e.l.f Prism Eyeshadow in Naked Swatches

I picked this up at CVS one day. I remember being surprised to see e.l.f at CVS. I didn’t know they carried the line.

But opportunities should never be passed up, so I bought this that one fortuitous day.

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The eyeshadows have flipped around in the swatches, but I think you can figure out which direction they’re going in. Lol.

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The shadows are easy to apply and run over skin smoothly.

They don’t last all day. I think this being an all shimmer palette plays a major part in my eye makeup look fading. Shimmer eyeshadows tend to bleed together when applied as a gradation. A matte eyeshadow tossed into the mix would have made the palette more usable.

For $10 this is not so bad. If you love shimmer, it’s not a bad option. I just know I need to pull out a matte eyeshadow or two when I use this palette.

Happy Saturday! What are your plans for today?

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LA Girl Pro Conceal Corrector in Orange

My local beauty supply store sells these LA Girl correctors. I had to wait for them to restock Orange.

But I finally got my hands on it.

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The consistency is similar to the regular concealers. It’s nice and workable.

The color is a true, melted traffic cone orange.

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So, let me tell you about this.

It looks intimidating but you really need to blend and work with it. I mix a little into my Lancome concealer and apply that to my under eye area. The area looks so much brighter and more refreshed!

I have to keep experimenting with this, but so far I like it.

Have you ever tried a corrector?

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder in Sun Beige

I’ve been looking more and more at the drugstore for matte powders. I found this L’Oreal one during a sale.

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The packaging is simple and straightforward. A clear window on the front, a flip top lid, and a sponge on the other side for convenient application.

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Sun Beige is my closest match.

Here is the swatch:

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Pretty good, huh? However, this could change come summer.

Let’s hope not because I like this powder. It’s a powder that does indeed mattify and keep the shine at bay. I got 5 hours of “keep back, shine!” out of it.

It’s not 16 hours of wear, but for a drugstore product I think 5 hours is the best I have experienced. I can live with it.

Try it if you can and let me know what you think.

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Lush Cosmetics Holiday Bath Bomb Demos

I’ve spoken several times on here about my fondness for Lush bath bombs. While I was depleting my stash of the holiday bath bombs, I took videos of them in action to show you what they do in water.

I combined two bath bombs to make fabulous bath art.

Look at the results.

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It was fun to watch the bath bomb zoom across the surface of the water, spiraling patterns all over the place.

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This is what the water looked like after Northern Lights fizzed out.

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Have I converted anyone to The World of Bath Bombs? 🙂

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 27

How have you been, friend?

Today’s self care post will be a little different.

I want to talk about a few things that could be done for self care. If you have any ideas, post them in the comments.

1) Marathon watching a television show.

2) Listening to a music playlist.

3) Growing and planting something. If you live in an apartment you could grow plants in pots. I’ve found it really perks up my mood to plant something and watch it grow. 🙂

4) Look at Pinterest and search for images you love. I love photos of beautiful sunsets/sunrises, landscapes, and interiors of mansions.

5) See your friends. Human connections we make are necessary for our survival. Invite your friends over for lunch, or go on walks with them, just make sure you see them as often as you can.

6) Taking a break from the bullsh*t. If it’s harming you, leave it. It isn’t worth your sanity or your emotional wellbeing. Leave it.

7) Eat the foods you like. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Don’t deny yourself chocolate or pizza just because you’re worried about gaining weight. Eat the pizza sometimes. Your self care gets hungry!

8) There is only one of you. Put yourself first. If you have people in your life who need you (ex: young children) yes, care for them but don’t forget that you also need care.

9) Daydream as much as you can. We can escape to other places and lives without a passport. It’s fun, and it will keep us from getting over stressed.

What are your ideas about self care?

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Beauty Resolutions for 2017?

First order of business:

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Second order: have you made any resolutions for the new year?

I have:

1) Shop my stash more.

2) Spend more on skin care and less on makeup.

3) Ironically, try more luxury brands (didn’t I just say I wanted to spend less on makeup? Lol). I focus way too much on drugstore sometimes. I am missing out. I’d like to get a Chanel eyeshadow quad, a Dior product, and maybe a Giorgio Armani foundation. My birthday is in March so that’ll be a good time to treat myself.

4) Get professional facials on a regular basis.

5) Get a decent haircut.

6) Learn how to thread my own eyebrows.

7) Solve my bacne issues once and for all.

8) Wear a hat during the summer.

9) Use a nail fortifying treatment

10) Be gentle with myself.

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Review: L’Oreal Infallible Matte-Matic Liner in Deep Brown

I’m always pulled in by a cute brown eyeliner.

I like things that are brown and cute. Therefore I like myself.  🙂

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It comes in a sealed package.

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It’s a mechanical pencil that comes with a sharpener.

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The pencil tip drops down unless I hold it in place at the middle of the tube.

It gives a nice medium brown color. It’s not exactly deep brown but it’s of a good pigmentation.

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The pencil applied a little stiffly but I was able to make it work. It left a bare line of skin just above my upper lashes but I smudged some in and covered that up. Once it was on, it stayed on. On my lower lashline it felt scratchy and a little uncomfortable to apply. Once it was on it looked nice but it faded after 4 hours. On my upper lashline it lasted 8 hours.

It is matte but I don’t think of it as a gel color (the company claims this). L’Oreal also claims this can last 24 hours. I don’t know anyone who would want to wear it for 24 hours, but I doubt it would last that long. Once I got it to work, it did wear nicely for a few hours.

Pros: Nice color, lasts a while on upper lashline, easy to obtain, affordable.

Cons: Doesn’t last for 24 hours, stiff and hard to apply, faulty packaging.

Grade: C

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Nails Inc Nail Polish in Chelsea Square

You know for how long I’ve owned this polish?

I bought it at Sephora. Sephora no longer carries it. That is how long it’s been.

Chelsea Square is described as “full coverage rose gold glitter polish for nails that have the midas touch”.

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L-R: One coat, two coats, three coats, four coats.

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As you can see, it needs to be built up in order to reach full coverage. I still think the final results are worth the extra work, so I will keep this.

Do you like glitter nails? What do you think of Chelsea Square?

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Review: Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black

Oooh honey! When you find a mascara worth talking about….

Talk about it.

For me this mascara is Buxom Lash.

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This is the travel size version I received in the 500 point reward I talked about yesterday.

The brush is great because it’s made of well defined bristles, leading to separated and fully coated lashes.

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These are my curled eyelashes sans mascara.

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This is after one coat of mascara.

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My camera sucks at taking photos of my eyelashes, but they do look fuller, thicker and more dramatic.

I like the ease of use. There’s virtually no clumping, no smearing, and no spider legs effect.

Pros: Great results, doesn’t transfer or smear, separates and increases definition.

Cons: Can be expensive, only sold where Buxom is sold.

Grade: A

 

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Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick in Swinger

I received this in a 500 point Sephora gift box.

I love Sephora’s improvements regarding the rewards. I got a mini lipstick instead of a cardboard swipe of a sample. Very nice.

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Swinger is described as a “vivid magenta”.

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It has blue tones, but it is still surprisingly wearable for me. I just need to make sure to conceal the hyperpigmentation around my mouth and keep my eye makeup to a minimum.

I think it has some purple in there as well.

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I like the creamy consistency and texture of it. It’s not drying and lasts for a few hours.

Have you tried Buxom lipsticks?

 

 

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