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The Original Beauty Blender

Howdy, my fellow beauty junkies! If you live in the US, I hope you had a delicious Thanksgiving! The Hubby & I ate at 3 different shindigs this year, including our own — we got stuffed (haha!) πŸ˜‰

After a day (or two) to recoup from a turkey & dressing induced coma, I felt like trying something different with my makeup; I’d been using the same foundation for over a week — gasp!

So, after digging through my drawer of foundations I spotted my Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation (in Classic Ivory). I hadn’t used that for a while, mainly because it was so hard to apply without it caking up with the sponge I was using. That’s when I realized — ding, ding! — Birchbox sent me an Original Beauty Blender!

The Original Beauty Blender

I know, I know. What rock have I been hiding under?! Everyone & their mother have tried the Beauty Blender. Well, I’m finally joining the club! πŸ™‚

Honestly? This little pink, egg-shaped sponge is the most awesome makeup tool, ever. Period.

I wet it, squeezed out the water & dunked the Beauty Blender into my pot of Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation. The first thing I noticed was how smoothly & evenly the foundation went on, compared to other sponges. The second was how little foundation I needed to get the coverage I wanted, compared to other sponges. The pointy end was great for application around my eyes & nose, & really came in handy.

& let me say, Maybelline is all that, too. I know, their Dream Matte Mousse Foundation isn’t as prestigious as a $60 foundation, but that only makes Dream Matte Mousse that much more awesome! It’s got such great, buildable coverage.

Anyway, I’m kicking myself for not using my Beauty Blender before now, because it really is all that!

Have you experienced the wonder of the Beauty Blender? What about the knock-offs? Do you think the knock-offs work as well as the Original?

November Birchbox Review

November Birchbox

Look what I got in the mail yesterday! πŸ˜€

This month (due to the birchbox.com website revamp) I wasn’t able to sneak a peek at what I was getting, so when I opened my box it was a total surprise! A very pleasant surprise.

I’ve been wanting to try the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream since I first joined Birchbox, so seeing that immediately put a smile on my face. With winter already in full swing here (normal high temp is 47Β°, it’s 23Β°) my skin has been painfully dry & after using this just once I can tell a huge difference! I’m a fan! I also like that after the one use, I don’t think it’s something I need to use every night. It’s that hydrating.

I wasn’t too excited over the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin. I mean, I do have sensitive skin (so they got that right), but I’m not a “peel person”. I will try it before I knock it, but as of right now, I’m not thrilled with it.

If you haven’t realized this yet, I love mascara; it’s the one bit of makeup that I won’t be seen without. I tend to always go with a waterproof mascara, though, which Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24hr Mascara is not. By the end of the day most of this mascara had bled onto my face. I liked everything about this mascara…up until that point. 😦

RUSK Texture Spray (Dry Finishing Spray). I don’t usually spend much time on my hair, but am glad to have received this sample — it gives me a reason to start! I’ve used it once, so far, & did like it. It didn’t make my hair feel stiff or brittle & didn’t look greasy. I’m looking forward to using it some more!

Another item I’ve wanted to sample since I first joined: Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35 in Light to Medium. This CC Cream protects against UVA, UVB, & infrared-A rays & works as a primer & foundation. I’ve loved every other Supergoop! product I’ve tried & I love this CC Cream, too! Looked very natural & even after washing it off I could see a difference! Bravo, Supergoop!! πŸ˜‰

This month I received a bonus in my box; Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter! Absolutely delicious on toast!  Nom nom!

Overall, I’m really happy with my box this month! I hope December is just as awesome! What did you get in your Birchbox? Are you pleased overall? Have you tried any of the products I received & if so, how did you like it/them? Let me know!


Is that a bird? A plane? No, it’s Maybelline’s new The Nudes Palette sitting on my makeup drawer!

