Vacation Goodies: Beauty Buys

Beauty goods! I didn’t spend much on this vacation, even though I really wanted to! A quick trip to Sephora, MAC, and The Body Shop was what happened. I was really hoping to get a few things at The Cosmetics Company Store, as we don’t have them where I live, but there was nothing there that I really wanted to buy. *sadface*

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MAC lipliner in Nightmoth, Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray, Tarte Maracuja Oil Rollerball, and The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil.

MAC lip pencil in Nightmoth ($16 at MAC):

Of course I didn’t take pictures. Of course. :D I absolutely love this lipliner, though, and I specifically bought it to wear with Ruby Woo. But you can create so many different combinations with this liner, it’s not even funny. Definitely added to the holy grail product list!

Tarte Maracuja Oil Rollerball ($17 at Sephora):

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This oil is one of my favorites, but for some reason, I never realized that they sold it in rollerball form. I know. Don’t judge me. Maracuja oil is good for brightening and smoothing the skin, has Vitamin C, and also has essential fatty acids which will help rebuild and repair the skin. I like it because it makes my face feel soft. *looks around, shrugs* It’s just that simple. :) The only thing that I’m having an issue with is the actual rollerball. You’re supposed to apply it directly to your face,but it doesn’t seem to disperse much product, at least not until you play around with it for awhile. Maybe I’m doing it wrong. Sometimes “user error” is the order of the day. For now, I’m just using it in the palm of my hand until I get an adequate amount of product, and then I apply the product to my face. Maybe I should stick with the larger version instead of the rollerball. :(

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray ($14 at Sephora):

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Okay, I could have sworn that the $14 bottle used to be a lot smaller than this. I looked at an old empty bottle that I still had for some reason (again, don’t judge me!), and it was only just over 0.5 oz. This one is 1.0 fluid ounces. Maybe I’m crazy, but this is twice the amount of product for the same price. I’ll take it! :D I usually get the De-Slick because my skin is extremely oily. I could set my face with powder all day, and it’s just a waste of product, because all of the just slides right off of my face anyway, Not with this stuff. This keeps my makeup on for a LOT longer than any powder has ever done. Unless I find something better, this will always be on my holy grail product list.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil in Honey Kissed ($22 at The Body Shop):

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Okay, this one was an airport impulse buy. Mom and I were walking around, wasting time, when I saw The Body Shop, and realized that I haven’t been in one of their stores in years. So we go in, and one of the craziest (in a great way) salespeople ever to grace the planet sold me on this bronzer while making me cry laughing at the same time! Listen, I love great people, people who can have fun at their jobs (and make you have fun too!), and I love people who are who they are with no apologies. And she was that person, let me tell you! I wasn’t sure about this product at first, even though you know that I love a good bronzer, but once she slapped this on my arm…I was SOLD. It’s not overly glittery, it gives a nice amount of bronzy glow, and it smells absolutely beautiful! Or at least I enjoy the scent! It’s sheer, not greasy, very light, and a little goes a long way. It will probably take me forever to use the whole bottle, which makes it worth the price.

Not much, I know, but I picked up a few other goodies during the trip as well. I just didn’t want to put them all together in one post. Next one, yes? :) I hope that everyone is having a great week. Happy Thursday!

Quick Photo Post: The Fountains Resort (Bluegreen), Orlando, FL

*This is not a sponsored post. Not in the least.

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We had a bunch of points to burn with Bluegreen before our next cycle begins, so my dad sent my mom and I on a vacation…because he’s nice like that. :) Plus, with everything that has gone on this summer, and all of the stress that we’ve endured, he thought that we deserved a break. My parents enjoy spending time at The Fountains Resort in Orlando, so Mom and I chose to go there…and it was lovely. I made sure to touch every single thing in the suite! Haha! It was cool because we just went to relax, and we had plenty of space to do so, which was nice. We had a fantastic time together. It was all about resting, relaxing, and spending time with my momma. I love her. She’s the only one that I’ve got. :)

Photo overload for the win.

