Monday, July 27, 2015

UPDATE: Ipsy Bags

June and July IPSY Bag reviews will be posted soon - and I'm SO in love with one product in particular that I've already ordered more. Intrigued? Stay tuned...

Review: MAC Cosmetics Lipstick - PLEASE ME




This is my face after using MAC's shade "Please Me" - this is with no filters to distort the shade. I've used their lipsticks in the past, and I'm always pleased with consistency, staying power, and true to shade effectiveness. This time is no different. This is absolutely my new favorite matte "nude" and is easily made into a gloss with a touch of your own favorite shine. I have some new Makeup Monsters that I'm looking forward to using to ombre this shade with, but I think it's quite perfect on it's own. And if you've never bought MAC lipstick? IT. SMELLS. AMAZING.

Review: ETSY EDITION - OliveDeer

Today I'm reviewing my order experience with the Etsy shop OliveDeer.


Oh. My. Goodness.

This has been one of my best Etsy experiences thus far. She and I are currently working on a top secret project that I'll let you know about later, but as it's a present for someone, I can't divulge details. However, for this teeny tiny perfect diamond ring, I could not be more satisfied.

She is kind, quick to respond, and goes above and beyond when it comes to customer service. I can rave all day, but why not take a look for yourself?



Long story short, she is AMAZING. Go support a mama who is making beautiful things at home, naturally - and who happens to do a freakin amazing job at it.

Buy her stuff here :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

RIP Neutrogena Oil Free Stress Control Power Foam Wash

It took me years to find the perfect face wash.

Years.

Not even joking - for years I dealt with ugly, embarrassing and PAINFUL cystic acne on my jawline. I could feel them coming up before I could see them, but I couldn't do anything to stop them. Then they'd last forever, and even after they were gone, the red blotches were still there. It looked awful.

I tried new things and I stuck with them for the recommended periods of time. I'd wait and wait, hoping for results, seeing a little and wondering if it was the change in my routine or just a random coincidence. I tried many different face washes, from $10 drug store finds to $50 specialty brands. Some did give me results, but nothing ever cleared my skin like Neutrogena Oil Free Stress Control Power Foam Wash. Mouthful of a name, but a heck of a product.

I started using that with Neutrogena Oil Free Stress Control Toner and Benefit's Total Moisture twice a day. I also use clariSEA's salt scrub and charcoal mask twice a week. My skin has been clear ever since. I do get a tiny bump here and there around my period, but no more painful cystic acne. I add a dab of Neutrogena Oil Free Stress Control spot treatment to the bump and it never lasts longer than two days. I'm satisfied with my routine and I've stuck with it faithfully. So I was a little worried when my foam wash began getting harder and harder to find. I stocked up on what I could find and sent Neutrogena an email.


This, my friends, was the response:



While it was nice of them to reply and make suggestions, I HAVE the cream wash. I don't like it. It wasn't as effective and I don't like the way my skin feels afterward. So here we are. I'm back at square one and terrified of what's going to happen with my skin.

I have seen bottles of the foam wash for around $25 online, so I know there's a demand for it and people are exploiting that. But even if I bought every bottle I found, it's going to run out or get old and I still have to start over.

For now, I'm going back to purity by philosophy because it was my favorite before I found this. I also like Benefit's Gentle Foaming cleanser, but neither one was as perfect for my skin as Neutrogena's.

So there it is. If you've spent hours on the internet looking for Neutrogena Oil Free Stress Control Power Foam Wash, you can stop. Take that energy and use it to email Neutrogena over and over again, please, and let's convince them to bring back this awesome face wash! I've seen on many forums, on Amazon, on eBay, on other beauty blogs, that this has been a miracle product for many of you. Get in touch with Neutrogena, if you love this product, and convince them they're making a huge mistake.

Or go cry in a corner.

Either way.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

March 2015 Ipsy Bag

It's here! Here's my March 2015 Ipsy bag:



This month, I got:


  • Sexy Hair - Soy Renewal Creme Oil 
  • NYX Cosmetics - Butter Lipstick
  • Chella - Ivory Lace Highlighter 
    This is the only item I've tried because I couldn't resist as soon as I opened my bag. I applied it to clean skin, meaning I used no primers before application. It went on smoothly, blended quite well and was completely subtle. I used it as it's main purpose, a highlighter: on my brow bone, on the inner and outer corners of my eyes, and just a bit to my cupid's bow on my top lip. It worked well and did give me a more awake, perky look - but I can't wait to play around with it's reported contouring benefits as well.
  • Dr. Brandt Skincare - pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion
  •  Marsk - Mineral Eyeshadow


As always, updates/reviews will be posted as I use the items. Trades open for the pores no more lotion, the Marsk mineral eyeshadow, and the NYX lipstick. They have yet to be opened but if I don't receive trade requests in the next day or two, they will most likely be swatched with a clean applicator. Email me at aGirlyMMA@gmail.com for trade requests :)