Saturday, January 24, 2015

Savings Saturday: Getting The Most Out of Foundation Packaging!

As I showed in a previous post, the foundation I am currently using is the 
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. (Review in previous post!) 

As of of my favorite products, I had to replace this since it was starting to run low. I'd wanted to make sure I was using most of it since it is a little pricey! Sorry Nars, but you cost about $42! For the past week I have been twisting off the top and have been assaulting the top of my hand with the packaging in an effort to get out the remaining product. Until today, when I thought about cutting the top of the packaging to get out any remaining product. So I tried this and I was amazed at how much product was inside! The amount of product remaining in the packaging, will probably last at least two weeks!
 I'm so amazed by this and just had to share!

Since I cut the packaging apart, I will be storing it in a plastic bag so it doesn't dry up and spill.

 So much product left inside!! 

I'm going to try this with my Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Plus Foundation as well! 
That may be a little harder to break into! I will show that if I conquer it!

Does anyone have tips on saving the product inside tricky packaging? 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thoughtz Thursday: Being Positive

I wanted to start something new on this blog, and that being once a week to have a Thoughtz Thursday Post! This will be anything positive, inspiring, thoughtful-good quotes to live by. I've always loved quotes, ever since I was a teenager and had a book of quotes that I would write down my favorites. I think it's so powerful when you find word that truly mean something to you, and can relate to your exact situation. I guess that is the power of the written word. 

I think that too a lot of times we get caught up in the daily tasks of life and can forget to take a minute. I like to look at Pinterest at night before bed, and look at positive quotes. I find this helps me to sleep better. I also think that trying to be positive-although hard at times can help the situation. I need to get better at this, and maybe mindfully expressing this and trying- will help!

So here are a few of my favorites for Thoughtz Thursday:

*Always Need Coffee!*

And one more…

Lorde *Tennis Court*
Love this song.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

I'm Back, New Year, Current Foundation Routine!

I'm back!~It's been a very long time since I've posted, but I guess I can blame that on my busy life! I can't believe yet another year has gone by and we're now in 2015! I wanted to get back into posting again because I have some great products to share! 

Current Foundation Routine

I recently changed up my foundation routine during the summer months because I wasn't into wearing heavy makeup with all the heat and humidity! I tried the Nars Tinted Moisturizer in (Terre-Nueve), and have loved this product! It blends so well into my skin and has great lasting power. Its a very light consistency and doesn't feel heavy at all. I have combination skin which is very sensitive and prone to break outs if I introduce new products. This has not irritated my skin at all, and gives my skin a great finish. I like to mix the Nars Tinted Moisturizer with Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Plus in 110. This helps to create a more matte finish, as the Nars Tinted Moisturizer is a bit yellow for my skin tone. The tone is better for my during the summer months, but now I am back to my usual pale self! The combination of the two products creates the perfect shade. 

I started using this foundation about two years ago and have been loving it ever since. This foundation is very light weight and doesn't feel heavy at all. It's very sensitive on my skin and doesn't cause any breakouts! A lot of foundations have made me breakout and I need to use an oil-free formula. This foundation comes in a many shades, and for me the lightest shade (110) works out best. A lot of foundations lean too yellow based for me which can be difficult to match my skin tone. This foundation mixes great with the Nars Foundation and I really like the finish when paired together! 
These two products are a bit pricey so I try to take advantage of the the Sephora Friend's & Family sales when I need to repurchase. I previously was using Revlon ColorStay for years, but it recently aggravated my skin-so I had to find other products! But these have been working very well!


Urban Decay-All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Love This Product!

I have been using this for years now and wouldn't go without it! It really helps my makeup to last all day and feels so cooling when you spray it on your face! I use this after I wash my face in the morning, before I put on my makeup. I like to also use this after I finish my makeup to lock it in. I got this at Ulta in the smaller size for $14. I feel like this size lasts a very long time! 

What are you favorites products for your foundation routine? I'm always looking for great new products for foundations and tinted moisturizers! 

