Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Things I'm dying for

So I thought I'd do a "wanted" post of items I'm dying to try!

Photos courtesy of Sephora.com

Stila Countless Color Pigment in Light Show
     Oh my god. How could you absolutely not love the look of this item? I do. I really wanted to buy it but I didn't know about the quality. Lucky for me, I stopped by a Sephora and they had them out. They were awesomely pigmented and I could swatch all three colors! Sooo, yeah. I want this. The only complaints I hear is that it is kind of hard to get each individual shadow. That's ok, I love the overall color too. Of course The marble effect is different for each one made so I have to make sure I get a good one.

Kat Von D Everlasting Blush
     I'm in love with these blushes. So the packaging is cute and I wanted it first off because of that, but then I fell in love with the product. I talked my mom into trying out the color Heartgram while at Sephora and she really like it and ended up buying it. Then , I tried that color and fell so much in love. I am actually tempted to buy my own since I loved that one so much. Actually I want a few of them. All of the would be preferable, but that's not in my budget. D: Whhhhhhhhy?

Guerlain Meteorites Powder For The Face
     I have no idea why I want this product to be honest. I've heard it's pretty good, but yet, I don't know. It's so beautiful and cool looking and I've been lusting after it for months, but the price tag is so high for me for what it would do. I was actually going to get this from my boyfriend for our anniversary, but I got a super amazing deal on a 3DS XL so this didn't happen. One day, maybe.

Kat Von D Ludwig Palette
     So I already have 3 of her other palettes that I am absolutely in love with. So, naturally, I want this one. It's the greens that draw me in. I just NEED those greens. I've literally been eyeing this baby for months. Honestly I should probably just splurge and get it because I been longing for this longer than I should have for something of that price. Plus it's an eyeshadow palette. I maybe (possibly, yes) might have a obsession with palettes. So I might just buy this soon. You know, when Sephora actually has some good point perks, dammit!

     That's all for now. Stay tuned for next time!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Why I cancelled my Birchbox

     Birchbox was my introduction to the world of beauty boxes and I enjoyed them immensely at first. Every month I would get it in the mail and be all excited about what I was going to get to try. If I didn't like some of the products, I would pass it to my mother and she would try it out for herself. So what happened? I had two big issues when it came to cancelling my box.

1) I was tired of itty bitty samples.
     Now, I totally didn't expect full sized all the time, but I really was expecting deluxe sample sizes for mostly the rest. Or at least for the products that you need to use more than once to decide on it. But that didn't happen. I would get a sample of skin cream in a tiny foil packet good for one use. Oh that's great to make sure this 40 dollar cream works for me by giving me a sample that will barely cover my face once.
     This is not all Birchbox's fault, I blame the companies too. I am not going to buy your product, unless there is enough to get a good feel for the product. I mean my skin is super sensitive and trying something once doesn't always prove if it will hurt my skin or not. I think skin care companies would know that since, you know, they are marketing a skin care product.

2) I feel like Birchbox didn't listen to my beauty profile at all.
     My second to last box, which is my last BB review on here, contained 3 different anti-aging products. I have never ever expressed interest in anti-aging products, so why give me three. Yeah, I wouldn't care if it was just 1, but 3? The only skin care box I had highlighted was the sensitive skin. So why give me a box containing these products? I look like I'm in high school, I don't want this stuff.
     Before anyone says anything, I do think anti-aging starts when you're young, but I believe staying out the sun, applying sunscreen, moisturizing, and drinking water is the best way to prevent aging. I feel like anti-aging stuff is mainly a gimmick, which some of it is. I am not spending 40 dollars on that crap.
     To top that box off, I had one time use sample sizes for anti-aging stuff. So, I'm not sure what that is suppose to prove to me. It's not like I would see any difference with one use. Completely pointless.

     So those were my big disappointments with BB. Now it wasn't all bad! I got to try new things and discovered my go-to scent. Below is the list of items that I did enjoy getting from my boxes:

Viva La Juicy Sample (Favorite Fragrance!)
Pangea Organics Lip Balm (Fullsize)
Twistband Hairties
Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner (Favorite Eyeliner and fullsize!)
Beauty Blender Cleanser
Cool looking Bandaids (Fullsize)
Schick Razor
Model Co Lipgloss (Fullsize)

     Great products, a few I actually repurchased! Of course that was 8 items out of 64 items I got that I actually liked. 12.5% I actually liked and were happy to get compared to my 33.3% satisfaction rate with Ipsy items. Not to mention the stuff I didn't like were still awesome to get and I liked what they gave.

