My Beauty Army – April 2012 (Monthly Beauty Subscription $12/month)

My Beauty Army
1) Take a beauty profile
2) Choose up 6  from 9 deluxe beauty size samples
3) Costs $12/month + Free shipping
4) You can opt to “Skip a Month”

My Beauty Army Website Click Here


I have been a subscriber to Birchbox for about a year. Click here for latest Birchbox post.
My love for Birchbox has alerted me to the many different monthly beauty boxes available.
My Beauty Army is a great beauty box for those who want a bit more control over the samples.

My Beauty Army is very similar to Birchbox.
It’s a monthly subscription, you get a black box as seen above and you get high-end deluxe size samples.

The main difference is that you can *CHOOSE* what you get

1) Every month there’s a “window frame” about a 1 wk to choose samples
2) They present 9 samples – you choose 6 to keep
3) You can opt to skip a month of the subscription
4) Different brands available compared to Birchbox
5) Samples choices appear slightly larger in size 1-2oz


These are my choices for My Beauty Army for April 2012.
This is what the choice screen look like and you are maybe to the know the product function/size.


I choose my samples around the 1st of the month and then they arrived around 15th of the month.
They were nicely packaged with a sturdy black box as seen above.

My 6 samples I choose
1. Purlisse Lip Conditioner
2. Babor Cleansing Oil Duo
3. Brow Brush / Razor Tool
4. Befine Night Cream
5. CellCeuticals Skin Treatment
6. My FaceWorks Foundation in Light

TIP/TRICK
If you don’t like the 9 samples option they give you but you want to see if they have something else available.

1) Go to left side of your profile – my beauty profile
2) Retake Beauty Profile
3) New beauty samples will pop up and your 9 choices will CHANGE!
You can take the beauty profile as many times as you like from my experience
However, if you do like something when you retake the profile it can be “lost” in a new set so choose wisely!
I did this a few times to see what is out there and get a better combination.

So far I’ve only really tested 2 out of 6 samples since I’ve been quite busy.
Here’s what I think so far.


I’ve never seen or used a tiny razor like this one before.
It comes with a small brush head that comes off to reveal the razor.
It’s very easy to use and great for tiny hairs.


My FaceWorks Foundation in – Light 02
Normally I would say I’m medium color but after looking at some swatches online I decided to go with Light.
I was very impressed by the sample size which will be good for a series of uses.
I think it’s a wonderful summer foundation and feels natural.
The consistency is very much a liquid form and it is easy to apply. It has medium coverage.

My thoughts?
I really like my Beauty Army and I think I will keep subscribed.
I found the samples I choose to be a solid sample size and I’m pleased with the selection.
I recently received my May 2012 box so stay tuned for that to be posted!

My Beauty Army Website Click Here

Spring Makeup – Beauty Favorites


Spring Makeup Favorites

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze (cream)
L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine (pigment)
L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Bronzed Taupe (pigment)
Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie (lipstick)
K Palette Tattoo Eyeliner in Black (liquid pen liner)
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Black (liquid pen liner)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Shadow Pencil in Sin (cream)
Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara in Blackest Black (mascara)
Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum (liquid gel for acne)


Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara in Blackest Black
I’ve been on a great mascara hunt trying from Revlon, Maybelline, L’Oreal and finally to Rimmel.
I really liked the Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara, but I’ve come to find that this one takes it up a notch!
This mascara is very interesting contraption where it able to give volume and length.
The invention is a mascara wand with a long tube in the cap that can either pile on mascara or squeeze the excess off.
I find the volume wand gives me lots of product to build up my lashes and the length allows me to define the tips.
It can be a bit tricky at first getting the right amount of product. I really love the effect.

K-Palette Tattoo Eyeliner in Black & Dolly Wink Eyeliner in Black
These are foreign brands, can be purchased at Ichiban Kan & Sasa.com for US buyers.
They claimed to be one of the best and darkest liquid eyeliners in Asia.
I’ve come to prefer them for their depth in color and easy of application compared to my physician formula eye booster pen.


