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Budget Friendly Make-Up Look For the Corporate Dwellers

1 Dec

I seldom do make-up look posts, but I sort of liked how this turned out.  I work in super corporate America, so I have to pretty tame with my look.

Here is what I used:

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I used a good mix of drugstore and higher end brands.

Beautyblender

E.L.F. setting spray.  You can read a prior review here.

NYX shadow pallette in Love in Rio.  I never did a full review of this, but mentioned it briefly in an Ipsy reveal.  If you guys want to see a full review, let me know 🙂

L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation.  I haven’t reviewed this at all!  I can’t believe it.  I will post a full review soonish.

Anastasia Beverly Hills eye brow duo

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Cargo blush

and the finished look:

I’m totally showing of my hair too, because I was kinda feeling it.

Hope you enjoyed reading!

~Anna

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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 – Hustle Butter Luxe

12 Nov

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Cost $25.00 for 30ML Hustle Butter Luxe

I wasn’t very excited about this cream and I’m usually wary of products that are marketed as “multipurpose”.    I’ve let it languish on my shelf for a couple weeks, routinely bi.-passing it in favor of other moisturizers.   Until I decided to give it a try.

First up, here is what Birchbox says:

BIRCHBOX BREAKDOWN

Don’t go without this newly revamped face and body balm, packed with super-nourishing hyaluronic acid and algae. Originally developed to heal tattoos, this multipurpose cream primes, moisturizes, and heals any skin. What’s more, the rich formula works equally well as facial moisturizer, makeup remover, hand cream, and even as a sunburn healer when you (oops!) forget to slather on the SPF. This is one powerful balm that never stops hustling.

HOW TO USE

Dab it on whenever and wherever you need moisture and protection.

My thoughts:

Initial reaction was surprise and tiny alarm because this stuff is THICK.  Like coconut oil in solid form thick.  Like you sort of have to work to dig this out of the pot, thick.

But, okay, I dug it out.  Examined it.  And decided that it would be okay as a night time under eye cream.

And…

BOY WAS I RIGHT!

This stuff is amazing!  AMAZING!!!!

Pros:

It leaves my skin so hydrated.

It hasn’t clogged any more.

It’s got a great price point at $25.00 especially since a little does go a long way.

You can put it on elbows and hands and cuticles.

Cons:

NONE

Have you tried Hustle Butter Luxe?  Do you like it?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

Review – Asian cosmetics – Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

27 Oct

I am still really into Asian cosmetics.  I discovered them a few years ago, and I find them to be overall better at what they are promised to do than the Western counterparts.  Also, even with shipping, they are more affordable than our prestige brands.

Etude House is a Korean brand and it has some pretty amazing other products, especially BB and CC creams.  Their toner has been on my radar for a while, but I was always hesitant on purchasing because I rarely use a toner.  Last month though, I finally got it.  Behold:

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The cost of this huge 8.45 oz bottle is around $11.00 USD.

You can buy it on Amazon and directly from Etude House.

From their website:

What it is

7-in-1 total pore solution freshener for intensive pore care.
Made of Anti Pore-Dex Complex & Astringentlex: For tightening up pores effectively


What it does

– Total pore solution: effectively cleans the inside and outside of pores with its special peppermint extract.
– This Freshner balances pH levels, makes skin pure like baby skin, and prevents skin troubles caused by pH imbalance.
– 7-in-1 Solution: Deep cleansing, sebum control, pH4.5 care, tightening pores, for clear skin, giving elasticity, moisturizing
– Harmless ingredients: WITHOUT mineral oil, fragrance, coloring, talc, animal ingredients, silicone oil

My Thoughts:

Pros –

has a very slight, pretty scent.  I can’t describe it, it just smells “girly” and fades quickly.

there is no stinging

my skin doesn’t feel tight or dry after

my pores are clean

my pores are smaller, which I think is also attributed to the Simple Micellar Water

Cons –

for me, there wasn’t any.

