Product Review! Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain in Sweet Pink and Terra Crave

Sunday, September 29, 2013
It's NO secret that I'm addicted to chubby lip pencils! At any given time I have 2 (or more) on me. The obsession with these easy-as-pie and perfectly on-the-go products started when Revlon launched their Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains and it just took off from there! Why? Because I'm lazy and these are a lazy girl's best friend. So when I learned that Jordana was releasing a collection of them, I just had to bite because a) I hadn't used anything from the brand before and wanted to see how well this budget brand performed, and b) a cubby lip pencil for only $2.99? Sign me up! I honestly would have gotten more than these two, but the display was already pretty picked through and I decided to go with the two that spoke to me the most, a.k.a a nude (duh), and the one that looked most like my coveted Revlon Honey.

I'm gonna go ahead and spoil the whole post for you right now by saying that if you can find these, you REALLY need to buy them. 

Why? Well find out after the jump:

Product Review: Clinique A Different Nail Enamel in Black Honey

Saturday, September 28, 2013
After having my only experiences with high end nail polishes be negative (Chanel = gorgeous but obscenely short lived, and Dior = just plain horrible), I've kind of sworn off buying any nail lacquer outside of the drugstore. The only two reasons that I actually ventured out of my allowed budget with this polish were that a) I was wondering about how this was such "a different nail enamel" from others, and b) I needed to tip my Clinique purchase over the $25 mark in order to get the really rad sample set for free. Probably not the best reasons ever, but I digress.

One teeny tiny note about the packaging before we go forth into the world of lacquer; I consider myself to be a bit of a minimalist, but this packaging is a little too minimalist. It has some weight to it, but aesthetically it looks cheaper than cheap. Not a fan. The brush is fine, I don't fumble with the lid, everything is perfectly functioning, but I just look at the bottle and I want to doze off.

Naturally I went with the darkest creme finish from the line, a.k.a Black Honey, because those are pretty hard to screw up and my beloved Essie Carry On needed to be retired due to old age. By my understanding, the shade Black Honey is kind of a legend when it comes to the Clinique line since I've had a few friends rave about it (hello, Molls), and it's a shade found in various forms in the makeup line. I'm kinda seeing why this blackened berry is so popular! Three coats of this beauty creates a suuuper deep shade that is more interesting than straight up black, but more demure than an obvious dark berry.

Besides being that certain shade of irresistible vampiness that seems to linger on my nails FAR after the cold weather has left, does this nail polish actually stack up to it's $12.50 price tag? Find out after the jump:

Product Review: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Raisin Rage and Teak Rose

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
"A girl can NEVER have enough fall lip shades" is what I told myself when I broke my buy ban to get these... and a few other lipsticks from Wet n Wild, which you can read about HERE. Since both of these were the last ones in the displays, I'm really glad I grabbed them before having to wait for my local Rite Aid to restock. It's no secret that I'm super iffy about Revlon since most of the time we don't exactly see eye to eye, but the Super Lustrous Creme line and I tend to get along famously and these two are no exception!

The packaging is the standard Revlon Super Lustrous stuff. Glossy black tube, logo emblazoned golden band, a clear window at the top to see the shade (mighty helpful), and color coordinated name labels at the bottom. Nothing fancy here, but it's functional and prevents confusion between shades unlike some other brands (*cough cough*... MAC).

More after the jump!

Product Review: Wet n Wild Fergie Perfect Pout Lip Color in Bebot Love and Ferguson Crest Cabernet

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I've been eyeballing this line since it came out, but I never got around to picking them up for some reason. These babies got snatched up at my local Kmart during my search for the new Rimmel Extra Pop Lash colored mascaras (you can watch my video review of the Pop Purple shade HERE). I had no idea that Kmart carried the Fergie line, so that was a bit of a pleasant surprise! Naturally I picked up a nude and a vampy shade... I mean, have you SEEN my collection of lipsticks?

Product Review: Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Richer Rasin

Monday, September 23, 2013
If memory serves me correctly, the initial launch of the original Clinique Chubby Sticks is what created the chubby lip pencil mania, which I've TOTALLY succumbed to. I've stuck with the drugstore counterparts to these since dropping $17 on a tinted lip balm is a bit mad in my opinion, but I wanted to try out the grand-daddy of all the products I've been loving lately.

