Haulin’/ Rant: LUSH

Hello lovelies!

I tried LUSH for the first time this weekend and it was a LOT to take in all at once!

LUSH is a cosmetics brand that focuses on vegetarian, vegan, and cruelty free products! A lot of them have very, very minimal packaging which I really like as a consumer.

I was a bit overwhelmed by everything going on in the store when I walked in. My local LUSH is very narrow and has a few tables in the middle. On a busy day, it’s hard to move around and get to everything when you are a first-timer and don’t know where anything is right away.

The smell of the store is overwhelming too when you first go in but you quickly get used to it. This is due to the lack of packaging on most of the items, which allows their smells to waft into the air.

Once I got over the initial smell and massive amount of people, I started looking at the walls of endless products. Many look very similar because they all have minimalist black packaging.

I took awhile walking around the edges and checking out each thing carefully. Some of the products were being demo’d on customers at the tables,others are kept in mini-fridges. The face masks for instance have such fresh ingredients in them that they have to be kept cold or they will go bad! They also put use by dates on the bottoms to make sure you use your products while they are fresh.

The items I ended up leaving with were:

-The Hair Doctor- This is a hair and scalp treatment from their refrigerated section that I grabbed because it looked interesting.

-Tea Tree Toner Tab= These are used to steam open your pores and help oily skin. You can also save the leftover water and use it as a toner for two days.

-Dream Steam Tabs- These are similar to the Tea Tree ones, but lavender based.

-Cupcake Face Mask-A mud mask for oily skin. It has chocolate and mint and smells amaaaazing!

 

I was looking on their website later too and found No Drought which I will grab next time I am in the store, but I must have missed because of how chaotic things were in my mind there!

I do really like you you can bring in 5 clean empty packaging pots and they will give you a face mask for free. It helps reinforce their commitment to recycling and gives the consumer an incentive!

 

Overall, I love the idea of the store and the products, but I think I have to either shop online or go into the retail stores sparingly as I just get way too overwhelmed, Do you have a store that you feel like this when you visit?

(Don’t forget, it’s the last day to enter the Sample Bag contest!)

 

Review: NARS Blush in Orgasm

Hi guys!

I know there are a million reviews on this but I thought I’d give you one more to think about. This is a HG blush for a lot of people, and I hit pan in mine a few days ago, so this is overdue.

photo via Sephora.com

Orgasm is a peachy pink with gold micro glitter. The glitter doesn’t come off as being really chunky like you are going to a Ke$ha concert or anything, which is one thing I was originally worried about. I’m usually a fan of a more matte finish, but if that is the only thing you’re concerned about, I’d say give it a shot!

My big issue with this blush is the wear time. I look in the mirror after a couple of hours and it’s like I put nothing on. I have gotten in the habit of putting on some extra before I leave in the house so that it’ll still be there later on, but I probably look insane for the first hour or so.

Maybe it’s that my skin is more oily, but I’ve tried different primers, setting powders, etc and this just is not a product for me.

When the right amount is on it does look gorgeous, but for $29, I can get a few dupes or a few different quality blushes that will actually still be there a few hours after application. After this one is done, I’m going to pass and grab another brand to try instead of wasting more money on this wishing it will work for me.

 

Giveaway: Mystery Makeup Bag!

Hey guys!

So I decided to do another giveaway! After the move I got a new desk to organize my makeup and have a space for blogging (which I’ll share in a later post!). While getting my new space ready, I realized that I have quite a few things I’ve been holding onto specifically to give away and it’s about time I do another one!

With that being said, the link to all of the ways to enter is below!

https://www.facebook.com/closetbeautyjunkie/app_228910107186452

I’ll have a good variety of things in there for you! It’ll be some prestige, possibly some drugstore products, and maybe some bath items! I’ll also make sure there is a mix of some full size and sample sized items!

Good luck!!

Rules:

A makeup bag with a variety of products inside (some full sized, some sample) from a variety of prestige and drug store makeup brands with a value of at least $20 USD.

No purchase necessary.

US only. If prize is not claimed within one week, a new winner will be chosen from the pool of entries.

Review: Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2

Hey guys!

So my goal for 2014 is to post at a minimum once a week with more varied content: swatches, vlogs, reviews, giveaways etc!

My first post of the new year is some swatches on my super pale skin for you from the UD Ocho Loco 2 eyeliner set!

Now at $59 I honestly wasn’t going to get this. I wear liner as part of my daily routine, but seriously I don’t spend that much on makeup usually. Somehow I of course found a way to justify it to myself and here we are. It comes with 8 full sized liners and a bright green Grindhouse sharpener.Five of the shades are exclusive to this set (Twice Baked, Crave, Mars, Ultraviolet, and Tornado).

