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L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet High-Intensity Shimmering Colour

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L'Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet Hair Color

L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet Hair Color

Today I want to talk about L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet High-Intensity Shimmering Colour.  I have colored my own hair for years, and though I have tried other brands, I am loyal to L’Oreal Feria.  I find that the formula works best for me.  So, when I saw that L’Oreal Feria had put out some fun colors earlier this year, I had to try the Power Violet shade.  I had purple hair back in college, and really liked it.  I’ve been debating for a long time now if I wanted to do purple again, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take the plunge on such a wild and also high-maintenance hair color.  Purple is even worse than red when it comes to upkeep.  When I saw L’Oreal Feria Power Violet, I figured it was a good compromise.  Power Violet is not purple, but the shade leans purple, making it different, but not too far out there.  Lat’s take a closer look.

L'Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet Hair Color

L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet Hair Color

L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet High-Intensity Shimmering Colour is meant to be used on brown hair.  I am not sure why that is, and I can’t say what would happen if a blonde used it.  My guess is that the color would pull more pink or magenta, but I can’t say for sure.  The side of the box shows the projected color outcome based on how dark your hair is (like all at home hair dye).  If you have colored your hair before, you will be familiar with the process.  Be sure to thoroughly read the directions, though, because there are a couple differences with L’Oreal Feria Power Violet.  The formula of the dye is very runny, more so than other L’Oreal Feria formulas.  It helps to have a buddy help you out so that you don’t end up with spots of dye on the floor, surfaces, or walls of the room you are in.  My hair was pretty long when I dyed it the first time, and it was a real pain.  The runny formula was difficult to keep under control.  I have since cut my hair and dying it was much easier the second time around.  Here is the result on my hair.

L'Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet Hair Color

L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet Hair Color

I took a picture both indoors and outdoors so you could see it in different lighting.  You can see that L’Oreal Feria Power Violet comes off as a red-toned violet shade.  I think most people will be able to get away with it in an office environment, unless you have a very strict dress code.  Indoors, the color is a cherry coke shade that I think is perfectly appropriate.  It’s not until you step into the light that the purple tones come out in the violet color.  This picture was taken over two months ago.  The color stayed very well in my hair, which really surprised me.  Red and Purple are high-maintenance shades that fade quickly.  But Power Violet held on and on.  Obviously my roots grew out as time went on, but the violet color hardly faded at all.  I liked the color so much that I used Power Violet again the last time I dyed my hair.  It is not purple, but the violet is an interesting color and I got a lot of compliments on it.  Unless you have the strictest of dress codes, I definitely think that you should give L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet High-Intensity Shimmering Colour a try.  I purchased both of my boxes from Ulta for the rewards points, but L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet High-Intensity Shimmering Colour is widely available in stores and online.

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Suave Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo Review

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Suave Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo

Suave Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo

Today I have Suave Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo for review.  I ran out of my beloved Batiste dry shampoo, and while waiting for it to go on sale at Ulta, I decided to try a new brand.  Though my last drugstore dry shampoo (Tesemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo) was not a success, which you can read about in my Battle of the Brands: Dry Shampoo post, I opted to try another drugstore brand.  I chose Suave because it is a trusted brand, and because it is really cheap.  This full size can of Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo was under $3.  Unfortunately, in this case, you get what you pay for.

According to Suave, the Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo is “Formulated with KERALOCK technology, our refreshing Color Care Dry Shampoo is a quick and convenient way to refresh and revive hair between regular washes.”  When I buy a dry shampoo, what I am looking for is good oil absorption and added volume and texture.  Suave Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo failed to deliver on all fronts.  When I use Batiste or Psssst! dry shampoo, I can see an obvious difference in how clean my hair looks.  Batiste almost gives me a freshly washed look, but Suave Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo did not do that at all.  It didn’t seem to absorb anything, and left my hair looking stringy and dull.  It also gave me no texture.  I have very fine, limp hair, so the added texture that a dry shampoo provides is half the reason I buy it in the first place.  Suave Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo did nothing for me.  It does not feel sticky or wet like the horrible Tresemme dry shampoo, so it is at least better than that one.  But it does make my hair feel like straw.  It is just a really bad product.

I have to say that Suave Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo is not worth trying.  I also couldn’t stand the smell.  To me, (and I admit that I may be crazy on this one) it smelled like a mixture of old lady floral perfume, baby powder, and litter box.  It is just gross.  After trying four different brands of dry shampoo in the under $10 category, I am officially sticking with Batiste.  It is by far the best.  Psssst!, which is now available at Ulta, is a close second.  Whatever you do, though, be sure to stay away from Tesemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo and Suave Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo.  They are not worth the hassle and a total waste of money.

Ulta Love Your Hair Event Now Through Oct 25

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Ulta Love Your Hair Event

Ulta Love Your Hair Event

I am chiming in a little late on this one, but Ulta is having their Love Your Hair event, offering three weeks of deals and steals for your hair.  If you have taken advantage of Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty in the past, you know how great the offers can be.  There are also salon events and demos going on.  The Love Your Hair event started yesterday, October 5 and is going through October 25.  For three weeks, Ulta will be offering deals on the newest and best hair tools and products.  For example, today’s special is 40% off Not Your Mother’s brand hair products.  During Love Your Hair, Ulta guests can get expert guidance as professionals assist in finding the perfect look for everyone, selecting from the season’s top styles.  You can find more information about each day’s Beauty Steal by visiting ulta.com/loveyourhair.

Battle of the Brands: Dry Shampoo

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Battle of the Brands: Dry Shampoo

Battle of the Brands: Dry Shampoo

Today’s post has been long in coming.  I’ve been wanting to do a Battle of the Brands about dry shampoo for such a long time, and I am finally getting to do it.  Dry shampoo is awesome for those like me, who don’t want to strip my hair by washing it every day, but need a little help with oil control.  I also have very fine, limp hair, so the added texture really helps.  Today I am going to talk about Tesemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo,  Psssst! The TRUE Original Dry Shampoo, and Batiste Dry Shampoo.  If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you probably already know that I love Batiste dry shampoo.  I’ve mentioned it in my favorites posts many times, and it’s the only full-sized can pictured hre.  But in this post, I’ll talk about some other brands of drugstore dry shampoos, and show you how they stack up against each other.  So let’s get started.

Tesemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo

Tesemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo

The first contender is Tesemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo.  Here is what Tresemme has to say: “This Dry Shampoo, with Mineral Clay and Citrus, revives your fine, limp hair by removing excess oil and impurities and helping eliminate odor, leaving hair revitalized.  Just a quick spray at the roots and this weightless, fine mist will revitalize and refresh your hair without any visible residue for a look that is full of body and movement.” Nope.  Tresemme lies.  I loathe this product.  I tried Tresemme first, and it completely turned me off of dry shampoo.  Tesemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo actually wets your hair.  Instead of giving me texture and volume, my locks go limp with the added moisture.  When it dries, I can fluff it up a little, but it feels sticky and gross.  I adore Tresemme hair spray, but this dry shampoo is a total miss.  Don’t even waste your time.

