Thursday, July 27, 2017

Yes Please! ColourPop Palette Restocked today!

The hit Yes Please! shadow palette by colourpop and dupe for the Natasha Denona Sunset palette has restocked on the ColourPop website today.  The palette costs $16 and has a wide array of bright and warm hued, super pigmented and bendable shadows.  The limit per customer is 2 and free shipping is with orders over $30.  I would hurry on this sale if you have been eyeing the palette, it is sure to go out of stock quickly!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mark the date: ABH Cosmetics Subculture Launch

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics follow-up to the Modern Renaissance palette was leaked back in May on Reddit.  It is called the Subculture Palette and features a stunning array of warm and cool toned shadows.  While so many companies are launching sunset eyeshadows, the Subculture palette goes bold with darker shades of green, blue, and brown.  There are a few brighter pops of color including a pleasant yellow hue, which I am eager to try out.  The Subculture palette launches today (7/25) at 11:30 am CT.  This palette is sure to sell out, so start refreshing the ABH page.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Keep your eyes peeled in August-Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette Restock

The Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette, probably the most coveted eyeshadows of the summer, sold out within minutes of its restock date (July 18th).  Some people took the opportunity to mark up their Jaclyn Hill palettes on ebay, ranging from $62-$200.  I say don't give in to the ebay sellers!  Morphe is set to restock the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette in August.  I will keep a lookout for the launch date and will update the Beauty Trove blog to let you know.  You can also sign up on Morphe's e-mail list for the launch date.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ColourPop Fem Rosa She by Karrueche Restock!

Restocks and relaunches are happening all over the beauty world.  Don't suffer from FOMO!  The Karrueche x Colourpop She palette will be coming back this Thursday at 10 am PST.  Get your palette filled with lush and romantic shades of pink, lavender, purple and taupe.  The palette costs $16.

Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Palette Back in Stock

Didn't get your hands on the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette?  Don't worry, the relaunch is today at 10 am PST.  Click on Jaclyn Hill for the link.  The palette is $38 but you can use affiliate codes like MANNYMUA for a 10% discount.  Be prepared for a wait line during online checkout and longer times for card processing.  Keep with it, it will be worth it.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

ColourPop Launch Fem Rosa

ColourPop just launched (seriously) only a few hours ago the Fem Rosa line.  The lush colored palette sold out and so did the bundle set.  However, if you hurry you can still purchase the Her pressed powder cheek palette.  It comes with a gorgeous highlighter, bronzer and blush.  It sells for $15.  Buy $30 and get free shipping in the U.S..

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Beauty Trove's Top 5 for June 2017

It's time again for monthly favorites!  I have a little bit of everything this month, most of the products I've been loving this month are pretty affordable.  If you want to know more about Beauty Trove's Top 5 for June 2017, keep reading.

1.  No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation ($15.99).  I first heard of this foundation through favorite reviews of KathleenLights and JamBeauty89.  There is a reason why this foundation was a favorite of two top beauty vloggers.  First, for a drug-store foundation, there are a number of great shades.  I think if this product is talked about more, No7 will consider expanding is color range.  This is a medium coverage foundation and it applies smoothly.  I really love this foundation even compared to some higher end ones.  It gives you an air-brushed appearance and it wears nicely throughout the day.  On my skin, it starts to break down after 10 hours of wear.  The foundation gives a fantastic dewy appearance that doesn't like like you are completely dripping...just a nice glow.  I would wait to get the foundation when you see a price reduction.  Typically, Ulta has a BOGO 50% off on No7 items every few weeks.  Otherwise, Target recently had a 10% off and Walgreens also has specials on No7 products.  I am almost finished with my first bottle of No7 lift & luminate so you know that this is something special.

2.  Wet n Wild MegaSlim Skinny Mascara ($4.99).  I've been on the hunt to find a cheaper replacement for the Clinquie bottom lash, and I have finally found one.  This mascara is fantastic for your bottom lashes.  The wand is skinny enough to get close to the lash line and it only requires one swipe because of the length of the wand.  This really gives you a lot of bang for your buck.  If you get this from the Wet n Wild site, they will give you 10% off your first order.  
3.  Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Pink Buttercream ($28.00).  I picked this little beauty up in Ulta's 21 days of Beauty for 50% off.  I am so glad I did.  This is the perfect pink blush to give your cheeks a flush of color.  When I look at this blush on the skin, it looks like summer.  This is a very lovely shade that completes fair to medium skin tones perfectly.  If you purchase this from the Laura Geller site, you can get $5 off your first order.

4.  ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Cheap Date ($5.00).  I've been trying to use my ColourPop shadows more recently.  I started using Cheap Date at least once a week.  This is an incredible gold shadow with hints of silver.  It actually looks like melted gold!  I absolutely love it.  I apply the shadow on my lid with my ring finger so it really packs the color on.  

5.  Bath and Body Works Fiji Pineapple Palm Ultra Shea Body Cream ($3.25).  OMG this cream smells amazing.  I am a huge fan of Bath Body Works' Body Creams.  This is the perfect cream for the summer.  I love applying this on my arms and legs before I start my day.  Fiji is the perfect combination of pineapple and coconut.  I picked up another bottle recently at Bath and Body Works semi-annual sale.  I am also thinking of purchasing the shower gel and the body spray.  At $3.25 this body cream won't stay around long, be sure to check it out!
Let me know what your June favorites are by commenting below!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Half-Yearly Sale at BH Cosmetics!

BH Cosmetics is having their half-yearly sale.  All items (with the exception of sale cosmetics and the Carli Bybel palette...I know too bad it doesn't include this) are 33% off.  Free shipping is included on orders over $45.  Some items that are worth checking out are the Backlight and Spotlight highlighting palettes ($11.38 each), the Solar Flare palette ($10.71, shown below), and the Marble Collection Warm Stone Eyeshadow palette ($8.03).  The last day for the sale is July 1st.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Semi Annual Blowout Sale- Bath & Body Works

It's that fantastic time of the year again!  Bath and Body Works is having their second semi annual blowout sale!  Now is your chance to get floral, beachy, fruity, and sensual fragrances lotions, creams, and body sprays.  Most items are heavily on clearance for 50-75% off retail.  I especially love the aromatherapy line of body lotions.  Stop by your local Bath and Body Works store and check out the sale online.  Either way, you will be glad you did.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Beauty Trove's Top 5 Favorites for May 2017

Happy start of summer everyone!  I love the summer months for nice, pretty and colorful makeup.  I've been trying out a lot of new cosmetics and skincare items lately and have a great set of must haves.  If you are interested in knowing what I have been loving in May, keep reading...

1.  Butter London + Pantone Color of the Year Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00).  Let me just say you need this palette in your life.  I absolutely love new pantone color of the year--greenery.  Greenery is this fun green color somewhere between a sage and lime hue.  It is a really fun pop of color to punch up your makeup routine.  The palette comes with 7 other lovely lilac, plum, rose fold and grey shades.  There is a little kickback with the shadows but the color payoff is totally worth it.  If you are ever at Ulta, take a look at this palette.  I know I will be wearing mine all this summer.
2.  Nyx Cosmetics Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in Snow Rose ($8.00).  If you wanted to try the duo chrome highlighter trend than look no further.  The Nyx duo chrome highlighter in snow rose has been my go to highlighter for May.  Snow rose is absolutely stunning!  It is a nice icy highlighter that shifts to pink and lilac.  If you pair this with the Butter London palette or the Nyx palette that I am going to mention soon, you will have a gorgeous and very sophisticated look.  The highlight is very pigmented so if you want something a little more subtle, you will have to use a light hand.  For $8, this is really worth every penny. 

3.  Nyx Cosmetics Ultimate Shadow Palette in Cool Neutrals ($18.00).   I honestly was on the fence about purchasing this palette.  I picked it up as part of the Ulta BOGO 50% off sale.  I am really glad I did.  I don't typically go for cool colors but I have been wearing all the colors in the palette none stop this May.  I especially love the second row paired with the dark plum color in the corner.  There is a nice mix of shimmers and mattes.  I am in love with the lilacs shades and you can see how this palette pairs nicely with the snow rose highlighter.  It is more on the expensive side of Nyx Cosmetics so I would purchase this when there is a BOGO 50% off sale at Ulta.  Pick up the warm neutrals palette as well during the sale.  

4.  It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Cream ($48.00).  I've been trying the bye bye under eye cream out for the last 8 months out.  Yes, the eye cream has lasted this long!  I just recently ran out but purchased another container.  It is one of the most hydrating and cooling under eye creams I have ever tried out.  Bye bye under eye cream just feels really good after a long day.  I've also noticed that when I have used it for a couple of weeks, my eyes don't look as tired.  I know this is on the expensive side so I would wait for It Cosmetics to have a 25% off sale.  Really worth your money. 

5.  Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara ($4.99).  A friend of mine told me that she never buys prestige brand mascara.  Now I know why!  The drug store has some amazing formulas of mascara.  I started using Essence's Lash Princess in May, and I am hooked!  It reminds me a lot of It Cosmetics Super Hero mascara.  When I am in a rush, I don't even bother using an eyelash curler...I just give my eyelashes 2 coats of this mascara and I have voluminous, doll-like lashes.  Ulta is having a BOGO 50% sale on Essence.  This is a great time to try out some products by Essence.  

That wraps up my favorites for the month of May.  Let me know what you have been loving in May or if you have tried any of the products I just mentioned by commenting below.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Calling all Tartelettes, 15% off Sale!

Have a blast this summer with Tarte's 15% off sale.  Now is the time to splurge and pick up the Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette (orig. $53) on sale for $45.05.  Use promo code WEEKEND at checkout.  Sale ends tonight.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Celebrate Memorial Day at Beauty Bakerie!

