Ulta Beauty Mini Haul

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Hi all!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I went to Ulta on Saturday because my 20% off coupon was expiring (and I love my sales)!

I just purchased a few things.  The main thing I went in for is the sponge, but I have been eyeing the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette.

I purchased:

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($5.99) — I purchased this because I just got a new Becca foundation (review coming), and it’s quick-drying and a bit dark/warm for me.  Applying it with my brushes doesn’t really work, but I think the sponge may help give a more natural look.  I have used a beautyblender, but haven’t had one for a while.  This is my first time trying another brand of sponge.  I like that this has a flat edge, I think it will be great for blending around the eyes and the nose.  I’m looking forward to trying this.

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My family loves bath bombs and fizzes, so I’ve been wanting to pick up a few of these. They retail for 3 for $5, and the Fig & Honey one was on clearance, that’s why I picked up four.  I just tried the Fig & Honey fizz.  It is very fizzy and very fragrant.  It’s small, but really fun and worth the price!

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Eyeshadow Palette — I have been thinking about this palette since it first came out.  It’s on sale for  $32 (down from $42) and I had the $20 off coupon on top of that!  I got it for $25.61 before tax.  So exciting!

I think the colors of this are so different and fun!  There are lots of metallics too, which I love.  I’ll be doing a full review of this after I play with it a while.

Have you purchased anything fun lately?

 

 

 

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – December 2017

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I received my BoxyCharm December 2017 box a couple of weeks ago, and it’s taking me a while to get to it!  My anniversary, my daughter’s birthday and Christmas have left me behind a bit on my blog!

Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 5-6 beauty items, most of them full-sized.

Here’s what I received from BoxyCharm:

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Real Her Blush Kit – (32 USD)

Crown WH035 PRO BLUSH BRUSH – ($12 USD)

Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara – ($23 USD)

Pretty Vulgar My Lips Are Sealed Liquid Lipstick –  ($24 USD)

bellapierra Pro Concealer Palette – ($29.99 USD)

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The Real Her Blush Kit is a very shimmery blush palette.  I really like the color Fearless on the left, which is a pretty pink.  Limitless is a nice coral and Unstoppable is bronze.  All of the color cosmetics I received will be swatched below.

I do like blush with a bit of shimmer, but this is pretty sparkly.  I can see using this in the summer time, especially  Fearless and Unstoppable.  I also like the packaging.  It’s a heavy duty cardboard and will be easy to travel with.

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I’m always so happy when brushes are included in BoxyCharm!  I love trying new brushes, and this one is great!  The bristles are densely packed and really soft.  I like how it’s oval shaped, it can be used for blush, highlight or bronzer.  The handle is sturdy plastic with indentations for grip.

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This is the second time I’ve tried the Tartiest mascara.  It has hard rubber bristles instead of more natural ones.  It’s okay, and can be built up for length and volume, but it never gets super glam like tarte’s Lights, Camera Lashes or IT Cosmetics Superhero.  It is a good everyday mascara.

The Pretty Vulgar (great name) lip gloss is metallic and pretty sticky, but it’s okay. I probably won’t use it often.

IMG_9898IMG_9899 The Bellapierre  Pro Concealer Palette is very pigmented.  I tried the orange under my eyes.  It didn’t blend well, but my concealer did cover the orange up and it looked okay.  I probably won’t use again.

Here are swatches of all of the color products:

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The first three colors are the color correcter palette, the second three are the blush and the lip color is the last swatch.  The only thing I really like are the first and third blush colors.

So this month was okay, but nothing wowed me.  I will use the blush brush and mascara.  I might use the blush palette.  I probably won’t wear the lip color and I definitely will toss the color correction palette.  What’s interesting about BoxyCharm is that they always have a couple decent brands, plus a few meh or poor quality brands/products.  But, at $21, the value is amazing!

