My Beauty Wishlist: NARS blush in Orgasm

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Updated: I just bought a great blush that has a very similar color without all the glitter. It’s the CORALista from Benefit.  It’s not much less, but you get almost twice as much blush. Plus, when I bought it at Ulta, I got 20% off. 

Wishlist Item:
NARS blush in Orgasm ($29 every single place I checked…see below)

Why I Covet It:
Every blog lists NARS Orgasm blush as the perfect shade for everyone of every complexion and the perfect blush in general. Who wouldn’t want that?

NARSAccording to 15MinuteBeauty.com, “Obviously this color is a cult favorite for a reason. Orgasm is an amazing blush color on almost everyone, and I’m certainly no exception.”

SparkleandMIne says, “This compact is basically my favorite thing ever. Both the blush and the bronzer are universally flattering and super handy when you just need to throw something in your bag or apply makeup on the go.”

QueenOfAllYouSee reports: “It’s a soft beautiful flush of pink that looks good on just about everybody. It has tiny shimmering dusts that makes your cheeks look like it has a natural luminous blush. As if your crush just asked you out on a date and your cheeks blushed pink (I had another image in my head to describe this blush but lets just go with this wholesome story). It lasts for almost an entire day on me, until I remove my make up.”

Lastly, according to Allure, “Without hesitation, this shade—a multiple-year Best of Beauty winner—looks good on just about everybody, creating a soft, convincing flush on fair skin and lending warmth and sparkle to darker complexions. You need only a light dusting, and the color stays true and strong till you take it off. If the shimmer seems too much for day, save this for nights out.

Allure AWARDS:
Best of Beauty 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004; Best of Beauty Hall of Fame 2011; Readers’ Choice 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, and 2002”

Available:

Nordstrom ($29)

Sephora ($29) 

Beauty.com ($29) 

Saks Fifth Avenue ($29)

Bloomingdales ($29)

Amazon ($29)

Nars, or course ($29)

Why I Haven’t Purchased It Yet:
Price. $29 for a blush? It sounds totally amazing, like it could totally change my life. Life changing blush for $29? Sounds like a great deal! I’m SO conflicted! I hate to spend that much on a single blush when I’m so happy with my ELF All Over Color Stick for $1. Why, NARS, why?

Do you wear NARS blush in Orgasm? Is it worth it? Is it as amazing as everyone says?

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Nerium Review NOT from a Brand Partner

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To Nerium or Not to NeriumI do not sell Nerium. I have purchased several bottles at full price and I received one at no charge in the 3 UR Free program. There are no affiliate links in this review. It is my honest opinion after using Nerium for several months.

Nerium is a facial moisturizer distributed in a direct sales format, similar to Mary Kay.

I’ve never tried anything like Nerium. At night, after you wash your face, you apply 4 to 5 pumps of Nerium to damp skin. In the morning you splash it off and continue with your typical AM routine.That’s it! The simplicity of this product is very appealing to me!

PS-Nerium recently introduced an additional morning step.I have not tried it and I don’t know a thing about it!

When I was using the product, I never knew if I was using too much water or not enough. Too much and it’s super runny and way too much. I end up rubbing into my belly…stretch marks are like wrinkles, right? Not enough water and it’s like spreading glue.

The product itself is the color of putty. The smell is…unique. It’s not lovely, but not awful. Some people say it’s stinky.My husband says it smells exotic. I would prefer an unscented version. Either way, the scent fades pretty quickly.

My skin feels pretty tacky for several hours after I put it on. Not my-pillow-is-stuck-to-my-face tacky, but when I touch my skin it feels sticky.

So the real question: does Nerium work?

I think so. The person I bought it from took pictures before I tried it then again after 10 days of consistent use. I don’t think I have many wrinkles, but I did notice the parenthesis from my nose to my mouth seemed softened. The frown lines between my eyes seem a little less, but only in the morning, right when I take off the Nerium. By evening, they are back, probably because I’ve been frowning all day. And I never really knew how close to my eyes I could put it.

Overall the difference wasn’t amazing. It wasn’t anything others have commented on. I think it did help, but not enough to justify the price.

The price. That’s my biggest sticking point. The bottle of Nerium is about $80 plus shipping, which is a total of nearly $100 per month. When they say it lasts 5 weeks, that is pretty spot on. To me, $100 per month is pretty pricey for minor results. They do have a 3 UR Free program which means if you can get 3 people to “sign up” under you, then your bottle will be free.

Did I mention when you purchase Nerium it is a monthly subscription service? It is automatically delivered each month.

I will say, canceling was easy.

With the 3 UR Free program, they tell you right away that you qualify for a free bottle of Nerium, but there is not a whisper when one of those people cancel.

