March 20, 2015

March 2015 Birchbox


This month, the actual box is perfect for Spring. Plus, Birchbox put the products and their descriptions back on the card they send, which makes me quite happy. I missed not having the information last month.

I love the It's a 10 Miracle Leave In Product and Birchbox keeps sending it to me. I really don't mind, since I use it after every wash to help with brushing out my hair. It tames my hair and helps make brushing a little bit easier. 
A few days after my box arrived, Birchbox emailed to inform me that they added 50 extra points to my account for accidentally sending me the same product twice. I truly don't mind, but this is amazing customer service. 

I also got the Paula's Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster. I really like using face oils and I am up for anything hydrating.

The Elite Theraputics Rosemary Eucalyptus Body Creme seems nice. It has quite the natural scent and is made with mostly organic ingredients, not something I necessarily look for, but it's still an interesting fact.

I love this trend of sheet masks. I tried my first one in January's Birchbox and have been purchasing them from Sephora. The BioRepublic Skincare Green Tea Detox Purifying Fiber Mask is infused with tea and claims to nourish the skin while cleansing it of impurities.

I am always excited to receive a little bit of makeup in my Birchbox. The Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter is made with 80% water, which claims to make it very lightweight. The name is a little out there, which bothers me. I swatched it and it's definitely not my favorite. It doesn't blend out evenly and looks a little strange on.

March 17, 2015

YSL Touche Eclat



I go through phases of using the YSL Touche Eclat, but I have ultimately decided it is not worth the money for what it gives.

I bought the this product when Sephora was having a sale, but that doesn't justify the price. It is as expensive as a foundation at $42.

I purchased the shade 3 because the first few shades are too light and would make my under eyes look ashy. It claims to brighten your complexion, which then diminishes dark circles. I find that it does highlight, but you can still clearly see the darkness underneath my eyes. If you do not have dark circles, this could work to brighten, but I would not pay over $40 for a mediocre eye brightener. 

This product does not erase fatigue, as it claims, but rather makes it look like I tried to cover up my fatigue. It is the type of product that needs to be paired with a higher coverage concealer. It only works to highlight, but if I want a highlight, I buy a highlight, so I prefer using other products.

If you want something with heavy duty coverage, I would purchase the Bobbi Brown Corrector. If you want something with less coverage, I would not even spend the money on this. If you want to spend a lot of money, I would buy one of YSL's lipsticks instead. 


March 15, 2015

Mac Cleanse Off Oil



I use a cleansing oil at night to remove my makeup and then follow it up with a cleanser and usually my clarisonic. However, if I am feeling a bit more lazy, which is quite often, I just use a cleansing oil and go straight to bed. 

I have tried a few different cleansing oils and I decided to pick up the miniature Mac Cleanse Off Oil, which costs $10 for 1 fl oz. 

I love the packaging. The bottle is sleek. You can lock the pump to make sure it doesn't accidentally leak. Also, the pump gives you much more control over any other cleansing oils that I have tried. 

It doesn't have an offensive scent, which is great when it comes to skin care. When you first apply it to dry skin, it really melts your makeup. Then, when you add some warm water, it emulsifies and makes makeup disappear. I like how easy cleansing oils are, including this one, to use and how gently they disintegrate your makeup, without drying out your skin.

March 13, 2015

Sephora Birthday Gift// Nars Lip Pencils


Last year, I was not too excited about the Makeup Forever lipstick and eyeliner birthday gift. It just wasn't really something I wanted to try, but this year is a different story. I absolutely love Nars. It is probably one of my favorite makeup brands. I have been wanting to try out more of their lip pencils (I have 1, but I do not like the shade at all; I talked about it here). That being said, I am really excited about this years birthday gift.

March 11, 2015

Milani Eyeshadow-- Bella Champagne


I don't usually like drugstore eyeshadows, especially not singles. I feel like the quality lacks and the pigmentation is far from desirable. I gave these Milani Eyeshadows a chance and at $3.99 I didn't have much to loose. The price is far cheaper than I would have expected. 

I don't mind the packaging. It is not my favorite, but I like how it isn't too bulky and doesn't feel too cheap. 

These shadows claim to start as a gel and dry to a powder. I have no idea where the "gel" comes from because these are definitely a powder from start to finish. The powder formula is very smooth and soft. It blends and glides onto the skin. The formula is much higher quality than I would expect for $4; comparable to high end shadows. The shadow is long wearing when paired with a primer and/or base. 

I chose Bella Champagne, wich is a light-medium, neutral champagne. It is very shimmery, but not at all chunky. It is not opaque, but is still pigmented. The shade is light enough to use as a highlight and dark enough to use across the lids. This shade is safe for those who do not wear a lot of makeup and a great basic for those who wear a lot of makeup. 


March 9, 2015

Products I Regret Purchasing


I can usually tolerate products that I don't necessarily care for, but these few have too many negatives for me to even want to try and use. Why would I use products that I do not whole heartily love when I have a multitude of products that I do love? It is great if you love any of these products, but they don't personally work for me.