(Swatched On Hand – KPalette, Dolly Wink)

The two pens are extremely comparable in formula, wear, pigmentation, packaging and design.
I use them interchangeably for my black winged eye look.
Click here for super detailed review of the two pens


Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum
(sample size)
“This stuff is magic” say E …and well it sure feels like it. 🙂
Thank you for Birchbox for allowing me to find this.
Recently I bought I splashed out and purchased the full size bottle of this product because it was just that good.
It’s definitely a higher end acne skin product at $30 for 2-oz  but for once just trust me it’s so worth it!!!

The product is a clear watery gel that you can either use as all over face serum or just spot treatment for acne.
I only use it as a spot treatment on breakouts/irritated skin.
I avoid using it as entire face serum because I do have dry to combination skin.
The product quickly soothes my blemish and absorbs into the skin.
I find it provides next day results where my blemish is cleared or significantly smaller.
Another benefit is that a little goes a long way. 🙂


Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie
Revlon lip butter are hybrid product with the pigmentation of a lipstick and feeling of a lip balm.
They come in a huge range of colors from pinky nude to sizzling red.
I really like to use raspberry pie both as a intense pop of color and lightly as a lip stain.
It feel comfortable for a day wear, easy to apply and smooth texture like butter 😛
I would highly recommend trying out this drugstore goodie.



Ecotools Mineral Kabuki Brush (I have reviewed the whole set in blog archives)
This has been my go-to makeup brush for most of the spring.
It’s light, small, compact, durable, soft synthetic bristles, bamboo handle and picks up the right amount of product.
It’s doesn’t shed and holds up great.
I use it for translucent powders, bronzer and blush powders.


Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Eyelash Curler (I have reviewed the item  in blog archives)
I recently raved about this eye lash curler and it’s a steal for $7.
I’ve been using it frequently over my Sephora Gold Karat curler as I’m not afraid to bring it every where with me.
It’s light, simplistic design, no spring and gives a great full curl.
It’s a great partner to my Rimmel Day 2 Night mascara.


Latest * HOT * Spring Eye Products
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze (cream)
L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine (pigment)
L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Bronzed Taupe (pigment)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Shadow Pencil in Sin (cream)

These are must have in my collection and I pull them out on a daily basis.
I’m even tempted to just stick to these above all other eye shadows I have… dare I say I am tempted.
These hot new release are on par with their high-end counterparts!!!


(Swatched on Hand – Without Primer – UD Sin, Maybelline Bad to the Bronze, L’oreal Eternal Sunshine, & L’oreal Bronzed Taupe)

Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Shadow Pencil in Sin
I like to use UD Sin as both a all over lid shade and a shimmery primer for the lids.
The UD 24/7 eye shadow pencils are a dream to work with.
They are incredibly creamy, fast drying, smooth and a gorgeous color.
They seriously last all day without creasing or fading – A+ in my book!
* Currently on sale at Urban Decay Website for under $10 for a set of 5

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
I hear these have been compared to Mac Paint Pot, Makeup Forever Cream and many more high-end brands.
All I can say is RUN! to the store and buy this bad boy.
It’s a wonderful bronze that med-tones, shimmery and great for both base/lid use.
It very blend-able, fast drying, creamy, doesn’t crease, lasts all day and is $6 bucks!!!
It’s dare say my best find of the year.

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows in Eternal Sunshine & Bronzed Taupe
I’d say this item is closest to a pigment product.
However, it provides the best attributes of pigments and pressed eye shadows.
It’s incredibly pigmented, vibrant, smooth texture and it’s NOT MESSY because it stays a strange malleable solid form.
It’s also been compared to Chanel Ombre / Giorgio Armani Eye to Kill eye shadows.

These are for sure something a beauty lover needs in their collection.
The colors provide great depth and dimension to the eye.
I often use Maybelline Bronzed Taupe as a base, L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine as all over lid and L’oreal Bronzed Taupe for crease color.
I can only compare this to how great the Lorac little black baked palette performs – impeccable!

p.s. Don’t you think Eternal Sunshine is such a wonderful name?!?

