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- 02/04/13--13:01: _L'Oreal True Match ...
- 02/05/13--05:26: _ELFJumbo Lip Gloss ...
- 02/08/13--13:00: _E.L.F. Essential Ju...
- 02/09/13--09:05: _Suave Professionals...
- 02/18/13--15:41: _Flower by Drew Barr...
- 02/19/13--20:29: _New Page- Wall of M...
- 02/20/13--18:58: _Flower Zoom-In Ulti...
- 02/21/13--19:30: _Original Herbal Ess...
- 02/22/13--19:18: _Infusium 23 Volume ...
- 02/25/13--17:41: _New NYX Products fo...
- 02/25/13--18:42: _New Products Spotte...
- 02/26/13--16:38: _Flower by Drew Barr...
- 02/27/13--05:19: _New Milani Products...
- 02/27/13--17:21: _Budget Beauty Blog ...
- 02/27/13--18:23: _Splurge! Fresh Sug...
- 02/28/13--18:24: _L.A. Girl Nail Poli...
- 03/01/13--18:14: _Milani Total Lash C...
- 03/04/13--19:29: _Garnier Fructis Hyd...
- 03/06/13--16:03: _Pantene Ultimate 10...
- 03/06/13--19:31: _Vancouver Fashion W...
- 02/04/13--13:01: L'Oreal True Match Crayon Concealer and Swatches
- 02/05/13--05:26: ELFJumbo Lip Gloss Stick Review and Swatches
- 02/08/13--13:00: E.L.F. Essential Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick Review and Swatches
- 02/19/13--20:29: New Page- Wall of Mascara
- 02/20/13--18:58: Flower Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara Review
- D-panthenol helps to smooth lashes and stimulate growth
- Naturally derived gellifying agent for ease in application
- Rice wax for smudge-proof color
- Helps to strengthen lashes
- 02/21/13--19:30: Original Herbal Essences is back!
- 02/22/13--19:18: Infusium 23 Volume Builder Shampoo and Conditioner Review
- 02/25/13--17:41: New NYX Products for Spring 2013
- 02/26/13--16:38: Flower by Drew Barrymore BB Cream Review and Swatches
- 02/27/13--05:19: New Milani Products for Spring 2013
- 02/27/13--17:21: Budget Beauty Blog featured in All You Magazine's March Issue
- 02/27/13--18:23: Splurge! Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal Review and Swatches
- 02/28/13--18:24: L.A. Girl Nail Polish Review
- 03/01/13--18:14: Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara Review
- 03/04/13--19:29: Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Review
- 03/06/13--16:03: Pantene Ultimate 10 BB Cream for Hair Review
- 03/06/13--19:31: Vancouver Fashion Week March 19th-24th
I'm a bit obsessed with finding the right concealer and am always on the lookout for something that will make my under eye area look flawless without caking or settling into lines.
I was drawn to L'Oreal's new True Match Crayon Concealer because it seemed like a really convenient option, especially since I'm usually in a hurry in the morning.
It comes in a chubby crayon stick that twists up from the bottom. There's really no way to sharpen it, but I've been using it on the sides, rather than directly on the point, and that seems to keep the point pretty sharp.
This is super easy to use- just swipe it anywhere you need coverage and quickly blend with your finger. The formula is really creamy and easy to blend with medium coverage.
The downside is that it did settle into lines under my eyes a little bit, even after using moisturizer and primer, so I feel that it could have been a little more moisturizing for that purpose. But the point tip makes it so easy to conceal other areas, such as around the nose, and in the inner corner of the eyes and eyelids. I use it in those places, and absolutely love the results. I just won't be using this as an under eye concealer.
Here's a swatch of shade # N-1-2-3.
ELF (Eyes Lips Face) is one of my favorite budget beauty brands, and every time I go on their website, I get a little carried away. Everything is just so cheap! And by cheap I mean inexpensive, not quality-wise. In fact, this brand has almost always left me feeling quite impressed and feeling almost like I'm ripping them off.
So I purchased quite a large ELF haul a few weeks ago, and all this product was just sitting there in the box, waiting for me to get some pictures for the blog. I was so crazy-busy with my 9-5 job during the day and so tired at night from being pregnant that I haven't gotten to it until now. Not being able to try this stuff out until I could take pictures, well, that took a lot of patience, let me tell ya!
These chubby lip gloss crayons are similar in style to those made by Revlon and Clinique, however these cost.......$2 a piece. That's right- two bucks! So for the price of one at the drugstore, I was able to get 4 shades to try:
In the Nude- a Nude, peachy shade
Summer Nights- Shimmery, rosy pink-nude
Tiki Torches- a pink-coral
Pink Umbrellas- a sheer pink shade
Here's some packaging shots:
The other day, I posted part 1 of my ELF haul, reviewing their new Jumbo Lip Gloss Sticks, which I'm loving right now! So for part 2, I wanted to review their Jumbo Eyeshadow Sticks. At $2 a piece, they're a total steal, but did I like them as much as the Lip Gloss Sticks? Read on....
I've been meaning to post about Suave Professional's Keratin Smoothing line for quite a while now, and since they recently launched their newest product, Moroccan Infusion, I thought maybe I'd do a post comparing the two.
I'll start by saying that I love both of these lines, and if like me, you've had negative experiences with Suave from years ago, I can tell you now...try these products and you'll never go back!
Back in the day, I used to use this Suave Coconut shampoo and conditioner because I love coconut scents, but it was thin, watery and dried my hair out. Once I started coloring and bleaching my hair in my late teens, I really needed to step up my game and started using salon products. In fact, I was always looking for that miracle product that would make my hair shampoo-commercial worthy.
Honestly, this new Suave Professionals line rivals any salon product I've ever used. I can't think of one shampoo or conditioner that performs better for me. And these are around $3 a piece- cheap even by drugstore standards!
First, let me start with the Keratin Infusion Line. I bought the smoothing one, but there is also one for color-treated hair. At the time, I couldn't decide between the two, because I have color-treated hair, but also want smoothing benefits. Since the shampoo is gentle and low-sulfate, I figured it wouldn't strip my color, so I went with the smoothing line.
The line has a shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, smoothing serum, and dry shampoo. I have all of them, and they are all fabulous.
When I first purchased this, I had bleached blonde, dry, crunchy hair. The Keratin Infusion shampoo and conditioner made my hair feel softer than anything I have ever tried in my life. My husband actually complimented it on being soft, and he has never said that in the 8 years we've been together! Since my hair is fine, I never used the leave-in conditioner on top of the rinse-out one. I use either one or the other. Once I used both, and my hair was way too weighted down and got greasy fast. Using the smoothing serum on wet hair before blow-drying seals the cuticle and adds shine, and even more softness!
The only downside to the Keratin Infusion line that I found was that after a couple of days, my fine hair started to get a little weighted down. I usually had to use a clarifying shampoo just to bring some bounce back, and then went right back to using it. I told my sisters and friends about it,(most of them have thicker hair than me) and everyone just raved about how amazingly soft this line made their hair. Plus, the Keratin Infusion dry shampoo that's part of this line is probably the cheapest dry shampoo on the market, and also one of the best!
A few months ago, when I got pregnant, I decided that I didn't want to be bleaching my hair all the time and went back to brunette for a while. My hair is in much better shape now, and isn't the crunchy, strawlike texture it used to be.
When I saw the Moroccan Infusion line in CVS, I didn't hesitate to try it, because of the great luck I had with the Keratin Infusion line.
So far, there is a shampoo, conditioner, conditioning mask, and smoothing serum. The only one I haven't tried yet is the conditioning mask.
I've heard mixed reviews on the scent of this line, but I happen to love it. If you like oriental/woody/spicy scents, you'll love it too. But if you like flowery/fresh scents, you may not like this.
This line is more well suited to my hair now. I don't have as much damage, and this is so lightweight, I haven't had any problems with it weighing my hair down or making it greasy at all. My hair feels like silk in the shower after rinsing and once it's dry. I use the smoothing serum on wet hair before blow-drying and a tiny dab on the ends when my hair is dry. I will say that this doesn't make my hair quite as soft as the Keratin Infusion line though.
The Bottom Line:
I would say that both products can be used on most hair types, from fine to coarse, however, fine haired gals who don't have a lot of damage might want like the weightlessness of the Moroccan Infusion line since it won't build up over time. But if you do have a lot of damage, no matter what your hair type, you'll see incredible results with the Keratin Infusion line. I have yet to come across a shampoo and conditioner that have made my hair that soft...at any price!
What are your thoughts on either of these lines, or any of the products in them? Do you love them as much as I do?
I was really impressed with the first Flower by Drew Barrymore product I tried, Extreme Measures Mascara, so I went and picked up some more products. I'm a huge fan of lip butters/tinted balms as an alternative to lipstick and lip gloss, so I was drawn to the Lip Service Lip Butters right away.
I've tried so many mascaras over the past four years, it's easy to lose track of which ones I liked and which ones didn't really work out. So I created the Wall Of Mascara page so that you guys can compare all of the mascaras I've tested side-by-side. It was interesting for me to see how the formulas differ when they're right next to each other, vs. scattered all over the blog.
The other night, I headed to Walmart for a pretty big Flower haul. My local store finally got the rest of the line in stock, and I was super excited to pick up some more products, since I really liked the Extreme Measures mascara and the Lip Service lip butter.
I was beyond happy to see these familiar bottles from the 90's on the shelf at CVS today! I popped open the cap on the shampoo, took a whiff and sure enough- it's the same beloved original scent that takes me right back to my high school days!
Recently, I had the opportunity to try Infusium 23's Volume Builder line. I've used the Leave-In Treatment, but I didn't realize that there was a bigger line out there, since my local drugstores don't carry anything but the one treatment product.
Since I have fine, thin hair that's only gotten finer since I hit my 30's, I am always looking for products that will plump things up and increase the bounce while still moisturizing, since my hair is dry.
I'm such an NYX fan and am excited to see new products launching for Spring 2013! Also, once you've read this post and seen stuff you like, check out this deal- get $60 worth of NYX products for $30!
Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator- $7.00
Enrich your lovely features with a touch of the Liquid Illuminator that will give your skin a hint of a pink or peach tone. A light application will give your skin that luminous and healthy goddess glow.
Love in Florence Shadow Palettes- $8 (shown in Tryst by the Trevi). These come in such beautiful, feminine shades.
Live, explore and discover Love in Florence through the lush 5 color eye shadow palettes available in rich hues catering to all eye colors and looks! This compact palette comes with a dual ended applicator so you can carry the kit and spread the love everywhere you go. Available in 10 different complementary collections.
Love in Paris Shadow Palettes $10 (shown in A La Mode).
Fall in Love in Paris with our brilliant 9 color palette that complements all eye colors and fashion ensembles. Use this adorable travel friendly kit with the included applicator through every voyage and adventure for creating captivating looks and touch ups. Attract the Love in Paris with your eyes! Available in 12 color selections.
Do any of these appeal to you? If so, which ones will you get? Or have you tried any of these already?
I spotted some new products on the shelves of Walgreens tonight.
Right by the front door, these caught my eye. Organix always has the best scents, and this line looks intriguing because it's an anti-breakage Keratin line. For a girl with dry/damaged hair, this is a little too tempting. I'm not sure if this is the whole line, but they had shampoo, conditioner, and a dry oil spray. I didn't purchase any of it, but I'm sure I will soon!
Wet n'Wild has some cute new nail polishes that look like lollipops- ColorIcon Toppings. The display says that these are a limited edition, so if you want one, I'd hurry and go get one soon before they disappear!
One of the things I was sure to pick up last week on my Flower haul was the BB Cream. So far, all of the drugstore versions I've tried are basically tinted moisturizers, offering little coverage (with the exception of Physicians Formula Super BB).
Milani has launched some great new products for Spring 2013. Check 'em out!
The Budget Beauty Blog was among those featured in the March 2013 issue of All You magazine- I gave them my best tips for saving money on beauty in the article, "Shop for Beauty Bargains like a Pro". It's four pages of advice on how to save at the drugstores, department stores, and even on high end products. You can find All You magazine at Walmart stores, or you can subscribe on their website.
Last week, Sephora Beauty Insiders got the opportunity to try the brand new Petal shade of Fresh's Sugar Lip Treatment before the general public (if you haven't signed up to be a Beauty Insider, it's free and has great perks). When I got the email, I jumped at the chance to order it, even though at $22.50 it's quite a splurge for a tinted lip balm. What makes it so special? If you've tried it, you already know, but if not, I'll explain...
My love for Fresh's Sugar Lip Treatment started about 8 years ago, when I was working for Sephora and as soon as I tried it, I was obsessed!
It's the most moisturizing lip product I've ever used- it has a soft, glossy texture that melts easily, so you have to be careful not to keep it in your pocket. No matter what condition your lips are in, this will heal them- they can be dry, flaky and peeling, but apply this and they go from shriveled to plump in a matter of minutes. For even more conditioning, I wear the clear one to bed every night and wake up with plump, pillowy, lineless lips. When my nose gets raw from a cold, I dab some on my skin with my finger, and by the next morning, it's totally healed. I've tried to find a drugstore balm that compares to this and I just can't...I mean, some of them are pretty good, but this is holy grail status.
During the day, my favorite shade is Rose- a sheer rosy pink that looks really nice with my fair complexion.
Since I just finished my tube of Rose, it was the perfect time to try Petal, which is described as sheer petal pink. It has the same soft lemony scent as the rest of the shades, and the luxe metal twist tube comes in a pretty shade of pink.
This week, I had the opportunity to try some L.A. Girl Products for the first time. This is a brand I wasn't too familiar with, but I'm so happy to have found them, because they have some really cool products!
This post will be in a few different parts over the next week or two because I have a lot of different products to try.
For those of you who don't know where to get L.A. Girl cosmetics, the products are sold on their website as well as at Rite Aid (however my local Rite Aid does not carry it, so yours might not either).
Today, I want to focus on some of their nail polish lines- Magnetic, Brites, and Fruity.
The Brites line are neon shades that make your nails pop with color- $5 each. Neons are my favorite in the summertime because they look great when you have a tan. I tried one in Electrocute, which is a neon orange sherbet color. It actually comes out a bit brighter than my camera could capture in the photo below.
This went on easily and covered well with 2 coats. As with most neon shades, no matter what the brand, you will need a topcoat because they don't tend to dry with a lot of shine. I'll definitely be wearing this when the weather gets warm soon, especially on my toes. To check out the rest of the Brites shades, click here.
The shade I used, Polar Opposite, is a shimmery gunmetal gray and the pattern it makes is 3 lines. Depending on which way you hold the magnet, you can make vertical, horizontal or diagonal lines for all sorts of possible looks. I did a combination of looks so you can see the different ways- my pointer and ring finger have vertical lines, I did a diagonal on my middle finger, and horizontal on my pinky.
To see the rest of the shades/patterns, click here.
Have you tried LA Girl products yet? If so, what's your favorite product?
Stay tuned for part 2! I'm not sure what I'll review next, but there are some really cool nail design kits (ombre and polka dots) as well as eye and lip products. In the meantime, you can check out their products at www.LAGirlUSA.com
***Disclosure-The products featured in this review included products sent for consideration by a company or PR agency. This in no way influenced my experience with the product- all opinions are my own, and I was not paid to write this review. ***
The brush is really unique- it's made from both nylon and plastic bristles. The nylon ones plump the lashes and give volume, while the harder, plastic bristles separate the lashes.
I've always had a hard time finding the perfect shampoo and conditioner for my hair type, because it's fine/thin and dry/damaged. Volumizing formulas never offer enough conditioning, yet dry/damaged ones are usually too heavy and weigh my hair down.
I've been seeing Garnier's Hydra Recharge line in the drugstores, but last week, I finally picked one up and read the label to see what it was all about. Turns out, it's for dry hair, but promises to add weightless moisture. I've seen products that have promised this before, but I was intrigued enough to buy the shampoo, conditioner, and leave in conditioner, especially since CVS had them on sale 3/$10.
I'll admit, when I first spotted Pantene's Ultimate 10 "BB Cream" for hair, I think the first words out of my mouth were, "Come on, really?" followed by a snicker and an eye roll. The whole BB Craze is starting to seem a bit ridiculous and over-the-top to me, and now there's a hair product calling itself BB- why not just leave the name as "Ultimate 10?" Needless to say, I almost didn't buy it because of the whole BB thing, but I ended up doing so out of sheer curiosity. OMG, I am so glad I did.
2. Strength against damage
3. Silky Softness
4. Brilliant Shine
7. Frizz Control
8. Heat Protection
10. Tamed Fly-Aways
Zooey Deschanel, Pantene's spokesperson, (and whose hair is gorgeous by the way) recently said about the Ultimate 10 BB Cream, "This [product] is great because I'm lazy when I get home. I don't want to do anything special to my hair, so I can put this on and sleep on it, but it doesn't get anything on my pillow, and when I wake up my hair is nicer."
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