It's the sale you have all been waiting for!!!  Beauty Bakerie is having an awesome sale.  Free worldwide shipping and 30% off!!!  The sale starts at 9 PM PST.  I know I will be stocking up on their famous lip whips.  The Sweet on You set is $36, on sale it is $25.20.  Great for gifts for friends and yourself!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

April 2017 Top 5 Favorites

Sorry I've been absent lately.  It has been a hectic time with some family health emergencies.  But I am happy to share the top 5 cosmetics I have been enjoying for the month of April.  If you want to know what I think have been great products this month, please keep reading!

1.  The Galaxy Chic Palette ($15.99).  So I confess that I have owned this palette for at least 5 months now but never really played around with it.  I know some beauty bloggers will have a monthly makeup drawer, which I think is a great idea to circulate some palettes that you haven't used in awhile.  Bottom line: I love this palette.  I feel that BHCosmetics is a brand that is certainly not talked about enough.  The packaging on the Galaxy Chic palette is okay.  It is a sturdy cardboard palette that does have a fairly decent mirror.  The palette comes with 18 beautiful baked eyeshadows.  I really like how the eyeshadows have a marbled look to them.  I will say that the palette is not a stand alone look and that you will need to borrow from other parts of your makeup collection for transition and brow bone shades.  But the eyeshadow colors are very pigmented and shimmery.  I especially like the Cosmic and Aphrodite shades for a fun purple and wine look.  I do have a tutorial on the Galaxy Chic palette to give you some ideas on how you can use this palette.  BHCosmetics usually has 20-25% off sales throughout the year so I would purchase this palette then.  Overall, I really enjoyed the Galaxy Chic palette.
2.  Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin-Perfecting Foundation ($39.00).  If you are wanting a full coverage foundation that doesn't dry out your skin, look no farther.  Pur Cosmetics' Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin-Perfecting Foundation is a creamy, full-coverage foundation.  It applies beautifully using the Real-Techniques miracle sponge of the EcoTools sponge, most likely it would work well with a Beauty Blender.  I was really impressed that just the smallest amount of this foundation covered up all redness and dark circles.  My skin looked absolutely flawless. The foundation has 1.5 ounces of product and comes in 10 colors.  I think as the popularity of this product grows that Pur will start to increase their color range.  I know this is somewhat pricey.  If you sign up for the Pur newsletter, they will let you know when they have different sales.  I picked up two in the shade Porcelain during their BOGO sale.
3.  Mary Kay Eye Color Palette in Sunlight ($24.00).  The Mary Kay Eye Color Palette in Sunlight is perfect for the spring and summer.  Just looking at the palette makes me happy.  The packaging is very compact and looks like a modern piece of art.  The Sunlight palette has 4 stunning bright shades that apply like butter.  You can get a number of fun looks with this palette.  My favorite way to wear this is by using the orange shade as the transition, the purple on my lid, the pink as my outer corner color, and the soft ivory color on my brow bone.  This is a limited edition palette so if you are considering getting this I would go and talk to your beauty consultant or purchase online.
4.  Versailles Lip Whip ($20.00).  Beauty Bakerie is a relatively new brand for me.  I've purchased three different lip whips from them but Versailles is my favorite.  I've paired this with the Mary Kay
Eye Palette and the Galaxy Chic Palette.  The lip whip is a moussey texture and dries down matte.  It is the perfect shade of cool mauve-pink.  Simply gorgeous!

5. Nyx Cosmetics Perfect Filter Shadow Palette in Rustic Antique ($20.00).  This Nyx palette in Rustic Antique is a warm toned eyeshadow lover's dream.  The palette comes with 10 sizeable, creamy, and highly pigmented shades in warm tones of brown, gold, pink and wine.  I bought this during the Ulta 20% off sale and am super glad I did.  The packaging is okay but the colors really put this palette as one of my top favorites.  I think this palette would be perfect for the Fall.  I am looking forward to using all the colors more often this year.  
So those are my top 5 favorites for the month of April?  What are your favorite cosmetics for the month of April?  Have you tried any of the products I've listed?  Let me know and comment below!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

$15 Lip Whips at Beauty Bakerie!

Happy Easter Darlings!  Time to celebrate with this fantastic deal at Beauty Bakerie.  Get the amazing, pigmented, comfortable, and smooth lip whips for $15 each (reg. $20) until today at 9 PST. I especially love Versailles (featured below), Ginger Snap, and  Sakura.  Get yours while there is still time on the clock!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

BH Cosmetics Galaxy Palette Tutorial- Star Child Eye Look

This week I decided to revisit some of my eye shadow palettes that have not received enough attention.  I came across my BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Palette that I purchased on sale back in December.  I forgot how truly awesome these eye shadows are.  The Palette comes in a compact case and a decent sized mirror.  The palette has 18 luxurious baked eye shadows that range from gorgeous neutrals to stunning pops of colors.  I like to use my MAC fix plus to amp up the pigmentation with the more colorful shades.  All of the eye shadows are pretty metallic and some have flecks of glitter, which I think are pretty.  If you purchase this palette, you will need to use some other eye shadows in your collection to create a completed look.  I use some of my matte eye shadows and lighter shades.  But this is a really great palette to get a number of fun looks.  The Galaxy Chic palette is currently out of stock on the BH Cosmetics website but you can have the company e-mail you when they restock.  Also, BH Comsetics has a number of sales every other week so the already very affordable price of $15.99 can be even lower. This is a fantastic and high quality palette.  I created a stunning eye shadow look with this palette.  If you want to recreate the look, just keep reading!

1.  Prime your eye.  Gently smooth your favorite eye primer on your eyelid to your brow bone.  I used Urban Decay's Primer Potion in Eden.

2.  Apply an eye shadow base to your entire eyelid.  Using a flat eye shadow brush, take a neutral eye shadow and apply it on your eyelid to your brow bone.  I like Urban Decay's Eye Shadow in Foxy.

3.  Apply Prometheus as your transition shade.  Take a clean blending brush and gently swipe in Prometheus.  Lightly apply Prometheus into your crease using a windshield wiper motion.

4.  Blend Aphrodite into your outer corner.  Using a pointed crease brush, dip into Aphrodite.  Be sure to tap off any excess eye shadow.  Apply Aprodite by gently pressing brush into the outer V of your eyelid in a small circular motion.  Take a clean blending brush and blend the upper portion of Aphrodite into your crease.

5.  Make your eyelids pop with Cosmic.  Dip an oval eye shadow brush in Cosmic.  Spray the eye shadow brush with Mac Fix Plus (or water) and gently press onto eyelid.

6.  Line your bottom lash line.  Take Prometheus with a smudge brush and line the bottom lash line.  Follow this by taking Aphrodite on a clean smudge brush and apply and blend on to the outer one-third bottom lash line.

7.  Define eyes.  Using a deep brown eyeliner, rim your bottom and upper lash line.  I like Mary
Kay's Deep Brown Eyeliner.

8.  Amp up the look with mascara.  Apply 2 coats of mascara with your favorite black mascara.  For this look, I used Tarte's ManEater Voluptuous mascara (upper lash) and Clique's Bottom lash mascara (lower lash).

There you have it my Star Child Eye Look!  Go out and shine lovelies!

Did you like this eye look?  Let me know and comment below!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Take an Extra 20% off of Stila Sale

Stila is having a sale on their sale!  Check out their sale items and take an extra 20% off when you use the promo code SALE20 at checkout.  I like the Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Palette in Sunrise Splendor ($20; orig. $30).  Sale ends today!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Beauty Trove Review: Soap & Glory Orangeasm

Hi Beautiful!  These past two weeks I have been using the Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Butter.  I am a fan of Soap & Glory's The Righteous Butter and decided it try it out based on a monthly favorites vlog by Shaanxo.  The description on the website says that the new zesty formula is scented with green mandarins, Sicilian lemons and sweet orange peel oils.  The body butter is intensely moisturizing and invigorating.  The product is sold in a large red-orange container and includes 10.1 oz of body butter.  It retails at Ulta for $15.00.  My overall review is that I really love this product.  The container is solid and has a cute label on the front, which I appreciate.  Once you screw off the lid, you can smell the citrus laden scent.  It does smell like fresh oranges, which I really like.  If you are not a fan of citrus, oranges and lemons, you should not buy this.  It is an orange colored cream with darker orange beads inside (shea message butter balls).  I like using this in the morning, especially after a shower.  You just need to message a small quarter size amount into slightly damp skin.  It is super moisturizing and it works lovely on dry patches.  I also like it because it is a refreshing scent to get you started in the morning.  Ulta is having their 21 days of beauty so if you purchase the Orangeasm body butter, you can get a second one for 40% off.  There are other items in the Orangeasm scent, such as body wash, exfoliating body polish, and body spray.  I am planning on purchasing the exfoliating body polish and body spray.  Let me know if you tried this product and what you thought of it by commenting below!

Friday, March 31, 2017

March 2017 Top 5 Favorites

It's the last day of March.  You know what that means?  Top 5 monthly favorites!!!

