Top 5 Favorite Ardell Lashes!

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Today we’ll be talking about my top 5 favorite lashes from my favorite affordable lash brand, Ardell. These lashes are  widely accessible, very affordable, and excellent quality. So let’s get into my favorite styles. We’ll start with number 5, and work our way up to my ultimate #1 favorite!

Number 5: Glamour Lash – Black 102 

Ardell Glmaour 102 Demi.jpg ($3.99) 

These are very spiky, and taper to be longer at the ends, thus giving the eyes a wide, elongated effect.

halo eye .jpg (Shadows are from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

When I initially bought this pair, I figured I wouldn’t really like them, but they’re dramatic and unique, and a lot of fun. The spiky tips help open up my hooded eyes, and they’re easy to apply (easy for lashes, anyways).

Number 4: Glamour Wispies 

Ardell Wispies.jpg ($3.99) 

These are super dramatic, and perfect for an equally dramatic smokey eye.

smokey collage (Shadows from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette) 

These are really big lashes, so if you’ve got eyes that are very hooded or very small, these most likely won’t work well on you. My eyes are hooded, but I can just barely pull these off and I love it.  With that being said, these aren’t every day lashes for me. They’re very dramatic, but perfect for looks like these.

These have a very thin band, making them easy to conceal, but can be a little more difficult to apply at times. Personally, I love a thin band, but it comes down to personal preference.

Number 3: Cluster Wispies #601 

Ardell Cluster Wispies 601.jpg ($3.99) 

Lashes that have these longer chunks throughout the band really help open up your eyes, so these are perfect for those of us with hooded lids.

cluster wispies 601- .jpg (Shadows are the Maybelline The Nudes Palette)  

As you can tell, I’m really into lashes that open and elongate my eyes, so these are no exception. The first time I put these on, I thought they were just too much for me. The more I wore them, the more I fell in love with them. I love how they accent any eye look and give me those ever-coveted doe eyes.

Number 2: Soft Touch #162 

Ardell Soft Touch 162.jpg ($3.99) 

These have a much thicker band than the others, due to the layered style of the lashes.  Something about how these look is just absolutely stunning. The tips are tapered, and the end flares out for an elongated look.

soft touch 162 (Shadows from the Maybelline The Nudes Palette) 

These are more “natural” than some of the lashes I’ve shared, but add something really special to the eyes. They look gorgeous with any eye look, and I’m so crazy about these!

And finally,

Number 1: Demi Wispies

Ardell 120 Demi Wispies

These are a cult favorite lash for a reason. It’s very short and thin on the inner corners and flares out beautifully for the most fantastic tapered lash effect.

demi wispies         (Shadows from the Maybelline The Nudes Palette) 

These lashes amp up every single eye look imaginable, and really bring something extra to your whole look. They look great on very natural or dramatic eye looks, and are the perfect lash for those with hooded eyes.

 

That’ll be it for today’s post! I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you have, be sure to sign up for email notifications of my future posts.

And as always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. All products shown were purchased myself.

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July 2016 Ipsy Unbagging + Review

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Once again, we’re here to take a look at this month’s *Ipsy bag! If you’ve missed all of my other posts, Ipsy is a $10/month subscription service that sends 4-5 personalized cosmetics and beauty products to your door every month.

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This month’s theme is Hot Summer Nights, and I’m so into this bag. Normally I’m not a fan of the bags, but I love this one. The holo design is stunning, and I see myself actually using this, instead of just throwing it in a drawer and forgetting about it. Now, let’s get into what’s in this bag!

The first thing I pulled out of the bag this month was the BeFine Night Cream.

befine.jpg (Not sure of the full size price, website is not particularly user friendly.) 

We’ve gotten products from BeFine before in previous Ipsy bags, but I’m really not crazy about this. If you’ve got more normal skin, this might be something that will work for you. For me, this just doesn’t pack enough hydration for my skin. This also made my skin feel very textured and gross. I just don’t see myself using this, and will definitely not purchase a full size.

The next product I pulled out of the bag was TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in “Matt Moskowitz”.

meet matte trimony.jpg (This is a sample from the Meet Matt(e) Trimony palette, which retails for $42) 

This is my first time working with a shadow from TheBalm, and I don’t dislike it.But for the price of the full palette, I would expect it to be more pigmented and blendable. The color is beautiful, but I found it to be kind of patchy and hard to blend.

matt moskowitz swatch.jpg

You can even see in the swatch that it’s patchy. I can’t speak on the quality of the entire palette, but if every shade is like this one, I’d skip on it.

