Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation Rant

I wasn’t going to do a blog post on this product.

Enough, I thought. There are so many blog post reviews, youtube videos , and the like about this foundation.

And then this happened.IMG_0197

Ugh. That is disgusting! As much as I love this foundation for it’s ability to cover my flaws, it’s beautifully polished-natural finish, and the color match, this is by far the most aggravating packaging for foundation I have ever encountered.

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Seriously, Maybelline?!

This is gross. And such a waste of an otherwise good product.

And it makes me mad because it stained a shirt I like from the drippage.

Anyone else run into this problem with the Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Foundation? Have any tricks for getting a foundation stain out of a shirt?

Penetraitt

Is 15 weeks long enough to review a hair product? 🙂
Because I am totally in love with the Penetraitt system by Sebastian. The shampoo and conditioner combo have completely changed my hair, even in the dry Colorado climate.

Before, my hair was frizzy, dry, and dead. Since I get highlights, the effect was dramatized.

Look at those raggedy ends! Yikes!!

I clearly needed a trim in this picture. But my hair was also just not in a good place. After using the Penetraitt system for 15 weeks, it’s more to the tune of this:

That’s me on the right. HOW MUCH BETTER IS THAT?!

My hair is so soft, doesn’t tangle, and is much shinier. And I haven’t changed my heat styling habits at all. It’s amazing.

 

Do you have a hair care system that you swear by? If so, which one?

Makeup from Tutorials

Hi!

I had a random thought last night as I was getting ready to go out – what was the first time you ever were reading/watching a tutorial and realized ‘Hey! I already own that product!”

For all the makeup I own, I feel like it should happen to me a lot more often than it does. So my collection grows. Le sigh.

I can still remember the first time it happened to me. I’m pretty sure it was a tutorial in Seventeen magazine. It was how to get Angelina Jolie matte lips, and the lipliner they used was Simply Spice from Avon. I really wanted that lip look, and rummaging through my mom’s makeup drawer (I think I was maybe 11 when this happened – lipliner was foreign!) I found Simply Spice.

…I still own and use it. 🙂 Even though it is a little too brown for my lips everyday. I think it might just be a sentimental thing.

picture from Bonanza.com

 

What was the first product you realized you had?

 

 

Review: Sephora by OPI TrendTips in Feathers

Hey guys!

So this weekend I picked up these nail stickers at Sephora for some birthday nail excitement! I have used the Sally Hanson ones before, but I thought these ones were slightly less tacky looking, so I decided to give them a shot.

I love this print. I think it’s so cute  but not over-the-top. These were easy enough to apply! I didn’t have a problem with them wrinkling. I do have two gripes, though: there is not a file included to remove the excess, and they are not very sticky so it’s hard to get them to stick to the nail without a lot of pressure, which I found annoying. I found using my normal-size file to be awkward and not abrasive enough to cleanly remove the excess.

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This photo is my left hand. Not too bad! There’s a little bit of chipping on the pinky, but I think it’s because the strips were not cleanly filed off.

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This is the right hand. As you can see, it’s much, much worse. Look at that chunk that fell off on my middle finger! And all of the chipping on the tips of the nails! Seriously, for $12 plus tax, I expected much, much better. I’m going to stick to Sally Hanson’s.  I put these on Saturday night, and there’s already this much chipping on Monday… that’s not okay with me. These need some improvement.

Best Face Masques

Hiya partners 🙂 Hope everyone had a great weekend!

I want to talk about face masques today. I love those things. I’ve been using Queen Helen’s Mint Julep Masque for years now (10? yikes). I find there’s nothing better to deep clean my pores and draw breakouts up to the surface. (Gross I know.. sorry!)

Since I’ve moved to college, I haven’t used one yet, and it’s LONG overdue. I can’t wait to get home and use it, especially since my face has not been looking so hot in the last few days thanks to stress over finals. My skin is by no means “problem” skin, but since I’ve changed my location from a humid climate to an extremely dry one, I’ve noticed a huge difference. At home, I’d get the occasional whitehead and blackheads on my nose. Here, I get those big, painful, under-the-skin cysts that make putting makeup on a challenge. It doesn’t really make sense, considering I drink, I don’t know, five 24oz water bottles per day to stay hydrated here, but I think it has something to do with the lotion I put on my face to keep it from feeling tight.

I have yet to find a good hydrating masque that will also clean the gunk out of my pores. Any suggestions? I’m desperate.

Also – has anyone tried the whole gelatin-milk pore-strip thing? I’ve been reading a lot about it on various blogs and it sounds like something I should do when I get home, but I also have fairly sensitive skin and don’t want to completely freak it out.

MAC Blue Brown Pigment

MAC Blue Brown Pigment

MAC Blue Brown Pigment

(Photo courtesy of nerdygirlmakeup.com!)

I LOVE THIS. It’s my latest obsession. I saw it on a friend over the summer and was fascinated by how it looked like she had layered a blue/green shimmer over a brown. When she told me what it was, I HAD to go buy it. (Obviously). It’s absolutely gorgeous on all skin tones.

Lately, I’ve been using it with a wet angled brush as a thick eyeliner. I’m obsessed with how multidimensional and interesting it looks. Love, love, love.

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MAC Cream Color Base in Shell

Okay. I love this product.

I use it as a highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and on the brow bone. It’s a beautiful pink-silver color, and it’s positively dashing on peaches-and-cream complexions like mine.

 

A lot of critiques I’ve heard of this color is that it translates as “GLITTER!” on the face. I haven’t encountered this yet, but I also use it super-sparingly. I’m from the less-is-more school of beauty, having to wash it all off before the return home from middle school so my mom wouldn’t see 🙂

I really like this as an eyeshadow, on the inner corner of the eye, though I will say that it definitely creases. My eyeballs aren’t particularly oily, and even after a primer and application of powder to my eyes, it still pools up in the crease after an hour when I apply it all over my eye.

Overall, I think it’s a worthwhile investment if you’re on the market for a natural-looking highlighter to illuminate and shade your face.

It costs $17.50. I think it could be less expensive, but it also lasts a long time. I’ve had another cream color base for over five years (don’t kill me!) and I JUST hit the pan, after near-daily use. Just something to consider.