Lip Loving

Recently I have been obsess with a variety of lip colors  and wanted to explore different colors and new brands.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon

 

This is the perfect summertime color!  I have loved using this lip product so far!  It adds a natural pop of color to my lips and can go with any outfit or with a night and day makeup look.  The variety of colors are amazing and I going to purchase more colors.  If you have any color recommendations let me know.  This is my new favorite lip product!  I can not wait to go and purchase new colors!

Bobbi Brown: Blue Raspberry

This is my favorite lipstick of all time!  I love it and have been using since college.  I love this color and it is such a classic.  One day I would like to get more colors from Bobbi Brown but for now I am set on this shade.  This is my go to shade an a classic one at that.  I love it and it has been in my makeup bag for the past few years!  A classic staple that will never fade.

Urban Decay: Sheer Liar

This is another lip product that I have been using on the regular now and I enjoy the color it adds to my lips and makeup routine.  I do not like how little it lasts.  It does not last long and fades rather quickly.  If you are looking for a color that stays the whole day then this is not the product for you.  I do like the natural look that this product provides for me and it is not an intense color for me or my makeup routine.  I will be interested to try another natural color from them in the future.

Benefit They’re Real Double the Lip: Nude Scandal

This is pretty expensive but well worth the price!  I love this product and will definitely buy again once I am out of this product.  It is part lip liner and lipstick.  So the top part is the lip liner and the bottom is the lipstick.  You apply the lip liner first and then apply the lipstick.  The colors match my natural lips so it adds just the right amount of color.  I would not have know about this lip product if the Sephora employee did not recommend it to me.  So, kudos to her for knowing such a good product.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balms

I love, love, love these although sadly I have ruined way too many of them by leaving them in my pockets and they wound up washed and I had to throw them in the trash.  But these lip balms are amazing!  They keep my lips hydrated and most throughout the day plus they smell great which is a plus.  The price is a little bit much compared to regular chapstick but it is totally worth it!

Not so lovable Lip Products

L’Oreal Riche Lipstick: Tropical Coral

This brand is great but the color of this lipstick is not.  For some ladies this might be a complementing color but for me it is not.  It is way to bright for me and does not work for most of my outfits.  Maybe if I was more tan than this color would work better for me.  So, I will be trying another color from this brand to see if it works for me.

Sephora Collection: Sweet Balm

The packaging is very cute on this product but the the product itself is another story.  It does not offer a hint of color unless you apply like 4 coats of it.  Plus the color is very bright pink which is too much for me so I am not loving it at all.  For some people the color might work but me it is just too much and I look a bit ridiculous with all of that pink on my lips.  This has been one of the worst products that I have used in a long time and I am sorry that I bought it.

Lip Products to Try:

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color

I want to try this lipstick so badly!  I am in love with Bobbi Brown products and will just have to get my hands on this lipstick.  the packaging is so cute! I like the new take on the lipstick tube compared to the traditional tube of the Bobbi Brown lipsticks. In the meantime I will have to read reviews about it before I purchase the item.  Have any of you used this products?  What do you think of them?

M.A.C Lipstick

I have not tried nay M.A.C lipsticks yet and have heard so many good things about these products.  Plus the lipstick tube is so cute. I know they are known for their reds but I am not a red person.  Anyone have any color recommendations for a natural color for fair skin?  Let me know in the comments below.

 

Let me know some of your favorite lip products in the comments below! 

 

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First and Only Birchbox

So, I was so excited to order my first Birchbox for the month of December after hearing so many good things about it from friends.  Of course they convinced me to subscribe and I was excited to see that my BirchBox arrived in the mail this afternoon.  It was packaged nicely and liked that there was a card describing all of the products included in the box. Since this was a holiday box a small mirror was included. This is sweet but cannot be used for travel or in purse do to the fact that it is only one sided without a cover to protect the mirror.  So this item was a waste for the company to make and waste to place in the box.  This mirror will probably be headed to the trash because there is no way to keep it from getting scratched or broken.

Now on to the fun stuff!  The items in the box!  I am so happy that there were no perfume samples in here because I hate those.

IPKN Radiant Cream Primer

This is such a simple product design and it is so adorable!  This is a primer and has SPF 15 in it. I will let you know how this product feels and works.  I occasionally use primer in my makeup routine.  I should probably use primer more often than I should.  So I will let you know how it goes.

Real Chemistry Luminous 3 minute Peel

I am nervous about this product due to my sensitive skin.  This could irritate my skin so I’ll see what happens after I use it.  It will be my first peel mask.

Wilma Schumann European Skincare: Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads

This product looks very fancy.  I have not used eye pads before and am willing to try them out.  I am not a fan of these types of products and do not use anything like them in my skincare routine.  Since there is only one set of pads I do not know if I would be able to see a difference in the skin around my eyes after only one use.

