Friday, November 30, 2012

November Loves

I don't post one of these every single month because I don't always fall in love with a whole post full of new products, and I'm not going to bore you by going on about the same stuff I told you about last month. So here's what I've been loving over the past couple months:

Origins A Perfect World SPF 15 Age Defense Tinted Moisturizer with White Tea (01 Light)
This has a ridiculously long name, but my skin is loving the hydration and the sheer coverage.

Origins Silk Screen Refining Powder Makeup (Oatmeal 16)
I light-handedly sweep this all over my face, using my Eco Tools duofibre brush.

Almay* Wake Up Undereye Concealer (020 Light/Medium)
This comes with a brush on applicator, which I squeeze along the inside edge of my eyes and tap to blend with my ring finger.

Milani Baked Blush (Dolce Pink)
This applies really sheer but builds to the perfect natural  just-came-in-from-the-cold rosy flush.  I can imagine this shade being really  beautiful on a lot of skintones.

Burt's Bees Super Shiny Natural Lip Gloss (Juicy Peach)
This is the absolute perfect Autumn-Winter lip product, not only because glossy neutral lips are the perfect foil to dark smokey eyes but because the formula is also really moisturizing (unlike most glosses, which tend to dry out my lips).

Wet n Wild Where's the Party Eight Pan Eyeshadow Palettes
I'm kind of obsessed with the original Color Icon palettes, and these new editions definitely don't disappoint.  I've been pretty much living in Sparkle the Night Away (neutrals) and Shine Till Morning (purples and blues).

Wet n Wild Color Icon Lipliner (Brandy Wine)
I don't mind splurging a little on quality skin products, but lipliner is an item I definitely don't believe in spending much money on.  Wet n Wild liners are just as pigmented as higher end versions.  At 99 cents a pop, I'll probably be snagging a bunch more of these on my next Walgreens trip.

Taylor Swift - Begin Again
I haven't gotten ahold of the Red album in its entirety yet, but I love what I've heard so far.  Chad Sugg's cover of Begin Again makes me weak in the knees.

This was my favorite book for the month of October.  I don't know why I didn't read it years ago.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
I've obviously been reading a lolately.  I got through this one really fast because I couldn't bear to put it down.

Nescafe Memento
These come in delicious flavors like caramel (obv. my favorite) and mocha, magically froth up like cappuccinos and don't require cream or sugar.  They've altogether replaced Folgers as my morning instant coffee.

What do you think of my November loves?
Do you have/want any of these items?
What products have you been loving this month?


FTC: The Origins tinted moisturizer and powder were both given to me by my momma.

*Update: Almay has been removed from cruelty-free lists, and I don't know what to do with my life.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Santa, Baby

First off, I'm not some spoiled, rich kid who gets a crazy ton of presents, and I certainly don't expect to get everything on my list, but I'm posting it as a kind of guideline for my family and friends who think I'm hard to shop for.  Besides, I think it's fun to see other girls' (and boys') wish lists.  That said, these are the pretty little things I'm lusting after, in descending order (beginning with I might cry if I don't get this):

1. Sugilite Yoga Bracelet
2. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh
3. Nail polish wall rack (not necessarily this exact one)
4. Henna Hand Ring Holder
5. Badz-Maru Sweater
6. Travalo Excel
7. Benefit Cosmetics She's So Jetset
8. BH Cosmetics Party Girl Palette
9. Real Techniques Starter Kit

Do you think wish list posts are boring/bratty, or do you think they're as fun as I do?
Do you have/want anything on my list?
What's on your wish list this holiday season?


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Spotted: New Wet n Wild Displays and Small Walgreens Haul

I went to Walgreens under the guise of picking up a Wet n Wild lipliner but, of course, had to check for the new Color Icon palettes.  The first new display that caught my eye was WnW's Beauty Ambassador Favorites, repromoting products from their permanent line with recommendations by a few of our favorite beauty bloggers/vloggers (Beauty Broadcast, Vampy Varnish and Clumps of Mascara), as well as a couple I'm less familiar with (Makeup by Celly and Everyday Makeup Blog).  I didn't touch this display, as I'm pretty familiar with (and stocked up on) Wet n Wild's permanent line.  I then browsed the regular Wet n Wild section for the new palettes, to no avail, but nearly screamed upon spotting the Best in Show display near the back of the store.