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Top floor, right corner, high ceilings…

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Lobby area…

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The suite: Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, dining room, full kitchen, two living rooms, a game room, and three separate balconies. And it was just the two of us. Space galore! I’d originally put photos of every room in this post, but it was too much. So here’s a small portion of the space:

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Night view of the pool area and part of the property:

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Good times. :)

Unintended Hiatus…

Hello hello! I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA for the last two months, but it has been a really stressful summer, and I had to focus my attention elsewhere for awhile. My mom was going through a major illness, and my efforts were focused on taking care of her, and just making sure that she was alright and healthy, which she is now, thank goodness. She got the all clear sign, and then she and I went on a mommy-and-me vacation! :D I’m back now, and ready to get back into the swing of things!

New posts start tomorrow! Thank you for being patient with me. I truly do appreciate it. I hope that everyone has a fantastic week! (((hugs and love)))

Kiss Nails – Salon French or Perfect French?

*not a sponsored post

In an effort to save a little bit of money, I decided to start using Kiss nails earlier this year. Honestly, it started out on a whim, but I liked them so much that I kept it up! The recommended time to keep these nails on is seven days, but if you take care of them, you can wear them for a bit longer. I don’t go over a week and a half, though, because I’m nervous about water getting underneath the nails. When removing them, I grab the 100% acetone that comes in the jars with the scrubby insides. It maybe takes five minutes to remove each nail, but I understand that Kiss has a product of their own that is just like this, but in a jar that’s big enough to soak all of the nails on one hand at one time. Need to grab one of those, because it would save a lot of time! I don’t recommend popping these off with tools, because it can do more damage to your nails than is really necessary. Just soak them off, soak off any left over glue, buff if necessary, wash your hands, apply cuticle oil (all over nails), and let them rest for a bit before putting on a new set. I haven’t really had any damage from doing this, and my nails aren’t nearly as weak as they were when I used acrylics. With that being said, the type of false nails that you use can really make a huge difference as to whether they look natural or not, or as I learned last week, if they’ll pop off at the worst possible moments.

I strayed from the Kiss Salon French nails last week and decided to try the Kiss Perfect French nails in Medium. I figured that I’d try the smaller length, just to see if I liked them. So I broke out the nail glue and got to work! I put them on, painted them, and went about my business. The next day, one randomly popped off. I glued it back on. The next day, two more popped off. The day after that,  one popped off while I was washing my hair. Didn’t even feel it. Good thing that I felt that nail during the shampoo time! I grabbed two more and glued them on instead of reusing the ones that had popped off. What I eventually discovered, after only wearing them for four or five days, is that this particular type of nail does not fit the curve of my fingernails. When I looked at them more closely, I saw that there was a good amount of space between the top of my fingernails and the fake nail on all of the ones that popped off. The only nails that were safe were the ring fingers and the pinkies. The rest of them just were not going to work for my nails.

So…I went back to the Salon French nails, and they have worked perfectly for me.

 

I buy them in Long (usually buy quite a few packages at a time, as I don’t want to run out if they’re discontinued), and then I trim them down a bit, because as much as I love long nails, these are a little too much for me! I’ve been using these for months, and not once have any of them popped off. They really stay on, and now I know why. These actually fit the curve of my nails perfectly. There’s no spacing whatsoever. They’re a perfect match!

Have you ever tried wearing fake (glue-on) nails? If so, how was your experience with them?

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster BB Goodies!

Well hello there! It’s been a minute, yes? *le sigh* I know, I know. On to today’s goodness!

A few products were sent to me by Physicians Formula for review, and they came totally by surprise! I was not expecting a package from UPS, but I was excited because, hey, I like getting packages in the mail! Don’t we all? ;) I received the Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting BB Bronzer SPF 20 and the Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting BB Bronzing Cream SPF 20.

Say that three times fast. And the award for the longest product names goes to…lol! I really don’t mind, though, it does stand out from other product names. Because it’s a tongue twister. :D

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The only con that I can find is that the color that I received…was not the right color for me. They sent both products in “Light to Medium,” and I should be using “Medium to Dark.” I can still use the bronzer, but the bronzing cream is a no-no.

