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L’Oréal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes - A Review

Mascara is one of my obsessions! New incredible (looking) formulas excite me!

It could be that's because without it my lashes are blonde, aka almost invisible... Perhaps.


 

Ode to Applying: A photo montage

 

As a result, I have spent no small amount of time and money attempting to find the best mascara available (within my price range, good lord!) 

A few thing I'll cop to:

Up to this point in my life, I am not in the kind of financial position that allows me to spend more than $10 per tube of mascara. Did I mention I use it...A LOT?! So I generally don't have a ton of experience with pricier offerings, outside of samples (which I freaking love BTW).

My eyes water like CRAZY. Years ago I switched to waterproof mascara. Alas, this was not a solution. At the time, I had been using different types from a particular make up line (not L'Oreal) and when I finally made the leap from that brand it helped my waterworks situation to a huge degree! However, my eyes are still leak prone, so I stick with waterproof mascara anyway.

I have a winner take all ranking system. My method is EASY... I keep trying new mascaras, if one actually performs better than the current champion then I bring that new one up to the big leagues and put the last one on the bench. This has been working over the years, more or less. 

 

With all that in mind:

I LOVE L'Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Waterproof mascara!

I have been using this mascara faithfully for at least 6 years! Many mascaras have tried to unseat you and have failed...Contenders beware, it's a high bar to clear!

I get thick, long, lush lashes with good application control from the brush and minimal clumpy-ness.

 

 

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NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle - A Review

Have you been looking for effortlessly flushed cheeks in a sweet rosy pink? Me too!


Well I'm done looking and so are you! 

I tried out NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle in Pink Cloud and loved the results!

I am a person with fairly pale skin and the light, sheer pink (almost a baby barbie pink) wears well on me. YES!

This formula is packed with color, so it only takes the tiniest dot to get the beautiful rosy glow you're after.  I especially like how a little goes a long way, since it will LAST.    

PLUS, it works double time as an equally gorgeous lip color! 

 

Take note of this one!

  1. Make up Multi-Tasker
  2. Gorgeous Color 
  3. Easy & Amazing results
  4. Just a dot so it lasts
 

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Check out this make up test session!

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Thank you IPSY for the wonderful products you put in the amazing Glam Bag!

I received this wonderful product in the June 2017 IPSY Glam Bag. I gotta call out the unbelievable deal... This ONE product (A full size to boot!) turns out to be worth almost the entire $10 monthly cost of the bag... and I got 4 other awesome things too!

LOVE!

If you're interested in checking IPSY out, please use my referral link below to help me earn IPSY points and (again, someday) free Glam Bags!

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To check out all my reviews of past IPSY Glam Bags, click below

(Spoiler: I am a fan)

 

VOLUPTIES - JULY 2017

I'm finally with it, friends! My Volupties JULY 2017 delivery brought my panti-verse into sync. My booty size and my Volupties size are now ONE.

I couldn't be happier!

I ordered 3 pairs of 3X panties – Pictures, details & Flirt with Flavor Fit Rating below:

1 boy short

·         The pattern and color of the material is beautiful. The lace is soft with a bit of give. This pair fit nicely!

1 hi cut

·         I liked the look of the delicate lace inset over the hip bone area. The remaining material is a semi-silky feeling black knit with a fair amount of stretch. This pair is also a fit.

 

1 hipster

·         Fabric feels silky, in a print mixing faded grey and pale aquamarine in an antique wallpaper/textile design. These are my favorite of the 3, as the fit was the best and the details are lovely!

JULY 2017 - FWF Fit Rating is 100% - 3 of 3 fit! 

3 of 3 pairs knickers received with this Volupties delivery fit nicely, for a FWF Fit Rating of 100%.  After a few off months (in terms of fit only) I found I had the wrong size chosen in my Volupties profile...so no wonder, right? No matter! Volupties made it quick and easy to update the size option and before I knew it, BAM! It's next month and I am once again delighted by this awesome service! Still one of my favs! 

Photography below provided by FlirtwithFlavor.com.

Splendies / Volupties is a subscription & gift service that sends 3 pairs of undies to recipients monthly. You can select an open ended monthly subscription, or opt for a 3, 6, or 12 Month package. You also choose your preferred styles - no thongs, all thongs or surprise (mix of styles) options.

·         Splendies (Sizes S, M, L and XL)

Pricing ranges from $13.99 for the Monthly Subscription to as little as $13 a month for the 12 Months option. 

·         Volupties (Sizes 1X - 3X)

Pricing ranges from $16.99 Monthly Subscription to as little as $16 a month for the 12 months option.

 

Emotional over 'In a Heartbeat'

I recently caught 'In a Heartbeat', the animated short film by Beth David and Esteban Bravo.  I was moved by it's beautiful, emotive music layered with a sweet and unexpected depiction of young love, from crush-ing and anticipation to the fear or rejection (and worse!) 

It really gave me the FEELS (including the tears-streaming-down-my-face's but fortunately I didn't have any makeup on!)

 I hope you enjoy it too!

 

IPSY - MAY 2017

ipsy's MAY 2017 Glam Bag was a treat indeed; from the sweet bag (HA! I am so punny!) to the sinful highlighter! Check out the 5 make up, skin or hair products I received.

Pictures and details below:

The Bag

·         The bag is summer themed adorableness! Teeny ice cream cones and popsicles are lined up all over the clear material. It’s easy to see whatever you’re looking for and another big PLUS – it’s also water resistant!  Features sturdy black zipper for bag closure.

 

VASANTI COSMETICS
Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator - Exfoliating Cleanser

·         The exfoliating part of the cleanser was good; it feels like lots of small scrubbers in the product for a very thorough scrub. And it didn’t take much, maybe dime-sized dot to cover my face and chin (Remember to avoid your eyes!). My skin was smooth, however, it’s not super gentle, and left my face a bit red and blotchy.

·         The smell of this product in the tube is just a bit over the top for me…quite a strong floral note (Is that Jasmine?). Good news, it wasn’t as overpowering (Tolerable!) once I applied to my wet face.

 

Urban Decay
Afterglow in Sin

·         I am very happy with this one! As with a lot of Urban Decay products, the quality and lasting power of this powder highlighter are wonderful.

·         I can see the shade (Sin) becoming best make up buds with some of my usual favs.

 

Jelly Pong Pong
Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo in Electric

·         The shimmery pink & brown neutrals are a great way to bring out blue eyes (like mine!) and the combo of colors means you can create a variety of different looks.

·         Another pro for this product is the cute compact which makes taking it along a breeze! The small turquoise & pretty purple compact is sturdy enough to live the purse life.  As you can see from the shots, Marilyn LOVES the built in mirror!

 

CAILYN Cosmetics
Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in #32 Practicable

·         The pink/brown shade (Practicable) is a medium neutral tone… It’s on the dark side, compared to my usual lip products.

·         The lip tint was easy to apply, very smooth with good coverage. It was just a tad sticky at first but then dried with none of that.  Kiss Test - my first kiss test (after 2-ish minutes) was only partially dry. This left some lip smudges behind and when they dried, it was difficult to remove! Makeup remover was necessary. So it seems like the staying power is good, as once it dried fully, it didn’t kiss off…

 

Royal & Langnickel MODA™
Royal & Langnickel Precision Angled

·         This angled brush provided nice and smooth eye shadow application and improved the control of applying at an angle (such as around the eyelid crease), I do believe it’ll be joining my makeup brush ranks permanently!

 

Photography below provided by FlirtwithFlavor.com

MORE ABOUT IPSY

I LOVE this service! I have been subscribing for a while and have NEVER once thought of canceling it. It’s a very fun package to receive every month. And as a person who enjoys make up, this one is seriously for ME!

First, you provide your personal beauty like and dislikes, as well as color preferences via a beauty quiz to help Ipsy decide what samples to put in your bag.  Don’t like lipstick or eyeliner, just let them know! And you can retake the quiz to fine tune any time!

Each Month You receive:

5 high quality sample products of high caliber moisturizers/cleansers, hair products and cosmetics

I have received some killer tools as well, such as blending sponges, tweezers and make up brushes. SCORE!

At $10 for all this, the price is right too!

PLUS

There’s also a referral program to earn free ipsy bags! In fact - Here’s my referral link! IF you order using this link I’ll earn 250 points on my personal ipsy account.

https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link&refer=v871ohttps://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link&refer=v871o

IPSY - APRIL 2017

I really enjoyed ipsy's APRIL 2017 delivery! I received 5 diverse make up, skin and hair products items, plus the cute bag! Pictures and details below:

The Bag

·         This bag is full on FUN! In the shape bag of an old fashioned event ticket, complete with the word 'TICKET' boldly emblazoned and a ticket number as well.

·          It’s a bright pink/orange (almost neon coral) which has a sturdy vinyl-esqe feel on the exterior and soft, almost felt like inside. Bag closure of looped and branded exterior bag material.

H20+ Beauty – Elements Keep It Fresh Cleanser

·         I love getting a cleanser! Keeping my face clean is a thing I do, on occasion.

·         This is fairly hydrating and didn’t cause issue for my sometimes sensitive skin.

defy & Inspire – Wear Resistant Nail Lacquer

·         I really love the blue green shade, very mermaid… definitely a winner!

Glamour Dolls – Glamour Dolls X Lisa Frank Angle Blush Brush

·         The brush is pretty good quality...

·         Love the rainbow, Lisa Frank is always cute and fun!

ColorPop Cosmetics – Crème Gel Pencil

·         I like the copper shade, which went great with blue eyes.

·         The test application was smooth and lasted the night, so rock on there too!

Luseta Beauty – Volume reviving dry shampoo

·         Alas, I haven’t tested this one yet! Back in the days when I wore my hair straight most of the time, I dug an amazing dry shampoo but these days I don’t use them much.

 

Photography below provided by HoodyBombsMusic.com Photography

MORE ABOUT IPSY

I LOVE this service! I have been subscribing for a while and have NEVER once thought of canceling it. It’s a very fun package to receive every month. And as a person who enjoys make up, this one is seriously for ME!

You provide your personal beauty like and dislikes, as well as color preferences via a beauty quiz to help ipsy decide what samples to put in your bag.  Don’t like lipstick or eyeliner, just let them know! And you can retake the quiz to fine tune any time!

Each Month You receive:

5 high quality sample products of high caliber moisturizers/cleansers, hair products and cosmetics

I have received some killer tools as well, such as blending sponges, tweezers and make up brushes. SCORE!

At $10 for all this, the price is right too!

PLUS

There’s also a referral program to earn free ipsy bags! In fact - Here’s my referral link! IF you order using this link I’ll earn 250 points on my personal ipsy account.

https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link&refer=v871ohttps://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link&refer=v871o