I’m pretty sure if I could only have one makeup item on a deserted island it would be mascara. Looks would be the least of my worries if I was stranded of course, but we’re talking hypothetical situations here. Regardless, I’m always up for trying new mascaras because it’s one of my favorite types of makeup, and it’s relatively inexpensive to sample. The mascara I tried for this post is Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Mega Plush Mascara in Blackest Black. This mascara retails at most drugstores for about $5.99. I’ve always been a fan of Maybelline mascaras for both their price and quality. This particular mascara is supposed to give your lashes extra volume, and it’s supposed to achieve this through its “revolutionary gel-mousse formula.”
First off, I loved the brush. It wasn’t as easy to apply the mascara as some other mascaras I’ve used, but the fibers were very soft and flexible as was the wand. Forgive me for not taking a picture. 🙂
Secondly, the formula is definitely different than what I’m used to. The texture is hard to describe, but it definitely feels unique. Once it dried, my lashes felt less stiff than with other products. I liked how soft they remained. The pictures below are after two coats of the mascara.
Honestly, I’m not sure if the product added much volume to my lashes. The wear was great; I hardly had any flaking throughout the day. However, I think I prefer mascaras that offer both lengthening and volumizing properties. Also, excuse my horrifically unkempt eyebrows in the picture below.
I would definitely recommend Maybellie’s Mega Plush mascara to someone who is happy with the length of their lashes but wants a soft mascara that adds a little bit of volume. I prefer pretty dramatic lashes, so if you wear a more natural look, this would probably work better for you.I’ve kept this mascara as part of my regular rotation, but I doubt I will be repurchasing it in the future. Maybelline still holds the spot as my favorite mascara creator, but Mega Plush just isn’t in my #1 slot. Hope this helps out anyone considering purchasing this mascara! If you want to try this one, get your own tube here!
Hi everyone! Sorry for the huge gap in posts, but I’ve been so busy lately! Okay, not that busy…I just haven’t felt like blogging. Whoops. Anyway, I’m back with a Beauty Blurb about some of my new favorite eyeshadow. It’s a Wet ‘n Wild product, which means it’s well priced and easy to find! This eyeshadow palette is from the Fergie line and is called Desert Festival. I found mine at Walgreen’s, and it was only $4.99! Plus, I had a coupon, so I snagged it for just over $3. Not bad at all.
I read recently that wearing eyeshadow colors that contrast with your eye color, makes your eyes look brighter and more vibrant. I have blue eyes, so according to a color wheel, oranges contrast most with blues.
Now, I’m not saying if you have green eyes, you should go out and buy some bright red eyeshadow (or do…live your life). However, shadows with hints of red or plum would probably complement your eye color. That being said, I was excited to find some positively reviewed, inexpensive, orange shadow! Also…ummm, sorry brown-eyed girls…guess you got the shaft on the color wheel…
The Desert Festival palette contains five colors and a sponge applicator. I’ve never been to a desert festival (I doubt Fergie has either), so I can’t vouch for the authenticity of the colors. As a non-desert festival attendee though, I can safely say they are heavily pigmented and have great application.
1. This shadow is a light tan with a hint of shimmer. It’s great to use as an all over base color.
2. This is my favorite color in the palette! It’s a bold red-orange color that goes on so bright and colorful. It’s unlike any other shadows I have in my collection for sure.
3. This shimmery brownish orange would be a great color for someone who doesn’t want to cover their eyelids in bright orange like a crazy person (AKA me).
4. This is a dark shimmery brown that is great for a crease color or an all over lid color.
5. This dark matte brown is my second favorite color in this palette. It can be used in several different looks. I’ve used it as both a crease color and to pat over eyeliner to make it look softer.
In this look, I used color #1 all over my lid and up to my brow bone, color #2 on the outer 3/4 of my lid, and color #5 in my crease and on my outer corner. I also added a light cream matte shadow to highlight my brow bone.
Did it make my eyes extra blue and vibrant? Um, I doubt it. I do love the fun mix of the orange though instead of the simple browns I usually wear. I think with a simple lip color, this shadow palette is perfect for fall. And at under $5, it’s not like you’ll go into debt trying to recreate this look. If you have blue eyes and want to try out some orange shades, you could also try out a bronze brown as it will have some orange tones without looking like you colored your lids orange with a crayon. If you’re loving the Desert Festival look as much as me, grab your own here!
