Holidays · The Friday Five

The Friday Five – Best Beauty Gift Ideas under $50

How can Christmas be only 17 days away? You know I’m freaking out a bit. I mean, how can I possibly fit in all the shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking, school holiday shows, Christmas parties and drinking in just 17 days?

Ha! Who am I kidding? I’m drinking a glass of wine as I type, so totally do-able under duress.

But no worries, my friends. I am here to help you cross a few items off your Christmas list for that beauty addict friend and I PROMISE I will have a little something for everyone’s budget. Did I mention that all of these are under $50?

I got you, girl!

#5 – Soap and Glory Get a Smooth on Set ($7.99)

Now this one is a multi-tasker. I can envision this one as a stocking stuffer or possibly for that co-worker who likes to show some leg and wears skirts or dresses. Let’s not forget the teacher who is on her feet all day long and uses hand sanitizer like 500 times a day. She needs some moisturizer and, trust me, this Soap and Glory Set delivers. Flake Away will practically peel any layer of dead skin from your body (in a good way) and the Righteous Butter will add much needed moisture back. Did I also mention that you will smell like peach butter cream with this combo and how can that be wrong?

#4 – Maybelline Merry Minis Eyeshadow and Mascara Set (8.99)

Ok, I know we have all been there. You totally forgot about the Secret Santa gift exchange and your already on your way to work and don’t have time to go to the mall to pick up a present for your blue eyed co-worker. No worries. Just pull into the nearest Walmart or Walgreens and make a bee-line to the Maybelline display and grab a Merry Minis Eyeshadow and Mascara set. Not only do you get one of the cute little City Mini palettes with gorgeous warm shades of peach, pink and browns, but you also get a mini Colossal Volume Mascara. Perfect to keep in your purse to touch up your eye look before heading out to happy hour after work.

#3 – L’Oréal Infallible Metallic Eyeshadow Kit ($12.99)

Let’s say you have a lot of friends, but a small budget. That’s ok. I’m a firm believer that it’s quality, not quantity and not only will you be saving money by buying this set, but you will be giving the gift of a metallic eye look for the holidays. BONUS: Split the pack apart and pick up a bag of Peppermint Hershey Kisses and make goody bags to hand out to your besties while celebrating the holidays around some drinks and appetizers at your favorite local bar. Just tie a cute bow and you are done.

#2 – Estee Lauder 3 Piece After Hours The Nude Lip Gift Set ($32)

Yes, I know Kylie Cosmetics revolutionized the world with her lip kits and now everyone is jumping on the band wagon. GOOD FOR US because Estee Lauder has a gorgeous lip gift set that includes a full size lipstick and gloss and mini lip liner. This would be just perfect for that mom friend who is still using the same stubby little Nyx lip liner she bought before she had her first kid 5 years ago. Girlfriend, it’s time to move on and it’s your duty as her friend to help her take the first steps into investing in herself once again. I know first hand how quickly those little rugrats take over your life. The set comes in nude and red, but baby steps. Go for the nude and then transition to red.

#1 – Smashbox Drawn In Decked Out Shadow and Highlight 3 Piece Set ($39)

Much like Scenario #3, where you have loads of friends and a limited budget, yet you have a rep to protect because your friends are picky. Not that I’m poo-pooing L’Oréal in any way, but maybe these friends are all like “Eww…drugstore makeup” and even though you have told them how AWESOME Milani Matte lipsticks are, they are hardcore Sephora fans and only go to Walgreens to pick up cough medicine. That’s ok. We all have friends like that. I’m sure you like them for other reasons, right? Anyways, here comes Smashbox to save the day. They have come out with a holiday set that includes 1 buttery soft highlighter trio (the gold one in the middle is divine), 1 mini warm palette and 1 mini cool tone palette all with GORGEOUS packaging that will make your snobby selective friends shriek with delight. Just break the set apart, gently toss them in a cute gift bag and hand them out to your girlfriends over brunch.

BONUS: Macy’s is offering 15% of the above mentioned set from Estee Lauder and Smashbox. Just use code FRIEND at checkout.

Any other holiday sets that are worthy of a shout out? If so, leave them in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends.

Maritza

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Beauty Review · Hey Honey

Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum – Review

Hey Honey is one of those brands that just doesn’t get the amount of love they deserve on social media. I know they have a hardcore cult following and I swear I would be this cults leader and RULE THE WORLD!

Too far?  I think I have been watching way too much American Horror Story on On Demand.

I first heard about this brand from Birchbox. I got a sample of the Hey Honey Trick or Treat Concealer and immediately became hooked. In this day and age, when everyone on Instagram and YouTube is highlighting the beejeezus out of their under eye, it is refreshing to find a concealer for the everyday woman because it’s creamy, doesn’t crease and looks natural. I don’t know about you, but this pretty sums up my concealer needs.

I actually received a deluxe sized sample of their Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum simply for answering a survey they sent to me (SWEET!). According to their website, it says that it is supposed to be a moisturizing serum that can be used alone or under your moisturizer, but to be honest, my favorite way to use this serum is as a primer. It leaves your skin feeling smooth, silky to the touch and blurs out my pores. My foundation literally glides on and once it dries down it has a velvet like feel, but does not pill under my makeup, like some other primers with a similar effect do.

The one downside, in my opinion, is the price. $45 for 1 oz. of product is pretty high. To compare, Benefit’s Porefesional has .75 oz. of product for $31 and Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer costs $36 for 1 oz. of product. All these products have a similar finish, so there is a bit of a price hike, but considering that it can double as a moisturizer and a primer, maybe you can justify it.

Also, you really don’t need a whole lot of product. My sample is .34 oz. and I only need a pea size amount to cover my T-zone completely and then tap the rest on my laugh lines and crows feet. I’ve been using this consistently for about 3 weeks now and still have more to go before it runs out.

Right now Hey Honey is including the serum in a few of their holiday sets, so it might be a good time to gift yourself or a loved one the look of smooth, silky skin.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Beauty Review · Maybelline · Uncategorized

Maybelline – Python Metallic Lip Kit Review

I was perusing Amazon a few weeks back, looking for some new mascara’s to try out, and as I am scrolling, happily adding stuff to my cart that eventually will sit there for a few days until it gets downgraded to Saved for Later and then eventually Removed (we all do that, right?), I come across this Maybelline Python Metallic Lip Kit. I stop scrolling as I have never heard of this product and my first thought is that it must be something either that has not yet hit the drugstore shelves or maybe is an older product.

There are 6 color combinations to choose from, ranging from pinky nude to an edgy blue. Seeing as I am a red lip kind of girl, I begin eyeing the color Passionate and, of course, add it to my cart. Low and behold, it passes muster and I actually end up purchasing it.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but when it arrived 2 days later, I was immediately disappointed for the following reasons:

  1. It’s freaking tiny! The kit is about the size of a single eyeshadow compact, and contains .06 oz of lip color and .04 oz of metallic powder (More on that later).
  2. It came broken! The metallic powder crumbled and when I opened the Amazon box, it was all over the place. The good news is that I was able to press some of it back, but still, that’s a bummer. Amazon did give me a full refund for it AND I didn’t have to return it, which was freaking AWESOME!!

So, based on the above, I am going to preface the rest of this post by saying that the best thing about this product is that I basically got it for free. As I mentioned above, the kit is tiny. I initially paid $9.99 for this and I truly don’t know if it’s worth the price. Mostly, because I am little confused on what it’s true purpose is, but also because the products execution is kind of crappy.

The lip color, although very pigmented, actually feels more like a balm when you put it on, which I don’t have any general  objections to, but I was expecting something slightly creamier. It doesn’t necessarily glide on effortlessly.

The metallic powder actually feels mousse-like, so when I was pressing the product back in it actually melded quite nicely into place. When you apply it on top of the balm and rub your lips together, it does have a powdery feel to it. The problem with the metallic powder is that it takes quite a bit of product to make your lips shimmer. I feel like you will go through it quite faster than the balm, which really does not require a lot of product to show up.

