There are days when I cannot believe how time flies. Do you know those kinds of days? The ones where you look up and somehow the clock has flashed forward several hours before you know better. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been loving Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain and Hydrating Balm lately.
Ok, this stuff is legitimately one of the best long-wearing lip products I’ve ever used and I am overall extremely impressed by how well the dual-ended Pur Minerals Pout Pens work.
One side has a lip felt-tip marker stain and the other side has a coordinating balm that has Vitamin C and other antioxidant and nourishing ingredients.
The stain on it’s own is something that will stay on your lips no matter when the balm fades. Unlike traditional long-wearing lip products which are more like a paint, the stain is an actual stain. It’s some serious business, so do beware if you’re not interested in a day-long commitment to a lip color. These are my lips after some serious scrubbing with a cleansing oil. As you can see, there’s still a lot of the stain left!
There are four bold colors available in the Pout Pens. I’ve been using are Fuzzy Navel and Sangria.
Fuzzy Navel is a bold dark coral, which makes me think about Summer (and how many of us are so ready for Summer?).
Sangria is a gorgeous magenta which is one of my favorite lip colors in general.
My Final Thoughts: My verdict? I like these lip colors which are definitely an all-day commitment and can be a challenge to remove. If you’re an on the go type of gal and/or prefer long-wearing lip colors, I think you’ll really like the durability, boldness and shine offered by the Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain and Hydrating Balm.
Taking care of your nails is something that so many of us find enjoyable and relaxing. Maintaining well-groomed nails doesn’t have to come at a huge expense, and I recently realized that most of my must haves are easy to find and pretty cheap.
Here are some items that I use on a regular basis that I call the best nail care products $10 and under. I’ve included links to online retailers, and all of these products are easy to find at mass market retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, and Target, as well.
NYC Grand Central Station Top Coat
Like so many of us, I have been there and done that with the expensive nail polish top coats, and haven’t necessarily been all that thrilled with the results. After years of top coat experimentation, I have found NYC Grand Central Station to be the BEST top coat ever, and just $1.99. This is my bargain of all bargains in this list, and so super shiny on your nails. Available at CVS.
This is the best tool for dipping in nail polish remover and using around your cuticles after you’ve finished your manis. I have two, just because I love it so much. You can find this brush for just $1 in stores wherever e.l.f. is sold. It’s also available at drugstore.com, but the price is $3.
This is my be all, end all cuticle cream of choice and it’s what I’m constantly reaching for through the day, even more than lip balm! It’s a MUST HAVE, smells incredible, and is just $6. You can’t lose! Available at drugstore.com.
This is a product that left me stunned – in a good way! Unlike any nail polish remover pads I’ve used in the past, these WORK and then some, removing every single last trace of nail polish and even hard-to-remove glitter polishes. I can hardly believe it’s just $3.99, and Cutex better not discontinue this, ever! Available at drugstore.com.
I also really love the Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover, which is incredibly effective and does not irritate your nails. It almost feels strange that it’s just $2.99 – it works so well I’d expect it to cost much more! Available at drugstore.com.
SpaRitual Lacquer Thinner
A good nail polish thinner is so handy to have to help revive polishes that have seen better days. Over time, polish will thicken up, and a couple of drops of thinner will make things smooth sailing once again. Price: $5. Available at beauty.com.
Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover
The key to my success with at-home manicures and pedicures began when I started understanding and embracing the power of a good cuticle remover. To use, I soak my hands in warm water, apply the cuticle remover and wait for 15 seconds, wash off, push back my cuticles, and trim with nail nippers. This is a great product and it really does help keep your nails looking put together. Price: $5.98. Available at drugstore.com.
There are quite a few bargain nail colors that I love and use, but I have to say the CoverGirl XL Nail Gel polishes are really some of the best I’ve ever used. Everytime I use one of these polishes, I marvel at the long-wearing shine and chip-free wear that goes on for days on end. Price: $7.49. Available at drugstore.com.
Lint-Free Nail Polish Remover Pads
It is beyond annoying to give yourself a manicure only to find leftover strands from your cotton pads polluting your nail space and then becoming inadvertent nail art. I love lint-free cotton pads like Swisspers, which are around $3 for a pack of 100. Available at drugstore.com.
After a few months of Ipsy happiness, I was entirely eager to receive and dig into my Ipsy February 2015 #ipsylove Glam Bag.