Up Next:
Benefit Push Up Eye Liner Review
Urban Decay Liner
Mac Paint Pots-Essential To Eye Shadow Routine!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Nail Polish of the Moment!

Essie Guilty Pleasures
( On top  of my BirchBox! lol)

Great color if you're looking for a new nail polish!

New Product:
Maybelline DreamLumi Concealer

Just picked this up yesterday since I've heard great things about this. This product is supposed to work as a concealer and highlighter for under eyes, around the nose and mouth. I got the lightest shade, Ivory, since my skin is very light and it seemed to match very well. I've only used this for one day, and so far I think it works well as a highlighter. Not quite sure if it gives great coverage as far as concealer. I will have to investigate a little more! Let me know your thoughts on this product!

Next Up:

September BirchBox

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Favorite Products of Summer-Part 1

So I am back! I realize it's been over a year, but I really wanted to get back into blogging! I have so many great products to talk about! I figured I would post my favorite products of the summer, since the summer is coming to an end. So sad,  I know! However, I love the fall just as much as I love the summer months! I love wearing boots, leggings, sweaters, dark nail polish colors, warmer scented candles, leaving falls off the trees and the pretty colors! Now that I've ranted all about are my favorite products of the summer.

From Left: Click the links to view products.

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Blonde-I bought this in the beginning of the summer with one of the MAC collections that had come out. I love it because you can use it as a highlight or use the darker pink as a blush. It's a very versatile product! Try your MAC counter and see if they still have this in stock! Love it!

ELF Studio Brush ($3)-Target- Amazing Brush and for only $3 it has amazing quality! I love using this to apply setting powder and it also works great for applying mineralize powders. 

Tweezerman Tweezers-I've been using these tweezers for a while now, and they are seriously amazing! They work so well, and are still sharp considering I've had them for about a year. Definitely worth the money spent!

Eyeko-Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Pen-  - I received this product in my BirchBox for July. Love this product! It has amazing staying power and doesn't budge. I have year round allergies and my eyes tend to water from time to time, but this product stays put all day! Great for applying a thin line on the top lash line.

Urban Decay Eyeliner in Ransom- I got this eyeliner in a set at Christmas time, but I've been using it a lot recently. It's a dark purple and is great for adding a pop of color on the bottom lash line. Great staying power!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette- I got this a few months back and have been using it most every day. It has great neutral colors, but you can also create great smoky looks as well. Favorite colors: Half Baked, Snake Bite, Y2K.

EOS Lipbalm- I just got this yesterday and love it! Great lip balm and keeps your lips really moisturized. Plus, it smells amazing too! This one pictured is in honeysuckle.

Seche Vite-Fast Drying Top Coat.-I recently repurchased this topcoat because I went through my other bottle. This topcoat makes your nails dry in about one minute which is great when you don't want to wait forever for your nails to dry!~It's about 6.99 depending on where you purchase it. I got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond, and you can use their 20% coupons to save money as well. 

Essie Nail Polishes in Raise Awareness & Lilacism- Great bright colors for summer or year round. I've used about half the bottle of each polish!

Juicy Couture rollerball in Viva La Juicy-Love this perfume! It's such a great scent. I can't really describe perfume scents but it reminds me of flowers and summertime. I really want to buy the full sized bottle!

Harvey Prince Perfume in Hello- I got a sample of this perfume in my BirchBox, and have loved it ever since. I've been using it everyday since I received it!

Philosophy-Miracle Worker-Miraculous Anti-aging Eye Cream-
I bought this eye cream about a year ago, and recently ran out of it! I got it when Sephora had their 20% friends and family sale, so now I'm trying to wait it out until I get another friends & family coupon since it is so pricey. But, this really works well and I think it's helped reduce under eye wrinkles and circles.

Chi Silk Infusion-I've purchased this product on and off for years, alternating between this, Biosilk and most recently Morrocan Oil. I ran out of Morrocan Oil so I went back to using Chi Silk Infusion, and seriously I'm finding no difference between the two. The Silk Infusion works great for smoothing down any frizziness in my hair after flat ironing and makes my hair look shiny.

