Armani Eyes To Kill Excess Mascara

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Hello beauties! I hope all of you are doing well. I'm so glad that I'm able to squeeze in one more quick review before signing off from social media for a few days. 




I have heard so much hype about the Armani Eyes To Kill mascara that I just had to try it out for myself. Who wouldn't want to try a mascara that so many claim to give amazing dramatic lashes? At around $30 I would hope that this mascara would be amazing! When I got this home, I realized that I got the Excess version rather than the original. The Excess has a different shaped brush, and is supposed to be darker with some kind of wax in the mascara. I do wish that I had the original for comparison, but that certainly won't stop me from reviewing.


bare lashes

1 coat

2 coats

3 coats
This mascara builds really nicely. With the first coat, I get long separated lashes and more and more volume as it builds up. As you can see, I kept getting mascara on my eyelids, but that's pretty typical for me. 

I really like this mascara, but I had a negative first impression. The first time I used it I found it to be too clumpy. The next time I tried it, I liked it. I only bring this up because I'm that way with a lot of mascaras. I like it better after it has been opened for a day. Maybe I just like a drier mascara. I don't know. Any of you like that?

Pros:
Builds up really well
Doesn't clump
Length and volume (at the same time!)

Cons:
Expensive

Overall, I really like the Armani Eyes to Kill Excess mascara. I'm not sure if this will be something I repurchase consistently, but I am curious to find out how it compares to the original. Have you tried any of the Armani mascaras? What did you think? 

I'm signing off from the blog for now. Have a merry Christmas! I'll catch up with you next week!
-xoxo Lauren
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Holiday Makeup

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Hello all! I hope all of you are having a fun and easy holiday season. I have been having so much fun singing in concerts and going to a couple of parties. Today, I thought I would share with you the makeup I have been wearing throughout all of these festivities. This is the makeup I wear if I'm going to be singing or if I just want to be a little fancy for a party.





Products Used




Face:
- Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation - Ivory
- Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer & Highlighter -     Fair used under the eyes
- Cle de peau concealer - Ivory
- Laura Geller Balance n Brighten Foundation - Fair   used as a setting powder
- Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Bronzer - Light   Bronzer
- MAC Powder Blush - Dame

Eyes:
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 - The Truth
- Buxom Insider Eyeliner - Onyx
- Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill mascara (review coming   soon!)
- Revlon Brow Fantasy - Dark Blonde - I just used the   gel only.

Lips:
- Chanel Aqua Crayon Lip Colour Stick - Rouge
- Tom Ford Lip Color - Vampire Kiss



Let's take a closer look at the eyeshadow quad. This quad is what I go to when I travel, when I have an audition, or just when I don't know what to wear. It's one of my favorites, and it can be as casual or as dramatic as you want it to be. My favorite thing about this quad is that all of the colors blend together so nicely. Every single color is usable, and that can be rare for most eyeshadow palettes.

For this look, I used Serendipitous under the brows, Magnetism on the lid, Fate in the crease, and Apropos in the outer corner.


Tom Ford's Vampire Kiss was released in last year's holiday collection, so I'm sorry to say that it's no longer available. It's one of my favorite reds, so I have been wearing it for everything. I love the tiny bit of metallic sheen in this color. My teeth look really white when I wear this, too!

Thank you so much for stopping by for a makeup chat! Do you have any holiday party makeup go-tos? Leave a comment, and let me know!

-xoxo Lauren
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Old Factory Candles Review & Giveaway

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Hello all! I hope you are well and having an easy, stress free holiday season. I have a little review and giveaway of some candles for you today. 


Burning candles is something that I enjoy more in the fall and winter than other times of the year, so I was delighted to be able to review a set of candles from Old Factory. Candles are always great to give as gifts. I know I always resort to giving a scented candle when I don't know what to get someone.


Old Factory Candles offers twelve different sets of candles through Amazon. With each set you get three 2 oz. candles. Each set is $25, and you can get free shipping if you're a Prime member.


I to to try out the Fall Harvest set. Fall related scents are my absolute favorite, and I burn them year round. I really like spicy scents in my home. The Pumpkin Spice candle has a spicy pumpkin pie scent. The Cranberry candle is more of a spicy cranberry than a tart cranberry, and I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The Autumn Leaves candle smells like pine to me. It doesn't smell like the Leaves candle from Bath & Body Works.