Yes, #ipsylove is quite appropriate because the adorable pink bag with green and pink geometric designs is filled with products I am really going to enjoy using.
I received 3 full-sized products and two samples with a nice mix of makeup, skin, and hair products
– Mitchell and Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil (Sample size)
– Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray (Sample size)
– NYX Cosmetics Slim Eye Pencil in Silver Shimmer (Full-size, value $3.50)
– City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain in Flirtini (Full-size, value $5)
– Model Co Blush Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini (Full-size, value $22)
Now the blush is worth the price of the Ipsy Glam Bag itself and then some. This is such a gorgeous, shimmery peach and it’s definitely going to get a lot of play in my future makeup looks.
The City Color Creamy Lip Stain is really pretty and long-wearing. It’s light weight, comfortable, a pretty opaque mid-toned pink.
NYX has some of the best eye pencils and this one is no exception. It’s gorgeous underneath the eye as a pop of color.
I’m looking forward to trying the Mitchell and Peach face oil, and the Eva NYC Volumizing spray is also a heat protectant, so I’ll be using it for sure the next time I flat iron my hair.
I don’t think my Glam Bag is quite as generous as some others, but I’m not complaining. I think overall I got a great value and I’m going to really enjoy using the products I received.
My Final Thoughts: My Ipsy 2015 Glam Bag doesn’t seem to have the same value as others I’ve seen this month, but I am overall really happy with the products I received. It was another great month for Ipsy!
ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy has been in my makeup kit for a couple of months, but I have to confess my lips were too much of a Winter-chapped mess for this perfect peach to get much wear time. It was rough going! Thankfully, my lips are recovered and I can give Tipsy the full justice it deserves.
ColourPop has my full attention – this budget-brand offers top notch lip, eye, and cheek products that are well under $10. The Lippie Stix, Lippie Pencils, and Super Shock Shadows are $5 each, and their new blushes are $8 each. I have a couple of the blushes on the way and I am SO very excited to try them.
Tipsy comes with an accompanying coordinating lip pencil, but you can use any neutral lip pencil you already have.
There’s nothing more I can say, but this such a gorgeous neutral peach color that is STUNNING with smoky eyes.
I paired Tipsy with a sparkly copper and purple smoky eye, one of my all time favorite eye shadow combinations.
My Final Thoughts: For a perfect peach glossy lip, my pick is ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy!
While searching through my Instagram feed this evening looking at the various celebrity looks from the Oscars, I could not help but adore the simple elegance on Margot Robbie. It turns out Hourglass Cosmetics is responsible for this look, and major kudos to the artist behind this glam. It’s perfection, as far as I’m concerned.
Here’s the breakdown of this makeup, direct from Hourglass. Enjoy!
Margot Robbie sizzled on the red carpet at Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards. The sultry Australian actress, a presenter at the awards ceremony, looked breathtaking in a black Saint Laurent dress, a vintage Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and fiery orange-red lips. “We were inspired by old Hollywood glamour and wanted to make a statement,” says makeup artist Tyron Macchausen. “It’s the Oscars after all.”
Skin: Tyron began by prepping the skin with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer to ensure a flawless makeup application. He then used Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Honey & Beige on her skin and Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in Sand under the eyes.
Cheeks: He lightly contoured with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light, and then applied Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light as a highlight on her cheekbones.
Brows: He used a combination of Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Blonde and Soft Brunette to add dimension to her brows.
Eyes: He kept her eyelids bare and only applied Hourglass 1.5 mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner to the inside of her lash line. He followed with several coats of Hourglass Film Noir Mascara to her top lashes.
Lips: He lined her lips with Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Pencil in Raven, followed by Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven, for a pop of matte orange-red.
When I was sitting down to write my 2015 beauty resolutions, first and foremost was my determined goal to improve the quality of my hair. It’s in need of pampering and tender loving care, and ZenWise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins Plus DHT Blocker is one way I’ll be making that happen.
I just finished a bottle of these vitamins and I have to say I like them a whole lot. These vitamins with vegetarian capsules are packed with 5000 MCG of Biotin and a blend of 27 ingredients that target hair health.
Biotin is great for both hair and nails, and I have to say I noticed a difference in my nails, as well. They’re not chipping as much and that is a huge plus. I am a big believer in taking vitamins and definitely experience their benefits for overall health and for the health of my hair and nails.
The key ingredients are designed to promote fuller hair, stimulate hair growth, and address vitamin deficiencies associated with hair loss. These ingredients include: