Saturday, February 28, 2015

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Review

I can not begin to explain how excited I was for this launch. Not only am I obsessed with Argan oil (I put that shit on everything!) but I love everything about Morocco. The art, the clothes, the patterns, the food. I love it so much I went as far as tattooing a map of it on my body. So when this collection came out I jumped on it. Sadly, it was kind of a let down for me.

Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil BB Cream:

I had high hopes for this since my skin gets terribly dry in the winter and BBs are where it's at for me. I liked the texture of this one as well as the way it plumped and hydrated my skin. However, it didn't seem to wear well and it accentuated dry skin and active breakouts. If my skin had been in good shape at the time I would have loved this BB cream for an everyday, easy face. However, the smell was unbearable. Many people claimed that it dissipated after a while but I could still smell it just as much after 8 hours of wear.

Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer:

I need another bronzer like I need a hole in the head, but it was so pretty I couldn't resist! We all know I despise over-sprays but that was easily knocked off by a gentle swirling with a brush. It was a bit on the orange side for my liking as I am pretty damn pale but it blended like a dream! It was so smooth and flawless looking. I was extremely impressed. Except for the smell. The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad smell. I watched a YouTube video where celebrity makeup artist "Roxy" refers to it as a "musk and vanilla" scent. That actually sold me on it before I purchased it, but this is definitely not that kind of scent. It is a very strong incense smell. Overpowering and headache inducing. This one also seemed to linger long after applied.

Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Blush:

Like the bronzer, the blush blended effortlessly and gave the prettiest flush to my skin. I bought this in the color natural and it was perfect for my skin tone. I did have to be careful when dipping my brush in it because you can get too much of the coral shade and really go overboard on color. Then, there is the smell. Again. It was not as bad as the BB and the bronzer but it was still very noticeable.

Final Verdict:

Overall, I was mostly impressed with the line save for the scent. I actually ended up returning the BB and the bronzer. I just could not handle the smell. It even made me nauseated after wearing it all day. Had they not smelled so bad I would have happily kept them.

Spit It Out!

Have you tried any of these products? Did you find the smell to be too much to handle?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Monthly Subscription Review ~ Ipsy Bag ~ February 2015 (And product WARNING!)

Brace yourself. Shit is about to get real. I am writing this with a deep ache in my heart. Words cannot express the incredible loss I feel today due the sudden and painful death of my fucking lashes

Allow me to elaborate. This month many "Ipsters" received an eyelash curler. I was pretty excited about this as I only have one and I would love to have a back up for my purse. Well, my 'fuck yeahs' quickly turned to 'fuuuck nos' as I read an email from Ipsy explaining that some of the curlers were misaligned and causing damage to lashes. They advised everyone to check theirs for this defect. I should have thrown the damn thing away immediately! But a girl cain't throw away a perfectly good makeup tool now! That there is called blasphemy! So, I obeyed the email and went to check my curler. I pressed it down as far as it would go. So far so good. I released it and tried again. No obvious defect detected. I shook the damn thing to see if mishandling it could cause a problem. Same outcome. Hmm... Looks safe to me... WRONG, BITCH! My trust in Ipsy (and Emite Make Up) was forever shattered.  As were my lashes that were now sprinkled about my vanity and clinging precariously to the curler. Oh HELL no! I just sat there with my mouth agape, looking from the mirror to the curler and shaking my head. What the fuck just happened?! This cannot be happening! Oh yes. It can. And it did. Congratulations! You found the defective curler! After somewhat composing myself I pressed down on the curler again and this time the top slid right past the rubber pad and grazed the inside of the bottom lip creating a scissor-like effect. I literally just cut my eyelashes off.

According to Ipsy, they are currently "working with Emite to investigate the issue." If you received this curler I beg you to just throw it out. Or see if you can send it back to Ipsy and get a replacement product. For the love of makeup gods, don't fucking use it! Your lashes will thank you.

Anyone know of a good place to buy bulk lashes? >_<

Le sigh....

~Now for the actual review...~

Up All Night Volumizing Spray: Great texturizing spray! I think it smells like cologne which is kind of weird and the smell hangs around for quite a while.

Mitchell and Peach
Fine Radiance Face Oil: Lightweight, absorbs quickly. Very light floral/rose scent. Works great.

City Color Cosmetics
Creamy Lip Stain: Smooth, not sticky. Incredibly pigmented. Reminds me of NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme.

BLUSH Cheek Powder: Soft, smooth, fairly pigmented. Gives a nice, subtle (natural) flush of color.

Spit it Out!

What did you like about the February bag? What are you looking forward to for March? Did you have a lash catastrophe this month?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Monthly Subscription Review ~ Wantable Makeup Box ~ January 2015

January is the third month I have received the Wantable makeup box and I still feel a bit on the fence about it. At $40 a month I expect to be blown away. While there have have been some great finds in this box I have still received some pretty disappointing products. I do, however, feel that their customer service is exceptional which is incredibly hard to find these days. I even received an email just yesterday mentioning changes to the return process to make it better and easier to return items that you do not like. That is a huge plus in my book. As I have discussed in the past, I have issues returning products but I might try just to see how whole thing works. And if not... Kitty gets new makeup. And I know she ain't mad about that!

What's In The Box?

Bodyography Cream Shadow in Gleam:
At first, I was horribly put off when I saw this. I am not a huge fan of chunky glitter and this was littered with it. I refrained from digging my filthy fingers into it until I found some swatches online. I figured that the glitter was only an over spray and that turned out to be the case. It is actually a very pretty bronze shadow. It is very easy to blend and quick to throw on. I placed it all over the lid and blended it up into the crease then added a bit more on the lid. It looked like I actually spent a decent amount of time putting it on when in reality it took about 5 seconds. It looked neat and well put together. But seriously... fuck over sprays.

Lord & Berry Shiny Lipstick in Nudo:
I'm still butt hurt about this one. This stuff glides on like a dream. It is smooth and pigmented and smells lovely and sweet. But... it's nude. And I don't mean just your typical everyday nude. I mean nuuuuude. Nekkid. Bare-assed, never seen the sun kind of nude. It looked pretty swatched on my hand but on my lips it made me look dead or like I just ate an entire bag of powdered donuts. Or got carried away with the cocaine. Had I received a different color I would have been smitten.

Spellbound Eternal Top Coat:
It's a top coat. Nothing special. It got the job done. It's certainly no Seche Vite, but it works.

Seta Retractable Kabuki Brush:
It's cute and green and soft and great for travel. It also drags disgustingly across your face when you try to set your makeup. And takes foundation with it as you use it. Maybe it would work well with something like a powder foundation where there's nothing else for it to cling to but trying to put powder over a normal foundation was a complete fail. 

Overall, this was a pretty disappointing box. I did make a couple requests for my February box so I am interested to see how that turns out. I have heard from many people that Wantable will try their best to accommodate you in that regard. I might even have to go back and retake my style quiz to see if I can't get some better products. I do like that I have the option to opt out of certain products that I do not want to receive. Maybe I need to nix the nudes and tools? I guess we will see what the next box has to offer!

Spit It Out! 
What did you get in your January Wantable box? Do you subscribe to any of their other boxes? Let me know your favorites!