These candles are 2 ounces, so they are fairly small. The scent throw is very good, considering the size. I have these in my guest bathroom, and they are the perfect size. Be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a set of your choosing! Good luck!

Before we get to the giveaway, here are some rules.
There will be one winner.
Must be over 18 to enter.
US residents only.
Giveaway ends Friday, December 19th at midnight.
Raffelcopter will pick the winner, and I will verify the entries.
Old Factory will ship the prize. I am not responsible for mailing the prize.
The winner has 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

-xoxo Lauren
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Fall Empties and Makeup Clean-Out

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Hello all! I didn't intend to take a little break from blogging and my social media accounts, but sometimes life just gets in the way. The holiday season brings a lot of extra family and work responsibilities for me, so that's what I have been doing. I have missed all of you, and I promise to try to do better with staying in touch with all of you through social media and visiting all of your lovely blogs. I have really missed reading your blog posts, so expect visits from me soon!


I have used up quite a bit of products so far this fall, and I have cleaned out some of my makeup stash. Let's check out the empties first!


Skin, Hair, Body Care

ReVive Intensite Volumizing Eye Serum: I got this sample in my Bergdorf Goodman Glossybox, and I really enjoyed using it. It's so expensive for a full size that I won't purchase it.

True Blue Spa Raspberry Yogurt Shower Smoothie: I really liked this shower smoothie, but I think it's discontinued. I would get it again if I see it at a Bath & Body Works semi-annual sale. Loved the raspberry scent!

La Beaute Pure Vitamin C Serum*: This serum was wonderful during the warmer weather, and I loved it. (Full review here.) I will probably purchase this again during the summer months.

Hask Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo*: I really liked this shampoo. It foams up nicely to be sulfate-free. I have a full review here. Hask products are very affordable, so I would repurchase this.

Love + Toast Handcreme-Pomme Poivre: This is a nice, moisturizing hand cream. It's not that great if you want something for extremely dry hands, but it smells really nice. It has a spiced apple scent, as the name would suggest. I would repurchase this, and I am currently using this hand cream in a different scent.

Olay Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF30: This is one of my favorite daytime moisturizers. I will definitely repurchase this!


Mascaras

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes: This is one of my favorite mascaras! I have a review of this here. I will repurchase.

Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara: This is another sample from the Bergdorf Goodman Glossybox. I was really impressed with this mascara, and I would purchase a full size.

Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara: This was a really nice everyday mascara. (review here) I think I would like to try one of the Hypnose mascaras from Lancome next.

Covergirl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast: I did not like this mascara at all. The double end wasn't good. Side 1 was fine, but Side 2 just turned my lashes into a clumpy mess. I used up Side 1, but I won't repurchase.


Back to MAC: All of the MAC counters and stores (in the USA, at least) have a recycling program where you can bring in 6 MAC containers and get a free lipstick or lipgloss. If you take your containers to a MAC store, then you can get a free lipstick, lipgloss, or eyeshadow. These are all products that I'm ready to let go. Most of these are almost used up. All of the lipglosses have a funny smell, so I'm sure they have gone bad. 

MAC Powder Blush-Well Dressed: This is a gorgeous blush for fair skin. I won't repurchase this for a while because I have some similar colors.

I probably won't repurchase any of the glosses because I have more glosses than I will use, but I'll list them for you. L-R
MAC Cremesheen Glass-Right Image (my favorite of this group); MAC Lipglass-Florabundance; MAC Dazzleglass-Like Venus; MAC Lipglass-Russian Red


I have some other products that I'm throwing away because of broken packaging. The lids keep coming off in my collection, and that just can't be sanitary.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder-01: I might repurchase this eventually.


Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF30-Translucent: Most of my products from Physicians Formula have ending up with broken packaging, so I won't be buying any powders with this kind of packaging. It's a waste of money if it's just going to break.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss-Pink Lady: I really liked this gloss, but the smell has changed. I probably won't repurchase.

Maybelline Color Tattoo-Tough as Taupe: I like the color, but it dried out really quickly. I won't repurchase.

Maybelline Color Tattoo-Bad to the Bronze: This also dried out. I probably won't be buying any more of the Color Tattoos because many of them dry out really fast. I have more I probably need to remove from my collection, but these two are the only ones I'm willing to give up on right now.

That is everything! It feels great to be able to get rid of all this trash. Thank you so much for stopping by! What have you used up recently? I love your comments!

-xoxo Lauren
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