Friday, November 22, 2013

Project Pan: 1 Month Update

Hi All!
 One month down and I haven't cracked! Woohooo! Well overall this entire project is going very well, and I'm quite happy that I've stuck to my guns and kept money in my pocket :) (a happy bank account right there).  So let's get to the nitty gritty and get the details of this first month:

  Bath & Body Products I Haven't Even Touched
Benefit Wonderlift
got2b 2 sexy voluptuous volume
B&BW Anti-Bacterial Hand Cleanser
Redkin Shine Spray 02
got2b Instant Leave in Mender

Makeup Products I Haven't Even Touched
ELF Liquid Lipstick in Pink Lemonade
Wet N Wild Ultimate Minerals Foundation
Sally Hansen Lipgloss in Ruby
Clinique Double Ended Lipgloss
Buxom Lipstick in Two-timer
Black Radiance eyeshadow in Radiant Gold


Bath & Body Products I've Been Working On:
got2b crazy sleek blow dry lotion
B&BW Moonlight Path Body Spray
Vitabath Asian Orchid & Coconut Body Mist
Bodycology Coconut Lime Twist Body Cream
Julep Scrub for Hands
Clean & Clear Blackhead Mask
Avon Freeze Dry Nail Polish Spray

Products That I Finished
B&BW Coconut Line Verbena Body Butter

Makeup Products I'm Working On:
PF Color Correcting Powder
PF Bronze & Brighten Bronzer
LA Colors Nude Trio
YBF Brow Pencil
ELF Double Ended Eye Pencil
Rimmel Glam Eyes Single in Royal Linen
ELF Cream Eyeliner in Coffee
ELF Tone Correcting Concealer in Apricot Beige
Pangea Organics Lip Balm
NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skintone
NYC Applicious Lip Balm

How have your project pan's been going?

If you want to check out my video here is the link!: Project Pan Update

Monday, November 18, 2013

November Ipsy Bag

Hi All!
So of course, with each and every subscription service, we want to make sure that we are getting our monies worth.  On my youtube channel I did an unboxing and here I wanted to delve deeper into the actual products, swatches and the actual worth of the products.  

I have to commend IPSY in their bag this month because it pulled together many key parts to a "glam look". Many times with Birchbox I found that the products were just thrown together haphazardly. 

Treseme Tres Two Level Four Hold: $1.59

Nailtini in Champagne: $14

be a bombshell lip crayon in hot damn: $14
.em by Michelle Phan pillow plush in strawberry: $15
Pixi bronzer in Subtly Suntouched: $18 but includes kabuki
Starlooks Eyeliner in Topaz: $14
Let's do a quick rundown:
Starlooks: 14
Pixi: 18
.em: 15
be a bombshell: 14
Nailtini: 14
Treseme: 1.59
So the total of product in this bag is: 76.59!!

But now for some swatches!
1. Starlooks Eyeliner in Topaz  2. be a bombshell in Hot Damn 3. Pixi Subtly Suntouched
4. .em cosmetics pillow plush in strawberry 5. Nailtini in Champagne 1 coat 6. Nailtini in Champagne 2 coats 

Did you sign up for IPSY? What did you think of your bag this time? What about the Birchbox followers? Comment below and let me know how your subscriptions are going!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tide Pods: Are They Worth It?

Hi All!

So on a beauty channel, here I present to you, my readers a review on the Tide Pods in Spring Meadow**.  I'm very skeptical when it comes to multiple purpose 3 in 1 types of products. So I wanted to break down if these pods not only work as well as they claim, and if they are worth the money value, cause hey, let's face it detergent ain't cheap.

I followed the directions on the packet, first off these little jellies feel very weird because they aren't very sturdy.  One wrong drop or paper cut and I feel like these could leak easily. Plus I feel like if I left these in a damp(isn) area, these would melt down.

I threw one in with my comforter and found that a few makeup stains remained (makeup had spilled on my comforter), and the scent was EXTREMELY light.  I threw the blanket back in the wash with my regular detergent, stain stick and fabric softener, and found the stains gone. 

Let's break down the cost of these little jelly caps and compare them to the price with old school products:


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So the total for all of these above products comes to : 18.42

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While the pods look like they come out to be about 3 bucks less, let me put it in retrospect. If you have a large load of laundry i.e. linens or a large load of darks (like I always seem to have) you need to throw in 2 packs.  Most of my laundry, let's say 2/3s is large loads, so in theory I would have to use two packs instead of one. So it just doesn't add up!

The individual products are more concentrated and seem to work better.  They cleaned my blanket even on the second wash.  

Final Verdict: If you have laundry that only needs a quick wash with no stains and is a very small load (maybe using a laundromat?) you can purchase these because yes they are lighter in weight than combined previous products.  But for real stain fighting, dirt and grim blasting, ya can't get away from using three separate ingredients plus a little extra time to get the best clean.  

So what do you guys think?

**This product was sent to me for review by Influenster and does not affect my views on the product.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Project Pan October-June 2013

HI All!
    So I started a new project on my youtube channel, the good ol' project pan.  Catch a gander, subscribe, leave a comment!  I was inspired by JessicaMaykup, another you tuber who has don't this project before.

Body Products I Want to Finish:
got2b crazy sleek blow dry lotion
Julep hand scrub
Psssst! Dry Shampoo
Redkin Shine Spray
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bac 
Bath & Body Works Moolight Path Body Spray
Vitabath Asian Orchid & Coconut Spray
Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Verbena Body Butter
Bodycology Coconut Lime Twist Body Cream
got2b split end treatment
Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Cleanser Mask
Benefit Wonderlift Gel
Avon Nail Expert Quick Dry Spray

pile of my products
Makeup I Want to Finish:
NYC Applicious Lip Balm
Buxum Lipstick
Pangea Organics balm
Sally Hansen Lip gloss
Clinique Double Ended Gloss
ELF Luscious Liquid Lipstick
Elf Double Ended shadow liner stick
YBF Brow Pencil
ELF Cream Eyeliner in Coffee
NYX Eyeshadow base in Skintone
LA Colors Trio in Nude
Rimmel Glameyes single in Royal Linen
Black Radiance Mineral Shimmer Eyeshadow
Physicians Formula Tone Correcting Powder
Wet N Wild Mineral Foundation
ELF Tone Correcting Concealer
Physicians Formula Bronze & Brighten

Have you started a project pan?
If you have a youtube channel link it below!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

NYC Plumping Lipgloss in Pleasantly Plump Pink

Hi All!
    Today I wanted to bring a review on a lip gloss that I had a chance to try from the drugstore (and extremely affordable) brand, NYC.  I like a lot of NYC products, it's actually one of those brands that I first got into because it was so affordable to a young teenager like myself (at the time).  Today's gloss is the NYC Plumping Lipgloss in 467 Pleasantly Plump Pink. **I was sent this gloss to try out and after playing around with it for a few days, I've developed an opinion regarding it.

The official NYC website advertises this gloss as the following:

So how did the gloss match up to the claims? Let's delve into it!

Claim: Get voluminous lips in one effortless stroke/ 50% more volume to your lips

Reality: This gloss does make your lips look more voluminous, it fills in those lines and just makes them look plump. the 50% claim is a bit false because if my lips really did go up 50%, I'd be lookin like Angelina Jolie.   For the actual "plumping effect" I'd have to say it's slim to none.  There is a light minty feeling, but the best way to describe it is if you took a tiny TINY bite of sweet mint gum.  (random association I know)

Claim: 4 hours shine

Top Left: Gloss with flash Bottom Left: No flash. Top Right: Sunny day no flash
Reality: This gloss lasted a long time on my lips.  It is a bit thick/heavy on the lips and is a bit sticky, hence the long stay.  As I wore this gloss through the day, it would get tackier.  It didn't really last the full 4 hours, but it does last longer than most of my other glosses.

Additional Comments: While the shade I got was really pretty, the smell of this gloss is something I can't get over.  This gloss has a sickly-floral-old-lady-violet-mint smell.  Not only does the smell affect you, but it just gets into your mouth and you taste it too.  I tried several times to wear this gloss, but I just can't deal with the smell.  It's bad enough that I wouldn't want to kiss my fiance while wearing it.

