Friday, September 30, 2016

Besame Cosmetics Cake Mascara + Kat Von D Beauty Addiction Beauty Insider 500-Point Reward - First Impressions!

It is well known in the fashion industry that style and trends are cyclical; what was cool once will inevitably become cool again if given enough time. Apparently, this holds true in makeup as well, as is evidenced by the new (old?) Besame Cosmetics Cake Mascara.
Once a popular form for mascara, cake mascara has fallen out of fashion and liquid mascara in a tube, the kind you see everywhere from almost every cosmetic brand, has become the norm. I don't think I've seen a cake mascara readily available for purchase until now and perhaps, if this one does well, other companies will release their own versions.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mini Ulta Haul! - Michael Todd, e.l.f., & More!

A few weeks ago, I needed to pick up a new toner. I thought about just repurchasing my favorite, the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner, but being me, I wanted to see what else was out there. I was already on Ulta's website (that's where I get my Mario Badescu products from), so I looked around and a toner from Michael Todd caught my eye. It was online only, so I had to purchase it from the website, which meant that I had to add more products to get to the $50 threshold for free shipping...and then I had to add more products to get free shipping after using my coupons and, well, now you get to see a mini haul!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hum Nutrition - Runway Ready - First Impressions!

I recently did something slightly outside of my comfort zone and I purchased a beauty nutritional supplement from Hum Nutrition.
Besides Flintstone vitamins, pro-biotics, and some fiber gummies, I don't have much experience with nutritional supplements. I tend to be wary of supplements since the FDA doesn't have much control over them in regards to either effectiveness or, and more frighteningly, safety. If I try a new product on my skin and I end up having a bad reaction or if I don't like what it's doing, I can just wash it off and stop using it, but if I ingest a new product and things start to go bad, it's a bit more complicated.

So what made me decide to give these supplements a try? I know it's silly, but it's because Hum Nutrition is carried by Sephora. I feel like I can trust that the brands Sephora chooses to carry are well-known/well-loved and are brands that have a high rate of satisfaction and good customer service.

August 2016 Play! By Sephora - The Eye Openers - Unboxing & Review

Right now, there are two beauty products that are always welcome in my subscription boxes: nail polish and skincare (especially eye products). So you can imagine how excited I was to see that the theme for the August 2016 Play! By Sephora box was The Eye Openers and that it included two skincare products, one of the specifically for eyes, along with three other eye-based color cosmetics.
Hmm, I didn't even notice how monochromatic this box was until just now!

August 2016 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month - Road Trip - Unboxing & Review!

When I was little, I used to love road trips. Now that I'm older, I'm not quite as fond of them (I now have a tendency to get carsick and require frequent pit stops), but I still like the idea of them; of riding in a car when it's bright and sunny with the road stretching on before me. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to see that the theme for the August 2016 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month was a road trip; it was unexpected, but it brought back a lot of good memories.
I will admit, I'm not 100% positive that the theme is supposed to be Road Trips since Glamour Doll Eyes doesn't explicitly say it is, but based on the imagery and names, I think it's a pretty good guess.

August 2016 Allure Beauty Box - Wake-Up Call - Unboxing & Review!

You guys think I can get through the rest of my August boxes and actually get my September boxes posted before October? ...yeah, I don't think so, either.
But that doesn't mean we're not going to try! This is my August 2016 Allure Beauty Box; Allure has been quite up and down recently and for me, luckily, it's been mostly on the 'up' side (my September box, however, is definitely a 'down', but we'll get to that later in a separate post).

The theme for August is Wake-Up Call, and, surprisingly, I think Allure did a great job curating products to match.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

August 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag - Sugar Highness - Unboxing & Review!

The theme and bag for the August 2016 Ipsy Glam was aborable. When I saw the bag spoilers many moons ago (actually, it was probably like...two moons at most), I thought that this was going to be a great bag. When people starting posting their bags on Instgram, my excitement remained because there were some interesting products that I wanted to try/already knew I would.
Unfortunately, my bag was a bit of a let down; the bag itself is cute, and I'm always up for a nail polish, but the other products (minus the eye liner) are a little on the 'meh' side.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

August 2016 Birchbox - Can't Stop, Won't Stop - Unboxing & Review!

There have been a lot of changes at Birchbox--some good, some not-so-good--and it's been interesting to the see the gradual evolution of both the subscription service and the company as a whole.
The August 2016 Birchbox feels like a return to the old days; the July box was a little worrying since I only got four deluxe products and two foil packets and it seemed like Birchbox was trying to cut corners, but it seems like we're back to the standard five deluxe sized samples. There is a lot of competition in the beauty subscription world, and it seems like Birchbox is trying their best to stay on top.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Allure Beauty Thrills - Fall/August 2016 - Unboxing & Review!

When it comes to purchasing beauty products (or anything type of products for that matter...), there are very few people who wouldn't take the opportunity to pay less and get more. Basic economics, really. The Allure Beauty Thrills box, a tri-yearly value bundle of beauty products curated by Allure, was once the prime choice for this type of opportunity, to the point where they would sell out in less than hour and people would actually pay a premium to be able to pre-order them.

I'm a recent purchaser of these boxes (I started buying them last year), and while people who have been getting from the beginning have noticed a decline in quality, even I can see a very drastic difference in product quality and value from last year to this year. I thought about pre-ordering the 2016 boxes because of how happy I was with the ones I got last year, but I am very happy I didn't. The Spring box was a huge let down, and I believe it's one of the first boxes that didn't even sell out, months later (there were so many left over that Allure was selling them as add-ons to the Fall box for $24.99, almost half of the full $49.99 price). The Fall box (or August box, as the info booklet says) was significantly better, but I still debated on whether or not I was going to purchase it. I ended up justifying it by comparing the value of the products I knew I would use to the price of the box, but even then there were some disappointments.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Kylie Cosmetics Mini Matte Liquid Lipstick Kit - Swatch & First Impressions!

I think one of the reasons why I never seem to win anything is that I use up all my luck when it comes to snagging limited edition products (technically, in this case, it was my husband who managed to purchase this, but since it was for me, I'm going to count it as both my luck and his speed skills).
For her 19th birthday, Kylie Jenner released a limited edition collection of products in special gold packaging. Along with some new eye products, a makeup bag, and a new lip color (among other things), she released a special mini set of six of her liquid lipsticks which included five current colors and the new birthday color, Leo.

There's a lot of hype, and a lot of differing opinions, around Kylie Cosmetics; I previously avoided purchasing anything from her since I didn't think the products were worth the price and aggravation, but morbid curiosity won out and I figured $36 to try six different colors wasn't a bad deal.