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My First Experience Getting a Facial at Ulta

Hello friends!

I’ve been curious about facials and what getting one would be like for a while now.  In March, I took a day off & wanted to make it a pamper day, which meant taking my time shopping and scheduling an appointment!

I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I decided to go with the 20 minute basic facial.  My skincare specialist introduced herself and then we got started!  First, I filled out a card that clarified whether or not I had any allergies, what kind of skincare products I was currently using, what my skin goals were, etc.

One of the questions asked is if you have ever experienced claustrophobia, which is very important to note.  There were multiple times throughout the appointment that my entire head aside from my mouth and nostrils were covered with a towel, which could trigger some major feelings for people who experience that fear.  The first time it happened, I was a little tense but it went away after the initial cover.

She looked the paper over and then decided what would be best to help with my concerns (I said redness and blackheads/gunky pores).  I somehow forgot to mention my super dry skin, but she told me she noticed it right away and was using hydrating products because of it.  She also said that I had some texture in certain areas that was very likely caused by my filled pores.

I’m not sure what exactly she put on my face in the beginning, but there were probably 6 or 7 different products altogether.  The first ones felt like they were exfoliating and probably meant to get the initial layers of stuff off.  In between each product she used a hot towel and rested it over my face for about 10 seconds before wiping it off.  This happened for about three products before we moved on to the big one – a 10 minute mask.

It had menthol in it so it was incredibly cooling – unfortunately I can’t remember exactly what it was meant to help with.  She layered it on and then put three layers of what felt like towels on top.  I assume this was meant to help the product really sink in! It covered my entire face with the exception of my mouth and nostrils.  I sat there for 10 minutes, and between the 2 and 5 minute period, my face felt so cold!  I assume that means it was working.

After that was wiped off, she used a fizzy mask that was supposed to help get the sebum out of my pores.  This stayed on for around 2 minutes, and it definitely tickled!  I told her it felt like it was going all over my face, even though it was just in the targeted spots.

Finally, it ended with a collagen mask that felt very liquid-y and hydrating.  My skincare specialist was wonderful and answered every question I had, which I thought was very kind of her.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience, but I’m not sure that I would do that specific service again.  When I looked closely at my skin, my pores definitely seemed to be cleared out but they were still very apparent.  I also noticed that there were some dry skin flakes peeling off my face the next morning.  I didn’t see as dramatic of a change as I was hoping for, but I think I just had too high of expectations without a specific problem to target.

I think if you were to try this out, I would highly recommend going in with a specific goal in mind – what do you want to see change with your skin?  That will help both you and your specialist make sure you’re getting the results you want!  I did find this experience incredibly relaxing if nothing else.

For my birthday, I scheduled a microdermabrasion appointment, which I was told gets about 6 weeks worth of dead skin off – as a perpetually flaky dry skin gal, this sounds amazing!  I can’t wait, and I’ll definitely share this experience with you all!

Have you ever gotten a facial before?

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Maybelline Color Sensational Made For All Lipstick “Mauve For Me” | Review

Hello friends!

Recently, Maybelline has come out with a new set of lipsticks that is supposed to compliment 50 different skin tones!  They had seven different shades, and I chose to pick up the mauve color since it’s my personal favorite.  The spice looked beautiful as well!

Maybelline Made For All Lipstick "Mauve for Me" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: As the name of this lipstick suggests, it’s a warm mauve color that pulls the slightest bit orange on me – I had hoped it would be a bit more pink.  The color of this is almost exactly my lips but better, which was a letdown.  I was hoping that this would be more unique and look better considering it’s supposed to flatter so many different skin tones.

It has a cream finish and looks relatively shiny, which is different than all the matte lipsticks I’ve been wearing lately and looks gorgeous!  The shiny finish does a good job at not sinking into my lip lines or accentuating dry patches, which happens frequently.

Packaging: The packaging is very basic, but I really enjoy the cap matching the color of the lipstick!  In terms of actual quality, I’m a little concerned that the lid doesn’t seem to attach very well.  If you plan on taking this in your purse, I’d be careful about it getting everywhere due to the loose latch.

Maybelline Made For All Lipstick "Mauve for Me" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Bullet Shape: The shape of the tip is a bit more curved, which hugs my lips and makes applying a little easier.

Application: Because of the curved tip of the bullet, I found that the lipstick hugged the curves of my lips well and made it easy to get an even coat that didn’t go outside of my lips.  There was very minimal cleanup needed!

Upon application, there is definitely a strong scent. It smells like a chemical vanilla – while it’s not a good smell by any means, it doesn’t bother me too much.  If you’re someone who is sensitive to fragrance in your products, I’d say tread cautiously.

Maybelline Made For All Lipstick "Mauve for Me" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Fading: This is a lipstick that is very close to my own lip color, which means that it was really hard to see if there was any obvious fading. I feel like every time I checked to see what my lips looked like, they looked good for the most part.  I didn’t really notice much fading in general; it was more like the color was either fully there or it wasn’t.

Transfer: This lipstick transferred just like any other lipstick would, which isn’t surprising – the big selling point is color, not formula.  After eating a meal, this was almost completely gone. On the bright side, it layers over itself very nicely!

