I guess it's bound to happen when you purchase as much make up as I do. There are those moments where you realize that the hyped product that you just had to have was a disappointment. Sometimes it's a result of buying the "it" product when it really wasn't a good match for you. Other times it can be a result of it being a poor product. Make up is as personal and individual as underwear ( okay, maybe not that personal). I've read enough blogs and seen enough Youtube videos to know that people get upset when their fave products are featured on the "Products I Regret Buying" tag. Sometimes it's hard to understand how our favorite holy grail item is not adored by everyone; somehow we take it personally. I've uploaded my video of products I regret buying, but I want to know what products do you regret buying?
Hi everyone sorry for the delay in my Look of the day. I've been trying to keep up with my blog posts while at the same time make videos for my YouTube channel. I hope you guys enjoy the looks and if you want to find out how to achieve these looks please subscribe to my YouTube channel.
MAC Nylon (on the lid)
MAC Folie (on the crease)
MAC Fluidline gel liner
MAC Plushlash mascara
Revlon PhotoReady Foundation
MAC Full Fuchsia Blush
MAC Viva Glam Cyndi
MAC Red Enriched Lipliner
Hello everyone, My QVC order is finally in. I used the shades for the first time today. They are easy to blend and you can build the intensity of the product. They shades are satiny but the only color that has glitter is the shadow liner. It was very simple to achieve the look on the box, and if you need additional help there's a guide in the box with instructions of shadow placement. I had been eyeing this kit for a few months at ULTA, but did not feel that it was worth the $34 advertised; however when I saw it on QVC for $23 I knew it had to be mine.
This is how the product is described on the BE website: "This fashion-forward collection of 100% pure bareMinerals celebrates the eyes with a ravishing glow of vanilla cream and medieval stone, intensified by a deep, twinkling frame of metallic bronzed coal. Your cheeks and lips will glow with berry tones for a truly in vogue look."
First Impressions= the shadows are fairly small (they are described as extra-small size on the BE website). I do own other BE eyeshadows and they do last a very long time because a little goes a long way. The shadows appeared very glittery and shiny, but once they are applied to the lid, it's a nice satin color and I don't feel that they are glittery. The shadow liner does have chunks of glitter and I find that it's easier to apply that wet, otherwise you will have fall out of the product on your face. I've heard the BE CEO claim that the eyeshadows will never expire and have to be thrown out because they are made from minerals and there is nothing in them that will change or be altered with time.
The size of the blush is a little larger than the eyeshadows, however it is still relatively smaller than regular size. The blush is a nice rosy color.
The lipgloss is very pigmented and shiny. My only complaint about the lipgloss is the smell. It's a "natural" lipgloss but it has a strong plastic scent that does not go away. The smell of this gloss is very different from the Buxom lipgloss. The buxom lipgloss scent is minty and fresh. I don't know how put off I will be in the future by the scent of the gloss. I'll keep you posted.
Overall= I would recommend this kit to anyone that wants a neutral, professional eye. You can definitely smoke it out and intensify the color for night time. I am happy I finally got this product.
I will post a make up tutorial using these products in the upcoming days.
Top Color=Pearl Sateen
Followed by= Parisian Grey
Charcoal Lame` Liner
So Fab Blush
Pomegranate Natural Lipgloss
comparison between regular size of BE shadows (.02 oz) and the shadows in the kit which is described as extra-small size (no weight was provided)
I've always known that I tend to become attached to material items. Even as a child I recall being very loyal to my pencil bag, even when I damaged mine and wanted to steal my younger sister's, I just couldn't. Anyways, back to the topic at hand. I like to experiment with different make up brands, but I am very loyal to my first brands. I realized a few days ago that it was time to throw away an eyeshadow kit that I've had for way too long. I attempted to do a purple smokey eye and the shadows were crumbly and chalky. I realized I could no longer use that shadow, but I must admit that I haven't thrown it out yet. Why do I still have it in my make up drawer when I know that I will not be using it? I am a sucker for packaging. The time had come to say good bye to my smokey eye palette. I don't have the space to keep make up palettes that I do not need. Do you keep make up around because you cannot force yourself to throw it away? I guess the same rule should apply; if you don't use it in X amount of time, throw it away. Here's to making more room in my drawer.
