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My subscription box addiction

Two things I know. You can’t brush your teeth while eating Oreos. And, I have an addiction to subscription boxes.

It’s true.

I might need to join a support group. It might be a new TV show on TLC. It’s not necessarily my fault when they are SHOVED IN MY FACE all over the Internet.

And here I am enabling you too.

I am your dealer. Your pimp. Because now I’m telling you how great these babies are.

And I’m telling you that you should sign up.

One in particular is Beauty Box 5. If you follow my blog, you’ve seen me describe each month’s box of goodies.

This month is pretty awesome too. Here’s a picture to see. I could tell you all about it or you could see for yourself.  For more details, go to their website and check it out- Beauty Box 5

Frugalista Blog invites you to try Beauty Box 5

I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

Winged eye liner that’s easy- I promise

Sometimes in the makeup world, there’s things that can intimidate even the savviest beauty junkies.

Gel liner.

Yep. I am not a master of liquid liner, gel liner, or those pen thingies either. I will admit, some of my YouTube videos don’t look perfect because of the whole eyeliner business.

BUT- I think I found something that has solved my problem. It’s like the training wheels of gel liner.

This product is everywhere. If you have seen it in Ulta or Sephora, I think you should give it a try.

Here’s my in depth how-to in a video:

June Beauty Box five review and un-boxing

Only 6 months until Christmas! Sorry? Too soon? Too soon.

BUT, but, I can get excited for my Beauty Box five that came this month. Which is like Christmas in the mail each time. 

Remember, 5 items, $12, some full size items or deluxe samples.

This month’s box had a treasure trove of goodies.

Probably my favorite thing is the nail polish called Nicka K New York . I love this polish and have used it before from a different subscription box! The color they sent is a deep red which I have a wardrobe of for my toes.

Is there always a mascara in my BB5? I think so! How helpful is that of them? This month’s is Glam Natural Mascara. And guess what? It’s GLUTEN FREE! I know from several friends that gluten free is important even in hygiene products and makeup. I wasn’t aware of other gluten free brands, so now we know of this one. How cool is that?

Organix Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner uses the beloved ingredient, coconut and leaves out the nasty sulfate ingredients. Tthey sent a little sample packet of this which will go in my airline travel bag. I should use it first to try it, but I always save those travel packets, for well, travel. Also, I like Organix products and I think I’ll certainly like this one.

The Eslor Calming Kit introductory collection really interests me. I always am looking for skin care that is gentle for my sensitive, Rosacea prone complexion. Maybe this will agree with me. These were also little sample packets but I dove in to the cleanser and liked it.

Oh my goodness. You know what Emma is addicted to lately? Shower gel that smells like baked goods. I know. Who knew? Well this Vita Bath Body Wash in pink frosting is delish. I mean, it SMELLS delish, of course. I didn’t eat it. I love that it is also without yucky chemicals. Maybe if I wash with this every morning it will satisfy my donut binging. Hmm. Probably not.

 

 

Summer Drugstore Makeup Favorites

It’s officially summer. Well, okay June 21st is a few weeks away, but with Memorial Day weekend upon us, it’s the unofficial official start of summer. White shoes people. You can wear white now.

 

Now you need to head to the drug store, find the longwear makeup that will stick to you like fly paper and head to the beach.

You want your makeup to wear like a tattoo. Think of the hot and sweaty days ahead. All that boob sweat. Okay, I can’t help you with that.

But upper lip sweat? I can help you with that.

I picked the following based on the fact that they are 1) a good value 2) wear all day 3) stay true to color 4) perform as well as some of their higher priced counterparts

 

Cover Girl Insta Glam Foundation

Revlon Colorstay Blemish Concealer

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow

Maybelline 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Jane Cosmetics Multi-Colored Cheek Powder

L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinare Lip Color

Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara By Lashblast

Jane Cosmetics Water-Resistant Eye Liner


Summer drugstore makeup favorites by Frugalista Blog

 

Beauty Box 5 Subscription Box- May

May day! May day! This isn’t an emergency, it’s a happy dance for the warmer weather! Can you believe May is almost over? How is THAT possible?

But before we start freaking out about 2014 being almost half way done, let’s jump in to this month’s Beauty Box 5 package of goodies!

Beauty Box 5 May review by Frugalista Blog

 

The smart folks at Beauty Box 5 know that the temperatures are rising and with that comes sweaty pits. Well, mine anyway. Also, shiny complexions. Again. Me. I have dry skin but as soon as my Weather Bug app tells me the day will see temps past 70 degrees, I get ‘luminous’.

 

Let’s begin:

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths – Woo! I love these. They are like cloth wipes but with antiperspirant in them. I rubbed them on my pits and my feet. They feel like velvet and cool. I will be keeping these in my purse for when I feel stinky. Trust me. I will.

MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask – Since there’s only one of these, I haven’t tried it yet. I’m saving it for a fancy occasion when I need to look fresh and perky. Also they are biodegradable and that makes me happy. Each mask contains Argan oil and vegan-friendly hydrating ingredients. Put this on after a day at the beach when you feel all dried up and pruney.

H2O Plus Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel – An oil-free cleanser that uses sea salt and marine botanicals to wash off all that sunscreen you wear every day. I like the smell of this.

Harvey Prince Hello – I don’t always like fragrance samples that come in sample boxes, but I’m somewhat in love with this one. Citrusy with flowery tones like plumeria, it’s so sunny. A perfect happy fragrance to wear in the warmer months. Heat activates fragrance, so just a spritz is all you need this time of year.

CATTIVA Precisione Eye Liner – This retractable eye liner says it’s waterproof. So I did my test where I swatch it on the back of my hand and try to rub it off. It wouldn’t come off. So then I washed my hands several times. It stayed put. I’m guessing that when they say waterproof, they mean waterproof.

And there you have it. If you haven’t subscribed already, what are you waiting for?

And if you have- tell me your faves, I want to hear!

 

CoverGirl’s newest INSTAGLAM collection- Hit or Miss?

Cover Girl InstaGlam Review by Frugalista Blog

I was recently watching one of my favorite YouTube beauty guru’s review of the latest CoverGirl products.

I had to try them myself. So off I went to Walgreen’s and stocked up.

This recent collection is a big campaign with CoverGirl cover girl, Katy Perry. I definitely think it is geared for a young audience since it claims to keep you looking fabulous and photo ready.

Think “selfie”.  If you’re going to Instagram yourself, might as well look Instaglam. Get it?

Okay.

I tried 3 products. Well, two were the same. I wasn’t sure of the foundation color, whether it was going to be too orangey or too light. So I bought 120 and 205.

The 120 is too light. And don’t be fooled. It looks dark in the tube. The 205 is perfect for my light/medium complexion.

I swatched a little on my cheek in the car, and was not pleased.

But then, I applied it at home over a primer, and I couldn’t believe how well it covered and blended. It didn’t settle in my pores or lines. It seemed to have a smooth velvety finish.

The powder was the other product I tried. It claims to be a foundation powder. I didn’t use it alone as foundation, but instead used it to set the liquid foundation. I tried the light/medium #205 in this product and it seemed perfect.

The compact seems a little chintsy plastic. But hey- it’s less than $10. I liked the way it set the makeup and even the touch-ups during the day did not seem cakey or chalky.

Other items in the collection I didn’t try are the concealer and the lip gloss.

The products I did try, I give a thumbs up. All claim to be oil free and suitable for sensitive skin.

I had a hard time finding these online. But they were at my local Walgreens. Not sure if they’ve hit Target or Ulta stores yet.

Let me know if you want me to review any other products out there!

Have fun!

 

Serge Normant available at Costco

There’s certain hair care brands that are the creme de la creme. They rise to the top of the retail beauty food chain. They have fancy French names and you see them credited in magazines during Fashion Week, or on a Kardashian’s vanity, or a beautiful department store shelf of glass and lacquer and oh so many good things!

Often they cost a small fortune and you think, hmmm ‘groceries or hair spray?’

Well maybe YOU don’t think that. Maybe you are a decent person that doesn’t risk their family’s food budget for beauty products. I know someone who might. A friend. Never mind.

But maybe you always wanted to know what it would be like to have celebrity hair. And names like Serge Normant could be just as familiar to you as Kleenex or Oscar Meyer.

So. Good news! Now you can try out fancy pantsy hair products WHILE you are picking up your mega pack of diapers, paper towels and bologna.

It truly is a shopper’s dream come true. A FRUGAL shopper’s dream come true!

Yep. Instead of the $25 or whatever at Barney’s for Serge Normant Meta Luxe UV Hairspray,

you can purchase it at Costco for $9.99.

And let me tell you- my hair was GORG all day long.

There’s good stuff in this stuff. Like vitamins and UV filters. It’s brushable hold. That’s hair product talk for – you can spray it on your strands, brush it through and then there’s still hairspray holding your follicles without a big sticky flaky mess.

#hairbestylin’

Oh yeah. So go pick up your muffins and your hair spray.

You’re welcome.

Serge Normant available at Costco

I received a complimentary bottle of Serge Normant hairspray from them, but the words and thoughts in this post are all mine.

 

5 luxury foundations you will love

5 luxury foundations you will love by Frugalista Blog

You know I’m a frugal gal by nature (ahem). But every now and then, make that kinda often, I like to buy a premium product when it comes to cosmetics. I am one to try just about anything, department store to drug store brand, to find just the right one!

The old adage, ‘you get what you pay for’, does ring true for the following products. You really do get your money’s worth, in my opinion, for wearability, color matching, color trueness, and beneficial ingredients.

Some of these are pricey- be warned! So in contrast, I will soon post my top 5 drugstore foundations. Bargain hunters- not to worry.

