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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

L'Occitane Fleur D'Or & Acacia Soap Review




Hey there everyone!

How about a soap review for a change eh? Been too tired to work on reviews lately.

Packaging

  • Comes packaged in a pretty but simple cardboard box
  • 1.7 oz or 50 g. It is pretty small and fit right into the palm of your hand. 


Product

  • I find this soap strongly fragranced. It has a floral scent and a scent that reminds me of jasmine tea. Can't say that I'm crazy about it but it does smell rather nice. The scent lingers for a few days in the bathroom and for a few hours after I've used it. 
  • It feels smooth and buttery but doesn't lather as much as I would like. 
  • I find the soap a hard to use in the shower because it's so small, it slips out of my hands easily. 
  • I feel squeaky clean after I use it. Didn't find it moisturizing though. 
  • The soap lasted me about 2-3 weeks with daily use.


Final Thought

Feels weird to review a soap, lol, but hey I felt like I had to give it a shot cause it's L'Occitane, yah know.
This soap probably would work better as a handsoap rather than a body soap because it's quite small and hard to keep a good grip in the shower. Ultimately, it'll come down to whether or not you like the scent and if you're ok with heavily scented soaps. So whenever you're checking out L'Occitane, just give it a sniff and see if you like it. It's not too pricey so won't break the bank.

Rating: 9/10

Price: $5.00
Availability: L'Occitane

Have you used any L'Occitane soaps?



Monday, April 14, 2014

NYX Infinite Shadow Stick Rose Gold - Review and Swatches



We had snow today. I have never seen snow in April for as long as I've lived in Wisconsin so this is the first. Secondly, I just learned today that one of my co-worker resigned. She called in sick last week. Then she was scheduled to be off on vacation. Then she called again when she was supposed to be back from vacation and said she had surgery while she was on vacation. She was a no show today again and when we asked HR if they heard anything, they told us she decided to quit. I didn't see that one coming. Then we realized that she had cleaned up her desk before she went AWOL on us so yeah, don't even try to make up a sob story and try to make me believe that it wasn't planned ahead. I was pretty disappointed that she didn't have the courtesy to give us a two weeks notice or even mention that she was thinking about quitting for personal reasons. So unprofessional. Now, I'm down another staff and a manager. My desk is a mess. I have no room for the extra work and I'm annoyed cause this feels so unfair and it sucks.
Anyways, on the bright side, I did my taxes and I'm waiting on a fat check. What do you do with yourself when you're overworked?

With no further ado, here's my review of the new NYX Infinite Shadow Stick I tested out.

Packaging
  • This cream eyeshadow/liner comes in a jumbo pencil packaging. I wished they made these retractable or used wood. The packaging is made out of plastic and you need to use a pencil sharpener. I didn't have too much trouble sharpening it but you do need to apply a bit more force/pressure than you normally would if it was made of wood.
  • .19 oz or 5.27 g
Product
  • Rose Gold is a pretty good name for this shade because it does remind me of rose gold. 
  • The first thing I noticed about this shadow stick is that it isn't as creamy as their jumbo eyeshadow pencils. It felt a bit dryer. It does tug a bit when I try to apply it all over my lid but not as much when I use it as a liner. 
  • It swatches beautifully on my arm but on the lid, it's different because the skin in the eye area is more sensitive and flexible so it doesn't go on as smoothly and as pigmented on the eye due to the drier formula. 
  • It last fairly well. I wore it for 10 hours and noticed a bit of fading but didn't experience any creasing even without a primer 

Final Thought

I'm rather disappointed in these new Infinite Shadow Stick. They look really cool in the packaging and most of the shade they had available looked appealing. Sadly, I wished the formula was creamier and applied smoother on the lid.

Rating: 7.5/10

Price: $9.00
Availability: Ulta, NYX Cosmetics





Saturday, April 12, 2014

NYX Butter Gloss Raspberry Tart - Swatch and Review



Hello beautifuls,

I had a rather busy week so I've been also slacking from blogging but I'm back and trying to get through a couple of reviews at least. I have been testing and using this new NYX Butter gloss for a few weeks now and here's what I think of it.


