Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Toddler Easter Basket [NO Candy] | Easter 2017

Here is what Baby Beauty got in her 2017 Easter basket...

Moana DVD/Blu-ray
We just got a BluRay player plus these Disney DVDS usually come with the coupon code for the digital download.  We don't give Little Beauty the iPad often, but we do travel on long car rides to our parents so we use it for that.

Moana Plush Doll
Kept with the slightly Moana theme - this was just too darn cute!  Baby Beauty hasn't wanted to put this down and she didn't even finish the movie yet!

Moana Follow Your Heart Color and Activity Book with Stickers
Again, a little something for the Moana theme

Disney Frozen Memory Game
Beauty loves a little game of Memory that came in her Highlights magazine that has different dressed up snowmen.  She lays them all out herself and calls them her "tickets" and always asks to play.  Since they are paper, they are about falling apart at this time.  She loves Frozen so this game was perfect! 

Sesame Street Paint with Water Activity Book - Elmo Imagines
I saw this on a YouTube channel I watch and since Beauty loves Sesame Street, and especially Elmo, right now I thought this would be perfect.

The Eleventh Hour book
I remembered this book from when I was younger, and even though Beauty is a little young for it, I thought she would love the illustrations (what the author is known for) and she could grow into it.  If you haven't seen this book, the book is a game that you need to solve.  It's kind of like Clue but with animals instead of people.  The clues are very cleverly hidden in the pictures and story.

Strega Nona book
This is another book I remembered from when I was younger, and loved all the spaghetti!  Little One got a kick out of it too!

Other Ideas:
Craft Supplies
Play Doh

Saturday, April 8, 2017

e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation SPF 15 | Foundation Review

Every beauty guru raves about the e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation and how it really does give a super flawless finish.  Well of course I had to check it out!  The first color I got, Buff, was too dark for me and looked a bit muddy, so I ordered the lighter shade, Sand, at Target and it's much more my winter shade {see my shade comparisons below}.

e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation SPF 15
From the e.l.f. site:
This full-coverage and oil-free formula blends in naturally for a beautiful semi-matte finish.
The foundation includes UVA/UVB SPF 15 sun protection to protect your skin.
Price: $6 [Target]
Amount: 0.68 ounces
Shades: 10 on e.l.f. website [6 at Target]
SPF: 15

This foundation reminded me a lot of the Rimmel 25H Foundation [see my full review here] in that it felt super heavy and weird at first before I learned you need to use a super light hand with it.  It's pretty full coverage right from the get go and easily gets overdone.

I found this is best applied with a damp beautyblender or Real Techniques sponge or even your fingers.  Both ways are much preferable over a brush (I used a Real Techniques foundation brush and didn't like it every time I applied it with that).

e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation
Average drugstore foundations usually come with 1 fluid once.  For $6 you're getting a little bit less foundation than you normally would get, however, that's a huge deal because many drugstore foundations can run $8 upwards of $13.  Considering that, the price point isn't terrible.

e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation

Wear Test:
I wore this for five to eight hours each time and I enjoyed the way it looked a lot.  I think it wore down nicely but wasn't breaking up or making me super oily.  The only dislike was that its a heavier feeling foundation - in that I can feel it on my skin more than other foundations.  The look of it makes up for that though and I will be keeping these around!

What Else is on My Face:
Elf Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing Powder - Fair/Light
NYX Blush - Dusty Rose
L'Oréal Telescopic Mascara - Blackest Black
I Envy by Kiss Wing it Gel Eyeliner with Stencil - Black (review coming soon)
Rimmel Stay Glossy Lipgloss - Blushing Belgraves

My Foundation Shade Comparisons:
MAC -- NC 20-25

MAC Studio Fix Powder -- NC30
Makeup Forever HD -- 130 Warm Ivory
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation -- Light 48
Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation -- Medium 52
Urban Decay Naked -- 3.0
Bare Minerals -- Medium Beige N20

Tarte Amazonian Clay  Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation -- Light-Medium Neutral
Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation -- Light
Revlon Colorstay Combo/Oily -- Sand Beige 180 [winter] / Medium Beige 240 [summer]
Revlon Colorstay Whipped -- Medium Beige 250
Neutrogena Healthy Skin -- Nude
Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear -- Nude 40
Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation -- Nude 40

Rimmel Long Lasting 25H Foundation -- Ivory 100 [winter] / Nude Beige 200 [summer]
Maybelline Fit Me! Matte - Nude Beige 125
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse -- Nude (Light 4)
Maybelline Dream Smooth -- Nude Beige 180

Maybelline Dream Wonder -- Nude 40
L'Oréal Magic Nude -- Natural Buff 318
L'Oréal True Match -- N3 Natural Buff

L'Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion -- N2 Classic Ivory

e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation SPF 15 -- Sand [winter] / Buff [summer]
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous -- Buff Beige 825
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 -- Nude Beige 832

Monday, April 3, 2017

Empties #3 | Products I've Used Up

Time to talk trash again!  Here are the products I have used up since my last empties post, as well as a few products that just needed to get...well...trashed.

