You guessed it, this is where we will discuss all things related to beauty. Want the low down on my latest purchase from Sephora? Dying to see that new indie brand eye shadow I got? Then you are on the right page.
Okay, so I’m not literally allergic to everything. I’m not even sure that is possible, but I’m not a doctor either. However, if you have read any of my past posts about my allergy to Balsam of Peru, then you know I actually only have one allergy but I react to tons of things. So when I travel, or anyone else that may have a contact allergy, I have to think of lots of little extra things to pack that maybe the average person doesn’t. I can’t just go into a hotel and use the soap, shampoo, etc… that they leave out.
So when you have to pack all these extras they can really start to take up a lot of space or you have to go buy a gazillion travel sized containers to put your stuff in. Over time you start to develop new tricks to make the load lighter, especially when you get into air travel and want to make sure you don’t have to check your baggage.
If you have been following me over on Instagram or Twitter, then you probably know I just recently went on vacation. It was during this time that I thought, why not do a blog post about the kinds of things you pack and why. So I snapped a few pictures of various things I took with me while on my trip. Let’s start from there.
From left to right Earth’s Recipe Moisture Bound Cream, Iceland Micro Hydrating Eye Stick from The Saem, Baviphat Urban Dollkiss Secret Recipe Rice Sheet Mask, and Hera Purifying Cleansing Foam.
Going clockwise from bottom left. Neogen Code 9 Gold Black Caviar Essence & Gold Tox Tightening Pack, Goodal Waterest Lotus Water Cleansing Tissue, and the Luseta Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner Set.
This particular trip was a road trip so I had slightly more freedom in how much I packed, but I still didn’t want to let it get out of hand. In order to save space I have taken to packing sample and travel sizes as much as possible. And of course sheet masks are always convenient to pack, and so much lighter than a bunch of bottles of essence.
If I can get my usual products in a travel size, I definitely hold on to them. Your probably thinking, but buying travel sizes is more expensive. And they would be if I were buying them purposely, but I have several ways that I have started acquiring these smaller sized products without spending extra money over what I normally would.
So here are some of the ways I started getting convenient sizes to travel with.
- First anytime you make a purchase online from a beauty store like Sephora or Ulta, they always give you samples. If the samples I am given are my choice, then I try to pick anything I know works for my skin first.
- If I can’t find a discount code when shopping at those places, then I always scan for codes that give me travel size products or deluxe samples as a bonus. Sephora is especially great for this option.
- The various subscription boxes I get almost always include some sort of sample size or travel size products in them each month. The ones I recommend the most for this is the Sephora Play Box, Glossybox, and BomiBox. They all usually include at least a couple of either samples or travel sizes and they are all on the more affordable side of beauty subscription services. BombiBox is a Korean beauty subscription and always is a safe bet for me to find something that is safe for my skin.
- If you shop at Walgreen’s and are a rewards member, try checking out at the beauty counter or shopping online and many times you will find sample sizes in your bag/order. Now if you have sensitive skin like me, this option is probably the least likely to yield usable skin products, but you might get a cosmetic sample that also work well for travel.
You may not always be able to get free samples or have things save up like I talked about. I get that these may not be feasible for everyone. But if you find yourself in a bind and you need to purchase some smaller sized items for an upcoming trip, here are the easiest places to get them.
Tell me in the comments below if you have any tips on how or where to get sample and travel sized items at little to no cost.
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I just recently got the Butter London Essentials Set, so trying Butter London nail polishes out for the very first time. If you follow me over on Instagram, then you know I have been really into painting my nails recently, and I have tried out lots of different polishes. I thought since I had a complete set from the same company this time, I would do a full on review here on the blog for you.
Here is what comes in the kit:
Each of those items are some of Butter London’s best sellers, and they are all available separately as well.
It arrived in the mail well packaged, and fully encased in bubble wrap. There is absolutely no worries of the product being broken short of a concrete block being dropped on it.
This is how they were packaged. The base and top coats were in boxes and the two colors were just open.
I decided to try out the color Yummy Mummy first, but I didn’t look at the instructions. I just did what I normally would do.
