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Monthly Favorites and Fails for April 2016

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April 2016 Monthly Favorites

April 2016 Monthly Favorites

We are already into the first week of May, and that means that it’s time for a Favorites post.  How can it possibly be May already!  This year is flying by.  Today I have my April Favorites and Fails.  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.  I’ve been preforming with my band at the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire all month long.  We have a stage show, so my makeup has been very specific to go with the guidelines that our costume designer has set forth.  I’ve been playing with some new items, and also busted out a few old favorites that I hadn’t used in a while.  Let’s take a look at what I’ve been reaching for all month long.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

My first Favorite that I want to talk about is the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.  This stuff is amazing!  I had a sample from Sephora around the Holidays that introduced me to the product.  I loved it so much, that I featured it in my December Favorites post.  I have chronically dry lips, and this lip treatment makes a huge difference.  I am going to say right off the bat that this formula is not going to be for everyone.  It is thick and waxy when you apply it, but once it warms up on the lips it melts into the skin.  This isn’t a lip balm that you throw in your pocket.  It is definitely an overnight lip treatment mask.  The main ingredients are lanolin, agave nectar, and jojoba oil.  A little does a long way, and even though the tube is only half an ounce, I am sure that it is going to last me a year.  I don’t love the $26 price tag, but I think that for my lips it is worth the splurge because it is wonderful.  (Although, I lucked out because I had a gift card to Sephora, so thanks Sarah, I put it to good use. 🙂 )

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble

Speaking of lips, a surprising Favorite for the month was the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble.  I really did not expect to love this product so much.  I was worried that the ultra matte formula would be too drying and uncomfortable on my lips, but it really isn’t.  With long hours that I’ve been spending out at Faire, I wanted a lip color that would stay all day through singing and drinking a lot of water.  I also can’t stand it when my lip color transfers to cups or straws.  Bumble does not budge, and it is exactly what I was looking for.  As long as I don’t eat anything greasy or oily, then I am golden.  (Oil breaks most long-lasting lip colors down.)  These lip colors go on as a liquid lip color and definitely dry down completely matte.  You can see a reflection is this photo where the swatch was thicker and hadn’t quite dried yet, but the rest of the swatch is matte.  ColourPop describes Bumble as a “dusty warm terracotta” shade.  It is beautiful, and has been the perfect lip product for me this past month.

NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir

NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir

I’ve been playing with some different primers lately, and I rediscovered my NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir.  I forgot how much I liked this primer.  It has a creamy, lightweight formula with a fresh, unassuming scent.  It infuses the skin with CoEnzyme Q10 that brightens and softens for a flawless foundation application.  NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir is especially lovely for those with slightly dry or mature skin.  The added moisture boost will leave your skin soft and supple, but not so much so that it mucks up your foundation.  CoQ10 boosts collagen and elastin production, which wains once you leave your twenties behind.  The Renew Skin Elixir will help to temporarily gain a smooth, bright, and youthful appearance.  I think that NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir is targeted at those with normal to slightly dry skin or mature skin.  The Elixir does a great job at smoothing out flakes and rough patches so foundation doesn’t get stuck on them.  The formula absorbs quickly and does not leave skin tacky or sticky.  It feels lovely and my foundation lasts all day.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Another surprising Favorite for me is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.  For years I have said that I prefer flat-top kabuki brushes to apply my foundation.  I’ve tried beauty sponges, including this sponge, and never understood the draw.  My skin went through a period where it was rebelling, and I’ve had some texture issues.  I just wasn’t liking the way my foundation was laying on my skin, so in desperation, I tried the Real Techniques sponge again.  You guys, seriously, I don’t even know what to say.  It’s like someone flipped a switch in my brain and I suddenly get it now.  I have seen the light and I am freaking loving this silly little sponge.  I’ve been using the Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation for it’s staying power, and the sponge applies it beautifully.  The foundation lays really well when I use the sponge, even over texture issues.  I am not saying that I will be giving up my flat-top kabuki brushes forever, but beauty sponges in general, and this Real Techniques sponge in particular, will definitely be a part of my regular rotation from now on.