I had to exercise some serious self control around these palettes, as I'm supposed to be "on a budget," and allowed myself to buy only two.  I already have the original four palettes (Comfort Zone, Petal Pusher, Blue Had Me at Hello and I <3 Matte), and Shimmer the Night Away didn't seem that unique to me at the time (I have a crazy ton of purple shadows), so the only two I picked up were Sparkle 'Til Morning and Drinking a Glass of Shine, which I plan on comparing to I <3 Matte and then gifting.
But upon seeing swatches of Sparkle the Night Away, I've decided I need it, if only for that blue shade.  I also realize I didn't even notice the two new (limited edition?) Glassy Gloss shades (Frost Bitten and A Glass of Shine), which means I'll probably be driving all over town trying to get my greedy, little fingers on those three items.
Wet n Wild Where's the Party?
palettes & Color Icon lipliners

What do you think of my haul?  Of Wet n Wild makeup in general?


Friday, November 23, 2012

Small Mall Haul

This haul is actually from this past Sunday, when (my shopping enabler) Bre invited me out to a local coffee shop and we ended up clear across town at the Altamonte Mall.  I didn't do too much damage, picking up two items: an H&M peplum top and a Forever 21 moto vest.

What do you think of my haul?  Do you shop at H&M and Forever 21?


P.S. I actually didn't do any Black Friday shopping today.  Did you?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Weekly Giveaway Roundup

1. Brand new website is giving away iPad Minis here.

2. Kiwi Crate is giving away $1000 in gift cards to Pottery Barn, Target and more here.


P.S. I'm sorry I suck and haven't blogged since last week's giveaway roundup, but I promise to post a ton over Thanksgiving week/weekend.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Weekly Giveaway Roundup

Naturally Curly is giving away $5000 in products designed specifically designed for curly, wavy and natural hair types.  Enter here. (Your entry will also earn me an extra entry, so that's pretty nice of you.)

Friday, November 2, 2012

I ♥ Drugstore Tag

I know this is a YouTube tag, but, seeing as I don't make videos, I've decided to do it as a blog post.  (Am I allowed to do that?)  Anyway, I saw this tag on Beauty Broadcast and Emily says it's okay, so here we go.

1. What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand?

I think I use a ton of Revlon because it's so readily available (and I do love me some Revlon), but if it didn't involve a thirty minute drive I'd see myself having a lot more NYX.  Its quality and color selection really are unbeatable.

2. What are your favorite face, cheek and lip products?

Honestly I typically use mid-high end face makeup (because it's the first thing that touches your skin and it can be hard for me to find a good color match in the drugstore), but if I absolutely have to pick a face product I'll say Revlon PhotoReady Concealer.
For cheeks, you really can't beat Milani Baked Blushes, although I also really enjoy the e.l.f. Studio Blushes at $3.
Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect is the end-all, holy grail lip product.  It moisturizes like no other, has spf, and even looks like a gloss on the lips.

3. Least favorite product?
Undoubtedly, EOS Lip Balm (although this easily could've gone as number 8, not worth the hype).  Although these come in cute, colorful little spheres and smell pretty, the balm just kind of sits on top of lips and doesn't deliver any kind of hydration.

4. What is the best makeup bargain?

I would say the e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing powder, if the blush worked better on my skintone, but, since it barely shows up, I have to go with Wet n Wild Color Icon eyeshadow palettes.

5. What is your favorite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?)

Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara is insane.  I have never seen this kind of volume from a drugstore mascara.  This product deserves way more attention than it seems to receive.

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?

Has to be nail polish.  OPI and Essie are absolutely ridiculous (Do they count as "drugstore?"), but even Revlon ColorStay costs like $8.

7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!!

It should come as no surprise to anyone who reads my blog that I'm going with Boots No7 High Lights Illuminating Lotion.  I didn't quite believe Liz when she first told me this is an exact dupe for Benefit High Beam, but I became a believer at first swipe.  Boots High Lights retails for $12.99 for 1 oz.of product, while High Beam costs $26 for a mere 0.45 oz.  I'm no physicist, but that makes High Lights half the price for (slightly more than) twice the product.  Side by side, High Lights is a bit less watery than High Beam, but they're pretty much identical once blended out.  (High Lights looks really reflective in my picture; I might have inadvertently swatched it a bit thicker than High Beam.)

Benefit High Beam (left) & Boots High Lights (right)

8. Drugstore product that isn't worth the hype?
Revlon PhotoReady Whipped Creme Makeup.  I'll admit the texture feels kind of nice (if a bit heavy), but it's near impossible to guess a color match in those clunky glass jars.  Revlon might be able to change my mind about this product if they'd step up their game and provide testers, but until that happens I have to dub PhotoReady Whipped as vastly overrated.

What do you think of my picks?  Do you agree/disagree with any of my answers?

I tag everyone, but, specifically:
April of April, Maybe
Krystal of Beauty By Krystal
lovenailpolish of Addicted to OPI-yum
Sophie of Born to Buy

If you do this tag, please leave your link below so I can read your post.