Final Call: I would say, that with so many other glosses available even in the NYC line, I would pass on this particular gloss ONLY because of the smell.  I can deal with a lot of different fragrances, but when it comes to lip products and scents, I am particular and this is one scent and taste I can't deal with.

Have you tried this gloss?
What did you think about it?

**I was sent this gloss complimentary of Influenster, yet it does not affect my opinion of said product.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

ELF Studio Makeup Remover Wipes

Hi All!
   So I hope this day finds you all well.  What I'll be reviewing today is the ELF Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths which retail for $3 on the website.  These are pre-moistened cloths which come 20 to a pack.

Taken from the website.

Let's first check out those claims:

1. "Gently and easily cleans skin to remove all traces of makeup and dirt, even waterproof mascara."
     I did find that this cloth worked well on removing most makeup, and did actually remove my waterproof mascara! I did go over with a toner and found a little of left over makeup on the cotton pad, but not bad enough for me to get all hell bent.

2. "Great for on-the-go travel"
   Ok, let's admit it...all cleansing cloths are easier to travel with than a bottle of liquid and a cotton pad. (what a duh!) What I like a lot is the fact that the pack has an inner seal and then an outer clasp that snaps shut.  I'm not as paranoid that these will dry out as quickly as other packs.

3. "Gentle Cloths are soft and soothing for even the most sensitive skin."
  These aren't as soft as a baby's bottom, but they don't irritate my very sensitive, contact wearing eyeballs.  While I would not call these nessesarily soothing, they don't leave my skin feeling stripped of moisture.

4. "Infused with Aloe Vera Extract for deep hydration and moisture"
  That would be the nice, and fresh smell I get from these cloths.  I can't argue with the moisture aspect but deep hydration...well how do you test that? I don't feel dry, but I feel clean.  But then I put a moisturizer on....sooo that claim is a little up for grabs.

The price: For $3 bucks, they are probably a cheaper pack than I'm used to for cleansing wipes.  When ELF has a 1/2 off sale I'd say snag a few packs!

Overall reaction: I could see myself buying these again.  The packaging is practical but also minimal and sleek looking.  They have not broken my face out, and don't leave an unpleasant residue on my skin.  I see more people talk about the $1 cloths, but I think these are well worth a shot.

How has your experience with these been? Would you try them out?

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Shecky's Girls Night Out: Yay or Nay

Hi All!
   So how much fun does a "Girls Night Out" in NYC filled with jewelry, fashion and drinks sound? I know, for us beauty ladies it sounds awesome especially at a discounted price of 12 bucks!.  Shecky's is a company that does Girls Night Out's in many different cities throughout the United States.  There are some events that are three days long and are more fashion focused and others that are just one day and are makeup/ beauty focused.

**DISCLAIMER: I do not have any association with Shecky's.  All opinions are my own, and my event ticket was purchased with my own money.  I do not get any compensation for this post**

I went to a fashion focused event, and found it...lacking.  The original price was $30, but the tickets were discounted at $12, but the day of the event the price went up to $14 for a weekday. Ummm...okay? Sounds a little strange for me.

Taken directly from the Shecky's New York Event page. 
So what they make it sound like seems like it'll be an awesome, relaxing evening with drinks and an AWESOME goodie bag. Before you hit a "purchase button" let's do a quick run down of the reality along with a rating based on what they are telling us a night would be like:

 Food/ Drink: 
1. Expectation: "delectable drinks" logic would also say some finger foods.
-2 white wines (1 oz samples). 
   - Smirnoff Ices (2 flavors: Crisp Apple & Original) and a few beers.  
-Cash bar available upstairs but looked very cheesy. 
-No snacks at all.  
-Mac & Cheese like foods in styrofoam carry out containers by cash bar, and cupcakes. 
   Grading: 4 out of 10. 

1. Expectation: "discover unique designers": 
- Summer cast off's or rejects (almost nothing that said "fall"
- unique... erm... aka Forever21 products with raised prices?
-90% jewelry selling almost identical pieces (enough with the collared necklaces already!)

2. Expectation: "cap your night with pampering" 
Reality:  What is this pampering?
-Sally Hansen Airbrushed Legs trial booth. 
- 3 body products: soaps (actually worthwhile), Shea Moisture (yep like from CVS or Walgreens), and body wrap for weight loss. 
- 1 Mary Key rep with EXTREMELY limited display.

Goodie Bag:
1. Expectation: "Glorious good bags"ooooooooo
Reality: Insert Palm to Face. 
-Underwhelmed. Severely. 

Some of the contents of my bag

Yay or Nay?(what do you think!?)


 If you want to attend this event don't you DARE pay more than $12 for a weekday. Honestly I wouldn't pay more than 5 bucks for this ability to have poor drinks, no food, and "sample sale" shopping. I mean there was not even seats to sit down for a few moments! Several ladies attending the event commented to me that over the last few years the quality of Shecky's events has gone down dramatically.  Goodie bags used to be STUFFED with products, and this year seems to have been the worst yet.  As of October 9th, photos from my event STILL weren't up on the website, when the photographer had promised that they would be up by September 30th.  DOH! I feel like this COULD be a fun event, but the level of expectation they raise needs to be put into check.

Have you attended this event? Let me know how your experience was in the comments section!


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Friday, September 27, 2013

Big ELF Haul Swatches

Hi All!
   Over on my youtube channel I posted a video with a large ELF haul but I figured a few extra swatches wouldn't hurt to show the true colors of the products.  The ELF website doesn't show the best swatches, and often the products aren't the colors they are shown on the site, so to help ya'll out here are a few from my purchase!

ELF Cream Blush in Heartbreaker
This feels like a mousse in constancy and seems to be pigmented but without being too much. 

ELF Studio Blushes in Candid Coral (L) and Peachy Keen (R) 
Both shades have a sheen/ shimmer to them which does leave a pretty highlight on the skin. I've never used a peachy blush so this could be interesting.  

ELF Eye Primer & Liner Sealer
It'll be interesting to see how this primer holds up to the other very popular ELF eyelid primers.  This is much thicker, like a concealer stick, but still smooth.  The liner sealer just seems like a good idea to have instead of tons of different color liners.  I've never actually tried a liner sealer, so this will be a real trial. 

ELF Baked Eyeshadow in Toasted
The shadow really looks sheer without a primer, but I could actually see this used as a bronzy cheek highlight.  With a primer (left side swatches) shows much better pigmentation. 

ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzer in St. Lucia
So the bronzer looks like it can be pretty dark, but the blush looks a lot like Benefit's Dandelion box blush.  I don't know about anyone else, but there seems to be a sheen/ very light shimmer int he bronzer pan, but it does not seem to show up in the swatch.  

ELF Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky
This is sooo light in my swatch and very shimmery.  This is very much a cheek shimmer or highlight, but it almost feels too shimmery.  I'll have to see how I can play with this little baby.  

ELF Studio Eyeshadows
Swatches L-R: Amethyst, Saddle, Wild Wheat, Buttercream
I really haven't heard people talking about these eyeshadows so I was inclined to try them out.  Without a primer (swatches on left) the light shades like Wild Wheat and Buttercream don't show up well, and the darker shadows don't show up as impressive as they seem in the pan.  But with some primer, the shadows seems to brighten up.  The only shadow I am a little bummed out on is the Amethyst because I thought it would be more purple rather than dark brown.  

ELF Studio HD Blush in Diva
So I'm sure with this swatch you see a line where I first started to blend this blush.  Not even 30 seconds later I went to blend this color more, and I saw the original swipe.  This is truly an over pigmented blush and already seems like it'll be more work than I want to put into for a quick swipe. 

ELF 3 in 1 Mascara Lengthen, Define & Volumize
I've never used an ELF mascara so it'll be interesting to test out if it is truly a lengthen, define, and volumize. 

ELF Studio Palettes Spotted & Sporty (Front) and Day on the Beach (Behind)
Spotted and Sporty is the more colorful of the pair, but some of the color swatches come out very pale and muted.  The blush on the palette is quite pretty, but I'm not a huge fan of the lipsticks being with the palette because the powder products can get in.  The spots in the eyeshadows do add some depth to shadows and even make them a little more wearable.  The Day at the Beach palette is more pigmented shadows and had a nice range of matte and shimmer shadows.  I don't see any doubles in the shadows too, which is a good option.  The big dud is actually the blush which was SO chalky and SO unpigmented that it was just a waste of time.  

32 Warm Palette
This palette was a great purchase especially to expand neutrals because it puts to perspective what ARE neutral shadows.  There are some dud shades like the dark black, matte shade that actually ends up looking like a dark grey.  The shade in the top right corner is extremely flaky and chunky, but most shades are worthwhile.  

Have you tried any of these products? What was your experience with them?
If you would like to see my entire haul here a link to my video!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Empties! (Traveler edition!)

Hi All!
    Hope that this summer break is treating you well! I am really excited to bring you guys another batch of empties (no I did not pack empties from my home to take with me for this post) This is strictly a post of what I have finished on this trip so that I don't have to carry back to the USA a large bag full of empty plastic containers (I think TSA would find that kinda crazy too!)

So what have I finished?

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towels:
These were okay towelettes, I bought the sample pack before my trip yet I
found that I didn't use them as much.  These just didn't feel like they actually
got all my makeup off.  Plus these stung my eyes. 

Make-up Remover Facial Wipes:
These I got from the Dollar Store, and didn't really like these for my face. They were small, and not very saturated.
I actually used these to spot treat my makeup brushes.

 Neutrogena Oil- Free Acne Wash:
This was another product I picked up in a previous haul
just so that I could try out some other facial products.  This was a pretty good face wash I might go back and purchase it in the future.

L'Occitane Shower Gel Mini (x3):

I had a whole bunch of mini L'Occitane products from my hotel and I really
like the way this smelled.  It had Rosemary and Mint and just felt so
refreshing! Would I purchase this on it's own...probably not because it is pretty pricy. 

Asira Body Wash:
This was from a hotel I stayed in YEARS ago (yep I hoarded mini bath products)
Anyways, I found that this wash dried my skin out, and anyways I can't purchase this any I'm just glad I have less crap hanging around my room.

L'Occitane Shampoo (x3):
Yep, I told ya I had a bunch of these minis! The shampoo was pretty good,
but it doesn't work better than drugstore shampoos like Garnier or Herbal Essences. 

L'Oreal EverSleek Reparative Smoothing Conditioner:
So this conditioner worked pretty well for my hair.  I think I actually like the conditioner
more than I like the shampoo (the shampoo always left my hair feeling greasy).
Would I repurchase it? I don't think so, because I like so many other conditioners. 

L'Occitane Conditioner:
ANOTHER conditioner (do we see a theme here?) Anyways this was also nice stuff
but I just can't justify purchasing the full bottle at that price when so many
other conditioners work just as well for much cheaper.  I think I'll
just enjoy it in the hotel sample bottle form.

Jade Hand & Body Lotion (x2)
FINALLY! This is like the last of many minis I had in my dresser drawer (but let's
not talk about the big vase full of minis that my mother has that I need to start working through). I
liked the scent of this lotion though, it had a light and fresh rose fragrance.  Yet, it was
also a hotel sample so I have no idea where to buy it.

Dove gofresh Cool Mini Deodorant:
This was a life saver while I was here in Poland the first few days.  I was still running around
trying to get all my little items and kept forgetting to grab deodorant (oye!)
I liked this for the few days that I used it, but I had the full size in the past
and got really sick of the scent after a while.  So I might repurchase a mini to keep on hand, but not the full size.

ELF Exact Lash Mascara in Black:
So after the big hoopla about lower lash tiny brush mascaras, I went out and bought
this thinking "AWESOME! It's cheap and I can really use it." First off, I don't usually wear
mascara on my bottom lashes, and Second...this sucked.  The brush handle was too short so that caused a mess, the formula was barely there, and at times it looks like it was dried out because no color would come off.  This was just a waste and I'm glad I used what I could (which was not much anyways). NOT repurchasing.

