Friday, April 24, 2015

Clarks Breeze Mila flip flops

Because of foot injuries, I have a hard time wearing flip flops even though I love them. I mostly stick to Okabashis because they have some arch support and the rubbery strap stays on my foot better (although I do have two pairs of their patent ones which have cloth on the inside of the strap and they're great too). But, I was looking for a grey pair and didn't like any of their styles. I came across these Clarks on the JCPenney website. They had really good reviews and were on sale so I decided to give them a try. I'm so glad I did! The footbed is very cushioned but still feels stable. They are lightweight but still feel secure. The best part is that they are adjustable. The two sides overlap and there is a velcro loop so you can tighten or loosen to suit your needs. I think this is absolute genius and am considering buying more pairs (maybe of a different style I saw online while looking for these).

Cute, comfy, trendy shoes by Christian Siriano for Payless

I've decided to branch out and add things other than beauty products to this blog. I feel like when I find an awesome product, I need to share it. And I've found one at Payless. Payless has certainly evolved over the years and by collaborating with top designers, they have some really respectable shoes at decent prices. I like to think that the shoes are a little better quality because the designer has a reputation and "brand" to protect.

I was looking for something trendy for Spring but also, because of foot problems, need them to be comfy as well. I like the look of cut booties or shooties so that was my goal. I found these Perforated Haven Pumps online and the reviews were great. Luckily my size was available at a store near me. I tried them on and loved how they looked. Took them to work the next day (I try them on carpet the first day in case I need to return them) and was able to wear them all day long without problems. There are only two small cons. First, they snap on the outside and are a little hard to get snapped but once you do, they stay closed which is something I was worried about. Second, when you take them off, you will have what looks like a geometric rash for a little while but it also kind of looks like cool alien skin. You would think the pattern would mean the shoes hurt but they don't. I did a lot of online shopping for similar shoes and was really lucky to find a great pair at a really good price. I sometimes find my Payless shoes last longer and wear better than more expensive ones. I highly recommend these in either, or both, colors.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara

Since I started this blog, I have reviewed 18 different mascaras and I've tried even more (I know, bad Diva!). Although I found some good ones, I have never been able to find the perfect mascara...until now. I can't say enough good things about this mascara. My biggest problem with all mascaras is that they smudge. I already have dark circles under my eyes, I really don't need to add to them. To avoid it I would have to get waterproof or the tubes. The tube mascara doesn't smudge but it doesn't really give much volume and once it sets, you can't add layers. Waterproof formulas seem to make your lashes hard plus, some of them still smudge. I don't know what they did to this formula but the regular mascara DOES NOT smudge! Even when I've fallen asleep with my make up on (one of the greatest sins), it looks great when I get up.

Although being smudge-proof is very important, it doesn't count for much if your lashes look like Tammy Faye Baker. The brush for this mascara is different than anything I've come across and it's not just a gimmick. There are bristles of different lengths and thicknesses around the brush. You can use these in different ways to get different looks. For daytime, I mostly use the longer bristles on the top to give a more natural look. At night, I hold the brush sideways close the the base of my lashes, wiggle it a bit and the roll it up to the ends. This gives a very lush, thick lash. Then I use the longer brushes to separate. (I think one of the biggest mistakes people make when applying mascara is not taking enough time.) Sometimes I use an eyelash comb to finish off and sometimes I don't. It lasts a couple of months before starting to get a little clumpy. I noticed that when I did use an eyelash comb, some small flecks would come off so I knew it was time to buy a new tube. The best part is that is available in drug stores at drug store prices.

This is definitely my favorite mascara and I can't see any reason to try another so this may be my last mascara review. So, go, buy it now!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pond's Luminous Finish BB Cream and Hourglass Illusion® Hyaluronic Skin Tint

I decided to review these two together because I found them to be very similar. The Hourglass name is a bit deceiving as it is thicker than what I would think of when seeing the words "skin tint." Both products area thicker liquid so you have to make sure to blend them really well when applying. I never use a sponge but I believe it would work well. Both offer medium coverage but trying to build that up will mostly cause caking. The Pond's product only comes in two shades but has tone correcting complex which is supposed to help it match your skin tone. Both products need a few minutes to "melt" into your skin and then look pretty natural (the Hourglass is a bit more visible). They both seem to last pretty well throughout the day especially if you set them with powder. They both also have spf 15 protection.