I actually really like the balm. I like to go into it with a light hand and it gives me a nice wash of lip color that looks like you have naturally berry tinted lips. Since it is a balm and not a lip tint, the downside is that it’s not a very lasting look, which means you have to reapply throughout the day. Which leads me to my CHIEF complaint, the fact that the easiest and least troublesome method of applying this for me is with my fingers and that SUCKS BALLS because then you have to constantly carry around makeup wipes to remove the product from your hands. You could technically apply it with a lip brush, but I just don’t want to.

I mean, I’m a mom. A HOT MESS MOM to be exact. I carry so much crap with me already, I really don’t want to carry something else that is going to get lost at the bottom of my purse and I’ll pick it out like 3 months later when I am looking for a receipt or something.

(Reaches for glass of wine to calm down)

The metallic powder is quite forgettable, in my opinion. I don’t like the powdery feel on my lips and I really don’t think it’s revolutionary in any way. If I was going to go for a metallic lip, I would prefer to use  Tattoo Junkee’s Metallic Lip Paint because the formula is already metallic, long-lasting and virtually transfer proof. In addition, it comes with a small pot of glitter to make it pop even more if you want, although I don’t find it to be necessary.

So am I missing something here, friends? Did anyone else try this and not end up as confused as to what they hell it’s supposed to be? Why the heck is it even called Python? Am I even using this product correctly? If so, please enlighten me in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

The Friday Five

The Friday Five – How to De-Puff after Traveling

Does anyone else blow up like a puffer fish after flying?

I went on a trip to the grand city of Indianapolis this week for work and came back feeling and looking all puffy and mummy-like dry. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but apparently very common as changes in air pressure can apparently wreak havoc on your digestive system and the lack of humidity on a plane can suck a lot of fluid from your body, thus adding to the bloating. However, just because it’s temporary doesn’t mean I have to live with it for long, so today I am going to share with you,  my beloved readers, the Top 5 way I de-puff and hydrate after a long trip.

Please keep in mind, that I am not a doctor and what works for me might not necessarily work for you.

#5 – Drink lots of water.

This is a given, but between all the flying and walking you do in an airport and all the things that might keep you away from your daily routine while traveling, I often forget to drink water. In fact, I find that I am more likely to indulge in coffee, soda or cocktails (vodka tonic, anyone? Yeah…me!)  when traveling. That’s all fine and dandy, till you get home and look in the mirror and your face looks like you had an allergic reaction to shellfish. So I make sure to drink plenty of water upon arrival.

#4 – Cleansing Mask

My face also usually feels so grimy after flying that one of the first things I do is shower and then apply a nice cleansing mask. My favorite is the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. It’s an old tried and true and sure enough, my face thanks me when I wash off the mask and it feels all squeaky clean. It does not necessarily help with the puffy face or the dryness, but it’s a necessary step.

#3 – Moisturizing Mask

Ahhh….now this is exactly what I am talking about. Nothing feels more soothing that a lovely hydrating mask. I usually use either the Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask or the Glam Glow Gravitymud Firming Treatment. Both leave your skin feeling plump and smooth.

#2 – Plain Ole Moisturizer

Now that we have cleansed, hydrated and firmed, it’s time to keep the party going, so after I have done the above, I apply some leave in moisturizer for my face. I use a lot of different moisturizers, but lately I’ve been kicking it Old School and have been using Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with SPF 15. I used this all throughout my 20’s and early 30’s and never had any complaints and when my mom recently gave me a bottle I was partying like it was 2005. The smell takes me back and I find that it does a great job in keeping me hydrated all day. I love rediscovering beauty products!

Also, don’t forget the rest of your body. After I shower, I make sure to generously apply moisturizer on my arms and legs to relieve the itchy dryness I get from flying. I’ve been using Soap and Glory’s Righteous Body Butter and have to stop myself from bathing in this stuff. It literally smells like heaven and leaves my skin feeling like a baby’s behind.

#1 – Sleep It Off

‘Nuff said. You need to sleep it off, girlfriend! Thank me when you wake up and look like a million bucks.

Any other travel tip to fight the bloat? If so, leave it in the comments.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza