Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Balm TimeBalm Concealer

thebalm concealer swatches

Concealer has never been part of my makeup routine but I've been starting to notice some under-eye circles and then the usual redness from blemishes. My friend works at Sephora and she had let my sister know that The Balm has a great concealer. I read the reviews on Sephora and loved what I saw. I purchased this along with my $10 Stila e/s It girl palette. FYI I got the concealer in the Light/Medium shade.

When I received it, I was a bit bummed that the packaging was really plain. It comes in a simple clear pot with a sponge. Hopefully they revamp their packaging for this product because then it would be perfect! Another thing I don't like very much is the smell. It's not awful by any means, but it has a bit of that "makeup smell" to it. The smell is noticeable initially, but goes away after a couple of minutes.

Anyway, I swirled my ring finger into the pot and was surprised it wasn't creamy as others have described. I thought it would be similar to Benefit's Boing concealer, as in super creamy. The consistency feels more like a MAC paint pot. I guess it really depends on where you place your makeup products though. I find that placing it out on my bathroom countertop when I'm in the shower helps soften it to the consistency I prefer. As far as coverage go, I really dig it! It covers up my problem areas and blends into my skin pretty well. This stuff lasts all day long for me too, even after a good run during my lunch break. What I like about this concealer is that it helps even out my skin tone as well. I like to put a little bit on the corners of my nose to cover up the redness and then a little bit over the area above my lip to help even out some of the darkness/shadow.

Time Balm sells for $18 a pop. While this is a bit steep in price, I say it's worth it. There is a good amount of product and a little goes a long way so I'm sure this will last me over a year.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Clarisonic Skin Care Brush

From the creators of the Sonicare® toothbrush comes the Clarisonic® Skincare Brush. Sonic technology first changed the way we clean our teeth, it's now changing how we cleanse our skin. The sonic frequency moves Clarisonic's soft, gentle brush back and forth at more than 300 times per second, thoroughly clearing pores and skin surface.

Here are some of the benefits this revolutionary skincare tool delivers:
- Removes makeup six times better than traditional methods.
- Clears pores and reduces the appearance of pore size.
- Cleanses so thoroughly that skincare products absorb better.
- Creates noticeably healthier looking skin.

I wanted to buy this about a year ago, but not having a job really prevented me from doing so. I had to put my money on far more important things such as student loans. Now that I have a full-time job, it has allowed me to buy things that I thought were out of reach for me. The Clarisonic comes with a hefty price after all. A $195 price tag. I have kept my eye on it for a really long time and have read reviews from several places so it was definitely something worth buying in my opinion.So far it has been working really well for me. I like that it's easy to use because it has a built in timer that beeps. Once you turn it on, the entire cleansing process takes 60 seconds. 20 for the forehead; 20 for the nose; and, 10 for each cheek. My skin feels so fresh and clean after using it, but without that tight feeling. It just makes your skin glow and soft!

The main reason why I bought it was because I wanted a really deep clean. I have a bad case of clogged pores and blackheads (on my nose). My pores never seem to want to unclog so regular cleansers have never fixed this issue. Although I thought my pores would be completely unclogged after using the Clarisonic for a week, it hasn't happened. I'm sure most of us want the results to happen right away, but it is going to take a bit more time for me to be 100% satisfied. I am sure with constant long-term use that it will prove more effective, so I'm going to be patient and be happy with the results I have seen so far.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I will be reviewing some items that I just received in the mail. Stay tuned for:
-The Balm TimeBalm Concealer
-Stila It Girl Palette (with swatches of course!)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Stila It Girl Palette for $10 at Sephora

If you want to get a hold of some Stila eyeshadows for a really good price, I suggest you go to right now and buy the trio palette that has the award winning Kitten in it! I couldn't resist because I so badly want to have Kitten and it's way cheaper than getting it on its own for $18.

Here is a little breakdown:

The Palette: 3 eyeshadows x 0.107 oz=$10

One Eyeshadow Pan: 0.09 oz=$18

Grab yours before it's gone!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Clarisonic: To buy or Not to buy

Really debating on if I should purchase the Clarisonic or not. There are such great reviews on it on the web, whether it's from Makeupalley, Sephora, or QVC. I have always wanted it but I just never got to purchasing it because it is so expensive! I just want to see if it lives up to its hype and helps out my skin. I'm leaning more towards getting it but I do have a guilty purchase conscience. Any of you have it and care to share your story?

