Saturday, May 11, 2013

Lush Mother's Day Goodies

*These products were purchased by me. I am a Lush employee so I do receive a discount on Lush products. This does not change my opinion on the products in any way.*

Hey everyone! My apologies for being so absentee this week! I picked up some extra shifts at work, plus I celebrated my birthday, so I was a bit busier than usual this month. The rest of the month will be rather busy as well, since my mom is coming for a visit, and then the following week, I'll be headed off to Vegas for a somewhat belated birthday trip! May is basically the best month ever (well at least for this year so far!).

Now onto the goods, the Lush Mother's Day Collection! This is just a sampling of some of the Mother's Day products that are available both in store and online.
So cute!

  • Secret Garden Bath Bomb

Oh my goodness, I really really love this little bath bomb! This bath bomb is basically the epitome of spring, being super fresh and floral! If you are not a fan of floral scents, I'd skip this one BUT if you are, then I'd definitely pick this one up! It's not a bad price either, at $5.25. It also looks positively lovely in the tub! I'm a huge fan of not just great scented bath bombs, but visually stunning bath bombs, and Secret Garden fits the bill. In the tub, the pink and green parts fizz separately at first, until the colors start to swirl together! The middle is yellow, and contains loose flower petals! Basically the bath bomb literally blooms in front of you, containing the essence of rose absolute, sweet wild orange, rosewood oil, and marigold flowers.

  • Mumkin Bubble Bar

Honestly, this bubble bar reminds me of something straight out of Mario (the video game! lol). I seriously just picture the little Mumkin hopping around, and being best friends with Toad (the walking mushroom character). The Mumkin would obviously help Mario out from time to time, because with a face like that, it better be friendly!  Plus it has such a cute name, and is a perfect gift for your "mumkin."  This is a bubble bar priced at $6.95, and would be suitable for about 1-2 bubble baths, depending on your bubble needs! If you are a raspberry lover, this bubble bar has a very realistic fruity raspberry scent, smelling of raspberries (of course), bergamot, lemon, and violet leaf. The Mumkin also has chocolate drops for eyes and candy stalk stick for its leaf! It also has the same scent as the limited edition Easter Egg Hunt Soap. The Mumkin is basically the cutest thing ever, and like all the Mother's Say products, is only available during the spring time. If you're new to Lush bubble bars, here's my review of another bubble bar, just in case you are wondering how these are used.

  • Madame Butterfly Reusable Bubble Bar

Madame Butterfly is a reusable bubble bar, similar to Lush's Carrot. Madame Butterfly is priced at $8.95 and is actually of good value, since you can get over 6 baths out of it! Since the Bubble Bar is much harder in texture than your average bubble bar, you simply hold it by the wand under running water to create foamy bubbles. To be honest with you, I've used my Carrot about 5 times already, and it's still going strong, so I'd say it can last quite a long time depending on the amount of bubbles you prefer. Madame Butterfly has a rich, decadent rose scent that you might already be familiar with, since it's the same scents as the Rose Jam Bubbleroon and Ro's Argan Body Conditioner. I'm a huge fan of this scent, as well as the products' skin softening properties! If you're not fond of florals or rose scents, there are two other reusable bubble bars available, the Mum Tulip (smelling of chocolate oranges!) and the Mum (smells like fresh grass to me!).

I hope all you Mums out there have a lovely Mother's Day! Be sure to pamper your mother and tell her just how awesome she is!

Disclosure: These products were purchased by me for review purposes. I was not paid or compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

April Collective Haul & First Impressions

*All of these products were purchased by me.*
My purchases from Rite Aid, Nordstrom's Rack, and Ulta.
Hello everyone! So I haven't been amazing at keeping down my spending, but it was hard to pass up such great sales! Next month is my birthday month, so I'm sure I won't be much better then, but after that I'm planning on doing more reviews, and less hauls! lol
Purchases from Rite Aid.
From Rite Aid:
Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose Kiss
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $3.99
  • Why I purchased: As you might remember, I have a Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss that I am seriously in love with! Click here for my review. I also wanted the one in Raspberry Rose Kiss, so I went for it! I'm sure I'll love it as well!
  • Description: A lip balm smelling of raspberries and roses.
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $1.79 (sale was 40% off, so regular price was $2.99)
  • Why I purchased: NYC Sunny is a popular drugstore matte bronzer that is always raved about on youtube/blogs, so I thought I'd see what the fuss is about, especially for only $1.79! I don't own many bronzers, and the ones I do own are smaller deluxe sample sizes from high end brands, so I'd love to compare them all!
  • Description: A matte bronzer
  • I've tried it as a contour, and for overall warmth on my forehead (or places where the sun usually hits), and I'm quite impressed. It was surprisingly pigmented, so a light hand is necessary!
Nordstrom's Rack purchases.
From Nordstom's Rack:
*Nordstrom's Rack is a wonderful resource when it comes to finding discount high end makeup, as well as NYX! You'll find a lot of items that were a part of holiday/seasonal collections, that are now drastically reduced in price.*
OPI Stay the Night (Liquid Sand)
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $7.97 (original price: $9)
  • Why I purchased: This is one of the first textured nail polishes introduced with OPI's Mariah Carey Collection. By textured, I mean that this nail polish is full of textured glitter that dries to a matte finish. It's versatile since you can leave it matte, or make it shiny with a nice top coat. Stay the Night was the shade that stood out the most to me, even though it is more of a winter shade. It's dark and vampy, but the red glitter adds a splash of femininity that I really love.
  • Description: A textured nail polish with an asphalt base and red glitter
  • Although Stay the Night is a polish I will wear more often in winter, it's a nice break from all the bright spring colors I will mostly wear throughout the season
Smashbox Studio Pop Brush Trio
From left to right: Tapered Shadow Brush #7, Definer Brush #15, & Double-ended Smudger Brush #20
Tapered Shadow Brush #7
Definer Brush #15
Double-ended Smudger Brush #20
Double-ended Smudger Brush #20
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $14.97 (original price of the kit was around $30, or $24 if each brush was bought individually)
  • Why I purchased: I don't have too many brushes as it is, especially higher end brushes, and for this price I couldn't say no! I also needed eye brushes of these specific types. 
  • Description:
    • Tapered Shadow Brush #7 (retails for $24 individually!): This is a fluffier eye shadow brush that can be used for a wash of color on the lid or for blending. I have an old eye shadow brush from Clinique that is similar to this one, and since it's old and starting to fall apart, I've been searching for a replacement. This one is even nicer than the Clinique one, and will now be my primary blending brush!
    • Definer Brush #15 (retails for $24 individually!): This is a unique contour brush to my collection, since it is very smaller (even smaller than my favorite ELF Studio Contour Brush), and is tapered at the tip. Therefore, it is a contour brush that would work wonderfully for precisely defining the crease and outer V. It would also be good for smudging eyeliner!
    • Double-ended Smudger Brush #20 (retails for $24 individually!): Both sides are intended to smudge out eyeliner for a smokey effect. One side is a tiny brush to create a softer, lighter smokey effect, or in my case, I've been using it to highlight the inner corners of my eyes since it's so small! The other side of the brush is a dense foam smudger, which is better for thicker, bolder smudging.
Purchases from Ulta.
From Ulta (I also had my $3.50 coupon, so my Ulta purchase was even cheaper!):
Urban Decay Rebound Build Your Own Palette
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $10
  • Why I purchased: Unlike other build your own palettes from UD, this one is cheaper at $10 (instead of $18) and does not come with a shadow. That way, you can customize all 4 colors. Even though I do not have many Urban Decay singles, I do own a random one (Flash) that was gifted to me, so I wanted to give it a home. There are a couple singles I've been wanted to buy anyway (certain shades that are never in palettes), so I decided to finally create my own custom palette!
  • Description: An empty customizable palette for the new reformulated UD single eyeshadows (these shadows can be popped in and out of their individual casing and into this palette).
NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Crystal Hip

First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $2.69 (w/ 40% off, regular price is $4.49)
  • Why I purchased: I've been wanted this glitter liquid liner for a long time, but was waiting for a good sale. My plan is to use in on top of matte black or colored eyeliners for added sparkle and glitter, but without the fallout. 
  • Description: A opalescent & iridescent crystal glitter liquid liner.
  • I tried this on top of matte black pencil eyeliner, and the glittery effect was lovely and with no glittery fallout! I highly recommend!
NYX Slide On Glide On Eye Pencil in Sunrise Blue
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $4.79 (w/ 40% off, regular price is $7.99)
  • Why I purchased: These eyeliners are the same quality as the Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil eyeliners, but much cheaper! I already own the NYX Slide On Glide On Eyeliners in Jet Black, Brown Perfection, Glitzy Gold, Golden Bronze, and Tropical Green. Sunrise blue is the next shade I was dying to get, but wanted to wait for a sale!
  • Description: A dark blue eyeliner w/ silver shimmer.
  • These Slide On Glide On eyeliners don't smudge, crease, or budge once they are set!
NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow in I Have a Headache, Bare My Soul, & Betrayal
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $2.69 each, $8.08 for all three (w/ 40% off, regular price is $4.49 each)
  • Why I purchased: I love matte eyeshadows, and the NYX Nude Matte eyeshadows are definitely good quality, especially for drugstore-priced matte eyeshadows! I bought these specific colors to use as my everyday staples for my custom palette. Basically, my palette was lacking a matte brow bone highlight color and matte browns I could use on my eyebrows or in the crease. To see the first post on my custom MAC palette (plus other shadows!) click here.
  • Description: 
    • I Have a Headache: light beige w/ yellow undertones
    • Bare My Soul: cool brownish greyish taupe
    • Betrayal: cool dark brown
  • These were super easy to depot! I can now look at the packaging of most eyeshadows, and figure out a game plan on how to depot them. I even figured out how to depot the NYX Single eyeshadow! (hint: I basically just used an open flame from a candle and burned the crap out of I don't advise this unless you are extremely careful!).
From Nordstrom's:
MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick (Cremesheen)
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $15
  • Why I purchased: I don't really have any warm pinks, so I thought this would be a great everyday color that's unique to my collection! Plus I love the cremesheen formula!
  • Description: Frosted light warm pink (though I don't really see the frost at all; it's just a subtle white shimmer)
From Target:
Olay Complete All Day Moisture Cream SPF 15 Sensitive Skin
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $6.49
  • Why I purchased: This is the moisturizer I've been using for years. I believe I started wearing it towards the middle to end of high school! It's the only moisturizer I've ever used that never ever breaks me out. It adds the perfect amount of moisture for my combination to oily skin, without making me greasy. I think it would be suitable as a day moisturizer for all skin types!
  • Description: Daily moisturizer for sensitive skin with SPF 15
  • This is a repurchase for the millionth time! For the price and effectiveness, I can't see myself regularly using another moisturizer.
Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer in 205 Very Light
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $7.99 (on sale, the full price ranges from $10.99 to $13.99)
  • Why I purchased: This was recommended to me by my good friend and youtuber, Veronica (her channel is here). This is her "holy grail" under eye concealer. Like me, she's used the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Undereye Concealer (my current favorite), and actually prefers the Covergirl & Olay one!
  • Description: A yellow-toned under eye concealer for light skin tones.
  • This stuff really is amazing! Definitely more coverage without being cakey! Review to come soon!
I hope you are all having a great day! So excited it's May, since it's basically my favorite month of the year (other than December)!
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Disclosure: These products were purchased by me for review purposes. I was not paid or compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.