Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wet & Wild Flights of Fancy Haul


I have been trying to cut down on my makeup purchases, but I couldn't help myself when I saw the Wet&Wild Flights of Fancy promo shots! I looked at a million drugstores before I finally found the whole display, untouched, at my own Ulta store!! Haul & discount = yassssss.


I picked up two baked blushes, one lippie, and a shadow quad. Not too bad!


I chose Hummingbird Hype, the gold, and Don't Flutter Yourself, which is a pretty close NARS Orgasm dupe! These are shimmery! I would call these highlights much more so than blushes. They are swatched below Featherless, the gloss I picked.


Featherless is a nude leaning peachy pink gloss. It is incredibly pigmented, non-sticky, and no flavor. Plus, the barrel is adorable.



There were 3 or 4 quads, but I chose Flock Party because that raspberry color was calling my name! I love the matte, at the top, and the browbone highlighter is lovely as well. I haven't gotten the courage to use the raspberry shade in a #lewk yet, but I'll get there!

Did you pick any of these products?! I am pysched to have them and especially at such a reasonable price point.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mani Round Up: June 19, 2018

I promised a much more stellar week than last, and I don't want to disappoint, so I whipped out some gorgeous indies!


Nire's Desire Lemon Ice: Last week, I went to cheer on the athlete's at the Special Olympics in New Haven, CT - go team Glastonbury! I wanted fun, cheerful, super bright nails. What other color is there besides neon yellow to fit the bill?! Two coats are all you need - no streaks, just a perfect polish.


Nire's Desire Lingerie:  Hello, gorgeous! You can't see it well in the pic, but this polish has the slightly pink tint to it that makes it SO flattering. Again, two coats are all you need for opaque perfection.


SuperChic Lacquer Fuchsure Drive Me Insane: Honestly, the name of the polish drives me insane but I looooove it. You can't see how bright the blue shift is here, but trust me, it's lovely. This is two quick coats and topcoat. So pretty!


Orly Prelude to a Kiss: Seriously, my favorite polish color ever. Now discontinued. I post this on Instagram with the following caption:

Dear @orlynails,
If you have any of this left at the warehouse, please let me take it off your hands and put it on mine. Thank you - #myboyfriendhatesmakeup.

I'll let you know if they respond! Fingers crossed!


Literary Lacquers As The Waltz Was Ending: Longtime readers (Holla!) will remember this glorious polish! I got to name and design the color and finish when Amy did her first Community Collection with polishes created by bloggers. I was so honored to be included and this polish is still so freakin' stunning. One of my Top 5 for sure!

BTW, I checked on the website and it is no longer for sale. Officially coveting mine and stashing my spare bottle away!!

Well, this was much improved over last week, right?!


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Mask of the Week: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Sheet Mask

So excited to share this mask with you!


I splurged and spent $6 on a single mask!  That is a far cry from my usual max $2-3 for KB masks. Dr. Jart+ is such a good brand, and especially loved in the KB world, that I just had to try it. So glad I did!

Instructions are per usual:

Safe to use for sensitive skin - always a plus!


Ooh, this mask!  First, it was a heavy, almost cloth-like mask. It SAT on the skin and just hugged every curve of the face. There was a perfect amount of essence, which for me means the mask itself doesn't drip at all, but there's enough in the pouch to rub on my arms and legs.


It was cooling without being cold, soaked without being drippy, clean smelling without being overpowering, and just everything you'd want in a mask. When I removed it, twenty minutes later, my skin was immediately glowy and felt just lovely.

I wouldn't splurge on this spendy mask for more than rare occasions, but it is really nice! Have you tried any Dr. Jart+ products?


Thursday, June 14, 2018

May 2018: Empties & Tossed Report

May was my attempt to use up some samples and some smaller items before they expired. I used up 16 items:



There are quite a few products from this month that I loved and would re-purchase! Sunday Riley Good Genes is amazing - we all know this, right? Chikyu Face Elixir Watermelon Oil is also awesome, but my roommate (my mommy) didn't like the scent, LOL. Chikyu also sent me a face wash sample that is awesome. Caudalie Vino Perfect Radiance Serum is quite delightful, with no scent and a penetrating, soothing feeling. Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex is a heavy nighttime moisturizer that I adore, and Glam Glow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer is another good one, although it does not play well under makeup for me.


I used 14 samples this month. Standouts include my longtime love, Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask, Clinique Moisture Surge, and the TonyMoly Goat Milk Premium Moisture Cream.


I am getting better at throwing things out! The Ulta Beauty On The Go Cleansing Makeup Remover Towelettes are legit awful, LOL. The Revlon Foundation Makeup is too light, it's OLD as hell, and needed to go. The Crazy Humors A La Mode Pistachio chapstick is super old. The Benefit Boing is old and way too dark for me. The Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara was also past it's prime and needed to go.

Month of May:

Totals: 16 items / 14 packets / 5 items thrown out

Empties Report Year to Date: 89 items / 64 packets
Thrown out Year to Date: 79 items


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mani Round-Up: June 12, 2018

Another week, another round up!


Cupcake Polish As Good As Rose Gold: How gorgeous is this! I decided to use this polish and then I chose my outfit the next day based on matching with the polish. Am I basic AF or what?! If I wasn't, asking it like that certainly just jostled me into the YASS category. This is three thin coats and topcoat.


Glisten&Glow Saddle Shoes & Sock Hops: Hello, perfect griege! I don't usually buy cremes from indies, but holy moly, G&G cremes are really delightful. If I wasn't painting my nails in bed and being extra careful, this could've been a one coater, but I did two thinner coats instead. This color is flattering, the formula is perfect, and it dries quickly.

So, this wraps up my lamest MRU to date! I wore the Cupcake Polish for literally 5 days, and only after I worked at Ulta and helped move shipment did I get a noticeable chip - but only on one finger! The Cupcake Polish was also tough to remove, so no wonder my mani looked fab all week.

Here's to more variety to report on the 19th!


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Mask of the Week: e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask

Mask time!

Short on time this week, but looking for a deep clean, I turned to the e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask.

I like the product fine, but I have some thoughts - namely, the packaging.

This mask comes in an awful dispenser. You push the top down and the product comes up from the middle. There is no way to actually use all of the product. As soon as the product hits the lid and the air, it begins to bubble, so you need to be ready to apply it quickly!



It takes just seconds for this mask to bubble and grow on your face. I tried to angle my face so you could see the thickness and richness of the bubbles, so I hope that works well for you. The bubbles are tingly and feel wonderful.

Another note, as I washed this off, I realized this is NOT an eye-safe product! My eyes stung like crazy and my skin was actually fairly red - although soft - after I rinsed. I have used this in the shower before with happier results, so I think it's getting tossed back in the tub.

All in all, for the price, my skin was soft but slightly irritated, and my eyes were just tore up!! I have my Exuviance Triple Oxygen Mask, too, which does the same thing. It's like $75 compared to this - I think it was $10 or under - but the Exuviance earns it's price tag compared to this one.

Have you tried it? Do you like it?


Thursday, June 7, 2018

May 2018: Favorites and Flops

Now that it is June, can we finally get some warm weather in Connecticut? No? Uh,'s literally like 50-something degrees out and raining right now. There is no hope.

Anyway, now that I have thoroughly depressed myself, let us bring some brightness back in and let me show you my favorites (and a couple flops) for May.


Blistex Conditioning Lip Serum: Oof, this stuff is just magic. It feels like a primer or serum, it's got  silky feel to it, zero scent, and as it says on the packaging, literally ONE drop and your lips feel instantly refreshed. Of the approximately 2,830 lip balms I own, this is one of the top 10.

Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet: This bottle is a step up from a roller ball size and a step down from full size, perfect for travel. It smells fresh and floraly - the co-workers and the boyfriend all like it. I plan to keep this in my purse all summer. The applicator is a roller ball, too, which is nice.

Wet n Wild Matte Finish Setting Spray: Lately, my makeup has been looking cakey, and I think that's because I use an obnoxious amount of setting powder to achieve a matte, porcelain doll face. I decided to snag this $5 gem and see if I could get away with this instead of a powder, at least for the summer. So far, so good!

ELF Tinted Lip Oil in Pink Kiss: I just posted my review about this, too, if you want more details HERE, but suffice to say, it's just lovely. It has the tiniest bit of pinky color, applies and feels like a gloss/oil hybrid, and has a cute lil applicator. Nice! Swatched below:


Uh oh...time for the Flops!


Hard Candy Matte Drops: Again, in my quest to become a porcelain doll, I picked up these Hard Candy Matte Drops for about $6 at Walmart (of course, not my local one because it has the worst makeup displays ever). There is nothing "Drops" about this product - it's a thick, almost lotion-like product that laughs at the included dropper. If you wear it solo, fine. If you think you'll be able to add it to your foundation, don't bother. Womp, womp.

