Archive | May, 2012

Target Summer Beauty Bag (Freeee!!)

23 May

Attention all freebie lovers! Target just released their  summer beauty bag which features a ton of samples and my highly raved about revlon lip butters! If you missed out on the spring beauty bag (which was awesome), be sure to sign up for this one! They always include nice samples/full size products and coupons if you end up liking them.

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All you have to do is like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TargetStyle

Click on the “Summer Beauty Tag”, enter your information and your free bag will be sent in the mail!

The Balm finds at Marshalls!

21 May

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I am so excited about this recent find at Marshall’s! If you aren’t familiar with The Balm, it is a fairly large beauty line and there are no harsh chemicals or sulfates in their products. It was recently on Hautelook and there were a lot of great deals available but something told me to hold off on it for just a little. So when I was in Marshalls I saw a ton of sets by The Balm! Everything from nail polish to skincare. I got my hands on this set which included a matte bronzer, a gorgeous coral blush and a tint. The matte bronzer is a perfect color for summer and is brown-based rather than the typical orange bronzers. The blush in “hot mama” is almost identical to Nar’s blush in “Laguna”. And the tint is an obvious dupe for Benefit’s “Benetint”; same color and formulation. I was really surprised by how great the quality was of these products and the best part was that it was only $9.99! The original retail price on the set says $55…and I was able to get all these great products for sooo much less. If you have a Marshalls near you and are interested in trying out any products from The Balm, run out now and see what goodies you can find!

May 2012 Birchbox

12 May

I have to start off by saying that this is my fifth month of being a birchbox subscriber and each month I continue to be dissapointed. Sure, there have been a few products that I’ve enjoyed but nothing that I love enough to go out and purchase. I told myself that since this month was a special box I would hold off and wait to see if I like it, before I jump to conclusions and cancel my subscription. Here is what was included in my box:

1. Bright red hair tie- Its big, cheap and looks ridiculous. Not to mention its worth less than a dollar.

2. Dr. Jart + Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+- I don’t use BB creams because they don’t provide any coverage at all and are horrible for oily skin.

3. BVLGARI Perfume- I HATE PERFUME SAMPLES. I can get an entire bag of them from Nordstrom or Macy’s if I wanted to…for free.

4. Stila Waterproof Sparkle Eyeliner- This was nice because it was full size but it’s gold sparkly and crazy waterproof. To give you an idea, I swatched it on my hand and it took 2 days of washing my hands and a shower to come off. And they expect me to use this on my eyes? I’ll pass.

5. Ojon Voumizing Condtioner- Just another tiny hair sample to add to a travel bag; nothing special at all.

6. A notecard- Seriously birchbox? When am I ever going to send someone a card with something that says “XOXO” written on the front?

I hate to sit here and bash a company but I feel that so many people have been upset with their Birchboxes over the past year. Ever since they became more popular their customer service has decreased tremendously and their boxes are most of the time, a complete rip off.

What are your favorite beauty subscriptions? Let me know!!

Nail Polish for a Penny (Seriously!)

8 May

If you have never heard of Julep, it’s basically a monthly subscription service similar to Birchbox. They send you 2-3 nail polishes each month along with certain tools (hand scrub, nail file, etc.) You take a style quiz when you register, which gives them an idea of whether you are girly or edgy and based on that you get a box! Unlike Birchbox, on Julep you get to see exactly what color polishes you are going to get and if you aren’t a fan, you can simply skip that month. 

Soooooo….if you are interested in signing up:

Go to http://julep.com/?r=19658006

After you take the style quiz, enter in the code “SHAREONMAY”

And you will get your first box for only 1 penny! If you choose not to continue with the monthly subscription ($20), just simply cancel at no cost.

Enjoy!

Recent Drugstore Buys!

7 May

Walgreens and Rite Aid have had some great sales lately and I’ve surely been taking advantage of them! Here are some things that I recently picked up and my initial thoughts on them.

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1. Organix Morrocan Argon Oil Body Lotion: This stuff smells amazzzzzzing! I love that it leaves your skin smooth without having an oily or sticky residue. The entire Organix line (hair products included) is currently $2 off at Walgreens.

2. Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer in 002: Rimmel makes two different types of primers, the 001 is a bit tinted and the 002 is not. I heard a lot of good things about this one and it was also 50% at Walgreens, and I had an additional coupon. I will be doing a full review of this after a couple weeks of using it and compare it to the other primers I own.

3. Maybelline Age Rewind Brightening concealer: I have been using this religiously every day since I purchased it and I absolutely love it. It brightens, conceals and doesn’t crease under the eye area. I personally like this better than the Garnier Eye Roller.

4. Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara: I decided to try this out since all Rimmel products at Walgreens were 50%. It has a really cool brush that holds my curl all day! You kind of have to work with the brush and it takes some getting used to but the final result is really nice.

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5. Revlon 3D Volume Mascara: This formula is very similar to L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes mascara. It has the same idea of creating the look of a lot of lashes and is lengthening as well as volumizing.

