Bathina Body Oil Mist and Maybe Baby by Benefit

I’m loving my new after bath treat, Bathina by Benefit! It is a fine body oil mist for after shower. It is light and non-greasy and smells so fresh!!! When I purchased Benefit’s Erase Paste the other day, the sales associate had me try the Bathina Silky Gilmmering Body Balm on my arm. Aside from the fact that it felt and looked great on my skin, it smelled so freakin’ good! She also had me try the Bathina Body Oil Mist and I loved it as well. I went home sniffing my arm the whole way. When I got home I decided I was going to go back the following day to purchase the oil mist. After purchasing it, I couldn’t wait to get home and shower so I can give this mother a go! LOL. After the whole spiel, I just couldn’t stop sniffing my skin. Lol. In my head I was hoping they’d have an actual perfume with this scent, so I went on Benefit’s website and looked up Bathina. I saw the whole, “if you you like this product, you will also like…” and a perfume called Maybe Baby came up. (Not a big fan of the name) Lol. I knew if I read the reviews on the fragrance I’m sure someone would mention that it had the same scent as Bathina. Sure enough, a few had made comments about it!!! CHA-CHING!!! I called all my local Ulta’s. Unfortunately, they didn’t carry it and said that maybe Sephora carried it. After calling 2 Sephora locations and receiving no good news, I figured Nordstrom and/or Macy’s carried it. I called Macy’s and…the angels started singing, “Ahhhhhhh!!!” LOL!!! They had it!!! I asked the sales associate to hang on to one bottle for me and that I would pick it up that afternoon. It’s also affordable at $32 + tax and you get 1.7 fl oz.

The website describes the scent as: “a warm and inviting fragrance captures a playful tumble of white blossoms. Sparkling and flirtatious.” Also from the website: TOP NOTES: apricot and white ginger MIDDLE NOTES:  fresh water blossoms of cyclamen, lychee and bergamot. BASE NOTES: white musk, Himalayan poppy and warm peach”.

Honestly, I don’t think it smells anything like the above. Lol. Nothing about this fragrance is warm. It’s fresh and light. There is a hint of rose and almost every fragrance I love has a note of white musk. When you happen to pass by the benefit counter, give the Bathina line a shot and sprits a little Maybe Baby on your wrist. ;) 

Have a Blessed Day!

 

I Love Me Some Bdellium Tools!

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I was watching Teni Panosian and Sona Gasparian on YouTube and saw they used these cool looking yellow-handled brushes. They both mentioned they were Bdellium Tools. So I googled the brand and saw that one of the websites they were sold was iherb.com. Much to my surprise, they were very affordable! Single brushes on the website range from approximately $6-$18 and sets run anywhere from $29-$100+, depending on which line you’re interested in. I was mainly looking into purchasing eye makeup brushes since the ones I had at the time were no getting old and bueno. After a little research I figured I’d purchase a set for more bang for my buck. The first set I purchased was called Travel Line 12 Piece Brush Set for Eyes which came with a roll-up pouch for $47.60 plus tax. When I received the brushes I was impressed! They were so soft and looked so pretty and professional! After taking them with me on a trip up north with my family, I just knew I was in love and just had to purchase more! Lol. Yes, I HAD to!😉

So the second set I purchased was the Studio Line 7 Piece Basic Brush Set with roll-up pouch for $42.50 plus tax. I loved the eye brushes so much, especially 772, 776, and 777 that I purchased 1 more of each, as well as a 995 contour brush. Those 4 brushes costed me all but $31!!! That’s as much as 1 MAC brush! Lol. Like I mentioned earlier, they have different lines and as you see, there is a pink brush and a green brush which are a part of the Pink and Green Bamboo Anti-bacterial Line. The yellow handled-brushes are the Studio Line and they also have another line with black handles called the Maestro Line, which is the most expensive. if you’re in the market for new eye and face brushes that are of great quality, try Bdellium on iherb.com. They sell a bunch of other things and they are Pro Health! I love them! 

Hope this helps! Have a blessed one!🙂

Makeup Shopping Always Makes Me Feel Better! Ulta Haul!

My husband needed to buy shoes for work and he asked if I’d come to help pick out a pair. I didn’t mind because there’s an Ulta there and I had a 20% off entire purchase coupon that was expiring tomorrow that I needed to take advantage of. So it worked out for both of us!

