Shopping Alert: Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich Releases TODAY

For all of you suffering from dry winter skin, I feel ya.

My mild eczema loves to flare up in the winter! While getting a good cream for my arms and legs is fairly easy, it’s hard to find a facial cream! You want it to be a balance between moisturizing and not super heavy on the face! Glossier did what it does best, which was poll all of its readers on their home blog Into The Gloss about what would make the perfect thick facial moisturizer for them (I helped!). Now, a little over a year since they posted the open thread, the Priming Moisturizer Rich here!

The moisturizer is supposed to be a thicker version of their Priming Moisturizer which I already use! The best part is, it’s only $35 which is cheap compared to other luxury skin creams! I’m really excited to try it, and you can buy yours too by clicking here or on any of those Glossier banners you see around the site! Just a little reminder that if you choose to buy through my links, I get a teeny tiny commission that goes towards the upkeep of my new website!

Thanks, and happy shopping!

-Dymond M.

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Glitter Babe Makeup Tutorial – #MakeupMonday

Guys, I am soooo here for anything glittery. Like I’ve been dying ever since I saw Fendi send glitter lips down the runway in September during NYFW because I knew glitter was about to have a moment. I’ve always liked to play around with the more sparkly side of makeup as opposed to the “no makeup” makeup trend because it’s so much fun! Urban Decay does both (Get you a brand who can do both LOL) so it’s really fun for me to try it all out! Back in August when I went to the new Ulta store in the town next to mine, I finally got my hands on the UD Moondust Palette and I fell in Love with a capital L y’all! I also tried out the UD Revolution Lipstick in Vice and I vowed I’d be back for both! Of course I had to wait until I had money (ugh) but I got my hands on them plus the UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion!!!

Now, I’m one of those people who doesn’t really believe in “everyday makeup” because I think if you wear a certain type of makeup and you’re happy with it, then of course you can wear it every day! And I like feeling like I just walked into an intergalactic space wedding all the time, so I try to incorporate glitter into all of my makeup looks. Today I’ve got a tutorial for a look that I’ve worn a couple times and I’m really loving it so here we go!

I used:

Application

  1. I like to start with my eyeshadow because of fallout that could potentially mess up any skin stuff I do later This applies especially because glitter has a real tendency to fall everywhere and get stuck to everything. I primed with the NYX Glitter primer that I hunted for all summer and I LOVE. Then I applied the color “Lightyear” by itself. I chose no base color to see how opaque the colors are and it’s very opaque and very glitter filled! You could use a base color to really make it pop, but I don’t think you’d need to.
  2. Next, to make the color reach all the water my waterline, I lined my eyes with Coloupop’s Gel Liner Pencil in Teaspoon. It’s a gorgeous green that almost perfectly matches Lightyear, minus the glitter. I finished up the eyes by curling my lashes and applying the Miss Manga Mascara!
  3. Then for the face, I applied my Covergirl Clean Matte BB cream and buffed it out with a basic makeup egg sponge. I tried to stay away from the places my glasses touch my face because like I said in an earlier review, they tend to make the matte formula melt and slip all over the place. After that, I applied the Clean Matte Pressed Powder lightly to the glasses affected areas and normally to the rest of my face.
  4. Besides the Moondust glitter, I think that the highlighter really can make or break this look! Instead of applying near my temples and brow bone like I usually do, I used it like a blush. I applied liberally on the cheeks and blended upwards towards the ears. I think it really brightened my whole face and looked great under the lights!
  5. Then, I applied the Revolution lipgloss and kept it sheer. It’s still pretty pigmented and full of glitter for a gloss. Finally, I stroked my brows with Boy Brow to get them to lay down and it’s done!

Glitter Galore!

Here is the final look after alllll of that! I had a lot of fun doing this tutorial because I really haven’t done one in a while! Do you guys want more written or video tutorials? Leave a comment below and let me know what else you’d like to see coming up! And if you try it make sure to post and tag me @thechicmachine!
Love ya!

