August 18, 2014

August 2014 Popsugar Must Have Monthly Box

Ordering my first Popsugar Must Have Box I was a bit skeptical as it was $40, a bit of a bigger investment than a $10 Birchbox, which is why I just ordered one month.

The first fashion item I noticed is the Kendra Scott Elle Earrings in Slate, $52. These are a nice mix of modern with character and are neutral in color, making them great for most outfits. I will get a lot of wear out of these and the bag accompanying them is also very functional.

I also received the Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel, $22, which caught my eye with the cute packaging. I love the smell of this body wash as it smells nice, but is subtle.

Another packaging that caught my eye was the Paddywax Ocean Tide and Sea Salt Candle, $10. I don't exactly love the scent, but will certainly put the packaging to good use.

Bite Beauty has become a favorite brand, so I was excited to see the Lush Fruit Lip Gloss in Popsugar, $22. This bright, sheer, hot, pink (siilar to the outside of the box) feels soft and luxurious on the lips. Additionally, it is made with real fruit.

The big bag in my box is from The Mason Jar Cookie Company, $12. I am excited to make these cookies as all you need to add is butter and an egg.

As a special extra, I got another food item; The ThinkThin Browbnie Crunch High Protein Bar. I have seen these before and haven't ever purchased them, so am excited to try them out.

Lastly, I got the Goodbyn Purple Meal and Dipper Set, $8, which is a purple, divided, reusable, plastic, food container. It is practical, high quality, and perfect for on the go.

Needless to say, I am very impressed with this month's box and am highly considering ordering one next month.

August 16, 2014

Favorite Products from Benefit Cosmetics

(all links are to previous blog posts where you can find more information)

Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation-
I am unsure of why it took me so long to purchase this product, but nonetheless I love it. I have the shade "I'm so Money Honey". The formula is lightweight, dewy, and though it doesn't have the longest staying power, it looks flawless.

Boi-ing Concealer-
No matter what needs covering, this concealer has you covered (no pun intended). The thick texture stays put all day, easily concealing the most pesky of blemishes.

Erase Paste-
Unlike the previous concealer mentioned, this one is thick, creamy, and has salmon tones. Perfect for concealing under eyes. You only need a smidge of this concealer to cover the darkest of undereye circles.

Hoola Bronzer-
As a matte taupe brown bronzer, this product gives a natural and flawless contour.

August 14, 2014

Everyday Summer Makeup Look

I like an easy makeup look for Summer, so I started out with the Benefit Hello Flawless Face Primer to make my look stay all day. I then applied the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in I'm So Money, Honey. It has medium coverage and looks very natural. To cover any under eye circles I used my favorite, the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Bisque. I skipped the powder and used the Jouer Mineral Power Bronzer in Suntan to warm up my complexion. I applied the Josie Maran Coconut Water Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape to my cheeks for a hydrating and long lasting flush. To add luminosity I used the Wet n' Wild Fergie Baked Powder in Rose Champagne Glow, the pink that is swirled in doesn't come through when applied.

August 12, 2014

August 2014 Birchbox

This month's theme is all about relaxing and "lightening up" (and wearing less makeup), enjoying the last weeks of Summer.

First, I received the Harvey Prince Ageless Body Creme with Pink Grapefruit, Vanilla, and Shea Butter. I usually don't love grapefuit scents, but this is light and refreshing. The packaging is also adorable.

Next I found the SeaRx Anti Wrinkle Face Cream, which is made with antioxidants from the sea to create a smooth and radiant complexion. Plus, the packaging is nice and it has an appealing light citrus scent.

I also got the Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy, which is the oil that comes with 3 separated sections that you have to shake. It basically claims to be a miracle worker for hair, which I am excited to put to the test.

Additionally, I received the Model Co Shimmer Bronzer, which is a bit shimmery, but I think it will look natural when blended out.

Lastly, as a lifestyle extra I received the Hello Breathspray in pink grapefruit mint. Even though the flavor seems a bit exotic, I am very excited to pull it out to rid of morning coffee breath.

I really like this month's box as it included a good variety of what I feel are quality products that I am excited to use

August 10, 2014

Update on Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains// Barcelona Nights

The return of the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains is something I predicted would be coming. After reviewing Cannes Crush and Rio Rush I took the liberty of purchasing another shade, Barcelona Nights, for $9.99. Taking a long look at the display, I decided on this light berry, magenta, pink, which is darker and much less neon than Rio Rush.

If you haven't read the previous review (which I highly suggest doing because I cover a lot more there) these are a light wieght, creamy liquid, that is noticeable on the lips, but not sticky. They stain your lips while adding opaque color ad these pictures are of two coats, as one coat is very sheer. In a way these are an all in one lip product, longevity of a stain, moisturization and opacity of a lipstick, and shine of a gloss.

