$2 Mascara

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I needed a new mascara and my all time favorite is Loreal’s Double Extend Beauty Tubes.  Because it works so good, I often have the tubes all over the bathroom sink.  So I wanted a quick one to just throw on my lashes and run out the door.  I was using an e.l.f cosmetics mineral mascara that I really liked, but I didn’t have any trips to Target planned, or an order for the internet.
While at Walgreens I wanted to just check their many choices of drugstore mascara, and I was intrigued when I saw Wet n Wild’s mascara for only $1.89.  I’ll try that!
It claims to condition lashes with proteins and is enriched with acai oil.
I’ve used it twice and here’s what I think:
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For under $2 it does the job, but don’t expect to have any huge fake looking lashes.  It doesn’t lengthen, and it doesn’t add volume, but for a natural looking definition, it does the trick.  I think it’s great for everyday.
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It removes easily with my facial cleanser and water, and it stay flexible and lightweight through out the day.  No running, and no flaking.  It really DOES feel like it could condition, but that would be a long term assessment.  I give it a thumbs up!
Remember, this is not a sponsored post, and I purchased this with my own hard earned two $1 bills!  These thoughts are my honest opinion… I’d never lie to you.  🙂

 

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Covergirl Lipstick Swatches

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I went to Ulta to get my free birthday gift, and that resulted in an unintentional lipstick shopping spree.
But it wasn’t at Ulta.
I kind of get the heebeegeebees at Ulta.
My particular Ulta always seems to have been raided by a bunch of lipstick gremlins who want to cause havoc and mayhem by smearing the beautiful colors all over the display, and who knows where else.  I shudder to think.
So I always have to carefully inspect the lipstick itself to see if it has been “used.”
So let me explain how Ulta led to my haul.  I felt awkward waiting in a huge line to just get my free item and looked at the clearance items.  Most where questionable, and they had my on lip gloss that I had wanted to try marked down.
Remember my hate relationship with lip gloss though?  Well I really hate if it’s not sealed, since you can’t clean a lip gloss once that entire tube has been contaminated.
One of the lip glosses WAS sealed, but I started thinking if I didn’t like it… I wasn’t really sure if Ulta had a return policy.
Walgreens DOES however have a return policy on any makeup you don’t like.
I got a clearance, non used lip color, and my free item, then I went to Walgreens.
Walgreens had BOGO 50% off…. hence the haul.
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The first I tried were the glosses, and I put one on my top and one on my bottom lip, to avoid chapped and irritated lips.
First is Covergirl Lipgloss in Fruitylicious on top lip and Plumlicious on bottom. (daylight on left, and regular light on right.)

Fruitylicious is a pink with a blue base.  It is more opaque, highly pigmented, and less glossy.  I like it.  I wore it to teach one evening and the color lost its gloss as the night went on and didn’t budge as a result.  $7.99 at Walgreens BOGO 50% off.
Plumlicious lacks the color payoff that the previous color has.  It’s more sheer, more glossy and less pigmented.  I can’t really tell it’s a plum color at all.  I’m not loving it, not hating it.  There’s no noticeable scent that is offensive to either color, and no weird taste.  Got this one for $3.99 with the promo.
Next is Covergirl Tantalize on top lip and Covergirl Outlast longwear lipstick in Plum Fury on bottom lip.  Again, left is daylight and right is regular light.

The Tantalize is a light dusty purple color that is opaque with no offensive smell.  It goes in smoothly, has no sheen or shimmer to it, and is great alone or with another lipcolor applied over, under or with.   This was $4.49 on clearance at Ulta.
The plum fury color has a slight sheen to it, and is very pigmented, almost in a copper shade.  Not a plum shade in my opinion.  This color is also opaque.  The one thing I don’t like about this lipstick is the shape of the tube.  It is a round and flat surface, that makes it hard to get a precise cupid’s bow.  I realize that I don’t have many lippies this shape, and I like the pointed tubes much better.   Regular Price $9.49.
No offensive smells or tastes to either color.