Ardency Inn: Modster Eyeliner

This eyeliner is supposed to be waterproof so I will see if that is true.  I am not a fan of eyeliner and it is not part of my daily makeup routine.  I will try it or give it to a family member or friend to try it out and report on the results.

Amika: Perk Up Dry Shampoo

I am excited to try this dry shampoo!  It smells amazing and the bottle is adorable!  I due use dry shampoo on my hair so that I do not have to wash it or use the blow dryer on my hair.  I have seen a vast improvement in the quality of my hair from doing this.  I will have to let you know how it goes when I use this product.

Overall, I was not sure impressed with this box.  It is more like samples I could get from Sephora for products that I do not really use or need.  So far Birchbox does not seem like it is worth the money each month.  I will stay subscribed until next month to see what products are sent.  If I like the products I will stay subscribed.  It the products are lackluster I will stop subscribing to the service.  I’ll keep you posted.

Have any of you tried these products? If so, what do you think of them?

Also is Birchbox worth it in the long run?  I was not super impressed with my first box.

**An update to this post since it was written awhile ago and I have had time with the products that Birchbox sent to me.   All of the products seemed like quality products but were not ones I would use frequently with the exception of one product.  The dry shampoo I have loved so much.  It worked well and smells amazing!  Overall I was not impressed with the products sent to me and that can be due to the fact that I do not use many of those products.  I will not be subscribing to Birchbox again due to my lack of interest int he products of the first box. 

Weekly Wonders: Youtube Edition

Wow!  It has been forever and a day since I have done a weekly wonders post.  I have felt an urge to do one because I think it would be fun to look back on and share some of my favorite things with my readers!  This weekly wonder post will feature Youtubers!  I have been on an Youtube kick lately and have discovered some fabulous bloggers this past month.  I was never much of a Youtube person but lately I have been exploring the site.

Sarah Rae Vargas

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Channels: Sarah Rae Vargas: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClUqMLr3RRUwaWJlTpBvV8w

Sarah Rae Vlogas: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0YgscPJVsW-4tIx2U499cw

I absolutely love both of Sarah’s channels.  She is authentic and real especially on her vlog channel.  It is also nice to see someone who portrays their actual life happenings as opposed to others who I feel embellish or potry their lives differently.  I love her clothing hauls.  I am a bigger than average girl and I like knowing where to find some good clothes. Also her makeup is on point and I like her makeup looks.  Sarah keep up the great work and cannot wait to see the future videos you post!

Loey Lane

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Channels: LoeyBug: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ1aNU_1YaYv6i3JL6xYbdg

LoeyLane: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC39eHhTEqiBlqRbmIIYjm-g

Loey Lane is another Youtuber that I have been watching lately. She has such an upbeat and positive personality!  She is also great at applying and reviewing various makeup products.  I like finding out about different products to try and how to create various makeup looks.  Her vlogs are great too and it is nice to see what some of your favorite Youtubers are up to when they are not filming.

The Lettered Classroom

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Channel:The Lettered Classroom: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFebmxJBh559c8BEcnxL-DQ/featured

I am a teacher and have not realized how many teachers have their own Youtube channels.  It is great to see all of the tips, ideas, struggles, and the positive side of teaching.  I enjoy watching this channel and love how perky and positive she is!  I cannot wait to see what teaching tips and experiences she logs about next!

College Prepster

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Channel:College Prepster: https://www.youtube.com/user/collegeprepster

I love Carly’s blog so it makes sense that I would love her Youtube channel!  I like the videos she films and puts up especially the Thanksgiving one.  I live in that area now so it is neat to see that one of my favorite bloggers grew up there.  Although it is vastly different than up north. Love this peak into the College Prepster’s Life!

JaaackJack Vlogs

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Channels: JaaackJack: https://www.youtube.com/user/JaaackJack

JaaackJackVlogs:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ljCoKzYCrEzr21LyyijEg

This channel popped up as a recommended one on Youtube’s main page.  I figured I’d check it out and I loved that channel.  I also found out that she has her own make up channel too. Of course I checked that out and loved her makeup channel as well.  There are new products and looks on her channel that I want to try out.  Love it so check out her channel today!

Readers, who are some of your favorite Youtubers?  Let me know below in the comments section!

Blogtember 25: September 25

Blogtember 25: Sunday, Sept. 25

Review something! A place, a book, a service, a product. Anything at all!

So, I need to get around to finishing Blogtember even though it is the middle October.  I am almost done with it and I want to get back to writing regular posts.

I am going to review three new makeup products I have purchased.

Tartiest Lash Paint Masacra by Tarte

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I have loved using this product when doing my makeup.  I was looking for a different type of mascara and one that would not irritate my eyes.  My eyes are sensitive to certain products and chemicals.  Many massacres I use have caused my eyes to turn red, tear up, or be itchy.  this brand has not caused any eye irritation after I have worn it for a whole day or for a night out.

