New Drugstore Faves and Haul Previews!

Hi Ladies!

Is it Spring yet? I am grateful for the sun today, that’s for sure, but I am ready for some 40+ temps, aren’t you? Thanks for sticking with me through this winter! I wanted to show you some of my recent drugstore favorites, and then tease you with some haul pictures. I will have reviews of my haul goodies coming soon, I had a great class at MAC yesterday, and last week I popped into Benefit for some new products, and I am having so much fun playing with everything.

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Ok–this L’Oreal Volume Filler Thickening shampoo and conditioner are so far the best I’ve seen for volume, and they run about $5 each–sweet, huh? They are made with Filloxane–which I have never heard of, and might be a made-up word, but the products deliver on their promises of full, bouncy hair.

The blue bottle is called Miracle Leave In by It’s a 10. My sister got it as a freebie at ULTA, and I am hoping it helps strengthen all the baby hairs I have on my hairline–something my stylist said she sees on almost all new mommies. Did any of you have these? I never had clumps of hair fall out after my son was born, which I have heard women complain of, so I’m grateful for that, but these wispy baby hairs are bizarre. Remember Katie Holmes after Suri–when it looked like she had funky bangs? That’s me, but at least they’re growing. Hopefully this keratin treatment helps.

I’m also trying Suave’s version of Moroccan Oil (since I ran out of the real deal!) and for a cheapie, it’s ok. I don’t think it delivers on the shine as well, and I don’t love the fragrance. It helps make my hair a bit silkier and at about 1/8 the cost, I can live with it for now. It’s made with coconut and Sweet Almond oil, but also a bunch of other ingredients ending in “-cone” so it’s pretty synthetic and when I replenish my Moroccan Oil I will be comparing ingredients. Usually, you pay for what you get!

Now for the previews—first up, Benefit!

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I am loving the Big Easy Bigger Than BB Cream for casual, everyday coverage. Lollitint MAY unseat Cha-Cha tint from my list of Top 5 products—we will have to see! And I of course had to stock up on the Porefessional and They’re Real–duh.

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You could almost do your whole face (minus brows) with just these products!

Okay, here’s my MAC haul:

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I took a Master Class at MAC PRO yesterday–WOW. Romero Jennings taught the class on mature skin and he was great. I learned a lot about technique, in particular in regards to foundation, concealing, and eye sculpting. Can’t wait to get my hands on some “mature” ladies. I have an upcoming Makeup and Martinis night, and those women will be the first to benefit from all my new skills. He also used brushes in ways I’ve never considered, so of course I had to get 6, and wanted at least 10 more.

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I’ve got lots more in store for you ladies, something BIG is coming this Friday–make sure you don’t miss any updates. Follow me on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/TriciaClarkeMakeup where we talk about everything beauty and I dole out advice.

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Thanks ladies, stay pretty!

February Empties!

Hi ladies!

It is already March 8th so it is time for my February Empties post! Here it is! (or here they are)!

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This month’s round up features a lot of hair conditioner–funny I ran out of so many all at once. Not surprising though, considering the length and severity of this winter, I’ve been slathering my body, face and hair with moisture at every opportunity.  I’ll start with those.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Multi-tone Revealing Moisturising Conditioner: This is one of my all-time favorite drugstore hair buys, it works well and hydrates and detangles without weighing my hair down. It is also what I was using when I started dating my now-husband, and because scents are so evocative, whenever I use it I am immediately taken back to those pre-date showers when I would be getting ready and so excited to see him again! Will I re-purchase? Absolutely!

Bed Head by Tigi Urban AntiDotes Damage Level 2 Conditioner: I found this massive bottle at TJ Maxx in early November, having used it previously on my stylist’s recommendation. I truly love this conditioner but I don’t know if it is still made! It smells so freaking good my husband started using it on his curly, coarse (read: grey) hair and so we went through it pretty quickly. I hope I can find some more! Will I re-purchase? Totally, if I can!

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deeeep Conditioner: This was hanging out in the shower for a looooong time. It is decent thick, rich conditioner, found in most drugstores, but Aussie reformulated their products a few years ago, and I just don’t love the smell of the new ones. I think the old formulas are still available in Europe so I will be looking next time I am in Ireland! Will I re-purchase? Yes, because it is a good, basic deep conditioner, but I will try other brands for fun first.

Moving right along, out of the shower now!

