LOTD: Day 1

Hello everyone! Hope you’re doing well. One of my favorite bloggers, A Casual Beauty, did a month-long series of posts a while ago about what lip products she used every day. It was so fun to see different lip products, and I thought I’d give it a try! I think this’ll help me use my lip products more because sometimes they just sit in my purse and I don’t think to use them, so this will be good! I hope you guys find these posts entertaining or useful, and let me know of any suggestions for future posts or series and I’ll try to make them happen. Thanks!

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Welcome to the new Beyoutiful Beauty!

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Hey guys! Over the weekend I decided to go self-hosted with WordPress, and even though it was a bit of a process (because I suck at technology sometimes, not because of the process itself), I’m so happy I made the switch.

Saturday afternoon I met up with my friend Amanda from Notes from a Newlywed at Starbucks (free wi-fi. Yay!), and she really helped me work through self-hosting since she did it herself a few months ago. After working through a few glitches, I got my new site up and running at www.beyoutiful-beauty.com! I’m still playing around with a few things, like widgets and themes, so there may be some tweaking in the near future, but I was just excited to get this all up and running and let you guys know about it.

Lip Product Addict Tag

Hello everyone! Hope you’re doing well. I stumbled across a new (at least to me) tag a few days ago, and I thought it would be fun to fill out because it’s all about lip products! I had a lot of fun reading what Soph from Little Bit Soph had for her answers, so here are mine!

Favorite Lip Balm/Treatment

Right now for lip balm I’ve really been liking the Highland Mint Badger Lip Balm because it’s very light and moisturizes my lips right away. I got it as part of a Blogger Basket Swap a few months ago, and I’ve really been liking it. As far as a lip treatment goes, I like the elf Lip Exfoliator, and I recently did a review on it. It tastes just like sugar, it exfoliates gently, and I just think it’s a great product.

Best Eye-Catching Red

The first thing I thought of with this is the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in the shade 43 Moulin Rouge. It’s a satin vibrant red that was used in one of my favorite movies, Moulin Rouge, so obviously I had to get it. I haven’t used it in a while, but it gives great color and shine and it’s definitely eye-catching!

Best Luxury and Best Drugstore

I don’t own very many high-end lip products, but I do really like the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in the shade Turn On, which is a light rosy pink, a bit darker than a “your lips but better” look. It’s a great every day kind of color, and the packaging is super cute. As for drugstore, I really love the NYX lip products. Right now I’ve been toggling between the Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie in the shade Berry Mojito and the Butter Lipstick in the shade Razzle, and they’re both in my favorite products this month.

Best Mac Lipstick

I don’t own anything from Mac, as we don’t have a store near here, but I look forward to trying them out sometime in the future!

The Most Disappointing

At least for use in the winter time, I was disappointed with the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars. I got a quad set for Christmas, and I was so pumped to try them out, but my lips are drier in the winter time and the lip tars showed up patchy. I’ll try them again now during the summer months to see if I like them more.

Liner: Yes or No?

If I really want my lip look to last, then yes, but I don’t use a liner on a daily basis by any means. Maybe only a few times a month, if that, actually. I know some people wear them every day, and that’s great for them, but I don’t have the patience to line my lips, color them in and then put another color and maybe a lip gloss on top all the time.

Best Gloss

As I mentioned before, I love NYX lip products, and this category was easy for me to answer thanks to NYX’s Butter Glosses. They all smell amazing, and I own two shades: Éclair, which is a light nude pink, and Strawberry Parfait, which is a darker pink with more pigmentation. Love these on their own or over any other lip products.

Now I tag all of you for this! Link them down below, and I look forward to reading your responses!🙂

May Favorites

For some reason, I have a ton of favorites this month ranging from skincare to makeup to hair care. I used some really great products this month, and I can’t wait to share them all with you!

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Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr Eyeshadow in the shade Caramel Cool

This was from their nude spring collection, and it’s the only one I picked up from that collection. It’s a beautiful bronzy gold color that looks great all over the lid for a simple look or just on the inner corner with a darker color in the crease and outer v area.

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Not Your Mother’s Lock Luster Oil Treatment

I bought this last year sometime and had totally forgotten about it. But I’m glad I rediscovered it! It’s an oil treatment for your hair that’s infused with argan and macadamia oil, so obviously it smells amazing, and it makes your hair really shiny. You only need like a dime-sized amount, maybe less, for your whole head, so it’ll definitely last me for a while. I’ve been really impressed with the products I’ve tried from this brand so far.

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Victoria’s Secret Love Spell Refreshing Body Mist

I got this in a combo pack with a body wash and something else for Christmas a few years ago, and it just sat in my closet forever. Then I decided to pull it out again last week and remembered how much I loved it! It doesn’t last all day like a perfume would, but I just love how it smells. I think Love Spell is one of their best known and loved scents, and I can definitely see why.

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Milani Baked Blush in the shade Luminoso

People have been talking about this blush like crazy, and now I see why! The swatch above is kind of heavy, and I didn’t blend it in just to make sure you could see the color right, but it blends beautifully into the skin. It gives your face kind of a lit from within glow, and I don’t even wear bronzer sometimes with this because I don’t feel like I need this. Since I have more pink undertones, I feel like it takes me a little bit longer to blend than perhaps someone with yellow undertones, but I still really like it.

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NYX Primal Colors Eyeshadow in the shade Hot Pink

Gah, I love this eyeshadow. I’ve been coveting the Urban Decay Electric palette for a while now, and then I saw that NYX came out with these Primal Colors eyeshadows, which are all neon colors, so I got super excited. I absolutely love this eyeshadow! It can go on really light or you can build up the color, so I think you can achieve a wide variety of looks with it. This has been one of those colors for me that I’ll just pop in the center of my lid if I want to add a little something to whatever eye look I just created, and I think it works great for that.

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Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the shadow in the shade Champagne

I got this in my Ipsy bag last month I believe, and it’s great! This is perfect as a highlighter on your browbone or on your cheeks and other parts of your face as well, and I also like to use it on the inner corner of my eye. It’s just a beautiful color that’s very pigmented and it lasts all day, so I’d highly recommend it.

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NYX Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie in the shade Berry Mojito

I talked about this in a recent mini-haul post, but I just love it. Sometimes I’ll just apply it lightly for a wash of color, but you can also build it up to get a more intense look. These feel pretty hydrating, and they have a bit of a staining effect on the lips (and my hand after I swatched it). I wasn’t crazy about the other colors in this line personally, but this color has been working out just great for me.

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NYX Butter Lipstick in the shade Razzle

 This is another great lip product that I talked about in that same mini-haul post, and it also has a bit of a staining effect, which I really like. This is a bright pink, not purple like the color of the tube suggests. This is just a great lipstick, because of both the color and the formula, for spring and summer.

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

This is another product I had forgotten about and rediscovered. I’ve been using the Maybelline Rocket Volum’ Express almost every day for mascara now for over a month, but then I decided to bring this one out again, and I’m glad I did. It doesn’t give as much definition as the Maybelline mascara, but it is a bit darker and more intense, in my opinion.

May Empties

I didn’t end up using too many products this month, but I still thought it was worth doing a quick little post, so here we go!

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Equate Beauty Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

I’ve used this many times before, and I think it does a pretty good job of removing my makeup, even stubborn mascara. However, I’ve recently tried a new eye makeup remover from Maybelline, the waterproof version of Clean Express! line, and I find that I like that much better. I’ve used it for a few weeks now, and I think it removes stubborn makeup more easily than this Equate one, and both are great values for the price.

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Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Moisture Shower Gel Crème

This stuff is great! It’s very moisturizing and creamy, as the name suggests, and it has a light clean scent to it, similar to the Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream I also have from this brand. I feel like it does a good job of just making me feel clean, and I really like how it smells. Once I run out of my other soap in the shower, I’ll maybe look into getting the full-size version of this.

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Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff
I liked this eye cream but I didn’t love it. I used it in the morning before moisturizer, and I did feel like it brightened my undereye are because it had almost like a pearlescent quality to it, but I didn’t think it helped depuff at all. It’s not like I have super puffy undereyes, but if I got less sleep than usual, you could definitely tell and I don’t think this product helped as much as it claimed it would. I don’t think I’ll be getting the full-size version of this anytime soon, but it was nice to try something from the Origins brand, as I’ve heard a lot of great things about it.

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Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover

I’ve included this in my favorites posts in the past, and it’s just so good. I’ve had this one for probably like seven or eight months I think, and now it’s starting to get kind of blah. I know that you can just pour acetone nail polish remover in here and it will revitalize it in a way, but I don’t have any of that at home right now. So I think I’ll just stick with the regular nail polish remover and some cotton pads, at least for now, but I really do think this is a great product that everyone should try. It removes stubborn, stuck nail polish, especially glitter polish, very quickly and with less mess than maybe normal nail polish remover in a bottle and a cotton ball or pad.

May Ipsy Bag

 It’s time for my May Ipsy bag! In case anyone isn’t sure what Ipsy is, it’s a $10 monthly subscription service for beauty and makeup products that come in a different makeup bag every month. You usually get four to five products a month, and typically at least one or two are full-size products, so I always feel like I’m getting the best bang for my buck with it. Click here to sign up and give it a try! The theme of this month’s bag is Fresh Picks. Be sure to check back next month for a review on these products!

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Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

What Ipsy says: The Therapy Session Hair Mask deeply conditions, repairs and strengthens dry and damaged hair. Argan Oil nourishes and revitalizes, while Keravis Protein drastically increases hair’s strength and elasticity. The results are hydrated, soft and manageable hair.

What I say: I love trying new hair products, especially masks, so I’m excited to give this a try! It has Argan oil in it and it smells heavenly. Also, this is a pretty good sized product, which is exciting.

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Calvin Klein endless euphoria

What Ipsy says: Refreshingly light and radiant, endless euphoria Calvin Klein translates the provocative fantasy of the iconic euphoria fragrance into a sunlit daydream filled with cherry blossoms and an air of sheer sensuality. A new dawn of euphoria arrives with the introduction of endless euphoria, a statement-making innovation on the signature that debuts an entirely original design and juice. endless euphoria sparks the rich sexiness of the signature with a fresh infusion of modern sensuality to create a newly addictive spin. Irresistibly alluring, the fantasy blooms with an uplifting feeling of ecstasy that knows no limits.

What I say: I also love trying new perfumes, so I look forward to wearing this over the next few weeks. I think my mom has used this perfume in the past, and it smells really nice.

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Jersey Shore Sun® Sans Tan Anti-aging Sunscreen

What Ipsy says: The Jersey Shore Sun® Sans Tan Anti-aging Sunscreen contains non-nano, anti-aging, certified organic ingredients, including vitamin E (non-GMO) & vitamin D3 which can be deficient in individuals avoiding the sun. SPF 35 provides broad spectrum protection which prevents premature aging and helps to prevent health risks associated with prolonged exposure to the sun. Top rated & recommended for safety, stability and excellent UVA protection, by The Environmental Working Group. Named ‘Summer Must Haves’ in 2013 by PETA Living.

What I say: Now that Fargo has decided it’s time for summer and we just skipped right through spring, sunscreen is quite important. I’m sure this will definitely come in handy, and it’s a good size to just toss in my purse.

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Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in the shade Duo No. 2 (Moonbeam and Unicorn)

What Ipsy says: The Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo are coconut infused mineral eye shadows that are a perfect addition to any makeup collection. Packaged in a beautiful travel ready recyclable container, these exclusive duos are customized just for ipsy! These shades can be found in the Pacifica Mystical and Charmed Palette. Smooth application with gorgeous color pay-off.

What I say: I think this is a full-size product, which is great, but the quality of the packaging and the shadows leave much to be desired. The lighter color swatched okay, but the dark purple took quite a few swipes to make it stand out. I’ll give it a shot on my eyelids, but I don’t have high hopes right out of the gate. Also, the top of the packaging snapped off the first time I opened it. It snapped right back on, but still, it’s inconvenient.

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Avène Thermal Spring Water

What Ipsy says: Known for its long history in treating atopic dermatitis, the Avène Thermal Spring Water is the only thermal spring water bottled directly from the source and packaged in a sterile environment to guarantee purity and maximum skin benefits. Its unique composition is proven to soothe inflammation, itching, redness, general sensitivity and post-medical and aesthetic procedure irritation as it softens, protects and purifies the skin. Avène Thermal Spring Water is recommended by dermatologists worldwide.

What I say: I think this is the product that intrigues me the most. I’ve never used any type of water spray on my face before, and you can apparently use it for a wide variety of things, so we’ll see what happens! I’m very curious about this.