I was ridiculously excited to pull the Too Faced Hangover Primer out of this bag!

hangoverx.jpg (Sample size; full size retails for $32) 

This primer is a cult favorite, especially for those with drier skin types. This has a lot of skin nourishing ingredients like coconut water to help replenish and hydrate dry, dull skin. This has a lotion consistency, which is my personal favorite for primers, and smells vaguely of coconuts, so I won’t complain about that.

This really did make my skin feel hydrated, and added some much needed luminosity. However, I’m not really sure its worth the $32 price tag. I do like it, and I’m happy to have it, but I find it very comparable to the Maybelline Blur + Illuminate Primer, and I might actually like that one more. If anyone’s interested, maybe I’ll do a comparison post between these two. In the end though, I do really like this.

Last cosmetics product in the bag is the Model Launcher Felt Tip Liner in “Emerald Isle”.

model launcher emerald isle.jpg (Full size; retails for $13) 

I have a pretty extensive makeup collection, however, I can say that I didn’t have an emerald green liquid liner. This product has changed that.

emerald isle swatch.jpg

This is a very rich emerald shade, as the name implies. The felt tip applicator is very thin and easy to work with, and makes it easy to create a very fine line. As you can see in the swatch, this bleeds really easily. I didn’t notice it happening on the eyes though, but it should be mentioned nonetheless.

ipsy eye collage.jpg (This is a quick look I did using the Matt Moskowitz shade we talked about earlier, and the felt tip liner.)  

This applied beautifully and was noticeably green, but not overwhelming. If you’re looking to amp up your liner with a little color but not obnoxiously so, this could be a great product for you.

This isn’t something I’ll be using daily due to the shade, but I’m really fond of the formula and may purchase a more wearable shade.

The last product I received in this month’s bag is the Sedona Lace EB13 Brush.

sedona lace eb13.jpg ($13.95) 

Brushes are never something I go out of my way to purchase, specifically because they’re kind of boring. So I love getting different brushes in my Ipsy bag to try out, and this one is amazing.

I’ve heard Sedona Lace brushes raved about often, but never tried one until now, and I’m really impressed. This is affordable, very soft, blends my shadows beautifully, and hasn’t shed at all. I have nothing bad to say about it, and I’m really happy to add it to my brush collection.

And that’s it for this month’s Ipsy bag! This is probably one of the best bags I’ve gotten in awhile, so I’m glad to see Ipsy stepping it up a little!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and if you have Ipsy, what was your favorite product this month?

As always, thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This is my personal Ipsy referral link. If you’re not interested in using that, just visit www.ipsy.com

**This post is NOT sponsored. All products were purchased myself.

 

 

The Monthly Meow: Cat-Man-Doo Extra Large Dried Bonito Flakes for Cats & Dogs!

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Today is our July edition of The Monthly Meow, where our guest, Daechir, helps us review a pet friendly product courtesy of Chewy.com!

bb.jpg (Exclusive photos of intense cuddles)

July has been a busy month for us, as I’m sure it was for everyone! We had family here for the 4th, and took an impromptu trip to Mt.Rushmore!

Luckily, we had plenty of time to try out the Cat-Man-Doo Bonito Flakes!

bonito flakes.jpg (This retails for $19.48 on Chewy.com, making it the cheapest place to purchase this product.) 

Unlike all of the other products I typically talk about, these are suitable for both cats and dogs, and that’s because all that’s in it is fish. Yep, just dried bonito tuna flakes. No preservatives, no additives, just fish.

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This is the extra large flakes in a 4 oz bag, but there is an alternative with crushed dried flakes called “sprinkles” that comes in a 2.5 oz bottle, if you’re more interested in that.

This is meant to be used as a treat, or as a meal additive. So if your pet is a finicky eater like Daechir, the smell of this is very enticing for them, so you can sprinkle a few flakes onto their food to really stimulate their appetites.

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As you can see, the flakes are pretty large. Not all of them are this size, and are very easily crushed, but that really isn’t a big deal to me. I don’t mind if they’re more sprinkles than flakes.

One thing that really needs to be mentioned is that these have a very strong scent. I find it pretty offensive, but my boyfriend says it smells like smoked salmon and it doesn’t bother him. After giving these to Daechir, my hands will reek like these so I wash them pretty much immediately.  Ultimately, it’s not a huge deal because Daechir loves the smell.

flakes

If you’ve been reading The Monthly Meow for any length of time, you’d know that Daechir is very picky. Her favorite treats are Temptations, and she doesn’t even usually give other treats the time of day. But I’m happy to report that she is really a fan of them. She can smell the open bag from a mile away and comes running.

