My absolute favorite makeup remover is the Avon Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion, and it’s currently on sale on their site for $0.99 from their usual $4.00!!! I’m buying a ton while the offer still lasts even though I have 2 bottles here at home!
Average Avon User Ratings: 4.5/5 Stars
Why I like it:
- A little goes a long way and it comes with 2 fl. oz. so it lasts a long time!
- One swipe of this takes off nearly all of my eye makeup (eyeliner, eyeshadow, eye primer, concealer)
- Good for spot treatment of eyeliner and mistakes with a q-tip
- I use it before shower, cleanse my face, then after shower to make sure the makeup is gone and I feel like it’s a good eye moisturizer
- I have combination skin but the moisturizing effect doesn’t make me feel “sticky”
- I don’t personally have any but I can imagine that it is not good for medium to highly oily skin
Pros: Light weight; compact; washable; size 7-8 fit fine for a 7.5; Cheap!!! A single pair of Fast Flats costs about 12.99! Comes with wristlet for your flats to go inside, is Gold, and can be utilized as a going out purse.
Cons: No padding, only the plastic sole so they are easy to wear but don’t expect to be sliding on a pair of Crocs.
Recently I received this sample of Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick in Amsterdam, which at full size retails at $18 for 0.03oz of product.
Preface: I’ve been a fan of the Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick in Las Vegas for quite some time now and usually keep it on my refill list because of its long lasting color that tones down my naturally brown lips to a slight pink without having to provide a concealer base first.
Pros: The pigment is very strong and I particularily liked how subtle it looked on my lips.
Cons: The photo is true to color, yet not to the description on Sephora which states Amsterdam to be a “rosy nude”, when for me it was more of a “brown nude”. The line in itself is claimed to provide “lip plumping” attributes, but as I am not a strong believer that a lipstick can produce bigger lips, I would have to say that the only benefit to my lips I received from using the product is a slight tingly feeling upon application. Another con is that the product isn’t moisturizing enough to hide any dryness to the lips, so it is important to apply a chapstick or moisturizer before application otherwise you list having really flaky looking lips.
Overall: To be honest, my boyfriend was more of a fan of this lipstick than I was. I do like that it provides basic coverage and long lasting wear, but I wouldn’t jump the gun to spend $18 on a 0.03oz product that only does the bare minimum. This product is definitely not a good choice for people who are prone to having dry lips.
1. Buy 4 yards of tulle (multiple colors if desired), and roll into a tube shape:
2. Cut tube into 3-4 inch increments:
3. Measure desired ribbon to a length that can wrap around waist, yet still have enough to create a bow:
4. Cut edges of bow to create cute trim:
5. Take individual strips of tulle, fold in half once:
6. Take folded edge, place under ribbon and pull unfolded edge through until tightly secured around ribbon:
8. Repeat process with the rest of your tulle pieces and voila! You have your very own sewless tutu! You can add in strips of colors, different ribbons in place of tulle or other decorative items, or even cut the tulle to your desired length to finish your product!
…and of course my background picture. If only my hair was blonde so I wouldn’t have to bleach it to pull off a fully vibrantly colored head.
Hey there readers!
I was asked a question concerning oily skin and I feel that the information would be useful for those of you who share the same issues!
“First think, do you use a primer, moisturizer or sunscreen, toners or cleansers? If so, they may be the reason why your skin is becoming oilier so try to find a cleanser that doesn’t emphasize moisturizing if you naturally have oily skin. Any one, or a mixture of them can make your face go out of wack if you load on too much or use the wrong products. Also if you use a makeup remover or lotion to remove your makeup left after cleansing that can add to the oiliness as well. If you were to use a prep before foundation, I heard that MAC’s Oil Control Lotion matte’s out your skin really well ($29.50, but can cause break outs on super sensitive skin) or you can try something like Clinique’s Pore Minimizer w/T-Zone Shine Control ($14.50), or lastly if you want to spend the money I really recommend that you try Murad’s Oil Control Mattifier with SPF 15 ($39.50, nice because it knocks out the sunscreen aspect and lasts for 7-8 hours). You can just apply one of these primers lightly to your face and let it set before foundation and that should have a big effect on how much oil produces on your face.
Next think of what foundation that you use, if it’s an oil-free product or not. You can try samples of the Mat Velvet ($34.00) at Sephora or buy the bottle and if you don’t like it they allow returns even if opened and used. I have oily/combination skin and for everyday use I use L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup (8-$11) and I absolutely haven’t found anything I like more, regardless of how much I’ve spent on expensive products. (Revlon Colorstay gets a lot of rave reviews, but I hate it for my skin, too thick, too oily even if a non-oily formula). True Match goes on so light and easy but has full-coverage and doesn’t settle in any lines or pores. It may have a shine to it but what I do with powder afterwards takes care of it for me. Do you use any pressed or loose powders after foundation application?
To make sure that I protect myself from a shiny face, I like to use a loose powder to set my foundation after use. In my blog I said either E.L.F. HD ($6.00) or MUFE’s HD Microfinish Powder ($30.00) would work but the application is the key. When you put the powder on your face, puff it on all over and let the excess (it’ll look funky) just sit there for about a minute before you very lightly brush and blend it away with a fan brush or a powder brush (if you blend too hard you can produce more oils). What you end up doing by not immediately blending is allowing the powder to “set” into the oils…a trick used by theater techs to control shine on the stage. If you’re at work and sweating you can carry around a pressed powder like Maybelline’s Dream Matte ($6-$8) or their Shine Free Oil-Control Translucent Pressed Powder ($5-$8) for touch-ups on your t-zone.
Lastly, I wouldn’t use a bronzer with sparkly specs in it because that can add to the oily look.
(Try: Smashbox Bronze Lights ($28.00), pressed matte bronzer powder)
Overall I can’t emphasize enough how you should utilize Sephora when starting to build a bigger makeup collection. I love the fact that you can get full money-back returns for opened products after testing them out for a while. Why spend your money and waste it, right? ”