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My favorite products of 2016!!!

16 Dec

Hello Lovelies!  Welcome to Friday and the weekend!!!  Also, 9 days until Christmas, excited?

I was debating whether to include items I discovered prior to 2016, but still use and love them OR only include new to me products of 2016.

I chose the new to me, because my list would otherwise be HUGE.

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After I made my selections and took the picture, I was happy to see a good mix of high end and drugstore products!

Poor Klorane didn’t make it into the group shot because I used it up!  And I don’t have a replacement because I have been trying to love the Simple wipes.

Also, I will list a couple of almosts and why they ultimately didn’t make the list.

Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream. Drugstore brand and this pot is HUGE.  It’s not even a pot, it’s a bucket of moisturizer.  My previous review is on the link.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour.  This is really new to me, and I haven’t even done a review yet, but I love this. I’ve been using it almost every day since I received it in my Sephora Play.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi.  I bought this a while ago, and forgot about it.  Two weeks ago I found it in my collection, and I decided I really like it.  Review coming soon.

Etude House Wonder Pore. Not quite drug store, not quite high end.  In a league of it’s own – the Korean cosmetic brand.  Here is my review.

Kat Von D Tattoo Eye Liner I just found this in my eye liner stash.  It’s amazing.  Possibly the best liquid liner I’ve ever used.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water. I’m so into this still.  Here is my review.

Etude House Tint My Brows Gel.  Awesome product. You get to dye your eye brows at home. Here is my review

Anastasia Brow Wiz  I’m a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills, and this is another awesome product from the line.  This is a recent purchase for me.

Klorane waterproof eye make-up remover.  This is the best eye make-up remover I have ever used.  Here is my review.

I hope you enjoyed my list! What are your favorites of the year?

Thanks for reading!!!

~Anna

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What I’m testing now – Simple eye make-up remover pads

5 Dec

I heard some good things about the Simple Eye Make-Up Remover.  I have been trying to get my hands on the liquid version, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere in my area.   Since I ran out of Klorane, which I adored, I decided to pick up the wipes instead.

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These ran me around $6.00 for 30 pads.

I’ve used these a couple of times, and I’m still working on a full review of these babies.

Have you ladies used these?  Thoughts?

~Thanks for reading!

Anna

Sephora Play! November Reveal

23 Nov

Unlike Ipsy or Birchbox, which have some level of customization, I don’t believe Play! varies much from customer to customer.  At any rate, I don’t see a lot of these reveals for Play!, so I don’t feel like this is totally useless.  If you aren’t familiar with Sephora Play!, it’s a monthly beauty box subscription for $10.00 USD a month plus tax.

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Maison Margiela perfume sample.  I always like to get perfume samples because I love changing up my scents.

Glam Glow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment

Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet

Cover FX Illuminating Primer

Laura Mercier Cavier Stick Eye Shadow – LOVE THIS ALREADY

Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Sephora including their own brand in the subscription. I do like the Sephora brand, but I don’t know if I want to see it as part of the boxes.

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

What’s in my make-up bag?

15 Nov

 

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This is what I carry with me everyday.

Starting from top and then left to right:

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Medium.  It’s a good powder, does it’s job.  Keeps me from looking too oily 🙂

Sephora Kabuki Brush.  It’s retractable and perfect for the purse.  I got this on clearance last year and it’s now gone from the site.  This is the closest I could find for the price.

Starlooks Kohl Liner in Obsidian.  Still available and only $9.00 USD.

Revlon ColorBurst in Fliratious Charmeuse $12.88 USD.  I love that this doubles as a lip balm. It’s so soft.

Hikari lipstick in Cabernet $13.00 USD

Sephora + Pantone Universe Collection lipstick in Pure Marsala.  This was a limited edition color last year and I went bonkers over it.  There are still items left over in that shade on Sephora’s website.  It’s a red brown shade, and I’m still a little obsessed with it.

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey $17 USD.  This is one of my favorite make-up items of all tume.

Blotterazi by beautyblender.  This was a Birchbox sample because I don’t know I would actually purchase this.  It’s $20.00 USD and it’s supposed to be an alternative to blotting.  But, if it really worked would I still be carrying around my MAC Mineralize?

Hope you lovelies enjoyed what is in my purse!

Thanks for reading!!

~Anna

Review – Klorane Waterproof eye make-up remover

4 Oct

 Klorane Waterproof eye make-up remover with *bonus* soothing cornflower.

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I received this sample in my Birchbox.  You can also get it from Sephora and it retails for $16.00 for a little over 3 fl oz.

What they claim:

What it is:
A bi-phase waterproof eye makeup remover with soothing cornflower.

What it does:
This gentle formula quickly removes all types of long-lasting makeup, even waterproof, and strengthens eyelashes without any oily residue. It is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers, and is enriched with cornflower extract to soothe and decongest.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates

What else you need to know:
This product is also hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested, silicone-free, phenoxyethanol-free, and vegan. It is formulated to reduce the risk of allergy.

Since the 12th century, cornflower has been used for its medicinal properties to relieve tired and irritated eyes. Its blue color was considered a token for healthy eyes.

Research results:
In a clinical study on eyelash loss after daily application of Klorane Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover for 2 weeks:
– 75% reduction in eyelash loss was measured

My thoughts:

I will just come out and say it; this is probably the best eye make-up remover I’ve ever used.  There is absolutely no eye sting. Zero.   Nada.  Zilch.  My eyes don’t water, burn, itch.  NOTHING.

Does it remove eye make-up?

Yes, as good as any other eye make up remover.  Go over the eyelid a few times, let it soak into the lashes a bit and you are make-up free.

Do you have a reduction in eyelash loss?

