My Obsession With Sea Otters Has Even Taken Over My Beauty Life

Ok, I know it’s been a long time since my last post. Forgive me Originals, to summarize, I got married!, I had a baby boy!, and I got tired! My beauty needs have changed, but my love of makeup has never died. What is another love of mine that will never die? Sea otters, that’s right, those sea mammals that have their baby on their stomach.

There is my son, with his baby, an otter we got him in Monterey, CA.

Before our trip I found this crazy Otter Mask at Ulta. All I saw was Otter, and I immediately bought it. I am also obsessed with sheet masks. They are a newish beauty trend, I enjoy them because they are a quick, cheap, little luxury. After baby goes to bed I pop one on. If they actually do good stuff for my skin than bonus.

I thought I would give it a go…I think the brand is SNP? They had a bunch of different animal masks, with each mask having a different benefit.

My skin before…AHH scary no concealer! But it’s pretty normal except for the omnipresent hormonal chin pimple. This mask claimed it would bring back moisture to my skin and balance it. Here were the directions and ingredients.

Some pretty good ingredients, including coconut water, different extracts, etc. Whoops I just noticed it says don’t put on wounds, and I burned my forehead pretty bad with a curling iron, and THAN put this on top of the burn. Oh well, I think it actually helped heal it.Process is easy, just put on mask for 10-20 minutes and than take off.


I swear to GOD I am trying to smile as big as I can in this picture, and I still look like a scary killer. No otter do I see! Do you see one? Liars…

Even when the mask is off it does not look like the mask on the product. They suckered me in with the Otter aspect, and it doesn’t even look like an Otter! I am hurt! J/k not suprised, but what did it do for my skin?

I think it definitely brightened me up. It also left my skin feeling incredibly soft. See I am glowing down below.

What do I do with the excess product that are always in sheet masks? I take it and rub it on my hands, neck, and chest area. That way you get the most bang for your buck. Just a little tip for those that want to experiment with one. And here is my skin this morning, less glowy, but still pretty dang radiant.

AHH still need concealer! Stay tuned and stay original!

Original Alli G Rating

Skin Benefit; B+

Turning me into an Otter; F

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Working on my fitness, skin maintenance and more with less than 3 months until my wedding! Skincare focused March 2015 Favorites

Hello everyone!

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So I am not even going to lie, March has been one heck of a crazy month with little time to post. Two bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations, concerts, a trip to California, a wedding shower, and a full time day job. Slide in my new workout routine (not by choice, I HAVE TO GET MY BUTT in gear, wedding is less than 3 months away Originals!), I have barely thought about makeup.

Yes this makeup obsessed hoarder and junkie has NOT HAD time to think about makeup. That’s right, look out your window right now, a pig is flying.

But since I have been using my Classpass, if you don’t know what that is, go get yourself one now, thank me later! I have been sweating like a crazy person. My skin has been playing suprisingly nice with that whole arrangement using these few things;

1). Sephora Triple Cleansing Water

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So we apparently are the only country on Earth that has not gone crazy over this micellaire water stuff, which is just wrong. I didn’t know what it was for the longest time, so I will try to explain.

In this magical body are tiny bubbles, water, and soapy things that get rid of all makeup. You just put a little on a cotton pad and wipe away all traces of makeup. I am talking every last bit. And you don’t even have to even rinse! There are more brands like Simple and Garnier coming out with their version, but I have heard Sephora’s is on par with the cult classic Bioderma. Just get yourself some! I promise you will love it.

2). Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

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Yes I know it’s expensive. Yes I know there are plenty of drugstore ones, and I have tried them all. I have also tried all the mid price ones like Clinque,Boscia, etc. Nothing has normalized my combo skin like this…it has been a miracle. It’s not bad that it is made with all natural ingredients either. It also takes off most makeup. It is so easy to use! Two pumps in your palm, warm it up, spread all over face, and finally mix with some warm water to emulsify and boom you have got a great oil cleanser. I highly recommend!

3). Urban Nighter Stay All Day Spray

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Hairspray for your face. If you want your makeup to last this will do it (I have been testing extensively this month!)

4). ELF Pointed Foundation Brush.

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Love, love this drugstore miracle. It will set undereye concealer and powder like nothing else. It is so soft! One of the best quality ELF brushes I have used.

5). Anastasia Contour Kit

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Swatches of all the highlighters/contour bronzers

Ok, I did think about 1 makeup item this month. The omnipresent CONTOUR KITS…they are everywhere y’all. Which one was I going to pick? Of course I had to buy the OG, Anastasia Contour Kit. It is pretty much the bomb. All the powders help one to contour and highlight using super silky soft powder. Of course, my pale butt needs the Light/Medium varation, but they now have a Dark/Deep variation! Yeah! Get this one, or the Kat Von D one (so I have been told)

If you have no idea what the heck I’m talking about, I will do a whole post on this contouring subject next. Until next time Originals!

Oh I almost forgot!, I am going to try some Rodan + Fields skincare products soon (sweating, prepping for the wedding is my life right now) and report back to you.

One of my best friends, Clea Mattingly, and my cousin Leah Kay are consultants. Clea is in the Dallas area, Leah is in the Houston area. If you are interested in trying their stuff (I love their microdermbrasion scrub) their websites are listed down below!

https://cmattingly.myrandf.com/ContactMe

https://leahg.myrandf.com/ContactMe

Love Always,
Alli G

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What do sunsets, eyebrow gel, and horny goat weed have in common? They are all included in sub-par drugstore products from L’Oréal, ELF, and Physician’s Formula

I love drugstore products. Albeit this post and the last post may make you think otherwise…I do truly love drugstore makeup. Well, I love drugstore makeup that is affordable and works just as good, if not better than their department store counterparts. That being said, I don’t like just OK drugstore makeup.

I feel that instead of buying a bunch of just OK drugstore makeup, anyone can save their money towards one amazing department store purchase. I don’t like that sometimes a lot of drugstore makeup companies put in a lot of money in packaging and advertising, but skimp on the actual product inside. That is my cosmetic industry rant of the day! Sorry…I’m stepping down from my soapbox now.

These three drugstore products are just OK. Do you need them in your life? Absolutely 100 percent not! Can you save money by not buying all 3 and purchase one mid end product that will blow your mind…yes yes you can.

The 3 offenders here are

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ELF Prism Eyeshadow Palette in Sunset

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L’Oréal Brow Plumper in Transparent

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Physician’s Formula Sexy Booster VA VA Voom  Volume Mascara

First up the Sunset Palette from ELF. I thought this was going to be great! Great reviews! Great YouTube tutorials! Beautiful warm color selection, including an outstanding looking
purple. It was also only 6 USD at my local Target. Well I have three words; glitter, patchy, and powdery.

Look at the swatches (no primer)

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They have all right pigmentation. They have all right texture, not satiny or smooth at all. Just sort of powdery with glitter. The colors sort of swatch the same tone of color, and on the eye they didn’t perform much better.

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They all muddle together, just different shades of orange. This palette is also desperately needing a matte to balance it out. I had to really work with these shadows; primer, different brushes, and also MAC Fix Plus. It is just too much dang work for not that much payoff. Also, if it’s this glittery and creasy on my line free eyelids…how is anyone over age 30 going to use this? I just think save your money, or buy a Wet n’ Wild eight pan eyeshadow palette.

Now for the eyebrow gel from L’Oréal. Just no, it did absolutely nothing for me. It didn’t hold my grandpa curly eyebrows in place, it didn’t “plump” anything, the only thing it did was comb my brow hairs. Which I can do with a .30 cent spooly. The brush design is cool, I like the length of the wand itself.

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I don’t care that I didn’t get a “tinted” color one. Why make a transparent gel than, if it can’t do the simple job of holding anything in place? Exactly…just stick with my girl Anastasia of Beverly Hills Eyebrow gel, it almost costs the same as the L’Oréal version anyways.

Finally the VA VA Voom Volume Mascara from Physician’s Formula. I.E. the horny goat weed mascara, nope this isn’t a typo, but an actual claim of the mascara
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Drugstore Madness 2015! When You Talk All Day Long You Need A Lipstick To Stay! Rimmel Provocalips Longwearing Lipcolor Review

Hello Originals!

