Real Techniques has done it again!!! For $5.99 this is a beauty tool you need in your collection. I am a huge fan of the original Real Techniques sponge so it was not a surprise when I fell in love with this one. So what is it exactly and what does it do? The Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge is for Highlighting and Contouring. It can be used damp for a dewy glow or dry for a more full coverage finish and has a large and small flat edge.
Per the Ulta Website:
Small side for precision highlighting
Large side for controlled contouring
Replace every 1-3 months
Ideal for powders, creams, and liquids
Six surfaces to complete your sculpt:
2 flat edges to apply
2 rounded sides to blend
2 tapered ends for precision application
I personally love it for a liquid highlight. The small flat edge helps with precise application and it keeps my hands clean (I usually apply liquid highlighter with my fingers). The small tip is also fabulous for brow bone and upper lip highlight.
In terms of the large flat edge side I found this most useful for blending my liquid contour as opposed to blending with my contour brushes. I have also used it to help blend bronzer when my line is too strong after applying with a brush.
Do I recommend you try this new Real Techniques Sponge? Yes!! This is a Fab Find that is $10 or less for sure! Have you tried this new RT sponge? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
The Orly Fall 2016 Mulholland Collection is here and its PERFECT! Between some classic colors, bold colors and a bit of sparkle you are sure to find the perfect fall inspired look! I was immediately drawn to the mauve color (Hillside Out) which has a very small amount of shimmer to it but you would not think that looking at the bottle. I wanted to add a bit more sparkle so I took the color (Meet Me At Mulholland) and used it on my ring finger to give that extra pop to my manicure. I normally do two coats of polish but with my ring finger I did one of Hillside Out so the sparkle was able to be seen and used two coats of Meet Me At Mulholland.
Here is a close up of the two colors I used to create my fall inspired manicure.
Meet Me At Mullholland
As you can see Orly has given a wide variety finishes and colors with 6 new shades to choose from. So lets meet the line up!
Colors below from L- R:
Cahuenga Pass (Bright Orange)
Mansion Lane (Muted Grey)
Hillside Hideout (mauve with a small golden shimmer)
Colors below from L- R:
Party In The Hills (black and gold micro glitter)
Million Dollar Views (copper with golden shimmer)
Meet Me In Mulholland (copper and purple irregular glitter flecks)
Renpure is a family owned company that creates hair care products without sodium chloride, sulfates, dyes, harsh salts, parabens, and gluten. Renpure Biotin & Colleagen Shampoo and Conditioner “formulas are meant to help deliver vital thickening and volumizing properties with our exclusive blend of Vitamin B7 Biotin, Collagen and Keratin that are known for being imperative to thicken, maintain and enhance your hairs volume, health, strength and shine!”
$4.99 (USD) per bottle -160z (size shown in picture) or $7.99(USD) per bottle – 32oz
Where to buy:
This brand can be found at Ulta, Walmart, CVS, Walgreen’s, Amazon and Target. Currently Target is running a buy 1 get 1 25% off offer till 11/5. Shop here.
Does my hair look or feel thicker?? Yes! Just like my skin my hair changed after my kids. It lost its shine, bounce and overall healthy look. Unlike my skin I use multiple products on my hair all the time. I change things often because I can tell right away if its working or not. Since using the Renpure thickening Shampoo and Conditioner I can see overall results. My hair is shiner, appears thicker and looks much healthier.
The consistency is on the thicker side and is white in color. It lathers nicely and after rising my hair feels clean without a residue feeling. One thing that may throw some people off is the smell. Although I personally am ok with the smell it can be a bit overwhelming. The smell stays in my hair and I LOVE that! Even as the hours have gone by in the day my hair still smells pretty and that is a personal preference that excites me because it does not happen often with most hair products.
