October Glam Bag

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The bag:
The makeup bag this month is definitely one of my favorites. Though my camera makes it look a brighter red than it actually is, it has a nice lace design and a little bat on the zipper. It’s an awesome gothic-style bag that you can use year-round if you want. Although this style is one of my most favorites, I prefer the design of last year’s October bag, which is still my #1 favorite. If you’ve forgotten what that one looks like, you can see it here.

Review: Hey Honey, A Brand I Love

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I’m a huge fan of Hey Honey! Basically everything of theirs that I’ve tried so far I have loved. I definitely want to try some more of their products in the future. The only issue is that their products are kind of pricey, but you’re actually paying for quality. Here are some of my thoughts on the products I’ve tried so far.

Hands On: Honey and Propolis Hand Cream
I absolutely swear by this hand lotion! Ever since I first tried it, I don’t even use anything else. I was suffering from dry hands during the Winter. My skin was cracking leaving little painful cuts on my hands, and I also had these really rough patches of skin on my knuckles. I could tell a difference from the first time I used this, but within a few days my dry skin was completely cleared up! This lotion also smells like honeysuckles, which I absolutely love.

Walk the Walk: Propolis Foot Cream
I loved the hand cream so much that I thought I would try this foot cream as well. Unfortunately, I do not like this as much as the hand cream. That’s not to say it’s a bad product though. I could tell my feet were softer after using this, but it didn’t clear up the rough skin on my heel as much as I was hoping it would. Of course it’s probably hard for any product to clear that up completely since we’re always wearing shoes and walking on our feet. I love the smell of this cream as well (though I do think the hand cream smells better). This one smells like mint mixed with honey.

24Seven: Honey Day & Night Cream
This is one of my top two favorite moisturizers. It has anti-aging properties, and it’s good for wearing under makeup or at night before you go to bed. With this, a little really does go a long way. I only need a pea-sized amount to cover my whole face, and my face feels so soft, like silk, afterwards!

Take It Off: Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask
This isn’t my favorite Hey Honey mask or even one of my favorite face masks in general, but I do still like it. Like the other products, this too has a nice smell. I also love peel-off masks because they’re fun to peel off. Unlike charcoal masks, this doesn’t hurt at all to peel off. I also like that it doesn’t seem to dry my skin out. I don’t notice a huge difference in my skin when I use this though. I like to use this one to exfoliate and prep my skin before putting on another hydrating mask afterwards.

Uncover: Detoxifying Mud Mask
This is one of my favorite face masks I’ve ever used, and definitely my most favorite mud mask. I’ve never been particularly keen on mud masks because they always seem to dry out my skin. Not this one. I was so absolutely amazed at how soft and hydrated my skin felt using this. In fact, I don’t think my skin has ever felt so soft after using a face mask as it does when I use this product. I also love the gritty texture of the mask as well as the smell. Keep in mind, the smell of this mask isn’t for everyone and I can see how some might not like it. It has a very earthy scent to it, similar to dirt/mud. (Well duh, it is a mud mask). I personally like that though, since I love nature in general.

Good Morning: Honey Silk Facial Serum
This is a great serum to put on your face when you’re getting ready to head out for the day. It works as a moisturizer and primer both. Makeup seems to apply pretty well on top of it. I really like the silky texture this has, and it leaves my skin feeling silky as well. Just be careful to only use a little bit. (Again, a little bit goes a long way). If you use too much, you might find your skin is a little sticky.

After writing this post, I discovered that Ipsy is sending me the Hey Honey Propolis Cream Concealer in my glam bag this month, so I am excited to try yet another Hey Honey product. I’ll give my thoughts on that one in my October Glam Bag post coming later this month.

 

October: A Time For Change

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I flipped my calendar over to October (to display this beautifully crafted pumpkin soup recipe), and honestly this is the most exciting calendar flip of the year. Yes, I am one of those people who is ecstatic about Fall and Halloween. (I’ve got quite a few Halloween themed posts planned for this month, so get ready.) Granted, I don’t go all out and wear multiple costumes or go crazy with decorating my house like a friend of mine does. (There’s going to be a post solely dedicated to her house later this month, once all the decorating is complete. Believe me, it’s a sight to see.) I probably would do those things if I had more time and money on my hands though. For me, Fall and Halloween is just a very nostalgic time. There’s a sort of comfort that comes with it, since many of my favorite childhood memories were during this time of year. I also just enjoy the simplistic aspect of it. That certain smell in the air, the chilly wind, and watching horror movies while finally being able to bundle up in blankets after being hot all summer. The Halloween candy is nice too, even if I don’t get to go trick or treating anymore.

