Too Many Empties!! Products I've Used Up #1

Sunday, September 30, 2012

 






As you might already be able to tell, I have collected quite a few empty containers of products I've used up recently, and since they're my favorite kinds of posts/videos to read and watch, I thought I'd do my own!  Because really, who doesn't love a good empties post, amiright?!  (Sidenote: I just discovered that my camera has a close-up option and I am so pleased with it that I might have gone a bit mad with it, sorry!)

1. We'll start off with the boring, ho hum stuff.  Wet wipes; what else can you say about them?  They're wet and they clean your hands.  Nothing too special here.  I was using these to cleanse my hands on the go before I was introduced to the wipes from Motif.

2. Motif Hand/Face Wipes in Water Lily and Herbs (clicky!)
I use these up so quickly either on my trips to NYC to visit the sib, or after I get off work (my job requires me to use my hands a lot).  They smell amazing, and I currently have two back ups.  They're so easy to just chuck in a bag because of how thin they are.  I will definitely keep repurchasing these!

I appreciate these for what they are, but I do think they're a bit overrated.  I really like having these in my bag for those grungy days on the job (no, I don't wear make up to work!) because they do the job of making my face feel clean.  I don't think this is quite the miracle product that a lot of people make it out to be, but it does the job when you're unable to properly clean your face.

4. Caudalie: The Eye Cream
Even though it's called THE eye cream, I just don't think it's the eye cream for me.  I noticed no differences in my eye area after finishing this sample, and although there was only a teeny weeny amount in the sample, I just wasn't wowed enough to want to give this a proper go.  Won't be buying the full version.

5. Viva La Juicy perfume sample
From what I've heard, a lot of people heart this perfume.  I however, did not.  I liked the floral notes in it, but mixed with the amber, sandalwood and vanilla, I was just not a fan.

6. Various dead mascaras
I really enjoyed the L'Oreal Voluminous Millions as it was very separating on my lashes.  I liked the Clinique Bottom Lash as well, but because of its size, I use it up quite quickly.  I've used up two or three tubes of each now!

7. Maybelline Line Stiletto liquid eye liner
I freakin love this stuff!  This is probably the third or fourth one I've finished up, and I will continue to repurchase it.  The tip is very small and precise, and it allows you to hold it quite close to the end so that you can apply your liner with a steady hand.  Always appreciated!!

8. Mac MSF Natural in Medium Plus
This was pretty meh for me.  I chat about it a bit here if you're interested.

9. Mac Plush glass in Big Kiss
The Mac plush glass formula is tops!  When worn it feels like your lips are tingly and a bit puffier (in a good way).  I would defs buy it again, but in a different color.  This shade was a bit too warm for me.

10. Mac Cremesheen lipstick in Creme d' Nude
Definitely not the shade for me.  I had heard all of the beauty gurus talking about it aaaages ago, and even though I'm a bit darker than the girls who were raving about it, I foolishly thought it would work on me as well.  I actually walked out of the store with it thinking "Well, maybe it's just the harsh lighting.  It'll look better on at home."  It didn't.

I got this as part of a gift set last Christmas.  I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.  It did the job as a shower gel, but unfortunately I just found the scent a bit gross.  It claims to be infused with sweet violet extract.  Guess I know what to stay away from, then!

I remember watching a Lisa Eldridge video on her gift ideas for the holidays, and this was one of the products she mentioned.  I absolutely love Lisa Eldridge, so as soon as she raved about this product, it went right smack on my wish list.  Now I'm sure you've heard other beauty gurus talking about this brand, but if I can sway you any more towards it, I'm gonna try!  This is hands down the most luxurious and beautifully scented shower gel I've ever used.  And even though it comes in a generous 400ml size, I used it up in less than two months, because I was literally making excuses to have two showers a day, just to use this product!  It's INSANE how much I love it.  It is a bit pricey at $20 here in the states, but I would definitely buy another one of these in a heart beat (in fact, I have!), just to try a new scent.

As stated in my hair care routine post, I am very open to testing out new conditioners, and I rarely buy the same one twice.  I got these on a buy one get one free offer at Ulta recently, and they definitely did the trick.  The Smooth Start smelled lovely, like sweet, white flowers, and the Root Awakening smelled surprisingly like sweet mint gum!  Both were quite nice, and left my hair soft and tangle-free, but if you've read my new hair routine post, you'll see I've already purchased a different conditioner.  That said, I definitely trust John Frieda with my hair!

Whew!  What a post, eh?  If you've made it this far, then good job, you!  I'm going to try and work on making my posts less wordy, but sometimes I just have tons to say!  Oh well, hope you enjoyed the empties post (I'm having a ball watching all of the new empties videos up on youtube right now!), and I'll speak to you again soon.

What are some of the products you've used up recently?  What is your most repurchased beauty item?

Until next time.  Laters!

Amelia xx

Rainy Day FOTD

Saturday, September 29, 2012






Skin: Clinique Superbalanced Makup in 05 Vanilla | Eyes: LORAC Femme Fatale palette; shades 1 and 3, Clinique black gel liner | Cheeks: Stila Convertible Color in Poppy (totally reviewing this soon!) | Lips: MAC Kinda Sexy lipstick and NYX Smokey Look lipgloss

Just wanted to share a quick FOTD with you guys!  Nothing too special here, just a normal, everyday look for me.  I tend to get really inspired to do my makeup when it rains..

Laters!
Amelia xx

LORAC Femme Fatale Eye Shadow Palette

Direct sunlight. Shades 1-10, from left to right.


As promised, I will be reviewing my recent LORAC purchase: the Femme Fatale eye shadow palette.

I want to start by saying that I reeaally wanted to love this palette, in fact I expected to, but in the end it just doesn't have my heart.  As a rule, I really like LORAC's lipsticks, but I'm sad to say that I just don't love their eyeshadows.

The palette includes 10 shades in total, each weighing in at 0.03 oz, or 0.9 grams (for reference, MAC shadows are 0.05 oz/1.5 grams).  I bought this palette as a Hautelook.com exclusive for $14.00, however I was informed by the people at LORAC Cosmetics that it will also eventually be available at Nordstrom Rack (Nordstrom's outlet store).  At what price, I'm not sure.


Natural lighting.


What I Like:

1. There is a nice mix of cool and warm tones.  The first 5 shades in the palette are on the warmer side, featuring brown and red tones, while the final 5 are much cooler with purple and grey tones.

2. Nice mix of matte and shimmer shades:
The first shade, the third shade, the eighth, and the ninth are all pretty matte, while the rest are decidedly shimmery.  In fact, shade 3 is a very nice brow color for people with ashy brown hair like myself.

3. The shades are all very creamy in texture, and the darker shades (except for the black which requires layer upon layer to get it to show up very black), along with the second shade, afford good color payoff.

4. They are fairly easy to blend.

5. The packaging: It's small, compact, and really cute with a padded, snakeskin-esque lid!





Sorry for the quality, but I missed out shade seven (which appears second here) in the photo above this one!



What I Don't Like:

1. Even though most of the darker shades have a decent color payoff, I found the two lightest shades to be very chalky, and complete throw-aways.  The first shade in particular, even after layering it and layering it onto my eyelid, showed up translucent at best.  Not the all-over lid color I had been hoping for.  I also had very little luck getting the seventh shade to show up (the shimmery silver color).  I even forgot to picture it in my swatch with all 10 shades!

2. The shadows literally get ALL OVER the place!  This is the thing I dislike most about the palette.  If you're not careful about the firmness with which you run your brush over a color, chunks of it actually come loose, and I had to end up blowing them off, as they mixed with other colors.  I feel like this speeds up the "hitting pan" process, and is kind of a rip-off.

3. Works best for evening looks: I was hoping to be able to create both daytime and evening looks with this palette, as on sight it seemed to have a good mix of light and dark shades, but after using it and realizing that three of the lighter shades are essentially useless on me, I am left with just two colors that would suit me as a lid color.  The rest I would only wear in the crease and only in the daytime, unless I were feeling oddly daring.  Basically, I had hoped that this would become my everyday eye palette, but  unfortunately it has not.  This last point is probably more my fault than anything for not scrutinizing the colors better before purchasing.

So that is my full review!  I hope you found it helpful (and I'm sorry to any international readers, but I believe there are only Nordstrom Racks in the US).  I don't know why I find it hard to be so negative, but I felt it only fair to share my honest opinion, especially about a product that I didn't get on with very well.  

If, even after my negative review, you still plan on purchasing it and trying it for yourself, or if you already own it, let me know how you got on with the palette?  I'd love to know!  Hopefully some of the other LORAC eyeshadows are made up of different stuff, because I've been eyeing their Pro Palette...

Sorry this was so negative, but hey ho!

Well, until next time.  Laters!

Amelia xx


* My skin color is medium/tanned for reference.

Current Hair Care Routine: Spiral Curls

Thursday, September 27, 2012


When I was younger, my hair was unruly, tangled, just an absolute mess, really (and that's putting it lightly).  I had absolutely no idea what to do with the frizzy triangle on my head that was posing as my hair.  In fact, I think I was a teenager before I even realized that I was the owner of potentially well-defined curls.  And it wasn't until I was eighteen that I actually figured out what my hair had been asking for all those years.  My hair needed moisture, and it needed it immediately!  That was when I put down the alcohol, and picked up the leave in conditioner, and I haven't looked back since.

Most of the products I use contain very little alcohol because I learned (rather late, I'll admit) that it can be very drying indeed (d'oh)!  I will occasionally use a shampoo, but never more than once a week, because my hair will dry out if I'm not careful.  I didn't include a picture of it, because I will literally use any shampoo that I can find in the bathroom, so I figured it wasn't worth mentioning.  My conditioner is the one product that I'm willing to experiment the most with, and even though I'm currently using the L'oreal Ever Creme one (which is pretty darn decent), I always seem to come back to John Frieda's Full Repair, and Neutrogena's Triple Moisture.  I comb my conditioner through my hair in the shower (never brush curly hair dry!).

I am also experimenting with intensive treatments at the moment.  Pictured is the Coppola Keratin Complex Vanilla Bean Deep Conditioner (phew, what a name!).  I like it enough, but I haven't given it a fair go yet in order to get a better feel for it.  So far it has made my hair pretty soft, but I can't really get over the scent.  I'm not the biggest fan of vanilla to begin with, but this conditioner kind of smells like vanilla mixed with public restroom soap to me!  Fortunately, your hair doesn't smell like this after using it.

I am currently testing the Shea Moisture smoothie, and I have to say it is much more like a pomade than anything else.  I think it would work well for girls with kinkier and thicker hair than mine, but it still does the job on my thinner, frizzy hair.  I have noticed that when using it, I can sleep on my hair and wake up essentially frizz free.  It's a miracle, I tell you!  However, I don't like the fact that I can almost immediately feel the product build up in my hair, plus the scent is a little overbearing.

Finally, the Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner and John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls spray; definite Holy Grail hair products for me!  In fact, I think the Dream Curls spray is my most repurchased hair care item.  This must be my seventh bottle, at least!  I use these two in conjunction with each other, and have done so for over a year now.  I just get the softest, frizz-less and most defined curls by using these two products together, and it will take a miracle product to sway me toward anything else!  

P.S. On one of my recent trips to Target, I discovered that they now carry the entire Mixed Chicks line, which is more than exciting because the only place I knew to buy them previously were from online retailers.  No shipping?  Definite score!

Anywho, that's all for today chummies,

Laters!

Amelia xx

Photo Diary: The Dog Days of September

Hello my gorgeous friends!

Today, as you may have guessed from the title, I have something non-beauty related to talk about (I know, shock horror!).  I've seen a bunch of different bloggers doing daily summaries and such, so I thought I'd try my hand at it for my own nostalgic reasons, but also so that those of you who take the time to read my blog (thank yoU!!) can get to know me a little bit better, if that is of any interest!  

Sneak peak!:


Cody, one of the most well-behaved dogs I've ever met.


Now I do have a separate day job (which has been completely exhausting this week, btw!), but I also sometimes stand in for the neighborhood dog walker when she gets called away for whatever reason, and today just so happened to be one of those days.  I should probably take this moment to let you know that I am a HUGE mega animal lover, so even though walking dogs can be hard and frustrating (excessive barking *shudder*), and at times very dirty (I walk up to eight dogs at a go sometimes!), it is most definitely very rewarding, plus as a bonus I get to hang out with all of the puppies!!

I thought that since I walked a few of them today, that I'd snap some photos and share the cuteness with my readers!!  I only had five dogs today (one is not pictured), but I have two of my own as well, so the house was incredibly busy and definitely not quiet!



Oliver, the strongest and most playful!


Lucy, one of my own who is obviously over the moon with joy that I am taking her picture...


Pepper, the prince, who requires petting at all times.



Lucy number two: This one's cray-fish.



Dingo, my own as well, who we think shares a striking resemblance to Stitch...

Well that is all that I have for you today, chummies!  I hope I didn't bore you too much with this, but I think it's important with blogging to know whose words you're actually reading.  And while this post isn't specifically about me, it was about my day (sort of) and one of my jobs, and also about some of the animals in my life.  I thought this might add some personality and life to my blog, because while this blog is and will continue to be almost entirely beauty related, I also want this to be a place where I can occasionally share some photos and stories from my own life as well!

Thanks for reading, and until next time, 

Laters!

Amelia xx

A Decidedly Black and Gold Haul

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hello again, chums!

Today’s post will be shorter than usual, but only because this is strictly a haul.  I am still planning to review some of the items from my haul last weekend, so no I haven’t forgotten!




1.     Lorac Femme Fatale eye shadow palette (reviewed here)
2.     Spikey bracelets from ebay (I bought a silver one as well)
3.     LUSH facemask in Brazened Honey (reviewed here)
4.     L'oreal Lineur Intense eye liner in Carbon


Blue bracelet here

Now, as you can see, I have decided to embrace the recent spikey/punk accessories trend by sticking my toe in the water with these, which were dirt cheap on ebay (less than $2 each!).  I saw these on shewearsfashion.com, and placed an order for them that night!




