NYX Cosmetics Luv Out Loud Limited Edition Liquid Lipsticks

NYX Cosmetics asked me if I would give my honest opinion on their newest liquid lipsticks: Luv Out Loud Collection. Being an avid lover of all things by NYX Cosmetics, I naturally said yes.

The Luv Out Loud Matte Liquid Lip Collection is a limited edition so I wanted to share these with you as soon as possible. Plus, Fall will be here as soon as possible. Don’t you agree?! My lips will be ready to showcase any Fall outfit with the Luv Out Loud liquid lippies.

The NYX Professional Makeup PR info asks: Are Passionate, Brave, Fearless, Confident, Extraordinary or Brilliant? …celebrating individuality, beauty and artistry for all! What do these words mean to you? Swipe on your favorite shade and take to social to tell us how you #luvoutloud.

 

From top to bottom:Brilliant, Confident, Fearless, Extraordinary, Passionate

I’m all those characteristics and then some! I just know you are too! I received 5 of the 6 limited edition NYX Cosmetics lippies. So, it’s a GO for all 5 of them. Look out Fall! Here come Matte Lips!

I have many matte liquid lipsticks and a bunch of them are by NYX Cosmetics. Without a doubt, the NYX Cosmetics liquid lipsticks are my favorite. I was pretty sure these limited edition matte ones were not going to be any different. I was SO right!

If you have sampled any matte liquid lipsticks, you know that they can be drying, sticky, crumbly and/or tacky. Brush all those concerns out of your mind because none of the Luv Out Loud liquid lippies are like this. Can you say: Velvety, smooth, moisturized! I tried the lippies out on well-scrubbed lips for a test run. I put on a silky soft lip balm after that. Then, the pressure was on for these NYX Cosmetic’s new-comers.

What transpired was nothing short of glam. You’ll want to head over to NYX Cosmetics and order these limited edition matte liquid lipsticks pronto. Here are the shades I tried out:

From top to bottom:Brilliant, Confident, Fearless, Extraordinary, Passionate

There was only one thing I wished these lippies did and that was no transfer. While the liquid lipstick stayed on my lips for a good 5 hours, there was transfer to my tea cup. I did find one thing interesting, though. After about 5 hours, even though the lipstick seemed to have faded, the color had stained my lips. And, that stayed on until I washed my face right before bedtime.

Heck, why wait til Fall? I’m wearing these beauts NOW!

When you get your NYX Cosmetics Luv Out Loud matte liquid lipsticks, take a selfie and post it across the Internet using #luvoutloud. Let the word know you are AWESOME!

 

Disclaimer: NYX Professional Makeup provided these products to me for my honest opinions.

Hemptopia Lip Balm: Extraordinary Lip Care with Hemp

Whether it is Summer or Winter, I have made it a part of my skincare ritual to take care of my kisser. I have had dry lips as long as I can recall. So, lip care is important to me in order to keep my lips soft and smooth.

I received Hemptopia’s All Natural Beeswax and Hemp Lip Balm in a monthly subscription box that I paid for myself. It was the first thing I tried as I am always on the lookout for the best lip balm. Even though the packaging is quite simple, the balm is a hard worker. Yet, it is a hard worker that does it naturally. I know you’ll recognize every one of the ingredients.

What makes Hemptopia’s All Natural Beeswax and Hemp Lip Balm is the obvious because of its name: Hemp. Now, before you start to think ‘Hey, hey! I can get high by just licking my lips!’, know that this is so far from the truth. The hemp used in the lip balm does not have THC and, you will not fail a drug test by using it. What you will get is a healthy dose of omega fats. Your body achieves healthy benefits from these omegas as they help soften your skin as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory. This helps keep the turnover of skin cells in an awesome, healthy way.

The hemp seeds used in this product come from industrial hemp farms in the US and Canada. The Departments of Agriculture closely regulate and test all produce from these farmers. All commerical hemp is treated this way.

Right out of the box, as I mentioned, I tried Hemptopia’s Lip Balm and I am beyond pleased with the results. This balm is not sticky or hard. It glides across my lips and they stay moisturized for hours. It has no fragrance or taste. Definitely, I have found my lip balm for all seasons.

Hemptopia sells lots of other products too from bags to clothes to foods. You can get your own hemp lip balm at http://www.hemptopia.com/hemp-body-care/ 

Hey! I just checked and Hemptopia has this balm on sale for $2.50.

