Trying Indie Beauty Again

About 6 or so years ago I tried some Indie beauty brands and wasn’t too happy for several reasons. One was that I didn’t have a good job at 18 and I considered it expensive. I also wasn’t really well informed on who to buy from and who to not buy from (I had a bit of an issue with a shady business. Thankfully for me nothing came out of it but I can’t abide by repackaged products.) I quickly fell out of it.

Recently I’ve been viewing Phyrra‘s videos and I think I might give it a second try!

I’m particularly interested in foundations, as my skin has grown suddenly dry.

Soon I’ll do a post with a list of Indie companies I’ve come across and heard about.

The Great Ulta Salon Hair Debacle

My birthday was at the end of April and I received money from my mother as a gift. I decided to get my hair done professionally as a gift, and my boyfriend chipped in as well.

I made an appointment at my ‘local’ Ulta online and I was super excited to get my hair done. I chose Ulta because I figured they would be the best place and they also had Pravana hair color, which is cruelty free.

Let me first point out that my stylist was super nice and friendly, so this obviously isn’t a bad review because she was rude or anything.

This was the photo I showed her that was along the lines of the color I wanted –

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A nice light orangey red. Nothing too bright because of my job.

This is what I ended up with –

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I didn’t say anything (mistake obviously) because I really liked the color, I didn’t want to cause a fuss or bother her, and I was also afraid that I’d have to pay more to get it fixed. I ended up paying $108 for it BTW, she originally told me it’d be around $70.

Also, though it was bright, I figured that my hair was going to be under a hat so it wasn’t a huge deal. Everything was great until I actually got to work 2 days later and realized just how bright my hair actually was.

In the lighting at work, my hair looked fluorescent and almost pink! That was definitely NOT what I wanted or paid $100 for. After washing it a few times with no results, I sent Ulta an email explaining my situation.

Pictures don’t really do the color justice

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I eventually got a call back and made an appointment to get it fixed. The day of I get a call that the stylist called out ill and rescheduled me the following Monday, despite me saying that I had to get my hair fixed because of work (HR person saw me without a hat before I was clocked in and complained, sigh….) I sent another email to Ulta and shortly after I got a phone call from the store saying they could get me in the next morning.

So after all this back and forth, I finally got into Ulta last Wednesday and got my hair fixed, yay!

Here is the final result!

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I am actually very in love with this color! It’s been about 10 years since I’ve had dark hair and I didn’t think I’d ever go back to it.
I cannot say I’ll ever go back to Ulta (or to any other professional place for that matter right now) but I’m really glad they fixed their mistake, even though it took a bit of effort and complaining to actually get results.

Urban Decay Summer 2016

Update! You can see pictures and descriptions from Temptalia and now swatches from Phyrra!

Urban Decay has posted some previews of their summer lineup.

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Above photo from VampyVarnish on Instagram

There is the Naked Skin One and Done Complexion Perfector, which I’d imagine is a lightweight foundation or BB Cream like product. It has a small color selection but it looks like they included two deep tones that hopefully will work for those with a dark complexion.

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From Urban Decay’s Instagram

There are what seems to be two shades of the Beached Bronzer, two shades of blush, a highlighter, and eyeliners that I couldn’t find on their Instagram at the moment.

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Beautifully Sweet on Twitter

I’ve mentioned it before, but I have a blog specific Twitter here.

I have it set up to crosspost my blog posts but I also retweet from fellow beauty bloggers and you can find more up to date news on products and brands than you may actually see on this blog. It’s a much better medium to share that kind of thing.

You can follow me on other social media platforms, there are links to the ones I’m on at the bottom of the blog!

See you around!

New ELF Goodies

I haven’t been up to date with ELF because honestly I was pretty bored with the brand. I used to love ELF but over the years there weren’t that many products that interested me.

My interest was piqued again when they announced that skin care items were going to be added to their line of products. Affordable, cruelty free skin care is hard to find. The products are also sulfate, paraben, and pthalate free. Their skin care line ranges from $4-14, which isn’t too bad.

I’m not sure just how new some of these things are, I tend to be pretty behind on stuff.

I finally took a look at ELF’s New Items Pinterest board and there are quite a few interesting items.

They have new brow products, including  a brow cream, but unfortunately they only have a limited shade selection. There’s the Gotta Glow Lip Tint, one of those gimmicky color adjusting lip products. Not surpringly, they have a Rose Gold palette that looks very similar to Urban Decay’s Naked 3. Also, ELF is sporting Mineral Pearls, akin to Guerlain’s Meteorites.

On the skincare end, ELF has a face brush that looks interesting. It’s double sided and features a silicone head for massaging and exfoliating. There is also a Hydrating Bubble Mask, which I find really interesting. I’ve seen other masks like it and they look, at the very least, fun to try.

Are you guys looking at any of these products?

Anxiety and Depression

In a recent post, I said that I have anxiety and depression. It’s nothing new for people who know me, or follow me on other platforms, but it’s not something I’ve actually addressed here. It’s not something I’ve really been hiding, I’m quite comfortable with talking about it now. That’s not always been the case though.

I think I really started thinking about talking about it openly on here after seeing a post by Kelly at  VampyVarnish on Instagram. I think this sort of this is very important to talk about. Mental health is still often viewed with a stigma and is still not very well understood, especially in the general population. People speaking out about it on social media is an excellent way to spread awareness.

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