The last shade is my personal favorite out of all of them.  It is a Covergirl Continuous Color in the shade Midnight Mauve.  This shade has a nice shimmer, is easy to apply, is opaque, with no offensive smell or taste and goes on smoothly and easily.  I’ve been looking for a similar shade to the Wet n Wild Taj Mauve-hal which I used to mix with another shade.  This might not be the exact match, but it’s pretty close to what I was looking for.  Regular price $5.99
Whenever I get a bunch of new lipsticks, I always feel like a kid with a new box of crayons.  I remember walking to the pharmacy with my mom when I was a child.  There, they sold crayons individually with vibrant and unique colors.  My favorites were the neons.  This is my grown up version of picking out crayons!

 

 

Colour Pop Lipstick Reviews

I finally tried out the Colour Pop lipsticks.  After wanting to test them out for a long time, there was a free shipping code, so I agonized over the colors to choose and placed my order.  Here’s what I thought.
First, I was pretty excited to get a product with a theme, and some fancy packaging.  Since I’m a frugal girlie, I wouldn’t ever drop serious bucks on my self for something as frivolous as lipstick.  I love my drugstore stuff, and love that I can try out colors with low risk and sometimes NO RISK if you buy from a drugstore that allows returns.
Colour Pop had some Hello Kitty lip colors, and the packaging is to die for.  From the minute you get your mailer, with this sparkly design, you feel like you spent a lot more than you did on the product.

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Here’s my honest unpaid review of these colors!
I got 2 of the Hello Kitty colors.  They were on sale for less than $5 a piece.  I purchased Date Mate and Let’s Play
“Date Mate” is a matte bright pink color like my signature pink.  I like it, but not in the matte.  I think it looks too flat on me, and I need to add a little shimmer to the center of the lip.  Here’s the shade in artificial and day light:
I suggest using a lip liner… here I did not.  It helps to get the line nice and straight.  (Here is it not.)  On a side note… this lipstick broke pretty quickly.  The cap is a snap on and I pulled it off and out flew the lipstick tube!  It’s very pigmented, as are all the colors, so it required some scrubbing to get it off the bathroom sink and counter.  Be careful around fabrics, I’m sure it would stain that very quickly!
The other Hello Kitty color is “Let’s Play.”  It’s a pretty red with glitter flecks inside. Same sale, under $5.
Here you can see the gold glitter left behind when the color is removed.
The next color I tried was my least favorite.  I thought the color was going to be way different.

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Zipper was $6 and is a matte liquid lip color.  Here is the color as shown on the website:

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Here is it on my lips:
As you can see, the daylight photo is vastly different than the artificial light photo.  But, I can’t seem to get the product to apply evenly on my lips at all.  The above is a single coat.  It went on streaky for me, and if you touch your lips together, it gets sticky and the coverage gets worse.  I wish I had a matching lip liner, because this color is very easy to go outside the lines when you have only a doe foot applicator to work with.  I noticed the color is kind of separating and pulling away from the tube….
Here I did a second coat to try to even out the color:
This color is definitely NOT user friendly, and do not apply this quickly in a crowded bathroom somewhere.  A steady hand is a must, time to fix it, makeup remover on a cotton swab, etc.  I’m not too crazy about how this feels on my lips either.  When I smiled, the lip color cracked and my lip lines were clearly visible.  Next time I might try to start in the center of the lip, so the color is not concentrated at the lip line, but this one is my least favorite.  When wiping it off with a tissue the color rolls off, and none of the other liquid colors do this.
The next color is also a matte lip color called “More Better.”  ($6)

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This one, though it seems to be the same type of lip color as Zipper, is “more better” in the user friendly factor.  I only require one coat, and the color seems to go on more evenly.  I didn’t need to keep going over the streaks which causes even more uneven application.  One coat and I was done.  The formula seems less heavy to me, and less sticky.  You can see how I wiped it off to show you how pigmented the color is.
I tried this one out for a long day of teaching dance.  By about hour 6, the color had begun to feather around my lip line.  I couldn’t just wipe it off, so I forged onward throughout the night, but it made me look like I had severe chapped lips and irritation.
The last liquid color I got was called “3-Way.”  ($6)