This article first appeared on LibbysPinkVanity.com 

Facial Mask Monday: Studio 35 Beauty Anti-Aging Almond Mask

I tried a single-use mask I picked up from Walgreen’s and wow, this one is a winner at the vanity!

This is Walgreen’s own brand called Studio 35 Beauty. I have used many of their house brands before and, I have not been disappointed.

This is the Anti-Aging Mask in Almond. I didn’t detect a strong almond fragrance but, what was there was pleasant and mild…

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I have spent more time outdoors this summer and, the air is dry in Colorado. I work very hard to keep my skin moist and my body hydrated. More this year than every before. A hydrating mask was just the thing to try…

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The directions state to leave the mask on until dry however, that didn’t happen for me. It just didn’t dry. I left it on about 25 minutes; both on my face and on the back of my hands (more on that in a sec). I went ahead and washed it off with warm water. My skin still felt marvelously smooth! So did my hands.

If you are ever uncertain about trying Walgreen’s products, they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. This mask was approximately $1.50. That isn’t expensive at all for a little bit of pampering…

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There are a lot of different ingredients in this one however, I found many of them to be known for hydrating the skin…

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This package was, actually, large enough to get two facials out of it. I know that in hindsight. Since I had so much left over, I used it on the back of my hands. They certainly could use some extra moisture, as well…

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For a small amount of money and, virtually risk free, I recommend Studio 35 Beauty’s Almond mask. My skin felt a little plumped up after using however, it is temporary and, I went to bed shortly after my treatment. This might not be for the acne-prone or hyper-sensitive skin however, I think it could be used by everyone else.

Have you given any Studio 35 Beauty items a try?

Freeman’s Beauty: Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping Mask

The Facial Mask Monday product is a different type of mask. This is one that is a cream, you put it on before bedtime and sleep with it on. I think I picked up this Freeman’s Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping Mask at Walmart. They usually run about $1.37 or so.DSCF0022

I had only read other reviews about these types of masks so, when I found this one, I thought I’d give it a go. When a product says that it ‘deeply hydrates’, I feel they are talking to me…

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I was worried about getting my pillow and sheets messy. But, I figured it out by not putting it on as thick as an apply and wipe off 15 minutes later mask. That left about 4 applications from this one packet.

If you love cantaloupes, you’ll love the fragrance of this mask. I wish I had some in the refrigerator right now! It smelled just like the melon!  That, along with the chamomile set the stage for a very relaxing experience. There are lots and lots of ingredients in this mask. Wow! A lot of them are from plant and fruit oil that are recognizable…

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How well did this one work? It worked so well I wish my skin would feel like this all the time. But, that was the next morning. I had a hard time keeping myself from rubbing in the product. And, it did sting my cheeks and nose for about 7 minutes when I first put it on. Maybe the facial wipe I used caused it? I don’t know. I don’t have sensitive skin so, I can’t recommend it to those that have any sensitivity issues.

The mask is a very heavy cream. When I applied it, it became opaque, however…

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The entire time I prepped for this post, all I could think about was Mrs. Kravitz. How many of you are old enough to know her and her put-upon husband, Abner?

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What sleeping masks do you recommend?

elf: Disney Princess Belle Eye Shadow Palette

A couple of months ago, Walgreen’s presented more Disney princess makeup and accessories. I have continued to collect the makeup story books and, purchasing this one was a given, as well…

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This palette is by elf and it celebrates Belle from the Beauty and the Beast movie.

This is quite the neutral palette. But, there are enough shades to create a light, neutral look all the way into a smoldering, smoky eye…

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I think swatching makeup is the thing I love most about blogging…

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I did use a swab for the swatching over a light application of eye shadow primer. I found all the shadows to really ‘pop’ with the primer. This palette is from elf so, there is a bit of fall-out but, they didn’t crumble away and, the pay out makes it worthwhile. In my opinion!

You can’t get more simple with these directions…

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For days when I want a close to no makeup look, these are some of the best colors to use…

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If I remember correctly, I got this for around $5. What do you think? Are these not great Summer to Fall transition shades?

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Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen

This product was given to me to review.

I speak right up when someone wants to know what skincare products I love and, what do I use when not testing out products for the blog. I use Kiehl’s. Their products have given me not only the results I’m looking for but also, I see results very quickly.

So, when I got the opportunity to try out Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen, I knew it was going to be a product I could truly put to the test.DSCF0011

I have been running and training for 5K races for over a year straight. Even though I am out early in the morning to do my runs, I have found that being at a higher altitude, here in the Denver area, makes a huge difference in the amount of sun I am exposed to. This is why I choose products that have SPF 50 for my body when I am outside.

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Kiehl’s Super Fluid states that it is 50+. Now we’re talkin’! This isn’t the old, goopy, stinky stuff from years ago. Not only does this apply completely into my skin, it also doesn’t have a bad smell. It’s a light fragrance that quickly dissipates.

Note in the photo above that this sunscreen is for both UVA and UVB sun rays. You want a sunscreen that protects from both of these which is why it’s called Broad Spectrum.

Those with oily skin can run into problems with some sunscreens. While I have normal to dry skin, I feel that almost everyone can use this and not experience break outs. However, Kiehl’s has a very liberal return policy and, you can always get samples at their stores to give it a trial run first.

DSCF0013When I read the ‘Shake Well’ wording, I did so. There’s a serious ball in there to mix things up! I will take it that there is some separation when the bottle sits and you want to mix it all up. Not a problem at all. I tend to shake up most bottles before using, anyway.

There’s a tamper-proof tab to remove before dispensing…

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I definitely want to share the ingredient list with you…

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And, as I have stated before, I like to research ingredients that are not familiar to me. I wanted to learn more about Avobenzone and Oxybenzone. You can find these readily in a variety of sunscreens but, not in all of them. These two chemical formulas penetrate the skin in a mesh-like pattern. This insures that your skin is protected from broad spectrum UV rays but also, that your skin can still breathe and perspire. These two ingredients don’t clump or compromise your protection when you sweat. Just remember that you will want to reapply Super Fluid every two hours.

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I put a small sample on the back of my hand to show you that the Super Fluid is, indeed, a fluid, and not a cream…

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I dispense an amount on my fingers and then rub it into my skin. As you can see, it completely soaks in and doesn’t leave any residue behind…

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It dries completely, with no tacky film. The bottle doesn’t state specifically if this is just for the face or the body. I take it that it’s made for both. And, I used it for both. I applied the Super Fluid on my face after I had applied a moisturizer. I use Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate under and around my eyes and then I applied Super Fluid over that and all over my face. Since it has a matte finish, I didn’t mind using it on my face one bit. I like the way it feels on my skin.

I particularly like using Super Fluid on the backs of my hands (if you are not putting a daily SPF on the back of your hands, start right now!), my ears, on the back of my neck and back, all over on the front of my neck, onto the decolletage area and, even onto the tops of my shoulders. However, you can use this all over your body. Boy, does my skin feel silky when I use this. I, actually, look forward to using this sunscreen.

Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen can be found at their stores or, you can order it on their website. Super Fluid comes in two sizes: 1.7 oz for $38 and, 4.2 oz for $61.

I have made Kiehl’s Super Fluid a staple on training and race days. Are you fastidious about using SPF too?

Mask Monday: Tony Moly Pomegranate Mask Sheet

This installment of Mask Monday is a sheet mask I picked up at Urban Outfitters. It’s got so many names and titles on it, I’ll just say it’s TonyMoly’s I’m Real Pomegranate Mask Sheet. This particular one is for elasticity…

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This sheet mask is more expensive than the $1.00 Forever 21 masks but, cheaper than the Sephora one, at $6.00, I have all tried in past segments…

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However, this one comes from Korea, same as the Forever 21 masks do. I peeled these labels off to see if there was anything under them. There wasn’t. Maybe it was added info after the packages were printed up…

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Luckily, I’m not a newbie to sheet masks. The instructions are rather vague…

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But here are the English directions as well as the ingredients…

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The pomegranate ingredient is listed as ‘Pumica Granatum Fruit Extract’. How odd that they wouldn’t list it like they did the ‘Anise’ ingredient. Especially when they are naming this a Pomegranate mask. And again, the ingredient that they are advertising is way down the list of ingredients.

Anyway, this was a very juicy mask. And, the sheet was more delicate than others I have reviewed. I tore this just a little when I opened it up to put on…

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There wasn’t any fragrance at all. I left the mask on for 25 minutes while I reflected on my day. OK, to be honest I played a game on my phone. Nevertheless, I was relaxing and letting the mask do its job…

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Nothing to see here but the same old, creepy look sheet masks give. After 25 minutes, I removed the mask and massaged in the rest of the serum left behind. My skin felt plumper, as it usually does after using a sheet mask. I didn’t feel the need to follow-up with a moisturizer. I did, as this was right before bedtime and, I’m fussy about applying it. You may not feel the need to add a moisturizer.

Was it worth $3? I say so. My skin still felt soft the next morning. As for as elasticity, I think I would need to continually use a product to make any significant results for that. However, I did enjoy using this mask and feel confident I could recommend it for any skin type except those that would find exception in the ingredient list.

Do you shop for makeup and/or skincare at Urban Outfitters?

I’m Checking In On My New Year’s Resolutions

I know that is a weird title to start off a blog post for the beginning of July. However, hear me out.

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2015? I kind of cheat and start mine November 1. Why in the world would I do that? One, it’s my wedding anniversary and two, it is the first day of the pagan year. Mostly I do it because I want a head start on everyone else.

When Summer comes in June, I’m ready to reflect and see how well I have done on my commitments so far.

First, I don’t usually share most of my goals with people outside of my family. Even that can be hard because I have had so many dreams dashed by sharing them and, having someone take them away. I like to hold them close because my goals are very personal. But, I feel that by sharing these, I am being proud of my accomplishments regardless of what anyone else says. I am only comparing myself to myself.

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My first goal is a huge one and that is to run 10 5K races this year. The most I have ever run, in one year’s time, is 2 or 3. I started running a little over 5 years ago. I took some time off in 2013 after my father passed away because I just didn’t feel like doing it and, I moved from Florida to Colorado. I got ill last year and that is what actually spurred me to get back to working out again. Plus, I was beginning to miss it.

I started January off with my first 5K of the year and, first one in Colorado. Last month, I finished my 4th one and, have a race every month until the end of the year. Placing my finisher’s medals on the wall, next to my treadmill (which I only use if the weather is bad) gives me motivation…medals

I will be purchasing this medal hook rack to put them all. It sums it all up…

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Tracking my fitness progress is essential for my success. I keep a monthly tracking form of my workouts and runs. It is very gratifying for me to see each line filled in…

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If I am to workout almost every day, I need to eat and, I need to eat foods that give me healthy fuel. My goal is to start the day off with something healthy. My breakfast is a protein shake with creatine (helps my muscles recover faster). I add in frozen fruit or, my current obsession: peanut butter and a banana…

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Previously, I was hit or miss on taking my vitamins. I found an app called Habit Bull and I love clicking off each day. The app also reminds me to do so…

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Learning is something I have craved my entire life. I have discovered Udemy, which has a huge selection of online courses. I am enrolled in a lot of them because I won a giveaway where I won all the classes I had listed in my wishlist. My goal is to actually TAKE the classes. I have been sporadic in doing so…

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As well as learning, I made a goal of reading a book a month. I haven’t done so well with this because, I am either reading stuff on the Internet or, reading fitness, running or health magazines. I have a LOT of books waiting to be read…

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This is the first electric toothbrush I have ever owned so I don’t know if all of them have a timer but, mine does. It has 4 timed rounds. I had been cheating on the time and cutting it short. My goal is to brush for the entire brushing session. I’m doing great on that goal…

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And, I have been wanting to up my game on my beauty blog, right here! I have made very, very slow progress. Mostly because even though I know what I want, I don’t know how to do it. I haven’t given up. I love blogging and, most importantly, I enjoy the beauty blogging community…

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Each year I give up one beauty product that is not cruelty-free and once I make that choice, I stay with it. I’ve not broken that goal in the past 4 years that I have made that commitment.

These are the most important commitments I have made for the year. Checking in on them in the middle of the year helps me not only recommit but also, to remember why I choose to do these things.

Do you keep your New Year’s Resolutions?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Wet N Wild Under The Sheets

This edition of Facial Wipe Wednesday covers Wet N Wild’s Facial Wipes called Under The Sheets. I have been wanting to try these for some time but, I continued to select other brands before them. This time when I saw them in the store, I went for it…

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The packaging is the standard plastic one with a resealable plastic flap. I am disappointed to find that the package only contains 25 towelettes…

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But, I am happy to purchase a product made in the USA. Although Wet N Wild states that these are for sensitive skin, I’m starting to feel that statement just doesn’t hold water with me or, with my readers. I implore you to read the ingredient list rather than believe that blanket and, somewhat useless nondescript statement. Here are the ingredients…

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Here’s a bit more about the product from the package…

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I found these sheets to be soft but not supremely soft. As long as the wipes aren’t scratchy or irritating, I’m OK. What these wipes did do was remove…wait for it….WATERPROOF MASCARA. Yes, it’s actually true. I have three different brands I experimented with and, I tested it over and over because I was sure I had done something wrong. There was a bit of scrubbing needed but, I didn’t feel I needed to use my ‘sanding a piece of wood’ mode.

The towelette is regular size, if not a wee bit smaller than most…

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And there isn’t much of a texture to it, however, it is soft. Just not ‘baby soft’…

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There is a very slight fragrance to it. The smell reminds me of a nice aerosol hairspray. I would guess that is the alcohol. It wasn’t unpleasant one bit. And, the fragrance didn’t linger much.

As with all Wet N Wild products, these wipes are cruelty-free…

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There are directions on how to use the wipes. Don’t flush these either. (Now I wonder what the difference is between facial wipes that shouldn’t be flushed and personal wipes that CAN be flushed. I smell research and a blog post.)…

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I picked these up at Target for $3. That makes me more forgiving about there only being 25 sheets to a package. And, although they are inexpensive, they do their job and, they do it well. I did still get some residue with following up with a toner. But, I didn’t need an extra product to remove waterproof mascara and that’s the win.

I know lots of readers love Wet N Wild brand. Have you tried their wipes? What’s your opinion on them?

Replace or Reject: The Very Late April Edition

Quick, before folks from the Hoarders Show come to my house, I want to get rid of these products. Never mind the stuff I have bought since and have taken these products’ place.

Moving along…This is a Flower Beauty shadow I got from Walmart, where it is an exclusive. I got one to try out but, I found all the shade selections to be very pretty. Here, is Orchid-ing Around…

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While it is a very pretty color, this type of shadow creases like nobody’s business on me. If you have ever tried L’Oreal’s Infallible shadows, this is just like it. Maybe a bit creamier. I tried an Infallible shadow and promptly returned it. I remember it distinctly because it was the very first time I had ever returned a beauty product.

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Along with the Flower shadow, I found another Chapstick that has to go. There are way too many other softer (SoftLips) balms out there. And, here’s a Replace: Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream. I did a review on this product here. It is all that, seriously. I can’t wait to replace it.

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You can see how serious I am about Reviva Labs Cream. I took a Q-tip to swab out every last bit of this awesome cream…

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Along with the Glycolic Acid Cream, I also used Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Not only did I fall in love with this one, but my husband got on the band wagon with me. When it was gone, he asked me where can we get some more of this. I will be getting a replacement of this one too…

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You know, I sure in the heck have a lot of ChapStick brand of balms to get rid of in my house. Seriously. I thought I’d like Cake Batter but I did not. I thought it smelled weird.

The Argan Oil Styling Cream is a replace because this stuff made my hair feel healthy. And, this IS one product that smelled good. I can’t say that this styling cream helped to style my hair but it make my curls less frizzy without weighing down my locks.

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I have a huge makeup artist case that I have fun going through once in a while. Actually, I have been going through it looking for things to remove to make room for newer, more loved products. The EyeStudio in Ivy Icon, by Maybelline, is a reject. I thought it was pretty at the time I bought it. But, the color fell flat when applied. I didn’t bother to try and make it work though. It just wasn’t pretty when I put it on.

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The two shadows below the EyeStudio shadow are from Jesse’s Girl…

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Cream shadows and I do not get along most of the time. Sadly, that is what happened with these two. Crease City. I have tons of eye primers. I like to have an assortment of them. In fact, the makeup company I own has a great eye shadow primer. But, these cream shadows just don’t work for me.

I feel relieved, even freer, to blog about these April Rejects/Replacements. I could tell you that May’s edition is forthcoming. But, I worry that the moving crew from Hoarders may beat me to it.

Have you had more rejects than replacements lately?