Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks

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A change of lipstick is one of the easiest ways to change up a look. Lipstick can take you from everyday to glam to wild. I received the perfect shades for the very same looks in the #MYARTISTROUGE Voxbox from Influenster


The Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks come in 14 matte and 31 satin finishes currently available at Sephora. I received 3 of the satin formulas in C211 Rose Wood, C404 Passion Red, C502 Taupe Violet. 



All three of these shades are extremely pigmented, as all of the colors in the range are supposed to be. It does not take long at all to build up the color. The bullet comes to a fine point, making it easy to get a precise application. The formula is long-lasting and not drying. It's not moisturizing, but it's comfortable to wear. 


C211 - Rose Wood
C211 Rose Wood is my everyday shade. This neutral shade is a bit darker than the neutral pinks I've been wearing throughout the summer, making it a nice choice for fall. 

C404 - Passion Red
You know I love a glam red lip! C404 Passion Red is the perfect red shade. I love how it brightens up my face. Unfortunately, this one bleeds and feathers on me quite a bit, even though these aren't supposed to do that. I love this shade, but I can't skip the liner with this red.


C502 - Taupe Violet
More and more brands are making these wild colors, and the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks have a few. C502 Taupe Violet doesn't look as crazy on me as I thought it would. That said, I don't think that wild shades are for me, but I'm so glad I have this right before Halloween. What kind of costume could I build around this lipstick? I ended up making this work for me by mixing it with C211 Rose Wood to get a cool taupe shade that I think will look great this fall. 

Overall, I really like the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks. I like that they're pigmented and have so many colors available in this range. If there's a specific color you have been looking for, then you should be able to find it!

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Beauty Empties | August 2016

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Happy September! It's still early enough for me to say that, right? As someone whose birthday is in the month of September, I am happy when it rolls back around. I have been showing my empties on Instagram and Snapchat, but there were items that I wanted to talk about a little more this month. 


I have been using up samples and half empty products in an effort to clean out my stash. I know, it's brought up in every blog post now, but it's a process that's taking quite a bit of time to accomplish. Simplifying my space has become a new goal, and I am loving it so far. It's not just my beauty products either; I've been getting rid many unused items around my home. It feels great to have more space and less clutter!



GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment - I really like GlamGlow masks, but the Youthmud is my favorite. This one is good for oily and acne-prone skin, and my skin does feel clearer after I use this mask. It's pretty expensive, so I won't be repurchasing anytime soon. 

Nerium Age-Defying Night Cream - This night cream is touted as a miracle product. And while I don't think it's bad, it's not a miracle for me. I will say that I did notice that it had a bit of a tightening effect on my pores and a tightening feel. I say you can skip this, unless you're curious and want to help out a friend selling it. For more info, read Paula Begoun's (of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice) review HERE

GÖTZ Bad Ischl Oxygen Facial Tonic* - I just reviewed this (HERE), and I've already finished the bottle. I really like this facial spray. The toner I'm using now doesn't compare!

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser - I got a lot of use out of this sample! This is a really good scrub, and I would buy this in a full size. It's strong stuff, so you can't use it daily, though.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 - This is very moisturizing and a bit heavier than what I normally use. I'm not going to buy a full size, but I do recommend it for dry skin.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula - I've used samples of this peel before, and I like it. Unfortunately, this gets a terrible rating on Beautypedia for irritants, so I will be looking for another peel to try.

Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo - This is a set of 2 masks that are meant to be used consecutively. The Hot mask is supposed to cleanse the pores, and then the Cool mask tightens them. I got three uses out of my Glossybox sample. It was really fun to try, but I don't think I have the time to devote to this mask duo on a regular basis. Also, I'm not entirely sure about the hot and cool feelings that happen on my skin when I use this. Do check this one out if you're a mask junkie, though! It's neat and different, and I'm glad I got to sample it!




Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes - This is the last small pack in a 150 count box from Costco. These are really great wipes, and I highly recommend them if you have a Costco membership!