October is also a great time for making changes, since it’s such a transitional time of year. I always get the urge around this time to do something different or make some kind of change. One of those changes is that I finally put up a new theme, and of course it’s Halloween themed. There are still some tweaks I might make, but overall I’m happy with how it turned out. Along with the new theme, comes a new URL. This blog is now located at surrealistique.com instead of the .wordpress.com domain. I never felt like having a domain name was super important. You can still have an audience and a fantastic blog without one. I just sort of look at it as an added bonus and an additional step in moving my blog forward, which I’ve really been having fun building and growing.

Products You Need for Softer and Smoother Hair

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Who else suffers with dry, frizzy, and damaged hair? I know you’re out there. Unfortunately, it’s a problem many of us face. Especially if you dye or bleach your hair often. I lighten my hair several times a year with highlights, and these are all problems I have to deal with. Fortunately, I’ve tried numerous products that help to soften and smooth my hair, making it look and feel much better. I love all of these products, so I can’t pick just one or two to use. I switch it up and use different products on different days. Sometimes I use more than one at once. Since these products have helped me, I thought I would share.

Fall Makeup Look: Bonfire

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I felt like doing another Fall makeup look this weekend. You can see last week’s look here if you missed it. This week, I was feeling inspired by bonfire’s, so I tried to incorporate that into the look.

Here are the products I used:

  • Makeup Revolution – Pro Base Blur Primer
  • Makeup Revolution – Eye Primer
  • Chella – Eyebrow Cream in shade Tantalizing Taupe
  • NYX – BB Cream in shade Nude
  • NYX – No Filter Finishing Powder in shade Alabaster
  • Mannakadar Beauty – Blush in shade Paradise
  • ColourPop – Highlighter in shade Glazed
  • Make Up For Ever – Mascara
  • Makeup Revolution – Selfie Eyeshadow Palette
  • Makeup Revolution – Love the Revolution Palette
  • Shany – Color Rainbow Eyeshadow Palette

I did not use any lipsticks or lip creams. I used eyeshadows instead to represent smoke and ash.

September Glam Bag

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ColourPop: Ultra Glossy Lip in shade Ipsy VIP
While I absolutely love ColourPop’s creamy highlighters, I was not impressed with their matte lip creams that I’ve tried. So when I received this Ultra Glossy Lip in my bag, I wasn’t sure what to think. I do think it’s better than their matte lip creams, but it’s still not one of my most favorite items. The shade is wonderful, and it’s slightly creamy and not too sticky, which is good. I think my main issue is that I just hardly ever wear glosses anymore.

Tarte: Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
This is the second month in a row that Ipsy sent me a mascara, so I wasn’t too thrilled about it. I do like the Tarte brand though, but I am not overly impressed with this mascara. It does not seem to make my lashes look as long or as thick as certain other mascara’s I’ve used. (In case you’re wondering, my current favorite mascara is Smashbox X-Rated).

Z Skin: Acne Spot Treatment
I love the fact that this is all natural. It features ingredients such as almond, tea tree, and witch hazel. I’ve used this on some of my blemishes, and they were completely dried up over night.

SKINFOOD: Egg White Perfect Pore Cleanser
I was excited to get this in my bag because I’ve heard of Skinfood and was wanting to try some of their products. This cleanser is just okay though. It removes makeup pretty well, but it doesn’t have the greatest smell. It’s not a bad smell either, it just smells really soapy. It’s also supposed to help minimize pores, but I haven’t noticed a difference in mine, and I’ve been using it for a week now.

Pixi by Petra: Blush in shade Beach Rose
I really like this brand. I got one of their lipsticks in my bag quite a while ago, and it’s one of my favorites. Though I wasn’t super excited to get this blush because it’s practically identical to one I already own. However, it is a pretty nice product. It blends really well on the skin for a flawless finish.

Witchy Vibes

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There’s still a little less than a week left until the Autumnal Equinox, but I am getting really excited for Fall and could not resist dressing up and doing a Fall makeup look. I started out with clear gloss on my lips and then vamped it up a bit with a darker lip color. The main items I used included BH Cosmetics’ Wild & Radiant Palette, Makeup Revolution’s Love the Revolution palette, and ColourPop’s Matte Lip Cream in shade Viper, which are pictured below. Other items I used that aren’t pictured include NYX BB Cream in shade Nude, Makeup Revolution’s Eye Primer, Makeup Revolution’s Pro Base Blur Primer, Chella’s Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Cream, Ciaté London’s Wonderwand Gel Kohl Eyeliner, Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes Mascara, Maybelline’s Shine Sensational Gloss, and ColourPop’s Highlighter in shade Glazed.