Of course it always happens, QVC had gone a few weeks without any good make up shows and temptations and of course as the MAC to the beach collection approaches, they have two big make up shows on t.v. Who do they think I am, an ATM. It started off with Mally Beauty having three shows on Thursday. While I didn't buy anything, there were a couple items I continue to have my eyes on.
I will admit to making two QVC purchases this weekend. I couldn't resist. Smashbox showcased their Yellow Correcting Powder that will be shipped out in late June. It is supposed to counteract redness and it comes with a brush. Aside from the quality of the products, Smashbox always provides the brushes for their products. I didn't care for the Today's Special Value, which is Bare Minerals Faux Tan, but they did have a face kit that I've been eyeing for a few months. The price was too good to resist.Now the hard part is just waiting for my purchases.
Lip Stains have been really huge this summer. Every brand has a lip stain out there. I first tried lip stains a few years ago with Urban Decay, and all I can remember is that I hated it. You may even remember that Revlon came out with lip stains about five years ago, but they must not have done well since they lasted less than a season. I decided to attempt lipstains once again and hoping that a lot had changed since the last time I had tried them. Here is my review.
A month ago, MAC came out with their Art Supplies collection which consisted of nine lip stains.
I bought the color Sunset.
Pros: These lip stains have the same vanilla scent as their lipsticks. There was no alcohol smell or after taste that was left on your lips from the stain. It dried quickly.
Cons: I might have gotten a defective lip stain, but the felt tip seems to be dry and it does not deposit the color evenly. Have to apply the color multiple times to get a more noticeable color.
(picture courtesy of MAC)
Covergirl has their Outlast Lip Stains which come in many different colors.
I bought # 435 and # 430.
Pros: They are rich and pigmented and deposit an even color. It stays on for hours, even during heat and humidity. Stayed on my lips during lunch.
Cons: Has an alcohol type taste while the stain dries. Takes longer than the MAC lipstains to dry. It's a little drying, but nothing a lip balm won't fix.
Price: $8.99 each ( I bought mine at Walgreens during a BOGO 1/2 sale).
Overall, I would repurchase the Covergirl Outlast Lipstains. It served my need of providing some color to my lips during high heat and humidity where a lip stick would not have been able to.
What style of make up do you prefer to wear in the summer? I love gold, shimmery, bronze and browns for the summer. I'm especially looking forward to MAC's To The Beach Collection which will debut the last week of May.
I want Hipness Blush (intense Coral color)
Marine Life Multi-colour pressed powder
MAC Brush 130
Temperature Rising lip pencil
check out musingsofamuse.com for pictures of the upcoming collection.
What's on your list of items that your lemming for?
I don't know if eyebrows are as important to everyone else, or if it's just me. I like the shape of my eyebrows (I'm way past the point of having thin, barely there eyebrows which never looked flattering). So you can imagine that I'm always looking for the next eyebrow kit, shadow or pencil. In the past I've tried Smashbox Brow Tech, Benefit Browzings and Maybelline brow pencil.
I recently purchased Benefit Brows A Go Go and here are my thoughts.
My First Impression: This kit contains two eyebrow colors, a light and a medium brown shade along with a medium color wax. It also contains a highlight powder and an eye bright. It is a complete kit, however I find the quantity to be a little too small for the price. I like the fact that you can mix the eyebrow shades to match your hair color. The mini-brush that comes with the kit is too soft and I use my Smashbox brow brush for application. I've tried other highlighters before, however the soft pink shade is nice and brings a lot of attention under my brow and it is not glittery or shimmery.
Price: It seems a little pricey, $38 for 5.49 g total of product. It comes with a mini black eye pencil, but the quality of the pencil seems average.
Quality: All of the colors are pigmented and creamy and smooth. The kit is in a cardboard type of packaging, but it is well made and durable. The mini tweezers included are poor and I only use them when I do not have my full sized tweezers.
All in all, I would recommend and repurchase this kit. I have a tutorial on how I use the kit and I will be posting it here as well.
What do you do with your eyebrows? are you obsessed like me?
I'm starting a series of blog posts regarding make up for beginners. In my first installment I'm tackling eye products first. Please rate, comment or subscribe if you like these types of posts.
I've compiled a nice stash of make up products throughout the years, but what if you are just beginning to purchase make up. What are the things that you really need? Do you really need to spend lots of money on high end products? Have you walked down the make up aisle in your local CVS, Walgreens, Target or Walmart? It can be very overwhelming if you don't know what you're looking for. We haven't even spoken about going to a MAC or Chanel counter in your local mall. I know that some women can feel confused walking into their local Sephora. One person's paradise can be another person's hell. So here's a list of the products that I feel should be part of everyone's make up kit.