Have you ladies tried any Asian cosmetics?

What’s your favorite toner?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

Review – Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

20 Oct

I have been using the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water every day for a number of weeks now, and I am ready to do a full review.

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I bought this at Walgreens for just under $8.00.

What they claim:

Smile, It’s Simple

Helps Cleanse, Remove Makeup & Hydrate

Kind to Skin

No Harsh Chemicals, Artificial Perfume or Dyes That Can Upset Your Skin

Simple® Micellar Cleanser Water is our most advanced yet gentle cleanse to date.  It is made with skin-loving ingredients, including Vitamin B3 and C, and Triple Purified Water, our purest possible water, to help remove contaminants known to irritate skin.  Our beauty benefits include:

Promoting a thorough cleanse:  Helping to remove make-up, dirt, impurities & unclog pores.

Helping to instantly hydrate skin:  Made with Triple Purified Water, skin loving ingredients & multi-vitamins, promotes an instant boost of skin hydration by 90%!

No residue:  Applied with a cotton round, Simple® Micellar Cleanser Water helps leave skin feeling fresh & revitalized, no rinsing required!

My thoughts:

At first, I was sort of weirded out that you use a cotton ball or pad to wipe your face clean.  To me, it seemed like a toner instead of  cleanser.  But I followed instructions, and did as I was told.

So?  OMG, I loved it.  My face felt so clean!  It didn’t sting.  It didn’t have any weird lingering scent.  It wasn’t sticky.  It just felt clean.

After a few weeks of use – my pores are smaller and visibly look cleaner.  I don’t have blackheads on my nose.  My skin looks good, and it’s been a pretty stressful few weeks for me.  But my skin looks GOOD!!!

A little of this goes a long way.  I barely used any of it from the bottle.  But I swear, I cleanse my skin daily!

This was the first micellar water cleanser I have tried.  I would like to try others, but this was is so good, WHY?  Right?

Have you guys tried Simple or other micellar water?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

Review – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser

29 Sep

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser was a Birchbox winner.  I like Kieh’s products, but I don’t love them and I don’t go out of my way to purchase much from the brand.  This may change that.

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I was happy with how  generous this sample was.  A full 1 fl oz!  It took a while to use it all up, so that I felt like I got a good amount of time with the product. This retails for about $20.00 for 5 fl oz.

From the Kiehl’s website:

A quick–lathering, refreshing facial cleanser

  • Thoroughly removes impurities and visibly reduces excess oil on skin’s surface, while leaving skin looking more balanced
  • Leaves skin clean and refreshed without over–drying
  • Contains Imperata Cylindrica Root and Lemon Fruit Extracts
  • Oil–free, paraben–free, fragrance–free, colorant–free
  • Gentle enough for sensitive skin

My thoughts:

This product was just as it it is described.

My skin felt really clean and never felt too dry.  It did a very good job with removing all the make-up and gunk off my face

It felt really nice on my skin; it had a sort of pearly texture.  Then it foams up somewhat when you are distributing it on your skin.

My skin is normal during the summer, and I think this would work well with people who have oily or dry skin.  My skin does get easily over-dried, and this didn’t cause any of that dry nonsense.

Would I purchase?

Yes I would.

Have you tried Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

New Purchases – Soap and Glory and Simple Micellar Water

23 Sep

A local Walgreens drugstore (thanks Park Ridge, Illinois!!!) has an entire display of Soap and Glory brand.  I was super excited to see this.  Of course, I wanted to buy everything.  However, reason prevailed and I bought one item.

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It cost me around $5.00.  With winter coming, I am happy to have this in my beauty collection.

My second purchase was from the brand Simple.

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I’ve been wanting to try micellar cleansing water for while, and then this appeared right in front of me.  So of course, I had to buy it.  I heard good things about this brand from other beauty bloggers, so I’m confident I will like this.  It’s marketed as a natural brand, and I like that.  I think I paid less than $10.00 for this bottle.

I can’t wait to do full reviews on these two!