As always, it’s best to wear a look that makes you feel your best! Happy November, and I’ll do my best to start blogging more often…I have several posts waiting to be written!
Since Louis & I are in Cali, we couldn’t attend my parents annual 4th of July Party this year. To distract ourselves from that, we decided to spend our Independence Day at Disneyland. Nothing’s as great as being with family, but we definitely had a fun day! Since we are in a hotel, I didn’t get to decorate for America’s Birthday. To appease my pain, I decided to decorate my body as much as I could. Okay, that sounded weird. What I mean is, I wore red, white, and blue eyeshadow and painted my nails navy and glitter! It was probably too much, but when else can you be that patriotic and not be judged?
Don’t worry, I don’t always do my makeup and nails this obnoxiously, but I figured I might as well go all out for the 4th!
Louis and I headed to Disney California Adventure first, so we could ride the thrills over there before heading to Disneyland for fireworks! It was a beautiful, sunny, hot day. We rode Tower of Terror THREE times without a wait! I guess everyone wanted to spend their day in Disneyland, and we were happy to have DCA to ourselves.
After Tower of Terror, we enjoyed the Disney Animation Academy building (a nice break from the heat), Toy Story Mania (Louis’s fave), California Screamin’ (another great way to cool off…it’s speedy!), and Soarin’ over California (one of my faves). Those are all favorites of ours, so I’m happy we were able to enjoy them! We figured Disneyland may reach capacity for the fireworks, so we headed over there around 3:30 PM to enjoy more rides. We grabbed lunch right away (corn dog for me! Yummmmm.) and enjoyed some people watching in Frontierland. After a bit of relaxation, we headed to ride Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion. Is there a better way to celebrate Independence Day than with Pirates and Ghosts? We didn’t think so. By then it was almost 6:00, so we decided to get a spot for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.
The parade was cute and a fun way to see several of my favorite characters. We also had a great view of Sleeping Beauty Castle and of Matterhorn Mountain.
As you can see, it was a beautiful, blue sky day! Another thing it was that day? CROWDED. The fireworks were scheduled for 9:30 PM that night. Louis and I assumed we could stake out a good spot around 8:00 PM. However, when we got our seats for the parade at 6:00 PM, there were already people saving seats for the fireworks! Even crazier, we talked to the people sitting behind us, and they had been saving their benches since 8:00 AM!!! They hadn’t gone on any rides or anything! They took turns grabbing food and using the restroom, and that was it! Louis and I weren’t that insane, but we decided to stay put to keep our spots for the fireworks show. While Louis saved our seats, I grabbed him a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar and a nice cold Coca Cola to wash it down (along with some Space Mountain FastPasses!). The crowds were so crazy and thick, that it was almost impossible for me to get back to him!
The time went by surprisingly fast as we chatted with the fellow Disney lovers sitting around us. We all exchanged stories, tips, and memories, and had a great time. Soon the castle was lit up for the evening.
Finally, 9:30 arrived and the incredible fireworks show began! The entire thing was probably around 20-30 minutes with speaking interludes, fireworks synced to patriotic music, and projections on the castle. I can’t lie, I definitely teared up a few times, while thinking about how proud I am to be an American! The show was beautiful, whimsical, patriotic, fun, and magical! Everything I have come to expect from Disney! The pictures below are a small sampling of one portion of the show, but they definitely don’t do it justice. The final picture is from the finale, which was obviously too bright and amazing for my iPhone camera to handle! Haha!
When the amazing show came to an end, we headed toward TomorrowLand because I was craving a yummy Mickey Pretzel. We perused the gift shops until our Space Mountain FastPasses were eligible, and then we hopped on our rocket to outer space! Since Louis had work the next day, once our rocket returned to earth, we decided it was time to head home. I passed out kept Louis company on the drive back, and we got back to the hotel around 1:00 AM. After our showers, we fell into bed, exhausted from our long, exciting 4th of July. It was a fun-filled day and a great way to celebrate America!
Hi everyone! I hope you’re ready for Part 2 of my Lush Loot! In Part 1, I focused on the Bath Bombs I purchased. This loot will be about the Bubble Bars, Massage Bars, Bath Melt, and Face Mask I sampled. Let us begin.
