March Faves

Hello, everyone! Spring is finally here, and I’ve found myself using a lot of products I’ve had stashed in my vanity for months now. A sort of spring cleaning, if you will, to decide what’s worth keeping. And I found a few new favorites. But first, let’s talk about my March Glam Bag. 

  

My March Ipsy Glam Bag
I was about to cancel my subscription after March, but then I ended up being really pleased with almost everything that came in my bag this month (Well, except for the NYX Liquid Suede in bright pink. I don’t know how many times I have to tell Ipsy that I do NOT wear pink before they get the message.) Highlights include this pretty coral eyeshadow, the loose-powder brush (so soft!), and a blow-dry hair straightening serum.

 

e.l.f jumbo lip gloss stick
I picked this up in December at the Dollar Tree — a total score — but I’ve been wearing it a lot more lately. It has peppermint in it, so it makes your lips feel all tingly! The color isn’t super pigmented, which is nice for days where I want to be a little more casual but still sport my signature color. And despite the name, it’s more of a lipstick crayon than a gloss.

Mary Kay crème lipstick in Really Red
This is another lip color I’ve had for some time. Ideally I’d wear this or Revlon’s Fire and Ice at my wedding if I had  something to set it, but, alas, I don’t. I like this because it complements my skin tone well. (I think I’m discovering I’m more of an orange-red than a blue-red? Colors are hard, guys.)

 Milani Baked Blush
I’ve had this stashed in my vanity since the summer, but it’s been getting a lot of use lately. It’s in the shade Berry Amore, and is has some beautiful shimmery bronze packed in too. I’ve only seen Milani products at Fredmeyer and Walmart (and occasionally Target), but from my limited experience, it’s a pretty solid brand.

 

It’s 10 Miracle Leave-In Product
I always dread combing out my hair after I wash it. It’s time consuming. It’s tangly. It sucks.I’ve tried different leave-in conditioners and detangling sprays, but I haven’t had much success with them. It still takes me 15 minutes to comb my hair out, and it hurts.

This is by no means a cheap product (the travel size alone is $11), but like the name suggests, it is a miracle in a bottle. I spray this is my hair—my incredibly thick and long hair that reaches more than halfway down my back—and let it sit for five minutes or so, and combing my hair out is a cinch. And it leaves it so soft and healthy!

Wet ‘n’ Wild Picture Perfect Setting Spray
I picked this up for my weekend foundation (aka the drugstore stuff I’m trying to use up) because I hate when it looks splotchy toward the end of the day. It works really well, and I’m considering trying it over lipstick in relation to Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science).

Dr. Teal’s Avocado Super Moisturizer Foaming Bath
If you don’t already know, I am a huge advocate for two particular bath and body brands: Lush and Dr. Teal’s. And I am also a huge advocate for taking more bubble baths—they’re a good way to remind yourself that you matter.

This is a brand-new product from Dr. Teal’s, and I’m completely smitten with it. I loved their foaming baths already, and with the added avocado oil? Simply heaven. It leaves your skin so moisturized and soft, which I love because I have pretty dry skin.

And that’s all for now, folks. What products did you swoon for this month? I’d love to hear!

Until next time, stay fabulous!
—Marge

 

Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science): Revlon Color Stay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick

First things first, I’d like to point out that I was wary of this lipstick. So much that I’ve had it for three months and have been putting off trying it because drugstore lipstick can’t be that great, right? The packaging is blah. The name “Top Tomato” isn’t even appealing. It came from Walmart; how great could it be?

Oh, how wrong I was.

I fell in love with this within the first hour I applied it. I should have trusted the women at r/makeupaddiction and the Revlon Gods—this product actually does stay on for 24 hours, and it’s a bitch to remove.

I know; it’s pretty incredible.

My major concern with this was that it looked sparkly in the tube, and I am not a sparkly lipstick kinda gal. But I would like to assure you that it is not sparkly in the least when applied. It dries to a beautiful matte finish, and while it does feel a little watery and sticky at first, there is very little to no transfer. Plus, it’s not the goopy, thick, glue-like sticky I experienced with the Maybelline Provocalips.It does require two applications for maximum color coverage, but that’s a small price to pay for the finished product.

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This lipstick lasted through two bowls of hot dog mac ‘n’ cheese, greasy Chinese food, two glasses of wine, ice cream, and a beer. Not bad, eh? I didn’t touch it up once, and look how vibrant it still is.

I wore it again on Monday—this time to work. It survived a whole day of coffee chugging, with minimal transfer, and a lunch of leftover Chinese, two hard-boiled eggs, pesto pasta salad, and a bowl of fruit + yogurt. I’m mostly impressed it held up to the eggs—they’re not easy to eat.

