Retails $7.99 in drugstores but they can often be found on sale for less.
Last week I talked about dry as a desert Kat Von D Agatha lipstick. My lips felt seriously parched after that event and were in need of some serious moisture.
I am a graphic designer you all, so when I saw this square tube of goodness in the store with the playful font spelling out “Oh Sugar” on it, I was all in. It really only takes some good design for cosmetics to come home with me.
It’s kind of refreshing to see a lip balm in a standard lipstick-like tube. I think sometimes companies try to hard for something unique in lip balms and forget how timeless the quintessential twist up tube can be. The squared off container makes it a bit different.
Oh Sugar comes in a big selection of colors but the one I chose and used in this review is called “Sprinkle”.
I like the color. It’s a very pronounced deep pink that applies evenly. It feels a little slick and oily, likely due to the grapeseed oil inside. There’s also avacado butter and Vitamins E and C that make this balm vitamin-enriched. It sort of has the same feel of Fresh Sugar, which is likely what they were going for, to make a dupe of that product. Fresh Sugar feels a little better on to me, and lasts a lot longer, however I don’t think their product is as sturdy. I have already broke one of those because it’s so soft. Oh Sugar does not feel like it will have that problem. It feels like a strong stick of balm that won’t break easily.
Covergirl’s Oh Sugar feels lightweight and adds great shine and color. I’ve started to carry this everywhere with me, and I’m surprised it hasn’t melted when I absentmindedly left in it my hot car for too long. It’s held up great so far on the go.
Oh, and it smells nice too. This one kind of smells like fruit punch to me.
Overall, a good find and a good dupe for Fresh Sugar. If you are wanting something with some color, shine, and softness give this one a try.
Let’s be real for a minute. We all have unbelievable struggles and stresses we are dealing with. Me included. I’m in a bad situation with my living situation right now, and having a hard time getting it to change. Sometimes it gets the best of me, and I get depressed. Despite my faith, life is tough and sometimes gives you a challenge that is actually in fact, too much for you to handle. Or at least handle gracefully.
Whatever your situation, I have one small piece of advice that will get your mind off things temporarily.
Pamper yourself. I’m not talking anything big like going to a luxury spa or anything like that. If you have the money to you can, but if your like me and the money is tight you can find plenty of small cheap ways to pamper yourself. Here’s a couple ideas I put into practice myself.
Paint your nails –
It doesn’t get much more frugal than this. One bottle of polish and you can give yourself a new look for your nails. A fresh coat of color always makes me feel happier. Don’t stress about it being sloppy. All that excess around your nails comes off in your next shower anyway. Go the extra mile of added happiness and find something you like to watch on Netflix while you work on it. Lean back, relax and paint away.
Note: You can take this a step up and attempt some fancy nail art. It will take more supplies but it’s fun to try out giving yourself your own manicure.
Give yourself a facial –
Face masks are usually quick and easy. There’s a lot of different kinds out there, but mostly it’s a process of apply, wait, rinse. Clean skin is an amazing feeling, and face masks are good for cleaning and softening the skin.
Foot baths. My favorite way to unwind –
You see them every year out for mother’s day at Wal-Mart. Foot Spa systems are not always a good comparison to going to actually get one professionally, but you know what? It’s at your home, and you can give yourself one whenever you’d like. I have one I’m particularly fond of that heats the water itself. It’s super nice and all I have to do is lay a beach towel out beside the couch fill it up with water and viola! Perfect foot spa right at home. I have an amazing husband that actually enjoys setting it up for me and will often ask me if I “want a foot bath?” I don’t always take the offer, which is probably crazy of me.
There’s a lot of other small things you can do to bring a little bit of pampering in your life. Check out products by LUSH and Perfectly Posh. They specialize in this sort of thing.
Now, I’m really going to go practice what I preach and do something for myself.
Let me go ahead and say this upfront. Kat Von D makes some amazing lip products, and some like this particular shades have been labeled “cult classics”. But I have to be honest, because that’s really all I know how to do, is be brutally honest. This lipstick pains me.
Let’s talk about the pluses first. The case is very good quality! It has a unique studded pattern that is beautiful. The tube closes well so I don’t see any likelihood of it coming open in my purse. The stick twists up and down with easy and feels sturdy. I like the repeat of the logo on the stick itself as an added element of design.
Ok that’s all I’ve got.
The shade itself is an interesting matte pale peach color. Straight up, on a pale girl like me, it makes me look dead. Outside of Halloween I don’t typically go for that look. On someone with darker tones it might work, but to be frank I have a hard time imagining it looking good on anyone because of my next complaint.
It is super dry. I’m talking dry as a desert dry. I understand matte might feel a bit dry, but this is crazy feeling. I purse my lips together and it hurts. The color doesn’t spread evenly at all and ends up in patches, without getting into the grooves of the lips. It’s almost painful the way it cracks up on the surface.
I promise I don’t like to complain. I wish everything I tried out was amazing. But this really fell short for me. I don’t understand the fascination on this one guys. There may be other colors in the Studded Kiss collection that don’t come with the problems in this formula. I hope there are.
I’m keeping this though, believe it or not. For Halloween, it will be great for pulling off the zombie look.
I saw in the news that Alicia Keys vowed to stop covering up. “Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing,” is what she told the on a letter to Lenny.
She speaks candidly about how she had to adapt to becoming covered up in the public eye. If she didn’t she had people say she was not “feminine enough”. She was afraid to leave the house without makeup for fear someone would get a picture of it and post it.
Ironically it’s a photographer that helped her remember that makeup does not make you a beautiful woman. She had just come from the gym when she was going to do a shoot for her new album, and the photographer pleaded with her to take the pictures as she was right in that moment.
In the end, the pictures are pretty awesome. She has inspired a #nomakeup movement with many women dropping selfies around on the internet.
In the spirit of it, I’ve posted my own #nomakeup selfie. I’ll admit, I had to battle a lot of inner demons to do it.
Now Alicia Keys is most certainly not the first lady out there to practice no makeup in their routine, but I can respect her revolution she’s starting.
I wore makeup religiously in high school because of having to already deal with a lot of bullying and snide comments from other girls in my class. As a tall, large framed girl I already had heard I was “not feminine” enough. Though I didn’t know a thing about the techniques I know now, I put on that makeup everyday to avoid some unkind words, and to impress my now husband.
But why do we do that really?
In college everyone was so diverse and so much less judgmental. It was liberating! How freeing it felt to be able to skip a day of makeup and not worry about anyone making a point to call me out for it. Because of that, I didn’t wear it a whole lot. Only when I felt like it!
That is exactly how I feel it should it would be. Wear it when you feel like you want to, not for others, and only for yourself. Since I started this blog I discovered a love for the artistic side of putting on makeup and trying to make the best looks with it. But guess what? Four to six days out of the week I more than likely will not wear it. Fridays is usually my makeup day. It’s that day because Fridays is when I am out and about, but it’s not so others will see it. It’s because I like the feeling of the confidence. Like, “Yeah, I’m rocking some killer winged eyeliner today, ready to tackle the world.”
Makeup is kinda magical in upping ones confidence. But there’s no magic there. The really amazing thing is the face underneath, because without that all you have is a heap of oils, minerals, and artificial colors.
So the takeaway on my opinion? You don’t have to vow to completely forgo makeup. If you want to, be my guest. I promise you’ll look beautiful anyway. Focus on taking good care of your skin and keeping it clean. But if you are like me, and just starting to really rediscover the enjoyment of wearing it, you’ll find it can be a fun way of expressing yourself. And you will beautiful then too.
Just please stop worrying about what others think about it. After all, you could be like me and have to haul around a backpack full of makeup. Have no shame.
$8.99 retail in drug stores. I got it for $6.99 with a coupon
BB Cream. An Asian phenomenon that started in an effort to moisturize, protect and correct the skin. It stands for blemish balm, or sometimes beauty balm. Most of them add some color and can be used in place of foundation. Many find that it feels better on then foundation because it is lightweight and provides some degree of coverage. Plus the antioxidants and SPF inside most BB Creams will help improve your skin.
I was extra intrigued by the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream because of it’s claim to improve acne as well. It has 2% Salicylic Acid as an acne treatment.
Now I will say that I have only used this a couple times, so I can’t fully vouch for if the acne treatment works. I can tell you I have seen some minimal improvement in my acne since.
Whether it helps or not, I’m going to keep using it. I like all the other features to it. It does feel lightweight, provides enough coverage for me, and is easy to apply and blend. Don’t expect it to provide the same amount of coverage as a heavy foundation, because it can’t do that. Layering it up does a good job though.
Like I said, it does seem to be helping mildly with my acne, and reducing general redness, but it’s hard to tell at this point.
It’s supposed to adjust to your skin tone but I found the lightest shade was just a hair darker than my tone.
I love that a little bit spreads out a long way on my face. It’s very hydrating without feeling too watery. I were to guess, this product will last around 2 months with regular use, at least.
Let’s not forget this product is super inexpensive at around $8.99 retail. With coupons and sales you can find it for less than that. If there’s any chance it can help with my acne for that price, it is well worth it in my book.
One piece of advice, be careful when using products like this. Salicylic Acid can cause some people to get more break outs.
Summer is here. Beat the heat with these beauty ideas.
Hey all, sorry I missed doing a post Monday. I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend and is loving the beginning’s of summer. It is already starting to heat up here in Kentucky. Which I love for being outside, bringing out the shorts and tanks from my wardrobe that I rarely get to wear. In this pic it was an unusually cold day in April, but I thought I would share with you my awesome kite-flying skills. I always find fun things like this especially better in the summer. I also love bubbles and water balloon fights.
There’s a few beauty products that get used mainly during the summer. I thought I would give you all a friendly reminder that if you are looking to expand your summer beauty collection, you might consider adding the following six.
Depending on how long I plan to wear my makeup around, I’ll use a primer under mine anyway. However, it is especially important to use during the summer because it actually helps reduce your foundation from sliding around or melting off in the heat. Heat is not makeup’s friend, and if Primer helps keep your face on point while walking around outside (or in my case inside my apartment where the A/C never works right) then it’s a must to combat it.
Personal Recommendation: You’ve heard me say it before, Ulta’s Flawless Prime is what I use. It fights off redness with its green color, and does a good job as a primer. Plus it doesn’t break the bank on something that no one actually sees.
2. BB Cream
Instead of a heavy foundation, consider trying something new. I’m saying BB Cream but CC Cream, Skin Tint, all these things are hot right now for being lightweight options as opposed to foundation. BB Cream stands for blemish balm and I really like how they hydrate and protect your skin while some also are good at giving some color and coverage at the same time. You can find plenty that have some degree of SPF in them as well, which is extra helpful on long summer days.
Personal Recommendation: I plan on having a review up Friday for Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream. It’s shockingly good for a drug store BB cream.
3. Sea Salt Spray
Okay so even if you don’t get to visit the beach, who says you can’t have beach hair? Sea Salt Spray is quick and easy to use and can help you get added texture to your hair that really does make it look like you’ve been swimming off the coast. I don’t use it a whole lot as my hair tangles very easy with it, but it tangles bad regardless.
Personal Recommendation: Drybar Mai Tai Spritzer. I find it tangles my hair less, and works just as well as an alternative to the popular Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.
4. Lip Balm
That’s right, lip balm is not just for winter. The summer sun can be damaging to your lips as well. Basic Chap Stick will help if you have dry, cracking or peeling lips during the summer, but you might consider getting something with a bit of SPF too.
