30 September 2012

The Beauty Blogazons Weekly Round-Up!



  • Très Beau Glamour: Weekly exfoliation is a must to help remove the dead skin on your body; especially for these upcoming winter months. Nay has recently come across an amazing affordable vanilla scented body scrub. The scrub is made by Avon and comes in three amazing scents. Read on for the review, info and pictures.
  • Adore-a-polish: Ever wanted a dupe for Julep Maria? Well, I found one! Check out a comparison of Julep Maria and Butter London Fairy Lights.
  • Blush and Beakers: Let's talk about honey, honey. Cosmetics Aficionado: False lashes have you frustrated?
  • Cosmetics Aficionado shows you the perfect tool for perfect application every time.
  • Mama Fashionista: Looking for a (mostly) natural lotion to keep the dry at bay as the season changes? Maybe Burt's Bees has just what you're searching for!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you are looking for the perfect facial scrub, then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog thinks you should look no further than Reviva Labs Microdermabrasion Pomegranate Scrub-- it's really that good!
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog brightens up her complexion with Besame Cosmetics.
  • Shades Of Beauty, Inc.: Coterie & butter LONDON Collaboration...Swatches
  • Amber Did It!: Amber is in week three of her NFL Nail Art Series with the St. Louis Rams Nail Art
  • TheFabZilla: TheFabZilla reveals the truth on lip plumping products.Plus she tried one that doesn't sting!
  • MakeUpMom123: Halloween Spooktacular Giveaway!
  • Beauty Thesis: Sharing some first impressions and swatches of the Master Class palette by Smashbox.
  • Beauty Product Review: How many lip products do you have? Come check out my collection so far!
  • Polarbelle: Polarbelle discovers a happy color by combining Cult Nails topcoats from The Deceptive Collection.
  • Love At First Site!: The Nectalys found its way into my cosmetics as a sample - gift with some purchases I made at Avene's counter and thought to try it as I was looking for a new serum. Well as you can gather, I tried it, I loved it and once the sample finished I bought a normal size and that was the sequence of events that followed that first thought! ;)
  • Lacquer Buzz: Half moon manicures are in this season. Lacquer Buzz does half moons with a twist!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: One of the new tombstone polishes from WetnWild Fantasy Makers is featured on Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom
  • Passion for Polish: shows you a colorful Hard Candy cloud manicure!
  • The Convenient Beauty: A Summer-farewell look with Dior Rosy Tan and Chanel Glossimer Pink Teaser
  • Lisa's Nail Obsession: We are all polka-dots WITH A BOW ON TOP at Lisa's Nail Obsession!
  • Spontaneous Chick: Spontaneous Chick posted an emerginC review about a cleanser that made her feel like she walked out of a spa every single time she used it.
  • The Science Of Chic: Check out Carly's review of the new Maybelline Cat Eyes mascara. Will this new pretty kitty be the purrrrfect mascara or will it get the kitty cone of shame?
  • Trouble-Maker On Heels: Trouble-Maker On Heels is challenging autumn colours in makeup challenge
  • Jamegackie: Check out the entries for week two of the Nails Before Halloween Challenge! The
  • Beauty Think Tank: Every so often, The Beauty Think Tank showcases some highlights of her personal collection, this time it's the shimmery goodness of MAC Mineralized Skinfinishes!
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win a bottle of Argania 1640 Argan Oil from Lipgloss Break!
  • Peace Love and Glitter: 100% all natural moisturizer that can be used on your hair, skin, and lips. And it's under $15? Say what?
  • Karinea0a: Saran wrap nails for fall
  • 28 September 2012

    Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report




    Rola from Rola's Fountain of Youth is psyched about Essie Nail Lacquer in Sew Psyched for Fall.

    Lola from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog reviews the new Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Tough As Taupe. 

    From the Unknown Beauty Blog, Rita Wilson's glamorous Emmy's look from LORAC cosmetics.

    Meera at Love For Fashion has an exciting giveaway from Fred Butler!

    On Theory Twenty One, the September Glossybox is reviewed.  Does it pass muster?

    Mario Badescu's Ginseng Moist Cream is reviewed on The Beauty Think Tank.  But will the cream stand up to winter weather?

    If you would like to be included in next week's Up & Coming Beauty Blogger's Weekly Report, please e-mail Lindsay at beautythinktank (at) gmail (dot) com.

    Spotted: L'Oreal Project Runway Collection

    All four dusters fully stocked at my local Rite Aid. Beautiful collections, with atypical drugstore shades

    Faves & Fails: Friday Edition

    Let's get this party started!

    FAVES

    Physicians Formula 2 in 1 Eye Booster Liquid Liner - Extra Black -  I only buy extra black eyeliner, and while this isn't the blackest liner I've used, it's certainly the liner that has given me the most control.  I love the brush tip, and the product flows out smoothly.  I get really nice liner shapes from this product.  And the Eye Boosting/ Lash Boosting properties I'm testing out, more will be revealed in due time.  Stay tuned! (Anyone else like how I Easter Egg these posts?)

    from Ulta.com
    Tarte Park Avenue Princess Amazonian Clay Matte Bronzer -  It's fall! That doesn't mean I can't be lightly bronzed!  I stopped using this bronzer in the spring because I really wasn't seeing it on the skin, at all.  So I shelved it, got a slightly darker bronzer and went on my merry way.  Now that my skin has paled out a bit, this bronzer works wonderfully as a winter bronzer.  It's cool toned, matte and not too orange.  I also change how I bronze my face in the winter.  I avoid a giant kabuki brush that gets more bronzer on the skin, instead opting for a 109 with a smaller domed, and more contoured look.

    from tartecosmetics.com
    FAILS

    Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo - I'm not sure what it is about this shampoo, but it simply doesn't work for me.  It sort of mats my hair together, sucking the volume out of it, and making it just sit on my head like terrible swaths of hanky hair.  Do Not Want.
    From Drugstore.com
    COMPLIMENTARY SWOTCH

    So, if you're feeling a wee bit cheap, and don't really want to shell out the $$ for OPI's Berlin There Done That from their OPI Germany Collection, well... visit your nearest Rimmel Duster my friends, cuz Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Steel Grey is prettttyyy close to it.  Check it out.

    L - Rimmel Steel Grey, R - OPI Berlin There Done That
    Ok, it's not exact.  But it's close.

    THE GREAT PRODUCT USE'EM UP


    I always seem to use a shit ton of hair products and body care products each month.  I think its great, because it's making me use everything up and it's keeping me from hoarding products, like a, well, beauty product hoarder.  Also, if you couldn't tell, I have a raging, raging addiction to the Body Shop.  Some people hate it, I'm not one of those people.  I have fragrances and body washes and skin care and hair care, and I haven't had to pay for the Love Your Body Discount... in... YEARS.  Yeah. I have a problem.  Anyways, you all can safely rest assured that all of these items have been successfully recycled!

    BOOKS

    I reviewed Blackbirds on BTT awhile ago, and Chuck Wendig came out with the sequel - Mockingbird.  Yes - the birds is a major theme.  This book is perfect for October - it's a mix of horror, urban fantasy, comic book staging and thriller all rolled into a quick read book, that's written incredibly well.  The second book, is a major improvement over Blackbirds, and I really enjoyed the direction Wendig took Miriam in a very strong direction, and while it was semi-predictable, as it follows a typical anti-hero arc, it was still refreshing because he injected perspective into Miriam that she was lacking previously.  I really enjoyed it.
    from angryrobotbooks.com
    MUSIC

    Oh and uh, check this shit out.  Matt Rach - a well know guitar genius on YT kicking Pachelbel's Canon in the face. It's literally amazing.



    Woot! Happy Friday peeps!

    27 September 2012

    OPI Skyfall

    God! Holiday 2012 is blowing my mind.  First NARS + Andy Warhol and now OPI is reppin' James Bond with a Skyfall Collection.  My wallet is getting lighter by the second.

    from Venusbuzz.com

    25 September 2012

    A Peek Into the Gallery: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish

    I'm just gonna show you the LE pretties, and then, when you're done ogling, we'll continue our chat, yes?  Ok!

    Top L-->R: MAC Brunette MSF, MAC Hot Planet Mineralized Blush.  Bottom L-->R: MAC Stereo Rose MSF, MAC Refined MSF
    Two of these are amazingly, amazingly old.  Like, from 2009 old - and I still have them!  Brunette and Hot Planet were from one of my two favorite MAC Collections ever, Blonde Brunette Redhead and Grand Duos.  I use them quite regularly and I don't think I will ever, ever get rid of them.  The bottom row is from more recent collections.  Stereo Rose I purchased because of the hype surrounding it when it first was released, I called the MAC near my house and reserved the last one available.  When I got to my car I spent fifteen minutes staring at it, and giggling uncontrollably.  I'm sure that is an absolutely normal response to purchasing makeup. DON'T JUDGE ME!  Refined I picked up at a CCO.

    From Top to Bottom: Stereo Rose, Hot Planet, Refined, Brunette
    I freely admit, it's not a terribly diverse collection.  They all seem to be in the warm coral/ terracotta family.  But I love them all.  That's why they've stayed in my collection for so long. I protect them the way you'd protect a small baby made of make-up, very carefully and with brushes only.  And no trauma.  And no dropping!  Shattering these would probably make me cry.

    Color Club Status Update Swatch!

    As promised, from the September Birchbox (and also a Birchbox exclusive shade), because the image I linked was so not the color of this shade.  So, BOOM! Here it is! It's almost black.

    24 September 2012

    Mario Badescu Ginseng Moist Cream

    ... Wait a second.  Have I?  *looks around ponderously* I think I may have... *checks post labels* hm.  No.  No, I guess I haven't.  So.  I guess I'm reviewing skincare now?

    I really wish I could turn this into a scrolling StarWars-esque Gif for the review.  But I'm not talented like that.
    If you can't read the excellently shot label (or the post title) this is Mario Badescu Ginseng Moisture Cream.  This is going to be an interesting direction for me, on this blog, because I never really cared about skin care before I hit like 23.  I'm 26 now and I think it's important, but I also think it's important to take a less is more approach at my age to caring for my skin.  What I mean by that is, less ingredients and more of a solid basic product, than a fancy ex(de)foliating, antiaging, antioxidant, vitamin, gel-creme what have you, the less frills the better.  Prior to using the Ginseng Moist Cream I used Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.

    My main reason for switching was that, really, I just wanted to try something new.  I was looking in Ulta - the Badescu rep approached me, showed me her products, and demo-ed this on me.  I was in an indulgent mood, so I purchased it. I've found in private use, a little, goes a long way.  I dot it on my cheeks, chin, nose and forehead and smooth into the skin.  Ginseng Moist Cream appears less dewy on my face than the CDDML does, it sets semi-matte and wears better under makeup.  When I used CDDML, I would blot excess off or really let it sink into my skin for at least 15 - 20 mins.  Generally, I blotted it - for the record.

    It's a pot of cream! So exciting!

    GMC is marketed as a great cold weather cream because it's moisturizing, without being overly moisturizing, and my impression is that it does not evaporate away as quickly as other moisturizers.  It sinks into the skin, and it does feel a smidgen heavy right now, but I imagine in the winter, that feeling will not be noticeable.  Also, interesting observation, when I wear this and sweat, I find that I can still feel it slightly on the skin.  Almost like there is a layer left on the skin when the moisturizer sinks in, and you're sweating through that layer, but when you touch your skin, you can't really feel it.

    IngredientsDeionized Water,Polyglycerylmethacrylate (and) Propylene Glycol,Ginseng Extract,Milk, Rice Bran Oil,Dimethicone,Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20

    For reference: CDDML uses Mineral Oil as its main emollient, and contains methyl and propylparabens, but no dimethicone.
     
