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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covergirl · Mascara · Nope

Nope! – Covergirl Peacock Flare Mascara

You ever find a beauty product that you are supremely loyal to? I’m not really talking about loving a brand and buying all or some of their products, but rather a specific item from a specific brand that you always buy? Well, that’s me with mascara.

Last year, I got a sample of Marcelle’s Xtension Plus Curl mascara in a Birchbox and ever since then, I have never found another mascara that compares. It lengthens and curls my lashes to perfection without leaving them clumpy. I have gone through like 4 tubes and even though I have tried various other mascara’s since then, they are always a big fat “Nope”. I don’t even own any other make up from Marcelle except for this mascara and the reason I keep on trying to find a good substitute is because Marcelle isn’t currently sold in any stores and I have to buy my beloved mascara from Birchbox or from directly from their website. Loving something so exclusively means that unless you have back ups, if you happen to lose, misplace or, God forbid it gets discontinued, you are basically up shit’s creek.

I’ll be like Elaine from Seinfeld when her favorite contraceptive sponge got discontinued and she had to ask all the men she was dating if they were “sponge worthy” before agreeing to have sex, except every time I put on make up, I’ll have to decide if today’s event is mascara worthy.

Me: Is the movie we are going to see “mascara worthy”?

Hubs: It’s Justice League

Me: Oh HELL NO! I’ll just wear sunglasses so nobody can see my shame.

So, my search continues for a good replacement and when I was in Target a few weeks back, I came across Covergirl’s Peacock Flare mascara. Immediately, I was drawn in by the packaging. I am a serious sucker for art deco and the feathery blue and black triangle design on the tube, gave me Great Gatsby vibes, so I threw it in the cart without a second thought.

Unfortunately, that is where the love ends. The minute I pulled the brush from the tube, I groaned. It had these short, rubber spikes that are so popular nowadays on mascara, but that I hate with a passion. I often wonder whatever happened to the traditional curved bristle mascara brush. They are definitely going the way of the dinosaur and as a girl with thin, wispy lashes, the rubber spiked wands just turn my lashes all clumpy and creepy Annabelle doll looking, when what I want are feathery curled lashes.

However, I soldier on and begin to apply the mascara. In preparation for the clump, I wiped down the bristles a bit and applied, beginning at the root and doing that little jiggle all the way to the tips. The first swipe, left most of the product at the root, but didn’t give my lashes much volume. So I wait a bit and apply a second layer, but the product is just kind of hanging around at the root and not really going anywhere else. I can’t seem to get it to lengthen.

This is where I find that a bristle brush excels. The fibers of the brush carry the product from room to tip and help make your lashes long, which still providing that volume that you need. The rubber bristles in this mascara are a little too far apart to do the job for me and thus the dreaded clump.

Not judging here though. If you are digging the clumpy lash look, then by all means, go and grab a tube of Peacock Flare. However, if you want more feathery lashes, then don’t be deceived by the bird reference and continue the hunt for your favorite mascara replacement.

Also, if you happen to come across any bristle, curved mascara’s and want to give it a shout out, leave it in the comments below. I will be happy to give it a try to see if it is a good replacement for my beloved Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl.

Till next time, friends.

Maritza

Drugstore Finds · NYX · Uncategorized

Sale What?? Nyx Butter Gloss Mini Haul

I was in Walgreens last week and, as usual, began to peruse the beauty aisle. Not that I was planning on buying makeup, as to be honest, I was just there for cat litter, but there is no harm in looking, right?

However, as I get to the Nyx display, all thoughts of cat litter go away because I see that they have some of the Butter Glosses on clearance. I love the Nyx Butter Glosses. Not only do they smell like vanilla cupcakes, but they are glossy without being goopy and are long wear. They are fairly pigmented enough to wear alone, but if your not into a semi-sheer glossy look, you can layer them over a matte or cream lipstick for that punch of color.

Sidenote: if you want a really pigmented glossy lipstick that’s under $10, try the Hard Candy WetEver line. You will not be disappointed!

It seemed like all the red and wine colored Butter Glosses were on clearance and I was like, “Umm….is this a mistake?” because I think red lips are  the quintessential holiday look and if I was Walgreen’s, I’d be putting all of them on the top of the display instead of all the way on the bottom where no one looks. Whatever, their loss is my gain. For $2.49 a piece, I snagged three winter ready colors:

Strawberry Jam – a orange reddish glossy shade that makes you want to believe that it’s a summer color with a name like that, but it’s actually the perfect red to wear with a dramatic wing liner and a cocktail dress to a holiday party.

Cranberry Biscotti – a berry toned beauty that you can wear day or night. I personally like a dramatic lip with a light eye look and this color is would look great with a pop of cheek color, mascara and bold eyebrows.

Red Wine Truffle – the big sister to Cranberry Biscotti. Just a tad bit deeper and not so pink. This is what I would pair with a smokey eye and a black pencil skirt. Add a fitted turtleneck and you have a perfect workday outfit

The link to Walgreen’s has all these listed for $3.99 each, but try to hit up your local Walgreens and you might be able to get them cheaper.

