Ulta and Walgreens Haul

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Left: Jordana Modern Matte 09 Matte Dare, Right: Rimmel Show Off Lip Velvet 307 Metoric Matte

Hello my pretties! I picked up a few new items last week at Ulta and Walgreens. At Walgreens I got a Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick in the shade 09 Matte Dare ($2.49) and a Rimmel Show Off Lip Velvet in the shade 307 Meteoric Matte ($4.79). Both are new to the drugstore. Can you tell I have a thing for berry shade lippies? ūüôā

First¬†Impressions on the lippies: There was a nice shade range¬†of the Jordana Modern Matte lipsticks, and while I like the shade I got I¬†really had¬†to build up the color and it kind of dragged on my lips when I¬†applied it. It has sort of a weird texture, more waxy than what I am used to. I guess for the price it’s not bad, but I won’t be buying more of these. I think the Wet n’ Wild matte lipsticks for $1.99 are way better. The Rimmel Show Off lip velvet feels nice on my lips and has great pigmentation but it takes forever to dry down matte and it has poor lasting power. I found the original Rimmel Show Off lip lacquers from last year had the same wear problem. I wouldn’t buy more colors of the Show Off Lip Velvets either.

At Ulta I picked up the new Tartelette palette by Tarte and the Real Techniques expert face brush. I had been debating awhile on whether I should get the Tartelette palette or the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette, and I finally decided on the Tartelette palette since I didn’t¬†have an all matte eyeshadow palette. I had a gift card, a 20% off coupon (included prestige brands) and I used up some of my Ulta Reward points, so I didn’t end up spending much of my own money (hooray!). The Real Techniques brush I have been wanting for awhile and I finally picked it up. I think it would be nice for blending foundation or even for a contour.

I also had a coupon for a free Ulta eyeshadow palette as a birthday reward. My birthday was in December so I was definitely late in using it…I just kept forgetting about it! I haven’t swatched the shadows yet, but hey, can’t say no to free makeup!

That’s it friends, my little haul! I’m beyond excited about the Tartelette palette ūüôā I think it will be a great addition to my eyeshadow collection.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading!

-Sandy

Very Inspiring Blogger Award Nomination

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Wow, this came to a total (pleasant) surprise to me!¬†Always Bree¬†ever so kindly nominated me- I love her blog, she puts up posts everyday (mind boggling to me, I’m beyond impressed) and she’s a great writer. Thank you again Bree! I’m fairly new to blogging but it’s something I’ve thought about for a long time. I’m glad I finally started a blog and enjoy reading other bloggers posts too. I’d like to thank all the readers for your support i.e.¬†taking the time to read my posts ūüôā It means a lot to me.

The rules for this award

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add their link to your blog
2. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate other bloggers.
5. Contact your nominees and provide a link to your post.
6. Display the award logo (button) on your blog, whether on your sidebar or about page, or special award page.

7 Things About Me:

1) I work as a pharmacy technician part-time and am in the process of applying to pharmacy school.

2) I wear glasses about half of the time during a typical week.

3) I love watching TV¬†and movies, and reading. I watch more TV¬†than I should-my top favorites are Homeland, The Walking Dead, Shameless, Modern Family, The Middle, and many others. I’m currently addicted to The Bachelor (I think it’s hilarious and beyond entertaining). Also, anything Disney (yup, in my 20s and not ashamed!)

4)¬†I really hate bugs-if it has wings or more than four legs, I’m probably afraid of it. Even butterflies freak me out (yes I know, I’m weird!).

5) My gateway into makeup (many moons ago) was lipstick, and it’s still my favorite to this day (hence the blog title hehe).

6) I’m a coffee addict (like, every morning or else bad things will happen).