No. 7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Exfoliator: My enthusiasm for this scrub waned as I continued using it. It feels a bit too much like a micro-derm treatment to be enjoyable for twice weekly use. Read my full review with edits hereWill I re-purchase? Probably not, but I will try other No. 7 products.

Lumene CC Cream in Light: This CC cream was my second favorite makeup discovery of 2013 and I have recommended it to scores of people. I wore it so much this summer, it is lightweight, but gives good coverage and made my skin look bright and healthy. It has an SPF of 20 and is like a tinted moisturizer on steroids. The only drawback is the slightly strong fragrance which I don’t really mind but which might be a problem for those with sensitivities. Will I re-purchase? Totally.

Lumene Pure Radiance Night Cream: Lumene actually sent this to me to try after my review was chosen for a feature on their Facebook page. It is a totally satisfactory night cream and left my skin comfortably hydrated, and absorbed quickly. Read by first thoughts on it here. I can’t really tell if it helped brighten my skin, then again, this never-ending winter has been rough so I don’t really know what could have helped! As with the CC Cream, there is a stronger fragrance than I usually enjoy in my skincare, but it is a good drugstore option for a richer, quick-absorbing night cream. Will I re-purchase? Maybe, but not right away. I want to try the new Reviva line I keep hearing about first.

Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream: I remembered I had a sample of this when I was starting to get bored with my Lumene cream. The side effect of being a beauty addict is one frequently becomes bored and is always looking for a new favorite! As you know, I love Kiehl’s and this is no exception. I actually had a full size tub of it at one point, but that was pre-pregnancy and my skin was different, so I gave it away! BOO! Now I love this and want a big jar again! Will I repurchase? Yup! Add it to my wishlist of Kiehl’s products!

Make Up Forever High Definition Foundation: Hands down, best thing I discovered last year, this foundation is great! Full coverage, but feels really lightweight on the skin. It’s very easy to blend. The pigmentation is also such that it is easy to build–making modern foundations light years better than their predecessors. I wore it almost every day since I purchased it in early December, and just ran out of it this week. It comes in a wide range of shades and is worth the price–read my full review here. Will I re-purchase? Yes!

Thanks for reading ladies! Have you used any of these products? Have I piqued your interest to try any of them? Let me know!

 

Stay pretty, girls! xoxo

Review: CoverGirl Bombshell Mascara

Ladies, you know I love me some mascara. It is my number one, cannot live without, must have beauty item. I wear mascara every single day unless I am super sick (like last week)! It makes a huge difference on my face, and pretty much everyone else’s, for that matter!

My favorite mascara is CoverGirl LashBlast, and I have tried every version…for example, see my thoughts on LashBlast fusion here. I swear by the original in the orange tube. So when CoverGirl launched Bombshell, how could I NOT try it? It’s pink! The CoverGirl is Sofia Vergara! It’s called Bombshell, Hell-OH! Of course I NEEDED it. And I really wanted to LOVE IT.

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Turns out, I hate it.

Hate is a strong word, but I was so bummed with this mascara! The idea is great, a double ended mascara to give both volume and a shiny, super black topcoat for lustrous, thick lashes. And when I first saw the brushes themselves, I was excited.

Side one looks like regular LashBlast, with teeny, rubbery bristles that grab every lash.

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Side two looks more like old-school mascara wands–the spiral of synthetic fiber bristles.

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Great concept–but it didn’t live up to my expectations. It is hard to use and not significantly better than other mascaras. Both wands themselves are short, and the rest of the tube is massive and hard to hold.  I find myself trying to delicately get my inner lashes without jabbing myself, and doing the outer corners is hard too, without getting mascara on my orbital bone! I feel so clumsy whenever I use this.

I will admit the mascaras layer well without flaking. Sometimes I’ve tried layering two different mascaras with disastrous results. This doesn’t happen with Bombshell, but I also didn’t notice that much of a difference between Bombshell and good old regular LashBlast! And Bombshell costs a few dollars more, and to me it’s just not worth it.

Here’s me with mascara on my right eye only.

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Here’s both lashes with mascara

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No big wow here, right?!?!?! BUMMER.

And here’s my face of the day. Very minimal, as I am still home bound with a sick baby! I think sometimes when the weather is dark and stormy I compensate with a brighter cheek and lip. I will do a separate post on other products I used if I get requests. Leave a comment!

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So, bottom line on Bombshell–big hype, little results. I will stick to my other favorites. 

Have you tried Bombshell or any CoverGirl mascaras? What did you think?

Stay pretty, ladies!

Review: L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner

Good morning, ladies!

Thanks to my friend  (and fellow product junkie and bookworm) Em’s suggestion, I picked up a L’Oreal eyeliner last week at Target. Oh Target…how come I never spend less than $100 when I visit you? I only needed kleenex and dish soap! But, I digress…   🙂

Em said L’Oreal’s Infallible is her fave drugstore eye liner, and I was pleased to see the range of shades available, from black to brown to gray to combinations of shades. I wound up getting Black/Brown because they were out the Dark Brown. There probably isn’t much difference between the two!

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While I was there I got a compliment on my lipstick! I had chosen it because I needed a shot of something bright and cheerful in this never-ending winter we’re having. (Insert Game of Thrones joke here.) I love talking makeup with anyone and everyone so I was excited to tell my fellow shopper it was NARS Carthage , which I bought because I read in InStyle that Ginnifer Goodwin wears it on days she needs to perk up and look pulled together. Mission accomplished, don’t you think?

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Like my little buddy clinging to my shoulder, trying to get into the picture? He is a ham already!

Ok so back to the eyeliner. I have to say, it is pretty good. Not as budge-proof  as my trusty Benefit Waterproof eyeliner, but half the price, and it self-sharpens so I am not constantly having to whip out a sharpener, which is great because I usually make a mess. I was impressed at the different thicknesses I could accomplish with this pencil too.

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I chose the Black/Brown shade because I will wear it the most. It stays put fairly well–I notice a bit collecting in the corners of my eyes when I apply it to my waterline, but it doesn’t get sloppy.

I’m pleased so far! I’ve worn it 4 times, and will wear it again today. We’re getting over massive sickness in our house–so I just went FIVE WHOLE DAYS without mascara, can you believe it? I can’t!

Here’s to sunshine, bright lipstick, and spending too much at Target!

Stay pretty ladies!

Rusk Thermal Flat-Iron Spray

Good morning ladies!

I am in the process of writing a post about my January favorites, which I briefly mentioned on Facebook the other day. If you haven’t seen my page yet, stop by!

In the meantime, although I don’t straighten or curl my hair every day (my at-home mommy style is pretty wash and go!) when I do style my hair, this spray has become a go-to product! I wanted to make sure you knew about it!

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I was introduced to Rusk Thermal Flat Iron spray by another makeup artist who I really respect, and now we both use it in our kits, it is great for bridal and bridesmaid hair! I use it on myself and my clients.

Like most thermal sprays, it is misted on the hair prior to using a heated styling tool, either a curling iron or straightener. It is not meant for use prior to blow-drying. I love that the mist is very fine and controlled, so it dries almost instantly and you can style your hair quickly. I used to be a big fan of Redken HotSets but you really have to let that dry after spraying and it can be super crunchy.

This Rusk spray protects your hair during heat styling, and it also helps your style last much longer. Just as I advocate the use of a face primer to ensure your makeup lasts after being carefully applied, if you are going to take the time to heat-style your hair, you may as well get great, long-lasting results!

As you may realize by now, I cannot use products that don’t smell good, and I enjoy the smell of this spray! I picked mine up at ULTA.

Have you used this spray? Do you use other thermal styling sprays you swear by? Let me know!

Stay pretty ladies!

 

 

January Empties–aka, Would I Re-Purchase?

Hi ladies! This is my very first empties post!

I have been sitting on a couple of these empty bottles for a while now, and I’ve amassed quite a pile! So I will keep each description pretty short and sweet. As you can see in the picture, there is quite the mix of products: skincare, makeup, hair care, and also high-end and drugstore items.

