Sample Sunday / Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector

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Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector

Not going to lie, I've been wanting to post this review for a few weeks now. Its been beyond busy. But I'm back and on my regular schedule!

Today we're going to talk about the Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector*. Such a long name for a CC cream. If you're unfamiliar with CC creams, basically this is a color correcting base. You can use them alone or as a primer. For the most part, they do contain SPF, so they're better for those days you want just a bit of a cover and add on some light powder. Origins claims "this fuss-free formula intuitively color corrects for an even, beautiful complexion. The antioxidant infusion helps neutralize skin damaging effects of city smog and pollution, while gifting the skin with vital hydration." So the description basically says its a classic CC cream, but with some added skincare benefits. As you can see I had just the tiniest sample shown, but I did have three of these and each one gave two uses. So I think I tested it enough to say that I can make a fair judgment.

So how did this perform? Let's check out the ingredients, see some swatches and then talk about my experience. As always, ingredients are listed on CosDNA:
Active ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 4.0%, Oxybenzone 3.5% // Ingredients: Water, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Pentylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil*, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil*, Magnolia Acuminata (Cucumber Magnolia) Flower Extract, Iris Pallida (Sweet Iris) Root Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Extract, Citral, Linalool, Limonene, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Sapindus Mukurossi (Soapberry) Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Laminaria Saccharina (Brown Algae) Extract, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract; Salicylic Acid, Cholesterol, Sucrose, Caffeine, Arginine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum; Isopropyl Myristate, Lecithin, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate; Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, Squalane, Sodium PCA, Urea, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Galactoarabinan, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Citric Acid, Phospholipids, Trehalose, Xanthan Gum, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid; Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- titanium dioxide (ci 77891); Mica, Iron Oxides (ci 77492), Iron Oxides (ci 77491), Iron Oxides (ci 77499)] <ILN41495>
So if you're not a skin care buff, I'm sure you just looked at all of that and just saw a bunch of letters and now have a confused look on your face. Which is ok, but let's break it down is much easier terms. Basically the ingredients showed us that there are lot of plant extracts, some of which I haven't seen in skin care or makeup before. Also, there's added artificial fragrances and they're pretty high on the list. There's also broad sun protection. However, don't think you're getting an entirely natural or more natural product; plenty of artificial ingredients about.

Basically, broad sun protection, but a lot of added fragrance. So if you're sensitive to that, this just might not be for you.

Let's take a look at some swatches.

Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector light to medium

Above is Light to Medium and below is Medium to Deep. As you can see, I'm in-between the shades if I want to match my body.

Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector medium to deep

Additionally, you can see that the Medium to Deep is rather orange. I don't know what skin color that suits other than those with dark, but dull skin.

My overall impression of this CC cream? Honestly, I like it. I use this on my days where I definitely don't want to wear foundation, but I don't want to go bare-skinned either. I find that the Light to Medium shade matches my skin color on my face (not my body so much), but additionally, it helps cover my dark circles. I find that it also corrects any redness I may have around my nose. However, this doesn't cover up imperfections, so for that I'd suggest some concealer or a powder foundation to place on top.

As far as how it wears, I feel it wears fairly well. Since I typically wear this on weekends or my days off where I want to look just a bit more alive, I would say it does last at least 6 hours. As for my T-zone, I would say that if I really must, I'd need to blot at least once. If I do wear this work, then I find that I need to blot a couple of times. This is because I have a windowed office, which means my workspace gets extremely warm. But I do want to say that I never feel that this separates or gets patchy.

So would I buy this? Well, I actually did. I bought it over a year ago and I've still got plenty. I think a single tube will last quite some time. For me, I think of it as a sunscreen with a little bit of added benefits, the benefits being that I don't look like a zombie. To be honest, I would recommend this, but know that its meant to color correct and not be your foundation.

Sample Sunday Rating:

Overall, I love the product, but I ranked it lower due to lack of color selection and the added fragrance. While those don't effect me, they do for a lot of others out there.

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November Glossybox

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November Glossybox

Ok, I've been trying to post this for a few days and between Phil being gone for work, work, the kids and then preparing for the con, I've just been swamped. I'm beyond tired... =_=

Just like the last post, its time for another subscription box post, but this time we're switching gears to the November Glossybox! As always, left to right. Let's go!

Florapy Beauty Yarrow Lavender Sweet Dreams Mask // I'm not going to lie, I think I may need this tonight. Between work, the kids, last minute cosplay prep and Phil away on travel (he'll be back in a few days), I've had less than stellar sleep. This mask sounds like everything I need before our Heroes and Villains Fest trip starting Saturday. This mask is sold on its own and retails for $8. Cruelty-free.

Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme* // I've been getting a lot of Estée Lauder products recently... I'm not opposed to using it, but I've had bad experience with EL, Clinique and Lancome when it comes to skincare. My skin just tends to be too sensitive, but it has been years (and I mean years) since I have last used any of these brands. This cream is described to curb the signs of aging and revitalize the skin. The full size product contains 30mL and retails for $50. This sample size contains 5mL and is worth ~$8.33. This product also comes in a variety of sizes*. Cruelty-free, except where required by law.

Beauty For Real D-Fine Universal Definition Lip Pencil // I've been wanting a neutral lip pencil for a while. I almost caved in to a few good recommendations online, but then this came in. I have a swatch below. While this is nice, it seems to look more grungy on me than neutral. See a close-up and swatch below. This is full size that contains 0.35g and retails for $14. Cruelty-free.

November Glossybox Beauty For Real D-Fine Universal Definition Lip Pencil

Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in You're Toast // I've not heard of Marsk Cosmetics, and while I don't wear shadow very much, I will certainly be trying out a bunch. This color is so beautiful and so shimmery. Take a look at the swatch below! This is a full size product that contains 1.2g and retails for $22.50. Cruelty-free.

November Glossybox Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow You're Toast

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy* // And another C&E product. Nothing wrong with that! Plus, I'm always looking forward to hand creams! The full size product contains 300g and retails for $22. This sample size contains 25g and is worth ~$1.83. Cruelty-free.

In total, that brings us to a worth of about $54.66. That's more than double the cost of the box! Another awesome deal from Glossybox! If you're looking to subscribe to Glossybox, feel free to use my referral link.** (but don't ever feel like you have to!)

Which of these products are you most interested in? Let us all know in the comments!

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November Allure Beauty Box

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November Allure Beauty Box

November is already flying by. The only way I know its mid-month is by the arrival of my November Allure Beauty Box. This month's theme is The Glam Life; pampering yourself glamorously. We'll cover the products from left to right:

Hanae Mori Hanae Eau de Parfum // Described as a floral sweet scent, this is all girly, but with a touch of sophistication. While this isn't normally my style, this scent was nice and would be good for a summery night out. I also feel it had great lasting power. You can find this in a variety of sizes (0.33oz*, 1.7oz* and 3.4oz*). Basing this off the 1.7oz size, which retails for $92. This sample size contains 0.04oz and is worth ~$2.16. Cruelty-free.

Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity Oil Free Volumizer* // I've seen this brand at my hairstylist's salon, so that in itself is awesome. Additionally, this is supposed to volumize your hair, but not weigh it down. I'm going to try this on myself and Rosalie to see what it does to wavy and curly hair respectively. This has a powdery lemon and lavender scent; lemonade mix like honestly. However, not overpowering. The full size retails for $28.50 and contains 150mL. This sample size contains 40mL and is worth about $7.60. Cruelty-free.

Klorane Floral Eye Make-up Remover* // This makeup remover is similar in consistency to micellar water, however unlike most of those, this is blue. Think Sunday Riley Luna blue. Additionally, there is a floral scent, but it isn't overpowering. I've tried this once already and I must say it did a good job with my mascara. No irritation or tingle at all! The full size retails for $16 and contains 200mL. This sample size contains 25mL and is worth about $2. Cruelty-free.

L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil* // I've tried a few L'Occitane products in the past and have a 50% liking rate. I was however, excited to see this product in here. I've been wanting to try this, but the price tag is definitely a hindrance. Upon first glance (and sniff), this seems incredibly similar to the Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil (Sample Sunday review) and the Caudalie Divine Oil. I don't just mean it looks the same, it smells exactly the same. My excitement level just went down a notch. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of the Nuxe oil (and am currently sampling the Caudalie oil), so perhaps this is just as good? The full size retails for $106 and contains 1oz. This sample size contains 0.1oz and is worth about $10.60. Cruelty-free, except where required by law.

Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid Lipstick in Orchid* // I've owned a few Mally eye products, but this is the first lip product I've gotten to try. This says is a liquid lipstick, but it definitely feels  and looks more like a cream gloss. This also has a brush applicator as seen in the photo below. I have worn it once and while I don't think the color looks fantastic on me, its still a pretty color. It just is a bit too light for me. The full size retails for $20 and contains 0.12oz. This sample size contains 0.09oz and is worth about $15. Cruelty-free.

