February 28, 2010

5 Forgotten Beauty Stash Favorites!

I decided since I was off today I was going to go through my makeup drawers and find some products I hadn't used in a while and give them a go.

Why don't I do this more often? It was like rediscovering my favorites all over again! Shopping your stash can be fun! Here's what I found I had that I still love:

1. Everyday Mineral Multi-Tasking Concealer
What is there not to love about this product? This is a concealer for fair to light skin tone, but I believe EDM makes a version for each skintone. This is perfect to apply over any discoloration or blemishes that my mineral foundation didn't cover. This product makes me feel like I can actually wear mineral makeup and not feel naked.

2. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Towne Car
I'm someone who loves very dark shadows, as I've been known to reach for my MAC Carbon a few times a week. This provides the perfect dark base for these shadows just to give the color a much more intense look. Though this product is discontinued, I feel like what I have will last me a while.

3. L'Oreal HIP Illuminating Highlighter in Twinkling
If I'm feeling lazy and what a more polished look, I reach for this. The light side provides the perfect highlight with just a few pats of a finger, while the darker side, provides a nice blush, once again, with just a few pats of a finger. This is discontinued, but you can find it on AllCosmeticsWholessale.com for only $3.49!

4. Milani Brow Fix Kit in Light
This kit is perfect for everyone! It comes with a highlight, two different brow shades, since the inner part of your brows should be a light shade than the outer part, an angled brush, a sponge applicator, tweezers, and a mirror. Talk about brows on the go! I believe this is only around $6 too!
5. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent
For as cheap as this is, it works pretty much as effectively as my Urban Decay DeSlick powder, without the cute packaging. This powder is perfect for Summer when I'm oily beyond belief and I need something as dry as the desert to keep me matte. I don't use it in the winter when I do have a dry patch or two, but all other times of the year, I keep it on me daily.

And there you have it! I think I'll be shopping at home more often -- hopefully leaving the credit card behind of course!

Josh <3

February 25, 2010

Review: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner

Hey guys!

This is just a quick review for a product I recently tried from Make Up For Ever. It's their Aqua Eyes liner in Mat black (0L). I have to say, I have always been a huge fan of Urban Decay's 24/7 eyeliner pencils. They were the only liners that I felt I ever needed. But I was wrong :)

Make Up For Ever's liners don't apply quite as smoothly as Urban Decay's because they are not as soft as a pencil. This one does tug just a bit more at the eyelid. But I personally don't care about this little detail. The fact is, I find that the Make Up For Ever lasts SO much longer on my lid than the 24/7. My eyeliner looks so fresh at the end of the night when I wear this. This is very important to me because I am a full time student and I also have a job. So I definitely need a liner that I don't need to touch up during the day. This is the one :)

Also, there are 25 shades to choose from. Definitely something for everyone. So far, I've only tried the black, but I can not wait to try more. This is definitely a new favorite beauty product for me.



February 24, 2010

Review: Cover Girl Lash Blast Luxe - Black Royale.

Hey everyone!

So, I just wanted to do a review on a product I've been loving recently: Cover Girl Lash Blast Luxe in Black Royale.

If you're a fan of the original Lash Blast, you've got to try this. If you felt something was missing from the original Lash Blast, give this a go. I love the Black Royale color because I do feel it makes a difference in making my blue eyes much brighter. In brighter light, you can see the flecks of shimmer, however, in a lot of lighting, you can see that your lashes are a rich, dark blue, which is awesome.

I'm not that big of a fan when it comes to colored mascaras because they never do what they promise, however, this definitely does.

Tried the Exact Eyelights mascara? It's kind of similar, however, the Exact Eyelights formula is a bit dryer and not as buildable. So, I definitely like this better.

Go give it a shot! Of course, wait for a bogo!

Josh <3

February 22, 2010

Review: L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base.

Hey everyone!

So, I wanted to review a product and feature a sale at the same time, so, I figured what better timing! Recently, I bought L'Oreal's new primer.

It's in their Studio Secrets line, which is kind of an updated version of the L'Oreal HIP line. The thing that drew me in to this primer was consistency. This product is more of a balm or creme versus your standard gel or lotion primer. I was kind of hesitant at first, since I wasn't sure how nice this would be on oily or acne-prone skin, which is what I have. However, I'm glad I bought it.