Would I recommend this shampoo and conditioner? Yes! These are most certainly #10orlesstuesday worthy as I say on my Instagram. If your hair has been needing a pick me as of late, for the price and easy accessibility you cant go wrong with trying them out. There are quite a few different lines from this brand (see them here) so I would love to hear if you have tried them before and your thoughts!!
Top selling European cosmetics brand Catrice is now available in the United States and sold exclusively at Ulta Beauty. The most fabulous part? Every product is $10 or less!! Catrice offers everything to meet your beauty needs on a budget from nails, face products, eyes and lips! One product I want to share with you today is the Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick.
The Ultimate Colour Lipstick:
12 shades available
Swatches of 5 shades from the Collection:
Top to Bottom: 310 Red My Lips – 430 Hot n’ Spicy – 450 Legend Berry
Top to Bottom: 240 Hey Nude – 380 Nude- Tastic
Spot any you are loving? Leave in the comments below
** These were generously sent to me by Catrice Cosmetics. As always reviews are my own and 100% honest.
Fall is officially here and Metallic lips are trending this season. What better way to try this trend with an affordable option. The Milani Metallic Lip Cremes are $8.99, have a variety of shades to choose from and are pigmented and long lasting.
According to the Milani Cosmetics website the lip creams “Paint your pout with gilded glamour. Bold and richly pigmented, these metallic liquid lip colors shine with a soft luster and dry to a smooth matte finish—without drying out your lips. Waterproof and kiss-approved, each Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème delivers up to 16 hours of wear”
Fabulous right? You will definitely want to pick some of these up. Here are my picks from the Milani Metallic Lip Cremes Collection to get you fall ready.
As most of you know I am on a skin care journey and for those that may be new to my blog you can read the start of my journey here. When I saw L’Oreal came out with new clay masks I just knew I had to try! Best part was finding them at Target for $9.99 as you know I live for fabulous finds $10 or Less. There are three clay masks in the line: Exfoliate & Refine, Detox & Brighten and Purify & Mattify.
I decided to go with the Exfoliate & Refine as I can feel the build up in my T-Zone (I have combination skin) and I am always looking to refine my pores. So what does this mask do? In as short as 10 minutes the mask exfoliates and refines your skin due to the Red Algae Extract the mask is enhanced with.
You may be thinking what is Red Algae Extract. I know I was so I did a little digging and per the Loreal Website
“Red algae extract, commonly referred to in skin care as rhodophyta seaweed, contains high quantities of sulfated polysaccharides (carrageenan), peptides, carotenoids, and fatty acids. Together these components may contribute towards red algae’s antioxidant property. Red algae extract can be capable of neutralizing free-radicals that are present in the environment. If left unregulated, these radicals can cause damage to the skin’s structural integrity, which may lead to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines. Lastly, algae extract is known to serve as a thickening agent in skincare products, which can provide a more desirable and spreadable texture for lotions and creams”
Now that we know a bit more about Red Algae Extract, here is what this mask claims to do. Per the L’Oreal Website: “Exfoliate & Refines Pores Pure-Clay Mask addresses rough skin and deep clogged pores on face to reveal a polished, pore-minimized and smooth complexion. Immediately skin texture appears refined and smooth. Pore are visibly minimized. Facial pore cleansing removes dead cells, dirt and oil from skin. Imperfections are less visible. Not only will skin feel as though it can breathe, it will be healthy looking with a beautiful glow”
To apply the mask I use a foundation brush for easier application. I use the Elf Foundation Brush which you can shop for here. The mask is fragrant but its not overpowering and is not difficult to remove. Best part is you only need to leave it on for 10 minutes. To remove the mask I take a wet cloth and in circular motion remove the mask to really aid in the exfoliation process. I saw and felt immediate results!
My skin had a beautiful glow after just one use and over time I have noticed my pores have minimized, my skin feels smoother and the overall appearance has improved. Have you tried any of the clay masks? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
I am still pretty new to Liquid lipstick as I have a love affair with lip gloss but as of late I am understanding why these are so popular and loved by so many! The Palladio Beauty Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color is no exception. They wear comfortably, are highly pigmented, available in 12 shades, have a doe foot applicator and the best part cost $6.99 at Ulta Beauty.
