Drugstore Dud or Delight: Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara

Two in one Dud or Delight this month!

It seems like everyone has been raving about the newer Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara. This is supposed to be volumizing yet fluffy so your lashes are soft instead of crunchy. I love mascara, especially volumizing ones, so I had to pick this up! I also grabbed a single shadow since it was like $4 and I haven’t tried a Maybelline single in a long time. I think they were reformulated since then too.

Here’s what the brush looks like. It’s a natural bristle brush – my favorite – that’s not too dense and tapers very slightly. The bristles are long enough that they can comb through my lashes without touching my eyelids and smearing mascara on my shadow.

This creates natural looking volume in my experience with a good bit of length. I love wearing this for work as it’s defining without being too dramatic. It also doesn’t flake or smudge (which I can’t tolerate with mascara).

I think it’s harder to remove at the end of the night than my holy grail, Clinique High Impact, but easier than Benefit RollerLash (second fave if it were easier to remove!). I prefer to use a really great face wash instead of oil-based makeup removers though.

I also have the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in shade 105, Soft Pearl. True to the name, it definitely has a whiter base versus champagne or anything warm-toned. It’s a pretty shimmer that’s not chunky or glittery at all. I think it’s a tiny bit dry, but it’s a good formula for under $4.

I only make space in my makeup bag for single shadows if they’re really incredible, so this one didn’t make the cut unfortunately. I much prefer my Colourpop singles, especially Drift, which is the most gorgeous satin burgundy shade. However, I’ve been reaching for the mascara a ton! It’s a pretty, more natural look for me.

Have you guys tried either of these?? What did you think?

Outfits of the Week: May 2018

Rounding up a few recent outfits

It was a really busy week for me, so here are some quick snapshots! My cousin visited for Memorial Day weekend and we had the best time running all over the city. The weather varied from perfect at 85 degrees and sunny to chilly and 65*, so my outfits incorporated both Spring and Summer styles. I’m still obsessed with my birthday jacket, picked up this adorable midi skirt, and am thoroughly enjoying the square neckline trend.

Loft lace trim cami, layered necklace

Scotch & Soda printed bomber, Loft split hem jeans, Nordstrom gold slides,

Kate Spade crossbody

Loft heather tank, fabric belt, J Crew shorts (sold out), black sandals

J Crew tank top, Loft midi skirt, Gunmetal bow slides

Loft square neck tank, dark wash jeans

What Spring and Summer trends have you been loving lately?

May Birchbox

Monthly unboxing and reviews

I received my Birchbox right before my Chicago trip, which was perfect timing to test out new samples. My box had a bunch of skincare, which I absolutely love trying, and a shampoo and conditioner.

Here are some texture swatches of the three skincare items: the Hanalei Lip Treatment in Clear, the Comfort Zone Remedy Cream to Oil Ultra Gentle Cleanser, and the Nyakio Kenyan Face Polish.

I’ve been using the lip balm often and it reminds me a little bit of Carmex. The scent is pretty similar and the texture is just a bit more slippery.

I’m unfortunately not a huge fan of the Cream to Oil Cleanser. I generally don’t like makeup removers that you apply to dry skin and then add water. I felt like this one left a residue and didn’t remove all of my makeup.

The face polish is great thankfully! It exfoliates without being harsh and it smells great.

I haven’t tried the shampoo and conditioner yet because I’m saving them for my trip to Florida! They’re supposed to help with frizz, which sounds perfect for the humid weather on the beach.

Box Breakdown

Nyakio Face Polish .5 oz = $4

Hanalei Lip Treatment est. .25 oz = $10

Comfort Zone Cleanser .5 oz = $3.50

Matrix Shampoo 1.7 oz = $2

Matrix Conditioner 1.7 oz = $2

For $10, I received $21.50 of product this month. That’s lower than usual, so I hope I like the shampoo and conditioner. If so, this box will turn out to be a good one!

What did you get in your box this month? If you haven’t subscribed yet, I would love to refer you!

Target BeautyBlender Dupe Review

Will this replace the original?

I love the BeautyBlender sponge for blending in concealer and cream blush; it’s probably my favorite beauty tool besides a pair of tweezers. However, you have to replace them every three months and they’re $20 each.

I recently did a Target haul and had to spend a few more dollars to receive a $5 gift card. I’ve never tried a BeautyBlender dupe, but I thought I would test the Up and Up version out since it’s literally 1/5 of the price.

This one is obviously a bit different with the hourglass shape and slanted tip. I thought the top half might be good for concealer (it seemed like it would fit nicely around the eyes and nose) and then the bottom would be perfect for blending out blush.

I have mixed feelings; the first time I used it, I felt like I had a bad makeup day. The next time, I loved it! It made my concealer sink in well and looked very natural.

It’s really affordable and does get the job done, but I think I like the feeling of the BeautyBlender better. The density on the Target brand is off; it’s a bit thicker and stays feeling wet. I also think it absorbs more product than the original BeautyBlender.

So while this isn’t a true dupe for the BeautyBlender, it’s worth a try for just $4. Have you guys tried any of the other dupes? Which one is your favorite?

Target Beauty Haul

Swatches and first impressions

I usually try to stop at Target when I’m in Chicago because they have so many brands and everything is much more affordable than NYC. Most recently, I wanted to find the new Wet n Wild Not a Basic Peach palette and I really needed a new lip scrub. I also picked up a couple extra items since they currently have a promotion for a $5 gift card when you spend $20.

One of those items was the Up and Up version of the BeautyBlender, which was $3.99. I love the original BeautyBlender and have never tried any of the dupes until now. I’ll have a whole post on this coming soon!

I also happened upon these adorable mini Real Techniques brushes. They’re my favorite drugstore brush brand, so I had to pick up a travel size version of my Expert Face Brush. It blends like a dream and was only $5.99.

I haven’t tried anything from ELF in a while and loved the colors in this duo. It’s the Best Friends eyeshadow palette in Pink Pal. I love this for an everyday eye and I think it would make a great contour and highlight palette for travel too. This swatches beautifully and wears well on the eyes. It lasts about 8 hours without primer and 12 hours with my Sephora Collection Tinted and Cooling Eye Primer. I’ve been using it a ton this week and would highly recommend it, especially for $3!

Wet n Wild recently redid their eyeshadow formula and everyone was raving about these their palettes a couple months ago. The one I picked up is a new color scheme and I love the warm shades with a pop of blue. It’s easy to get different colorful looks from this palette, but you can use it to create a couple basic options as well. It’s very compact and would be perfect to travel with. Full review coming soon!

Lastly, I saw this cute lip scrub from Burt’s bees and decided to give it a try. I had been eyeing the Lush Honey one, and this Conditioning Lip Scrub with Exfoliating Honey Crystals seemed like a similar option for only $8. It has a very soft base that my finger sunk into, to give you a better idea of the texture. It still exfoliates well though and I enjoy the scent. My lips are always dry and I’m happy to have a lip scrub back in my routine. I think I’ll try the Lush scrub or Frank Body one when this runs out.

That’s everything! I’m really happy with this haul and will have to get to Target more often. What have you picked up lately?