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Shop My Stash July 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  I’m back with my July Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for July.

One product is already gone.  The Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Spoon was waaay to glittery for me.  I tried it once and gave it away.

On the other hand, I used the heck out of the Buxom Lip Creams! I wore one with a lip liner almost every day!  I still have a ways to go to use them up, but I want to use them up by the end of the year.  I will be keeping these!

Here’s photos with the palettes open:

 

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The Maybelline Lemonade Craze palette was my most used palette this month.  I forgot how good it is!  My favorite shade is Strawberry Lemonade because it is so shimmery dry, but very metallic wet!  My least favorite is Main Squeeze because it’s so glittery.  I wore it once and had glitter fall out all over my face.  I guess you can use a glitter glue with it, but I don’t like to bother with it.

I am definitely keeping this palette because you can make so many different looks with it!

IMG-1110 This is the Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol.1 Eyeshadow Palette.

I got this last summer.  I haven’t used it a lot before this.  I used it a few times this months and I like it.  The top four shades seem very summery and the bottom four are very fall-ish.  The shades I used the most are Coco-taxi and La Costa.  When I did use this I paired it with the Lemonade Craze palette.

Since I didn’t reach for it a lot, I don’t know if I will keep it.  I might try using it in the fall and see if I use it more.

On to my July Empties:

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I think this is the most empties I’ve had for one month!  I’m pretty proud that I have used all of these up!

My favorite products here that I will repurchase when needed are the Mamonde rose toner, the Beauty Bakerie powder, the MAC fix+, the Urban Decay All Nighter spray and the L’Oreal Unlimited Length and Lift Mascara.  They are all amazing products!

I won’t repurchase the Andalou face wipes or the Colourpop mascara.  Neither of these products impressed me. The wipes didn’t really remove all of my makeup and the Colourpop mascara was so thick and goopy.  And it made such a mess when I removed it.

The other products were all very good and I may repurchase if I run out of skincare.  I have a lot now I am using and testing out, so I shouldn’t have to purchase new skincare for the rest of the year!  LOL!  I’m getting more in for review, too.


This was a really successful month for my Shop my Stash and for empties. I really used most of the products a bunch and I had a lot of empties.

Do you do a Shop my Stash?  How’s it going?

 

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Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash — July 2019

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Hi all!  It’s July! It’s time for a new month and a new Shop My Stash! I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) products that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

We are fully into summer now, and I wanted to choose summery products that would be fun to use:

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This is the Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol.1 Eyeshadow Palette.  I received this in a BoxyCharm last year.  It’s so pretty, but I haven’t really used it since last summer.  Although it does look like a summer palette, the mattes would be nice in the fall, so I need to remember it this year!

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This is the Maybelline Lemonade Craze Eyeshadow Palette.  This is another palette that I haven’t used since last summer.

I really like this palette.  The mattes blend well and the shimmers can be built up and made metallic with a little setting spray. I’m looking forward to playing with it and making pretty summery looks!

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I forgot to take photos of the individual glosses and highlighter.  But here are the swatches.

From left to right is Buxom Full-On Lip Creams in White Russian, Dolly and Hot Toddy.  The highlighter is ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Spoon.

I love the Buxom lip creams, but I have neglecting them due to receiving new glosses this year.  I want to give these some love and since I’ve had them over a year, I would like to start using them up.

The ColourPop highlight is nice, but a little glittery.  We’ll see if I like it enough to keep it after the month!

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I’m excited about my Shop My Stash this month!  Are you doing a Shop My Stash?

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2018 Annual Beauty Favorites

Happy New Year!  I am so excited to get 2019 started.

I haven’t done a monthly favorites since October — the end of the year has been so crazy!  But I want to look back on a few of my favorites for 2018. I’ve chosen my favorite makeup in each category I use — and a skincare favorite or two.

Even though I am just picking one (or so) from each category, I needed two photos to capture my faves.  And I am going in order of application:

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The two skincare products I’ve chosen are the Derma E Firming DMAE Cleanser and the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.  I featured the Derma E Cleanser in my most recent Project Pan.  I was proud that I panned it, but I’m also sad that I’m all out!  It really cleanses the skin without drying it out.  And it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I just started using the Elemis cream.  It is so beautiful!  I started out using it morning and night, but I’m almost out, so I only use it in the morning.  It’s so nice under makeup.  It’s smooths and hydrates my skin and my makeup applies smoother.

I then like to spritz some Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water. I discovered it this year and really like using it before pore filling primer.  My favorite has been the Cover FX Blurring Primer.  I’m almost out of it, but I love how well it fills in my pores.  I received it in BoxyCharm and am very impressed bye it. I want to try more primers from Cover FX this year.  I next like to apply BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector before I apply foundation and concealer.  It instantly makes my dark circles look lighter.