Actually, maybe.  I had noticed the other day that I am losing less eyelashes.

Does it stay oily after using?

No

Will I purchase?

Yes, very much a yes.

Review – You’re So FINE Liquid Eyeliner by Elizabeth Mott

10 Dec

You’re So FINE Liquid Eyeliner by Elizabeth Mott was in my October Ipsy Glam Bag.

I get a lot of eyeliners from Ipsy, so at first I wasn’t super thrilled to find another.  However, because this was a liquid liner, I was intrigued.

I used to rock the flick in High School like it was going out of style.  Back then, I loved my L’Oreal Liquid Liner.  We were buds.  In time, our live affair cooled and the cat eye flick became my lazy makeup day option.

You’re So FINE Liquid Eyeliner is on the more expensive side, you can pick it up online for $17.99.  This is not a drug store eyeliner, for sure.

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What is it?

This is a waterproof liquid eyeliner with some flecks of glitter.  Yes, glitter.

Let’s break this down –

Brush – Awesome.   Thin, flexible, precise

Formula – Awesome. Not too thick, not runny.  Allows you to get a nice swoosh/flick the first time.

Staying power – Awesome.  I do use an Urban Decay primer because my lids are oily.  This eyeliner stayed on all day.  No transfer to the top of my eyelid.

Is it waterproof?

I guess so…  I mean, I didn’t go swimming with this or anything.  However, my eyes tend to water sometimes. I had no issues with the eyeliner running.

What’s up with the glitter?

Yeah, I don’t know.  It’s there.  It’s not super glitter. I wore it to the office, and it was fine.  This isn’t some raver glitter eyeliner.  It just sort of makes the eyeliner look more charcoal than actual dark black.

Would I buy?

Maybe.  I think I like it better than Push Up Eyeliner from Benefit.  They are just so expensive!

Have you tried You’re So FINE Liquid Eyeliner?  What are your thoughts?

~Anna

Review – they’re real! push-up liner

31 Oct

Kassi got a few samples of these bad gals – the new cult favorite, they’re real! push-up liner

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I love how it looks like a little sword!  Benefit came to duel!

you killed my eyeliner, prepare to die!  (sorry, I couldn’t resist a Princess Bride reference)

they’re real! push-up liner is very different from any eyeliner I have ever used.

The formula is thicker, almost like a paste.

Surprisingly, it is really easy to maneuver around your eye.  Have trouble with the “flick”?  This will flick you, no problem.

Why I like it

It’s super dark and matte.

Really easy to apply

Doesn’t transfer easily

Does get closer to your lash line than other eyeliners

Slight complaint

It does smudge a bit after a few hours, and I used a primer

Would I purchase?

Most likely, yes.

It is pricey for an eyeliner, but in line with the higher end lines. It retails for $24.00

I don’t know how long it lasts since I only have a sample.  No clue if it dries out quicker than a liquid liner in a pot.

 Have you tried the push up liner?  What do you think?

~Anna

Ipsy Glam Bag – March

1 Apr

I can’t believe I forgot to blog about this!

March Ipsy Glam Bag was fun!  Here is what I got:

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This cosmetic bag was super cute this month.  Kassi got it as part of her B-Day gift.  Happy Birthday Kassi!!!!

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Pixi Flawless Primer – I’m surpised I like this as much as I do.  It also goes incredibly well with my L’Oreal BB Cream.  I know, seems redundant, but for some reason I really like this combo.

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I wasn’t super excited to get another NYX palette.  I have received a number of neutral palettes in the past few months, and I would have liked something with more fun colors.   The quality is great, as all NYX products. 

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Sorry, I couldn’t get this to focus right on my Chella eye liner.  HOW MUCH DO I LOVE THAT THIS IS BLUE.  Seriously!  The only thing that could have made this better was if it were purple.  Also this retails for $24.00 and this was a full size product.

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bareMineralsMarvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Get Ready sample.  I really like this lipstick.  It feels sooooo nice on your lips and it’s a really neutral day time color.

What did you get in your Ipsy bag!!!

~Anna

February 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag!

18 Feb

Oh Ipsy!  You are making me so lonesome for SPRING!!!!

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Everything is pink and pastel and bright!!!

List of products:

Pop Beauty Plump Pout Mini

Zoya Nail Color in Odette

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner

City Color Be Matte Blush

J.Cat Beauty Eyelashes and Glue

Odette is perfect of Easter season.  Beautiful lilac pastel (at least in the bottle)

City Color blush looks really bright in the pot.  I am curious how it will swatch and wear.

Love the pink bag!!!!

What is in your Ipsy for February?

~Anna

January 2014 Empties!

3 Feb

First Empties post of the year!!!!

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E.L.F Setting Spray – a staple

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New favorite!!!!

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DermOrganics Shaping Spray.  I used the shampoo and conditioner from this as well.  I like it.  Re-purchase?  Probably.

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Living Proof.  I like the Style Extender from this line better.  Purchase full?  Probably not.

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Dr. Brandt.  Reviewed here and here.

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Arbonne shampoo and conditioner – review to come. Purchase?  Maybe….

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Sorry the writing got all faded.  NYX HD Eye Shadow Base.  Another staple.  Reviewed here.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eye Liner.  This hasn’t been reviewed.   Re-purchase?  Maybe? If you would like a full review, let me know in comments 🙂

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Eucerin hand lotion.  This held up super well in the freakish Polar Vortex that hit Chicago in December.  Worse winter ever….but I digress.  Re-purchase?  Probably.

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Proactiv Mark Fading Pads reviewed here.  I would purchase these in a heart beat.  SO IN LOVE.

Lots of samples this month, but also some actual make-up!

Hope you enjoyed this trip through my garbage HAHA.

~Anna