Beauty Roundup August/September: eos, boi-ing, Étude House, and essie



For today’s bonus post I wanted to do a review for some of the beauty products I’ve tried over the last couple months. 


Product Review: essie nail polish



For today’s bonus post I’ll be reviewing essie nail polish.

I picked up 3 shades of essie earlier in the summer at the Cosmetic Market. At about $8 a bottle, the stuff isn’t cheap and the only reason I tried it was because I had a gift card. However, you can find some bottles of essie in places like TJ Maxx for about $5, the only drawback being stock in such places will be limited in color and number.

The price is really the only complaint about essie that I have, and even at $8 per bottle the product is worth the buy, in my opinion. It’s still far cheaper than your standard pedicure, delivers far more manicures for the price of just one, and is actually one of the best polishes I’ve used. The polish hasn’t dried up on me and doesn’t clump or get watery the deeper into the bottle I go like past polishes I’ve used. The polish goes on easily and just 1 to 2 coats make for a pedicure that lasts as long as three weeks without a single chip (without even using a base or top coat polish). The colors are also strong enough I don’t have add many layers and the polish dries relatively quickly.

All in all, I definitely recommend this product. Have you tried essie polish? What are your thoughts? Feel free to share in the comments and thanks for reading.

Product Review: eos lip balm



Today I’ll be reviewing another beauty product: eos lip balm. My lips can dry and chap horribly, especially after I brush my teeth as some of the ingredients in the toothpaste leave my lips lacking moisture. So, while out shopping, I decided to give this product a try over the traditional chapstick I’d been using for years. This works so much better.

Not only is the egg-shaped packaging for this lip balm adorable, it actually contains more balm than some chapsticks due to the shape. I’ve only used the strawberry flavor so far, but I like that there is no overpowering taste or smell to the product. Most importantly, the eos lip balm gives me hydration that lasts. Just applying it 2-3 times a day is all I need to keep my lips smooth and moist.

The only reason I give this product 4 out of 5 stars is because at $3-4 per individual container (or $16 for the 4 pack), the eos balm is a little pricier than some of your standard lip care products, but it works and it lasts, so it’s worth it to me.

I can see why eos stands for evolution of smooth and the product really does live up to the name. Do you use eos lip balm? What do you think of it? What flavor’s your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments and follow the blog for future reviews. Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the week.

Product review: Dove sensitive skin beauty bar


US-DVP-3p17oz-Ctn-SensitiveSkin_243x40671-297757Browsing through the beauty products on sale at Big Lots, I found packages of Dove’s beauty bar for sensitive skin which contained 2 bars for $2. Since my old soap had been leaving my skin dry as sandpaper lately, I decided for the price I might as well give it a try. I’ve been using the product the last few weeks and have noticed a significant difference in my skin.

It used to be that my skin was so dry after my showers it actually hurt, a result of both my medication, my sensitive skin, and my love of hot water. Since using Dove, that hasn’t been an issue.

I also love that this bar is unscented and hypoallergenic (I’ve had allergic reactions to scented beauty products in the past). The fact that it’s paraben-free is an added bonus. I think I’ll be returning to Big Lots to stock up on these and I definitely recommend the product to anyone suffering dry skin from other soaps or body washes or anyone with general skin sensitivities.