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8 Fast Fixes for Makeup Mishaps

these are handy dandy tips

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We all have experienced our fair share of makeup slip-ups. From accidentally applying too much product, to not exactly being spot-on when we’re picking a foundation shade, there’s quite a bit of room for error. Luckily, for every problem, there is a solution. We’re coming to your rescue with 8 quick fixes for the most common makeup malfunctions.

1. The Face Mask: We’re not talking about the one you put on last night to rejuvenate your skin, but instead, the foundation application where somewhere went wrong. The trick to fixing demarcation lines (the noticeable spot where your foundation stops because it doesn’t match your skin tone) is simple—blend the foundation down onto your neck as well.

2. Lipstick on Teeth: Embarrassing yet ever so common, this malfunction can totally be avoided. When it’s already happened, all we really can do is wipe it off. To…

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Beauty Haul Preview: W7 IN THE NUDE & IN THE BUFF: LIGHTLY TOASTED plus almost EVERY NYX Eye Brow Product-

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bought these for 7 bucks each on eBay- they arrived 3 days ago from the UK.

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I did a quickie swatch thing on my arm and will say right now that without water or a primer, there will be issues with the lighter colors not showing up

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the packaging was nice, I loved the little tins. Lighter colors are not as pigmented as I would like.

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5 different NYX eyebrow products that I will be trying and reviewing soon

I will review these the next time I am able to wear makeup. Hoping the brow stuff works (at least ONE of them…)

I bought the NYX brow things in one fell swoop at Target the day that I did my failed Wet n Wild brow review.

W7 is a popular drugstore brand from the UK. Their nude eye shadow palettes have been making news on the interwebs as great dupes for Urban Decay’s Naked eyeshadow palette.

The W7 palettes require an eye shadow primer or water for the lighter colors. When I did a quick swatch test on my arm, they barely showed up.

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MY HORRIFYING LIPSTICK NIGHTMARE: Stila Look At Me Liquid Lipstick in Bella- A Birchbox Sample Review

don't let this little innocent vial fool you- inside dwells certain evil

don’t let this little innocent vial fool you- inside dwells certain evil

Let me first state the obvious:

I have very big lips.

Lipsticks, glosses, balms- these are my thing. I was so excited when I received this sample in my Birchbox this month- the rest of that review is HERE.

That excitement QUICKLY turned to dismay, then horror, then a total FREAKOUT when I realized that this stuff WASN’T COMING OFF WITHOUT A FIGHT.

a little crooked, but it was the best I could do with what I had. Notice the insides and how much a stark contrast there is?

a little crooked, but it was the best I could do with what I had. Notice the insides and how much of a stark contrast there is?

It started innocently enough- received my cute, nicely sized sample in my Birchbox. The color was a shade of hot pink called “Bella”. I love hot pink lipstick, so I opened it up and tried it on immediately.

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Even with the lipbrush, making this stuff go on evenly was almost impossible

HUGE mistake.

Half way through the application process, I realized that I needed a lip brush immediately. Even with the brush, it was VERY difficult to get an even application. This lipstick was NOT forgiving. Even worse, it only wanted to adhere to the DRY OUTER EDGES of my lips, leaving the insides looking totally and shockingly bare.

my kabuki clown meets vagina lips

my kabuki clown meets vagina lips

When I tried to remove the stuff, it WOULD NOT BUDGE.

I first applied Pond’s Cold Cream and tried to scrape it all off with a wash rag.

NOPE, didn’t work… so, I applied the cold cream a couple more times and continued scrubbing.

this is the second or third time I smeared cold cream on my lips

this is the second or third time I smeared cold cream on my lips

FINALLY, after a vigorous and painful washing of my lower face, I was able to get most of it off.

now my lips are swollen from all the freaking attempts at washing this off. Plus I was rewarded with pink all over my lower face and chin.

now my lips are swollen from all the freaking attempts at washing this off. Plus I was rewarded with pink all over my lower face and chin.

From all the scrubbing, I was rewarded with hideously swollen lips and a pink color all over my lower face and chin.

Would I buy this crap?  HELL NO.

I hope it works for you, because this stuff is NEVER coming in contact with my skin again, ever. EVER.

I hate this stuff.

Rating: -2857 outta 5

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My First Birchboxes Arrived! Birchbox and Birchbox Man reviews!!!! Plus the Stila Liquid Lipstick turned me ino Kabuki Clown Meets Vagina Mouth

Birchbox and Birchbox Man boxes- the man's box was 2x the size of the regular box- which I would expect, considering it is 20 bucks a month for man vs 10 bucks for the women's subscription

Birchbox and Birchbox Man boxes- the man’s box was 2x the size of the regular box- which I would expect, considering it is 20 bucks a month for man vs 10 bucks for the women’s subscription

My very first Birchbox and Birchbox Man subscriptions arrived on Monday, which was fantastic since it was R’s birthday… I bought him the subscription for his gift. I think I am enjoying it far more than he would. I will review the Birchbox Man box first:

the first thing we saw in the Birchbox Man package was this small Mizu water bottle- probably only good for toting the baby's water

the first thing we saw in the Birchbox Man package was this small Mizu water bottle- probably only good for toting the baby’s water

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really cute and high quality- retails for $16.95- but SUPER small. Would be ideal for a small child.

