Thursday, February 3, 2011

Drugstore Beauty Products: Raves and Reviews

So I must make one small confession.. I did not actually purchase any of these items at a drugstore.. BUT you can buy them in a drugstore. I just happen to be an ULTA addict so I bought them there, plus they are always sending me coupons and deals.. and it doesn't hurt that I earn points on my club card when I shop there.

Over the past few months I have stepped out of my MAC comfort zone to try different products and see what all is out there. I have never been one for drugstore cosmetics but after all of the things I've been hearing I had to try a few. I can say that in most cases you do get what you pay for, in other cases I have been VERY pleasantly surprised!

Herbal Tinted Lip Balm by Palladio $3.49

Love. This. Stuff. Very creamy and moisturizing and comes in great color choices. My favorite is the berry one.

Liquid Eye Liner by Palladio $5.99

I mainly bought this because I wanted to try a liquid liner with this type of applicator but didn't want to spend a lot if I wasn't going to like it. All in all I think it's a good product, definitely made me want to try a higher end one similar to this. I'm thinking maybe Urban Decay or MAC.

Maybelline Dream Mouse Blush $6.99

I do not love this product. I guess it's ok for a cream blush but not even close to as good as a MAC one. I got this because they had a buy one get one for Maybelline at ULTA and thought it was worth a shot... definitely not at least in my opinion.

Maybelline Falsies Mascara $6.99

OMG. Seriously. I don't have words to accurately describe how much I love this mascara. For $6.99 I was BLOWN AWAY!! I've been paying $26 for Lancome mascara and this is VERY comparable. Although I don't think I can give up my Lancome because it really is great, I will be keeping this in my collection because it really is a great find! I recommend trying this to everyone. I've seen it in grocery stores for $5, it's too cheap not to try. I love it.

Lash Accelerating Mascara by Rimmel London $9.99

Ok besides this being double what the amazing Maybelline one is, it is horrible. It does not work. I think I applied like 5 coats and couldn't even tell it was on it was very liquidy. Do not buy this. I was fooled by the commercials and I thought since the Maybelline Falsies was so great that this one would probably be too. I was very wrong.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish PRO Nail Polish in Steel Gray $3.99

Great polish and this is one of my favorite colors for right now. You really can't beat it for $4. Other than Milani I'd say it would be my top drug store polish. They have lots of pretty colors to choose from but the Steel Gray is definitely my fav of the moment.

Have you guys found any products that you love or hate lately?? I would love to know! I'm always looking for great finds.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bachelor Recap

I can't help it. I am addicted to The Bachelor again this season. So of course I watched last night as I'm sure all of my fellow addicts did as well.

Here are my thoughts...

1. Shawntell's date- can we say HEAVEN??? Seriously what girl DOESN'T want some hot guy taking her on a shopping SPREE???? Seriously. I was jealous as were all of the other girls. I did not however care for her Fendi bag.. and I didn't love the shoes she wore with the dress. I loved their actual date even though the topics of conversation were very odd, I loved that they laughed and that she literally cracked him up. So funny to watch.

2. Group Nascar Date- I have loved Emily since week 1, I have also not liked Allie since week 1. Last night solidified my reasoning for both. Emily is just a doll, I think she comes off super genuine and nice. I also love her clothes, like I want every outfit. Allie is like a man in a dress. I think she is super rude and comes off like a whiny brat. I'm not even going to comment on how insensitive it was to put Emily on this date.. the producers knew she would be upset and that emotions would ensue... it's the Bachelor, that's what they do.

3. 2 on 1 Date- Although I really like Ashley S. I don't think either Ashley is a match for Brad. I thought this date was a complete rip off of Ali and Roberto's Lion King date from last season.

4. Cocktail Party- Michelle is psycho.. was she trying to seduce him or what? Very strange. Chantel I actually like.. but please stop crying. I love how she talks about how she is so independent and not needy... are you kidding???  A lot of crying going on this season. The 2 girls that went home... I didn't even know their names so I can't say that was a shocker.

Looks like a good rest of the season to come!! If you are interested in knowing where to get any of the clothing or accessories of some of the girls check out one of my favorite blogs She is awesome.

On another note... today it is super dreary and rainy where I live which only reminded me of how much I would love to be wearing a pair of these...

Kate Spade Randi Rain boots. Adorable.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Video Love Letter

I'm not ashamed to admit it.. I totally have Oprah season passed on my Tivo. I usually watch episodes late at night when I can sleep or if nothing is on TV. The other night I watched one of her Oprah in Australia episodes and after seeing this couple I literally was balling like a baby. I was so touched by their courage and genuine love for one another. Kristian Anderson is from Australia and is married to a beautiful lady named Rachel. In 2009 Kristian was diagnosed with cancer and has been fighting for his life since. He made this YouTube video for his wife Rachel on her birthday as a thank you for all of her love and support. It is overwhelmingly touching and beautiful and is set to one of my favorite songs of the moment called Marry Me, by Train. I was so touched by their love story and had to share this with all of you. 

As we start another work week/school week... may we be reminded of the every day blessings of life, health and the pursuit of happiness. God is good. 

Have a wonderful Monday!! 

Saturday, January 29, 2011


I've been on a bit of a hiatus from blogging. I've been slack and I apologize. I am super excited to be back because during my hiatus I have discovered some great products and things that I want to share with you guys! Regular posting to resume on Monday! Hope everyone has a great weekend!