Thanks for reading!

Anna

Review – Derma E Glycolic Cleanser

16 Sep

I am always attracted to products with glycolic acids because I have this idea they are super luxe and medical grade quality exfoliators.  Here is a not so quick read on what glycolic acids are, in case you are not familiar with the ingredient.

Ages ago, in my local Target or Meijer (can’t recall), I came across the Derma E Glycolic Cleanser.  It retails for around $8.00.   I think I got it for about $4.00

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I normally really like Derma E as a line.  It’s natural and their scrubs are really effective.  I won’t lie if I say they are some of my favorites.   So, this was on sale, I’m cheap and it’s a huge bottle.

Here is a description of the product:

Thoroughly cleanse and rejuvenate skin with this healthy, fragrance-free face wash. pH balanced, it won’t strip skin of its natural oils or leave any noticeable residue. Glycolic Acid helps slough away dull, lifeless surface cells and unclog pores, leaving skin clean, soft and youthful looking. Marine Plant Extracts, Chamomile and Aloe Vera help purify, detoxify and harmonize skin with every use. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.

What did I think?

I couldn’t get past the texture of this cleanser!  It’s sort of slimy. Which is weird since it’s a wet texture, but it’s slimy.  And the weird part of it is that it’s cooler than the rest of my products.

So much so, that I actually hate putting it on my skin. I figured out quickly that I needed to warm this up in my hands first, before I apply to my face. Sort of stupid, no?

Is it effective?

I don’t notice any difference if I use this for a month or something else.  So, I would say it’s not unclogging pores or leaving my skin youthful looking.  I don’t think this product exfoliates at all.

Would I repurchase?

No.  Not that I won’t try other cleansers from Derma E, but I won’t be reaching for this one again.

~Anna

Review – Supergoop! Setting Mist with Rosemary

16 Jun

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I am a huge fan of setting mists.  My face tends to be oily in the summer, and that’s when I usually will use a setting mist on a daily basis.  I like the way  it helps to set everything.

I am vaguely familiar with the Supergoop! brand through my Ipsy and Birchbox subscriptions.  I have tried other sunscreen products from them in the past, and they were okay.  However, this I thought is their best product I’ve encountered.

This is a setting spray with SPF!

I am so INTO this idea, especially for summer time outdoorsy activities!!!  (this requires 3 exclamation points, this is the level of excitement I am at)

From the Supergoop! website:

Scoop on the goop!
You may be sporting sun savvy style with a full face of UV protection infused make-up each morning, but did you know that by noon, that UV protection is likely no longer? The secret to totally sun-safe skin is reapplying your UV defense at least every 2 hours, when in direct sunlight. No time or desire to tamper with that airbrushed coverage, detailed contouring or perfect pout you created just a few hours ago? Well, now you can refresh your UV defense without hassle and still maintain your gorgeous full face of make-up!

What Makes This Goop Super
• Innovative 3-in-1 mist delivers broad spectrum SPF 50 protection while serving double duty as your setting mist to finish your morning make-up routine as well as a mid-afternoon refreshing spray
• Optical diffusing silica silylate controls oil and scatters light to reduce shine and provide a matte finish
• Enlivened with an invigorating essence of antioxidant rich rosemary that helps improve complexion and soothe inflammation

Who This Is Ideal For
This invigorating Defense Refresh Setting Mist is great for all skin types.

My Review

Does this work?

YES – it sets and protects.  Here is how I like to use this – when I go biking outdoors in hot Chicago summer.  I will do minimal make-up (blush and eye brow fill) and set this.  I spent 3 hours in the sun, no burn.  On the plus side, this also prevented my face from becoming oily the way some other sunscreen products can.

Will I buy this?

YES – the smallest size, perfect for travel is $8.00!  Take it with you camping, hiking, bike riding, beach, and you can respray as needed.

Have you guys tried  Supergoop! Setting Mist with Rosemary?  Do you like it?

~Anna

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