Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette Review and Swatches

Hey lovelies! I know it’s been a WHILE since my last post. I was busy moving and stressing and budgeting the last month and a half, but now that that’s all over with, I can get back on track! I … Continue reading

Wantable Makeup Box – August 2014 – Review

Hello Lovelies! I received my Wantable makeup subscription box about a week ago, but I’ve been really swamped with work and various other things going on, so I haven’t had time to post my review yet. I need to step up … Continue reading

Pür Minerals – Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mud Masque Review

Hello beauties! We all know I’m a sucker for skincare, so today I’ll be doing a review on Pür Minerals Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mud Masque. Pür Minerals is a 100% cruelty-free brand that I’ve been interested in for a while, but … Continue reading

Wantable Makeup Box July 2014 Review

Hello Lovelies!

I received my Wantable Makeup Subscription Box a little earlier than usual this month! Wantable is now using UPS Mail Innovations, which I have had good luck with in the past. My box was ordered on the 24th of June and arrived today, June 28th. I’m very impressed as the boxes last month took about a week to arrive. And getting the box early means I get to review earlier! Hooray!

A cute how-to guide for the perfect selfie!

A cute how-to guide for the perfect selfie!

The first thing I saw when I opened my box was this super cute how-to guide with tips on how to get the Picture Perfect Selfie! I thought this was a neat idea, but I miss my “Hello Gorgeous” style inserts. Also, the page was a bit too large for the box, so it’s wrinkled and torn in places.

My Loves List!

My Loves List!

I change up my loves list nearly every month, just to make sure I have a lot of variation in my boxes. This month, my loves included Fair Skin, Cool Tones, Eye Shadow, Bronzer, Lip Color and Tools. My likes were Complexion Products and Lash Product. My dislikes (where you’ll never receive anything from) was Warm Tones, Brows, Eyeliner, Highlighter, Blush and Nail Polish. Don’t get me wrong, I love just about everything on the list, but I’ve got to keep them on their toes!

Worth it!

Worth it!

Every Wantable box costs $40, or you can subscribe for $36 per month. This month’s box was worth a whopping $106.00! I received four items. Three were off my loves list, one was off my likes. And let me tell you right now, I loved my box this month. I’m not afraid to shout from the rooftops when something seems lackluster, but this was perfect for me. I’m absolutely in love with makeup brushes. I’m constantly purchasing new ones and trying them out. And this month, I received a makeup brush from Tarina Tarantino and one from Vincent Longo! I have some Vincent Longo products already from last month’s box, and I really have been impressed so far, so I’m really looking forward to trying out that brush. Tarina Tarantino though, I’ve never used. But I suppose that’s okay, because I got three products from her this month!

Tarina Tarantino #43 Pigment Brush

Tarina Tarantino #43 Pigment Brush

 My first item this month was a Tarina Tarantino Pigment Brush, #43. While I couldn’t find this individual brush on her website, it shows on my invoice as being a $25.00 retail value. It has very soft, synthetic bristles and a really cute pink design. The ferrule is a deeper shade of pink with a little bow accent in silver. It came in a small pink bag that closes in the back. I can always use a new all over shadow brush, and this one picks up colors quite well. It seemed to really hold onto the pigment that I dipped it into. This will be going into my everyday makeup brush roll!

Vincent Longo #37

Vincent Longo #37

The next item in my box, also a brush, is a Vincent Longo foundation brush, #37. This retails for $30.00 on the Vincent Longo website. It has long, soft, synthetic bristles and seems like it would evenly apply any liquid or cream face products. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I’ll definitely give it a shot! I normally use my Beauty Blender for foundation, but I’m always up for new things. I think the design of the brush is very sleek and well done. I love the Tifffany blue accents, and it seems sturdy and well-put together.

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash!

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash!

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Wand

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Wand

I’ve actually been in the market for a new mascara, so I was definitely happy to see the Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Mascara in my box.  This mascara retails for $19.00 on the Tarina Tarantino website. While this was off of my likes list, I’m glad they included it! It’s a lovely, deep, true black. When it’s applied to your lashes, it can be very natural, but lengthening. You can build up the coats as well to make a more dramatic statement. The formula includes awesome ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil, which are moisturizing and beneficial. And don’t even get me started on that amazing packaging! I love the gunmetal color, and it shimmers like a jewel. This will be going on my vanity to display!

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette

This is probably my favorite item out of the entire box this month, the Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette. It retails on the website for $32.00. A gorgeous little compact with five shimmery shades, this is perfect for putting in your purse! The colors are all very pigmented and oh-so-soft. I think this will be amazing on my brown eyes! I can’t wait to do some purple looks this summer. The packaging is to die for, with little skull accents and a shimmery purple lid. It does feel a little light, so I’m worried about dropping it because I don’t think it would last. With how smooth the shadows are and how funky the packaging is, this is one palette I’ll be very careful with, because I want to have it for a long time.

Swatch - Natural Light

Swatch – Natural Light

Overall, I’m exceptionally happy with this month’s Wantable box. I will use every product in it regularly, with the exception of the foundation brush, but I’m sure I’ll find a use for that as well. I find foundation brushes like this, that are synthetic and soft, are excellent for applying face masques with. The full value of the box, as I mentioned above, was $106.00 USD. That’s $70.00 more than what I spent, and I got to try out some new products I may not have grabbed for myself!

I hope this review helped you out! Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are, and what you’d like to see next.

Until next time, beauties!

XoxoxoX

Brenna Bombshell

Beauty Bombs Giveaway!

Hey beauties!

I’m having another giveaway!

You’ll need to go to http://www.Facebook.com/BeautyBombs to enter, all the rules are pinned to the top of the page!

Prize Package:

– Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
– Gilchrist and Soames Spa Therapy Lotion in Relaxing Sea Fennel
– Juice Beauty Age Defy Moisturizer Deluxe Sample
– Kara 100% Human Hair False Lashes #217
– Mon Ennui Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Fairytale
– GlamNaturals Mascara in Black
– LAQA&CO Lip Crayon in Wolfman
– Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Sculpting Blush in Dusty Pink and Pink Mist
– Julep Crackle Finish Polish in Ursula
– Julep Crackle Finish Polish in Hermione

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Good luck!

MUFE Aqua Liner in Diamond Turquoise Blue/ABH Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown Look/Mini-Review

Hello Beauties! Today is a mini-review day. Instead of doing my full out-of-ten review, I’m just going to be discussing my likes and dislikes of two new products that I got in the last few days. The Make Up For Ever … Continue reading

Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser Review

Hey everyone!

I visited my mom in November, as a Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday hybrid, because I knew I’d be busy with work and that there’d be nasty traffic. Anyways, she gave me a bottle of Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser to try, since I’m always on the prowl for new and exciting products. Read on to see how the Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser stood up to the challenge! 

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First off, let’s look at the packaging. It comes in a small, squeezable plastic tube. There is a flip top on it for easy access to product whether you’re in the shower or at your sink. Something I really like about the plastic it’s made with is that it’s got a weird texture. It’s the same texture as a lot of older lotion bottles. It’s a little bit rough, but not much at all, just so you can have a good grip on it. It says the Clinique name and what the product is. It’s very clean and simple, which I like a lot. 

You’re supposed to use this as a step in a “Clinique skin care system”, but I’ve been trying a lot of products lately, and I really don’t want to commit to a whole new system of doing things when I really still love my Yes to Tomatoes moisturizer so much. I figure it probably boosts the effects of each product when you use them in combination, but probably not so noticeably that it’ll make my skin fall off if I don’t use the other steps. 

Before

Before using Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser – You can see the redness on and around my nose, as well as how lifeless my skin is.

Next up is usage. When I squeezed out the product the first time, I used way more than I needed. This stuff really foams up great! It has a mousse consistency and is a shimmery pale pink color. It smells just like any soap, very light and forgettable. Immediately after rinsing it off of my face, my skin feels tight and clean. I can’t smell the fragrance at all once it has been rinsed off. This works to remove basic makeup, but I still need to use my normal makeup remover cloths for my waterproof mascara. 

During

While using Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, I wanted to take a photograph to show you how it foams up, but as I state in my ratings below, it starts to dry very fast, so it’s faded a bit in this shot.

And finally are the after effects of the product. 

After

After using Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, my skin is much brighter. The redness around my nose has faded. My skin looks refreshed and soft.

I have very fair, combination skin. I get redness and oily skin on and around my nose. I don’t have breakouts, really, my skin is very smooth. Occasionally I’ll get a stray pimple if I’m not being diligent about my makeup removal. (Shame on me!) I have relatively small pores, but I do get blackheads on the middle of my nose. My skin tone is uneven from top to bottom, but is still clear and bright. Using this product helps to keep my nose from getting oily as the day wears on. If I’m not using any makeup at all, then I tend to get a shine around 2pm if I wash my face with this around 8am. If I’ve applied a full face, including foundation, BB cream, setting powder and my contouring/highlighting, and I’ve washed my face in the morning, then I won’t develop any shine and my skin will stay even throughout the day. However, I’m always sure to baby it that night with a detoxifying mask to get rid of all the gunk in my skin. 

Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser is an excellent face wash, and at around 20 bucks for a 5oz bottle, it’s not a bad deal. I’ve been using a travel-sized bottle for a month now, up to twice a day, but nearly always once per day (with the exception noted in the paragraph below the rankings). I’ve noticed an overall improvement in how red my nose area gets as the day wears on. My skin always feels tight and it helps my makeup to apply evenly. 

Verdict

Packaging: 8/10 – I like it, but a tube is still a tube. If I want to get all of the product out, I’ll have to cut it open and transfer it into another container.

Look of Product: 10/10 – I actually love the way this product looks. The shimmer is lovely and I’m a big fan of pink.

Smell of Product: 5/10 – I’m completely neutral on the smell. It’s fine how it is, but if they want to improve it, I wouldn’t mind.

Texture of Product: 9/10 – Very foamy and thick, rinses off without leaving a scummy feeling afterwards. 

Using Product: 9/10 – Foams up nicely without seeming to go overboard. Dries very fast, though. If you don’t rinse it off immediately after applying, it will start to soak into your skin. 

After Using Product: 8/10 – Skin feels tight and clean. Looks brighter and less red. Reduces oiliness. Sometimes makes my cheeks feel a bit too dry, and I have to really pack on the moisturizer.

Overall Result:

8.1/10

I would recommend this product to anyone with oily or combination skin. If you have normal or dry skin, I would suggest finding something more hydrating. Occasionally I feel like my skin has is a bit too dry, and I use a more gentle gel cleanser for a day or two. However, I always go back to this. I wouldn’t use it more than twice a day, as it would likely begin drying out your skin. 

Have you tried Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser or other Clinique cleanser products? What do you think? What did you think of my post? What would you like to see next?

Thanks again!

 

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask Review

Hello Lovelies!

I recently got a gift card to Sephora from my amazingly awesome mom as an early Christmas present. Yay! Makeup! Free samples! New stuff to freaking blog about since it’s been ages! I actually have a couple of posts that I need to put up soon, including the tutorial for how to fix a broken nail with a tea bag, a sunset ombre mani and Jamberry nails! So be ready, I’ll be posting a lot more in the near future.

I’m going to be reviewing all of the items that I received from Sephora. I purchased the following and received them all on Tuesday. Today is the first day I’ve had to relax, which is why I haven’t posted about them sooner. 

– 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Pencil from Urban Decay in Blackheart/Darkside

(This matches the Naked 3 palette if you have it!)

– Eyeshadow Primer Potion from Urban Decay in Original

– Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Illuminator IL01 (Sheer Beige)

(I’m really excited to try this one as I LOVE contouring and highlighting!)

– WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud mask 

– Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion Age Reform

– Murad Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator

– Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

 

So I got a relatively good haul. Some of those were samples, but it doesn’t matter as Sephora is always generous with how much they give you. I love the free gifts you get at Sephora because it’s a chance to try something you may not have splurged on otherwise.

Today I’ll be reviewing the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask.

This was one of my samples, and it came in a bright, matte green packet. There’s no weight listed on it, but it’s small, guys. It says the name, “TATA HARPER” underneath their logo, followed by “A fresh start in Skin Care”. It states it is a 100% natural Resurfacing Mask for instant glow. Well, I like glow-y. Reading through the list of ingredients on the back, I see water, aloe juice, willow bark extract (which naturally contains salicylic acid), pomegranate extract (lots of antioxidants) and many others. The instructions read “For immediate glow, apply a thick layer of the Resurfacing Mask on a clean face. Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.” I didn’t think it was going to be applied in a thick layer, but even though the package is small, it glides on smoothly and allows for a generous application, without using much at all. It feels a lot like aloe, if you ever got a sunburn and had to sooth the stinging. 

Okay, so I applied a decently thick layer across my face, after washing with my new favorite, Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser. It’s a sample that my mom gave me, and you only need a drop, and it keeps my face from getting oily all day. Ugh, amazing. I’ll put up a post about it eventually. I like trying face stuff for about a month before reviewing. Anyways.

The product has a gel consistency, is translucent pink and smells a bit like Ponds Cold Cream. After about five minutes, I could feel it drying on my skin, and it began to tighten. It was never uncomfortable through the 30 minutes I left it on, and I liked that it was clear because I could watch it work. I rinsed with warm water, and then let my face air dry before checking it out. 

My skin feels amazing to the touch. I can feel how tightened my skin has gotten. The few blackheads I had are still poking about, but looking smaller. I’ll check back in about an hour and see if they’ve shrunk more. My face is very bright. I don’t have much of my usual pinkness around my nose area, and my skin looks much more vibrant than it normally does. The Ponds Cold Cream smell does not linger at all after using. I can’t smell anything at all, and I’m usually quite sensitive to smells on my face. 

I’m sorry, I didn’t post a before and after picture because I have really shit allergies right now and I look like crap and I’m not going to share that with the Internet. But here’s a photograph of the product, selling on the Tata Harper website for $55 for 1oz. 

 

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Overall, I’m quite happy with the results. It’s a nice treat, and I feel it would probably be beneficial once a week or so. 

 

There will be lots more reviews coming soon, my Bloggers and Bloggettes and Bloggees.

Have you tried Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask?

What do you think?