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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Petit Vour: May Reflections & June Reactions


Oh my gosh, Becky. Look at that box. Petit Vour is a $15 a month luxury beauty subscription service, which highlights high end cruelty free and vegan products. It is a box I am quickly falling in deep, deep love with.

May was my first Petit Vour box. The first product was Aromi Lip Gloss in Rouge. I'm not a gloss fan, and the metallic color in the bottle wasn't appealing. However, when applied the color looses some of the metal sheen and turns into a color that is surprisingly flattering. Bonus, it smells like a rice crispy treats. It is still a gloss texture, but I'm willing to deal. The Deep Steep Hand Cream in Bergamot and Grapefruit was the biggest surprise from the box. A hand cream, meh. Until you feel how quickly it sinks in! I'm sold on the formula, though I plan to pick it up in the rosemary and mint scent, as I have already collected a few of products in that scent. Another surprise was with the perfume sample from Harvey Prince in Hello. Perfume samples in subscription boxes are about as happily received as foil packets. However, the scent of this one was beautiful. I definitely see myself pick this one up. Last but not least, Paula's Choice Resist C15 Super Booster. I'm not sure if I see a difference in the brightness of my skin, but I have been looking for a serum to help me age gracefully and so far I have not reacted negatively to this. 

June was a pure surprise box. The most exciting thing in the box has to be the NCLA 5 Free Luxury Nail Lacquer in Lets Stay Forever. The polish is a robins egg blue, not a color I would go out and purchase but it's beautiful on. The brush, however, is in rough shape, though its large size carried so much potential. There are quite a few bent bristles and how annoying for a luxury product to arrive damaged. With the Tay Rosehip Balancing Cleanser with Seabuckthorn Oil I was sold as soon as I read rosehip and seabuckthorn, my two favorite oils. It's a creamy concealer and smells like a ritzy spa. This next product I thought was a perfume sample but wound up being a facial oil. Mun No. 1 Aknari smells heavily of rose, one of my least favorite scents. I know! Call the beauty blogger police! It makes me gag, so I'm not going to be putting this on my face. The last two products in the mix are Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner in very good travel size. I'm planing to save these for a vacation in August. I want these to be amazing, because the scent is so pleasing and I need to have results to justify my want to splurge on them.

So far, this subscription is wonderful. I'm so pleased to get cruelty free products that aren't full of chemicals and I am already excited for next month.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

DIY Peel Off Egg Mask

There has been a bought of neighborhood vandalism, resulting in a missing light fixture and an egg coated car. While I am turning into an old woman, concerned over kids these days, I have found myself thinking about eggs. What a waste, smashing them into your neighbors car in a search for self during ones rebellious youth. They are incredible, edible, protein packed suckers. But, the real reason I'm talking eggs on here is over a DIY mask I first spotted on pintrest. 

Lets start with the recipe because I always hate reading, and wanting, the benefits of a DIY mask, only to find out I need two gold bricks, and a can of not-sold-in-stores voodoo. 

Ingredients:
1 Egg White 
For those icked out over raw egg, as long as I am mindful of the freshness and quality of the egg, slapping some on the skin is not a concern to me. It doesn't feel horrible, actually quite cooling, and there is no smell.

Supplies:
1 Tissue - separated into two thin sheets
1 Bowl
1 Face Brush - optional, but so worth it

If you aren't on a vegan diet, my guess is you can round these things up pretty quick.

Now that that is out of the way, lets talk benefits. I've heard that egg on the face can help tighten pores, leave the skin glowing, and feel super soft. My skin did feel very soft after this treatment, but what I was hoping for with this particular mask was that of a pore strip. If you have followed me for a few posts, you might know I hate my blackheads and love the satisfaction of ripping them out of me. Dramatic, I know. After going cruelty free, I had to ditch the traditional strips and go on the hunt for something new. This mask has defiantly filled that gap.

You simply dip your brush into a small bowl of egg whites, and paint your face. You can concentrate this in areas of congestion, or apply it all over. While your skin is still wet with egg, layer a thin sheet of tissue, and re-coat with egg. You can repeat the steps if you like, but I didn't have to much trouble peeling the mask off with only one layer. Then, you simply wait until the mask dries to a hard finish and gently peel off. After, I like to steam my face in a hot shower, to remove the excess egg and reward my skin for the damage that a drying mask can cause.

What I found, from using traditional strips, is a pimple retaliation after use. In comparison, the DIY version just took out the gunk without building up any nastiness. The strips I once used, that I think must share similar recipes to glue, really rip out the gunk. The thin texture of the DIY tissue makes the clogs harder to see and perhaps, as it is just egg causing the stick, less comes out overall. While I do believe less is being yanked out, I do think it causes less stress to my skin- which I think plays into the lack of pimples popping up after use.

My final opinion of this mask is, as I hinted above, a good one. I am very exited to incorporate this mask into my routine. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

December Ipsy Bag: The Lost Post

This post was (sadly) long forgotten. I am gearing up to get this site active and full of makeup and style goodness. In the mean time- enjoy!


