tarte cosmetics, tarte skincare, "pack your bags" 911 undereye rescue patches

tarte 911 Undereye Rescue Patches Review

I’ve been buying alot of tarte products lately. I’ve been keeping up with them on snapchat and they’ve come out with quite a few new and interesting things, especially for skin care. One thing that I absolutely could not wait to get my hands on were the “pack your bags” 911 Undereye Rescue Patches.

What they are: Little gel patches that are supposed to soothe and hydrate the skin under the eyes, and reduce puffiness and dark circles. The box contains 4 packs(2 in each pack).

Price: $22

How they work: They contain hyaluronic acid which adds moisture and firmness. They’re heat activated which is supposed to ensure complete, concentrated absorption.

How to use them: You apply them to clean skin and leave them on for 10-15 minutes.

I used them in the morning for 4 days straight. Each time I noticed that the puffiness under my eyes had gone down just slightly and the skin was very well hydrated…it looked like I had applied a moisturizer under my eyes. As for the dark circles…right after I removed the patches my undereye area did look brighter but that was only temporary. I kept mine in the refrigerator because one of the girls on tarte’s snapchat said they work better that way. I found them to be really easy to use. They’re flexible, fit perfectly under the eyes and they stay in place. You don’t have to worry about them falling off or sliding down your face. The packaging is super cute and eye-catching. Personally, I feel like the box should contain at least 6 packs..but that’s just me and maybe I’m asking for too much lol! Overall I think this is a great product and I will be buying more, only this time I’m going to buy 4/5 at a time so I can get more use out of them.

Have you tried them? If so share your thoughts!

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Perfectly Posh, Coconut Oil, Big Bath Oil

Perfectly Posh Big Bath Bar & “Poshymallow” Coconut Oil Review

Hey guys, I just wanted to give a quick review on two of the products I ordered from Perfectly Posh last month. First up is the “Poshymallow” Coconut Oil…I’ve just been using this to shave my legs with. My legs get super irritated after shaving no matter what razor or shaving cream I use. Shaving with coconut oil and then putting it on my legs after really helps with the irritation. I tried using this particular coconut oil as an all over body moisturizer but I just really wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t use it on my hair…for that I’ll stick to the brand I normally use, Nutiva Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil. I use that not only for my hair and skin but for cooking as well. The “Poshymallow” coconut oil is a decent product. It has sweet poshymallow scent(whatever that is) which smells really good. But I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing it. I just like the organic kind better especially for cooking…I’m pretty sure this one is not for human consumption and should not be ingested. But if you’re only interested in bath and body and you want to try it, you get 4fl. for $7…check it out here

Next I have the “Strawberry Fields Forever” big bath bar. I just started using it last week and I’ve been using it everyday. It smells really good!  The first time I used it my skin instantly felt soft and moisturized. I will be repurchasing this. And it’s huge, 7oz. to be exact…so it should last a while. The cost is $9, check it out here

Check out my review on other Perfectly Posh products here

Milani “Prime Shield” Primer Review

I love Milani products so when I saw on their website that they had this particular primer, I grabbed my keys right then and went into CVS to buy it! I couldn’t be bothered with the process of ordering online and then waiting. You guys know by now that if there’s something that claims to be mattifying, able to control oil and reduce shine, I’m on it. I was so excited and just knew I was going to love it. WRONG. For those of you haven’t heard about it or just haven’t tried it, let me give you a little break down..

  • Mattifying + Pore Minimizing
  • Oil Free
  • Primes skin to create a smooth canvas before applying any foundation
  • Mattifies and perfects the skin
  • Instantly minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines
  • Lightweight, non-greasy feel
  • Does not clog pores

That’s their exact description, straight from the front and back of the tube. My friends, it didn’t hold up to any of that for me. I’ve worn it several times to give it a fair shot. I’ve worn it under liquid and powder foundation. It is not mattifying, in fact my skin ended up being slightly oily before I even put foundation on. It didn’t minimize the appearance of my pores and fine lines. It absolutely is not non-greasy, it is in fact very greasy. Based on everything else I’m not inclined to believe that it won’t clog pores. For $9.99 this was a huge disappointment. Those of you who have tried it, I’d love to know your thoughts.

