new at the drugstore

19 January 2015

new in at the drugstore, beauty, skincare, bespectacled, Burt's Bees Refining Cleanser, L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss 511 Tantalizing Tangerine, Smokissime Powder Eyeliner Pen 703 Taupe, Physician's Formula Super BB All-in-1 Cheek & Lip Beauty Balm

I have to admit that I haven't been keeping up with new releases at the drugstore lately. I'm more likely to buy my skincare and beauty needs in places like Sephora or inside department stores than the aisles of Walmart. But on a quick peruse through Rite Aide during a trip to pick up ice cream (the perks of being an adult: buying ice cream whenever you want) I decided to pick up some things to try out.

My LUSH Let the Good Times Roll cleanser is currently on it's last legs and I was hoping that the new Burt's Bees Refining Cleanser would be a good change. NOPE.

I don't know why I keep giving Burt's Bees skincare a second and a third chance - nothing I've tried outside of their lip balms has really wowed me and more often than not it's way to heavily fragranced and irritates my skin. Case in point this cleanser. It doesn't smell bad, it's just way too much for me personally. I've used this exactly once and I decided never again. After washing it off my skin felt heavy and gross and the little exfoliant pieces in this cleanser felt jagged and unpleasant when I rubbed it into my skin. Needless to say this will be returned once I find the receipt.

But, not everything was god awful. I found two gems which I really have liked. The L'Oreal Infallible Smokissime Powder Eyeliner in 703 Taupe and the L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss in 511 Tantalizing Tangerine are really nice products. The Powder Eyeliner pen is an interesting product - it really doesn't feel like a powder, it feels more like a creamy product on a spongy applicator, but I do surprisingly like it. I'm all about smudgy eyeliner and this does that extremely well. And it doubles as eyeshadow well too. This taupe shade is really pretty and the sponge applicator is easy to apply and it doesn't immediately set so you have some time to blend it out. Longevity is there too, which is nice. So if you're into smudgy or smoky eyeliner and shadow I'd recommend you try this out.

The Infallible Pro Matte Gloss is also a nice product. Matte liquid lipsticks are definitely having a moment right now and this new release from L'Oreal is a nice one to pick up. I have no idea why they'd call this a "gloss" because this is straight up matte, but hey, it's different from the other matte lip creams out there. The texture reminds me of a slightly more emollient NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream and it has a slight fruity smell/taste which isn't overpowering or unpleasant. Tantalizing Tangerine is a bit out of season at the moment but I really enjoy a good orange lipstick. I haven't really tested out the longevity because hello, bright orange isn't the most office appropriate lip color but of what I've tried it lasts reasonably well, a really good pick to consider next time you're at the drugstore.

And lastly something that I'm kind of the fence about; because that's a good way to end a post, right? I'm a sucker for a good two-in-one kind of product and the Physician's Formula Super BB All-in-1 Cheek & Lip Beauty Balm definitely caught my eye. But it's definitely one of those two in ones that work better as one thing than the other. This is definitely a powdery formula so it isn't the most pleasant feeling on the lips. It clings to every little dry patch and line on your lips and just doesn't look quite right. I find that it works a lot better as a blush and even then it isn't that special as one other than the fact that it has SPF 20 in it. It's workable but I don't know if it's one that I'll be using too often.

So, I'm wondering, are you guys like me and have been moving away from drugstore products? I mean I'll still try them out but they're not my number one pick honestly. Have you guys spotted anything new in your drugstore? Or have you tried any of these products out?

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in rotation #6

12 January 2015

in rotation, bespectacled, beauty, Ardency Inn Americana Custom Coverage Concentrate, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Bobbi Brown Corrector, Real Techniques, Bobbi Brown Art Stick, Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad, Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense 18 Intense Black Honey

Lately I've managed to really streamline my routine and I'm able to get polished and ready fairly quickly. Which is extremely nice because I have very little free time to be sitting around to buffing in my makeup. I'm still testing things out so the majority of my routine has included new products but I really have been enjoying everything so far. For a base I start off with a pump of my AM moisturizer the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra with a half a pump of the Ardency Inn American Custom Coverage Concentrate. I feel like this is a great way to use up all those extra moisturizers that I have lying around and I really enjoy that I can control how much coverage I can get - half a pump with my moisturizer has a little more coverage a than a tinted mositurizer and any excess I'm able to blend under my eyes as concealer. If I need a little bit more brightening under my eyes I opt for the Bobbi Brown Correcter.

