My Walmart Beauty Box Summer 2015 arrived last week and, in short, it was completely awesome.
The basic premise of the Walmart Beauty Box is simple. Every three months you are automatically billed $5 and sent a box filled with samples and full-sized products. There is no way to customize your shipment, and everyone gets the same products. The cost of the box includes shipping.
I’ll admit that was I tempted and intended to cancel after the Spring shipment, which was completely lackluster. As it happens, the cancellation slipped my mind completely until I received the auto-shipment notification by email. Shortly after, my Walmart Beauty Box arrived and it was well worth the $5 and then some with the inclusion of two full-sized items.
My box included a plethora of goodies:
– Caress Body Wash in Adore Forever
– Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen SPF 70
– John Frieda Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray
– Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus (Full-size, value $8)
– Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Shampoo
– Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Eye Treatment (Full-size, value $16)
– Generous coupons for brushes from EcoTools and Real Techniques.
These are all products I’m interested in using and trying and I’m thrilled with both the lipstick and eye cream. Together the two full-sized items are valued at $24, making it a great return for a $5 investment.
The lipstick is gorgeous – super moisturizing and long-wearing.
I’ll definitely check out other shades of the Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick line. Hello, red!
After seeing some other posts about the Walmart Beauty Box, it looks like there were two versions, one of which includes a lip gloss from NYC instead of the Revlon lipstick.
My Final Thoughts: I love good values and the Walmart Beauty Box for Summer 2015 was excellent. While the contents of these quarterly shipments are inconsistent, for the low price of $5 I can’t complain much.
Price: $5, every three months. You’re charged when the box is shipped.
When it comes to makeup trends of the day, there’s no doubt that strobing has caught the attention of the beauty world en masse. It was even featured on Good Morning America recently! If you’re not quite sure what strobing really is, I’m here to help with a Strobing 101 makeup tutorial which will have you glowing like a pro in no time.
Strobing is another name for a technique we’re all familiar with – highlighting. While contouring uses darker shadows and creams to make areas of our face recede, strobing ditches this concept entirely and relies on light creams and powders to enhance the high planes of our face that are lit up when hit by light.
For this demonstration I’m going to use Palladio The Definer ($12) dual-ended pencil, which is a nifty tool to have. This pencil is universal and can be used on a variety of skin tones.
One end has a medium brown matte cream that you can use to contour the sides of your nose, cheekbones, and jawline, and the other end has a shimmery cream that is perfect for strobing.
My one warning with cream products? They can enhance pores real quick. If you are of the large pored variety, you know what I’m talking about. In that case, I recommend sticking to shimmer free creams, especially down the center of your nose. You don’t always have to use a shimmery highlighter to make strobing happen – a concealer 2-3 shades lighter than your typical choice works, and so does a lighter colored pressed or loose powder.
Here’s my recipe for strobing your face to perfection:
1. Apply your primer, foundation, concealer, and setting powder.
2. Apply highlighter on the high planes of your face: your forehead, cheekbones, down the center of your nose, inner eyes, on top of your cupid’s bow, and in the middle of your chin.
Yes, yes I did buy yards upon yards of lavender tulle. I have dreams of making the tulle skirt that was recently on A Beautiful Mess. Technically, I don’t know how to sew, but I can totally do it! Right?
My Walmart Summer Beauty Box arrivedand it was AWESOME! I’ll have a more thorough blog post up soon, but in the meanwhile, just know it was a huge improvement on the last shipment.
The first week of Summer vacation is in the books for this guy and he is having a great time. He’s going to a program during the week that’s got him wiped out by the end of the day – he’s having a blast! It does a mom’s heart good to see him having so much fun.
In life and in makeup, things that work out for others might not work specifically for you. That’s the case for Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, which I finally purchased after hearing raves and positive reviews of this drugstore foundation for years and years and years. It’s a beloved product!
I don’t post many negative reviews because I generally like and love the vast majority of products I come across. However, there are stinkers that pop ever once in a while. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup is one of those stinkers.
It’s not the fact that there’s no pump or safety seal, making it one of those drugstore products that pretty much may have been tested by many others before you got your hands on it. It’s also not the texture or color match – I’m not opposed to either. The texture is a bit on the thick side, but it’s easy to blend it out and vary the coverage from medium to full, as you desire. Thankfully, it’s easy to look up your color match online before you venture out to pick out a shade in a land with no testers.
It’s the flashback. The awful flashback.
This, this, this … .it’s just not acceptable. In this and in other photos I’ve taken wearing Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, there’s a big difference between my neck and face to the point where it’s ghostly. FYI, the it’s not this way in real life.
The culprit? Good old titanium dioxide, the first ingredient listed, which is what gives this foundation SPF 20. While it’s great for keeping your skin safe from the sun’s rays, it’s just something that I don’t believe has any place in foundation for this precise reason. It’s ok and that’s why it’s important to hang on to receipts – I’m taking this foundation right back to where it came from and will reinvest the funds in another makeup venture, because that’s how this beauty blogger rolls.
So, you may ask, do I wear SPF when I’m wearing makeup? Yes, I often use a lotion with SPF as my first step in my daily makeup application and sometimes for photos that end up on Painted Ladies, but I find that the layers of
foundation and powder I wear that don’t contain SPF keep severe flashback from happening.
My Final Thoughts: While Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup is a foundation that generally gets great reviews, it just didn’t work out in my case.
