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DIY Subscription Box-Part 2

Posted in 99 Cents Only, budget shopping, cruelty-free skincare, Disco Dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Giant, Dollar Tree, E.L.F., L.A. Colors, personal shopper, Real Deal Dollar, shopping on a budget, subscription boxes, Wet 'N' Wild with tags , , , , , , , on July 19, 2016 by sorceressofthedark

Part 1 talked about how to put together your own Subscription Beauty Box for under $12.00 and have that box worth many times over what you paid for it. Isn’t that what beauty boxes are all about? I know, I know, for some, it’s getting the box in the mail, for others, it’s the surprise of what’s in the box, still others just enjoy having someone else choose products for them.

But if you’d like to choose your own products, are pretty savvy about what’s out there on the market and what’s actually in those products, then it’s pretty darn easy to put together a beauty box all on your own. There’s also no waiting for the mailman!

With all that said, they make great gifts for family and friends, you can store them easily ahead of time for when you might need a gift, and you can make these boxes for guys and kids, too. Since you’re choosing what goes into the box, you’re the creator. It’s all about you and whomever the receiver will be. So just have fun!

Another way to put together a box and be surprised is to get together with a friend and go shopping. Both of you put together a box and then exchange boxes. This way, you’ll both be surprised at what’s inside! (Just make sure your friend knows what you like!)

So here is Sorceress Of The Dark’s Beauty Box #2:

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Cost: $11.00

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  1. Claudia Stevens Eye Fix Mix Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream-this rich cream contains prunis amygdalus which is sweet almond oil, sesame seed oil, theobroma cacao, shea butter, and mango. It hydrates the under-eye area exceedingly well. Retail: 7.99.
  2. Skin Nutritions New York Age Defy Dark Circle & Puffiness Serum-this roller with serum has green tea extract, vitamin B3 and vitamin C. Just roll it under your eye to de-puff and help those dark circles. Retail: $4.00.20160715_220159-1
  3. E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal-I’ve used this whip over and over! It’s a highlighter, it’s a lip gloss, it’s a blush, it’s an eyeshadow, it can be used so many ways. The color is a light coral that’s slightly shimmery, perfect for summer and goes great with a tan! Retail: $4.95.
  4. Sassy & Chic Blender Sponge-Yes, I realize this isn’t the $20 something infamous sponge that so many love and swear by. But not everyone can afford that sponge. So for those that can only afford a much more reasonable alternative, here it is. This type of blender sponge is used wet. You squeeze out the excess moisture and then you blend in and out your foundation, BB Cream or whatever you’d like. I’ve used it on blushes, BB Cream, even when I use a bronzer as an eyeshadow (I’ve received a few of bronzers in my two beauty boxes so I want to get rid of them this summer….lol). It works just fine for me and it’s cleanable. For a buck, I’m happy. Retail: 5.45. 20160715_220419-1
  5. Dr. Marvey Nail Grow-I’m anxious to try this! I’ve heard good things about this product line and how it’s helped others grow and maintain their nails, so I’m definitely willing to give it a try. Retail: $6.00
  6. LA Colors Color Craze in Meadow-I love this color and I’ve been using it so much this summer! LA Colors doesn’t chip and lasts at least a week on my nails. Retail:  $5.45.
  7. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips 320 Kitty Kitty-I’ve been using these nail strips for years and always will. They last until my nails start to grow out! They are well worth the money! Retail: $4.50.SOTD10
  8. Wet ‘n’ Wild Coloricon Brow + Eyeliner- this was a two pack in two colors-656 A White and 699C Turquoise. They sharpen easily and are soft so they don’t tug on your delicate eye skin. I love the turquoise, beautiful color and white is great for opening up my eyes.Retail: $1.50.
  9. Wet’n’Wild Megawear mascara-color is very black. This is a good general mascara that doesn’t clump or smudge. It removes easily. I like wearing this type during the day for a more natural look. Plus it’s cruelty-free! Retail: $3.00.
  10. LA Colors All-n-One Lipstick Blush + Eyeshadow in Pink Satin-I love this stick! It really does work for a lipstick, blush and eyeshadow! The color blends so well, it just rolls up so no sharpening is needed and it’s a soft, blendable color. Retail: $8.95.SOTD11
  11. C. Booth Skin Below The Chin in Iced Lemon Body Cream-Love the scent and it’s so creamy and hydrating for my skin! Retail: $4.99.

I paid $11.00 for these eleven items, but retail value for all of them totaled $56.78! So this beauty box I put together is worth more than 5 times what I paid for it.

If you ever feel like curating your own beauty box, it’s simple. If you’re unhappy, disillusioned, or just don’t have the funds to tie-yourself into a monthly box, here’s an alternative. Head on down to a Dollar-type store near you and take a look at what’s in their beauty aisle. You just might be surprised. Take  fifteen dollars with you as your limit and see what kind of “box” you can put together for yourself. You’ll have loads of fun and you just might surprise yourself!

These are my choices from my local Dollar Stores. I deliberately chose the cheapest route for this “beauty” box posting and the last “beauty” box posting. I realize there are all kinds of incomes in our world. I also realize there are all kinds of beauty “buys” available.

Just because a product is sold in a higher-end store doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you, and the same works that if a product is sold in a lower-end store it doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you, either.

I’ve bought creams from famous brands that cost me $125.00 that gave me milia (bumps), greasy skin and didn’t do what they promised to do. I’ve also bought jars of creams that cost me a few dollars that really surprised me in how well they did their job. You just never know how well a product will react to your skin. Also, each dollar-type store carries different brands at different times, always rotating merchandise very quickly!

I’ve seen E.L.F., NYX, Milano, Revlon and more available. There are lipsticks, blush, BB Creams, powders, blush, you name it. You just have to always check.

My next DIY Beauty Box will be from online shopping.

Peace,

Sorceress.

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DIY Subscription Box-Part 1

Posted in 99 Cents Only, cosmetics, cruelty-free, Disco Dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Giant, Dollar Tree, E.L.F., ingredients, personal shopper, Real Deal Dollar, Sephora, shopping on a budget, subscription boxes, Target, Target stores, Wet 'N' Wild with tags , , , , , , , on July 18, 2016 by sorceressofthedark

I have this really great Dollar Store near me (actually 4) but only one of them has this beauty aisle where I can score these super deals for a buck each. I love to go in and check out what’s hanging on those pegboards!

Believe me, I love places like Sephora and Ulta, and I hang out in those places too. I’ll hit Target too to see what’s new in their beauty aisles. After I’ve checked the perfumes at my local TJMaxx, Ross and Marshalls, I’ll always see what’s in stock in their beauty departments, as well. You just never know what you’ll find.

I’ve already told you that I now order the monthly Target beauty box and I also subscribe to Play! by Sephora. Those are the two boxes that I’ve decided on after much reading and comparing of all the boxes currently out there in the subscription box world. A person can go absolutely nuts spending their money on boxes sent to them with merchandise picked out by someone else. I’m not saying it’s not fun and if you have the funds to do it, and want someone else to curate a box for you and sometimes be surprised (sometimes you get to see what’s in a box ahead of time, sometimes you get to choose an item of two in a box ahead of time), then go ahead and have loads of fun subscribing!

I personally chose Target and Play! by Sephora (two opposite-end spectrum boxes) for a reason. For Sephora, it’s so much fun to dip into high-end products that I really doubt I could constantly afford or justify (looking at you Sunday Riley Good Genes).  Some of the products I can, some I just would never. As for Target boxes, I can afford anything they decide to put in their boxes.

But here’s the thing that I have noticed with the boxes. Although Target will send one or two full-sized products and the rest in the box are tiny samples, Sephora puts in little samples or sample-sized products and many of the items in their boxes are labeled “samples-not for resale”. Hmmmm. That doesn’t make me happy when I pay for a box. Even though these are higher-end products, they’re still gratis given to them by the respective companies and Sephora is still stuffing them in a subscription box for re-sale.

So I started wondering what kind of beauty box could I put together if I went into my local Dollar Store and spent under $12? What kind of value could I put together myself? Here’s two beauty boxes that I put together that I think are great values. Anyone can do this themselves and have loads of fun doing it!

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Sorceress Of The Dark Beauty Box #1:

Cost: $11.00

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Products: 1. Wet ‘n’ Wild Coloricon Brow + Eyeliner in 649 MinkBrown/650D PurpleViolet-These are so soft and spreadable. They don’t pull on your lids and you can sharpen them to a point. You get two in a package. Retail: $1.50

2. E.L.F. Persimmon Essential All Over Color Stick-Love this stick! It really is an all-over color stick! I’ve used it as a blush, a lipstick and an eyeshadow. It’s blendable, soft and creamy. Retail: $5.99

3. LA Colors Bold Lash Mascara in Very Black-Small enough to tuck in your purse. Not a mind-boggling mascara, but one that will give you a clean, everyday look for running around town doing errands. Retail: $5.00

4. Wet ‘n’ Wild On Edge Longwearing Eye Pencil Fergie Hypersky A253-Gorgeous eye-popping blue that’s so soft, non-tugging and can be sharpened. Love it for the summer! Retail: $5.25

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5. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Spring Fever- I’ve been using these for years and love how long they last! The paisley flowers are perfect for summertime! Retail $4.05

6. Sally Hansen Nail Stickers in Faux Real- Perfect for year-round. Retail: $2.50

7. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Reverse French Real Nail Polish Strips in Red My Tulips- I adore this color for the holidays and can’t wait to use them! Retail: $5.25

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8. A & D Ointment- I’ve been using this for an eye cream periodically. I like to switch up my creams because I feel skin becomes used to the same formulas. A & D has Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate) in it. It belongs to the family of retinoids, is less irritating but should not be used on your skin in sunlight. It is good for cuticles, a hand and foot cream, also. Retail: $5.45

9. Global Beauty Care Retinol Makeup Cleansing Wipes 30 Count- I’ve used these countless times when I’m too tired to properly wash my face. They do take off make-up well. Retail: $6.95.

10. SkinNutritions New York Age Defy Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector-This contains Kojic Acid (a skin whitener), Ascorbic Glucoside (a form of Vitamin C), and Polypeptides (moisture-binding, anti-aging) and many other ingredients. Retail: $2.50

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11. C. Booth Skin Below The Chin Spun Sugar Body Cream-this smells so good! It’s extremely hydrating for winter-time! Retail: $4.99

Although I only paid $11.00 for these 11 products, the value I could estimate from the Web was $48.93! So this beauty box I put together was worth over 4x what I paid for it , had all full-size products in it, and I chose all the products myself so I know I’ll use them.

I feel as long as I’ve done my research on products and ingredients, checked out what others have had to say about products and then made a rational decision about tossing that buck at the clerk, I’m just as happy, hell, happier that I’m walking away with a BUNCH of stuff for under $12 bucks. It’s as if I curated my own subscriptions box!

I’ve done a second box just to show that this isn’t a one-time thing. Check out the next post to see what’s in Sorceress Of The Dark’s Beauty Box #2!

Peace,

Sorceress

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Drugstore Cosmetics That Work!

Posted in E.L.F., L.A. Colors, Wet 'N' Wild with tags , , , , , on February 18, 2015 by sorceressofthedark

Bargain cosmetics. Drugstore make-up. Are they worth it? Absolutely! Two of my favorite brands are Wet-n-Wild and E.L.F., both found in drugstores, discount stores and dollar stores. Both brands do not test on animals, another plus. LAColors is another brand found in dollar and bargain stores that works well and does the job.

 

Wet-n-Wild Megalast Nail Color.

Wet-n-Wild Megalast Nail Color.

Wet-N-Wild Megalast nail color is incredible. Especially if you can buy any of these polishes on sale or buy one get one, you’re getting an incredible steal. But even at their regular price of $1.99, they’re still one of the better polishes that you’ll buy.

The brush is super wide and flat. It almost covers your entire nail bed. How simple an idea is that? Why don’t all the nail polish manufacturers use this idea? I love the notion that two swipes on my nails and one swipe on my last two nails covers it for me.

The colors are great and all I need are two coats to last my manicures for a good 5-7 days. I use a bottom and a top coat to ensure that they last. I bought one recently and was so impressed I went out and bought 7 other colors to stock up for the spring.

To test out the strength of the new Megalast, I deliberately did my nails and then shampooed my carpets, did a load of dishes (without rubber gloves), and general housework without worrying about my manicure. To my surprise, I didn’t have to touch up my nails. I could not believe it. This stuff actually lasts a good week and I had to take it off because I tired of the color and it’s time to change my manicure. Good work Wet n Wild!

No animal testing too. I’m done with paying more for the expensive salon nail colors that chip the next day. I will not waste my money and time on anything else anymore. These colors are just as pretty, stay longer and are cruelty-free. Absolutely love them.

L.A. Colors All-In-One Pencil.

L.A. Colors All-In-One Pencil.

L.A. Colors All-In-One Pencil is a soft, colored pencil that works three ways. Another find I can’t say enough good things about. Another dollar store find that’s ridiculously fabulous for a buck and I wouldn’t be without it. Not to mention the compliments that I’ve received on my make-up when I’ve only used this stick as a lipstick, blush and eyeshadow. That’s right. It’s called the “All-In-One” for a reason, and believe me when I say, you don’t need anything else, besides your mascara, setting powder, and eyebrow powder for a natural look that is so very easy and looks really good.
The color that I have is Pink Satin. I’m fair, blue-eyed and blonde and it works wonderful for me. I’ve been asked what color lipstick I’m wearing, or what color blush I have on, what eyeshadow I’m wearing, etc., when all I’m wearing is just this pencil all over. It’s a creamy, lush, thick pencil that goes on smoothly wherever you place it. It glides up, so you don’t have to worry about sharpening it. It lasts forever. This color is a deeper rosy hue that seems to fit my complexion, and brings out my eyes. I use it in the creases only for a more natural look. It seems to last all day long, but I also do use a setting powder. What a find for a buck!