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs. Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs. Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

A new item that has become a fast Favorite is the Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs. Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette.  I promise to do a full review with swatches soon.  In the mean time though, let me just say that you all need this palette.  According to Ulta: “New-Trals are the new Neutrals! Upgrade your new natural eye looks with the new generation of natural shades in Makeup Revolution’s New-Trals vs. Neutrals.”  I bought this palette because the shades looked similar enough to the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette to allow me to resist temptation.  The shadows are gorgeous and they apply smoothly.  I don’t have issues with flaking or fading, and I think that the Makeup Revolution formula is really nice.  The formula reminds me of the Wet N Wild 8-pan palette shadows.  Bonus, this palette is only $10 and you can use the Ulta $3.50 off of $10 coupon, so you can get it for $6.50.  Seriously, put this palette on your list.

The Body Shop Brazil Nut Shower Cream

The Body Shop Brazil Nut Shower Cream

My final Favorite for April is The Body Shop Brazil Nut Shower Cream.  It’s an odd scent for this time of year, I know, but it smells so good that I can’t resist it.  I love the Shower Cream formula.  It is so moisturizing.  The formula is silky and smooth, and so luxurious on the skin.  I love the Brazil Nut scent, though it’s hard to describe.  It’s like caramel, white chocolate, or vanilla, but… not.  It’s sweet and nutty and delicious.  I’ve really been loving it.  (So, I got this bottle a while ago and didn’t realize until today that The Body Shop has discontinued the scent.  You can still get it online, but not from The Body Shop.  Sorry about that.)

That does it for my Favorites, now onto my Fails.

LORAC Color Correcting (CC) Cream

LORAC Color Correcting (CC) Cream

I only have one Fail for April, but it was such a disaster that one was definitely enough.  I’m talking about the LORAC Color Correcting (CC) Cream.  I got the CC Cream as an Ulta 21 days of beauty special, so it was only $15 instead of the full $30 that it normally retails for.  This product is straight up horrible.  The CC Cream is supposed to “instantly neutralize redness and imperfections with a natural-looking, semi-matte finish. This 6-in-1 specially-tinted makeup neutralizes, primes, moisturizes, brightens, soothes and helps your skin look healthy and youthful. CC Cream is oil, silicone, paraben and fragrance free and is suitable for all skin types.”  What the CC Cream really does is apply streaky, sinks into pores, and emphasizes every flaw.  I got the “Light” shade, and it is very light with highly yellow undertones.  I tried it on two separate occasions, applied once with a brush and once with the RT sponge I mentioned above, and both times were so disastrous that I had to completely remove my makeup and start over from scratch.  Am I missing something?  Do any of you have this CC Cream and like it?  Please tell me your experience and let me know if you have any tips because it didn’t work for me at all.  It’s like my skin was rejecting the formula.  I really don’t know what LORAC was thinking.

That’s it for my Favorites and Fails for April 2016.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  I still can’t believe that it is already May.  I’ve been super busy and will continue that way for at least another month or so.  Things should ease up over the summer.  I don’t know if I mentioned it here on the blog, but I injured my knee pretty seriously over the Holidays, and I am still healing.  I am doing much better now, but I am still using a crutch or a cane and keeping my knee in a brace.  My difficulty getting around makes me so much more tired and makes it a lot harder to get things done.  I’m sure that you’ve noticed that my posts have been pretty few and far between lately.  I’ve just been having a hard time over the last several months and I’ve had to let go of the blog a bit.  That’s the way it goes sometimes.  Anyway, what were some of your favorite products for April?  Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Some Interesting New Drugstore Items for 2016

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New for 2016

New for 2016

It’s a new year, and that means that there are a ton of new products out for our enjoyment.  There are so many new collections out right now that it is tough to keep track of all of them.  I decided that it might be fun to show you some of the new items from the drugstore that caught my interest.  This is by no means an exhaustive list of what is new in the drugstore, but rather the items that look interesting to me.  A couple of the items have been out for a few weeks now, but most of them are just now hitting the shelves.  I am going to try to include pricing, but please remember that prices vary by location.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon

Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon

I am probably the most excited to try the new Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons.  What?  Yes, the super popular Maybelline Color Tattoos are now available in crayon form instead of the pots.  I don’t know how the formula has changed to accommodate the new style of Color Tattoos, but I really hope that they are as good as the pots were.  I also hope that they expand the shade range soon because these shades are great for fitting basic needs but not terribly unique.  These retail at Ulta for $6.99.

