Friday, January 23, 2015

A New Year, A New Spending Ban

Hello my fellow beauty lovers, it's time to say the words that we never want to hear- it's time for a spending ban.  I know, I know, scary words but they could never be more needed than now.  Today I bought two pieces of makeup that I had had my eyes on for a while, but I had also just been to IMATS and bought a lot of makeup.  After my mom gave me a stern talking to, I realized that I really needed a spending ban.  Not only to save money and not buy so much makeup and use up what I have but also because I'm trying really hard to learn how to manage my finances now that all of my loans are in pay back mode and that I have no job as of current and I have much more important places to put my money.  That as well as I want to learn how to save money for something special.  So while this whole 'makeup and other frivolous things' spending ban goes until June 28 (except for gift cards or gifts) I will not be buying anything I don't desperately need.  I hope you guys can support me in this mission to teach myself better financial skills. XOXO

Are you going to or have done a spending ban? How did it go for you?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

December Favorites!

Hello my beautiful readers! Happy new year, I wish you nothing but the best for your coming year.  Along with arrival of January means the arrival of another favorites video, this is my favorites for December and I will be putting up my favorites from 2014 very soon.  I hope you enjoy the video, and I'll leave my channel link below so you can subscribe to get all of my videos :D XOXO

Thursday, January 1, 2015

NEW Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquers: REVIEW

I picked up three colors of Revlon's new lip lacquers called the Ultra HD Lacquers from Ulta and I couldn't be more happy with my selection of colors and of the consistency of these lip glosses.  They have a painters brush instead of a doe foot applicator, which I find as a nice change.  I find that with the paint brush applicator I get more precision and can outline my lips easier than with a doe foot applicator.  Another nice thing is that it's not super sticky or tacky, it just glides on and doesn't  take a lot of effort.  My favorite color out of the ones that I purchased is Garnet which is the darkest color in the picture.  They definitely live up to the Ultra HD title.  These lip glosses are highly pigmented and are true to the color you see in the tube. They also have lipsticks in the same line but I haven't tried them yet.  Have you tried these? What do you think of them? XOXO

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stila 'Eyes Are The Window' SOUL palette REVIEW

During the Sephora VIB sale, I purchased two things- a foundation by Makeup Forever and the Stila The Eyes Are the Window to the Soul palette.  I love that all of the colors are neutral and all of the colors work together with each other so there are endless options for how you could use this palette and use it. 
Can we just talk about this packaging? I mean, isn't it gorgeous?! It's so pretty and looks so high end, I just love it! The S's are a gold, rose gold, and a silver-ish type of color and then is surrounded by gold, albeit not real gold.  It is a magnetic open and close palette but it's a very sturdy casing and could take a beating and your eyeshadows would still be just fine.
The colors for the palette are are neutral and smokey colors, which makes the transition from day to night with one palette very easy.  There are 4 matte shades (there may be five, but I'm still debating on if it's actually matte) and the rest of the colors have a shimmer to them.  Not really a glitter shimmer but just a nice shimmer shimmer to it.  I have not had any problem with fall out with this palette, which is great.
This palette was released alongside three others in honor of Stila's 20th Anniversary.  They cost $49 each, which is a bit steep but I did get it at the sale so that is how I justified it.  Do you have any of these palettes? Which do you like best? Would you buy this palette if given the chance? I would love to know! XOXO

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

One mascara, two mascara, three mascara WEE!


Okay, so I don't have three mascaras it's more like eleven and one clear gel for my brows.  I know, I know, that's so many mascaras, right? Don't worry, dear fellow beauty bloggers, not all of them are open, I just took them out of their packaging because it was bulky and in the way.  Right now the two that I am using are Maybelline's Mega Plush mascara and the L'Oreal  Butterfly mascara and I keep them in my acrylic storage on my desk so I make sure to use them every day.  Would you feel better if I told you the ones that aren't opened yet? Okay, I haven't opened the Rimmel Scandaleyes Curve Alert, The Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves, and the E.L.F. glitter mascara. So I guess I have a slight obsession but I like having choices and being able to rotate them out every week makes it worth it.  
The Maybelline Pumped Up Volume really surprised me, I had never tried any piece of makeup made by Maybelline and so I was wary of how this mascara would work.  It makes my lashes look fuller and slightly longer so I would recommend it for you too try. I am still unsure of the Maybelline Mega Plush mascara, since I've only used it a few times since the new week started on Sunday. Then I have four Rimmel mascaras, two of which are unopened but one is a repurchase and the other I can talk about how I think it will work with the funny brush. Firstly, Scandaleyes Curve Alert is hand down one of my most loved mascaras.  It helps to make my lashes look like I'm wearing falsies and I just absolutely love this mascara. The other Scandaleyes I have is the Rockin' Curves one, I've never tried this one and since it isn't opened yet I can't attest to what it does to my lashes.  The thing that interests me about this mascara si the wand, it's in an almost 'S' shape.  I will let you know my findings when I open it! Another Rimmel mascara I own is the Retro Glam mascara.  This wand has two little bumps in the brush and that helps to make my lashes look more lush.  Finally, the last Rimmel mascara I own is the Lash Accelerator.  This one I am not too impressed with and am going to get rid of it.  I already have pretty good lashes so I guess I wasn't the best person to test the mascara that's supposed to help with the growth and lengthening of the lashes.
I received the CK One mascara on my birthday from Ulta as my birthday gift for being a rewards member.  Speaking of that, if you're not an Ulta rewards member you should definitely become because you get special coupons, a birthday gift, the chance to be a platinum member (which I am one) and you can get money off of your purchase if you have the right amount of points.  Anyway, I really like this mascara.  It separates my lashes  and doesn't make them clump, which was a fear of mine because of the brush being plastic but none of my fears happened.  This is a great mascara for seperating and lengthening my lashes.  Next mascara is the L'Oreal butterfly mascara.  I really love this stuff because it gives my natural lashes a winged look, which I am always trying to achieve.  Then the L'Oreal Voluminous I really just bought on a whim because it was teal colored.  I actually really like it when I do a coat of black mascara and then coat that with a layer of the Teal.  I think that the teal just alone would be too over powering.  Revlon Lash Potion, this is another one I need to throw away because it just doesn't work for me.  It doesn't look good on my lashes and it can't hold a curl worth a hill of beans.  So, in my personal opinion, don't get the Revlon Lash Potion mascara. As for the blue glitter mascara, I don't really know much about it other than that it is glittery.  Since I haven't opened it I have no idea if it is good or bad.
What are some of your favorite mascaras? Do you collect them like I do? Which one (high end or drugstore) should I try next? 
Thanks for reading! XOXO