Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Memebox | Silk Fingerballs + Yeondukong Fix Lip

Now and then Memebox sends me some goodies to try out - fun Korean beauty items that are (typically) unlike anything sold in the US. K-Beauty is becoming a big trend lately, and for good reason - all of the products I've tried through Memebox are great quality, and they're unique and game-changers in the cosmetics world.

The most recent package of goodies I received features Silk Fingerballs (totally not something you'll find in the US) and Yeondukong Fix Lip, a really great lippie. 

Yeondukong Fix Lip ($12) is a cool lip product -- it's marketed as a lipstick, moisturizer and primer in one. The shade you see above is in #01 Red Orange. It is insanely pigmented and quite comfortable on the lips. This lippie is formulated with mango, grapeseed, apple oil, and honey extracts to nourish and moisturize the lips.

This shade is not for the faint of heart; if you don't like bright, bold shades, stay far far away. But if bold is your thing, you're going to absolutely love the Fix Lip lippies. 

The Silk Fingerballs ($4.58 for 12) are one of the most unusual beauty products I've tried. They are made of 100% silk, and are supposed gently exfoliate the skin and remove blackheads. To use, just soak the fingerball in lukewarm water for 2-3 minutes until soft, then rub over areas suffering from blackheads. They are gentle on the skin, but I'm not sure they did a whole lot for my skin? Perhaps with repeated use they would make a difference. They'd certainly make for a fun gift item for any friend who likes to experiment with beauty! 

What's the oddest beauty product you've ever tried? Let me know! 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Lip List #1

I thought I'd do something a little different than normal, something I'm calling the "Lip List"; The Lip List is a weekly roundup of the lippies I wore for the previous week. I think it'll be a fun way to show you what's in my collection, and maybe showcase some items that wouldn't necessarily make it on to Glazed Over. The lippies you're seeing here were worn between 8/17 - 8/21. Check them out...

Monday: Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Watermelon Twist, a sheer medium pink balm. (I think this color is discontinued?)

Tuesday: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic, an orangey-red balm stain.

Wednesday: Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Caribbean Coral Luster, a coral pink lipstick. (Limited edition)

Thursday: NYX Butter Gloss in Cherry Cheese Cake, a creamy orange gloss.

Friday: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum, a dark mauve pink shade.

Do you have any of these colors? What's your fave? Let me know!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August Ipsy Glam Bag

The August Ipsy bag is here! If you're not familiar with Ipsy, it's a $10/month beauty subscription service that offers deluxe samples and full size beauty products to try - all beautifully packaged in a keepsake bag. It is my most favorite subscription service I've tried, and if you enjoy trying new beauty products, I'd recommend it to you! Click here to sign up! 

Here's what came in the August bag:

  • Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco - This hair oil is made with both olive and argan oils, and is formulated to be lightweight for everyday use. This is a generous sample size (o.7 oz) that I'll get many uses out of.
  • Skone Cosmetics Luxe Doubler Eye/Lip Pencil in Wine - This multi-use liner is a gorgeous wine shade (go figure), that I'd never use on my eyes but will definitely use as a lip liner. It is creamy and applies easily. 
  • Marsk Pro Line Eyeshadow Brush - I love getting brushes from Ipsy. This is a nice flat shadow brush that feels like it is good quality.
  • Noyah Natural Lipstick in Desert Rose - Noyah's lipsticks are packaged in earth-friendly bamboo, and the product itself is made in the USA and is free of parabens, sulfates and is cruelty-free. This color is a semi-matte pink, but unfortunately it's not quite flattering on me. I do like the formula, however.
  • Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Elegantly Wasted - Trust Fund Beauty polishes are 7-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. This is an excellent value for an Ipsy Bag as it's full-sized. I love the packaging and the lilac color is pretty, too! 

What did you get in your Ipsy glam bag? Let me know in the comments! 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector | Champagne Pop

I pride myself on being a smart, sensible shopper. I can keep my cool, even when I know something is limited edition, but there was something so magnetic about this highlighter that even I couldn't resist. I present to you.... the highlighter that the beauty world is freaking out about: Becca's limited edition collab with YouTube sensation Jaclyn Hill - Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin PerfectorAdmittedly, I've lusted after Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors for a long time now, not willing to swallow that $38 price tag, so when this beautiful product came out, I finally bit the bullet. 

If you're not familiar with Jaclyn Hill, one thing you should know is that she's basically the queen of the highlight. She rocks a dewy face that looks amazing with every video she uploads. Knowing her wisdom went behind creating this product, I was certain this would be the be all end all highlighter -- and I was right.

If you're fair-skinned like me, don't be put off by the rather orange-y tone of the product. I admit, I was nervous when I first pulled it out of the packaging as I thought there'd be NO WAY that it would work on my skin tone, but it's an absolute dream! It's a perfect golden shimmer that I honestly think would work on any skin tone. It is so finely milled and blends easily in to the skin to give you the perfect pop to your cheeks, or wherever you want to shine. 

My suggestion: pop this along the high points of your cheek bones right after you apply your blush and down the bridge of your nose for a perfectly natural glow. 

Don't be daunted by the high price. You use so little each time, this will certainly last you a lifetime. You get what you pay for, and I can promise you you'll be in love with this highlight. Purchase it at Sephora before it's gone for good!

Have you bought in to the Becca hype? Let me know your thoughts! 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse

Being a mega-pale girl who burns at the slightest hint of sun and doesn't appreciate the extra chance for wrinkles, I am a big fan of self-tanners. I use them all summer long so I don't look like a ghost. In the last couple summers, I've tried my hand at alllll kinds of tanning formulas, and recently I tried one new to me: Vita Liberata's pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse in Medium ($54 for 4.22 oz)

This tan mousse claims to last 4 times longer than other tanning mousses, with a lasting time of 2-3 weeks. It is best applied with a mitt, and it goes on nice and easy with a color-guard so you can see exactly where you've applied the mousse. This formula is made with "odour remove technology" so it really doesn't have that disgusting tanner smell. I was pleasantly surprised by the complete lack of icky scent. It also claims to fade patch-free, which I can say is absolutely true. 

Usage is easy. After exfoliating in the shower, apply some lotion to your knees, elbows and wrists so the color doesn't build up there, and then pump some product on to your tanning mitt and go to town. Once you've applied it to your whole body, let the tan dry for a minute or two before putting clothes back on. Leave the tan on for at least a few hours before showering. I like to apply the tan before bed and sleep with it on, showering it off in the morning.

The medium color is perfect for pale girls (like me) looking for a subtle glow that suggests you've spent some time in the summer sun. It's not overwhelming, and the color is a tiny bit forgiving if you happen to fudge the application up (another application will correct any wrong-doings). It's a true medium tan. If you are able to tan even a little bit, I'd recommend trying the dark shade. 

Above is the before and after, but I should mention the after picture is BEFORE I showered off the tan. It was a shade lighter after a shower. Also, ignore my badly fading spray tan on my right shin in the before picture. 

Does it last 2-3 weeks? The answer is no. It doesn't last 2-3 weeks on me, at least. It did last a solid week with a reapplication two days after the first. I have yet to find a tan that lasts over a week on me, which is probably the formula of most self-tans, but could be that my skin just doesn't hold the color very well. Granted, the instructions DO say to apply the tan 3 times over 12-24 hours for the longest lasting tan, which I did not do (ain't nobody got time for that). 

I found this formula to be really nice and easy to work with. It didn't smell bad, it wasn't streaky, it didn't fade patchy and gave my skin a natural tanned look. I thoroughly enjoyed using this tan mousse and I'd totally repurchase it in the future. It is a tad pricey, but I think you get what you pay for and this is an exceptional formula that's worth the splurge. You can purchase Vita Liberata on their website, or at Sephora. Check them out!

What's your favorite self-tanner? I'd love to know! Tell me in the comments. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation

Everyone and their mom seems to be talking about the new (to the US) Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation. I feel like I've seen it everywhere! When I got an email telling me I was getting the Maybelline VoxBox from Influenster, I was pumped because I had nearly bought this just a day or two before!

P.S. If you haven't signed up for Influenster yet, you totally should! You take surveys and they send you occasional "VoxBoxes" of goodies in exchange for a review. You don't have to be a blogger - it's open to anyone and it's totally free! Click here to sign up.

This foundation promises to be long wearing, and to improve your skin in 3 weeks with the help of Acytl-C, a form of Vitamin C. It's supposed to reduce uneven skin tone, dullness, and spots to reveal brighter, stress-free skin. 

On the left is my bare face, and on the right I'm wearing the Maybelline Better Skin Foundation. As you can see, this foundation has medium coverage, and it's buildable. Some spots do still show through, so it looks really natural on the skin. It covers up the redness in my skin, and hides some freckles, all while looking quite natural.

I can't say it's improved my skin, but I also have to admit I didn't wear it every day for 3 weeks straight. Unfortunately, I just don't like it enough to. I definitely don't find it to be long wearing; It starts to break down on me, sinking in to my pores and fine lines. It ends up looking pretty awful on my skin, and it doesn't control oil (my skin isn't even THAT oily!) so I end up looking shiny, and it becomes wipe-off-able (is that a word? ;D) which I absolutely abhor in a foundation. If you want a finish similar to Revlon ColorStay or my beloved Covergirl Outlast StayFabulous foundation, this is not the formula for you. I think if you only plan to wear foundation for a couple hours (a night out on the town, perhaps?) this would hold up, but don't bother pulling it out when you have an 8 hour day ahead of you.

I really wanted to like this foundation, but I just can't recommend it because it doesn't last on my skin. I'm really interested to hear from those of you who have tried it - let me know your experience in the comments!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Adamia Therapeutic Repair Lotion

I'm the kind of person that loves using body lotion each morning after my shower. Dry skin is not my thing. I recently tried out the Adamia Therapeutic Repair Lotion, a really delightful hydrating lotion that has zero fragrance (meaning it'll be perfect for you girls that like to use a perfume each day -- like me). 

The healing agent in this lotion is the macadamia oil; it is very similar to your skin's own natural oils, so it easily penetrates in to the skin for deep repair and hydration. Adamia sources the macadamias from a family-owned, environmentally-sustainable farm in Australia 

Adamia Therapeutic Repair lotion is fragrance-free, non-greasy, and tested my dermatologists. I can personally attest to the fact that it has zero fragrance and it isn't greasy. At first, it feels like it might be and then the skin just drinks it up and feels instantly moisturized. 

I think this would be a great lotion for someone who suffers from extremely dry, irritated skin, or someone who's sensitive to fragranced products. I am going to hold on to this until the brutal Minnesota winter when my skin will need it most! You can purchase this lotion on Amazon for $18 (16.9 fl oz), a fabulous price for how much lotion you get in each bottle. I'd highly recommend trying it out. 

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

Friday, August 7, 2015

Chirp Cosmetics Company | Matte Lip Colours

You may remember a couple months back when I first wrote about Chirp Cosmetics Company, an awesome brand based out of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Let me just refresh your memory: Chirp Cosmetics is an all natural brand, with each product crafted in small batches by a husband/wife team. I was thoroughly impressed with their line of products when I first tried them, and this time they sent me some of their brand new matte lip colours to show you!

Their matte lip colours are pigmented, easy to apply, and gorgeous! There are just three colors in the line so far: Fruit Punch, Shocker and Vamp. Full-size, these retail for $11.46, but you can purchase sample sizes ranging from $1.91 - $3.06. I believe what you see above is the 3 ML samples, which cost $3.o6.

Fruit Punch (pink-red matte)
Shocker (a bright matte magenta)
Vamp (red-orange matte)
If you like bold, bright colors, you'll love these matte lippies from Chirp Cosmetics. Check out their brand new matte lip colours and ALL of their beautiful makeup on their website here.  And, Chirp Cosmetics has been so kind to offer 15% off to Glazed Over readers using the code GLAZED15! Now get to shopping!

Which color do YOU like best? Let me know in the comments! 


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

July Empties (#16)

Ready to dig through my trash? I sure am! I used up quite a bit in July. The beauty of using up an entire product is that you know whether or not it was good, whether it is worth buying again, and if you'd recommend it to others or not. While we dig through my trash together, I'll let you know just that about each and every one of these products. Let's get to it....

Sebastian Trilliant Thermal Protection and Shimmer-Complex (would repurchase) - This heat protectant had a cool consistency; It separated in to two parts, like oil and water, and had shimmer in the formula. I wasn't a big fan of the scent, but it seemed to protect my hair from heat damage.

Suave Keratin Infusion Smoothing Conditioner (would repurchase) - These Suave infusions shampoos/conditioners are really nice, and they are dirt cheap. I enjoyed using this, but didn't like the Keratin version as much as the others I've tried.

Ocean Potion Ever Glow Daily Moisturizer (would repurchase) - I didn't get all the way through this before it started to smell off (a tell-tale sign that your beauty product is expired). I liked this lotion, especially to use in the days after I got a spray tan, or had been self-tanning. It has a nice summery scent and does a good job of hydrating. However, it didn't give enough color payoff for my taste.

California Tan Tan Extender (would not repurchase) - I got this at Sun Tan City as part of a spray tan package. Honestly, I didn't think this stuff was that great. It wasn't moisturizing enough, it didn't smell that great, and I think the Ocean Potion lotion is a much better post-tan lotion than this stuff.

St. Ives Apricot Scrub (would not repurchase) - I actually love using this stuff, however, it's way too rough for a facial scrub and I worry that it's damaging my skin when I use it. So for that reason, I will not buy it again.

Kiehl's Yerba Mate Tea Toner (would not repurchase) - I believe this product has been discontinued. It was just a very basic, gentle toner. It worked fine, but I don't think it'd be worth purchasing again if I even could.

Sephora 2 in 1 Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Gel (would not repurchase) - This stuff SUCKS. It couldn't take off my waterproof eyeliner, and it did an OK job at best removing my non-waterproof eye makeup. I would definitely not buy this again.

Neutrogena All-in-1 Acne Control Daily Scrub (would repurchase) - This facial scrub was great. It didn't clear up my face entirely, but it did make my skin feel really clean and healthy. 

Jason Shave Therapy Anti-Razor Burn Lotion (would repurchase) - This was an awesome shave lotion. It really did minimize the razor burn I got after shaving my legs. The smell is quite herbal, and it's not a very thick shaving lotion, but it does the trick!

Earth Therapeutics Loofah Exfoliating Scrub in Oatmeal & Honey (would not repurchase) - This wasn't a bad scrub by any means, but it just wasn't scrubby enough for my taste. I like a really intense scrub, and I felt like I needed to use exfoliating gloves or wash cloths with this when I used this on my body. There are other scrubs I like better, so I would not repurchase this.

Secret Deodorant in Romantic Rose (would not repurchase) - This did not smell like rose at ALL, and in fact, I found this scent to be sickening. None of the Secret gel deodorants seem to smell like what they're named -- anyone else notice this, too?? I prefer to use natural deodorants daily, but when I need extra sweat protection, I break out the Secret. 

B&BW Oahu Coconut Sunset Body Lotion (would repurchase) - I'm typically not one to buy coconut-scented products, but there was just something really nice about this scent. It was hydrating without being greasy - a perfect lotion for summertime. 

Swisspers Cotton Rounds (would repurchase) - I got these cotton rounds in a bulk package from Costco, and they are fabulous. 

FinchBerry Soap bar (would repurchase) - My husband got me a couple FinchBerry soaps for Christmas and I just got around to using one. I'm not sure exactly what the scent was (I didn't see the one I used on their website) but it was very nice. It lathered nicely, smelled great, and didn't dry my skin out. I love that their soaps are vegan, cruelty-free and free of harsh chemicals.

epielle Collagen & Vitamin E Cleansing Tissues (would repurchase) - I don't use these wipes on my face, I use them solely for cleaning swatches off my hand or cleaning up my makeup area. They do a good job at that.

