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Ipsy May 2016

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Ipsy May 2016

Ipsy May 2016

I received that big pink envelope in the mail that can only mean one thing- it’s Ipsy time again!  Yay!  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  The theme for May’s bag is Destination Chic: “Got a case of wanderlust? Grab your girl gang and hit the road with these must-haves to to keep you flawless on the fly.”  let’s take a look.

Épicé International Hydrating Mask

Épicé International Hydrating Mask

Épicé International Hydrating Mask: “Épicé Hydrating Facial Mask is a truly invigorating, yet gentle, way to exfoliate, detoxify and remove environmental impurities from the skin. Your skin will be left looking brighter and more radiant. Rich in antioxidants, ceramides and aloe, this Kaolin Clay mask helps to remove dead skin cells and oil while infusing the skin with vital nutrients. Hyaluronic acid is added to help plump, firm and rehydrate the skin. The added benefit of the unique Malus Domestica Swiss Apple Stem Cell extract regenerates cells to provide a long lasting effect.” This 1 oz travel size sample is available for $12.50 at epiceinternational.com

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio: “This shimmering trio of ipsy-curated shades includes Crush (beige), Skinny Dip (copper) and Lovely (brown). These richly pigmented, velvety-smooth eye shadows complement each other for a subtle yet glitzy everyday eye look.”  Because this trio was made for Ipsy, it is not available at pacificabeauty.com, but there is something sort of similar available at Target for $9.99.  Based on that pricing, this sample is worth about $7.00

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude: “MoistureSmooth Color Sticks instantly moisturize lips, while continuously conditioning them so they are softer and smoother in just 3 days with nothing on them. Made with fruit extracts along with mango and shea butter, the balm-like formula glides on easily, providing a sheer wash of moisturizing color that lasts for hours. In addition, the twist up package allows for perfect application each time – with no sharpener needed.”  Full size is $8.49 for .11 oz at neutrogena.com.  Sample size is .08 oz, worth $6.17.

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm: “A rich nourishing balm infused with Shea Butter, Pomegranate, Rose Hip and Vitamin E to protect and restore lips. Use on its own or on top of lipstick to keep lips super soft.”  This is a full sized sample, worth $21.50 at theorganicpharmacy.com.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara: “Smashbox is back at it again! This triple threat brush isolates and magnifies each lash, while applying its fiber-loaded formula. The result? Sky-high and defined lashes in just one swipe. Bonus: the formula is clump, flake and smudge-proof!”  Full size is $22 for .3 oz at smashbox.com.  Sample size is .1 oz, worth $7.33.

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The grand total worth of my May 2016 bag is $54.50.  I am actually really happy with my bag, and I didn’t expect to be.  When I first saw my items, I wasn’t disappointed, but I also wasn’t thrilled.  But after getting a chance to play with some of the prodcuts, I am a lot more impressed.  The Pacifica trio looks rather ho-hum, but when I swatched the shadows, I loved them.  The The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm is really nice.  I would never pay full price for it, but I am very happy to have it.  I am using a sample of Smashbox Full Exposure mascara right now, so I’m happy to try the new X-rated mascara.  I think the Hydrating mask will be fun to play with.  I wish the Neutrogena Color Stick was in a different shade because it is pretty much exactly my natural lip color, but I do like the formula.  Overall, good job, Ipsy.  If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  You can click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your May 2016 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  Let me know in the comments below.

Monthly Favorites and Fails, May 2015

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Monthly Favorites

Monthly Favorites

With June quickly approaching, I have my Monthly Favorites and Fails for May ready for you today.  For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me, and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  Fails are products that simply did not work out and I do not recommend, because it is just as important to know what products to avoid as it is to know which ones to get.  May was a much better month for me than April (otherwise known as that time I came down with the Plague).  Though was still dealing with sickness for the first week or so of May, I felt much better and much more myself during the rest of the month.  I also did some traveling in May, and my Favorites reflect the items that I took with me on that trip and just kept using.  So let’s get into it.

Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser

Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser

I received this Beauty Without Cruelty AHA Facial Cleanser in my December Ipsy bag.  I didn’t use it right away because it claims to be designed for normal to oily skin and my skin is dry.  However, it was nice and compact, and I didn’t have any other cleansers that would fit in my travel bag, so I decided to bring it with me to North Carolina.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  It cleansed my skin thoroughly without making it feel stripped or tight.  The formula will be problematic for some because of the inclusions of aroma-therapy essential oils.  They did not seem to bother my skin, and the scent is very subtle and not bothersome at all.  Beauty Without Cruelty AHA Facial Cleanser is not going to become one of my go-to products, but I am glad that I got the sample from Ipsy because I have really enjoyed it this month.

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

My next Favorite for May is the Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer.  I reviewed this concealer back in February and said that I really liked it.  I stand by that assessment.  Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer goes on so smoothly, doesn’t look cakey in the slightest, and I do not have issues with creasing or settling into fine lines around my eyes.  At the same time, it has really great staying power, especially if you set it with a light powder.  It is a great concealer, and you should definitely try it out.  I have it in the shade Light.

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Powder

I ran out of my beloved Revlon Nearly Naked Powder (so sad) and have been using this L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Powder instead.  It is a completely different formula than Nearly Naked, but I have been enjoying it.  It is very finely milled, and looks good on the skin.  The Infallible Pro Matte Powder has some pretty decent coverage on its own.  Though it is a setting powder and not a powder foundation, it does have some of the same qualities that a powder foundation has.  If you have good skin, you can get away with just using Infallible Pro Matte Powder.  I am not that lucky.  I like the Infallible Pro Matte Powder a lot, but I do have to be careful to use a light hand because it goes from light and airy to overly powdery rather quickly.  I do think that it is a good option, and have been using it a lot all through May.

Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine

Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine

A product that I have been using so much that I couldn’t not include it is the Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine palette (also known as I (Heart) Matte palette).  I usually try not to include limited edition items in my favorites because I want to make sure you can get your hands on it if you see a product you like, so I apologize.  Because I was traveling I needed something compact that I could do some quick and easy looks with that could go with any outfit.  I have been loving applying the creamy browbone shade all over the eye first, and then using the peach shade liberally in the crease.  I then deepen the crease with the brown shade using a small pencil brush, and use the black shadow for liner.  I have probably worn that simple eye look 60% of the time this month.  It was so easy that I didn’t need to think about it, and it looks beautiful.  You do not need this palette to accomplish the look.  Any collection of similar matte shades (and there are many) will do the trick, but this is the product that I have been using and I love it.

Coastal Scents Go Palette in Beijing

Coastal Scents Go Palette in Beijing

When I wasn’t using the Wet n Wild palette, I went for the Coastal Scents Go Palette in Beijing.  The pinks and mauves in this palette were exactly what I wanted for some sweet and romantic pops of color.  I used to avoid pinks and purples but over the last few years I have seen the error of my ways and now I love them.  I know that I have talked about how great Coastal Scents is and how much I enjoy their shadows.  The Coastal Scents shadows are pigmented and smooth, and they are so affordable.  The Go palettes are a great bargain, especially because Coastal Scents often offers them in a bundle sale.

Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro

Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro

For blush this month, I pulled out an oldie but a goody, the Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro.  You’ve seen it before, you know what it is.  It has been too long since I used Rose D’Oro, and I almost forgot how much I truly love this blush.  Once I pulled it out again, however, I haven’t been able to put it down.  Just look at it!  It is a rosy peach shade with gold veining throughout.  The gorgous shimmer means that you can skip a separate highlighter.  It can be sheered out for a soft glowy flush, or layered for intense color.  It looks amazing on the cheeks.  Rose D’Oro is the perfect shade for spring and summer, and I am not putting it back in my drawer.  I am going to be wearing the heck out of it over the next few months.

Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm in Fresh Plum

Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm in Fresh Plum

A new (to me) product that I’ve been enjoying this month has been the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm in Fresh Plum.  I have been going for a barely there lip all month, and when I am not wearing my Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments, I have been wearing this.  I have one word to describe the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm- comfortable.  You all know how obsessed I am with the Nivea Kiss of Milk and Honey and Nivea Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon lip balms.  They are Holy Grail, can’t live without them status.  Well the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm feels very similar.  It is so moisturizing and comfortable on the lips.  The color is very sheer, so it is perfect for days when you couldn’t be bothered to do a lip color, but you want something there.  It’s a great product to throw in your purse and go.

That does it for my favorites, now onto this month’s Fails.  Always keep in mind that my reviews are based on my specific experience with these products, and good or bad, you may have different results.  So, just because I give a product a bad review, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a bad product.  It just means that it did not work for me.

