Friday, August 22, 2014

Blush Mystery Beauty Box August 2014

Sorry this is so late guys!  I was on vacation for my birthday and did absolutely no blogging while I was away.  I promise next month will be a lot less eventful, which means more time for blogging, and more of these!

Doesn't this look promising!

Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Plump 'N Thick Shampoo-  I've been loving my Lush Seanik shampoo bar for a few weeks now so it's about time to switch up my routine a little bit and try this out.  I just hope this doesn't give me clown hair and gives me a tameable amount of volume instead.

Neuma Style Texturizer-  I haven't had good experiences with mousse before but I'm willing to give this the good ol' college try.  It's a huge bottle so I hope I like it, if not, off to mom it goes!

dr. brandt BB Mate with SHINERASE- I'm always wary when I get BB creams because they're always darker than I would like, and a lot more orange than I'd prefer.  I did try this on the back of my hand and it looked okay so I'm excited.  Also this SHINERASE thing makes me a little giddy, especially with how humid it's been lately.  Oh, and it's full sized.  Woo!

SkinMedica Dermal Repair Cream-  Get on my skin immediately.  The smell reminds me perfume my grandma might have worn, or like the "signature lotion scent" from the 50's.  Smell aside, I want this on my skin every night from now until it runs out.  Anything that claims to repair skin and add moisture is something I'm completely on board with.

Nailtiques Protein Nail Lacquer in the shade Tahiti- Love the hot pink color, but I'm more into fall colors at the moment.  But this will not go un-used!  It's the perfect accent shade for nail art, and would be great on my toes in the middle of the winter when I'm feeling the blues.

Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen in Graphite-  I hear a smokey eye calling with this pencil.  I'm gonna save it for fall when my makeup stops running off my face and I can pull off a smokey eye without also pretending to be a panda.

These were the samples I got in this month's box.  I'm all over the elta MD Skincare PM Therapy for this coming fall, and can always use a travel sized cleanser for when I go away (or need a change).

I am really happy with this month's box.  I'll use everything in it, and while it may not all agree with me I know who will like it if I don't.  

So what about you guys?  Have you hopped on over to and subscribed yet??

On a side note, do you like the background?  I'm trying to branch out and do something creative with my photos.  How did I do??

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We are changing our name!

Hey There Dolls,

After some thinking, hemming and hawing, I've decided to change my blogs name.  To make it easier to search, and to match every other social media account I own, we have officially changed our name to It's Poker Dollface. (By we I mean me and this blog, we're kind of a pair.)

-Woo pretty new banner-

Now, this doesn't mean the url has changed, in fact, now the url matches my blogs name!  Yahoo for continuity!

The blog content will be the same, nothing has changed except the banner and how I view my blog on blogger.  I hope this will also make it easier when I move onto my next big adventure, so look out for more of that to come in the next few months. I'll make sure to keep you posted!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Have We Found A Dupe For Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie in Get Ready?

Have you ever found a lipstick and fell in love with it, only to have something catastrophic happen to it like lose it or break it?  I have, just recently actually, and it was absolutely devastating.  The lipstick in question is Bare Minerals Marvelous Movie Lipstick in Get Ready.  It was so devastating I went out of a mission and could not get my little mind to calm down until I rectified the situation.  First I thought, well maybe I should just buck up and buy another tube.  Then I thought, well if the first tube is any indication of what might happen to my next tube, maybe I should try and find a dupe, and I succeeded!

Look at that color match!  Near perfection.

This folks is what happens when you live in a humid and hot state that is unforgiving in the summer months.  Your poor baby lipstick just melts and breaks and gets everywhere.  Such a heartbreak.  Sorry for the bad picture, even my lipstick is ashamed to be seen in it's disheveled state.

This is the dupe!  Wet and Wild lipstick in the shade Wine Room.  It's the perfect mauvey pink for my skin tone and looks like "my lips but better".  The formula is different, but nothing I dislike enough to ditch the dupe.  The Bare Minerals lipstick is creamy and glides on your lips like butter, and leaves an almost glossy finish to your lips.  The Wet and Wild version is more of a matte finish which can either be left on its own, or finished off with a gloss if you're into the shiny lip thing.  Me being more of a matte girl likes the matte finish just a little bit more, but you do need a really good exfoliation before you put this on your lips like with any other matte lipstick.  The wear time is good for both lipsticks as both are fairly pigmented, and both face nicely (AKA don't leave a line around your lips reminiscent of cherry koolaid). 

It took everything in me not to leap for joy when I found out this was a dupe, and for a fraction of the price it's a huge steal.  

