beauty reviews

 AFFORDABLE MAKEUP ORGANIZATION

+ All organization is under $25

+ Acrylic, easy to clean, and durable

Four Drawer Acrylic Organizer

Available with or without top compartments that include the following:

INCLUDES:

+ 12 spaces for lipsticks (small to medium in size)

+ A front compartment that is big enough for foundations, any small products, or a small moisturizer jar. 

+ Two small back compartments for brushes

+ One thin, but wide compartment for small products

COST (including the top compartments): 

+ $19.99 via Amazon.com 

(bottom 4 drawers sold separate is $11.00)

+ $21.75 via Bed Bath and Beyond

(bottom 4 drawers sold separate is $14.99)

+ Available at select Marshall’s and TJ Maxx stores. Prices unknown.


Overall, this product is great for a small collection. It fits blushes and palettes very well. However, foundations do not fit inside the drawers. The top two drawers do not fit large products, but are suitable for lipsticks, mini mascaras (such as Sephora sample sizes), and beauty tools (such as tweezers, scissors, etc). I find the two small drawers to be frustrating. It’s hard to store much of anything in them since they’re so small. I would recommend buying the drawer with three wide drawers for the same price. The size of the drawer unit is ideal for anyone with limited space.  


REUSING OLD CANDLE JARS AND DOLLAR TREE CONTAINERS

+ Probably the cheapest option to store makeup. 

The cost for reusing an old candle jar is priceless. The cost of these acrylic organizers from The Dollar Tree is only $1. 

I reuse my Bath and Body Works candles to store foundations, lip liners, and even lipsticks. You could fill the jar with decorative beads, or even dress it up with a bow. There are endless opportunities to personalize the jar to bring some color to your vanity space. 

As for The Dollar Tree containers, they fit small-medium sized compacts perfectly. I use them inside my vanity drawer to store compacts, and lip pencils. They could also be used in the Alex 9 Drawer Unit from Ikea. The Dollar Tree has various sizes and shapes of these organizers. You might have to investigate several dollar store locations to find them, but they are out there. What I love most about these containers is the durability. They also look very attractive in drawers.


TARGET DRAWER ORGANIZERS

+ These can be found in the closet organization section of Target stores. 

COST: ABOUT $3.00-$5.99

There is an option between a 3 compartment organizer, or a 6 compartment organizer. In my vanity, I paired a 6 compartment organizer with two 3 compartment organizers, one on each side of the 6 compartment one. These compartments are small, but perfect for single products. 

(PRETTY MUCH LIKE THIS)

Now, what I like most about this organization is that it’s a clean, easy way to store makeup. However, if you have a large collection, this may not be the most efficient way to store it since you cannot put many products into one compartment. The single 3 drawer unit is great with the Ikea Alex 9 Drawer Unit to store small products like single eyeshadows. 

Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix

Price: $18.00

Claims:
Acne Spot Fast Fix is a fast-acting spot treatment that helps reduce pimple severity in as little as 1 day.* The powerful acne-fighting agent in this formula is a form of Benzoyl Peroxide that’s micronized so it can reach deep into pores where blemishes begin. By delivering the Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide in a unique hydrophase gel, the risk of surface skin irritation is minimized. The formula also features Great Burnet and Allantoin to soothe inflamed skin and Niacinamide to help restore an even skin tone. This powerful formula also features a pleasant, non-medicinal scent. Acne Spot Fast Fix is recommended as a Step 2 spot treatment to help reduce pimple severity as part of Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health system of care.

*In a Murad sponsored study. Individual results will vary. Study results on file.

Dermatologist developed. Tested on people, not animals. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