E.L.F. Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder.

E.L.F. Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder.

E.L.F. Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder comes in a tiny little container. It’s a whitish powder that’s to be used under your eye. What does it do? It lightens underneath, it highlights, it brightens.

I haven’t had any problems with glitter chunks in this product. There are some glittery pieces, but as I use a small concealer brush to blend it in under my eyes, they blend in very well and don’t leave any type of shimmer at all for me.
I love the packaging. It’s small and compact. I turn the jar upside down, a little comes out into the lid, and I dip my brush into it. You don’t need much at all. For my fair skin, the color seems to work very well. I would imagine depending on the color of your skin, it might appear as if there is too much glitter. If that’s the case, I would suggest to use it more as a highlighter instead. Why waste it? It’s actually a multi-tasker product.
It’s a soft, blendable powder that smooths right in without making any lines noticeable. That’s important. After I apply this powder, when I’m finished with my makeup and setting powder, I can also apply a dab of my eye moisturizer (I use one of Shiseido’s for extra hydration) and the powder still remains.
It brightens my undereye area just enough without making it appear ghostly white. The trick is to use the right brush, not be heavy-handed and also to get the right amount for your eye area. As with any makeup, it always takes some practice. But that’s half the fun.

Another winner from E.L.F. that doesn’t break the bank that’s cruelty-free.

E.L.F. Essential Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara.

E.L.F. Essential Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara.

E.L.F. Essential Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara is a great dual purpose item from E.L.F. for a buck. I love that the tube is see-thru so you know exactly how much is left in it or how dark or contaminated a side is getting. This company really is on the ball.
I’ve used the one side for my brows to keep them finished neatly, with and without eyebrow makeup. The obvious downside is that the wand will pick up color from your brow makeup and redeposit it back into the tube. It’s a gel that’s more on the drier side and I can use the mascara type brush to comb my brows in the direction I want. If there’s any flaking I can just comb it out with the same brush, no problem.
The other side is labeled for your eyes so you can’t mistake the two, a big plus if you do decide to use it for both your eyes and brows. I have coated my lashes as a final coat to see if it prevents flaking and smudging. This does seem to do the trick in a pretty decent way. I’ve tried it on a variety of mascaras, even fell asleep, and found my mascara intact. Frankly, I was surprised. I haven’t tested it on all of my mascaras yet, so I’m not sure if it really will work in that manner.
I find using it just as a gloss for my lashes doesn’t really accomplish much. I need more than it can offer for my short, blonde lashes. It doesn’t have the capacity to lengthen, volumize or darken in any way.
I don’t find it clumpy or wet at all. I’ve also had my tube now for a few months and it’s still wet and nothing dried out, so it’s lasting a pretty long time for what it cost me.
I’ll repurchase when it’s time. I think it’s this is a good makeup staple in my makeup toolbox that I use daily.

Wet-n-Wild Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner.

Wet-n-Wild Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner.

Wet-n-Wild Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner is super easy to use, so inexpensive, basic color choices, cruelty-free, washes off with water yet stays put…another winner from Wet’n’Wild.
I first bought this in #864, which is a dark, deep purple, very pretty color to make your eyes pop. I usually use black, that’s always been my staple color, or the darkest blue I can find in a kohl pencil, but for some reason, I had purchased this one in the Liquid Eyeliner. I have to admit, for awhile there, I was on the search for a multitude of eyeliners in a gazillion colors. Whatever unusual shades I could find, I’d buy them if I thought they’d pop my grayish-blue eyes. Shades of purple always seem to be complimentary.
Then I bought the turquoise, navy blue, black sparkle (which is really a nice black with very little sparkle) and I’m delighted. I was wearing the turquoise (more of a green) at Sephora and an SA asked me if it was one of their high-end ones that they carried in their store because he thought the color was extremely flattering. Wet-n-Wild fooled a Sephora sales associate. That works for me. Every time I wear the turquoise I get compliments. It’s just a great color.
The liner is thin and flexible and I like that. It gives me latitude in lining both my upper and below my lower lashes. I don’t do my waterline with this. But the liner is so thin that I can create an absolutely great line under my lower lashes that is not large at all, just a line that looks more like my mascara is darker there. It’s great for doing that.
For my top lids, I can easily do the line in short strokes for my comfort in doing a straighter line, or if I want to smudge the line immediately. The color is good, it’s dark and stays that way until I take it off. I was a bit worried about removal. I always worry the first time with eyeliners, wondering if I’m going to have to pull or tug at my under eye area. Didn’t have to with this. Just used a q-tip to do the last clean-up after cleansing my face and it was gone. Easy stuff to remove.
You can get Wet’n’Wild at CVS, Rite-Aid, Walmart, Walgreens and other stores at their regular inexpensive prices, but I always look for the sales. There must be a sale at least once a week within one of these stores where you can BOGO or get a percentage off. That’s when you can really have fun and get more for your bucks.
I like that this company also donates their products to disadvantaged women returning to the workforce to help them feel better about themselves. They’re a charitable company that believes in women, are cruelty-free and also feels cosmetics shouldn’t “cost your paycheck”. Great mission statement. It works for me.
Seriously, for a couple of bucks, they’re dupes for higher-end ones, and they last all day till you take them off? You can’t go wrong, ladies.