PRO: I think it really does work.
3 UR Free program

CON:Price
Scent
Tackiness
Automatic delivery
No notification when you are off the 3 UR free program

Final Verdict: Don’t buy it. If you can get 3 people to sign up under you, then maybe go for it. But keep a close eye on your account.

If you would like to give Nerium a try, just make a Facebook post that says, “Anyone sell Nerium? I want to buy some.” You’ll get a quick response, I’m sure.

Sorry for this sad sack review, but if you want honesty, this is it, Ladies!

Have you tried Nerium? What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts!


Great Lipstick for $1? You Bet!

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Are you joining me in my search to Find My Fabulous?

Step One-Find a Great Lipstick

Do you have a signature color when it comes to lipstick? Or do you wear a color to match your outfit. Please tell me you aren’t wearing the same color from your Prom!

I have been wearing clear Blistex for the last few years.Sometimes I went wild and wore a slightly tinted Burt’s Bees lip balm. I know, I’m wild and crazy like that!

Before I purchased any lipstick, I checked around the blogs for some good colors. I really had no idea what colors would look good on me. After seeing some hot colors, I hoped in my minivan and headed to the closest Walgreens.

Guess what, Ladies? Drugstore lipstick is NOT cheap! I was looking at $8-12 just to find a decent shade. If I bought 3 to try out, I’m out about $30 and I might not even find something I like! Yeah, yeah. I know you can take back cosmetics, but honestly, I never do.

Then I found it. A fantastic, creamy lipstick in several lovely shades. For ONE DOLLAR. A dollar. Can you believe it?

Yep, it’s ELF.com. I’m not going to shut up about ELF, so get used to it.

 

So far, I’ve only used the Essential Lipstick and my favorite color is Posh. It’s a nice berry color without being too dark. I also have Seductive and Classy. They are both nice, but not much color. And if I’m going to the trouble of putting on lipstick, it better show!

My one complaint about ELF is the colors represented on the website just aren’t accurate. Just go to google and type in “elf essential lipstick swatches” and you’ll see all sorts of samples. Here’s one from beautylish.com, but I think the original source is http://www.beautybykrystal.com/2013/06/review-swatches-on-elf-essential.html. I really want to give credit where credit is due, so if I have the wrong source, please let me know.

Look at all these wonderful, rich colors! I bet you can find your perfect Your Lips But Better shade right here!

elf-essential-lipsticks-collection-review-swatches

Image courtesy of beautybykrystal.com

Product: ELF Essential Lipstick

Cost: $1

Verdict: LOVE it!

What do you think? Have you tried ELF Essential Lipstick? Do you have another lipstick you adore?


Hurry! Stylish Surprise from ModCloth

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I am totally into Subscription Boxes right now. Pay a little bit, get some surprises worth more than you pay. Fantastic!

ModCloth is offering something similar, but it’s one time only and it’s right now!!! I hear they sell out quickly.

Direct from ModCloth:

My, what a Stylish Surprise! For just $15, you might get anything from a terrific top or sassy skirt, to a dazzling dress or cute coat. There’s a beautiful bevy of mystery items with retail values from $29.99 to $299.99! Ready for some fashion fun? Simply select your size, then add a chic secret to your shopping bag. Hurry – supplies are limited, so snag a Stylish Surprise while you still can!

ModCloth’s Famous Stylish Surprise 
And don’t forget ModCloth always has FREE US shipping on orders $50+.

I just bought one, so I’ll let you know what I get. I should have ordered several to get free shipping, but for $4, I’ll take my chances!


Zooey Deschanel Sporting a Stylish ModCloth Dress on The New Girl!

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I just found out that Zooey Deschanel will be wearing this lovely frock from ModCloth on tonight’s episode of the New Girl!


ModCloth Neyla Dress worn on Zooey Deschanel in New Girl
 Don’t know much about ModCloth? ModCloth is an American online retailer specializing in vintage, vintage-inspired and indie clothing, accessories and decor.They also have a fantastic Nerd section!


Benefit Gimmie Brow

Gimme Brow or Give Me Death

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Benefit Gimmie Brow

Do you have long, whacked out eyebrow hairs as long as your arm? Or maybe you have sparse brows from over plucking? Or perhaps you are like me and you have both. Boo! Well, have I got a product for you!

Gimmie Brow by benefitcosmetics.com is my new favorite beauty product. My sister gave it to me for my birthday and it is the perfect gift!

It is a brush on fiber gel and unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. Have you noticed eyebrows are huge this season? I mean that figuratively and literally. I’ve seen some honkin’ eyebrows, as in Brooke-Shields-in-1985 plus it seems every beauty video I see talks about how to add and fill in your brows.

With Gimmie Brow, you can go big or just define what you have. You apply it with a tiny brush similar to a mascara wand. It shapes and holds brows in place, similar to eyebrow wax. It also adheres to skin like an eyebrow pencil. It covers gray hair, too. No one ever told me I would have gray eyebrows. It’s buildable so you can go thick or thin, however you feel on a particular day.

