Monday, February 29, 2016

MEMEBOX I'm Stick Shadows + I'm Dual Mascara

Hey everyone! Sorry for the week hiatus - my husband and I spent a gloriously relaxing week in Hawaii (Oahu specifically) and I took that time to step away from blogging. It was the best vacation ever - check out the view from our hike up Diamond Head! But have no fear... I'm back and I've got some good stuff for you! 

Memebox (the coolest Korean beauty mega website!) was ever so gracious and sent me some fun eye goodies to try, all of which are new products to their house line. They sent two of their I'm Stick eyeshadow pencils and a new double-ended mascara, named (you guessed it) I'm Dual Mascara. 

These cream eyeshadow pencils, the I'm Stick Shadows ($11), are inspired by the galaxies, and all have names that sound space-y. The shadows are retractable, so you never have to worry about sharpening them. They are said to be waterproof and crease-free. I was sent the color Spinel (left) and Milky Way (right) - both really beautiful colors.

I thought these colors looked great, but this formula did feel sticky on my eyelids and it did crease as the day went on (that doesn't mean much - I have yet to find a cream shadow that doesn't crease on my oily eyelids). I think if you're a cream eyeshadow fanatic, you'll definitely want to try these out. There are four other colors  and they are all so pretty! 

The I'm Dual Mascara ($15) is marketed as a natural lash extension formula, with 4 mm fiber content (I'm not entirely sure what that means - how many mms is normal in a fiber mascara?). It's formulated with black bean and blackberry extracts to fortify the lashes. The brush on the left is meant for the top lashes, and the smaller brush on the right is teeny tiny and meant to coat the bottom lashes. 

Unfortunately, the top lash formula wasn't a hit for me. It didn't give me enough volume. However, I am obsessed with the little brush for the bottom lashes. It makes it so easy to get a natural full coat of mascara on the bottom lashes and it doesn't smudge at all. 

What are your favorite Korean beauty items? Let me know! 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Overrated Beauty Products

Nowadays it's hard to tell who you can trust. Most beauty vloggers and bloggers are sponsored and products are sent for free, and to keep that good stuff coming, many v/bloggers don't give honest reviews. I get sent my fair share of products (these posts are always marked at the top with the "press sample" button) but it is my personal goal to always be truthful about my experiences with any given item. You can trust that what's being said on Glazed Over is an honest portrayal of my experiences with a product.

There's a few things I've been steered wrong on and I thought I'd share them with you. Keep in mind, these products might be GREAT for you - but unfortunately they just didn't cut it for me... and there's nothing wrong with that! It's just a matter of opinion.

  • Nuxe Reve de Miel - I have heard endless raves about this lip balm - how hydrating it is, how nourishing and renewing it is. I wonder how many lip balms people have tried when they start in with praises on this product... or are my lips just extra tough and picky? Reve de Miel is so thick and it just sits on my lips without actually making them feel hydrated or nourished, and I've been using this at night for months. I'd rather pay $2 for Carmex than $19 for another pot of this.
  • Kat Von D eyeliner - I consider myself a bit of an eyeliner aficionado; I've tried endless eyeliner pens and wands and I've been drawing eyeliner over my lids every single day for countless years. These Kat Von D liners, of which I've tried 3, are not something I would ever shell out money for ever again. Initially, they apply well - but did you miss a spot, or want to go over an area and darken it up? Well sorry, this is going to smudge away instead of letting you build intensity. That drives me insane, because rarely do I go over a line once and not again to refine it. Spare yourself the cash money and buy the $1 e.l.f. eyeliner pen which trumps these pens by far!
  • Maybelline Baby Lips - Initially, I thought I liked these lippies, especially the ones that add a tint of color.... until I realized how chapped these make my lips. This super thin, drying, dehydrating formula is flimsy on the lips and there are almost zero good for you ingredients listed on the label. Baby Lips aren't worth my time or money and I certainly won't buy any them again.

What products do YOU think are overrated? I'd love to know! 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Matrix Style Link Favorites!

I am a no-fuss hair person. I get confused easily about what to put in my hair when - mousse then serum? Blow dry spray and then oil? I mean, I really don't think too hard about it. And thankfully, with these Matrix products, I really don't have to think too hard about what goes where, when, because their Style Link line makes it super easy! 

There are four different "families" in the Style Link line: Prep, Play, Perfect and Boost. The four products in the Prep line are to use on damp hair, prior to styling, creating a canvas to play with later. Play products are multi-taskers, designed to be used on damp or dry hair to mold, shape and design the style you want. Perfect products complete any look, keeping your tresses in place. And finally, Boost products are to boost performance for extra hold, shine or volume. 