Personal Recommendation: I love Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. You can get many shades in it or their basic Fresh Sugar with no color at all. Your lips will thank you for amazing soft feel and the sunscreen that is built in.
Self-Tanners are kind of amazing for us pasty white gals who don’t want to touch a tanning bed with a ten foot pole. It can be tough to find one that suits your skin and your routine, but if you do, it’s fun to cheat and pretend you have a nice tan. When these first came out they used to be bad about being streaky and stinky, but as of late companies have worked out a lot of those kinks.
Let me just say though, if you can stand it, don’t worry about your white legs in your short shorts. I don’t let it bother me one bit. There’s no reason to feel self-conscious about it, but if you do, you can give one of these a try.
Personal Recommendation: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. It takes a few days to build up color, but this used to be good when I used it back in the day. It used to stink awful, but they have a new formula now that is supposed to be stink free.
6. A Summer Scent
Summer has certain smells that trigger for me. Cook outs, fresh cut grass, and the smell of burnt up fireworks. None of those would make a particularly good perfume. However it would be nice to smell good this summer instead of like sweat. Find a good scent that compliments you, and you will be fragrant and happy.
Personal Recommendation: Maison Martin Margiela ‘Replica’ Beach Walk is a personal favorite of mine all year long. But is somehow particularly favorable during the summer months. It’s not necessarily that it smells like the beach, because I’m not certain that it does. But with a little imagination it does seem to take you there, if you allow it.
Retails for $6.99. I’m pretty sure I got it for $5.99 with a coupon
Anybody else noticed the new Whole Blends products sweeping the personal care section of the store? I’ve noticed because for a while now, Red Plums inserts have been offering coupons for the brand. My guess is to get people to try it that much easier. It worked for me. I picked up this Honey Treasures Repairing Mask since I wasn’t in dire need of any shampoo or conditioner at the moment.
Where I don’t get my hair cut very often, sometimes it can feel damaged and dry, particularly at the ends. So I was pretty excited to try this.
First off wow there’s a lot of product in here for around 6 or 7 bucks! Even though you might need a generous amount like me if you have long hair there is plenty in here to keep a person using it for a long time.
Second off it smells AMAZING. I don’t really know much about the royal jelly that is in this, but the honey smell in this is intoxicating. Best part is, it actually sticks with your hair for way longer than I expected it would. I caught whiffs of honey scent in my hair even after 8 hours.
But what you really want to know is the results right? Well here’s what happened. My hair felt noticeably softer after just one use. The ends were a little less brittle feeling, but my hair overall felt softer, stronger, and did I mention it smelled great?
I don’t know but to me it’s worth it just for that aspect.
Something I really liked about this is it was what I would call an “easy” hair treatment. Just work a glob into your hair, wait 3 minutes, rinse. I like stuff that is no muss, no fuss. Sometimes I get discouraged looking at the directions of hair masks but this one was nice and easy. I will say you need to wait the full 3 minutes. I got in a hurry this morning and didn’t, and my hair isn’t as soft as it was the first time. So really allow the product to set in before you rinse out.
I know sometimes these brands pop up and get discontinued fast. I really hope Garnier holds on to this collection! If you are looking for something to just put a touch of softness and repair your damaged hair a bit (Plus make it smell delicious!) go check this out. I’m happy I did!
Not many coupons this week, but it’s Frugal Friday so we’ll still post them! Red Plum inserts for 05.26.16 have coupons for the following beauty products.
* Save $3.00 on 2 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, treatment or styling product.