I ask her if she wants some “stinky fish flakes”(what they’ve been dubbed at our home) and she knows exactly what I’m talking about, and goes nuts, as you can see in THIS video from my Instagram!

From an owner’s standpoint, I think this is really a great product. Daechir loves them, they’re useful as not only treats, but as a food additive and appetite stimulant.  I’m also really impressed with how straightforward it is. There’s no concern for harmful ingredients, it’s just dried fish.

As for Daechir’s thoughts, she’s a big fan.Which says a lot, since she’s so particular about her treats and food. This is actually something I see myself repurchasing, because I think if we run out with no backups, there may be mutiny in the ranks.

And that’ll be it for today’s post! Thank you to Chewy for giving us the opportunity to do this every month, we always have fun trying out the products and adding  new things to Daechir’s life!

If you’ve never ordered from Chewy, I strongly recommend doing so. I have never shopped with a company that has better customer service than they do. Before I ever blogged with them, I was and still am a shopper. So I don’t just say this because we do this every month. Every time I have an interaction with anyone on the Chewy team, I am so impressed by how they connect with and truly care about all of their customers. People I have referred to Chewy have nothing but good things to say. So don’t just take my word for it, make an order and experience it for yourself, because I guarantee you’ll be a happy customer.

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. Chewy sent me this product for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

AFFORDABLE Skincare Routine for Dry Skin!

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Today, we’ll be talking all about my affordable skincare routine for dry skin! If you’ve been here for any length of time, you’d know that I have severely dry skin and really struggle with keeping my skin hydrated. I also have redness and a lot of skin texture due to my KP. With that in mind, let’s get into the products!

As everyone should, I always start out my skincare routine by removing my makeup. I truly believe one of the worst things you can do to your skin is not removing your makeup by the end of the day. Even if you’re exhausted, always take it off before bed!

My current favorite product to use for this is the Boots Botanics All Bright Micellar Cleanser.

IMG_5203($7.49) 

I’ve mentioned this in my May Favorites post, and I’m still really loving it. Micellar waters have become very popular due to their convenience. If you’re strapped for time or just too tired to do your entire skincare routine, you can use just this. I have done that, and as it does work, my skin requires more hydration than this can give on it’s own. However, using it as it’s intended, this removes my makeup wonderfully, without leaving my skin feeling dry and stripped. This actually removes waterproof mascara like it’s nothing, and doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. Definitely my favorite makeup remover I’ve found yet, so if you’re in the market for a new one, check this one out!

Once my makeup is off, I use my favorite facial soap, the Little Pea Soaps Breast Milk Rose Clay Charcoal Facial Soap.

breast milk soap.jpg ($10, just sold out,I will update when it’s back!)

I’ve talked all about this soap, as well as its interesting ingredients in a monthly favorites posts, and a full review on several Little Pea Soaps products, so if you’re interested in more in depth information about this, check those posts out. Basically this is packed with amazing ingredients that all benefit dry, problem skin. I really believe anyone could use this, but I can only speak to my experiences with it.

This soap has single handedly changed my skin. My skin is not nearly as dry as it once was, my redness and texture are reduced, basically every skin problem I face this tackles. I swear there’s some kind of magic in this product, and I basically panic if I run low. Long story short, I really think if you have issues with your skin that this product could really help!

Next, this is typically the time I’ll use a mask on my skin if necessary, so I’ll share some of my favorites for different needs.

My favorite exfoliating mask is the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask.

mask collage.jpg ($4.29) 

This is an excellent exfoliator, especially if you need something a little more abrasive.If you’ve got very sensitive skin, this may not be for you. But this does the trick for me!

My favorite masks for days where I’m breaking out a little is the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Mint & Lemon Mask.

PicMonkey mask 2.jpg ($4.29) 

This mask really helps stop blemishes in their tracks! If you’ve got oily skin, definitely check this out! I don’t find that this dries my skin out more than necessary for drying up breakouts, but I do think it’s necessary to follow up with a moisturizer.

Lastly, my favorite mask for when my skin just feels off is the new L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox & Brighten Mask.

charcoal collage ($12.99) 

If you missed my review on the full L’Oreal Pure Clay line, clink the link for more info. This mask really helps pull toxins from my skin, and just makes my skin feel much less congested. I do see my skin looking visibly brighter after using this too!

Once I’ve removed my mask, I always moisturize. This is probably the most important step for me (besides removing my makeup). My skin is so dry that if I were to skip this, my skin would not only look awful, it would feel awful. My favorite moisturizer is the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream.

cetaphil.jpg (This size retails for $15.49, the smaller size is $9.99) 

This is the only moisturizer I’ve ever used that has kept my skin hydrated and smooth. I know people with oily skin that love this too, so I really think it’s a great moisturizer for everyone. I have the massive size, so whenever I run out, I will definitely repurchase!

After using my moisturizer, I’d typically follow up with my eye cream. I’m not using one I’m crazy about right now, so I won’t be mentioning a specific product, but I do think this is a crucial step!

To finish up my skin, I never fail to use a little of my Now Foods Organic 100% Pure Jojoba Oil.

jojoba oil.jpg ($10.95) 

I’ve talked about my jojoba oil plenty of times, but I swear by it. Jojoba oil most closely mimics the skin’s natural oils, so since my skin is really lacking in that, I use this to replace those oils my skin fails to produce. You can also use this on your hair and body, and it works super wonderfully! If your skin needs a little extra boost, I highly recommend jojoba oil.

To finish up my skincare routine, I will typically exfoliate my lips using the Elf Cosmetics Lip Exfoliator.

Lip exfoliator.jpg ($3; original scent) 

This is supremely easy to use, since it’s in this lipstick format. This is just abrasive enough to really clean up the dead, chapped skin on your lips, without overdoing it. This is super affordable, works well, and comes in 3 different scents!

And to finish up all of my skincare, I have to end with a lip balm. My current favorite is the Replenish Soap Company Lip Balm.

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Peppermint is my personal favorite, but there are plenty of others to chose from! These really moisturize my lips like nothing else I’ve ever used. These just sink into my lips and keep them hydrated and smooth. I’ve already used up 2 of them, and am dying to get my hands on another!

So that’s my skincare routine. I hope this has been helpful for anyone with my skin type who’s struggling to find products that will keep your skin hydrated and in great shape.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to subscribe for future posts; and as always, thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

 

 

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – Review!

Welcome back!

Today I bring you a review on the hottest palette to hit the market right now, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette.

Modern Renaissance

This is the first palette that Anastasia Beverly Hills has released that will be permanent in the line, so I definitely had to get my hands on it the minute I saw it.

This palette retails for $42, making it a little more expensive than previous ABH palettes, but I believe that’s due to the ingredients used in these shadows, as they differ from previous palettes, as well as the ABH singles.

As for the packaging, this is a beautiful mauve color with white lettering, and the brand name in metallic rose gold. I really love how this palette looks, but I LOATHE how it feels, It’s got this sort of fuzzy velvet texture that I really despise. Not only does it just feel gross in my hands, but it collects shadow fallout and fingerprints really easily as well, and is hard to keep clean. Now, let’s get into the actual palette!

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What initially drew me to this palette is probably what intrigued everyone else as well, the beautiful berry tones. Don’t get me wrong, I love neutral palettes, but I have several. Seeing a unique palette hitting the market is really something I’ve been hoping a company would come out with, and finally, the makeup gods have heard my cry and delivered.

I own absolutely nothing like this, and even though it is a warm toned palette (as is the current trend) the raspberry, red, and orange tones really set it apart from other current releases.

In the palette, you do get a good sized mirror, as well as a double ended brush. One side of the brush is a dense duofiber smudge brush, while the other is a fluffy blending brush. I like the blending brush, but find the smudge brush just a little too scratchy for my tastes. I would have preferred an eyeliner be added instead of the brush, but I won’t complain.

Onto the shadows!

This palette contain 14 shades,  12 of which are matte finishes, 2 are metallic, and 1 is a satin. I disagree a little, and I think the shade “Tempera” is much more of a satin than matte, as it has a reflective quality to it that mattes do not have.

abh swatches 1.jpg (First row of shades; and yes, my arms have hair on them because I’m a mammal and far too lazy to wax or shave them.) 

From top to bottom(as described on Ulta’s website):

  • Tempera– velvety beige; satin finish
  • Golden Ochre– earthy yellow; matte
  • Vermeer– iridescent shell; metallic
  • Buon Fresco– antique lavender; matte
  • Antique Bronze-metallic sable; satin finish
  • Love Letter–  raspberry, matte
  • Cyprus Umber– dark coffee; matte

All of these shades are incredibly creamy, buttery, and very pigmented. Not a single shade in this row disappointed me at all, and all appear very true to the color in the pan. Tempera is very similar to my skin tone, so it is difficult to see in my swatch, but there are no issues pigmentation wise with any of these shades.

These shadows are a tiny bit powdery, but that isn’t a deal breaker for me. As long as I tap the excess off of my brush, I have no issues.

