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Recent purchases -beautyblender and Buxom Mascara

11 Oct

I know, I know, I totally fell for this beautyblender gimmick of a fun color blender.  But the package looked soooooo cute.

 

I also purchased a full sized version of the Buxom mascara. I will do a full review of this soon because I think it’s a really great mascara.

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Have you bought and/or reviewed anything new?  You can link it in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo Anna

 

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Play! by Sephora September 2018

1 Oct

It’s been a long time since I did an unboxing 🙂

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In September Sephora filled the bag with Olehenriksen, Boscia, Too Faced, Sephora Collection, Marc Jacobs Beauty, and Philosophy.

Here is the details:

C What’s New by Olehenriksen

Succulent Solution by Boscia

Radical Reviver by Too Faced

Buildable Breakthrough by Sephora Collection

The Berry Best by Marc Jacobs Beauty

On The Rose by Philosophy

All of these products are new to me, so I am excited to try them.  The Marc Jacobs lipstick shade looks amazing, and perfect for the Fall/Winter seasons.

For those who don’t know, Play! by Sephora is a monthly beauty subscription by Sephora.   It’s $10 a month plus tax.   AND the 10 dollars you spend on the subscription counts toward your points if you are a Beauty Insider.  Isn’t that a nice deal?

Let me know if you lovelies have you used any of these products!

Thanks for reading!

xoxox Anna

My Favorite Products of 2014

29 Dec

I discovered so many awesome products this year!
Here are my new loves!

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1) L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara – I haven’t reviewed this!  I will soon, promise!

2) Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion

3) Dr. Brandt Vacuum Cleaner – I just discovered this!  Review coming soon!!!

4) Tints & Sass

5)Joico Vero K-PAK Color Intensity Semi-Permanent Hair Color – Red

6) Sexy Hair H2No

7) Curlisto

8) Coconut Oil

9)Montage Jennesse Chocolate Masque

10)Super 8 Beblesh Balm Triple Function Orange

So there you have it!  My top Favorites of 2014!  These were either sampled and bought or recommended and bought.  And I love them!

What are your favorite new products of 2014?

Review – Wet ‘n’ Wild Mega Plump Mascara in Waterproof

7 Jul

I haven’t used a Wet and Wild mascara since my Junior High days, and when I saw this at a CVS, I wanted to give it a shot.

The packaging is super cute!

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It’s very budget friendly at under $4.00 for the tube.

Okay, so what did I think of it?

Sadly, it wasn’t plumping at all.  It gave very light and natural looking coverage.

The formula is sort of dry, which contributes to the poor application of the product.

It was very waterproof.  It doesn’t run in heat or sweat.

It didn’t irritate my eyes.

I love the brush size, but I wish the formula was better.

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Would I repurchase?  Mmmmmaaaayyybeeeee

It’s inexpensive and fine for work, but I like more volume on my lashes.

If you are the type who likes to wear some make-up at the pool or beach, this maybe a good option for you.   This way, you will be wearing some eye product but won’t look super “done”.

Have you tried Wet and Wild mascara?

~Anna

June Empties!!!! What I Used Up!

1 Jul

How is it July already?   This year is flying by faster then Kim Kardashian changing husbands.  Oh snap!

I went through a lot of products in June.  Check this!

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Hair stuff

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Matrix Total Results Color Care Conditioner.  This is my current fave.  I’ve been using it for a few months.  I love it….but I’m getting bored.  I’ve been getting interested in TIGI again.  I love how that smells too.

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Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo and Conditioner.  This was a Birchbox sample.  Honestly, the samples were so small there wasn’t enough of either product for my hair.  Based on how much I was able to work into my hair, not impressed.   This may be due to how tiny the samples were.  Whatevers…I won’t be buying it.  If companies really want us to fall in love with a product, you need to give us an amount we can actually use.

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Fleur de Temps conditioner.  This was another Birchbox item.  Strangely, this came with shampoo of which there was a lot more than the conditioner.  Why?

This claims to be volumizing and it was. It frizzed me out so my hair was huge.

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Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner.  I got this during a recent hotel stay.   I’m not the biggest fan of Aveda, I don’t complain when my room is filled with it.  I like the way this works on my hair.  It’s a fun change.

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Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle Leave In.  I loved the way this smells.  It did a good job on detangling.

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Big Sexy Hair Spray.  Love it!

Face

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ELF Make up Set and Mist – repurchase

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Glytone Toner – repurchase

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Beauty Junkees make up sponge.  I like it, but I want to try the Real Techniques one.

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara – a fave

Body

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Vaseline Intensive Care – repurchase

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Caress Daily Silk – meh

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Private Bloom Hamptons Perfume sample.  Pretty, but I wouldn’t buy it.

What did you use up in June?