Empties #1
Empties #2

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Mabelline Ultra Liner - Waterproof, Black {see duel vs. NYC Liner here}
If you read my review you knew my full feelings on this one...I haven't used it since and it just needed to go.  NOT REPURCHASED!

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm - Grape Vine
This was just terrible.  I know a lot of people love or hate the Babylips line.  I don't mind the medicated Dr Rescue version (but it's only ok).  The regular version dried out my lips even more.  I would put it on before bed and end up with a weird stain around my mouth (that sounds...bad) and cracked lips.  NOT REPURCHASED!

Dove Coconut & Hydration Shampoo
I love, love, love this shampoo.  I also use the Dove Color Care Shampoo but it's harder to find in my area so I keep this in my shower as well.  Love the light scent, and it gives my hair just the right amount of hydration (I have more oily hair).  ALREADY REPURCHASED!

Aveeno Living Color - Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner
I liked this, but it was another one that was getting harder to find.  I kept this in my travel bag and used it a lot when my hair was dyed red to keep the color longer.  Loved the scent but my hair did feel weighed down a bit sometimes.  ON THE FENCE.

Soap and Glory Peaches and Cream Deep Cleansing Milk {full review here}
Ugh, I wanted to love this so much.  I love the scent, but it just didn't do enough for me.  It definitely didn't remove any more makeup than a normal face wash.  However, I do love their Vitamin C cleanser {review here}.  This is the only Soap and Glory product that's been a disappointment so far!  NOT REPURCHASED!

Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser
Love this face cleanser.  I love the way it smells, the way it makes my face feel, the pump, everything.  REPURCHASED!

Avalon Organics Intense Defense Oil-Free Moisturizer {full review here}
I really wished this had worked out.  I wanted a natural moisturizer and thought the Vitamin C would perk my skin up and add some "glow."  No go.  NOT REPURCHASED!

Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask
Yes, this does have a "stinging" sensation as you put it on, but after a minute it settles down to a cooling, menthol like feeling.  Probably best not for sensitive skin, but I liked it and thought the results were nice.  WOULD REPURCHASE!

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes - Hydrating
I love these wipes.  They're nice and thick as well as super saturated with the makeup remover.  I have felt a little sting around my eyes at times, but not enough to stop me from using them.  Definitely better than the Target brand.  Leaves a nice hydrated feeling behind.  WILL DEFINATELY REPURCHASE!

Soap and Glory Hand Food
Love this hand lotion.  Really moisturizes and I love the scent even though I am not a marshmallow fan.  ALREADY REPURCHASED!

Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream
Awesome hand lotion - sinks in quickly and is a super saver for dry, cracked hands.  The bottle lasts forever and it's a good price.  WILL DEFINATELY REPURCHASE!

Udderly Smooth Hand Cream
My dad had some Udderly Smooth at his house and I loved it.  It almost reminded me of the Aveeno one above, but had like a minty smell and coolness to it.  This was not the same at all.  It was super hard to rub in, and make my hands so weird and hard to wash later (like no soap would get through).  WOULDN'T REPURCHASE!

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Love Neutrogena, love this!  Sinks in fully, makes hand super smooth and all that weird winter crepeyness gone, baby, gone.  A lifesaver.  ALREADY REPURCHASED!

Bodycology Runaway Heart Exfoliating Sugar Scrub
Great body scrub.  My mother-in-law got this for me at Harmon and I really enjoyed it.  It's just the right amount of scrub, not too harsh, not too little (said Goldilocks to Bear).  I actually liked the scent a lot too - it reminded me of Twilight Woods from Bath and Body Works which is one of my favorite scents from B&BW.  WILL DEFINATELY REPURCHASE!

Baby Beauty:
Burt's Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash - Calming
I talked about this in a BabyBeauty Favorites post.  We love Burt's Bees and Baby Bee around here, and this is no exception.  Gentle on toddler skin, no harmful chemicals, and the scent is just amazing.  ALREADY REPURCHASED!

Burt's Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion - Calming
Another Baby Bee favorite, and again, the scent is wonderful.  This is super hydrating and not greasy if it gets on little feet and hands.  Baby Beauty now has the pump version and likes to take some out and rub it on her own hands, legs, and belly.  ALREADY REPURCHASED!

Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion - Lavender & Vanilla
This lotion is slightly lighter in texture than the Baby Bee one, but soaks in quickly and leaver her skin super soft.  The scent is super nice as well, and very relaxing.  WILL DEFINATELY REPURCHASE!

What products have you used up recently?  Have you used any of the ones I mentioned above?  What did you think?