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The Sephora Black Friday Sale 2018

2018-11-18 14:08:46 karenmsmith77

If you don’t have the Sephora App, then you may not have seen the list for Sephora’s Black Friday sale. A few days ago an app exclusive preview popped up showing all the things going on the sale. But if you missed it, don’t worry, I got you. I managed to get screen shots of everything.

The Sephora Black Friday preview

Just like previous years everything is going to be under $15. And I suspect also like previous years there will be some items that sell out very quickly while others will not sell at all. I will be making some comments here and there about which items I feel are the best value, or what I think should be skipped and why. Please keep in mind that all opinions expressed here are just that, opinions.

There were no links to these items in the app, so I will not be linking to them here in my post. Sephora usually does a pretty good job of making it easy to find their sale items though, so it shouldn’t be a big deal.

So let’s take a look at what’s actually on sale this year.

IT Cosmetics, First Aide Beauty, Benefit Cosmetics, and Tarte all on sale at Sephora for Black Friday

Obviously in this group the best deal is the Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty, but I think all of these sets are decent deals too. There isn’t anything more to really say about any of these.

 

Tarte, Too Faced, Philosophy, and Sephora Collection on the Black Friday sale

It’s not a brand I use but I know Philosphy has a pretty strong fan base, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that Purity Cleanser ends up being an item that sells out quickly. The Tarte and Too Faced sets would make great stocking stuffers for the beauty lovers in your life, and I expect they will sell well, even if they don’t sell out fast. I may be wrong about this but I don’t see the Sephora Collection sponge set selling out. No doubt they will get some sales, but I just don’t think its most people’s choice sponge.

Kat Von Dee, Pat MaGrath Labs, Clinique, and Milk Makeup on the Black Friday sale at Sephora

Now we come to the items where I have a little more to say about them. Lets talk about them one at a time.

The Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick at first glance looks like a great deal. I think most of all this is because everything from this brand is super expensive. But the two important things to notice are that this is a mini size and they don’t have a value listed for this product. The full size of these lipsticks sell for $38.00, but minis can mean a lot size wise. I just don’t know if you are really getting a good value here. It does say this is exclusive to Sephora. And it is limited edition. I don’t know if the color is limited edition or if it’s the color in this size. I personally will be passing on this one. But if you just want to be able to say you tried something from Pat McGrath, then maybe its worth it for you.

When it comes to both the Milk Makeup and Kat Von Dee set, I feel like these are both sets that we have already seen or something really similar. Your not really getting much of a savings, probably nothing more than any other value set. So I’m not really sure how this is Black Friday sale worthy either. I just don’t see these selling well honestly, and I won’t be surprised if they are on the weekly wow in a few weeks.

The Clinique Clarifying Lotion is definitely a sweet deal, and if it is something you use on the regular it would be great to stock up on. But I don’t think most people are going to look at this and think its the most exciting product. I guess what I am saying is, I just don’t think it will sell out. Not because it’s not a good product or value. But when people shop black Friday they are usually looking for deals on those things they are either dying to try, but can’t justify paying full price on, or shopping for Christmas presents, or occasionally stocking up on their old faithful products. This might be an old faithful product for some people, but it’s not going to be for the majority.

PLAY! Smarts, BECCA, Versace, Peter Thomas Roth all on the Black Friday Sale

The BECCA set is a fantastic deal, and it is a little different from the usual set that comes out around this time of year. It looks like this set also includes one of the Glow Glosses. This set will definitely be something I am personally considering getting.

I also think the Peter Thomas Roth set is a great deal. This is another set that I won’t be surprised if it sells out rather quickly. The brand and a lot of its products have a rather cult following, but there are still a lot people who haven’t tried this and want to, so I think it will have big appeal.

Now lets talk about the other two sets. The Versace set again isn’t a great value, so unless it’s just someone who collects minis I just don’t see this selling big. And I am little stunned that the PLAY Smarts set is on here. I don’t know what Sephora is pulling, but this was just on their sale rack for the same price? Who are you trying to fool Sephora?

Smashbox, Caudalie, Sephora Play! Smarts, and Stila on this years Black Friday Sale at SephoraI personally can not use Caudalie because of my allergy, but they are another brand that has a bit of a cult following. I think their set is definitely a great deal, and I expect it to sell well.  l

As for the Stila set, I’m just not sure. I am a huge fan of Stila products, even before their liquid eyeshadows came out. But is this what will actually interest people from them? I’m doubtful. The price isn’t bad, but it’s not fantastic either.

And what do I think won’t sell? The Smashbox palette and the Sephora Play box. Here again we have an item that is not given a value, so it most likely isn’t a deal. And the other item has already been on Sephora’s sale page for weeks for this same price. You are killing me Sephora.

Cover FX, Sephora Collectin, Philosphy, and Alterna Haircare will be on the Sephora Black FridaySale.

The Philosphy set and the Alterna Haircare set are both excellent values. I think that what I said previously about Philosphy will hold true here as well. This set may even sell faster since it is a limited edition set. I don’t know about the Alterna Haircare as much. It is a good value, but will people be excited about hair care?

Both the Cover FX and Sephora Collection items are decent deals if they are things you are interested in. I personally am interested in the Cover FX set. And while there are better deals in this Black Friday sale, this is an item that I want to try. I have other colors of the drops and I love them, but a full size takes forever to use. Getting a mini is a superior option for me. And it looks like the other item included is one of the shimmer veils, which I haven’t had the opportunity to try. No for the Sephora palette, I’m not personally excited for this, but it might make a great stocking stuffer for my young niece who is asking for makeup for Christmas.

Sephora Collection, Clinique, Clarisonic, and Jack Black on the Black Friday sale at Sephora

If you are a Clarisonic user, the stocking stuffer set is a phenomenal deal. I know it will be on my list of things I will be trying to get. Since it says it is for radiant skin and by the look of the picture, it will most likely be their radian brush head and radiant gel cleanser in this set.

All of the other products are reasonably decent deals. But the only one I really think will zoom off the shelf will be the Jack Black set. There has been a lot of buzz recently about the brand, and with the hit of extremely cold temperatures in a lot of places, this may be a welcomed item. Its pretty obvious this is a set of their balms, but what varieties? After examining the picture, my best guess would be that this will contain Shea Butter & Vitamin E, the Original Natural Mint, and Lemon & Shea Butter.

Bare Minerals, Bumble & Bumble, Tocca, and Sephora Play! will be on the Sephora Black Friday sale

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room first. If at this point you aren’t wondering if Sephora is playing some massive joke on all of us with these Sephora Play boxes being on the list I don’t know who you are. But seriously, it is yet again another one, and it was on the sale rack just last week.

The Bare Minerals and Bumble & Bumble set are both pretty decent deals. I don’t know how excited people will be about these, but maybe the value will be enough to sell them out. The Tocca set while not as good of a deal as a lot of the others, it is still better than the previous perfume we looked at.

Nest, Sephora Play!, Sephora Collection, and Olehenriksen on the Sephora Black Friday sale

The only thing at this point I have to say about Sephora Play at this point is, Sephora I am giving you serious side eye.

The rest of the sets all look like good values. I am at least considering buying the Olehenrikson set and the one from Sephora Collection. The Nest set looks beautiful if you are into scented products for your home. If anyone knows what the scent is based on the box, let us know down in the comments.

Sephora Collection, Lancer,Buxom, and Origins will all be on the Black Friday sale at Sephora.

I have to be honest, I have never heard of this brand Lancer. I don’t know if this is a brand I have overlooked or if this is one of the many brand Sephora has recently added. But either way the set from Lancer along with the one from Buxom are pretty great deals. I would think the Buxom set will be pretty popular, but I don’t know anything about the other brand so I can’t even speculate.

The products from Sephora Collection and Origins are okay. Origins is another one of those brands that I think of as having a cult following, so maybe that set will potentially sell out. But some of the love for the brand has seemed to die down over the last year, so maybe not.

Clean. Sephora Play, Tarte, and Lancome

Now here we have a perfume set from Clean that is both a good deal and I think has potential to be a popular item. It gives people options, and if you know a perfume lover on your list this would make a great gift.

For the rest of the items, there isn’t much left to say. You know what I think about the Sephora Play. The Tarte set we have seen before and it not that great of deal anyway. And Lancôme, it’s an okay deal but does anyone really want mascara for Christmas?

,Sephora Play on black friday sale

Maybe Sephora is Punking us.

 

Well after looking everything over I know what is going in my cart for the Black Friday sale. What will you be picking up? Tell me in the comments below what you think about all the Sephora Play items showing up on the sale. Is it a good move or bad move?

 

Make sure to check back on Thursday for my regular Black Friday post.

 

 

 

 

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Beauty Advent Calendars You Can Actually Purchase In The US

2018-11-04 14:30:41 karenmsmith77

In my recent post about Whats Happening In November and December I mentioned that I would be opening my NARS Advent Calendar in December and Sharing it on Instagram. I also said if anyone wanted to know where you could actually purchase those coveted beauty advent calendars in the US, to let me know and I would do a post. So a few of you reached out in different places, and here we are.

This is actually the first year I managed to get my hands on a beauty advent calendar, though I had been wanting one for several years. Beauty Advent calendars are a big thing in the UK and other European countries, and it seems like there are lots of brands that put them out there. But it has been a struggle to find ones here in the US, especially of brands that I can actually use. This year has seen an increase in the advent calendars available to purchase in the US, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

If you are not familiar with the concept of an Advent calendar, they are designed usually to count down from the beginning of December to Christmas day. However there are calendars with all different time lengths involved. They are usually designed in a way that the receiver opens a little flap each day they are counting down, and inside there is a treat of some sort. We of course are specifically looking at beauty Advent calendars here, but they do come in all sorts of themes from candy to children’s toys. And you can even purchase empty advent calendars to fill with your own treasures if you are giving it as a gift. I will try to keep the focus of this post on Advent Calendars that you can actually still purchase.

 

YesStyle Beauty Box - "A KRistmas Fairytale" Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

 

YesStyle Beauty Box – “A KRistmas Fairytale” Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

 

This is a 24 day advent calendar that sells for $129.90, but the retail value is over $300. All items are Korean products and full size. It contains a good mix of makeup, skin care, and beauty tools.

If you try to purchase this one and it is showing out of stock, do not worry. It is my understanding is this item is going to restock every Monday until all product is exhausted. So you have a good shot at getting this. But remember this is coming from China, so if you want it to arrive by the beginning of December don’t delay.

NARS Uncensored Advent Calendar

 

NARS Uncensored Advent Calendar

 

This is a 24 day advent calendar that sells for $150.00. It contains 7 full size items, 3 medium-sized items, and 14 mini size items. They don’t give a value for the set. And it includes so many mini items I can’t estimate a value. But I can tell you the full sizes alone retail for $202.00.

Products inside are a mixture of various types of makeup and a couple of beauty tools. It even includes one of the spiked items from the Christmas collection this year. (This is the same one I got. They were about to sell out when I bought mine, but it appears they have restocked this item.)

 

NYX Cosmetics actually has two advent calendars out this year. The best I can tell one of them is exclusively available on NYX’s website, and the other is available on NYX’s website as well as Ulta’s and inside Ulta’s stores.

NYX Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar

 

 

NYX Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar 

 

This is a 24 day advent calendar that sells for $65.00. It currently seems to be selling exclusively on NYX’s website, however it may have previously been offered at ULTA.

As the name indicates, this particular advent calendar focuses on NYX lip products. While other brands give a list of what is included in their advent calendars, the only thing NYX has told us is that it includes a mix of their best-selling lip products in bold colors.

NYX Sugar Trip 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

 

 

NYX Sugar Trip 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

 

This is a 24 day advent calendar that sells for $55.00. If you are interested in a NYX advent calendar, but want more variety than just lip products you may be interested in this one.

It contains 10 of their powder products (A combination of eyeshadow, blush, and highlight.) and 14 lip products. According to NYX’s website, while the formulas are fan favorites all 24 items are supposed to be in all new fun shades. This is available currently on NYX’s website as well as at Ulta in store and online.

Charlotte Tilbury BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR

 

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Beauty Universe Beauty Advent Calendar

 

This is a 12 day Advent calendar that sells for $200.00, but the retail value is $268.00. This was sold at a few beauty retailers that carries Charlotte Tilbury products, but from what I can tell it is currently only available on the Charlotte Tilbury website.

It contains a mix from what Charlotte Tilbury considers to be their must have items. It will have both makeup  and skin care. There are four full size items, two minis, and six travel sizes. If you are looking for a big luxury brand advent calendar, this is it. It is also a great way to dive into trying a bunch of the Charlotte Tilbury products at once.

 

Macy’s has three Advent calendars currently available. Two are exclusives to Macy’s, and one is not. Macy’s does offer free shipping on all of their beauty products.