My oh my has it been awhile! So much going on in 2015 already. I am sure you all feel the same. So, I have been non stop buying stuff at the drugstore to test it all for you. What?, oh thanks Alli for only thinking of your Originals, nevermind, my uhh, umm, makeup addiction…but that is besides the point! I bought these 3 little pretties at CVS not too long ago during a Buy One Get One Half Off Sale type thing.

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Sorry they are not in a perfect row for all my OCD friends out there!

I tried to get 3 different colors for you all and low and behold one of them sucks and has like no color at all. It looks like it’s going to be “nude” from the tube, but too bad it came out as sheer glitter. That is the light pink one in the middle, Pucker Up. I wouldn’t mind glitter so much if it wasn’t on a long wearing lip stain!

And that is exactly what these are, a very long wearing lipstain,  that literally lasts 12 hours, no lie There are two sides/steps within this product. One side with the stain, the other with a gloss balm so your lips don’t end up a cracked mess. You apply the 1st step, let it set for one minute, and than apply the gloss balm on top.

When all is said and done these colors are food proof, liquid proof, and transfer proof. If you have insanely dry lips beware! You will need to exfoilate before and after wear. Also I don’t really feel the colors match what is outside the tubes, hence why Pucker Up is going back to CVS. OK enough chit chat here are the swatches on my NC 15 skin. My clear favorite is the red, Play with Fire. The rosey  mauve, I’ll Call You is not too shabby either.

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I don't know why the camera is picking up Pucker Up, better than real life, but it doesn't look that good in person, promise!

All in all, these do what they say they will do, I am going to definitely use them when I need them, and at under 8 bucks a stick they are a good deal. I just wish I had gotten a better color, and I also wish they were a touch less drying and easier to remove (you are going to need an oil base makeup remover and scrub, scrub, scrub!)

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Pucker Up

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I'll Call You

I give these guys a 3.5/4.0 out of 5. Cool product, may enjoy when my lips aren’t so wintery.

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Play With Fire, so fun!

Stay tuned and stay original!

All My Love,
Alli G

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Look of the Day Using My New Glasses! Daytime Look.

Well I finally did it! After years of living life blissfully with no bad vision in sight, reading in the dark, staring at electronics too long, and all my other bad eye habits caught up with me. My genetic predisposition for vision loss (literally every single blood relative I have, has had glasses for awhile) intertwined with intentional eye strain, and I had to get glasses. I don’t need them for everything, just reading and writing and also driving.

Props to my friends and family that have worn these things for awhile, they are taking some getting used too. Inspired by my newest accessory, I decided to do one day look and than one night makeup look emphasizing my eyes behind these cateyes. Behold the day time look.

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Pretty simple and natural. Just really organized my brows with my tinted brow gel. I made sure the ends were really dark and then lightened up towards the front areas. I also used my beautiful Laura Mercier Amethyst Caviar Stick. It is the perfect natural color that would emphasize any eyecolor, especially in glasses.

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Than I blended a light brown color in my crease, just to keep a more sculpted eyeshape. Curled my eyelashes, slapped on some mascara, and a cool toned pink blush, and poof! I was done! Easy peasy!

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Let’s hope at the very least I look like I’m old enough to be teaching finally! Night time look is being cooked up right now. Heavy eyeliner and a red lip? Check and check!

Products used;
-Sonia Kashuk Concealer Palette in Light
-Benefit Gimme Brow Gel in Light
-Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst
-Light Brown from the Lorac Pro 2 Palette
-Mally Volumizing Mascara in Black
-NARS Blush in Desire
-MAC Lipglass in Peachstock  (Limited Edition…sorry!)

Stay tuned and stay original!

Love Always,
Alli G

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Beauty Resolution 2015, Stop being Lazy and get into an actual Skincare Routine!

Hello Originals!

If your resolution for 2015 was to get into a solid and healthy skin care routine then you are not alone! That was my resolution as well and I am going to show you some products that I have used thus far that have helped me in this 1st month of 2015. Than there are two extreme products that I want to write about, because they are well funny and extreme.

