I just realized I haven’t done a beauty review in FOREVER. So I thought I’d select one of my recent Sephora hauls to discuss. I already bought some Fenty Beauty pieces before, so I knew I liked the quality (I’m kinda fighting with the highlighters, but we’re working things out). So I thought I’d check out the limited edition holiday 2017 collection. I’m so glad I did!
I tend to panic-purchase when things are “limited edition” and “limited quantity.” So it’s no surprise I opted to try a few things from the collection. I had to get the Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette ($59). I haven’t fully played around with it, but using a “glitter glue” eyeshadow primer is recommended. I personally use the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue. I believe ELF and NYX make a more affordable version, but I haven’t tried them. I really hate spending more than $40-$50 on an eyeshadow palette, but it got good reviews. The colors are so pretty in person, the pictures from my phone do this zero justice. They are so much more vibrant in person! I will post pictures of an eye look when I have a chance, I will probably use it for Halloween.
In addition to the eyeshadow, I picked up all three colors of the 2-in-1 Glitter Release eyeliner. I thought the “Nepturnt” and “Alien Bae” colors looked very similar when I first swatched them. But when they are dry, you rub them to reveal the glitter. Once I did that, you can see the colors are different. Not sure I will use “Later, Crater” as an eyeliner, as I don’t like using light colors as eyeliner. But it is so pretty, I will try it out as an eyeshadow on the inner corners.
So I’m just realizing Christmas is SUNDAY! Like, what?! I HAVEN’T EVEN DECORATED YET! Not that I go nuts with decorating. All we do is put up a tree and ornaments. Then I hang some stockings, and tinsel around the mantel.
But we now give Zorro (almost) full run of the apartment while we’re out. I fear he’ll eat the fake tree and poop out blue holographic fake pine well into the New Year. Plus break my R2D2 ornaments. R2Tree2 would be ruined! Also, it’s laziness at this point.
Anyway, I finished shopping in November. I also wrapped gifts a couple weeks ago. So I’m definitely ready for this Christmas business, even if my apartment isn’t. As for me, I bought myself a peachy Christmas treat! I already had the Too Faced Sweet Peach eyeshadow pallette. Now I added on the Papa Don’t Peach blush, and Peach Glow highlighter kit. Plus I got a gorgeous deep plum Urban Decay lipstick, and Boscia wipes. Treat yo self! I should probably get myself some new underwear too. I also have dump some of my old ones, that have rips in them. Haha
I forgot to post about my awesome hair, haha. I went to the salon over the weekend to get my hair done. I had her touch up the purple and add a layer of blue. There isn’t much contrast between the two colors, but I dig it. I don’t think the blue will last as long as the purple, but no matter. It seriously looks like I’m trying to make bath tub wine when I wash my hair. The dye gets everywhere. I can’t even have my nails painted a light color because the dye will turn my nails purple. It’s kind of unnerving, but beauty is sacrifice!
Anyway, I finally booked my flights for our vacation in September.Apparently Andy thought I booked them weeks ago, oops! We’re going on a really awesome desert adventure, plus a wedding. We have a laundry list of things to check out like, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, ghost towns, hot air balloon, observatory, and a trip to that abandoned plane field as featured in Can’t Buy Me Love! We will be renting a car and cruising around America’s South West. In addition to flights, I also booked some hotels for my other summer adventures. I can’t wait to go to the beach and hang with friends this summer!
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It’s finally Friday, praise Jebus! I decided to share my favorite makeup removers/cleansers. I checked out micellar water, after hearing so much about it. So what IS micellar water? It’s made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water. These balls help to draw dirt and makeup from your skin, somehow. It’s like science or whatever. I was (of course) skeptical, Thinking it wouldn’t really work that well.
But alas, I went to Target, and picked some up. Many different brands offer micellar water, so you should have no problem finding some to try. I’ve even seen it at Ulta as well, in a huge container. I opted for a regular-sized container, thinking I would just use it as an eye makeup remover. I was pleasantly surprised at the results. The water actually removed my eye makeup and regular make up better than a liquid makeup remover. That was pretty amazing to me! It also left my skin feeling soft. This cleansing water is perfect for people with sensitive skin as well, since it’s just water. I also liked it for my oily skin.
