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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Review + Demo: Giorgio Armani Eye Tints and Eccentrico Mascara

The post contains press samples


I was so excited when Influenster emailed me to let me know they would be sending over their latest VoxBox because it was a fancy one! 

I was chosen to test out the Giorgio Armani Eye Tints and new Eccentrico mascara

You guys, I literally ran a victory lap around our condo when the box was delivered. My husband was thoroughly amused. 

And before you write me off as a total label snob -- hold your judgment. 

I actually LOVE the Armani Eyes to Kill mascara. So I was actually most excited about trying out another mascara by this brand. I had high hopes because my Eyes to Kill mascara is pretty darn fabulous and does my lashes all kinds of favors. 

I was almost excited about the eye tints because the colors they sent me were right in my wheelhouse: neutral shades that I could wear to the office, on a date, or to the grocery store. You know, in case I'm discovered while shopping for avocados. 

Giorgio Armani Beauty Eccentrico Mascara and Eye Tints in (left to right) Golden Ashes, Fur Smoke, Nude Smoke
However, if I'm being totally transparent, I was a bit nervous about the eye tints. I've always found liquid eyeshadows tricky to work with.

But if I (potentially) was going to be bested by another liquid eye shadow, it may as well be designer. So I dove in. And I was pretty pleasantly surprised. Check out the pretty and totally wearable look I put together. 


Now that I knew I could use these new makeup goodies, it was time to dive in and tell you all about them. 

Today we are going to review them and show you exactly how to use them and how they perform, so you can decide if they're worth the purchase. 

Let's start by discussing their claims: 

Eye Tints (available in 17 shades; retail price $39): 

  • Boast innovative formula that transforms from liquid to powder and instantly adheres to eyelid
  • Provides 16 hours of smudge-proof, crease-proof wear
  • Blends seamlessly and disperses high-density color
Eccentrico mascara (available in two shades; retail price $32):
  • High-volume and long wearing
  • Precise lash separation
  • Buildable formula
  • Instant volume and definition with flake-free, clump-free results
Sounds promising right? Let's talk about how they measure up. 



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Review: Bdellium Tools 950 Oval Multipurpose Makeup Brush

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Bdellium Tools 950 Oval Multipurpose Brush, @girlythingsby_e

If you haven't been avoiding social media altogether, then you've probably noticed that oval makeup brushes are having a moment. 

And my moment, I mean: They're everywhere!

And since I'm not immune to curiosity, I have been wondering how effective they are. But, I'm also not keen on jumping on all the trends. And those fancy oval brushes will set you back a few dollars. 

So, I waited. I was too nervous that I'd drop a pretty penny of a brush that I didn't like. And I have a serious aversion to buyer's remorse. 

Like, I legit feel guilty when I buy something on a whim and it turns out not to be good. It's ridiculous, I know. But sometimes it keeps me from making impulsive choices (that are also expensive). 

Anyway, you can imagine my sense of excitement and relief, when more affordable brands started releasing their own oval makeup brushes. But then something magical happened. Bdellium Tools released their own oval makeup brush

Why is that magical? Because I already know that they made quality professional makeup brushes and they make them at affordable prices. And then, as if to throw a unicorn into the mix, they sent me one to review. 

*Cue the victory music* 

Bdellium Tools 950 Oval Multipurpose brush, @girltyhingsby_e


So today we are sharing a review and demonstration of the new Bdellium Tools 950 Oval Multipurpose brush ($15). But first, a little info about the brush directly from Bdellium Tools' site: 

The Studio 950 Oval Multipurpose brush is a professional grade quality brush that allows you to blend, contour, powder, and set foundation. The soft synthetic fibers and curved handle give you a precise, and flawless application with ease. It is great for all formulas.
Bdellium Tools products are cruelty free and all orders over $20 ship for free.

Bdellium Tools 950 Oval Multipurpose brush, @girlythingsby_e


Now the question is, does it it really deliver? Let's discuss!



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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Top 5 Beauty Favorites | August 2016

This post contains products I purchased myself and press samples


I can't believe summer is pretty much over.

Don't get me wrong. It's not like I'm sad because the days of frolicking on the beach are coming to a close.

Let's get real. I'm in Florida.

Fall is just an extension of summer down here. So it's certainly not time to pack up the flip flops and bikinis. Heck, it might even be better than summer. Why? For starters fewer tourists, which means the beach is less crowded and fewer people are feeding the seagulls. The kids are back in school -- another contribution to the quiet beach ambiance. And, as long as hurricane season doesn't totally assault us, then it's still warm, but much less humid -- making outdoor activities (ahem, back to the beach) more tolerable.

Summer "light" does have its benefits.

No. I'm sad because I'm gonna miss that carefree summer feeling. Everyone at work will be coming back from their summer trips and the post-summer work frenzy begins. This time of year also makes me a yearn for some of the things the rest of you get to enjoy about fall. Particularly that crisp, comfortable fall air. It may not be bathing suit friendly, but boy is it refreshing (and makes for some amazing hair days!).

So, I'll be sitting around with my fall scented candles trying to recreate that awesome fall feeling -- even if I have to do it in sandals and tank tops.

But I digress.

We've officially put another month behind us as we speed through 2016. That can only mean it's time to round up my favorite beauty products from the past month. So let's discuss.



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Revlon Oval One-Step Hair Driver + Volumizer | Does this work?!

*This post contains press samples

Revlon Oval One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Review | @girlythingsby_e

Ever stumbled on a new hair tool that seemed like a genius idea but you just weren't sure if it would actually work? 

Me too. 

And I've gotta be honest with ya. My powers of skepticism are strong. Most of the time, my thought process goes a little something like this: 

Me: Hmmm... well this looks interesting. Should I get it? 
Me: Can this actually work on my thick hair? 
Me: I'll probably end up looking like a French poodle with continental hair cut
Me: Or worse, with a gimmicky product hopelessly tangled in my hair
Me: OMG. What if the heat melts the plastic and this damn thing gets tangled in my hair? 
Me: I do NOT need to look like frizzy poodle who got attacked by a hair styler. 
Me: You're right, this is probably a gimmick. Stop being lazy and just do your hair the old fashioned way. 
Me: *Backs away terrified and empty handed*

Clearly, I have issues that I need to deal with. 

So when Revlon offered to let me test out their new Oval One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer ($59.99), I decided it was time to stop talking myself out of trying something new. 

At best, it will work and I could tell you all about an awesome new tool. At worse, the above scene would unfold on camera and serve as a cautionary tale for all of us. 

Hair grows back and burns heal, right? 

Either way, you get to make a smart purchasing decision -- so my job is done. 

Now, before we jump in to the demo and review, let's talk a little bit about the new Revlon Oval One-Step Hair Dyer. 

Here's what the product claims (directly from Revlon's site):

The salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer is designed to deliver gorgeous volume and brilliant shine in a single step. The unique oval brush design quickly creates frizz-free volume at the root and beautifully full-bodied curls at the ends in a single pass, for salon blowouts at home. Boosted by ionic technology, hair dries faster with less heat-related damage. 
Ok, on to the important question: Does this thing work?! Watch me put it to the test. 



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Review: The Balm Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick

The Balm Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick Review @girlythingsby_e

Oh. Hey. I'm back.

Clearly, I fell asleep at the helm when it came to updating this blog.

Been posting on Youtube with regularity and totally forgetting to share the content here -- since some of you prefer to get your updates through this blog.

My bad guys. I don't even have a good excuse.

So, today, I'll be filling you in all everything you might have missed these past few weeks.

Prepare for a deluge of posts.

Several weeks ago, long-time viewer Brittany P. left a comment on a video trying to find my review of The Balm's Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick ($17, 0.25 fl. oz.). She remembered that I'd received the lipstick in one of my Ipsy bags.

Turns out, I hadn't done a review on it yet -- which explains why she couldn't find it.

I remembered using it and liking it. But gosh that was a while ago and I obviously needed to provide more detail than that. So I ransacked my lipstick stash to take that baby out for a test run again -- all in the name of answering her question.

Moral of the story: If you want a review of a certain product, it never hurts to ask!

Sometimes when I don't hear from you guys, I think it means you're not interested. Clearly, that's not always the case.

So without further ado. Let's talk about this lipstick!

I have the Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lippie in the shade Committed and it's lovely. If you're a fan of rosy brown shades a la Kylie Jenner (think Kat von D Lolita and Lolita 2), then you'll like Committed since its in the same color family. Check out the swatches below.


The Balm Meet Matte Hughes Committed Swatch, @girlythingsby_e

Meet Matte Hughes Committed Swatch, @girlythingsby_e


The Meet Matt(e) Hughes lipstick line comes in 12 different shades, and you can pick them up at Khohl's or directly from The Balm's site.

I like being able to see colors in person whenever possible, so I'm more likely to buy in store unless I already know I'm gonna love a specific shade.

Check out my video review to find out whether these lipsticks are worth your hard earned money. And don't forget to join the #GirlESquad -- subscribe for more videos!



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