Ahhhh!! πŸ˜€

That, plus new Face Perfecting Brushes by EcoTools, a Beauty Blender, Maybelline Gel Liner (with brush) & an October Birchbox review. All posts soon to be coming to a blog near you (don’t look around, you’re already here!).

In the meantime, what are some of your new makeup purchases? What makeup/tools are on your Christmas wish list? Let me know in the comments! πŸ™‚

October ipsy Review!

October ipsy bag

Well, it took a week later than usual to get here, but my Glam Bag finally arrived! πŸ˜€

I’m quickly becoming overrun with cute makeup bags, but, dudettes (& dudes, if ipsy is your thing), I can’t help but love the turquoise bag this month! It’s one of my favorite colors & the quilt-like design is perfect for Autumn.

That , & I may be becoming a hoarder. Who knows… So, anyway, on to the goodies!

First up is the skyn ICELAND Glacial Cleansing Cloths. A lot of ipsy reviews were critical of these wipes; either people said they were too harsh for sensitive skin, or said the wipes didn’t really get their skin clean. I have sensitive skin, so was weary the first time I used one…but ya know what? One cloth removed all of my makeup, wasn’t too harsh for my skin & smelled really nice afterward. Not an overbearing scent, but a light cucumber scent. I love these! Plus, I had just run out of my previous wipes, so the timing was great!

Next up, City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Cappucino. To be honest, I wasn’t too excited over the color…until I tried it on. It looks like a 90’s, brown, lip color in the tube…but on? It’s more of a neutral lip color that goes amazing with my fair skin. Plus the product is cruelty-free. Another win!

As an eye makeup freak, I figured I’d like the ModelCo VolumEyes Mascara. I mean, mascara is a daily staple for me. This mascara gets the job done, I just have so many other mascaras that also get the job done & at a lower cost. Don’t get me wrong — I like it, a lot. It’s just…I might still be a tad bitter about not getting the eyeliner instead, though. LOL

I’m always disappointed to get lotions in my subscriptions & I don’t know why! I always end up loving them! I’ve had dry skin since I was tiny & the weather up here does nothing to help that. With all that said, let me introduce Figs & Rouge Mango Mandarin Hand Cream. My dry hands’ new love for the upcoming horribly dry winter (ugh!). The company is from the U.K., which for some reason makes me feel a little high class (I’m weird, I know). It’s non greasy, smells amazing & a little bit of product quenches the dryness. I also like the tube it’s in. Love this hand lotion!

Last, but hardly least, is the Doll 10 H2Glo Highlighter. Now, I’ve had a highlighter before, but never really liked it; it involved a lot blending & I never really achieved the look I was going for. I’m still a little shy using this particular highlighter, but it’s head & shoulders above my old one. Even the directions for the H2Glo Highlighter says “if you have to blend you’ve used too much“. I like straight forward directions like that! While I’m still getting the hang of this, I already love it!

Overall, while this month might have been a headache to get ipsy to take my money, it was well worth it. I loved everything in my bag — including the bag! πŸ™‚

What all did you get in your Glam Bag this month? What was your favorite item? Let me know in the comments!

October Birchbox Preview

October Birchbox Preview

Finally! Birchbox decided to update my box preview!

I’m always disappointed when I first see what I’m getting. I also noticed that my item choice wasn’t included. Ugh! 😦

Oh well. Hopefully when it gets here I’ll fall head over heels for everything. *crosses fingers*

What are you getting in your Birchbox this month? Are you happy? Let me know! πŸ™‚

Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Review

Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette

After wearing almost every color in the Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette, I think an honest review is in order!

I was so excited to get this — I saved my Birchbox points for months just to get this puppy. It’s combination of matte & shimmery shadows in neutral champagne to rosy pink to deep berry (plus a true black!), that looks so good! The possibilities are endless!

The color lasted all day, which is one of the most important aspects of any makeup for me (I’m lazy, so reapplying eyeshadow throughout the day isn’t happening).

Every color in the palette looks amazing once it’s on, too. There wasn’t one color that I didn’t like!

