Today was not just a regular Sunday. It was the last Sunday of the month, that means
Happy Saturday! I recently signed up to become a Julep Maven. As a result I got invited to a Julep event at Ulta. I’ve only recently started using Julep products, mostly nail polish, which is awesome!
Today I got to try some make up. Found my new favorite lip balm. Julep It’s Balm in Vintage Mauve for $20 USD. I also got a nail treatment which I really like. Julep Take a Breather Oxygen Nail Treatment in Sheer Ivory for $18 USD. I wouldn’t normally spend that much on lip balm or a nail treatment, but I’m really digging Julep products right now, so it was totally worth it. Plus I got two free gifts, a deluxe size of It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in Bisou, and deluxe sample of Length Matters Mascara along with a cute make up bag.
I got a travel duo Love your bare face cleansing oil and Konjac sponge set for $19 USD. Being a Ulta rewards member, I got triple points on my purchases.
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Happy Saturday! Finding a good eye cream has always been a challenge for me. I have mature skin, (i.e. old) and have purchased so many eye creams over the years. I’ve tried prestige brands that didn’t really do anything. I hate spending a lot of money on something that ultimately doesn’t work.
I bought the Olay Eyes at Ulta awhile back. I was using up a Philosophy eye cream that I started using in June. Never really saw any results with that, but it was expensive, and I didn’t feel like taking it back.
I used the Olay Eyes for the first time last night. When they say instant results, they were not kidding. Here is what Ulta has to say:
“Fight dark circles, wrinkles and puffy eyes in an instant with Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Perfecting Cream. This 3-in-1 Decircler, DeWrinkler & DePuffer instantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Supercharged with peptides and vitamins, it renews skin¿s surface over time and reduces puffiness by massaging onto skin. Formulated with Olay’s color-correcting technology, it acts as a touch of concealer that matches all skin tones. The powerful formula hydrates to smooth and brighten the eye area. Give your eyes a boost of beauty and moisture with Ultimate Eye Cream for wrinkles, puffy eyes, and dark circles.”
One of my biggest eye issues besides under eye circles is wrinkled eyelids. I’m 57 and gravity has taken its toll on my eyelids. I had a Botox eyelift a few years ago, but it only last for three months and cost $600. I wear glasses, so that hides a lot.
I used the Olay Eyes for the first time last night. When I woke up this morning, my eyelid wrinkles were reduced. I had to do a double take. I’ve never tried any eye cream that had instant results like this. To say I was thrilled would be an understatement. It retails for $29.99 at Ulta. I had coupons, so I paid $20 for a .4 ounce jar. You use very little. I can’t wait to see the long-term results.
I give this a 10/10.
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Hello and happy Friday! I recently was invited to sign up for Sephora Play. I got the email while I was waiting to board a flight. I quickly signed up, it was very early in the morning, and I was in a hurry. Lately I was wondering if I really signed up as I hadn’t gotten any kind of confirmation.
Well today I got my first Sephora Play package. Woo hoo! I absolutely love it! I got five deluxe samples and a cute cloth bag. Every bag includes a fragrance sample as well.
This is my third subscription box service. I currently have Ipsy and Julep. I’ve had Ipsy since it started, some five or so years ago. I just started the Julep box. The Sephora Play is $10 a month. Sephora Play. Now I’m an Ulta girl through and through, but I have bought a few things from Sephora, but haven’t found the variety like I do at Ulta.
I got a nice variety of items. Plus one thing that stands out is the pamphlet that came with my box. Every item is discussed in detail, and also directions on how to use the products. This is quite different from Ipsy, as you get no info on the products. Also a card was attached that had all of the items listed with the cost of the full size. Impressive. If I make a purchase with this card I get 50 Sephora beauty points.
Here is what I got:
Madame C.J. Walker Scent & Shine Coconut Oil-smells wonderful, can’t wait to use it on my naturally curly hair.
Farmacy Skin Dew Mist-I’m sure my dry skin will love this.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum-description says “resurfaces dull and congested skin.” Yes, please!
Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat-a pretty coral color, perfect for Fall.
And my most favorite item is The Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss-the description says it makes your teeth look whiter, here it is over the matte lipcolor I got, I think it does work.
Last, but not least is a sample of Derek Lam 10 Crosby Silent St.-a soft blend of white musks, and subtle florals.
I am very pleased with this new subscription box, and look forward to November’s box.
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Happy Sunday! I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after being on vacation for 10 days.
Being an avid beauty junkie, I’m always on the lookout for the next best thing. About two months ago, I started using Maybelline Superstay Better Skin skin transforming powder in Classic Ivory. I purchased it at Ulta for $10.99. I try to use a foundation with an SPF of at least 30, along with a moisturizer with at least a SPF of 30 every day as well. This foundation does not contain any SPF. It has Salicylic Acid and promises to transform your skin in three weeks.
Here is the description from Ulta’s website:
What if a powder could cover like a foundation and control shine all-day?
In addition the powder’s creamy texture blends seamlessly and gives all-day oil control for a shine-free finish.
Finally, the formula contains skin-clarifying salicylic acid, which is proven to reduce the appearance of imperfections, pores and unevenness while flawlessly covering.”
You can adjust the coverage easily by how you apply it. If I want more coverage, I use the sponge applicator that came with it. I prefer using a kabuki brush, as it’s a much lighter coverage.
I was leary of the Salicylic Acid being too harsh for my mature skin. I’ve never had a problem with acne, and I know this ingredient works well for that.
I have to say I’ve been very pleasantly surprised with this product. Not only does it give me all day coverage, but I do feel my skin has improved. I have very nice skin for my age, and don’t need too much coverage. The picture below was just taken last week, we were on vacation in Central America, so I have a bit of a tan. It lasts all day, and I never need to touch it up.
If you are looking for a nice drugstore brand powder foundation, this is a real winner.
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I haven’t written an Ipsy review for months. The bags I’ve been getting lately have been nothing special. I was actually thinking of cancelling my subscription, but it’s only $10 a month and I’ve been getting it for years.
This month’s bag certainly made up for those recent stinkers. Each bag has five items. The cosmetic bag is super cute with a Halloween theme. The bag was designed Valfre https://valfre.com/.
Let’s start with my favorite item this month. It’s a full size roller eau de parfum of Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker. Its .34 ounces and retails for $20. When I first opened it, I didn’t like it. Then I put it on, holy cow, it smells wonderful. A wonderful crisp floral for fall.
Next up, an eyeshadow in Satin Taupe by BeauteBasics. It’s a pretty shimmery taupe that really makes my blue eyes pop. It stays on all day. I couldn’t find a retail price for the single shade, but it appears to be full size.
I got a full size Essence Superfine Eyeliner pen in black, which is waterproof. It retails for $2.99. Essence is a great drug store brand that is super affordable. I’ve been using the nail polish for a few months and at $1.99 each, it’s a bargain.
Cosmoholic Liquid lipstick in Mysterious Mocha retails for $24.99, a pretty brownish color which would be flattering on any skin tone. The case has a built in mirror, which is always a plus.
Last but not least a deluxe sample of Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil .5 ounces. It retails for $48 for 5.1 ounces, I valued the sample at $5.50. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s rated well.
A great value at over $53 for only $10. Way to go Ipsy for October 2016. Ipsy
If you like long nails like I do, this product is a must. I discovered these years ago. I’m still on my original package. I just purchased another one yesterday because I had a coupon for 15% off my entire purchase at Sally Beauty.
Super Nail Swiss Silk Nail Wraps are $4.99 for a package of 40. They come in various sizes and are self adhesive. They are pre-shaped in a nail shape, so you don’t have to trim too much off. I have broken nails completely off and have been able to save the nail. Lately I’ve been using several layers to make my nails super strong. I cover the entire nail with the wrap, then cover completely with brush on nail glue. Let dry, then apply more nail glue. You may need to buff them with a fine grade nail file. I then apply my favorite basecoat, also available at Sally Beauty. Gelous Nail Gel basecoat for $5.99. It’s a thick basecoat, but it’s the best I’ve ever used.
I currently have three nails with silk wraps on them. I’ve had up to five nails at a time with the wraps. They are awesome! For extra strength, I brush nail glue behind the nail with the wrap. Just make sure when you change polish to use a non acetone polish remover. Otherwise you will weaken the nail wrap.
Ulta is my favorite store. Since I’m a rewards member, they are always sending me coupons for free stuff. Well, free with any purchase. Today’s freebie was Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed shampoo and conditioner. They are each 1.7 ounces. Perfect for our upcoming vacation. I would imagine it’s pricey, but free works very well for me. Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed shampoo
I didn’t need anything, so I grabbed some Essence The Gel nail polish on Jeans On! This polish is only a $1.99, and I love this color of blue. I was turned on to this brand by another beauty blogger. This is really some pretty darn good polish. It stays on well, and is very shiny. Can’t got wrong for under $2 bucks. If I wasn’t digging my current manicure so much, I would be wearing this now.
I also got some Ulta Make up Wedges for $1.99. These are good quality sponges that are easy to clean. I just throw mine in a lingerie bag and wash them in the washing machine.
Okay, I know it’s September, but it’s 85 degrees here in Southeasten Wisconsin, and I’m still digging Summer’s bright colors. I’m playing with my Julep nail color freebie box which has 12 colors, now on colors number three and four. I got twelve full size bottles for free, just for signing up. I had never used Julep before, but I love the brand now. It stays on well, and is very pigmented.
The orange color is Jenna and the bright pink is Randi.
Here’s a link to Julep if you want to sign up for their monthly box. Julep Maven
I just may have to wear this duo with my snazzy dress for our vacation in Costa Rica.
Happy Labor Day! My husband and I are going to Costa Rica and Panama for ten days in a few weeks. We are beyond excited, as this will be our first vacation alone in years.
We first traveled to Costa Rica in 2013. We visited the Arenal region and the northwestern Pacific coast. Costa Rica is so beautiful, and the people are fabulous.
I’ve been trying like crazy to get back in shape, but it’s very slow going. I started working with a personal trainer a few weeks go. She is awesome, as she comes to my home. She has created two personalized workouts for me, and I am totally digging it.
I’ve trimmed down a bit, but having some health issues, I haven’t been able to work out as much as I would like too. That being said, I went shopping today for some new frocks.
I found this Jennifer Lopez dress at Kohl’s on clearance. Regular price was $70, I paid $14 bucks! It’s so fun and colorful! It has a blue slip underneath, and rhinestones around the neck. It comes to me knees and is very caftan like. I know I probably look like I should be on cruise ship with the 70 and over crowd. But who cares! I just had to have this dress!
My husband says I look like a hippie. Works for me. Now hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze into my shorts from last summer, wish me luck. I need a tropical drink with a little umbrella in it!
P.S. If anyone can recommend some fun stuff to do on the Southeastern coast of Costa Rica, please let me know. Thanks!