I’m Back (I Think)

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I hit a blogging slump!  You would think I hit that slump because I ran out of things to write about, but that is not the case!  I simply stopped blogging for a while out of lack of motivation and drive.

I love blogging, I love writing, and I love being a curator of all things beauty, for a purpose.  (Beside my own personal enjoyment.)

I have so many products from the holiday season that I just simply did not write about.  I just could not pick up my laptop to spread the word, and I can’t explain it.

After the Christmas holiday, I am feeling a bit better, and ready to get back to reading your blogs, and having you read mine! I appreciate all of you who have continued reading during my mini-pause.

Call me out if you see me faltering in the future, sometimes I need a kick in the butt.

I hope you had a wonderful Holiday!

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Laneige BB Cushion-Can’t a Brown Girl Just Get a BB Product in Her Color?!

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I received the Laneige BB Cushion sample in my previous Target Beauty box a while back, and have been meaning to try it.

Laneige is somewhat of an expensive beauty brand for Target.  The BB Cushion runs for $34.00 which is a bit more than I would normally spend on a single cosmetic item at Target.

There are only three shades available (Light, Medium, Tan) which is really unfortunate for those who have an in-between skin shade.  (AKA Almost everyone.)  The information card of my sample says that Flawless Skin is just 1 step away with 5-in-1 Cushion Technology.

1) Brightens: Instantly creates the appearance of luminous skin by visibly reducing dark spots and unevennes.

2) Protects: Broad spectrum SPF 50+ blocks harmful UV rays.

3) Cools and Hydrates: Optimal mineral water moisturizes, calms, and cools upon application.

4) Prevents Shine: Regulates and prevents sebum buildup.

5) Perfects Long Lasting Coverage: Delivers ultra-smooth coverage for an all day radiant finish.

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I really like the concept of this BB Cushion.  The liquid suspended in the sponge is a perfect no-mess way to apply foundation.  My skin looks really terrible right now, and when I applied it, it actually did a fine job of covering up my bleimshes without being a thick layer of makeup on my face.  The only problem was that it just was not the right color for my face.  In the picture it looks like it matches, but to the naked eye, the shade was slightly ashy.  Since the color was not right, I did not wear it out all day, so I do not know the staying power of this BB Cushion, or if the formula would work nicely with my oily skin.

Pictured below is the state of my skin right now.  Left is before patting on Laneige BB Cushion, and Right is after.

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It covered my blemishes nicely, without hiding my actual skin which was nice.  If Laneige put out more shades, I would definitely try this product again, and purchase the full size.

Have you tried Laneige? Did it match your skintone?  Do you like the liquid suspended in the sponge?

Target Beauty Box December 2014-Naturals & Men’s

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I get overly excited when I can get my hands on a new and inexpensive beauty box.  As soon as I found out that Target was releasing a new wave of boxes, I had to check them out.  There were 3 new choices available, and they were the Natural’s Box ($5), the Men’s Box ($5), and the Women’s Box ($10.)  I decided to pick up the Men’s Box as a stocking stuffer for my husband, and the Natural’s Box for myself. I chose the Natural’s Box because I hadn’t tried any of the samples offered, and it seemed like a fantastic value.  The unfortunate thing is that I didn’t get the Skinfix Hand Repair Cream, and I ended up getting THREE facial scrubs in this box which kind of blows.

The Following are all of the Items I Received in the Natural’s Box    

SoapBox Argan Shampoo

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Photo courtesy of soapboxsoaps.com

Photo courtesy of soapboxsoaps.com

I love almost anything with Moroccan Argan oil in it.  Moroccan oil products usually smell great, and tame my unruly hair.  (I am naturally curly, but I wear it straight on a regular basis.)   I haven’t tried this shampoo yet, but it has a great unisex scent.  The other great thing about the SoapBox brand is that for every purchase, they donate a bar of soap, vitamins supplements, or fresh water to a child in need, and that is awesome!

Burt’s Bees Facial Wipes

IMG_6366 I am excited for these Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes.  Burt’s Bees is a high quality brand, and I love using face wipes to help me take all of my makeup.  I am big on smells, and these wipes smells nice, clean and natural.  I can’t wait to use these.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

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Styling balms are my jam, and I have a drawer full of them.  I am very curious about Shea Moisture, as I have heard it is a great brand for my curly headed gals.  The smell is okay if you like coconut scents which I don’t, but I will try this hair smoothie, because it might just be the product that works for me, and I could start wearing my hair curly.

Borghese Age Defying Facial Scrub

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Borghese is a Target Exclusive brand.  This scrub smells great, and when I squeezed it on top of my hand, it seems that there is a big of glitter or shimmer in it?  I’m intrigued.

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub

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Another facial scrub…  And it just so happens I got two of the same!  Sigh.  This scrub is vegan, sulfate free, cruelty free, paraben free, peg free, petroleum free, phthalate free, silicone free, and gluten free.  I may keep one to try, and gift the other out.  Acure Brightening Scrub has french green clay (which is awesome) and natural exfoliators.  This may actually end up being a great scrub.

Men’s Box

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I’m not going to do a full post about the men’s box, because honestly men’s products don’t interest me so much, but this box was also a crazy value, and I know my husband will love everything in this box, and repurchase most of the items after he tries them.