There you have it! This is why I cancelled. BB is a great program, but wasn't for me at all. I will probably gift my mom a subscription for Christmas again and bond together over the items. We both have different taste and it works well for what BB gives. (:

Friday, April 12, 2013

theBalm Instain Blushes swatches and more!

So theBalm had a 50% off sale so I decided to take pictures of what I got!

In order: Mai Billsbepaid, Down Boy, Argyle, Lace, and Toile.

Mai Billsbepaid: This color is super pretty. It's actually really subtle on the lips and doesn't look so dark. I put a picture below for reference. The smell has a hint of mint and the lipstick made my lips the tiniest bit tingly. It's not bad at all. It's has your typical lipsticky taste. Which again, it's not in a bad way. It's a really smooth lipstick and goes on lovely even on dry lips. Guess who found a MLBB color! Meeeeeee.

Down Boy: I have been eyeing this blush for AGES. Seriously, ages. Something always happened to prevent  me for actually buying it. But now I have it! It's a really lovely light pink with cooler tones to it. It was everything I expected. It's perfectly pigmented but not too much and it blends so great! Glad I finally got this!

Argyle: First of the new Instain blushes! I took a plunge and bought three. I figured I would most likely love them since theBalm makes amazing pressed pigments. Guess what, I do! So it actually does stain a little when I swatched it on my fingers. On my arm, it wasn't bad at all. When on my face, on top of my make up, it was easy to remove. The only slight downside to this is that you have to be light handed with this compared to their other blushes because it can go on dark. But seriously, lovely product! And the color is a more flushed pink.

Lace: Lace to me reminded me of a brighter Down Boy. I really like it. I'd say this one stains the most out of the ones I got!

Toile: This is a beautiful strawberry color. This one is interesting because it has flecks of darker color in the actual pressed powder. Kind of like a strawberry!

So basically the blushes are awesome. I might pick up two more or maybe even the last three for the hell of it. But that'll be down the road!

Not pictured was Cabana Boy. I ordered the first day the sale came and they missed it. But I just sent them an email and it came a day later!

Before I forget, here is a picture of Mai Billsbepaid on my lips.

What did I tell you. Subtle! Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 29, 2013

My March Favorites

So after being all lame and not posting. I decided to post every so often. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite products for the month of March.

Holika Holika Clearing BB Cream: I know I've talked about this one before, but it really is amazing. It dries matte, which is great since I can add simmer myself. It's medium to full coverage which is what I prefer. It also is a great color for my skin since I'm very pale and neutral. So it's an all around win that I am in love with.

Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF 15: I just bought this stuff and I love it. It has a green tint to it to help my redness. It's a moisturizing lotion that also has SPF in it. So it helps my redness and my dryness, but it also has some SPF in it which is great!

SMASHBOX Photo Finish Foundation Primer: I found some of my moms and decided to use it. It really helps smooth out my skin and create and nice base for my foundation. It holds it really well! It was worth the price for me. I use it everyday.

e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush: I've had this one for a while. I really love it. It's soft and dense and perfect for buffing out my foundation. After I put my BB cream on, I just use this to blend it perfectly in. Come out great every time!

e.l.f. Eyebrow Lifter and Filler in Light: I totally picked this up on a whim while looking for brow products and I'm surprised at how amazing it is. It has a perfect waxy consistency and color for my sparse brows. Sometimes I use it on it's own, other times I add some powder on top. Either way, my brows look better than ever!

Boots Blush in Soft Damson: Wow. I picked this up at Target because it looked like a beautiful natural flushed color. Guess what? IT is! Perfect for my pale skin, not too pigmented and not to light. It's hard for me to grab other blushes now.

NYX Taupe Blush: After trying to find a good contour powder for AGES, I found this. I had already tried the Too Faced one and NYC Sunny, but they just seemed too orange on me. I picked this one up and fell in love. It looks perfect on my skin. It's my HG contour color now!

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Palette: When this launched, I knew I wanted it. The colors just seemed so me, the packaging was cute, and I have an obsession with eyeshadow. So I went to Ulta and got it. Wow, talk about buttery and pretty! I am in love. Everything goes on great, my only issue I've had with it is one of the colors has some slight fallout, but it's no worse than the Naked palette. It gives me such sexy eyes, there is such a huge place in my heart for this product now. I reach for it multiple times a week.

So that's it for March! (: