Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Mani Round Up: January 30, 2018

Can you believe January is almost over?! As usual, I really need to grab my life by the reins and figure out what I should be doing with myself. Sigh.

Well, if I can't do that, I can at least show you what I managed to get on my nails last week!


Glisten & Glow Your Mountain is Waiting: Perfect pink or what!! <-- exclamation point, not a question, because it isn't a question. This polish is so nice, it pretty much applies itself. Two quick coats, topcoat (also G&G, duh) and you're good to go in minutes!


Glisten & Glow Your Mountain is Waiting, Wet&Wild Blank Canvas, and Seche Vite Black creme: I was thinking I needed something more fun than a basic creme mani for a Monday, so I grabbed a black and white creme, along with YMiW, and did a toothpick swirl mani. I like it!!


Zoya Ana: This is a satin finish polish that I top coated, so nevermind the satin finish. I did two coats and topcoat and wore this for a full 2 days with ZERO chippage!


Zoya Ana, Maybelline Color Show Clearly Spotted, Creations by Lynda Tomboy - plus American Made Creations decal: Seriously, I love a black and white glitter! My gorgeous decal came from Shanel at American Made Creations - blogpost to follow soon!


Wet n Wild Stream of Consciousness: I am all about a sheer wash of color right now. SoC was exactly the look I had in mind, and it is even slightly more opaque than I remembered. This is two coats and topcoat.


Wet n Wild Stream of Consciousness, Essie Ballet Slipper - and custom made American Made Creations decal: Expect to see this decal on every mani for a long time - I love how sweet it looks on everything. I added Essie Ballet Slipper to make this even more opaque, added the decal, and topcoatted it.

Have a lovely rest of your week. Coming up is a post dedicated to American Made Creations and the awesome decals that you've seen here.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Masks of the Week: Ulta Beauty Strawberries&Champagne Hydrating Peel-Off Glitter Mask and Shea Butter Pucker Up Lip Mask

This week I have a few of one of the four masks that Ulta created for Holiday 2017. They sold out quickly (part time job there) and I was lucky to snag one of these Strawberries & Champagne Hydrating Peel-Off Glitter Masks before they disappeared.


I should have taken a picture of the liquid itself for you. It was semi sparkly, but on the skin, as you can see below, it really didn't look anything besides wet.


The strawberries and champagne scent was refreshing and bubbly! It smelled like the old s&c scent that Bath&Body Works offered years ago. The glitter aspect was a complete dud, if you ask me. The peel off process was especially difficult as the mask had zero color - it was hard to tell where you have removed the product and where it was left on your face. Extra rinsing was required after this mask, which I always feel removes some of the benefits, too.


My lips are chapped year round, so when they get especially awful, I reach for a lip mask. I forget where this Shea Butter Pucker Up mask came from but I want to say it came in an Ulta sample bag, like a gift with purchase deluxe sample set. Once in a while, if you follow the emails, those sample bags with purchase are so worth it.

Anyway, after I rinsed off the Ulta mask I applied the soft cloth lip mask. The mask is oversized and covers almost up to my nose. I appreciate that since I have a pesky little line starting on my lip (damn you, mid-30's) and the area can always use extra hydration.


I don't use lip masks often because they are inconvenient. You cannot speak, eat, or drink. This mask is thin, comfortable, but just kind of a pain to use. My lips are left soft, but not plumped. The lip lines remain and you need to follow it with a chapstick or something to seal in the moisture.

I do prefer an overnight lip mask, especially the ones from Laneige and Bite Beauty.  Overnight lip masks are easier because they are a much thicker consistency that is applied at night so you don't have to worry about it, but I will continue to use these until they are gone.

Have you tried a lip mask? What do you think?


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Universal Standard Tee Rex T-Shirt Review

Hello there!

Today I have a review of something never seen before here on MBHM: A t-shirt!

A t-shirt, you ask? Yep!


On Facebook, I follow a brand new clothing line called Universal Standard. Simply put, this is a clothing line for sizes 10 and up that specializes in basic, quality, beautiful clothing. Furthermore, each piece is a true investment because if you change sizes, US will swap out your clothing!

On a random FB Sponsored Post, I saw an offer for a FREE t-shirt from US in a style called the Tee-Rex (cute, right!?). I figured I would sign up, because, hey, free t-shirt and free shipping always sounds great, right? I also figured I would just NEVER receive the shirt because I have filled out offers like this before and received nothing.

Guess what showed up in the mail barely a week later?!


This was an amazing package! In this little, unassuming, white envelope, there was a tote!


Inside the tote, there was a gorgeously tissue wrapped item. Their wrap job was 529% better, but I got too excited and ripped it open before taking pics. This is my attempt to re-wrap for photos.


The logo tote is awesome and unexpected! It is a simple black tote with the brand name across in bold, white print.


Feel-o-vision needs to be real so you can touch this material!

This crew neck style is called the Tee Rex. It retails for $50! I have never paid that much for a t-shirt, but this is such a high quality piece! You can feel the luxe qualities in the stitching, the neck and banding weave, and the slight stretch to the fabric.


I picked the M, which is their 18-20 size. It's a little big but I love an oversized, basic, black tee. Oh! Did I mention I got to request the color, too? That was huge and made me even more excited to try the brand.


And here is yours truly - makeup free, eeeeeeeekk!! - rocking my Universal Standard Tee Rex t-shirt. I am incredibly impressed by the quality of the item and the attention to details in my package. I will be keeping my eye on this brand!!

Have you heard of this brand or tried their clothes!?


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Mani Round Up: January 23, 2018

Hello there!

After a very neon week, I thought it was time to calm down with some neutrals. Or did I?


Julie G Birthday Suit: This is the prettiest soft pink! BS is opaque in just two coats and perfect to work with, usually. Unfortunately, my bottle is like 5 years old, so after I finished this mani, I tossed it. It's been a good run, Birthday Suit.


I wanted a new mani without re-doing my nails, so I did a flower and peace sign mani. Isn't this cute!?


Essie Cocktails and Coconuts: This is not a winter friendly shade for me! Yuck! I love this color when I have a tan, especially on my toes, but I will not be using it on my nails until my skin is no longer this lovely translucent shade of I LIVE IN NEW ENGLAND. The formula is great though, just two coats needed.


China Glaze Dashboard Dreamer: For some reason, whenever it is supposed to snow, I reach for an icy blue polish. WHY!?! No idea, but isn't this pretty? This has a pretty fluid formula (yes, I know it IS a fluid, but you know what I mean) and I did have some trouble with cuticle pooling, but it wasn't too bad. This is three thin coats and topcoat.


Deborah Lippmann Shoshanna: This polish deserves more love! How pretty is this! What you cannot see well in photos is the super subtle sparkle throughout. This is three perfect, thin, easy to apply coats and topcoat. I am not cool enough to get the 'Girls' reference - even the label has 'Girls' on it with four names around it. I am sure this would be easy enough to google, but meh. :)


Color Club Halo Hues Over the Moon: Nail polish friends, remember the hype and fuss over the Halo Hues? The frenzy to buy, the fakes that followed...oh, boy! That was an exciting time in nail polish world, let me tell you. Years later, I still love these! I have this one - perfect in two coats with topcoat - and a pink one.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Masks of the Week: The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask and Duft&Doft Pink Milk Mask

After a particularly grueling retail shift over the holiday, I decided it was a good night for a double mask! I wanted something to thoroughly cleanse my skin and get all the gunk out, so I started with
The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask. After that was rinsed off, I added toner, essence, emulsion, and serum. Once those were absorbed, I went with a soothing sheet mask and chose the Duft&Doft Pink Milk Mask.


This packet came in a set of 6 packets from The Body Shop, with one sachet for each type of mask that the brand offers.



I love a colorful mask! This was a lovely light green and did smell like matcha, but it was incredibly subtle. I have matcha tea that is 1000x more overpowering. This just smells fresh. I am not sure how it works but it works! After just ten mins, I rinsed away the mask to reveal supple, soft, glowing skin. I will definitely purchase a full size of this one.


I admit it, this fell into my cart on FaceTory over Black Friday weekend because I was hoping it would be pink! Milk is well known for moisturizing, so radiance was an added bonus. I bought this with high hopes!



Woo hoo! Not only was it pink, but it was the softest cloth ever. This mask came up on FaceTory's most popular mask list, and I can see why! It smells clean, maybe a touch sweet. The cloth itself stretches nicely and wraps the skin securely. The essence is thick and doesn't drip, but the mask is thoroughly saturated. I literally have nothing bad to say about this mask and will absolutely re-purchase. Have you tried the Duft&Doft brand? Any recommendations?

Needless to say, these two masks were a powerhouse combination that I have got to use again!


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Eye Brow Shaping Guide: Wish.Com Shopping Warning

If you're anywhere on the internet, you have seen advertisements for Wish.com or the Wish App, which is filled with millions of cheap items. You can search for anything from high top sneakers to drug related items...yeah...

So, one sleepless night, I was perusing the Wish App, which I have since deleted. You can see where we are going here, right? I have an endless hate/hate relationship with my eyebrows, so I searched for eyebrow related products and purchased the Eyebrow Shaping Guide for a grand total of $2, including shipping.


Approximately a month later, it arrived.


Seems simple enough, according to the odd clown face on the package. Line it up with your nose as a guide, color in the lines. Done.


So, I lined it up...


This thing has some issues!