Eclos Skincare

Eclos Skincare

I tried this 6-Piece Anti-Aging Starter Kit from Eclos Skincare.  Eclos is a branch of Freeman Beauty.  I really love Freeman facial masks, so I decided to try their skincare line the last time I made a purchase from Freeman’s website.  You can also get this set from Ulta.  Eclos touts their Apple Stem Cell Technology as truly amazing stuff that is clinically proven to significantly reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture.  I call shenanigans.  The products were generic at best, and some were truly terrible.  Not only did these products do absolutely nothing for my skin, but the scent was unbearable to me.  These are not large sample sizes, but even so, I couldn’t finish several of them.  Even the clay mask, something that Freeman does very well, was just ho-hum for me.  The primer was so bad that I tossed it after one use.  I like Freeman Beauty a lot, and their masks are wonderful.  I really wanted to like the Eclos skincare line.  Ultimately though, I hated all of it and do not recommend that you try any Eclos products.

That is all for my May Favorites and Fails.  I hope you saw something that you might want to check out for yourself.  If you have used any of these products, I’d love to know what you thought of them in the comments below.  May was a good month for me.  I am finally feeling back to normal.  I have several projects on the horizon, and am nervous but excited.  I am not looking forward to the intense heat of a Southern California summer, but at least I won’t have to endure the humidity like I did in NC.  Are you looking forward to the summer?  Any big plans on the horizon?  Let me know.  🙂

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion

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Beauty Quickie Series

Today I have a Beauty Quickie review of the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion for you.  If you have been a long-time follower of this blog, you know that I completely swore by the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment until they discontinued it, despite a very vocal public outcry.  I still have not forgiven Neutrogena for taking it away.  The Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion was suggested by Neutrogena as a replacement, so I decided to give it a try and see for myself.

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion

In essence, the Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion is a 2% salicylic acid treatment.  I bought it because I wanted a decent BHA exfoliant.  Here is what Neutrogena has to say about the product: “Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion contains maximum-strength acne-fighting medicine with botanical extracts to fight existing acne, help prevent future breakouts and leave skin feeling soft. This lightweight, daily lotion fights the multiple symptoms of acne. A powerful formula contains soothing natural botanicals to help prevent irritation, peeling or dryness. Powerful Salicylic Acid fights acne fast, penetrating deep into pores to unblock dirt and oil while sweeping away dead surface cells that can cause future breakouts.”

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion

The bottom line is that though Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion is a pretty good salicylic acid treatment, it is nowhere near as good or as hydrating as the Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment.  I found it a bit drying, and I was not able to use it all over my face on a daily basis.  I do think that it makes a pretty good spot treatment for me, though.  I tend to get breakouts on my chin because of hormones, so when that happens, I use Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion just on my chin area and it works pretty well.  If you have normal or oily skin, I think it would be a great BHA to use on a daily basis, but it is too drying for those with dry skin.  Neutrogena definitely lied about it replacing the Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment, and they were fools to take such a good product away.  But despite my bitterness (and I admit that I am totally bitter) Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion is a good option if you are looking for that kind of product.

Because Insomnia has its Rewards

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Sleep did not happen last night at all, but to make up for it the internet gave me this:

In other news, I am hoarding the discontinued Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment because it’s the best thing ever and I still can’t find something I like to replace it.  I may or may not have bought myself a whole heaping ton of it off of Amazon.  I am actually considering buying another heaping ton, but my husband has managed to dissuade me at this time.  I think his exact response was “Oh please, god no.”  He obviously doesn’t understand the depth of my need.  Then again, seep deprivation and a credit card probably shouldn’t mix. 😉

June 2013 Favorites

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June Favorites

I was hoping to get my June favorites post up last week, but I’ve been pretty busy lately.  Hopefully you don’t mind that I’m a little late.  Can you believe that half of the year is almost over?  I feel like every month I say the same thing, but 2013 is advancing at a breakneck speed.  June was a really good month for me.  The Husband™ and I have made several big decisions and positive changes that are now in place and ready to pick up steam over the next few months.  I’m doing better now than I have been in a long while.  But enough yammering.  I was pretty minimal with my makeup throughout June and my favorites reflect that.

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Sweet on Paris Shimmer Mist

First up is the Sweet on Paris Shimmer Mist from Bath & Body Works.  I picked this up during the recent Semi-Annual Sale and have been really enjoying it.  B&BW says: “Spray on the sparkle with an enticing medley of juicy blackberry, lemon meringue and creamy vanilla, inspired by the sweet temptations of a Parisian patisserie. Our deliciously delicate mist comes in an elegant Eiffel Tower shaped bottle and leaves skin sparkling and fragranced. It’s love at first mist!”  I don’t normally go for such sweet fragrances, but this is just fresh enough to balance out the sugar and avoid ending up cloying.  And I can’t get enough of the subtle gold shimmers this spray provides.  It’s great for summer.