This product is amazing! I've been using it daily since I first cracked it open and I love it! One thing I have to use this for is my undereye area. I hate when my concealer gets all cracked and fills in lines I have in my undereye, especially since since I'm 20. This wiped under my eye makes my concealer glide right across and work perfectly.

When I used it all over, I didn't notice my face having an increased oil production like I get with a lot of silicone-based primers. It didn't hold back my oil as well as I would've hoped, but it did a decent job. It also does a good job at almost adding a soft-focus finish to any marks or uneven skintone you have.

Overall, I really like this product and it's something I'd buy again. The main reason I wanted to tell you about this is that Walgreens is having a Saturdate with Beauty for L'Oreal this Saturday at your local Walgreens from 10am-5pm. Normally, these events entail testers, free gifts, sales, and coupons. So, what's not to love? It'll also be featuring the L'Oreal color correcting primers, Double Extend Keratin products, and EverStrong/EverPure haircare.

I hope everyone has a good Saturdate! :D

Josh <3

February 16, 2010

2/15 Haul - MAC and Sephora.

Hey everyone!

So, out of boredom yesterday, I made it to the mall, where I happened to end up in Sephora and MAC, where I just happened to pick up a few things... :]. Here's what I got:

MAC Color Forecast Blush - Azalea Blossom - $25
I wanted a purple-toned pink blush. The SA recommended I try this, I thought it was pretty, so, I picked it up. It's really pretty on, but I have to apply with a very light hand. I'd recommend it for someone just a little darker than me, NC 25 or darker would look better.

MAC Eyeshadow in Plumage - $14.50
I've wanted Plumage for a while, ever since I saw NARS Tropic, but I hated the glitter it includes. It's a nice, dark color for me to wear without necessarily applying Carbon to my whole lid (I love dark shadow!).

MAC Eyeshadow in Tilt - $14.50
I love tilt! It's got a tiny bit more green than my eyecolor, but a very close match. It looks so nice on my eyes, but I just wish the color didn't fade a bit later in the day. I still like it though.

Sephora 55 - Platinum Airbrush - $34
I'm not sure how I feel about this yet, but for $34, I better love it.

Yeah, so, I totally got more than I intended...but hey, I was treating myself for Valentines Day. Haha.

Josh <3

February 14, 2010

Review: Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF 42.

Hey everyone!

So, thanks for an amazing Youtuber, Lisasz09, I had to pick up the Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation.

So, this foundation is perfect for me. It retails for roughly $34 at your local Macy's, Nordstrom, or other department stores that have a Shiseido counter. It's a lightweight, Matte finish, medium to full coverage, transfer resistant, non acnegenic, non comedogenic, and has SPF 42! Honestly, it's me in a bottle, an adorable bottle at that. The foundation can seperate, so, it does need to be shaken before it's applied.

I originally bought this in the shade SP 20, however, I felt it was a bit too dark for me, roughly an NC 25 (I'm pretty much an NC 15). So, I went and got the SP 10, which is probably closer to an NW 15, but I make it work. It lasts all day on my skin too, which is always a positive since I'm oily beyond belief.

So, since I bought this, I've been straying away from using other foundations really, but I'm a complexion addict. Powder, Foundation, Highlighter, Blush, Bronzer, you name it, I try it. So, I'll continue searching for products that I may enjoy, but this is one I can rely on.

Josh <3

February 11, 2010

MAC Viva Glam

Superstars Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper team up to promote MAC's new Viva Glam collection. The collection consists of two lipsticks named appropriately "Gaga" and "Cyndi".

The shade "Cyndi" is described as a light reddish coral color and "Gaga" is a beautiful blue pink color. Both shades are a lustre finish and are very bulidable. You can achieve either a sheer wash of color or build it up for quite a pop of color. Personally, I'm loving the looks of both shades and will probably be indulging in both soon :)

Get these on MAC's website or in MAC stores before they sell out.


February 8, 2010

Rite Aid Sale!

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to let everyone know that Rite Aid is having 25% off all regularly priced cosmetics this Thursday (2/11) through Saturday (2/13). I know I work for Walgreens, so, I'm not going to be indulging in a lot since I get a discount already, but for things like the following, I feel like I'll make my way over...

Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner
Can you say Urban Decay 24/7 dupe? I've heard a lot about these and I've been dying to try them, so, now's the time.

Ecotools Bronzing Brush
This chubby little guy is supposedly a great brush. I love all the Ecotools brushes I have now so I'm sure he'll be no different.

Enjoy the sale everyone!

Josh <3