I just received a new box today from Influenster, and I didn’t even realize I had qualified for it. In this box I got 3 full sized (16 fl oz) bottles of dish liquid. They come in 3 scents: Ginger White Tea, Lemon Thyme and Lime Basil. There were also suppose to be 5 coupon for $1.50 off but I think someone pulled some of them out of the box during shopping. I haven’t done dishes yet tonight and this is a nice little surprise. The dish soap we use most in our house is a different brand right now. Hint: it’s the brand which has the commercials with the baby animals covered in oil, being cleaned up with this product.
So far, I’m liking this new line. I love the packaging, it’s not the traditional dish soap packaging and its pretty sturdy. My one qualm is that it may not be so easy to handle while you’re washing dishes and your hands are wet. I could easily see this slipping out of my hands. Perhaps having some notches or changing the shape of the bottle slightly will help with that. Or even adding some texture to the sides of the bottle will help.
As for the scents themselves- I love the lime basil. It’s different yet still smells clean without being too overly fragranced. I’ve been seeing that a lot of brands are branching out to more fruity smells and while that’s acceptable , citrus scents are still my favorite. Most orange smelling cleaners including dish soaps are too strong in my opinion, so going with the essential lemon and lime were great choices. The White Ginger Tea was my least favorite scent but at least it wasn’t a strong scent. It was very subtle.
These aren’t the foundation powders I was talking about from my previous post. These powders are face powders you can use in addition to mineral powders, such as setting powders, mattifying powders or HD powders. Setting powders or finishing powders do exactly what you might have guessed- they set your makeup. Usually they’re made from a finer milled powder that fills in areas that your foundation powder didn’t. Mineral veils do almost the same thing but I don’t believe they’re as finely milled so they don’t work as well. Being that I’m not very picky and mineral veils work just as well for me, I use my mineral veils and setting powders as well. Mattifying powders are used during the day for clearing up excess oil that can accumulate. Palladio has a rice powder that works this way and they offer it in a sheet version that I keep with me at all times. My younger cousin actually ate one of these papers thinking it was food. Don’t worry, he lived.
Another powder that has been more available recently is the HD powder. I only have one of these and it’s the elf version. I don’t use it all the time since I don’t really take pictures in HD. When using flash photography this can give off a white cast which can look very odd. So unless you’re taking photos or videos in HD, you don’t really need to use this on a daily basis.
So, in conclusion- I recommend having these powders in your collection. Perhaps not all of them but they’re handy for setting your foundation (mineral or liquid) and can really maximize the staying power of your makeup. Another tip- if you’re ever using a creme eyeshadow you can make it last longer if you set it with a similar shade of powder eyeshadow.
I’m still fairly new to the world of Subscription Beauty Boxes but I’m already on my 2nd one. Last month I posted about how disappointed I was with my Birchbox and I subsequently cancelled my subscription. I signed up for Ipsy that day and I’m so relieved I did. I received by Ipsy bag today, 2 days ahead of schedule and I’m so happy with what I received. One of the main differences between my Birchbox and Ipsy bags is that you get the same items in ALL of the bags. With a few exceptions- I mean I received a different shade of the Nyx pigments than a few of the people’s videos that I viewed on YouTube. So what exactly did I receive in my Ipsy bag?
*Metallic Grey makeup bag (of course)
*1 Full Size Nyx Pearl Pigment
*1 Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Mini in Zero
*2 Mirabella Eye & Face Primers (a mistake I’m sure)
*1 MAI Couture Booklet of Highlighting Papers (25 sheets)
*1 Be A Bombshell Lipgloss in Hot Mess
So I got basically 7 items, all of which are deluxe if not full sized items. There was no food, perfume samples, foil packs or fashion tape. Don’t get me wrong I love perfume but I don’t need a sample of perfume every month. So far this is a wonderful start for Ipsy. We’ll see how they do next month!
There are many, many types of foundation out there and it can be a little overwhelming when stepping into the world of makeup. From my own personal experience I started out with face powders. You know those cute little compacts from Covergirl or Maybelline. I wasn’t ever sure of how to pick one out so I just grabbed whichever color I thought I was and it usually ended up going all wrong. It was always a shade lighter or darker. Luckily for me, during my teenage years and early 20’s my skin was always pretty clear. I had no need to even try liquid foundations until I was in my mid twenties, even then the one I spent money on was never a product I would use everyday, simply because it felt too heavy and cakey on my face.
Then recently, I started to develop redness on my skin and there was no avoiding it because it was so noticeable. I tried using my liquid foundation I had on hand but it irritated me and my skin. I have oily combo skin so from my research it was recommended to me that I try mineral makeup. I wasn’t really into doing a system, so when I went to Ulta they had me try a powder from Tarte. It was great, with buildable coverage in a very cute compact. However I eventually wanted something more and so I ended up going to Sephora and buying a starter kit for Bare Escentuals. I found that I loved the system. I loved the primer, the feel of the powder and the setting powder. I still wasn’t content with the price however and went online to try Everyday Minerals. They had more tones and finishes (matte, semi-matte, satin & natural), and you could order samples for a mere penny for 7 samples of your choice. It wasn’t even limited to the foundations, you could try their bronzers or other face powders. It was my younger cousin Ian who actually assisted me in finding the right shade for me and I’ve been using that on a daily basis since.
I am open to trying a liquid foundation again since they do have oil free & matte finish foundations. I also found this handy website that will help you find the right shade for you. It’s not 100% reliable but it will at least point you in the right direction.
So, my tips for finding the right foundation for you? Go to Ulta or Sephora if you want to find a good starting point. Personally I’d recommend Sephora since they seem more knowledgeable about their products. If you don’t want to necessarily go into a mall, you can just go into JC Penney’s since they have small Sephora stores or Ulta since they have free standing stores. Ask someone for help in finding the right tone for yourself and request samples if they offer them. If they don’t offer them, ask about their return policy, since foundations (especially from some high end brands) can be quite pricey- if it doesn’t work out you don’t want to be stuck with a product. If you do decide to go with drug store brands, check their return policies as well, and try to take advantage or deals or coupons they may be offering. Basically shop smart, foundation is a worthwhile investment, whether it be time or money.
You know you have a makeup addiction when you forget about a recently purchased new product. I was racking my brain while I was taking pictures just a few minutes ago about my new Covergirl liner pencils when I realized I took pictures of my recent purchases from the other day but never blogged about them. It was earlier this week when I went on a quick Wal-Mart run with my brother and I picked up a few things:
-2 Covergirl eyeliner pencils in blue & purple
-Revlon Creme Shadow Quad
-Goody Mini spin pins
-Maybelline Fiber Lash Mascara
-NYC makeup palette for brown eyes
Today at Target I picked up:
-elf cream liner in black
-Revlon Custom Eyes palette in Pop Colors
Maybe my mother was right when she asked me today if I had enough makeup. I could never have enough but still, it makes you wonder.
My favorite of this whole set is of course the Covergirl eyeliner pencils. They reminds me of my jumbo pencils in consistency but of course with thinner lines. The blue in particular is more of a shimmery blue while the purple is more of a matte. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the elf cream liner, but when I first swatched it, it was very light. I guess I just had to press a little harder. It was very black and didn’t smudge easily, in fact my hand went a little red while I tried to take it off lol. I’d say that’s good quality since I’d never rub my eyes that hard.
I bought the mini spin pins after realizing my hair is a bit too short for the regular sized pins. They’ll come in handy though since I am trying to grow my hair out. These work great for half up hair styles.
I have yet to use the Revlon Cream Shadow Quad but the consistency was good. I imagine these will make a great base. I have been using the NYC palette and it makes for a great daytime look. I didn’t think so at first but I’ve used it once this week and the combo is perfect for work. It’s not overly colorful and the brown and purple work well together. As for the Revlon Custom Eyes palette it’s a bit too bright for work at the 1st job but I could use it for my 2nd job. I’m allowed to be a little bit more colorful there.
Now for the Maybelline Fiber Lash Mascara- I’m still not sold on this. While I have been using it almost everyday now I’m still not 100% sold on this. Not that I expected it to work wonders but it doesn’t work as well as I thought it would. I’m gonna give it a few more days before I resort to trying false lashes again.