Posted by Lisa Heath | October 4, 2013 10:39 am | 0 Comments
Be pretty in pink this month for all of those fighting breast cancer and those who have fought in the past. Shop The Pink Kit for the hottest hues, as well as helping out a great cause.
50% of the proceeds from these kits will be donated to breast cancer research.
Lipstick in Capricious
Luscious Lip Shine in Tickled Pink
Eyeshadow in Starlet
Powder Blush in Angel Baby
A $65 Value.
Only $45 this month (a $20 savings!) Plus – use SANCTUARY13 at checkout for an additional 10% off
Where to Buy: The Studio Gear Website
Price: $45.00 ($40.05 if you use the 10% off code – SANCTUARY13)
Don’t forget : 50% of the proceeds from these kits will be donated to Breast Cancer Research!
I’d love to hear if you snag this awesome set!
Posted by Lisa Heath | September 24, 2013 8:10 pm | 14 Comments
Tonight I have my first CC Cream review! This is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+. Although it’s a tube the product is in, the tube has a pump at the end which makes dispensing the product really easy!
What is a CC Cream? It’s a cream that provides Color Control (I’ve also heard Color Correcting) and helps even out skin tone and diminishes redness. You may have noticed that there has been a surge in BB Creams, CC Creams and even DD Creams within the last few years – for me, CC Cream is actually what I need most. My skin has patchy redness and larger pores than I’d like to admit. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it still can be annoying!
Here is a little more about Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+:
It’s your full coverage foundation, brightening color, anti-aging serum, pore minimizing primer, dark spot corrector, moisturizing day cream, plus UVA/UVB broad spectrum physical only SPF 50+ all in one easy step! Infused with cutting edge anti-aging technology and is clinically proven to improve skin texture, brightness and increase skin hydration by 79%. Formulated with plastic surgeons to merge high-performance skincare with the benefits of color-correcting makeup. Plus, it delivers luminous and healthy looking skin with powerful anti-aging repair benefits for perfect coverage. Your supple and flawless skin but better!
• Anti-Aging Hydrating Serum ( 50+ Hydrating Anti-Aging Peptides, Essential Lipid-Rich Oils, Vitamins, Extracts & Soothing Botanicals)
• SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Physical Only Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
I’ve been using IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ for a few weeks now and I’m happy with the results!
I received my CC Cream in the shade Medium:
I didn’t think this would be the right tone for me when I initially saw it, but it actually blends into my skin perfectly. Medium is a mid tone beige shade that blended into my skin nicely. I did notice some settling within fine lines after about 7 hours of wear. Not too bad really! Most foundations I use start settling after about 2 hours. It does have a VERY faint citrus smell, nothing irritating and it doesn’t linger for long.
And now a picture of me with IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream:
IT Cosmetics CC Cream has SPF 50+ in it, which is a huge plus with cosmetics. Another huge plus? It doesn’t break me out! I get good coverage without regretting it and without needing to apply more to cover up more blemishes created from use. It doesn’t feel caked on and greasy to me, but it is a little thicker than what I usually wear. Because it color corrects and evens out my skin tone, I’m ok with it being a little thicker because it is actually less product for me to apply (instead of cover up plus color corrector THEN foundation). This also minimizes the appearance of pores (and trust me, I need that!)
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Medium blends in beautifully on me, doesn’t feel drying and gives me a nice even skin tone. Definitely a product I will continue to use!
Would I recommend?: Yes!
Where To Buy: On the IT Cosmetics Website or on QVC
What do you think of CC Creams? Willing to give them a shot? I’d love to hear about it!
Posted by Lisa Heath | August 18, 2013 5:10 pm | 1 Comment
Milani has quickly become one of my favorite drug store brands for both polish and cosmetics. I don’t think I have found a Milani item I haven’t been happy with in the last year and a half.
These blushes are no exception!
I received Milani Romantic Rose to review and of the 4 Limited Edition shades, this one is the one I would have purchased.
Romantic Rose is a soft rosy pink shade. The blush is finely milled so it feels super soft when applied. I didn’t experience much fall out from the blush, and it was incredibly well pigmented. I usually use a light hand when applying my blush and Romantic Rose is such a nice pop of color on my pale face!
This is a swatch of Romantic Rose on my inner arm. I used a light hand when applying it, just like I would against my skin tone.
Here is a swatch of Romantic Rose with all it’s pigmented glory, and how it would appear if I applied with a heavier hand.
Should you check out this Limited Edition set of blushes? Yes!
There are 4 shades in total and they are Romantic Rose, Flora Passion, Warm Petals and Bella Rosa.
You’ll be able to find all 4 shades during the month of August at select CVS, Walgreens, Meijer & Fred Meyer stores.
They were available on the Milani Cosmetics website but they literally sold out in a day (if it even took that long!)