Like I said, these products make it simple to mix and match and have fabulous hair with zero stress about what to use when. Here are my favorites from the line:

From the Prep line, I've got two favorites. The first is the Heat Buffer, which is a thermal styling spray. It smells amazing (as do all products in the line!), kind of fruity and salon-like all at the same time. I use this every time before I blow dry or curl my hair to protect it from heat and I can tell it works. My hair doesn't smell burned or heat-treated the way it does if I'm using an inferior thermal protectant. It also adds a nice shine to my hair without making it look greasy.

The Turbo Dryer is another fast favorite. This speeds up the time it takes to blow dry your hair, therefore reducing the amount of time your hair has to be exposed to heat. It also helps minimize frizz. 

The Smooth Setter, also from the Prep line, is so so nice. It's a cream that tames flyaways and frizz and makes your hair so smooth and soft. It does all of this without making your hair feel oily or weighed down. And, if you couldn't guess, it smells amazing, too.  This might be one of my most favorite products from the entire line. 

The Gloss Booster is part of the Boost line. This product adds shine to dull hair, again - without looking greasy or  gross. My hair has looked kind of dull and drab lately, but when I use this product, combined with the Smooth Setter, my hair is soft, smooth, frizz-free, and shiny. 

Lastly, the Volume Fixer from the Perfect line, is a gem. It's a lightweight hair spray that locks in volume and whatever style you took the time to do. It won't make your hair feel crunchy or tangled, but it will hold a curl all day long. Can you guess... it smells amazing, too. 

These products are available at salons and at Ulta. I thoroughly enjoy Matrix products and this Style Link line and would recommend them if you're in the market for some new hair goodies! 

Have you tried the Style Link line? Let me know what your favorite product is! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Oz Naturals | Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser

It's no secret, I like to keep my skincare simple and as healthful as I can for my skin. By that I mean, no unnecessary chemicals or harsh ingredients that aren't good for your skin. I also like to experiment with different skincare items that fit that bill, so I was excited to get the chance to try the Oz Naturals Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser. 

This face cleanser is free of parabens, alcohol and sulfates. It is filled with good stuff for your skin like organic rosehip oil, ocean minerals, and vitamin E. These ingredients aim to gently cleanse the skin and naturally unclog pores. 

Here's the full list of ingredients: 

Overall, I like this face wash. It's very basic, and it doesn't strip my skin. It's good for day or night washing, after a full face of makeup. As you can see above, it's clear and it doesn't really have a smell. I like that the ingredients are mostly natural and good for the skin. 

One con is this stuff will burn your eyes. At night when I was my face, I usually like to rub in my face wash in front of a mirror, but if I even opened my eyes when I was massaging this in to my face, my eyes burned like crazy. I don't know what in this stings so bad, but it's not cool. Because of this, I'm not sure I'd buy it again, but if you like the ingredients and don't mind keeping your eyes shut tight while washing, buy away! 

You can purchase this face wash on Amazon for $22.49 (4 fl oz.)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Burnin' Up #11 | Empties

It's still really cold in my area of the universe, so that means candles burn pretty much every evening I'm home at a decent time. Who am I kidding?... I burn candles all year long. But doesn't it just feel MORE right when it's cold out? 

Anyway, I thought I'd show you what I've burned up and whether or not you should go out and spend your money on these wax goodies. 

I made my way through a couple Christmas-y candles this season. I'm actually a little disappointed by how few I burned considering how many I have in backstock to use up. On the left, in the gorgeous jar that I'm definitely going to repurpose, is Merry Misletoe from Bath & Body Works. It's described as a blend of cranberries, pears, frosted citrus and a hint of holiday greenery. It definitely has more than a hint of holiday greenery, as that's the number one thing I pick up on. This is a favorite of mine during the holidays and I'll definitely pick it up again if they re-release it next Christmas.

On the right is another Bath & Body Works favorite, 'Tis the Season. This smell really is Christmas in a jar. It's described as red apples, green pine and a touch of cider. It's so festive and it has a great throw. I love burning this at Christmas time and I'll totally buy it again in the future. 

A couple minis worth noting. The blue jar is Bath & Body Works' Winter candle. This candle usually makes an appearance in the B&BW line up each winter. It smells really nice, characterized by pine needles, citrus and white woods. I know a lot of people think these minis are worthless and won't smell up your room, but you just need to put it in a small enough room. I keep minis like this in my bathroom and they always give off plenty of scent throw.

I used up my last Old Factory candle, this one in the scent Hot Cocoa. I did a full review on these candles a while back. This is a soy candle that smelled exactly like a warm mug of hot cocoa. I enjoyed the scent of this and it burned really well, down to the very bottom with almost nothing left. I'd definitely consider getting more candles from this company in the future. 

Just one pack of wax melts this month, and these are ScentSationals' Fresh Air. You can find this brand at Walmart. This does smell fresh and clean, and it's a relatively unoffensive scent. These are jam packed with smell and it'll fill your whole house with just one cube. I really enjoyed these. 

What candles or wax melts have you been burning in your home? I'd love to know what you've been enjoying! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

StriVectin Multi-Action Restorative Cream

StriVectin is a brand I've always loved. Their products have active ingredients that are great for your skin, helping keep wrinkles at bay and pores tight. They recently sent me the Multi-Action Restorative Cream to try and over the last couple weeks I've been putting it to the test.

The main purpose of this cream is to target the 12 main signs of aging. If you're like me, you're thinking - what the heck, there are 12 ways I can look old?! What the heck are they?! And for your information, they are: fine lines, wrinkles, density, firmness, sagging, texture, dehydration, dullness, discoloration, clarity, resilience, and enlarged pores. Phew... that's a lot of different aging signs to combat..

I use this cream as my finishing step in my skincare routine both day and night. It's has no scent at all, and has a very light, almost whipped texture. It sinks in to the skin without a trace. It's light enough that it sits well underneath makeup, but it's moisturizing enough that it can serve as your night time moisturizer. If you have really dry skin, you may need to use something on top of this to give you some extra moisture. 

Unfortunately, StriVectin products tend to break me out a little bit (not as bad as other StriVectin products I've tried, fortunately), so I use this sparingly. I have sensitive, combination skin that is triggered easily, so it's not really a shock that introducing a new, potent product in to my skincare lineup disturbs the peace. 

This cream will do a lot of good for your skin, but it will come at a cost. This stuff isn't cheap, retailing at a whopping $95. You can find it online at or in stores and online at Ulta. 

What's your favorite StriVectin product? Let me know! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

January Empties | #22

While preparing for baby's arrival, we've spent a lot of time prepping the nursery. And baby's nursery is my old beauty room. With that said, I've rearranged everything and found new storage to fit my new beauty area's space, and I have to say - going through all my stuff has me motivated to use up a LOT of stuff. Maybe it's nesting that has me wanting to get rid of everything in sight, but no matter what it is, using some stuff up and downsizing will be good for my storage and my sanity. Here's what I went through in January...

  • Cotton Labo Organic Cotton Puff (would not repurchase) - I got a two pack of these cotton pads on a whim on Amazon. I was thinking they'd be like the Shiseido cotton pads, but unfortunately they didn't measure up at all. They're too flimsy for my taste.
  • Finchberry Sweet Dreams soap (would repurchase) - I got this soap as a gift and I really enjoyed using it. It suds up really well and lasted me quite a while. Finchberry soaps are vegan and chemical-free and I'd recommend trying them out if you haven't.
  • Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream (would repurchase) - I'm a sucker for the Ginger scented Origins products. This lotion was nice and light and smelled amazing. I've got backups for future use. 
  • The Body Shop Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream (would not repurchase) - This stuff sucked. It had a fresh scent, but it didn't moisturize at all. In fact, I think it made my hands drier. Now that it's gone, my hands seem to be in better condition than when I was using it. I won't bother with this stuff again. 
  • Caldrea Body Lotion in Honey and Nutmeg (would repurchase) - This lotion was nice and light and kept my skin soft. The smell got a little old, but fortunately it didn't last all day.
  • Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme (would not repurchase) - I got this in a Target beauty box or something like that. I threw it in my purse to use as a hand cream. It's nothing special and had an old lady scent. I'd never purchase it in a full size. 
  • Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter (would repurchase) - I really like Soap & Glory products. They smell amazing, and they're nourishing. This body butter was really nice and kept my skin feeling soft even in the dead of winter. 
  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow Potion  (would not repurchase) ---- - This is super old (hence the outdated packaging!), and while it isn't used up, it's time to let it go. I was never a big fan of this eye primer. This particular one has a golden sheen and I'd rather use one without any shimmer.
  • Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara (would not repurchase)- I don't know if this dried up on me before I got to it, but it was not enjoyable to use. It was clumpy and very dry... I don't remember it being that way the first time I tried this formula a long time ago. 
  • Kat Von D eyeliners in Poetic and Saint (would not repurchase) - I am not a fan of Kat Von D eyeliners, and I might be the only person in the world who isn't. I have a whole post planned for this topic, but just know that I wouldn't bother spending money on these again. 