Bath & Body Works Dark Amber Body Wash - This is one of my husband's empties. He used up this shower gel along with another one from Bath & Body Works -- I think it was Noir. I like the men's scents from Bath & Body Works, but my husband thought that the shower gels were too strong. He's currently using one of the Adidas shower gels and likes it a bit more.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Conditioner - I didn't like this conditioner because it didn't moisturize my hair at all. This would be great if you have thin hair and need something that won't weigh your hair down at all, but this is not for me. I love the styling cream, though!

Eucerin In-Shower Moisturizer Body Lotion - This didn't do anything to moisturize my skin, so I won't be getting this in a full size. 

Borghese Creme Cleanser - My skin never felt clean when I washed it with this. It felt like there was some kind of residue left afterwards. I didn't like this at all.

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy - I got this hand cream in a Glossybox. It's very moisturizing, and the scent reminds me of the ocean.

It's a 10 miracle Leave-In for Blondes - I've used a few of the different leave-ins from It's a 10, and I like all of them. They do a good job of making my hair soft but not weighing it down. I've also tried the original and the keratin, and I would like to try the silk formula. 


Tarte Clean Slate Eye Primer - I liked this eyeshadow primer, but I have a couple of other ones that I'm using now. Tarte used to make an eyeshadow primer that I loved, but they discontinued it. This one works just fine, but it's nothing amazing.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water - I'm surprised by how much I like this sample. I don't like primers that feel heavy, so a primer water turned out to be a good solution for me. I plan on getting a full size in the future. 

Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder 01 Stay Buff - This was in my Spring Favorites post. I loved using this as a setting powder and as a powder foundation. 

L'Oreal Voluminious Power Volume 24H Mascara - This became difficult to close after just a couple of weeks, so I gave up on it. I liked what I was able to use of it.

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Collection Mascara - I liked this mascara, and I reviewed it in this post.

That is everything I used up in August! What did you use up and love last month? 



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Glossybox | August 2016

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I received my August Glossybox a few days ago, and I'd like to show you what I got. In an effort to declutter my life, I have cancelled my subscription. Next month's box should be my last one, that is if Glossybox comes through on cashing in on my Glossydots. I've had a bit of trouble getting that done through their customer service, so this box may be my last one. I'll have to wait and see! That being said, I have enjoyed subscribing to Glossybox. Most of time, I want to keep more items that I receive than give away.

I noticed that Glossybox has switched from having an information card to a larger booklet this month. I never paid much attention to the card, but I really like the booklet. It's an improvement.


Wella Oil Reflections Smoothing Oil - This is a hair oil with macadamia seed oil and avocado oil. I have frizzy hair, so I like to use smoothing products and oils. I can't wait to try this!

De Bruyere After Sun Lotion - I don't tan, and I try not to go out in the sun without sunscreen. It's very moisturizing and smells great, so I'll keep it around to use like any other lotion.

Invisibobble The Traceless Hair Ring - These are spiral hair bands that won't rip out your hair, give you a headache, or leave kinks or creases in your hair after you take it out. I got a set of three, and I really like them! They work!

Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait Buttery Lip Cream - I was so happy to see both a natural and cruelty makeup item, but unfortunately, this is not my color. I like a nude lip, but this shade is too light for me. It feels great on the lips, so I would love to try this in another color. I'll be passing this along.


Borghese Fango Brillante Brightening Mud Mask for Face and Body - I've used Borghese products before, and some are better than others. The main issue I have is that all of their products have parabens. While I'm not completely paraben free in the products that I use, I try to keep it at a minimum. I know that seems like a small thing, but I already have a ton of masks. I may pass this one on to someone else.

Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil Mascara Remover - This is a mascara remover that's supposed to work on regular and waterproof mascara. I'm so happy to see this in this month's box because this is the kind of product I want to sample before buying a full size. Has anyone tried this?

