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Mini Review: Aveeno Postitively Radient Deep Cleansing Pads

6 Jan

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Happy Monday.  Back to a full work schedule till I have a day off on 20 Jan. That three day weekend can’t come quick enough.

I wanted to share my reactions to the Aveeno Cleansing Pads I purchased the other day from Rite Aid.  The pads are the size of the bottom of a mug. They have two sides, one is soft for the sensitive areas around your eyes and lips, the other an exfoliant side.

I really enjoyed this product. It’s already wet and ready to later up on your damp face. I couldn’t believe everything that it picked up, considering I hadn’t put on make up for a bit over a whole day.  The exfoliant side isn’t super abrasive but enough that you can tell it’s doing what it’s suppose to.  The scent is very light and it suds up very nicely.

Once washed off my skin looked a litte red since I did a nice scrub on it. Once it settled down it was so soft and radient looking. I’m excited to say this is a good review and would highly recommend this for anyone. It cleared my my little dry patch that likes to settle right between my eybrows.  It cost me $8.

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Deep Steep Grapefruit and Bergamot Bubble Bath

3 Jan

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Happy Friday!  I hope everyone is looking to a fun and awesome weekend, also a relaxing one.

This is how I relax….with a nice bath. My boyfriend bought me a smorgasbord of bath items, and Deep Steep Bubble Bath was one of them. He wanted to get me another option so I could stretch out my Lush Bath Bombs.  I wasn’t sure about the grapefruit, but he knew I love anything bergamot, so he know it was a winner.

Let me tell you how much I love this product!  Bergamot has a nice deep scent and the grapefruit gives a little tang to the smell so it’s relaxing and invigorating to your senses.  But the bubbles…oh my goodness the bubbles. I have never had a bubble bath that the bubbles were so luscious and over abundant with just a few drops of it.  I was in the tub for an hour and the bubbles didn’t even dissipate.  I was really impressed by that.

Here is another plus side to this product: It’s cruelty free.  But wait, there is more!  It’s vegan, gluten free, no parabens, no sulfate, mineral oils or artificial fragrances. It’s an all natural product, which the company prides themselves on.

If your interested here is the list of ingredients:

INGREDIENTS:

Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Infusion of Organic Herbs; Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Coco Glucoside, Glycerin (Vegan), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Aroma (Organic and Wildcrafted Aroma Blend), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Caprylic Acid (Coconut Fatty Acid), Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Natural, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid.

If your interested in seeing more of their products go to the Deep Steep Site

I found the best prices at Lucky Vitamin and Vitacost

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Thankful For Blogger Friends Tag!

12 Dec

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So I was tagged by Jenn from Dragonfly review here: http://dragonflybeautyreviews.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/thankful-for-blogger-friends-tag/. I’m always surprised when I get nominated for these things, you all like me you really, really like me!! So here it goes…….

The Questions:

ABOUT YOUR BLOG (Please be specific in your answers, so we can all learn something!):

  1. How long have you been blogging? Almost a year, which I’m surprised  I kept it up this far since I get into things and drop them quick when I get bored.  But that hasn’t happened!
  2. Are there any bloggers who helped you out/encouraged you when you first started your blog?
    When I started blogging those whom I started talking too about random things was encouraging enough
  3. What Social Media has given you the most traffic to your blog?  Is there a platform that you don’t use? I don’t use that many, it’s just pretty much here and facebook
  4. How often do you post?  Do you have a regular schedule? No schedule really.  I try to do a few post a week.  I can’t do everyday I have to no be on a computer some days since I’m always on it at work.
  5. Where do you blog? Pretty much at home on my laptop.  Sometimes from my phone if I’m just that lazy.
  6. What camera do you use?  What photo editing software do you use? I have a Cannon or I use my camera on my GS3.  I don’t use software that much, if I’m on my phone thou I might use Vingette
  7. How did you come up with your blog name? Well I’m a girl, and I like geek stuff and I am geeky….so I’m a girl with geek moments 🙂
  8. Do you do any regular “series” posts on your blog?  I tried once that didn’t work out, but I just did two discuss with me that turned out successful, so that might become one.
  9. What draws you to a blog? The writers personality.  I follow half beauty and half hodge podge because I love the writer style
  10. What turns you off of a blog? Certain layouts
  11. How many blogs do you subscribe to? Are they all beauty related? See #9 lol
  12. When do you generally read blogs? Sure do! That’s why I follow people.
  13. What is your favorite type of post, and why? I like product reviews and when people show how they do their makeup.
  14. What is your least favorite type of post, and why? People that are so overly opinionated that they try to cram it down your throat.

