FOTD 8/26/16 Alice Through the Looking Glass Palette

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Hello and happy Friday! I am excited that it is the end of August. Fall is my favorite season and I am already (yes, it’s true) excited for Christmas. In fact, I have the majority of my shopping done. People always call me crazy, but I’m not the one stressed out come December.😉

Now that I’m done professing my love for Christmas, I will share this Alice Through the Looking Glass look that I decided to wear today. I’ve been in the mood for bright colors lately, and since I’m going to Disneyland soon, I can’t help but bust out the Disney palettes!

alic3EYES

UD Alice palette: Cake, Gone Mad, Paradox, Royal Flush, and Bandersnatch on the lids/crease/brow bone
Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette
Smashbox Limitless 15-Hour Cream Shadow in Topaz

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FACE

MUFE HD Foundation (old formula)
MAC The Perfect Cheek blush
Anastasia Crushed Pearl highlight
Maybelline Dream Matte powder

LIPS

Vitamin E oil
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Rush

That’s it! Have a good weekend!

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Sephora Play! July and August

play*Purchased by me

The last two months of my Play! subscription have been really great! Some products I have used before, but others are new to me, making it a nice balance of useful items. Let’s start with July!

Blotterazzi by Beauty Blender–This is a blotting cushion in the infamous Beauty Blender material. I haven’t used this enough to love it or hate it yet.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser– I’ve purchased this in the past and like it. This size will be perfect for traveling!

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer– I have used this in the past as well, and know that I like it. I’m happy to have it again!

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer– Another product I have used before, and one that I love! I’m excited to have this again.

Nest Citrine perfume- I was really excited about this because I love anything citrus! It does smell nice. I would probably purchase a rollerball to wear it a little more before investing in a larger size.

play2The August box is also a huge hit in my book, maybe even more so than July, because there’s an EYESHADOW in it!🙂

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-544– This is a muted rose gold color. It also has the same consistency as the full-size artist shadows. I don’t already have this color either, so that’s a perk!

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara– I’ve used this in the past. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it, so I will use it without a problem!

Clean Reserve Warm Cotton perfume– I haven’t used this just yet!

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm– YES! I absolutely LOVE this stuff! I had a sample in the past and am thrilled to have another. This is so soothing!

Lancome Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Care Moisturizer– I’ve never tried this before, and it is described as being between an essence and a moisturizer. Skincare is so confusing sometimes. I’m looking forward to trying this out.

Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil in Love Affair– This is a shimmery plum color, so I will definitely enjoy using this. I love colored eye pencils! It will also be perfect with the MUFE color.

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I am really happy with my Play! subscription. The last three months have been especially great, and in my humble opinion, worth the $10 a month. I find that when I have a beauty subscription like this one to look forward to, I actually purchase less makeup on a whim.

What is your favorite beauty subscription?

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Milk Makeup Holographic Stick Review

M1*Purchased by me

More Milk Makeup today! A holographic stick? What? I CAN BE A UNICORN? Basically that’s what went through my head when I saw this little beauty on Sephora’s website. This is a really unique highlighter that is holographic with a lavender sheen.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

This multi-use stick provides a prismatic glow for an out of this world, holographic effect. It’s loaded with meteorite powder and twilight pearls that create a prismatic finish. Swipe this highlighter on any skintone and wherever you want to create a prismatic look.

m2I have been experimenting with this stick for a couple of weeks now and am happy to say that I really love it! There are a few tricks to using it though. First, I recommend applying with fingers rather than a brush or with the stick. By using your fingers, the product blends more easily and evenly, and looks very smooth as compared to patchy and heavy (which can happen when applying directly from the stick). I have used it with and without foundation as well.

This product does contain oils, so if you have very oily skin, this may not last long for you, or it may not work on your skin. My skin is fairly normal, so I didn’t find any issues with it.

Another important thing to note is that this is a true cream product–it does not dry down to a powder. I’ve been able to use this over and under other highlighters, and I just love the effect. Be careful not to go overboard though, because you may end up with a big lavender stripe on your face!

M3I tried to get a photo that captured the beauty of this holographic stick, but it was really difficult.

If you prefer very natural makeup looks, I wouldn’t recommend this highlighter. If you’re someone who likes to experiment with makeup and different colors, this might be up your alley. I also recommend reading reviews on Sephora, as that may give you an idea of if it’s your type of makeup or not.

So far, I have been loving it! Have you tried anything from the Milk brand?

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Milk Makeup Gel Brow Pencil Review

  milk2*Sephora points perk

I’m really intrigued by the Milk makeup brand, so when this gel eyebrow pencil popped up in the shade Pilsner (medium brown) as a Sephora points perk, I decided to test it out! It claims 10 hours of wear, matte finish, and that it’s waterproof.

M1The color of the pencil is a versatile brown color that works for my brows. I actually thought it applied to my brows darker than it looked in a swatch on my hand, but that might just be because my brows are dark brown naturally.

The pencil glides on very easily; in fact, don’t press too hard, because you will smash the pencil quite easily and end up with too much product in your brows! It’s definitely a pencil to use gently!

I found that I have had to sharpen this quite a bit already, so I imagine one would really fly through the full-size pencil ($18).

While I didn’t test the waterproof claim, the pencil definitely lasts 10+ hours and it does have a matte finish.

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Overall, I like this pencil and will definitely use up the sample size. I might purchase this in the future, but I probably won’t be in a major rush to do so. My favorite selling point of this gel pencil is how easily it glides on, and that it wears for a long time. It’s definitely worth getting that deluxe sample if you can!

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Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream Review

neckcream*press sample

 Oh man, I can’t believe I’m writing about a neck cream. Neck cream! Where do I begin? First, thank you to the kind people at Strivectin for sending this to me to try. I have to admit those lines in my neck sometimes make me feel a little bummed out; however, they’re just part of life. For the most part, I am totally okay with aging. Aging is a privilege, is it not?

I feel like my neck shows my age more than my face does (I’m 35–so not old), so I was excited to test this out. When I sleep, I’m either on my left side, or on my back, which is not good for those neck lines. I use it by applying it in the morning and at night before I go to bed.  After a week or so, I did notice that my neck was looking smoother and the lines were not gone, but less harsh.

The cream is thicker and comes in jar form, so don’t forget to wash your hands before using it. Although it is a thick cream, it spreads nicely and isn’t heavy on the skin. It has a very mild scent that disappears upon application.

Part of the description on Ulta’s website states: “Over time, the visible effects of gravity appear reversed for even more refined and toned definition of the neck line, profile, and décolleté.” I feel like for me, this was true about my neck. I can’t speak for the décolleté because as of now, I don’t have issues with that.

I won’t mince words here: this product is expensive at $95 for 1.7 oz; however, it does come in a travel size container for $15 as well, so you can try before making a large investment.

Another thing I want to point out about this product is that if you visit the product on Ulta’s website and scroll to the bottom past the reviews, there is a large list of questions (not an affiliate link) from customers that were answered by the brand representative.

Overall, I have to say I am impressed with the product and am actually quite surprised that I noticed a difference, since I’m usually pretty skeptical with anti-aging skincare.

*Sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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