Thursday, July 28, 2011

MAC: Fix+ and Strobe Cream


So I have heard and read about both these MAC products on many a beautyblog and youtube channel. Between stress and fatigue my skin has been looking super dull lately so I decided now would be the perfect time to try out these two skin enhancing products. 

Benefit Cosmetics: They're Real Mascara

They're Real - The New Mascara from Benefit!

To probably no ones surprise I was super excited to try this new mascara! I have been a lover of Benefit's Badgal Lash for years but I am always open to try a new beauty product. The brush is synthetic and has bristles even on the tip to get even the hard to reach hairs I presume and the formula is pretty wet. Ok well I'll get to the chase. I have long lashes. So what I am looking for is volume. They're Real defiantly showed off the length of my lashes and even extended them more but because there is a lack of body being added with this product my lashes looked somewhat spidery. BUT a couple of my co-workers tried this mascara on and it looked AMAZING!!! One girl straight up looked like she was wearing thick , long , fake lashes. Another coworker ( who's pictures I will show below) just looked like she had amazing natural lashes. So my advice on this one is to just try it for yourself cause it seems to look and work different on everyone. I all the other hand will be stickin to my good'ol Badgal Lash. 

My eye with They're Real mascara.

Dawn's eye with a boring mascara.

Dawn's eye with They're Real mascara.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Bible for Cosmetic Junkies!!

Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me
by Paula Begoun


So I have been wanting to purchase this book for awhile now but the $30 dollar price tag kinda put me off but I wish I hadn't waited for Borders going out of business sale to swoop this puppy up because this book is amazing!It would be helpful to any women interested in what the heck they are putting on their face and if it is worth the $$$ ( I feel like everyone should be interested in these things lol but yeah that's just me ).  Paula the author or the "cosmetic cop" as she calls herself reviews pretty much every beauty product on the market and reviews in a easy to understand and brief explanation of what is in each product, if its helping or hurting you and if its worth the money! This book would be a serious must buy for anyone with sensitive skin or allergies because she covers all that kind of stuff. This book is huge too at almost 2000 pages. I am not buying anything again without first consulting my beauty bible! 
  • How to get the best products without wasting money.
  • How to avoid ingredients that harm skin, including natural ingredients.
  • Which products can really fight wrinkles and make skin look younger.
  • Which products clear up acne and which ones make acne worse.
  • Shocking insights and insider revelations that debunk the beauty myths pervading the cosmetic industry!

Here is an example from a Bobbie Brown product: 

  • Extra Moisture Balm ($85 for 1.7 ounces) This ends up being a very expensive way to supply skin with Vaseline and silicone, the main ingredients (next to water) in this rich balm. The antioxidant plant oils are rendered ineffective by this products jar packaging. And the geranium oil, while smelling nice, can cause skin irritation. Choosing plain old Vaseline not only cost considerably less but spares your skin an irritant response. 

Amazing huh?! So I would defiantly recommend this book and I will most likely be quoting it in my future reviews!! Thanks for reading!! xoxo

My Favorite Beauty Products!

I hope you enjoy my latest beauty video!!! 

Products used and mentioned!!!

-Urban Decay Naked Palette  $48

- MAC shadows in Black Tied & Carbon $14.50

- MAC Fluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack by $15

- Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara  $19

-Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara around $10

-Benefit Bronzer in Hoola  $28

-NARS Blush in Orgasm $27

-NARS Blush in Angelica $27

-Dior Lip Glow $29

-Benefit Highlighter Highbeam $24

-MAC Cream Colour Base in Shell $16.50

-Bobbie Brown Cream Shadow in Pink Oyster $22

-Infusium 23 Leave-In Treatment around $7

-Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed $20

-Clarins Multi-Active Early Wrinkle Correction Cream-Gel $55

-Trader Joes Midsummers Night Cream $5