NOW ABOUT YOU!!  (If any are any you prefer not to answer, just skip!):

  1. Where do you live? Tell us a bit about your city! I live in a city in VA that is located perfectly so everything I want to go is about an hour away, beach, Williamsburg, certain malls.  We also are a high military area even if we’re considered “country”
  2. What about your home? I live in an apartment with my boyfriend. We’re working on our second year here, at first it was a great starter place, but we’re growing out of it. Next year we’re going to look for a house to rent.
  3. Do you have a “day job”? Yes I work on the military base pushing out orders and sending soldiers to Ranger and Airborne school
  4. How tall are you? I’m a short stack at 5’4
  5. Do you have siblings? 1 sister
  6. 3 words to describe yourself. Geek, smart ass, witty
  7. Who is your style icon, and why? I don’t have one, I wear what I like even if it tends to look like from the 80’s
  8. 3 favorite bands/musicians. Reel Big Fish, Dave Matthews Band, 311
  9. 3 favorite movies. A Few Good Men, Anchorman, The Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The Worlds End…that’s cheating I know lol).
  10. 3 favorite books. Wicked, Bridget Jones Diary, Horns
  11. 3 random/weird facts about you. I have a weird fascination of buying those blind item boxes because I can’t stand the mystery, I collect anything The Walking Dead, we just bought the whole collection of James Bond of Blu-ray because we love  all movies and movie collections.

This is who I am tagging:

http://llewsoba.wordpress.com/

http://muireann04.wordpress.com/

http://debelloyd.com/

http://samandro.com/

 

The Sunshine Award

18 Nov

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I was nominated for the Sunshine award by Dragonfly Reviews, go check out her amazing reviews here

 

So here are the rules:

 

Share 11 facts about yourself

 

Answer the 11 set questions by your nomination blogger

 

Nominate 11 bloggers

 

Include 11 questions for your nominees to answer

 

The questions from The Beauty Deputy:

 

1. What are your goals? Right now is to make the best of work and get thru Christmas with only two more paychecks. Children are expensive.

2. What is your favorite make up brand? I have to say Urban Decay will always be my love.

3. Do you shop more online or offline and what is your favorite store? Online, since all my stores (minus Sephora) are ways away.

4. What are your hobbies? Honestly I don’t have one.  I dabble in little things and lose interest real quick.  I’m surprised I lasted this long blogging.

5. What is your favorite food? Sushi if I could afford it all the time I would.

6. What is your favorite book? Probably Wicked.  I’ve read it a couple of times and I’m really wanting to see the musical.

7. What is or was your favorite subject in school or college? Art and math. Yes I’m a paradox.

8. Do you have a car? What kind? Yes a 2002 Chevy Caviler.  It’s beat up and it’s got over 157,000 miles on it but it’s mine.

9. What band or musical artist do you like the most? That’s hard to say I’m really not listening to anyone hardcore right now. But anyone ska/punk like Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Operation Ivy.

10. What country do you live in? US…VA to be more exact

11. What is your favorite topic to write about? Well even thou I have a dedicated blog to makeup I love talking aobut movies. I had a movie blog but it was so much work it became unenjoyable so I stick to it more on my facebook.

 

11 Facts about myself

 

1. I have 15 tattoos

 

2. I have a big obsession with anything zombies.

 

3. It’s been over a year that my boyfriend and I have lived together, 3 years being committed, and meeting about 6 years ago. Which is a big deal since I thought he was going to want to be a forever bachelor.

 

4. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I really started to be out going.

 

5. I’m crafty.  Like I’m the McGuyver of crafts.  Especially out of work materials.

 

6. I am a sucker for those mystery toy boxes you see at bookstores.  I have a lot of the Marvel and Walking Dead ones.

 

7. I love the UFC.  When there is a PPV we have a fight night at my place or a friends.  It’s serious business with us.

 

8. I do not drink dark liquors.  We are not friends and never will be.

 

9. I want to move to Myrtle Beach. We go there every year for a week and it feels like home.

 

10. I’m not a big fan of romance movies or books.  I tend to go for the comic book/action movies.

 

11. I get along better with the boys then I do girls.  I tend to relate to guy stuff better, even thou I love girly makeup and dresses.