November Allure Beauty Box mally high-shine lipstick orchid

Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena and Lavender Body Wash // I'm normally not a C&E fan, but this honestly smells amazing af. Seriously. I'm also seeing that its SLS-free, so bonus there! The full size retails for $22 and contains 200mL. This sample size is for sale as well for $6 and it contains 50mL. Cruelty-free.

That brings us to a worth of about $43.36 for a $15 box. I am a little disappointed that this doesn't contain any full sizes, but the smaller sizes are worth their fair share. I do have a coupon code for those of you looking to shop for L'Occitane! Through 11/26, use the code ALLURE for $10 off any Divine collection product. This code can only be used once per customer.

Which of these products would you be most interested in seeing a review on? Also, is it helpful to see info about the products being cruelty-free or not? Leave your feedback in the comments! I'm trying to make this blog better for everyone reading!

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OPI / A-Taupe the Space Needle

OPI A-Taupe the Space Needle

Oops on the lack of Sample Sunday yesterday. I totally had a post almost finished but by the time I got home from picking up the kids at their grandparents house, then grocery shopping, then snack time, the buying more dye for the jacket, then cooking + sewing... I had no time to finish. I finally had time to myself closer to 10pm and I was pretty much exhausted. So, you'll see it next Sunday.

Anyways, on to today's post! As we're in November, we're going to continue with brown nails and take a look at OPI A-Taupe the Space Needle. This polish is a part of the 2011 Touring America Collection. As you can see, its a brownie taupe with a hint of green in there. I think depending on the lighting and your skin tone, this can pull more brown or green. On me it looks more brown, but if I'm in cool lighting, it definitely has an olive tinge.

* Excuse the scuff on my ring finger. Brynn badly needed to sit on the couch and wouldn't quit buggin' until she got on. Her sweater left a nice little imprint while I picked her up. lol

OPI A-Taupe the Space Needle

I ended up using two coats for my swatch, but I wouldn't say it was entirely opaque in two. I think three may give you the best coverage. This polish just ended up being a bit streaky for me. That just seemed so strange for a darker shade. I guess it made sense since it is a creme finish. Those can be a bit streaky at times. Below is a shot of the brush so you can see the formula.

OPI A-Taupe the Space Needle

So what do you think of A-Taupe the Space Needle? I for one think its a pretty unique color. Also, it doesn't look bad on me, so bonus there! Let everyone know your thoughts in the comments!

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Weekly Recap 11/01

A Weekly Recap?! Say whaaaat? I know that its pretty much been forever since I have done these, but I need to get back into the rhythm of doing them. I don't have much planned this weekend other than dying a coat we got for Chris to have a more accurate Star Lord coat, I've got to sew a zipper and stitch an eye hook on Izzy's Gamora costume and then take lots and lots of pictures for the coming week. I think I'm going to also paint on a box that Phil left for me to make Star Lord's walkman for Chris. Fingers crossed on that last one, lol. I'm getting all of this ready as we're going to go to Heroes and Villains Fan Fest next weekend. I've got photo ops for the kids to meet Agent Carter (for Rosalie) and Nebula (for Chris and Izzy). It should be fun!

What are your plans for the weekend? Anything awesome?

This Week's Posts
End of the month posts: October Empties

My Favorite Posts of the Week
Pecan Pie [smitten kitchen] // Ever since Phil's grandma passed, we've he's been longing for her pecan pie. I say he because I'm pumpkin pie gal myself. But her pecan pie was pretty good. I think I'm going to try this out for Thanksgiving and see how it goes.
4 Ways to Heal Split Ends [] // Bleached and dyed hair = massive split ends. I've tried plenty of store bought masks to try and help out, but there's something about concocting something at home that is oh, so fun. I'm a fan of the coconut oil treatment, but I may need to try one of these other methods.
Vegan Cincinnati Chili [Oh My Veggies] // I've been wanting to make a vegan chili for quite some time and now I finally have a recipe that just sounds soooo yummy! Sounds like a meal to make tomorrow night even!
Beauty After 50: What Real Women Wish You Knew [Byrdie] // Real quotes from real women about beauty. Even I wish I could tell my younger self some helpful hints.
Tough Little Bitches: A Rallying Cry For My Boss Babes [Gala Darling] // A little motivation for you all. PS, I want that patch.

Photo/Video of the Week
Everyone is appalled at what happened last night in France. I was definitely glad to see the people on my friends list from the FGC marked safe on FB, but my heart goes out to all of those who are effected by this.

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