Next month, the spoilers are IT Cosmetics Brow Power brow pencil, DR. BRANDT SKINCARE pores no more® Luminizer Primer, Crown Glam Metals Palette and a face palette from an unknown brand.  If those sound good to you (for $21), you can join here   There may be a wait list, and that is my affiliate link.

What did you get in your BoxyCharm this month?

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Affordable Beauty Stocking Stuffers

I have lots of stockings to stuff each year, so I’m always on the look out for fun, inexpensive gifts.   I have three daughters, so beauty gifts are always a great idea!

Below are some great ideas for stockings or small gifts that won’t break the bank:

Sphynz Razor

Sphynz Razor ($14.99 USD) — Gone are the shameful days of missed shave spots! The Sphynx Razor is a new, innovative 3-in-1 on-the-go travel razor that provides a convenient and effective touch up shaving experience when you’re away from home. Each trendy, compact Sphynx contains a refillable water spray bottle, a Shea butter-based moisturizing bar, and two razor blades so you can shave anytime, anywhere.

Toss your Sphynx in your bag whether you’re headed to work, the gym, the beach or vacation. This chic, portable shaving solution is the only all-inclusive system that tackles grooming no matter where you are.

Available online and at retail stores around the country including; Ulta, Urban Outfitters, Free People, Anthropologie, American Eagle Outfitters

Daily Concepts Exfoliating Body Scrubber with Smart Technology ($5 USD) — Regular texture where you need more exfoliation and soft texture for the more gentle parts of your body. (You just need to choose your side.)

Daily Concepts Amazing Make Up Remover ($5 USD) — This cloth is truly amazing with the power to remove all of the days makeup away with just water and a wipe of the cloth! Reduce your waste if you are a disposable makeup cloth user, with the use of this beauty tool you will cut down on your expense and help the Earth by reducing waste!

Daily Concepts Crystal Clear Applicator ($5 USD) — This Silicone foundation applicator is the perfect addition to your makeup routine. Apply makeup with an even and smooth finish with this amazing beauty tool. The Crystal Clear Applicator will also save your foundation as it does not absorb or waste any product. This means all of the makeup goes exactly where you want it with 0 waste! For the most clear and flawless application apply liquid foundation or concealer directly to applicators surface and begin to apply to face or area of your choice in long sweeping motions, fold in the edges and gently dab with the end of applicator to help fill in corners and areas around nose and eyes.

Purchase at http://dailyconcepts.com

Earth Therapeutics Pure fx Cosmetic Brush Set with Charcoal Bristles ($15.99 USD) — This set of five (5) professional quality cosmetic brushes with CARBON PURE™ technology is specially manufactured with purifying bamboo charcoal to apply all types of makeup precisely, efficiently-without the accompanying toxins and impurities. The application is pure, healthy, and most of all, flawless.
Earth Therapeutics Purifying Exfoliating Gloves ($7.99 USD) — These purifying exfoliating gloves are textured to gently scrub away the outer layers of dead skin to unclog pores- while an embedded infusion of medicinal charcoal enhances the cleansing process by drawing out impurities. Specially designed to massage the skin, these exfoliating gloves also stimulate circulation, so skin can breathe freely. After regular periodic use, skin will benefit from the deep clean-feeling soft, smooth, and healthy.

Earth Therapeutics Aloe Moisture Aloe Socks 2 pack Confetti/Grey ($11.99 USD) — Perfect for extending your pedicure – or making you feel as if you’ve just gotten one – these super-plush Aloe Moisture Aloe Socks are infused with natural Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to continually moisturize and pamper feet.

Available at http://www.earththerapeutics.net

 

Get Your Shine On With Metallic Makeup For Fall!

Metallic eyes and lips are very on trend this fall. And luckily, we can achieve the look without spending a ton!

I was sent these gorgeous metallic eye shadows, a lip topper and brushes for my honest review:

CATRICE Liquid Metal Eyeshadow
CATRICE Liquid Metal Eyeshadow ($5.99 USD each) — This highly pigmented powder, with a liquid metal finish, instantly creates stand-out eyes. Unique 3D embossment turns this eyeshadow into an absolute highlight.
What I think:  I love these, they are so pretty on.  I apply them with the wand  then blend with my finger.  They blend really well, but they dry quickly so I have to be careful!  Once they dry, they are only coming off when taken off!  The shades are so pretty on and can be built up for a really shimmery metallic look!
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essence cosmetics The Metals Eyeshadows ($3.99 USD each) — This new formula goes on smooth with serious color pay-off and a metallic shimmer. Available in 9 shades ranging from soft bronze to vibrant teal.
What I think:  These are metallic powder shadows in perfect shades for fall!  They apply well and blend out nicely.  I like using a brush for a softer look, but when I apply with my fingers, it’s full glamour!  And the price is hard to beat!  You can stock up with a few shades to make a complete eye look.
CATRICE Million Styles Lip Topcoat
CATRICE Million Styles Lip Topcoat ($5.99 USD each) — The creamy texture provides a shimmering finish, or covers the lips with silver-metallic particles. Simply apply over dried lipstick for an instant transformation – the effect is intensified with every coat.
What I think: This comes in two shades.  I have the shade on the left, Shade 20: Metallic, which is a silver shade.  There is also Shade 10: Highlight – for a iridescent finish.  The metallic one looks really cool alone (Halloween?) and very pretty over lipstick or lip gloss.  This is a really cool way to switch up your look.
MODA Metallics Custom Flip Kit

MODA Metallics Custom Flip Kit ($24.99 USD) — Start with MODA Brushes signature limited edition black studded Flip Kit and add 3 Finishing and Complexion brushes and 3 Eye, Brow and Lip brushes. You’ll be set to slay your weekend travel the Metallic way.

What I think:  I have been testing lots of MODA brushes and really like the quality.  They have soft synthetic bristles that blend really nicely.  The metallic collection is really gorgeous and there are lots so different brushes to choose from to customize your kit!

 Available at beautyusa.royalbrush.com
Are you a fan of metallic beauty?  What products do you love?

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Hair Tools and Products That Work From Summer into Fall!

It’s almost Fall!  Yay!  Time to get a new ‘do. At least that’s what I like to do, change up my look for the new season.  If I don’t want or need a new haircut, I like to change up the styling of my hair.

I have been sent new tools and products to test out for my honest opinion. They include styling tools and products to hydrate hair and get it ready for styling:

Bed Head Curlipops Tourmaline Ionic Diffuser Dryer

Bed Head Curlipops Tourmaline Ionic Diffuser Dryer ($34.99 USD) — Sweeten up your style with Bed Head Curlipops. The Curlipops Tourmaline Ionic Diffuser Dryer gives your hair massive texture and outrageous volume. Don’t blow it, diffuse it!

  • 1875 Watts
  • Diffuser dryer
  • Don’t blow your style. Diffuse it.
  • Tourmaline Ionic Technology for frizz-free texture and massive shine
  • 2 Heats/Speeds for styling flexibility
  • Cold shot button to set the style
  • 120 Voltage

What I think:  This is such an easy way to get curls or texture in your hair!  Just run the diffuser through hair while drying and you get volume and piecey curls or texture.  My hair is wavy, and this amps it up!  It is curlier and has tons more volume after use.  And for girls with curly hair, this cuts the frizz and defines curls.

Available at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

Bed Head Line Up Electric Mini Ceramic Travel Straightener in Electric Green

Bed Head Line Up Electric Mini Ceramic Travel Straightener ($19.99 at Target)  Recharge your mane with serious shine and a boost of attitude with this easy-to-use, no fuzz straightener. Don’t let its portable size fool you, though– the 1″ ceramic plates give you seriously straight, extra shiny and frizz-free hair that lasts. It is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups and comes in a clear travel pouch.