Friday, May 7, 2010

MAC Mineralize Blush

I had my day off today and decided to go to the Carlsbad Premium Outlets to check out a few things I was eyeing for awhile. I did some damage! I got some Kenneth Cole peep toe pumps for work, the new Reebok Easytone shoes, and a MAC mineralize blush from the Cosmetics Company Outlet (CCO). The CCO pretty much carries a bunch of lines such as MAC, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Prescriptives, etc. for less expensive. At MAC stores and Nordstrom's, the mineralize blush goes for $21 but I just bought mine for $15.75. It's relatively cheaper and I love it because you can find a lot of limited edition products there too. Check out this link to see if there is one near you.

The mineralize blush I got is called Earth to Earth from the Grand Duo Collection. The pan is a duo with one half a pretty bronzy peach color and the other half has purple swirls/veins. I thought it looked really dark in the packaging but I fell in love when I swatched it. It's such a perfect shade for the summer because it really gives that sunkissed glow. I believe this product is multi-purpose too and I could definitely use it as an eyeshadow.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Breaking Out

Any of you allergic to specific makeup items? I just bought a Jane blush from the drugstore because the color was pretty and it was inexpensive. I have been using it for almost a week now and I just recently noticed that my face has broken out with little red bumps. I haven't had this happen to me in such a long time but I'm pretty sure it's the blush. The last time I had this reaction was with a NYX and Revlon blush. I guess I'm done with drugstore brand blushes. I'm a bit bummed because I love saving money :(

I'll stick with my Everyday Minerals (even though it turns orange by the end of the day) and my Flirt! Cosmetics blush.

What makeup has made you break out? Share your story in the comment box.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It Just Became My Best Friend

I do look quite happy in this picture! Why you ask? I just bought a heating pad and it has become my best friend. You should have seen me earlier today, I was hurtin'. Two words: Fallopian Devils.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Nivea Touch of Sparkle Bodywash

I just bought Nivea's Touch of Sparkle bodywash and it makes me not want to step out of the shower. I want to stay in the shower forever now because this stuff is that good! If you just ran out of bodywash, pick this up next time you're at your nearest Target or drugstore. The scent is fantastic and leaves your skin and the entire bathroom smelling like white calla blossoms. It's such a soft and feminine scent. They should come out with a body spray because I'd be all over that! I just had to do a quick rave about this stuff!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Clinique Superbalanced Powder Makeup & Bonus

My friend and I had a pretty long and stressful work week so we decided we were going shopping on Friday. I think we both knew we were going to be spending quite a bit but then again, didn't mind too much because we wanted to spoil ourselves. She got a little postcard from Clinique advertising their bonus gift they were giving away at Macy's with any purchase at their counter over $21.50. At first I was set on not getting any makeup from there because I didn't necessarily need anything. We ended up getting our face color matched for their Superbalanced Powder Makeup. I budged and ended up buying it haha. So below is the Clinique bonus. I can't believe all of the stuff that was part of the gift. I think its retail value is about $67! There were two choices and I chose the one below because of the eyeshadow colors.

The cosmetic bag is so cute. I love the spring design on it. It also came with a smaller bag and you could definitely fit mascara, lip balm, and lipstick in it.

So as part of of the bonus you get the following:
2 bags,
High Lengths Mascara
Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20
Raspberry Glace lipstick
and Color Surge Eyeshadow Duo in Strawberry Fudge.

I'm not really sure if I'm going to use the moisturizers because I got really bad reactions with their skincare line a long time ago and promised myself I would never try it again. My face just ended up stinging real bad and turned red all over.

[Shade 03 Natural]
This uses the same technology as the Smashbox powder where it shaves off a certain amount of powder. This gives you fresh powder for every application which I think is so clever. It says on the directions that one click should be enough for one face application, but I don't even do one entire click! I do such a tiny amount because a little goes a long way. I used it this morning only using a tiny amount and it seriously gave me full coverage. I'm not used to full coverage because I don't really need it. I only use foundation/powder for evening out my skin tone. This also claims to control oil, but I'm not too sure about that yet since I have only used this twice. I will try it out for a couple of weeks and get back to this issue.

[eyeshadow duo in Stawberry Fudge, no specific shade name so i'll refer to them as pink and brown]
[swatches from top to bottom: Raspberry Glace lipstick, pink e/s, brown e/s]
The lipstick is a great berry color and it's perfect for the spring season! The e/s colors are really pretty and soft. The pink shade reminds me of NARS Orgasm blush in the case but it is a peachy gold-pink color and the brown color is just a soft brown that is perfect as a crease color or alone.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bang for Your Buck: Sally Girl Eyeshadows

I usually prefer MAC or Urban Decay eyeshadows because they are the best I have tried. They are creamy and super pigmented, but quite expensive. I have pretty much stopped buying drugstore brand eyeshadows because I felt like I was wasting money not getting the color payoff that I wanted. I do love buying drugstore brands for other makeup items though!

Anyway I happened to watch a Youtube video on some eyeshadows from Sally Beauty Supply. I was really surprised by the pigmentation and the most surprising thing was the price. Get ready ladies, 99 cents. I was quite hesitant at first but I thought, why not try it? It's only 99 cents. Plus, they got some good reviews on MakeupAlley. So off to Sally Beauty Supply I went. And I came home with these cuties.....

[single eyeshadow]

[I connected the 3 e/s that I bought to make a trio]

[left to right: Champagne, Cinnamon, Brick]

[interlocking grids to connect the eyeshadows]

[pretty good pigmentation for 99 cents huh?]

I really like the idea of the interlocking grids so I could connect the eyeshadows. I am going to keep them connected because they are pretty small and I like the color combination. Each eyeshadow pan is 1.1 grams. For reference, a MAC eyeshadow pan is 1.6 grams. The value of these Sally girl eyeshadows are absolutely amazing. There were a ton of colors at the store and I believe a few formulas as well. The three I got are frosts. I don't know if all the formulas will have the same color payoff as the frosts though. Mattes are a definite hit or miss, but for the unbeatable price, there's some room for experimenting. Go check out your local Sally Beauty Supply Store for this bang for your buck.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

My Favorite Products

CLEANSER: Murad's Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser
I feel like this cleanser really gets the makeup, oil, and dirt off my face. The bottle says it helps tightens pores and while my pores have not disappeared(which would be awesome!), I personally feel like it has reduced the size of my pores. In addition, it smells lovely and I love that its a foam cleanser! Great for removing eye makeup without any stinging!

MOISTURIZER: Zakia's Argan Oil
I use this stuff every morning after I wash my face. It's done wonderful things for my skin. Like I said in previous posts, using oil to moisturize scared me at first because I thought I would end up looking like an oil slick by the end of the day, but it has been the complete opposite. This oil has made me less oily throughout the months and my skin could not be happier. I want to try and use it on my hair next! My hair tends to get pretty dry at the ends, so I may start applying this on my damp hair.

TINTED MOISTURIZER: Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer
I needed something that offered a little bit of coverage and some SPF and what can I say, this "makeup" is a blessing. It contains SPF 20 and retinol which are great for the skin. I guess why I love this so much is because it makes my skin glow without me having to cake on makeup. It also prevents my skin from getting too oily throughout the day. I hope they don't discontinue it!

BLUSH: Flirt! in Pink Tutu
I won this blush from Makeupforlife. I thought it was a bit too sparkly when I opened it the first time but I use this about 4 times a week. It works with my complexion so well and gives a great flush to my cheeks. I have read from other blogs, that this is a NARS Orgasm dupe. I don't intend to buy NARS because I feel its a bit overpriced, but if you could save a bit, I would suggest trying Flirt's version. FYI: Flirt is pretty much a dupe for MAC because they are owned by MACs owner, Estee Lauder.

[This picture puts the shade to shame. Its actually looks more like a dark plum in person]

A perfect shade in my opinion! It's hard to explain but its a lovely mauve color. I like to wear it alone or wear it with my favorite lip gloss, Revlon's Life a Peach. MAC lipsticks are my favorite because they have that great light flavor of vanilla, offer a great range of colors and finishes, and long-lasting.

Now, to you guys....What are some of your all time favorite products? Leave me a comment and let me know :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Shoe Craze

I was never that into heels because I never really had to wear them. 23 years of going to school, the last thing I wanted to think about was wearing heels. I mean walking around trying to get to classes that were too far away from one another in heels? The simple thing was to wear a good pair of Vans or flip flops and everything was dandy.

Now that I actually have a job and have to wear work attire, pumps come in super handy. For one thing, it helps to have that height advantage to avoid getting work pants hemmed. Plus, pumps look good with slacks and a good pencil skirt. I'm not obsessed with shoes but I do like to have a few good pairs to choose from. Lately, my black peep toe pump has been painful to wear because the toe area is a bit tight and I've been getting blisters. So I have been searching for its replacement and its been tough. The mall hasn't been offering what I want so I turned to online shopping.

I found a pair of dark gray suede Bandolino pumps on and couldn't resist. I have been getting some overtime hours this week so I figured, why the heck not! I've been wanting to get some gray pumps instead of the basic black because it's still neutral enough to wear with any color. I'm so excited to get these in the mail, but hopefully they fit! Some reviewers stated that they tend to run a bit big and recommended getting them a 1/2 size smaller. They better fit because the size I ordered was the smallest size they sell. Crossing my fingers!

This whole shoe thing may just end up becoming an obsession. Too many cute shoes but I have to watch how I spend my money.

I wore them for the first time today at work and I can not believe how comfortable they were! It's love! They are about 4 inches high but the platform totally helps! Did I mention they were really cute? I want this shoe in so many colors!

Face of the Day

Sorry for the lack of updates. I know it's been weeks. I wanted to share my face of the day. This is actually the makeup I wore into the office today. It's pretty neutral but I wanted a pop of green so I decided to wear a nice olive green eyeliner. I like to sneak in a pop of color once in awhile so my makeup isn't so boring. It's really easy to add a pop of color when you have a neutral eye because then you can always line your eye with a dark blue, teal, purple, or green. Just have fun and experiment. This look is pretty quick and probably only took 7-10 minutes.

Products used:

-Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer in Neutral to Tan 40 (I love this!)
-Everyday Minerals Start to Finish Bronzer

-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Toasted
-Sephora Waterproof eyeliner in Olive
-Nivea Volume Impact Mascara (from Germany)

-Revlon Lipgloss in Life's A Peach

Friday, February 12, 2010

Victoria's Secret: Getting Fitted and Love Rocks Fragrance

I was at the mall with my sister and we've been talking about wanting to split the bra sale going on at Victoria's Secret. A selection of bras are 2 for $40. I decided to get a bra fitting since I was already there and I was a tiny bit off of what I thought I was. I don't know if many of you know, but I guess about 70% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. That's terrible. Imagine the lack of support our boobies are getting?! Anyways I tried a bra in the right size and I can't believe how much of a difference it makes. I, of course, had to buy that bra and super happy with my purchase. So ladies, if you happen to be at a Victoria's Secret or any department store, make sure to get a bra fitting. You will not regret it.

I also bought the mini sized body mist in their new fragrance, Love Rocks. I was approached by a sales lady to smell their new fragrance and it smells yummy&sexy. My initial thought after seeing the red bottle was that it was going to be way too strong. It's a tad sweet, warm, and also fresh smelling. The Victoria's Secret website describes this fragrance as:
Wild at heart. A punk princess. Rock chick meets très chic in this rebellious riff on vivid plum, hypnotic violet and sensual vanilla, the latest addition to our glamorous Sexy Little Things® fragrance collection. Love out loud in Love Rocks! Domestic.

Fragrance type: fruity floral
Top notes: bergamot, peony, raspberry sorbet
Middle notes: sandalwood flower, jasmine, peach nectar, plum, stephanotis
Low notes: golden amber, violet, cashmere musk, vanilla
I definitely get the fruity notes in the beginning but then the amber, musk, and vanilla take over. I'm not really into sweet smelling perfumes but this has a great balance.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Simple Neutral Eye

So I was bored and decided to do a simple neutral eye. I have moments where I just experiment and practice my makeup. It can be a bit difficult to find a good eye look for work because I want some color but nothing over the top. I decided to use my Everyday Minerals eyeshadow in Wildflowers. It's a pretty matte taupe/mauve color. I haven't been reaching for this because its a bit out of my reach. My mineral makeup is in a separate makeup case under the sink so I don't often go down there.

I had only used my Stila Smudge pot in bronze for eye makeup to work this morning and I decided to do a neutral look to go with it when I got home to experiment. And sorry in advance, but I didn't want to put mascara on! I really like how it turned out. Hope you guys like it too!