I actually made the executive decision to write about one of the extreme products first, because well its awesome.The 1st product is Pig Nose Clear Black-Head 3-Step Kit and I am using it currently on my face right now. Mr. Soon to be Doctor Man brought it to me tonight as a suprise and we will review this bad bad boy in real time…here we go!

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Yep directions are in Korean. Might have been handy to read the readily available English directions online before I ripped open the 1st section and stuck it on my face…just maybe.

I have black heads. Yes I do, all up on my nose and the sides of nose. I hate these things, I want them gone. I have tried other nose strips in the past, but “allegedly” they can’t hold a candle to what this Korean skin care product can produce. It’s like a super 3 nose strip in one pack. Here is my nose before any of the strips.

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This is me with the 1st Strip on.

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Yes I know it was supposed to be pushed down more, I did after this picture was taken. So, the first strip smelled like oranges and seemed to have been soaked in some goo. It did sting after about 10 minutes, but I forged ahead to the recommended 15 minutes from the directions. I didn’t wet this one, just literally put in my face

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I don’t know if it did much of anything. Nose looks a bit less shiny and maybe more puffed up? Maybe my nose is more ready to get gross blackheads pushed out of my pores, we shall see Originals, we shall see.

2nd Strip

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Alas why the product is called Pig
Nose, it is pink and you put it on your nose. You do have to pat this one down with water like the traditional nose strip.

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Making my best pig face...haha!

It is taking forever to dry…might have put too much water on it and screwed it up. Wouldn’t be the 1st time I have done such a thing. Mr. Doctor Man put on the fan “to try to speed up the drying process.”

Going nuts waiting for this to dry so I will go ahead on an aside and tell you the new process I have been using to clean my face on heavy makeup days. Yep its is another beauty secret from Korea. It is the idea of dual washing.

Dual washing is when you wash your face two different times with two different products. The first wash will fully get rid of makeup, while the second wash, with a gentle face soap, will wipe your face clean. Apparently most face washes are so gentle now, they can’t fully get rid of all makeup, dirt and oil. That is why for the 1st step, many people are taking a face oil, balm, or cold cream like Ponds Cold Cream and completely washing your face in that mess first. I decided to be like grandma and use my Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser for my 1st step in the dual wash process.

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I have to say it is pretty darn effective at getting most of, if not all my makeup off. I would not use if you have extremely oily acne prone skin. I would look into an actual oil wash. For the second step I just use my handy and trusted Neutrogena Gentle Cleanser. It carefully rinses the Ponds off and finishes cleansing my skin. I do have to say I have seen results with using two cleansers and I highly recommend this to someone trying to find a new and effective skin routine! Two thumbs up.

I have also been using this bomb moisturizer, Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Emulsion.

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It gently softens my skin and has faded away some of my horomonal acne scars. It is easy to use because of the pump. I have used it every morning and have honestly seen improvement since January 1st. It is just a little pricey, but if you want to get rid of the appearance of some acne scars, I highly recommend this moisturizer.

Back to Pig Nose the flipping thing finally dried. I peeled that baby off and look what I found.

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Yes Pig Nose to not deliver to my expectantions, what a bummer

Squint real close to the top right or bottom left . You might, with some practice, see 4 tiny little blackheads. Darnit! Here are the after 1st strip and than after the 2nd strip pics.

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My squinting, trying to see a difference...haha!

I think that area by the side of the nose looks a smidgen better. A little more clear looking.

Strip 3

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Nose still looks as shiny as before...

This was the weirdest to put on. Completely covered in some goo that smells like hand sanitzer. And there is two layers of the stip? I honestly look like Ms. Piggy after a nose job. Let’s see if this shiz does anything.

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OK it did look semi better when all said and done. My nose, albeit shiny, looks pretty poreless. I also most likely screwed up the 2nd strip. Take a look at another person’s strip who probably didnt screw up the 2nd one.

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All the rough patches, tiny spikes on top are gunk that got out of the pores. All and all this was an interesting product to try to incorporate into my skin routine. I think we would have seen even better results with someone who has worst blackheads/pore issues. Anyone want to volunteer to be my guinea pig? Next extreme treatment is the Babyfoot  Knockoff I got at Ulta. I.e. a two week long foot peel. See how it went! Stay tuned and stay original!