What I think:  This is tiny!  It’s really cute (I have it in Electric Green).  Even though it is so small, it works very well to straighten and smooth hair.  This is so nice to help battle what humidity does to my hair and it keeps it looking nice.  It has a bag that you can carry it in and stick in your purse.  This is also great for the college student who doesn’t have a lot of room, or for travels.

Available at Target stores and http://www.target.com

Infusium Repair + Renew Original Leave-In Treatment

Infusium Repair + Renew Original Leave-In Treatment ($7.96 USD at Walmart) — The drugstore essential is perfect for repairing summer-damaged hair. This fast, convenient spray protects and maintains hair health. The Infusium Repair + Renew Leave-in Treatment helps repair two years of damage in just one use! It is infused with Argan Oil and Keratin to help build strength and elasticity, and promote smoothness.

What I think:  This is a quick and easy way to really treat and repair hair.  Just spritz it on wet or damp hair and it dries soft and shiny!  This also helps with frizzies.  It has a soft, fresh scent.  I love how affordable it is, too.

Purchase at Walmart, http://www.walmart.com and other mass market retailers.

Marc Anthony Curl Envy Deep Hydrating Mask

Marc Anthony Curl Envy Deep Hydrating Mask ($7.99 USD) — Blended with Vitamin E, Avocado Oil and 100% pure Shea Butter, this ultra-rich mask by Marc Anthony treats extra dry, damaged, frizzy curls with moisture to create soft, smooth, defined curls with shine. Helps to reduce split-ends and breakage.

What I think:  I’m a fan of a good hair mask!  This one is a bit heavy for my fine, wavy hair.  But, I think it would be great for girls and guys with thick hair or curls.  It does have a strong lemon/lime soda scent.  It’s not my favorite, but it’s not offensive.  I do love the natural ingredients in it.

Purchase at Ulta stores, http://www.ulta.com and other mass retailers.

What products are you using on your hair as well roll into Fall?

 

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Easily Clean and Dry Makeup Brushes With The Brush Bar and The Brush Board

 

Being a makeup lover, I have to make sure to keep my tools clean.  So when I was approached by The Brush Bar to review their brush cleaning and drying products, I was so excited!

So what are these products?

The Brush Bar – a smart tool that lets you dry your makeup brushes without damaging or misshaping them! Doubles as a organization tool – no more digging around for the right brush!

The Brush Board – the first makeup brush exfoliator that deep cleans between bristles for the quickest clean – no more scrubbing foundation brushes 10 times!

Above is The Brush Board.  It has three different scrubbing surfaces to clean all types of makeup brushes.  I wet my brush, then rubbed it across the board a few times.  I then rinse it and see if I need to scrub it again.  It’s a really fast (and a way less messy) way to cleanse my brushes!  When not in use, I wash and dry it and put it back in it’s protective case.

I love this!  It’s such a great idea and something I will use often to clean my brushes.

This is The Brush Bar hanging from the side of my sink. To use it, I just unfold the prongs and close it.  Then I place it on the side of my sink and hang my wet brushes upside down.

It held my brushes tightly. There are different sizes of the prongs, for smaller and larger brushes. My brushes fully dried in a couple of days without losing their shape.

I think that these are ingenious products that are also fun to use!  I highly recommend them.

To learn more and purchase, visit www.getbrushbar.com.

 

 

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PUR’S Friends and Family Sale

PUR’S Friends and Family Sale is going on now! Spend $25, get 30% off until June 30th

Visit PURCOSMETICS.COM to snag some of the most sought-after items like the brand’s recently re-stocked Trolls Palette, NEW Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette, NEW Contour Diaries Palette, coveted Perfecting Foundation spoon brush or go classic and stock up on the 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powders. Below are some products I have my eye on:

DreamWorks Trolls Palette
Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette
Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush
Bare It All™ 4-in-1 Skin-Perfecting Foundation

What PUR products do you have your eye on?  Are you picking up anything from the sale?