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.
What it does: Easy-to-use pump dispenser and powerful formula make removing nail polish so fast!
What it costs: $10.50 for 5.4oz
Where to get it: Sephora
Nail polish remover isn’t something I normally care to review, but this one has me shocked and surprised! I’ve always been a store-brand girl, picking up bottles of purple nail polish remover from no-name companies for a dollar or two. These bottles removed polish after a good 5-10 minutes of scrubbing and holding my breath due to the stink, and left my nails and cuticles feeling dry. But I just thought that was how it’s supposed to be! I was so wrong.
I’ve been a big fan of the Formula X nail polishes from Sephora since they came out a little over a year ago. I love that they give seamless, opaque color with just one coat and dry quickly. No matter what polish I wear, it’s always such a struggle to remove that I usually just leave it on for weeks until it all chips off (so lazy!) Glitter is normally impossible to remove, so I normally just skip it altogether.
Delete is life changing! The formula really does “delete” all the polish off of your nail within seconds, and you don’t need to use much at all. Just a quick swipe of a cotton pad across your nail is all you need, and no I’m no exaggerating. Even glitter nail polish is easily removed with this product. The bottle has a pump dispenser, which makes the process quick, effortless and precise. Just place a cotton pad over the dispenser and press down - the product magically comes out of the bottle! No more spilling the bottle of remover! Hooray! I also love that the lid locks closed, so that you don’t have to worry about any leaks.
The formula is paraben free, and contains lavender oil, aloe, and biotin to make this polish remover a bit nicer to your nails. It also smells much nicer than your average nail polish remover - my husband doesn’t even complain if i use it in his presence!
If you’re addicted to manicures and love to play with polish, I’d have to strongly recommend this to you - it’s worth the extra couple dollars, I promise you.
Anthony is young, lazy, handsome, and bored with the world. He spends his days having meals with his companions, Maury and Richard, and participating in the art of ‘doing nothing’. When Richard introduces Anthony to his cousin Gloria, the world is suddenly a bit less boring.
Gloria is beautiful, with childish features and, like Anthony, bored easily. But Anthony is the first man in a long string of dull romances that she does not tire of. The two marry and are at the height of their lives.
But Anthony and Gloria are almost too much of alike to be compatible. Both are incessantly bored and restless, neither wanting to get a job but continuing to spend money lavishly. The Beautiful and Damned is accurately named, as it follows the slow but steady decline of a middle-upper class 1920’s couple.
Fitzgerald writes a tale almost frighteningly similar to his own sad life to come; a failing marriage, a secret affair, Anthony’s addiction to alcohol, Gloria’s growing mental unstability, etc. Scott heavily takes his own life experiences out and into the book. He foreshadows his own demise.
Anyway, Fitzgerald makes unlikeable characters surprisingly likeable. I’m mostly talking about the defiant, sassy as hell Gloria. She is a naive, unsympathetic character that I can’t help but adore her simply for her moments of weird outbursts and occasional sass. She’s spoiled and at times unreasonable but there’s just something about her that I like.
Once again, Fitzgerald has written an enjoyable novel of the 1920’s, proving that boredom and laziness can be a dangerous habit with unpleasant consequences.
Review - Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo
What it is: A dry shampoo
What it does: Spray-on formula absorbs oil to extend the life of your hairstyle
What it costs: $3 for 1.6oz, $6 for 7oz
Where to get it: Drugstores, superstores, Ulta, online
Dry shampoo is a busy girls’ best friend! Dry shampoo can get rid of greasiness, add volume to flat hair, and extend the life of your hairstyle for more than just a day or two. Traditional soap-and-water shampooing daily can dry out the hair considerably, causing unwanted damage. Limiting the suds to just once every couple of days can make your hair and scalp much healthier, and dry shampoo can help you get from one day to the next! Not all dry shampoos are created equal, however, so let’s see how this one shapes up!