    I wrote a whole friendly Science Friday! post about Dimethicone.  In light of this, I have not noticed an increased incidence of clogged pores or milia while using this product.  I will report back if that changes. This product retails for $18 USD for an oz, and is available at Ulta or MarioBadescu.com.

    22 September 2012

    The Beauty Blogazons Roundup for 9/22 !



    Glitter.Gloss.Garbage. : Lush Emotional Brilliance Left Glitter.Gloss.Garbage Underwhelmed

    Polarbelle: Polarbelle wants you to enter to win a set of four beautiful Orly nail polishes.

    Girl Gloss: Girl Gloss looks at How to Apply Foundation with tips and tricks for perfect makeup

    Shades Of Beauty, Inc.: Nanacoco Crystal HD Polish...A BSS find not to be overlooked

    Perilously Pale: Don't let the word glitter scare you! The Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire Drops Loose Glitter 
    Pigments are softly shimmering dimensional eyeshadows anyone can love! Perilously Pale shows us swatches of all the shades.

    Jamegackie: Ready For Halloween Nails? Check out these Nightmare Before Christmas inspired nails!

    The Convenient Beauty: The Convenient Beauty is loving the unique color turn-out of Burberry Devon Sunset lipstick

    The Beauty Think Tank: The Beauty Think Tank gives you the lowdown on September's Birchbox, complete with witty commentary.

    Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom showcases the bright green neon of Color Club Limelight

    Beauty Info Zone: Butter London polishes have something for everyone with their new Fall/Winter collection. Come pick your favorite!

    .Love My Nails: Check out my awesomely cute manicure for the third week of the Girly Girl Challenge, It's really awesome.

    A Little Polish: Don't want the summer to end? Check out Stephanie's Leafy Green Mani before it's too late!

    TheFabZilla: It's the great battle of the gel eyeliners at TheFabZilla. See which won between INGLOT 77 Matte and MAC Blacktrack Fluidline.

    Blush and Beakers: Among the frenzy of New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 this beauty blogger got to cover backstage at Timo Weiland.

    Lisa's Nail Obsession: Delicate and elegant girly girl nail art.

    Lacquer Buzz: Are you ready to embark on a nail art journey around the world? Lacquer Buzz takes you to the most exotic destinations. Next stop: Spain!
     
    Trouble-MAker on Heels: No7 Skin Illuminator made Troublemakeronheels' skin radiant and healthy looking.

    The Beauty Specialist!: Ray participated for the first time in an eye make-up contest & wants your opinion regarding her looks.

    Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lola's Secret Beauty Blog recently made the fantastic discovery that Ken Downing's mythologized Le Métier de Beauté Lip Creme Lip Gloss in Purple Haze is still available- what an extraordinary coup!

    Liesl Loves Pretty Things: Liesl loves silver holos. Find out Why Butter London Dodgy Barnett is her favorite.

    Pinked Polish: Pinked Polish is Celebrating 500 likes on Facebook with a Huge 2 Part Giveaway.
     
    Kimpelling Beauty: Girly Girl Nail Challenge: Delicate and Elegant. butter LONDON Knees Up with lace stamping

    Cosmetics Aficionado: Did Buxom's Big & Healthy Lip Cream in White Russian give Cosmetics Aficionado big and healthy lips? Find out!

    Passion for Polish: Leopard print nails, anyone? Check out Passion for Polish's tutorial!

    Bliss Works Beauty: Fun & funky manis, reviews of beauty products, & coupon codes to save you $$$.
     
    Midnight Manicures: Midnight Manicures shares with you the do's and don'ts when it comes to Essie's no place like chrome polish.

    Crows' Feet, Cupcakes, and Cellulite: Anastasia Kisses On My List (Vol. 2) HydraFull gloss set passes Crows' Feet, Cupcakes, and Cellulite's "Gloss Greatness" test with flying colors!

    adore-a-polish: Join in on the swatch-a-thon! 7 of Avon's eye shadow quad's and one duo take to the stage in a swatching frenzy.

    Peace Love and Glitter: YoHave you ever been curious about the waxing? You know, the process of ripping the hair out of your skin? It sounds scary, but it's really not (and your hair stays gone for a lot longer than shaving!). This is a simple explanation of how the process works and what you can expect from it.

    Très Beau Glamour: Looking to find a way to pamper your feet without spending a ton of money? Want your own personal foot spa? With three items you can create the perfect spa treatment for your feet. Check out Nay's review on the Avon's Foot Works in Cherry Ice.

    DeyiMizu: Fall is here; Get warm with this warm fall FOTD Ishah x Beauty: Ishah x Beauty creates love heart nails using the Red Carpet Manicure DIY gel kit.

    Beauty Fiends: Julia at Beauty Fiends has the limited edition Dita Von Teese Classics collection beauty box and shadows from ArtDeco!

    Beauty Thesis: A re-creation of Erica Dixon's makeup from the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta reunion show.

    Beauty Product Review: e.l.f. is getting Villainous with their new Limited Edition Disney Villains Palette. Come check it out!

    21 September 2012

    Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report






    Over at Southern Gorgeous, Emily features a FOTD with triple the taupe-y goodness.

    Meera shows us the beautiful S/S 2013 Fred Butler showing during London fashion week at Love For Fashion.

    Rola at Rola's Fountain of Youth shares her Random Sightings of Fall 2012 Makeup Displays.


    Run for your life - it's the zombie apocalypse!  Just kidding... it's almost Halloween!  Get in the spirit with a quick and simple makeup demonstration with Kelly at The Reasonable Blonde.  She shows you her transformation from fun-loving beauty blogger to undead and hungry for flesh.  Watch out for the cameo by Raleigh the very-much-alive-and-happy-to-be-so Wonder Puppy!


    Lola has a Le Metier de Beaute smackdown perfect for fall and all about vampy lips on Lola's Secret Beauty Blog.

    Olivia at the Unknown Beauty Blog has a possible dupe for NARS Madrague, and bonus it's from the Drugstore!

    On Sparkle Girl's Life, Katherine talks about the importance of joining Klout in the beauty community.

    Lindsay at The Beauty Think Tank, has a creature double feature review of Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment Corrector and Tarte Amazonian Clay EmphasEYES Smudgeproof Shadow Pencil.


    If you would like to be included in next weeks Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report, please e-mail Lindsay at beautythintank(at)gmail(dot)com!

    Science Fridays! Vitamin E


    I talked about Vitamin E in my inaugural Science Fridays! post, in which I discussed antioxidants.  Now, we're gonna delve into the world of one of the most eponymous beauty chemicals on the market and really get into the nooks and crannies with it!

    WHAT IS IT?

    Well - its a vitamin commonly found in oils that stops oxidative stress from damaging your cells, there by inhibiting free radical destruction.  The most commonly encountered form is a-tocophero ands is the most active forml.  On your product labels it may also be called: tocopherol acetate, tocopheryl linoleate or tocopheryl nicotinate.
    GLAMOUR SHOT!

    a-tocopherol from wikipedia.com
     
    HOW DOES IT WORK?

    It turns itself into a more easily converted free radical in the body when it encounters a more aggressive free radical.  Then the new Vitamin E free radical is reduced to a more benign compound by another Vitamin.  In general, it protects lipids in the cell membranes from being oxidized and is important in muscle development.  It helps to keep things fluid and protected. 

    WHY IS IT IN MY MAKEUP?

    It is believed to be a powerful protectant and is usually found in moisturizers to reduce scarring and promote anti-aging.  Generally, Vitamin E is formulated into moisturizers to promote elasticity and smoothness.  Vitamin E sticks are also popular to reduce lines and wrinkles by temporarily plumping the skin, and providing anti-oxidant support.  Vitamin E can also be ingested in capsules and is formulated in gels with Arnica for sore muscles.

    20 September 2012

    NOTD - OPI Berlin There Done That

    This is a great greige-y taupe varnish with a hint of minky brown from the OPI Germany Collection. Two coats for full opacity!

    19 September 2012

    Creature Double Feature! Tarte and Soap&Glory Review

    Sorry it's been slow lately.  Work has been bogging me down and yucky weather has been keeping me from photographing! To make up for it, I found two products that I photographed but forgot to review, just hiding on my desktop!  SO GUESS WHAT! WE'RE GONNA REVIEW THEM!

    Soap&Glory's Trick & Treatment Undereye Concealer + Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Smudgepencil in Golden Black
    One product is designed to give you sexy lined eye and sultry smoky lids.  The other is to make it look like you actually get some sleep at night.  Together! Well, they don't really have an awesome additive superpower.

    SOAP & GLORY TRICK and TREATMENT UNDER EYE CORRECTOR ($18)

    This is a thin light yellow corrector specifically for the the undereyes, with a nice pearlescence and optical diffusers.  It's marketed as an item that you pop on and it depuffs, conceals and brightens.  I'm not so sure it lives up to the claim, but YMMV.  I found that its a step up from concealer and does layer nicely under concealer, but its not strong enough for my caliber of circles.  It's also sorta dry and wears off pretty quickly, which causes your concealer to come off rather quickly as well.
    Top - SGTTUC .  Bottom - MAC Mineralize Concealer NW25.
    As you can see from the swatches, it's a bit light for me.  I wouldn't think anyone who was darker than an NC30 could use this effectively.  The bottom is my usual concealer.

    Tarte EmpasEYES Amazonian Clay Smudge Pencil ($25)

    At its heart is a chubby, black shadow pencil.  With product at one end and a smudger pencil on the other.  The whole Amazonian Clay line from Tarte, is supposed to be long wearing, once the product sets it's there type of thing. I mainly use this to draw a thin line and then smudge it quickly, to subtley define the eyes. My one gripe is that the pencil sets too fast and I can't get it to smudge enough for my liking.

    Smudge Test Before - Left Tarte, Right MAC Black Line Intense Pearlglide
    After.
    In the smudge test, the Tarte sets in about 30 second and the only thing that truly displaces is the glitter.  Meanwhile, Black Line is much creamier and easier to blend and get a nice smudged liner look.

    TORTURE TESTING!

    So, you know how I do.  It tested these products out! BY WEARING THEM FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME! DUH!
    Fresh and poppin' (w/ concealer).  Hour Zero.
    Hour 8.

    The Tarte pencil fades.  For being budgeproof, it's not evaporate-off-my-face proof.  It's not terrible, but it's not great either, and for 25 USD, I simply just expect better.  The treatment has lost a ton of its brightness and lifting power.  I'm less than impressed.  But, since the opportunity presented itself... lets see how I apply the Trick and Treatment!

    Dab. Dab. Dab.
    I always apply the majority of the product on the inner half of my underye and towards my nose, because that its the darkest part of my circles. I pat on probably way more than necessary, and then blend it out with my ring finger.

    After!
    The darkness is concealer, and my lines are smoothed over, but it doesn't magically erase my circles or trick them off my face.  They are still their.  I can still see them.  The layer of product doesn't completely cover them up.  It's layering the concealer over top that makes this product a bit better, but really? I mean, maybe if you had baby circles or were paler than the moon would you see a massively, appreciable difference when using this product.

    Overall, there are two better and different products on the market that are cheaper and perform better than these two.  One is the MAC Black Line Intense Pearlglide Eyepencil ($18.50) - its simply smoother and easier to blend, and sets for longer.  The other is the Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller in Med/ Dark ($8.99) - it's more salmon/ peachy colored and I get more of a concealed/ erased effect using just this product.

    17 September 2012

    Birchbox - September



    You'll have to forgive me for not having original photographs for this months box.  I started to use products before I realized that I hadn't photographed it - my bad!  Overall, I was not impressed with this months box.  I get this impression from other bloggers/ vloggers as well, so I'm not going to worry about censoring my opinion.  Not that I censor it anyway.  Also, I wasn't really feeling that there was a cohesive theme, and after several months of stellar boxes I was expecting to be let down eventually. 

    From Birchbox.com
    Youngblood Mineral Primer 

    The bonus of me using the samples before documenting them, is that instead of a reactionary opinion I can now offer an informed opinion on these products.  The sample of Youngblood Mineral Primer is quite generous, and one pump is literally enough for the whole face.  The product has a bit of silicone in it,  with that weird sort of smoothly-dry consistency.  But not a whole ton of it.  I mainly use this in my T-zone and then blend the excess out towards the edges of my face.  I will be doing a full review on this, so stay tuned!
    from Birchbox.com
    Nexxus Pro-Mend Shampoo/ Conditioner/ Leave - In Treatment Sachets

    Pros - this shampoo smells awesome.  Cons - it's not very moisturizing, nor does it treat my split-ends especially.  I think the sample size is nice, and good for a few uses.  But the product itself, I remain unimpressed with.

    from Birchbox.com
    Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash and Refined Finish Facial Polish

    Benefit has always been very hit and miss for me.  This product is really no different.  It's a decent facial cleanser - foams, doesn't overly burn if you get it in your eye, doesn't strip the skin.  Same thing with the exfoliator.  It's a decent gritty scrub.  If you use the cleanser and scrub together, moisturizer just sinks into your skin and it feels like buttah.  Great, fun pick me up samples.  But I don't think I'd buy the full size.

    from Birchbox.com
    Color Club Nail Varnish in Status Update *Birchbox Exclusive*

    This is a really thick polish.  Like opaque in one coat kind of thick. And the color I received is not the shade in the stock photograph.  It was this dark steel-grey blue creme color.  It's not ugly and it's not edgy enough to be pretty.  Maybe a non-black alternative to really dark nail polish?  I'm not sure, I'm not overly enamored of the formulation.  Stay tuned for a swatch!

    from Birchbox.com
    Twistband

    I don't have long enough hair for this! o.O

    from Birchbox.com

    Lifestyle Extra - Mighty Leaf Tea

    Hm.  Tea?  I drink tea.  Ok.  I'll give it to you Birchbox, I have plans to drink my samples.

    SHIPPING

    Shipping has gotten much, much, much better. This month's box took about four days to reach me.  Which I consider fast.  So, plus one for you Birchbox.


    16 September 2012

    Bloggers.com Editor's Pick of the Day

    Screencap from Bloggers.com Homepage.

    SO THAT HAPPENED! WHO IS EXCITED! ME!  Thanks Bloggers.com for the Awesome pick! And thanks to everyone who visits The ThinkTank :) - my week has been made, and you all are so awesome!

    15 September 2012

    Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report!



    Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog gives us the scoop on her favorite Eylash Applicator Tool.

    Rola at Rola's Fountain of Youth falls for Lush Emotional Brilliance in Sophisticated and Control.

    Lola from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog reviews Alaffia Liquid African Black Soap

    Lindsay from The Beauty Think Tank has the deets on how to maximize your Birchbox store shopping experience!

    If you would like to be included in next weeks Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report, please e-mail Lindsay at beautythintank(at)gmail(dot)com!


    12 September 2012

    Beautiful Things on Pinterest

    Just some things I find aesthetically pleasing, and things I normally pin on pinterest! Enjoy the picspam!

    I love the eye makeup and the styling of the dreads.
    This picture is super photoshopped - but I love, love, love the intensity of her gaze.
    Streisand in classic 60's Mod makeup.
    Hopi Native American woman - just beautiful.
    Very McQueen.
    1910/ 20's mystery.
    I love LDR - her look is perfectly calculated and executed.
    Blue Eyelashes.
    Grunge nails from Nailadored.com via Pinterest.
    Dior Spring 2011
    Graphically yours.
    Eyeliner - my weapon of choice.
    Love this style.
    Follow me on Pinterest! pinterest.com/lachesissss