Beauty Blender Cleaning Tips!

Hey!

I was just watching a YouTube video from Zabrena about cleaning beautyblenders, and I was so curious if it would work or not, so I decided to give it a try!

My beautyblender was horrible. It was dirty, full of foundation, and streaked my makeup. I tried cleaning it with brush cleaner, but nothing helped. I was getting ready to get a new one when I saw her video! I gave it a try and it changed my entire cleaning routine. Here’s what you need:

  • Oil (she suggests avocado, coconut, jojoba or olive…I use olive)
  • Soap (she uses Dr. Bronners, but I use brush soap or baby shampoo)
  • Water
  • Dirty beautyblender

Rub oil into the beautyblender (yes, I mean it!), which will loosen the stains. This takes a bit of oil, and a bit of time, but it really works! Once all the stains seem to be out (or almost out), rub soap into the sponge to remove all the oil from the sponge. Rinse with water to get the soap out….Aaaaaannnndddd…

PRESTO!

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Isn’t it gorgeous?! It works so much better now. I am in love with this easy method! Thanks Zabrena 😀

P.S. – Her YouTube channel is Zabrena, and her Instagram is zabrenaxo 🙂

What do you use to clean your makeup sponges? Have you tried this method or do you use a specific sponge cleaner? If you tried this, how did it work for you? Let me know in the comments!

How to Be an Awesome Customer

Hey everyone!

So I am super sorry that I haven’t posted in forever, I’ve been so busy with work. I decided that since millions of Americans (along with me) work in retail, that I’d do a special post dedicated to working retail. I know it doesn’t have much to do with my regular posts, but for any of you who work retail, hopefully this will be somewhat relatable 🙂

PLEASE understand that I am just one person, but these tips are just coming from a cashier who deals with hundreds of customers a day. These tips are mostly for treating people you talk to when you’re in a store/office/shop, such as baristas, cashiers, and secretaries, but obviously most of these are just common courtesy.

Number 1: Machine or Human?

Please, please, PLEASE say hello. Ask us how our day is going. Trust me, it really means a lot if you just give us 2 seconds to say “I’m doing great, thanks!” It makes us feel less like a machine and more like a person. We don’t feel the need to share our life story with you, but we do want to feel acknowledged for the fact that we’ve been standing on our feet for 7 hours and have said the same speech to 25 people in the last 15 minutes. And if you shop there often, when you recognize us and go to our line, it means even more. Trust me, we remember you, too! Be sure to leave a good impression.

Number 2: To Store Card or Not to Store Card, That is the Question

If you are shopping in a store like Target, Kohls, or Nordstrom (that has a specific store card), when the cashier (or other employee) begins talking about the store card, please don’t cut them off. Listen to their spiel, because they need to say it, and then turn them down pleasantly. If you say, “NO AND I DON’T WANT IT” as soon as we start talking to you, it really makes the whole transaction horrible.

Number 3: When Store Policy Isn’t YOUR Policy

If you ask for something and the cashier says, “I can’t. I’m sorry, it’s policy,” PLEASE do not get angry with them. We don’t create the policies, and the fact is, if you go to anyone else in the store, they’ll probably tell you the same thing. NEVER say “I got it last time,” or “Maybe I’ll just go to Customer Service,” because you really won’t get anywhere with that. I promise.

Number 4: Please Keep Children 10 and Under By Your Side at All Times

Please take control of your children. Do not let them run wild in the store, tearing up displays and dripping their smoothie all over the floor. Don’t let them push the wrong buttons on the card reader and mess up the transaction. Don’t let them sit on the conveyor belt. Your transaction and your store trip will be much quicker and much more pleasant if you watch them.

Number 5: Common Courtesy Guidlines

Finally, please be respectful.

  • If our lane light is off, ask us if we’re open, and don’t complain if we’re not.
  • If you spill something, tell us! We can clean it up, but we need to know where it is.
  • If you know you’re going to take a while (multiple forms of payment or lots of coupons), tell us so that we can direct people to other lanes.
  • Don’t take more than a few seconds to decide what you want to order if there are people behind you in line.
  • Respect our space and don’t try to lean over and scan or bag your own items.
  • Don’t flirt with the employees.
  • Don’t ask us to break a $100 bill at 8 in the morning.
  • Don’t ask for 40 $1 bills or 5 rolls of quarters, we’re not a bank!
  • If the total is over $5, don’t pay us in coins just because you don’t want to break that $20 bill.
  • Don’t swear or yell at us.
  • Don’t put the items you don’t want on random shelves.
  • And please don’t come up to the register or try to order food while on your phone.

Just be polite, and I promise you will enjoy your shopping experience more, and we will too!

Do you work in retail/food service? What are your pet peeves? Which one of these is the most important to you? Let me know in the comments!

BTW, if you work in retail, check out @retailprobz on Instagram and notalwaysright.com!

YouTube Made Me Buy It: Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

Hello everyone! It is time for another “________ Made Me Buy It!” This time, YouTube made me buy the K-Beauty Bubble Clay Mask from Elizavecca. Read on for the review!

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What it is and why I bought it:

This mask is definitely a fun, gimmicky product, as it turns into foam on your face! Other than the label, there is no english on it, so the correct application is mostly up to you. I have seen people say it’s good for removing makeup or for cleansing pores, but I think it probably has a few other benefits as well. However, I was a bit skeptical, even though I saw a lot of YouTube videos with people saying how much they liked it. I figured I’d give it a try and I am happy to tell you that I am in love with it and I am so very pleased that I bought it!

How much?

I got mine off of Amazon for between $10 and $12.

What it looks like:

When you open the container, you see an inside lid that holds a small spatula, and once you remove the lid, you see the grayish green product. My favorite way to apply it is to scoop a bit of product onto my hands and spread it on my face. It bubbles quite rapidly, and applying it with your hands instead of with the spatula keeps it from bubbling before you’re done. It has a really refreshing smell, and feels cool on your face, so it’s great after a hot summer afternoon or a long day at work.

What it does:

Once spreading it on your face, it starts to bubble immediately. It tickles horribly, but leave it on, I promise it’s working! Remove after about 5 minutes, or after it has bubbled quite a bit. Definitely use a washcloth to wash it off, because the bottom layer (that has not turned into foam yet) is harder to get off and is quite sticky. I love to use it a few times a week to remove my foundation and cleanse my pores. My skin has been a lot happier when I use this and my other mask (from Ulta, I’ll do a review soon!) a few times a week!

Should you get it?

It’s a really great product to remove face (NOT eye) makeup or to do a deep cleanse. It DOES irritate some skin types. Mine is somewhat sensitive and combo/dry, and it doesn’t irritate my skin at all or dry it out. It did irritate my sister’s skin, so I would suggest giving it a test run with a patch test before covering your entire face with it, and remove if it starts to burn. Most skin types shouldn’t be irritated with this mask, though.

I would suggest giving it a try if:

  • You are looking for a quick mask to cleanse your skin or remove makeup.
  • You do not have extremely sensitive skin.
  • You are looking for a fun, Korean beauty product to try.
  • You don’t want to spend a lot of money on skincare.
  • You don’t have overly dry skin (it doesn’t seem to dry skin out but it’s not very hydrating).

Overall, I think it’s a great mask that I will enjoy thoroughly and possibly even repurchase! It’s reasonably priced and, as long as you apply moisturizer afterwards (as you should after applying any mask), good for most skin types.

Have you tried this mask? If so, how did you like it? What is your favorite K-Beauty product? What is your favorite mask? Let me know in the comments!

 

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

Hi everyone!

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post, I’ve been super busy this spring! I have quite a few new products that I’ve collected these past few weeks and this is one of many reviews to come! This review is on one of the new e.l.f. products, the Daily Hydration Moisturizer. I didn’t have high hopes for this product because e.l.f. can be pretty hit-or-miss, but I was pleasantly surprised. E.l.f. has definitely been stepping up its game, and I am really enjoying the new products! I can’t wait to try some of the other recently released makeup as soon as it gets back in stock online. Read on for the full review!

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This moisturizer comes in a light blue bottle with a pump (YAY) to dispense the product. It comes with about 2.5 ounces of product, which is really generous for a nice moisturizer that’s under $10!

What the website says:

This lightweight, lightly scented moisturizer helps hydrate and nourish for glowing, healthy looking skin. Infused with Purified Water and skin-nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, Vitamin E and Cucumber to help soothe and protect the delicate skin area. Rich in antioxidants such as Shea Butter, Grape and Orange. 

Being a water-based moisturizer makes me very happy, as I am trying to regain the moisture I lost in the winter! It’s perfect for my combo/dry skin, because it gives me a dewy glow without feeling greasy. This definitely hydrates well!

What it feels like:

This is a wonderfully light moisturizer. It feels like a gel, almost like the Belif Aqua Bomb (which is approximately $38 for nearly half the amount of product), even though it is white like a lotion. Easy to spread around your face without excessive tugging (like with a thick cream) and two to three pumps is sufficient for all night (or day).

What it’s good for:

This is definitely something perfect for any skin type, because it isn’t oil based, nor is it too light (for dry skin). It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin, too. I’d recommend to anyone!

What it’s NOT good for:

Deep hydration. If you’ve got desert dry skin, go for something like Cetaphil, a higher end moisturizer, or a doctor-prescribed lotion. This will definitely hydrate skin that just needs a little exfoliation and a good moisturizer to get rid of dryness, but it’s not good for anyone with seriously dry skin.

Specifics you may want to know:

  • Water is the very first ingredient
  • Approximately $8
  • Gel-like feel
  • Makes skin look very dewy and hydrated
  • Light enough to use every day and heavy enough for nighttime use
  • Pump dispenser

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely! I will repurchase as soon as I begin to run out. It’s available at some Targets, possibly Walmart, and online at eyeslipsface.com. Give it a try!

That’s it for this post, hope you enjoyed! I promise I’ll be back for more reviews on things like the new Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks and the Tartelette Tease Eyeshadow Palette! Oh, and a very special, cult-favorite mascara 🙂

How did you like this post? Have you tried any of e.l.f.’s new products? If so, how did you like them? What skin type do you have and what moisturizer is your holy grail? Let me know in the comments!

High End Makeup Review: theBalm CabanaBoy Blush

Hi everyone!

Ever since I got a sample of theBalm’s FratBoy in my November Birchbox, I was dying to try the other ‘Boy’ blushes. DownBoy was the one I was hoping to try next, but I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $21 for it. I was looking around Amazon the other day, though, and found that all three blushes were on sale, but only CabanaBoy was $12. I did a little happy dance, as I had been wanting to try CabanaBoy as well, ordered it soon after and it just arrived! I was a bit concerned that it might not be authentic (you never know ordering from Amazon) but I was very pleased to open my package and see that it seems to be the real deal! I wanted to share a quick review with you all because this blush IS worth it! Read on for photos, swatches, and more!

This is a very, very large product for the price – it’s typically around $21 (though I got mine for $12!) for 0.3 oz., while NARS blushes run about $30 for 0.16 oz. It’s a beautiful dusty rose/berry with the finest shimmer imaginable – it doesn’t look shimmery on the face, just glowy. You definitely don’t have to worry about glitter face with this one. This is extremely pigmented. I mean, extremely. I tap my brush in it and it is WAY too much. I have to literally tap my brush, shake it off, tap it on a towel, and then apply it to my face. Plus side? It’ll last me forever! I am very fair, however, so if you are darker-skinned, this will probably be perfect for you. I was a bit worried that it would turn out to be a bit too dark for my ghostly white skin, but I was pleasantly surprised that if you use a light hand, it looks really pretty, exactly like the color your cheeks turn when you actually blush. I have found that FratBoy is the same way, so theBalm seems to do a really great job with making natural-looking blushes! It blends in well as long as you apply translucent or regular powder before applying this. It also works well for a really easy contour – use a tiny bit of this under your cheekbones like bronzer to create a rosy shadow. But the amazing thing about this? All of theBalm’s blushes double as shadows, but this one REALLY looks fantastic as an eyeshadow. It gives the perfect rosy smoky eye that looks great on any skin tone. Seriously, one of the best blushes I’ve tried. I love Wet ‘n Wild’s purple ombre blush if I’m feeling trendy, but for a natural, rosy flush, this is perfect. Swatches below! The three finger picture was with one run through of the blush, and the arm swatch was with about 3. As you can see, it’s quite pigmented and has the tiniest amount of shimmer, though it just looks glowy on the skin.

You may want to purchase this if:

  • You are looking for a rosy, berry-toned, powder blush.This should work for almost all skintones, depending on how much or how little you put on.
  • You don’t necessarily want a matte blush. This reduces the need for highlighter, as it gives skin a radiance, which is a plus!
  • You want a high end product, but you want a good deal too.
  • You want a worthwhile blush that will work all year round – through fluctuating skintones, weather, and seasons.
  • You are okay with a cardboard, magnetic-closure package – this isn’t as sturdy as the NARS blushes, but it is pretty well packaged.

