Popular Mascara to Try

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I’ve been asked a lot about mascara and what I would recommend. I always say Covergirl Lash Blast Volume in the orange tube. It’s been my favorite for years. It is what I always end up going back to after trying a new kind. That said, I want to branch out and try new ones. Especially some high end mascaras because I have NEVER been able to make myself try a mascara that costs more than about $8. So, I am going to share with you my list of mascaras I am planning on SLOWLY trying and will report back here each time. Feel free to join in and let me know what you think, or if you have already tried some of these let me know! I have simply been searching online and through magazines and wrote down the mascaras that I read about frequently or heard about in more than one place.

First, mascaras I have tried but that I did read about and seem popular are:

Covergirl Lash Blast Volume…….$6.94 (Walmart) *current favorite *also the 24 hr is used by several makeup artists.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara…..$8.74 (Walmart) **Another current favorite. I wish it were blacker though. **this is a dry formula

Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black……..$5.84 (Walmart) *liked but went back to my Covergirl **Used by a lot of makeup artists

Loreal Double Extend……..$6.97 (Walmart) **years ago, want to try again.

Now for the list of mascaras I want to try, in no particular order. Except for this first one. 😉 My best friend Lacie loves it.

1. Diorshow…$25 (Sephora)

2. Lancome Hypnose Custom Volume…$27 (Sephora) *used by Kim Kardashian

3. Lancome Definicils…$27 (Sephora) *lengthening may need to add volumizing mascara with it.

4. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara…$10-$27 (Mini available at Sephora)

5.Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara…$15 (suggested to me before I became a consultant)

6. Mally Volumizing Mascara…$28 for two at QVC – best price. $20 for one from beauty.com

7. Maybelline Full n Soft…$6.47 (Walmart)

8. Maybelline The Rocket…$5.94 (Walmart)

9. Almay One Coat Get Up and Grow Mascara…$6.97 (Walmart)

10. Loreal Telescopic…$7.78 (Walmart) **lengthening, may need a volumizing mascara on top.

So, this is my list for now. I’ll add to it if I hear of others. Check back often to see which I have tried and can scratch off the list! 🙂 If YOU have tried any of these let me know what you thought of them in the comments.

Also, if you have deeper set eyes and your lashes rub your skin causing it to smudge, even waterproof formulas. Try Blinc Lash Tubes or Hard Candy Lash Ink 4 Day. If you have another suggestion for that please share! I have two girls that have this problem and have looked for other mascara options.

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Mary Kay Monday..err Tuesday? Timewise Miracle Set

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Timewise Miracle Set

From the company: “​With 11 age-defying benefits in one system, the TimeWise® Miracle Set® is clinically shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and help improve skin elasticity and even skin tone.”

I just recently started using the Timewise Miracle Set. I have to admit. I didn’t expect any miracles, but I was hoping to like it. I have never used an actual skin care line before. I usually always had my favorite cleanser, toner, and moisturizer from the drug store, a mixture of all different brands. However, I really am loving this line. I’ll probably not use anything else from now on! My favorite out of it is the Night Solution Gel. Good stuff! There are a ton of other products within this skin care line, for any issue you may want a little help with. I am also using the Targeted Action Eye Revitalizer but haven’t used it enough to review for you yet. The Firming Eye Cream seems to get rave reviews if you need a good eye cream. I have not personally tried it yet since I am testing out the Targeted Action one. Anyway… let’s get into the products included here one by one in the order you would use them.

The cleanser: I’m using the set for normal/dry skin. I have dry skin so the cream cleanser formula in this set is perfect for that. It is a cream that does not foam up, so if you do not like cream cleansers you will want to go with the cleanser for oily skin. The company says, “The cleanser combines age-fighting benefits plus three essential skin care benefits in one product, to cleanse, exfoliate and refresh – revealing younger-looking skin.” I love how smooth it leaves my skin after using it. No drying, tight feeling.

Day Solution: “TimeWise® Day Solution Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35* helps prevent sun damage such as lines and discoloration before they occur by blocking damaging UVA/UVB rays.” -Mary Kay Company.  I personally have not been using the day solution. I used it one time and felt it a little bit too wet/greasy for my taste. I hate saying greasy because it isn’t really that. I just like products to really soak into the skin and not leave any feeling of residue after, or like there was product sitting on top of my skin. For me, I felt I could still feel this, so I opt to not use it. It’s a great product if it works with your skin though, and all skin types are different. It is a sunscreen that you can use daily and you should ALWAYS be wearing a sunscreen. Since I don’t use this I use the Mary Kay Foundation Primer that has added SPF.

