Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast

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I received a this sample in my March Sephora Play! monthly subscription box.  Can I just say I really love this stuff?!  I have already used this entire sample!

This spray adds texture and a light hold to my hair which is what I love.  I want my style to stay all day, but I don’t want my hair to be stiff or sticky from hairspray.  This product does just that!

The smell of this is just amazing!  I would have to keep myself from spraying too much just to smell it.

Unfortunately, the price tag is a little steep.  A full size retails for $29.00.  To be honest, I don’t think I would spend that much on this product.  Not because it doesn’t work, but because I would go through it way too fast.  I can’t see giving $29.00 when I can get the same results, except for the amazing smell, from my Not Your Mother’s Double Take Dry Finish Texture Spray.  Not that the NYM smells bad, I just like the Living Proof better, but not enough to pay the price.

Silicone Foundation Applicator

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In theory you would think this applicator would be the best option.  It is made of silicone so it is very easy to wash before each use.  However, I have found myself going back to my brush and beauty blender.  Why?  Although this applicator is flexible, it is difficult to apply foundation around my nose and underneath my eyes.  Especially around my nose piercing.  If you are curious about my nose piercing experience, click here!

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Using a patting motion, it applies my foundation well all over my face except for these hard to reach areas.  But I also feel like it takes longer to buff in my foundation using this applicator compared to the beauty blender or brush.

I am a little disappointed with this tool.  I was really hoping this would be my new go-to applicator since I could wash it before each use.

Has anyone else tried a silicone applicator?

 

 

Why I Drink Only Water…..Mostly

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Years ago I only drank soda, or pop as I would call it.  I hated water and could not bring myself to drink it at all.  Boy have things changed!

Several years ago I was diagnosed with acid reflux.  After doing some research I found that one of the triggers for acid reflux is caffeine, so I decided to cut caffeine out of my diet.  I first started by drinking clear drinks like Sprite and 7 Up.  But eventually I started working in water with lemon to cut down on my sugar intake too.  Now water is basically all that I drink, with or without lemon.  I will have the occasional Sprite or 7 Up, but I try to limit those to once a week or less.

If I am weak and do drink more than one pop in a week, I can tell a big difference. Although it tastes so good at the time, it makes me feel bad.  My stomach will become bloated and I feel sluggish, but the more sugar I drink the more I want.  As a result, I have learned that when there are times I have to eat fast food, I can replace the fountain soft drink with a bottled water.

Water is so much better for me and I am glad that for the most part that is all that I drink. Drinking water helps my body stay hydrated and help flush out toxins in my body.  I also know that drinking water is great for my skin.

Some of my friends can’t understand how I only drink water all the time, especially for breakfast.  But it is like anything else, it is all in what you get used to.

How much water do you drink?

Mini Sephora Haul!

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I finally decided to use some of a gift card I had been hanging onto.  Here is what I decided to buy:

  • Urban Decay single eye shadow in YDK
  • Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer
  • Benefit They’re Real! mascara

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I have had the YDK eye shadow by Urban Decay in my hand to buy so many times!  This is my favorite color from the Naked 2 palette and the only color that I completely used up!  However, at $19 for one shadow I have always put it back since I couldn’t justify the price.  Especially considering I do not have a shortage when it comes to eye shadows to use.  But since I had a gift card and this was always something I went back to time and time again, I decided to splurge on it.

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A long time ago, I asked a friend that works at Sephora what was her favorite eye shadow primer.  She gave me a sample of the 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer from Smashbox.  At first I didn’t like it because I felt like it made it too difficult to blend out my shadow.  However, when I started letting it set for a few minutes before applying shadow I began to love it.  The sample she gave me lasted me months!  It has a thick consistency so it only takes a small amount to cover each eye.  My shadow literally does not move until I take it off!  This tube is a little pricey at $21.00, however this tube should last me at least 6 months or more.

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Recently, one of my favorite products to try out has been mascaras.  Lately I have tried the Too Faced Better than Sex, which I love, and the Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam that is supposed to be it’s dupe.  I did a test not long ago to see if people could tell the difference between the two, you can check that out here.  I have also been trying the samples that have come in my Play! Sephora box.  At $24 a tube, Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara has great reviews so I decided to give it a try next.  I haven’t opened it yet because I am still using both the Better than Sex and Rimmel.  I didn’t want to have too many open at once so they don’t dry out too fast.  I can’t wait to give this a try though.  Keep an eye out for my thoughts in a review post coming soon.

Hope you enjoyed my little haul!  I still have a little left on my gift card and haven’t quite decided what my next splurge will be, but I will be sure to let you know.

 

Too Faced I Dream in Chocolate Box

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I saw on Instagram last week that the “deal of the day” on HSN was the Too Faced I Dream in Chocolate box.  The products included are:

  • Better Than Sex mascara
  • La Creme Color Drenched Lipstick in Sugar Daddy
  • Chocolate Bon Bons palette
  • Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Black

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These products retail for a total of $112.  On Thursday you could purchase this box for a special price of $52.  They were also offering a $20 off a $40 purchase if you signed up and used Visa Checkout to pay.  So in the end I only paid $32 plus tax for this entire box!!

I can’t wait to use these products.  Of course, you already know how I feel about the mascara.  If not, click here.

I was so excited when I got this I just couldn’t wait to share it.  I love getting a great deal!

 

Essence Longlasting Lipliner

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Several months ago Essence sent me a bag of goodies to try out.  One of these goodies was the Longlasting Lipliner in the color Plum Cake.

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I have been wearing this lip liner a lot on it’s own as a lipstick.  The color is beautiful and is a color I would buy for myself.  Even though it is a lip liner, when applied all over the lip it is not too drying and comfortable.  It looks like a matte lipstick.  It is also long lasting, which is great for me!

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I have been carrying this in my purse for the past few weeks.  Whether own its own or sometimes paired with the NARS Velvet Lip Glide (the color matches it perfectly), it has been a regular go to for me lately.  And at only $2.49, it is definitely a steal!

 

I was sent this product for free by Essence.  However, I did not receive any type of monetary payment for this review.  All my opinions above are of my own and are my honest thoughts on this product.  

Play! by Sephora: March 2017

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This month’s box is all about that glow.  The slogan this month is “The Gleam Team”.  I am so excited to try all of these products!!!

  • GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-544
  • Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops in Pearl
  • Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast
  • Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
  • Atelier Cologne Clementine California

I have already been trying out a few of these products, and they are amazing so far!  Be on the lookout for posts coming soon on my favorites from this box!