Psssst! The TRUE Original Dry Shampoo

Psssst! The TRUE Original Dry Shampoo

Next up, by Freeman Beauty, is Psssst! The TRUE Original Dry Shampoo.  According to the website, “Psssst! is the TRUE original Dry Shampoo to put an end to bad hair days! Passed down from generation to generation, and friend to friend, this 40-year Dry Shampoo legacy now includes a system of essentials, dedicated to extending the life of your hair color and style. Lightweight, talc-free formula soaks up oils, sweat, and product build-up, taking hair from dirty, flat and matte to refreshed and revived. Water not required: just spray, brush and go for hair that feels and smells freshly shampooed! Stash in your gym bag, work bag, or overnight bag.”  So, I got this can in an Ipsy bag.  I actually do like Psssst, but it isn’t my absolute favorite.  In a pinch, if I am out of my go-to dry shampoo, Psssst works well for me.  It gives me great texture and, though I wouldn’t say it dries instantly, it doesn’t give me that wet feeling that the Tresemme one does.  You do need to let it sit for a minute though.  It is lightweight and not sticky, but you can definitely feel that there is product in your hair.  It sprays out white, so if you have dark hair like me, you can see a subtle white cast if you aren’t careful.  Brushing your hair and shaking it out will get rid of that.  Psssst is best on second day hair, but can’t really keep up with anything beyond that.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Last up, and my favorite by far, is Batiste Dry Shampoo.  Here is the skinny from Ulta: “Batiste Dry Shampoo is the quick and convenient way to get soft, clean and fresh smelling hair, without water. Batiste offers an instant fix by revitalizing greasy, dull and lifeless hair. Batiste thickens thin fly-away hair and adds texture and body for that easy style solution. Simply spray it on and comb it out.”  This particular can is the Hint of Color Dark & Deep Brown, but I have tried a few versions of Batiste and the only real difference between them (besides the color) is the scent.  I like Hint of Color Dark & Deep Brown because, in addition to spraying dark so there is no threat of a white cast to my hair, the scent is really mild.  Some of the Batiste scents can get a little strong, but the Hint of Color is more subtle.  The product itself works wonderfully.  It dries instantly and gives me amazing texture right away without having to set first.  I have used this product on third day hair (I know, I know) and it has given me great results and oil control.  I may try different versions of Batiste in the future, but I have no reason to leave the brand.  It has been my favorite for a couple years now, and will probably continue to be.

It’s no shock to any of you I am sure, Batiste is my clear favorite.  I do think that Psssst! The TRUE Original Dry Shampoo is a good option.  Just be sure to stay away from Tresemme when looking for dry shampoo.  I hope that you enjoyed this battle of the brands.  What is your favorite brand of dry shampoo?  Let me know in the comments below.

Don’t forget, you still have one more day to enter my 3-year blogiversary giveaway.  I will announce the winners on Wednesday, so if you haven’t entered, hop to.  The rules are pretty simple.  Just make sure that you are a subscriber before you leave a comment to enter.  Click on the link to see the details.

Monthly Favorites for May 2014

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May Favorites

May Favorites

May is almost over, which means that it is Monthly Favorites time!  For those of you who are new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that I reached for over and over or particularly stood out to me throughout the month.  I’ve been wearing a lot of neutral makeup the last couple months, (you know I love my taupes) but in May I took advantage of the spring season and wore a lot of green, pinks and corals.  I have also been trying to get better at masking.  It’s hard for me to remember to do it regularly, but I am tying to mask once or twice a week.  But, I am getting ahead of myself, so let’s get into the products.

KMS California Hair Stay

KMS California Hair Stay Style Boost

Shockingly enough, I have a favorite for hair this month.  My hair is stick straight and uncooperative, so I was very impressed to discover KMS California Hair Stay Style Boost.  This product made a huge difference for me.  My hair usually is so straight that any curl or body I try to put in it starts falling out before I have even left the house, no matter what I use.  With KMS California Hair Stay Style Boost on the other hand, my style has a fighting chance and actually stays put for hours.  It has a very unique formula.  You spray it in your hand like a mousse, but it doesn’t have a mousse like formula.  It’s a lot lighter, and it crackles up and starts to shrink.

KMS California Hair Stay Style Boost

You can see the bubbles burst as the crackle gets going.  Very strange.  KMS California Hair Stay Style Boost doesn’t leave my hair sticky, crunchy, or heavy.  It has a pretty lightweight feel.  It makes my hair appear a little thicker than normal and makes a huge impact on staying power.  If you have straight hair that doesn’t want to do anything, then I definitely recommend that you check it out.

Olive Natural Beauty Olive Lip Balm

Olive Natural Beauty Olive Lip Balm

I received the Olive Natural Beauty Olive Lip Balm in Refreshing Rosemary in my May Ipsy bag, and I have really been enjoying it.  I like the formula a lot.  It’s moisturizing without getting too waxy or greasy.  I think that I may enjoy a different flavor better than the Rosemary, but I do still like it quite a lot.  I’m thinking of making a purchase with my Ipsy discount.  The only thing is that I have so many lip balms right now, I probably should wait.  Either way, I like the Olive Lip Balm by Olive Natural Beauty and recommend it.