Onto the most exciting part of the haul for me, which is the LUSH facemask!  I’ve been a quiet Lushie for about two years now, but have never really gotten into their skin care.  I’d mostly tried their bath and shower products, but I’m finally getting the chance to try one of their famous fresh face masks and I couldn’t be happier!  It smells like such the quintessential LUSH fragrance, which is so hard to describe unless you've already smelled it, so I'm not even going to attempt a try.

Finally, I am hesitant to review the Lorac eye palette because it was a Hautelook.com exclusive (so I don't think it’s available anymore), BUT I may write a post about the formulation of the Lorac shadows, in case anyone is so inclined?  So far I find them reeeeeallly creamy and blendable, so all good news thus far!

Well, I think that’s it for now.

Laters!

Amelia xx

My Most Wanted: 13 Beauty Items for Fall!

Friday, September 21, 2012


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Heyo chummies, welcome to my beauty wish list for the fall!  Enjoy the read, I'd love to know what products are on your lists as well!

Read from L to R, top to bottom.

1. Stila Convertible Color blush in Poppy
Blush is such a must have for me in the colder months, and I like to get a little more playful with it when my skins gets a bit paler.  And just look at this color; it's so striking!  

2. Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial
I feel like I heard about this on Estee's channel essiebutton, but even if I didn't, it just so appeals to me.  The combination of rose and vitamin C just sounds so brightening, and that's exactly what my skin craves in the fall and winter.  Plus...I mean it's called a "sleeping facial".  Vair gorgeous.

3. Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight eye palette
This palette just screams luxury to me!  I think that the purples and creams would go really well with my green eyes and dark hair.  Sometimes I google pictures of this in my spare moments.  I totally have a life.

4. Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger Body Creme
I've heard only good things about Jo Malone's body cremes, and as I love all things ginger, I thought this scent sounded absolutely decadent.  Plus this is just a wishlist, so I'm gonna go big!

5. The Body Shop Banana Conditioner
I first heard about this a few years ago when I first started getting into beauty and makeup (from whom, I can't remember), and I have wanted it ever since.  Bananas are known for their moisturizing properties, and that is absolutely all my hair asks for in the fall.  Plus, it's only $8.00!

6. Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment
This was recommended for those with dry, curly hair on naturallycurly.com, and because I live for ginger scents, and my hair gets super brittle in the sun and wind, I thought this might be a nice addition to my hair care routine for the fall.

7. The Body Shop Body Butter in Olive
Surprise, surprise, I've never actually tried a Body Shop body butter.  I know, I know, it's complete blasphemy.  I feel like it's such a standard in the beauty world that I have to try at least one.  Not sure why I picked Olive, just that it sounds sort of Autumnal to me, I guess?

8. Stila Coconut Crush Lip and Cheek Stain
I saw FleurdeForce of youtube fame wearing this in one of her earlier videos, and it made her look so put together!  There's something so appealing to me about rocking a dark brown lip color, that I just have to try it out myself.

9. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
I got a sample of this from Sephora earlier this year, and I squeezed the absolute life out of it to make sure that I got every last bit of it out!  It was so creamy and refreshing, and left my face feeling soooo smooth, that I knew I had to get my hands on a full size.  I just never got around to actually buying it...

10. NARS blusher in Dolce Vita
I added this to the list because I've always enjoyed the formulation of my NARS blusher in Orgasm, and also because lately I've been feeling like venturing into the land of plums..

11. Ole Henriksen Truth Creme Advanced Hydration
Oooh baby.  I got a sample of this in my Sephora order a while back, and MAN.  My face was thanking me after only the first use!  My skin felt smoother and more filled out almost immediately.  This has been on my wish list for absolutely AGES.

12. MAC Lipstick in Rebel
I've heard too much about this lipstick to not own it by now!  I can just see myself wearing this now, looking all serious and sophisticated (two things I most definitely am not at the moment).  Hey, a girl can dream, right?  I mean, this is a wishlist after all..

13. Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream
I usually don't use a night cream at all, but in the fall and winter I find that there's no such thing as too much moisture for my skin.  I really want to give this a try, as it's not too expensive, and it's unscented, an added bonus for my sensitive skin!


Well, that's it chummies!  My wish list, while extensive and expensive, is just that; a wish list.  I would love to own any and all of these products, but realistically speaking, I might only pick up about three or four.  But who knows, maybe I'll win the lottery next week..  
Well, anyway I hope this gave you some ideas, and a little more insight into what I like, and what I'm like!  If you've tried/own any of these, let me know how you get on with them?  Any of the products mentioned stand out to you?  What are some items on your wish list for fall?

If you liked this, let me know, and I might even do a fashion wish list as well!

Until next time,

Laters!

Amelia xx



DIY Garden Mint Body Scrub

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hey hey, chummies!

I've got something a bit different for you today.  I felt like my blog was getting a little review-heavy if you will, and while that is the main reason that I started writing on this little corner of the internets, I felt like spicing it up and throwing this in, because really why not?