I applied the base coat first. It went on easily, and I thought it dried quickly. Then I applied a coat of Yummy Mummy. The formula is a bit thin and watery. This is my preference though. I don’t care for the formulas that are too thick. They take forever to dry and are really hard to work with.
It also has a wide flat brush, so it applied very easily. I only applied the one coat of polish. I looked at the directions after, and it says to use two coats. Honestly I thought at the time it was giving me full coverage or I would have used two. I can see after its all done that I needed two coats, but its not so obvious that everyone will notice it. I mainly just see it at the tips of my nails when I am standing in a brighter light.
Last I applied the top coat. Out of the three items, I thought this was the hardest to work with. The brush didn’t seem to want to hold enough product to cover all of my larger nails, and I have small nails. But this seemed odd since I the brush looks to be the same as the one in the Yummy Mummy container. But overall the product was a little too thick and sticky to call it easy to apply.
I got four days of wear before I got a chip, which is really decent. Once I got the first chip I went ahead and removed the color and applied the next.
I actually thought that since they were both neutrals and similar in tone that they would apply and wear the same, but I was wrong.
I started with the same base coat as before. Then this time I did two coats of color. I used the color Piece Of Cake this time. I noticed this colors formula was much thicker. I found it harder to apply, and as you can see in the picture I had way more areas to touch up.
It only lasted two days before chipping this time. I am curious to go back and see if it would be different with one coat. I will try and test that out in the near future for all of you. It will have to wait a bit though as I had some major breakage over my vacation.
I think this really comes down to what kind of formula you like. From my own perspective I would have no problems recommending Yummy Mummy as a color to try, and I personally will be trying a few other colors. However, if you know a thicker formula works better for you then A Piece Of Cake may be the color for you. And if you don’t know what works best for you then I would definitely go with the Essentials Set.
In the comments below let me know what your favorite Butter London polish color is. Do you have one that you would recommend to everyone?
This product was sent to me at a reduced price for review consideration. However all views are always my own, and expresses honestly.
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As many of you know, over the last few months I have been more focused on beauty and health related issues both here on the blog and on my social media. Since my health has been taxed lately I have had to conserve my energy, and the fashion posts in general just take far more time and energy to work on. Since I have been trying so many things, I have some great products to share with you. So I thought it was time to do a top ten post for you. These are things I have tried and fell in love with.
This makeup case is perfect for anyone who is either a professional makeup artist or someone who finds themselves traveling with large amounts of makeup on any type of regular basis. The main area of the case is customizable to fit your needs. It has slotted moveable dividers. This was perfect for taking with me to the Steampunk Symposium. It made it so much easier to keep up with all my makeup. And its a great deal at only $34.89, half the price of anything similar I could find in local stores.
I have been doing so much organizing with my makeup. When it comes to eyeshadow singles, especially the ones from ColourPop, they can be a pain to figure out what to do with them. These Eyeshadow Organizers have been a lifesaver for that. And they do fit most ColourPop Eyeshadows Perfectly. Each organizer holds 16 shadows.
This smokey eye brush set from The Vintage Cosmetic Company has quickly become some of my favorite brushes to use for eye makeup. They are intended for smokey eye looks, but they can be used a lot of ways including cut creases. Not only are these brushes a favorite, but a lot of products from this company are a favorite as you will see.
This has become my favorite blending sponges. I have tried lots of different brands of from the top brand Beauty Blender all the way down to some of the cheapest sponges I could find at the Dollar Store. This blending sponge from The Vintage Cosmetic Company is really the best of both worlds when it comes to quality versus price. The quality is very similar to the coveted Beauty Blender, but with the price coming in between $4.00 to $8.00 depending on where you buy them from it is a relief on the wallet. I highly recommend checking out all the products from The Vintage Cosmetic Company. I have tried a lot of their products, and love them. The two shared are just my favorites. But if you love the vintage look and style you will definitely love this company.
I personally got tires of wasting paper towels just for laying out makeup brushes to dry on after cleaning them. This drying rack will save so much money and trees over time. You have to put it together yourself, but it is super easy to do.
