October ‘12 HITS and MISSES
Lorac Pro Palette
If you haven’t heard the hype about this amazing neutral palette yet, you’re definitely out of the loop. There are tons of great neutral palettes out there nowadays (hello, Naked by Urban Decay?) but this one really blows them all out of the park. There are an equal amount of mattes and shimmers (which is obviously a bargain!), with 16 shadows in all. Not only are there your traditional creams, tans, and browns, but also lovely pure black, luscious deep purple, pink, gold and mauve colors. Plus, Lorac shadows are deliciously pigmented and soft… so easy to blend and apply! This palette comes with a mini version of the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer, which works great and will last you a very long time! Although there is a bit of fall out with the shimmer shades (there always is), I would say this is a must-have for all of you eyeshadow junkies out there. Oh by the way, it’s only $42… in other words, you get 4 more shadows for less money than the coveted Naked Palette. Get one while you can!
ELF Essential Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick
Hallelujah, new ELF products are wonderful! These are dupes of NYX’s popular Jumbo Eye Pencils, and these are very comparable with a few improvements! These are very pigmented and creamy. They make great base shadows and also look nice on their own. They are easy to apply (as they’re a pencil, you just draw on the color) and blendable. What’s really nice about these is that they twist up, unlike their NYX comparables. There are 10 shades to choose from, and they are only $2 each!
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream
This took away my Eastern BB Cream virginity, and I am absolutely in love. A true BB cream, this Missha version not only provides amazing, natural-looking coverage (that truly covers), but it also contains wonderful skin benefits that help even out your skin’s imperfections as well as providing SPF protection. Although the one I received in my September Glossybox was a bit too dark for me, I’ve found ways to mix it with lighter mediums, and I’ve been wearing it almost every day. The packaging is spectacular… a large tube with a high quality pump dispenser. It has actually made my skin look clearer and feel softer and smoother. I highly recommend it! It retails at $29 for 50ml.
L’Oreal Clean Definition Telescopic Mascara
I have a true love for L’Oreal mascaras, and this has been my most recent obsession. Although I already have pretty long, full lashes, this exaggerates them to the fullest by lengthening them and defining each individual lash. This mascara creates lashes that look like falsies, because they are clump free and perfectly in line. The brush is thin and allows me to get to the very roots of my lashes (key for making them look as long and full as possible), and the formula is slightly wet, which helps prevent clumping and makes for great layering. The packaging is neat, in that it is designed to actually look like a telescope! At only about $8 it is a great option for all types of lashes, and is definitely comparable to high end mascaras.
Wet n Wild MegaLast Lipstick
I’ve been raving about these with almost every post, and I don’t feel the need to add any more information. They are super pigmented, silky matte, come in tons of colors and are only $2. Yes, that’s TWO DOLLARS. Definitely worth the money, and then some.
Suave Dry Shampoo
I’ve been using dry shampoo for years, and since the very beginning of my obsession with them my favorite brand has been Pssst! - this one now takes the cake. It is a lightweight, sweet smelling dry shampoo that leaves no powdery residue and really soaks up excess oil on my scalp, making those in-between days look like freshly-washed days! It’s very affordable and easy to find, and well worth it for those of you who work out, work late, or just need to freshen up any time, anywhere. It costs $3 and can be found at most drugstores.
Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quads
I wish companies would understand the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Revlon has had “Colorstay” eyeshadow for quite a long time, but they keep “revamping” them and changing the consistency… for the worse. Yes, they do last a decent amount of time when applied with eyeshadow primer underneath, but the formula is no longer pigmented and the colors are no longer smooth. The shimmery shades are not shimmery, they are glittery, and the sparkle won’t go away; the matte shades are powdery and sheer, not worth it at all. Once upon a time I could recommend these and say they were a bargain, but no longer. At almost $9 per quad, they’re much more expensive than any other eyeshadow from the drugstore, and not worth that price. Shame on you, Revlon!
TheBalm Time Balm Foundation
I initially really really loved this foundation, and in a few ways I still do! It provides great coverage that could be buffed in sheerly for a natural, light look, or applied liberally for a flawless complexion. It is a cream compact that works for any skin type and is infused with ingredients that combat aging and protect the skin from environmental factors. It makes your skin look really glowy and radiant, and lasts for most of the day. Unfortunately it transferred onto my clothing really easily, which is a huge no-no for me, and after a month of use I decided that it was making my skin absolutely horrible. Other reviews I’ve read have claimed that it didn’t cause breakouts for most people, but unfortunately for me, I’ve got to stop using it for a while to help my skin calm down. I actually hit pan on this foundation before I realized that it was this foundation that was making my skin so painful and unsightly! It’s really too bad, because otherwise it’s lovely. It costs $28 for .75oz.
Schwarzkopf Professionals BC Repair Rescue Shampoo & Conditioner
These are two products I was very excited about testing after I received them in my Influenster VoxBox. Unfortunately these were really disappointing. They did not repair nor rescue my hair; they made my hair feel tangled and dry. The shampoo smelled okay… not like any other shampoo I’ve ever used. It was a bit sweet but not fruity or vanilla-like. It did a decent job of cleansing, but ended up stripping my hair quite a bit. The conditioner was very liquid-y and did nothing to revive my hair, and did not untangle or nourish it whatsoever. For a product that originally retails for $18 (shampoo) and $21 (conditioner), I was really disappointed.
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Thanks haha… as a blonde, I get that a lot, even though I don’t look like Barbie IRL at all
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Review: ELF Studio Brow Kit
Having structured, perfect brows is not only a hot trend right now, but it can also make your whole face look younger, brighter, and more awake. Having full brows is a must for any eye look, and pulls your whole makeup routine together.
But filling in your brows doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! This ELF brow filler is my daily go-to and really does the trick without breaking the bank.
This small, sleek compact comes with a gel/cream, a powder, and a small angled brush. It is smudge-resistant and provides even, natural color that isn’t red-toned and applies very smoothly. There are four shade options: Light (which is what I use), Medium, Dark, and Ash.
The left and darker side of the kit is the gel. The gel is very opaque and will help keep every brow hair in place as well as fill in any empty spots. The texture is great and doesn’t look unnatural even if you over fill or change your arch.
The right side is the powder. The powder is lighter than the gel, but is also very opaque and looks perfectly natural when applied. You can use both the gel and the powder at once, or you could choose to use just one (I use just the powder most days, because it is the perfect shade for my brows on it’s own).
The brush is very small, but is a perfect miniature of the Studio Angled Brush from ELF, and is dense and perfect for filling in brows. It is actually double sided, with a sort of flat shader brush on the other side. On the go, it is very convenient to use.
Overall, I would say that this is a must-purchase for those of you who fill in your brows daily, or who would like to try it out. I almost forgot the best part… it’s only $3! Completely affordable and sure to impress.
—-> Purchase it *here* or at some Walmart, Kmart, or Target stores.