E.L.F. Studio Kabuki Brush.

E.L.F. Studio Kabuki Brush.

So I went on an E.L.F. haul this week and one of the items I picked up was the Studio Kabuki Face Brush. How soft it is! How delightfully soft! This is the third Kabuki brush I have owned and I’m sure this is by far the best but certainly not the cheapest. The bristles are white with tinged black at the tips and a black handle. It is just the right size for your hand, a good hefty Kabuki brush for 6 dollars.
It has not left any bristles on my face nor has it lost any bristles during washing. So far, so good. That’s always been my main complaint with any brush I use. This Kabuki delicately swipes my powder across my skin as it should leaving a flawless finish, as I expect it to. That’s what a Kabuki brush should do. Leave a gentle, light finish. The handle is supposed to be short to allow an easy handling and not a heavy hand in applying your powder/blush/bronzer. E.L.F. did a good job in their design.
I use it with E.L.F.’s High Definition Powder, which is a white, sheer, loose powder in a tub. I swirl the brush in the powder, tap it and apply it to my face. It leaves just the right amount on my skin as I buff it across various areas, allowing the powder to leave a nice, dewy finish without settling into any fine lines, creases or pores.
Since it doesn’t come with its own holder, I kept the plastic upright container it was boxed in and use that as my Kabuki Brush’s stand. It keeps it fresh and clean from outside contaminants. It’s easy to wash and dries overnight. A little bulky to put in your makeup bag with the container and you’d squash it if you carried it alone., but you really don’t need to carry one around during the day. It’s a great brush at a bargain price, you won’t be sorry for trying it.

E.L.F. Mascara Shadow Shield.

E.L.F. Mascara Shadow Shield.

Whomever was the brainchild of E.L.F.’s Mascara Shadow Shield should be the recipient of an award. How many of us have gone through countless q-tips as we clean up our under-eye area of mascara drops and eye shadow that has filtered down? Well, no more will you have to do that. You have just saved yourself the money and time for all of those with this shield. It’s easy to use, it’s washable with each use and it’s inexpensive. What more could you ask?
You place the Shield underneath your bottom lashes and apply however many coats of mascara you want against it. No mascara hits your skin but it goes expertly on your lashes. The pay-off? No clean-up. No swabbing underneath your eyes.
Turn it sideways against your upper lid and apply your mascara again for as many coats as you’d like and none of it hits your lid. No swabbing again. The klutziest of them all can use this with beautiful results.
It’s washable. It’s made of a thick silicone that bends easily on a wand. It cost only three dollars. If something happened to it, I’d purchase it again, without a doubt. I’m one of those people that cannot apply mascara to my bottom lashes without also having raccoon eyes. My clean-up must involve at least 4 q-tips per eye. I just can’t do it. I never could. I’ve used all kinds of wands, even Clinique’s little baby wand for the bottom lashes and that didn’t do it for me. But this Shadow Shield works, and made me a happy person.
What made me the happiest was being able to apply multiple coats to my bottom lashes without the bother of clean-up. For those of you that know what I’m talking about, you eventually say to yourself, I’m done putting enough mascara on because you don’t want to clean up anymore. Now you don’t have to think about it, just use this Shield and put on as much mascara as you want to make your lashes as full and luxurious as you want without the bother.
It really does work. Thanks E.L.F.

E.L.F. Studio High Definition Powder.

E.L.F. Studio High Definition Powder.