I was so excited about my sale finds, I almost forgot the cat litter, but I happened to pass the Covergirl display with all of Katy Perry’s lipsticks, which were not on sale, and I was like “Oh Snap! Cat litter!”

I’ll let you decide if it’s Katy’s love of felines or her actual lipstick line that made me remember cat poop.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

BH Cosmetics · Friday Finds

Friday Finds – Elf, Becca, BH Cosmetics & More

I love the holidays! With so many brands out there competing with eachother, the sales are starting early. My inbox has been taking a beating with all the brands advertising their sales and products and, for once, I’m not all that upset with extra email traffic. In case you missed my Sephora VIB post, I mentioned that you can typically get better deals if you buy straight from the brand vs, Sephora, well this week, I am loving the deals.

Move over VIB sale! You’ve got some competition.

From 11/10 – 11/14, e.l.f. will be having a 50% site wide sale. Time to stock up on some faves, do a little early Holiday shopping or just splurge! It’s elf! You won’t feel bad about spending a few bucks because it’s all so affordable. I personally LOVE  their Velvet Matte Lipsticks. I kid you not, these are pigmented and comfortable to wear. I wouldn’t necessarily call them matte, but for $1.50 on sale, you can call them whatever you want!

If you want to take advantage of the sale you can click link above and use code CELEBRATE. You will be accessing my affiliate code, which means I do get a little something if you shop using that link, but if you don’t want to, that’s ok! Just log onto elfcosmetics.com and use the same code.

Now this one really got me all wound up, because I know my friend Karla was eyeing this baby the other day. Until supplies last, Becca is offering the Limited Editions Apres Ski Glow Collection Eye Palette for $29. Considering that the regular price is $45, that’s a better savings that getting it during the Sephora VIB sale. As of Thursday, 11/9, when I wrote this post, they still had them online, so run and grab one!

BH Cosmetics has moved up their Black Friday sale and is giving us 40% off almost everything on their website. Time to start checking off people from your holiday list, because that includes some of my all time favorites, such as the Supernova and Solar Flare palettes, which are going for $9.59 each. These are some of the most gorgeous baked shadows I own and I use them from casual everyday looks to nighttime party looks.

Some other worthy mentions are:

ColourPop – 20% off when you spend $40 or more till 11/10. This includes their Holiday Collection

Groupon – 25% off using code WOW25. Groupon never fails me. From yoga classes to yoga pants that I will never where to a yoga class, you can find practically anything.

Wet n’ Wild – no actual sale going in, but you have to check out their boxed holiday gift collections. From $5 – $29.99, there is something for any beauty lover. Might I add that if you have a tween or teen, like I do, these would be great stocking stuffers.

If you got any promos that you want to share, drop the link in the comments sections below. I love shopping and spending money I don’t have on makeup I don’t need. 🙂

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Sephora VIB Sale

What’s in My Cart? Sephora VIB Sale

Ahh… Fall! Cool weather, pumpkin spice lattes, football and the Sephora Semi Annual VIB Sale. I live for this stuff. Not that I don’t buy makeup and other beauty products year round, but I’m saving 20% during this time of year.

Ok. Let’s pause for a second. I will be the first to admit that Sephora has literally bewitched us all with this “sale”. Under no other circumstances would I ever get excited about saving 20%. In fact, I wouldn’t even typically buy anything if they were only offering me 20%. I’d be like, “No thanks, bitches! Call me when these shoes are at least 40% off!”

And if I’m really going to be honest, we typically can get better sales or more consistent savings at the very least if we buy our beauty products from the brand vs. Sephora. For example, in October

  • Too Faced had 30% off plus free shipping.
  • Becca was offering 50% off their poured creme highlighters
  • Boscia was offering 15-20% off select products.

In fact, they offer these types of promotions multiple times throughout the year (if I causally look at my inbox, I would even say it’s monthly) and I hardly ever take advantage. I always say to myself that I will wait for the Sephora VIB Sale. Why?

Brainwashed and bewitched. That’s why. That little striped black and white bag is like crack cocaine. I can’t say no!

Anyways, this year, I’m actually taking advantage and will stock up on some favorites, like Anastasia’s DipBrow Pomade, Boscia’s Charcoal Makeup Melter Cleansing Oil Balm and the Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask. I’m pretty much scrapping the bottom of the jars on those.

I’m also taking advantage of the whopping 20% off to try out some new stuff, so I’m getting the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment and Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Cream Mini. Both of these are top rated, so I want to see if the hype of real.

I will also pick up a Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Cocoa and Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquaconcealer in Fair Light. These are my splurges as I don’t need a new eyeliner or concealer, but they were calling me.

I’m such a sucker!!!

I know this is not a very interesting cart, but I’m pretty happy. It can’t always be eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks!!

Who am I kidding? If I am going to be honest, I am 99% sure I will also add the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette to the cart. Not that I need it, but I want it!!

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza