Archive | April 2009

Beauty Encounter Gift with $50 Purchase

Shell out $50 at BeautyEncounter.combefore May 12, 2009, and this sliding cosmetic compact is your free gift while supplies last. The compact includes eye shadow, blush, and lip color.Beauty Encounter is one of my favorite sites because of their extensive selection of perfume samples, mini-bottles, and cosmetic samples. It’s also one of the few cosmetics sites that carry kids’ items, like Fizzing Bath Sand and Cookie Jar Characters Cream Bath in a cat-shaped container (below):

Okay, I want the cat for myself. But I would share!

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Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15

I received my Avon order yesterday and have 3 new products to review! First up is Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15, which besides having a ludicrously long product name, is a great lipstick.

I bought mine in the shade called Sugar Cane (below):

I’m not a fan of loud, bright, or dark lip colors, so this shade is perfect, subtle and pretty but still says “Hey, I took the time to put on some lipstick.”

(Red lipstick, by the way, just screams at me “LOOK AT MY MOUTH! LOOK AT MY MOUTH!” and seems desperate in a please-pay-attention-to-me kind of way, so I’m not a fan of red lipstick.)

The texture of this lipstick is wonderful, very smooth. I can’t stand dry, chalky lip color, and there is none of that here. The color is subtle but sticks around nicely. I don’t notice any plumping effect, but I bought this lipstick for the color and not for its supposed ability to make my lips look like someone sucker-punched me in the mouth, so I really don’t consider the plumping effect in my review. (The word “plumping” makes me think of baking a turkey or chicken…since when did we women want any parts of ourselves plump anyway?)

The regular price of this lipstick is $8, but it is frequently on sale, so watch Avon’s website for specials.

Overall I give this lipstick 5 stars, and I would definitely purchase it again to try out more colors.

Beautiful Birthday

Happy birthday to me! I had barely arrived at work when I was paged to come to the front desk. A big gift bag was waiting for me, full of pedicure items, bath gel, and other spa items, from my supervisor. Maybe she’s caught me writing on my beauty blog one time too many, but however she knew this was a great gift, I am very grateful! I can’t wait to try everything out.

*Make-up cake photo courtesy of The London Cake Company*

Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara

Recently I clipped a coupon from All You magazine for a free tube of Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara, and being the mascara junkie that I am, I wasted no time picking it up to give it a try.

The very wordy product description promises “Triple Plump brush with 3 x the curves for 70% curlier lashes. Voluptuous brush with CurveControl technology wiggles easily through your lashes quickly coating them. Exclusive brush design curves IN to maximize lash loading, curves OUT to curl and de-clump each lash for a complete curved look. Lashes look lusciously curled, plumped and defined. Plump ’em up! Enriched with proteins, the plumping formula strengthens lashes over time for a continuous lash boosting effect. Rich cream texture instantly amplifies your natural volume x 7 and fixes the curl for 12 hour hold. Fabulously fuller lashes.”

Hmmm. I have tried Rimmel mascaras before and was thoroughly disappointed. I wouldn’t have tried this one if it wasn’t free.

I have worn this mascara for about a week and have drawn my conclusion:

*shrug*

Ho-hum.

It’s not a bad mascara, and it doesn’t flake, which is a huge plus, since flaking is incredibly annoying. But beyond that, it just doesn’t do much. I hate the brush and have to wonder about the quality of the mascara itself when the brush has to be bizarre and odd to distract you. The curves in the brush make it hard to apply evenly. I have to apply my make-up when I am barely awake yet, so if it requires a trick or tip to apply properly, then it’s too damn convoluted for me.

Out of 5 stars, I would give this a 2.5. It’s just sort of okay, nothing great, but not terrible either. I would not buy it again, as there are definitely mascaras out there with more ooomph than this one, like Avon’s SuperShock or Maybelline’s Define-a-Lash.

Technical Difficulties

After deciding on a whim to try out Google’s AdSense (basically the placement of ads on my blog), I installed the HTML code on this blog and BAM! My template is not rendering correctly. The plaid background of my blog is not showing up for some reason, even after I removed the AdSense code.

If you can see the plaid background, leave a comment and let me know! (Or if you can’t see the plaid background, leave a comment and let me know that too!) I can’t troubleshoot or fix the template code here at work because my work network has blocked Pyzam’s website, swearing it is a porn site (yes, blog templates and code are top-notch erotic stimuli). I’m not sure if that’s why my blog’s appearance is whacked out today, but I can’t work on it until at least tomorrow night, so please bear with me!

All You Magazine Coupons

The April issue of All You magazine boasts over $51 worth of coupons, and so far, buying this issue was well worth the minimal $2.49 cover price. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but one coupon I cut out right away was for a FREE Rimmel mascara! I’ll be picking that up today, so stay tuned for a new product review.

There’s also a coupon for $1.00 off a NYC cosmetics item. This is one of my favorite budget brands, so I clipped that one as well.

All You magazine is available at Walmart stores and by subscription.

And if you’d like to try 2 free trial issues, click here!