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The BENEFIT of Frequent Shopping

21 Jul

As many of you know, I have a makeup addiction (or obsession, whatever).  Because Sephora is a beauty addict’s dealer of choice, I obviously spend a good bit of time and waaayyy too much money in there.  I’ve mentioned their Beauty Insider program once before, but I feel compelled to share again.

With every dollar spent in Sephora you accumulate points.  Once you get to certain point levels you have the option to take whatever free gift they have at the time.  They have point breaks at 1oo and 500 points.  You can pass up the 100 point perk and wait for your 500.  You could get both.  Whatever moves you.  I’ve been hovering above the 500 point range for a little while now because I wasn’t quite sold on the gifts and wanted to wait for something I’d enjoy more.  So the last time I stopped in and made a purchase, the kind lady checking me out informed me that I was at 700(ish) points and directed me to the example of the current 500 point perk.  It was a Benefit Cosmetics sampling.  I got it.

Here it is.

I love Benefit products and have used a ton of them over the years (bronzers, blushes, highlighters, glosses, mascaras, eyeliners, perfume… you name it).  And even though I had already tried and approved most of the products that came with the gift, I still went for it.  It was too cute to pass up (which is also a weakness of mine when shopping- the overly adorableness of packaging).

Here’s a few of the products in it:

Mini Full Finish Lipstick in “lady’s choice”.  I’ve never tried this product until just now (as I’m typically more of a gloss girl).  I’m not sure that the color is right for me but it goes on super smoothly and seems to be non-drying.

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Mini BADgal Lash Mascara & BADgal Plum (eye color intensifying) Mascara.  I’ve not tried the Plum yet but I love the original BADgal Lash.

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Mini Creaseless Cream/Shadow Liner in “r.s.v.p.”  I’ve actually purchased this product in the exact same color before and love it. Pretty light color, no creases, lasts forever.

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Not Pictured:

Stay Don’t Stray– A primer for the eye area (including both eyeshadow and concealers).  Haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure it’s as fabulous as the rest.

Posie Tint
– A lip and cheek stain.  I’ve used this product in this color (and the Bene-Tint color as well).  I use it mainly for my lips.  It’s great to put it on in the morning and forget about it.  You can apply a clear gloss or chapstick to keep lips hydrated, but the color from the stain lasts for hours.  Helpful hint; use a toothbrush to exfoliate lis before applying so that the color isn’t cling to flaky lips. Gross.

They change out the reward products fairly often and you can usually score some pretty awesome deals this way.  If you shop Sephora and haven’t signed up, you’re missing out.  You might as well get rewarded for you reckless spending, right?


Beat the Heat: Shine-Stoppers

21 Jul

The purpose of these paper-thin little wipes is to remove shine from your face.  They take away all that un-wanted shininess and don’t mess up your makeup at all.  It’s a genius idea and you’re silly not to use them.  Well, that or you don’t get the greasies, in which case I despise you.  Just blot, and toss.  So simple and so very convenient.  With the kind of sweltering heat we’ve been having here in the south, I don’t leave the house without these.  As soon as my face meets the sun I begin to melt and it’s not pretty.

Step 1- Remove blotting sheet from packet.

Step 2- Press the blotting sheet to shiny area on skin and wonder if this is really working or if it’s simply pulling moisture from your fingers..

Step 3- Be equally amazed and disgusted by the results.  Then enjoy your newfound matte-ness.

I can’t remember exactly who it was that introduced me to these little miracle-workers, but it’s been a fabulous relationship ever since.

These wipes come in packages of about 50.  Several brands carry them (Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, etc.) and various stores carry their own versions (Target, Walgreens, etc.).   As far as I can tell, they all work exactly the same, so go for the cheapest!  I literally carry them everywhere I go.  It creeps people out sometimes when I pull these babies out and start patting myself down, but I’ve learned to look past that.  Worth it.

‘Bronze & Protect’ Your Face With Korres

21 Jul

buy it here

I came across this little set on a recent venture to Sephora.  Going in that day I knew I really only needed one item, so I was hoping to close my eyes and have my mom lead me directly to that product, and then back out the door.  I think we all know it didn’t go quite as planned.  I got my one item… and 2 more.  Not bad for me, I suppose, but still not the plan.  I’m working on my self-discipline. (Hey! I managed to walk by almost every other shelf and not even look…because that’s where things start to get dangerous).  I knew I kinda needed some new bronzer and since this set happened to be right beside the other not-on-the-list product that was purchased, it was convenient.  I already liked the brand, I kinda needed bronzer, and this set was only $2 more than the bronzer alone… done.

What’s in it, you ask? Well there’s a ‘Watermelon Tinted Moisturizer’, a ‘Mini Face Primer’, and a ‘Monoi Oil Bronzing Powder’. (Don’t worry, I looked up what monoi oil was for you; it’s a combination of Tahitian Gardenias and coconut oil and is most often used as a skin and hair softener)

So here’s the deal; I love it.  I’ve used the Korres primer before.  And, besides being 99% natural, it smells delicious and feels great on your skin.  I’ve never really used or believed in tinted moisturizers because I need full-coverage to hide acne scarring on my face, but I was pleasantly surprised with how well this covered everything!  It’s still not perfect, nothing is so far, but it’s a keeper nonetheless.  One thing I did notice though, is that the product absorbs fairly quickly so if you don’t rub it in fast enough, you’ll have some friction.  That’s a little annoying, but I love that it keeps my skin soft, protected (SPF 30, yay), and semi-covered.  And the reason I made the purchase… the bronzer.  At first I was nervous about choosing this color (there were two options) because it looked really light.  Most of the bronzers I’ve used in the past were a good deal darker, and I was worried this wouldn’t be noticeable against my skin, even as fair as it is.  Well, it’s great so far.  It’s not as much of a contrast as previous bronzers of mine, but I guess that’s probably a good thing?  It blends more naturally into my skin and doesn’t look as “fake”.

I’m pleased with my impulse purchase.  If you haven’t tried any of the Korres products, you should definitely look into them next time you’re in a  store that carries the brand.

Beauty Binge: Jergens Natural Glow

6 Jul

Price- $8-$10

Where to buy- Walgreens, Target, Wal-mart and the like.

This product is a gradual self-tanner.  This just means that it’s not an insta-bronze product that you’d apply before going out at night and rinse off the next morning in the shower.  This product creates a subtle color that builds every time you use it and won’t immediately disappear with bathing.  I’ve used both the lotion and the mouse (foam), but I’m currently favoring the foam for it’s quick absorbency.

This product works best on clean, smooth skin.  I apply after showering.  After applying, it’s best to wait 5-10 minutes to let it dry before putting clothes on.  This particular type (foam) dries super quickly, but I still wait a few minutes just so I don’t get the stuff all over my clothes or create any weird lines.  You can apply this to your face if you’d like or you can purchase their special little bottle just for faces (which I suspect is really just a clever marketing tactic).  I opt out of both in favor of some bronzer over my foundation as needed.  I have too many face products already, and I don’t know that my skin can handle it.


  • Cheap
  • Easy to use, low-maintenence
  • Creates a pretty color (not orange) when used sparingly
  • Color appears quickly
  • Great alternative to tanning beds and sun
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth and soft, and the hint of sparkle really does make your skin “glow”


  • The smell (not totally terrible, but very distinct and you will smell it all day long, trust me)
  • It will leave behind birth-mark-looking spots on your body if you happen to accidentally leave anything un-rubbed
  • Because I wash my hands after apply (as you should) I have two-toned wrists
  • Will leave skin under nails yellowed unless you are careful to prevent that
  • Can leave a little color behind on clothes/underwear/bedding from time to time, but it usually comes right out and is nothing like normal self-tanners

Helpful Hint:  Because of the smell and the fact that I often use this product in the summer when my skin becomes very sweaty (yummy, I know), I started putting baby powder on the places where my body tends to get the grossest (behind knees, under bra, lower back, etc).  This not only helps camouflage smell, but it seems to create a layer between your skin and clothing so you don’t stick to/leave behind marks on clothes.

Overall I think this is a great product.  I’ve been using this line for about 6 years now and I love being able to get some color without tanning beds  (which I unfortunately have still used some) and sunlight (which I unfortunately don’t get much of ).  I was just at the lake this weekend, for example,  and loved that I was able to feel a little sun-kissed when putting on my suit.  Great stuff.

My name is Becky…

17 Dec

… and I’m a gloss-aholic. 


I needed it.

Last weekend I took some time to browse through one of my favorite stores, Sephora.   And, ok, by “some time” I clearly mean at least 45 minutes to an hour.   I’m a total kid in a candy store in that place (well, we can just say It’s my make-up version of a candy store, because let’s face it… I AM the kid in a candy store).  It’s a total makeup oasis that I never want to escape.  As I made my way around all of the colorful, fun, beautiful, and irritatingly-well-packaged beauty products, I somehow found my way to a cute little set of Smashbox lip glosses.  I love their gloss, and this set happened to contain 2 full-sized and 4 smaller-sized glosses for only $29 (one full-sized gloss is $18).  See how great of a deal this was, people?!  How could I pass this up??  They even donated $1 of every sale to the Children’s Miracle Network, sold!  What’s the problem, you ask?  Well, in order to make room for these new treasures in my purse, I had to clean out an embarrassing 9 other lip products.  Yes people, I have a problem.  There.  Done.  Step 1 complete.  And, although 9 might seem like a ridiculous amount of lip product to have on me at all times, this is actually what I convinced myself to narrow down from at least 20something choices. (and as you can see from the old twitpic, this problem isn’t a recent development). 

So, what’s step 2?  Someone let me know. 

For all those other beauty-bingers like myself, I strongly recommend that you sign up for Sephora’s Beauty Insider.  It’s completely free to do, and by spending money you accumulate points which eventually lead to free gifts.  And who doesn’t like free (even if it does come at the expense of far too many beauty splurges) stuff?  Do it now. 

(Like the beauty gods themselves calling out to me, as I’m writing this blog to you, I received and email from Sephora offering me $15 off anything in the store.  They love me, they really love me.) 

And what’s that?  There’s more?  Yes, my friends.  For all of you unmarried, single women without children, who also wish to be doted upon but have never been ruled worthy by our marriage-and-baby-loving world… Sephora offers a registry for any occasion you can dream up.  Another reason I love this place.  Just because I don’t have a husband doesn’t mean I don’t need (or in the case of makeup, want) things!  Thank you Sephora, for acknowledging me.  A+

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