New Season, New Products!

New Season, New Products!

I’m back! And more beauty obsessed than ever: I promise, it’s possible, and it’s happening. The addiction is real and I’m feeling like I should be attending meetings or something.

It’s been so long, let’s catch up! Between work and school I’ve still managed to collect quite a few new beauty treats. I’ve been scooping up a lot of lipsticks (I know: color. Who am I? What’s happening to me?!) and a few skin goodies as well (mostly cleansers and a few sheet masks.

There’s so much I don’t want to bog you guys down with the longest post in history so I’ll break it up over the next couple of days, ending with my Kiko Milano haul from tonight–it’s a small haul this time but I’m not nearly done with my local Kiko Milano location so that’ll probably be changing as time goes on ;)

Let’s get into the lipstick love; here are are the lipsticks I’ve purchased over the last month or so. I know, I know; only a month, but don’t judge me. When you scroll through the pictures you’l understand why I had to give these beauties a home! You can find all of these lip colors at your local drugstore. Note: IMAN Cosmetics is exclusively carried in Walgreens stores; also Milani Cosmetics is hard to find but I always find them at Walgreens as well.

And remember, if you buy something at Walgreens and don’t love it, they have a great return policy. Let’s be mindful not to abuse it though; do your research before buying!

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in (960) Tangy Tulip, $7.49

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I love this bright pop of color  for spring and summer! Moisturizing and applies pretty evenly.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in (20) Uptown Mauve, $5.99; available at your local Walgreens 

milani color statement lipstick-uptown mauve

 

This is a strong mauve, but it’s very wearable and uber pretty. If done right (clean, neutral eyes, very little natural colored blush) you can rock this in the office.

IMAN Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick in (028) Scandalous; $10.00; available at your local Walgreens 

iman luxury moisturizing lipstck -scandalous

This is a great red; especially for medium to deeper skin tones. I really like this color and I’m loving a red lip, it’s a bit bright so apply and wear with caution, but once you hit the door, wear with CONFIDENCE.

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in (655) Daringly Nude; $5

maybelline color sensational creamy matte lip color-daringly nude

 

I saw this in a monthly mag and this color looked much darker in print. I picked it up and thought I was set with my perfect nude. Unfortunately, this color is much too light for me to wear alone and not look a bit ashy; BUT it’s great for layering underneath and mixing to create your own color to fit whatever mood you’re in. Just be sure to include a semi matte moisturize like original Burt’s Bees underneath so it doesn’t dry out your lips. Even though it’s a creamy matte, it’s still a matte.

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in (660) Touch of Spice; $5

maybelline color sensational creamy matte-touch of spice

Since “Daringly Nude” didn’t quite work out the way I hoped, I tried again (you know, if at first you don’t succeed and what not). I’m glad I did because I found this beautiful, understated brownish pink nude. This is another great pick for the office ladies. Can’t go wrong with this one at all. It’s pink enough to warm up your face, but brown enough to communicate that you mean business. Make them READ YOUR LIPS. ;)

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor, The Vivids Collection(in 880) Electric Orange; $5

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Collection- Electric Orange

I purchased this neon stunner before Tangy Tulip–so let’s call this one the gateway drug. Ha! It’s not as dark or creamy as Tangy Tulip, but it’s perfect for a quick wash of warm weather color. Even if there is still snow on the ground here in New England and it’s raining tonight. It’s especially fun for a girls night out.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, Creme Formula in (740) Certainly Red; $6

Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick -Certainly Red

No, you’re not imagining things. Like I said, I’m having a red lip moment. It’ll probably last the rest of my life. Apologies in advance. This color is a classic, gets-you-noticed-for-all-the-right-reasons red. Not too dark, but also not too bright, this color is as versatile as you. Great for the office, nights out, dates, or even the occasional at home spa day–what? you don’t put a bit of lipstick on while you’re in the house pampering. That’s just me? Oh. Well…I’m cool being different :)

There’s my rundown of lipsticks that I’m loving as we move closer and closer to warmer weather and bright, sunny days. What about you? Got any faves? Share them in the comments below.

Well lovelies, it’s been fun, but this beauty chick has got STACKS of homework to tend to. Let’s make a date for tomorrow around this time, and we’ll chat about my impromptu trip to Kiko Milano and the cool Origins serum samples that I picked up on the way. Yes, I know: I’m obsessed. But like the talented and soulful Nikka Costa says: “everybody got their something.”

Missed you guys. Glad we got a chance to catch up.

Talk soon. xo.

Layla

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Drugstore Goodies, Part I

Drugstore Goodies, Part I

Hey there!

I hate that I’m posting so sporadically but I’m always thinking of you and dying to chat about EVERYTHING, my schedule and health have both been pretty unpredictable lately. But, we’re together now and that’s all that matters…

Exactly one week ago today I turned 26. It was a big deal for me, I had mixed feelings. But I also had the best time celebrating and only just began to wind down yesterday. Like many adults, I went to the office on my birthday (where my coworkers definitely showered me with birthday love) On Saturday, I went for a manicure, frozen yogurt and the most delicious sushi from a local haunt (shout out to Miya’s Sushi in New Haven, CT!!) and had a BLAST. On Sunday, I went to breakfast with my dad (what’s better than Birthday pancakes?) and got to catch up with a friend who I haven’t seen in years over local pizza (we’re kinda famous for it) and wine coolers. Overall: I had one very low key but memorable birthday.

By now you’re like “get to the goods woman.” Don’t worry, it’s coming. I stopped into the Big 3: Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens between Friday and Saturday and picked up a few items from each. Keep reading for what I picked up and mini reviews for any items I’ve already tried:

Maybelline The Nudes Palette, $12.99: This is the product that started the entire hunt. I had seen it flipping through my monthly round up of magazines and set out to find one. IT WAS HARD. So hard, I had to visit 3 stores before finally landing on it (one of the last ones) at a CVS the next town over. This beautiful palette carries 16 neutral, smoky shades: some matte and some with a soft shimmer. This is a great basic palette for everyday and for the working girl (or guy) who’s just starting out in the professional world. Another great thing that got me excited about this palette is the accompanying video that helps guide you on the types of looks you can create with it. Unfortunately, the web address provided on the packaging links to an error page for me and I can’t find any videos on Maybelline’s YouTube page as of this posting. BUM-MER. Anyways, it’s still a beautiful palette, so I encourage you to give it a try (purchase it from Walgreens if you can, as their policy is the most return friendly) and see what sort of magic you can create.

Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eye Pencil in Midnight Blue, $4.99: When I was younger, I would rock a navy and gold eye look like it was nothing and be IN LOVE with my look. I embraced my large, almond shaped eyes much more then and wanted them to be on full display. Flash forward 10 years, and I’m definitely in that frame of mind again. Cue this remarkably blend able navy liner with a smudger built in on one end. Navy blue liner is not nearly as drastic as it sounds, it’s actually quite wearable and is a mild and stunning way to do something different and create a gorgeous eye look.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Limo-Scene and Blanc, $8 (each): I popped into CVS on my way to my manicure hoping to get the Maybelline palette but if nothing else to pick up my manicure colors (if you can’t already tell, I opted for a French Manicure). I’m a little anal about bringing my own colors because some nail salons (note: certainly not ALL) use nail polish thinner to make their polishes last longer and be able to do more manicures without having to constantly purchase new product. Good for them, not so great for you if you’re looking for a manicure with decent staying power. These colors are beautiful, and for my fellow permanently tanned ladies, yes you can rock these colors and look perfectly polished and ready for any situation. I’m almost positive I’ll be rocking the french manicure look for many more moons.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Milan Moment and India Intrigue, $9.99 (each): These colors are vibrant, yet sheer and are very moisturizing. Milan Moment is a hypnotic mixture of red, coral, true orange in the tube that glides on evenly, is sheer and builds in opaque coverage at your control. India Intrigue is a bright almost see through true fuchsia tone in the tube. I haven’t worn it yet but I’m sure it won’t disappoint.  They’re my new favorite lip products and I’ll definitely be picking up more colors from this collection to wear year round. Word to the wise: I always layer some Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm under any lip product. This, coupled with eating/drinking and talking meant that my lip gloss only lasted about 3-5 hours depending on my activity level. It didn’t bother me, I was happy to reapply the creme-gel like treat but it may bother some of you so be forewarned!

