Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Too Faced Melted dupes? LA Girl Lip Paints!

In a clear move to copycat the Too Faced Melted lipsticks, LA Girl recently came out with the Glazed Lip Paints. These are super-pigmented liquid glosses that are bold and bright and in your face. Instead of paying $21/lipstick like you will for the Too Faced Melted lipsticks, these will set you back just $15 for all 6 of these if you buy them on Amazon

I haven't actually tried any of the Too Faced lipsticks, so I don't know how these compare, but I can tell you that these are very liquidy, slightly tough to work with (because of how slippery and glossy they are) but the color pay off is amazing. They're formulated with Vitamin E and peppermint oil to nourish the lips while also providing a cooling effect. Here's what they look like... (sorry the lighting was all over the place while I was taking these - hence the differences in these photos!)

LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Hot Mess (orangey coral)
LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Pin-Up (deep blue-toned red)
LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Bombshell (deep pink)
LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Babydoll (light neon pink)
LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Blushing (deep mauve)
LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Coy (purple)
These lip glosses are really fun. If you're like me, and are constantly rubbing your lips together or fussing with your lipstick, you'll get a solid 2-3 hours of wear out of these. But since they are a gloss, they just don't have great lasting power, which really isn't a big deal to me.

My favorite shades of the bunch are Blushing and Pin-Up, and I will probably NEVER wear Coy or Babydoll (save for a Halloween costume) but I think these are a fun alternative if you're on a budget and can't or don't want to spend the money on the Too Faced alternative.

Have you tried these LA Girl lip paints? Let me know what you think! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Up & Up Luminous White Whitening Wraps

Every 2 years or so, I get the itch to whiten my teeth. That's probably entirely too often, but I'm a coffee and tea drinker and that doesn't make for very pearly whites. As I was in Target a couple weeks ago, I was just about to grab a box of Crest White Strips when my eyes darted to these Up & Up Luminous White Whitening Wraps, Target's brand of white strips. They cost a mere $15 and I saved 5% off with my Target card, and I think there was even a Cartwheel special when I picked these up, so I spent less than that. I figured I'd give these a shot. At worst, I'm out $15 and my time, and at best, I've found the cheapest white strips ever! 

The Luminous White treatment is a 7-day treatment; you use them once a day for 30 minutes. The wraps are an interesting texture, made of wax that you form around your teeth. The whitening stuff is on the inside of the wraps. Because they're wax, they easily form to your teeth as the heat from your mouth warms them. They're quite thick, but they stick nicely to the teeth if your teeth are dry before applying them. My only complaint is that the hard wax had a tendency to cut up my tongue. 

Here's what you're really here for.... the proof of whether or not they work.

I should say up front, my teeth weren't horribly yellow to begin with. I take good care of my teeth and my toothpaste usually has some sort of whitening ingredient in it. But, with these white strips I think you'll get what you pay for. You can see that some of the surface staining has been removed, but my teeth aren't beaming white by any means. I've used Crest Whitestrips in the past and saw results at least 2 shades whiter than this. If you want a whitening boost without spending $50 on the Crest version, these are a decent option. I do think in a couple months I'll give Crest Whitestrips a go to really whiten my teeth, however.

I'm always on the hunt for the best whitening method. If you've got a fool-proof method - please share with me in the comments! 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Black Canyon Juniper Berry Body Lotion

Each and every morning, no matter the season, I use a body lotion after I'm out of the shower. It's just part of my routine. Not only do I hate having dry skin, but moisturizing is key to keeping skin looking young, so I am all about it. For the last week or so, I've been testing out  Black Canyon's Juniper Berry premium scented body lotion. 

I typically like to keep things as natural as possible, and the ingredients in this lotion aren't the most horrific of all the lotions I've ever used, but this could be better. 

The smell is really nice and fresh. Remember the old school Bath & Body Works Juniper Berry scent? This smells just like that, which is a blast from the past each time I use it. The scent lingers for just a short time after you apply, but it won't overpower your perfume or last with you all day long - which I like in a lotion.

It does take a bit of rubbing for this to finally sink in to your skin, it feels like it just sits there for a while, oddly. But it does eventually soak in and then leaves my skin feeling lightly moisturized and smelling nicely. 

Overall, this isn't the best lotion I've ever used. I was happy to try it out for the sake of this review, but I don't have any need to repurchase it in the future. There are some really fun scents to try other than Juniper Berry, and they are relatively affordable or comparable price-wise to B&BW. If you're interested in trying these lotions, you can purchase them on Amazon for $15 here

What's your favorite body lotion? Let me know!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Empties #13

Just to recap from last time - I'm getting even better about not buying things and getting through my stash. This post is proof because I've got a LOT to show you. Of course, I still grab up the things I find on a killer deal, but I can't even tell you the last time I bought something like a new palette! Little victories.....

Here's all the stuff I've finally used up and purged out of my stash. The reason I've continued to do these posts (13 to be exact!) is that once I've finished up a product, I know certainly whether or not I would purchase something again, or whether I think it's worth recommending you try. So, here we go! 

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Spray (would repurchase) - This detangler spray is a Birchbox exclusive, so you can only purchase it at, but girl -- you need to. This stuff is probably my favorite detangler ever. It really works out those stubborn tangles while providing your hair with a whole mish mash of other benefits like heat protections, shine maximization, UV protection and more! Plus it's paraben and sulfate free. 

Kiss My Face 4 in 1 Moisture Shave in Cool Mint (might repurchase) - This wasn't my favorite shave cream, but it wasn't bad by any means. I like that it's formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS, artificial flavors and fragrances, plus it has vegan friendly ingredients, and is cruelty free. My legs are really sensitive and are prone to razor bumps when I shave, and this didn't prevent them from getting itchy after shaving, but I can't hate because of how good the ingredients are. I can handle a little itch until I'm out of the shower.

Paula's Choice Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel (would repurchase) - If you're in to products created using healthy ingredients, Paula's Choice is where it's freaking at. This was a very basic cleanser, formulated with 99% natural ingredients, that left my skin feeling clean without stripping it of natural oils. This cleanser is recommended for babies it's so gentle, as well as people with super sensitive skin and those suffering from eczema. I have neither, but I love a gentle, natural cleanser. A+ product!

Herbal Essences Honey I'm Strong Rinse Off Treatment (would not repurchase) - I don't even think this hair treatment is sold anymore. I can see why, because it literally did nothing for my hair. This was about as strengthening and nourishing as a basic conditioner, it was nothing special as a once-a-week treatment. 

Sonia Kashuk Red Promisia Hand Creme (would not repurchase) - Holy smelly, Batman! This stuff is seriously fragranced, smelling strongly of sandalwood, vanilla and jasmine. You could and should bypass perfume if you're going to use this as your daytime lotion or hand creme. I used this at night because it was way too strong and I prefer to use perfume in the daytime and I like my hand cremes to be minimally fragranced. It was hydrating but nothing special. 

Aveda Hand Relief (would repurchase) - On the flip side, this hand creme is one of my holy grails. This version smells like lemon pie and is super duper hydrating. If you have really dry hands, this will be your savior. It makes your hands greasy for a tiny bit but then it soaks in and works moisturizing magic.

Calgon Royal Rendezvouz Velvet Body Cream (would repurchase) - I used this as a body lotion each morning, and it was nice but nothing special. It was lightly hydrating and it smelled fresh, kind of like a shampoo or hair spray. The scent did last for a long time, but I didn't find that it interfered with my perfume. 

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Moisturizer (would repurchase) - I'm a huge fan of Soap & Glory products because literally everything they make smells amazing. The Righteous Butter has a nice feminine scent, characterized by bergamot, peach, vanilla and sandalwood. These body moisturizers are ridiculously hydrating without leaving your skin greasy. Side note, Soap & Glory has been pulled out of Sephora stores and is making a move to Walgreens - hip hip hooray! Hopefully this means prices go down just a smidge (even though they're not bad to begin with)! 

Tom's Aluminum-Free Deodorant in Wild Lavender (would not repurchase) - I got this deodorant in a PinchMe box for free, and I'm glad I didn't purchase it. This stuff irritated my armpits at times, and didn't keep me dry (not that it promises to) or smelling particularly great on warm or stressful days. I've used way better natural deodorants before so I won't be buying this again. 

Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner (would repurchase) - I purchased this travel size to take on trips with me, and I got quite a few uses. It made my hair feel soft and it smelled nice. 

Martha Stewart Essentials Hair, Skin & Nails Vitamins (would repurchase) - I always take some form of biotin, primarily to keep my nails strong as I'm prone to brittle, easy-to-break nails, and I got this when it was on sale. These were nice, they did the job, and they're vegetarian capsules which is an added and necessary bonus for me!

Yes to Tomatoes Skin Clearing Facial Mask (would repurchase) - Unfortunately this wasn't used up entirely, but it dried out on me and started to smell funky. I liked this mask, it wasn't a godsend, but I do think it helped my skin continue to clear. It's affordable and worth a shot if you have problem skin. 

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent (would repurchase) - This used to be a holy grail powder for me, but lately I've come to like powders that are truly translucent, and I've found some others that I like more than this. However, if you're an oily skinned gal, this will keep you matte all day, and it costs under $5 which is awesome. 

Finley Grace Wickless Soy Candle in Hot Apple Pie (would not repurchase) - All this is is a solid soy room freshener. It had literally no scent throw so in order to smell it your nose had to be pressed against the freshener. If I didn't have a million wax tarts to use, I'd cut this out and put it in my warmer, but I just don't care enough. 

Lush Lip Scrub in Mint Julips (would repurchase) - Sometimes you just need to exfoliate your lips, especially before putting on a pigmented lipstick. I like these Lush ones because they're made with sugar and (even though it sounds disgusting) you can just lick them off after you scrub your lips. Mint Julips smelled and tasted minty and I enjoyed using it. I bought the Santa's Lip Scrub when this ran out, but I'd get this flavor again.

St. Tropez Prep & Maintain Tanning Mitt (would repurchase) - Nothing much to talk about here. I used this mitt to apply self-tanner and it worked nicely. It didn't rip and it didn't leave me streaky.

Shiseido Facial Cotton (would repurchase) - I've heard everyone and their mom rave about these cotton pads and I always wondered how anyone could be crazy about freaking cotton pads. I wasn't blown away immediately, but after going back to regular cotton rounds, I totally miss using these fancy ones. They're big enough to wipe all my makeup off with a cleanser and they don't fall apart. I'm a fan. 

Swisspers Cotton Rounds (would repurchase) - These are the boring regular cotton rounds I was referring to. I got a big box of these at Costco and I have a many more tubes to use. I've gotten more in to micellar waters and I'd like a bigger cotton round to use instead of these small ones, so once these are gone, I'll probably only use these size to remove my eye makeup.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes (would repurchase) - Another Costco purchase, I got three packs of these on a whim. Turns out I really like using them. They have a nice pleasant scent, they're super moist and they get all my makeup off. 

Up & Up Cosmetic Wedges (would repurchase) - Call me old school, but my favorite way to apply my foundation is still a good old cosmetic wedge. I always get latex-free because I hate the smell of latex. I'll continue to buy these.

Nature's Bees Natural & Organic Lip Balm (would repurchase) - I picked this up at the checkout counter of Big Lots one day and then proceeded to fall head over heels in love with this balm. It doesn't have much of a scent, but it's so hydrating and comfortable on the lips. Sadly, Big Lots closed in my town, but I went to one elsewhere and picked up 2 more of these because I can't find them online anywhere! 

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation (would repurchase) - Holy grail foundation. My favorite ever. I did a full review on this here

Sally Hansen Dry & Go Drops (would repurchase) - I got these way back in an old Allure Beauty Box and used them, but they aren't really something I would have thought to buy for myself. It sort of felt like oil drops on my nails, and I think it did help speed up the dry time of my nail polish. 

Laura Geller Spackle Primer in Bronze (would not repurchase) - I didn't finish this completely, but it's super old, from one of my first Birchboxes. I didn't notice this keeping my makeup put any longer than normal or doing anything wonderful for my skin. 

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Ivory (would not repurchase) - I don't use this alone, I actually mix it in with my Covergirl 3-in-1 foundation when I want a more natural or dewy look. It's a bit too slippery on me to use this foundation alone. I did a full review of this here

StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles (would repurchase) - I have fine lines under my eyes and when I used this, I felt like they were less noticeable. I would totally get this again for upkeep and prevention.  

Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner (would repurchase) - This was a nice eyeliner. It had a thin, long tip and was easy to apply. 

Almay Liquid Eyeliner Pen (would not repurchase) - This finished too shiny for my taste, plus the tip was far too thick for my liking. 

Maybelline Great Lash in Clear (would repurchase) - I use this to set my brows. It works like a charm and it's cheaper than many brow gels. 

Sephora Transparent Brow Gel (would not repurchase) - Tried this out on a whim and hated it. It dried sticky and sometimes white. Absolutely awful stuff - I should have read the reviews before buying or I could have saved myself the $5!

OPI Avojuice in Mango (would not repurchase) - Avojuices used to be my favorite lotions, but I've come around and changed my mind. They do a good job at temporarily hydrating my hands, but they don't do any major work. I have other hand creams I prefer more now. 

B&BW PocketBac in Strawberry Hibiscus (would repurchase) - There's always one of these in my empties. I use them before applying my makeup to kill any germs on my hands. This one smelled nice and the packaging is cute! 

Visine Advanced Redness + Irritation Relief (would repurchase) - I'm so prone to having red eyes, and this stuff does the trick to knock redness out. I didn't quite finish these, but they expired and I don't mess around with eye products and expiration dates.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish (would repurchase) - I got this little sample from Sephora and really enjoyed it. It's quite scrubby and feels like sand. It made my skin feel soft and exfoliated. I'm sure a full size is quite pricey, but if I saw it for cheap, I'd consider buying it. 

Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil (would repurchase) - I used this sample as an overnight treatment for my hair, prior to a hair wash day. It smelled really nice and left my hair feeling smooth. 

Cosmedicine Primary Care Multi-Tasking Moisturizer (would repurchase) - This was a fragrance-free, no-nonsense moisturizer with SPF 20. It was lightweight and worked nicely under makeup.

Keomi Skincare Luscious Lavender Soap (would repurchase) - I love these Keomi soaps and the lavender scent smelled really good. It lathered nicely and made my skin feel clean but not stripped. I did a whole review of these soaps here

100% Pure Green Apple Nourishing Body Cream (would repurchase) - I used this sample as a hand cream and it worked well. It wasn't greasy, and it smelled just like you'd expect green apples to. I love that this lotion is 100% natural and vegan. 

Vanedo Beauty Friends Pearl Sheet Mask (would repurchase) - For my birthday, my husband got me a set of various Vanedo sheet masks. The pearl mask left my face soft but I didn't notice any major improvements. I just enjoy a good sheet mask for relaxation and pampering. 

Up & Up Luminous White Whitening Wraps (would repurchase) - Stay tuned, I'm going to do a full review on these soon so I don't want to give anything away. :)

Johnson & Johnson Soft Woven Mint Floss (would repurchase) - I love flossing my teeth, and the woven floss is my absolute favorite. It gets every speck of junk out of my teeth and it doesn't hurt.

GUM Butlerweave Mint Waxed Floss (would not repurchase) - I get these little floss samples from the dentist and I keep them in my desk at work for use whenever I need it. It's fine, but again, I prefer the woven kind.

Jason Powersmile Antiplaque & Whitening toothpaste in Powerful Peppermint (would repurchase) - Jason toothpastes are some of my favorite natural toothpastes. They're fluoride-free (google why fluoride is bad for you if you're curious why I prefer toothpastes without it) but they do a really nice job of cleaning my teeth. This flavor was nice and fresh.

B&BW Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut candle (would repurchase) - This candle smells divine. My best friend went and bought herself a bunch of these candles after smelling it burning in my house. That's how epic this smell is. You can still buy this in large and small sizes, but I do believe the mason jar size isn't available right now. 

Yankee Candle Pink Blush Candle (would not repurchase) - This wasn't a bad scent, but it just isn't something I need again. It's a floral scent with a hint of powder. 

B&BW Flowering Dogwood Candle (would repurchase) - This is ages old and I don't think B&BW even carries this scent anymore. This smells just like Flowerbomb perfume. It's heavenly. 

Uff da! That's it. Have you tried any of these products? Let me know! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

MEMEBOX + Nylon Sweet 16 Eye & Face Palette

Nylon is celebrating it's sweet 16th birthday with a special gift for Memeboxers - the #ItGirlPalette, a mix of bold colors for the eyes and face. If you're not up on the subscription box phenomenon, or have never heard of Memebox, you are in for a fun treat! Memebox offers a variety of Korean cosmetics in specially curated boxes that you can purchase on a need-t0-have basis instead of monthly. If you like to try new things, you've go to give Memebox a shot! 

Full disclosure, Memebox sends me products now and then for the sake of review, but since long before they ever sent me anything, I've been a big fan. Korean cosmetics are where it's at. This Nylon palette is no exception. I love how Memebox describes it.... "This palette is a must-have for all gals that are edgy, trend-setting, and f***ing awesome."

The colors in this palette are shimmering and autumnal, and I think just about anyone could make a look they feel comfortable with (natural or bold) using the #ItGirlPalette. The two larger shades on each side are for the face, a highlighter named "The Moment" and a hot hot hot mega-pigmented pink blush called "Sweet 16". 