Even after purchasing these three shades the display still catches my attention; yes, they're that good. I recommend giving them a try, as in my opinion they would be suitable for most everyone.

Have you tried these yet? Do you have a favorite shade?

August 8, 2014

Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather in Creamy Beige

Whenever Maybelline releases limited edition Color Tattoos I usually purchase at least one shade. Probably bevause Maybelline Color Tattoos have a thick and creamy formula that lasts all day as a base/primer and on its own.

The shades in the Color Tattoo range can be quite pigmented, but some can be very patchy. The line is also lacking in matte shades. Until now as the shade I have, Creamy Beige, is almost matte. 

Creamy Beige is smooth, not sticky, and full opaque. The neutral shade is versatile and it looks great on its own, but also makes a beautiful base for other shades. I expected the shade to be much lighter, but it is more of a light taupe brown.

August 6, 2014

Why am I posting about a toothpaste?- Crest Be Inspired Vanilla Mint Spark

Dental Hygiene is not something I usually discuss. I am sensitive to strong mint toothpastes, which most are, but I am forced to use them rather than the undesirable strawberry and cotton candy flavors marketed for kids. This all changed when recently at Target I found the Crest Be Line.

This line offers 3 toothpast flavors, each $5.99, Be Adventurous Mint Chocolate Trek, Be Dynamic Lime Spearmint Zest, and the one I have, Be Inspired Vanilla Mint Spark. The packaging caught my eye as it stands out against other toothpastes. The flavors are also unique and combinations you don't expect and see everyday.

Like I said above, I am sensitive to strong mints and Vanilla Mint Spark is more subdued, while still being refreshing. It adds a little something extra to normal mint, a party in your mouth.

All of the flavors sound amazing and interesting. I will most likely give them a try, but the only one I can assure is the Vanilla Mint Spark.

August 4, 2014

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Lacquer in Dealer's Choice

I received the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Lacquer in Dealer's Choice as a gift and though I don't think I would have purchased it myself, I am glad I own it. These $7.99 nail polishes claim to be long-wearing, easy to remove, and give gel-like shine. The formula claims to have color and a base coat all in one, therefore you only need to follow up with a top coat.

The packaging is classic, coming in a glass bottle, black top, and having so,please white lettering. The brush is tappered and wide, making application easy. Also, the formula dries fairly quickly.

The line has 30 shades and I have Dealer's Choice. It is a bright teal that has silver shimmer (the shimmer does not transfer onto the nails). It reminds me of Essie's Naughty Nautical, but a bit darker, brighter, and more opaque, delivering full coverage in one coat. Even thought there is a base coat built a seperate base coat is needed to prevent staining.

On its own the shade is shiny but to reach gel status I find the need for a top coat. The polish lasts a decent amount of time, but nothing exceptional.

I recommend this polish for everyone from those on the go who are looking for something simple to those looking for a luxurious polish. 

August 3, 2014

LAQA and Co Lil' Lip Kit

Wolfman, Fairyblood, Lambchop, Pinkman, Ring of Fire
(from top- bottom)

The Birchbox Shop features many great beauty finds, one of which being the LAQA and Co Lil' Lip Kit with five smaller, travel friendly versions of their Lip Pencils for $32.

These retractable lip pencils, which come in very chic packaging, come in concentrated bold shades. They have a slight sheen, making them look natural. These pencils are creamy and moisturizing. Each of the shades, no matter how light, leave behind a beautiful stain.

This kit includes five shades (side note- the single lip products don't include the name on them, which is a slight disappointment, but nothing too significant).

Wolfman is a cool light pink.
Fairyblood is a shimmery peach.
Lambchop is a bright neon fuchsia, which claims to be the suitable bold lip choice for everyone.
Pinkman is a bold magenta pink.
Ring of Fire is a bright red.

These shades are diverse and an amazing find. I highly recommend checking them out, as they are high quality and, in my opinion, a can't miss.


August 1, 2014

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains in Cannes Crush and Rio Rush

The YSL Glossy Stains have set a precedent for all drugstore liquid lip products and after hearing so much talk about these (yes, I succomed to peer pressure) I picked some up.

This range of 12 shades claims to be wieghtless, moisturizing, and shiny, without being sticky. The formula is impecabale ans very similar to the Glossy Stains except without a scent and for a much more affordale price, $9.99.

The applicator is a pentagon-shape, allowing for smooth, even, and precise application.

I have 2 shades, Cannes Crush, a pinky coral, and Rio Rush, a bright cool-toned pink. The smooth formula makes the pigmentation even and buildable. Unlike some liquid, gloss, stain products, this one dries smoothly, doesn't dehydrate my lips, feel sticky, or , wear away in spots.

The formula is very comfortable and makes any of the shades look beautiful and much more expensive than they actually are. I have my eye on a few of Revlon's other shades in the product line, especially Barcelona Nights.