Walmart Beauty Box : Spring 2016

IMG_1235Here’s another Walmart Beauty Box! They’re “free” ($5 shipping per quarter) and they now let you choose from one of two beauty profiles. They automatically chose “trendsetter” for me, since I was at the time under 30. The millennials, they love trends!

I’ve gone on and on about why I love this box, but it really is just the right price point, shipped just often enough for me to never be disappointed. I always seem to get one item that makes the subscription feel like a good value for me. This month was no exception!

Colgate Optic White Toothpaste – I’m pretty sure this is a sample size tube, but it’s still very large. I’ve gotten this from Influenster and purchased it on my own. It promises whiter teeth in three days. While I can’t speak to that claim, it’s definitely whitening.

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser – This is a clear, nice-smelling cleanser. I used it on my nose and chin and it had the most neutral results of any cleanser I’ve ever used: nothing bad to report, nothing terribly great. I could feel some random rough chunks in this, and I couldn’t’ decide if it was supposed to be the baking soda or some plastic microbeads (boo! hiss!)

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer – This is a fake tanner. I never try these, but figured I’d give it a go. I’m very fair, and this was splotchy on me. It’s a nice “natural” fake tan on me, but using this daily would be a big no.

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick – OMG THIS SMELLS LIKE NOSTALGIA. It smells like a Bonne Bell Lip Smacker. The shade is somewhere between pink, puce and brown. It’s a nice natural shade on me. This is full-size and a $7.50 value!

Curel Itch Defense Body Wash – I haven’t tried this, but I’m surprised this wasn’t part of the winter box. It says it’s for dry skin, and that’s when my skin is at its dryest.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter – I’m not so sure about this product. It claims it will lighten your hair! It says it will do so without going brassy, but I am skeptical. I might try this. It doesn’t smell at all like a chemical lightener and it has some natural extracts that should be nourishing.

CeraVe Healing Ointment – “Protects and soothes cracked and chafed skin with a non-greasy feel”. Will I be trying this to protect against chub rub? You betcha.

Vera Wang Embrace This is the blue scent, which is Periwinkle and Iris. I hate perfume samples, but this was a nice scent.

 

Others – A foil packet of Burt’s Bees BB Cream, a shade sticker try-on card from Loreal True Match and some coupons.

Ipsy: February 2013

Tracking: I got my tracking number today (2/11), but it had apparently arrived Saturday (2/9).  Uh.

Bag: I opened the shipper and was greeted with the delicious smell of plastic.  I love that smell, but i don’t love that smell on a makeup bag.  Eew.  It’s a shiny black patent.  That always looks so cheap to me and it has all sorts of creases in it.  It’s well made, I just don’t care for it.  Also, the “offers” card is black and it has three of the brand logos in a different black on it. XD  Totally unreadable.  If I were those brands, I’d be upset.

Coastal Scents Sampler Palette – I got a Coastal Scents sampler back in October.  Three of this one’s shades were in that one.  And the fourth shade was better back in October.  Whomp whomp.

Mica Beauty gel eyeliner in black – This is a little thin and greasy for gel eyeliner and it doesn’t seem to have much staying power.  I swatched it on the side of my hand and started typing.  Somehow, I’ve rubbed it off already.  It makes a decent line with a good brush.

Pixi Flawless & Poreless pore eliminating primer – First of all, these products are bunk.  It’s just a primer.  And it does make the application smoother.  But the best way to make the appearance of pores disappear is to use a foundation brush to apply foundation.  That’s it. This goes on pretty transparent on my face, but I’m quite pale.  I wonder if that’s a problem for others?

Lash CardNeed I say more?

Pop Smokey Lash Kapow Mascara – I didn’t even open this.

The Verdict – Zzzzz.

VoxBox Review: Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream

Describing my hair texture is tricky.  Some parts are curly.  Some are sort of wavy.  Others are awkwardly straight.  All of it is fluffy.