This was a pretty good box overall. I've been using the Invisibobbles every day, and I'm really excited to try the hair oil and the mascara remover. It's a bit of a bummer that the lipstick shade doesn't work for me because I really like the formula. Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts on this box?


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GÖTZ Bad Ischl Oxygen Facial Tonic

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I've never really given much thought to facial sprays, tonics, and toners. If I use them at all, it's more of an afterthought. At best, I've used them off and on over the years. This is definitely one area of my skincare routine that could use a little improvement. The GÖTZ Bad Ischl Oxygen Facial Tonic intrigued me so much that I agreed to review it. 


You're probably thinking the same thing I was. What is this exactly?

Product description from company:


Specially formulated for oily or blemished skin, oxygen facial tonic balances excessive oiliness, soothes redness and minimizes the appearance of blemishes, blackheads and enlarged pores. 
The laboratory concept of dr. Josef Götz skincare is a natural act, usage of natural and safe product ingredients to simple and effective solutions are the most important standards and commitments. 
All raw materials are taken from nature, choose the best quality of raw materials worldwide, and manually processed, firmly opposing to using of synthetic harmful chemical ingredients. 
Containing unique Bad Ischl thermal water ( containing oxygen , minerals and trace elements ) combining a certain ratio of Edelweiss, daffodils , grass and other natural plant see month fermentation extraction. 
Double cleanses skin, minimizes pores and restore skin's natural balance, improve blood circulation, enhance skin immunity and natural resilience 
Effectively moisturize, soothe and calm skin, promote wound healing and subsequent absorption of nutrients. 
Continue usage of 28 days, morning and night will result in significant skin resilience, smooth skin complexion, anti-acne and balanced moisturized skin. 
More effective for oily and oily-combination skin. 

How to use:

After cleaning in the morning and evening, spray the facial tonic on cotton pads, and wipe evenly onto the face and neck, then gently press into the skin. 
The most effective way to use is by soaking the pads and leaving them on your face for a few minutes, once they have dried, you can re-spray them. 




My skin has been absolutely mental lately. Between the crazy heat, going on vacation and eating whatever I want, and having a head cold my skin has understandably lost its mind. I've had a lot of breakouts on my chin, and I've had dry, irritated skin around my nose at the same time. A traditional toner or spray with alcohol isn't going to cut it.

This product comes in a 2 oz/60 ml spray bottle. It has an herbal scent because of all of the natural ingredients, but it isn't strong at all. I spray some of this on a cotton pad after I wash my face in the morning and the evening. Then, I tap in what's left on the cotton pad. I let it dry before applying any other skincare. You can also use this like a sheet mask, leaving the cotton pad saturated with the product on your face for several minutes. 

I have been using this for just over a month now, and I love how gently this treats my combination skin. The big breakouts have calmed down, but I still have the occasional small blemish appear. My favorite thing about this is how gentle it is. When I had a cold, my nose was very red and irritated. Almost every skincare product I used on my nose would sting and make it even more irritated, but not this. It does a great job of calming skin irritation and gently reducing oiliness. Many oil control products I have work for me at first but end up causing irritation over time. This is extremely gentle.

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I'm pleasantly surprised with the GÖTZ Bad Ischl Oxygen Facial Tonic. I definitely want to transition to using gentler products on my skin because I've been prone to more irritation lately. I think this is a step in the right direction. The GÖTZ Bad Ischl Oxygen Facial Tonic can be purchased for $35 on Amazon

Have you used anything like this? What are your gentle skincare recommendations? I would love to hear what you use!

I received this product for free for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I no longer want to buy stuff I don't need or want, and I wish the same for you!

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3 Deep Conditioners

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I've always had the odd issue of having an oily scalp and dry hair. If I address the oily scalp, then the length of my hair gets dried out beyond belief. It was really dry when I had super long hair, and I thought it would drastically improve once I cut my hair, but nope, still dry. Thank goodness for strong deep conditioners that can keep the dry hair crunch at bay! Here are three of my favorites.


Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock* - This was sent to me in a PR package, but I will buy this when I'm out of it!

  • Price: $19.99 full size; $4.99 travel/trial size (50ml/1.7 oz)
  • For color treated hair
  • Leave on 3-5 minutes as a typical conditioner or use on dry hair as a pre-shampoo treatment. I love it as a conditioner, but I haven't tried it on dry hair.
  • Provides shine and smoothness without weighing down my hair. This is a good choice for fine, thin hair.
  • My hair has way less frizz when I use this.
  • I love that they have a small size available at Ulta. I recommend giving that a try if you're curious!
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist - There's so many versions of this now! They have Moist, Strong, Smooth, Color, and Shine in this product. Remember when there was just one 3 Minute Miracle?

  • Price: $2.69 at Target
  • Deep treatment for damaged hair
  • Leave on for 3 minutes
  • Hair feels softer and more moisturized when I use this.
  • I still notice quite a bit of frizz, so I think I'll get the 3 Minute Miracle Smooth next time!
  • Great product for the price! Recommended for those with hair and money troubles.
Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner - A hair stylist recommend this to me ten years ago, and I've been using it off and on ever since. 

  • Price: $18 400ml/13.5oz (shown above); $26 1L/33.8oz
  • Also comes in a $5 travel size at Ulta
  • For dry hair
  • Leave on 1-3 minutes
  • This is the most moisturizing and emollient conditioner I've ever used. It will moisturize seriously dry hair, but it can weigh it down a bit because it's so strong. It even says on the bottle that it's recommended for medium to course hair. 
  • This is one to try if nothing seems to moisturize your dry hair.
Do you use deep conditioners? Tell me your favorites below!

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MAKE Skin Illuminator & Gel Eyeliner Pencil + Coupon Code

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MAKE is a brand that is a little new to me. I do know that it's a small brand from New York City, and all of the products are cruelty free and paraben free. I've reviewed small samples from them before (review here), but today I have full size products to discuss. They sent the Skin Illuminator and Gel Eyeliner Pencil for me to review. 


The MAKE Skin Illuminator is a liquid illuminator that comes in click-pen form with a brush at the end to apply. I received the color, Llos, which is described as a soft, pale, gold pearlescent glimmer. It creates a sheen with lots of sparkle. There are glitters that you can see, but they aren't large chunky glitters. Even though it has glitter particles, I don't notice it accentuating any skin texture issues. Llos doesn't provide a lot of color, even on my pale skin, but it creates a lot of glow where it's applied. 


My favorite way to apply this is to place it using the brush on the product and blending it in with a Beauty Blender sponge. Even though it's got a lot of sparkle, it doesn't give an overboard highlight. 

It may not be completely fair to compare this to the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, but I was curious if the two liquid highlighters would be similar. The MAKE Skin Illuminator has more sparkle, and the Becca is more pigmented with a sheen. These are two different products.


Next, I have the Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Very Black. This is in the pencil form that you sharpen, and it sharpens really well. It's not one of those liner pencils that seems to sharpen into oblivion because the point keeps breaking. Those are the worst, and you can only sharpen them a couple of times before you're out of it! 


The product glides on easily without tugging or needing to go back over anything because of skipping. I don't wear liner on my waterline all that often, but this is soft enough to apply to the waterline. I have a hard time getting most liners to apply to the waterline at all, and I had no problem with this one. It has good staying power too. It's lasted through this insane heat in Texas without running down my face. It won't get all over the place, but if you rub your eyes, it will come off. It will lift off, but it won't smear everywhere.


I swatched this next to a couple of other black pencil eyeliners in my collection, and it's the most comparable to the Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero in terms of color and finish. After all, they are both black pencil liners that have cream finishes. The Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 0L has a matte finish and doesn't compare side by side.


