Thursday, October 31, 2013

Review: Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stain

Hello new obsession! I picked up these Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stains from Walgreens for $3.29. They are available in 8 different shades and I have picked up 4, limiting my selections to only colors I like and that would compliment my skin tone. These are jumbo lip crayons that come in plastic sticks, and is similar to the Revlon Just Bitten stains in size and shape. They are twist up products, so no sharpener required. They claim to be a moisturizing balm infused with a light-weight stain, however I have concluded there is nothing light-weight about these stains. They smell delicious, like sweet tarts or cherry Chapstick, and no weird to taste to them like some lip products have. Despite how they all appear to be different colors, ranging from nudes to cranberries to red, I have found that all of them swatch out with pink undertones, so if you are looking for something that will give you a true cherry red, this will not give it to you. Here's a quick break down to the four colors I picked up.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

UPDATE: Project Pan!

It's the end of the month and time to check in to see how I am doing on my project pan! Right away you can see some progress in a few of these products. I've inserted comparisons side by side with some comments. You can visit my original post here to get the full names of all these products. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Morning Skin Routine

I am absolutely crazed about flawless skin because in my teenage years I was cursed with bad acne that had carried onto my adult years with slight scarring and the occasional breakouts. Because of this reason I prefer to keep the use of foundations at a minimum as to discourage future pimples from surfacing and to help keep my oily skin to a minimum. After scouring reviews and testing out a range of products I have perfected my ideal skin care routine. Here I will break down everything I do in the morning to help achieve that natural bright skin look I have been chasing after.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall 2013 Trends: Nail Polishes

Good bye bright neons, hello to darker jewel tones! Fall is the season of transition, and before I break out those vampy reds and festive glitters, now is the time for the rich jewel tones to complement the shift in fashion from airy and light to layered and chic. Here are the top six trends of polishes I have spotted, as well as some suggestions of my favorites for each category.

Friday, October 25, 2013

DIY: Re-purposing Candle Jars

As a serious candle junkie I have collected candles for every season and holiday and constantly have one burning in my room. Before I had discarded empty jars once I had burned away all that delightful scented oil, but Pinterest has opened my eyes to a new alternative: reusing the jars! Similar jars sold in stores can run upwards to $20, so might as well invest the money in some good smelling candles and then be able to upcycle the jars as an added bonus. The steps are maddeningly simple to clean out a jar for use, and with so many different candles in all sorts of shapes and sizes, it was insane I hadn't thought to use them post candle life. Here's some really simple instructions as to how to clean out candle jars as well as some inspiration of what I use mine for.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Review: BH Cosmetics California Collection

I snagged these three special edition palettes off of the BH Cosmetics for $8 each and I must admit they are not worth the money. Originally I only had the intention of purchasing the San Francisco palette having studying the colors and deciding that those would be the most wearable for my preferences, but the sale I spotted when I was shopping around convinced me to go ahead and grab all three. Each palette is a small square that opens up to reveal 16 eyeshadows that are a mix of matte and glitter, 4 blush or highlight shades and a small mirror. The packaging makes these ideal for travel because they are compact and condenses many must have products into one. However I am extremely disappointed in the consistency within these palettes, with an irritating mix of sheer and opaque colors. While I would love to be able to take just one for travelling, I find it difficult to complete an eye look with just one palette because some of the colors are completely sheer and not build-able. This will become more apparent when I break down each individual palette down and show swatches below. For the price I guess this is the quality to be suspected, however after having great success with the Galaxy Chic palette I just expected a little more.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

OMG! PLL & RW!

Here's a break from the usual beauty talk to have a fan girl moment over the return of Pretty Little Liars and the premiere of Ravenswood. Warning you now that there will be spoilers so if you haven't watched these two episodes from last night turn away now! I will admit when I first started seeing the commercials for Ravenswood I wasn't too interested. In all honesty it actually took a few mentions of it in Pretty Little Liars (hence forth denoted as PLL), before I finally made the connection. Poor Hanna has suffered enough heart breaks and issues, I thought it was a little cruel to remove her boy from the equation and transplant him into RW. However I was intrigued by this opener and looking forward to the season.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Review: BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic

This is the BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic baked eyeshadow palette which comes with 18 beautiful shadows. I hauled this palette along with a few other items a few weeks ago and I have been very pleased with this purchase. 

First of all the size of this palette is way bigger than I thought. It is roughly the size of a Harry Potter novel and each color comes in a generous quarter sized amount. It also comes with a small mirror on the lid which in my opinion is a little small making it difficult to actually use, especially while holding up this sizeable palette. The packaging is sturdy and it has a magnetic closure in the flap. For $14 this palette is an absolute steal for both the quantity and quality that you receive. There are no matte shades in this palette however it is still possible to create daytime looks because despite the bright colors and marbling in all the colors, some of them do come off as light and more neutral. There's a wide range of color that all work well for each other and there are shades for everyone to work with and enjoy. Unlike some other palettes I'm finding that each color seems to be unique in itself, with notable differences.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Things I'm Excited For!

