At least I think they're actual shell. I'm pretty sure this is either paua shell or abalone, but I'm leaning more towards paua. They look like the kind of cheapy shell jewelry you can get at touristy shops here, if I'm being completely honest. The shell comes in one strip, like paper, and you just cut whatever shapes you want. There's an adhesive backing, and you just peel it off and stick it on your nail. The only thing is, it doesn't feel at all like paper. It's stiff, kind of thick, and brittle. If pieces break off, they remind me of these little shell pieces that I have for other nail art, so that's why I'm pretty sure it's shell. I got it from Born Pretty Store, and I'm pretty sure this is what I got, in case you want to try it out!
Around Christmas last year, I took advantage of the sales going on everywhere. I got my hands on the Foxy mini Ultra Matte lippie set, (and scored two free full-sized metallic lippies as well in a special!). I had heard a lot of things about this formula, mostly bad things. A lot of YouTube gurus said that this particular product is very drying; some said it's the most drying formula they have ever tried. That's kind of why I hadn't tried it myself for so long; so much bad reviews. But ultimately, makeup is very personal, and what doesn't work for some people might work for me, so I decided to give it a fair shot.
The set costs $18.00 online, but I think I might have gotten it for $13.00 with a $5.00 off coupon. At full price, you end up paying just under $4.00 for each lippie, which contains .02 oz of product. That makes the lippie seem alarmingly empty, doesn't it? For comparison, a full-sized lippie costs $6.00 and contains .11 oz of product. Take that as you will. It took about three days to ship from the day I purchased it, and another five days to get to me in Hawaii.
Here is the official product shot from the website:
And here are mine:
These are the colors (from top to bottom), as described from the website:
Tulle: Ultra Matte Lip; dusty burgundy
Clueless: Ultra Matte Lip; dusty mauve
Beeper: Ultra Matte Lip; greige rose
More Better: Ultra Matte Lip; deep wine
Creeper: Ultra Matte Lip; classic blue-red
Now, I had a hard time getting the white balance accurate to the actual colors of the product, so I apologize in advance. But I kept everything in the same order as the photo above for as accurate a comparison as I could manage. There are three nudey colors, one deep magenta, and one bright red.
It surprised me how dark all the colors were. I expected the nude ones to be a bit lighter in color. It's not a bad thing, since I like bold, but it was just unexpected. The pigment is really rich, and it tried pretty nicely. Getting it off my of my arm with a makeup wipe showed that it does stain a little, especially the darker colors like More Better, Creeper and Tulle.
Here are some lip swatches:
So first and foremost, these look great on. They are nicely pigment, there's no streaking, goes on easily, and is buildable. But, remember how everyone and their mother was saying how drying the formula was? Well they were not joking. Holy crap, you guys. These suck the life right out of your lips almost immediately after it dries. If you don't put down a balm or an oil first, and if you don't exfoliate before that, you're going to have a bad time. If you put down some sort of moisturizer, you'll be fine for the most part, But you shouldn't have to do that, you know? I know you know.
As you can see in the last picture, and in the swatches, some of the colors stain. More Better definitely stains a bit. It reminds me of Jeffree Star Cosmetics Masochist, which is a similar color, and also stains. Might just be that kind of pigment. Be sure to use a good makeup remover!
Let's break it down:
- Super affordable ($6.00 for full size)
- Many colors
- Very pigmented
- Not streaky
- Applies well
- Extremely drying
- Must apply moisturizer before applying product (inconvenient)
I know my con list is much shorter than my pro list, but that one con is enough to make me not want to buy it again. My bff said the satin formula is really nice, and almost looks matte, and is not drying. I might give that a try because I do like the colors and pigment a lot. I just can't stand how drying the formula is. It's so uncomfortable! If you think this might work for you, by all means, give it a try. It's not going to break the bank, that's for sure. Couldn't hurt! And I sure hope it works for you. But as for me, I won't be purchasing again.
Another regular polish mani! I've been wanting to use my Essie Shine of the Times top coat with the amazing holographic flakies in it. I can never get over how dang pretty it makes everything. I saw this tutorial from Kirakira Nail from her Minimalistic Monday series, and I really liked it. Decided to try it with polish, since I didn't have washi tape, and I love how it came out. I only wished that the flakies shifted more towards green than red. But I dig it!
January's BB Bag is themed "Beauty Resolutions." I got shampoo and bodywash for the first time (that weren't a part of a travel pack), and a rubber modeling mask! Very exciting.
Total value: Around $65.00. I say "around" because the modeling mask is somewhere between $11.00 and $15.00.
Mohani Perfect Damage Care Baobab Perfume Shampoo and Body Wash ($11.99 each)
The shampoo contains baobab extract that help to promote degeneration of hair cells and fatty acids and proteins that are essential for healthy hair. So if you have color treated or damaged hair, this shampoo should be good. I used it twice, and it smells pretty nice. It didn't give me dandruff, so it must be pretty moisturizing as well (I have a dandruff problem). The body wash also smells nice, also contains baobab, and improves your skin's elasticity and moisturizes.
Scinic It's Tint Lip Tint ($4.99)
Another lip tint pencil. I'm getting pretty bored of them, especially since they're always like, the same color. I haven't used it yet, not too sure if I am going to, to be honest. Might regift.
Deoproce Cleanbello COllagen Essential Moisture Cream ($19.99)
I'm starting to really warm up to Deoproce. This collagen moisturizer "protects skin from external pollution." What? Like smog? I'm assuming stuff like that. It contains anti-aging marine collagen to help plump fine lines and wrinkles.
It has a handy dandy lid that keeps it sealed under the lid. It's kind of hard to pull it off, though, if it suctions.
The cream itself is thick, but it smells a bit like a grandma. Like old lady perfume. But it's not overwhelming. The cream feels nice on the face, but does feel slightly greasy and doesn't dry down. Not a total deal breaker, though.
Eyebrow Trimming Scissors ($5.00)
Pretty self explanatory. I dig it.
Anskin Premium Modeling Mask ($11.00 - $15.00)
I've never used a modeling mask before, and it took two tries to get it right. This is a vitamin and mineral-infused modeling mask. Basically, you mix this powder with water, put it on your face, let it dry, and peel it off. It's like rubber, and as it dries it becomes very cool on the skin. Good for warm weather, I think. It feels refreshing after I take it off, and I do feel like my pores look slightly smaller.
I didn't take a picture of the bag, but you can see a bit of it in the first picture. I must say, it makes up for December's ugly ass bag!
Valentines Day isn't my favorite holiday. In fact, some of the worst times of my life have happened on or around Valentine's Day. Remind me to tell you some stories later...But anyway, despite that, I can't resist doing a theme on my nails. This year, though, I'm feeling kind of lazy, and I want to get back into using regular nail polish for a little while. That found me dipping into my Nails Inc. collection. I had forgotten about this black polish with a bit of holo in it from Nails Inc. called Disco Lane. I'm pretty sure it came in a set of four that came out around the holidays many years ago, so I'm not sure if they still make it or not. I also topped one of my nails with loose glitter that I got in the craft section of Walmart, and because I can't resist, I topped that with a couple of nail stickers.
The nail stickers didn't last more than a day, and the top coat didn't want to stay on the glitter, so this entire mani needed to be taken off in two days time. No biggie, though, because it didn't take long to do at all. I forgot how quick manis are with regular polish! On to the next design!
December's BB bag had some pretty decent items that I was excited about. I feel like November's bag didn't have a whole lot of skincare items, but this bag definitely made up for that!
Total value: Just under $67.00
December 2016's theme was "Clean Slate," so items seemed to be based around some sort of cleansing. Toning, a face wash, pore clearing product, pumice, you get the idea.
The bag, however, was SO. UGLY. This is like the bag that my dad keeps his bills in, something you can get in the office supply section of Walmart for $2.00. Was disappointed.
VOV Color Song Eyes ($5.50)
This is a pretty, shimmery eyeshadow. It's good for the inner corners, eye bag (if you're into that look), and if you wet the brush or use some MAC Fix +, it's really shimmery on the lids!
Scinic All Day Fine Pore Control Toner ($21.99)
This toner is formulated with oak apple and ivy extracts and it is supposed to tighten and prime pores. It also says it dries to a powdery finish, but I always put on moisturizer and stuff right after I use it, so I can't really vouch for that.
I have noticed, since using this product, that my pores are a bit less visible. So I'd say this toner is a keeper.
Kinepin Wheet Feet Stone ($8.00)
This pumice is a pretty pink color, and on the other side it has a brush. It also has a hole in it so you can easily hang it in the shower (where I use and keep it).
Tsaio Charcoal Deep Purifying Cleanser ($14.00)
I was shocked by how nice this product smells! It's almost citrusy, really pleasant. It contains charcoal, which pulls impurities from your pores. It also contains essential oils to keep your skin from getting too dried out. Maybe using this and the toner together is what's been making my pores less visible? Either way, I like the smell of this product, and I like that my skin feels cleansed and not squeaky after I use it.
Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Steam Starter ($12.00)
Can we talk about how cute this packaging is? This is a gel product that you rub on your nose or your whole face, if you want to, and it is supposed to loosen blackheads and absorb excess oil in your pores. I use it on my nose before I use my curette on my blackheads. I'm not really sure if it helps or not, to be honest. I have to use it a bit more.
Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch ($5.00)
This patch is for dry, chapped lips. Great for cold weather. I've tried a product like this from The Face Shop and I didn't care for it. I found it pretty gimmicky, hard to keep on my face, and I feel like this doesn't do anything that a lip balm won't do, and at least with a lip balm you can pay $5.00 to use it many, many times, as opposed to one-time use.
Overall, I really liked what I got in the December BB Bag. I didn't care for the bag, but I really like the toner, cleanser, and pore gel!