1.  Makeup Revolution Naked Chocolate Palette ($15.00).  I am so glad I purchased this palette!  I've used it pretty much everyday this March.  It has quality eye shadows at a super affordable price.  The palette comes with 16 buttery and highly pigmented eye shadows.  There is a nice mix of highlighters (for your brow bone), transition shades, shimmer shades, and darker shades for the outer v or eyeliner.  One of the reasons that I have been continuously going for this palette is that it is a stand alone palette, meaning you don't have to go searching for other eye shadows to complete your look.  Also, this is a great palette that transitions from day to night easily.  The palette itself is very aesthetically pleasing.  It is in a very cute yellow case that looks like a chocolate bar that is slightly melting.  If you like to display your makeup on a vanity, this would be a great palette to select.  I don't really care for the sponge brush that is inside the palette.  I use my Real techniques brush with the eye shadows.  The color payoff is fantastic.  I highly recommend this product.  You won't be disappointed if you get one for yourself or for a friend.
2.  Maybelline New York Dream Cushion Fresh Face Liquid Foundation ($12.98).  I usually don't go for drug-store foundations and stick to companies like Too Faced and Pur Cosmetics.  I made an exception for this because I heard a lot of great reviews and I was intrigued by a cushion formula.  Glad I took a chance on this.  This is a great foundation if you want a medium coverage look.  It is very easy to use, applies nicely, and covers blemishes easily.  There is a price range with this depending upon where you get it.  I think Walmart has one of the cheaper price tags.  The color range is a little limited but it might be that Maybelline is testing to see how well consumers like it before expanding to other shades.  I like to use this as an every day makeup look and save my more expensive foundations for special events or job interviews.

3.  Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes Lipcolor in Almond Rose ($5.59).  Maybelline has been on a role!  Almond Rose is such a beautiful shade of nude-pink.  It pairs nicely with any eye shadow look.  I've worn this lipstick pretty much everyday this month with the Naked Chocolate palette above.  It wears nicely throughout the day and requires minimal touch up.  It also is very comfortable and is not drying to the lips.  I recently purchased other shades in the line, Beige babe and purely nude, and can't wait to try them out.

4.  Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray by Skindinavia ($18.00).  I've been setting my face makeup with Mary Kay's finishing spray.  The setting spray is by Skindinavia, which is a well known for its bridal finishing spray.  The spray dries down quickly and keeps my makeup in place.  It also works well as a refresher throughout the day (16 hours).  
5.  Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Color 1 ($39.00).  One of my favorite cosmetics is highlighters.  And I do love me some glow!  The new MUF highlighters definitely deliver on some high impact glow. I've only tried the color 1 since it is meant for light to medium tones.  This is a gorgeous pink and slightly golden highlighter.  You can build the highlight up if you want to take a 20 watt to a 1,000 watt glow.  This is a great highlighter for work, if you apply it with a subtle hand.  It is expensive.  But if you are going to mainly be using one highlighter, the MUF  color 1 is worth the investment.  The packaging is very durable and the highlighter comes with a nice attached mirror.

This wraps up Beauty Trove's Top 5 for the month of March.  Have you tried any of these products out?  What were your top 5 for March?  Comment below!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Laura Geller Baked Blushes on Sale at 50% off

Ulta continues to awe with their amazing beauty steal sales.  Beauty Trove is especially in love with the 50% off sale on Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten compacts.  The Blush-n-Brighten cosmetics typically cost $28 but is on sale today for $14.  There is a limit of 2 per customers.  If you don't own these already, I would select the Peach Delight and Tropic Hues blushes as they will be perfect for spring and summer.  Hurry and pick up your blush-n-brighten compacts as they are sure to sell out fast!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Medusa's Makeup March 2017 Unbagging

Medusa's Makeup, an independent vegan beauty line, offers a monthly subscription for $15.00.  This month subscribers received four cosmetic pieces.  My overall enthusiasm for March's unbagging is about a 6 (on a scale of 10, 10 being woo-hoo that is awesome).  This is mainly due to the lipstick shade, which I don't think would be super flattering for me.  It is a hue that I just would never purchase for myself so I think I will be passing along the lipstick to someone else who would love it.  The beauty bag is valued at $39, which is a decent return given that the last few months haven't been all the impressive.

The first item in the bag is the bright lipstick in Lydia.  Lydia is a lavender shade that applies semi matte. It is valued at $12.  I have a picture below that displays swatches of Lydia, the lip paint, and the eye dust.

The next item is the stick it eye primer ($8.00).  I am interesting in trying this out.  The primers I usually use are silicone based so I am excited to use a natural wax product and see how it performs with my eyes shadows.

The other lip product that was included is one of the new lip paints.  The lip paint color is in the Get Lucky shade ($12.00), a shocking hot pink.  It dries down matte after a minute or so.  It is a pretty color and I think I would wear this out on a weekend or at night.  It feels a little tacky but it is comfortable on the lips.  I do like the lip paints, hopefully next month includes another lip paint.  I would be excited to get the shades Hanky Panky, Shag, or Cowgirl.

The last item in the bag is an eye dust in Wasabe ($7.00).  Wasabe is a gorgeous emerald green with flecks of green and gold glitter.  I really love this shade,  I wore this on St. Patrick's Day.  I think their eye dust products are some of the best items you can get at Medusa's Makeup.