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It’s a metallic lip.  I like this one the best for a dramatic night.  I wore it performing aerial dance at a grand opening of a business.  It stood up through the night.  It’s easier to apply, feels as light as the “More Better” and is just as pigmented.  It takes a few swipes to get the color even, much like metallic nail color takes a few swipes to get it opaque, but is build-able, unlike “Zipper.”
The third photo shows the gold glitter left behind when the color is wiped off.
Overall, I like the traditional lip stick colors more than the liquid lip colors.  I just really feel like that Zipper color is a different formula altogether.  It feels different going on and coming off the lips.  I would try Color Pop again, but I’d be more inclined to try the traditional lip sticks that I can handle easier.  The liquid lip colors are very much like any “stay proof” liquid color, except it feels like there should be a seal or a gloss provided to go on top of the pigment.
Primer:  I did purchase the primer, and though the website doesn’t say anything about needing it, I believe the colors went on much more smoothly with the primer…..except that Zipper color 😦
So that’s my beauty review of the Colour Pop lip sticks.
I’d love to hear if you have tried any of the different formulas or colors and if so what is your favorite?
Until next time beauties!

 

Sealed with a Kiss, Lipstick Fixative review

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Awhile back I was at Sally Beauty Supply, and I bought this on an impulse.  I asked the woman working if it really worked, kind of with a skeptic tone.  She said she didn’t know first hand but a woman comes in all the time to buy 5 in one visit.  Well, with that I spent about $5 on this product and took it home.

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I really hadn’t thought about it since my normal lipstick stays so well.  But, (and if you’re a lipstick wearer you know what I’m talking about here) sometimes it’s not always easy thinking into the future about where and what you might eat if you’re going to a restaurant.
The other day I decided to try this out on a random trip shopping and errands… and we just so happened to end up at a burger place.. which was a great test to this product.
And I’m sad to say… it was a flop.  But you know I’m always willing to give something a second shot, and if it works next time… I’ll be sure to update you.
But here’s my experience:
The product claims to seal and fix your lipstick, and can prevent feathering if applied under the lipcolor.  I usually hate this because I feel like it’s going to transfer to the lipstick itself.
So I decided to try it by sealing it over top my lip color.
Problem number one:  I couldn’t actually get the roller ball to start rolling.  So to get the product out, I had to squeeze it onto my finger.

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I did try to roll it onto my lips, and I saw a flaw right off the bat.
Problem number 2:  The color from my lipstick would have rolled into the fixative if the ball was actually rolling.  But the product is very liquid so I just squeezed some out and wiped and dabbed it gently onto the entire lip and lip line.
It started to get tacky and dry quickly, but it never really dried fully… so that sticky tacky feeling stayed with me the entire day.
Problem number 3:  Which meant my hair kept sticking to it…. and who knows what else.
I didn’t check myself in the mirror before our impromptu trip to grab lunch at the burger place.  Before I dug in, I blotted my lips onto the napkin and, problem number 4; all of the lip color just came right off as if there was no fixative on at all.  I ended up wiping all of it off very easily, with no rubbing or excessive wiping.
Overall it’s a flop… and there was no point in taking photos.  I’m really sad because it would have been awesome if this worked.
And on that note, if anyone DOES have a rave review on a lipstick fixative, I’d love to know so I can give that one a shot!

 

 

Michael Todd Soniclear Review Follow Up

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A long while back on my youtube channel I filmed a Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Facial Cleansing Brush Unboxing.  You can find it here.  I have since been able to use the brush consistently for several months and can give you my honest review.  Once again, this is a review on my own accord, and is unsolicited.  I have not been paid for this review.
Pros
  1.  I can 100% say that the Michael Todd is equal to the effectiveness of the Clarisonic.  The bristles in the brush may be a bit more sturdy, and less soft.  But this can easily be adjusted with the high or low level of the sonic vibration.  I love that I have used the brush for several months, and there is no staining on the brush head, and seems to stay cleaner for longer.
  2. It has the c boost:  Which if I’m honest, I’ve not been using regularly.  When I do use it though, it’s a nice gentle massage for my face, and sort of feels like it could be increasing circulation.  Blood flow does equal better skin quality, so maybe… just maybe, there might be something to that c boost feature.
  3. No breakouts when used regularly, just like the Clarisonic.
  4. So much more affordable for the actual cleansing brush, AND the brush heads.  They recommend changing them every 6 months, and the brush heads are a tad less expensive overall.  Up to $108 per year for Clarisonic brush head vs up to $50 for Soniclear.
Cons
  1.  No protective outer immobile bristles.  Clarisonic has a smaller movable area for the brush head because there is a circle of outer layer bristles that protects from splashing.  Because the Soniclear doesn’t have this feature, there is a certain degree of splashing and spray onto the bathroom mirror.. or my husband that might be brushing his teeth standing right next to me.  It’s a small price to pay for not paying a large price…. see what I did there?
  2. Another small silly con.  If you just so happen to power off the unit when it’s ready to beep to signal you to move to another facial area… you might have the machine screaming at you.  It could just be mine, but this has happened more than a few times to me.  I guess my timing is impeccable.  The first time it happened I panicked because, well it’s not like I can take out the battery to get it to stop making that horrible high pitched screaming noise!  But I resolved it quickly by turning it back on and off again.
And that’s about it!  Overall, I love the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Facial Cleansing Brush!  I hope in the future that the company will create some other brush heads.  My favorite was the deep pore cleansing brush head from Clarisonic, and I’d love that feature for my Soniclear.    The cons aren’t really that earth shattering to keep me from purchasing this over the Clarisonic, and overall I’m glad I took the chance on this more affordable option.
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90’s Inspired Nails

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The time was the 90’s.  The movie was Clueless.  And the nail polish launched this nontraditional hue to the forefront.  A baby blue polish was on “Cher” and so that same color flooded all of the pre teen stores of the time.  This color reminds me of going to the Limited too…. and buying my first pair of flared jeans.  Those trips were fun, as I thought about how cool and fashionable I’d be in high school.
Alas, I was so not a “cool kid” in high school, but I am now unafraid of my out of the box fashion choices.
I love this Wet n Wild nail polish in “putting on airs” because it reminds me of that Hard Candy baby blue nail polish.
I first hated it when I started putting it on… but as soon as I dried, I LOVE IT!

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The formula also was self leveling, had good coverage, and wasn’t all thick and hard to work with.  Plus it’s Wet n Wild… a brand that’s been around since before my time, and I love them!!!
Enjoy this flashback to the 90’s.

Frugal Living Tip

In my effort to constantly find frugal living habits, I try to look at everyday items in a new light.  Years ago, makeup was such a luxury and expense that most women would never dream of throwing out a lipstick tube before scooping out the last little bit.  I rarely finish a lipstick because I’m always trying out the newest pink color, but I do scoop out my chapsticks.
This got me wondering what else I could squeeze a little more out of.  I’ve often heard of cutting the toothpaste in order to get the last little bit.  My favorite eyebrow pencil, elf instant lift brow pencil, is a product I often find myself going through rather quickly.  I always panic when I get to the end of one, even though I like to have a few on hand as a back up.
So last time I got to the end, I began investigating how the packaging was put together.  I surmised that there was a little more product inside the base, much like a lipstick tube.  To my surprise, the top portion of this retractable pencil came off with minimal effort.  Look at what I found!

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As you can see there was a tiny bit more in there, and that tiny bit actually got me through another full week of use.  I encourage you to take a look at your products once you think they are used up, and see if you can get that little extra bit out.  Have any of my loyal readers discovered any ways to get more use out of a product?  Please share!