ABH swatches 2.jpg (Second row of shadows)  

From top to bottom(as described on Ulta’s website):

  • Raw Sienna– neutral amber; matte
  • Burnt Orange– deep orange; matte
  • Primavera– shimmery gold dust; metallic
  • Red Ochre-sienna; matte
  • Venetian Red– crimson; matte
  • Warm Taupe– earthy gray; matte
  • Realgar– brick; matte.

The only shade here that did disappoint me a bit was Venetian Red. There is nothing inherently wrong with it, but it didn’t swatch quite as well as the others, though it performs well on the eyes.

As with the last row, these shades are very pigmented and creamy, and I have to say that I’m really happily impressed with the quality of these shadows. This is my first experience with Anastasia eyeshadows, and I am really, really happy with this entire palette. The shadows are wonderful, blend effortlessly, and work beautifully together.

The mattes all blend really well, and go on fully pigmented, the satin shades are no different. The metallics don’t initially go on as intense as they look in the pan, but they are easily to build up, and are especially intense when used wet.

Warm Taupe, Buon Fresco, and Burnt Orange are all permanent in Anastasia’s line, but I can’t speak to the quality of those, as the formula does differ, but if you’re only interested in those shades, they are available individually.

I can understand how a lot of people could be scared of this palette because of the bold selection, but this palette is incredibly versatile, and can be used to creative very dramatic to very daytime appropriate looks.

I’ve done 5 different looks using all of the shades in this palette, all ranging from very “wearable” to dramatic, although I personally will and have worn all of these looks.

ABH look1.jpg (This is the first look I did with this palette, very simple technique, just to get a feel for the shadows.)  

  • Transition: Realgar
  • Crease: Love Letter
  • Lid: Vermeer
  • Highlight: Tempera

For this look, I also used the Ardell Cluster Wispies #601, and the Nyx Slide On Liner in “Jet Black” in my waterline.

cool toned mrp.jpg (Look #2 is  very understated and cool toned with big lashes)  

  • Transition: Warm Taupe
  • Crease: Buon Fresco
  • Lid: Antique Bronze
  • Outer V: Cyprus Umber

Lashes are the Ardell Soft Touch #162 and the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in “Smog” on my waterline.

smokey collage.jpg (Look 3 is my favorite, super smokey with huge lashes!) 

  • Transition: Raw Sienna
  • Crease: Venetian Red
  • Lid: Cyprus Umber
  • Highlight: Tempera

Lashes are the Ardell Glamour Wispies, waterline is Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in “Hot Chocolate”

natural eye mrp.jpg (Very natural and daytime appropriate!)  

  • Transition: Warm Taupe
  • Crease: Cyprus Umber used very lightly
  • Lid: Primavera

Lashes are the Ardell Natural 110s, liner is the Elf Expert Liquid Liner in “Coffee”, and Rimmel Scandaleyes pencil in “Nude” in the waterline.

halo eyhe.jpg (Not sure how I feel about these lashes, but it”s always fun to try something new!)

  • Transition: Burnt Orange
  • Inner/outer lid/crease: Red Ochre
  • Center of the lid: Primavera
  • Highlight: Tempera

Lashes are the Ardell Glamour Lash #102, Liner is the Elf Intense Ink Liner in “Blackest Black” , waterline is Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in “Perversion”.

So ultimately, I’m really loving this palette, and having a lot of fun stepping outside my comfort zone with it, and coming up with really fun looks; and I really recommend this to anyone who’s thinking about it!

And with that, we’re at the end of today’s post! Which look was your favorite, and will you be picking up this palette?

As always, please sign up for email notifications of my future posts if you’ve liked this one, and thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored, all of these items were purchased by me.

 

Arachne’s Demise Review!

Welcome back!

Today I bring you a review on a few products from an indie brand called Arachne’s Demise.  cosmetics overview.jpg

Arachne’s Demise specializes in natural cosmetics as well as homemade castile soaps, an entire beard line (we won’t talk about that here today, happy to report I don’t have a beard to take care of.), and more!

The owner was kind enough to give me a wonderful discount, as well as sending a few things free of charge. So without further ado, let’s get into it, because we have a lot to talk about!

Starting with the soaps I tried, the Secret Garden Castile soap

Secret Garden Castile Soap (Just went out of stock, but I’m sure it will be back soon!.)

This soap smells so amazing! It’s a very warm, almost masculine leaning scent, with woodsy tones. This soap is absolutely beautiful too. Little known fact, I’ve always loved old keys, I used to collect them when I was younger. So I couldn’t resist this soap, and it actually came with a little key charm that I made into a necklace.

secret garden collage.jpg (The bottom of the soap has a key that was molded out of soap embedded in the bottom. How cool is that?)   

As for the formula, this is a castile soap, which is made out of pure olive oil. The lather that comes from this is different from what I’m typically used to. The soap is very slippery when wet, and foams up in tiny little bubbles and makes for a really rich, soft lather. This kind of soap is for particularly great for dry, sensitive skin, and for children as well!

I really love the wax seal on all of these as well, I love the small details  that have been put into this soap, it really shows how much care is put into it.

All in all, I really love this soap and have been using it consistently, and really recommend it to anyone who likes the same kind of scents that I do!

The owner of the company, Annie, even makes YouTube videos showing how she makes her soap! Check out THIS video to see how this soap was made!

Next up, the Bee Sweet Castile Soap.

Bee Sweet Castile Soap.jpg (Just went out of stock too 😦 Hopefully will be back soon!)

This soap has a very sweet honey almond scent, due to the organic almond meal, local honey and bee pollen in the soap.

This one lathers just as well as the other one, and smells great on the skin.

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The little bee and hive sculpted out of soap on the top are so ridiculously adorable! Mine lost his wing, but worse things have happened. I think this soap is excellent, just like the Secret Garden soap, and would make a great summer gift!

We have a lot of products to go through, so I’m going to try to breeze through it all as quickly as possible!

Moving on to the cosmetics, we’ll start with face products, the Creme Luminizer in “Radiant Gold”.

Creme Luminizer gold.jpg (Just went out of stock as well, I expect a big restock soon!) ($14)

I mentioned this in my June Favorites post, and I have really been enjoying using this as a primer. This adds a beautiful glow to my skin while hydrating at the same time. My only qualm with this product is that I wish the mica in the formula was a bit more finely milled. Whereas I really love the effect this gives, if you get up close to my skin while wearing it you can see particles of glitter. It’s very subtle but it should be noted nonetheless.  I’m still a huge fan or this and will continue to wear it! This also smells like subtle roses, which is awesome. There are also several shades suitable for most skin tones!

Next up for face products, the Creme Concealing & Contouring Palette.

contour.jpg ($14) 

I have mine in the shade “Fair”, as always. This was also in my June Favorites post, and just like the last product, I really like this. These colors are great for fair skin, and blend effortlessly. This is a very emollient product, and I do recommend keeping it in a cool, dark place due to that.

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If you’ve got very oily skin, I’m not sure I would recommend this to you, since it’s very emollient. but if you’re normal or dry like me, I definitely suggest checking this out!

Next up, eye products. And we’ll start with the Pure & Natural Mineral Eyeliners.

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I have two of these, in the shades “Nightlife” and “Penny”.

eyeliner swatcges.jpg (“Penny” on the left, “Nighlife” on the right) 

As you can see in the swatches, these are highly pigmented. I did have an issue with “Nightlife” melting during shipping, and it was replaced free of charge immediately, so definitely a testament to excellent customer service.

As for the formula, I prefer Penny to Nightlife. Penny is a little stiffer than Nightlife, so the color payoff is a little stronger, and it sticks to my waterline much better than Nightlife does. Nightlife goes on with good pigmentation, but kind of leaves a film on my eyes. I have chronic dry eyes, so a lot of liners will kind of separate and leave a film on my eyeball. If you’re a contact lens wearer, I’d avoid this for that reason. Otherwise, these have really nice staying power and last well on my waterline.

My last eye product to talk about is the Rose Water & Mineral Mascara.

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My adventure with this mascara was kind of interesting. My first tube came to me very clumpy, and that’s because my tube had melted during shipping and resolidified once I got it. I was immediately sent another one, and I ended up accidentally breaking the wand off in the tube. I’m very sure this was user error, and I probably pulled on it way too hard. But because of the issues I’ve had, I really can’t recommend this product due to not being able to try the formula. I don’t count this against  the brand or company at all, and I really think that it was just a total freak accident, and perhaps I’ll repurchase soon to give it an actual try.

Moving on to lip products, I’ll start with the Lip Frostings.

lip frostings.jpg ($6) 

These are gorgeous, non-sticky glosses with beautiful pigmentation. My only issue with is the packaging. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it, but I would really prefer a traditional lip gloss tube with a doe foot applicator. These can get kind of hard to apply due to the squeeze tube. That’s definitely not a deal breaker though.

These also smell strongly of rose. I personally find the smell really pleasant, but there is a subtle taste as well. It isn’t particularly offensive to me at all, but if you’re someone who is sensitive to that kind of thing, I would avoid these.

All three of these glosses have shimmer in them, but there is no gritty feeling whatsoever. They last about as well as would be expected with any gloss. Around 3 hours without eating, but I do typically need to touch them up after a few hours.

faerie swatch.jpg (Lip Frosting in “Faerie”.)

Faerie is a beautiful nude with a slight purple microshimmer running through it, and it’s absolutely stunning. This is definitely my favorite shade of the bunch, and I have been wearing it constantly.

this one is actually gold digger not the other one whoops.jpg (Lip Frosting in “Flambe”)  

Flambe is a little more sheer than it initially appears in the tube, but can be built up to very full opacity. This is a warm orange shade with finely milled golden shimmer throughout.This color is great to warm up any nude that’s a little too nude, or to be worn on it’s own.

this one is actually gold digger not the other one whoops (Lip Frosting in “Gold Digger”)

This one appears similar to Flambe in the swatch, but is more of a warm pink than orange. The gold shimmers in this are more prevalent. I really have nothing bad to say about these at all, and I really like them all, and more than likely will get the rest of the shades!

Moving on to the last product we’ll be talking about today, the Pure & Natural Lipsticks.

lippies.jpg ($8)

These are traditional bullet-style lipsticks that are highly pigmented and very creamy. As you can see in the photos, these all have some sort of shimmer, but nothing overwhelming. It’s got just enough shimmer to really make the lips look plump and healthy.

As for the packaging, it’s a very basic black tube with the label adhered to the end of the tube. The shape of the lipstick itself easily glides around the contours of the lip, making it very easy to create a nice line without the aid of a lip liner.

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These all have a very natural scent, doesn’t smell like anything in particular, but it is noticeable. The shade “Brick House” has the strongest scent of them all, and actually has a bit of a taste as well. Again, not crazy unpleasant, but should be noted.

As for the formula, these apply very smooth, creamy, and opaque. They wear really well, especially for a cream lipstick.

Birthday Suit lipstick.jpg (Pure & Natural Lipstick in “Birthday Suit”

Birthday Suit is a beautiful warm, peachy nude with the slightest hint of shimmer running through it. By itself, it can be a little too nude on me, but I really love to top this shade with the Lip Frosting in “Flambe” and bring out those warm tones. This applies very smooth and even, and has been in my every day rotation since I got it.

brick house swatch (Pure & Natural Lipstick in “Brick House”

This shade is exactly what the name implies, a beautiful deep brick red. I prefer to wear this one with a lip liner, as it’s typically the best thing to do with darker shades. This applies beautifully, and doesn’t really have a noticeable shimmer. This is absolutely going to be a go-to for me in the fall, but that won’t stop me from wearing it now!

tigress swatch.jpg (Pure & Natural Lipstick in “Tigress”. )

As we’re all aware, metallic lips are back in trend, and I seriously had to put this one away so I would wear something else, that’s how much I adore this shade. It’s a nude, but it sets itself apart from the rest of the nudes in my collection because of how unique it is. It looks beautiful with any eye look, and the shimmer in it really makes the lips appear more plump. This is definitely my favorite shade I picked up, and I cannot stop wearing this!

lip color swatches and name.jpg (Round up of all the lip colors heavily swatched) 

So ultimately, I’m incredibly happy with everything I’ve tried from this line. This is still an indie brand that is in progress, but for everything to be this great right off the bat really makes me expect more incredible things coming from this company.

ADmakeuo.jpg (Quick makeup look using several Arachne’s Demise products, also let’s ignore my vicious sunburn)

  • Creme Luminizer in Radiant Gold as my primer 
  • “Penny” eyeliner in my waterline 
  • “Tigress” lipstick topped with “Flambe” lip frosting. 

Necklace is the key charm from the Secret Garden soap!

And that’ll be it for today’s post! I’ll link Arachne’s Demise Etsy shop, as well as social media accounts below for those who are interested. If you check it out, be sure to let her know that Makeup In Montana sent you!

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

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*This post is NOT sponsored! I received a personal discount for this shop, as well as some of the products free of charge. I will never accept products or compensation for a falsely positive review. My thoughts and opinons are 100% honest, and always my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L’Oréal Pure Clay Masks – Review!

Welcome back!

I’m back from my brief hiatus to bring you a review all about the new L’Oreal Pure Clay Face Masks!

loreal pure clay masks

There are 3 masks in this collection, all for different skin types and concerns, all retailing for $12.99. (some retailers may vary, I’ll link the most affordable one I can find.)

pure clay

These are packaged in a glass container with a plastic lid and stamper inside to keep the product from leaking into the lid.