Freeman Facial Masks

Freeman Facial Masks

Like I said before, I have been experimenting with a lot of masks, and many of them have been from the Freeman brand.  I’ve liked Freeman masks for a long time now, and I usually pick up the sample pouches that are good for one or two uses.  I’ve tried most of the Freeman line, so last month I finally purchased the full size of my favorites.  I’m not going to go into detail for each individual mask right now, but I can say that Freeman masks are great.  They are very affordable and feel wonderful on the skin.  They are a really good budget option.

Profusion Twinkle Twinkle Palette  in #03

Profusion Twinkle Twinkle Palette in #03

Speaking of budget options, my next favorite was only a dollar.  This is the Profusion Twinkle Twinkle Palette in #03 which I reviewed here.  I have always loved green eyeshadow and have a ton of them in my collection.  This Twinkle Twinkle Palette really performs well, despite being so inexpensive.  The silky shadows blend easily, without getting muddy.  And I love these colors.  I know that this particular palette is not available anymore, but the Twinkle Twinkle Palettes seem to come out every year around the Holidays, so be sure to keep an eye out or them.  Also, I think that you can find other Profusion brand palettes throughout the year, so if you see one at your local drugstore don’t be afraid to grab one to try out.  I have not used any other Profusion beauty products, but if the Twinkle Twinkle Palette is any indication, then they are worth a look.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

It has been a long while since I last used Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara.  It has been a favorite of mine for years, but you know how it is, always needing to try the newest thing.  But, I wanted to go back and remind myself why I was such a fan, so I did.  According to Tarte: “This is what we call a push-up bra for your lashes a 4-in-1 (lengthening, curling, volumizing and conditioning) dermatologist tested mascara that gives dramatic, thick, sexy lashes and is clinically proven to increase lash volume by 424%”.  They aren’t kidding.  Lights, Camera, Lashes gives that false lashes appearance that we are all after.  It’s fantastic, especially if you can get your hands on it at a discount.  Ulta usually offers it in their 21 Days of Beauty deals, and Tarte often includes a deluxe sample in their value kits.  Pick it up, it’s awesome.

NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray

NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray

I have been enjoying the NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray.  I really like Urban Decay All Nighter, but I wanted to see if I could find a cheaper alternative that works just as well.  NYX Dewy Finish is a little different than UD All Nighter, but I still like it very much.  My main reason for using a setting spray is to get rid of that powdery look when I am finished with my makeup.  NYX Dewy Finish works beautifully for that purpose and I love the look it gives my skin.  It is $8 for 60ml which is about half the price of UD All Nighter, plus you can often find NYX for BOGO 50% off at Ulta.  NYX also has a Matte Finish version of the spray, but I haven’t tried it.  NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray is great, though.

That’s it for my May favorites.  I hope that you found something that interested you.  I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but summer has officially arrived here in NC no matter what the calendar says.  It has been hot and muggy the last couple weeks and it looks like it’s going to get hotter and muggier very soon.  Are you looking forward to summer?  It is my least favorite season, but I can’t really complain because we had such a wonderfully long winter.  I feel like it was hardly Spring before the hot weather hit.  It’s funny how quickly the first three months of the year went for me, but April and May have been dragging.  I have been a major stress case the last couple months, and am hoping that things will improve sooner rather than later.  I am interested to see what the next couple of months hold.

10 Best of 2013

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It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to do my favorites of 2013 post.  If I listed all of the products I loved this year it would be the longest post ever.  So, after mulling it over and narrowing down, I finally decided to do a top 10.  There are plenty more products that I love, but I can’t include everything, so these are the best.  While many of these products were released in 2013, that wasn’t a requirement.  These are the products that I personally loved this year, no matter when they came out.  Most of these products are drugstore, but there are two higher end items because they truly are favorites.  If you have been following this blog, you probably will recognize every item on this list because if they didn’t get full reviews, they were at least mentioned in Monthly Favorites posts.  So, let’s get started.