-Dymond M. <3

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Product Review: Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette

Hello everyone and welcome to anther product review here at TCM! Today I’ll be covering a prestige purchase that I debated buying for a very long time! Anyone who’s been here for a while knows I love to save money with coupons, sales,etc. Therefore, buying a makeup palette FULL PRICE is a BFD in my world. That said, after doing a lot of research, I felt that the UD Moondust Palette would be a good purchase.

Swatches

Above you can see all of the palette shades, as well as the shades swatched on my arm!

First Impressions

To be fair, I’ve had this palette for maybe a month and a half now, so I’ve messed with it a bit already. I find all of the colors super duper pigmented which is great! Also, it is very opaque without a base color underneath which is a plus for me because I hate blending! I mean, I’ll do it, but it’s so much workkkk. I just wanna look cute and keep it moving. These shades make me feel like I’m on the set of Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century which is very trippy and fun at the same time.

My favorite shade is probably Lightyear because I’m trying really hard to incorporate more green into my daily look! Galaxy is a close second because it’s almost like a black with green glitter pressed into it and it’s so pretty! I definitely had to use a primer with these shades because without it the fallout is real yo! I tried them with both the UD Primer Potion and NYX Glitter Primer and I think NYX’s works better in this case.

Should I Buy the Moondust Palette?

Bottom Line: Yes, you should buy this palette. I get that glitter isn’t for everyone, but for those who do enjoy wearing it on at least a semi-regular basis, this is a great bang for your buck! Moondust shadows by themselves cost $21 and this palette is only $49. That means by buying the palette you get 8 colors for a little more than you would pay for 2 individual shadows. It must be noted, however, that the colors in the palette only contain .02 oz of product while the individuals contain .05 oz. Also, say you already own a couple individual shadows. There are a few colors exclusive to the palette that you could pick up as well.

Which swatch do you like the most? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Have a great day!

-Dymond M. <3

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After Christmas Sales 2016

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone! If you were one of the people celebrating a holiday that involved gift giving, you probably got a lot of cool stuff and maybe even a little cash to blow! Now that we’re done with the eggnog and Christmas dinner hangover, it’s time to get shopping! Below is a running list of some of the best after Christmas sales I could find. Stars next to the sale means I’ve shopped it personally! I’ll update them as best I can between now and New Year’s, and if you see one I haven’t, holla at me in the comments or on any of my socials @thechicmachine! Lastly, don’t forget to enter my epic anniversary giveaway!

Love ya!

-Dymond M. <3

Fashion/Accessories

***Best Sale I’ve Found So Far!! NYLON magazine’s shop is BOGO 50% off the whole store PLUS free shipping AND get an extra 15% off your total with code NYLON15. If you guys decide to buy something, here’s my referral link!***

*Hot Topic Hot Mess Clearance Sale : Tees & Tanks are $5.99 and $9.99 and everything else is 40% off online. In store, all dresses are 50% off and BOGO Free on everything else!

Kate Spade NY: 30% off Sale w/ promo code SPRINKLES

Olive and Frank: Put a bunch of jackets and tees on sale that aren’t normally. (These are the same people who made those Bad Girls club jackets you see all over tumblr and in this post)

Urban Outfitters: Extra 30% off sale
*ModCloth: Extra 30% off everything with promo code BOXITUP

Valfre: End of year sale! Up to 90% off some products, but almost everything is discounted.

Beauty

Elf Cosmetics: 50% off sitewide and free shipping at $25

Memebox: 5x points on all purchases and 10% off w/ promo code HOLIDAY10

Ulta: 3x points for regular members, 5x points for platinum members, lots of Hot Buys, and 5x points on Maybelline,NYX, and L’Oreal products!

Sephora: Lasy Hurrah Sale! Up t0 70% off of select products. Lots of great palettes and brush sets on sale!

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Product Review: The Glossier Black Tie Set (+Giveaway!)

