Thursday, May 31, 2012

Utterly disgusted with Google/Blogger

All my drafts are wiped!!! I had 5 of them that were almost finished. WTF?

I'll have to type them all over again...FML

Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer

A beauty enthusiast friend of mine from Canada who I surprisingly met through World of Warcraft (no joke) sent me a deluxe sample size of Benefits Porefessional face primer. My first thought upon seeing this primer was "Wow, that's huge for a sample size!", but after testing it a few times I've come to the realization that you need to use A LOT of product if you have multiple problematic areas of the face. It's very smooth and silky but strangely difficult to blend and spread out over large areas of the skin thus limiting the amount of usage. So you're wondering, does it really minimize pores?

No, not really. Here is the evidence.

Primer was applied under foundation.

lol, it is weird seeing all these cropped pictures of my nose xD

The photo abovewas taken to test the longevity of this product on a different day if you're wondering why my skin looks better. It was taken 6 hours after application and I still did not notice any difference in the texture of my skin. There was no blotting, powdering, reapplication, or retouch. It's hard to say if it was the primer that kept my foundation on all day or if it was the Revlon Colorstay foundation and silica powder. After 6 hours of wear, my nose did not get oily and all of the makeup was still in place so I suppose this is a good thing! It makes foundation apply smoother especially over dry areas of the skin but I noticed later on that it does nothing but accentuate the dry patches. It doesn't do too much to mattify very oily skin, but it is not very flattering on dry/flaky skin either which is why I believe this works best on normal/combination skin types. The price is $29 which is a bit steep for only .75 oz but if you're not on a budget, hey why not? You can purchase this here.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Tarte Jewelry Box Palette

YES, I know I am a few years late reviewing this palette it's just that every time I thought about purchasing it, it's always out of stock!! Crazy unfortunate coincidences. lol I managed to get it on sale for $45 on the official Tarte website with a retail value of $52 so I'd say that's a pretty good deal for 32 full sized eyeshadows, 8 lipglosses, a full size bronzer & highlighter, 5 mini eyeliners, a mirror, AND a necklace! Even at it's original price, it is still an excellent value. Each Tarte eyeshadow refill is $17 and 17x32= a whopping $544!!! As you can see in the photos below, I ripped the pretty packaging apart and melted down the plastic with a lighter to depot all the shadows. It took me almost 3 days to complete but it was well worth it since the packaging has weak magnetic closure. Not very practical for travel and storing. :( I wish they would have names or at least numbered each thing in this palette because it's very difficult to review and remember which eyeshadow/lipgloss is which. :P

32 Eyeshadows- First 2 shelves

So lets start with these shadows.
There are 16 shimmers and 16 mattes. How awesome is that!? There is a fantastic variety of colors and finishes. I'd say out of 32, there were maybe about 4 or 5 that weren't as pigmented and smooth in texture like the rest but it certainly isn't a deal breaker for only $52.

MUG Corrupt in comparison to Tarte's black
Some more comparisons with MUG and the Urban Decay Naked Palette eyeshadows

Lipglosses and Park Ave Princess Mineral Powder Bronzer and Soft Pink Highlighting Powder

-1st Drawer

The lipglosses all come in pan form so most people assume they are going to be terrible but they are actually really good. Not amazing, but really good. 6/8 were non-sticky, don't taste bad, & the pigmentation is pretty decent. As you can see I depotted them into jars because melting the plastic underneath the pan liquifies the lipgloss and makes it spill everywhere as you're trying to get it out. Melting them also sheers the l/g out as well, which is what I did with the red one. So I find that scraping the product out is 10x easier and better. I really love the color selection of these, you get about 4 neutrals and 4 pinks/reds. This palette is so universal!

The bronzer (Park Ave Princess) is just fantastic, it has a very subtle gold shimmer in it and it look absolutely stunning on my cool fair skin as it isn't overly orange like a lot of other bronzers. Lighter golds look better on fair skin and this bronzer really hit the nail on the head for me. The highlighting powder probably suits light-medium skin tones because it looks invisible on my pale skin... so I really don't have much to say about it other than it seems a little powdery in texture.

Eyeliner Pencils- 2nd Drawer

*Pictures coming soon*

Comes with an army green, a matte black, a metallic black, shimmery brown, and a plummy purple. Not particularly a huge fan of these. They are really dry, have almost no staying power, and barely show up over eyeshadow with the exception of the matte black, I guess it wasn't TOO bad. I would have rather had 1 GOOD full sized dual ended eyeliner in brown and black rather than 5 mini crappy ones that I will probably throw in the trash. This palette really could have done without these, IMO.
Made with all natural ingredients/Animal friendly
Packaging is BEAUTIFUL. I love that it comes with a necklace, how neat!
You get your moneys worth...and then some
A lot of variety in color and finish so it has something for everyone
Mostly everything is smooth and pigmented well

Packaging is impractical especially for travel
A few of the eyeshadows and lipglosses weren't up to par with the rest of the palette
4/5 of the eyeliners were dry
 Difficult/time consuming to depot

Friday, May 25, 2012

Freeman and Montagne Jennesse Facial Masks *Reviews*

We all know how important it is to give our skin a deep clean every now and then. I've been using these masks since I was 15 years old because of how inexpensive they are at Walmart ($1.37 each for .5-.7 oz). Both Montagne Jennesse and Freeman are animal-friendly companies and use natural ingredients. The only downside to these masks are that they cause minor breakouts afterwards sometimes, but it is perfectly normal because the purpose of them is to clean out your pores and bring the impurities to the surface of the skin. These masks are great for all skin types and work very well with removing and preventing blackheads. Sometimes you can get two applications with one mask! (I like to put mine in a Ziplock bag after opening and save it for the next week.) Overall they are brilliant, I just wish I could find full sized versions of Montagne Jennesse Masques :( I will add more reviews as I continue to try the rest of these. Hope this is helpful to those of you looking for the perfect clay mask. Enjoy ;)

Montagne Jennesse

Deep Cleansing Clean- Up Mud with Aloe Juice for Blemish Prone Skin- Aloe Vera & Willow
"A special mud blend of Aloe Vera, Willow, Rosemary and Witch Hazel naturally target your problem areas for a clean complexion."

-This mask has an awful menthol smell which I would expect from most acne skincare treatments, but not this one since MJ's masks mostly smell wonderful like fruits and chocolate. While applying, it felt very creamy and soothing but as it dried it was EXTREMELY tight and a little itchy. If you have oily and/or acne prone skin, I highly recommend this mask because it is drying and tightening.
If you have dry or combo skin, you WILL need to moisturize after using this.

Chocolate Mud Masque
"This masque offers a feast of creamy delights.  It's outrageous! This deep cleansing masque helps unblock pores and moisturizes for skin that glows with health. It smells incredible - imagine these - Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter - creamy heaven. Enjoy!"

-This one is my favorite out of all of these! It looks, feels and smells EXACTLY like creamy chocolate. This mask does a fabulous job of purging my pores and it made 50% of my blackheads and redness on my nose vanish. Although this mask says it's best for dry to combo skin and it contains cocoa and shea butter, it still works amazingly on my oily skin and actually removed a lot the excess oil.


Deep Pore Cleansing Facial Clay Mask- Mint and Lemon
"This clay mask enhanced with Mint and Lemon Extract helps soothe and calm skin. It helps oily skin and reduces the appearance of large pores. Perfect for T-zone and oily skin types."
- The mint and lemon worked well, but I didn't feel any soothing or calming, it just kind of itched if anything. It smells wonderful though, I noticed a little pore shrinkage and it helped mattify my oily T-Zone.

Purges Pores Facial Clay Mask- Avocado & Oatmeal
"This rich clay mask, with added Oatmeal and Vitamin E, draws out excess oils and dirt, purging clogged pores, and leaving your skin clean and soft."

-This mask does indeed clean and purge pores, I just didn't notice any of the moisturizing benefits of the Vitamin E and Avocado. :( Although this mask isn't intended to offer oil control, it does a heck of a good job doing it on my T-zone! Smells and feels really good too! :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Miracle 7 Deep Conditioner Rave and Review

The first time I had used this conditioner, I put a ton of it in my hair and saturated it from root to tip and left it on for about 5 minutes in shower. I was 100% certain that my hair was thoroughly rinsed but boy was I wrong. After my hair dried that night it was lookin' greasy and nasty. So the following night I used half the amount I did before and only applied it to the ends of my hair, and worked/lathered the product about halfway up the hair so it wouldn't reach the roots. This method worked 10x better than the first time. I live in Texas, my hair is dry and frizzy so it take a lot, and I mean A LOT to make it greasy so that just goes to show how effective this conditioner really is. I had trouble working it through my hair because the product has a different texture than any other conditioner I have used. It doesn't feel like conditioner, it just feels like I'm rubbing wet hair when I massage the product in so it can be deceiving in that aspect. lol After I hopped out of the shower I noticed how easily I could run my fingers through it without any pulls or tangles getting in the way. The dryer damaged sections of my hair didn't dry first like they usually do which usually means no frizz!! So after my hair was completely dry, there was almost NO frizz- probably about 90% GONE. My hair is thin so of course this conditioner weighed it down a little, but it's nothing a little volumizing spray can't fix. Most conditioners I have owned usually contain about 8 oz of product, while Miracle 7 only has 5 oz so for $13 I guess I expected a little more product but it's well worth it since it works brilliantly. This deep conditioner is probably the best thing I've used to treat my hair outside of a salon and works just as well, if not better than coconut oil. It does contain some keratin for a straightening/relaxing affect but I dunno if this is a good or a bad thing. I suggest you google it. I will most likely purchase this again as well as other Miracle 7 products because this conditioner is AMAZING!