The first issue I discovered is that while the brow stencil looks like it has a decent arch, but it doesn't. It's pretty straight and has quite the mean mug look about it.

Second, the openings are not wide enough for even the tip of my retractable IT Cosmetics Universal Taupe Brow Pencil with the tip extended out. A regular pencil that you need to sharpen would never fit in here.

That leads me to issue 3, which is the fact that you need a third or even fourth hand to use this! One hand to hold the handle on your nose, one to color in the stencil, one to help to bend and move the stencil as you get to the tail of the brow, and in my case, a fourth hand to hold my hand-held compact mirror.

Honestly, the results were SO bad that I refuse to post a photo. Needless to say, the Wish App has been deleted and this odd plastic item has been tossed! Consider that a $2 lesson learned.

Have you made any fun and/or odd purchases off Wish? Do tell!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mani Round Up: January 16, 2018

Temps in CT (and pretty much the rest of the US) are awful lately, so I wanted some bright polish to cheer me up!

It all started late the week before, when I grabbed Orly Glowstick. I won't do another mention about it, but I'll just start with a pic to refresh your memory:


After I received so many compliments on this one, I thought it might be cool to keep going with the brights!


Smitten Polish Terra Opal: How gorgeous is this!!? This is another polish that is much brighter in real life. The golden flakkies make this neon green so unique. I did three coats over a white base, which isn't great, but the results are lovely!


China Glaze Bottom's Up: I am a free-spirit, LOL, so sticking to a theme is always harder than I think it will be at the beginning of the week. I wanted to stick with neon, I knew I wanted a pink, but I didn't want to go the traditional neon pink route, so I used Bottom's Up, which is bright and sort-of neon, but not your traditional hot pink neon. I love this color! I did use three coats as it is getting a little older and is slightly patchy, but it's totally worth it!


Zoya Dori: I had plans to see my girlfriends when I picked out this color. I wanted something cheery, slightly out of the box, and just pretty...and also bright enough to fit in with this week's theme - sort of.  Also, my Grandmother, who is a wonderful watercolor artist, keeps noticing that the sky, even though it is so cold, has been a lovely sky blue lately. Zoya Dori was the perfect pic and my last bow decal added a touch of whimsy. This is just two coats and Glisten & Glow topcoat, of course.


Orly Push the Limit: Rounding out neon week is one of my faves, Push The Limit. It much more orange than the photo shows but you get the idea. I did two coats and topcoat.

Neon week was a success! But I think it's back to neutrals next week, LOL.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mask of the Week: by nature Pumpkin + Chai Latte Brightening Face Mask

I am catching up by blogging now about some memorable masks that I have used in the past. I couldn't leave this one off the list!

In October/November...honestly...August, LOL, the pumpkin spice craze hits hard. We all know this. It used to be controlled - found in the forms of lattes, cookies, and the occasional yet festive seasonal candle. Thanks to capitalism and crazed, fall-loving Americans, the pumpkin spice trend has now infiltrated everything - including face masks.


And yes, I must admit, I bought this, and therefore, I am one of those crazed and fall-loving Americans.


Honestly, it is well known that pumpkin, as an edible fruit (veggie?), has a ton of benefits and is eaten regularly by pretty much everyone except Americans. Why? LOL, instead, we schmear it on our faces!  I digress.

This mask is just too much! The "spice" part is overwhelming to the senses and you can almost feel the cinnamon penetrating the skin. It has extra essence, which is usually nice, but I ended up with a pumpkin spice flavored body, which was also overwhelming. The results of the mask were decent - my skin looked quite bright and any discoloration was gone. It was also a great base for the rest of my skincare.

I would not re-purchase this, but it was fun to try at the time! This was definitely a spontaneous purchase that I bought entirely for the pumpkin spice, so any benefits were really a plus, haha. I have most certainly tried other masks with just as much brightening power without the heavy duty fragrance! Next!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

eopenmarket: The Lucky Box!


If you have been reading the blog for a while now, you may have noticed that I have adopted the 10-stop Korean Skincare System.  In brief, it goes like this:


This is pretty much the closest image I found to the routine I do.  A couple notes for me, personally:

  • For me, step 0. would be a makeup remover wipe for me. Oil cleansers never remove my makeup enough and I hate that smearing-makeup-all-over-to-remove it nonsense. 
  • Step #3, exfoliate, is maybe 1-2 times per week for me. 
  • I often do two masks, with a treatment mask at Step 3 and a hydrating sheet mask for Step 7.
  • In addition to Eye Cream, Step 8, I also used a neck and chest creme, so I would call that Step 8a for me. I love Strivectin Neck Creme or LUSH Kitchen Mirror Mirror.
  • In more Western terms, Ampoule = Serum, Emulsifier = Moisturizer, and Night Cream actually means an Overnight Treatment, not what we traditionally (in the US) think as night cream - that would be Step 9 and then you would follow with an even heavier overnight creme or even an oil.


With that out of the way, let me get to the point here.

If you're any sort of interested in the graphic above, an awesome place to start is the Lucky Box from eopenmarket. Here is what I purchased for $4.35:


A couple things to note about eopenmarket:

  • It is not US based and therefore, if you're wary about not so traditional ingredients, this is probably not for you. 
  • Many of these sample packets have no English directions, so if you're unfamiliar with the routine and keywords and their synonyms, this might be frustrating - I know my first purchase was, more so than this more recent one.
  • Shipping isn't cheap and it takes at least two weeks to receive, but it is worth it for me to buy one full size item that I need and then add this to the order. eopenmarket also adds more samples if you purchase anything else.

I sorted the samples by type to show you the variety:


I won't name everything, but I received the following:

  • 2 sheet masks (Step 7)
  • 1 Wonder Pore single treatment (a toner, Step 4)
  • 1 blackhead nose patch treatment (considered part of Step 3 to me)
  • BB Cream samples (cosmetics)
  • Serums/Ampoules/Essence (Steps 5&6)
  • Eye Cream (Step 8)
  • Cream Cleansers (Step 2)
  • Moisturizers/Creams (Step 9)
  • 2 Conditioning Treatments for hair
  • 1 shampoo packet

How cool is that? There are at least 2 of each item and I find that I can get two uses out of most sample packets. 4 tries is enough, for me in most cases, to decide if I like a product. I also recently found a sample based company on ebay and made a purchase, which means if I find a sample that I like, but want to explore it more, I can purchase specific samples. I will review them once I receive my order.

I hope this helps you if you're interested in learning more about KBeauty. There is plenty more to discuss this but the eopenmarket Lucky Box sample box a fun and inexpensive way to explore the steps.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mani Round Up: January 9, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  How has your 2018 been so far?

Let me show you what I wore on my nails during the first week of 2018.


MAC Girl About Town: This polish was gifted to me eons ago by my friend, Lauren (Hi!). Why don't I wear it more often!? I love the color and the formula was great. This is two coats and topcoat.


Glisten & Glow Saddle Shoes and Sock Hops: So, GAT was  my first MAC Polish and Saddle Shoes is my first Glisten & Glow creme polish!! This is two perfect coats and topcoat. I also bought a pink polish from G&G that I am sure you'll see quite soon.


SinfulColors Vacation Time: Found it! I "lost" this polish in the depths of my melmer for the longest time! I love this cinnamon color for fall in winter. Why it is called Vacation Time is beyond me when it's the most office appropo mauvey meets cinnamon color, I don't know, but I love it. Two coats and topcoat! Sidenote - if you own Kat Von D's Lolita lippy, it looks quite similar to me, with Lolita being slightly darker (add Knotty by ColourPop and it's a spot on dupe, FYI).



Orly Glowstick: I long for the day when I have a camera that will photograph neons properly! You already know Orly Glowstick, it is the must have neon from Orly, in my opinion, and it's been the yellow neon queen (king?) of the nail world for a while now. You either need a white base coat and two coats of Glowstick, or just three coats, as shown here.

Till next week!


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Mask of the Week: The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

One of my blogging goals in 2018 is to bring back the Mask of the Week post. I have been faithfully masking throughout 2017 and my skin looks so swell that I plan to continue. Might as well blog about them, too!


One brand that I began to explore in late 2017 is The Body Shop. I remember loving the products back in the day, LOL, but now it deserves a new look with fresh, older, wiser, more skincare concious eyes. I am loving quite a few of the Vitamin E products they offer, so I picked up this British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask out of curiosity when it was on sale (seriously, watch Ulta, they have 40% off on this brand pretty often).


It comes housed in a hefty jar. It feels sturdy and luxe and looks great on my vanity.


By fresh, they mean slimy! Fresh Cosmetics, I'm looking at you!


The directions say to slather some on clean skin, wait 5-10 mins and rinse. I do a full skincare routine, so I did a first (oil) and second (cream) cleanse before applying this. I used just my fingers as it was a little too loose in texture for the elf spatula tool.

The smell is divine, of course, but you must love roses. It is not a sweet rose scent but instead mixed with a herbal, clean scent. It just smells fresh, as the name suggests.

As it dries down, it does not tighten the skin and it does not harden much. You can just feel it sitting on the skin. Once you rinse with warm water, the skin is extremely soft to the touch and texture more even. The small, persistent, dry spot near my nose was completely healed up! I finished with my normal routine and woke up with very soft skin that had absorbed my other products very well.

I would definitely recommend this! Can't wait to use it again.


March 2019: Empties & Tossed Report

I am continuing to try to use up products that have been laying around, including perfumes. So far, so good. Let me show you what I used in ...