Sunday, June 30, 2013

Weekend Review: MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass

                                                (Photo is from here.)

For today's Weekend Review, I'll be reviewing the MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass in Long Love Love. Let's get started! :)

Let's start out with the pros. MAC never disappoints me, especially with their lip glasses. This color has definitely hit a home run for me.This product lasts forever, and the color is perfect. Long Love Love is described as a "light cool pink". I agree with that, but it's actually quite bright. I think this color looks great on lighter skin tones. And like I said, it lasts forever! I only have to reapply maybe once, and at the most twice.

Now for the cons. This lipgloss is incredibly thick, which makes it kind of messy to apply. It's also sticky. Like, really, really sticky. If I wear to repurchase, it would be because of the color. I'm super impressed with the staying power and color, but it's just so sticky and messy. And to be honest, I'm not a big fan of any of the other colors. This is the type of lipgloss that when you talk it transfers back and forth between the upper and lower lip, if that makes sense. I can't complain too much about the thickness or stickiness, though, because this lipgloss really does last. I was looking for a very specific color when I found this, and I'm super glad I did.

Overall, if you find a color that you really like in these Pro Longwear Lipglasses, I say go ahead and purchase it. They're $20.00, and they'll last you for a long time. However, if you're buying a lipgloss just to buy a lipgloss, I say skip these and maybe try the regular lipglasses.

Hope you enjoyed this Weekend Review! :)

:) Becca

Friday, June 28, 2013

What's in my Makeup Bag?

Hey guys! :) Today I thought it would be fun to do an updated "What's in my Everyday Makeup Bag?" post! These are pretty much my all-time favorite makeup products, so if you'd like a review on any of them, feel free to request! Let's get started!

Face Products:
-Maybelline BB Cream in Light
-Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick in Glow Blush
-Clinique Even Better Foundation in Ivory(#3)
-NYC Sun 'n Bronze Bronzing Powder in Coney Island Glow
-ELF Golden Bronzer
-Maybelline Mineral Power Pressed Powder in Light
-ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzer
-ELF All Over Color Stick in Golden Peach
-Estée Lauder Signature Shimmer Powder in Gold Pearl
-Clinique Almost Bronzer in Light/Medium
-Covergirl Nature Luxe Foundation in Alabaster
-Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder in Ivory
-Essence Match 2 Cover! Cream Concealer
-Benefit the POREfessional
-Covergirl Invisible Concealer in Fair

Eye Products:
-Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
-NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black
-ELF Brightening Eye Palette in Brownstone
-Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Gel Liner for Blue Eyes
-Maybelline The Rocket Mascara in Blackest Black
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
-Almay Intense i-Color trio for Brown Eyes
-Maybelline Eyestudio Cream Eyeshadow Trio in Rose Revolution
-Maybelline Mega Plush Macara in Very Black
-Covergirl Smokey Shadow Blast in Purple Plume
-ELF Brightening Eyeliner in Black
-ELF Liquid Eyeliner in Black
-NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Cashmere
-NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk
-NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Gold
-Essence Gel Eyeliner in Midnight in Paris

Lip Products:
-NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Chandelier
-Maybelline Color Whisper in Petal Rebel
-Ava Skylark Lipgloss by Elle&Blair
-Ulta Brilliant Lip Color in Petal Pink
-Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rosé Kiss
-Starry Hydrant Lip Saver in Grape
-Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake
-Covergirl Lipstick in Darling
-MAC Lipglass in Viva Glam Nicki
-Covergirl Blask FlipStick in Snap
-Wet 'n Wild Lipstick in Pink Ice
-Ulta Lipstick in Tickled Pink
-Wet 'n Wild Juicy Lip Balm in Cherry
-Clinique Chubby Stick in Whoppin' Watermelon
-Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss in Nude Candy
-MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass in Long Love Lovw

So that's everything that's in my makeup bag! :) I'm thinking about doing a post on my everyday makeup brushes, so if you'd like to see that, comment below! :) Hope you enjoyed this post!

:) Becca

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Okay? Okay.:The Fault in Our Stars-Book Review.

                                                         (Photo is from here.)

So I'm finally doing another book review! :) A few days ago I finished reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. So if you aren't familiar with the plot of this book, this is what the inside cover states:

"Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis.  But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten."

So basically, this is a love story between two teenagers who are battling cancer. It's such a beautiful, humorous, and tragic story. You want to feel so happy for Hazel and Augustus, but you can't because you know that they are both sick and you can't help but feel like there's not going to be a happy ending.  But despite all the sadness, this book was so incredibly good. I've never read a story like this one, the closest thing would probably be The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which is a TOTALLY different storyline. It's incredibly heart-wrenching, but the humor in it is straight up laugh-out-loud.

As characters go, there wasn't any character that I didn't like. Each one of their situations makes you care for them so much. They're definitely not the most relatable characters, but in this book that didn't really matter.

I believe this is labeled as a young adult book, which I agree with. There's hardly any sexuality, and when there is, the book doesn't go into detail, literally no more than a sentence or two. There's also really no violence, unless you count one of the characters ranting and smashing trophies. I think the only thing stopping younger aged readers from reading this is the amount of sadness and tragedy. It's definitely an emotional book, but the wittiness of it is just great.

This is the only book I've read of John Green, but his writing has by far left an amazing impression on me. I'm really interested in reading Looking for Alaska, so if you've read that, tell me what you think in the comments below! The way this book was written was just beautiful, so I'm excited to read more of his work.

Overall, this is probably one of the best books I have ever read. If you've read this, tell me what you think! :) Also, if you have any other recommendations of books I should read/review, leave it in a comment below! Hope you enjoyed this review!

:) Becca

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Weekend Review: Bath&BodyWorks Shimmer Be Enchanted Body Butter

                                                              (Photo is from here.)

For today's Weekend Review, I'm going to be reviewing the Bath & Body Works Shimmer Be Enchanted Body Butter. Let's get started! :)

First off, this scent is amazing. It's described as a "fresh, sparkling blend of frosted florals sweetened with sugared pomegranate". This body butter is super moisturizing, and this little one is such a bargain at only $7! The full size is $15, which isn't too bad, considering you get 7 oz. I really love this scent, and I'm considering purchasing it in a perfume!

The only con is that the amount of shimmer is way too intense. It's okay for your body; to give it a nice glow, but it gets all over your hands, and everything you touch throughout the day will become glittery. If you're investing in a body butter just for the moisture, then I would highly recommend getting the non-shimmer version. (By the way, the glitter in it is gold, so yes, it is very noticeable.) But other than that, this is quite an amazing product! :) Overall, I would really recommend if you don't mind shimmer!

Would you guys prefer if these Weekend Review posts be only on one product? Or maybe two, or three? I feel like this post was quite short, but I can stick to one product per post if you prefer. Leave me your comments below! :) Also, next post will be a book review! Get excited!!

:) Becca

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Walmart and Ulta Beauty/Makeup Haul

So recently I picked up some products from Ulta as well as Walmart! I thought I would do a haul, so let's get started! :)

First is the Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss in Nude Candy. I now have three of these lip glosses, and I'm in love with them. The next time I'm at Ulta, I'm going to repurchase this color along with some new ones! This nude-peachy color just really draws me in, and the product in general is amazing! Such a steal!

I also wanted to pick up an Ulta Brilliant Color Lipgloss. This one is in Petal Pink. I haven't used it enough to really say my thoughts, but I'll do a full review after a couple more uses!

Next is an Ulta Lipstick in Tickled Pink. It's a little bit shimmery and fairly moisturizing. This is another product that I really haven't used enough to tell if I like it. So far the only con I have notice is that it's not super long-lasting!

I also picked up the Essence Match2Cover Creamy Concealer. I actually really love this stuff! I'm pretty sure it's my new favorite concealer. :) It doesn't 100% cover my dark circles, but what does? Plus, it has really great coverage! It's perfect!

Lastly from Ulta, I got the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere, which is from The Mortal Instruments collection! Everyone knows how great this product is, and I'm loving this color. Great buy!

Moving on to what I picked up at Walmart, first, I got the Wet n Wild Lipstick in Pink Ice. I've only used this once, but so far I really love the formula. Not sure how I feel about the color, though.

Last, but not least, I got the Almay Intense I-Color for Brown Eyes. I haven't tried this yet, but I'm really excited to! :)

I can't wait to try out all these products! If you would like an in-depth review, tell me in the comments below! :)

Becca :)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Weekend Review

Hi everyone! :) I know I haven't made a blog post in almost 3 months, and I'm truly sorry. Basically, I was really, really sick during the beginning-mid April, and after that I really never got around to writing again. But I definitely AM starting up my blog again! It was one of my resolutions, after all! So to kick off my new posts, I'm making a new series. It's called the "Weekend Review" where every weekend I'm going to be reviewing a different product. I know it's not the weekend, but I thought since it's only Monday, it would be okay to go ahead and start this series! Also, in this post I'm going to be reviewing a couple products, since I've been gone for so long. :)

Also, back in March, I got a professional camera, which means quality pictures! :) Yay!

First up is the Tresemme Freshstart Refreshing Mist. This is a fresh product that is meant to remove odor from hair while adding shine. Plus, it's supposed to leave hair silky smooth. I love this product on days where I haven't washed my hair, and it just needs some refreshing. I also have tried the dry shampoo from the Freshstart line, and I actually like this product better. It leaves your hair fairly shiny for a drugstore product, but what I really like about it is how delicious it smells! My hair smells so good after I use this! I will definitely repurchase this!

Next is the Clinique All About Eyes eye cream. The product claims to reduce puffs and circles. What I really like about this product is it's super moisturizing. I have noticed a slight reduction in darkness around my eyes, but nothing huge. Clinique is my favorite makeup brand, and their skincare is fantastic, but I don't think I would repurchase this product. It's quite pricy, and I think there's better alternatives. However, it is really moisturizing, and the texture is really nice. So overall, I do like it, but I don't think it's worth the splurge.

Next we have another Clinique product. This is the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense. I LOVE this. It's another product that's on the pricy side, but this honestly feels luscious on my skin. This product is meant to be a hydrating skin fortifier, but that's actually an understatement. I also have tried the non-intense version of this product, and it's also fantastic. They're the same price, and if you're debating on which one to purchase, I would say go ahead and buy the intense. I personally like the formula of it a lot better. :)

The next product is the Maybelline Clean Express Classic Eye Makeup Remover. I really, really don't like saying bad things about products, but I have to be honest...I kind of hate this one. First of all, this hardly removes anything. I'm very happy that this product was fairly cheap because it was not a good buy. I was really disappointed. Maybelline is also my favorite drugstore brand, but I just don't know what happened with this product. The only thing I really like about it is it has a nice cooling effect on the eyes. However, the gel consistency got a tad messy and really didn't leave my eyes clean. It does smell good, but that's not enough for me to continue to use it.  Although it is less oil-based then my favorite drugstore eye makeup remover, I will be sticking with Neutrogena.

Last, but not least, is the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream. I've owned this since December, and I fall in love with it every time I use it. It claims to blur imperfections, enhance, brighten, adjust to skin-tone, smooth, hydrate, protect(SPF 30), and have 0% oils or heavy ingredients. On summer days where I just really don't feel like wearing makeup, I always opt for this! It's never failed, and I would repurchase this! It is more liquidy than most BB creams, but I really don't mind that. :) I would highly recommend this!

If you have any request for products I should pick up and try for "Weekend Review" posts, please leave a comment below! :)

:) Becca