NYC Lipstick in 319 Violet Shine:
This is a beautiful lipstick color that has some shimmer in it.  This is very much a "my lips but
better" color, it's not very purply as the name suggests, it's more of a pinky with hint of purple.
I wore this a lot this year so it was going to finish out sooner or later.
I would purchase it again, but I have a lot of similar colors to this.
PS I was NOT going to dig out the color from the tube...not worth all the extra fuss. 

Julep Nail Color in Grace:
This is a perfect "clean nail" polish.  When I wore this it just left my hands looking so fresh.
It did take about 4 coats to make it opaque (but it was still not fully opaque), and this polish
went very quickly because of that.  I don't know if I'm going to purchase this again
because of the price of the polish (14 bucks).  I have many similar colors
so I think I'll work on finishing out those colors.

NYC Loose Finishing Powder in Natural Veil:
Well, I can already say that I'm shocked that I finished this product out so fast.
I'm not a fan of loose finishing powders, and this one did not help keep my face shine free as long as I would have liked neither did it help my makeup from breaking down as quickly,
but hey it was a product I really wanted gone and done!
There was a sifter, but I popped it out and lost it. Oops

LaSource Relaxing Body Lotion from Crabtree & Evelyn:
I love Crabtree & Evelyn products but I just could not get behind this scent.  It was a spa scent but it
was also sickly sweet on me.  It's just not a fragrance I would have chosen
for myself.  I'd rather look towards the thick lavender or rose creme.
Vitamin C Tablets on Left, On Right LaSource

Vitalsss Plus Witamina C Tablets:
So these are just effervescent Vitamin C tablets that I took while my stay at the dormitory.
We have had 3 rounds of heavy sicknesses in our dorm and I took these as preventive measures.
Boy was I happy to have done that because I didn't even cough during my stay here!
Anytime I travel I always take a pack of these because it helps my immune system
battle and airplane bugs and transition to the climate colds.

Carea Cotton Rounds:
These are just generic cotton rounds that worked really well for taking off makeup.  There are 120
rounds and they cost less than a buck, so it's a win win situation for me.

TREsemme Freshstart Dry Shampoo:
So the first few times I used it, it was ok.  Then the second half of the bottle felt like I was spraying
liquid onto my scalp.  I've heard from quite a few people that they
also have this problem the with this particular dry shampoo.  I have to say, I'm not on the whole
dry shampoo band wagon though, I still feel gross when my hair isn't washed.
I might give this another go another day, but for

NIVEA Stress Protect Anti-Perspirant:
So I have to say, I was a little skeptical when I first bought this antiperspirant, because it is
milky and not a heavy duty men's product.  But even on the 100 plus
degree days, this worked really well.  I wish the US carried this product (or
at least it was more readily available).

Timotei With Jericho Rose 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner
I really liked this shampoo, I found that it kept my hair feeling REALLY soft despite the hard water here in Poland. I still did follow up with conditioner, but this lathered well and smelled really nice.  Sadly this is a product I've only seen here in Poland, so I probably won't see it in the US.  Oh well.

L'Occitane Body Lotion
This was another one of my tons of minis I had with me.  But this was probably my most disappointing products form L'Occitane that I've used.  The lotion was very thin and watery and did not soak into the skin.  The scent was ok, it strong resembles goat milk products, which I personally do not mind.

L'Occitane Conditioner (x2)
 Yep, I know...didn't I already post earlier about finishing one of these...well I finished two more and the way I've been writing about these products is as I go through them.  So you, my readers, will have to deal with a double on the list. I liked the conditioner...but still feel there are much more and better products for much lower prices.

St. Ives Apricot Scrub (Fresh Skin)
Um... someone care to remind me why I stopped using this product? (Erm...guilty I had too many face washes and couldn't justify going out and buying so much more until I finished a few...oops) I found that the scrub was nice and gritty and very useful for opening up the skin for another cleanser so that it could get in real deep.  When I get back home, I'll be purchasing a large bottle of this!

Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser
This stuff makes my face tingle! But in a really refreshing and clean way.  Did it perform miracles when it came to my breakouts? Not really, and this surprised me.  I have a few other products that work a lot better and faster.  

Needless to's been a busy summer of empties!
What have you finished?