When I decided to dress up as Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween, I knew I wanted to do something fun with my hair.  I was going to go for pigtails, but I really wanted to amp up the texture.  Pressed for time and with nary a hot roller in sight, I gave Not Your Mother’s a try.

Straight from the tube, it looks like a thin hair gel and smells lovely.  The instructions are to towel dry hair, then apply throughout hair while scrunching.  I’ve test driven products like this before that resulted in my hair being crunchy and waveless.  Not so with Not Your Mother’s!  My hair was shiny, silky and lovely, full of beachy waves.  The waves stayed put all night, and then some (more on that later.)  I did a bit of lifting with my hair and it seemed to help hold that without any of the textural weirdness that gel can give.

The only surviving picture of me that night.

Given that my hair texture is a bit wavy naturally, the product mostly enhanced and tamed.  The straight clumps went a bit wavier, the wavy clumps were beachy and the curly bits went wavy without twisting too much.  It was a really lovely effect!  For people with stick-straight hair, I’m not sure this product is going to offer much other than a really lovely smell (grapey!) and a nice smoothing.  For those with naturally very curly hair, this would offer a nice shine and perhaps help keep your curls more together.

Given that it’s about $6 for 1.5 fl oz, I think it’s a pretty decent value considering that I didn’t need to use very much product at all to get great results.  I think it’s a definite buy for anyone who has weird, indecisive hair (like mine.)

Now it’s time for the part of my review that will probably squick most of you guys out.  I went to the party on Saturday.  I didn’t wash my hair until the following Friday.  Before you turn off your screen and never return to the internet again, I assure you–I didn’t need to wash my hair until then.  I typically can get two days out of my hair before it must be washed.  I don’t know what magic prevented the oil buildup, but it hasn’t ever happened before and never since.  And my hair kept trying to curl and hold waves.  It was actually a little weird.  I’m not going to advise any of you to do this.  But seriously.  I wore my hair the exact same way on Sunday, then wore it in side braids or spin pin buns all week.  And it was stilllll curly.

HALP MAH HURR ISH CURLEH

MyGlam/Ipsy September 2012 Review

So let’s start here.
I got by bag on September 22nd. That’s NOT mid-month. It shipped on the 17th. That’s closer to mid-month, but still wrong. While I will grant that I’ve been having zero love for the postal service lately (the second package was misdelivered out of Cincinatti, I guess.)

The bags were shipped late because MyGlam relaunched itself as “ipsy“.
A brand, not even a year old, renamed itself. That’s never good.
The rename came with the launch of a big online community… thing. It’s for uploading makeup looks. Okay. But renaming yourself? Something so wildly different? I dunno.

Bag: Black, gold zipper, long handle. The bag is seriously the best thing I got this month. It’s really nice and seems sturdy.

SOHO Smudge Brush: Fluffy brush, really long handle, feels substantial. It works beautifully. I’ve been smoking out my eyes since I got it. I didn’t have a smudge brush, so this was a nice get. The bristles are nylon, but they almost feel like real hair. This is $5.97 at Walmart.com

Jane Sparkle Lip Gloss: I got this is a pretty bright watermelon shade. It’s a pretty wearable colour. It’s sticky and I don’t really like it at all. These are only sold in sets of three for $9.99.

Andrea’s Choice Nail Polish in Tightrope: This is a bright fuschia/purple neon. I actually bought this shade from Sinful Colors, and I’m much happier with the Andrea’s Choice polish (by about a million.)

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Split End Sealer: First of all, lets get this out of the way–“split end sealer” is a lie. This is a big ol’ glob of oil and silicone. And I just want you to know, dear readers, that I’m only trying this for you. It smells like a sunscreen I used once, mixed with some sort of herbal smell. It’s strange. It feels nice in the hair and would work as an overall smoother. And my ends do feel smoother–for now.

Mirabella Eye Color in Semiformal: This colour is a little strange. It looks bronzey in the package, but it’s sort of a pinkish goldy brown on. It’s not for me. The colour payoff wasn’t exceptional (which I’m glad.) It’s shimmery. This shade would be nicely suited to a warmer skin tone than mine. Also, I know they only do pans without a hard casing, but it kinda sucks to have one pan like this, just floating around. I’ll find a way to store it, but I’ve avoided purchasing loose pans for a reason.

Anyone else get a Myglam Ipsy bag this month?

MyGlam: August 2012

Another month, another Glam Bag.  The August theme was Endless Summer, which the GlamTeam took to mean “don’t ever look old”.  Fair enough, MyGlam.

The bag was neon orange mesh with a neon pink zipper.  I was raised to react with horror to that color combination.  But it’s a nice little bag.  I’m starting to feel like a lot of other Glammies: these will be great at Christmas.

Let’s go with my order of excitement for this bag:

Demeter Fragrance Roll on Perfume Oil in Clean Skin – Finding out Demeter was going to be in MyGlam was amazing for me.  SO EXCITE.  I was hoping to get the other fragrance–dragonfruit–but this is lovely and admittedly probably more wearable for me.  It smells like a clean baby to me.  Light hint of baby powder, a little skin muskiness, a whiff of a lullaby.  The site describes it as “Clean Skin is a blend of orange, lemon, white rose, bergamot peach and vanilla, making the perfect shower-fresh scent.”  But I don’t pick up on that so much… maybe a hint of the bergamot and vanilla.  With MyGlam,  I get a 20% off discount at Demeter, and I’ll cash that in.  If you’re not familiar with Demeter, you’re missing out.  The roller perfume isn’t really a sample size, but it’s definitely not their full size product.  This size is $10 in itself.

Circus by Andrea’s Choice in Ringmaster – I hope this isn’t what wrecked my nails last time.  The color is great.  It’s a bright neon pink, deep and IN YO FACE.  The polish is a bit thin, which is disappointing because the white was thick and took two coats for glory.  Two coats of this and I can still see the white of my nails.  Still, it’s a nice polish with a smooth matte finish.  And it doesn’t flake off.  Full size product.

Eclos Cellular Activator System & Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream – I’m always so skeptical about these products.  Plant stem cells are going to get rid of my fine lines?  Fat chance.  Still, this stuff smells nice–spicy, vaguely hippie–and a little goes a long way.  I’ve been using it in the morning to see if I notice any difference.  I won’t hold my breath.  Sample size on both products.

– MyGlam Lipgloss – This was a “bonus” item, as a thank you for our support or whatever.  I was excited to see they’d developed their own lipgloss, and I popped it on without reading the box.  It smells faintly of watermelon, but tastes oily.  It’s a little sticky, like every lipgloss ever.  In the bottle, it’s very pink, but that color doesn’t translate.  But then I read the box.  Whomp whomp.  Parabens, mineral oil and nothing that would indicate what was causing the smell.  Full sized.

SALTY Cosmetics Eye dust in Glama-ZOID – Meh.  I put this on and I’m totally meh about it.  The color appears to be white, but it’s got a bit of shimmer.  On, it goes on faintly pinkish plum.  I applied two layers without primer and it’s pretty minimal still.  On me, it looks more purple, though the site said it would look more pink.  Whatever.  It was clumpy in the container and tricky to even apply.  A lot of fallout.  They charge $4 for this gram sample size.  NOPE.

The verdict?

Good value this month.  It’s not MyGlam’s fault I’m a hater; I definitely see how someone else would’ve been over the moon with this bag.  I’ve been meaning to invest in a morning skincare routine, anyway, so cool.  I’ve been moaning about how I can’t wear perfume for sneezing everywhere, and the combination of Clean Skin and Eclos and the Nume conditioner from last month is a wonderful substitute.  I smell a little hippie, though.

Sinful Colors Review

Note: at the time of post, it’s been about 2 days since I originally reached out to Sinful Color’s parent company, Revlon, for a customer service complaint (Sinful Colors currently doesn’t have a customer service department at all.)  I’ve received no response.