The first thing we saw when opening the Birchbox Man package was a teeny (child sized, really) Mizu Water bottle. It retails for $16.95 on the Birchbox site. R gave it to C, because he uses much bigger liter sized water bottles and this one was far too small. C will probably end up giving it back to me for Maisie at some point.

the Birchbox Man box this month was very nice and stylish. It's twice as big as the regular Birchboxes.

the Birchbox Man box this month was very nice and stylish. It’s twice as big as the regular Birchboxes.

The Birchbox Man box is twice as big as a regular Birchbox- which it should be considering it costs twice as much!

Birthday boy attempting to assemble the weird virtual reality viewer

Birthday boy attempting to assemble the weird virtual reality viewer

This month’s samples included:

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the samples were nicely sized, especially the face wash.

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conditioner sample could have been bigger- I LOVED the parfum.

Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash
Birchbox Man + River Virtual Reality Viewer
Hanz de Fuko Natural Shampoo
Hanz de Fuko Natural Conditioner
CoSTUME National Eau de Parfum SCENT INTENSE 

Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40
Tommy John Cool Cotton Trunk (undies)

I cannot tell you how much this box was worth- but I know that the underwear is 29.00 on Birchbox- add that to the Mizu bottle and those two items alone were worth about $45.00, which isn’t bad considering the box itself was $20.00.

We couldn’t figure out the virtual reality viewer. He liked the shampoo and conditioner. I LOVED the parfum- which is actually a UNISEX fragrance that reminded me of men’s Bvlgari cologne.

Pretty little box!

Pretty little box!

My Birchbox Subscription Box:

after opening the Birchbox Man first, my box was a bit anticlimatic

after opening the Birchbox Man first, my box was a bit anticlimatic

this box contained:

stila look at me liquid lipstick in Bella (hot pink)
Harvey Prince Hello, Limited Edition (perfume)
Supergoop! Daily Correct CC cream SPF 35+
Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray
derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub

contents of the pink box inside my subscription box

contents of the pink box inside my subscription box

Let me start off by saying how much I HATED, HATED, HATED the liquid lipstick! I will be doing an in-depth review soon, but here’s a sneak peek:

don't let this little innocent vial fool you- inside dwells certain evil

don’t let this little innocent vial fool you- inside dwells certain evil

stila liquid lipstick in BELLA- SOOO HORRIBLE! Made my mouth look like a vagina.

stila liquid lipstick in BELLA- SOOO HORRIBLE!
Made my mouth look like a vagina.

This crap CLUNG to the dryer parts of my mouth and wouldn’t adhere to the insides, leaving my lips looking like Kabuki Clown Meets Vagina Mouth.  I loved the color, but HELL NO re the formula.  Again, leaving the review for another post, as it DESERVES an closer look at the nightmare I endured.

I didn’t get a chance to try the perfume in my box because I was too busy spraying myself with the Birchbox Man sample. I LOVED the CC cream and the face scrub.

Total for the regular Birchbox: no idea. It’s 3 am and math is not my strong suit.

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10 Ways We All Suffer In The Name Of Beauty

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Ever hear of the saying pain is beauty? Sometimes, that saying is all too true. We’re pretty serious when it comes to our beauty game, and on a scale of one to ten the below routine activities are what we do in the name of vanity, and are (sadly) the ways we all suffer for beauty again and again (and again).

MORE: 20 Beauty Memes That Really Get Us

1. Those of us who brave an eyelash curler on the daily will suffer from the occasional pinch. Not terribly serious, as far as injuries go— but surprising, painful, and definitely an off-putting way to start the day.

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2. Our eyes take a lot of abuse, cosmetically speaking. Ever speed-brush your mascara only to hit a road bump otherwise known  as your EYEBALL? The agony.

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3. The stages of hair removal are varied and diverse. Threading feels a bit like…

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The Horror of My First Wrinkles: A Sad Skin Care Story, Told in GIFs

Hilarious!!

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There are countless things I love about working in the beauty industry—always having the inside track on the hottest new products, the life-long friendships I’ve cultivated, an endless supply of lipsticks—and I wouldn’t trade my job for anything in the world. But when I signed up for this, no one told me that I’d also be putting my own looks under a microscope, day after day, just as a natural side-effect of the job.

While it may seem kind of vain, I’ve become downright obsessive—and more than a little critical—of my skin. That’s hard to admit, especially since the beauty industry is about helping people look and feel their best. And yet it’s hard not to be your own worst critic. Some of the people I work with day to day have literally flawless skin, and it’s difficult not to compare yourself to perfection. As I sit through endless conferences on new dermatological breakthroughs, the…

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