Review: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint

Maybelline Color Jolt and Lash Sensational Mascara
Maybelline Color Jolt and Lash Sensational Mascara

hauled some beauty products over the span of August and couldn’t wait to do some test driving!  Little by little I’ll be reviewing them to see how I feel. Figured I would start with these two Maybelline products I had the chance to wear a few times:

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, $9.99 at CVS. I saw some gals using this on YouTube so I thought I’d see for myself how it would work! I bought mine in I believe blackest black (I threw out the packaging and of course the name is not written anywhere on the tube) in the regular formula, not waterproof.

The wand: curved brush that has longer bristles on the top of the arch, and shorter on the bottom.
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10 Ways I Try to Save!

ways to save money
10 Ways to Save
In the world of working 9-5 or whatever your set hours may be, it’s called work for a reason, amirite?! You may be living your dream job, but whether you love it, hate it, or something in the middle, I’m assuming some form of labor is required to get that paycheck!

I’m the kinda gal who believes that any amount of money adds up, no matter how little. And if there are small, relatively painless ways you can save that hard-earned money or maybe even get something back, why not I say!  This is NOT about being cheap or sacrificing quality- I wouldn’t ever wanna go there. Spending more is worth it where you want it to be worth it. But I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a good deal on something they’d buy anyway, or anyone who said “YES! I am SO glad I spent more on that than I needed to!”  I save when it’s worth it. If a product is cheap but stinks, I’d rather spend more and get what I really want and like it. Know what I’m sayin?

Here are some ways I try to save or get some mula back in my pocket.  I’m sure there’s a lot more I could be doing that I haven’t even tapped into, but so far these have really worked for me and don’t take much. You may even be doing some of these already! This is not a sponsored post, just stuff I happen to like doing. Give some of these tips a whirl and see how they work for you!

1. Using Money-Saving apps and Websites
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Summer 2016 Beauty Haul: Doing some revamping!

Beauty Haul Summer 2016
Beauty Haul Summer 2016

When I do a massive declutter, it feels only natural for me to fill up all that extra space with better, newer stuff. Ha! No but really-decluttering this time around has inspired me to refresh and update my stash. I like having options, but they have to be the right options.

Typically, I try new products here and there or if I run out of something. This time however, I wanted to do a little more revamping! I’ll do more in-depth reviews once I get around to using them a few times, but for now here’s an overview of my latest haul (yes- I had missions for this haul, I was intense lol).

Mission 1: Primers

Face Primers
Face Primers

I used to use primers not too long ago. They’d make my makeup look pretty good at first, but I have oily/combo skin and gave up on a lot of them because they made me greasy or felt greasy, broke me out, or didn’t improve anything enough to be worth that extra step. Maybe my newer foundations were fine enough on their own and didn’t need a primer so much, who knows! But I wanted to try some new primers for my skin type and to revisit the whole idea. I decided to get Pacifica Oil Control Primer , $18.00, and Cover Girl Outlast All-Day Primer, $12.99,  based on some pretty good reviews on the Ulta site. Sometimes these go on sale and depending on the product, you can use an Ulta coupon. I can’t wait to see how these work on me!
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Decluttering Part 2: Eyeshadow

I have recently decluttered a large amount of beauty products from my stash and decided to break it up into two, maybe three posts, or heck make a whole series out of it! My first was on lip products I tossed. Here I will talk about eyeshadow I finally purged.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve done a serious weeding through of products, so I have kind of an embarrassing amount that I’m tossing. Ideally, I hope to have less and less to get rid of over time, being much pickier about what I’ll buy and maybe do little purges more often as opposed to one huge one per year- maybe I’m a weirdo but I do feel a lot of gratification when I declutter a ton at once!

I decided to declutter these shadows for similar reasons as my lip gloss- 1)too old 2) no desire to use 3) formula not living up. Anyway, here are the shadows I decided to finally say goodbye to:

Eyeshadow Declutter
Eyeshadows I’m tossing

Some themes I noticed:  

Not a fan of glitter in my shadows. Maybe at one point that was my thing, but I don’t remember even wearing glitter and certainly don’t plan to in the future. I love a little shimmer and metallic finish, but glitter in eyeshadow is not happening for me.
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Reflections on My First Month Blogging!

Reflections on Blogging for One Month
Blogging: One month in!

It’s been about one month since I started this whole blogging journey- nutso!  And though I’m still a total newbie and will be for a while, I think it helps to reflect on my experience, even if it’s only been a month. No matter how little or grand, growth is growth!  I guess I’m doing this as a reminder to myself to keep going (there will be and already have been times when I wondered what the heck I got myself into), and as a shout-out to others in the same boat or who are thinking of starting one up themselves! The ups and downs have been a little crazy, but I think I’m getting to a place where I’m a little more comfortable! ::knock on wood::. Here are some things I’ve gone through my first month:
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July 2016 Empties!

 

July 2016 Empties
July 2016 Empties

So now that July is over and Back-to-School FUN is on the horizon (I may or may not mean that sarcastically!), I’m sharing the beauty products I’ve gotten around to finishing this past month along with reviews on each and whether or not I plan on repurchasing! Only four (which is a lot for me to use up in one month!), but here they are:
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Makeup Declutter Part 1: Lip Products!

If you’re a makeup junkie makeup/beauty product enthusiast, I’m sure you can relate-my history and love of makeup has led to a pretty big stash. I’ve loved, hated, kept, tossed (though more keeping than tossing) and repeated this cycle quite frequently. Then one day a few years back I had a Forrest Gump moment. Remember that part in the movie when he was running and running with the crowd behind him, and then one day declared he was tired and just stopped? That was me a few years ago. The urgency of buying similar items in bulk had come to a sudden halt. I took a big pause and slowed down the hauls.  Not that I’ll ever stop completely, but I’ve become much pickier over time with what I’ll buy and keep.
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