Ulta Beauty On-The-Go-Cleansing Makeup Remover Facial Towelettes: Looking back on past posts, I see that I included a version of Formula 10.0.6's wipes last Flops, too. Apparently I am super picky about my face wipes! These smell like old baby powder, they shed on you, and they remove NOTHING from your face!!

Anything you loved or hated this month!? Do you know the correct way to use the Hard Candy Matte Drops!? Drop a line in the comments.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Mani Round Up: June 5, 2018


This week I am determined to use the Zoya Sunshine collection.


Zoya Sandy: No one does the mid-tone, blue-based pinks like Zoya!! Sandy reminds me of a personal favorite, Shelby (also my dogs name), or Kitridge, but a little more lilacy. So very pretty, opaque in two quick coats, and fast to dry.


Zoya Clementine: I saw a Sunshine collex review where the blogger thought Clem was the highlight of the collection. I disagree, but it's pretty. It's so shimmery that it veers dangerously into metallic territory, which veers dangerously into streak city. It was sheer, so this is three coats and topcoat.


Zoya Virginia: I swear this doesn't give me lobster hands in real life!! In fact, I am legit obsessed with this color and plan to rock it all summer long! This is a perfect 1 coat creme, but I did two because IDOWHATIWANT. Love this one.


Zoya Karen: Do you see much of a difference between this and Virginia? This is the slightest bit cherry redder than the one above. I am surprised to see such close polishes in the same collection, to be honest. This applied beautifully, though, in two perfect coats. (I just swatched this so I could pass it on to my friend, Karen!)


Zoya Snow White: Zoya included this in the Bridal collection from the Spring that was mostly re-releases and one new shade, Brighton. Snow White is your regular white creme - every collection needs one. Is this the best? Not really - I actually think Sinful Colors does it better, but this is handy to have. Two coats as undies for the next color...


Zoya Loretta over Zoya Snow White: you really see some color? I kinda don't. Loretta would be ideal for the bride who never wears polish but wanted to look slightly more polished (HA) on her special day. Meh to me!


For work on Sat., I just added a white, clearly freehanded, tip to mask the tipwear!


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Mask(s) of the Week: Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial and The Creme Shop Collagen Face Mask

I am a lady blogger, LOL, so I will go there right off the bat: You need different products for your face during thatimeofthemonth, right!? I know my face feels drier, needs more exfoliation, and also needs some blemish preventative - or to just combat a blemish altogether in case I miss it.

This week I went for Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial and The Creme Shop Collagen Face Mask after a double cleanse and "exfoliation" with Clinique's toner (that ish is brutal!!).


The Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial is a total splurge product! It is similar to pretty much every other bubbling mask, IMO.


You allow the bubbles to form and then to dissipate, and then rinse to reveal glowing, bright, super soft skin.

I followed with my toner, essence, and serum, then I applied a sheet mask, The Creme Shop Collagen Face Mask.


There is some controversy is TCS is really a Korean brand, but I like it just the same. The mask itself is super thick and stays in place. There isn't too much serum but the mask stays damp throughout the 10-15 minute recommended usage.

After that, I removed the mask, rubbed in the serum, and applied moisturizer. I woke up to great skin!


Thursday, May 31, 2018

e.l.f. Tinted Lip Oil Review

I want to start doing more stand alone reviews of makeup products. I am trying to cut my consumption down by a lot, but once in a while, the old #treatyoself mentality jumps in and I make a purchase.

Today I am going to review the e.l.f. Tinted Lip Oil in Pink Kiss.

Spoiler: I love it!


I had $3 in Extra Bucks at CVS, so what better to splurge on than makeup, amirite?! There are 4 shades of oil at my CVS, each retailed at $8. Not cheap for e.l.f., but certainly cheaper than Clarins or many of the higher end lip oils now available.


I immediately loved the applicator! It is a doe-foot with a dip to curve over the lip lines.


And I love the color and formula! The color is the most perfect my lips but better color. The oil is slippery but not messy OR sticky. My lips feel instantly nourished and even after the oil settles, I am left with a pretty stain to my lips.

The cons are that it is not long lasting and transfers - hello, it is an oil!

If you're a fan of Clarins Lip Oils but not a fan of the price, you must check this dupe out!


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mani Round Up: May 29, 2018

Theme week! Literary Lacquers is my favorite indie of all times. I wanted to do a non-Zoya week since I always reach for those, so I went digging around in the melmer to see what I could see!