-hydrates, softens, tames, detangles, adds shine-does exactly what it claims to do
-has a good floraly smell but not too strong
-little product goes a long way


-weighs down thin hair a little
-difficult to work through the hair
-pricey for only 5 oz ($13 at Sally Beauty)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

MAC/Sephora Giveaway (Open internationally)

No, not having a giveaway YET. I'm waiting to reach 50 followers which means we have about 17 more people to go. So if you share this with your friends, the sooner I can get this started! With only 50 people, you have a very good chance at winning! xo- Lys

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hiatus for a week or so...

It's crunch time since I am moving in a few weeks and I need to put a little time aside to get things packed. I have a new palette, mascara, facial masks, and a few primers to review but I won't get started on them until next week....So I'll be back soon. Thank you everyone for the subs and support!! xo - Lys

And check out my blog sale if you haven't already ;)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

ELF Essential Custom Compact Review

Pretty cool, huh? ELF lets you customize your own quad! If I didn't hate ELF's eyeshadows, this would be amazing because of how affordable this is! $1 for the compact, and $1 per eyeshadow pan. They fit MAC sized eyeshadows which is also a bonus! Sadly, my eyeshadow pans are not magnetic so of course I had to take it apart and customize it.

 The plastic setting and the metal sheet underneath comes out really easily so I decided to take one of my old fridge magnets and cut it to fit the bottom since none of my pans have magnets in them. I then glued it to the bottom of the compact, paper side down.
Hehe, the Comedian.

5 pans can actually fit in this compact once you take out the plastic setting! :) The mirror it comes with is very large and perfect for in your purse. Of course, the sponge applicator is useless as most of them are. Once my magnetic sheet was glued in, I put the plastic setting in and the lid of the compact would not close which is sort of a bummer but at least I could fit in an extra eyeshadow. :) Overall, it is a really good, versatile, sturdy compact and a fantastic deal and perfect for on the go!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Caboodles Black Lace Case Review

 Purchased at Target for about $27, and I actually had to return the first one I bought because one of the metal pieces that held the shelves up were broken. Kinda lame, but I should have checked for flaws on the inside before buying it. My advice is to not purchase this online because of the metal pieces being so flimsy and there is no sense in paying $10 to ship it back for an exchange or return.

The exterior of this case is gorgeous, sturdy and looks like it was made really well! Sadly, I don't feel the same way about the inside. I like the type of material on the inside because it is easier to clean than most, but the pattern is kind of tacky in my opinion and the shelves are not sturdy enough. The handle and locks/buckles are pretty decent and I like that it comes with a key to keep your things safe during travel.

This case measures 11.25" which is a decent size for travel but probably too small for a makeup artist. It's a perfect size for a gal that just likes to carry a big collection everywhere with her. So there are 6 shelves and bigger space at the bottom for larger things like palettes and moisturizers.

To give you a general idea of the the shelf sizes, they can probably hold about two layers of 7 NYX lipglosses which isn't ideal for compacts especially big round ones like MAC blushes. You have to keep them in the bottom, which frustrates me because I like to keep my palettes down there.

In this photo I have 1 Z-Palette, 1 Naked Palette, 1 home made palette made out of a gift tin, and 1 palette from TKB which is the same size as the Naked palette except not as thick. There was still actually more room left over for another Z-Palette which is pretty awesome as it holds quite a bit! This case could probably hold about 4 Z-Palettes even with extra room left over on the side, just in the bottom!

This is a photo of an elastic band sewn onto one of the sides. I'm not 100% sure what it's for but it holds eye makeup brushes really well! The handles of face brushes are too large :( There is one sewn onto both sides making a total of 12 slots to store your makeup brushes!

Overall, I give it 4 stars because I like the 6 shelves that pull out for efficient organization and the outside of the case is really pretty and durable. I like that I can lock it because I travel a lot with my makeup. I find it neat that they added elastic to the sides to hold brushes so you can really make the most out of the space inside this case. However, the shelves are flimsy which isn't too big of a bummer, it just means that I have to be careful and not over stuff the shelves or jerk them around too hard. Again, I don't like the interior but it's not a deal breaker because it's not like I have to wear it. lol The price is kinda high, but compared to professional makeup cases, this is pretty reasonable. :)

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