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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cheap Makeup Websites

E.L.F. Makeup
This is definatley my favorite makeup brand. Everything's soooo cheap and a lot of their products are good quality (Not EVERYTHING, but really, what can you expect of a brand which sells most of their products for $1-3?) They have three lines in which they sell products, Essential (their cheapest line with most products only costing $1), Studio (their second cheapest prices with most products in the 3-5 dollar range), and their Mineral line ( their most expensive line with mineral makeup, and most products in the 3-8 dollar range.) Another great thing about E.L.F is that they often have deals, such as buy one get one half off on their best sellers , which is by the way, going on right now.

Cherry Culture
Cherry Culture is a website which sells discounted makeup. They sell Amuse, Ardell, Arissa, Beauty Blender, Bloom Cosmetics, Cherry Culture, China Glaze, Crazy Rumors, DUO, Facefront, Fresh Minerals, Girlactik Beauty, Japonesque, Jelly Pong Pong, Juice Beauty, Jordana, Kitten Vixen, L.A. Colors, L.A. Girl, L.A. Splash, Lucky Chick, Lulu Beauty, Luscious, Me! Bath, Mehron, Milani, Model in a Bottle, MOR Cosmetics, NYX, Palladio Beauty, Pinkie Swear, Pookie, Principessa, Sinful Colors, Styli-Style, Sugar Baby, TINte, Travalo, Vanity Mark, Violent Lips, and Wild and Crazy. I love Cherry Culture, and a lot of their products are at least two dollars of the retail price. However, their swatches are completely misleading, so you probably should check the brand's website to see what color you want, instead of Cherry Culture. Also, Cherry Culture takes a week to process usually, so you probably won't get your package for about two weeks if you choose normal shipping.

Okay, honestly this one doesn't have a ton of makeup but it's a great website for really good deals on pretty much everything. They sell lots of brand name accesories and apparell for up to 90% of the original price. Everything ships seperately, for a two dollar shipping rate. I bought from here and the other two websites that I listed and am very satisfied with the products.

Websites That I'm Thinking Of Buying From:

I'll try to update this list once I buy, or think about buying, makeup from websites that I haven't listed. Do you have any favorite cheap makeup websites? Let me know.That's it for now!  Bye!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Bath and Body Works Semi Annual Sale!

Hey everyone! Bath and Body Works is having their semi-annual sale again! If you aren't familiar with their sales, twice a year, Bath and Body Works sells many of their products for insanely good deals.  Loads of products (mainly fragrance mists, lotions, and shower gels) are on sale for $3-5. These items can be bought online or in a store. I picked up twelve of these goodies at Bath and Body Works, and the total came to about $60. Here's what I bought:

From top to bottom:
Aromatherapy Sleep Body Lotion in Warm Milk and Honey,  Berry Vanilla Body Lotion,  Twisted Pepperment Body Lotion, Flawless Gold 24K Shimmer Powder Spray in Sweet Pea and Paris Amour, Be Enchanted Fragrance Mist, Warm Vanilla Sugar Fragrance Mist, Frosted Snowberry Fragrance Mist, Honey Autumn Apple Fragrance Mist, Vanilla Bean Noel Fragrance Mist, Dreamy Vanilla Woods Fragrance, Paris Amour Fragrance Mist
Twisted Peppermint Body Lotion

Honey Autumn Apple Fragrance Mist

Paris Amour Fragrance Mist

Fosted Snowberry Fragrance Mist

Aromatherapy Sleep Body Lotion in Warm Milk and Honey

Flawless Gold 24K Shimmer Powder Spray in Sweet Pea and Paris Amour

Warm Vanilla Sugar Fragrance Mist

Vanilla Bean Noel Fragrance Mist

Dreamy Vanilla Woods Fragrance Mist

Berry Vanilla Body Lotion

Be Enchanted Fragrance Mist

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Winter Nails

Hey guys! I decided to do winter/holiday themed nails. Sorry it's a little late, I did my nails last week but completely forgot to blog about them! My thumb has a snowman and my other fingers have candy canes. Here's how to get winter-y nails!

