Monday, October 10, 2016

Blogging Break Time - Monday Morning Announcement


I hope you enjoyed my most recently Monthly Favorites post and empties. I love reporting my likes, dislikes, and empties for you each month.

I must admit, I am a bit burned out on polish blogging. It's been over 5 years now! I try, though I often fail, to bring you new content 3 days per week, and a Mask of the Week post on Sundays. During the holidays especially, it can be quite the extra amount of pressure on me to produce new posts for you. This year, I'd decided to just eliminate as much chaos as I can control, and taking a blogging break seems like an easy aspect of my life to not eliminate, but to put on hold.

Since my blog is called MyBoyfriendHatesMakeup (though I am single at the moment, HA!), I feel like I have more room for varying content, and in the future, I wont be sticking just to polish. I have already started to introduce beauty products in my monthly favorites posts, but I would like to be more in depth throughout the month. I am hoping to work with more makeup and especially skincare companies to bring you a variety of products. Heck, I might even throw in posts about what I am thinking or doing at the time. Perhaps some posts to ask your opinions or vote about things. Who even knows? The possibilities are endless!

I do plan to keep up my monthly favorites posts, and I do plan to post occasionally on instagram, so please follow me at MyBoyfriendHatesMakeup on IG for random updates.

I hope you have a great holiday season and look forward to catching you in 2017.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

September 2016 Empties Report!

Happy Friday!

To end this week, even though it's a smidge late, I have my monthly empties report for you! Since this is only my second month with this feature, the Empties Report is basically showing you what I used up this month and letting you know if I would re-purchase it. Fun, right?

Group shot!


I have quite a few to review, so I separated them into body, face, nails, and hair. Let's go!



LUSH Cosmetics Cynthia Sylvia Stout:
     LUSH orders always include generous samples and I love trying new things. With that said, one sample of a shampoo isn't really enough to make a decision. This shampoo smelled heady, lovely, and beer-like, so I am not sure I'd take the chance to try again. Not really my thing!

Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Deep Nourishing Conditioning Treatment:
     Subscription boxes often include hair mask type items, and with long, thick, constantly dry hair, I love to receive them. This one smells amazing, but the smell was honestly the best part. I would not repurchase this.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Overnight Perfector:
     HOLY GRAIL! I love this stuff. I received the LP Overnight Perfector in the Sephora PLAY! box and loved it so much that I swapped for a second one. You use this at night after you wash your hair. Spread through your damp hair (I focused on the ends) and go to bed. Wake up with the softest hair ever. Lovveeee!!!!!



Ayres Body Polish: 
     I received this as a swap and, first things first, it smells like a tropical vacation. I would not go out of my way to re-purchase this, but I did enjoy it. It is a cream based scrub with little blue scrubbies that do seem to dissolve (unlike those nasty plastic beads) and does smell amazing.

Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion: 
     I love this stuff! If you have not tried the luxe indulgence of an in-shower body lotion, you must try it! After you clean your body, apply this thick cream and give it a quick rinse before you hop out. It eliminates the need for body lotion after the shower. This has a thick texture and clean smell, so I really enjoy it. LUSH makes a few that are super duper expensive, so I tried this and do love it. I will re-purchase again and again!



Benefit Roller Lash:
   Roller Lash is a fairly new Benefit formula that already has cult status. I am not surprised because it is amaaazing. It makes my lashes super long and doesn't flake at all. I use this AND my L'Oreal Miss Manga together and am constantly asked if my lashes are fake. Would I buy this again? YES! I already have!

dr. brandt PoreDermaBrasion: 
     I love the dr.brandt line, so I was really excited to swap for this and try it. I don't use scrubby face products often since I do have sensitive skin that is prone to instant redness, but I did like this. I am not the best tester because I only use it on my nose area, so I wouldn't go out of my way to re-purchase this.

Korres Wild Rose Overnight Mask:
     Korres is another brand I adore! This came in a PLAY! box and I swapped for a second, too. This smells amazing, just like roses, and leaves you with plumped, gorgeous skin in the morning. Korres is often out of my price range, so I've picked up Garnier and Soap&Glory versions to try in the meantime.

LUSH Cosmetics 9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion: 
     I picked this up to try since I love LUSH, as you may have noticed, and this is supposed to be a signature product - easy to use and works well on everyone. Meeeeeh. It's nice, smells nice, but doesn't remove makeup, which is something I def need my cleanser to do. I love my Ultrabland and Let The Good Times Roll, so I will not re-purchase this one.



Beauty Secrets Pure Acetone:
    Last but not least, the Beauty Secrets Pure Acetone is from Sallys, always on sale, and removes glitter like a dream. I buy this in bulk!

That wraps up this months empties. Did you like or dislike any of these items?


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

September Favorites: Likes and Dislikes

As usual, I am late again, but I have a jam packed post for you, so please forgive me!

This month I have some favorite manicures and beauty products to share, so let's jump right in!

Here are this month's manicures:


My favorite manis include:

  • SuperChic Lacquer Fumbling Fairytales
  • Zoya Merida
  • China Glaze Too Yacht to Handle
  • Zoya Wyatt
  • Orly Hot Shot


Beauty product time!


First - my new favorite HOLY GRAIL item!! I will never use another facewipe again. These are exclusive to Ulta. They are $5.99 for a 25 pack, but they are often Buy1Get1 50% off and you can use Ulta promos on them. They remove mascara without rubbing and they remove matte lipstick with no issue at all. Amaaaazing.


Another Holy Grail! LUSH Cosmetics has created the Sleepy Body Lotion for the upcoming Christmas season. It smells like the infamous Twilight scent and it's purple! Enough said.


Overnight creams are amazing! Slather this on your clean face and go to bed. Wake up with refreshed, plumped, smooth skin. What's not to love?


Ole Henricksen's Sheer Transformation is a sample I received in the Sephora PLAY! box and instantly loved it. I am wishing for a full size for Christmas.


Makeup time! These have all been in constant rotation this month.

On top, this is Times Square from ColourPop. Swatches below. It's my perfect my-lips-but-better color. It is an Ultra Matte but I don't find it drying at all, partly because...

NYX Primer! This is a colorless pencil that you line your lips with before applying potentially drying mattes. I carry this in my purse and at under $6, it is a must have for matte lippy lovers.

Flower Blush in Win Some, Rouge Some, is something I'd had for years. I should probably throw it out by now, but the shelf life of a cream blush has to be a while, right? It's the perfect flushed pink and easy to apply with just my fingertips.


Swatches of ColourPop's Times Square, on top, and Flower Win Some, Rouge Some blush blended below:


That's it for this month! Have you tried any of these products? What do you think?


Friday, September 30, 2016

Nail Art: Illamasqua Collide & BornPrettyStore Decals!

I looove the Bornprettystore decals I am going to show you today. In fact, you've seen them plenty of times on this blog already!

First, though, let me show you the base of this mani, Illamasqua Collide, by itself. Illamasqua polishes are so amazing, it's a shame Sephora stopped carrying them. You can, however, find them on Haute Look every once in a while for a legit steal!



I picked up Collide because, well, look at it! Neon pink, creme, by it! This is just two coats and topcoat. Perfection in pink!


On to the art!

These BPS stickers are stickers, not waterslide decals. They are about $5, but come with ten designs each and 12 stickers of each design. That is a ton of manicures, a really great value. They are pretty much foolproof to apply, too.

My only issue is that they don't last long... Even with topcoat. they peel at the edges and come up after a few days. I am a picker, so the second they list off the nail, I peel them off and it just looks bad.

Anyway! I do enjoy them while they last!





What do you think of this mani? Have you tried these stickers?


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sephora PLAY! September 2016

September is almost gone, and as usual, I am scrambling to post this in time!  I also, ICYMI, plan to take off the rest of the year of blogging, with exceptions for Favorites, press samples sent to me, and Sephora PLAY! box reviews, like today.

Let's check out September's box. It was a great one!!


I honestly wish they'd go back to boxes, which I find so much more useful for re-purposing. I now have 4 of these bags in my swap pile and zero inkling of what to use them for. Sigh.


...does anyone else's mind travel to the gutter looking at this design?


Atelier Cologne's Sud Magnolia was this month's perfume sample, the 6th item in the 5 item box. It smells floral but clean. Not something I'd re-purchase as it is not special enough to become a signature scent, in my opinion.


Atelier sends a cute postcard with the perfume sample, which is nice.


Kat Von D Tattoo Liner!! Eeek! I was soo excited to see this as I love liquid liners. I heard, as we all have, amaaaazing things about this product and it did not disappoint! I have already added this to my Christmas wishlist.

Swatches below!


Sephora included a Rouge Brilliance Lipstick in Love Spell. It's a creamy, shiny pink that is probably good for a variety of skin tones. Swatches below!


Here is Love Spell by Sephora and the Kat Von D liner.


I totally forgot to take a photo of the clear brow gel. But, it's clear. Forgive me?

Ole Henricksen products are quickly becoming favorites. This sheer transformation moisturizer is lovely! I also want a full size soon. I have been mixing a touch of this with my primer to use under foundation and my foundation applies really well with zero dry patches on my skin. So far, so good. And it smells lovely!



There you have it! I am absolutely delighted with this month's Sephora PLAY! box. I will use every single item, with the exception of the bag itself.

Did you get any different items? What do you think of this month's bag?