Per the Ulta Website: “Palladio’s Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color is a lush creamy lip color with a soft, rich matte finish. This velvety, full-coverage lip color is lightweight and sure to last. Enriched with vitamin E and aloe, it soothes and softens the lips, making them beautiful for hours. Botanical and vitamin infused. Paraben-free”
The swatch picture above is just one swipe for all colors. I found them to go on smooth and non patchy. They went on the lips just as pigmented and felt so smooth and comfortable. The Vitamin E and Aloe enriched formula allows for immediate hydration. They are non drying, have major staying power and pack a ton of pigment.
I would most certainly recommend these due to the quality and affordable price tag! A perfect product that is $10 or less! Which colors will you be picking up?
*These Lip Creams were generously sent to me for reviewing purposes from Palladio Beauty. My opinions are honest and my own.
When I first heard about Mascara primers I was really not interested but when a fellow Blogger @beauty.maven posted about the Loreal Primer on her Instagram I felt a sudden urge to try it. This primer is sold at most drugstores but I found Target sold it for the cheapest at $5.99.
Per the Target.com website it states: “The perfect pair for your favorite mascara to maximize every lash look. Lightweight primer instantly creates a boosting effect, building dramatic volume and length on each lash. Conditions lashes over time for soft nourished lashes. Use with your favorite mascara to amplify any lash look. Instantly Thicker, Longer Lashes Mascara Amplifier Lash Conditioner”
Sounds amazing right?!!!? Well let me tell you…. it is!!!! So I decided to experiment and try it with 5 of my favorite mascaras.
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara: The primer made this mascara apply much smoother with less clumps and had less fall out. Cover Girl Lash Blast: PS this is my HOLY GRAIL mascara. It goes on smooth with the primer however it really did not do anything to change the over all application or staying power. I was a bit surprised but I was also okay with this because I have no complaints to begin with. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real: WOW this primer just took this mascara to the next level in the length department. If you have not tried this mascara you need to. Too Faced Better Than Sex: I was the most excited about this because I love this mascara but I experience so much fall out I can not wear it. Until now! I experienced no fall out with it paired with the primer.Benefit Bad Gal Lash: It goes on smooth with the primer however just like the Cover Girl Lash Blast it really did not do anything to the all around application or staying power. I have no complaints about this mascara either so this was not disappointing to me.Would I recommend this primer? YES!!! For $5.99 its worth a shot because even on the two mascaras where I did not notice a difference it still helped all 5 go on smoother. With the primer helping with clumps, fall out and making your lashes stand out even better you can’t go wrong. I am now on the hunt for more mascara primers to test out. Leave in the comments some I should try. Have you tried this primer? I would love to hear your experience with it!
It’s no surprise that I’ve fallen in love with this all in one formula! The Orly Bonder Base has been one of my holy grail nail products for years. So when I received three colors from the Orly Breathable line to review I was beyond excited. So let’s get into the product details. The polish features an advanced oxygen technology that allows oxygen and hydration to penetrate the nails. It’s packed with Argan oil, Pro vitamin B5 and Vitamin C to promote stronger and healthier nails.
The brush is very wide and thick which allows for effortless application. With the base, color and top coat all in one your at home mani/pedi just got a whole lot easier and faster! Did I mention cheaper!?! These retail for only $8.99. I did two coats because it’s what I’m use to but it was very shiny and thick with only one coat so that will be personal preference. Staying power? Its there! After a few days my nails still look fresh on both my hands and toes. Would this be something I would recommend? Yes!!! With a three in one formula, treatment feature and affordability you can not go wrong!
The three colors I received from L-R: The Antidote – Feeling Free – Love My Nails . They are available at Ulta with 15 shades available and Orlybeauty.com with 18 shades available.