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Monthly Favorites (and Fails) for November and December 2015

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Monthly Favorites

Monthly Favorites

It’s time for my last Monthly Favorites (and Fails) post of 2015.  You may have noticed that I didn’t do a Favorites post last month.  I just didn’t have enough products to make up a post, so instead of forcing it, I figured that I would combine November and December.  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. So these are the products that I have been loving for the last two months.

Michael Todd True Organics Hydration Boost

Michael Todd True Organics Hydration Boost

My number one, can’t get enough of it, holy grail favorite for the month is definitely the Michael Todd True Organics Hydration Boost.  I had been using the Hydration Boost, but had run out in October.  I really noticed the difference in my skin without it, even though I was using the same moisturizer.  I placed a Michael Todd order on Black Friday, and I am thrilled to have the Hydration Boost back.  My skin feels so much more hydrated and healthy with it.  Especially now that winter cold has set in and is trying to dry me out, the Hydration Boost is vital in my skin care regimen.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

My next skincare type favorite is one that I only had a sample of, so this product photo is from Sephora.  This is the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.  This stuff is amazing!  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, and I definitely had my doubts at first.  Once it warms up on the lips, however, it melts into the skin and provides so much healing moisture that I am a little blown away.  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 would last for several months of daily use.  It is $26 on Sephora’s website, which is pretty hefty, but it just might be worth the splurge because it is wonderful.

MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palettes

MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palettes

Next up are the MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palettes.  If you haven’t seen my review and swatches of these palettes, be sure to check it out.  I have really been enjoying these MUA palettes.  The shades are lovely, and they have been so much fun to play with.  They are really nice for drugstore palettes.  MUA is only available at CVS here in the States.  There is a good chance that you can score these palettes on sale or with a coupon and I think that they are worth checking out.

LORAC Love, Lust & Lace Matte Eye Shadow Palette

LORAC Love, Lust & Lace Matte Eye Shadow Palette

Because the MUA palettes have no matte shades, I have been pairing them with the LORAC Love, Lust & Lace Matte Eye Shadow Palette.  This was one of the $12 Black Friday palettes that Lorac sells through Ulta every year.  I never got any of the Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes, but this one is the same idea.  There are five matte neutral shades, and this is a great palette to mix in with other palettes that may be missing these essential shades.  I know it is sold out on Ulta’s website, but may still be available at your local Ulta store.  If so, pick it up.

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

I’ve been reaching for my Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose quite a bit.  I reviewed two of these Rose Powder Blushes from Milani over the summer, in case you missed it.  I love this shade.  It is a muted, nude rose shade in a similar color family to Tarte Exposed.  It is a very subtle color, but it looks gorgeous on the skin.  The look is minimal and natural, but beautiful.  And of course, I can’t mention this blush without talking about that beautiful embossed rose.  Even though I have used the blush a lot since I got it, the rose is still going strong.  It is a winner.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

You may remember the Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve that I was obsessed with last year.  Well I busted it out again, and reminded myself why I loved it so much.  It is such a beautiful shade, and it wears really well.  It is sort of a plum toned rose-gold shade with beautiful shimmer that doesn’t look chunky or glittery.  It gives me a lovely sheen and looks great.  A little goes a really long way, so I’ll have this blush for a long time. You can see my review and swatches of both this blush and one of the bronzers here.

That does it for my favorites, now onto my 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.  And these next two products definitely did not work for me.

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

I reviewed the e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer, and I recommend that you read it because it isn’t necessarily a bad product.  It just didn’t work for me.  The packaging is frustrating, and there are definitely some issues in the formula, mostly that it does not contain SPF and it does have fragrance (though I did like the fresh scent).  I thought that the formula was nice and hydrating and it felt good on the skin.  The moisturizer broke me out, so ultimately I couldn’t use it, but I ended up giving it to a friend who liked it a lot.

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

The biggest dud that I have tried in a while has to be the Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit.  If you read my review, you know that these shadows were terrible.  There were a few decent shades, but overall the palettes lacked pigmentation and the formula varied wildly from shade to shade.  While some of the shimmer shades were nice, other shades were hard and chalky.  The blue toned palette was especially bad.  I did like the green toned palette, but not enough to make the kit worth it.  It was such a disappointment.

That’s it for my Favorites and Fails for November and December.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  What were some of your favorite items for the month?  Let me know in the comments below.  I am so excited by all of the new items that are releasing for Spring 2016.  I am trying to keep a tight reign on my spending because lord knows that I don’t need more makeup.  But there are some really interesting products popping up in the drugstore, plus all of the spring collections from prestige brands.  What new releases are you most excited for?  Have you gotten anything new for Spring 2016 that you want to tell me about?  Share with me in the comments.

Review: Milani Rose Powder Blushes Plus the 2015 LE Collection

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Milani Rose Powder Blushes

Milani Rose Powder Blushes

I featured one of these Milani Rose Powder Blushes in my June favorites, and a couple of you asked for reviews and swatches, so here you go.  There have been a couple Limited Edition collections of these blushes from Summer 2013 and Spring 2014.  Milani made three shades permanent for Spring 2015, cherry picking from the previous collections.  There is also a Summer 2015 Limited Edition collection of three new shades available right now, but I will get to that later.  Right now, let’s talk about the permanent line.

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

The Milani Rose Powder Blushes are absolutely gorgeous.  The three-dimensional rose embossing is so lovely and it is etched pretty deeply, so you don’t destroy the rose by actually, you know, using the blush.  (Don’t you hate it when that happens?)  The blushes themselves have a silky formula that manages stay soft without tipping over into the powdery category.  I find them very easy to apply and blend out.  They have good lasting power on me, though admittedly I don’t have oily skin.  Bottom line, I think this is a great blush.

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove

The three shades in the permanent Milani Rose Powder Blush line are Tea Rose, Romantic Rose, and Coral Cove.  I have the last two shades.  Romantic Rose is a mauve-y nude shade.  This is a gorgeous neutral shade, great for lighter skin tones.  Coral Cove is a bright Coral that can be sheered our or built up for a bold look.  It will look beautiful on a wide variety of skin tones.  Here is a swatch of the two.

(L) Romantic Rose and (R) Coral Cove

They are beautiful.  All three shades in the permanent collection have a matte finish.  I think that they would suit a huge variety of people, and you definitely need to check them out.  So, moving on from the permanent line, let’s talk about the new limited edition collection that has been released for this summer.

2015 LE Milani Rose Powder Blushes

2015 LE Milani Rose Powder Blushes

The new Limited Edition Collection of Milani Rose Powder Blushes are currently available in drugstores.  The three new shades are American Beauty Rose, Awakening Rose, and Blossomtime Rose.  These three shades are similar to the current permanent line, but instead of a matte finish, they have a subtle shimmer.  Milani has been available in CVS, but unfortunately CVS is transitioning Milani displays to e.l.f. displays and won’t be carrying the brand anymore.  (It’s great to see e.l.f. in more stores, but I hate that it is at the expense of such a good brand that is already so hard to find.)  So be sure to check you local stores soon before Milani disappears.  I am really interested to see how the shimmer version of these blushes perform.  If they are as good as the matte version, then I definitely need to pick up a couple.  I recommend the Milani Rose Powder Blushes, and if you don’t already have any of them, then you should look into them.  The permanent Milani Rose Powder Blushes are available online at milanicosmetics.com and in certain CVS, Walgreens, and Fred Meyer stores.

Monthly Favorites, June 2015

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June 2015 Favorites

June 2015 Favorites

It’s Monthly Favorites time!  I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy reading Favorites posts and watching Favorites videos on Youtube.  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.  I’ve got some lifestyle favorites to include this month in addition to the usual beauty favorites, so let’s gt started.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

My first favorite was a bit of a surprise.  This is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in the shade Fair-Light Neutral.  The foundation came in a Tarte kit that I purchased in May.  I don’t usually use powder foundation.  I feel like I need more coverage than most powder foundations give because of my rosacea redness.  But, since I had it already, I figured that I’d give it a try.  I am so glad that I did.  The Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation lives up to its name.  It has great coverage, and I can actually wear it alone (over primer) and be totally comfortable with how well it conceals my redness.  It is very finely milled, and gives my skin a slightly soft focused look.  It doesn’t dry me out at all.  This is a pretty heavy swatch so that it could show up on camera.  Obviously you wouldn’t apply the powder this thickly, but you can see how opaque it is.  I am not a connoisseur of powder foundation, so I am going to share what Tarte has to say: “It’s like airbrushing without the air! Powered by Amazonian clay and infused with natural, light-reflecting gemstones, this unique waterproof foundation gives skin rich dimension while invigorating the complexion for a youthful-looking appearance. The full coverage, weightless powder formula is offered in a range of skin-matching shades and lasts for 12 hours. Using the unique, custom mesh delivery system, simply pick up and buff on just the right amount of moisture-rich powder for a flawless airbrushed effect while allowing skin to breathe.”  I still prefer liquid foundation as my go-to, but have been enjoying the Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation so much more than I thought that I would.  I really like it a lot, and if you are in the market for a powder foundation, you may want to give Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation a try.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Next up is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light.  I mentioned in my previous post that I had one of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders.  If you missed it, here is the description of the powders: “Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on skin. Unlike traditional powders, which merely cloak imperfections, Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer and lit from within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. With three universal shades available in the Ambient palette, you can create any desired effect.”  I have had this powder for a while now, but I use it very sparingly.  Even though I love how it looks, it is so expensive that I don’t want to use it up.  Lately, however, I decided that I was being a bit stupid taking this Fine China approach to it.  Why have it if I’m not going to use it, y’know?  So I have been using it a lot more, and am really enjoying it.  I have the shades Diffused Light, which is described as “A soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity—like a soft ray of morning light.”  The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are pricey, but they are beautiful.

ColourPop Supershock Blushes

ColourPop Supershock Blushes

Anyone who read my review of the ColourPop Supershock Blushes shouldn’t be surprised to find them here in my Favorites post.  They are pigmented.  They apply smoothly and evenly.  They are really beautiful, and they are reasonably priced.  You should definitely check out my review to see swatches of theses shades and to get more details about the formula.  All in all, though, ColourPop Supershock Blushes are the bomb.

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

When I wasn’t using ColourPop, I’ve been using the Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose.  I love this shade.  It is a muted, nude rose shade in a similar color family to Tarte Exposed.  It is a very subtle color, but it looks gorgeous on the skin.  The look is minimal and natural, but oh so lovely.  And of course, I can’t mention this blush without talking about that beautiful embossed rose.  It’s the kind of product that you want to keep out because it’s so pretty to look at.  Bottom line, you need this in your life.

*I have a question for you.  I finally bought two shades of this Milani Rose Powder Blush, and I am debating doing a full review.  I know that they have been out for a while now, but it took me until this past month to finally get them.  Let me know in the comments below if you want a review and swatches of the Milani Rose Powder Blushes or if you think I should skip them.

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in A Midsummer's Dream

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in A Midsummer’s Dream

My final beauty favorite this month is the Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in A Midsummer’s Dream.  You may remember the haul I did featuring swatches of the new Sleek Eye & Cheek Palettes.  Be sure to check it out to see how the sades swatch and to see the other palettes.  I know that A Midsummer’s Dream looks like a good palette for late summer/early fall, but something about this palette has been so appealing to me lately.  I have really been loving playing the cool gray and the warm coral off each other.  That matte blush actually makes an excellent shadow.  I’ve gotten both subtle and pretty dramatic looks with this palette, and both approaches look great.  I definitely recommend it, especially for those in the UK who can get Sleek easier than we can here in the States.

Now, onto my non-beauty favorites.  I don’t do this every month, but sometimes there are things that I really want to share with you that aren’t beauty products.

Archer Farms Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookie Snack Bites

Archer Farms Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookie Snack Bites

So I was Target one day, and I came across these Archer Farms Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookie Snack Bites.  OMG you guys, these are so freaking good.  I am a peanut butter monster, and these Snack Bites are perfect.  They have peanut butter chips, chocolate pieces, peanut butter candies, and cookie pieces all rolled together in a delicious snack bite.  They are sweet and dense, so only a couple bites are necessary to satisfy.  If you like peanut butter treats, you have to try them.

My final Favorite for June is Ingrid Nilsen’s (missglamorazzi) coming out video.  I have been subscribed to Ingrid’s channel for several years now and watch off and on. With over three million subscribers, if you are a part of the Youtube beauty community at all, you have probably heard of her.  Ingrid came out earlier this month, and I think that this video is actually really important for several reasons, not the least of which is the huge platform that she has to say that it is perfectly fine and normal to be gay.  I am going to try to be brief as I explain why I think this video is so great.

  • Even within the LGBT+ community, there are stereotypes and boxes that people get forced into, and that is nothing to what stereotypes they face in our heteronormative society.  Ingrid is a cute, femme, girly kind of girl who loves makeup and fashion.  Just like NFL player Michael Sam who shattered the expected boxes of what a gay man (supposedly) looks like, Ingrid shows that a lesbian can come in every shape and size, even with curly hair and petite lace dresses.
  • In the video, Ingrid explained how hard it was for her to be honest about her sexuality because of her fears of not being accepted and loved by family and friends who were not okay with gays.  She talks earnestly about how miserable she was as she tried to deny her feelings and how she felt that she didn’t deserve love.  The target audience for her channel is on the younger side, so she has many viewers that are still trying to figure out who they are.  I think that it is so important for them to see someone who may have had the same struggles that they are dealing with so that they know that they are not alone.  Also, when Ingrid talks about learning to love herself and the warm reception she got from her true friends when she came out to them, I think it sends a clear message that it gets better.  You can clearly see how relieved she is and how happy she is to finally be living an authentic life.  Her video has been viewed over 9,000,000 times There are so many young people getting the message “I’ve been there. I know it hurts, but it gets better.”
  • Because Ingrid tried to force herself to be straight for a while, she has had boyfriends and relationships that were public on youtube.  I think it is great that she addresses this in her video.  Sometimes I think people are so quick to dismiss another person’s truth just because they have had a past.  Yes, she has dated men.  No, that doesn’t mean that this is a “gay phase” or that she doesn’t have a right to call herself a lesbian.  No one has the right to define someone else.  Going back to my first point, in this area as well, Ingrid is busting out of the boxes other people are trying to put her in.  I think that’s great.

That’s it for my June Favorites.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  What have you been loving in the last month?  Let me know in the comments below.