What types of dupes do you go crazy for?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sephora Cream Lip Stain

Or as I would like to rename them "Forever Lipstick". 

Sephora Cream Lip Stain

First Impression: Pretty pretty pretty I want them all. 
After Application:  Not drying? Check.  Lasts through drinking coffee? Check.  Looks fan-freaking-tastic?  Check check check!
Overall: The display is part of the larger Sephora Collection display, and it took me a minute to locate the Cream Lip Stains, but as soon as I started swatching I was drawn in and couldn't just walk away without getting one, or two. I picked up two shades- Always Red and Endless Purple.  I already have too many red lipsticks but I couldn't resist a smudge proof formula, and the purple is deep and rich and perfect for winter for me.  I swatched every color they had available and almost walked away with Strawberry Kissed as well, but I stopped myself, this time anyways. 
The formula glides on super smooth, and you really only need one coat they're so opaque.  I found that applying more than that made the stain roll up and bunch on my lips which is a big no no. They're not drying, but I would still recommend prepping your lips by exfoliating and using a thick balm beforehand.  The color lasts through absolutely everything, and while it isn't the easiest to take off it's well worth it. I found that soaking a cotton pad in makeup remover and holding it on your lips for a few seconds does the trick.
Repurchase: Uhm yes.  Yes so much.  So much yes.  I am absolutely positively in love with these. Strawberry Kissed is next on my "what beauty product do I want to splurge on" list.  My only hang up is the shade range, which I hope will expand into even more amazing long lasting colors.
Have you tried these holy grail lip colors?  

Saturday, August 2, 2014

July 2014 Beauty Favorties

This is virgin territory here in Hey There Dollface.  Monthly favorites.  Usually I think about writing this post in the middle of the month, and by the end of the month I've completely forgotten.  Not this month folks!  Here is a list of things I've been loving this month, all beauty related of course.  Maybe next month I'll add in a lifestyle favorites of the month post as well, but lets not get too ahead of ourselves here. 

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream-  This is the perfect product for second day hair.  It spruces up my overly dry ends, makes my fly aways stay in place, and makes my hair manageable in this humidty.  Oh, and it smells marvelous to boot.

Hand Cream-  I have the -417 Hand Moisturizer in the scent Ocean (heavenly I tell you, heavenly), but really any will do.  I had acrylic nails up until a few days ago and hand cream was the difference between dry cracked cuticles and smooth happy ones (AKA How long I could fake a nice set of nails before going to get a fill).  I rarely go a day without applying the stuff, so much so that it's pretty much a nightly must. Hands are also apparently the first place to show aging, so applying hand cream multiple times a day is what I like to call preventative measures.

Skinn Olive and Enzyme Cleanser-  This has (and this is a big claim so hold onto your britches people) single handedly gotten rid of the tiny little bumps on my face and given my skin a chance to glow like none other.  It smells like a creamsicle and works like a dream.  Not only is it an amazing face wash, but it can also be used as a mask!  I will definitely be stocking up on this wonderful smelling miracle.

 Please forgive the blurry picture.  I could not for the life of me get these to focus.

Maybelline Baby Lips-  I have the medicated ones in a coral shade and a purple/berry shade, and can you say obsessed?  I've been using these multiple times daily and they far beat out every other lip balm I have in my collection.  They add just a splash of color, a punch of moisture, and they glide right on the lips without any tugging or clumping.

Wet and Wild Lipstick in the shade Wine Room-  I've been wearing this for a few weeks now, and find myself drawn towards this color more than any other in my stash.  It's the perfect pink for me.  Not too overwhelming, not too subtle.  It's actually a dupe for another well loved color in my collection, but that post is for another day.

Laura Mercier Highlighter in 01- I just got this in a beauty box in July and absolutely love it.  I wear it almost daily and it adds the perfect amount of glow without looking like a disco ball. I would have never bought this for myself but can't believe I didn't know it existed.  

NYX Are You DeprEYEved Mascara-  Love love love.  I wear at least three coats of this and it makes me look like I have a set of falsies on.  I get asked all the time if my eyelashes are real, and yes people they are, just slap a few coats of this baby on and you too can have fluttery eyelashes of glory.

And there ya have it folks, my July beauty favorites.  Yay?  Nay?  Leave me a comment down below and tell me what you think!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

How Do We Feel About Lip Liner?

The first rule of lipstick is to set a good foundation.  Without it you stand to have a meltdown, a smudge fest, or feathering in all those lines you never though you had.

What one product can help all of this stop happening? Lip liner.

