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Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm – Benebalm

28 Jul

It’s not that I’m not trying new products. It’s not even that I don’t have a few minutes to type up a quick review.

It’s the links. And pictures. They take me forever.

So, I have decided that I will post these reviews and come back LATER and do the links and pictures. At least it’s something!

I have gone through I think three tubes now of Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm in Benebalm (rose), and for me that’s really saying something. I have a very bad tendency to fall in love with a product, use it religiously for a month, and then move on. But Benebalm has proven itself indispensable to me. (It comes in other colors, too, if reddish isn’t your thang.)

What is it? It’s a lip gloss. It’s a lip balm. It’s a lip tint. It’s perfect. It comes solid, in a tube, so it’s easy to apply (no mirror needed) and transport. It smells like sweet roses and gives my normally pale lips the slightest, prettiest rosy tint. I can wear it with no makeup, I can wear it with light makeup, or I can even wear it when I’ve gone all out but don’t want my lips to be stealing the show. I carry it with me everywhere, day and night, because I find it’s also a perfect refresher for faded lipstick. It’s not sticky, has no funky taste, and lasts about as long as I expect a balm to.

I actually keep a spare in my cupboard now because I never want to be out. Couldn’t recommend this product more highly. 5/5.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée

3 Feb

Well well well. If it isn’t little miss…. okay let’s just cut to the chase, I don’t have much time.

Josie-Maran-Coconut-Watercolor-Cheek-Gelee-shades

So pretty! I was sucked in by both the name (Coconut Gelée? YUM!) and the colors. Then I bought some, and found myself unsure of how I was supposed to apply it. It’s blush… but it’s in a pot. Do I use my fingers? A sponge? A brush? I finally googled it and was rewarded with a bunch of how-to Youtube videos. The consensus seemed to be fingers, so I went at it.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée
PROS:
-Pretty!
-Moisture-rich
-Fairly easy to apply, if a little confusing at first
-Very sheer
-Super natural looking – really gives that dewy look

CONS:
-There was a lot of talk about how it was “buildable,” but I found that hard. It goes on SO sheer that I felt like I had to cake it on to get any real color.
-Messy fingers
-Not as intuitive (for me) as powder blush

End result? I switched back to NARS Orgasm, which it appears I have never written a review for, but really, do I need to? I mean if you have read a beauty blog or magazine in the past ten years you have surely heard of THE BEST BLUSH IN THE WORLD OMG IT’S SO GOOD THEY MADE ANOTHER ONE WITH GLITTER AND CALLED IT SUPER ORGASM AND THEN THEY MADE MATCHING LIPGLOSS AND NAIL POLISH TOO OH NARS PLEASE MARRY ME!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Their words, not mine – I do love the blush but frankly find all other NARS products overrated and unimpressive.) Sorry for the digression. Basically the work was not worth the result for me. It’s a nice blush and if you’re into a super sheer blush, a cream blush, or a dewy look, this very well might be the blush for you. I don’t really need/want any of those things, so for me… not so much.

I swear I am going to try to blog again later this week about an eyeshadow that is my new fave. Stay tuned.

PS. I’m pregnant again, so that is part of the reason I am so slow.

SOMEONE HELP ME.

6 Dec

My skin is FREAKING out! The weather, the heat, stress, hormones – I have a red rash all around my nose and mouth that makes me look like I spent the night sucking face with Ronald McDonald. And maybe caught something.

I have been being super gentle with my skin – stopped using the Clarisonic, switched to Boscia skincare since a lot of it’s fragrance free, moisturizing like crazy, using Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Gel, and today went so far as to use Diorskin Nude BB Creme – and I don’t ever use foundation. The closest I come is Chantecaille’s Future Skin, which is lovely and quite helpful when my skin is normally uneven, but can’t even touch what I have going on right now. The Diorskin is an improvement but I really don’t like the one-dimensional look it gives my face. I just really hate foundation is the problem.

So I turn to you, dear readers (what are there, like six of you? Five?) for recommendations. I want a foundation to hide my shame. But I don’t want to look fake. But it needs to have at least medium coverage. But I would still like to look like I have pores. But not like I have a contagious disease. You see my problem.

Recommendations? Advice? Help? I welcome it.

Why, Kiehl’s, why?

23 Jun

Why must you discontinue the products I love most?

First it was your pretty, scented lip glosses. I could handle that, though – I have a million lip glosses, and yours really were no better than many others.

But your Milk, Honey & Almond Scrub? REALLY, KIEHL’S? REALLY???? One of two facial exfoliators I use constantly – the other being Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate – and you’re taking it from me? The girl at the store told me it “wasn’t as popular” as some of your other scrubs, but the reviews on your website seem overwhelmingly positive. She recommended some other scrub of yours that’s unscented – the smell of the Milk, Honey & Almond Scrub was half the reason I loved it!

I have run out of reasons to go into your store now. Thanks for nothing, Kiehl’s.

Naked Princess/theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer/October’s Birchbox

19 Nov

I kinda love Birchbox. And by that I mean I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with them. I am always excited to get my surprise box of samples in the mail. I am always excited to open it. But I am only sometimes excited by the samples inside. I have to stay faithful to them, because they did introduce me to my favorite hair product ever, Orofluido. And I have NEVER been faithful to a hair product as long as I have to Orofluido. It’s truly the best. But sometimes their boxes are just meh. However, they can’t have a home run every month, I guess, so I try to be patient.

Well last month’s box was not just a home run, but a straight up grand slam. TWO products I love AND a product so ridiculous that it’s blog worthy. How much more can a girl ask for?!?

First the good – theBalm cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer. Super cute “luminizer” you’re meant to be able to use all over your face. I have mentioned before that I am not a fan of anything that makes my face look shiny – it’s not a good look on me. Or, I think, on most women who are not either at a photo shoot or on a runway. But that’s just personal opinion, so take it with a grain of salt. That said, I DID use it as an eyeshadow and it is DARLING! A lovely, shiny gold color, just enough to be noticeable without being overbearing or too fancy. A perfect every day shadow. My main issue with this one is the cartoon woman on the front of the packaging, who looks just like this girl I used to know and hate. I might scribble her face out or something to make it easier for me to use it. Otherwise, a great product.

Next, the even better – Naked Princess Naked Shine Lip Gloss. Okay, again, main issue is very superficial – the name. “Naked Princess?” Are you effing serious? What…. I don’t… Okay moving on. The color I received was called Barely Nude and it is SO fabulous! It really is very nude, but shiny shiny, soft, not sticky, and smells like white chocolate! I can’t say enough good things about this gloss. If you’re looking for a sweet, pretty, simple, every day gloss, you found it. I went on Amazon and bought several more in different colors and I don’t regret a one. I am, however, embarrassed to tell people the name. Naked Princess… Jesus.

And finally, the most hilarious – tili Bags Small. Ahhahahaha, ahhhhahahahahaha, hahahaha, haha, ha – you’re kidding, right? Because I see you calling it a “Lifestyle extra” and a “stylish reusable bag” but it’s actually a crappy Ziploc, not even as heavyweight as the Hefty Zip bags I use, and it’s kinda ugly, and you’re trying to sell me 12 of them for $8.50, when I can get 22 heavier weight and more see-through Hefty quart-size bags for $2.68. (Let me break that down for you – that’s 12¢ for a Hefty bag, or 71¢ for a “tili” fashion bag. Made of plastic. Exactly like the Hefty bag. But not as heavyweight.) I just couldn’t let this one go, Birchbox. Super silly. Nice try, though.

Anyhow, all that said, last month was a real coup for the Birchbox! Two awesome items, one HEElarious item, and one happy shopper. Well done!

 

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System

18 Nov

In a word: weird.

I suck at putting on false eyelashes, and for the most part, there’s really no reason for me to do so. I am genetically blessed with lovely, curly natural lashes that only require some darkening and thickening to look almost as good as fake on their own. Nonetheless, there are times when I want that over the top, mascara ad look that can only be accomplished with falsies, and I have absolutely no luck applying them. It takes me hours, I end up with glue everywhere, and about 60% of the time eventually just give up.

So when I saw this “Lash Extension System” from Too Faced (whom I like a lot) at Sephora, of COURSE I thought, “Well why the hell not?” Date night with the huzz Friday was the perfect excuse to try it out.

The positive: my eyelashes looked awesome, no doubt. They did NOT look like fake lashes, nor did they look anything like the lashes on the box. But they looked damned good – better than any just-mascara-alone has ever made them look. Thick, long, and black as night.

The negative: everything else. You have to do about 4 coats all told for the entire process to be complete: base, weird fibrous middle, then 2 top coats. That alone is a deal breaker for me, because I just don’t have the time to do four coats of anything. Another problem is the stuff flakes off under your eyes (just a tiny bit, I have seen worse), and is VERY hard to remove. I was still taking it off the next day – probably another issue related to the whole four coats thing.

But none of those things are the worst thing. The worst thing is the weird, fibrous middle coat. Oh god just thinking of it actually makes me shudder a little.

It is white and like cotton candy. For some reason I thought it would be at least moist, but it’s not. It’s dry as paper. So you use a mascara wand to apply a dry, white, cotton-candy-esque – god I can’t even think of a word to describe it – COAT of stuff to your eyelashes. And it doesn’t stick too well so you’re kind of repeating it again and again wondering if you’re doing it right. It reminds me of the tiny furs on caterpillars. Seriously weird. Anyhow if you make it through this step, which I barely did, you then follow with two coats of the other normal mascara-like stuff on top. And then, as the pièce de résistance, your eyelashes stick together. I don’t mean the top ones stick to each other. I mean the top ones stick to the bottom ones, like a Venus flytrap. And I didn’t even use the caterpillar fur on my lower lashes, for fear of that very thing. It seemed to subside after about an hour – either that or I just stopped noticing – but at first I basically wanted to rip my eyelashes out.

I cannot in good conscience recommend this “system,” no matter how good it makes your lashes look. Maybe if you’re doing a photo shoot or something and can wash it off right away – no, not even then. It gave my eyeballs the creepy crawlies, and that is never okay.

 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

9 Nov

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream – are you a believer?

I have heard this stuff hyped up and down for virtually every skin ailment known to (wo)man. I have bought a couple of tubes of it here and there, but so far, I fail to see the big deal.

Currently, I have a dry spot on my tummy that no doctor has been able to correctly identify/treat. I finally decided maybe Eight Hour Cream was the answer. Dabbing it on does in fact reduce the itchiness of it short term, but I have yet to see any long-term advantages or difference in it, nor have I found any other use for Eight Hour Cream that justifies its cult status or yucky, medicinal smell. And also, it’s not a damned cream, it’s an oily, ointment-like gel.

I thought I’d post here to see if any of you are believers, and if so, what it is that you find so special about this “miracle product?”