Because mint is naturally cool and refreshing, this is a great scrub to use on dull and tired skin that requires extra exfoliation (though it is not ideal for the face!).

So if you are as big of a fan of DIY projects as I am (or even if you're not), I think you'll find this recipe pretty exciting and very easy to follow, and the ingredients (hopefully) readily available.  This recipe will work well for those of you who might have an overgrown mint crop in your garden.  And if you have no mint in your garden, or no garden at all, then fear not!  You should be able to find fresh mint in the produce area of your local grocery store where the fun, misty sprinklers are!

Here's what you'll need:

approx. 2/3 cup fresh mint (a little more is ok)
1 cup sea salt *
1/2 to 1 1/2 tsp almond or olive oil
optional: 1 to 1 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil (for preservation and extra moisture)
optional: water (to aid in chopping of mint in blender/food processor)
optional: essential oil(s) for extra scented loveliness!




1. Set out your ingredients!
Go clip your mint plant with a pair of scissors or garden shears, or whip it out of the grocery bag.  Don't be shy with what you snip; mint is resilient and doesn't mind being trimmed back.  Also, you can just chuck the whole clipping, stem, leaves and all, into the mixture if you'd like, so don't go peeling the leaves off!  Unless that's what you're into..

2. Chop the mint.  
I would recommend hand chopping, even though I realize this is more time consuming than say, using a blender or food processor.  I used a blender and, attempting to aid in the process, added too much water to the mint to help it chop up better, so I had to add even more salt in order to balance out the excess water.  The measurements in this recipe are all approximate, so just make sure the liquid does not overpower the salt in the final mixture, and vice versa.




3. Once the mint is finely chopped, combine with salt and oil(s) in a medium bowl.




4. Because I used spearmint, it didn't give the right scent that I was looking for, so I used 2/3 cup of regular sea salt, and 1/3 cup of scented bath salts.  This gave me a very strongly scented mixture, but if you don't feel like adding bath salts into the picture (especially if you have sensitive skin!), it is just as easy to add a few drops of essential oil to the mix (peppermint oil would work beautifully, and I'm sure lavender essential oil would be gorgeous as well!).


Please note, I did not use ALL of that lurvely purple bath salt in my final mixture!

5. Chuck the finished mixture into a container of your choice, and even label it if you're feeling nifty!  Store in refrigerator, and if using vitamin E, this should keep for a few weeks (mine has lasted nicely, and it's been over a week now).  Also, make sure that anyone you live with knows this is NOT EDIBLE!  My dad thought it was guacamole, which was almost a fiasco.

When using, it is ideal to apply this whilst sitting on the edge of the tub because it is a tiny bit messy.  I find after using this that my skin is much smoother, softer, and tons more moisturized!




If using spearmint, realize that even though the scrub might not smell very minty, you will still reap the benefits of applying fresh mint to your skin.  Mint is known for its refreshing qualities, so this scrub is aimed at waking up tired skin.  It is ideal for use on the feet, elbows, and hands, but I have used it on the rest of my body with solid results.  I would not advise using this on the face, simply because salt scrubs can be pretty harsh and may irritate the more sensitive facial skin.

And that's it!  These ingredients are relatively inexpensive (the most expensive for me was the almond oil at around $4.50, but most people will probably at least have olive oil in their cupboards), so why not try it out?  The colder months are creeping up, and skin gets drier and duller then anyway!  Let me know if you try your hand at this scrub, and if you have any success or comments?  What are your favorite scrubs, DIY or otherwise?  I wish you all the best of luck, and I hope you find this moisturizing and most of all, fun!

Laters!

Amelia xx

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* Extra notes:
1. Peppermint would work best for this scrub since it is very pungent, but spearmint works as well (it's what I used).  If using spearmint, you may feel the need to add extra scents to the scrub.
2. I don't recommend using the huge sea salt crystals, the smaller ones will work just fine, and if you feel like even less exfoliation, you could even try table salt or sugar instead.  Also note that 1 cup of salt is quite a large amount!  I've found that one normal size salt shaker only contains 1/3 cup of salt, so you may opt for sugar or table salt just for convenience's sake.
3. Olive oil has a longer shelf life than almond oil, so keep that in mind in terms of longevity of the final product.  I added a few drops of vitamin E oil to act a preservative and to make my scrub a bit more moisturizing.


Recipe adapted from You Grow Girl by Gayla Trail, 2005.

Revlon Lip Butters for Tanned/Olive Skins

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hello my lovely, lovely chums!

Now because you are reading a beauty blog at the moment, I am going to assume that you have at least heard of the infamous Revlon Lip Butters.  But if you have no idea what I'm talking about, then fear not; I brought swatches!!