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation

Another Maybelline item that caught my eye is the new Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation.  Hydrating and matte don’t usually go together, so right away I am intrigued.  Maybelline claims that it is a refreshing gel-whipped foundation that leaves complexion perfected and smooth with a velvety, soft-matte finish while skin stays hydrated for 12 hours.  I have tried whipped mousse foundation, but no gel-based foundations, so I am sold.  I have to know what this formula is like.  The Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation retails for $10.99 at Ulta.

 Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser


Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser

You can’t watch Youtube these days without Micellar water making an appearance in some way, and I am interested in the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser.  This has been out in some areas for a little bit and has gotten some great reviews.  Here is the blurb: “This All-in-1 cleanser is surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin. It effectively removes makeup, cleanses skin and refreshes. A multi-purpose cleanser that contains Micellar technology. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean, hydrated and refreshed without over-drying. Dermatologist tested for safety. Ophthalmologist tested. Non-comedogenic–won’t clog pores.”  Micellar water is intriguing to me, and I want to know more.  The Garnier version retails for $8.99 at Ulta.

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation SPF 50

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation SPF 50

Cushion foundations are hitting the market hard right now, and I am most interested in the Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation SPF 50.  Physicians Formula claims that it is a creamy mineral fluid foundation that promises to correct visible imperfections, blur lines, and leave skin with an airbrushed finish as well as protect it with an SPF 50 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen.  I have never used a cushion foundation, and although I know that Korean brands have been producing them for years, they are relatively new to the US.  L’Oreal has also released a new cushion foundation, but this Physicians Formula is more appealing to me.  The one major drawback for me, though, is the price tag.  Both the Physicians Formula and the L’Oreal cushion foundations are between $16 and $18, depending on where you get them.  That is pretty steep for the drugstore.  Still, the product is intriguing.

Nyx Cosmetics Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflé

Nyx Cosmetics Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflé

Next I have a slew of lip products to show you, the first of which is the NYX Cosmetics Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflé.  This is a 2-in-1 whipped mousse for you cheeks and lips that leaves a matte finish.  It has a doe-foot applicator with a pointed tip for precise lip application.  You can also dab a little of the mousse on your finger to apply a wash of color to your cheek.  I like 2-in-1 products, and I am interested to see what NYX has come up with.  If there is a brand that I trust with stellar cheek and lip products, it is NYX.  The Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflés retail for $5.99 at Ulta.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color

I am also interested in the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors.  These are a lightweight gel matte formula, which is different.  The Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors have been out for about a month now, and the reviews have been mixed.  The main complaint that I have seen is that they don’t actually dry down to a fully matte finish.  I can see why that is a big problem for a product with the word “matte” in the name, but it’s not an issue for me.  I have not jumped on the matte lip cream bandwagon because my lips are too dry to follow that particular trend.  I think that they are lovely, but they just make my lips looks pickled.  So a demi-matte, comfortable formula like this is way more my speed that a true matte.  These are $8.99 at Ulta.

L'Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss

L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss

Along the same lines is the new L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss.  Like the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors this is a demi-matte lip product that keeps a certain level of hydration to keep lips from drying out.  I am not sure which lip product I am more interested in between the Revlon and the L’Oreal.  They seem pretty similar by the description.  If any of you have tried either of these two products, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  The L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss retails at Ulta for $9.99.

CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Lip Balm

CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Lip Balm

The final item that I have to talk about to today is the CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Lip Balm.  Here is the blurb: “CoverGirl’s Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Lip Balm is a vitamin infused, moisturizing lip treatment that nourishes, protects and smooths lips. Grapeseed oil, avocado butter and vitamins C and E lock in moisture, keeping lips soft and smooth.”  I believe that these tinted balms are being set up as possible dupes for the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments.  I find that extremely hard to believe  because I love the Fresh Sugar Lippies and I have never had much luck with CoverGirl lip products.  But, I am all about tinted lip balms, so I certainly want to try them.  🙂  The CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Lip Balms retail for $8.99 at Ulta, which is a little steep for tinted lip balm from the drugstore.  Hopefully the formula makes up for the price tag.

Those are all the new products from the drugstore that have caught my eye recently.  More products are spilling in for 2016, so I am sure there are plenty of new arrivals that I may have missed.  Have you tried any of the new products that I listed here?  I’d love to get your thoughts.  Are there any products that I didn’t mention that you think I need to check out?  Let me know in the comments below.  What products are you most interested in trying for 2016?