Overall, I highly recommend this blush. Perfectly natural and great for even very fair-skinned people like me! I love FratBoy as well, and I’m sure DownBoy is just as wonderful – so give one (or all three) of these blushes a try…I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

Have you tried this blush? If so, how did you like it? What’s your favorite blush? Do you prefer drugstore or high end blushes? What blush colors do you like the best? Let me know in the comments!

 

INSTAGRAM MADE ME BUY IT: Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm

Hey everyone! So I decided that I am going to do a new post series called “_____ made me buy it.” It may be from YouTube, Sephora/Ulta reviews, Instagram, or a friend’s suggestion. This time, Instagram made me buy the Nivea Men’s Sensitive Post Shave Balm. Oh my goodness, the hype. Post after post after post was a closeup photo of this product, saying how wonderful it was…and I couldn’t stand it any longer. I had to go get it! So I went to my local Target and picked it up. In case you have absolutely no idea what the shave balm is supposed to be used for, and you’re thinking, “how is men’s shave balm important for makeup?!”, it is supposed to work as a primer. The second ingredient in it is glycerin, which helps makeup stick to the skin. Now that you know, let’s get on to the review!

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This is approximately $5-$6 at my local Target, your price may vary. When you first open it, it smells like a really light cologne. It’s not a heavy, headache-inducing smell, and I like it, but if you hate the smell of men’s soap or cologne, this might be a bit too much for you. The smell dissipates within about 30 minutes. As you can see in the photo above, there is no drying alcohol and the ingredients seem to be non-irritating. It is a HUGE 3.3 fluid ounces, which is literally 10x more product than the travel size of the Hourglass Veil Primer, which is $18. So, you’re getting a lot of product! It comes in a glass bottle, which is good and bad at the same time, as the bottle is nice, but there is no pump! Oh well. A little goes a LONG way when you apply this, a nickel-quarter size amount will cover your whole face. Once you apply it, allow it to dry a little while and do not apply moistuizer immediately before this, as it will cause this to pill up. It smooths very well and your makeup will apply nicely over it. It may take a day or two for you to get used to the formis ula, smell, and texture, but once you do, I think you’ll really love it. It definitely was worth the $5 or $6 and is one of those products made for men that is a HG product for women 🙂 You’re getting a great deal and I definitely suggest taking a break from your high end primers to give this a try, maybe you’ll end up loving it!

Have you tried this primer? How did you like it? Is there a product made for men that you absolutely love? What is your HG primer? Let me know in the comments!

Review: Maybelline Matte Lipstick in 665, ‘Lust for Blush’

Hi everyone! I thought I would share a quick review with you because I picked up this lipstick on a whim a while ago, and absolutely loved it from the get-go. It’s the Maybelline Matte Lipstick in 665, ‘Lust for Blush.’

I’ve been really into matte lipsticks lately, but the problem with matte formulas is that they tend to be cakey and drying. This lipstick, however, goes on smoothly and doesn’t seem to be very drying. There are many, many different colors from this specific lipstick line, but I am in love with this color. It’s different from any lipstick I’ve ever tried, but it’s exactly what I have been looking for. It’s a raspberry toned mauve that looks especially nice on light skin tones. You could almost get away with calling it a nude, as it is extremely natural looking once it is on your lips. I wrote a review about Essence’s Lipstick in 03, ‘Come Naturally,’ and said that it was almost what I was looking for – a nude-mauve color. This fits the bill even better, as Come Naturally was a touch too light for what I was looking for. However, it’s a beautiful nude and I highly recommend anyone with a fair skin tone to try it! It’s very hard to find a nude for fair skin that doesn’t make you look dead (am I right?!), and Come Naturally is perfect for that. You can read my review here. Back to Maybelline, Lust for Blush is in the same color family as Come Naturally but is a good 2 shades darker. It’s especially beautiful for spring. As it is from a drugstore brand, it is very reasonably priced, I believe I spent about $6.50 on mine. I will be trying more colors from this line as the formula is perfect!

You may want to purchase this lipstick if:

  • You are looking for a non-drying matte lipstick.
  • You want an inexpensive product.
  • You are not looking for a 24 hr lipstick, because this is not – it will wear off throughout the day.
  • You want to choose from a wide variety of colors or are looking for a medium toned raspberry mauve.

 

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Isn’t it a beautiful color? I think so. Hope you try it out and love it as much as I do!

Have you tried this product? If so, how did you like it? Do you prefer matte, satin, or gloss finishes? Do you like Maybelline’s lip products? Let me know in the comments!