I woke up today in a particular fall-ish weather. While I love the long days of summer and the ability to wear shorts and dresses, I must admit I am never a fan of the extreme heat that prevents me from ever enjoying the day. And to me extreme heat is roughly 80 degrees. I sweat a lot. A lot. I am very pleased with the cooler temperatures and the ability to wrap myself in warm sweaters and scarves. I am also waiting eagerly for the rainy season which allows me to feel less guilty about dirty my car is because the weather will conveniently clean it for me! Here's a list of things I am looking forward to: 

Friday, October 18, 2013

UnBoxing Match! October 2013 Ipsy vs. Birchbox

It's the most exciting time of the month where my Ipsy bag and Birchbox get to face off in an unboxing match and see who comes out on top!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with these services, Ipsy and Birchbox are two beauty subscription boxes that come monthly. Both of these cost $10 a month and each arrive with 4-5 different goodies. Ipsy, I have found, tends to have an even mix of well known and obscure brands, and can be pretty reliable about providing full sized makeup products; while Birchbox tends to be geared more towards the hair and skincare products in sample sizes. While I keep telling myself I need to cancel one, I love how they each offer a different side to my beauty routine and have stuck to them both every since. Let's get right into the unboxing and some first impressions of what I got.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

BH Cosmetics Haul

I will admit that these were two separate orders but I did place them within days of each other. I am a sucker for those special sales emails and definitely fell victim to it. I received the first order which was all of the palettes at the end of September and the second order more recently so I decided to wait to do a collective haul on everything.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Review: Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

Foaming exfoliater. Pure magic. For the steep price of $32.95 you too can own your own jar of magical Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. I first became acquainted with this baby as a sample from my Birchbox and was completely blown away by it. Full disclosure, I cashed in some Birchbox points to get a heavy discount, no way would I spend that much on a face wash! Price aside though I am absolutely in love with this stuff and a little really goes a long way so this sucker has lasted me a long while now with a little more than half the jar left.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DIY: Cleaning Makeup Brushes

My makeup brushes go through quite a war everyday and despite daily spot cleaning, the gunk really starts to build up which inevitably starts contaminating all of my colors. And let's face it, it's not just color but these things are hotbeds for all kinds of germs and other ooey-gooey things. In order to preserve the original brilliance of all my shadows and blushes, as well as ensure that makeup is not a case to blindness or mysterious infections, every week (every month, more realistically) I have a makeup brush spa day and really deep clean all of my brushes. Here is my step by step break down of how I achieve the drastically difference displayed above.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Walkers, Witches, and Wonderland

It has been a great few days of TV premieres for some highly anticipated shows of mine. Today I am going to talk about three in particular: American Horror Story which airs on Wednesdays on FX, The Walking Dead which is Sundays on AMC, and a new spin-off series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland which can be found on ABC on Thursdays. I am warning you all now that there will be spoilers so stop reading now if you haven't seen these premieres yet!


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Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall 2013 Wishlist

Daily doses of beauty blogs has crafted quite a long wishlist for things I would love to own this fall season. I find myself lusting after a number of products to add to my collection after seeking out multiple reviews and evaluating what I already have on hand. Here's my current list of needs wants and the justification I am giving myself as to why they are necessary. I've included prices rounded up to the nearest dollar which may not reflect the cheapest they can be found but is merely what I retrieved from the direct product website.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Review: Maybelline Color Whisper vs. Revlon Lip Butter

Out of all my lip products, I find myself reaching more for tinted balms over anything else. I look for ones that are moisturizing and I can apply quickly without a mirror and not end up looking like a clown. This is a problem for me because having naturally darker lips I have to go for darker colors to even show up on my lips. These two drugstore products are my favorite among my collection and I am going to do a side by side comparison with colors that I could match as closely as possible with each other. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ins & Outs #1

In
  • Boots, scarves and sweaters. I definitely jumped the gun on this one seeing as it still hovers around the 70's in the afternoon, but I absolutely love how comfortable yet chic fall fashion is and I stand by my argument that my 8am class takes place during sub 60 degree weather so it's acceptable. I cannot wait for the temperature to drop more and for rain too, wind however can stay away please, my hair is crazy enough without it. Seriously though, my go to outfit for fall would have to be riding boots, thick leggings, oversized chunky sweater and a scarf. Warm and polished with very little effort.
  • Candles. Cooler temperatures and fall scents always encourage me to light up a pumpkin or cinnamon scented beauty. I guess summer scents are just too synthetically sweet for me, or scorching temperatures also may be the reason to avoid lighting a flame too. But nothing is better than opening up a window to a breeze, lighting up a candle and curling up with a good book.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review: L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder

This is officially my new holy grail product when I'm looking for my skin but better. The coverage is very light, but on good days when I don't have ridiculous breakout, it works perfectly. This is L'Oreal's new liquid to powder foundation with SPF that retails for about $12.99. While it is on the slightly pricier side and definitely not made for everyone, if your skin is like mine, it may be worth a trial run.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Top 10 Favorite Gurus

Since YouTube is what inspired the creation of this blog, I thought it would be fitting to dedicate a post raving about my favorite beauty gurus there. Here is my top list, in no particular order, of my all time favorite channels!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Project Pan! October 2013

This month I have launched my first Project Pan! For those who are unfamiliar with this idea it is basically a pledge to a few products to use them and hit pan aka finish them up. I have chosen eight items, which may seem like a lot, however most of them are pretty much gone, or they are items I literally have reached for in a year so I might as well force myself to finish them up. 

1. First up is this Revlon Colorstay 12 Hour Eye Shadow palette in 11 Sultry Smoke. This bad boy may be the first eyeshadows I bought almost 10 years ago. This was recently found when I was cleaning out some drawers and it is high time that it got used up.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

September 2013 UNfavorites

In my month of rediscovery and experimentation I have stumbled across a few products I regret buying. Of course I will still be finishing them off because I'm the type of person to not waste, but I will be unlikely to repurchase these items.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

September 2013 Favorites

Happy October everyone! September had been month of trying new products as well as rediscovering old favorites. Since it was my birthday month I did splurge on a few things and justified my actions as numerous presents to myself (look forward to a post reviewing just about the entire BH Cosmetics line), so I tried to narrow it down to the best of the best and grabbed a range of different products. Let's get started.