Packaging
  • I think the packaging is pretty standard and comes with a doe foot applicator. I find that the color is misleading, at least with this particular shade 
  • 0.27 oz or 8 ml

Product
  • Raspberry Tart is a medium fuchsia with a semi-sheer finish. So as you can see the actual color of the gloss is lighter and brighter. I was expecting a darker berry shade similar to the packaging.
  • Even though the gloss is a little sheer it is still fairly saturated and offered medium light coverage. It has a nice consistency I think. Not too thick or too thin. Non sticky or slippery.  It just hugs your lips with comfort. 
  • I think it's just slightly moisturizing and I get about 2-3 hours of wear before it starts fading.
  • I detect a sweet sugary scent. Didn't find it offensive.

Final Thought

I do like this gloss even if I feel there's nothing to write home about.  Packaging color is misleading since I find the actual color to be lighter and brighter. It is pretty comfortable. If you don't mind a sheer gloss with a bit of color and average wear, I think you'll like these.

Rating: 8/10

Price: $4.99
Availability: Ulta, NYX Cosmetics

Tried it? Let me know if you liked it.






Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Latest and Bestest Haul This Year So Far




I stopped by Sephora the other day to take advantage of my VIB 15% off coupon. I was rather disappointed that they did not have the OCC Lip Tar Primary Colors set in store. So I figure I would order it online later. Well, come to find that the set already sold out! I guess I can't feel too bad, considering all the new stuff that I hauled here.




So I grabbed this Algenist Eye Gel ( $68) because I needed a treatment for my eyes. You know at my age, you have to be conscious about skincare and I believe taking good care of yourself and your skin really helps prevent premature aging. It's very thin, lightweight, and absorbs quickly. I like the pump dispenser and the fact that it doesn't smell funny. 




I picked up my birthday present. As you know, the perk of being a Sephora beauty insider is that you get a free gift on your birthday. This year they have a mini Make Up Forever liptick and mascara.






I redeemed 100 points for this Benefit Big Easy foundation. I swatched it in store and it reminds me of a BB cream/foundation hybrid. 



Also redeeming another 100 points for the Algenist Firming & Lifting cream. I figured since I'm trying out the eye gel, I figure why not also get the moisturizer.



Got this free cute makeup bag with some free goodie samples.




We stopped by Forever 21 and I was hoping to find their new makeup collection but didn't had that luck with that store. I scooped these two Confetti nail glitter for $3.80 each. 



I redeemed my $10 birthday coupon for these two nail polishes at Victoria's Secret. I circled the store a few times and didn't find anything I was interested in so in the end, I just decided to go with the nail polishes. These are regularly 2 for $15.00.




Yesterday, I was in Chicago visiting my sister and the new baby. It just hit me how long it has been since I drove down that road. I just found out that the toll fee increased. We only saw the baby for like 5 minutes and the nurses had to take her to another hospital to run some test and treat the baby for jaundice. Drove my family around running some errands and on our way back home, we stopped by the outlet mall and the CCO store. As you can see, I grabbed a few things.



MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Clearwater and Stormy Pink. I don't know which collection they came from but I likey. $14 each.


I got two Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Paint in Neon Fuchsia and Steel. I don't have any color like these so I had to grab. These were $17.00 each. 



I scooped up the Estee Lauder Pure Color Cheek Rush in X-Pose Rose ($19.75). I thought the product was interesting so had to give it a try.


Lastly from the CCO, the Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine in Mirrored Orchid ($21). I know I have a lot of berry colored lipstick but something about this color and finish that just make me want to take it home plus I love the gorgeous packaging. 



Across from the CCO was the Bare Minerals outlet store and of course I stopped by too. There was some pretty good deals but I had my heart set on these Prime Time Primer Shadow sets. When I took them to the cash register, they told me the sets were only $9.50 each! I was excited! I have so many colors to play with.





And lastly, my daughter wanted to stop by Rue 21 and I spotted this ring and glitter polish that I thought was cute. Plus we got a 40% off coupon so the discount was pretty awesome. 

So that's it. Definitely went way over my budget but oh well! I used coupons and discount and it's my birthday month so it makes me happy to spend, lol. Hope you had a lovely weekend. 