Love always,
Alli G

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Beauty Resolutions 2015, Figuring out if Blondes, Brunettes, or Redheads have more Fun

Hello Originals!

So have you been thinking of changing up your look in 2015? Dying your hair is one way to do just that. I am not going to lie, I am a huge proponent in expressing yourself via hairdye, just look at my color history for just 2014…

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I went from single process dark brown/auburn, to dual process light reddish brown with hi lites. In my whole life my hair has been everything from dark black to light honey blonde.

I do have some beginning tips if you are thinking about making the plunge. Remember hair color should be a gradual process if you are going from one extreme to another. The 1st pic was from January last year, the last one is my most recent. It took a whole year to go from one to the other. You need patience above all else!

1). Have a professional do it. I know this may not be a popular tip, but it’s the truth. If you have never dyed your hair before, or you want a more complicated look, go see a hair stylist. Dying your hair is in fact a chemical process. If you want to go from dark/light, light/dark in more than a 2 shade difference range, you could seriously damage your hair. Box color has gotten better, but no matter what, coloring your hair is not a gentle process. I mean it doesn’t hurt, (if done right), but if you don’t know what you are doing, it may take months or years to reverse a mistake.

2. Be prepared for costs/not having your hair look 100 percent perfect all the time.
I just want to warn you that even with box dye (if you ignore tip number 1) hair color gets expensive. Hair grows, and so does hair color (it grows out) I am not a perfect roots kind of gal. My hair grows back, and I usually wait as long as possible before a touch-up, because I don’t want to pay to have it dyed once a month. If you are a perfectionist, like you dont want any roots to show ever, I would save up for maintence, or advise to not dye.

3). How to go longer in-between visits. Don’t wash your hair everyday! I only wash mine twice a week. If that grosses you out, then become one with dry shampoo. Every time you wash, your color fades, sorry about that, but it’s just truth.

4). Use really good hair color shampoos, conditioners, etc. This one is hard to stomach when you already paid so much at the salon, but every time you wash your hair, hair dye just goes down the literally and figurative drain. You want to invest in products to make less dye…ie time and money fade away. Good products for beginners… Look for sulphate free shampoos and conditioners. Use a hair/heat protectant every time you style your hair.

My top color care products right now are
1). Joico Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner
2). Wen Cleansing Conditioner
3). Ojon Color Care Deep Conditioner
4)  John Frieda Heat Protectant Spray

5). Wear a hat or an SPF spray in your hair while out in the sun. The sun can and will do funky things to your hair color. Protect it, it’s also good for your skin.

6). Have fun! Dying your hair is a good way to express yourself or change your look. If you hate it, hair always grows out! Who knows, you could become a blonde, brunette, readhead  for life this year!

Stay tuned and stay original!

Love always,
Alli G.

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Top 14 Products of 2014

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This is going to be a long post originals, so I will try my best to keep it less gabby as possible. Here are my ride or die, best, most beloved 14 products of 2014. You may want to go get a snack, or a comfy pillow, because this might take awhile. Instead of writing diatribes about each and every product, I am going to try to give each one a  rating, and maybe a 1-2 sentence explanation how I best used the product, or who the product may work for.

The rating will be based on convenience, easiness to use, pigmentation, and staying power. I will give each one up to 5 points. Convenience is how well it travels, how easy it is store, clunky packaging, etc. Easiness is how good you have to be at makeup to use the product. I didn’t include lip products because holy geez that is another post. Here we go…

1). Foundation Urban Decay Naked Foundation in Shade 3.0

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Convenience: 4 out 5 (cap comes loose, you also have to shake it like spray paint before you use)
Easy to Use: 5 out 5
Pigmentation: 3 out 5
Staying Power: 4.5 out 5

Foundation is so subjective, but this is my favorite I tried this year. It is only for those that want light to medium coverage. I can apply it with my fingers and it stays most of the day and looks great in pictures. Some say that Maybelline Dream Wonder is a dupe, but not to me. The MDW clings to my dry patches, this doesn’t at all. The color selection is a little cray, any shades that end in .5 are cooler toned those that end in .0 are warmer toned. Leans very pale, hence why I can wear 3.0. Darn! That was not 1-2 sentences! Sorry!