Clarins Festive Surprises 12-Day Advent Calendar Set

 

Clarins Festive Surprises 12-Day Advent Calendar Set

 

This is a 12 day Advent calendar that sells for $60.00. This is available on Macy’s, Ulta and Clarins’ website. Clarins website calls this the Holiday Rituals Set, and they also offer a similar set but larger on there. They say on Clarins website this set is valued at over $152.00.

This set comes in a reusable keepsake jewelry box. It contains a mixture of makeup, skin care, and body care items. Though the focus is definitely on skin care. There are ten travel items, one full size item, and one item that does not say if it is full size or travel.

Macy's Beauty Collection 12-Day All About Lips Advent Calendar

 

 

Macy’s Beauty Collection 12-Day All About Lips Advent Calendar

 

This is a 12 day Advent Calendar that sells for $30.00. This one is not just exclusive to Macy’s, it is Macy’s in store brand. If you didn’t know, they have had an in store beauty brand for a while now.

As the name suggest, this is all lip products in the collection. The description says it is all glosses, but it is actually 11 glosses and 1 liquid lipstick. These lip products come in a mixture of mattes, metalics, shines, and shimmers.

Macy's Beauty Collection 25-Pc. Advent Calendar Set

 

 

Macy’s Beauty Collection 25-Pc. Advent Calendar Set

 

This is a 25 day Advent calendar that sells for $150.00, but the retail value is $300.00. This was created for Macy’s. It can be bought on Macy’s website, but I am not sure if it is available in store or not.

It is filled with a mixture of skin care and makeup from brands carried at Macy’s. All items are from popular brands, a good amount are from high-end brands. The sizes, as far as ounces are given, but you would have to look each individual item up to find out if it is full size, travel, or mini. Based on what I know of all of the brands and their pricing, I think it’s a safe bet that at least half of these are going to be either travel size or minis.

 

Glossybox 'All I Want' Advent Calendar

 

Glossybox ‘All I Want’ Advent Calendar

 

This is a 25 day Advent calendar that sells for $99.00, and it has a retail value of over $325.00. You can only purchase this from Glossybox, and I believe you must be a Glossybox subscriber to purchase this one. If you want to sign up for a Glossybox subscription, use this link to save 20% off your first box. And you can use the code GBSALE to save $10 on the Advent calendar when you purchase a subscription.

This box contains a mix of makeup, skin care, hair care, and beauty tools. Brands will most likely be indie brands. If you saw the preview of the UK version of the box, the US box may disappoint you if that was what you were expecting. However if you are going in as a total surprise, you should then be pretty happy.

lookfantastic Advent Calendar

 

 

lookfantastic Advent Calendar

 

This is a 25 day Advent calendar that sells for $115.00. There isn’t really any information on the retail price or what brands you will be getting, so I can’t estimate the value without going to look for unboxings. The one thing they do tell you about this box is that it includes a mix of skin care, tanning, hair care, cosmetics, branded tools, and exclusive products.

 

There are quite a few brands selling their Advent calendars on Amazon as well. You have to be careful though, as not all of the Advent calendars being sold on Amazon are being sold by the brand. Many are either from previous years or being sold at a much higher price by individuals trying to make a profit on unsuspecting individuals. I am linking to some of the ones I think everyone may be interested in that I have checked to make sure they are the right price.

 

The Ritual of Advent Exclusive Calendar

 

Rituals The Ritual of Advent Calendar 2D Set

 

This is a 24 day Advent calendar that sells for $89.00, but the retail value is $179.00. On both Amazon and Rituals website. Free shipping is available on both websites for this product.

They don’t really provide a list of what is included in this Advent calendar. There is a picture of the products that are included, but I am not familiar enough with the products to know what all of them are, just which collections they are. I know this set will be heavy on the bath and body care products and there are four candles included. But I suspect that if you are a Rituals fan, you are probably looking for that anyway.

L'Occitane Holiday 2018 Luxury Advent Calendar

 

L’Occitane Holiday 2018 Signature Advent Calendar

 

This is a 24 day Advent calendar that sells for $59.00, but the retail value is $105.00. This is available at Amazon and L’Occitane’s website. As an added bonus the brand’s website says ‘This holiday season, join L’OCCITANE in helping UNICEF improve the lives of 1.7 million children around the world. For each purchase of the Signature Advent Calendar, L’OCCITANE will help UNICEF provide Vitamin A supplement to children in the fight against preventable childhood blindness.