 

My nominations: (ok i got a little lazy with this bit, but I had to leave the house)

 

The Makeup Affair

Dark Beauty Makeup

love beauty marks

skinny jeans and chanel dreams

DebE

Llwesoba

 

My questions for my nominees:

1. If you could wear one thing every day for the rest of your life what would it be?

2. Favorite Season?

3.  If you had to be someone for a day who would it be?

4. Favorite thing to cook?

5. Favorite makeup item?

6. Favorite thing you own?

7.  In the last week, name one thing that made you smile?

8.  Do you pay it forward?

9.  What would you say is your motto?

10.  Say something random here…….

Sephora Mega Haul!

5 Nov

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For those that have been following me for awhile you know that I love Sephora.  I pretty much live on their online site honestly.  My nearest store is about 10 minutes away, but it’s a small JCPenny one. The next large stand alone one is about 45 minutes away that I don’t get to to often.  I’m always looking at their sales and see what is new so I can add it to my wish list.  So since it was my birthday two weeks ago, I received some cash and a Sephora gift card from a coworker who knows me. I went a little crazy on my girls trip to there and here are a few goodies I got.

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Since I am into lipsticks lately this was my first pick which was their small Give Me Some Lip gift set. I love the lazer  cut cover.  I thought $25 was  steal especially since the Sugar is $22 full sized. Here is the inside (sorry for the darkish pictures I took them on my phone because my camera battery died)

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How cute is that?  It’s basically nudes and a few pinkish colors which is great. I’ll be doing a full review later!

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Urban Decay makes the best eyeshadow primer, this one is in Greed (a gold color) .  I normally buy it in Sin, but this one was on sale half price for $10 and I couldn’t pass it up!

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I finally got my Urban Decay Revolutionary Lip Color in F-Bomb which not only do I love the name, but the color is a fantastic red.  It’s bold just like dropping an F-Bomb.  This is $22 regular price, I haven’t seen any sales or specials on this yet but either way you should invest in one of these because it keeps your lips moisturized.

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This was a freebie BB Cream by Bobbi Brown in fair.  I thought this was a great freebie not to pass up even thou I have like 5 small sample tubes of these kind of creams. A full tube is $44, and honestly I would never buy a BB Cream for that price when I know they have some great one 75% cheaper.

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Sorry for the side picture, my phone was going crazy and I didn’t feel like messing with it. So another amazing lip stick gift set comes from Buxom with their Serial Kisser. This retails for $32 and has 5 lips sticks with great Buxom names (. Menace, Provocateur, Mistress, Centerfold, Moonlighter)
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I love the velvet book, and lace details.  The book is exceptionally nice because it has a magnet to keep it closed.  I haven’t used them yet, but be on the look out for a review!

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Ok my hand looks creepy in this picture.  I’ve been wanting to get one of the Naked Palette from Urban Decay but I have several colors from them already that I can’t even bring myself to get it.  Sephora came out with their own nude palette for $32 and I was really taken by their colors.  What I really like is that it comes with an eyeliner and a double ended brush.

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I’ll be doing a few looks this week and do a nice little review that has all the colors. I have another palette by them that I love.

 

I have two more items that I’m waiting on. One I just ordered and one I am waiting till that 20% coupon starts at the end of the week that I’m going to use it with. Here is a sneak peak.

What I ordered and am waiting on

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This is the Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Promiscuous Lip Pencil Coffret for NARS  I am a NARS addict and the case is going to be amazing to have. I splurged on this for $45 but I haven’t seen it in a store, and so because it was limited I decided to bite the bullet and buy it now.  Here is the description on the site

What it is:
A limited-edition set of NARS Jumbo Lip Pencils inspired by legendary fashion photographer Guy Bourdin.

What it does:
Combine the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in five bestselling shades. François Nars enters the cinematic realm of lust, glamour, and innuendo exposed in Guy Bourdin’s evocative editorials with five provocative possibilities for lips. Carry it all in the included keepsake zippered cosmetics bag decked out with a pair of electric blue lips.

This set contains:
– 0.06 oz x 4 Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, Sex Machine, Never Say Never, Dolce Vita
– 0.08 oz Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover
– Keepsake cosmetics bag

What else you need to know:
Guy Bourdin’s spellbinding and cinematic narratives served as the apex of the sexually charged fashion photography of the ’70s—and François Nars’ first inspiration to become a makeup artist. Now, NARS celebrates Bourdin’s legacy with bold, uninhibited color and high-impact finishes inspired by the audacious, high-fashion, and decadent world of Guy Bourdin.

Finally with my 20% this is what I’m going to get, and this will be the last of my Sephora run for awhile since it’s time to start Christmas shopping
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Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow book.  Now I saw this in the store but they sold out of it, I have some of her shape shifting shadows and the book said you can get the same effect with pairing up these colors. As you can see they have some examples on the inside of the book.  This one is $55, but for what you get, it’s worth it, it says it’s $108 value.
Here is the online description
What it is:
A mesmerizing 24-pan eye shadow book of rich, spellbinding shades that harmoniously pair to create endless looks.

What it does:
Each set of shades can be paired together to create perfectly layered looks reminiscent of old school shade-shifters. The shadows glide on effortlessly to blend and layer seamlessly. Each of the rich, creamy colors is formulated with a high-pigment load for incredible payoff with just one swipe. Experience incredibly long-lasting crease-free color with shades won’t budge or flake—this is the same great formula that Kat Von D is known for. Together, they’re the perfect mix of neutral shades and bold pops of color in a beautiful box featuring Kat’s original artwork. This palette is the perfect gift for any makeup lover or yourself.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens

What else you need to know:
These potent shadows are infused with rose extract to keep the skin around eyes hydrated.

There you go, I went a little Sephora crazy!  Have you all bought anything from there lately or anything I purchased?

 

 

 

Covergirl’s Capitol Collect for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

21 Sep

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A month or so ago I learned that Covergirl was going to expand their Hunger Games line for Catching Fire. The last movie had only nail polish, this one will be expanding to pretty much anything make up wise.  Which I am excited. I haven’t heard anything recently on it so I went and looked to see when it was going to debut.  It seems that some have been popping up in Europe right now and the US release date is going to be sometime in Oct.

I’m pretty amazed on what they are doing with their make up line. They have done a whole couture look for each district. The above pictures are District 1 (Luxury) and 4 (Fishing Industry).  The below is a display that had popped up somewhere in Europe and District 12 (Coal Mining).  I can’t wait. I’m going to have to own something of this line.

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Are any of you all excited for this line? Have you seen it in any stores near you?

 

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Fine Hair Problems.

15 Sep

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I really wish I was born with a crazy head of hair so I can fluff it out like the girl in the picture above.  Unfortunately I was graced with very baby fine hair that will always been the bane of my existence.  Sure I was very blessed in other features, but something about fine hair is a big hassle. Firstly, you run into the problem of the constant scalp exposure (and sun burn if you don’t wear a hat or use the proper sunscreen spray) which can make you look like your also balding when your not.  Then you have to make sure you always fix it in some way or it ends up laying flat and with no life to it.  Lastly you can’t go super long with it since it the ends will look like you stuck your finger in a socket and you just look crazy.

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About 6 years ago I finally found the important thing a girl can have:  a proper hair stylist who knows how to work with fine hair.  She showed me the way of how I can turn my limp locks into something that resembles volume. The best part:  Little to no work involved on my end!!!  As someone who gets up at 6am for work this was an amazing step.  To this day  I have stuck with my lovely stylist and have continued to experiment with color and styling to make sure my locks are lushes at all time.  She even let me go a natural shampoo route since it’s done amazing things for my hair!

So if you have this problem as well as I do, here are a few styling products that I use to help make it luscious:

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Chagrin Valley Soaps: Coconut Milk Natural Shampoo Bar

I found a mom and pop all natural store that ships from Ohio.  They have the most amazing products.  Mainly for this shampoo.  It was weird to use a shampoo bar at first but I really love it better then liquid shampoo.  It also is easier to take with you on a trip and takes us less space in the shower, and is vegan free.  The site description says that it gives silkiness, softness and shine to your hair and helps with frizzies.  Which is all true.  My hair instantly became so much healthier that it added volume and grew faster.

You can purchase a 1.5 oz sample bar for $2.50 and it will last over a month, for ever day use. Make sure that it won’t be in the line of the shower spray because it will make it melt faster. A whole bar 7 oz is $7.75 and last a good 6 months. I cut mine and half and after 3 months I’m about to use the other one.

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Redken Aerate 08 Bodifying Cream-Mousse

I rarely use any other hair product other than some hairspray.  A couple years ago I started using this product from Redken and it is fabulous! It goes beyond a root booster and boost your whole hair up and and doesn’t leave it crispy and straw like when it dries. You just apply a small dime amount of the solid mousse to damp hair and blow dry out.  A round brush is the best to give extra volume.  I think it was about $12 when I purchased it and it’s last for a few years now, since I don’t use it a lot.

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This is perhaps the best hairspray I have ever used.  My hair is never straw and brittle like some can do. All I have to do is spray a bit on the roots and a few sprays underneath and wow the volume! In fact I recommend this hairspray for all types of hair if you wan that extra volume. You can find this at most retailers now like Target and Walmart for around $12.  Every once and awhile you can find a double pack at JCPennys or Hair Cuttery for really cheap. I don’t use this every day so this last me a few months.

As you can see I don’t use a lot for my hair.  It’s all about keeping it healthy and not doing a lot of damage (even thou I color my hair a lot, but oddly the chemicals in that make it fuller) and frying your hair with a lot of products.  Remember love and nourish your hair like you do your body and it will love you back by looking fabulous!

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Fall Edition

11 Sep

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My favorite season is almost upon us.  I’m talking about fall. I love this change from the summer to fall, especially all the colors that nature gives us.  The one thing living in Virginia is that we have a small window for fall, unless I go to the mountain area a few hours away then it last a little bit longer.  I’ve started to notice that some trees has spots of leaves changing to bright reds and oranges. As much as I hated this rainy summer and I do believe that it will pay off with nature, which is another reason why I can’t wait till I can get up to Monticello and see the beauty.

So with this excitement I decided with fall coming I would share some of my few favorite things about the seasons.

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Fall colors.  This is my most favorite of the season (and speaking of Monticello in the fall!)

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Scarves!!  Guys I have an addiction. I get a few new scarves every season. I make sure they are unique and hard to find so no one can copy me!  It’s a good conversation starter too.

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The smell of wood burning and fire places.  Our new apartment came with a fire place and we are kind of on the country side so I get to have both. But there is nothing better than the smell of burning wood on a cool crisp day.

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Getting to wear my favorite outfit combo of an oversized sweater and leggings! You cannot get more comfortable with this. Add tall boots on and your set!

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Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate. We have a great mountain top orchard that makes some great apple cider. Then if you head in the other direction to Williamsburg they have an olde towne hot chocolate that was drank more like a tea. Either way their both delicious. Sorry pumpkin spice apples and chocolate win every time.

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Fall Birthdays.  My boyfriends and my birthday are 20 days apart in Oct.  So it’s a month of celebration!

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Halloween!  I’m about a week away from starting to decorate for it.  It’s going to get crazy in here. Bonus: Less dusting so the real cobwebs can give an authentic touch lol.

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Perhaps my most favorite holiday that happens in the fall is Thanksgiving. There is no need for gift or any fussing over anyone in particular.  It’s the one time you can enjoy sitting down and sharing a meal with your family, or families if your lucky to get to go to a few houses that day. All you have to worry about is wearing the most comfortable pair of pants and what left overs to bring home!

So what is your favorite thing about fall?  Or what season do you like better and why?

Lip Obsession: Urban Decays Revolutionary Lipstick

5 Sep

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I never have been a lipstick girl.  I would tolerate lip gloss for awhile.  That was until Urban Decay came out with their Revolutionary lipstick line that promises to look like a lipstick but not feel like a lipstick. It’s suppose to moisturize and not dry out your lips like some do, as well as stick (ha!) around longer than others. So if you have been wondering about them, don’t wonder any longer, go and buy one now! Or several. 

The first one I bought was Venom, I decided to go for a semi bold rich plum color and was impressed immediately, which led me to buy to more. Then when my Birchbox came in I received a mini trail color.  I have to say these are the most vibrant colors, even the paler one shave an amazing sheen and is still noticeable.  As for the moisturizing part, my lips have some dry patches on them sometimes (gross I know) so that aside, it didn’t dry out my lips anymore, nor did it show the dry parts.  I’m convinced that I will own every color in this line.  They retail at $22, while pricey, I find them worth it.

On to the colors!

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This was the first color I bought and hooked me, the plum is more luscious in person!

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I couldn’t get a great picture of this on, but it has a lovely sheen to it and just enough orangish color for a pop of color

 

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Rapture is a lovely dusty rose color that is great for any makeup pairing

 

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I didn’t think I would take so well to this bright pink, but it has become my favorite of all them. 

 

Have any of you all tried this? What is you favorite lipstick?

Poll: What Beauty Product Can You Not Live Without

3 Sep

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I wanted to do a fun little poll, I haven’t done one on  here.  This someecard inspired me to do a poll on what beauty product can you not live without?  For me it’s foundation.  If I have some type of foundation I know my skin will look even and fresh. How about you? Sound off I want to know!  And If you want to tell me more and why leave some comment love!

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