Covergirl’s Natureluxe Lip Balm: Hibiscus

Finally, warmer days here in Colorado! I have been itchin’ to sit out on my porch and wind down my days. But, I don’t do it without some SPF going on. And that means for my lips too. This is Covergirl’s Natureluxe Gloss Balm…

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It’s equal parts a gloss and a balm, making my lips hydrated and yet with just a little bit of color. They are touting a 15 SPF, which isn’t much, but it’s better than nothing. You still gotta protect any exposed skin!

I chose ‘Hibiscus’ because it is the cutest Summer pink shade…

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There is still enough color that you will want to apply it like a lipstick rather than like a no-color balm, though. That means, you’ll want to color within the lines!…

covergirl lippie no sun covergirl lippieThis gloss balm’s packaging is sleek and doesn’t take up a lot of room. So don’t hesitate to pop it into your picnic basket, beach bag or capri’s pocket this Summer.

I picked this balm up at Walgreen’s for around $4. Have you picked up yours yet?

Milani Monday: Color Statement Best Red Lipstick

My best of the best, most favorite red lipsticks come from Milani. Here’s why:

  • They make the truest reds
  • They have incredible staying power
  • The price between $4.50 to $5.50 is very reasonable
  • The formula is creamy and easy to apply
  • I look hot wearing their reds

The red named ‘Best Red’, is probably the most perfect red for me, with my light, pink undertone complexion…

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I don’t know if you can classify a red lipstick as a neutral but this one is what I call ‘middle of the road’. It doesn’t have an orange tinge to it, nor does it have a pink flair. It’s just a true red. And this one is the creamiest matte red lipstick I own. Yep, it’s my ‘Best Red’…

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The Color Statement line tube’s end which shows the shade rather than trying to guess off a colored sticker is the only way to go on The Vanity…

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‘Best Red’ glides on soooo smoothly…

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And, if I want that ‘middle of the road’ red, I know I’m not going to clash with any other red that I may be wearing…

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I think I can get a whole lot of happiness for a mere $5.50 from this lipstick.

Do you adore Milani red lipsticks as much as I do?

 

*The product was provided to me for my honest opinion. All comments are my own.

Kat Von D: Beranice Metallic Lipstick

Kat Von D has had her own line of makeup for a few years now. I have often lusted over them when I saw them at Sephora. I was surprised, not sure why though, that I liked how the makeup looked. Whilst shopping for a gift, I found some Kat Von D lipsticks on sale and took the opportunity to finally try it out for myself. I love this lipstick!!!

Here’s what I got…

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Maybe I was expecting more of a rock ‘n roll feel to her packaging but, this was intricate and had an Old English feel. Yet not really goth either. Anyway, it was fancy and cool…

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I like that you can see the lip shade from the bottom of the tube. However, I didn’t like that I couldn’t read what the color was. The print was miniscule!!….

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Thank goodness for macro lenses! This is ‘Beranice’ which is a foiled, metallic poppy red and it’s bold!…

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Although ‘Beranice’ has a bit of an orange hue, I found it still wearable for someone who has pink undertones, such as myself…

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Let’s talk about how incredibly creamy Kat’s lipsticks are. One word: VERY! But the staying power was super crazy for something so delightfully creamy. And I didn’t have any issues with it ending up on my teeth, which can happen with such creamy lipsticks…

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I liked how ‘Beranice’ worked with the rest of my look I did using Beauty From The Earth cosmetics…

DSCF0060For my face of the day, I am wearing ‘Foam On Top’ eye shadow across my entire lid and water-foiled ‘The Last Drop’ eye shadow as my eyeliner. My foundation is Ivory along with Doll Face blush. I topped it all off with Translucent finishing powder. I used Physician’s Formula Brow Tweez 3 In 1 Pencil in Blonde.

Have you tried any of Kat Von D’s makeup? What do you like best?

Did you know that I purchased Beauty From The Earth Cosmetics last month? I sure did! And, my very own, first collection is available at BFTE’s Coffee Collection v.2, which I used two of the shades for my look here.

 

Degree’s Clinical Protection: Stress Control Antiperspirant/Deodorant

Earlier this year, Unilever provided me with some of their new items they introduced. This is one that I was eager to try out: Degree’s Clinical Protection Stress Control antiperspirant/deodorant…

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What’s different about the Clinical Protection line is that you put it on at night before you go to bed. Yep, that’s right! The Clinical Protection is Degree’s strongest deodorant/antiperspirant line. It has TWICE the strength of the regular Ultra Clear and Dry Protection line.

