Donna Does Reviews

Lots of Reviews and Pretty Things

My Current Beauty Inventory – June 18, 2013

 

Total

Goal

Foundation/TM

3

2

Powder

2

1

Concealer

1

1

Face Primer

2

1

Blush

3

3

Eye Primer

3

1

Shadow Palettes

5

4

Single Shadows

4

5

Eyeliner

12

5

Mascara

9

3

Lipstick

12

5

Lip Gloss

6

5

Tinted Balm

25

15

Winter Lotion

7

4

Summer Lotion

7

2

Solid Soap

8

5

Shower Gel

4

2

Lip Balm

3

4

Perfume

7

4

Nail Polish

63

65

Yeah, I really have a problem.  I have got to stop buying makeup, but I just enjoy tinted lip balms so much.  I can’t help it.

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Open Box: Summer 2013 Soap Box

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Holy bananas have I been waiting for this to come along. I just love all the summer scents normally. And who doesn’t love getting a soap box? I know I look forward to mine every quarter and this box certainly didn’t disappoint.

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“One in a Melon” Fortune Cookie Soap – Let me just start by saying that this soap just looks so adorable. I almost don’t want to use it. As for the scent, the description is spot on. It smells exactly like a watermelon Jolly Rancher.

“I Scream, You Scream” Sugar Scrub – I’m so glad they sent one of these as I’ve been dying to try out their sugar scrubs for a while now. This one’s description mentions vanilla, strawberries, and chocolate, but I don’t smell any of the strawberries. It’s a shame too because I love strawberries. Anyway, it smells like a sugary vanilla with a hint of cocoa.

“Body Shot” Don’t Be Jelly! – I think this is supposed to be in the same vein as the LUSH shower jellies. I love this type of product, but this scent is definitely way better than any LUSH scent. It’s a divine raspberry lemonade scent that I think I’ll want to get a lot more of. Do be aware though that this melts in the mail very easily. Just pop it in the fridge and it’s good to go though.

“Aquaholic” Sea Salt Hair Spritz – This smells like a pina colada. And it’s my favorite scent of the box I think. I received a sample of this scent with a previous order and I just knew I’d be buying more stuff in it. And now I know its name!

“Mother Pucker” Shower Steamer – This was a very fresh and floral scent. And out of all these scents it was my least favorite. I think it was just too much of a powdery scent for me. I’ll have to try it in the shower to see if the scent is better once released.

“What? It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere!” Whipped Cream – This is described on the card as smelling like a fruity cocktail. I tend to agree. It’s like an extra sweet fruity cocktail. Not my favorite scent, but not so offensive to my nostrils that I tossed it immediately. I love the whipped cream formula so I’ll definitely be bringing this on my next trip.

“Do You Salsa or Mango?” OCD Hand Sanitizer – I really wish they would stop sending these hand sanitizers every single box. I must not go through hand sanitizer like they do. It’s a lovely formula, but I just don’t use hand sanitizer that often. As for the scent, it smelled mostly like a fresh mango with the tiniest hint of cilantro. I didn’t really get any of the lime or chile. Honestly though, it was a bit powerful for me in hand sanitizer format.

“…Where the Sun Don’t Shine” Solid Sunscreen Stick – What an interesting scent. It’s supposed to be a coconut and banana scent. When you first get a whiff the coconut really hits you, but as you exhale the banana comes through. I’m not sure I like solid sunscreen. It just seems like it’s asking for trouble. I’ll give it a whirl though while I’m on vacation this June since I like the scent.

Do you get the Fortune Cookie Soap Soap Box? What are your favorite scents from this summer’s box? Mine were Aquaholic, Body Shot, and One in a Melon.

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Open Box: Influenster Something Blue VoxBox

So, this was sent to me for free from Influenster, but all opinions are all my own as usual. Actually, this box was pretty disappointing for me. And I know I shouldn’t really complain since it was free, but there’s almost nothing that I can use in it. The theme was “Something Blue” for weddings. These items are supposed to be great whether you’re in a wedding or just attending one.

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Luster NOW! Instant Whitening Toothpaste – I can’t use whitening toothpaste. I’m sure this works fine though. And it was certainly a full-size tube, so that’s nice.

Q-TIPS Precision Tips – These I will actually use. And having them in the little plastic travel cases is nice. So convenient for travelling with them. These I have used before and I can attest to the fact that they’re great for makeup touch ups and nail polish touch ups.

Dr. Scholl’s For Her Ball of Foot Cushions – I don’t think I’ve ever used shoe inserts before. In fact, almost all of my shoes are so comfy that I don’t need them. I will give these a shot though with a pair of heels that aren’t extra comfy.

Urgent Rx Fast Powders – Mine was for headaches, but I never get those unless I’m having a hypoglycemic episode. I’m not sure if this works or anything, but I’m sure it’s fine.