Comfort: I thought this was an incredibly comfortable lipstick.  It felt hydrating and I didn’t have any issues with feeling like I needed to throw some lip balm on to recover.  This is definitely standard to most cream lipsticks, so if that’s the kind of formula you prefer, this is very par the course.

Price Point: The standard cost of this lipstick is $5.99 at Target, which I think is pretty reasonable!  You can almost always find a coupon, and I had one for $1 off, so I only paid $5 total.  At that price, you honestly can’t go wrong!

If I were to buy another shade of this range, it would definitely be a more unique color.  Because I feel like it’s such a dupable shade for me personally, I would rather invest in one that I struggle to wear confidently.  I’m definitely considering the nude, red, and plum!  I currently have so many lipsticks that I don’t need to buy new ones, but if you’re looking to build up your own collection you can’t go wrong with it.

I bought mine at Target, but I believe you can also find them at any drugstore, Walmart, and Ulta.

Do you like the Maybelline lipstick formula?

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Colourpop Velvet Blur Lipstick vs. MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick | Formula Comparison

Hello friends!

When MAC released their new Powder Kiss lipsticks a while back, I immediately felt the need to go out and buy it.  Until recently, I’d never heard of another lipstick that had quite the same sort of formula!  While there are certainly some that are similar or can provide nearly the same effect, this just seemed so different and special.

In the past few months, Colourpop has come out with a lipstick that made me think it was very similar – one might even call it a formula dupe!  Today, I wanted to share my thoughts as to if these formulas are close enough to warrant being dupes or not!

If you’re curious to see my thoughts on each individual lipsticks, I do have reviews up of CP Lucky Strike and MAC Mull It Over.

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Recent Beauty Empties | Winter 2019

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A big goal of mine this year was to make it a point to use up what I have while bringing  Ipsy samples in; in total, I wanted to have 65 empties for the year.

I am so happy to say that I’m doing very well in using my stuff up!  This goal has forced me to keep up with a good morning and nighttime routine and I feel like it’s also helping to promote healthy skin for me.

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Loverecipe Acai Berry Sheet Mask & Loverecipe Aloe Sheet Mask – I thought that this was an incredibly average sheet mask.  It didn’t fit super well on my face, so I had to readjust it regularly for the 10-15 minutes it was on.  It was very saturated with the product which was nice, but it ended up dripping down my neck.  I couldn’t tell a distinct difference between either of the masks; they performed essentially the same.

Tony Moly Red Wine Sheet Mask – Another sheet mask that I wasn’t super impressed with!  It was very average.  The fit wasn’t great and had to be adjusted a few times, and I thought it actually burned my face a little, but that could be because the mask was pretty old at that point.

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New at Ulta | February 16 – March 2, 2019

Hello friends!

Today I thought it would be fun to share some new products from Ulta that have caught my eye in the past few weeks!  I can’t share everything because I swear they come out with new products every day, but I have been taking a look at their new arrivals and seeing what I would consider buying.  I can’t afford everything on this list (that would be quite a bit!), but since they’ve intrigued me, I’m hoping that they’ll be interesting to you too!

This is something I want to start doing every few weeks, because there are so many new beauty releases now that it’s hard to keep up!  Hopefully this helps you all with seeing some new stuff to check out.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick “Ashton” | Review

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One brand that comes to mind as the pioneer of the matte liquid lipstick trend is Anastasia Beverly Hills! Way back in the day when liquid lipsticks were just becoming a thing, this was one of the original formulas you could find.  Today I wanted to share with you whether I feel like they’ve stood the test of time, or have fallen flat compared to other formulas!

Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick "Ashton" Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Ashton is described as a “midtone yellow-brown”.  While I find this color really pretty, if you don’t love browns you probably want to skip on this and go for a different color instead.  The yellow undertone might be something that doesn’t work well with other skin tones, so this is definitely a color I’d suggest swatching first!

Packaging: I love how sleek the packaging looks!  The silver tube has ABH’s symbol on the top in black, so it matches the tube and makes it easy to identify among other liquid lipsticks.  I also really enjoy the gold detailing on the top of the tube as well!

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NYX Lip Lingerie “Satin Ribbon” | Review

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When I went into this review, I thought for sure that I wouldn’t love this color and that I would pass it on afterwards because most of the time these shades don’t look good on me, but I was pleasantly surprised!  Because I have such pigmented lips, I’ve always found that pale colors look extremely patchy and weird on my lips, and I’ve always gotten rid of them.  However, I think I’ve found a winner!

Color: Satin Ribbon is an incredibly pale peach nude color that is probably the lightest lip color I own. This is definitely not a color for everyone, because it’s so peachy and pale and could potentially give the look of concealer lips.

Applicator: The applicator is very long compared to most standard liquid lipsticks, as you can see.  This holds enough product to cover both my bottom and top lips with just one side, which is saying a lot!  I’ve found that with most other liquid lipsticks, I have to either dip again or flip sides.  However, since there’s no point at the end of the applicator it’s hard to get a fine line. I personally didn’t have any issue getting a nice application, but it might be difficult for others.

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