Eyelure Katy Perry Lashes in Oh Honey (would repurchase) - I wore these lashes for a wedding I was in and they were really nice. They added some oomph to my eyes without being ridiculous.

Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof Mascara (would not repurchase) - This was an OK mascara. It had a tendency to crumble in to my eyes, so I used it primarily for my bottom lashes.

Chapstick Medicated Lip Balm (would repurchase) - The wrapper was somehow taken off of this, which shows you just how well loved it was. I absolutely love the Chapstick brand of medicated lip balm better than any others I've tried. I like to use it when my lips feel particularly dry, or I just want some extra nourishment. It feels so nice on the lips.

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator (would not repurchase) - I know people rave about this lip scrub, but I was not a fan. I didn't even finish this before the whole stick broke off. It's really rough and hard to gently exfoliate the lips with. I'll stick to my Lush lip scrub instead.

NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder in Translucent (would repurchase) - This stuff is holy grail for me. It's cheap as hell, under $5, and performs like a high end product. It's super finely milled and finishes nicely on the skin.

Starskin Foaming Peeling Perfection Puff (would repurchase) - Full review here.

Starskin Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Facial Mask (would repurchase) - Full review here.

Suave Moroccan Infusion Shine Conditioner (would repurchase) - I love this stuff. It smells so good (way better than the keratin version) and made my hair really soft and easy to work with. For the price, this stuff is amazing.

Fekkai Glossing Shampoo & Conditioner (would repurchase) - I didn't like the scent, but this stuff worked nicely. My hair felt soft after using these.

Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strip (would not repurchase) - I didn't like this at all. It didn't really clean out my pores, and it left a sticky residue on my nose. 

Clinique Calyx Perfume (would not repurchase) - This is a scent that I just could not wear. It's really fresh, sort of citrus-y, and just so not for me. I couldn't use up the sample. 

Pharrell Williams Girl Perfume (would not repurchase) - Another perfume I just didn't like on me. It doesn't smell bad, but I just didn't like it enough to want to wear it. 

What did you use up this month? Have you tried any of my empties? Let me know!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Michael Todd Eye Eraser Duo

Ladies, if you're not yet using an eye cream, I don't care how old or young you are -- it's time to start. Protecting yourself from crepe-y, wrinkled, tired-looking under eyes can start at any time. And I know the perfect product to start with if you're in the market.

The Michael Todd Eye Eraser Duo is an excellent, unique under eye treatment. It's the world's first Triplex Cellular Infusion Technology, offering Sonic, Ionic and Thermal Heating. This allows for the serum to more deeply infuse in to your skin, accelerating the anti-aging, brightening results you should see.

The Intensive Cream Eye Treatment ($48 for 0.5 oz) itself is a very nice eye cream that I've quite enjoyed using. The main goal of this eye treatment is to combat signs of aging. Clinically patented ingredients aim to diminish undereye circles, reduce fluid retention under the eyes, and stimulate collagen production. Aloe Vera Leaf Juice works to soothe and hydrate the undereye area, and reduce inflammation.

Since using this eye cream, I've paid far less attention to my undereye area -- which is what I specifically look for in an eye cream, because it means it's reducing that "crepe-y" dry look that makes fine lines far more pronounced (and always attracts my attention). I've found the Intensive Cream Eye Treatment to be hydrating, and comfortable to wear under makeup and overnight.

The really cool part of this "Eye Eraser Duo" is the Eye Eraser ($89) itself, the anti-aging diffusion device. After applying the Intensive Cream Eye Treatment on your undereye area, you take the Eye Eraser and gently rub the cream until it is absorbed. The Eye Eraser gets comfortably warm, this relaxes the pore lining for maximum product absorption and stimulates circulation and generates nutrient-rich blood flow for regeneration. 

I find the slight warming and vibration to be really pleasant and enjoyable, and hey -- if it's helping keep my undereyes line-free, even better!

This exclusive bundle is only available at ULTA Beauty Stores Nationwide and for $89.

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