Halloween Tutorial: Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

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Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Halloween is almost upon us, but if you are like me you may still be unsure of your costume.  I was wandering the Halloween aisles at Target, and saw this adorable giraffe headband.  It was only $3, and I knew that I had to get it for a Sweet and Sassy Giraffe Halloween tutorial.  This makeup is not as hard as it looks, but it is really time consuming.  Make sure that you have at least an hour (if not more, depending on your skill level) to dedicate to the makeup look.  Once you have the makeup done, the rest of the costume can be as simple or as complicated as you desire, but we will discuss that later.  Also be sure to check out my previous Halloween tutorials to learn how to transform in to a Glamour Cat and a Totally Outrageous 80’s Jem-style Rocker.  Let’s get into the makeup.

Tools

Tools

Before we start, I want to stress that you do not have to use the exact products that I used.  There aren’t any unusual products here, so you should be able to use what you already have in your collection. Here is what you will need:

  • A good eye primer. I used a sample of Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer.  If you have NYX Jumbo Eye pencil in Milk or a similar white base, then you may want to use that all over the lid and around your eye area to save yourself a step later.  Unfortunately I misplaced my Milk, so I had to do without it.
  • Eyeshadow in matte dark brown, matte white, and matte black.  I used the Coastal Scents 88 Warm palette for almost the entire look, but any shadows will do.
  • Brown Eyeliner.  I chose the Rimmel Scandaleyes Khol Kajal Liner because I wanted that subtle sparkle.
  • Black Eyeliner.  I chose the e.l.f. Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen for my lid and the NYX Slide On Glide On Pencil liner for my lower lash line, but any black liner will work.
  • Gold Eyeliner.  This may be the only item that you don’t already have.  You can find gold liner pretty easily this time of year.  I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in El Dorado.
  • Optional False lashes.  I tried.  I really did.  I think this look would be great with false lashes because giraffes have long lashes, but I couldn’t make them work for me.  Falsies, you are my nemesis and I conceded my defeat.  Those ever elusive long fluttery lashes were not in the cards for me this time.  Perhaps you will have better luck.

Start with your normal primer and foundation routine.  If you want to, you can use a light bronzer to warm up the edges of your face.  Do not contour, but a little around the temples and jaw line is good.  Prime your entire eye area (and use your white base if you have it).  I also recommend filling in your brows at this point so that you have a good frame for the eye makeup.  I filled my brows in with the same mix of brown shades from the 88 Warm Palette that I used for the giraffe spots.

Giraffe Step 1

Giraffe Step 1

Step 1:  Lightly dust some dark brown shadow on the lid and low on the crease.  I used the same shade that I will be using for the giraffe spots.  Blend the edges with a tan or peach shade but be sure not to go too high.  This step is just to get some color on the lid, but it will be overshadowed by the rest of the look, so don’t worry too much about getting it perfect.

Giraffe Step 2

Giraffe Step 2

Step 2:  Using a small detailed brush and dark brown shadow, create small square-ish shapes.  Leave a small space between the brown spots, and vary the size and shape.  Giraffes have asymmetrical spots, so you are not looking for perfection.

Giraffe Step 3

Giraffe Step 3

Step 3: Continue the pattern all around your eye area including above the brow, under the eye, and toward the nose.  You want the spots on the inside of your face and on the eye to start small, gradually getting larger as you approach the outside of the face and the cheek.

Giraffe Step 4

Giraffe Step 4

Step 4: If you do not have NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk or another white base, take a matte white eyeshadow and fill in the area between the spots.  This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but it adds a lot to the overall look.  If you are pressed for time, you can skip it, but I think it is worth the effort.  I used the white in the Wet n Wild I (Heart) Matte palette.

Giraffe Step 4

Giraffe Step 5

Step 5: With the gold eyeliner, place a dot/dash in the center of each brown square.  Again, this step adds a ton of dimension to the look and makes a huge difference.  I warned you in the beginning that this look was time consuming, but you will love how the gold liner transforms everything and takes it to the next level.

Giraffe Step 6

Giraffe Step 6

Step 6: Line your eyes and add mascara.  I used the e.l.f. Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen for my upper lash line and the NYX Slide On Glide On Pencil liner for my lower lash line and waterline.  I also smudged some black eyeshadow on my lower lash line.  I flicked my liner out for a baby wing.  I don’t recommend a dramatic wing for this look, but if you are comfortable with false lashes, more power to you.

Giraffe Eyes

Giraffe Eyes

Congratulations, the eyes are done!  Make yourself some coffee or tea.  Have a cookie.