So what is the difference? About 40-45 dollars. The Hourglass is a bit more natural looking and offers a wider range of colors. However, after several days of use it made me breakout in small bumps. Not super noticeable but not something anyone wants. In my opinion, the Hourglass is not worth the price. The Pond's may be slightly inferior but the cost savings outweigh any deficiencies. In the end I returned the Hourglass and kept the Pond's. I just bought some Armani BB Cream to try but I will still keep the Pond's. It's great for weekend days when you want to run some errands. Aside from giving you a little color correction, you're getting some spf protection which is always good.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray

So it's been a really long time since I've posted.  Just when I think maybe I've given up, I find a product that I just have to let people know about.  If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I am constantly searching for ways to mattify my oily skin.  Over a year ago, I discovered Urban Decay's De-Slick powder and became a big fan.  However, the quest to find something that would make that product unnecessary continued.  I have yet to find something that will keep me shine free all day but I have found this, which helps keep me shine free when I'm out at night.  Like the trainer in "Legally Blonde" who was willing to go away for murder rather than admit she had liposuction, my dark secret is that I do not wear full makeup every day.  And many times, I only put it on after I get to work so I don't use the setting spray in the daytime.  I use it when I go out on weekends and it has been a lifesaver.  Ever since I started using this, I find I rarely have to refresh my makeup (other than lipstick) throughout the evening.  It keeps my makeup, including mascara, looking freshly applied even when the temperature rises.  I use a little more than directed (if a little is good, a lot is better, right?) and add another dusting of Bare Minerals MATTE Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and I'm good to go. 

It comes in a 1oz travel size for $14 or  a 4oz size for $30.  I bought the smaller one and, with once or twice weekly use, I think it will last at least 6 months.  This is a great product I believe every woman should have in her arsenal.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

L'Oreal Mousse Absolue reusable hair color

What?  Reusable hair color?  Yes, it's true.  L'Oreal came up with a little miracle.  Thanks to the new grey-detecting lights in new office, I had to color my hair immediately.  I don't usually like to color all my hair, just the roots.  I honestly don't mind if there are a few greys, it looks more natural to me.  So, I figured I would get some Root Touch Up again.  While browsing, I came across this.  The word "reusable" caught my eye so I shelled out the $14.99 and went home excited to try it.

It comes with two tubes of color and developer held together by plastic wrapping with a protective cap on top, an applicator top, 2 sets of black gloves, and conditioner.  I was not impressed with the gloves and highly suggest that, if you often color at home, you buy a box of latex gloves.  You can use them when applying the color and use the ones in the box for rinsing your hair.  The biggest thing they stress in the directions is to shake it, shake it, shake it like a Polaroid picture.  You shake it with the protective cap on and then, with it pointed away from you, attach the applicator cap, making sure it clicks into place.  I didn't really hear the clicks but made sure it was on.  Then you just apply it to your hair where needed.  You have to shake it often and not tilt it too much or the color won't mix properly.  It came out pretty light and I was worried that I wasn't getting enough color until I spilled some on my new toilet seat.  Trust me, there was plenty of color.  Leave it on for 30 minutes, rinse in the shower (or wherever you care to do that sort of thing), add conditioner, rinse that and voila!  Now, I like to wash my hair before adding the conditioner, making sure I use a color-friendly shampoo.  I don't know if it makes it less effective but they do it in the salon and the instructions from eSalon tell you to wash it.

So, is it worth it?  I believe it is.  It didn't completely cover my grey but, as I said, that's not really my point.  It turned some of it a lighter brown, which is what I guess it's supposed to do.  I know that when I look in the mirror at work I'm not shocked and horrified.  And I have enough left for one or two more applications.  All in all I think this is a huge advancement in hair color and I think L'Oreal stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bare Minerals MATTE Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

I've been using this for some time (because I've been lazy in posting) but it gives me time to know if I really like the product.  And I do!  I had never tried any Bare Minerals powder until a salesperson recommended Bare Minerals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen two years ago.  I'm not even sure why I stopped using that.  My guess is either because there weren't enough shade options or, I just wanted to try something new (most likely).  I got a sample of this and liked it right away so bought the full size when it ran out.  I still keep the sample container in my make up bag for touch-ups on the go and leave the full size at home.

It is a loose powder but has a plastic cover that only lets out a small amount at a time.  You put it in the lid and then apply with a brush.  It would be great if they put all their foundations in a portable container like the sunscreen (this has spf 15) but then we might not believe there is an actual difference between the  The color is nice and blends in and is layerable.  I usually use it over my Philosophy A to Z cream but you can use it alone as well.,en_US,pd.html