Base done, I usually go straight for eyeshadow and liner. I like the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad in Tisse Rivoli quite a lot and is a bit of a departure from my normal preference of mattes. All of the shades in the quad are a little shimmery and have some glitter in it but I don't experience too much fall out from. For a quick look I usually blend the top left shade all over the eye and deepen up the corners with the bottom right shade for some definition. On days where I'm not wearing eyeshadow I will always have liner on and the Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Black Honey has been really lovely. Black Honey is a deep brown with some red undertones and I do really like it, it's a departure from my usual straight up brown pencils but it's a good departure.

My blush pick lately has been the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush. I don't know if it's the novelty of the product that has me reaching for it but it's quickly becoming one of my favorites. I really like the shade Luminous Flush, it adds a nice hint of color to my cheeks. I'll report back on my feelings for this later on in the month but it's definitely here to stay in my routine. And lastly, lips. I honestly switch up my lipstick everyday but in an effort to use up more of my older products I've been rotating the Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Cassis. Cassis is a deep red brown, which is a bit intense on a regular basis, so I usually end up sheering it out with my finger.

So that has been my routine lately, a bit boring with mostly new products but I am also trying to use up the older products in my collection too. Novelty has been such a big factor in what I choose to wear - I'll usually end up reaching for the newest things first and then nothing ever really ends up getting used all the way. But hopefully as I continue to add some of the older stuff to my makeup I'll be able to make a dent into some of these! Anyway, what has been in your makeup rotation lately? Any new stuff or any older stuff that you go back for?

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new in: post-Christmas shopping

06 January 2015

new in, haul, beauty, style, non-beauty, Everlane Square Zip Wallet, Zara plaid dress, Ardency Inn Americana Custom Coverage Concentrate, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Luminous Flush, Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multieffect Quadra Eyeshadow Tisse Rivoli, Moleskine planner

Like most people, I did some shopping after Christmas, because who could resist all of those sales? Before we get onto beauty, let's talk about the other items I've picked up first. I was only really tempted in one sale, Zara. I picked up this plaid shirt dress (no longer available online), which I've really enjoyed. Despite how impractical dresses can be in the winter, they're just so much easier to just throw on and get ready - I don't even have to get naked all of the way. Plus, this works with my wardrobe really well and I can picture myself wearing this into spring as well.

After coveting their basics and products for so long, I've finally purchased a few things from Everlane! I picked up two basic sweaters before this purchase and I was surprised last month when I got an email saying that I had a $20 credit as Everlane's thank you. So I put it towards this gorgeous wallet, the Everlane Square Zip Wallet (only available in white now). It's such an "adult" gift really - a wallet. But the one I was using before was this old thrifted one that was on it's last legs. I adore this wallet funny enough, it's compact and functional, and I really dig deep burgundies like this. And lastly for my non-beauty purchases: this Moleskine 2015 Planner. I'm very much a pen and paper planner kind of person, but I always forget about them halfway through the year, I'm hoping to use this quite a lot and just organize myself a bit better.

new in, haul, beauty, Ardency Inn American Custom Coverage Concentrate, Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multieffect Quadra Eyeshadow, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Luminous Flush

I'm actually really excited about my beauty purchases so far this month because I've ended up really liking everything so far! First is the Ardency Inn Americana Custom Coverage Concentrate. The premise of this product is all about being able to control how much or little coverage you want. You mix a bit of this with a water based moisturizer, mix, and apply. Depending on the coverage you want you can apply more or less of the concentrate and honestly a little goes a long way. I've been adding the tiniest bit, maybe a quarter of a pump, with my moisturizer and apply like a tinted moisturizer. After I've applied what I want on my face I go in and use the left over mix as a concealer under my eyes. It's a really interesting product and I'm still testing it, but it looks promising so far. I have the shade Medium Golden, which is a good match for me.

I've also delved into higher end beauty as well: I don't know why I was coveting the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multieffect Quadra Eyeshadow in 226 Tisse Rivoli but I caved and picked it up and oh my god is it nice. Pigmentation, lasting power, neutrals? It's really lovely. And then, I realized I've become one of those people - a hoarder of neutral eyeshadow palettes. I'll stick to these smaller palettes for now at least. But man, my first Chanel beauty purchase and it turned out to be good 'un. And of course I had to pick up something else in a category I've started to really get into: blush. And why not go with something obvious like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush. Did I need this? No. But like the Chanel quad, I saw it on somewhere and suddenly I had to have it. While I don't think it's as revolutionary as some people have made it out to be, I honestly think it's a nice blush and will probably end up using this exclusively this month.

So, what about you guy? Did you take advantage of any after Christmas sales? I'd love to know what you've picked up recently!