MyTrio Rings – This was a coupon to MyTrio. The concept of this store is pretty cute. It’s to make sure the engagement ring and both wedding bands all coordinate. I won’t be purchasing anything from them as I already have my engagement ring and I love it.

Kiss everEZlashes – These look interesting. I got a pair that I would never wear since they are way too full and unnatural looking. The other pair looks very similar to my Ardell 110s. Definitely not completely natural on me, but not so fake looking that I can’t pull it off. The applicator tool also looks like it could be helpful.

Overall, I’m pretty disappointed in this box. In fact, the only product I really can use are those precision tip Q-Tips. Oh well, maybe next box will be better, if I get another box.

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Project Pan 2.0: Update #3

This time I finished up 5  items this quarter!  Woohoo!  I’m also up to needing to use up 37 items 😦

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1. L’oreal Colour Riche Balm in Caring Coral: wouldn’t repurchase, I just didn’t like the formula.
2. Fresh Sugar Rose mini: desperate to purchase the set of all the shades in mini form.  Darn you Project Pan 2.0 and not seeing it before I made my 5 holiday set purchases!
3. Bobbi Brown Lip Tint in Peony mini: wouldn’t repurchase even if it wasn’t limited edition.  It was way too gloopy.
4. Stila Lip Glaze in Blush: might repurchase, but not for a really long time.
5. Stila Lip Glaze in Starfruit: probably won’t repurchase.
6. Fresh Sugar Rose mini: same goes from before.  I really can’t wait to get all of them from this line.  And they just added a new shade that looks amazing.
7. Clinique SuperBalm Moisturizing Gloss in 02 Raspberry: I have another one of these.  They’re pretty amazing.
8. bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Gloss in Panache: It was a nice product, really smooth and glossy.
9. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Stray Dog: Liked it as a cream shadow, but it wasn’t dark enough for my liner needs.
10. Buxom Lash in Blackest Black: It was great at the beginning, but towards the end it was clumpy
11. MAC Tendertone in Purring: Nice, but I hate the packaging
12. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer: My favorite primer so far
13. Clinique Chubby Stick in 07 Super Strawberry: Love these!

Yeah, so not terrific, but not awful.  As I’m getting this up a bit late, I have already finished 2 more products that will be in next quarter’s update.  So that’s nice 🙂

 

 

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Review: M by Staples Arc Notebook System

So, I know these are pretty old and have been around, but I thought I’d throw out my review as well since I just heard about them and have a couple of them now. About 2 weeks ago I purchased 2 of these notebooks and a bunch of accessories. I got one of the poly cover kind and one of the leather kind, both in the junior size. I also got the poly zip pouches, dividers, a ruler, and pocket dividers. I plan on using the poly cover one as my craft/Etsy notebook and the leather one as my planner/blog notebook.

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I never thought I’d be so in love with notebook type product, and I have loved quite a few office supplies in my time. What I like about these are how affordable they are compared to other discbound notebooks. I’ve been intrigued by discbound notebooks for a while, but I could never justify buying one to try out. The junior size of the poly version is only $7.99 and the accessories are resonably priced as well (starting at just $2.99). The only expensive thing in the line is the punch for if you want to make your own custom pages or punch pages you have to fit into your notebook. The punch itself is $39.99, which is expensive, but still cheaper than the other brands. Once I get a good coupon for Staples that’s the first thing I’m going to get. I really need one to punch all of my custom pages. I’m so excited!

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Overall I think the quality is quite nice on these notebooks. The dividers and covers seem quite sturdy and the lined paper that comes with them is a good weight. I haven’t seen any bleed through with my beloved FriXion pens.

Overall Grade: A. It would be an A+ if that punch wasn’t so pricey.

Do you have an Arc notebook? Will you be purchasing one?

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Review: Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint

So, this is another one of the pencils that I picked up during the holiday season, the last of the formulas that I’m going to review. The one I’m showing is called Elite. It’s a nice, warm coral shade. In a swatch it leans more pink, but on the lips it does lean a bit more true coral. Each pencil is typically $24, so if you like them you should always buy them in a set.

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The Natural Lip Tint formula is nice and creamy and smooth. It feels really nice going onto the lips. It can be built up, but I wouldn’t suggest putting more than 2 layers on at a time. Any more than that and I’ve experienced massive lip peeling. This is my favorite of all the finishes of the LipSurgence Lip Tints. This one just goes on so smoothly and leaves a beautiful stain on the lips.

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Lasting power is pretty fantastic considering that I can wear it and it doesn’t immediately dry my lips out like a stain typically does. I would say that on my lips (with constant eating, drinking, and talking) it lasts 3-4 hours. For me, that’s pretty good.

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Overall Grade: B+. I like them, but they’re not holy grail for me. This particular color isn’t great on me and while I like the formula, it doesn’t make my lips feel extra nice or anything. And after the first hour, it just feels like a regular lipstick on me.

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