Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Drugstore Review

Hi everyone! Over a week ago I was desperate for some products and I didn’t have time to order anything online, so I went to the drugstore. I figured I would review each product in case you came across these yourself :)

What its supposed to do: time release formula that provides a mousse and silky application that lasts all day without feeling flaky, caky, or heavy

 My thoughts: Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation is amazing! It’s definitely one of my favorite foundations at the drugstore so far. This foundation is pretty matte I would say. After I apply it with my brush, I set it with powder. When you first apply it, it feels really wet, but once you set it with powder it feels lightweight. I love the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation as well, but it’s a dryer formula so I like it best when the weather is a little warmer. I have slightly oily, acne prone skin and this stuff does not break me out or feel greasy on me even though it’s a cream.

Pros: full coverage, applies silky smooth, does not flake, long-lasting
Cons: packaging as the potentional to become unsanitary after several uses, long lasting but 24 hours? More like 12 maximum. Also, I definitely think it starts to look cakey around 12 hours.

Rating: 7

What its supposed to do: fragrance free formula that gently removes makeup (even waterproof and long wearing) while also conditioning the lashes

My thoughts: I honestly wanted to love this product but I didn’t. I found that I was tugging my eyes to get the makeup off even without waterproof mascara. Not only did it take tugging and pulling to get my eye makeup off, the formula slightly burned. The product does condition the lashes but leaves a greasy residue.
Pros: Conditions lashes, removes makeup
Cons: removes makeup w/ tugging and pulling, slightly burns, greasy residue
Rating: 2

What its supposed to do: detoxify and exfoliate with ingredients like black sugar and charcoal

My thoughts: I actually was surprised with this mask. For $4 I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it. I definitely think it exfoliated nicely. My skin felt soft and squeaky-clean shiny. I was hoping to for the charcoal to pull some of my black heads b/c the Glam Glow Clearing Mud Mask has that effect but the polishing mask had no effect on my blackheads. For the low price it wasn’t bad, but I most likely would not re purchase because I think you could use sugar you have in your kitchen and have the same effect.

Pros: exfoliating, low price
Cons: did not clear up any black heads or blemishes
Rating: 4

What its supposed to do: Creates soft definition and volume of the lashes without irritation or clumping
My thoughts: I really like this mascara a lot. I have short thin lashes and I think this product gives me volume without giving spider leg looking lashes if you know what I mean. I original discovered this mascara from the beauty blogger Jaclyn Hill. I can put coat after coat of this mascara and it wont clump.
Pros: Smooth application, soft brush, does not clump
Cons: Have to replace frequently because the formula will start to clump on the brush, creating too much product to be applied (but what mascara do you not have to replace frequently?!)
Rating: 8
Where to buy: CVS, Walgreens, Ulta

What its supposed to do: Removes dirt, sweat, and makeup (eye makeup too); infused with cucumbers, aloe vera, and green tea

My thoughts: I originally picked out this product in particular because it had the beautiful red certificate of “Allures Best of Beauty Awards 2011”. 90% of the time when I choose a product that was part of Allure’s Best of Beauty I have good luck with. Overall, I like this product. I thought it was very soothing and refreshing. This is a great product to use after the gym. I think its best to actually wash your face, but if your in a pinch this is a good product to go to. My only complaint is that it says it removes eye makeup, which it does, but it creates a burning sensation and makes my eyes red.

Pros: Soothing, refreshing, cleansing
Cons: Doesn’t deep clean, irritates the eyes

Rating: 7

I hope all of you enjoyed the review! Share some drugstore products you loved or hate in the comments below or via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! 

Thanks for reading! More exciting posts coming soon!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Roses are red, violets are blue, I love these gift ideas, and I know you will too! Whether you're shopping for your mom, sister, girlfriend, friend, wife, etc. who is borderline beauty obsessed, or just a girly-girl at heart, she will love all of these! Here are some Valentine's Day gift ideas ranging from $7-$52 that are perfect for women of all ages. They are broken down from least to greatest price so you can stay on budget:

Under $10:

This nail polish is perfect because not only does it have pink glitter and heart shaped sequins, it's long wearing and dries fast. Glitter and sequins...count me in.

Under $20:

Packaged with black and red lace and shoe charm, this shimmery blush is infused with the scent of vanilla and "pheromone-mimicking ingredients" like Androstadienone and Coco Extract.
This blendable blush features hearts with various blush tones to great a glow on the cheek that are so appropriate for this holiday! It's infused with natural plant extracts and the scent of Violet that have shown to mimic the effect of Endorphins.
You will love your lashes after using this mascara. It gives you natural looking volume and is infused with conditioner for your lashes to avoid breakage that is oh-so common while using mascaras. Lash love is offered in black, brown, plum (brings out brown and hazel eyes), and green (brings out brown and violet tones in the eyes). Who doesn't want to love their lashes?
This three-in-one product is infused with vanilla and citrus scent that you can use as a shampoo, shower gel, or bubble bath and leaves the skin feeling soft

Under $50:

Not only do I love the packaging of this blush, but I think it's so unique. This adorable blush is heart shaped with gold embellishments that remind me of box of chocolates. It contains three different swatches of colors that give you an iridescent glow. It comes in three different shades: Peach Beach, Candy Glow, and Something About Berry.
If you want soft hands and lips, you need this product. The set includes Satin Lips Lip Balm, Satin Hands Hand Cream in Vanilla Sugar, and Mary Kay Nourishine Lip Gloss in Cream and Sugar. Perfect for Valentines!

Call me crazy, but I actually would rather receive this eyeshadow palette than an actual box of chocolates. This eyeshadow palette is SO appropriate for Valentines day. The outside of the palette looks like a box of chocolates, but when you open it has 16 matte and shimmer shades that range from neutral to smoky along with a mirror. To make it even more perfect, it contains a "Glam Guide" inside that has three tutorials.

$50 and up:

I got this palette over Christmas and I love it! The eyeshadow palette contains 12 different romantic rose-gold neutral toned eye shadows that you can dress up or down.

*These eye shadows are a little pricey, but they offer you a lot of variety of shades and are highly pigmented!

I hope I helped you find something for your loved one, or for even for yourself ;) Check back soon for my first drugstore haul and product review ! Have a great day!