As a set of 3 concealers and one powder, only one of the shades in the Sonia Kashuk Camoflouge Concealer Kit really suit my skin tone. 


This product is a good idea in theory and could work for some, but I find that like many other under eye brighteners, the Bare Minerals Well Rested Eye Brightener leaves my skin looking a little bit ashy.

I used to love the Mac Cream Color Base in Hush, but after trying other highlighters, I realize that this product is too thin and the formula causes it to sit on top of the skin instead of blending in.

Benefit High Brow is way too dry and doesn't glide across the skin. It also doesn't blend into the skin and it settles in fine lines.

I love the formula of these, but the Nars Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday is too cool toned and has an undesired frosty finish. I simply should not have purchased this shade as it doesn't flatter my skin tone.


March 7, 2015

Mac Cinderella Collection-- Royal Ball

You've probably already heard a lot about this collection. I haven't ever been that interested in a collection before, but my friend really wanted to go look at the Cinderella collection, so I went with him and basically have no willpower, so I had to pick something else. He purchased the Free as a Butterfly lipstick, among other things, and I purchased Royal Ball, $17.50. 


The outer packaging is blue iridescent and gold. I love packaging, as it is beautiful and elegant.

Elf Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic


The Elf Smudge Pots cost $3 each, so I took the chance to purchase one and test it out. I love cream eyeshadows and have pretty high standards.

Keeping in mind how inexpensive this product is, the packaging impresses me. It is some of the higher quality packaging among elf products. The plastic container is sleek and easy to use, not like the square containers that some Elf products come packaged in.

Cruisin Chic is a bronze. It is similar to Benefit's Birthday Suit and Maybelline's Bad to the Bronze. I like it on its own, but it looks and works much better as a base. It looks wonderful underneath other neutral shades. The metallic shade gets duller after it dries, but it still looks fine. The cream shadow lasts a long time without a primer, but looks better with a primer. Nonetheless, the wear time is amazing.

These cream shadows are a good value and are better than I had originally expected. They're definitely worth checking out.

March 5, 2015

Sephora Sheet Masks// Honey and Lotus


I have tried a few sheet masks and have found that I prefer them over traditional masks. I was really excited to see that Sephora came out with a line of sheet masks for only $6; some other sheet masks can be very pricey. 

The texture of the sheet mask is thicker and less liquid soaked than the other two I have tried. The only problem I have is that these masks can fall off a little bit, but if you just sit back and relax, it stays on perfectly. 

The Lotus Mask has a clean, fresh scent. It claims to be moisturizing and soothing. this one also made my skin feel softer and I feel like it did kind of hydrate my skin. 

The Honey Mask does not have a distinctive scent, which I did not expect. It claims to be nourishing and balancing. I just noticed that it left my skin feeling softer. 

I definitely want to try out some of the other versions of this mask, particularly the Pomegranate one. Currently, there is a promotion on Sephora; buy 4 masks get 1 free, which is a pretty great deal.

March 3, 2015

Champagne Cream Shadows



I love cream eyeshadows and often use them as a base or alone for a quick, simple look. I have tried quite a few and narrowed down my favorites to three. 

top- Stila Kitten
middle- Benefit RSVP
bottom- Mac Barestudy
Stila Smudge Pot in Kitten is the newest edition to my collect. It is a neutral tone and the smoothest formula. It can be a little bit thick, but blends out nicely. 

Benefit Cream Shadow in RSVP is the most pink in tone. It is quite a thick texture, but still glides onto the skin. It wears a pretty long time, but without a high quality primer can crease easily. 

My hands down favorite is the Mac Paint Pot in Barestudy. It is the most gold in tone of the three shades. I find it to have the longest wear time and be the easiest to wear. It is bendable and not very thick, yet very opaque.

March 1, 2015

Milani Lipstick in Nude Creme


The Milani Color Statement Lipsticks were raved about when they first came out. At only $5.49, I decided to try one.


At first look, the packaging is not my favorite, but it is functional. 

The shade I purchased, Nude Creme, is, exactly how it sounds, a neutral, pink, creamy nude. It is opaque in one swipe and wears as long as the average lipstick. Against my skin tone, it looks natural and doesn't cake at all. It has a lightweight formula that is very moisturizing and smells sweet. 

February 27, 2015

February 2015 Favorites


I recently bought the Laura Mercier Foundation in Ecru and have fallen in love with how lightweight it is and the natural finish it leaves on my skin.

Sally Hansen's Gilty Party adds a subtle amount of flair. It wears a very long time.

I wear this necklace all the time and a lot of people think that it is an antique broach, but it is actually from J. Crew. I like wearing it with plain tee shirts, sweaters, dresses, you get the point.

Baggu makes function and durable items for an inexpensive price tag. Like their Duck Bag, a brown canvas cross body tote. I use it to carry everything from schoolwork, my laptop, and even a change of clothes for an overnight trip.

I also really like Baggu's 3D zip bags as they're made with a lightweight washable nylon. On my most recent trip, I am using them for toiletries and makeup.

I have been watching Royal Pains on Netflix. Check it out, you might just end up watching a few seasons in one month.