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Beauty Product Fails

23 Aug

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There aren’t a ton of products that I would call complete fails as I normally do a great deal of research on products I am going to buy (especially if they are over $15 dollars).  I try to check if they work on dry skin (which I have) or dry hair (which I have) and if it is long lasting (as I don’t have much time to reapply throughout the day).  Unfortunately even with researching and other people’s opinions on how great the product is–sometimes it just isn’t the right product for me.  These 4 products I have tried multiple times to give them a second, third, and even fourth chance and they all come up short.  So I thought I would pass along my fails in case you were looking at buying any of these products.

1) Burt’s Bees Tinted Balm ($6.99): I love their basic lip balm and so I thought the tinted would be great to give me some color and add moisture to my very dry lips.  Unfortunately in all different seasons I have tried this product and it just becomes cakey on my lips.  Anyone ever get that “white stuff” build up on their lips when applying product on their lips? This gave me this result every single time I used it.  Boo. 

2) Clear Shampoo ($6.00): I only tried the Clear Shampoo as the research I had done on the Clear Conditioner would be better for normal/oily hair and since I have dry hair/scalp I stayed away from the conditioner.  I tried the Clear Shampoo though because it stated it would bring moisture balance to not only the hair, but to the scalp.  It would treat the scalp and add nurishment to the scalp leaving it feeling clean & clear–but not dry as some clarifying shampoos can do.  For me, this shampoo did nothing.  I didn’t feel cleaner or clearer than what I did with other shampoos.  It left my hair feeling on the drier side and at times it felt like a residue was building up from it.  I tried it a few times and even took extra steps to make sure it was fully out of my scalp and really no change.  It is a popular product on the market right now–but I still have an almost full bottle under my sink.  Boo.

3) Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation ($45.00): This baby is expensive and hurts my heart (and pocketbook) that it is on my Beauty Product fails list.  So much so that I have tried way too many times to get this product to work for me.  Seems crazy to throw out almost $50.00 dollars! I have heard so many great things about this product and I will say when the product goes on my skin it looks and feels great.  I love it feels a little lighter than my usual foundation, but provides me enough coverage.  It lasts throughout the day and overall I am pretty satisfied by the product (although for price I have found better for cheaper).  The biggest problem I have with it that every time I use it for more than 3 days I break out.  Like seriously teenage breakout.  You would think I would stop after first time, but I kept making excuses and thinking it was something else I was using–but nope.  After 3-4 seperate times in various seasons (was thinking maybe summer sweat was doing the breakouts at one point)–it leaves me with pimples and bumps and other teenage problems.  Now my skin is the opposite of sensitive and at times I have slept with makeup on my face with no breakouts so the fact this product breaks me out is crazy–because nothing else I have ever tried does this to my skin.  So I have to give this a product fail for the price and the breakouts.  Boo.

4) Origins Well Off Fast and Gentle Eye Makeup Remover ($18.00): I got this as a gift from my husband as I have been on the hunt for a good eye makeup remover.  I have used Neutrogena Eye Make Up remover liquid and the Equate brand of the same product and I like those products–but I don’t lovveee them.  The Origins makeup remover actually has been on a ton of the Top 10 Makeup Removers online and so I was really excited to get this as a gift to try! I have been using this for a couple weeks and the only reason I am still using it is because it was $18.00 dollars and it does take off my makeup, but I will not be repurchasing this product.  First it is not gentle–if I put too much on a cotton ball it kinda stings my eyes. Ouch.  But the reason I have to put so much on the cotton ball is because it takes forever to take the makeup off my eyes.  It takes me forever to take my eye makeup off (mostly my mascara) and there are times where I am not certain my makeup is even off! So fast this makeup remover is not.  It does feel a little less oily/slick than the Neutrogena/Equate liquid that I have used in the past, but that doesn’t make up for the stinging and slowness of the product (especially since both of these are in the name of the product!).  For a Top 10 eye remover product I was really hoping for more!