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top 10 of 2014

01 January 2015

top beauty products of 2014, beauty, skincare, Roses de Chloe, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, Clinique Chubby Stick, Makeup Forever HD Blush, YSL Kiss & Blush, MAC See Sheer Lipstick, Dior Diorskin Nude Concealer, Lip Glow, LUSH Ultrabland

Happy new year! I personally love the beginning of every month because 1) my work load is much lighter and I have more free time to work on other things and 2) it feels like a fresh start to things! So I'm a big fan of letting go of 2014 and welcoming 2015 with open arms. But first, let's look back at my top 10 products (in no particular order) from last year!

1. Roses de Chloe EDT: This is my very first perfume purchase and an absolutely lovely scent. I like things that are a bit lighter and fresh smelling, not at all overpowering, and this is right up my alley.
2. LUSH Ultrabland: This has really changed the way I look at removing makeup and skincare in general, you can read a full review here. I've definitely fallen in love with LUSH skincare - I own three products now!
3. Clinique Chubby Stick: My most worn lipstick of all time, this is such an easy to wear formula. Am actually planning to pick up more in the future!
4. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: I hate the phrase "holy grail" for describing your favorite makeup products but this is my holy grail tinted moisturizer.
5. YSL Kiss & Blush: My current top favorite lip & cheek product - it works well in both fronts!
6. Dior Lip Glow: I'm all about the easy-to-wear kind of products and this is absolutely perfect. I can rave on and on about the powers that are the Dior Lip Glow, but I'm sure you've already heard from me already.
7. Urban Decay Naked Basics: Like a good pair of jeans or a cozy sweater, this eyeshadow palette will always have a place in my collection. If I only had one eyeshadow palette it would most likely be this one.
8. MAC See Sheer: My second most used lipstick! This and the Clinique Chubby Stick really changed my mind about lipsticks and started my obsession!
9. Make Up For Ever HD Blush: I adore cream blushes, but it's hard to find one that actually sticks around on the cheeks. The MUFE HD blushes work like a dream with excellent staying power - I'd definitely like to add one or two more to my repertoire.
10. Diorskin Nude Concealer: I keep buying concealers and I keep going back to this one. As a constant sufferer of dry skin, not all concealers can look flattering on the under eye area. This really does the trick for me on those days where my skin has given up on me!

Resolutions wise I'd like to try and stick to purchasing only five or fewer beauty products every month and try and resurrect the monthly five plan I had started a few months back. And I want to try and use up the products I already have. Whenever anything new comes out I'm usually all over it, but some of my old favorites end up getting chucked in the back and it's really such a shame! But anyway, I hope you guys had an excellent New Years and I hope to see you guys more in 2015!

So, what were some of your top products in 2015? Do you have any beauty resolutions

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december 2014 favorites

29 December 2014

December 2014 favorites, beatuy, skincare, style, LUSH Let the Good Times Roll, Need Supply Saunders Ankle Boot, Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush 216 Rebellious, Real Techniques Blush Brush, Korres Lip Butter Wild Rose, Bobbi Brown Corrector Peach

And, I'm back!

I took a bit of a longer hiatus than planned, but hopefully I'm back. Before ending the year off with my best of in 2014 I wanted to write about my favorites for this month. I was a bit indulgent this season, what with all of the sales everywhere and the free shipping, but hey, tis the season, right?

My shoe obsession definitely hasn't abated and picking up the Need Supply Saunders Ankle Boot was a really food decision. I've practically worn it every day since I've gotten them.

The Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in 216 Rebellious is one of those things that just feel so fancy, you know? I adore the shade I picked up, "Rebellious" because it's one of those shades that really brightens up the complexion which is perfect since I've lost my tan because I'm cooped up indoors because of work. The pigmentation is quite nice and the last power is excellent, it's definitely climbing up the list of favorite blushes. Plus it's Marc Jacobs. And of course, I was in need of a new blush brush and picked up the Real Techniques Blush Brush. I like how soft this brush is and I feel like it's really good at diffusing color which is nice for such a bold brush.

I feel like I've kicked winter's skin ass with current skincare routine, especially with the my new addition in the LUSH Let the Good Times Roll Cleanser. One, it smells delicious, and two, it's really good at exfoliating without stripping the skin. I've been really into Lush skincare lately, but I do think it's helped my skin out.

And lastly on the beauty front are two cult favorites which I've finally picked up. First the Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose. This adds a really lovely tint while being really hydrating. While I don't normally go for lip products that come in tubs like this I can make an exception with the Korres Lip Butter. And lastly, the infamous Bobbi Brown Corrector, which I have in the shade peach. I held off buying these for the longest time but I can understand the talk surrounding it. This really good at correcting under eye darkness, which I'm unfortunately a chronic sufferer of.