MAKE currently has a coupon code that is good until 8/15/2016. Use the code, MAKEBEAUTY25, to get 25% off of your order on http://makebeauty.com/



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Glossybox | June and July

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Hi everyone! I am back from my trip! I had a great time exploring NYC, and I actually had some time to relax too. It was the best of both worlds!  Now, I'm trying to easy myself back into blogging. I can't promise that I'll be any better about posting regularly, though. Posting might still be a little slow for now, but I don't plan on going anywhere. 

I have my June and July Glossyboxes today! I got the June box at the end of the month and never posted about it. I wasn't going to because it's so late, but I don't think it hurts to lump it in with the July box. It had a Tony Awards theme, which I absolutely love! 


Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce Hairspray and sample vial of the Dark Oil - This is a good size hairspray for travel. I don't use hairspray all that often, but I do use it when I curl my hair. This does a good job of holding a curl. I'm glad that included a Dark Oil sample. Maybe this hair oil won't weigh down my hair.

Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo - I haven't seen this before, but evidently it's available at Sephora! This is a two part mask. Begin with the Blackhead Steam Pore Pack to clarify and follow with the Premium Pore Original Pack. I haven't tried this yet, but I love purifying and pore tightening masks. This may have to have it's own blog post! 

SinfulColors Kylie Jenner Denim & Bling Collection - After Dark - It was surprising to see this color in the June box because it isn't a summery color at all. After Dark is a dark metallic gray. It's a shade that I would wear, but I don't see myself reaching for it until the fall. 


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LA Splash Lip Lacquer High Pigment Collection - Sugar Rush - This product was created exclusively for Glossybox. I haven't tried anything from LA Splash in a long time. This lip lacquer is extremely pigmented and has good lasting power. Again, this brick red color isn't a color I would expect in a summer box. It is a flattering shade, and I'll reach for it more later on in the year.



Icona Milano Emotion Allowed Mascara - This is a waterproof mascara, and I don't like to wear those. I will be passing this along to someone else.

TanTowel Half Body Classic - I like self tanner, but we all know that it is something you have to devote time and energy to maintaining. Having it in a towelette form does seem easier. I think I'll try this soon.

The June box is pretty good. There's only one item that I know I won't use. The color items were confusing in the shade choices, but I will use them eventually. Now, on to the July box!


Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua - I got this very same item in my March Glossybox, so I have no idea why it's in the July box. It's a pretty color, but I don't want two of them. I'm passing this along to a friend.



Eyeko Fat Stick in Satin - This is a cream eyeshadow in stick form. I love this type of product, and I appreciate that they sent a wearable taupe shade.



Fango Essenziali Moisturize Treatment Sheet Mask - It's for parched, dry skin, and I used it this morning. I have combination skin, but it was feeling quite dry from my nightly retinol serum. It provided hydration without feeling too heavy or oily. I liked this sheet mask.

Leighton Denny Expert Nails Miracle Mist - This is a speed drying spray for nail polish. I love to do my nails, but I'm not crazy about waiting on my nail polish to dry. I will get a lot of use out of this!

Nuxe Shimmering Huile Prodigieuse - I love Nuxe products, and not only is this a full size, it's the big size! This product has 6 botanical oils, vitamin E, and some shimmer. It's a multi-purpose oil that can be used on face, body, or hair. I sprayed some in my hair, but I think I used too much. It weighed my hair down a bit. I would use this on my body, especially my shoulders and legs, but I don't think I would use this on my face. Maybe if I had dry skin. The large size that came in the box retails for $54, so I was amazed to see it in here!

Glov Quick Treat - At first, I thought this was going to be one of those makeup removing cloths. In a way, it is, but it fits over your finger. I have some other makeup removing cloths, but they don't fit over your hand. It's an interesting concept. I would have liked the full size one that fits over your entire hand, though. I don't think a finger-size cloth is going to remove much. 


Aside from getting the same product that was sent in an earlier box, the July box was really good! The Nuxe oil and the Eyeko eye stick were my favorites. What do you think? 
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