2). Concealers, I have 3 of them
A. NARS  Radiant Creamy concealer in Vanilla

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Sorry for the blurry pic, if you want more info check out my Racoon Eyes Post.

Convenience: 5 out 5
Easy to Use: 5 out 5
Pigmentation: 4 out of 5
Staying Power: 4 out of 5

Love it, one of the few concealers that covers both undeye  bags and pimples. If you have VERY dry skin or mature skin you may want to set with a powder for it to last all day.

B). Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Fair

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To learn more about this product check out my last post, "Biggest Makeup Mishaps of 2014"

Convenience: 4 out of 5
Easy to Use: 3.5 out of 5
Pigmentation: 3.5 out of 5
Staying Power: 4 out of 5

Best drugstore concealer for undereyes. It is higlighting, SO DO NOT use on pimples. Sponge tip applicator and twist applicator are annoying and don’t let you control how much product you use, but it is very doable.

C. MAC Prolong Wear Concealer in NC15

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I dipped my toe in the MAC pond this year, and I am not disappointed!

Convenience: 2.5 out of 5
Easy to use: 2 out 5
Pigmentation : 6 out of 5 (yes I meant that)
Staying Power: 5 out of 5

This thing means business. It is the only thing that has EVER COMPLETELY taken AWAY my under eye circles. It just is housed in a scary to break glass bottle that is messy and hard to use. I suggest for the more makeup savvy original.

3). Blushes
A. TARTE Exposed

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Check out my "Get Your Glow On, Bronzing Guide" to find out more about this blush

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Convenience: 5 out of 5
Easy to Use: 5 out of 5
Pigmentation: 4 out of 5
Staying Power: 4 out of 5

Great everyday blush for ANY skintone. Warms up pale girls, gives a rosiness  to darker complexions as well. Goes with any look and stays on a good long while.

B). Milani  Luminoso Blush

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Conveience: 5 out of 5
Easy to Use: 5 out of 5
Pigmentation: 3.75 out of 5
Staying Power: 5 out of 5

My favorite blush ever. Enough said.

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My Biggest Makeup Mishaps of 2014…I Fixed Some, the Others were Unrepairable!

So one of the things that I get told over and over is that women don’t “know how to do makeup.” They want to look a certain way, but they don’t know how to use makeup to get them to that look. Originals, I am by no means perfect. I mess up my makeup, or wear a product the wrong way all the time. You just have to wipe off your face and try again! I know, easier said than done. For example let’s take this blush…

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Well Alli it’s your own fault that blush be cray. Look at it!! It’s a bright,matte, baked, pinkish red. Why were you even messing with clown blush? I don’t know, because all the crazy blogging beauty type people were obsessed. And if you do it right, it does look like my natural flush perfectly.

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Yep, as you can imagine this blush took some getting used too. It was the flipping goldilocks of blushes. The brush I used couldn’t be too big, or too small. I could only use a smidgen of product, and I still had to blow excess away. And then the timing of this thing! It leaves a literally stain on the cheeks, so you got to work fast to blend, blend, blend. Otherwise you have a mark of bright red cheekstain, where you dotted the product on (guilty), look like an overzealous 80s video vixen (guilty), or have literal apples on the “apples” of your cheeks (extremely guilty).

After several trial and error; I finally got it to work in my favor! For those that are interested in the most natural flush ever (even if you got to work at it), it’s Milani  Baked Blush in Bella Rosa.

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Than there is this thing. It was the bane of my face makeup existence for most of 2014.

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This is another darling of the beauty online community. Everyone loves this product for concealing under eye bags and highlighting the face. You just have to buy the right one. Easier said than done (millions of variations!)…here is a list of the ones you shouldn’t buy, because I mistakenly bought them and they suck.

1). The one in the opaque white tube. It’s more of a “treatment with gogi berries,” whatever it doesn’t conceal squat.
2) The correcting one in yellow. I don’t know what I was thinking, yellow doesn’t counteract BLUE/PURPLE undereyes, salmon (pinky tones) do.
3). They have a pink tone correcting, one but trust me and only put that one under your eyes. Don’t highlight with that thing, it gets weird.
4. By the right shade! I use fair, and it still looks too light sometimes. Whoops…

Hopefully that buying guide will help you when purchasing the Instant Age Rewind Concealer from Maybelline. Once you find the right one, it’s awesome. Yes, all the other ones I returned to CVS. You can do that people! It’s America! Return things that don’t work!

