Sometimes it's pretty easy to get caught up in the world of Sephora, and all the mid-end and high-end brands it offers. Heck, it's easy to fall into the rabbit hole that is makeup, and more often than not there's always an urge to "climb up the ladder" so to speak.
Which can be a pity, because drugstores have some good makeup. Cheap and cheerful can actually be that, without compromising on quality.
You can kind of see where I'm heading with this review, can't you?
One of the struggles of having an oilfield for a face is that foundations never tend to stay on for a respectable time. Or if they do, my face still ends up looking like someone poured grease all over it (yes I know, not a pretty picture. #sorrynotsorry) Worse still, the ones meant for oil control feel like a literal mask on your face - heavy, and makes you feel like your skin can't breathe! Being someone who likes weightless formulations, they weren't an option.
I'm glad to note that companies are coming out with better-formulated foundations - having both a lightweight feeling, as well as being able to (reasonably) control oil.
I don't usually wear foundation on a daily basis, so I try not to spend too much on it. Which is why I was quite excited when the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation came out. I had high hopes!
Back in December, I was in London with the mister, and of course could not resist the chance to pick up a few goodies. A trip to Boots and I had my hands full of Bourjois products (literally).
Me being me, promptly started using them, forgetting to blog about it (I mean to!) and as I was clearing out some stuff a couple of weeks ago re-discovered them and that's when the face-palming began...
Anyhow! No harm, no foul since this is a permanent product. Let me draw your attention to the quad in question:
I was never someone who was super into brows. I mean, I knew I had decent enough brows, and aside from getting them threaded once in a while/tweezing strays and stragglers, I never much bothered.
All that changed, though. I'm not sure when it did, but one day I "filled in" my brows with a dark brown shadow and... I was mesmerized. They looked so wonderful! I looked so different!
Fast forward to today, where I can no longer do without a brow product. How times change. Still, for the most part I look forward to a fuss-free product, and this just so happens to be one of my favorites.
As you may have noticed, I wasn't around last week. It's been exciting times here at the BGMM home. The weekend before saw Mr. BGMM and I graduating from our respective programs (woop woop!) and it was a celebratory weekend! And after the exciting weekend, my folks, the mister and I flew out for a well deserved vacation! There were stunning views, incredible scenery and lots of hiking. Mr. BGMM and I even went horseriding! (I'm still feeling the effects of that, ouchies).
But vacations have to come to an end and while I had a fantastic time, I'm happy to be back to my blog!
Congratulations to those of you who are graduating (and if you've graduated before, or in the future - you all deserve it!)
If you've been a longtime reader of my blog (thank you!) you might have noticed that I've been trying to make changes (for the better!) to the blog of late. My photography skills have been increasing (can I say that?) and the more I've been striving to improve them for my newer posts, the more unhappy I was with the pictures on my older posts.
And so, starting today, I'll be updating my older posts with better pictures. This will be for the products I still have with me; I'll be re-photographing them, so they might not be in the pristine condition they were!
On that subject, as much as I try to take photos of products when they're new, it never happens. I'm just too tempted to swatch it and play around with it! And to combat that I've been putting things away in the hopes of taking them out one a time to review... and that isn't working out. I'm going to be using all the products I have (which is why I got them in the first place, natch?) which means... review photos won't be so "pristine pretty".
I hope you find all my posts - old and new - useful and informative.
If you're like me, and fairly into makeup, you tend to shop a lot. You also tend to end up at Sephora, because you (mistakenly) thought, "Well hey! They have a good assortment of brands here, and they have an interesting rewards program" (in bold because it's such, such a lie).
As a result, you tend to accumulate points. And since most of their "point perks" tend to be rather crappysmall and "interesting", when you get an email with a promotion like the one below, you tend to get excited.
The email was quite vague and didn't mention exactly what the perks were, or when they would be released, but looking at the image, I was excited. FINALLY, REWARDS THAT WERE WORTH IT! I cannot explain how excited I was. The email mentioned that there would be another email sent out on the release date, letting everyone know when you could redeem your points. Cool, right? I mean, a Kat Von D set with the Shade and Sculpt palette, matching brush, a lipstick, eyeliner and mascara.. in an autographed case.. and all full sizes? ALL OVER THAT. Not to mention the Urban Decay Vault!
You know, mascara was something that I never considered using because I always thought I had fairly decent lashes. Even now, most days I'm mascara-free - I like using it when I'm going out for some added oomph.
The only issue I had was my lower lashes. I could never figure out how to get them to be more... prominent (is that the word?). I tried using a regular mascara want but I could never make it work without getting mascara smudged everywhere.
That's when I heard of NYX The Skinny Mascara. It has a very small, narrow wand that's supposed to make it perfect for getting right down to the roots of your lashes, as well as every individual lash. It's not advertised per se for the lower lashes, but when I saw it I went "whoa, that's going to be perfect for my lower lashes! " And so I ventured forth and procured it for myself.