I was really honed in on the ‘Stress Control’ product. What sets this one apart from the rest is that it kicks in when you start to stress sweat. You know the kind where you are under a deadline, standing in front of a group giving a presentation or, sitting in traffic not knowing when it is going to start moving again and you are already late to work. That sort of stress you can have when you are not physically being exerted and the weather isn’t making you perspire.

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Do take in consideration that since Clinical Protection is twice the protection than the regular antiperspirant, it costs more. Target sells this for $8. And another thing you will notice is that Clinical Protection is 1.7 oz., where the regular deodorant is typically 2.7 oz.

The delivery system is different on the Clinical Protection line as well…

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Once you take the tab off the top, you twist the bottom of the container to push the product up out of the holes…

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You can pick the amount of product you want to put on your pits. I found I could be a bit stingy and still get great results. Now, since moving from Florida to Colorado over a year ago, my antiperspirant needs have greatly changed. I think I sweat like a normal human being since moving to a less humid climate. However, ‘Stress Control’ has been awesome. Yep, I’m actually excited about an antiperspirant.

The reason you use this at bedtime is that you want the product placed when you are not active. This gives the product time to block the wet glands so you get the 24 hour protection. Now, I don’t know how this works on people who sweat through the night (I’m talking seriously sweating it out), or what happens if you forget to put it on and only remember after the morning shower, but…this product performs for me. It’s true that sometimes I forget to put it on at night. It just isn’t a habit. However, I will still use it in the morning should I forget and I’m still crazy OK with that.

Even though this antiperspirant has less product than the regular size, I’m fine with that because I can actually skip an entire day. The fragrance is very similar to other deodorants marketed yet, it isn’t heavy and doesn’t contrast with any perfume or fragrance lotion I may wear. I don’t have any deodorant stains or marks on any of my clothing. The only caveat I see is overcoming paying $8 for a deodorant. Even with a coupon, that takes off maybe $1.50, it’s still almost twice that of the other lines.

I do feel there is a difference but, I haven’t used it during the warmest time of the year. All said, I do recommend this deodorant/antiperspirant to those that feel they are stress sweaters and want to step up to something stronger than their regular brand.

Have you tried any of the Clinical Protection line or any of the equivalent? What do you think about it?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: elf’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths

When I began doing the ‘Facial Wipe Wednesday’ posts, it was because I had a beauty blogger friend say she felt like she was cheating when she used facial wipes. I had never thought of it that way because I used them exclusively when I traveled for the convenience. Over the past couple of years, I have reviewed dozens of makeup/facial wipes and have found some that I love and some that I was happy to review but wouldn’t use on a continual basis.

There have been more and more brands jumping on the facial wipe band wagon over the past years. I do not lack for products to do this segment. In fact, I can get quite overwhelmed. However, it has been a marvelous journey to share my reviews on this niche beauty product. I plan on continuing to share too, no doubt! I have actually come to love using them almost on a daily basis. I do use them daily when I am testing for a review. I use the same product for at least 7 days straight. It usually ends up being more like 12 days, though.

For the past 12 days, I have been using elf’s makeup wipes…

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I picked these up at Target for $3. Notice that there are only 20 cloths in this product. Most of the brands that I review have 30. I consider that a month’s worth. So, even though elf’s price is a bit cheaper than most other brands, which run around $5 to $6, those usually have more cloths too.

elf’s packaging has a double closure, which does help keep the cloths from drying out. Those packages that have just the plastic adhesive strip can lose their stickiness, over time, and dry out. With elf’s snap enclosure, you have double assurance this doesn’t happen…

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Another positive for elf, they promote the ‘good’ symbols…

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I found the cloths to be very moist and they did a good job of removing all different types of mascara, that I could visibly see…

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Don’t let all the chemical names in their ingredient list scare you off. If you Google them, you’ll find that they are found in many different facial products and nothing that is out of the ordinary. However, it is good to know what they are if you have sensitive skin…

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I didn’t experience any sensitivities. I found the fragrance to be a bit on the strong side but it wasn’t unpleasant to me. The size of the wipes are what I normally find and is large enough to completely wipe my face and eye area…

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The texture is thinner than most, however. As you can see in the photo above, you can see through the cloth. There isn’t any texture to it as it was very smooth to rub over my skin…

