Brand Review – MAKE Cosmetics

MAKE Products

A few months ago I had the opportunity to attend a beauty event at Barney’s New York in Chicago. They were celebrating the arrival of a brand heading to their counters. This brand is MAKE Cosmetics. At the time I was completely unfamiliar with their products so I was so excited to attend.

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Get the Scalp Massage of your Life at George the Salon

George the Salon

I’m not even kidding! I was given the chance to check out the sleek, new digs of George the Salon in Chicago over the weekend and it was the best salon visit I’ve ever had. The salon has been at the new location, on Rush and Oak Street, but you can tell they’re getting all settled in. The salon, which is easy to find unless you’re me and pass by it five times, is across the street from Barney’s New York and down the street from Sprinkles Cupcakes. If you love cupcakes and shopping, this could be a not-so-fiscally-responsible combination.

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Beauty Chat – Buyer’s Remorse Before Opening

L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1

As a beauty blogger I love being able to try out new products for reviews, and the potential of finding a new holy grail item. Blogging has been something that I do for fun  on the side, so it’s hard when you buy products, mainly drugstore, and you can’t return them when they’re terrible because it’s been opened. Being out money, especially since the cost of drugstore makeup is going up, is never easy.

The other day I purchased both of the new Nude palettes from L’Oreal at Target and even posted the image on Instagram. This morning I saw a YouTuber post a video where she reviewed and posted swatches of the Nude Palette. Spoiler alert: not good. The swatches were horrible, and she mentioned the shimmery shadows were difficult to work with.

At one Target I saw them priced at $15.99, but the Target I returned them to have them for $18.99. For that price and the quality of them, it’s just not worth it. The Maybelline blushed palette and the new Wet ‘N Wild are much better quality shadows for a more affordable price. So I returned them both since Target doesn’t allow you to return open makeup.

A lot of people seem to be excited for the arrival of this palette, and only a few places have it available to purchase. This price isn’t too insane since you’re getting 12 shadows, but there are better palettes out there for the price or even cheaper.

Have you ever purchased something and almost immediately returned it after seeing reviews and swatches online?

Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick – Melted Strawberry

Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Melted Strawberry

I think it’s safe to assume that I’m one of the last bloggers to talk about the Too Faced Liquid Lipstick. I finally caved and decided to give this popular beauty product a try. While I was browsing my local ULTA a few weeks ago I decided to pick up the liquid lipstick in Melted Strawberry.

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ALMAY Smart Shade Butter Kiss Review

Almay Smart Shade Butter Gloss

Ever since REVLON released their lip butters several years ago, it seems that other drugstore brands are looking to hit the market with their version of the product. The newest product to hit drugstores are the ALMAY Smart Shade Butter Kiss.

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New Products Found at the Drugstore

New Drugstore Products
A few months ago I started noticing a ton of new spring 2015 products at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Walgreen’s, CVS, and Meijer’s. Of course this meant I had to get a ton of stuff to test out and review. I purchased so many new products that it took me this long to photograph and test things out. Those reviews will be hitting the blog shortly!

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Use PrettyQuick to Schedule Your Beauty Services

PrettyQuick
Sometimes finding a salon in your area can be a little tricky. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find salons in the area that I plan on spending the day. Just a few weeks ago I was going to do a little shopping at Oak Brook mall and I knew I wanted to get my nails done. So I spent an hour or so trying to Google salons in the Oak Brook area. With PrettyQuick you can skip all of that! It’s a free app that you can download onto your phone. If you’d prefer, you can also sign up for free online.
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Saving Money on Makeup Using Coupons

Groupon Logo
As a beauty blogger I can’t help but always want to test out new products, both high-end and drugstore. The major downside is the cost of keeping up with all of the collections. The good thing about drugstore makeup is that you can use manufacturer coupons and ULTA store coupons. Not to mention all of the sales and coupons that Walgreen’s offers each week.

There are also great coupons and deals Nordstrom is currently offering. For instance, they’re currently offering free foundation when you spend $25 on BareMinerals products. May I recommend The Truth eye shadow palette? They also have quality glosses that many beauty bloggers, including myself, are raving about!

I always find myself browsing Groupon’s website to see what beauty deals they’re offering. Several months ago I picked up two Jessie’s Girls liquid liners for $9, and some amazing lip pencils for under $10.

Unfortunately you won’t be able to get these coupons or deals anywhere else. They’re only available through Groupon’s partnerships with top national retailers. Not to mention, they’re free to use! Be sure to save on your next beauty purchase at Walgreen’s!

NEW Styling Products From Suave

Suave Professionals

A couple of weeks ago I received a huge surprise package full of new products from Suave Professionals. Several months ago I reviewed their Natural Infusion line, and I really enjoyed them. Now they’re back with the new Luxe Style Infusion line. This salon proven line offers the hold as well as Kerastase.
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New Body Washes From SoftSoap

SoftSoap Fresh and Glow

SoftSoap has released two new body washes and let me tell you, they smell incredible. I’ve always been a huge fan of their products, but these two blow the others out of the water. There are two new body washes: Fresh & Glow.
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