My favorite foundation this year is the Physician’s Formula The Healthy Foundation. I have it in the shade LC1. It’s a bit light for me, except for this time of year.  I will probably purchase it in a darker shade for the spring and summer.  It has a natural medium coverage finish which is exactly what I like in a foundation. I have used up a Flower Beauty Light Illusion Concealer and am working on a second one now that I found in my drawer.  I think the first one I used was in Fair and this one is in Light, but they are both so beautiful on.  It’s full coverage but looks very natural. I just panned the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder in 10 Fair Light.  I have been using it for most of 2018. It sets the face so nicely and gives a hint of color.

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After I apply my foundation and powder, I bronze with the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer.  I purchased this in the spring and have been using it all year! It applies smoothly and blends out so well.  And the smell is divine! The Natasha Denona Super Glow Highlighter in #1 Fair is one of my favorites of the year.  I purchased this when I was trying to buy the Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter earlier in the year, but it was sold out.  (I have recently purchased it and will be reviewing it soon). The Natasha highlighter is very blinding, but can be toned down with a little powder.

Speaking of Anastasia, I purchased a Blush Trio in Peachy Love earlier this year at an Ulta sale. I love mixing the first and third color to brighten up my light skin.  I also love the bareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in On the Mauve for cooler toned looks. To finish off face products, I want to mention the Urban Decay setting sprays, especially the Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray.  I used it up this fall and don’t have the bottle, but it was my summer setting spray.  It feels so nice on and  my makeup lasts all day.

For eye shadow this year, my favorite is the Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette.  I love the quality and the variety of colors. My honorable mention is one I just received in my BoxyLuxe, the Violet Voss Holy Grail PRO Eyeshadow Palette.  I don’t know when this was released, but it’s new to me! I still need to review it, but spoiler alert, it’s gorgeous!

I have short, sparse lashes so although mascara helps, my lashes never looked amazing until I started using the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer under my mascara.  I received a small sample in an Ulta order in Spring and I purchased a full size.  I think it’s time to get another one, because I don’t want to be without!  The Buxom Lash Mascara works perfectly over it and my lashes look long and lush, almost like I’m wearing falsies!

Although my lashes are sparse, my brows are dark and full.  As I age, they are finally thinning out and I have started to fill them in.  I received the L.A. Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil as a free gift the same time I received the L’Oreal lash primer.  The words have rubbed off, so I’m not even sure what the shade is.  I think it’s Blackest Brown.  Whatever it is, it’s perfect for me!  It’s very thin and easy to draw on brow hairs.  And it has a nice spooly on the end.  I’ts only $5.99 so I will be purchasing  new one once I run out.

And lastly is lips.  I am sooooo glad that gloss made a comeback this year!  Light rosy and nude glosses are my favorites.  I love a lot — Buxom, Lorac, Dose of Colors — but my favorite is the Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow.  It’s a beautiful nude-rose shade and is really hydrating, not sticky at all.  My favorite lipstick is the Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes in Nothing But The Truth.  I also love The Truth and The Whole Truth.  These are the original three in the collection, but there are now 6 more nude shades and I want them!  These lipsticks are creamy and hydrating on.  So nice if you like nude lipsticks!

Whew!  That was a long post!  What did you love this year?  Any winners I should check out?

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty, cosmetics, Nail Care

Beauty Products for Fab Holiday Looks!

Hi All! Can you believe how close it is getting to Christmas?  Are you going to hoiday parties?  If so, some pretty new makeup might be fun for your Christmas and New Year’s parties!

Below are some choices that will help get you glam through to 2019:

Jane Iredale Holiday 2018
Jane Iredale Holiday 2018

Limited Edition Butterfly Bag – ($20 USD) A portion of the profits goes to SaveOurMonarchs, a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to saving the embattled monarch butterflies. Original artwork by Gretchen Kelly designed exclusively for jane iredale. Featured butterflies, Monarchs and Swallowtails, are native to Jane‘s garden. Zip-close pure cotton canvas bag with wipe-clean vinyl liner.

Dance with Me Refillable Compact ($20 USD) Refillable rose gold compact embellished with elegant butterflies holds PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation, Bronzer Refills, PureMatte® Finish Powder Refill or Beyond Matte® HD Matifying Powder. Elegant, mirrored, rose gold compact has a butterfly embellishment. Close with a satisfying snap, keeping makeup fresh & protected. Sleek, lightweight design is made of recyclable plastic. High-shine finish is fingerprint resistant. Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups.