June Favorites

Wow…it’s July already! Where is the time going? I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer. We just got back from a little vacation to VA Beach. We spent a few days there for my mom’s birthday and had a great time. Also, our house is pretty much done. They’re just completing the driveway and other little things outside. We do our final walk through and get the keys on the 27th!! Yay! Alright, so let’s get into my favorite products from last month…surprisingly there’s only three. I’ve been buying so much stuff that I haven’t had a chance to try all of it. Here’s what I have been using and loving…

  1. Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara; I got this in the “Lashes to go” sample box from Sephora for $28.  There were 5 sample size masacaras including the Tarteist Lash Paint and a voucher for a free full size of your favorite out of the 5. This has got to be the next best thing to Too Faced “Better Than Sex”, which is my all time favorite and was included in the box. I went ahead and used my voucher for the Lash Paint mascara since I already planned on getting the water proof version of “Better Than Sex”.  I’ve been wearing it every day. It instantly lengthens and separates my lashes like it claims and it doesn’t clump. Sometimes I don’t even feel the need to curl my lashes after using it, it’s that good! I love this mascara and I will be purchasing it in the future. I believe it’s $23. It’s a must have!
  2. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion-Anti-Aging; Just about everyone knows about the awesomness of UD Primer Potion but I didn’t know about this one. I’m all over anything “anti-aging” so when I saw this in Ulta, I couldn’t resist. It’s supposed to improve the signs of aging over time and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. It did kind of cover or make less noticeable the fine lines I’m starting to get on the outer corners of my eyes. As with the original, it’s easy to blend, prevents eyeshadow from creasing and lasts all day. The cost is $24.
  3. Urban Decay de-slick Setting Spray; This stuff is life!! I’m LOVING it! It keeps my make up in place all day and controls oil. It’s amazing! I got it from Ulta for $14, I decided to get the smaller bottle from the sample rack just to see how it would work before purchasing the full size bottle for $30. If you have oily skin you know the struggle…your makeup breaks down faster, and doesn’t stay in place. It’s so frustrating, so this product has definitely been a life saver. It’s a new must have for me and I recommend it to anyone with oily skin.

    Urban Decay, Setting Spray

    UD de-slick Makeup Setting Spray

That’s all I have for June but as I mentioned, I’ve got so many things just piled up so I plan having a few reviews done in the near future. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s favorites from June. Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!!

Melyssa

Walmart beauty box

Walmart Beauty box unboxing

Hey guys, I had a little bit of free time today so I wanted to share what I received in my Walmart beauty box and my thoughts on it. It came a few days ago but I actually subscribed about two months ago. I completely forgot about it until I got the email saying that it had shipped. Anyway, I love beauty boxes! It’s a great way to find out about and try new products, things that you may not have even thought about trying but end up loving. This isn’t a monthly box. It ships every season(Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter), and the products will be relevant to the season. So when I opened my box, I wasn’t impressed but for $5 I can’t complain. Here’s what I received…Walmart beauty box, Arm & Hammer, Sally Hansen, Vaseline, St. Ives,Coconut Nail Art, Lady Gaga "Fame", Schwarzkopf Diamond color & radiance shampoo/conditioner