This advent calendar contains a mix of bath and body care, hair care, skin care, and perfumes. Just a word of warning for those of you not familiar with this brand, if you are fragrance or essential oil sensitive, this will not be the right advent calendar for you. This brand is very heavily fragranced.

L'Occitane Holiday 2018 Luxury Advent Calendar

 

L’Occitane Holiday 2018 Luxury Advent Calendar

 

Yes L’Occitane has two Advent calendars, this is their Luxury one. It is a 24 day Advent calendar that sells for $124.00, but the retail value is $139.50. This is also available on both Amazon and the brand’s website.

Like the Signature Advent Calendar, this Luxury Advent Calendar also contains a mixture of  bath and body care, hair care, skin care, and perfumes. Obviously this box is more expensive both in price and retail value, but you get your best deal on the other one.

Ulta 12 Days of Beauty

 

Ulta 12 Days of Beauty

 

This is a 12 day Advent Calendar that sells for $18.00, but it has a retail value of $74.00. This is available exclusively through Ulta.

This contains all makeup. It is a mix of various makeup products from lipstick to highlight. You can almost do a full face of makeup with the contents.

 

 

Sephora Wish Upon a Star Advent Calendar

 

 

 

Sephora Wish Upon a Star Advent Calendar

 

This is a 12 day Advent Calendar that sells for $36.00, but its retail value is $85.00. It is available exclusively at Sephora.

This Advent calendar contains mainly beauty tools, though there are a couple of items that will fit more of the role of cosmetics.

 

There are also several Advent calendars out there that do fit into the beauty category, but are probably not what the majority of you are looking for in a beauty advent calendar. However, some of you may be interested so here is a short list of some Advent calendars that contain things like nail polish and perfume.

 

Ciaté London Mini Mani Month Nail Set

OPI Online Only Nutcracker Advent Calendar Mini 25 Pack

Bomb Cosmetics The Bomb Advent Calendar

Atelier Cologne Discovery Advent Calendar

Atelier Cologne Luxury Advent Calendar

 

Tell me in the comments if you are going to or already have purchased an Advent calendar. Which one? Did I miss your favorite Advent calendar on this list?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Sheet Masks I Used This Month October 2018

2018-11-01 12:50:36 karenmsmith77

After my big push to get back on a good skin care routine in August, I am now on a more stable and manageable routine. In August I used a sheet mask every day and blogged about it. But now I am doing something close to every other day, but I know there will be some times when that doesn’t happen. My goal is to use between 12 to 15 masks a month, but I want to be flexible with that.

If you want to find out what I used in August, there were four separate post. Check out week one, week two, week three, and week four(really more than a week).

This post is going to be a little different from most of sheet mask posts, and it will most likely be like this from now on for these recap posts. I am posting only pictures of the packaging here with links to where you can purchase them and price. If you want to see each one being worn by me and my commentary on the masks, you can find that on my Instagram and Facebook page.

We will be looking at three masks at a time. Lets get started.

sheet masks from SOOAE, Burt's Bees, and Skin79

1. Freeset Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask Pack Healing (it says Freeset on the link which I think is the parent company, but this is from SOO AE). On Amazon you get 10 of these for $30.00 with free prime shipping. You can also occasionally get these on Hautelook or in various subscription boxes.

2. Burt’s Bees Purifying Sheet Mask With Kiwi Extract. I bought mine in store at Meijer for $2.99 each. You can also purchase these on Burt’s Bees website and other stores that carry Burt’s Bees products. They are also available on Amazon’s website as an add on item.

3. SKIN79 Rice Bubble Cleansing Mask. On Amazon you can get 5 for $19.99. You can also occasionally get these on Hautelook and YesStyle, but neither place consistently has them.

 

 

4. Innisfree Strawberry It’s Real Squeeze Mask. On Amazon you can get a 10 pack for just $7.50. You can also find this one on Beauteque and YesStyle, but on YesStyle it is only available in a multi-pack.

5. Elizavecca 24K Gold Water Dual Snail Mask Pack. On YesStyle you can get a 10 pack for $17.90. You can also find this mask on Amazon.

