Tell me the items that you would like to purchase with prices. The email address to which I should send an invoice. Your full mailing address. (Please note that this address must match the one I receive from PayPal when you pay).
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in "Flip Flop Fantasy" vs. Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in "Barcelona"
The differences between these two polishes is virtually undetectable in the bottle, however, upon application they couldn't be more different. China Glaze took four coats to be truly opaque. Once dried it was quite matte and felt almost identical to liquid white out...not ideal and it came off in paint-like chips on the first day (even with a top coat). Color Club took three coats but it dried down and felt like normal polish. It still chipped after two days but on me, everything does. You still get the neon coral color but the formula is so much better. In a perfect world, it would be opaque after one coat but hey... baby steps.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
From Birchbox the standout product was definitely the ColorClub polish in "Barcelona". It's a neon salmon/coral color and the formula is pretty good for being as bright as it is. The amount of product in the shampoo sample is really impressive however, I don't think it's anywhere near as nice as the Pureology shampoo/conditioner I'm currently using. There was definitely a citrus theme in this months box as everything from Davines and the suki cleanser all smelled like lemon cleaning products. The suki cleanser is also sugar-based which makes me a little nervous to put it on my face. Also, Caroline Hirons of Beauty Mouth has pretty much scared me away from any "foaming" cleansers.
Between both boxes there were several really good products! Between the two though, I think Ipsy won this round. What do you think?
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
|(Swatched/Displayed in the Order That They are Mentioned Below)|
I've been obsessed with Bastille's music lately, particularly the song "Things We Lost in the Fire". So the title of this post is definitely a reflection of that. I've been lurking over on http://muablogsales.wordpress.com and I can't get over how much cheaper it is to buy secondhand makeup (a decent amount of things are unused). I was a little leery of buying makeup that someone else had touched but I sanitized everything multiple times before using it and made sure I was up to date on my shots. What can I say—I’m a daredevil.
The NARS duo in "Brunes" (retails for $34, paid $20): This duo consists of a gorgeous, matte, dark gray with taupe undertones and a dark slightly shimmery slate-gray navy. The compact was in great condition and both shades looked as if they'd only been swatched. As for the product itself, it is super pigmented (not really buttery) and took a little work to blend. In general, NARS shadow formula isn't my favorite but I've still gotten quite a bit of use from this and the colors are gorgeous!
Eyeliner Lot: This was a ridiculously good deal! New, these liners all together would have retailed for over $283 and I paid $40. A majority of the shades were shimmery brown and bronze shades, which is right up my alley. There were a few standout products from this bunch that I'll probably review in greater depth later.
• Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in "Jungle"(retails for $24)
• Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in "Bourbon" (retails for $19)
• Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in "Brown Copper" (retails for $20)
• Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in "2E" (retails for $20)
• Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in "11L" (retails for $18)
• NARS Eyeliner Stylo in "Carpates" i.e. black (retails for $27)
• Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil in "Laos" (retails for $22)
• Chantecaille Gel Liner Pencil in "Bronze" (retails for $33)
• Le Métier de Beauté Precision Liquid Eyeliner "Burnt Sienna (retails for $42)
• Le Métier de Beauté Precision Liquid Eyeliner in "Bark" (retails for $42)
• MAC Eye Kohl in "Costa Riche" (retails for $16)
Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact in “Garconne 25” (retails for $49.50, paid $30): This is a line that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile but hadn’t sprung for. The formula on this is amazing—definitely my favorite of all time. I usually don’t spring for a red lip, but this classic red will be the first one I reach for. It leaves behind a stain, which lasts forever. The packaging is so luxurious but despite having a built-in mirror, it’s not travel friendly. It has a magnetized closure that would easily open up inside a purse.
All together, I paid $90 for $366.50 worth of products… insane! I think I just found my new favorite way to buy makeup.
Have you bought any makeup from a blog sale? If so, which sites did you go through?
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
|(Left to Right: Black Pearl, Plum, Xtreme Black, Golden Olive, Xpresso, Graphite, & Midnight Blue)|
GlideLiner Long Lasting Pencil ($29 each): The formula of the eyeliners is so luxurious. They're the creamiest, softest pencil liners I've tried. Definitely something you'll either love or hate. They are gel-based and once they set they last all day. However, because they're so soft it can be hard to get the product in the lines of your skin as it tends to just slide over (see photo). However, that's easily remedied by going back over it or smudging. They're perfect and easy to apply on the waterline or to transfer on to a liner brush for a more precise application. They work well for an eyeshadow base as well if you're going for a smokey eye. I've actually managed to use each shade and I'd actually consider purchasing when I run out. Easily my favorite pencil liner formula-- I really wish they had some lighter shades as well-- they'd be perfect for the lower water line.
GlideLiner Sharpener ($3): Pretty much your standard pencil sharpener that sharpens regular pencils (not Jumbo, etc.). I like that it's a closed design so your pencil shavings don't go everywhere.
Eye Makeup Remover and Facial Cleanser ($34): "Contains six calming and soothing botanicals (chamomile, comfrey leaf, cucumber, eyebright, witch hazel and rose hip." Claims to be good for all skin types (including sensitive, however, I'm allergic to one of the ingredients). Also, it's free of artifical colors, sulfates, fragrances, dyes, or mineral oils. I've only used this to remove makeup on a cotton pad and it does the job. It doesn't have any real scent, hasn't broken me out, or hurt my eyes. My skin's quite sensitive to witch hazel so I don't think I'll repurchase this. Besides, I'm in a long-term committed relationship with the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift & Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm.
100 Lint-Free Applicators ($17 for a pack of 100): I've really only used these to smudge my eye makeup. I prefer these to cotton buds for smudging but these are definitely more expensive and less versatile. I won't be purchasing (but I'll enjoy the 99 I have left).
Classic Carry-All ($20): It seems silly to pay for a makeup bag when companies seem to give them out like candy. That said, this is a BIG fabric-lined bag with two small side pockets.
All in all, this was a fantastic giveaway. I got introduced to a new favorite and got to sample some other products that I wouldn't otherwise have.
Update: Xtreme Lashes is offering 20% off your purchase using promo code BLOGGER 20 until 10/1.
I've slowly been going through the house and redecorating-- what once was a total bachelor pad. The first that I started on was the bedroom and it's the first room that I've (mostly) finished. I'm still deliberating another set of curtains, different pillows, a throw, and maybe different (less harsh) lampshades. But this is where I'm at now...
Walls: I used a flat base paint (Behr "Cathedral Grey") and then used a 25 inch stencil from Ebay over it in a high-gloss version of the same color.
Curtain Rod: JC Penney
Lamp Bases: Target
Lamp Shades: Target
Duvet Cover: Target
Pillows: Black & White (Ikea), Yellow x2 (Big Lots), Gray x2 (T.J. Maxx)
Mirror: Not labeled (Bought on Craigslist)