Saturday, November 30, 2013

Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream & Lip Insurance Primer Set

    I have been seeing reviews on the Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Creams for quite a while now but always talked myself out of buying them.  Let me start by saying that I am not the kind of girl that puts on lip liner or typically spends a lot of time putting on lipstick.  I like something quick, easy, and comfortable to wear.    
   I purchased this set on HSN for $28 plus free shipping.  Normally, the La Creme Lip Creams are $22 each and the Lip Insurance Primer is $19 so this set is a great deal.  I have a very difficult time finding lip colors that look good on me.  I have very pale lips and it seems that every color shows up a lot darker than it does on other people.  This set appealed to me because it was neutral colors and it also came with the Lip Insurance Primer which I have always wanted to try.  

Real Techniques: Miracle Complexion Sponge

    When Real Techniques came out with the Miracle Complexion Sponge, I was very skeptical.  I own the original Beauty Blender and always rave about it.  If you aren't familiar with the Beauty Blender, it is a pink teardrop shaped sponge that you dampen and apply foundation in a bouncing motion.  It makes my foundation look flawless and natural with almost any foundation I own.  There have been many companies that attempt to replicate the Beauty Blender but they usually are hard and do not perform in the same way.....until now. 
  The Miracle Complexion Sponge is a serious competitor for the Beauty Blender.  In fact, I actually think I prefer it over the Beauty Blender.  The Real Techniques sponge is unique in it's shape, which allows for more versatility than the Beauty Blender.  It has a flat edge on one side as well as two pointed ends.  I like the flat edge for stippling foundation as well as using a wiping motion under my eyes.  When dampened it expands and softens even more.  I usually hold it under water while squeezing it 3-4 times and then squeeze a towel around it to get any excess water out.  Dampening it prior to use will not only give more surface area to work with but it also prevents the sponge from soaking up to much of the foundation.  Let's face it, foundation can be expensive so I don't want any unnecessarily wasted!


   The sponge is VERY soft which makes it more prone to tears.  When I first removed it from the package, it was already torn a little at the end where it must have gotten caught in the packaging.  I haven't been using it long enough to truly test the longevity of it but I would guess that it won't last as long as the Beauty Blender (which usually lasts me a few months).  I am definitely going to have to be very careful when washing it, even with my short nails.  Price: The Real Techniques sponge is $5.99 and the Beauty Blender is $19.95.  There is quite a price difference between the two.  If the Real Techniques sponge lasts as long as the Beauty Blender, it could be a big savings.  However, if I go through the Real Techniques ones quicker, it could wind up being similar because of the tearing potential.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Welcome to my New Blog!

      Welcome to JmeBeautyObsessed!  My name is Jaime and I am a beauty obsessed wife and mother of two.  I have went back and forth about starting a blog for quite awhile now.  I finally just decided there was no reason not to start one.  As my husband likes to say "You need to find someone to talk to about beauty things because you are obsessed!"  Yes...well I suppose I am obsessed :-).  I love to research everything makeup and beauty related.  
      My passion with makeup started about three years ago.  I saw an ad for a beauty subscription service on a website one day.  I then started researching what it was and what the boxes contained.   Before I knew it, I was watching YouTube videos, reading blogs, and researching every aspect about beauty related products.  
       Fast forward to three years later and I continue to be just as obsessed with makeup.  I love to share the information I learn about products with friends, family, or anyone who will listen (including my husband who is less than interested).  I am hoping this blog will allow me to share my passion with others.  I plan on doing product reviews, subscription box reviews, product alerts, and anything else beauty related.   I hope you will join me in my beauty obsession!