Yep those are my spring favorites 🙂

I love the Post! – Australian Makeup Swap


This is my oh so wonderful swap package from the lovely blogger Michelle from www.eatpaintsniff.glue.com.

As a beauty blogger, I love trying new things but what I love more is trying things I can’t buy in the States.
Yes it’s quite the dilemma! Thankfully this is where Michelle was able to step in and we had a jolly good time swapping.

All the goodies made their way over from Australia and are mainly Australian-based high street/drugstore brands.
This being my 1st contact with Australian cosmetics. I’d have say I’m quite pleased with the pigmentation, quality and overall packaging. Oh I love nice packaging!

Contents:
Face of Australia – 3 in 1 Primer
Bourjois – Healthy Mix Foundation Serum – in shade 53
Bourjois – Baked Blusher – Lilas D’oro
BYS – Lipstick – Fuschia
BYS – Blusher in Coral
BYS – Eyeshadow Quad in Animal Instincts
Australis – Paparazzi  Perfect Blusher in Screen Screen
Australis – Paparazzi  Perfect Eyeshadow Quad in Snap Attack
Face of Australia – Lip Quench in Lychee Crush 30+spf
Australis –  Lipstick – Flamenco
Face of Australia – Liquid Eyeliner
Face of Australia  – Divine Shine Lip Gloss in Cosmic Rush
Maybelline –  Mineral Blush in True Peach
Glamour Doll – Eyeshadow in Royal Assassin
Australis –  Mascara in Lash TLC
BYS –  Eyeshadows in Browns
Nutrimetrics – Marble Rouge Baked Eyeshadow Duo – Jupiter


Australis Paparazzi Perfect Blusher in Screen Siren – blends together for a bold rosy color


BYS Animal Instinct Eyeshadow Quad
I heard from the grapevine that BYS was a very affordable Australian highstreet/drugstore brand and I had to try it out.
Man I really enjoyed using these shadows as they are smooth, pigmented, satin finish and great for a neutral look.
I would highly recommend checking this one out.


Australis Papparazzi Perfect Eyeshadow Quad in Snap Attack
This is the item that started this swap. Randomly, one day while looking for new shadows to try out I stumbled upon Michelle’s blog. I really enjoyed her beauty blog and this little gem immediately caught my eye in one of her favorite posts. It’s great for day look, the shadows are amazingly buttery and smooth!

For all those of you curious to see what I sent over to her from the US, feel free to check her post here.

Anyways, this is quick glimpse of my makeup swap and upon further use I’ll will be providing more detailed posts and information about each item. If there’s a certain item that’s caught your eye please feel free to comment and I’ll expediate the process 🙂

As always it’s wonderful to find a kindred beauty blogger and if there’s any of you interested in international swapping
I might be able to help you there …contact me at  sophiesdish@hotmail.com

Cheap Thrill Awesome Eye Lash Curler for $7


Say Hello to my new favorite eye lash curler!

Sonia Kashuk Eye Lash Curler
Purchase – Target.com (Online Only)
Costs – $7
Buy Here.

Prior to really venturing into the world of makeup, I was really quite frightened of eye lash curlers and I still maintain a love-hate relationship with mascara. The fear of the strangely shaped tool that suddenly goes way too close to my eye.


However, I longed for my short and pin straight lashes to be swooshy and beautiful.
I came upon this eyelash curler on a whim while skimming www.makeupandbeautyblog.com and I was intrigued by the price. Seriously I own from the cheapest $1 ELF eye lasher curler to the $17 Sephora gold eye lash curler so how would this particular lash curler fit?!? (BTW Sephora curler is equally awesome but pricey)
MBBlog Review Here

The Sonia Kashuk has become my go-to model. It’s performs like a much higher-end tool with a affordable price tag.
The tool itself look similar to any run of the mill lash curler. It’s simplistic, satin black finish, comes with handle grips and one lash plastic piece. I suppose that’s the downside there’s only 1 lash plastic piece when tools usually come with 2 but I’ve never used a curler to the put I need a new one so I’m ok with it.

I like the simplicity of the design. It’s lightweight and there’s no spring.
I find the curve of the tool fits perfectly my eye shape without pinching my skin.
It gives a wonderful curl and very easy to use.

Pro
– Affordable
– Simplistic
– Slim
– Satin Black

Con
-Comes with only 1 lash plastic
Available only online => free shipping $50 & go to coupon mountain to find $5 off $50 coupon

Overall, I’d highly recommend this tool if you are in the market for a new one!


What Sophie Buys – Makeup Haul

So I don’t know what it is about hauls but I always find myself being such a sticky beak.
I’m always interested in seeing what is trending, what people are buying and why they are buying it.

Anyways, these are some recent purchases I’ve made in last 3 months.
Maybe it would be interesting to you to.


Sephora Lorac Unzipped Palette – This use to be a Sephora exclusive but I think you can get it at Ulta now too.
Anyways this palette makes me a very happy girl! It showcases Lorac super pigmented, smooth texture eyeshadow and it has a array of both shimmery & matte shades. I’ve been using it all week and I adore it! More to come!

Anastasia Brow Pencil in Brunette – This is random but I won it on a Facebook Anastasia giveaway. I haven’t used it yet, I don’t know when I will but nevertheless I have it.

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream – Is one word – Amazing! I got this with my Birchbox points because I’ve been looking for a new hydrating cream. This cream has a lovely scent, light, hydrating and overall been great for my skin.

Limited Edition Sephora Mini Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface & Bronzer – This was a sweet deal at the Sephora checkout counter. The duo was $15. I would recommend it for the blush alone because it’s really refreshing pink color.

E got me some Bunny stickers from Ichiban Kan – so very cute!

TheBalm Nude’tude Palette – I’ve had my eye on this palette for some time but it’s rather hard to get because most stores don’t stock TheBalm. I used my Birchbox points and snagged this one. TheBalm has 2 version of this palette’s background – nice / naughty. I wish it was the naughty palette but I suppose that’s a bit risque. I will be doing a review of it soon. But from preliminary swatches I think it’s very pigmented, buttery texture and looks like a winner.


It’s a rare find these days for excellent customer service.
I went to the Body Shop with the full extent of returning some items that didn’t suit me at all.
However, I came out with 3 more. The lovely store manager @ Powell Street, San Francisco, CA help me pick out some new stuff to try after a quick consultation. Oddly, I had never even seen these products before. I’ve been using the Vit E scrub and I really like it. It doesn’t dry out my skin, sensitive but I can still feel the beads at work. I’m trying out the toner. Lastly, I love the Vit E moisture cream but that’s always been a staple of mine. Go Vitamin E! 100% Guarantee!

Vit E Intense Moisture Cream
Vit E Cream Exfoliater
Tea Tree Toner
@ The Body Shop


More goodies from Ichiban Kan which is similar to Daiso so prices ($) – yay for me!
Ichiban Kan Small Eye Shadow Brush
Ichiban Kan Large Eye Shadow Brush
Cute Pencil Case which I’m going to use to hold brushes, other side is mesh
*From Target, ELF Studio Eye Shadow Brush – dense, firm, I’m excited for this one!

@ Ichiban Kan
@ Target


Limited Edition Summer Collection – Sonia Kashuk Brushes
So it’s true I got suckered in by the adorable summer print. However, I’ve always been curious about SK brushes because they are sold at Target and so affordable (sets $10-20). I’m testing these out so I’ll tell you more later.

@ Target


Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV
It’s dangerous right now because it seems like Urban Decay has been having a lot of things on sale that I want to try out.
I was drawn to the book of shadows because it was half priced, nice variety of shades, and cool packaging (though you can’t see it in this photo). I really like the shadow colors – Lost & Bust for their pigmentation and texture.
It also comes with a portable speaker, mini perversion liquid eyeliners, primer potion and mascara!
I got my Hautelook but they are still on sale for $29 on their website and I saw at Nordstom Rack.

@ Hautelook
@ Nordstrom Rack
@ http://www.urbandecay.com


Urban Decay Rollergirl Palette
I’ve been staring at this packaging for ages. If you don’t know now, you will soon enough…I’m a sucker for cool packaging.  I got this off EBay but you can buy it from Urban Decay site for $13 (super on sale). Anyways, I think this is a great alternative for portable Urban Decay Naked 2. It has similar cooler toned neutrals. The colors are pigmented, smooth and very travel friendly. The set also comes with eyeliner/lip gloss.

@ EBay
@ http://www.urbandecay.com

A peek into my makeup storage for every day use


As a beauty blogger I’m always trying out new products and putting them to the test.
So I suppose it’s no secret now that I really enjoy testing, trying and expanding my makeup collection.
However with that being said this my “portable” collection that I use on a daily basis.
It contains a lot of my favorite items, things I”m currently testing out and some tools I use regularly.


The container I got from Daiso from $1.50, score!
I really enjoy shopping at Daiso because it’s like a Japanese dollar store but with so much better stuff.
I like how the containers comes with a divider that removable and I can choose where to place it.

 

I’m loving these products and I would recommend!


Covergirl NatureLux Foundation in Sandstone
> great coverage, smooth texture, natural finish, click here for more info

CoverGirl Fresh Complexion Concealer in Light Beige
> Long time favorite, great for under eye circles , click here for more info


Revlon Growlicious Mascara in Blackest Black

> voluminous lashes, easy to apply, non-clumpy


Rimmel Day n Night Mascara in Black

> I love the duo brush design that enable me to have both volume and length

Palladio Baked Blush in Blushing
> Gorgeous swirled peachy pink glow

L’Oreal Infallible Shadows in Bronzed Taupe &  Eternal Sunshine
 > vibrant pigmentation, smooth texture, and breeze to work with

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
> I love the color, great as base color and really affordable

Urban Decay 24hr glide on eye shadow pencil (Sin, JuJu, Rehab)
> great as bases or as eye shadow, long lasting, neutral

Revlon Lip butter in Lollipop & Raspberry Pie

> buttery texture, great packaging and I love to use as it a lip stain for a hint of color

 

Maybelline Eye Shadow Collection in Sunbaked Neutrals
> portable and has a great combination of shimmer & matte shades

Milani Illuminating Powder in Amber Nectar
> beautiful designed and provides nice overall glow for the cheek bones

ELF Studio Matte Powder
> affordable & keep the shine at bay

Inglot Lip Paint #64
> amazing scent, pigmentation and gel like consistency

Mac Eyeshadow in Born to be Free
> matte pink to perk up my eyes, click here for more info

Ecotools Mineral Kabuki Brush
> portable, eco-friendly and I use to for face/cheeks/contouring, click here for more info

Essence Blending Brush
> super affordable, dense, and great for blending, click here for more info

Walmart HD Blush Brush
> my absolute favorite brush, picks up pigment, soft and wonderful! click here for more info

Inglot  Freedom System Palette
> See post here for more details

Sonia Kashuk Lash Curler
> Dude you need this in your life, curls lashes without pinching, great curl, only $7! Only available here

Jordana Lip Gloss in Lovely

> Youtube EmilyNoel83 recommendation and it’s brilliant, very shimmery rose color

Ecotools Eyeshadow Brush
> Eco-friendly, Dense but soft, packs on eye shadow

Juice Beauty Blemish Serum Tube
> This stuff works like magic, recently I actually splashed and purchase the full size, works on blemishes!

Hard Candy Glossaholic Lip Gloss in Tipsy
> Lovely scent, pink with flecks of glittery, and it is for the gloss-acholic at heart

Sleek Contour Kit in Light
> One of the best contouring shades! I use it daily, click here for picture

Currently still testing phase…
New Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Persimmon
New Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Dollhouse Pink
New Physician Formula Youth Wear Concealer Duo in Medium/Yellow

After Test – **NOT*** my cup of tea
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara in Waterproof Black
> It provides length but not much volume, I didn’t really enjoy the thin brush

Smashbox Lip Balm / Stain in Guava
>  It was a nice color however it was drying after 1 hr and expensive

TheBalm Hot Mama Blush

> This is a great alternative for those who want more punch to Nars Orgasm, however it was actually too pigmented for my liking. It’s peachy pink with golden shimmer.

Urban Decy 24 hr glide on eye shadow pencil (Delinquent, Clash)
> I love the glide on eye shadow pencil but  – purple/blue had glitter specks which I’m not fond of.
However if you like purple & blue long lasting eyeshadow, you can get them for cheap at my blog sale here

Essence Eyeshadow – Party All Night

> nice color but applied unevenly to lids.

LA Color Eyeshadow Palette Mesmerize
> More info here I really like the other 5 pan palettes however I felt Mesmerize wasn’t as pigmented.

7 Deadly Sins Makeup Tag

This is the 7 Deadly Sins Makeup Tag that I saw on Amarixe on Youtube.
I thought it was rather interesting so I decided to do it and I tag anyone who wants to do it.
Feel free to add your answers/links to this tag in the comments 🙂

1. GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?
2. WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with?
3. GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?
4. SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?
5. PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?
6. LUST: What product has been the hardest to get?
7. ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

Greed
My favorite least expensive item is my NYC ultra moist lipstick in sheer red. It’s the best shade of red and it only cost $0.99! My most expensive makeup purchase would have to my Urban Decay Naked Palette. I actually was able to snag this in a Sephora sale so I got it for $35 instead of $50. So it was still a score and really wonderful palette.

Wrath
My love/hate relationship at this moment would have to be with mascara. I love achieving really voluminous, bold lashes. Currently, I’m trying out Revlon Grow-luscious, Rimmel Day/Night, Maybelline Lash Stiletto and Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black. I’m on a mascara kick! However, I really dislike removing mascara. I usually end up with panda eyes ><

Gluttony
My most delicious item is my Milani illuminating face powder in Amber Nectar. I think the packaging is gorgeous, fancy and the flowers are so cute. The design is etched into the powder so it will last a long time. Also the illuminating powder is finely milled and gives off a gorgeous glow! I also really like Palladio baked blush in blushin’. It’s a gorgeous rosy blush with a hint of gold.

Sloth
I use Covergirl Nature Lux Foundation in Sandstone. It’s a great foundation, even coverage, weightless and blend-able. However, when I get lazy I skip foundation in favor of matte powder and some concealer.

Pride
If I am to only have 1 makeup item it would have to be black eyeliner. I think it has the ability to make my eyes pop and define my face. I really notice a difference in photographs that eyeliner makes a huge difference. I like a really deep black eyeliner with a pointed brush tip. I’m currently using Dolly Wink in Black, 1 day Tattoo in Black and Physician Formula eye booster eyeliner in Black.

Lust
OMG! Every time I say it will be the last time but my hunt for limited edition Wet n Wild items never ends! The hardest things for me to locate where the Wet n Wild I love matte eyeshadow palette and Wet n Wild dream weavers trios. I literally went to 10+ drugstores to get my hands on them.

Envy
What do I envy? I always envy foreign makeup brands for example the Sleek Palette in Oh So Special! I see them in beauty blogs and videos. I go oh! ah! but alas I can’t get my hands on them! The allure of the unattainable! > Check out my wishlist tab on the top blog bar if you want to know more about it 😛

Have a nice day!
-S

Stop the Presses For Inglot’s Cream Blush – 80


Inglot AMC Cream Blush in 80
Retails for $12
Can be purchased Inglot Cosmetics counters and online at Inglots
Net 5.5 grams / 0.19 us oz


The product comes in a plastic container with a black twist off lid.
The packaging is light but sturdy.
The product is easy to apply and travel friendly.

The formulation for the AMC Cream blushes is AMAZING!
The performance is spectacular because it gives off a natural translucent pigmented flush.
It’s hard to explain but the product appears very natural with out shimmery, matte or out of place.
This product by far is best blush I’ve used and it feel so light.
It’s perfect for every day use.

