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New purchase! L’ORÉAL Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara

20 Feb

I saw this on sale at my local grocery store and I wanted to try it.  It doesn’t hurt that Lea Michelle looks beautiful on the display!

L’ORÉAL  Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara!

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This boasts a “lash hugging technology”.  Can’t wait to try it!

~Anna

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Anna’s First Birchbox! January 2014

31 Jan

Now that I have a beauty box subscription to 2 services, I feel super content.

Lookie what I got!

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I am the most excited to try the dry conditioner?!  Wha?????

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The 100% Pure Mascara – ok I tried this today and like it!!

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And the oh so fabulous gold glitter nailpolish – ok I am wearing it today to celebrate Chinese New Year!

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Love Birchbox so far!!!!

Here is a link to Kassi’s.

Happy Make-UpIng!!!!

~Anna

Beauty Box Subscription – Update to what we get

16 Jan

Once upon a time I wanted to cancel my Julep monthly subscription and get another beauty box.

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This week my wish came true, and now are are both subscribers to Birchbox!  To update, I will now be receiving Ipsy and Birchbox.  These are both $10.00 per month, which means I am still saving money from what I paid for Julep. Julep was $20.00 month.

I may add yet another subscription to my month since I’m used to spending $30.00 and now I’m *only* spending $20.00 HAHA.

~A

December 2013 Empties Post

10 Jan

Here are the goodies I used up in December!

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1) Skintimate Shave Lotion – this is saving my skin from over drying. Yes, repurchased

2) L’Oreal Eye Make-Up Remover.  This burned my eyes.  Won’t be repurchasing.

3) Bath and Body Works Dark Kiss Body Mist. It was okay, but not my fave scent.

4)Wild Ferns Manuka Honey Night Revival Cream.  THIS IS MY HOLY GRAIL.  In love. We reviewed it before here.

5)DermOrganic Conditioner.  This was okay. May or may not repurchase. Right now I am using a Matrix Conditioner that I am really liking…so yeah.  OK, probably won’t repurchase…there just made up my mind.

6)Jonathan Volumizing Conditioner.  This stuff was the devil, will not be purchasing it again.  And because I am weirdly stubborn and OCD, I had to use the entire bottle and hated it.  Obviously, I have problems HA.

7)Glycolix Elite Facial Cream 20 Percent. Another HG product for me.  My Med Spa friend turned me on to this, and I am hooked.  Get it.  You will be 40 and you will look amazing. Duh, of course repurchase.

8)Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara.  I liked this, for a drugstore mascara.  Cover Girl is one my faves, but this may be a repurchase.  Especially if on sale. I like sales.

9)Smashbox Primer sample .  I’ve bought this before, and I have a sneaking suspicion this breaks me out. It’s never terrible, just a little small blemish here or there.  I don’t buy this anymore, I stick with the Monistat.  What? yeah. here.

10) Luxe Repair Sample from Julep.  Face oil, meh.  Not impressed.

11) Pravana Vivid Red – yes, Staple. I make my own color depositing conditioner. Interested?

12)Look Better Naked from Soap and Glory.  OMG this smelled soooo divine.  Yes, I will be buying this.

~A

 

Review Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio

26 Dec

I received the Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio  in my December Ipsy.

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My Review :

This is a great little trio palette.  The colors are dark and the payoff is good.  They are pretty glittery, and are good for a party or evening look.

The only gripe I had was that they colors started to slide on the sides and on the bottom  after a few hours.  I wore the look with the NYX HD Eye Shadow Base. It wasn’t awful and I wouldn’t not recommend this product for that reason.

I don’t see the trio on their website anymore, but you can get a 12 shade palette for $24.00, so essentially it’s $2.40 per shade.  Not a bad value.

 I will try again with the Urban Decay Primer Potion to see if it grabs it more.

Here is the look I did:

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How do you like Pop Beauty?

~Anna

Lancome Friends and Family Event

2 Dec

I got this in my mail box today! I think anyone can take advantage of the sale. There is no code.

Through December 6, 2013.

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October Empties 2 – I use a lot of stuff!

5 Nov

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Just so I can be like everyone else in the beauty blogging world, I’m going to do an Empties post monthly.  Here are the things I used up in October.