Chi Iron Guard-I've been using this product for years before using heat on my hair. It works well, but I feel like you can find a cheaper alternative at the drugstore. I'd really like to try the Tressume heat tamer spray when I run out of this!

Chi Shine Infusion Spray-This is probably my hands down favorite product ever! It's a heat protector that also adds shine to the hair when flat ironing. It reminds me of a lighter version of Morrocan Oil, but in a spray.  I've purchased this countless times, and never flat iron my hair without it!

Bad Gal Lash Mascara by Benefit  I've been using this mascara for about a year, and I still love it. It works great to length my lashes and create volume. It doesn't flake off or transfer on me at all during the day which is great. I think there are probably similar drugstore products out there, if you want a cheaper alternative.

That's about it for my summer products! Please share some of your favorites in the comments! 

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Urban Decay Anniversary Palette!

Urban Decay Anniversary Pallete!!! So I just ordered the Urban Decay Anniversary Palette from Sephora two days ago and it came in the mail already. Love that Sephora has amazingly fast shipping. However, the UPS man actually threw it onto my porch and it bounced off the door and landed a few feet away. Pretty funny that the box is marked FRAGILE in black letters....But at least it was packaged surrounded by packing materials so it was fine! Anyway, I was soo excited to get this palette because the shades looked gorgeous! The pallette has 15 full sized eye shadows and sells for $55. I was drawn to it because it has a lot of great nuetral browns/golds, and also more vibrant colors-pinks, purple, blues, and a matte black. This one pallete is great for traveling because it has day and night colors. Some of my favorites are Midnight Rodeo-which is a shimmery gold, and Deeper that is a warm brown gold. Deeper is extremely pigmented and a little goes a long way with this! But it is so gorgeous!

From Top-Vanilla, Flow and Chase-Not the best pic of these! Vanilla is a really pretty champaign with shimmer. This color works great as a brow highlight. Flow is a slightly darker color than Vanilla and is a really pretty lid color. Chase is my favorite of these three, and is a bright gold that is similar to Urban Decay's Half Baked or Mac's Amber Lights. The consistency of these eye shadows is really nice and smooth. They seem like Veluxe Pearle finishes if being compared to Mac shadows. There is some fall out when working with these, but I feel as though this is comparable to the Naked Pallete. All in all, I love this pallete! I've only used it for one day so far, but I am so excited to try out other colors!

Let me know your thoughts if you have purchased this palette! What are your favorite shadows in the palette?

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lush Haul!

I have a few items from Lush that I am currently loving from my last visit to the store. So, I thought I would share some of the products that I picked up. I tried some new things, but also picked up some favorites! I was really excited because they opened a Lush back a few months ago at the mall I frequent the most. This can be a good and bad thing because now it's a lot easier to go to Lush, rather than driving a lot further! I picked up a few bath bombs, soap, and bath melts.

From Left:

This was the first time I had tried Think Pink Bath Bomb. It smells really good, with hints of lavendar. I think this was the strongest scented product that I bought, because my whole Lush bag smelled like this Bath Bomb!~Think Pink is a smaller sized bath bomb, which I like because they were half the price of the larger bath bombs. It also turned the water pink and left remnants of little pink hearts. So cute!

My favorite product of all is the Marshmellow Moment bath melt. This smells amazing as well, and can be broken up so it can be used many times. It makes the bath water feel silky, which is really nice.

Ma Bar-I purchase this almost everytime I go to Lush. Ma Bar is a bubble bar, that smells like Vanilla and Carmel. It smells sooo good! This too, can be broken into small pieces to be used in several baths.

One of the things I've wanted for a long time was Honey I Washed the Kids soap. I've heard so many people talk about this soap so I really wanted to give it a try....I must say, I am loving this soap! It smells so good! It has hints of honey and lemon and is very moisturizing.

What are your favorite Lush products? Anything that I should check out for next time?