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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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eBay Beauty Haul Review: 32-Piece Kabuki Brush Set and Acrylic Lipstick Organizers

my actual haul: 32 piece kabuki makeup brush kit for $12 BUCKS and 2-24 compartment acrylic lipstick organizers for 3 bucks EACH!

my actual haul: 32 piece kabuki makeup brush kit for $12 BUCKS and 2-24 compartment acrylic lipstick organizers for 3 bucks EACH! Professionally displayed on my kid’s play mat… :/

As I mentioned in my previous post, I ordered these on July 18th and received all three by the 21st of July- not a bad turn around. They were from 2 separate vendors, too.

As I was going through the makeup stash I found in the upstairs bath, I realized that I need to replenish my makeup brush supply. Most of the ones I currently own are MAC or fine art brushes- and getting on in years.

While searching through eBay for lipstick organizers, I came across both ads. They were such good deals and I figured that if any of the items were awful, I could simply toss them.

the advertising photos actually truly represent what I received

the advertising photos actually truly represent what I received

I probably now own TOO MANY brushes

I probably now own TOO MANY brushes

the entire brush kit

the entire brush kit

The 32 piece kabuki brush kit was TWELVE DOLLARS ($12)!!! I figured it would probably be a waste, but bought it anyway and I am SO glad that I did!

I was SHOCKED at the quality of these brushes. I pulled each out and inspected the construction (solidly built- as well as any of my premium brushes) and NO shedding. They are made from real hair, to boot. I have no idea what sort, but it says ‘wool’. I doubt it. It’s some kind of Chinese animal, for sure. Some of the bigger brushes are less dense than my ‘good’ brushes, but they’re still quite useful. The eyeshadow and lip brushes were nearly identical to my MAC brushes… there’s only ONE drawback- the synthetic ‘pleather’ case smells like ASS. Well, not truly ‘ass’, but very yucky, like it’s fresh from the chemical factory. I washed all the brushes and they smell fine. I will attempt to wash that case when I have time and see if that remedies it.

my actual case, when I first opened it

my actual case, when I first opened it

fan brush is very soft and fluffy

fan brush is very soft and fluffy

a smaller powder/blush brush

a smaller powder/blush brush

one of the eye shadow brushes

one of the eye shadow brushes

All in all, great deal for 12 bucks. I can’t even buy ONE of the brushes I currently own for that price. This set would make a fantastic gift for a teen or young person who loves makeup…

these nifty lipstick organizers hold 24 tubes and are only 3 dollars each!

these nifty lipstick organizers hold 24 tubes and are only 3 dollars each!

Mine actually looked BETTER than these photos

Mine actually looked BETTER than these photos

I will probably buy another one or two of these later.

I will probably buy another one or two of these later.

The acrylic lipstick organizers cost $3.00 each and are MUCH nicer in person than their stock photos. I really love these things and have seen them for 3x this price at the stores. I am planning to buy a couple more when I finally figure out how many lipsticks I own. Again, this would make a great stocking stuffer. I could not find anything bad to say about these organizers.

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Confessions of a Makeup Hoarder: My Upstairs Bathroom Makeup and Perfume Haul!

This was what I found in my upstairs bathroom.  I usually only keep 'emergency' makeup here

This was what I found in my upstairs bathroom. I usually only keep ’emergency’ makeup here

Like I promised in my original blog post, I am going to start whittling down my GINORMOUS makeup collection.

My makeup purge-a-thon started with a cleaning of my upstairs bathroom. I rarely use this bath and keep just a minimal (for me) amount of ’emergency makeup’ there. I also have things I had forgotten about stashed in that room and my bedroom, too.

a peek into my upstairs bathroom

a peek into my upstairs bathroom

While I was at it, I decided to clean my bedroom as well. Until this week I had not slept there for about a year and a half-ish. I was on bedrest during my pregnancy, then recovering from the c-section- so the sofa was where I lived.

The makeup purge of my ‘small emergency stash’ in the bathroom turned up:

-5 different eyeshadow palettes
-37 lipsticks/lip glosses
-a dozen or more eye liners
-8 different mascaras
-A BRAND NEW IN BOX Bimatoprost (Latisse) eyelash growth medicine!

omg!  this stuff is SO pricey!  I can't believe I lost a brand new box of it!

omg! this stuff is SO pricey! I can’t believe I lost a brand new box of it!

-BRAND NEW Michael Kors perfume (xmas gift)
-Urban Decay Honey body powder- also BRAND NEW
-2 tweezerman tweezers
-7 different makeup pencil sharpeners
-4 eyebrow pencil/gel thingies
-Hard Candy blush
-assorted expired eye and face creams
-3 concealers
-MAC pigments
-a ton of makeup brushes (foundation, eyeliner, shadow, blenders, lip brushes)

I am very proud of myself- I was able to throw away all but 2 of the eyeshadow palettes (brand new Stila and an Urban Decay palette I thought I lost), the blush, most concealers, 80 percent of the brushes, all the mascara, eye creams, etc.

my garbage bag:  PROOF that I tossed stuff away

my garbage bag: PROOF that I tossed stuff away

BRAND NEW (from Xmas) Stila eyeshadow palette and other things

BRAND NEW (from Xmas 2013)”Bring Out Your Glam” Stila eyeshadow palette and other things

I was still left with a pretty impressive haul, including an amazing assortment of 15 lipsticks and glosses that I forgot I had. I had 2 of a particular color, which is a testimony to my sick hoarding habits.

the 'keepers'- lip products

the ‘keepers’- lip products

BATHROOM LIPSTICK/LIPPIE/LIP GLOSS HAUL!

BATHROOM LIPSTICK/LIPPIE/LIP GLOSS HAUL!

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WHY do I have 2 in the same exact color?!?!?

WHY do I have 2 in the same exact color?!?!?

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the one on right is a MAC that I’d been searching for

Yeah… keep in mind, this is my SMALL stash. I’m really worried about what I will find when I clean out the downstairs bathroom.

Urban Decay Honey (lickable) body powder- was still new in it's packaging!

Urban Decay Honey (lickable) body powder- was still new in it’s packaging!

A brand new (was still in package, too) Michael Kors perfume- my fave

A brand new (was still in package, too) Michael Kors perfume- my fave

My makeup addiction is out of control. I have to also say that I am very pleased that I did this purge. It was getting ridiculous. I don’t even wear makeup much anymore since this baby was born.

Well, at least the bathroom and my bedroom got a cleaning while I was at it…

my newly tidied bedroom

my newly tidied bedroom

my little cleaning/purging helper

my little cleaning/purging helper

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L’Oreal Glossy Balm Review- #240 Pink Me Up! Plus- How I shop for makeup while the baby escapes the cart-

L'Oreal Glossy Balm in 240 PINK ME UP

L’Oreal Glossy Balm in 240 PINK ME UP

I have huge lips, which makes it imperative that I keep them from looking like crusty, cracked face flappers.

While I ADORE shopping at Sephora and Ulta and the MAC counter, this fact remains:

I live in a small town, I have a wailing baby, and most of my shopping treks are to the drugstore or grocer’s.

The rest of my shopping is done online, when Maisie is passed out.

L’Oreal Glossy Balm was a pleasant surprise.  I chose #240 Pink Me Up mostly because it looked cute and I could grab it before the baby tried to climb out of the shopping cart and onto my head.  I would have purchased more colors, but I feared for my child’s safety, as she is not a very good judge of heights and still doesn’t understand that gravity can cause owwies.

The pigment was lovely and sheer, staying power was good for a light gloss.  The best part for people like me who tend to get that gross lip crud buildup (is there a name for it?) on our lips- NO buildup, nada, nothing.  It kept my lips supple and didn’t smear all over my face when the kid tried to wipe off the strange color on Mommy’s lips.

I’d buy more, if I could get to the drugstore again without worrying about her escaping the shopping cart.

A photo of my entire face with the glossy balm on the lips.

A photo of my entire face with the glossy balm on the lips. I look like I have a Daisy Duke “Dukes of Hazzard” vibe going on today-minus the politically incorrect Confederate flag.