* Save $1.00 on Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, or Treatment
* Save $1.00 on Garnier Fructis Styling Prooduct
* Save $5 on any 2 Superior Preference or Excellence haircolor products
* Save $2 on any Superior Preference or Excellence haircolor product
* Save $1 on any Loreal Paris Root Cover Up Spray
* Save $3 on any Loreal Paris La Palette
* Save $1 on any Loreal Paris Mascara product
* Save $1 on any Loreal Paris Liner or Brow product
Product Review: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eye shadow, Pure Color Blush, and Pure Color All Over Shimmer
I came across the Holiday 2015 Blockbuster set and never have got a chance to review the items inside yet. There’s all kinds of great products in it, but today I’m just going to talk about two: The Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eye shadow and Blush Palette and All Over Shimmer. The larger palette comes with eye shadows and blush. Let’s talk colors. This particular palette has 12 colors of shadow. I’m not highly impressed by the color choices though. The actually look like just matte and shimmer versions of the same 6 colors. I realize for eye-sculpting you might need a monochromatic color scheme, but these shades of brown (and one sort of purple) are dull to me.
The included shades of shadow in this palette are:
1. Pink Mink 1
2. Captivating Cocoa 2
3. Infamous Sky 1
4. Provocative Petal 2
5. Rebel Metal 4
6. Fiery Saffron 2
7. Ivory Power 3
8. Currant Desire 3
9. Defiant Nude 5
10. Defiant Nude 3
11. Ivory Power 4
12. Envious Orchid 4
Take a look at the picture of my arm for swatches and see for yourself. Also take note that none of these colors are real rich in pigment. They seem light in color and are not much darker when I tried to layer them.
I have to say, I’ve experienced these same problems with Estee Lauder eye shadow in the past. I’m all up for a great palette of nudes, but the fact that the colors are so light on my skin deters me.
The two blushes in the palette named Pink Kiss and Peach Passion are okay, but I will say I personally can’t do a thing with itty bitty blush in palettes. I like to get a big chunk to work my brush all over.
Which brings me to the saving grace for me: the all-over shimmer. I’m not sure if Estee Lauder is trying to trick me or what. I thought all over shimmer would go on clear, with shimmer and glitter in it. This looks like a blush, feels like a blush, smells like a blush. No I’m just kidding, it actually smells pretty good though.
But don’t go willy nilly spreading this all over your face for just some shimmer because I’m telling you, it’s a blush. It has color to it, and good color at that! Plus look how the design matches the outside. I almost don’t want to mess it up. Almost.
It’s on the lighter side, which is good for my fair skin, and can be layered for a deeper tone. The shimmer is super fine and illuminates well, without being overpowering.
I’m really disappointed that this is “limited edition” and now it is hard to find online outside of ebay.
Estee Lauder has had some hits and misses with me, but when I review the rest of the bag I’ll be able to show you more hits. The eye shadows were the miss for me.
Keep an eye out for future reviews!
Insurance. There’s so much of it you have to have these days. Health, Car, House, Life… The list goes on. None of those I get particularly excited about. Want to know which I do get excited about? Too Faced Shadow Insurance. $20 a tube is worth the cost for this little tube of magic.
In case you can’t tell, I liked this eye shadow primer.
The tube sounds small at .35 oz but the description says you need no more than a rain drop amount for one lid. I actually think you could get away with less than that. I barely put a dent in the amount in my sample. I’ll be able to use it many more times because a tiny amount spreads out well across both lids.
This primer works for cream and powder eye shadows. I used powder eye shadows, as that’s all that is in the backpack right now.
Now normally when I don’t use a primer, you can afford to make a mistake with your brush stroke. If it’s a little off, you can blend it over to where you wanted it, or even take your finger and smudge some off. NOT WITH THE INSURANCE! I was amazed and slightly concerned when I applied my eye shadow wrong on top of the shadow insurance. It was doing its job and that eye shadow was not moving. Nor was it coming off easy. Luckily I was still able to correct it, but be warned there’s no room for mistakes with this stuff holding in place.
Anti-crease it also is. I do get frustrated with how eye shadow will go all over the place in the crease of my lids by the end of the day. When I was ready to remove the mad hatter eye shadow that evening, it still looked amazingly the same.
