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Friday, May 22, 2015

Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light oil (The Face Shop) Review

Hey guys!
Sorry for lack of posts, El hubbs had some time off last week which is rare so we hung out for a few days. Well anyway, a while ago I posted this on my Instagram and have now had a chance to really try it out and give you guys some feedback. So I bought this on Amazon after seeing it on Pinterest somewhere. This is from The Face Shop and it's called Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil and on Amazon, it's around $11.00 right now. If you click the link, you can read more about what's in it but basically it's a cleansing oil and because of the detoxifying ingredients, it's good for oily skin. I consider myself combo/oily so I figured I'd give this a try. 

The Face Shop Rice Water Cleansing light oil

Here are the ingredients I found off of Amazon: 

The Face Shop Rice Water Cleansing light oil

First, let me say I'm not a huge fan of cleansing oils. I have tried different oils (almond oil, grapeseed oil) and even the Garnier Cleansing oil on my face and have had no success with them. I am not a skincare expert but anytime I try and use oil on my face, I break out very badly. I have had success with coconut oil but that's about it. So I wasn't sure if this product was gonna be good for me but I was willing to try it anyway. 

Surprisingly, this did not break me out and is actually a really nice product. It is heavily scented so if you are not a big fan of scented/perfume type of person, skip this one. I have been using this in the evening to remove my makeup and clean my face. I will put a few pumps into my hand and massage it all over my face and neck then jump in the shower and add some water and rinse it off. I follow it up with a regular facial cleanser/scrub. I have also used this in the morning, just massaging all over and then rinsing with warm water. 

The thing I love about this, is that it is super moisturizing. You know when you wash your face with anything your skin usually feels tight and dry when you're done? This doesn't give you that feeling. Your skin feels super soft and moisturized. No dry feeling at all. I will say that it does irritate my eyes a bit, I think it's the scent that causes that but it't not like super burning, just got soap in my eye type of feeling. It just stings a bit but you don't have to use it on your eyes if you don't want to. I like to really use it to remove my mascara and eye makeup so that's why I rub it all over but you should use it how you want. 

I really do like this oil, and even though I have oily skin, I wouldn't say this makes it feel more oily or anything. It almost feels like a facial oil that you should leave on your skin. It's really light and absorbs well which I think it why your skin still feels good even after you wash it off. : ) 

If you're interested, Amazon does have other products like this one- a Rich oil for dry skin, foaming cleansers, cleansing milk, etc. Check it out. I really like this and will hopefully be able to try out some other products from this company. If you're like me and have not had any luck with cleansing oils, try this one, I promise you will love it. Til next time...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MOTD (Makeup of the Day) using the BH Cosmetics Dark Rose Palette

Hi guys!
 Just wanted to share with you my MOTD. I used my BH Cosmetics Dark Rose palette, you can see my review on it HERE. I only used three of the shades to create this camo type of eye look. I really love this olive green shade in the palette and I paired it with the ELF Studio Lip Stain in Bombshell.  This foundation is really nice, it's the Maybelline Fit me Matte + Poreless. I have the original and this matte one is great as well. It gives light/medium coverage and stays matte for most of the day on me- I have fairly oily skin. My mascara is the Almay One Coat Triple Effect mascara. This is by far one of my favorite all time mascaras- go try it if you haven't! I just recently posted my top 5 mascaras so go check that out. My blush is from the ELF Studio Blush Palette (Light). This palette is only $6.00 on their website or now available at Target. You need this in your life, trust me! 

Camo eye look using BH Cosmetics Dark Rose palette

Camo eye look using BH Cosmetics Dark Rose palette

What are your favorite drugstore products to wear daily? Do you guys go all out or like to keep it simple? I really love this as it can be pretty natural for day time. Until next week...

Friday, May 8, 2015

New Rimmel Keep calm and lip balm Swatches/Review

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to do a short post on these new Rimmel Keep Calm Lip Balms. I found these at Wal-mart for a little over $2.00 but I am not sure where else they are being sold as of right now. I have not seen them at my local Walgreens or Target. Let me know if you've spotted these else where or if you've purchased them. So these are the new Rimmel lip balms, they come in 4 different shades, clear as well, and are really similar to the Maybelline Baby Lips. The two I picked up are Rose blush (030) and Violet blush (050). 