L to R: Sugar Plum, Cherry Tart and Pink Truffle

So if you're a bit late to the party, the Revlon lip butters are basically solid lip butters (you know, like the kind they sell in pots?) that you can apply as a lipstick.  Out of the entire range, the colors pictured above are the only ones that I bought that stood out to me in any way.  I can't speak for those with lighter skin tones, but it seems like a lot of the colors in the range are better suited to people with lighter skin.  Whatever the case may be, I've tried these, and I have my own opinions to report.  Obviously I can only comment on what works best for my skin, but hopefully you find some of this helpful.  Anyway, enough of the intro blabber.  Let's get on with the swatches, shall we?

L to R: Pink Truffle, Cherry Tart and Sugar Plum

Pink Truffle:


Cherry Tart:


Sugar Plum: 


What I like:
1. These lip butters are HANDY.  They give you a decidedly medium coverage, so you may feel more confident slapping these on without a mirror.
2. They are moisturizing.  They have the properties of a lip balm, or a chapstick, and don't initially dry out your lips.
3. They are buildable.  You can apply just a sheer layer of product, or lay it on thicker for a more intense color pay-off.

What I don't like:
1. Minimal color selection.  Like I said earlier, there are I think around seventeen or twenty colors, but of those, I only had luck with about three.  And even then, I don't really love the Cherry color.
2. They wear off quickly from the center of the lip, leaving you looking like you're wearing thick lip liner.  This has to be my least favorite part about these lip butters.  I'm not sure if I'm just special and don't know how to wear lip products properly, but I was wearing the Sugar Plum the other day, and had to reapply about once every twenty-five minutes!  I wasn't even eating or drinking, just walking around running errands, so not very pleased with that.
3. They don't give you a ton of product.  When you screw the lip butter all the way up, you can see that they give you very little product, and after having the Sugar Plum for just over one week now, I've already used about a third of it, and haven't even been wearing it every day.

But I digress... On the whole I really do get on with these pretty well, and I have to say I've been reaching for the Sugar Plum color (which, for whatever reason, showed up lighter on camera than it does in real life) most often this month in anticipation of the colder months (plummy colors in the fall, ooer).  So if you don't mind having to reapply about twice an hour to keep the color from looking funny, or spending about $7.50 on a lip balm, I think it would be worth giving these a go.  A lot of people seem to have had success with these!



So, have you tried any of the Revlon Lip Butters yet, or have you held off so far?  What shades work best for you?

Until next time.  Laters!

Amelia xx

Playing with Maybelline BB Cream + FOTD

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hello chums!

After a busy weekend full of birthday milestones (happy 80th, Mom Mom!) and too much cake, I came home to find a sample of Maybelline's new 8-in-1 BB cream inside of a magazine that had been delivered.  



Needless to say, I had to give it a try, and although the sample that was provided was WAY too light for me (the sample was in light/medium), I wouldn't be against buying and trying the full size version in a more appropriate color.  There is one downside, and that is that at the moment, there are only five shades in the range.  Yikes!



On my lips: MAC "Morange" lipstick + MAC Hey Sailor lmtd edition lipgloss in "Riviera Life"

NYX Lips and Cheeks Haul

Friday, September 14, 2012

Hello chummies!

Just a quick post today about a few recent NYX items I picked up recently.  Beware: This post is very pink.  Completely unintentional, I assure you.  I had heard about this brand a while back, but have only just got my first few bits from them.  So far, I'm really liking their lip products!  There's been a lot of buzz about NYX recently, so I decided to sample a few standouts from their range.  I found their full line at Ulta.



NYX Blush in "Pinched"; Mega Shine Lip Gloss in "Smokey Look"

Top: Soft Matte Lip Creme in "San Paolo"; Bottom: Soft Matte Lip Creme in "Antwerp"

Individual reviews to come!

Until next time.  Laters!

Amelia xx

Batiste for Curls? Not so much...

Heyo chummies!

So I should probably preface this post by letting you know that I have very dry, curly hair (type 3b, if you're fancy) that doesn't take kindly to being washed more than three times a week, and definitely hates shampoo (don't fret, I do shampoo it).  So what possessed me to go out and pick up a few bottles of Batiste dry shampoo, I'll never know.  It probably went something like, "Ooooh that looks pretty.  BUYING."

Now, ideally you would use this product if your hair has gone oily, but you just don't have the time to wash it.  It's supposed to take away some of the excess oil in your hair, refresh your scalp, and give you a bit of volume.

"Proud & True Brit" and "Floral & Flirty Blush"

So, enticed by the promises on the bottle, I tried it.  And that was when I realized that this product is most decidedly not made for girls with curls.  Basically, the product comes out white when you spray it on, and if you have hair that isn't light blonde or platinum, you'll look like you've gone prematurely gray.  Now this wouldn't be a big deal for a person with straight hair who can easily brush the product through, but when you've got tight curls that will turn to frizz at the mere mention of the word "brush", well...this becomes an unusable product.  Add to it the fact that it made my hair even drier than it already was, although this is probably my own fault for not realizing that it is marketed towards people with oily second or third-day hair.

