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Foundation Samples and Mini Haul

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By cristalena56 · April 12, 2012

So my skin has been acting  up a lot lately. So i went to the mall today to get some foundation samples. The ladies at the stores were very helpful. I first went to sephora to get a makeup forever sample, since i have heard good things about it but after answering a few of her questions she decided i should try Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation in 1.2. She also gave me a sample of kate somervill gentle exfoliate. She told me it was made for sensitive skin. I needed one for my flaking skin on my nose and chin. Its superrrr expensive, so hopefully i dont fall in love with it. It retails for $65.00. I guess theres stuff out there alot more expensive, but for a girl on a budget, that is way out of my price range for someone with a Ross Dress for Less salary. I hope it just takes away my flakes for now. I also bought some skin care items to try out. The 100 pt samples were Tarte Lights Camera Lashes and Philosphy Purity. I decided to keep accumulating my points. Ive never gotten to the 500 pt yet because i was always spending them on a sample but i am at 396, so only $104 to go.

*Sephora Instant Moisturizer (1 oz) - $12

*Sephora Supreme Cleansing Foam(1.69 oz) - $7

*Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes (10 ct) - $4

*Smashbox Studioskin 15 hr Wear Sample in 1.2 - Full Bottle Retails for $42.00

*Kate Somervill Gentle Exfolikate Sample - Full Bottle 2 oz Retails for $65.00

*Shiseido  Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Sample (.06 oz) -  Full Bottle 1.oz Retails for $30


When i was walking to Sephora  I noticed they had put in a MAC store so of course I had to stop in. I was swatching all kinds of things. There was 4 colors i kept looking at but i decided i could only bring 1 home. The colors were Coppering, Expensive Pink, Star Violet, and Cranberry. I first picked out coppering but went with Expensive Pink. Its like a Pink, Peachy, Gold color, its super pretty!! It seemed the most versatile of the 4 shades. I also was swatching some eye liners and it was love at first swipe for the Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Undercurrent. Its a really shiny emerald green. The color is just TDF in my opinion. They were out of sample cups, so i went to Dillards and got a sample of Satinfinish in NC15. The girl said they were told recently that they were phasing it out. The girl said she loved this  product and its one of the reasons she works at the MAC counter. She said if they discontinue it and dont get a replacement, she's putting her two weeks in. lol She said it was what she was wearing and it looked flawless. Can't wait to try my sample. The full size bottle retails for $29. She gave me a lot so i can really see how i like it.


*MAC Shadow in Expensive Pink - $15

*MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Undercurrent - $15

*MAC Mineralized Satin Finish Sample in NC15 - Full Bottle Retails for $29

Then when I was walking through Macy's to get to my car I stopped at the Estee Lauder counter and the lady gave me a sample of the Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup Foundation in Shell. The full size bottle retails for $35.

*Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup Foundation Sample - Full Bottle retails for $35.

Once I try these out, i will do a review of them. Im hoping to at least like one of them and if its the smashbox i like i will be on a lookout most likely for a comparing foundation since its more then what im really wanting to spend. $29 for the mac one is more then i have ever spent on a foundation(I use to buy Clinique Perfectly Real for $23) but the price is more reasonable. No purchase was needed to get these samples.

 

Other notes: I did my Black Widow look today for work and will have to redo it and take pics this weekend. I didnt have time this morning for pics, i was running late for work. I watched Iron Man 2 last night and paused it when they had close ups of Scarlett Johansson's eye makeup in the movie.

Elf Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths Review

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By cristalena56 · September 13, 2011

*Gently and easily cleans skin to remove all traces of makeuo and dirt, even waterproof mascara.

*Great for on-the-go travel.

*Gentle cloths are soft and soothing for even the most sensetive skin.

*Infused with Aloe Vera Extract for moisturizing.

Directions: Gently wipe face with the cloth to remove dirt and makeup. Rinse off with warm water and towel dry.

Price: $3.00 (20 cloths)

Where to Buy: Target, Kmart, www.eyeslipsface.com

My Thoughts:

They are very moist cloths and easily takes off foundation, eye shadow, and liner. They have a nice fruity scent. Its ok at taking the waterproof mascara off. You kind of have to rub your eye lashes a few times. There will still be traces of mascara left though. I usually take a Boots Sensetive Eye Makeup Removing Pad to get the extra. You could use vaseline or something like that. I usually cleanse my skin afterwards to remove the oil.  I have sensetive skin so it did burn slightly and made my cheeks and chin a little red.  It says its gentle enough for sensetive skin, but to me it seems a little harsh, at least on me. I think i might stick to my Boots Sensetive Make Up Removing Cloths. My skin does feel soft and clean after using these. I might keep them so when i run out of my boots one and cant get to the store right away, ill have some. You cant beat the price for these at $3. I happened to buy them on the online sale for half off, so $1.50, even better!!

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

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By cristalena56 · October 4, 2010

I think this is a must have beauty product. IT can either be used as a masque by itself, mixed with aspirin to make an exfoliating masque, or it can also be used as a spot treatment.

The Contents on the Back State:

Mint Julep Masque is the original natural home treatment developed by a dermatologist that helps dry up acne pimples, rinse away blackheads and shrink enlarged pores. Simply apply Mint Julep Masque to your clean face and neck. Within minutes it firms and hardens, drawing out impurities from your pores. After the masque is removed, your skin will feel clean, refreshed, and smooth. Even for individuals who are fortunately free of skin problems, Mint Julep Masque is a refreshing facial treatment that helps relax tired muscles and ease tension limes on the face and neck.

I use this product when i feel a pimple coming on or even red spots show up on my face. When you first put it on it tingles and to me thats a sign that its working. The tingling will subside within a minute or so. You leave it on for about 15 minutes and remove with warm water. My face always feels clean and refresh when i use this product. Sometimes if i am having a stubborn pimple i use it as an overnight spot treatment and it drastically goes down in size by the time morning comes. Its not at all expensive. The bottle cost $3.99 at walgreens and lasts awhile. 1 bottle will last me a year :)

I first clean my face, ive been using acne free sensetive cleanser, but i think this might be too harsh for my face. I might go buy some cetaphil or bite the bullet and get my clinique mild cleanser that i adore. :)

Then i apply the masque all over my face being careful not to get it near my my mouth or the eye area. The mint stings your eye if it gets anywhere near it, at least for me it does. I have sensetive eyes though. i quickly wipe away with a wet washcloth.

I leave it on between 15 to 30 minutes and then wash off with warm water. I would use a washcloth or something to wash it off because sometimes its stubborn and doesnt want to wash off. haha I have done this masque before getting ready for work and i have gotten in the car and seen dried masque on the bottom of my chin :/ how embarassing lol :p

haha this is when my hubby says."eww whats that green stuff all over your face!" lol

I give this masque 10/10. I think its a must for everyone, not only beauty girls/guys :)


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