I love the style of the massacre tube and the applicator is great.  It does not leave my eyelashes clumpy.  I normally apply two coats of mascara on my top lashes and none on my bottom lashes.  My lashes are long and I do not need to apply to the bottom lashes.  Plus it will be a disaster.  I found that the price for this mascara is average for a good quality product.  I have loved using this mascara.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick: Morning After

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Both lipstick colors are amazing and look good on me.  I am a simple makeup person and wear the basics mascara, eyeshadow, and lipstick.  I do not pick crazy colors or go to out of the box.  My style is simple and natural.  Both colors are natural looking and add just the right amount of color.  These last a significant amount of the day but not the whole day.  I do have to reapply the color to my lips.  The prices reasonable and is a goos price for the quality of the product.  In the future  I will purchase more colors from Urban Decay.  I would like to try new colors out the next time I buy.  If you have any recommendations on Urban Decay Lipstick Colors please let me know in the comments below.

Cover Girl Lash Exact Mascara

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This mascara is a great find but it is not my favorite.  It does last all day but I do get clumps from it.  It does not irate my eyes if I wear it for shorter periods. It is a good buy for the price and can be found at most drugstores.  I would like to try more mascaras from Cover Girl because I have not used many products from this line.

L’Oreal Colour Riche: 444 Tropical Coral

This line of lipstick is classic.  My grandma used to use L’Oreal lipstick and the tubes of lipstick are memorable and iconic for me.  I do not know what colors she used but I always remembered these lipstick tubes and they have not changed. This is one of my favorite products of the moments!  I love this color!  I have not tried these colors before or this lipstick line but now I know why my grandma was a fan!  The color is fantastic and natural looking on me if I apply one or two coats.  This goes on nice and last for majority of the day.  I do need to reapply it for the color to last.  I will be trying more colors from this line soon!

What are some of your favorite makeup products of the season?

Empty Products

Ogx shampoo

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This shampoo has lasted me a long time!  I ordered it as a Black Friday deal in November and it lasted me from then until now.  That could have something to do with the fact that I do not wash my hair with shampoo everyday.  Somedays I just use conditioner in my hair so it does not get too dry.  Anyway, this shampoo smells amazing and really helped my hair!  My hair has become shinier and healthier due to the use of this shampoo!  I do have another shampoo ready to try from this brand and it is the Vitamin E shampoo.  I am so excited to start using this product and will update you on how it works on my hair.

L’oreal  La Palette Nude 2

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This is my favorite eyeshadow palette!  I have not used all of the colors yet but the first two colors on the palette are pretty much gone.  Those are my go to colors and really make my eyes pop!  It is sad that they are all used up 😦  Now I will have to experiment with the remaining colors in this palette and see how it goes.  In a way I am excited to try new colors on my eyes.  Maybe I will come out with a new look.

Cetaphil Cleanser

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I just finsihed a bottle of this cleanser because it works so well with my skin.  The bottle I get is so big that it literally takes me forever to finish using it.  This is one of the best cleansers I have used and I will be opening another bottle but am hesitant because I want to start using my First Aid Beauty products on my face.  But I already have another bottle of Cetaphil to use up.  Ugh, the decisions I face lmao.

Benefit They’re Real Lengthening Mascara

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This is my holy grail of all mascaras I have used!  To think that it all started when my sister gave the original one to me as a gift for Christmas many years ago.  it was love at first use and I haven’t looked back since that day.  I have tried the new one in brown and quickly started using it daily.  I used it so much that I ran out of product!  My frequency of use shows that this is an amazing mascara and works wonders on eyelashes.  It lasts all day and does not smudge or run!  It is so good in fact that it is a pain to get off at night.  I have to use a few makeup pads with eye makeup remover just to get all of the product off of my lashes.

Lovely Lips

Lately, I have been on a makeup kick and wearing it more than I usually do during the course of the week.  This is a big deal for me because I hardly ever wear any makeup unless it is for a special occasion.  For the past few months I have been trying out various products to see what meshes with my routine and  skin. This post will be focused on lip products that have been used.  There have been a ton that have worked well and I love.  Many of the ones listed have been staples in my makeup bag since college and others have been newly found.   On a side note most if not all of my lipsticks are natural colors.  Bold colors are not my style and I look like a clown whenever I wear red or coral colors.

NARS Mitzi Sheer Lipstick

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My favorite lipstick of all time!  The color is perfect it is a combination of beige,orange, and coral at least that is how I’ll describe it.    I first bought this in college and have used it nonstop.  It was basically my everyday lip color!  Sadly it has been discontinued and it sucks!  The one time I find a product that works for me and it is gone.  I do have half a stick left and use it sparingly.  I know that once it is done I will not be able to get another tube of it.