Giraffe Step 7

Giraffe Step 7

Step 7: On the forehead we are going for a subtle triangular shape.  Make the spots that are closest to the nose smaller, getting larger as you go up the forehead.  These spots should be less square shaped than the spots on the eye, but it is essentially the same thing.  Instead of adding gold to these spots, you want to take the brown liner and outline the shape of the spots.  I chose to do a partial outline on the inside spots and fully outlined the ones on the edge to make the transition more subtle.

Giraffe Step 8

Giraffe Step 8

Step 8: Starting on outer edge of the cheek, make medium sized spots with a flat shader brush, gradually getting larger as you move toward the jaw and neck.  You don’t want to bring them in too much because you want the center of the face and neck to be empty.  You can move toward the center over the collarbone and chest, but you never want the sides to meet.  The spots/squares on the neck and chest should be quite large.  Your spot pattern will depend on your outfit.  Make sure to carry the pattern over your shoulders and down your arms if they are exposed.  Just remember, larger spots on the chest and shoulders getting gradually smaller and more sparse down the arm toward the wrist.  Leave the inner arm bare, and you don’t have to do your hands.  If you are in a colder climate and will have your skin covered, you can stop at the neck and chest area.

Giraffe Step 9

Giraffe Step 9

Step 9: Outline your spot pattern with the brown liner.  By this point I was really pressed for time so I was not as careful as I should have been.  I’ll admit that I got a little sloppy with this step, but I was running so late.  It also may be hard to see the edges of all of your spots, so if you have a buddy willing to help you out with reaching all of the spots on your neck, it may help.  When you are done, lightly spray yourself with setting spray.

NYX Butter Gloss in Praline

NYX Butter Gloss in Praline

Step 10: Choose a lip color.  I opted for a medium nude gloss, though you can do any color that sings to you.  This is NYX Butter Gloss in Praline.

Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Makeup is done.  Yay!!!  Put on your super cute Giraffe ears and snap a selfie.  You earned it.

For the rest of the costume, if you have anything with a giraffe print on it then you are ahead of the class.  But really, a tan or brown shirt or tank top paired with a brown or black skirt or pants is all you need.  The makeup is elaborate and is the real star of the show, so the costume is less important. Personally, I had everything I needed to put this costume together already.  I only bought the ears, so my total giraffe look cost me $3.  Hopefully most of you will also already have most of these items and can replicate the look pretty easily.  I love the way it came out.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial.  I am very happy with it, and it really is easier than it looks.  It’s just time consuming.  I hope I explained myself thoroughly and that you find this tutorial easy to follow.  People will be pretty impressed with your mad skills if you show up with this makeup look.  I would love to know if you try this Sweet and Sassy Giraffe look for yourself, so be sure to let me know in the comments below.

Big Sales at Ulta

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Ulta

Ulta is going all full court press with the sales this week on drugstore items.  Free shipping, 40% off, and Buy 1 Get 1 sales are all happening through Saturday October 3rd.  (Omg, is it really October this week?  Where did September go?)  These sales are available in store and online.  If you plan it well, you can rack up some substantial savings.  And don’t forget that you can still use the $3.50 off of $10 coupons that Ulta always has as well as any manufacturers coupons that you may find.  So let’s take a look.

NYX Buy 2 Get 1

NYX Buy 2 Get 1

NYX is currently Buy 2 Get 1 Free.  Now would be a great time to try out the new Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks or the new Slide-On Lip Pencils.  If you really want to expand your eyeshadow collection, the new(ish) Avant Pop and Go-To Palettes are included in the sale.  I really like NYX, and I think that they especially excel at lip and cheek products.  If you haven’t tried NYX blushes or lippies, then you need to give them a shot.  Also in NYX news (taking a time-out from Ulta for a minute) the first ever NYX store is opening up this weekend.  If you happen to live in Southern California, the grand opening starts 10/2 at the Santa Anita Mall.  More store openings to follow soon in Rancho Cucamonga, Torrence, Santa Clara, and Walnut Creek. Now, back to Ulta.

40% off

40% off

Right now Revlon, Physicians Formula, and Almay cosmetics are 40% off.  I am definitely going to have to pick up another Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder.  I ran out a while back and really miss it.  If you are a fan of Physicians Formula you will certainly want to take advantage of this sale.  Physicians Formula is rather pricey for drugstore, and 40% off is a great deal.  Remember Ulta accepts Manufacturer’s coupons and you can use them in conjunction with the Ulta coupon.

