Monday, September 21, 2015

byAlegory Lipstick Organizer - 25% off your first!

I have no organization method when it comes to organizing my lipsticks or any of my makeup, and recently I decided to try out a clear cosmetics holder for some of my lipsticks. byAlegory is a cosmetics organizer retailer that I have known about for some time, but I never purchased an organizer from them because I figured once I start, I won't stop. Hah!

I finally caved in and purchased an organizer when I saw that they were offering 25% off your first lipstick organizer purchase via Amazon.Currently a standard lipstick holder is $14.89, so after coupon it'll be $11.17. Not too bad!

Here's what the clear acrylic standard lipstick holder looks like. The biggest lipstick that it'll fit is my YSL, but unfortunately it won't fit anything bigger like Flower Beauty or Marc Jacobs lipstick. I believe that the promo code above will also work for oversized lipstick organizers. According to the details you are allowed to purchase as many lipstick holders you want with your first purchase, but you are only allowed to use the coupon once per Amazon account.

They have other organizers that aren't on sale, and I consider them pricey, so I'm not sure if I would repurchase from them again. $20 for a compact holder isn't too pretty for my wallet, especially when I have a ton of makeup. I know TJ Maxx and Marshalls carry makeup organizers, so I'll look into those stores for other options next time. How do you organize your makeup?

*I purchased the organizer with my own money.*

REVIEW: Garnier UK Micellar Cleansing Water

Let me just flat out say that this is a must-have product. I am talking about the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water from the UK. This stuff is amazing!

I have never tried the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water that everyone is talking about and unfortunately I cannot do a comparison since I do not own it, but can I say that this is probably a better value?! With 400 mL, you can get up to 200 uses out of this bottle for arond five bucks. Yes, five bucks for a huge bottle versus $7 for 198 mL of the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water. Unfortunately you cannot purchase this in the States, but it is available for shipping to the States from the UK through the FeelUnique website for a current price of $5.41 a bottle! You get free shipping if you spend $15, so what I did was purchased three. Two of the one seen below and a cleansing water for sensitive skin.

I've used this product at least 20 times already, and I still have so much product left!

Here is a description of the product on the FeelUnique Website:

Is Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water for me?
Yes, if you are looking for an efficient and easy to use product that cleanses and removes make-up gently in one step.

Why is it different?
Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water is an easy way to remove make-up, soothe and hydrate the face, eye area, and lips, in 1 step without rinsing.

How does it work?
For the first time, Garnier introduces the Micellar technology in an all-in-one cleanser. Like a magnet, the cleansing agents capture and lift away dirt from the skin. No need to rub to remove impurities and make-up.

The result:
Perfectly cleansed and refreshed skin without rubbing or rinsing. Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water has a soothing and fragrance free formula that suits all skin types, even sensitive. 

Directions: Apply Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water to a cotton pad and wipe the face, eyes and lips. No rinsing required.

This product does a great job at removing all of my makeup off including my eye makeup. It'll even take off your waterproof eye makeup. I haven't tried the bottle for sensitive skin, but I feel as if this bottle is good for those with sensitive skin as well. There's no perfume, it doesn't sting, and it feels light on the skin. There's no residue left over, and I feel comfortable leaving the product as is on my face after I wipe the makeup off my face. Does it leave my face hydrated? Surprisingly yes! You really do not have to rinse. I do not wear makeup everyday, and I enjoy using this product just to cleanse my face and freshen it up. I apply the micellar water on cotton rounds/pads, and I normally use 3-4 whenever I am wearing a full face of makeup.  I highly recommend this product if you're looking for a good makeup remover.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SWATCHES: Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks in Bumbleberry and Sweet Maple $11!

Hi everyone, and happy hump day! If you are a beauty fanatic, then you probably know that Ulta is having a 21 Days of Beauty where you can get stellar deals on some of your favorite brands. Today's deal is on the Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Cremes, and instead of being $22, they are $11 (limit 2)! That's 50% off! Unfortunately most colors are sold out online, but if it's convenient for you, try checking out a local Ulta store! I went this morning at 10:20AM, 20 minutes after Ulta opened and was able to get the two I wanted: Bumbleberry and Sweet Maple.

