Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Coming Soon? Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur, Better Skin Foundation, Plus More.

For some reason, new beauty products tend to launch in Europe and Canada before landing in the U.S.  Why is that?? I'm always so jealous that new beauty stuff is out there and I can't get my hands on it!  But it helps (a little) to sneak a peek at what may be hitting our shelves next, so I periodically check to see what's popular overseas.
In the U.K, Maybelline has released some new products that we'll likely see this fall or winter, but you never know!

Big Eyes Eyeshadow- 
These shadow palettes contain a light reflecting primer in the center to help give you bigger and brighter looking eyes. I remember when they launched Big Eyes mascara last year, so I guess this is part of the same line.

Ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag Review plus Coupon Codes

My Ipsy Glam bag seemed like it was a little later than usual this month, but I'm always glad to see it arrive since Ipsy is one of my favorite subscription services! For $10 a month, you get 5 deluxe samples, sometimes even a full size thrown in, and I've found that Ipsy usually gives products from a mix of high-end and drugstore brands and at least one is a super hot new product I've been wanting to get my hands on.

Case in point...Urban Decay's Perversion mascara (Full Size, $22).How many times have I almost bought this? At least 5 different times, I've picked it up and then put it back, telling myself I don't need another mascara yet. Well good thing I didn't buy it because a deluxe sample-sized tube was in my Glam Bag...yay!

Description: Bigger. Blacker. Badder. Urban Decay's ultra-creamy, lengthening and volumizing mascara features triple-black pigments and a deeply nourishing ingredient blend. Perversion Mascara gets you sexy in one stroke, yet it won’t quit until you say when. 

My Thoughts: I'm so happy Ipsy included this newly launched product. Some subscription boxes seem like they just give leftover stuff companies are having a hard time selling, so this is a nice change from that. I tried this today but I want to wear it around a bit and see how it lasts and then I'll do a full review on it. But I will say that it makes my lashes pretty darn big. 

The next product I got was a deluxe sample-sized tube of GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment (Full Size $69).

Description: Designed as a 10-minute professional ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s Entertainment, Music, Fashion & Award industries, YOUTHMUD ®provides immediate camera- ready glowing skin. NEW Patented TEAOXI ® technology with real Green Tea Leaf is the ‘magic’ behind our powerful anti-aging and anti-wrinkle results, delivering fresh antioxidants directly into the mud to hydrate, balance oil production and fight free radical damage. French Sea Clay works to detoxify & awaken the skin by drawing out impurities, while Ivy helps tone, tighten and lift the skin. Revitalize dull, dry skin with Volcanic Rock multi-level surface exfoliation & experience smoother, brighter, softer skin. Get your Youthful Sexy Glow back in just 10 minutes. 
My Thoughts: This is another super hot new product I've been wanting to try, but I got this in my July Glossybox a few weeks ago and I still haven't tried it yet. I haven't made the time for a mask, I've just been rushing through my routine at night. OK, That's it...I'm trying this tonight, lol! If I love it, I'll be glad to have another tube of it, but if I hate it, then this second tube will be a waste. We shall see! 
Coupon Code: Get 30% off at GlamGlow by entering IPSY30 at checkout!

The next product I got was Manna Kadar's Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion (full size $29).  

Description: Sheer Glo is an incandescent liquid that lights up skin with all over radiance. Mix with foundation or wear alone to provide a luminous glow for all skin types. An especially amazing product for mature or dry skin. Sheer Glo provides a youthful glow and dewy finish. Use on face and/or body and get glowing.
Key Benefits:
• Universal Shade
• Mix with foundation for a dewy glow
• Use as highlighter on cheeks
• Mix with lotion for an all over body glow

My Thoughts: This lotion has a sheer pink, shimmery tint.  When I applied it directly to my hand to see the color, I thought it might look weird on my skin by itself, so per the instructions, I mixed it in with my foundation.  Ah-ha!  Instant glowiness that was very subtle.  The pink gave a hint of warmth to my cool-toned fair skin too. I like it!
Coupon Code: Get 20% off at Manna Kadar plus a FREE sample of Liplocked- use code IPSY20.

The next product was a full size Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner (Full Size $5.50).  

Description: Slather on this balm for soft lips all year long. Mongongo oil has hydrating, regenerating and restructuring properties and offers a unique protection from UV and environmental pollutants in skin applications. Mongongo oil is rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc, cooper and anti-oxidants. 

Jersey Shore Sun® Mongongo Nutrient Dense Lip Conditioners are 100% natural and USDA certified organic. Fresh organic flavors. No petrochemicals. Nothing artificial. No petroleum. 

My Thoughts: I have soooo many lip balms from my various beauty boxes that it's not something I get too about. This one is a very nice, hydrating lip balm with a yummy orange flavor (although they have a vanilla coconut one I would have been more excited about).  I'll keep this and most likely use it along with my other lip balms, but I'm just kind of meh about it.  It would be nice if it had some color!

Coupon Code: Get 50% off all Jersey Sun Lip Conditioners by using code IPSY50.

Finally, I received a sample-sized Lord and Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil (full size $18).

Description: Sensual and exotic, that's the effect that Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil delivers. Just like the traditional Kohl, but with the modern ease and control of a pencil. Giving a semi-matte finish that is also smudgeable, Silk Kajal Kohl's soft tip is ophthalmologically-tested and gentle enough to be used on the inner eye. Also available in Nudo and White. 

My Thoughts: I have a ton of black eyeliners from various beauty bags too, and unfortunately, this one is a bit too smudgy for me- at least in the summertime- it might be better in the cool weather.  It's very soft and applies easily, even to the waterline, but it doesn't last all day and I find it smudging under my eyes a little bit.

Coupon Code: Get 25% off at using code LAB@14091 at checkout.

Overall, this was a pretty solid bag.  I loved 3 of the products and the other two were okay, but just a little boring.  Until next month Ipsy!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil Review

I'm a huge fan of the Yes To brand and I almost died when they came out with a coconut line, since me+coconut=bestbuds.
Back in July, I found a couple of the products at Walgreens, but just recently found the entire coconut line at Target. So I had to restrain myself from blowing my entire August budget on my own personal coconut empire and just stick to one or two things.
So I picked up the Cooling Lip Oil ($4.99), since it's a pretty unique product for the drugstore ( I saw at Sephora that Hourglass makes a lip oil, but it's $45...sheesh!). I'm pretty sure no other drugstore brand makes a lip oil, so this was a must-have. I also found out that this is exclusive to Target right now, so you won't find it anywhere else.

Secret Extensions Daisy Fuentes Review plus Before and After

Late one night, during a bout of insomnia, I was watching TV and and saw an infomercial for Secret Extensions, with Daisy Fuentes as their celebrity spokesperson.
Normally, I don't pay attention to these things, but since having a baby, my hair has thinned out a lot, even though it's long. I contemplated chopping it into a bob, but I've had shorter hair for years and have finally grown it out. So I've been looking into extensions as a way to add some volume, not necessarily length (although I wouldn't mind a little more). I decided against having them sewn or glued in at the salon...too costly and too much maintenance for me. Then I considered clip-ins, but worried about the clips showing through my baby fine hair, plus they can be over $100.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Memebox Special #13 Cooling Care Review

Another Memebox arrived at my door yesterday and this one is perfect for those hot August days and's Cooling Care ($23 + $6.99 shipping)! This summer hasn't been too hot in New England, but recently the humidity has kicked up a bit. So this came just in time.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Skin79 Rose Waterfull Sleeping Pack Mask Review

Skin79 is a hugely popular Korean skincare brand with fans all over the world. They are best known for their BB Creams, which have a cult-like following but I wanted to try a sleeping pack and they have one that really appealed to me called Rose Waterfull Sleeping Pack Mask.
I bought this when I did my huge haul a few weeks ago and it cost $16.
According to the description, this mask moisturizes with Rose Damascena and contains alpha hydroxy acids to slough off dead skin, revealing a brighter complexion in the morning (Click on the photos to enlarge).

New! L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly

I just found out from one of my readers on Facebook that L'Oreal has launched a new product in Europe and Canada called Sunkiss Jelly.
Typically when brands release products in other countries we get them shortly after. I can not WAIT for this to get here...I might have to order it on Amazon in the meantime.
Remember John Frieda Sun Streaks that was discontinued but it was the best hair lightening product ever?

This seems's a gel that you apply to dry hair and then blow dry or go in the sun. I like gels so much better than the sprays because they're so easy to control and to make streaks or an ombre look.
I'm not into dying my hair these days due to the crazy itchiness and burning my scalp goes through every time I color so I've been using gradual lighteners this summer to get a sunkissed look.
L'Oreal Sunkiss Jelly comes in 3 strengths...