So that's it for this month.  We will see if next month's Medusa's Makeup unbagging can top this one.

Friday, March 24, 2017

3 Day Sale at Sally's Beauty-20% off Entire Purchase!

Happy Friday Everyone!  I'm ready to celebrate and so is Sally's Beauty.  Sally's Beauty is listing a 20% off sale on your entire purchase for 3 days, this Friday through Sunday (3/24-3/26).  This is a great chance to stock up on your hair care supplies, skin care, and makeup.  Sally's is home to the Ion brand and I especially love their deep conditioner.  Also, they stock Palladio makeup.  I am planning on purchasing some Palladio supplies to test out for a new review.  Click on this link to check out Palladio products (picture below of eye shadow).  Purchases over $35 ship free.  You can also get their Beauty Member card for $5 for extra savings.  For the 20% off deal use CODE 888463 at checkout.  Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Major Sale: 50% off Too Faced Love Flush Blushes!

It's that time of year again...Ulta's 21 days of beauty!!!  I have been waiting for this since January!  Today's day of beauty is major!  For today only, Too Faced Love Flush Blushes are 50% off (orig. $26, now $13).  The limit per customer is 2.  I bought shades I will always love you and baby love.  There are four additional lovely shades in nude pink, pink, and berry.  Get these while supplies last!!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Preview Tarte's Make Believe in Yourself Collection!

This is the most I excited I've been all year for a product launch!  Tarte is previewing their #MakeBelieveinYourself collection.  Just when I thought I was curbing my spending, tarte completely  blows my mind.  I can't wait to open my wallet and get the unicorn brushes and eye shadow palette.  Everything will be all magic and rainbows, and I am loving it!  Check the below youtube video to get a glimpse of this rainbow bright collection!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Winter Empties 2017

Hi Everyone!  So supposedly we are entering Spring...although the view from place says otherwise.  Hopefully, all you folks out east are hunkered down for the winter storm.  I started saving some of the empty products that I finished this winter (probably starting in mid December) so that I could share which products I will be repurchasing and why (also why I won't be repurchasing some products).  Just as a disclaimer some of the products that I won't buy again just didn't work for me.  You may have found that these items work well for you.  And with that, let's get started!

Bath & Personal Hygiene Products.  I only have three items since I started saving my empty bottles.  There are 2 body washes and 1 deodorant.

  • Secret deodorant pH balanced in shower fresh ($2.47)- It's deodorant.  It did what it was supposed to do.  I did repurchase another secret deodorant.  
  • Softsoap body wash Fresh and Glow Milk Protein and Almond ($2.97)- This is a nice moisturizing body wash.  I usually alternate between using this and an exfoliating body wash.  The fresh and glow body wash smells really nice but it is not overpowering.  I did repurchase this item.
  • Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash ($3.97)- I actually started using this body wash due to Dani's (from Coffee Break with Dani) recommendation.  I did really love this product.  Caress' Evenly Gorgeous smelled fantastic, lathered nicely, and had amazing exfoilating power without feeling that you were ripping your skin off.  However, the product went through package reformatting.  I don't really care for that.  I used to be able to turn the bottle upside down to make sure I got every last bit of product out (or most of it).  I can't do
    that with the new bottle.  Also, I've noticed that the formula isn't the same. Although the company says that they have not reformulated the body wash, it really looks different and doesn't preform as well.  I've attached a photo below of the new and old body washes.  The new one is located on the left and the old one is located on the right.  The old body wash looks thicker, at least to me.  I did repurchase 2 bottles of the new packaging, but I won't re-buy after I use the two bottles up.  I am looking around to see if I can find a price comparable exfoilating wash that performs like the old version of evenly gorgeous.  If you have any that you like to use, please comment on this post.  
Face Cleansers, Serums, Lotions, and Makeup Removers.
I have used up 2 cleansers, 2 serums, 1 face lotion, and 2 makeup removers.