7) My name is Sandy and it’s actually not short for Sandra, or anything for that matter. It’s my full name and I don’t have a middle name. And yes, I got a lot of Grease references growing up in case you were wondering ūüôā

The lovely fellow bloggers I nominate are:

Miss Mariah Couture

Beauty and Baklava

Glam with Sam 

Monogrammed Magnolias

Supernova MUA 

I hope you check them out! Thanks for stopping by ūüôā

-S

Review: Rimmel Provocalips

Hello dears! Today’s post is a review of the Rimmel Provocaliips longwear lip colors. I got two shades at CVS for $7.49 each (but they were BOGO50% off). I got the shades 750 Heartbreaker (brown/mauve neutral shade) and 500 Kiss Me You Fool (warm bright red). According to Ulta’s website, there are 10 shades available.2015/01/img_1053.jpgApplication: These lip colors are a two-step system. The double-ended doe foot applicator contains the lip color on one end and a clear topcoat on the other. The best way I found to apply these is to¬†apply the lip color, wait 2-3 minutes for it to dry down completely, and then apply the clear top coat/gloss. The color starts out pretty liquid-y and shiny, but will dry down matte after a few minutes. Adding the clear gloss on top makes your lips feel pretty comfortable. I would suggest that you exfoliate your lips before wearing these because it will cling to any flakiness on your lips (not attractive haha).

Comfort: The lip product felt fairly comfortable and lightweight on my lips, and when it started to feel a bit dry after about 5 hours of wear I applied some more of the clear gloss and it felt perfect again. 2015/01/img_1055.jpg

Wear: I was seriously¬†impressed with how long these wore. I put on the shade Heartbreaker (a brown? a mauve? somewhere in between? I’m not quite sure) after I ate lunch around 12:30 pm, and the after picture was taken around 11 pm. In between I had a couple snacks, drank water, ate dinner (breaded and pan-fried chicken), and even brushed my teeth. The color was still there after all that! I’ve worn this shade and the red one before and the results were pretty much the same-barely any budging whatsoever after hours of wear. I actually fell asleep before taking it off and it was still on my lips in the morning (and it still looked pretty decent!).

Removal: You’re going to need something oil-based to take this lip color off because it does not mess around. I tried a little eye makeup remover just to see if it would work, and it only took off some of it while the rest was still stuck to my lips.

Overall: Wow, I think these are so amazing! I would highly recommend them. I don’t have any lip product¬†that lasts nearly as long as these (they beat out the Stila stay all day liquid lipsticks and kat von d liquid lipsticks in terms of wear). They claim to wear for 16 hours and I would say I agree. It’s truly a product you can put on and forget about for the day, except to touch up with gloss if it gets to be dry.

I wish there were more shades I was interested in-there were some light nudes and light pinks that I don’t think would look good on me, a darker red (looked nice but I don’t know about you, but I have so many dark reds), and some bright medium pinks (very bright/vivid). There was a berry shade that was totally up my alley (Kiss Fatal), but it has some metallic sheen in it, which I really am not a fan of. I don’t know, maybe I’ll pick it up anyway and it won’t be so bad.

Quick Overview:

Pros: Last forever, great pigmentation, comfortable, affordable

Cons: Doe foot applicator can be hard for precise application of the bright/dark colors, needs more shade selection

Thanks for reading!

-S

Weekend makeup featuring an (attempted) double wing eyeliner

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Check out those (baby) double wings!

Hello my dears! Sadly, the weekend is coming to an end and soon we will have to face the week yet again. It was a lazy weekend for me, but I did go out with the boyfriend a bit Friday evening and decided to try something different makeup-wise. I was inspired to do a double wing eyeliner look by katienield from dailymakeupbeautyblog in her Eyeliner Series #2 post. She provided a great tutorial for how to do a double wing eyeliner so I decided to try it out.¬†My¬†result was not nearly as nice as hers but¬†I guess I couldn’t expect it to be perfect on the first attempt (I still struggle with regular winged eyeliner sometimes!). Still, it was fun to try something different and maybe one day I can get it to look¬†semi-decent (with practice).

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Top: Lorac Pro 2 Bottom (left to right): Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy lipstick, L’oreal Infallible eyeshadow Amber Rush, Makeup Geek Bitten eyeshadow, Maybelline Matte + Poreless foundation

Makeup details:

Face: Smashbox Photofinish Primer and Boots Matte Makeup Base, Maybelline Matte + Poreless foundation (120 Classic Ivory), Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder (120 Classic Ivory), Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer (Light), Tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer, Benefit Hoola Bronzer (contour), Benefit Rockateur blush, Elf Baked Blush Pinktastic(highlight)

Eyes: L’oreal Infallible Eyeshadow Amber Rush and Lorac Pro 2 Rose on lid, Makeup Geek Creme Brulee and Bitten in the crease,¬†Espresso from Lorac Pro Palette on outer V, Buff and Beige to highlight brow bone and inner corner, Makeup Geek Bitten on lower lashline, Urban Decay Perversion eyeliner in water line, L’oreal lacquer liner for winged eyeliner, Anastasia Brow Pomade (Dark Brown), L’oreal Butterfly mascara

Lips: Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy

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Complete look

Thanks for reading! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Like I said, mine was lazy. I started a new series on Netflix called The Fall that follows a serial killer and the detective trying to catch him, set in Northern Ireland. It’s been pretty interesting so far-has anyone else seen it? I’ve started season 2.