Retail Price – $7.99
Get them while you still can!
Posted by Lisa Heath | August 4, 2013 11:36 am | 5 Comments
It’s no secret that I am a subscription box lover. I have 3 going currently and I am always on the lookout for new and exciting boxes to try out!
Wantable.com offers two different types of boxes for only $36.00 per month. I know $36.00 sounds like a lot – but looking back, I spent $10 a month on Birchbox for almost 2 years and all I really got was sample packets and every few months I might get a full size product. For $36.00 a month with Wantable.com, you get 4-6 full sized cosmetic items.
My July Box!
July’s box was PERFECT for me and my skin tone. Very flattering colors and 4 of the 5 products I will use regularly (and will probably buy more of). The value is well beyond the $36.00 fee as well.
Lets move onto the items!
Michael Marcus Eyeliner: Prism
I’m going to start this off with the one item I wasn’t happy with. It looked promising – a dark brown eyeliner with glints of gold shimmering in it. When I did an arm swatch though, it was rough, it pulled and it left my arm red. Color payoff wasn’t great and when I applied a little pressure to get some color, it crumbled a little and 3 small chunks came off. I’m a huge eyeliner junkie, but if its that rough AND crumbled – it’s not going near my eyes! Because of this, I did not do an actual eye swatch. I already have sun damage to my eyes, I don’t need more caused by crumbled, rough eyeliner.
Michael Marcus Eyeliner Retail Price – $20.00
Lisa Watier Ombre Soufflé Supreme: Sunrise Peach
Now my favorite item of the box! Lisa Watier Ombre Soufflé Supreme in Sunrise Peach. This is a light, airy, and has anti-aging properties. I used my fingertip to apply (as suggested) and it feels like a light, whipped mousse. When I applied it instantly turned to a light powdery feel. It gave off a nice shimmer to my lids without looking like a 13 year old who just discovered glitter makeup. Perfect for a neutral look, or as a toned down base you can add a fun pop of color to! Very usable!
Lisa Watier Ombre Soufflé Supreme Retail Price – $24.00 CAD (which converts to about $23.10 in USD)
A very nice, subtle shimmer!
Paula Dorf Cheek Color: Ecstasy
Another great product! Paula Dorf blush in the shade Ecstasy is a light rose shade with a very fine shimmer to it. It’s almost hard to see when applied and gives off a nice natural glow. Builds up very nicely if you want a stronger shade (I use it fairly light handed). Very soft blush with great application and easy to wear for an every day look.
Paula Dorf Blush in Ecstasy Retail Price – $23.00
Manna Kadar Gloss Ware Long Lasting Lipgloss: Lip Candy
This is a completely new-to-me brand. I want more though! Manna Kadar Gloss Ware Long Lasting Lip Gloss in Lip Candy is a great shade for me. It applied easily with a doe foot application and felt more like a lipstick when on. There was a touch of stickiness, but really not that bad (I dislike sticky lipgloss!). I wore it for 3.5 hours before it started to fade. Not too bad for a gloss. Lip Candy is a pretty coral pink with gold shimmer in it.
Manna Kadar Gloss Ware Long Lasting Lip Gloss Retail Price: $19.00
Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer: Apple Kid
Eep! Nail polish! I was very pleased to find this in my box for July! I have actually never tried Rainbow Honey (shame on me, I know!) I received the color Apple Kid which is a nice fuchsia shade with lots of shimmer! I applied 2 coats for the thumb swatch I did and I will definitely be wearing this again.
Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer Retail Price: $10.00
Overall Value of Box: $95.10 (even if I deducted the eyeliner I didn’t care for, it’s still worth $75.10)
Subscription Price: 36.00
Not a bad deal. Aside from the eyeliner, I will use the other 4 items again without a doubt.
Not sure you want to subscribe without trying it for yourself? You can also buy each box for $40.00 without signing up for a sub box!
How Do I Sign Up?
When you first sign up, you are taken to a screen that helps you fill out your preferences which helps eliminate the possibility of getting items in the wrong colors as well as products you just won’t use. (I added a screenshot to show you)
click on the image to enlarge
You just move the slider either up or down for Love or Dislike (leave it in the middle if you Like it). Very easy to do and this is why my box had colors and items I was actually into! There are several screens you do this in. It should take you no more than 5 minutes to get through. It will go from types of products, to finish of products (not a glitter lover? Select Dislike and you should never receive glittery items!), your skin tone, whether you like toned down or dramatic shades, to actual color shades! They really go in depth on this to ensure you get a box you love!
Not into cosmetics? They also offer an accessories box! The accessories box contains 3-4 boutique jewelry pieces. Monthly price is the same as the Makeup Box!
Monthly Subscription Price – $36.00
One Time Purchase Price – $40.00
Where do you go? Wantable.com
Can’t afford a box one month? They give the option to skip your box. I always like sub boxes that allow you to skip!
Don’t like your box for any reason? They allow you to RETURN your box! You just have to return it within 6 months of receiving it.
Not too bad, and I am ready to sign up (in fact I signed up right before typing this review). For me, its worth it. I can skip when I need to, return if I don’t care for it… otherwise I get new makeup to play with.
So what do you think? Willing to try Wantable.com?
Posted by Lisa Heath | April 23, 2013 10:22 am | 1 Comment
Beauty On A Budget: Great Items At Great Prices
I have a wonderful Beauty Budget Guest Post up for you all today! A huge thank you to Amanda from SkincareHQ.org for this post!
Having a limited budget does not mean that you have to do without some really great beauty must haves. There are plenty of products out there that are totally affordable. Not only are they are totally affordable, but they are also a really great value! Don’t believe me? Then check out our list of great items at great prices for those who have to do their beauty on a budget!
1. Aloette Clarifying Facial Wash
This facial wash is a steal. Not only is it cheap, but is also works great at unclogging your pores, treating blackheads, and even whiteheads. It is surprisingly gentle, and is specifically great for oily skin types.
2. Bamboo Brush Set By ELF
Crafted out of recycled material, and 100% cruelty-free, this product is a real steal for ‘go green’ lovers who also happen to have a limited budget. The set comes with a complexion brush, concealer brush, blending eye brush, and mini Kabuki brush- and all for just $8.
3. Glycolix Elite Facial Cream Ultra Lite
This is a light glycerin moisturizer that is perfect for either oily skin, acne prone skin, or even combination skin. This facial cream has been formulated using ingredients that have both moisturizing and anti-bacterial properties, so it leaves you skin totally healthy and germ free. On average, you can find this Glycolix facial cream for around $15.
4. Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Moisturizing Face Lotion
This dermatologist recommended face lotion is great for dry and/or sensitive skin. It’s lightweight, helps to replenish the skin’s natural oils, and protects your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. It is also extremely lightweight, fragrance free, non-comedogenic, and clinically proven to be safe for even the most sensitive skins.
5.Boots No 7 Stay Perfect Foundation, SPF 15
This foundation is great for oily skin, and has a finish that lasts around eight hours without becoming flawed. It offers a medium shine-free finish.
6. Loreal Oil Free Moisturizer
This moisturizer is a perfect choice for anyone who suffers from oily or acne prone skin. Since there are no added oils, your skin will not end up being greasy and shiny. Loreal is a really great brand in general, even though all of their products are not as cheap as their oil free moisturizer.
7. Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser
This is another one that’s oil free, so it’s great for any type of acne prone skin, or those with oily skin. This one is available at just about every drugstore or grocery store, so it’s also very easy to find.
8. Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash
This wash is great for all skin types, and comes dermatologist recommended. It’s made plenty of “best” facial lists, and appeared in multiple magazines and websites.
9. Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser
Good for normal to oily skin, it is made from salicylic acid. This product is also oil free, alcohol free, and dermatologist tested. The average price is around $5 to $6.
10. Bobbi Brown Blotting Paper
If you have oily skin, then blotting papers are a must have for your purse and general beauty regiment. These powder-free sheets come in a pack of around 100 for only $10 or less.
11. 180 Colors Super Queenie Eyeshadow Palette
This eyeshadow palette comes with a whopping 180 vibrant, bold colors and it’s only $30 for the whole palette…that’s around 16 cents a color!
12. Voluminous Mascara by Loreal
Cheap and effective, that is exactly what this mascara is. No matter how many layers you put on, you will never be left with clumpy looking eyelashes, and you can find this product nearly anywhere makeup is sold.
13. Baked Blush by Milani
This powder blush is simple to use, and makes your skin look absolutely luminous. It looks great on anyone, and comes in nine different shades. It also costs less than ten dollars, and pretty much lasts forever.
14. Easyliner For Eyes by Jordana
This is a bright eyeliner that comes in ten different colors. Each stick costs under $2 each, so you could gather up every last one of the ten colors for less than $20.
On top of all of these beauty products, there are also a few brands who are on the cheaper side of things, but that work just as well as their expensive counterparts. Here are a few of the brands:
- ELF (Eyes Lips Face)
- Purity/100% Pure
- Icing Cosmetics
Do you know of other awesome budget items that actually work? Have you used one of the ones we mentioned and want to tell us how it worked out for you? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear what you have to say!
Author Bio: Amanda is a skincare fanatic and author of SkincareHQ.org which features a guide on Non-Comedogenic Foundation. Aside from skincare, Amanda loves to travel and one day dreams of living in Europe. If you have any questions or comments for Amanda, feel free to connect with her @Skincare_HQ on Twitter!
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