about $8). It has a metal squeeze tip dotting tool and a striper brush in one bottle. The formula seems to be opaque and dry quickly. I actually don't own any striper polishes and am excited to play around with designs.
My box also included a deluxe size of the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, $22. I love this brow gel; it holds your brows in place forever. I own the full size, but am still glad to have this one for on the go. A little bit of product goes a long way, so I am sure this one will last a while. 
As a lifestyle Extra, Burchbox included the KIND Healthy Grains Bar in the flavor Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt, a box of 15 is $11.88. Not only does the name sound unusually unique, so do the ingredients. Oddly enough, I didn't mind the flavor, I kind of liked it. I didn't taste any salt specifically, but it definitely toned down the sweetness of the maple flavor. I never would have thought to pick this certain flavor up and try them and I may just catch myself purchasing a box in the near future. 

April 14, 2014

Nyx Butter Lipglosses

Everyone has been talking about the Nyx Butter Liglosses for quite some time and like everyone else, I am in love with them. They cost $4.99 and are sold at Ulta, Nyx online, select Targets, and select CVS.

The color of the packaging coinsides with the shade of lipgloss. They each have a doe foot applicator and all smell sweet, but each one smells slightly different.

The formula is smooth, not sticky, almost like a metled lip balm, hydrating, and shiny. They don't last as long as some lipglosses, but stay on a relatively long time. Thy all apply smooth with even pigmentation and coverage. None of the shades have shimmer or glitter.
These come in 22 shades with a variety of tones and since they were originally released, I have acquired 6 shades, (Shades in picture above are listed top to bottom below).
Crème Brulee is a natural pinky nude.
Éclair is a light cool toned pink.
Vanilla Crème Pie is a pink rose.
Maple Blondie is a light pinky coral.
Peaches and Cream is a brighter coral pink.
Strawberry Parfait is a magenta pink.

Whether you love lipgloss or absolutely despise it, barely wear makeup or love to sport dramatic lip colors, I would suggest picking up one of these glosses. In this case, the question is less, Who would like this product?, but rather, Who wouldn't like the Nyx Butter Lipglosses?
Have you tried these before? What do you think?

April 13, 2014

My Favorite Makeup Removers

I think a good makeup remover makes your life much easier. My eyes are very sensitive, so it is a challenge for me to find a good eye makeup remover that doesn't irritate them. I have included 5 makeup removers that I am in love with. I do not currently own the Garnier Cleansing Oil, review here, but that one would be included in this post as I love it.

Starting from left to right, a recent find, is any Contact or Saline Solution. This is amazing for the most sensitive eyes, as it is made for them, and removes makeup with ease.

The Sonia Kashuk Eye Makeup Remover, $10.19, is an oil and water formula that activated when shaken. It does leave a slight residue around the eyes, but it removes all traces of even waterproof mascara.

The Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner, $2.99, (review here) is more of a cleansing water. This one is better at removing foundation and face products. I love how inexpensive it is and how it leaves your skin feeling fresh, clean, and free of any residue.

The Clinique Cleansing Balm, $28.50, may be expensive but it is worth it. It is a solid texture that melts in your hands and when applied on your face. It creates a milky lather when washed away. It removes everything even thick, heavy eyeliner, full coverage foundation, and waterproof makeup. It also nourishes and moisturizes the skin without leaving it feeling greasy afterwards.

Lastly, and the most convenient, are the Almay Oil-Free Makeup Remover Pads, $4.99. These presoaked thin pads are perfect for your eyes. There is another version that has an oily feel, but these do not, feel much better and they work just as well.

April 11, 2014

Almay Intense i-Color Smoky-i Eyeshadow in Smoky-i for browns

I have always passed on Almay products, but recently I have been trying some of them. After seeing their eyeshadows for awhile now, and hearing someone rave abut this specific shade, I decided to give it a try.
Almay eyeshadow trios cost $4.99 and come in plastic packaging with designated shades for a complete eye look. The mapped out trio is easy to follow for beginners, but who says you can't switch up the arrangent on the eyes.
This kit offers 3 shades that claim to intensify your eye color and enable you to achieve an easy, mistake proof smoky eye. The shadows, themselves, claim to be a lightweight powder finish, blendable, easy to apply, have a soft pearl finish, intensify and brighten your eye color, are crease proof, lon wearing, are hypoallergenic, and ophthalmologist tested.
The top shade is light yellow-toned champagne with a little touch of shimmer. It is perfect for the browbone, as the shimmer is subtle, and the inner corner. The intended crease shade is a light shimmery lilac. It is not too bright, making it perfect for a neutral look. The medium bronze shimmer shade is perfect for the lid and the crease.
Almay's claims are surprisingly true and make for an overall great shadow. I love the look of them on my lid, and they have incredible pigmentation with all day lasting power. Sometimes I use the middle light lilac shade on my lid and the bottom shade in my crease. While other times I use them as intended.

April 9, 2014

Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner

I love Cleansing Waters, but unfortunately the drugstore doesn't offer a wide variety, or any variety for that matter. However, awhile ago, I found the Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner, $3.39, and have recently repurchased it.

Though this product is marketed as a cleanser, but the lightweight feel and ability to cleanse and remove makeup from your skin without leaving any residue behind, makes this a perfect cleansing water. It claims to soothe your skin with aloe.

