Product Review: LUSH Twilight Bath Ballistic

Sunday, December 30, 2012
Even from a very young age I’ve been completely enamored by fancy schmancy bath products. Bath bombs, bath oils, bubble bath, bath salts (the non-zombifying kind of course)… I love them all. This little fizzing baby is NO exception. Twilight series? I’ll pass. Twilight bath bomb? I’ll take 10,000! 
The Twilight bath bomb is actually pretty big. Size wise it’s somewhere between a baseball and a softball (definitely leaning more towards the softball). The outer shell is pink with flecks of yellow and the top has raised stars and a moon to emulate the night sky. Under the top layer (and not pictured) is a smaller blue bath bomb.

Drugstore Sightings vol. 2!

Thursday, December 20, 2012
I've had ample opportunity to creep around a few stores this week and these are my findings!

Fred Meyers:

L'Oreal True Match Concealer Pencils.

L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara.

About Damn Time: BB Creams are no longer exclusive to pale people, thanks to IMAN!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
BB Creams have deep roots in fairer skinned areas of the globe, and even with the introduction of them into the slightly more varied US market there isn't much luck for POC to find their shade since our cosmetic companies here are geared more towards caucasians. Cue IMAN and her brand new line of BB Creams:

Six colors ranging from relatively light to a gorgeous deep? I think someone just won a gold star!

Product Review: L'Oreal Shine Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Everlasting Caramel

Monday, December 17, 2012
 I am completely drawing a blank on how to start this review other than "WOW"! I honestly think that I've found my holy grail stain... or holy grail gloss... or however you wish to classify it.

The packaging is a light weight and highly reflective gold colored plastic that doesn't photograph easily with a phone because you're a moron that left her DSLR at home before going on vacation. Since it's so shiny it is also pretty prone to finger smudges and whatnot. I think that the packaging is really sleek and somewhat hinting at luxury. The applicator is a marquise shaped doe foot with a hollowed center which (as seen below) holds product. 

First Impressions: L'Oreal Shine Caresse Glosses

Sunday, December 16, 2012
I've been eagerly awaiting the release of these supposed YSL Glossy Stain dupes since I heard whispers about them from France so Imagine my glee when I saw this at my local Fred Meyer late last week:

Aww yiss!

For the record, I'm super impressed by the shade selection! There are 12 shades which I think is pretty impressive for a brand new and innovative product launch. 

Drugstore Sightings vol. 1!

Saturday, December 15, 2012
I had a few minutes to check out my Local Fred Meyer last night and it was pretty much New Displays City in there! I had a blast walking through the isles and checking out the new products, some of which I haven't even seen on other blogs!

Needless to say, I did go a little crazy (but only a little) here and at Rite Aid, and just after I've freshly destashed my makeup collection. Unfortunately I didn't have the foresight of snapping a few pictures of what was new at my local Rite Aid, but the only things that I noticed were different were the new Essie Holiday collection and the Revlon Nearly Naked line.

New L'Oreal products:

L'Oreal Visible lift foundation and blush.

Cheap, Cheaper, and Cheapest; Vampy Lips

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Vampy lips are HOT, but they can run you a pretty penny. As much as I love me some high end products (e.g. Dior Addict lipstick in Perfecto which is... well, Perfecto) there are much cheaper alternatives bound to fit into any budget.


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry, $8.29-$5.94

(Not particularly) Hot Off the Presses! New Urban Decay Setting Sprays!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Here we are with some more news about Urban Decay. Wow... huge surprise when you look at my blog history, but I digress. Let's get to the content, shall we?

Urban Decay showcased the brand new packaging for their popular setting sprays via the company Instagram account earlier this morning:

It looks pretty spiffy, no? They've certainly toned down the packaging, and even though streamlined and duo-toned really isn't the Urban Decay Way, I'm kind of digging it! It looks like the spray nozzles are the same manual ones that they've had, but wouldn't it be awesome to get a setting spray spray can?

Product Review: NAKED Palette

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Since we're on a bit of a "NAKED streak" with this silly little NAKED Basics talk, why not review the original culprit that started the whole ordeal? Out of the many many many months that I've had the original NAKED palette, I have not once reviewed it... heck, I don't even remember if I've publicly swatched it! Bad blogger, bad BAD blogger!  Since I've owned this cult favorite for well over a year, I'm feeling pretty solid on my knowledge of it so hows about we just jump right on in?