These are said to weigh in at 1.7 oz, but I’m really not sure how accurate that is. With the packaging being a bulky glass jar, I really sincerely doubt that there’s 1.7 oz of product in these. Not to mention, all of the jars are not even remotely close to being full. There seems to be some sort of air bubble in every jar that really takes away from the product, that you’ll see in the close up pictures. Because of that aspect of these, I really think that these are overpriced.

My favorite masks are the Freeman Masks available at Ulta and most drugstores, and those come in at $4.29 for 6 oz. If you break down the prices, the L’Oreal masks cost $7.54 per oz, where the Freeman Feeling Beautiful masks cost about $0.72 per oz, making the L’Oreal masks over 10 times more expensive. Yikes. After comparing the ingredients, the L’Oreal ingredients really don’t differ in ingredients themselves or quality.

So with all of these details out of the way, let’s get into the masks themselves.

Starting with my least favorite mask of the group, the Exfoliate & Refine Clay Mask.

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This mask is infused with red algae and exfoliating particles to exfoliate skin and minimize pores.

This doesn’t dry down as much as the others do, and the exfoliating particles are not only not abrasive enough for me, but they’re really difficult to remove from the skin. I had to scrub my skin really hard to get the particles off, and even then I still had them everywhere.

This did leave my skin feeling relatively soft, but I haven’t noticed anything particularly wonderful. I don’t think this mask is bad, but I also really don’t think that it’s worth the $12.99 price tag when my Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask does the same thing but better and for $8.69 less.

Moving on, the Purify & Mattify Mask.

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This mask is infused with eucalyptus, and claims to mattify and tighten the skin, absorbing excess oils and leaving the skin feeling pure and fresh.

This mask really did help purify my skin. I used this after I had been hiking all day, and it really helped soothe my skin without overdrying it. Typically when I hear the term “mattifying”, I run the other way due to my very dry skin. But I actually found this to be really gentle and really did what it claimed to do. My skin felt really nice after using it. Does that justify the price for me? No. I do like this, and I will continue to use it, but I think the Feeling Beautiful Mint & Lemon Clay mask has the same effect for a smaller price tag.

The final mask in this line is the Detox & Brighten Mask.

charcoal collage

Out of all of the masks, this is my favorite, and the one I think is actually worth it’s price. This goes on really smooth and opaque, and once it dries you can physically see where it’s pulling impurities from the skin. This not only makes my skin feel good, but I see a noticeable difference in how my skin looks. After using this, my skin looks brighter and my skin texture is reduced.  My skin loves activated charcoal, and this is no exception.

If I were to recommend any of these masks, it would definitely be this one. None of these masks are bad, but this is the one that I have yet to find a match for, so if you’re looking for a new clay mask, this is one I definitely suggest checking out!

With that being said, that’ll be the end of today’s post! I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and don’t forget to sign up for email notifications of my future posts!

And as always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. These masks were sent to me free of charge by L’Oreal via Bzzagent. Some links are affiliates.

 

June Favorites Makeup Look!

Welcome back!

Each month after sharing my favorite products, I’ve been putting together a look using them all to show them in action! If you haven’t read my June Favorites post yet, I definitely suggest you check it out to get a little more in depth with all of the products used in today’s look.

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Face Details:

-Primed with Arachne’s Demise Creme Luminizer in “Radiant Gold” (Shop closed until July 3rd)

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth in “Porcelain ” for foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in “Fair” set with the yellow/beige shade in the Elf Contour Palette.

-Cream contoured & highlighted with Arachne’s Demise Contouring Palette.

-Highlighted the high points of my face with the Dirty Little Secrets Baked Highlighter in “Bellissima” 

-Set my entire face with the Wet ‘n Wild Photofocus Setting Spray.

Hard Candy Velvet Matte Mousse Lip Color in “Cherry Blossom” on my lips.

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Eye Details: 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette for my shadows.

Naked Cosmetics Pigment in “Sierra Nevada 02” in the center of my lids.

Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in “Hot Chocolate” on my waterline.

Covergirl Super Sizer Fibers mascara.

Elf Instant Lift Brow Pencil in “Neutral Brown” set with Elizabeth Mott “Queen Of The Fill” Brow Gel in Medium/Dark.

And that wraps up this quick post! I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and don’t forget to enter my giveaway, ending on July 11th!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. All products were purchased myself besides the Covergirl mascara. I received a personal discount for the Arachne’s Demise products.