Thursday, December 14, 2017

June: Beauty Edition

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This is one of those posts that I always mean to do each month, then it’s the 15th of the next month before I realize that I, yet again, didn’t do it. I’ve been adding things to this post all month, which I think has helped keep me on track. Hopefully this will become a regular feature.

Flops

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1. Kiss Nail Dress 

I’ve heard people rave about how great these nail wraps are–even the cheapo, $1 versions from the dollar store. I got these are Rite-Aid on a deal a few months back. I think the retail on the ones I purchased was around $8.99, but I did use a coupon and there was a sale.

I just didn’t have much luck with these. I had issues finding strips that matched the width of my nails, then had problems getting them to adhere to my nail tips. The method of filing off the excess didn’t really work with the ones I had used, which had jewels on them. They looked good for about a day, but by day two, I had peeled them off because they were messed up. I also had issues with them stretching and tearing in the corners of my thumbs.

I may give these one more try when my nails are longer; I think they might fold over the tips better that way. Stay tuned.

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2. Dr. Jart+ V7 Eye Serum 

I got this in a Memebox several months ago and have been using it faithfully since, both morning and night. The information included claims that it will brighten and get rid of dark circles. Unfortunately, this serum did nothing for my under-eye area. This was my first experience with a Dr. Jart+ product and I was not impressed; I threw the half-full tube in the garbage.

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3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder Makeup (Shade: 1N1 – Ivory Nude) 

My Bare Minerals powder foundation was starting to run low, so I had been looking for a new powder makeup. It wasn’t that the Bare Minerals didn’t work for me, but I really just wanted to try something different. I was at the Estee Lauder counter and made this little impulse purchase. (I’m such a sucker for a free-gift-with-purchase!) I was under the impression that this was a powder foundation and I would be able to use it alone or to set my liquid foundation. The Estee Lauder site says that this powder provides medium coverage.

As a setting powder, this stuff works just fine. But there are lots of comparable products out there that work just as well. Why pay $38 for a powder when I can get e.l.f. powder for $3?

As a powder foundation, this product is terrible! It provided very light coverage–definitely not medium! I felt like I might as well be walking out of the house with a bare face. I love the Double Wear Light liquid foundation, so I was very disappointed with this product. I definitely won’t repurchase.

Faves

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1. Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer 

My skin is super dry and itchy. I always feel like I’m constantly applying lotion, then waiting for it to dry. Vaseline Spray & Go is such a neat twist on lotion and actually works really well. I still find that I like to use a regular, thicker lotion when getting out of the shower, but this stuff is really great if I’m in a hurry, and also for those places that I can’t reach on my own. I always use it to spray my back, which is forever itchy! It’s a quick solution to itchy skin after getting out of the pool and dries very quickly. I thought this stuff was weird when it came out and would have never purchased it if hadn’t been free after coupons and a sale at Rite-Aid. I will definitely repurchase.

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2. e.l.f. Essential All Over Color Stick 

I go through obsessive phases with my make-up. Right now, I’m into glowing cheeks (and gold eyeshadow). I just love that shimmery look I get when applying a highlighter. I own thebalm’s Cindy Lou-Manizer, but I’ve found that I tend to be a little heavy-handed with it. This product solves that dilemna for me, as it is a much more subtle look. It’s creamy, goes on easily, and is very blend-able.

I currently only own the Persimmon stick, but I’ll definitely be picking up the others on my next trip to Kmart. And did I mention that this stick is only a dollar? One freakin’ dollar! I’m also interested in the Shimmering Facial Whip, which is available in the same colors, but is a liquid instead of a stick.

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3. Coastal Scents Revealed Palette 

Though I definitely do splurge on high-end products, eyeshadow is one of those things I’m hesitant to spend a lot on. I’ve worn Wet ‘n’ Wild eyeshadows for years with no issues, so spending $50 on a palette of shadows makes me cringe. That said, I really loved the colors in the Urban Decay Naked palettes, especially the first one. In addition to the cost, these palettes are often out of stock and hard to find. In search of a comparable subsititute, I bought the Coastal Scents Revealed palette. Retail is $19.99, but I was able to get it on sale for half that cost.

This has become my go-to set of shadows. More often than not, I’ll reach for this palette above my others. It’s just a really nice collection of neutral shades that are easy to use. The shadows are creamy, easy to blend, and have all-day staying power. Coastal Scents just released a version 2 of this palette that I will definitely be purchasing soon.

What beauty products are you loving or hating this month?