Price: $12- $17
Availability: Ulta, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Walgreens, and other drugstore retailers.
As a bright eyeshadow lover, I am so happy with the brand new, limited edition Wet n Wild High Flying Colors palette. Every single color is so buttery, so pigmented, it really is a great bargain beauty buy!
Hot on the heels of my review of the Urban Decay Electric palette, I have another exciting collection of bright colors to share with you, which would be the limited edition Wet n Wild Venice Beach Eyeshadow Palette in High Flying Colors.
Actually, it’s the entire collection of three vividly colored 8-pan palettes that you need to be nabbing.
Let’s face it, Wet n Wild, although generally a good bet for budget beauty perfection, can be hit or miss when it comes to their limited edition options. Which is why I brought home one of the three available palettes. High Flying Colors is a set of shimmery and matte purples, blues, pinks, and silver colors.
After spending some quality time getting to know this palette, I can tell you it’s a keeper and a must have if you’re a bright eyeshadow lover.
I have been ooh-ing and aaah-ing over these colors, which are so smooth, so buttery, and so easy to blend. Cobalt blue, like the color in the lower left corner, can often be hard to blend in other eyeshadow brands, but this one is so incredibly easy to work with.
This color payoff? Worth every single penny of the $4.99 I paid for these colors.
My Final Thoughts: Wet n Wild, you’ve done good. I’m so excited about Wet n Wild Venice Beach Eyeshadow Palette in High Flying Colors. It’s definitely a best beauty bet.
Availability: Special displays in stores that carry Wet n Wild, such as Rite Aid, Walgreen, and CVS
I don’t take calling products revolutionary lightly, but in the case of the ISSA™ By FOREO, it’s completely warranted. It’s an anti-bacterial silicone toothbrush that needs to be charged only once every 365 uses and has an adjustable 8-speed interface so you can adjust the speed per your own comfort level.
Designed for sensitive teeth, the ISSA™ By FOREO is used just like any manual toothbrush and can be used with any toothpaste of your choice, but avoid toothpastes with bleach. The head is removable and only needs to be replaced once a year. The ISSA™ By FOREO comes in 4 colors, this one is called ISSA™ Mint.
The silicone bristles are not irritating at all and are designed to give your teeth and gums a thorough but gentle cleaning. It does not damage your tooth enamel and massages your gums at the same time. As with the FOREO LUNA, the ISSA™ uses pulsation technology to clean and massage.
The back of the brush head has a textured pattern that you can use to clean your tongue.
The interesting thing about the ISSA™ By FOREO is that it’s charged through a USB port. How clever! The brush doesn’t take long to charge, and a full charge will last 365 uses, or every six months. That’s pretty amazing! I found this to be true with my FOREO LUNA, which didn’t need to be recharged for over a year!
The design of the ISSA™ By FOREO is ergonomic and it feels comfortable and lightweight in my hand. The ISSA™ is easy to power on and off and alter the speed as needed.
One of the most useful features of the ISSA™ By FOREO is the inner timer, which pauses ever 30 seconds for two minutes so you can give all four quadrants of your mouth a proper cleaning.
Is the ISSA™ By FOREO Toothbrush a good product? Yes. Does it irritate my sensitive teeth? No. Do I think it’s worth paying $199 for? To be completely honest, no. If it was half that price, I’d think it was a more reasonable potential purpose.
My Final Thoughts: While the ISSA™ By FOREO Toothbrush is an awesome product, I have to say that the hefty price tag of $199 is bit more than I can bite off. It’s unique and effective, but not something I’d feel compelled to splash out for.
Now that it’s officially Summer, it feels like the heat was turned on and then some! I have to admit there are a few beauty products I am ever so grateful for during the hot, muggy months. Here are my top 6 Summer beauty product must haves that are getting me through this heat!
1. A Great Sunscreen
While I wear SPF every day, now that I’m outdoors more often, a reliable sunscreen is extremely important. My son and I have been using the La Vanilla Sport Luxe Face and Body on our face and body lately with great results!
This is a cruelty-free, paraben-free, waterproof, 100 percent natural mineral sunscreen with an ultra-sheer finish. It’s pretty awesome stuff! Besides protecting your skin with SPF 30, it’s packed with antioxidants and skin-nourishing ingredients.
2. Clay Masks
My skin’s oil production has been turned up a whole notch (or two), which is why kaolin clay masks are my BFF. Really and truly, this is the KEY for keeping my pores in check. Lately I’ve been using the Freeman Beauty Dead Sea Minerals Facial Anti-Stress Mask, which works wonderfully. I apply a light layer of this mask after working out and my pores haven’t been so happy in years!
3. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer
In general, I use an eyeshadow primer with every single makeup application, which really helps keep eyeshadows in place. However, ColourPop Super Shock Shadows take everything to the next level. These shadows do not budge! They are sparkly, shimmery, and all kinds of pretty.
If you have any doubts of how well setting sprays can work, pick up a bottle of e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set Clear and see how amazing it makes your makeup look and last. I rely on setting sprays to finish my makeup and help it adhere to my skin and not fly off!
I’ll be having a lot of fun with the newest addition to Urban Decay Electric Palette. The brightness of it all! Fab! I find the colors to be vivid, bright, and easy to blend – a great combination!
To get the sharp outer corner, I used a piece of tape on the outer corner of my lid to create a stencil. Tape is a great beauty tool – have you seen my tutorial where I show you ways to incorporate it in your beauty routine?