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Oh Mally Volumizing Mascara. Here is my disclaimer. It is one of the wettest, goopiest formulas, in the history of mascara history. It’s messy and you can clearly see it gets everywhere (no matter how many times I clean that tube!)

At first it did pretty much almost nothing for me. I had heard the urban makeup tale that this mascara is legit, you just have to wait a few weeks for it to dry out. Well, while waiting for it to “dry out” this thing got on my eyelids, eyebrows, every where on my face. It was like I was a two year old that didn’t know how to apply mascara. The results were just so-so on my lashes as well. Finally one day I opened the tube and put it on my eyelashes…and magic happened. The formula dried out where it wasn’t getting flung all over my face. It also was coating every lash, beautifully and perfectly. Huh…a true makeup urban legend!

Finally the squid ink eye incident. Brought to you by this seemingly innocent, not nefarious eyeliner by Lorac.

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I still like the product. I have a newer tube, and it’s pigmented and stays put after I put it on. BUT BEWARE don’t use old ones I guess. I was putting it on like usual the other day and the brush tip applicator somehow malfuntioned. At first it was a drop of black eyeliner in my eye. It somehow, in a millisecond, increased tenfold and black eyeliner ink was just pouring into my eye. I could of course not take a picture like that. I almost was going to call poison control because my eye looked like a poisonous deep sea octopus had just squirted it’s killer ink into my eye!

I washed it out with warm water. Then took my gentlest eye makeup remover and rubbed it everywhere with a soft tissue. I than rinsed out my eye a double and third time. I finally sat the rest of the night with a hot towel compress on my eye, because ever so often I blinked and black eyeliner came out. WORST MAKEUP DISASTER of the year. Originals it happens to all of us I swear.

Stay tuned and stay original!

Love always,
Alli G.

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Best of 2014 Non-Glamorous Beauty Items

On this blog I often feel that I talk only about pretty products. Products that are shiny and new. I am starting to feel like a little kid that only shows friends  their brand new toys. But what about the old puzzles, boardgames, and blocks?

That is why I have made this post. I wanted to highlight “essentials” that everyone needs but maybe  isn’t written about much. All of these products are found in the drugstore and cost 13 dollars or less.

1). Jergens  BB Cream for Body.

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Subtle but awesome coverage and also moisturizing. Can’t place the scent, but it is good. Makes skin appear smoother, especially in pictures.

2). Sonia Kashuk Body Lotion in Purple Seductia

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I feel like this line of body products is really underrated by Sonia Kashuk. This lotion is amazingly textured, and the scent lingers on me all day. You can find all of the Sonia Kashuk body/bath products at Target. There is everything in the line from body wash, to oils, to creams. All products  have a very high end formula at a drugstore price.

3). Dove Body Wash

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This Purely Pampering formula is incredible. Will turn any skin into baby soft skin. I doubly promise! I have tried cheaper/more expensive things and nothing is as good as Dove.

4). Freeman Clay Masks and Queen Helen Clay Masks.

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These masks work so well! They get gunk out of your skin like no other. Just be careful to not leave on longer than the directions state, or it will be painful!

5). Aquafresh Extreme Clean Toothpaste

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So last post when I said that Nars  Audacious lipsticks were my favorite beauty find in 2014? OK I forgot about this toothpaste.! Both myself and Mr. Soon to Be Doctor Man swear by this stuff. I am addicted, it makes this really strong foam in your mouth that really cleans everything up. My breathe has also been made noticeably fresher. No I’m not sponsored by Aquafresh, but I should be! I can’t even use any of my old favorite toothpastes now. I double stock up at CVS like a crazy toothpaste hoarder. Mr. Soon to be Doctor Man said it makes other toothpastes feel like water, and he’s right!

Alright that is my unglamorous best of beauty list for 2014. What are some of your favorites?

Stay tuned and stay original!

Love always,
Alli G.

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