Fall Beauty Haul 2014

Finally crawling out from under my rock. I finally, finally got to see a neurologist today so I am praying that we can finally get these migraines under control so I can finally open my black out curtains and spend more than ten minutes in front of the computer screen without wanting to cry.

I will put up a post tomorrow with all the details of the visit and plans moving forward so I wanted to hop back in the blogosphere with something light-hearted so I wanted to share about my fall beauty haul and give some mini-reviews of the goodies I picked up on a blissful afternoon out of the house. I had just completed a project so I had a little fun money so I decided to do a little fall shopping.

 

Fall Beauty Hall 2014

 

I will start with September’s Ipsy bag. I have not shared the last two months because honestly, there was nothing really in either bag worth sharing. The only standout from July or August was a deluxe sample of the new Urban Decay Perversion Mascara which was amazing. I really didn’t want to like it but I really loved how black it was and how it made my lashes look. I just cannot talk myself into spending $22 on a mascara (even for a special occasion like my birthday).

Here are the September goodies:

September 2014 Ipsy Bag

 

I was actually very excited about this bag. The bag itself was adorable (hello, studs and gray? LOVE). Here is info on the items I received:

Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush: This was a nice brush. I don’t really use the crease end but I use the shadow end often and its really soft and does a good job blending out eyeshadow.

Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Basic Instinct: I am a fan of lip gloss and like nude glosses but as a very fair girl, I have to be very careful with the shade I use or else I look dead. This is one of those shades that make me look dead. The formula of the product is nice and the gloss felt nice on my lips but the shade was off for me personally.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask: Considering the abuse I put my hair through between lightening and coloring, I am always up for trying products that help repair some of the damage and keep my hair as healthy as possible. This mask was nice. I don’t dislike it but I can’t say that I am wowed by it either. It is hard to compare to the awesomeness of the NYC*EVA hair mask I received in a bag a few months ago (I promptly went out and bought the full size. That is how amazing it is).

NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Velvet: I am a huge fan of NYX. They have great products at great prices. This color is a perfect transition/crease shade. Love these shadows.

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish in Red Red Wine: I had received an eyeshadow duo from Pacifica in an Ipsy bag a few months ago and wasn’t really impressed but I really like this nail polish. The formula is nice, was easy to apply and the color is absolutely perfect for fall.

 

On my afternoon beauty shopping trip, the first stop I made was at Sally Beauty because I really wanted to find a product to both repair and protect my hair. Like I said before, I know I can be pretty rough on it and now that I am trying to grow it back out, I need to try to keep it as healthy as possible.

Sally Beauty Healthy Hair Products

When I went in Sally Beauty, I picked up two products from the brand Zotos Professional. I had never heard of the brand before but I thought I would try it out (there was a buy one get one free sale so it didn’t hurt to give it a try!). I picked up the 180Pro Heat Rescue Leave-In Hydrator and the 180Pro Miracle Repair Damage Eliminator Treatment. So far I really like them and I have no complaints. Once I have been using them awhile, I can make a better judgement but so far so good!

 

The last stop of the afternoon was Ulta. I have only recently discovered Ulta (in the last six months or so) but I am hooked. I love that they have both drugstore and high end brands (even though, let’s face it, I can only shop on the drugstore side but it can be fun to browse!). I like to shop online to take advantage of Ebates but afternoon trips to Ulta have become a fun girls’ day outing with Abby and my surrogate niece/daughter/family Taylor.

These were some of the goodies (the second picture shows swatches of colors from left to right):

Fall Beauty Hall 2014

FALL BEAUTY HALL 2014

 

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria (actually picked up at CVS): This was actually the first lipstick I have ever tried from Milani but have heard raving reviews. I love their blushes, eye liners, and lip glosses so I was excited to finally try a lipstick and the color is perfect for fall.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Berry Tempting (CVS): This is third lip gloss I have tried and I love it just as much as I love the others. Beautiful shade for fall!

ELF Studio Eye Refresh (Target): Eh, not too much to say. Glad I only paid $3. Thumbs down.

NYX Lip Pencil in Blackberry: Not sure why the color swatches so weird. It looks brown in the picture but its really just a darker berry color. Points lost on my end for not noticing sooner. Apologies.

NYX Simply Vamp Lip Crayon in She Devil: These lip crayons are AMAZING! I am loving the darker, vampy colors for fall so when I saw that NYX put out a new line, I was super excited. Unfortunately I was not the only one that was excited because there was only one left in the entire collection in store. The sales associate said they few off the shelf. I was only able to pick up She Devil in store but have recently ordered three more online when Ulta had a NYX 40% off sale last week! I picked up Temptress, Covet, and Bewitched and they are just as gorgeous!

Ulta Legendary Lengths Mascara: Stores sure know how to market and put just the right products in the checkout line to catch your attention. I have never tried any of the Ulta brand makeup but needed a new mascara so I picked this one up as it was on sale for $5. Its not a bad mascara but I’m not wowed. I like really black, really dramatic lashes so this didn’t quite reach that bar. It is a drier formula (which many people like) but its just not my preference, especially for top lashes. I will definitely use it up for either a base coat or my lower lashes but I probably wouldn’t repurchase this particular formula.

Prestige Cosmetics Brow Builder: I’ve never tried a gel eyebrow product before so I wanted to give this a shot. I tried it a couple different times to try to get the hang of it before making a judgement but this will be going back. I don’t think its necessarily the product that is the problem but its more of a color issue. This shade (medium/dark) is definitely too red for my brows. I may have better luck with the eyebrow pencil which has a wider color range.

Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity Liners in Deepest Black and Daring Green: These eye liners are amazing. I am definitely not a pro at putting on eyeliner. These liners have a smooth texture that just seems to glide on. I don’t think they would be the best option for winged liner but are otherwise fantastic and great for the waterline.

Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity Shadow in Hocus Pocus: O-M-G. This has to be one of the most gorgeous shadows I have ever tried. The duo chrome finish is gorgeous and absolutely perfect for fall. This shadow reminds me a lot of the Shade Shifter Shadows from Kat Von D which I love (but it looks like they may be getting discontinued). This shadow is very close to KVD’s On The Road. I most definitely want to try out more of these Prestige shadows! The eyeshadow swatch below Hocus Pocus is the NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Velvet and the lip gloss swatch to the right is the Cailyn lip gloss in Basic Instinct.

Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Make Waves: I haven’t tried this yet but I thought the color was absolutely beautiful! I originally found a similar shade in a Zoya polish but didn’t want to pay $9 for a nail polish so I am glad I found a cheaper alternative!

Revlon ColorStay Makeup in Ivory: Like one of my favorite YouTube beauty gurus says, I am a pale princess. In a society that likes to equate beauty with a tan, I am happy to embrace my paleness. It just stinks sometimes trying to find a foundation that is light enough. There is no makeup sin worse than wearing foundation that is too dark or that just doesn’t match. Because I battle redness and the attractive butterfly rash, I prefer full coverage foundations and this one gets rave reviews so I am excited to give this a try.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light: Going into menopause at 26 has not been too kind for my skin and I feel like I’ve lost some of my youthful glow. This product comes in four different shades which can be mixed into your foundation for an allover glow or you can use a sponge or stippling brush for specific areas you would like to highlight such as the tops of your cheekbones. Being fair I found this product perfect of my skin tone and would be interested to try the other pink and peach shades!

 

My apologies for the length of this post but I hope I have been able to show off some fun products to try out or add to your collection for fall! Is there an awesome product that you love for fall that I should check out? 

8 Things I Am Loving Right Now

WeGo Health 2013

Day 22 prompt: Write about the things you couldn’t live without – list things you love or need the most.

1.Jesus – There is absolutely no way I could make it every day living with chronic illness without the knowledge that my Creator was right there with me in the midst of it. I am thankful to serve a personal Savior who does not stand off at a distance but right beside me and knowing that gives me the strength to press on. Knowing that I can hold tight to the promise that the Lord has plans for me beyond the pain gives me hope beyond what I can express in words.

2. My family – I could not ask for a more wonderful and supportive family. My husband is my biggest advocate and support. I know it is difficult as there are times where he feels helpless to do anything to make me feel better but just knowing that he is there fighting alongside of me means so much. I cannot imagine what it must feel like to have to see your spouse wheeled back to surgery yet he has had to go through it six times already and every time he is right there with me. My entire family is extremely supportive and for that I am very lucky. I think my dad spent more time researching gluten-free options at Disney than I did and it really touches my heart.

3. Coke - Hi, my name is Jamee and I am a Coca-Cola addict. I don’t know what it is about the stuff but I am addicted. I know its bad for me (have you seen the pin on Pinterest where Coke can clean a toilet overnight? why hasn’t that scared me?!) but I just haven’t been able to quit. There are worse addictions out there right? (humor me)

4. Leroy Jethro Gibbs - I’ll be the first to admit that this hasn’t been my favorite season so far but I still need my Gibbs fix. I mean, who doesn’t want to look at this:

Leroy Jethro Gibbs played by Mark Harmon

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5. My TENS Unit – I have sang its praises before but let me just remind you of how awesome it is. It is worth every penny. I had a vicious migraine last evening and using my TENs and an ice pack worked great. I’ve always just used it mostly for lower back and pelvic pain until my chiropractor’s office showed me how to use it for migraines. Magic. Pure magic.

6. Hard Candy Correction Creme - It seems that BB cremes are all the rage these days so when I went shopping last week I browsed the beauty section and came across this brand’s creme. I have always been pleased with Hard Candy products in the past and for $8 it was hard to beat. I was not disappointed! It helps even my skin tone and brighten my complexion when I don’t feel like wearing makeup (which is often these days). I also love that it has SPF! I can put this one and a quick coat of mascara and feel much more put together which I have learned makes a big difference!

7. Zofran - Another miracle. It works so much better for controlling nausea. Why does insurance not want to cover it though? Anyone else have experience getting insurance to want to pay for it?

8. My Blog Planner – I have tried various ways to try to stay organized and this Blog Planner by Click It Up A Notch has been the best by far at helping me stay on top of my game. Simply amazing and steal at $12.

Those are eight of the things I am loving right now – what are some of yours? What should I be checking out?

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