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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Drugstore Haul!

After being cooped up for a week because of ice and snow here in Arkansas I decided to venture out and do a little shopping I recently bought some new items from Target, Big Lots, Wal-Mart. and Ulta.

 First up is Wal-Mart, I have been wanting to get some teeth whitening strips for awhile but the best ones are $50-$60 and I didn't want to spend that. I found these Crest noticeably white whitestrips which are $18, combined with Colgate optic white tooth paste $6 (I brush after whitening) and Crest 3D white mouthwash $6 I got great results!

 I have been a huge fan of the Freeman Beauty masks for years now, I love how they have the small sample sizes so you can try before you buy the full size. They have clay, paper, peel off, and warming masks along with a few facial scrubs as well for about $2 each I have tried most of them and they work amazing!

 I just recently started tanning again and I spotted the European Gold Dark Star 100x tanning lotion. It was about $9 I am almost out and I have noticed a big difference in my color. It has a nice floral scent but it does stain! European Gold also has some other tanning lotions that work about the same, after I tan I also use a tinted moisturizer at night and that helps to get my skin darker. It doesn't look orange or streaky so that's always a plus.

Last I picked up the Loreal voluminous extra volume collagen mascara $8 and the Loreal blackbuster eyeliner marker $6. I like the formula of the mascara I haven't noticed any flaking with it. The eyeliner marker is very comparable to the Physician's Formula eye booster eyeliner marker which I have been using for awhile now and I love it but the Loreal one is cheaper. It's smudge free but I only wear in on my top lash line, such a clean and precise line if you haven't tried it I highly recommend it!

Next up is Ulta, I only picked up a few things I already knew I was going to get the NYX turn the other cheek palette because I have the butt naked palette and absolutely love it! You get 15 eyeshadow colors, 4 blush shades, and 3 highlighter shades. I didn't  notice a bronzer shade in this one but there is one in the butt naked palette. $25

I recently smelled a sample of Taylor by Taylor Swift in a magazine and immediately fell in love with it. It has a vanilla candy type scent and Ulta carries many rollerball perfumes for around $20 if you don't want to invest in the full size so I was excited they had Taylor. I cannot begin to explain how much I love this perfume! Please go try it if you get a chance.

While I was in ulta a new Covergirl display caught my eye Trumagic skin perfector. There were three shades perfector translucent which is the one I got, sunkisser a bronzer, and sunkisser a shimmer highlighter. This reminds me of either the Mally evercolor poreless face defender or the benefit dr. feelgood. It basically does the same thing. You can wear it alone, under or over your foundation. When I use it I find if I use the sponge provided it will take off some of my makeup, but if I use my finger to dab it over my oily spots it does great! It really mattifies the skin and makes pores less visible. For $8 you can't beat it!

Big Lots is up next I picked up a soho blush brush for $4 I'm not too happy with it, it is pretty scratchy. I also picked up a 2 pack of rimmel jelly lip liner pencils, I hadn't heard of these and they sounded interesting they are very creamy!

Target was the last stop and I only picked up one item. Sonia Kashuk recently launched her bath and body line I smelled each scent but my favorite was the Yellow Alluriana it has a very bold lemon scent but the after scent is floral and it's awesome! It smells so fresh and clean it's $20 but the bottle is pretty big and it's filled to the top!

Friday, December 6, 2013

EOS Lip Balms

So I have been pretty obsessed with these lip balms from the beginning. The first one I purchased was summer fruit and it is still my favorite! If you are going to try one of these lip balms for the first time summer fruit would be my recommendation to you. These cost around $3.00 and are available at most drugstores, the packaging is a nice smooth sphere shaped plastic container with a screw on lid.

These are 100% natural and contain  vitamin e, shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil. These contain beeswax and are petroleum free, also free of parabens and gluten. They go on very smooth but not greasy, I would say they last about 30 minutes on the lips so if you are looking for a product for very dry lips this may not be for you. This makes a great base for lipstick, I usually use one of these before I apply any lip product and it makes it go on so much smoother! These lip balms all have a sweet flavor to them and all go on clear.

                                First I will talk about the permanent flavors available:
       *Blueberry Acai-(blueberry scent)
       *Sweet Mint-(mint scent with a hint of cinnamon and it tingles on the lips)
       *Honeysuckle Honeydew-(honeydew scent)
       *Lemon Drop spf-(lemonade scent, contains spf 15)
       *Medicated Tangerine-(citrus scent, cand definitely smell the medicine)
       *Strawberry Sorbet-(strawberry candy scent)
       *Summer Fruit-(I cannot describe this scent, so fruity and just amazing!)
       *Pomegranate Raspberry-(raspberry scent)

                                  Limited edition flavors I have: Alice in Wonderland Trio:
                                 *Blueberry Potion-(smells the same as blueberry acai)
                                 *Watermelon Wonderland-(watermelon candy scent)
                                 *Sweet Vanilla Nonsense-(vanilla sugar scent)

When I was in Walgreens a few months ago I spotted another lip balm similar shaped to eos so I picked one up. The only flavor I saw was watermelon. The shape and packaging are very similar the lip balm inside has a flat surface on top though and this watermelon flavor is very similar to the smacker's watermelon lip balm.

I am really wanting to get my hands on the passion fruit eos lip balm, I hope I can find that one soon!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Nivea Lip Butter Tins

I love anything that's in a tin, I have always found tin packaging so cute! I have been a fan of Nivea products for years, especially their lip balms so when I saw a sneak peek of the Nivea lip tins I kept an eye out until I found them in my Walgreen's. These are petroleum based lip butters that come in 4 flavors Smooth Kiss, Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss, Raspberry Rose Kiss, and Caramel Cream Kiss. They cost about $3-$4 each and are available at most drugstores. You get quite a bit of product 0.59 oz in each tin, these are very hydrating and I love the fact they contain shea butter and almond oil. I didn't bother swatching these because they come off clear.

Smooth Kiss- No scent, clear color
Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss- Vanilla bean scent, clear color
Raspberry Rose Kiss- Raspberry scent, pink tint color
Caramel Cream Kiss- Caramel popcorn scent, clear color
These wear beautifully under lipstick, worn alone I would say they have about 30 minutes to an hour of wear time depending on how much you put on. My favorite is Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss, I love anything vanilla! Have you tried these? What are your thoughts?