  • Chapstick Hydration Lock lip balm (would not repurchase) - I was not a fan of this chapstick. It felt like a light wax that never sunk in to my lips to actually hydrate them. I don't think I've ever disliked a Chapstick balm before this one.
  • Lypsyl lip balm (would repurchase) - On the flip side, this lip balm is amazing. It's mega hydrating, has good ingredients and feels so nice on my lips. I would highly recommend it. 
  • e.l.f. Eye Refresh (would repurchase) - I don't know if in my head I thought this worked well (placebo effect) or if it was just a dud, but it felt cooling and helped if my eyes were puffy or in need of a refresh. I'd probably get it again because it was so cheap. 
  • Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Conditioner (would repurchase) - I liked this a lot. Find a full review here
  • The Seaweed Bath Co. Volumizing Argan Shampoo in Lavender (would repurchase) - This was a really nice shampoo. I used the conditioner up last month and the combo of the two was nourishing and made my hair shiny and soft. 
  • Macadamia No Tangle spray (would repurchase) - This spray was a bit thicker than your average detangler, but it was super nourishing and really did help get rid of tangles. 
  • Serge Normant Meta Luxe Hair Spray (would not repurchase) - While this hair spray works well and smells nice, it's uber expensive and that alone is reason enough to not buy it in a full size. I have others I like better for much less. 
  • Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation (would repurchase) - You already know, this is my favorite foundation of all time. It's my umpteenth bottle and it certainly won't be my last. Full review here
  • Maybelline Better Skin foundation (would not repurchase) - This started smelling really weird, a key indicator that it's expired. I didn't use it all, unfortunately it wasn't a favorite. Full review here.
  • NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder (would repurchase) - This is a holy grail face powder for me. It's under $5 but performs like it's high-end. Definitely worth trying out if you haven't before. 
  • Seche Vite top coat (would repurchase) - While I think this top coat is good - it creates a shiny finish and it dries really fast, and I'll certainly buy it again.. it does make my nail polish chip quickly. But for some reason, that doesn't stop me from buying it again and again.  
  • Missha Cacao & Cream Facial Scrub (would repurchase) - This is a korean brand that came in a past Memebox. It smells legitimately like (and resembles!) cookies and cream! My husband used it and really loved how it smelled and worked. It's not too abrasive and has a creamy texture, so if you don't like a rough facial scrub, you might enjoy this one.
  • Lush Hot Toddy shower gel (would repurchase) - This is a limited edition Christmas scent that I bought last holiday season. It smells like cinnamon and is filled with glitter (that doesn't stick to your body). I like Lush shower gels, and this was no exception.
  • Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume (would repurchase) - Not quite finished with this perfume, but it is oooolllld and the scent just isn't quite right anymore. I loved this when I first got it, but I'm ready for a break from this perfume for a while. People describe this as fruity, but I definitely can't smell those notes. To me it smells like a  sophisticated floral scent. 
  • BCBGMAXAZRIA bon chic perfume (would not repurchase) - While I used up this little sample size, this perfume wasn't really my kind of scent and not unique enough that I need it in my collection. It's sweet and kind of fruity, but mature enough to wear to work or for a day out. 
  • Clinique Moisture Surge gel moisturizer (would repurchase) - I realllly liked this gel moisturizer. It felt so nice on my skin and felt moisturizing without being heavy. I would love to get a full size of this at some point. 
  • Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (would repurchase) - I've used many samples of this face wash and I really like it. The scent isn't overwhelming and the formula is really gentle for any kind of skin type. I wish it wasn't so expensive or I'd totally purchase it! 
  • Quantum Canker Covers (would repurchase) - Kind of a weird empty, but I had to throw it in because these are a total life saver for me. I am prone to canker sores, especially when I bite my lip (which is all the time), and nothing provides relief and promotes healing like these. If you suffer from canker sores, you have GOT to check these out. 

And that's it! What did you use up this month? Have you tried any of the products I talked about? Let me know! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

January Ipsy Glam Bag | 2016

Sorry for the late post - my beauty room has been in disarray while we prep our nursery! But, as of this past weekend I finally have my space back and I was able to get some photos taken. 

Annnyway, this month's Ipsy Glam Bag arrived and it's a good one! Glam Bags cost just $10 a month, and you get  variety of full sized products and deluxe samples to test. Your beauty preferences are taken in to account so you usually end up with at least a couple things you like. To get your own glam bag, sign up here. 

Here's what came in January's bag: 

  • Jelly Pong Pong Fair Lashes CURL mascara - This is a totally new brand and product to me. This water-resistant mascara claims to hold curl all day, and give extra volume and definition to the lashes. It contains no mineral oils or fragrance.
  • Lasting Smiles lip balm in Peppermint Creme - This is an organic lip balm that's fair trade certified, with ingredients that are sourced from small farms cooperatives. For every 1,000 balms sold, a child's cleft lip surgery is funded.  It smells amazing and has a cooling feel on the lips. I really like this lippie.

Are you an Ipsy subscriber? What came in your bag this month? Let me know! 
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