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Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro

I pulled out my Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro, and have been loving it all month.  Rose D’Oro isn’t new to this blog and has been featured in many Monthly favorites posts before.  It’s a gorgeous pink-toned coral with gold shimmer.  Of all of the beautiful Milani Baked Blushes, this one is my favorite.  It’s pigmented, long-wearing, and so pretty.  If for some reason you haven’t checked them out yet, you really should get a couple of the Milani Baked Blushes for yourself.

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Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder

I’ve been using the Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder almost exclusively this month.  I really like the finish that it gives and think that it’s one of the best pressed powders in the drugstore at this point.  It has a smooth, oddly creamy consistency that look lovely on the skin.  I never have an issue with it clinging to dry patches, and it looks really natural.  It’s a great choice for powder.

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Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells

It took a really long time, but I finally got around to buying the Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells.  This is one of the most popular trios, and I have gifted it in the past, but never had it for myself.  I normally like bolder eye looks, but I’ve been going more natural in June and this trio was perfect for a sweet and effortless look.  The shades are beautiful and natural, and an excellent choice if you are in a hurry and need a no-brainer eyeshadow look.  If you are a neutral girl this is a must-have in your collection, especially for how inexpensive it is.

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Neutrogena Oil Free Cleansing Wipes in Pink Grapefruit

I’m a big fan of Neutrogena makeup Remover Wipes, so I wanted  to give the Neutrogena Oil Free Cleansing Wipes in Pink Grapefruit a try.  I’ve been using them in the morning to cleanse my face when I wake up and am enjoying them.  The grapefruit scent is very strong, but I find it invigorating and it really wakes me up.  I don’t know if they will become a staple, but I am glad that I tried them out and would certainly purchase them again.

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Top: Walking on Eggshells Trio, Bottom: Rose D’Oro

Here are some swatches of the color products that I mentioned.  On the top of my hand is the Walking on Eggshells Trio, L-R: the lid, crease, and browbone shades.  The bottom swatch is the Rose D’Oro blush which is reading a little brighter than it is in real life.  This is a heavy swatch.  On the cheek, the shimmer sheers out and is hardly noticeable.

I hope you enjoyed my June favorites.  Let me know in the comments below what some of your favorites were.  I’m excited that it is July because July is Birthday month for me.  So far it has been a really rainy summer.  We’ve had thunderstorms almost everyday.  Hopefully the weather will clear up now that we are in summer proper.  I have a ton of products to review over this next month, so be sure to sign up to follow BiBB by email so that you don’t miss anything.  Also, next month is my Blogiversary so expect to see a giveaway announcement coming up soon.  🙂

May 2013 Monthly Favorites

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May 2013 Monthly Favorites

It’s the last day of May which means that it’s time for Monthly Favorites!  You may also be wondering about the new background.  I decided to try switching to black instead of white for a while to see what it changes.  I may not stick with the black, but I wanted to try it out.  I take all of my pictures in natural light by a window, so I often have lighting problems to deal with.  I feel like things go really blue, and I’m hoping that it will be minimized without the white background.  We’ll see.  Let me know what you think of the black.  Now, onto my favorites.

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Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment

If you read my recent post about the top products from the drugstore here, you know how I feel about my Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment.  This product really does well for my skin.  I am so thrilled that it is back on the market.  I hope that Neutrogena never takes it away again because I had a really hard time trying to replace it in my skincare routine.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

I had two samples of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, and I’ve been really loving it.  I am a big fan of silicone primers, so it is no big shock.  The primer smooths over my skin like velvet, and makes my foundation lay perfectly on top.  I do not think that it is necessary to shell out the money for a higher end primer because there are so many good ones at the drugstore.  But, having sad that, I really have been enjoying the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer all month long.