Products used:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Everyday Minerals e/s in Wildflowers
-NYX e/s in Golden Poppy
-Stila Smudge Pot in Bronze

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Stila Out of Line Smudge Pot Trio

It's been quite a rainy week. So glad that I was able to stay dry because my work has a parking garage and I didn't even bother going out to deal with traffic and possibly hydroplaning, etc. I was able to leave early from work and was super excited to be home so I could wait for my package :)

Eyeliners are still something that I've been experimenting with because I haven't found the "perfect" one. Urban Decay's 24/7 do not work on me because they just end up transferring and smudging a few hours after initial application. I tried Wet n Wild's creme eyeliner and had fantastic results, and then came to realize that it was a pain to take off. It is really long-lasting. But....I wanted something that was long-lasting and easy to take off by the end of the day. I am really late on the whole Stila bandwagon. I always hear about popular products such as Kitten eyeshadow and their smudge pots. I went into Sephora last week and took a look at their smudge pots and they looked promising. I researched a bit and many people have these smudge pots as their holy grail of eyeliner. I found an out of line trio set with an eyeliner brush on BeautyCrunch. They have pretty amazing deals on makeup including a bunch of things from Stila. The trio normally sells for $32 but they are selling it for $12. Pretty awesome right? I decided to give it a go, even though the shipping is pretty expensive. I believe it was almost $7 for UPS ground shipping for one item. I guess my tip is to buy more than one thing in order to make up for the expensive shipping. Luckily, the shipping was pretty fast because it was only coming from Pasadena.

The trio comes in black, gray, and bronze. I decided to try it and they are so creamy! It was really easy to put onto my lash line and I love that there was no tugging involved. All the colors are great for everyday wear. I am pretty fair and find the black way too harsh on my eyes so I absolutely love the gray. It almost has this faint blue tint to it that makes it such a gorgeous color. The bronze will be great for an everyday look.

I've been wearing it for about 5 hours now and it has stayed on with minimal smudging since I didn't wear any eye primer. I figure it will last the entire day with a good eye primer on.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

December/January Haul

[MAC eyeshadows in Cranberry and Lovelace]

[Standard button up collared shirt for work, metallic wallet, and owl ring from Forever 21]

[metallic wallet]

[gold&white owl ring]

[H&M black studded crossbody bag]

[Another pair of Worthington shoes I got from JC Penney. They're slowly becoming one of my favorite shoe brands. ]

So I haven't posted many pictures lately and I thought why not let you guys see what I have bought over the past couple of weeks or so.

I have used the Love lace eyeshadow maybe about twice now and am really liking it. It's a graying blue shade and it's really blendable and easy to use with other colors. I have been using it as my entire lid color and then using MAC's Sable eyeshadow as my crease color. Love!!! I have used Cranberry once and it's a gorgeous color. It's pretty intense so I will probably use it more during the night.

2nd Meg's Makeup Gift

I just received my 25o point gift! I was waiting around for it yesterday and the mailman had it! I was so incredibly excited to open my package. I got a 50 ml Zakia's Pure Argan Oil and an X-Large Urban Decay Primer potion. Amazing! and it was all for free! I don't know if I can say it enough, but it's the real deal! Trust me, this has been the 2nd package I have gotten from Meg and it's such a great website. Anyway, these two things together cost $82. The argan oil retails at $60 on the Zakria's website and the primer potion is $22.

I was a bit confused about the argan oil at first but then once I googled it, I knew why I received it. Meg really knows how to personalize these packages. It is specified on my profile page that I have been having trouble with oily skin lately and that nothing has worked. Voila! This argan oil has become a really popular cosmetic item because it helps with wrinkles and fine lines, and most importantly for me, it possesses a sebum regulating action for oily skin. YES! I can't wait to try this out and see if it works on my skin.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

I can't believe it's 2010 already. It came out of nowhere! I'm so ready for this new year and I have such a great feeling about good things coming my way :)

I'm not a big new year's resolution type of person because I feel like my priorities and/or needs change ever so often that I don't want to be stuck with something I promised I would do and not end up doing. Otherwise, it would just be a big disappointment. I'm the type of person that always has to accomplish my goal.

I guess I'll do New Year's wishes instead.

-I wish to be more generous to others and to myself.
-I wish to be healthier and keep on track with my workouts.
-I wish to be a better friend, sister, and daughter.
-I wish to be a kinder person.

I'm wishing all of you a happy and prosperous New Year :)