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If I Could Swap This for That…

These three things are recent purchases that didn’t work out for me. I found myself griping about the money spent on them and what a waste it was & what I should have spent it on instead so I decided to post about exactly that!

Benefit Realness Of Concealness Kit-$36 at Sephora. The kit includes mini-sizes of Ooh-La-Lift, High Beam,& Lip Plump in little tubes like gloss with doe-foot wands. It also includes a small serving of both Lemon-Aid and Boi-Ing. I gave the Ooh-La-Lift to my mother as I don’t need it and she didn’t care for it. The Lip Plump looks so incredibly NASTY on my lips- it’s a beige color that looks so insanely horrible on that even if it plumped, which it doesn’t appear to at all, I wouldn’t be caught dead in it.I think on slightly darker lips it would work like lip concealer though.  The High Beam isn’t a complete miss- it looks pretty dotted on my cupids bow and on my cheekbones over matte blush but is too white and shimmery for an all-over highlighter. Lemon-Aid is amazing- I use it under my eyes and on my lids when I skip shadow and it cancels out redness, fights my dark circles and mattifies. I have a full-size Boi-Ing that I’m halfway through and I love that stuff but the shade included in this is way too dark for me. So essentially I only use the Lemon-Aid and occasionally the highlighter. Fail!

Mini JLO Glow-$12-Walgreen’s- I used to have a normal size bottle of this that I purchased from a fragrance counter in a department store so it was obviously authentic.  I didn’t buy it because it was by JLo but because it smelled so amazing and pretty that I couldn’t resist. That was the only perfume I ever wore that men would ask what I was wearing and it happened a lot! In cabs, elevators, bars, stores, it was so weird! When I saw this itty-bitty bottle for so cheap I thought “score!” and snagged it only to find it smelled like it cost $12- cheap and harsh.  The packaging looked like the real thing but it must be an imitation scent from some company that does  mini versions of popular fragrances. Sadface.

Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain+Balm, color “Twilight”-$8.99 at local pharmacy- I haven’t found a way to make this work. The one thing I can say for it is that it seems to last & stay put. When I applied it the first time it went on so spotty and streaky and stuck to the dry spots of my lips and highlighted every flaw- then it dried and stayed exactly where it was. Luckily I had the foresight to test it when I wasn’t getting ready to go out. I am planning to try this again after I purchase a lip scrub. I plan to exfoliate my lips and slather on lip balm and let it sink in for awhile before applying.  I also want to find a way to not use the marker tip to apply it directly- it felt like rubbing a kids magic marker on my lips and came out looking that way as well! Yuck. Here it is swatched, blurry but it shows the color well-

It’s too bad because the color is pretty!

So, If I could trade them in for other products what would they be? Instead of the concealer  kit I would purchase a full-size Lemon-Aid ($20 at Sephora.)  I would trade in the Mini Jlo scent for Depravity (love it!!) from Gloi Locks and Body on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/people/gloilocksandbody ( Price unknown while store is closed for a bit) & I would trade the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain for a sample set of “Wicked Glosses” from Evil Shades ($10) http://www.evilshades.com/apps/webstore/products/show/1632432 as it is chock full of fun colors and I’m obsessed with gloss of late!

What’s the latest thing you wish you could trade in?

My Small-but-Expanding Blush Collection and Why Blush Rocks!

I have only recently started regularly wearing blush. I naturally have a pink tint to my skin and my cheeks are very red without any help. Putting blush on should theoretically help draw away the attention but instead all I saw was more redness and it seemed crazy to me to play that up. Once I found a skin regimen that worked for me and makeup that I could wear enough of to conceal the redness without looking piled on I started to take an interest in all things pink, shimmery and living in pans. Blush rocks because it pulls your look together. It can give you a healthy flush or when worn in shades of dark purple, give you an undead sort of appeal. It can sculpt a face and create cheekbones where none seem to exist. Plus- it’s fun!

LTR-Top row-Signature Club A Ultra Creamy Color in #2MED.,Fyrinnae Glow Blush in Spellbound,Clinique Iced Lotus,Too Faced unlabeled color from Glamour to Go palette #3, Wet N Wild Silk Finish Blush (name worn off)

Bottom row is the two colors from Sebastian Trucco Cream Blush Duo in Desert Rose. Ignore the little red circle, it’s a burn- I’m such a klutz!

These are my Favorites so far, I love Fyrinnae and Clinique’s the best of all. The highlighter from the Sebastian Trucco duo is nice too but I haven’t got the hang of applying the darker blush color lightly yet.

Since it appears Pink is my comfort zone here I ordered some non-pink samples from Meow and am so psyched that they are on their way. I will definitely be swatching and posting those after I get them. Yay!

Here’s a close-up of the first three where my extra-favorites are.

LTR- Signature Club A #2Med, Fryinnae Glow Blush in Spellbound <3, & Clinique Iced Lotus ❤

I think getting out of your comfort zone is important. I got out of mine by simply wearing blush and now I’m getting out of it again by trying it in shades other than pink. Try wearing something that you like but aren’t sure you can pull off. I think because we stare at our own faces so much that anything very different is automatically registered as bad or too extreme and others probably don’t see that at all. Try something on and don’t wipe it off immediately if you think it’s too bright- see if you don’t end up loving it.