China Glaze

China Glaze

China Glaze polishes are Buy 1 Get 1 Free.  China Glaze polishes are $7.50 each, so that’s quite a savings.  I really like the China Glaze formula and recommend hopping on this deal.

BCRF

BCRF

Also through 10/3, you will receive free shipping on all orders, when you add a $1 donation to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation to your cart.  There is no minimum required for the free shipping deal.  Once the donation is added to your cart, you will see that your shipping has changed to free.  There is also a link to donate more to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation if you would like.

It’s a good week to be an Ulta shopper.  Be sure to sign up for the Ulta rewards program if you haven’t already.  It is free to do so, and you earn points for any purchases made at Ulta that can be exchanged for cash toward an Ulta purchase.  I like to hoard my points and spend them on my birthday and during the Holidays.  It is a good way to bring the price down on those Holiday gifts and palettes that I always want.  There are also special coupons throughout the year for rewards members, and I think signing up for the program is absolutely worth it.  Do you plan on taking advantage of any of these sales this week?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ipsy September 2015

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September 2015 Ipsy Bag

September 2015 Ipsy Bag

I received that big pink envelope in the mail that can only mean one thing- it’s Ipsy time again!  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.  So let’s get into it.

September Ipsy bag

September Ipsy bag

You guys.  Look at this bag!  I was surprised by how luxe the bag looks this month.  It is made of a soft leather-like vinyl material in a warm bronze shade.  There is a really neat texture on the front that glams it up.  It reminds me of a stylish handbag, and I will definitely be using it.  It looks expensive and I really like it.  I would probably pay $10 just for the bag, so there is the subscription fee right there.  But let’s get into the products.

Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser

Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser: “Rev up your skin with this powerful exfoliating treatment that’s packed with the natural ingredients necessary to get a bright, sexy glow. The best part? One step and you’re done! You’ll see smoother, brighter skin as soon as you rinse. 100% Paraben-free, 100% Vegan. Not Tested On Animals.”  Full size is 120 g, worth $34 at vasanticosmetics.com.  Sample size 20 g, worth $5.67.

 

Bayberry Naturals Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer

Bayberry Naturals Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer

Bayberry Naturals Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer: “This Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer is the ultimate facial lotion. Lightweight, yet moisturizing, it’s super-packed with nutrients to aid delicate facial skin. Rosehip oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Hibiscus extract is rich in antioxidants, as are vitamins E, B3, Pro-Vitamin A, and Pro-Vitamin B5- all providing both protection against free radicals as well as natural anti-inflammatory properties. Lightweight, absorbs easily and super moisturizing. Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrances and dyes. 100% vegan.”  Full size is 4.6 fl oz, worth $17.95 at bayberrynaturals.com.  Sample size .5 fl oz, worth $1.95.

Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Cream Blush in ASH

Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Cream Blush in ASH

Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Cream Blush in ASH: “This cream blush has a formula that melts into your skin and delivers a healthy dose of organic goodness. This cruelty and paraben free cream blush will leave you with a natural, dewy look and skin that will thank-you! Natural & Organic. Paraben and cruelty-free. Made in USA, and $1 from every product sold is donated to woman’s organizations.”  Size info is not available at evelyniona.com or anywhere else that I could find, but I found the size of the concealer which is priced the same as this blush at $18.75.  I am assuming that they are the same size, 3 g.  Sample size of the blush is .06 oz or 1.7 g, worth $10.63.

tre'StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon

tre’StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon

tre’StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon: “Fall in love with this new matte lip color. It’s buttery soft, rich, yet light as air and uber comfortable with a futuristic vibrant finish. Infused with Vitamin E, and Monoi Tahiti Butter for moisturization and antioxidant properties. Deposits rich color that you can build. Contains Vitamin E and Monoi Tahiti Butter. Modern radiant matte finish.”  This product doesn’t seem to be available full size, but a trio of minis is available for $32 at trestique.com, so one mini would be a third of that, worth $10.67.

NYX Cosmetics ipsy Eye Shadow Trio

NYX Cosmetics ipsy Eye Shadow Trio

NYX Cosmetics ipsy Eye Shadow Trio: “This 3-color eye shadow palette gives you go-anywhere intensity day or night thanks to the highly pigmented formulations. Provides intense eye colors with a silky texture for seamless application for any eye look that you desire. It consists of 3 complementing eye shadows to wear together or alone. Each eye shadow provides great color payoff with every application. Create any look on the go with the help of the dual applicator that allows you to apply, smudge and line your eyes effortlessly. Exclusive palette designed by NYX just for ipsters!”  This is full sized, and worth $6 at nyxcosmetics.com.