Rimmel keep calm and lip balm in Rose blush and Violet blush

Rimmel Keep calm and lip balm

I was really hoping these would be pigmented from what they looked like in the packaging but was a bit disappointed. Here are swatches of the two. They seem to have more color swatched on my arm than on my lips. If you have really pigmented lips, these won't give enough color for you. 

Rimmel Keep calm and lip balm swatches
Here is Violet blush on top and Rose blush on bottom. These are shown in natural sunlight.

So like I said, these are really similar to the Maybelline Baby lips, I reviewed a few of those a while back if you'd like to read my review HERE. I'm sure most of you have tried the baby lips before, they are a slick lip balm with a bit of tint to them. These Rimmel lip balms are really the same. They feel the same on the lips and give a slight tint of color. Really good for on the go when you just need a bit of moisture. I am not a huge fan of the baby lips because they don't give enough moisture for me but if you like them, you'll like these. Wear time is about the same, just like a chap stick. The only difference really is that they don't smell as good as the baby lips. They don't really have any scent to them. Overall, not my personal favorite but if you like the baby lips, gives these a try. : ) 

Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara review

Hey guys!
So I have another review for you today; this is the new Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara. I had seen this online and knew I immediately wanted to try it. If you haven't guess by now, I'm a bit of a mascara junkie so any time I see a new mascara, I usually have to get it! I just posted my top 5 mascaras if you'd like to check them out, read HERE. So yeah, I picked this up at Wal-mart for just under $6.00 and this really is super sized. This tube is quite a bit larger than a regular mascara but what surprised me was that the wand is actually really small compared to the tube.

Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara

Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara Ingredients

This mascara claims to give full fanned lashes for a bold look. It also states that you should rotate the wand as you apply it. Now, this is not new to me, I have seen mascaras that say to roll it as you apply so I am not sure that it really makes a difference but you can give it a try if you don't already. I don't apply mine that way neither do I wiggle it through like most people. I just basically brush it upwards,  sometimes wiggling it a bit but usually nothing fancy. 

Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara on lashes

Here are my results. Nothing on my lashes in the left picture. I do like this mascara but it seems to apply too much all at once. I had to use a lash comb to get them pretty well separated and they still seem to have a lot of product on them. I'm still on the fence with this mascara. I usually can tell whether I like a mascara right away but with this one, I'm not sure. I like the length it gives and it does give some volume but there's just something I'm not sure about. It's not my favorite but it's a decent mascara. It does wash off easily with soap and water and doesn't flake or smudge. 

Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara

From far away it doesn't look bad at all. I think there is just a bit too much fussing with this one for my taste. I like to just apply it and go, but with this one I really have to comb through and make sure it looks ok first. What do you guys think? Anyone else love this mascara or did you have the same results? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Top 5 Mascaras for length, volume and the wow factor!

Hello everyone!
Today I bring you my Top 5 mascaras! These are my absolute favorite mascaras, high end and drugstore. Now, I have tried plenty of mascaras; actually, I'm a mascara junkie. Yup, I have almost 40 mascaras sitting in my drawer right now. I don't have a problem, I'm just committed lol. So needless to say, I have tried almost all of them and I have put my very best 5 in this post for you.

Before some of you freak out on me and say, I tried that mascara and hated it, let me say that these are MY favorite. What works for some may not work for all but these give me the best length, volume and separation. Also, let me say that I am not the type of person to go for the "natural" look when it comes to my lashes. I like to cake it on so if you're not into that, you may not like these but it's worth checking out. : )

So here they are in no particular order:

Here are some of the mascaras from Flower Beauty. This is the Drew Barrymore line that is sold exclusively at Wal-mart. This line is a bit more expensive than drugstore brands but not as much as high end. I love all of these mascaras, the Intensif-eye is my favorite (white tube) and I have this one in Black Cherry which makes me love it more.

Flower beauty mascaras

Flower beauty mascara. Intensif-eye and 3 way

It's got a rubber bristle brush and the bristles are different sizes all the way around. The thing I really love about this mascara is that it separates so well and gives tons of length. Take a look at my picture here. This was the first time I applied it and I was just like wow, this mascara is awesome. 