This month I wanted to change it up and not only share my initial thoughts on the products that I received in my Ipsy beauty bag but share a makeup look inspired by the goodies inside.

Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio in Smokin Hot
Full pallet of 10 shadows for $24.00.
I like the quality of these shadows so far, but the color selection is not something I would reach for on a regular basis. But, that's part of what makes Ipsy fun. You get out of your comfort zone. I like the dark navy color a lot and will make a point to use this in place of black shadow as liner.

Be A Bombshell The One Stick in Sunset
$16.00
This brand makes nice products to apply and blend, but the ingredient list is less than savory. The color is really nice, very pigmented. I have just applied it to my cheeks and I really like the red, orange, gold shimmer that shows up even under powder over to set.

Mirabella Eye Blender Brush
$27.00
I love this brush, it's soft to the touch but the weight of it is so unexpected. It feels great to hold. I'm purposing this brush to be my constantly clean pure blending brush. I've used this every day since receiving this very pricey brush and I'm very happy about how it is working.

Salon Perfect Perfectly Natural Strip Eyeylashes in #53
$2.98
This are pretty sparce false lashes, which I like. I don't want to bat my lashes with a set of boy entrances (ode to Georgia Nicolson) and have a tornado start up due to an updraft, which is very scientifically accurate with those crazy falsies. While these lashes are natural, they are very sparse. The hairs are very spread out which is a bit frustrating with many slap and go lashes.

J. Cat Beauty Big Lip Pencil in Red Rose
$3.99
The more I learn about this brand the more pleasantly surprised I am to have received this and even more excited to try other things from the brand. The color is okay, just a bit to bright, true red for daily use, but with a deeper color layered on top I'll be just fine.

Before we get into the look, I just want to make a quick note that the bag for this month is such a nice one.

Now for the fun part! I got a bit carried away. I wanted a simple under-eye, smokey look and wound up looking like a dramatic blue eyed, red lipped vamp.


Monday, December 9, 2013

November Ipsy Bag: Glam It Up

(Massively late post, I apologize)

I am not one to shy away from spoilers. I sometimes like knowing what is going to happen in the future of a TV show or movie, or occasionally books. There is one place I will not stand for spoilers: Ipsy. I love the surprise of "What's in the bag?" in my most dramatic Brad Pit impression. (Extra points if you catch the reference I'm trying to make there.) My sister and I have gotten into the habit of texting each other when we get the mail in, so we don't go instagraming pictures and spoiling the others fun. So, hopefully you have looked away by now, if you're bag has not yet come in.


em Cosmetics Lash Gallery
$20.00
I'm fairly excited to try this, as em has obviously gotten a lot of online buzz. It is supposed to be dramatically volumizing, unfortunately I can tell as I am still working through a good deal of other mascaras.

Be a... Bombshell Cosmetics Lip Crayon in Shameless
$14.00
This is a annoying product because it is a nice red with decent staying power and mineral oil. The color is a little bit like that unnatural pink that red lipsticks often stain your lips, so I do prefer this layer rather than alone. So far, it's nice but I don't think I'll be using this up anytime soon.

Nailtini Nail Lacquer  in Champagne 
$6.00
This is the champion in the bag, I do believe I already did a posting about this a few weeks back. I wore this color for a few weeks in a row, so that will tell you how much I like it. The downside is that it smell very strongly, headache inducing strong, so paint with a fan on.

Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched
$18.00 with Kabuki
I have come to like this brand through my introduction of it via Ipsy. I haven't tried much, just a polish that I picked up after receiving a mascara in my Ipsy bag, but I was quite impressed with the quality and I am happy to see another product fall into my collection. This looks like a blush bronzer combo once applied. Definitely a good way to condense on the go.

Starlooks Gem Pencil in Amethyst 
$14.00
This is okay. It's the second liner pencil I've gotten from Starlooks in my Ipsy bag and, if this is their ambassador product, it's not doing much for my want to shell out cash on the brand. They're okay for liner, if you want something smudgy and smokey, but they wear off so easily, even with a primer underneath. As a shadow base, it fades, as I said, plus who has the time to fill in their eyelid with a slim pencil?

BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Backed Eyeshadow in Sun
$22.95 for full pallet.
This color looks very unappealing in the packaging, a bright orange-red, but after I swatches it I realized it's a lovely warm bronze. A well done surprise. I cant see myself needing the whole pallet, as some BH shadows have proven to be flops, but I think this shadow will be nice for simple days and the summer, though that seems ages away.

I really enjoyed this November bag. So now that it's almost December Ipsy time, what did you think of your products?

 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Sugar Plum Polish

Zoya has quickly become my go to, must have, and most worn digit accessory. The colors are so rich, they are often a one and done or two layers to get to perfectly streak free. I can't go into an Ulta without picking up one of these beauties, and I can't go grocery shopping without stopping into Ulta. It's right next door! It's too convenient, I can't not.

