Confessions... Sampling Day. Low Budget, Big Spender

October 29, 2015

My Thoughts
Oh yeah, there it is. The new body scrub that I have been dying to try. I wonder if the sales girl can give me a few samples before I commit to buying this $30 - 8oz item. I know that they have the sample size containers because I've seen them so many times. They are these little half an ounce twist off containers that allow a few applications that will last at least 1-2 weeks max. Oh she better not even give me that look. Yes, biche I am sampling. Do not get all cray cray with me. Little does she know this is how most budget savvy people get obsessed with overpriced cosmetics. Oh great, she wasn't give me the look. She complemented me on my makeup. Yes, I know it is flawless. Thank you very much. I owe it all to Ms. Desi Perkins and Patrick Starr. Crap she is talking more, using the keywords I know and is trying to convince me to buy. Girl what do you not understand about me wanting to try before I buy? I commit to nothing. Not even the guy I'm seeing and we've been together forever. Stop talking. Stop talking. Stop talking. Oh finally. Well I guess I'll give her one of my business cards for Scratch of Sweden. Her nails are a bit ugh and she could use some Nail Food along with the Crystal Stone to push back the build up around her cuticles. Gosh, I could do wonders with this girl. She is talking again. Ok let me remind her again that this is a sampling day. Great she gets it and frowns. Don't worry lady, I'll be back real soon if it works. Real soon. Smile and exit. Thanks :-|

There comes a time when we must budget. Budgeting is for those (such as myself) that are looking to invest in the future but find it so difficult when you know that you are a big spender. Honestly, I think that right now I am on the verge of a mental breakdown because love my cosmetics. No like I freaken looovveee and am absolutely obsessed with buying new cosmetics on a weekly basis. The struggle is so real right now due to the fact that I am suffering because I cannot go out and purchase what I want. So what does a makeup hoarding biche like me do? I go to the mall and I get samples. Lots of samples. So many samples that when I leave Nordstrom, Macy's and Lush Cosmetics people look at me as if I purchased an entire collection. To me sampling before you buy especially for the face is crucial. So crucial that I have it down to a science.

Sampling cosmetics is like ordering appetizers from a restaurant that you have never been to before. You know what you like, what complements your palette and what you are willing to try.

  1. I have combination skin that is prone to blemishes and minor breakouts around the time Aunt Flo's as* decides to come around. I need blemish fighting and acne preventative products.
  2. I do not like cosmetics that are heavy in scent, thick in consistency and oil based. They are too heavy and does more irritating and clogging than cleansing, treating or preventing.
  3. I also do not like cosmetics that has more than 3 ingredients that I am not familiar with nor have ever heard of before (and I know a lot of the ingredients due to the fact that I am a professional and licensed cosmetologist). Too many unknown ingredients leads to too many unknown skin problems.
  4. If I cannot sample, I do not buy. I don't like surprises in life and I don't like surprises on my skin.

Now for all you who are not budgeting as I am, I still suggest sampling before you purchase cosmetics. Subscribe to beauty box subscription companies or go to Ulta, Sephora, Clinique, Shiseido, Eve Lom, Kiehl's and Lush Cosmetics. These places are the best and the amount of samples that they give you are even better.

Confessions of a Makeup Hoarder
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Review of I Am Glamm Beauty Subscription Company

October 14, 2015
You know when your makeup addiction has been noticed by someone else and luckily for you they are asking to add to your to it gratis. Gratis? Yes, Gratis meaning FREE. Recently a beauty subscription company I Am Glamm reached out to me via email to sample their beauty bag. Super excited that someone even noticed my blog and to get free goodies I immediately responded with a "Yes. Send the goods." After accepting the offer I did some quick research and watched a YouTube video a few written reviews on boxes and what stood out the most to me was that they include a piece of jewelry which is pretty different. A few weeks later I opened my mailbox and saw this black bubble wrap envelope and I was in heaven.

I love the envelope that they send to their subscribers. The black bubble wrap envelope isn't loud in color like the Ipsy 's electric pink packaging but this one says, "This is important. Open me." Therefore I did.  I was literally floating in the air because I loved the envelope and I loved how the goodies were wrapped up in tissue paper and this cute little pink, furry stringed tied into a bow. How cute right.

What's In The Bag
The items that were sent me I would only wear on certain occasions but all of them were perfect for Halloween. A pair of some black faux feather eyelashes with a little bling, gold/metallic lipstick from Femme Couture, a snake faux silver bracelet and a bottle of pink nail polish that is supposed to glow in the dark. Key words supposed to. It doesn't glow.

I love that this bag was Halloween inspired because on a normal day I wouldn't wear any of these and since Halloween is my birthday one of my fav holidays, I will definitely rock these goodies. Stay tuned...

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So Susan "Statement Skin" Highlighting Crayon

October 08, 2015

Obsessed So Susan Statement Skin $20

I am completely obsessed with highlighting or should I say making my face glow. Courtesy of the Boxy Charm I received a package with full size samples that included a highlighting crayon by So Susan. This highlighting crayon is so great. It has no mineral oils, parabens, no phthylates and made with organic chai seed which moisturizes the skin as you glide this gorgeous highlighter on your skin. Super excited that I got this goodie, allow me to tell you more about it.

"Statement Skin" comes in a nice crayon tube form that fits perfectly in any hand. Because it is so similar to a pen tool the bottom also turns to release more highlighter. Love that. I hate beauty tools that I have to sharpen. It is very time consuming you know. Anyhow, yes the texture. The texture is smooth and the consistency is definitely thick to keep it shapes but when slightly pressed down it leaves it's marked on the skin screaming "Biche, I'm Here So Let's Glow!" As I turn the crayon I can see small specks of sparkles everywhere that has both a silver and a gold undertone making this an ideal beauty find for every skin tone.

Application Method
  1. Lightly press the crayon downward in the areas you'd like to highlight or standout:
  2. Upper cheekbones
  3. Down the bridge of the nose
  4. Slightly above the brows
  5. Middle of forehead
  6. With a small kabuki blush blend in circular motions
  7. Blend slightly into skin leaving a "glow" effect (Not like the one above. Be sure to blend)

This highlighting crayon is so great and well worth the nice ticket. Definitely versatile and brings out every angle on every skin type it almost makes me almost want to say adios  to the lower priced NYC Luminzer. Just kidding. I'm keeping them both. "Quality over quantity. Fuck it. I'll try both."

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