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I had to Google to check if Benefit even still makes Maybe Baby perfume…and they do!  It used to be one of my absolute favorites.  So light and floral.  I finally finished this bottle I’ve had for ages, and I’m thinking I want to repurchase.

Ponds – meh…Some people are crazy in love with this.  I couldn’t use it as a  cleanser, and yes I tried the hot wet towel trick.  I would sometimes use it as eye make up remover.  But I don’t think I will repurchase this for the third time. I still have one pot of it at my parents’ house that I use.

Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Spot is so good on the blackheads on my nose. It does dry me out after a few uses, so I won’t repurchase for the Winter.  We’ll see how my skin behaves come Spring.

Maybelline Mastershape was not a win for me.   The color was Auburn, but it was super light, and I couldn’t get it to blend with my black eye brows.

They’re Real by Benefit is one of my favorites right now.  I have a second trial size, and will probably buy a full size in time.

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Matrix Vavoom is amazing.  One of my favorite hairsprays.

Bio Silk smells so great, and I like both the shampoo and conditioner.  I frequently repurchase both.

Got2B 4ever Stylestay is great for updos or for spraying your hair while wearing it back.  It is a stiff hold.

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I’m finally retiring my Sephora Perfectionist Sponge. We reviewed a lot of sponges here and here.  This is still one of my favorites.

Bath and Body Words body lotion in Pink Chiffon.  It smells like flowers and candy to me.  I kept this in my purse, and B&BW makes such great lotions.  These always get repurchased.

So that’s it for October!

What were some of your favorites or non fave items?

~Anna

Review – They’re Real! Mascara by Benefit

29 Oct

I’ve been liking this Mascara since May.  I received a sample in my Sephora Birthday Gift and in September I received another sample  at the LashBash.

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They’re Real! gives you huge lashes.  Check out the evidence here:

Naked eye:

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Wimpy lashes….to…

Boom!

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The formula wears well and it doesn’t smear.  It does get a bit clumpy when you are nearing the end of the tube.  The brush is plastic with plastic hard bristles that can sometimes scratch your eyelid.   Or that’s just my issue.

Have you tried They’re Real!?

~Anna

Review: NYX Single Eye Shadow in Lanikai

18 Oct

 NYX Single Eye Shadow in Lanikai was in my September Ipsy Glam Bag.

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There is probably no way in the world would I have picked this out myself.  It looks crazy blue, right?!

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It’s slightly more subdued in person.

Although this is blue, it is surprisingly wearable.  Check it.

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On my skin, it is like a greyish blue.  I actually wore it to work today, and it doesn’t look too insane.

I’m wearing the Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Mascara.

My review:

Good pigmentation

Good staying power

Good blendability

Would repurchase 🙂

Also, check out my faux side swept bang look.

~Anna

Review: Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara

17 Oct

Good Afternoon, Lovelies!

This little find was in my September Ipsy Glam Bag.  I’ve been so lucky to receive a mascara sample almost every month since July.  I will not be low on mascara for a while.

As always, I must put out the disclaimer that my eyelids are super oily.  Mascara usually runs and smears when I wear it.  Sometimes this happens with waterproof versions.  But sometimes I’m surprised.  Pixi was a good surprise and so is the Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara.

My review:

This has amazing staying power.  But it comes off easily…no tugging or pulling.

I LOVE that this is a cruelty free product.

And I love that it makes my lashes look like this:

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I haven’t purchased anything from my Ipsy samples yet, and this is going to be my first.  I like it this much.  I will even pay $20.00 for it, I DON’T CARE.

I don’t have to worry that my mascara is smudged during my work hours, I am confident I don’ t look like a hot mess.   My l ashes aren’t sticky or spikey, or weird. AND I didn’t have to kill a bunny to look cute.

Also, it is super build-able!

It does sort of evaporate after 12 hours, sort of like MAC’s used to.  However, I was able to reapply without issues.

Have you tried this mascara yet?  What is your absolute max $ you are willing to spend for mascara?

~Anna

Sidenote- I lined my eyes with the Cailyn Gel Liner I reviewed here https://fairygodmotherbeautyblog.com/2013/07/02/review-june-ipsy-box/#more-1248