NARS Dolce Vita Sheer Lipstick

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I discovered this color while browsing in Sephora recently and found my new Mitzi. Since Mitzi  is discontinued I have made it a mission to find a color that is as close to Mitzi as it can get.  This has been it!  It is natural on me and adds just a hint of color!  I love this shade and it is my new go to everyday lipstick!  Go test or buy this shade if you alerting for replacement for the NARS Mitzi or need a new natural looking lipstick.

Bobbi Brown Blue Raspberry Creamy Lip Color

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This is my holy grail lip color and looks fantastic on me!  It blends perfectly with my skin tone and is not an overpowering color.  This is my other everyday  lip color.  It is a thicker lipstick than the NARS lipstick and does not last as long as the NARS lipsticks do.  However, this is a timeless, classic, and beautiful color.  It has been a staple in my makeup bag since my college days.  This is the perfect color for day or night activities and can be worn with a makeup free face.  I have done that and it has looked amazing.

Cover Girl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Bomb: Ballet

I have this in two colors  and love them.  These are very sheer and light colors good for an everyday or no makeup day.  I love them because they go on easily and smoothly.  However, they do not last all day and require reapplication.  But I love that it adds subtle color to my lips and goes with multiple looks and outfits!

Soothing Lip Products

Smith’s Rosebud Salve & C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

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Both salves are very similar and smell amazing!  These are two of the best products I have used on my lips to help soothe chapped and dry lips.  These containers last a long time and can also be used on dry patches of skin!   Try these too to help save your lips they both are amazing and will become a staple in your makeup bag!

Lip Smackers Dr. Pepper and Strawberry

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These are good chapsticks and I think they are fun.  Both flavors are not as good as the salves but work great.  Both of them smell good too!  I like that the Dr. Pepper balm leaves color on my lips too!

Weekly Wonders

Magnificent Movies 

Brooklyn

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By far my favorite movie of the year!  Over the past few years I have been very unimpressed by what has come out in theaters.  I’m tired of the superhero, Transformer movies, and remakes of old movies.  There has been nothing original or fresh to see and I hate paying money to see crappy films.  Brooklyn caught my eye and I knew I had to see it partly because Brooklyn is my hometown.  I miss that place so much!  The acting, storyline, and scenery was stellar and amazing.  I hope that Saoirse Ronan, the lead actress, wins awards for her role.  The role fit her perfectly and she nailed it! Would like to see this movie a second time and just love it!

The Intern

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A great movie,not quite as good as Brooklyn, with an unusual focus but it totally works.  Cannot say that I would see this movie twice but it was cute, funny, and the acting was good.  Loved Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway’s characters and their acting is great.   The movie made me think how beneficial the older generations can be to the workforce or just tp bounce ideas off of.  They grew up without technology or just on the cusp of it and can offer insight into how it was without computers, Facebook, and Iphones.

Makeup

L’Oreal Paris Colour Rich Palettes Nude 1 and Nude 2

The best eyeshadow palettes I have ever used since I started using makeup.  The colors on both palettes are phenomenal and neutral so they are easy to blend.  Both palettes compliment my skin and eye color.  My favorite out of the two is the Nude 1 palette because the colors are brighter and look better on my eyes.  The best things about these shadows are the price, amount of colors in each palette, neutral tones so easy to wear for an everyday look, and it’s easy to blend shades.

Clinique All About Shadow Pink Chocolate 

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ANother fabulous palette! This one is much more pricier than the L’Oreal palettes but is a great buy.  I love this particular palette because the colors compliment my eye color perfectly and it lasts most of the day.  It also gives the right amount of   The colors are not as blendable as the L’Oreal palette but this is a simple palette for a new makeup user.  Also, this palette is a good for a no-fuss quick and easy eye makeup routine. This is my go to palette when I  am in a rush or just want a simple look for my eyes.  Worth taking a looking and testing the palette out.  The quad palettes come in a variation of colors too!

Jansport Agave 32

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This is the best and most durable backpack I have ever used.  Four years ago I recieved this bag as a Christmas present and have loved it ever since.  Mainly I use it for traveling and when I need to take lots of items with me and also used to for get away weekends, school, and work.  The material is durable so this will last for awhile.  The nest feature about the backpack is the adjustable straps and sides of the bag to make carrying heavier loads possible.

Camelback Eddy .75L

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Use this water bottle for work and love it.  The best part about this bottle is how durable it is and it does not leak when dropped.  I have tested the leak factor and it is great! A few drops came out if you shake it really really hard.  Also, literally dropped it tons of times and it is not cracked or broken.  It is easy to clean and the mouthpiece is replaceable.  This is great because if it breaks or gets moldy a new one can be bought.