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Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Product Alert! Benefit Tinted Lip Balms!

I was watching Benefit on HSN today and saw a new product exclusive to HSN- tinted lip balms! It comes four colors that match their famous lip and cheek liquid tints:

Benebalm
 Posiebalm
 Lollibalm
Cha Cha Balm
Hurry because these were selling quickly during the broadcast! They're $18 and only available at HSN.com. Click on each name above to go straight to each product to purchase! They also come with a travel sized original Benetint!

Ipsy Glam Bag April 2014 Beauty Rocks Reveal

My Ipsy Glam bag arrived yesterday and more than made up for the so-so bag I got last month. Check it out! 
 This month's theme is Beauty Rocks and what says rock & roll better than black eyeliner? I got a huge sample size of Urban Decay's new 24/7 eyeliner in a new shade- black Velvet! Unlike Zero and Perversion, this is a soft black, almost bordering on charcoal gray (see my swatch at the end of the post). This sample will last a long time as its not too far off from being full size!
 Next is Demeter Jasmine roll-on perfume. Demeter is known for their single-scent roll-ons and this one is a true Jasmine. It smells wonderful, like summer in a bottle!
Next is a sample tube of Dr. Brandt's Microdermabrasion. I recently got a sample of this in one of my subscriptions but can't remember which. No matter, I love it and can always use more.
Next is a Mary Kay @Play Jelly Lip Gloss. This Berry Me shade is so pretty. It looks dark in the tube but as you can see from the swatch (below) it's a subtle flush of color and I love it! My only complaint is that the texture is very thick and sticky, however the trade off is that it lasts longer.
 Finally, is Elizabeth Mott's Pop!Goes the Shadow in Champagne. This is such a pretty color and this shadow is super soft and pigmented.
 Here are the swatches...Urban Decay Black Velvet 24/7, Mary Kay Jelly Gloss, Elizabeth Mott Shadow.
 Finally, I got a bonus this month with my Ipsy points... A full size Tokyomilk Dark La Vie en Rose Lip Balm. It smells like Rosewater and is so so moisturizing! I put it on and it was so thick and hydrating it made the lines in my lips pretty much disappear! To get Ipsy Points, you can review products, your whole Glam Bag, refer friends, etc.

I have to say, my favorite subscription this month was Ipsy! Such an amazing bag for only $10! To sign up, click here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Birchbox April 2014 Reveal and Review

All of my subscription boxes are showing up this week and yesterday my Birchbox arrived!  The theme of this month's box is Rainy Days and it included a Rainy Day tip of something to do on a rainy day.  Mine was to watch movies...not too creative, I do that anyway, haha.

The first thing I got was this Kind Snacks Healthy Grains bar- maple pumpkin seeds with sea salt.  I'm not really into healthy snacks (gimme chocolate any day!) but I'll probably at least take a bite of this and see what's what.  I'm not a fan of sweet and salty combos either but my husband is, so maybe he'll end up with this.
Next is Fekkai Technician Color Care shampoo.  I already have one of these that I got in a box recently but I'm not sure if it was in Birchbox or Ipsy.  Either way, I love this shampoo, so it's all good.
Next I was excited to get a sample of The Balm's new lip and cheek palette called "How 'Bout Them Apples" (remember Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting?).  The shade I got was Pie and it's such a pretty rosy color that looks amazing on my lips and cheeks.  It just gives a hint of color and kind of stains your skin without looking dewy.
Next is Cynthia Rowley eyeliner in Silver.  This color is so pretty and I can't wait to use this!
Finally, a mini nail polish by Color Club called Heirloom Pearls.  It's a white shade with a pearlescent finish. I usually find that white shades look like when I used to paint my nails with White Out in Jr. High (anyone else do that?), but the pearly finish on this will keep it from looking like that.

Overall, I was really happy with this month's box. If you're interested in joining Birchbox, it's $10 a month and you can cancel anytime. 

Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Mascara Review

Yesterday I posted some photos of new products at Walgreens on my Facebook page, one of which was Maybelline's new Pumped Up! mascara.
On a side note, if you haven't liked the Budget Beauty Blog on Facebook yet, you're missing out! I post all of the new products I see out at the drugstores in real time, so you don't have to read the blog to find out about the newest product launches.


Pumped Up! Colossal is supposed to give up to 16x more volume. It doesn't say anything about length but I find that all mascaras give at least a little bit.
                           

 As a child of the 80's, I kind of have a thing for hot pink, so I love the packaging, with it's neon yellow writing and bullet shape. It's very 80's cool.

 The brush is the kind that's wider in the middle and tapered on the ends. I don't have much luck with this kind of brush unless its curved because while I'm getting my corner lashes with the tapered side, the wider part is smushing into my other lashes, getting in the way and smudging up my eyelids.

Before:

After:
 Overall this gave me decent volume but I found the formula to be wet and the brush a little tricky to control. I also had some lashes sticking together and had to work hard to create separation.
I like a false lash look and this one just didn't give me the "wow" I was looking for.

Would you try this one or pass on it?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Beauty Box 5 April 2014 Review and Reveal


It's that time again, when all of my subscription boxes start arriving!  I got my Beauty Box 5 over the weekend, and I wanted to share what I got...check it out.



First up is BH Cosmetics California Eyeshadow Palette in Hollywood, San Francisco, and Malibu-The purple shade isn't one that I'd wear everyday, but it's definitely pretty.  The other two are great for everyday!


Blum Naturals All Purpose Cleansing Wipes in Citrus- This is a travel sized container with a keychain attached for easy on-the-go portability.  There are actually 30 wipes in there, so it should last a while!  I love that these are safe for babies too, because it'll definitely come in handy when I'm out with my 10 month old.


Bonnie Bell Lip Definer in Boysenberry- This was my least favorite product in this month's box.  I don't use lip liners, and the color is darker than what I'd normally wear, even if I did wear lip liner.


NickaK New York Hydro Lipstick- This lipstick is awesome! It feels lightweight but is super pigmented and creamy- full of moisture.  The only problem is the color- I'm not a red lipstick person.  But I would definitely pick this up in a different shade because I really love the formula.


Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer 3 Day Sample- This is a great way to try Natural Glow and it's in 3 separate convenient packs.  I love Jergens Natural Glow because last year they changed the formula so that it doesn't give off that Self-Tanner odor and it really doesn't!  I was skeptical because a lot of them smell good upon application, but I wake up smelling a funky yeasty smell.  Not with this- its the best!


Overall, I liked this month's Beauty Box 5! If you're not familiar with it, this box costs $12 per month for 5 samples (and some full sizes too!).  

*Disclosure-These samples were sent to me for a review by a PR company or brand and in no way influenced my opinion of the product.