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

Probably the best product to come out all year was the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation.  I was really surprised because I don’t usually like CoverGirl foundations, but this one rocks.  This foundation is really great and unique because it works equally well for those with oily or dry skin.  Very few products truly are for all skin types, but this foundation really is.  CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is mattifying, without drying out your skin.  It has solid medium coverage, but is still lightweight and not cakey.  The best part is that it lasts all day long.  I have worn this foundation for 16 hours in 90 degree Florida humidity and it did not budge, sweat and all.  If you are looking for a good liquid foundation, this is the one you should try next.  The only downside is that the 3-in-1 claims are bogus.  I still need a primer because I have ginormous pores and it will settle in if I don’t prime first.  You will also need a concealer if you have major issues like dark acne scars or really dark circles.  CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is a great foundation, despite the over the top advertising.  Try it, you’ll probably like it.

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation

The other foundation that I have loved in 2013 came out in 2012, but is still a winner.  The Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation, like CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous, is good for all skin types.  (This jar is still in it’s packaging because I recently ran out of my last jar and this is my replacement.)  Revlon Whipped Creme is a full coverage foundation with an odd pudding like texture.  It blends like a dream and will last all day long.  This is a serious foundation, and may be a little much for every day use for some of you (not me), but it’s awesome for nights out or special occasions.  I usually turn to Revlon Whipped Creme when I know I’m going to have pictures taken because I love the look it gives me.  Despite the thicker texture, I don’t feel that it lays heavy on the skin.  I really like Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation and it has definitely been raved about all over the internet.  If you haven’t tried it, take a chance.

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder

My final favorite face product of the year was definitely Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder.  Though the Nearly Naked Foundation that was released at the same time didn’t do it for me, the Nearly Naked Powder has been fantastic.  I love how light it is, and the soft focus effect it gives to my skin is lovely.  It blurs the imperfections and makes me look younger.  I tossed the ridiculous little pillow sponge it came with and apply it with my e.l.f. Powder Brush.  Revlon Nearly Naked is, in my opinion, the best powder in the drugstore.

Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette

Moving to eyes, the Lorac Pro Palette launched Fall 2012, but I didn’t get in until Spring 2013.  Though it rivals the Naked 2 palette for my favorite, I think that the Lorac Pro is more versatile and universal, so it is a better overall product than the Naked palettes.  For more details and pictures check out my review.  The Lorac Pro is a fantastic palette and could conceivable be all you need if you aren’t a makeup addict like me.  The entire top row are matte shadows in a range of light to dark.  The bottom row of shadows are a variety of shimmer and metallic shades.  Not only can you achieve lovely neutral eye looks, but there are copper and purple shades to add some variety.  The dark matte brown and black are great liner shades.  The only thing I don’t like about the palette is the rubberized packaging that picks up everything and constantly looks dirty, no matter what.  Oh, well, we can’t have everything.  If you could only get one higher end palette, the Lorac Pro is an excellent choice and one of my favorite products in 2013.

Jordana 12 Hr Made to last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil

Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil

If CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation isn’t the best release of 2013, then the Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils definitely are.  Long-time readers know of my obsession with NYX Slide On, Glide On, blah-blah-blah liners that were my number one favorites until these Jordana beauties came out.  Now, I am completely obsessed with these.  The Jordana 12 Hr Made to last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils are the best pencil liners on the market (IMO) and they are only around $3.  These pencils are designed to give you the same intense color as a liquid liner.  They have a creamy formula that glides onto the lid with ease.  Even on the waterline, there is no tugging or pulling needed to get the color to show up.  They take a minute to set, so you do have some time to smudge them out and work with them.  Once set, these babies don’t budge at all despite sweat, tears, rain, you name it.  You need this.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe

Another 2013 liner that I’ve loved is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe.  This is such a great shade for the lower lash line for some definition that is appropriate for the daytime.  Rimmel is extremely affordable and the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajals have a great formula.  Taupe is my favorite of the bunch because it is a unique shade to my collection and a really versatile liner.  In a sea of blacks and browns that can be a little much for some people, Taupe is easy and comfortable- a great choice.  Rimmel also offers a Nude version of the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajals, which is a unique shade for the drugstore and the creamy, yet long wearing formula makes it a wonderful choice for brightening the waterline.  Both Taupe and Nude definitely deserve a look.