-S

Purple eye look ft Makeup Geek Pop Culture & Lorac Pro 2 palette

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Top: Lorac Pro 2 Bottom Left: Makeup Geek Pop Culture Bottom Right:¬†L’oreal Infallible eyeshadow Perpetual Purple¬†

Hello dears! This is a quick¬†post¬†of what I used for a purple eye look I wore recently. I really love using purples on my eyes. Good purple eyeshadows¬†can be hard to come by (it seems to be a shade that drugstore and high end shadows struggle with a lot). Makeup Geek Pop Culture is such a gorgeous purple, but I definitely had to layer it a lot to get the pigmentation I wanted. Still, I love the shade of purple so much that I don’t mind it needing the extra attention. I used a light concealer as a base, but the best thing to use with Pop Culture is a white base to help it pop.

2015/01/img_1003.jpgEye details¬†(shades used in the Lorac Pro2 Palette are marked with x’s in the picture above):

Crease: Lt. Brown from the Lorac Pro 2 palette throughout the crease, and Cool Gray on top of that to deepen and add contrast.

Lid: Makeup Geek Pop Culture all over the lid, with a little bit of the Plum shade from the Lorac Pro 2 palette lightly blended on the outer V to add contrast.

Brownbone and inner corner highlight: Buff from the Lorac Pro 2 to highlight the brow bone and Snow to highlight the inner corner

Lower lash line: L’oreal Infallible eyeshadow in the shade Perpetual Purple

Liner: L’oreal lacquer liner

Mascara: Maybelline the Falsies

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this look, thanks for stopping by ūüôā

-S

A Comparison: MAC Faux and MAC Brave lipsticks-Do you really need both?

Hi there! I decided to jump on the Kylie Jenner lip bandwagon a couple months ago, so I made a trip to a MAC counter to check out the Faux lipstick that was rumored to be the lipstick she wears. Well, while I was there I took a liking to the shade Brave as well. I thought the two colors were similar enough so I didn’t need both (especially since I was going to pick up Patiesserie too). So I stood there trying to decide which one to get for an ungodly length of time (I’m pretty sure the MUA assisting me thought I was nuts). After what seemed like hours, I finally decided to go with Brave. Of course, the MUA tells me its out of stock ūüė¶ To sate the lipstick monster inside of me, I ended up getting Faux.

Of course, the story doesn’t end there. Do you ever get¬†that feeling of motivation to have¬†a makeup product¬†when they don’t have it in stores? It practically becomes a¬†hunt for me, like some sort of challenge for me to find it elsewhere because now I NEED it (Yes I’m crazy). It was backordered on the Nordstrom website but luckily I found it at a MAC store a few days later. I’m glad I did finally find it, because I really fell in love with Brave (and prefer it to Faux).

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                     Left: No flash                                Right: Flash

Since I have Faux and Brave, I decided to do a comparison to find out how similar they really are. The two are both muted pinky mauve colors and both have Satin finishes. However, you can tell in the tube that Faux is cool-toned and a little lighter while Brave is neutral/on the warmer spectrum compared to Faux. When swatched though, they look extremely similar. You can only see the difference in tone and lightness with a flash photo.

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                                Left: No flash                       Right: Flash

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                                        Top: No flash         Bottom: Flash

I applied Faux on my upper lip and Brave on my lower lip, and I¬†can barely tell a difference, even with flash. WIthout flash, the two shades are indistingushable to me. Keep in mind, I don’t know how different/similar the two will look on your lips since we all have different pigmentation. However, even swatched on skin you can tell how similar the two are. So, if you are a practical and rational person (I am neither when it comes to lipstick) then you definitely don’t need both. Even a lipstick collector (aka hoarder) like me can barely tell the difference. For some reason I gravitate towards Brave the most though, and I think that’s just because my brain prefers the idea of it being warmer compared to Faux (even though they look the same on my lips).