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser

I don’t know why I got away from using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser, but I sort of “rediscovered” it this month.  I do not have very dark circles under my eyes or heavy bags to deal with, so I don’t need to do a lot with my under eye area.  The light, brightening coverage that this product offers is perfect for me.  I really like Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser, but I wish it didn’t have the sponge applicator.  I know that the ease of the sponge is a selling point for some people, but I hate that I can’t really clean it.  The sponge applicator doesn’t put me off the product, but it is the one thing that I really don’t like about Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser.  Otherwise, it’s great.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay had a big sale going on in April and I picked up a few things (just one of the ways I blew my no-buy last month).  I got the full size All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray for only $14.  As you know if you follow me, I am a little addicted to setting my makeup with powder.  Since I have dry skin, I can sometimes look too made up or the powder looks cakey.  The All Nighter Setting Spray really solves all of those problems.  It makes my makeup look less powdery and more like skin.  It also, of course, keeps my makeup in place and going strong on my longer makeup days.  Especially now that the weather has warmed up, I have really been loving Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo in Seashore Frosts

I reviewed Maybelline Color Tattoo in Seashore Frosts when I first got it.  I’ve really been liking it.  I’ve been wearing it on the lid with a medium matte brown in the crease.  The brown brings out the gold in the shadow and it really looks good.  I didn’t get any of the other new summer shades because my May no-buy started, but I am so glad that I got Seashore Frosts.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo in Seashore Frosts

Here is a swatch in the sunlight so you can see the duochrome and shimmer.  It is such a beautiful and unique color.  Check out my review here for more info and more swatches of Seashore Frosts.

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NYX Love in Rio palette in En Fuego

Last but not least, I’ve been loving NYX Love in Rio palette in En Fuego.  Of all the Love in Rio palettes, En Fuego really called out to me.  The charcoal grey, plum, and shimmery taupe look so beautiful together.  This trio is nicely pigmented.  They blend really well together, and look so good with my brown eyes.  You may remember that the Love in Florence palettes had mixed reviews, but I really like the two Love in Rio palettes that I bought.

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NYX Love in Rio palette in En Fuego

Here is a swatch of the En Fuego shadows.  Aren’t they so pretty?  If you have green or brown eyes, this combo would look really good on you.  I’m not sure about blue eyes.  Since I don’t have blue eyes, I’m not sure what shades work the best.  But this looks gorgeous on my brown eyes.

That’s it for my favorites, and now for an update on my no-buy.  Unlike my epic fail for April, I was able to stick to my no-buy through May.  Yay!  I did have one fail at the beginning of the month when Cherry Culture had the 40% off NYX sale.  There were a few things that I had not been able to get when Ulta had 40% off NYX, so I wanted to get them while I could.  Other than that, literally within the first few days, I stuck to the no-buy all month long.  I am really glad that it’s over and I can buy makeup now, but I am going to try to keep myself limited.  I will pick something up if it is really interesting, but I am not going to go quite so crazy when it comes to shopping.  I am definitely a girl that goes to retail therapy when I get stressed or upset, and I want to try to break that habit.  This no-buy was a good start.

So, that’s it for today.  I’m glad that it’s the weekend again.  I got so spoiled after a four-day weekend with The Husband for Memorial Day.  I got used to having him around during the day.  I think we are going to try to make it to a movie and maybe see my sister this weekend.  What about you, do you have any weekend plans?  Let me know in the comments below.

Top 10 Drugstore Products that I Can’t Live Without

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Drugstore Top 10

I have a ton of makeup.  This is not news.  In this blog, I bring you a lot of great products in my reviews, and I show you what I’m loving in my Monthly Favorites posts.  I try to mix things up so that it stays fun and interesting (How boring would it be if I had the same favorites every month?).  Because of that, it can be tough for you to keep track of what the really great items are with the ever revolving door of products on this blog.  That’s why I want to show you my top ten items for makeup and skincare.  These are items that I use all the time, all year round.  They could be in my favorites every single month.  I will repurchase them all when I run out, and have repurchased some of them many times.  The best part is that these are all drugstore (and Ulta, Target, etc.) products, so they are budget friendly.  These are (in no particular order) my top 10 items that I don’t want to be without.

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Wet n Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow in Brulee

The first item is the Wet n Wild ColorIcon shadow in Brulee.  This may not look like much in the pan, but I use it with almost every eye look that I do.  It is the perfect “magic eraser” shade to flawlessly blend out the edges of any shadow.  It is my go-to brow-bone shade. I use so many shimmer shadows on my lid, it’s nice to finish off with a matte shade.  Also, I don’t love skimmer shades under my brow-bone because that area is a little puffy on me and I don’t want to over-emphasize it.  Brulee is fabulous and goes with everything.  I have backups of this shadow because I do not want to be without it.

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Sonia Kashuk Medium Fluffy Eyeshadow Brush

Along the same lines, is this Sonia Kashuk Medium Fluffy Eyeshadow Brush.  This is the perfect blending brush.  I finish all of my eye looks with this brush (usually with the Brulee eyeshadow) and it works like a dream.  It is fluffy, but dense, and allows for really good control.  I find Sonia Kashuk at Target.  I bought a back up of this brush because I love it so much.