  • Mary Kay Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover ($15.00).  This is my ride or die eye makeup remover.  I love this product!  It is one of the few eye makeup removers that does not burn my eyes like the heat of 1,000 suns.  It removes all of my eye make up and waterproof mascara.  I have repurchased this item.  Really worth every penny.
  • Mary Kay TimeWise Day Solution Sun Screen Broad Spectrum ($32.00).  This is a nice facial sun screen.  Do you need to absolutely purchase a face sun screen from Mary Kay? No, but I would recommend you buy something that works for you and your budget.  Even in the winter, you should be wearing sun screen.  I like this one because it works for me and doesn't cause me to break out.  I have since repurchased from my Mary Kay independent beauty consultant.
  • Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser ($20.00).  This is another ride or die for me.  I use this as a daily cleanser (I toggle between the cleanser for dry skin and the one for oily/combination).  It really doesn't have much of a fragrance but it acts as a cleanser, toner, and exfoilator.  Really nice cleanser and you don't need to use a lot of it.  It lasts up to 3 months.  I've repurchased this  item.  
  • Mary Kay Timewise Age-fighting Moisturizer ($24.00).  This is a nice moisturizer for anti-aging.  I think everyone should start using an anti-aging moisturizing starting in their mid-20s.  I like to use this one at night.  I typically use a heavier cream in the morning because I find it helps my makeup application.  I've repurchased this product.  
  • Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub ($15.00).  The Strawberry Face Scrub is the most delicious exfoliating scrub I have used.  It has strawberry seeds to act as a natural exfoiliant, which I love.  I use this product once a week at night in place of the Mary Kay 3-in-1 cleanser.  I will be repurchasing this product this week.
  • Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Micellar Water for Sensitive Skin ($5.99).  I liked this product.  It smells somewhat like witch hazel but it does get all of your makeup off without causing irritated skin.  It is somewhat pricey when you consider you are only getting 8 oz. of fluid.  I haven't repurchased this yet since I put the Garnier's micellar water.  If this does go on sale at Ulta, I would consider repurchasing. 
  • DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum ($85.00).  This was a sample I received from Sephora.  I did like this product a lot, it smells great but I am not sure if it really did anything for my skin.  I don't have any dramatic pores or wrinkles..yet, so maybe it would work for me in the future.  But that price!  I think I will look for a cheaper serum to replace this one with.  
Sheet Masks.  I used a lot of these.  I typically use 1 a week.

  • Biobelle Sheet Masks ($4.99).  These are some of my favorite sheet masks.  I featured these on a haul and one of my top 5 monthly favorites.  Looks like the ones I used this winter are the decadence and beauty secret masks. The masks themselves apply smooth and they really do hydrate your face.  I have repurchased these masks.  I usually wait to get these when they are on sale at Ulta.  Ulta will have a BOGO or a buy one get one 50% off.  
  • Tony Moly Mekgeoli Skin Purifying Mask ($3.75).  This is a comfortable mask that provides hydration.  I would repurchase this mask.
  • Leaders 7 Wonders Mediterranean Olive Brightening Mask ($6.00).  I recently started using this and the mask is quickly becoming my favorite.  The sheet mask is made from fermented coconut and applies like a second skin on your face.  I did notice that the mask brigtened and moisturized my face making it silky smooth.  I have repurchased this mask.  Again, wait until there is a sale for these at Ulta since they are a little more expensive.  I waited for a BOGO free sale.
  • Sephora Collection Lotus Sheet Mask ($6.00).    This smells fantastic and does an awesome job to moisturize your face.  These are somewhat pricey.  I usually use this mask once a month.  I would repurchase this item.  I've also heard good things about their rose mask. 
  • Say Yes to Coconut Sheet Mask ($2.52).  I picked this one up at a Wal-mart since I was trying out different sheet masks.  I really wished I would have stopped and looked at the reviews before purchasing this.  It is a paper mask, which is fine, but as soon as I put it on my face, it started burning like you wouldn't believe.  When I removed it, my face was extremely red and pretty angry at me.  The online reviews say the same thing.  I also purchased the charcoal mask say this burns as well.  I am not planning on using it, and I don't want to give it away in case someone else has the same reaction.  Looks like I will be trashing that one.  I would never repurchase this item.  I do like this brand, they have some nice face oils.  Hopefully, the Say yes to company will think about reformulating their sheet masks. 
Face Primers and CC Cream.  Three items fall in this category.
  • Mary Kay Foundation Primer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum 15 ($18.00).  This is a very creamy primer that minimizes pores and provides a smooth application.  It is non-greasy and works well with CC creams, BB creams, and medium coverage foundations.  I have repurchased this item.
  • Mary Kay CC Cream in Very Light ($20.00).  I use this CC cream and the one by It Cosmetics.  This has light to medium coverage and looks like natural skin.  I use this product for everyday makeup looks and when I need to get ready in a flash.  I've repurchased this item.  
  • Benefit Porefessional Primer ($31.00).  I really like this primer.  It is very smooth and does blur imperfections.  It is pretty expensive for a primer, although it does last a long time.  I would repurchase this item but I think I would only use it for special occasions.  
Face Powder and Bronzer.  I have 2 Mary Kay products listed here.
  • Mary Kay Translucent Loose Powder ($16.00).  This is one of the finest powders I have come across.  I use this to set my under eyes, face and neck after concelear and foundation application.  It does a nice job in preventing the foundation from creasing and does not give you that "cake-like" appearance.  I have repurchased this item.
  • Mary Kay Bronzing Powder ($18.00).  This is one of the few bronzing powder that doesn't make my face look muddy or look that I have fake bronzer on.  It gives you a nice dewy appearance for a naturally glowy look.  I have received so many compliments about my complexion when I use this.  I have repurchased this item.  
Mascaras.  I have used 4 mascaras and 1 brow gel.
  • Mary Kay Brow Gel ($10.00).  This is the best brow gel that I have found.  It keeps my thick brows in place and doesn't give you any of that gel buildup.  I have bought this product again recently.  
  • Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara ($18.00).  I remember trying to get my hands on this for 2 months, but I completely understand the popularity of this item.  This mascara has a special wand that is used to lengthen, volumize, and curl your eyelashes.  If you get this, be sure to read the instructions as there are a couple of ways to use the wand for your upper and lower eyelashes.  My eyelashes are already pretty long but this made them absolutely pop.  I wouldn't wear this as an everyday mascara but for those special occasions this will be my go to.  I have repurchased this item. 
  • Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($11.50).  I use this product everyday to get my lower lashes.  The little wand is quite the helper!  It does a great job of defining and lengthening my bottom lashes.  It is pricey and I am seeing if there are other options to save a few bucks.  I have repurchased this mascara.  I think the next time I need this I will see if there is a 20% off sale at Sephora. 
  • Maybelline Volum' Express the Mascara, Waterproof ($6.99).  This is a great drug store option for an everyday mascara.  It provides just enough volume and covers all of my eyelashes.  I am waiting for a sale and to get some coupons to repurchase this.  
  • BH Cosmetics Bliss Lash Ultimate All-in one mascara ($6.00). I did not like this mascara.  It is simply too messy to use.  The formula clumps and it gets on the side of the tube.  I ended up with a flaky mess next to my vanity and at the end of the day it was all over my under eye area making me look like a panda.  I was really hoping to like this since I've had great experiences with other BH cosmetic items.  But this mascara just did not measure up.  I won't repurchase this.
Well that's it for my winter 2017 empties!  Let me know what your empties this winter were or if you have used any of these items.  Comment below!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Beauty Trove's Top 5 Picks for February 2017!