1. Paint a base coat to protect your nails and to make them chip less. I'm using Sally Hansen's Advanced Hard As Nails Nylon and Retinol Strengthener. Let dry

2. Paint two coats on your nails, painting your thumb blue and your other fingers white. Let dry
3. Paint one small dot in white on your thumb using a dotting tool (I'm using a pencil with a pin stuck in the eraser) in the lower third of your nail.
4. Paint 2 more dots, one in the middle and one at the tip, of your nail. The dot in the middle should be bigger than the top dot but smaller then the dot at the tip of your nail. Let dry
5. While waiting for your thumb to dry, paint about five lines in red on your other fingers, to look like a candy cane, using a thin brush. Let dry

6. Once you're thumb is dry, use the dotting tool to make two dots using a black nail polish on the smallest white dot for the eyes. Also, paint  three or four dots on the snowman's body for buttons. Then, using a thin brush, add arms to the snowman by painting two thin lines coming out of the middle dot, using black nail polish.
7. Using a red nail polish, create the snowman's scarf using a thin brush.

That's it! Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 24, 2012

DIY Hair Mask with Honey

Hey Guys! I've recently started doing hair masks and I'm thrilled with the results! In the winter, my hair can get really dry and prone to breakage and this makes it soft and healthy again. I like to use it once a week so it stays nice and shiny. My hair is shoulder length and thin, so adjust it if needed. I should warn you though, although my hair hasn't lightened in color (I'm blonde naturally), some people have experienced hair lightening. Here's the recipe!

What You'll Need:

  • Honey 
  • Conditioner
  • Bowl
  • Tablespoon Measuring Spoon
  • Spoon
  1. Place one tablespoon of honey in a bowl
  2. Place on tablespoon of conditioner in a bowl
  3. Mix 
  4. Place the mixture in the microwave for about 8 seconds (until it gets slightly liquidy, I tried 15 seconds but it was too liquidy)
  5. Starting at your roots, apply the mixture to your hair until all of your hair is covered in the mask
  6. Put on a shower cap, or towel on your head, and wait 30 minutes (This mixture doesn't ever dry but this is a good amount of time for your hair to absorb the moisture)
  7. Wash it off with shampoo
That's it! I hope you guys enjoyed this easy DIY! Bye!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

E.L.F Review: Lip Balm SPF 15

Hey guys! Today I'm going to review E.L.F.'s Lip Balm with SPF 15 in Pink. It's a really nice moisturizing lip balm in a pretty soft pink color. The pigmentation is fairly light, so it's great for a natural look but not as a alternative to lipstick. I also bought this in Peach but was dissapointed since it was bright orange insead of the pinky-peach shown on the website. It's slightly minty smelling, which didn't bother me at all, in fact, I kind of liked the smell. The packaging is very pretty and convienient. I love this product!

                                                                   Natural Lighting

                                                                         With Flash

Sunday, December 16, 2012

My Top 3 Makeup Products

Boots No 7 High Lights Illuminating Lotion
I love this illuminator sooooo much! It works really well for me as in the winter, as my skin is dry and dull. However, I wouldn't suggest this for people with oily skin since the shine can be mistaken for oil. One of the things that I love about this is that it has a subtle shimmer that catches the light but doesn't look to glittery. One of my worries about this product before I bought this was that it would be reminiscent of little girl makeup parties. You know, where you get your nails all glittery and they shake glitter on your face and place a shiny star on you're cheek? It totally wasn't though, and looked fairly natural. It's also an exact dupe for Benefit's High Beam. At half the price ($13), and two times the size (1 FL Oz.), Boots No 7 High Lights Illuminating Lotion is a great deal! The color is gorgeous too! It's a beautiful pearl-like soft pink. Boots is a UK brand but their products can be bought at Target. I love this!

E.LF.  HD Blush in "Headliner"
This is a great blush for a natural, glowy look! I use this every day and absoloutley love it! However, at the beginning, I looked exactly like a clown. It was my first liquid blush and I was completely confused how to use it. A few makeup removing pads later, I had figured out how. Place a tiny drop on your hand, and by tiny, I really mean tiny. It's REALLY pigmented so I usually use the smallest amount that I can get, about the size of a head of a needle. Then put the dot on your cheek and use a sponge to blend it in. You can add more blush if you want the color to be more intense. This blush will last me FOREVER and it only costs 3 dollars! It comes in 5 colors, Headliner, Superstar, Diva, Encore, and Showstopper.

Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder in "Transluscent"
This product is great for people with oily skin. It really controls any excess oil on my face and stays matte. During the summer, my face can get really oily and this is great for that! It also comes in colored powders, Sandy, and Silky Beige. It lasts about 5 hours without re-applying. It also doesn't leave a white cast on my face. It's also really cheap in the $3-5 range. I love it!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

DIY Lip and Cheek Tint with Beets

Hey everyone! Today, I'm going to show you how to make an inexpensive lip and cheek tint with beets! I know, amazing right? I have to admit, when I found out about this, I wasn't sure about how it would work. I mean, beets are just so.....ugly. I wasn't quite sure how it could transform into a useable lip and cheek tint. It worked though and only cost me about 1 dollar. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 Beet
  • 1 Tablespoon of Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Glycerin (optional)
  • Strainer
  • Container
  1. First, take your beet and peel it.
  2. Cut your beet into smaller pieces and place it in a blender or food proccessor. I used a a blender.
  3. Add the honey and vegetable glycerin to the beets. I couldn't find glycerin at Target  so I only used honey.
  4. Blend the mixture until it is fairly liquidy with some small chunks. 
  5. Strain the tint so it's smooth
  6. Pour into a container!
That's it! I really like this lip and cheek tint as it gives a really natural glow if you use it correctly. If you don't, you may resemble a clown. For my lips, I applied it with the wand of an old lip gloss container. You also may have some left over from sample-ing at Sephora or any other makeup store. I added a light layer of the tint a few times until I got a nice, natural look. For the cheeks, you can apply the tint with your fingers or with a makeup sponge. I personally found apply this with my fingers easier. You might want to store the mixture in two containers and place one in the fridge for use now and one in the freezer for later. It only stays good for as long as the beets would, so keep that in mind when storing the lip/cheek tint. Thanks for reading! I hope you liked this easy DIY!

Friday, November 23, 2012

DIY Oatmeal Yogurt Mask

Hey Guys! This is a really cheap and easy mask that's great for any skin type. It hydrates your skin and is great for acne to! Let's get started!

Things You'll Need

  • 1 Tablespoon Oatmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon Plain Yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Food Processor
  1. Measure 1 Tablespoon of oatmeal and place it in a food processor. Grind the oatemeal and place it in a bowl. 
  2. Add 1 Tablespoon of plain yogurt to the bowl. Never use flavored yogurt as it contains ingredients that are bad for your skin.
  3. Add 1 Teaspoon of honey to the mix.
  4. Stir 
  5. Apply to your entire face and leave it on for 15 minutes
  6. When time's up, wash the mixture of your face.
Thanks for reading! You should apply this mask twice weekly for the best results. Bye!

DIY Crayon Lip Balm

This lip balm recipe is insanely easy and quick to make with ingredients you can find at home. It's also really cheap with only two ingredients, crayons, and petroleum jelly (Vaseline). The crayons are completely non-toxic, making it safe to use them to color this lip balm. If fact, Crayola says that even if you eat 3,500 crayons, it will still contain less toxins than city drinking water.  So unless you start viewing crayons as a tasty snack , you should be perfectly fine.

Things You'll Need
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Crayons (especially reds and pinks)
  • Bowl
  • Spoon 
  • Toothpick
  • Pencil Sharpener

  1. Scoop a full spoonfull of Vaseline into a microwave-safe bowl. 
  2. Sharpen a crayon in the desired color using a pencil sharpener. This creates shavings which will make microwaving the mixture alot quicker, and clump-less. Pour the shavings of a half or whole crayon (the mixture with a half crayon is fairly sheer and with a whole crayon is more pigmented) into the bowl with the  Vaseline.
  3. Microwave the mixture for 5 minutes. It should no longer have any crayon shavings. If it does microwave in increments of 30 seconds until the chunks of crayon are gone. 
  4. Mix with a toothpick until the mixture is no longer seperated.
  5. Pour in a container
  6. Place the mixture in your refrigerator and leave anytime from 10-30 minutes. By then you're mixture should be solidified , creating a lip balm texture
You're finished! I hope you enjoyed this fun DIY!