New Biossance Line

Um, can we talk about this bomb line called Biossance???  I am obsessed with this company because of how my skin feels and all the natural ingredients.  I’ve been using biossance oil, night cream, day cream, eye cream and face wash for over 2 years now~ and I’m PSYCHED to try this new product line!! =DDDDD  Get yours at Sephora!! xoxobiossance

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Formula X: Relentless

 Picked this color up while I was in Hawaii and I LOVE it.  It is so happy and bright.  :). Application was smooth, color pigment was nice and opaque… I totally recommend this brand and color!  
 

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New Makeup Finds

a few new discoveries i made over the weekend that have totally changed my routine and the way i look!

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1.  SEPHORA COLLECTIONContour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof (#17-snakeskin dress)

During my pregnancy I stopped wearing eyeliner daily and found that when I did put it on, it didn’t look right.  I’m not sure if the shape of my eyes had changed (since I had gained so much weight) or the black color no longer fit my face, or…WHATEVER.  But something didn’t look right.  Even eye shadow wasn’t working as well either.  The color would run or I just looked WEIRD.  Anyway, I thought that maybe a light brown, khaki or purple would actually help bring out the color of my eyes while doubling as an eye shadow.  Boy was I RIGHT! =)

I bought “#17: snakeskin dress” and I’ve been wearing it everyday since!  Not only does it bring out the lighter brown parts of my eyes but it also helps bring out the shape and size of my eyes as well.  Like a daytime smokey eye.  LOVE IT.  This eyeliner and some mascara is all I need now. =D  oh, did i mention it’s water proof, 12 hour wear AND only $10??? I need 10 more colors at least…

2. Garnier® Fructis® Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment 

i used to use a little oil treatment in hair for shine and control for years but i would have to say in the last 2 years…i kinda forgot to take care of my hair!  does that sound weird?  i got used to putting it up in a bun or ponytail and forgot how to style/blow dry and pamper it.  as my body is getting more and more swollen, i’ve started to realize that i’m not taking care of my face or my hair the way i should.  went to target over the weekend and picked up this little oil bottle and really really like it.  i use a tiiiiiiny drop, rub in my hands and then run my hands through the bottom of my hair after a good blow dry.  the ends of my hair look a lot healthier and more “together” than it has in months.  i can’t believe it took me this long to take care of my hair!  *doh *

3. SEPHORA COLLECTIONPro Large Domed Stippling Brush #41

LOVE this makeup brush!!  makes putting foundation on such a breeze~~ so in the past i used a flat foundation brush but then found somewhere along the way that I liked the way foundation looked when applying it to my face with my fingers.  unfortunately i’ve got a wicked pregnancy mask going on so my skin looks rough and has a lot of bumps. >.<  the primer i mentioned last week (post here) plus this foundation brush have made my skin look smoother and more flawless.

4. SEPHORA COLLECTIONPro Angled Contour Brush #75

 i can’t believe i didn’t try an angled contour brush sooner!! i feel like such a newb!  this brush has totally changed the way my bronzer/blush looks on my face and helps me apply it evenly and more precisely.  then by sheer angle/design it blends into my face much better than the brush i had been using before had been doing.  all i can say…is this was a GAME CHANGER in my makeup routine this week.

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Marc Jacobs Dot Perfume

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The past few months I have been searching for a few perfumes to add to my collection.  Ideally I’d have 4-6 perfumes with adorable bottles to display on my bathroom counter in a mirrored tray.  During this search I found out I’m pretty picky and non-committal to scents.  *sigh * Which makes the hunt even harder.

I found a few that I love, and this is one of them above.  I bought the smaller Roller Ball style so I could try it out for a few weeks before committing to the larger bottle.  So far I really love it.  It’s a light airy scent that has a bit of depth to it.  Perfect for winter/fall I think. =)

Here are the four I want to add to my collection below….(I esp love the marc jacobs bottles! lol)

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and here are three that I already own and like…

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Metro Choice by Sephora by OPI

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Love this nail color!  It’s a grayish brown and purple mix.  Perfect for this winter to spring transition and really fits in any fun or professional setting. 🙂

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Sephora Delivery

I ordered a few things from sephora recently for myself and for some extra goodies to pad 2 birthday presents.

I love sephora~~ i love makeup and I love trying new things out.  Although I like to stick to specific color families…it doesn’t hurt to experiment once in a while right?

This time, I got some fall nail polish colors, a variety of perfumes (to test out and for traveling) and a hot pink lipstick from NARS. =)

exciiiiitingggg

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DIY Smashbox Primer…do you do it?

This is pretty gross, but interesting… would you do it?

“NO WAY – Monistat anti-chafing gel ($6) has the same active ingredients as Smashbox’s Primer ($36) – it actually does a BETTER job keeping my makeup on.”

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From My Vanity Basics:

The things we do for beauty.. lol

Today, I have something a little bit different… I’m part of a few different Facebook groups and in one of them the topic of face primers came up. I’ve only tried two different ones, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer. Smashbox is my favorite.

Imagine my surprise when someone compared Smashbox’s Primer to Monistat Chafing Gel… Yes, you read that right! I did some investigating and found that they are actually really similar and lots of people actually do use the Monistat in place of the Smashbox Primer.

Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel’s active ingredient is Dimethicone 1.2%, which is listed as a skin protectant. Dimethicone is also found in the Smashbox primer, along with other ingredients. Dimethicone is a silicon based polymer often found in all sorts of cosmetics and hair products. In makeup and face products, it is usually used as a temporary filler for fine lines and wrinkles. It doesn’t help fix them long term just helps temporarily fill them in, until washed off.

As far as primers in general, they help smooth the surface of the skin including fine lines, wrinkles and pores, allowing makeup to apply more evenly and leave a smoother finish. Primers also help your makeup last longer. So I guess with that said, it makes sense that the Monistat would work as a primer.

After reading all this information, I just had to give it a try.

Monistat Intimate Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
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It is in a tube like this once you take it out of the box.
Monistat Chafing Gel retails any where between $5 and $9 for a 1.5oz tube. I got mine at Walmart and I can’t remember the exact price but I’m pretty sure it was about $7.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer can be found at Sephora and is $36 for a 1oz tube.
It is a very drastic price difference. After using the Monistat Chafing Gel, I just don’t get it. It honestly feels like the same product and had the same exact results for me. Like I said before, the ingredients aren’t EXACTLY the same but it honestly did the same thing when it came down to it. Truly makes me feel like you are just paying for the name.
If you have the money to spend, go ahead and get the Smashbox Primer, if not, try the Monistat for way cheaper!
The Monistat Chafing Gel is a clear gel, once you put it on and rub it in, it dries clear and feels almost powdery. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and oh so soft! And it is also fragrance free.
The only main difference I noticed between the two is that if you rub in the Smashbox too much, it begins to flake off.
With both of them, you should let them dry before applying any makeup over them.
Honestly, Smashbox really is my favorite primer but I really can’t see paying that much for a smaller tube when I can get a bigger Monistat tube for way cheaper. And it does the same thing!!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

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