Just a few more months and we will be in Spring!  To celebrate the end of February, check out Beauty Trove's Top 5 Cosmetics I have been loving this month.

1.  Bath & Body Works Sleep Lavender Chamomile Cream ($15.00).  This B&BW cream was previously featured on an empties vlog by Coffee Break with Dani.  I purchased mine at the semi-annual sale and have been using it nonstop in February.  It is one of the more expensive items at B&BW but it is well worth the price.  Also, you can stock up on the cream and lotion line during one of their sales.  Just this past month the aromatherapy lines were on sale for 50% off.  I found the cream to be very hydrating and relaxing.  The best use for the cream is after a shower when you are getting ready for bed.  By doing this consistently after taking a shower at night, I associate the smell with sleep and it does relax me.

2.  Fiona Stiles Multidimensional Color Palette ($39).  This Ulta exclusive is extremely versatile, effortless, and gorgeous. The palette comes with 6 elegant shades of highlighters (2), universal bronzer (1), and blushes (3).   The universal bronzer may not be for darker skin tones.  However, the two highlighters are great for a natural lit from within look.  My favorite is the first highlighter in the palette.  All three blushes are fantastic.  The fist blush looks very intense, but with a light hand it applies sheer and provides just the right amount of color for a "I just came back from a brisk walk in the cold" look.  I really love combining the last two blush shades together.  Absolutely beautiful!
3.  Tarte ManEater Palette ($29).  If you have not purchased your ManEater Palette, do so now!  This is a limited edition palette and is now only available through the tarte website (was previously at Ulta).  This will be your everyday favorite palette.  The ManEater palette has a cute leopard print cover, sizable mirror, and 8 buttery eye shadows.  There is a large brow bone highlighter and 7 smaller pan, neutral eye shadows.  My favorite color hands down is saucy.  It is a great transition color, eyeliner, and crease color.  This palette works great for both day and night looks.  The ManEater palette along with the Fiona Stiles Multidimensional color palette has been my go to look for the past month.  Seriously, you won't regret buying this.

4.  Juvia's Place The Saharan Palette ($28).  Staying with the eye shadow theme...just look at these colors.  I love Juvia's Place eye shadow formula.  It is very creamy and blends well.  The colors are absolutely stunning.  My favorites in the palette are Woaddbe, Iman, and Jamila.  This palette launched in January but I have enjoyed wearing these colors on the weekends in February.  There is an option to bundle the palette with the Saharan gel eyeliners.  I haven't tried the gel eyeliners but they are all sold out, so I think that is saying something.  Before purchasing the Saharan Palette, do some online searches for a promo code.  There is usually one available to get 2-3 dollars off.
5.  Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Chihuahua ($21).  This is one of the new colors in the melted line.  It is a fantastic shade of neutral rose pink.  The melted formula is very hydrating and applies smooth.  I love this color.  It goes great with neutral and pops of color looks.  I've been wearing this with the ManEater palette, Fiona Stiles palette, and Saharan palette.  
That's a wrap for February 2017 favorites.  What were your favorites this month?  Have you tried any of these products and if so, what did you think of them?  Comment below!