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Sneak Peek ~ New Besame collections

Stop the presses, y’all! During the D23 expo this week, Besame Cosmetics dropped a bombshell. They are launching a Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Collection … Need to collect yourselves? It’s cool … I’ll wait …

If you don’t know, Bésame is a luxury vintage cosmetics company. Their cosmetics are inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, which is generally considered to be the 1930’s through the 1940’s. Think pale skin, ruby red lips, and blacker than black mascara. That makes Bésame the perfect company to come out with a Snow White makeup collection! There is no official release date that I have seen, but I will keep you posted!

Something else super cool in the works from Bésame is an Agent Carter collection. Those of you who may not know, Agent Peggy Carter was Captain America’s love interest before he was Captain America, during World War II. Agent Carter also had a very short lived television show on ABC, which is home to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The only thing on the website is this message from Tony Stark:

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Taken from the Besame website

How cute is that?? Like the Snow White collection, there is no release date, but I will let you know as soon as I hear.

What do you guys think? Are you as excited for these collections as I am?? Let me know!

Carrie♥

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Bougie on a Budget ~ Battle of the Eye Makeup Removers

Hello lovelies! Are we all ready for the weekend?? I sure am. I am kicking this weekend off right! Lots of relaxation, me time and epic battles! Also, Game of Thrones returns Sunday haha

Any opportunity I have to get eye makeup remover samples, (any samples, really), I jump on it. If I’m going to potentially spend $30, for just over 4 oz of product, I need to know it’s going to be a worthwhile investment. It’s very important to me that a remover is 1) actually going to remove makeup and 2) remove it with minimal effort. I have watery eyes, and I live in a very hot, humid climate, so waterproof mascara is nearly a must if I don’t want to look like a raccoon. Also, I am getting to that age where my facial skin is thinning, so the last thing I want to do is scrub my eyes, trying to remove waterproof mascara. And so, a battle is born … the Battle of the Bougie Makeup Removers!!

In one corner, weighing in at a hefty $30 for 4.2 oz is Lancome’s Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover.

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Photo taken from the Lancome website

In the other corner, also weighing in at 4.2 oz, but for the shocking low price of $19, Clinique’s Take The day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips.

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Photo taken from Clinique’s website

Both of these heavyweights came out swinging, battling for the number one spot. There can be only one winner, though. Here’s the breakdown:

This is a before picture of my eye makeup. It was a long day, but there is some eye shadow and eyeliner left, and waterproof mascara.

After photos of my right eye.

After photos of my left eye.

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And the aftermath hahaha I used Clinique on my left eye, and Lancôme on my right. Both removed every bit of make up, as you can see on the cotton pads, and in the after photos. There were some small differences, however.

The Lancôme remover was a dream. It took about thirty seconds to remove every trace of waterproof mascara. There was no tugging, no harsh rubbing or scrubbing. Just gentle wiping of the eye area.

The Clinique remover didn’t work quite as well. Don’t get me wrong, it still did an excellent job. It took about twice a long to ensure I got everything off, and it required me to be a bit more aggressive. Now, I didn’t have to rub hard enough to do any damage or anything like that. I would have gone another route before I damaged my eye area. It was a small, but noticeable difference between the two removers, though.

Now, is it an $11 difference? To me, no. The Clinique remover does an excellent job. However, if your eye area is particularly sensitive, it may be well worth the price difference. And since this post is about being bougie on a budget, I have to go with the more budget-friendly price, hands down. For now, Clinique is the champ. It shouldn’t get too comfortable there, though. There’s always a contender, ready to take the number one spot!

What’s your favorite high end makeup remover? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

Lippie Haul

I really love lipstick. It just pulls a look together, ya know? There are three things I can’t be without: mascara, lip color (of some kind) and my sterling silver hoop earrings. As long as I have those three things, I can feel put together. I went on a spree of sorts over the last week or two haha I mean, Tarte was having a sale, Jeffree Star launched his summer collection, Bloomingdale’s had an awesome “free gift with purchase” deal, and my cousin sells Younique. What’s a lippie lover to do?? Go a little crazy is the correct answer hahahaha so, I thought I’d share my crazy with y’all!

I didn’t go that crazy …

Okay, okay … maybe I did. Check out these colors though! I didn’t show the Lancôme lippies without their lids because it just didn’t make sense.

And check out these swatches! I will put captions on these photos so you know what you’re looking at.

Phew … I think I got all of that right haha There are some things about a few of the products you should know. The Tarte LipSurgence in Energy Noir is a sheer berry tint. The formula is designed to work with your pH to provide the perfect berry shade for you. I love lippies that do that! The Lancôme Juicy Shaker barely shows up. I mean barely. I am pretty disappointed. They aren’t kidding when they say “sheer tint of color.” Maybe it too closely matches my natural lip color to show up. I dunno, but it was kind of a waste of $22 for me. It may be my imagination, but I swear this Juicy Shaker smells like Hubba Bubba bubble gum to me. Mmmmmm!!! The Jeffree Star lippies are LOADED with glitter. LOADED! I don’t say that like it’s a bad thing, and clearly, you can see they are glittery. Be prepared for glitter EVERYWHERE when you go to remove them. I was not prepared hahahaha Also, I would recommend using an oil to remove the Velour Liquid Lipstick formulas. Liquid lipsticks can be difficult to remove, and this was no exception. It was easier than some formulas I’ve worn, though.

That’s it! That’s my lippie haul from the past two weeks, or so. What’s your favorite lippie formula? What’s your favorite shade?  Lemme know!

Carrie♥