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NOTD: Sally Hansen Triple Shine “Make Waves”

18 Apr


This nail polish stayed on without chipping all night! I bartend at a restaurant,  it’s almost impossible to wear nail polish to work without my nails looking ratty by the end of the night. I rarely wear polish to work because we have to have clean looking nails and heaven forbid polish chips being found in someone’s drink or food,  but I couldn’t resist.  I used Sally Hansen Triple Shine in the color Make Waves. It applies sheer, I used 3 coats with no base or top coat. 

I miss painting my nails more often. I subscribe to Julep’s monthly subscription box,  which means I own over 100 polishes from the last few years! I never thought I would own more than 10!


Birchbox Limited Edition Strong Start Box

29 Jan


$45 Strong Start Limited Edition Box

I finally used my birchbox points toward a purchase! I had 400 points built up from my subscription and reviews of products,  so I only paid $5 plus tax for this box! Ahh! So cool.

I love the BKR water bottle. It’s 500ml, glass with a silicon sleeve outside. It has a small opening to drink from so it won’t splash on your face like most water bottles.

I used the Arrow lip balm immediately while I was opening the box.

I love the Whish shave cream (I’ve received a sample I’ve my birchbox a long time ago) but I could never justify spending $20/bottle!

The Acure wipes and the Bombas socks are super practical.

Headphones from JLab, I already own a few but I’m sure they’ll come in handy after losing a pair! It’s inevitable. Maybe these will be better quality.

Eyeko waterproof/sweatproof  eyeliner….I have no verdict yet, I’ll have to use it to see how it compares to others I’ve used.

I’m excited to try the Supergoop setting mist! I don’t have anything like it.

Overall, very cool box. Look out for birchbox coupon to get it cheaper than $45!

If you’re interested in subscribing to birchbox, here’s my referral link 🙂 $10/month or $110/year Birchbox subscription.

I already own 2 Klorane dry shampoos, I like it, but I don’t use it very often.

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Lip color Swatches

29 Jan


Four new lippies!


Vivid Violet, Berry Boost, Nude Flush, and Nude Thrill.

These are $8 each at Ulta.


I switched each color, it comes out kinda goopy from the tube. These are thick swatches and took a long time to dry matte. Violet and Berry left a hint of stain after I washed off the swatches, which means good staying power. Colors are opaque, no need to to apply very much. Definitely use a mirror, the goopy amount on the applicator tip makes for uneven application on one swipe.

Can’t wait to wear these out!

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip

27 Jan


2 new lippies! Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Stingraye  (left) and Clueless  (right). Swatches below!




I tried on Stingraye. It goes on darker than it looks in the tube! Dried matte very quickly. Link to

Throw away mascaras

12 Jul

Laura Mercier full blown volume lash building mascara. Thumbs down. This is a sample size from Birchbox that I tried and wanted to like, but it didn’t deliver volume or curl. The formula did feel nice, no flaking and wasn’t hard to wash off.

Kiehl’s marvelous mineral mascara with jojoba oil and acacia senegal. I loved this mascara when it was fresh and new, but it didn’t last long and once it started to dry out it didn’t pull its weight any more. This is a gentle formula, medium volume, added a some length, a little smudging by the time I was getting ready for bed at the end of the day, and no irritation when I washed it off.

The third one that I’m throwing away is by Nanacoco. Scandalous waterproof mascara, which I received in a Beauty Box 5 subscription. Not much volume, no length, no curl added. It had good staying power, though it was a little tough to wash off, my eyelashes did not like this very much.


All the mascara

2 Sep


These are all the mascaras I had in my makeup collection.

My favorites: Revlon bold lacquer by grow luscious (I have another new one in the package, I got them in boxycharm and beauty box 5 subscription boxes), and Tarina Tarantino fleur de lash in the super glam packaging.

Wet n Wild mega length mascara is great in a pinch. I bought it one day on break at work – I forgot to put on mascara that day and my eyes looked so sleepy. I think it’s only $3!

I’ve been rotating daily between these 5: Revlon, be a bombshell, they’re real by benefit, urban decay perversion, cover girl professional, and urban decay. They’re all open, so I feel like I have to use them all before they go bad! I should toss out some of these, though, I keep getting more in subscription boxes!

Boxycharm March 2014 Box!

3 Apr


Boxycharm – $21/month

I re-signed up for Boxycharm this month after seeing the moisturizer as a sneak peek item. This is the best box I’ve seen from them yet!

Pur-lisse moisturizer – $55, Bella Pierre Makeup Base – $19, Bella Pierre “Earth” shimmer eye shadow – $15, Model Co Party Proof Lipstick in “Pinking of You” – $17, StrangeBeautiful Nail Polish in “Pussy Willow and BandAid” – $18.

That totals $124 value for this box!

Up until now Boxycharm has mostly been full size drugstore brand make up, nails and hair products only. This is the first box that is such a high value!

I highly recommend signing up for this box now that it is increasing in quality!