Maybelline Volume Express the Rocket Mascara

Maybelline Volume Express the Rocket Mascara

The best mascara of 2013, hands down, is Maybelline Volume Express the Rocket Mascara.  I love this.  It has unseated CoverGirl Lashblast as my favorite drugstore mascara.  Though Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes is my all-time favorite Holy Grail mascara, the Rocket is a close second.  The Rocket has a large rubber brush and a slightly dryer formula, similar to Lashblast.  Something about the Rocket makes my puny lashes really shine.  I have tried a lot of mascaras this past year, but none have done as much for my lashes as The Rocket.  This product deserves all of the rave reviews.

Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment

Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment

Though I’ve only mentioned it a few times on this blog, I have been consistently loving Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment all throughout 2013.  I originally got a sample tube through Birchbox and discovered how great it is.  This is my second full-sized tube.  I use the Jouer Lip Enhancer as a night time lip treatment and it works wonders on my dry lips.  When I apply it at night, I wake up with soft, smooth, healthy-feeling lips.  I can definitely feel the difference when I don’t use it.  The Jouer Lip Enhancer is a little pricey, but not too bad and the tubes last forever.  I bought two tubes last January and I just busted out this second tube a couple months ago.  A little goes a very long way.  I don’t want to ever be without the Jouer Lip Enhancer, it’s that good.

Maybeline Color Whisper in Made-it-Mauve

Maybelline Color Whisper in Made-it-Mauve

I’m sure it’s no surprise that my favorite lip product of 2013 is the Maybelline Color Whisper in Made-it-Mauve.  This was made for me.  I love the Color Whisper formula.  It’s so creamy and moisturizing, and the Color Whispers have completely unseated the Revlon Lip Butters in my collection.  They are fantastic.  Made-it-Mauve is such a good color for me.  I love those pinky-brown my lips but better shades, and Made-it-Mauve is in that family but with a bit more rose.  I could wear this shade every day and not get tired of it.  If you haven’t tried the Maybelline Color Whispers, you must.  They are so comfortable and there are a ton of shades.

2013 Favorite hair products

2013 Favorite hair products

I am a dirty cheater, and am counting my favorite hair products of 2013 as one thing.  I know, I know, so sue me.  First, Batiste Dry Shampoo is the best hair product ever.  What rock was I living under that I took so long to try dry shampoo?   My hair gets oily super fast, and Batiste has become my new best friend.  I tried a few other brands, but Batiste is by far the best in the drugstore.  I like the Hint of Colour Dark & Deep Brown version because it doesn’t leave a white cast and it has very mild scent.  Some of those dry shampoos are like spraying perfume in my hair, which isn’t my favorite thing.  If you haven’t found a dry shampoo that you like, I highly recommend Batiste.  My favorite hairspray (for years now) is the Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray.  It works the best for my hair for solid hold without making it crunchy or sticky.  It’s also really inexpensive and easy to find.  Finally, for shampoo and conditioner, I am partial to John Frieda.  I really like the Luxurious Volume Thickening line, but the Full Repair line is probably the best.  I have pretty healthy hair to begin with, but I do color it, so this shampoo and conditioner keep my hair healthy.  You should definitely try it if you need good hair care on a budget.

Those are my top 10 (or so) products of 2013.  There are so many more products that I could have mentioned.  (Like the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse foundation, Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stains, Michael Todd skincare products, Sigma brushes, Sleek Makeup and so much more.)  But, I couldn’t name everything.  I’m curious as to what products made your list of favorites for 2013.  Let me know in the comments below what you loved the most in the last year.

