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26 Jun

What do I love as much as product? Getting things in the mail. So when I heard about Birchbox, a subscription service where for $10 a month you get a box of product samples shipped to you, I yelled, “ALL IN!” I did not research. I did not waffle. I did not ask around. I SIGNED THE HECK UP.

I have been a Birchbox member now for six months. Some months have been unimpressive. Some months have been pretty cool. One month I even got a free, special bonus box (in addition to my regular monthly box), full of Vichy products. Quelle belle surprise! Until this month, only one product had hooked me, and it’s actually one I have since blogged about – Orofluido’s hair oil. I got a nice little tester of it that lasted me for a good week, really enjoyed it, and ended up buying stock in the company. Okay, not really, but I should, because I have bought it for myself twice since and recommended it both personally and in my blog. I also got another product I blogged about, the Miracle Skin Transformer, which I did REALLY like but found to be a little too expensive for the size you get.

Anyhow, I have gotten some other great stuff, but nothing to write home about, until June’s box. June’s box has not just an eyeliner, not just a lip stain, not just a Borghese bath soak… BUT ALL THREE! And some other crap too! Not just one packet of the Borghese bath soak, either, but TWO packets of it, so you can really decide if you like it before ordering.

Damn, Birchbox. You got me. I am hooked. And I can now endorse you fully, far and wide. If you can cut out two Starbucks lattes a month, you can afford a Birchbox subscription. And if you love product even half as much as I do, you can’t really afford not to.

Korres Deep Colour Mascara

25 May

I have extolled the virtues of Korres before and now, in the half hour before I have to leave for work, I am going to do it again.

I have naturally full, curly lashes. (Don’t hate me, there are lots of other things wrong with me, I promise.) Sometimes, if I am just going out dog walking or whatnot, I don’t want to go all out in the eye makeup department, and this includes mascara. What I mean is that if I use one of my favorites – like, say, Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara – I end up with really, really full, dark, long lashes, and to me, that looks a bit overdone for walking dogs. Long black lashes are beautiful and they make my eyes look sensational, but I don’t really need to look like I am all done up for a night out on the town every day, and honestly, it makes me feel a little preposterous. Sometimes, I just want to highlight my lashes (which have blonde tips, so can be a bit invisible with no mascara at all) without making them look like I have false lashes on. It’s on these days I turn to Korres’ Deep Colour Mascara.

Here’s the scoop, from the Sephora website:

What it is:
A pigment-rich mascara containing Provitamin B5 and Rice Bran.

What it does:
Korres Deep Colour Mascara provides glossy, deep color while conditioning and nourishing to promote maximum lash health. This brand favorite contains Provitamin B5 , a proven hair-strengthening agent that conditions and strengthens lashes, while Rice Bran expands (just like rice does in water) to provide maximum lash length, volume, and fullness*.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Mineral Oils
– Petrochemicals
– Propylene Glycols
– Ethanolomines
– GMOs
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes

(*asterisk mine – I love this mascara but I don’t know what they’re comparing it to – I have used a LOT of mascaras and this provides medium volume and fullness, NOT maximum.)

This mascara is a fantastic daytime mascara. It stays put, doesn’t smudge, gives me nice, beautiful length and color, doesn’t clump, and doesn’t make my lashes looks too fake or overblown. I am wearing it right now as I type this, because I have a lunch date today and want to look presentable. I just ran my finger over the ends of my lashes and they feel soft and pliable, not set and hard as the case is with some mascaras. And if it does the stuff it promises, with the Provitamin B5 and whatever, then hey, all the better!

I fully endorse Korres’ Deep Colour Mascara as a go-to daytime mascara. And now I must go-to my daytime job. Toodle-oo!

Target’s Beauty Bag Giveaway!

22 May

Cheers to the fabulous Candice R. for bringing this incredible steal to my attention! Target Summer Beauty Bag Giveaway! Be patient, the demand is great and it’s taking some time to load. But act fast – offer good only while supplies last, which I bet won’t be long! 

What’s Your Makeup Lying To YOU About?

21 May

7 Lies on Your Makeup Labels – special thanks to Michele C., the SassyCityGirl herself, for forwarding this along – it’s a fascinating read!

DiorShow Black Out Mascara

1 May

I don’t know how you TECHNICALLY spell blowing raspberries with your tongue, but here’s my best shot: BBBBLLLLLPPPPTH. It doesn’t matter how bloody good a mascara looks when you put it on your lashes if it’s all over the skin under your eyes within a few hours. I put DiorShow Black Out mascara on at about 5pm last night, and when I got into the car before nine, I noticed in the rearview mirror that I had the dreaded black raccoon smudges under my eyes. I had not been crying. I had not been drinking. I had not been sweating. I had not been in the rain. I went to meet a client, then went and met girlfriends for dinner. Two sit-down, relaxed events.

I bought this mascara in the first place because the Sephora sales droid assured me Dior mascaras do not smudge. LIES. They know nothing.

DiorShow Black Out, meet my garbage can. Waste of money.

On a separate note, this is like the tenth time WordPress has suggested “flagellation” as a possible tag for one of my cosmetic review posts. WHY???

A Week In My Purse – Wrap Up

29 Apr

I carry a lot of stuff in my purse – not just the usual cell phone, wallet, and lip gloss, but all the stuff I’ve mentioned over the last week(‘s worth of entries) and more. Hand lotion, hand sanitizer, a purse hook, a mirror, dental floss, ear plugs, argan oil (good for hair and skin touch ups), mascara, tweezers, a nail file, nail clippers, sunglasses, Shout wipes, my Kindle, elbow grease – anything I have been out and needed and not had, I have added to my purse arsenal. I’m always jealous of women who can carry just a little wallet or clutch everywhere and have that be everything they need, but I am not that woman – I am, for lack of a better term, high-maintenance. I am also, however, the woman those women turn to when they need a tampon or a tissue or a Tylenol. And I’m always happy to oblige.

What you carry in your purse is highly personal and totally personalized. I hope my week of tips was helpful in some way. What do YOU never leave home without?

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow

9 Apr

I used Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow in 54 – the rightmost color above – yesterday for Easter and was reminded why I bought almost every one of these colors when this line first came out.

I am a glitter girl. I used to perform burlesque – I would put glitter on everything if I could, from my eyes to my lips to my fancy brassiere. However, in real life, offstage, glitter has a limit. I don’t want it covering my face, I don’t want it getting on anyone who comes into my glittery aura, and I definitely don’t want people looking at me and wondering if I fell head first into a craft bin. So I have to be subtle with my glitter, and the way I do that is with lightly glittery eyeshadows, frosted lip glosses, and sparkly nail polishes.

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow does glitter right. The colors are smooth and powdery, and true to the color they appear. The light purple goes on light purple; the dark purple is noticeably darker. And the glitter is just divine – it’s there, but it’s not going to end up all over your face, making you look like a Mariah Carey video.

Best of all, the range of colors means you can find one that will suit you for a night out or, say, for an Easter church service. It’s all up to you.

Glitz yo’self.