So overall great results. You might find you have trouble blending with it because it is so good at holding the eye shadow where you put it, but that is the only problem I had. However, I wouldn’t call that a problem as that is actually what primer is supposed to do. With a bit of work, the blending is possible and you can get some intense shadow that is insured for the whole day. It’s my new policy!
So I was looking for a good dry shampoo at the store. I was highly tempted by a Batiste brand that was supposed to add shine and color for blondes, but the ibotta rebate for $1.00 back on Salon Grafix sealed the deal for me.
I spoke earlier about using dry shampoo on days in-between washes. I have always had a hard time with things in an aerosol can getting clogged up and so after fighting my last can for a half hour, I needed some new.
Most dry shampoos out there will cause one or two problems like, a sticky residue, or a white powder residue, because after all, the key ingredient in most is some sort of starch. This advertised on the can “No White Powder Residue”. I’m happy to report that is true. I am guessing that comes from the lack thereof starch in the ingredient list. Unless something in it is starch, disguising itself under another name. If it is, please correct me. I see some sort of flower though.
When I used this Salon Grafix product, I found it was very easy and quick. Shake, spray, and finger comb your hair. I have a whole lot of hair and it only took a few minutes to get good coverage with it. My hair felt dryer, and even though it did not advertise to do this, I found that it gave my hair a little lift and volume.
It did have a smell to it; one that I would call decent. Not great, not the worst. It smells like a typical hairspray coming out of an aerosol can. Alcohol smell, with a hint of citrus maybe? In any case the smell isn’t super powerful and goes away after a bit.
The dryness lasted about 6 hours before it started feeling oily and needing another spray. It didn’t make it through a whole 8 hours at work, but I was still pretty impressed.
If you are someone like me who wants to make sure your hair doesn’t look like it’s been hit with corn starch, give this dry shampoo a try. You may find it to be your new best friend on your lazy days or in-between days of no hair-washing.
Our newspapers were loaded up with coupons this week. Red Plum inserts for this week 05.17.16.
* $1.00 off Pantene Hairspray
* $1.00 off Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner
* $3.00 off Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling Products
* $2.00 off Clairol Natural Instincts Crema Keratina Hair Color
* $2.00 off 2 Pantene Products
* $3.00 off 2 Pantene Expert Shampoo or Conditioner
* $2.00 off Advanced Hairstyle product
* $4.00 off 2 Advanced Haircare Shampoo or Conditioner
* $2.00 off Loreal Paris Revitalift Moisturizer
* $3.00 off Loreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal or Glow Renewal
* $2.00 off Loreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition, Age Perfect Day Cream, or Night Cream
* $2.00 off Loreal Paris Foundation
* $1.00 off Loreal Paris Powder, Blush, Concealer or Primer
* $2.00 off Loreal Paris Sublime Bronze
* $2.00 Garnier Nutrisse or Color Styler
* $4.00 off 2 Whole Blends Shampoo & Conditioner or Treatment
* $1.00 off Whole Blends Shampoo or Conditioner
* .50 cents off can of Pure Silk Shave Cream
* $2.00 off Shea Moisture Hair Care Product
* $2.00 off Shea Moisture Bath, Body or Baby Product
* $1.00 off Shea Moisture Bar Soap
* $1.50 off Suave Professionals Gold Hair CareProduct
* $1.00 off Suave Professionals Shampoo or Conditioner or Treatment
* .50 cents off Suave Body Wash
* .75 cents off Suave Body Lotion
* $2.00 off Simple Cleanser or Moisturizer
* $1.00 off Simple Facial Wipes
* $1.00 off Ponds product
* $1.00 off Noxema Product
* $2.00 off Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion or Vaseline Spray Moisturizer
* $3.00 off 2 Dove Hair Care Products
* Buy one Tresemee Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner get one FREE Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo
* $3.00 off 2 Tresemee Shampoo & Conditioner
* $1.50 off St. Ives Body Wash, Scrub, or Face Care product
* .75 cents off Caress Beauty Bar 6 pack or Body Wash product