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I’m a holiday junkie. My first indication that the holidays are here (besides the ever earlier Christmas music) are when stores begin releasing their holiday collections! I was very excited to see that Glossier was making the Black Tie Set and I bought 2 so if I really liked what was in it, they wouldn’t see out before I was able to get my hands on another one.

Alas, this may be the first time Glossier truly disappointed me with the products I received. But let’s start with the good first. Now the packaging was absolutely A1, which is standard for most Glossier products (looking at you Gen G!). They included a little booklet from their photo shoot at The Line which I thought was a nice touch.The box felt really sturdy and I loved that black ribbon at first sight. So far I’ve worn it as a headband and a long bow for my ponytail. Wearing it as a choker is next on my list and I’m hoping I’ll figure out more ways to wear it as I go.

Haloscope in Moonstone

I loved the new Haloscope shade! It has a glassy blue/purple glow that just differs from Quartz, and I think it’s far more radiant than either Quartz or Topaz. I posted a swatch video on my IG (@thechicmachine) if you want to see it in action. I think it compares to Milk Makeup’s holographic highlighter if you’re looking for a dupe.

#1 Eyeliner in Graphite

Now onto the rest of the collection. I think the #1 Eyeliner in Graphite disappointed me the most out of all of the products. The smudging sponge on the end of it is useful, but since it the color looked more like a charcoal than a black, it just didn’t look pigmented to me. It looked like I tried to wipe off my regular eyeliner and didn’t get it all. The application wasn’t very smooth either and by the end of the day, it just looked melted, even with an eye primer. Thumbs down, Glossier.

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The “Glossier Pink” Nail Polish

Great in theory, bad in execution. The color was perfect! But, the brush, in an effort to cover the whole nail in fewer swipes, was almost too big and didn’t hold a lot of product which led to an overall patchiness that I’m not a fan of. I subscribed to Julep Maven’s subscription box for a long time, and I’ve tried a LOT of nail polishes, and this one just didn’t meet standards. Maybe I just got a bad batch?

“Adult” Lip Gloss

Lastly, the lip gloss. I don’t wear lip gloss much, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but I don’t feel like this is a product I would’ve added in a holiday box? I know they’re trying to make it feel less juvenile, but I think it missed the mark. It’s very pretty, but I don’t think it belonged.

Happy Monday!

-Dymond M. <3

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Product Review: Updated Generation G Lipstick

Happy Monday everyone! I’ve had a crazy weekend between work, going to the state fair, and trying to catch up on a bunch of schoolwork and ambassador stuff. BUT I’m here and ready to start the week! When Glossier announced the 2 new Gen G lipsticks, I was obviously stoked. I can never have enough lipstick so I ordered both Zip and Leo along with restocking my Boy Brow stash and my Priming Moisturizer (Never can have enough of it!). I’ve actually ordered from all 3 batches of Gen G (You thought there were only 2??) and I wanted to point out some of the differences between the 3.

The first color I bought was Jam, just to see if I enjoyed the formula since I’m not much of a matte girl. The color payoff was nice, but I noted that the actual lipstick had gotten caught between the cap and the tube and was smudged onto it. It was pretty noticeable considering it was see through. I wrote back in my initial post that I felt that compared to all of their other products, the Gen G tube felt cheap and plastic-y.

A few months later, when all of the lipsticks restocked, I purchased Cake, Like, and Crush. The tube was a little less see through and felt firmer, but it still wasn’t the best it could’ve been. That’s why I was really glad to see the opaque tubes that make a definite “click” sound when the cap is closed. Now that’s improvement!

Cake was a disappointingly peachy nude lipstick which was another reason I was happy to try Leo! Personally, I don’t think the formula changed much from the original, but I didn’t have a problem with it before, so that’s okay! Would I call Leo my perfect nude? No. However, it actually shows up on my lips and is very flattering for my skin tone which is more than I could say for Cake. It’s a very pretty fall color as well, so this will go into regular rotation very soon!