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For the first 3 or so days, I will follow up with a toner (I use Kiehl’s ‘Ultra Facial Toner). I do this to see how much residual from my makeup comes off. Sadly, elf’s Cleansing Cloths didn’t so such a whoopie job of removing all the makeup from my skin. I don’t think have too high of expectations to have a clean face after using a ‘cleansing’ cloth. The cotton pad I used with the toner ended up having black on it. It is my assumption when this happens that the cloth is not holding onto the mascara, in this case, and instead, is smearing it around my face. At least one day during the test period, I don’t wear makeup but still use the cloth as part of my nightly skincare routine. I follow-up with the toner to see what happens. With no makeup on, the toner pad was not blackened. I can assure you, that if my toner is removing makeup, I continue to use toner for the rest of the test period!

In a pinch, I would use these wipes but only if I have my toner to follow up with. And, with so many other brands on the market to vie for my attention, I can’t see settling for elf’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths.

Have you tried these wipes and what have you experienced?

Sally Hansen’s Satin Glam in Silk Onyx

Sally Hansen nail polish is the polish my beloved Grandma used to wear. I would love to know that Grandma would think of Sally Hansen polishes today. She wore those frosty pink or beige shades. I rather like my nails polished and I love Sally Hansen polishes but, that’s were the similarity between grandmother and granddaughter ends. I like this one!… DSCF0053 DSCF0049   The Satin Glam line has an array of different shades from wild to mild. The finish is a semi-matte and the texture is just a bit pebbly. But this shade, ‘Silk Onyx’, sets right on trend with 2014 nail wear… DSCF0051 DSCF0050 DSCF0052 The color you see in the bottle is nothing like what you find on the nail. I was expecting a midnight blue/galaxy-like color. But, I’m not disappointed with what transpired… DSCF0054 After a couple of days of tip wear, Satin Glam is holding on pretty tight. I have on three coats but no top coat. I tried out a top coat on the thumbnail to see if it would shine and it was a no-go. Silk Onyx ate that top coat in one big gulp. So it is totally meant to be a semi-matte finish. Removal wasn’t hard at all. I used Zoya’s Remove+ and it was easy. I have on a layer of clear soak-off gel to strengthen my nails as a base coat and it didn’t have any staining from this polish.

I got ‘Silk Onyx’ at Walgreen’s for $6. This week, Walgreens has them as a BOGO 1/2 price online. Have you tried any of the Satin Glam polishes?

Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Preview

I always have a ‘just in case I need it’ lipstick hanging out in my purse. The one that I have been using for the last 6 weeks has been Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Suede…

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My ‘go to’ shade is ‘Preview’…

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This is like a high-performance lip balm. It is ultra smooth and makes my lips feel hydrated and soft. Springtime is very dry in the Rockies. I feel it around the tops of my cheeks and my lips the most. It’s great to have a lipstick that has awesome moisturizers like Colorstay.

‘Preview’ is a shade that isn’t too mauve and isn’t too pink. It’s just right!

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I found the wearability to be around 3 hours before a touch-up. I picked this up at Walgreen’s for $9.99 as part of a buy one get one 1/2 price, so it cost me $7.50.  I think paying full price is a bit much at $10 for one. However, the quality is there and this color works any time for me. It’s like ‘my lips but better’ color.

Have you tried any of Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Suedes?

Pretty Polished ‘Candy Coated’ Nail Polish For Easter

Retail stores work on capitalizing on holidays the best they can. We all know that Christmas items are available right after Halloween. But this year, I was way over Easter a couple of weeks before it even got here! So, I have to say that 1) I am so over all the Easter-themed things I have seen online and in stores and 2) apparently I am lying to myself because I didn’t post this Easter-themed manicure and it was done a week before the holiday. No excuse. I wanted to share this very cute polish.

I’ll make it quick. I got this polish by Pretty Polished from a special beauty blogger and very good friend. It’s called ‘Candy Coated’…

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I used three coats with this polish and the ring and pinky have on a top coat. The polish isn’t quite matte but I wanted to see if I could make it more shiny with a top coat of Eco Chic ‘Over The Top’ from Color Club. It didn’t make any difference, though. However, I found ‘Candy Coated’ to be a perfect Easter polish because it works so well with some of the Easter candy that my friend sent along in the package…

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It took a bit of scrubbing to remove the glitter. However, I am pretty forgiving when the polish wears like iron to begin with. I’m looking to wear this Pretty Polished nail polish again next year. I’ll just make sure to do it well before my Easter holiday burn-out sets in.

Do you think that the Whooper brand malted Easter egg candies are the BEST and only ones that you’ll eat? Indeed!!

The Life Of A Frustrated Beauty Product Mad Scientist

Sometimes I just want to experiment with makeup and see what will turn up. I have been doing this since I was a kid and would mix up baby powder, hand lotion, aloe juice and swipe it on my hands with Q-tips. I was like 7 years old and I was playing with beauty products! Now, I can get my hands on the good stuff! It doesn’t always turn out great but the trying is the fun part.

I also like to try different nail polishes together, working with various top and under coats to see what transpires. Here’s one that I thought about for quite a bit and finally just went ahead and did it. I used Maybelline’s Color Show ‘Emerald City’ and Cult Nail’s ‘Angel Whispers’…

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Each of these polishes is adorable on their own. ‘Emerald City’ truly is more green than the photos show…

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And, Cult Nail’s ‘Angel Whispers’ is beyond charming with it’s soft and demure sparkle…

DSCF0038 DSCF0037 Although it isn’t going to blow up anyone’s Pinterest board, it was just fun to see what would turn up…

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Have you ever had a handful of polishes sitting in front of you and you want to see what they look like thrown together? That’s what I did. Truthfully, each of these have way more merit on their own than playing together.

Do you have either of these lovely polishes?

 

 

Maybelline’s 24 Hour Tattoos: Dare To Go Nude Collection

Obviously, I love makeup. I couldn’t be a makeup blogger if I didn’t. And, a few of the items I get, I become obsessed with. Maybelline’s 24 Hour Color Tattoos are some of them. I know I’m not the only one either. You know how you find out you are obsessed about particular makeups? You get overly giddy when you find that limited collection and find it ridiculously hard to remain calm, cool and collected. You also have to hold your hand over your mouth when you pay for them because you are extremely giddy about it and want to blab your good fortune to the uninterested  (I promise) checkout person. But, when I can run home and photolog them…sigh…sweet bliss…

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These are from Maybelline’s Dare To Go Nude Collection. Yes, I know wearing makeup and calling it nude a nude look is an oxymoron. That’s the fun of makeup.

I paid about $8 a piece for these. Considering they are some of the best products to wear as eyeshadow primers, I think they are a very worthy investment. Especially when I can put one on, do some eyeliner and mascara and I’m rather ready for work. Great payout for a little effort. And, the name ‘tattoo’ is meant to mean they.stay.put. With one exception that I’ll get to, that’s what these do.

The lightest shade, ‘Pure Nude’ makes for a flirty, shimmer eye primer. But, you can go it alone and call it almost a Marilyn Monroe look with a very dark eyeliner…

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Next is ‘Stroke of Midnight’. I think this is probably 11 minutes after midnight because it turns into something way different, like once it’s past midnight, than the other five tattoos. You’ll get a shot of that in the swatches…

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‘Nude Compliment’ is a name that makes me giggle. Compliments on my eyes, I’m totally sure is what it means. This is the best taupe eye shadow primer/cream I own. If you get just one, this would be the classic for your Vanity…

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I know ‘Caramel Cool’ isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. However, the effects it has with green and yellow eyeshadows is so worth the investment. You will be pushing all of your eyeshadow looks to new limits with this one…

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Now, if you only get TWO, you should get ‘Sleek & Spice’. I love this one as a stand alone. I used my richest brown eyeliner (*cough Beauty From The Earth’s upcoming ‘The Last Drop’ eyeshadow cough*) and I have made the fastest smoky eye in the West…

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Last is ‘Beige-ing Beauty’. What looks like a peachy-nude, actually has this orangey duo look to it. Totally awesome. Totally unexpected…

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The swatches in non-direct sunlight…

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And these are high noon light…

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‘Stroke of Midnight’ was so patchy that it had to get a severe pat-down and, that still didn’t quite do the trick. I am going to have to fiddle a lot with that one. My next trick will be to see if I can use it as a cream eyeliner. I won’t be using that one much as a primer or shadow, I can tell. The others, they are work horses. I love them all and am pleased without any doubts to add them to the Vanity.

I found these at Walgreens in a display and have been seeing them more and more. But, they are going fast because I haven’t seen a full display with all six shades since I picked these up.

Are you game?