EYES: Before you even begin to look at eyeshadow, every woman should own an eyeshadow primer. What is an eyeshadow primer? An eyeshadow primer helps to keep the color from creasing or fading. This step is never skipped in my make up routine. My favorite primer is made my Urban Decay (which can be purchased at Sephora, Ulta, or Urban Decay.com). TooFaced shadow insurance is comparable to UDPP. I know that L'oreal makes an eyeshadow primer, (L'oreal decrease), but I have not tried it and cannot give you my opinion.
EYESHADOWS: You can never go wrong with buying make up palettes if you're just beginning your make up stash. I would recommend Kat Von D Ludwig palette, which is very pigmented and contains a lot of neutral colors. It also contains the color Lucifer (which is a black matte color) and every woman needs a black eyeshadow in their stash. It's not only for goths. You can use the black in the outer corner to darken any color and give it some dimension. Believe it or not, using a black eyeshadow can make any color more wearable. If your short on funds, drugstore eyeshadows have been improved in the last couple of years and are now even more pigmented. Covergirl and Maybelline both have nice eyeshadow quads.
Eyeliner: There are almost as many options for eyeliner as there are eyeshadows. You can use gel, pencil, cream, liquid eyeliners; and lets not get started with the colors. How do you know which one to choose? If you're looking for a precise thin line, your best bet would be liquid or get liners. For liquid eyeliners you could choose Revlon Colorstay or L'oreal Lineur Intense. If you want a gel liner you will also need a brush. MAC makes a pigmented black gel liner (Blacktrack Fluidline) and Maybelline and Physician's Formula both have gel liners on the market. When choosing a pencil liner, you want to make sure that it's waterproof and will not smudge throughout the day. My absolute favorite eyeliners are made from Urban Decay. They have so many different colors and they are all nicely pigmented. On a comparable note, Milani just came out with their Pencil liquify eye pencil and L'oreal Extra Intense Eyeliner is also waterproof and highly pigmented.
Cream eyeliners are easy to work with because they're creamy, but I find that it can smudge a little if you don't set it with eyeshadow. Smashbox specializes on cream eyeshadows and it's drug store counter part would be L'oreal's HIP Cream eyeliners.
Stay tuned for my next installment on Face Products.
This is the palette I used for my Look of the Day. It's from Tarte Cosmetics. It was their limited edition Christmas palette called the Vanity. It has very nice, subdued colors. The eyeshadows definitely need a colored base if you want more than just a light wash of color. It also contains 16 lipsticks (which are all very pigmented) and the third tier contains a highlighter, a contour color and four blushes. The blushes range in color from pink, peach, bronzey colors.
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Painterly Paintpot
Lid- 2nd color on the 2nd row from the Vanity palette
Eyeliner- Urban Decay in Graffiti
Mascara- MAC Plushlash
You Rebel - tinted moisturizer by Benefit
Blush- combination of the top 2 blushes from the Vanity Palette
Do you keep your make up too long? Do you know when you should throw out your make or do you disregard the rules? I think I've been guilty of both. I've also been guilty of not cleaning my make up brushes as often as I should, but I digress.
First off, if your make smells or stinks, looks different or has separated you need to throw it out.
Make sure your hands are always clean before you start touching your make up. That's one way to decrease the amount of bacteria that gets on your make up.
All products have a different shelf life depending on what's in them.
Mascaras are the most notorious because they are breeding grounds for bacteria because of their wet and dark consistencies.
Oil-Free Foundation - 1 year
Concealer - 12-18 months
Powder - 2 years
Cream Blush - 12-18 months
Powder Eye Shadow - 2 years
Cream Eye Shadow - 12-18 months
Eyeliner - 2 years
Liquid Eyeliner - 3-6 months
Mascara - 3 months
Lipstick - 2 years
Lip gloss - 18-24 months
If you're using natural products, you will have to throw those out sooner because they do not contain any ingredients to help them last longer.
I've also noticed many make up companies including the number of months to keep the product once it's been opened.
If you cannot remember how long you've had it, it's a good indication that you need to replace it.
My next blog post will be about how to prolong the shelf life of your products by keeping them clean.