Ingredients:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide (3.5%): Used in skin care products to increase skin turnover rate, clear pores, and act as a anti-bacterial and anti-microbial agent. It is widely used as an acne treatment in the form of a gel or cream, with concentrations that varies.
  • Water: Primarily used as a solvent in cosmetics and personal care products in which it dissolves many of the ingredients that impart skin benefits, such as conditioning agents and cleansing agents. Water also forms emulsions in which the oil and water components of the product are combined to form creams and lotions.
  • Glycerin: Helps to retain water to lock in moisture. Helps skin to feel smoother and softer.
  • Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel): An herbal skin conditioner and anti-inflammatory.
  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): Brightening, promotes moisture retention and elasticity, and helps control excess sebum to clarify skin.
  • Dicaprylyl Carbonate: A skin conditioner and emollient that works by providing a protective film and enhancing the skin’s lipid layer. Ability to moisturize the skin, making it feel soft and smooth without leaving a greasy residue behind. It has excellent spreadability, and leaves a dry, velvety feel to the skin similar to how a silicone would.
  • Glyceryl Stearate: Gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. It easily penetrates the skin and slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. It has been shown to protect skin from free-radical damage as well.
  • Butylene Glycol: A texture enhancer.
  • Caprylyl Methicone: An alkylmethyl silicone, in the form of a clear liquid. Used to give cosmetic products a silky smooth feel, an easy spreadability, and a reduced tackiness/greasiness from other oily ingredients.
  • Dimethyl Isosorbide: Primarily works as a solvent, and secondarily as a viscosity decreasing (reducing thickness) agent. Has the ability to dissolve loose fat in the skin so that it can carry across the skin membrane. Also lessens the potential for irritation caused by aggressive active ingredients
  • PEG-100 Stearate: An emollient and emulsifier. 
  • Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate: An acne treatment ingredient
  • Cetyl Alcohol: Works as an emollient, skin conditioner and thickening agent. It lubricates the surface of the skin/hair, removes the appearance of dry patches and flakes and gives the skin a soft and smooth look. It gives cosmetic products water-repelling properties and an easy spreadability.
  • Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate: Skin conditioning agent. 
  • Steareth-2: A synthetic surfactant added to reduce the interactive forces between molecules of other liquids so that an emulsion is formed.
  • Alcohol Denat: It acts as an anti-foaming agent, astringent, antimicrobial agent, and a solvent. Helps visibly tighten pores and control excess oil. 
  • Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides: Allows the oily liquid to remain in a solid state at room temperature.
  • Potassium Cetyl Phosphate: A surfactant and emulsifying agent.
  • Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer: Used to increase the viscosity of a product due to its high molecular weight. Gives products a super-smooth, velvety skin feel.
  • PEG-75 Stearate: Surfactant and Cleansing Agent
  • Ceteth-20: Helps other ingredients to dissolve in a solvent in which they would not normally dissolve.
  • Steareth-20: Functions primarily as a surfactant but is also used to stabilize products, especially if they contain active ingredients in an emulsion.
  • Hydrogenated Olive Oil: Antioxidant-rich, emollient oil; helps fight damage caused by free radicals to protect, condition, and seal moisture into skin without clogging pores.
  • Allantoin: Used as an anti-irritant and skin conditioner. Its skin soothing, healing and keratolytic (ability to remove excess skin) properties. It helps shed the outer layer of the epidermis and promotes healthy tissue formation. It also softens the skin and enables it to absorb more moisture.
  • Ethylhexylglycerin: Used as a deodorizer and skin conditioner.
  • Punica Granatum Extract (Pomegranate): Skin-conditioning agent with antioxidant properties. Help prevent cell damage.
  • Betaine: Primarily functions as a humectant and anti-irritant.
  • Inositol: A nutrient in the Vitamin B complex plays an important part in the health of cell membranes, regulates the contents of the cells, making effective functioning possible.

  • Taurine: Helps to maintain skin hydration.
  • Trehalose: A moisture-binding sugar molecule that helps plants survive long periods without water; used to protect skin against moisture loss. Its rehydrating and water binding properties, as well as its antioxidant powers.
  • Urea: Used for water binding and moisturizing properties.

  • Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract: Strong anti-inflammatory properties and conditions the skin. The oil is considered an analgesic, antiseptic, antibiotic, astringent, and stimulating remedy.
  • Zingiber Officinale Root Extract (Ginger): Has soothing and potent antioxidant activity.
  • Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract (Great Burnet): Skin-conditioning ingredient that has shown to be soothing and to have an antioxidant effect.
  • Phenoxyethanol: A preservative. Functions as a disinfectant, antiseptic or antibiotic.
  • Limonene: Colorless liquid with a light, fresh, and sweet citrus odor used to make fragrances and flavors. It is naturally occurring substance found in many citrus fruits.

My Thoughts:
Whenever I eat sweets I tend to break out. I realized I didn’t have a magical formula that would fix it quickly. I did a little research and I came across Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix, it seemed promising so I took a chance and purchased it. It comes in a squeeze tube packaging that tends to dispense a little too much product at once. Every time I have to gently squeeze the formula out since the texture is thin and watery. When applied on the skin it feels light, like I didn’t apply anything at all. I only need the tiniest amount for each blemish I had. I learned this the hard way. I found no matter how much I applied at once, I would still get the same results. However either way, it never dried or irritated my skin.

The first couple of times I tried this I was using it once a day, primarily at night. I found that I wouldn’t see results until a week after. Which wasn’t quick enough for me. I ended up changing my regimen. I started using it twice a day, once before I applied my makeup then again when I took off my makeup. This formula is light, to the point where it absorbs very quickly. I barely even waited 2 minutes before applying my makeup. Luckily it did not alter my makeup in any way. With this regimen I saw results within 3 days. Especially with reducing redness. It made my life a lot easier because I have a hard time covering up irritation and inflammation. On the 3rd day I could see the size of my blemish shrinking as well.

3 days still was not good enough for me, especially when I had to go to family events every weekend at that time. So during the week I changed my regimen again. This time I wouldn’t wear makeup and I would apply 3 times a day. Morning, noon and night was my very strict routine that I stuck too from Monday through Friday. I saw results the next day just after one day of use. Its an effective spot treatment for shrinking the size of an existing blemishes I had. And it reduced any irritation and inflammation, including redness.

In conclusion the best method would be to apply Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix 3 times a day to see fast results. Even though I had to use it 3 times a day the results make up for it. Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix has a powerful formula which I thought would smell bad but that was not the case. I actually love the smell of it. But I can’t pin point what it smells like. There was only one downfall for me. The formula was lacking when it came to acne scars. For a month I tried it on my acne scar, but I saw no change. I honestly regret using it for that reason because I did waste a lot of product. I could have just used it for reducing other blemishes instead.

Pros:

  • Squeeze tube packaging 
  • Texture thin & watery
  • Lightweight 
  • A little goes a long way
  • Does not dry or irritate skin
  • Absorbs quickly 
  • Doesn’t alter makeup
  • Shrinks Blemishes
  • Reduces irritation, inflammation, redness 
  • Love the smell

Cons:

  • Dispenses too much product out 
  • Apply 3 times a day for best results
  • Does not help with acne scars

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12x13 Picspam Review (ish)

I could almost immediately tell that I was (unfortunately) going to have to watch this episode again because I kept spacing out. And on the rewatch for this picspam, I continued spacing out. So I dunno how much more I actually caught on the second round.

So. This isn’t up to my usual snuff. It’s also far more negative than I’d like. It’s also much shorter than usual. It’s also got lots of rambling about other shit because I had no attention span.

But there IS Dean’s face. Also, The Face™.

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WORTH THE HYPE: Bobbi Brown Art Sticks

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Review. Lipstick “crayons” are all the rage these days and I’ve tried so many that I have enough different colours to draw a rainbow. Rather than a typical wind up lipstick crayon these are more like lipstick pencils and maybe that’s why I love them so much. I love the shape & definition that lip liner gives, but I don’t always have time to line my lips and then use a lipstick, but these give me the best of both worlds by being a two in one lipstick and liner combination. They’re easy to apply, extremely pigmented, beautifully creamy, have a semi-matte finish and give me that perfect defined edge that one can usually only achieve with lip liner. One gripe I often have with lipstick “crayons” is that they loose their tip within a couple of uses, but because these are pencils they can be sharpened meaning you can get a perfect edge every time. The staying power is also fantastic (which is another reason I love lip liners) but they do have a tendency to bleed around the outside of the mouth and do not last through eating or drinking.

*This product was sent to me for consideration disclosure policy.

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Ummkay… so last week someone asked me to do a beginners style eye shadow look. Well that quickly got out of hand. Anyway this is what I came up with :) Simple® look coming soon.


Stuff I used for this look:

*Face*  Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (Caramel) and Concealer (Tan), Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow (Ebony), Ben Nye Banana Powder, Black Radiance Contour Palette (Med to Deep), Churro by ColourPop, Laura Geller’s Gilded Honey, Too Faced How Deep Is Your Love Blush, 461D Sephora Lip Liner, and Gerard Cosmetics Pouty Princess


*Eyes* Suva Beauty Bloody Mary Shadow, Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, BH Cosmetics Wild&Alluring Palette, NYX Vivid Brights liner(Vivid Blossom), and NYX Crystal Pewter liner.

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You’re the one that I want ✨

Been lowkey Mia on here lately. But I just got a bunch of new makeup so expect reviews soon!

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Saturday
February 25, 2017

While I have been doing much better the last couple of days, I was definitely pretty blue today. So many distractions, so many thought, so many fears. Unfortunately, what was meant to be a day for more self-reflection, ended up being doodles, tear-jerking poems, and lots of emotions.

On a brighter note, I think I have found a new favorite coffee spot! Slate Coffee Roasters in Ballard might just be the best coffee I’ve tasted. I ordered an 8oz espresso+milk (so basically a latte), and I was amazed by the depth of flavor; it was a perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness, and acidity. I didn’t end up getting the deconstructed espresso I’ve always read about, but I am definitely excited to try it out the next time I go there! Slate might have raised the bar and turned me into a slight coffee snob. Definitely left with a new appreciation and standard for good coffee.