My hair doesn't really get oily, but seeing as I can't and don't wash it everyday, I was looking for a product that would refresh my hair on the off days.  It turns out that this product is probably less like a shampoo in that I feel like it doesn't really clean your hair, so much as it sucks the excess oil out of it.  This was probably my mistake for buying something in dry form that I don't use that often in wet form, but regardless, I thought I should make the other curly girls out there aware that this might be one product they could skip.  

Other than that, I'm sure this is a very nice product for girls with straight or wavy hair to own, because I've only ever heard good things about it.  I will say one thing; they definitely smell reeeeallly nice.  The scents are refreshing, and even though the shampoos really did nothing for the look of my hair, they did add a nice little smell to it that I would get a whiff of every once in a while.  But all in all, I will not be repurchasing these and will most likely be giving them to a straight-haired friend, because they just don't work for my hair type.

Any curly heads out there who do use this product, and have any tips for me, or is this just a lost cause?    What are your thoughts/opinions/experiences?

Until next time.  Laters!

Amelia xx

Bath and Bodyworks Aromatherapy Foam Gels

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hi ho chummos!

I've been meaning to do a post on these gels for about a week now, but I wanted to make sure that I had tested all of them thoroughly before I went off and raved about a crap product.  Fortunately, that is not the case!  Actually let's clear the air here.  I'm not so much raving about these, as I am reviewing them.  On with it, you say?  Right-o.



As a shower gel: The thing that amazed me most about these gels, besides the fact that they foamed up extremely quickly in the loofah (side note: is that not the grossest word ever? uggh), was that a little bit went such a LONG way.  The first time I used one of these gels, I squeezed out what I thought would be an appropriate amount.  Wrong.  I needed way less than I usually do with other shower gels, and the foam actually feels rather luxurious and soothing.  I also noticed (and this is a definite "wow" factor for me) that the scent actually lasted pretty strongly on my skin, although not for more than about thirty minutes.  For whatever reason, scents don't really last on my skin much past the shower, so I was pretty pleased with that result.

As a bubble bath: When testing these gels in the bath, I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw tons of foam in the tub.  I say I was surprised because usually these "2-in-1" shower gel/bubble bath-type products are lacking in at least one of those departments.  Not the case here.  I mean, you really get a lot of foam. With each bath I had, I poured the gel into the running water for about 3-5 seconds.  I found I could really smell the essential oils whilst I soaked (which is another bubble bath rarity for me), and to add to it, I could even feel them.  So, top marks there.

It might just be me, but aren't the backs of these so much nicer looking than the fronts?

All that being said, there was something that I really didn't like about them: the scents.  Yes, I realize how idiotic that sounds.  Now don't get me wrong, I will continue to use these until I've finished them, however the scents I purchased are definitely not ones I would have bought had I smelled them in-store (I got these online before I realized that I actually live near a BBW store).  To add to it, I didn't really feel the aromatherapy benefits, but what can you do, it's not marketed as a miracle product.  All of the gels that I purchased were actually very generously scented, and even thought I didn't particularly love the notes in each of them, I always appreciate a stronger scent over a weaker one.

Scent Run-down:
1. Energy: Orange Ginger - I found this very woody and spicy, almost masculine in a way.  It claims to be uplifting, to release tension and sharpen the senses.  It contains orange peel oil, ginger root oil, and aloe leaf juice, among others.

2. Stress Relief: Eucalyptus Spearmint - When you smell this gel, you get mostly eucalyptus, which is very fresh, and also tends a bit toward the masculine.  In use, you can feel and smell the mint a lot more.  I have to say this is my favorite of the three that I've tried because the smell is semi-soothing.  This one claims to be uplifting as well, and says it helps to clear the mind.  It contains eucalyptus leaf oil, spearmint leaf oil, and aloe leaf juice, among others.  Come to think of it, it could be the aloe that's making these all smell masculine..

3. Sleep: Night time Tea - This one sounded the most appealing to me, and is the only one I have used as only a bath gel.  However, I find the scent kind of off-putting in that it reminds me of the kind of cleaning fluid they would use at the schools I attended growing up.  Not necessarily something I want to be bathing in!  It also reminded me of a Thymes lotion I had once, that I think had eucalyptus in..?  Whatever the case, I didn't like the lotion, and I don't think they make it anymore.  This gel has cedarwood and orange essential oils in it, and claims to be calm and comforting  "like tea before bedtime".  Nah, not for me.


Well, if you made it this far, bravo!  I know this has been a long post, but I wanted to include as much information as possible because incidentally, there is a sale going on on BBW's website (isn't there always) where if you buy two of these, you get one free.