6. Revlon Lipgloss in “Belini”– Part of the new Gucci Westman Escapsim Collection, it is a nice neutral peachy shade. The formula on Revlon lipglosses are amazing- long wearing and not sticky!

7. Eco Tools Bronzing Brush: I don’t own any brushes by Eco Tools but I am so excited about this one! It makes bronzer application so easy and flawless. It is soft but dense enough to pick up just the right amount of product.

8. Revlon Lipstick in “Persian Melon”: A bright hot fuchsia pink that is perfect for the summer. And now at Rite Aid, all Revlon Products are 40%! This is the perfect time to stock up on your favorites or try out some new products.

8. Covergirl Lipstick in “Spellbound”: This is a bit of a more deeper fuchsia color that is more sultry. I believe this is a new color, because I saw an ad for it in this month’s Cosmopolitan magazine.

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9. Sally Hansen Flirty Eyes Lash Curler: I picked this up because my beloved Lancome curler broke after many, many years of use. This one is just as good for only a fraction of the price! I believe it was $5 and Walgreens had an in-store coupon for $2 off.

If you are in the drugstore, make sure you check out some of the awesome sales going on!

April Favorites!

2 May

Happy May everyone! I hope you’re all as excited as me for the summer! I discovered a ton of great products this month even though I have been keeping my makeup routine at a minimum. With the semester winding down and finals quickly approaching, I haven’t had much time to experiment as much as I like. Here are the products that I’ve been loving:

FACE

Maybelline Super Stay Liquid Foundation: I previously raved about the Revlon colorstay, but this foundation even beats that. I think why I love it so much is that it is more of a color match for my face and is such an awesome formula. It helps control oil all day and even lasted through my evening workout  at the gym without budging (Normally I wouldn’t wear makeup to the gym but I was coming from work). If you are a fan of the color stay foundation I highly suggest you give this one a try!

Monistat Soothing Care Chaffing Gel: I know, I know you’re probably thinking why in the world would I put a chaffing gel on my face? My boyfriend looked at me like I had 3 heads when he saw this in my bathroom; but what do they know anyway, right? 😉 Well I have heard many people raving about this as a primer! It turns out that the active ingredient in this gel is the same as in high-end primers. To be honest, if you put a MAC label on this you would have no idea that it wasn’t a primer. It goes on super smooth and leaves such a nice flawless finish underneath of foundation and powder. Trust me on this, just try it and see for yourself.

MAC Skinfinish Natural: This has always been my holy grail powder, and I don’t think I will ever be able to live without it! Flawless finish every time I use it.

Revlon Cream Blush in “Pinched”: This is part of Revlon’s new Gucci Westman Collection. I have never owned a cream blush because to be quite frank, they scare me. I just think it is so much easier swoosh some powder on your cheeks but this has totally transformed my thoughts on cream blush. First of all, this color is GORGEOUS- it’s a bright peach that blends in so well. There were three colors, all are bright, but from what I have heard they might look intimidating but they all blend in amazingly. I only purchased one, but I plan on going back for a second one because I’m hooked! To see the full Gucci Westman collection click here: http://www.revlon.com/Revlon-Home/Featured-Collection/Escapism.aspx

EYES

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes: The name of this mascara does exactly that, it makes you look like you have a million lashes. I normally am not fond of rubber bristles but the formula on this makes lashes look so long and volumized! I used to use Lancome’s Definicils mascara and this is a very close dupe to that.

Jordana Fabuliner in Black: I remember using this felt-tip eyeliner in high school because it was so cheap ($1.99 at Walgreens) and I just rediscovered it. I honestly don’t know why I ever stopped using it! The felt tip is so saturated, so easy to work with and gives the best dark, matte finish. If you are not a fan of liquid eyeliner or have a hard time with gel eyeliner, TRY THIS. I promise you it’s amazing, and especially for the price!

LIPS

Revlon Lip Butters: With everything going on this month, I have been super lazy and just grabbing these lip butters. Specific favorite colors have been sweet tart (hot pink), Lollipop (bright fuscia) – I get tons of compliments when I wear this one, and last but not least Creme Brulee (champagne nude). I love these because they are super moisturizing and pigmented and give a nice sheen to the lips.

PERFUME

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue: I have always had this perfume in my cabinet and every couple months I forget it exists and then rediscover it and fall in love all over again. It is the perfect every day scent; very crisp and clean and lasts for hours. And with this one, I always have people ask me what I’m wearing because it smells so good!

JEWELRY

Michael Kors Oversized Runway Watch in gold- If you follow me on twitter or instagram you would know that I stalked this watch out because it was sold out for a while at Nordstrom and Michael Kors. I have 2 other Michael Kors watches and think they are a fantastic quality and durability. They are a bit pricey, but they are beyond worth it. If you are a person who wears a watch every day like me, you will get years of use from it. The style is a classic, and I know I’ll be wearing it forever! I have also been stacking different bracelets and bangles on my wrist with it, a look that I also love!

And thats it for my favorites. Like I said, I wasn’t able to experiment with any eye shadows or things like that but I am excited over this month’s discoveries!

Hope everyone is enjoying their spring!