A while back, I purchased three bottles of Sinful Colors polish in a bright fuschia, a neon pink and a pretty teal.  I couldn’t put them on immediately due to their weird nail fiasco, so you can imagine my glee to put on these bright polishes the minute I mentally cleared myself for painting.  All the beauty reviews at the time had nothing but good things to say about Sinful Colors (later, I’d learn that they stole photos from bloggers for their press materials, and I’d realize that most beauty bloggers don’t review wear longevity.)

I was let down, big time.

I first tried the fushcia, a shade called Dream On.  It looked lovely as I brushed it on.  Then it went sort of flat gloss matte.  It was a bit streaky, so I did two coats.  I like the matte look, so I decided to give it a wear without a topcoat.  As I brushed my hair, the polish began to flake.  The next day, I spent most of my time brushing off the polish flakes that had scattered everywhere.  I wrote Revlon about this experience.  Any polish should be able to be worn without a topcoat, in my opinion, and a polish should be up front about what texture it will be when dry.

Since two of my fingers were totally clear of polish after that, I brushed the teal on my pinkie and the neon pink on my ring finger.  The teal only needed one coat but the neon pink was super streaky and could’ve used two coats.  I didn’t bother, just to see if it would chip as quickly.  It didn’t, so I gave the teal a try on all my fingers.

The color is Savage.  On this blog post, you can see the matte finish, as well as how it looks with a topcoat.  I did a basecoat, a single layer of Savage and a topcoat.  Within 24 hours, this happened:

It shattered.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  Not only did it chip and require a touch-up, the polish actually appears to have shattered in the middle.  It’s completely cracked all across the nail, which the photo doesn’t totally show.  There are other chips on other nails, as well.  Some of the chips are in the middle of the nail.  I didn’t do anything too rough with my hands.  Certainly nothing that could gouge the polish.

This is awful product quality.  If I can’t get 24 hours worth of wear out of a nail polish, the company may as well fold.

Have you tried this brand?

The Blue Eyeshadow Question

For most people, blue eyeshadow is an instant “HELLLLLL NO”.  It conjures up too many images of hairbands or hookers in the days of disco.  It’s been done too wrong for too long for most people to even apply it casually.

Well, I argue that blue eyeshadow isn’t an instant beauty sin, but I do agree that it needs to be applied with a light hand.

My first suggestion with blue eyeshadow is to apply it only to the lid, then to cover the crease and above-the-crease with neutral, skin-toned shadow, just to keep it put.  For today, I applied primer potion to my lid and covered the whole lid with a bright, cyanish blue.  Then, I swept a close-to-skin shadow all around the blue to make sure it stays put.  Failing this step results in a weird green cast as it starts to bleed out.  Then, I took a deep navy to wing out the upper and lower corners.

Since taking a picture with my webcam resulted in hilarious results, how’s about a Photoshop?

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MyGlam July 2012 Extended Cut

Let’s revisit that MyGlam post, shall we?

I hadn’t gotten to try out a couple products when I reviewed, so Imma tackle them now.

First, the conditioner.  I mentioned that it smelled nice.  When I got it out in the shower, I have to say, “nice smell” went to “OH MY GOD I LOVE.”  It’s vaguely hippie meets autumn.  Not quite sandalwood, but sort of spicy like that.  I kind of want this as a perfume.

As for the actual, indended purpose of the product?  The very tippy ends of my hair are pretty dry, but the rest of my hair is average.  I get a lot of flyaways even when I’ve trimmed and my normal hair texture is sort of wavy bordering on slightly curly at the ends when it air dries.  I brushed it straight and let it air dry.  The bottom half of my hair went NUTS with curls after this stuff.  I really loved the effect, and hated to brush it out again this morning.  My hair feels slightly slicker, but I’m about average on flyaways and overall fluffiness.

On to the nail polish!  I stripped my nails down and did them all with Reverso, one coat.  When I was a wee tot, I tried painting my nails with white out.  This is sort of what I’d been hoping for all along.  It feels sort of chalky and matte, but has a faint shine.  The polish itself is nice and thick.  It’s a bit streaky, so I think two coats is ideal.  I had a hard time getting the tips of my nails painted, due in part to the thickness of this polish.  Still, it’s a totally lovely white, what I’d almost describe as neon white.  SO WHITE.  Like, Ross’s teeth white.