Brush Washing 101

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Brush care is essential in extending the life of your makeup brushes and keeping your complexion clear. Unwashed brushes contain oil, dead skin cells, dust, bacteria, old makeup, and other nasty grime that can cause breakouts, discolor your products, break down your brushes, and worst of all… infect your makeup! Eek!
Spot Cleaning
It’s best to spot clean after each use. This prevents makeup buildup (which causes color transfer into other products) and gets rid of dirt, skin cells, or bacteria picked up in the application process. Spot cleaning is a lot quicker than a full blown deep cleaning and a lot less laborious. 
How to spot clean:
You will need a durable paper towel or rag, brush spot cleaner (click HERE for a cheap and easy DIY spot cleaner), and dirty brushes
1. Take your rag or paper towel and spritz a few sprays of spot cleaner on it.
2. Take your dirty brush and gently swipe the brush back and forth over the damp area. Being gentle is key because you can disfigure the bristles if you’re too rough with them. Continue with this motion until the brush no longer releases color. 
Deep Cleaning
Deep cleaning takes much more time than spot cleaning and also takes your brushes out of action for a pretty good chunk of time as they dry. Deep cleaning your brushes also removes grime or makeup buildup that spot cleaning can’t. There are several different solutions that can be used in deep cleaning brushes, but I prefer to use baby shampoo because it is gentle on the brush hairs and it gets the job done. 
How to deep clean:
You will need a deep cleaning solution (baby shampoo is the one pictured), your bathroom sink, a towel or washcloth, and dirty brushes. 
1. Wet the brush by running it under the sink tap. Make sure that the brush it pointed almost all the way down so no water enters the ferrel. 
2. Put a small dab of the cleaning solution on your hand and in gentle circular motions start rubbing the brush in it. Don’t press too hard on the brush because that can allow your solution to go up into the ferrel and dissolve the glue. You should see the suds turn into whatever color makeup you had on that brush. 
3. Rinse off the suds in the downward position, lightly squeezing the brush if need. Make sure that you get all of the cleaning solution out. This can take several rinses depending on the brush. 
4. Dry off your brush by using a gentle back and forth motion on the towel or washcloth and reshape the brush (or use a brush guard if you have them).
5. NEVER set your brushes out to dry in an upright position; it will destroy the glue that keeps the brush together. Drying the brush upside down is optimal, but letting the brush sit on its side on the towel works as well. 
It should take several hours for the brushes to dry (especially face brushes) so it’s best to deep clean in the evening and let them dry overnight. 

Skin Types 101

Friday, April 20, 2012
Knowing your skin type helps you determine what kind of products you need for skin care and also cosmetics. Your skin type dictates which skin care products to buy will help you maintain or achieve clearer skin or an improved complexion. Skin type also plays a very important role when it comes to foundation or other "face makeup" since there are so many different kinds which can either make or break your appearance.

Skin types can also change with the seasons so keep in mind that your Winter skin care routine may not work for your skin in Summer, and if this is the case you will need to be able to spot the differences and adjust your routine accordingly to prevent unsavory skin.

There are 5 main skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination, or sensitive, although it is possible to have sensitive normal, dry, oily, or combination skin. 

How do I determine my skin type?

  • People with normal skin tend to have an even complexion (lucky!) with small pores, a surface that isn't too oily or too dry, and few breakouts. People with normal skin are lucky enough to have the least problematic skin (therefore the least intensive skin care) and with it being so supple it ages well too. 
  • People with dry skin tend to have a somewhat ruddy complexion with pores that are barely visible, has flaky areas (such as the cheeks, chin, or around the nose), and a dull appearance. Dry skin is more prone to wrinkles than other skin types and may cause some irritation. This skin type needs special attention when it comes to moisturization in order to replenish the skin.
  • People with oily skin tend to have a sheen to their face with prominent pores, and frequent acne or blemishes. Oily skin also becomes shiny much faster than the other skin types and requires special attention with mattifying products if you want to keep the shine away. Contrary to what you would think, oily skin requires gentle and careful cleansing since harsher products will stimulate the skin to produce more oil. 
  • People with combination skin tend to have an oily T-zone (forehead and nose to chin) with possibly dry patches, more noticeable pores and breakouts on the T-zone. Since combination skin has a mixture of skin types, skin care can be a bit tedious since the oily parts need gentle cleansing and the dry parts (if you have them) need moisturizing products. 
  • People with sensitive skin can have a blotchy complexion with delicate skin, dryness, and the tendency to react with products or become easily irritated. Sensitive skin is the most problematic and needs very a very specific skin care routine with products that won't irritate or inflame the skin.  

Undertones 101

The word "undertone" is a little self explanatory. Your undertone is the underlying tone to your skin which can either be warm, cool, or neutral. Your undertone will always stay the same no matter how tan or pale you get during the changing seasons.

Knowing your undertone is important when it comes to makeup. Why? If you get a product that is the opposite of your undertone it will look a bit off. Sticking to products that compliment your undertone is the best way to play it safe in the world of cosmetics. 

Cool undertones are categorized by a pink, red, or blue hue to the skin. 

Warm undertones are categorized are categorized by a yellow or golden hue to the skin.

Neutral undertones are a mixture of both warm and cold undertones and are categorized by an olive hue to the skin. 

How do I determine my undertone?

There are several easy tests you can do by yourself, but if the ones mentioned below don't yield any definite results there is still the option of going to a makeup counter, a Sephora, or a Makeup Artist.

The quickest, easiest, and most reliable method of finding your undertone is doing the "vein check". Take a look at the veins in your wrist. If the veins appear blue, you are cool toned. If the veins appear green, you are warm toned. If you can't clearly distinguish if your veins are blue or green, you're probably neutral. 

The next way of figuring out your undertone is also simple. Do you look better in pure white or cream/ivory. If you look better in pure white, you're cool toned. If you look better in cream or ivory, you're warm toned. This may prove to be frustrating to pinpoint if you have neutral undertones.

The last way of finding out your undertone is determine if gold or silver compliment your skin. Silver is cool toned so it looks better on cool toned skin. Gold is warm toned so it looks better on warm toned skin. Neutral skin can wear either metal. 
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