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  • Moroccan Oil Light: I cannot LIVE without Moroccan Oil! I use it every single day. It is the #1 reason why my hair is shiny and healthy (and was that way even when I heat-styled it EVERY DAY).
  • Simple Skincare Moisturizing Face Wash: I’ve been using this wash for a couple months–great basic cleanser. Doesn’t dry my skin out, and a bargain too.
  • Fresh Soy Face Cleanser: My favorite high-end facial cleanser. Totally non-drying, smells lovely but not perfume-y. Lasts for ages. I had this and forgot I’d set it aside to blog about! I also found a back-up this week and squealed with excitement! Bonus in my closet!
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer: This stuff is legit! In my first few months of motherhood, I was able to fake a few more hours sleep by dabbing this under my eyes, and the formulation actually works well on blemishes too. Lasts ALL DAY and comes in tons of shades. It is a fave I mention in my video 5-Minute Face you can check out here.
  • Benefit Waterproof Eyeliner, Espresso: Yes, those 2 little nubbins are eyeliners. I love the Benefit pencils, they glide on smoothly and last all day. My only beef is I go through them so quickly! But the pencil is so convenient and looks natural.
  • Bumble & bumble Thickening Shampoo: B&b are some of my high-end luxuries, I haven’t splurged on them in awhile. I made this bottle last for eons by alternating drugstore shampoos and using this when I wanted big ‘ole Southern belle hair. Smells divine, and really works to give your hair sexy oomph.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in Light: I use this ALL THE TIME in my pro kit, it is great on most skin types (I use the regular version on more mature or really dry skin). I love it for myself as well. A little goes a long way.
  • Benefit POREfessional: I use this as a primer when my pores are really driving me nuts. The mattifying aspect tends to wear off if it is super hot or my skin is acting really oily, but I swear, a dab of this on my t-zone and cheeks before my foundation makes me look airbrushed. And if someone sits in my chair when I am doing a wedding and their skin is not the smoothest, this is the first thing I reach for.

So, will I re-purchase any of these?

Yes! To be honest, if I don’t love a product, I usually don’t use it up! I give it away to someone I think it will work better for.  That being said, I am always trying new stuff, so just because I will buy these again, doesn’t mean I won’t try others in the meantime. So, while I can’t live without the Moroccan Oil, I might let other primers, concealers, face washes and shampoos go for test drive.

What do you think? Have you used any of these products? Love? Hate?

Tell me what you think about my first empties post!

Stay pretty ladies!

love, Tricia

Review: CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner

I picked up this duo set a in early December because it featured a spin on my favorite drugstore mascara, CoverGirl LashBlast, AND because I’ve been asked a few times what my favorite drugstore eyeliner is, and I don’t actually have one! I thought I would take the Perfect Point Plus eyeliner for a test drive.

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The mascara is actually LashBlast fusion, which promises volume (like the original LashBlast in the orange tube) with added length. Sounded good to me, but unfortunately, I didn’t see a huge difference. I’m using up the tube, and it’s definitely not bad, I just don’t notice so much more length. Given a choice between the two, I will stick to the original LashBlast.

The big bummer was the eyeliner! I’ve been very faithful to my Benefit Waterproof eyeliners because they’re easy to apply (ease being one of the main motivations for choosing a pencil liner) and actually stay put, even on the lash line (my fave liner trick). I had high hopes for this Perfect Point Plus pencil, but it had migrated to the outer corners of my eyes in a few hours. If I wanted the sexy, slept-in, rocker-chic look all day, I would be happy with this liner. But I am more preppy in my every day life and just wanted clean definition. The search continues for a good drugstore eyeliner, and I will let you all know when I find one!

Take away: If you want to try a CoverGirl Lashblast mascara, stick to the original orange tube–it is my tried-and-true favorite. For eyeliners, search elsewhere, the Perfect Point Plus is disappointing.
Thanks for reading ladies, stay pretty (and warm)!

Drugstore 5 Minute Face

Create my favorite everyday look using only products found at your local drugstore. YES the video is longer than 5 minutes because I am explaining everything, but using these products and techniques, you will be ready to go in 5 minutes, and you will feel great!

Thanks for watching!

Here is a list of the products featured:
Lumene CC Cream in Light
(Used instead of Smashbox Photo Finish Light and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer)
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles in Light
(Duplicate for Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer)
CoverGirl Eyelash Curler
Covergirl ClumpClusher Mascara in Black
NYC Brow and Eyeliner 902 Dark Brown
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush 15 Rose Petal
(Could not find a cheek stain, so I’m using this instead of Benefit ChaCha Tint)
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous
(Dupe for ChaCha Tint on lips, but doesn’t work on cheeks, I tried)
CoverGirl Lipslicks Smoochies in Tweet Me

Optional:
Sonia Kashuk Foundation Brush, Number 114
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer

Make sure you check out the original 5 Minute Face video