Tuesday, May 31, 2016

| TEACHING TUESDAY | How To Save Money On Make Up!




Make up is amazing. It can be used to make people more confident in themselves by hiding whatever flaws they believe they have or it can be used as an artistic form of self-expression. Make up has tons of benefits, and it can be used in a thousand different ways.
The only problem with make up is it can be so darn expensive. Some products that work amazing have a high price tag and even when you buy cheaper items, there's just so many different, beautiful colors and interesting products that you just end up buying them all.
But, alas, I am here to help you save money on make up, even if its just a few bucks.

Here's a list of some ways to save money on make up, so you don't have to give up on feeling like the beautiful person you are!


1. Check Out Dollar Stores

I've actually found some pretty amazing items at Dollar Tree before. I've scored e.l.f brushes, Essie nail polishes, and some Milani products at the dollar store. Dollar Tree also sells L.A. Colors brand. I love their liquid eyeliner and they have tons of cute nail polish colors. And the best part is everything is $1, never more. I've paid a dollar for products that you'd buy in the drugstore for around $8. Just be careful with purchasing make up products at Dollar Tree, they may be expired. It's also a very hit or miss deal. What some people might find in their store, you may not and expect some stores to sell out of these items quickly, being that it's such a great deal.
You can also check out other dollar chain stores. The Family Dollar store in my neighborhood sells some CoverGirl products for less than what I'd pay at the drugstore.




2. Check Out The Drugstore & Use Coupons

If you're into high end products but your paycheck isn't, you might want to look into finding drugstore brand dupes. Youtube Beauty Gurus post videos about amazing dupes all the time which can be used for reference. Sometimes you'll even find a drugstore product you like more than the high end one you've been using.
Another great thing about drugstores is you can use coupons and they're always running sales. Plus, many offer points systems, (ex. CVS ExtraBucks), that can be used as money you can use on future purchases.

3. Sign Up for Rewards Cards at Beauty Stores


I'm a Sephora VIB member, and the perks are great. Every purchase you make accumulates points into your account. Once you've earned enough points you can exchange them for deluxe samples. Sephora also has member-only sales and free samples.
Ulta has a rewards program as well, which basically does the same thing. If you're going to be buying a lot of make up, you might as well get rewarded for doing it.


4. Check Out Discount Websites

There are a few websites that offer extremely affordable make up products. You can check out Amazon and even Ebay too, which sometimes have better deals. ShopMissA is a website where everything is $1. You can find some e.l.f products and L.A. Colors, as well as some other lesser known brands. It's a great place to shop if you're looking for products to try out or to stock up on some favorites.

5. Use Every Last Bit

I can't begin to tell you how many times I've chucked a liquid foundation that still had two days worth of product inside because it was going to be "too hard to get out". You can actually use a Q-Tip to get some of it out, they also sell little tools to get the most out of your foundation bottle. (Check out the picture below to see how much product I was able to get out of an old foundation bottle). 
But remember, make up does expire! Each item has an amount of time that item is safe to use for once opened.Using expired make up can cause some problems for your face and eyes, so don't use that last bit of mascara you opened up a year ago, that you should probably just trash. If you're interested in finding out more about how long you should keep a product for you can check it out here




6. Look For Free Samples 

There are websites designated to only free samples, which include make up. Just do some research first so you don't get spammed or scammed. Many stores also have samples too. Samples are great because you can try something out without having to spend money on it. PinchMe is a great site for free samples. If you have any form of social media you may also be able to try out Influenster which sends you free samples that you review on any platform.



*BONUS* If you're looking for another way to save money on make up or anything for that matter, you can try out a few survey sites. In exchange for taking some time to answer some questions you can be rewarded with gift cards. My favorite is Swagbucks. I'm going to do a review on it tomorrow for my Worth It Wednesday post so keep an eye out for that. But for now you can check out the site by clicking on this link. http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/wokkstarr7 [author's note: this IS a referral link]


Let me know what you think of these ways to save money on make up. Have you tried them out for yourself? Did they work? What types of money saving tips do you have? Feel free to share them in the comments.
Thanks for reading and don't forget to follow, share & comment!

XoA

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Monday, May 30, 2016

| MAKE UP MONDAY | Bare Minerals Foundation, Concealer + Mineral Veil


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Hi everyone & Happy Memorial Day!
I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday & their day off from work or school.
Please, everyone, don't forget to take a few minutes out of the day to remember and honor those who died in service while protecting and fighting for this great country!
Without these brave and noble individuals we all may not be here right now.



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So for this weeks Make Up Monday I decided to do a review of a higher end brand. I have been a huge fan of Bare Minerals since I was in 9th grade because my mom, who rarely wears make up and has extremely sensitive skin, swears by it and let me try out some of her products back in the day. I usually only used the mineral eye shadows because at the time my teenage face was generally blemish free and I didn't ever really need to use foundations, which is most certainly not the case now, bummer. I fell in love with the eye shadow the second I used it, the colors are beautiful and the pigmentation is insane. 

Back in December, though, I ordered a mini "sample" pack of the Foundation, Concealer, Mineral Veil, and even their Primer from Sephora, it even came with two mini brushes that are really cute. Okay so, I'm going to say this now because I don't really like spending a lot of money on make up- I'm a drugstore kind of girl for the most part- but this brand is a little expensive. The kit I bought is sold from about $20-$50 and the size of each product is small. It's meant to be a 30-day starter kit, to try out the product and see if it works for you. Don't buy the full size which runs for about $30 unless you tried it already or you really like it.

Lets get into this review!



