L’Oreal Voluminous Full Definition Mascara is Just the Best

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L’Oreal Voluminous Full Definition Mascara

Lately I haven’t been happy with my mascara. I dunno, the lineup of open ones I have now are all new to me and none of them really wow me. When this happens, I go back to my failsafe mascara, L’Oreal Voluminous Full Definition.

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the brush!

This mascara is just everything I love in a mascara. It has a natural bristle brush. Its volumizing. Its super black. Its lengthening (some) and, it does not clump.

It checks all the boxes for me, and I always love my lashes when I am using this. They just look super dramatic since they are both longer and much fuller.

 

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bare lashes

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wearing L’Oreal Voluminous Full Definition Mascara

I feel like that picture didn’t do this mascara justice. Lets try again. Please note the fabulous volume and length without clumps.

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See what I’m saying? Much better.

This is my favorite, standby, go-to mascara. Its just perfect in my eyes. I have mentioned this mascara previously on this blog in favorites posts, but I haven’t reviewed it before.

You can get this amazing, amazing mascara at drugstores and Target and the like for about $9 (price can vary). Its a steal, its a winner. I highly recommend trying this the next time you see it if you love bold, voluminous lashes.

The rundown: A+ (and a favorite status)

My First Mani Monday – Essie Turquoise & Caicos

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Essie Turquoise & Caicos

I love this slightly off-mint nail polish colors. I mean, I like the whole mint thing, but sometimes I find it a little too bright. I tend to prefer colors that have a bit more grey tone in them so they look more muted on my nails. My favorite in this color category is OPI Mermaids Tears (it was sadly limited edition and, I am dangerously close to finishing it). This one by Essie is also (sadly) limited edition. Turquoise & Caicos is part of the Essie summer collection and if you are into off-mint polishes, I would snap this one up now.

I like Essie polishes, they last a good 3 days or so on my nails (which is pretty good for my nails). The picture above is with three coats (this shade is a bit sheer) but it doesn’t go on streaky, which is nice. My one big gripe with Essie polishes is the small brush. The brush on these things is so skinny! I have too much nail for that brush, but if you have smaller nail beds the small brush could be helpful. I always end up missing my big honkin’ OPI brush when I use Essie polishes. Thankfully, the formula is still great.

You can get this polish at drugstores, Ulta or Target for about $8.50 (prices may vary). This shade is available for a limited time as part of the summer collection, so if you like it, snap it up quick!

The rundown: B+

Some Staple Repurchases

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The Repurchases

I love reading/watching empties reviews since they are a really in depth review of a product. Usually the person I am watching/reading the blog of lets you know if they want to repurchase said product. I think a better testament to a product is if it gets repurchased. With all the new releases and tempting products, even if you find something you love it can be hard to go back to it.

I wanted to write a post on products I just keep repurchasing. I think its a true list of products I love and use. Even among all the new and cool products that come along, these ones always see me through.

1. Benefit Hello Flawless Powder. This is my third compact of this pressed powder goodness. This is for people who like powder, as it is a completely matte finish and medium to full coverage. It has great lasting power and oil absorption, so if you want those but not the powdery look, you can finish with a setting spray.

2. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I love this stuff and this is my second tube. I don’t tend to go through base products very often since they are one of my favorites to try. I have way way too many foundations and concealers, but this one I use almost daily. It has great coverage and blends like a dream.

3. A Brow Pencil. This is a new version, but brown pencils are a staple of mine. They are my favorite way to fill in my brows since they are super quick in the morning. No need to fuss with a pot or tube and a brush (way too much work in the AM).

4. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments. I am not kidding when I say I have all the colors these come in. I also have one in basically all my purses. I find that my lips just love this stuff and at the end of the day using them my lips are always in good shape. They can be deceiving if I haven’t used one in a while, but once my lips get over the initial “oh gosh its back we are going to shed all our dry skin”, they love it.

I am currently scoping out some new releases at NARS (the fall collection and some Bleecker products, thank you Bella for the recommendations!) and I am hoping to get some things from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this weekend (this weekend is going to be bad for my wallet). Gotta try out new products while loving the staples :)

Are you planning on shopping the Nordstrom sale this weekend? What are your staple products? Have a great weekend!

NARS Malacca Eyeshadow is my New Smokey Love

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NARS Malacca

NARS Malacca released this summer but is now a permanent shade in the NARS single eyeshadow line (thank goodness!). This shadow is kind of in the same vein as MAC Club but, I personally prefer it. Besides the great creamy, pigmented, no fallout formula that I love from NARS. This shadows has a more complex shift and the color has some great purple tones in it. The shadow is also one of those that looks different when you blend it out. So when you pack the color on the lids, its all shimmery emerald and then when you blend it out the purple and brown tones come out. This makes it perfect for a one-stop-smokey eye.

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NARS Malacca swatched on my NC/NW20 skin

I really love the tones and colors in this shadow. I think it will really complement all eye colors. It blends beautifully (that crease effect is killer, since it turns into a plummy brown) and lasts all day on primed lids (I always prime).

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NARS Malacca on my lid

I don’t know if you can tell, but I am completely obsessed with this shadow. This is going to be my go-to smokey eye shadow for a while.

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NARS Malacca on my lids

You can get this stunner of a shadow (so much love!) at NARS counters, online and at Sephora for $25.

The rundown: A+

 

A Bronze Polish, OPI Brizbane Bronze

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wearing OPI Brizbane Bronze

This polish first came out years ago as part of an OPI Australia (I think?) collection but has since made its way into the permanent line (thankfully). I love metallics on nails since they are still kind of a neutral but with a little more flair.

For the summer I love using bronzes on my nails and toes (toes are a great way to start if you aren’t into bronze on your fingers yet). Its the summery metallic. I get great wear time out of this polish at 3-4 days (I have ver chippy nails). I am wearing two coats above and I get opaque, non-streaky color (I have ridgey nails if you see lines above).

I really love this shade of bronze, it can lean cooler or warmer based on the lighting and your skin tone, but there are tons of gold sparkles in it. You can get this polish at salons that carry OPI and Ulta for about $9 (prices can varry).

What color polish do you love to wear in the summer? Do you like bronze polish? Have you tried it?

The rundown: A

 

Tanned This Summer with St. Tropez Tanning Mousse

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St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse

If you are like me and have a job inside a building (a nice place but, a building nonetheless) you don’t see much sun. I know I don’t. This summer I stepped into the world of self tanner to combat my pale skinned self. I have always been terrified of self tanner, mostly because of the possibility that I miss a spot or a pass and end up striped or patchy.

After looking around at the options I heard the most positive reviews of the St. Tropez mousse self tanner. I got the mitt to go with this. The deal is that you dispense some of the foam onto the mitt and then use quick, smooth motions to rub the product over your skin. This mousse dries quite quickly, so I would recommend using small amounts in small sections and just keep blending! Since this product has a guide color its very easy to see where you have distributed the product (which is extremely helpful).

My favorite part of this product is how quickly it dries down on the skin. After only about a minute (but I usually wait about 5) the product dries down and won’t rub off on clothes or sheets (so long as you don’t get wet). I like to apply this at night after a good exfoliation and light application of body cream (helps it blend). The next morning you wash off in the shower and you are tan (magic!).

Well, not really magic. This self tanner (and basically all others) cause a chemical reaction with the top layer of your skin. Since the reaction is on the top layer of your skin (which sheds off) the tan lasts about 3-4 days on me (length of time the tan lasts will vary by person).

This tanner will cause a different color tan on whoever uses it but, on me I find its a very natural golden tan. Its not orange or red but, a solid golden. Its also a light tan when you use it once (you can use it again before the tan fades to deepen the color). I do find that this doesn’t smell immediately after application but, it does start to after a few hours. It smells like Fritos (seriously). But since I apply at night I usually sleep through the smelly part.

All in all, this venture into self tanning with St. Tropez has been very nice. I did not see any streaking and the color faded evenly. I did not turn orange either (serious plus).

If you are interested in trying out a self tanner, this one is great for beginners (its pretty fail safe with the mitt). I really enjoyed the color and simple application. I have used this multiple times now and, I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to try self tanner for the first time or even a pro who wants to try a higher end self tan.

You can get this product at Sephora, online, at Ulta or Nordstrom for $42 for 8 floz.

The rundown: A (and sorry for the wordy post)

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Tulip

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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Tulip

Fresh recently came out with a new color of the Sugar Lip Treatments. You might know if you have been reading my blog for some time but,I love these things. I think I actually have (at least a mini) one of every color they make. I love moisturizing lip products with some color, especially during the summer.

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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Tulip Swatched on my NC/NW20 skin

The shade is kind of fabulous. Its a blue toned, bright pink. Like beautifully, fresh and, fun bright pink. Its so perfect for summer. I find that this Lip Treatment actually leaves a stain on my lips which, I am assuming is a by product of how bright it is. The color payoff of this Lip Treatment is great, I find it very opaque without looking heavy or thick on the lips. It looks more juicy (I hope that makes sense).

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wearing Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Tulip

If you are a fan of this lip product (which has a light formula, is hydrating and, provides a wash of color). I think Tulip is a great color and, I love that they released it in the summer since its just one of those uplifting summer lips. The price is steep but, I find the Sugar Lip Treatments are staples of mine, so I’m willing to shell out for a product I love and I know works for me.

You can get the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments for $22.50 online and at Sephora. Tulip is the newest shade but, I love all the other shades as well (Coral is another great one for summer).

The rundown: A+

 

So…You Need to Conceal Some Stuff

With summer well underway temperatures are rising  (and so is my oil production). I hope I am not the only one dealing with some unwanted spots and such. Concealing these spots is hard work, and sometimes those raised, red bumps fight against the whole process (annoying buggers).

I wanted to cover my two concealing techniques, one with liquid concealers and the other with solid concealers.

Liquids:

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer

With liquid concealers (which are best when your skin around the pimple is dry since they are more forgiving of that kind of thing) I apply it all over my face (where needed) and then I let it set up some. Do not blend this in right away. These concealers have more coverage when you let them start to get a little thicker and set some.

Once you give them a few seconds to get all creamy, pat them in with rolling motions. Do not swipe. This will take longer to blend out, but it will conceal the spot more effectively. Also, if the spot is raised, do not press directly on it. Press around the spot to blend in the edges as pressing on it will remove the concealer there and reveal the redness. This is especially easy if the spot is raised, since the most pressure will be applied to the top of the raised area and push the concealer down and off it (pressure is a force applied over an area, and if the area is uneven the force will be as well, nerdy moment achieved).

Solids:

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

For solid concealers, which start thick and tend to be dryer, you want to press them directly on the spot and use your fingers the warm it up. The warmth of your finger will help the get the concealer to apply sheerer and appear less cakey on the skin. Again, be sure to use a patting/rolling motion so you don’t wipe away your concealing work.

You can leave these concealers on the skin for a few seconds to help them warm up and blend more easily (this is called baking a product on the face), but you can also use your fingers to warm it up if you don’t have the time to wait. With these concealers I like to layer, which helps the concealer blend in.

What are your tips and tricks for concealing the evil that are pimples? I find these tricks work well for me and, I hope they work well for you too!

Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer is Soft Hair in a Bottle

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Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer

I got a sample of this hair product at Sephora recently. I love the Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil (the beginning of all this), and this is one of the products in the expansion of that product line. There is also a new shampoo and conditioner (which I kind of want to try now).

The Hairdressers Invisible Oil is just fabulous, but with my fine hair lots of oils and serums can weight down my hair. This primer has all the fabulous benefits of the oil (it makes my hair so so so soft) but its a lighter formula (in texture) so my hair doesn’t get as flat when I use it.

My hair is also naturally wavy and a bit frizzy, thankfully the moisturizing oils in this product help reduce frizz and prevent hair damage both from heat styling and UV rays. Personally, once this sample size is up, I plan on getting the full size. It really helps with my big hair troubles, namely frizz and dryness (aka the root of evil frizz).

You can use this product first, before your other hair products, and it will act like a serum for your skin. Making all the products you use after apply more evenly and sink in better.

You can get this product at salons that carry Bumble and Bumble, online and at Sephora at $26 for 8.5 oz.

The rundown: A

A New Empty and Open to Suggestions

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the empty Brow Wiz

I recently finished my Anastasia Brow Wiz and I have the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil next on my shopping list. I wanted to take a minute and ask you guys for your suggestions. Personally, I always get really excited when I finish a product because it means two things.

1. I really liked this product (which I did).

2. I get to try something new! Or at least new to me.

So I wanted to get your suggestions for brow pencils and ask you guys what other products you would recommend (in general). I always love adding products to me to-try list.

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the last nub…