Wax Funtimes + New Great Cheap Moisturizer!

Despite the horrible weather on the east coast, I made it to my long overdue brow and lip wax. I was three weeks behind due to a migraine, my surgery, and then painkillers. Yesterday’s post is a before and here is my after. 🙂





(the second one is filtered because I was in horrible lighting)

(the first one is pink because it was literally a minute after getting waxed)

But ladies, how about that mascara?! This one is from the drugstore and is really impressing me. It is Maybelline Full and Soft. On me it feels very light and fluttery but it separates and lengthens gorgeously. I didn’t even curl my lashes today and I still got a very flirty, lifted look. I haven’t had any smudging with this one, but for some reason mascaras don’t ever smudge on me (knock on wood).

On to the moisturizer —



I got mine for about $12 at Ulta. I am not a huge fan of the scent (or any scent in any moisturizer) BUT…

it is knocking my beloved Cerave out of the park right now. My skin has been so extremely dry and flaky lately that it has needed something thicker. This derma e moisturizer is heavy (which I love), 75% of it sinks right in and the other 25% remains a little dewy (not shiny or oily) and makeup goes on fine over it. I’m sure it would all sink in if one applied less, but I really need a barrier between my poor skin and my apartment’s heating system.

It doesn’t have SPF, but I’ve read that it mixes well with other products. I will try mixing my Cerave with SPF in with it. Today for my wax, I went with just this moisturizer and a floppy hat for sun protection.



(me being a total selfie goober in my new hat and marc jacobs lippie)

I hope you have a wonderful snow/ice day if you’re with me on the east coast! Drive safe. 🙂 And treat yourself to a long bath and a sheet mask for a pampered evening.

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Sephora Haul

So I ended my no-buy after running out of a few things. I ran out of my only rose gold eye shadow, I became quite dissatisfied with the brow pencil I’ve been using and my only top coat for my nails, and I needed a better pair of tweezers. Plus one impulse buy in deluxe sample size (something I’ve had my eye on for a month). Here are my splurges–

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in dark brown. I had a sales associate apply this to my bare brows and I loved the look, so I bought it, and it didn’t cost much. Covers up a bald spot in my brow perfectly. Shapes them up and is the perfect color match.

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Tweezerman mini tweezers, cause I get some independent refugee hairs in between waxings.

I am in control of my eyebrows, you guys. They do not own me…

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Trio Sample Sizes in Pearl, Opal, and Champagne Gold. This was the impulse buy at checkout, because what is a trip to Sephora without caving in at the last moment? These are beautiful. Opal makes the cheekbones look sculpted and dewy. But not greasy or glittery. Just what I was looking for. It’s the only shade I have tried on my face so far, but I have high hopes for the rest!

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Formula X Fast Dry Top Coat. I hated my last Sally Hansen top coat. Hopefully this one is better. I use mostly Formula X polishes, so I went with this brand.

And last but not least…

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Naked 3!! I have wanted this for so long! Rose gold is my favorite eyeshadow look so this seemed like a must for my first high-end palette (yep). I swatched a few and I am SO excited to put it on my lids tomorrow. 🙂

And now back to my no-buy until I run out of something.

Rose Gold Eyes and Bold Brows after Sunday Spa-day

After a perfumed bath featuring Lolita Lempicka by Lolita Lempicka, I used two face masks: an AHA peel by Alba and a scar-lightening mask by Garnier. Then I decided to play with makeup for a rose gold look, a tiny winged eyeliner, and a nude lip with my naturally bold brows (and the help of a pencil).

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products used:
face- Clinique acne solutions foundation, NARS orgasm and laguna
brows- NYX eyebrow pencil in dark brown
eyes- Sonia Kashuk eye on neutral shimmer palette, Physician’s Formula Eye Booster liner and Jumbo Wear mascara
lips- Burt’s Bees Chapstick, Revlon Colorstay lip liner in Rose, Milani lipstick in Dulce Caramelo

Waxing for the First Time! (brows/lip)

I became fed up with tweezing my bushy brows (or should I say brow?), and absolutely could not tolerate the festering thing that was becoming a mustache on my upper lip, so I went in for my first wax yesterday afternoon. It was only $18 total at Glow Med Spa. The atmosphere was quiet and soothing. Thanks to this, I didn’t get the slightest bit anxious at the thought of dozens of hairs being ripped from my face all at once.

I told the esthetician that I liked my brows full and natural looking, but much less unruly than their state upon entering. She gave me exactly what I wanted! I winced a little each time, and my eyes watered when we got to my lip, but it really was a positive treat-yoself experience!

Before:

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After (1 day later, after the redness went away):

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In neither of these photos did I use a brow pencil, which I normally do use.

I have already booked my next appointment — 4 weeks away! Can’t believe I’m saying that I am looking forward to another waxing. Goodbye, tweezers and magnifying mirror! Burn in hell, almost-mustache! Hello, supermodel brows! Well, I’m allowed to feel like that, right?

xoxo,

Martha