All the shadows are named after some of Nylon's most iconic cover models. The top row of eyeshadows, L to R are named Lilo (a matte white), Mary-Kate (shimmering olive green), and Mischa (a shimmering rust red). The bottom three, L to R are Lana (bronze shimmer), Paris (rosy gold shimmer), and Nicole (dark brown with blue shimmer). All of these shadows are easy to work with and really soft. I don't think they're quite as great as the colors in the SoothingSista palette, but they aren't bad in the least.

Above are swatches of each shade, not over any sort of primer, which would make them pop even more. From L to R: The Moment, Lilo, Mary-Kate, Mischa, Lana, Paris, Nicole, Sweet 16. 

Overall, this is a really fun palette. I think this is an especially great palette for girls with green eyes as all of these colors are going to make green eyes pop! This palette can be purchased at for $29. Even if you're not going to purchase, click the link and see some fun ways to rock bold colors like these!

Have you ever purchased from Memebox? Let me know what your favorite products are! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

April Ipsy Glam Bag

Ipsy time is here, and it came with some fun new products and one of the cutest Ipsy bags I've received yet! I'll definitely be hanging on to this one for travel in the future. Here's what came in April's glam bag...

  • JulieG Nail Polish in Damsel - This is a beautiful hot pink cream nail polish. JulieG is a youtube beauty "guru" who made her own nail line, and it's not sold anywhere near me, so I'm excited to finally try one of her polishes. I've heard good things! I have about a million nail polishes in this color, so I wish I would have received something more unique, but what can ya do? 
  • Olive Natural Beauty Lip Balm in Oats & Honey - Upon first glance, I was really excited to receive this. Then I opened it, and it smells disgusting and it's extremely hard to smooth on the lips. I don't know if I received a dud, but this is unusable and I'll be chucking it straight in the trash. 
  • KCO Colors by Beauty Brands lipstick in Natural Born Beauty - This is a gorgeous brick red. It has that old school lipstick smell, but it seems like a nice formula. I've never heard of KCO Colors before. Unfortunately my tube came broken (see below) but it'll still work.
  • theBalm Cosmetics Nude Dude Eyeshadow Single in Flirty - I love love love love this color (kind of a pinky brown) and the texture which is super buttery and blendable. I'm over the moon to get this in my glam bag! 
  • MicaBeauty Eye Primer - The good news? This primer fits my skin color beautifully and it's a full-size product (full-size retails for $44.95 - great deal!) The bad news? My eyeshadow creased in a matter of 4 hours. Bad deal! NOT a fan. 

If you like receiving beauty samples, and some full size products, at your doorstep each month, you've got to sign up for Ipsy! It costs just $10 per month, and you can gain points by reveiwing your products, which you can then redeem for full size products. Click here to sign up today. (referral link)

p.s. Sorry for the unexplained hiatus this week! I was off  in San Francisco for work and it was beautiful and I was bad and didn't plan ahead. Here's a pretty picture from the bike trip I took across the Golden Gate Bridge as my apology. :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Burnin' Up #6: Yankee Candle Haul!

A week or two ago an e-mail from Yankee Candle popped up in my inbox announcing their $1 sale, and well, I'm sure you've already figured it out by now that I couldn't pass that deal up (and there are still a bunch of great deals on their website if you want to cash in on the sale, too!)! Unfortunately, there isn't a Yankee Candle nearby me anymore so I often miss out on the cute spring scents that are released, so I made a point to grab some candles that I have wanted to try for a long time. Here's what I got...

The first four votives are White Chocolate Apple - a sugary sweet apple scent, Cotton Candy - which smells just like you'd expect it to, Bunny Cake - a yummy mixture of coconut, citrus and vanilla, and Blue Summer Sky - a fresh scent with hints of ginger, berries, blue lotus, jasmine and orange blossom. I love all of these and can't wait to burn them!

The last 3 votives I got are Marshmallow Chicks - a deliciously marshmallow scented candle. I don't eat marshmallows because I'm a vegetarian (marshmallows have gelatin in them) but I'll happily get my fix this way! Salt Water Taffy - A spot on salt water taffy scent! I picked this up because salt water taffy is a favorite of my husband's. And lastly, Wild Sea Grass - the most different scent of all of these votives, it smells fresh like summer and salt air! 

And lastly, even though my husband despises car fresheners, I like to use them now and then, and for a $1 - you know I'm going to get some. I picked up Picnic in the Park and Ocean Star, neither of which can I smell through the packaging so we'll see how good they are when they're unleashed in my ride! 