Ipsy

Ipsy

The grand total of my September 2015 Ipsy bag is $34.92, not counting the totally gorgeous bag itself.  I am happy with everything that I got.  I’ll use all of it, and nothing in the bag is a dud product for me.  To be fair, I am not “wowed” or extremely excited by any one product either, but that’s okay.  This is a solid bag, and I am happy to try everything.  I like that Ipsy keeps sending me all natural and vegan products lately.  I also am a big fan of NYX, and own a couple of those trios already.  I know that I will like the shadows a lot.  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 also 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 September 2015 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 July 2015

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July 2015 Monthly Favorites

July 2015 Monthly Favorites

It is time for my July Monthly Favorites post.  Can you believe that it is August already?  This year is flying by.  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.  July was birthday month for me, so I had a very busy month.  I’ve been testing several new products (OMG, I feel so behind on my reviews).  In the midst of that, however, I definitely have some products that I just kept going back to.  So let’s get started.

Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Mask

Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Mask

I am going to kick off my favorites talking about skincare.  I could rave about the whole line of Michael Todd True Organics products that I have been using, but I am going to limit myself to just two, the first of which is the Pumpkin Mask.  Confession time.  I have been really lax about my skincare for the last several months.  Ever since I got that bad bout of stomach flu followed by the severe cold that knocked me out for the entirety of April and into May, I have been a total slacker skin-wise.  My skin has been suffering from my lack of attention, so my goal for July was to try to get things back on track.  This Pumpkin Mask is exactly what I needed.  The glycolic acid in the mask really helped to get rid of all of the dry flaky patches as well as cleared out my pores, and helped my skin look and feel a lot healthier.  It cleared up any beak outs that I was having.  The best part is that the mask smells so amazing, just like pumpkin pie.  I really love this mask, and recommend it to anyone.

Michael Todd True Organics Intensive Eye Treatment

Michael Todd True Organics Intensive Eye Treatment

The other skincare item that I loved all through July was the Michael Todd True Organics Intensive Eye Treatment.  It’s been a while since I used this product, and I forgot just how great this eye treatment is.  It feels so luxurious.  It is packed with moisture and is silky soft.  I can not say enough good things about the formula.  It makes my eye area feel extremely smooth and hydrated.  Michael Todd makes great products, and this is one of the best in my opinion.

 

Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner

Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner

My next favorite was from my July Ipsy bag.  I have been loving this Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner.  It smells heavenly, and feels like I am putting coconut oil on my lips.  It leaves them moisturized and lasts pretty well.  At least, it seems to me that I am re-applying less often than usual.  (I tend to go through lip products like crazy, so anything that lasts on me even a little is saying something.)  Well done Ipsy- this was a great product to include in my bag.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Get Lucky

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Get Lucky

If you read my ColourPop review from last week, you will know that I have been testing the Super Shock Shadows for a while now.  They were hit and miss for me, but one Colourpop Super Shock Shadow that was a big hit was the shade Get Lucky.  It is molten gold, and looks gorgeous on the lid.  I have been loving it for golden Summer eye looks.  Get Lucky is definitely a shade that is worth getting.  Be sure to check out the review for more details.

TheBalm Meet Matte Nude Palette

TheBalm Meet Matte Nude Palette

Because I have been testing the ColourPop shadows, I have been reaching for TheBalm Meet Matte Nude Palette over and over to balance my looks out.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t gotten a lot of use out of this palette until recently, and that’s a shame.  Meet Matte Nude is a great palette.  It may not look as inspiring as some other matte palettes, which was my initial issue.  But it has been an excellent complimentary palette.  The shadows work really well with other products.  Another bonus is that those wells are huge, so it will take years to get through this palette.  I have been way more inclined to use matte shadows over the last six months or so, and I plan on keeping this palette handy.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Fireball

Finally, I like to wear bright, fun colors in the Summer.  What is better than a bright lip?  Enter NYX Butter Lipstick in Fireball.  This shade is so much fun.  It is a bright, orange-toned coral shade that goes on surprisingly sheer, but quickly builds up for very bold color.  I love the versatility of being able to wear it sheered out or more bold, depending on my mood.  The Butter lipstick formula is really comfortable on the lips.  If you haven’t tried them yet, you really should.