Overall I am pleased with both of these boxes.  I can’t wait to use all of the items, and discover some new products I’ve never tried before.

Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean

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I watched the Burt’s Buzz documentary a couple of weeks ago on Netflix, and it got me thinking about Burt’s Bees and their products. I have never really been into them before, I just always thought the prices were too high for a drugstore line.
I was at Target yesterday, and they had a display of Burt’s Bees on the endcap with the new Vanilla Bean Moisturizing Lip Balm, and said eh, I’ll try it.

And try it, I did.  The balm has no color, and glides on softly.  It doesn’t leave my lips feeling ultra greasy as some balms can, and has a nice subtle scent and flavor.  ‘The great thing about this Burt’s Bees balm is that it is 100% all natural, even the Vanilla, which is major, because most vanilla is artificial.

If you are looking for a new moisturizing lip product, Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm is a great option.

You can find Burt’s Bees almost everywhere, but you can also order on Burt’sBees.com, they are running a special that if you buy 4 lip balms, you can get a 5th free.

Do you like Burt’s Bees products?

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

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I have been battling with my skin the last few months, and while that’s the worst time to constantly switch up products, I couldn’t let this Black Friday Deal pass me up!

I was able to snag a 12 oz. Philosophy Purity Cleanser for $10! What a fantastic saving! (It is a $26 value. Thanks Sephora!)
I have used Purity Cleanser twice so far, and it leaves my skin feeling crazy clean. As if I could run my finger down my face, and it would make a squeaky noise.

I wake up every morning VERY oily, and this cleanser does a great job of clearing all of that oil without harsh exfoliants or the need to use a cleansing cloth.

I have heard others say that this cleanser does a fantastic job of doubling as a makeup remover.  Since I wore makeup today, I will be testing it out tonight to see if it does in fact remove my makeup.  Time will tell if this cleanser helps my face clear up, but from what I’ve seen from just two uses, I am highly recommending it, especially if you are able to get a good deal on it.

Do you use this cleanser?  Any tips or tricks when using it to make it most effective?

Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder-Holding Up Under the Pressure

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With all of the running around for the Thanksgiving Holiday, I needed a powder that would be able to keep my oil at bay while giving me flawless coverage.

I have used so many powders and foundations, that it is hard for me to stick with one brand/line over a long period of time, but after finding and using this $4.99 Maybelline powder, I haven’t been reaching for anything else.

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Fit Me Pressed Powder is smooth, not grainy, and doesn’t flashback white in photos.  There is a great range of color shades, and it is easy to appy.  The formula deposits a nice amount of color and coverage on my skin without becoming cakey.

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With 18 shades ranging from fair to dark, it is a great drugstore find for anyone.

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Wearing Maybelline Fit Me Powder

Have you tried any products from Maybelline’s FitMe line?   Have you tried this powder?

Ipsy November 2014-My Best Glam Bag Yet

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Just when I think of giving up on Ipsy, the Beauty Gods bestow upon me the best Glam Bag I’ve ever received.

November’s Ipsy them was Girl Meets Glitter.  The bag itself leaves much to be desired, but the contents more than make up for it.

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray

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This hairspray smells great, and does not make your hair sticky to the touch.  I’m not sure how well it will hold a curl, but it seems to be okay if you need to slick down your ponytail, or flyaways.  I don’t purchase hairspray very often, but I would definitely buy this one.

SeaRX Micro-Dermabrasion Face & Body Scrub

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Most times, I feel like if I’ve tried one micro-dermabrasion scrub, I’ve tried them all.  The only variation I ever notice is scent.  This scrub is finely grained with a light citrus scent.  I did not notice much that was special about this scrub, so I could take it or leave it.

Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain 

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Although Wet n Wild is a cheap drugstore brand, they do have a select few products that are awesome, and their Balm Stain is one of those products.  I have a couple of these stains in my collection, and they are pigmented and long lasting.  If you like lip color, but don’t like leaving lipstick rings on your cup, this stain is for you.

Elizabeth Mott You’re So Fine Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

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I have a sampled a few Elizabeth Mott products in my last year of subbing, and they have all been GREAT!  This liquid liner has a great brush, however the color is not for me.  The shade is black with silver glitter which is great for this month’s Glam Bag theme, but not so great for me to wear out and about on a daily basis.  I will however purchase this liner in plain black.  It seems to dry matte, doesn’t budge, and the brush give you enough control to do the perfect cat eye.

Edit: After writing up this post, but before publishing, when I washed my hand, the liner seemed to peel off of my hand, but didn’t run.  So it is waterproof, as long as you don’t rub your eye while in water.

Tarte Maracuja Oil 

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THIS OIL IS EVERYTHING!  When they say add oil to oily skin to control oil, this is the oil to use.  I swear by this stuff.  I have been using Tarte Maracuja Oil on and off since this time last year, and this oil is like a miracle.  It makes my skin more supple, tones down my blemishes, gives me a healthy glow, and gives me oil control.  Everytime I stop using this oil, my skin gets out of whack, as soon as I use it again, I notice that it heals my skin beautifully.  The sample size is packaged beautifully, and it is the same deluxe size sample that Tarte packages in their holiday sets.  I promise if you try this oil, you will see a significant change overnight.

Can you see why this is the BEST Glam Bag I’ve ever received?  Did you get a good Ipsy sub this month?