MakeMeChic Dress BornPrettyStore Necklace - for 10% off use coupon code “TACT10” FACE: Amazing Cosmetics official Primer SmashBox Cosmetics BB Cream in “Fair” Moody Sisters Cream Foundation in “04 Pure” Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in “Ivory” Tarte Cosmetics Powder in “fair, light, medium, and tan” YourMinerals Transparent Veil Finishing Powder Ofra Cosmetics Americano Bronzer Luxe Pineapple Blush in “Winter Rose” Luxe Pineapple Highlighter in “Winter Glow” EYES: W7 Cosmetics Eyeshadow Base in “White” Make Beauty Eyeshadow in “Alabaster” The Balm Nude ‘Tude Eyeshadow Palette NYC Liquid Eyeliner in “Black” Lord and Berry Eyeliner in “Dark Black” Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara Maybelline The Falsies Mascara Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in “Dark Brown” Chella Beauty Eyebrow Defining Gel Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo Pencil in “Highlighter” LIPS: Make Beauty Lipstick in “Taffy”
I am afraid I am not the most loyal skincare brands user, I do not own products that I have been using for ages, I change them every few months, yet sometimes come back.
Here are some recent findings: recently launched Japanese Eco-cert beauty line Argelan - I received some PR samples before it has been in store, the beauty line belongs to the pharmacies giant Matsumoto Kiyoushi, and debuted in stores in September. You can see a full range here ( in Japanese).
Products smell beautiful, have good ingredients, great price point for Eco-cert ( economies of scales of the major Japanese beauty giant behind) and did not cause any irritation, nor allergy. Face sprays (there are several lotions and herbal waters) are a perfect summer product. Oils are quite light and easy to use.
Chanel is a skincare brand I have an on and off love affaire. I love their foundations, they are light, dont get caky, and have amazing shades, Hydra Beauty is also an amazing moisturizer and I am big fan. Le Jour was a bit disappointing for me, it smells alcohol a lot and I think this has somehow psychologically influenced my feeling it has not been working wonders for me. Again, some of my friends love it, so it depends on skin type ( and how mentally allergic you are to the smell of alcohol in your skincare)
And last but not least Shigeta. French brand by production, Japanese by concept. It smells like heaven, and essential oils blends are really good, actually one of the best on the market (smell wise). There were some hits and misses for me with this brand, the creams were a bit too drying, however I am a proud owner of pretty much every single essential oils potion they produce.
Golden drops is an oil you add to your regular cream during application - few drops later you fell as if you just had a herbal compress. It is one of my favorite products to relax before bad, and although in very high concentration, these oils never gave me an allergy.
There is a hair and scalp version for night, called Midnight Lustre, which smells equally fantastic.
A huge bestseller in Japan was Shigeta’s UV Skin Protection and Skin Perfection, developed with famous makeup artist Kazuko Hayasaka. I know Kazuko well and trust her expertise not only in BB cream shade but also in organic composition. She is a Japanese guru for everything healthy and natural. Both UV creams smell essential oils and have nice light consistency, slightly shiny, but not excessively, just to add nice glow.
My brand new finding is Aroma-Zone in Paris, it is like organic DIY shop where you can make your own potions, from oils, essential oils, vitamins and so on. The shop is super busy, and I spent there 2 hours recently. I will soon make another post about what I bought and what I made. Hint: it smells like vanilla and yang yang with a notch of camomile.
Available with or without top compartments that include the following:
+ 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.
Reader's Choice - February '14 Beauty Hits & Misses!
I’ve always thought of DrugstorePrincess as a sort of beauty community - slash - online magazine, through which we could learn from one another. In an attempt to get back to my blogging roots, I thought, “what better way than to get my amazing readers to give me some of their thoughts?!" So much of DSP is myself giving you MY thoughts, and to be honest, my thoughts bore me sometimes. YOUR thoughts on the other hand, are exciting and brand new and fascinating to me. So thanks to some really amazing, kind, thoughtful readers of mine (who you will be able to meet later in this post), I have created this treat of a post for you. This Hits and Misses post for February 2014 is filled with YOUR thoughts on some of the hottest, newest, and coolest beauty products of the now… good AND bad! Enjoy, and look for MY Hits and Misses to come later!