It does not rub off. At all. Ever. It is waterproof, so you won’t have any dripping eyebrows. Yeah, picture that, Ladies!

The reviews on BenefitCosmetics.com are almost funny in their praise. Lots of “where have you been all my life” and “I will be buying this for eternity” comments. And it really is that good.

The only drawback is the cost. It is a teensy tube for $22. The size is so small, you might think it is a sample! However, compared to other brow products, it isn’t too bad, especially if you consider this one product can take the place of many.

Final verdict: Buy it now for full price!

Gimmie Brow can be purchased at:
Sephora.com
BenefitCosmetics.com
Ulta.com
Macys.com
Amazon.com


Modern Family Event at Joss and Main

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Modern Family Event at Joss and Main

Joss and Main is one of my favorite shopping sites and they have just launched a Modern Family Event. Each family has their own collection!

Dunphys

Fairington+Pillow+-+Set+of+2

Look at this gorgeous Fairington Indoor/Outdoor pillow! The colors are amazing and it comes in a set of 2 for $39.95.

Cybil Table Lamp

 

The blue of this Calera Lamp is called Marine Blue. It seems like a perfect deep blue/green color. It also comes in a set of two for $153.95.

Courtyard+Accent+Chair

 

What DON’T I love about this Courtyard Accent chair? The patters, the rolled back, the stunning legs…there are even casters on the front! So beautiful! The price was originally $766.80 and it is now selling for $280.95. To be honest, I don’t know where the original price comes from, but that is a great price for this accent chair!

Tucker-Pritchetts

Puebla+Convertible+SofaThe Puebla Convertible Sofa says it “seats, reclines, or sleeps 2 comfortably.” I’m not totally sure what that means and the website doesn’t have any converting photos. Even without pics, I LOVE the color (could it be an exact match for the lamps above?) and the modern lines are lovely. It looks compact, but it’s actually 87.5 inches long. Perhaps due to it’s lower back it , takes up less visual space? Did I mention the price? It’s only $415.95. WHAT? That is a phenomenal price for a sofa, but for a sleeper sofa? Amaze-balls!

Brazza+Vase

This Brazza Vase is adorable and from the set of Modern Family! It’s hand painted and 10 inches tall. I think it would be lovely next to the sofa above! It’s $93.95, which seems a little pricey to me, especially for a vase that can’t even hold flowers. However, I think it would make a wonderful gift! **Hint Hint Hubby**

pritchetts

The beauty of this collection really is in it’s mix rather than in the individual pieces. Check out these combinations:

Leather+Tufted+Sofa

 

This Leather Tufted Sofa could not be any more classic and traditional, right? Some might even say boring. But when you pair it with this swoon-worthy piece?

 

 

 

Cosmopolitan+Accent+Chest

Wow. Just wow. Now that is a sense of style…unique, gorgeous, and blending two totally different sensibilities. This is the Cosmopolitan Accent Chest, made with wood, mirrored glass and cut crystal hardware. At $481.95, this just might be the statement piece you’ve been looking for!

This Modern Family event only lasts 12 more days and one thing to be aware of with Joss & Main is that things do sell out, especially the popular items. Check it out now!

 

What do you think? What’s your favorite piece? Do you think the collection represents the individual families on Modern Family?

 

PS-This post does indeed include affiliate links. That means if you click on one of the links above and purchase something from Joss and Main, I’ll get a small percentage of your purchase to keep MissMouthy up and running. And maybe I’ll buy a latte. Just sayin’.

 


Best Cheap Makeup Ever!

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When I set out to Find My Fabulous one of my first jobs was to find makeup. I had no idea where to start. I searched blogs, stores and magazines. I quickly discovered I could pay $40 for a mascara or I could pay $1. I quickly decided to start with the cheap stuff and work my way up as I gained experience and discovered what looks I liked. Nearly every blog and magazine mentioned one brand for inexpensive makeup or drugstore dupes for high end products.

ELF

That stands for Eyes Lips Face.

ELF.com is amazing! Most of the products work just as well or better than their expensive counterparts and the prices are generally $1 to $3. If you want to go wild and crazy, you can find some products upwards of $6.

ELF has three levels of cosmetics. Essentials are the most basic, Mineral is a little more high end Studio is the top of the line. I’m planning to do some in-depth reports on individual products, but here are a few of my favorites so far:

Cheap Makeup

 

First, you’ll see my new favorite lipstick, Essential Lipstick by ELF.com You read it right, this lipstick is only ONE DOLLAR! A buck! At that price, you can try every single one of the dozen shades they offer. This lipstick is creamy and rich, smells wonderful, and has decent staying power.

