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Ulta & Target haul 2-3-17

Happy Saturday!  I made my weekly visit to Ulta for some new products. Unfortunately for me, they only had one of the things I was looking for.  Lucky for me, Target is in the same strip mall. I love to try new products, and share the results.  I’m also very thrifty, so nothing was over $10.

First up Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer in Blonde. After reading some of the first reviews on Ulta, I was skeptical. The price is $9.99 USD, but I paid $8.04. My brows are non existent.  As I’ve gotten older, they have gotten thinner.  I wear glasses, so I usually just slap on some brow pencil and call it a day. This product works great! You have to make sure you wipe the tip off before applying.  I really like the color and it did indeed add volume.  Here is me with the product on one eye, and nothing on the other. My brows could probably look better, but my vision is really poor, and it’s hard to pluck them.

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I color my hair myself, and have for several years. I usually do the roots only, but lately the color doesn’t last for very long. I’ve tried different root cover ups, but my with my hair color, I have a hard time finding a good match. Since I needed to spend another $5 to use my Ulta coupon, I decided on Toppik Hair Building Fibers in Light Brown for $7.95 USD, I paid $6.40USD. I have used Toppik in the past in medium blonde.  The light brown is perfect.  This is a travel size, but a great way to try out a color. My hair is fine, and when I straighten it, it looks pretty thin.  This helps to fill out sparse spots as well..

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After I went to Ulta, Target was my next stop. Target has a great selection of e.l.f. products. I had read about this product e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen from another beauty blogger. It was a whopping $3 USD.  It works really well. Since my eyelids are hooded, I am forever getting mascara on my upper lid.  This pen works great. I saw this same item on Amazon for $9.85. Target really has the best selection of e.l.f. products I’ve ever seen.

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I had really hoped to get this next product at Ulta, but they are not carrying it yet. Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 second in-shower facial was $6.99 USD at Target. I had a coupon so I got it for $5.99 USD. I used it for the first time today. It was simply amazing! My skin was looking tired, and I don’t exfoliate as much as I should. I could tell a big difference after just one use. It’s a generous size at 5 ounces, and I only needed a small amount. This is my new favorite semi weekly cleanser.  You only need to use it twice a week. It contains soy and lemon peel extract. It has the 5 Factors of Radiance-tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness, and brown spots. My skin was so smooth!  I can’t wait to see how my skin looks in a few weeks.

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Here’s me with my new brow product on, mini facial and Toppik!  Ready for a date with my hubby.  My dog Teddy was supervising.

 

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Japonesque Solid Brush Cleaner-Review

Happy Saturday!  I admit, I hardly ever clean my make up brushes. I know it sounds gross, but I don’t have any skin issues, (other than getting old) so it’s never been an issue.  I saw a post about this brush cleaner and thought I would give it a try.  I’ve used liquid brush cleaners which worked okay, but they never seemed like they got the brushes that clean.  That of course was when I actually would clean my brushes, like I don’t know, maybe once a year. Yuck!  I don’t use my brushes for any liquid applications, so I didn’t think it was a big deal.

I bought this Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser at where else, Ulta for $20. The package is two ounces, and I’m sure will last me for a very long time. I bought the unscented version, but it’s made with goat’s milk and smells delightful. I actually washed all 17 of my make up brushes.  This soap did a great job and I used very little. I have an IT foundation brush that I use for powder foundation that probably was the dirtiest. That took several spins through to get really clean. The rest of my brushes, just one swipe.  This really is a great product, and when I’ve used all of it in oh I don’t  know ten years or so, I’ll definitely repurchase.

Here’s the description from Ulta’s website:

Maintain the beauty of your brushes with Japonesque’s gentle goat-milk cleansing balm in this Solid Brush Cleanser. Effective emollient formula quickly dissolves make-up and impurities to deep cleanse and condition your brush bristles for effortless professional brush cleaning. Freshly scented and coconut scented solid formulas deliver instant mess-free results and is the perfect travel-friendly cleansing companion.

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Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer Lift & Firm Review

Happy Wednesday! I came across this Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer Lift & Firm at Wal-mart for $8. Another blogger was talking about the Hard Candy primers and this seemed interesting. It claims to brighten and tighten facial contours along with moisturizing.

I used it today for the first time.  I didn’t use a another moisturizer and this doesn’t contain an SPF.  The tube is 1.3 ounces, and you don’t need a lot.  I used a Laura Geller Baked powder foundation over it. I have to say I was very impressed. Here is the description on Hard Candy’s website:

Contains Vitamin C to help stimulate collagen and Olive Leaf Extract to help smooth skin while diffusing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

I took this photo this afternoon, after having the primer on for four hours, I thought it looked pretty good. Car photos are my favorite, as it’s the best natural light. Don’t mind my puffer coat, it’s ungodly cold here in Wisconsin.

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Here’s another without the drug dealer sunglasses.

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My selfie skills suck, as I’m pretty sure my head isn’t that big!

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I think the next time I use it, I’ll use moisturizer first.

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When Should I Toss My Makeup? — My Ageless Elegance

Great post from Ageless Elegance. She has some great make up tips and tricks.

I recently decided to clean out my makeup organizers on my dresser. As one who loves makeup, I have collected tons of it over the years- from eye shadows to lipsticks to several mascaras and multiple foundations. I couldn’t even recall when I purchased some of the products or the last time I actually used […]

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Color Correcting Concealers — My Ageless Elegance

Great post about which color correcting, and which colors are the best for your skin tone.

I started wearing makeup decades ago. I only recall concealer coming in various skin tone shades to cover dark circles and other flaws. Today, there are concealers in multiple colors, each with a specific job. Let’s take the time to gain some understanding about color correcting concealers and how they work. Very few of us have […]

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