                                                       Oldie but this stuff stayed put all darn day

There are nude liners, ones made to match the lipstick of your choice, ones made to stand out, and some people even use eyeliner as a lip liner depending on the look they are trying to achieve.  Whatever way you go I'm here to tell you it's never too late to start wearing lip liner, and it may just be the thing to change how you view lipstick.

First step is to decide what color liner you're going to use.  Are you wearing a nude lip?  A nude liner a shade darker can really define your lips so they don't melt into your face.  Are you wearing a bold lip?  Try using a liner relatively close to the color you're wearing.  It won't take away from the statement you want to make, and it will keep that color on your lips and off the rest of your face.  Are you wearing a really dark lip?  No matter the color you're putting on, stay away from the black liner for everyday wear.  It can create some really pretty lips, but it can also look like you lost a bet, or your makeup case.  Go for a dark purple, or burgundy.  It can blend into the lips without leaving a harsh line, looks flattering under almost any deep shade, and if you mess up you won't have to start all over, you can just blend it into the lip.

 Second step is to take a serious look at your lips. Are they full?  Thin?  Is your smile lopsided?  All things to consider when you plan out what you want your final look to be.  Full lips you say?  Well you lucky ladies your job is easy.  Just make sure you keep your outline to the edge of the lip, or even riiiiight to the inside, and you're good to go.  Thin lipped?  Well did you know that there is such a thing as overdrawing your lips?  No, not like Ronald McDonald, but just ever so slightly going outside your top or bottom lip can give the look of fuller lips without any injections.  Just be careful not to go too crazy.  Lop sided smile?  Well hello friends I feel you on this one.  One side of my lip is higher than the other, just slightly, but it always is a pain when it comes to lining your lips.  If you want the real tip on how to fix our little problem, the trade secret, think x.  Any questions?  Keep reading.

Next step is the actual application.  Age old trick the internet taught me (thank you internet) , is to make an x where your cupids bow is.  The hardest thing for me is to get my top lip to match on both sides, and this gives you a great starting point.  Don't rush, and don't press down so hard you end up breaking off the tip of the liner.  Go slowly, and make small lines instead of one solid sweep.  You can always go back over it to darken or fill in the liner if you think it needs a touch up.

What's next you say?  Well dolls that is all up to you.  You can fill your whole lip in with liner to give yourself a solid base of color, or you can put the liner down, blend the edges, and put some lipstick on.  Show the world what an artist you are and take that pout outside, you are officially your own Davinci.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Birchbox July 2014

Well me oh my, I've been a fool.  I've sat here the past few month's enamored with Ipsy and upset with Birchbox, and this month I'm eating my words.  As a matter of fact, I'm not even reviewing this month's Ipsy bag it's that disappointing.  Instead, here's a look at the goodies I got in this month's Birchbox, and let me tell you right now, they're good'uns.

100% Pure Honey Cream Wash in Gingerade:  I actually got two of these tiny little packets, and since I haven't opened them yet I'm not sure what they smell like.  100% Pure seems to be a brand Birchbox likes a lot, since I always seem to find these little samples in their boxes, but I can say I'm always intrigued and always happy with the products. I'm going to bring these up North with me when I go on vacation because nothing makes me happier than mini products when I'm away from home.

Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo:  I reviewed another dry shampoo by Klorane a while ago, and if you haven't read it you can right here.  When I saw this in my box I literally groaned, but upon closer inspection I realized it was a different type of dry shampoo.  Huzzah!  One more dry shampoo to try and  make me a convert to the stuff?  I'm game.

Vasanti Detox Nutrient Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser:  I'm having a horrible bout of acne right now and seeing this in my box made me do a little jump for joy.  Anything to clear out my angry pores, and diminish my bumpy face, I'm very welcome to introduce to my skincare routine.

Naobay Body Radiance Lotion:  I never use this kind of lotion on my skin (body butters only please say my dry scaly legs), but I am in constant need of lotion throughout the day.  This smells like citrus and makes me think of lemonade and summer cocktails.  This is going straight into my "bring this to work" pile.

Sumita Eyeliner in Navy:  I have a thing for navy liner.  I rarely wear it, never have time to match it to my outfit, but I love it.  It's perfect for a night out, when you want to look "mysterious", and it always makes people stare just a second too long.  This formula is creamy, sets in no time, and it hard as I don't know what to get off, everything that makes a liner a good liner.

I love this month's box.  I will use everything, I like everything, I have plans for everything.  Love. 

Keep it up Birchbox, whatever you've done differently keep doing it.