These berry colors are so perfect for the fall! :)

REVIEW: Maybelline Dream Pure BB in "Light/Medium"

I have been looking for an affordable foundation or BB cream for the past month or so, and I think I may have found it! Earlier this summer my skin has been experiencing some breakouts here and there around my forehead, cheeks and chin. It's incredibly frustrating seeing little dots appearing in a new place every other day! I am unsure as to why I started breaking out all of a sudden, but I believe my breakouts have been contributed by the heat and humidity southern California has been experiencing. I normally wear Revlon Colorstay Foundation for normal/dry skin, but I figured I should look for a product that feels lighter weight when worn. I have used the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB in the past when it first came out, and I did not like it at all. It was way too sheer for me. I knew that Maybelline also had a different BB cream in a turquoise packaging, and I found out it was the Maybelline Dream Pure BB with salicylic acid! This product has been out for for a while already, but who cares?! This was what I needed! I read reviews, watched YouTube videos, and decided it would be worth a try since I wanted something light, provides light to medium coverage, and can treat my blemishes!

This is what it claims:

Maybelline's 1st blemish fighting BB cream helps clear skin with 8 great skin benefits! With 2% salicylic acid. For combination and/or blemish-prone skin.

Why You'll Love It: Their Dream Pure BB Cream is a 1-step wonder for healthy-looking skin today and clearer skin tomorrow.


  • Clears acne
  • Conceals imperfections
  • Minimizes look of pores
  • Reduces appearance of redness
  • Adjusts to skin tone
  • Hydrates and smoothes
  • Enhances and clarifies skin
  • Is oil-free, with a lightweight feel

2% salicylic acid is one of the highest percentages of this powerful blemish-fighter that you can get without a prescription, yet it's gentle enough to use every day.

I was able to find it at my local Walmart for $7.49 which is very affordable. On top of that I used a coupon that I found online that allows you to save $2.00 off ONE Maybelline Face Product, so I ended up paying $5.49 plus tax. Not bad.

Packaging. Similar to their first BB cream, Maybelline Dream Fresh, this BB is 1.0 fluid ounces, and is in a squeezable tube. The packaging is very light, so I could see this as a product someone could easily travel with.

Pigmentation & Coverage. I am tan from the summer, but knowing that I am back in school I picked up light/medium. Light/medium is a tad bit lighter than my current skin tone whenever I first apply it on, but eventually I do feel like this product self adjusts to match my skin tone. Coverage is light to medium. It does a good job at evening out my skin tone and covering most of my acne scars and blemishes. If you are looking for a full coverage BB or foundation, this is not it!

You can see that it blended nicely into my skin. It's hardly noticeable.

Formula & Application. I was afraid that this would appear too matte on my skin since I read reviews stating that it's more for oily/combination skin, but it didn't. It actually left my skin a little dewy and hydrated, and it felt natural and light. I had no issues using my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge with this product. It's not too thick and not too runny.

If you are someone who is looking for a light-weight light/medium coverage BB cream that hydrates your skin and treats your acne, this is it! Some of my emerging pimples that have been appearing on my skin have  slowly been diminishing which is a plus! I've been loving this product so far, and I will continue to use it, so long as my skin loves it! :)

Just wearing the BB cream alone!

Wearing a full face of makeup.
Long-lasting so long as you also powder your face too.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Origins - $20 off Purchase of $65+!

This is why I love Gilt City! They always have new beauty vouchers every couple of weeks that allow us as consumers and beauty lovers to save! This time is Origins! You can save $20 on a purchase of $65+ when you RSVP for their coupon HERE, and use your unique promo code at the Origins website checkout. :) In addition to the savings, you will also receive a free fall sampler kit. You will receive free shipping on orders $30+ currently on the Origins website. Happy savings!

RSVP now, redeem code by September 13.

Too Faced - 71% Off Sale!

Too Faced is having a huge end-of-the-summer sale with up to 71% off on some of their products. Check it out in their sale page. Shipping is free on orders of $50+.

Mario Badescu Skin Care - 10% Off + Free Shipping w/ $35+

Mario Badescu is having a sale online. 10% off with free shipping on orders $35+ with promo code: MB10  No sale end date is currently listed.

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