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?

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Gettin’ Swatchy

Yeah, I don’t know either.

Hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was filled with friends, family, and food. My three favorite f words.

Last week I posted a photo that looked something like this

 

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Which is pretty bold (pun intended) considering that my lips are usually always coated in MAC C-Thru.

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Anyway, ask and you shall receive! So here are some swatches of those lip glosses, along with their names. I tried to get photos of them on my lips, but my janky camera got blurry when zoomed in close enough to get just my lips. If you’d still like to see them, leave a comment and I’ll try to work something out to get some better quality photos.

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Top photo: no flash; bottom photo: flash.

From left to right (in all three photos): Benefit Ultra Shines in Back to the Fuchsia, Sephora Ultra Shine in Sweet Mauve Sparkling, Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing in Witty, Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Flashes in 686, 886, and 856, Le Metier de Beaute in Cannes, Estee Lauder Pure Color in 71 Rebellious Violet Sparkle and 49 Frivolous Pink, YSL Golden Gloss in 24m (I think that’s the name anyway), and Vincent Longo in Alpha 7 and Cherros.

Beautiful, huh?! Although I couldn’t get over how sheer the Estee Lauder Frivolous Pink and Le Metier de Beaute Cannes were! I don’t know the exact price of all of these lippies since I didn’t purchase them and they were a gift, but they are definitely not cheap.

Also – maybe this is not interesting to anyone else – but I haven’t bought a Sephora brand lipgloss in years, and I was pleasantly surprised by their take on the doe foot applicator: DSCF0401

The little ridge in the middle makes getting gloss on evenly all around the mouth a cinch! I’m a fan.

 

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.

China Glaze China Rouge

Hey Guys!

 

I just finished putting on some China Glaze nail polish in China Rouge and boy, am I in love!

It reads as a true red, which I love. A lot of reds in the bottle turn out looking too pink/magenta for my taste.

This picture is after a base coat, and two coats of polish. (no top coat). It’s so beautifully shiny.

The formula is great – not too thick as to cause a clumpy, globby mess, but thick enough that two coats is perfectly opaque and shiny.

I’ve heard good things about China Glaze’s wear time – but since I abuse my hands, I’m going to hope for 4 days before my first chip.

 

What’s your favorite red nail color? How do you feel about China Glaze polishes?

Calling All Gold Lovers

I have found the golden holy grail of nail polish.

Not gold gold. China Glaze’s Snow Cap nail polish. LOVE!

credit from VampyVarnish.com !

On it’s own, it’s sheer. But layer it over colors you already own and – oh my god! So gorgeous. I have it on top of Love and Beauty’s light blue shade (no exact name sorry – that’s $2.80 Forever 21 polish for ya! It’s a baby blue). Last week I had it on top of a hot pink. I have no other words….

Try it out! Any fans?

Clinique Even Better Moisturizer Makes Me Look Even Better

Hey all!  First off, I deeply apologize for my lack of posts in the last month and a half. The holidays are crazy…

Second, I’d like to introduce you to my new skin secret weapon: Clinique Even Better moisturizer.

Photo Cred to Health.com !

Now, I know I’m young and therefore don’t have the age spots and wrinkles that some “mature” ladies have, but my skin has always been weird. Blotchy, dry in some spots, with random breakouts wreaking havoc on my face. As soon as one cleared up, another whole patch had decided to get personal. It’s been, to put it lightly, a pain in the butt. But this lotion has really made a difference in my face: specifically, my skin tone and the blotchiness from acne scars. And I’ve only been using it for three days.

 

I like that it has SPF 20, and that it is lightweight. It has a slight floral scent, but I don’t find it to be cloying and it fades out pretty quickly. It gives my skin a slight glow after use, and it has not irritated my sensitive skin, one of the reasons why I love Clinique products.

However, the price is a downfall. $42 for 1.7 fluid ounces is a lot. But, I think it has been worth it because of the improvement on my face in so few days. It is also important for me to mention that I have started using Burt’s Bees Citrus Scrub nightly, and have also moved back to dry altitude, so that could be positively impacting the improvement on my face. But I definitely think that this moisturizer has something to do with it.

You can probably pick up a sample at your local Clinique counter or possibly even Sephora? I forget if they sell Clinique if you want to give it a try!

Rainbow Eyes on Me! – Tutorial?

Please, please, PLEASE excuse my terrible skin! I’m still trying to adjust to the humidity of living at sea level. :/

What do you think? It’s definitely “out there”. Would you guys want to see a tutorial on this look? Let me know in comments please!