November 26, 2014

Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Review

Several weeks ago, I posted some photos from Bed, Bath and Beyond of new Revlon products that have just been released for Spring 2015. I haven't seen them in the regular drugstores just yet, but they'll probably be hitting any day now.

One of the first things I spotted that I had to get my hands on was Insta-Fix, a foundation stick from the Photoready line ($11.49).  As a new mom, I don't always have a lot the time to apply foundation at my bathroom vanity with a brush or blending sponge (mainly just on the weekends). More often than not, I'm trying to apply it quickly with my fingers in the car mirror in my driveway as I'm about to go somewhere and I always keep travel sized tubes and bottles in my purse.  That's why a foundation stick is something I can definitely get behind!
The display said that this is "Multi-Use Makeup" and can be used for "all over perfection, concealing flaws, and touch ups on the go." They're formulated with super-refined pigments and unique light- filtering technology to give skin a retouched look with each use. Sounds perfect!  Let's see how it worked for me...

November 25, 2014

CoverGirl Lip Lava Review and Swatches

CoverGirl Lip Lava ($6.49 at Bed, Bath and Beyond) is a new line of lip glosses that just started arriving in stores last week. Actually, I'm not even sure I can call them glosses, because according to the display, "It's not a gloss, a balm, or a lipstick. It's hotter. It's lava."  
Ok, so we all know it's not really lava, so what is it? I purchased four out of the nine available shades to find out!
It was difficult to choose shades because these are all really bold and shimmery...definitely not for everyday wear (at least not my everyday). I finally settled on four shades: a nude, a pink, a violet and a berry. I figured I could sort of cover a broad range that way.

Lava Luster, Lychee Lava, Ooh La Lava, Look it's Lava!

Free Harvey Prince Perfume Samples Worth $35!

Want to try new perfume for free? Harvey Prince is offering customers a chance to try a free sample of their new upcoming scents (I've reviewed several of their perfumes here on the blog). A few weeks after you place your order, they'll send you an email asking for your feedback...and that's it. These aren't tiny samples either...they are .50 oz worth $35!  You just have to pay $6.50 for shipping- no other purchase required.  Plus, they'll send you a coupon code to use when they officially go on sale!

Of course you may or may not know that Harvey Prince Hello is one of my all-time favorite scents, so I'm dying to try some of these to see if I can find my newest signature scent!
Here are the scents that are included in the offer:


The Story of Perfume- Enter Code trytsop at checkout to get it free (just pay shipping).

Notes: Lebanese labdanum, Arabian Oud, Egyptian olibanum, East African myrrh, Indian jasmine, Moroccan cardamom, Bulgarian rose, Polynesian ylang-ylang, plush patchouli, musk and sensuous sandalwood.

Style: Classic. Sensual. Royal.


"Tales from antiquity tell the story of bold women who used the art of seduction for power and glory. Women like Helen of Troy, Nefertiti and Cleopatra are among history’s greatest seductresses.The secret of their seduction? Perfume. Knowing the sensual power of scent, Cleopatra perfumed the sails of her barge so Marc Antony would find her irresistible. And she succeeded, filling the Roman general with an insatiable desire for his Egyptian queen.The Story of Perfume is the story of these powerful women. Using high quality essential oils, it goes back to the sources, transporting you to the past via scent.
With The Story of Perfume, be your own legend"



Frangipani Lei- Enter Code tryfrangipani at checkout to get it free (just pay shipping).

Makeup Revolution I Heart Chocolate Vs. Too Faced Chocolate Bar- Review and Swatches

As soon as I heard that Makeup Revolution's I Heart Makeup palette ($13.17) was a dupe for Too Faced's insanely popular Chocolate Bar palette ($49), I had to see for myself.  I ended up ordering the Death by Chocolate palette by mistake (see my review here) which is similar but not an exact dupe. Then I went back and ordered I Heart Chocolate and it finally came in this week. So here, I'm going to compare it to the Chocolate Bar and see how it stacks up!

Outer Packaging:
I think Too Faced's box is nicer...its really pretty and looks like a gourmet chocolate bar wrapper. 
Both companies have the shades displayed on the back, but again, I like Too Faced's version that actually says the names, plus it's just visually more appealing.
Compact:
Both compacts are designed to look like a bar of chocolate, but I actually like the half-melted look of Makeup Revolution's version a little more. They both feel very weighty and sturdy so neither one of them feels cheap.

Lost Photos

Hey guys, just a quick update...

Earlier tonight, I was going through my phone and deleting pictures to save room and I didn't realize that deleting photos from Google would result in removal from my blog! Luckily, I only deleted photos from this month, but there have been quite a number of posts in November alone. I've been working as quickly as I can to fill the photos back in from my archives but there are still some posts where they're missing.  There are also photos to which I have no archives and they're lost forever. :(
In the coming days, if you see anything that is still not loading, please let me know either by comment on that post, or by email (jenna@budgetbeautyblog.com) and I'll do my best to upload new photos.

Thanks so much for your patience!

November 24, 2014

Physicians Formula Organic Wear BB Mascara Review

Physicians Formula BB Mascara ($9.95 at Bed, Bath & Beyond) is the newest addition to their Organic Wear line. The BB stands for Bigger! Better! lashes.  I generally like Physicians Formula products and the Organic Wear line is free of a lot of nasty chemicals that are in regular cosmetics, so I decided to give this one a try! Plus, there was a $3 coupon on the package that I was able to use at the register to bring it down to $6.95.  Let's see how it worked for me...
The package talks about all of the chemicals that are not present in this formula, including parabens, GMO's, synthetic colors, fragrances, and preservatives.  Plus, it's 100% cruelty-free and has 100% recyclable packaging.  Sounds great so far!

This BB Mascara makes a lot of claims...wow!  According to the box, it pretty much does everything you would want a mascara to do and says you don't have to sacrifice volume for length, or definition for drama. It also talks about their 100% natural coconut cocktail that can expand the hair's diameter by increasing hydration and strengthening the lashes. This mascara actually does have a faint scent of coconut!

November 23, 2014

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch Of Glow spotted!

This morning I spotted some new Physicians Formula Nude Wear products at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Take a look!
 The first product is the Touch of Glow stick. At first I assumed this was a highlighting stick but the display said, "concealer, foundation, highlighter and touch-up tool" so maybe this is more like a stick foundation with illuminating properties? I'm intrigued!
 The Touch of Glow Foundation claims to create "nude perfection" and "luminous glow" in a "weightless fluid". It looks like it comes in a pump with a perfecting brush included as well!
The Touch of Glow Palette can be used as an all over illuminating powder, a bronzer, a blush, or nude highlighter depending on what shades you use. It contains mother-of-pearl for a soft sheen.
I'm excited about these and purchased them so you can expect to see reviews soon! I love the rose gold packaging...its so pretty!

What do you think? Do you want to try one (or all) of these?