Friday, September 2, 2016
I have tried very few Ulta brand products. I rectified that situation on my last trip. Primarily because they had the cute purple makeup bag with products inside when you spent $21.50 of their beauty brand products.
I purchased the Inner Rim Liner Trio (top middle) and the Brow Lift Duo in Blonde. One end has the highlight and the other a tinted brow gel. I then added the Micellar Water Makeup remover pads (they are not all that saturated, but I made them work). This got me to the gift with purchase!
The gorgeous (ok I love purple:) zipper bag holds a palette, mascara, clear brow gel, setting powder, gloss, matte lipstick, sharpener, cute purple fingernail polish and a couple of brushes. All in all a travel friendly product for easy peasy use. I added a couple of trial size BB creams to round out the full face! All in all a great gift with purchase.
There is something about gift with purchase that makes me want to buy products that, let's face it, I don't need LOL. But, hey I can always use them and if I don't I can pass them on. I am impressed though that the Ulta brand products are pretty good and stay up on trends and dupes.
I have a feeling that I will use these products and love them. Are you a GWP junkie? Do tell!
Saturday, August 27, 2016
I can honestly say that I am addicted to YouTube, Snapchat and Bloglovin. Mainly because I love learning about new products as well as learning things from these women about how to blog and snap! So I am going to list my top faves and why they rock my addiction!
beautyreflectionsblog.com Tracy just plain rocks. Her blog is thorough, honest, funny and downright awesome. I can seriously not get enough and wait with bated breath for the next post lol! Visit her blog ya'll, she won't disappoint.
ellesees.blogspot.com Elle has awesome reviews, tutorials and beauty information. But the thing I love about her blog too is the DIY's that she has taught me. They are awesome!!!
willsingformakeup.blogspot.com Lauren has a beautiful and very professional blog. Her photos are top notch and I love reading this well though out blog. Seriously, check her out!
beautybroadcast.net emilynoel83 Emily is another straight up honest, informative and has a sweet personality! She has both a blog and YouTube channel. Go check her out!
grav3yardgirl.com is known far and wide. That doesn't stop me from obsessively checking her YouTube channel out because you just never know what she will throw out there. Her personality is incredible and she has a positivity about her that shines.
carolinehirons.com The skincare Queen!! I learn so much from her blog and YouTube. If I have a question she 99% of the time educates me on the whys, hows and how to's!
reddelicious is my favorite Australian YouTuber. Not only is she an intelligent, beautiful red head, she has a sweet personality. Seriously a great channel, you won't be disappointed.
zabrena is another beautiful redhead on YouTube and she is awesome. Informative, intelligent and funny. Her Frugal Fridays are a huge hit! Check her out.
lizwilliams has a sweet YouTube channel that chronicles lots of beauty, lifestyle, family and fun stuff. I love her reviews and her sweet personality.
vickieisenstein has the funniest channel. She mixes beauty, lifestyle, comedy and lots more. If you need a pick me up watch her Lunch Crunch series!!
uppiesbeads59 for those of us that are "mature aging" this lady and her channel makes it easy to work with what we have and still look good over 40!
ginamber is a European transplant and is funny! She does reviews, tutorials and general life. She seriously makes me laugh! Check her out!!!
lauraleeblogs.com Laura Lee is funny, informative and has great tutorials on her YouTube channel. Her husband is in many of her antics and is awesome.
These are a few of my favorites. Who do you love and why? Do share :)
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Mermaids Forever Eyeshadow Palette
Blush Palette in Goddess
Unicorns Unite Eyeshadow Palette
Makeup Revolution palettes can be hit or miss. Some of the shadows in the top and bottom palettes are dry and the super glittery ones are a mess I tell ya! Lots of fall out (I can work with that). They have great color payoff and overall are worth the money to me.
Even when I was younger, the most I went out of my comfort zone makeup wise was when I was in a metal band in the 80's and deep eyeliner and wicked lippies was the wildest I went. Then I got really tame and yes, boring. I am 50 next week and dang it, I am going outta my comfort zone and playing with my colors. YOLO and "it's only makeup and will wash off" and "who cares what others think", I'm gonna play! (Brave words from a tame woman LOL ).
Makeup Revolution has some awesome palettes that just speak to my inner rebel. Now Urban Decay and Wet N Wild have duochromes that I LIVE for, although yes I am cautious and light handed when using but it makes me feel a little daring. So my late new years resolution is play, play, play!!!
I have found Makeup Revolution in the last 6 months and have fallen head over heels. Not only for their colors, but their great prices and huge selection. Game on!!!
Already I have snuck a couple of the shadows into my routine and it feels deliciously decadent. I am not a young 'un and have to be careful of the super shimmery shadows with my old crepey lids but that hasn't stopped me from adding some fun pops of color. And ya'll I have gotten some compliments (one from the hubby who rolls his eyes with my makeup addiction/blog:) and it made me feel super happy.
So on to the living outta the comfort zone because ya'll it feels GOOD!!!
Monday, August 15, 2016
Back in the late 90's, early 2000's I happened to find this product and it frickin changed my life! It is billed as a "foundation faker" and I purchased medium. I got it primarily for my 12 hour shift in the ER at night when I needed a touch up when I looked pretty rough a couple hours in. This did the trick.
First of all, the compact is sturdy, easy to throw in my work backpack and easy to use. It is velvety, smooth and does NOT cake up at ALL. I absolutely love the almost silicone texture and it pats beautifully on my hyperpigmentation and shiny t-zone. It melts into the skin without looking like you just layered on heavy foundation. Overall, this is a product I will repurchase until the end of time!
You can purchase this at the Benefit website, I honestly haven't seen this at Ulta and some Sephoras carry it in stock. It is $30 and lasts forever. I have hit pan on 2 of them after 6-8 months of regular use each. I carry it in my purse for on the go touch-ups and honestly think it is better than blotting papers!
Have you tried this Benefit goodie? What are your thoughts? Do tell!
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Almay Smart Shade makeup
Almay Age Essentials makeup
Both have SPF 15
Back in the day, I remember using the original Almay Smart shade foundation and loving it. Now they have several iterations including one for acne, regular and one for aging. Along with that a new base has come out that focuses on aging. So, me aging, me get one for aging LOL!
The Smart Shade comes out white, thin and very little fragrance. The Smart shade conforms to your own skin and gives you a beautiful finish that matches well (IMO). It has light to medium coverage, covers my redness and hyperpigmentation well for an easy face for regular running around. I like that it has SPF but still use sunscreen under my bases. Almay is a brand that is conscious about hypoallergenic, pure and great ingredients. I love this quick, easy and beautiful product.
The Age Essentials foundation is thicker, very little fragrance, medium to full coverage and chock full of ingredients that are good for your skin. I never have been one for full coverage bases and this blends out with a damp sponge well. This base allows me to have a great makeup for those times I need a bit more. As a side note, this base also has a bit of radiance to it that I wasn't expecting (no I wasn't having a hot flash at the time:).
Both of these are available at Target, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens. I'm sure it is at Ulta as well. I am impressed with these bases and pleased that they work so well for me. I have always loved Almay products and saw that they had Age Essentials concealer as well!! Go check it out for yourself, I think you will be pleased.
Have you tried either of these? PS: Tati Westbrook did a video on this product and color me impressed!
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Somerset Studios Artful Blogging magazines (found at Barnes and Nobles)
When I first started my blog I really didn't put a lot of effort in because it was more about a hobby. Then I started getting more into my blog and my husband commented that I shifted my passion to it more every day. This encouraged me to start reading blog posts about blogging and tips and tricks. Then I started buying blogging books and devouring them. I noticed these magazines at my bookstore and fell in love.
I love learning new things all the time. AND I love reading. Love learning from others. Trifecta!!!!
I also purchased 6 of the Blogosphere magazines and loved those as well. Here is the link if you are interested in purchasing, they are in the UK and have electronic copies of the magazines and you can pay with your PayPal. They feature prominent bloggers in beauty, fashion, food, travel and much more. They are awesome!! blogospheremagazine.com
Tongue in cheek I say that although I have a "baby" blog, it's mine and I care about the people reading my posts. Therefore, I learn, implement the learning and have a lot of trial by fire!
Do you have any special places, bloggers, books or magazines that give you great information for blogging? Do tell!
Monday, August 8, 2016
Before (top pic) with only skincare
After (bottom pic)
Everybody and their mother and dog are talking about this foundation ya'll! But I had to put my 2 cents worth in the ring.
I have combo skin, dry except for the T-zone. I have big time hyperpigmentation on my left cheek/chin. Redness on my cheeks and nose as well. I sweat super easily as it's close to 100 degrees every day and I am in full on hot flashing menopause. Now that is a test for a "glowy" foundation!!!
After researching the foundation I purchased it in the shade 204 and 205. I had heard that it oxidizes darker and just looking in the tube they appear a bit hard to tell the shade. In these pictures I am wearing shade 204.
The foundation is thin and watery but applies super easily. I tried sponge and fingers and both looked great. It covered my redness but not the hyperpigmentation. However, I only used one round of foundation on my face. The foundation claims to last 24 hours. Ummmm I will not be wearing this for 24 hours!
Here's what the website says:
Discover the new pro finish of longwear: up to 24 hour wear with a hydrating glow. Lightweight and creamy, this long lasting foundation goes on smooth with a glow finish that lasts. With medium coverage, it instantly hides imperfections for a clear complexion. The hydrating foundation with SPF is ideal for normal to dry skin.
COSMETIC INGREDIENTS WATER CYCLOPENTASILOXANE ALCOHOL DENAT. PHENYL TRIMETHICONE GLYCERIN PEG-10 DIMETHICONE BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 DIMETHICONE DIMETHICONE MAGNESIUM SULFATE ETHYLHEXYL HYDROXYSTEARATE TALC SILICA PEG/PPG/POLYBUTYLENE GLYCOL-8/5/3 GLYCERIN DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE DIMETHICONE/POLYGLYCERIN-3 CROSSPOLYMER POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE TOCOPHERYL ACETATE ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE MAGNESIUM STEARATE SILICA SILYLATE DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL ALUMINA BHT SODIUM CITRATE TOCOPHEROL ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL MAY CONTAIN TITANIUM DIOXIDE IRON OXIDES BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE
It also is supposed to be a great base for dry skinned gals and I can attest to that fact! I applied one layer, no primer or anything else and wore it around doing normal errands and household cleaning. I was out in the 98 degree weather and basically forgot I was wearing it until I happened to look in the bathroom mirror. I was surprised that it didn't make me look greasy and the glow was present. It also didn't feel like I was wearing anything on my face. One of the tests I make is whether it transfers on my phone and it did, but not a lot. Remember I didn't prime or set this foundation when I tried it.
Overall it lasted about 7 hours on my skin and around my mouth and nose it seemed to break up and disappear by that hour. However, I feel that if I wear it with primer and set it, that it will last longer for me. I never looked greasy and the glow looked natural and pretty.
Color me impressed and finding a good natural glowy foundation, especially in summer is a win! Have you tried this most talked about foundation? Do tell!!