6. A mask from Hello Skin. The rest of the packaging, outside of the brand name is in Korean. I tried to track this down, but no luck, so I can’t link to it. If anyone recognizes it could you leave the name in the comments.

 

 

7. Holika Holika Green Tea Real Hydrogel Mask. Find this one on YesStyle for $5.90 for a single mask. There are a couple of other versions available when in stock.  I have not seen this mask anywhere else that I shop.

8. Skinfood Black Bean Beauty In Food Mask – On Amazon you can fins a 10 pack for  masks with free prime shipping.

9. 7 Days Natural Pomegranate Sheet Mask. On Amazon you can get a 7 pack with a package of facial wipes for $15.19 and free prime shipping. You also have the option of getting it in a multipack with all the other varieties.

 

 

10. Esfolio Pure Skin Snail Essence Sheet Mask. On YesStyle you can get a 1 pack for $12.90. This mask tends to pop up on various sites at different times, but I do not currently see it available at any of the other places I buy masks.

11. A hydrogel mask from Mediental. This is another mask that is completely in Korean, so I can’t tell you much beyond the brand name. I do know that it is 6 free, I can recognize the symbols for that. If you have chemical sensitivities then these are usually a good place to start looking. I couldn’t find this available in any of my usual places to buy masks.

12. NOHJ: Calming Intracell Sleeping Mask. On Beauteque purchase this mask for $3.25 each. You can also find this mask on YesStyle, but it is more expensive for individual ones on there. But you can by 10 packs that are about the same price.

 

And that is all of the sheet masks I used this month. Tell me in the comments what sheet masks you used. Do you have a favorite sheet mask or favorite place to shop for sheet masks?
If you are looking to try some new masks, Sally Beauty has a special going on right now. Shop 5 for $5 Single Use Face Masks. This sale is from 11/1 to 11/9 and does not require a coupon. I know I will be picking some up to try.

 

 

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A Look At The NYX Cosmetics Machinist Collection

2018-10-14 13:15:59 karenmsmith77

NYX recently dropped a new collection called The Machinist, and I haven’t really heard many people talk about it. This is a limited edition collection. This collection is being sold on both the NYX website and Ulta website as well as in Ulta’s stores.

The collection has three shadow palettes, three highlight duos, three lipsticks, and three lip lacquers. Each palette, highlight, lipstick, and lacquer has three coordinating names  within the collection. One set is called Grind, one is Steam, and one is Ignite.

The Machinist Collection from NYX Cosmetics

 

Lets take a look at the individual parts of the collection, starting with the eyeshadow palettes. The description offered by the company is as follows:

Kick your look into high gear with NYX Professional Makeup limited-edition Machinist Shadow Palette. Available in steampunk-inspired color combos, the Grind, Steam and Ignite collections all include 12 highly pigmented tones that breathe new life into this retro-futuristic fantasy. Mix and match each amaze assortment of cool and warm metals with bold mattes to create an amped up effect. From grungy romantic to vintage beauty, all you need is a spark of inspiration to make the mood your own. Take things to the next level with the other collectibles in this edgy range.

I can’t seem to find any further description from NYX of the individual palettes. There doesn’t seem to be a list of color names either, but based on what I have seen on their website they may just be numbered. So I will just give my own thoughts on the color range and share a close up of the palettes.

Grind: This palette is going to be more of what the average person thinks of when thinking of steampunk. Bronze and dark smokey colors dominate this palette. While it’s not exactly the same, it does have a very similar feel to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. So if you wanted the subculture palette but couldn’t afford the price tag that came with it, this palette may be of interest to you.

Steam: NYX took this palette very literal. Maybe too literal? This palette is filled with silvers, grays, smokey purples, and other colors that make you think of smoke, smog, and steam. It also has two bright pops of color that I am having a hard time understanding what they are doing in the palette. There is bright baby pink and bold teal. Not that I don’t think there is a place for color in steampunk, but it just doesn’t make sense in this palette.

Ignite: This palette seems to be a mix of fire and earth tones. In the pans they don’t look vastly different from Steam, just a little more warm tone leaning and more balanced. However, once you see some swatches on human skin, that is when you see the biggest difference.