Myglam Bag Review: July 2012

This month’s bag was themed for beach beauty.  It had a couple items that everyone got, then some this or that options.  I think that’s actually sort of fun because even when I totally ruin the surprise of what’s in the bag, I still get something of a surprise.  I love a good spoiler, but I also like getting a little bit of a treat in the end.  I was sort of hoping for the green apple SPF moisturizer, but oh well.

This bag came today.  The bag was cute.  It came with a couple coupon codes, too; 50% off at NuMe and a special offer on one of their products.  If you want either of them, first to ask gets ’em.

 

Random weirdness in this bag?  The postcard advert for Andrea’s Choice nailpolish was a sticker.  ERMAGERD. I AM TOTALLY STICKING THIS TO MY TRAPPER KEEPER GUISE.

In my bag:

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion – This came in a small blue bottle with a label that looked sort of generic.  I’m a huge proponent of a company doing their best packaging for their samples.  Kiehl’s clearly has other priorities.  Unfortunately, those priorities seem to have little to do with making an interesting product.  I (with some difficulty) squeezed out some of this lotion–it was thin and opaquey white.  While it’s not at all oily, it wasn’t much of anything for me.  I put it on and didn’t feel much of anything.  Doesn’t really smell nice (theoretically fragrance free.)  The list of ingredients was surprisingly long.

Nume HydroPunch Hydrating Conditioner – I don’t have a lot to say about this because I haven’t used it yet.  But it smelled nice.  I got a small squeeze tube of this.  Smells like tea tree oil.

Yes to Cucumbers on-the-go Facial Towelettes – These have a nice smell of cucumber, but also the usual baby wipe smell.  These have the same soapy feel that most facial towelettes seem to leave behind, but it’s a product I’d buy for the right price.

Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain – First of all, YAY FINALLY A COLOR I LIKE.  But second… cheek stain?  Not this color.  I marked it on my hand and tried to smudge it and I just don’t see using this on a wide expanse of skin.  I put it on my lips and it stays pretty well, but it doesn’t taste nice.  That’s something the Covergirl markers have on everyone.  It feels a little sticky while wearing.  Considering the Covergirl markers are about half the price, I’d stick with those unless the fragrance free/vegan/natural ingredients/recyclable is worth the cost.

Circus by Andrea’s Choice – I got this nail polish in Reverso, a pretty basic white.  It went on nice and thick and didn’t have too harsh of a smell.  But can we talk about the bottles?  They were notably heavy to me.  There’s just too much glass.

 

Did I get my value?  I love the bag (it’s pink mesh with multicolor solid stripes) and the nailpolish is actually one I’ve been needing.  The lipstain is nice and my boyfriend said it looks nice on me (WINNING–seriously, you don’t know how happy I am to finally get a lip color from myglam that isn’t too much.)  I wouldn’t miss the conditioner, but I’ll use it.  The lotion I don’t care for at all, but hey.  It’s lotion.  So for $10, I’m satisfied.

Beauty Review

A quick rundown of some things I’ve used lately (for all both of you who care.)

Wet n Wild Fast Dry Nail Color in Ebony Hates Chris $1 ish – First, let me address the name of this color.  I’m guessing it’s a reference to the show, Everybody Hates Chris?  And it’s black.  This is awkward for me.  It’s a weird trend to name nail polishes after TV shows, anyway, but this is pretty weird.

Moving on.  This polish comes with a flat brush that supposed to speed up the application.  The brush, to be frank, sucks.  It’s too stiff and ends up poking bald spots into the polish that’s already been applied when you go in for the next swipe.  The polish itself is thick and actually fast drying (another nail polish trend: “fast drying” that dries at regular speed.)  For a buck or so, it’s a nice polish.  It chipped pretty badly after a couple days of wear, but I didn’t use a topcoat or anything.  If you could sub in another brush, I think this would be a winner.  With a new name.  Seriously.

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