What do you splurge on for your birthday? See anything you want me to review first?


Saturday, April 5, 2014

ELF Jumbo Eyeshadow Sticks, Little Miss Things, Turkish Coffee, and Rock Out - Swatch and Review




My sister had her baby yesterday and we are planning a visit to see the new addition to the family. I'm excited and can't wait to see how she looks like.

A little while ago, I spotted this set at TJ Maxx and couldn't help myself but wanting it. After all I got it for a pretty reasonable price. It was just under $5 if my memory serves me well.

Packaging
  • This set comes with 3 full size jumbo eyeshadow pencils. The colors are from the permanent range so you should be able to purchase them individually if you wish so.
  • I am quite impressed with the packaging. Looks nice and the pencils are retractable so no sharpening will be needed.
  • .11 oz or 3 g

Product
  • Little Miss Thing is a shimmery light peachy beige. The color payoff isn't that great and seem to just vanish on my skin tone and adding a shiny finish.
  • Turkish Coffee is a shimmery slightly warm medium/dark brown. Pigmentation was good with this shade.
  • Rock Out is a medium shimmery pewter with a slight green under tone. Pigmentation was also good with this shade.
  • These shadow pencils are very creamy so they apply and blend easily. The problem I have with that is they don't set and with that they crease easily and quickly.  The only way I was able to put them to use is to first prime my eyes with a reliable eyeshadow primer, apply the ELF shadow pencil, and then set it with a powder eyeshadow. When used this way, they last about 5 hours before they start fading and creasing. 

Final Thought

They are creamy, decently pigmented (depending on the shade), and blend easily. They are best used as base and in combination with a primer and powder eyeshadow. I would skip Little Miss Thing, just cause the color pay off is just not good at all. I wished they lasted a little longer. 

Rating: 7.5/10

Price: $2.00 each
Availability: ELF










Thursday, April 3, 2014

Milani Power Lip Mango Tango - Review and Swatches




TGTIF (Thank God Tomorrow Is Friday, lol)!!! Looking forward to the weekend of course. It's my favorite days of the week. I just got back from Sephora, didn't really get what I wanted but got something I needed. Boo! I guess I'll look on the website.

I picked up this Milani lippie a couple weeks ago while I was shopping at Wal-Mart. I was actually surprised they had them in stock. I can't find these at CVS or Walgreens in my area yet.


Packaging
  • It comes in a pen like packaging with coordinating shade to match the lip color. You need to twist in order to dispense the product. The first time I had to do that it look like 20 something clicks before the product started peaking out of the brush applicator.
  • The brush applicator is nice I think. It's very precise, not too big or too small. 
  • I find the pen a little short. It would have been easier to handle if it was a bit longer. It is just a bit taller than a MAC lipstick.
  • .09 oz or 2.5 g

Product
  • Mango Tango is a lovely warm coral pink shade, no shimmers. I am totally digging this shade. It's bright but looks very flattering on my skin tone I think.
  • As you can tell from the swatch it is super pigmented and opaque and has a nice shine to it.
  • The color applied evenly. The gloss is a little thick but overall comfortable and non sticky
  • I didn't find it very moisturizing so I would recommend you use a good lip balm before use.
  • I get about 4 hours of wear before the top layer starts to fade. This also has a pretty good staining power that remains on the lips for an additional 4 more hours.
  • it has a very subtle sweet scent. 

Final Thought

This lip product is a combination of liquid lipstick, gloss, and stain all in one. It applies evenly and has a pretty strong staying power due to the staining ability. My only complaint is that I didn't find it very moisturizing and that the pen is a little short for handling and twisting

Rating: 8/10

Price: $6.49
Availability: Walmart, Milani









Neutral Pink Makeup Look




This is a look that is suitable for day or night since I kept the colors on the softer side. I feel that the dark eyeliner and the blue eyeliner combined with the bold berry lip gives the overall look a bit of a rocker chick/punk vibe, don't you think? If you prefer something more natural, I would suggest a nude or pink lip color. 

Keep reading below on how I achieved this look. 




Product Used:

Face



Eyes


Lips

  • NYX Butter Lipstick Licorice.







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