Flower beauty mascara intensif-eye in Black Cherry

The next one is Maybelline The Falsies. I really love their The Rocket mascara as well so if you want to try either of these, I think you'll be happy with both. I don't think this actually gives you the false lash look but it does have little fibers in the mascara. I would be careful with this one if you wear contacts or are messy with the way you apply it. I have stabbed myself in the eye a few times with the fibers not paying attention. (Ouch!)

I will link my full reviews on the other mascaras I mentioned so you can read all the details and see the pictures here:

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara

Younique 3D Fiber lash
I am also wearing the 3D Fiber lash in my main About page.

The last one is probably my favorite of the bunch, this is the one I constantly go to and have re-purchased many times. I love the brush on this mascara and the length it gives me. The formula isn't too wet as well so I rarely have any clean up with this one, even if I am in a hurry to apply it. Almay One Coat Triple Effect is an awesome mascara. I can't say enough good things about it. The brush reminds me of the Vintage Maybelline mascara. It is more of a brush the way it looks and has different bristles than what the other wands do.

Almay one coat triple effect

I don't have problems with any of these flaking or smudging. I don't wear contacts but I rarely have any issues with these except The Falsies like I mentioned. I hope you'll give some of these a try if you haven't already, they really are great mascaras and let me know in the comments what are some of your favorites. Enjoy your weekend! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tried and Tested Tuesday (Baby powder to make lashes longer/thicker)

Hi everyone!
So here's another Tried and Tested Tuesday! This time I am trying out something I've heard forever- baby powder to make your lashes thicker. I have seen this so many times on Pinterest but actually never tried it for some reason. So I guess it's time I put it to the test. I do naturally have long lashes and I am a mascara junkie so I will always find a mascara that works well to lengthen and build volume but if you need a little help, I would recommend this trick. I was surprised at how well it actually worked. 

So here I just applied one coat of mascara to my top lashes, then before it dried, I dusted a bit of baby powder across them with a small face brush. 

One coat of mascara

Then I applied another coat of mascara to cover up the baby powder and here's the result: 

Mascara, baby powder and another coat of mascara

Not bad right? Ok so here's a few more pictures just to show you what a difference it makes. 

On top: My left eye has a coat of mascara, baby powder and another coat of mascara. My right eye has only one coat of mascara.

Before and after, baby powder to thicken lashes

And the before and after side by side. I think this works well considering there's not much to it. I'm personally too lazy to go through the effort but I would say it works if you want to try it out. It's not exactly fiber lashes or anything but it does add a bit of volume. I only dusted a light layer, I didn't get crazy with it so that might make a difference if you keep layering. All in all this is a good tip to try. Anyone else tried this or do this daily? Let me know if there's something you'd like me to try on my Tried and Tested Tuesday series! 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Colorful spring makeup look (pictorial)

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Happy Friday guys! 
How's everyone doing? Anyone else's week feel like it was about 10 days long? lol. I'm ready for the weekend! Anyway, I realized I hadn't posted any makeup on here in a bit so I figured it was the perfect time to do something fun for spring. 

I bought this palette a while ago from Forever 21 and have used it a few times but decided to pull it out for this look. If you have never shopped at Forever 21, they have a ton of cute beauty items all pretty inexpensive. I know the store is not located in every city so you might want to check out their website unless there is one close to you. 

Forever 21 Love and beauty eye shadow palette

Forever 21 Love and beauty eye shadow palette

Here are the colors I used. I swatched all of these in direct sunlight. 

Swatches of the Forever 21 Love and beauty eye shadow palette

The color pay off is pretty good considering what you're paying for this palette. If you want the colors more vibrant, I suggest using some type of glitter glue. ELF (eyeslipsface) makes one that is only $2.00 and works really well. 

Militaryandmakeup colorful spring makeup pictorial

Don't mind my brows. I of course tried something new and they look all greasy. 

