Thursday, April 17, 2014

Small Sephora Haul

So I did a little Sephora haul during the 15% off event, to replenish some staple items.

I'm beyond excited for the Korres Luxury Body Butter Trio. When Korres body butters first came out I was obsessed with them. I gradually drifted off onto other products due to the high price and the fact I could get through the [old] tube within a month. When I saw the trio on the site I just had to have it. I purchased Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini, namely for the Truth Serum. It's a way better deal to purchase this mini kit; by itself the Truth Serum retails for $48 for 1oz. The kit is $22.50 and comes with a 0.5oz bottle of Truth Serum, plus the two other minis. Upon checkout, and browsing the 100 point perks, I really wanted to try out the ALTERNA Caviar CC Cream for hair 10-in-1, so into my cart it went!

Did you purchase anything from the 15% off Sephora sale?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NOTD Ozotic 745

Get ready for the beauty of Ozotic 745! Pale peachy pink pearl with duo-chrome opalescent golden goodness. SO beautiful! I always wear this obsessively during  spring, it's brilliantly perfect for the season.

Ozotic 745 swatches!!!

Angle where the pink is most prominent:

Trying to show off the golden aspect:

Trying to show off the pearly duochrome:

SWOON! So stunning. I'm pretty obsessed with duo-chromes, if you have any recommendations, let me know!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Maybelline Color Elixir Hibiscus Haven Review and Lip Swatch

I was bad. I broke my No Buy. Whoops. Why you ask? To buy a Maybelline Color Elixir. Maybelline is currently 40% off at Ulta so I could not pass this up. These normally retail for $8.99 where I live, and with CA sales tax that brings to just about $10. Ouch. With the 40% off + a manufacturer coupon I had, I only paid $4-ish for it.

I love this packaging. So deceiving! The doe-foot applicator is really nice.

Even though there were massive raves about this product, it took me this long to cave since I have dry, dry lips. Even products others rave about as being moisturizing, I find leave my lips dry. I'm sooooo happy to report Maybelline Color Elixirs are actually hydrating! SCORE!

When I first opened the product, I almost wanted to return it. It has this horrendous fake chemically sweet floral smell. BLEH. Luckily, this fades once it's on the lips, because if it hadn't I would have returned it pronto!

You can see in the above swatch Maybelline Color Elixir Hibiscus Haven is a bright cool toned light, blue-pink.

Here is one layer of Hibiscus Haven:

 Here is two layers of Hibiscus Haven:

Now you can see, even at two layers, it is see-through in places. To be fair I have pretty pigmented lips, but I also have to mention, I looked up swatches beforehand and saw people with much more pigmented lips, have a full opaque color on their lips. I can only guess they layered this on... a lot. As much as I love the feel of thick gloss, more than two layers would just be way too much on my lips. So realistically the above color, patchiness and all, is how the color appears in real life application.

Also, look at what happens when I rub my lips together. The product pools into that gummy line towards the middle of my lips, that some glosses tend to do. Just an FYI if you have the habit of rubbing your lips together like I do.

The feel of this product is so, so, so similar to the old formulation of the Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss, my old favorite drugstore lip gloss. This made me quite happy! It's a thick, lacquer/gel/plasticky feel, though not overtly sticky. It's sort of a silicone-y, thick, slickness when you rub your lips together, but it doesn't feel heavy on the lip. I personally love that thick, cushiony gloss feel.

I plan to pick up more of these. I love that they actually hydrate my lips and have decent color pigmentation. I just have to be super careful about not rubbing my lips together!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Philosophy Pistachio Meringue Glazed Body Souffle Review

So... Philosophy Pistachio Meringue Glazed Body Souffle... even the name of this product sounds scrumptious!

As you can see I'm almost half way through with this tub o'buttah, and I'm quite sad to see it disappearing.

Mhhh, doesn't that look like pistachio pudding?! Crazy! This smells so delicious, like a pistachio pudding pie with mounds of light whipped cream on top. NOMMMMMMMMM. For anyone nervous that this will be a sugar explosion, the scent isn't crazy over the top. It's actually pretty light, especially once it's dried on in the skin.

I've never tried Philsophy's Glaze Body Souffles before, but I definitely plan to try out more. I really like the formula. The moisture level is like a light body butter. I love that it dries quickly. I put it on, then after a few minutes it's completely dry to the touch. +1!

Finger licking good! (Please do not ingest this product. <-- I feel that is glaringly obvious, but on the off chance someone is cray cray enough to eat it, I felt I had to put that little note).

I found my tub at Nordstrom Rack. Sadly, I do not know where else this is available, it was available on QVC for a while, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore, I only see the 3-1 available in this scent. Who knows it may come back in stock somewhere, so keep your eyes peeled!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Review

Isn't the packaging so pretty!!
Let me just preface this review by stating, I don't even like Argan Oil in it's pure form. It's an oil that my skin and hair are pretty meh about. I have tried more brands of Argan Oil than just Josie Maran, but it doesn't matter, it's just mediocre with my skin and hair. Too bad.

Stopped and open bottle.
Therefore, I was pretty darned surprised that my skin absolutely LOVES Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk. Ironic really, it's like, GEE, THANKS skin, for liking this more expensive, less concentrated, watered down form of Argan Oil. I know, I know, FWP.

Look at the cool, weirdly slanted shape of the dropper. Though, honestly, I'm not really sure if it does anything function wise.

Drop of Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk on my hand. Sorry about my creepy see through pale hands lol.
  Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk feels like a mix between a light lotion and a serum. It's rather interesting, the feel it leaves on my skin is similar to that of a silicone serum. After using this my skin feels really silky and smooth and a little slick, but it definitely does not leave a greasy look.

 Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk ingredients.
I use this as part of my PM skincare routine, on top of my serum, and I'm quite happy to say that it works very well on my dry skin! Usually I feel like I need to use a heavy cream type of facial moisturizer at night for my dry skin, so it's nice to use a lighter feeling product.

Something super cool as well, when you order this from Sephora, you get a free sample of Argan oil and Argan Oil Light. I cannot be the only person obsessed with free samples. Right? Anyone? :D

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Haus of Gloi Passionfruit Custard and Pistachio Puddin' Lip Balm Review

Haus of Gloi Packaging, isn't it so pretty!

I'm really sad to announce Haus of Gloi Passionfruit Custard and Pistachio Puddin' Lip Balms were complete and utter fails. I'm extremely disappointed because every other product I've tried from Haus of Gloi I've absolutely loved, so I was waiting for these with great anticipation. Every review I've read of them has been good, so I wonder if perhaps if it is a bad batch type of thing? A reformulation? Who knows, but I commit myself to being honest, even if my opinion/experience is so radically opposite of everyone else.

Haus of Gloi Passionfruit Custard and Pistachio Puddin Lip Balms

First off, Passionfruit Custard smelled like a waxy, light fruity scent. Not passion fruit (I eat a ton every time I go to Hawaii so I am very familiar with the scent), just some sort of generic fruit, and absolutely no custard. The waxy aspect is very strong, it overpowers the fruity scent, and it's a bit gross. The fruity scent is so ridiculously light, which makes me think it may need to be cured, but in all the years I've purchased Haus of Gloi products I've never had to wait for a product to cure, so I'm not sure if that is the problem.

Pistachio Puddin' is better in terms of scent strength. It doesn't have the same waxy aspect as the Passionfruit Custard, which was a relief. Sadly, it doesn't really smell like pistachio, but it has sort of a sweet almond gourmand smell, which is pretty nice, but definitely not pistachio.

Moisture-wise these Haus of Gloi lip balms are moderate. When my lips are dry this balm isn't strong enough to tackle the dryness. If my lips are in decent shape, the balm is okay at keeping them that way, but once the dryness comes, it can't stand up the challenge.

Also, if you are not someone who likes their lip balms to be shiny, definitely stay away. These leave that sort of shine that look a little greasy. I suppose it might be all the natural ingredients in the balm, but I've used all natural balms before that didn't leave that sort of  I-rubbed-my-lips-with-cooking-oil type of look.

All around, these were a huge let down. If the scents get better with curing I'll update the post, but as of now (owning these for a few days so far), I can't find a good merit about them.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Wet Brush Lil' Review

       So forgive me, but the following pictures of the Wet Brush Lil' version are of an unclean brush. That is on purpose, and I will explain why later on.

     So... I'm late to the bandwagon but The Wet Brush is AMAZING. Literally THE BEST hair brush I have ever used in my life. I bought this from Marshalls where they happened to have a bunch of this mini version available for only $4.99 each. The normal size version is available at Sally's Beauty, but I really love this Lil' version, so I scooped it up. It's so small and cute and absolutely perfect for keeping in a purse/travel bag.

     Pretty matte gloss handle right?! If you haven't heard of The Wet Brush yet, it's a brush that's designed to be used dry or wet, and totes itself as the world's best detangling brush. As someone who seems to always own 1 or 2 or 10 hair brushes at any one time since the age of 4, I can definitely say this is the best brush I have ever used.

Look, only 5 1/2 inches in total! How cute and wee! Haha.

     The Wet Brush totes having "IntelliFlex bristles" which are "thin, strong and very flexible", and they definitely are! Talk about living up to it's claims. When I first felt it, I'll be honest, I did not think it would even survive the week. The bristles are so thin and flexible I was sure they would snap off after a day or two, especially tackling wet hair. I'm incredibly glad I was flat out wrong in my assumptions.
      I don't know how it works, but this literally glides right through any tangles like magic, yes, even on wet hair. The worst I have ever felt is slight tugging on particularly bad knots, but it doesn't hurt, at all. Sorcery I tell you!!!!  Plus, the softer, flexible bristles actually feel quite nice against the scalp!

     The reason I didn't clean it is to show the small amount of hair this brush has pulled out after one week. Take note this is the small brush, so the hair amount shown looks more than it is. Why did I show you this dirty brush?! To show you that there is literally, maybe 3% of the typical amount of hair on my Wet Brush Lil' compared to what is normal with my ordinary hairbrush. Pretty amazing right?

P.S. I kid you not, I went back and bought one to use on my dog, who gets the worst mattes ever in his curly coat. I'm not even exaggerating when I say this is the first brush I have ever used on him in three years that he doesn't try to run away from. He actually likes it when I brush his coat now. Before you think I'm crazy for using it on my dog they actually sell a version for dogs on their website called The Love Brush, LOLOL!!

P.P.S. Because I know inquiring minds want to know, yes this blows the Tangle Teaser out of the water.  Hands down it is way better.

P.P.P.S (<---- does that many P's that even exist?) With how much I am gushing about this hair tool  The Wet Brush company they should just pay me for the free advertising don't ya think! *HINT HINT COUGH COUGH* LOL Just kidding people. Having such a good product just puts me in a good mood!