March 15, 2010

What I bought in NYC! :D

Hey everyone! I'm back!

NYC was amazing as expected, however, I've learned cities aren't the place for me. I'm more much suburban, however, I don't mind visiting cities.

ANYWAY, I know everyone wants to get to the juicy stuff, so, here's a few things I picked up in NYC...

Illamasqua Katie Blush - $23
Katie is the perfect baby pink blush ever. It's super pigmented, blends amazingly, and looks extremely natural on my skin. If I do apply a lot, it doesn't look unnatural, which is always a plus. Easily a new favorite of mine.

Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation - 135 - $30
This foundation, as stated, is super rich. It takes the smallest amount to get a full coverage. The best way to apply this is definitely diluted with a little moisturizer to keep it from looking cakey, because it's a dryer liquid. 135 isn't far off from my skin (NC15), but it's a little more yellow, however, it doesn't look bad.

Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation - 105 - $30

I'll spare you the picture only for the fact it's the same thing, but in a white with a very slight pink undertone. I got this because I constantly find a foundation I love however, it's too dark! With this, I can not only buff up the coverage level of the foundation, but I can also lighten it up for me or turn down some of the warm undertones -- Perfect!

Illamasqua Satin Primer - $28

I got this primer instead of trying the Matte Primer -- why? I'm not quite sure. I heard this was fine for even oily-skinned folk, but it just gave you the glow within. Sounds amazing, right? Wrong. I think this is more of a glorified moisturizer that leaves your skin a bit dewy. It didn't extend the wear of my foundation and after applying powder, I didn't look radiant. So, it went back to Sephora when I got back to DE.

I know my NYC haul quickly turned into an Illamasqua haul...but I was dying to try their stuff and NYC is the closest place I can actually shop for it in person! I did pick up some other random things like the Desert Essence Blemish stick I've heard about (Which is good!) and random clothes, but I figured I'd show you the important stuff.

Head on over to or and shop this line - it's very high quality with very few duds.

Josh <3

March 6, 2010

RareMinerals Purely Nourishing Facial Moisturizer

Hello everyone!

My skin has been soooo dry lately because of the cold weather and a few new acne products. It has been getting to the point where I look in the mirror and see unsightly dry patches on my face (eww). Luckily, I've had my RareMinerals moisturizer to help get me through my bad skin days :)

RareMinerals is a line of wonderful skincare products made by Bare Escentuals. Like the rest of the Bare Escentuals brand, RareMinerals products are great for the skin! This moisturizer in particular is absolutely effective. After using it, the dry patches on my skin practically vanish. My skin feels super plump and soft. Best of all, it is not at all greasy or heavy. It soaks into the skin like a dream. The RareMinerals Purely Nourishing Facial Moisturizer cantains something called ActiveSoil Complex, which promises to reduce pore size, exfoliate skin, and make skin appear brighter and more luminous.

This fab moisturizer can be purchased at Ulta for $32.00

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!!

<3 Sarah

March 3, 2010

NYC this weekend and a review!

Hey guys!

So, I'm very, very excited! I'm going to NYC this weekend fo the first time EVER! Ahhh!

Besides going to see everything amazing and hang out with my friend, I'm so excited for one major thing: Illamasqua. The Sephora's in NYC, most of them at least, actually carry this brand and I've wanted to try their stuff for so long!

Other than that, I had my interview today for Boots Cosmetics. They're branching out into more and more Targets. I'll be staying with Walgreens, since Boot's is only part-time, but definitely expect some reviews of their stuff if all things go well!

That's it! I just wanted to give you guys an update of my life and let you know what I'm up to. However, I will throw in a product I'm really loving right now:

These are Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliner. They offer up to 24-hour, and trust me, this holds true. They retail for $5-$6 pending on where you get them and your area. I love these! Right now I only have 03-Eternal, which is the lime green one you see above, however, I'm lemming the blue one as well now.

Milani is a really good brand to turn to if you're looking for quality products at an affordable price, however, be warned - their normal eyeliners are the exact same product as the Jordana Easy-Liners, since these are owned by the same company. The only exception between these is the Milani version cost around $5 while the Jordana option is only $2 at Walgreens. You be the judge!

Alright, I hope everyone has a nice weekend! I'll try to post something while I'm gone!

Josh <3