 

Let’s move on and take a look at the highlighters next. Unlike the eyeshadow palettes, NYX does offer a color description as well as a product description for the highlight duos. First lets look at how NYX describes the actual product:

Build a brighter future with NYX Professional Makeup’s limited-edition Machinist Highlighting Duo. These powder highlighters are packed with pigment and leave behind a striking metallic-foil finish. Available in dynamic color pairings, each duo is inspired by a different facet of NYX Professional Makeup Machinist collection. Swipe on these velvety-smooth shades for killer shimmer, and dampen the brush to achieve a truly megawatt glow. Take things to the next level with the other collectibles in this edgy range.

For each of these I will share the description provided by NYX as well some of my own thoughts. I have seen these in person, though I don’t have my own yet, but a lot of the descriptions for the highlighters were not accurate in my opinion. My opinions are based on what I have seen, and not in me swatching them. I will have my own sets soon, but we will talk about that at the end.

Grind: This is described as a gold and a copper. I think that in person, and somewhat here in the picture, the colors appear more like a light copper and a peach.

Steam: This is described as a violet and a purple. The description seems accurate, but the violet looks slightly more blue to me in person.

Ignite: This is described as an opal and bronze. I don’t think this is accurate for either. I think it the picture is accurate to how they appear in person, but they seem more like a white and a pink to me.

 

Next up are the lip products. This collection has both lipsticks and lip glosses (or lip lacquer as they are called here). I have a few thoughts on the choices for lip products with this collection, but we will talk about that after we look at the actual products. Lets look at the lipstick first.

All three lipsticks in the collection are metallic. I think the color descriptions are pretty accurate for the lipsticks. The only difference you will see in the pictures from what they look like in person is how metallic they look. Here is how NYX describes the product:

Stud those lips in shimmery color using NYX Professional Makeup limited-edition Machinist Lipstick. This comfortably creamy formula is loaded with ultra-fine pearls that add over-the-top luster to your pout. Available in honey bronze, copper and bronze – representing the Grind, Steam and Ignite facets of NYX Professional Makeup Machinist collection, respectively – these high-coverage lippies are the perf accessories. Take things to the next level with the other collectibles in this edgy range.

Grind: This is described as a metallic honey bronze.

Steam: This is described as a metallic copper.

Ignite: This is described as a metallic bronze.

 

And finally we have the Lip Lacquers. If you aren’t familiar with NYX Lip Lacquers, they are essentially a full coverage lip gloss. Most of the colors are usually pretty opaque. Here is what NYX has to say about this part of the collection:

Go full steam ahead with NYX Professional Makeup Machinist Lip Lacquer. This limited-edition lippie is the Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer you know and love – now in steampunk-inspired shades! Each grungy tone adds a glossy touch to the Grind, Steam and Ignite facets of NYX Professional Makeup Machinist collection. This perfectly plush lippie goes on silky-smooth and provides full coverage. Take things to the next level with the other collectibles in this edgy range.

Grind: This is described as a glossy wine.

Steam: This is described as a glossy blue. I would go a step further and call it a navy blue.

Ignite: This is described as a glossy nude.

 

I do have some of the items on the way, and I should have them in around the time this post goes up. You can my various social media for pictures and swatches. I will have all of the palettes as well as the lipsticks. I will be getting a couple of the highlighters as well. I completely skipped on the lip lacquers.

My general thoughts are that most of the collection is nice looking and cohesive, but there are a few selections that either because of color or texture doesn’t make sense to me. I skipped completely on the lip lacquers for this very reason. I think the colors are fine in general for the lip lacquers, but they don’t seem very steampunk to me. And why do the gloss colors not coordinate with the lipsticks? It’s not just the color, but just the fact that they are a gloss. Most people who I know that are into steampunk, or other types of cosplay, are looking for longer wearing lip product than a gloss. I suppose the general point I am getting to is that if NYX felt it necessary to include a second lip product in the collection, perhaps a lip liner or a liquid lipstick would have been a better choice.

I also skipped on the ignite highlighter duo. Not only do I think the color described as an opal would not look right on my skin tone, I found it to be very basic. I know I have something just like the other color offered in that duo. Ironically, that is the one color sold out on NYX website in the highlighters. Don’t worry, if you want it the last I checked Ulta still had it. They also have the collection in stores, so don’t forget to look there for these products.

The packaging on the eyeshadow palettes are amazing. I really wish they had carried this through for the whole collection. The lipstick packaging isn’t bad, but the highlights are in serious need of an upgrade.

So tell me in the comments below what you think of this collection from NYX. Will you or have you purchased any of it?