First up: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting BB Bronzing Cream SPF 20.

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This BB cream bronzer is advertised as having a creamy formula that will give you a sun-kissed look, plus the “mistake-proof formula” will provide flawless coverage. It also says that it will go on smoothly. I have to agree with this. When I put it on, it glided onto my skin, spread evenly with no streaks, and it felt pretty wonderful! Again, the only issue that I have is with the color. I tried it again later and used less product, and it actually seemed to blend into my skin. Looking at it in natural light, it was just like having a light moisturizer on, if that makes any sense. I did not photograph it with flash, though, and I’m sure that it would have been quite visible if I had.

Next: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting BB Bronzer SPF 20.

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This buildable bronzer one is advertised as a BB cream with a bronzing powder finish. It has the same “mistake-proof” claim, and it is said to combine antioxidants with SPF in order to protect skin, improve its clarity, and give a healthy, lasting glow.

Looking at it, I really thought that it was going to be a no-go as well, but honestly, it turned out just fine color-wise. You can’t really tell that it’s Light to Medium when you put it on. I still believe that the Medium to Dark is the option that I need, because…yeah. lol! But this one is totally useable. :) The application was smooth, and it didn’t settle into any of the fine lines that I may or may not have. ;)

In all, I really liked both formulas, and I will definitely try them again…in the appropriate color for my skin. ;) These products are hypoallergenic, fragrance free, gluten free, paraben free, oil free, non-comedogenic, and are dermatologist approved. That was a mouthful! Both products retail for $14.95, and can be found at drug stores and mass-market stores such as Walmart, Target, etc. If you try them out, please let me know what you think!

Foundation Wars…Part 2

After trying out so many foundations over the years and not getting the results that I wanted, I decided that drugstore and mid-range foundations might not be for me. So I went to Sephora and picked up a few samples of higher end foundations, and thankfully the SA who helped me out knew exactly what she was doing. *waves at Pearl!* She picked the right shades for me, and that is a SA first! I’m pleased with her suggestions, and when I go back to purchase some more items, I will make sure to work with her again. :)

Today’s contenders:

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H in 510 Suede

Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup in 070

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat in B80

These will be in order from least liked to most liked! Okay, let’s get started!

 

First up: Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup (070)

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Without flash…

 

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With flash…

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Pros: It blends in pretty smoothly, and you don’t need a lot of it when applying to your whole face. The color (without flash) when applied matches fairly well with my skin.

Cons: This formula is a little thicker than I’d thought it would be. When I tried to pour it out of the sample bottle, well, it wouldn’t actually pour out. I had to squeeze the bottle a few times to get enough of it onto my hand to test out. Also, I was not pleased with the fact that as soon as I frowned once, you could see lines on my forehead. My face looked fairly flawless in natural light – until I frowned. That’s not good. Another thing that I didn’t care for was that it still left a bit of a cast when using flash.

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Ignore the tired expression…

As you can see, there are more cons than pros. :(

 

Next up: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H (510 Suede)

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Pros: It’s definitely lighter in texture than the Diorskin Nude, and it also blends very easily into my skin. I had no problems with getting this one out of the bottle! It looked even, and close to my own skin. Not cakey.

Cons: Transfers easily, but that can be handled by using a powder after application. I don’t think that this will actually last for 24 hours, even with powder.

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And I saved the best for last: YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat w/ SPF 19 (B80)

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Pros: Everything. It’s super lightweight, and I didn’t feel like I was even wearing any foundation, which is always a plus for me. It’s like my skin, but even better. It claims to have a luminous effect, and I can agree that this will give you that look. I love looking dewy as opposed to matte, but that’s just me. This one did not settle into the fine lines, which I can appreciate. Flawless finish.

Cons: None as far as I’m concerned! :)

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Obviously the YSL was my favorite of the three. And true to form, I would end up liking the most expensive one. *sigh* It’s the story of my life! But I will definitely be going back to purchase this one and probably the Lancome, as I rather liked that one as well. I’m so happy to have finally found something that works well for me! The Great Foundation Search is over! I’ll be right back…I have to go and do a happy dance now. :)