The Ulta nearest to me, and my grocers, is always pretty horribly stock with Zoya. You can tell that Essie and OPI are queen bee's. Employees and, more importantly, management hardly restock Zoya and I guess the other local customers don't demand the color options the way I do. I'm just one girl screaming about formaldehyde free polish in a town full of traditional lacquer lovers. Usually, I'm lucky to see 11 or so colors. Five I already own, five that have no color appeal to me, and the last one is (cross your fingers) one I want to try.

Stopping into Ulta, this past cyber Monday, I was horrified to see a display of polishes that was pretty much licked clean. The selection was slimmer than usually, but it quickly clicked as to why. By two, get one free. Oh yes, I was very pleased. Even more of a mood lifter was the four polishes I was drawn too. Budget meant only three for me, that day. And boy, am I happy with my choices.



ERIKAA pink, gold, frosty shimmer.

FAYEA gold, pink, burgundy, bronze shimmering beauty.

KELLYA charcoal meets slate purple matte.

In the picture above, I am also wearing Marley, a matte lilac, that I already owned from Zoya. Under my polish I am wearing my manicure staples: two coats of NutraNail Naturals Nail Strengthener and an application of Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat. To top the polish off I am wearing Orly Glosser High Shine Topcoat

I think these four colors pair really well together. They make me think of sugar plums, so I'm saying they are perfect for winter, but Kelly is the most winter-y and Faye is saying fall to me. Who really cares about what's in season, though.

I love Erika because, well, one can never have enough pink nail polish. It is always in style, always looks good, and makes you look clean and pulled together. Due to my polish clean out, I have lost all but one pink color. This was a necessary and wonderful purchase. 

Faye and Kelly are so unique to my collection. Faye it is just so sparkly and streak free. I wont even mind the removal process, its that pretty. I could have gotten away with two coats, but I went with three to make it really opaque. Out of the three polishes, this one lasted the longest on my chip prone nails. Kelly is a color I have been eyeballing for a long while. I didn't know if I would like the way it would look on my hands. A silly hesitation now that I see it on. I love it. It was the first to chip on my hand, but that's the way with matte colors in my findings. Kelly had me at the first coat. By the second coat, I was writing our vows.

Help me pick my next polish! What is a must have Zoya color?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Empties of the Week


Up & Up Unscented Baby Wipes
$0.99 for 20 wipes.
These are pretty basic wipes that I picked up in the dollar bin at Target. I didn't use them on my face, just to wipe my hands off after applying foundation with my fingers or to wipe off self tanner.

J.R. Watkins Body Butter in Apricot and Pequi Oil
$11.99 for .6 oz./170 g.
This was a very nice body butter, it hydrated well. I did fell like it was a bit waxy in texture, though it absorbed into the skin very well. The smell was very perfumed, not in a good way. I would consider picking this up again, but defiantly in a different scent.

Thayers Alcohol-Free Cucumber Witch Hazel with Organic Aloe Vera
$9.95 for 12 fl oz/355 ml.
This was another great product with a horrible smell. I mix my own toner with witch hazel, and Thayers is the only brand I have been able to find with out alcohol. I will absolutely repurchase this brand, but I defiantly will be trying the other scents in the line before I come back to this one.

Model Co Fibre Lashxtend Extreme Black Lengthening Mascara
$22.00
This was a pass off from my sister's Birtchbox subscription. It's one of those mascaras with fibers built in. I really loved how long my lashes looked with this, and I would coat another mascara over this one to thicken them. I really enjoyed it while it lasted. It was on the dryer side, so it became very difficult to work with towards the end. I don't see myself shelling out the cash for this, but I would like to find a fiber mascara at a better price point.

Jordana Fabuliner Bold Felt-Tip Liquid Eyeliner in 01/Black
$2.99 for .08 fl oz./2.5 ml.
I picked this up for a Halloween costume, Amy Pond, and needed tally marks drawn all over my arms. I used this for eyeliner as well and was quite impressed with it both ways. It isn't water proof, but it does stick very well. I had marks on my arm through the next day. I will be picking this up again, and I'm sure I'll be trying more from the brand down the road.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Girl On Fire


Inspired by the Catching Fire, the second movie Hunger Games series, upcoming release I have put together this eye look. I am so excited for this movie release. The second book was my favorite of the three, which may sound odd to many. I think this a perfect dramatic look if you want to doll up for the show, but maybe not look entirely capitol.

Eyes: 
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place ShadowCreme in 13 - Applied on lid and under brow.
Bare Escentuals Eyecolor in Soul - Applied above the crease to the brow and in the inner corner.
NYX Eye Shadow in ES02/White - Applied to the highest point under the brow and in the inner corner.
Bare Escentuals Eyecolor in Joy - Applied to the inner half of the lid.
MAC Pigment in Rose - Applied in the outter half of the lid and through the V.
Ecco Bella FlowerColor Eyeshadow in Earth - Applied to the deepest part of the V and as liner, top and bottom.
Essence Kajal Pencil in 04/White - Applied to the waterline.

Lashes:

Brows:

What is the scene you are most looking forward too? Tick tock!