So this month was a bit indulgent for me, but how was your month? Are you still full from your holiday feasts? What were some of your favorite things this month?

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november 2014 favorites

07 December 2014

november favorites, beauty, skincare, bespectacled, Lush Celestial Facial Mositurizer, Makeup Forever Artist Shadows, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Bisque, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight

Hi guys! I know I've fallen off the radar a little here on the blog, but the motivation hasn't been quite where it was with this blog. But I'm trying to get my writing juices flowing again with a little late November favorites post. I feel like November was a bit of indulgence for me because it was my birthday month and I'm definitely one of those obnoxious people who celebrates for the entire month. Overall I think it was a good month and now that it's over the joy hasn't really left because it's now holiday season! But first, onto the favorites!

A lot of my favorites are a few of those new things that I showed in my last new in post, but were some real standouts this month. Like the Makeup Forver Artist Shadows. Oh Makeup Forever Artist Shadows you guys are truly a feat. I'm honestly tempted to buy more because these shadows are amazing: pigmentation, formula, and a wide range of colors to pick from? Check, check, and check. A bit on the pricier side but honestly I think they're worth it. Another fave was the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. I feel like my cold has lasted for a month and I've just about accept that I'll be sniffling and sneezing until spring, but I hate the chapped lips. But this lip mask has been so lovely. I can't give up wearing lipstick even when I'm sick so slathering this on before bed helps me wake up with my lips looking like I'm at my 100%. Highly recommended for this season!

I was a little apprehensive about the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer at first but now I can't imagine what my collection would be without it. This definitely doesn't feel like other tinted moisturizers because it actually feels like it's moisturizing and not just putting some tint on my skin. Mine is the original version and I have nothing but praise for it if you're into tinted moisturizers! And my last makeup piece is a bit of a surprise for me. I wasn't a highlighter girl until the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector came into my life. This gives a beautiful glow without the glitter, which I adore! It looks so amazing and if you can get your hands on the minis (because the full sized version is as expensive as some foundations) you should totally snatch them up.

And lastly, skincare. I'm dry year round, but I feel like everyone gets a bit drier this time of the year so these picks are pretty relevant. I feel a little bad putting the LUSH Celestial Moisturizer up here because I technically bought it the 29th but it was love at first try. At first I thought there was such little product but a little bit goes a long way with this moisturizer. It doesn't immediately skin in I feel, it stays for a little on top of the skin and really nourishes. Plus there's a really light cocoa butter scent to it as well. I highly recommend this and I feel like this is quickly becoming my favorite moisturizer of all time! The same goes for the Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream. The Kiehl's Creamy Avacado Treatment was literally doing nothing for me. It wasn't hydrating and it stung the skin around my eyes sometimes. This feels a whole lot more nourishing and hydrating and it isn't irritating either even when my skin is at it's worst.

For this month I'm trying to curb some of my personal spending to make more room for my family, but we'll see how that turns out (I just placed an order at Sephora so...) But, what were some of your favorites for last month? Are you looking forward to the holidays?

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new in: the I bought way too many things edition

24 November 2014

bespectacled, beauty, new in, haul, Sephora VIB Sale, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Bisque, Clinique All About Eyes Concealer 05 Medium Beige, Makeup Forever Artist Eyeshadow Palette M636, I634, M608, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Clinique Chubby Stick, Formula X Alchemy, fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Cherry, NARS Audacious Lipstick Jane, Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain 45 New York Scene, Clinique Cheek Pop 03 Berry Pop

I don't normally get this many products all at once but the whole "it's for my birthday" mentality combined with the infamous Sephora VIB 20% off sale and some bad work days really made me want to treat myself. A lot, I guess. Oops? There's something about this season that really gets you shopping, doesn't it? Other than an eye cream that I'm waiting for I don't have any major beauty purchases planned for the rest of the month so this will be it for now. Here's hoping next month won't be as bad!

But anyway, on to the stuff:

makeup addict tag

18 November 2014

makeup-addict-tag

So, I was tagged by Tasha of Shiwashful a while back to do the Makeup Addict Tag and have finally done it! I don't know if I'd call myself a makeup addict. I can quit any time, I tell myself as I obsessively check the status of my Sephora VIB Sale order. I have to admit, I've been in a bit of a blogging rut lately - hopefully this will get the creative juices flowing and get me inspired to write again!

1. Which product do you still keep buying more of despite having plenty in your collection?
I'd have to say that concealer and lipsticks are my biggest beauty weaknesses and probably make up the bulk of my collection. I'm on the hunt for my perfect brightening, non-creasing, hydrating but long wearing under eye concealer and nothing has really hit all of those points so I think I've amassed quite a collection. And I just like to try out different formulas of lipstick, because I actually do need that many sheer lipsticks. Really.