  1. Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair lotion-I’ve used this before and it’s pretty decent. My boys have eczema so they use it from time to time and I just use it for my hands. It’s not something I purchase on a regular basis though.
  2. St. Ives Apricot exfoliating scrub-I’ve never used this before. I see it all the time in Target and I never think twice about it so, I’m excited to try it.
  3. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs water-resistant leg makeup-I’ve never heard of this stuff before and I really don’t have any use for it. However, I did put some over my tattoo just to see and it covered it pretty well. If I ever need to hide my tattoos it’ll come in handy.
  4. Schwarzkopf Diamond Color & Radiance shampoo and conditioner-Developed with Claudia Shiffer, this is for colored or highlighted hair. It says that it’s fast drying with diamond gloss serum and UV filter.  Since my hair is curly, uncolored and requires very specific products, I won’t be using it at all.
  5. Coconut Nail Art-Another product I’m not familiar with and won’t be using. They’re polished strips that you peel and stick on your nails. It says to use nail polish remover in order to remove them. If you want to skip the nail salon and save money, this could be a good alternative.
  6. “Fame” Perfume by Lady Gaga-I actually like this perfume. It’s not too strong or overpowering. It’s not something I would’ve tried on my own so I’m glad it was included.
  7. Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant toothpaste-It’s not the brand I use, I’m more of a Crest person but, I have tried Arm & Hammer before. I mean, it’s toothpaste and everyone needs toothpaste.

That’s it for my Walmart beauty box. Like I said, overall I’m not impressed but it’s just my first one so I can’t write it off just yet. And, it’s only $5! I’m looking forward to seeing what the next box contains!

e.l.f. Night Cream/Eye Cream Review

Hey guys, I’m back with a review of two of e.l.f.’s new skin care products.  I’m always on the hunt for new products so when I saw that e.l.f. had come out with this line of skin care products I knew I had to check it out!  I found it in Wal-Mart and decided to just start off with the Nourishing Night Cream which is infused with purified water and Jojoba.  It claims to rehydrate and refresh your skin overnight and I also got the Illuminating Eye Cream.  It is also infused with purified water and vitamin E.  It’s supposed to help hydrate and minimize the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

I have combination skin which has been more oily lately, so I have to mix and match my products accordingly and balance everything out between the oil free products and the ones that aren’t.  Because the facial cleanser I’m currently using is oil free, I was o.k with the fact that these particular products from e.l.f. didn’t state that they were.

So first off, the packaging is super cute….I mean it caught my attention right away.  The price is pretty decent but of course, all of their products are.  I paid $12.25 for the night cream and $10.00 for the eye cream.  Now, I didn’t actually expect the eye cream to do anything about the dark circles under my eyes, but I thought it could possibly be good for moisturizing…which it is.  As for the night cream, I was fine the first week but after that my forehead started breaking out.  It wasn’t anything major but it was noticeable especially since I never break out(thankfully).  What was totally noticeable was how oily my skin was in the morning and throughout the whole day….I mean my entire face!!  Usually if a product isn’t compatible with my skin and causes excess oil it’ll only be on my forehead and nose.  I stopped using it immediately.  My MAC Prep+Prime skin refined zone wasn’t even helping to control the shine and I swear by that stuff!!  So yeah, that just wasn’t going to work out for my life lol!  I don’t think I’ll be purchasing any of the other products and honestly, I probably won’t even buy the eye cream again.  It’s good especially for the price but still…I’ve used better.  If you don’t have a problem with oily skin these products might be good for you.

You can go on their website and see the complete line of skin care products.  The only other products I saw in Wal-Mart was the Daily Hydration Moisturizer for $9.25 and the Soothing Serum for $11.75.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and thanks for reading!

NYX, Honey Dew Me Up primer

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Review

I just wanted to share my thoughts on this Honey Dew Me Up skin serum+primer by NYX.  I had been wanting to try it for a while but I could never find it. It says that it’s infused with honey, gold and collagen and it’s supposed to neutralize the appearance of discoloration/redness while creating a luminous look that lasts all day.  I’ve tried it twice and I’m not loving it.  It made my face extremely oily and I don’t really like the smell.  It’s also ridiculously sticky because of the honey.  I’m taking into consideration that your skin changes with the weather so I’ll probably try it again in the fall/winter and see if that makes a difference.  It’s not terribly expensive, then again none of the products by NYX are.  Ulta has it on sale now for $10.19.  Even if it does well the next time I use it, I probably won’t buy it again.

NYX Honey Dew Me Up skin serum+primer

NYX Honey Dew Me Up skin serum+primer