What are your favorite Yankee Candle scents? Let me know! 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Bella Organics Deodorant Creme | Review + GIVEAWAY!

Sooo, things are going to get personal here today on Glazed Over. Maybe it seems goofy that today's post is all about deodorant, but if you're in to natural products like me, perhaps you understand the everlasting hunt for the best natural deodorant. 6 out of 7 days a week or so, I wear natural deodorant (the 7th being an aluminum-based antiperspirant deodorant day - usually reserved for heat waves and stressful days). It's just nice to ditch the bad chemicals and keep things simple. Seriously, just google how bad aluminum in deodorant is for you! It's linked to breast cancer among other icky things. 

ANYWAY. This past week I've been trying out the Bella Organics Deodorant Creme in Vanilla Mint, a product that's completely new to me, and my first foray in to the deodorant "creme" world - a.k.a. you have to stick your fingers in the tub and slather it over your armpits instead of using a stick or spray. 

This deodorant creme is made with natural and organic ingredients: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, (Vegan), Organic Sunflower Oil,  Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Aluminum-Free Baking Soda, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Vanilla Extract, and Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil.

To apply, take a pea sized amount and rub it in to your armpits and voila! Because this isn't an antiperspirant, so it doesn't keep me completely dry throughout the day, I do tend to reapply this on my lunch break to keep me fresh. The vanilla creme scent smells reminiscent of toothpaste, but not in a bad way. Minty scents make me feel clean, and I especially love the scent of peppermint essential oil so I dig it. 

The size you see above is just a little tester, but you can order a 2 o.z. jar for $10.25 at the Bella Organics website where they have a variety of other scents as well. 

Overall, I really liked this deodorant. My hunt for the perfect natural deodorant has not ended yet, but I do think that I'll make a purchase of a larger size of the deodorant creme in the future because it is a really nice option. 

One lucky winner will get the chance to try their own Bella Organics deodorant creme. Just enter below. Sorry, this contest is open to US residents only. 

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March Favorites

So many goodies, so little time. But despite my constant urge to switch things up and try the next latest thing, I kept reaching for these amazing products over and over this month. They are....

Suave Visible Glow Self-Tanning Body Lotion - My one and only gripe with this lotion is that I'm pretty sure Suave didn't even TRY to disguise the horrible self-tanner scent that I loathe (and I know I'm not alone on that hatred!). Aside from the awful fragrance, this stuff gives great color payoff and it builds easily and naturally. It actually looks like a real glow, not orange or streaky. My wrists are a little tell-tale, but that's because I wash my hands too soon after applying it. I use it at night so I don't have to smell it, and shower it off in the morning and voila! I don't look as ghostly as I normally do! Added bonus: this stuff is under $10!

L'Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara in Blackest Black - I've used this mascara in the past, and found it on clearance at Target so I snagged it up yet again. I forgot how much I love this stuff. It packs a serious punch in the volume department and makes my lashes look darn near like falsies! I don't know why people splurge on high-end mascara... the drugstore is FULL of great options! Once I go through my slew of mascaras, I'm going to put this on my repurchase list forever and ever. 

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner - I rotate between primers, but lately this pore refiner has been my go-to. It smooths easily over the skin and is slightly tinted. Once it's applied my skin looks completely poreless, like glass. This is just a mini sample size, but it could be worth a full-size purchase in the future! 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish in Babe Blue - Cream nail polishes are my favorite, and this nearly neon blue is a stunner. I got so many compliments on this polish and I couldn't pull my own eyes away from my hands! Rarely do I use the same nail polish twice in the same year (don't judge me on my humongous collection...) but you can bet I'll be grabbing for this again soon!

Physician's Formula Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Blush in Natural - I admit, when I saw the packaging and design of these blushes I judged them by their cover and had to have one. I really love Physician's Formula blushes though, so I wasn't let down in the least. This color is a really pretty pink and blends easily and naturally on my cheeks. If you've heard people go on and on about how heavily scented these are like I have, I can honestly say I hardly even notice the smell. I mean, it's lame they fragranced these blushes, but don't let that deter you from trying one out! 

L'Oreal Color Lift Blush in Rose Gold Lift - This is a beautiful cream blush that is a gorgeous shade of pink with gold shimmer. I used this so much this month because it looks natural and makes my face dewy so there's no highlighter required once you use this. But my favorite thing about this blush is that it LASTS. 8+ hours of wear ain't no thang for this cream blush! (Seriously, just look above at this beauty up close...ugh... gorgeous)

What have you been loving this month? Let me know!
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