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Reflections on 2017, and my best of beauty products!

Happy New Year!  Welcome from the frozen tundra that is the upper Midwest!

My reflections will be brief as 2017 was not the best year for me.  I lost a job I had hoped to retire from, and had two knee surgeries on the same leg.  I want nothing more than to put 2017 behind me. 2017 wasn’t all bad, we went on a fun vacation to New Orleans, and our child graduated from high school.  My husband and child are happy and healthy, and that’s the best I can hope for.

I haven’t done as many product reviews this year because I have cut back on my spending.  The products that were my favorites in 2017 were mostly make up, with some great hygiene products thrown in.

Let’s get started.  Clairol Root Touch up $8 USD.  This is such a great product.  I use to spend so much money having my hair professionally colored. I would get partial highlights and walk out of the salon over $150 poorer (with a generous tip).  My hair looked okay having it professionally done, but it wasn’t like anyone ever noticed or complimented me on my hair color.  I wear my hair up 80% of the time, and I’m only coloring it every six weeks, just the touch up, I might do my whole head once a year.

Clairol Root Touch up 12-31-17

My perfect shade!

Dove Dry Spray invisible 48 hr antiperspirant.  $6 USD.  I used a solid stick for years.  This product is pricey but leaves no white marks on your clothing.  The fact that’s its 48 hour is weird, but whatever.

Dove Dry Spray 12-31-17

No white residue!

Having had two surgeries this year, this Drybar Detox Dry shampoo came in very handy.  It’s pricey at $23 USD, but so worth it.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo 12-31-17

Great scent!

Pantene Air Spray with no alcohol $5 USD.  This is a great product, my hair is dry and being alcohol free makes this my go to hair spray.  I don’t think I’ve ever paid full price as I’m a big coupon shopper.

Pantene Air Spray alcohol free hair spray 12-31-17

Who doesn’t want whiter teeth?  I found this Dazzling White whitening pen at Dollar Tree for $1 USD.  I have a lot of crowns, so this works really well for me. I’ve seen these at WalMart for $5 USD.  You can find some great beauty buys at the dollar store.

Dazzling White tooth pen 12-31-17

L’Oreal Age Perfect Eye Balm $20 USD.  2017 has taken a toll on my poor face.  This helps great with under eye circles and wrinkles.

L'Oreal Age Perfect Eye Balm 12-31-17

Touch’N Brow eyebrow shapers $1.79 USD at a beauty supply store in the inner city.  Menopause  and 2017 have not been kind to my face, between hair sprouting out of my nose and covering my face, I would be a mess without these puppies. Shaving your face is also a great exfoliant.  I paid $5 USD at Sally Beauty for the same product.

Touch'N Brow Shavers 12-31-17

Last but not least L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara $10 USD.  This has been a game changer for me.  I wear glasses, and this mascara really makes your lashes stand out.  I use blackest-brown.  It’s easy to remove, and I haven’t paid full price for it yet. I have 6 tubes stashed for the next year or so.

L'Oreal Lash Paradise mascara 12-31-17

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope everyone has a great 2018!

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November 2017 Ipsy Glam bag review

Hello!  Happy Saturday!  I’ve been MIA for awhile, as I’m recovering from surgery. A bright point this past week was receiving my November Ipsy glam bag.

I liked most everything I got, which usually isn’t the case.  I had a heck of a time finding pricing for everything I received.  Ipsy costs $10 a month.  You get five products, and your selection is based on your personal profile.  I have changed mine several times over the years.  Most of the products are deluxe sample size, but I always get at least one full size product.  This month I got three full size products!  Sweet!

Here is what I got:

Ipsy Nov. 2017 Glam bag 11-15-17

Don’t know why it is sideways, must be the pain meds I’m on. Ha ha!  Ipsy is great about sending make up brushes.  I got a tapered highlight brush from slmissglam.  It’s so cute with it blue handle and blue rhinestones.  Next up is a gorgeous bronze loose eye shadow by Naked Cosmetics in Mother Nature.  It has tiny flecks of green and I can’t wait to try it on my blue eyes.  It retails for $14.99.

I’ve gotten many lip products from Colorpop over the years.  This month I got Ultra Satin Lip color in Calypso.  It’s a pretty pinky nude that retails for $6, this is full size.

I got a lip balm by Skyn Iceland Berry Lip fix, it was a deluxe sample, and just okay.

I also got a deluxe sample of IT Cosmetics CC+ foundation in light.  I have used this before and it offers great full coverage and  also can be used for a concealer.

All in all, I definitely got my money’s worth this month.  Thanks for stopping by.

Ipsy Nov. 2017 Glam bag 11-15-17 swatch

Ulta Haul 8-18-07

Happy Saturday!  Ulta is my favorite store.  Lately I’ve cut down on my spending, so I haven’t visited in a while.

I’m a Ulta rewards member so I got a 20% off your entire purchase coupon recently.  The coupon included everything in the store.  This only happens a few times a year, and it’s for rewards members only.

I needed a few things and had a bunch of coupons as well that were expiring soon.

I got $115 worth of stuff for $66!  Some people may think clipping coupons is for old folks. Well if that is the case, count me in!

Here is what I got:

Ulta haul 8-18-17

I got Garnier Micellar Water this stuff is flipping awesome!  I’ve been using this for several years.  It’s easy to use and really takes off all of your make up.  I paid $4.15 for each bottle.  The regular price is $8.99.

I love Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in number 1.  I paid $19.22, regular price $24.  I usually stay away from higher end cosmetics, but this pencil works great for my skimpy brows.

Next up Burt’s Bees lip shimmer in Caramel.  Regular price $4.99, I paid $3.99.  This is a great balm to use under lipstick or just by itself. Plus it tastes like peppermint, so it freshens your breath.

L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Eye Balm This is a new product for me. It’s rated well on Ulta’s website. Regular price $19.99, I paid $13.59.

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner I had two buy one get one free coupons. I love this brand.  It’s so affordable and hey, how can you beat buy one get one free times two!

Last but not least, my new favorite mascara L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara OMG people, this is some of the best mascara I have ever used. Regular price $9.99, I paid $3.59 each!

So not only does it pay to clip coupons, but being a Ulta rewards member rocks!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

For all of those DIY’s on Pinterest! Or what I like to call the mega time suckers!

Hey lovelies! I recently was scrolling through Pinterest and saw some of these makeup reviving DIYs that I thought would be so fun to do, so I tried them out for you all and you can see which ones work and which ones I love! I was so surprised with them because they were better […]

via TESTING PINTEREST DIYS: Reviving Makeup — Beautifashionable

Wet n Wild Photofocus Concealer review

Happy Sunday! First off I want to commend Wet n Wild for being a cruelty free brand. Given the fact this brand is so affordable and cruelty free, makes me love this brand even more.  Gone are the days of Wet n Wild being the brand you avoided at the drug store. Now people gravitate towards this brand with their wide variety of items and on trend products.

I recently purchased Wet n Wild Photofocus Concealer in light ivory from Walmart for a whopping $3.93!  I have tried many concealers over the years. High end along with many drug store brands.  My most recent favorite was Maybelline Age Rewind, which was my new favorite, until now.  I saw the Wet n Wild  concealer on my favorite vlogger channel, the GlamGuru by Tati Westbrook.

Here’s the description from Walmart’s website:

Let your natural beauty shine with our selfie-tested creamy and luminous concealer. Tested to be white cast-free under seven different photo lighting conditions, this high coverage concealer allows only your best features to get noticed. Gorgeous skin will be your only look.

  • White cast-free under seven different photo lighting conditions, this high coverage concealer allows only your best features to get noticed.
  • Instantly brightens and perfects appearance of skin – Conceals imperfections, dark spots and blemishes
  • Gentle enough to use on the delicate under eye area – Formulated with light-diffusing pigment
  • Delivers lightweight, buildable coverage

The coverage is amazing!  It barely creases under my eyes, (I have a lot of  under eye lines) and lasts all day.  Before I starting using this product, I was using two concealers. One under my eyes, and one on my nose.  For my daily make up, I just use under eye concealer and concealer on my nose, no foundation.  This concealer is fabulous!

I have never paid this little for such an awesome product. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks for stopping by.

photofocus_flashback_info_6 7-16-17

 

 

 

May 2017 Ipsy Glam bag Review

Happy Hump day!  I haven’t reviewed an Ipsy bag for a while because the ones I had received lately were just meh!

This May bag is da bomb! I love everything in it, especially the bag.  It’s larger than usual. It could be used for an overnight cosmetic bag. It’s all ice cream cones and popsicles. Sweet!

Ipsy May 2017

Let’s get started.  First off, everything in my bag is cruelty free. Awesome sauce! I got Mannakadar Beauty Bronzer/Highlighter. Retails for $21 and is full size.  I’ll be using this as eyeshadow as I love the bronzer and the highlighter is a perfect color.

Adesse Organic Infused nail lacquer in light blue.  Perfect for summer and full sized, retails for $18.

Luxie Beauty brush number 660, precision foundation brush.  Super soft and full size, retail value $23.

Endless Silky Eye Pen Pixi by Petra in Opal Overcoat, a waterproof sparkly light amber color, should look great with my blue eyes.  It’s mini size valued at $6.

Last, but not least IT Super Hero black mascara.  It makes some amazing claims, check back later for a more in depth review. Retails for $12.

Total value of May’s bag-$80!  Wow!  It only cost $10.  I’ve been getting Ipsy bags since they started.  I was thinking of cancelling it, but not now!  Keep up the good work Ipsy!

Ipsy May 2017-contents

Check out #ipsysummer and ipsy.com

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Mini Ulta Haul

Happy Sunday!  I usually go to Ulta every week.  Lately I’ve been watching my spending, so I gave up my weekly visits. I thought for sure I might croak, but luckily for me I didn’t.

As I was doing my Sunday paper coupon clipping, I came across some Almay coupons I had that were expiring today. I use to use Almay products a lot, but it seems as though the line has dwindled in the past few years. They have a lip color I really like, and had stocked up on awhile ago.  Well these lip colors were on clearance, and I got them for a song. I think they use to cost about $8, I ended up paying $.49 each with the $3 off coupons I had. I have on Smart Shade Butter in Red Medium on the left and Nude Medium on the right.  It’s a very light feel and very moisturizing. And at less than 50 cents each, I’m not complaining.

I also had some coupons for Rimmel, and it was buy one get one for 50% off.  I bought Kate Moss Lasting Finish lipstick in Kate Moss Nude #14 regular price $5.49, I paid $2.78.  I also got Kate Sculpting & Highlight Palette in Coral Glow $6.99 of which I paid $3.95.

First off let me say, my selfie skills suck. I only have on eye make up, and concealer.  I’m not the best at contouring, but I did really like this palette.  It has detailed instructions on the back for best product placement. The blush is a very pretty pale coral color, which looks nice on my pasty white skin. I paid $8 for almost $30 worth of make up. Yeah!

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