Archive | February, 2012

Beauty on a Budget

24 Feb

“The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” -Yves Saint Laurent

There is a sudden rush I get when I find a product that I love and is inexpensive. Drugstore brands like Revlon, Maybelline, and L’Oreal are always coming out with new products to compete with fancy high-end companies. I love this time of year because as the season changes and the weather becomes warmer, these companies come out with new products to cater to our every day beauty needs. Recently I went out to stores like Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart to see what all the hype is about. Here are my favorites:

1. Milani baked blush- Um, first of all why have I not discovered this brand sooner?! I am so amazed at the quality and how pigmented this blush turned out. It is a dupe of the MAC mineralize bronzers and blushes but with a way better price. It stays on all day, isn’t too shimmery and gives a beautiful glow.

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2. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara After watching countlesss videos of makeup gurus ranting and raving about this stuff, I finally caved in and bought it. Now, I will be the first one to say that I have hated every single drugstore mascara I’ve purchased but this one really surprised me. It gave me great length and volume. It coated every lash and did not clump or crumble after wearing it all day. Highly recommended!

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3. Maybelline Smooth Mousse Foundation- Once again, I have never been satisfied with a drugstore foundation and found them to make my skin oily and breakout. I purchased this for the first time a couple months ago on a whim because I had run out of the MAC foundation I usually use. This has become my all-time favorite foundation- I seriously can not say enough good things about it! I have freckles and this gives me the perfect coverage that lasts all day. If you are looking for a medium-full coverage this is worth trying out.

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4. Revlon Colorburst Lipstick These lipsticks are super pigmented and glide on lips very smoothly. My favorite color is soft nude, which is shown in the picture below. I specifically love this shade because it’s versatile and completes any look you are going for.

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5. Tresseme Split Remedy Serum- I have a love/hate relationship with drugstore hair products and can never find anything I am truly happy with. For the past year I have been using Moroccan Oil products and although I liked them at first, I found that it made my hair ultra soft (almost too soft) and did nothing for my split ends. They’re also very pricey. So, I purchased this on a whim and I am officially obsessed with it. I applied it on the ends of my damp hair and after blowdrying and straightening it out my hair looked like I just got a fresh cut (SERIOUSLY!!) My split ends have disappeared and I hope they never come back- good riddance!

6. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush There has been a lot of different opinions on this new product but I was really excited to try it out. It has the texture of play- doh (so cool) and I purchased it in the color “rose petal” which is a soft pink. Although it is not very pigmented and I wouldn’t use it alone as a blush, it makes a great highlighter for your cheekbones.

7. Garnier Skin Renew Under Eye Concealer- This works wonders for sleep-deprived college kids like me! Super easy to roll on under your eyes and it gets rid of the dark circles and puffiness. It has become a favorite in my makeup bag.

I hope this post gives you a little insight about great products that are out there! You can get great quality without spending a fortune. Also, drugstores have sales every week and clearance sections for discontinuing colors/shades; so be on the look out for those.

February Birchbox!

21 Feb

I’m not sure about how many people are familiar with Birchbox, but it’s a company that basically send you 4-5 random makeup/hair/beauty samples once a month for $10. It’s a great way to try out new products without spending a fortune and sometimes they send you pretty decent size samples! I would definitely recommend it; I mean who wouldn’t love a little box full of presents every month?!

This is a picture of my birchbox from this month:

1. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant: This is an exfoliating powder that you mix with water in order to make a paste. I actually used this a couple days ago and really enjoyed how fresh and smooth my skin felt. It was also a great size sample so I am pretty excited about that.

2. Eye Rock Designer Liner: These are stick on liquid liner strips. Clearly Halloween came early because that is the only time I could ever see myself wearing these.

3. Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint: First of all this is a tiny sample which I barely had enough to cover my entire face. Last month I received a lipgloss by this brand and I LOVED the quality and color of it so I was really excited to try this moisturizer out. I was really disappointed once I put it on because it was very shimmery and way too orange for my skin. It was so bad I washed it off immediately to save myself the embarrassment of going to class looking like an oompa loompa.

4. Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum: Once again this was a very small sample. At first I thought this was an acne spot treatment but the directions said that it can be applied to the entire face. Coincidently, I had a pimple erupting like a bad volcano so I decided to give this a try and put it on before bed. I woke up in the morning and the pimple was significantly smaller and less red! wahoo! The formula is very sticky so I would only recommend putting this on specific acne spots.

5. Heart shaped nail file: Not shown in the picture because it’s already in my purse, but it’s a cute addition for February.

With all that being said, I was a little disappointed with this month’s box. None of the products really stood out to me and I don’t plan on purchasing any of them full-size. Womp womp.

What did you guys think of your February Birchbox? What samples did you love or hate? Let me know!

If you are interested signing up for it here is the link: https://www.birchbox.com/

Bright is the new Black

11 Feb

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple months, you would know that bright colors are in. Whether it be neon tops, skirts or nails, it seems to be the best way to make the depression of winter feel a little bit better. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should look like a walking highlighter that’s about to go rage at an Avicii concert. Bright colors should be done in moderation and tastefully.

I am in LOVE with these tops! I just recently got a couple from Forever 21 (I think they were under 20 bucks- such a steal!) You can dress them down with a pair of skinny jeans and boots or dress them up with a tight skirt, either way they are a great staple for your closet.

I have a confession to make…I am a Tory Burch addict. From clothes to bags to shoes.. I want it all. When I saw this clutch I thought it would be perfect. The bright magenta would go great with a white blouse or a simple black dress and would definitely make you stand out of a crowd.

Another great (and really easy) way to incorporate color is with nail polish and lipstick. I recently purchased this Essie color called “mesmerize”. So vibrant!

Everyone knows that you can’t go wrong with hot pink lips.

So listen up fashionistas, grab some color and add it into your wardrobe. It is the perfect remedy for getting you out of your winter funk and ready for spring!