They would cost $152 if you bought 8 liners separately and an additional $10 for the double sharpener. It’s like paying $7.37 each for the liners and getting the sharpener for free. Since I was looking to spice things up in my routine a bit, and I pay more than $7.37 for even drugstore liners, I decided to give this a shot.

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Packaging- The packaging as always is flawless. I always want to keep all the boxes or trays from UD and have to talk myself out of it due to lack of space. They’re so pretty and always something eye catching.

 

Formula- These are some of the best liners I have ever used. They have a serious color payoff, especially with how pale my skin is! I really just need one swipe and the color is deep and saturated. They also have really great staying power and I feel like they don’t move on me during the day- ever!

 

Shades-

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The colors swatched above are with only 1-2 passes over bare skin (no primer).

Tornado- This pretty eggplant is a nice shade to switch up my daily liner. The eggplant-y purple is great for hazel eyes and unlike some other purple liners, you don’t need to layer it on 1,000 times to get the results you want!

Ultraviolet -Less likely to be used in a daily rotation, but a great option to liven things up! It looks almost bright blue on my skin so it would be great to swipe on for a night out where I’m looking to make a big impact with minimal effort (we all have our days).

Mars- I might actually try this for days. It’s a bright green with some shimmer but it is just mossy enough where if you style it correctly, you can easily pull it off as a day look!

Deep End-This one is over the top! Probably my favorite in the bunch, it’s a turquoise metallic shimmer (a little bit of everything)! Not as easy to pull off for day, this is a great pop of color for a night out or if you wear bolder day makeup. Definitely what I was looking for to change things up for me and get me out of my night out makeup rut!

Perversion- The darkest liner I have ever owned. Period. I have to go very easy with this or I end up looking a bit goth, or I have to REALLY warm up my skintone. Otherwise, it’s best used for a sultry night out look! FABULOUS! I can’t believe how black it is every time I swipe it on.

Crave- Better for daily use than perversion, this is a black brown matte shade. It is more flattering on us pale ladies and is a great alternative to the usual black while still blending well with other colors. A great neutral for your makeup bag.

Twice Baked- This one is a medium brown with a nice added shimmer. The shimmer is gold and looks great with hazel eyes, but the finish is satin which still keeps this nice for a day look.

Roach- More coppery than the rest and the lightest brown shade in the set. This also has some shimmer in it and I love this on it’s own when I am looking for a lighter day look where I don’t look like I’m trying too hard, but still look like I’m putting in some type of effort!

 

While I may be crazy pale, these liners are a great set to transition you from day to night, no matter your skintone. They are a bargain after you talk yourself down from the $59 price tag. The color payoff also helps when trying new shades so you don’t feel like you are dragging them on or unable to see the colors as they were on the pencil itself.┬áThis set will give me some new shades to play with for day and night!

Is there another set you love from Urban Decay?

 

 

Review: Benefit’s Erase Paste

Hello ladies!!

 

Benefit Cosmetics - Erase Paste

Photo via Sephora.com

 

Today I thought I would do a review on Benefit’s Erase Paste. I have been on a Benefit kick lately, but it’s important to note that for most people Benefit is extremely hit or miss.

I wanted this to be a hit so badly. I really did. But unfortunately it’s a HUGE miss. I ended up returning this after a few weeks because I kept coming back to it and being disappointed over and over again.

Here’s why:

-Shades- I am WAY too pale for even the fair shade. It only comes in 3 color options, so I feel like it would be hard to match most people. I will say that I do like the peachy tone of this to use for under eye concealing, as it helps to cancel out the blues.

-Texture – I found this to be really tacky and thick. It does melt a bit into skin, but too much to where it looked caked on and fell into fine lines, even if I only used the tiniest amount of product.

-Packaging- It’s very cute on the outside, as most Benefit packaging is. It comes with a small spatula so you can scoop out a little bit of product and put it on the back of your hand to warm it? I mean I did clean it, but it just ends up being a waste of plastic. The damn thing is so easy to loose. I’m not even sure how you would travel with the spatula without leaving it somewhere or having it in the depths of your makeup bag. You can just dip in with a finger, but at the time I owned this I had acrylics on and it ended up just being a mess. You can also try it out with a concealer brush, but I found the product to be too thick.

-Finish – The finish on my skin was heinous. It’s meant to have a little satin-y finish to it (not too matte) but it ends up emphasizing imperfections, which is not ideal if you are trying to use it for blemishes or have any types of fine lines under your eyes! It looks too cakey and thick to be natural.

 

I will say that for some people this is a HG product for under eye concealing, which is why I was so excited to try it. Many use it just for that and not for blemish concealing, but for me it was a major miss on both fronts.

 

Have you tried this and love it, or do you have a better concealer that is your go to product?