 

 



 

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My Hair Went Crazy On Vacation, And What I Used To Tame It

2018-10-04 11:46:36 karenmsmith77

Right before I went on vacation I got a hair cut and color. This is pretty normal for me, but some different techniques got tried on my hair because I had went to someone new.

If you  follow me on Instagram then you saw this picture posted the day I got it cut.

Newly cut hair

The hairstylist had done a thinning technique with hidden layers. And those layers were not supposed to be noticeable and they were suppose to lay flat under the top layers. But that is not what happened. My hair was actually fine the first few days while I was home and then travelling. Once I got to New Orleans and got rained on my hair freaked out.

Don’t get me wrong, I am in not angry at the stylist. I do wish she had asked me about the layers before doing it. But I think there were a number of factors at play here that played into my hair going crazy like a different humidity level and maybe she isn’t use to cutting mixed girl hair. My hair texture isn’t really like anyone else’s I have ever known. My hair is wavy, with a tendency to frizz. I have learned over the years that intense moisture helps it a lot along with the right hair style.

This is what my hair ended up looking like after it went crazy. (Sorry I don’t have anything closer up to show you of my hair, this is the one and only picture of me that was taken that day. I think everyone will understand I wasn’t exactly in a picture-taking mood)

My hair looking frizzy in New Orleans

So I essentially had to walk around a day with my hair looking like a frizz ball because I did not have anything to fix it. I don’t typically put products in my hair because of my Balsam of Peru contact allergy. And I brought minimalistic amounts of products to wash my hair with on the trip.

So if you saw my vacation look book last week, you know I didn’t walk around with my hair looking this way the whole time. So how did I get my hair to go from this crazy mess to looking like this.

How my hair looked the last day in New Orleans

All I can say is thank goodness for Sally Beauty. I am so thankful that they carry a line of products that I have used for years and I know I am safe using for the most part. There are a few products in the line I can’t use, but overall it’s usually a safe choice for me. And that is the ION brand.

I pulled up Google Maps and found out there were quite a few Sally Beauty Stores in and around the City of New Orleans. One of them was less than a mile away from where we were staying. I was so thankful it was so conveniently close to us. The store itself was quite a bit smaller than my local store, but I still found a couple of products to tame my hair.

The hair products I picked up at Sally Beauty

I found the leave in conditioner I use on a semi-regular basis, and I found a new product I had not seen in my local Sally’s Beauty store. Each store has a slightly different selection of products in stock. Some of it is bases on space available and I am sure some is based on what sells in the area. But of course all products are available online if you can’t find something locally.

So let’s talk about each of the products and why I went with them.

Ion Reparative Leave In Spray availale at Sally Beauty

This is the Ion Reparative Leave In Spray. It is essentially a leave in conditioner with some extra pizzazz. So in addition to making your hair soft it is also supposed to strengthen and improve elasticity.

I have been using this product for close to 15 years now. It works great in my hair. I generally use this just for conditioning purposes, but I have always noticed it helps keep the frizz away a bit. So this was the first thing I picked up when I went in the store.

Ion Luxe Hair & Body OilThe second product I picked up was the Ion Luxe Hair & Body Oil. This is part of a brand new line from Ion, the Ion Luxe line. When I was looking around I didn’t see any of the other products I was familiar, but I saw this and thought  I would give it a try.

This can be used on wet or dry hair, but I used it on dry hair. On Sally’s website it doesn’t say this is for frizz, but you can see in the picture the bottle does. This contains several different types of oil, but the application is that of a dry oil. It definitely did not leave my hair looking greasy and oil like a wet oil would.

Both the Reparative Leave in Hair Spray and Hair & Body Oil do have fragrance. The fragrance mix used in most of Ion’s products do not cause me to have a reaction. However as I have said many times before if you are one of the people who are following me for allergy related issues, then you need to check for yourself. Any fragrance related allergy can be complicated, but a Balsam of Peru allergy is even more so. We all react to different things, so just because I don’t have a reaction to these products doesn’t mean you won’t.

Whether you have allergies or not, no review or recommendation can ever replace trying something out for yourself. So if you would like to try these or other Ion products for yourself, you can find them on the Sally Beauty website, or click here to find the closest Sally Beauty location near you.

Tell me in the comments what you use to help tame the frizz in your hair.

 

 

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