Now onto my favorite facial cleansing wipes. I’ve only used drugstore brand face wipes, and one from Josie Maran. None of these compare to Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths! I know they are fudging expensive compared to drugstore brands, but they are worth every last penny to me. I only need one wipe to get all my makeup off. These wipes always feel very moist and foamy, unlike other wipes that tend to feel dry. I can’t say enough about these. But to save them, I rotate between micellar water and these wipes to remove makeup. Both work great and I refuse to give up one or the other, just to continuously use one product.
Anyway, I’m so happy it’s Friday. I’m going bowling tonight and will be eating a mac & cheese hamburger. I also have plans to check out a Korean restaurant where we’ll be grilling our own food at the table. I seem to like places where I cook my own food, Andy thinks it’s weird. I don’t blame him, it is kinda odd to pay money to cook my own food at a restaurant. But it can be a fun experience!
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I usually don’t fall for infomercial crap. But I’ve been interested in trying It Cosmetics for a while. My friend loves their concealer she gets from QVC for her Rosacea. I also know what their price point is. So when I saw the infomercial, I thought it was a good deal. Normally I do research when I buy things, and never (ever!!) buy things from an infomercial. Not saying ALL infomercials are scams, but most probably are. Unfortunately, tryitnow site is no exception.
If you are going to order It Cosmetics products, don’t get it from tryitnow.com. The full-size kit deal is definitely too good to be true. Suggest ordering product from Ulta or QVC. I got scammed into purchasing, a few weeks back. While I got the products as promised, it was not made completely clear the kit would end up costing $150, they are sneaky and charge installments of $50 each. Then you get shipped a new kit, and have to pay installments on that as well. I got scammed out of money when I went to cancel after my first kit. The website doesn’t make it elicit that you are basically paying $150 per shipment. Also, the 60-Day Money Back Guarantee doesn’t say you’ll get ALL your money back. They only offered me 20% off the kit price, plus would need to pay shipping. Not cool! Don’t get fooled like me, be smart. Worth noting, I was able to talk the customer service rep down on the balance for the kit installment (after some finesse). So at least I didn’t actually pay $150, but still paid more than the $50 the site lists.
If you want my unbiased opinion on the products themselves, I’d say save your money. While the products are okay, I would say there are definitely much better beauty products out there for a lower price that do a better job.
Anyway, I’m posting this on as many social media sites as I can, including the FB page for It Cosmetics, hoping to give people fair warning. If you want to share my blog post, please do! I’ll list all their social media sites below. The more awareness the better. Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is!
I seem to be spending more time/money at Sephora these days. I guess since I stopped being an Avon rep, I have to fill the beauty product void somehow. I’ve always been interested in trying new beauty products anyway. This one isn’t really new to me, per-se. I bought the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask from Sephora years ago, when they first started carrying it. I used it several times, but I think I ended up tossing it when I moved. I don’t recall having any issues with it the first time I bought it.
This mask made me feel like Venom from Spiderman
This time, I found it really painful to remove. I remember it being a slight pain to remove last time, but not to this extent. I’m going to blame my application and the face wash I used. I used my Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser, which can be a bit drying. That coupled with the wrong application, could have lead to the removal being difficult. You are supposed to use a thick/opaque layer. I thought I did enough, but I don’t think the layer was suitable. Also, I will be sure not to get it close to my hair line either. It ended up pulling some hair from the side of face off, haha! Given these application issues, I will definitely be trying it again.
Despite that, I did notice my skin looking a bit more even toned. The product itself is easy to squeeze out of the tube. It has a thick but smooth consistency, it feels kind of cool actually! It did remind me of Venom from Spiderman, haha! I think with prolonged use, my skin will look more luminous. I’m definitely going to give it another try. If I still don’t like it, I’ll return it. But I’m sure it will be fine, as I didn’t have issues the first time I used it years back.