Next you’ll see the Essential All Over Color Stick. I have pink lemonade, but I just ordered all the other colors. For 50% off. Yeah, you read that right. These colors can be used on the eyes, lips and face, but I’ve only used it as a cream blush so far.

The Essential Eyelid Primer is a total game changer for me. One reason I quit wearing makeup was because I would go to all this trouble to look “just so” and within an hour, you couldn’t even tell I was wearing makeup! This stuff makes my eye makeup stay put from 6 AM to 10 PM. I have the Sheer color, which is sort of a pinky flesh tone. I also have the Pearl, which is a shimmery white. You swipe this on your eyelid, dab it around with your fingertip, then apply your eye shadow. Sheer is not really noticeable under your shadow while Pearl gives you a light shimmery color to start your eye look.

The Essential Shimmering Facial Whip is a fantastic highlighter. If you’ve seen any YouTube videos on makeup, you’ve surely seen something about highlighting and contouring. This is the product you need for highlighting. It’s very similar to a Benefit.com product, but way less expensive. I put a dab of this on the inner corner of my eye, under my brow bone, and perhaps on the tops of my cheekbones. You can use it in many ways, but this is how I’ve started using it. I have Lilac Petal, which isn’t lilac at all. Weird.

The last item is my big splurge at $2. I know, cra-cra. This is the Essential Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. First of all, it’s not waterproof. Boo. However, it is long lasting and really easy to use! Liquid eyeliner scares me, but this is simply like using a felt tip pen. You can make thin lines, thick lines, whatever. Awesome!

A couple of notes-

One complaint is that the colors on the ELF.com website are nothing like the actual color. It’s frustrating, but at a buck, I really don’t care too much. If you really want to know the colors, just type in “elf lipstick swatches” and you’ll have tons of information.

ELF often has 40 or 50% off sales.If you want to buy a bunch of stuff, wait for a sale!

Are you ready to try a new look or see how a particular product works for you? Check out ELF.com and go wild! It is time for you to Find Your Fabulous!

 

 


Monthly Subscription Boxes

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Have I been living under a rock? I have never heard of subscription boxes and now I am a stalker and an addict. Have you been under a rock and you don’t know that which I speak of?

Monthly Subscription Boxes are a subscription, must like a magazine. But instead of getting a bunch of pages of advertising, you get little treats delivered to your mailbox! There are dozens of Monthly Subscription boxes, including high end makeup brands, drugstore and indie makeup, hair products, complete outfits, craft boxes for kids, boxes for your pets, meals in a box and even fun boxes for adult adventures.

As far as I can tell, it started with BirchBox.com This company sends out a variety of high end cosmetics, skin care, and lifestyle products. In one month, you might get a foil packet of a new moisturizer, a great pair of socks, a fully size dry shampoo and a little notebook. It’s an interesting mix of products and for only $10 per month, what have you got to loose?

The first box I’ve subscribed to is Ipsy. Ipsy is also only $10 per month and it will introduce you to all sorts of new makeup products. Nearly everything they send is make-up related, often with full-sized products. Some brands you’ve probably heard of, others you haven’t

I’ll be reviewing my Ipsy bag soon, but here’s what I got:

Ipsy Bag

A very colorful lip balm, fantastic mascara, a purple eye shadow, a kohl eye liner and a nude lipstick. It’s a whole look in a single bag! If you want to sign up, please use my link.

The other Monthly Subscription Box I’ve signed up for, but haven’t yet received, is the PopSugar Must Have Box. It’s a bit more expensive, at $35 per month, but it has “lifestyle” items. You might find a scarf, jewelry, specialty foods, teas, a cute notebook, sunscreen or a cute toucan shaped bottle opener.  If you use this code REFER5 you’ll get $5 off your first order. As soon as I get this box, I’ll review it and let you know all about it and here’s the September box to get you drooling:

PopSugar

There are tons of other monthly beauty boxes. As I review them, I’ll let you know all about it!


Finding My Fabulous

Find Your Fabulous

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Finding My Fabulous
I just turned 40.

I cut off my hair.

I went from shoulder length hair to a short pixie cut. Yeah, I did that.

I decided, since my face was now just “out there,” and I didn’t want to look like a man, I needed to start wearing lipstick.

If I was going to wear lipstick, I may as well start wearing makeup.

It’s sort of like the book If You Give a Moose a Muffin. It just keeps going and going.

Guess what? I am LOVING it! I am having so much fun styling my hair and trying on makeup. It’s awesome.

I am Finding My Fabulous!

Care to join me? I will be posting my trials and tribulations as I find my own fabulous. Perhaps you can find yours too!

Watch here for:

Product Reviews

Video Tutorials

Hot Products, especially for “mature” ladies, not old women

Much more!

What would you like to see? How can I help you to Find Your Fabulous?