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NYX Slide-On Eye Pencils in Brown Perfection and Golden Olive

I’m sure that this is no shock, but my absolute favorite liners are the NYX Slide-On eye pencils.  I like several other brands, but these Slide-On liners are the perfect formula for me.  They don’t smudge, and you don’t have to set them with a powder.  Now that I have used Zero for a few months, I can say that they are dead-on dupes for the Urban Decay 24/7 liners.  I use Brown Perfection and Golden Olive all the time, and they are my favorites.  They are really fantastic.  I hope that NYX keeps making them because I will continue to buy them as long as they are available.

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Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes

To remove my makeup, I use Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes.  I love the ease of makeup wipes, and have tried several brands.  Ponds, LA Fresh, the Target brand… none of them work for me the way the Neutrogena ones do.  I use the wipes to remove my eye makeup, and a lot of other wipes sting my eyes.  Neutrogena wipes don’t sting at all, and they don’t strip my skin.  I always wash my face with cleanser afterwards to really get my face clean.  I vary what cleansers I use, but the Neutrogena wipes are a staple.

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Jergens Ultra Healing lotion

Another item that I can not be without and use every day, is Jergens Ultra Healing lotion.  I like to use body butters and scented lotions too, but I change those out all the time.  One thing that never changes that I have been using for years is Jergens.  It may not be the most fun or flashy product, but I will always have Jergens Ultra Healing lotion.

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e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen

The e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen has been a wonderful addition to my collection.  It’s the king of product that makes me wonder how I lived without it.  The remover isn’t too oily or creamy, so it doesn’t smear where I don’t want it, but it removes the problem areas really well.  It has a semi-precise point, so I can even get mascara smudges on the lid without removing the eyeshadow underneath.  For only $3.00, this is such a good product.

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Maybelline Color Whisper in Made-it-Mauve

I am completely in love with Maybelline’s Color Whisper in Made-it-Mauve.  It is the perfect color for me.  The Color Whisper formula is comfortable and hydrating on the lips, and Made-it-Mauve is just gorgeous.  I keep coming back to it.  I can wear it all year long, no matter what the season.  I love it, and will definitely repurchase when I run out.

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Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum (fragrance-free)

Another staple for me is the Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum (fragrance-free).  It has been so great for making my dry skin less dry. I use this silicone-based serum to lock in moisture and help heal my skin discoloration.  It has softened my fine lines and helped a lot with redness.  It makes my skin feel velvety soft and healthy.  I’ve been using this Serum for about a year and a half now, and have no plan on stopping.

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Seche Vite top coat

Seche Vite is the only top coat I use.  I’ve tried other ones, but I love how Seche Vite smoothes out wonky texture and can save a bad manicure without having to repaint.  It dries rock hard in a flash.  Seche Vite is a cult favorite for a reason.  It works.  I also use the base coat, but the Seche Vite top coat is my favorite.  The only bad thing about it is that it thickens up before I get all the way through the bottle.  That’s really annoying because I usually like to use every last drop of a product before I toss it.  However, Seche Vite is so good, that I am willing to put up with that.  I have repurchased, and will do so again.

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Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment

Finally, one product that I really can’t live without is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment.  Neutrogena had discontinued this product, but there was a public outcry and they brought it back.  Thank God!  I had used this product for over a year when it was discontinued.  I’ve had to go several months without it, using other products trying to replace it.  I’ve been using Paula’s Choice Beta Hydroxy Acid lotion, but I don’t really like it.  I have the lotion, as opposed to the gel) because it is the formula recommended for dry skin, but it doesn’t blend in very well.  I’ve been breaking out and having more redness over the last few months, and I am sure it is because I’ve been without the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment.  Right now it is available again on Neutrogena’s website and Walgreens’ website.  I haven’t seen it in stores again yet, but I am sure that it is coming soon. Those with dry skin, don’t be scared off by the name of this product.  The Neutrogena Treatment contains 2% salicylic acid, and is a good BHA exfoliator for all skin types.  It has actually helped a lot with my Rosacea redness.  It definitely has moisturizing ingredients, and those with oily skin may not even need to add a light moisturizer on top of it.  It is such a good product and I don’t want to be without it again.

Those are my Top 10 products from the drugstore for both makeup and skin care.  They all make a difference in my routine, especially the skincare items, and I miss them when I am out.  How about you?  What are your go-to products that you don’t want to be without?  Let me know in the comments below.