& the black shadow has become a staple; I layer it over my eyeliner (I’m loving my Noir eyeliner from a previous Birchbox) on my waterlines & it helps my liner to stay put literally all day long. When I learned that little trick I did a happy jig, no lie!

The down side to the Revealed 2 Palette is only, that to get the color payoff I was expecting, I feel like I have to cake the product on! Which leads to a lot eyeshadow fall out. Which makes frugal me a little disappointed.

Overall, I really do love this eyeshadow palette. I’ve used it every day & will certainly continue to do so. & hey, before this I wasn’t really an eyeshadow person, so I guess I can thank Coastal Scents for getting me interested! πŸ˜€

Currently, I’m eyeballing the new Maybelline The Nudes Palette. πŸ˜‰

Have YOU tried the Coastal Scents Revealed 2 or Maybelline The Nudes Palettes? If so, what was your opinion? Best color combos? Nifty eyeshadow tips & tricks? Let me know in the comments!

September Ipsy

September was an amazing month for ipsy subscribers, I kid you not! & after last month, it should have been!

September Ipsy Bag

Let me start by saying: I adore the Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Basic Instinct! Goes on smoothly, isn’t sticky like most lip glosses are & the color is beautiful! It didn’t even dry out my lips like other glosses do. I’d love to have more of this!

I’m currently rocking an awesome mani thanks to my new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish in color Redgy. Very quick drying bottom color & an equally fast drying top coat. Best of all? Natural light is all this gel polish needs to look fab! This also came with a $2 off coupon, so I may have to go buy another set! πŸ˜€

There were two color options for the Pacifica Natural Minerals Eyeliner, a silver color & Fringe, a brown color. Thankfully, I received the brown! It’s a nice eyeliner pencil & I will get use out of it, but I don’t see what all the hype was over. In my opinion, it’s just your average eye pencil.

As sneak peeks were being revealed, I hoped I’d get the Be A Bombshell Smooth Criminal Powder & lo & behold, I did! It can be worn alone to smooth flaws & reduce pores, or over makeup as a setting powder. Either way, I think it works wonders! Tried it over my makeup & didn’t have to touch up once! & by itself, it did smooth over some of my imperfections (not that I have all that many “imperfections”!).

The final item from this month’s bag is Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. It smells good, but I don’t really like conditioners!

That’s not the end of my bag, though! I finally saved up 1,000 ipsyPoints & was able to score a NYX Bronze Smokey Look Kit! It has 9 eyeshadows, 2 lip colors, 2 double ended applicators & a mirror! My entire bag was awesome, but this made it the best bag I’ve ever gotten! πŸ˜€

the POREfessional by Benefit

I found Benefit Cosmetics through Birchbox last year when they sent me a deluxe sample of Benefit’s Hello Flawless Liquid Foundation (I wrote about that here) & have since fallen in love with their products. I’ve tried the samples of the POREfessional before & decided to get the full-size.

The POREfessional

It minimizes the look of pores & fine lines. You can wear it alone, or under make-up as a primer. It can also be used over make-up, too. I love this stuff!

The POREfessional really can be used alone, but it also helps my make-up stay looking good, longer. No more touch-ups needed! It comes in a .75 US fl. oz. tube & costs $31, so I consider that a tad expensive, but it’s SO worth it, IMHO.

In other news: my May ipsy bag ought to be here this week! Can’t wait!

Nicole by OPI

In this month’s IPSY Glam Bag I got a bottle of Nicole by OPI in On What Grounds. I didn’t know it was a textured polish until I put it on last night, but WOW! I love the color, and have fallen head over heels for the texture!

It went on easy, wasn’t sloppy, and dried incredibly fast. Plus, I’ve gotten several compliments on my manicure.

All in all, this polish more than exceeded my expectations & I’d definitely buy this brand in the future. Or, at least, hope for more in future Glam Bags! πŸ˜‰