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

Facebook 150 Fan Giveaway!

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Hey beauties!

On my Facebook Fan Page, I’m hosting a big giveaway with an awesome prize package once I hit 150 fans! 

Included are:

-5 Sample packs of Clinique 3-Step System (Face wash, clarifying lotion and moisturizer)
– Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow (My personal blush Holy Grail!)
– Cailyn Mineral Eyeshadow in Iron 
– Bare Minerals Eyeshadow in Muse 
– Living Proof Nourishing Style Cream
– Skinprep FX Foundation Primer and Treatment Serum 
– Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara
– Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara
– Sephora Full Action Mascara
– Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper 
– Benefit Sun Beam
– Benefit Coralista Lip Gloss
– Tarte Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint in Glee
– Philosophy Frosted Cookie Lip Gloss
– 3 Stila Lip Glazes in Guava, Apricot and Starfruit!

…And I’ll probably be throwing in a few more goodies for the winner as well! 

All you need to do is go to my fan page and look through the rules, complete all the steps and you’re entered! 

Good luck!

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Up Close and Personal Skin Care Routine!

Hello Beauties! Today is going to be an up close and personal tutorial on how I do my skincare! The spotlight product tonight is GlamGlow SuperMud! This is my Holy Grail face mask. It visibly sucks the impurities out of … Continue reading

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

Kat Von D – True Romance – Beethoven Palette Review and Swatches

Hello to the most wonderful fans and followers a blogger could hope for! After having wonderful success on my Facebook Page, I am responding to a poll, in which my readers are most interested in seeing a review done of … Continue reading

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!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes Review

Hello Lovelies!

Recently, in my 7 Deadly Sins of Makeup post, I mentioned one of my favorite products is Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes in Brunette. Coming in at $39.50 on Sephora’s website, this is a higher end beauty item. However, since eyebrows are the frame for your face, I feel it’s one of, if not the most important thing to get right. After all, you wouldn’t frame the Mona Lisa with cardboard, would you?

Let’s get down to business.

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I had my eye on this product for a few months, as I was looking to branch out of my norm. I used to apply my brows using a cheap, drugstore pencil, and occasionally I would set them with powder. My brows are highly arched, but they’re sparse from over plucking when I was younger. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with thin brows. There’s nothing wrong with removing them completely to draw on yourself. But lately, the trend has been to have full, luscious brows. It’s literally everywhere on the catwalks since early last year, if not even before that. As one that tries to keep up with current makeup fashion, I tried it and discovered I look much better with a full brow than with the thin, pencil lines I used to do.

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I actually purchased this when I went to a Sephora skincare class in the beginning of the year, and figured I’d give it about a month of using to see if I liked it. It came highly recommended by the salesgirl, as did a lot of other products I’m slowly adding to my collection. Like me, she has porcelain skin, does her brows, and adores makeup. We have similar skin type and tone, so I trusted what she said. I got the set in Brunette. 

Now the kit contains brow wax, two shades of brown powder, two highlighters, five stencils and a thin, angled brush. It all comes in a really cute black snakeskin and gold box. It has a magnetic lid, so you don’t have to worry about it popping open in your purse. There’s a small mirror, and a guideline beside it to show you the proper way to apply the products. It feels heavy, and should be durable. It’s definitely made it through banging around in my purse, being dropped on tile, and just general use without any show of wear and tear.

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The first time I used this product, I hated it. I nearly returned it the same day I bought it. Or I would have, if the store hadn’t been closed for the night already. None of the stencils were right for me. The only one with an arch as high as mine was way too big for my face and made me look like the Joker. It was difficult to hold it on while applying, and I just wasn’t pleased. A few days later, I decided to try again, this time without the stencils. And oh my, am I glad I did. I used a spoolie to apply the brow wax to my hairs, getting them all moving in the same direction. This is great for me, because my hairs tend to go in wonky directions and it can be difficult to tame them. Then I took the angled brush and smoothed it over the darker brown. I applied it the way I used to do my pencil, with light, feathery strokes. It went on well, and was highly pigmented. The wax seemed to just grab at the color, making it stay where it was supposed to be and not moving at all! I used the lighter brown to fill in the tail ends, to appear more natural. Getting my brows even was a cinch, and when I finished with both, I ran the waxy spoolie over them again to set them, and put the highlighter on my brow bone. The final look was divine and I realized why everyone was absolutely raving over this kit.

Since then, I’ve ended up using the kit every time I do my eyebrows. I’ve thrown out all my old pencils, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. The stencils are useless to me, but if you have a square or round face, or a high forehead, I think they would be great. My face is small and heart shaped, which doesn’t do well for overly dramatic eyebrows, at least not on me. They’re still bold, and definitely make a statement, though!

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Finished Look

Verdict

Packaging: 10/10 – This kit has perfectly sized packaging, everything fits in neatly. In fact, since removing the stencils, I can easily fit my tweezers and spoolie in it as well! The mirror comes in handy for touch up work on-the-go. The magnetic lid keeps it from opening unexpectedly. The whole case is well designed and seems like it will end up lasting me until I’ve finished with everything in it.

Look of Product: 10/10 –  Once applied, I feel that it makes me look polished without looking unnatural. It allows the natural hair to show through, and the wax is a great consistency, that doesn’t leave you looking like you have glue keeping your brows in place, as I’ve noticed with other brow wax.

Components of Product: 7/10 – The wax has a delicate, buttery consistency that does a great job of keeping your brows in place all day. The two brown shades are wonderful, very highly pigmented and they look natural when applied. The highlighters are nice, but I tend to stick with other highlighters, as I’m more into shimmery whites. These are a beige-ish color that is a little darker than my skin tone, but I love them for a light eyeshadow. The brush does a great job of creating little strokes, and washes out easily. Being small, it allows me to get a precise line, and it’s easy to hold. I’ve heard others complain that it’s too thin, but I prefer that. I get perfect accuracy and don’t have to worry about any fallout at all. The only thing I truly dislike would be the stencils. But since there are five of them, they probably fit a variety of faces. I’m not going to toss them, however. I may end up using them or reshaping my brows so that I can use one that has a lower arch eventually.

Using Product: 9/10 – While I find this product easy and self-explanatory, I don’t feel that it’s appropriate for beginners. It could be a little bit daunting to newbie eyebrow architects, and I’d suggest for your first time, trying something a little less expensive. That way, you can get a feel for it, and use up the powder, and try different looks without fear of wasting. For me, I think it’s a breeze. I love the wax, and just wish the brush was a double-ended spoolie, like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Genius Kit has.

After Using Product: 10/10 – Having my eyebrows look like this gives me a serious confidence boost! I feel like I’ve never had them look better, and couldn’t be happier with the results. They last all day (and if I forget to wash them off, all night) without a smudge at all. I get a lot of compliments on them. This is definitely an improvement over a pencil or just using an eyeshadow.

Overall Result: 9.2/10

I would highly recommend this kit to anyone that enjoys doing their eyebrows, but is looking for that little extra something to really amp it up! I know that I’ve never been happier with how mine look, and I find myself checking out other girls’ brows when I go out, wishing I could do them with this kit! Shame on me! But when you look good, you want everyone else to look good too. This is definitely my ultimate ego boost product, and I don’t think I’ll ever be caught without it.

What do you think? What do you use for your brows? 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.