~Anna

June Ipsy Bag! Pretty in Paradise

26 Jun

June’s Ipsy bag is super fun!  AND even though I have an irrational hate of pineapples, I do love the pineapple print on the bag itself.  🙂

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Almost every single item in this bag was a huge win for me.  I mean, like L.O.V.E.

NYX butter gloss – love

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Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser – LOVE.  I love the scent of this, I love how it feels on my face.  I love how well it removes everything.
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Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner in Green.  SO MUCH LOVE.  This thing has serious staying power.  I even ran 2 miles in this stuff (disclaimer, I was wearing UD primer) and it stayed put.
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Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray – LOVE!  I’ve never used a beach spray before and was skeptical.  But I’m wearing it two days in the row now.
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The not so love – Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara
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I think be a bombshell is sort of hit and miss with their products, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I’m not sure if this stuff was super old or dry, but it did NOTHING for my lashes.  Zip, nada. nothing.
Oh well
I loved everything else.
~A

May Empties Post! Products I’ve used up!

29 May

I didn’t have enough products for April to do a full post, so I waited an extra month to do this update.  Here are the products I’ve used up and quick thoughts about them.

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Shaving cream – a major staple.  It really does make for a better shave.  W both like Skintimate because it is inexpensive.  We blogged about it here.

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Another staple – eye brow pencil! Maybelline Define  A Brow pencil.  Easy to use and decent staying power.  To boost length of wear, top with Ben Nye Final Seal.  You’re welcome!

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I’ve already repurchased this.  L’oreal Shocking Extensions Mascara. Good stuff.

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I liked this, buy it is pricier from Elizabeth Mott.

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My current favorite cleanser right now, Clearasil Refreshing Superfruit Wash.

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On to…dry shampoo!!!!

Like Suave, will purchase again.

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This was okay, I’m not sure I will repurchase again.

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Some samples I’ve used up.

I kind of liked this lotion, I actually really liked the scent. Sort of smelled like pancakes. HAHA But I guess if you’re not down with smelling like food, this isn’t your thing.

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Joan Voss – a pretty spring scent.   I am undecided about this.

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Not my favorite Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab oil.

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I think I forgot to include this in my March Empties which had my huge Korean Stash.

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This smelled great, buy faded in 5 minutes on me.  Sorry Harvey Prince Cherrie Blossom! 😦

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Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion – another staple in my collection.  I received a sample of a few formulas with my Naked 3.

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Have you lovelies used any of these?  What are your thoughts?

xoxo – A

March Empties!

16 Apr

March FLEW by, here are the products I used up!!

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Review! L’ORÉAL Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara a Benefit Dupe???

14 Mar

I’ve been using L’ORÉAL  Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara for about a month now,

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You can get it at Ulta or drug store for $9.99 USD.  Ulta link is here.

First, some pictures.

Without mascara

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Here is the effect with L’ORÉAL  Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara

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Pic on left – no flash, Pic on right – with flash

I’m not wearing any mascara on the bottom lashes.

My thoughts

Obviously, the effect is pretty good.  I mean bam…lashes, right?!

The Pros-

Long lasting

Buildable

No smudging

Not cakey

Pow! Lashes!

Easy to remove with cleanser

No running

No raccoon eyes

Cons-

Flakes on bottom lashes.  I’m not having the problem with I wear it on my top lashes.

Would I repurchase?  Yes,  it’s ten bucks.  Great deal for a great mascara.

Is this a Benefit dupe?

The effect is very similar.  These are  my lashes on Yes, They’re Real.

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L’Oreal is A LOT cheaper 🙂

Have you tried Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara?

~Anna

February Empties!

13 Mar

I have been allergic to writing this post or something. Sorry it is so late.

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Matrix Total Results Color Care Conditioner.  I loved this stuff.  I am repurchasing.

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Eco Friendly Living Dry Shampoo.  This was an Etsy buy and I’ve reviewed it here.  It lasted me almost a year!  I really like this product and I will probably repurchase.  I alternate between this and drug store dry shampoos.

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Nivea Creme.  This was seriously a life saver during our coldest Chicago days.  I went through this tube in a month. I will remember to get this again next winter.  Seriously good stuff.

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Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Radiance.  Reviewed here.

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Pixi Lash Booster Mascara. Reviewed here.  I don’t think I will be buying this now that I discovered L’oreal!

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Armani Night fragrance.  I think this may be discontinued.  I finally forced myself to use up all my old perfumes.

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Beauty Protector reviewed here.

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Nailtiques – amazing. Proof here.

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L’occitane Hand Cream.  Lovely scent, but not as moisturizing as Nivea.

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab oil imps in Cheshire Cat, Pool of Tears, Iambe.  I liked these, but I am moving away from oils now, so I am trying to go through my huge collection of BPAL imps.

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Korean BB samples.  That review is pending since I am still going through my sample stash.

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Hope you enjoyed!

~Anna