Let me know if you've had a different or similar experience with any of these products.  What are your favorite products that claim to have aromatherapy benefits?  Phew!  Well, as always, thanks for reading.  

Laters!

Amelia xx

DIY Beaded Wrap Bracelet

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hello beautiful people!

I was feeling strangely crafty today, so I stopped in at Michael's to get some materials for a project I have been meaning to undertake for quite some time now.  I had seen a youtube tutorial on do-it-yourself wrap bracelets a few weeks ago, and huge collector of "someday" projects that I am, I figured I would save bracelet making for a rainy day.  



Well, it didn't rain today, but I made some bracelets anyway.  One  came out a wrap bracelet, and the other less so, but I love them anyway.  It was super easy, and surprisingly satisfying.  Best of all, my materials only came to a total of $14.00, and I have enough left for four more bracelets (sans the cording)!  I don't know about you, but a $7-ish accessory sounds good to me!  Plus, how fun are they, right?  What a fun bit of wrist bling! 

It is much harder than you'd think to take a picture of your own hand without a tripod.
The blue one that I made came out a little big, but since I made it out of cotton cording, dipping it in water and letting it dry should shrink it a bit.  Also, don't make the same mistake I did, and make sure that the cording you choose can fit through your beads (I currently have about 72 that I can't use)!

If you're at all interested in making your own, Ingrid offers three different tutorials on a variation of a wrap bracelet here.  Check her out, she's really sweet!  Start at 5:28 minutes to learn how to make the bracelets I'm wearing.  Yeesh, how many times can I say bracelet in one post?

What do you think, is it worth it to make your own jewelry, or would you rather buy yours instead?  Let me know your thoughts.

Laters!

Amelia xx

I'm Hittin' Pan!

Sunday, September 9, 2012



Hola, compadres!

I've seen this kind of post on a few other beauty blogs, and I realized that I had my fair share of products that I've hit pan on as well.  (Btw, hitting pan means you've used so much of the product that you can literally see the bottom of the pan that it sits in!)   So, I thought I'd do my own "pan-post", and that way you can see the products that I use the most.  I'm a proper poet, I am.


1. MAC Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus: As you can see, I've all but used this bad boy up!  I use it to set my make up, and it is very natural looking.  Now, I haven't repurchased this for the simple fact that I like to try a lot of the different products that are out there before I settle on one that I love.  And while I didn't love this, it did the trick.  I am currently using a pressed powder from Clinique that I like a bit more.

2. NARS Blush in Orgasm:  Ah, the infamous NARS Orgasm blusher!  I quite like this in the winter months when I'm paler.  In the summer, it doesn't show up on me as well because my skin gets really dark, so I have to use more to even get it show.  That being said, I've had this blush for more than a year now, and I use it at least twice a week, so this should last me quite a bit longer!


3. My MAC eyeshadows: From left to right; 
Mystery - a matte brown color that I am always wearing in my brows when I have make up on.  Unfortunately, I am a bit of a klutzy Karen and dropped my MAC palette twice, and my Mystery pan was forever changed.  Right now, I am on the look out for a lighter brown for my brows, as my hair has lightened considerably this summer.  Perhaps MAC's own Charcoal Brown, which I've heard so much about?
Sable - a lightly shimmery reddish brown that I wear in the crease on a daily basis.
Woodwinked - an absolutely extraordinary color that changes when blended.  I find this looks great for an evening look with MAC's Bronze.
Naked Lunch - My go to all-over lid color that has been a part of my everyday make up routine for ages.  I also either wear this or MAC's Retrospeck in the inner corners of my eyes to make me look wide awake.  Time to get a back up pan!
Grain - a very nearly matte, nudey color that looks great all over the lid.  It only has the tiniest bit of a sheen to it.


4. MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NW25: I use this a lot for touch ups and red areas around my chin, usually.  Although lately this has been looking quite gray on my skin, and I'm none too pleased about that.  Time for a new concealer!  Suggestions, anyone?

5. Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach: MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PRODUCT EVER, TOTAL HOLY GRAIL CONCEALER!!  Can you tell that I love this product a little too much?  This is so perfect under the eyes and I wear it daily to make my face look fresher and more wide awake.  This is the second one I've owned, and it's almost time for a third.  I would like to add that these last about a year for me, and I use it at least three to four times a week!


6. Nivea Creme Skin Cream - I discovered this product last Christmas when I turned my stocking over, and it bounced out.  If you haven't tried this stuff yet, go to your closest drug store NOW and pick some up.  I'm not joking, this stuff is srs bsns.  This shit smells like roses.  Smear some of this on dry winter skin when it gets colder, and you'll be thanking me.  You're welcome.


Anywho, that is all I have for you today, my ickle friends.  Let me know what some of your favorite products are, and what you've hit pan on recently?  Thanks for reading!

Laters,

Amelia xx
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