Also, it was leftover day, in case you were wondering. I don’t always eat like that.

Not much transfer for this coffee addict!

And while I’m not swooning over the color (I’d prefer a brighter red), I’m way impressed with this formula. It is soft, easy to apply, gentle on my lips (read: no peeling), and it lasts all day. And while I can’t vouch for how well it holds up for make-out marathons, it is definitely kiss-proof for PDA-approved situations (like weddings, duh). And it’s cheap as hell, at only $10.

 

 


This one is a definite contender (the only one so far) for Marge’s Big Day. Join me in April when I test The Balm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes. I have a feeling it’s going to be great.

Until next time, stay fabulous!

—Marge

 

 

February Faves ’16

Hello there, dear reader! As you’re probably aware, March is about half over. I’ve had this typed up and sitting on my computer since the last week of February, just procrastinating taking the pictures and getting wrapped up in other projects. But here it is, in all its glory, yours for the reading: my February favorites.

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February in the Portland area is pretty gloomy and dreary, what with all the rain. And I can feel spring lurking around the corner, putting me in the mood for bright colors, yearning for sunshine, and dreaming of vacations. And, well, I found visions of these through retail therapy to get me in the mindset for better weather. Here are my top favorite things from this month that really took the cake and partially sated my hunger for sunshine.

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Lush No Drought dry shampoo
This is probably my favorite product of the whole month. It is hands-down the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used. I thought using a dry shampoo that doesn’t come in an aerosol can would be tricky and messy, but it’s really not. You squeeze the bottle to puff the shampoo out, and then just brush/massage it in to your roots. And it smells summery and so incredible—limes!

Lunatick Cosmetics’ Supernatural palette
This was my favorite cosmetics purchase this month. Lunatick had a 40% off winter sale, so I knew I had to snag this. It’s got five different eyeshadows inside (four of which are matte), and the mirror on the lid is shaped like a bat! Which, if any of you know me well, you’ll know bats are my favorite animal. I like this palette because its burgundys and grays are a nice alternative to most of the browns in the Naked palettes I have. Plus, it’s shaped like a coffin and has an Ouija board theme. Can’t go wrong there.

Perfume
Originally I was on the hunt for the perfect scent to wear at my wedding (which I did find!), but with Sephora offering triple points on fragrance through Valentine’s day, I knew I had to get something additional to spritz in the meantime. I’ve had multiple friends recommend Marc Jacobs’ Daisy to me, so I splurged (and accidentally bought the really ugly limited edition black bottle). But the scent is the same, and now I don’t think I can go a day without it—there’s something about a spritz of fragrance in addition to my usual swipe of lipstick makes me feel sophisticated and put-together.

Spring goodies in the Target One Spot
The sunhat was only $5 and I am totally smitten with it. And I’m especially wowed at the price—sunhats at Target usually fall into the $20 range. Give me a thick book and a beach towel, and I’m all set!

The travel cup has me pumped for spring and taking iced coffee to work. I cold brew my own at home during summer because I’m a cheapo but still need my fix.

Heart-shaped sunglasses
I’d be lying if I said this was my first pair of heart-shaped sunglasses. I also have a champagne-colored pair. Even though I talk a lot of junk about looking professional and polished and whatnot, I do ultimately think that fashion should be fun, if a little childish at times. And accessories like these are just that!

New planner
Last week I went to mark our wedding date in my planner…but October was nowhere to be seen because it’s a 2015–16 July–June planner. And since the year is still fairly new, there was still a good selection of cute planners at the store. I made sure to get a complete 2016 one this time, since I’m out of school now and have a big-girl job that doesn’t require planning around the summer. This one is the perfect mix of classy-cool meets ’90s prints. Never mind that I have three planners at the moment. It’s not important. (They each have their own purpose, okay? Sheesh.)

Cameron’s Books & Magazines
This is hands-down my new favorite used bookstore in the Portland area. I got a whole stack of Hermann Hesse books for $2 each, not realizing there was a Siddhartha copy shoved in that I already had (not the first time I’ve purchased multiple copies of a particular book). This place is used-book heaven. I got a total of seven books for only $22 dollars. A total steal.

And though I was dreaming of sun this whole month, the reality is that it rained almost every single day. And used bookstores are like home on a drizzly afternoon.

My original intent was to do this favorites roundup every month, but I’m trying to spend less in order to save more so J. and I can to take the honeymoon of our dreams, so this might not happen as regularly as I’d like until after October (or until I buy some cute inexpensive travel things for the honeymoon, which I totally haven’t already started doing…). But I’ve been selling on eBay, so that lightens the load a little, eh?

Until next time, stay fabulous!

—Marge 💋