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

Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cleansing Oil Review

Hello lovelies!

Sorry for not posting in the last week and a half. Things have been hectic with work, and I’m still not feeling 100%. However, I need to make a new post, gosh darn it, so here goes!

This week I’m reviewing Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil. Last month I purchased the Boscia Bright Stars kit, which comes with:

– 5 oz Purifying Cleansing Gel 
– 1.7 oz Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil 
– 0.5 oz Self-Defense Vital Antioxidant Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 
– 0.5 oz Super-Charge Overnight Moisture 
– 0.2 oz Enlivening Amino-AG Eye treatment 
– 0.27 oz Tsubaki Oil 
– 100 Sheets Green Tea Blotting Linens 

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And all of that is only $54 on Sephora’s website! While I’d love to do a review of the entire kit, there’s just too much good stuff in there to fit in one post. Instead, I’m going to be doing them one at a time, starting with the Makeup-Breakup

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The bottle that it comes in is fairly large, with a good sized pump. 1.7 ounces of oil goes a really long way! It’s a lovely mint green shade with little flower decals on the label. However, if you want to buy the oil alone, it costs $28 on Sephora’s website, for a 5 ounce bottle. That’s a ton of product, by the way, and seriously worth it!  You can use this on wet or dry skin, but I find it works best when my skin is dry. I only use it at night, when I’m wearing makeup that needs to come off. I tried using it in the morning, but it just didn’t feel like there was a point to it. 

So I push my hair back off of my face with an elastic headband to start, then use one pump on my neck, cheeks and forehead. Then, because I wear waterproof eyeliner and mascara, and usually have an eye shadow primer on, I use another full pump on my eyes. I rub it in for about 30 seconds, all over my face. I wouldn’t recommend opening your eyes during this time, because while it doesn’t sting when it gets into your eyes (hooray!), it does cause a kind of film to go over them, and it’s just annoying. 

While I’m rubbing in the oil, I have my water on, getting hot. I’ll then take my washcloth and get it very wet, and without wringing it out, I’ll gently rub my face in a circular motion, focusing on the areas where my makeup is heaviest: Cheeks, lips, eyes, eyebrows. Then I rinse out my washcloth and wring it out, then gently wipe down the rest of my face. I don’t use any other cleansers after this, but I do follow up with my normal skincare routine. Oil, serum, moisturizer, eye cream, sleeping mask and so on.

I like to allow my skin to air dry, since I don’t want to aggravate it any more than I have to. I have very sensitive, very fair skin that is prone to redness at the slightest provocation. This cleansing oil does an amazing job of removing even the thickest, most stubborn eye makeup, and gently washes off my lipstick without drying or chapping. It leaves me feeling very moisturized without being greasy. I’ve noticed an improvement in my skin tone in the month since I’ve been using it. Oiliness in my T-Zone has been reduced greatly, redness on and around my nose is lessened and I no longer have dry spots on my cheeks! I’m never left looking red or irritated after using the product either, which is a first with any kind of face wash.

I haven’t noticed much of a fragrance with this product, it’s very, very light and unnoticeable after it’s been washed off. Unless you open your eyes, it won’t leave that greasy film that a lot of oil-based cleansing products seem to have. It doesn’t sting, even if it gets onto an open cut or chapped spot on your lip, or in your eyes. It breaks down my makeup without smearing it all over my face. It’s gentle enough for every day use, though I wouldn’t suggest using it more than once a day, especially if you are acne-prone. I have mostly clear skin, with the occasional blemish, but I’ve noticed this seems to help reduce even the little ones here and there that pop up during the day. Blackheads on my nose have become far less noticeable. In fact, I can’t find anything about this product that I don’t like! And that’s a first!

Verdict

Packaging: 10/10 – The bottle is a light, mint green color, that clearly has instructions on the back, and is very minimalist. The pump is long and distributes an appropriate amount of product. I haven’t gotten anywhere close to the bottom yet, but I haven’t had any issues with air bubbles or having to pump several times to get out the right amount.

Look of Product: 10/10 –  The oil is clear, and goes on looking shiny, but not thick and overbearing.

Smell of Product: 10/10Nearly fragrance free, and doesn’t linger after washing off.

Texture of Product: 10/10Smooth and not greasy, even though it’s an oil, it glides on easily without making you feel like an oil slick. It also rinses off without leaving any kind of residue or film. It’s not so thin that you have to worry about half of it slopping out of your hands, but not so thick that it feels like you’re trying to remove makeup with slime.

Using Product: 10/10This is very easy to use, doesn’t make me feel smothered and does an excellent job of removing makeup with a minimum of work. It doesn’t leave makeup lines across my face as I’m washing it off, it seems to break it down into nothing!

After Using Product: 10/10 – My skin feels fresh, moisturized and clean. There’s no residue or film, no leftover makeup, even from the most stubborn mascara and waterproof eyeliner. 

Overall Result: 10/10

Overall, this has to be my favorite makeup remover/cleanser of all time. I have had no problems using it, my skin looks great and it does an incredible job of getting down deep into your pores! I will definitely repurchase once my bottle runs out. I prefer this over any other standalone makeup remover wipes, oils, alcohols or pads. There’s no irritation, no dryness, I feel like my skin is moisturized and really, really clean. No more under eye mascara rings in the morning because the remover didn’t quite wash it all away!

Have you used Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cleansing Oil? What were your thoughts? What would you like to see next? And as always, thanks for reading!

7 Deadly Sins of Makeup Tag!

I was asked to share my answers to this awesome little thingamabob, by Ginger Loves Make-Up! I’m super excited whenever I’m tagged, as I feel like I’m seriously a part of the blogging community. Cue warm and fuzzy feelings in 3…2…1…Ahhhhhh…..

So this is all about the 7 Deadly Sins of Makeup, and without further ado, let’s begin.

Greed: What’s your most expensive beauty item?
That’s a toss up between two different products that cost about the same amount. First is my ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Beauty Express For Brows and Eyes kit. It sells for $39.50 at Sephora. It’s a full brow kit, including 5 stencils, a brush, brow wax, two different shades of brow powder and two different highlighter shades. It has a mirror inside of it and a magnetic lid so it won’t pop open in your bag. It’s a must have for me, even though it takes a little bit of time, and I don’t use the stencils. They seem a little big for my face.

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The second item would be my Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Fair. I actually JUST got this in the mail today, after saving up for it, as it’s a $42.00 item. It has a dark spot correcting formula, has a ridiculous amount of product that goes a long way, and makes the redness around my nose go away entirely! I have high hopes after trying it out at Sephora a while back at a skincare class. This is technically my most expensive beauty item, but since I just got it today, I figured I’d give the Anastasia Beverly Hills kit an honorable mention.

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Wrath: What item do you have a strong love/hate relationship with?

Oh man…This is a tough one. Probably my Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector. I’ve been using it for a little over a month now, and while I adore what it does to my eyes, the first part of the application sucks. It goes on feeling a little bit greasy, and you have to wait a few minutes before you continue with the rest of your skincare routine for it to absorb completely, otherwise it’ll get chalky. But I can’t argue the results, baby! And at $39.50, there had BETTER be results. (I only have this in a sample, which is why it’s not on my expensive beauty items list.)

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Gluttony: What brand takes up most of your collection?
Smashbox, hands down. I keep getting samples of their stuff, or the little Try It Kit that I reviewed in an earlier post. And the CC cream that I mentioned. And I love the face primer. The only thing I don’t love by Smashbox (so far) is the eyeshadow primer. And that’s because I’m a sucker for Urban Decay Primer Potion and I always will be.

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Sloth: What product do you ignore the most due to laziness?
Foundation. I haven’t got any acne to speak of, with the exception of an occasional break out. Which actually means one or two pimples that I get mad at and won’t leave alone so they end up staying there for like two weeks. So I do my normal routine, wash, eye treatment, face oil, moisturizer, CC cream and then I stop. Unless I’m going out for a super fancy night or I’m taking photographs of myself (because I’m terribly vain), I tend to skip it entirely.

 

Pride: Which product gives you the most confidence?
Back to the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow kit, again. To me, eyebrows are the most important part of the face. They frame everything, provide a base for the look you want to do (fierce, calm, retro) and there’s no way I’d leave without them done perfectly.

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Lust: What item is at the top of your list?
All I want in this world is the GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment mask. This stuff is unreal. It goes on thick and dark gray, and then lightens up as it dries. You can actually see it pulling junk out of your pores. And it makes my skin feel like heaven, or a baby’s butt, or whatever metaphor you like. But at $69.00, it’ll probably be a long time in my future before I’m able to splurge on it.

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Envy: Which makeup product/look looks great on others but not on you?
Barbie pink lipstick. I’m so jealous of girls that can pull it off. Or bright lipstick in general. I can pull off red occasionally, but I’m just so porcelain white that anything I wear on my lips tends to reflect across my face, and I come across looking like a clown. I usually stick with nudes or the occasional raisin. Once in a while, if I’ve got the hair, clothes, and eyes for it, I can do a dramatic red lip. But only once in a while. In dark places. 

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Well, that’s all my answers! Hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them! And thanks again to Ginger Loves Make-Up for asking me to share my thoughts.

Yes to Tomatoes Moisturizer Review

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I’m a huge fan of moisturizers. I live in Florida, where it is exceptionally humid absolutely ALL of the time. Despite this fact, my face does stupid things. Like my nose gets oily. Or my cheeks get dry. Or my skin feels like the winds of the Sahara are scorching across it, even though I’ve been sitting in my bathtub, steaming, for an hour. It’s not that I get acne, ever. I don’t break out. I just get oily or dry or red at the most inopportune moments.

I have no problems spending a good bit of money on a wonderful face moisturizer, because it’s my goddamn face. I’m proud of this face. It’s a good face. It gets me places. Like out of bed. Because I’m not a dog. The rest of my body I could take or leave, but this face? Needs to be taken care of.

My all time favorite moisturizer is by Dr. Ci Labo. Holy mother of god. That company knows how to make my face feel like god himself touched it every morning. I never had a red nose. Or oily nose. I never had dry cheeks. My makeup always went on smooth. But in order to buy the whole system, I’d be spending several hundreds of dollars, and I’m not a big baller guys. Sorry.

So after scraping my lotion pot dry, and not knowing what to do, I picked up Say Yes to Carrots: Say Yes to Tomatoes moisturizer at Walgreens. It was around $17. I picked it up because it says “For acne-prone skin”, and while I’m not acne-prone, I’m oil-prone, and that seemed like a good idea.

IT WAS.

This stuff doesn’t look or smell like tomatoes. Although it claims to be fragrance free, I’ve detected a very light, perfume-y scent that fades almost as soon as you put it on. It’s got lycopene, watermelon and red tea, as well as tomatoes, obviously. It’s mostly organic and doesn’t have any added dyes.

It completely balanced out my skin. My nose and cheeks are the same. Moisturized without being heavy and liquid-feeling on my face. It absorbs quickly. The lotion sucks right into my skin, without having to use a lot. It feels good and definitely isn’t oily or overbearing. Some lotions just feel like I rub grease into my face and then it dries a little bit.

I’ve been using Say Yes to Tomatoes for about two months now, and while it’s no Dr. Ci Labo, it is definitely a win. No problems here, and my skin looks great. No unexpected breakouts or dry patches. My skin isn’t flaky anywhere. I use it before I use my BB cream and foundation, after washing my face.

If you have combination skin, I would highly recommend giving this a try. If anything, you don’t like it, send it to me. I’ll use the hell out of it.