As for Zip, I liked it, but it wasn’t my favorite. I love bold red lipstick, and I like to reapply to keep it as opaque as possible. Zip just made me feel like I had eaten a sandwich right after putting on one of my other reds. Not patchy, but just not pigmented enough. I guess that’s a personal opinion seeing “sheer” is in the description, but I think reds should always be loud and proud!

I’m really proud to see how Glossier has progressed over the last year, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. Want your own Gen G Lipsticks? Don’t wait! These babies will sell out quick so get yours today!

Get Generation G Today!

Ciao!

-Dymond M. <3

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My Everyday Makeup Look

Even though I really enjoy the artistry behind makeup, on a day to day basis, I really don’t wear a lot. I want my makeup to be functional, look natural, and make me feel great! I want to wear the makeup and not have the makeup wear me. That’s why I love brands like Glossier who really embody those ideals. This post is a short look at my “natural” makeup look is sponsored by Glossier, though all opinions are my own. Let’s get started!

My everyday look has to be quick and easy so that if I’m rushing out of the door to school, or only have a few minutes in between classes, I can have it done ASAP. So on a normal day, I’m using 5 or less products!

real Techniques Powder Brush

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara 0.3 Oz

bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation with Click, Lock, Go Sifter – Golden Dark

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color, Blushing Harmony, 0.18 Fluid Ounce

Stretch Concealer

Boy Brow
Sometimes the two that get cut out are the foundation and concealer because I don’t wear them unless I really want to look put together. Luckily, I take care of my skin to a degree where I don’t need to wear it every day anyway! I do love the glow foundation and concealer give, however. It’s a great pick me up when your skin is feeling a little dull! Also, when picking an everyday lip color, make it the truest nude that you can find. Now, I have two toned lips which makes finding a lip color that matches both difficult. L’Oreal’s Color Rich in Blushing Harmony mixes both, but since it has a glossy finish, I always dab off the excess.

Makeup should be fun and effortless on all but the most glamorous of days, so make the most of it and find what’s right for you. Of course, giving your skin a good base by cleansing your face every day and taking good care of your skin makes great makeup easy to achieve . You all know I subscribe to the Glossier method, so you can find their full product list here.

I hope you all enjoyed my natural look post, and I will see you next week!

Happy FunDay!

-Dymond M.

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Product Review: Glossier’s Super Serums

Happy Monday everyone! No, this isn’t a rip-off of Captain America, but rather a product review for Glossier’s Super Serums that were launched a few weeks ago. Normally I only play around with skincare/beauty stuff for about a week before I write my reviews. However, I wanted to give these a little bit longer to try since they each have specific uses. I ordered the Super Pack which includes all three serums for $65.

I’ve never used serums alone before. I do have some experience with the serums and essences that my sheet masks come soaked in, so I figured this would be a similar sort of experience. The Supers packaging looks the best out of the Glossier range so far! They packaged each serum in a small glass bottle with a dropper and pale pink top! It looks and feels very luxurious which I find is great for the price point.

The instructions say to apply in between facial washing and moisturizing, and you’re only supposed to use each one ONCE per day. For each serum, I’ve applied two drops on each cheek and two on my forehead, so a little bit goes a long way.

I’ve been breaking out a lot recently, so I’ve been using Super Pure the most out of the three.  After two weeks, I don’t see much of an improvement in my skin, and I seem to have broken out even more. I haven’t been wearing any makeup the last week in order to give my skin time to breath,  and I’ve discontinued use to see if it goes away soon.

Super Glow is my current favorite! It’s vitamin C infused which is supposed to give your face a healthy glow when it’s looking a little dull. This one totally works for me! It has the most watery consistency of the three so I only apply one drop per cheek and one of the forehead. It definitely makes my skin look more glowy and less tired. I do have a time making sure it doesn’t roll off my face while I’m trying to pat it in, so I suggest tilting the head back for this one.


Super Bounce has been very helpful too! I’ve been fighting a cold for the last several days and I’ve had a Netflix date with my bed and Grey’s Anatomy. I just kinda felt like a stale piece of bread. Super Bounce restores elasticity to my skin and helps it feel very soft and smooth which is great for makeup application! Super Bounce is the thickest of the serums so I alternate between 1 or 2 drops on each cheek and only one on the forehead.

