Sally Beauty Supply Buys

Should you find yourself in a Sally Beauty Supply, you need to know a few things. First of all, it’s not just for beauty professionals, it’s for errybody. Second of all, you’re probably going to overhear a lot of personal conversations among employees, likely about each other. I don’t know, I kind of love that about it. It’s a part of the atmosphere. Next time you’re in a Sally’s, these are the items you should scoop up!

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1. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat is one of the very best fast-drying top coats!

2. Ardell Dual Lash Applicator makes applying glue and your lashes much easier.

3. Palladio Rice Paper Blotting Tissues are great blotting sheets for the oily days of summer.

4. Face Secrets Cotton Tip Applicators for sharpening that cat eye, grrrrl.

5. Tanwise Sunless Tanning Spray because it’s the best self tanner I’ve tried. Remember?

6. Ardell Natural Multipack Demi Wispies are the best false lashes I’ve tried and they look good on every person, every time.

 

Better Than Clarisonic?

konjacspongesI’m going to share a funny story with you. My husband and I moved into our new house we built about 4 months ago. One night, in the first week, I woke him up at 4 a.m., startled by a buzzing noise. I followed said noise to the bathroom where all I could detect was that it was coming from the outlet in the wall. I started researching electrical fires on Google of course and made my husband remove the face plate, convinced there were wires burning up in there. We found nothing. We even had an electrician come the next day and he said there was no malfunction that could be seen. Around this same time, my Clarisonic Mia had been “ghosting,” meaning that it would randomly turn itself on. I noticed it buzzing in the drawer one day all on it’s own and then it hit me. Our electrical systems are fine. My Clarisonic is a demon! So it’s basically been shorting itself out for the past 2 months. It’s on it’s last leg I know and after 4+ strong years, it’s time. It has given me so much. Clari, I shall miss thee. Funeral details are forthcoming.

All that being said, not really ready to fork over $100+ for a new Clarisonic, and also curious about using more chemical/gentle exfoliation methods, I’ve been using alternate methods to clean my face. I really enjoyed the Dr. Sponge konjac sponges way back when so when I saw EcoTools had released their own at just $6 each, I scarfed. ecotoolssponges

For the past 2 months, I’ve just been using the EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge, alternating with my Root Fresh Face cleanser and Trader Joes one and I want to say, my skin has actually looked better for it. I suspect that the more gentle cleansing method has perhaps reduced redness and inflammation. The sponge still exfoliates but so softly that you don’t even notice.

Keep in mind, I am definitely not saying the Clarisonic is bad for your skin. I loved using it and I might get another someday but I do think a konjac sponge and gentle cleanser are an excellent, budget friendly alternative! I love that the EcoTools sponges can be picked up at Target and Walgreen’s which is really convenient for me, vs. having to order the replacement heads for the Clarisonic or making a trip to Sephora or Ulta.

For more information on what exactly konjac sponges are, this post will tell you more.

Top Gel Liners

Pencils and liquids and gels-oh my! Liner comes in many forms and it just comes down to what you like working with and what type of look you’re creating. Gel liners are great for creating perfectly-winged out cat eyes, for using as a shadow base all over the lid to change the color depth of powder shadows or for creating a sooty smoky eye. You’ll just need a great brush to pair with your liner. I’ll list those below for you. Here are 9 gel liner picks, at a variety of price points!
gel liner collage1. M·A·C Fluidline This is one of the oldest and iconic gel liners on the list. Can’t go wrong here. 2. Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner If you’ve got watery eyes and/or oily lids, a waterproof gel like this is the ticket. 3. Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining Long Wear Gel Liner This is lasting and doesn’t dry out. Pick some up the next time you’re grabbing some goodies in your red cart! 5. Root Pretty All Day Gel Liner If you find some gel liners are like a slip n’ slide to work with, this has a unique consistency that I would describe as more clay-like. This allows for you to carefully create the line you want and it also lasts and lasts! 8. Sigma Standout Eyes Wicked Black Gel Liner I like that this is paraben-free and available in 5 colors! 9. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lacquer Eyeliner This is so smooth and I go back and forth about whether it’s almost too smooth? It doesn’t last as long as I’d like but I really like working with it. Don’t bother with the included brush though. Use it for a lip brush instead! See it in action here. 4. Inglot Matte Eyeliner Gel 77 My favorite of all. Just hits all the high notes. This is why it’s in my freelance kit. See it in action here. 7. LORAC Pro Cream Eyeliner I love how this glides on without dragging or tugging. And yes, I know it says cream but basically the same as a gel liner but easier to apply due to it’s texture! See it in action here. Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner This is the happy medium of textures. Not too slippery, not too dry. I mentioned it here. Best Brushes for Gel Liners linersReal Techniques Fine Liner Brush Sigma E05 Eye Liner Brush Root PRO Vegan Flat Line Brush Japonesque Angled Eyeliner Brush

LORAC Pro Contour Palette Review & Demo

When it comes to LORAC, I’m a verified fan girl. I love so many of their products. Their eyeshadows especially. They are unparalleled when it comes to pigment, texture and blendability. That is why when I saw that they were releasing a contour palette I said to myself, “ok, so maybe I’m not totally over contouring just yet. Maybe I do need another palette.”

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This palette retails for $45 at Ulta and includes a full-size brush. It contains 6 powders: 2 matte highlights and one shimmer plus 3 matte contour shades. I break it down in detail as well as compare it to some other contouring products and show how it applies in this video, but here’s the Cliff Notes version!IMG_0758
lorac-contour-swatchesLeft to right: Deep Contour, Medium Contour, Light Contour, Shimmer Highlight, Yellow Highlight, Beige Highlight
IMG_0754Pigment 10/10. You barely touch it and you have great payoff, very similar to LORAC eyeshadows.

Texture 10/10 Buttery smooth, feels like a cream at first. Once applied, they blend out beautifully.

Value 10/10 I think this is the most impressive quality. For $45, you get 6 powders, in generous pan sizes, with a full size brush that is actually really great.
IMG_0798The only thing I don’t love about this palette is the shimmery highlight as it’s a bit too pearly pink/white. I will continue to use TheBalm’s Mary Lou-Manizer for my highlighter du jour, but for matte highlights and contouring, it’s everything you want!

Paula’s Choice Skincare Empties

paulas choice emptiesHappy Skincare Sunday to my Wake Up For Makeup friends! I don’t know about you, but when I’m nearing the end of a beauty product, I feel a certain sense of pride and accomplishment. I pat myself on the back for being so dedicated and sticking with a routine. I am patting myself on the back lately for smashing through these Paula’s Choice products like an age-defying adult.

If you need a refresher on Paula’s Choice, I broke it all down for you here. I’ve been extremely impressed with their gentle yet highly effective formulas at modest prices. For reference, the products I have tried all help to focus on my dry, aging skin type. If you are more combination-oily and/or acne-prone, Paula’s Choice offered a variety of formulas to address all skin types and concerns.

These are the products I’ve used so often that I’m now down to the last precious drops!

Skin Recovery Moisturizer
This night time moisturizer
got me through the winter for sure. It’s mega hydrating and soothing. Now that it’s summer and my skin isn’t as dry, and the tube is nearly gone, I just like to apply it to my neck, an area that is often neglected! I really like that this is a night cream that isn’t packaged in a jar. The tube packaging is much more sanitary as you aren’t dipping potentially dirty fingers into it and introducing so much air to it every time you apply.

Clinical 1% Retinol
This retinol treatment
has replaced all others for me. I tried going back to this one, but quickly realized that Paula’s Choice is still my fave. I love the consistency, sanitary airless pump and of course the results. I love that retinol not only addresses wrinkles but also my dark spots, pore size and breakouts. If you aren’t using a retinol and are concerned with any of those, put this in your cart right now. You won’t find a better 1% retinol treatment for $55. Read more on why I love myself some retinol here.

Skin Recovery Lotion with SPF 30
I think everyone needs a go-to daily moisturizer with SPF and this has been mine. A little bit goes a long way yet I’m still nearing the end of this tube! I love how hydrating it is, without feeling at all sticky or greasy. I don’t even mess with SPF 15 anymore so the fact that this has 30 is legit. It wears well under makeup too!

I also finished up the Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser and Skin Recovery Toner really quickly but I threw the bottles away or I’d show you those too! I still think about that lovely toner and sigh longingly. Time to order more!

You like what you hear? You can save 20% on any of these products so get thee to Paula’s Choice by clicking the link and your discount will be loaded automatically for you. You can also enter PRIMP20 at checkout. That would make the Clinical 1% Retinol $44! A small price to pay for people telling you that you absolutely don’t look 31 :)

This post was made possible by Pretty In My Pocket’s collaboration with Paula’s Choice. Product provided by Paula’s Choice for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.

Skincare Giveaway-yay!

Having finally surpassed 1,000 likes on Facebook and subscribers on YouTube, I’d say it’s time for a good old-fashioned giveaway! This one is skincare focused and valued at over $370, so if you need to amp up your routine, this would be a good one to enter! Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and one winner will be selected at random on July 18, 2015.
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Clockwise from top: Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask, Tula Purifying Face Cleanser, Calvin Klein Reveal-mini, Borghese Fango Mud Mask minis-2, Stemology Cell Revive Smoothing Serum, Tula Illuminating Face Serum, Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream, Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser

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Tanwise Sunless Tanning Spray Review

IMG_0654Studies over the past decade have shown that I look at least 40% more attractive with a tan. These studies included sifting through numerous summer and vacation photos, mourning the loss of my caramel macchiato skin tone.

I have a brain that is smarter now so I’d never bed tan again in my life. Therefore, I am on a constant hunt for a sunless tanner that doesn’t smell like starchy grossness. A sunless tanner that isn’t sticky, difficult to apply, that lasts and that delivers believable color.

I’ve tried many, always thinking maybe now I’ve found “the one”. I do still really like bareMinerals Faux Tan. I did enjoy the SoBronze line. But now I think I’ve found a sunless tanner I can’t find much fault with. I originally heard about Tanwise from the lovely Cara Brooks over at Makscara. I’m at Sally Beauty Supply often, stocking up on my Ardell lashes, so when I saw Tanwise on the shelves, and at a really modest price at that,  I just had to try it. HAD TO!

PROS

  • Price. $11 is a total steal.
  • Texture. Not at all sticky and I can get dressed shortly after applying.
  • Color. Though it does give you instant color, the sunless tan that develops is the most realistic I’ve seen on me. It isn’t at all orange and is believable and rich.
  • Scent. The initial scent is a cherry almond and the self tanner scent that inevitably develops is very minimal. It is the least offensive I’ve found. I actually put this on and ran some errands which I’d normally never do stinking like self tanner.
  • Application. When applied with a mitt, I found it easy to blend with zero streaking. I did exfoliate prior to applying, like a good little sunless tanner.

CONS

  • Even though the aerosol spray can can may convince you to just mist it directly on, the best way of applying is with a mitt, hands down. Pun! I tried spraying directly onto my body but found that I immediately had to use a mitt to blend it so may as well just spray directly onto the mitt.
  • Because it gives instant color which helps you to see where you’re applying it, it can also stain white leather chairs, white robes, etc. The bronzer washes off but just be careful!

IMG_0653I haven’t tried the mousse, lotion, face gel or one hour versions but I’m sure they’re baller because the formula is legit. I actually said to my husband, “daaaaaamn, does this sunless tan look good or what?!” So you know it’s good :) 

BITE Beauty Matte Creme Lipsticks

bitebeauty-mattecreme-lipsticksIt’s no secret I love BITE Beauty…and hard. I found my perfect red lipstick in their High Pigment Lip Pencil and their Lip Lab in New York is on my bucket list. I love all of their lip products, made with food-grade gluten-free ingredients an no parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals or phthalates. Their Agave Lip Mask is life changing as well, just a nugget of wisdom for ya on this beautiful Tuesday. Anyways, let’s talk about BITE’s newest limited edition release, the Matte Creme Lipsticks, frozen berries collection.

bitebeauty-mattecremeThese 5 matte shades were inspired by flash-frozen berries and contain cranberry and blueberry seed oils for their antioxidant and omega fatty acids. They retail for $24 each at Sephora stores only. Though they are all matte shades, they still have a subtle sheen so they don’t look or feel at all dry. All of BITE’s matte products are more akin to velvet than a flat looking finish. Organic fruit butters. Mmm. Let’s ponder that for a moment.

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Plum: Described as a rich eggplant, this is one of my faves. I’m wearing it in the photos at the end of the post.

Elderberry:
This is an uber dark, rich gothy-purple, which I love. I will say, it doesn’t seem to apply quite as smoothly as the other colors. It’s pretty damn dark so it won’t be wearable on many people. If you’re a fan of Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss lipstick in Homegirl, you’ll dig it.

Juniper: I describe this as a hot pink meets red. So sassy. Love.

Black Cherry: This is described as oxblood and I’d agree. I think I will wear it more in fall but it’s a true wine, burgundy shade.

Barberry: I die. BITE calls this a “muted orchid” and I call this my jammy jam. I absolutely love any purple shade like this and Barberry is no exception. I’m wearing it in this video.

bitebeauty-swatchesAs with most BITE products, no complaints here. The wear, finish and color saturation are bomb.

_M9A8057Wearing BITE Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick in ‘Plum’

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Product was provided as a PR sample on behalf of BITE Beauty. No financial compensation was received for this post and all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you!