Literary Lacquers Be What You Would Seem to Be over Zoya Perrie: It all started when I wanted to do my nails without doing them (ie: my life) so I added BWYWStB over Perrie. BWYWStB doesn't need undies by any means though, so I will def use it again without.


Literary Lacquers Je Reviens: If I had to pick one favorite LL, above and beyond, it is this one! I LOVE this color!! I did two and a half coats, LOL. The first one was surprisingly patchy, so I went and sort of dabbed in a half coat. I followed it up with a full second coat to reveal the depth of this gorgeous polish.



Literary Lacquers Vurt-U-Want: Love this polish SO much! The top pic is just glossy clear coated and the bottom pic has a matte topcoat, which gives this super sparkly polish a satin-like finish. I did just two coats of Vurt before the topcoat. I am legit enamored with this polish!


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Mask of the Week: Naisture White Rose

I will have a post for you soon about some real life meets accidental KB shopping I did recently. One of my picks was this mask, a White Rose sheet mask by Naisture.



I bought this from an Asian grocery store, so there weren't many mask options, but I did try a few by this brand.


I am glad I only bought a couple. The fit on this mask is awful! The sheet itself is that super thick, feels like a weird towel consistency. If you mask often, you've experienced this type of sheet for sure. There was also SO much essence that the pouch knocked itself over and spilled all over - yes, there was enough for a legit spill! My skin felt fine after removal - nothing to write home (or blog) about, really. Not bad, not great. Meh!


Thursday, May 24, 2018

K-Beauty Shopping IRL!

I am so excited about this post!

I am dating a new (wonderful, amazing, handsome, brilliant, etc) guy who lives in a city much more diverse than my hometown. In addition to lots of new restaurant options, there are also small grocery and ethnic stores to cater to the different populations in town. I saw an Asian grocery store and was desperate to go in to see if there were any beauty offerings.

Low and behold - my first IN PERSON K-B experience!

Let me just sit down for a sec. This place had sheet masks in two spots and a variety of soaps - like, for the body, in a third section. I purchased 4 sheet masks, all for $2 or under each, from Naisture and It's Skin, 1 rose oil soap that smells just divine for $2, and a toner like product for $6. My total purchase (with candy added!) was under $30, so I was psyched!


Unfortunately, I didn't look at the Eskinol ingredients and it is basically a Clinique toner in a Korean made bottle.  I did try it and the alcohol denat was just extremely overbearing. I may try that again in the summer when my skin needs a little oil control.

If you live in CT and know where else I should go for KB, please LMK in the comments!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mani Round Up: May 22, 2018

Get ready for my lamest Mani Round Up to date! Apparently it was a busy week, LOL, and I only did my nails TWICE. With two Zoya colors.  Let's take a quick look anyway, shall we?


Zoya Aurora: My nail friend Sam recently posted a mani using Aurora and I had been meaning to use it ever since! I did three coats, and I was surprised by how streaky the first coat was, to be honest. My bottle is a few years old now, so maybe that has something to do with it? Regardless, it is gorgeous!


Zoya Perrie: I actually had to force myself to take Aurora off and put on Perrie in two perfect coats. Thanks to OPI Nail Envy base and Glisten & Glow topcoat as the topper, manis last forever with such minimal tip wear. I did two coats of Perrie here - this is a BEFORE WORK mani, but thanks to Jill's miracle topcoat, I was out the door in ten mins, smudge free.

So, that's literally it...


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Mask(s) of the Week: Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment & Manefit Honey Nutrition & Vitalizing Sheet Mask

Wowza at the title of this post! LOL.

I recently learned in my KB Facebook group that charcoal products help pores to look smaller, so I did a double mask using my Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment first and then followed up with a dose of honey hydration.


I couldn't help but make a silly face with grey charcoal all over my face! This product is just lovely - it is the standard charcoal but it isnt drying at all. It is a white and black swirl that combines to a gray. It does dry, but not tightly on the face, and then you wash it off after 20 mins to reveal glowing skin!


I finished with the wash-off mask and then did my toner, essence, serum, and emulsion before applying a sheet mask. The Manefit Honey Nutrition & Vitalizing Sheet Mask is one of my favorites, you've seen it before.


What an excellent combo! I would use these two again. My pores looks definitively smaller!


Wet & Wild Flights of Fancy Haul

Hello! I have been trying to cut down on my makeup purchases, but I couldn't help myself when I saw the Wet&Wild Flights of Fancy ...