So I started with the light blue shade on the inner 1/2 of my lid and the dark purple on the outer 1/2.
I used the light purple (lilac) color to blend these two out just at the crease. 
I added the teal color just in the center of my lid and used the darkest blue in my crease (the outer V). 
I kept adding more shadow until it was as dark as I wanted. 
I also used the dark purple on my lower lash line and the teal as well. 
I lined my upper lash line with the ELF Cream eyeliner in black and then went over it with Jordana's Color Envy Waterproof liquid eyeliner in Menthe Passion. 
Then I curled my lashes and added some mascara. I also added some white eyeliner to my waterline. 

Jordana Color Envy Waterproof liquid eyeliner in Menthe Passion
This eyeliner is serious! It does not move once it sets. They have a ton of colors as well- go try it out! 

So that's it, something different, for me at least and I thought it came out pretty for spring. I love this eyeliner, it is such a pretty shade and looks a bit glittery over the black. What do you guys think? What are your favorite shadows to wear for spring? 

Militaryandmakeup Colorful spring makeup

I paired this with my NYX Butter gloss in Peach Cobbler. Anyone have any suggestions for colorful spring/summer makeup? I'm trying to wear more colors! Leave them in the comments below! 
Enjoy your weekend! 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Makeup swap scam (and some good stuff)!!!

Alright guys so this is a bit of a different post for me. I just wanted to get this out and warn of the extremely crazy people out there! 

I was contacted by this girl via Instagram who wanted to do a makeup swap with me. Luckily, I only agreed to $25 and thought it was a good idea because she said she was overseas, in France. Well who doesn't want makeup from other countries? So like I said, I agreed to buy $25 worth of makeup and she would do the same and then we'd mail it to each other. Sort of like a pen pal type thing. Now, I know a lot of people do this and I've seen other people on youtube successfully swap gifts but this time, this was not a swap. I unfortunately fell into a scam!

I did have a gut feeling that it might not be such a great idea and even thought, well maybe I'll just wait for her package to arrive before I mail mine. I eventually gave in and said, you know what? Maybe there are some decent people out there who really just want to swap and make friends, so I decided to do it. 

Like I said, we agreed on a price and within a week, she had sent me a message saying she had mailed my package. Just a few days later, I mailed mine to her and because I was sending it overseas, it was too expensive to insure/track so I opted for regular mail thinking, I hope it gets there. I sent her a message letting her know I had mailed it. So a few days passed and I kept thinking about this girl and how random it was for her to contact me. When I mentioned it to my husband his first words were "sounds like a scam." Great right? So I decided to do a little searching through Instagram and online (you can find anything online) and found that other girls were being scammed by her!

So many others had sent her packages and received nothing in return!! I couldn't believe how many there were, how much money had been lost and how many people she had contacted although some of them turned her down. I started talking to some of these other girls and found out she had not only stole photos from a real French blogger and set up a fake Instagram account, but she was only 16! OMG 16!!! I could not believe it!!

Well a few of the girls had been in touch with her and I assume scared her enough into sending items back to the original people. She said she was going to return everything and make good on her part. Again, I sent her a message saying that I wanted my stuff back in the original packaging or new items like we had agreed on in the first place. She told me she would be refusing any packages that came to her house so it should get sent back to me. So I waited.....

5 long weeks later guess what? I got my package back! The wrapping was not in good shape but everything inside was perfect, just as I sent it. Yay! Nothing broken or touched! I was so relieved to get it back considering I didn't even think it would get there to begin with and then finding out all of this after I had mailed it. I have to say, I have met some pretty amazing ladies in the process of all of this so at least some good has come out of it. I can't believe there are still people like this in the world! Not only that but kids acting this way and doing this stuff! Parents- please be accountable for your children and know what's going on in their lives and social media!!!

I think everyone has learned their lesson, or hopefully. Anyway, with all that being said, I am just so happy to have received my items back that I am doing a giveaway! Everything is brand new so to put out some good Karma- I'm giving them away! If you want to know how to enter the giveaway for a chance to win some makeup goodies, check out my Instagram. I promise, it's easy to win. Open until Sunday, April 12, 2015. US only.

Here are the items: 10 Items in all, just a few things I love from the drugstore!

