Anonymous said: What products would you recommend for dry lips? What store do you prefer to shop from ...Ulta, Sephora or Sally's Beauty Supply?
Chapstick branded products are amazing, I choose the cherry flavored one mostly because it adds a little color. But the Maybelline Baby Lips is also a good line to check out for some major moisturizing. Other then that, if you’re looking something specifically to use during winter, I would suggest head on over to the Blistex line, they have different kinds for all weather conditions, and I’ve used the gold one, and the blue one—truly lovely, they heal and protect lips in the harsh cold or very dry temperatures.
Now the shopping bit….I love Ulta with my heart—they carry all the drugstore stuff and then also Lancome, Benefit, and Opi—brands I really love. So I get to try a little of everything—not to mention I love their salon. Sephora is a hit and a miss—good customer service, good range of products but i’m just not always going there. Read my review on the Cover Fx foundation— but I do love that they carry the Benefit line and i’m probably going to go back and purchase the Benefit Badgal Lash mascara.
I haven’t been to any other beauty supply store—sure I’ve ventured into a Sally’s or a normal Beauty Supply store…but some of them only sell to licensed cosmetologists so it seems like a hassle. But every now and then I’ll pick up the occasional eye pencil from a CVS, or some random store.
Every time I go to Sephora, I have a love-hate relationship with the store. Mainly because some of the products are a hit and a miss with my skin. Recently I went and bought the Cover Fx Liquid Foundation and I have to say ….there is a whole list of pros and cons….and what other products I’m interested in followed by, what i’ll be picking up when i go back!
Cover Fx Liquid Foundation ($40)
Now, let’s grab our healthy snacks, diet soda and sit back for this review. I truly LOVE finding the right foundation …it’s the exact same feeling if i scored the winning goal of my nonexistent soccer career. Literally, that feeling right there. So this foundation is fabulous, it’s very light, you can build on if you need more coverage. It doesn’t look cakey, nor does it sit in any lines, and a little goes a long way. The only down side to this is that it does get a bit oily/shiny (since it’s oil free), and you can nip that problem by using oil blotting sheets.
Now…currently I am breaking out and I don’t know if it’s just the stress I’m experiencing or it is this product. I’m very doubtful because I read some reviews on the website for Sephora, and other customers also stated that they went through break outs. I’m going to use this without a my clinque moisturizer and see if that helps . Fingers crossed since I believe this one’s a keeper. I’ll post a picture with how I wear this foundation so everyone can get a rough idea.
Welcome to all the new followers, and sorry to the older ones for not updating often. I really need to re-prioritize how i’m going about doing things. I recently ordered quite a few things from E.L.F website, I do shop for their products in Target—but i don’t pay a lot of attention because of the small selection. Now if you really want a good e.l.f product selection, in terms of kits—you can find them at a number of places, Ross Dress for Less being one, and Target, obviously, being the second one.
7701 Fantasy, 7702 Classy, 7707 Nostalgic ($1)
Let me just say that I was wow’d by these, and I’m the last person who will pick up a lipstick over my favorite cherry chapstick. Now the shades are a tad different and i mean really just slightly. They’re all very creamy, soft, and they don’t dry out or flake. I was shocked because E.L.F has lip glosses that are truly horrible (sticky, and thick…my hair and lips go in a war if it’s windy outside). But, I’m so excited about this find, I truly recommend it/ I’m probably going to order their mineral lipsticks($5.00 each) I’ve read that they’re a lot creamier —so I’m super amped about that . My favorite shades are probably Classy and Nostalgic. Classy is this cute purple pink, and it goes really well with my tan/brown skin (with yellow under tones), I wear it regularly…like a pick me up for college and work. And Nostalgic is a peachy shade, and it is very light so if you tend to shy away from those colors, i suggest you don’t get it. But try new things—new shades, and you might just be swayed to purchase it. Fantasy unfortunately is my least favorite just because of how dark it is— i mean it’s a lovely color, but when I wore it i didn’t feel it, it’s really toned down. But overall I recommend purchasing them—and giving lipsticks in general a try.
Studio Radiance Enhancer (highlighter) ($3)
I’m the first to try different things with make up and the last to actually use them in the correct manner. So buying this highlighter was an interesting…choice. It’s in an automatic dispenser, so i really love that i don’t have to use my fingers, and i can apply it with ease. So far, it hasn’t caused any break outs and my skin is ridiculously sensitive—it doesn’t matter if I spend thousands of dollars or mere pennies over it. What doesn’t suit my skin—won’t. I bought this in “spotlight” , but you can choose “sunrise” if you like. Spotlight is a bit more pearly pink and faint, which is nice for a highlighter. I’m still working out ways to properly use a highlighter accordingly with my blush. If you’re new to the highlighter game, try this one for starters—it’s cheap, skin friendly, a good buy.
Angled Blush Brush ($3)
I’m a brush nut. I always like to try new ones, get sets, see what’s out there. I only picked this up because another blog recommended this brush and i’m so glad. It’s very soft, a wonderful brush, and the angling helps the application. I use it with my bare mineral blush, and it works wonderfully. Again, since my skin is super sensitive, even brushes can cause reactions (which is why i can’t use the bare mineral brushes ,all animal hair). I would invest in other brushes if i didn’t have the synthetic ones from Bare Minerals already.
*Warning: Be careful when you order from the eyelipsface.com website because I’ve ordered items before, and one or two of the items is always missing. I’m not sure if this happened to other people, but on my order list, it’s always circled in pencil, and i still get charged for it. This time I unfortunately didn’t receive my Studio matte lip color.
I definitely love buying from the website, a wide range of products, and it’s good to find out what works, and what doesn’t.
Lanza Leave-In Conditioner: Can I just say universe’s gift to man kind? This is probably the only leave in conditioner I’ve ever tried and stuck with. I’m sure there are other brands but so far, I’ve stuck it out with this.
Specs: 10.1 oz, $15 at Ulta (you can only purchase this in store, it’s not available online).
Application: Apply it all over, but I specifically use products that condition hair from the ear and down . So really the bottom portion of my hair, paying attention to the ends. Application amount is dime to nickle sized (believe me this is enough!) in wet/damp hair. Leave it in for 10-15 minutes, comb through, then blow dry/style accordingly.
Must-have: This product is truly amazing, I have really long, thick hair (i’m very thankful for, and it’s all genetics baby!), and my hair doesn’t get enough moisture. Now I recommend Lanza because for my hair it helps it retain moisture, it helps repair my hair as a result of all the blow drying I do and it protects my hair from damaging UV rays. I’ve noticed that my hair is softer, and very easy to style. I would honestly say you don’t need the 33 oz. bottle of Lanza because to begin with you must use a small amount when applying to your hair. It suits all weather conditions, so you know your hair isn’t going to go haywire.
I want to point out something else, in the second image i have my thumb near the little jar that says 12m and it’s open? that normally reads as the expiration date. So Lanza once opened is good for a whole year :). Enjoy & always pay attention to expiration dates.
I know I haven’t blogged about beauty products in a while, but I ordered an angled blush brush, couple of lip sticks, and a highlighter from E.L.F —so I’l review that as a set. I want to let everyone know that E.L.F for a limited time is giving a $5 off coupon— type in the promo code “HAPPY”, and tada! I’ll also write about the different hair products I use, the proper way to blow dry ( no matter how painful it may seem), and beauty buys that are absolutely worth it. So keep an eye out for those reviews.
Ignore the face but before and after of my hair. I love flat ironing but I love my insane out of place hair any day.
For an amazing flat ironed look— utilize the Lanza Leave in conditioner before flat ironing and then Argan oil for the tips after.