Kiss and Tell Lip Stain/Gloss Kit – ($49 USD) Long-lasting, saturated lip stains and a clear shimmer gloss for creating a variety of beautiful lip looks. Shades are:

  1. Stain Craving – light salmon
  2. Stain Fascination – rosy pink
  3. Gloss Crystal – clear shimmer

Let’s Party Eye Shadow Kit – ($59 USD) — Five super-saturated, universally wearable PurePressed® Eye Shadows with just a playful touch of shimmer. Highly pigmented, long-lasting and crease resistant. Use wet or dry; apply colors alone, blended or layered.Botanical extracts soothe, protect and nurture skin. The shades are:

  1. Spree – pale pink with subtle shimmer
  2. Wing-ding – plum with subtle shimmer
  3. Soiree – royal blue with subtle shimmer
  4. Shindig – shimmery jade green
  5. Hootenanny – shimmery chocolate brown

All of these gorgeous products and more can be purchased at janeiredale.com

Maybelline Metallic Makeup
Maybelline Metallic Makeup

Maybelline New York Burgundy Bar Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99) — Filled with ultra-shimmery shades of burgundy and gold, this palette will help you create a warm-toned smokey eye that is perfect your office holiday party, New Year’s Eve, and everything in between.

Maybelline New York Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter ($9.99) — Glitter and glow this holiday season with the go-to highlighter that will have you shining bright all night long! The Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter is available in four shades, offering a match for all skin tones. Shades include: Molten Gold, Molten Rose Gold, Molten Peach, and Molten Topaz

Maybelline New York Lip Studio Metallic Foil Liquid Lipstick ($8.99) — There’s no better time to rock a sparkly, metallic lip than the holidays! See here for a tutorial on how to apply this statement lipstick for the most festive pout at the party. Shades include: Luna, Zen, Calypso, Nemesis, Trident, and Vortex

Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

POP Beauty Topper Popper
POP Beauty Topper Popper

POP Beauty Topper Popper ($8 each) — Metallic top-coat to use over any lip colour, or use on bare lips for sheer gilded pout. No smudge, no budge to last throughout the day & night!  Perfect for Parties, Red Popper is especially nice for Christmas! The shades from left to right are Cream Popper, Peach Popper, Copper Popper, Pink Popper, Red Popper and Violet Popper.

Complete Salon Manicure Ready in Reds Collection
Complete Salon Manicure Ready in Reds Collection

Complete Salon Manicure Ready in Reds Collection ($7.99 USD) — From cool, beautiful berry tones to a classic red, this collection will have you feeling festive throughout the holiday season.

Complete Salon Manicure Ready in Reds Collection shades include:
  • Red Handed: This lipstick-inspired red hue will be worth getting caught — it’s a full-on holiday hotness heist.
  • Red Zin: Toast the season in this rich, deep wine-inspired crimson polish with a cream finish.
  • Belle of the Ball: Be the fairest of them all at every fete in your holiday-party circuit in a sparkle-tinged mulberry tone.
  • Oh So Lava-ly: This majorly metallic take on burgundy is an eruption of elegance.
  • Cherry Delightful: Fall for a freshly picked Morello cherry-red polish with a glossy finish to dress up your holiday-party look.
  • Berry Fancy: A juicy take on this cranberry-hue will add an element of luxury to every ensemble.

Purchase at mass market retailers.

What makeup do you like to use for the holidays?  I love all shimmers and glitters, so these products are perfect for me!

 

 

 

 

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Ulta Fall Haul!

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HI all!  After Ulta’s 21 Days of beauty, which has a lot of higher end makeup deals, they had their more affordable products on sale in their Fall Haul.  I picked up few and got some great deals!

I got:

BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis – 19 Color Shadow & Highlighter Palette

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color in Driver

MEMEBOX I Dew Care Mini Meow Trio

Ardell Duo Brush-On Dark Adhesive with Vitamins

Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation SPF 20 (LC1)

Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly — I got a free deluxe size w/any foundation purchase

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BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis – 19 Color Shadow & Highlighter Palette — Ulta had their BH Cosmetics palettes on sale for 40% off and I had my eye on this one.  It was released in the summer, but I think it works as well in the Fall.  It has mostly neutral shades with some pops of blue.  BH’s shadows are such great quality.  This blends so well and the shimmers and metallics are so buttery!  I will be reviewing this.

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MaybellineSuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color in Driver.  I’ve been wanting to try this.  The shade is pretty, but this is pretty drying on my lips.  I usually don’t wear matte liquid lips, but I wanted to try this formula.  I can wear it, but I need a gloss on top.

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MEMEBOX I Dew Care Mini Meow Trio — This is such a cute little peeling mask trio!  The masks are all shimmery and are so fun to use.  I have tried the purple one because it is meant to be hydrating!  It did leave my face moisturized, but also made my pores look smaller!  I still have to try the other two, but so far so good!

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Ardell Duo Brush-On Dark Adhesive with Vitamins — I haven’t tried this yet, but I picked it up because I have a few sets of lashes, but no glue.  I don’t wear lashes, but it I do decide to try them, I have glue!  I do have a lash review coming up, so I need to try them out!

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Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation SPF 20 (LC1) — I got this foundation on sale and got a free Clinique Hydrating Jelly.

I think I’ll review the foundation, too.  So far, I really like it.  Since I did purchase online, I guessed on the shade.  They all looked pretty dark on the Ulta website so I bought the lightest shade.  It’s just a bit light for me.  So if I buy it again, I would have to go just a bit darker.

So that’s my fun Fall Haul!  I got everything on sale and paid about $40 for all of this and tax. That’s a pretty good deal!  Did you pick up anything from the Fall Haul?

 

 

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Maybelline Super Stay Multi-Use Foundation Stick Review

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Hi All! I hope you are having an amazing weekend!  I’m back with a foundation review.  I don’t review a lot of foundations, because I only have one face!

I was so excited to get the  Maybelline Super Stay Multi-Use Foundation Stick for my honest review.  I’ve been wanting to try this!  Here’s a close look at the shades I received:

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These are 110 Porcelain, 120 Classic Ivory, 130 Buff Beige, 220 Natural Beige, 312 Golden, 330 Toffee, and 360 Mocha. You can probably tell that I have been using 120.  It’s a really good match for me.

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And here are a few swatches:

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The Maybelline New York Super Stay Multi-Use Foundation Stick ($11.99 USD) allows you to perfect the ‘no-makeup’ makeup look by offering a lightweight formula to create a flawlessly natural complexion.

This foundation is easy to use, I just swipe the stick on my face and blend in with a brush or sponge.  It gives a natural look, I’d say it’s a medium coverage. I did try to blend with the sponge end, but it’s really rough and I didn’t care much for it, even when I wet it. It will work okay in a pinch, though.

I also want to say that darker and lighter shades can be used for concealer, highlighter and contour.  They are so creamy and blend out really well!

I have to say that the only con in this foundation, besides the sponge, is that there is not a lot of product. It’s only .25 oz or 7 g.  I do know that stick foundations can’t carry a lot of product in them, but if they removed the sponge there would be more room. I have used it exclusively for a couple of weeks, and there is only about half of the stick left.  I am saving it for a trip I’m going on soon because I know it will travel so well!

I can say I will probably purchase this again, but  I do hope they change up the packaging and add more product!

The Maybelline New York Super Stay Multi-Use Foundation Stick is available now at mass market retailers in 16 shades.

Have you tried this foundation?  What’s your favorite stick foundation?

 

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Keep Summer Going With Bright and Fun Eye, Lip, and Nail Products!

I am really looking forward to fall, but it’s still summer! And while the weather is still warm and the sun is shining, I want to wear bright colors!

Below are my picks for the end of summer.  I received samples for my honest review of everything except for the Maybelline Soda Pop palette:

Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette
Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette

Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette ($13.99 USD) — I don’t have this yet, but I do want to get it because I think the shades are gorgeous! Here’s the info:

Use the NEW Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette to take nudes to a new level. Wearable neutrals meet bold pops of color – encompassing the hottest color trends in one convenient palette! Curated with 12 super creamy shades that pack a strong pigment punch, this palette offers intense color payoff in just one swipe. The best part? The palette is enriched with a cherry-cola scent that is sure to quench your color thirst. Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette offers everything you need to create your soda-inspired look that POPS!

This is available NOW on Ulta.com

WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER
Wunder2 Wunderkiss Gloss Lip Liner

Wunder2 Wunderkiss Gloss Lip Liner ($11.95 USD) — This liner is created to be used with  lip gloss! The liner is very smooth and easy to use. The claim is that it can be used to  create a beautiful, long-lasting lip contour that keeps your lip gloss in place. I find that it does just that.  My gloss looks fresh for longer. Available in 3 shades — Nude, Rose and Berry.  I love the Nude, but the Rose is so pretty, too!  The Berry is a little dark for me, but I might try it in the fall.

Purchase at www.wunder2.com

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sunset Splash Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sunset Splash Collection

I have been loving these Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sunset Splash Collection for my end of summer nails looks. Give your nails a gradient summer splash with the “Sunset Splash” collection which features 6 shades. From glamorous sunset sky to glitter gradients this collection definitely has you covered. I love doing an ombre look with these or I use a cream like Smartease and add a shimmer or glitter accent like Metro Midnight. Plus since I use these with their gel top coat, they stay looking amazing for about a week!

What products are you loving now? Are you still wearing summer products or are you all about fall?