I’d gone to Ulta several times before today hoping to purchase the Anastasia Beverly Hills Catwalk Palette but they were always sold out. Today was a great day because they were all stocked up!

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I’ve been hearing a lot about the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks so I checked out the shades they had available. There were two shades that looked by type, Naked 2 and Fiend. I tried Naked 2 but it literally didn’t look like I had anything on – it matched my natural lip color exactly. I swatched Fiend and I liked lots so I picked it up. 

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I also picked up another Real Techniques Stippling Brush just because I love it so much. I love all her brushes but this particular works best with my current fav foundations, Laura Mercier Silk Creme and Rimmel Stay Matte.🙂

I’m going to give the Catwalk Palette and Lipstick a go tomorrow and will try to post the look. Have a blessed one! 

MOTD — Made me feel a little better…temporarily! :)

I’ve been sick with an annoying cough and cold the past few days, so I told myself to get out of bed and run some errands! It actually make me feel a little better…until I finished running errands and felt sick again. LOL. :/ 

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Products used: 

FACE: Laura Mercier’s Mineral Foundation Primer; Laura Mercier’s Silk Creme Foundation in Cashew Beige mixed with Rimmel’s Stay Matte Foundation in shade 300 Natural Beige; Laura Mercier’s Secret Camoflauge (not seen in photo); Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Concealer in 03 Medium; Ben Nye Banana Powder (not seen in photo); The Balm’s Betty Lou-Manizer for bronzer; Happy Together Mineralized Blush by MAC; The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer for highlight

Eyes: Lorac’s Behind The Scenes Eye Shadow Primer; Soft Brown, Texture, Mulch, and Mystery by MAC; Vanilla Pigment by MAC for brow and tear duct highlight; Lorac Front of the Line PRO Eyeliner; They’re Real Mascara by Benefit; The Rocket Mascara by Maybelline in waterproof  formula 

Brows: Omega and Charcoal Brown by MAC (not seen in photo) 

Lips: NYX Black Label Lipstick in Natural (not seen in photo) 

Brushes: Bdellium Tools Studio Line for eyes, Sephora Small Angled Brush for Brows, Bare Escentuals Angled Face Brush for bronzer, and Real Techniqes Face Brushes 

 

Naked and Lorac Palettes — Are they worth the hype?!

Earlier this year my husband and I planned on going to Vegas for our wedding anniversary. Being the make-up crazed girl that I am, I thought to myself, “I need a good eye shadow palette to take along with me to Vegas!” or maybe…it was simply an excuse to buy makeup! LOL! I know you makeup fiends (addicts) know what I’m talking about! ;P

I did some research and the palettes I came across most were the Naked Palettes 1 and 2 and Lorac Pro Palette and Unzipped Palette. About a month prior, my daughters and I went to Ulta and I came across both Lorac Pro and Unzipped. They were both so beautiful, but I didn’t think I needed them at the time. Well, come a month later, there I went…purchasing both for my trip to Vegas! Each palette came with a travel size Behind The Scenes Eye shadow Primer. The Pro Palette was $42 and the Unzipped Palette was $40. What’s great about the Pro Palette is it has 8 matte and 8 satin/shimmer/frost shadows.

Pros: Highly pigmented, truly an all-in-one palette, beautiful shades, can be used wet or dry without ruining the palette, sleek, and lightweight.

Cons: Shadows are powdery and definitely need to be tapped off prior to application.

Is it worth they hype? HECK YES!!! For $42 and the great payoff this beautiful piece of makeup gives, I would buy another in a heartbeat!

Though the Unzipped Palette is beautiful I don’t love it as much as my Pro Palette. In the 5 months that I had this palette I’ve only used it a few times and I feel as though the colors are not as pigmented as the Pro Palette. The colors don’t suit me as much as I would like them to. There are 6 satin/frosty/shimmer shades and 4 matte shades. In my opinion this palette would suit someone with a more fair skin tone as I have a medium to tan skin tone. I have very Asian eyes and personally, I want to be able to make them stand out more…but sadly, this palette does not do it for me.😦 Is it worth they hype? No, it’s not worth the hype.

ImageI never really had any interest in either of the Naked Palettes. Why? Not really sure. Although they are pretty palettes, it wasn’t worth $50 and I just never gave in…until recently. Seeing as I love my Lorac Pro Palette so much and use it almost every single day, I wanted to try something new. I just celebrated a birthday last month so my husband took me on a bit of a makeup shopping spree. In this spree I was able to purchase my first Naked Palette! Yes, people, I gave into the hype! LOL. I purchased the Naked 2 Palette because my bestie had the Naked 1 and lent it to me. I wanted to see if I liked it enough to purchase my own but unfortunately, I didn’t see what all the craze was about. Hence, purchasing the Naked 2. It came with a mini lip gloss in the shade Naked, which I like and a dual-ended brush. I found it a little tough to work with since most of the shades are satin/shimmer/frost. The only 3 matte shadows in the palette are Foxy (cream), Tease (taupe), and Blackout (black). Tease would be a nice transition color but on me, for some reason it came off a little muddy.  After some time I got used to the palette and like it very much.

Pros: Beautiful shades, beautiful, sturdy packaging, comes with a dual-ended brush, has a matte black, can be an all-in-one palette if you like wearing neutrals.

Cons: Mostly satin/shimmer/frosty shades, powdery which causes a lot of fall out, no pop of color.

Was it worth the hype? Honestly? I’m torn. If I were someone who wore a lot of neutral shades and found it flattering on myself then, absolutely, it is worth the hype. Being one who wants a little more pop and definition, no, it wasn’t worth the hype. I like it, but definitely do not love it.

I mentioned that my best friend lent me her Naked 1 Palette and I wasn’t impressed, right? Well, I received a gift card to Sephora and purchased it anyway. I have to say that surprisingly, I like the Naked 1 Palette more than the 2! Although this palette only has 2 matte shades, they suit me more than the shades in the 2. I also like this more because the shades are deeper and they have a mauve/cranberry shade called Toasted, as well as a blue (Gunmetal) and black (Creep). I find it suits me and my coloring better than the 2.

Is it worth they hype? For $50, a brush, and a trial size Primer Potion? Sure!

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Hope this helps!🙂

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint — Was It Worth The Hype?

I have combination oily skin and this summer I was on the hunt for a foundation that would keep my face from getting greasy. After some research I came across NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Foundation from Ulta and surprisingly, I liked it a lot and used it most of the first part of summer! I still had to powder but certainly not as frequently as in the past. Naughty me still wasn’t satisfied so I just HAD to try Jouer’s Matte Moisture Tint with SPF 20. I purchased it in the shade Linen which is about two too light for me. I purchased it from nordstrom.com for $38 plus tax and according to the beauty stylist online, she mentioned that the shade Linen would be perfect for me since I wear a NC 30-35 in MAC and I like to go one shade lighter. Sadly, there are only 5 shades to choose from. Having the foundation now and looking at the swatches online, I probably should have purchased the shade Nude.

I’ve been sick with a terrible cough and cold and wanted to feel and look…well, even a little decent. So, I took out my brand spankin’ new Jouer Matte Moisture Tint and gave it a go. First off, I liked the packaging. It comes in a blush colored box and the tube itself is a deep brown with blush writing — so pretty! I used my Real Techniques Stippling Brush since I didn’t want a heavy application. It applied pretty well over my usual skin care products. This product definitely wouldn’t be best for someone with dry skin or even combination dry skin. It has great coverage considering it is a tinted moisturizer. I would say it provides a light to medium coverage. The beauty gurus say the coverage is comparable to Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and I must say I agree. It lasted a good 4-5 hours before I started to notice it wearing down on my skin. Would I repurchase this item? Nah, probably not. This item, in my opinion wasn’t worth the hype.

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Hope this helps!😉

Welcome To My Blog!

I started my first blog http://www.lifeloveandbeauty.com as way to express myself, to share little bits and pieces of my life and didn’t really care if anyone read it or not – It was pretty much an outlet. Good grammar, bad grammar? Who cares?! This is MY blog and it is what it is.🙂  I’m a girly-girl obsessed with makeup and I know my husband has no interest in hearing about the new eye shadow palette I purchased at Sephora or Ulta. Or my daughter who thinks I’m absolutely out of control and shakes her head every time she sees a new makeup item on my makeup table. Lol. I figure, why not start a blog and share this stuff with people may have the same interest. In my first blog I also shared moments that in my opinion were worth sharing. I plan to do the same on this blog. If you are a makeup lover such as myself, please follow me on instagram @makeupwhorelifelover. I will do corresponding blog posts here on photos that I have posted on IG. I will provide full details on products used in MOTD/FOTD (make up of the day/face of the day) and for hauls, I will provide details of where products were purchased as well as costs.🙂

Have a blessed night!

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