Beauty Buys: Pastel Nail Polishes

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I think I’ll always have a weakness for pretty nail polishes. I mentioned that I did a bit of shopping a couple weekends ago and I picked up three new nail colors. I’m in love with them all!

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I went to Topshop specifically to pick up the color on the left (Blue Rinse). I first saw it on Anna’s instagram and it immediately shot to the top of my wish list. Blue is my favorite color and this shade just looked so pretty. This was my first time really looking at the Topshop nail polishes and they actually have a very nice color range. Since there was a 2/$15 deal, I thought, “Why not grab another color?!” I already own a few mint green nail polishes, but that won’t stop me from buying more. This one from Topshop is called Boy Next Door and it has a little more blue in it than my other mint nail colors (you can see how it looks on me here).

I finally visited & Other Stories in Soho and thought that the clothes were cute, if a bit overpriced. They have a nice section of the store filled with skincare and beauty bits, so I enjoyed browsing that. I was really excited when I saw this pale yellow nail polish because I’ve been looking for a color like this for a while. I hope that when I apply it on my nails, the color is just as pretty as it is in the bottle.

Bite Beauty 5 Night Fix For Lips Review

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Like many people, I suffered from dry lips during the winter. I wrote a post about how I was looking for a product to combat dry lips and one of the items I had on my list was the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. I’d heard people rave about it and I wanted to give it a try, but the $26 price tag made me hesitate.

That’s why I was so excited when I saw the 5 Night Fix for Lips! It contains mini versions of the Agave Lip Mask and their Scrub Stick. The set costs $15 and this way I could test out the lip mask before splurging on the full-sized version. You’re supposed to use the duo in combination- first you exfoliate your lips with the scrub stick and then you apply the lip mask, which is a thick balm. Within five nights, you should have soft and healthy lips.

Oh boy did I need this. During winter my lips were constantly chapped and it was unpleasant. I definitely noticed a difference within a couple days of using this set. Let’s talk about what I did and didn’t like:

PROS

The Agave Lip Mask does work. Once I started using it, it only took a few days for my lips to return to their normal state. It felt so good not to have chapped lips anymore!

They smell good. I believe both products contain honey and they have a pleasant honey aroma.

A little goes a long way. The lip mask is so thick and I only need a small amount to coat my lips. I’ve been using it for nearly a month now and I still feel like I have a lot of product left in my mini tube.

CONS

– The Scrub Stick is too gentle. It’s supposed to be an exfoliant, but I didn’t think it did a great job of getting rid of the dead skin on my lips. I have this $3 lip exfoliator from e.l.f. and I like it a lot better.

The Agave Lip Mask is very thick. This is a good and bad thing. It is really moisturizing, but it does make it a little difficult to get it out of the tube. Now that it’s a little warmer, the ingredients have softened up and it’s no longer as difficult to squeeze it out of the tube.

The Lip Mask is a bit sticky. I don’t love the way it feels on the lips. I usually put it on right before bed so that it can soak in overnight. When I go to bed, my lips feel sticky and there’s still a bit of sticky residue when I wake up the next morning. It’s not uncomfortable or anything like that, I just wish it wasn’t quite so sticky. I’ve combated that problem a bit by putting on a thin layer of Vaseline, then applying the lip mask on top. The Vaseline gives a little more slip, so I feel less like my lips are sticking together constantly.

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THE SHORT VERSION

Overall, I’m happy that I purchased this little kit. I got to try out both products for a fraction of the price (and I think the packaging is totally adorable). The Agave Lip Mask really did rescue my lips and aside from a couple little issues, I think it’s great. The Scrub Stick doesn’t do too much for me, so I probably wouldn’t purchase that again. I would, however, buy the full-size version of the Agave Lip Mask.

Have you tried either of these products?

New From the Drugstore

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Last week I went to CVS to pick up a few bits. You know how it is- you go in to get contact solution and you walk out with four beauty products that were certainly weren’t on the list. Today I thought I’d share what I bought (think of this as a mini haul, if you’d like).

– Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow in Rose Haze: In last week’s makeup routine, I mentioned that I only wear eyeshadow from time to time. I’m not quite sure what compelled me to pop this duo into my basket, other than the fact that the colors are so pretty. I haven’t even read or watched any reviews on this product (normally I do all of my research before I buy). I am curious though to crack this open and give it a try.

– Burt’s Bees Lip Balm: Normally I go with Chapstick when I’ve run out of lip balm, but this time I decided to try Burt’s Bees. Plus, this one is mango scented. Doesn’t that sound delicious? (Promise that I’m not going to eat my lip balm.)

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in Mars: The unofficial plan is to own all of the colors from this line because the formula is just great. I always check the display in my local CVS and I was pretty excited when I saw a few new shades (although I think they might have been released a while ago in the UK). I was good and only bought one color this time. I used to own a bright cherry red like this but it became old and clumpy, so I thought I’d replace it with this Rimmel polish.

Maybelline Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Divine Wine: Ahhh, this lipstick. I was searching for this for a while. It seemed like every time I tried to buy it, they didn’t have this color in stock (and I tried a few different stores). I’d heard good things about the Maybelline matte collection, which is why it’s been on my list for the past few months. I’ve only used this color once so far, but it does feel creamy and pleasant on the lips. After hunting it down, I only feel about 80% about the way it looks on me. It has a little more brown in it than I’d like. I’m going to keep it because I do like it, but it won’t get a lot of wear right now because I’m transitioning into spring makeup.

Have you bought any great drugstore beauty products recently?

My Makeup Routine

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You guys know that I’m still a total newb when it comes to makeup. Over the years, I’ve gotten really into beauty and figuring out what works best for me. Today I wanted to share my current makeup routine, along with the products I use regularly.

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DAY

The two products that I almost always put on when I’m leaving the house are eyeliner and mascara. I use the Rimmel ScandalEyes Water Kohl Liner to line the outer half of my upper waterline. I love how creamy this liner is and I really love the definition it gives my eyes. Lately I’ve been reaching for Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara. I picked this up in December and I think it’s great. It gives good length and volume and separation (I prefer my eyelashes to look nice and fluttery, rather than spidery). After a good coating of the Lash Sensational, I’ll also use Maybelline’s The Rocket Mascara just to make sure that every single lash is separated.

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On a typical day, that’s it! I might dab a bit of color on my lips if I have a few extra minutes in the morning, but usually I’m hurriedly lining my eyes, slapping on some mascara, and running out the door. If I were going out at night, or if I had more time to get ready, I might add a few extra steps to my makeup routine…

NIGHT

On the weekends, sometimes I like to amp it up a little with a cat eye. Like many girls, I struggle with my winged liner and I may spend several minutes in front of the mirror, attempting to make my wings look somewhat even. Back in the day, I used to mainly use liquid eyeliner, but in the past couple years I switched over a pen form. I think it’s much easier, especially if you’re like me and you don’t have the steadiest hand. I’ve been using the Rimmel ScandalEyes Precision Micro Eyeliner, but I really want to try the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and/or the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner.

If I’m getting really fancy, I just might swipe on some eyeshadow. When I first started wearing makeup, it was basically just eyeshadow and eyeliner, but then I moved away from that. My makeup collection was sorely lacking when it came to eyeshadow, so a few months ago I purchased the Lorac PRO Palette. I don’t wear eyeshadow all the time, but I wanted a quality palette to use when I felt like playing around. This palette is so pretty and the shadows are so soft and blendable that even someone like me can’t really mess it up. I like to keep it really simple and dust the color Pewter (a shimmery dark brown) all over my lid, with a little bit of the color Slate (a dark grey) in the crease and outer corner. Then I use my MAC 217 brush to make sure everything is all blended in.

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Then it’s on to my favorite part- lipstick. Lipstick is my second favorite beauty item (I have to put nail polish at the top, then it’s lipstick, closely followed by mascara). I’m more of a bold lip girl, which is a bit crazy, since it was only a couple of years ago when I felt so self-conscious whenever I wore red lipstick. Most of the lipsticks I own are in the red family and I really like the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick- Kate Moss Collection in 01. It’s definitely noticeable, but it’s not a bright cherry red, so I think it’s a little easier to wear and good when I want a pop of color (rather than a POP OF COLOR). If I’m being really good, I’ll use a lip liner before applying the lipstick straight from the tube, or I might use a lip brush to apply it so that I’ll have cleaner lines.

So that’s my current routine in a nutshell. Do you guys use any of the products I mentioned? What’s your current makeup routine? I’d love to talk beauty with you in the comments below!

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