Night Solution: “​A unique delivery system of encapsulated vitamins and antioxidants combined with collagen-enhancing peptides that smooth and firm the skin.” – Mary Kay Company. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff. Not only does it enhance collagen but it feels moisturizing and refreshing because it is a gel. I use this every single night after the cleanser. You only need one pump and apply all over the face. Your face will feel so…. refreshed is the word that keeps coming to mind. I couldn’t live without this in my night time routine!

Timewise Age-Fighting Moisturizer for normal/dry: “formulated with an exclusive dream humectant blend, plus powerful antioxidants that help guard against free radicals to help skin look and feel smooth and radiant when used in conjunction with the ​TimeWise® 3-In-1 Cleanser.” -Mary Kay Company. My new favorite moisturizer for sure. I’m really picky about face moisturizers. I always find them to be too greasy or thick. I have always been on the lookout for something that is really absorbed into the skin because I want to be able to apply my makeup over it during the day without feeling like I need to blot off excess moisture/residue first. This is the one. At night after the night solution soaks in and I apply this. Aahhhh, a little bit of heaven. I love washing my face at night just for how this feels after everything. During the day, even after just the cleanser, the moisturizer feels nice and refreshing and it’s light so you can wear it under your makeup with no problem, and then apply your foundation primer. Again, I like to use the Mary Kay Primer for added SPF.

Hope you all found the review helpful. I AM a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. You can purchase this set from my WEBSITE  or by e-mailing me brooketurney@marykay.com

If you currently know and have a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant contact her to find out how to purchase this set. 

The full sized set is $90 and the 30 Day Trial Set is $44. The Primer mentioned is $16. 

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Personal Update

For those that follow the blog I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I was in the hospital for preterm labor but am back home now and on bed rest. I have a few blog posts in mind that I will be posting over the next few days. Plenty of time to research and write while stuck to the bed or couch! 🙂 So, I haven’t gone anywhere and expect to see new posts soon! 🙂

Hair Care Routine

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I have had several of you ask about my hair products and what I like. My mom is a hair stylist so I’ve tried a ton of different lines. Currently, this is what I am liking. The shampoo and conditioner change often, the other three do not. I have colored, dry, and damaged hair so I use a lot of conditioning products. I’ll go through my routine below:

1. Wash with Healthy Sexy Hair Color Safe Soy Moisturizing Shampoo. I do this twice. Always. I do not wash my hair every day. It’s best to wash every two or three so that is what I shoot for. If you have an oily scalp try a dry shampoo between washing. I do not so usually don’t need any type of dry shampoo between washes.

2. Use Healthy Sexy Hair conditioner. This line says that it is sulfate, gluten, and paraben free. It contains soy, cocoa, and Argan oil. (The shampoo does as well.) I let this sit for several minutes before rinsing. If you can stand it, rinse with cool water.

3. Once out of the shower I spray in my Dede/conditioner Delicate Replenishing Leave-In Mist with grape extract for fine and stressed hair. This is by the brand Davines and I have to say it has been my absolute favorite hair care line that my mom has tried. I’m probably going to go back to their shampoo and conditioner. I do like the Healthy Sexy Hair it’s a close second to Davines.

3. I mix these next two products: Schwarzkopf’s Bonacure Hairtherapy Repair Rescue Sealed Ends with a little Garnier Argan Oil (use any Argan oil you like. This is just what I have right now.)it doesn’t take much of either product. I mix in my hand and massage into my hair and scalp and really focus on my bad ends.

Lastly, I style as desired. 🙂 That’s it.

Some lines I have tried that stand out in my mind for not liking were Chi, Pureology, Biolage Color Care, and Kenra (good hairspray didn’t like the shampoo/conditioner). That’s just my own personal opinion!

I am not affiliated with any of the above mentioned brands.

REVIEW: Real Techniques Brushes

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I have been wanting to try this line of brushes. I’ve seen them used quite a bit and was debating between this face brush or a Sigma Round Top Kabuki brush. I opted for this one because of the price! The Sigma brush was about $18 (still cheaper than MAC by far) but, I picked this one up while in Ulta for half price since they were having a buy one get one half off sale. The powder brush was $9.99 and the Expert Face Brush is originally $8.99. Really amazing price for the quality, in my opinion.

Now, I still love my Beauty Blender and it probably is my favorite application tool for foundation, but sometimes you are just too lazy to mess with getting it wet and washing it after. At least I am. 😉 So, I had been needing a good brush for that. I have a MAC 190 (flat style foundation brush) but I hate those types of brushes for foundation. They make my foundation look streaky and it seems like its harder to blend it all in well. I do love to use mine for patting in my under eye concealer though.
Which is a good tip! Don’t feel like you have to use each brush for what it is labeled. Use it for what works best for you.

I finally used the Expert Face Brush the other day and I absolutely love it. It’s so soft on the face but dense enough to really buff your foundation in. I also like the handle and how it feels in my hand. The flat bottom is also great for standing it up on your dressing table. I will most definitely be purchasing some eye brushes to try. They didn’t have any at this Ulta so I will be looking around for those!

All-in-all I say if you want a good quality brush, but need to find a more inexpensive option, these are the brushes for you.

December Faves!

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Yay it’s that time again for a monthly favorites post! I did forget a couple things in the picture which is my beloved eos Lip Balm and my Mary Kay Satin Lips set. I have a blog review on both of those products if you want to know more about why I love them. Now, on to what is pictured…

elf HD Powder – eyeslipsface.com
This is a super light powder that is perfect for setting makeup. I use the fluff pad that came with it and dab it all over my face to set my foundation. I have the translucent shade which is white. I have heard if you get too crazy with it it can lighten your makeup look some. I am really fair skin toned so I haven’t noticed an issue. I did notice some bigger specks that did not seem as powder but I just got a big fluffy brush and brushed them away.

elf Blush Brush – eyeslipsface.com
I needed a good contouring brush and picked this one up for that reason. It is perfect for contouring. I don’t think it would be as good for blush but that is only my opinion. I like a fluffier bigger brush for blush. For the price this brush has been great!

elf Eye Smudger Brush – eyslipsface.com
This was only a buck! Does the job so I can’t complain!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation – Walmart $11.97
As I have mentioned several times before, I have really dry skin. Especially during the winter months so I have started using this by itself instead of my Revlon Colorstay. The Healthy Skin is a little more luminous or dewy so it is working better for the cold weather. I also have been applying with mostly my fingers and then blending a little better with a MAC foundation brush for a little fuller coverage. There are only 10 shades so not much of a color choice. Mine is Classic Ivory (yes I’m very pale). I do love this foundation, which is why I have included it in my December Faves but I do feel like it is overpriced for the drugstore, as are a lot of other foundations.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment – $7.94 Walmartw
I have pretty bad dark circles under my eyes and am always looking for a good concealer. I used Mary Kay before and it had always been my favorite but I didn’t have a consultant that I knew to buy from for awhile so haven’t used it in years. I picked this up a few weeks ago after hearing such good reviews about it and I’m glad that I did! I really do love how well it conceals the circles. It comes in 7 different shades, mine is fair but I’m going to also try the “brightening” shade as its more of a peachy tone and will counteract with the bluish tint under my eyes.

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny- Walmart $2.99?
I found mine at Walmart but cannot remember the price. I found it listed on KMarts website for 2.99 and that sounds about right. I picked this up after seeing a lot of people say that it is a dupe for Benefit’s Hoola. There are mixed opinions on that and I can’t really have one since I do not own Benefits Hoola Bronzer but I can say that I like this one. I like it because I can use it for contouring and it does not have any shimmer which a lot of drugstore bronzers tend to have.

DoTerra Hydrating Cream $46
My good friend and fellow Linewife, Jody sent me this and I must say I really like it. I didn’t love the smell at first but I have gotten used to it. It contains essential oils that fight aging and moisturize the skin WITHOUT leaving it feeling oily. I hate moisturizers on my face that feel greasy afterwards. This one soaks right in and leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not greasy or heavy with product. It only takes a little and I especially like this under my makeup because of the lightness of it. If you’re interested in this or other products from DoTerra check Jody’s site: http://www.mydoterra.com/jodysimmer/

MAC Studio Mist Blush in Peach Spritz
I almost didn’t include this because it is discontinued. 😦 They aren’t selling any of the studio mist line anymore. I got this years ago and used it everyday for awhile and then just got it back out last month. I really like it and the color. Sad you can’t get them anymore… I did find it listed on eBay for $50 but I think I’ll just mourn the loss once its empty and move on to something else. 😉

Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow
This has been another one of those products that I have had for quite sometime but just now started using again. I looked online and these seem to run about $5. I use this under my powder shadows as a good base of color and a lid primer. I got the quad that had the most skin tone shades and I’ve used all of them under different eyeshadow looks. Under the shadows it does not crease or cake up.

Urban Decay Naked Palette Sephora $50
Saved the best for last. I finally got the oh-so-popular Naked Palette. I now see what all the hype was about. LOVE it. Super pigmented, creamy, blendable shadows. There are supposedly several dupes out there for this and color wise I’m sure there is but product wise I doubt it. I really love the formula of Urban Decay shadows. My favorite so far. If I ran out of this I would definitely buy another.