E.L.F.’s Studio High Definition Powder is absolutely one of their best products. I could not believe how much I would fall in love with this white powder. I use the high definition powder that is absolutely white, not any shade of color. According to the back of the box, it “creates a soft focus, masks fine lines, and makes you camera-ready”. Well, believe it all. And believe it for 6 bucks.
The container is the black heavy plastic box that has a screw-on top. It sits nicely on any vanity. Once you take the top off, there is a little powder puff that you can use, but I would recommend E.L.F.’s better Kabuki Brush to buff this powder in after application. The top of the powder contains a plastic top similar to a sifter, where you just have to be careful in allowing so much to come out. Eventually you get the hang of it.
I use the puff to first apply it to my finished face. Yes, I look ghostly when I do this. And I am as fair as Snow White. Then I take my Kabuki and begin to buff the powder into my face. It gives my face a delightful matte finish with a radiance, but very little glow that I find very appealing and natural. It lasts for hours. I don’t look like I have powder on at all. As a matter of fact, the white chalkiness is gone, the ghost look has disappeared, and suddenly, my makeup is completed with a professional look. All in minutes for a few dollars.
The powder feels like silk. It’s soft. It’s not drying at all. It doesn’t settle into any fine lines. It doesn’t highlight any lines, either. Years ago, Clinique had offered a similar powder to this one and I used it faithfully. I’ve never found another one that I’ve liked until I tried this one.
What’s amazing about it is that it won’t cover up your other make-up or change the color of your skin/make-up/eye make-up, etc., which is what you want. You want a flawless finish powder to set your make-up, not cover it. And that’s what this does.  The container actually lasted 9 months before I had to replace it.
Well worth the price. I even took a small amount and put it into another tiny sifter container I had from another brand for my makeup bag for touchups, should I need them. I love the way this powder feels on my skin with its light composition, its texture, the pigmentation is just right and there is absolutely no smell at all.
Another great way to use it is when I am not wearing any type of foundation/BB cream/tinted moisturizer but I want to rid my face of the shine from my moisturizer when I go out on my errands. I use the same technique as above, and the shine is gone and I still have that little glow. I just add some lipstick, and now I have a natural look for the day. I really do love this powder. It’s lasting quite some time for me and a little goes a long, long way.
Just a great product from E.L.F.’s better line of products.

All of the above products were purchased for about $20.00 plus tax. That’s it. I’m not a big make-up person by any means. I’d rather go natural, if I could, and I do, most of the time. I wear powder, do my eyebrows, put something on my lips, line my eyes and that’s my basic. I believe if you take care of your skin early on, it will show as the years go by and you can get by with as little make-up as possible. The less made-up a woman is, the more beauty she shows. Sure, there are times when we must do ourselves up for special occasions. But every day? Nope. Not me. I want to be comfortable in my own skin. It’s fun to play, but not everyday.

The point of it is, there are products in drugstores on the lower-end of dollar spectrum that are just as great in their functioning as high-end designer ones. You don’t have to pay a lot to look great. You’re not wearing the label on your face. There are a lot of brands to choose from, a lot of products out there. Do your research, buy what you really only need, and always check a store’s return policy before you buy. If it doesn’t work out, make sure you can return it for a full refund.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Madonna’s Truth or Dare…Tuberose Lovers’ Delight…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in amber, benzoin, cosmetics, Coty Prestige, gardenia, jasmine, lily, Madonna, musk, neroli, Perfumes, Stephen Nilsen, Truth Or Dare, tuberose, vanille with tags , , , , , , on December 22, 2013 by sorceressofthedark
Truth Or Dare.

Truth Or Dare.

A sharp, crisp tuberose that delivers with opposing notes of surprise. Strong tuberose intermingles with woods and spices in this fanciful perfume introduced by Madonna. One must definitely be a floral lover to enjoy this one or it could be a headache inducer.

There are days I’m in the mood for  this type of scent when it basically comes through straight florals without much more mixed in to make this fragrance one of a linear proportion.  Did I say tuberose lovers unite in Madonna’s Truth or Dare? They should. It delivers.

After wearing this straight for a few days in bitterly cold weather when I believe the notes would be at their advantage, I still found it to be a basic tuberose lovers’ delight. (There I go again…tuberose, tuberose, tuberose….am I making myself clear here?)

Tuberose radiates strongly for hours until washed off. Why? You guessed it. The tuberose is that strong. Which is a good thing. (For tuberose lovers.)

With a stretch I can find an underlayer of sandalwood hugging and an occasional spice wafting through. But those components hardly hold the show together. Why? Because the tuberose kicks ass instead and is the star of this perfume.

The bottle is unique in design but fools you until you realize it’s only white painted glass. That’s right. Painted glass. As if someone sat in a craft class with their little styrofoam brushes and dipped them in a paint tub and stroked away. Shiny white painted glass. My bottle chipped on the first day of use. On the front, right above the logo. On top of that, there were paint bubbles in the paint finish.

For under 20 bucks with a lotion and bath gel, this was a steal, but I’m still seriously aggravated about the chipping paint on the bottle.

Madonna’s Truth or Dare is available at department stores, drugstores, online and auction sites.

This perfume is considered an oriental floral and was launched in 2012 by Coty Prestige. The nose behind Truth or Dare is Stephen Nilsen who also created Madonna’s Truth or Dare Naked.

Top Notes: Neroli, Gardenia, Tuberose.

Middle Notes: Jasmine, Benzoin, Lily.

Base Notes: Musk, Amber, Vanille.

Peace.

Sorceress

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Sensuous Nude Brings The Beach Home…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in amber, bergamot, coconut, Estee Lauder, heliotrope, Honey, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, mandarin orange, musk, pepper, pink pepper, sandalwood, Sensuous Nude, vanille, woodsy notes with tags , , , , , , on December 22, 2013 by sorceressofthedark
Sensuous Nude.

Sensuous Nude.

Yes, yes and more yes. Ahhhh….absolutely delicious. Heaven, pure heaven. The next morning a hint of this perfume still remains. How fabulous is that?

The initial blast of honeyed milk served in a coconut shell with spices on top is extreme and brings its’ wearer to heights of delicious anticipation. Images of sitting in a tropical palm-covered hut-I can hear seagulls screeching overhead and the sun is delectably warm. The sea is crashing behind me, the sky is blue overhead with minimal clouds on the horizon. And the barkeep? Let’s just say that’s my fantasy…and Sensuous Nude takes you there.

This perfume delivers a sweet musk brilliantly tempered by amber sitting in a coconut shell. If golden bronze had a color, this would be it. Lauder chose the color for the bottle correctly. Close your eyes when you spray, because that’s what you see.

It can be minus 6 degrees outside with gusty winds, snow blowing around the corners of the house when I spray this perfume and my mind will still create images of that beautiful beach. It still takes me there to blue skies, warm sands under my toes and the ocean waves not far away. It’s that delicious.

A nuance of top peppery notes add just the right amount of spiciness to this brew without overloading it. Bergamot adds the freshness, zing and pop in the initial blast that gives Sensuous Nude its exciting wow factor in the beginning that calms down with the honeyed milk. The sandalwood comes across more as a dried hay or dried palms, similar to the tops of little beach huts.

This perfume radiates very well and lasts for hours upon hours. Sensuous Nude is considered an oriental floral and was introduced in 2011 by Estee Lauder. Sensuous Nude follows Estee Lauder’s Sensuous and Sensuous Noir.

Sensuous Nude can be purchased in department stores and online.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, Pepper, Pink Pepper.

Middle Notes: Musk, Jasmine, Lily-Of-The-Valley, Coconut, Honey.

Base Notes: Amber, Vanille, Woodsy Notes, Heliotrope, Sandalwood, Musk.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Open The Door For Red Door Perfume….Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in amber, anise, benzoin, Carlos Benaim, carnation, cedar, Elizabeth Arden, freesia, heliotrope, Honey, jasmine, lily, lily-of-the-valley, musk, orange blossom, orchid, oriental floral, peach, plum, Red Door, rose, sandalwood, tuberose, vetiver, violet, ylang-ylang with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2013 by sorceressofthedark
Red Door.

Red Door.

An all-business perfume, no doubt, one that reminds me of a mature lady, all suits, hair back in a bun, clothes dry-cleaned and ironed, sharply dressed. I couldn’t wear this fragrance any other time. Or so I thought. It always seemed too serious for me.
The straight tuberous hits hard in the beginning for me but is deliciously and creamily mellowed by the additional notes. On me, it’s as if the tuberose is fully wrapped around by everything else. You know, it’s there, it’s a strong element, but it’s also mellowed for about 2 or so hours.
Then Red Door turns to a completely different perfume than its original scent on me. It becomes a spicy, honeyed powder that’s still strong and enjoyable. The florals disappear and Red Door becomes a full-blown oriental on me. What a change-over.

The woods mingle with the benzoin and become delicious. The honey mixes in. Red Door loses its florals and becomes a spice bomb of deliciousness for me. An interesting perfume this becomes that lasts for hours upon hours. Sillage sits comfortable around you like a floating cloud if Red Door agrees with you. That is the key to this perfume. It’s a powerhouse that will knock the socks off the people around you if it doesn’t agree with your body chemistry. I’m glad it turns into a wonderfully spicy oriental on me.
Day Two of wearing it I received compliments on the perfume I was wearing. Even tho I had never tried Red Door before, always avoiding it, I had decided to take the plunge and try it. I had a generous sample to last me for a few days so I decided to wear it again and see how I felt about this classic. On Day Three a woman shopping for perfumes complimented me and asked me for suggestions for herself. Go figure. Red Door must agree with me then if another woman asked for suggestions on perfumes. I guess it does suit me (pun intended) after all. Kinda grows on you surreptitiously. I’ll be opening the door for Red Door now.
Top Notes: Orange Blossom, Plum, Violet, Peach, Anise, Rose.
Middle Notes: Honey, Carnation, Tuberose, Orchid, Freesia, Lily, Ylang-Ylang, Lily-Of-The-Valley, Rose, Jasmine.
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Musk, Benzoin, Vetiver, Heliotrope, Cedar.

Red Door Perfume was produced by Elizabeth Arden in 1989. The nose behind Red Door is Carlos Benaim. It is available in retailers, online and on the secondary market. Red Door is considered an oriental floral perfume.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Dollar Store Bargains For Make-Up and Assorted Sundries …Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in 99 Cents Only, budget online shopping, budget shopping, cosmetics, Disco Dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Giant, Dollar Tree, E.L.F., Family Dollar, Jordana, L.A. Colors, online shopping, Real Deal Dollar, Retailers, shopping on a budget with tags , , , , , on December 17, 2013 by sorceressofthedark

Ever shop the dollar store for make-up?Have you perused the beauty aisle to see what’s on the shelves? You just might be surprised. Brand names for a dollar. Items that do the trick for a lot less. And hey, for a buck, you can’t go wrong.

Every time I hit a dollar store I make sure I talk a walk down the beauty aisle just to see what’s on their shelves. What brands they might be stocking today. I’ve seen E.L.F., L.A.Colors, NYX, Sally Hansen, L’oreal and Jordana just to name a few. Not sure of these brands? Google the names for reviews of their products and see what other consumers have to say about them. That should give you a good idea whether you’d be happy with putting out a buck for that mascara or lipstick.

The founders of E.L.F. developed their business after noticing women shopping for cosmetics in a dollar store. The story goes that they noticed women in high-end vehicles, dressed in designer clothing, filling their carts with dollar bargains of make-up and other assorted sundries. They quickly designed a plan to develop affordable make-up and market it at a price-point beginning at dollar. That was in 2004 and the rest is history. Read more about E.L.F. here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.l.f._Cosmetics.

Here’s another dollar store find that’s ridiculously fabulous for a buck and I wouldn’t be without it. Not to mention the compliments that I’ve received on my make-up when I’ve only used this color stick as a lipstick, blush and eyeshadow. That’s right. It’s called the “All-In-One” by LA Colors for a reason, and believe me when I say, you don’t need anything else, besides your mascara, setting powder, and eyebrow powder for a natural look that is so very easy and looks really good.
The color that I chose is Pink Satin. I’m fair, blue-eyed and blonde and it works wonderfully for my skin tone. I’ve been asked what color lipstick I’m wearing, or what color blush I have on, what eyeshadow I’m wearing, etc., when all I’m wearing is just this pencil. It’s a creamy, lush, thick pencil that goes on smoothly wherever you place it. It glides up, so you don’t have to worry about sharpening it. It lasts forever. This color is a deeper rosy hue that seems to fit my complexion, and it bring depth to my eyes. I use it in the creases only for a more natural look. It seems to last all day long, but I also do use a setting powder. What a find for a buck! A similar department store stick will easily cost you twenty dollars or more.

I shop department stores, Sephora, Ulta and online for my make-up. But that doesn’t stop me from haunting the aisles of any dollar store to see what they may have. I’ve picked up nail polish, mascara, lipsticks, eyeshadows, highlighters, makeup brushes, under-eye pads, and assorted other goodies, all  name brands at a buck apiece. In today’s economy, it’s worth shopping around. Know your brands, know what you’re looking for and know your products.

Dollar stores go under a lot of different names, and here are just a few:  Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Disco Dollar, Real Deal Dollar Store, Family Dollar, Dollar Giant, 99 Cents Only. More are popping up every day and I’m sure you can ask in your location where they might be. Most if not all  take credit and debit cards and some also have online shopping.

But here’s the important caveat, don’t waste money, even if it’s a dollar on something you won’t use. Shop wisely, be educated about your products and you’ll always be the educated consumer. Just have fun shopping with that dollar bill. It’s easy to spend it, thinking it’s only a dollar. But if you’re not going to use the product, don’t buy it. And some of the dollar stores have a “no refund” policy.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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