If you were thinking about picking up either of these lipsticks or already have one and were thinking of picking up the other, I hope you find this helpful. They are essentially dupes of each other and you probably don’t need both of them unless you can appreciate their small differences.

Thanks for reading!

-S

First Impression Review: Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

Hello loves! Today I’d like to share with you my first impression on the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation, which is targeted to Normal or Oily skin. This is my first product from the Fit Me line. I got the shade 120 Classic Ivory at Target for $6.99. There are 12 shades total to pick from. The display at my Target only had the lightest shade (110 Porcelain) and 120 Classic Ivory as the lightest shades to pick from, so I went with the darker of the two. I didn’t know there should have been two more shades in between the two according to their website, but luckily Classic Ivory turned out to be a decent match for me. It’s definitely a warm color, and although it looked a tad dark for me when swatched it was¬†a great match once applied on my face.

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120 Classic Ivory Left: Un-blended swatch Right: Blended swatch

The claims according to the bottle: “Mattifies and refines pores”, “Matches natural tone”, “Natural seamless finish”

According to the Maybelline¬†website: “While some foundations can exaggerate pores and oily skin, only our pore-minimizing foundation contains our genius blurring micro-powders that erase pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and poreless-looking finish. Dermatologist and allergy tested. Does not clog pores. Oil-free.”

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Left: Bare face Right: Maybelline Matte + Poreless Foundation shade 120 Classic Ivory (Both flash)

My skin type: I have combo/oily skin. My t-zone gets crazy oily, while the area around my jawline is sensitive and dry. I have acne marks on my forhead and lots of redness around my cheeks and jawline.

Packaging: The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a screw on cap. Not the most ideal packaging (pumps and squeeze tubes are much preferred), but I can deal with it.

Foundation texture: The foundation itself is a good consistency-not too liquid-y and not too thick. I didn’t have a problem getting it to pour out of the bottle.

Application: I poured a little¬†into my fingers and then applied it to my face, blending lightly. I used my Sigma F80 brush to blend further and buff out any streaks. It blended out really easily, and felt really silky and velvety on my skin. It dried down to a powder finish. It didn’t accentuate any of the dry areas on my jawline.

Coverage: The first layer gave me medium coverage. The redness in my problems areas (forehead, cheeks, jawline) were pretty much gone, but I dabbed a little more on those areas anyway for extra coverage. It seemed to build ok and did not get cakey at all.

Finish: It does have a matte finish, but I don’t think it made my face look dry or powdery.¬†It felt lightweight on my skin and looked natural.

Wear: The foundation wore really nicely and I found it to be long-lasting. I used a primer beforehand and set it with powder around on my t-zone. My nose started to get noticeably oily after 5 hours of wearing it, while my forehead only showed some breakthrough shine at that point. I didn’t blot so I could see the results at the end of my day. After 8.5 hours of wear, my forehead was shiny and my nose was even shinier. The rest of my foundation was still in place however.

Oil control: I think this foundation had pretty good oil control, and that’s probably because it dried down to a powder. I have the best luck using powder foundations to control my oily t-zone, and this foundation gave me the second best results compared to that.

Does it live up to its claims? I can’t say I noticed any significant pore-blurring effects with this foundation, but I do agree that it mattified, matched my natural tone, and had a natural seamless finish. It did help absorb oil but did not keep me from becoming oily in my t-zone throughout the day (not much does though).

Overall, I really like this foundation. It is supposed to be oil-free and claims not to clog pores, and I didn’t notice any breakouts after wearing it. But, I think I would have to wear it a few more times to really tell if it causes breakouts. After using it once, I already like it way better¬†than the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation that I tried recently, which I reviewed here. The Maybelline foundation¬†blended much easier and had better oil control, and looked more natural on my skin. I can’t think of many cons about this foundation besides its¬†packaging.

Quick Overview

Pros: Natural finish, dries down to a powder, feels velvety on the skin, blends out easily, reasonably priced

Cons: Packaging(have to pour it out as opposed to a pump or squeeze tube), no SPF

So there you have it! Have you tried the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation? Do you have any favorites from the Fit Me line? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

-S