And that wraps up my July Favorites.  I hope that you saw something that you liked and might want to check out for yourself.  I am excited that we are progressing through summer rather quickly.  It is my least favorite time of year, but I love Fall and Winter and can not wait for Fall to arrive.  One exciting thing to look forward to in August though, is that I will be celebrating my 4th Blogiversary.  Crazy, right?  I can’t believe that it has been four years here at BeautyinBudget Blog.  Anyway, that is it for my Favorites.  What have you been loving in the last month?  Let me know in the comments below.

New NYX Go-To Palettes for Summer 2015

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NYX Go-To Palettes

NYX Go-To Palettes

Right on the heels of their new Avant Pop Eyeshadow Palettes, NYX has two new palettes that are releasing for Summer 2015.  Get ready to travel with the new NYX Go-To Palettes.  Hey jet-setter, “Travel light with palettes customized for creating both subtle and striking looks” all on the go.  With six eyeshadows and three face products (highlight, blush, and bronzer), these Go-To palettes are designed to be all you need for lovely looks.  There are two versions of the NYX Go-To Palettes available, Wanderlust and BonVoyage.  Let’s take a closer look.

NYX Go-To Palettes

NYX Go-To Palettes

Here is what NYX has to say about the new Go-To Palettes: “Grab the ultimate Go-To Palette and jet! Each set includes six vibrant shadows in addition an illuminator, blusher and bronzer. Travel light and effortlessly chic with collections customized for achieving subtle or striking looks tucked into your makeup bag.”  The palettes look great, except for one tiny thing.  For palettes that are designed for travel, there really should have been a mirror included in the packaging.  I like that you can actually see the shades at a glance, but I would have rather had a mirror in the lid for true jet-setting practicality.  Otherwise, I think the size of the palettes are good for travel, and from the promo shots it looks like you could get a complete look without having to go outside the palette.  Now let’s talk about each palette individually.

NYX Go-To Palette in Wanderlust

NYX Go-To Palette in Wanderlust

The first of the two Go-To palettes is Wanderlust, which is a neutral palette.  The promo material makes it look like a pretty warm-toned palette, so keep that in mind.  The six shadows in the Wanderlust palette are: Cream (pearl finish), Pink Rust (shimmer finish), Warm Bronze (light pearl finish), Champagne (pearl finish), Warm Medium Beige (light glitter finish), and Bronze Plum (light pearl finish).  No matte shadows in this palette.  The face products include a highlight in Champagne, with a luminous finish.  For blush we have Pink Coral with a golden shimmer.  The only matte product in the Wanderlust palette is the bronzer, Warm Taupe.  I think that the Wanderlust palette is lovely, and perfect for someone who doesn’t already own a lot of makeup.  If you already have a large collection of neutrals, however, you may feel like you don’t need yet another neutral palette.  You probably already have all of these shades in your collection.
NYX Go-To Palette in Bon Voyage

NYX Go-To Palette in Bon Voyage

The second Go-To palette, Bon Voyage, holds all of the color.  The eyeshadow shades include: Deep Purple (satin finish), Emerald Green (shimmer finish), Tan (satin finish), Light Pink (pearl finish), Purple Taupe (shimmer finish), and Graphite (multi-color glitter finish).  Again, no mattes, though the satin finishes make the palette a little less shimmery than Wanderlust.  For face, we have the same luminous finish Champagne highlight that was in the other palette. The blush in the Bon Voyage palette is Coral and it has a satin finish.  Again we have a matte bronzer, this time it is in Warm Brown.  Bon Voyage looks like it has both warm and cool tones, so it may actually be more versatile than Wanderlust.  The rich jewel tones make the Bon Voyage palette a lovely choice, especially for nights on the town while at home or on vacation.

The new NYX Go-To Palettes are not yet available at ulta.com, but there are some reports that they have been spotted in-store, so check with you local Ulta location before you go.  They are available at nyxcosmetics.com and retail for $17.  That is a bit steep, but when they eventually do land at Ulta, at least you can take advantage of the $3.50 off of $10 coupon that is always available.  NYX is also often on sale BOGO 50% off, so that may help mitigate the cost.  The Go-To palettes look great, and I can’t wait to see them in real life.  What do you think of the new NYX Go-To Palettes?  Will you be hauling?  Let me know in the comments below.