Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My New Favorites & Shopping Guide (w/ Some Dupes)

Hi everyone! I hope that you are having a fantastic day!

I've been enjoying the weather and warmth and my beauty products have slowly been transitioning from the deep winter tones to a softer and lighter feel instead. In this blog, I'll be listing some of my new favorites in makeup, beauty, and haircare with links to where you can buy them if you are interested.

I've compiled a shopping guide and dupes list for some of these products that are higher priced and/or limited edition. I did my best to make sure to find you the cheapest price available, along with other links as to where to find the original products I mentioned:


The most recent addition to my shower routine has been this Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner.** It is very similar to how Wen's product works, although I haven't tried that one yet, to be honest. What I love about it is that it takes four hair washing steps and minimizes it to just one. This product replaces shampoo, allowing your built-up oils to emulsify and rinse out with the conditioner. It leaves my fine hair feeling extremely smooth and nourished. The only thing I don't like is the price - it's a steep $36 - and you can only find it through local salons in your area. I recommend buying it on Amazon,* where it could be significantly cheaper.


One of my most favorite products that I've been using lately is this Whish Body Oil.** It comes in various scents and is more natural than your standard baby oil (no petroleum-based products or artificial dyes or preservatives). It's also extremely long-lasting in the moisture department. You can buy it at Nordstrom (although, it looks as though the Lemongrass scent that I have is no longer available there - you can check out my Amazon link to find that one instead*) or you can buy it at Ulta - who has their own exclusive scents and products additionally.


MAC created a holy grail of beautiful highlighters with their MSF (Mineralize Skinfinish) in Soft & Gentle. It's perfect for wintertime and it's absolutely divine in the summer. It gives the perfect healthy glow look without adding too much shimmer or sparkle to your face. Leave that to your eyes. However, the MSFs are $32 if you buy it straight from MAC. With it, you get 0.35 oz of product, which will last you forever. However, if you want a cheaper dupe, you can buy ELF's Studio Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems instead at select drugstores or online at the links provided.

Last year, Proenza Schouler and MAC paired up and created a beautiful line of deliciously packaged and eye-pleasing ombre colored products. Since it was all limited edition, it's highly unlikely that you will be able to find it anywhere without paying a big buck, ($50+ on Amazon*) unfortunately. I was one who did not jump the MAC Trend Train when it was chugging along the high-fashion highway last summer. The item I've been loving though is the Ombre Blush in Ocean City, which is the prettiest melon and coral shade. Dupes? Benefit's CORALista is the closest I can find (or can think of at the moment) but it's a bit shimmery, whereas the Ocean City blush is more matte. ELF also has something that is a little more orangy in hue - their Studio Blush in Candid Coral, which you can find linked below.


Of course, if you live in the Seattle area, you can wander on up to Tulalip to visit the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall and see the Cosmetics Store. This is from where I purchased my MAC products for a discounted price. They often have past limited edition items discounted that you cannot find anywhere else. In addition to MAC, they also have Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Laura Mercier, Estee Lauder, and Clinique, to name a few. Depending on where you live, you may also have outlet malls/stores dedicated to high-end cosmetics in your area.

I hope that this shopping guide and information was helpful for you. Don't forget to check out my video and subscribe to my channel.

Happy shopping and bellezza to you!


* denotes paid affiliate links
** denotes a product that was sent to me for review. The only compensation I receive for reviewing these products is through my own Amazon Affiliate Links. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Milani Color Statement Lipsticks - Swatches & First Impression

I recently got a chance to try out some colors in Milani's newest lipstick collection: Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks. Phew, what a name. I think I'll be referring to these as the matte lipsticks though since that's easier to remember.

This collection released eight new shades:

Matte Innocence
Matte Naked
Matte Blissful
Matte Diva

Matte Orchid
Matte Glam
Matte Passion
Matte Confident

Of these eight, I have two - Orchid and Naked.

Milani is available at Kroger, Fred Meyer, CVS, and Sally's Beauty Supply, for $5.99 each.

These lipsticks are matte, but are supposed to be much more comfortable to wear than the standard dry, matte formula. Milani claims that this product is full of moisture, but will not smear when you are wearing it. That is a fairly bold claim. They are formulated with grape seed extract, which Milani adds to the description stating that it is imported from Italy. I don't know that the addition of imported grape seed extract makes a difference, but the colors are very beautiful and I was very excited to try them out.

Naked is a cool peach tone shade with a slight brown hint.  Orchid is a very unique and bold in-your-face shade of fuchsia, perfect for spring and summer. When wearing it though, it would be good to have very minimalistic makeup for the face and eyes as it is very eye-catching and bright.

As you can see in my swatch, they are both very pigmented, and they also had a creamy and smooth application. After they had set in, the color didn't smear much, even after I had rubbed my fingers along the edges. The transfer of color is very minimal if you are drinking out of a cup or eating, which makes them very long lasting... perfect for a long day.

They smell sweet and subtle, and there is no hint of flavor that I noticed. Since this is a more matte finish, the color didn't bleed into my mouth, which is a plus! 

While they are very long-lasting, I do have to say that this Orchid shade can stain. After washing off these swatches, I noticed a pink streak on my arm, which looked as though I had been burnt recently. I tried soap and water, makeup remover wipes, and lotion to remove this stain from my arm, but it would not budge. Word to the wise: You may want to lay down some concealer or clear lipliner underneath to prevent as much staining.

I am looking forward to trying out some of the other shades in this collection, mainly Diva.

If you would like more information about these shades or products, please let me know. I'll be happy to answer your questions. 

Have a wonderful, lip-tastic day!


*Disclaimer* These products were sent to me by a PR firm for review. I am being not paid for my review, and all the opinions expressed here are my own and are never influenced.
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