Revlon Grow Luscious Bold Lacquer Mascara in Black, $7.99: I was intrigued by this product’s color formula. Revlon claims that most comparable (I’m assuming mass drugstore is the comparison base) use a mixture of dull grays with just a hint of true black to come up with their colors. While I do like the pigment payoff, I’m a little less sold on the actual wear of this mascara. It seems drying and flakes to the touch. When removing it with my trusty Almay Eye Makeup Remover pads (and ever so gently) I lost 3 (!!) precious lashes. I will keep trying this for a little while longer and hope that it gets better with use or that I got a tube of a bad batch and keep you all posted.

That’s it for Part I, there are  five more items which I’ll save for tomorrow in the interest of keeping it (semi) short and sweet.

On Thursday, I’ll be writing about my DooBop consultation as I’ve just joined their monthly box subscription service.

Looking forward to it glossies, talk soon.

xo, Layla

 

 

I Have Seen The Future…2014 Drugstore Beauty Launches!

I Have Seen The Future…2014 Drugstore Beauty Launches!

Glossies, it’s here. The time we all cherish most of all in the beauty world…new year, new product launches!! Whoo!!!

I AM HERE FOR THIS, TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY.

So, I’m at Walgreens this morning to pick up some Orange Vanilla seltzer (don’t judge me, just try some and get your life) when BAM! All the new product displays just hit me. Obviously I had to take a walk through and I’m really glad that I didn’t even try to muster enough self restraint to keep walking and decided to take a peak.

There are lots of new things already hitting the shelves and it’s all the way GOOD.

Here’s a quick list of the things I peeped out. (Products marked with an * are things that I’m most excited to, and will, try.)

  • Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free*: they are introducing a whole line but I’m most excited to try their gentle cleansing facial wipes. Yes to Cucumbers is great for sensitive skin so I know this will be even better.
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation: This product looked great on the shelf, but unfortunately the darkest shade they had on display was not a shade match–not even close :(
  • Burt’s Bee Brightening Face Care*: This line will include a daily cleanser, eye treatment, dark spot corrector and even-tone moisturizing cream. I’m not going to try everything in the line, at least not as of yet, but I’d like to try the corrector for sure. Outside of Clinique’s it’s hard to find something that treats dark spots that is agreeable with my skin. It’d be great if this product works and doesn’t irritate my skin because as much as I love Clinique, it can be too pricey for this girl on a budget.
  • Garnier Clean+: On the display I saw a Nourishing Cleansing Oil (which may find it’s way into my arsenal), a Smoothing Cream Cleanser, Purifying Foam Cleanser, and Balancing Daily Exfoliator. They also had a Shine Control Cleansing Gel and Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. The cleansing oil and cream cleanser are for drier skins, while the Purifying products are for combination skin types. And of course, the cleansing gel and blackhead scrub are for oily skin types. Don’t worry about trying to remember which products correspond to which skin types, Garnier’s displays have made them super easy. Kudos to them!
  • Garnier 5 Sec Blur*: I imagine this is Garnier’s ($16.99) answer to L’Oreal’s Miracle Blur ($22-$26). I find Garnier to be reputable so I’d definitely be willing to save the extra bucks and try this instead of L’Oreal’s blemish eraser/skin enhancer. I’ve heard great things about Miracle Blur so I’m certainly not knocking it but I think Garnier is providing a great option to other ladies who feel Miracle Blur is just a tiny bit out of their budget.
  • L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Lotion SPF30: This product intrigues me very much. I’ve never seen something that is directly advertised for your face, neck and chest. I’m not sure if I’ll be trying this, but I’m definitely keeping it on my radar.
  • L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher: I’m not sure what to make of this product but I imagine it’s for young women/women who are at a more entry level stage of skin care as it seems Youth Code is geared towards the 20-30 year old crowd. Right now I think of it as shelf clutter, but I’ll reserve my final opinion until I know more.
  • Revlon Matte Balm*: Yes. A thousand times yes. Revlon’s magical lip crayon is now also offered in a matte formula. Also: there’s a pretty deep purple color that is definitely coming home with me. I’ve been dying to try a purple lip and I think this is the perfect way to do it.
  • Revlon Lacquer Balm*: see previous item. Ditto everything. Add: any Beyoncé booty shaker you’d like because that’s the vibe you’ll be catching when you swipe one of these on. Get ’em girls! ;)

 

Aaahh! I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself.

Which products are you interested in trying? I’m going to review all the items that I pick up from this list. If you’d like me to review something in a particular order, let me know in the comments below or drop me a note. Please note that I try skincare for at least 5 days before writing a full review, but I will always post first impressions.

Disclaimer: Walgreens or any of the companies/brands mentioned above are not compensating me for my post(s) (currently or in the future unless otherwise stated)

I won’t be posting again until January 2, 2014 so…

Glossies, I love you for reading. Here’s to a slamming 2014 filled with all the beauty products you can stand and bad ass power moves (in life, love, work, money, etc.) that chicks like us can make happen in 365 days. Here’s to you because you ROCK! Happy 2014.

xo, Layla

Review: Revlon “Girly” Nail Lacquer and Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

Review: Revlon “Girly” Nail Lacquer and Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

I wish I could love all beauty products that I try, but sadly that’s not always the case. These two products don’t make the “Keep” bin–not even close.

First up, Revlon’s Nail Lacquer in Girly.

revlon girly

Revlon’s nail polish is usually total hit or miserable miss for me so I’m not too surprised that I’m not in love with the formula or the color payoff but I really didn’t think I’d hate it as much as I do. I’m almost annoyed by it’s horrible job and feel that it’s not worth the space it takes up on the shelves. The only I can see loving this would be to time travel back to my pre-teen days when I had nothing but time to play with adding layers upon layers of nail polish and could get away with the clear base, sort of sparkly glitter flecks. Yes, flecks not chunks like they appear in the bottle. In fact, the whole polish appears differently in the bottle. The lavender base colors appears as though it would apply more opaquely–not the case at all. After two coats, it barely shows up, base and glitter equally. If adding a creamier base color and using “Girly” as a topper seems appealing to you, you may have a better experience. Sorry Revlon, but I am not in love.

Now…onto Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara…

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Mascara

I received this in my Influenster VoxBox a few months ago. Fair warning: this tube is very big. You’ll need lots of room in your makeup bag–so much room that you may have to edit one or two (maybe three?) products out. First strike. I love the concept and intention behind this brush but the execution is poor at best. The brush itself is a great shape, but it’s a tad too big to pump up sparse lashes (like mine.)  I do like how the formula distributes evenly but it’s not enough for me to put up with its other shortcomings. The color payoff is on par with other brands. I’ve heard great things about Rimmel’s line of mascaras so I haven’t completely written them off but this one is NOT a home run. If you have fuller lashes or wear falsies on a daily or even semi-regular basis, then go ahead and give it a whirl, you shouldn’t be disappointed with this product all. For everyone else, keep walking by this one in the aisle and spend the money on a old favorite or something new that’s less likely to make you wrinkle your nose in disappointment and a tad bit of disgust.

I hate to be harsh but when you spend your hard earned money on anything, beauty products especially, you want to know that you’ll have at least a decent chance to getting what you think you’re paying for. Money doesn’t come easily enough to try everything and just toss away whatever doesn’t work out on a regular basis. Save those moments for things you’re really after and are willing to take the (calculated) risk on.

And as always, please remember that these are my personal opinions based on my own experiences. My perspective is only given with the best of intent–to help you navigate smartly :)

Later my loves.

xo, Layla

 

Drugstore Haul!

Drugstore Haul!

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I have the longest lasting stomach bug in the history of ME. Which means I’m always in the drugstore for saltines and ginger ale or seltzer water. (NO. I’m not pregnant)

Of course, the cosmetics and beauty aisles are located up front and of course I have to pass all of them before getting to the saltines all the way in the back.

So I picked up a few things to perk up my spirits and my skin while my stomach does whatever it will do.

Here’s what I picked up:

  • Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask
  • L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable (Liquid) Makeup in N8-Cappuccino
  • L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer in Cool 6-7-8-Medium/Deep
  • L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Blush in W7-8-Soft Sun
  • Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown
  • Rite Aid Renewal Duo-Fiber Blending Brush
  • Rite Aid Round Cosmetic Applicators
  • Rite Aid Renewal Cotton Squares
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in 290-Commander in Chic (see first pic below)
  • Revlon Nail Enamel in 260-Girly (see second pic below)

sally hansen commander in chic

revlon girly

 

I haven’t tried the cleanser/mask, concealer, duo-fiber blending brush, and the nail polishes in these particular shades.

I’m most excited to try the duo-fiber blending brush for liquid makeup, I’ve seen other bloggers use them and besides the Beauty Blender, they absolutely swear by them.