The cheap price tag, makes this the perfect solution for cleansing, makeup removing, and toning, separately and/or together.

April 8, 2014

Revlon Pink Pop

For some time, Revlon has had a line of Super Lustrous Lipglosses, $5.99, in 12 shades. I have heard about Pink Pop for awhile and was amazed by the quality once I gave it a try.

These lipglosses claim to give moisturizing shine without a sticky texture. The brand emphasizes the hydration and gloss, a standard I feel these glosses live up to. I find the texture is thick without being sticky.

The clear plastic container, black top, and thin accent of gold makes the packaging very sleek. The doe foot applicator dispenses the right amount of product and allows for precise application.

The shade I have, Pink Pop, is a sheer glossy fuschia. The formula has the potential to make this color very unflattering, but the sheerness gives for a nice natural look with a bit of brightness. This gloss is perfect for applying without a mirror, as it is mistake free and also works wonderful for those who are too timid to wear a full on bright color, without being too out there or intimidating.

April 7, 2014

Ulta Shopping... Again

I had a 20 percent off coupon for Ulta so I couldn't resist stopping by, besides I was out of a few things.
When I walked in the store, I headed straight for the hair section. I picked up another bottle of the Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo Three, $9.50, because I love it so much. It is the most clarifying of all clarifying shampoos, that I have tried. It cleanses everything out of my hair.
I recently ran out of my Macedamia Deep Repair Mask, $30, so I purchased a new one. This is expensive, but it leaves my hair soft and healthy, plus it smells amazing.
While I was looking at the Macadamia section, I came across the Macadamia Control Spray, $12. This seems like a flexible hairspray,which I prefer, and since I am almost finished my current one, I decided I should give it a try.
I am in need of a new body scrub and picked up The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub, $20. I love the scent and it is packed with oils, so I'm guessing it will be moisturizing. 
I saw the eos lip balm in Summerfruit, $3.49, sitting on a shelf and decided to pick it up. I don't think these are the most moisturizing lip balms, but I love the scent and they are functional.
I have heard Estee or essie-button talk about the Essie Nail Polish in Splash of Grenadine, $7.99. I love the light grape purple and think it will be perfect for Spring.
Also, I purchased the OPI Nail Lacquer in Koala Berry, $8. It is a raspberry, brighter than most, and has more red tones than expected but is still a pretty shade.
Lastly, I looked at some of my favorite eyeliners and picked up a Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner in Sepia, $20. It is a medium metallic taupe that I think will look great on my lower lash line.

April 6, 2014

FOTD- Full Face

To start my look I used the Benefit Stay Flawless Primer. Despite other people's opinions, I really like this product. I them applied the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer underneath my eyes and the Nars Radiant Cream Foundation in Sante Fe. This foundation is very pigmented and you only need a tiny bit for your whole face. I set everything with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent.

On my cheeks, I used the Too Faced Deep Matte Chocolate Bronzer to roughly contour. I followed it with the Benefit Boxed Powder in Hervana, a light matte pink. To add a glow, I applied the Dior Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond.

I moved onto filling in my eyebrows with the Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette. To start my eyeshadow I used the Rimmel Exagerate Primer, one of my new favorites, followed by Stila Kitten all over my lids and my inner corners. I then applied the Urban Decay shadow in Bust in my crease and the Wet n Wild eyshadow in Brulee as a browbone highlight. I used Nars Coconut Grove, a dark matte espresso, on my upper lashline. I used the Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara on my lashes and the Rimmel Eyeliner in Nude on my waterline.

On my lips I started with the Maybelline Color Whisper in Lust for Blush and added the Nars Lipgloss in Ophelia

April 5, 2014

Essie Naughty Nautical


Today I went for something a bit brighter on my nails, Essie's Naughty Nautical, $8. It is from last years summer collection. It is a deeper turquoise with a small amount of micro silver shimmer. On the nails, the shimmer does not show. It just appears to glimmer in the light. The vibrant turquoise color can stain your nails slightly, but there shouldn't be any staining if you use a base coat. This polish doesn't chip or wear any longer or less than comparable nail polishes. The formula, like most other Essie polishes, is on the thin side, but still applies opaque.

April 3, 2014

Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow Duo in The Top Shelf

Whenever I swatch a Bare Minerals Ready product, I am always amazed by the quality. I recently decided to purchase a duo from the line in the shade The Top Shelf.
To start with the packaging, they have the same rubberized black outside as Nars Products, come with a doe foot applicator, and offer a relatively large mirror inside.

Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 (duos) cost $20. They claim to be pigmented, blendable and longwearing shadows, that last up to 12 hours, sounding like the perfect shadow. I find these claims all to be true. Bare Minerals also claims these to be anti-aging, reducing fine lines, puffiness, and wrinkles, with a moisture packed formula. I find the anti-aging benefit claims seem to be too far fetched, however I feel the moisture makes the shadows very soft and only improves the overall texture and application.

The Top Shelf consists of the shades Mixologist, a champagne that is similar to Stila's Kitten, and Cognac, a rich golden bronze. The shades are both very metallic, pigmented, smooth, and blendable. The quality is definitely there. The shade Mixologist is a beautiful highlight and lid color. Cognac also makes a beautiful all over lid color and is very unique.

Overall this duo is beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone. It has certainely made it to the top shelf in my vanity. The pairing is not only beautiful, but also unique.