So there you have it…my 4 Beauty Product Fails at the moment.  Anyone have any beauty product fails they want to share? Anyone love these products I mentioned? Anyone have a good makeup and/or eye makeup remover they love to use? I am still on the hunt…

Beauty Secrets Part II

20 Apr

So in case you missed Part I I went over some items regarding my body/hair care regimen.  Now for the fun part-skin care and makeup!

A recap of my skin type: As for my skin it is on the dry side as well and areas that I may get pimples is the chin area.  My skin type is fair {can burn, but usually can tan}.  Similiar to my face my body can be dry and so extra moisterizer is a must to keep the flakes away.  So this should help with determining if any of these products will be great for you!

Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover, Oil-Free, 3.8 Fl Oz (112 ml)

I use Neutragena Eye Makeup Remover about 4 years ago and I haven’t looked back since.  I really am in love with this product and gets all of my eye makeup off, doesn’t leave my eyes feeling greasy, doesn’t make my eyes sting, and I don’t need to use a whole bunch every single time.  I haven’t been able to find another product {even high end makeup removers!} that does all of these items.  I have tried samples and I even tried twice different brands and hated every moment of it.  I love this product and haven’t strayed from them in a long time. 

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Origins Natural Resources Never Say Dry Extra Rich Moisture Cream 1.7oz

I really loveeee this product Never Say Dry because it is a thicker moisturizer and keeps my skin feeling very soft all day long.  It is a little heavier of a cream and so I use this in the Fall/Winter months when my skin is a little more dry. The great part because it is so thick that a little goes a long way and I can use just one tub to last me for both Fall and Winter seasons! A little concerned it isn’t on the Origins website any more–OH NO i hope it is still in the stores!

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A Perfect World™ SPF 25

I have started to use this during the Spring/Summer because it is a bit lighter of a moisturizer and it has an SPF 25 which I absolutely LOVE! I have been using this for a few weeks and I am loving this new product.

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A Perfect World™

I always heard you must use toner and I just laughed it off.  Just another gimmec to make me purchase another product. Nope. It is totally true! The Origins Perfect World Liquid Toner really makes a difference on my skin tone and to keep my face feeling fresh.  I use this daily nowadays!

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Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating

I bought Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer {Natural Radiance} from a rave review on a blog and I am so glad that I made this purchase.  Although on the pricey side it is a great Tinted Moisturizer and I use it as my foundation for the Spring/Summer. It gives a nice light coverage.  It gives enough coverage without feeling like it is weiging my face down and it gives me that “dewey glow”.  I was concerned with the word “Illuminating” meaning sparkles…but no sparkles/glitter on my face-PROMISE! Laura Mercier has a heavier foundation with more coverage as well that I haven’t tried, but may for the Fall/Winter months!

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Natural Mineral Foundation

Youngblood powder foundation {Cool Beige} I use during the Fall/Winter months and this gives me a great finish and wonderful coverage.  It is a matte finish in the powder form, but they also have liquid and pressed powder for different type of finshes and coverage.  I really love this product and how it lasts me an entire year {using for all 4 seasons last year}.

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Ultimate Concealer

I use this concealer all year round because not only does it cover but it also helps clear up my face when I am having a breakout.  It gives wonderful coverage without having to use a ton and I use this for just touch ups on my face.  It is fabulous…love love love it! I use this product in Fair.

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Crushed Mineral Blush

I use this blush in Sherbert as well in Winter/Fall and I really enjoy the loose powder because it lasts longer.  I tried the pressed powder, but within a month I was out of it.  This has lasted me about 6 months, which has been great.

Cheek Stain

I use this blush in the Spring/Summer to just add a little pinch on my skin.  It is pretty cool product with a roll on stick and it also helps keep your foundation on.  I really am enjoying using this product and gives me a nice “glow” for the entire day.  I use Blushing Bride, which I hear is a popular choice. Try it out!

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Cream Shaper For Eyes

I have used Clinique eyeliner for years, which is funny because I have never used any other product of theirs-go figure! I use the Cream Shaper for Eyes because it lasts all day long.  It is really smooth to put on and it is very versatile! I can smudge it or keep a clean line and the colors are very vibrant. The color I use Chocolate Lustre and Black Diamond.   LOVE IT!

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Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Eden

Urban Decay was a find at Sephora that I had heard about a couple of times.  It is a primer prior to putting on your eyeshadow to make it last longer.  I have been using it for 2 weeks and it has kept my eyeshadow lasting longer and more vibrant of colors.  I am not sure if it lives to the hype of OH EMM GEE YOU HAVE TO THIS PRODUCT, but I am definately liking the results that I have been seeing with my eyeshadow. 

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 LORAC Multi-Platinum Palette ($120 Value)

I normally use individual eye shadow containers, but this beauty really caught my eye because I don’t really have any “going out” eyeshadow.  Everything in my collection is pretty light and most of it is purple because of my brown eyes.  I am really really really glad I picked up eyeshadow  {Lorac Multi-Platinum Collection} from Sephora.  I have used all of the colors {in moderation in the daytime}–even the blue which looks actually really yummy on my eyes! I haven’t had a need to pump it up for a night out yet, but I will be happy I have these colors when I need to! LOVE IT

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LashBlast Mega Volume Mascara, Brown

I have been using CoverGirl LashBlast in Waterproof for the past year.  I have pretty thick lashes but they aren’t very long and so this is a great product for you to get more length out of my lashes.  I also find that most non-waterproof mascara just smudges to my face and makes me look a bit goth at the end of this day.  This mascara is easy to get off at night even though it is waterproof and I never have that goth look at the end of the day when I wear it.  Wearing this mascara opens up my face more and I almost never leave the house without wearing it.

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Viva Glam Lipstick

Lipsticks never really stick on my lips…EVER. So I don’t really invest too much money into lipsticks because by the time I am out the door the lipstick is off my face.  It is a pure bummer since I just love using different colors, but even if I get them to stick they end up drying out and being all “crackalakin'”. UGH. But I am loving this MAC Viva La Glam V AC9 lipstick and I love even more that all the money goes to charity. HOLLA! It is a really simple color with really no flash, but it is an every day color to add during the day to add something a little bit different to my look since I am normally a chapstick only kinda gal. 

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  • I wear this every day. multiple times a day.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!! It is my must wear all seasons and it really helps keep my lips refreshed.  I had a bad issue with crackly lips and dry skin and this has definately decreased my dry lip days.  Really do love this product.

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    I really enjoy this product called Nutragena Lip Nutrition as well for making dry skin on my lips go away.  It has tiny beads which is a great exfoliant without it being too rough on my lips.  I use this product when they are very flaky and I need to exfoliate my lips.  I have been using this product for over 5 years.  Another great product!

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    Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

    I used this product once and I really enjoyed the results, but it is a bit on the pricey side and I haven’t bought it after the first time.  You get instant results with this lip balm and so if you really had a hard time with the health of your lips–this is a MUST GET! It goes on really smooth and it improves your lips dramatically.  When I used it my lips were so healthy they were almost “too healthy” and they were very very slippery and hard to put any lip gloss or lipstick on my lips afterwards.  Great product and I always think about picking up another container of it…

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    Now all of these products you are probably wondering…ummmm….do you need an hour to put your face on?? HAHA. The answer is no.  I probably spend about 15 minutes in the morning from start {eye makeup remover} to end {my lip balm/lipstick}.  Once you get into a routine it just feels natural and I barely ever skip a step, but sometimes I am not has precise with my eye makeup and so I can cut it down between 5-10 minutes.  I never leave the house without my moisturizer, mascara and lip balm on and other products just compliment my face when I go out.  I enjoy having a regimen and being able to take care of my face without having to bounce from one product to the next.  Your skin takes up to 30 days to get use to a new product and so don’t give up too quickly on a product because it may just need time to be the right fit for you. 