Hopefully this shed some light and awareness on this subject, please be aware of people on Instagram or the internet in general, you never know who you could be talking to. Now go enter my giveaway!  Until next time...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tried and tested Tuesday (How to dry nail polish faster)

Hey guys! 
So this is a new series I decided to start called Tried and Tested Tuesday. I got this idea from reading a response to a comment I had written on another beauty blog. The post was about methods of drying nail polish quickly. Well I'm not an expert but I am a licensed nail tech and have worked for many years with clients in different salons. I commented that nail polish dries quicker with warmth because of the solvents that are in it and someone else replied to me saying that that doesn't work and will melt the polish. Ok, so everyone has their opinions but the way she said it was really rude. She even said something like, "that wasn't even what the post was about- it's on how to get it to dry faster." Ok now I know everyone has their own methods and ways of doing things but I seriously commented as a legit tip and this girl was just being rude. Isn't that the point of blogs and such? Everyone helps and comments for a reason right? I don't understand the need to be rude to people. That is the worst quality anyone can have.

So anyway if you watch YouTube or follow beauty blogs I'm sure you've noticed all the beauty tips that are out there. Even if you don't, you always hear people talking about different DIY's or tips for this, that and the other. Well, I figured with so many being out there, I'd put them to the test and see if some of these really work. I don't know how many times I've been on Pinterest and thought, I should try that but of course I never do so now's the chance to do it. If you guys have any beauty tips you'd like for me to try, let me know in the comments and I will test it out!

With all that being said, I figured my first Tried and Tested of this series should be on a method of drying nail polish faster! Now one that I've heard over and over and my mom even told me she used to do this back in the day is to put your freshly polished hands into a bowl of ice cold water. Crazy right? She said she thought it worked then but hasn't tried it in about 20 years. I have heard this from other clients before though so today, we're trying it.

Here's a before, yes my nails are full of ridges and are not in great shape:

Here's my freshly polished fingers. I also have a bit of acrylic on my middle finger so that's why it looks weird:

Here's how I tested this method. I polished my left hand with a base coat, two color coats and top coat then I let it dry for one minute then submerged it in the ice cold water for two minutes. After the two minutes was up, I took my hand out and dried it a bit and then just tapped my nails with my finger as you would to check and see if they were dry. Nope. Still tacky and the last nail I polished was still gooey actually. I let them dry (out of the water) for another 1-2 minutes and tapped them again- still tacky.

Here's what my nails looked like after I touched them to see if they were dry:

Nail polish result- ice cold water

I don't know if you can see it that well but my first finger and thumb are smudged and my other nails had finger prints.

The only way to test this for me anyway is to see how well the heat dries the polish as well. So, after that I took off the polish and re-polished my hand the same way, base coat,  two color coats and top coat and let that dry for one minute. I then used my hair dryer on the low setting and dried it for two minutes. Again, I used my finger just to tap the polish- still tacky! Again, I let it air dry for 1-2 minutes and tapped again- still a bit tacky.

Here's an after:

Nail polish result- warm air

The same thing happened, my thumb smudged.

It seems this cold water method works the same as heat but you know what? I prefer my hands to be in warm air instead of ice cold water. I didn't think that either method dried it FAST though. Any time I read about this ice cold water method, the article would say if you are in a rush, place your hands in ice cold water and the polish will dry quicker. I wouldn't say it dries quicker. If you polish your nails and don't have time for them to dry, they will be ruined, there's no quick method of drying them.

Now here's a few things to consider:

 I used a regular top coat, not matte, not quick drying and I didn't use anything else on top like oils or anything so I would assume if you use a different top coat, that might help speed things up. 

I did try this WITHOUT using a top coat at all and they did dry a bit quicker. When I tapped them, they were dry to the touch so that was nice. So if you're going to try this, I would say skip the top coat. In general, if you don't put a top coat on your nails they will dry faster. 

So the verdict? Try something else! Just kidding. Seriously, I don't think that placing your hand in a bowl of ice water is better or faster than just letting your nails either air dry or placing them in warm air. I prefer the warmth but if you want to freeze your hand- go for it. I think either going without a top coat or using a quick dry would be much better if you are in a hurry and need your nails to dry faster. What do you guys think? Have you tried this ice water method before? Let me know if you have and if you had different results. Also, let me know what you'd like me to try next on my Tried and Tested Tuesday series. Thanks!