2. What's the one product you can't live without?
Before I actually started getting into serious(ish) beauty blogging, I would have said concealer, but I'm going to switch my answer and say lipstick. Nowadays, I feel naked without some kind of lipstick on. The concealers that I typically use are pretty weightless so I don't really notice them throughout the day, but I know if I still have some lipstick on. The glasses do a pretty decent job at hiding most of my dark circles, but it's really hard to get around the zombie lips without some kind of lipstick or balm over top. A little bit of color to your lips can do wonders!

3. Favourite makeup brand?
This is a bit of a toughie because I feel like I haven't tried out too many brands as a whole, I usually stick to one or two kinds of products from a brand because I'm definitely the type to try things out. But if I had to pick, I really enjoy NARS. Most things I've tried from NARS were really lovely and I think it's definitely a brand that I own the most of. From their blushes to their lipsticks, I've been pretty impressed by what I've tried from the brand.

4. How big is your makeup collection?
For a beauty blogger it's definitely on the smaller side: all of the beauty things I own can fit in one little container annd it doesn't even go halfway up. I've actually gone through a good purge so what you see in the photo up top isn't 100% accurate as well, I've probably cut half of those. I definitely do like to try out new things but I also don't like having too many products at once. Having too much makeup makes me anxious for some reason. Things just get way too cluttered and I never really use anything up which makes me think of how wasteful I've been, and it's just not fun. I think for my lifestyle, my collection could use a bit more trimming, but otherwise is a good size! If we were talking about clothes, well, that would be a different story.

5. And how do you store it?
I got this little plastic container from Target and I keep it one of the shelves of my bookcase. It's definitely not the most organized, I would really like to get all of my lipsticks better sorted out, but for now this is okay. I go through my stash every week and take things out and put them into my makeup bag for the week.

6. How many items of makeup have you got in your handbag at the moment? makeup-addict-tag3
Two NARS blushes, two concealers, and an obscene amount of lipsticks. That doesn't even include all of the lip balms I somehow managed to store in my bag. I do my makeup on the go so there's always some kind of makeup somewhere. I do go through rotations, so this always changes up. And of course if it's not in my bag, it's in my pockets. I once had a bit of scare when I found my Lipstick Queen Stoked Lipstick at the bottom of a freshly washed laundry - I swear my heart almost stopped. I was amazed that this thing managed to stay sealed and nothing was ruined. Remember to check your pockets before doing laundry people!

7. If you could raid another blogger's stash, who would it be?
I would say I would definitely raid Ashley of makeupTIA's stash. She has such an interesting mix of brands and products and I always find myself lusting after products that she mentions in her videos! I think we have a similar taste in makeup as well. But I wouldn't say no to having a rummage through Anna of ViviannaDoesMakeup's stash as well.

8. How long does your usual makeup routine take and how many products do you use? makeup-addict-tag2
My makeup routine takes me 5 or 10 minutes, most days I really can't be bothered to do very much other than to make myself look presentable. I'm very much a practitioner of the no-makeup makeup look, but every once and a while I add color. Lately, it's been a bit more simple though. I use the Revlon Photoready BB Cream as a base, but not always. I have good skin most days, but I do like to cover up the redness I get around my cheeks and just even out the complexion. I rotate through my concealers, but at the moment I'm using the Diorskin Nude Concealer. The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette is something I always have in my bag, along with the ecotools Eye Enhancing Duo Eye Set of Brushes on those days wear I want to wear eyeshadow (with the Urban Decay Primer Potion as my primer of choice). But most days I just stick with the Sephora Collection Waterproof Retractable Eyeliner for smudgy eyeliner on the top and bottom outer corners of my eyes. Again, I like to rotate through my collection, but the MUFE HD Blush has been getting some extra love from me. As for lips, I'm pretty fickle. I'm back on the sheer, moisturizing lip phase and my Clinique Chubby Stick has been getting a ton of use lately!

9. Have you ever bought makeup knowing you wouldn't use it?
MASCARA. I don't think mascara looks good on me and I hate when my lashes feel heavy, but knowing that it just doesn't work out for me I still continue to buy mascara on the hopes that maybe this next one is different. But I know now, it's not just a phase, mascara just isn't my thing.

10. Tag a few other makeup addicts to do the tag!
I'm going to be very diplomatic and say that if you're a self-proclaimed makeup addict you can do this tag. I was always the kid who was no one's first choice so I hate picking people to do something like this and leaving someone out. If you want to do it, or have done it, leave your link or leave your answers below! I would love to read about your makeup collection!

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