     

    Origins Products

    11 Aug
    So as most girls in their teens they are always looking for the new and improved product that will take away all blemishes and making them look like supermodels.  I was and still am today a beauty product addict {first step is admitting it correct?!}.  Although I would need airbrushing to look like a model doesn’t mean I can’t feel like I have the best skin in the world!  

    By the time I hit college I thought I had used all the beauty products out there–boy was SO wrong! My roommate and good friend Tara introduced me to the Origins products.  She worked there at college and would bring home free samples for the poor college students we were.  Besides a summer mishap of a skin sample being used on my face I have embraced origins as my skin care regimen.  The hunt was over!  Although I still try other beauty products when it comes to skin care I stick with what works–Origins. 

    Although on the pricey side {compared to supermarket products} it truly has changed my skin and for the better!  I have very dry skin that was blotchy at times and very dull.  With Origins you don’t need to buy everything to make your skin feel luxurious so although pricey you only have to buy a little to make a difference. 

    I have used these products below and found them all to be top quality and long lasting.  Since my skin is dry I use the dry/combination products and so I don’t have much recommendations for the oily skin ladies-SO SORRY! 

    I have extra dry skin so I use “Never Say Dry”.  A thicker moisturizer that keeps my skin moisturized all day long

    Never Say Dry Moisturizer

    Never Say Dry Moisturizer

    Another moisturizer I have used for my dry skin–a little bit more powerful then the Never say Dry Moisturizer:

    Make a Difference Moisturizer

    Make a Difference Moisturizer

    For a little less drier skin this is a great moisturizer.  I was using this product until I realized I needed a thicker moisturizer for my dry skin. It smells wonderfully too!

    Perfect World Moisturizer

    Perfect World Moisturizer

    For dry skin ladies like myself this toner works perfectly–especially with the moisturizer.  Even in the hot sun after I use both of these products my face feels smooth and even.

    A Perfect World Toner

    A Perfect World Toner

    For a scrub I have been using Modern Friction because of my dry skin it can sometimes be flaky.  This has definately helped with getting the new skin cells up to the surface quicker! I use this once a week and so this lasts me a long time!

    Modern Friction Scrub

    Modern Friction Scrub

    Another scrub I have used and it smells delicious (don’t use when hungry!) HAHA! This is great if you feel that your skin is dull and needs to be brightened up–works great for the winter.

    Never A Dull Moment Scrub

    Never A Dull Moment Scrub

    Beyond these products I use one more once a month to keep in the moisture in my face.  It is very light weight and doesn’t suck the moisture out like other masks.  One of my early mistakes with my skin–using harsh products and heavy masks which would suck all the moisture out of my skin althogether. It is a mask that helps when I am feeling extra dry or if I have been extra harsh on my face (sun, wind, etc). 

    Drink Up Mask

    Drink Up Mask

    One Origins product outside of skin care that I really love is Quick!Hide! It is a concealer that covers like nothing I have seen.  My good friend Tara got me hooked on this product and it covers flawlessly.  I used it on one of my friend’s for her wedding day–it is that trustworthy! I use very little of it to the point where I had the old version in a tube.  I love that it has a wand now for even easier application!

    Quick!Hide! Concealer

    Quick!Hide! Concealer

     I just threw a ton of products out to you but they are all worth the money and time to take a trip to Origins.  The individuals at Origins will take a look at your skin–recommend products and probably give you a free facial or hand scrub to boot! I would recommend starting off slowly with the products to see if you love them as much as I do and then go from there.  You don’t want to buy hundreds of dollars of products and never use them again {trust me I have done it!}. You can even get samples of products from them to do a test run!

    Happy Shopping!!

    xoxoxoxo