Diorskin Airflash by Dior

Don’t be concerned by the spray mechanism. It’s a fine mist that is so even and light, you won’t get it everywhere. I pull my hair back and wear my bathrobe while applying this. It does have some fall-out. But the end result is a light, second-skin look that is dewy. Medium to full buildable coverage.

Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua

I kept hearing about this foundation all over YouTube. The first time I tried it I wasn’t convinced. Because it goes on so light, I felt like I didn’t see much improvement in my skin. But then I realized how the light caught my skin and flaws were blurred and my skin looked healthy. This is a great foundation to layer over other foundations or BB creams if you want to play with coverage and finish. Transparent to medium coverage.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

I’m curious why this foundation doesn’t get more buzz.  Honestly, it is such a reliable product. Apparently there’s silk fibers and linen in the actual foundation. Hmm, well whatever it is, it wears true and flawless. Medium to full coverage.

Becca Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation

What I love about this product is that it is convenient to travel with, has skin friendly good for your complexion- ingredients, and even though it is satin finish, oilier skins can wear it too. Medium coverage.

it Cosmetics IT-O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

The it Cosmetics line is designed for people with skin issues (which is everyone, right?!). Whether you have acne, rosacea or aging concerns, they are developed to provide skin care ingredients within their cosmetics so you get double duty. This foundation was another one I wasn’t sure about the first time I used it. But my skin really likes it. It seems to look fresher and less lined. The product doesn’t get in my little creases. It’s perfect if you like light coverage that blends easily.

 

There’s my list of luxury foundations. If I might add a disclaimer- I am not endorsed or sponsored by any of the above brands. I chose these based on personal use and preference. There’s a lot to choose from at the department store and some formulas work better for some than others.

If you have a favorite I didn’t mention, I’d love to hear about it. Remember, like Marilyn Monroe said, “a smile is the best makeup a girl could wear.”

 

 

 

April Beauty Box Five Review

BeautyBox five April review by Frugalista Blog

 

April showers, Easter, Easter eggs, spring, ahhh- we did it. We made it out of winter. Now bring on the cute shoes, colorful scarves, juicy lipstick colors, glowing skin. I’m ready.

And like the Easter Bunny brings chocolate edifices of himself, the mail man brought me my April BeautyBox Five. It’s always the highlight of the month. And with its bright blue box, it’s like a robin’s egg waiting. Okay, that sounds really weird, but it is robin’s egg blue and I love that color.

Let’s begin- (be sure to read to the bottom for a special BeautyBox Five offer.)

BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Palette- sampler

Three little eye shadows give you a glimpse of BH Cosmetic’s full size eyeshadow palettes they offer at great values. A favorite of YouTubers and beauty bloggers, BH is affordable and fun.

Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick

Wait. What? A lipstick brand I haven’t heard of that’s less than $5? HELLOOO! I liked the way it tastes or doesn’t taste. Sometimes lipsticks taste weird or too flowery. Also, it’s hydrating and paraben free!

Blum Naturals All Purpose Cleansing Wipes

These are the bomb dot com! Maybe it’s the cute container they came in that would fit so conveniently in your purse or beach bag. Maybe it’s the fact that they are infused with aloe vera and remove eye makeup or just wipe sticky movie theater popcorn fingers. Stop it. You know that happens to you too.

Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer

Remember above when I mentioned I was ready to glow? Well, I’m a huge fan of Jergens lotions that provide a smidgen of self tanner with moisturizers. Their natural glow formulas always work perfectly and, well, naturally!

Bonne Bell Lip Definer

Uhm, 1985 called and wants Bonne Bell back. Just kidding! I haven’t seemed to come across Bonne Bell in quite some years and didn’t realize they made more than lip gloss. I was impressed with this pencil. It was smooth and easy to blend. If there’s something I hate is chalky lip pencils. And less than $4 retail, these you can get in every color to have around whenever you need a touch up.

Well that’s my Beautybox Five roundup for this month.

Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already. Also, hurry over and check out their Makeup Madness Box before they’re gone. Five full size makeup products valued at $114 for only $29!

 

 

My Concealer Routine (includes video!)

 

 

My Concealer Routine by Frugalista Blog

Do you suffer from dark under eye circles? Has age, motherhood and life in general sucked all the liveliness from under your peepers? Do you wake up and wonder if the Louis Vuitton fairy came and left suitcases under your ocular vestibules?

Well, have no fear. I am here to help. I’ve narrowed down a quick and easy concealer routine, complete with products I used, to show you how to minimize all that dark shadows business going on. And not the funny movie kind with Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Now, keep in mind, I still look human after this makeup routine. I don’t have fillers, Botox or a magic airbrush wand to carry with me wherever I go. So I’m not going to look like a 21 year old. Or a magazine cover. It’s still just me. Slightly less tired looking though.

 

Take a look and tell me what you think. If I’ve confused you or forgotten to explain any detail- please let me know!

Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer

L’Oreal Visible Lift Foundation in 144

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim

L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Under Eye light

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in Light

MAC Cosmetics Extra Dimension Blush Auto Erotique (limited edition)

Tarte Angelic Nude Lipstick