(one swipe – Inglot 80’s – bright pastel pink, it appears light but very easy to add pigmentation)

Pros
– Formulation isn’t sticky and feel light as air
– Nature looking blush with build-able intensity
– Easy to blend and apply
– Travel Friendly
– A dozen colors to choose from

Cons
– Limited Inglot store counters (but is available online)
– Do not leave in direct sunlight as formula will melt


Would I repurchase
> Yes of course!
I would highly recommend buying this product or at least trying it out at the counter

* I have dry to combination skin type.

Hard Candy First Flush Kit (Living Doll Blusher)


Hard Candy First Flush Kit
Living Doll Baked Blush
Glow All the Way Face Luminizer
Sheer Envy Primer (not pictured)
Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss ( not pictured)

Can be purchased exclusively at Walmart here
Retails for $8 dollars
All items are mini-sized (deluxe samples)


Living Doll Baked Blush
I was really interested in trying Hard Candy’s baked blushes and Living Doll was on the top of my list.
It’s a hard pressed baked powder.
Net Wg 5 grams 0.18oz (1 inch pan)

The color appears a hot pink fuchsia in the pan however applied to the skin gives a very soft flush.
It has build-able color  gives a sweet pearly pink sheen.

( Glow All the Way Face Luminizer, Living Doll Blush)

Glow All the Way Face Luminizer
This is a great cheek highlight!
It’s comes with a easy squeeze tube with a shimmery cream consistency.
It’s very easy to use, blend and a little goes a long way.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer
This is a silicone based primer that is white mousse texture and it applies clear.
It does have a distinct silicone smell but the smell fades.
Previously I have owned the full size and it does makes my face really smooth for application.
I would use this for drugstore makeup primer.

Hard Candy Lip Plumping Serum Lip Gloss – Pink
Unfortunately, I’m very sensitive to lip plumpers so I didn’t review this.
It comes in travel friendly packaging, doe foot applicator and is a opaque light pink.
In general I think the color not that flattering due to opaque color.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Travel Size
  • You are able to try 4 Hard Candy products for the Price of 1
  • Color is very build-able

Cons

  • Lip Plumping Gloss ( I don’t enjoy lip plumper/color is too opaque)Would I repurchase > Yes if I didn’t already own it but maybe on re-buying because…
  • I say maybe because these products will last me a long time as little bit goes a long way.
  • I do recommend buying this product if  you are interested in trying at least 2 out of 4 products.
  • This set is great value for testing out new products and to give you a innocent pink flush ❤

Makeup Haul for NYX & Essence @ Ulta

I was lucky that I was able to hit up a Ulta store in the last month and these are some of the goodies I picked up.
Items can also be purchased online at Ulta.com.


(Berry Me & Trendsetter)

Essence Stay with Me Lip Gloss
Retails for $2.29, certain colors on sale $1.09!
The applicator is spongy hourglass doe foot and it’s very easy to use.  I really love the colors, smooth texture, gel like consistency and the price! I would highly recommend this product as it was in my best makeup of 2011. The two colors I’ve chosen are very similar but Berry me is a bit of darker berry shade.

  • Trendsetter 04
  • Berry Me 06

Essence Eyeliner Pen
Retails for $2.29, on sale $1.15

  • Color is a deep black
  • Felt Tipped Pen Applicator
  • Long lasting formulation

First Impressions are that the felt tip is easy to use and I do find the color to be dark while being long lasting.

NYX Eye Shadow Trios
Retails for 7.99, on weekly sale for B1G1 50%

  • Dune (matte tan, brown, pinky champagne
  • Cherry/Cool Blue/Hot Pink

First Impression – Dune reminds me of Stila’ Limited Edition Trio at Sephora. The eye shadows are pigmented, large pans and offer a nice variety of colors. I’m definitely interested in looking at more trios.

Stay Tuned for Detailed NYX Trio Reviews to be posted soon!

So the cool part about shopping in the Ulta store is they usually have a coupon floating around either mobile app, flyer or online printable coupon for $3.50 off $10 or 20% of an item.

Total = $12.80! (with sales / coupons)