The question is; is the $17 "original" better than the cheaper drugstore counterparts that I cherish so much? Find out after the jump:

Product Review: BA Star Holo Silver Glitter (press sample)

Saturday, September 21, 2013
I received this product for review from BA Star through BrandBacker. This cosmetic glitter is actually part of a two-piece set, which also comes with a glitter adhesive that I absolutely do not recommend. Why? Well, just read my review product HERE.

One thing that I want to note before getting into the review is that glitters are particularly hard to review since they are, in fact, just loose glitter. I can't really test the wear time, or the pigmentation, or any of those other things that would normally bring up a normal product review, so were pretty much just going to go by the seat of our pants on this one.

Product Review: BA Star Glue Liquid Base (press sample)

I received this product from BA Star via Brand Backer a while ago to review. This product also came with a glitter, but I've decided to review each product separately. To read my Silver Holo Glitter review, please click HERE.

I kept putting it off and putting it off and putting it off because I had a gut feeling that I wouldn't be impressed. Well, lo and behold: I wasn't impressed. But before we get into the whys and why nots of this product, let's take a look at the packaging and go over some general information.

Here is what the website has to say about this:

  • Use under eye shadows and glitter
  • Apply with self contained dabber
  • Clear plastic container & applicator
  • Sweat resistant
  • Net weight 1.5 fl oz
Yeah... not a ton of claims made about this (in fact, the only one that they DO make is a complete and utter fail) and the bulk of the info is packaging and uses. 

Now on to the packaging:

Product Review: LUSH Ayesha Fresh Face Mask

Sunday, September 8, 2013
I know that Cupcake is a bit of a cult favorite on YouTube when it comes to LUSH Fresh Faced Masks, but you seldom hear about the others. Today I'd like to introduce you to the only face mask I've bought more than once; Ayesha, a.k.a the reasonably priced and extremely ethical face mask that makes me feel like a field full of sunlit daisies. 

Here is what LUSH has to say about their Fresh Faced Masks:

Our Fresh Face Masks are handmade with the finest essential oils, fresh fruits and veggies, deep cleansing clays and nutrient rich herbs. We use active ingredients to address a host of skin needs, from dryness to breakouts to fine lines, and everything in between! When we use the term “active ingredient”, this refers to an ingredient that is biologically active. We use freshly squeezed juices, extracts, or whole fruits and vegetables in our face masks, so they need to be refrigerated at all times to prevent spoilage. Unfortunately, this means we are unable to offer our Fresh Face Masks online. Please visit your nearest LUSH shop to purchase your Fresh Face Mask. Fresh Masks means that the benefits of each ingredient are delivered directly to your skin within minutes. Your face mask should be used as a treatment, applied once or twice a week to refresh and deep cleanse the skin. Not sure which mask is for you? Stop by your local shop for your skin care consultation today

Doesn't that just sound, well, lush? And at only $6.95 a pot, it's a relatively affordable luxury, well... affordable for LUSH anyhow. Now, since LUSH uses a multitude of fresh ingredients, these face masks should be used within about 3 weeks of being made and needs to be kept in the refrigerator so they don't go rancid. I know 3 weeks sounds like a pretty intense deadline, but there is just enough product in this pot to pamper yourself a few times a week and not have it go bad. However I like to cheat the clock and freeze little single serve packets of it so I can thaw and use them at a later date. 

I managed to get some of my fall skin and haircare essentials for a song!

Saturday, September 7, 2013
My beauty arsenal needs a bit of a makeover since the seasons are changing and I had to toss a lot of stuff pre-moves (yes, that is plural). I love fall, don't get me wrong, but my body is a TOTAL diva when it comes to seasonal changes and demands a few items to make it through without looking like death slightly warmed up. Thankfully I was able to find a few of these items for almost next to nothing today at (I kid you not) Grocery Outlet!

I have a rather high maintenance lifestyle, but I don't have the budget to supplement that most of the time, so my love for Grocery Outlet has been an ongoing affair for over half a decade now. Say what you will about the place, but there are some really great deals there when it comes to skincare, hair care, and sometimes even makeup!

Come take a look at what I picked up and how much I saved after the jump!

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