Ulta Haul and New LE Color Whisper Shades

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Ulta Haul

It’s my Birthday this month, and Ulta sent me a couple coupons to celebrate with that I couldn’t pass up.  I figured that I’d share my haul with you.  (The LE products are at the end.)  This will probably be one of my last hauls for awhile.  Once birthday month is over, I plan to go back to limiting my spending (not quite a no-buy, but extremely limited).  I have so many products to review and am so behind that I can stand to ease off a bit.  We are going to Disney World for our anniversary in October, so I want to save up so that I can really enjoy myself when I am there.  Anyway, back to my haul.

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Conair Xtreme Big Curls Hot Rollers

The main thing that I wanted to get was actually a set of hot rollers.  I would love to have my hair curled every now and again, but my super straight hair does not like to cooperate.  Curling irons are no match for my stubborn tresses, so I’ve been wanting to get myself a set of hot rollers for ages now.  Hopefully, with practice, I can achieve the desired effect without the frustration and hassle of fighting with my curling iron.

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Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Color in 6.60 Light Intense Auburn

Speaking of hair, it’s time to get rid of the gray and I figured that I’d go back to red, or in this case auburn.  I’ve had my dark brown hair since December, so It’s time to change it up.  I usually use L’Oreal Feria, but I really wanted to try this new(ish) Garnier Olia.  It uses a 60% oil blend in the colorant.  I have very healthy hair, despite it being color-treated, so I’m hoping the Olia dye will be gentler on my hair so that it stays happy and healthy.

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Spongeables

I needed a new spongeables.  If you haven’t tried these, you are missing out because they are the bomb.

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Sally Hansen Wax Strip Kit

This is another new product.  I have very thin eyebrows, so I usually just tweeze them.  I don’t have an issue keeping up with new growth.  The problem is that I do have a lot of blond baby hairs in my eyebrow area that are hard to tweeze.  I saw a video by one of my favorite youtubers using these Sally Hansen wax strips for just that very purpose.  You just warm the strips in your hand, so there is no mess from trying to heat up a jar of wax or anything.  She made it look really easy in the video, so I’m going to give it a try.  Wish me luck.

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NYX Nude Matte shadow in Underneath it All

I usually fill in my brows with eyeshadow.  I use a medium-dark taupe shade from my Coastal Scents 88-Warm palette, but I am almost out of it.  I wanted to find a replacement, so I grabbed this NYX Nude Matte shadow in Underneath it All.  This picture makes it look really warm, but in real life it is definitely more taupe.

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Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

I’ve been wanting to get the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey for a while now, so I took this opportunity to pick it up.  I don’t know why I waited so long.  It’s such a “me” color, a MLBB muted rose shade.  Love it!

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Maybelline LE Summer 2013 display

Finally, I came across this thoroughly picked over Maybelline LE Summer 2013 display that contained some new Color Whisper shades.  I grabbed I Crave Coral and think it’s lovely.  There are four new, limited edition Summer 2013 shades of Color Whispers, though this display only had three (Sienna Sands was there twice).

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Maybelline LE Summer 2013 display

The new shades are: Nude Shimmer, Ravishing Pink, I Crave Coral and Sienna Sands.

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Maybelline LE Color Whisper in I Crave Coral

I Crave Coral is a sheer peachy coral that is much easier to wear for those that can’t pull off orange lip products.  It’s not too pink, but it is forgiving.  I love the Color Whisper formula.  They are so comfortable to wear.

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L-R: Maybelline I Crave Coral, Revlon Honey, NYX Underneath it All

Here is a swatch of the color cosmetics.  The lighting is not the best, but you can get the general idea.

I hope that you enjoyed my Ulta haul.  I am going to be making an Inglot purchase for my birthday, which I am extremely excited about.  I can hardly call myself a true eyeshadow junkie without any Inglot products, now can I?  Those will definitely be up for a review when I get them.  If there is anything else that you want reviewed, let me know in the comments below.