I have only recently started even attempting to do anything with my eye brows. This is mainly because I have always had thick brows that I liked the shape of. But now that I am getting older, my brows have started to thin as well as getting some grays in the mix. In my journey of trying various brow grooming products, I have discover most of them that are designed for trimming your brows are kind of difficult to use and they require a steady hand. However, this particular pair of scissors from Litfly makes things so much easier. The comb guard on one side almost guarantees that you can’t cut your brow hairs down too far and that they will all look even. And because the comb and scissors are built into one, its one less tool to deal with.
I have actually reviewed this mask cover for you guys before, and if you would like you can check that review out here. I highly recommend these for anyone who does sheet masking a lot.
Maybe you are more into doing face masks. If you do masks a lot, this may be the tool you want in your life. As great as doing a face mask can make your skin feel, there is always such a mess and constantly having to clean up after application and then again after taking it off. Using one of these silicone brushes for applications not only cuts down on the mess but makes the application itself easier.
So yes, these are technically pencil holders, not a beauty accessory. But they do make for a perfect makeup brush holder. They come in several color options, they are nicely weighted so they don’t tip over easy, and they are about half the price of anything marked to be for beauty products. This is one of those times thinking outside the box pays off.
If you are all about that skin care life, you have to try some of the five layer cotton sheets from a Korean brand. The ones I have so far that I like the best are these from Tony Moly and one from another brand called Huxley. Huxley is a little harder to find though, and pricier. If you have only been exposed to the facial cotton wipes in American drug stores you probably are a little confuses as to why anyone would recommend these as a must have. Its one of those things that honestly till you try it you probably won’t believe it. And just about any Korean bran facial cotton is a step up from the ones you get in America, but if you were comparing the American one to these five layer cottons, its like going to a fast food restaurant versus a five-star fine dining restaurant. No comparison really. The quality is better. No lint at all on these five layer cottons. And each cotton can be pulled apart and used as two separate cottons. So it’s really like getting 80 in this box. No way can you do that with any American facial cotton I have ever tried. Once you have tried these, you will never want to go back.
So tell me in the comments, did I list your favorite beauty tool or accessory? What did I miss? Share with us all your must have items.
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I recently tried the Orange Collagen Skin Treatment Face Mask By iBeautyLabs. It was sold to me at a discounted price for review purposes. I was asked not to show you the actual packaging it came in because they are in the process of changing it and would not be relevant by the time anyone else may order it.
This is how it looks when you take it out of the package. It looks very similar to your average Hydrogel mask, with the smooth gel like fabric and it comes in a tray with liquid essence covering it. But that is really where the similarities stop.
When I first picked the mask up to put it on, the first thing I noticed was how thick the mask was. I think it was close to being twice as thick as any of the hyrodgel masks I have tried previously. I didn’t mind the thickness as far as the feel, but I do think it affected how it behaved on my skin. Typically I would expect a mask to adhere to my face within 20 to 30 seconds of application. However, I never could get this mask to actually stick to my skin.
So in order to even take a picture with the mask on I had to put my Silicon Mask Cover
on with it. If you are unfamiliar with mask covers you can check out my review on the one I have here. Even with the mask cover on, you can see that it was still slipping down. I also found the eye and mouth slits were way too little for me, so I had to tear them a bit to wear it comfortably.
This last picture is with me laying pack in my recliner. I adjusted the mask as much as I could, and it was torn by the mouth and eyes in this picture. It still felt like it kept sliding down. The fit was just not good for me.
I did really like the feel of the mask itself. Like I said it was very similar to a hydrogel, but something was a little different. It definitely held moisture well. However, it did not have the typical cooling sensation I usually get with a hydrogel mask.
The directions tell you to wear the mask 25 to 30 minutes. I was about 5 minutes in when it started feeling a burning sensation, and I ultimately had to take it off. You all know how sensitive my skin is due to my allergy to Balsam of Peru, so I wanted to be careful. I really think this was more of a me thing than a product thing. Though honestly its impossible for me to know for sure, I can’t seem to find an ingredient list on their product page.
I would rate this mask a 2 out of 5 stars. It definitely had a couple of positive points, but overall just didn’t work for me personally.
If you are interested in trying this mask out for yourself you can find it on iBeautyLabs Amazon product page.
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Source: All About Double Cleansing – Memebox Blog
All About Double Cleansing
What it is: Double cleansing refers to using an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup, oil, and sunscreen, then cleansing again with a water-based cleanser to remove sweat and dirt.
Double cleansing just might be the best thing you can do for your skin If you’re using some form of makeup remover in conjunction with a cleanser each night, you’re already on your way!
Here’s why you need to start ASAP:
- Makeup and sunscreen that’s left on the skin can:
- clog your pores and cause acne breakouts
- cause irritations
- cause discoloration
- turn into a breeding ground for bacteria
- The rest of your skincare routine is, dare we say, useless without a clean canvas!
- Your makeup remover wipes are just pushing the dirt around.
You should be double cleansing if you wear sunscreen (so everyone, right?), wear makeup, live/work in the city, or you get oily throughout the day.
If your skin type is normal, you wear no makeup at all, and you rarely venture outdoors, you’ll probably be alright with some water
Makeup remover wipes are great for on the go and certainly can be used to take off some eye and lip makeup, but for the most part, you’ll want to ditch them or follow up with an oil cleanser. A wipe might just sweep the surface but an oil cleanser can dig deep into the pores to clear out everything!
Oil-based cleansers dissolved oil-based impurities on the skin. This includes sunscreen, makeup (including waterproof makeup), and oils produced by your pores.
Cleansing oils are very watery, but gentle on the skin. Cleansing balms are solid (aka travel-friendly) and more heavy-duty.
For both, you’ll want to apply to dry skin. Gently massage the product onto your skin in circular motions. You can safely use oil cleansers on your eyes as long as it doesn’t trickle in. Don’t forget to take the product below your jawline where there may be foundation
To remove, just rinse off with lukewarm water until it runs clear and move onto Step 2!
Some Recommendations: Banila Co. Clean It Zero / nooni Snowflake Jelly Cleansing Oil / The Face Shop Rice Water Bright – Light Cleansing Oil / illi Total Aging Care Cleansing Oil
Water-based cleansers dissolve water-based impurities, such as sweat, dirt, and leftover residue from step one.
For this step, it’s important you pick a cleanser that will clean without drying out your skin. A squeaky clean canvas is not good and a stripping cleanser can pull too much moisture away. Before trying out a new cleanser, check its pH level (with something like this). You want something with a pH lower than 5.5.
- Foam Cleansers – These tend to be most stripping, but also the most popular because of the “clean, bubbly” foam. They’re very gentle on the skin as long as you pick on that’s low on the pH scale!
- Gel Cleansers – These don’t sud up as much, but they do clean well. They’re also refreshing on the skin because of the gel texture.
- Powder Cleansers – These are the most travel-friendly as they aren’t liquid at all. To use, just add water to create a nice lather. You’ll get a gentle exfoliation out of it too!
You’ll want to lather the product up on wet skin and rinse off with lukewarm water. When rinsing, splash water gently on your face so you’re not rubbing! Pat your skin dry with a towel and you’re all done
Some Recommendations: Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser / Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick / Banila Co. Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser
Where does cleansing water fit?
Let’s be real- cleansing waters will not replace your cleansing oil or balm. They’re great if you want to clear off some sweat after a workout or remove some makeup prior to cleansing, but that’s all they should be expect to do.
- Start double-cleansing.
- Oil-based cleansers remove makeup and sunscreen. Water-based cleansers remove dirt and sweat.
- Liquid oil cleansers are messy but good for sensitive and dry skin. Solid balm cleansers are best for removing makeup and traveling.
- Massage oil-based cleansers on dry skin and water-based cleansers on wet skin.
- Don’t worry about the oiliness of your first step cleanser- that’ll wash away with your second cleanser!
- Definitely double cleanse at night, but it’s not necessary to do so in the morning as well. You can use your second-step cleanser or skip it altogether and just rinse with water.
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