The first Bubble Bar I sampled was appropriately named Dorothy, which claims to “take you far from the rain and grey clouds to somewhere over the rainbow where blue birds fly.” I can’t claim a few bubbles did that for me, but it was a pretty fun experience! You are supposed to crumble these bars under running water and swish them around to create tons of bubbles to enjoy! There were several bubbles, and my bath water turned a beautiful green-blue color that you can see peeking out of the bubbles above. It smelled good before I put it in the bath, but the smell quickly dissipated once it dissolved. I do wish there had been more bubbles that were longer lasting, but this was one of Lush’s smaller bars. I suppose I shouldn’t complain. JUST KIDDING. I can complain all I want…this is my blog after all. I’m annoyed that I didn’t get more bubbles for the price of what I could have spent on 3 bottles of Mr. Bubble at WalMart.
YUM! This Bubble Bar smelled like I was walking through an orange orchard or swimming in a pool of Simply Orange! This bubble bar was covered in bright orange swirls, smelled delicious, and was much larger than Dorothy. The Lush consultant suggested this bar be used for up to 4 baths, but I threw caution to the wind and chunked the whole thing in my bath! I’m sure glad I did because the huge bar gave me the mountains I bubbles I was hoping for when I paid way too much for it. The water turned a super fun orange color, and the smell stayed pretty strong even after the bar dissolved. I was so happy to find a product I liked and would buy again. OH WAIT. This was a limited time product for Easter! BOO! They have similar bars (The Comforter and Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds), but I have a terrible feeling it just won’t be the same. Why did I set myself up for sadness here?
Ok, I’m not going to lie. I mostly bought this because the consultant used it to massage my hands in the store, and it smelled super yummy and made my hands feel like silk. Her other selling point was that it is edible. Um, stop being gross random sales girl. Mange Too is one of Lush’s massage bars, but I purchased it because it can be used as a lotion/moisturizer as well. I’ve since used it on my hands, elbows, and legs. I really like it! It smells super delicious, but, no, I haven’t licked my hands after I put it on. Because I’m not a WEIRDO. Also, I’m not sure why Lush would name a moisturizing product Mange Too, considering mange is a skin disease caused by mites. Maybe not the best mental image to conjure for their massage bars? Oh well, obviously didn’t phase me.
I’m not positive which bath melt this is, as it was a sample given to me by my Lush consultant, and I can’t find a comparable one on their website. She tried to sucker me into buying a bath melt, saying that their products only reach their full potential when they are all used together. She suggested using a bath bomb, bath melt, and bubble bar together in ONE bath. Ya, I’m going to spend over $30 on ONE BATH. I don’t think so. She threw in this sample though, probably convinced I would try it once and be hooked forever. Um, nope. It dissolved in my bath water and just sort of made it milky. My skin didn’t come out feeling butter soft and my world definitely wasn’t changed. I’ll never turn my nose up at a free sample, but this one didn’t do anything to excite me. Nice try, salesgirl.
The Sacred Truth
This little gem was also a sample given to me by my consultant. Once I looked it up online at home, I realized this particular Fresh Face Mask (The Sacred Truth) is for aging skin. Here is what the description says: “As you age, your dermis is thinning, losing its elasticity and ability to retain moisture, which can make the skin appear dull or sallow.” OUCH. Thanks a lot salesgirl. That bull ring nose piercing isn’t your best look, but you don’t see me throwing out advice at you. Regardless, I gave it a whirl, and I IMMEDIATELY LOOKED 10 YEARS YOUNGER. I’m kidding. I’m only 24…I dont’ think I need anti-aging products yet? DON’T correct me if I’m wrong. The face mask worked fine though. I did like that their Fresh Face Masks are “handmade with the finest essential oils, fresh fruits and veggies, deep cleansing clays, nutrient rich herbs…freshly squeezed juices, extracts, or whole fruits and vegetables.” They must be kept refrigerated, so they don’t spoil. This is also the reason they are only sold in stores and not online. I probably need to use this face mask a couple more times to give it a fair review, but overall, it made my skin feel fresh and rejuvenated, and it smelled clean and crisp.
Well, I suppose that’s it for my Lush Loot! I’ll be posting another one soon I’m sure! JOKING. While, I semi-enjoyed the products I purchased/received, I DON’T think most of them are worth the money. I’m sure Lush has to charge extra since they take pride in making products as fresh, organic, and chemical free as possible. However, I’m not super picky about that (so sue me), so I think in the future I’ll just buy some bubble bath from the kid’s section in WalMart. You think I’m joking?
I’ll save my trendy cravings for clothes or makeup. Feel free to try out these or other Lush products for yourself though, and let me know what you think! 🙂
Hey everyone! I’ve been seeing lots of stuff about Lush products on FaceBook, Twitter, and various blogs. Basically, Lush is a company that sells overpriced bath and cosmetic items under the cloak of them being all natural and packaged in recyclable containers. However, I am a sucker for anything cute or trendy, so I bought several Lush items to try. I purchased bath bombs, bubble bars, and massage bars, and I was given a free sample of a face mask a bath melt. I figured I would review the products for anyone who is curious about whether or not they should buy into the overpriced trendiness like I did.
One of Lush’s most popular products is their Bath Bomb. I purchased 4 different bombs to sample on my own. Below I have listed each bomb I tried and my thoughts.
Yes, you read that name correctly. The first bath bomb I sampled was Sex Bomb. It smelled delicious in the store, and I thought it was pretty. However, both the online description and awkward salesgirl telling me how this was an aphrodisiac made me uncomfortable. Just let me enjoy my bath, people. As you can see above, once the bomb dissolved, my water became a beautiful pink color. Honestly? That was about the coolest part. It only fizzed for about 20 seconds (I’m not sure how long I was expecting), and the smell was almost completely diluted in the water. Also, the “rose petals” were this odd gummy un-dissolving substance that just sort of floated around and grossed me out after the bomb dissolved. Since this was my first Lush experience, I was worried about the money I had spent on my remaining products to try and wondering how big of a waste it all was. Moving on.
THIS WAS MY FAVORITE BATH BOMB. Not to give anything away prematurely. 🙂 It was described as having an apple-cinnamon scent, and I LOVED how it smelled! As it dissolved, the different layers turned the water different colors. It started out with a frothy yellow (that honestly kind of reminded me of when algae builds up in a pool…gross, I know), and eventually, a blue foam started erupting. The yellow and blue swirled together and formed a frothy, yummy, fizzy bath. This one took the longest to dissolve and smelled the strongest (and most scrumptious!). Once the foam dissolved the water had turned a beautiful turquoise color. After the bomb completely disappeared a little paper saying “BANG” remained in the water….get it? FizzBANGer. For some reason, I convinced myself it was a centipede and freaked out. No clue why. This one was DEFINITELY worth the money, and I would buy it again!
If I’m being totally honest, I bought this one because it was glittery. It doesn’t show that well in the picture, but it was a really pretty blueish-purple color and covered in gold glitter. The smell was slightly citrus and slightly berry. I was really excited and expected my bath to be an explosion of glitter. That was not the case. As soon as I dropped it in the water, it started fizzing and popping and the water looked awesome. However, it dissolved in SERIOUSLY about 10 seconds, and my water was left a lackluster dull purple. The aroma was almost non-existent, so I think it’s safe to say I didn’t “explore the cosmos in a trail of purple stardust” as the Space Girl page suggested on Lush’s website.
This was the last bath bomb I tried, and it was pretty lame. It had a really yummy sherbet-y citrus smell, and before I used it the color was white with flecks of blue, yellow and pink. I assumed based on the multiple colors and size that the bomb would last for a good amount of time and turn the water a beautiful color like Fizzbanger. While the bomb did last a good amount of time, the remaining water looked like my sewage backed up into my bathtub. I mean, seriously, look at that picture above and tell me it doesn’t look like sewage water. The smell was mild to almost nonexistent once the bomb dissolved, and, due to what the water color reminded me of, I didn’t linger in the bath very long. To quote the Dragon’s Egg page, “you’ll feel like you’re up and away on the back of your own dragon.” I felt more like I paid $6.25 for a dragon to fly over my tub and crap in it.
As you have read, I only enjoyed 1 out of the 4 bath bombs I purchased. None of them were horrible experiences, but I did feel pretty dumb for wasting money on spheres of powder that dissolve in less than a minute. I have to say, I would buy Fizzbanger again because I loved the scent, and it was one of their moderately priced bath bombs. Come back soon for Part 2 of my Lush Loot to see how I reviewed my remaining products!