Although I’ll be taking a break from these to see if my breakout subsides, I really did enjoy using these serums! I highly recommend purchasing them in the pack because you save a full $19 by doing so. However, you can buy just one at $28 to try it out!

Also, apparently there was a glitch in the Glossier referral link system. Normally, referrals are supposed to cap off at 50 people (or $500), but it allowed me to refer about 300 people (or $3000) this year. They’ve fixed it, but I just wanted to give you a heads up that my 20% off link does still work! I just won’t start earning credit again until next year. That may mean fewer giveaways for now (sad face, I know), but thanks to you guys, I was able to donate $700 of that credit I earned to Rachel’s Ray of Hope, a local charity in my town. I hope to continue to donate in the future which means you have to keep using the link!

Cheers!

-Dymond M. <3Glossier

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Product Review: Covergirl Clean Matte Products

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had great weekends! About 2 weeks ago I had the epic pleasure of receiving my first VoxBox from Influenster! This box included a full sized BB Cream and Pressed Powder from Covergirl’s upcoming Clean Matte line. It also included one of their Colorlicious Oh Sugar! tinted balms to round out the look. I received my COVERGIRL Clean products complimentary from Influenster. Although I got these products for free, all opinions are my own. Let’s get started!

First up was the heavy hitter of the box, the Clean Matte BB Cream. I normally go for more dewy makeup products so I really haven’t tried much in the way of matte products. I ordered my box in the darkest shade, 560 Deep, which was a pretty good match. My only color complaint is that the yellow undertones are very prominent in this formula, making me a tad bit lighter than I am in reality. The cream was very easy to spread (I used a basic sponge to apply) and I think it blends well. Just be careful to blend all the way around the chin and neck because if it isn’t blended completely, it will leave a noticeable line.

I was impressed with how quickly it turned from liquid to matte, and I don’t think it compromised my personal look any. However, for those who wear glasses (i.e. ME) be careful not to apply much product where your glasses sit on the bridge of your nose. It will return to liquid after application and start sliding and smudging and overall being gross. This was without the use of a setting spray, so I can’t determine yet if it would be better with one.

 

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Look Ma, No Filter!

I really liked the Clean Matte Pressed Powder! I felt like I could wear the powder alone with a decent amount of coverage and it’s also very matte, but not drying! Also, the powder didn’t have a tendency of melting like the cream did. The compact that the powder is in does include a mirror which is always a plus, but I always seem to have trouble getting it to click shut which results in it flipping open at inopportune moments. I don’t like that when the compact is open it can’t hold itself up and instead falls open. Not very helpful when my hands are full. It does include a puff applicator, but no finger strap, so I would replace it ASAP.

Lastly, the Colorlicious Oh Sugar Balm was meh at best. It had melted out of the tube when I first opened the box, but I was able to put it back in. I received the shade Candy, and the color payoff is pretty great, but it smells like straight sugar with a little bit of vanilla flavoring. And after my Butter London Lippy Lipstick smelled like the world’s greatest bakery, this just can’t compete.

I had a great time reviewing these products and I can’t wait to try out more products through Influenster! I enjoy trying new products, so if there is something you’d really like me to try out, let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to get it done!

Have a great week!

-Dymond M. <3

 

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Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty 2016!

Guys, it’s that time of year again! Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty will be back September 4th and there are some super great deals this time around! I’m excited because with the new Ulta opening in the next town over, I can finally check out the Benefit Brow Bar promotions! They also have a Clinique bar and a whole section dedicated to Lancome which I could only find online before. I’m going to be purchasing the Urban Decay Revolution Lipgloss in Vice because when I tried it on yesterday at the Grand Opening, I fell in love with it, and with my $5 off coupon it’ll be down to $6! And with my double birthday points next month, I’m going to try and rack up all throughout this sale. What will you guys be buying? Let me know!

Happy Sunday!

-Dymond <3

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