Although I've had this set since December I didn't try it out until yesterday. It's been crazy hot in New York this past week, like 90 degrees hot and wearing a heavy liquid foundation pretty much sucks when you end up getting sweaty. Not only is it bad for your face in general, all that product seeping into your pores, but it also just feels really uncomfortable. It feels like you're melting. I was about to go out to run some errands but my face was bad, red, blotchy, I had a few breakouts so I couldn't skip any foundation. But it was just so damn hot out and I didn't want to feel like the Wicked Witch from the end of The Wizard Of Oz. Then it was like a light came down and shined on this little make up kit and I decided to give it a go.

Literally me in the summer.


My expectations weren't very high. I've tried using only powder and mineral foundation on my face, but always found that there was never enough coverage, I've always needed a liquid base. 



First, I put the primer on which felt like a really good quality primer. It was thick when i squeezed it out of the tube but spread out really nicely on my face.

Then, it was time for the moment of truth, I took the adorable mini brush that came in the kit, did their signature "Swirl, Tap, Buff" to get the product on and my mouth literally dropped. From one circular movement the spot on my face that I applied it to was fully covered. FROM ONE CIRCULAR MOTION! I was shocked to say the least. I continued applying the foundation, stopping every few motions to gape at the fact that this stuff worked and it worked good.

Next it was time to try out the concealer. I have never used a non-liquid concealer before so once again I wasn't expecting much. But this stuff is amazing too! One tiny bit and it covered a bright red pimple up no problem. I was officially in love with this brand after that. It's also great for highlighting your face, my nose looked bomb when I was finished with this!
The Mineral Veil is a more sheer coverage and used to kind of "tint" the foundation that's already on your face and give it a little sheen. I actually didn't use it yesterday but I have used it in the past and it's awesome. I usually use the Mineral Veil over liquid foundations as a light coverage finish. 

Now, right after I applied the foundation and concealer I went for an hour walk up to the store in 90 degree weather. This stuff stayed on my face. I didn't feel gross and it even lasted until 12 AM, which is rare for me because the oils on my face usually only make foundations last a couple of hours then I have to blot and reapply. This stuff is literally magic.

This picture is 100% unedited. This is an actual representation of what this foundation looks like applied. Don't believe me? Run some "high tech Photoshop finder tests"!

I think this might actually be one of my favorite products ever. I rarely find a foundation I love as much as this one. Just remember, what works for me might now always work for you. Every one is different and that's whats so great about make up, it caters to everyone's personal needs and preferences. 

Thanks for reading this review on Bare Minerals Foundation, Concealer, and Mineral Veil. Below you will find my official review system, and the final score for this product. I will also leave links to these products if you want to try it out for yourself. Don't forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of this product. Did it work for you? Or do you hate it? Let me know! 
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Review:

Points based system, each is worth 10 points for a total of 100 points. 
Seal of approval!

- Coverage (Did it cover blemishes with one application?) :  9/10
- Color (Was it true to color? Did it match skin tone?) : 8/10
- Price (Was it too expensive? Was is cheap & good quality?) : 7/10 [ author's note: It is expensive but it's so good, I'll skip dinner and buy it]
Durability (Does it last long? Will it hold up to sweaty situations, ex. exercise?) : 10/10
- Ease of Use (Is it easy to use, are the steps simple, can basically anyone do it?) : 8/10
- Duration of Application: (Does it take a long time to apply?) : 7/10
- Skin Sensitivity (Is it good for sensitive skin? Or does it cause breakouts, rashes, or does it burn?) : 9/10 [author's note: I have sensitive skin and this works for me, I had no breakouts, no rashes, etc. But what might work for me might not work for you, everyone has different skin]
Pigmentation (Is the color bright? Does it show up well?) : 9/10
- Smell (Does it smell bad? Good?) : 10/10 [author's note: it had no smell]
- Overall Satisfaction with This Product (Recommend to a friend?) : 10/10 
Total Score: 87/100. 87%!


Links:

- Bare Minerals Up Close & Beautiful: 30 Day Starter Kit: http://seph.me/1X5jSkU 
- Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer: http://seph.me/20Q1o5G
- Bare Minerals Original Foundation: http://seph.me/25tOeC4
- Bare Minerals Multi-Tasking Face Concealer: http://seph.me/1sjD412
- Bare Minerals Mineral Veil: http://seph.me/24eELZq
- Bare Minerals Brushes: http://seph.me/1sVAuz6


XoA

Monday, May 23, 2016

I'm BACK!


The title says it all.
After an extremely long (unintentional) hiatus, I have returned to the world of blogging.
Sorry to be gone for so long, my computer broke and it took me this long to get myself a new one. 
But, this break allowed me some time to figure out an awesome way to decide when and how often I'm going to post and what my posts will be about.
I made up a pretty nifty schedule for my blog posts, read below to find out what it is!

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Make Up Mondays

Every Monday will be devoted to all things make up! I'll discuss different products, from newbies to forever favorites and everything in between. I'll also post products that didn't work for me, dupes, collections, and maybe even a few tutorials!

Teaching Tuesdays

Tuesdays will be for anything that can be learned. This includes; arts and crafts, DIY projects, recipes, tutorials, and more!

Worth It Wednesdays

For Wednesdays I decided I would research some popular things (Ex: Survey Sites, trends, interesting products, etc..) and let you know if it's worth all the hype or not!

Throwback Thursdays

#TBT YO. No, but really Thursdays will be focused around anything that is a blast from the past! I'll include lists, some sold throwback music, and even some personal stories from my past!

Free Choice Fridays

Fridays will be for anything and everything. Whatever I feel like writing about, but I'll always let you know the theme in the title!

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* Although this is a schedule I truly intend to follow, things may change. I will also be posting randomly at times so look out for those posts too!*

Don't forget to follow this blog!

XoA