I’m planning to take off all my polish from my nails and toes for the next two days before reapplying any color.  Nothing but cuticle oils and cream and nail treatments.

The Revlon color will go on my toes and the more neutral color will go on my nails for everyday, chic and polished wear.

I’ll post my reviews in the coming weeks.

For now, I’m going to lay on my couch, remove my nail color and watch good ol’ Law and Order.

Depending on how I’m feeling in the next few days, I may or may not post. So, in case I don’t. Happy Holidays to you and your family!!

xo-Layla

E.L.F. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths

E.L.F. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths

Hey glossies!

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything, my apologies.  Please bear with me while I basically get my entire life back in order (you know how these things can be)

While I haven’t been writing much, I’ve still been experimenting with products, etc.  The latest thing I’ve been trying are the E.L.F. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths.  So now you’re saying, “Layla, you wrote only 2 months ago about your eternal love of Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes!! What’s the meaning of this?!!”

Basically, a girl is on a budget and is looking for any and all means of saving money and still getting it done ;)

Unfortunately, I don’t believe I will cutting back in the makeup remover wipes department–at least not until warmer weather prevails.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I am still trying to figure out what skin care regimen (steps and products) will work best for me.  My skin has been acting out like you wouldn’t believe. GRR. So these cloths might actually be okay in colder months, but just not for me right now at least.

While I generally like these E.L.F. cloths, I’ve noticed that they take off EVERYTHING.  My already super sensitive combination skin feels totally stripped.  I think it the warmer months, I would fare better with this type of after cleansing feeling, however, in these colder months when skin is already dry, tight, chapped, etc. I need every added drop of moisture. I love the packaging (secure closure, sleek black/white color scheme) and the smell is ridiculously soothing.  It also removed mascara that was previously extremely hard to remove with other pads and cloths.  The size of the cloths themselves are larger than I’ve seen in more expensive comparable products and you can stretch it out a little without it ripping–that’s awesome!

The price point is also great: I purchased a pack of 20 wipes at Walgreens for only $3!! 

Overall, I like this product but I feel that I just can’t use it in fall/winter :(

Have any of you ever tried E.L.F. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below. 

Until next post (very soon, I promise!)

x’s and o’s,

Layla

Eternally Loving: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes (Original Formula)

Eternally Loving: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes (Original Formula)

Oh-my…skin [enter long suffering sigh here]

As much I love to try new products, especially of the skin care variety, my skin is having none of the complicated, ultra luxe routine as of yet. It screams for simple, effective, and above all: non-irritating.  So in the spirit of giving my skin what it wants so it doesn’t continue to betray me (shout out to the three zits on my forehead, you guys have been a nightmare.)

Lately, I’ve been really tired (someday I’ll tell you more about this perhaps) so I haven’t been doing the full facial cleansing that I usually do ( my beloved Clarisonic Mia, Blue Plasma by Perricone MD, eye cream, heavy night cream). I’ve just wiping my face thoroughly (but not roughly) with a Neutrogena wipe.

I must say that despite my face not having had a full spread of treats for the past week, it is looking and feeling very good. It’s super soft, has a bit of glow to it (which trust me is of no doing of my own) and is in a generally better state all around. Having said this I should still drink more water, but that’s an entirely different uphill battle.

Neutrogena wipes come in various formulas: original (blue package), oil free pink grapefruit for acne prone skin (pinkish package), night calming (purple package), hydrating (teal package), and deep clean (yellowish orange package).  Each package will run you about $5 at drugstores and other retailers like Target and Walmart. Since I know you’ll love them as much as I do, I suggest getting the starter package which includes  a baby blue case (shown in the picture at the beginning of this post) and purchase refill packs as you go along. I never take my cloths out of their original packaging but the case helps ensure that they don’t dry out prematurely. They also come in travel packs of about 5-10 wipes: perfect for travel, gym bags, backpacks, etc.

Each cleansing cloth in original formula package is of a medium thickness, is soft but not too soft or too tough.  The clothes are always saturated at the same level of the first day of use. One cloth will remove EVERYTHING. Yep, even stubborn long wearing makeup and waterproof formulas. And your skin won’t feel tight or blotchy afterwards. Just clean and a bit moisturized.

So what are you waiting for? Go pick up your formula pack and look forward to actually doing what you’re supposed to: removing your war paint before beauty rest.

P.S. Have you tried these wipes? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.

xo–Layla